Supported groups

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If you're interested in joining any of the Co-op supported groups, or finding out more, please contact the group directly where applicable, or contact our Community Engagement Team on 01473 786068 or at community@eastofengland.coop

  • Norfolk

    Woodcraft Folk
    Bringing together children to learn about important issues such as the environment, through activities such as singing and playing, the group aims to develop self-confidence and awareness. Find out more about the Woodcraft Folk here

    Below are the groups available in Norfolk;

    Diss Pioneers/Venturers
    For children aged between 10-12 years old (Pioneers) and 13-15 years old (Venturers)
    Email: dissmembership@woodcraft.org.uk
    Location: United Reformed Church Hall, Mere Street, Diss, IP22 4AD
    Meeting time: Mondays at 18:15

    Norwich Elfins
    For children aged between 6-9 years old.
    Email: sophiecabot@hotmail.com
    Location: Pilling Park Community Centre, Pilling Park Road, Norwich, NR1 4PA
    Meeting time: Tuesdays at 18:00

    Wensum (Norwich) Pioneers
    For children aged between 10-12 years old.
    Email: wensumpioneers@woodcraft.org.uk
    Location: Wensum Community Centre, Hotblack Rd, Norwich, NR2 4HG
    Meeting time: Mondays at 17:30

    Norwich Venturers
    For children aged between 13-15 years old.
    Email: norwich@woodcraft.org.uk
    Location: OPEN Norwich
    Meeting time: Wednesdays at 17:30
     

  • Suffolk

    Co-op Friendship Club
    Brings together ladies and gents of all ages who enjoy talks, Sunday lunches and trips out in the summer.

    Co-op Art Club
    They meet weekly at the East of England Co-op Education Centre in Fore Street and new members are always welcome. 

    Co-op Juniors Theatre Productions
    One of the largest amateur theatre groups in the UK, this group has entertained 14,000 people in the last year. Join the group and take part in one of its stunning productions.
    www.coopjuniors.co.uk

    Co-op Ladies Choir
    We are a friendly, social group who sing to a high standard. Performing a variety of music, including chart hits, musicals and religious items, at more than 15 concerts a year. Rehearsals take place at Co-op Education Centre in Fore St on Tuesdays from 2.00pm to 3.30pm.

    Co-op Senior Singers
    A long established and friendly group of male and female singers all aged 55 plus. With no audition required, the group welcomes new singers to their weekly rehearsals.

    Co-op Singers
    Rehearsing and performing a varied repertoire of music, the group welcomes adults to weekly rehearsals in Ipswich.

    East of England Co-op Retired Colleagues Association
    An association that organises meetings and outings for retired East of England Co-op employees

    Co-op Waterfront Music School
    Teaching every type of instrument to a huge number of students, the School has a fantastic record of choral and musical work which culminates in the annual 'Co-op Music Fest'.
    www.co-opwaterfrontmusicschool.weebly.com

    Branch Managers' Association
    The Association was founded 90 years ago for the managers of the then Ipswich Society Food Stores. Meeting monthly to discuss issues and make benevolent gifts to members of staff, the Association also organises golf days and theatre nights, with the main social event being the Annual Dinner.

    East of England Co-op Band
    Spanning all ages and musical genres, the band welcomes players from across East Anglia and performs across the whole region and beyond.
    www.ipswichandnorwichcoopband.co.uk

    Kesgrave Co-op Womens Guild
    With fortnightly Tuesday meetings the Kesgrave Women's Guild enjoys games such as 'Beetle Drive' as well as listening to guest speakers and discussing different topics, amongst other activities. New members are very welcome.

    Walton and Felixstowe Co-op Womens Guild
    This group of 43 ladies meet once a month to raise money for their chosen charity. Last year saw £1160 raised for the Felixstowe Stroke Support Unit and successful campaigning against the closure of the stroke unit at Ipswich Hospital.

    Woodcraft Folk
    Bringing together children to learn about important issues such as the environment, through activities such as singing and playing, the group aims to develop self-confidence and awareness. Find out more about the Woodcraft Folk here

    Below are the groups available in Suffolk;

    Bury St Edmunds Pioneers
    For children aged between 10-12 years old.
    Email: newgroups@woodcraft.org.uk
    Location: Nowton Park, Nowton, Bury Saint Edmunds IP29 5LU
    Meeting time: Tuesdays at 18:00
     

    Ipswich Elfins
    For children aged between 6-9 years old.
    Email: ipswich.elfins@woodcraft.org.uk  
    Location: Sidegate Primary School, Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 4JB
    Meeting time: Tuesdays at 18:15

    Ipswich Pioneers
    For children aged between 10-12 years old.
    Email: ipswich.pioneers@woodcraft.org.uk
    Location: Sidegate Primary School, Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 4JB
    Meeting time: Tuesdays at 18:15

    Lowestoft Woodchips/Elfins/Pioneers
    For children  under six (Woodchips), aged between 6-9 years old (Elfins) and 10-12 years old (Pioneers).
    Phone: 01502 569 465
    Email: harecatcher@gmail.com
    Location: St Andrews Church Hall, Roman Road, Suffolk, NR32 2DQ
    Meeting time: Wednesdays at 16:30
     

    Waveney Valley Elfins/Pioneers
    For children aged between 6-9 years old (Elfins) and 10-12 years old (Pioneers).
    Phone: 07922 004141
    Email: algerkathy@aol.com
    Location: Ringsfield Village Hall, Ringsfield, Beccles, NR34 8JR
    Meeting time: Wednesdays at 17:00

     

  • Essex

    Arlesford Co-op Women's Guild
    Enjoying weekly talks on a wide range of topics, quizzes, bingo games and more, held at the village hall in Arlesford, this group has 30 members and has been running for over 40 years.

    Brightlingsea Co-op Women's Guild
    An open-minded and happy group of 30 members meets regularly to listen to interesting speakers from organisations such as the Air Ambulance and Age UK. The group also hosts Bring and Buy sales to raise funds and also enjoys films and slides, bingo and more.

    Chorus Iceni
    Affiliated to the Ladies' Association of Barbershop Singers, this accomplished ladies' choir performs at many venues and competitions locally and nationally. It is currently welcoming new singers too.
    www.chorusiceni.org.uk

    Colchester Community Group - Walks
    The Colchester Community Group arranges monthly circular walks of 4 to 5 miles in North Essex and South Suffolk.

    Colchester Community Group  - Talks
    This Group meets monthly at Greenstead Community Centre for talks from speakers with a variety of backgrounds.

    Colchester History and Hobbies (formerly Colchester Co-operative Ladies Group)
    Meeting twice a month for wide-ranging activities, from lunch outings and talks through to knitting, crochet and textiles.

    Concorde Singers
    This choir of mixed ladies' voices sing anything from musicals and traditional pieces through to modern music.

    Manningtree Co-op Women's Guild
    With a group of 25 members meeting once a week, the Manningtree branch has an active schedule of trips, speakers, information classes, singers and parties. It also provides a mini-bus service for those who are unable to make their own way to meetings.

    The Clacton-on-Sea Co-operative Band
    A traditional brass band which, since it was formed in 1948, has built a fantastic reputation as a fine concert and contesting band. Always keen to encourage new players, the band will help with travel costs for anyone travelling a long distance.
    www.clactoncoopband.co.uk

    Woodcraft Folk
    Bringing together children to learn about important issues such as the environment, through activities such as singing and playing, the group aims to develop self-confidence and awareness. Find out more about the Woodcraft Folk here

    Below is the group available in Essex;

    Wivenhoe Elfins
    For children aged between 6-9 years old.
    Email: wivenhoewoodcraft@gmail.com
    Location: Wivenhoe Congregational Church, High Street, Wivenhoe, CO7 9AB
    Meeting time: Tuesdays at 17:30