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Dancing for the Windmill
Last year, Wendy and David McKeown organised dance lessons for absolute beginners with all proceeds being donated to the Great Chishill Windmill Trust. This was a great success and £1000 was added to the fund. The original dancers persuaded Wendy and David to run more lessons through this coming Autumn and Winter. They will be held in Great Chishill Village Hall at 7.30 to 8.30 on Friday evenings commencing September 23rd.

So, if you have done a little ballroom and Latin dancing but would like a refresher, please contact David at mckeown.david@gmail.com. If you are an absolute beginner, still get in touch as we have a gentle pace of learning so that anyone with rhythm shouldn’t find catching up too difficult. These are fun sessions with emphasis on enjoyment – we are not after medal performance, just to be able to get around the floor with confidence.

Having a laugh! For St Swithun’s Restoration Fund
Popular Norfolk duo Pat Nearney and Danny Platton have been touring East Anglia for 8 years and are now bringing their unique blend of rural comedy, music, mime, singalong and ‘Norfolk Squit’ (!) to Great Chishill on Sunday 28th August 1.30 – 5.30 pm in the Marquee on the Meadow at May Street Farm, SG8 8SN
With pulled pork, salads and dessert for lunch served around 2.30 (vegetarian option available) and licensed bar, this promises to be a leisurely, fun alternative to bank holiday weekend traffic! Tickets £12.50 (Children 12 years and under £6) from Jenny Leitch Tel 07850 862199 or email Ro Gadian 1drakeral@gmail.com

Great Chishill Fun Day 2016
write-up by David McKeown
The sun shone and young and old turned out in force to enjoy the delights on offer at The Fun Day. Everyone, whether 9 months, 9 years or 90 years old, found something to amuse them.
There was our own Dog Show in the 'Main Arena' followed later by children learning Zumba. Inflatable castle, playhouse and jousting stools were popular ways for the youngsters to let off steam. After this they could relax on a ride behind a Massey Ferguson or a beautiful miniature traction engine. The coconut shy and ball rolling games were in constant demand and we were treated to fun and games (and a bit of a soaking) when the stocks were in use. Our new outdoor gym equipment proved a hit as well.
In addition to regular attractions like tombola, raffle, guess the weight of the cake, number of sweets, where the treasure was hidden, tug-of-war, etc., snail racing was a novelty that caught everyone's eye. Who'd have thought snails had that turn of speed?
Novelty bird feeders were on sale and the Windmill Trust sold 40 Recipe Books giving a welcome boost to their funds. Burgers, beer, tea, cakes, ice cream and sweets kept us all going so that we could enjoy Chishill's favourite pastime - chatting whilst standing in our lovely playing field watching children having fun. It was a grand day!
Click for lots more pictures from Neil Heywood - Thank you Neil

Wanted - Bar Person
Simon and Ollie are looking for a reliable, personable, hard working person to work behind the bar at our popular village pub - The Pheasant - hours to suit. If you are interested give Simon a call on 838535

Great Chishill Windmill Cookbook
The cookbook containing 52 recipes submitted by the Chishills residents and friends is now available to buy at the modest price of £7.50, with proceeds going to the Windmill Restoration Fund.
Available from Hazel on 838254 or hrhandmaj@btinternet.com. More information on the www.greatchishillwindmill.com website

The Village Celebrates the Queen's 90th Birthday
On 11th June, the date of the Queen's official 90th birthday, the village celebrated with a Fun Day and mini Beer Festival held at the Pheasant. There was something for everyone - live music, games, beers of course, food, tractor rides (a chance for Simon to get out his 1966 Massey Ferguson 135), and a commemoration gift to all the children in the village from the Parish Council.
More pictures here
Pictures by Neil Heywood

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.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie 15 19th, 20th, 21st 8pm
The Legend of Tarzan 12A 20th, 21st 3pm
sIvan’s Childhood
(Ivanovo detstvo)
12A 22nd 8pm
Long Way North PG 23rd, 25th 3pm
The Audience 12A PLAY from the National Theatre 25th 7.20pm
Elvis & Nixon 15 26th, 27th 8pm
Ice Age: Collision Course U 27th, 28th, 30th 3pm
The Lady in the Van 12A 28th 8pm
sRan 12A 29th 7pm
The Deep Blue Sea 12A PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the National Theatre.
1st September 6.50pm
Ghostbusters 12A 2nd, 3rd 8pm
4th 5pm
Star Trek Beyond 12A 3rd 3pm
4th 8pm
Ice Age: Collision Course U 4th 2pm
sFire at Sea
12A 5th 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 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.

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The 2016-17 season opens with Saffron Hall favourites, the LPO and Nicola Benedetti
Sat 24th September
Once Upon A Tune
Words in Walden presents an afternoon of classical music, stories and painting inspired by fairytales
Sun 25th September
Saffron Opera Group – Die Walküre
SOG’s Ring Cycle continues with a concert performance of Die Walküre
Sun 9th October
National Youth Jazz Orchestra
The country’s best young jazz talents celebrate the music that makes us groove
Fri 14th October
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.

Elvis & Nixon 15 Fri 19th 7.30pm
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Out of the Shadows
12A Sat 20th 3.30pm
Race PG Sat 20th 7.30pm
Absolutely Fabulous 15 Fri 26th, Sat 27th 7.30pm
The Secret Life of Pets U Sat 27th 3.30pm
The Nice Guys 15 Fri 2nd September 7.30pm
The BFG PG Sat 3rd, Sun 4th 3.30pm
Independence Day: Resurgence 12A Sat 3rd 7.30pm
Star Trek: Beyond 12A Fri 9th, Sat 10th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
26/8/16:Green Bin and Blue Bin
Saturday 3/9/16: Black Bin
9/9/16:Green Bin and Blue Bin
16/9/16: 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 itAugust 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

'Oh, what a night!' - The Music Night on July 16th
write-up by David McKeown
The Village Hall was packed - we had a 100 seat sell out; four acts gave us first class entertainment and the organisers served a ploughman's of mammoth proportions. We will be talking of this event for months.
It started with an idea from Jim Brearley. He had recently made contact once more with a band member he last played with in 1966 and it struck him that they ought to play a gig to celebrate 50 years since last playing and their 70th birthdays. So '1966 Reunited' was born and the Great Chishill 'Arena' was chosen for their debut. Terrific idea, Jim, and brilliantly carried off. We hope that our applause showed how much we appreciated it.
'Out of the Blue' were a duo from Liverpool with excellent voices who treated us to 60s and 70s hits that all of the audience seemed to know - almost word perfectly. Then Simon Brearley (fresh from guesting on kazoo in '1966 Reunited) and his friend stirred us all with a wide range of songs including singalongs from Prince and Proclaimers. So by the time 'The Elderley Brothers' took the stage, everyone was singing and dancing. Surely that was Mick Jagger himself strutting across the dance floor at one point, wasn't it?
How the ladies arranged to feed the masses as well as they did was amazing - and they finished off with homemade chocolate brownies! The beer and wine flowed; the raffle was very successful; Overall the event made £1495 for the St Swithun's Appeal and the Great Chishill Windmill Trust.
The last word must go to Jim. He sent a message to all involved saying 'must do again'.

Celebration Peal Success
As part of the celebration of our queen being our longest reigning monarch, a group of ringing enthusiasts from Mistley (Essex) attempted and succeeded to ring a peal on the bells of St. Swithun's on Wednesday 29th June, in the afternoon. A peal is the 'gold standard' of change ringing, during which the bells are rung continuously in over 5000 different sequences, without visual aids, typically taking 3 hours! In this case they rang 5140 changes in 2 hours and 47 minutes.
This peal was especially difficult due to the 'odd struckness' of our bells, which date back to the early 17th Century. If you are interested in knowing more about what a peal is all about, Click here, and here for more about our bells.

Great Chishill Open Gardens
The now biennial Open Garden event was held on the 19th June. 9 gardens were open in the village, ranging from cottage gardens through to more formal gardens. It was a popular event, further enhanced by the fact that the church was still beautifully decorated from the weding on the previous day.
As always, many people had put a lot of effort into making it a great success, raising a total of £536. A big thankyou to everyone involved.
Neil Heywood was out and about with his camera and you can see some of his pictures here

Forthcoming Events

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle hosted by Jane Osgathorp and Nick, Friday 19th August.

Having a laugh!

With popular Norfolk Comedy duo Pat Nearney and Danny Platton Sunday 28th August 1.30 pm Marquee on the Meadow May Street Farm, Great Chishill A full afternoon’s entertainment – Rural comedy, country & western, skiffle, sing-along and a huge dollop of Norfolk squit!

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

Macmillan Coffee Morning

This year’s coffee morning will be on Friday 30 September at Chrishall Village Hall. Come along, 10.30am – 12pm, and enjoy coffee, cake and good company and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
For more information please contact Stella on 838580 or Joan on 838027.

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 28th August
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 21st August
10.00am Strethall

Sunday 28th August
10.00am Hamlet

Other Parish activities, news etc.available here

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
9th September
14th October
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