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Threat to our lanes - Object now, before its too late!

It has come to light that there is a planning application for a VERY large barn at Langley Park Farm. As the farm is small compared with the size of the barn it is assumed that it will be used as a hub for collection and distribution of straw, most likely for Ely power station. This will inevitably leed to a large increase in the number of heavy goods vehicles on our little roads - there is no way to get to a main road from Langley without using very small roads. If you are concerned about this you can object before 12th December (extended deadline) by Clicking on this link.
A lot more information available here.

The Future of The Pheasant - What Next?

At the beginning of the year, a group of like minded individuals formed themselves into group calling themselves 'Pub is the Hub'. Their aim was to bring the Pheasant back to its former glory.
A form went around the village recently canvassing opinion. As a result of the survey (results available by clicking here) the group has started the process of exploring the viability of purchasing the pub. The Pheasant is listed as an 'Asset of Community Value' which means that there is a 6 month restriction on the sale whilst the community endeavours to raise the necessary finance. The group - now called 'Great Chishill Community Pub Company Ltd - have created a questionaire to gather more detailed feedback on your opinions. This will enable the group to create a Business Plan and a Prospectus for Investment and a Community Impact plan enabling application for grants.
Click here to get the form. or you can scan the QR code The deadline of 20th November has now past but you can still download the form, fill it in and submit it.
See the Great Chishill Community Pub Company Ltd website www.greatchishillcommunitypub.co.uk .
More information from Sarah Scott on clerk@greatchishillpc.com

Good News for Sport in Great Chishill

from Martin Hague
Great Chishill Cricket Club has won grants (from Sport England) to develop a Junior section for 2021 and a grant to support a 'redevelopment' of the pavilion, working with the Playing Fields Association for the initial review.
At the same time GCCC, working with the PFA, entered a global competition to have a full architectural and engineering design for a redevelopment of the pavilion.
The pavilion from the Great Exhibition was replaced by the current pavilion in 1973 so is now 48 years old.
We now know that Great Chishill has won the competition and the formal process will begin soon! The prize includes all architectural designs, drawings and virtual reality views, as well as consultancy with a structural engineer to facilitate redevelopment of the pavilion, together with guidance on grants available for such work.
The Cricket Club and the PFA want this to be a facility for the whole village. In its 150th Year, the Cricket Club wants to provide a legacy for the next 50 years for a modern inclusive pavilion.
So they would like to hear from other sporting clubs in the village. How could a redeveloped pavilion benefit other clubs or societies? This is an opportunity to add in other sports facilities for the whole village, be it taking part or spectating and supporting family members.
Please send details of your sports, clubs and ideas to the team to allow us to incorporate them into the design for the redevelopment. Contact Martin Hague (martin@hagues.co.uk )

The Windmill Moves Again!

from David McKeown
In February 1956, a severe winter freeze followed by storm winds damaged the tail of the windmill to such an extent that it could no longer be used to turn the windmill into the wind. Now, almost 65 years later, the mechanism and tail structure has been repaired so that it can proudly turn itself again.
On Sunday September 27th, Bill Griffiths, our millwright, untied the mill and let a stiff NE wind spin the fantail to turn the mill on its post about 120°. You can see a video of this momentous occasion here.
If you drove past in the following week you couldn't fail to notice the new view the windmill presented. Then about a week later, Bill set it free in a gentle westerly breeze and the mill dutifully turned gently back to face Barley once more.
The operation of the tail mechanism is a major achievement as Great Chishill Windmill becomes the only open-trestle postmill in the country that will drive itself into wind. It is yet to be decided if this will in future be for demonstration only or if the mill can be allowed to turn automatically as it did for the 60 years before that fateful day in 1956.
The main sails are completely separate from the tail mechanism and will not be turning anytime soon as a further restoration programme is required to put them in working order.

Local Apple Juice

Bob Hatt says
Available now, all pasteurised and will keep 2/3 years.
Please let me know whether you want any boxes.
Also available new design tea towel (47cm x 73cm with enhanced border and hanging loop) £6
and notelets 2 for £5
Please collect from 49 Barley Road. If you don't have transport I will deliver

The Hundred Parishes Society

The Hundred Parishes Society was launched in 2014 in an attemp 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 Red Telephone Boxes. See the Telephone Box article here.

Standon Phone Box Garden

Great Chishill Book Exchange

Westmill Phone Box Defibrillator

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.
Closed at the moment but new programme will be announced shortly - watch this space.

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 Jazz - Juliet Kelly
Who better to ease you into Friday night here in the relaxed, cabaret-style atmosphere of the Saffron Foyer? Tonight she salutes Nina Simone, lending her velvet voice to the songs you love in a very personal tribute from one jazz legend to another.
Fri 4th December
6pm, 8.30pm
Britten Sinfonia with Sir Mark Elder
Britten Sinfonia returns to its Saffron Hall home in the company of two members of its extended artistic family, Sir Mark Elder and Michael Mofidian. This one-hour concert explores late Romantic love, life and loss from Vienna to Bavaria.
Sun 6th December
4.15pm, 7pm
An Evening of Christmas Carols
Join sixteen members of the London Philharmonic Choir for a festive concert packed full of glorious carols, old and new. Widely regarded as one of the nation's finest choirs, the London Philharmonic Choir performs regularly with the LPO and other world-class orchestras, as well as making numerous recordings for CD, radio and television.
Fri 11th December
6pm, 8.30pm
Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Friends
The young Sheku Kanneh-Mason is a cellist of enormous charisma and heart-stopping musicality. He's joined by his siblings and friends for an evening of chamber music. Mahler’s precious piano quartet movement prefaces the Hungarian Dohnányi’s Piano Quintet
Sat 12th December
4pm, 7pm
A Christmas Celebration with the LPO Brass
Celebrate Christmas in style with ten members of the London Philharmonic brass section as they join us for a selection of seasonal favourites. The programme will feature carols such as The Holly and the Ivy and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and Christmas standards including Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and The Christmas Song.
Sun 13th December
Awake Arise - A Christmas Show
In an unmissable collaboration, five of the English folk scene’s most inventive artists bring you Awake Arise – A Christmas Show For Our Times; celebrating the riches of our varied winter traditions and reflecting upon the hope and resilience in music and song that can bring joy to us all in the darkest season.
Sun 13th December
5pm, 7.30pm
SWCHS Event = School performers
www.saffronhall.com Box office 0845 548 7650

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
1/12/20:Black Bin
8/12/20: Blue Bin and Green Bin
15/12/20: Black Bin
22/12/20: Blue Bin only
Not sure what goes in which bin? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

Thriplow Dump

RE-OPENED but you need to book a slot. cambridgeshire.bookinglive.com 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, Essex Walks 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
Post Office
Mon 7am to 6pm
Tue 1pm to 6pm
Wed 7am to 5pm
Thu 7am to 1pm
Fri 7am to 6pm
Tel 848288
Time to be Creative again

from Hilary Goodall
Following the success of the Write Here, Write Now project earlier this year, now its time to put something together about Christmas for display in the village phone box. Your poem could be a particular memory of Christmas, maybe a special present or decoration. Maybe two verses, one about Christmas inside and one about Christmas outside, just let your imagination fly - and of course you could illustrate it.
Please email your contribution to me at hilaryjgoodall@btinternet.com, or drop it off at The Old Bakehouse, 27 Barley Road by 10th December

The Village Advent Calendar

This is not an advent calendar as you may know it, and there are no chocolates behind the doors, BUT, many people in the village have prepared 'windows' which will go on display over the countdown to Christmas. Each day another 'window' or two will 'open' building up to a total of 35 displays on Christmassy themes all around the village. So get out and about around the village over the next few weeks to enjoy a real community Christmas spirit.
The first to 'open' will be 'Hanging out the Stockings' at The Manse, 7 Barley Road, ending with 'The Stable at Bethlehem' at the Chapel on Christmas Eve. There is not enough room here to list them all but you can see the complete list here or on the December Newsletter.

Local Restaurants
Lockdown ending soon! Checkout the local pubs and restaurants to see what they will be offering - best plan is to keep an eye on their websites and Facebook pages.

The King William is now offering takeaway service every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm right through until 10pm. You can either collect or they will deliver for a small charge. Pre-order your takeaway on 838773 or email hello@kingwilliamheydon.com. Each meal is £12 See the new website
The Chequers Fowlmere will be operating their 'Backdoor Bistro' takeaway service during lockdown. See the website (thechequersfowlmere.org) . Delivery only available in Fowlmere and Thriplow.
The Fox and Hounds, Barley ( Facebook Page) Takeaways & deliveries are available: Thursday-Saturday: 5pm - 8pm, Sunday: 12pm-3pm. Order online (Same day ordering only). Call 802505, email contact@foxandhoundsbarley.com to pre-order. See the Menu
The Chequers, Barley Open for takeaway 7 days a week. Facebook page - times and menu.
The Red Cow, Chrishall has opened a shop in the bar area with essentials and take away beers. Open Tues to Sat from 10am until 8pm, Sun 12pm to 4pm.
The 'Pimp my Fish' fish and chip van WILL be in the Red Cow car park on Monday evenings, 5.30pm-8pm throughout November. Quality food and a broad menu available including burgers and vegetarian options.
You select the time you want to collect when you book online pimp-my-fish.co.uk and they will cook it in front of you.
This Tuesday 17th of November Pizza passione will be back at The Red Cow, Chrishall serving pre-ordered sourdough wood-fired pizza for collection from 5pm till 830pm. Pizza Passione
Takeaway available Wed-Sat 12pm-2pm, 6pm-8pm, Sun 12pm-3pm www.theredcow.com
If you know of any others or need to update this information, please email webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk

The Annual Sloe Gin Competition

Every year Great Chishill bellringers run a Sloe Gin competition, raising money for the refurbishment of the bells of St Swithuns. Despite the virus this year is no different and you are invited to take advantage of the abundance of sloes and other countryside fruits to create delicious alcoholic beverages. As always there are 3 categories 'Nouveau', 'Vintage' and 'Ringers Delight' (any fruit based spirit concoction). Judging takes place in February and is usually followed by a tasting party a few days later, but the party may not be possible this time. So get on out there, pick your sloes, buy in your Gin - and remember, its all in a good cause!
More information about the bells and bellringing in Great Chishill.

Poo and Litter Bins

New dog waste bins have been installed in the village, one in May Street and one in Hall Lane. A new litter bin also added on the playing fields. With 4 poo bins in the village now there is even less reason for not disposing of dog waste properly. If your dog fouls - PICK IT UP. Whilst on the subject of dogs, please be reminded that dogs are NOT ALLOWED on the playing field - however good they are!

Village Newsletter

The November edition of the Village Newsletter available here. If you have any items to be included in the November newsletter, please contact Will Parsons on wllprsns@gmail.com.
Click on this picture to view itDecember 2020 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

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

Get your event listed here by emailing webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk or phone 838311

Parish Services

6th December 9.00am, Elmdon
Online service Sunday Service 22nd November
Please see here for all church news and information.

Other Parish activities, news etc.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.
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.
Next services Sunday 6th December 6pm Carol Service, Christmas Day 10am Christmas morning family service. (social distancing).

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

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

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.

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.