Where is Great Chishill? Follow this Link for location details
or this one for the Interactive Map map

Contact Webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk


If you have an event coming up, or there is something that you want to tell the whole village about, just email me (webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk) with the details and I'll put it on the site.
Pictures make a big difference to a web site, so why not send some in?

The Pheasant

The Pheasant has been busy ever since the re-opening. Open for Fish/Halloumi and Chips on Tuesday evenings and a small menu with some 'Specials' (picture) Wednesday to Saturday, lunchtime and evenings, and Sunday lunchtime. It is also open during the daytime from Tuesday morning through to Sunday for coffee and cakes etc. which is also proving popular.
Although booking is not essential, it is strongly recommend to avoid disappointment 01763 838535.
Date for the diary - 'Sangria and Tapas Night', Saturday 14th August, 6-9.30pm
For more information see the new pub website at pheasantgc.com

The windmill has moved again.

from David McKeown

Click on the images above to see full size video

The restoration of the windmill is continuing slowly but Bill, the millwright, has built covers over the wheels and gears that turn when the wind blows the tailfan.
We plan very soon to be carrying out the necessary health and safety assessments that will give us the confidence to let the mill ‘do its thing’. Then our mill will be presenting us with a new aspect whenever the wind changes direction.
Then, subject to a favourable risk assessment, we should be able to let the mill follow the wind automatically. Chishill will have the biggest weathervane in the district!

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 Postcards.. The picture above is from a postcard showing Saffron Walden High Street.
Wendons Ambo Church Path
Great Bardfield 1905
Stanstead Abbotts 1907

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.
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds U 31st 2.30pm
Nomadland 12A 31st, 1st Aug 7.30pm
Phil Liggett: The Voice of Cycling 12A 1st Aug 2.30pm
sMartin Eden 15 2nd 7.30pm
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds U 5th 2.30pm
Met Opera: Porgy and Bess Opera recorded live at the
Metropolitan Opera in New York
5th 7pm
Black Widow 12A 6th 7.30pm
7th, 8th 2.30pm
Summer of Soul 12A 7th 7.30pm
8th 2.30pm
Another Round 12A 8th, 9th 7.30pm
The Father 12A 11th 7.30pm
Black Widow 12A 12th 2.30pm
Met Opera: Carmen Opera recorded live at the
Metropolitan Opera in New York
12th 7pm
The Croods: A New Age U 13th, 14th 2.30pm
Off the Rails 15 13th 7.30pm
15th 2.30pm
Nowhere Special 12A 14th, 15th 7.30pm
sThe Truffle Hunters 12A 16th 7.30pm
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
Future Folk
Sam Lee has a unique role in the British music scene. He's an acclaimed award-winning singer, shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize, a folksong collector and conservationist.
For this concert, Sam has invited Alice Zawadzki to join him, and then guest with his group. Violinist, songwriter, composer, vocalist and improviser Alice Zawadzki draws together influences from her early exposure to New Orleans soul and gospel, a classical training and an exploration of world and improvised music. She is joined by the brilliant bass player Misha Mullov-Abbado and her band.
Sat 31st July
Aurora Orchestra
Aurora Orchestra tackle their most audacious challenge yet: a complete performance of the colourful 1945 suite from Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird from memory
Sun 8th August
Joyce DiDonato & il pomo d’oro:
My Favourite Things
Her “Favourite Things” are dazzling operatic arias from the 17th and 18th centuries with the dynamic period instrument ensemble il pomo d’oro
Sat 18th September
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.

Supernova 15 Fri 30th, Sat 31st 7.30pm
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds U Sun 1st Aug 2.30pm
The Father 12A Sun 1st Aug 7.30pm
Black Widow 12A Fri 6th Aug 7.30pm
Sun 8th Aug 2.30pm
Another Round 12A Sat 7th, Sun 8th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
3/08/21: Blue Bin and Green Bin
10/08/21:Black Bin
17/08/21: Blue Bin and Green Bin
24/08/21: 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 Blinds?

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

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 leading up to the Millenium when they fell into disrepair, and latterly due to the pandemic.
Now, with lockdown easing, the bells can be rung again, so on Wednesday 19th May the bell ringers started practicing again. Social distancing was maintained, but it was a start to return to 'normality'.

Bell Ringers View of Sunset in the Church

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.
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! The project will cost somewhere in the region of £80,000 (including VAT which we may get back), but we are hopeful of grants to help along the way.
If you would like to help, or are interested in more information about ringing in Great Chishill, have a look at the bell ringing page.

Village Newsletter

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


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

Windependence Day

Postponed until Sunday August 15th.

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

Parish Services

August 1st
10.00 Elmdon
August 8th
10.00 Little Chishill

NEW You can now see the July edition of the Icknield Way Parish Village Web magazine here.
Please see here for all church news and information.

Other Parish activities, news etc.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 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.
No services during August

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
4th August
1st September

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

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. Note that the booking system has changed. 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 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, Essex Walks 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
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.