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Royston Choral Society has many members from the villages of our area. Following the disastrous fire in Royston Parish Church last December, the Society is grateful for the use of Royston Methodist Church for weekly rehearsals. The next ‘Open Rehearsal’ will take place on Tuesday September 10th at 7.45pm, and is an opportunity for aspiring new members to come along and sing and see how they fit in. No obligation, and you will not be asked to sing on your own! New members are always welcome – particularly Tenors!!
The principal concerts in the 2019-2020 season will be Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in November, and Bach’s B Minor Mass in March. Additional performances include taking part in the High Sherriff’s Charity Concert in September, and the usual Christmas and Summer concerts featuring a range of styles.
For more information contact the Chair, Huw Jenkins 07855 311192 or email chair@roystonchoralsoc.org.uk

St Swithuns Day Celebrations

Our church in Great Chishill is dedicated to St Swithun, and his 'day' is the 15th July. This year it was decided to celebrate St Swithuns Day but as the actual day fell at a weekend when there were lots of other things going on, the village celebrated a week early and for a whole weekend.
The weekend started with the ever popular 'Pimms o'clock' evening with a live Jazz Band to help it along. There was a flower festival in the church on Saturday and Sunday, and on Sunday a family treasure hunt, a bike ride to Brent Pelham. Sunday afternoon saw the garden of the URC packed with people for a barbeque and cream tea, accompanied by 'The Elderlies'.
To round off the weekend there was a 'Songs of Praise' evensong in the church.
Neil was at some of the events with his camera and some of his pictures are available on the Photo Album pages. However, if you were there and you took some pictures, please email them to me so that I can include them too. webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk

The Pheasant

The Pheasant has announced that they are no longer serving any food.
Opening hours for drinks have also been reduced, and are shown below
Monday6pm to 11pm
Tuesday12pm to 2pm
6pm to 11pm
Thursday12pm to 2pm
6pm to 9pm
Friday12pm to 2pm
6pm to 11.30pm
Saturday &
12pm to 6pm

The Windmill Reaches its Turning Point

Wed 19th June, 1130. from David
Just returned from watching Bill pull the windmill round a few feet. It moved without any nasty noises or displacement of timbers!

from David McKeown
Our millwrights are full steam ahead for finishing the tail assembly and refitting the sails; the track is ready; volunteers have painted everything they could find; and we have a new gardener bringing the site into trim order. June 8th will be a day to remember and we do hope that everyone will enjoy the celebration of our Grand Re-opening. Even at this late stage the mill had an unpleasant surprise for us. We needed one of the sail stocks to be lowered from the windmill, as we knew it would require repair. This was no mean feat for two men with a bunch of ropes and ratchet straps, the thing weighed around 800kg. Once down, it was all too obvious that it was extensively rotted and a replacement was required. An 11m length of wood of that cross-section is not cheap but we found one and squeezed the funds to buy it, so the sails will be ready for the Reopening. We are also fitting handrails to the stairway to make it much safer on the strange two-stage ladder at the entrance to the mill. It will be well worth looking inside as there will be an exhibition of milling artefacts and some of the items found when metal detecting in the adjacent fields. The ‘Turning Point’ will be the completion of the fantail and the mechanism that drives the carriage to turn the mill into wind. We will need careful assessment of its capabilities and potential hazards before we let it run by itself. None of this would have been possible without fantastic support from the village and our growing number of Friends of the Windmill. From all of us on the Committee, a heart-felt thank you to one and all!
Click on the windmill image below to download Peter Homent's clone video (note that the way that this downloads and runs will vary between browsers and operating systems.

More about the history of the windmill.
Please visit our website greatchishillwindmill.com to see our progress.

Great Chishill Cricket Club

The Great Chishill Cricket Club was established in 1870. Home games are played on the Playing Field and are sponsored by Autosure Ltd. (autosurelimited.com), Blanche & Co, Royston, Drury & Gard Brickwork Ltd. There is a packed programme ahead for this season. Click for the full fixture list.

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.
Jaws 12A 21st 3pm
22nd 8pm
The Lion King PG 23rd, 24th, 26th, 28th 3pm
25th 2pm
The Current War 12A 23rd, 24th 8pm
25th 5pm
Yesterday 12A 25th, 27th, 29th 8pm
Kind Hearts & Coronets B&W PG 26th 8pm
Pavarotti 12A 28th 8pm
Horrible Histories: The Movie PG 30th, 31st, 1st Sept 3pm
Tell It To the Bees 15 30th, 31st 8pm
The Lehman Trilogy Encore screening of PLAY
from London’s West End
1st Sept 7pm
sAfter Life
(Wandafuru raifu)
PG 2nd 8pm
sPain and Glory
(Dolor y gloria)
15 6th 7.30pm
The Wizard of Oz U 7th 2pm
Out 12A 7th 3pm
Imagine Me & You 12A 7th 5pm
Tangerine 15 7th 8pm
Rocketman sing-along 15 7th 8pm
Horrible Histories: The Movie PG 8th 2pm
Small Island Encore screening of PLAY
from the National Theatre
8th 3pm
Orlando PG 8th 5pm
Ella Fitzgerald:
Just One of Those Things
12A 8th 7.30pm
Home 15 8th 8pm
sRafiki 12A 9th 8pm
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.

National Youth Girls’ Choir of Great Britain
Featuring songs that span the centuries and encompassing a variety of different cultures, they will showcase the breadth of music written for women’s voices.
Sat 24th Aug
Aurora Orchestra
Performed from memory in a specially devised production incorporating elements of design, lighting and choreography, Berlioz’s explosive music is brought to life; a musical phantasmagoria from the depths of the Romantic imagination.
Tue 10th Sept
Saffron Opera Group – Tristan und Isolde
Saffron Opera Group’s acclaimed series of Wagner performances continues with the composer’s devastating account of impossible yearning and forbidden ecstasy.
Sun 15th Sept
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.

Yesterday 12A Fri 6th Sept 7.30pm
The Lion King PG Sat 7th Sept 3.30pm
Apollo 11 U Fri 13th, Sat 14th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
Wednesday 28/08/19: Black Bin
03/09/19: Green Bin and Blue Bin
10/09/19:Black Bin
17/09/19: 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 5pm Every day including Bank Holidays, 1st April to 30th September

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.
Melbourn Village College is 60
Melbourn Village College is 60 years old in September! So, if you’re a ‘local’, it’s very likely that you have had some connection with “The College”, over the years. Perhaps you were a pupil; or worked there in some capacity, or maybe, you attended evening classes, for recreation or work. Whatever your connection, MVC are holding a reunion on Friday 27th September from 2-4pm, to mark the Diamond Anniversary and we’d like you to join us.
Refreshments, displays, music and the chance to share memories and catch up with friends. Please contact MVC if you are likely to attend, so we have an idea of numbers and can make your name badges. mvc60years@gmail.com, 01763 223400

Saturday 8th June had a very wet morning which didn't bode well for the planned celebrations for the windmill reopening. However, only a couple of hours before the start, the rain stopped and the sun came out - and so did the people! Richmonds supplied a shuttle bus taking people from the village hall car park down to the windmill, where a drinks tent had been set up and nibbles were brought around. The winmill looked very fine, with bunting flying from the ends of its newly renovated sails. Proceedings opened with an introduction by Hazel Heydon -chair of the restoration committee- who made a welcome speech with the tempramental microphone. David McKeown, the project manager said a few words too, as did Trudi Hughes from Historic England Heritage at Risk. The late Jim Brearley who had conceived the project in the first place with Jeff Gill was remembered in a speech by Jim's son Simon before unveiling a bench in his memory.
Then the highlight of the afternoon when the windmill was formally opened by the cutting of the ribbon by Great Chishill's Internationally famous ex resident, Sam Smith.
The shuttle bus then returned to transport people back to the village hall where a spendid tea had been laid on. There was a raffle, various windmill related items on sale including a limited edition of a drawing by a young New Zealander who is a 10th generation descendent of the first Mr Andrews to own the mill! This limited edition of 100 pictures were brought from New Zealand by his grandmother, Viv McCulloch who had come especially for the event.
See pictures from the event here

Click on this picture to view itJuly 2019 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.

Forthcoming Events

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle hosted by Jean and Bob Hatt Friday 23rd August


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 1st September, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.

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

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New Telephone Number
There is now a Freephone number for all the practices in the group, including Barley. 0300 234 5555 The individual surgery numbers will continue to work for the next few months.
Click here to see the latest (September 2019) surgery newsletter, which includes information about Flu jabs.


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.

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.
Great Chishill 'URC' has been going through a season of change with the Minister moving on to pastures new. At the present time there is a Membership of three, but there is optimism about increasing this number. The congregation has been growing in recent years, notably increasing the average service attendance. This has been while trialing different forms and times of services supported by guest preachers. There is an evening service once a month which has proved to be very popular. For‘special’ services at Christmas, Easter, Advent and Remembrance between forty and one hundred people have been welcomed into the chapel.
The chapel fellowship has become an increasingly important part of village life with a variety of events encouraging people to come together – films, Scottish dancing, concerts, silver surfers’ internet café, whist drives and hosting parties for all ages. 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 present pattern of services is for a 5.45 evening service on the first Sunday of the month and for a 9.30 morning service on the third Sunday of the month.
The next service will be on 1st September at 5.45pm
Click here to see more information and news from the URC.
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

Parish Church Services

25th August
10am Hamlet
For services after this date please Click here

Other Parish activities, news etc.available here

Click on image above to see latest poster

Messy Church is held in Great Chishill village hall from 3-4.30pm on the 4th Sunday of most months.
Dates for 2019
22 September
27 October (Chrishall Village Hall)
24 November

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
4th September
2nd October
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
Post Office
Mon 7am to 6pm
Tue 7am to 6pm
Wed 7am to 5pm
Thu 7am to 1pm
Fri 7am to 6pm
Tel 848288