Community Defibrillator Update

Good news! At long last we have been notified that the Community Defibrillator is fully live and registered with the ambulance service. We have a team of volunteers that check the cabinet and equipment on a weekly basis, the majority of which have also received their awareness training.

Is is important to understand how a Community Defibrillator is activated and the core process can be found HERE. The page also contains links to helpful resources and videos.

Our Community Defibrillator is located at the entrance to Channels Park and is visible from the street, the parking area and of course the skate park & play area. The postcode is CM33PY however a more accurate way of pinpointing the location is through the What3Words service. What3Words divides the world into 3 metre squares and gives each square a unique combination of three words. It’s the easiest way to find and share exact locations and is used by the ambulance and other emergency services.

Location (What3Words): yoga.payer.blows

Lastly we are looking to run a further community awareness session (either face to face or via Zoom) in April for residents to attend and further details will be made available in due course.

Thanks to everyone that has contributed to make this project possible 🙂

Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson
On behalf of the Channels Residents Community Group

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! 🙂

Andrew Wright
Channels Residents Community Group

Channels Art: Resident Engagement

Resident Engagement Session
Thursday 10th March, 7.00pm via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 881 5091 8585
Passcode: 700586

Chelmsford City Council have secured funding to enable the design and integration of public art into the Channels Development, with the aim of enhancing the character and identity of the development – making this a unique and inspiring place of which the local community can be proud.

The CRCG is part of the Public Art Steering Group and we have agreed to arrange an initial online engagement session so that residents can meet the artist and provide feedback as to how the project should progress. The Project Brief can be viewed or downloaded for information.

The session will provide an opportunity for the artist, Michael Condron, to introduce himself and share his thoughts. A representative from GeoEssex will also give a short presentation on “Ice Age Channels” to set the scene as this is will be the general theme for the artwork.

There is information on this website about the local history of Channels and the website for the artist can be found at

It is important that as many residents as possible get involved during the consultation period to ensure that the art proposals truly reflect the identity of the area and so that we can all take ownership, pride and care in the artwork and associated public open spaces.

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

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

Community Defibrillator: Update

The Community Defibrillator was installed at Channels Park in mid December and whilst the equipment is technically ‘live’, it cannot yet be used as we are still waiting for confirmation from the East of England Ambulance Service that they have registered it on their system.

The equipment is being checked on a weekly basis to ensure it is fully operational however it cannot be used until such time that the “AED Not in Service” sign has been removed.

The Defibrillator page on this website has been updated with key information about how a Community Defibrillator is activated and other guidance, including helpful videos.

In advance of wider community awareness training that is being organised, it would be worth becoming familiar with the key information as we could receive notification at any time that the device has been registered meaning it will become fully accessible.

Andrew Wright & Melanie Williamson
On behalf of the Channels Residents Community Group

Building the Community at Channels

By getting involved with people who want to discuss common concerns or local issues, we can make a difference to where we live. One way of achieving this is by working together with other people in the neighbourhood via a Community Group. Our Community Group mission is:

To develop and maintain an all-inclusive, healthy and vibrant community through involvement with residents who want to make a positive difference to where they live.

The aims of the Community Group can be found HERE and the group is recognised by key local stakeholders including Parish Councils, the City Council and Essex County Council.

Some of our achievements and activities over the last 2 years include:

  • Installation of a Community Defibrillator;
  • Successful lobbying for the bridleway to be surfaced and installation of the crossing at the bottom of it brought forward due to safety concerns;
  • Development of Neighbourhood Watch;
  • Development of Community Gardens for all to be involved with and enjoy;
  • Social events & activities
  • Community litter picking;
  • Groups set up for runners & riders;
  • An Essex Lottery ‘good cause’.

We are working on or are involved with the following key projects:

  • Platinum Jubilee Beacons Project (see update below!);
  • Channels Public Art Project;
  • Community Growing Points.

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.

We currently have a small number of highly committed people supporting and representing Channels residents however it would be fantastic to have a few more committee members, especially from the Croudace & Pompadour localities, to ensure we can take forward some of the great ideas and projects which will benefit everyone in the coming year.

The Jubilee Beacon project (see below) is a good example of where some management & oversight is required and why we need volunteers to be involved in making it all happen.

We have received confirmation from five local organisations of funding to cover the capital cost of a permanent landmark Platinum Jubilee Beacon in Channels Park and we plan to hold a special event for the entire community to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign.

On Thursday 2nd June 2022, Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories and if all goes well, ours will be one of them!

If you want to be involved in helping to develop the Channels community, please do express your interest by completing this website form.

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! 🙂

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! 🎄🤩🎅🏻

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. 👍🏻 You can draw, paint, colour, collage… the choice is yours! 🎨✏️🖍

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.

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