|Windmill Update May 2020
David McKeown writes
It feels very strange to be writing an update as this world-wide pandemic still has many of us confined to our homes. Nonetheless, things are happening with the Trust and the windmill, perhaps not at the speed we would wish, but still in the right direction.
The restoration itself has a little way to go yet - we wish to see the automatic tail system operating, bringing the mill into wind, and edge boards fitted to the sails so that they can turn once more in a demonstration. We also need some repairs to the upper floors to make them safer for visitors. Our millwright, Bill Griffiths, has all of the above on his ‘to do’ list but, until he can purchase appropriate supplies, progress is limited. That doesn’t mean that the Trust has 'ground to a halt’. We formed a team of guides and started training just before the lockdown so will be ready to show visitors round once guidance on visiting enclosed spaces is defined and announced.
You can’t fail to notice our windmill as you approach the village from Barley and it is certainly looking splendid in the sun. So, why not stop by, or better still, take a walk on the footpath that runs around the fields at the back and picture the old beauty close up? Chris Shaw from Huntingdon took this cracking photo of the mill at sunset.
There are also a few paintings of the mill that you may have seen. So here’s a little challenge to all looking for light relief in these days of lockdown - visit the windmill, let your creative juices flow and send us a picture, be that drawn, painted or photographed, that sums up this 200 year-old wonder. We will publish them on our website (provided you give permission) and the best will go to the archive to be preserved for future generations.
Please send your images to firstname.lastname@example.org
before June 30 and they’ll be kept for posterity!
|A little light relief
Phil Maynard created a small 'Treasure Hunt' as a little bit of fun for residents of Great Chishill to do when out doing their bit of daily exercise. This proved to be quite popular with more than 30 people/households taking part. Following on from that he has set up another one. This one is easier than the last, but still requires walking around Great Chishill. This time there are 14 pictures of things to spot around the village. You need to spot them and note down where they are. You then send Phil your answers and for everyone you get right, he will email you back a letter making up an anagram of something Chishill related.
Email Phil on email@example.com for the picture sheet.
The deadline for entries to win a prize have now past and the prizes awarded, but if you would still like to do them for fun, please email Phil for the clues.
Both can be done individually or as a 'household', are suitable for any or all members of a family, can be done without touching anything, and don't need to be done in one go, or even on the same day. All of the clues are set somewhere within the bounds of Great Chishill.
No COVID-19 rules need to be broken to do it.
For the clues and more info, email Phil Maynard at firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU NHS AND ALL WHO HELP US
Tess Gent thought that the children of the village would like to show their understanding, gratitude and thanks in this difficult time, however young, so she distributed a letter and or a heart to the children around the village and they all coloured one each in their own rainbow style.
It was something a little less stressful or dull than school work, possibly more meaningfu, and didn’t involve staring at a screen AND their parents did not have to be involved!
The banner lights up at night as a remoinder that the NHS works on whilst we are tucked up in bed.
|Local Policeman Runs Half-Marathon for the NHS
from Priscilla Woollard
Our family have lived in the village for 35 years and we have two children, Tom & Georgina. Historically, Tom has played both for our village Football and Cricket teams.
Tom, as a Police Constable, decided to run a half marathon on Thursday 30th April wearing full riot gear, marking the 100th birthday of Captain Tom Moore as well as fund raising for our wonderful NHS. His route was from Royston Police Station to Accident & Emergency Department at Addenbrookes Hospital. His sister Georgina was his support, following by bike (which she has not ridden for over 15 years), carrying water and high energy drinks. Tom completed this in just over three and a half hours and at the moment, his Just Giving page
has reached £2,600.00 plus gift aid.
See the BBC Twitter report here
|WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
Reflections of a village in Lockdown
from Hilary Goodall
Calling all village poets, artists and diarists of all ages! I am
hoping to gather together a collection of writings and drawings
from the residents of Great Chishill about your thoughts on life in
the village during Lockdown. Your masterpiece could be in the
form of a poem (and it doesn’t have to rhyme!), a short piece of
prose (100 words maximum), a picture or even just an illustrated
word, which captures how you are feeling at this most unusual
Contributions will be welcome from all ages of villagers - and you
don’t need to be Wordsworth or Picasso to get scribbling and
sketching! You could even create one together as a family? I will
then collate the contributions and share them via the village
Please send your item to me via email (if possible) at:
with the heading 'Write Here, Write
Now'. Or if you prefer, you can drop it off to the dropbox outside
my door at The Old BakeHouse, 27 Barley Road. Please
remember to add your name and address.
So - get creative! And no excuses that you don’t have enough
You may not know that there is a Rabbit Rescue centre here in Great Chishill, hidden away behind Colts Croft.
Established over 20 years ago each year it rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes over 150 unwanted or neglected pet rabbits, working alongside other rescues nation wide to help those rabbits most in need. See more about this work on Home Too
|The VIRUS - Help is at hand
As you might expect from our amazing community, things are being put into place to help anybody and everybody in our villages who need help in this difficult times.
Over the next few days each household will have a card through the door laying out the arrangements for all kinds of help, including such things as shopping, dog walking, getting prescriptions etc. There are also opportunities to volunteer to help.
For immediate help and information visit the specially set up web site at
or call 877255
If you are a Great and Little Chishill resident and registered at Barley Surgery, are over 70 or at risk, there will be a weekly collection and delivery of medication. Please allow a week for your prescription to be fulfilled and on a Wednesday a volunteer from Great Chishill will collect and deliver them.
If you are registered at NEWPORT Surgery and are over 70 or at risk then they will deliver you medication/prescriptions to you.
If you use the chemist in Newport to collect prescriptions, they can now post them to you.
|The Hundred Parishes Society
The Hundred Parishes Society, a registered charity, was launched in 2014. It is an initiative 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.
Until now, the area’s anonymity has probably been due largely to the lack of a name, so one has been created and the hope is that it will eventually become as well-known as the 'Chilterns' or 'Constable Country'. It is called the Hundred Parishes to recognise that it contains just over 100 administrative parishes, including 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 Gustav Holst
and his connections with Thaxted.
Bin CollectionsTuesdays unless otherwise marked
2/06/20: Black Bin
9/06/20: Blue Bin and Green Bin
23/06/20: Blue Bin and Green Bin may be collected, but not guaranteed
Not sure what you can recycle? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.
RE-OPENED. One way system - in from Thriplow out onto A505 turning LEFT
Gravel Pit Hill, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire SG8 7HZ
Tel: (01223) 839001
8am to 5pm Every day including Bank Holidays, 1st October to 31st March
Fancy a Walk?
Circular Walks from Great Chishill
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.
Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 7am to 7pm
Sat 7am to 2pm
Sun 8am to 2pm
Mon 7am to 6pm
Tue 1pm to 6pm
Wed 7am to 5pm
Thu 7am to 1pm
Fri 7am to 6pm
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.
updated 17th May
More shed break-ins, not this time in Great Chishill but in nearby villages.
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.
|Takeaway and Delivery Services in the area
Below is an updated list gleaned from websites and facebook pages, starting with the ones mentioned in the newsletter. Please note that no recommendation is implied by the listing.
Starting on Thursday 28th May, The Fox and Hounds, Barley
( Facebook Page
) will be starting a takeaway menu, a limited selection of favourite dishes, plus drinks on Thursday - Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. Full details on how to order, pay and collect are on the menu. Phone lines, 802505, open on WEDNESDAY@12pm. Book for following day.
The Chequers, Barley
- Still doing takeaways. (849144) Also taking orders for Sunday roast dinners.
The Red Cow
, Chrishall has opened a shop in the bar area with essentials and take away beers. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 am until 4.30 pm.
They are also inviting street food van in the car park on Thursdays and potentially Fridays to serve take away pizza and/or fish and chips.
, Still doing takeaways, maybe delivery. (249098)
Rasa Sayang - Still doing takeaway 1st May (243168)
Domino's Pizza - Still open
Coach House, Flint Cross - Deliveries of Sunday Carvery (208272)
Ashiana Spice- Now closed completely
Fox and Duck, Therfield - Now completely closed
Fish'n Chick'n - Closed
George's Fish and Chips - Closed
MacDonalds - Closed
If you know of any others or need to update this information, please email email@example.com
|Good News for Gardeners
Phillimore Garden Centre is now open again
. Also taking orders over the phone (not on Saturday or Sunday) for delivery within a 10 mile radius (so that includes the Chishills). Telephone 01763 260537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Veg, Fruit and Salad Boxes,
June 2020 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
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Village Hall Bookings
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 email@example.com
Get your event listed here by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 838311
Cancelled until further notice
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The current evidence is that for the vast majority of
the population the Covid-19 virus is a mild illness
which can be safely managed at home with rest,
paracetamol and fluids just like a normal flu-like
illness. However, for those with significant other
medical problems and for the elderly it can be more
With this in mind we have
postponed all face to face
GP appointments and some
appointments. This is for
both our patient’s safety
and the safety of our staff.
Instead we are now offering
an enhanced telephone
service and also a nonurgent
, 8am to 6pm Monday to
Friday. We are working
hard to make sure that
those who are housebound
will continue to receive
As a community we can
help each other – both by
following the advice given
and by helping look after
those who may need help
within our communities. If you are able to volunteer
to help out in your immediate area, please email your details to email@example.com
See the Granta Practices website
for up to date information.
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.
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
All services in churches are cancelled until further notice but you can still enjoy this week's Sunday service, online, at Sunday Service 31st May
Please see here for all church news and information.
Other Parish activities, news etc.available here
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
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.