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…

Christmas Raffle Results

The Channels Christmas Raffle draw has taken place and the photo below shows the winning tickets for the 27 prizes we had donated! We have everyone’s details and will aim to deliver the prizes by the end of the day tomorrow (23rd December).

Thank you to you all for your support, over £200 was raised that will be used to help fund future community events 👍🏻

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch either message us or email Laura.lane@channelsresidents.org.uk.

Christmas Light Trail

It is so lovely to see the estate lit up when its dark! If you’d like to see all of the beautifully decorated houses then why not have a go at the Light Trail. The trail can be followed any time from today until 23rd December. The light bulbs on the map below 💡 show some of the decorated houses and the stars ⭐️ show where you will find a letter. Put all the letters together to create a festive word then enter the competition – more details on the map!

You can print the map yourself, screen shot the photo or save it to your phone or other device to follow as you walk. We are unable to provide printed maps this year. 😏

We will be having a community ‘Walkabout’ from 4.30pm on 20th December with ‘socially distanced’ carols round the Christmas tree from 5pm (please keep groups to 6 or less). Feel free to bring a hot drink along with you too as unfortunately we wont be able to serve any drinks or food this year as we have done in previous years.

The raffle will be drawn on 20th too and prizes distributed as soon after as possible so make sure to purchase any tickets by 8pm on 19th Dec to be included in this years draw.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!
Merry Christmas to you all from the CRCG 😊

Christmas Raffle!

We are holding our annual Christmas raffle but due to the current situation, we cannot sell tickets in person. Instead, tickets can be purchased via the Donate with Paypal button below:

Just make sure to add your initial and address as a note when paying so we can pop tickets through your door. If PayPal isn’t your thing you can put cash in an envelope with your name & address on the front, deliver to 85 or 89 Fairway Drive and we will pop tickets back through your door.

Tickets are only £1 per strip and can be purchased up until 19th December, the day before our Light Trail Walkabout on December 20th. Prizes will be drawn on that day and delivered soon after 👍🏻

Profits from the raffle will go towards funding future events or buying items to enhance our estate such as lights for our lovely Christmas tree.

So far we have some lovely prizes with the top prize being a 2nd Generation Google Nest mini in Sky Blue. We also have a toy bundle, star necklace from Sophinity, wine and more… See the photos below 🙂

We are still accepting donations for the raffle if anyone else would like to contribute, just let us know!

Christmas Event

Don’t forget our Christmas event is now just 1 week away! We have taken delivery of a large marquee (so who cares if it rains!) and our tree will be installed during the coming week.

We look forward to seeing you all on the communal green area between Eagle Rise & Aqua Verde from 3.00pm on Sunday 15th December 🙂

Christmas at Channels!

With the festive season not that far away, the Community Group Social Unity Committee is working to bring something a little bit special to Channels again this year.

With the support of those working across the development, and at the Channels Estate, we will see the installation of a lit Christmas tree on the communal green area between Eagle Rise & Aqua Verde. All being well, we will also have a marquee erected (purchased with our grant) so that if the weather is as unkind as it was in 2018, the fun can continue!

We welcome you and your family to join us on Sunday 15th December from 3.00pm when the Christmas tree will be the focal point for festivities.

Plans are underway for fun and games, local business stalls, mulled wine, refreshments, a minced pie bake off competition, a raffle and most importantly a Christmas sing along!

If you want to get involved in assisting making our event a success, do get in touch via: www.Channels.Community/Xmas-Help

We look forward to seeing you all on the green from 3.00pm on Sunday 15th December 🙂

CRCG Social Unity Committee

Developing a Dementia Friendly Community

It is currently estimated that a person is formally diagnosed with Dementia every 3 minutes. Dementia is one of the key issues for our political leadership, health, social care and local government. With this in mind communities need to understand what is required to help and support friends, relatives and neighbours in future years.

As a Parish Councillor and resident, I have worked with Little Waltham Parish Council to arrange for Mark Neville of the Alzheimer’s Society (Essex) to present a ‘Dementia Friends and Action Session’, which will provide information on the issues faced by people living with Dementia, their loved ones and carers.

As we build our community and plan for the future, we need to be generally more inclusive which means ensuring that services across the area are aware of local requirements, that they meet their legal duties under the Equality Act and that they help us to develop Dementia Friendly Communities.

The session will enable those attending to gain a greater knowledge of Dementia and how to deal with the challenges it presents:

  • Gain a greater awareness of the challenges people with Dementia may face;
  • Understand the difficulties carers and loved ones can experience;
  • Develop transferable skills, i.e. meeting the requirements of people with Dementia will also help in meeting the needs of other marginalised groups

The session will take place at The Tufnell Hall, The Street, Little Waltham, CM3 3NY commencing 7.30 pm on 10th October 2019 and the bar will be open with refreshments on sale from 7.00pm.

For further information please contact:
Suzanne Walker, Parish Clerk
Telephone: 01376 331251 or email littlewaltham@gmail.com

You can download a flyer here and please do make others aware of what will be a very informative and useful event:

Melanie Williamson
Channels Residents Community Group

Community Grant Award

The CRCG is pleased to announce that the Bellway at Channels Development (Phases 1&2) has been awarded a Community Initiative Fund (CIF) Microgrant from the ‘Community Chest’.

The CIF was launched by Essex County Council (ECC) on 1st April 2019 and is administered by the Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC). The Grant has been awarded to enable the purchase of a marquee to support community events and activities into the future.

The CRCG, on behalf of the entire community, would like to show their appreciation for the generosity and give thanks to those involved in the awarding of the grant including the CIF Panel, Councillor David Finch (the leader of Essex County Council) and the EALC funding officer.

The CRCG have also been successful with a pre-application checklist submission for a Main Community Initiative Fund Grant. The full application is due on 18th August and the CRCG would be grateful for volunteers to assist in the completion of the bid.

If you are interested and are willing to assist with finalising the budget and application, please contact us via the form below:

Information submitted via the above form will be held only for the purpose of ensuring residents can be contacted about the CIF Grant submission.

With thanks to Melanie Williamson & Carroll Crumpen who have worked over recent weeks to open a CRCG Bank Account (with Metro Bank) and to get the ball rolling in securing grant funding for our community.

Community News

Channels Summer Event
As you may recall, we have been working with Channels Estates to facilitate a joint summer event for residents. The recent ‘Summer Fest’ event that Channels ran was a great success however it did highlight some unforeseen issues, primarily that visitors (and playing children) were wandering around the wedding garden whilst wedding events were taking place.

As such whilst we will work with Channels on the coordination of events where possible over the coming year, it has been agreed that until further works are completed to formalise the boundaries between the Village Green and the Bar/Wedding areas, it would not be practical to host community events on the Village Green.

We are therefore looking to hold a late summer event, probably early September, on our own area of land (between Eagle Rise & Aqua Verde). Those residents that have offered help have been contacted to get the ball rolling again however if anyone else wants to get involved, simply fill in the form here and someone will be in touch!

Nursery Site Update
We have been advised that whilst contractual discussions are taking place with a company that wants to take on the Nursery site, there are a number of legal issues to be resolved and as such it is unlikely that any building work will commence for another 12 months. On this basis Bellway will prepare the area so that it is left as managed grassland with a ‘paddock’ fence around the perimeter to prevent access.

Community Micro Grant Funding
An application, led by Melanie Williamson, has been made for a community micro grant to support a programme of community activity throughout 2019/20. The grant on this occasion will assist in supporting the purchase of a marquee to support delivery of community hosted activities around the development. This will form part of a wider proposed project to enable Channels to evolve from merely a location with lots of new houses to an all-inclusive, vibrant community (keep an eye out for more news on this).

Neighbourhood Watch
Steve Leverett, Chelmsford Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, attended the Little Waltham Parish Council Meeting on 4th July to raise awareness of the benefits from belonging to a local Neighbourhood Watch. Don’t forget that we have a local scheme running and you can find more about it and the benefits of getting involved here. For those that have not yet signed up, you can do so here. Our NHW Co-ordinator (John Buckberry) will bring you a window sticker and you will receive useful updates via e-mail.

Broomfield Parish Council Links
As you will be aware, the Bellway phases of Channels currently sit within the Broomfield Parish which receives a not insignificant sum of money each year from our Council Tax. The majority of the Bellway phase has been here for well over 2 years and yet we have seen no local benefit. We have made contact with Broomfield Parish Council to ask whether there is potentially any access to funding that we could use for our locality.

Examples could include the installation of benches placed at strategic locations around the development, perhaps some small items of public art (much like the little wood carvings across Beaulieu) and to assist in funding our summer event as part of the work to develop the local community.

Progress is slow however we will continue to pursue the possibilities that may be open to us with Broomfield Parish Council until such time that we finally become part of the Little Waltham Parish.

As always, sign up to follow the website and encourage all your neighbours to do the same and you will kept up to date with everything that is happening in and around your community 🙂

Andrew Wright
Channels Residents Community Group