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SG8 Village Walkers
Tracey Greeman writes
On the night of 15 May a group of hardy souls put our bras and trainers on and hit the streets of London to complete our MoonWalk challenge for 2016 (13 or 26 miles in London).
This year we had an amazing team of 13 women covering not just Great Chishill but also Barley, Barkway, Heydon, Chrishall and Elmdon - under the team name of SG8 Village Walkers.
This was my 7th year at this event and most of you know that I'm already booked in for the full marathon challenge again next May - yes every year I say never again! You can still make a donation on justgiving.com/traceygreeman
One more fundraiser/thank you night to complete, The Band Night being held in our village hall on 18 June. Don't miss it if you like a bit of rock! tickets are only £10 - bring your own beer and wine for a great economical night out seeing two great acts. After this has been completed I will let you know how much we have raised, so far this year I have already raised £600 plus for this breast cancer charity.
Thank you so much for your continued support, Gill and I in particular hope to see you on 18th of June so we can thank you individually.

Wanted - Help in the kitchen
Simon, from our very popular pub - THE PHEASANT - could do with some help in the kitchen on Mondays to Fridays either at lunchtimes or in the evenings. If you are interested give Simon a call on 838535
June 11th marks the official birthday of the Queen so to mark the occasion there will be a Family Fun Day and Beer Festival at the Pheasant, with live music, games, food etc. If you or your village club or society would like to be involved, give Simon a ring.

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 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.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War 12A 30th, 31st 4pm
Midnight Special 12A 31st 8pm
The Jungle Book PG 1st, 2nd June 4pm
Despite the Falling Snow 12A 1st June 8pm
Zootropolis PG 3rd 4pm
Sing Street 12A 3rd, 4th 8pm
Ratchet and Clank U 4th, 5th 3pm
Miles Ahead 15 5th 8pm
sDheepan 15 6th 8pm
Miles Ahead 15 10th 8pm
Robinson Crusoe PG 11th, 12th 3pm
The Man Who Knew Infinity 12A 11th 8pm
Hamlet 12A PLAY broadcast AS LIVE
from the Royal Shakespeare Company
12th 6.50pm
sThe Brand New Testament
(Le tout nouveau testament)
15 13th 8pm
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 Hot Sardines
A captivating, contemporary slice of history defining between-the-wars jazz cabaret
Sat 4th June
3pm & 7.30pm
Kavakos, Capuçon & Lugansky
Three renowned soloists come together for an evening of chamber music centred on Brahms’s piano trios
Sun 5th June
Cambridge University Musical Society
CUMS May Week Concert: Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with conductor Stephen Cleobury
Sat 11th June
Cyprus Sinfonia
A perfect concert for a summer Sunday with Mozart’s sublime concerto for flute and harp
Sun 12th June
Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is paired with Martinu’s melodic Symphony No 3
Sat 18th June
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.

Anomalisa 15 Fri 3rd June 7.30pm
Zootropolis PG Sat 4th 3.30pm
Batman vs Superman 12A Sat 4th 7.30pm
Eye in the Sky 12A Fri 10th, Sat 11th 7.30pm
Midnight Special 15 Fri 17th 7.30pm
Spotlight 15 Sat 18th 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
Saturday4/6/16:Green Bin and Blue Bin
10/6/16: Black Bin
17/6/16:Green Bin and Blue Bin
24/6/16: 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

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

Calling all Gardeners

Do you have a lovely lawn, flourishing flower beds or a handsome herbaceous border, a pretty pond or a wonderful woodland area?
Then join us and show off all your hard work by opening your garden – large or small - as part of the Great Chishill Open Gardens event on Sunday 19th June. Don’t worry, it doesn't have to be weed-free perfection, just somewhere nice to visit! We’d love to hear from you, so please contact Judy Saunders on 838571.

SPORT RELIEF came back to Great Chishill
On Sunday 20th March, 140 people turned up from far and wide and took part in the Great Chishill Sport Relief Event. The sun shone, the WI served freshly baked cakes, Wobbly Wayne bought along one of his bouncy castles and we were all set for a great time.
Everyone seemed to have a great time, as they walked, ran or ambled either 1, 3 or 6 miles around a scenic Great Chishill route.
The final total of funds raised will not be released until June (when the sponsorship pages close), but on the day, and coupled with great events organised by Chishill Chimps and the Youth Club, over £1000 has been raised so far. Thank you all for your tremendous support, you were amazing!
Pictures from the event available on ourSport Relief 2016 page.

Forthcoming Events

Beer Festival and Family Fun Day to celebrate the 90th birthday of HRH The Queen

Music, Food and Mini Beer Festival, Children's Fun and Games, Tractor Rides
The Parish Council will present Chishill Children with a Commemoritive Gift
A good, old fashioned village celebration Saturday 11th June at The Pheasant, Midday to 6pm
Contact Simon 838535

Band Night

Great Chishill Village Hall, Saturday 18th June Tickets £10 from Tracey Greeman tgreeman@aol.com

Rock and Roll and JAZZ Night

Holy Trinity, Chrishall, Saturday 18th June, 7.30pm DUXFORD JAZZ and The ELDERLEY BROTHERS. In aid of 'Open Door' & Parish. Licensed Bar & finger snacks.Tickets Adults £6, Child £4, Family £18 Tel. 01763 837272

Open Gardens

Great Chishill, Sunday 19th June AND
5.00pm ~ 8.30pm The Wedding Garden and Marquee, The Manse, Barley Road, Great Chishill You will be entertained by The New Essex Bluegrass band, reputedly ‘the second best Bluegrass band in Europe’ There will be a Fully Licenced Bar Pizza, Ice Cream and a Sweet Trolley A spot the wedding flower competition and raffle and much, much, much more...
For tickets and any other information please contact ... Ro Gadian~ Tel 01763 837075 or email 1drakeral@gmail.com

Concert - Dido and Æneas

presented by Royston Choral Society Saturday 25th June, 7.30pmBarkway Parish Church

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


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 12th June
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 5th June
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
10th June
8th July
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