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Now we are 6

The 5 bells of St Swithun's left on the 3rd February for a total renovation at the bell hangers near Oxford. They came back to us, with our brand new 6th bell on 21st April. The picture shows the new treble bell, upside down all ready to ring at the test ring that took place on 11th May. So we now have 4 bells made in 1686 (James II), one made in 1841 (Victoria) and one specially made for us in 2021 (Elizabeth II).
All the bells are now safely up in the tower and ready to ring as soon as the project has been 'signed off' by all parties involved in the restoration. There may be a few more test or practice rings before they are rung to celebrate the Jubilee.
The clock will be reinstated as soon as it can be arranged with the clock engineer.
It is important to note that none of this work is paid for from church funds, but from our own fundraising, grants and donations. We are still in need of some more money to pay off the final bills
Out next fund raising event is a CEILIDH on 15th July with Cambridge University Ceilidh Band. This is likely to be exceedingly popular, in fact people are already asking about tickets, so look out for further information and order you tickets early.  

Ringing bells is very much a skill, an enjoyable mental and physical activity, open to everyone, church goer or not, all ages, ethnic groups and religions. So if you would like to learn to do this old, traditional and very English skill, please give Phil Maynard a call on 838311 to arrange to have a go at one of the practices, which will be in a church nearby whilst our bells are out of action, and soon in Great Chishill.
If you would like to help, or are interested in more information about ringing or details of the project, have a look at the GREAT CHISHILL BELL RESTORATION PROJECT page.
If you would like to make a donation to the fund see our JustGiving page and don't forget to tick the Gift Aid box which gives us another 25% from the tax man.

Windmill Open Days
A number of Open Days on Sundays through the Summer have been organised, when you can come and be shown the inside of the windmill. It still has all the machinery that the miller used so you get a real feel for what it was like to work in a windmill. And if the wind varies whilst you are there you will feel (and hear!) the mill turning on its post.
All visitors are shown round by a guide and there is no specific charge for a tour but we are very grateful for donations that will help to keep the mill in the condition you now see it.
Dates are:
May 15th
June 5th, 19th
July 3rd and 17th
August 7th, 21st
September 4th, 18th

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 Walks in the 100 Parishes.
The picture on the right is from a walk near Albury.
Hatfield Broad Oak
Near Berden

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.
The Northman 15 13th, 14th 7.30pm
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore 12A 14th 2.30pm
Operation Mincemeat 12A 15th 2pm
Ennio 15 15th 5pm
sCompartment Number 6
(Hytti niro 6)
15 16th 7.30pm
Swan Lake BALLET broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
19th 7.15pm
Downton Abbey: A New Era PG 20th, 21st 7.30pm
22nd 2.30pm, s7.30pm
sBenedetta 18 23rd 7.30pm
A Autism-friendly screening (No adverts or trailers, Low level lighting throughout the showing, Film sound at a consistently lower volume)
DDementia Friendly screening. (see cinema website for details)
s Subtitled       line Sold Out
SDSocially Distanced (1 seat gap between seats)
B Baby friendly - Bring your baby (under 12 months) for a trip to the cinema without worrying about babysitters. There will be changing mats and a comfortable environment for new parents – and a certain amount of noise can be expected!

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
Foyer Jazz: Gabriel Latchin Trio
Gabriel Latchin brings his acclaimed smooth and stylish playing to Saffron Hall for an evening of tasteful, swinging jazz compositions.
Fri 13th May
Penguin Cafe
Arthur Jeffes is a musician, composer, producer and founder of Penguin Cafe. Before settling down to make music he dabbled in Arctic exploring, which became the starting point for him to become a composer in his own right, as the prolonged periods of icy silence inspired original compositions.
Sat 14th May
Cambridge Suzuki Young Musicians Summer Festival Concert
Piano students aged 5-17 years of Stephen & Betty Power perform solo and duets from Beginning to Diploma level, featuring works by Berlin-based UK born composer Charlotte Bray.
Sun 15th May
I Fagiolini: Re-Wilding The Waste Land
One of the most important poetic creations of the 20th century, ‘The Waste Land’ is almost a stream of consciousness, with characters and viewpoints from Medieval legend to Hindu teaching - and even a scene in a bar.
Sat 21st May
American Street Food Feast feat. Elles Bailey
A feast of American classics, blues and roots music, and locally brewed American-style craft beer.
Music from Elles Bailey, the Bristol-based singer, songwriter and bandleader, at the forefront of the British blues and roots scene.
Sat 28th May
Miloš: Homage to Segovia
A feast of American classics, blues and roots music, and locally brewed American-style craft beer.
Every generation produces one superstar classical guitarist, but for sheer charisma, there aren’t many that can touch Miloš.
Sun 29th May
SWCHS Event = School performers
www.saffronhall.com Box office 0845 548 7650

Royston Cinema

The Royston Picture Palace is a community cinema run by the people of Royston and surrounding villages. Although staffed by volunteers, the audience will experience state-of-the-art digital projection onto a 7m screen supported by a 17 speaker digital sound system. The cinema is located in Royston Town Hall, which has undergone a complete refurbishment in preparation for its new role in the community.

The Northman 15 Fri 13th, Sat 14th 7.30pm
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore 12A Sun 15th 2.30pm
Downton Abbey: A New Era PG Fri 20th, Sat 21st, Sun 22nd 7.30pm
Royal Ballet 2021/22 Season: Swan Lake 12A Sun 22nd 2pm
Downton Abbey: A New Era PG Fri 27th 7.30pm
Sun 29th 2.30pm
Elizabeth: A Portrait In Parts Sat 28th, Sun 29th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
17/05/22:Black Bin
24/05/22: Blue Bin and Green Bin
31/05/22:Black Bin
Wednesday 8/06/22: Blue Bin and Green 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 5pm Every day including Bank Holidays, 1st April to 30th September

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.

Looking for a Trained horticulturist passionate about maintaining gardens?

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

Forthcoming Events

Windmill Open Day

Sunday 15th May
All visitors are shown round by a guide and there is no specific charge for a tour but we are very grateful for donations that will help to keep the mill in the condition you now see it.

Pimms and Prosecco O'clock

URC Garden 2nd June. What better way to start the Jubilee Weekend. Platinum Jubilee Celebrations there will Pimms and Prosecco O'clock, with food and licensed cash and card bar and live music from 5pm onwards, in the URC garden. There will be a Special Crown Competition, so PLEASE, EVERYONE, Children, Adults, Parents and Grandparents come and join us wearing your Platinum crown creations, with pride.


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 5th June, 9am to 4pm With tea room offering homemade delights including luxury cakes. Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.

Great Chishill Open Gardens

Sunday 12th June, 2 to 5pm. Teas and Plant sales. For questions or further information contact Andrea Quigley in the Parish Office 837272 or iwp.parishoffice@gmail.com or Angela Patrick-Sutcliffe on 837353 or angela.patrick@btinternet.com.
All proceeds to St Swithun's Church.


Great Chishill Village Hall With Cambridge University Ceilidh Band 15th July Further Details to be announced

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

Village Newsletter

Click on this picture to view itMay 2022 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
If you have any items to be included in the June newsletter, please contact Will Parsons on wllprsns@gmail.com.
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
Parish Services

Sunday 15th May
9.00 am Holy Communion at Hamlet Church Duddenhoe End
10.45 am Café Church at Holy Trinity Chrishall
You can now see the
May edition of the Icknield Way Parish Village Web magazine here.

Please see here for all church news and information.

Click for bigger version
Parish Bulletin available here

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 moinistry 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 - 15th May 9.30am

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
4th May
1st June

Melbourn Library Opening Times
Monday to Friday 2-4pm
Friday Closed
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.

Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 8am to 7pm
Sat 8am to 2pm
Sun 8am to 2pm
Post Office
Mon to Fri 9am to 1pm, 1.30pm to 4pm
Sat and Sun CLOSED
Tel 848288

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.