|The VIRUS - Help is at hand
As you might expect from our amazing community, things are being put into place to help anybody and everybody in our villages who need help in this difficult times.
Over the next few days each household will have a card through the door laying out the arrangements for all kinds of help, including such things as shopping, dog walking, getting prescriptions etc. There are also opportunities to volunteer to help.
For immediate help and information visit the specially set up web site at
or call 877255
If you are a Great and Little Chishill resident and registered at Barley Surgery, are over 70 or at risk, there will be a weekly collection and delivery of medication. Please allow a week for your prescription to be fulfilled and on a Wednesday a volunteer from Great Chishill will collect and deliver them.
If you are registered at NEWPORT Surgery and are over 70 or at risk then they will deliver you medication/prescriptions to you.
If you use the chemist in Newport to collect prescriptions, they can now post them to you.
updated 18th March
Yet another shed break-in, this time in Barley Road in the last couple of days. On this occasion nothing of significance was taken.
So - make sure your sheds and garages are secured - alarmed if possible - simple very loud alarms can cost less than £10, and security lights are a good idea too.
RS components sell a simple but very effective alarm for less than £7.50 click here
If you see something suspicious call the police on 101, but if you suspect that a burglary is in progress call 999.
|Pop-Up Pub a Huge Success!
Great Chishill Cricket Club is looking forward to a memorable 12
months as the club celebrate its 150th year. The celebrations started off with a Pop Up Pub
in the URC schoolroom on Saturday 15th February. There were 2 ales, a range of bottled lagers, wines and
An exciting menu was served and the people of Great Chishill and beyond, starved of our local pub, turned out in great numbers to support the venture. At least 70 people were able to enjoy a choice of Chilli, Game pie, Sausage and Cider casserole, Gnocchi and Spinach or Fish pie. A further 100 propped up the bar, fairly consistently from 5.00 to 11.00! The Schoolroom was buzzing. There was a fantastic atmosphere. Thanks goes to everyone who supported this venture for the cricket club. As a result of their generosity in the region £1000 was raised. It was so successful that there is a plan afoot to do it again - watch this space!
As for the cricket, Chairman Andrew Drury announced: “Our aim is simply to leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy cricket in our village. In
April we will be launching the ‘Chishill Chief’, our very own
junior section. We will be offering coaching and games for
local children from 4 -11 to nurture their interest and love
of the game. We are also planning to install an all weather net facility
for everyone in the village to use, young and old! We have
a number of other events planned for the year, so please
do keep an eye out. For further details, or if you would like
to be a part of the celebrations or support the club in any
way, you can contact Angus email@example.com
|The Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition
On Saturday 22nd February the great Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition party was held at Stackyard Cottage, kindly hosted by Jean and Peter Wiseman.
This very popular annual event raises money for the bell fund. There are 3 categories - 'Nouveau', 'Vintage' and 'Ringer's Delight' - the first two being specifically for Sloe Gin and the 3rd any spirit based fruity tipple.
|1st||Ian Sanders Damson Gin|
|2nd||Ivan Sharp Victoria Plum Vodka|
|3rd||Stella Russell Marmalade Gin|
|Stella Russell Marmalade Gin|
Great Chishill Bellringers would like to thank everyone from IWP and beyond, who supported the 2020 Sloe Gin Competition, kindly hosted, both for Judging and Results & Tasting Party, by Jean & Peter Wiseman. The event raised a record-breaking £457!! Huge thanks due to all competition entrants as well as Results Party attendees.
All the IWP churches with ringable towers currently rely on the Great Chishill team for special events. Aspiring or returning ringers (we know you’re out there) from other villages always welcome to join practices Wednesdays 8.00-9.00 pm either St Swithuns Great Chishill or Chrishall.
More information about the bells
|The Hundred Parishes Society
The Hundred Parishes Society, a registered charity, was launched in 2014. It is an initiative to raise awareness of a large area of northwest Essex, northeast Hertfordshire and southern Cambridgeshire that is particularly notable for its exceptional depth of heritage.
Until now, the area’s anonymity has probably been due largely to the lack of a name, so one has been created and the hope is that it will eventually become as well-known as the 'Chilterns' or 'Constable Country'. It is called the Hundred Parishes to recognise that it contains just over 100 administrative parishes, including Great and Little Chishill.
The website is www.hundredparishes.org.uk
An article is produced each month with news or information of interest to the area. This month, the article is about Bluebells
and the differences between our native plant and the invasive Spanish bluebell.
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.
|As from 16th March, all showings are CANCELLED until further notice
For full details see website www.saffronscreen.com
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.
As from 17th March, all concerts are CANCELLED or Postponed until further notice
www.saffronhall.com Box office 0845 548 7650
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.
As from 16th March, all showings are CANCELLED until further notice
Complete Diary available here
Bin CollectionsTuesdays unless otherwise marked
31/03/20: Blue Bin
7/04/20: Black Bin
16/04/20: Thursday Blue Bin
Not sure what you can recycle? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.
Closed until further notice
Gravel Pit Hill, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire SG8 7HZ
Tel: (01223) 839001
8am to 4pm Every day including Bank Holidays, 1st October to 31st March
Fancy a Walk?
Circular Walks from Great Chishill
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.
|Takeaway and Delivery Services in the area
You may have seen in the newsletter (see below) a list of some of the establishments that were offering takeaways and/or deliveries. Unfortunately, as time has gone on it has not been possible to keep a lot of them going
Below is an updated list gleaned from websites and facebook pages, starting with the ones mentioned in the newsletter. Please note that no recommendation is implied by the listing.
The Chequers, Barley
- Still doing takeaways. (849144) Also taking orders for takeaway Easter full roast dinners.
, Still doing takeaways, maybe delivery. (249098)
Rasa Sayang - Still doing takeaway 20th March (243168)
Domino's Pizza - Still open
Ashiana Spice- Now closed completely
Coach House, Flint Cross - Now closed completely
The Red Cow, Chrishall - Now closed completely
Fox and Duck, Therfield - Now completely closed
Fish'n Chick'n - Closed
George's Fish and Chips - Closed
MacDonalds - Closed
If you know of any others or need to update this information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Good News for Gardeners
Phillimore Garden Centre is closed to visitors but is open for orders placed over the phone (not on Saturday or Sunday) for delivery within a 10 mile radius (so that includes the Chishills). Telephone 01763 260537 or email email@example.com
|Bowls Club Final
One of the village’s most keenly fought contests climaxed on 5 March as the Bowls Club staged its annual knock-out competition final. Over the winter season, two dozen entrants were whittled down to two finalists; Jean Hatt and David Bannister. After a ding-dong match in which the lead changed hands several times, David, who may well be the club’s oldest member (we don’t like to ask) pulled ahead with a 4-point margin in the ninth end and finally triumphed. Coronavirus rules now apply at the club, so Jean and Bob congratulated one another with a cordial elbow-bump.
Following the huge success of the whist drives that were run over the last couple of winters, we ran them again this winter. The next one was set for Friday 20th March
but with the current concerns over COVID-19 we have CANCELLED
We would like to thank everyone who has supported this activity, together we have raised £745 for the Great Chishill Bell Fund. More information about the bells
April 2020 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
There was no newsletter for August
Village Hall Bookings
It is 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org
URC Schoolroom, Barley Road FRIDAY 20th March, 7.30pm (sharp please!) £5.
Next Wine Circle hosted by Lindsey and John Crawley Wednesday 25th March, 8.30pm onwards
CANCELLEDANTIQUES & VINTAGE FAIR
Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 5th April, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918
or email email@example.com for more info.
Get your event listed here by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 838311
Cancelled until further notice
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The current evidence is that for the vast majority of
the population the Covid-19 virus is a mild illness
which can be safely managed at home with rest,
paracetamol and fluids just like a normal flu-like
illness. However, for those with significant other
medical problems and for the elderly it can be more
With this in mind we have
postponed all face to face
GP appointments and some
appointments. This is for
both our patient’s safety
and the safety of our staff.
Instead we are now offering
an enhanced telephone
service and also a nonurgent
, 8am to 6pm Monday to
Friday. We are working
hard to make sure that
those who are housebound
will continue to receive
As a community we can
help each other – both by
following the advice given
and by helping look after
those who may need help
within our communities. If you are able to volunteer
to help out in your immediate area, please email your details to email@example.com
See the Granta Practices website
for up to date information.
An Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) has been installed on the wall of the sports pavilion facing the car park
In the event of a cardiac arrest, upon calling 999 the caller is given the location of the nearest AED and the code to unlock it.
The device gives easy to follow verbal instructions, is safe to use, and will only operate if it is appropriate.
More information about Defibrillators.
Great Chishill United Reformed Church
There has been a ‘Congregational chapel’ on the site of the present United Reformed Church for over 400 years and we are very much planning for the future.
Great Chishill 'URC' has been going through a season of change with the Minister moving on to pastures new. At the present time there is a Membership of three, but there is optimism about increasing this number. The congregation has been growing in recent years, notably increasing the average service attendance. This has been while trialing different forms and times of services supported by guest preachers. There is an evening service once a month which has proved to be very popular. For‘special’ services at Christmas, Easter, Advent and Remembrance between forty and one hundred people have been welcomed into the chapel.
The chapel fellowship has become an increasingly important part of village life with a variety of events encouraging people to come together – films, Scottish dancing, concerts, silver surfers’ internet café, whist drives and hosting parties for all ages. On a Sunday you are guaranteed a warm welcome, with services held on the first and third Sundays of the month. Whether a morning or evening service the duration will be around 45 minutes with a time of friendship and fellowship afterwards in the schoolroom (usually with splendid refreshments).
The present pattern of services is for a 6pm evening service on the first Sunday of the month and for a 9.30 morning service on the third Sunday of the month.
Click here to see more information and news from the URC
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill
Parish Church Services
All services Cancelled until further notice
Please see here for all church news and information.
Other Parish activities, news etc.available here
Cancelled until further notice
Click on image above to see latest poster
Messy Church is usually held in Great Chishill village hall from 3-4.30pm on the 4th Sunday of most months.
Mobile Library Dates
Heydon Road opposite the bus stop, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40
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
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.
Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 7am to 7pm
Sat 7am to 2pm
Sun 8am to 2pm
Mon 7am to 6pm
Tue 1pm to 6pm
Wed 7am to 5pm
Thu 7am to 1pm
Fri 7am to 6pm