Essex 2020 — Open Collaboration Event #1

On 25th September over 50 people braved an inclement evening to gather at The Transition for the first of two planned Collaboration Events for the Chelmsford, Maldon, Brentwood and Basildon Hub for Essex 2020.

The theme for the evening was  “A heritage of science, engineering and innovation – building Chelmsford’s Cultural Identity”.   It was a chance for 4 members of the Hub to showcase their developing ideas for the Essex 2020 programme and to bring in new people from across Essex to learn about and get involved with Essex 2020.

Each of the pitchers had a mere 3 minutes to convey their idea to the audience, including 3 “asks” focused on help they need to move their project forward and make it a success.  The pitches were followed by 5 minutes of interaction with the audience offering feedback, support and ideas to shape the projects further.  There was also plenty of time for networking and building new connections so we’re looking forward to hearing about some emerging collaborations.

Anyone with project or event ideas focused on science and creativity is invited to put them forward even in the early stages, as by doing so, you’ll be able to seek the help and support you need to make them happen.  The first stage is to submit an Expression of Interest form to outline your idea, you’ll then be welcome to attend our monthly “3rd Thursday” Hub meetings and to request a pitching slot at future Collaboration Events.

The 4 projects shared on the night are summarised below – if you’re keen to find out more, support with their asks or invite them to partner with your project why not get in touch?

The next Collaboration Event will be on 23rd October at lunchtime, with the theme  “Skills development and new pathways in STEAM” – we hope to see you there!


Simone Xue

Essex 2020, Chinese New Year Gala — Colchester Chinese Society

What’s the idea?

Use Chinese New Year Gala 2020 at Civic Theatre on 25th January 2020 as an opening event

Three asks

  1. Professional/Semi Professional Film Recording/Photo Taking the show.
  2. Marketing this event
  3. Sponsor this event

Contact details and Social Media

E mail:  cccsociety@googlemail.com

Website: www.sites.google.com/site/ukcccs

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ukcccs


Michelle Durant

Creating Waves — Chelmsford Community Radio

What’s the idea?

Harnessing the power and creativity of radio as a platform to engage, inform, educate and excite.

Three asks

  1. Fund workshops where Chelmsford Community Radio can work with groups to develop content for broadcast whilst learning new skills
  2. Include Chelmsford Community Radio in the promotion of events celebrating 2020 and beyond – taking part in recordings and shows
  3. Listen and join in with our family of volunteers who are passionate about using radio to support Chelmsford.

Contact details and Social Media

E mail: michelle.durant@chelmsfordcommunityradio.com

Website: www.chelmsfordcommunityradio.com

Twitter: @chelmsfordcr

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chelmsfordcr

Instagram: www.instagram.com/chelmsfordcr

Youtube: www.youtube.com/chelmsfordcommunityradio


Ian Knowles

The Power Behind the Microphone — Chelmsford City Theatres 

What’s the idea?

A professionally produced play to commemorate the centenary of the first radio broadcast by the Marconi works in Chelmsford.

Three asks

  1. Marketing of the performance taking place to encourage local audiences to attend an event at the theatre based on the experiences of local people living and working in Chelmsford
  2. How best to arrange auditions to allow local actors to take place in the performance
  3. How to appeal to a diverse audience group and keep them engaged in future theatre activities.

Contact details and social media:

E mail: ian.knowles@chelmsford.gov.uk

Website: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres

Twitter: @ChelmsTheatres

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chelmsfordtheatres


Alan Pamphilon

Chelmsford Heritage Open Days

What’s the idea?

Heritage Open Days is a national celebration of local history, culture and identity. It gives the unique opportunity to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

Three asks

  1. Additional match funding
  2. Interesting new venues
  3. Assistance with publicity

Contact details and social media

E mail: info@chelmsfordcivicsociety.co.uk

Website: www.chelmsfordcivicsociety.co.uk/heritage-open-days.html

Twitter: @CM_CivicSociety

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChelmsfordCivicSociety