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Local Women 'Walk the Walk'
At 11pm on the 10th May, thousands of women will walk 13 or 26 miles around the streets of London, most stripped down to their bras! They will be raising money for the charity 'Walk the Walk' which is a grant making breast cancer charity, which works with charities big and small that are involved with breast cancer and grants funds to where it will make the most difference. Their policy is to support research and to support those that have cancer now.
Several local women will be taking part this year, including our own Sarah Scott doing the full 26 miles and Dawn Jaffray from Heydon doing 13 miles, (please contact webmaster if you are local and doing the walk so that I can add your name).
To sponsor Sarah Click here or Dawn Click here

Do you sing in the shower?
Royston Choral Society was founded in 1974 and has several members in our villages, but is always looking for new members.
So, if you sing in the shower, hum along to music in the car, have to restrain yourself from singing aloud to your iPod on the train or admire the new singers in Gareth Malone’s choirs, then you will be welcome at the society's next Open Rehearsal on April 29th 8.00pm at Royston Parish Church.
RCS understands that many potential singers are put off by the thought of auditions so they invite new singers to go along for up to 3 weeks, starting with the open rehearsal, free of charge, to see how they get on. You will not be asked to sing on your own. If you choose to stay, termly fees are reasonable and include music hire.
RCS sings a wide range of music from Bach to the Beach Boys, classical works with orchestra and soloists to mixed programmes in small village churches.
www.roystonchoralsoc.org.uk for more information.

Rabbit Rescue
You may know that the village has had an animal rescue for more than 10 years. However, you may not know that it is now a registered charity and very well known in the 'rabbit' world and more generally for animal welfare. Even the RSPCA ask the rescue for help, recognising the expertise it has. The Rescue even won a national award in 2013, The 'Wetnose Award' for 'Best Small Furry Rescue' of the year!
The Rabbit Residence Rescue is run by Caroline Collings, her assistant Amy, numerous volunteers and overseen by a team of trustees.
The Rescue cares for rabbits that have been neglected, abandoned, are unwanted or that owners can no longer afford. The rabbits are treated medically and rehabilitated as necessary, and are then re-homed to suitable new owners. All rabbits are neutered and vaccinated before re-homing and new homes are vetted.
If you'd like to know more or would like to help us in any capacity as a volunteer, please contact Caroline or Amy on rabbit_residence@hotmail.com

Click on this picture to view itApril 2014 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
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Back numbers of Newsletters here

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.
sLa Belle et la Bęte
in Black & White
PG 21st 8pm
Vikings Live from the British Museum 12A
EXHIBITION broadcast LIVE from the British Museum
24th 6.50pm
Her 15 25th, 26th 8pm
27th 5pm, 8pm
Frozen PG 26th 3pm
27th 2pm
The Winter’s Tale BALLET broadcast LIVE from the Royal Opera House 28th 7.15pm
King Lear PLAY broadcast LIVE from the National Theatre 1st May 6.50pm
4th 2.50pm
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.

Concert: Including 2 works written for Double Choirs
Sat 10th May
A programme of orchestral and choral music
Sat 17th May
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.

Her 15 Fri 25th April 7.30pm
The Grand Budapest Hotel 15 Sat 26th April 7.30pm
MONUMENTS MEN Fri 2nd May 7.30pm
LEGO MOVIE (2D) Sat 3rd May 3pm
The Grand Budapest Hotel 15 Sat 3rd May 7.30pm

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
Saturday 26/04/14: Black Bin
02/05/14:Green & Blue Bins
09/05/14: Black Bin
16/05/14:Green & Blue Bins

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.
In the last 12 months there has been a 9% drop in the amount collected in the caddies compared with the previous year - that is Ł100,000 lost that could have been used to fund SCDC services!
Check what goes in each bin

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
'Youth Club' visits the Troop

click for the bigger pictureThe 'Youth Club' (men over 50 who are in the village on a Tuesday) and their wives, visited the Kings Troop on 10th April.
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery is primarily a ceremonial unit of the British Army, quartered at Woolwich. It is a mounted unit and all of its soldiers are trained to care for and drive teams of six horses pulling each of six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns used today to fire salutes on state occasions.
More about the King's Troop and pictures from the visit available here

Wettest January and February in recent years

The graph above show the rainfall for each month last year (blue bars), the average of the last 18 years (red line), and the staggering amount of rain that we had in January and February this year (yellow bars). March appears to be back to 'normal'.

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 230 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.

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).
If you would like to make a booking, please telephone Janet Crouch on 838301.

Forthcoming events

Wine Circle Wednesday 30th April, hosted by Suzie Harrison

Great Chishill Summer Fete Sunday 6th July, Great Chishill Playing Fields 2 - 4pm
Traditional village fete games with fun for all ages Teas, crafts, tractor rides, tug-o-war and lots more! Proceeds to Chishill Chimps and the Youth Group

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

'Click Class'

The computer classes in the village are running again on Monday afternoons. The classes are open to everyone interested in improving their computer skills, from absolute beginners upwards. Classes are inexpensive, last 2 hours and are project based, usually including searching the web, downloading text and pictures, creating documents and emailing with attachments. For more information call Phil Maynard on 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 27th April

9am Strethall
10.40am Elmdon

St Swithun's Church,
Great Chishill

St Nicholas,
Little Chishill

United Reformed Church

Services at 9.30 on 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
next service 27th April
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great 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 May
13th June

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

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
Note: The Post Office is now open at all times when the shop is open!
Mon to Fri 7am to 7pm
Sat and Sun 7am to 2pm
Tel 848288
More about Barley Shop here