2,500 crocuses planted at Jordans Mill to help eradicate Polio

On a wet and windy morning in Biggleswade, 2,500 purple crocus bulbs were planted at Jordans Mill as part of a campaign by Rotary International and Purple4Polio to raise awareness and funds for the global eradication of Polio.

Members of the public braved the weather to support the campaign and create a visual reminder of the importance of ridding the world of this devastating disease.

By lunchtime, the early rain cleared to make way for a beautiful sunny Autumn afternoon, with the remainder of the 2,500 bulbs being planted to conclude a successful day.

Representatives of the Rotary Club of Biggleswade Ivel and Jordans Mill joined members of the public in planting the crocus bulbs, and were on hand to speak to visitors about Polio and the Purple4Polio campaign, with an iron lung situated in the lobby at Jordans Mill providing a striking talking point.

Nicky Carlyle, Marketing Manager at Jordans Mill, who attended the crocus planting day with her three children, said: “Jordans Mill was delighted to support Rotary International’s campaign with Purple4Polio and it was fantastic to see lots of visitors and families planting the purple crocuses in our Mill Gardens.

“We are now very much looking forward to the spring when the bulbs will have bloomed to reveal a stunning show of purple providing a lasting reminder of the impact that Polio has on the countries in which it still remains, and why eradicating it is so important.”

As well as the crocus planting, visitors on Sunday were able to enjoy a special Teddy Bear Trail around the grounds of Jordans Mill with the chance of winning a giant purple teddy bear. Local girl Jessica Leonard, age 4, was the lucky winner of Boris Bear, who is now looking after him in his new home.

To find out more about the Purple4Polio campaign and Jordans Mill, please visit www.ivelrotary.org.uk and www.jordansmill.com.

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Jordans Mill wins 2016 Living Countryside Award

Jordans Mill has won a Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Living Countryside Award for Building Design & Restoration.

The award was announced on Tuesday 4th October at a ceremony held at John O’Gaunt Golf Club in Sandy, with Jordans Mill being awarded the CPRE Mark, the highest accolade in the awards.

The annual Living Countryside Awards, run by CPRE Bedfordshire, showcase the individuals, community groups, landowners and businesses that make special efforts to enhance Bedfordshire’s rich and diverse environment.

Upon announcing Jordans Mill as the winner of a coveted CPRE Mark, the judges commended the ‘truly beautifully designed and restored site’, referring to Jordans Mill as ‘an asset to the local community’.

Bill Jordan, Trustee of Jordans Mill, and Tom Baker, Site General Manager, collected the CPRE Mark from Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis.

Bill Jordan, Trustee of Jordans Mill, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded the prestigious CPRE Mark for the restoration and design of Jordans Mill. The Victorian Mill was restored in keeping with the original and traditional materials used to construct this beautiful structure and we are delighted to have been able to preserve this iconic building for future generations to enjoy.

“Our Heritage Centre was designed to be sympathetic to the construction of the Mill, using materials that would blend in with and enhance the rural environment and incorporating energy efficient technology.

“The CPRE is a hugely important organisation working tirelessly to protect and enhance our countryside, and we are delighted to have been recognised by such an organisation.”

Jordans Mill is a thriving visitor attraction offering something for all ages. Visitors can take guided tours of the Mill and watch the machinery in action, stroll around the food and flower gardens, or relax in the Riverside Café which serves freshly prepared food and drinks.

The biodiverse meadow and woodland area provide space for children to explore and let off steam whilst the Mill Store stocks a wide range of locally produced food and drink, as well as the largest range available locally of Jordans Cereals.

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Christmas Photography Studio

This Christmas, why not give the gift of a beautiful photograph of your family to loved ones and friends? Our family photography sessions on 26th and 27th November with Darren Harbar Photography at our Christmas Fayre are the ideal way to capture beautiful family memories, ideal either as gifts or as special keepsakes.

Sessions can be booked direct with us with a £30 deposit to secure your slot. The deposit will be used as part payment towards your order (minimum order value £50). Sessions will last approximately 25 minutes and groups are limited to six people. The following offers are exclusive to Jordans Mill and prints or digital files will be delivered in time for Christmas (orders must be received by cut off date).

Print Packages

£50 Package: Three 5x7in mounted prints (save £10)

£75 Package: Three 5x7in mounted prints and one A4 mounted print (save £20)

£100 Package: Four 5x7in mounted prints and two A4 mounted prints (save £75)

Digital Files

Digital files will be supplied electronically (email link for download). Five digital images for £100, additional images charged at £15 each.

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Help plant 2,500 crocus bulbs at Jordans Mill and help rid the world of Polio

Jordans Mill is partnering with The Rotary Club of Biggleswade Ivel as part of the campaign to eradicate polio worldwide. Come along and help us plant 2,500 purple crocus bulbs by our Mill Meadow and join in our children’s Teddy Trail for the opportunity to win a gorgeous teddy bear. 

The Rotary Club is supporting the nationwide initiative, Purple4Polio, with organisations up and down the country joining in to plant purple crocus bulbs as a symbol of the fight against this terrible disease.

The colour purple is symbolic in that it represents the colour of the dye placed on the little finger of a child on mass immunisation days.

Jordans Mill is proud to be supporting this worthwhile campaign and encourages members of the public to join us on Sunday 16th October and help plant these purple crocus bulbs. Donations for the Teddy Trail are voluntary. Free admission.

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Buzz off to the Honey Show at Jordans Mill this Saturday!

Jordans Mill will be buzzing on Saturday 8th October as the Bedfordshire Beekeepers Association celebrates its annual Honey Show.

This free day out features a range of activities including candle rolling, tastings, displays and presentations, as well as the all-important competition judging a variety of items made from bee by-products.

For those thinking of keeping bees, a pastime shared by a number of celebrities including Bill Turnbull, Radio 4’s Martha Kearney and Jimmy Docherty from Jimmy’s Farm, the Honey Show is a great place to find out more.

Plus, in homage to the wonderful world of bees and honey, Jordans Mill will be running a delicious honey-inspired BBQ serving delicious dishes with a honey twist.

The annual Honey Show competition will be judged throughout the day with visitors able to view all of the entries in the various categories including honey, honey cake, honey wine, craft and microscope displays, wax, candles and mead. Presentations will be made at 4.00pm.

Younger visitors are sure to enjoy trying on a beekeeper’s suit and exploring all of the equipment they use, as well as a whole host of other child-friendly activities including face painting and colouring.

The Honey Show is free to enter although there will be small charge for candle rolling, and is open from 10am until 4.30pm on Saturday, 8th October.

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Christmas Fayre 26th and 27th November

Visit our Christmas Fayre on 26th and 27th November packed full with a wide variety of craft and food stalls to help you start your Christmas shopping in style!

Now in its third year, our Christmas Fayre has become a much anticipated annual event, and one that is sure to really get you in the festive spirit. As well as a tempting array of gifts, crafts, homeware and jewellery, there will be free facepainting for children and, for the first time this year, a special Christmas photography studio.

Expert photographer Darren Harbar will be available throughout the weekend to take beautiful memorable photographs of the family, making ideal Christams gifts or the perfect treasured keepsake.

Our Christmas Fayre is always an enjoyable weekend, with plenty of Christmas spirit to herald the start of the festive season.

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