Copy of Parish Magazine April /May 2018


From the County Council

Opportunities for Community Funding

During 2017/18 the County Council launched three separate initiatives that give local communities access to funding to make improvements in their local area:-

  1. The Local Connections Fund - £500,000 committed to support community-led activity, using a crowdfunding platform known as The Essex Crowd Movement.
  2. The Local Services Fund - £500,000 to support more formal, traditional services by being more locally responsive and to improve local places.
  3. The Essex Lottery– The lottery is open to anybody aged 16 or over who is physically based in Essex. Tickets cost £1 and the Jackpot can be £25,000.

 If you find you are struggling to attract funding for your organisation, why not visit, Essex for Communities, a funding database which can help you to find suitable grant funding opportunities that could help enable delivery of your projects.


 Opening of new Children’s Library and Family Hub

 Chelmsford’s new children’s library and state-of-the-art hub for family services was officially opened in March after a £316,000 revamp. This unique facility was created thanks to two major funding streams - the Community Infrastructure Levy (Chelmsford City Council) and the “Library Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund” which is managed by Arts Council of England. The makeover project has put the library at County Hall at the heart of family support services in the City, where library employees, health and social care workers, along with staff and volunteers from other support agencies have come together to create a one-stop shop for free family services.

 Almost half a million people visited Chelmsford Library in the past year, which makes it the perfect venue to provide these other vital services under one roof. Why not pay a visit to see what the Library has to offer

Essex County Cricket Club

 And finally! Now that the Cricket season has begun a reminder that, as County Champions, Essex County Cricket Club’s players and employees celebrated their historic victory at a special ceremony at County Hall. The Club’s new President, David Acfield, who played more than 400 first-glass games for Essex and won four championships, also gave a stirring speech at the event.

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John Aldridge CC April 2018