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Great Chishill Whist Drives
For the last year, during the winter months, we have been running whist drives in the URC schoolroom in Barley Road, which have proved very popular. We had to cancel the last one due to bad weather, but the next one has been set as Saturday, 24th March at 7.30pm (Sharp!).
You do not need to know how to play whist, and you do not need to come with a partner as players move around the room and play with a new partner after each hand. There are prizes for winners and losers, a raffle, a donation bar and nibbles provided.
At only £5 it is a pleasant and sociable way to spend an evening, so why not come along and give it a go?
More information from Phil Maynard on 01763 838311.

Sloe Gin Competition - The Host is a Winner
The annual Great Chishill Bell Ringers Sloe Gin Competition took place on 22nd February with the party and prize giving two days later.
Neil Heywood not only hosted the party but was pleased to find himself presented with 1st prize in the 'Nouveau' category, and 3rd prize in the 'Vintage' category. Other winners were, in the 'Nouveau' category, 2nd Roger Truett and 3rd Peter Wiseman. Ian Sanders from Barley came first in the 'Vintage' category, with Ivan Sharpe second. In the 'Ringers Delight' category, Geoff Miles was first with his Damson Brandy, Stella Russell second with her Damson Gin, and Ivan Sharpe came third with his Quince Liqueur. Elaine Knobel -Forbes won the 'Presentation' medal. Altogether there were about 60 entries, raising £313 towards the bell fund.

St Swithuns Restoration - Update
Despite adverse weather Bakers (the contractors) are working on the outside of the tower, removing the strong cement-based mortar between the flints. It was probably put there in Victorian times after the partial collapse of the tower. This mortar is part of the problem because it keeps moisture in, indeed the builders said walls 'wept moisture' as the old mortar was raked out. So far they have removed 12 tons of failed lime mortar and cement render!
Until the cement mortar is removed it isn’t clear what is behind the outer skin. In the upper levels they have found separation of the face from the tower core in many areas, with very soft crumbly lime mortar behind the outer layer. All the unstable material has to be removed before any repairs can be made. On the South face the builders have found evidence of where the tower was rebuilt after its collapse, again using inappropriate materials. So much more extensive re-building work is needed than anticipated. This can’t happen until the weather is warmer. Instead of just re-pointing the tower, lots of re-building work is needed, this will cost more money so we are looking at the impact on the budget, and how to meet the additional costs.
Click here to see pictures of the restoration in progress and the problem walls.

The Great Village Litter Pick
Due to popular demand we are organising a village litter pick. The event is sponsored by the URC. Gloves, bags, a cup of tea and cake will be provided! Just come along to the Chapel at 2.00 on March 25th with your friends and family and a willingness to wander the highways and byways around Great Chishill enjoying the beautiful environment in which we live and pick up rubbish, so that we can all enjoy a litter free village. Prizes will be offered for the greatest amount collected and for the most unusual object found! We hope that you will join us and help make the Chishills beautiful in time for Spring.

Royston Choral Society Spring Concert
The spring concert this year will take place in Standon Parish Church on Sunday 25th March at 7.30pm. Under the direction of the award winning Andrew O'Brien they will be performing Fauré's Requiem and Motets by Bruckner & Duruflé. Tickets £12 (concessions £9, school students £1) available from choir members, online at https://bit.ly/RCSMar2018, on the door or from Caroline Franks – tel. 01920 822723/ email caroline.franks@rf152.co.uk.
If you are interested in joining the choir the next Open Rehearsal Tuesday 24th April 7.45 Royston Parish Church – you will not be asked to sing on your own!

Burns Night for St Nicholas

85 guests from far and wide attended the Little Chishill Church Burns Night celebrations in Great Chishill Village Hall on Friday 26th January 2018. The organisers would like to extend their sincere thanks to all the volunteers who helped before and during the evening; also, to Peter Pirie, who held us all spellbound, with his inspired renditions of a Toast to the Haggis and Tam O’Shanter. Following some enthusiastic dancing to Jump the Vortex, the event closed with the time-honoured rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
With some generous donations, the evening raised £2,000 for Little Chishill Church Fabric Fund and a big thank you goes to all who supported the evening.

Telephone 'Exchange' - In Memoriam
Great Chishill's only telephone box - A Grade II Listed Building (Yes really!) - has been renovated. BT removed the telephone facility a couple of years ago, but the Livings family have given it a complete makeover as a memorial to Mike Livings, a Great Chishill resident for over 40 years, who passed away in February 2017. The family have repainted it in the proper red colour with the crown picked out in gold. Inside they have put shelves and stocked it with books. The idea is that residents can use it as a book exchange, swapping books as and when they feel like it, for no cost at all. A big thank you to the Livings' for turning what had become an eyesore into something to be proud of.

Village Hall Bookings
Click here to see the diary It is now 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.

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.
Phantom Thread 15 16th, 17th, 18th 8pm
Coco PG 17th, 18th 2pm
Littlebury U 17th 5pm
BMy Little Pony: The Movie U 18th 11am
The Post 12A 18th 5pm
Shiraz: A Romance of India
Silent, B&W, 1925
U 19th 8pm
Oscar Wilde Season Live:
Lady Windermere’s Fan
PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the Vaudeville Theatre
20th 7.15pm
Julius Caesar 15 PLAY broadcast LIVE
from The Bridge Theatre, London
22nd 7pm
Downsizing 15 23rd 8pm
Early Man PG 24th, 25th 2pm
Darkest Hour PG 24th 5pm
Journey’s End 12A 24th, 25th 8pm
Phantom Thread 15 25th 4.45pm
sA Fantastic Woman
(Una mujer fantástica)
15 26th 8pm
Bernstein Centenary:
Yugen / Corybantic Games / The Age of Anxiety
LIVE from the Royal Opera House
27th 7.15pm
Journey’s End 12A 30th 3pm
Black Panther 12A 30th 8pm
31st, 2nd Apr 3pm
The Mercy 12A 31st, 1st Apr 8pm
The Wind in the Willows FAMILY MUSICAL recorded live
at the Palladium, London
1st Apr 3pm
sThe Nile Hilton Incident 15 2nd 8pm
A Autism-friendly screening (No adverts or trailers, Low level lighting throughout the showing, Film sound at a consistently lower volume)
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.

Perse School Symphonic Showcase Concert
A concert featuring a world premiere by William Harmer (piano) and solos by Octavia Rooks (piano) and Shimmy Osindero (cello) as well as performances by the school’s senior ensembles.
Fri 16th
Paul Lewis
In his second concert of this series, he contrasts Haydn’s rapid-fire wit with Brahms at his darkest and Beethoven at his most playful.
Sun 18th
SWCHS Spring Concert 2018
There are over 400 instrument and singing lessons de-livered weekly in the music department at County High and many of the students receiving these join one or more of the ensembles that rehearse regularly. This concert aims to give a glimpse into this busy world of music making and presents a varied programme that we hope will entertain and inspire!
Thu 22nd
Dame Bradbury’s School Concert
Dame Bradbury’s School Concert. Pupils in Years 3-6 present music from the 7th century through Medieval England, Tudor times, Classical styles and World War 2 songs, swing music and right up to the present day. Whole class and Year group performances as well as chamber groups, choirs and bands.
Fri 23rd
Saffron Walden Choral Society
Two Mozart masterworks, one great, one small, reflecting love’s inspiration. Mozart’s vow to write a mass after his marriage to Constanze produced The Great C Minor Mass. Interspersed with monumental choruses, it includes a beautiful solo written specially for her voice.
Sat 24th
Swinging at the Cotton Club
In this show, the exhilarating dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated with performances that Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller would have been proud of.
Sun 25th
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.

All the Money in the World 15 Sat 17th 7.30pm
The Shape of Water 15 Fri 23rd, Sat 24th 7.30pm
Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle PG Thu 29th 8pm
Coco PG Sat 31st 3.30pm
Downsizing 15 Sat 31st 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
20/03/18:Green Bin and Blue Bin
27/03/18: Black Bin
Thursday 05/04/18:Green Bin and Blue Bin
Wednesday 11/04/18: Black Bin
Plastic Flower Dishes

Have you won one of Tess Gent's flower arrangements in a raffle, or bought one with a donation after an event? If so, Tess would really appreciate having the plastic flower dish back. Thank you in advance from Tess.

Click on this picture to view itMarch 2018 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

Windmill News

The last twelve months have been magnificent for both fundraising and restoration work. We raised sufficient funds to complete our first objective of making the mill safe and available for public access. See pictures of the restoration progress here.
The local community and Friends of the Windmill fully supported our campaign to purchase cedar weatherboarding donating over £16,000. This, together with our other fundraising and the involvement of our Parish Council, convinced Historic England and SPAB that the community was serious about restoring our windmill, leading to the award of grants of £79,000 and £29,000 respectively.
Work on the mill began in earnest in June, but removing the old weatherboarding revealed a multitude of problems; we simply could not attach new boards without addressing the rot on the corner posts and the rear porch area. The front, horizontal weatherbeam that takes the weight of the sail assembly was in danger of falling out which would have seen the sails crash to the ground.
Our millwrights have now made all structural timbers sound; new weatherboarding and roof protection has been fitted; and volunteers have restored the trestle and sails.
Next, we must renovate the tail assembly and the steps from it leading to the windmill door so that visitors may enter safely. Our major project for 2018 is to restore the mechanism that drives the tail carriage around a track. This, together with the renovation of the tail fan and the track itself, will allow the mill to turn into wind automatically. That will be a sight not seen since the 1950s! Please visit our website greatchishillwindmill.com to see our progress.

An evening of Fun and Laughter is on offer on 6th April with Sarah Harrison & Ros Holbrow in Great Chishill Village Hall starting at 7:00 p.m. In support of St Nicholas Church Little Chishill. There will be a licensed bar and finger food refreshments. Tickets £10.00 from Marlene on 01763 838244 or Elaine on 01763 838781

Forthcoming Events


URC Schoolroom Saturday 24th March, 7.30pm
Tickets £5 available from Phil Maynard 838311 (pm@maynardprojects.co.uk) or Jean Wiseman 295002. Tickets will also be available on the door but there will be a limit on numbers so please get your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment. Nibbles provided and a 'donation' bar.


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 1st April, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Rosei on 07720647696 or email rosei@flapperfortunes.co.uk for more info.

An evening with Pulsatillas

Friday 6th April, 7.00pm Great Chishill Village Hall. Tickets £10.00 Cheques Payable to "DCC of Little Chishill" Bookings by Tuesday 3rd April 2018 to: Marlene on 01763 838244 or Elaine on 01763 838781
In support of: St Nicholas Church Little Chishill

Concert by Nottingham Cathedral Church Choir

Saturday 7th April, 7.30pm St Swithuns Church. Tickets £12 from Tess Gent (838941)
Supporting St Swithun’s Church Restoration Appeal

Ceilidh with Cambridge University Ceilidh Band

Friday 20th April Great Chishill Village Hall. Tickets £15 from Ro Gadian on 838343.
Supporting St Swithun’s Church Restoration Appeal

Midsummer Ball

in support of St Swithun's Restoration Saturday 16 June on the Playing Fields
Tickets £75 or early bird discount £65 before 1st April Info and ticket sales: stswithunsball@gmail.com or phone Claire 838100 Or Kathey 837285

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 18th March and 1st April . 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

Village Email Directory

We have set up a village email and telephone directory which now has quite a few entries on it.
Access to this directory is limited to those people who supply their own details. Access is via a username and password, issued after you have supplied your details.
Click here to register your details.
If you have registered you can go to the directory here If you have forgotten your password or would like to change it, email webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk

Parish Church Services

18th March
9.00am Hamlet
10.00am Chrishall

25th March
9.00am Strethall
10.40am Elmdon

Other Parish activities, news etc.available 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.

Mobile Library Dates
Heydon Road opposite the bus stop, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40
4th April
2nd May
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

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.

Barley Shop Opening Times
Normal opening hours
Mon to Fri 7am to 7pm
Sat 7am to 2pm
Sun 8am to 2pm
Note: The Post Office is now open most of the time when the shop is open, the exceptions being closing at 5pm on Wednesday, 1pm on Saturday and closed all day Sunday
Tel 848288