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Choral Society Raises Money for the Church Restoration Fund
On Saturday 14th March, Royston Choral Society, under the baton of Richard Prince, produced a lovely 'Concert of Choral Surprises' in St. Swithun's Church. This was a mix of music ranging from Bach's 'Sanctus' to Paul Simon's 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters'. The programme also included several pieces performed superbly by guest flautist Kirstey Gunn. The concert was well supported, boosting the restoration fund. The choir has several members from Great Chishill and surrounding villages. You can find out more about the choir at RoystonChoralSoc.org.uk

Great Chishill Youth Club
Youth Club meets at the Village Hall on Tuesdays from 7-9pm
If you would like to know more about the club, click on the Jan 2015 newsletter picture on the left

Fed up with poor Broadband Speed?

If you can see the mast at Barkway from your house then for as little as £12.50 per month you can have broadband thats probably about 8 times faster than you can get with BT in the Chishills area! If you would like to know more, give Buzcom a call on 0330 223 0326

Village Hall Bookings
Click here to see the diary It is now possible to have a look at the Village Hall diary. Simply click on the picture of the calendar to see it. (the diary will open in its own window).
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.
Big Hero 6 PG 28th, 29th 2pm
sTrash 15 29th 5pm
30th 8pm
Inherent Vice 15 29th 8pm
Felix PG 30th, 1st Apr 3pm
Shaun the Sheep Movie U 31st 3pm
2ndA, 3rd 2pm
Fifty Shades of Grey 18 31st, 2nd 8pm
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny 12A OPERA broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
1st Apr 7.15pm
Kingsman: The Secret Service 15 2nd 5pm
Selma 12A 3rd, 5th 5pm
3rd, 4th, 5th 8pm
Romeo & Juliet PG BALLET from the
Bolshoi in Moscow
4th 3pm
Paddington PG 5th 2pm
The Imitation Game 12A 6th 2pm
Testament of Youth 12A 6th 5pm
The Duke of Burgundy 18 6th 8pm
A Autism-friendly screening s Subtitled
27th - 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 new venture set up in the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School. The vision is to inspire through music and the arts. An impressive opening season 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.

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
Elgar’s Violin Concerto is paired with Dvořák’s penultimate symphony.
Sat 18th April
7.30pm
Arcangelo
Jonathan Cohen’s dynamic Arcangelo ensemble perform Monteverdi madrigals of love and loss
Sun 19th April
7.30pm
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Maestro Jiří Bělohlàvek and the Czech Philharmonic perform masterpieces of their joint musical heritage.
Sat 25th April
7.30pm
Colin Currie Group
Virtuoso percussionist Colin Currie leads his ensemble in three mesmerising works by Steve Reich.
Sun 26th April
7.30pm
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 SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL PG Fri27th 7.30pm
Sat28th 12.30pm, 3.30pm, 7.30pm
Sun29th 5pm
SHAUN THE SHEEP U Fri 3rd 5pm
Sat 4th 3.30pm
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY 18 Fri 3rd, Sat 4th 7.30pm
IMITATION GAME Fri 10th 7.30pm
PADDINGTON U Sat 11th 3.30pm
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Sat 11th 7.30pm
STILL ALICE Sun 12th 5pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
Saturday 04/04/15:Black Bin
Saturday 11/04/15:Green & Blue Bins
17/04/15:Black Bin
24/04/15:Green & Blue Bins

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

Take me to the airport

In June 2007 we set up the 'Airport Club'. This is a 'self help' group in which a user gets a 'free' journey to the airport in return for taking someone else.
When you join the group you are allocated 6 points. Every time you take someone to the airport (Stansted or Luton) you get a point and everytime you are taken you lose a point. Phil Maynard is the point of contact - email him with your requirements and he finds someone available. All 'deals' are confidential.
To date, there have been more than 230 requests for transport and only twice has it not been possible to supply. Obviously, the more people who are in the group the easier it is to satisfy all needs, so if you think that you would like to join, email Phil - pm@maynardprojects.co.uk - for more details.
Click on this picture to view itApril 2015 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

Annual Sloe Gin Competition Results

The annual results party took place on Saturday 21st February at Hall Farm by kind invitation of Peter and Jean Wiseman.
As usual there were 3 classes of entry and the results were
First
Second
Third
NouveauChris CartwrightNeil HeywoodClive Williams
VintageNeil HeywoodPeter WisemanStella Russell, Sue Maynard
Ringers' DelightStella Russell
Wild Plum Vodka
Stella Russell
Sloe Vodka
Neil Heywood
Blackberry Vodka
PresentationStella RussellPicture shows Neil Heywood collecting his third certificate of the evening!

Christmas Cards 2015 - Competition

We are looking for winter scenes of Great Chishill. It could be a photograph, drawing or painting no larger than A4. Categories are age 7-11, 12-18 and 18+. Entries will be accepted from 1 January – 31 March (entrance fee 50p) with the winning six entries being turned into the Great Chishill 2015 Christmas card pack.
The cards will go on sale towards the end of the year with proceeds going to the St Swithun’s Appeal. You can collect an entry form from the church or print one off from here
Show us your creative side and enter now!

Church Report Not Good News
The church had its 5 yearly architech's inspection last August and at an open meeting in St Swithun's church on 30th June the full extent of his report was revealed.
For hundreds of years the church has stood as a local landmark and the centre of the community. It has withstood attacks upon it by Oliver Cromwell, a devastating village fire and the collapse of its tower, but now it is falling into disrepair due to the ravages of time. The architect's report calculates that around £200,000 needs to be spent on it in the next 5 years.
Your can see the presentation and how you can help by clicking here.

Forthcoming events to support the cause include Royston Choral Society in concert March 14th, Music Quiz Night, Parish Cricket Tournament, Summer Ball, Rugby World Cup celebrations and more,
Suggestions and offers of help welcome!
And now.. there is a Facebook page. Visit it Here
For more information on the proposed restoration or to make a donation to the fabric fund, please contact Appeal Committee Chairman, Angus Gent on 01763 838941 or angusgent@gmail.com our Parish Manager Erica Debnam on 01763 837272 or office@icknieldwayparish.com

Forthcoming events

MIDSUMMER BALL In aid of St Swithun’s Appeal Fund on Saturday 20th June, Great Chishill Playing Fields. Tickets £70 each, or early bird discount £60 each, if purchased before 31st March. Champagne Cocktail Reception from 7pm Entertainment will include: live music from : ‘Back to the 80s’ For ticket information and sales please email:stswithunsball@gmail.com or phone: Clare on 838100 or Kathey on 837285

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


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

Thursday 2nd April (Maunday Thursday)

7pm Hamlet

Friday 3rd April (Good Friday)

2pm Heydon

Sunday 5th April (Easter Day)

9.00am Little Chishill
10.40am Elmdon


St Swithun's Church,
Great Chishill

St Nicholas,
Little Chishill

United Reformed Church

Services at 9.30 on 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
next service 12th April
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

History
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
10th April
8th May
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
8.9km
7.4Km
or
4.5Km
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 and Sun 7am 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