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Five years ago our village icon and landmark was facing a possible repeat of its Victorian tower collapse, when the church architect’s 5 yearly structural inspection identified serious problems with the tower.
The results of four years of fund-raising events, individual giving and grant applications – most especially to the Heritage Lottery Fund, are now clear for all to see!
The St Swithun’s Appeal Committee invites parishioners and supporters to an evening of celebration now that the church tower has been restored and supplied with long-overdue toilet facilities. Friday 21st September 7.30 pm at St Swithun’s Church, Great Chishill. None of this would have been possible without generous support from residents and their friends and relations over the last four years! So now it is time to say ‘thank you’ with celebratory refreshments and presentations.
Join us for a journey through time from Saxon settlement here through to the present day and the role of St Swithun’s church then, now and in the future. As well as looking back at the church’s history, and how the funds were raised, guests will be introduced to some on-going projects which are the key to our essential, hard-won, Heritage Lottery Fund award.
Village resident, Dr Celina Fox, has spent many hours in both Essex and Cambridgeshire County Records offices and elsewhere, to research, compile and publish a fascinating new history of the church and its community. (Did you know we once had a rector who didn’t mind cats in the church but wouldn’t allow dogs?)
The Appeal Committee will also be launching a guide to local cycle routes and walks, a Key Stage 1 resource pack about the church and churchyard, and some stories behind the names on our War Memorial.
There is no charge to attend but in order to ensure sufficient bubbles and refreshments, please contact Tess Gent 07721 398642 or Jenny Leitch 07850 862199 by Sept 17th to let us know you are coming.
Click here to see pictures of the restoration in progress and the problem walls.

Royston Choral Society
The society will be starting its 2018/19 programme shortly and invite you to join them as a singer or a member of the audience.
Tuesday 11 September Open Rehearsal 7:45 – 9:45 pm in Royston Parish Church. Come along and see if you would like to join the choir - no audition required.
Sunday 30 September Royston Arts Festival Finale concert
Sunday 4 November – Britten War Requiem at Haileybury College
Download the latest press release. For more information about the choir: www.roystonchoralsoc.org.uk, Facebook or contact Chairman, Huw Jenkins – email chair@roystonchoralsoc.org.uk – tel. 07855 311192

The Midsummer Ball
Tess Gent writes
Saturday 16th June saw the return of Great Chishill's Midsummer Ball, raising money for St Swithun's Church. Months of what must have been very hard work by the organising committee culminated in a truly spectacular event, enjoyed by 250 friends and neighbours on a beautiful sunny evening.
Taking full advantage of the weather, welcome drinks were served on the playing fields as the guests arrived in an array of stunning black tie outfits – it turns out that we all scrub up rather well!
The party continued as we sat down to a delicious meal in the marquee adorned with fabulous tropical flowers, fruit and flamingoes. There was plenty more fun (and importantly, fund-raising) between courses with games, raffles and an auction of promises all featuring great prizes.
Having already eaten more than might seem prudent in our highly tailored outfits we then discovered the cheese and sweetie carts which were the perfect after-dinner treat. After posing for some quick pictures at the photo booth, live music from the wonderful band “Fred's House” lured us on to the dance floor where an energetic crowd remained until 2am!
Enormous thanks must of course go to the generosity of many local businesses who kindly sponsored the tables, the beer and the bar which contributed hugely to a fantastically successful evening.
Emily Hanson was there with her camera - click on the centre picture below to see the pictures taken in the 'photo booth' on the night and here to see other photos from the ball. (more to follow)

Photo Booth

Mobile Phone Mast Proposal
The Parish Council have received a letter from a company called Waldon who are proposing a telephone mast on Hall Lane and given until 20th June for comments! The Parish Council discussed this at their regular meeting on 21st June. See the PC website for more information. (www.greatchishillPC.com)send any comments to clerk@greatchishillpc.com or email the company directly.
Letter to PC and Details.

Windmill Cycling Club
The Windmill Club is a Cycling UK affiliated group. The club is based at The Pheasant. Rides take place twice a week - approx. 20/25 miles on a Monday afternoon/evening and approx. 30/45 miles on Thursday mornings, usually in the lovely quiet lanes surrounding this area.
During the summer months rides sometimes start at locations in Suffolk or Norfolk and take in places such as Aldeburgh, Southwold or Wells. The pace is leisurely and there is as much focus on good companionship, conversation and coffee/pub stops as there is on cycling.
Each ride costs £3.00 and the proceeds are donated to various charities at the end of each year. So far, over £5,000 has been raised.
For more details of The Windmill Club's rides please take a look at their blog.
New members are always welcome.

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.
Incredibles 2 PG 17th, 18th, 22nd 3pm
19th 2pm
23rd A3pm
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again PG 17th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd 8pm
20th 3pm
21st s3pm
Mary Shelley 12A 19th 5pm
Pandora’s Box PG 20th 8pm
Leave No Trace PG 21st 8pm
Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Scratch ‘n’ sniff screening
U 24th, 26th 3pm
Hereditary 15 24th 8pm
West Side Story PG 25th 3pm
Adrift 12A 25th, 26th 8pm
Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures!
The Movie
U 27th, 30th 3pm
sSummer 1993 (Estiu 1993) 12A 27th 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.

Foyer Jazz Club
Known as a first-call sideman, jazz pianist Gabriel Latchin launches his solo career with his debut straight-ahead album in the classic piano trio tradition.
Fri 14th Sept
Saffron Opera Group – Parsifal
Following on from Saffron Opera Group’s triumphant and critically acclaimed performance of The Ring Cycle, the company now presents Wagner’s final masterpiece: Parsifal. Under the commanding baton of Wagner specialist Michael Thorne, and with a hand-picked orchestra and chorus, Parsifal’s magical quest for wisdom and compassion promises to be a truly exceptional operatic event.
Sun 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.
Currently films are shown on Fridays and Saturdays.

Ocean's 8 12A Sat 18th August 7.30pm
Leave No Trace PG Sat 25th August 7.30pm
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again PG Fri 31st August, Sat 1st Sept, Fri 7th, Sat 8th, Fri 14th, Sat 15th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
21/08/18:Green Bin and Blue Bin
Wednesday 29/08/18: Black Bin
04/09/18:Green Bin and Blue Bin
11/09/18: Black 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.
Bereavement Announcement

Derek Cunningham and Gwen Clark, son and daughter of Jim Cunningham, regret to announce the death of their father.
Jim, of 39 Heydon Road, died peacefully at Arthur Rank Hospice on Saturday 4th August.
Funeral will be held at Cam Valley Crematorium on Wednesday 22nd August at 1100. Family flowers only with donations to Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

RIP Dad.
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.

Why was the road closed?

Heydon Road was completely closed outside the church in order to facilitate the connection of water and sewerage services to the church.
As this picture shows (click on it for a better view), this entailed digging a very big hole - 11 feet deep when this picture was taken, and still not got to the sewer.
Unfortunately for anyone wanting to get from one side to the other there was a very long diversion (about 5 miles), either via Heydon and Chrishall or New Road and Barley.
The road has now re-opened and the church will be able to benefit from water and toilets for the first time in its very long history, thanks to the huge effort that has gone into fund raising.

What IS that noise?

9.45pm, July 25th, The Pheasant garden. The sound started from over near Bull Meadow, got closer and closer and continued away towards Reeves Pightle. At the same time a largish bird flew over. A quick visit to the web confirmed our suspicion. Yes - it was a Nightjar!
Nightjars are nocturnal and are out looking for food - moths and beetles - at dawn and dusk. They are similar in size and shape to a cuckoo or kestrel. They are migrants, arriving April/May time and leaving in August. They are on the RSPB amber conservation list and are not normally found in this area - Thetford Forest being the nearest known habitat.

The Windmill Can Be Seen Once More

Just a few days after the church tower was unveiled, the windmill also emerged to full view. Removal of the scaffolding indicates that work on the main body, the buck, of the mill is complete and it looks splendid! The cedar boarding that so many villagers contributed to via the Sponsor a Board campaign has been painted and topped with extra protection on the roof that should see the mill through the next hundred years.
This gleaming white finish covers an extraordinary amount of effort that was needed to make the structure safe. Bill Griffiths, our millwright, and his assistant, Klaine Feagan, have completed repairs to a superb quality. Framework timbers were cut back to sound wood and new oak plates were glued and bolted to replace the lost section. See pictures of the restoration progress here.
New window frames were built and all board edges were carefully ‘flashed’ to ensure no water ingress.
Just before the scaffolding was removed, the ‘striking rod’ was fitted. This is a steel rod, well over 8m long, that is positioned in the centre of the windshaft to connect the mechanism on the sails that opens and closes the shutters with the control gear that can be seen on the rear of the buck. This took some adjusting of size and shape and careful manipulation.
Whilst we are very proud of the achievement so far, it is only part of the story, as we have to repair the tail assembly before visitors can freely enter the building. The skeleton tail fan erected in the sixties is unsafe and the steps of the stairway need attention. Planning permission for both is imminent and Bill aims to remove the tail carriage before the end of summer and rebuild it off-site.
He also has a repair to make to one of the sail frames currently in Chris Bates’s barn and to one of the main sail stocks still attached to the mill. The sail frames have been completely stripped, repaired and repainted by Tony Andrews with Chris’s help. The plan is to have all the work done and the sails back in place by late Spring 2019 when we can look forward to a grand celebration to reopen the windmill to the public.
The amount of work required to restore the windmill has been far greater than anticipated but it is worth it just to see that brilliant white beacon welcoming people to our village. Next year it will look even better!
More about the history of the windmill.
Please visit our website greatchishillwindmill.com to see our progress.

Great Chishill Open Gardens 2018
June 10th started out overcast but as 2pm approached the skies cleared giving way to a glorious afternoon and evening - perfect for the Open Gardens afternoon. This was the fifth time that this biennial event has been held, raising money for St Swithun's Church. The church was the starting point where for £5 visitors were given a green wrist band so that they could visit any of the 8 gardens open for viewing in the village. Teas were available at Rectory Farmhouse, ice creams and other delights at the URC schoolroom and Indian nibbles served at the Rectory.
The event raised £840. Click here to see pictures from the day.


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.
It is hoped to arrange a Cardio Pulmonary Massage (CPR) and AED training session soon for anyone interested.
More information about Defibrillators.

Plastic Flower Dishes

Have you won one of Tess Gent's flower arrangements in a raffle, or bought one with a donation after an event? If so, Tess would really appreciate having the plastic flower dish back. Thank you in advance from Tess.

Forthcoming Events


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 2nd September, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Rosei on 07720647696 or email rosei@flapperfortunes.co.uk for more info.


St Swithun's Church Friday 21st September 7.30 pm
There is no charge to attend but in order to ensure sufficient bubbles and refreshments, please contact Tess Gent 07721 398642 or Jenny Leitch 07850 862199 by Sept 17th to let us know you are coming.

Annual Parish Walk

Saturday 29th September Details to follow

Great Chishill United Reformed Church - The Future

There have been great concerns about the falling of numbers in the congregation anxieties have grown that the Chapel is not sustainable. As a matter of our huge respect we feel very strongly that it would very wrong to simply close the Chapel without exploring areas of increasing the use of this most charming and useful building.
We would very much like to make a concerted effort to raise the profile of the Chapel, the schoolroom and the lovely garden within the village. We would like to make it a really positive facility for the benefit of all of us who live in and around the village.
From now onwards services will be held on the first and third Sundays of the month. The next services will be at 9.30 on 19th August and 2nd September. The parish Youth Fellowship meet in the Schoolroom on the second Sunday of each month between 5.00-6.30, run by Helen Williams, (01799 520398).

Click here to see more information about the future of the URC.
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

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

Parish Church Services

19th August
10.00am Hamlet

26th August
11.30am Strethall

Other Parish activities, news etc.available 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.

Mobile Library Dates
Heydon Road opposite the bus stop, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40
5th September
3rd 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
Note: The Post Office is now open most of the time when the shop is open, the exceptions being closing at 5pm on Wednesday, 1pm on Saturday and closed all day Sunday
Tel 848288