23rd May 1919
The Co-operative movement is born in Jersey
The Co-operative Society was established after a 23 May meeting at the Oddfellows Hall and opened its first office at 41 New Street exactly one month later. At the same time, it was working on the layout of its first store, at the same address, which opened for business on 30 June. It also rented a shop at Charing Cross, which it bought in 1921 and rebuilt in 1936, replacing the existing shop with an art deco wonder.
In 1955, the Jersey Co-operative Society merged with its equivalent in Guernsey, which had been established in 1947. Together, the two bodies formed the united Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
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Other events that occured in May
Jersey prisoners’ liberation revealed by the Foreign Office
- Channel Islanders who had been sent to prisons in mainland Europe during the Occupation were liberated in April 1945.
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