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Mill Open Weekend

Yarn & Tops Sale – Sat 8th & Sun 9th June 2019

We would like to invite you to our Mill Open Weekend

...on Sat 8th & Sun 9th June 2019

... 10am till 5pm (with FREE entry) …

...with viewings of the Mill (see further to pre-book and find out details re: bringing dogs and / or children - see bottom of e-mail for more info, or click here) ...

...and also a Yarn, Tops and Sock sale (plus tea & cake!)

Our Mill in South Molton is one of only a handful of small-scale worsted spinning Mills still operating in the UK. Although we established it over 10 years ago, we have been at our current location in South Molton coming up to six years. Here John Arbon, our leader in all things wonderfully woolly, alongside his trusty Mill workers Helena, Phil, Jack, Sonja and Natasha, create and make all our luxurious Tops and Yarns.

A few years ago John moved his cherished vintage Mill machinery to its new South Molton home where we are now (just down the road from the Wool Board). He slowly, but surely, lovingly dismantled his machines, moved them, then revamped and re-assembled them at our bigger and brighter premises. At the end of 2014 our new spinner (Kevin) arrived, followed in 2016 by Gino (a cone winder who came all the way from Italy). Then in 2017 our smallest machine arrived … Thumbelina – she is a baby skeiner and makes all our lovely KBN minis and last year Dr. MO (alias A2D2) joined us – a new gillbox with quite a character.

Our Mill is not usually open to the public, but on this special weekend it will be open for tours throughout both days, so people can see and learn about our vintage spinning and processing machinery. This year we have changed the format slightly because of the number of people who want to see and learn about our Mill and vintage machinery. We will, therefore, not have groups of people going on tours, but open sessions where people will be able to look at the machinery at their own pace. There will be Mill folk on hand to explain things as you travel through the Mill, providing a more one-on-one informative visit. Written information about the Mill machines and our spinning process will also be on hand.

Sessions will be hourly… 10am-11am, 11am-12 noon, 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm

During each session you will have approx. 30 mins to wander around the Mill, soak everything up and ask as many questions as you fancy.

To book a slot simply email (john@jarbon.com) or phone (01598 752490) with your name, number of people, time of session and date (you will need to be at the Mill at least 15 minutes before your session starts. Once booked, if you cannot attend for any reason we would be grateful if you would let us know so we can pass your place on to someone else).

As part of our Mill Open Weekend there will be some limited edition special woolly items and also we will have a sale – giving all visitors the opportunity to gather up some Yarns and Tops at discounted prices. And to make the day complete, there will be tea and local homemade cakes on hand to refresh and content.

We will also have our regular ‘Show & Tell’ – where any visitor can bring along and show us any item that they have created from our fibre or yarn (be it spun or felted, crocheted or knitted or woven) … each person will be issued with a raffle ticket and enetered into a prize draw for a chance to win a goodie bag of woolly treats.

Please bear in mind, we are happy for children to come along to the Mill Open Weekend, but due to health & safety restrictions children under 11 cannot go round the Mill, and any children between 11 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18. We also love dogs, so any that are well behaved (on a lead) will be more than welcome, but again they will not be able to go round the Mill.

During the weekend some of our happy shop / office folk will also be in attendance ... myself – Juliet (John’s other half), Judi, Julia and maybe even Ginette. So do come and join us ... have a look around our Mill, fondle some yarn, taste some tempting fancies and, on top of that, you may learn a few of John’s most yarny woolly secrets!!!

take care

Juliet 

For more info:

date: Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2019

time: 10am-5pm

location: FIBRE HARVEST, Unit 6, Hacche Lane Business Park, Pathfields Industrial Estate, South Molton, Devon EX36 3LH

telephone: 01598 752490

e-mail: john@jarbon.com

website: www.jarbon.com

entry price: Free

sessions: There will be viewing sessions in the Mill throughout both days, but there are 4 specific daily slots that can be pre-booked … at 10am-11am, 11am-12 noon, 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm. To book a slot simply email (john@jarbon.com) or phone (01598 752490) with your name, number of people, time of session and date. You will need to be at the Mill at least 15 minutes before your session starts and, once booked, if you cannot attend for any reason, please let us know so we can pass your place on to someone else… During each session you will have approx. 30 mins to wander around the Mill, soak everything up and ask as many questions as you fancy.

children: Children are able to attend the Mill Open Weekend, but due to health & safety restrictions children under 11 cannot go round the Mill, and any children between 11 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18.

dogs: Well behaved dogs, on a lead, can attend the Mill Open Weekend, but cannot to go round the Mill.

parking: ...there is ample parking outside the mill, however if you have any special parking/ drop off requirements please contact us in advance and we will do all we can to help … we also have overflow parking arranged very close by (within a 5 minute walk) for larger vehicles if needed.

directions: …the Mill is situated on the outskirts of South Molton (just off the A361) on a small Business Park called Hacche Lane just off the main road running through the Pathfields Industrial Estate … the entrance to Hacche Lane Business Park is almost opposite (across the other side of the main road) from the large and unmissable Mole Valley Farmers and also runs up at the back of RGB … once in the Hacche Lane Business Park you will see us quite clearly waving and smiling.   Basically if you get lost at all around South Molton just ask anyone directions to the main Mole Valley (everyone knows it). Please note, the Mill is not actually on the road called Hacche Lane (this is somewhere else in South Molton), the Mill is in Hacche Lane Business Park on Pathfields Industrial Estate.

accommodation: ...if you would like some information about places to stay near the Mill in South Molton please click here

And if you should need any further information please just contact me (Juliet) direct on tel no: 01598 752490 or e-mail: juliet@jarbon.com

John Arbon Textiles & Fibre Harvest - British makers of yarns and fibres

Welcome to John Arbon Textiles’ website, every page adorned with our luxury yarns & fibre tops, a fine array of woolly wonders.

We develop & make our yarns & tops at our specialist processing & spinning Mill, Fibre Harvest, a haven of enthusiasm & creativity, snug in the heart of North Devon.

The new Mill arrival, Italian cone winder (Gino) has settled in splendidly, whilst Gillian the skeiner (one of our oldest machines at over 100 years of age) has had are-vamp & is running smoother than ever.

Our latest yarn & tops range, Devonia, a beautiful blend of Devon fibres in 14 deep, mottled, irresistible shades, proudly features on the front cover of our latest catalogue.  And our KBN 4ply minis are welcomed into the fold - all 103 Knit By Numbers shades now available in baby 25g hanks, perfect for colour-work.

Throughout the last year Mill Membership numbers have increased monthly & we’re planning more special treats for the Mill Members’ secret web page in 2018.

The fabulous Mill team, led steadfastly by John, are Helena, Jack, Phil & Natasha; our Lynton shop & office, with Juliet at the helm, is run by Ginette, Judi & Natasha (again), whilst Frankie is our roving ambassador.

2018 sees our 4th Mill Open Weekend & Sale on 19th & 20th May, whilst we look forward to attending shows such as Unravel, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Wonderwool, Woolfest, Fibre East & Yarndale.

Thanks to all our customers for your warm wholehearted support & encouragement.

All the best indeed

John & Juliet

Jarbon




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