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 Membership Team on 01473 786068 or at membership@eastofengland.coop

  • Norfolk

    Co-operative Women's Guild, Mile Cross, Norwich
    A small group of ladies meeting fortnightly, the Mile Cross branch focuses on keeping the group together. 

    Norwich (Thorpe Hamlet) 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. It caters for Elfins (aged 6-9), Pioneers (10-12) and Venturers (13-15).

    www.woodcraft.org.uk/category/place/england/eastern/norwich-thorpe-hamlet

  • Suffolk

    Co-op Craft Club
    A friendly, fortnightly club in Ipswich welcoming both adults and young people. Activities include crafts, knitting and patchwork.

    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 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.

    www.co-opladieschoir.co.uk

    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.

    Co-op Superannuated Employees' Association
    An association that organises meetings and outings for retired 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

    Ipswich Co-op Gardening Group
    Passionate about all things horticultural, the group enjoys a monthly evening meeting bringing adults together to discuss their common interests.

    Ipswich Grocery 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.

    Ipswich and Norwich 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.

    Sudbury Co-op Women's Guild
    Meeting once a month, the 6 ladies in this branch enjoy quizzes, an annual strawberry tea and ploughman's lunch, and are always looking for new members to join them.

    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.

  • 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.

    Brightlingsea Woodcraft Folk
    Open to children between 6-9 years (Elfins) and 13-15 (Venturers), this group brings together children to learn about important issues such as the environment, using activities such as singing and playing.

    www.woodcraft.org.uk/where/district/27346

    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

    Clacton Ladies Co-op Group
    Welcoming the ladies of Clacton to join in a regular session, Clacton Ladies Co-op Group help many like-minded friends in the community.

    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.

    Grange Co-operative Singers
    A ladies' choir set up in 1994 that not only sings at local events but also joins annually with the Tendring Caprice Orchestra, travelling to various venues in Europe to perform.

    Lost Arts and Skills Swap Workshop
    An opportunity for people of any age to bring along their unfinished craft projects, either at the afternoon or evening sessions.

    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.

    Newtown Co-op Pensioners' Club
    Meeting every Tuesday the Club aims to bring together members of the community.

    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

    Wivenhoe Community Group
    With around 30 attending each month, mostly ladies but also the odd gentleman, the group runs a varied programme of events. With talks on chocolate complete with chocolate tasting, as well as Strawberry Teas, Bingo, Fish & Chip lunches, quizzes and more, the group is very successful.