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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.
Woman in Gold 12A 3rd, 4th 8pm
Moomins on the Riviera U 4th, 5th 4pm
Far From the Madding Crowd 12A 5th 8pm
s Girlhood
(Bande de filles)
15 6th 8pm
Mad Max: Fury Road 15 10th, 11th, 12th 8pm
Pitch Perfect 2 12A 11th, 12th 4pm
sPhoenix 12A 13th 8pm
Everyman 15 PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the National Theatre
16th 6.50pm
Danny Collins 15 17th, 18th 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 Walden Symphony Orchestra
Enjoy two masterpieces from Grieg and Elgar alongside Dvořák’s Carnival Overture.
Sat 27th June
Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail
Hitchcock’s silent film masterpiece with live accompaniment by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Sun 12th July
Saffron Opera Group
Saffron Opera Group presents Stravinsky’s witty tragi-comedy The Rake’s Progress.
Sun 13th Sept
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.

Mad Max: Fury Road 15 Fri 3rd, Sat 4th July 7.30pm
Two by Two U Sat 4th 3.30pm
The Age of Adaline 12A Fri 10th 7.30pm
Danny Collins 15 Sat 11th 7.30pm
Queen and Country 12A Fri 17th 7.30pm
Spy 12A Sat 18th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
03/07/15:Green & Blue Bins
11/07/15:Black Bin
18/07/15:Green & Blue Bins
25/07/15: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

A huge amount of hard work by a lot of people helped to make the midsummer weekend into a huge success. The first visible sign of the events was the erection of a huge marquee on the playing field.
On Saturday evening 200 or so people arrived, dressed in their gowns and DJs for the midsummer ball. The Elderly Brothers entertained whilst the revellers sipped their champagne and nibbled on canapes. This was followed by a 3 course dinner in the wonderfully decorated marquee. Various items designed to raise money for the church then ensued including a raffle, 'heads and tails' and an auction of some exclusive activities. Dancing to the band 'Back to the 80s' until 2am.
It has not yet been announced how much was raised by the ball.
As if the organisers had not had enough to do with the ball, the next afternoon saw the marquee used again, this time for the 'Mad Hatter's Tea Party' with entertainment provided by Saffron Walden County High School Jazz Band. This event raised around £1000.
If you have pictures from either of these events, please email them to me at webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk

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

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 5th July

9.00am Elmdon
10.40am Chrishall School

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 12th July
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
10th July
14th August
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