Latest Events/News from B.P. Job Lot :-)

STOP PRESS: Preston Environmental Forum Annual General Meeting on this Monday 18th November, 6pm at Disability Equality NW, 103 Church Street. Everyone welcome! Meanwhile check out for lots of other goodies.
Fair Trade Xmas gifts now on sale in our shop from £2 – £17! Prices to suit all pockets and tastes. And we offer the cheapest prices as we do not have to factor in our wages… Very nice gifts if I may say so…

CO-OP Day – This Tuesday 19th November
1. Free Seminar: Co-operative Culture and Experience in the Changing World, 9.30am-4.00pm 19 November University of Central Lancashire, Preston.
Join  Mikel Lezamiz (Mondragon Co-op), David Erdal Honorary Senior Research Fellow at St Andrew’s University and Susanne Westhausen, Director of KOOPERATIONEN – the Co-operative employers’ organisation in a day of debates and workshops. For more info and to register click here
2. Launch of 'Simply Buyout' by Preston City Council 4.30pm – 6.00pm 19 November Media and Innovation Studio (ME414), Media Factory, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Preston City Council and Guild Co-operative Network present the launch of a project to promote worker ownership of businesses in the region. The launch will be attended by Mikel Lezamiz of Mondragón and other experts in co-operative models. For more details click here
3. Free Entry: Debating Co-operatives, 6pm 20 November, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Author, Phil Frampton, and Mikel Lezamiz (Mondragon Co-operatives) meet to debate whether "Co-operatives are the best way forward for contemporary Western society." For more info and to register click here
The Guild Co-operative Network is funded by Preston City Council.
If you would like more information, please contact Gordon Benson  or telephone on 01772 903410
The Christmas Fulwood Farmers' Market with Fairtrade - Saturday 23rd November
"10am till 2pm at Fulwood Methodist Church Crossroads Centre, Watling St. Road, PR2 8EA, supporting producers locally and globally, with fresh local produce from around the area and a selection of fairly traded food and crafts from around the world. Everyday items plus a variety of gifts for Christmas (including from Traidcraft, Created, Fairnecessities & Jireh Women) plus Christmas cards. Christmas cakes and puddings to order. There will also be all the normal Farmers' Markets stalls, with local produce from meat, pies, fish and veg to honey, eggs, cheese, bread and cakes.
Come and browse for that perfect Christmas gift or stock up on Fairtrade and local goodies. Tastings, raffle, refreshments & lunches. All welcome."
Free lobbying training
Do you want to gain the skills and confidence to lobby local politicians effectively on issues that matter to you?  Greenpeace is running a free training event in Preston on the 30th November from 10:30-5pm in the University of Central Lancashire, walking distance from Preston Railway Station.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

This is a fantastic training opportunity for anyone who wants to learn the skills of talking to and influencing politicians.  For those that want to, it is also an opportunity to join Greenpeace’s lobbying network – a nationwide group who lobby a wide range of decision makers (for example your MP) by email, by letter and face to face about issues including fracking, the dash for gas and other important campaigns.

For further information, or if you are interested in attending the free training event, please email to register for a place
Our Xmas Party!!! The first Saturday in December – 7th – 7pm onwards
We will be popping out at about 8pm to bring back a chickpea curry from R.K.Sweets. So please bring a couple of quid and a plate if you fancy a plateful J Tea and coffee will be served but you may bring your own drink if you prefer! Bring as much as you like ;-) See you at the party of the year!!
Preston Vegan, Green, Fairtrade, and Human Rights Fair on Saturday December 21st
From Roddy:
“Please forward the below info to the cafe mailing list, and post it on the cafe website and Facebook, and let me know when you have done. Thanks:
I am doing a 30 stall Preston Vegan, Green, Fairtrade, and Human Rights Fair on Saturday December 21 which will be at Beautiful Planet, and upstairs at Roper Hall directly across the road.
The Fair is from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and also features free vegan food, vegan speed dating, and vegan speed meeting at the cafe, as well as the stalls upstairs at Roper Hall.
18 of the 30 stalls have been filled already, and I am contacting hundreds of vegan, green, fairtrade, and human rights groups and businesses today, so please also let me know ASAP if you know someone who wants 1 or more stalls.
The Preston flyer is attached, and the new Facebook pages, which I am emailing to loads of people today, are below:

Any old bicycles?
If anyone has an old bicycle doing nothing in their garage, PLEASE give it to us J We would like to keep a few in our back yard to lend out. We are also on the look out for a bicycle trailer…… XX

Latest additions to our shop menu:
1. Big bowl of organic soup + bun probably £2.50. Several varieties;
2. Veggie-burgers! Prices yet to be decided… but who cares Yum yum..
3. Vegusto, the best-tasting vegan cheese in Europe, will be back in stock very soon :-)

 We have had a couple of ‘Activist’ meetings recently at B.P. The last one featured a very interesting and inspiring talk from Lancaster Huntsabs The next meeting is Thursday 12th December 7pm ko. More details on a poster soon… Meanwhile check out the National Community Activist Network:

Lots going on :-) Hope to see you at our Xmas party!

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