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November 30, 2015 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

This week at Apley Farm Shop

2015-11-28, Sparkly festoon lights, Steve Watts

Sparkly festoon lights down our front drive ©Steve Watts

2015-11-28, Boy on father's shoulders, ©Steve Watts

Christmas Food Fair family customers with Apley Walled Garden purple Brussels sprouts, ©Steve Watts

Every week, we issue a briefing for staff to keep them up to date on what’s going on at Apley Farm Shop. So I thought I’d share just the key snippets here too:

In the farm shop, Julie’s cake of the week is Christmas Yule log. Later this week, Hop & Stagger’s fourth brand of beer (Harvest Porter) will be available, brewed less than 1 mile from the farm shop. Don’t forget butcher & delicatessen Christmas orders close Wed 16 Dec at 5:30pm in the shop & at midnight online. Online bakery orders also close 16 Dec & Christmas veg box orders close Sat 19 Dec at midnight.

Gilly is leading the Apley Cookery Club on Saturday morning 10:30-12:30pm (booking required), after which our local deer expert is speaking on Saturday afternoon 1:30-3:30pm (no booking required). His passion for the subject is contagious. He’s so informative ! Also on Saturday, drop into the farm shop 10-3pm for a free taster of Tipsy Fruit Gins.

In the Playbarn, they’re promoting Breakfast & Afternoon Tea with a visit from Santa, Sat 12, Sun 13 & Fri—Wed 23 Dec. Children’s tickets are £14.95 & adult tickets £7.95. Family tickets (2 adults & 2 children) are £43.95. This year there’s no need to book Santa’s Grotto 12:30-3pm. We have 2 special schools visiting us before Christmas & a creative Christmas Crafts Club on Thursdays after school.

In the Creamery Café we’re offering the first of Head Chef Matt’s four Christmas menus. They’re taking Christmas party bookings.

We have 2 fundraising efforts this month: Our children created packets of reindeer food to raise funds for the Perry RDA Group, which are selling well. Our staff will be wearing Christmas jumpers 11-18 Dec to raise funds for 3 national charities including Save the Children Fund. Do your bit in a Christmas knit !

I’ve been busy launching DeliShop – our new online Click & Collect service. Tests & checks continue, improved photos taken & added, staff training is about to begin, technicalities ironed out, press release written, leaflet & poster created, etc.

The guide to Apley Walled Garden (pre 1775 to date) just needs more editing, plus Phil is finishing the 2015 ££ figures & planning the way ahead in the garden in 2016.

I’ve just had some more photos for the Apley Archive project which I’ll share asap. I‘ve been given a contact of someone who can help me put the database together. It’s vast, so very important to get right. The Apley Archive website design is already planned, just providing the user interface.  Plus, labels for the Fourth Apley Archive Exhibition in The Creamery Café are nearly ready.

There’s always more, but that’s enough for now ! I’ll share Christmas Food Fair photos later this week. We had a lovely compliment when a new customer said to me “Oooh, this is just like a mini Chatsworth!”

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