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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

Going, Going, all Gone

Sunday 17th May saw the next in the series of fund raising events for St Swithun’s church refurbishment appeal.
The smell of a BBQ and the promise of a celebrity auctioneer, David Palmer, known for his multi coloured waistcoats, from 'Bargain Hunt' and 'Flog It', mobilised the community with outstanding enthusiasm.
From 10.00 there was a torrent-not a steady flow- of people bringing their items for sale and by 12.00 the Village Hall was rammed full of 418 lots, all the sellers hoping that they had found treasures in their sheds.
Three wonderfully entertaining hours later all was gone, one man’s rubbish had become one man’s treasure (124 sellers and 98 buyers)!
David Palmer had us bidding for our own goods, buying stuff we really did not want, but most importantly, giggling all the way home at the fun and entertainment we had all enjoyed that Sunday afternoon. By the time the final accounts are signed off we will have raised about £1800 for the appeal.
A really magnificent community effort. Thank you! I must also thank all of the helpers for all of their wonderful efforts on Sunday as they worked tirelessly all day. I certainly need to rebuild friendships before suggesting the date is booked again for this time next year.
Now we have the Midsummer Ball and the Mad Hatters Tea Party on June 20th and 21st to look forward to.
Angus Gent

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.

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.
While We’re Young 15 22nd, 23rd 8pm
Cinderella U 23rd, 24th 3pm
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel PG 24th, 28th 8pm
The DUFF 12A 25th, 28th 3pm
sWild Tales (Relatos salvajes) 15 25th 8pm
Annie PG 26th 3pm
The Impressionists U ART EXHIBITION from the
Musée du Luxembourg Paris,
National Gallery London and
Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th 7.30pm
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya U 29th, 30th 3pm
The Good Lie 12A 29th 8pm
31st 5pm
Child 44 15 30th, 31st 8pm
Cinderella U 31st 2pm
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.

Lara Melda in Recital
Young Artist Coffee Concert featuring piano works by Beethoven, Chopin and Albéniz.
Sun 24th May
The English Concert
A candlelit staging of Purcell’s operatic tragedy Dido and Aeneas
Wed 27th May
Granta Chorale
Granta Chorale and Anne Denholm perform beautiful music for voices and harp
Sat 6th June
Saffron Walden Choral Society
A glittering gala evening of well-loved arias and choruses – an unforgettable night at the opera.
Sat 20th June
Summer Concert: Music on a Summer’s Evening.
Wed 24th June
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.

WOMAN IN GOLD 12A Fri 22nd 7.30pm
Sat 23rd 3.30pm
Sun 24th 5.00pm
The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance
PG Sat 23rd 7.30pm
THE WATER DIVINER 15 Fri 29th 7.30pm
CHILD 44 15 Sat 30th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
Saturday 30/05/15:Black Bin
05/06/15:Green & Blue Bins
12/06/15:Black Bin
19/06/15: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 250 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.
Dance for the Windmill

Would you like to learn to dance, keep fit and help the Windmill Trust all in one go?
David and Wendy McKeown are enthusiastic amateur ballroom and latin dancers who can teach beginners classes and are wondering if there is any interest in forming a class in the village.
The plan is to start from absolute beginner level in waltz, quickstep, cha-cha, rumba and jive and to develop enough figures and technique to be confident to get on a dance floor when the opportunity arises. Nothing fancy, you'll not be trying lifts or complex Strictly Come Dancing moves, so it is ideal exercise for couples of any age. If there is demand, simple routines in foxtrot, tango and samba could be tackled later.

The refurbished Village Hall has a lovely wooden floor just made for dancing so let's give it a go. The likely evening slot would be Friday or it could be a late afternoon session before the regular club events on other days of the week. It would be £8 per couple for each 60 to 90 minute class (not a fixed charge for the term) with all proceeds beyond the cost of hiring the hall going to the Windmill Trust.
If you might be interested, please email mckeown.david@gmail.com or phone 838087 and Wendy or David will be pleased to tell you more.

Little Chishill Manor Open Garden
Saturday 27th June 2pm-5pm

Admission £4, Children free
NO DOGS except Guide Dogs
Mature garden in wooded valley, shrubs, herbaceous borders, rose garden, kitchen garden.
Off B1039 Royston/ saffron Walden road between Barley and Great Chishill (SG8 8PA)
Barry Tyler's Dixieland Jazz Band
Home made teas, stalls, plants, games for all the family
In aid of St Nicholas Church, Little Chishill and in support of Addenbrooke's Charity Cancer Appeal (reg charity no. 1048868)

Click on this picture to view itMay 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

Forthcoming events

WINE CIRCLE Hosted by Hazel and Mike Heydon, Friday 29th May

Windmill Trust CELEBRATION DAY and judging of Children’s Art Competition. Sat 13th June, 2pm-5pm, Great Chishill Village Hall
Admission FREE. Cream teas, scone making, raffle. Presentation of restoration plans by Millwright Dave Pearce. See details Here

MIDSUMMER BALL In aid of St Swithun’s Appeal Fund on Saturday 20th June, Great Chishill Playing Fields. Tickets £70 each. Champagne Cocktail Reception from 7pm Entertainment will include: live music from : ‘Back to the 80s’ and 'The Elderly Brothers' For ticket information and sales please email:stswithunsball@gmail.com or phone: Clare on 838100 or Kathey on 837285

MAD HATTER'S TEA PARTY In aid of St Swithun’s Appeal Fund on Sunday 21st June, The Marquee, Great Chishill Playing Fields. Tickets Adults £5, children £2.Entertainment by Gillian McClure, author and illustrator, Saffron Walden County High Jazz Band, and much, much more. Phone: Tess on 838941 or email tessgent@gmail.com 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

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

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 24th May

9.00am Hamlet
10.40am Elmdon

Sunday 31st May

9.00am Chrishall
10.40am Great Chishill

Other Parish activities, news etc.available here

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 24th May
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great 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
12th June
10th July
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