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Oil Buying Group
Nigel Russell is collecting orders for a group oil delivery, so if you would like some heating oil at a bulk purchase price, give Nigel a call now on 838986

New Faces in the Pheasant
On 3rd May ownership of The Pheasant passed over to the Wickens family.
Debbie (Debs) and Mark became the new licensees and moved into the flat above with their two children Joshua aged 6, Evalyn aged 3, and Louis the dog. The family have moved here from Potters Bar. Mark, had to give up his previous job as a builder due to a knee injury and saw The Pheasant as an opportunity to start a new career and move to the countryside. Debs was a 'stay at home mum', a role that she still plays as well as being a full time landlady!
Initially they intend to keep things pretty much as they were, but to gradually put their own stamp on the pub. The first change has been the removal of the 'no children' policy so that families will feel more welcomed. In the longer term there are plans to extend the pub and relocate some of the facilities like the dart board. Mark is very keen that the 'pub is the hub' in the village and that everyone will feel at home there.
Food is now being served 7 days a week (except Sunday evening), albeit with a reduced selection (of the old favourites) at the moment, complete with traditional Sunday Roast.
Already plans are coming together for some events at the pub, starting with a 'Wine Tasting Evening' on June 7th.

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Royston and District Choral Society returns to Chrishall
R&DCS will return to Chrishall Parish Church for its concert of Music for a Summer Evening on Saturday 24th June 7.30 p.m.
The choir – including several members from Great Chishill and surrounding villages - is looking forward to its first performance here since the church was re-ordered, and to introducing local supporters to their BBC award-winning new Musical Director, Andrew O’Brien.
The programme features Stanford’s Three Motets, created for the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge in 1905. With Richard Prince’s ‘Northumbrian Folk Song Suite’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, medieval ‘Sumer is icumen in’, Pearsall’s eight part ‘Lay a Garland , ‘Over the Rainbow’ and more - there is something for every taste.
Poster and more details.

Ceilidh Success
On Friday 21st April the village hall was filled the music of the Cambridge University Ceilidh Band. These very talented musicians and their superb 'caller' had people up and dancing all evening. It was truly amazing the way that people were able to dance dances that they had never even heard of before after just a few minutes of 'run through'. A lovely Coronation Chicken supper followed by Chocolate Brownies further helped the proceedings. There was a licensed bar, a raffle and 'heads and tails' and the whole event raised in excess of £1100 for the St Swithuns restoration appeal.


The Good Old Fashioned Auction
The auction was another fantastic fundraising event, with a great deal of quality goods and some with interesting provenance; a deck chair from the Titanic, in a round about way... a car, a dress sword, a tuck box used by the prefect who had Jeremy Paxman as his "fag" and plenty of other weird and wonderful objects!!
All in all another really entertaining and successful day. Angus would like to thank all of the wonderful people who helped raise over £1000 for the church appeal.
There will be a little lull in proceedings, the next event, which is a 1920's 4 piece band in concert, on July 22nd.

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.
The Sense of an Ending 15 26th, 27th, 28th 8pm
The Boss Baby U 27th, 30th, 1st June 3pm
Antony & Cleopatra PLAY broadcast AS LIVE
from the Royal Shakespeare Company
28th 3pm
Molly Monster U 29th, 31st, 2nd June 3pm
Letters from Baghdad PG 29th 8pm
Their Finest 12A 30th, 31st, s1st June, 3rd, 4th 8pm
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 12A 2nd June 8pm
3rd, 4th 3pm
sLa Strada PG 5th 8pm
Rules Don’t Apply 12A 9th, 11th 8pm
Peter Pan PG PLAY filmed in front of a
live audience at the National Theatre
10th 3pm
Whisky Galore PG 10th 8pm
The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Marguerite and Armand BALLET broadcast AS LIVE
from the Royal Opera House
11th 2pm
sNeruda 15 12th 8pm
Mindhorn 15 16th, 17th 8pm
Whisky Galore PG 17th 3pm
BSing U 18th 11am
British Museum Presents: Hokusai ART FILM AND EXHIBITION
from the British Museum
18th 3pm
Lady Macbeth 15 18th, 19th 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.

Beethoven: Britten Sinfonia with Thomas Adès
In this concert which is centred on the work and influence of Beethoven, Adès sheds new light on Beethoven’s witty first symphony and the virtuosic second.
Sat 27th May
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – m¡longa
Milonga is the term for a tango dance party. Inspired by the late night milonga scene held in the intimate bars of Buenos Aires, Cherkaoui draws on traditional influences and adds a contemporary twist. The result is a seductive and fascinating exploration of tango for the 21st century.
Fri 2nd, Sat 3rd
The Sixteen
Saffron Hall favourites Harry Christophers and The Sixteen sing their way back to the musical world of the Restoration: a world of prayer and jubilation, saints and lovers, sweetness and sorrow, all set to music of unparalleled beauty and grace.
Sun 11th
Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra & George Harliono
15 year-old local piano prodigy George Harliono is already conquering the world with acclaimed performances in Europe and South America. Returning to perform once again with Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra, he performs Beethoven’s Emperor concerto, a work which, in the dramatic interplay between orchestra and soloist, suggests the struggles and triumphs of a great and noble spirit.
Sat 17th
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.

Rules Don't Apply 12A Fri 26th, Sat 27th 7.30pm
The Lost City of Z 15 Fri 2nd June 7.30pm
The Boss Baby U Sat 3rd 3.30pm
Life 15 Sat 3rd 7.30pm
Their Finest 12A Fri 9th, Sat 10th 7.30pm
Letters from Baghdad PG Thu 15th 8pm
The Sense of an Ending 15 Fri 16th, Sat 17th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
30/5/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin
6/6/17: Black Bin
13/6/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin
20/6/17: Black 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

Whist Players Another successful Whist Drive was held in the URC schoolroom on Saturday 13th May.
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, so it is a great opportunity to mix and meet new people. The intention was to have fun and not take it too seriously and that ambition was realised as the evening was a great success. The evening raised a total of £140 towards the restoration of St Swithuns' bells.
The next Whist Drive is booked for Saturday 21st October.
A big thank you to everyone who contributed.

Security Group

Following the last Parish Meeting where concerns were raised about crime in the area, Robin Dibblee and Angus Gent are putting their heads together to come up with some sort of village strategy. At the moment it is a matter of tossing ideas about, so if you have any comments or suggestions please get in touch with Robin robin.dibblee@btinternet.com or Angus angusgent@gmail.com.

Piano Opportunity

Have you ever wanted to play the piano but weren't able to because you didn't have a piano? Well here is a brilliant chance to have one on a 'long term' load basis. Alison Truett has a mahogany upright piano which she is offering on this log term loan basis to a local family. She says that ideally it should be a family who have children who want to learn/practice the piano and are willing to arrange collection from her (Barley Road). If you are interested please contact Alison on 838093.

Click on this picture to view itMay 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

Film Nights - Your Choice

The film nights in the URC schoolroom have proved to be popular, but Tess and Angus are now thinking that their popularity could be further increased by also showing films that would go down well with specific groups in our village. For example they could screen children's films for maybe a special occasion or a party, with popcorn, sweeties, ice creams etc, or perhaps something for a 'Girls Night Out' with wine, popcorn and ice cream. Suggestions of films or events would be gratefully received by Tess on tessgent@gmail.com.

Forthcoming Events

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle Hosted by Jean and Peter Wiseman. Friday 26th May.


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

Midsummer Music In the garden

Little Chishill Manor Saturday 24th June, 2pm to 5pm BARRY TYLER’S DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND Home Made Teas, Stalls, Fun, Games. In aid of St Nicholas Church, Little Chishill and supporting East Anglian Air Ambulance
Admission £4.50/ Children Free Guide Dogs Only/Limited wheelchair access

Music for a Summer Evening

Chrishall Parish Church Saturday 24th June, 7.30pm Royston and District Choral Society led by award-winning musical director, Andrew O'Brien.
Wine and soft drinks available. Tickets £12, concessions £9, school students £1, available from choir members, or Caroline Franks – Tel 01920 822723 – email caroline.franks@rf152.co.uk, Online at https://bit.ly/RCSJun2017 and on the door


Great Chishill Playing Fields, Saturday 15th July, 2-5pm.

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. Rosemary and the late Mike Livings 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.
From now onwards services will be held on the first and third Sundays of the month. The next service will be at 9.30 on 4th June. 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

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

28th May
9am Great Chishill
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
7th June
5th July
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 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.

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