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Great Chishill Annual Sloe Gin Competition

The Annual Sloe Gin Competition (the oldest one in Britain) judging took place on 23rd February into the early hours of Friday morning, and the party and prizes ceremony took place on Saturday 25th February.
After much consideration and extensive tastings, some of the usual people won prizes (Stella Russell carried off 3) but it was good to see new names in the winners list.
Nouveau Class
1st Prize
James Truett
2nd Prize
Stella Russell
3rd Prize
Peter Wiseman
Vintage Class
1st Prize
Tony Rushbrook
2nd Prize
Neil Heywood
3rd Prize
Hilary Goodall
Ringer's Delight Class
1st Prize
Neil Heywood
Bramble Whiskey
2nd Prize
Stella Russell
Sloe Vodka
3rd Prize
Stella Russell
Crab Apple Vodka

Scottish Dancing Class
A fun and light hearted, a Scottish Dancing class started in the URC Schoolroom (Barley Road) on Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00pm on 23rd January. It was well attended but there is still room for more. No previous experience necessary and having a partner is not essential but if you have one you are encouraged to bring them! Cost is £3 per person per session. (Includes a wee dram afterwards). Proceeds towards the URC. It was originally intended that this would only be for 6 weeks, but such is its success that the number has been increased by adding 2 more.

Whist Drive

Around 40 people turned up at the URC schoolroom on Saturday 18th February for the first Whist Drive to take place in the village for a very long time.
For those who don't know, a whist drive consists of lots of people playing the card game whist - 4 people in each game. The winners of a game move on to play the next table to make a new 'foursome' and so on, so it was a great opportunity to mix and meet new people. The intention was to have fun and not take it too seriously and that ambition was realised as the evening was a great success, so much so that there were calls to have another one soon.
The next Whist Drive will therefore be Sat 18th March, in the URC Schoolroom at 7.30pm (Sharp).
After costs had been taken out, the £5 entry fees, the donations at the bar, other donations and the raffle, added up to total of £361.41 towards the restoration of St Swithuns' bells. Lets see if we can beat that at the next one.
A big thank you to everyone who contributed.

Prepare to be moved by Royston & District Choral Society’s Spring Concert

Royston & District Choral Society’s Spring Concert features two pieces appropriate to the Christian season of Lent, John Rutter’s ‘Requiem’ and Gerald Finzi’s ‘Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice’.
With Andrew O’Brien conducting, James Perkins supporting on the organ, Haileybury Consort and Soloist, Milly Watmough this promises to be a very moving performance.
Saturday March 25th 7.30 pm St Mary’s Church, Standon. Tickets £12, concessions £9, school students £1. (See Forthcoming Events)
The next Open Rehearsal for aspiring new members is Tuesday April 25thh 7.45, Royston Parish Church.

Barkway Antiques Fair Moves to Gt. Chishill
The monthly Antiques and Vintage Fair which was held in Barkway has relocated to Great Chishill. It will take place in the Village Hall on the first Sunday of each month so the next one will be on 5th March.
Fantastic range of stalls with something for everyone. Tearoom serving a wide range of delicious homemade delights. More information call Rosei on 07720647696. Visit the website

Village Hall Bookings
Click here to see the diary It is now 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.

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.
The Sleeping Beauty BALLET broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
28th 7pm
Jackie 15 3rd, 4th Mar 8pm
5th Mar 5pm, 8pm
Sing U 4th, 5th 2pm
La La Land 12A 4th 5pm
sToni Erdmann 15 6th 7.30pm
Hedda Gabler PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the National Theatre
9th 7pm
The Young Offenders 15 10th 8pm
11th 5pm
Sing U 11th, 12th 2pm
Lion PG 11th 8pm
12th 5pm, 8pm
The Fits 12A 13th 8pm
T2 Trainspotting 18 17th, 18th 8pm
Kubo and the Two Strings PG 18th, 19th 2pm
Denial 12A 18th 5pm
19th 8pm
Lion PG 19th B11am, 5pm
sIt’s Only the End of the World
(Juste la fin du monde)
15 20th 8pm
A Autism-friendly screening (No adverts or trailers, Low level lighting throughout the showing, Film sound at a consistently lower volume)
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.

Penguin Cafe
Penguin Cafe knocked everyone backwards when they played at Saffron Hall in 2015 – “life -affirming” was how one audience member described it – and we can’t wait to have them back for another night of exploration, invention and that indefinably vibrant Penguin Cafe sense of joy. Tonight’s concert features Penguin Cafe classics alongside new material from their latest album The Imperfect Sea – live in concert for the first time anywhere.
Sat 11th Mar
Jazz in the Foyer – Louis Thorne ‘Django’s Tiger’
Django’s Tiger play “gypsy swing” in the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stefan Grapelli. This music (also known as “gypsy jazz” or “jazz manouche”) grew out of a fusion of American swing jazz of the 1920s to 40s, French “musette”, and traditional gypsy tunes. It is melodic with an infectious sense of fun.
Fri 17th Mar
Saffron Walden Choral Society – There was a Child
Francis Poulenc’s spacious and monumental Gloria is one of the greatest sacred works of the twentieth century and is fully deserving of its immense popularity. This exceptionally melodious work partners the Dove perfectly.
Sat 25th Mar
SWCHS Spring Concert 2017
There are over 400 instrument and singing lessons delivered weekly in the music department at County High and many of the students receiving these join one or more of the ensembles that rehearse regularly. This concert aims to give a glimpse into this busy world of music making and presents a varied programme that we hope will entertain and inspire!
Wed 29th Mar
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.

Sing U Sat 11th Mar 3.30pm
Manchester by the Sea 15 Sat 11th Mar 7.30pm
Sun 12th Mar 3.30pm
Who's Gonna Love Me Now? 15 Thu 16th Mar 8pm
Jackie 15 Fri 17th, Sat 18th Mar 7.30pm
Denial 12A Sun 19th Mar 3.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
7/3/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin
14/3/17: Black Bin
21/3/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin
28/3/17: Black Bin

Using the Caddy
Please note that the caddy should be used whenever possible for paper - including newspapers and magazines, telephone directories, catalogues, envelopes, shredded paper and junk mail.  
Check what goes in each bin
Whist Drive

Another fun evening is planned for Saturday 18th March in the schoolroom of the URC, starting at 7.30pm (sharp!).
For those who don't know, a whist drive consists of lots of people playing the card game whist - 4 people in each game. The winners of a game move on to play the next table to make a new 'foursome' and so on. The intention is to have fun and not take it too seriously. It doesn't matter if you haven't played before, or don't know the rules, because everything will be explained on the night.
Entry by ticket at £5 per head, nibbles will be supplied and drinks will be available on a donation basis.
After the huge success of the last one we are anticipating that this will be a popular event so please book your place as soon as possible. Contact Phil Maynard on 838311 or webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk or Jean Wiseman on 01763 295002
Proceeds to St Swithun's bell fund.

Click on this picture to view itFebruary 2017 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
Note that the film night referred to in the online version of the Feb Newsletter is on 14th February, and is showing 'What we did on our holidays'

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. Rosemary and the late Mike Livings have given 40 years of devoted service to the United Reformed Church in many forms including running the play group and being Secretary and Treasurer between them for the past 23 years. For this we can only thank them most sincerely. 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 are also saying a huge thank you and farewell to Francis Collinge who has decided to retire from being our organist after many years of loyal service. If you know of anybody who would like to play for us for an hour every second week, or just once in a while, I would love to hear from you.
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.
At present we hold services every second and fourth Sunday at 9.30 - next service 26th February. We are looking to change this in April to the first and third Sunday of the month so the dates do not clash with the parish church. 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).
In addition to the fortnightly services, we are hoping to promote the Chapel with a range of events and activities that will hopefully capture the interest of all ages. We are looking to introduce a library and reading area in the Schoolroom, initially opening once a month, for tea, coffee and cakes. We are also looking to trial a supper evening once a month with a choice of meat or vegetarian menus, and to include wine to accompany your meal.
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

Forthcoming Events


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 5th March, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Rosei on 07720647696 or email rosei@flapperfortunes.co.uk for more info.


URC Schoolroom Tues 7th and 21st March, 10am to 12pm Sympathetic expert tutor, Large screen teaching, Laptop computers available, Free Internet connection, Frothy Coffee, Tea & Cake on sale. ALL WELCOME

RUGBY England v Scotland

LIVE FROM TWICKENHAM Saturday 11th March, Coverage from 3pm in URC Schoolroom The room will be transformed into a Fan zone. For ALL the family. Soft drink and alcohol Bar! Proceeds to URC. See Poster


Next Film to be shown in the URC Schoolroom will be 'The Light Between Oceans'. Tuesday 14th March, 7.30pm. Contribution of at least £5 to include a glass of wine. To book your place Tess on 838941 or tessgent@gmail.com Click to see the official trailer


Saturday 18th March, schoolroom of the United Reform Church, 7.30pm (sharp!). Fee per entry is £5.00. Nibbles supplied, drinks by donation. All proceeds to the St Swithin’s Bell Fund. Contact Phil Maynard 838311 or webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk or Jean Wiseman on 01763 295002

Heydon Quiz Night

Saturday 25th March at The Pheasant, Great Chishill. 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets £10, to include supper. Please book your table at The Pheasant - 838535

Royston & District Choral Society’s Spring Concert

Saturday March 25th 7.30 pm St Mary’s Church, Standon Tickets £12, concessions £9, school students £1, available from: Choir members, On line, Caroline Franks Tel 01920 822723 email caroline.franks@rf152.co.uk, Saffron Walden Tourist Information Office, Pop-up box office Royston Parish Church 7.15-7.45 p.m. March 7th, 14th, 21st and On the door


Friday 21st April, Great Chishill Village Hall. 7-11pm. Tickets £12.50, to include supper, from Ro Gadian 1drakeral@gmail.com 01763 837075. Dancing to the 7 piece Cambridge University Ceilidh band. Licenced Cash Bar. Proceeds to St Swithuns Restoration Fund Raffle Lots of fun and frollicks… Download Poster


Sunday 30th April, Great Chishill Village Hall. 1pm Auctioneer David Palmer (As seen on ‘Flog it’ & ‘Bargain Hunt’). BBQ, cakes and refreshments. Proceeds to St Swithuns Restoration Fund
More details on Poster

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

Village Email Directory

We have set up a village email and telephone directory which now has quite a few entries on it.
Access to this directory is limited to those people who supply their own details. Access is via a username and password, issued after you have supplied your details.
Click here to register your details.
If you have registered you can go to the directory here If you have forgotten your password or would like to change it, email webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk

Parish Church Services

5th March
9am Chrishall
10.40am Chrishall Village Hall

Other Parish activities, news etc.available here

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 13.25-14.05
10th March
14th 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

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 31st 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.

Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 7am to 7pm
Sat 7am to 2pm
Sun 8am to 2pm
Note: The Post Office is now open most of the time when the shop is open, the exceptions being closing at 5pm on Wednesday, 1pm on Saturday and closed all day Sunday
Tel 848288