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19th Oct – 1st Nov Ideas Festival programme @ideashubchelms

 INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE WALK (in support of the Ideas Hub)

Oct 19 Walk 1 10.30-12p . Walk 2 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Also Oct 25  2.00pm – 3.30pm

Start at Marconi Hall Street Factory Finish at e2v

Chelmsford has a rich and varied industrial heritage that includes many ground-breaking inventions. During this walk you will learn about a number of these marvellous achievements. The rich variety includes a rope maker’s walk and one of the many local iron foundries. To celebrate the wonderful Victorians Alan will be wearing the appropriate costume, so come along and enjoy our remarkable local industrial history.

£5 Children under 12 half price. Booking required

CREATE & DONATE @ Ideas Hub Chelmsford

Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sanctus Homeless Charity and Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union Volunteering Service, welcome you to ‘Create and donate’. We hope that you come and meet some of our homeless and recently housed friends and our volunteers. You can watch and learn about their social enterprise project which involves jewellery design, terrarium making, plant growing and a traditional sweet cart. Find out about our free café for the homeless.

Extra Information: No fee but a donation of a tin/packet or pair of adult socks suggested. Please book 


Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Host: Cornelia Boldyreff

Ebarts is a social e-currency available as a mobile/web app. Every user’s account starts on zero and is debited or credited as goods and services are traded. The system is transparent and self-regulating. Not underwritten or pegged to any currency, traders set and agree on prices via a system of transferable IOUs. Its value lies in the mutual trust and trade between individuals. We hope to build the UK social economy.

Extra Information: Please book online 

THE TRUE COST  @ Ideas Hub Chelmsford 

Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Host: Edith Miller, Maldon and Chelmsford Friends of the Earth

Ever wondered who pays the true cost of our taste for fashion? Film director Andrew Morgan says he “never gave much thought to where my clothes came from. But as I began learning more about the people and places behind the labels in my closet, I was shocked by what I found” Prompted to make this important documentary he asks whether we will choose to address these issues.

Please book online 


Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hosts: Susan Mandemwa and Manoah Smiley

An invitation to interested people, businesses and organisations to discuss and support future Chelmsford Black History Month (BHM) events, especially by active participation.

We will begin with a short presentation focusing on the last 2 years (including October 2015’s event). Q&A and discussion will follow.

We will also explore the possibility of regular events or gatherings that run throughout the year  Please Book

DIGITAL DETOX @ Ideas Hub Chelmsford

Oct 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Host: Emma Kidd

Attention connects us to the world, it shapes and defines our experience every time. In this ‘Digital Age’, technology captures our attention and disrupts our connection to the world around us. In this workshop we will explore how to harness the power of our attention and reclaim our sensory experience, to re-energise ourselves and reconnect to the people and places around us, beyond our screens and digital devices.

Extra Information: Audience- 14+.Please book 


Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Host: Edith Miller, Transition Chelmsford

This documentary is driven by the idea that climate change, peak oil and food insecurity can be catalysts for change and shows successful initiatives from around the globe. It won best environmental film and best first time director in 2014.

Extra Information: Voluntary donations £2.50 per person Please book


Oct 31 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 1 @ 1:00 am

Host: Andy McClain

OXJAM began in 2006, with the aim of creating a network of music-loving people across the UK, all united by a shared goal – to raise money to fight poverty and suffering around the world. Nine years on we’re still going strong.

Chelmsford OXJAM 2015 will host the finest local musicians and comedians.

So if you are a soloist, duo, band or comedian, or simply want to get involved as a performer or volunteer, contact Andy info@ soundhouse-music.co.uk or 07957 577323  Please Book


Oct 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Host: Sam Berkson, Poetcurious, HipHop Ed

Settled Wanders is Sam Berkson’s latest collection of poetry translating the poetry of the Saharawi people of Western Sahara and documenting his time in the world’s longest running refugee camp.

Sam will bring the poetry to life in a live performance of this work, that is as emotional and hopeful as it is political and critical. Supported by hiphop poets Poetcurious and TJ Chill. www.artofcurious.blogspot.com

Extra Information: All ages (but most appropriate for 16+) Please book


Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Do you have any family members who fought in the First World War? What about relatives who lived in the local area during the conflict? Come and share your memories, stories and artefacts with Chelmsford Remembers and learn about all the fascinating history that’s been uncovered so far. Between 12pm-1pm and 2pm-3pm there will be a presentation of the material gathered so far and a general discussion on the findings.  Please book.


Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Host: SoSLUG (www.soslug.org)

What can you do with the tiny, low- cost Raspberry Pi computer and electronics? As well as learning computing, the Pi has been used for projects ranging from music machines, parent detectors, tweeting birdhouses and more. An all day Jam: Pi mini-workshops, talks by the experts, hobby Pi projects. Learn: Coding basics (Scratch, Python), controlling electronics, program music, learn the principles of robots… in association with SoSLUG’s Southend Raspberry Jams. 

Extra Information: Suitable for Adults and Children 10+ Suggested donation £2 

Please Book

For Ideas Festival events at other venues please see www.changingchelmsford.org/if2015

Got Ideas? Need Space? The Ideas Hub provides the space for people wanting to make things happen.

The Ideas Hub encourages creative participation,  community building and a vision for a green and thriving future, It is also a venue for community groups, charities and clubs to get together. One day you can learn to play the guitar or attend a mindfulness class and on another be playing the didgeridoo with a group of others, creating a mosaic or developing your interview skills. Some people dance while others talk movies or play board games.

If you want to get inspired, collaborate, or learn new skills, why not drop in for a cuppa and meet us. Together, we can do great things. Come in, be yourself, be brilliant!




The Ideas Hub was one of only three locations in the UK participating in the Global GovJam. The event brought together public sector professionals and members of the public to redesign better public services. The GovJamSX event ran at the Hub on the 10th and 11th of June, and small teams met to prototype innovative approaches to challenges faced by the public sector. The event was open to anyone who wanted to share ideas and perspectives, and everyone shared ideas and learned more about how the world works.


Get Involved…

The Ideas Hub is what we the community make it. Since we launched on the 22nd of September 2012, the hub has been the venue for more than 700 creative and community events, workshops and meet ups.  We also support local start-ups and groups to grow their enterprises or community projects, by providing flexible, affordable event and workshops spaces, as well as a co-working facility and meeting space.

Getting involved in community activities is a great way to get to know your fellow Chelmsfordians, develop new skills and give something back.  And make no mistake, it takes a lot of time and commitment to keep the Ideas Hub running, so we are always looking for volunteers for tasks ranging from hosting, design, social marketing, admin and more. Please click this link or mail hosts@ideashubchelmsford.org to learn more.


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