The Rochdale Pioneers

2012, 58 minutes

Account of the creation of The Co operative

The Rochdale Pioneers is a true story that marks the conception of the modern co-operative movement. Rochdale 1844 - the streets are ridden with poverty and pessimism. Unemployment and ill health cripple a society that is losing faith in itself. People try and fail to take power for themselves. William Cooper, his new wife Betty and best friend Samuel Ashworth are three young people fighting for their future. At a meeting in The Weavers' Arms Cooper and Ashworth join the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers led by Charles Howarth, Miles Ashworth, James Smithies, John Holt and James Daly. The Rochdale Pioneers propose opening a shop that is run by co-operation; an endeavor that has at its heart the interests of the community. They forge a set of principals by which the business must be run. Butterworth, a private shop owner, vehemently dejects local wholesalers from trading with The Pioneers, threatening to sever business if they strike a deal. One such wholesaler, Leach, forms an allegiance with Butterworth in a bid to bring down the co-operative movement. With no goods to fill their shop at 31 Toad Lane, The Pioneers resolve that a venture to Manchester market is their only means of success. Cooper and Ashworth are the lads to take on the task, while old John Holt is sent to keep an eye on quality. And so they head off into the Lancashire countryside. Wheelbarrow in tow and cash in hand, the future of The Rochdale Pioneers is to be decided that evening, when 31 Toad Lane opens to the public...


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Ian Pink
Ian Pink
Actor
Martin Leach
Matthew Stead
James Daly
Natalie Offer
Natalie Offer
Production Designer
Costume Designer, Wardrobe Supervisor
Michelle Dawe
Michelle Dawe
Production Runner
2nd Assistant Director
Bob Young
Bob Young
Actor
John Shackell
Natalie Offer
Natalie Offer
Costume Designer
Costume Designer
Hazel Mrozek
Hazel Mrozek
Actor
Mrs Charlesworth
Jack Baldwin
Jack Baldwin
Actor
Charles Howarth
Josie Owen
Josie Owen
Actor
Mrs Croft
Ed David Watkins
Ed David Watkins
Composer
Composer
Jefferson Bond
Mill Boy
Ciara Fitzsimmons
Ciara Fitzsimmons
Make-up Artist
Assistant Makeup Aritst

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Rochdale Pioneers, the