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If you have an event coming up, or there is something that you want to tell the whole village about, just email me (webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk) with the details and I'll put it on the site.
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Are you interested in local history?

We're looking for volunteers to help us produce a more interesting leaflet interpreting the history and heritage of the church, as part of our heritage lottery funded project to repair the tower.
It doesn't have to be just about the church fabric, it could include the bells, the war memorial, the churchyard, were there any interesting vicars? etc. etc.
If you'd like to help then please get in touch with Ro Gadian (email 1drakeral@gmail.com)
Look forward to hearing from you.
The picture on the left shows the church tower after it collapsed at the west end - more information required!

The Village Remembers

The annual Service of Remembrance took place on Sunday 13th November and was well attended, with nearly 100 people turning out. The service was led by Simon Bailey who is Chaplain to British Horseracing, and the Last Post was sounded by Stefan Butlin. This remembrance was particularly poignant as it was the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in which 4 young Great Chishill men died.
Read more here
Photos © Neil Heywood Click on pictures for larger version.

Windmill Work Started

A team of Rotary Club volunteers, from Saffron Walden and Royston, cut turves at the windmill site on 17th October marking the start of restoration of the landmark.
The main aim of the Great Chishill Windmill Trust is to preserve the mill in a stable and weather-proof condition for future generations to enjoy. A second phase seeks to make it fit to turn into the wind to allow the restoration of the sails without risk of overstressing the structure.
Whilst permission must be gained for work on the Grade II listed building itself, the committee decided to start visible work on the site by uncovering the fantail track. This is the circular track on which the tail assembly wheels travelled as the mill turned into wind around its central post.
David Telford, President of the Saffron Walden Rotary Club said: “We were happy to help out on such a lovely day with a glorious view and passing interests. Hopefully the exposure of the tail track will add momentum to the restoration project.” Everyone greatly appreciates their splendid work which has brought us a step closer to seeing this icon move with a purpose once more.

Pink Event a Great Success

St Swithun’s Church was pretty in pink for the second week of October, bathed in pink lights to herald operetta trio ‘Pink Champagne’s lively evening of song, laughter and audience participation for St Swithun’s Appeal Fund. Together with our sponsor’s Pinkster gin (and tonic) from Barley, pink champagne and pink-themed canapés the audience of 100 settled down to enjoy a programme ranging from the ‘Champagne Trio’ from Strauss’s Die Fledermaus to an Ivor Novello tribute and extracts from Lehar’s Merry Widow. With a well supported raffle, the £950 raised takes the Appeal Fund over its initial target of £50,000 in two years! The Appeal Committee extends a huge thank you to all who have supported events over the last 2 years.

Wanted - Bar Person
Simon and Ollie are looking for a reliable, personable, hard working person to work behind the bar at our popular village pub - The Pheasant - hours to suit. If you are interested give Simon a call on 838535

Village Hall Bookings
Click here to see the diary It is now 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 telephone Janet Crouch on 838301.

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.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back 12A 9th 8pm
10th 5pm
Trolls U 10th 2pm
I, Daniel Blake 15 10th, 11th 8pm
sEl Sur PG 12th 8pm
No Man’s Land 15 PLAY broadcast LIVE
from Wyndham’s Theatre
15th 6.50pm
Nocturnal Animals 15 16th, 17th, 18th 8pm
AArthur Christmas U 17th 11am
Trolls U 17th, 18th 2pm
I, Daniel Blake 15 17th, 18th 5pm
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World 12A 19th 8pm
Elf PG 22nd 3pm
Inferno 12A 22nd, 23rd 8pm
It’s a Wonderful Life (B&W) PG 23rd 3pm
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 12A 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 1st Jan, 2nd 3pm
A Street Cat Named Bob 12A 27th, 28th, 29th 8pm
The Light Between Oceans 12A 30th, 1st Jan, 2nd 8pm
A Autism-friendly screening s Subtitled line Sold Out
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. The impressive programme includes performances by the school's own ensembles and a host of well known British artists with international reputations.
Exceptional adjustable acoustics. Ample FREE parking.

Jazz in the Foyer
Featuring Dan Forshaw Quartet
Fri 9th December
Michael Morpurgo – The Best of Times
Much-loved author Michael Morpurgo narrates his uplifting Christmas story
Sun 11th
1.30pm, 4.30pm
SWCHS Mid-Winter Concert 2016
A SWCHS concert of vocal music.
Wed 14th
Saffron Walden Choral Society – Messiah
Perennial Christmas favourite Handel’s Messiah performed by our local choral society.
Sat 17th
BBC Concert Orchestra
A celebration of popular Christmas music, songs and carols
Thu 22nd
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Russia’s best comes to Saffron Hall with legendary conductor Yuri Temirkanov
Fri 20th Jan
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.
Currently films are shown on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Magnificent Seven 12A Fri 9th, Sat 10th 7.30pm
Inferno 12A Fri 16th, Sat 17th 7.30pm
Storks 12A Sat 17th 3.30pm
The Light Between Oceans 12A Thu 22nd 7.30pm
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 12A Fri 30th 7.30pm
A United Kingdom 12A Fri 6th, Sat 7th Jan 7.30pm
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 12A Fri 6th, Sat 7th Jan 3.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
16/12/16:Green Bin and Blue Bin
23/12/16: Black Bin
Saturday 31/12/16: Blue Bin
Saturday 7/1/17: Black Bin

Using the Caddy
Please note that the caddy should be used whenever possible for paper - including newspapers and magazines, telephone directories, catalogues, envelopes, shredded paper and junk mail.  
Check what goes in each bin

'Rickshaw Challenge' in Great Chishill

On 18th November the One Show’s 'Rickshaw Challenge' did its final leg of the 470-mile journey from the Scottish market town of Jedburgh to central London, all to raise money for 'BBC Children in Need'.
On this last day, their route from Duxford took them through Chrishall Grange, Heydon, Great Chishill, Shaftenhoe End and Barkway.
The rickshaw was pedalled by six young riders, all of whom have been supported by 'BBC Children in Need' funded projects. The One Show presenter Matt Baker was on the road cycling alongside the team offering support and advice throughout the journey.
There was a good turn out by the people of Great Chishill to cheer them on their way through the village on this final leg from Duxford to London. More information here
Photos © Neil Heywood Click on picture for larger version.
If you took any pictures, please email them to webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk

Great Chishill United Reformed Church - The Future

There have been great concerns about the falling of numbers in the congregation and with Mike and Rosemary Livings moving out of the village to enjoy their new home in Great Shelford, with this our anxieties have grown that the Chapel is not sustainable. They have given 40 years of devoted service to the United Reformed Church in many forms including running the play group and being Secretary and Treasurer between them for the past 23 years. For this we can only thank them most sincerely. As a matter of our huge respect we feel very strongly that it would very wrong to simply close the Chapel without exploring areas of increasing the use of this most charming and useful building.
We are also saying a huge thank you and farewell to Francis Collinge who has decided to retire from being our organist after many years of loyal service. If you know of anybody who would like to play for us for an hour every second week, or just once in a while, I would love to hear from you.
We would very much like to make a concerted effort to raise the profile of the Chapel, the schoolroom and the lovely garden within the village. We would like to make it a really positive facility for the benefit of all of us who live in and around the village.
At present we hold services every second and fourth Sunday at 9.30 - next service 11th December. We are looking to change this in April to the first and third Sunday of the month so the dates do not clash with the parish church. The parish Youth Fellowship meet in the Schoolroom on the second Sunday of each month between 5.00-6.30, run by Helen Williams, (01799 520398).
In addition to the fortnightly services, we are hoping to promote the Chapel with a range of events and activities that will hopefully capture the interest of all ages. We are looking to introduce a library and reading area in the Schoolroom, initially opening once a month, for tea, coffee and cakes. We are also looking to trial a supper evening once a month with a choice of meat or vegetarian menus, and to include wine to accompany your meal.
Click here to see more information about the future of the URC.
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

Click on this picture to view itDecember 2016 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
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

Forthcoming Events

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

Born in a Stable

Royston and District Choral Society’s Christmas Concert in Royston Parish Church on 17 December at 7.30 A candlelit evening of family carols and choral favourites including works by Rutter, Britten, Joubert & Willcocks.Tickets £12 (concessions £9, school students £1) from: Pop-up ticket office at Royston Parish Church Tuesday evenings 7.15-7.45, Choir members, Saffron Walden Tourist Information, Caroline Franks Tel 01920 822723 email caroline.franks@rf152.co.uk or online here

Village Email Directory

We have set up a village email and telephone directory which now has quite a few entries on it.
Access to this directory is limited to those people who supply their own details. Access is via a username and password, issued after you have supplied your details.
Click here to register your details.
If you have registered you can go to the directory here If you have forgotten your password or would like to change it, email webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk

Parish Church Services

Saturday 10th December
3.30pm Heydon Carol Service with Royston Town Band

Sunday 11th December
9am Heydon
10.40am Great Chishill
3.30pm Chrishall Carol Service
6pm Hamlet Carol Service

Sunday 18th December
9am Strethall
6pm Great Chishill Carol Service
6pm Elmdon Carol Service

Other Parish activities, news etc.available 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.

Mobile Library Dates
Heydon Road opposite the bus stop 13.25-14.05
13th January
10th February
Melbourn Library Opening Times
Monday 2.30 to 4.30
Tuesday 2.30 to 4.30
Wednesday 2.30 to 4.30
Thursday 5.00 to 7.00
Friday 2.30 to 4.30
Saturday 10.00 to 12.00

Thriplow Dump

Gravel Pit Hill, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire SG8 7HZ
Tel: (01223) 839001
Opening hours:
8am to 4pm Every day including 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, Walking in Essex More than 50 FREE walks to download, details of all the books, maps and walking groups in the county.

Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 7am to 7pm
Sat 7am to 2pm
Sun 8am to 2pm
Note: The Post Office is now open most of the time when the shop is open, the exceptions being closing at 5pm on Wednesday, 1pm on Saturday and closed all day Sunday
Tel 848288