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The GREAT Great Chishill Barn Dance 2024
The St Swithun's Day Barn Dance organised to raise money for the Great Chishill Bell Fund took place on a chilly, overcast Friday evening on 12th July, the nearest the organisers could get to St Swithun's Day (15th). Headed up by bellringer Helen Whitehead the event was a huge success. Cambridge University Ceilidh Band again provided the live music with an excellent caller who had people up and dancing within minutes.
This year there was a great mix of ages present from young teenagers right through to octogenarians all of whom enjoyed dancing, TexMex food - BBQ pulled pork, refried beans, mexican charred corn salad, coleslaw, BBQ jackfruit etc.
As always, there was a licensed bar open throughout the evening, and of course the ever popular raffle, with a top prize this year provided by the Pheasant. The ice cream van came along and provide a cooling refreshment break from the dancing. Twice as many tickets sold this year than last so Angus supplied a marquee to ensure that there were enough tables for everyone without cramping the dance floor. A couple of gazebos supplied cover for outside games - cactus hoop-la, wellie wanging and a ball rolling game.
Altogether the event raised £1540! A big thank you to everyone who helped make it such a success - with a special mention for Helen and Mark, Sue and Phil, Angus and Tess, Rosemary, Jill and Fred, Cilla, Stella and Nigel.
Will there be another one next year? "Hmmm - have to think about that" - but they said that last year!

Great Chishill Open Gardens 2024
On Sunday 2nd June, after a cold, wet and generally overcast week, the sun came out, temperatures rose just in time for the 2024 Open Gardens, raising money for the Church. Tea and cake was served all afternoon and people from far and wide came to have a look at the 9 gardens in the village.
The event raised just over £1000 from ticket and tea and cake sales.
You can see lots of pictures from the day here and pictures from other village events going back to 2010 here

The Windmill
The exterior is always open and is accessible to all who can climb a short, grassed incline. There is parking, benches and picnic tables. The site has no other facilities.
The tail assembly has been restored so that this ancient post mill can now turn to face the wind again as the fantail spins in the breeze. Don’t be surprised if the mill is pointing in a totally different direction to when you last saw it. It acts like a giant weathervane.
During the summer (April to September) the windmill is open on alternate Sundays from 10.00 to 16.00 with guided tours for visitors (no charge but donations welcomed). No need to book - see website for dates. Guided tours can be arranged at other times. Just contact us via our website.
During a guided tour you’ll be able to view the interior which is practically unchanged from how the last miller left it. You can view original equipment and graffiti dating back hundreds of years. You can marvel at the engineering from the period of George IV.
While you’re at the mill why not bring a picnic and admire the view or walk to the village (footpath from the mill) and sample the delights of The Pheasant pub.


Speeding through Great Chishill and Heydon continues to be a problem, so the combined Parish Councils are looking to work together to restart the Speedwatch scheme. If you have time to spare and would like to be involved, please contact Sarah Scott, clerk to GC Parish Council on clerk@greatchishillpc.com.

The Hundred Parishes Society

The Hundred Parishes Society was launched in 2014 in an attempt 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 and it has just had a major update, which includes amongst other things an index which gives access to the many interesting articles that the society has produced since it was started.
An article is produced each month with news or information of interest to the area. This month, the article is about History of the Railways in the area.
Picture above is of Dunmow Cutting as it is today.
Ashdon Halt
Braughing Station
The website is www.hundredparishes.org.uk and it has just had a major update, which includes amongst other things an index which gives access to the many interesting articles that the society has produced since it was started.
The index includes links to videos that have been made about the area, some going back to WW1. One of particular interest to us is a documentary about the proposal to make Nuthampstead London's third airport! You can see that here.

Parish Services

Youth Club runs every 2nd & 4th Tuesday in term time from 6.30-8.00pm in Great Chishill Village Hall.
The club is for all local young people from age 10. New starters warmly welcomed, and any new volunteers!
Contact Emily on 07900 243491

  Sunday 21st July
9.00am BCP Holy Communion at Hamlet, DUDDENHOE END
10.45am Family Church at Holy Trintiy, CHRISHALL
  Sunday 28th July
9.00am BCP Holy Communion at St Mary’s, STRETHALL
10.45am Family Service at St Swithun’s, GREAT CHISHILL

You can now see the
July edition of the Icknield Way Parish Village Web magazine here.

Please see here for all church news and information.

Parish Bulletin available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
16/07/24: Blue Bin and Green Bin
23/07/24:Black Bin
30/07/24: Blue Bin and Green Bin
6/08/24:Black Bin

Not sure what goes in which bin? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 8am to 7pm
Sat 8am to 2pm
Sun 9am to 2pm

Tel 849611


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.
Please note that the programme is no longer available on this site.
For full details see website www.saffronscreen.com

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.
Exceptional adjustable acoustics. Ample FREE parking.

See Whats On for more details

www.saffronhall.com Box office 0845 548 7650
Thriplow Dump

There is now no need to book a slot. .
Gravel Pit Hill, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire SG8 7HZ
Tel: (01223) 839001
Opening hours:
8am to 5pm everyday excluding Bank Holidays, 1st April to 3oth September
Fancy a Walk?
Circular Walks from Great Chishill 13.3Km
or, if you want to go further afield, Hundred Parishes Walks More than 50 FREE walks to download.

Looking for an Interior Designer?

Check out the Businesses page on this site. Lots of other local goods and services there too.

Forthcoming Events

Games Night

The Pheasant Every Monday 6.30 Bridge, Cribbage, Draughts, Chess or any other game you fancy.

Pie Night

The Pheasant Every Wednesday 6-9pm Choose from a selection of phenomenal homemade pies.

Boozy Bites

The Pheasant Every Friday 5-6pm
The Pheasant's version of Happy Hour - you buy the drinks, they supply the Bites


The Pheasant Every Saturday 10.30-11.30am

New Age Kurling

Every Friday, 7.30-9pm


Quiz Night

The Pheasant Wednesday 14th August 7.30pm Book your team of up to 6 NOW 838535

Fishy Friday

The Pheasant Friday 26th July 6-9pm Book Now 838535


Friday 26th July, 8pm onwards. Hosted by Ro and David Gadion The Old Vicarage, May Street
For those of you who don't know, this is NOT a fund raising event, it is just a get together of people who live in or around Great Chishill. Just turn up with a bottle of wine (or whatever you would like to drink), it doesn't need to be anything special, and just enjoy the company of others who live nearby. Nibbles supplied by the hosts. Usually, the event takes place monthly (last Wednesday or Friday of the month) and is hosted by someone different each month. If you haven't been before, just come along you don't need to be invited.
More about wine circle can be found HERE
More hosting volunteers needed for 2024 please. Email greatchishill@gmail.com

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

Village Newsletter

Click on this picture to view itJuly 2024 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
If you have any items to be included in the August newsletter, please contact Will Parsons on wllprsns@gmail.com by 19th July
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

Metal Detectorist finds in the Chishills area
From time to time you may have noticed people out walking the fields around our villages with metal detectors. The ones who have been doing it with the landowners' permission are members of the ‘Herts & District Metal Detecting Society' a club of responsible metal detector users who have experience of detecting on farms in the Hertfordshire countryside over the last 40 years, the oldest detecting club in the UK. Their finds are recorded with the Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) for Beds. & Herts., who is based at the Verulamium Museum (St Albans).
Just some of the local finds are shown in the picture above, detected by Barney Bryant who has kindly shared some of his photos with us, and can been seen in this site's photo album, accessed 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.
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 church is part of a Linked Pastorate of 5 churches, Great Chishill, Bassingbourn, Buntingford, Fowlmere and Melbourn, and now has a new Minister. Her name is Sue Fender. She is married to Alex and has two adult children living in the north of England.
Sue trained as a Piano Tuner Technician at the London College of Furniture. Music is a large part of her life and includes swimming and working with stained glass amonst her other interests. She worked for many years as an office manager in a primary school before retraining for the ministry at Westminster College, Cambridge.
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.

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
7th August
4th September

Melbourn Library Opening Times
Monday to Friday 2-4pm
Saturday 10am–2pm

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.