BRAINTREE Council’s new chairman paid a visit to a community hub as part of a week meeting individuals, community groups and businesses across the district.

Andrew Hensman visited the Witham Community Hub, which has been a valued asset for the community since it opened in 2018 as a constituted group, before adding to its range of services by later opening a community fridge.

The hub became a registered charity in February 2020 and continues to thrive, helping residents with a range of services from support groups to a community café and more.

Earlier this year the hub moved over to a new location at Witham’s Grove Shopping Centre, with the hope to expand and offer more services to the public.

As part of the move, the hub was able to benefit from new shop front improvements, thanks to a Braintree Council funding scheme aimed at supporting the growth of businesses and creating an inviting shopping environment for residents and visitors.

Mr Hensman said: “I was delighted to visit Witham Community Hub and meet the volunteers behind a fantastic asset in the town and who were crucial players in supporting the community when they needed it most during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I was particularly interested in the Witham Community Fridge initiative and the huge volume of food that not only helps vulnerable people in the community, but reduces food waste and is saved from going to landfill.

“A huge thank you to the volunteers who continue to offer vital support in the community.”  

Hub founder Tina Townsend said: "We had the absolute pleasure of welcoming Councillor Hensman to the Witham Hub.

“He was given a tour of the facilities, learned about our work for the Witham Community Fridge and discussed the difficulties families are facing in these challenging times, and how we as a charity are working to support through our various schemes.”

Council chairman Mr Hensman is keen to visit businesses and community groups to hear about the work happening across the district.

Those who are interested in a visit can apply in the council’s website at