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Apr 06, 2021

Western MCC donates 80 packs of Hot Cross Buns to local neighbourhood group

Over Easter the Whittington and Fisherwick Good Neighbours group gave out packs full of Easter goodies to over 75  households in the area. this group provides support for many elderly and vulnerable people in Whittington, a small village close to Lichfield. The group were donated 80 packs of ou...

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Apr 06, 2021

Co-ops seek entries from budding film-makers for "Just Film Festival"

Central England Co-operative have entered into a pioneering partnership with Birmingham Film Co-op and Co-op News to support a social justice film festival online during Co-operatives Fortnight this year, 18 June - 4 July. Entries are now open for the submission of five minute short films in thr...

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Mar 31, 2021

Return to school 2021.

Eastern MCC member Blain along with colleague Chloe attended and delivered a job role workshop at Reepham High School. Having not been into any schools in over a year this was a fantastic activity to support for our return in 2021. Explaining to year 11 students the benefits and progression ava...

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Mar 29, 2021

Western MCC donate funds to Birmingham Bike Project

The western Membership and Community Council recently donated £500 to local charity 'The Bike Project' in Birmingham below is a blog about the organisation from Cath Palgrave who works for the Bike Project and is also a member of the Western MCC. The Bike Project was really pleased to receive fu...

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Mar 25, 2021

'King of the North' Andy Burnham joins male Co-operators on Central England Co-op's Men's Event

On Wednesday 24 March Central England Co-operative held an online Men's Voices event. The event which would usually be held in November to coincide with International Men's Day was postponed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. During this online event we had Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester gi...

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Mar 19, 2021

Central England Co-op Men’s Voices event to welcome Andy Burnham as guest speaker

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham will be the guest speaker at event designed to raise awareness of the challenges facing men in the modern world.;

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Mar 17, 2021

Birmingham Co-op History Group Fairtrade Talk with Debbie Robinson

On Tuesday, 2 March the Birmingham Co-op History Group hosted a special talk with the CEO of Central England Co-op Debbie Robinson. Debbie has an extensive history with Fairtrade and the nearly 30 people attending on the Zoom call were excited to learn about it. As the meeting was held on Zoom, i...

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Mar 12, 2021

Double Celebration for International Women's Day

The Southern Membership & Community Council held an online International Women's Day event on Monday, 8 March 2021 for both members and colleagues. This year's theme was "Choose to Challenge" and we were delighted that our CEO Debbie Robinson, President Jane Avery and Vice-President Elaine Dean w...

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Mar 08, 2021

Fairtrade in the East

Cubs were tasked with creating their own fairtrade bunting!The Eastern MCC along with the manager of our Mulbarton store delivered Fairtrade workshops to over 500 people during Fairtrade fortnight. Mulbarton manager- Jamie Twell is also a Scout Leader in his spare time and caused a wave of inter...

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Mar 05, 2021

Fairtrade Fortnight - 22nd February - 7th March 2021

Usually, during Fairtrade Fortnight, we are in schools most days delivering our Fairtrade assemblies or workshops.  This year has been a little different but we have still managed to educate over 250 children in the region about Fairtrade and what's behind the label.  This was via on-line worksho...

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Mar 01, 2021

Hygiene Bank Boost at Market Harborough Store

Members and customers who shop at our Market Harborough Store have been very generous in supporting the Hygiene Bank, since we launched it in store last year.  Here is what Judy, Co-ordinator for the Hygiene Bank, had to say:- "Today I spent £150 of your very generous donation from the Community...

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Feb 25, 2021

Fairtrade donations to 'Hit the Spot'

As we are well into the first week of Fairtrade Fortnight, the Western MCC made 2 donations to local causes with Fairtrade goodies. Below is a picture of some Fairtrade Chocolate and Co-op biscuites that have been donated to the Covid Test Team volunteers working from the site at Burton Albion F...

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