WinterWillow prodution team have just relocated to new premises in Cambridge.
We are just south of the Newmarket Road, on the Barnwell Business Park.
Winter Willow, Part of WinterComfort, Unit 21, Barnwell Business Park,
Off Barnwell Drive, Cambridge, CB5 8UZ
Travelling into the city down Newmarket Road? Just past the City Airport – find us down the A1134.
(Truck image: Alan_Cook_Removals Ltd: geograph.org.uk)
WinterWillow, part of Wintercomfort for the Homeless, is pleased to announce relocation from Overstream House to 44 Newnham Road, Cambridge.
Due to the success in the sales of the beautiful WinterWillow eco-coffin and additional employment opportunities given to Wintercomfort service users.
WinterWillow was set up by Wintercomfort for the homeless in 2009, an eco-business that crafts coffins woven from sustainable willow. It is also a social business that provides training, development and employment for those individuals who are homeless and who require support to get back into work to increased autonomy, well being, occupation, employment and independent living.
Any future profit made by the business will contribute to the delivery of our welfare services reducing our reliance on grants and donations.
WinterWillow will be at the forthcoming Open Day of The Woodland Burial Trust in St. Albans.
The event takes place on Saturday 12th May, 2012 from noon onwards.
‘St Albans Woodland Burial Trust is one of only two consecrated sites in the country and falls under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of St Albans. Consecration provides the greatest protection that can be afforded in English law, and can only be changed by Act of Parliament.Whatever religious faith you may or may not have, you can nevertheless be assured that this will always remain a special place, sacred to the memory of those who rest in peace’.
Visitors on the day can enjoy free refreshments in the Trust marquee and will be able to view the new glade and see the newly extended 12 acres of woodland on the site.
Set in beautiful countryside in Keysoe, Bedfordshire and surrounded by 60 acres of woodland, access to the woodland is through the College Equestrian Centre, Church Road, Keysoe, Bedford. MK44 2JP
You can currently see a very nice article about WinterWillow on the Home & Garden online pages of Cambridge-news.co.uk
Written by Emma Higginbotham, the piece illustrates the history and background to the formation of WinterWillow as a craft based social enterprise.
It is also an opportunity to highlight the ‘green’ credentials of WinterWillow and to show the care and craft that the WinterWillow team put into the creation of their woven willow eco-coffins.
You can visit our own web pages here.
WinterWillow - the woven English willow eco-coffin.
Image: Rob Janko of the WinterWillow team
We are holding a Green Burial Awareness Day on Saturday 19th November 2011. See more on our awareness page here.
There will be a wide choice of information , advice and practical sessions on the ‘green’ burial movement – all held between 11.00am and 3.00pm at Barton Glebe Woodland Burial Ground, Barton, Cambridgeshire, CB23 7BN.
You can see the burial ground on the map with the link below.
We hope you will let us know if you can attend, we have funeral directors, craftsmen and women, as well as bereavement care specialists and humanist celebrants in attendance.
Come along and find out more, in a practical and supportive environment.
Contact Tracy at WinterWillow on 01223 518140 or use the contact us page on our main WinterWillow web site to reserve your place at this fascinating event.
The WinterWillow team…
We have just designed and published a new WinterWillow eco-coffin pamphlet.
Simple, with some really great images as illustrations of our craft persons work.
Visit our WinterWillow home page to download and view your copy in pdf format.
WinterWillow team – helping you make the right choice for you…
We have created an images page on the main WinterWillow web site, where you can view and download pictures of our work and team members.
You can download higher resolution images of our products and people. So that if you are blogging or compiling a news article about WinterWillow, then please feel free to download and use our resources.
The WinterWillow team…
We are out and about in the next few months with our coffins.
WinterWillow are delighted to have now confirmed attendance at the following coffin related events.
10-12 June 2011 National Funeral Exhibition – Warwickshire http://www.nationalfuneralexhibition.co.uk/
22 June 2011 – The Arbory Trust – Open Day at Barton Natural Burial Ground http://www.arborytrust.org/index.html
9 & 10 July 2011 – London Funeral Exhibition (incorporating the ‘Handled with Care’ Coffin Exhibition – Epping Burial Ground http://www.londonfuneralexhibition.co.uk
24 September 2011 – Bennetts Funeral Home Open Day, Brentwood, Essex http://www.bennettsfunerals.co.uk/areabennetts-funeral-directors
For regular updates on the exhibitions and shows we are attending why not bookmark our WinterWillow events page – you can find it here.
Thanks for visiting us – The WinterWillow team
The Charities Aid Foundation have just launched a new web service that enables site visitors to map and explore the activities of over 160,000 charities.
This free web resource lets you filter your search requirements by any of 17 variables, you can create lists and download them and see historical change in the UK charitable sector over time.
There is a blog and you can contact CAF with questions and queries from the site.
This is an invaluable resource, both for researching other charities in your geographical area for example, but also providing data for the contextual analysis of your own charity – ideal for funder or boards of management reporting.
Have a look at Charity Trends from CAF and let us know what you think.
BT have just launched MyDonate, a new service which will enable charities to more efficiently collect donations.
Online giving is not new, but the difference is that BT will, at the moment, make no charge for its service, with the giver only paying the card charges for his or her transfer to the charity. (BT says absorbing the cost of the scheme is part of its existing commitment to charitable support).
This scheme compares favourably with JustGiving for example. This popular online service for charities charges the charity £15 a month and take 5% of your money in administration charges. The BT scheme means that all your donation goes to the charity.
If your charity has another online service for donations we think this new scheme from BT is worthy of your attention.
If you are a newly registered charity looking to explore the issues of online donations, then check out the MyDonate page from British Telecom.
Is change happening in our sector?