Residents of Camberwick Green are celebrating on the news that Windy Miller's mill is to supply power to the national grid. As a result, the village hopes to benefit from a substantial inshore windfarm subsidy.
Mr Miller has replaced the two millstones inside Colly's Mill with a three-phase 10kW generator. He still plans to grind flour "but only enough to fill a few bags I can leave lying around to impress the day-trippers and keep my Heritage lottery fund grant."
"It's a win-win situation," he explains. "Windy's Eco-renewables Ltd sells power to the Grid. I buy a little electricity back to run my grinder. The power I buy is a business expense, as was the grinder. And we're planning to use the windfarm subsidy to build a car park and shop for the tourists making the trip over from Chigley and Trumpton. While they're here they will be able to visit my cider microbrewery out the back."
Mickey Murphy the Baker says the lack of freshly ground flour from the mill won't affect his ability to supply delicious walnut cakes which fetch 5 shillings each. "These days I tend to get them from the Co-op for sixpence."
But not everyone is happy with the new arrangement for the mill. "I used to really love the sight of the sails slowly revolving on Colly's Mill, and its gently creaking sound was a delight," says Mrs Honeyman, a local mother. "But now I know it's a wind turbine, I see it as a ghastly, noisy blight on the landscape that has no place in the countryside."