Christimis at Whitchurch Jelly

Christimis at Whitchurch Jelly

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December is ‘Pick your own Christmas Tree’ time at Holly Farm and we were surrounded by Christmas trees and holly wreaths.  Jonathan Allen grows them all at Woodfield Christmas Tree farm at Fauls – if you prefer you can go there and have a family adventure exploring the Christmas tree plantation to find your personal favourite – a woodcutter will then cut down your tree for you and net it ready to take home (with stand if required).  Trees are reasonably priced with 6 ft non-needle drop Nordman fir trees from £29.99 each.

We also met Alf the Elf who is visiting Holly Farm throughout December and we learnt all about Christimis and Alfus Tigglespin’s famous magical stories where glorious fantasies come to life in the mysterious wonderland of Alf’s Wintry World.  You can book a time to meet ‘Alf in the North’ at Holly Farm Garden Centre and enjoy his Christimis family storytime experience  on 07773 047744 or email him [email protected]

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One of my co-workers was Sally Joyner of In the Loop who helps families as well as individuals come to terms with hearing loss, providing lip-reading classes for family, friends and colleagues and lots of free advice.  She normally works from home so enjoys a day out occasionally. www.intheloophearing.co.uk

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Conversations included the recent Shropshire Dyslexia Awards evening at Enginuity in Ironbridge, the brainchild of Eli Wilkinson and organised almost single-handedly by her (with a little help from her friends!).  The first of its kind but it was so successful it will be repeated.  www.theddc.org.uk/dyslexiaawards/

We enjoyed home-made mince pies which went down extremely well with locally roast, freshly ground, Aroma Coffee followed by Maynards ham toasted sandwiches for lunch.  Holly Farm also have a selection of delicious home-made cakes.

The first Whitchurch Jelly of 2017 is on Tuesday, 3rd January – a great way to get back into the swing of things – and leave the remnants of Christmas behind – especially if you work from home!  Join me at The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Garden Centre, very easy to find on the A49 at Prees. 10.00 am – 3.00 pm.  Call in for a coffee to see what it’s like.

Published in the Whitchurch Gossip, November edition.

Shrewsbury Jelly is back at The Alb

Shrewsbury Jelly is back at The Alb on 10th November
12.00 noon – 5.00pm

The Alb is near Shrewsbury bus station – 14 Smithfield Road,
SY1 1PB – they make great coffee and have a delicious lunch menu.

 

8th December will be at The Loopy Shrew, 15/17 Bellstone, SY1 1HU
10.00 am – 4.00 pm

 

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate…. Self employed? Work from home? Fancy a change where you can still do some work?

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

Self employed?  Work from home?  Fancy a change where you can still do some work?

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Whitchurch Jelly is a co-working day held at The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Garden Centre on the A49 near Prees on the first Tuesday every month 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

A chance to get of the house/office and work alongside other like-minded business people for a day for FREE. The Coffee Barn offers excellent, locally sourced food and home-made cakes, served in a tranquil setting surrounded by plants, with free internet access and the opportunity to work off lunch browsing many locally grown flowers, shrubs and trees.

Share conversations and enjoy Aroma Coffee and a Maynard’s bacon bap whilst catching up on some work on your laptop.

You can also have a wander around and enjoy the colours and scents of the many beautiful plants – pansies and petunias, polyanthus, pinks.

Take advantage of some expert advice from Jonathan Allen who has many years experience with growing plants – particularly trees and shrubs – so if you’ve always wanted a magnolia or camellia, he can advise the best location to plant them and how to look after them.

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What’s the format?

The basic format is generally the same for all Jelly days:

  1. turn up with a laptop
  2. take a seat
  3. do some work
  4. enjoy some intelligent conversation
  5. go home

It is FREE to attend, but it is reasonable to expect that attendees will buy drinks and lunch during the day.

Follow @ShropshireJelly and Barbara Rainford @strawfields on twitter for updates.

There are now 4 Jelly Days in Shropshire – in Whitchurch, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford. If you would like to join us, it’s free – to find out more – and to book – visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Jelly in Shropshire.

Whitchurch Jelly: 1st Tuesday of the month. Next one Tuesday, 7th June, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm at The Coffee Barn, Holly Farm Garden Centre, Prees, SY13 2DD

www.shropshirejelly.co.uk

Published in the May, 2016 edition of the Whitchurch Gossip

 

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate…. at Holly Farm Garden Centre

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

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The clocks go forward, the evenings are getting lighter and summer is just around the corner.  The daffodils are out, the sun is shining and (despite the rain, the wind and the hailstones) spring is in the air.

I find it quite hard to work inside when it’s sunny outside and the garden beckons.  At Whitchurch Jelly however it’s like working in the middle of a garden – surrounded by plants and flowers – and the smell of Aroma coffee and Maynard’s bacon sandwiches of course!

The Coffee Barn is an ideal location for co-working – and for meeting people.  Anyone can drop in for a coffee and stay for as long as they wish.  I am often joined by Chris who runs Shrewsbury Jelly and lots of different people enjoy a day out of the home/ office and a change of scenery.  There’s an excellent selection of lunches – and home-made cakes to go with afternoon tea.

Spring is the time for buying seeds and planting the first vegetables and Holly Farm Garden Centre provides the ideal opportunity to choose what to grow this year.  There’s a selection of spring bedding plants, a full range of vegetable, herb and flower seeds, and lots of trees and shrubs – nearly all locally grown.

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I’ve found a really useful Facebook group called Allotment growers uk that have some really innovative ideas – like using a mosquito net instead of fleece to prevent carrot fly and ‘will thermal bricks work in the polytunnel?’  They also discuss all sorts of gardening issues like which weeds are edible (I think I’ll eat weeds in future, they grow better than vegetables!)  I’m not that keen on eating weeds (although I did cook nettles once and told the family it was spinach).  However, my chickens and rabbits do like weeds, chicks love chickweed and my rabbits eat lots of plants like groundsel as well as dandelions, comfrey, sorrel and shepherd’s purse – more on my website www.barbararainford.co.uk

Whitchurch Jelly also provides an opportunity for answers to all your gardening questions, Jonathan Allen is always happy to provide gardening advice – such as what plants will thrive in the shade – and which vegetable varieties are likely to do best in your particular soil.

There are now 4 Jelly Days in Shropshire – in Whitchurch, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford. If you would like to join us, it’s free – to find out more – and to book – visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Jelly in Shropshire.

Whitchurch Jelly: 1st Tuesday of the month. Next one Tuesday, 3rd May, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm at The Coffee Barn, Holly Farm Garden Centre, Prees, SY13 2DD

www.shropshirejelly.co.uk

Published in the April, 2016 edition of the Whitchurch Gossip

Whitchurch Jelly on Candlemas Day

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

If Candlemas Day be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight,
If Candlemas Day be clouds and rain,
Winter has gone and will not come again.

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Candlemas Day was very sunny and very pleasant sitting in The Coffee Barn with a real Aroma Coffee enjoying the sunshine and some company for a change. But we haven’t had much winter yet have we? We’ll probably get snow in April when the apple trees are full of blossom! It’s still very windy though, storm Gertrude seems to have merged with storm Henry. Who thinks of the names I wonder – I didn’t realise until we got to Gertrude that Abigail was A-Big-Gale!

Apart from the weather (which is always a topic of conversation on Jelly days), sitting in the middle of a garden centre, we were soon talking about plants.   Daffodils as well as snowdrops are already out in Shropshire (they’ve been out in Cornwall since Christmas!) and we discussed what we might plant this Spring.

Holly Farm has a wonderful selection of seeds and plants, onion sets, seed potatoes, bulbs and corms that make you wish you had a bigger garden so you could plant everything – but then of course you have to look after everything. This time of year I always get over-enthusiastic buying seeds. I have quite a big vegetable patch (www.barbararainford.co.uk) but the flower borders always take second place and get very straggly by June. Last year I planted some dahlia tubers and, with the sunny Indian summer we had, they were still flowering beautifully in late October.

This year I have decided to give up trying to get sweet pea seeds to germinate – they fill up the propagator and take ages to grow (if at all) so I am going to buy a pot of sprouted plants instead. I might even have some sweet peas in flower for the Eckford Sweet Pea Show in Wem 16th/17th July 2016.

There are now 4 Jelly Days in Shropshire – in Whitchurch, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford. If you would like to join us, it’s free – to find out more – and to book – visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Jelly in Shropshire.

Whitchurch Jelly: 1st Tuesday of the month. Next one Tuesday, 5th April, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm at The Coffee Barn, Holly Farm Garden Centre, Prees, SY13 2DD

Shropshire Jelly now has its own website:

www.shropshirejelly.co.uk

Published in the March 2016 edition of the Whitchurch Gossip

What is Jelly?

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate

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WHAT is Jelly?
Jelly is an informal co-working event which aims to bring home workers, freelancers, small business owners and entrepreneurs together in a relaxed, informal, working environment that encourages creativity and collaboration. Jelly recognises how lonely working from home can be and how important interaction with other people is to a positive working environment. It’s a mixture of work, chat, comparing of ideas, passing on tips – and signposting – if you have just moved to Shropshire it’s a great way to find out what’s on and where to go for help with things like starting a business.

WHO can attend?
Jelly days are open to everyone. If you normally work from home, it’s an opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a chat with other people over a coffee made for you. If you work in an open plan office you might enjoy a change of scenery and lunch with different company. People from all walks of life attend Jelly days – designers, photographers, writers, musicians, translators, programmers, cooks, solicitors, therapists, artisans – anyone in fact who uses a laptop! Most Jelly-goers are entrepreneurs or freelancers but no matter what you do or what you create, you’re welcome to go to Jelly days and share your knowledge and learn from others.

HOW much does it cost?
Nothing. Jelly days are totally free to attend and all offer free Wi-Fi but where events are held in a café, Jelly-goers are expected to buy coffee and lunch during the day.

WHEN is it held?
There are now 4 Jelly Days in Shropshire – in Whitchurch, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford – to find out more visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Jelly in Shropshire.

Whitchurch Jelly, 1st Tuesday of the month. Next one Tuesday 1st March 10.00 am – 4.00 pm at The Coffee Barn, Holly Farm Garden Centre, Prees, SY13 2DD

Shrewsbury Jelly, 2nd Thursday of the month, alternates between the Alb (opposite the bus station), 4 Smithfield Rd, Shrewsbury, SY1 1PB and the Quirky Coffee and Gift Shop, 11 Fish Street, SY1 1UR. Next one at The Alb on Thursday, 10th March 12.00 noon – 4.00 pm

Telford Jelly 3rd Thursday of the month. 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at Brodie House, Central Square, Telford, TF3 4DP

To book for any of these events go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Jelly in Shropshire

Oswestry Jelly – last Thursday of the month. 8.30 am – 4.00 pm.
At Baby Bird Café , 23 Cross Street, Oswestry, SY11 2NF
To book email Harriet Brooke: [email protected]

Shropshire Jelly now has its own website:
www.shropshirejelly.co.uk

Published in the February 2016 edition of the Whitchurch gossip

Whitchurch Jelly is an informal coworking day

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

Jelly is an informal co-working event which aims to bring home workers, freelancers, small business owners and entrepreneurs together in a relaxed, informal, working environment which encourages creativity and collaboration. Jelly recognises how lonely working from home can be and how important interaction with other people is to a positive working environment. It’s a mixture of work, chat, comparing of ideas, passing on tips – and signposting – if you have just moved to Shropshire it’s a great way to find out what’s on and where to go for help with things like starting a business.

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Jelly days are open to everyone. If you normally work from home, it’s an opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a chat with other people over a coffee made for you. If you work in an open plan office you might enjoy a change of scenery and lunch with different company. People from all walks of life attend Jelly days – designers, photographers, writers, musicians, translators, programmers, cooks, solicitors, therapists, artisans – anyone in fact who can use a laptop!

Whitchurch Jelly is held at The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Garden Centre on the first Tuesday of the month – next one is on 2nd February (Candlemas Day). 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, join me for a coffee, lunch or afternoon tea with home-made cakes and find out more about it.

Whilst you are there you can find some great ideas for brightening up the garden in 2016. Holly Farm sell everything you need for your garden – from seeds to secateurs, plants and potting compost, herbs and herbaceous perennials – most of them grown in their own nursery here in North Shropshire.

Holly Farm also has a selection of fruit trees and bushes as well as ornamental magnolias, pyracanthas and many other flowering trees and shrubs. Jonathan Allen has many years experience in growing trees and shrubs and can provide lots of advice on planting positions, soil types and pruning techniques.

I always buy reputable seeds and tubers because you spend so much time growing things you might just as well have the best possible start with quality products. So, last Spring, I asked Jonathan which were the best seed potatoes for my soil which is very sandy and dries out easily. He recommended Cara as a maincrop choice and these are the potatoes – these are all from just one root – large potatoes with no scab – and they are perfect – right the way through. So guess where I’m going to buy my seed potatoes this year?

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There are now 4 Jelly Days in Shropshire – in Whitchurch, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford – to find out more visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Jelly in Shropshire.

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate at The Coffee Barn

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

Jelly co-working days are held in different locations all over the world. There are now four days in Shropshire in Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Whitchurch. Open to everyone, just bring a laptop and enjoy working alongside other people for a change, further details can be found on www.eventbrite.com.

Whitchurch Jelly is held at The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Nurseries, very easy to find on the A49 at Prees. Excellent tea and coffee and home-made cakes and a varied menu selection for lunch. Whilst you are there you can pick your own Christmas tree from a wide selection all grown locally – and choose a holly wreath.

There is also a wide selection of plants to brighten up your garden, ready planted pots and tubs –and beautiful cyclamens that make ideal Christmas gifts.

Holly Farm was recently included in a Discovery Channel programme “Engine Addict with Jimmy de Ville”.

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Engineer, Adrian Bennett, who lives in Prees, was asked if he would be interested in finding a Rolls Royce Jet Provost aeroplane engine and installing it in a speed boat frame. Adrian has spent many years restoring jet engines and he jumped at the chance – but his workshop wasn’t big enough which is where Jonathan Allen stepped in offering space in one of the barns at the garden centre which was big enough for the plane and the boat.

Adrian first had to find a plane with an engine that could be used, then adapt it, making a fuel tank, shortening the exhaust pipe, fitting relevant controls, creating central mechanisms and working out how to ensure the boat was balanced so it would stay afloat.

The boat, named Frank (after Frank Whittle who invented the turbojet engine), was finally launched on Loch Ness from the same jetty that John Cobb used in 1952 and parts of the film made for Quest TV have been shown on the One Show and the Hairy Bikers programme.

Which only goes to show that you never know what you are going to find at Jelly days. Call in for a coffee at Holly Farm and see what it’s like – Whitchurch Jelly is on the first Tuesday of the month – start the new year with a co-working day Tuesday, 5th January, 2016.
For further information and to book visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for ‘Jelly’ in Shropshire.

Published in the December 2015 edition of the Whitchurch Gossip

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate in Shropshire

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

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Jelly is an informal co-working event which aims to bring home workers, freelancers, small business owners and entrepreneurs together in a relaxed, informal, working environment which encourages creativity and collaboration. Jelly recognises how lonely working from home can be and how important interaction with other people is to a positive working environment. It’s a mixture of work, chat, comparing of ideas, passing on tips – and signposting – if you have just moved to Shropshire it’s a great way to find out what’s on and where to go for help with things like starting a business.

Jelly days are open to everyone. If you normally work from home, it’s an opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a chat with other people over a coffee made for you. If you work in an open plan office you might enjoy a change of scenery and lunch with different company. People from all walks of life attend Jelly days – designers, photographers, writers, musicians, translators, programmers, cooks, solicitors, therapists, artisans – anyone in fact who can use a laptop!

Whitchurch Jelly is held at The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Garden Centre on the first Tuesday of the month – next one is on 2nd February (Candlemas Day). 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, join me for a coffee, lunch or afternoon tea with home-made cakes and find out more about it.

Whilst you are there you can find some great ideas for brightening up the garden in 2016. Holly Farm sell everything you need for your garden – from seeds to secateurs, plants and potting compost, herbs and herbaceous perennials – most of them grown in their own nursery here in North Shropshire.

Holly Farm also has a selection of fruit trees and bushes as well as ornamental magnolias, pyracanthas and many other flowering trees and shrubs. Jonathan Allen has many years experience in growing trees and shrubs and can provide lots of advice on planting positions, soil types and pruning techniques.

I always buy reputable seeds and tubers because you spend so much time growing things you might just as well have the best possible start with quality products. So, last Spring, I asked Jonathan which were the best seed potatoes for my soil which is very sandy and dries out easily. He recommended Cara as a maincrop choice and these are the potatoes – these are all from just one root – large potatoes with no scab – and they are perfect – right the way through. So guess where I’m going to buy my seed potatoes this year?

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There are now 4 Jelly Days in Shropshire – in Whitchurch, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford – to find out more visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Jelly in Shropshire.

Published in the Whitchurch Gossip, January, 2016 edition.

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate – in Whitchurch

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

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Jelly is a free co-working day held at different locations all over the world. Anyone can go along with a laptop and work alongside other like-minded people, enjoy coffee and lunch, share some intelligent conversation and get lots of work done in a friendly environment.

Whitchurch Jelly is moving … to The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Nurseries … very easy to find as it’s right on the A49 at Prees. Lots of local food, locally produced Aroma Coffee, and home-made cakes. Also a wonderful selection of locally grown plants, trees and shrubs.

November is the time to plant fruit trees – pears, plums and crab apples – ornamental trees and shrubs – magnolia, pyracantha, cotoneaster, skimmia and bulbs: daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, tulips – and also heathers.

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Call in for a coffee and browse the range of spring bedding plants – primroses, pansies, violas, wallflowers and Sweet Williams and many more to choose from – all grown locally at Holly Farm Nurseries. Tidy up your garden and plant up your borders ready for Spring.

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Make a note in your diary for Holly Farm’s Christmas market on Sunday 6th December 10.00am – 4.00pm where you will also be able to buy Christmas trees and wreaths and find lots of ideas for Christmas gifts.

Whitchurch Jelly is now held on the first Tuesday of the month, next one at The Coffee Barn on 1st December, 10.00am – 4.00pm but you don’t have to stay all day, join us for a coffee and see what co-working is like, bring your laptop and have a chat over lunch. It’s free.

There are now several Jelly days in Shropshire: Shrewsbury Jelly is held on the 2nd Thursday of the month – forthcoming dates 12th November at The Alb (near Shrewsbury bus station) 12.00 noon – 5.00pm and 10th December at the Quirky Coffee & Gift Shop (11 Fish Street, at the bottom of the Bear Steps, SY1 1UR) 10.00am – 5.00pm.

Telford Jelly is held on the third Thursday of the month at Brodie House, TF3 4DP – totally free to attend and you can bring your own lunch. 10.00 am – 4.00pm. Tea and coffee making facilities are available for a small donation. Next ones: 19th November and 17th December.

Oswestry Jelly is at Baby Bird Café, 23 Cross Street, Oswestry, SY11 2NF, from 8:30am till 4:00pm – fabulous homemade cakes and lunches from local produce.  Very strong Wi-Fi and a large, sunny spacious quiet room. Next ones: Thursday,19th November and 10th December.

For further information and to book visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for ‘Jelly’ in Shropshire.

Published in the November 2015 edition of the Whitchurch Gossip