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Chelmsford Community Radio Station is to become the 300th member to join Community Support Card Scheme.

Chelmsford Community Radio Station is to become the 300th member to join Chelmsford Star Co-operatives Community Support Card Scheme.

This momentous occasion will be marked at the start of Co-operative Fortnight by the station being presented with their membership by MP Simon Burns at the Society’s quadrant department store in Chelmsford. Co-operative Fortnight is an annual event giving all co-operatives across the UK an opportunity to promote the community aspects of their business. This year the theme is local, loved and trusted.

£36,356 raised for Essex Dementia Care!

Local independent co-operative Society, Chelmsford Star supports an annual Charity of the Year and for 2013/14 has raised a magnificent £36,356 for Essex Dementia Care. 

Essex Dementia Care provides a range of services which are designed to enable people with dementia to maintain the active lifestyle of their choice and to provide respite and emotional support to the main care-givers. They currently offer one-to-one support for people with dementia, and have activity centres in Braintree, Rayleigh and Leigh-on-Sea for those with dementia and their carers.

A special meeting of members

A special meeting of members was called by the Board of Directors to consider proposed rule changes regarding withdrawable share capital.  The meeting was held following the conclusion of the Society’s Annual General Meeting on the 28th April 2014.

The proposed rule changes were recommended in light of updated legislation on withdrawable share capital which became effective from 6th April 2014.  The proposed rule changes considered an individual’s investment limit and methods to protect members’ investments and safeguard the Society’s working capital.

The J's Hospice announced as NEW Charity of the Year!

Local Co-operative Society, Chelmsford Star is launching its next Charity of the Year, J’s Hospice. This Essex charity was chosen in a ballot by the Society’s employees who will be supporting J's through 50 of their retail stores and outlets across the region.

J’s Hospice, now in its 10th year, provides tailored nursing and respite and end of life care for young adults and their family in the comfort and security of their own home.  The charity aims to encourage young adults throughout the county to live life to the full, however short.

Thurrock Golden Voices Launches New Co-op Food Store at the Sorrells

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 Catcracker public house, which has been converted into a 3000 square foot convenience offer which opens on Thursday 17th April and will trade daily from 7am to 10pm.

It will be officially opened on Thursday at 10am by the over 50’s community choir, Thurrock Golden Voices.  

Members Approve an Increase in Society Share Capital

The legislation regarding withdrawable share capital has been recently updated and brought into effect from 6th April, 2014.

The amendments could impact on members who invest in Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society, and consequently rule changes on the subject were presented to them at a special meeting following the Society’s Annual General Meeting on the 28th April 2014.

The proposed rule changes considered an individual’s investment limit (£20,000) and methods to protect members’ investments and safeguard the Society’s working capital.

Chelmsford Star Assists Anglo European School on an Enterprise Initiative

Chelmsford Star Co-op, local supplier to the Society Dan Hull and Barclays Bank provided expertise to year 9 students (aged 14-15) at the Anglo European School in an event held in early March, to create and set up an ethical shop or café.

The school was embarking upon a new enterprise initiative which allows each year group to participate in activities relating to economic well being and financial capability. To this end the event was put together by the lower 6th students as part of one of their own learning modules.

More Essex Producers Join Chelmsford Star Co-op

Essex Co-operative Society Chelmsford Star is introducing more new local producers to its growing portfolio of Essex suppliers.

Preserve manufacture Wilkin and Sons has diversified into cakes and desserts and produces them from a bakery in Witham, known as Tiptree Patisserie. Part of their range which is now stocked by the Society is a selection of delicious individual cake bars under the “Yours to Enjoy” label and includes flapjacks, cakes and crunch bars.

‘Meet the Directors’ Event Sparks Members Interest in Getting More Involved!

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society has just ran its annual ‘Meet the Directors’ evening as a means of an introduction to members on how to become more active in the corporate governance structure of the Society. This year there are ten seats available which will be filled at the Annual General Meeting held in the quadrant, Chelmsford on Monday 28th April.

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