Chelmsford Star Co-op Supports its Essex Food Suppliers at the Essex Festival of Food and Drink

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society will be attending the Essex Festival of Food and Drink at the Cressing Temple on 18/19 July, both as a sponsor and with its own marquee.

The   marquee will be branded “The Only Way is Local, Support Your Essex Food Producer” and will feature 22 of the Society’s Essex Food and drink suppliers. 

Vanessa Howard, Head of Marketing for the Society commented;

A Co-operative Partnership Helps Protect the Hearts of Ingatestone and Blackmore

Local mason branches in Ingatestone and Blackmore have joined forces with Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society and the East of England Ambulance Service to install external defibrillators in both Ingatestone and Blackmore.

A defibrillator is a life saving device, which can restore a normal heartbeat to a victim after a cardiac arrest. The electrical pulse it emits to the heart restores it to a regular heartbeat, and allows the heart to return to pumping blood around the body.

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."