Bereavement Counselling set up in Danbury

Our funeral division has just set up a free counselling service from our Danbury branch. The Danbury branch has held regular bereavement and aftercare support groups for over 15 years, and recognises that some clients have a need for more specific and in-depth counselling. Award winning colleague, Jill Rushbrook, Family Liaison Officer from the Society’s Danbury funeral branch has a background in bereavement counselling and is now able to offer a personalised bereavement counselling service.

Chelmsford Star Co-op in Search of the Best Essex Wildlife Photos

Chelmsford Star Cooperative Society is producing its first calendar due for sale later this year, which will feature Essex wildlife and it is currently in search of photographic entries from its membership.

The calendar will run in conjunction the National Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition due to exhibited in the Chelmsford Museum later this year. As a sponsor of this prestigious event, the Society has reserved 12 spaces for the winning entries. 

The Co-operative Bocking Gets a Facelift

Independent Co-operative Society, Chelmsford Star has just re-opened its convenience store at Church Street, Bocking after having been closed for 12 days for major refit work.

Chief Executive Officer, Barry Wood commented;

“The store has been serving the village for decades but has in recent years looked tired. So, following the results of a resident survey carried out last year, and in conjunction with the Society’s refit strategy, a plan was drawn up to update the store incorporating where possible the aspirations of the residents.”

New Year, New Challenge, Unique Opportunity?

Local Co-operative, Chelmsford Star, is currently seeking enthusiastic, community minded individuals to help guide the business, represent its members and make a worthwhile contribution to the Society. What’s involved and the options available will be presented at its annual recruitment drive event called, ‘Meet the Directors’ held at the quadrant department store in Chelmsford.

Now in its 148th year with an annual turnover of over £100m, the Society is one of Mid-Essex’s biggest employers, with a workforce of over 850.

Society Secretary, Ellen Tredwin commented;

Chelmsford Star Commits to Reducing its Carbon Emissions

The Board of Directors at Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society has approved updated Energy and Environmental policies which provides for a commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 10% over the next five years.

The Society's attention is refocused by the revised policies, aimed at monitoring and managing the environmental impact of its operations.

Ellen Tredwin, Society Secretary commented;

" Our aim is to develop our business in a sustainable manner, whilst minimising our impact on the environment."

A New Boost for Chelmsford Star Co-op Members!

Chelmsford Star Co-operative has just launched an exciting new incentive for its members called ‘Community Boost’.

The membership department has liaised with a number of non-competing local and independent businesses as well as Essex franchises to produce a set of unique discounts and deals for its members.

Every time a member spends £10 or more in one transaction they will receive a number of deals appertaining to businesses local to the store that the member made a purchase in.

The Co-operative commits £1.5bn to sourcing UK products

The Co-operative Food has committed £1.5bn to UK farmers as part of plans to source more British products for its own-brand ranges.

All own-brand meat, with the exception of New Zealand lamb and Danish bacon, sold in Co-operative Food stores will be British as will be in its chilled ready meals and pies, sandwiches, eggs and milk.

Pride of Essex Awards recognise the county’s finest

Hosted by The Essex Chronicle at the Anglia Ruskin University on Tuesday 27th November, the extraordinary accomplishments of many courageous people who have triumphed over adversity were celebrated at the 20th Pride of Essex Awards.

Twenty-three prizes were handed to individuals and teams including record breakers, a severely disabled nine-year old who climbed a mountain, and charitable businesspeople on an emotional evening of tears, cheers and jubilation.

Meadgate gets a refit

Chelmsford Star Co-operative has just re-launched their Meadgate convenience food store into a new format.

The 2,000 sq ft store was closed for ten days to undergo a substantial make over which included a new floor and energy efficient chilled refrigeration with full length doors.

The store was opened by the Society’s President, Pauline Dodd, Margaret Blomfield (long serving colleague), Drew McSweeny (Store Manager) and Society mascot, Cooper the bear, who were met by a queue outside the door eager to use their local store again.