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Village Hall Renovations Complete
Great Chishill Village Hall has been closed for a few weeks for renovation. The works are now complete and the hall was officially re-opened on Friday 10th April. Renovations included the installation of new lights, a new floor and acoustic panels.
The Hall is available to hire for village and private events. See below for viewing availabiliy and booking details.

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.

Choral Society Raises Money for the Church Restoration Fund
On Saturday 14th March, Royston Choral Society, under the baton of Richard Prince, produced a lovely 'Concert of Choral Surprises' in St. Swithun's Church. This was a mix of music ranging from Bach's 'Sanctus' to Paul Simon's 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters'. The programme also included several pieces performed superbly by guest flautist Kirstey Gunn. The concert was well supported, boosting the restoration fund. The choir has several members from Great Chishill and surrounding villages. You can find out more about the choir at RoystonChoralSoc.org.uk

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.
Dior and I 12A 13th 8pm
Vincent Van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing PG MUSEUM TOUR
from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
14th 7.30pm
The Hard Problem 12A PLAY
broadcast LIVE from the National Theatre
16th 6.50pm
Still Alice 12A 17th, 18th 8pm
Paddington 12A 18th 2pm
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel PG 18th 5pm
Shaun the Sheep Movie U 19th B11am
Ivan the Terrible 12A BALLET
broadcast LIVE from the Bolshoi in Moscow
19th 4pm
Selma 12A 19th 8pm
Catch Me Daddy 15 20th 8pm
Suite Française 15 24th, 25th 8pm
26th 5pm
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
Elgar’s Violin Concerto is paired with Dvořák’s penultimate symphony.
Sat 18th April
7.30pm
Arcangelo
Jonathan Cohen’s dynamic Arcangelo ensemble perform Monteverdi madrigals of love and loss
Sun 19th April
7.30pm
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Maestro Jiří Bělohlàvek and the Czech Philharmonic perform masterpieces of their joint musical heritage.
Sat 25th April
7.30pm
Colin Currie Group
Virtuoso percussionist Colin Currie leads his ensemble in three mesmerising works by Steve Reich.
Sun 26th April
7.30pm
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.

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL PG Fri 17th 7.30pm
STILL LIFE Sat 18th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
17/04/15:Black Bin
24/04/15:Green & Blue Bins
01/05/15:Black Bin
Saturday 09/05/15: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.
Time has stopped in Great Chishill !
Of course time hasn't really stopped, but people living within earshot of the church may have noticed that the clock is not chiming. In fact, due to a fault on the winding mechanism the clock on the church has stopped, but it is hoped to have it sorted out soon.

Forthcoming events

BRING AND SELL AUCTION In aid of St Swithun’s Appeal Fund on Sunday 17th May, Great Chishill Village Hall. With auctioneer David Palmer (‘Flog it’ & ‘Bargain Hunt')
10.00 -12.00 ~ Open to bring items to be sold at the auction.
12.00 - 1.00 ~ Viewing for buyers.
1.00 ~ Auction starts.
£1 fee per lot bought or sold at the auction. Plus 10% commission for all items bought and sold. Donations to the auction are most most welcome. BBQ, cakes and refreshments.
Contact ~ Angus 01763 838941 or angusgent@gmail.com

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

OPEN GARDEN Little Chishill Manor, Saturday 27th June

Get your event listed here by emailing webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk or phone 838311


Click on this picture to view itApril 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

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!

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

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 19th April

9.00am Elmdon
10.00am Chrishall


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 26th April
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
8th May
12th June
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
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