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St Swithuns Restoration - Update
The work on the tower has been delayed by months as a result of bad winter weather. The current estimate is that it will all be finished by the end of July, including the additional drainage work requested by Historic England. Work still to be completed includes the following:
Tower external:
  • Flint wall repairs to lower areas
  • Install new rain water goods to North and South faces to improve water shedding
  • Install clock dials and clock mechanism
  • Install new lightning tape protection
  • Remove scaffolding
The work to the external tower should be completed by the end of May so that the scaffolding can be removed in early June. Tower internal:
  • Carpentry, cupboards
  • New toilet and washbasin
  • Redecoration
  • General clean down all levels of the tower
This is expected to be completed by early – mid June. New underground services and drainage:
  • Rainwater drainage around the tower. This will start once the scaffolding is removed in mid-June, and is expected to be completed within 1-2 weeks
  • New foul drainage and water supply. The general groundwork and services between the tower and the East part of the church yard are planned to start in June following the removal of the scaffolding, and should take 3-4 weeks.
  • The proposed drainage and connections to the main sewer in the highway, applications have been completed and fees paid for Section 50 notice to Cambridge local authority to take up the highway and manage traffic. This element of the drainage work by a specialist company is planned to start on 18th June and is expected to take 3-4 weeks to complete. Overall all works at the church should be completed by the end of July.
    Click here to see pictures of the restoration in progress and the problem walls.

Friday 20th April was the date of another popular fund raising event, helping to further the St Swithuns restoration. The wonderful Cambridge University Ceilidh band had no problems in getting people up on to the dance floor in the village hall on a beautiful warm, spring evening.
Supper was provided by the ladies of the village - Coronation Chicken and rice, and chocolate brownies. Altogether a very successful evening - thank you to everyone involved. Watch this space to find out how much was raised.

Nottingham Cathedral Choir

As part of the continuing fund raising for the restoration of St Swithuns, Great Chishill resident Lisa Mackenzie organised for the choir of which she was, and sometimes still is, a member to come to our village and give us a wonderful concert of sacred music. Led by their conductor Alex Patterson they gave a mix of pieces without any accompaniment. 'Wow' was probably the word most used by the audience who were held spellbound for the whole evening.
The concert was helped along by drinks and nibbles, and a competition to guess how far the choir had travelled in 5 years. As yet we do not know how much was raised towards the restoration, but thanks go to everyone who had anything to do with the event.

Windmill Cycling Club
The Windmill Club is a Cycling UK affiliated group. The club is based at The Pheasant. Rides take place twice a week - approx. 20/25 miles on a Monday afternoon/evening and approx. 30/45 miles on Thursday mornings, usually in the lovely quiet lanes surrounding this area.
During the summer months rides sometimes start at locations in Suffolk or Norfolk and take in places such as Aldeburgh, Southwold or Wells. The pace is leisurely and there is as much focus on good companionship, conversation and coffee/pub stops as there is on cycling.
Each ride costs £3.00 and the proceeds are donated to various charities at the end of each year. So far, over £5,000 has been raised.
For more details of The Windmill Club's rides please take a look at their blog.
New members are always welcome.

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.
Ghost Stories 15 25th 8pm
Ready Player One 12A 26th, 28th 3pm
31st 7.30pm
Funny Cow 15 26th, 27th 8pm
Mary and the Witch’s Flower U 27th 2pm
29th 3pm
The Post 12A 27th 5pm
s120 BPM
(120 battements par minute)
15 28th 7.30pm
Love, Simon 12A 29th, 30th 8pm
DCalamity Jane U 30th 3pm
The Greatest Showman Sing-along PG 31st 3pm
Ready Player One 12A 31st 7.30pm
Wonderstruck PG 1st June 3pm
2nd June 2pm
The Guernsey Literary and
Potato Peel Pie Society
12A 1st, 3rd 8pm
2nd June 5pm
A Quiet Place 15 2nd 8pm
sCustody (Jusqu’à la garde) 15 4th 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.

The English Concert & Andreas Scholl
Together with Saffron Hall favourites The English Concert, Andreas Scholl will bring his matchless vocal warmth and beauty to a concert with an English twist.
Sat 26th May
Academy of Ancient Music & Nicola Benedetti
In a programme that marks the 250th anniversary of Telemann’s death, Nicola Benedetti meets one of the world’s great period instrument ensembles in its first ever appearance at Saffron Hall.
Mon 28th May
Pasadena Roof Orchestra
The show includes impeccable arrangements, played by some of the finest musicians, all served up with a dash of British humour. Experience live on stage the sumptuous arrangements from Ray Noble and his Orchestra, hot Jazz from Duke Ellington, as well as melodies that were sung by Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and Al Bowlly.
Sat 2nd 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.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 12A Fri 25th, Sat 26th 7.30pm
My Generation 12A Fri 15th June 7.30pm
Lady Bird 15 Sat 16th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
Wednesday 30/05/18:Green Bin and Blue Bin
05/06/18: Black Bin
12/06/18:Green Bin and Blue Bin
19/06/18: Black Bin
Choral Society's Next Concert
Royston and District Choral Society’s next concert entitled 'Serenade to Music' is on Saturday 30th June at Barkway Parish Church, 7.30 pm. It features ‘A Sprig of Thyme’, a medley of English folk songs arranged by John Rutter. Alongside this the concert includes Vaughan Williams’ tribute to Sir Henry Wood, ‘Serenade to Music’ and Gospel Choruses arranged by Ken Burton, familiar to BBC Songs of Praise viewers.
Join them in beautiful Barkway for a wander down a rustic memory lane, or to discover these melodies for the first time.
Tickets £12 (concessions £9, school students £1) available from choir members, online , on the door or from Caroline Franks – tel. 01920 822723/ email caroline.franks@rf152.co.uk.


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.
It is hoped to arrange a Cardio Pulmonary Massage (CPR) and AED training session soon for anyone interested.
More information about Defibrillators.

Click on this picture to view itMay 2018 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 telephone Janet Crouch on 838301.

Plastic Flower Dishes

Have you won one of Tess Gent's flower arrangements in a raffle, or bought one with a donation after an event? If so, Tess would really appreciate having the plastic flower dish back. Thank you in advance from Tess.

Windmill News

The last twelve months have been magnificent for both fundraising and restoration work. We raised sufficient funds to complete our first objective of making the mill safe and available for public access. See pictures of the restoration progress here.
The local community and Friends of the Windmill fully supported our campaign to purchase cedar weatherboarding donating over £16,000. This, together with our other fundraising and the involvement of our Parish Council, convinced Historic England and SPAB that the community was serious about restoring our windmill, leading to the award of grants of £79,000 and £29,000 respectively.
Work on the mill began in earnest in June, but removing the old weatherboarding revealed a multitude of problems; we simply could not attach new boards without addressing the rot on the corner posts and the rear porch area. The front, horizontal weatherbeam that takes the weight of the sail assembly was in danger of falling out which would have seen the sails crash to the ground.
Our millwrights have now made all structural timbers sound; new weatherboarding and roof protection has been fitted; and volunteers have restored the trestle and sails.
Next, we must renovate the tail assembly and the steps from it leading to the windmill door so that visitors may enter safely. Our major project for 2018 is to restore the mechanism that drives the tail carriage around a track. This, together with the renovation of the tail fan and the track itself, will allow the mill to turn into wind automatically. That will be a sight not seen since the 1950s! Please visit our website greatchishillwindmill.com to see our progress.

Forthcoming Events

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle Hosted by Jean and Peter Wiseman. Friday 25th May


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 3rd June, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Rosei on 07720647696 or email rosei@flapperfortunes.co.uk for more info.

Great Chishill Open Gardens

Sunday June 10th, 2-6pm

Midsummer Ball

in support of St Swithun's Restoration Saturday 16 June on the Playing Fields
Tickets £75 Info and ticket sales: stswithunsball@gmail.com or phone Claire 838100 Or Kathey 837285

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. 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 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 3rd and 17th June. 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).

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

Parish Church Services

27th May
9.00am Strethall
10.40am Elmdon

Other Parish activities, news etc.available 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.

Mobile Library Dates
Heydon Road opposite the bus stop, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40
6th June
4th 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

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