The Prince of Wales has today visited Jordans Mill as part of a series of engagements in Bedfordshire. The Prince had a tour of the mill with Bill and David Jordan and met members of the Jordan family, including the youngest member of the family Isla, who is 11 months old, as well as Mrs Jordan, Bill and David's mother. He also met factory workers from the neighbouring Jordans Cereals factory and local business representatives who discussed export opportunities as part of a UK Trade & Industry exhibition. The Prince of Wales signed a special visitor book that will now be on display for future visitors to see.
Bill Jordan, who led the tour of the mill said: “It was an absolute privilege to provide His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales with a tour of the mill and visitor centre. Our head gardener particularly enjoyed meeting the Prince and showing him the new mill gardens, which demonstrate Conservation Grade; the field margins that farmers who supply Jordans Cereals have in place to protect wildlife.”
During November, the team had lots of fun coming up with ways to raise money for two charities, Children in Need and Alopecia UK. A raffle was held for a luxury Jordans Mill hamper, which was won by Emma and Paul Rogger. There was also a 'guess the number of jelly beans in the jar' competition. This was won by Penelope Friss, otherwise now known as The Bean Counter, who guessed the right number of jelly beans (563) to win the jar! Penelope has kindly re-donated the jellybeans for our next charitable cause. One of our chefs did a sponsored silence for the day, and another one of our chefs bravely had all of her hair shaved off. It's ok, we've lined her up with crazy wigs and hats for the winter to keep her warm!
A total of £507.22 was collected. Thank you very much to everyone who contributed in raising this important money for the two charities.
Looking for somewhere to enjoy a Christmas lunch? Come and join us at 'Holme' for a veritable festive feast from 2nd-23rd December where we will be serving turkey or vegetarian lunches with all the trimmings in the Riverside Cafe!
We are also taking bookings for groups of over 30 people to enjoy Christmas lunch in our private dining room overlooking the Flour Mill and River Ivel. Please call 01767 603940 or email email@example.com.
On Friday, we had the pleasure of welcoming BBC Three Counties Radio! The Nick Coffer Show was broadcast live from here. Nick spoke to some of our team and he got to go inside the Flour Mill and discover the historical side of the site. He also had great things to say about the new Mill Store and Riverside Cafe. We hope to welcome them again soon.
If you missed it, you can listen again via BBC iPlayer for the next few days http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01j635p
The food and flower gardens at Jordans Mill are now open! You are invited to discover Biggleswade's rich heritage of food production and see the produce growing that would have once been taken by train to London’s Covent Garden. A wide range of vegetables will be growing in an ornamental flower garden setting.
The gardens were specially designed by Chelsea Flower Show winners Toll & Kitson using ancient field layouts and hedge patterns. However, it's not been an easy task.
You could compare it with building a roof garden, as some of it is on concrete. Some areas only have 50cm of soil! What we’ve been working with is an industrial site that’s taken time and special care to prepare. A special membrane has been placed underneath the soil to help. The gardens are designed to change through the seasons with ornamental and crop plants, vegetables and fruit.
Sustainable food gardens will provide an interpretation for visitors of best-practice growing systems, such as Conservation Grade, devised by Jordans Cereal for its growers.
Wild flower meadows are also being sown to encourage a natural habitat for insects opposite the Mill Store. A new bridge is being installed that will make the area accessible from the new market garden. The path running through the garden is based on the original flow of the River Ivel.
When Jordans Cereals decided to hold a Great British Bake Off-style competition, Jordans Mill was the obvious choice of venue. Having produced flour for the Jordan family business for over 150 years Jordans Mill had all the right ingredients to rise to the occasion.
A private event for Jordans Cereals’ staff based in Biggleswade took place at Jordans Mill last week. Edd Kimber, winner of BBC 2’s The Great British Bake Off in 2010 hosted the event where guests took part in a baking competition to see who peaked and who flopped.
There were two winning teams who impressed the Great British Bake Off winner with their high standards of baking on the night.
Edd Kimber said: “"It was great to spend the evening with such an enthusiastic (and competitive) team of bakers! Everyone threw themselves into the challenges, which were to make granola bars and do some show-stopping cake decorating, and I was so impressed with everyone's efforts. It was cracking evening all-round."
As well as showing off their skills in the kitchen, guests were also allowed to take off their aprons and were treated to supper in the Riverside Cafe with views across the River Ivel.
Don't forget to pick up a special edition of the Biggleswade Chronicle this week, as there's an 8-page supplement dedicated to telling the story of Jordans Mill and the Jordan family from the 1890s to present day. There are lots of archive photos and interesting tales for readers, finishing with a lovely interview with Mrs Jordan.
It was good to see our Chelsea gold-winning garden designers Toll+Kitson overseeing the work on the gardens yesterday. As you can see the paths are all in place and earth is being moved around into all the right areas. The garden has been designed using ancient field layouts and hedge patterns. However, it's not been an easy task; you could compare it with building a roof garden as some of it is on concrete. Some areas only have 50cm of soil! What we've all had to be mindful of and patient about is that we're on an industrial site and once the weather turned for the better, it took time and special care to prepare the garden area. A special membrane has been placed underneath the soil to help.
The path you can see running through the site is based on the original flow of the River Ivel. Next, field hedges are going to be planted and raised corten steel gardens are going in before all the crops are sown. Although the gardens will be opening in the next few weeks, next spring we expect the gardens to really come to life with ornamental and crop plants, vegetables and fruit!
Val and Peter Knight, who both worked at the mill for over thirty years came to visit Jordans Mill this week. Val was on the first production line for Jordans Cereals. Here Val is in The Barn standing next to an old picture of herself with Bill Jordan and Moez Karsan. Val is at the front with a number of other workers on the line.
We're pleased to advise that construction work on Jordans Mill gardens is well underway and that we're hoping to have them open by late September. After the awful prolonged winter weather and a few other delays and set-backs, the team are doing an amazing job at getting this final part of the site open, even in the hot weather! Tonnes of top soil arrived last week and very quickly the soil mountain has been distributed to the right areas. The path is in place and it won't be long before planting is underway. We can't wait to be able to show you the beautiful, fitting work that Chelsea Flower Show gold winners Toll+Kitson have designed.