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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 in October and have had some really good evenings. The next one is set for Friday 18th January 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 on Saturday 8th June
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.
Find out more about the bells and bellringing in Great Chishill.

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.
Adriana Lecouvreur OPERA broadcast AS LIVE
from the Metropolitan Opera, New York
16th 7pm
A Star is Born 15 17th 8pm
Mary Poppins Returns U 18th, 19th 8pm
19th, 20th 3pm
Smallfoot U 20th B11am
Three Identical Strangers 12A 20th 8pm
sReturn of the Hero
(Le retour du héros)
12A 21st 8pm
The Queen of Spades OPERA broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
22nd 6.45pm
Evelyn 12A 23rd 8pm
Tulip Fever 15 25th, 26th 8pm
27th 5pm
Mary Poppins Returns U 26th 1.45pm
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse PG 26th 5pm
27th 2pm
Bohemian Rhapsody 12A 27th 8pm
sMug (Twarz) 15 28th 8pm
La Traviata OPERA broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
30th 6.45pm
I’m Not Running PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the National Theatre
31st 7pm
Holmes & Watson 12A 1st, 3rd February 8pm
Mary Poppins Returns U 2nd 2pm
3rd 4.45pm
Carmen OPERA broadcast LIVE from
the Metropolitan Opera, New York
2nd 5.55pm
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse PG 3rd 1.45pm
sAn Impossible Love
(Un Amour Impossible)
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.

An Evening with Dr David Starkey
Historian David Starkey draws on both his unique knowledge of Henry VIII’s reign and his insights as a leading commentator on modern politics to illuminate both the Tudor age and our own. He explores how Henry’s VIII’s decisions still reverberate today.
Wed 16th January
Britten Sinfonia: Elder conducts Mahler & Brahms
Sir Mark Elder conducts Brahms’s radiant and bucolic 2nd symphony, in the second year of an acclaimed four-year symphony cycle. The cycle borrows from the spirit of early performances of the works by performing them with the musical forces that Brahms intended, to ‘exhilarating’ effect.
Fri 18th January
Classico Latino
Classico Latino seamlessly blends the techniques and sounds of classical music with authentic Latin American rhythms and melodies. Creating unique and groundbreaking arrangements alongside original compositions, the group’s performances appeal to a wide audience drawn from all cultural backgrounds.
Fri 25th January
The English Concert
Harry Bicket and The English Concert present a concert that embraces the London stage, the glitter of 18th-century Venice and the timeless beauty of Johann Sebastian Bach: including the orchestral arrangement of his famous Air on the G string.
Sat 26th January
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
One of the world’s greatest Big Bands transports you back to the heady days and music of the 1940’s – with the fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders and the sublime vocals of Catherine Sykes and Mark Porter.
Sun 27th January
Foyer Jazz
Martin Speake has developed a personal musical voice that expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of jazz and an individuality as an improviser that is intelligent, melodic, direct, beautiful and profound.
Fri 1st February
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.

Shoplifters 15 Fri 18th January 7.30pm
Disobedience 15 Sat 19th January 7.30pm
Mary Poppins Returns U Fri 25th, Sat 26th January 7.30pm
2nd February 3.30pm
Bohemian Rhapsody 12A Fri 1st, Sat 2nd 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
22/01/18:Blue Bin
29/01/19: Black Bin
05/02/19: Green Bin and Blue Bin
12/02/19: Black 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.
Click on this picture to view itJanuary 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


URC Schoolroom, Barley Road FRIDAY 18th January (tbc), 7.30pm (sharp please!) £5.

Scottish Dancing

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Monday 14th January, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome. Very relaxed and a good giggle.

Burns Night Celebration

Great Chishill Village Hall Friday 25th January 2019 in aid of Little Chishill Church Fabric Fund. Some tickets still available. Click for more details


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.

Film Night - The Children Act

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Tuesday 12th February, 7.30pm £5 with a free glass of wine.

Sloe Gin Competition Party

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

Windmill Grand Opening

Saturday 8th June 2019 Details to follow.

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 (January 2019) 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 20th January and 5.45pm 3rd February. 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

20th January
9am Hamlet
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
27 January
24 February
24 March
Good Friday 19 April (10am-12 noon)
26 May
23 June
28 July
22 September
27 October (vChrishall Villahe 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
6th February
6th March
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
Tel 848288