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Notice of Annual General Meeting

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Revolver Co-operative Limited

Notice of Annual Members’ Meeting

12 noon, Friday 26th June, Birmingham Town Hall
Victoris Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ

With Guest Speaker:
Britta Werner, Unicorn Grocery

Agenda

  1. Welcome from the Chair
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of 2014 Annual Meeting
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Annual Report & Accounts
  6. Election of Directors*
  7. Any Other Business

Lunch will be served members will leave with our goody bags.

Revolver is this year providing the coffee and tea (thanks to Midcounties) for co-operative Congress over the weekend

*NB  Under Rule 35 all 6 serving Directors retire at the close of the Annual Meeting but are are eligible to stand for re-election.  Rule 34 provides that the Board may comprise a maximum of 15 Directors.  Nominations for Directors will be accepted from members at the Annual Meeting, or in advance if addressed to The Secretary at the Registered Office.

Meeting to close by 2pm.

 

We would encourage members to stay on for the Co-operative Press AGM at 2.30pm which will include a debate on how to balance co-operative values with business.

By Order of the Board

Revolver Co-operative Limited.  Registered No. 31024R.
Registered Office: 152 Goldthorn Hill, Penn, Wolverhampton, WV2 3JA.

www.revolver.coop

 

Revolver Co-operative Limited

Notice of Annual Members’ Meeting

12 noon, Friday 26th June, Birmingham Town Hall
Victoris Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ

With Guest Speaker:
Britta Werner, Unicorn Grocery

Agenda

  1. Welcome from the Chair
    2.    Apologies for absence
    3.    Minutes of 2014 Annual Meeting
    4.    Matters Arising
    5.    Annual Report & Accounts
    6.    Election of Directors*
    7.    Any Other Business

Lunch will be served members will leave with our goody bags.

Revolver is this year providing the coffee and tea (thanks to Midcounties) for co-operative Congress over the weekend

*NB  Under Rule 35 all 6 serving Directors retire at the close of the Annual Meeting but are are eligible to stand for re-election.  Rule 34 provides that the Board may comprise a maximum of 15 Directors.  Nominations for Directors will be accepted from members at the Annual Meeting, or in advance if addressed to The Secretary at the Registered Office.

Meeting to close by 2pm.

 

We would encourage members to stay on for the Co-operative Press AGM at 2.30pm which will include a debate on how to balance co-operative values with business.

By Order of the Board

Revolver Co-operative Limited.  Registered No. 31024R.
Registered Office: 152 Goldthorn Hill, Penn, Wolverhampton, WV2 3JA.

www.revolver.coop

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Revolver to introduce new Syrup range

Revolver set to launch new syrups for 2015

 

New Revolver Syrups
New Revolver Syrups


 

Our new range of Syrups have been created by John Taylerson of Malmesbury syrups. We have three 250ml bottles, priced at £2.99 retail on launch; Hazelnut, Vanilla and Caramel. These syrups are produced in the Cotswolds and are aimed at Customers who have tried syrups with coffee in coffee shops and want to reproduce that experience at home. The syrups can be used in a variety of recipes, not limited to coffee. Patrice Garrigues is behind the project, Patrice has been asking us to do this for three years. Distribution will be with AFBlakemore Fine Foods (Formerly Heart). We expect these syrups will be popular as there are few supermarket ready syrups produced in the United Kingdom the market leader is Monin the french food company, who provide the majority of syrups used in catering. For restaurant enquiries, please contact us at coffee@revolver.coop.

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Coffee shop boss faces death threats over ‘Je suis Charlie’ sign outside Brick Lane cafe

The London Evening Standard14.01.2015  reports;Death threat: French Muslim coffee shop owner Adel Defilaux Picture: Nigel Howard

A coffee shop owner today vowed he would not back down after receiving death threats for displaying a “Je suis Charlie” sign outside his cafe.

Adel Defilaux, a French-born Muslim, was terrified when a man stormed into The Antishop in Brick Lane, East London, at 9.30am yesterday.

The intruder demanded that Mr Defilaux take down the sandwich board featuring the slogan that has become a rallying cry in support of the 12 victims of Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

But when Mr Defilaux, 32, calmly protested the man became aggressive and warned that anyone who supported the French satirical magazine should die.

He said: “He came in very aggressively and he told me to remove the sign. I asked him why and he said his community was offended by it and said if I didn’t remove it something bad was going to happen.

“I told him I was Muslim myself and I wanted to talk gently with him and I said people can’t kill journalists for expressing themselves.

“I calmly explained to him that what he was saying was not the reality of Islam. I thought I could calm him down, but it had the opposite effect. He went crazy.

“He said ‘I believe these people deserve to be killed and anyone supporting them deserves also to be killed’.

“I was all alone and started getting scared. He was a dangerous person. He said if I didn’t take down the sign he would smash up the shop, and then he just left.”

Mr Defilaux, who is originally from Marseille but has lived in London for five years, said he had put up the sign to support everyone in France and had received no complaints from anyone else.

“I get on with all the community here. We are opposite a mosque and all my neighbours are Muslim and no one else has had a problem with the sign. These fanatics believe in the wrong stories and have no shame in attacking people,” he said.

 

 

 

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We are back

Sorry, that took longer than expected. We don’t have the same resources as Sony, but basically we suffered a catastrophic cyber attack that took out all our sites. We are not blaming North Korea but we got took down by someone. This has affected our Revolver Records, Digital, and Heavy Metal Records sites. So, if you are reading this directed from one of those sites, we are working our way back to getting back on line for all sites.

Meanwhile we are adding new articles now and slowly adding in old articles as a resource. Our thanks go out to Christopher Woods – without his help we wouldn’t be back, and also grateful to the web archive people at http//:web.archive.org – without their resource it would have been difficult to reconstruct the site so comprehensively.

Thanks for sticking with us.

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Welcome to the Havana – club

September 25th, 2014 by Paul (Revolver World)

As reported PayPal wrote out to our British customers threatening to report them to US Treasury department OFAC, for buying and drinking CUBA coffee. One customer contacted us asking; “Are Americans mad, or just upset they can’t buy CUBAN coffee?” Truth is, its hard to know. But because our present web shop (changing soon) is presently tied in to PayPal, we are inviting customers to email their orders through for our single origin, Del Escambray, Crystal Mountain Coffee, from the Holgin region of Cuba. Customers can call with debit cards (01902 345 345 – Mon – Fri 9.30 – 6.00) or email; members@revolver.coop. The costs is £4.00 + postage. Members receive free delivery and membership costs just £10. For a membership form, search “membership” on the site, or email us please. pack_shots0011
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Revolver calls for a boycott of Israeli goods in Supermarkets

In light of the continued and escalating violence in Palestine, we are calling for a boycott of food and other products from Israel.

This is a story we are all familiar with, but may not have seen some of the photographs that tell a story much more complete than words alone can justify. It’s clear that limiting the boycott to just products produced in the occupied territories is making little progress.  With over 9700 injured and over 1800 dead many of us watching this violence on our television screens, listening to radio broadcasts and reading news and internet – many will have made up their mind already as to the balance between Israel’s legitimate and appropriate right to protect itself using the “iron dome” perfected by the US (& now being copied by China), and the onslaught of violence that Israel progenitors of the conflict, have exacted particularly on little children.  Ban-ki-Moon Secretary General of the UN,  described “the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law” following the bombing of a UN school used to shelter  families which was shelled on 30th Aug. (Photographs courtesy of Getty Images (C) 2014).  gaza_graphic_56Lord (Paddy) Ashdown  (BBCR4) described Israels response as wholly disproportionate. Lord Ashdown successfully negotiated peace in the Bosnia conflict, described the strike on 6 schools by Israel as either “Criminally careless, or carelessly criminal”. El Savador is the fifth Central American country to condemn Israel, joining Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela recalling their ambassadors. Prior to the illegal occupation Israel had lost just 2 citizens, that numbers has since the conflict begun, increased to 65. Lord Ashdown said that was a very poor dividend. The Co-operative Group placed a ban last year on some 25 products supplied by Israeli firms and restricted imports from occupied territories. Co-operative are alone amongst supermarkets in taking this positive position, as ALDI, Tesco and others continue to import food and other products, found in stores such as The Early Learning Centre and Homebase. We are now asking Co-operative Food to go further in banning all foods products from Israel. Similarly, Revolver itself has been supplied with its coffee films from Israel under assurances by it Cheshire based supplier Plastosac that production took place outside the illegal settlement areas. We are not the only co-operative coffee company in this position. In light of the violence Revolver has cancelled future orders and has circulated a petition inviting supermarkets to stop stocking products produced in Israel. Over 1000 have signed the petition so far  and the link to add your signature is here; https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/uk-supermarkets-boycott-israeli-goods?recruiter=134538685&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

Mark Regev spokesman for Israel

An additional uncertainty in this conflict is the role of the News Media. Its skewed very heavily in Israel’s favour, in part because each spokesman for Israel is media trained, on-message, in control, polite and presented with a familiar American or English accent conveying a reasoned and acceptable approach. By contrast Palestinian spokesmen are emotional, almost always speak in broken-English, or worse rely upon an interpreter. However, it’s the incomplete reporting of the news that is causing many concern. Not just the imbalance between the amount of time given to Israeli spokesmen compared to that of Palestinians; The Today programme (BBC R4) 31 Aug presented an argument with an Israeli adviser in London and another Israeli adviser in Tel Aviv and many BBC and SKY reports in particular only interview from the Israeli viewpoint with a news reporter summarising the Palestinian position. There are further demonstrations of bias, often by news that goes unreported, for instance over 100,000 people led by the TUC have marched on Westminster the last few weekends, in solidarity with Palestine with similar marches across the US and Europe.  Also, many town-halls around Britain; Preston, Bolton, Tower Hamlets have taken the unprecedented step of flying the Palestinian flag above their town Halls, but all this has gone unreported. Sky News 1.15 1st Aug. own correspondent broadcasting from Tel Aviv, in reference to Israeli soldiers broadcast the words;  “All Israeli soldiers are heroes”. So its evident that in light of the circumstances it’s very difficult for the media to remain unbiased.

Jon Snow - CH4

On the other-side of the story The Mails; Ephraim Hardcastle writes “Might the broadcasting regulator OFCOM be studying a recent performance by Channel 4’s openly left-wing presenter Jon Snow? His interview with Israeli spokesman Mark Regev, whom he has interrogated brusquely in the past, marked a new level of hostility. After abrasively quizzing always-polite Regev,  Snow, 66, shouted: ‘Why not speak to Hamas directly? You haven’t got the courage!’ OTT, surely, whatever you think about the Gaza/Israel debacle“. There is no reported investigation of Jon Snow by OFCOM (Broadcast regulator) at this time, but it’s a great help to The Mails reporter, to conjoin events and non-events into the public conciousness. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2700761/EPHRAIM-HARDCASTLE-Jon-Snow-aggressive-interrogation-Israeli-spokesman.html#ixzz399IxZwMG  Here are some picture that tell the story and may help us understand why Palestinian spokesman are emotional;

ICA_statement on the Israeli-Palestine Conflict: “Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) demanding an immediate end to the violence in the Israel / Palestine region. ‘Co-operation is rooted in peace and social justice. As one of the aims of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is to ‘contribute to international peace and security’ through the benefits of co-operation, it is fitting therefore that co-operators from Israel, Palestine and Iran, amongst others, have written to the ICA calling on the international co-operative movement to demand an immediate end to the violence in their region.

This we gladly do, acknowledging that the current offensive, as in the past, can only make the situation worse. We support the United Nations’ resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire and recognise that only through the auspices of the UN will a solution be found. That solution must ensure the right to peace, self-determination and statehood for all peoples in that region. Our co-operative values of solidarity, democracy, equality and self responsibility offer a firm basis for such a solution and the ICA is ready to assist in that process.

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We therefore call upon the governments of the G20, the European Union and the United Nations to promote and support comprehensive negotiations between Israel and Palestine in order to achieve a lasting peace based on social justice, security and economic development linked to the improvement of living standards. These are the values, principles and roles of co-operative enterprise whose development can make an important contribution to that process.’

Increasingly the UK Government are moving towards describing Israel’s action as disproportionate. If there is a prima facie case for diproportionality, then a complaint can be made to the UN for a referral to the War Crimes tribunal. A comprehensive analysis can be seen here; http://www.crimesofwar.org/a-z-guide/proportionality-principle-of/ Across the World Ascetic Jews (orthodox) have been marching in support of Palestine. Those on the

Israeli side of the argument would have us believe that to be pro-Palestine is to be anti-Jewish. Not true. Jewish people around the world are coming out in protest against Israel, but broadcast media will not show these photographs. These protests are not limited to the Ascetic, as reformed and liberal Jews are marching pro-Palestine.

Ascetic Jewish man protesting in support of Palestine

226 United Nations resolutions now condemn Israel’s actions against the Palestinian people. Each resolution raised at the UN has been vetoed by the United States.  On 29th July there was a vote at the United Nations condemning Israel of war crimes. The Following countries voted FOR a war crimes inquiry into Israelis action:

Members of_Neturei Karta Orthodox Jewish group protest against Israel's actions

Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, China, Chile, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote Ivoire, Cuba, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia,Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco Namibia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia,Sierra Leone, South Africa, UAE, Venezuela, Viet-Nam.

NY Jews - Not in our name

Abstaining: Austria, Benin, Botswana, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Gabon, Germany,  Ireland, Italy, Japan, Montenegro, Korea (s), Romania, Macedonia, United Kingdom. Countries voting against Israeli War crimes inquiry; The USA. The vote of 29:1 with 17 abstentions (all EU) results in the UN issuing the following statement;  the UN Human Rights Council said it voted to “urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate all violations” of international law “in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014.”

in NY, Jews protesting in support of Gaza

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Fairtrade Birmingham (FAB) launches new site

Pleased to say Fairtrade Association Birmingham – FAB has launched its new web site; http://www.fairtradebirmingham.org.uk/ Fairtrade Birmingham is a regional group working with the Fairtrade Foundation (FLO) and those NGO’s interested in sustainability and climate change with a view to lifting people out of poverty, particularly where there is under employment (Defined by the WTO as working excessive hours for less than subsistence income).

Coffee farmers in Tanzania are earning less than $350 a year and have average families of six. Making changes in consumption in favour of those firms helping make a difference is fundamental to trade-justice and Fairtrade Association Birmingham (FAB) are committed to engaging in these issues that affect impoverished producers and consumers alike.

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Revolver announces 2014 AGM

Our AGM will this year be at The Co-operative Home & Living store, Coventry, commencing 10.00 am on Saturday 24th May 2014. All members, customers, suppliers and those interested in becoming members are welcome and there will be opportunities to discuss co-operative issues related to our developing business. We will be announcing our keynote speaker here, details will be updated shortly. If you would like to join us at the AGM or have questions, please call us on 01902 345345 or email membership@revolver.coop