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:


Published in the July 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.


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.


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.


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….


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