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Sloe Gin Competition

The annual Sloe Gin Competition will take place on Thursday 21st February followed by the tasting party on Saturday 23rd. There are prizes (medals and certificates) for the winners of the 'Nouveau' and 'Vintage' categories, plus another category called 'Ringers Delight' which is any home made fruit based liqueur (the event raises money for the church bell restoration fund). Entries to Jean Wiseman, Stackyard Cottage, Hall Farm Yard or Jenny Leitch 6 Colt’s Croft by Tuesday 19th February. Fee per entry £4 includes party admission. Judging will place (in private) on Thursday 21st and the Tasting & Results Party will take place on Saturday 23rd February 8.00pm at Stackyard Cottage, Hall Farm Yard, by kind invitation of Jean and Peter Wiseman. Non-competitors welcome to the Party at £5/head. Please book ahead
Download your entry form here
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!


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.
How to Train Your Dragon:
The Hidden World
PG 15th 5pm
16th, 17th 2pm
18th, 19th, 20th, 21st 3pm
Stan & Ollie PG 15th, 17th, 21st 8pm
16th 5pm
Colette 15 16th, 20th 8pm
17th 5pm
sOrphée B&W PG 18th 8pm
Don Quixote BALLET broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
19th 7.15pm
Mary Poppins Returns U 22nd D3pm
Beautiful Boy 15 22nd 8pm
23rd 5pm
A Dog’s Way Home PG 23rd, 24th 2pm
Mary Queen of Scots 15 23rd 8pm
24th 5pm, 8pm
sThe House by the Sea
(La villa)
12A 25th 8pm
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second PLAY broadcast AS LIVE
from the Almeida Theatre, London
27th 7pm
Vice 15 1st, 2nd March 8pm
Bumblebee PG 2nd, 3rd 2pm
The Mule 15 2nd 5pm
3rd 8pm
Stan & Ollie PG 3rd 5pm
sBurning 15 4th 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. 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.

Talvin Singh
Composer, producer, virtuoso tabla player and Mercury Music Prize-winning recording artist, Talvin Singh brings together Preetha Nararayanan on violin and Shriram Sampath on flute to create something that can’t be defined: it just has to be heard.
Fri 15th
A Berlioz Celebration
Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, this celebration concert from BBC Symphony Orchestra sweeps from the tender poetry of Les Nuits d’été to the no-holds-barred phantasmagoria of his Symphonie fantastique
Sun 17th
Castalian String Quartet
The award-winning Castalian String Quartet pair two mature masterpieces, Johannes Brahms and Gabriel Fauré string quartets, with Beethoven’s Op.18 No.6
Wed 20th
Foyer Folk
Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music. The live show is a musical journey through Europe and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.
Fri 22nd
BBC Concert Orchestra
An evening of stunning classical favourites including BBC Young Musician finalist Jess Gillam reprising her ‘Last Night of the Proms’ piece Scaramouche.
Sat 23rd
Paul Lewis
This 'masterly' pianist reaches journey’s end with Haydn at his darkest, Brahms’s autumnal Op.117, and – to crown it all – the boundless invention and wit of Beethoven’s mighty Diabelli Variations.
Sun 24th
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.

Stan & Ollie Fri 15th, Sat 16th 7.30pm
A Star is Born Fri 22nd 7.30pm
Bohemian Rhapsody 12A Sat 23rd 7.30pm
Mary Queen of Scots 15 Fri 1st, Sat 2nd March 7.30pm
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse PG Sat 2nd 3.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
19/02/18:Blue Bin
26/02/19: Black Bin
05/03/19: Green Bin and Blue Bin
12/03/19: 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 have started again
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 February 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 itFebruary 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

Film Night - The Children Act

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Tuesday 12th February, 7.30pm £5 with a free glass of wine.


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

Sloe Gin Competition Party

Stackyard Cottage, Hall Farm Saturday 23rd February 2019in aid of Great Chishill Bell Fund. More details on this web page.

Scottish Dancing

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Monday 25th February, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome. Very relaxed and a good giggle.


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 3rd March, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.

Cocktail Bar

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Saturday 9th March, 8pm onwards. A wide variety of cocktails on offer, including non-alcoholic ones, live music and singing and naughty but nice nibbles. £10 a ticket, including first cocktail. Black Tie or smart. Contact tessgent@gmail.com 07721398642. In aid of The Kitchen at St Swithun's.

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 (February 2019) surgery newsletter, which includes information about 'Group Consultations' coming soon.

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 5.45 3rd 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 February
9am Strethall
10am Chrishall

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 February
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
6th March
3rd April
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