Our response to COVID-19 In this section A statement of solidarity from retail societies during Co-op Fortnight Budding young chocolatier’s winning idea hits shelves Co-op donates £22,500 more to foodbanks hit by soaring demand during coronavirus pandemic Doing Suffolk Proud: Suffolk Sweet Tomatoes and Scarlett & Mustard team up! Your local East of England Co-op in your pocket £75,000 donation in response to COVID-19 Annual Report and Financial Statements 2020 Barista Bar is back! Housing development complete despite lockdown Independent retailer welcomes U-turn on deregulation of Sunday trading hours Local charity appeals for smartphone donations to get service users online New 6,000 sqft Co-op planned for Chesterwell New community fund helps keep vital local transport service on the road Our community cares for young people impacted by Domestic Abuse Retailer’s community fund provides essential hygiene packs to local youth foundation Suffolk Libraries expands Lifeline service Yum Yum Tree Fudge Awarded Silver Carbon Charter Fairfields Charity Crisps Australia Bushfire Appeal - thank you Co-op Community Cares Fund launched today ‘Golden Ticket’ win for Kyson Primary pupil Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service receives ‘first real home’ Local retailer sees 17% growth in food profits despite challenging market Apprenticeship Programme recognised with national award Baker rises to the occasion to be named Suffolk Champion Burnham-on-Crouch celebrates a new look store after short closure Charity car wash to support Kernos Centre Colchester crowds cheer Battle of the Bangers! Colchester Funeral Bike Tour 2018 Colleagues and customers celebrate Dedham High Street store reopening Community thanked as refurbished supermarket reopens its doors County Champions tickle the taste buds of voters Cult classic raising funds for local Lifeboat Service David and Goliath battle sees little brewery beat giant Dedication service supports Help for Heroes Dedication Service supports Macmillan Coffee Morning East of England Co-op ‘Best Before’ scheme shortlisted for national award East of England Co-op to sell products past ‘Best Before’ to reduce food waste ‘The Women Shaping the Future of British Produce’: group portrait by renowned photographer Jenny Lew Chapel dedicated in special community service Community invited to hear more about new store Co-operation results in much needed new housing Attleborough Funeral Service's Chapel of Rest Dedication Caister Funeral Branch Supports Lifeboat Station to Raise Funds Chapel of Rest Dedication for Ely Funeral Services County Winners announced for Producer of the Year 2017 Cromer Funeral Service's Chapel of Rest Dedication East of England Co-op answers call for help from Waveney Food bank East of England Co-op becomes driving force for greener lifestyle East of England Co-op extends security services to East Anglian businesses East of England Co-op finalists in international training awards East of England Co-op Funeral Services awarded Outstanding Dementia Care Innovation Award East of England Co-op Funeral Services is announced as finalists in the National Dementia Care Award East of England Co-op gives £70k to local organisations in bid to tackle loneliness East of England Co-op helps local schools learn about Fairtrade East of England Co-op hosts first ever International Women’s Day event as part of 150th birthday cel East of England Co-op house herd of Elmers East of England Co-op kick off summer holidays with a family fun day in Hadleigh for Macmillan Cance East of England Co-op lend their support to life savers in Felixstowe East of England Co-op mark national day with renewed focus on making it easier for people to use the East of England Co-op on the hunt for teams for charity 'Walking Football Tournament' East of England Co-op opens its doors to Tendring Technology College to mark Fairtrade Fortnight East of England Co-op raises a glass to Sourced Locally Fortnight East of England Co-op raises over £4,800 for Alzheimer’s Society East of England Co-op supports GoodGym team with GoGoHares clean-up for Co-operatives Fortnight East of England Co-op to celebrate Norfolk Day with GoGoHares swap shop East of England Co-op to host GoGoHares ‘swap shop’ East of England Co-op to take on former O'Flynns Budgens store in Acle East of England Co-op Travel official ITFC travel partner East of England Co-op wins second national award for waste reduction campaign East of England Co-op wins prestigious national award for ground-breaking food waste scheme Easter egg hunt is great success énergie Fitness opening at Rosehill Centre Families invited to day of fun in aid of local Air Ambulance Family fun day for Haverhill community Family of businesses extended at Stanway store Felixstowe in Flower causes buzz in local community Felixstowe resident wins star ’eco car’ prize in East of England Co-op 150th anniversary celebration Film Feast Suffolk line up is unveiled by renowned British film director Food fans challenged with creating new sausage flavour Free bereavement support group launches in Norfolk Fundraising Quiz Night in aid of The Royal British Legion Funeral Teams take part in 'Flip it for EACH' pancake race Haverhill Funeral Services Chapel of Rest Dedication Healthy growth in sales and profit for East of England Co-op Heat is on for students in cookery invention contest Hellesdon Funeral Service's Chapel of Rest Dedication Help fill Santa's Suitcase this Christmas Learning and Development Team named Team of the Year at TJ Awards Local businesses join forces to combat church lead theft Local charities benefit from a share of £15,500 donation Local communities mark Remembrance Day Local community advocates open new supermarket for town Local Co-op continues support for refugees Local Funeral Arrangers scaling new heights for charity Local MP Dr Thérèse Coffey backs East of England Co-op waste reduction scheme Local retailer sees over 30% growth in trading profit despite tough economic climate Local school to perform at community event M&Co comes to East of England Co-op Halstead store Masquerade ball raises over £2,000 for Newmarket charity Mayor of Ipswich opens new Multi-Faith Centre for Ipswich and the region Members set to share £2.1million in dividend Members set to share £3 million East of England Co-op Dividend Meredith Greengrass spread Easter joy to patients Most successful year to date for Santa’s Suitcase campaign 90 Cub Scouts now Dementia Friends East of England Co-op announced as 'Pigsty Partner' East of England Co-op fighting food poverty this Christmas East of England Co-op Funeral Services Chapel of Rest Dedication East of England Co-op Abbots Road Supermarket to close East of England Co-op Funeral Services Invests in State-of-the-Art Funeral Cars East of England Co-op honoured by HRH The Princess Royal Dementia Friends training recognised at national awards East of England Co-op named 'Organisation of the Year' at Alzheimer's Society's Awards East of England Co-op signs all 47 funeral branches to Fair Funerals Pledge East of England Co-op supporting Emmaus Ipswich East of England Co-op wins esteemed Hermes Grand Prix Award Fairfields Farm named Producer of the Year 2016 Hamford Primary go bananas for Fairtrade Fortnight Healthy trading performance despite challenging conditions Help fill Santa’s Suitcase this Christmas International ballet star goes back to his roots as a Co-op Junior It's bigger and better for local brass band Local business flying high after successful tea card revival Local construction company awarded contract Local food fortnight generates over £900,000 for the regional economy Local Volunteer Services benefit from £14,000 donation Members set to share £3million Dividend Minnie Moll takes on Ambassador role for HRH The Prince of Wales Mountain Warehouse coming to Woodbridge Thoroughfare Musical partnership with Co-op and award-winning local tech startup New Acle store now open New bereavement support service for Felixstowe New East of England Co-op Funeral Service Branch for Ely New East of England Co-op Funeral Service for Acle New East of England Co-op Funeral Service for Downham Market New East of England Co-op Funeral Service for Frinton On Sea New family homes now available in Ipswich New Funeral Service Branch for Clacton-On-Sea New Harleston supermarket opening this week New homes available at the heart of Woodbridge New homes developing in Dovercourt New homes set for New Street, Woodbridge New housing development underway in East Ipswich NHS latest tenants to join Wherstead Park Norfolk brewers offer taste test to win votes Our response to COVID-19 Over £1,000 raised for local Lifeboat Station Over 1000 people join Easter Egg Hunt to support Norfolk’s bereaved children Overwhelming response of support for local charity Pigs (and kids!) Go Wild at Family Fun Day Pigs, poems, paintings and peppers! Planning submitted for Newland Street, Witham Plans submitted to give former department store new lease of life Plans to take on former Budgens Store Pop to the Bramford Cock Producers crowned County Winners Providing housing for the homeless in Ipswich Pupil creates winning design to help combat anti-social behaviour Quiz night raises over £1,000 for local RNLI Station Remembering together this Christmas New East of England Co-op Funeral Service for Cromer New Woodbridge store opens tomorrow Local community invited to hear plans for new store New Woodbridge Store now open Dementia Friends training recognised at national awards Rosehill Travel branch to relocate to Ravenswood Sale of Woodbridge store to East of England Co-op successful Sales soar to £1m during retailer’s Sourced Locally Fortnight initiative Secure Response Services supporting St Mary's Church Sharing the community love at Valentines Shopworkers entitled to Freedom from Fear Songs for supper in celebration of Sourced Locally Fortnight Sourced Locally Fortnight generates nearly £1million for regional economy Stowmarket community encouraged to Meet and Mingle Suffolk businesses given advice on tackling anti-social behaviour Suffolk kids create new chocolate bar Suffolk resident's 'egged-on' to support local causes this Easter Sweet success for Essex jam producer Sweet Success for Great Tilkey Honey Taking action to tackle anti-social behaviour 'The Big Conversation' about all the little things The East of England Co-op thank Dedham community for support with makeover for Duchy Barn The Pig Reveal... Time Garden Cycle Tour Tiptree travel branch named one of the best-rated agents in UK and Ireland for second year running Tiptree Travel shortlisted for TTG Awards Transformed local pub opens doors to public United Against Dementia Unique afternoon tea secures votes for Essex producers Vote opens for food fans to choose new sausage flavour Why a visit to the optician isn’t just about your vision Widow Twankey pops to the Co-op this Christmas Wivenhoe Tempest FC show-off new kit Woodbridge community come together at dedication service Woodbridge community coming together at dedication service Woodbridge feels the love for Suffolk food producers Work on restaurant and retail destination underway Work starts on £4million retail development in East Ipswich Working together to tackle anti-social behaviour We know this is a concerning time, and lots of people are trying to protect their family and their community. 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