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Oil Buying Group
Nigel Russell is collecting orders for a group oil delivery, so if you would like some heating oil at a bulk purchase price, give Nigel a call now on 838986

The Windmill Reaches its Turning Point

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 intend for this to be ready for June 8th but 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. 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.

Royston Choral Society - SONGS OF LOVE

RCS Present their Summer Concert under their Musical Director Andrew O’Brien
Brahms Liesbslieder Walzer Schubert Fantasia in F Minor for Four Hands plus music by Morten Lauridsen and Alexander L’Estrange
Saturday 29th June 7.30 pm Barkway Parish Church, Tickets £12, Concessions £9, School students £1 For tickets see website: roystonchoralsoc.org.uk Tel. Caroline Franks 01920 822723 or ask a choir member. Poster

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.

An Evening of Live Music and Cocktails

Tess Gent writes
Over 60 people came and enjoyed a selection of 12 cocktails, naughty but nice nibbles and beautiful singing from Maggie Mather-Hill and Lindsay Crawley on her saxophone.
The URC Schoolroom lent itself perfectly to becoming a cosy cocktail bar and we opened the doors into the chapel where one was able to relax, listen and chat amongst friends. We are always thrilled when we have friends and friends of friends from other parishes and villages further afield who come and enjoy one of our events.
We are delighted to have raised in excess of £1000 in aid of St Swithuns kitchen fund. It is always a great pleasure to host these events when we received such encouraging comments and we can't thank those who come, for their immense enthusiasm, amazing generosity and continued loyal support.
Click here to see more pictures (by Neil Heywood)

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.
Wild Rose 15 17th, 18th, 19th 8pm
Shazam! 12A 18th 4.30pm
Within the Golden Hour –
Medusa – Flight Pattern
AS LIVE from the Royal Opera House
19th 2pm
Styx 12A 20th 8pm
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake BALLET recorded live at Sadler’s Wells 21st 8pm
25th 3pm
Red Joan 12A 24th, 25th, 26th 8pm
26th s5pm
Wonder Park PG 26th 2pm
27th, 28th 3pm
sA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night B&W 15 27th 8pm
Bel Canto 15 28th, 30th 8pm
DThe Wizard of Oz U 29th 3pm
Eighth Grade 15 29th 8pm
Dumbo PG 30th 3pm
Avengers: Endgame 12A 31st 3pm, 7.30pm
1st June 3pm
Tolkien 12A 1st, 2nd 8pm
Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned
to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
PG 2nd 3pm
sBeau Travail 15 3rd 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.

Britten Sinfonia: Beethoven Symphonies No.7 & No.8
Thomas Adès’ impassioned conducting of Beethoven's Symphonies No.7 and No.8.
Sat 18th May
Foyer Folk
Jackie Oates has won two BBC Folk Awards and released a string of critically acclaimed solo albums including her most recent album ‘The Joy of Living’.
Fri 24th May
Scottish Dance Theatre: RITUALIA
& new Emanuel Gat commission
RITUALIA is a thought-provoking visual feast that re-imagines Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces, taking the theme of androgyny as it’s point of departure. Emanuel Gat’s bewitching choreography, combined with an ensemble of captivating dancers, complete this compelling Double Bill.
Sat 1st June
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.

Fisherman’s Friends 12A Fri 17th May 7.30pm
The Kindergarten Teacher 12A Sat 18th May 7.30pm
Benjamin 15 Fri 24th May 7.30pm
Dumbo PG Fri 31st May 7.30pm
Sat 1st June 3.30pm
Fisherman’s Friends 12A Sat 1st June 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
21/05/19:Black Bin
Wednesday 29/05/19: Green Bin and Blue Bin
04/06/19: Black Bin
11/06/19: Green Bin and Blue 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.

25th Anniversary Mixed Open
Heydon Grange Golf and Country Club are holding a Mixed Open Golf Day on Thursday 4th July in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. There will be coffee and bacon roll on arrival, a rolling buffet, halfway house and on course prizes and raffle.
Click here for more information.

Click on this picture to view itMay 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

Annual Parish Meeting

Great Chishill Village Hall/i> Friday 17th May, 7.30pm Hear what village organisations have been up to in the past year. Light refreshments and a glass of wine will be served.

Open Gardens

Heydon Place, Heydon SUNDAY 26th May, 2-5pm £5 per adult. In aid of British Red Cross

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle hosted by Jean and Peter Wiseman Friday 31st May


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 2nd June, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.

Windmill Grand Opening

Saturday 8th June 2019 Details above.

St Swithun's Weekend

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July.There will be a variety of activities, bike rides, walks, treasure hunt and orienteering, music, flower festival, BBQ and cream teas over the course of the weekend. There will be Pimms o'clock with music at The Manse to kickstart the weekend on Friday evening. The weekend will come to a close with a village 'Songs of Praise' on Sunday evening. More details in the next newsletter. All in aid of Church funds. More details to follow.

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 service will be on 19th May at 9.30am with breakfast served at 8.30am in aid of Christian Aid. Click for poster and more info
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

19th May
9am Strethall
10am Chrishall

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
26 May
23 June
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
5th June
3rd July
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