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Wreaths for Christmas
A choice of 6 different wreaths to order from Tess in aid of the St Swithuns Church Appeal. Contact her at tessgent@gmail.com 01763 838941 or 07721398642

Christmas Cards
Following the Christmas photo competition earlier this year, special Great Chishill Christmas cards are now available in aid of St. Swithuns.
The cost is £6.00 for a packet of 12 cards available from Judy Saunders 12, Hall Lane.

Return of the King's Men
By popular request, the King's Men - The Choral Scholars of King's College, Cambridge will return to St.Swithun's. Great Chishill, on Sunday 6th December at 7pm.

Tickets available from Tess Gent ~ 01763 838941, or tessgent@gmail.com and Parish Office ~ 01763 837272 or office@icknieldwayparish.com
Click on the 'At the Crossroads' picture to download the poster.

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.

Youth Club

Fire-Fighters visit Gt Chishill Youth Club
The Gt Chishill youth club were very excited to welcome a team of fire fighters from the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. The youth club members were given a safety talk and reminded about the importance of keeping safe and not playing with matches/lighters. We were told how important it is that the fire service is available to attend emergency situations and not have their time taken up by nuisance fires.
After the talk the group were very excited to be given the opportunity to sit in the fire engine and find out about some of the breathing equipment used to help keep fire fighters alive when tackling a blaze, the cutting equipment and the ‘jaws of life’.
Before leaving the fire fighters reminded us about the importance of a smoke alarm, and how it needs to be tested weekly. If you do not have a smoke alarm, please contact the fire service who will be able to offer a home visit to supply and fit one for you free of charge. We asked many questions about the fire service, and were even told to stop, drop and roll if we ever found that our clothes were on fire.
We are very grateful to the fire service for joining us during their own time with some very important safety messages.
*On a final note, one in ten burns on children are from hair straighteners. Please ensure they are turned off and kept out of the reach of children.*
Click on the picture for the full screen version of the Youth Club newsletter.

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.
sPalio 12A F 23rd 8pm
Suffragette 12A F 27th, 28th 8pm
29th 5pm
Hotel Transylvania 2 U 28th 10am
29th 2pm
Branagh Theatre Live:
The Winter’s Tale
from the Garrick Theatre
28th 3pm
Crimson Peak 15 F 29th, 30th 8pm
Goya – Visions of Flesh and Blood 12A ART EXHIBITION
from the National Gallery
1st Dec 7.30pm
The Mikado 12A OPERA
broadcast LIVE from English National Opera
3rd Dec 7.20pm
Sicario 15 4th, 5th 8pm
Hotel Transylvania 2 U 5th 2pm
Pan PG 5th 5pm
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.

BBC Concert Orchestra
Friday Night is Music Night – Ken Bruce presents a special recording of BBC Radio 2’s weekly music show
Wed Nov 25th
Benjamin Grosvenor & Escher Quartet
The award-winning Essex musician is joined by the Escher Quartet performing piano quintets by Dvorák & Brahms
Fri Nov 27th
Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
An all-Russian programme brings together three masterpieces of the Romantic repertoire
Sun Nov 29th
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 Martian 12A Fri 27th, Sat 28th 7.30pm
Macbeth 15 Fri 4th, Sat 5th Dec 7.30pm
Minions U Sat 5th Dec 3.30pm
Brooklyn U Sun 6th 5pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
27/11/15:Black Bin
4/12/15:Green & Blue Bins
11/12/15:Black Bin
18/12/15:Green & Blue Bins
Note. This will be the last Green bin collection until 15th Jan

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 270 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.
Time to be making
SLOE GIN With the blackthorn bushes absolutely dripping with Sloes, now is the time to be thinking ahead to the Great Chishill Sloe Gin competition, which takes place every February. There are usually at least 20 entries for the competition, but the more the merry as every year there is a Sloe Gin party when all the entries can be sampled. So - get picking and look out on this site for information on how to enter.

Click on this picture to view itNovember 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

Windmill Dance Group

We started in September as absolute beginners but by the end of November had made really good progress on five dances - waltz, slow rhythm, quickstep, cha-cha and rumba. The group has settled down to around 16; not everyone makes every week but the pace is geared to helping people catch up. It has been a most enjoyable time, both for those learning and those teaching, and the Trust has benefitted by over £500. In fact it has been so successful that the group intends to continue classes in the New Year and maybe even organise a dance so that we can put into practice what we have learnt.
Classes next year start on Jan 8 and continue through to Feb 12. There will be revision of the dances covered so far, some new moves, a start on the jive, and maybe even the tango. Look out for further announcements or contact David McKeown on 838087, email mckeown.david@gmail.com if you would like to discuss the possibility of joining in and helping a good cause.

Great Chishill United Reformed Church

There has been a non-conformist Chapel tucked away down Barley Road for 321 years. Gone are the days when services were held every Sunday in the morning and evening with the children attending Sunday school in the afternoon.
Our records show that up to 120 people from the local farming community came and stayed all day celebrating Harvests, Christmas and Easter in their family groups. Today we worship on the second and fourth Sunday in the month but sometimes with a congregation of 3 or 4. Our minister Revd. Duncan Goldie is responsible for four URC churches in the area and conducts worship starting at 9.30am which enables him to conduct worship in another of our linked churches at 11 am.
Although small our congregation is very loyal we would love to have more people to worship with, our services are conventional non-conformist and we are lucky to have our own organist accompanied by Duncan on his cornet at all our services.
Some years ago we replaced our kitchen and toilet facilities and this enables us to let out our school room for children's parties, wakes and other community events. The "Church Mice" from the parish church meet here twice a month as do a newly formed church youth group.
At our last church meeting we had a long discussion on the short and long term future of our church including the possibility that after 321 years we may have to close the church. This is not something we wish to do but feel that our very small congregation is no longer viable.
We would give a very warm welcome to anyone attending our Sunday worship for the first time. Please contact Rosemary on 01763 838708 if you would like to learn more about us.
Services are at 9.30 on 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
next service 13th December
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

Forthcoming events

Wine Circle Friday 27th November, hosted by Fiona Colbeck, Chrishall Grange. 836908

Local Crafts, Christmas Trees & Wreaths, Christmas Cakes, Hot Dogs & Christmas Baking
Proceeds to: Gt Chishill Windmill Trust and St Swithun’s Restoration Appeal
Kindly supported by Tom and Ellie Mead
Contact: Lindsay Crawley, Tel: 838897

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

Sunday 29th November

9.00am Strethall
10.40am Chishill Village Hall

Other Parish activities, news etc.available here

St Swithun's Church,
Great Chishill

St Nicholas,
Little Chishill

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
11th December
8th January
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 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