Help us choose!

Choose the next three local causes in Chorlton
Poll closes midday 21 September

Every time a Chorlton member buys own-brand products, 1% of what they spend goes to a local charity doing work in Chorlton. Members can choose from a list of three. For the next year this could be worth as much as £10,000 to a local cause.

Now's your chance to help us choose which three charities will be on the list for the coming year.

Just click here to place your vote. But hurry! The poll closes midday 21 September.

Chorlton au vin 20 September

Come and join us and hear about Chorlton history over a glass of Fair Trade wine (or something non-alcoholic if you prefer).

Andrew Simpson and Lawrence Beadle will join an informal discussion on the history of Chorlton and its connections with the co-operative movement. Not to be missed!

6.30pm 20 September 2017, Chorton Funeralcare

Details and register here

Hardy Lane Co-op Rooms now available again for community use

The Co-op has completed work to satisfy itself that the 'Co-op Hall' above Hardly Lane store is safe for public use, and is now offering community groups the chance to use the room again. However, there are now new procedures in place and groups need to complete and return a form before they will be allowed to use the rooms. Email us if you'd like a booking form.

The rooms were closed in April for safety reasons and the Co-op originally indicated that they hoped they would be able to re-open by early June 2017. The Co-op is still trying to ensure it has the right permissions from Manchester City Council to continue using the rooms for meetings, however the rooms will be made available while this process continues. It should after all be straightforward given that the rooms have served this pupose for over 80 years..

The rooms are an unusual legacy from a time when many Co-ops had meeting rooms over the stores used by local co-operative societies and others. Very few examples remain in the UK. The Hardy Lane rooms are used by many different groups. They are a base for the Woodcraft Folk, a part of the co-operative movement.

Co-operative Springboard

Co-operative Springboard was set up by the Manchester Area Committee of the Co-operative Group in 2014 to promote debate on reform in the Co-operative Group. Following the restructuring of the Group with a single National Members' Council, the focus of Springboard is on how ordinary members and staff can organise to have real influence under the new system.

This site is not published by The Co-operative Group. Members of the (former) Manchester Area Committee set it up and paid for it from their own pockets.