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Wanted - Bar Person
Simon and Ollie are looking for a reliable, personable, hard working person to work behind the bar at our popular village pub - The Pheasant - hours to suit. If you are interested give Simon a call on 838535

The St. Swithun’s Appeal Fund and the Windmill Trust are collaborating to hold a Music Evening on Saturday the 16th July 2016 Great Chishill Village Hall. Only £10 a ticket.
A fantastic line-up is planned including well-known local talent and others from farther afield.
So far booked to appear are the Elderly Brothers, Out of the Blue (all the way from Liverpool), 1966 Reunited (2 guys who played in bands in the 60’s reunited for the first time to celebrate their 70th birthdays).
Seating will be at tables and a ploughman’s supper and chocolate brownies all included in the cost of the ticket. There will be a fully licensed bar with wine, beer, and soft drinks available to purchase. A Raffle will be held during the evening.
All proceeds will be divided between the St. Swithun’s Appeal Fund and the Great Chishill Windmill Trust Limited
Don’t miss out, order your tickets from: Hazel Hayden: 01763 838254 or e.mail: hrhandmaj@btinternet.com

The Village Celebrates the Queen's 90th Birthday
On 11th June, the date of the Queen's official 90th birthday, the village celebrated with a Fun Day and mini Beer Festival held at the Pheasant. There was something for everyone - live music, games, beers of course, food, tractor rides (a chance for Simon to get out his 1966 Massey Ferguson 135), and a commemoration gift to all the children in the village from the Parish Council.
More pictures here
Pictures by Neil Heywood

The Great Chishill Auction 2016

From chandeliers and chaises longue; rocking horses, pedal cars and bicycles to garden furniture, golf sets, guitars and a croquet set, the St Swithun’s Appeal ‘Good Old Fashioned Auction’ had something for everyone.
TV auctioneer, David Palmer, rattled through over 300 lots to help raise £2,000!! This brings the Appeal Fund to within about £5,000 of the £50,000 2 year target set in December 2014.
The Appeal Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed by selling, buying, making tea and cakes, portering, clerking, barbequing and more, to make a successful village event.
Photo by Gordon Brown

St Swithun's - SOME GOOD NEWS
Great Chishill DCC (responsible for the care of St Swithun’s church) is delighted to announce the award of £29,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This first-round funding means that HLF has endorsed the outline proposals and earmarked funding, as well as contributing towards the costs of the initial work. Once we know what restoration work is needed we will submit detailed proposals to HLF in a second-round application later this year.

St Swithun’s is an important example of an intact medieval parish church, whose history is strongly linked to that of the village. The church is grade II* listed, reflecting the significance of its architecture and heritage. The tower has suffered various mishaps over the years; it caught fire (affecting the roof and floor under the bells) in the disastrous fire of 1798, when 80% of the village was destroyed. The tower began to crumble badly in 1884 and the top fell off in 1891. It was rebuilt in 1896-7 at a cost of £865, but without the original spire. Now it is suffering serious damage as a result of water penetration through the upper flint walls, especially the East face.
You can read the full press release here.

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.
I Saw the Light 15 24th 8pm
Captain America: Civil War 12A 25th, 26th 3pm
Atonement 15 25th 8pm
B Up U 26th 11am
sSon of Saul
(Saul fia)
15 26th, 27th 8pm
X-Men: Apocalypse 12A 1st July 8pm
2nd 3pm
Our Kind of Traitor 15 2nd, 3rd 8pm
Zootropolis PG 3rd 3pm
s Mustang 15 4th 8pm
Branagh Theatre Live:
Romeo and Juliet
12A PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the Garrick Theatre
7th 6.50pm
A Autism-friendly screening s Subtitled
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.

The Rattler
A new, interactive retelling of Rumpelstiltskin from Mahogany Opera Group
Sun 26th June
Cambridge Suzuki Young Musicians
Summer Festival Piano Concert: Celebrating Kurtág & the Hungarian Composers
This event is free and open to the public. Advance tickets are not required
Sun 3rd July
SWCHS Summer Concert 2016
Music on a Summer’s Evening. A typically varied evening’s musical entertainment from the County High’s Music Department.
Wed 6th July
Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio
Performed by musicians from Paris, Cambridge and Saffron Walden
Sat 9th July
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 Man Who Knew Infinity 12A Fri 24th 7.30pm
Dheepan 15 Sat 25th 7.30pm
Florence Foster Jenkins 12A Fri 1st Jul, Sat 2nd 7.30pm
Angry Birds PG Sat 2nd 3.30pm
Our Kind Of Traitor 12A Fri 8th, Sat 9th 7.30pm
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
1/7/16:Green Bin and Blue Bin
8/7/16: Black Bin
15/7/16:Green Bin and Blue Bin
22/7/16: 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

Great Chishill Open Gardens
The now biennial Open Garden event was held on the 19th June. 9 gardens were open in the village, ranging from cottage gardens through to more formal gardens. It was a popular event, further enhanced by the fact that the church was still beautifully decorated from the weding on the previous day.
As always, many people had put a lot of effort into making it a great success, raising a total of £536. A big thankyou to everyone involved.
Neil Heywood was out and about with his camera and you can see some of his pictures here

Click on this picture to view itJune 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

Forthcoming Events

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle hosted by Clairice and John Wahlich, Friday 1st July.

The Cann Twins

Duo piano at Chrishall Friday 1st July, 7.30pmHoly Trinity Church, Chrishall
Tickets £10, £5 students and children, 01763 837272 or iwp.erica.debnam@gmail.com

Anstey Fair

will be happening this year on Sunday 10th July, at Anstey Bury, 1pm-5pm. Entrance is just £1, there is plenty of free parking at the site (postcode SG9 0DF). Good stalls, activities, food and drink, as well as tombola and raffle – a traditional village Fair. For more info, www.ansteyfair.org

Open Gardens

On Sunday 10 July there will be Open Gardens at Heydon Place, Heydon in aid of The British Red Cross, 2pm-5pm. Refreshments and garden stall. All welcome!


Two village icons join forces (Church and Windmill) 7.30 PM on Saturday 16th July Great Chishill Village Hall. Only £10 a ticket
Don’t miss out, order your tickets from: Hazel Hayden: 01763 838254 or e.mail: hrhandmaj@btinternet.com

Great Chishill Village Fun Day

Sunday 17th July, 2-5pm To be involved contact Emily on 836257 or Islay on 838194

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

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 10th July
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

Sunday 3rd July
9.00am Little Chishill
10.40am Chrishall Village Hall

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
8th July
12th August
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 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.

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