Co-operative Energy will be attending the following events over the coming months. Look out for our stand and our friendly team.


East Anglian Game and Country Fair

The East Anglian Game & Country Fair is an annual, two day event for the whole family with a wide range of activities

Norfolk Showground Exhibition and Events Centre, Dereham Road, New Costessey, Norwich, NR5 0TL

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Shropshire County Agricultural Show

The annual Shropshire County Agricultural Show attracts thousands of people from across the country for a celebration of all things rural

The Agricultural Showground, Berwick Road, Shrewsbury SY1 2PF

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Surrey County Show

The Surrey County Show attracts up to 40,000 visitors each year bringing the best of the countryside to the heart of the town. The Show is a fantastic day out for the family, combining entertainment, food and fun with the opportunity to see first-hand the many aspects of country life and farming.

Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1ER

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The Royal Bath and West Show

The historic 150th Royal Bath and West Show in Somerset is one of the oldest surviving agricultural shows in England. It is four full days of entertainment for the entire family.

The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN

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The Three Counties Show

Come down to The Three Counties Show this June for a packed day of family entertainment and fun, all in celebration of our great British farming world and countryside.

The Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW

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Cheshire County Show

As Cheshire Agricultural society celebrates its 175th anniversary, organisers of the Cheshire County Show are gearing up for what promises to be another action-packed event. With its roots firmly embedded in Cheshire’s rich farming history, the main focus of the show will once again be the thousands of animals including livestock, horses and dogs in competition.

Cheshire County Showground, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0HJ

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Southend Robin Hood Game & Country Show

The Robin Hood Game & Country Show features a whole host of world-class attractions, offering something for the whole family.

Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend, Essex, SS2 4FA

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The Camborne Show

The Camborne show is a fantastic event based in Cornwall. The show has been running since 1942 and attracts up to 15,000 people during the day, with entertainment for the whole family

Gwealavellan Farm, Nr Coombe, Camborne, Cornwall, TR27 5EF

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All About Gardening Suffolk

Discover a world of horticultural excellence at the Suffolk Summer Garden Show. The Show is a celebration of British lifestyle and the great outdoors.

Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 8UH

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Suffolk – Robin Hood Game and Country Show

The Robin Hood Game & Country Show in Suffolk involves all the family with a range of brilliant activities such as birds of prey, rifle shooting and archery. A really fantastic event that shouldn’t be missed.

Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 8UH

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Newark – Robin Hood Game and Country Show

The Robin Hood Game & Country Show in Newark offers a number of exciting activities throughout this two day event, such as jousting and dog training. It is really a great family day out, and of course, your dog is welcome.

Newark Showground, Winthorpe, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY

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Newark Festive Gift & Food Show

The Festive Gift & Food Show at the Newark Showground is ideal for buying unusual and affordable Christmas presents. With around 200 exhibitors, it has everything to make it an enjoyable festive shopping experience.

Newark Showground, Winthorpe, Newark, NG24 2NY

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Brentwood Festive Gift & Craft Show

The wonderful Festive Craft & Gift Show returns to the Brentwood Centre this November, and is the place to buy original and inexpensive Christmas presents.

Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN

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Southend Festive Gift & Craft Show

Treat yourself and loved ones to a whole new look this year at the Southend Festive Craft & Gift Show. You can buy goods ranging from unique hand-made jewellery and fashion accessories to unusual gifts for the family this Christmas.

Southend Tennis &Lesiure Centre, Southend, Essex, SS2 4FA

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Cambridgeshire Festive Gift Show

To get into that festive spirit and buy some exciting Christmas gifts this year, come along to the Cambridgeshire Festive Gift Show.

Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH

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Brentwood Festive Gift Show

Come along to a fantastic day at the Brentwood Festive Gift Show for your Christmas shopping. You will find all sorts of gifts for friends and family to make sure they have a Christmas to remember.

Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN

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Reflections on a Community Energy Conference part 1

‘You’ve blooming done it’. I’m sure Jon Halle from Shareenergy won’t mind me paraphrasing the first thing he said to me after our Community Energy Conference on Saturday. This is, after all, a blog for Co-operative Energy’s website and his actual words would be….inappropriate. An exchange of wry smiles was enough to say we both remember our first meeting a little under two years ago: Jon had wanted to know exactly what Co-operative Energy’s plans were to help community energy projects. My response, ‘we can buy their power’, was not a bad effort, but it was obvious we could do more.

It was actually something Jon said during his talk at ‘CEC13’ when I first noticed what would be the theme of the day. ‘It’s the Landowner, Stupid’ was, according to Jon, one of the five crucial things a community energy group had to remember when starting a project. A landowner – one person – can have a significant impact on a project’s success.

The hour and half train back from London to the Midlands gave my colleagues and me the chance to reflect on the day’s proceedings. My day job – setting up contracts with renewable generators to purchase their power to supply our customers – means I sometimes get bogged down in a world of acronyms and contract terminology, of pricing and meter details. On that train ride home, however, we didn’t mention any of that once.  We talked about the unemployed families in Brixton in fuel poverty being helped by the amazing Repowering London. We talked about the households in the Forest of Dean who could invest in their local wind turbine at Great Dunkilns Farm from as little as a fiver thanks to the Resilience Centre and Abundance Generation. How the guy who sells fireworks to the local town every year was a huge influence on a project because he knew everyone in the community. In short, we talked about people.

A pound for every time someone came up to me on Saturday, with a big smile on their face, telling me there was a real ‘buzz’ around the Royal Geographical Society (the stunning, prestigious venue for our conference) would have allowed me to invest in a decent amount of community energy shares myself. We almost had to physically prise people apart from their conversations to make sure we kept within our timings – we overran by half hour, not too bad! People interacting and sharing ideas, stories and experience. People talking about people.

Community energy is about people. Duh, right? But, if I’m honest it’s sometimes easy to forget that. The aforementioned acronyms and pricing can sometimes cloud that for a supplier, as I’m sure the joys of planning applications and share offers can do the same for the groups themselves.  There were many messages from Saturday, but the stand-out one for me was clear: helping the environment, raising money for a community, ensuring resilience in the local economy…It’s all about the people, stupid.

@Tom Hoines,

Tom Hoines, Renewables Manager, Co-operative Energy


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