Chelmsford CVS: E-Update #290 ECF, Fireworks & Gospel

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Centre Supporting Voluntary Action

Remember remember the 5th of November

Gunpowder treason and plot. We see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot! We’ve pulled together a short list of Firework Displays that are happening across Chelmsford for some fabulous local causes.

Chelmsford Round Table Charity Fireworks, Admirals Park – 03/11/2018

Danbury Fireworks, Danbury – 03/11/2018

Witham 2018 Fireworks, Witham Rugby Club – 03/11/2018

Chelmsford Gospel Choir 10th Anniversary Concert

Chelmsford Community Gospel Choir started out in 2008 and are still in fine voice. Their annual concert to celebrate 10 years of soulful sounds and upbeat rhythms ‘Glorious Gospel’ kicks off at 7:00 pm on Saturday 3rd November at Life Church (Elim), Hall Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0HG.

They’ll be singing the songs their audiences loved most during their decade in Chelmsford. They will be showcasing the amazing voices of past and present choir members and interval tea and cakes will be on sale to support local charity Farleigh Hospice, in memory of Chelmsford Gospel Choir’s dear friend and ‘tenor lady’ Margy Martin who sang for the last time in June.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Grants available for health and well-being projects

Essex Community Foundation (ECF) have grants of up to £5,000 available to support projects/activities that help to improve the health and well-being of people living in Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

All funding applications must demonstrate how the work/project meets one of the following:

  • To help keep people out of hospital
  • To help people leave hospital more quickly
  • To improve health and wellbeing in the community
  • To maximise use of technology which will improve the way users access your services

As there is specific criteria for this funding programme, we are holding a Phone-In Funding Surgery on Friday 16 November from 10am to 12 noon. This is an opportunity for potential applicants to tell grant officers about their work and receive advice on applying for a grant. To take part, they simply need to call us, on the day, on 01245 356018. There is no need to book a slot.

More information can be found on the ECF website. If you have any questions, call 01245 355947.


When we ask the public what they want to hear from charities, one thing comes through loud and clear. They want to know about the difference their support has made. They want to know how their donations, their volunteer hours, have helped.

Thousands of charities around the country make a real difference every day. And between us the impact we have on the country and the world is massive. NCVO want to remind people of everything that’s great about charities, and show them we’re very grateful for their support.

To do this, NCVO are asking every charity to use the hashtag #YouMadeItHappen on social media on Monday 19 November to thank your own supporters, and after a time when some charities have had media attention for negative reasons, for all of us to show the difference we make together.

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