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The Mill Released to Turn into the Wind!

See a video of the moment of release here
and lots of pictures from the day here

Click on the images above to see full size video

On Sunday 15th, 'Windependence Day', people came from far and wide to see and celebrate the release of the tail fan of our windmill. There was a party atmosphere with a raffle, picnic food stall, bar provided by The Pheasant, and music from The Melodybeats. At 2 o'clock, David McKeown, chair of the trustees, pulled the string installed by millwright Bill Griffiths. The tail fan was then free to rotate and as the mill was not quite facing into the wind at the time, the fan immediately started to spin and the mill slowly but surely turned into the wind.
The final count up is not in yet but it is thought that the event brought in around £1000.

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 Water Mills.. The picture above is a photo of the wheel of Great Bardfield Watermill.
Hinxton Mill
Tilty Mill
Littlebury Mill

The Pheasant

The Pheasant has been busy ever since the re-opening. Open for Half Price 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.
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.
The Courier 12A 17th 7.30pm
19th 8pm
Paw Patrol: The Movie U 18th 2.30pm
19th 2pm
Pig 15 18th 7.30pm
The Last Letter from Your Lover 12A 19th 5pm
sI’m Your Man 15 20th 7.30pm
Dangerous Liaisons 15 Ballet from Northern Ballet 21st 7.30pm
The Last Bus 12A 24th, 25th 7.30pm
Around the World in 80 Days PG 25th 2.30pm
26th 2pm
Janine Jansen Falling for Stradivari U 26th 5pm
Wildfire 15 26th 8pm
The Maltese Falcon B&W PG 27th 7.30pm
Romeo and Juliet Theatre production filmed
at the National Theatre
28th 7.30pm
The Nest 15 1st Oct 7.30pm
2nd Oct s8pm
Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon PG 2nd 2pm
The Last Bus 12A 2nd 5pm
Follies 12A Play captured live
at the National Theatre
3rd 2.30pm
Our Ladies 15 3rd 7.30pm
sBalloon 12A 4th 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
Foyer Jazz: Dan Forshaw's #JazzTrio
A superb communicator with an infectious passion for music, Dan’s ability to captivate audiences with his performances have led him to perform all over the world with ensembles ranging from jazz quartets to classical cathedral choirs.
Fri 17th September
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
Jacqui Dankworth & her orchestra
Originally premiered at London’s Cadogan Hall, this unique concert features a fabulously eclectic range of numbers inspired by the music of the stage and silver screen.
Fri 1st October
London Philharmonic Orchestra
They are joined by one of Europe’s most sought-after and versatile soloists, cellist Nicolas Altstaedt. First, though, Lili Boulanger rings up the curtain with a memory of spring for an autumn day.
Sat 2nd October
Randall Goosby & Jonathan Ware
Critics praise Violinist Randall Goosby's 'masterful' playing, while audiences can’t help but respond to his understated charisma and glorious sound. Today’s programme is an exploration of music written by Black composers
Sun 3rd October
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.

The Courier 12A Fri 17th, Sat 18th 7.30pm
The Last Letter from Your Lover 12A Sat 18th 2.30pm
Paw Patrol: The Movie U Sun 19th 2.30pm
I AM Belmaya 12A Sun 19th 7.30pm
Romeo & Juliet 12A Tue 28th 7.30pm
The Last Bus 12A Fri 1st Oct 7.30pm
Sat 2nd 2.30pm
The Nest 15 Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd 7.30pm
Around the World in 80 Days PG Sun 3rd 2.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
21/09/21: Black Bin
28/09/21: Blue Bin and Green Bin
5/10/21:Black Bin
12/10/21: Blue Bin and Green 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 a Tree Surgeon?

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

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?

Village Newsletter

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

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Run by the WI Stackyard Cottage Friday 24th September, 10.30am to 12pm CAKES AND COFFEE., BRING & BUY, AND RAFFLE

Windmill Open Day

Guided Tours Sunday 26th September, 10am to 4pm Entry Free (Donations welcomed).

Parish Walk

2nd October Details to follow.


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 3rd October, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Karen Delamain on 01223 894292 or 07803052918 or email karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk for more info.

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

Parish Services

September 19th
9.00am Heydon
10.45am Chrishall

September 26th
9.00am Harvest service, Strethall
10.45am Great Chishill

NEW You can now see the July/August 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 - September 19th, 9.30am

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
6th October
3rd November

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, 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.