NEWS AND INFORMATION FROM AROUND THE PARISH
BEAULIEU COMMUNITY CENTRE OFFICIAL OPENING
After more than five years of discussion between Countryside Properties, Springfield Parish Council,
Chelmsford City Council, Chelmsford Diocese and the Beaulieu Community Trust Charity the new
‘Beaulieu Community Centre’ was officially opened. It was several years ago that Chelmsford City
Council approached Springfield Parish Council to commence negotiations onhow a new community
with over 3,500 homes being constructed might achieve its ‘sense of place’. In the early stages of the
project several consultation events were held within the community who identified a wish to have a
‘place to meet’, this finallyled to the setting up of Beaulieu Community Trust, an Incorporated Charitable
Organisation (BCT CIO) with a membership of 9 trustees. The charity has, since its inception in November
2015, worked tirelessly to reach the day of opening.
On the 28th September local dignitaries, M.P. Vicky Ford, Mayor of Chelmsford Yvonne Spence, Chairman
of Springfield Parish Council,Susan Sullivan and Bishop of Chelmsford, Steven Cotterell, together
performed an official ribbon cutting to mark this special day in Springfield.
The community centre has been provided by Countryside properties as part of their planning requirement,
known as a S106 agreement, which means the facility comes to the community at no cost to the local people.
Successful funding bids have helped to employ staff and install telecommunication equipment at the premises.
A good deal of hard work lies ahead for the trustees of the BCT CIO, but this excellent new facility, in the heart
of Springfield will serve both our new and existing residents well.
PLAY IN THE PARK - SUMMER PLAYSCHEMES FOR 2018
The playschemes organised by Chelmsford City Council and funded by the Parish Council, were held during the Summer holidays.
Events took place at Springfield Parish Centre and Chelmer Village Green.
Beaulieu Community Trust (BCT)
(Charity number 1169335)
The stunning new Beaulieu Community Centre has now been officially handed to Springfield Parish Council,
who in turn has agreed that the Beaulieu Community Trust will administer the building and its day to day functions.
The predicted official opening is early Autumn. The community have already shown an interest in using the Centre
and there is a customer waiting list to hire space. Over the next few months the Trust will be working hard to equip the
building with essential goods in preparation to welcome new customers.
(representatives of Countryside Properties and Beaulieu Community Trust)
PLAY IN THE PARK 2018 - SUMMER
Play in the Park 2018 was organised by Chelmsford City Council and funded by the Parish Council. During the
Summer holidays free multi-activity sessions for children aged 3-11 years took place at Springfield Parish Centre
and Chelmers Village Hall. The events were a great success.
Beaulieu Community Centre
At the time of writing the new community building pictured here is almost complete and the lease is ready for signature.
Provided by the developer Countryside Zest, it will be leased to your Parish Council for 99 years at a peppercorn rent.
It is our plan to sub-let the building to the recently established charity Beaulieu Community Trust which is made up of
representatives from Springfield Parish Council, Beaulieu Church and local residents.
The centre has 4 rooms for hire and can be used for classes, meetings, family parties and celebrations. It is a fully
accessible facility for wheelchair users and has a Changing Places certified toilet with a hoist and wet room for their
Countryside Zest has generously agreed to provide working capital on favourable terms to enable the Trust to fit out
the building and open it to Parish residents and other users. The objective is to have the Centre available to individuals
and organisations from the Summer of 2018.
The Church has now appointed a minister for the new Beaulieu parish, Rev Dan Pierce. The Trust is working closely
with him to develop the community. We have new neighbours who are friends we have yet to meet!
CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME 2018
Following the success of previous years pantomime presentations
the parish council has started to consider their next pantomime.
This years presentation will be Cinderella and is scheduled to take
place on Saturday 29th December 2018 at the parish centre.
Further details and tickets will be available later in the year, so
don't forget to look here on our website, on the parish council
noticeboards and facebook page.
ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY 2018
Springfield Parish Council held its Annual Parish Assembly for
residents of the parish on Monday 16th April 2018 at the Springfield
Parish Centre, St Augustine's Way.
All residents of the parish were invited to attend this public meeting
and speak to their parish councillors about local issues, etc.
PLAY IN THE PARK - EASTER PLAYSCHEMES FOR 2018
Despite the changeable weather the playschemes, organised by Chelmsford City Council and funded by the Parish Council,
were held during the Easter holidays at the Springfield Parish Centre were well attended and everyone enjoyed themselves.
CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME 2017