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Whist Drive

Whist Players Following the very successful Whist Drives held in the URC schoolroom earlier in the year we will be holding another one on Saturday 21st October
For those who don't know, a whist drive consists of lots of people playing the card game whist - 4 people in each game. The winners of a game move on to play the next table to make a new 'foursome' and so on, so it is a great opportunity to mix and meet new people. The intention is to have fun and not take it too seriously. The evening raises money towards the restoration of St Swithuns' bells.
You do not need a partner and you do not need to know how to play. Nibbles will be provided and there will be a donations bar.

Royston and District Choral Society Prepare for Christmas
RCS Presents J.S.Bach’s joyous and beautiful Christmas Oratorio on Saturday18th November 7.30 pm at Royston Parish Church.
Jenny Leitch, RCS's press officer and Great Chishill resident says 'We are familiar with the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ tradition, but within those 12 days were major feast days. As well as Christmas Day, the Annunciation to the shepherds was celebrated on December 26th, the Adoration of the shepherds on December 27th and so on, culminating in the Adoration of the Magi on Twelfth Night. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is in six parts each intended for performance on one of those feast days.
With soloists Nina Bennett, soprano, Tom Verney, counter tenor and Laurence Williams, bass, making a welcome return, and the orchestral talents of East Herts Sinfonia, this promises to be an uplifting and memorable concert.'
Tickets £15, Concessions £12, School Students £1, Available from Choir members; Online at https://bit.lyRCSNov2017, Caroline Franks Tel 01920 822723 – email caroline.franks@rf152.co.uk and on the door
For information about the choir see www.roystonchoralsoc.org.uk

Scottish Dancing Returns

Scottish Dancing classes started again on Monday 2nd October at 7.30pm in the URC schoolroom and will run initially at least for 6 weeks (Not 23rd October). Last winter this proved to be a lot of fun. No previous experience is necessary, just come along and give it a go. Be prepared to spend as much time laughing as dancing!!

News from the Windmill
There has been very real progress with our project in the last few weeks as evidenced by the scaffolding surrounding the mill and the holes that have appeared where weatherboards have been removed. We also have good news to report on fund-raising but then, almost inevitably, news of yet more work necessary.
Inspection of the timbers of the mill has revealed both good and bad news. The main supporting timbers (side girts) are less rotted than feared and, with simple steel straps and plates across a couple of cracks, should last at least another 100 years. The corner upright posts have all suffered quite badly with the constant ingress of water and all need attention. It looks, though, that we will not need to replace them as the millwright has a plan to cut 50mm from their outer faces and ‘plate’ them with new green oak to give the required strength and surface on which to attach the new weatherboards.
What was not expected and is the cause of significant extra work was the condition of the main horizontal weather beam that supports the wind shaft holding the sails. So much rot has occurred at its ends that it is no longer securely attached to the corner posts and has tilted forward under the weight of the sails. The sails have had to be removed, the wind shaft propped up and the weather beam removed. The repair to the weather beam will require the addition of a steel joist to give real strength to the structure.
Tony Andrews has taken photos of the removal of the sails. See them here
History of the windmill
The unexpected damage has pushed the total repair estimate up to £118,000 but having granted the project £15,729 towards costs before discovery of the extra work, Historic England’s funding committee reconsidered the position and agreed to increase the grant to around 70% of the requirement. Together with the Sponsor a Board money, other grants and contributions, there is now have sufficient to complete the structural repairs and make the mill weatherproof once more. This will remove it from Historic England’s 'Heritage at Risk’ listing and return it to its position as a public attraction.
Windmill Celebration
The good news regarding the windmill restoration funding was a good reason to celebrate so a party was in order. On Saturday 23rd Sept the village celebrated in the village hall. The Elderly Brothers and Simon Brearley provided the music; Hazel Hayden, Ann Lane and Lindsey Crawley provided a magnificent sausage casserole followed by hot plum cake! Simon Brearley also gave party-goers a set playing his father, Jim’s, guitar – a fitting tribute to the founder of the Trust. When the Elderlies returned, the mood in the audience was so lifted that there was no stopping the dancing. A great time was had by all and, at the last reckoning, the event had raised £973 towards the cause.

£196,000 Lottery Grant!
A couple of years of hard work organising fund raising events, filling in forms, producing policy documents, and plans for community involvement etc has paid off! The DCC have been awarded £196k of National Lottery support to carry out the urgent repairs to the church tower.
A smaller grant in March 2016 was used to investigate the cause of water penetration, which has plagued the tower for many years damaging the fabric of the mediaeval tower arch which is now crumbling badly.
Following this work will start towards the end of August raking out the tower flint work on all elevations, re-pointing with hot lime mortar, consolidating the fabric, improving water shedding from the tower, removing internal plaster and providing better ventilation to help the tower dry out.
The project has also been given funding to install basic facilities, an accessible toilet in the tower together with a water supply and drainage. This wonderful and much loved building will then be more useful to the wider community for meetings and events.

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.
Victoria and Abdul PG 20th, 21st, 22nd 8pm
22nd 5pm
Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor U 21st, 22nd 2pm
23rd 3pm
Napping Princess PG 21st 5pm
sBelle de Jour 18 23rd 8pm
The Emoji Movie U 24th 3pm
Jonas Kaufmann – My Italy U CONCERT DOCUMENTARY 24th 8pm
Summer Holiday U 25th
A 3pm
Victoria and Abdul PG 25th, 26th 8pm
28th s5pm
My Life as a Courgette PG 26th 3pm
The Jungle Bunch U 27th 3pm
28th 2pm
Wind River 15 27th, 28th 8pm
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland BALLET broadcast AS LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
29th 2pm
Howard’s End PG 29th 8pm
sInsyriated 15 30th 8pm
A Autism-friendly screening (No adverts or trailers, Low level lighting throughout the showing, Film sound at a consistently lower volume)
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.

Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson is one of this country’s greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, a musician whose work spans genres and generations.
Sat 21st Oct
Trio Isimsiz
The great Romantics knew that when you combine a piano with two virtuoso string players, you unleash powerful emotions. Beethoven’s Trio Op.1 No.3 is so impetuous that his teacher Haydn urged him not to print it – and Mendelssohn’s Trio No.2 is even stormier. Chamber music on the grandest scale, played by the award-winning young Trio Isimsiz.
Sun 22nd
English Touring Opera: Rameau — Dardanus
ETO is proud to present the first performance in the UK of the 1744 version of Dardanus, Rameau’s undoubted masterpiece. Jupiter’s son Dardanus is in love with Iphise, the daughter of his enemy Teucer – a love that, though reciprocated, is forbidden. So begins a ravishing tale of love in war, containing some of the composer’s finest music including the stunning aria Lieux funestes.
Fri 27th
English Touring Opera: Handel — Giulio Cesare
Giulio Cesare is Handel’s most celebrated opera, and a real clash of titans on stage. A thrilling story of passion and revenge, it features music so beautiful and characters so strong that we have decided to present it complete. Don’t miss this exhilaratingly epic drama, featuring our partner baroque orchestra The Old Street Band and a first-rate cast including Christopher Ainslie in the title role, and Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra.
Sat 28th
Mitsuko Uchida
Mitsuko Uchida is a byword for everything that’s freshest, most thoughtful and most natural about great piano playing. Now, over two beautifully chosen programmes, she undertakes a personal journey through the piano sonatas of her beloved Schubert.
Sun 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 Limehouse Golem 15 Sat 21st 7.30pm
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power PG Thu 26th 8pm
Victoria and Abdul PG Fri 27th, Sat 28th, Fri 3rd, Sat 4th Nov 7.30pm
Goodbye Christopher Robin PG Sat 4th Nov 3.30pm
Complete Diary available here
Click on this picture to view itOctober 2017 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

FLU Jabs
Flu jabs are now available to book at Barley Surgery, High Street, Barley. From Saturday 16th September 8.00am to 2.00pm. You are eligible for the jab if you are pregnant or over 65. Other conditions also qualify for the jab - please check with reception.
If you are not eligible but want a flu jab the surgery is offering private flu jabs through the Granta Pharmacy. Please ask Reception for details.
The surgery can offer pneumonia and shingles to those who are eligible.

Forthcoming Events


URC Schoolroom Mondays for 6 weeks starting 2nd October, 7.30pm(excluding 23rd October) No experience is required, just a sense of humour!


URC Schoolroom Saturday 21st October, 7.30pm
Tickets £5 available from Phil Maynard 838311 (pm@maynardprojects.co.uk) or Jean Wiseman 295002. Tickets will also be available on the door but there will be a limit on numbers so please get your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment. Nibbles provided and a 'donation' bar.

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle Hosted by Neil Heywood, Friday 27th October.


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 5th November, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Rosei on 07720647696 or email rosei@flapperfortunes.co.uk for more info.

Crafts on the Hill

Saturday 2 December, 10am - 4pm, Great Chishill Village Hall. Crafts and gifts made by local crafts people.
Teas and cakes, Hot Dogs, Homemade Soup
Christmas Hand Bell Ringing
Christmas Trees and Wreaths for sale

Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December at St Swithun’s, Great Chishill

Great Chishill United Reformed Church - The Future

There have been great concerns about the falling of numbers in the congregation anxieties have grown that the Chapel is not sustainable. Rosemary and the late Mike Livings 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.
From now onwards services will be held on the first and third Sundays of the month. The next services will be at 9.30 on 5th and 19th November . 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

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

22nd October
9.00am Hamlet Harvest Service
10.40am Elmdon

29th October
9.00am Elmdon Harvest Service
10.40am Chrishall (Pet blessing 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, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40
1st November
6th December
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

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
24/10/17: Black Bin
31/10/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin
07/11/17: Black Bin
14/11/17:Green Bin and Blue 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