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Wanted - Help in the kitchen
Simon, from our very popular pub - THE PHEASANT - could do with some help in the kitchen on Mondays to Fridays either at lunchtimes or in the evenings. If you are interested give Simon a call on 838535
June 11th marks the official birthday of the Queen so to mark the occasion there will be a Family Fun Day and Beer Festival at the Pheasant, with live music, games, food etc. If you or your village club or society would like to be involved, give Simon a ring.

SG8 Village Walkers
Tracey Greeman writes
Have you noticed us out pounding the streets again in pink?
This year we have a team of up to 23 women from the villages doing the London moonwalk on the night of 15 May.
Some are walking 15.1 miles, the rest a full marathon of 26.2 miles overnight in our bras! We are walking for the breast cancer charity Walk the Walk under the name of 'SG8 Village Walkers'. We have ladies from Barkway, Barley, Great Chishill, Chrishall and Elmdon. Obviously you can support us on justgiving.com/traceygreeman this will go to the team effort!
Better still come to our event on 18 June at Great Chishill Village Hall. I'm hosting a band night! I have some lovely friends who are providing the entertainment we have Victor Vellocette opening the evening with his acoustic set of classics ranging from Buddy Holly, Johny Cash, Oasis and Green Day. Then Kirsten from Chrishall will get us up dancing! Followed by the wonderful Allergy a trio of awesomeness - I've known them for 5 or 6 years now and I cannot tell you how great they are. Hopefully time permitting we will get 2/3 hours of their amazing set that could cover anything from Muse, Nirvana to the Arctic monkeys via Kate Bush, Kim Wilde and Rage Against The Machine. It's only £10 a ticket, cheap bar and I'm sure there will be food to buy on the night although that is a moveable feast at the moment! To be confirmed!!!

Trumpeter helps raise funds for St Swithun's

Audiences the world over have enjoyed Crispian Steele-Perkins’ trumpet performances. He’s played the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, New York’s Carnegie Hall and now, St Swithun’s Church Great Chishill! An audience of 150 packed the church on Friday April 15th to enjoy this concert generously sponsored by two local people in which Crispian was accompanied by talented local organist Richard Carr.
As well as winning new fans for trumpet music, around £2,500 was raised for the St Swithun’s Appeal Fund, taking funds raised so far to over £41,000. St Swithun’s is on the English Heritage ‘At Risk’ register, in urgent need of structural repairs.

Next Church Rescue fundraiser Sunday May 15th ~ Good Old Fashioned Auction. With TV’s David Palmer. Items for the sale may be delivered to Great Chishill Village Hall on Saturday evening between 7.00—8.00. Sale starts on Sunday 1.00. Contact Angus Gent 01763 838941 or angusgent@gmail.com

St Swithun's - SOME GOOD NEWS
Great Chishill DCC (responsible for the care of St Swithun’s church) is delighted to announce the award of £29,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This first-round funding means that HLF has endorsed the outline proposals and earmarked funding, as well as contributing towards the costs of the initial work. Once we know what restoration work is needed we will submit detailed proposals to HLF in a second-round application later this year.

St Swithun’s is an important example of an intact medieval parish church, whose history is strongly linked to that of the village. The church is grade II* listed, reflecting the significance of its architecture and heritage. The tower has suffered various mishaps over the years; it caught fire (affecting the roof and floor under the bells) in the disastrous fire of 1798, when 80% of the village was destroyed. The tower began to crumble badly in 1884 and the top fell off in 1891. It was rebuilt in 1896-7 at a cost of £865, but without the original spire. Now it is suffering serious damage as a result of water penetration through the upper flint walls, especially the East face.
You can read the full press release here.

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.
Eddie the Eagle PG 29th, 30th 8pm
1st May 5pm, 8pm
The Divergent Series: Allegiant 12A 30th 3pm
1st May 2pm
sThe Pearl Button
(El botón de nácar)
12A 2nd 8pm
The Witch 15 6th 8pm
Zootropolis PG 7th 3pm
8th 2pm
Black Mountain Poets 15 7th, 8th 8pm
Monet to Matisse –
Painting the Modern Garden
from the Royal Academy of Arts, London
and the Cleveland Museum of Art
8th 11am
The Lady in the Van 12A 8th 5pm
Anomalisa 15 9th 8pm
High-Rise 15 13th, 14th 8pm
Batman v Superman:
Dawn of Justice
12A 14th, 15th 3pm
Bridge of Spies 12A 15th 8pm
sDisorder 15 16th 8pm
The Man Who Knew Infinity 12A 20th 8pm
Paddington PG 21st 3pm
Love & Friendship U 21st 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 new 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.

Hertfordshire Chorus
A compelling choral programme featuring works by Berlioz, Haydn and Stravinsky
Sat 7th May
Anna Huntley & James Baillieu in Recital
Young Artist Coffee Concert: German Lieder, pastoral songs and a taste of the Great American Songbook
Sun 8th May
Kronos Quartet
The legendary string quartet perform Steve Reich’s iconic work Different Trains
Sat 14th May
Britten Sinfonia
A compelling programme including Bach’s Brandenburg No.3 and Britten’s Phaedra with mezzo Alice Coote
Sun 15th May
Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis
An intimate jazz show with the legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and pianist Larry Willis
Sun 29th May
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.

Dad's Army 15 Fri 29th, Sat 30th 7.30pm
Kung Fu Panda 3 PG Sat 7th 3.30pm
Trumbo 15 Sat 7th 7.30pm
Eddie the Eagle PG Fri 13th, Sat 14th 7.30pm
Secret in Their Eyes 15 Fri 20th 7.30pm
High-Rise 15 Sat 21st 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

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 270 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.

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
Saturday7/5/16:Green Bin and Blue Bin
13/5/16: Black Bin
20/5/16:Green Bin and Blue Bin
27/5/16: 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

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

Click on this picture to view itMay 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
Youth Club News
Click on the picture below to see the latest Youth Club Newsletter

Calling all gardeners

Do you have a lovely lawn, flourishing flower beds or a handsome herbaceous border, a pretty pond or a wonderful woodland area?
Then join us and show off all your hard work by opening your garden – large or small - as part of the Great Chishill Open Gardens event on Sunday 19th June. Don’t worry, it doesn't have to be weed-free perfection, just somewhere nice to visit! We’d love to hear from you, so please contact Judy Saunders on 838571.

SPORT RELIEF came back to Great Chishill
On Sunday 20th March, 140 people turned up from far and wide and took part in the Great Chishill Sport Relief Event. The sun shone, the WI served freshly baked cakes, Wobbly Wayne bought along one of his bouncy castles and we were all set for a great time.
Everyone seemed to have a great time, as they walked, ran or ambled either 1, 3 or 6 miles around a scenic Great Chishill route.
The final total of funds raised will not be released until June (when the sponsorship pages close), but on the day, and coupled with great events organised by Chishill Chimps and the Youth Club, over £1000 has been raised so far. Thank you all for your tremendous support, you were amazing!
Pictures from the event available on ourSport Relief 2016 page.

Forthcoming Events

Great Chishill Auction

Following the huge success of the last auction, there will be another on Sunday 15 May with Auctioneer David Palmer.
Contact Angus 838941 or angusgent@gmail.com

The Parish Council’s Annual General Meeting and Annual Parish Meeting

20th May in the Village Hall.
The AGM is at 6:30pm and will be followed by the Annual Parish Meeting at 7:30pm for 8.00pm. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is most welcome!

Beer Festival and Family Fun Day

Saturday 11th June at The Pheasant
Contact Simon 838535

Band Night

Great Chishill Village Hall, Saturday 18th June Tickets £10 from Tracey Greeman tgreeman@aol.com

Open Gardens

Great Chishill, Sunday 19th June Details to follow

Two village icons join forces (Church and Windmill) for a MUSIC NIGHT on Saturday 16th July in the Village Hall at 7.30 PM Details to follow.

Great Chishill Village Fun Day

Sunday 17th July, 2-5pm To be involved contact Emily on 836257 or Islay on 838194

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

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 8th May
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 1st May
9.00am Little Chishill
10.40am Chrishall Village Hall

Thursday 5th May (Ascension Day)
7.30pm Hamlet

Sunday 8th May
9.00am Heydon
10.40am Great Chishill

Other Parish activities, news etc.available here

St Swithun's Church,
Great Chishill

St Nicholas,
Little 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
13th May
10th 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
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.