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Sep 21, 2020

Film Co-op marks UN International Day of Peace with on-line screening of "We Are Many"

Ten years ago, a group of Central England Co-op members set up Birmingham Film Co-op, with support from the society, to screen "Films for a Fairer World" each month in Birmingham. Since lockdown we have tried various ways to keep members engaged while we can't meet in person and, following the s...

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Sep 17, 2020

Yorkshire store thanks community after overcoming setback of opening day ATM robbery

Manager of Barnby Dun Central England Co-op thanks villagers for welcome after opening day shock.;

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Sep 16, 2020

Co-op Historians Celebrate Birmingham Heritage Week in Erdington

Members of the Co-op History Group have put up a photographic display in Central England Co-op's Erdington Supermarket telling the story of "Co-operation" in that part of the city. The Birmingham Industrial Co-operative Society, as it was then known, was founded by Midland Railway workers in the...

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Sep 15, 2020

Mental health champion speaks about beloved family dog’s vital role

Central England Co-op mental health champion from Leicester speaks about beloved family dog's vital new role.;

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Sep 14, 2020

Narborough & Littlethorpe Walking Street Market

When the village that I lived in announced that they were holding a Walking Street Market to encourage the community to get out and about, Laura our team leader at the local store, and I thought this was a great opportunity to get involved and raise some funds for our corporate charity, Dementia ...

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Sep 10, 2020

Central England Co-op gives support for first ever virtual community games

The Lichfield and Tamworth Community Games has received support from Central England Co-op as it heads online.;

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Sep 10, 2020

Nineteen good causes share £20,000 funding boost to tackle COVID-19 related problems thanks to Co-op community fund

We have handed out £20,000 to 19 charities and good causes as part of our revamped Community Dividend Fund aimed at providing quick funding boosts to help those impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. A wide range of charities and community organisations were delighted to receive the funding boost...

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Sep 08, 2020

Lutterworth Photographic Society Co-operative

The Lutterworth Photographic Society Co-operative hold two competitions per year that are only open to all members and the pictures are usually awarded by an external judge.  This year, they had to hold their competition by Zoom and John Hadden, a long time member was given the honorable task of ...

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Sep 08, 2020

Community Games Go Online

This year the Lichfield Community Games, supported by Central England Co-operative will move online. The Community Games in Lichfield would have taken place at Beacon Park this weekend, but due to Covid-19 restrictions a decision was made to take the Games online for 2020. On Saturday you can vi...

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Sep 02, 2020

Co-op Vouchers Support Woman Dealing with Cancer

The Southern MCC have donated vouchers to AgeUK to support members of the community who are experiencing food poverty.  One example of how our vouchers have made a difference is Mr Sumra's story. Mr Sumra is the main carer for his mum who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.  He was inv...

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Aug 28, 2020

Award Winning Leicester Drama Groups

Congratulations to both our Ratae Co-operative Players & Whetstone Drama Group who have won awards in this years NANDA (Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Drama Association) Play of the Year Competition for 2019/20. The "Peter and Joan Martin Award/Front of House Award" went to the Ratae Co-operativ...

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Aug 24, 2020

Members swap Keep Fit Classes for Walking

Members from our Keep Fit Group have not only been missing their weekly classes - they have been missing each other!  During the lock-down they had been staying in touch by creating a Whatsapp Group to share photographs of gardens, weekly quizzes and riddles and stories etc.  They were missing ea...

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