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For Unto Us a Child is Born…..

Royston Choral Society is back in business after the lockdown. We are three Chishill members of RCS – Jenny Leitch, Suzie Harrison and Neil Heywood – and we’d love you to come to our concert on 11 December. We are singing Part 1 of Handel’s Messiah (includes the Christmassy bits) and a short mass by Haydn which you’re sure to love. It takes place at Standon Parish Church at 7.30. Tickets are £15 or £1 if under 18. Contact any of us or visit www.roystonchoralsoc.co.uk

Restoration of The Bells of St. Swithuns

St Swithuns, the church in Great Chishill, has 5 bells which have been ringing out for literally hundreds of years - 4 of the bells were made in the middle of the 17th century so are 350 years old!
There have been times when they have been silent - during the war, then for the 25 years from the 70's leading up to the Millenium when they fell into disrepair, and latterly due to the pandemic.
The bells were made ringable for the millenium but on a limited budget, so the ringers have been raising money ever since the millenium for the renovation of the bells, their ancient fittings and the wooden frame in which they are mounted. The frame was made from recycled timber around 1650!
We are also excited to gratefully announce that a local couple have paid to have a 6th bell, which was cast for us in July and will be hung in the tower with the rest of the bells after the renovation.
The whole project will cost somewhere in the region of £100,000 (including VAT which we may get back), but we are hopeful of grants to help along the way. It is important to note that none of this work is paid for from church funds, but from our own fundraising, grants and donations.
Ringing bells is very much a skill, an enjoyable mental and physical activity, open to everyone, church goer or not. So if you would like to learn to do this old, traditional and very English skill, please feel free to come along to any of the practices on a Wednesday evening.
If you would like to help, or are interested in more information about ringing or details of the project, have a look at the GREAT CHISHILL BELL RESTORATION PROJECT page.
If you would like to make a donation to the fund see our JustGiving page or how about paying for a memorial plaque to be attached to the renovated bells, or donate a sum specifically towards a part of a renovated bell for example one side or both sides of the 5 new headstocks, with a plaque commemorating your donation?

The Great Chishill ADVENT CALENDAR

With Christmas just around the corner, the Advent Calendar has started. Displays opening up all around the village.
You can follow the opening 'windows' by clicking HERE.









1st Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer

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
An article is produced each month with news or information of interest to the area. This month, the article is about Holly and Yew Berries.

The Pheasant

The Pheasant has been busy ever since the re-opening.
Although booking is not essential, it is strongly recommend to avoid disappointment 01763 838535.
For more information see the new pub website at pheasantgc.com

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.
Last Night in Soho 18 3rd Dec 7.30pm
4th 8pm
CBeebies Christmas Show:
The Night Before Christmas
U 4th, 5th 2pm
Christmas with André Christmas concert from Maastricht 4th 4pm
The Colour Room PG 5th 5pm
The Power of the Dog 12A 5th 8pm
6th, 10th 7.30pm
The Nutcracker BALLET broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
9th 7.15pm
12th 2pm
Eternals 12A 11th 2.30pm
Spencer 12A 11th, 12th 7.30pm
s Drive My Car (Doraibu mai kâ) 15 13th 7.00pm
Tosca OPERA broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
15th 7.15pm
Ghostbusters: Afterlife 12A 17th 7.30pm
18th, 22nd 2.30pm
Mothering Sunday 15 18th, 19th 7.30pm
Christmas with André Christmas concert from Maastricht 19th 2.30pm
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
Jamie Barton & Jake Heggie
Jamie Barton has teamed up with classical songwriters, Jake Heggie, for a recital as vibrant as her personality. Meet lovers and dreamers, gods and cats, presidents and Muppets - all brought dazzlingly to life by two superstars of 21st century song.
Fri 3rd Dec
Foyer Jazz: Dave O'Higgins
“Fun and adventure” is how saxophonist Dave O’Higgins sums up his recent work, and you’ll rarely find a jazz musician who makes tradition sound more unexpected - or fresh.
Sat 4th Dec
London Philharmonic Orchestra:
MacMillan Christmas Oratorio
“Beauty is at the heart of our Christian faith”, says MacMillan, and his magnificent new Christmas Oratorio finds both mystery and splendour in this most timeless of stories.
Sun 5th Dec
BBC Big Band: A Swinging Christmas
Christmas Carols alongside popular yule-tide numbers such as Santa Baby, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Baby It’s Cold Outside, and Diana Krall’s version of Jingle Bells – to name just a few.
Sat 11th Dec
Phoenix Theatre School
The show involves children aged pre-school to 18. Featuring acting, singing, dancing and film-making, the show promises to delight family and friends as they celebrate Christmas in their very own unique and Phoenix way!
Sun 12th Dec
SWCHS Christmas Concert
A celebration of Christmas, to include the Show Choir, Senior Strings, Christmas Jazz and the Lower School Singers.
Mon 13th Dec
Britten Sinfonia Messiah
Study Afternoon
Join Britten Sinfonia and a team of academics and Handel specialists to explore the music, history and context of one of the festive period’s most enduring pieces of choral music.
Sat 18th Dec
Britten Sinfonia: Handel's Messiah
Join Britten Sinfonia and a team of academics and Handel specialists to explore the music, history and context of one of the festive period’s most enduring pieces of choral music.
Sat 18th Dec
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.

Last Night in Soho 18 Fri 3rd, Sun 5th Dec 7.30pm
CBeebies Christmas: The Night Before Christmas U Sat 4th, Sun 5th Dec 2.30pm
Christmas with André 12A Sat 4th Dec 7.30pm
The Power of the Dog 12A Fri 10th 7.30pm
The Danish Collector:
Delacroix to Gauguin
PG Sat 11th 2.30pm
Spencer 12A Sat 11th, Sun 12th 7.30pm
Royal Ballet 2021/22 Season:
The Nutcracker
12A Sun 12th 2pm
Ghostbusters: Afterlife 12A Fri 17th 7.30pm
Sat 18th 2.30pm
Mothering Sunday 15 Sat 18th, Sun 19th 7.30pm
The Colour Room 15 Sun 19th 2.30pm
A Boy Called Christmas PG Wed 22nd 2.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
7/12/21: Blue Bin and Green Bin
14/12/21: Black Bin
21/12/21: Blue Bin and Green Bin
Thursday30/12/21:Black Bin
Not sure what goes in which bin? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

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

Looking for an Interior Designer?

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


The annual Great Chishill Sloe Gin Competition - reputed to be the oldest in the world - takes place every February, raising money for the bells of St Swithuns. Currently the local hedgerows are laden with sloes, so now is the time to get out there and pick some, pop them into some gin (some people follow a recipe) and let them steep away ready to enter the 2022 competition. Medals and certificates to be won and at the tasting party after the judging, a chance to sample the opposition's entries!

Village Newsletter

Click on this picture to view itDecember 2021 Chishills Newsletter now available to view or download
If you have any items to be included in the January 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

Crafts on the Hill

Craft Fair. Great Chishill Village Hall Saturday 4th December, 10am -4.30pm
Teas and cakes, local quality crafts for sale. More info 01763 838897


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

Community Carols

On the Playing Field Sunday 12th December, 6.30pm
Festive fun for the whole family with the Robin Chamber Choir from Cambridge, and carols for all. Free entry with retiring collection + festive refreshments available.


In aid of the BELL RESTORATION FUND The Pheasant Sunday 12th December, 7.30pm
Teams of up to 6 at £5 per head. Book your team now by emailing greatchishill@gmail.com or phone Phil Maynard on 01763 838311
No food supplied, but the bar will be open and crisps etc on sale.

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

Parish Services

December 5th
9.00am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Heydon
4.00pm Christingle Service at Holy Trinity Chrishall
Saturday 11th
3.00pm Carol Service with Royston Town Band at Holy Trinity Heydon
December 12th
9.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Strethall
10.45am Family Worship at St Swithun’s Great Chishill
6.00pm Carol Service at St Nicholas Elmdon
Saturday 18th
6.00pm Carols service at St Swithun’s Great Chishill

You can now see the
December/January edition of the Icknield Way Parish Village Web magazine here.

Please see here for all church news and information.

Click for bigger version
Parish Bulletin available 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 moinistry 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.
Next service - December 5th 6pm

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
5th January
2nd February

Melbourn Library Opening Times
Thursday 9am–5pm
Friday Closed
Saturday 9am–5pm
Sunday 9am–5pm
Monday 9am–5pm
Tuesday 9am–5pm
Wednesday 9am–5pm

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.

Thriplow Dump

Open but you need to book a slot. This link should take you to the booking system for all Cambridgeshire sites 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 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, Hundred Parishes Walks More than 50 FREE walks to download.

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

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.