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Remembrance Day Services…

Our Funeral team in Danbury provided ‘poppy’ motif locally-sourced muffins alongside teas and coffees to keep people warm during the services at the war memorial on the green in Danbury on Sunday. Crowds gathered to take part and mark their respects for Remembrance Sunday including the Royal British Legion and…...

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Choosing an Eco-option for your final celebration

For those wishing to preserve and protect our environment, eco-friendly funerals have become increasingly popular. After all, protecting the environment is something that many people feel passionate about throughout their lives, so why would it be any different when it comes to their final celebration? Whilst not a topic many…...

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Writtle Fair Fun

The beautiful village of Writtle had their annual fair week, and our team was pleased to take part in all the fun happening on the green. Cara and Craig, from our Writtle Co-op Funerals branch, were on hand with a gleaming limousine full of balloons for a ‘Guess How Many…?’…...

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Members offered £150 discount on a funeral plan

Members Benefit: £150 discount on funeral costs Every funeral involves a large number of decisions about many different aspects which often have to be made during the worst time of someone’s life when faced with bereavement. Thinking about your own funeral is never an easy thing to do but planning…...

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Co-op Funeral Directors – Recommended by experts, 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 2019 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…...

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We’ve always pledged to be fair

Our clients all know we’re open and transparent when it comes to our pricing, and we’re not afraid to shout that from the rooftops either. Which is why all Co-op Funeral Directors across Essex signed the Fair Funeral Pledge almost as soon as it existed. The Fair Funerals campaign was…...

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Cost of Funerals in Essex

There is currently much discussion in the media about the cost of funerals and whether funeral directors are charging too much for their services. At Co-op Funeral Directors, part of Chelmsford Star Co-operative, we take great effort in keeping our costs down, recognising the difficulties that many families are facing when…...

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Recently Bereaved given Christmas Support

Families of the recently deceased were given comfort last week when we arranged two Christmas Remembrance Services across Essex, at the same time. Co-op Funeral Directors, owned by local co-operative, Chelmsford Star, always strives to offer a personal service, so this year we held one service catered to Chelmsford audiences…...

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You’re not alone this Christmas…

Christmas and the New Year can be a difficult time for many, particularly if they’ve recently lost a loved one. If you feel you will struggle over the coming few weeks, know that you are not alone. We hold support groups across Essex specifically for people like you, going through…...

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Join us for an evening of joyful remembrance…

It’s that time of year again, and our teams are preparing for our annual Christmas Remembrance Service. Mince pies have been bought, mulled wine is being heated, and singing voices are being warmed up. Taking place on 7th December, from 6pm, our teams will host the usual evening of heart-warming…...

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Local Support on Remembrance Sunday

Our Danbury Co-op Funeral Directors were out in force on Remembrance Sunday, as locals gathered at the War Memorial nearby. Providing free refreshment and locally sourced muffins adorned with iced poppies, locals flocked to their gazebo after the service for some much needed warmth and a cuppa. Remembrance Sunday is…...

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Best In the UK for Community Impact!

Chelmsford Star, the local and independent co-op that owns Co-op Funeral Directors, as well as the likes of the Quadrant department stores in Chelmsford and Braintree, has been awarded ‘Best For Community Impact’ in the National Business Charity Awards.  Chelmsford Star, which has a total of 50 branches in Essex,…...

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New Charity Partnership Announced

Co-op Funeral Directors has begun a new year-long partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, just in time for Dementia Action Week.  We’re already planning a few fundraising ideas, such as a “Sponsored Hair Chop” from one of our ladies. Keep an eye out for details in our branches or on our…...

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Record Funds Raised For Charity!

Co-op Funeral Directors, together with the other businesses who make up local independent co-op society Chelmsford Star, has raised their highest amount of fundraising ever for the charity Little Havens Hospice. Together, colleagues and customers have collected a whopping £77,912 for the charity, which is the only place in Essex…...

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Bereavement Support For Under 50s

Bereavement is not suffered exclusively by the elderly or retired. We already run 4 support groups across Essex for those going through bereavement and needing additional support; in Ingatestone, Chelmsford, Braintree and Writtle. The free service, available to anyone who needs it – not just our clients – has won the team multiple awards over the…...

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Christmas Service of Remembrance

Our annual Christmas Remembrance Carol Service was held at Trinity Methodist Church in Chelmsford city centre on Friday. We arranged the service, an uplifting mix of choir and carol singing, to assist those recently bereaved or who struggle to cope at this time of year. Candles were lit at the start of the…...

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Our new name is Co-op Funeral Directors

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Funeral Services have a brand new look. Falling under the umbrella of Co-op Funeral Directors, each of our branches has now been specifically named after the community it serves to really highlight our local roots. Part of the Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society family, Co-op Funeral Directors will…...

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George Yard Centre receives new funeral support

A new Co-op Funeral Directors have opened in George Yard Shopping Centre, Braintree. The eighth branch owned by our local independent co-operative society, Chelmsford Star, its doors are now open six days a week ready to support and assist the Braintree community. The ribbon was formally cut by Society President…...

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Co-op Funeral Directors on Remembrance Sunday

Chelmsford Star Co-operative, Essex’s local and independent co-op, is 150 years old this year, which it has celebrated with museum exhibitions and the publication of a book highlighting its work in our community since 1867. As we look to remember those lost in all conflicts on Remembrance Sunday, Chelmsford Star…...

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Funeral team walked 10 miles for Little Havens

Our Funeral team, coordinated by Kim Myers, Family Liaison Officer from our Ingatestone branch, walked 10 miles around Chelmsford on Saturday 2nd September, 2017, to raise money for our Charity of the Year, Little Havens. The walk took them just over 4 hours. To sponsor the team please visit: www.justgiving.com/chelmsfordstar....

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Recommended by the Good Funeral Guide

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Funeral Services, part of the independent Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society, is one of the UK’s best funeral directors, according to the Good Funeral Guide, an independent funeral consumer advocacy organisation. In its review of the business – which you can read here – the Good Funeral Guide describes us as: “An…...

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Bereavement counselling available

Our funeral division offers a free counselling service from our Danbury branch. The Danbury branch has held regular bereavement and aftercare support groups for over 15 years, and recognises that some clients have a need for more specific and in-depth counselling. Award winning colleague Jill Rushbrook, Family Liaison Officer based at our…...

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Applications sought for Charity of the Year

Since 2006, we have supported a different local charity each year to be the focus for our fund raising. Over this time through a variety of initiatives and events, we have raised over £283,000 which has benefited the Essex Air Ambulance, Helen Rollason Heal Cancer, Little Havens Children’s Hospice, Macmillan…...

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Team supports charity during local Victorian evening

Our Ingatestone team got into the spirit of things when the village held their annual Victorian Evening in December. Employees at many local shops and businesses dressed up in period gear, with special deals and activities held up and down the high street. Our team raffled off a hamper of…...

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Warm memories shared on Remembrance Day

Our Danbury team hosted an event at the local War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday, supplying muffins and hot drinks to those who came out to pay their respects in the cold. Although the temperatures were low, the atmosphere was warm and friendly as memories were shared amongst the dozens of…...

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Historically award winning

There will be celebrations next year, as Chelmsford Star as a Society hits its 150th anniversary, but our funeral department reached our very own landmark year this year, as we reached our 80th anniversary. Our first branch opened on April 10th 1936, and offered a service using motor vehicles rather…...

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Funeral division signs Fair Funeral pledge

In the last six months five co-operatives around the UK have signed the Fair Funeral pledge. East of England, Lincolnshire, Scotmid, Tamworth and Heart of England co-ops – a total of nearly 100 branches – have all joined with us in campaigning against funeral poverty. Today we’re pleased to announce…...

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Special Christmas service held in Chelmsford

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Funeral Services are holding their annual Remembrance Service this year in the Trinity Methodist Church Hall, in Rainsford Road, Chelmsford on Friday 11th December from 6.30pm to 8pm. The event ran for a number of years initially from the funeral home at Baddow Road, but it became…...

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Refreshment provided for chilly locals

Our Danbury branch recently provided home-baked treats and hot drinks to those attending a Remembrance Day service at St. John the Baptist Church. Family Liaison Officer, Jill Rushbrook said: “It was very much appreciated as we didn’t charge for the goodies and offered some hot sustenance in very chilly temperatures!…...

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Ingatestone team celebrates 10th anniversary

The Funeral division of Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society celebrated its 10th anniversary of opening its Ingatestone funeral branch, with a memorial walk. On a gloriously sunny Sunday afternoon, a crowd including both clients and the Chelmsford Star funeral team, were led on a leisurely walk by Reverend Patrick Sherring to…...

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Braintree celebrates 20th anniversary

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Funeral Services has celebrated the 20th anniversary since it first opened the doors of its Braintree Funeral Home in Clare Road, near the town centre. The branch is run on a daily basis by Family Liaison Officer Pam Goldberger, who has been there since the start. Prior to…...

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