Mendip village scenes raise funds to help end rural homelessness this Christmas

11 Dec 2020

Stratton on the Fosse based Root Connections is on a mission – a mission to end rural homelessness. Bringing together the local volunteering community to cultivate its inspiring 1.5 acre market garden, Root Connections produces beautiful, organically grown fruit, vegetables and seasonal flowers for sale at local markets and for home delivery – with all proceeds going back into supporting and improving the health and well-being of those who are homeless or rough sleeping in Mendip.

This year Roots is thrilled to have the support of local Chilcompton residents, Matt and Jill Marshall, who have generously designed and produced a stunning Chilcompton Calendar 2021 featuring 12 striking images of well-known scenes and buildings in and around the popular Mendip village.

Suzanne Addicott, Founder and Director at Roots recalls: “When Jill first contacted us during the first lockdown with their idea of producing a bespoke calendar of Chilcompton village scenes and the offer of supporting our project with proceeds from sales, we were delighted and so grateful.

The opportunity seemed to fit so perfectly with our ethos – that by making connections and cultivating relationships, we can positively grow community for the benefit of those who really need it.” Jill explains: “Matt’s illustrations had been so well received among our circle of friends, with one or two suggesting that we should produce a calendar depicting images from around the village.

We thought that was a great idea and started to look for a local charity or community organisation we could donate proceeds to – that’s when Root Connections came up. Each image, which starts off as a photograph, looks to re-create one of Matt’s favourite scenes from the village and takes around 8 hours per image to create. It really is a labour of love. But one we have thoroughly enjoyed being involved with and hope very much will raise invaluable funds for Roots, particularly at this time of year.”

The calendar which is available in two cover versions, is priced at £10 with proceeds from sales being donated to Root Connections. They can be purchased through the Root Connections online shop or direct from Jill Marshall at
Mendip village scenes raise funds to help end rural homelessness this Christmas
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