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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.


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

St Swithuns Day Celebrations

Our church in Great Chishill is dedicated to St Swithun, and his 'day' is the 15th July. This year it was decided to celebrate St Swithuns Day but as the actual day fell at a weekend when there were lots of other things going on, the village celebrated a week early and for a whole weekend.
The weekend started with the ever popular 'Pimms o'clock' evening with a live Jazz Band to help it along. There was a flower festival in the church on Saturday and Sunday, and on Sunday a family treasure hunt, a bike ride to Brent Pelham. Sunday afternoon saw the garden of the URC packed with people for a barbeque and cream tea, accompanied by 'The Elderlies'.
To round off the weekend there was a 'Songs of Praise' evensong in the church.
Neil was at some of the events with his camera and some of his pictures are available on the Photo Album pages. However, if you were there and you took some pictures, please email them to me so that I can include them too. webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk

The Pheasant

The Pheasant has announced that they are no longer serving any food.
Opening hours for drinks have also been reduced, and are shown below
Monday6pm to 11pm
Tuesday12pm to 2pm
6pm to 11pm
Thursday12pm to 2pm
6pm to 9pm
Friday12pm to 2pm
6pm to 11.30pm
Saturday &
12pm to 6pm

The Windmill Reaches its Turning Point

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
Though it may not be able to grind the grain for a few years yet, the first phase restoration is slowly reaching its conclusion. The large wooden clamps lying on the ground in the photo have now been fitted to the sails but the mechanism that connects the tailfan to the carriage wheels awaits the return of Bill, the millwright. He is sharing his time between two mills at present so we have periods of inactivity - but we will see the mill moving soon.
Click on the windmill image below to download Peter Homent's drone video (note that the way that this downloads and runs will vary between browsers and operating systems).

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

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.
But I’m a Cheerleader 15 13th 7.30pm
Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk PG 13th 8pm
The Angry Birds Movie 2 U 14th, 15th 3pm
Love, Simon 12A 14th 5pm
Weekend 18 14th 8pm
Are You Proud? 15 15th 2pm
A Deal with the Universe 15 15th 5pm
Victim B&W PG 15th 8pm
Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love 12A 15th 8pm
Moonlight 15 16th 8pm
Blinded by the Light 12A 20th, 22nd 8pm
22nd 5pm
Dora and the Lost City of Gold PG 21st 3pm
22nd 2pm
Hail Satan? 15 21st 8pm
sPhotograph 15 23rd 8pm
One Man, Two Guvnors Encore screening of the
play from the National Theatre
26th 7pm
Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood 18 27th, 29th 7.30pm
28th 8pm
Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion PG 28th 2pm
29th 3pm
Blinded by the Light 12A 28th 5pm
sPain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) 15 30th 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.

Saffron Opera Group – Tristan und Isolde
Saffron Opera Group’s acclaimed series of Wagner performances continues with the composer’s devastating account of impossible yearning and forbidden ecstasy.
Sun 15th Sept
Foyer Jazz
A well-stocked bar, food trucks serving a superb selection of street food, plus live music from the Dan Forshaw Quintet. Eat, drink, get into the swing and unwind!
Fri 27th Sept
London Philharmonic Orchestra & Vladimir Jurowski
In their first concert as our new Resident Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and music director Vladimir Jurowski will bring their outstanding musicianship to Saffron Hall.
Sat 28th Sept
Foyer Talk
Christopher Somerville is the walking correspondent of The Times and one of Britain’s most respected and prolific travel writers. He talks about his latest book 'Ships of Heaven', which explores the private lives, through the ages, behind his favourite British cathedrals.
Wed 2nd Oct
Foyer Folk
Norwich based folk/Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. They will be sharing the stage with British folk and roots inspired duo, Honey & the Bear from Suffolk, who combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with powerful guitar riffs, foot stomping rhythms and catchy melodies.
Sat 5th
Heroes & Villains: A Concert for Families
Programme to include music from Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Grieg’s Peer Gynt, and other treats including a special performance of Bernard Hughes’ setting of James Mayhew’s The Knight Who Took All Day.
Sun 6th
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.

Apollo 11 U Fri 13th, Sat 14th 7.30pm
Blinded by the Light 12A Fri 20th, Sat 21st 7.30pm
Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood 18 Fri 4th, Sat 5th Oct 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
17/09/19: Green Bin and Blue Bin
24/09/19: Black Bin
01/10/19: Green Bin and Blue Bin
08/10/19: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.
Melbourn Village College is 60
Melbourn Village College is 60 years old in September! So, if you’re a ‘local’, it’s very likely that you have had some connection with “The College”, over the years. Perhaps you were a pupil; or worked there in some capacity, or maybe, you attended evening classes, for recreation or work. Whatever your connection, MVC are holding a reunion on Friday 27th September from 2-4pm, to mark the Diamond Anniversary and we’d like you to join us.
Refreshments, displays, music and the chance to share memories and catch up with friends. Please contact MVC if you are likely to attend, so we have an idea of numbers and can make your name badges. mvc60years@gmail.com, 01763 223400

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 itSeptember 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

Macmillan Coffee Morning

on Friday September 27th 10.30 to 12 noon. £5 entry. Venue is The Stackyard Cottage in Hall Farm Yard. All donations of cakes will be very welcome.

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle hosted by Rosemary Dean Friday 27th September

Annual Parish Walk

Meet at Chrishall church at 8.30am Saturday, 28th September. Everyone welcome for the whole or any part of the walk. Leave Chrishall at 9.10am, 9.50am Heydon, Great Chishill at 10.30am (Brunch at 10.10), Little Chishill at 11.10am, Hamlet at 1.20pm (Lunch at 12.50), back to Chrishall for Tea at 4.20pm.


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 6th October, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.

Scottish Dancing

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Monday 7th October, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome. Very relaxed and a good giggle.

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.
The next service will be on 15th September 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

15th September
9am Strethall
10am Chrishall

22nd September
9am Hamlet
10.45am Heydon
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
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
2nd October
6th November
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