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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

Royston Choral Society

Saturday 22 December - Britten 'A Ceremony of Carols' Following the fire at Royston Parish Church, this will be held at Meridian School, Garden Walk, Royston SG8 7JH 7.30pm. More details here.
Download the latest press release. For more information about the choir: www.roystonchoralsoc.org.uk, Facebook or contact Chairman, Huw Jenkins – email chair@roystonchoralsoc.org.uk – tel. 07855 311192

Wood Green Needs a Driver
Wood Green, the animal shelter with branches in Godmanchester, Heydon and London is looking for a volunteer driver to transport cats from one shelter to another. Click here for more information.

Whist Drives have started again
Following the huge success of the whist drives that were run over last winter, we started them again last month and had a really good evening. The next one is set for Friday 14th December in the URC schoolroom, Barley Road. Proceeds to Great Chishill Bell Fund.
You do NOT need to know how to play whist, you do NOT need to come with a partner. Entry fee is only £5 per head. There will be a donation bar, raffle and prizes - fizz for the highest scores and the very popular wooden spoons for the lowest scores. No gambling involved!
We aim to start at 7.30pm sharp so please do not be late. More information from Phil Maynard 838311.

Where has the Post Box gone?
Sometime on Saturday 27th October between 1030am and 6pm someone knocked over the village post box and it would appear stole the Post Box itself!
This has been reported to the Police and to Royal Mail.
However, you should be aware that if you have posted anything in the box since 1030 on 27th, it is unlikely to arrive at its destination.
If you have any information that might help please contact Robin Dibblee the crime coordinator on 01763 838276.

Ancient Finds Boost Windmill Funds

On Sunday 7th October, around 100 people armed with metal detectors, led by Zoë Williams of Pink Wellies Metal Detecting Group set out to search 250 acres of land surrounding the windmill by special permission of the landowners. Zoë impressed upon the detectorists that they should leave no holes, hollows or mounds when they dug, leaving the ground as they had found it.
Within 3 minutes a Roman coin had been unearthed. This was only the start - during the day plenty more Roman and Mediaevel coins were discovered. Coins were not the only things discovered - the most striking find of the morning being a near perfectly preserved bronze-age spear tip or arrow head.
Quite a few bronze age artifacts were found and although we can't say that there was a village or dwellings here it shows the area was well used in the period 1200 – 4000BC.
Of more direct relevance to the windmill was a lead weight. Shield-shaped weights of this type are described by the British Museum as mediaeval trade weights used in the early days (1200 – 1600AD) of the standard weight system of pounds and ounces (avoirdupois). The photograph shows that this one has a windmill stamped into it so we guess it was specifically for grain or flour.
A lovely seal matrix from the 14th century was also found which warranted registration with the official finds office.
By 5 o’clock, most folk had dragged their weary bodies from the fields but all expressed their pleasure at detecting in such wonderful countryside and on such a perfect day. To add to this satisfaction came the news that they had collected over £1500 for the windmill. This will go a long way to paying for the annual maintenance so we are truly grateful to all who took part in this alternative style of fundraising event.

The Windmill Project is Nearing the End

We have not seen much change in the appearance of the windmill over the summer. We needed to gain further Listed Building Consent for work on the tail and for handrails on the stairway. We also had to await the availability of our millwright, Bill Griffiths – a very busy man, as befits such a brilliant professional – but now we are on the final push.
Bill and his assistant, Klaine, will be dismantling the tail assembly during the first week in November. They will take the bottom carriage away to be rebuilt in their workshop over the winter months. We will, however, be looking for volunteers to help with repair and repainting of the superstructure so if you’ve joinery or painting skills we’d love to hear from you. Please contact dm@greatchishillwindmill.com.
When the millwrights return in February, they will rebuild the tail including a new fan that will drive the windmill to face the wind and we will complete the track on which the carriage will run. The stairway will also be repaired and have handrails fitted. Finally, in Spring, repairs will be made to the sail stocks (those large arms that you see at the moment) and the sail frames will be re-fitted.
That will be it. Get ready for the Grand Opening!
More about the history of the windmill.
Please visit our website greatchishillwindmill.com to see our progress.

Sloe Gin Competition

The annual Sloe Gin Competition will take place on Thursday 21st February followed by the tasting party on Saturday 23rd. With an adundance of sloes in the hedgerows now is the time to get out there and get your prizewinning Sloe Gin started. There are prizes (medals and certificates) for the winners of the 'Nouveau' and 'Vintage' categories, plus another category called 'Ringers Delight' (the event raises money for the church bell restoration fund) which is any home made fruit based liqueur. Details of how to enter and the venue to follow.

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.
Suspiria 18 14th 7.30pm
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms PG 15th, 16th 2pm
La Traviata OPERA broadcast LIVE from
the Metropolitan Opera in New York
15th 5.55pm
Wildlife 12A 16th 5pm
Peterloo 12A 16th 8pm
17th 7.30pm
Wildlife 12A 19th 8pm
Slaughterhouse Rulez 15 21st 8pm
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 12A 22nd, 26th, s27th, 28th, 31st 3pm
26th 8pm
Juliet, Naked 15 22nd, 23rd 8pm
The Grinch U 23rd, 24th 3pm
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 12A 27th 8pm
Robin Hood 12A 28th 8pm
29th, 30th 3pm
The Girl in the Spider’s Web 15 29th, 30th 8pm
Disobedience 15 4th, 6th January 8pm
Ralph Breaks the Internet PG 5th 3pm
6th 1pm
The King and I From the London Palladium 6th 4pm
(Manbiki kazoku)
15 7th 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.

Rutter & Chilcott Conduct Christmas Carols
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the carols of John Rutter and Bob Chilcott. In this special concert, the two composers take turns to conduct their own festive repertoire with the BBC Singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Sun 16th
Britten Sinfonia: Handel’s Messiah
Saffron Hall’s Resident Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, are joined by a scintillating line-up of some of the UK’s finest singers for a festive performance of Handel’s thrilling and jubilant Messiah. With its brilliant arias and magnificent choruses, it is easy to see why Handel’s emotionally charged portrayal of biblical scenes is a popular fixture on many people’s Christmas calendar.
Sat 22nd
A Victorian Christmas
From Christmas trees to Christmas cards, A Christmas Carol to Mrs Beeton’s plum pudding, the Victorians practically invented Christmas. Join two legends of stage and screen, Robert Powell (Jesus of Nazareth, Holby City) and Susan Jameson (New Tricks, Coronation Street) to celebrate the delights of Christmas past.
Sun 23rd
New Year 2019 Spectacular: London Gala Orchestra
This spectacular show whisks you away to the fairy tale world of New Year celebrations in Vienna. Packed full of Strauss classics, romantic waltzes, passionate songs and toe-tapping tunes, it evokes all the magic and excitement associated with the beginning of a New Year.
Sat 5th January
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.

Peterloo 12A Fri 14th 7.30pm
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 12A Sat 15th 7.30pm
Bohemian Rhapsody 12A Fri 4th January 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
18/12/18: Black Bin
Saturday 22/12/18:Blue Bin
Wednesday 02/01/19: Black Bin
Wednesday 09/01/19: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 4pm Every day including Bank Holidays, 1st October to 30th March

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.
Christmas is coming!
With Christmas on the horizon, Tess Gent is taking orders for wreaths. They were very popular last year and Tess was working on them right up to Christmas Eve. So, to avoid disappointment, get your order in soon. You can contact Tess on TessGent@gmail.com or 838941.
Other ideas for Christmas may be found on the Businesses page including Jewellery, Dog Portraits, Cake Icing, Leatherwork, Catering and Photography.

Click on this picture to view itDecember 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
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


URC Schoolroom, Barley Road FRIDAY 14th December (tbc), 7.30pm (sharp please!) £5.

Burns Night Celebration

Great Chishill Village Hall Friday 25th January 2019 in aid of Little Chishill Church Fabric Fund. Ticket numbers will be limited and on a first come basis. More details to follow.


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 3rd February, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.

Sloe Gin Competition Party

Venue TBA Saturday 23rd February 2019 in aid of Great Chishill Bell Fund. More details on this web page.

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.
Barley Surgery will be open over the Christmas period as follows
Click here to see the latest surgery newsletter.

Outdoor Group Exercise

A lady called Jane Hart has recently started a business called Mogo Fitness which offers outdoor group exercise in Barley. She already has clients from Great Chishill and is keen to start a group up in Great Chishill if there is enough interest. She is also introducing a new low intensity class called Mogo Lite for older clients or those looking to get back into fitness. You can get more information here or call Jane on 07891 904072 or email her on jane@mogo.fitness


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 - 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 16th December and 6th January. 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

16th December
9am Hamlet
10am Chrishall
4pm Chrishall Carol Service
6.30pm Great Chishill Carol Service with Wren Choir

23rd December
8.30am Great Chishill
11am Elmdon

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
27 January
24 February
24 March
Good Friday 19 April (10am-12 noon)
26 May
23 June
28 July
22 September
27 October (venue tbc as hall already booked)
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 January 2019
6th February
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 1pm to 6pm
Wed 7am to 5pm
Fri 7am to 6pm
Post Office
Tel 848288