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Sloe Gin Competition

The Annual Sloe Gin Competition took place on 21st February. There was a staggering 55 entries which presented quite a challenge for the 3 anonymous judges. (They may have been the ones staggering at the end of the judging!). The tasting party, kindly hosted by the Wisemans at Stackyard Cottage, was, as usual a huge success and an opportunity to taste any (or all!) of the entries. The event raised a total of £370 towards the bell fund. Huge thanks to Peter & Jean, the judges and everyone who participated or helped.
FirstMartin Hague
SecondTuppa Wiseman
Hilary Goodall
Chris Bates
ThirdRobin Dibblee
Mark Avogadri
FirstIan Sanders
SecondMarlene Bates
ThirdFred Kuenzi
Ringers' Delight
FirstLucy Goode - Crème de cassis
SecondIvan Sharp - Sloe and Quince
ThirdNeil Heywood - Quince Liqueur
Ruth Dibblee - Damson Gin
FirstNeil Heywood - Quince Liqueur

Find out more about the bells and bellringing in Great Chishill.

Wood Green Looking for....
People living within a 40-60 minute journey of the Godmanchester Centre who have a spare room or happy for our cats to have access to the house
Reliability and the passion to support by offering a safe environment
Volunteers over the age of 18 with a passion for pet welfare
Ability to transport the foster animal to and from the charity for vet checks on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 11-1pm.
Click here for more information.

Where has the Post Box gone?
Sometime on Saturday 27th October between 1030am and 6pm someone knocked over the village post box and it would appear stole the Post Box itself!
This has been reported to the Police and to Royal Mail.
The Post Office had originally said that 11 January was the date for reinstatement of the box, but it now appears that we will not receive a replacement until April or May, due to the Post Office’s lengthy authorisation and approvals process!
In response to a complaint to Royal Mail made on 23rd January, we received this response on 1st February. 'I’m really sorry to hear of the problems you’ve had with your local post box and can fully understand your concerns.
We’re currently investigating the matter. These investigations may involve contacting other departments – to get the answers we need and assurance that action is being taken to put this right.
We’ll be back in touch with you as soon as possible and aim to complete all enquiries within ten working days.'

Update 24/2/19. From Royal Mail. 'I'm sorry our investigations are taking a little longer than expected. We are continuing to look into your enquiry and will contact you as soon as our investigations are completed. Thank you for your patience.
Update 15/3/19 From Royal Mail I can confirm that, after making enquiries with the Collection Planning Manager, we believe the above-mentioned area does warrant the re-installation of a new post-box. As a result, we're liaising with the Highway Authority to obtain clearance for the proposed site, as well as contacting the utility companies to ensure that the proposed site doesn’t interfere with existing pipes or cables, etc. This process can take a number of weeks to complete but we’re hopeful that we'll be able to install the post box within the next twelve weeks.!!!


from David McKeown
The year ended with the windmill and the Trust in a very satisfactory position. Maybe the progress has been a little slower than we would have liked but extra Listed Building Consent was required and work is currently underway on the last two pieces of the structural restoration jigsaw. The grant from Historic England has sufficient remaining funds to cover work on the tail and sails required to satisfy HE’s requirement for removal of the mill from the Heritage at Risk listing and the Trust has plans for income to cover on-going maintenance
Repair of the tail structure was deemed essential on two counts: anyone wishing to enter the mill has to pass beneath the fantail, so loose, decaying timbers and ironwork were unacceptable and, for the long-term safety of the mill, turning to wind to minimise stress on the structure is necessary. Bill Griffiths, our millwright, is currently working on the tail carriage at his workshop and committee members are stripping and repainting wood and metal parts of the fantail with the enthusiastic help of Chris Bates. Committee member, Tony Andrews, is well advanced in laying a circular track for the carriage to roll round so we are looking good for a Spring finish to the work.
With respect to the finances beyond the HE grant, the Parish Council has been most generous in offering to undertake repairs to the access stairway and the fitting of safety handrails - another essential for visitor access. Furthermore we have had a successful year with novel fundraising ideas.
Sales of apple juice, tea towels, etc. and the raffle for our ‘windmill clock’, made and donated by David Brearley (nephew of Trust founder Jim Brearley), at the Craft Fair before Christmas raised over £500. Together with half of the proceeds of the Fair itself, generously donated by organiser, Lindsey Crawley, we made over £800 contribution to the fund. This, together with contributions from the Pink Wellies metal dectorists and the kind supporters who are making donations following our standing order appeal, provides a good start to our target of a sustainable income stream that will see our iconic windmill safe for the foreseeable future.
Grand Opening
The big news for 2019 is that we are having an Opening Day on SATURDAY 8 JUNE. Yes, the first and most critical phase of restoration will be complete and we are opening the mill for all to see. Details of the event will be announced in The Chishills nearer to the date but we have booked the village hall for presentations, chats and tea and will have displays in and around the windmill itself. Please KEEP THE DATE!
More about the history of the windmill.
Please visit our website greatchishillwindmill.com to see our progress.

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.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? 15 15th, 16th 8pm
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part U 16th 1.30pm
17th 2pm
Green Book 12A 16th 4.30pm
All is True 12A 17th 5pm
If Beale Street Could Talk 15 17th, 18th 8pm
A Star is Born 15 19th 7.30pm
sShoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) 15 20th 8pm
Mary Queen of Scots 15 21st 8pm
All is True 12A 22nd 8pm
23rd 5pm, 8pm
The Kid Who Would Be King PG 23rd, 24th 2pm
BMary Poppins Returns U 24th 11am
The Great Escape PG 24th 6pm
sCapernaum 15 25th 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.

Waltham Singers
Chelmsford based Waltham Singers and frequent collaborators the Salomon Orchestra present a scintillating programme of youthful works, including Puccini’s joyful graduation exercise and Shostakovich’s birthday present for his 19 year old son, with local soloist Tim Carey.
Sat 16th March
Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula
The young Swiss pianist Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula is no ordinary talent. In this concert Abdelmoula explores the poetry and humour of Schubert’s Moments musicaux, and the high Romantic adventure of Schumann’s great C major Fantasie.
Sun 17th March
An Evening with Tim Brooke-Taylor
A true master of comedy shares a wealth of great stories and anecdotes from his career on stage, screen and radio. In conversation with writer and broadcaster Chris Serle.
Wed 20th March
Saffron Walden Choral Society: The Glories of Venice
Saffron Walden Choral Society and the Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia celebrate the music of “La Serenissima” in a programme of choral classics and concerti grossi encompassing iconic works by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, their pupil Schütz, and Vivaldi’s ever popular Gloria.
Sat 23rd March
Iestyn Davies & Fretwork
This concert combines these two singular musical styles through the stunning voice of countertenor Iestyn Davies and viol consort Fretwork serving as the bridge across three centuries.
Sun 24th March
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.

Green Book 12A Fri 15th 7.30pm
Stan & Ollie PG Sat 16th 7.30pm
Can You Ever Forgive Me? 15 Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd 7.30pm
All Is True 12A Fri 29th 7.30pm
Green Book 12A Sat 30th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
19/03/18: Green Bin and Blue Bin
26/03/19: Black Bin
02/04/19: Green Bin and Blue Bin
09/04/19: 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 4pm Every day including Bank Holidays, 1st October to 30th 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 last winter, we started them again in October and have had some really good evenings. The next one is set for Friday 15th March in the URC schoolroom, Barley Road. 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.

Click on this picture to view itMarch 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 telephone Janet Crouch on 838301.

Forthcoming Events


URC Schoolroom, Barley Road FRIDAY 15th March, 7.30pm (sharp please!) £5.

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle hosted by Neil Heywood Friday 22nd March


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

Film Night - Bohemian Rhapsody

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Tuesday 9th April, 7.30pm £5 with a free glass of wine.

Windmill Grand Opening

Saturday 8th June 2019 Details to follow.

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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 the latest (March 2019) surgery newsletter, which includes shocking statistics about the number of people who fail to attend their appointments!

Outdoor Group Exercise

A lady called Jane Hart has recently started a business called Mogo Fitness which offers outdoor group exercise in Barley. She already has clients from Great Chishill and is keen to start a group up in Great Chishill if there is enough interest. She is also introducing a new low intensity class called Mogo Lite for older clients or those looking to get back into fitness. You can get more information here or call Jane on 07891 904072 or email her on jane@mogo.fitness


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 - 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 9.30am 17th March. 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

17th March
9am Strethall
10am Chrishall

24th March
9am Hamlet
10.45am Elmdon

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 March
Good Friday 19 April (10am-12 noon)
26 May
23 June
28 July
22 September
27 October (Chrishall Village Hall)
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
3rd April
1st May
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