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?

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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

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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

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate – at Dearnford Lake

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

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.

Apart from hosting Whitchurch Jelly for the last few years, Dearnford Lake has some exceptional activities – like open water swimming – and events – the recent Open Air Shakespeare lit by the setting sun was spectacular.

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Coming up is the Fireworks Extravaganza on 5th November, and Dearnford is offering a special Christmas lunch on dedicated days during 1st – 17th December – available by pre-booking only. Three courses £25.00, two courses £20.00. Apart from traditional turkey with all the trimmings, choices include: prawns and smoked salmon with Colcannon mash and buttered leeks and a butter lemon and brown shrimp sauce; chestnut and mixed bean roast; cod on a bed of watercress; and roast white onion soup with goat’s cheese toast, followed by a selection of puddings and Christmas truffles. For further information and to book go to www.dearnford.com

Shropshire Jelly is growing. There are now three Jelly days in Shropshire, all with free wifi. Although Jelly is free to attend, where days are held in a cafe, guests are expected to buy tea/coffee and lunch. Jelly days usually run from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm and you need to book via www.eventbrite.com

Whitchurch Jelly is moving: to The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Nurseries on the A49 near Prees – and it will be on the first Tuesday of the month – next one will be Tuesday 3rd November. In the meantime, you can call in at Holly Farm Nurseries to Pick Your Own Pumpkin – lots to choose from ripening in the field – a great half term activity in preparation for Haloween.

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Shrewsbury Jelly is on the 2nd Thursday of the month and alternates between the Alb and the Quirky Coffee Shop – forthcoming dates: 12th November at The Alb (near Shrewsbury bus station) and Quirky Coffee & Gift Shop (11 Fish Street, SY1 1UR) on 10th December.

And new in October is Telford Jelly at Brodie House – totally free to attend and you can take your own lunch. Tea and coffee making facilities are available for a small donation. Third Thursday of the month – next one 15th October.

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

Published in the October edition of the Whitchurch Gossip

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate – at The Lodge

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

It was very busy at The Lodge at Dearnford Lake on Jelly Day but there was still plenty of space for co-working at Whitchurch Jelly which is held there on the third Thursday of the month. Several people I know often take their laptop and work in the cafe as a change from working at home and enjoy great coffee, tea and cakes overlooking the lake.

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Whitchurch Jelly is free to attend and open to anyone – so if you fancy a day with a difference join us next month for a coffee or lunch 10.00 am – 4.00 pm – you don’t have to stay all day.

Lots of things are happening at Dearnford – home to Drumhead Cottage plants (you can find some beautiful perennials – and advice on planting them – and autumn bulbs) as well as open water swimming, collectors fairs and open air Shakespeare.

Dearnford events coming up: 4th October is the next Classic Car meeting and don’t forget the most amazing fireworks display over the lake on 5th November. Visit www.dearnford.com for details.

In the meantime, the next car boot sales and collectors fairs are on:

13th September – proceeds to Whitchurch Hospital League of Friends

and 27th September – proceeds to Blackberry Fair which is being held on the weekend of 1st, 2nd and 3rd October. If you would like to help make this year’s fair extraordinary they are looking for ordinary people to share their talents.

Blackberry Fair needs local artisans – artists, sculptors, gardeners, chefs, poets, musicians, storytellers, anyone who would like to share their passion, hobby or interest – or sell local produce.

OR Book a stand (very affordable rates) Contact Zoe: [email protected] 01948 665761

OR sponsor an artist: [email protected] 0777 304 7744

OR join the gang on Friday, September 11th at 7.30 pm at the Dodington Lodge Hotel for a quiz night £4.00 per team including chip butties, all proceeds go towards the fair, tel 01948 662539 for further details and to book.

Whitchurch Jelly is held on the third Thursday of the month 10.00 am – 4.00pm, next one Thursday, 17th September. It’s free to attend and has good internet access. For further information and to book go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Whitchurch Jelly or contact [email protected] or you can just pop in for a coffee and see what it’s like.

Published in the September, 2015 edition of the Whitchurch Gossip

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate – overlooking the lake

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

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Whitchurch Jelly is a joy at any time of year, but especially so in the summer with the sun shining, the elderflower in full bloom and ox-eye daisies starring the lakeside; ducks, swans, coots and moorhens dabble happily in the shallows – and there’s even the occasional grebe ducking and diving, creating ever-expanding rings in the water.

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Jelly is a really relaxed, informal co-working event that you can join in with as much or as little as you wish. If you are finding it a bit insular working from home – or find working in a corporate office a little claustrophobic, Jelly co-working days provide a real option to get out but still get lots of work done. All you need is a laptop.

This month, as well as the usual Jellygoers (and sometimes there are none) we were joined by Phil who occasionally takes his laptop along to Dearnford Lake for a change of scene. He saw this article in the Gossip and thought he’d come along on a Jelly day to see what it was like and was surprised to find how friendly and informal it is.

Jelly is an international organisation, started in America a few years ago, there are Jelly days and events all over the world – some more formal than others but all free to attend and open to everyone.

Dearnford Lake is an ideal location as anyone can turn up just for a coffee, lunch, or afternoon tea, it’s a really beautiful location, overlooking the lake and it’s a very informal and welcoming setting. You can even walk off lunch with a stroll around the lake in the sunshine.

Dearnford hosts lots of different events during the year – next one is ‘Robin Hood the Musical’ on Monday 20th July and Thursday 3rd September sees the return of open air Shakespeare with ‘Twelfth Night’. For full details of all events visit www.dearnford.com

Whitchurch Jelly is held on the third Thursday of the month 10.00 am – 4.00pm, next one Thursday, 16th July. It’s free to attend and has good internet access. For further information and to book go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Whitchurch Jelly or contact [email protected] or you can just pop in for a coffee and see what it’s like.

Published in the July 2015 edition of the Whitchurch Gossip