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New Faces in the Pheasant
On 3rd May ownership of The Pheasant passed over to the Wickens family.
Debbie (Debs) and Mark became the new licensees and moved into the flat above with their two children Joshua aged 6, Evalyn aged 3, and Louis the dog. The family have moved here from Potters Bar. Mark, had to give up his previous job as a builder due to a knee injury and saw The Pheasant as an opportunity to start a new career and move to the countryside. Debs was a 'stay at home mum', a role that she still plays as well as being a full time landlady!
Initially they intend to keep things pretty much as they were, but to gradually put their own stamp on the pub. The first change has been the removal of the 'no children' policy so that families will feel more welcomed. In the longer term there are plans to extend the pub and relocate some of the facilities like the dart board. Mark is very keen that the 'pub is the hub' in the village and that everyone will feel at home there.
Food is now being served 7 days a week (except Sunday evening).
Steve Lemon - the very popular chef who used to work at the Pheasant with the previous owners HAS RETURNED and launched an exciting new menu!

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Royston and District Choral Society returns to Chrishall
R&DCS will return to Chrishall Parish Church for its concert of Music for a Summer Evening on Saturday 24th June 7.30 p.m.
The choir – including several members from Great Chishill and surrounding villages - is looking forward to its first performance here since the church was re-ordered, and to introducing local supporters to their BBC award-winning new Musical Director, Andrew O’Brien.
The programme features Stanford’s Three Motets, created for the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge in 1905. With Richard Prince’s ‘Northumbrian Folk Song Suite’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, medieval ‘Sumer is icumen in’, Pearsall’s eight part ‘Lay a Garland , ‘Over the Rainbow’ and more - there is something for every taste.
Poster and more details.

Film Nights - Your Choice

The film nights in the URC schoolroom have proved to be popular, but Tess and Angus are now thinking that their popularity could be further increased by also showing films that would go down well with specific groups in our village. For example they could screen children's films for maybe a special occasion or a party, with popcorn, sweeties, ice creams etc, or perhaps something for a 'Girls Night Out' with wine, popcorn and ice cream. Suggestions of films or events would be gratefully received by Tess on tessgent@gmail.com.

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.
Mindhorn 15 16th, 17th 8pm
Whisky Galore PG 17th 3pm
BSing U 18th 11am
British Museum Presents: Hokusai ART FILM AND EXHIBITION
from the British Museum
18th 3pm
Lady Macbeth 15 18th, 19th 8pm
Alien: Covenant 15 23rd 8pm
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 12A 24th 3pm
Colossal 15 24th, 25th 8pm
Michelangelo – Love and Death PG ART FILM 25th 3pm
sThe Handmaiden
18 26th 8pm
The Zookeeper’s Wife 12A 30th, 1st July 8pm
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul U 1st July 3pm
Otello OPERA broadcast AS LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
2nd 2pm
sThe Other Side of Hope
(Toivon tuolla puolen)
12A 2nd, 3rd 8pm
Salomé 15 PLAY broadcast AS LIVE
from the National Theatre
8th 7.30pm
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.

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra & George Harliono
15 year-old local piano prodigy George Harliono is already conquering the world with acclaimed performances in Europe and South America. Returning to perform once again with Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra, he performs Beethoven’s Emperor concerto, a work which, in the dramatic interplay between orchestra and soloist, suggests the struggles and triumphs of a great and noble spirit.
Sat 17th
Foyer Jazz Club – Henry Spencer and Juncture
Henry Spencer and Juncture is a multi-award winning quintet performing original compositions from the pen of leader and trumpet player Henry Spencer. Drawing on influences from jazz, rock and minimalism, the group creates an achingly contemporary sound world with a focus on emotional and creative expression.
Fri 23rd
Saffron Walden Choral Society – Requiem
Saffron Walden Choral Society, under the baton of their charismatic conductor Janet Wheeler, close their season with a performance of this touching and spiritually universal work, which contains the haunting (and deservedly much anthologized) Pie Jesu.
Sat 24th
Goodnight Mister Tom – A SWCHS Production
The play adapted by David Wood from the novel by Michelle Magorian is set during WW2 and follows the story of young evacuee William Beech.
Tue 4th, Wed 5th, Thu 6th July
Rio Amazonas – Hertfordshire Chorus
This will be the world premiere of Rio Amazonas, an exuberant, exciting and thought-provoking mix of jazz harmonies, Brazilian grooves, baroque counterpoint and symphonic architecture which combine to provide a new category of contemporary music: classical music with a groove.
Sun 9th
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.

Letters from Baghdad PG Thu 15th 8pm
The Sense of an Ending 15 Fri 16th, Sat 17th 7.30pm
The Promise 12A Fri 23rd, Sat 24th 7.30pm
Whisky Galore 12A Fri 30th 7.30pm
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 12A Sat 1st July 3.30pm, 7.30pm
Alien: Covenant 15 Fri 7th, Sat 8th 7.30pm
Going in Style 12A Fri 14th 7.30pm
Mindhorn 12A Sat 15th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
20/6/17: Black Bin
27/6/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin
4/7/17: Black Bin
11/7/17:Green Bin and Blue 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

Click on this picture to view itJune 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

Security Group

Following the last Parish Meeting where concerns were raised about crime in the area, Robin Dibblee and Angus Gent are putting their heads together to come up with some sort of village strategy. At the moment it is a matter of tossing ideas about, so if you have any comments or suggestions please get in touch with Robin robin.dibblee@btinternet.com or Angus angusgent@gmail.com.

Piano Opportunity

Have you ever wanted to play the piano but weren't able to because you didn't have a piano? Well here is a brilliant chance to have one on a 'long term' load basis. Alison Truett has a mahogany upright piano which she is offering on this log term loan basis to a local family. She says that ideally it should be a family who have children who want to learn/practice the piano and are willing to arrange collection from her (Barley Road). If you are interested please contact Alison on 838093.

Forthcoming Events


URC Chapel Garden, Barley Road Friday 23rd June, 7.30-9.30 Drinks, ‘nice nibbles’ and a Midsummer Raffle. More details - tessgent@gmail.com or 838941. This is a fund raising event held in aid of St Swithun’s church restoration fund.

Midsummer Music In the garden

Little Chishill Manor Saturday 24th June, 2pm to 5pm BARRY TYLER’S DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND Home Made Teas, Stalls, Fun, Games. In aid of St Nicholas Church, Little Chishill and supporting East Anglian Air Ambulance
Admission £4.50/ Children Free Guide Dogs Only/Limited wheelchair access

Music for a Summer Evening

Chrishall Parish Church Saturday 24th June, 7.30pm Royston and District Choral Society led by award-winning musical director, Andrew O'Brien.
Wine and soft drinks available. Tickets £12, concessions £9, school students £1, available from choir members, or Caroline Franks – Tel 01920 822723 – email caroline.franks@rf152.co.uk, Online at https://bit.ly/RCSJun2017 and on the door

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle Hosted by Jenny and Don Leitch. Friday 30th June.


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 2nd July, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Rosei on 07720647696 or email rosei@flapperfortunes.co.uk for more info.


Great Chishill Playing Fields, Saturday 15th July, 2-5pm.


St Swithun's Church, Great Chishill Saturday 22nd July, 7.30 An evening of popular early 20th Century music Including music from ... Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin Kurt Weill, Cole Porter. Fully licenced bar and Raffle
Tickets £10 Available from Angus Gent ~ 01763 838941 angusgent@gmail.com.
This is a fund raising event held in aid of St Swithun’s church restoration fund.

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.
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 18th June and 2nd 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).
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

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

18th June
9am Strethall
10am Chrishall

25th June
9am Hamlet
10.40am Elmdon

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 July
2nd 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

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