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On the 5th of January, and for a period of 8 to 10 weeks, Heydon Road will be CLOSED from the crossroads, right through to the Fowlmere Road turn in Heydon. This will be for the replacement of the water main. The road will be closed from 9am-5pm but will be open at the weekends. Residents will have access to their properties at all times, although there may be a diversion to get to them.
Both The Pheasant and King William will have access to their car parks and there will be signs erected stating that they are open.
If there is poor weather, the gritting lorries will be permitted access.
The contractors will work with those residents who have to park on the roadside and trades working in the area.
For more information there will be a customer information vehicle outside the Pheasant on Wed 17th from 11am to 6pm, and Thurs 18th from 9am to 2pm
Note that the cast iron main is being replaced with plastic pipe. This may mean that your home is no longer properly earthed, and Cambridge Water are advising that you have this checked by an electrician - at YOUR expense!
Neil Dartnell, a qualified electrician with connections to the village has said that he can do the electrical tests at a special rate if there are enough people who want it done. If you are interested please email pm@maynardprojects.co.uk, phone Phil Maynard on 838311 or contact Neil directly on 07779 157821

Evening sky 15th Dec 2014 - picture by Peter Wiseman

Senior's Tea Party
The annual Senior Citizen's Tea Party took place in the village hall on 11th December. Over 50 citizen's attended and a good time was had by all. See more pictures - thanks to Liz Parkes

Church Appeal Launch a Great Success

Photo kindly supplied by Gordon Brown
The concert in the church on Sunday 7th December, by 'The Kings Men' from Kings College, Cambridge, was a sell out with 240 people attending. The concert was to raise money for the much needed repairs to the church (see other entry on this page).The choir of 7 men with voices ranging form Bass to Counter Tenor sang, unaccompanied, a wide range of numbers from medieval church music through to a piece written by Michael Bublé. There were also 2 organ pieces performed by the eigth member of the group.
A bar was set up in the church porch and mince pies and sausage rolls were served during the interval. Watch this space for the final count up of the amount raised.

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 newsletter picture on the left

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.

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.
My Old Lady 12A 19th, 20th, 21st 8pm
Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey? U 20th, 22nd, 30th 3pm
The Nutcracker 12A BALLET
broadcast LIVE from the BOLSHOI
21st 3pm
The Bishop’s Wife U 22nd 8pm
Mr Turner 12A 27th, 28th, 29th 7.30pm
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 12A BALLET broadcast AS LIVE
28th 2pm
Interstellar 12A 29th, 31st 3pm
30th 7.30pm
Laurel & Hardy Silent Films U 1st Jan 8pm
2nd 3pm
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.

BBC Singers
A festive performance of Handel’s Messiah in a special arrangement for winds.
Sat 20th December
Ian Bostridge in Recital
Tenor Ian Bostridge performs an all-Brahms programme including the Op.32 cycle and four Heine settings.
Sat 17th January
The Mozart Question
Michael Morpurgo presents a concert performance of his inspirational story The Mozart Question
Sun 1st February
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.

INTERSTELLAR 12A Fri 19th, Sat 20th 7.30pm
NATIVITY 3 U Sat 20th 3.30pm
THE IMITATION GAME 12A Sat 27th 7.30pm
THE IMITATION GAME 12A Sun 28th 5.00pm
MR TURNER 12A Fri 2nd, Sat 3rd 7.30pm
THE BOOK OF LIFE U Sat 3rd 3.30pm
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 12A Fri 9th, Sat 10th 7.30pm
THE IMITATION GAME 12A Sun 11th 5.00pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
19/12/14:Black Bin
Saturday27/12/14: Blue Bin
09/01/15:Black Bin
16/01/15: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.
In the last 12 months there has been a 9% drop in the amount collected in the caddies compared with the previous year - that is £100,000 lost that could have been used to fund SCDC services!
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 230 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.
Poppy Lunch and the Christmas Party

Emily Browns writes 'Thanks to everyone to came along and supported the annual Poppy Lunch on 8th November and all those who generously donated to the cake stall and raffle. A warm and friendly afternoon was enjoyed by all, raising a wonderful £350. Proceeds were shared between the Poppy Appeal and Gt Chishill Children's Christmas Party.'

Christmas Party An afternoon of high entertainment and hilarity was once again enjoyed on the 13th December at the Children's Christmas Party. The children of Gt Chishill and Heydon were entertained by the fabulous Stripey Wipey before receiving a very special visitor... thank you Father Christmas for flying in and visiting us at such a busy time of year!

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

Click on this picture to view itDecember 2014 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

Rev David Curry
Rev David Curry (pictured here with one of his grandchildren) passed away on 10th December in Little Compton Nursing Home in Lindfield, East Sussex.
Rev Curry was vicar of Great and Little Chishill and Heydon until 1988 and was a popular figure often seen riding his bicycle between the three churches. He had a passion for photographing fauna and flora and turned many of his pictures into greetings cards, which he continued to send out, with a short biblical quotation right up to the end.

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

ROYSTON CHORAL SOCIETY presents CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION with Royston Youth Choir and Santa’s Hatband Festive music familiar and new 20 December, 7.30pm, at Royston Parish Church.
Audience participation, mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets £12 (concessions £9, school students £1) available from choir members and at the door.

Wine Circle Wednesday 31st December Hosted by Chrissie and Chris Cartwright

Save the Children Burns Night supper on Saturday 31 January 2015 at 7.30pm in Barley Town House. Tickets £17.50 including welcome drink, three course home cooked meal, music, reeling, haggis and more! Tickets available from Liz Livingstone Tel : 01763 838172 or e-mail : luciecoleridge@gmail.com

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

Wettest Jan and Feb in recent years, March, June and July 'normal', April dry then very wet at the end of May, August was dry apart from 2 very wet spells, and September was dry again. October wetter than average but not as wet as last year.

The graph above show the rainfall for each month last year (blue bars), the average of the last 18 years (red line), and the rain that we have had so far this year (yellow).

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

Saturday 20th December
3.30pm Carols at Heydon with Royston Town Band

Sunday 21st December

9.00am Hamlet
6pm Chrishall Carol Service
6pm Great Chishill Carol Service
6pm Elmdon Carol Service

Christmas Eve

3pm Crib Service at Chrishall
6pm Holy Communion at Great Chishill
11.30pm Holy Communion at Chrishall

Christmas Day

10am Holy Communion at Heydon
10.30am Carols at Strethall

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 28th December
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
9th January
13th February
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 4pm Every day including Bank Holidays, 1st October to 31st 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.

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