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Scottish Dancing Class
A fun and light hearted, six week Scottish Dancing class will be held in the URC Schoolroom (Barley Road) on Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00pm, startring on 23rd January. Having a partner is not essential but if you have one you are encouraged to bring them! Cost is £3 per person per session or £15 per person for the whole 6 weeks. (Includes a wee dram afterwards). Proceeds towards the URC.

Windmill Progress

The year 2016 turned into a momentous one for the windmill - on December 14 the Trust was granted Listed Building Consent (LBC). This is key to taking active steps to bring the structure to a stable and weatherproof state for its long-term preservation. The state of the trestle upon which the whole structure depends is of primary concern. Millwrights have been commissioned to construct and fit restraining irons and plans are in hand to repair, protect and paint the woodwork after which we can perhaps relax a little during winter storms. At present, the whole mill moves sufficiently to give concern that it could rock itself off the supports and collapse.
The LBC also covers removing weatherboards covering the main side supporting timbers (the side girts) that are known to have damage and rot. This will involve erecting scaffolding which may be extended to the roofline so that the lost weatherboards can be replaced and the tarpaulin permanently removed.
Another major turning point was active encouragement from Historic England. The Head of the Buildings at Risk section and his Senior Surveyor met with the Trust on December 21 and gave very encouraging advice on seeking funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (Resilient Heritage grants) and the Architectural Heritage Fund (Project Development grants). These specifically address the problems that charities have in creating a broad-based committee structure and a working method connecting with the community and education needs of the district. The major grant funders do not consider preservation of the structure itself a charitable cause in its own right - the heritage site must take a meaningful place in the education and recreation of the community. The Trust therefore seeks to engage actively with schools, community groups and parish activities to create a self-sufficient amenity for the benefit of all.
The Great Chishill Windmill Trust has a lease on the mill until 2139. Clearly, laying the foundation of an organisation with the necessary objectives and such an horizon is no mean feat. We need more people to join the committee to take it into this next phase - people with good ideas who are prepared to give a little of their time to establish strong courses of action. In particular, we are looking for those who could help build links to schools and the National Curriculum; anyone who could liaise with funding organisations; and someone to oversee the actual work programme. If you think you could help, in whatever way, to make this fabulous piece of our rural past an active amenity for the local community please contact the Secretary of the Trust - David McKeown, 838087 or dm@greatchishillwindmill.com, who would be pleased to explain further.
More information on this site and on the Great Chishill Windmill website

Our Senior Villagers Celebrate Christmas with Sumptuous Tea

The Chishills' senior members celebrated Christmas on 15th December in the village hall with a wonderful tea funded by the Parish Council and organised by the team of ladies shown here (Liz Parkes, Janet Crouch , Eileen Murrell and Sue Price).
Neil Heywood was there with his camera and he took lots of pictures which can be seen by clicking here or clicking on the 'Photo Album' tab above.

Are you interested in local history?

We're looking for volunteers to help us produce a more interesting leaflet interpreting the history and heritage of the church, as part of our heritage lottery funded project to repair the tower.
It doesn't have to be just about the church fabric, it could include the bells, the war memorial, the churchyard, were there any interesting vicars? etc. etc.
If you'd like to help then please get in touch with Ro Gadian (email 1drakeral@gmail.com)
Look forward to hearing from you.
The picture on the left shows the church tower after it collapsed at the west end - more information required!

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.
Sully 12A 20th, 21st 8pm
22nd 5pm
Ballerina U 21st, 22nd 2pm
A United Kingdom 12A 21st 5pm
The Birth of a Nation 15 22nd 8pm
Paterson 15 23rd 8pm
Snowden 15 27th, 28th 8pm
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 12A 28th 1.30pm
29th 3pm
Allied 15 28th 5pm
Life, Animated PG 29th A 11am, 8pm
sThe Unknown Girl
(La fille inconnue)
15 30th 8pm
Il trovatore OPERA broadcast LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
31st 7.15pm
Amadeus PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the National Theatre
2nd Feb 6.50pm
Passengers 12A 3rd, 4th 8pm
5th 5pm
The Girl on the Train 15 4th 5pm
Monster Trucks PG 4th, 5th 2pm
Trolls U 5th B11am
Chi-Raq 15 5th 8pm
sYour Name
(Kimi no na wa)
12A 6th 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.

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Russia’s best comes to Saffron Hall with legendary conductor Yuri Temirkanov
Fri 20th Jan
BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend: Beethoven to Sibelius
With Christian Ihle Hadland and friends
Sat 21st Jan
BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend: Grieg to Grainger
With Christian Ihle Hadland and friends
Sun 22nd Jan
BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend: Mozart to Dvorák
With Christian Ihle Hadland and friends
Sun 22nd Jan
Kaleidoscope – Colours of Dance
A SWCHS school dance production with a theme this year of Colours. Kaleidoscope provides pupils from across the age groups and of all abilities to perform and show off choreography work to some catchy tunes and varying genres of dance.
Wed 1st Feb
The English Concert
Grand emotions, sumptuous decoration and lavish ceremonial: the baroque era did everything in style. This concert sweeps from the bustling life of JS Bach’s Leipzig to the domestic pleasures of Telemann’s Hamburg, with CPE Bach as our guide on a quick detour to the Court of Frederick the Great. Expect sparkling colours and virtuoso playing from Rachel Podger and The English Consort – making a keenly-awaited return to Saffron Hall.
Fri 3rd Feb
Mahan Esfahani directs Britten Sinfonia
No one has done more to enhance the image of the harpsichord in recent years than the Iranian-American virtuoso Mahan Esfahani who has captivated audiences with his fiery and engaging performances. In this concert he performs, and directs Britten Sinfonia, in a programme peppered with Mediterranean flavour including one of De Falla’s most popular ballet scores featuring the stunning Ritual Fire Dance.
Sat 4th Feb
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.

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World 12A Thu 19th 8pm
Nocturnal Animals 15 Fri 20th 7.30pm
A Street Cat Named Bob 12A Sat 21st 7.30pm
Allied 15 Sun 22nd 3.30pm
Arrival 12A Fri 27th 7.30pm
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 12A Sat 28th 3.30, 7.30pm
Sun 29th 3.30pm
Moana PG Sat 4th 3.30pm
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 12A Sat 4th 7.30pm
Sun 5th 3.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Fridays unless noted below
20/1/17: Black Bin
27/1/17: Blue Bin(only)
3/2/17: Black Bin
10/2/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin

Using the Caddy
Please note that the caddy should be used whenever possible for paper - including newspapers and magazines, telephone directories, catalogues, envelopes, shredded paper and junk mail.  
Check what goes in each bin
Whist Drive

A fun evening is planned for Saturday 18th February in the schoolroom of the URC, starting at 7.30pm (sharp!).
For those who don't know, a whist drive consists of lots of people playing the card game whist - 4 people in each game. The winners of a game move on to play the next table to make a new 'foursome' and so on. The intention is to have fun and not take it too seriously. It doesn't matter if you haven't played before, or don't know the rules, because everything will be explained on the night.
Entry by ticket at £5 per head, nibbles will be supplied and drinks will be available on a donation basis.
We are anticipating that this will be a popular event so please book your place as soon as possible. Contact Phil Maynard on 838311 or webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk or Jean Wiseman on 01763 295002
Proceeds to St Swithun's bell fund.

Great Chishill Annual Sloe Gin Competition

Assuming that you got out there a collected some sloes and made some Sloe Gin, now is the time to be getting it ready for entry into the competition. You can download an entry form HERE .
The deadline is Wednesday 22nd February, to be delivered to Crosshill House, on the crossroads at Great Chishill. All entrants and non-entrants are welcome at the awards party on the Saturday, on payment of the appropriate fee.
DO NOT FORGET: this is Britain’s OLDEST Sloe Gin Competition and all proceeds will go to St Swithins Bells. Venerable, experienced judges have been appointed, to sit on the Thursday. We do hope you will come, taste the entries - and see who wins . . .

Click on this picture to view itJanuary 2017 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

and our Young People Celebrated too..

The Great Chishill and Heydon Children's Party was held in the Village Hall on 11th December. More han 50 children and the families were entertained by the marvellous Stripey Wipey. Father Christmas interrupted his very busy schedule to fly in specially! Thank you Father Christmas.
The Youth Club enjoyed a Disco & Pizza night on their final club of the year - with DJ Simon supplying his brilliant music. Instead of party treats, the young people made donations of food for the Hitchin based homeless hostel ‘North Herts Sanctuary’. As a result Dan was able to deliver a large box full of food to this worthwhile cause.

'Crafts in the Barn' Returns

The popular Craft Fair was held at Lynchets Farm in New Road on 3rd December. This was again a very successful event - great atmosphere, and lots of people came from the village and afar. £676 was raised for the church and the windmill. Thank you to Tom and Ellie Mead for the use of the barn at Lynchetts Farm. Father Christmas, Noah the Donkey and the Hand Bell ringers helped create a lovely Christmas feeling.

Great Chishill United Reformed Church - The Future

There have been great concerns about the falling of numbers in the congregation and with Mike and Rosemary Livings moving out of the village to enjoy their new home in Great Shelford, with this our anxieties have grown that the Chapel is not sustainable. They have given 40 years of devoted service to the United Reformed Church in many forms including running the play group and being Secretary and Treasurer between them for the past 23 years. For this we can only thank them most sincerely. 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 are also saying a huge thank you and farewell to Francis Collinge who has decided to retire from being our organist after many years of loyal service. If you know of anybody who would like to play for us for an hour every second week, or just once in a while, I would love to hear from you.
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.
At present we hold services every second and fourth Sunday at 9.30 - next service 22nd January. We are looking to change this in April to the first and third Sunday of the month so the dates do not clash with the parish church. 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).
In addition to the fortnightly services, we are hoping to promote the Chapel with a range of events and activities that will hopefully capture the interest of all ages. We are looking to introduce a library and reading area in the Schoolroom, initially opening once a month, for tea, coffee and cakes. We are also looking to trial a supper evening once a month with a choice of meat or vegetarian menus, and to include wine to accompany your meal.
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

Forthcoming Events

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle hosted by Suzie Harrison (838188), Friday 27th January.


Saturday 18th February, schoolroom of the United Reform Church, 7.30pm (sharp!). Fee per entry is £5.00. Nibbles supplied, drinks by donation. All proceeds to the St Swithin’s Bell Fund. Contact Phil Maynard 838311 or webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk or Jean Wiseman on 01763 295002


Saturday 25th February 2017 at Crosshill House (Robin Dibblee 01763 838276), commencing at 8.00pm Fee per entry is £4.00 including free entry to the Party. Non-contestants entry fee will be £5.00. Jointly held with the Wine Circle. All proceeds to the St Swithin’s Bell Fund.

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

22nd January
9am Hamlet
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 13.25-14.05
10th February
10th March
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