In 2011 the Society reached its 150th birthday and to celebrate this mammoth milestone we enjoyed a jam-packed year of special events. In between kicking back at the Big Birthday Bash and giving away 20,000 cakes, we paid tribute to our history, discovered your fondest co-op memories and gave away half a million pounds to local good causes.
Thousands turned out to celebrate with the likes of Lulu and Scouting For Girls at our Big Birthday Bash and free Gadsby's cupcakes were given away to everyone.
The Museum of Lincolnshire Life hosted an exhibition showcasing the Society's eventful history and our memory book, where many of you shared your comments about the Co-op, was on display.
Meanwhile former Society director and renowned historian Alan Middleton captured the Society's story with his book entitled 150 years of Lincolnshire Co-operative.
In it he mentions the important role of our founder Thomas Parker and another key player, Duncan McInnes. The Society arranged for a new headstone to be erected on Thomas Parker's grave and restored the memorial of Duncan McInnes to commemorate our 150 years.
From restoring headstones to restoring vehicles, our transport department lovingly renovated a 1970s birthday bus which was proudly on display at many of our events.
We also launched our Big Birthday Beer to help celebrations along, courtesy of Bateman's Brewery, not forgetting of course the £500,000 we donated to local groups and good causes by way of our Big Birthday Awards.
It was a fantastic year but it was important to leave a legacy for the future. We have created a 10 acre Co-operative Woodland on the outskirts of the village of Dunholme to ensure that we continue to care for the environment as well as our community for the next 150 years.
Highlights of our 150th year can be seen on this video.