The GREAT Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition
Every year the Bellringers organise the Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition. This is open to anyone and all it requires is the production of a sample of some home made Sloe Gin or any other spirit flavoured with fruit.Entries for the competition need to be in to 19 or 12 Heydon Road by WEDNESDAY evening
The judging will take place on this Thursday, 22nd February
followed by a party on Saturday 24th
in the URC schoolroom when everyone will be able to sample all the entries (usually around 40!!).
There are 4 entry categories this year - Nouveau (made with 2023 sloes), Vintage (made in previous years), Ringers' Delight (any fruit flavoured spirit) and a new category - Low Alcohol Delight (as Ringers' Delight but made with low alcohol). There is a slight change in the pricing structure this year - cost for one entry is £8 which includes free entry to the party, then £3 per extra entry, and a limit of only 2 entries per category.
The party is open to everyone, entrants and non competitors,
and this year will include a light ploughmans supper. Party entry is £8 payable in advance or at the door, card payments will be possible. Entry forms available HERE
Whist Drives are back
As a fund raising venture for the Great Chishill Bell Fund we run run monthly Whist Drives in the URC Schoolroom over the winter months, the next one being on on Saturday 9th March
This is a good opportunity for people to meet up over a glass of wine and a simple card game. You do not
need to know how to play Whist as all is explained on the night. You do not
need to come with a partner as the ‘Drive’ part of the event is moving around the room and playing with different people, so that you will probably meet everyone during the course of the evening.
With a donation bar, a raffle, prizes and a low entry fee of £5, a fun evening is guaranteed.
Everyone is welcome, especially new arrivals in the village. All we ask that you arrive by 7.30 so that we can all start playing at the same time.
Card payments now accepted.
More information from Phil on 07889 655327
From John Wahlich The second snowdrop event in aid of the windmill took place on 10th February and raised just over £1000 - an amazing result. Equally important, we made some new friends for the windmill.
Many thanks to all our visitors, who were encouraged by the very kind weather. Thanks also to all our volunteers for welcoming our visitors so cheerfully and efficiently, and to all the friends and aprtners who came along. They baked cakes, made soup, helped on the gate, and served our guests. We also owe special thanks to our host David Bannister for permitting and facilitating the visit.
Speeding through Great Chishill and Heydon continues to be a problem, so the combined Parish Councils are looking to work together to restart the Speedwatch scheme. If you have time to spare and would like to be involved, please contact Sarah Scott, clerk to GC Parish Council on email@example.com
The Hundred Parishes Society
The Hundred Parishes Society was launched in 2014 in an attempt to raise awareness of a large area of northwest Essex, northeast Hertfordshire and southern Cambridgeshire that is particularly notable for its exceptional depth of heritage.
The Society is so called to recognise that it contains just over 100 administrative parishes which includes Great and Little Chishill.
The website is www.hundredparishes.org.uk
and it has just had a major update, which includes amongst other things an index which gives access to the many interesting articles that the society has produced since it was started.
The index includes links to videos that have been made about the area, some going back to WW1. One of particular interest to us is a documentary about the proposal to make Nuthampstead London's third airport! You can see that here
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.
For full details see website www.saffronscreen.com
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.
See Whats On for more details
Exceptional adjustable acoustics. Ample FREE parking.
www.saffronhall.com Box office 0845 548 7650
Youth Club runs every 2nd & 4th Tuesday in term time from 6.30-8.00pm in Great Chishill Village Hall.
The club is for all local young people from age 10. New starters warmly welcomed, and any new volunteers!
Contact Emily on 07900 243491
Sunday 25th February
9.00am Holy Communion St Mary’s
Led by Rev’d Canon Chris Bishop
10.45am Family Worship at St Swithun’s
Sunday 3rd March
9.00am Holy Communion St Nicholas
Led by Rev’d Stephen Bazlinton
10.45am Family Café Church at
CHRISHALL VILLAGE HALL
You can now see the
February edition of the Icknield Way Parish Village Web magazine here.
Please see here for all church news and information.
Parish Bulletin available here
Bin CollectionsTuesdays unless otherwise marked
27/02/24: Blue Bin
12/03/24: Blue Bin and Green Bin
Not sure what goes in which bin? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.
Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 8am to 6.30pm
Sat 8am to 2pm
Sun 9am to 2pm
There is now no need to book a slot. .
Gravel Pit Hill, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire SG8 7HZ
Tel: (01223) 839001
8am to 4pm everyday excluding Bank Holidays, 1st October to 31st March
Fancy a Walk?
Circular Walks from Great Chishill
or, if you want to go further afield, Hundred Parishes Walks More than 50 FREE walks to download.
Looking for an Interior Designer?
The Pheasant Every Monday 6.30Bridge, Cribbage, Draughts, Chess or any other game you fancy.
Ruby Tuesday - Curry Night
The Pheasant Every Tuesday 6-9pm Eat In or Takeaway
The Pheasant Every Wednesday 6-9pm Choose from a selection of phenomenal homemade pies.
The Pheasant Every Friday 4-6pm
The Pheasant's version of Happy Hour - you buy the drinks, they supply the Bites
The Pheasant Every Saturday 10.00-11.00am
THE SCHOOLROOM - DANCE STUDIO
A fun and light-hearted approach to...
Scottish Dancing URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Every Monday, 7.30-9pm Partners are actively encouraged but certainly not essential! £5.00 for each person per session.
To include a wee dram afterwards...!
No experience needed, just a sense of humour!
New Age Kurling
Every Friday, 7.30-9pm
The Pheasant Wednesday 21st February 7.30pm Book your team of up to 6 NOW 838535
The Pheasant Friday 23rd February 6-9pm Book Now 838535
Sloe Gin Competition Party
URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Saturday 24th February 2024 Details to follow.
ANTIQUES & VINTAGE FAIR
Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 3rd March, 9am to 3pm With tea room offering homemade delights including luxury cakes. Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918
or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Saturday 9th MarchURC Schoolroom, Barley Road, 7.30pm (Sharp please!). Only £5 entry fee for an evening of fun and chance to meet and catch up with friends and neighbours, or for new residents to join in on a community event. Donation Bar, prizes and raffle. Contact Phil 07889 655327 for more info.
Get your event listed here by emailing email@example.com or phone 838311
Village Hall Bookings
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Chishill United Reformed Church
There has been a ‘Congregational chapel’ on the site of the present United Reformed Church for over 400 years and we are very much planning for the future.
On a Sunday you are guaranteed a warm welcome, with services held on the first and third Sundays of the month. Whether a morning or evening service the duration will be around 45 minutes with a time of friendship and fellowship afterwards in the schoolroom (usually with splendid refreshments).
The church is part of a Linked Pastorate of 5 churches, Great Chishill, Bassingbourn, Buntingford, Fowlmere and Melbourn, and now has a new Minister. Her name is Sue Fender. She is married to Alex and has two adult children living in the north of England.
Sue trained as a Piano Tuner Technician at the London College of Furniture. Music is a large part of her life and includes swimming and working with stained glass amonst her other interests. She worked for many years as an office manager in a primary school before retraining for the ministry at Westminster College, Cambridge.
The present pattern of services is for a 6pm evening service on the first Sunday of the month and for a 9.30 morning service on the third Sunday of the month.
Next service - 3rd March 6pm
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill
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.
Mobile Library Dates
Heydon Road opposite the bus stop, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40
Melbourn Library Opening Times
Monday to Friday 2-4pm
Chris Allan from Barley sent us a copy of an article about Great Chishill published in 'The East Anglian' in October 1966. It contains interesting old photos including The Plough, Rectory Cottage, the Church Tower and the Windmill. See the whole article 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.