Explaining COVID-19 to your children...

With young kids at home, it will be nigh-on impossible to keep them from learning about the coronavirus – either from the news or from over-hearing a conversation at home.

Grown-ups are fully aware of the measures we can take to protect ourselves, and these messages must get through to our children. But how best to broach the subject without causing them anxiety, and how should you respond to their questions?

Our friends at the Essex Chronicle spoke to child psychologists to find out how best to construct your answers.

DO discuss it.

Tips on beating boredom during lockdown if you live alone...

Be organised

Plan your day to ensure you have activities to focus on throughout the day. Perhaps you’re working from home, in which case structuring your work alongside personal activities, exercise and housework will help you to keep focus and be efficient.

Break up your day

Further to our first point, maybe write out a timetable for the day, so you don’t need to be concerned about having nothing to do and potentially being bored. To do this, write your day up into chunks or blocks of time and allocate activities accordingly.

How to satisfy your travel craving when you’re self-isolating!

So many of us have had our travel plans postponed due to the virus sweeping the globe (and for the sake of the tourism industry, please DELAY your trip don’t CANCEL it).

So if you’re bottled up wanderlust is raising your blood pressure, or if your itch for travelling is not being satisfactorily scratched, we have some tips that will keep you going whilst the rest of the world goes mad around us.

Customer Notice - amendments to opening hours

Our food stores, in line with the rest of the industry, are experiencing an unprecedented level of demand.

To ensure that we can cope with this demand, and to be able to continue to offer excellent service to the local community, we have made some changes to our opening hours. 

Opening Hours

Our food store opening hours will be 7am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday (except where restricted by Sunday trading laws, in which case the hours will be 10am to 4pm on a Sunday).

There are the following exceptions to this:

Customer Notice - Quadrant Department Stores are temporarily closing...

Dear customers and members, 

In accordance with the UK Government guidelines we have temporarily closed our Quadrant Department Stores. (which includes the co-operative travel branches)

Keep visiting our website for updates and we look forward to seeing you all very soon when things return to normal.

Please all stay safe.


Updated: 24th March 2020

Preliminary Notice for the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020...


Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE


  • Report & Financial Statements for Year End 25th January 2020
  • Business Developments & Financial Prospects for 2020/21
  • Election of Directors & Member Representatives
  • Appointment of Auditor
  • Ratification of Share of Profits & Distributions

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