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updated 8th December

Yet another break-in in Heydon Road - this time it was winter tyres and wheels. This follows a spate in early November when a cement mixer was stolen from an outbuilding and two other serious thefts from sheds at around the same time - one in Heydon Road when a lawnmower and hedge trimmer were stolen, and one in New Road when again garden equipment was taken.
So - make sure your sheds and garages are secured - alarmed if possible - simple very loud alarms can cost less than £10, and security lights are a good idea too.
RS components sell a simple but very effective alarm for less than £7.50 click here.
If you see something suspicious call the police on 101, but if you suspect that a burglary is in progress call 999.

Christmas is coming!

The Christmas Tree Festival will be held on 14th and 15th December in St Swithuns Church. There will be some 25 trees decorated by the various organisations, clubs and societies in the village, on the theme of Christams Carols. In addition, a full programme of music will accompany the event. See official poster.
The event will be started and finished with the ringing of the bells
Saturday 14th
Chrishall School Choir
The Merry Minor Kingsmen
Singing and Music
Lucy Cochrane-Brown
Clarinet recital
Royston Town Band
Duxford Ladies Saxophone Group
Jonah Palmer
Piano recital
Sunday 15th
Parish Handbell Ringers
Fred Kuenzi
Lindsay Crawley
Saxophone Duo
Eamon Quigley
Stephen Armstrong
4.00 Finale
The Wren Choir Cambridge

and then after Christmas...

In February (date to be announced) there will be the great Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition.
This is a very popular annual event raising money for the bell fund. There are more and more entries every year in the 3 categories - 'Nouveau', 'Vintage' and 'Ringer's Delight' - the first two being specifically for Sloe Gin and the 3rd any spirit based fruity tipple. There will be more details on how to enter etc later, but right now you should be thinking about getting out there and picking the sloes - lots about at the moment.
About the bells

Woolly Christmas Post!

Last year, if you were walking or driving around Barley during December you may have been surprised to see that the six post boxes in the village had been yarn bombed with a Christmas theme. This year the yarn bombers are going further afield to include the post boxes in Barkway and Great Chishill. The Barley Knitting group meet on the second and fourth Wednesday evening each month at The Chequers pub in Barley, wanted to use their knitting skills to help others.
They have set up a Just Giving page to raise funds for the local charity, Herts Young Homeless (HYH), because nobody should be homeless especially at Christmas. HYH is a unique charity in Hertfordshire providing services to support vulnerable people. Their focus is on preventing homelessness - from education in schools and family mediation, through to supporting 16-24 year olds in their first homes or caring for adults of all ages who have mental health issues and housing needs.
So if the yarn bombed post boxes make you smile or even laugh out loud please donate via the just giving page
They will also be selling yarn and knitted goods in aid of HYH at the Christmas Market at Barley Town House on Saturday 7th December from 11am-4pm. Note this will still leave time to visit ‘Crafts on the Hill’ too.
If you would like more information about the Barley Knitting group please join us in The Chequers or email barleyknitting@hotmail.com

The Windmill is 'Saved'
From David McKeown
On Thursday October 17th, Historic England (HE) published its listing of Heritage at Risk for 2019. Prominent in the press release was this:
'Saved – Little Chishill Mill, Great and Little Chishill, South Cambridgeshire
…The Great Chishill Windmill Trust has carried out three phases of renovation with grant support from Historic England and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. The local community is passionate about its history - funds were raised to repair Little Chishill Mill at the same time as fundraising campaigns to replace the roof of Little Chishill Church and to repair the parish church. The Mill has now been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register.'
We should all pat ourselves on the back for congratulations like that from HE. A huge ‘thank you!’ to all who helped in whatever way.
There is still work to be done on the mill, of course. We are awaiting connection of the tailfan to the wheels and then a continuous campaign to keep our mill in fine fettle for the next 120 years begins. There is also that dream of restoring the internal machinery so that we can grind grain once more! But the publicly announced recognition by Historic England of a job well done is very good reason for us all feel proud! Top picture by Peter Homent, lower ones by David Kckeown Click on a picture for bigger version.


Royston Choral Society has many members from the villages of our area. Following the disastrous fire in Royston Parish Church last December, the Society is grateful for the use of Royston Methodist Church for weekly rehearsals. New members are always welcome – particularly Tenors!!
The principal concerts in the 2019-2020 season will be Bach’s B Minor Mass in March.
The Christmas concert this year will be held at King James Academy (Meridian School) on Saturday 21st December and will be accompanied by the J50 Brass Band. More information and the concert flyer.
For more information contact the Chair, Huw Jenkins 07855 311192 or email chair@roystonchoralsoc.org.uk

The Pheasant

The Pheasant has announced that it is now CLOSED completely!

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.
sMonos 15 12th 8pm
The Aeronauts PG 13th, 15th 8pm
14th 5pm
The Addams Family PG 14th 2pm
Last Christmas 12A 14th 8pm
Coppélia BALLET broadcast as live
from the Royal Opera House
15th 2pm
In Search of Beethoven 16th 7.30pm
DMiracle on 34th Street U 19th 3pm
Last Christmas 12A 19th,22nd 8pm
20th 5pm
22nd s5pm
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon U 20th 2pm
The Good Liar 15 20th 8pm
The Muppet Christmas Carol U 21st 3pm
22nd 2pm
The Irishman 15 21st 7pm
Frozen II U 23rd, 28th, 30th 2pm
24th, 26th, 27th, 29th 3pm
The Aeronauts PG 23rd 5pm
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, B&W) U 23rd 8pm
The Good Liar 15 26th 8pm
30th 5pm
Le Mans ’66 12A 27th, 29th 7.30pm
The Aeronauts PG 28th 5pm
The Report 15 28th, 30th 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.

Any Questions?
The flagship political panel programme that goes out live on Friday evenings at 8pm on BBC Radio 4
Fri 13th Dec
Songs & Festive Favourites
A concert of popular festive favourites featuring songs from the 40s and 50s by the likes of the Rat Pack such as ‘The Christmas Song’ and ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’. The BBC Singers are also joined by special guest, the international jazz singer and presenter Clare Teal.
Sun 15th
The Sixteen
Benjamin Britten crafted a musical Christmas celebration with a difference. His Ceremony of Carols is the fresh sprig of holly on the top of this seasonal concert from Harry Christophers and his virtuoso chamber choir The Sixteen.
Fri 20th
The Nutcracker and I
Pianist Alexandra Dariescu, a single ballerina, and Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music come together with state-of-the-art digital effects to retell this seasonal classic like it’s never been told before.
Sat 21st
Sun 22nd
11am, 2pm
A New Year’s Celebration
BBC Young Musician winner Martin James Bartlett makes his Saffron Hall debut in Rachmaninov’s Variations on a theme of Paganini and the BBC Concert Orchestra conjure up the Viennese spirit with Strauss waltzes and Mozart’s A Little Night Music.
Sat 4th Jan
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.

The Aeronauts PG Fri 13th 7.30pm
Sat 14th 3.30pm
Last Christmas 12A Sat 14th, Sat 21st 7.30pm
The Irishman 15 Fri 20th 7.30pm
Frozen II U Sat 21st 3.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
17/12/19: Black Bin
24/12/19: Blue Bin
Thursday 02/01/20:Black Bin
Wednesday08/01/20: 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 31st 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.
Whist Drives
Following the huge success of the whist drives that were run over the last couple of winters, we are running them again, with the next one set for Friday 13th December. They are held in the URC Schoolroom in Barley Road, with 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.

Click here or on picture above for complete programme poster

Beginners Pilates Class at Great Chishill Village Hall
There is a new pilates class for beginners’ starting in January 2020. It will be for an hour each week on Tuesday mornings at 8.30am. Open to men and women of all ages. For more details email Andrea at andrea@littlewissett.co.uk.

On Saturday 11th January at Holy Trinity Church in Chrishall, Philippa Hanna and Lily-Jo are giving a concert as part of their 'Known' Tour to bring an evening of ‘Entertainment, Encouragement & Inspiration’ for girls and women of all ages, background and stages of their faith.
Philippa Hanna is an incredibly inspiring young woman, as well as being a very talented singer/songwriter.
It’s a free evening and any donations will go to Compassion UK. Link for free tickets
For more info please contact Emily Brown 836257

Click on this picture to view itDecember 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 email chishillvh@gmail.com

Forthcoming Events

Film Night - GREEN BOOK

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Tuesday 10th December 7.30pm Doors open at 19.00, film starts at 19.30.


URC Schoolroom, Barley Road FRIDAY 13th December, 7.30pm (sharp please!) £5.


St Swithuns Church, Great Chishill 14th and 15th December. Christmas trees decorated by each organisation in the village.

Senior's Tea

Great Chishill Village Hall Thursday 19th December, 3-5pmEnquiries to Lindsay Crawley 838897

Film Night - YESTERDAY

URC Schoolroom, Barley Road Tuesday 14th January 7.30pm Doors open at 19.00, film starts at 19.30.


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 2nd February, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.

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

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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 information about opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period


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

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.
The next service will be on 15th at 9.30am
Click here to see more information and news from the URC.
Read about more than 300 years of 'Non Conformist' worship in Great Chishill

Parish Church Services

Friday 13th December
10am Chrishall School Carol Service


Saturday 14th December
3.30pm Heydon Carol Service with Royston Town Band


15th December
9am Chrishall
6pm Elmdon Carol Service
For services after this date please Click here

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.

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
Monday 6th January
5th 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 7am to 6pm
Wed 7am to 5pm
Thu 7am to 1pm
Fri 7am to 6pm
Tel 848288