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Christmas is coming!
Christmas Wreaths, table and tree decorations from Tessa Gent. Sold in aid of the St Swithuns Appeal at Crafts on the Hill Dec 2nd. pre order from Tessa (tessgent@gmail.com)or take pot luck on the day.
Each organisation in Great Chishill will be decorating a tree for the Christmas Tree Festival which will take place in St Swithun's Church on 9th and 10th December.
There is going to be a Village Pet Tree for adults and children alike. Please laminate a photo of your pet(s) in the shape of a decoration, if possible , with a jolly , witty festive message. Poems acceptable too. Please come and hang it on the tree on Friday 8th or put it the box that will be on the doorstep of 44 Heydon Road as Karin Merritt has very kindly said she would oversee this.
In addition, Hilary Goodall is organising a 'Village Poetry Christmas Tree'. The idea is to decorate the tree with favourite poems; or if you are feeling creative and inspired, you could write your own! Please could you display your poem as a colourful Christmas decoration in whatever way you wish; or she can supply a template/display it for you if that helps, and deliver your contributions to The Old BakeHouse on Barley Road (no. 27) or pop it into the DropBox in the Book Swap telephone box by the bus shelter, by Thursday 7th December. Alternatively you can come and hang it yourself on Friday 8th in the church.

Archaeologist Tells of our Local Past
Report by Ro Gadian
On Saturday 14th October Professor Carenza Lewis talked to an enthralled audience about the history and archaeology of Great Chishill. Carenza Lewis has appeared on many popular TV programmes on history and archaeology, and she ably showed her talent for bringing the past to life.
Taking a panorama from the top of St Swithun’s tower as her starting point, she led us through a fascinating journey of discovery covering the Icknield Way, the prehistoric landscape – with aerial photos showing evidence of Neolithic enclosures all around the village. She told us about the discovery of a nearby Anglo-Saxon cemetery, where it seemed the victims had been decapitated!, a massive defensive system across Cambridgeshire, of which Bran Ditch (running from Heydon to Fowlmere) forms a part together with Devil’s Dyke and Fleam Dyke. She painted a vivid picture of Great Chishill as a village on the borders, between the wooded hills in the south and the marshy lowlands, and of the nuclear villages to the north and the dispersed villages to the south. She told us about the development of the village, The Stonk, a medieval moated manor, holloways, strip lynchets, lost fields and much more.
It was a wonderful evening, and following the talk there was a lively question and answer session, with everyone enjoying drinks and nibbles. This event celebrated the start of our Heritage Lottery Fund project, to repair the church tower and provide new facilities.

The Windmill and its Surroundings
Inspection of the timbers of the mill has revealed both good and bad news. The main supporting timbers (side girts) are less rotted than feared and, with simple steel straps and plates across a couple of cracks, should last at least another 100 years. The corner upright posts have all suffered quite badly with the constant ingress of water and all need attention. It looks, though, that we will not need to replace them as the millwright has a plan to cut 50mm from their outer faces and ‘plate’ them with new green oak to give the required strength and surface on which to attach the new weatherboards.
What was not expected and is the cause of significant extra work was the condition of the main horizontal weather beam that supports the wind shaft holding the sails. So much rot has occurred at its ends that it is no longer securely attached to the corner posts and has tilted forward under the weight of the sails. The sails have had to be removed, the wind shaft propped up and the weather beam removed. The repair to the weather beam will require the addition of a steel joist to give real strength to the structure.
Tony Andrews has taken photos of the removal of the sails. See them here
History of the windmill
The unexpected damage has pushed the total repair estimate up to £118,000 but having granted the project £15,729 towards costs before discovery of the extra work, Historic England’s funding committee reconsidered the position and agreed to increase the grant to around 70% of the requirement. Together with the Sponsor a Board money, other grants and contributions, there is now have sufficient to complete the structural repairs and make the mill weatherproof once more. This will remove it from Historic England’s 'Heritage at Risk’ listing and return it to its position as a public attraction.
On Sunday 14th October, and quite co-incidentally the morning after archaeologist Carenza lewis' talk on local history, 51 keen metal ‘detectorists’ of the East Coast Searchers group gathered on Tom Duke’s field on the Little Chishill Road to see what evidence they could find of our predecessors.
Klaine Feagan is currently working on the repair of our windmill and came up with the idea of bringing his colleagues to see what they could unearth that would add detail to Chishill’s long and varied history. The group is based around Manningtree though one couple had travelled from Padstow, Cornwall to join in! Tom kindly agreed to them using his 40-acre field, the sun shone and everyone had a grand time. At the end of the day, Sue Clark, Chair of the East Coast Searchers, said that it had been a very productive and enjoyable event. As well as ancient buckles, clasps, musket balls, spinning weights and buttons, a well-preserved wax seal stamp was found. Coins were also numerous, including a fine looking Roman piece thought to be from the reign of Constantius II – AD 337 to 361.
The group kindly donated some of their finds to the Windmill Trust for display in the mill. They, and Tom Duke, generously waived all expenses and charges donating all proceeds to the windmill restoration – a magnificent £792.50!
Pictures of finds and of the day.

Royston and District Choral Society Prepare for Christmas
RCS Presents J.S.Bach’s joyous and beautiful Christmas Oratorio on Saturday18th November 7.30 pm at Royston Parish Church.
Jenny Leitch, RCS's press officer and Great Chishill resident says 'We are familiar with the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ tradition, but within those 12 days were major feast days. As well as Christmas Day, the Annunciation to the shepherds was celebrated on December 26th, the Adoration of the shepherds on December 27th and so on, culminating in the Adoration of the Magi on Twelfth Night. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is in six parts each intended for performance on one of those feast days.
With soloists Nina Bennett, soprano, Tom Verney, counter tenor and Laurence Williams, bass, making a welcome return, and the orchestral talents of East Herts Sinfonia, this promises to be an uplifting and memorable concert.'
Tickets £15, Concessions £12, School Students £1, Available from Choir members; Online at https://bit.lyRCSNov2017, Caroline Franks Tel 01920 822723 – email caroline.franks@rf152.co.uk and on the door
For information about the choir see www.roystonchoralsoc.org.uk

Scottish Dancing Returns

Scottish Dancing classes started again on Monday 2nd October at 7.30pm in the URC schoolroom and will run initially at least for 6 weeks. Last winter this proved to be a lot of fun. No previous experience is necessary, just come along and give it a go. Be prepared to spend as much time laughing as dancing!!

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.
Blade Runner 2049 15 17th, 18th 8pm
The Lego Ninjago Movie U 18th, 19th 2pm
Dunkirk 12A 18th 5pm
The Exception 15 19th 5pm, 8pm
Dina 15 20th 8pm
David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts:
A Bigger Picture 2012 &
82 Portraits and One Still Life 2016
ART FILM based on two exhibitions
at the Royal Academy of Arts
21st 7.30pm
The Mountain Between Us 12A 24th 8pm
26th 5pm
The Lego Ninjago Movie U 25th 3pm
26th 2pm
The Party
15 25th, 26th 8pm
B Ice Age U 26th 11am
I Am Not a Witch 12A 27th 8pm
Oscar Wilde Season Live:
A Woman of No Importance
PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the Vaudeville Theatre, London
28th 7.15pm
A Autism-friendly screening (No adverts or trailers, Low level lighting throughout the showing, Film sound at a consistently lower volume)
s Subtitled       line 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 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.

Foyer Folk Club
Great live music from Dan Walsh and Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar.
Fri 17th
I Fagiolini
You might already know and love Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610: now, brilliantly, Robert Hollingworth and the virtuoso musicians of I Fagiolini have dived into Monteverdi’s other choral works and assembled another, alternative Vespers, every bit as magnificent.
Wed 22nd
Perse School Symphonic Showcase Concert
A wonderful evening of music from Perse’s fabulous senior instrumental ensembles.
Fri 24th
Cambridge University Symphony Chorus
Following its triumphant Saffron Hall debut in 2016 with Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Cambridge University Symphony Chorus returns to present Handel’s monumental oratorio Israel in Egypt.
Sat 25th
Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
Nielsen’s rollicking overture to his opera Maskarade launches this concert which features two of the 20th Century’s greatest masterpieces: Sibelius’ stark but hauntingly beautiful Violin Concerto played by the Doric Quartet’s Alex Redington, and Rachmaninov’s emotional and tempestuous Symphony No.2.
Sat 25th
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.

Dunkirk 12A Fri 17th Nov 7.30pm
Detroit 15 Sat 18th Nov 7.30pm
Loving Vincent 12A Thu 23rd Nov 8pm
God's Own Country 15 Fri 24th Nov 7.30pm
Blade Runner 2049 15 Sat 25th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here
Click on this picture to view itNovember 2017 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

Whist Drive

Whist Players Following the very successful Whist Drives held in the URC schoolroom earlier in the year we held another one on 21st October.
For those who don't know, a whist drive consists of lots of people playing the card game whist - 4 people in each game. The winners of a game move on to play the next table to make a new 'foursome' and so on, so it is a great opportunity to mix and meet new people. The evening raises money towards the restoration of St Swithuns' bells. and on this occasion just over £220 was raised.
The next Whist Drive will be on Saturday 18th November.

Forthcoming Events


URC Schoolroom Mondays for 6 weeks starting 2nd October, 7.30pm(excluding 23rd October) No experience is required, just a sense of humour!


URC Schoolroom Saturday 18th November, 7.30pm
Tickets £5 available from Phil Maynard 838311 (pm@maynardprojects.co.uk) or Jean Wiseman 295002. Tickets will also be available on the door but there will be a limit on numbers so please get your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment. Nibbles provided and a 'donation' bar.

Crafts on the Hill

Saturday 2 December, 10am - 4pm, Great Chishill Village Hall. Crafts and gifts made by local crafts people.
Teas and cakes, Hot Dogs, Homemade Soup
Christmas Hand Bell Ringing
Christmas Trees and Wreaths for sale


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 3rd December, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Rosei on 07720647696 or email rosei@flapperfortunes.co.uk for more info.

Great Chishill Christmas Tree Festival

in St Swithun’s Church Saturday 9 December 2pm – 6pm AND Sunday 10 December 12 midday – 4pm Christmas Music and Singing Festive Tea on Saturday 9th with music from the Robin Chamber Choir, Cambridge
Christmassy Food on Sunday 10th with music from the Nottingham Cathedral Choir and ending with mulled wine and carols around the trees!

Great Chishill United Reformed Church - The Future

There have been great concerns about the falling of numbers in the congregation anxieties have grown that the Chapel is not sustainable. As a matter of our huge respect we feel very strongly that it would very wrong to simply close the Chapel without exploring areas of increasing the use of this most charming and useful building.
We would very much like to make a concerted effort to raise the profile of the Chapel, the schoolroom and the lovely garden within the village. We would like to make it a really positive facility for the benefit of all of us who live in and around the village.
From now onwards services will be held on the first and third Sundays of the month. The next services will be at 9.30 on 19th November and 3rd December . The parish Youth Fellowship meet in the Schoolroom on the second Sunday of each month between 5.00-6.30, run by Helen Williams, (01799 520398).
In addition to the fortnightly services, we are hoping to promote the Chapel with a range of events and activities that will hopefully capture the interest of all ages. We are looking to introduce a library and reading area in the Schoolroom, initially opening once a month, for tea, coffee and cakes. We are also looking to trial a supper evening once a month with a choice of meat or vegetarian menus, and to include wine to accompany your meal.
Click here to see more information about the future of the URC.
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

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

Sun 19th November
9.00am Strethall
4.00pm Chrishall Christingle Service

Sun 26th November
9.00am Hamlet
10.40am Elmdon

Other Parish activities, news etc.available here

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, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40
6th December
3rd January
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 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.

Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 7am to 7pm
Sat 7am to 2pm
Sun 8am 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

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
21/11/17: Black Bin
28/11/17: Blue Bin ONLY
05/12/17: Black Bin
12/12/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin
From Monday 11 December 2017, caddies will no longer be collected, and from that date paper should be placed directly into the blue 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