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.

Double points for members!


To celebrate Co-operative Fortnight, we will be offering our members double points in our food stores from Monday 24th June - Sunday 7th July. Usual exclusions will apply, such as Lottery, PayPoint, cigarettes/tobacco and baby formula milk. Co-op Fortnight aims to spread the co-op word and shares the values that makes our business different from the other supermarkets.


If you're not yet a member, there's still time to join online here.


Top tips for National BBQ Week (27th May - 2nd June 2019)

If you’ve been enjoying the intermittent sunshine over the past week or so, your thoughts will have more than likely turned to the great summer ritual of the barbecue!

There’s no better way to make the most of the warm evenings than having a few friends over, enjoying a few drinks, and feasting on chargrilled meat (okay, so a bit of salad is allowed).

It’s easy to host a barbecue, but to host a great barbecue is a little more difficult.

By following these few simple steps however, you can ensure that your barbecuing has them coming back for more…