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November 2007

Meet the Wiggly team

By Heather 12 years ago

This week we get to meet one of the newest members of the Wiggly Team, Pam, our office manager. The offspring of an agricultural contractor and Welsh hill farmer’s daughter, Pam has lived in the small village of Preston-on-Wye in Herefordshire for the last 40 years. Pam, and our very own Heather, met on their first day at Madley school and have remained firm friends ever since. It was at this point that I asked if Pam had any funny stories to regale, but she said that some of the scrapes were too risqué to repeat! However, she did recollect Heather going through a slightly strange phase when our, now older and wiser, Mrs Gorringe decided it would be good to wear her dad’s antique stripey pyjamas to college – “It’s art darlings!” Pam is married to Pip, who also works on the farm making composters and bird feeders for Wigglys. They share their home with one daughter and a rescued Labrador called Max. Whilst admitting that she isn’t the greatest gardener around, Pam does like her flowers and continues to use her late Grandad’s cherished gardening tools to this day. Outside work, Pam sits on various village committees and helps to run Cowpats, the Preston-on-Wye Community Access Point. Her latest adventure was to pose, as Miss June, for “A Year with Billy”, a nude charity calendar which is a Preston-on-Wye fund raising initiative for the Donor Family Network and Heartlung Transplant Fund. It’s the quiet ones you have to watch! As a result of giving Max a new home, Pam is now involved with the Labrador Rescue and not only helps to fund raise, but also contributes to their newsletter. Not one to be left out, Max too was selected to appear (nude!) in The Labrador Rescue’s 2008 calendar. In her spare time Pam likes ringing bells and running away! Only joking! She is a keen campanologist and can be regularly found in the towers of two local churches ringing out the odd peal or two. Pam’s idea of a perfect break from work is a skiing holiday with her family and she is looking forward to their next trip to the slopes of Italy.

Meet the Wiggly team

By Heather 12 years ago

This week we get to meet Hannah, part of the Wiggly sales team. After leaving school Hannah read Zoology at Aberystwyth University, but it was her holiday job that inspired a career change. During her breaks from Uni she worked on an organic vegetable farm near her family home in Herefordshire where she picked up a host of invaluable skills and an insight into large scale vegetable production. Hannah says that the best part of her job was attending the famous Borough Market in London every other weekend to sell the farm’s organic produce. She even did a bit of “celeb spotting” while she was there and her main claim to fame was selling a cabbage to Jamie Oliver! In fact she loved working on the farm so much that her next brush with education was to study for an HNC in horticulture at Pershore whilst working as a gardener.

Not only does Hannah work in the office two days a week, she also looks after the Wiggly garden and the infamous Wiggly cutting patch. She currently has plans to transform a shady area in the garden with native woodland plants and ferns and increase the variety of cut flowers grown for the Wiggly bouquets.

At home, Hannah’s garden is brimming with cottage garden plants, together with a raised vegetable patch and a newly created wildlife pond. In her “spare time” she is also a keen apiarist and currently tends to four hives located at her parents’ home. Not only is Hannah a “bit of a whiz” in the garden her other passion is cooking and her homemade cakes LOOK (as we have yet to taste them!!) delicious.

Do small firms really need a website?

By Heather 12 years ago

I have recently hijacked the Wiggly Blog as part of my new role within Wiggly Wigglers and ejected our great leader, to the extent that all her earlier posts now appear with my name attached (sorry Heather)!! However, rather graciously, I have now agreed to her let her appear as a guest author AND allowed her speak to the BBC. As you may know, our Heather is rather keen on technology and loves nothing more than getting to those hard to reach places, either from the Wiggly sofa in her weekly podcast, by electronic newsletters (to subscribe click here), the Wiggly web site or, her latest toy, Facebook. You can see exactly what she had to say about the impact technology has had on Wiggly Wigglers by clicking here and how small businesses really can benefit from 21st century tools.

Have YOUR say in PRINT

By Heather 12 years ago

This is your chance to have your say! ~And for me to experiment with all the things I learnt in the US of A with regard to Social Media and Podchef and Pigs!

As you may well of noticed that old Wiggly company is pretty keen on Social Media, and Blogging, and Podcasting, and Twittering, and wotnotiness.

Well, - me dears this ol farm in rural Herefordshire now wants to be the first to put together a conventional paper catalogue using Social Media!

What does that all mean? We want YOU to get involved, write articles, send in photos and drawings, design product if you are in the mood, and we will use these articles and items in our catalogue and on our website.

Whats in it for me? I hear you cry.

Well, one thing is for sure, you must write whatever you like and I certainly wont want to sway that by any attempt at the old bribery...(!) On the other hand I most definitely will not let any contribution used go by without a good old thank you, and a plug for your cause or your blog or whatever it is you want to promote to our 160k readers. I think this is quite an exciting project and so will be wheeling in the full force of the Wiggly media promotion campaign to enthuse about your contributions from all over the world to help to change the way we garden!

If that sounds fair enough to you here is what I am looking for:

1: Perhaps you have experience of a product that Wiggly Wigglers is selling or could sell (our next catalogue aims at The Farmer in You so extends our growing and harvesting range). Can you review that product? Have you got a piccy of you using it?

2: Maybe you would like to write a "How To" For example we would love a "How to Make your own bird seed fat feed" or similar. What about a "How to make a Christmas wreath using native hedging"?

3: Spread this news. Could you blog this idea, or share this with your facebook friends to see if other folk are enthusiastic about making the first ever collaberative Wiggly catalogue, and have some relevant musing to share to encourage folk to find "The Farmer in THEM!!

If you would like anymore guidance - think the idea is a corker, or a rubbish one, let me know what you think. I'll put this up on the facebook discussion section, or you can message me, or email me heather@wigglywigglers.co. uk. I dont suppose we'll be able to use every single contribution but we will be doing our best.

Wiggle ON dear groupy


The catch:
The deadline for this project is Friday 30th November (sharp intake of breath is audible). Think about it - if I gave you a deadline of next July you'd start the last week in June....you would...you know you would....