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updated 17th February

Yet another shed break-in, this time in Chishill Road, Heydon in the last couple of days. Padlocks were forced and removed. A petrol hedge cutter, leaf blower and strimmer were taken.
So - make sure your sheds and garages are secured - alarmed if possible - simple very loud alarms can cost less than £10, and security lights are a good idea too.
RS components sell a simple but very effective alarm for less than £7.50 click here.
If you see something suspicious call the police on 101, but if you suspect that a burglary is in progress call 999.

Celebrating 150 years of Great Chishill Cricket Club
Great Chishill Cricket Club is looking forward to a memorable 12 months as the club celebrate its 150th year. Chairman Andrew Drury announced: “Our aim is simply to leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy cricket in our village. In April we will be launching the ‘Chishill Chief’, our very own junior section. We will be offering coaching and games for local children from 4 -11 to nurture their interest and love of the game. We are also planning to install an all weather net facility for everyone in the village to use, young and old! We have a number of other events planned for the year, so please do keep an eye out. For further details, or if you would like to be a part of the celebrations or support the club in any way, you can contact Angus angusgent@gmail.com”.
The celebrations start off with a Pop Up Pub in the URC schoolroom on Saturday 15th February. There will be 2 ales, a range of bottled lagers, wines and spirits will be available. A small, but exciting menu will be served. A children's menu will also be available. Book early for food angusgent@gmail.com to avoid disappointment.

The Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition

On Saturday 22nd February there will be the great Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition party.
This is a very popular annual event raising money for the bell fund. There are more and more entries every year in the 3 categories - 'Nouveau', 'Vintage' and 'Ringer's Delight' - the first two being specifically for Sloe Gin and the 3rd any spirit based fruity tipple. The entry form is now available to download by clicking here. Entries need to be in by 18th February and judging will take place on the 20th.
More information about the bells

The Hundred Parishes Society

The Hundred Parishes Society, a registered charity, was launched in 2014. It is an initiative 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.
Until now, the area’s anonymity has probably been due largely to the lack of a name, so one has been created and the hope is that it will eventually become as well-known as the 'Chilterns' or 'Constable Country'. It is called the Hundred Parishes to recognise that it contains just over 100 administrative parishes, including 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 the new £20 note and its links to Turner's The Fighting Temeraire which in turn links to the captain of the ship and thence to the connections with the Hundred Parishes. From there there may be a connection to Great Chishill - who knows?

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.
Cats U 18th 3pm
Bombshell 15 18th, 19th 8pm
DAn American in Paris U 19th 3pm
Jumanji: The Next Level 12A 20th 3pm
Cyrano de Bergerac PLAY broadcast live from
the Playhouse Theatre, London
20th 7pm
The Personal History of David Copperfield PG 21st 3pm, 8pm
22nd 5pm, 8pm
23rd 5pm
s1917 15 22nd 2pm
Frozen II U 23rd 2pm
Jojo Rabbit 12A 23rd 8pm
Shooting the Mafia 15 24th 8pm
The Cellist/
Dances at a Gathering
BALLET double bill broadcast
live from the Royal Opera House
25th 7.15pm
Joker 15 28th 8pm
Little Women U 29th 3pm
1917 15 29th 8pm
The Personal History of David Copperfield PG 1st March 2pm
In Search of Chopin Film, narrated by Juliet Stevenson 1st March 5pm
Knives Out 12A 1st March 8pm
sMr Jones 15 2nd 8pm
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
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.

Fairport Convention
Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. The tour features a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and new material and will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the much lauded album ‘Full House’ and Dave ‘Peggy’ Pegg’s membership in the band! Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.
Sat 22nd
Clare Hammond
Winner of the 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artists’ award, Clare Hammond is a pianist of immense expressive power, who is passionate about connecting with her audience.
Sun 23rd
Foyer Jazz
Paul Higgs presents a delightful musical tour of the history of jazz, playing hits by the legendary greats – Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker and Miles Davis, among others. He takes the audience through the styles of New Orleans, swing and bebop, through cool jazz, modal and Latin, with an outstanding performance.
Fri 28th
Festival Strings Lucerne with Midori
The incomparable Midori brings together a handpicked team of players from the world-famous Lucerne Festival, for an all-Beethoven celebration that ranges from the epic serenity of his Violin Concerto to the tumultuous energy of his exuberant fourth symphony.
Fri 6th March
Foyer Folk
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar joined forces in 2011. Combining Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with Algar’s All-Ireland winning fiddle playing, the duo have become one of the most sought after acts on the British folk scene.
Sat 7th
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 Personal History of David Copperfield PG Fri 21st, Sat 22nd, Sun 23rd 7.30pm
Sat 22nd 3.30pm
Bombshell 15 Fri 28th, Sat 29th 7.30pm
Spies in Disguise PG Sat 29th 3.30pm
2040 PG Sun 1st March 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
25/02/20:Black Bin
03/03/20: Green Bin and Blue Bin
10/03/20: Black Bin
17/03/20: Blue Bin
Not sure what you can recycle? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

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
Post Office
Mon 7am to 6pm
Tue 1pm to 6pm
Wed 7am to 5pm
Thu 7am to 1pm
Fri 7am to 6pm
Tel 848288
Whist Drives
Following the huge success of the whist drives that were run over the last couple of winters, we are running them again, with the next one set for Friday 21st February. They are held in the URC Schoolroom in Barley Road, with Proceeds to Great Chishill Bell Fund.
You do NOT need to know how to play whist, you do NOT need to come with a partner. Entry fee is only £5 per head. There will be a donation bar, raffle and prizes - fizz for the highest scores and the very popular wooden spoons for the lowest scores. No gambling involved!
We aim to start at 7.30pm sharp so please do not be late. More information from Phil Maynard 838311.

Greater Cambridge Local Plan: The First Conversation
Have you ever walked past a building and wondered how it got planning permission? Are you worried about climate change and how we are going to adapt? Are you trying to buy a house and finding it really difficult?
The Council’s Local Plan is the document that shapes our area’s future and answers these big questions. It covers the key themes of climate change, biodiversity and green spaces, wellbeing and social inclusion, and great places. It will affect what kind of new homes get built and where, where businesses can grow and how buildings, streets and spaces should be designed. As a result, the Local Plan affects all of us – yet most people have never even heard of it.
For the first time ever, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are preparing a joint Local Plan for the Greater Cambridge area. They are starting a 'big conversation' with the community, with many different ways to get involved, online and offline, on Monday 13 January. See how you can get involved at greatercambridgeplanning.org.

Click on this picture to view itFebruary 2020 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
There was no newsletter for August

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

Forthcoming Events


URC Schoolroom, Barley Road FRIDAY 21st February, 7.30pm (sharp please!) £5.


Stackyard Cottage (by kind invitation of Jean and Peter Wiseman) Saturday 22nd February, 8pm £6 per head for non-competitors. Please bring a bottle and a plate of finger food (co-ordinating with Jean). The entry form and more information available to download by clicking here.

Scottish Dancing

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Monday 24th February, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome - you don't need a partner or any previous experience. Very relaxed and a good giggle AND a wee dram at half time.


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 1st March, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.

From London to Kabul via Mogadishu

Discover the life of a UK Counter Terrorist Officer. Saturday 7th March, Great Chishill Village Hall, 7pm Tickets £10 from E. Knobel-Forbes on 838781 or Jenny Leitch 837073
Click for more information

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

Youth club dates to follow

New Telephone Number
There is now a Freephone number for all the practices in the group, including Barley. 0300 234 5555 The individual surgery numbers will continue to work for the next few months.
You can now pre-book evening and Saturday appointments at Barley Surgery. Granta Medical Practices have announced that Barley patients can now ask to see a doctor (pre-booked only) up to 8.00 pm on Mondays, and until 10.30 am one Saturday per month. Pre-bookable telephone consultations will also be available on Sundays and Bank Holidays – contact Granta for more information.


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.

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.
Great Chishill 'URC' has been going through a season of change with the Minister moving on to pastures new. At the present time there is a Membership of three, but there is optimism about increasing this number. The congregation has been growing in recent years, notably increasing the average service attendance. This has been while trialing different forms and times of services supported by guest preachers. There is an evening service once a month which has proved to be very popular. For‘special’ services at Christmas, Easter, Advent and Remembrance between forty and one hundred people have been welcomed into the chapel.
The chapel fellowship has become an increasingly important part of village life with a variety of events encouraging people to come together – films, Scottish dancing, concerts, silver surfers’ internet café, whist drives and hosting parties for all ages. 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 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. Click here to see more information and news from the URC.
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

Parish Church Services

23rd February
9am Hamlet
10.45am Heydon

Ash Wednesday 26th February
7.30pm Chrishall
For services after this date please Click here

Other Parish activities, news etc.available here

Click on image above to see latest poster

Messy Church is usually held in Great Chishill village hall from 3-4.30pm on the 4th Sunday of most months.
23rd February. 10.45 Holy Trinity Church, Heydon

Mobile Library Dates
Heydon Road opposite the bus stop, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40
4th March
1st April

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

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.