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

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.