Chesham Connect has evolved from Chesham Action Partnership (ChAP), a revitalisation group which was established in 2008 to support groups that work to develop and improve Chesham. Since then, we have distributed funds from Chiltern District Council through grants to many varied groups and events in Chesham such as inConcert Chiltern – a multi-area school’s music festival, Lowndesbourne Town Picnic, Christmas In Chesham and Chinese New Year celebrations.
In 2016, the decision was made to restructure the group and to think of new opportunities and new ways we can help our community. As a result we have produced a new mission statement, new aims and objectives, new grant criteria and a new name, Chesham Connect.
Chesham Connect is funded by Chiltern District Council who give a grant to cover running costs and to redistribute to other groups. The Chair of our Executive Committee meets monthly with a representative of Chiltern District Council in order to brief them about progress and activities being undertaken. Chesham Connect holds an annual general meeting in October, to which anyone is welcome, where the projects of the previous year and the plans for the forthcoming year are discussed. All those organisations that have received funding during the year are asked to speak at the AGM about the funded project. Chesham Connect is one of seven Revitalisation Groups that covers a wide area around Chesham including Amersham Old Town, Amersham on the Hill, Great Missenden and Prestwood, Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter, Little Chalfont and whilst each group works independently they meet quarterly to consider shared aims and to swap experiences and good practice.
“Chesham Connect is a brilliant resource for organisations in Chesham. It helps us make links with other organisations, publicise our events and work together to make Chesham a great place to live and work.” – Chiltern CAB