Chelmsford Star and the Big Co-op Clean Up

On Saturday 4 July, Chelmsford Star Co-operative worked with the City Council to organise a Summer Park Clean-Up which covered the City’s Central Park. This clean up event was part of the Council’s NICE programme but also dovetailed in with the ‘Big Co-op Clean Up’ campaign which was the main theme for Co-operative Fortnight 2015.

Dozens of people from young to old turned up to don a jacket and helped clean not only the park but also the river itself thanks to the Chelmsford Sea Cadets, who covered a large stretch of the river in their boats.

Annual Charity football tournament raises £140 for MIND

Our annual football tournament took place on 3rd July raising money for our Charity of the year; South East and Central Mind.

Ten teams, made up of Brentwood High, Anglo European, St Clere’s, teachers, plus our own employees, took part with a raffle at the conclusion.

Over £140 was raised for the Charity, and the winners were a team from Chelmsford Star.


Chelmsford Star supports Essex Pride

Chelmsford Star Co-op gave its support for the second year running by attending the annual Essex Pride Event held in Central Park in Chelmsford on Sunday 12th July.

The event was a celebration of diversity and equality which saw thousands from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community come together from Essex and beyond.

The Society took its place alongside the local radio stations, emergency services, local charities and the new mayor of Chelmsford. We gave out co-op rainbow laces and sweets and talked to many about our own belief in equality and diversity.

Chelmsford Star Co-op Supports its Local Suppliers at Festival of Food & Drink

Chelmsford Star Coop is attending the Festival of Food and Drink 2015 at the Cressing Temple on 18/19 July, with its own marquee branded “The Only Way is Local” – Support your Essex Producer. 

The marquee will show case 20 Essex food and drink suppliers who currently supply the Society’s 39 convenience stores located across the county.

Vanessa Howard, Head of Marketing for the Society commented;

“We attended last year in a lesser capacity and the event was so successful, that we are returning this year with many more of our suppliers.”

Big Fashion Changes at Quadrant Chelmsford

The quadrant Chelmsford is to introduce new fashion brands to its store for spring 2016 including iconic eponymous brands Betty Barclay and Gerry Weber who will be joined by White Stuff, Sandwich and more soon to be announced.

The move follows in the wake of the recent demise of ladies contemporary brand East, who slipped into administration in late June, resulting in a number of stores and concession closing which included quadrant, Chelmsford.

Head of Department Stores, Stephen Rogers said;

Chelmsford Star signs up its 350th Community Group Member

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society has just signed up Marie Curie as its 350th Community Card Member.

The Community Card scheme now in its 17th Year, is attractive to many local community groups as an additional tool in their fund raising box. Simple to use, the cards are given to friends and supporter who in turn receive points on most purchases from shopping in any of the Society’s outlets. These points then in turn into cash which the group can use towards whatever goal they choose.  

Head of Membership, Kevin Bennett commented;


Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society has pledged £1,000 to help save the world’s first wireless factory opened by Marconi in Hall Street in 1899 - which it predates by 32 years.

Community-minded Star Co-op, founded in 1867, became the first corporate sponsor to respond to Chelmsford Civic Society’s vision of turning the Grade II Listed Building into a STEM club facility to encourage rocket scientists of the future.

Chelmsford Star Call for Supports for a Community Clear up Day

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society has partnered with Chelmsford City Council to clean up a section of Chelmsford City Centre. The three hour event takes place at 10am on Saturday 4th July starting in Central Park, Chelmsford and all equipment will be provided to everyone who takes part.

The cleanup is just one of a number of events the Society will be holding during the annual Co-operative Fortnight which runs from 20th June to 4 July, 2015.

Head of Membership Kevin Bennett said;

Chelmsford Co-op makes a BIG difference to a small charity!

Chelmsford Star Co-operative has proudly announced that its employees, customers and members have together, raised a massive £38,734 for its eighth Charity of the Year, the J’s Hospice.

The year started in May 2014 and ran to the end of April, 2015 and during the period; numerous activities were run across the Society’s food, departmental store, funeral and travel outlets.

A new Look for the Co-op at Beehive Lane

Independent Co-operative Society, Chelmsford Star re-opened its convenience store at Beehive Lane, Chelmsford after having been closed for the previous two weeks for major refit work.

Chief Executive Officer, Barry Wood commented;

“The store has been serving Baddow for decades but has in recent years started to look very tired. So, following the results of a resident survey carried out a few months ago, 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.”