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Phoenix News

A couple of weeks ago our brilliant friends from Hill gave us their time and expertise to help spruce up the Phoenix site. Hill’s enthusiasm was contagious, with co-workers, volunteers, support workers and staff all pitching in, one group taking on a project to improve access from the country park, and another brightening up our dining area. After such a chilly January, and with Hill’s assistance, we are feeling ready for Spring, and hopefully, plenty of customers visiting to check out and buy our concrete and wooden products.

Hill’s ethos of social responsibility includes, in their own words, aiming “to have a positive impact on every community we have the privilege to work in”. From Phoenix’s perspective, that positive impact is evident for all to see, and echoed by co-worker David, saying, “I loved my day with Hill, they were kind and helpful people.” – they certainly were, and deserving of a very big thank you from all of us 😊

We went to Darwin Nursery because they were having an apple day. On Tuesday 18th October a group of co-workers from Phoenix drove to the nursery for the morning.

What is Darwin Farm?

Darwin Farm is a workplace for adults with learning disabilities and mental health challenges just outside Cambridge. They keep animals and grow plants.

There is an orchard where they grow lots of different sorts of apples, which people could try on apple day. The animals include goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits and hares, ducks and chickens.

I liked watching the goats, Noeleen loved the pigs.

About Apple Day

It was a beautiful, bright and warm autumn day. There were different activities including a treasure hunt, quiz, apple pressing and tasting, and buggy rides.

My favourite bit was the treasure hunt, where you had to go around the farm and collect six stickers.

There was a cake stall where all the cakes used apples as one of the ingredients including apple cake, crumble cake, apple loaf, apple pie and flap jacks. I had an apple muffin.

Some of the Phoenix crew played ping pong. Just as we were leaving an Elvis impersonator arrived, which was my friend’s favourite part.

A grand day out.

Everyone enjoyed themselves, I recommend it as a day out and I hope to go again next year.


Thanks to Kodie for putting together our first co-worker blog article, we hope this will be the start of many more!

Dear friends and supporters of Phoenix

Please scroll down to see how you can order a tree from us. The trees are sized within a range, so if you have a specific size in mind, we recommend erring on the side of caution and potentially order the next height up to that which you are considering. We are also delighted to announce that our Christmas Fair is back, bigger and better than ever – so do put the date in your diary 😊

Please do forward this email onwards – for those of you who know us, you will appreciate how hidden away we are - word of mouth recommendations are vital, and we like to think that once we are “discovered” we are never forgotten!

All good wishes, Jude and The Phoenix Team

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