Chelmsford Star Co-operative belongs to its members, whilst our members belong to the communities in which we serve. 

They should actively participate in the running of the Society, through forums and elections, and support the ethical and co-operative values that underpin our business. In return, they will share in our successes via a share of our profits, and through special member discount events.

A share account can be opened for just £1

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Charity of the Year

Each spring we ask our employees to vote for their preferred Charity of the Year. The name of the charity with the most votes is then announced at our annual general meeting.  For 2014/15 we have chosen to sponsor The J’s Hospice.

Celebrating its 10th birthday, this charity delivers age-appropriate hospice and respite for young adults with life limiting conditions in Essex.

During the year we will support our chosen charity not only by raising funds from events and initiatives but also by helping them raise awareness.

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News & Events

Our Head of Membership, Kevin Bennett presented Mrs Reed, Head teacher from Perryfield Infant School with a cheque for £412.50.

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Chelmsford Star Co-operative held its 17th interim meeting of members on Monday, 6th October 2014 at its quadrant department store in Chelmsford.


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Members Feedback


We value all feedback.

If a member has a reason to contact us with any comments, praise or complaints we have a procedure in place to ensure a structured response. It allows us to monitor our performance in dealing with those matters arising, and to measure the satisfaction of our members both before and after any issues have been resolved.


Members Magazine

Summer 2014 saw the launch of our Members Magazine, Starlight. Whether you are an existing member of Chelmsford Star or someone interested in finding out more before joining, we hope this gives you a concise but light-hearted insight into what our independent co-operative Society has been up to recently, both in Essex and abroad, and what we will be up to in the coming few months.


Any thoughts, contributions, comments or even recipes you have to submit may make a future edition, please get in touch!


Our Funeral division has been the proud winner of numerous awards over the past years, mainly for customer service. This is a very difficult category to win due to its popularity; therefore our achievements are all the more special and pay tribute to the team.


Launchpad  is an initiative set up by our Head of Specialist Retail, Keith Grinsted, to help those unemployed and looking for work get some direction and focus back in their lives.  It has been running since 2010 and is, according to JobCentre Plus, one of the only successful 'job clubs' in Essex.

Co-operative Development

Why set up a Co-operative?

Co-operatives are a means for people collectively to 'do it for themselves', whether responding to a market opportunity, or meeting a need that would not be otherwise met by the private or public sector. They enable members to share the risks and development costs of the business. They also draw from the knowledge, skills and expertise that diverse members bring.


Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society Ltd is a locally owned employer in the mid Essex Area.

We employ in excess of 850 people within our 4 trading divisions, Food, Department Stores, Travel, Funerals and our Head Office function.

The Society has a wide range of Job opportunities, with flexible working patterns, and we are committed to supplying training opportunities for our workforce.  Many courses are available, including bespoke courses and National qualifications in our accredited centre.

Useful Contacts



HM Coroners Office, Newbridge House, 60-68 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 OPD
Tel: 01245 506837 (Daily Team) – 01245 506838 (Inquest Team)
Fax: 01245 506839 or 01245 506840
Opening Hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm – Monday – Friday.

Coroner’s Officers – Mr. S.D. Parfrey & Mr. J.R. Pheby
Administration – Mrs. D.J. Frost


Charity of the Year

Since 2006, Chelmsford Star Co-operative has supported a different local charity each year to be the focus for staff fund raising. Over this time through a variety of initiatives and events, we have raised over £220,000 which has benefited the Essex Air Ambulance, Helen Rollason Heal Cancer, Little Havens Children’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support,  Families InFocus(Essex), Canine Partners and Essex Dementia Care. This year we are working with The J's Hospice.

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