Central England Co-op in Cromer hosts summer holiday fun as it launches new community space

Posted by james brindle | Published: 22/08/2022

Children in Cromer were able to enjoy a range of summer holiday activities at a North Norfolk food store as it held a special fun day to help mark the launch of its new community space.

The Central England Coop in Holt Road was full of fun and laughter as the store celebrated the launch of the space in store, which is available for local groups and customers and members to enjoy.

In the car park the team from Fun Force entertained the crowds with hula hoop lessons, balloon making and even a visit from children’s favourite Olaf from the film Frozen, while youngsters also made healthy fruit kebabs and crab crowns to join in the Cromer carnival fun.

Inside the store locals were able to check out the new community space which has been built with seating and tables and there is the beginnings of a book swap area and collections of puzzles.

Store Manager Jamie Twell said: "With all of the challenges communities face right now and with loneliness becoming a huge concern, I hope that by creating a space here for people to meet we may go a little way to helping others through these tough times."

Central England Co-op are hoping to create a members group who can use the space for activities such as chess and scrabble clubs, homework study evenings and much more.

Anyone interested in finding out more can ask in store or for more details about membership at Central England Co-op visit https://membership.centralengland.coop


Notes to editors

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 8,000 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 20 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.

It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.

Central England Co-op was named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.

Press office contact: James Brindle, Public Relations Lead

Contact details: email james.brindle@centralengland.coop and telephone 07392 080028.