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From the 5th of January, and for a period of 8 to 10 weeks, Heydon Road is CLOSED from the crossroads, right through to the Fowlmere Road turn in Heydon. This is for the replacement of the water main. The road will be closed from 9am-5pm but is open at the weekends. Residents have access to their properties at all times, although there may be a diversion to get to them.
Both The Pheasant and King William have access to their car parks and there are signs erected stating that they are open. If there is poor weather, the gritting lorries will be permitted access. The contractors will work with those residents who have to park on the roadside and trades working in the area.

Note that the cast iron main is being replaced with plastic pipe. This may mean that your home is no longer properly earthed, and Cambridge Water are advising that you have this checked by an electrician - at YOUR expense!
Neil Dartnell, a qualified electrician with connections (sic) to the village has said that he can do the electrical tests at a special rate if there are enough people who want it done. If you are interested please email pm@maynardprojects.co.uk, phone Phil Maynard on 838311 or contact Neil directly on 07779 157821
Click on this picture to view itMarch 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

Great Chishill Youth Club
Youth Club meets at the Village Hall on Tuesdays from 7-9pm
If you would like to know more about the club, click on the Jan 2015 newsletter picture on the left

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

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.

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.
Testament of Youth 12A 27th, 28th 8pm
28th, 1st Mar 5pm
Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Never-Beast U 28th, 1st Mar 2pm
Whiplash 15 1st, 2nd Mar 8pm
Mr Turner 12A 3rd 7.45pm
Love’s Labour’s Won
(aka Much Ado About Nothing)
12A PLAY broadcast AS LIVE
from the Royal Shakespeare Company
5th 6.50pm
Wild 15 6th, 7th 8pm
Love is All 12A 7th 2pm
9th 8pm
Into the Woods PG 7th 5pm
8th 3pm
Boyhood 15 8th 7.30pm
The Imitation Game 15 10th 8pm
La Traviata 12A OPERA broadcast LIVE
from English National Opera
11th 7.20pm
American Sniper 15 13th, 15th 8pm
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.

Nicola Benedetti
Superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti plays Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and other baroque works.
Fri 27th February
8pm
Sat 28th February
7.30pm
Oliver
SWCHS Event
17th to 20th March
7.30pm
Britten Sinfonia
Violinist Thomas Gould brings his trademark energy to Sitkovetsky’s arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Sun 22nd March
7.30pm
Saffron Walden Choral Society
As Easter approaches, prepare be uplifted by Bach’s powerful retelling of the story of the passion of Christ
Sat 28th March
6pm
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.

BIRDMAN 15 Fri 27th, Sat 28th 7.30pm
WILD 15 Sat 28th 3.30pm
Sun 1st Mar 5pm
TRASH 15 Fri 6th 7.30pm
TINKERBELL – Legend of the NeverBeast U Sat 7th 3.30pm
FOXCATCHER 15 Sat 7th 7.30pm
WHIPLASH 15 Fri 13th 7.30pm
Mama-Mia (Charity screening in aid of Homestart) Sat 14th 8.15pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
06/03/15:Black Bin
13/03/15:Green & Blue Bins
20/03/15:Black Bin
27/03/15: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.  
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 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.
Annual Sloe Gin Competition Results

The annual results party took place on Saturday 21st February at Hall Farm by kind invitation of Peter and Jean Wiseman.
As usual there were 3 classes of entry and the results were
First
Second
Third
NouveauChris CartwrightNeil HeywoodClive Williams
VintageNeil HeywoodPeter WisemanStella Russell, Sue Maynard
Ringers' DelightStella Russell
Wild Plum Vodka
Stella Russell
Sloe Vodka
Neil Heywood
Blackberry Vodka
PresentationStella RussellPicture shows Neil Heywood collecting his third certificate of the evening!

Christmas Cards 2015 - Competition

We are looking for winter scenes of Great Chishill. It could be a photograph, drawing or painting no larger than A4. Categories are age 7-11, 12-18 and 18+. Entries will be accepted from 1 January – 31 March (entrance fee 50p) with the winning six entries being turned into the Great Chishill 2015 Christmas card pack.
The cards will go on sale towards the end of the year with proceeds going to the St Swithun’s Appeal. You can collect an entry form from the church or print one off from here
Show us your creative side and enter now!

Church Report Not Good News
The church had its 5 yearly architech's inspection last August and at an open meeting in St Swithun's church on 30th June the full extent of his report was revealed.
For hundreds of years the church has stood as a local landmark and the centre of the community. It has withstood attacks upon it by Oliver Cromwell, a devastating village fire and the collapse of its tower, but now it is falling into disrepair due to the ravages of time. The architect's report calculates that around £200,000 needs to be spent on it in the next 5 years.
Your can see the presentation and how you can help by clicking here.

Forthcoming events to support the cause include Royston Choral Society in concert March 14th, Music Quiz Night, Parish Cricket Tournament, Summer Ball, Rugby World Cup celebrations and more,
Suggestions and offers of help welcome!
And now.. there is a Facebook page. Visit it Here
For more information on the proposed restoration or to make a donation to the fabric fund, please contact Appeal Committee Chairman, Angus Gent on 01763 838941 or angusgent@gmail.com our Parish Manager Erica Debnam on 01763 837272 or office@icknieldwayparish.com

Forthcoming events

A CONCERT OF CHORAL SURPRISES Royston Choral Society supporting St Swithun’s Appeal Fund on Saturday 14th March, 7.30pm, St Swithun's Church, Great Chishill
Tickets £12 (Concessions £9 School students £1) available from Jenny Leitch 837073 or 07850 862199, Royston Library, St Swithun’s Appeal Committee and on the door.

MIDSUMMER BALL In aid of St Swithun’s Appeal Fund on Saturday 20th June, Great Chishill Playing Fields. Tickets £70 each, or early bird discount £60 each, if purchased before 31st March. Champagne Cocktail Reception from 7pm Entertainment will include: live music from : ‘Back to the 80s’ For ticket information and sales please email:stswithunsball@gmail.com or phone: Clare on 838100 or Kathey on 837285

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 1st March

10.30am Chrishall Confirmation Service

Sunday 8th March

9.00am Heydon
10.40am Great 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 8th March
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

History
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
13th March
10th April
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
8.9km
7.4Km
or
4.5Km
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