Christmas Card Competition

Calling all artists young and not so young!

We are looking for someone to design our CRCG Christmas card again this year. Those who were with us last year will have received the Christmas card designed by Suki and we are looking for a new design for this year! πŸŽ„πŸ€©πŸŽ…πŸ»

Please create your design on a piece of A4 card or paper using whatever style you like… it just needs to be flat so it can be printed. πŸ‘πŸ» You can draw, paint, colour, collage… the choice is yours! πŸŽ¨βœοΈπŸ–

Just make sure to hand deliver your masterpiece to 85 Fairway Drive no later than Monday 22nd November. 🏠

Channels CIC Meeting

Dear residents,

There is a meeting of the new Channels Community Stewardship CIC on Tuesday 9th November at 7pm via Zoom. The details that have been circulated by the CIC are as follows:

Meeting ID: 838 7641 6407
Passcode: 283497

Phone Dial In (dial as below in sequence)
One tap mobile
+442034815237,,83876416407#,,,,*283497# United Kingdom
+442034815240,,83876416407#,,,,*283497# United Kingdom

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

Channels Defibrillator: Update

Unfortunately there has been a delay in sourcing parts for the lockable defibrillator cabinet meaning that we won’t receive delivery of our equipment for another couple of weeks. As such, we are now looking to ‘go live’ by the end of November.

The good news is that we have a plenty of volunteers for the inspection rota, a WhatsApp group to support it and their face to face training is currently being arranged. A big thanks to all those that put their names forward πŸ™‚

As previously noted we will be arranging for a Zoom based awareness session for all residents however for now, we have embedded a couple of informative videos (as suggested by the Community Heartbeat Trust) and linked to some other helpful guidance everyone to look view and digest.

Information & Guidance can be found HERE.

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

Dial: +44 203 481 5240 The United Kingdom

Find your local number:
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.


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

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

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 πŸŽƒ

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