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Fund Raising Walk
Janet Erskine trekked along 26 miles of Hadrian's Wall on 8 August in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.
She has a Just Giving page for donations so just click here to make your donation.
The Hadrian’s Wall Path is an 84 mile National Trail stretching coast to coast across northern England, from Wallsend in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west. It follows the line of Hadrian’s Wall, passing through some of the most beautiful parts of England - from rolling fields and rugged moorland to the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle.
Find out more HERE

Village Hall Bookings
Click here to see the diary
It is now possible to have a look at the Village Hall diary. 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.

Click on the picture for the full screen version.

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.
Absolutely Anything 12A 9th 8pm
10th 5pm, 8pm
Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder PG 10th 2pm
Giselle 12A BALLET broadcast LIVE
from the Bolshoi
11th 4pm
The Wolfpack 15 11th 8pm
Gemma Bovery 15 12th 8pm
45 Years 15 16th, 18th 8pm
Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder PG 17th 3pm
Hamlet 12A PLAY broadcast AS LIVE
from the Barbican
17th 6.50pm
18th 2.50pm
The Barber of Seville 12A OPERA broadcast LIVE
from English National Opera
19th 7.20pm
45 Years 15 24th 5pm
Hamlet 12A PLAY broadcast AS LIVE
from the Barbican
27th, 29th 7.20pm
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.

Words in Walden Festival
Terry Waite discusses his new book, his experiences, and the importance of humour in a difficult world
Thu 8th Oct
Hitchcock’s Psycho
A screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal thriller with live accompaniment by Britten Sinfonia
Sat 10th Oct
Jayson Gillham in Recital
Young Artist Coffee Concert: the Australian-British pianist plays works by Schubert, Handel and Brahms
Sun 11th Oct
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.

Gemma Bovery 15 Fri 9th 7.30pm
Southpaw 15 Sat 10th 7.30pm
Man from U.N.C.L.E 12A Fri 16th, Sat 17th 7.30pm
Ricki and the Flash 12A Fri 23rd 7.30pm
Trainwreck 12A Sat 24th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
9/10/15:Green & Blue Bins
16/10/15:Black Bin
23/10/15:Green & Blue Bins
30/10/15: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

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.

Fed up with poor Broadband Speed?

If you can see the mast at Barkway from your house then for as little as £12.50 per month you can have broadband thats probably about 8 times faster than you can get with BT in the Chishills area! If you would like to know more, give Buzcom a call on 0330 223 0326
Alternatively, in most of the village, FAST BROADBAND ia here, offering up to 40Mb/s on the cheapest package.

Thriplow Dump

Gravel Pit Hill, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire SG8 7HZ
Tel: (01223) 839001
Opening hours:
8am to 5pm Every day including Bank Holidays, 1st April to 30th September

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.
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 11th October
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

Click on this picture to view itOctober 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

Dance for the Windmill

Would you like to learn to dance, keep fit and help the Windmill Trust all in one go?
David and Wendy McKeown are enthusiastic amateur ballroom and latin dancers who can teach beginners classes will be running classes lasting 1 hour starting on Friday September 11th at 7.30pm in the village hall.
The plan is to start from absolute beginner level in waltz, quickstep, cha-cha, rumba and jive and to develop enough figures and technique to be confident to get on a dance floor when the opportunity arises. Nothing fancy, you'll not be trying lifts or complex Strictly Come Dancing moves, so it is ideal exercise for couples of any age. If there is demand, simple routines in foxtrot, tango and samba could be tackled later.

The refurbished Village Hall has a lovely wooden floor just made for dancing so let's give it a go. The likely evening slot would be Friday or it could be a late afternoon session before the regular club events on other days of the week. It would be £8 per couple for each 60 to 90 minute class (not a fixed charge for the term) with all proceeds beyond the cost of hiring the hall going to the Windmill Trust.
If you might be interested, please email mckeown.david@gmail.com or phone 838087 and Wendy or David will be pleased to tell you more.

Forthcoming events

Great Chishill Family Harvest Supper Featuring The Elderly Brothers Saturday 10th October 7.30pm at Great Chishill Village Hall Fish and Chip Supper/Licenced Bar Tickets £10 Adults/£5 Children available from Hazel Colebrooke 838703/Judy Saunders 838571

Musical Quiz Night for St Swithun's Appeal. Saturday October 17th, 7.30 Great Chishill Village Hall
Live music - wide variety - something for everyone so start recruiting your team!
Supper - Bar - Raffle. For further information or to offer help contact Jenny Leitch on 07850 862199

Wine Circle So far we do not have a host for October's wine circle. If you would like to host it, please contact Bob Hatt (bob.hatt@btinternet.com) or 838401

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 11th October

9.00am Heydon
10.40am Great Chishill

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
9th October
13th November
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

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