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Great Chishill Pavilion

from Great Chishill PFA & GCCC.
Following on from the announcement in November regarding the potential redevelopment of the Great Chishill Pavilion on the sports field, to bring it up to date and open to other sports and pass times. The Playing Field Association(PFA) along with Great Chishill Cricket Club (GCCC) would like your input to a “fun” survey of how the areas is used and how you, residents would like to see it used for sports.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the UK wide lockdown have delayed the original plans for the design work and options for the pavilion, so to help the planning and to get your input, the architects involved have designed a way to get your views. They have produced a sketch diagram (click on it for bigger, printable view) of the area around the sports field and pavilion, and they would like you to draw and write on the diagram how you use, and would like to use, the sports field and surrounding area.
There is no fixed way to do this. It is open for your view and interpretation. The results will be added in to the design and development of the pavilion, no guarantees that all can be accommodated but best efforts will be made, some ideas may be more long term …..
So, have some fun and let us know your views.
The return details are on the plan along with some ideas and guidance.

The Hundred Parishes Society

The Hundred Parishes Society was launched in 2014 in an attemp 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 Thatch Finials..
Brent Pelham

The Future of The Pheasant

At the beginning of last year, a group of like minded individuals formed themselves into group calling themselves 'Pub is the Hub'. Their aim was to bring the Pheasant back to its former glory.
They would now like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the questionaire, offering help and support. The pub is now 'under offer' from a professional in the hospitality industry hoping to purchase. The group have met with the potential buyer and fully support their intentions to purchase.
However, the group will remain in place ready to continue their efforts should the sale not go ahead.
If you have any questions please email Greatchishillcommunitypub@outlook.com

Threat to Our Lanes

A month or so ago we carried information about a planning application that could potentially put a large number of Hay and Straw lorries on our little lanes, see page 2.
We can now announce that the proposal has been turned down. Refusal letter.

updated 30th January

Some time last week someone trespassed into a local garden and broke into a (SWORN and off road) car, stole the catalytic converter and an alloy wheel.
This follows a spate of catalytic converter thefts in the area. Cambridgeshire Police are advising that Toyotas and Hondas, 4x4s and Sprinter vans are popular targets. They advise residents to -
Mark your converter with a unique code so it’s harder for thieves to sell
Approach your dealership for advice about fitting a Catloc or another protective device
Park with your exhaust close to a fence, wall or kerb to reduce the risk of theft
Install a 24-hour dashcam
Purchase a driveway alarm
Park in a well-lit area, ideally covered by CCTV
If your catalytic converter is bolted on, consider having the bolts welded to make removal difficult.
At around the same time, builders working locally had tools stolen.

If you see something suspicious call the police on 101, but if you suspect that a burglary is in progress call 999.

The Windmill Moves Again!

from David McKeown
In February 1956, a severe winter freeze followed by storm winds damaged the tail of the windmill to such an extent that it could no longer be used to turn the windmill into the wind. Now, almost 65 years later, the mechanism and tail structure has been repaired so that it can proudly turn itself again.
On Sunday September 27th, Bill Griffiths, our millwright, untied the mill and let a stiff NE wind spin the fantail to turn the mill on its post about 120°. You can see a video of this momentous occasion here.
If you drove past in the following week you couldn't fail to notice the new view the windmill presented. Then about a week later, Bill set it free in a gentle westerly breeze and the mill dutifully turned gently back to face Barley once more.
The operation of the tail mechanism is a major achievement as Great Chishill Windmill becomes the only open-trestle postmill in the country that will drive itself into wind. It is yet to be decided if this will in future be for demonstration only or if the mill can be allowed to turn automatically as it did for the 60 years before that fateful day in 1956.
The main sails are completely separate from the tail mechanism and will not be turning anytime soon as a further restoration programme is required to put them in working order.

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 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.
Exceptional adjustable acoustics. Ample FREE parking.

See Whats On for more details
SWCHS Event = School performers
www.saffronhall.com Box office 0845 548 7650

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
02/03/21: Blue Bin and Green Bin
09/03/21: Black Bin
16/03/21: Blue Binand Green Bin
23/03/21:Black Bin
Not sure what goes in which bin? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

Thriplow Dump

RE-OPENED but you need to book a slot. cambridgeshire.bookinglive.com or 0345 045 5207. Slots are at 15 mins intervals and only one visit per week allowed!.
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, Essex Walks More than 50 FREE walks to download, details of all the books, maps and walking groups in the county.

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 1pm to 6pm
Wed 7am to 5pm
Thu 7am to 1pm
Fri 7am to 6pm
Tel 848288
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Check out the Businesses page on this site. Lots of other local goods and services there too.

The Annual Sloe Gin Competition

Every year Great Chishill bellringers run a Sloe Gin competition, raising money for the refurbishment of the bells of St Swithuns.
Due to the virus it was thought that the competition would have to be cancelled, but such is the tenacity of Great Chishill residents, the competition did go ahead, albeit in a different format.
So, if you made sloe gin last autumn and have registered to enter it into the competition you need to get your
If you have made some sloe gin this season and were planning on entering it but failed to register in time, remember that one of the categories, apart from 'Nouveau' and 'Ringers Delight' is the 'Vintage' category, so this year's production could be entered next year.
The Annual Sloe Gin Competition (the oldest one in Britain) judging took place on 27th February but was available to watch on Zoom. Sadly the tasting party could not take place.
After much consideration and extensive tastings, some of the usual people won prizes (Neil Heywood won 2 and Stella Russell won 2) but it was good to see new names in the winners list.
Nouveau Class
1st Prize
Neil Heywood
2nd Prize
Lisa McKenzie
3rd Prize
Stuart Wiseman
Vintage Class
1st Prize
Fred Juenzi
2nd Prize
Hilary Goodall
3rd Prize
Neil Heywood
Ringer's Delight Class
1st Prize
Maggie Last
Berry Brandy
2nd Prize
Stella Russell
Damson Gin
3rd Prize
Stella Russell
Apricot Bullace

More information about the bells and bellringing in Great Chishill.

Local Restaurants

As we are now in complete lockdown checkout the local pubs and restaurants to see what they are offering - best plan is to keep an eye on their websites and Facebook pages.

The King William Tel 838773 or email hello@kingwilliamheydon.com. Takeaways available
The Chequers Fowlmere See the website (thechequersfowlmere.org) .
The Fox and Hounds, Barley ( Facebook Page) Takeaways & deliveries are available. Order online (Same day ordering only). Call 802505, email contact@foxandhoundsbarley.com to pre-order. See the Menu
The Chequers, BarleyClosed but open for takeaway 7 days a week. Facebook page - times and menu.
The Red Cow has opened a shop in the bar area with essentials and take away beers.
Takeaway available www.theredcow.com
The 'Pimp my Fish' fish and chip van WILL be in the Red Cow car park on Monday evenings, 5.30pm-8pm for the present time. Quality food and a broad menu available including burgers and vegetarian options.
You select the time you want to collect when you book online pimp-my-fish.co.uk and they will cook it in front of you.

If you know of any others or need to update this information, please email webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk

Village Newsletter

The March edition of the Village Newsletter available here. If you have any items to be included in the March newsletter, please contact Will Parsons on wllprsns@gmail.com.
Click on this picture to view itMarch 2021 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

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

Time to be Creative again

from Hilary Goodall
Following the success of the Write Here, Write Now project earlier this year, it was a good time to put something together about Christmas for display in the village phone box. This has now been done and some of your poems are available to view in the windows of the phone box.

Poo and Litter Bins

New dog waste bins have been installed in the village, one in May Street and one in Hall Lane. A new litter bin also added on the playing fields. With 4 poo bins in the village now there is even less reason for not disposing of dog waste properly. If your dog fouls - PICK IT UP. Whilst on the subject of dogs, please be reminded that dogs are NOT ALLOWED on the playing field - however good they are!

Forthcoming Events

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

Parish Services

All services cancelled until further notice.
Online service Sunday Service 28th February
NEW You can now see the February edition of the Icknield Way Parish Village Web magazine here.
Please see here for all church news and information.

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.
No services planned for the foreseeable future.

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

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

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.