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The End of an Era
The Pheasant Pub After 18 years of owning and running The Pheasant, Ollie and Simon have decided that the time is right to hang up their aprons and pass the village pub on to new owners. So, The Pheasant has been sold and the new owners, a young couple with a young family, will become the new landlords on 3rd May.
When Ollie and Simon arrived in 1999 the pub was completely run down having slumped from the highs of Denis and Marchella Ryan who sold to a managed pub company in 1993. It took only six years and a succession of poor managers to ruin the business.
With Ollie’s usual gusto within two weeks they were up and open and serving food and have never looked back. Approximately 50,000 fish and chips and 60,000 fillet steaks later Simon is now hanging up his skillet and Ollie is looking forward to a very well deserved retirement.
Mark & Debbie Wicken are moving to Great Chishill from Potter’s Bar and their two young children will be attending Barley school. They plan to extend the building, make their own improvements, and re-open for food again at the weekends.

Scottish Dancing Class
The fun and light hearted Scottish Dancing classes that have been running in the URC Schoolroom (Barley Road) on Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00pm are coming to an end until the autumn. The final class of the season will be on Monday 27th March (ie. no class on 20th). Cost is £3 per person per session. (Includes a wee dram afterwards). Proceeds towards the URC. The classes have been well attended but anyone who hasn't been yet will still be welcome for the final session.
An opportunity to display the new skills will be at the Ceilidh on 21st April. (See Forthcoming Events)

Great Chishill Cricket Club
With spring in the air you can almost smell the linseed in the air as the village cricketer’s wake from their winter hibernation and star to make preparations for the new season. Spring nets have already started at Burloes Farm 8.00 on a Tuesday evening. The nets will be running each week until May 2nd. Having won promotion two seasons in succession we are looking forward to representing the village in the Cambridgeshire Senior leagues, Division 3. Our first game of the season is a ‘friendly’ against our local rivals, Barley, playing for the Hanson Cup, on Saturday April 30th. Our first league match is at home against Cherry Hinton I XI, starting at 1.00. We are a friendly club, always welcoming new members, whether playing, watching, scoring, enjoying cricket tea or indeed an ‘expert’ on the bench, reminiscing about past glories and how the game should be played. If you are at all interested in any further details please contact Angus Gent (angusgent@gmail.com). We look forward to welcoming you to The Meadow. If you would like to follow us online please visit www.gchishill.play-cricket.com

Whist Drive

Whist Players Another successful Whist Drive was held in the URC schoolroom on Saturday 18th March.
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 was a great opportunity to mix and meet new people. The intention was to have fun and not take it too seriously and that ambition was realised as the evening was a great success. The evening raised a total of £215.50 towards the restoration of St Swithuns' bells.
The organisers had anticipated that the next whist drive would be after the summer, but there were so many people keen to play again soon, that the decision was taken on the night to set the date of the next one to Sat 13th May, in the URC Schoolroom at 7.30pm (Sharp).

A big thank you to everyone who contributed.

Prepare to be moved by Royston & District Choral Society’s Spring Concert

Royston & District Choral Society’s Spring Concert features two pieces appropriate to the Christian season of Lent, John Rutter’s ‘Requiem’ and Gerald Finzi’s ‘Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice’.
With Andrew O’Brien conducting, James Perkins supporting on the organ, Haileybury Consort and Soloist, Milly Watmough this promises to be a very moving performance.
Saturday March 25th 7.30 pm St Mary’s Church, Standon. Tickets £12, concessions £9, school students £1. (See Forthcoming Events)
The next Open Rehearsal for aspiring new members is Tuesday April 25thh 7.45, Royston Parish Church.

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 note that at the present time this does not appear to work using Internet Explorer!
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.
The Artist’s Garden:
American Impressionism
Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut
21st 7.30pm
Hacksaw Ridge 15 24th, 25th 8pm
The Lego Batman Movie U 25th, 26th 2pm
Loving 12A 25th 5pm
26th 5pm, 8pm
Certain Women 12A 27th 8pm
Madama Butterfly OPERA broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
30th 7.15pm
Prevenge 15 31st 8pm
The Lego Batman Movie U 1st, 2nd April 2pm
La La Land 12A 1st 5pm
20th Century Women 15 1st 8pm
2nd 5pm, 8pm
Sing U 2nd A11am
sDancer 12A 3rd 8pm
Sing U 6th 3pm
Twelfth Night PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the National Theatre
6th 7pm
Beauty and the Beast PG 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th 2pm, 5pm
11th 11am, 3pm
Fences 12A 7th, 8th, 9th 8pm
sThe Salesman
12A 10th 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.

Saffron Walden Choral Society – There was a Child
Francis Poulenc’s spacious and monumental Gloria is one of the greatest sacred works of the twentieth century and is fully deserving of its immense popularity. This exceptionally melodious work partners the Dove perfectly.
Sat 25th Mar
SWCHS Spring Concert 2017
There are over 400 instrument and singing lessons delivered weekly in the music department at County High and many of the students receiving these join one or more of the ensembles that rehearse regularly. This concert aims to give a glimpse into this busy world of music making and presents a varied programme that we hope will entertain and inspire!
Wed 29th Mar
Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
Mentored by none other than Quincy Jones, the prodigiously talented young Cuban pianist is rapidly amassing international plaudits, reflected in his standout performance as a special guest on the BBC Proms tribute to Quincy Jones in August 2016. His expansive style combines a breath-taking technique with a tirelessly inventive imagination, and adds a his own individual response to the traditions of his native Cuba. His Saffron Hall debut sees him playing the music from his most recent recording, “Tocororo” – telling his own personal story through the legend of Cuba’s national bird – a tale of freedom, travel and cultural cross-pollination.
Thu 30th Mar
Uppingham School Concert Choir: Mozart Requiem
Formed by over three hundred pupils and thirty staff, and accompanied by a professional orchestra, Uppingham School Concert Choir presents a performance of Mozart’s incomparable Requiem. Left unfinished at the composer’s death in 1791, Franz Süssmayr’s completion allows the work to be realised in its exquisite entirety.
Fri 31st Mar
Sir Willard White & the Brodsky Quartet
Jamaican-born bass Sir Willard White is one of the great all-round musical entertainers of our era, as dazzling when performing Songbook standards as he is on the stages of the world’s great opera houses. In his unmissable Saffron Hall debut, alongside the Brodsky Quartet, he pays tribute to the relationship between Frank Sinatra and the Hollywood String Quartet which resulted in the epoch-defining 1957 album Close to You. His recital also includes classic American art-songs, evergreen pop standards, and a sprinkling of surprises.
Sat 1st Apr
Laura van der Heijden & Tom Poster in Recital
If you saw Laura van der Heijden win the 2012 BBC Young Musician competition, you’ll already know just how insightful and engaging an artist she is. Now emerging as one of the most exciting cellists of our time, Laura’s devised a wonderfully imaginative recital for Saffron Hall – ranging from the French fantasy of Debussy and Fauré to something very, very different from Martinu and Graham Fitkin.
Sun 2nd Apr
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.

T2: Trainspotting 18 Fri 24th Mar 7.30pm
20th Century Women 15 Sat 25th Mar 7.30pm
Sun 26th Mar 3.30pm
Lion PG Fri 31st Mar, Sat 1st, Sun 2nd Apr 7.30pm
The LEGO Batman Movie U Sat 1st, Sun 2nd Apr 3.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
21/3/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin
28/3/17: Black Bin
4/4/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin
11/4/17: 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

Forthcoming Events

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle So far no one has volunteered to host the March Wine Circle. If you haven't done it for a while or never done it at all, please get in touch with Bob Hatt.

Royston & District Choral Society’s Spring Concert

Saturday March 25th 7.30 pm St Mary’s Church, Standon Tickets £12, concessions £9, school students £1, available from: Choir members, On line, Caroline Franks Tel 01920 822723 email caroline.franks@rf152.co.uk, Saffron Walden Tourist Information Office, Pop-up box office Royston Parish Church 7.15-7.45 p.m. March 7th, 14th, 21st and On the door


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 2nd April, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Rosei on 07720647696 or email rosei@flapperfortunes.co.uk for more info.


Next Film to be shown in the URC Schoolroom will be 'Quartet'. Tuesday 11th April, 7.30pm. Contribution of at least £5 to include a glass of wine. To book your place Tess on 838941 or tessgent@gmail.com Click to see the official trailer


Friday 21st April, Great Chishill Village Hall. 7-11pm. Tickets £12.50, to include supper, from Ro Gadian 1drakeral@gmail.com 01763 837075. Dancing to the 7 piece Cambridge University Ceilidh band. Licenced Cash Bar. Proceeds to St Swithuns Restoration Fund Raffle Lots of fun and frollicks… Download Poster


Sunday 30th April, Great Chishill Village Hall. 1pm Auctioneer David Palmer (As seen on ‘Flog it’ & ‘Bargain Hunt’). BBQ, cakes and refreshments. Proceeds to St Swithuns Restoration Fund
More details on Poster


Saturday 13th May, schoolroom of the United Reform Church, 7.30pm (sharp!). Fee per entry is £5.00. Nibbles supplied, drinks by donation. All proceeds to the St Swithin’s Bell Fund. Contact Phil Maynard 838311 or webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk or Jean Wiseman on 01763 295002

Click on this picture to view itMarch 2017 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
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Back numbers of Newsletters here

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.
At present we hold services every second and fourth Sunday at 9.30 - next service 26th March. 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

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

26th March
9am Hamlet
10.40am Great Chishill

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
14th April
12th 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
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