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Our Head Gardeners have been busy building mini beasts, creating new flower and vegetable beds and maintaining our Gardens.

They always try to showcase a range of crops, from fruits and vegetables to cereals and flowers, many of which we use in our Riverside Café.

Here’s a few summer tips to help keep the garden in tip top condition – what to do now!

  • Dead heading to promote further flowers
  • Take relevant for cuttings for propagation
  • Sow spring cabbages – oriental greens
  • Remove lower tomatoes leaves to help ripen
  • Keep picking your crops

What’s looking good now in our garden

  • Tomatoes – 12 varieties including several heritage – have you seen our black tomatoes
  • Large non edible Oregano, which are attracting lots of bees and butterflies!
  • Flower of the year – Zinnia in our small cut flower bed

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FIVE YEAR OLD DAISY WINS ‘FRUIT AND VEG’ MASK COMPETITION

Daisy Mackinnon (Aged 5) and her family visited Jordans Mill to collect her gardener's prize after she won our children's competition for #NationalAllotmentWeek.

Her mask was designed using arts and crafts from her cupboard in the theme of garden vegetables and fruits.

Daisy’s mum Laura said: “We were so excited when we got the email telling us that Daisy had won the competition.”

“We are going to use our prize to create a new vegetable patch and teach our children how they can grow their own vegetables and enjoy eating them.”

Daisy even managed to meet Bill Jordan and one of our head gardener's, Jenny!

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Come and work for us!

If you like working in a great environment and love working with people then we want to hear from you?

Front of House Staff wanted for busy, Riverside Café.

  • You will look after our visitors serving food and drink, and carrying out other general duties where required.
  • This is a busy “hands on” role and you will need to be able to deliver great customer service, be a confident communicator and be able to cope under pressure in a busy environment.
  • If you can offer a commitment of a minimum of 30 hours per week, flexible over days, evenings and weekends, then we want to hear from you. (Temporary to possible full time employment available for the successful candidate).
  • Competitive rates of pay and uniform provided.

E-mail your CV and a covering letter telling us why you are right for the role to: dawn.walton@jordansmill.com

Kitchen Porter

  • Working primarily with the back of house team, you will be required to help with the washing up and cleaning as quickly and efficiently as possible to ensure a safe and swift running of the kitchen;
  • Collect and wash up pots and pans that have been used for cooking, cleaning food preparation areas and equipment;
  • Collect and wash up crockery and cutlery from the café area;

E-mail your CV and a covering letter telling us why you are right for the role to: tom.baker@jordansmill.com

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We’re looking for country singers!

Country solo acts and musical groups from across Beds, Herts and Cambs are being asked to pitch to perform at our late night harvest moon supper event at Jordans Mill.

This event will take place at our Langford road restaurant in Bedfordshire on September the 23, from 7pm -10pm.

Singers and groups of country music will perform to an intimate audience at this late night opening themed night in our stunning oak framed venue.  We will listen to all of the videos and let the winner know, so get those videos in!

Musicians can email their videos to info@jordansmill.com or post them directly on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/jordansmill

Remuneration and travel expenses included for the chosen performer.

Jordans Mill

 

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NATIONAL ALLOTMENT WEEK – 14th – 20th AUGUST

It’s finally here and we love National Allotment Week. We are really proud of our market gardening heritage in Biggleswade and want to share our knowledge and facts so that we can encourage more people to eat healthier and grow more fruits and vegetables in their little spaces.

Where did it all start?

In 1929, the term allotment was used to describe a piece of land used for a specific purpose such as market gardening and was promoted during the war with the ‘Dig For Victory’ slogans. In the 60’s and 70’s demand for allotments declined but due to media interest and a boost towards healthy eating and food heritage, plots have once again become popular.

Get creative and grow your own!

If you are lucky enough to have a plot or want to create your own, it can sometimes be a bit daunting to get started.

With a bit of thought and advice from books and the internet you really can let your imagination run wild!

It’s a good idea to break down the plants you would like to grow into separate categories.

  • Fruits/vegetables/flowers or herbs

Then start to list what you would like to produce, remember to grow things you like!

Come and talk to us!

During the week we will have lots of facts in and around our allotments to help get you started – maybe a few jokes too! You will also have an opportunity to speak to our Head Gardeners and pick their brains!

We have a great selection of plants available for sale at the mill shop and lots of guide and support on our website

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AFTERNOON TEA WEEK

Its Afternoon Tea Week so come and celebrate with us!

If dinner is too far away and lunch has passed, but you still feel as if you need a treat for the day, then come and celebrate afternoon Tea Week with us.

Afternoon Tea Week taps into the British Tradition of afternoon tea to help bring a bit of elegance to anytime of the day.

How did Tea Week start?

Afternoon Tea Week was established to help secure a tradition that has graced British afternoons since the 1840’s and invented in Bedfordshire. In those days, dinner often wasn’t served until 8pm, and lunch wasn’t actually a thing. Traditionally this meal contains tiny finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and sweet dainties like cakes and pastries to help lift the spirits, bolster energy, and see you through the rest of the day. We even have a gents version!

How to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week

Celebrating Afternoon Tea Week is simple, for the length of a week make a pause for Afternoon Tea a part of your day.

Why not book our Whizzer’s afternoon tea or Shunter's Afternoon Tea and enjoy the real delights in the comfort of our wonderful Oak framed restaurant with river views. Visit our website to view our selection and book online.

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Gardeners Corner with Debbie and Jenny in August

Our Head Gardeners have been busy building mini beasts, creating new flower and vegetable beds and maintaining our Gardens.

They always try to showcase a range of crops, from fruits and vegetables to cereals and flowers, many of which we use in our Riverside Café.

Here’s a few summer tips to help keep the garden in tip top condition - what to do now!

  • Dead heading to promote further flowers
  • Take relevant for cuttings for propagation
  • Sow spring cabbages - oriental greens
  • Remove lower tomatoes leaves to help ripen
  • Keep picking your crops

What's looking good now in our garden

  • Tomatoes - 12 varieties including several heritage - have you seen our black tomatoes
  • Large non edible Oregano, which are attracting lots of bees and butterflies!
  • Flower of the year - Zinnia in our small cut flower bed
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18th AUGUST LATE NIGHT DINING AND LIVE MUSIC

Come and join us for an evening of food and music and choose from a range of starters, mains and desserts all set to tantalise your tastebuds.

Becky Phillips will perform a range of well known classics mixed in with a sprinkle of humour.

Please reserve your table by emailing joy.buchanan@jordansmill.com or call us on 01767 603940. You can also leave your contact details on an online booking form that can be reached through this link.

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THINGS FOR THE KIDS THIS SUMMER

We know that it is difficult to keep the little ones entertainer through the holidays so we have a few activities which should, help to spark their creativity and let them have lots of fun!

'Beasts in the woods' runs from the 1st August until the 31st August, follow this link for more details

Lets go Wild activity books are available from the shop, follow this link for more details

and we have a local artist coming in to run two sessions on the 3rd August making 'wild-e-beasts', follow this link for more details  to book online for this, please follow this link

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MX 5 GATHERING AT JORDANS MILL

Thanks you to 'the gathering' of MX-5 cars that came over to the Mill over the weekend. We're glad you all had a good drive about the county and hope to see you all again!

From the group:

In 1999 Mazda launched the 10th Anniversary Edition. Finished with innocent blue mica paint, distinctive two-tone leather/alcantra seats and polished chrome wheels the 10ae is instantly recognisable. Eighteen years on about 400 cars still grace the British roads. In 2016 thirteen gleaming 10ae cars convened at Carsington Water in Derbyshire for The Gathering. Inspired by the pleasing bling and blue there was a pledge to repeat.

Day 1: By lunchtime 23 gleaming cars from the UK and the Netherlands had gathered at Jordans Mill, home of toasted cereals and tasty breakfast bars. Lunch overlooking the River Ivel, a group photoshoot, and then The Drive.

Day 2: Fourteen MX-5 cars stayed for breakfast at Jordans Mill and then out onto the open road for The Drive.

All said and done, it was a grand weekend and in very good company.

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