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Mar 27, 2020

Community spirit shines through during uncertain times

During these uncertain times it has been heartening to see instances of how local people and our colleagues have come together to support their communities. It has lifted the spirits to see our co-operative values of social responsibility and caring for others being lived and breathed by both co...

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Mar 26, 2020

Eastern Membership team help food stores to support communities

While normal life is on hold as we face these testing and uncertain times, our Eastern Membership team has been busy lending a hand to our food stores to ensure their communities are served. Membership and Community Relations Officer Kym Hunt has gone back to the shopfloor at our Carlton Colvill...

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Mar 26, 2020

Back to the Front Line

Well, hasn't a lot changed since my last blog post from Fairtrade Fortnight... I write this blog in the Colleague Rest Room at one of our convenience stores where I am currently supporting our wonderful colleagues, who are delivering such wonderful service to our communities in this strange and u...

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Mar 23, 2020

An update for our Members

Our Board of Directors has taken the decision to postpone the Society’s Annual Members’ Meetings which were scheduled to take place at the end of April. We hope that the Members’ Meetings can be deferred until October.  In the meantime, we are looking into the possibility of holding an on-line M...

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Mar 16, 2020

Time for a cuppa.

Many of our retail stores took part in the time for a cuppa initiative in aid to raise money for Dementia UK. Two of which were supported by Membership, taking the time out of a very busy schedule to sit and have a conversation about the great things happening in the community.;

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Mar 13, 2020

60 Year 1 Children introduced to the importance of Healthy Choices

Year 1 children from Loatlands Primary School in Desborough learned about the importance of eating your five a day and what counts.  They also looked at portion sizes and were given a basic understanding of the traffic light colours on food labels and what they mean to support with making healthi...

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Mar 13, 2020

MCC and Nemco visit to Gainsborough and Hemswell

by President Elaine Dean MCC member Joanna West and I accompanied the Nemco area members' Heritage Visit to Gainsborough and Hemswell . Gainsborough has a magnificent Old Hall. It had a number of different building styles added on to it and dates from 1460. It looks predominantly Tudor in st...

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Mar 10, 2020

Dementia awareness session at Ripley School

Students from the Ripley Academy took part in a chocolate mindfulness session and also a dementia workshop.  It was a great opportunity to learn more about dementia and to become a friend, to enable them to go further with their understanding.  The students were most appreciative of the Member & ...

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Mar 10, 2020

How dancing can promote fairtrade

A Joint Society Faitrade Tea Dance was held at the Burton Town Hall to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.  Members from across the region came together to share the fantastic dance floor, network and learn from each other.  Members from the NEMCO Dance Group in Eastwood had a brilliant time and as we...

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Mar 10, 2020

Co-op to Co-op

The Yorkshire Membership & Community Council members visited Suma, another type of co-operative formed in 1977.   Suma based in Elland, nr Halifax is one the largest co-operatives of its kind in Europe selling vegetarian and natural products to people who want to eat differently - and better.  Ra...

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Mar 10, 2020

Kirkroyds School in Wooldale learning about plastic.

A great joint workshop with fairandfunky delivered in schools to showcase the importance of recycling and how to reduce the use of plastic.  The children do a quiz, look at what plastics can be recycled and which cannot and then they design a fish from old materials.  It is a great and practical ...

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Mar 10, 2020

Fairtrade tastings in Chellaston.

Fairtrade tastings were a real treat for customers at the refurbished store in Chellaston.  Membership & Community Council members talked to customers about the importance of fairtrade. It was also a great opportunity to see how the store had received investment to bring greater services to custo...

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