Central Co-op’s Boley Park Turns Into a Winter Wonderland with North Pole Fun Skate’s Ice Rink!

Posted by sam bishop | Published: 15/12/2022

Central Co-op is pleased to spread festive cheer in Lichfield by hosting North Pole Fun Skate’s temporary Glice rink on its Boley Park community store carpark. The glice rink will be open every day from 9am-9pm (except for Christmas Day) until 2 January 2023 for the community to enjoy, and customers can stop off at the store and the Insomnia Coffee Shop for refreshments on the day. 

North Pole Fun Skate is delivered by professional ice skating coach Deborah Young, also known as Ice Ice Agent. Skaters can bring their own skates or hire ones provided at no extra cost, and the rink itself is made of artificial ice referred to as Glice, featuring music, lights, and even hot chocolate for some festive warmth.  

Ice Agent Deborah Young commented: “I’ve always been passionate about bringing the joys of skating to as many people as possible, and I’m thrilled that Central Co-op's Boley Park store is hosting the North Pole Fun Skate. All the family can get involved, from novices to experienced skaters, and it’s worthy of the North Pole itself with the festive lights and trees. Santa himself would be proud!” 

Central Co-op members receive a discount of 10% on bookings, which can be made via the website: https://www.northpolefunskate.com/  

While in Boley Park’s community store, customers can enjoy a selection of weekly Star Deals for the festive period, with a proportion of sales helping to deliver a hot meal to people in need, via a partnership with FareShare Midlands.  

The ongoing Goodwill To All campaign extends to 2 for £4 deal on frozen party food, along with 2 for £5 on chilled party food options. Both offers run until 3rd January, and from 19th December turkey crowns and chilled desserts arrive in-store too, giving customers a chance to get everything they need for Christmas dinner.  

Members also receive exclusive discounts on a range of essential products like cheese, eggs, and milk, reducing some items by as much as 43%. 

This event adds to Central Coop’s sprinkling of Goodwill throughout the festive season, as the Society offers its shoppers the chance to win a family skating session and invites selected local community groups to enjoy some time on the rink for half price.   

For further details, head to the Central Co-op website, Facebook, and Twitter. 

About Central Co-op 

Central Co-op is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK, with a heritage stretching back over 175 years and interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.  

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its 7,700 colleagues serve customers across 440 plus trading sites in 19 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.   

Its purpose is to create a sustainable Society for all.   

It actively campaigns for food justice and works with FareShare Midlands and a network of local food banks. It also adds £1 to every Healthy Start Voucher redeemed in store and supports six schools in partnership with Magic Breakfasts. 

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter. The Society is also a member of Diversity in Retail and it is fully committed to addressing the impacts of climate change by reducing carbon and food waste, increasing recycling and investment in community Sustainable Spaces funded by the carrier bag levy. It recently launched its Malawi Partnership to support farmers and producers in the country through the Co-operative International Trading Development Fund.  

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £109,769.25 shared out between 121 good causes in 2022. 

Press office contact: Sam Bishop, PR Specialist  

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