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Aug 11, 2020

New Hygiene Bank - Market Harborough

In my previous blog I talked about the new Hygiene Bank that the Southern Membership & Community Council recently supported by donating vouchers and here is what Judy, one of the volunteers, had to say:- "I thought I'd let you see what an amazing gift the Co-op has made to Harborough Hygiene Ban...

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Aug 07, 2020

Lutterworth Watercolour Artists' Co-operative

The latest challenge set for members of our Lutterworth Watercolour Artists' Co-operative was famous people and I particularly like the fun that one of the members had with the Mona Lisa.  Below are some more images that really do capture the expertise and skills of the members.;

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Jul 31, 2020

Southern MCC support Kettering Mind Crisis Cafe

Andrea, our MCC member went to Kettering Mind to hand over some vouchers which had been donated by the council to support the cafe during these difficult times. Here is what Andrea had to say:- "It’s a great place –  it has meeting rooms, a café, a craft room, a big kitchen, counselling rooms a...

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Jul 30, 2020

Campaigning - how to deal with violence against shopworkers

At a meeting of the Notts, Lincs & Erewash Co-operative Party meeting held on 28th July, members were able to engage on how to deal with violence against shopworkers. Speakers included Alex Norris MP (Labour & Co-operative MP for Nottingham North and a leading parliamentary voice for the Party o...

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Jul 29, 2020

Southern MCC Support Holiday Hunger Projects

Three Leicester projects running programmes this summer to support children impacted by holiday hunger have been boosted with funding from the Southern Membership & Community Council to help them give healthy lunches to youngsters over the school holidays. Christ the King Foodbank in Beaumont Le...

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Jul 27, 2020

Co-op Band features on East Midlands Today News

Our acclaimed Leicestershire Co-operative Brass Band created a special performance to bring some joy during lock-down.  The Band put together a video recording of the Lou Read classic "Perfect Day" with each member performing their parts from home. It's a great way for the band to keep in touch ...

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Jul 23, 2020

Store/MCC support re-opening of Markfield Library

Team Leader and Vice Chair of the Southern MCC, Elaine Rowley, jumped into action when she heard about the re-opening of the Markfield Library which is close to our Store.  Following an enquiry from the local Parish Council seeking advice on how we put our safety measures in place in store, Elain...

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Jul 21, 2020

Southern MCC welcomes new member

The Southern MCC are really pleased to welcome our latest new member, Nutan Modi. Nutan lives in Leicester and we asked her why she wanted to get involved and here is what she had to say:- "I remember as a teenager, attending commerce lessons at school and a very fine teacher presenting Co-opera...

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Jul 16, 2020

Supporting Soldiers in Leicester

Soldiers who have recently been tasked with carrying out Covid19 tests for the local community at a dedicated site close to our Rowlatts Hill Store had a lovely surprise when they visited our store today for their lunch.  The Soldiers have been coming in everyday to buy lunch and Liz Phillips, St...

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Jul 10, 2020

Food Bank collection in Barnby Dun

We have partnered with Doncaster Food Bank to provide a food bank collection service at our new store in Barnby Dun.  We work with a number of food banks across our trading area to provide this vital service and to assist financial throughout the year from Holiday Hunger campaigns to the purchase...

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Jul 10, 2020

New Store at Barnby Dun, Doncaster

It was great to visit the new store at Barnby Dun in Doncaster.  A pub conversion to a community store, which included seating area, free water dispenser, instore phone charging and seating plus electric car charging in the car park.  Neil the Manager welcomed myself and President, Elaine Dean.  ...

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Jul 09, 2020

New Hygiene Bank in Market Harborough

When the Southern Membership & Community Council heard about a new Hygiene Bank being set up in Market Harborough, they were very pleased to donate some vouchers to support with the early set up. The Hygiene Bank is a national organisation, run by volunteers, that recognises that people can be i...

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