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Oil Buying Group
Nigel Russell is collecting orders for a group oil delivery, so if you would like some heating oil at a bulk purchase price, give Nigel a call now on 838986
also
if you are interested in getting water softener salt on a similar basis - give Nigel a call
Fridge Wanted
The fridge at the village hall has stopped working. If you have a large fridge that is working but you want to get rid of it, please give Stella Russell a call on 838986.

BLOWING HIS OWN TRUMPET

CRISPIAN STEELE-PERKINS
with organ accompanist – Richard Carr
The next event to raise money for the St Swithun’s Church Restoration Appeal will be a recital and talk by world famous trumpeter renowned for his international work with classical orchestras, period instruments, TV and film themes from Bond to Antiques Roadshow and Dr Who
This will take place on Friday 15 April 7.30pm at St Swithun’s Church Great Chishill (SG8 8SA)
Tickets £15 from Judy Saunders – Telephone 01763 838571 or use order form downloadable here
More information available here
‘It’s our turn now to save our village icon for future generations’

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.
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Carol 15 22nd, 23rd, 24th 8pm
23rd 5pm
The Good Dinosaur PG 23rd 2pm
The Taming of the Shrew 12A BALLET broadcast
LIVE from the Bolshoi
24th 3pm
sWings of Desire
(Der Himmel über Berlin)
12A 25th 8pm
Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons 12A BALLET broadcast
LIVE from the Royal Opera House
26th 7.15pm
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 15 PLAY broadcast
LIVE from the Donmar Warehouse
28th 6.50pm
Bridge of Spies 12A 29th, 30th, 31st 8pm
Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie U 30th, 31st 2pm
Victor Frankenstein 12A 30th, 31st 5pm
Radiator 15 1st Feb 8pm
Black Mass 15 5th, 6th 8pm
Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie U 6th 2pm
Suffragette 12A 6th 5pm
La Traviata 12A OPERA broadcast
AS LIVE from the Royal Opera House
7th 2pm
Grandma 15 7th 8pm
sLe Mépris 15 8th 8pm
The Lady in the Van 12A F 10th s8pm
A Autism-friendly screening s Subtitled
27th and 10th - 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. 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.

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
The virtuoso chamber orchestra are joined by two of the world’s most acclaimed soloists – Joshua Bell & Steven Isserlis
Sat 23rd Jan
7.30pm
SWCS Singing Day with Eamonn Dougan
Eamonn Dougan leads a day-long singing workshop for all levels covering music from four different eras
Sat 30th Jan
10am
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Dvorak’s Symphony from the New World & Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No.2 with soloist Nicola Benedetti
Sun 31st Jan
3pm
Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
After last year’s success, the SWSO’s concert of movie-score classics is back by popular demand.
Sun 7th Feb
3pm
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.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd 7.30pm
Bridge of Spies 12A Fri 29th, Sat 30th 7.30pm
Star Wars - The Force Awakens 12A Fri 5th, Sat 6th Feb 7.30pm
The Good DInosaur PG Sat 6th Feb 3.30pm
Suffragette 12A Sun 7th Feb 3.30pm
Star Wars - The Force Awakens 12A Fri 12th, Sat 13th Feb 7.30pm
Brooklyn 12A Sun 14th 3.30pm
Complete Diary available here

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.

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
Note. The Green bins will be collected every 4 weeks over the winter period
29/01/16:Blue Bin
05/02/16:Black Bin
12/02/16 Green Bin and Blue Bin
19/02/16:Black Bin
26/02/16:Blue Bin
04/03/16: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

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
Click on this picture to view itFebruary 2016 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

SPORT RELIEF is coming back to Great Chishill
Sport Relief, the Sainsburys sponsored fund raising event that sees residents and visitors running, walking and sometimes staggering around the playing field and Bull Meadow, will take place on 20th March.
Now is the time to get registered for the event (and for a short period get a 50% discount)as an individual or part of a team. So visit the Great Chishill Sport Relief website NOW.

Forthcoming Events

Valentine Supper in aid of Save the Children
Saturday 13 February, Barley Town House, 7.30 for 8.00
Welcome drink with Canapes, 3 course Supper and Coffee, music by Lucy, Bar and Raffle
Tickets £17.50 from Liz 01763 838172

Sloe Gin Competition Tasting & Results Party Saturday 20th February 8.00pm At Hall Farm by kind invitation of Peter and Jean Wiseman
Non-competitors welcome to the Party at £4.50/head.
Download your entry form here

A Walk through History - Nuthampstead Airfield. A walk - 5.1 miles - through the historic airfield at Nuthampstead, home to the 55th Fighter Group and the 398th Bomb Group of the 8th USAAF during WW2.
Sunday 28th February, 9.30am, Starting from Anstey Village Hall Guided Anstey V Hall to Woodman at Nuthampstead, then unguided back to start. FREE
More details

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


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 14th February
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

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



St Swithun's Church,
Great Chishill

St Nicholas,
Little 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
12th February
11th March
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.