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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
We have just published another edition of our retail basketry brochure .
Baskets, obelisks, panels, sandwich baskets…the variety of woven products that our craft team can manufacture continues to grow.
We make our woven items using English willow, in our Cambridge workshops.
If you are interested in WinterWillow products, and in supporting the work of WinterComfort for the Homeless , than visit our basketry page on our main website and download or view a copy of our latest publication.
You can find our basketry pages here .
The food4food team make and deliver fantastic dishes and refreshments for meetings , parties and events across Cambridge.
The professional kitchens, which provide food for everyone in our Centre, also offer external clients a range of buffet and snack menu items to help your event or meeting go with a well refreshed swing.
Wendy and her team work tirelessly to provide imaginative and freshly made items for the discerning palate. Why not visit the food4food web site and see what they do?
Wendy and the team also now publish their Kitchen Blog, an ever-updating series of news and menu information items for existing and prospective clients and web visitors.
You can subscribe to regular automatic updates from the blog.
Very refreshing – catering from a professional team.
Image: Carrot Cake – Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license image from David Benbennick
The design team have produced a new heavy duty, larger bean obelisk to support the growing of climbing vegetables and larger spreading plants.
You can see the new design on the bean obelisk page here.
Woven with 6 – 9 uprights of six or seven feet in length, the bean obelisk is securely bound at the top, with additional horizontal weave at the base to ensure stability and strength during the growing season.
You can use our contact us page to request details and prices ahead of our catalogue reprint.
We are happy to help at WinterWillow.
The design and craft team have completed work on a new garden light.
This is a woven basket, mounted on a pole, which has a glass container and t-light included in the securely woven basket.
The items can be manufactured to any length – making ideal ground lights for a garden corner – or as a secure and effective ‘standard’ for parades or ceremonies as dusk falls.
We are working to update our downloadable catalogue, but you can see the garden light page here.
Use our contact us page if you would like more information and prices immediately.
Craft skills shining on willow at WinterWillow – part of WinterComfort.
As the nights begin to darken you can also find your perfect seasonal gift on the stall too – helping to support Cambridge Link-Up , a homeless led community group.
This news item comes to you from The Willow Way – our blog about social enterprise and willow.
Image: A member of the WinterComfort team checks the stall display…
Following the success of the Places of Change garden at Chelsea this year, and the great interest in woven willow eco-coffins by large numbers of visitors – we are very pleased to tell you that the Eden Project are continuing the story by featuring our eco-coffins as part of the legacy exhibition from the garden display at the Flower Show.
During June, July and August 2010 you will be able to see a WinterWillow woven coffin at The Eden Project in Cornwall.
The work of our weaving team will be part of a featured display to celebrate the energy and work of all the organisations and individuals who helped to make Places of Change such a success.
We were delighted to take a small part in this creative process and would like to offer WinterWillow congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make the garden happen.
Weaving your way to the West Country?
If you are in Cornwall this summer and would like to visit the Eden Project you can find more information here.
Describing how he got started, what captured his imagination and those who gave him help along the way.
Roger is working both to support the weaving team at WinterWillow and to help encourage the take-up of weaving skills by the users of our Centre at WinterComfort for the Homeless.
Roger says that ‘…willow weaving is a great way to acquire useful new skills, to get back into work or to create objects which can be sold to support the work of our charity’.
The weaving team at WinterWillow are always happy to show visitors their work and to encourage others to take up the craft.
From small baskets, woven eco-coffins can grow.
The garden and its accompanying displays will have been created by the energy and creativity of at least 400 people with experience of homelessness. A 100 people from prisons across the UK will also have added their input to the project.
The garden, Places of Change, is financially supported by the government-funded Homes and Communities Agency, the Department of Communities and Local Government, and the London Employer Accord.
Maybe we’ll see you at the Chelsea Flower Show next week?
You can see Ian Tucker’s article here. There is also a video about the creativity and involvement of people in the garden who have experienced homelessness here.
Members of the WinterWillow team were in Liverpool this week. We were attending a meeting at Mildmay House, the organisation which provides accommodation and support for those experiencing homelessness in the Toxteth area.
Part of the Chapter One group of service providers, they have created a new social enterprise, Bloomin’ Baskets, which delivers products manufactured by service users at their centre, to customers at the various market stalls they maintain across the city.
We were meeting with a variety of organisations from across the country to discuss the possibility of creating a supply network for social enterprises in our sector.
There are many successful social businesses emerging, who serve those with experience of being homeless, so that the idea of creating a network of such businesses to supply each other with sectorally created goods or services was very well received.
Networking is not a new idea in the third sector. The goods and services we offered as a group were not radical either. However, what the group could offer was a supply chain network where organisations could share revenue, good ideas and social business support as a distinct group – directly contributing to the development of ethical sales.
These are very early days, yet each city and community fosters a diverse range of goods within its area – getting those goods to a wider market and increasing the benefit to service users can only be a good thing?
Our meeting was itself facilitated by the 3xE network – watch this space for more network creation news.