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Windmill Celebration Day
On 13th June the Great Chishill Windmill Trust held a Celebration Day which was attended by around 150 people! The day was packed with a wide range of activities including a dance demonstartion, scone making demonstration and a detailed report on the plans for refurbishing the windmill.
The children's art competion was also judged and prizes awarded to William Troutbeck, Harriet Scott and Eleanor Ferrie. £519 was raised from a raffle and sales of Wicken Mill flour. More information about the windmill can be found at www.greatchishillwindmill.com and here

Going, Going, all Gone

Sunday 17th May saw the next in the series of fund raising events for St Swithun’s church refurbishment appeal.
The smell of a BBQ and the promise of a celebrity auctioneer, David Palmer, known for his multi coloured waistcoats, from 'Bargain Hunt' and 'Flog It', mobilised the community with outstanding enthusiasm.
From 10.00 there was a torrent-not a steady flow- of people bringing their items for sale and by 12.00 the Village Hall was rammed full of 418 lots, all the sellers hoping that they had found treasures in their sheds.
Three wonderfully entertaining hours later all was gone, one man’s rubbish had become one man’s treasure (124 sellers and 98 buyers)!
David Palmer had us bidding for our own goods, buying stuff we really did not want, but most importantly, giggling all the way home at the fun and entertainment we had all enjoyed that Sunday afternoon. By the time the final accounts are signed off we will have raised about £1800 for the appeal.
A really magnificent community effort. Thank you! I must also thank all of the helpers for all of their wonderful efforts on Sunday as they worked tirelessly all day. I certainly need to rebuild friendships before suggesting the date is booked again for this time next year.
Now we have the Midsummer Ball and the Mad Hatters Tea Party on June 20th and 21st to look forward to.
Angus Gent

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.

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

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.
The Goob 18 27th 8pm
A Midsummer Night’s Dream PG PLAY filmed at
Theatre for a New Audience,
Brooklyn, New York
30th 7.30pm
Spy 15 31st
1st, 2nd Aug
Moomins on the Riviera U 1st, 2nd 4pm
sTimbuktu 12A 3rd 8pm
London Road 15 7th, 8th 8pm
Minions U 8th, 9th 4pm
Queen and Country 15 9th 8pm
sNight Train
12A 10th 8pm
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.

Saffron Opera Group
Saffron Opera Group presents Stravinsky’s witty tragi-comedy The Rake’s Progress.
Sun 13th Sept
East Anglia Chamber Orchestra
The much acclaimed regional chamber orchestra perform Ligeti, Ravel and Beethoven Symphony No.5
Sat 26th Sept
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Season opener: Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 and Sibelius Violin Concerto with soloist Leonidas Kavakos
Fri 2nd 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.

Mr Holmes PG Fri 31st, Sat 1st Aug 7.30pm
Minions U Fri 7th 4pm
Fri 8th 3.30pm
Sun 9th 5pm
London Road 15 Fri 7th 7.30pm
Slow West 15 Sat 8th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
31/07/15:Green & Blue Bins
7/08/15:Black Bin
14/08/15:Green & Blue Bins
21/08/15: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 250 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.
Action Packed Fund Raising Weekend

Midsummer Ball

A huge and very heartfelt thanks to all who came, enjoyed, supported and contributed to the wonderful evening that raised £9,500 for the church refurbishment appeal fund. We (the organisers) have received many emails and texts and have had many a conversation reflecting on an evening that was enjoyed by so many in our community. We have noted suggested for another time!
A directory of our sponsors for the evening is available here. There are some very useful and very unusual contacts for women; hats, bags and scarves, wonderful for all occasions. Excellent hair dressers for men and women, bespoke jewelry (ideal for a gift). Step in Time is highly recommended for anyone who suffers any kind of pain, particularly back, knee, neck and feet problems. North Norfolk Disabled Holiday homes, idyllic spot for an ideal and easy holiday. Please do take time to have a look you never know what you may find.
Mad Hatters Tea Party

We were delighted that so many people of all ages came to enjoy the music of Saffron Walden County High Jazz Band, the story teller Gillian McClure, the tea, the BBQ and bar and the activities at the Mad Hatters Tea Party which raised about £1000. Taking the total to over £10,500 raised over the weekend.

Click on this picture to view itJuly 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

WINE CIRCLE Hosted by Sue and Phil Maynard, Friday July 31st

GREAT CHISHILL FUN DAY on the playing fields, Sunday 30th August from 2pm Teas, BBQ, stalls, games, bouncy castle and lots more!
For more information or to get involved, contact Emily 01763 836257 or Celia 01763 838956

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Crowley Barn, Chrishall on Friday 25 September, 10.30am – 12 noon. There will be coffee, cakes and a raffle. Everyone very welcome!

St Swithun's Church Refurbishment Appeal is holding an Open Meeting in order to report back on the progress made over the past 12 months and to discuss plans for the future of the church. September 28th, 7.30 in the church

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

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 2nd August

11.00am Little Chishill

Other Parish activities, news etc.available here

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 9th August
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
14th August
11th September
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