Take a (wine) tour of Italy...

Stunning tipples from different regions

  1. Irresistible Gavi, Piedmont
    From the home of the famous red wine, Barolo, this zesty white is often overlooked. Great for Sauvignon Blanc lovers, try it with pasta and pesto.
  2. Co-op Soave, Veneto
    Better known for producing Prosecco and Amarone, the Veneto is also home to Soave, a shareable, easy-drinking white that’s a good match for salads and other light dishes.
  3. Co-op Chianti, Tuscany

Experts recommend our funeral team again...

Once again, the experts at The Good Funeral Guide have recommended Co-op Funeral Directors, part of Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society, within their 2020 publications.

The Good Funeral Guide is the trusted, independent, not-for-profit, information resource available for clients, customers, supporters and allies of the funeral industry. A representative said, “A test we always apply is ‘would this organisation be good enough for our mum?’ and with Co-op Funeral Directors it 100% is.”

Brexit: advice for travellers after 31 January

Europe is the number one overseas destination for UK travellers – with over 58 million trips abroad each year. 

Naturally, holidaymakers and business travellers have questions about what Brexit means for travelling to EU countries. This latest advice highlights that the UK is now on track to enter a transition period after Brexit on 31 January 2020 and is valid until the end of December 2020.

Travel after 31 January 2020

Chelmsford Star helps provide support to Australia...

The Australian co-op sector is providing support for emergency relief and future reconstruction following the ongoing bushfires crisis, which has seen homes destroyed across eastern Australia, communities devastated, lives tragically lost, and wildlife populations decimated.

Chelmsford Star stands alongside our Australian co-op allies, and so we have donated $1000 AUD to assist them in their efforts.

Win a Sleepeeze Bed...

Win this Which Award Winning divan worth up to £1219...

Our Winter Sale is now on, and not only do we have some fantastic offers in our Quadrant Department Stores, we also have a competition to win a sleepeeze bed! For further details please download our brochure here

(In store entry is required) 

Feed your Wanderlust…

If you’re anything like us, when a new year begins we can’t help but start planning our annual holidays. We need the thoughts of warmer climes or a change of scene to get us through the dreary winter months!

At The Co-operative Travel, a part of the Chelmsford Star Co-op, we’re local people too, and because we’re proudly independent we’re able to work with the widest selection of holiday suppliers. Between our teams, we have over 150 years of experience, a passion for travel, and first-hand knowledge of most of the destinations we can get you to.

Festive Cocktails...

1 Mulled gin (VG) (GF)

A fruity winter warmer to welcome your guests in from the cold

Serves 2 • Ready in 10 mins

In a pan, gently heat 200ml Co-op cranberry juice with 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 cloves and 50g Co-op blackberries until almost boiling. Off the heat, add 150ml Co-op Irresistible Tillington Hills cider and 75ml Co-op Irresistible London dry gin. Stir before serving.

Energy per glass 753kJ/180kcal
Alcohol units per glass 1.5*

Icing on the cake...

We’ve pushed the boat out this year to bring you some spectacular bakes...

If ever there’s a time to treat yourself to cake, it’s Christmas, and you’ll find plenty of choice in our food stores.

Everyone will love our gorgeous 1 Ruby the Reindeer Cake – with chocolate sponge, whipped toffee frosting, edible antlers and a bright red nose, she makes a fun centrepiece. Continuing the chocolate theme, our 2 Irresistible Yule Log is rich, dark and decadent, with a scattering of elegant chocolate shavings.