Jubilee Celebrations!

On 2nd June 2022, we will celebrate another unique milestone in our history, Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth – her Platinum Jubilee.

As a community, we can pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen as part of the official Platinum Jubilee Weekend of celebrations from 2nd to 5th June 2022 and the CRCG will be kicking off the weekend of activities taking place in the local area with a beacon lighting event in Channels Park.

There will be more information & updates over the coming weeks however for now, you can find a little more about the Platinum Jubilee here and our very own beacon at www.channels.community/jubilee-beacon/

New Walking Group

Dear Residents,

I attended a ‘Walk Motivator’ training session recently and I recall some questions being asked about walking groups not so long ago. The training was interesting and gave some good insight about how to motivate and empower people to get together and get out walking.

As we are approaching Spring, I thought it would be a good idea to help motivate people to get out and about! A new Facebook group has been set up for anyone interested in walking and meeting with like minded people.

To make things easy, if you are already a member of the main Channels Community Chelmsford Facebook Group, you will be automatically ‘approved’ when you request to join.

The general advice was not to start off advertising organised walks as this can lead to expectations about responsibility, management and risk but to facilitate people getting together so they can arrange their own walks, share experiences and post up new or interesting routes etc.

In time, it may be that people want to become walk leaders and organise things more formally however for now why not join the group, get together and enjoy some walking with other members of the community.

Happy walking! πŸ™‚
www.facebook.com/groups/channelswalkers

Andrew Wright
Channels Residents Community Group

Community Litter Pick

Saturday 26th March 2022 from 10am to 12 noon

Come along to the Community Litter Pick organised by Little Waltham Parish Council in collaboration with the Channels Residents Community Group and help keep your local area tidy!

Equipment will be provided. Children may attend but must be supervised.

At the end of the event you can claim complementary food courtesy of the McDonalds store at Essex Regiment Way!

Please meet on the central communal area in the Bellway locality by the noticeboard and pre-book by emailing info@channelsresidents.org.uk

If you fancy helping out in Little Waltham village centre please meet on the pavement in front of St Martin’s Church and pre-book by contacting the Parish Clerk on 01376 331251 or clerk@littlewaltham.org.uk

Carols on The Green

It’s fair to say numbers were small for our Community Meetup last Friday so why not come and join us on Wednesday 22nd December from 6pm for mince pies and a singalong (on the green opposite the fountain) for a very Merry Channels Christmas!

Wrap up warm, bring a hot drink and your singing voice!

Community Meet Up

As it appears that numbers attending on Friday will be low, and as nobody has expressed an interest in joining the main CRCG Committee, we have decided that there is no benefit in holding an Annual General Meeting at this time. We will prepare an annual report, which will be circulated early in the new year, and we will look to hold an AGM at a later date.

Every resident is considered to be part of the Channels Residents Community Group however we do need a working management committee to coordinate and progress important projects such as the Defibrillator and the 2022 Jubilee Celebrations.

The room at the Community Centre has been booked, so please do come along for a chat and to get to know your local Channels community neighbours whilst having a cup of mulled wine and some light refreshments.

If there are any new rules regarding use of the Community Centre in light of the current COVID situation, we will update accordingly.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday from 7pm. Seasonal hats welcomed! πŸ™‚

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. 🏠

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.

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.

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 Driveway Sale

Fingers crossed but the weather is looking good on Sunday 11th July for the re-scheduled Driveway Sale. The event will now start earlier, from 12pm, so people have more time before the various sporting events on that day.

If you were previously on the participant map, you’ll stay on it unless you flag otherwise and you can email laura.lane@channelsresidents.org.uk to be taken off of the map or added to it!

It is the Final of the Euros (and the Wimbledon Men’s Final) but should we be in the final the suggestion is to make it a more fun, community event! Get your flags outs, play some music, sit out on your drive with a drink and chat with neighbours, maybe you have some garden games people could play (with sanitised hands), bake some cakes, remembering to take a walk around too!

Raffle prizes are still being accepted so if you have anything suitable, please do drop it off before Friday 9th July to 85 Fairway Drive. The raffle is still running and you can use our new PayPal link. Please make sure to include your name and address with any payments.

www.paypal.me/ChannelsRCG

Join us if you can for some fun on Sunday!

Original map below so ignore the time and date…

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