New Education Centre at Brixton Windmill
Jean Kerrigan, Chair of Friends of Windmill Gardens
Construction work will start in November on a new education centre that Lambeth Council are building in Windmill Gardens beside the 202-year-old Brixton Windmill.
The centre, designed pro bono by the prestigious architects Squire and Partners, is a great new asset for the borough and will include a professionally fitted out baking kitchen. The Friends of Windmill Gardens (FoWG), whose volunteers currently deliver guided tours of Brixton Windmill one weekend a month from March to October, will be signing a lease with Lambeth to manage the building once it is completed at the end of April 2019.
Besides being a purpose built centre for school workshops at the Windmill the building, which is being constructed by Logan SE Ltd, will also serve as the Brixton Windmill Visitor Centre and will be available for hire by local community groups.
FoWG members have been working hard over the past months to raise money to fit out and furnish the new centre so it is fit for purpose and can open in May next year. We launched a £29k fit out appeal and last July ran a successful crowd-funding campaign, which exceeded the target we set of £12k. We have made several grant applications and some have been successful but we need to raise much more if we are to deliver an improved education programme and visitor experience at the Windmill.
If you would like to donate to our fit out appeal go to brixtonwindmill.org/fit-out-appeal. Although Brixton Windmill is now closed for the winter you can view it from the outside during daylight hours when Windmill Gardens is open. You can also purchase the wholemeal Brixton Flour that is milled at the Windmill from several local shops including The Old Post Office Bakery, 76 Landor Road, SW9 9PH.
To find out more about Brixton Windmill and the activities organised by FoWG visit our website: brixtonwindmill.org.
source: Clapham Society newsletter No. 412 November 2018