The East Anglian Mills Society or TEAMS was formed during 2008 following a series of meetings between like-minded mill owners and enthusiasts in East Anglia. The aims of TEAMS are simply to share information, expertise and experience in maintaining, preserving and restoring our mills and to help each other with the the issues of owning these lovely buildings. There are now a total of 24 mills in TEAMS, plus some individual members who work on these mills or who have a share in a mill. The most recent additions is Thelnetham Windmill, Garboldisham Post Mill and Pakenham Watermill.
Windmills were once the focal point in every community providing employment and producing flour, not to mention the visual aesthetic they exude. Throughout the 20th Century windmills became disused and were replaced by more efficient ways of flour production. By the Second World War most windmills were decommissioned and demolished for scrap material.
Watermills have survived better than windmills, but by far the majority have been converted to homes or for other uses and have lost their machinery.
Thankfully a few special mills have survived the decades, largely through a sustained dose of TLC from their owners and major support from organisations like the Society for The Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), English Heritage, The National Trust and mill groups such as TEAMS that exist in many counties. We want you to come and see our mills and support their continued existence.
If you own a mill or have a skill and would like to volunteer to work on any of the mills during the annual round of work-ins then please go to the Enquiries page. Finding the right sort of materials for these ancient buildings is very difficult and TEAMS has a number of dedicated suppliers who have supported the various mills - please see the Suppliers page.
On the second full weekend in May each year, there is a National Mills Weekend when many mills are open to the public. We also hold a TEAMS open day usually coinciding with the Haddenham Steam Rally and Heritage Open Days in early September. You can check which TEAMS mills are open on these days by going to the Calendar.
In 2016, collectively we had more visitors than ever before, and more co-operative work was done around the whole group - the major achievement being to ensure the Downfield Windmill restoration stayed on track with the sails turning and restored windows and floors fitted.
Hope to see you soon!