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New Year, New Start for Jordans Mill in January

It will definitely be a case of ‘New Year, New Start’ for Jordans Mill in January 2017, as the visitor attraction’s popular Riverside Café will reopen following a short period of closure to allow for a redesign of the dining area and kitchen.

The transformation is in response to customer feedback, and will result in an improved experience and a wider food offering including a larger range of lunchtime specials, extended breakfast and brunch menus, afternoon teas, and exciting themed menus.

Rather than ordering food and drink at the tills, customers will be shown to a table where staff will take their order, which will then be brought to their table.

The food heritage attraction in Broom near Biggleswade opened in April 2013 and since then the Riverside Café has become a sought-after destination for fresh, seasonal food, and a great place to catch up over scones and tea.

Jordans Mill will close on Christmas Eve at 3pm for a period of approximately three weeks to allow the changes to take place.

Bill Jordan, Trustee of Jordans Mill, said: “This change is very exciting for everyone here at Jordans Mill as not only will it improve the customer experience, but it will also allow us to widen our food offering, and as a food heritage attraction this is very important to us.

“We have always sought to use fresh seasonal ingredients in our dishes, and we have a strong commitment to using local food where possible, which will continue.

“Food is at the heart of everything we do here at Jordans Mill, from showing how grains were once milled to produce flour, growing cereal crops and fruits and vegetables in the Mill Gardens, and creating dishes in the Riverside Café using our homegrown produce.

“We are extremely grateful for the support and custom we’ve received from all our visitors since we opened, and we are looking forward to this next exciting chapter for Jordans Mill when we reopen in January.”

The Riverside Café will continue to welcome ‘walk-ins’ and will now also offer the opportunity to reserve tables.

Customers are invited to monitor the Jordans Mill Facebook and Twitter channels and the website for updates on the redesign and information on reopening.

All of Jordans Mill including the Mill and Mill Gardens will be closed during the redesign.

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Christmas Robin Hunt 3 to 24 December

Explore a festive trail around the Jordans Mill Gardens this December and search for our robins' nests on our Christmas Robin Hunt! Discover the Christmas objects hidden in the nests and find them all to complete the trail and win a chocolate treat.

Once all the nests have been found, enter your completed Robin Hunt sheet into our prize draw to win a meal in the Riverside Café and a children's book.

The Christmas Robin Hunt is £1.50 per child and is running daily from 3rd to 24th December, simply head over to our reception desk to pick up the trail sheet. Good luck!

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Celebrate the festive season with our Christmas Carvery lunches

This Christmas, we enjoy a special festive carvery on Mondays to Fridays, perfect for celebrating with family and friends, or for your office Christmas lunch.

The three course lunch features a choice of delicious starters and tempting mains, from traditional Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, to a seasonal mushroom, brie and cranberry wellington, or oven baked salmon with potato gratin. Rounding off the festive feast is a selection of desserts including traditional Christmas pudding, spotted dick with custard, warm mince pies or cheese boards. All finished off with coffee and mints.

Our Christmas Carvery lunch is £24.95 per adult and £14.95 per child. To book, please email sam.wright@jordansmill.com or call us on 01767 603940.

 

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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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Local children wow Jordans Mill judges in craft competition

Two local children have won our Design a Woodland Friend competition as part of our Friends of the Forest Tree Trail activity, winning their families a meal for four in the Riverside Café and books on trees.

Poppy Catmur, age 6 from Biggleswade, was the winner in the 6 and under category with her delightful picture of a squirrel made using items collected from nature. The judges felt that Poppy’s picture showed a very creative use of the materials she had found and particularly liked the way she told a story through her artwork.

Emily Clark was the winner in the 7-11 age group and wowed the judges with her fantastic model of a native British snake, an Adder, made using all natural materials as required by the competition. Emily’s impressive creation really stood out and she had clearly spent lots of time working on this fantastic piece of art.

Nicky Carlyle is Marketing Manager at Jordans Mill and was one of the competition judges, she said: “We had some fantastic entries into our competition and it was a real pleasure to see the creativity demonstrated by the children. We would like to thank all the children who took the time to make a woodland friend and for entering the competition, the standard was impressively high.”

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