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Looking for more brilliant grads

We’re looking for brilliant people to join our general management graduate scheme: bit.ly/2rTwxdx

A two year scheme, spending six months at our businesses – Aunt Bessie’s, Abel & Cole, Jacksons (our bakery) and MyFresh – gaining hands-on experience in the food industry.

Rosie, one of our 2015 general management grads, is currently in a buying role at Abel & Cole on her last placement rotation and had this to say:

“The scheme has been an absolute whirlwind and I’ve had an amazing insight into the food industry; the support from WJFG has been brilliant and I feel part of something really special.”


Jacksons’ welcomes cast of Hessle Theatre Company’s The Bakers Wife to learn some tips and tricks of the trade

Colleagues at our bakery recently welcomed cast members from The Baker’s Wife to get some bread-making tips ahead of the show’s run at Hull Truck Theatre.

Neal Edlin and Hannah Wilson, playing baker Aimable Castagnet and baker’s wife Genevieve, went on a full tour of the bakery and even had a go at making their own loaves. Cast members also had a lesson on culinary history from our bakers, who taught them about the traditional bread making methods of the 1930s, the era in which the musical is set.

Cast member, Hannah Wilson said: “I had a wonderful afternoon at Jacksons’. I now have so much respect for bakers – I couldn’t even roll a sausage shape out of dough! I’ve never seen so much bread in my life. It was so interesting to hear the story of a small business growing into a massive part of everyone’s lives. I will never look at a loaf of bread in the same way again…”

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Pictured: The Baker’s Wife cast members Neal Edlin and Hannah Wilson with our Development Bakers, Kevan Roberts and Katy Asquith

Victoria Kennedy, Marketing and Communications Manager at Jacksons
, said: “We’re really pleased to have hosted Hessle Theatre Company and shared with them the bread-making knowledge and passion that we have here at Jacksons’.”

The Baker’s Wife is hilarious and heart-warming musical comedy from the writers of Wicked and Fiddler on the Roof. It tells the tale of a village baker, whose life is left in tatters when the local heartthrob whisks his wife away. When the baker shuts up shop and hits the bottle, the bickering villagers hatch a crazy plan to reunite the couple so that the baker will begin to make bread again.

To celebrate Hull UK City of Culture 2017, award-winning Hessle Theatre Company return to Hull Truck Theatre from Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 July to present the Yorkshire premiere of this gem of a show, following acclaimed productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods and the sell-out Sister Act.


Our third volunteering bunch are back from our Malawi Farm Project

We wanted our Malawi Farm Project to be about more than simply writing a cheque; that’s why twice a year, in May and October, 10 of our colleagues go to visit the project and get involved, taking with them bags of enthusiasm and knowledge to share.

May 2017’s bunch have just landed back in the UK and we’re very proud of Julie McCann, Howard Rowell, Oliver Grindell and Katherine Easter from Aunt Bessie’s, Darren Lock from our bakery – Jacksons, Hannah Beeley, Agnes Fodor and Tomasz Weclawik from MyFresh, and Marta Salva Cifuentes and Victoria Laming from Abel & Cole for taking part in the nine-day trip.

Our five-year Malawi Farm Project aims to help a local village of over 1,000 farmers in the Ntcheu District be self-sustainable and food-secure. Our colleague volunteers help the farmers to build greenhouses, fences, plant trees and make beds for vegetables. They also visit the local school, have Chichewa language lessons, learn about permaculture, sample Malawian food and get taught how to dance by the locals.

Kate from Aunt Bessie’s, said: “It was a truly life changing experience for the farmers there and for us volunteers too. I’ve been overwhelmed by my time in Malawi and I’ve gained so much from it. We achieved a lot while we were there and to see how much it will benefit the farmers’ lives is fantastic. An amazing project!”

18302462_10158373990310467_1328811568_nThey’re off! Our volunteers ready to leave for Malawi.

MAKING ROPE FROM THE TYREOur volunteers and the community making rope from tyres.

Here’s the dirt: Hannah digging to plant trees.
Our volunteers eating sugar cane with the farmers.
Practicing their Chichewa language greetings.

At the schoolAt the school, appreciating what the students are learning
Visiting the local school.

18426715_10158388050650467_1156588547_o 18426501_10158388050735467_687731865_o 18362656_10158388050365467_680378979_o 18362624_10158388049360467_575007296_o   STRUCTURE OF THE GREENHOUSE FINISHED
Our colleagues in the greenhouse structure.
Hoorah! All finished – trees planted, vegetable beds created, the greenhouse built and fences up – well done team!