Our Ethno-music crowd giving the ‘thumb’s up’ for remaining in our current location for the next few months.

Season’s Greetings 

On behalf of the Ideas Hub team, we’d like to thank everyone who has stepped forward to lobby on our behalf and supported us this last year.  We will be delighted to see you at our current location in the New Year.  As long as it isn’t too cold, we’ll be opening again 10am – 4pm on Saturday the 3rd of January with warm drinks and snacks and some fun and funky activities to start the new year.

Brilliant response leads to reprieve!

Wonderful news for Christmas, we can stay in our fabulous location for the time being, maybe till the summer. With news of notice being served, various members of our local community sprang into action.  The Essex Chronicle published an article on page three that generated lots of support and Cllr. Roy Whitehead, leader of Chelmsford City Council interceded on behalf of the Ideas Hub with La Salle Jones Holdings the management company.  High Chelmer management now joins us in the quest to establish a sustainable, secure and warm future for the Ideas Hub.

High Chelmer Shopping Centre boss Mick McDonagh said: “High Chelmer is said to be the heart of the community in which she resides and the people she serves. If that is the case, then the Ideas Hub is the soul”.  So if you’re looking for an inspiring New Year resolution, why not participate in growing our thriving and vibrant creative community by contributing to the Ideas Hub! 

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Simon Lyon and friends light up the Hub 

Our Ethno-music fund raiser and celebration at the Hub was a great success on Saturday the 20th December. Not only did the Hub raise funds for J’s Hospice, the informal atmosphere encouraged creative jamming and improv with the eclectic mix of local musicians really making the most of the wonderful acoustics.  The audience sat transfixed for significant periods, evidently really enjoying the free-wheeling mix of genres and the open-hearted musicianship of all concerned.  Don’t forget, you can help us bring the best of Essex talent to the heart of Chelmsford!

Ideas Festival 2014 was a great success 

Victoria teaching Creepy ClaymationThe Ideas Festival is over for another year, and it’s been brilliant and hectic. From improv theatre, to social currencies, Community Land Trusts, Broadcasting Now! to Natural Play and Claymation, the Hub has been the venue for a whole range of fun and/or change maker events. Have a look at the great images by Jayne Lloyd showing some of the highlights of the Festival.

Get Involved…

All being well and we find premises, we will be looking for more volunteers! 

The Ideas Hub is friendly pop up space in central Chelmsford for community, creativity and green enterprise. We offer local start-ups and groups the opportunity to grow their enterprises or community endeavours, by providing flexible event and workshops spaces, as well as a co-working facility with meeting space.

Getting involved in grass-roots activities is a great way to get to know your fellow Chelmsfordians, make new friends and give something back to your local community. See our current opportunities here.


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