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The Platinum Jubilee in Great Chishill

The Platinum Jubilee weekend saw the folk of the Chishills out and enjoying themselves, celebrating not only 70 years of the reign of Her Majesty but also being able to be together again.
The weekend started with Pimms and Prosecco O'clock in the grounds of the URC, with a licensed bar, live music from Maggie, a BBQ, a crown competition and finally the lighting of a hastily arranged 'beacon'.

The following day, there was a short service in the church to dedicate the newly refurbished bells 5 bells and the new 6th bell. This was followed by 40 minutes of bell ringing to coincide with the ringing of the bells of St Paul's Cathedral.
In the evening, there was 'Scottish Dancing' on the patio of 12 Heydon Road. This was well attended and 'entertaining'!

Then on the Saturday, there was maypole dancing in the garden of the Pheasant and the presentation of Jubilee mugs to the children of the parish.
The highlight of the day was however the Morris Dancing by the Great Chishill Morris Dancers - a group put together from scratch in just 6 weeks.
On the Sunday, the weather was not so kind for the celebratory event at the Windmill, which reduced the turn out, but those who did go along had an enjoyable afternoon. (Would someone like to send some pictures please). There are lots more pictures in the Photo Album available HERE

Help Wanted on a Citizen Science Project

Do you grow your own salad or vegetables and want to learn some new skills?
A new pilot citizen science project based in the UK will look at whether certain bacteria are on home-grown produce. Scientists don't know if, or how much, antimicrobial resistant bacteria are on home grown produce, or what growing and preparing practices might lower their numbers if they are found.
You can help find the answers - Click here to find out more.

Windmill Open Days
A number of Open Days on Sundays through the Summer have been organised, when you can come and be shown the inside of the windmill. It still has all the machinery that the miller used so you get a real feel for what it was like to work in a windmill. And if the wind varies whilst you are there you will feel (and hear!) the mill turning on its post.
All visitors are shown round by a guide and there is no specific charge for a tour but we are very grateful for donations that will help to keep the mill in the condition you now see it.
Dates are:
June 19th
July 3rd and 17th
August 7th, 21st
September 4th, 18th

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 Village Halls.
The picture on the right is of course of Barley Town House.
Blackmore End

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.
Everything Everywhere All At Once 15 17th, 18th 7.30pm
Living in the Universe U 19th 2pm
The Road Dance 15 19th 5pm
The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson 15 20th 7.30pm
Top Gun: Maverick 12A 24th, 25th 7.30pm
26th 2pm
Lancaster PG 26th 7.30pm
sBetween Two Worlds (Ouistreham) 12A 27th 7.30pm
NT Live: Prima Facie A Play from London’s
Harold Pinter Theatre
21st July 7pm
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
SDSocially Distanced (1 seat gap between seats)
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
SWMTC Centenary Celebration Concert
The award winning, Saffron Walden Musical Theatre Company (SWMTC), previously known as Saffron Walden Amateur Operatic Society, celebrates 100 years of performing musicals & operettas in our town.
Sat 18th June
National Youth Jazz Orchestra celebrate Amy Winehouse
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra present an emotionally-charged tribute to one of their greatest alumna, Amy Winehouse – her life, her musical legacy, and her enduring position as one of the UK’s most thrilling and talented musicians.
Fri 1st July
Simon Balle School
Simon Balle All-through School’s music department presents a summer showcase with over 150 performers in a variety of ensembles.
Sat 2nd
Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
The Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra conclude their season with a programme of American music and music inspired by America.
Sun 3rd
BBC Young Musician: Strings Category Final
BBC Young Musician is the UK’s foremost competition for musicians 18 and under.
Wed 6th
BBC Young Musician: Woodwind Category Final
Since its inception in 1978, BBC Young Musician has launched the careers of many of the UK’s most prominent classical musicians.
Thu 7th
BBC Young Musician: Brass Category Final
BBC Young Musician brings the Category Finals of the 2022 competition to Saffron Hall in July 2022.
Fri 8th
BBC Young Musician: Percussion Category Final
BBC Young Musician brings the Category Finals of the 2022 competition to Saffron Hall in July 2022.
Sat 9th
BBC Young Musician: Keyboard Category Final
BBC Young Musician brings the Category Finals of the 2022 competition to Saffron Hall in July 2022.
Sun 10th
London Community Gospel Choir
With its rich harmonies, charismatic interpretations and closely unified ensemble, the London Community Gospel Choir is set to light up Saffron Walden with singing that’s vibrant, powerful and life-affirming.
Mon 11th
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.

Everything Everywhere All at Once 15 Fri 17th, Sat 18th 7.30pm
The Road Dance 15 Sun 19th 5pm
Top Gun: Maverick 12A Fri 24th, Sat 25th 7.30pm
Sun 26th 5pm
Lancaster PG Sun 26th 1.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
21/06/22: Blue Bin and Green Bin
28/06/22:Black Bin
05/07/22: Blue Bin and Green Bin
12/07/22:Black Bin
Not sure what goes in which bin? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

Thriplow Dump

There is now no need to book a slot. .
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, Hundred Parishes Walks More than 50 FREE walks to download.

Looking for a Trained horticulturist passionate about maintaining gardens?

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

Forthcoming Events


Saturday 18th June 7.30 pm, Holy Trinity Church, Chrishall
Royston Choral Society, Musical Director Andrew O’Brien presents And a selection of songs including classics by Cole Porter, John Rutter & Vaughan Williams
Tickets £15 (under18 £1) available from choir members or 01920 822723



Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 3rd July, 9am to 4pm With tea room offering homemade delights including luxury cakes. Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.


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

Village Newsletter

Click on this picture to view itJune 2022 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
If you have any items to be included in the June 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

Parish Services

Sunday 19th June
9.00 am Holy Communion at Hamlet Church Duddenhoe End
10.45 am Family Café Church at Holy Trinity Chrishall

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

Please see here for all church news and information.

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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 service - 19th June 9.30

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
6th July
3rd August

Melbourn Library Opening Times
Monday to Friday 2-4pm
Friday Closed
Saturday 10am–2pm

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.

Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 8am to 7pm
Sat 8am to 2pm
Sun 8am to 2pm
Post Office
Mon to Fri 9am to 1pm, 1.30pm to 4pm
Sat and Sun CLOSED
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.