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The Villages Remember
On Sunday 11th November the bells of St Swithuns rang out in remembrance of those from our villages who gave their lives in the 2 World Wars and in commemoration of 100 years since the end of the First World War. Firstly they rang half muffled - an eerie sound (as per tradition on the occasion of the war memorial service). Then at 1230 the bells will were rung again joining with thousands of other bells ringing all over the country at the same time. This was part of the national marking of the end of the First World War. Some more of Great Chishill bellringers rang the bells at Heydon for this too. In the evening the bells will rang again, this time at Great Chishill and Chrishall as part of the 'Battles O'er' Commemoration.

The gathering at the war memorial was the biggest that has been seen in the village for many years. The service was conducted by Rev Simon Hall from King's College School, and the 'Last Post' and 'Reveille' bugle calls were performed by a young lady from the same school.

Whist Drives have started again
Following the huge success of the whist drives that were run over last winter, we started them again last month and had a really good evening. The next one is set for Saturday 17th November in the URC schoolroom, Barley Road. Proceeds to Great Chishill Bell Fund.
You do NOT need to know how to play whist, you do NOT need to come with a partner. Entry fee is only £5 per head. There will be a donation bar, raffle and prizes - fizz for the highest scores and the very popular wooden spoons for the lowest scores. No gambling involved!
We aim to start at 7.30pm sharp so please do not be late. More information from Phil Maynard 838311.

Where has the Post Box gone?
Sometime on Saturday 27th October between 1030am and 6pm someone knocked over the village post box and it would appear stole the Post Box itself!
This has been reported to the Police and to Royal Mail.
However, you should be aware that if you have posted anything in the box since 1030 on 27th, it is unlikely to arrive at its destination.
If you have any information that might help please contact Robin Dibblee the crime coordinator on 01763 838276.

Ancient Finds Boost Windmill Funds

On Sunday 7th October, around 100 people armed with metal detectors, led by Zoë Williams of Pink Wellies Metal Detecting Group set out to search 250 acres of land surrounding the windmill by special permission of the landowners. Zoë impressed upon the detectorists that they should leave no holes, hollows or mounds when they dug, leaving the ground as they had found it.
Within 3 minutes a Roman coin had been unearthed. This was only the start - during the day plenty more Roman and Mediaevel coins were discovered. Coins were not the only things discovered - the most striking find of the morning being a near perfectly preserved bronze-age spear tip or arrow head.
Quite a few bronze age artifacts were found and although we can't say that there was a village or dwellings here it shows the area was well used in the period 1200 – 4000BC.
Of more direct relevance to the windmill was a lead weight. Shield-shaped weights of this type are described by the British Museum as mediaeval trade weights used in the early days (1200 – 1600AD) of the standard weight system of pounds and ounces (avoirdupois). The photograph shows that this one has a windmill stamped into it so we guess it was specifically for grain or flour.
A lovely seal matrix from the 14th century was also found which warranted registration with the official finds office.
By 5 o’clock, most folk had dragged their weary bodies from the fields but all expressed their pleasure at detecting in such wonderful countryside and on such a perfect day. To add to this satisfaction came the news that they had collected over £1500 for the windmill. This will go a long way to paying for the annual maintenance so we are truly grateful to all who took part in this alternative style of fundraising event.

The Windmill Project is Nearing the End

We have not seen much change in the appearance of the windmill over the summer. We needed to gain further Listed Building Consent for work on the tail and for handrails on the stairway. We also had to await the availability of our millwright, Bill Griffiths – a very busy man, as befits such a brilliant professional – but now we are on the final push.
Bill and his assistant, Klaine, will be dismantling the tail assembly during the first week in November. They will take the bottom carriage away to be rebuilt in their workshop over the winter months. We will, however, be looking for volunteers to help with repair and repainting of the superstructure so if you’ve joinery or painting skills we’d love to hear from you. Please contact dm@greatchishillwindmill.com.
When the millwrights return in February, they will rebuild the tail including a new fan that will drive the windmill to face the wind and we will complete the track on which the carriage will run. The stairway will also be repaired and have handrails fitted. Finally, in Spring, repairs will be made to the sail stocks (those large arms that you see at the moment) and the sail frames will be re-fitted.
That will be it. Get ready for the Grand Opening!
More about the history of the windmill.
Please visit our website greatchishillwindmill.com to see our progress.

Sloe Gin Competition

The annual Sloe Gin Competition will take place on Thursday 21st February followed by the tasting party on Saturday 23rd. With an adundance of sloes in the hedgerows now is the time to get out there and get your prizewinning Sloe Gin started. There are prizes (medals and certificates) for the winners of the 'Nouveau' and 'Vintage' categories, plus another category called 'Ringers Delight' (the event raises money for the church bell restoration fund) which is any home made fruit based liqueur. Details of how to enter and the venue to follow.

Mobile Phone Mast Proposal
The Parish Council have received a letter from a company called Waldon who are proposing a telephone mast on Hall Lane and given until 20th June for comments! The Parish Council discussed this at their regular meeting on 21st June. See the PC website for more information. (www.greatchishillPC.com)send any comments to clerk@greatchishillpc.com or email the company directly.
Letter to PC and Details.

Windmill Cycling Club
The Windmill Club is a Cycling UK affiliated group. The club is based at The Pheasant. Rides take place twice a week - approx. 20/25 miles on a Monday afternoon/evening and approx. 30/45 miles on Thursday mornings, usually in the lovely quiet lanes surrounding this area.
During the summer months rides sometimes start at locations in Suffolk or Norfolk and take in places such as Aldeburgh, Southwold or Wells. The pace is leisurely and there is as much focus on good companionship, conversation and coffee/pub stops as there is on cycling.
Each ride costs £3.00 and the proceeds are donated to various charities at the end of each year. So far, over £5,000 has been raised.
For more details of The Windmill Club's rides please take a look at their blog.
New members are always welcome.

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.
La Bayadère BALLET broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
13th 7.15pm
Troilus & Cressida PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Shakespeare Company
14th 7pm
Don’t Look Now 15 15th 8pm
A Star is Born 15 16th, 17th, 18th 8pm
Smallfoot U 17th, 18th 2pm
Johnny English Strikes Again PG 17th 5pm
Nureyev 12A 18th 5pm
sDogman 15 19th 8pm
The Madness of George III PLAY broadcast LIVE
from Nottingham Playhouse
20th 7pm
First Man 12A 23rd, 24th, 25th 8pm
Smallfoot U 24th 3pm
Papworth: A Moving Story PG 25th 2pm
A Star is Born 15 25th 4.30pm
sThe Guilty (Den skyldige) 15 26th 8pm
King Lear PLAY recorded live
at the Duke of York’s Theatre
28th 7pm
The King and I:
From the London Palladium
29th 7.30pm
Bohemian Rhapsody 12A 30th, 1st Dec, 2nd 8pm
Smallfoot U 1st Dec 3pm
The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales U 2nd B11am
White Christmas U 2nd D3pm
sUtøya – July 22 15 3rd 15
A Autism-friendly screening (No adverts or trailers, Low level lighting throughout the showing, Film sound at a consistently lower volume)
DDementia Friendly screening. (see cinema website for details)
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.

SWCHS Michaelmas Concert 2018
From the winners of the Year Seven Inter-form Singing Competition through to the Jazz Band, this concert is set to be a showcase for all the exciting work taking place this term within our department.
Mon 12th Nov
Foyer Jazz
Jazz singer and cabaret performer, Joanna Strand, brings her ‘beautiful, pure and richly melodic voice’ (John Etheridge) and dazzles audiences with her original arrangements. Her musical journey has taken in many genres, which she weaves into her programmes with elegance and taste.
Thu 15th Nov
Orphy Robinson presents:
Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks
Award-winner Orphy Robinson brings together some of the UK’s top jazz players to reinterpret the magical combination of jazz, folk and soul influences that made up Astral Weeks
Fri 16th Nov
Saffron Walden Choral Society
SWCS mark the centenary of the end of WW1 in a concert of German, French and British works. Brahms’ German Requiem, with its emphasis on comforting those who mourn, joins Boulanger’s haunting funeral music and Butterworth’s pastoral orchestral rhapsody in this commemoration of peace.
Sat 17th Nov
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.

The Wife 15 Sat 17th Nov 7.30pm
A Star is Born 15 Fri 23rd 7.30pm
First Man 15 Sat 24th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
20/11/18: Black Bin
27/11/18:Green Bin and Blue Bin
04/12/18: Black Bin
11/12/18:Green Bin and Blue Bin
Not sure what you can recycle? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

Thriplow Dump

Gravel Pit Hill, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire SG8 7HZ
Tel: (01223) 839001
Opening hours:
8am to 4pm Every day including Bank Holidays, 1st October to 30th March

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.

Christmas is coming!
With Christmas on the horizon, Tess Gent is taking orders for wreaths. They were very popular last year and Tess was working on them right up to Christmas Eve. So, to avoid disappointment, get your order in soon. You can contact Tess on TessGent@gmail.com or 838941.
Other ideas for Christmas may be found on the Businesses page including Jewellery, Dog Portraits, Cake Icing, Leatherwork, Catering and Photography.

Forthcoming Events

Film Night - Finding Your Feet

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Tuesday 13th November, 7.30pm £5 with a free glass of wine.


URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Saturday 17th November, 7.30pm (sharp please!) £5.

Scottish Dancing

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Monday 19th November, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome. Very relaxed and a good giggle.

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle Margaret and Peter Wynne Wednesday 28th November 8pm onwards

Gt Chishill and Heydon Children's Christmas Party

Great Chishill Village Hall Saturday 1st December, 3-5pm Free to all pre-school & primary school age children in Heydon, Great and Little Chishill. Book by 20th Nov with Emily 836257 or Islay 838194


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 2nd December, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Rosei on 07720647696 or email rosei@flapperfortunes.co.uk for more info.


Great Chishill Village Hall Saturday 8th December, 10-4pm XMAS TREES, SANTA, BARBECUE, LOCAL CRAFTS

Burns Night Celebration

Great Chishill Village Hall Friday 25th January 2019 in aid of Little Chishill Church Fabric Fund. Ticket numbers will be limited and on a first come basis. More details to follow.

Sloe Gin Competition Party

Venue TBA Saturday 23rd February 2019 in aid of Great Chishill Bell Fund. More details on this web page.

Royston Choral Society

Saturday 22 December - Britten 'A Ceremony of Carols' at Royston Parish Church 7.30pm. More details here.
Download the latest press release. For more information about the choir: www.roystonchoralsoc.org.uk, Facebook or contact Chairman, Huw Jenkins – email chair@roystonchoralsoc.org.uk – tel. 07855 311192

Outdoor Group Exercise

A lady called Jane Hart has recently started a business called Mogo Fitness which offers outdoor group exercise in Barley. She already has clients from Great Chishill and is keen to start a group up in Great Chishill if there is enough interest. She is also introducing a new low intensity class called Mogo Lite for older clients or those looking to get back into fitness. You can get more information here or call Jane on 07891 904072 or email her on jane@mogo.fitness

Click on this picture to view itNovember 2018 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
Click here to see the diary 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 telephone Janet Crouch on 838301.


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.

9000 New Homes Proposal for HEYDON

Heydon Parish Council have issued the following statement.
South Cambridgeshire District Council has received a 'pre-application proposal' from the owner of Heydon Estate, to give an initial view on the possibility of a major development around the village, that could include about 9000 new dwellings. At the moment there is no planning application.
South Cambridgeshire District Council Planning officers have stated that the suggestion of new homes in this location will not be supported at this time as they are not included in the new Local Development Plan which guides development in the district until 2031.
Work is due to start in 2019 on the next Plan, between South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council, and if this land, or any other substantial area of land, is submitted for consideration then a meeting of the village will be called to discuss the way forward.

The land involved would be the fields on the right and left hand sides going down Fowlmere Road from Heydon, and a large swathe of land on the left hand side, around the golf course and stretching across to the Barley Road, and some land on the other side of the A505.

Great Chishill United Reformed Church - The Future

There have been great concerns about the falling of numbers in the congregation anxieties have grown that the Chapel is not sustainable. As a matter of our huge respect we feel very strongly that it would very wrong to simply close the Chapel without exploring areas of increasing the use of this most charming and useful building.
We would very much like to make a concerted effort to raise the profile of the Chapel, the schoolroom and the lovely garden within the village. We would like to make it a really positive facility for the benefit of all of us who live in and around the village.
From now onwards services will be held on the first and third Sundays of the month. The next services will be at 9.30 on 18th November and 2nd December. The parish Youth Fellowship meet in the Schoolroom on the second Sunday of each month between 5.00-6.30, run by Helen Williams, (01799 520398).

Click here to see more information about the future of the URC.
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

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

Parish Church Services

18th November
9am Hamlet
10am Chrishall

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, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40
5th December
2nd January 2019
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

Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 7am to 7pm
Sat 7am to 2pm
Sun 8am 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