Chelmsford Star Co-operative belongs to its members, whilst our members belong to the communities in which we serve. 

They should actively participate in the running of the Society, through forums and elections, and support the ethical and co-operative values that underpin our business. In return, they will share in our successes via a share of our profits, and through special member discount events.

A share account can be opened for just £1

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Charity of the Year

Every year our employees vote to choose a charity for the society "Charity of the Year", this year we have chosen to sponsor Essex Dementia Care. Essex Dementia Care is a local charity that supports dementia sufferers, carers and families, enabling them to maintain a good quality of life.

Throughout each year we get involved with our chosen charity of the year by raising money through events at our stores, shops and funeral homes, and by asking for sponsors for all sorts of activities.

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News & Events

Chelmsford Star Co-operative is to hold its Annual General Meeting in the quadrant department store, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford on Monday 28th April at 6.30pm.


Essex Co-operative Society, Chelmsford Star is set to open its 39th convenience food store at The Sorrells, Stanford le Hope.

The store will be on the site of the former...

The Co-operative is entering the mobile phone market by launching its first own-brand pay as you go (PAYG) SIM card, which offers one of the most competitive deals available. The Co-operative...


Our Funeral division has been the proud winner of numerous awards over the past years, mainly for customer service. This is a very difficult category to win due to its popularity; therefore our achievements are all the more special and pay tribute to the team.


Launchpad  is an initiative set up by our Head of Specialist Retail, Keith Grinsted, to help those unemployed and looking for work get some direction and focus back in their lives.  It has been running since 2010 and is, according to JobCentre Plus, one of the only successful 'job clubs' in Essex.

Co-operative Development

Why set up a Co-operative?

Co-operatives are a means for people collectively to 'do it for themselves', whether responding to a market opportunity, or meeting a need that would not be otherwise met by the private or public sector. They engage people in their own solutions and enable members to share the risks and development costs of the business. They also draw from the knowledge, skills and expertise that diverse members bring.


Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society Ltd is a locally owned employer in the mid Essex Area.

We employ in excess of 850 people within our 4 trading divisions, Food, Department Stores, Travel, Funerals and our Head Office function.

The Society has a wide range of Job opportunities, with flexible working patterns, and we are committed to supplying training opportunities for our workforce.  Many courses are available, including bespoke courses and National qualifications in our accredited centre.



Useful Contacts



HM Coroners Office, Newbridge House, 60-68 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 OPD
Tel: 01245 506837 (Daily Team) – 01245 506838 (Inquest Team)
Fax: 01245 506839 or 01245 506840
Opening Hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm – Monday – Friday.

Coroner’s Officers – Mr. S.D. Parfrey & Mr. J.R. Pheby
Administration – Mrs. D.J. Frost


Charity of the Year

Since 2006, Chelmsford Star Co-operative has supported a different local charity each year to be the focus for staff fund raising. Over this time through a variety of initiatives and events, we have raised over £180,000 which has benefited the Essex Air Ambulance, Helen Rollason Heal Cancer, Little Havens Children’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support,  Families InFocus(Essex) and Canine Partners. This year we are working with Essex Dementia Care registered charity number 1129038.

Membership Scheme - Terms and Conditions


The Society means Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society Limited. 220 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 0LS, telephone 01245 216900, and its successors and assignees.  The Society web address is

Membership card (formerly Starcard) means a Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society chip and pin and swipe card issued to a member (the primary cardholder) or secondary cardholder under this agreement - the Chelmsford Star Membership Card.

Our Funeral Homes

Serving Chelmsford, Danbury, Ingatestone, Writtle, Braintree, Great Dunmow and surrounding areas, our professional team of staff is here to help and support families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Funeral Home
Chelmsford Star Co-operative Funeral Services
6 Clare Road
Essex, CM7 2PA

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