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Welcome to the Quendale Mill website

We hope you will enjoy your tour around the website, which is just a taster for what you will find during your visit to the Mill.

National Mills Weekend 2015

Weekend Events – Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May 2015.

National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage, co-ordinated by the SPAB Mills Section, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.  Further details are available at the following link: www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk

In conjunction with National Mills Weekend SPAB have organised a Mills in Art Competition which is open to all age groups with separate categories for fine art, photography and under-16.  Further details and entry forms are available on the National Mills Weekend website.  Please note the closing date for entries is 24 May 2015.

Mills on the Air
Lerwick Amateur Radio Society will again be setting up a RADIO Station (call GB2QM) in the Quendale Mill from where they will be contacting fellow enthusiasts from destinations throughout Europe as well as in other Mills in the UK.

Seasons Greetings

We wish you a Happy Christmas and a Guid New Year. We hope you will be able to visit the Mill some time during the coming year – we’re sure you will find it most interesting and very informative.

AGM – 23 October 2014 update

The Annual General Meeting of the South Mainland Community History Group was held at 1930 in the Quendale Mill on Thursday, 23 October 2014.

This meeting was open to the public.  Our weekly meetings continue in the Mill each Thursday evening at 7.30pm.  Anyone with an interest in the history of this area is cordially invited to our meetings – and to join us for a cuppa.


Fallopia aubertii

In flower now at the Quendale Mill.

Quite a sight.  In its first season of flowering, this Russian Vine makes an interesting addition to the growing list of attractions at the Mill.

Fallopia aubertii

Fallopia aubertii

National Mills Weekend 2015

The Quendale Mill will again be participating in ‘National Mills Weekend’ in 2015 and the dates have now been confirmed as Saturday 09  and Sunday 10 May.
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings will also be repeating the theme of ‘Mills in Art’ due to the popularity of the event this year.  The results of this year’s competition can be seen on the SPAB website at the following link:

Opening Dates for 2015

This is advance notice of our opening dates for next season.

The Mill will open daily from 13 April and close on 11 October 2015 – opening hours remaining as at present.  Extended opening can be arranged by appointment between 01 April and 31 October 2015.

We hope this will give you plenty of time to plan for your visit(s) next year.

Quendale Water Mill retains 3 Star Visitor Attraction Award

The South Mainland Community History Group is delighted to announce that the Quendale Mill has again retained its 3 Star Visitor Attraction Award following the 2-yearly inspection by VisitScotland on 15 May 2014.

The award places the Mill at the top end of the category and members will continue to strive to maintain this very high standard.

Included in the Report and Feedback from the Inspector is the following confirmation that:
“Quendale Water Mill maintains the standards of previous years and offers a very good visitor experience”.
“The website is informative and does provide an excellent introduction to the Quendale Water Mill
and all it has to offer the visitor”.

New for 2014

Camera Display

There will be an interesting display of several of Geordie Jacobson’s private collection of cameras at the Mill during the coming season – don’t miss it!  These will include Brownie 127; Canon AE-1; Canon Power Shot S40; Klito (Junior Folding); Olympus Trip 35; Polaroid; Praktica Super TL; Yashica; Zorki-4K – and several more besides.  To further enhance the collection there will also be an interesting selection of photos taken with some of these cameras, along with various accessories.

Camera Display photo

Guess who?

Virkie School Photos – Update

The History Group is currently collating information on Virkie Public School and would appreciate any information, anecdotes, photographs (with names where possible) that you would be willing to share with us.  So far we have photos and names for the following school years:
1910 (unnamed); 1929; 1933; 1935; 1943; 1948; 1950 (need a better photo); 1951 (2 classes); 1958 (missing a name); 1960 (missing 3 names); 1964; 1966 & 1968.
Can you help?  All photos are scanned and returned promptly to their owners.
Email us or contact Joyce Henderson – tel. no. 01950 46055001950 460550.


National Mills Weekend 2014

The Quendale Mill is once again participating in National Mills Weekend, which will take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May 2014.  This is organised through the auspices of SPAB – the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, please see their website at the following link for further information:

National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage and provides you with a fantastic opportunity to visit mills, many of which are not usually open to the public. This year they are celebrating Mills in Art, and they want to see your artworks! To enter their competition, all you need to do is to send them your windmill or watermill inspired artwork, in any medium, by 31 May 2014.
There are two categories: Adult, and Under 16. Winning entries will receive two years’ free individual membership of the SPAB Mills Section* (worth £70), or of the Young Millers for under-16s, and free copies of Martin Watts’s books on Windmills and Watermills published by Shire Books.  Further details and entry forms are available on their website at the following link:

Mills on the Air
As an added attraction Zetland Amateur Radio Club will also be setting up a Radio Station in the Mill on this same weekend.  Last year saw them contacting fellow enthusiasts from all over Europe, as well as in Mills in various locations throughout the UK.

Mills on the Air

A study of concentration

Peter Leybourne MM5PSL and Magnus Henry MM6MFA whilst on duty for Zetland Amateur Radio Club, contacting fellow enthusiasts during National Mills Weekend 2014 at the Quendale Mill.
Please see our post further down the page for information on last year’s event.