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Village Advent Calendar

The 'Round the Village Advent Calendar' was so succesful that Tess has agreed to organise it again. She is looking for volunteers to offer to decorate an easily viewed window or doorstep for their display. She says 'we all enjoy seeing others walking around the village and it would give us something to look forward to and provide some Christmas cheer'
Contact Tess on 07721 398642

17th Santa's Arrival

Click here to see last year's 'calendar'

Restoration of The Bells of St. Swithuns

St Swithuns, the church in Great Chishill, has 5 bells which have been ringing out for literally hundreds of years - 4 of the bells were made in the middle of the 17th century so are 350 years old!
There have been times when they have been silent - during the war, then for the 25 years from the 70's leading up to the Millenium when they fell into disrepair, and latterly due to the pandemic.
The bells were made ringable for the millenium but on a limited budget, so the ringers have been raising money ever since the millenium for the renovation of the bells, their ancient fittings and the wooden frame in which they are mounted. The frame was made from recycled timber around 1650!
We are also excited to gratefully announce that a local couple have paid to have a 6th bell, which was cast for us in July and will be hung in the tower with the rest of the bells after the renovation.
The whole project will cost somewhere in the region of £100,000 (including VAT which we may get back), but we are hopeful of grants to help along the way. It is important to note that none of this work is paid for from church funds, but from our own fundraising, grants and donations.
Ringing bells is very much a skill, an enjoyable mental and physical activity, open to everyone, church goer or not. So if you would like to learn to do this old, traditional and very English skill, please feel free to come along to any of the practices on a Wednesday evening.
If you would like to help, or are interested in more information about ringing or details of the project, have a look at the GREAT CHISHILL BELL RESTORATION PROJECT page.
If you would like to make a donation to the fund see our JustGiving page or how about paying for a memorial plaque to be attached to the renovated bells, or donate a sum specifically towards a part of a renovated bell for example one side or both sides of the 5 new headstocks, with a plaque commemorating your donation?

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 The Gunpowder Plot.. The picture to the right is a photo of the memorial stone in Manuden church to Sir Wiiliam Waad who was resposible for interrogating prisoners. Note that it is in Latin AND English.
Manuden Church
The Conspirators

The Pheasant

The Pheasant has been busy ever since the re-opening.
Coffee + Cakes
TuesdayFrom 9.30am
12-3pm, 5-11pm
12-3pm, 5-8.30pm
Half price Fish/Halloumi and Chips only
WednesdayFrom 9.30am
12-3pm, 5-11pm
12-2pm, 6-9pm
ThursdayFrom 9.30am
12-3pm, 5-11pm
12-2pm, 6-9pm
FridayFrom 9.30am
12-3pm, 5-11pm
12-2pm, 6-9.30pm
SaturdayFrom 10am
12-2pm, 6-9.30pm
SundayFrom 10am
Sunday lunch menu

Open for Half Price Fish/Halloumi and Chips on Tuesday evenings and a small menu with some 'Specials' Wednesday to Saturday, lunchtime and evenings, and Sunday lunchtime. It is also open during the daytime from Tuesday morning through to Sunday for coffee and cakes etc. which is also proving popular.
Although booking is not essential, it is strongly recommend to avoid disappointment 01763 838535.
For more information see the new pub website at pheasantgc.com

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.
No Time To Die 12A 22nd, 23d, 24th, s25th, 26th, 28th 7.30pm
23d, 24th, 27th 2.30pm
Cliff Richard: The Great 80 Tour Concert broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Albert Hall
27th 7.45pm
The Addams Family 2 PG 29th, 30th, 31st 2.30pm
The Green Knight 15 29th, 30th 7.30pm
The Many Saints of Newark 15 31st 7.30pm
s My Little Sister (Schwesterlein) 15 1st Nov 7.30pm
The Doors: Live at the Bowl
’68 Special Edition
Concert film 5th 7.30pm
Even Mice Belong in Heaven U 6th 2.30pm
7th 2pm
s Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) B&W PG 6th 6.30pm
Now: UK Green Film Festival Documentary 7th 5pm
The Many Saints of Newark 15 7th 8pm
s Gagarine 12A 8th 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
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
Michael Portillo - Life: A Game of Two Halves
Whether he’s observing contemporary politics or sharing the world’s great railway journeys, he’s a man with stories to tell. Anecdotes, conversation and unrivalled insights from the star of This Week, Great Railway Journeys and The Moral Maze.
Thu 21st October
Foyer Folk: Brooks Williams
Brooks Williams simply loves to sing. Born in Georgia USA, but now based in Cambridge he still sounds as if he’s performing for you alone: a soulful fingerpicker, a natural songwriter and a singer with a voice that just melts.
Fri 22nd October
La Serenissima: Vivaldi's Women
“Most serene” is what they called Venice, but there’s nothing placid about this celebration of Vivaldi, performed by an award-winning period instrument ensemble under its founder-director Adrian Chandler.
Sat 23rd October
Michael Butten
Guitarist Michael Butten presents a programme of British works from the two Elizabethan ages, alternating works by the master of the Renaissance lute, John Dowland, with contemporary music by John McLeod and Malcolm Arnold.
Sun 24th October
Ludwig: Composer & Improviser
Arguably better known in his lifetime as a improviser than a composer, Beethoven’s life is vividly brought to life through fascinating discussions, improvisation and performance.
Sun 24th October
English Touring Opera: Handel's Amadigi
George Frideric Handel’s extraordinary “magic opera” was the hit of the 1715 London season, brimming over with some of the young composer’s most imaginative – and enjoyable – music.
Sat 30th October
Sun 31st October
The Sixteen: Handel's Coronation Anthems
The Sixteen perform Handel’s coronation anthems – including Zadok the Priest – in a celebration of the baroque era at its grandest, its most opulent and its most glorious.
Sun 7th Nov
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.

No Time To Die 12A Fri 22nd 7.30pm
Sat 23rd, Sun 24th 2.30pm, 7.30pm
Mon 25th, Tue 26th, Thu 28th 7.30pm
Wed 27th 1pm
The Alpinist 12A Fri 29th 7.30pm
The Addams Family 2 PG Sat 30th, Sun 31st 2.30pm
Escher: Journey Into Infinity PG Sat 30th 7.30pm
Summer Of Soul 12A Sun 31st 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
26/10/21: Blue Bin and Green Bin
2/11/21:Black Bin
9/11/21: Blue Bin and Green Bin
16/11/21: Black Bin
Not sure what goes in which bin? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

If you know of any others or need to update this information, please email webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk.
Looking for a Tree Surgeon?

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

Village Newsletter

Click on this picture to view itOctober 2021 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
If you have any items to be included in the November 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

Forthcoming Events


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 7th November, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.

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

Parish Services

October 24th
9.00am Heydon
10.45am Great Chishill

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

Please see here for all church news and information.

Click for bigger version
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 services - 7th November 6pm and November 21st 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
3rd November
1st December

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.

Thriplow Dump

Open but you need to book a slot. This link should take you to the booking system for all Cambridgeshire sites 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, Hundred Parishes Walks More than 50 FREE walks to download.

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

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.