Community Gardens

Almost two years ago the idea of having Community Garden areas was suggested. Over the last 18 months, and partly funded by grant monies with volunteer help, the first stage has been developed on the Bellway phase at the location shown below:

The intention was (and remains) that the garden areas promote community involvement, are for the enjoyment of the whole Channels development and if a success, can be developed across the wider estate.

As the areas that are currently being developed are on Management Company responsible land, directors have asked that a more formalised sub-committee of the CRCG jointly takes responsibility for management of the project to ensure consistency and continuity, especially in the event of key volunteers being unable to continue to provide input. This is necessary to minimise the risk of the land being left unmanaged which could lead to additional costs having to be covered by the Service Charge.

If you are willing to be part of a small CRCG aligned group that will jointly manage the project, please let us know by completing the form HERE.


If a sub-committee cannot be formed by 31st October, preparations will be made to return the land to it’s original state so please do get involved and keep the Community Gardens project alive!

Local Clubs & Groups

If you are running a club or group (physical or virtual) and would like to make others across the Channels community aware, simply fill in the form HERE and it can be listed on the Local Clubs & Groups page.

As long as the club or group is family friendly and is focussed on or features the Channels development, it will be listed! πŸ™‚

If you want to further promote your club or group, and there is sufficient interest, we may be able to focus on one per month to give residents more detail about what you are doing.

Channels CIC Meeting

Dear residents,

There is a meeting of the new Channels Community Stewardship CIC tomorrow (7th October) at 7pm via Zoom. The details that have been circulated by the CIC are as follows:

Meeting ID: 821 1722 1034
Passcode: 357095

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82117221034?pwd=c3Fxby9NSSs3VzN6cVE1dysvcGlkUT09&from=addon

Dial: +44 203 481 5240 The United Kingdom

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdvrg51VIi
Passcode: 357095 One tap mobile +442034815240,,82117221034#,,,,*357095#

Please note this is not a CRCG meeting but the first general meeting of the new CIC (formally Channels Management Company) which looks after all Channels-wide estate and issues.

AGENDA FOR THE MEETING

Welcome & Purpose of the Meeting – HK
CIC Explained – what is it and how will it function? – HK
Review applications for membership and confirm members HK
Review proposals for directors and appoint directors of the company HK
Update on Service Charges and accounts – HK
Review and if appropriate approve accounts for 2020/2021 HK
Open Space Delivery & Maintenance Update – OB/OS
Review the Budget for 2022 – HK

Proposed Maintenance Tasks
a. Western Mitigation Area – Lake Sight Lines – OS
b. Replacing Dead Trees – OS
c. Miscellaneous for discussion – OS

Proposed Community Projects Fund – HK/OB
a. Growing points
b. Community garden at Condor Gate (budget Β£5,000)

Approve the Budget (revised as appropriate) for 2021/2022 – HK
Website – HK
Chelmsford Garden Community Update – OB
Date & Time of Next Meeting – HK/OB
AOB

Annual General Meeting

Come along to find out more about the Community Group and get to know your local Channels community neighbours whilst having a cup of mulled wine and some light refreshments, all with a seasonal feel!

Every resident is considered to be part of the Community Group however we need a working management committee to coordinate and help shape our community both now and for the future.

The following posts need to be elected at our forthcoming AGM and will be held for a period of one year:

– Chair
– Secretary
– Treasurer

We also need up to 6 additional committee members including leads for our two key sub-groups (Social Unity & Safer Communities) to form a full management committee.

So that we have an idea of those that may want to get involved, do express your interest by completing this website form.

Defibrillator: Volunteers Needed!


The grant funding from Little Waltham Parish Council has been received and the order for the defibrillator has been submitted to the Community Heartbeat Trust. This means we are still on track for a ‘go live’ date around the end of October. πŸ™‚

As previously advised, we have progressed with a Managed Solution Partnership which offers a cost-effective method of implementing a quality community defibrillator project that addresses the many potential liabilities, including ensuring that all governance and insurances are fully dealt with appropriately.


The Partnership Agreement contains one obligation that we must comply with. We must carry out regular weekly checks on the equipment, reporting this via the CHT WebNos Governance System. Failure to undertake the checks will invalidate the insurance aspects of the agreement.

We are therefore looking for circa 8-10 resident volunteers who would be happy to be included on the rota to ensure the device checks are undertaken and logged via the WebNos Governance System.

This will typically mean that each resident will only need to undertake a compliance check once every 2 months (which only takes about 5 minutes) and anyone on the initial rota will be invited to a face-to-face awareness training session facilitated by the Community Heartbeat Trust.

The UK Resuscitation Council guidelines indicate that community defibrillators (AEDs) should be able to be used by members of the public with or without any formal training nevertheless it is good practice for as many members of the community as possible to receive some form of training. As such, a follow up virtual awareness training session will be held via Zoom which will be available to the wider Channels resident population.

If you are willing to be part of the initial rota of residents to receive awareness training and undertake the weekly checks on our equipment, please leave your details on the volunteer form here and you will be contacted once we have an idea of potential training dates.


Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson

Community Gardens Update (Sept 2021)

Please see a newsletter (pdf format) that can be viewed and/or downloaded. Thanks to Nick Bailey for writing it and to Neil Crumpen for the photos.

For those that are new to Channels, the Community Garden is located near the entrance to Eagle Rise, near to the ‘Fountain Lake’:

If you want to get involved, Carroll Crumpen is leading the Community Gardens project (which will hopefully be expanding across the wider Channels development over the next few months) and you can get into contact via info@channelsresidents.org.uk

Halloween Pumpkin Trail

πŸŽƒ Join us for the Channels Halloween Pumpkin Trail! πŸŽƒ

We are looking for residents who can put a letter in their window and also those who will have a decorated house or some pumpkins out. A map will be created so everyone can see where to visit and take part in the trail πŸ‘πŸ»

πŸŽƒ Please let us know by 22nd October if you would like to be included on the map by e-mailing laura.lane@channelsresidents.org.uk πŸŽƒ

Channels Defibrillator: Project is Go!

A detailed grant application was submitted to Little Waltham Parish Council in August which made the case for funding to cover the capital cost of equipment, installation, set up and the first 2.5 years of a 5-year Annual Support Agreement. The application was discussed at the Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 7th September and it was supported by councillors meaning the Defibrillator project can progress to the mobilisation stage.

We would like to thank Little Waltham Parish Council for the generous grant as this accounts for over 80% of the project costs and without it, the project would have been significantly delayed or even put on hold.

Funds raised through local initiatives will cover support costs for the remaining 2.5 years of the Annual Support Agreement (after which the position will be reviewed) and all training requirements. We would therefore like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to all residents that donated as local fund-raising was also critical to the success of the project.

The requirements for the project have been fully worked up through collaboration with the Community Heartbeat Trust so the next step is to order the equipment as specified in the grant application, sign the Managed Support Partnership agreement and arrange for installation.

The intention is to have the Defibrillator installed, training & community awareness undertaken and the device β€˜live’ by the end of October 2021.

It has taken a lot of work to get to this point however the biggest hurdles have been overcome and the process should be a little bit easier from now on! Keep an eye out for further updates πŸ™‚


Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson

Community Garden Update

The Community Garden is celebrating it’s first birthday! Please see a newsletter (pdf format) that can be viewed and/or downloaded and thanks to Tanisha Lohia for pulling the update together.

For those that are new to Channels, the Community Garden is located near the entrance to Eagle Rise, near to the ‘Fountain Lake’:

If you want to get involved, Carroll Crumpen is leading the Community Gardens project (which will hopefully be expanding across the wider Channels development over the next few months) and you can get into contact via info@channelsresidents.org.uk

Defibrillator Project Update

We are currently finalising a funding application that will be submitted to Little Waltham Parish Council for discussion at their next meeting on 7th September. It has become clear that supporting a community defibrillator project is not just simply about purchasing a defibrillator and installing it in a central location and there are many issues to consider!

On the basis this is a resident led project, the intention is to progress using a Managed Solution Partnership model through the Community Heartbeat Trust with a 4-year period of ongoing support to minimise risk and to ensure governance is fully taken care of. This model ensures that all governance and insurances are fully dealt with appropriately, and is what the charity specialises in:

β€œThe Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT) is a charity whose aims are to help and support communities in the correct provision of defibrillators, but in sustainable, resilient and governance led manner.”

The specification of the device, cabinet and ancillary items have been discussed with the Community Heartbeat Trust and a we intend to hold a final meeting with them imminently to confirm we have everything covered. The package will include:

  • Defibrillator
  • Cabinet (with information backboard)
  • Community Signage Pack
  • Community Training (Virtual & Classroom)
  • Installation
  • 4 Year Support Agreement


As previously noted, we need at least Β£500 of local fundraising and we have to evidence to the Parish Council as part of the application that we have done everything we can to secure some of our own funds.

Our donations currently stand at Β£422 so please do donate, no matter how small the amount. If every occupied household contributed just Β£1.15, we would hit our local fund-raising target. Thank you so much to everyone that has donated so far and it’s easy for anyone to contribute to the Defibrillator Fund via the Donate with Paypal button below:


Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson