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Stansted Windmill: Easter egg hunt launches 2024 season as work set to resume on repairs to monument





Stansted Windmill kickstarted its 2024 season with a fundraising Easter egg hunt that generated £250.

The money will go towards the 200-year-old monument’s upkeep, with work on repointing the brickwork set to continue – a project that got under way in 2019 and, after a wet winter, has become more urgent.

Around 200 parents and children visited the mill over the Easter weekend. Youngsters searched all five floors of the building to find 12 pictures of eggs. Each picture had a letter attached and egg hunters had to arrange them in the right order to spell ‘Easter Rabbit’.

Olivia and Ava Hyland-Hawkins claimed joint first prize in the windmill Easter egg hunt
Olivia and Ava Hyland-Hawkins claimed joint first prize in the windmill Easter egg hunt

All correct answers were drawn from a hat and six prize winners were chosen. Olivia and Ava Hyland-Hawkins’ joint effort earned them first prize of a large chocolate Easter egg and a fluffy bunny toy, donated by Tesco Express in Stansted.

Miller Richard Thomas said: “At the moment we’re raising funds (and trying to get grants) to continue the repointing of the brickwork. That is getting more urgent now that water seepage through the walls is beginning to become evident, especially after the months of very wet weather we’ve had of late.

“Phase one of that project was begun in 2019. Covid disrupted the continuation, but we are now looking to start a phase two in the next few weeks.”

Cooper and Max Lloyd and Finn Riley search for clues in Stansted windmill
Cooper and Max Lloyd and Finn Riley search for clues in Stansted windmill

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