Collecting for families across Essex

There are many families struggling to get by at the moment, with the economic hardships of the coronavirus pandemic combining with the added financial pressures of preparing for Christmas. 

To support them, each of our stores across Essex are now donating baskets of shopping to local charities who can direct them to those most in need - such as parish councils, foodbanks, volunteer groups, and those helping the homeless - in a project we're calling #GiveALittleSomething. 

Can I live with someone with COVID and not catch it?

There is a lot of advice out there telling you how to avoid catching or spreading the coronavirus, but with millions of people already diagnosed with the virus millions more will be living with someone who already has it. So, what can you do to avoid catching the coronavirus if you share a house with, or are caring for, someone who has already caught it?

Can I have tradespeople in my house?

Last week, the Essex Chronicle provided some very useful clarification regarding government rules surrounding tradespeople - specifically, can you let them into your home during lockdown? Many homeowners are using this time, and the money from cancelled holidays, to renovate or make home improvements. Emergency repairs are also increasingly common as the temperatures begin to drop. So what is allowed, and what is the best way to stay safe with workers close by?

Cold, flu… or COVID-19?

Is it just a cold?

With winter approaching, there’ll be runny noses, coughing and sneezing all over the place, and symptoms for each can be similar. This year, it is more important than ever to prevent the spread of respiratory infections, so how do you tell if you or your someone in your bubble has just got a cold… or something else?

How to get motivated during Lockdown #2

With nights drawing in, and the temperature dropping, many people are finding this second lockdown more of a struggle than the first. Normal routines are out of the window, again, and finding the motivation to get anything done, or even to simply get up and dressed, can be a daily battle for some. 

The simplest way to get yourself some motivation is to set yourself some small goals.

Addressing Global Deforestation

Chelmsford Star has joined Co-ops across the UK in writing to the government, reminding them of their responsibility to hold businesses to account when it comes to practises that affect our planet and its vital ecosystems.

In a letter written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Chelmsford Star praised the government’s proposal to introduce a process of due diligence when it comes to corporate practises, specifically in the role of addressing deforestation, but encouraged them to go further.

Latest update on 'Lockdown 2'

With a second lockdown starting this week, how has Chelmsford Star adapted?


The Co-operative Food

It's business as usual in our food stores at the moment, by which we mean there are no alterations to opening hours and hopefully no loss of availability. If everyone buys sensibly, we won't have to place limits on items and there will be plenty for everyone.


20% OFF Selected Fashion in Chelmsford Quadrant

Now is a perfect time to update your autumn/winter wardrobe.

Starting on Saturday 31st October, there will be 20% off* selected fashion brands in our Chelmsford Quadrant Store (listed below).

Hurry this offer ends 7th November 2020.


  • Robell
  • Joe Browns 
  • Betty Barclay
  • Mama B
  • Esprit
  • Joules


  • Haworth
  • Gant
  • Lyle & Scott

*Full price merchandise only - excludes sale and clearance stock

'Holiday To Help Out' scheme launches on 2nd November...

Consumers urged to “don’t just dream, book” a trip with their travel agent using a raft of discounts designed to breathe life into a stagnant sector hit by Covid-19

Wanderlusters across the country are being urged to turn their armchair dreaming into reality by taking advantage of a host of discounts and special offers launched as part of the new Holiday To Help Out campaign.