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Playground Update

Fundraising has started for the refurbishment of the village playground.
On 14th October to kick off the fundraising there was a successful afternoon of footie fun and afternoon tea in the village hall)
This was followed on 18th November by a Dinner, Dance and Auction of Promises in the Village Hall which raised over £4000.

In addition, there will be a Christmas Tree festival in the URC and Tess is organising the 'Village Advent Calendar' again this year, both events raising money for the playground.
If you would like to make a donation to this exciting project, please click on this link to the GoFundMe site

Christmas is Coming

Tessa Gent writes ' As a Festive Fundraiser in aid of the Village Playground Refurbishment fund there will be two events held this year. The Annual Village Advent Windows Trail and a Christmas Tree Festival.
We, as a village have so many clubs, groups and societies, that bring a great deal of pleasure and entertainment to so many people, something to be very proud of and something we should celebrate.
Advent Windows
This year's theme incorporates two little elves. The idea being people will hopefully download the quiz from here, enjoy a tour around the village and donate via a link to the Playground Just Giving Page.
The first few addresses are
1st. 'Still the Manse'7 Barley Rd, 2nd 6 New Road, 3rd 39 Heydon Rd, 4th 61 Heydon Rd, 5th 1 Barley Rd, 6th 5 The Pudgell, 7th 62 Heydon Rd.

Christmas Tree Festival
Trees will be decorated by members of groups and clubs in the village, who will will buy them and decorate them in the URC chapel. The trees will be ready for the weekend of December 9th and 10th, culminating on the Sunday with Mulled wine,turkey rolls, soup hot dogs, cakes and Toasted Marshmallows from 12.00 and Carol Singing around the Trees at 3pm. The trees are then free to return to members' own fire side!

You can contact Tess on tessgent@gmail.com.
See the 2020 windows or Click here for the 2021 windows

Whist Drives are back

As a fund raising venture for the Great Chishill Bell Fund we will be running monthly Whist Drives in the URC Schoolroom over the winter months, the next one being on on Saturday 16th December.
This is a good opportunity for people to meet up over a glass of wine and a simple card game. You do not need to know how to play Whist as all is explained on the night. You do not need to come with a partner as the ‘Drive’ part of the event is moving around the room and playing with different people, so that you will probably meet everyone during the course of the evening.
With a donation bar, a raffle, prizes and a low entry fee of £5, a fun evening is guaranteed.
Everyone is welcome, especially new arrivals in the village. All we ask that you arrive by 7.30 so that we can all start playing at the same time.
Card payments now accepted. More information from Phil on 07889 655327

It's that time of year again!

The countryside around has loads of sloes just waiting for you to go and pick them. When you've got a good handful you can make Sloe Gin. When you've made your Sloe Gin you can enter it into the Great Chishill Annual Sloe Gin Competition which takes place in February. If you have made some in the past and have not managed to drink it all you can enter your previous year's entry into the 'Vintage' category. If gin and/or sloes are not your thing you could make other fruit flavoured spirits based drinks and enter them into the 'Ringers Delight' category.
At the present time we have a provisional date for the competition judging of Thursday 22nd February and then on Saturday 24th there will be a party when evryone can sample all the entries. More details to follow, but in the meantime, get picking! Proceeds to Great Chishill Bell Fund.

The Windmill
From John Wahlich We have just finished our Summer round of 14 Open Sundays at the windmill. Our thanks to everyone who came along. I speak for myself and the other guides when I say how much we enjoy showing people round our lovely mill. Due to the generosity of our visitors we have raised almost £2,200. These funds will help keep the mill in good condition over the winter.
We’re always on the lookout for more guides so if you’re interested let us know. It’s not very onerous and its good fun. If you’d like to visit the mill, weren’t able to make one of our Open Days and can’t wait until we start these again from April next year, then send us an email and we can arrange an ad hoc tour.
We’re planning to issue a windmill calendar and windmill cards in the near future. If you have any pictures of the mill that you think should be shared then we’d love to see these and include them if possible.
We will have a stall at the Great Chishill Craft Fair, Saturday 2nd December in St Swithun’s Church. Hope you can make it!


Speeding through Great Chishill and Heydon continues to be a problem, so the combined Parish Councils are looking to work together to restart the Speedwatch scheme. If you have time to spare and would like to be involved, please contact Sarah Scott, clerk to GC Parish Council on clerk@greatchishillpc.com.

The Hundred Parishes Society

The Hundred Parishes Society was launched in 2014 in an attempt to raise awareness of a large area of northwest Essex, northeast Hertfordshire and southern Cambridgeshire that is particularly notable for its exceptional depth of heritage.
The Society is so called to recognise that it contains just over 100 administrative parishes which includes Great and Little Chishill.
The website is www.hundredparishes.org.uk
An article is produced each month with news or information of interest to the area. This month, the article is about Poppyheads or Finials.
Picture above is at Hatfield Broad Oak.
Much Hadham

Saffron Screen
Saffron Screen is your not-for-profit independent community cinema based within Saffron Walden County High School. The professional auditorium boasts a full size screen, 200 cinema seats, Dolby Digital surround sound and both 35mm and digital projection equipment. Ticket and refreshment prices are kept low to benefit all and parking is free.
Please note that the programme is no longer available on this site.
For full details see website www.saffronscreen.com

For full details see website www.saffronscreen.com

Saffron Hall

Saffron Hall is an exciting venture set up in the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School. The vision is to inspire through music and the arts.
Exceptional adjustable acoustics. Ample FREE parking.

See Whats On for more details

www.saffronhall.com Box office 0845 548 7650
Parish Services

Youth Club runs every 2nd & 4th Tuesday in term time from 6.30-8.00pm in Great Chishill Village Hall.
The club is for all local young people from age 10. New starters warmly welcomed, and any new volunteers!
Contact Emily on 07900 243491
Saturday 9th December
6.00pm Candlelight Carol Service with the Chishill Voices at St Swithun’s Great Chishill
Sunday 10th December
9.00am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity HEYDON
6.00pm Carol Service with IWP choir at St Nicholas Church, ELMDON
Saturday 16th
3.30pm Carol Service with Royston Town Band at Holy Trinity HEYDON
Sunday 17th
9.00am Holy Communion at Hamlet Church DUDDENHOE END
10.45AM Carol Service with IWP choir at Holy Trinity CHRISHALL

Please see here for all church news and information.

Parish Bulletin available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
12/12/23:Black Bin
19/12/23: Blue Bin and Green Bin
Wednesday 27/12/23:Black Bin
2/01/24: Blue Bin

Not sure what goes in which bin? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

Thriplow Dump

There is now no need to book a slot. .
Gravel Pit Hill, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire SG8 7HZ
Tel: (01223) 839001
Opening hours:
8am to 4pm everyday excluding Bank Holidays, 1st October to 31st March

Fancy a Walk?
Circular Walks from Great Chishill 13.3Km
or, if you want to go further afield, Hundred Parishes Walks More than 50 FREE walks to download.

Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 8am to 6.30pm
Sat 8am to 2pm
Sun 9am to 2pm

Post Office
See Post Office Website for opening hours
Tel 848288

Looking for an Interior Designer?

Check out the Businesses page on this site. Lots of other local goods and services there too.

Forthcoming Events

Bring your own Vinyl

The Pheasant Every Monday 6-9pm Dust off your old records, head down to The Pheasant and give them a spin for old times sake.

Pie Night

The Pheasant Every Wednesday 6-9pm Choose from a selection of phenomenal homemade pies.

Boozy Bites

The Pheasant Every Friday 4-6pm
The Pheasant's version of Happy Hour - you buy the drinks, they supply the Bites

New Age Kurling



The Pheasant Every Saturday 10.30-11.30am


A fun and light-hearted approach to... Scottish Dancing URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Every Monday, 7.30-9pm Partners are actively encouraged but certainly not essential! £5.00 for each person per session. To include a wee dram afterwards...!
No experience needed, just a sense of humour!  

Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th December in the URC.



Blinded by the Light URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Tuesday 12th December, 7.30pm A contribution of £7 per person will include a FREE glass of wine and nibbly bits!
For further details or to book your place on the sofa contact Tess on 07721 398642 or tessgent@gmail.com.  


St Swithun's Church Wednesday 13th December 10am to MiddayCome and enjoy some tea, coffee, cake and chat at St Swithun’s Great Chishill.
Children’s corner available. All welcome.  

Quiz Night

The Pheasant Wednesday 13th December 7.30pm Book your team of up to 6 NOW 838535


Sloe Gin Competition Party

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Saturday 24th February 2024 Details to follow.

Get your event listed here by emailing webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk or phone 838311

Save the Children Quiz Sheet

Get your Quiz Sheet from Barley Stores, Foxton Village Shop, Liz on 01763 838172, Kate on 01763 838511 or Vanessa on 07939 121753. Entries by January 15th

Village Newsletter

Click on this picture to view itDecember 2023 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
If you have any items to be included in the January newsletter, please contact Will Parsons on wllprsns@gmail.com by 19th December
If you have trouble downloading or viewing the newsletter it may be because you do not have the latest version of Adobe Reader.
Back numbers of Newsletters here

Village Hall Bookings
Click here to see the diary It is possible to have a look at the Village Hall diary online. Simply click on the picture of the calendar to see it. (the diary will open in its own window).
Please treat this calendar as a guide only as some events may be provisional.
If you would like to make a booking, please email chishillvh@gmail.com

Great Chishill United Reformed Church

There has been a ‘Congregational chapel’ on the site of the present United Reformed Church for over 400 years and we are very much planning for the future.
On a Sunday you are guaranteed a warm welcome, with services held on the first and third Sundays of the month. Whether a morning or evening service the duration will be around 45 minutes with a time of friendship and fellowship afterwards in the schoolroom (usually with splendid refreshments).
The church is part of a Linked Pastorate of 5 churches, Great Chishill, Bassingbourn, Buntingford, Fowlmere and Melbourn, and now has a new Minister. Her name is Sue Fender. She is married to Alex and has two adult children living in the north of England.
Sue trained as a Piano Tuner Technician at the London College of Furniture. Music is a large part of her life and includes swimming and working with stained glass amonst her other interests. She worked for many years as an office manager in a primary school before retraining for the ministry at Westminster College, Cambridge.
The present pattern of services is for a 6pm evening service on the first Sunday of the month and for a 9.30 morning service on the third Sunday of the month.
Next service - Christmas morning at 10am.

Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill


An Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) has been installed on the wall of the sports pavilion facing the car park.
In the event of a cardiac arrest, upon calling 999 the caller is given the location of the nearest AED and the code to unlock it.
The device gives easy to follow verbal instructions, is safe to use, and will only operate if it is appropriate.
More information about Defibrillators.

Mobile Library Dates
Heydon Road opposite the bus stop, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40
6th December
3rd January

Melbourn Library Opening Times
Monday to Friday 2-4pm
Saturday 10am–2pm

Local History

Chris Allan from Barley sent us a copy of an article about Great Chishill published in 'The East Anglian' in October 1966. It contains interesting old photos including The Plough, Rectory Cottage, the Church Tower and the Windmill. See the whole article here.

To find out about the history of our villages read an extract from 'A tale of two villages' by the late Lorna Prior together with the Doomsday Book entry.