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The Windmill Reaches its Turning Point

NEWS: Wed 19th June, 1130. from David
Just returned from watching Bill pull the windmill round a few feet. It moved without any nasty noises or displacement of timbers!

from David McKeown
Our millwrights are full steam ahead for finishing the tail assembly and refitting the sails; the track is ready; volunteers have painted everything they could find; and we have a new gardener bringing the site into trim order. June 8th will be a day to remember and we do hope that everyone will enjoy the celebration of our Grand Re-opening. Even at this late stage the mill had an unpleasant surprise for us. We needed one of the sail stocks to be lowered from the windmill, as we knew it would require repair. This was no mean feat for two men with a bunch of ropes and ratchet straps, the thing weighed around 800kg. Once down, it was all too obvious that it was extensively rotted and a replacement was required. An 11m length of wood of that cross-section is not cheap but we found one and squeezed the funds to buy it, so the sails will be ready for the Reopening. We are also fitting handrails to the stairway to make it much safer on the strange two-stage ladder at the entrance to the mill. It will be well worth looking inside as there will be an exhibition of milling artefacts and some of the items found when metal detecting in the adjacent fields. The ‘Turning Point’ will be the completion of the fantail and the mechanism that drives the carriage to turn the mill into wind. We will need careful assessment of its capabilities and potential hazards before we let it run by itself. None of this would have been possible without fantastic support from the village and our growing number of Friends of the Windmill. From all of us on the Committee, a heart-felt thank you to one and all!

More about the history of the windmill.
Please visit our website greatchishillwindmill.com to see our progress.

More work at the Church

from Ro
You may have noticed that the church has had further repair work to the exterior – the area between the tower and porch on the South side. These walls were suffering from damage similar to the tower, with significant cracks in the walls and buttresses, and missing or damaged flints which let in water, potentially leading to long term damage. We’re pleased that this has all now been repaired to the same high standard as the tower. The channels which run round the base of the church and take the rainwater from the downpipes were cracked and leaking. These have also been fixed, so that will help reduce sources of damp in the church. We were able to pay for the work from our remaining HLF grant. We had some money left over (once all the bills were paid and VAT reclaimed), but it could only be spent on tower repairs and damp reduction.
To get some idea of the work that was needed on the tower, and made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a huge effort by the fund raising committee and the people and friends of Great Chishill Click here.

We hope to start on the next phase in the summer. We want to create an open space right across the back of the church, for the use of the whole community for meeting and events. The floor and pews will be taken out, a new kitchenette / servery area installed and a new limestone floor laid, plus associated electrical and heating work. We have most of the funding needed, but we will take up the offer of an interest-free loan from Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust so we can complete the project without too much further delay.

Great Chishill Cricket Club

The Great Chishill Cricket Club was established in 1870. Home games are played on the Playing Field and are sponsored by Autosure Ltd. (autosurelimited.com), Blanche & Co, Royston, Drury & Gard Brickwork Ltd. There is a packed programme ahead for this season. 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.
Late Night 15 20th 8pm
21st 5pm, 8pm
The Secret Life of Pets 2 U 21st B11am
22nd 3pm
AAladdin PG 21st 1.45pm
sA Season in France
(Une saison en France)
12A 22nd 8pm
The Edge 15 23rd 8pm
DPillow Talk PG 24th 3pm
Sheffield Adventure Films ?15 24th 8pm
The Lehman Trilogy PLAY broadcast LIVE from
London’s West End
25th 7pm
Toy Story 4 U 26th, 27th, 29th, 31st, 2nd Aug 3pm
28th, 3rd Aug, 4th 2pm
Sometimes Always Never 12A 26th, 28th 8pm
André Rieu 2019 Maastricht Concert:
Shall We Dance?
CONCERT broadcast LIVE
from Maastricht
27th 7pm
Booksmart 15 28th 5pm
We the Animals 15 29th 8pm
Rocketman 15 30th 8pm
Diego Maradona 12A 31st 8pm
The Pirates of Penzance OPERA captured live at
the English National Opera
1st Aug 7.30pm
Yesterday 12A 2nd, 3rd, 4th 8pm
3rd, s4th 5pm
In Fabric 15 5th 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.

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain & Nicola Benedetti
164 world-class teenage musicians with Nicola Benedetti joining them in Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, and maestro Mark Wigglesworth unleashing the raw passion of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, this should be remarkable.
Fri 26th July
Peppa Pig: My First Concert
Peppa Pig, along with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and George, visit Saffron Hall for Peppa Pig: My First Concert – a fun, interactive introduction to a live orchestra for ages 18 months and older.
Fri 16th Aug
12pm, 2pm, 4pm
National Youth Girls’ Choir of Great Britain
Featuring songs that span the centuries and encompassing a variety of different cultures, they will showcase the breadth of music written for women’s voices.
Sat 24th Aug
Aurora Orchestra
Performed from memory in a specially devised production incorporating elements of design, lighting and choreography, Berlioz’s explosive music is brought to life; a musical phantasmagoria from the depths of the Romantic imagination.
Tue 10th Sept
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.

Late Night 15 Fri 26th July 7.30pm
Toy Story 4 U Sat 3rd Aug 3.30pm
Yesterday 12A Fri 16th, Sat 17th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
23/07/19: Green Bin and Blue Bin
30/07/19: Black Bin
06/08/19: Green Bin and Blue Bin
13/08/19: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.
Saturday 8th June had a very wet morning which didn't bode well for the planned celebrations for the windmill reopening. However, only a couple of hours before the start, the rain stopped and the sun came out - and so did the people! Richmonds supplied a shuttle bus taking people from the village hall car park down to the windmill, where a drinks tent had been set up and nibbles were brought around. The winmill looked very fine, with bunting flying from the ends of its newly renovated sails. Proceedings opened with an introduction by Hazel Heydon -chair of the restoration committee- who made a welcome speech with the tempramental microphone. David McKeown, the project manager said a few words too, as did Trudi Hughes from Historic England Heritage at Risk. The late Jim Brearley who had conceived the project in the first place with Jeff Gill was remembered in a speech by Jim's son Simon before unveiling a bench in his memory.
Then the highlight of the afternoon when the windmill was formally opened by the cutting of the ribbon by Great Chishill's Internationally famous ex resident, Sam Smith.
The shuttle bus then returned to transport people back to the village hall where a spendid tea had been laid on. There was a raffle, various windmill related items on sale including a limited edition of a drawing by a young New Zealander who is a 10th generation descendent of the first Mr Andrews to own the mill! This limited edition of 100 pictures were brought from New Zealand by his grandmother, Viv McCulloch who had come especially for the event.
See pictures from the event here

Click on this picture to view itJuly 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

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle hosted by Suzie Harrison Friday 26th


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

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 (June 2019) surgery newsletter, which includes information about what to do if you are going away on holiday.


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 5.45 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 servicse will be on 7th July at 5.45pm and 21st July at 9.30am
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

21st July
9am Strethall
10.45 Great Chishill

28th July
9am Hamlet
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.
Dates for 2019
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
7th August
4th September
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