Welcome to the page of Jolly Olly's Coffee Shop in Oakley Lane, Oakley near Basingstoke. Welcome to the page of Jolly Olly's Coffee Shop in Oakley Lane, Oakley near Basingstoke. We only launched on December 10th but have been amazed by the warm reception from the residents of Oakley and surrounding village/towns. We are open 6 days a week from 8am on weekdays and 9.30am on Saturday. We only offer coffee and cakes from local suppliers and also now do gluten free. We have free wi-fi for any customers, a children's play corner and a local community section with leaflets and local goods for sale.
Some of you may remember that, during November and December we planned to run a, “Lonely Club”. At this time, we sadly had no takers. However, having recently had a call from a gentleman who was making enquiries as to whether we were planning any more, I have decided to try again in February. If you are lonely, and would like some company, please come along to Lonely Club on Wednesday 21st February between 2pm and 4pm. Feel free to chat, play cards or just sit quietly. Be sure that we will make you feel welcome and, if you give us the code LC2Welcome, we will give you a free mug of tea. We look forward to seeing you. Several customers have also expressed and interest in coming along to chat and make friends with anyone who comes along to Lonely Club. I plan to make some, “Love to Chat” table signs for anyone who wishes to help in this way so that visitors to the Club can choose to join you for tea and chat if they would like to. If you would like to help, please quote code LC2Chatter and we will also offer you a free mug of tea
February is just around the corner and brings Valentines and pancakes, what a fantastic combination! We, of course enjoy participating in both... During the week commencing 12th Feb we are offering a romantically themed afternoon tea at the great price of £13.50 per person. Our teas are highly rated by those who have sampled them, with many customers remarking that ours is the best afternoon tea they have ever tasted! For those of you on a smaller budget we have packaged heart shaped sweets priced at £1.20 for you to give a s a little token of your love! Tuesday 13th February is Shrove Tuesday. Don’t forget that you can enjoy American style pancakes with bacon and maple syrup anytime at Jolly Olly’s but we will make sure that we have extra supplies in for this special day! Jolly and the family will certainly be indulging this month. Alongside a delicious cup of nice strong coffee, we don’t think the flavour combination can be beaten!
Basket of Bits Many of our regular customers will know Dave who visits Jolly Olly’s almost daily, enjoying a mug of tea and a slice of cake or sometimes a spot of lunch. Dave favours table one, by the kitchen and we enjoy chatting to him about the latest “Strictly” tv program or his travels around the world. As well as a good old chin wag, Dave enjoys a jigsaw and also the Sudoku game that we recently purchased for the shop. Inspired by Dave’s interest, I have purchased a few more items that you might like to use when you visit. Entitled, “The Basket of Bits”, this includes; adult colouring sheets, puzzles, word searches, magazines and crosswords. If you fancy a break from the housework or the gardening why not pop along to Jolly Olly’s, enjoy a mug of tea and have a rummage in “The Basket of Bits” to see if anything takes your fancy?
Why not join us for our "Knit for Peace Workshop on Sat 7th May 2.30-3.30? Regular readers of the newsletter will know that Jolly Olly is supporting keen knitters in stitching garments for a charity call “Knit for Peace”. The charity is in urgent need of Twiddlemuffs which they send to hospitals in the UK to help patients suffering from dementia. Don’t know what a Twiddlemuff is? Like to find out and help us to make some? Then do come along. This is a great chance to meet fellow knitters and make new friends as well as contributing time to a great cause. We can provide wool and needles if you don’t have them but, if you do, all the better. If you have never knitted before, we’ll help you to get started. The work shop is free and open to anyone of any age but booking is essential and children must be accompanied by an adult.
I just wanted to remind you that tomorrow afternoon we are hosting our, newly named, "Friendship Club". Come along between 2pm and 4pm. Feel free to chat, play cards, help us finish the jigsaw we have started, or just sit quietly. Be sure that we will make you feel welcome and, if you give us the code LC2Welcome, we will give you a free mug of tea. We look forward to seeing you. Several customers have also expressed and interest in coming along to chat and make friends with anyone who joins us for the Club. I have made some, “Love to Chat” table signs for anyone who wishes to help in this way, so that club joiners can choose enjoy tea and chat with you, if they would like to. If you would like to help, please quote code LC2Chatter and we will also offer you a free mug of tea. Looking forward to making new friends tomorrow!
Quizzes and crosswords - 2pm tomorrow ( Wed 22nd March) Starting at 2pm and finishing at 3.30pm we will be giving out a set of 3 brain tinglers for our customers to puzzle over. The rules are simple; competitors start puzzling at 2pm and the first person to finish all 3 puzzles correctly will win a free piece of cake to celebrate. For this, our first event of this type, we have some anagrams, a wordsearch and a quiz linked to flower names. The competition is open to anyone, of any age, but must be completed by individuals rather than teams. Entry price is £1.00 per person and anyone over the age of 65 who enters can buy a mug of tea for just 50p. The shop will be open as normal for anyone who would like to come along but does not want to join in.
Jolly Olly has just returned from his travels in Norway. Thanks to regular customers Lyn and Graeme, Jolly and his family; Lola Granola, Bean and Hasbean all enjoyed a lovely cruise, taking in the stunning scenery and enjoying posh nosh on board ship. Photos of their adventures are up in the shop for all to see. This week, thanks to another regular customer, Tracey, The Beans are off to the seaside in Cornwall. We look forward to learning about all the new adventures on their return. If you are going on holiday, or having an interesting day away, and you would like to take Jolly Olly and his family along for the ride, we'd love to hear from you. There is now a map up in the shop so that we can plot his travels.
More on FRIENDSHIP CLUB... Many thanks to regular customer, Jean, who has drawn to my attention an initiative called, "The Chatty Café Scheme". The scheme is the brainchild of Alexandra Hoskyn. Alexandra has had a similar idea to us, but she suggests that the table signs customers can use to indicate they would like to chat should be in permanent use. Now why didn't we think of that? I still plan to have a regular Friendship Club date in the diary for each month but, in addition the , "Love to Chat" signs will be available for anyone to use at any time. Find out about the Chatty Café Scheme at www.thechattycafescheme.co.uk.
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