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May 29, 2020

Calligraphy group honing skills at home

Su Goodman, our Calligraphy tutor is continuing to keep her students busy with setting weekly homework for anyone who wants to take part and asking students to share their work with her. She is also on hand to offer advice and support to keep her students motivated and practicing their skills. S...

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May 29, 2020

Watercolour group keep busy in lockdown

This month – Lutterworth Watercolour Artists’ Co-operative were set the challenge around the theme of 'gates' and we have been blown away by the talent, humour and skill. It is has been a great way for members of the group to keep in touch, practice their skills, and immerse themselves in a favo...

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May 06, 2020

From retirement to the shopfloor

Two stories for you to read from Philip Fee (Chair of the Membership & Community Council and Ollie Pardo, Vice-Chair), of their time providing support in stores near to where they live, to support the business during these challenging times. Retired retailer returns to the shopfloor to support C...

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May 06, 2020

Shop floor job swap

Membership & Community Council member, Joanna West, sharing her story of working in store and her time supporting the Community Hub in Littleover, in conjunction with the Derby City Council and Derby Country Community Trust. -0-0- A councillor has swapped stacking food onto shelves at one of ou...

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May 06, 2020

The new frontline in a world of Covid-19

The Co-operative News article below, also includes a summary of the work of the MCRO’s redeployment into retail and supporting the community hubs. Co-operative News Article - Retail workers are the interface between the public and essentials they need. They are also most likely to be one of the ...

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May 05, 2020

Floristry Lessons Continue Digitally

Our Floristry Tutor, Sharon McKinder, has been keeping her students creative by sharing step to step guides on how to make beautiful creations using seasonal flowers found in gardens. The students are really grateful to Sharon for continuing to help them learn new skills and the support and enco...

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May 03, 2020

Community Hubs Reach Milestone...

As I write this blog I am reflecting on the outstanding work Central England Co-op, Lichfield District Council(LDC), Stafford Borough Council(SBC) and Burton Albion Community Trust(BACT) have been doing to provide essential shopping needs to our community who are vulnerable or self-isolating in t...

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Apr 30, 2020

Southern MCC support Corona Kitchen in Kettering

When we first heard about the Corona Kitchen in Kettering, the Southern MCC were very keen to donate some vouchers to this very worthy cause. We very much look forward to being able to visit when the Lock-down is lifted and look at other ways on how can we can support the Kitchen. This is what F...

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Apr 24, 2020

Leicestershire & Ratby Co-op Bands Clap for Carers

Both of our Bands have been supporting the Clap for Carers evenings each Thursday at 8pm by playing their instruments outside of their respective homes. Here is what Liz from our Leicestershire Co-op Band had to say:- "I just thought  I’d share our support of the clapping for carers yesterday. ...

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Apr 21, 2020

Calligraphy Tutor keeps students motivated during Lockdown

Su Goodman, our Calligraphy Tutor, has been keeping students on task by sending out regular emails - this is what she recently had to say:- New Term Calligraphy 20.04.20 Week 5 "Today should be the start of a new Term. Traditionally in the next 2 days, we would be going to the Salvation Army, Le...

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Apr 20, 2020

Whetstone Drama Group Keep Members Entertained during Lockdown

The Whetstone Drama Group (who receive a grant from the Southern Membership & Community Council) have been keeping members entertained with a weekly quiz, which is organised and run by Steve Cutler and Ben Thomas. Yesterday evening I was invited to join them and really enjoyed taking part.  Stev...

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Apr 19, 2020

What's been going on this week! Community Hubs, Members Keeping in Touch and more...

As I write this blog on Sunday 19 April, I think back to what has happened this week, how we are supporting our community, keeping in touch with members and doing good at a time when we need it most. Firstly I want to give you an update on the Community Delivery Hubs I wrote about last week. The...

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