We go bananas at 'The 3 Foot People Festival'...

Co-op goes bananas at 3 foot festival Chelmsford

As part of our Co-op Difference Campaign this Co-op Fortnight we are attending the three days of the 3 foot people festival which is taking place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford.

The festival caters for everything pre-school children could ever wish for and thousands flock to the park across the three days to see what local businesses have to offer and also partake in activities to entertain the little ones.

We are attending to promote healthy eating and have lots of free fruit to giveaway to help the little ones on their way to their 5-a-day.

Co-operators enjoy cream tea...

Co-operators from across the region met in our Chelmsford Dept Store yesterday (27th June) for a delicious Co-op Cream Tea.

The event, arranged as part of our Co-op Fortnight celebrations, showcased a range of different businesses operating successfully under the co-operative model, all over a delicious cream tea thanks to the award-winning baking skills of their Brambles restaurant.

Top tips for sleeping in a heatwave...

Heatwave tips

1. Choose cotton.

Save the satin, silk, or polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-coloured bed linens made of lightweight cotton (Egyptian or otherwise) are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.

2. Feel the freezer burn.

Stick sheets or pillow cases in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed. We recommend placing them in a plastic bag first (to avoid food smells and dampness). OK, this won’t keep you cool all night, but it will provide a brief respite from the heat and humidity.

We encourage healthy eating at Little Legs Festival

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week our Membership & Community Team attended the Little Legs Festival in Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens.

Over 2,000 people flocked to the park across the three days to participate in activities aimed at pre-school children including face painting, baby massage and baby sensory.

Our team were on-hand to hand out free fruit to the youngsters and chat about healthy eating. 

We will be at the 3 foot festival in Hylands Park next week; come and find us at the co-operative food marquee. 

Let's help to cut down on food waste!


Research shows UK households currently throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year, costing £12.5 billion. That's a lot. But there’s so much we can do to reduce it. You can start today by following some of the tips on this page about shopping smarter and planning menus more carefully.

You can also find out how we’re trying to get our stock levels right and, when food is no longer wanted, making sure it goes to the people who need it most. Let’s tackle this together.

“We live in a society where too much food ends up in the bin”

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance announced as new Charity of the Year partner...

Since 2006, Chelmsford Star Co-operative has supported a different local charity each year to be the focus for all fundraising.

Over this time through a variety of initiatives and events, we have raised over £450,000 which has benefited the Essex Air Ambulance, Helen Rollason Heal Cancer, Little Havens Children’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support,  Families InFocus(Essex), Canine Partners, Essex Dementia Care, The J's Hospice, MIND, Kids Inspire, Little Haven's and Alzheimer's Society.

We’re Launching Food Collections Across Essex


To celebrate ‘Co-op Fortnight’, we’ll be launching over 40 food donation points in our shops across Essex.

The ‘Food For Thought…’ campaign will be a huge benefit to dozens of local organisations, each based in the same neighbourhood as their collection point. These including food banks, animal shelters, homeless charities and churches.