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Beware - The Law Abiding Citizen!
A new scam that you should be aware of.
There are emails going around at the moment that appear to be from a law abiding citizen who claims to have been accidentally given your personal details and thinks that you should know about it.
The email may well correctly contain your name and address. This kind person has forwarded you the information wrongly sent to him/her as an attachment to the email, usually named your surname.dot. This attachment is thought to contain the Banking Trojan Ursniff/Gozi, hidden within an image in the document. The Ursniff Banking Trojan attempts to obtain sensitive data from victims, such as banking credentials and passwords.
Delete the email immediately, or if you have already opened it you should contact your bank straight away.

The End of an Era
The Pheasant Pub After 18 years of owning and running The Pheasant, Ollie and Simon have decided that the time is right to hang up their aprons and pass the village pub on to new owners. So, The Pheasant has been sold and the new owners, a young couple with a young family, will become the new landlords on 3rd May.
When Ollie and Simon arrived in 1999 the pub was completely run down having slumped from the highs of Denis and Marchella Ryan who sold to a managed pub company in 1993. It took only six years and a succession of poor managers to ruin the business.
With Ollie’s usual gusto within two weeks they were up and open and serving food and have never looked back. Approximately 50,000 fish and chips and 60,000 fillet steaks later Simon is now hanging up his skillet and Ollie is looking forward to a very well deserved retirement.
Mark & Debbie Wicken are moving to Great Chishill from Potter’s Bar and their two young children will be attending Barley school. They plan to extend the building, make their own improvements, and re-open for food again at the weekends.

Rocking for Breast Cancer
This year sees Tracey Greeman take on another challenge for the Breast cancer charity 'Walk the Walk'. This year it will be the Berlin Marathon in September, as well as volunteering on the night of this year's London Moonwalk.
Tracey has been raising money for this charity since 2010 and has surpassed £13750 and hopes to exceed £15000 by the end of this year.
This year's fundraising event will be a BAND NIGHT to be held at Great Chishill village hall on 29 April from 7.30 to midnight. There will be three live acts preforming and a licensed bar. The tickets are £10 and are available from Tracey on 07726996694 or tgreeman@aol.com
Further information can be found on https://www.facebook.com/events/1256883317699538/?ti=icl

Great Chishill Cricket Club
With spring in the air you can almost smell the linseed in the air as the village cricketer’s wake from their winter hibernation and star to make preparations for the new season. Spring nets have already started at Burloes Farm 8.00 on a Tuesday evening. The nets will be running each week until May 2nd. Having won promotion two seasons in succession we are looking forward to representing the village in the Cambridgeshire Senior leagues, Division 3. Our first game of the season is a ‘friendly’ against our local rivals, Barley, playing for the Hanson Cup, on Saturday April 30th. Our first league match is at home against Cherry Hinton I XI, starting at 1.00. We are a friendly club, always welcoming new members, whether playing, watching, scoring, enjoying cricket tea or indeed an ‘expert’ on the bench, reminiscing about past glories and how the game should be played. If you are at all interested in any further details please contact Angus Gent (angusgent@gmail.com). We look forward to welcoming you to The Meadow. If you would like to follow us online please visit www.gchishill.play-cricket.com

Whist Drive

Whist Players Another successful Whist Drive was held in the URC schoolroom on Saturday 18th March.
For those who don't know, a whist drive consists of lots of people playing the card game whist - 4 people in each game. The winners of a game move on to play the next table to make a new 'foursome' and so on, so it was a great opportunity to mix and meet new people. The intention was to have fun and not take it too seriously and that ambition was realised as the evening was a great success. The evening raised a total of £215.50 towards the restoration of St Swithuns' bells.
The organisers had anticipated that the next whist drive would be after the summer, but there were so many people keen to play again soon, that the decision was taken on the night to set the date of the next one to Sat 13th May, in the URC Schoolroom at 7.30pm (Sharp).

A big thank you to everyone who contributed.

Village Hall Bookings
Click here to see the diary It is now 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 note that at the present time this does not appear to work using Internet Explorer!
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.

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.
Moonlight 15 21st, 23rd 8pm
22nd 5pm
The Lego Batman Movie U 22nd, 23rd 2pm
Kong: Skull Island 12A 22nd 8pm
The Secret Life of Pets U 23rd B 11am
La La Land 12A 23rd 5pm
s Elle 18 24th 8pm
Julius Caesar PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Shakespeare Company
26th 7pm
Hidden Figures PG 28th 8pm
29th 5pm
30th 5pm, 8pm
Moana Sing-Along PG 29th, 30th 2pm
Logan 15 29th 8pm
s Aquarius 18 1st May 8pm
The Lost City of Z 15 5th, 7th 8pm
Power Rangers 12A 6th 3pm
7th 2pm
The Time of their Lives 12A 6th 8pm
7th 5pm
I Am Not Your Negro 12A 8th 8pm
A Autism-friendly screening (No adverts or trailers, Low level lighting throughout the showing, Film sound at a consistently lower volume)
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 Walden Symphony Orchestra – ‘Enigma’ Variations
Tenderness, melting melodies, and a haunting strain of bittersweet nostalgia link the items in this glorious concert of English music from Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra. The ever-popular Enigma Variations (which include the sublimely heartbreaking variation ‘Nimrod’) are partnered with several equally beautiful pastoral gems, including Moeran’s Lonely Waters, an evocative masterpiece of restrained melancholy based on a lilting Norfolk folk-tune.
Sat 22nd Apr
Jazz in the Foyer – Juliet Kelly & Jennifer Carr ‘Bond to Bowie’
After wowing the audience at Saffron Hall last year with her 'Family Jazz All Stars' show, acclaimed singer and songwriter Juliet Kelly now shines a spotlight on her favourite songs from stage and screen. Bringing her warm personality and a jazzy flavour to the songs that feature in classic movies, musicals and tv shows, Juliet will take you on a whistle-stop tour through the ages of musical entertainment from Bond to Bowie.
Fri 28th Apr
Sir András Schiff in Recital
Saffron Hall is thrilled to welcome back Sir András Schiff. He performs a varied and rich programme exploring the expressive possibilities of the keyboard to the utmost, from intricate polyphony, via song-like lyricism, to percussive brutality. Bach’s early Capriccio, written as a farewell gift, is a delightful suite which includes a playful fugue based on the blast of a coachman’s horn. Schumann’s Fantasie, a substantial three-movement outpouring of love and anguish, also reflects a parting – in this case between the composer and his beloved Clara. In between these works, Schiff offers Janácek’s impressionistic cycle In the Mists, and spiky rhythmic brilliance from Bartók.
Thu 4th May
Granta Chorale
Bach’s moving motet Jesu, Meine Freude intersperses the verses of a chorale with wonderfully uplifting music… book-ending dramatic choruses, a lilting siciliano, a compelling fugue and a lullaby ‘Gute Nacht’… all creating a glorious extended arch structure. This masterpiece is balanced by a sequence of contrasting shorter modern motets from other traditions, with settings by Duruflé, Macmillan, the choir’s conductor Janet Wheeler and others.
Sun 14th May
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.

Moonlight 15 Fri 21st 7.30pm
The Founder 12A Sat 22nd 3.30pm
Fifty Shades Darker 18 Sat 22nd 7.30pm
Viceroy's House 12A Fri 28th, Sat 29th, Fri 5th May 7.30pm
Sat 29th, Sun 30th 3.30pm
Beauty and the Beast PG Sat 6th May 3.30pm, 7.30pm
Sun 7th 3.30pm
Kong: Skull Island 12A Fri 12th, Sat 13th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
Wednesday 26/4/17: Black Bin
Wednesday 3/5/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin
9/5/17: Black Bin
16/5/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin

Using the Caddy
Please note that the caddy should be used whenever possible for paper - including newspapers and magazines, telephone directories, catalogues, envelopes, shredded paper and junk mail.  
Check what goes in each bin
Please note that from now onwards the Mobile Library will be in the village, in Heydon Road, from 2:10pm till 2:40pm on the first WEDNESDAY of each month.

Film Nights - Your Choice

The film nights in the URC schoolroom have proved to be popular, but Tess and Angus are now thinking that their popularity could be further increased by also showing films that would go down well with specific groups in our village. For example they could screen children's films for maybe a special occasion or a party, with popcorn, sweeties, ice creams etc, or perhaps something for a 'Girls Night Out' with wine, popcorn and ice cream. Suggestions of films or events would be gratefully received by Tess on tessgent@gmail.com.

The next film night will be on Tuesday 9th May and this will be a screening of Mamma Mia!. There will be Pre-film Greek Tapas supper and cocktails, served from 6.30pm for a contribution in the region of £10. Alternatively you can just go to the film, which will start at 7.30pm for just £5. Please book ahead with Tess on 838941 or tessgent@gmail.com.

Forthcoming Events


Friday 21st April, Great Chishill Village Hall. 7-11pm. Tickets £12.50, to include supper, from Ro Gadian 1drakeral@gmail.com 01763 837075. Dancing to the 7 piece Cambridge University Ceilidh band. Licenced Cash Bar. Proceeds to St Swithuns Restoration Fund Raffle Lots of fun and frollicks… Download Poster

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle So far no one has volunteered to host the April Wine Circle. If you haven't done it for a while or never done it at all, please get in touch with Bob Hatt.


Saturday 29th April, Great Chishill Village Hall. 7.30pm to Midnight 3 Live Bands, Licensed bar. Tickets £10 from Tracey Greeman on 07726 996694 or tgreeman@aol.com
See pink section on this page.


Sunday 30th April, Great Chishill Village Hall. 1pm Auctioneer David Palmer (As seen on ‘Flog it’ & ‘Bargain Hunt’). BBQ, cakes and refreshments. Proceeds to St Swithuns Restoration Fund
More details on Poster


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 7th May, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Rosei on 07720647696 or email rosei@flapperfortunes.co.uk for more info.

Film Night - MAMMA MIA!

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Tuesday 9th May, 7.30pm Pre-film Greek Tapas supper and cocktails at 6.30pm - contribution of £10. Film only - £5.


Saturday 13th May, schoolroom of the United Reform Church, 7.30pm (sharp!). Fee per entry is £5.00. Nibbles supplied, drinks by donation. All proceeds to the St Swithin’s Bell Fund. Contact Phil Maynard 838311 or webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk or Jean Wiseman on 01763 295002

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle Hosted by Jean and Peter Wiseman. Friday 26th May.

Click on this picture to view itApril 2017 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

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. Rosemary and the late Mike Livings have given 40 years of devoted service to the United Reformed Church in many forms including running the play group and being Secretary and Treasurer between them for the past 23 years. For this we can only thank them most sincerely. 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 are also saying a huge thank you and farewell to Francis Collinge who has decided to retire from being our organist after many years of loyal service. If you know of anybody who would like to play for us for an hour every second week, or just once in a while, I would love to hear from you.
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 service will be at 9.30 on 30th April. 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).
In addition to the fortnightly services, we are hoping to promote the Chapel with a range of events and activities that will hopefully capture the interest of all ages. We are looking to introduce a library and reading area in the Schoolroom, initially opening once a month, for tea, coffee and cakes. We are also looking to trial a supper evening once a month with a choice of meat or vegetarian menus, and to include wine to accompany your meal.
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

Village Email Directory

We have set up a village email and telephone directory which now has quite a few entries on it.
Access to this directory is limited to those people who supply their own details. Access is via a username and password, issued after you have supplied your details.
Click here to register your details.
If you have registered you can go to the directory here If you have forgotten your password or would like to change it, email webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk

Parish Church Services

23rd April
9am Hamlet
10.40am Elmdon

30th April
10am Little Chishill

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
3rd May
7th June
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