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Oil Buying Group
Nigel Russell is collecting orders for a group oil delivery, so if you would like some heating oil at a bulk purchase price, give Nigel a call now on 838986

There have been two serious thefts from sheds in the last week - one in Heydon Road when a lawnmower and hedge trimmer were stolen, and one in New Road when again garden equipment was taken.
So - make sure your sheds and garages are secured - alarmed if possible - simple very loud alarms can cost less than £10, and security lights are a good idea too.
RS components sell a simple but very effective alarm for less than £7.50 click here.
If you see something suspicious call the police on 101, but if you suspect that a burglary is in progress call 999.

The Clock Chimes (properly) Again

The Clock on the church tower is something that we all take for granted - until it is silent. For some time now it has either been silent or has not sounded right.
Thanks to the generosity of people in Great Chishill this has now been put right and the clock sounds it's old self again.
The clock is approximately 120 years old and has been ticking away for most of that time, wound manually once a week. Few people ever see the actual clock, but if you Click here or on the picture you can get a better idea of what goes on up the ladders in the tower.

Christmas is coming!

Following the success of the last Christmas Tree Festival, another is planned for this year. It will take place on 14th and 15th December following a similar format to last year's. There will be a wide variety of music to listen to, throughout the weekend, including the Robin Choir and the Chrishall School Choir. There will be the usual teas, coffees and delicious cakes and festive food on sale. It is for Parish Funds and Chrishall School.
This year each tree will be the title of a Christmas Carol and your organisation can interpret this however you want.
More information from Tess Gent.

and then after Christmas...

In February (date to be announced) there will be the great Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition.
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. There will be more details on how to enter etc later, but right now you should be thinking about getting out there and picking the sloes - lots about at the moment.
About the bells


Royston Choral Society has many members from the villages of our area. Following the disastrous fire in Royston Parish Church last December, the Society is grateful for the use of Royston Methodist Church for weekly rehearsals. New members are always welcome – particularly Tenors!!
The principal concerts in the 2019-2020 season will be Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in November, and Bach’s B Minor Mass in March. Additional performances include taking part in the High Sherriff’s Charity Concert in September, and the usual Christmas and Summer concerts featuring a range of styles.
For more information contact the Chair, Huw Jenkins 07855 311192 or email chair@roystonchoralsoc.org.uk

The Pheasant

The Pheasant has announced that it is now CLOSED completely!

Great Chishill Cricket Club

It has been a funny old season. We took voluntary relegation last season to reduce our travelling around the county (and our carbon footprint), so we were unsure what to expect. The season has ebbed and flowed; from being top of the league after week one to languishing in the relegation zone after week six. Now, as the season ends we are secure in the top half of the league, safe from relegation and promotion. One constant is that we still have the best teas in the league! It has been really pleasing to have over 30 players represent the village and in particular to have two local youngsters, Ian and Harry, playing regularly for us. We have managed to get eleven players out on the pitch every week, thanks to Guy’s stoic efforts . We thank everyone who has supported us this season, through good times and bad. We look forward to seeing you at the dinner. Next year is a very special season, as it will be our sesquicentennial (150th anniversary). We are planning a number of events to mark the year, and to enhance the club as a legacy for the future. We hope that you will support us in our celebrations. Click for the full fixture list.

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.
Downton Abbey PG 19th 5pm, 8pm
20th, 23rd 8pm
s26th s5pm
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet Ballet filmed live
at Sadler’s Wells Theatre
22nd 7.30pm
Don Pasquale OPERA broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
24th 7.30pm
Ad Astra 12A 25th 8pm
Dora and the Lost City of Gold PG 26th 2pm
Fleabag One-woman show recorded LIVE
from London’s West End
26th 8pm
Roger Waters Us + Them Concert film from the European leg
of the Pink Floyd musician’s recent tour
27th 3pm
Tomorrow 15 27th 8pm
A Midsummer Night’s Dream PLAY filmed live in front of
an audience at the Bridge Theatre, London
28th 3pm
sRojo 15 28th 8pm
The Art of Racing in the Rain PG 29th 3pm
Leonardo: The Works Art film featuring all the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci 29th 7.30pm
DHigh Noon B&W U 30th 3pm
One Man, Two Guvnors Encore screening of the play
from the National Theatre
30th 7pm
Hotel Transylvania U 31st 3pm
Ad Astra 12A 31st 8pm
Abominable U 1st, 2nd Nov 3pm
3rd 2pm
The Goldfinch 15 1st, 2nd 7.30pm
The Third Man B&W PG 3rd 5pm
sPain and Glory
(Dolor y gloria)
15 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.

An Evening with John Humphrys
Best known for his work on The Today Programme and as presenter of the BBC’s Mastermind, Humphrys discusses his life and career as part of Saffron Hall’s Thoughts & Talks programme.
Wed 23rd
Steve Reich/Gerhard Richter
Together with Britten Sinfonia Reich and Richter have combined original music and digital visuals, derived from Richter’s painting 946-3, to create a new artwork. ‘A stream of images, its rhythmic flow interpreted by music and, at the same time, a musical composition visualized by film images’ is how Richter describes a collaboration that’s anticipated as one of the most significant moments in contemporary art this year.
Thu 24th
Foyer Jazz
A powerful collection of songs with a strong narrative. Zoë Gilby supported by guitarist Mark Williams and drummer Richard Brown they deliver a commanding mix of musical sophistication and dramatic edge.
Fri 25th
The Unthanks
Commissioned to mark Brontë’s 200th birthday, Unthanks composer Adrian McNally has turned ten of Brontë’s poems into song, performed with bandmates Rachel and Becky Unthank.
Sat 26th
ETO: The Silver Lake – A Winter’s Tale
Kurt Weill’s “play with music” is filled with all the melody, wit and satire you would expect from the creator of The Threepenny Opera; in English Touring Opera’s new production it becomes a fairytale for our own time.
Fri 1st Nov
ETO: The Seraglio
When East meets West, matters are rarely as straightforward as they appear – and in this comedy of love, lust and clashing cultures, the only real enemy is prejudice itself. Mozart tells the story in some of his fizziest, funniest music, in this sparkling new production from English Touring Opera.
Sat 2nd Nov
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.

Downton Abbey PG Fri 25th, Sat 26th, Fri 1st Nov, Sat 2nd 7.30pm
Judy 12A Fri 8th, Sat 9th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
29/10/19: Green Bin and Blue Bin
05/11/19:Black Bin
12/11/19: Green Bin and Blue Bin
19/11/19: 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 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.
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 15th November. 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.

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

Forthcoming Events

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle hosted by Ann and Martin Lane Friday 25th October

Scottish Dancing

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Monday 28th October, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome. Very relaxed and a good giggle.


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

Film Night - Rocketman

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Tuesday 12th November 7.30pm Doors open at 19.00, film starts at 19.30.


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


Great Chishill Village Hall SATURDAY 16th November, 7pmIndian Food and Dancing. £18 per person, under 12s £8 from Church office 837272 or iwp.parishoffice@gmail.com

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 the latest (September 2019) surgery newsletter, which includes information about Flu jabs.


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.
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

27th October
9am Strethall
10.45am Great Chishill
6pm Hamlet 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.
Dates for 2019
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 November
4th December
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