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24th February: Hello from Collective Purchasing! This week in our Weekly Vine: Pancake day prep, The Big Knit update and top news from the week. 

‘The Big Knit’ has reached £1.9m for Age UK:

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Have you seen Innocent Smoothies in the shops with cute, little woolly hats on top of them? It has been an incentive to raise money for charity. Every time somebody buys a bottle of Innocent Smoothies with a hand knitted hat on it, they donate 25p to Age UK to keep our oldies warm in the winter months. It has now been announced that The Big Knit has reached a whopping £1.9 million for Age UK

This campaign started back in 2003, now a total of 6 million hats have been knitted by the lovely volunteer knitters, young and old!

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Click here to view The Big Knit hall of fame


Pancake Day is coming…

What is Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day? 

Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day, is the traditional ‘feast day’ before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. The real meaning of Shrove Tuesday: eat everything to get it out of the house before you enter Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter. Traditionally lent is a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell” and is still rung today. In prep for a modern day Pancake Day, make sure you stock up on pancake mix, yummy toppings and of course anything and everything else you want to eat before you start Lent! 

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Credit: Miratel Solutions Inc


Random unique facts about Pancake Day:

Brits use in total a huge 52 million eggs on Pancake Day alone… 22 million more than an average day

349 is the number of the most flips anyone has ever done with a single pancake… how flipping good is that!?

Over a lifetime, an average person will eat 7,300 eggs.

In France and the United States Pancake day is called Mardi Gras which means ‘Fat’ or ‘Grease Tuesday’.

The idea of eating pancakes on the day before Ash Wednesday is over 1,000 years old.

Collective’s fav pancake recipe…

The Pancake Cake! 

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Credit: Jamie Oliver

Click here for recipe.


Other News:

Carrying on from last week’s story in our Weekly Vine about men in the care sector, have published an article with the story of a rugby player swapping his sports gear, for an overall: Click Here. 

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Josh Lekha in his happy place. Credit:

Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, Click here for more.

A study from Sainsbury’s discovered  that around 55% of 18 to 34 year olds had a “live to eat” attitude to food, prioritising its pleasure of nutritional necessity, Click here to read full article. 

New Zealand is set for a record 584,000-tonne crop of apples and pears, click here to read more.

New memory cafe takes guests on trip down memory lane

Three quarters of fruit and veg eaten in UK is imported, Read more here on The Grocer. 

Risky treatment can stop multiple sclerosis for years

David Cassidy has announced that he has dementia 

Avocado lovers listen up! 

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18,201 tonnes last year were exported to Europe, that’s double from Colombia (USA) – fingers crossed this continues so no shortages for the foreseeable future for your smashed avocado on toast hipster brekkie! 


Price spectrum:

↑ Pineapples, Coffee, Rice, Milk, Fish, Cheese, Courgettes, Sweet Potato, Lamb, 

↓  Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Palm Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Walnuts.



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Product of the week:  Swan automatic steam generator iron.

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