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Post Office Closure
The Post Office in Barley has now closed permanently
Dave writes
This has been a tough decision to make but the Post Office over the last few years become dependent on the shop sales to supposrt it to continue trading.
I will shortly be introducing PAYPOINT services which offer Mobile Top Ups, Electric Top Ups, Bill Payments, Counter Cash (cash withdrawals without a fee or purchase), Collect + (Parcel Drop Off and Pick Up with several carriers to include Amazon, Ebay, Royal Mint, Vinted).
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the customers that have supported the Post Office over the past years and hope that you will continue to support the shop.

Advanced Notice of Road Closure
On Friday 24th May road closures will be in place in and around the Chishills. Not only will roads be closed but there will also be No Parking in the closed roads. This is due to the elite cycling event 'Ride London Cycling Event 2024'. The road closures will be from 11am to 12.30pm. Roads involved will be Heydon Road from Barley Road through to Heydon Church, Barley Road from Heydon Road to London Road, Barley, and Barley to Barkway. Elmdon via Heyford Lane, Chrishall to Heydon Church.

The Windmill
The exterior is always open and is accessible to all who can climb a short, grassed incline. There is parking, benches and picnic tables. The site has no other facilities.
The tail assembly has been restored so that this ancient post mill can now turn to face the wind again as the fantail spins in the breeze. Don’t be surprised if the mill is pointing in a totally different direction to when you last saw it. It acts like a giant weathervane.
During the summer (April to September, 10:00 to 16:00) the windmill is open on alternate Sundays with guided tours for visitors (no charge but donations welcomed). No need to book - see website for dates. Guided tours can be arranged at other times. Just contact us via our website.
During a guided tour you’ll be able to view the interior which is practically unchanged from how the last miller left it. You can view original equipment and graffiti dating back hundreds of years. You can marvel at the engineering from the period of George IV.
While you’re at the mill why not bring a picnic and admire the view or walk to the village (footpath from the mill) and sample the delights of The Pheasant pub.


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 clerk@greatchishillpc.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.
An article is produced each month with news or information of interest to the area. This month, the article is about Maltings.
Picture above is Stanstead Abbots Maltings.
Gt Dunmow Maltings
Newport Station Maltings
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.

Parish Services

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 19th May
9.00am Holy Communion at Hamlet Church DUDDENHOE END
10.45am Family Worship at Holy Trintiy CHRISHALL
  Sunday 26th May
9.00am Holy Communion at St Marys STRETHALL
10.45am Family Worship at St Swithun’s GREAT CHISHILL

You can now see the
May edition of the Icknield Way Parish Village Web magazine here.

Please see here for all church news and information.

Parish Bulletin available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
21/05/24: Blue Bin and Green Bin
28/05/24:Black Bin
4/06/24: Blue Bin and Green Bin
11/06/24:Black Bin
18/06/24: 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

Tel 848288


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.
Please note that the programme is no longer available on this site.
For full details see website www.saffronscreen.com

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

www.saffronhall.com Box office 0845 548 7650
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 everyday excluding Bank Holidays, 1st April to 3oth 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 an Interior Designer?

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

Forthcoming Events

Games Night

The Pheasant Every Monday 6.30 Bridge, Cribbage, Draughts, Chess or any other game you fancy.

Pie Night

The Pheasant Every Wednesday 6-9pm Choose from a selection of phenomenal homemade pies.

Boozy Bites

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

New Age Kurling

Every Friday, 7.30-9pm



St Swithun's Church Wednesday 12th June 10am to MiddayCome and enjoy some tea, coffee, cake and chat at St Swithun’s Great Chishill.
Children’s corner available. All welcome.  

Quiz Night

The Pheasant Wednesday 12th June 7.30pm Book your team of up to 6 NOW 838535

Windmill Open

Sunday 19th May 10am to 4pm


CANCELLED due to unforseen circumstances. The Imitation Game URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Tuesday 14th May, 7.30pm A contribution of £7 per person will include a FREE glass of wine and nibbly bits!
For further details or to book your place on the sofa contact Tess on 07721 398642 or tessgent@gmail.com.  


Friday 31st May, 8pm onwards. Hosted by Jean and Peter Wiseman Stackyard Cottage, Hall Farm, Great Chishill.
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. 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 don't need to be invited.
More about wine circle can be found HERE
More hosting volunteers needed for 2024 please. Email greatchishill@gmail.com

ADVANCE NOTICE - Save the Date - Summer Barn Dance Friday 12th July Back by popular request. Cambridge University Ceilidh Band. Great Chishill Village Hall.

Earlybird Tickets at £17.50 available NOW from Helen Whitehead on white.night@btinternet.com

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

Village Newsletter

Click on this picture to view itMay 2024 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
If you have any items to be included in the June newsletter, please contact Will Parsons on wllprsns@gmail.com by 19th May
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

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 19th May 9.30am

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
5th June
3rd July

Melbourn Library Opening Times
Monday to Friday 2-4pm
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.

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.