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The Midsummer Ball
On June 16th a Grand Midsummer Ball was held on the playing fields raising money for St Swithuns Church. More information and pictures from the event coming soon, but in the meantime click on the picture below to see the pictures taken in the 'photo booth' on the night.

Photo Booth

Mobile Phone Mast Proposal
The Parish Council have received a letter from a company called Waldon who are proposing a telephone mast on Hall Lane and given until 20th June for comments! The Parish Council discussed this at their regular meeting on 21st June. See the PC website for more information. (www.greatchishillPC.com)send any comments to clerk@greatchishillpc.com or email the company directly.
Letter to PC and Details.

St Swithuns Restoration - Update - June
With the scaffold in place we took the opportunity to make other much needed repairs to the stonework and the louvres in the upper windows, where the wood was decaying and letting in water. The clock was taken out during the repairs, it is now back with new gilding, so after an absence of over 6 months we can hear its familiar chimes once more. The craftsmen have made 'eyebrows' above the clock face to prevent water running down the tower face and getting into the clock mechanism.
As the tower is being revealed you can see what an excellent job the builders have made. The scaffold is coming down, so is the project finished? Not quite yet…. the toilet in the tower needs completing, then next stage will be 'groundworks', digging up the churchyard to make connections for the new water supply and for the waste water for the toilet. The road outside the church was reduced to one lane with traffic lights for a couple of days to access the mains water and sewer – apologies for any disruption - BUT unfortunately it was not possible to complete the works without closing the road completely! It is hoped that this will happen in early August.
Rainwater getting into the tower seems to be the main cause of all the damp and decay of the tower structure – plus using the wrong materials. So to make sure the tower stays dry in the future rainwater will be channelled away from the tower into a new soakaway.
Anything else? A new history and church guide has been written by our very own Dr Celina Fox, which will be published soon.
Click here to see pictures of the restoration in progress and the problem walls.

Windmill Cycling Club
The Windmill Club is a Cycling UK affiliated group. The club is based at The Pheasant. Rides take place twice a week - approx. 20/25 miles on a Monday afternoon/evening and approx. 30/45 miles on Thursday mornings, usually in the lovely quiet lanes surrounding this area.
During the summer months rides sometimes start at locations in Suffolk or Norfolk and take in places such as Aldeburgh, Southwold or Wells. The pace is leisurely and there is as much focus on good companionship, conversation and coffee/pub stops as there is on cycling.
Each ride costs £3.00 and the proceeds are donated to various charities at the end of each year. So far, over £5,000 has been raised.
For more details of The Windmill Club's rides please take a look at their blog.
New members are always welcome.

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.
Sherlock Gnomes U 23rd, 24th 3pm
The Leisure Seeker 15 23rd, 24th 8pm
sLet the Sunshine In
(Un beau soleil intérieur)
15 25th 8pm
Beast 15 29th 8pm
Avengers: Infinity War 12A 30th 3pm
On Chesil Beach 15 30th June, 1st July 8pm
1st July 5pm
Sherlock Gnomes U 1st July 2pm
s The Wound
15 2nd 8pm
Everyone’s Talking About Jamie MUSICAL broadcast LIVE
from the Apollo Theatre,
5th 7.20pm
Book Club 12A 6th, 7th 8pm
Peter Rabbit PG 7th, 8th 2pm
Finding Your Feet 12A 7th 5pm
Time Trial 18 8th 4.45pm
New Town Utopia 15 8th 7.30pm
s Redoubtable 15 9th 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.

Choir 2000 & the Sampson Orchestra
Le Laudi (1924) by the Swiss composer Hermann Suter, is based on the ‘Canticle of the Sun’ by St Francis of Assisi. The work was a triumph on the continent, with over 80 performances, yet this glorious oratorio unfortunately never made it to Britain. In June 2009, Choir 2000 gave it its first UK performance in Cambridge to great acclaim.
Sat 23rd June
Maxim Vengerov
There’s no happier way for eight virtuoso players to enjoy themselves than in the teenage Mendelssohn’s exuberant String Octet: a joyous climax to a concert that begins with Vengerov exploring the dark heart of Romantic music.
Wed 4th July
SWCHS Summer Concert 2018
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 well entertain and inspire!
Thurs 5th July
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.

I, Tonya 15 Fri 29th 7.30pm
Isle of Dogs PG Sat 30th 7.30pm
On Chesil Beach 15 Fri 6th July 7.30pm
Edie 12A Fri 13th July 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
26/06/18:Green Bin and Blue Bin
03/07/18: Black Bin
10/07/18:Green Bin and Blue Bin
17/07/18: 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 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, 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
Great Chishill Open Gardens 2018
June 10th started out overcast but as 2pm approached the skies cleared giving way to a glorious afternoon and evening - perfect for the Open Gardens afternoon. This was the fifth time that this biennial event has been held, raising money for St Swithun's Church. The church was the starting point where for £5 visitors were given a green wrist band so that they could visit any of the 8 gardens open for viewing in the village. Teas were available at Rectory Farmhouse, ice creams and other delights at the URC schoolroom and Indian nibbles served at the Rectory.
The event raised £840. Click here to see pictures from the day.

Choral Society's Next Concert
Royston and District Choral Society’s next concert entitled 'Serenade to Music' is on Saturday 30th June at Barkway Parish Church, 7.30 pm. It features ‘A Sprig of Thyme’, a medley of English folk songs arranged by John Rutter. Alongside this the concert includes Vaughan Williams’ tribute to Sir Henry Wood, ‘Serenade to Music’ and Gospel Choruses arranged by Ken Burton, familiar to BBC Songs of Praise viewers.
Join them in beautiful Barkway for a wander down a rustic memory lane, or to discover these melodies for the first time.
Tickets £12 (concessions £9, school students £1) available from choir members, online , on the door or from Caroline Franks – tel. 01920 822723/ email caroline.franks@rf152.co.uk.


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.
It is hoped to arrange a Cardio Pulmonary Massage (CPR) and AED training session soon for anyone interested.
More information about Defibrillators.

Click on this picture to view itJune 2018 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 telephone Janet Crouch on 838301.

Plastic Flower Dishes

Have you won one of Tess Gent's flower arrangements in a raffle, or bought one with a donation after an event? If so, Tess would really appreciate having the plastic flower dish back. Thank you in advance from Tess.

Windmill News

The last twelve months have been magnificent for both fundraising and restoration work. We raised sufficient funds to complete our first objective of making the mill safe and available for public access. See pictures of the restoration progress here.
The local community and Friends of the Windmill fully supported our campaign to purchase cedar weatherboarding donating over £16,000. This, together with our other fundraising and the involvement of our Parish Council, convinced Historic England and SPAB that the community was serious about restoring our windmill, leading to the award of grants of £79,000 and £29,000 respectively.
Work on the mill began in earnest in June, but removing the old weatherboarding revealed a multitude of problems; we simply could not attach new boards without addressing the rot on the corner posts and the rear porch area. The front, horizontal weatherbeam that takes the weight of the sail assembly was in danger of falling out which would have seen the sails crash to the ground.
Our millwrights have now made all structural timbers sound; new weatherboarding and roof protection has been fitted; and volunteers have restored the trestle and sails.
Next, we must renovate the tail assembly and the steps from it leading to the windmill door so that visitors may enter safely. Our major project for 2018 is to restore the mechanism that drives the tail carriage around a track. This, together with the renovation of the tail fan and the track itself, will allow the mill to turn into wind automatically. That will be a sight not seen since the 1950s! Please visit our website greatchishillwindmill.com to see our progress.

Forthcoming Events

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle Hosted by John Gould. (Fowlmere Rd, Heydon 837254) Friday 29th June

Family Fun Day

Great Chishill Playing Field Saturday 30th June, 2-5pm An afternoon of family fun featuring Wobbly Waynes castles and games, face-painting, tombola, teas and refreshments. Proceeds to Gt Chishill Playgroup.
Contact Emily on 836257 or Wayne 07808 656500


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

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 9.30 on 1st and 15th July. 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

24th June
9.00am Strethall
10.40am Heydon

1st July
9.00am Little Chishill
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, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40
4th July
1st August
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