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The VIRUS - Help is at hand

As you might expect from our amazing community, things are being put into place to help anybody and everybody in our villages who need help in this difficult times.
Over the next few days each household will have a card through the door laying out the arrangements for all kinds of help, including such things as shopping, dog walking, getting prescriptions etc. There are also opportunities to volunteer to help.
For immediate help and information visit the specially set up web site at
Chishill.care or call 877255

updated 18th March

Yet another shed break-in, this time in Barley Road in the last couple of days. On this occasion nothing of significance was taken.
So - make sure your sheds and garages are secured - alarmed if possible - simple very loud alarms can cost less than £10, and security lights are a good idea too.
RS components sell a simple but very effective alarm for less than £7.50 click here.
If you see something suspicious call the police on 101, but if you suspect that a burglary is in progress call 999.

Pop-Up Pub a Huge Success!
Great Chishill Cricket Club is looking forward to a memorable 12 months as the club celebrate its 150th year. The celebrations started off with a Pop Up Pub in the URC schoolroom on Saturday 15th February. There were 2 ales, a range of bottled lagers, wines and spirits. An exciting menu was served and the people of Great Chishill and beyond, starved of our local pub, turned out in great numbers to support the venture. At least 70 people were able to enjoy a choice of Chilli, Game pie, Sausage and Cider casserole, Gnocchi and Spinach or Fish pie. A further 100 propped up the bar, fairly consistently from 5.00 to 11.00! The Schoolroom was buzzing. There was a fantastic atmosphere. Thanks goes to everyone who supported this venture for the cricket club. As a result of their generosity in the region £1000 was raised. It was so successful that there is a plan afoot to do it again - watch this space!
As for the cricket, Chairman Andrew Drury announced: “Our aim is simply to leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy cricket in our village. In April we will be launching the ‘Chishill Chief’, our very own junior section. We will be offering coaching and games for local children from 4 -11 to nurture their interest and love of the game. We are also planning to install an all weather net facility for everyone in the village to use, young and old! We have a number of other events planned for the year, so please do keep an eye out. For further details, or if you would like to be a part of the celebrations or support the club in any way, you can contact Angus angusgent@gmail.com”.

The Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition

On Saturday 22nd February the great Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition party was held at Stackyard Cottage, kindly hosted by Jean and Peter Wiseman.
This very popular annual event raises money for the bell fund. There are 3 categories - 'Nouveau', 'Vintage' and 'Ringer's Delight' - the first two being specifically for Sloe Gin and the 3rd any spirit based fruity tipple.
Ivan Sharp
Ivan Sharp
Robin Dibblee
Ivan Sharp
Don Leitch
Stella Russell
'Ringers Delight'
Ian Sanders Damson Gin
Ivan Sharp Victoria Plum Vodka
Stella Russell Marmalade Gin
Stella Russell Marmalade Gin
Great Chishill Bellringers would like to thank everyone from IWP and beyond, who supported the 2020 Sloe Gin Competition, kindly hosted, both for Judging and Results & Tasting Party, by Jean & Peter Wiseman. The event raised a record-breaking £457!! Huge thanks due to all competition entrants as well as Results Party attendees.
All the IWP churches with ringable towers currently rely on the Great Chishill team for special events. Aspiring or returning ringers (we know you’re out there) from other villages always welcome to join practices Wednesdays 8.00-9.00 pm either St Swithuns Great Chishill or Chrishall.
More information about the bells

The Hundred Parishes Society

The Hundred Parishes Society, a registered charity, was launched in 2014. It is an initiative to raise awareness of a large area of northwest Essex, northeast Hertfordshire and southern Cambridgeshire that is particularly notable for its exceptional depth of heritage.
Until now, the area’s anonymity has probably been due largely to the lack of a name, so one has been created and the hope is that it will eventually become as well-known as the 'Chilterns' or 'Constable Country'. It is called the Hundred Parishes to recognise that it contains just over 100 administrative parishes, including Great and Little Chishill.
The website is www.hundredparishes.org.uk
An article is produced each month with news or information of interest to the area. This month, the article is about Bluebells and the differences between our native plant and the invasive Spanish bluebell.

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.
As from 16th March, all showings are CANCELLED until further notice

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.

As from 17th March, all concerts are CANCELLED or Postponed until further notice

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.
As from 16th March, all showings are CANCELLED until further notice

Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
31/03/20: Blue Bin
7/04/20: Black Bin
16/04/20: Thursday Blue Bin
22/04/20:WednesdayBlack Bin
Not sure what you can recycle? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

Thriplow Dump

Closed until further notice
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.
Bowls Club Final
One of the village’s most keenly fought contests climaxed on 5 March as the Bowls Club staged its annual knock-out competition final. Over the winter season, two dozen entrants were whittled down to two finalists; Jean Hatt and David Bannister. After a ding-dong match in which the lead changed hands several times, David, who may well be the club’s oldest member (we don’t like to ask) pulled ahead with a 4-point margin in the ninth end and finally triumphed. Coronavirus rules now apply at the club, so Jean and Bob congratulated one another with a cordial elbow-bump.

Whist Drives
Following the huge success of the whist drives that were run over the last couple of winters, we ran them again this winter. The next one was set for Friday 20th March but with the current concerns over COVID-19 we have CANCELLED it.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported this activity, together we have raised £745 for the Great Chishill Bell Fund.
More information about the bells

Click on this picture to view itMarch 2020 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
There was no newsletter for August

Village Hall Bookings
Click here to see the diary It is 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 email chishillvh@gmail.com

Forthcoming Events


URC Schoolroom, Barley Road FRIDAY 20th March, 7.30pm (sharp please!) £5.


Next Wine Circle hosted by Lindsey and John Crawley Wednesday 25th March, 8.30pm onwards


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 5th April, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.

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

Cancelled until further notice

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New Telephone Number
There is now a Freephone number for all the practices in the group, including Barley. 0300 234 5555 The individual surgery numbers will continue to work for the next few months.
You can now pre-book evening and Saturday appointments at Barley Surgery. Granta Medical Practices have announced that Barley patients can now ask to see a doctor (pre-booked only) up to 8.00 pm on Mondays, and until 10.30 am one Saturday per month. Pre-bookable telephone consultations will also be available on Sundays and Bank Holidays – contact Granta for more information.


An Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) has been installed on the wall of the sports pavilion facing the car park.
In the event of a cardiac arrest, upon calling 999 the caller is given the location of the nearest AED and the code to unlock it.
The device gives easy to follow verbal instructions, is safe to use, and will only operate if it is appropriate.
More information about Defibrillators.

Great Chishill United Reformed Church

There has been a ‘Congregational chapel’ on the site of the present United Reformed Church for over 400 years and we are very much planning for the future.
Great Chishill 'URC' has been going through a season of change with the Minister moving on to pastures new. At the present time there is a Membership of three, but there is optimism about increasing this number. The congregation has been growing in recent years, notably increasing the average service attendance. This has been while trialing different forms and times of services supported by guest preachers. There is an evening service once a month which has proved to be very popular. For‘special’ services at Christmas, Easter, Advent and Remembrance between forty and one hundred people have been welcomed into the chapel.
The chapel fellowship has become an increasingly important part of village life with a variety of events encouraging people to come together – films, Scottish dancing, concerts, silver surfers’ internet café, whist drives and hosting parties for all ages. On a Sunday you are guaranteed a warm welcome, with services held on the first and third Sundays of the month. Whether a morning or evening service the duration will be around 45 minutes with a time of friendship and fellowship afterwards in the schoolroom (usually with splendid refreshments).
The present pattern of services is for a 6pm evening service on the first Sunday of the month and for a 9.30 morning service on the third Sunday of the month.
Click here to see more information and news from the URC.
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

Parish Church Services

All services Cancelled until further notice Please see here for all church news and information.

Other Parish activities, news etc.available here

Cancelled until further notice

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Messy Church is usually held in Great Chishill village hall from 3-4.30pm on the 4th Sunday of most months.

Mobile Library Dates
Heydon Road opposite the bus stop, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40
1st April
6th 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

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.

Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 7am to 7pm
Sat 7am to 2pm
Sun 8am to 2pm
Post Office
Mon 7am to 6pm
Tue 1pm to 6pm
Wed 7am to 5pm
Thu 7am to 1pm
Fri 7am to 6pm
Tel 848288