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An Evening of Live Music and Cocktails

Tess Gent writes
Over 60 people came and enjoyed a selection of 12 cocktails, naughty but nice nibbles and beautiful singing from Maggie Mather-Hill and Lindsay Crawley on her saxophone.
The URC Schoolroom lent itself perfectly to becoming a cosy cocktail bar and we opened the doors into the chapel where one was able to relax, listen and chat amongst friends. We are always thrilled when we have friends and friends of friends from other parishes and villages further afield who come and enjoy one of our events.
We are delighted to have raised in excess of £1000 in aid of St Swithuns kitchen fund. It is always a great pleasure to host these events when we received such encouraging comments and we can't thank those who come, for their immense enthusiasm, amazing generosity and continued loyal support.
Click here to see more pictures (by Neil Heywood)

Sloe Gin Competition

The Annual Sloe Gin Competition took place on 21st February. There was a staggering 55 entries which presented quite a challenge for the 3 anonymous judges. (They may have been the ones staggering at the end of the judging!). The tasting party, kindly hosted by the Wisemans at Stackyard Cottage, was, as usual a huge success and an opportunity to taste any (or all!) of the entries. The event raised a total of £370 towards the bell fund. Huge thanks to Peter & Jean, the judges and everyone who participated or helped.
FirstMartin Hague
SecondTuppa Wiseman
Hilary Goodall
Chris Bates
ThirdRobin Dibblee
Mark Avogadri
FirstIan Sanders
SecondMarlene Bates
ThirdFred Kuenzi
Ringers' Delight
FirstLucy Goode - Crème de cassis
SecondIvan Sharp - Sloe and Quince
ThirdNeil Heywood - Quince Liqueur
Ruth Dibblee - Damson Gin
FirstNeil Heywood - Quince Liqueur

Find out more about the bells and bellringing in Great Chishill.


from David McKeown
The year ended with the windmill and the Trust in a very satisfactory position. Maybe the progress has been a little slower than we would have liked but extra Listed Building Consent was required and work is currently underway on the last two pieces of the structural restoration jigsaw. The grant from Historic England has sufficient remaining funds to cover work on the tail and sails required to satisfy HE’s requirement for removal of the mill from the Heritage at Risk listing and the Trust has plans for income to cover on-going maintenance
Repair of the tail structure was deemed essential on two counts: anyone wishing to enter the mill has to pass beneath the fantail, so loose, decaying timbers and ironwork were unacceptable and, for the long-term safety of the mill, turning to wind to minimise stress on the structure is necessary. Bill Griffiths, our millwright, is currently working on the tail carriage at his workshop and committee members are stripping and repainting wood and metal parts of the fantail with the enthusiastic help of Chris Bates. Committee member, Tony Andrews, is well advanced in laying a circular track for the carriage to roll round so we are looking good for a Spring finish to the work.
With respect to the finances beyond the HE grant, the Parish Council has been most generous in offering to undertake repairs to the access stairway and the fitting of safety handrails - another essential for visitor access. Furthermore we have had a successful year with novel fundraising ideas.
Sales of apple juice, tea towels, etc. and the raffle for our ‘windmill clock’, made and donated by David Brearley (nephew of Trust founder Jim Brearley), at the Craft Fair before Christmas raised over £500. Together with half of the proceeds of the Fair itself, generously donated by organiser, Lindsey Crawley, we made over £800 contribution to the fund. This, together with contributions from the Pink Wellies metal dectorists and the kind supporters who are making donations following our standing order appeal, provides a good start to our target of a sustainable income stream that will see our iconic windmill safe for the foreseeable future.
Grand Opening
The big news for 2019 is that we are having an Opening Day on SATURDAY 8 JUNE. Yes, the first and most critical phase of restoration will be complete and we are opening the mill for all to see. Details of the event will be announced in The Chishills nearer to the date but we have booked the village hall for presentations, chats and tea and will have displays in and around the windmill itself. Please KEEP THE DATE!
More about the history of the windmill.
Please visit our website greatchishillwindmill.com to see our progress.

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.
s3 Faces
(Se rokh)
15 22nd 8pm
All About Eve Encore screening (recorded at
Noël Coward Theatre, London)
25th 7pm
The White Crow 12A 26th, 27th 8pm
28th 4.30pm
Bite-Sized Ballets: Three Little Pigs U 27th, 28th 2pm
Rembrandt ART FILM by Kat Mansoor for
Exhibition on Screen
27th 5pm
Out of Blue 15 28th 7.30pm
sBorder (Gräns) 15 29th 8pm
Faust OPERA broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
30th 6.45pm
Us 15 3rd May 8pm
Dumbo PG 4th, 5th 3pm
At Eternity’s Gate 12A 4th, 5th 8pm
Shazam! 12A 6th 3pm
Nosferatu B&W Silent PG 6th 8pm
The Sisters Brothers 15 10th, 12th 8pm
Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun U 11th 2pm
Dialogue des Carmélites OPERA broadcast LIVE from
the Metropolitan Opera, New York
11th 5pm
Dumbo PG 12th 3pm
sHappy as Lazzaro
(Lazzaro felice)
12A 13th 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.

Foyer Folk
A well-stocked bar, food trucks serving a superb selection of street food, plus live music from Kitty Macfarlane. Eat, drink, get into the swing and unwind!
Thu 25th
BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend
In collaboration with BBC Radio 3, BBC Young Musician of the Year and BBC New Generation Artist Mark Simpson is in residence at Saffron Hall all weekend, introducing his own music (including a brand new work) and joining a team of star guests in the music he loves best.
Fri 26th
Sat 27th
5pm, 7.30pm
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Alexander McCall Smith
For one afternoon only, McCall Smith (The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) joins forces with the BBC Symphony Orchestra to bring to life much-loved characters from Botswana, Scotland and Italy, wrapped around with an eclectic array of his favourite music to guarantee a unique and magical experience.
Sun 28th
Castalian String Quartet
Elgar's string quartet: dark, mysterious and intensely beautiful contrasted with Haydn’s pioneering Quartet Op.76 No.5, and Beethoven’s epic second ‘Razumovsky’ Quartet.
Wed 1st May
Sir Bryn Terfel
Programme to include a selection of English and Welsh song, Lieder and opera arias by composers including Ireland, Vaughan Williams, W.S. Gwynn Williams, Schumann and Schubert.
Wed 8th May
Foyer Jazz
Inspired by her love of classic songwriting and instinctive improvisational energy, Sara’s musical journey brings her jazz sensibility into roots music territory. Her expressive songwriting blurs musical genres into her own captivating, emotional style.
Fri 10th May
Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra present a concert of music inspired by nature.
Sat 11th May
Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra
The National Arts Centre Orchestra is Canada’s flagship ensemble, and under its energetic British-born conductor Alexander Shelley, it’s been getting glowing reviews. For this European tour, the NAC Orchestra brings its very own gift from the New World
Sun 12th 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.

Captain Marvel 12A Fri 26th 7.30pm
All Is True 12A Sat 27th 7.30pm
Missing Link PG Sat 4th May 3.30pm
The White Crow 12A Fri 10th May 7.30pm
The Kindergarten Teacher 12A Sat 18th May 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
Thursday 25/04/19: Black Bin
Wednesday 01/05/19: Green Bin and Blue Bin
Wednesday 08/05/19: Black Bin
14/05/18: 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 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.
from Tracey Greeman
Just to let you know that I will be hosting a Music Night on 27th April at Great Chishill Village Hall for the breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.
For those who have been before the format is the same as previous years. Three acts starting at 7pm with Kirsten and Gary, followed by Mr Coverman, Darren Stammers with the wonderful Allergy taking us through to midnight.
A licensed bar will be selling red, white and sparkling wines. Beer, lager and soft drinks will also be available. Tickets are available now and are £12.50. These need to be purchased in advance as we are limited on how many we can fit into the village hall. Thank you for your continued support for my fundraising for this amazing charity and I hope to see you, old and new, on the night.
tgreeman@aol.com 07726996694

25th Anniversary Mixed Open
Heydon Grange Golf and Country Club are holding a Mixed Open Golf Day on Thursday 4th July in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. There will be coffee and bacon roll on arrival, a rolling buffet, halfway house and on course prizes and raffle.
Click here for more information.

Following the theft of the Post Box in Heydon Road on 27th October 2018, Royal Mail put a new one in on 22nd March 2019, after a wait of 5 months.
Royal Mail had originally said that 11 January was the date for reinstatement of the box, but that was cancelled 'due to the lengthy authorisation and approvals process!'
In response to a complaint to Royal Mail made on 23rd January, they replied 'We’re currently investigating the matter. These investigations may involve contacting other departments – to get the answers we need and assurance that action is being taken to put this right.

Then in mid March they said 'I can confirm that, after making enquiries with the Collection Planning Manager, we believe the above-mentioned area does warrant the re-installation of a new post-box.
As a result, we're liaising with the Highway Authority to obtain clearance for the proposed site, as well as contacting the utility companies to ensure that the proposed site doesn’t interfere with existing pipes or cables, etc. This process can take a number of weeks to complete but we’re hopeful that we'll be able to install the post box within the next twelve weeks.

The old Post Box had been in the same location for at least the last 50 years.

Click on this picture to view itApril 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

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle hosted by Lorraine and Peter Brand Friday 26th April

Music Night

Three live acts, Kirsten and Gary, followed by Mr Coverman, then Darren Stammers with Allergy. A licensed bar will be selling red, white and sparkling wines. Beer, lager and soft drinks will also be available. Tickets are available now and are £12.50. These need to be purchased in advance Saturday 27th April, 7pm, Great Chishill Village Hall. Tickets and more details from tgreeman@aol.com 07726996694


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 5th May, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.

Windmill Grand Opening

Saturday 8th June 2019 Details to follow.

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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 the latest (March 2019) surgery newsletter, which includes shocking statistics about the number of people who fail to attend their appointments!


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 5.45 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

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

Parish Church Services

28th April
9am Hamlet
10.45am Heydon

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
26 May
23 June
28 July
22 September
27 October (Chrishall Village 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
1st May
5th 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

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