Chelmsford Star Co-operative Funeral Services Named as One of the Best!

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Funeral Services part of the independent Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society, has been named one of the UK’s best funeral directors following an assessment visit by the Good Funeral Guide, an independent funeral consumer advocacy organisation.

In its review of the business the Good Funeral Guide says:

Hullbridge food store gets a makeover!

The Co-operative Hullbridge (part of Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society) recently closed for a few days to enable the refit team to make some substantial changes to the internal look of the store. It was officially re-opened on Wednesday 9th July by long serving member of staff, Barbara Barber and the Society’s Vice President, Roger Simons.

This refit included a new floor and ceiling and an update on in store ranges including the addition of more products from Essex Producers.  For instance Hanningfield Smokehouse is now supplying the store with smoked fish, cheese and pate. 

Chelmsford Star Visits Barrow Farm with a Cheque for over £1000!

Chelmsford Star Co-operative recently visited Community Card member, Barrow Farm Riding for the Disabled and presented them with a cheque for £1072.50. 

Barrow Farm has been one of the original members of the Community Card scheme which has been running for fifteen years. Since joining the charity has earned many thousands of pounds which have been spent on projects at the stables from requirement for the yard to funding specialist training.

Mary Mitchell, founder of the charity said;

Bed Centre closes its doors.

The co-operative Bedcentre, located in the Knightswick Shopping Centre, Canvey Island is to close its doors for the last time on Saturday 14th June, 2014.

The store is part of the Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society, who opened the unit in June, 2012 in which was previously a video rental outlet.

Barry Wood, Chief Executive Officer commented;

“We opened the store in a very difficult trading climate and unfortunately no-one could have predicted that the economic slowdown in retail was to last as long as it has done.

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.