Monday, 23 January 2012

AGM Ahoy

It's the AGM season and Withington Co-operative Party are holding it on
Wednesday 22nd February in Hardy Lane Co-op Rooms starting at 2000h.

As ever it is above the Co-op food shop (479 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton M21 8AG) at the junction of Hardy Lane/Mauldeth Road West and Barlow Moor Road (entrance via black door to left of shop entrance).

Our guest speaker is Duncan Bowdler – who is a member of Manchester Area Committee and also a main board member of The Co-operative Group and a long standing Withington Co-op Party member.

He will be talking about "2012 -Year of co-operation". 12th January saw the launch of international year of co-operatives. The United Nations has dedicated a year to celebrating our way of working. How many businesses can say that?

We will have the usual AGM business and Fairtrade refreshments.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Co-op Values Book

"This book, entitled The hidden alternative – Co-operative values past, present and future, came out of a conference held in Manchester in 2009 called ‘Can values make a difference’. It is aimed at an international audience of academics, co-operative members and all those interested in the co-operative model"

Essentially it is eighteen essays and one of them looks interesing to those who follow left of centre politics. Entitled "‘A Party within a Party’? The Co-operative Party-Labour Party Alliance and the Formation of the Social Democratic Party, 1974-81 written David Stewart.

Book launch is at Waterstones, Gower Street, London and the Eighth Day Co-operative, Manchester on Thursday 12 January 1800-1930.

Link : Co-operative College story

Sunday, 1 January 2012


To give it the full title it's the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives 2012. The chance to promote and celebrate the co-operative model. Why not? These opportunties don't come around many times in a lifetime.

The official launch is Thursday 12th January. Actually it started months back in New York and Cancun. But hey it culminates with a big event in Manchester in the early autumn. Maybe the Co-operative Party can be part of it too.
The Co-operative 2012
Co-ops UK 2012