The idea of being part of the global celebration was first suggested by Andrew Wright (acting Chair of Channels Residents Community Group) during the summer of 2021 and with positive feedback received, he set about scoping what would be involved.
It was felt that holding a Jubilee Beacon lighting event would provide something special for the community on a unique occasion with the beacon becoming a permanent landmark feature in the area for all to enjoy both during the Jubilee celebrations and in the future.
Securing funding for the beacon was a protracted process however the total required was confirmed in early April and the task of sourcing materials ready for build and installation began immediately. The beacon is situated in Channels Park at a location that is both safe and yet gives great views across Chelmsford and beyond. Once lit, it was visible from many surrounding communities.
The image below shows where the Beacon has been installed: (What3Words Bravo.Chip.Moon)
It took many months and we have experienced setbacks. In fact in early Spring, we thought the project would have to be cancelled however Wednesday 25th May 2022 was a landmark day as our Jubilee Beacon was finally installed in Channels Park!
Our Beacon has been built by local craftsmen to a specific plan:
Channels Residents Community Group would like to thank the following local organisations as without their generous donations, the Platinum Jubilee Beacon could not have become a reality:
Channels Community Stewardship CIC
Little Waltham Parish Council
Broomfield Parish Council
Remus Management Ltd