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updated 2nd November

There has been another break-in in the village, this time a cement mixer was stolen from an outbuilding. There have been two other serious thefts from sheds in recent weeks - one in Heydon Road when a lawnmower and hedge trimmer were stolen, and one in New Road when again garden equipment was taken.
So - make sure your sheds and garages are secured - alarmed if possible - simple very loud alarms can cost less than £10, and security lights are a good idea too.
RS components sell a simple but very effective alarm for less than £7.50 click here.
If you see something suspicious call the police on 101, but if you suspect that a burglary is in progress call 999.

Outdoor Group Exercise

Jane Hart from Barley is about to start a new set of outdoor exercise classes, so now is a good time to sign up to get fit. Give Jane a call on 07891 904072.

The Windmill is 'Saved'
From David McKeown
On Thursday October 17th, Historic England (HE) published its listing of Heritage at Risk for 2019. Prominent in the press release was this:
'Saved – Little Chishill Mill, Great and Little Chishill, South Cambridgeshire
…The Great Chishill Windmill Trust has carried out three phases of renovation with grant support from Historic England and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. The local community is passionate about its history - funds were raised to repair Little Chishill Mill at the same time as fundraising campaigns to replace the roof of Little Chishill Church and to repair the parish church. The Mill has now been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register.'
We should all pat ourselves on the back for congratulations like that from HE. A huge ‘thank you!’ to all who helped in whatever way.
There is still work to be done on the mill, of course. We are awaiting connection of the tailfan to the wheels and then a continuous campaign to keep our mill in fine fettle for the next 120 years begins. There is also that dream of restoring the internal machinery so that we can grind grain once more! But the publicly announced recognition by Historic England of a job well done is very good reason for us all feel proud! Top picture by Peter Homent, lower ones by David Kckeown Click on a picture for bigger version.

Christmas is coming!

Following the success of the last Christmas Tree Festival, another is planned for this year. It will take place on 14th and 15th December following a similar format to last year's. There will be a wide variety of music to listen to, throughout the weekend, including the Robin Choir and the Chrishall School Choir. There will be the usual teas, coffees and delicious cakes and festive food on sale. It is for Parish Funds and Chrishall School.
This year each tree will be the title of a Christmas Carol and your organisation can interpret this however you want.
More information from Tess Gent.

and then after Christmas...

In February (date to be announced) there will be the great Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition.
This is a very popular annual event raising money for the bell fund. There are more and more entries every year in the 3 categories - 'Nouveau', 'Vintage' and 'Ringer's Delight' - the first two being specifically for Sloe Gin and the 3rd any spirit based fruity tipple. There will be more details on how to enter etc later, but right now you should be thinking about getting out there and picking the sloes - lots about at the moment.
About the bells


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. 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.
The Christmas concert this year will be held at King James Academy (Meridian School) on Saturday 21st December and will be accompanied by the J50 Brass Band. More information and the concert flyer.
For more information contact the Chair, Huw Jenkins 07855 311192 or email chair@roystonchoralsoc.org.uk

The Pheasant

The Pheasant has announced that it is now CLOSED completely!

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.
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon U 15th 5pm
16th, 17th 2pm
The Day Shall Come 15 15th, 16th 8pm
Judy 12A 16th 5pm
17th 8pm
sThe Peanut Butter Falcon 12A 17th 5pm
sTehran: City of Love 12A 18th 8pm
Hansard PLAY broadcast as live
from the National Theatre
21st 7.30pm
Official Secrets 15 22nd, 23rd 8pm
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil PG 23rd 3pm
24th 2pm
Downton Abbey PG 24th 5pm
Meeting Gorbachev PG 24th 8pm
sNon-Fiction (Doubles vies) 15 25th 8pm
Present Laughter PLAY filmed live in front
of an audience at The Old Vic
28th 7pm
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut 15 29th 7.30pm
The Addams Family PG 30th 3pm
1st Dec 2pm
National Theatre Live: Fleabag One-woman show recorded
LIVE from London’s West End
30th 8pm
BPlaymobil U 1st Dec 11am
Official Secrets 15 1st Dec 5pm
Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love and War 12A 1st Dec 8pm
Les Misérables: The Staged Concert LIVE broadcast 2nd 6.45pm
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.

Jan Garbarek Group
Norwegian saxophonist and composer Jan Garbarek with his group of awe-inspiring jazz artists, will perform a 120 minute unbroken set of pure artistry.
Sat 16th
Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
Holst’s atmospheric Egdon Heath opens this concert before violinist Alex Redington of the Doric String Quartet joins the orchestra for a performance of Prokofiev’s lyrical concerto. The concert concludes with Sibelius’ majestic Symphony No.2.
Sun 17th
Foyer Jazz
Creative & original mainstream jazz from one of today’s most individual new male jazz voices – charismatic singer/songwriter, Kevin Fitzsimmons
Fri 22nd
Britten Sinfonia with Benjamin Grosvenor
Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and Britten Sinfonia Leader Thomas Gould join forces for a vividly contrasting programme of chamber music from Bach to the 21st century, directed from the keyboard and violin.
Sun 24th
The Jubilee Quartet
This young British quartet conveys the joy of shared music- making in everything they play: with Mozart’s timeless grace balanced by the understated sensuality of Ravel’s exquisite String Quartet.
Sun 1st Dec
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.

Official Secrets 15 Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd 7.30pm
The Peanut Butter Falcon 12A Fri 29th 7.30pm
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon U Sat 30th 3.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
19/11/19: Black Bin
26/11/19: Green Bin and Blue Bin
03/12/19:Black Bin
10/12/19: 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 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.
Whist Drives
Following the huge success of the whist drives that were run over the last couple of winters, we are running them again, with the next one set for Friday 13th December. They are held in the URC Schoolroom in Barley Road, with Proceeds to Great Chishill Bell Fund.
You do NOT need to know how to play whist, you do NOT need to come with a partner. Entry fee is only £5 per head. There will be a donation bar, raffle and prizes - fizz for the highest scores and the very popular wooden spoons for the lowest scores. No gambling involved!
We aim to start at 7.30pm sharp so please do not be late. More information from Phil Maynard 838311.

Heydon Road Closure
Cambridgeshire County Council Highjways Service have announced that Heydon Road will be closed from 8am to 4pm starting on Monday 18th November. They anticipate that the work, which is preparation for surface treatment works in the new year, will last for about 4 days. It appears that the closure will be from the crossroads in Great Chishill to the church in Heydon. Access to properties, subject to working conditions, will be available, but no parking will be allowed on the road.

Beginners Pilates Class at Great Chishill Village Hall
There is a new pilates class for beginners’ starting in January 2020. It will be for an hour each week on Tuesday mornings at 8.30am. Open to men and women of all ages. For more details email Andrea at andrea@littlewissett.co.uk.

Click on this picture to view itNovember 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 email chishillvh@gmail.com

Forthcoming Events


Great Chishill Village Hall SATURDAY 16th November, 7pmIndian Food and Dancing. £18 per person, under 12s £8 from Church office 837272 or iwp.parishoffice@gmail.com

Scottish Dancing

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Monday 18th November, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome. Very relaxed and a good giggle.

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle hosted by Anna and Ken Van Terheyden Friday 29th November


Great Chishill Village HallSaturday 7th December, 9.30am to 4.30pmFor St Swithun’s and Windmill Funds. Crafts and Gifts made by local craftspeople - plus Teas and Cakes, Hot digs, Christmas Wreaths. Enquiries to Lindsey Crawley 01763 838897 / 07775727541

Gt Chishill & Heydon Children's Christmas Party

Great Chishill Village HallSunday 8th December, 3-5pmFree to all children ages 0-Yr6 in Heydon, Gt and Lt Chishill. Book by 18th Nov Emily 836257 or Islay 838194

Film Night - GREEN BOOK

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Tuesday 10th December 7.30pm Doors open at 19.00, film starts at 19.30.


URC Schoolroom, Barley Road FRIDAY 13th December, 7.30pm (sharp please!) £5.

Senior's Tea

Great Chishill Village Hall Thursday 19th December, 3-5pmEnquiries to Lindsay Crawley 838897

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 information about opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period

The Clock Chimes (properly) Again

The Clock on the church tower is something that we all take for granted - until it is silent. For some time now it has either been silent or has not sounded right.
Thanks to the generosity of people in Great Chishill this has now been put right and the clock sounds it's old self again.
The clock is approximately 120 years old and has been ticking away for most of that time, wound manually once a week. Few people ever see the actual clock, but if you Click here or on the picture you can get a better idea of what goes on up the ladders in the tower.


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 6pm 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 services will be on 17th at 9.30am and 1st December at 6pm
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

17th November
9am Strethall
10am Chrishall
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
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 December
Monday 6th January
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