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Whist Drive

Whist Players Following the very successful Whist Drives held in the URC schoolroom last year, another will be held on Saturday 27th January, 7.30pm (sharp please!)
For those who don't know, a whist drive consists of lots of people playing the card game whist - 4 people in each game. The winners of a game move on to play the next table to make a new 'foursome' and so on, so it is a great opportunity to mix and meet new people, and at only £5 per head. The evening raises money towards the restoration of St Swithuns' bells.
Nibbles provided, donation bar, prizes and raffle.

Christmas Tree Festival - A great Success
Saturday and Sunday, 9th and 10th December saw the first Great Chishill Christmas Tree Festival, held in and in aid of St Swithun's Church. 25 Christmas trees had been decorated, each by a different group from the village, and a considerable amount of effort had obviously been put into each one. Lots of people turned out to enjoy them despite the snow fall on the Sunday.
Tess Jill and Angus would like to thank most sincerely, not only all the organisations, clubs and groups of people having fun for exhibiting their Tree, but also, all those who supported us over the weekend, by coming and by helping and appreciating lovely music and a beautifully decorated church. We raised just over £1000 for Parish Funds

St Swithuns Restoration - Update
Work on the tower started on 6th November. The project will focus first on repairing and conserving the tower and helping it dry out. Then an accessible toilet and new water supply will be installed.
Detailed inspection of the outside of the tower shows that many different materials have been used to point between the flints externally. Cement pointing is 'bad' as it stops the water inside the tower from escaping, and it damages the softer lime mix used internally. Unfortunately cement has been found all over the tower. Where cement pointing has been removed, there is evidence underneath of the internal damp – shown as the darker colour in the photos. Water penetration has contributed to some flints cracking, these will need replacing.
Pictures of the restoration in progress and the problem walls.

Seniors Enjoy Their Christmas Party
On Thursday 7th December the senior members of our community gathered in Great Chishill Village Hall for their annual Christmas Tea Party sponsored by the Parish Council. Neil was there with his camera and the photos (click here to go to the Photo Album) show that a great time was had by all, with lovely food, some great chats and quite a lot of laughing!

Thank you to everyone involved in making it such a great success again, and to the Parish Council for paying for it.

Bell Ringing and the New Year
Due to the ongoing renovation of the tower of St Swithun's, the bell ringers were unable to ring in the New Year as usual. However they wish all residents a Happy and Peaceful New Year and hope to see you taking part in the Sloe Gin Competition in February. Entries close Tuesday Feb 20th. Tasting and Results Party Saturday Feb 24th. Full details available in January. Meanwhile, note the date and get brewing.

Telephone 'Exchange' - In Memoriam
Great Chishill's only telephone box - A Grade II Listed Building (Yes really!) - has been renovated. BT removed the telephone facility a couple of years ago, but the Livings family have given it a complete makeover as a memorial to Mike Livings, a Great Chishill resident for over 40 years, who passed away in February 2017. The family have repainted it in the proper red colour with the crown picked out in gold. Inside they have put shelves and stocked it with books. The idea is that residents can use it as a book exchange, swapping books as and when they feel like it, for no cost at all. A big thank you to the Livings' for turning what had become an eyesore into something to be proud of.

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.
In a Lonely Place
B&W 1950
PG 15th 8pm
The Great Gatsby 12A 18th 7.30pm
The Disaster Artist 15 19th 8pm
Wonder PG 20th 2pm, 5pm
Suburbicon 15 20th 8pm
Rigoletto OPERA broadcast AS LIVE
21st 2pm
Mountain PG 21st 8pm
sMarie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge 15 22nd 8pm
Cézanne: Portraits of a Life ART FILM based on the exhibitions at the
National Portrait Gallery London, Musée d’Orsay Paris and
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
23rd 7.30pm
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 12A 26th 8pm
27th, 28th 3pm
Stronger 15 27th, 28th 8pm
Cars 3 U 28th B 11am
Jane PG 29th 8pm
The Greatest Showman PG 2nd, 3rd, 4th Feb 8pm
Ferdinand U 3rd, 4th 2pm
An Aerial Time-Lapse Movie U 3rd 5pm
Jane PG 4th 5pm
sLet Me Go 15 5th 8pm
A Autism-friendly screening (No adverts or trailers, Low level lighting throughout the showing, Film sound at a consistently lower volume)
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.

Emerson String Quartet
Is this the world’s finest string quartet? When you hear the Emersons play you’ll agree with The Times: “with musicians like this there must be some hope for humanity”.
Sun 19th Jan
Foyer Folk Club
Great live music from Ange Hardy who has grabbed the attention of the traditional folk music world by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel.
Fri 2nd Feb
The Wizard of Oz
Over 100 students from SWCHS perform the much-loved, family friendly musical; The Wizard of Oz. Students from years 7-13 bring Munchkinland to Saffron Hall.
Mon 5th - Thu 8th Feb
OAE: Marin Alsop & Nicola Benedetti
Two supreme artists come together with our Featured Ensemble for the 2017/18 season. Under the great American conductor Marin Alsop, Mendelssohn’s sparkling Italian Symphony will burst into life; while Nicola Benedetti is sure to make Beethoven’s Violin Concerto soar.
Fri 9th
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.

Wonder PG Thu 18th 8pm
The Florida Project 15 Fri 19th 7.30pm
The Death of Stalin 15 Sat 20th 7.30pm
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 12A Fri 26th, Sat 27th, Fri 2nd Feb, Sat 3rd 7.30pm
Sat 3rd 3.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
16/01/18: Black Bin
23/01/18:Blue Bin ONLY
30/01/18: Black Bin
06/02/18:Green Bin and Blue Bin
Click on this picture to view itJanuary 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

Forthcoming Events

Scottish Dancing starts again

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Mondays from 15th January, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome. Very relaxed and a good giggle.


with music and singing in the URC Schoolroom between 7.30-10.30 pm. Friday 19th January Tickets £5 from Tess 838941 or 07721398642 which entitles you to your first drink free. In aid of St Swithun's Appeal.

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle No one has yet offered to do the January Wine Circle. If you would like to host it, please contact Bob as soon as possible.

A Burns Night Celebration in support of St Nicholas Church, Little Chishill.

Great Chishill Village Hall, Fri 26th January, 7pm to 11.30pm. Dancing to 'Jump the Vortex', Haggis, Whisky, Recitations. Licensed Bar & Raffle. Tickets £25 from E. Knobel-Forbes, 17 May Street or 01763 838781.


URC Schoolroom Saturday 27th January, 7.30pm
Tickets £5 available from Phil Maynard 838311 (pm@maynardprojects.co.uk) or Jean Wiseman 295002. Tickets will also be available on the door but there will be a limit on numbers so please get your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment. Nibbles provided and a 'donation' bar.


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

Strictly Evening

URC Schoolroom Friday 23rd February, A Fun and Relaxed Strictly Evening with a demonstration from a Professional Couple followed by a lesson. Supper and dancing. Details to follow.

Sloe Gin Competition Results and Tasting Party

Saturday 24th February 8.00pm 10 New Road by kind invitation of Neil Heywood . Non-competitors welcome to the Party at £5/head. Entries should be in by February 20th. For Entry Form available here

Save the date

Midsummer Ball in support of St Swithun's Restoration

Saturday 16th June. More details soon!

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 21st January and 4th February . 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

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

21st January
9.00am Hamlet
10.00am 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
7th February
7th March
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 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