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Jul 04, 2020

Our Stores have talent

On day 13 of Coop Fortnight and International Co-op Day I want to tell you how stores in our West 1 group have come together during the fortnight to co-operate in some fun videos in the first ever 'West 1's got Talent'. The group of stores under the leadership of Adrian Dunn, Operations Manager h...

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Jul 03, 2020

Co-operation in Lichfield to Deliver Food

Today on day 12 of Co-op Fortnight we celebrate a wonderful project that came about of the Covid-19 Pandemic. In Lichfield we teamed up with Lichfield District Council to ensure that local vulnerable people were able to access shopping and have it delivered. Today, the Community Delivery Hub in...

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Jul 03, 2020

Beautiful Images from the Lutterworth Photographic Society Co-operative

Members from our Lutterworth Photographic Society have been keeping themselves busy and testing their photographic skills by running two competitions on set themes. The images show the top three best images for Snow & Ice and Garden Flowers. Well done to our very talented members and thank you f...

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Jul 03, 2020

Watch how Valley Beats Samba Band has managed to keep connected during lockdown.

Valley Beats Samba Band is supported by the Yorkshire Cluster Group of the Membership & Community Council.  The band members are usually out and about attending events and meeting up to practice.  However, during the lock down they have managed to put a few films together which have been put toge...

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Jul 02, 2020

More Good Deeds from the Western MCC

Its day 11 of Coop Fortnight and today I delivered food to two groups in Birmingham who are supporting local people during this Covid-19 Pandemic. The first group is a newly formed Covid-19 support group helping vulnerable in Chelmsley Wood. the group are working closely with the local authority...

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Jul 02, 2020

Elected Members Meet Online

On day 10 of Coop Fortnight, I want to tell you all about our wonderful elected Western Membership and Community Council (MCC). The members that make up this group are independently elected to to serve as a link between their community and Central England Co-operative. The MCC support our initia...

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Jul 01, 2020

Food banks thank our colleagues for their quick response

The Northern MCC  donated £2,000 to help two good causes in Derbyshire and Nottingham supporting people in need The Northern MCC has supported food banks in a number of ways for many years, but just recently they have responded to emergency demands from both Hope Nottingham and Salcare in Hean...

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Jul 01, 2020

Celebrating Co-operatives Fortnight - Co-ops behind brands

Next time you go shopping, just remember the wonderful co-ops you are supporting by putting some of these items in your shopping basket.  From: seed grower co-operative to make Colman's mustard to green pea co-operative to Birds Eye peas.  Other co-operatives around the world include Ocean Spra...

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Jul 01, 2020

Co-operative Fortnight - supporting other co-operatives

Did you know that by buying certain items in a Co-op, you are also helping to support the Co-operative Economy.  Suma is a workers' co-operative of ordinary people built on integrity and equality for more than 40 years. Iris Bio, a worker co-operative in Northern Italy makes organic pasta which ...

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Jul 01, 2020

Essential support for the vulnerable in Derby

We have been working with the Derby City Council and the Derby County FC Community Trust to deliver food items to those people that have had to stay at home for the 12 week period under government advice.  We have acted as the community hub to take shopping orders from the Council and then take p...

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Jul 01, 2020

New store opening in Beeston and help towards the local food hub.

It was very exciting to visit the new store in Beeston to give the Manager, Ashley some support.  Joanna, MCC member and myself popped over to help stock up and give the team some extra pairs of hands.  It is great to have a store in Beeston and it also has some fantastic community extras from se...

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Jul 01, 2020

Mental Health Awareness - time for a cuppa!

MCC member, Joanna and MCRO Tanya, spent time together to have a chat.  It was also nice to be in the store in Littleover to be able to buy some very nice cakes to support mental health awareness week.  The Society encourages colleagues and members to share their stories and help one another.  Du...

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