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Posted 12 Sep 2019
Posted on the 6th January 2017
In the run up to Christmas, My Community held a competition offering £1,000 to the best idea to spread the joy of togetherness and community spirit, bringing people together at what can often be the loneliest time for those who are without any companionship.
The winner, CHAOS Group, have reported back to tell us about their amazing festive weekend.
Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature; then you will understand everything!”
Down on The Roseland there’s a special little place we like to call CHAOS Farm. Well, it’s real name was always Camills Farm, but it’s now such a part of The CHAOS Group, that it has become the most chaotic farm, and the core part of everything we do.
As an organisation, we are incredibly lucky to call CHAOS Farm our home. Located on the south coast of Cornwall (in an area of outstanding natural beauty) and surrounded by some amazing Cornish wildlife, we’re passionate about finding exciting and inventive ways in which we can share what we have with the wider community.
Thanks to the amazing support from My Community, our seedling idea of opening the farm gates and putting on a Christmas event, grew into something rather special. Being awarded the £1,000 prize money enabled us to truly transform our humble farm into a magical and interactive Winter Wonderland. A place where people of all ages and backgrounds could learn about the importance of: community, nature, farming, where their food comes from and most importantly make, and share memories with loved ones.
Visitors were treated to a unique journey around the farm; accompanied by live music, theatre performances, cooking, craft making, food, real Reindeer and of course that all important visit to Santa. All set to an original story, focused on the importance of kindness, positivity and friendship.
For many, visiting a working farm (let alone at Christmas time) was an altogether new experience and one they won’t forget in a hurry. Armed with wellies and warm coats, our guests boarded our incredibly festive tractor and trailer, to transport to the farm yard.
Our furry friends played a big part in welcoming guests too. Visitors were given the opportunity to meet our resident horses, sheep, chickens, ducks and rabbits. Farmer Dave explained just what it takes to look after them and oversee the feeding, petting and of course selfies… there were so many selfies!
We didn’t do it alone though. Transforming a working farm into such an unforgettable experience was not an easy task, but thanks to the support from our local community we were overwhelmed with offers of help and donations. Play groups, schools, sports clubs, businesses, brass bands, farmers, pantomime groups, friends and family all rallied together to help us pull off “Christmas at CHAOS Farm” – an event that set out to bring the community together, and did just that!
So, as you can see, we caused quite a stir down on The Roseland and we’re already being asked the question “when’s the next one…?”. Easter is just around the corner after all!
Posted 12 Sep 2019
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