Double jackpot win for Dereham’s heritage landmark

The official re-opening of Dereham Windmill. Picture: Ian Burt

The official re-opening of Dereham Windmill. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

The fundraising team behind a heritage landmark is celebrating success after securing a £3,000 cash boost towards its latest plans.

Dereham Windmill was the biggest winner at the national Biffa Awards this week, winning not only the cultural facilities category but also the overall jackpot.

The wins saw the 19th-century Grade II-listed building awarded £3,000 towards plans to build a café and toilet facilities at the Greenfields Road site.

Dereham Windmill chairman Brian Webb said: 'We are absolutely delighted with the recognition that the Biffa Award has given us. It is not only an achievement for the windmill but also for the whole community.

'If it wasn't for the community we wouldn't have managed to get this award, everyone should be very proud.'

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The Biffa Awards is an annual awards ceremony which recognises the people who transform their communities, and improve the environment through Biffa Award funded projects.

Held in London on Thursday, the awards saw Dereham Windmill beat stiff competition from projects in Cheshire, Hertfordshire and Derby to take the category title, worth £2,000.

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It then went on to beat 19 other finalists to take the overall award, securing an extra £1,000.

The windmill underwent a £75,000 restoration which saw it reopen last year as a community and exhibition space. Its trustees need to raise a total of £110,000 to build the café and toilet facilities.

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