Pumpkin Time at Shropshire Jelly

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

Do you work yourself? Is your business based at home?  Have you ever thought about having a day working alongside other homeworkers?  Chance for a chat over coffee and lunch – and still catch up with emails and paperwork?  Join me at Whitchurch Jelly and find out what co-working is like.

Whitchurch Jelly is held at Holly Farm Garden Centre and today I am surrounded by pumpkins waiting patiently for Hallowe’en. If you haven’t grown your own you can have great fun choosing one straight from the field in Holly Farm’s pumpkin patch.  When you have carved your eerie face ready for candlelit fun on Hallowe’en, don’t throw away the pumpkin flesh.  You can dry the seeds on baking paper in a cool oven to make very tasty pumpkin nuts and make pumpkin soup with the rest – fry in butter with a diced potato, onion, tomatoes and herbs and spices – I use thyme, cumin, cloves and a pinch of cayenne, chilli, and allspice – add some stock, simmer until cooked then liquidise and you have a nourishing, wholesome soup to serve on Hallowe’en.

It’s October – the first chill of winter, late autumn sunshine, misty mornings, bejewelled cobwebs, the garden is getting ready for winter. The last of the harvest, storing potatoes, freezing the last of the runner beans, clearing the garden, bonfires, woodsmoke on the breeze.

Now is the time to plan for next year – deciding which vegetables to grow, looking at new varieties available – Jonathan Allen is always happy to discuss which vegetable varieties are likely to do best in your soil and which flowers prefer shade or full sun.   It’s also time to plant bulbs to brighten up tubs, rockeries and borders in Spring.  Holly Farm not only have a wide selection of bulbs, they will also provide advice on how to plant them for the best displays – indoors as well as out.  Snowdrops like their bulbs firmly rooted outside but hyacinths and daffodils can provide the tantalysing scents of spring much earlier grown indoors.

Have you ever  thought of making your own cider?  This is a traditional recipe for Wittenham cider: Put 3 lb of roughly chopped apples into a bucket and pour on 12 pints of cold water; leave for a week, stirring night and morning.  Strain, then stir in 2 lb sugar and grated rind and juice of 3 lemons, leave for 24 hours then strain again and bottle. Should be drinkable within a week – just ready for Hallowe’en. For more recipes visit www.barbararainford.co.uk

Jelly days provide an opportunity to discuss local news and current affairs – Blackberry Fair will no doubt be one of the topics of conversation at the next Whitchurch Jelly.  If you have recently moved to Shropshire, Jelly days are a mine of information on what’s going on in Shropshire and where to find things.

PICK YOUR OWN PUMPKIN AT HOLLY FARM GARDEN CENTRE

Have some family fun in the pumpkin patch, choosing your very own pumpkin for Hallowe’en

The next Whitchurch Jelly is on Tuesday, 7th November 10.00 am – 3.00 pm but you don’t have to stay all day, call in for a coffee and see what co-working is like.  Jelly co-working days are free to attend.  For further information visit:

www.shropshirejelly.co.uk

Published in the October edition of the Whitchurch Gossip

Jelly Co-working and Shropshire Networking

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

Jelly days are for co-working (working alongside other people for a change), not networking (going to meetings to promote your business) but you can find out at Jelly days about local networking groups and co-working locations are very often community hubs – like The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Garden Centre where Whitchurch Jelly is held on the first Tuesday of every month.

If you have recently moved to Shropshire you might be glad of some local information.  Several Jelly goers also organise local networking events – like Sally Joyner of In The Loop who helps people with hearing difficulties.  She organises the Shrewsbury WiRE networking group  at HITZone, 1 Sweetlake Court, SY3 9GE on the last Wednesday of every month.  Cost £3.50 for members and £5.00 for non members.  Book with Sally Joyner via email: [email protected]

New Business Network meets regularly on the first and third Tuesday of every month at South Cheshire College, Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe, CW2 8AB Cost £10.00  Contact Sue Roberts 07715 170519

Collaborative Networking meets on a Wednesday at The Hill Valley Hotel, Whitchurch, SY13 4HA
Cost  £3.00  To book email [email protected]

Network with Style meets at The Lord Hill Hotel, SY2 6AX  once a month usually on a Tuesday Cost £8.50
Book via website: www.networkwithstyle.com

7to830 BtoB Networking meets fortnightly on Wednesdays at The Boathouse, Ellesmere SY12 0PA
Cost £6.00 includes a full English breakfast.  www.7to830.biz or email [email protected]

INC Shropshire meets fortnightly on Wednesdays at Hawkstone Park Hotel, Weston-under-Redcastle, SY4 5UY  Cost £10.00 includes a bacon bap.  Email [email protected]

For full information, times, and forthcoming dates visit  www.thelbc.org.uk/networkingnews/ 

Holly Farm is a real community hub – employing local people and supporting local events like Blackberry Fair:   Thursday – Saturday 5th – 7th October  Contact Steve M: 0777 304 7744 or E: [email protected]

www.blackberryfair.co.uk

The next Whitchurch Jelly is on Tuesday, 1st August 10.00 am – 3.00 pm but you don’t have to stay all day, call in for a coffee and see what co-working is like.  Jelly co-working days are free to attend.  For further information visit:

www.shropshirejelly.co.uk

Published in the September edition of the Whitchurch Gossip

Whitchurch Jelly at Holly Farm Garden Centre

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

Shropshire Jelly organise co-working days providing an opportunity for people who normally work from home to work alongside other people for a change, share current news, have a chat over coffee and find out what’s going on in their local area.

Whitchurch Jelly is held at Holly Farm Garden Centre on the first Tuesday of every month.  The Coffee Barn has good Wi-fi, excellent (Aroma) coffee and tea, delicious lunches (including Maynards ham) and locally home-made cakes.

Holly Farm is a real community hub – employing local people and supporting local events like Blackberry Fair held on the first Saturday of October each year.     www.blackberryfair.co.uk

Practically all the plants, trees and shrubs at Holly Farm are grown and raised locally here in North Shropshire including some unusual varieties of perennials and shrubs. July is pick-your-own-fruit time so I’ll be picking some strawberries to take home before I leave today.

Whitchurch Jelly used to be held at The Lodge at Dearnford Lake – now renamed Alderford Lake – until the cafe became really popular.  They have lots of community events including Immersion Theatre performing Wind in the Willows on 20th August.  Festival on the Edge – the largest storytelling festival in the UK – is  being held there on 28-30th July.  The lake also offers facilities for open water swimmers and kayakers.  For more information visit www.alderford.com.

Alderford Lake

If you have recently moved to Shropshire, Jelly days are a mine of information, Jelly organisers usually have an excellent knowledge of the local area, what’s going on in Shropshire, local network groups, and local helpful people from plumbers to piano tuners.

Jelly days are promoted on Twitter and you can find updates on @JellyShropshire on www.twitter.com along with information on local events and breaking news stories.  Shrewsbury Jelly is held on the second Thursday of every month.

The next Whitchurch Jelly is on Tuesday, 1st August 10.00 am – 3.00 pm but you don’t have to stay all day, call in for a coffee and see what co-working is like.  Jelly co-working days are free to attend.  For further information visit:

www.shropshirejelly.co.uk

Published in the July 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