The first winners of the new look Grand Awards are Families in Focus! They will receive £750 towards their Family Activity Club. Our runner up award, of £200, goes to Action for Family Carers. Congratulations to them both.
The December grand award will go towards the Down to Earth Local Food Programme currently running at the Hobart Close allotments in Chelmsford.
Hosted by the Wilderness Foundation the project aims to: encourage local people to grow their own food; raise awareness amongst local community of natural world and environment and sustainability issues and to bring local people together with a common goal.
An amazing 344 people visited our stall last Friday to cast their vote and help choose our special event Grand Award winner.
All three groups tookt the time to attend and worked hard to canvas the public and spread the word about their groups acitivities. The 3 groups that took part were: Hanningfield Sailability; The Stroke Club for Mid Essex and Chelmsford Community Support Centre.
In January 2013 the Chelmsford Ballet Company received £1000 from Chelmsford Grand Awards. By March, when they presented Coppelia to the residents of Chelmsford, the company had used the money to restore and repair the spectacular scenery that was used throughout the production. Part of the award was also used to purchase tutu net which allowed the company to replace ageing costumes.
The Marconi Ponds Activity Trail, partly funded by a Grand Award, was officially opened on the 18th of May. The opening took place at the annual Marconi Ponds Open Day; a fun packed event that welcomed almost 200 visitors to the nature reserve.