Monthly Archives: July 2011

New Jewson Trade Price Guide

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Products & Services | Posted on 27-07-2011

We have launched a new Trade Price Guide which highlights our growing range of light building materials – from everyday product essentials through to the latest sustainable solutions.  The guide will provide you with instant access to over 12,000 competitively priced products and its compact format ensures that it can be kept close at hand in a toolbox or glove compartment.

The guide includes painting and decorating materials, adhesives, sealants, tools, ladders, plumbing products, ironmongery, sealants, fixings and fasteners as well as a range of renewable systems including solar thermal, solar PV, biomass boilers and heat pumps. We’ve also included an extended range of hand tools, power tools and ironmongery to ensure you have a wider choice than ever before.  Furthermore, clearly marked throughout the guide is a selection of products not usually available in branch, which can be ordered and collected in just 48 hours.

Save time and money by purchasing everything you need for a job quickly.  Prepare estimates in advance using the pricing information and place orders over the phone when a trip to the local branch is not possible.   

To view a copy of the new Jewson Trade Price Guide visit:  or pop in to your local Jewson branch today!

Buildings for the future in Redhill

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Events, Sustainability | Posted on 25-07-2011

Come along to the Redhill Branch of Jewson on the 28th of July to learn about the latest sustainable solutions available to you. Running from 9am to 5pm, the day will include presentations from key suppliers on the latest sustainable materials and technologies in addition to learn about sustainable solutions, which will help to shape the buildings of the future. The Sustainable Future Day on 28th July will share information on sustainable products and building practices.

Local builders, contractors, self-builders and DIYers can attend the open day, where they will receive advice and help about meeting requirements under the Code for Sustainable Homes and the building regulations. The day will also include presentations every hour from our specialist suppliers covering topics such as heat pumps, solar PV, rainwater harvesting, insulation and underfloor heating; visitors will gain a wealth of useful information. In addition, information on our Greenworks Training Academy will also be provided. The Academy is a dedicated training centre for our customers who wish to gain hands-on knowledge of sustainable product solutions, renewable technologies and MCS Accreditation.

The Jewson Self Build Service Challenge – Congratulations Claire Whitehorn!

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Expertise, Products & Services | Posted on 25-07-2011

When Claire Whitehorn picked up her June edition of the Countryside magazine, she didn’t think she would be picking up a £1000 prize to spend on building materials at her local Jewson branch. However, upon seeing ‘The Jewson challenge’ a competition for the most innovative self build projects, she decided to respond with a 300 word explanation of the ambitious project she was working on. “I couldn’t believe it when the Jewson self build team contacted me and gave me the news, this is going to help me so much with my project!”

Claire is now on her second self build, upon completing a successful renovation of a bungalow, Claire was ready for an even more ambitious project. When most people saw this 160 year old property they ran, Claire however saw the potential, and knew this was where she wanted to raise her family. Claire has now been living in a mobile home on site for 4 months, but the property is really starting to take shape and she quotes “It has been an experience living like this for 4 months, but as I see the property develop, I know that ultimately in the end it will all be worthwhile”.

See below for Claire’s winning entry;

Last July we bought our dream home in the New Forest – to many they would run a mile but to us it was perfect! A one acre plot with a 4 bedroom semi detached farm workers cottage (dated 1851) situated in the beautiful hamlet of Bank just outside Lyndhurst in the New Forest. The property had issues and the garden was completely overgrown, my son called it the ‘jungle house’

You literally didn’t know it was there – in fact many people looked in astonishment as we started to open the property up and delicately clear it rather than getting the site completely cleared!

The main aim was to keep the character of the garden with its many, many species of beautiful trees which to our delight we uncovered! – Acers, a Handkerchief tree, Indian bean trees and many more.

We immediately submitted plans to make the house into our dream home – it had a wonderful feel in the original part of the cottage but a 50 yr old extension was an ugly addition… which did the house no justice.

After several plans and negotiations with the National Park we have finally received permission to start the alterations.

We have totally demolished the ugly extension and have pretty much gutted the house. Our plan is to have a 4 bedroom home keeping the character of the new forest – reinstalling the sash windows which sadly had been replaced with PVC double glazing. Restoring the floor boards and bringing the house back to its former glory.

We are currently living on site in a mobile home and ground works have begun. If we could win this competition the £1000 would be a fantastic help!!!

Visit the Jewson Self Build website for more information on our products and services.

Cobblers’ boss meets Jewson Cup holders

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Community, Events, Expertise, Sponsorship | Posted on 22-07-2011

As part of their prize for winning last season’s Jewson Cup, the football team at Green Norton Primary School in Northamptonshire have benefited from the expert advice of Northampton Town Football Club manager Gary Johnson.

Much to the delight of the team, the Cobblers’ boss visited the school on the 19th July and held an afternoon coaching session.

The budding young players won first prize in last seasons Jewson Cup after scoring the most penalties during the half time interval at a Northampton league game.

Our two local Jewson branches in Northampton also clubbed together to provide the team with a playing kit for the season ahead – this is the first time the team has had a kit supplied and welcomed the extra prize! 

Jewson wins silver medal at Tatton Park flower show

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Community, Events, Products & Services | Posted on 21-07-2011

We’re pleased to announce that thanks to a combined effort horticulturists Philip Blant and Victoria Jackson have won a silver medal for their garden exhibit in the back-to-back garden section at the Horticultural Society (RHS) Tatton Park Flower Show.  With help from our team at the Jewson Newark branch, Philip and Victoria created a beautiful garden to raise awareness of Coeliac Disease.

“The garden is designed to raise awareness of the condition and the restrictions placed on sufferers in their daily routine,” comments Philip Blunt.  “We wanted the garden to symbolise the digestive system, so the path, ‘passage of food’, leads to the seating area, ‘small intestine’, surrounded by wooden posts representing the finger like ‘Villi’, which help the absorption of food, represented by herbs planted in front.”

Bill Burroughs, Branch Manager at Jewson Newark said: “Philip and Victoria contacted us for help with the various elements of the design and build.  We’re pleased to have been able to offer our help – particularly when it is being used to promote the awareness of such a worthy cause.”

Philip and Victoria’s garden will be on display at the Tatton Park Flower Show until 24 July at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire.

Jewson provides the goods at Tatton Park flower show

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Events, Sustainability | Posted on 20-07-2011

The team from our Jewson Newark branch are at the Horticultural Society (RHS) Tatton Park Flower Show in Cheshire today, helping horticulturists Philip Blant and Victoria Jackson  raise awareness of Coeliac Disease. through a beautiful standout garden display. With a helping hand from Jewson, Philip and Victoria have successfully created a relaxing, private, and low maintenance seating area, for someone with Coeliac Disease.

For Philip and Victoria it was very important that the architectural structure of the garden used mainly natural materials, as well as reclaimed materials left over from previous works where possible. 

Turning to our team at the Newark branch for donation of the building materials, Philip and Victoria set out to incorporate as many sustainable products into the garden as possible.

The strong form of the treated soft wood boundary fence partly encloses the garden on two sides, creating additional privacy to an existing low boundary hedge, which surrounds the property. Random words associated with Coeliac are partially concealed within the fence, whilst the seating area provides a raised platform from which to sit and view the garden.

For a chance to see the garden visit the Tatton Park Flower Show, 20 – 24 July, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire.

Jewson Jack: An update

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Sustainability | Posted on 19-07-2011

Jewson is committed to sustainability and as such we have recently launched a new online tool for our customers. This tool has been designed to help answer questions relating to sustainability and renewable technologies

Since his launch, Jack, as he is called, has attracted quite a bit of attention, with industry professionals asking all manor of questions relating to sustainability. Our most frequently asked and answered question is “why is sustainability important?” This supports our initial thoughts that professionals in the industry are in need of such a tool.

As more and more people interact with Jack his knowledge will increase. This is because all input is been monitored and any relevant questions that we don’t have the answer to will be answered by our sustainable solutions team.

So, if you have a question about sustainability, log on to our Site Hut and put your question to Jack!

Gloucester Rugby reveals new Jewson labelled playing shirts

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Community, Sponsorship | Posted on 19-07-2011

The team at Gloucester Rugby were at Kingsholm on Friday 15th July to unveil their new look strip, produced in conjunction with KooGa, for the 2011-12 playing season.

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the new Gloucester shirts as they feature our new Jewson 175th anniversary logo on the sleeve. They do however maintain the original cherry and white hoops, which have proved so popular with supporters but feature a couple of modern touches, while the away version is a totally new, predominantly black design.

The new shirt has been re-engineered from stitch construction to ensure a new cutting edge model of performance, handle and comfort. It features a polyester thermo regulating mix to wick perspiration away from the skin to create an ideal body climate.

Replica shirts are now available for pre-order from the club shop at Kingsholm, with the first stocks anticipated to arrive in late August. So, get your orders in now!