Shrewsbury Jelly

Shrewsbury Jelly March, 2017


Shropshire Jelly was started by Jan Minihane with help from Judi Heminsley (who was instrumental in bringing Jelly – an American idea – to the UK).  Jelly organisers run co-working days all over the world in cafés, restaurants and community rooms – sometimes living rooms – where people who usually work alone can work alongside other people for a change.

Shrewsbury Jelly meets on the second Thursday of the month and currently alternates between the Loopy Shrew and The Alb. It’s organised by Chris Smith @envoid and is free to attend but it is reasonable to expect that you will buy some food and drink if you are sitting in a café using free wi-fi and free electricity for your laptop.

All sorts of people attend Jelly days – accountants, solicitors, business coaches, training providers, software developers, marketing consultants, IT experts, geeks, and lots of self-employed people making soaps, jewellery, candles – and service providers helping people with health issues, dyslexia, hearing loss  – the variety of people you can meet co-working is endless.

At last month’s Shrewsbury Jelly I asked attendees why they left the comfort of their own home to travel to Shrewsbury and attend Jelly.  Most of the people worked alone most of the time, occasionally meeting colleagues in London once a quarter or in Skype meetings.  They all said that:  “Sometimes you need to speak to people face to face,” and: “It’s a good idea to get out of the house occasionally,” or they “Need a change of scene – in different situations you meet different people – and you see things differently.”  @danielclarkfca attending Shrewsbury Jelly for the first time said:  “It’s good to meet different people, discuss things, share views.”

The budget was high on the agenda at the last Jelly (it was the day after Budget Day) and there were varying opinions on the NI increase for the self-employed.  It was also the day after International Women’s Day and all agreed that we are very lucky living in Britain to have so many professional women helping the economy along – with the freedom and respect to do it.

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 and who to ask for help with anything from computers to networking – and there’s usually an IT expert there who can help solve that niggling technical problem or explain things like ‘how to use Twitter’.

This article was published in the April edition of the Whitchurch Gossip.

Jelly Co-working – A Day without a Daring Adventure is a Day Wasted

Jelly – A Daring Adventure?

Working from home has many advantages but it can also be quite a challenge.  It’s so easy to get into the habit of staying in your comfort zone, working on your computer on your own with no interruptions – but there’s no conversation either – and you don’t develop your expertise and experience to its real potential.

The last time I was given a fortune cookie it said:  “A day without a daring adventure is a day wasted.”  And I’ve often thought about it when I’m travelling to an unknown location or meeting new people – some days just picking up the phone can be a challenge!

It’s essential to get out regularly and mix with other people, for social as well as work reasons and co-working offers a great opportunity to mix work with pleasure.  There’s no need to dress up, nobody has to stand up and speak and it’s free to attend with free wi-fi (although most Jelly days are held in cafés so be prepared to buy a coffee and lunch).  It’s not networking, so it’s not a selling opportunity, it’s just an opportunity to work alongside other people for a change and have a chat over coffee and lunch

Jelly has no organisation, no structure, no hierarchy, no rules. It’s open to everyone – you don’t have to be running your own business – you might be thinking of starting a business, or you might be a volunteer for a local charity or community group.  If you have just moved to a new area it’s an excellent way of finding out about the local area, business opportunities, networking events – and which are most likely to be relevant to you and your business.  Most Jelly organisers have an tremendous amount of local knowledge which you can tap into – and there’s usually an IT expert there so you can solve all those niggling IT questions.  Intrigued by social media but can’t get your head round it?  Someone at a Jelly will be able to tell you everything you need to know.

Jelly has a completely different atmosphere to any other business event I’ve ever been to.  It’s a great place to meet people you’d never otherwise bump into. Jelly attracts people who never go to networking or other business events, either because they don’t feel it suits them or because they do something very specialised and don’t want to be sold to.

Jelly days are a place to catch up on local news and find out what’s going on with businesses, council decisions and good old-fashioned gossip. Judy Heminsley, pioneer of Jelly co-working in the UK has written a blog that provides advice and inspiration for home workers – find out more here workfromhomewisdom.com

 

Spring is in the Air at Shropshire Jelly

Jelly – Work, chat, collaborate…. Spring is in the Air

Feel like a change from working from home?  Fancy a chat over a cup of coffee and some company whilst you are working?  Join me for a day co-working at The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Nurseries.  10.00am – 3.00pm on the first Tuesday of the month – next one 7th March.

Of course you can visit the Coffee Barn and enjoy light lunches and homemade cakes any day of the month – Holly Farm Nurseries are open 9.00 am – 5.30 pm 7 days a week and have a wonderful selection of locally grown plants, trees and shrubs.

Now is the time to start planning your garden, stock up on potting compost and fertilizer and (my favourite spring task) choose from all the seed packets which plants you are going to grow yourself – and which plants you might buy in already sprouted.

For years I have struggled to grow sweet peas from seed with varied success, then my sister started buying plants instead of seeds and my sweet peas last year were much earlier and much more successful – except that I was in a hurry buying them so one of the trays I bought were dwarf sweet peas and didn’t do justice to the trellis I provided for them!

So take your time browsing through all the seeds and choosing your favourite varieties of plants – Holly Farm has a great selection of bedding plants and lots of perennials that will transform your garden year after year.  If you are thinking of growing some fruit, Holly Farm has some unusual soft fruit varieties like jostaberries, boysenberries and tayberries.  There is also a comprehensive selection of fruit trees, ornamental trees and shrubs, climbing plants and herbs – lots of ornamental pots and tubs to grow them in too.

Christimis Jelly with Alf the Elf

Christimis Jelly with Alf the Elf

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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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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 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

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 – with free WiFi

Jelly – work, chat, collaborate … If you work from home, it’s good to have the opportunity to get out and work somewhere else – and to have some company sometimes – someone to chat to over coffee and discuss topical news over lunch. Jelly co-working days provide several opportunities in Shropshire. Shrewsbury Jelly meets on the second Thursday of the month – next one 11th June at the Quirky Coffee Shop, Bear Steps, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch Jelly is the third Thursday of the month at Dearnford Lake near Whitchurch. It’s free to attend and all you need is a laptop.

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Dearnford Lake has been hosting Whitchurch Jelly for several years now, there is good internet access, excellent tea and coffee and a delicious lunch menu, served in the lodge, with a beautiful view, overlooking the lake.

Dearnford hosts lots of different events during the year, raising money for many different charities with car boot sales and collectors fairs (next one Sunday, 14th June in aid of Relay for Life); and Saturday 13th June is the Macmillan Summer Ball.

Drumhead Cottage Plants are available at the lodge all year round and there is a Plant Hunters Fair on Sunday, 2nd August. Monday 20th July is Robin Hood the Musical 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, 18th June. It’s free to attend and has good internet access. For further information and to book 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 June 2015 edition of the Whitchurch Gossip

Shropshire Jelly 2016

Shropshire Jelly

Since the very first Shropshire Jelly co-working day at Coalport in April, 2010, Shropshire Jelly has had its ups and downs and moved around a bit but there are now 4 Jelly days in different parts of the county.

Jelly is a casual co-working event, where freelancers, home workers and people running small businesses can meet up in order to get out of their normal space, meet some new people and work together in a social 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 started in NYC in February 2006 when two freelancers were talking about the benefits of working from home, but realised that they missed the creative brainstorming, sharing, and camaraderie of a traditional office (but not the office politics!) So they started inviting other freelancers to bring their laptops and work together one day a week. They soon found that working with new and interesting people resulted in new ideas and interesting conversations. The name? They were eating Jelly beans at the time!

Most Jelly-goers are entrepreneurs or freelancers, others work in an office most of the time, but work at Jelly for fresh ideas and a change of pace. 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.

Jelly is free to attend and open to everyone, designers, developers, artisans, musicians, cooks, translators, photographers, writers, consultants – all have found Jelly co-working days beneficial and there are now Jelly events all over the world.

Jelly started in the UK in the autumn of 2009 when Lee Cottier set up events in the Bristol area. Judy Heminsley was also a pioneer Jelly organiser, and the Jelly section of her website has been used by many of the 50 plus groups now meeting regularly from Edinburgh to Plymouth and North Wales to Norwich.

Since its inception at Enterprise HQ in Coalport, Telford Jelly has moved around but has recently been reinstated at Brodie House in Telford on the third Thursday of the month, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm followed by FSB networking at Meeting Point House which starts at 5.30pm. Tea and coffee making facilities are available for a small donation and you can bring your own lunch – or take a lunch break and browse all the mouthwatering choices in Southwater Square.

There are also Jelly days in Shrewsbury, Whitchurch and Oswestry; for full information and to book visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for ‘Jelly’ in Shropshire.

Shrewsbury Jelly is run by Chris Smith and is held on the 2nd Thursday of the month – alternating between The Alb (near Shrewsbury bus station) and the Quirky Coffee & Gift Shop (11 Fish Street, at the bottom of the Bear Steps, SY1 1UR).

Whitchurch Jelly is held at The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Garden Centre on the A49 at Prees on the first Tuesday of the month, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm but you don’t have to stay all day, call in for a coffee and see what co-working is like.

Oswestry Jelly is run by Harriet Brookes and is held on the last Thursday of the month at the Baby Bird Café.

Jelly days are 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.