Co-operative heritage in the Pennines

There’s a cold easterly wind blowing over my part of northern England today and Spring, let alone Summer, seems a long way away.  But here’s some very early news of an event I’m organising on the UN’s International Day of Co-operatives, Saturday July 7th.

The small mill town of Hebden Bridge, between Leeds and Manchester in the south Pennines, has a strong co-operative history, part of which I recounted in my book All Our Own Work which tells the story of the highly successful worker-run co-operative textile mill in the town which ran from 1870 to 1918.  I have persuaded myself to run a Co-operative Heritage Walk in the town on July 7th, starting at 11am at the Tourist Information Centre.

The walk will last about two hours, and I think we’ll have to end it firmly in the twenty-first century, in the town’s co-operatively run pub, the Fox and Goose.  More info nearer the time.

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International coops’ day coming soon

The first Saturday in July, as you may very well know, is International Day of Cooperatives, an idea which originally came from inside the coop movement but which many years back was also endorsed by the United Nations.

We try to mark the day in the town where I live, and I’ll be at a meeting later this week to discuss exactly what can be organised this year. But I’m pleased to see that the International Co-operative Alliance has produced a logo for the day – the first time, as far as I’m aware, that the ICA has done this.

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