It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – at Whitchurch Jelly

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate….

If you work for yourself, or work from home, you might enjoy a day out working alongside other people – join me for a day co-working at Whitchurch Jelly at The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Garden Centre.

It’s November and Holly Farm is getting ready for Christmas – soon The Coffee Barn will be surrounded by Christmas trees, Holly Wreaths and all the excitement of the festive season.  All the Christmas trees are grown locally at Woodfield Christmas tree farm at Fauls and the holly wreaths are hand-made locally.








Last year when we arrived for our monthly co-working day, we were greeted by Alf the Elf and his fabulous stories about Christimis – he told us about all the children that had helped decorate his Christimis tree and their family adventures in Alf’s Wintry World.


This year Holly Farm’s wintry world adventures will be Cinema in the Wild Woods – you can bring all the family to enjoy festive films and share Yuletide mince pies and mulled drinks.  Films are being shown throughout December, visit for dates and booking details.

Once Holly Farm is invaded by Christmas Trees, everywhere will be enveloped in that special scent of Christmas – that takes you back to your childhood – holly and mistletoe, Yule logs, carols, mulled wine and mince pies.

At Holly Farm you can choose your own special Christmas tree – Nordman Fir or spruce – either from a selection of ready cut trees at Holly Farm – or you can take the family on a Yuletide adventure to Woodfield Christmas Tree farm and go on a festive search to find the perfect tree to decorate your home.

The next Whitchurch Jelly is on Tuesday, 5th December 10.00 am – 3.00 pm but you don’t have to stay all day, call in for a coffee – with mince pies or home-made cakes – and see what co-working is like.  Jelly co-working days are free to attend.  For further information visit:

Published in the November edition of the Whitchurch Gossip

Christimis Jelly with Alf the Elf

Christimis Jelly with Alf the Elf


Arriving at The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Garden Centre for Whitchurch Jelly was like walking through a Christmas grotto – we were greeted by Alf the Elf who shared a coffee with us and told us stories of all the children that had helped decorate his Christimas tree and their family adventures in Alf’s Wintry World.

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Christimis at Whitchurch Jelly

Christimis at Whitchurch Jelly


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]


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.


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.

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.