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Click on this picture to view itAugust 2014 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
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Experienced home help required for 4 hours on Monday mornings
Apply Jean Wiseman. Hall Farm, Great Chishill Tel. 01763 838263


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.

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.
Edge of Tomorrow 12A 1st Aug 8pm
2nd 4pm
Belle 12A 2nd, 3rd 8pm
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return U 3rd 4pm
7th 3pm
sOmar 15 4th 8pm
A Story of Children and Film PG 7th 7pm
Walking on Sunshine 12A 8th 8pm
9th 4pm, 8pm
B 101 Dalmatians U 10th 11am
Maleficent PG 10th 4pm
14th, 21st 3pm
The Tempest PG
PLAY from the Globe Theatre
10th 7pm
sOf Horses and Men
(Hross í oss)
15 11th 8pm
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.

Benjamin Grosvenor
The Gramophone Award winner performs piano works from Mendelssohn, Liszt and Ravel
Sat 30th August
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wagner’s comedy romance is given a concert performance with a cast of soloists from opera houses at home and abroad.
Sun 14th September
Maxim Vengerov in Recital
In a rare visit to the region, superstar virtuoso Maxim Vengerov offers a brilliantly varied recital on his Stradivarius violin.
Sun 27th September
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.

JERSEY BOYS Fri 1st 7.30pm
JERSEY BOYS Sat 2nd 3pm
CHEF Sat 2nd 7.30pm
BELLE 12A Fri 8th 7.30pm
WALKING ON SUNSHINE 12A Sat 9th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
01/08/14: Black Bin
08/08/14:Green & Blue Bins
15/08/14: Black Bin
22/08/14: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

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
2014 Village Fete a Great Success
A wonderful afternoon was had by all at this years fete on Sun 6th July, which took a record breaking £1148.50.
After a wet and windy morning the clouds cleared for a gloriously sunny afternoon. With entertainment ranging from Ian and his fantastic miniature traction engine rides, farming fun with Tom and Elly from Lynchets Farm, beautiful face painting, a variety of children’s games and crafts and a traditional coconut shy. There was something for everyone! The hilarious agility category of the Dog Show, the impressive children's hat competition and amazing raffle prizes were ever popular.
The fete committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed cakes, tombola and raffle prizes, the hard working lovely ladies serving teas and all those who helped organise and run the stalls. 10% of the profits will this year be donated to saving St Swithun’s church and the remainder to the Youth Club and Chishill Chimps Toddler Group.
A new attraction this year was the 'Photo Booth'. You can see the pictures by clicking on this text
See more pictures from the fete (thanks to Jim Brearley) here and pictures from other village events in the Photo Album.

Forthcoming events

Wine Circle Wednesday 30th July Hosted by Tuppa and David Wiseman
Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee morning at Crowley Barn, Chrishall on 26 September
There will be coffee, cakes, raffle and a bring and buy. Everyone very welcome!

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

Wettest Jan and Feb in recent years, March 'normal', April dry then very wet at the end of May

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.

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.

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 3rd August

11am Little 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 10th August
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
8th August
12th September

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

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
Note: The Post Office is now open at all times when the shop is open (except Sunday)
Mon to Fri 7am to 7pm
Sat and Sun 7am to 2pm
Tel 848288
More about Barley Shop here