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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.
Until now, the area’s anonymity has probably been due largely to the lack of a name, so one has been created and the hope is that it will eventually become as well-known as the 'Chilterns' or 'Constable Country'. It is called the Hundred Parishes 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 signposts - including the one outside the Bull in Langley Lower Green pointing to Little Chishall and the one between Chrishall and Great Chishill on the B1039 pointing to Great Chishall. Others mentioned are the signpost in High Roding pointing to Takeley Station which closed 60 years ago and one in Henham pointing to Ugley Chequers.

The Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition

On Saturday 22nd February there will be the great Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition party.
This is a very popular annual event raising money for the bell fund. There are more and more entries every year in the 3 categories - 'Nouveau', 'Vintage' and 'Ringer's Delight' - the first two being specifically for Sloe Gin and the 3rd any spirit based fruity tipple. The entry form is now available to download by clicking here. Entries need to be in by 18th February and judging will take place on the 20th.
More information about the bells

The Christmas Tree Festival

The Christmas Tree Festival was held on 14th and 15th December in St Swithuns Church. There were 25 trees decorated by the various organisations, clubs and societies in the village, on the theme of Christams Carols. In addition, there was a full programme of music to accompany the event.
The event was started and finished with the ringing of the bells
At least 300 people visited the church at some time over the weekend and the organisers would like to thank to everyone who contributed in some way to this successful event which raised £600 for the church and £200 for Chrishall School.
Click on the picture to see some of the pictures that Neil Heywood took of the event.

Senior's Tea

The annual Senior's Christmas Tea took place in the village hall on 19th December. As usual it was well attended, and a good opportunity for folk to get together socially. Neil Heywood was on hand with his camera - he even managed a selfie. You can see some of his pictures here

The Pheasant

The Pheasant has announced that it is now CLOSED completely!

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.
Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait Art film from the
Royal Academy of Arts in London
15th 7.30pm
The Sleeping Beauty BALLET broadcast live
from the Royal Opera House
16th 7.15pm
Cats U 17th 8pm
18th 2pm, 8pm
19th 5pm
Jumanji: The Next Level 12A 18th 5pm
19th 2pm
Marriage Story 15 19th 8pm
The Biggest Little Farm PG 20th 8pm
Tosca OPERA recorded live and broadcast
as live from La Scala in Milan
22nd 7pm
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 12A 24th 7.30pm
25th, 26th 3pm
Cats U 25th, 26th 8pm
B A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon U 26th 11am
In Search of Mozart Film narrated by Juliet Stevenson 27th 7.30pm
Anne Frank: Parallel Stories 15 28th 7.30pm
Little Women U 31st, 1st Feb, 2nd 8pm
1st Feb 3pm
La Bohème OPERA broadcast as live
from the Royal Opera House
2nd 2pm
sThe Umbrellas of Cherbourg
(Les parapluies de Cherbourg)
PG 3rd 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.

Absolute Beethoven?
A Beethoven inspired concert with a difference from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Portuguese powerhouse conductor Joana Carneiro.
Sun 19th Jan
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Fleck & Washburn perform pieces from their self-titled debut as well as their following record, Echo in the Valley. Their recent recording together on Rounder Records is ‘a modern masterpiece of Americana; two banjos, two voices and occasional percussion vibrating dust off the wooden floorboards’
Thu 23rd Jan
Foyer Jazz
Gabriel Latchin brings his acclaimed smooth and stylish playing to Saffron Hall for an evening of tasteful, swinging jazz compositions.
Fri 24th Jan
Fantastic Mr Fox
SWCHS presents Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox adapted for the stage by David Wood
Tue 4th, Wed 5th and Thu 6th Feb
Foyer Folk
Live music from Tom Moore & Archie Churchill-Moss. Eat, drink, get into the swing and unwind!
Fri 7th
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.

Cats U Fri 17th, Sun 19th 7.30pm
Sat 18th 3.30pm
The Two Popes 12A Sat 18th 7.30pm
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 12A Fri 24th, Sun 26th 7.30pm
Sat 25th 3.30pm
Le Mans ’66 12A Sat 25th 7.30pm
Little Women U Fri 31st 7.30pm
Sat 1st Feb 3.30pm, 7.30pm
Jojo Rabbit 12A Fri 7th, Sat 8th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
21/01/20: Blue Bin
28/01/20:Black Bin
04/02/20: Green Bin and Blue Bin
11/02/20: 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 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.
Whist Drives
Following the huge success of the whist drives that were run over the last couple of winters, we are running them again, with the next one set for Friday 24th January. They are held in the URC Schoolroom in Barley Road, with 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.

Greater Cambridge Local Plan: The First Conversation
Have you ever walked past a building and wondered how it got planning permission? Are you worried about climate change and how we are going to adapt? Are you trying to buy a house and finding it really difficult?
The Council’s Local Plan is the document that shapes our area’s future and answers these big questions. It covers the key themes of climate change, biodiversity and green spaces, wellbeing and social inclusion, and great places. It will affect what kind of new homes get built and where, where businesses can grow and how buildings, streets and spaces should be designed. As a result, the Local Plan affects all of us – yet most people have never even heard of it.
For the first time ever, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are preparing a joint Local Plan for the Greater Cambridge area. They are starting a 'big conversation' with the community, with many different ways to get involved, online and offline, on Monday 13 January. See how you can get involved at greatercambridgeplanning.org.

Beginners Pilates Class at Great Chishill Village Hall
There is a new pilates class for beginners’ starting in January 2020. It will be for an hour each week on Tuesday mornings at 8.30am. Open to men and women of all ages. For more details email Andrea at andrea@littlewissett.co.uk.

Click on this picture to view itJanuary 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
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 email chishillvh@gmail.com

Forthcoming Events

Scottish Dancing

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Monday 20th January, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome - you don't need a partner or any previous experience. Very relaxed and a good giggle AND a wee dram at half time.


URC Schoolroom, Barley Road FRIDAY 24th January, 7.30pm (sharp please!) £5.

Burns Night at Holy Trinity

Chrishall ChurchSaturday 25th January, 7-10.30pm £20. Book at ticketsource.co.uk/iwp


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 2nd February, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.


Stackyard Cottage (by kind invitation of Jean and Peter Wiseman) Saturday 22nd February, 8pm £6 per head for non-competitors. Please bring a bottle and a plate of finger food (co-ordinating with Jean). The entry form and more information available to download by clicking here.

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

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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 information about opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period


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

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.
The chapel fellowship has become an increasingly important part of village life with a variety of events encouraging people to come together – films, Scottish dancing, concerts, silver surfers’ internet café, whist drives and hosting parties for all ages. 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 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.
The next service will be on 19th at 9.30am led by Ben Palmer
Click here to see more information and news from the URC.
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

Parish Church Services

19th January
9am Hamlet
10am Chrishall

26th January
9am Great Chishill
10.45am Elmdon
For services after this date please Click here

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.
26th January

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
5th February
4th March
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