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13th October 2012 at 7.30pm at St Dunawd's Church, Bangor-on-Dee, Wrexham

Gala Concert- Over 100 voices

In aid of St Dunawds Church window fund

Featuring Rhos Orpheous Male Voice Choir, Merched y Rhos (Ladies Voice) and Projecktchor Wales 2012 (German Male Voice)

Tickets £8.00 each from J JOHNSON & SON or Mr Brian Neale Tel.01978 780735.

August 2012

Summer Celebration Lunch

2 Course 1:00 for 1:30p.m on Sunday 26th August 2012 at "Deeside"(house name) on the Overton Road in Bangor-on-Dee.

A fundraising event for St Dunawd's Church. Tickets £20.00 available from our showroom, complete and Enquiry Form or Tel. 01978780417

July 2012     

Our Cushion Service is still doing really well and a big thank you to all our customers recommending us to their family and friends and work colleagues and taking the time to send us lovely recommendations. It is always a real treat to read them or hear them and we all do really appreciate them as it does put a extra smile on our faces.

Read some of our customers' comments on the Testimonials page...

May 2012

The Tai Chi Ladies' Group from Wrexham joined us on Thursday 9th May 10am-1pm for the basket making workshop. They all made pot holders with Robert, Colin and Carol.

Brother Paul Johnson, who runs Goldilocks Cottage furniture and curios shop in Wrexham was visiting and he got involved as well, putting two handles on the basket for one lady and helping with a variety of finished tops. They proudly took their baskets home and were delighted with them. They have promised us that they will all be back in touch to tell us how their baskets have been put to use.

March 2012

Wales Tourism Week

Esther Roberts with CarolMrs Esther Roberts, Managing Director of North Wales Tourism visited our showroom and workshop on Thursday 29th February and made a lovely Easter basket with Carol's help and guidance.


February 2012

Wales Tourism Week

This is our opportunity to show the public of all persuasions the importance of the tourism industry to Wales.

J Johnson & Son have planned a celebration event Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th February 10am - 1pm. We will be providing a Free Taster Workshop on the ancient craft of basket making, with the chance to talk to our basket makers Ken and Robert Johnson for further information and advice. We will also be providing Jane’s homemade scones and other refreshments.

December 2011

We are pleased to report that we have gone from strength to strength during 2011. Our replacement cushion service continues to go really well and we are really pleased to find that more and more of our customers are recommending the service to their friends and families. It is always encouraging to receive compliments from customers and we have had many lovely messages during the year.

Our basket making workshops have been a great success, with people thoroughly enjoying the experiece. We have some enhancements to announce very soon that will enable participants to make the workshop part of a short break. This will also be a unique gift idea.

Sunday 13th November

Gala Concert, Cantorian Rhos Choir at St. Dunawds's Church, Bangor on Dee

A fantastic evening! We raised £965.00 for the church funds. Mrs Johnson and Robert, Julie and Carol and Gillian, all family members, helped with the raffle. We were grateful the Cantorian Rhos Choir for their support and help.

January 2011

Fishing Baskets for the Environmentally Aware Angler

We fully support the recent campaigns by Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey and others to put a stop to the madness of so many fish being thrown back into the sea dead either because of quotas being exceeded or the fish not being saleable. The fishermen themselves have long been trying to get the message across to the Government and general public but there is nothing better than celebrities getting involved in such a positive way.

Anyone thinking of going out and catching their own fish for the table or for sport could benefit themselves and the environment by using one of our fishing baskets. Handmade using traditional tools and processes, from natural, sustainable materials, they are ideal for the purpose of carrying fishing tackle and equipment as well as providing a comfortable seat.

Fishing baskets under construction in our workshop with our dog showing an interest

The picture shows Robert and Ken working on fishing baskets. We think the dog was hoping for the catch not the basket!

More information on fishing baskets on the wickerwork products page

December 2010

Lined Log Baskets Introduced

lined log basketIn response to customers' requests, we are now producing some of our log baskets with lining as an optional extra.

Log baskets and our other basketwork products make imaginative Christmas presents. Being hand made from natural materials they are always attractive and have lots of character. They are also an excellent way to make a gift hampers with, for example, selections of cosmetic products or preserves. We also have specially designed wine bottle baskets.

More information on the Wickerwork Products page and the Accessories page

November 2010

Official Opening of The Riverside Walk, Bangor on Dee

Riverside Walk Bangor on Dee

Riverside Walk Bangor on Dee

The mayor of Wrexham carried out the official opening the Riverside Walk. Julie Johnson and her brother Robert Johnson were asked to attend along with Ken Griffiths, our basket weaver. Ken was delighted with the 40ft live willow growing hedge and the coracle.

Julie said that she hoped to be involved in more projects like this and offered her expertise to any other interested parties perhaps from a training perspective.

Sant Dunawd Cantorian Colin Jones Choir Concert at Bangor on Dee Church raises £800 for church funds

Mrs Jane Johnson organised a successful choir concert, which was held on 20th November 2010 at Bangor on Dee Church and raised £800 for the church funds.

All enjoyed an evening of light-hearted but stimulating entertainment from Sant Dunawd Cantorian Colin Jones Choir, with beautiful singing and some impromptu joviality along the way!

Princess Anne Visits Bangor on Dee Racecourse

Princess Anne came by helicopter to our racecourse here in Bangor-on-Dee on 11th November and hosted a charity lunch at the racecourse before presenting the prizes for the 2.10pm Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Memorial race.

The princess was particularly interested in the race for the handicapped children. Mrs Jane Johnson helped sell poppies at the event as a member of the British Legion.

August 2010

Ken's 67th Birthday

Ken, our basket weaver, celebrated his 67th birthday recently and here he is having just been surprised by being presented with his birthday cake. He is in the new basket weaving demonstration area in our showroom. You can see he's happy with his new workshop and his cake!

Ken, our basket weaver is surprised to receive a birthday cake while sitting in his basket weaving workshop

August 2010

Our Chair Re-seating Service

We have added a new page to the website for our re-seating service for chairs and stools. We have offered this service for a long time but haven't publicised it on the website previously.

November 2009

Riverside Walk Projects Receives European Funding

The Riverside Walk showing the information boards and picnic tableWe have been involved with a Riverside Walk project with other members of the local community and we are delighted that, with a team effort involving the Welsh Assembly Government and Wrexham County Borough Council, European funding has been secured from The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Europe Investing in Rural Areas to enable Groundwork Wrexham & Flintshire to proceed with the project.

At work on the Riverside Walk willow growing fenceThe Riverside Walk is situated of the village of Bangor-on-Dee and runs south west to the A525 Wrexham to Whitchurch road and offers excellent opportunities for local residents and tourists alike to enjoy walks and picnics in an attractive and readily accessible location.

We have been involved with Groundwork in the construction of a live willow growing fence. At 35ft x 5ft, this is the largest living willow hedge we have constructed for a long time. The idea of the hedge is to screen out the noise from the traffic on the A525 and as a focal point.

The area has been designed for maximum accessibility and has a 140ft long tarmac path with mosaic patterns and is suitable for wheelchairs and children's buggies. There is disabled parking, a picnic table / area and a display board with further information about the village.

Welsh Assembly Government logo

Wrexham County Borough Council logo Groundwork Wexham and Flintshire logo

We are hoping that the Riverside Walk project has helped to develop an interest amongst local people in the traditional craft of basket weaving that is still practised at J Johnson and Sons. We are particularly interested in developing training programmes in basket weaving for both children and adults to help to secure the craft of basket making into the future. In these days of environmental awareness green issues, this 100% hand-made, natural, recyclable product produced from sustainable local materials has to be one of the best examples of environmentally friendly manufacturing still in commercial use.

November 2009

Coracle Making

Children helping with building a traditional coracleFurther to the article below from May 2009, here are some pictures of local children helping in the construction of the traditional coracles.

Children helping with building a traditional coracle

May 2009

We've just built some traditional coracles!

Back to our roots - we have just built two traditional coracles to the local design as used on the River Dee by James Johnson and his brother Charlie in the 19th century. You can see two of them in our showroom. More on this and some pictures soon. (1st May 2009)

In the meantime, go to our history page to find out more about the traditional coracle and how it played a part in the founding of J Johnson and Sons.

May 2009

NEW LIGHTING STOCK and more accessories...

We now have stock of the Aimbry Lighting Collection, which includes Portmerion Porcelain Lamps with Botanic Garden Designs and Jenny Worrall Design Glass Lamps inspired by Victoria and Albert Museum and Royal Horticultural Society. Each hand-blown glass base is decorated using labour intensive techniques to create works of art that will brighten any home. It has worldwide appeal and iconic designs, with heritage and expertise and is set to be a resounding success in the world of lighting.

We have the Snood, was voted "Most Innovative Product 2009" and also "UK Lighting Design of the Year 2009 in the prestigious 2009 Lighting Design Awards at the Lighting Show 2009, Birmingham. The Snood is a must-have decorative lighting experience. The effects it produces when fitted over a halogen spotlight or downlighter are stunning, transforming a bland light into a thing of beauty.

We have Door Stops in Rose Linen chicken, dog shapes and 10” hedgehogs, Draught Excluders in the shape of a cat, made in Britain and Mirror Plaques for Engagement and Graduation presents.

Call in to see these new products on display in our showrooms.

Rhos Male Voice Choir - In Concert

Guest Singer: Amy Tennant

Saturday 25th October 2008

The evening concert at St. Dunawd's Church Bangor-on-Dee in aid of the Church Organ Fund was spectacular success. It is hard to believe but the concert raised £3000 for the fund, which exceeded all our expectations.

We would like to thank everyone who helped with the organisation, all our friends who supported the event and most of all the Rhos Male Voice Choir and Amy Tennant, who all gave their time to provide us with a wonderful concert that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

125 Years in BusinessColoured balloons

We are proud to announce that we have been in business trading continuously for 125 years! This covers five generations of the family.

See the Our History page for more about the way the business started and developed over this time.


March 2008

Our new 60ft x 40ft showroom opening in 2008.

Our new showroom

Opening soon



In the Budget this week, supermarkets were told to end the 'plastic poison' caused by throwaway bags, or face laws that would force them to act and encourage a switch to green alternatives.

Traditionally, baskets have been used for shopping and are versatile for other jobs in the home or in the car etc and we do think they could appeal to our green conscious customers as a desirable alternative to the new eco-friendly bags.

We have a wide range of baskets for all sorts of purposes and a visit to our showrooms might give you other ideas for ways to help the planet by using natural, recyclable products.

Hand-made baskets

November 2006 - J Johnson and Son acquire Kiani

We are delighted to announce that we have acquired the ownership of Kiani, renowned manufacturers of fine cane and rattan furniture. Kiani has attained the prestigious FIRA Gold award - the first rattan company to do so. This is your assurance of the highest quality. More about Kiani Fine Furniture...


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An article about J Johnson and Son and our traditional basket making on the Leader newspaper website