Chelmsford’s Champions celebrated at Hylands House

Extraordinary individuals that make Chelmsford a wonderful place to live have been recognised at this year’s Chelmsford Champions awards. Chelmsford City Council hosted the evening at Hylands House on Thursday 6 June.

The Chelmsford Champion Awards have been running annually since 2016 and were developed to recognise and thank those who have shown commitment to making a positive difference to their neighbourhood. This could be anything from litter picking and planting flowers to doing something creative or leading others to get stuck into improving their local area.

The awards are open to anyone who lives in Chelmsford and the surrounding areas.

This year’s event was bigger than ever before with a total of 34 nominees. The awards were presented by the Love Your Chelmsford Team and the Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer Chelmsford, Councillor Jude Deakin.

Nick Eveleigh, Chief Executive for Chelmsford City Council, MP for Chelmsford Vicky Ford, and event sponsors One Chelmsford (Chelmsford’s Business Improvement District) were also in attendance to help celebrate the great effort of this year’s nominees.

This year’s Champions were:

- Jude Smith — completed lots of litter picks for his Duke of Edinburgh award
- Sonny Taylor— completed lots of litter picks for his Duke of Edinburgh award
- Graham Clarke — litter picks his local area in Springfield
- Helene Mays — regularly attends Love Your Chelmsford events and litter picks her local area
- Helene, Lee, Max and Louise Delaunay — regularly attend Love Your Chelmsford events
- Claire Fry — regularly attends Love Your Chelmsford events
- John Day — regularly attends Love Your Chelmsford events
- Chris Davis — regularly attends Love Your Chelmsford events
- Karen Corbett — organises group litter picks in the Old Moulsham area
- Essex Slalom Squad — regularly attends Love Your Chelmsford events
- Woodville Primary School — who joined us at a Love Your Chelmsford Litter Pick event and are carrying out great work within the school promoting the importance for them to be ‘greener’.
- Margaretting C of E Primary School — The House Captains at the school are working towards
eliminating single use plastics.
- Ellie Butcher — litter picks Admirals, West and Central Parks
- Lester Rush — litter picks his local area and carries out general maintenance around the village
- Louise Alderman — litter picks her local area and attends the Love Your Chelmsford events
- Robert Seabrook — litter picks his local area regularly
- Artin Cornish — is the warden for Galleywood Common and undertakes litter picking
- Alan Bowling — litter picks the Galleywood Common and is a former Neighbourhood Watch
- Asa and Alan Pamphilon — organises and undertakes community litter picking on a regular basis
- The Environmental Group — carries out volunteer work helping to maintain and improve the environment in Galleywood and Great Baddow
- Kathy Smith — litter picks her local area on a regular basis
- Jack and Sophie Adamson — both litter pick near where they live and keep their neighbourhood
looking tidy
- Ayman Syed — has recruited 47 coordinators in the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
- Shannon Rayner — regularly and voluntarily litter picks her local area and actively campaigns
against the use of plastic
- Hugh Dibbens — litter picks his local area and has organised community projects including annual
village litter picks and bulb planting days
- Roy Cumbers — developed a memorial garden to commemorate local people who lost their lives in the two world wars
- Emma Dines — regularly litter picks her local area
- David Stock — has cultivated and transformed green spaces in Boreham into well-loved flower
beds and tidies up and edges paths from one end of the village to another
- Brenda Corney — picks up litter on her journeys and encourages others to get involved in looking
after their local environment

Councillor Jude Deakin said: “I was very proud to present the Champions their awards, to thank them for the tremendous work they do to help improve their local environment in Chelmsford.

“It is wonderful to see so many of our residents having great pride in their local area. The Chelmsford Champions Awards evening is an opportunity to thank those often-unsung community heroes who go out of their way to improve their local environment - whether this is through litter picking or helping to spread the word about being greener as a community.”

If you would like to get involved in litter picking events organised by the Love Your Chelmsford team, visit for more information or email

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