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Book now for our Willow Wreath Workshops!

On 12th December, Jordans Mill will be running Christmas Willow Wreath Workshops with Bedfordshire willow growers Jane and Guy Lambourne.

A willow wreath is a chic alternative to the traditional Christmas holly wreath and, unlike holly and fir, doesn’t require regular watering to keep it looking fresh.

At the workshops, Jane and Guy Lambourne, who grow willow and other natural materials on their smallholding in Bedfordshire, will demonstrate how to create and decorate a beautiful willow wreath, using materials grown by them locally.

Two workshops will take place at 10.30am and 1.30pm lasting two hours. The cost per head is £25 to include tea/coffee and festive refreshments.

To book your place please email info@jordansmill.com and visit www.jordansmill.com.

Jane and Guy Lambourne run Wassledine, a smallholding in a Bedfordshire village where they grow willow and hazel, and have a small number of conservation cows. All of the willow and materials to be used in the willow wreath workshops has been grown by Jane and Guy.

Jane and Guy also use their home grown natural materials to create beautiful garden structures including tunnels, arches, and fencing, and have created a hazel and willow tunnel for the Jordans Mill gardens, as well as other natural structures that can be found around Jordans Mill.

For more information on Wassledine, please visit www.wassledine.co.uk.

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Our trees are getting all dressed up for the Friends of the Forest Tree Trail!

The trees in our woodland are getting all dressed up this summer for our NEW Friends of the Forest Tree Trail!

Wander through the woodland on our trail and look for 12 of our trees that have got dressed up, especially for the summer holidays! Find the trees then look for the leaves on the tree, and decide which leaf belongs to which tree. Children will love racing around our woodland with their Friends of the Forest Activity Sheet, searching out our dressed up trees and completing the puzzles.

Once all the trees have been found and all the leaves matched, simply pop along to the Mill Store to collect your free Jordans cereal bar. But the fun doesn't stop there, oh no! Why not collect some materials from our woodland along the trail and take them home to make your very own woodland friend to enter into our Design a Woodland Friend competition? The winner receives lunch for four in our Riverside Café and a book on trees.

The Friends of the Forest Tree Trail starts on Saturday 6th August running every day until 21st August, and costs £1 per child. Have fun and happy hunting!

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Make a Mini Scarecrow! Summer Holiday Fun at Jordans Mill

Start filling those long summer holidays with some creative fun right here at Jordans Mill! We've planned a fun day of willow craft activities that all the family can enjoy.

Create your very own mini scarecrow, the perfect task for little hands, while parents and grandparents can try their hand at willow weaving; why not have a go at making a willow wand or willow whirl?

Our willow craft activity is a drop in session running from 10.30am until 2.30pm on Friday 5th August. No booking necessary, just turn up!

£6 per child or £10 for two children.

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We’re finalists in the FSB Bedfordshire Awards!

Jordans Mill has been announced as a finalist in the FSB Bedfordshire Awards in the Rural Business of the Year category.

We're delighted to have reached the finals and we're now looking forward to the Awards Dinner at Luton Hoo Hotel on 9th July where we'll find out if we've been successful.

Congratulations to all the other finalists and good luck!

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Join us from Thursday 26th May for late opening until 9pm

Due to the popularity of our summer late opening in 2015 we will be staying open until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays from 26th March, serving food from our a la carte menu until 8pm.

Our Riverside Café and outside terrace will be open longer during the lighter evenings serving evening meals so you can relax and make the most of the summer months overlooking the River Ivel.

All we need now is you! To book a table, please call us on 01767 603940.

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Ian Cumming to Appear at Jordans Mill

Ian Cumming, a finalist in The Great British Bake Off, who lives in Cambridgeshire with his wife and two children will appear at Jordans Mill in Bedfordshire on Sunday 15th May to demonstrate his baking skills.

At a special event which coincides with National Mills Weekend, Ian will be demonstrating a variety of bread recipes to the people of Bedfordshire and beyond and will take part in a live Q&A.

Ian will be giving two demonstrations at Jordans Mill on Sunday 15th May at 11am and 2pm with the audience able to watch Ian as he bakes a variety of bread recipes and the opportunity to sample the end results. Members of the audience will also be invited to have a go themselves and Ian will be divulging some trade secrets on bread making as well as talking about different types of flour and bread.

Ian said: “Bread baking has always been a passion of mine, in fact I would go as far as to say I prefer baking bread to cakes, and so when I was asked by Jordans Mill to demonstrate bread making as part of National Mills Weekend I was delighted.

“A lot of people are put off baking their own bread thinking it will be too time consuming but I will be demonstrating some quick bread bakes and some neat tips and tricks for getting children interested in baking bread too.

“I really enjoyed my time on Bake Off as it’s given me lots of opportunities like this one, and I’m really looking forward to coming along to Jordans Mill and meeting lots of new faces.”

Bill Jordan, Trustee of Jordans Mill, said: “We’re delighted that Ian will be showing off his excellent bread baking skills for us during National Mills Weekend. Having produced flour here for over a hundred years, and now growing cereal crops in our Mill Gardens, bread is something that’s at the heart of Jordans Mill and so we’re thrilled to have someone like Ian show us how it’s done.

Attendance at the bread baking demonstrations free. A number of places can be reserved in advance, please email nicky.carlyle@jordansmill.com ASAP to reserve your place as spaces are limited. Additional spaces will be available on the day; registration for the morning demonstration will open at 10am and at 1pm for the afternoon demonstration.

Ian's Bread Recipes from the Jordans Mill Bread Demonstrations on Sunday 15th May

Wild Garlic and Parmesan Bread

Ingredients
500g strong white flour

40g unsalted butter

10g fine sea salt

10g instant yeast

100g wild garlic

75g parmesan

280ml water approx

Method
Using your fingers mix the bread into the flour until it disappears. Add salt and yeast. Chop wild garlic fairly finely and add to mix. Grate parmesan quite finely and also add to mix. Add approximately 280ml of water (the exact amount will vary depending on the flour.) Using dough hook beat on slow for a couple of minutes before increasing to medium for another 3 – 5 minutes.

Place in oiled container covered with clingfilm or a plastic bag and allow to rise for 1 to 2 hours on until doubled in size. Knock back with a couple of kneads and then place in loaf tin or mould. Place in bag and allow to double in size. Preheat oven to 220C. Place tray of water in bottom of oven. Bake for 10 minutes and then turn down to 200C and bake for approximately another 20 minutes or until nice and brown.

6 Seeded Loaf

Ingredients
500g 6 seeded bread flour

40g unsalted butter

10g fine seas salt

10 instant yeast

50g black treacle / molasses

Method
Using your fingers mix the bread into the flour until it disappears. Add salt and yeast. Add molasses and approx 250ml water. (the exact amount will vary depending on the flour.) Using dough hook beat on slow for a couple of minutes before increasing to medium for another 3 – 5 minutes.

Place in oiled container covered with clingfilm or a plastic bag and allow to rise for 1 to 2 hours on until doubled in size. Knock back with a couple of kneads and then place in loaf tin or mould. Place in bag and allow to double in size. Preheat oven to 220C. Place tray of water in bottom of oven. Bake for 10 minutes and then turn down to 200C and bake for approximately another 20 minutes or until nice and brown.

Spelt Rolls

Ingredients
500g spelt flour

40g unsalted butter

10g fine sea salt

10g instant yeast

1tsp brown sugar

½ a vitamin C tablet crushed to powder.

Method
Using your fingers mix the bread into the flour until it disappears. Add salt, yeast, sugar and Vitamin C powder. Finally add approx 300ml water. (the exact amount will vary depending on the flour.) Using dough hook beat on slow for a couple of minutes before increasing to medium for another 3 – 5 minutes.

Place in oiled container covered with clingfilm or a plastic bag and allow to rise for 1 to 2 hours on until doubled in size. Knock back with a couple of kneads and then divide into 16 balls weighing approx 55g each.Roll into balls on work surface and then place on floured baking tray 1-2cm apart. Place tray in bag and allow rolls to double in size. Preheat oven to 200C. Place tray of water in bottom of oven. Bake for approx 15 minutes or until nice and brown.

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Free Mill Tour for Dads this Father’s Day

This Father’s Day Dads go free here at Jordans Mill on one of our guided Mill Tours. History and engineering enthusiasts will have a fantastic time admiring the innovative machinery and technology of our iconic watermill, home to the Jordan family for over 150 years. 

Why not make a day of it and enjoy a special Father’s Day lunch in the Riverside Café then relax with a stroll around the beautiful Mill Gardens, unique food and flower gardens where cereal crops, fruits and vegetables are grown in an ornamental setting alongside flowers and plants.

Guided Mill Tours will run at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm on Father's Day with all Dads going free! It is advisable to book in advance, please call 01767 603940 to book.

FATHER’S DAY LUNCH AT JORDANS MILL

We will be serving a special lunch to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, 19th June.

STARTER

Soup of the Day (see specials board)

MAIN COURSE

Roast Sirloin of Beef, Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings     £12.95

Seabass served with asparagus, jersey royal potatoes and lemon butter     £10.95

Vegetarian option (see specials board)

DESSERT

Selection of cakes and tray bakes from the cake table

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Local crafts galore at our Spring Fayre

There will be local crafts and food galore at our Spring Fayre as well as fun for all the family including face painting and glitter tattoos to keep the little ones entertained.

We have a fantastic line up of local craft and food producers who'll be selling a range of wares from jewellery to children's clothes, beauty products, food, homewares, women's clothes and accessories and lots more.

Free face painting will be taking place on the Saturday from 11am until 3pm and our Riverside Café will be open as usual so you can rest and refuel after all that shopping.

Our Spring Fayre is a great opportunity for a family day out enjoying our Mill Gardens, meadow and woodland and even a guided tour of our historic Mill. Doors for the Spring Fayre open at 10am and close at 4pm on Sunday 22nd May.

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Join the Biggleswade Green Wheel Community Walk on 8th May

Join the Biggleswade Green Wheel Community Walk on Sunday 8th May and raise money for your favourite cause, or take part just for fun!

Organised by the Rotary Club of Biggleswade Ivel, the Community Walk is a fun event for all the family with two walks of 3.5 miles and 7.5 miles respectively. Opened just over a year ago in March 2015, the Biggleswade Green Wheel is a 7 mile walking and cycling route around Biggleswade passing through areas of landscape, heritage and wildlife interest.

The Green Wheel was officially opened by Bill Jordan here at Jordans Mill and we are very proud to be a key landmark on the route and also the only refreshment stop!

The Community Walk event starts at 11am on Sunday 8th May from Jordans Mill with an entry fee of £5 per person over 16 (under 16s are free). All profits go to the Biggleswade Ivel Trust Fund for their charitable work.

There will be activities for children on the day to give them some encouragement on the way round including collecting 'stamps' at the information point and a photo quiz.

Certificates and medals will be presented to all those who complete their walk.

This promises to be a fun, active day out for all the family and a celebration of the wonderful Biggleswade Green Wheel.

To find out more about the Community Walk and for details on how to enter, please click here to download the information sheet.

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Jenny and Debbie hit the airwaves for National Gardening Week

Our new Head Gardeners, Jenny Osbourne and Debbie Searle, hit the airwaves on Wednesday 13th April in an interview on BBC Three Counties Radio with presenter Nick Coffer. Jenny and Debbie were invited to talk about National Gardening Week, which runs until Sunday 17th April, and about our very own Mill Gardens.

Nick also took the opportunity to benefit from Jenny and Debbie's wealth of knowledge and got some great tips on growing vegetables as well as sowing lawn seed.

In case you missed the interview, you can listen again here via iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03phbjh

Jenny and Debbie's interview starts at 44 minutes and 50 seconds.

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