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Oil Buying Group
Nigel Russell is collecting orders for a group oil delivery, so if you would like some heating oil at a bulk purchase price, give Nigel a call now on 838986

Pink Champagne for the next Fundraising Event

On FRIDAY OCTOBER 14TH, 7.30 at St Swithun’s Church, Great Chishill there will be A ‘SPARKLING’ GALA EVENING of OPERETTA GEMS!
Soprano ~ Marilyn Hill Smith
Baritone ~ Richard Lloyd Morgan
Accompanist & Presenter ~ Ian McMillan
This is a fund raising event held in aid of the church restoration fund.
For ticket sales and further information please contact Tess Gent tessgent@gmail.com or 01763838941
Ticket price £20, £15, £10 (Restricted view)

Comedy Duo Event
August Bank Holiday weekend saw two events in Great Chishill - the first the wedding of Fiona Russell to David Hall - Congratulations. The reception was held in a marquee at May Street Farm by kind permission of Pamela and Terry Ingles.
Fiona's parents, Stella and Nigel generously allowed the use of the marquee the next day for a fund raising event for St Swithuns Church.
The event was billed as 'Having a Laugh' and consisted of an afternoon of entertainment by comedy duo Danny Platton and Pat Nearney. More than 100 people were entertained all afternoon by this very talented couple who sang, played guitar and washboard, reminding us of many of the 'old songs' - 'My old man's a dustman', 'Wild Rover', 'Black Velvet Band' etc. There was some stand up comedy - jokes mainly based around Norfolk (with accent to match), and some very funny mime.
A splended lunch of pulled pork burgers with all the trimmings (crackling, stuffing, apple sauce etc) followed by apple crumble and custard, was included in the ticket price - well done to all involved. It was a lovely sunny day and a good opportunity for a village 'get together for a good cause.
The event raised a total of £1085 for the church restoration fund and a further £100 was raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust as a 'thank you' for the use of the field.

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.

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

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.
Cymbeline 12A PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Shakespeare Company
28th 6.50pm
David Brent: Life on the Road 15 30th, 1st Oct 8pm
Swallows and Amazons PG 1st Oct 2pm, 5pm
2nd 3pm
B Finding Dory U 2nd 11am
The Hard Stop 15 2nd 8pm
s Summertime
(La belle saison)
15 3rd 8pm
Star Trek Beyond 12A 7th 8pm
Asterix and the Mansions of the Gods PG 8th 3pm
9th 2pm
The 9th Life of Louis Drax 15 8th 8pm
Yarn 12A 9th 5pm
Jason Bourne 12A 9th 8pm
sChevalier 18 10th 8pm
King Lear 12A PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Shakespeare Company
12th 6.50pm
Café Society 12A 14th 8pm
15th 5pm, 8pm
Pete’s Dragon PG 15th 2pm
Miss Saigon 15 MUSICAL recorded
from the Prince Edward Theatre
16th 7pm
sJulieta 15 17th 8pm
A Autism-friendly screening s Subtitled line 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 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.

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
Britten Sinfonia & The Sixteen
Saffron Hall’s Resident Orchestra is joined by The Sixteen in the opening concert of their season.
Sun 16th October
Sean Shibe in Recital
Coffee Concert with the BBC New Generation Artist scheme’s first-ever guitarist
Sun 23rd 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.

Jason Bourne 12A Fri 30th 7.30pm
Ice Age Collision Course PG Sat 1st Oct 3.30pm
David Brent: Life on the Road 15 Sat 1st 7.30pm
Café Society 12A Fri 7th, Sat 8th 7.30pm
Notes on Blindness U Thu 13th 7.30pm
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie 15 Sat 15th 7.30pm
Swallows and Amazons PG Fri 21st 7.30pm
Sat 22nd 3.30pm, 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
30/9/16: Black Bin
7/10/16:Green Bin and Blue Bin
14/10/16: Black Bin
21/10/16:Green Bin and Blue 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
Victorious Season for GC Cricket Club!
The Great Chishill Cricket Club season came to a close with promotion into the Senior League Division 3, for only the second time in its history!!
Winning the penultimate game with authority and dominance against promotion rivals Wilbraham’s. Sadly the final game of the season was rained off at the half way stage, the only rain loss of the season.
As a club 31 different players have been chosen to represent the side over the 18 games that were played. At the close of the season the club had the second leading wicket taker with 29 wickets, the highest run scorer with 764 runs, the top fielder (wicket keeper) with 24 dismissals and greatest not out batsman in the league with 8 not outs, not too bad for a small village team, beating Royston on all counts!
The annual dinner is being held on Saturday 8th October, tickets are selling rapidly so book yours now through Angus at angusgent@gmail.com
Indoor nets will be running in the New Year, so don’t forget to dust off your kit then! New members are always welcome so don’t hesitate to contact Angus for details.

Click on this picture to view itSeptember 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

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Thursday 29th Sept, 10-11.45, Great Chishill Village Hall

Forthcoming Events

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.


Saturday 1st October, Great Chishill Village Hall, 7.30pm
In aid of Khandel Light. Cambridge University Ceilidh Band
Delicious home cooked dinner and desert. Come and dance, eat, and listen to some great music - or just come along for the craic!
£17.50 – includes supper. Tickets: Theresa Mudie 07714 190887 Karen Marriott 07966 204582

Parish Walk

Sat. 8th October Details to follow

Cricket Club Annual Awards and Dinner Dance

Great Chishill Village Hall, Sat. 8th October 7pm for 7.30 till Midnight Tickets £22 from Andrew Drury, Angus Gent or Richard Brunt. 3 Course Meal, Licensed Bar, Raffle and Dancing to the Elderly Brothers.


Friday 14th October, 7.30pm St Swithun's Church A ‘SPARKLING’ GALA EVENING of OPERETTA GEMS!
For ticket sales and further information please contact Tess Gent tessgent@gmail.com or 01763838941
Ticket price £20, £15, £10

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle hosted by Margaret and Peter Wynne, Wednesday 26th October.

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 9th October
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 2nd October
9am Elmdon
10.40 Chrishall Village Hall

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
14th October
11th November
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