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On St Swithun's Day, 15th July, a Ceilidh was held in the Village Hall raising money for the Bells Restoration Project. It was a perfect evening for sitting outside with friends enjoying the unusually hot weather with a drink and a ploughman's supper, and going into the hall to dance to the amazing Cambridge University Ceilidh Band. A great time was had by all, and when all the sums had been done, the evening raised just over £1600.
Thank you to every one. Phil Maynard

Windmill Open Days
A number of Open Days on Sundays through the Summer have been organised, when you can come and be shown the inside of the windmill. It still has all the machinery that the miller used so you get a real feel for what it was like to work in a windmill. And if the wind varies whilst you are there you will feel (and hear!) the mill turning on its post.
All visitors are shown round by a guide and there is no specific charge for a tour but we are very grateful for donations that will help to keep the mill in the condition you now see it.
Dates are:
August 21st
September 4th, 18th

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
An article is produced each month with news or information of interest to the area. This month, the article is about Apples and Pears.
Picture above is of Great Chesterford Community Orchard.
Pippin Apples
Conference Pear

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.
Top Gun: Maverick 12A 12th 7.30pm
When Marnie Was There U 13th 2.30pm
NT Live: Prima Facie A Play from London’s
Harold Pinter Theatre
14th 2pm
Paris, Texas 12A 14th 7.30pm
sRobust 12A 15th 7.30pm
Where The Crawdads Sing 15 19th, 20th, s 21st 7.30pm
DC League of Super-Pets PG 20th, 21st, 23rd 2.30pm
Fire of Love PG 22nd 7.30pm
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
SDSocially Distanced (1 seat gap between seats)
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.
Exceptional adjustable acoustics. Ample FREE parking.

See Whats On for more details
Essex Youth Orchestra & Essex Young People's Orchestra Summer Concert
An evening of great orchestral classics including Stravinsky's Firebird, Bizet's Carmen Suites and Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
Fri 12th Aug
National Youth Girls' Choir: Change is Coming
The National Youth Girls' Choir performs a programme of music inspired by the theme of 'environment'.
Sun 28th Aug
Saffron Opera Group: Tannhäuser
Saffron Opera Group presents the opera - in the ballet-rich Paris version - with a cast of exciting young singers and established stars.
Sun 11th Sept
Foyer Jazz: Katriona Taylor
Katriona Taylor is an international singer/songwriter whose music is soulful and evocative, with strong melodies and tender lyrics. She works with only the very best musicians, excelling in high quality entertainment that appeals to a wide range of audiences.
Fri 16th 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.

Top Gun: Maverick 12A Fri 12th Aug 7.30pm
The Quiet Girl 12A Sun 14th Aug 5.30pm
Joyride Fri 19th, Sat 20th Aug 7.30pm
DC League of Super-Pets PG Sat 20th Aug 2.30pm
Sun 21st Aug 2pm
Fire Of Love Sun 21st 5.30pm
Where The Crawdads Sing 15 Fri 26th, Sat 27th 7.30pm
Sun 28th 5.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
16/08/22: Blue Bin and Green Bin
23/08/22:Black Bin
Wednesday 31/08/22: Blue Bin and Green Bin
06/09/22:Black Bin
Not sure what goes in which bin? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

Thriplow Dump

There is now no need to book a slot. .
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, Hundred Parishes Walks More than 50 FREE walks to download.

Looking for a Trained horticulturist passionate about maintaining gardens?

Check out the Businesses page on this site. Lots of other local goods and services there too.

Forthcoming Events



12 Heydon Road Friday 26th August, 8pm onwards For those of you who don't know, this is NOT a fund raising event, it is just a get together of people who live in or around Great Chishill. Just turn up with a bottle of wine (or whatever you would like to drink), it doesn't need to be anything special, and just enjoy the company of others who live nearby. Bread and cheese and other nibbles supplied by the hosts. Usually, the event takes place monthly (last Wednesday or Friday of the month) and is hosted by someone different each month. If you haven't been before, just come along - you might just enjoy it!
If the weather is fine, we can be outside for a lot of the time. More about wine circle can be found HERE  


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 4th September, 9am to 4pm With tea room offering homemade delights including luxury cakes. Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.

Parish Walk

Saturday 17th September
Arrive Depart
8:30+ 9:00 Chrishall
9.40 9.50 Heydon
10.10 10.30 Great Chishill (Coffee)
11.00 11.10 Little Chishill
12.50 13.20 Hamlet (own picnic lunch)
15.00 15.10 Strethall
16.00 16.10 Elmdon
16.40 Chrishall (Tea)

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

Village Newsletter

Click on this picture to view itAugust 2022 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
If you have any items to be included in the September newsletter, please contact Will Parsons on wllprsns@gmail.com.
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

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 email chishillvh@gmail.com

Parish Services

Sunday 14th August
10.00 am Combined Common Worship with Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Church, Heydon
Sunday 21st August
10.00 am Combined Common Worship with Holy Communion at Hamlet Church, Duddenhoe End
Sunday 28th August
11.30 am Combined Common Worship with Holy Communion at St Mary’s Strethall, Followed by BRING AND SHARE Lunch In the churchyard
Sunday 4th September
9.00am Holy Communion at St Nicholas Little Chishill
10.45am Family Worship at Chrishall Village Hall
Please see here for all church news and information.

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Parish Bulletin available here

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 moinistry 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 - 4th September 6pm (No services in August)

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
7th September
5th October

Melbourn Library Opening Times
Monday to Friday 2-4pm
Friday Closed
Saturday 10am–2pm

Local History

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.

Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 8am to 7pm
Sat 8am to 2pm
Sun 8am to 2pm
Post Office
See Post Office Website for opening hours
Tel 848288

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.