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The Pheasant Re-Opens and CLOSES again

Jenna and Stuart have been frantically trying to get ready for outdoor opening.
They are primarily focussing on the outside areas, as they’re the first that are allowed to open. They are currently in the process of creating a split level patio. The gate to the left of the pub will be used as an entrance and will be wide enough and paved to create disabled access to the patio and pub. There will be steps from the patio up to the garden as well. The main steps to the garden have had a revamp to create a narrower staircase as well as a ramp.
Following a 'soft re-opening' on Monday 19th, outside drinks and meals were served on Saturday 24th, on schedule, albeit with a very reduced menu as the kitchen has not been revamped yet. It was so good to see so many people from the village there on Saturday afternoon, enjoying the sunshine, drinks, and very good food.
There was a hog roast, with vegan option, on Sunday afternoon (25th).
However, 'Due to an unforeseen structural issue, we have had to make the difficult decision to close'. We will be open and ready to hit the ground running on FRIDAY 14th MAY'
For more information see the new pub website at pheasantgc.com

Together In Sound - Dementia Support

Many people in our area suffering from dementia or their carers have benefitted in the past from music therapy sessions organised by Saffron Hall.
Together in Sound is a free interactive music therapy group for those living with dementia and their companions.
This is currently delivered online with technical support where needed. There are weekly sessions led by music therapists and visiting professional musicians from Saffron Hall.
There is to be a Taster session on 7th May 2021.To apply online please visit www.saffronhall.com/togetherinsound/ or email togetherinsound@saffronhall.com or call 01799 588538.

The Hundred Parishes Society

The Hundred Parishes Society was launched in 2014 in an attemp 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
An article is produced each month with news or information of interest to the area. This month, the article is about Significant Aviation Events in this area.. Picture above is of the memorial in Salings and Stebbing, the first American-built base in Europe, 1942
Lunardi Memorial Thundridge
Landing of First Manned Flight
Bentfield Hucks 1913
First Englishman to Loop the Loop
Born Stansted Mountfitchet
USAF Memorial
May 1944 to April 1945

Windmill to Have a Spring Clean

from David McKeown
We, on the Windmill Trust, have been rather disappointed with the darkening and staining of the paintwork of the mill. It is only two years since we started to paint it with a very expensive German paint, Kreidezeit, that was the 'go-to' choice for the application according to all the experts.
So, on March 5th, Bob Hatt and David McKeown had a meeting at the mill with a technical expert from Bedec Paints, a local (Dunmow) manufacturer of paints recommended by the Listed Property Owners' Club. He quickly established that the discolouration is a mixture of tannin released by new wood, fungal growth and general airborne dirt. He suggested that we should have the mill cleaned professionally; an idea that we had, in fact, already scheduled. So we have contacted our contractor and expect to see him on site in the next few weeks. All depends on the weather, of course, but the aim is to wash down with a mix of two fungicides that he is sure will give us the clean look we so desire.
We will also be testing the sample of Bedec paint kindly donated during the meeting as it has the benefit of being of local manufacture at one third the price of the imported paint! Let's hope that the performance makes it real value-for-money.
We also have a promise from our millwright that he will be working on the mill by the time this article is published. This should be the last push to complete the scheduled repairs allowing us to test the self-turning action with the mechanism shielded from fingers, toes, etc. Then, subject to a favourable risk assessment, we should be able to let the mill follow the wind automatically. Chishill will have the biggest weathervane in the district!

Local Restaurants

As lockdown has eased a bit, checkout the local pubs and restaurants to see what they are offering - best plan is to keep an eye on their websites and Facebook pages.

The King William Tel 838773 or email hello@kingwilliamheydon.com. facebook page Open for Al Fresco dining (Gazebo with patio heaters)
The Chequers Fowlmere See the website (thechequersfowlmere.org) . Opening for undercover outdoor dining.
The Fox and Hounds, Barley ( Facebook Page) Takeaways & deliveries are available. Order online. Call 802505, email contact@foxandhoundsbarley.com to pre-order. See the Menu Opening for outside dining.
The Chequers, BarleyOpen for outside dining and takeaway everyday except Mondays. Facebook page - times and menu.
The Red Cow has opened a shop in the bar area with essentials and take away beers.
Takeaway available www.theredcow.comRe-opened. See website for times.

If you know of any others or need to update this information, please email webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk

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.
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.
Exceptional adjustable acoustics. Ample FREE parking.

See Whats On for more details
SWCHS Event = School performers
www.saffronhall.com Box office 0845 548 7650

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
Wednesday 05/05/21: Black Bin
11/05/21: Blue Binand Green Bin
18/05/21:Black Bin
25/05/21: Blue Bin and Green Bin
Not sure what goes in which bin? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

Thriplow Dump

RE-OPENED but you need to book a slot. cambridgeshire.bookinglive.com or 0345 045 5207. Slots are at 15 mins intervals and only one visit per week allowed!.
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, Essex Walks 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
Post Office
Mon 7am to 6pm
Tue 1pm to 6pm
Wed 7am to 5pm
Thu 7am to 1pm
Fri 7am to 6pm
Tel 848288
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Check out the Businesses page on this site. Lots of other local goods and services there too.

The Chalk Pit

Not many people seem to know about the Chalk Pit which is located on the footpath from New Road through to the path leading to the Icknield Way from Heydon Road. Over the last year, Robin Dibblee has worked tirelessly, with the help of some other volunteers, to start to turn this overgrown dump into a village amenity.
Robin writes
Chalk Not Clunch
As Peter Wiseman’s slides record, late Victorian Chishill was desperately poor, with chalky soil and bare of trees, chopped down for fuel. The Chalk Pit was dug in the hope that a valuable building material, Clunch, might save the day. Unfortunately there was only flinty chalk - and the Pit had closed by 1900.
Thereafter, the Pit became a scrap-heap for the village, increasingly infested with an invasive creeper that killed off trees by draining the roots of water and crowding out the leaf cover with dense foliage. New Zealand is eradicating this creeper over the entire South Island.
The Pit Club took up this challenge by removing the scrap, using its value for reduced costs from the skip company. The creeper is piled up, awaiting disposal. The cleared rising ground has been planted with 150 indigenous free trees from a conservation charity. It was necessary to remove further scrap for tree planting, for which it is hoped the Parish Council will pay for costs of disposal.
The Bowl has now been opened up, with the footpath meandering through. Footfall has increased five-fold with people taking short-cuts from Heydon Road to New Road. It is unique in being a wooded environment in what is otherwise bare downland across other village footpaths.
Nick Kiddy the farmer leases this land from County Farms and has to pay rental for no return. He has been a ‘kindly landlord’ to the Pit Club, allowing the environmental improvements which make the Chalk Pit a special place. It is hoped the Scouts will use it for meetings and woodcraft - and maybe even have the Bowl a setting for a Chishill Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Not Fly-Tipping!
Anyone passing out of the village down New Road on 30th April could be forgiven for thinking that there had been some fly-tipping! However, the pile of rubbish from the chalk pit - mainly old corrugated iron and other metal junk, was put there by a team of volunteers, using 11 wheelbarrows to move the rubbish, mainly collected up by Robin, up to the road ready for same day collection by skip lorry.

Village Newsletter

Click on this picture to view itMay 2021 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
If you have any items to be included in the June newsletter, please contact Will Parsons on wllprsns@gmail.com.
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

Forthcoming Events

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

Parish Services

May 2nd 10.00am Little Chishill
May 9th 10.30am Chrishall
Online service Sunday Service 2nd May

NEW You can now see the May edition of the Icknield Way Parish Village Web magazine here.
Please see here for all church news and information.

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.
Great Chishill 'URC' has been going through a season of change with the Minister moving on to pastures new. At the present time there is a Membership of three, but there is optimism about increasing this number. The congregation has been growing in recent years, notably increasing the average service attendance. This has been while trialing different forms and times of services supported by guest preachers. There is an evening service once a month which has proved to be very popular. For‘special’ services at Christmas, Easter, Advent and Remembrance between forty and one hundred people have been welcomed into the chapel.
The chapel fellowship has become an increasingly important part of village life with a variety of events encouraging people to come together – films, Scottish dancing, concerts, silver surfers’ internet café, whist drives and hosting parties for all ages. 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 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.
Services will start again on Sunday 16th May, 9.30am

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

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

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.