Welcombe Radio Advent Calendar Raffle
- Simon Lane
- Jan Hurst
- Simon Lane
- Janet Palmer
- Saf Bruce-Quay
- David Lett
- Patricia Hooton
- Sally Swains
- Matt Dixon
- Claire Reynolds
- Keith Wedgbury
- Helen Newton
- Tori Rushton
- Carolyn Rogers
- Lynn Robbins
- Matthew Alton
Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket.
Scroll down to see the prizes and read about the local business that donated them.
Welcombe Radio is a not-for-profit organisation that is run and operated by volunteers. One of our main purposes is to support all aspects of the local community. Along with our live broadcasts from Christmas events such as the Victorian Evenings in Stratford and Shipston, this event is another way of helping promote what 24 local businesses are doing during the Christmas period and at the same time raising funds for the radio station.
Basically, each day starting on Wednesday, 1st December up to Friday, 24th we will be opening a door on our Welcombe Radio Advent Calendar revealing a donated prize and which local business donated it.
A grand draw will then take place in a one-off special Winner’s Show (3.00 to 4.00pm.) on Friday, 24th December after Tori Rushton’s Classical Gems show and before Penny Keynton-Hook’s Connecting Stratford Show.
The raffle tickets will be £2 per ticket or a strip of 5 for £5. They will be sold by all Welcombe Radio personnel.
We may not be a commercial radio station but we do believe in supporting our local independent businesses. So far we have 18 businesses involved not just from Stratford but also Warwick, Shipston and Wellesbourne as well, examples of which include, the Stratford Playhouse, the Plantarium Café, Lily’s Waffles and Crepes, Warwick Books, the Golden Monkey Tea Company and the Mayor of Stratford’s Afternoon Tea at the Fourteas. The event is also being promoted by the new team at Stratforward BID.
The following describes what we at Welcombe Radio offer the prize-donating businesses in return.
- All those who donate a prize will be acknowledged on the Welcombe Radio Advent Calendar Raffle webpage.
- This will include a photo/logo connecting the prize to the local business donating the prize and a short paragraph describing anything special they are doing for Christmas.
- Plus, a link to the company’s website.
- Similarly, the event and all those involved will also be promoted on Welcombe Radio social media.
- An image associated with the donating business will be behind one of the doors on the large advent calendar at the Foundation House Community Hub.
- All prize donators will be mentioned by Welcombe Radio programme presenters in the lead up to the grand draw on the 24th
- A member of the prize-donating business (if possible) to attend the grand draw programme; obviously they will have the opportunity to promote their business/organisation.
- Music tracks for the grand draw programme to be chosen by the prize donators.
Welcombe Radio Station Manager
Welcombe Radio Advent Calendar Raffle Prizes
Lily’s Waffles and Crepes ~ Donated prize: £25 voucher
Lovely spot! Pretty decor, great service and fantastic waffles!!!
Delicious waffles with fresh fruit and chocolate perfect for everyone.
Light fluffy waffles with all the trimmings. Cupcakes are all delicious and well presented (my favourite at the moment is walnut)...In the end I couldn't help myself and had a bit of everything..! Service with a smile. A great way to finish our day trip in Stratford.
Amazing waffles, great service and atmosphere! I highly recommend waffle with whipped cream and maple syrup - pure heaven Will definitely be back to try some more.
Ya-Bard Craft Beer ~ Donated prize: Beer sample tray
Ya-Bard is a Craft Beer shop and tasting room in the heart of the beautiful town of Stratford upon Avon. Born out of our love for Craft Beer we decided Opening Ya-Bard Craft Beer shop and tasting room in October 2020 it is run by partners Dave Moore and Sam Thorp.
We stock a large range of Craft Beers sourced from small batch independent brewers from around the globe.
Contact: 07826 867808
The Music Café ~ Donated prize: £20 Voucher
Carl Walker and Ian Meeson
Combining West End Theatre, film, event and cheffing experience - day and night these guys bring you:
Beautiful homemade food, amazing coffee & intimate live performances in a unique setting full of signed memorabilia.
Plantarium Café ~ Donated prize: Cake worth £50
All food and all cakes we serve are truly vegan.
We take good ingredients and prepare our food on site. With our Trip to Mexico crunch wrap, Trip to Amsterdam sandwich and expanding range of world food inspired food we take you for a flavoursome trips to different parts of the world. Wide selection of rich and fresh vegan cakes will complement every meal.
Our coffee comes from award winning local roastery.
Rich, aromatic espresso is served on its own or with a wide selection of plant-based milk or dairy milk. Our baristas prepare amazing variety of original lattes - Rose Latte, Tahini Latte, Chicory Latte, Biscoff Latte and other flavored coffees.
We offer the widest selection of plant milk in Stratford upon Avon.
01789 508743 or 07504 972828
Golden Monkey Tea ~ Donated prize: A Christmas Tea Selection
Our shop is located on Smith Street in historic Warwick, central England. You will find us amongst many interesting and unique independent businesses on Warwick’s oldest shopping street. We have over 120 different teas and tisanes to choose from, ranging from traditional black teas and fruit infusions to green and white teas, oolong and flowering teas and even pu-erh, yerba mate and matcha.
The owner, Maria Denney has been selling tea from her shop on Smith Street in Warwick for over 10 years, but her passion for tea started at a tea merchants in Edmonton, Canada, near the university where she studied Art and Design. Maria spent her time in awe of all the many different types and their mesmerising smells and tastes. This love affair grew into a successful business and both her love of tea and the business have been growing ever since!
We are always asked ‘Why tea?' The answer is simply that we love everything about it. Tea has a history that spans more than 4,000 years and each country has it’s own relationship with tea.
Contact: 01926 400544
Warwick Books Donated prize: Christmas Tea Selection
We are the proud and enthusiastic new owners of Warwick Books, Mog and Pauline Harris, taking over this well-established town bookshop in April 2015. Mog is Warwick born and bred, and having trained and worked in Theatre Design spent some time working in Italy and France for a youth charity where she met Pauline. Pauline was born in Metz in North-East France, She is fluent in English, French and Italian, and also like dabbling in Polish and Russian. Until very recently Pauline was the General Secretary of an International Youth Charity and is embracing her new life in the UK and is enjoying discovering Warwick’s hidden treasures. We are both great readers and were delighted to get the opportunity to return to Warwick to take over the bookshop. Do pop in and introduce yourselves, let us know what we can do to develop the shop or our events and we will be really grateful for your continued support.
“ Full of enthusiasm, approachable and armed with a wealth of knowledge, this book selling team is remarkable!” by Lottie, Legend Press
Contact: 01926 499939
Stratford Play House ~ Donated prize: We are delighted to support Welcome Radio by offering a family ticket for 4 for our fun pantomime Jack & The Beanstalk.
Our company, Proon Productions began their time at Stratford Play House in July, 2018 when we were kindly welcomed by the other businesses with whom we now share the building. It is indeed an interesting place and it has an appropriately interesting history. Now, though, Proon Productions are here. A new era. We hope you enjoy it.
Taste of the Country, Shipston ~ Donated prize: A Christmas Hamper
Taste of the Country has been a proud part of the Shipston on Stour community since 2006. We believe that our local British food, here in the heart of Warwickshire, is among the best and most bountiful in the world.
This July 2018 we were awarded Best Independent Retailer at the Cotswold Life Magazine Food & Drink Awards! Wowing the judges on arrival with fantastic window displays and beautiful signage outside. They enjoyed our excellent selection of local produce and our fabulous team were noted to be very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, with a clear love for the shop and its produce. "It appeared to be a thriving little business in the community!" We are incredibly proud of our local business.
Our own range, all cooked eight miles away in our Alscot kitchen, includes everything from good, honest Fish Pie, to our rather famous iced gingerbread which you’ll find stocked everywhere from English Heritage to Eden Project. Our kitchen delivers to our shop twice a day, six days a week
– every sausage roll and flapjack is straight from the oven.
Health Kick Academy ~ Donated Prize: 6 Keep Fit Sessions
Health Kick Academy was founded in September 2017 by Jason bennet, a personal trainer determined to make it easy and enjoyable for individuals to improve their fitness, wellbeing and overall health
Located in Stratford upon Avon Jason and his team of highly motivated coaches offer a personal approach and every client, ensuring a tailored programme is developed to help every individual achieve their goals inside and outside the gym, with particular success in long lasting sustainable weight loss.
Unit D, Drayton Farm, Drayton Manor Drive, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9RQ
The Real String Orchestra ~ Donated prize: 2 Concert Tickets
Based in Stratford Upon Avon which is a town full of performing arts but has never had a true String Orchestra until NOW, it is organised and under the baton of Tori Rushton.
The aim is to give the audience powerful performances of string classics and enjoy the works of amazing composers under the baton of the professional home grown musician Tori Rushton.
Players are local teachers, performers, young talents from music schools, conservatoires and adults who play at a high standard.
Players aged 16 to 99.
The Four Tea Rooms ~ Prize donated: The Mayor’s Tea Party
The Fourteas is a genuine Vintage, 1940s Theme Tea – Room
A step back in time to an era of good quality home cooked food, locally sourced ingredients and probably the friendliest service in the County.
Relax and listen to the likes of Vera Lynn and Glen Miller whilst sampling our popular Ivor Novello Afternoon tea, a tiered stand of freshly made sandwiches, home-baked scones with strawberry jam and cream and a selection of exquisite cakes, biscuits and pastries all accompanied by our own house exclusive blend tea. To enhance the experience a glass or two of Prosecco will take you to the next level.
Ivor Novello Vouchers can be purchased at the Tea-Room or over the phone with a debit or credit card. Additional arrangements can be made to post them to you and your friends anywhere in the world.
Sway to the sounds of the Andrews Sisters whilst enjoying a pot of one of our wide selection of loose leaf teas, our superb, Award winner Coffee from Monsoon Estates or a cup of comforting Ovaltine. And if you are a Chocolate Lover, our Noel Coward or Irving Berlin hot chocolates will have you coming back for more.
There is always a good selection of homemade cakes on offer and of course our famous fruit, plain or cheese scones, the talk of the county, baked to the letter of our “state secret” recipe, every morning at 06.00. An all-day Monty Breakfast, a selection of constantly changing Light Bites, inspired from our Allied Countries Cuisines, delicious snacks and other cooked food will make your visit to The Fourteas an occasion to remember!
Our VIP LOUNGE in the Officers Mess upstairs can be booked for groups between ten and twenty-two people. This is an extremely popular Venue for Special Birthdays, Anniversaries and Hen Parties, as well as Business Meetings and small size Conferences. An early Booking is advised!
Contact: 01789 293908
The Artisan Butcher ~ Donated prize: £25 Voucher
At The Artisan Butchers we are passionate about preparing the finest quality meat from suppliers and farmers that share in our Ethos.
Our aim is that this combination of low intensity farming, local sourcing & time honoured sensitive preparation, all at a reasonable price will result in you making us your butcher of choice...
Contact: 01789 415544
13 Wood Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 6JF
Shakespeare Distillery ~ Prize donated: £35 voucher
Proud to live and work in the historical town of Stratford upon Avon, known worldwide as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, we wanted to create something authentic to our area. Of course we couldn’t distil the bard himself into a bottle, but we could look at the Tudor period in which he lived and the characters he created in his plays, bringing the essence of this into our spirits.
The Tudor era was a significant period for spirit production, as people began using it not only for medicinal purposes, but to enjoy as a recreational drink. The 16th and 17th centuries became a time of great discovery, experimentation and innovation.
At Shakespeare Distillery we aim to recapture this period of innovation by fusing traditional and, in some cases, forgotten ingredients with modern techniques to create exciting new spirits. We now produce a range of premium, handcrafted gins and rums made entirely onsite at the distillery, including the award-winning Stratford Dry Gin and Jester Rum.
Contact: 01789 336559
MOR’s Bakery ~ Prize donated: Bakery Voucher
An independent sourdough bakery & kitchen. Serving brunch, organic sourdough, hand-crafted viennoiserie pastries, sweet treats and coffee from local roasters Monsoon Estates.
Our organic bread and pastries are made and baked on site in our open kitchen.
Visit in the morning to be greeted with the smell of freshly baked bread coming out the oven, or the afternoon to watch as the bakers prepare and shape dough for the next day’s baking.
Treat yourself to brunch or lunch from our seasonal kitchen.
Whilst you enjoy a coffee, watch as our chefs prepare your order in the open kitchen.
Contact: 01789 204952
Roly’s Fudge ~ Prize donated: box of fudge
Originating from Devon in the West Country over 30 years ago, we now have independently-run family fudge pantries across the UK. Each shop uses traditional recipes to make fresh fudge every day, handmade in full view for you to see.
Trading since 1987, we’ve spread from a single West Country shop to fudge pantries across the UK, a reputation that’s grown almost entirely word-of-mouth!
Right now there’s over 40 Roly’s Fudge shops operating across the UK from Cornwall to the Lake District. With tasters available to sample before purchase, we now have thousands of Roly’s Fudge addicts!
We may seem a lot, but there are only 15 families behind Roly’s Fudge. Each of our pantries are small businesses independently run by families who have fallen in love with our fudge and who share our same artisan values.
This pantry was opened in the summer of 2014 by Andy and Kate, who also own Roly’s Fudge Stow-on-the-Wold.
49 Henley St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW