Castlecuffe Co-operative Society
|We are doing a competition called " Cooperation is
Cool". It's all about learning about the Co-operative movement and
how we can learn to work together from it. We started this project the 14th
of February 2006. We wanted to do a project on something that has helped
our community in the past and today, so all of us together decided to do
it about Clonaslee Co-op because it helps a lot of our farmers in our village.
The pig farm in the Co-op is closing down soon because the fields are being
sold to build houses. We made a plan first to figure out what we were going
to do. This is a picture of our committee.
Our aim is to raise money for a secret project in our school (we will reveal all later) and a charity of our choice. We are going to be doing a lot of projects. They first thing we are doing is a St. Patrick's Day sale. We made badges, cards and bands ourselves. We will sell them on the 10th of March. Some of our other projects are a Bric - a - Brac stall, cake sale, non -uniform day and a loose change bottle. We will be also making vases from glass and hope that they will turn out very well. There will be a great selection of badges, bands, cards and vases. We will be having the vase sale a different day. We hope to raise a lot of money for our school and a charity out of all these. We decided to pick a charity to help people in need. Our chosen charity is Laois Down Syndrome. We will also be keeping money for our school. We want to learn how a Co-op works and how it can help everyone in the area. Our aim is to make a profit but not for ourselves. All we want back is our shares and to pay back Mary.
We decided to visit Clonaslee Co-op and there we meet
with Mr Matt Barrett who was acting as manger at the time and he told
us a lot about the Co-op and why it is closing down. He showed us a lot
of things in the Co-op. We got to see the pig houses.
We are making the bands out of green, yellow and white wool for St. Patrick's day and for a basketball match that some of the past pupils from Castlecuffe are playing We are making the badges out of card. We cut the card and made it into a shamrock and harp badges. Mary (our teacher) comes every day to help us make the stuff and gives us ideas. We only have a few days left and we are all working very hard. We had lodes more help. These are our main helpers Miss, Della, Mary and Blathnid.
We are so lucky to have Mary because she is great help and keeps us under control.
This is a picture of us making bands, cards and things. We are very pleased with the things we have done. We hope that everybody will buy what we have made. We put a lot of work and time in doing this.
We wrote a note to each family telling them what were
doing and asking them for their support.
On the 10th of March we were very excited. It was the day of our sale. We wondered if anyone would buy anything. We set up our stall in the hall. It looked very well. We were very proud of ourselves. Our first customer was Mrs Digan. Then there was a big queue. Everything was sold. We made ninety four euros. We were all very pleased with this as we had no idea how much would be sold. We had sold out in one hour.
Mr Tom Flynn was the first stockman in Clonaslee Co-op and he came in and told us that when he was working he got paid very little compared to today and that the noise was awful and the smell was bad but after a while you do get used to it and there was no way that they had a machine to give them food or give them drinks they had to do everything by hand and worked all day and sometimes all day Saturday and Sunday, it was a lot harder than it is today, now they have machines to do all the work for them and they get a lot more money then they did back then it was though never easy working in the Co-op back then or today.