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Angus racks up the kilometres

You may have seen Angus Gent out, looking very sporty on a bicycle lately,and wondered what he was up to, apart from keeping fit!
He is racking up the kilometres helping his nephew and family to do 4000kms of physical activity in 31 days, raising money for Alzheimer's Research. This debilitating disease contributed to the death of Angus' nephew's granny. All this activity is called 4thousand4granny and if you would like to support Angus and his family in this fundraising effort you can do so by following this link.

The Future of The Pheasant - Have Your Say

At the beginning of the 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.
The Pub is about to go back on the open market and the group is looking at ways to buy it if there is sufficient support in the village. The pub is classed by SCDC as 'An Asset of Community Value' which would mean that there are various grant schemes available to help the community to own it.
A form went around the village recently canvassing opinion. The deadline for that has now passed but if you would like to express an opinion and missed the opportunity you could still email or get more information from Sarah Scott on clerk@greatchishillpc.com

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.
The Society is so called 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 workhouses. In the article, the writer looks at the various ways that the government has handled unemployment over the centuries. See the Workhouses article here.

Ashdon Workhouse

Linton Workhouse

Villagers’ words archived for posterity

from Hilary Goodall
All the contributions from the Write Here, Write Now community writing project for Great Chishill have now been sent to the Manchester Writing School, at Manchester Metropolitan University. They will be included in a new archive set up at the Manchester Poetry Library at MMU.
This archive has been created to record poetry written nationally from the earliest stages of the pandemic up until June 30th 2020, with a collection of the work commissioned by Carol Ann Duffy (poet laureate, 2009).
Our poems will sit alongside contributions from established poets such as Roger McGough, Ian McMillan, Carol Rumens and many more, as well as Carol Ann Duffy herself. They will now be preserved to be read by future generations.
The archive is keen to have all our work, poetry or not, as a communal collective project, as they said, they are ‘part of the same conversation … I’m sure there’s poetry in the prose too’.
Many thanks to all.

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.
After 5 months of shutdown, Saffron Screen will re-open on Saturday 5th September with an exciting new programme and enhanced safety measures.

Their team have been working hard to ensure the venue can open in the safest way possible and have implemented a number of changes that will be in place for the reopening. Customers can expect to see a significantly reduced capacity in the auditorium, with empty seats between booking groups, a one-way system to enable social distancing and thorough and regular cleaning in between screenings.
Summerland 12A 12th September 7.30pm
Onward U 13th September 2.30pm
sPortrait of a Lady on Fire
(Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)
15 14th September 7.30pm
Emma U 18th, 19th 7.30pm
A Night at the Louvre: Leonardo da Vinci Art film 19th 2.30pm
The Call of the Wild PG 20th 2.30pm
White Riot 15 20th 7.30pm
sParasite (Gisaengchung) 15 21st 7.30pm
Hope Gap 12A 25th, 26th 7.30pm
Jonas Kaufmann: My Vienna CONCERT FILM recorded live
at the Wiener Konzerthaus
26th 2.30pm
Four Kids and It PG 27th 2.30pm
Military Wives 12A 27th 7.30pm
David Attenborough:
A Life on Our Planet
PG 28th 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
Joyce DiDonato & il pomo d’oro: My Favourite Things
Her “Favourite Things” are dazzling operatic arias from the 17th and 18th centuries, and with the dynamic period instrument ensemble il pomo d’oro (motto, “We have the guts!”), make no mistake: her Saffron Hall debut should bring the house down.
Thurs 3rd December
Foyer Jazz - Juliet Kelly
Who better to ease you into Friday night here in the relaxed, cabaret-style atmosphere of the Saffron Foyer? Tonight she salutes Nina Simone, lending her velvet voice to the songs you love in a very personal tribute from one jazz legend to another.
Fri 4th December
Britten Sinfonia: Eight Seasons
Expect explosive, edge-of-seat music-making, the ferocious energy of Vivaldi’s iconic masterpiece juxtaposed with Piazzolla’s tango-inspired Buenos Aires homage. Thomas Gould directs from the violin in a virtuosic tour-de-force, taking the soloist’s role in both works.
Sat 5th December
An Afternoon with Amanda Owen
Amanda Owen is a shepherdess, farmer’s wife, mother to nine children and bestselling author. The Owens live a life ruled by the seasons and their animals. Home is Ravenseat, a 2000-acre hill farm in North Yorkshire.
Sun 6th December
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.

Military Wives 12A Fri 25th September 7.30pm
Max Richter’s Sleep PG Sat 26th 7.30pm
Trolls World Tour U Sun 27th 2.30pm
Summerland 12A Fri 2nd October 7.30pm
Parasite 15 Sat 3rd 7.30pm
Onward U Sun 4th 2.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
15/09/20: Blue Bin and Green Bin18/08/20: Blue Bin and Green Bin>
22/09/20: Black Bin
29/09/20: Blue Bin and Green Bin
6/10/20:Black Bin
Not sure what you can recycle? 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 5pm 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
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!

Great Chishill Open Gardens

Every two years residents of Great Chishill open up their gardens for all to see, raising money for St Swithun's Church. This year of course this was not possible due to the virus, but people sent in pictures of their gardens and Andrea Quigley has done a magnificent job of putting them all together into a really impressive youtube video. You can view it here and make a donation through the 'Just Giving' website to help support the church fund.

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.

New Editor for Village Newsletter

Will Parsons has taken up the reins of the Village Newsletter and his first edition is here. If you have any items to be included in the October newsletter, please contact Will on wllprsns@gmail.com.
Click on this picture to view itSeptember 2020 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

Lockdown Easing !
From Saturday 4th July many food outlets started opening up again. As the list is very long it is probably best to check the websites and facebook pages of your favourites. However, there are one or two in our immediate area worth listing here.
The King William IV has closed again! (License problem)
The Chequers Fowlmere have opened with a limited menu, Tuesday to Sunday. Outside dining only and no booking. Ordering via website/app and online payment only. See the website (thechequersfowlmere.org) .
The Fox and Hounds, Barley ( Facebook Page) is open for dine-in (socially distanced) and take away, Tuesday to Sunday, 'Eat Out to Help Out' extended for September.
The Chequers, Barley Open for Dine-in and takeaways..
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.
Restuarant food is now available both for dine in and takeaway. Tuesdays to Sunday lunchtime.
If you know of any others or need to update this information, please email webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk

Forthcoming Events


19th September For the route and approxtimings see the current bulletin.

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

Parish Services

Next church services 13th September Chrishall 10.30am and 9.00am Holy Communion, Elmdon. Max of 50 attendees at 1 meter between seats. Enter by the main door, exit by north door. Sanitizer supplied. No Holy Communion, no books and no singing. On line service will still be available.
Online service Sunday Service 6th September
NEW You can now see the August edition of the Icknield Way Parish Village Web magazine here.
Please see here for all church news and information.

Other Parish activities, news etc.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.
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.
Next Service Sunday 20th September, 9.30am. Social Distancing applies.
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.

Cancelled until further notice

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If you are registered at Barley Surgery and are eligible for a free NHS Flu jab you can now BOOK an appointment slot. However, as this year there are many more people who qualify under new COVID regulations, you can also go to a 'drive through' clinic at IWM Duxford on Saturday 3rd or Saturday 17th October.
See the Granta Practices website for up to date information.

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.