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Contact Webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk


If you have an event coming up, or there is something that you want to tell the whole village about, just email me (webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk) with the details and I'll put it on the site.
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Bell Restoration Project Update

The £115,000 project to totally renovate the 5 bells of St Swithun's and add a 6th has started.
The clock has been disconnected and the ropes removed from the bells so clock and bells will not be heard again in the village until mid May when it is hoped the project will end.
The carpenter has moved in and started the task of removing the various timber fixtures and fittings in the way of the descent of the bells down the tower.
On 31st the bellhangers will arrive to start the 2 day job of lifting the bells (the largest of which weighs 1/2 ton) from the frame and down to ground level. There will be an opportunity for the local community to come and view the bells on the ground before they are taken away to Oxford for the renovation and tuning. We still need to raise some more money to pay for all this and some ways you can help are listed below.

It is important to note that none of this work is paid for from church funds, but from our own fundraising, grants and donations.
Ringing bells is very much a skill, an enjoyable mental and physical activity, open to everyone, church goer or not, all ages, ethnic groups and religions. So if you would like to learn to do this old, traditional and very English skill, please give Phil Maynard a call on 838311 to arrange to have a go at one of the practices, which will be in a church nearby whilst our bells are out of action
If you would like to help, or are interested in more information about ringing or details of the project, have a look at the GREAT CHISHILL BELL RESTORATION PROJECT page.
If you would like to make a donation to the fund see our JustGiving page or how about paying for a memorial plaque to be attached to the renovated bells, or donate a sum specifically towards a part of a renovated bell for example one side or both sides of the 5 new headstocks, with a plaque commemorating your donation?

The Hundred Parishes Society

The Hundred Parishes Society was launched in 2014 in an attempt 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.
The Society is so called to recognise that it contains just over 100 administrative parishes which includes 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 Prisoner of War Camps.
The picture on the right is copyright Saffrom Walden Museum, 'Deutschland 1946' by ex POW Karl Weschke
Great Dunmow POW Camp
Hatfield Heath POW Camp

The Pheasant

The Pheasant has been busy ever since the re-opening.
Although booking is not essential, it is strongly recommend to avoid disappointment 01763 838535.
For more information see the new pub website at pheasantgc.com

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.
The Tender Bar 15 17th 7.30pm
Boiling Point 15 21st 7.30pm
22nd 5pm
Spider-Man: No Way Home 12A 22nd 7.30pm
23rd 2.30pm
The Tragedy of Macbeth 15 23rd, 24th 7.30pm
The King’s Man 15 28th, 29th 7.30pm
Leopoldstadt Play Recorded live in London’s West End 29th 2.30pm
s The 400 Blows PG 30th 7.30pm
s Titane 18 31st 7.30pm
Licorice Pizza 15 4th, 5th Feb 7.30pm
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:
20th Anniversary
PG 5th, 6th 2.30pm
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain 12A 6th 7.30pm
Memoria 12A 7th 7.30pm
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
SDSocially Distanced (1 seat gap between seats)
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.
Exceptional adjustable acoustics. Ample FREE parking.

See Whats On for more details
Foyer Folk: Camus
Camus is a traditional folk band based in locally Cambridge. They've played around East Anglia for many years, at clubs, festivals, ceilidhs and concerts. Recently re-formed as a four-piece, they have national championships in Northumbrian piping (solo and duet) and tune composition among their recent successes.
Fri 21st
Foyer Jazz: Dan Forshaw & James Beckwith
Live jazz with saxophonist Dan Forshaw & pianist James Beckwith.
Fri 28th
Chicago - High School Edition
Students in Year 9-13 bring the glitz, glamour and drama of Broadway’s longest running play to life.
Mon 31st-Thurs 3rd
Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
The orchestra will take you on a tour of some of the greatest films ever made with music by some of the greatest composers ever to write for the silver screen.
Sat 5th Feb
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.

Spider-Man: No Way Home 12A Fri 21st 7.30pm
Sun 23rd 2.30pm
The Tragedy of Macbeth 15 Sat 22nd, Sun 23rd 7.30pm
The King's Man Fri 28th, Sun 30th 7.30pm
NT Live 2022: Leopoldstadt Sat 29th 2.30pm
Boiling Point 15 Sat 29th 7.30pm
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: 20th Ann PG Sun 30th 2.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
Wednesday19/01/22: Blue Bin and Green Bin
25/01/22:Black Bin
1/02/22: Blue Bin
8/02/22: Black Bin
Not sure what goes in which bin? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

Looking for a Trained horticulturist passionate about maintaining gardens?

Check out the Businesses page on this site. Lots of other local goods and services there too.

Village Newsletter

Click on this picture to view itJanuary 2022 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
If you have any items to be included in the February newsletter, please contact Will Parsons on wllprsns@gmail.com.
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 email chishillvh@gmail.com

Forthcoming Events


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 6th February, 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

Parish Services

  Sunday 23rd
9.00am Holy Communion at Hamlet Duddenhoe End
10.45 Common worship with Holy Communion at St Swithun’s Great Chishill
You can now see the
December/January edition of the Icknield Way Parish Village Web magazine here.

Please see here for all church news and information.

Click for bigger version
Parish Bulletin available here

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.
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 church is part of a Linked Pastorate of 5 churches, Great Chishill, Bassingbourn, Buntingford, Fowlmere and Melbourn, and now has a new Minister. Her name is Sue Fender. She is married to Alex and has two adult children living in the north of England.
Sue trained as a Piano Tuner Technician at the London College of Furniture. Music is a large part of her life and includes swimming and working with stained glass amonst her other interests. She worked for many years as an office manager in a primary school before retraining for the moinistry at Westminster College, Cambridge.
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.
Next service - 6th February 6pm

Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill


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.

Mobile Library Dates
Heydon Road opposite the bus stop, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40
2nd February
2nd March

Melbourn Library Opening Times
Thursday 9am–5pm
Friday Closed
Saturday 9am–5pm
Sunday 9am–5pm
Monday 9am–5pm
Tuesday 9am–5pm
Wednesday 9am–5pm

Local History

Chris Allan from Barley sent us a copy of an article about Great Chishill published in 'The East Anglian' in October 1966. It contains interesting old photos including The Plough, Rectory Cottage, the Church Tower and the Windmill. See the whole article here.

Thriplow Dump

Open but you need to book a slot. This link should take you to the booking system for all Cambridgeshire sites or 0345 045 5207. Slots are at 15 mins intervals and only one visit per week allowed!.
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, Hundred Parishes Walks More than 50 FREE walks to download.

Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 8am to 7pm
Sat 8am to 2pm
Sun 8am to 2pm
Post Office
Mon to Fri 9am to 1pm, 1.30pm to 4pm
Sat and Sun CLOSED
Tel 848288

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.