Ho Ho Ho its time to stock your larder, squirrel your nuts and get ready to unwrap Christmas. This is our first Christmas at Unwrapped and we will have an official closure from between Christmas and the new year. We also have a few changes to our usual hours to help support our Co-workers and make sure they too celebrate together. Here are our trading hours:
We prefer to retail magically, retail differently and keep it local every day at Prospects Trust Unwrapped. We are keeping our prices low every day and hope that our customer’s see the real value in buying locally, sustainably and ethically all year around, our Unwrapped deal is not just for Christmas!
We are delighted to have been selected as one of Ely Waitrose Partners as one of their November 2019 Community Matters charities. We just need you to pop in your green tokens at the end of your shop and the lovely branch team will convert this into a charitable donation (shared between 3 local causes) just before Christmas.
We are delighted that The Prospects Trust has been picked by the Co-op Community Fund as one of their 2019/20 good causes. When Members buy Co-op branded products and services, the Co-op will give 1% to a local cause. Your support can help raise more funds to develop our work at Prospects Trust Unwrapped and improve the lives of many local residents in East Cambridgeshire, from the elderly to the young and especially our Co-workers gaining vital skills.
Your can change your good cause at any time but we would love for you to pick Prospects Trust! Please go to https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/42461 and make us your cause. If you are not already a Co-op Member but shop there please pick up your membership card and start swiping for us. Thank you for your support, we can’t wait to tell you how much we raise.
Well it has only been a month! We opened Prospects Trust Unwrapped, our new Ely GREENgrocery in September and we have already grown so busy we need a part time Barista to keep the Hot Numbers coffee flowing. Head over to our https://prospectstrust.org.uk/vacancies/ page for all the details.
We have just harvested something a bit different at Snakehall Farm and we want you to share the Snakehall Song as far and wide as you can. Do you think we could be Christmas No1 or get the Gold Buzzer from Ant & Dec?
The Prospects Trust’s Co-workers and support staff came together, bringing with them their dulcet tones and awe-inspiring personalities, to sing The Snakehall Song, penned by Snakehall Farm’s very own singer-songwriter Adam Vaughan. They practiced daily in preparation for a live performance at the 30th Anniversary Farm Open Day. The impact the song had on the audience, resulted in shouts for an encore and left our co-workers and staff elated. Now Prospects Trust wants their Snakehall Song to go viral!
With each daily farm rehearsal, the co-workers’ (people with additional needs) confidence grew and many individuals, who were nervous about performing in front of a large crowd, pulled it off on the big day and overcame their stage fright. The Snakehall Song is now captured in film and ready to go live. The Snakehall Song has been a fun and inclusive way to showcase the many different people who are part of an exemplary Cambridgeshire care farm & social enterprise that has been “growing differently” since 1989.
Adam, Support Worker and the farm’s music maestro said “it has been a pleasure and a delight writing a song with the Co-workers of Snakehall Farm. It was a humbling experience helping Co-workers overcome their fears around singing and performing, seeing them learn the words and actions and creating our first musical masterpiece to celebrate 30 years of growing (and now singing) of The Prospects Trust.”
Hannah, Deputy Manager said “in the seven years I have worked here I have never come across anything that has unified the Co-workers, staff and supporters of the farm and brought as much joy as the Snakehall Song. I am ready to perform it in front of Simon Cowell but they won’t let me leave Snakehall.”
The Snakehall Song project was funded by the DOSOCO Foundation, a local charitable foundation that supports music therapy, music access, music education and the innovative use of sound and music for social good. The whole process was captured by the Snakehall Farm team on an iPad funded by The Devil’s Dyke Morris Men. These small grants and donations have helped make magic happen.
Development Manager Maz said “we have a great desire to make this song go bigger than the Sausage Roll Song last Christmas. We are also raising funds for our 30th Anniversary year and are asking for people who love our song to donate to our £30K for 30 Years appeal, donations can be made online at: localgiving.org/charity/prospectstrustatsnakehallfarm/project/SnakehallSong
Thank you to everyone who supported our 30th Anniversary Open Day on the 14th September 2019. We have never seen Snakehall Farm so busy. To everyone who supported the day, volunteered their talents and time or donated a prize or donated to our 30th Anniversary Appeal – a HUGE Snakehall Farm thank you.
Raffle Donors including pilot Chris St John for a money can’t buy flying experience, Woburn Safari Park for their Family Day Out plus Gloof, Pleasurewood Hills, Tesco Ely, Costa Coffee, M&S, The Barber Lounge, Dion Gallichan Photography, Trustees of Snakehall Farm, Elk, Sealife Centre, Bedford Lodge & Spa, Belle’s Beauty Boutique, Zoe Slater-Tropic, our new venture Prospects Trust Unwrapped, The Farm Team at Prospects Trust, The Roberts Family and many others for their amazing prizes & donations.
Spud up to:
Our super staff team (from office to field to shop) who always go the extra acre plus their friends and families. Our Co-workers plus their families, carers and friends who make Prospects Trust the place to be! Our Trustee Board and our other volunteers who give us their time expertise and support freely. Our Donors, Supporters and Funders – too many to mention. Our Solidarity Partners Emmaus Cambridge for making it a “smashing” one. Our new social landlord Lighthouse Ely & our 30 years (and many more) farm landlord Cambridge County Farms. The 1st Baldock Templars for their car parking expertise and proving many little hands making light work.
Finally special mentions to the super duo Ken and Trish Harris, Turners, Ernest Doe, The Days, The Roberts, The Thakes, The Peaks, The Reeves, The Cornells, The Ashtons Families. The Employee Volunteering corporate volunteers from Gilead who helped the team get the farm fit for an Open Day and all the other unnamed (because they are shy) supporters!
Please share any of your photos from the day with us on social media @tillytractor or email them across to the Farm Office.
Finally our £30k for 30 Years Funding Totaliser is currently at £22,230….will hit our target before Christmas? You can still donate online at: £30K for 30 Years Appeal or why not come along to our next hair-raising fundraiser Spooky Snakehall 2019, book your tickets here: Get Tickets Today!
We don’t have a PR department, a MarComms Team or even a Webmaster (is that still a job) but we are blushing on the telly, grinning our radio faces off and signing autographs on the latest edition of the Elyi Magazine. Suddenly after 30 years of “growing differently” we appear to have become popular! Now we are not contemplating making Tilly Tractor audition for the next series of Love Island, Farmer Mark isn’t trading in his trademark hat for botox, Hannah hasn’t traded her steel-toe caps for red carpet stilettos, Shop Manager Tom hasn’t got an agent (yet) and Maz knows she is only in the photos to make everyone else look much, much taller, but we are feeling a bit more like local celebrities thanks to some great articles, telly slots and radio interviews.
We hope you caught some of our recent interviews but for those who have missed them or those (erm yep Farmer Mark’s family) who want to relive the magic moments, here, for a short time only, are some links to the media malarkey:
Listen to Tom, Hannah and Maz talk about the new Ely Shop and the Prospects Trust Open day with Chris South on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07kv6z9
The Farm captured in action by BBC Look East
YES you can ask for our autographs at the 30th Anniversary Open Day on the 14th September but you will have to buy a raffle ticket or two!
With just two more sleeps to our grand opening we are still looking for local support with our Crowdfunding appeal: https://chuffed.org/project/unwrap-prospects-trust-unwrapped-fill-the-refill-stock-the-shop or donations can be made through our localgiving page: localgiving.org/charity/prospectstrustatsnakehallfarm/project/unwrapthesstock/
Thank you to all those who have already donated, volunteered or supported this exciting new venture, we could not have done this without your help. Team Prospects Unwrapped!