New Lanark is to host a free fun-filled celebration of co-operation next week, as part of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives.
The Co-operative Carnival, at the New Lanark Visitor Centre between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, 16 June, will feature family entertainment including children’s games, film screenings, cookery demonstrations and a brass band.
The event is organised by the Co-operative Membership in Scotland, and will be a showcase for co-operation.
Organiser Liz Armstrong, a Co-operative Group Membership Officer, said: “New Lanark has an important place in the history of the Co-operative Movement in Scotland, and so is a perfect location to celebrate the International Year of Co-operatives. There will be lots to see and do, with plenty to keep the whole family entertained.”
Visitors to The Co-operative Carnival can enjoy African cookery demonstrations with fairly traded products, a Co-operative Market Place, featuring stands from a range of co-operative businesses, and performances by The Co-operative Funeralcare brass band.
Film screenings will include premieres of two short films by the Glasgow-based mediaco-op, one to attract young people into co-operative enterprises and one made as part of The Co-operative Foundation’s Truth About Youth programme.
There will be a chance to say “hat’s off” to Co-operatives, and win a prize by wearing traditional hats from different countries, and youngsters can enjoy children’s games organised by the Woodcraft Folk, the co-operative youth organisation.
The Co-operative camper van, currently touring the UK to promote the UN International Year of Co-operatives, will also be at New Lanark, and visitors will also be able to get a stamp in their “Passport to Co-operation”.
The passport can be used to tour a variety of co-operatives and co-operative events throughout 2012. On visiting a co-operative, or co-operative event, the passport will be stamped. For every five stamps, the passport can be returned for the chance to win £1,000 worth of Co-operative Travel vouchers, a 3D TV or Co-operative Food store vouchers. Visitors who get their passport stamped at New Lanark will receive a 20% discount on entry to the New Lanark Visitor Centre.
The Co-operative Carnival follows a two-day educational event, on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 June, staged at New Lanark by the Co-operative Education Trust Scotland (CETS).
The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over seven million consumers. It is Scotland’s fourth biggest food retailer, and the leading convenience store operator, with more than 370 food stores, covering an area from Shetland in the north to Annan in the south.
The Group is also a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank and The Co-operative Insurance. It is Scotland’s number one funeral services provider, a major pharmacy chain, and one of Britain’s largest farming operations.
As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group has also set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies over 50 commitments in these areas.
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