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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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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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