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By Huckleberry Films, Jul 31 2013 04:17PM

We are working with the Co-operative College to develop a series of short animations about the formation of the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS). We will be looking at five key figures for this Heritage Lottery funded project, and bringing their stories to life using heritage resources from the Co-operative archives.

By Huckleberry Films, Oct 30 2012 11:24AM

We were invited to the official launch of the revamped 'Rochdale Pioneers Museum' on Toad Lane in Rochdale, with the reception held at the impressive nearby St Mary in the Baum church. The museum celebrates some of the earliest Co-operators, and today Rochdale is considered by many to be the home of Co-operatives. International Co-operators, the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale, and supporters of the museum attended the event, as well as descendants of the original pioneers!

By Huckleberry Films, Dec 5 2011 04:53PM

Peter Latham is a local musician, and his CD can often be heard playing in the One Planet shop. We approached Peter to ask him if he would like to be involved in the project, and we were really pleased when he said he was happy to allow his music to be used for the soundtrack. As he is a local artist, and the film is about showing and supporting the talent we have in our area - we thought it would be great to include Peter playing his guitar in the film too.

Peter's partner Nina Carr is a keen local shopper at the One Planet shop, and we interviewed her about her buying habits. She explained that she enjoyed having the opportunity to buy local products, and find out the stories about the people who made them.

For more details about Peter Latham AKA 'Merlin Music' please visit:

By Huckleberry Films, Dec 5 2011 04:22PM

Plans to film a local honey supplier had to be changed last minute when the weather turned bad and our original interviewee was unavailable. Local beekeepers (or 'apiarists' as they are officially called) Katharine and Mike Stapleford kindly agreed to be involved in the film instead, and with the help of a very large brolly we managed to get the shots we needed.

The weather was damp and wet - and so we didn't want to disturb the bees in the hive, but had fun filming around the hive with Katharine and Mike and they demonstrated how to use a fantastic old 'bee smoker' that is used to calm the bees when neccessary.

We interviewed Katharine about the hobby, and she described how they got into keeping bees. She told us it is really humbling to watch the bees, after realising how much work goes into producing even a small amount of honey,

By Huckleberry Films, Nov 22 2011 03:14PM

Sharon Hanlon from Reflect Glass designs and handmakes unique jewellery, and sells a range of recycled glass items in the One Planet shop. We met with her as she led a workshop with Lizi at Pendle Pottery in Simonstone near Pendle Hill, teaching other people to make their own fused glass item of jewellery.

It was a really interesting workshop to watch and take part in, and each participant created their own design from a range of colours of glass. Sharon demonstrated how to safely cut different shapes with the cutting tools, and brought lots of finished examples to give the class ideas.

After the class finished, we chatted with Sharon about the process of creating her work, how she got started, and the importance of supporting local artisans through shops like One Planet.

You can find out more about Reflect Fused glass and see some of Sharons finished pieces at: and get in touch with Lizi and find out about the pottery courses available at Pendle Pottery visit

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