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Weekly Update - Friday 23 February

February 23, 2018

Another update for your enjoyment this week! We have lots to talk about as always, with pancake races, placements, trips and more!

On Pancake day we have a strong tradition here at the Co-op. Hot or cold, rain or shine we always head out to Beachy Head as an epic backdrop for our yearly race. This year was another extreme one, with icy winds blowing strongly. Stepping out of the bus you feel the door being wrenched from your grasp, and see any loose paper fly into the air. Hats left their owners and rolled across the nearby fields. Poor charlie was blown halfway down the car park before Wendy could get to her! 

 

We battled on, and like a military unit we made it to the bottom of the car park and hastily assembled into two teams. Lloyd had come equipped with a chequered flag to get us gong, along with a summery 'lemon' hat. As Lloyd struggled to keep hat on head and wave the flag, the race began. Immediately Dominic's pancake left his pan, and zigzagged across the car park. This gave Owen and Bob a huge lead at the first turn. The race took a couple of minutes, with memorable performances from both teams. Often we shuffle the teams and have a second race, but everybody agreed that on this occasion one was enough. Struggling through the apocalyptic conditions, we made it back to the busses and turned all available heating up to full. It was definitely a 'life experience' which we will no doubt remember for years to come. Though the conditions were extreme and at times unpleasant, we got through it as a team and hopefully drew lots of enjoyment from the experience. We certainly made some memories. We filmed the whole thing: https://www.facebook.com/219298011813127/videos/357216488021278/

We have been undertaking a push for placements recently. John, Grant, Nick and Dominic have been helping out at the food bank on Friday afternoons. Grant tells me he has been helping to organise and store the various donations which come through, as well as checking whether the food is out of date. He says he has been enjoying everything so far. Here are the guys in action:

 Jamie and Cherrie have been fortunate enough to have some time off recently - and they would like to tell us all about it. 

 

 

 My Holiday  by Cherrie

 

I went on holiday last week with my auntie dawn, eve, Max and his girlfriends we stayed in a hotel in Spain. When we got to the hotel we got changed and went out for dinner and had a few drinks The next day we sunbathed and went in the swimming pool at the hotel in the evening  the next day we went out dancing and had a good time.

 

We also went to the Spanish market to have a look around I brought some nice sunglasses while we was there. Then We had a nice look around the shops in the town we stayed in and got a ice cream.

 

While we was there I went on the back of a push bike and cycled around the town

then it was time to leave our  hotel and go back to England.

 

 

My holiday to my mums - Jamie

 

Saturday 31st march I will be traveling to Wakefield. but first ive got to get a train  to London Victoria I will be the  8.55am train to victoria 10.57am I get to London.

then I will  get my lunch  then I will be getting the coach 14.00pm It will take me 4.15 hours to get to Wakefield from London Victoria. then when we get moterway  I will having couple hours sleep. then we will stopping a service station for a driver change then will continue to Wakefield. then 18.15 pm I will I be getting of the coach then I will be going to coach the 195 bus to South hiendley the bus it  will about 40 minutes to there

on monday 2nd April it will mums  birthday we will going to Skegness.

 

Premier League and EFL Update - Oliver Leonard

 

So at Mid February more than 2/3 of the season has gone and it looks like Manchester City will win the Premier League, they are currently 16 points clear of 2nd placed Manchester United and have so far lost just once, a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in early January – they have also only failed to score once a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in December, both of these games have been away, their own failure to win at home this season being a 1-1 draw with Everton in August. The Battle for Champions League places is still more interesting, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham all in the hunt for the other 3 places in the Champions League. Arsenal are having their worst season in more than 20 years and currently sit in 6th place and look set to miss out on the Champions League once again. Burnley, Leicester and Everton are in the hunt for 7th place which could bring Europa League qualification, Burnley have easily been the surprise package this season so far, but their form has dipped recently.

The Relegation battle is very interesting this season with Bournemouth, Watford, West Ham, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Swansea, Huddersfield, Stoke and Southampton all fighting hard to avoid the drop into the Championship, however West Brom seem almost certain for relegation being several points addrift at the bottom, so we're looking at who the other 2 teams will be that join West Brom next season.

 

In the Championship it looks like Wolves will be replacing West Brom in the Premier League, with promotion all but secure. 2nd place will also go up automatically and that is a fight between Aston Villa, Derby, Cardiff, Fulham and Bristol City – the next four teams (3rd - 6th) go up through the play-offs meaning this brings Preston, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough, Brentford, Leeds, Ipswich and Norwich into the mix (That's more than half the league that could still go up) (in contrast with the Premier League where more than half of the league could still go down!) 3 teams will drop into League One and it could be anyone from Sheffield Wednesday, Reading, Bolton, Birmingham, Hull, Barnsley, Sunderland and Burton who face the drop.
League One's title is very hotly contested between Wigan, Shrewsbury and Blackburn fighting it out for the crown. Whilst Luton look favourites to be crowned Champions of League Two.

 

 

- Oliver

 

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