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The Wholefoods Shop

Posted on: March 23rd, 2020

Shop Local Week 10-16 August

Normal Opening hours Monday to Friday 09.00-16.00 hrs and Saturday from 09.30-15.00 hrs

We welcome back all customers and can’t wait to see you . Obviously, with the present guidelines & circumstances and floor space, we can only have one person in the shop at a time (except a child or carer if needed).

We would like to assure you that we have everything in place to be as Covid secure as we can. Hand gel, extra cleaning and Social distancing are just some of the measures we have taken.

As with everywhere, we ask that you do not come to the shop if you are displaying ANY of the symptoms associated with Covid-19, thank you.

Look forward to seeing you all again.

Cumbria Made Cotton Face Coverings are also now available at the Wholefoods shop. A range of sizes from 3 years to Adult. Washable at 60 degrees and have a wire nose piece to aid with fitting. With a variety of patterns to choose from, why not check them out too.

Server stands behind the counter which has a clear protective screen around it for Covid-19 safety.ound
Chrysalis Staff Member standing behind one of the Covid-19 clear protective screens

Annual Car Treasure Hunt

Posted on: March 23rd, 2020

It is unfortunate that this years Annual Car Treasure Hunt, that is normally held over the Easter weekend, has had to be cancelled.

We would like to thank the organisers for their yearly efforts and their continued support and for making this understandable and practical decision during a difficult time.

We look forward to the return of the Car Treasure Hunt with much enthusiasm and hope that you will be able to join us whenever that may be.

Come Join Our Amazing Teams

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020

Councillor Marion Fitzgerald

Posted on: November 28th, 2019

Leader of the Council. Allerdale Borough Council – Dalton Ward

Marion Fitzgerald, pictured here on a recent visit to Chrysalis with our CEO Claire and two of our wonderful members Paula and Jack

Thank you. £4,674.15 from the Co-Op Local Community Fund

Posted on: November 11th, 2019

A huge thank you to all those that signed up for donating to Chrysalis in the Co Op Local Community Fund. The grand total donated was £4,674.15. This is far more than anticipated and a very welcome surprise! We will be purchasing a new kiln shortly which was the primary aim of the project! 😍

Thought about joining us?

Posted on: November 6th, 2019

Thank you

Posted on: November 4th, 2019

Chrysalis Gift Fair 2019

Thank you for helping to raise over £1100 at the Chrysalis Winter Gift Fair

Christmas Gift Fair

Posted on: October 24th, 2019

Sunday 3rd November, is the day to start your Christmas shopping with our fabulous annual Christmas Gift Fair.

At the Greenhill Hotel near Wigton, starting from 10am to 4pm, you will find a whole host of craft stalls, clothes, scarves, gifts, food, jewellery, trinkets and much much more!

So pop along and find some unique gifts just in time for Christmas.

See you there!

The Chrysalis Sensory Garden Grand Opening

Posted on: September 27th, 2019

This week saw the grand opening of our long awaited, beautiful, Sensory Garden. We were lucky that the rain held off for the ceremonial ribbon cutting, and our guests and members were able to enjoy meandering along the pathways with the perfume of delicate flowers and sound of water trickling from the water feature, before having a well earned rest in one of the many seating areas. 

Two years ago we were given a grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation of £25,000 to create a sensory garden at our resource base in West Street, Wigton.

It had previously been a Quaker Meeting House and had a walled back garden. It had the potential to be beautiful but had black tarmac at one end, a plain lawn in the middle, and a roughly graveled area at the far end with very little access to move around the garden. 

We launched a competition with pupils at our local secondary school (Nelson Thomlinson) to come up with an inspiring design, and it was the winner Toby Cass who’s design won and laid the foundations of the garden design we see now.

Toby Cass – Winning Garden Design

Two years, and lots of hard work later, with help from professionals, volunteers and staff alike (and the support and generosity of the local community) the garden has been transformed into a wonderful space our members can enjoy all year round.

Our vision is to have all the sensory factors explored and experienced within the garden: Touch – with running water features and different textures of plants and installations; Smell – from a variety of scented plants and shrubs; Sight – using mirrors, structural planting, light and shade; Sound – encouraging birds to visit the garden, sound of running water, wind chimes and other installations providing sound; Taste – planting a variety of edible flowers, herbs and vegetables.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation funding allowed

us to create the sensory garden with this team of professionals:

Garden design – Lisa Leonard, Acer Gardens

Pathways resign bond – Quattro

Water feature installation – Andy Nicol, ARBMap Ltd

Electrics for water Feature – Sandy Gasgarth, Abbey Electrical

Plants – David G Ross, Wholesale Nurseries

Lectern sign – Grafix Signmakers

Watercolour of garden for lectern sign – Kevin Nutter, Daffodil Lane Gallery

Ground preparation and general jobs – Vince Parry

Volunteers and companies that have given their time, expertise and donations to help create this beautiful garden:

PPM – for kindly moving the raised veg beds to their new location.

Mass planting weekend, Lisa Leonard with her gardening friends Julie Jackson and Alison Gash, plus Chrysalis staff, Julie Walsh and Pam Oddy.

Grass cutting by Tivoli.

Ray Fearon – for general support and advice throughout.

Dobbies Garden Centre – for plants and free delivery of large pots.

Sainsbury’s – for donating refreshments.

VV Rouleaux – for kindly donating official opening ribbon.

Cumberland Building Society – loan of large umbrellas.

Futamura – more umbrellas!

A massive thank you to everyone who voted for us to receive the grant from the Masonic Charitable Trust, as we would never have been able to do this without your support.

And finally, another huge thank you to lots and lots of our Chrysalis members and their support workers for all their hard work in getting the garden ready for its grand opening by mowing the grass, weeding, watering and general tidying up!

Let the Festive preparations begin…

Posted on: September 25th, 2019

As the summer holiday season ends and the nights start drawing in, you will be forgiven if your mind starts wandering towards Christmas!

Christmas will be here before we know it, and it’s never too early to start your Christmas cake preparations, you will need plenty of time to soak your fruit to get the extra special homemade cake!

At our Chrysalis Wholefood Shop, King Street, Wigton, we have it all wrapped up for you in our handy Christmas cake packs. At only £10.50 per pack you can start your creating your perfect pud right now!

Christmas cake pack orders will be taken until Monday 25th November, so pop in or give us a call, and order yours now.