About the opportunity

We are a local civic and environmental charity that cares about Cambridge and its green landscape. We own and care for Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge Leper Chapel, Bourn Windmill, Hinxton Watermill and Coton Countryside Reserve. We runs a busy education programme for schools and groups of all ages. We work hard to influence local planning and development.

We were founded in 1928, formerly the Cambridge Preservation Society. Our office is based at Wandlebury Country Park on the south of Cambridge but we operate throughout Cambridge City and South Cambridge District.

We care for two important historic mills in South Cambridgeshire, Bourn Windmill and Hinxton Watermill. Both mills have “Friends Of” groups of volunteers that help to maintain the mills and who also open and operate the mills for visitors on one Sunday a month during the summer.

Our friendly “Friends Of” groups are looking for volunteers to help with this work. If you are interested in historic buildings, mills or helping out at open days then they would love to hear from you. Details below:

Hinxton Watermill

Could you give your time to help one of Hixton’s most historic and beautiful sites?

The village of Hinxton is home to one of the few watermills still operating up-river from Cambridge and since the building was restored in the 1980s it has been a working museum run by the charity Cambridge Past Present and Future.

Now a Listed building, millers are believed to have worked on the site for around 1,000 years and the watermill is mentioned in the Domesday Survey.

The work to save Hinxton Watermill won a conservation award and it relies heavily on a team of volunteers, especially on days when it opens to the public. The demonstration days are usually on a Sunday afternoon and traditionally begin in May, co-ordinated to tie in with National Mills Weekend, and continue until autumn and volunteers can sign up for dates which suit them.

You don’t need to have previous knowledge of mills or milling as guidance is given and information for the public is placed around the building. Other days which rely on extra willing hands are spring cleaning sessions, the main one being in early May.

If you have any technical experience, especially in engineering or caring for heritage buildings, then we would be especially delighted to hear from you.

Open Days in 2019 are on Sundays from 2.30-5pm on the 12 May, and then the first Sunday in the month, finishing in October.

To volunteer or find out more call 01223 243830 or email [email protected] or if you live in Hinxton telephone Sue and Chris Elliott on 01799 531885 or email [email protected].

Bourn Windmill

Bourn Windmill is one of the oldest windmills in England and is designated as an Ancient Monument.

You don’t need to have previous knowledge of mills or milling as training is given.

If you have any technical experience, especially in engineering or caring for heritage buildings, then we would be especially delighted to hear from you.

We also need help baking cake and serving teas for open days to help raise funds for the mill.

Open Days in 2019 are on Sundays from 2-4pm on the 12 May, and then 30 Jun, 28 Jul, 18 Aug and 15 Sept.

To volunteer or find out more contact Kate at [email protected]