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Sunday 31st March 2013

Staffordshire Bird News 31 Mar 13

Cannock Chase Great Grey Shrike in birch tree 50m from Trig point at 19:10 also 24x Waxwing between Trig point and the Butts at 18:40 (LS) Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent – c30 Waxwings in Newcastle St in the trees at the back of the Co-op at 17:54 (CJW) …

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Edible City: Grow the Revolution

Loaf 28 Mar 13

Rescheduled from March to Thursday 11 April, the Just film Co-op are screening Edible City: Grow the Revolution , a feature length documentary about transforming local communities through food.

Destroyed grass vege, 26th March

FixMyStreet: Lichfield 26 Mar 13

Grass verges in Halifax Avenue have been virtually destroyed by lorries mounting the kerb.

Co-op move will create 100 jobs

26 Mar 13

Midcounties Co-operative is to reopen its old offices in Walsall creating 100 new jobs, it was revealed today.

Co-op announces 100 new jobs for Walsall with energy business growth

25 Mar 13

MIDCOUNTIES Co-operative has announced a significant investment in Walsall in a move that will see the creation of 100 new customer service jobs.

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March 21st – I returned from Walsall in the beginnings of a…

24 Mar 13

March 21st – I returned from Walsall in the beginnings of a storm of wet, heavy-flaked snow.

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Cutting the tape…

22 Mar 13

I was too busy to pop down yesterday, but I’m very thankful to friend of the blog and long-time reader Andy Hollyhead, who popped over to the opening of the new Co-op store in Walsall Wood yesterday.

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Art Soak in Bournville – 24 and 25 March

Bournville Village 22 Mar 13

THIS weekend sees the ‘Art Soak’ festival holding a host of exciting and innovative events and performances across the Selly Oak constituency with plenty happening in Bournville and Stirchley.

West Brom Bank Roberrs Jailed

22 Mar 13

A gang of four men targeted the Co-op Bank on High Street in November 2011, taking £130,000 and threatening two staff members with batons in the process.

Three in court charged with robberies at 15 Co-op stores in the Midlands

21 Mar 13

Birmingham men to appear at Stafford Crown Court were arrested last year…

Men in court for Co-op robberies

21 Mar 13

Three men are to appear at court tomorrow (Friday 22 March) charged in connection with 15 robberies at Co-op stores across the Midlands.

New Walsall Wood Co-op store to create 25 jobs

18 Mar 13

A long-awaited new Co-op store will open its doors in Walsall Wood on Thursday, creating 25 new jobs.

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16 Mar 13

Friend of the blog Lee Braggington, Walsall Wood Group Scout Leader, has been in touch to let me know that the new Co-op store at Streets corner will finally open this coming Thursday, 21st March 2013, as I noted on my 365daysofbiking journal on Wednesday.

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Lies, Damn Lies and The Town Hall

The Mushroom 26 Feb 13

Welcome to the wonderful world of the Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary.

Masked robbers net cigarettes and cash in Wolverhampton Co-op raid

25 Feb 13

Armed robbers threatened workers during a terrifying raid at a Black Country supermarket, before fleeing with thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes and hundreds of pounds in cash from the safe.

Invitation to see Walsall’s successes first hand

20 Feb 13

Walsall’s deputy leader today challenged researchers from the Local Data Company to come and visit the town again.

Co-op staff threatened in Staffordshire robbery

31 Jan 13

Cash and cigarettes were stolen in a raid on a Co-op store in Staffordshire today.

Health roadshow kick-start the new year at Dudley food store

30 Jan 13

Colleagues, members and customers celebrate the health roadshow at The Midcounties Co-operative Food Store in Sedgley Community retailer, The Midcounties Co-operative, has kick-started it’s ‘New Year, New Start, New You’ campaign by hosting…

Birmingham know-how completes £38m hub for Co-op

23 Jan 13

THE Co-operative Group has officially opened a new £38m regional distribution centre designed and developed by Birmingham-based companies.

Supermarket unveiled as anchor tenant for Kings Heath development

23 Jan 13

Midlands Co-operative have been unveiled as the anchor tenant in a new mixed-use development in a south Birmingham suburb.

Thief banned from Dudley shops for two years

22 Jan 13

A prolific shoplifter has been banned from entering any Spar, Boots or Co-op store across the Dudley borough for the next two years.

388 jobs at risk as stores to close

21 Jan 13

NEARLY 400 jobs are at risk after Midlands Co-Operative announced it is to close its fashion and home department stores in the region due to competition from online shopping.

Prolific Dudley shoplifter receives sentence and CRASBO

WM Police Dudley 21 Jan 13

A PROLIFIC shoplifter has been banned from entering any Spar, Boots or Co-Operative supermarkets across the Dudley borough for the next two…

Midlands Co-operative Society announce strong trading over Christmas

19 Jan 13

Midlands Co-operative Society, one of the region’s largest employers, has announced strong trading over the Christmas period.

New Co-op on Streets Corner: Any news?

6 Jan 13

I keep getting messages and emails about this.

Co-operative Food celebrates One Year Anniversary in Shard End

15 Nov 12

Customers visiting Midlands Co-operative Society’s Shard End food store last Saturday were welcomed with plenty of treats as the store celebrated its first birthday.

Co-op store masked raid witness plea

9 Nov 12

Police want witnesses after five masked raiders stormed a Tividale Co-op store in the latest in a string of raids on Co-ops.

Post office moving and extending hours

7 Nov 12

A busy post office in Walsall will close and move to a new home next week in a change that will see its opening hours extended by more than 60 hours a week.

Midlands Co-Operative announce increased sales and trading profits

22 Oct 12

The Midlands Co-Operative Society has announced increased sales and trading profit in the first half of 2012.

Co-op shutters bid to stop raids spree

5 Oct 12

Security shutters are to be installed at a Co-op branch under new plans to protect the store in the wake of a number of supermarket raids in the region.

Men in court over Co-op robbery

24 Sep 12

TWO MEN are appearing in court this morning, accused of robbing a Dudley Co-op and plotting raids at other stores across the Black Country.

Two in court over Co-op robberies

WM Police Sandwell 24 Sep 12

TWO MEN are appearing in court this morning, accused of robbing a Dudley Co-op and plotting raids at other stores across the Black…

Two in court over Co-op robberies

WM Police Dudley 24 Sep 12

TWO MEN are appearing in court this morning, accused of robbing a Dudley Co-op and plotting raids at other stores across the Black…

Two arrested following early morning break-in at Dudley Co-op

WM Police Dudley 22 Sep 12

TWO people have been arrested following a break-in at convenience store early this morning (22 September) ” the latest in a spate of…

ATM Robbers Jailed

17 Sep 12

The gang of circular saw-wielding thieves attacked supermarket ATMs across the country, bagging almost £700,000 in cash. Noel Reilly, David Holmes, Darren Buckley and Simon Phillips targeted 32 Co-Op stores – from Devon to Kent, Lincoln and…

Armed robbers target Spar and Co-op

12 Sep 12

Masked robbers armed with hammers and axes targeted two supermarkets in the Black Country within hours of each other, before fleeing with money and cigarettes.

Firefighters tackle blaze at back of Walsall Co-op

1 Sep 12

Twenty firefighters were called to tackle a blaze at an outbuilding attached to a Co-op store in Walsall.

New Co-op store quickly rising up

31 Aug 12

Construction of a new Co-op store which is creating more than 25 new jobs in Walsall is forging ahead with the main structure now in place.

Co-op store security increased after raids

30 Aug 12

Extra security guards and mobile patrol vans have been deployed to Co-op stores across the region following a string of armed raids.

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Midcounties to offer eco-friendly funerals

23 Feb 11

Midcounties Co-operative is to offer a green funeral service to its customers designed to help minimise the environmental impact of their funeral…

Co-op in ‘radical’ ethical drive

18 Feb 11

The Co-op has launched its most “radical” corporate ethical plan, pledging to sell more Fairtrade products, cut carbon emissions, invest in community projects and take on thousands of apprentices..

Midcounties Walsall staff move to new HQ

Co-operative News 15 Feb 11

Midcounties Co-operative expects to complete the phased move of around 170 administrative and support services staff to its new headquarters near Leamington Spa by the end of the month…

Primark and Co-Op to open Walsall stores

12 Feb 11

Primark and Co-op are to open new superstores in Walsall in a multi-million pound regeneration scheme creating 160 jobs…

Thomas Cook and Co-op Travel to merge

8 Oct 10

Thomas Cook and the Co-op have unveiled plans to merge their high street travel businesses in a move expected to cost hundreds of UK jobs…

Midcounties Co-op announce bumper six months trading

Alun Thorne 6 Oct 10

The Midcounties Co-operative has posted a 34 per cent increase in trading profit to a record £16 million for the first half of the year…

Midcounties Co-op recruits its first retail apprentices

23 Sep 10

The Midcounties Co-operative has launched its first Retail Apprenticeship Programme and given 13 young people the chance to start and develop their career with the community retailer…

Co-op rebrands to offer more

14 Sep 10

The Midcounties Co-operative is to rebrand its childcare vouchers operation and widen the scope of its scheme to offer more to businesses…

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Walsall’s Midcounties Co-op strikes gold investing in people

4 Aug 10

The Midcounties Co-operative has achieved the Investors in People Gold award…

From Knave to Co-op

Bloxidge Tallygraph 22 Jul 10

A once-popular but latterly run-down Bloxwich pub was finally consigned to history on Thursday when the new food store into which it has been converted in a matter of months opened its doors to eager shoppers keen to see what it had to offer…

Midcounties’ chief Reid receives OBE

Co-operative News 23 Jun 10

Midcounties Co-operative Chief Executive Ben Reid has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The award is for ‘services to business and to the community in Walsall’ for — as well as being a leading figure in the Co-op Movement — Mr Reid has played a key role in helping regenerate Walsall…

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