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The Windmill Moves Again!

from David McKeown
In February 1956, a severe winter freeze followed by storm winds damaged the tail of the windmill to such an extent that it could no longer be used to turn the windmill into the wind. Now, almost 65 years later, the mechanism and tail structure has been repaired so that it can proudly turn itself again.
On Sunday September 27th, Bill Griffiths, our millwright, untied the mill and let a stiff NE wind spin the fantail to turn the mill on its post about 120°. You can see a video of this momentous occasion here.
If you drove past in the following week you couldn't fail to notice the new view the windmill presented. Then about a week later, Bill set it free in a gentle westerly breeze and the mill dutifully turned gently back to face Barley once more.
The operation of the tail mechanism is a major achievement as Great Chishill Windmill becomes the only open-trestle postmill in the country that will drive itself into wind. It is yet to be decided if this will in future be for demonstration only or if the mill can be allowed to turn automatically as it did for the 60 years before that fateful day in 1956.
The main sails are completely separate from the tail mechanism and will not be turning anytime soon as a further restoration programme is required to put them in working order.

An Evening of GIN Tasting

Barley Scout group have come up with an unusual fund raising event, raising money for Barley church and a new scout hut.

You are invited to an online Gin Tasting event on Thursday 22nd October, 20:00 to 21:30.Your ticket includes a Pinkster Gin Home Tasting kit for two, delivered to your door. Mr Pinkster, and Barley resident, Stephen Marsh, will talk you through the botanical styles of five different gin based drinks. This is followed by a live Q&A and Auction, where there's an opportunity to bid for an exclusive personal tour of the Pinkster Gin factory with Stephen. The pack consists of 5cl Pinkster Gin, 5cl Pinkster Royale, 5cl Pinkster Gimlet (an exceedingly delicious pre-mixed cocktail), 5cl Hedgepig Wild Bullace and Quince, 5cl Triple Distilled Gin (the base gin for Pinkster), 200ml Fever-Tree Indian Tonic, 200ml Fever-Tree Ginger Ale, A few sachets of Pinksters Gin Jam Cocktail Mix and a jar of Gin Jam.
Tickets £30. More info and to book see pinkster.eventbrite.co.uk

The Hundred Parishes Society

The Hundred Parishes Society, a registered charity, was launched in 2014. It is an initiative 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, including 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 local museums and collections. See the Museums article here.

Ashdon Village Museum

Saffron Walden Museum

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.
After 5 months of shutdown, Saffron Screen re-opened on Saturday 5th September with an exciting new programme and enhanced safety measures.

Their team have been working hard to ensure the venue can open in the safest way possible and have implemented a number of changes that will be in place for the reopening. Customers can expect to see a significantly reduced capacity in the auditorium, with empty seats between booking groups, a one-way system to enable social distancing and thorough and regular cleaning in between screenings.
Ammonite 15 17th 7.30pm
The Elfkins PG 18th 2.30pm
I Am Greta tbc 18th 7.30pm
s The Truth PG 19th 7.30pm
Tenet 12A 23rd, 25th 7.30pm
The Call of the Wild PG 24th 2.30pm
Rocks 12A 24th 7.30pm
25th 2.30pm
sPortrait of a Lady on Fire
(Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)
15 26th 7.30pm
100% Wolf PG 27th 2.30pm
Over the Moon U 29th 2.30pm
On the Rocks 12A 30th, 31st 7.30pm
Coco PG 31st 2.30pm
Exhibition on Screen: Frida Kahlo 12A 1st Nov 2.30pm
23 Walks 12A 1st Nov 7.30pm
s Cinema Paradiso PG 2nd 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
Joyce DiDonato & il pomo d’oro: My Favourite Things
Her “Favourite Things” are dazzling operatic arias from the 17th and 18th centuries, and with the dynamic period instrument ensemble il pomo d’oro (motto, “We have the guts!”), make no mistake: her Saffron Hall debut should bring the house down.
Thurs 3rd December
Foyer Jazz - Juliet Kelly
Who better to ease you into Friday night here in the relaxed, cabaret-style atmosphere of the Saffron Foyer? Tonight she salutes Nina Simone, lending her velvet voice to the songs you love in a very personal tribute from one jazz legend to another.
Fri 4th December
Britten Sinfonia: Eight Seasons
Expect explosive, edge-of-seat music-making, the ferocious energy of Vivaldi’s iconic masterpiece juxtaposed with Piazzolla’s tango-inspired Buenos Aires homage. Thomas Gould directs from the violin in a virtuosic tour-de-force, taking the soloist’s role in both works.
Sat 5th December
An Afternoon with Amanda Owen
Amanda Owen is a shepherdess, farmer’s wife, mother to nine children and bestselling author. The Owens live a life ruled by the seasons and their animals. Home is Ravenseat, a 2000-acre hill farm in North Yorkshire.
Sun 6th December
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.

Ammonite 15 Sat 17th 7.30pm
Four Kids and It PG Sun 18th 2.30pm
I am Greta 15 Sun 18th 7.30pm
Emma U Fri 23rd 7.30pm
Sat 24th 2.30pm, 7.30pm
Sonic the Hedgehog PG Sun 25th 2.30pm
Military Wives 12A Sun 25th 7.30pm
Tenet 12A Fri 30th, Sat 31st, Sun 1st Nov 7.30pm
Coco PG Sat 31st, Sun 1st Nov 2.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
20/10/20: Black Bin
27/10/20: Blue Bin and Green Bin
3/11/20:Black Bin
10/11/20: Blue Bin and Green Bin
Not sure what you can recycle? Click here to see the SCDC quick guide.

Thriplow Dump

RE-OPENED but you need to book a slot. cambridgeshire.bookinglive.com 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 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, 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
The Annual Sloe Gin Competition

Every year Great Chishill bellringers run a Sloe Gin competition, raising money for the refurbishment of the bells of St Swithuns. Despite the virus this year is no different and you are invited to take advantage of the abundance of sloes and other countryside fruits to create delicious alcoholic beverages. As always there are 3 categories 'Nouveau', 'Vintage' and 'Ringers Delight' (any fruit based spirit concoction). Judging takes place in February and is usually followed by a tasting party a few days later, but the party may not be possible this time. So get on out there, pick your sloes, buy in your Gin - and remember, its all in a good cause!
More information about the bells and bellringing in Great Chishill.

Poo and Litter Bins

New dog waste bins have been installed in the village, one in May Street and one in Hall Lane. A new litter bin also added on the playing fields. With 4 poo bins in the village now there is even less reason for not disposing of dog waste properly. If your dog fouls - PICK IT UP. Whilst on the subject of dogs, please be reminded that dogs are NOT ALLOWED on the playing field - however good they are!

Great Chishill Open Gardens

Every two years residents of Great Chishill open up their gardens for all to see, raising money for St Swithun's Church. This year of course this was not possible due to the virus, but people sent in pictures of their gardens and Andrea Quigley has done a magnificent job of putting them all together into a really impressive youtube video. You can view it here and make a donation through the 'Just Giving' website to help support the church fund.

Village Newsletter

The October edition of the Village Newsletter available here. If you have any items to be included in the November newsletter, please contact Will Parsons on wllprsns@gmail.com.
Click on this picture to view itOctober 2020 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

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

Local Restaurants
Many of the local food outlets have re-opened following the lockdown, albeit in different forms or with different menus. As the list is very long it is probably best to check the websites and facebook pages of your favourites. However, there are one or two in our immediate area worth listing here.
The Chequers Fowlmere have opened with a limited menu, Tuesday to Sunday. Outside dining only and no booking. Ordering via website/app and online payment only. See the website (thechequersfowlmere.org) .
The Fox and Hounds, Barley ( Facebook Page) is open for dine-in (socially distanced) and take away, Tuesday to Sunday. They have extended the 'Eat out to Help Out' scheme in to October - Tuesdays to Thursdays.
The Chequers, Barley Open for Dine-in and takeaways..
The Red Cow, Chrishall has opened a shop in the bar area with essentials and take away beers. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 am until 4.30 pm.
Restuarant food is now available both for dine in and takeaway daily. www.theredcow.com
If you know of any others or need to update this information, please email webmaster@greatchishill.org.uk

Forthcoming Events

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

Parish Services

Next church services
18th October 11.00am Harvest Festival, Elmdon
25th October 10.30am, Chrishall
Online service Sunday Service 18th October
NEW You can now see the August 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.
Great Chishill 'URC' has been going through a season of change with the Minister moving on to pastures new. At the present time there is a Membership of three, but there is optimism about increasing this number. The congregation has been growing in recent years, notably increasing the average service attendance. This has been while trialing different forms and times of services supported by guest preachers. There is an evening service once a month which has proved to be very popular. For‘special’ services at Christmas, Easter, Advent and Remembrance between forty and one hundred people have been welcomed into the chapel.
The chapel fellowship has become an increasingly important part of village life with a variety of events encouraging people to come together – films, Scottish dancing, concerts, silver surfers’ internet café, whist drives and hosting parties for all ages. 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. Next services 18th October 9.30am, 1st November 6pm, Social Distancing applies.

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.

Cancelled until further notice

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The 'Drive-through' flu jab sessions at IWM Duxford on 3rd and 17th October are now fully booked and if you are registered at Barley surgery you need to phone to be put on the waiting list for the next flu jab clinic. In the meantime, if you are not registered there, or are not prepared to wait you can book a jab at www.Tesco.com/Pharmacy (£9 if you don't qualify for a free one).
See the Granta Practices website for up to date information.

Mobile Library Dates
Heydon Road opposite the bus stop, on the first Wednesday of each month 14:10-14.40

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.

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.