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News from the Windmill
There has been very real progress with our project in the last few weeks as evidenced by the scaffolding surrounding the mill and the holes that have appeared where weatherboards have been removed. We also have good news to report on fund-raising but then, almost inevitably, news of yet more work necessary.
On the finance side of things, we were delighted to hear that SPAB will release the second tranche of money that it has earmarked for us.This will bring the total to £29,000 - a wonderful legacy from a windmill enthusiast who had visited our mill many times during its glory day. We are also pleased to report that Historic England granted us just over £15,700 to help us restore the building to a condition that would remove it from their ‘Heritage At Risk’ list. Great and Little Chishill Parish Council has again been magnanimous in donating £2000 (for a third time in our history), the Windmill Dancing Group has raised £1800 under two years and the SCDC Community Chest added £1000 to the cause. But the Trust Committee is most in awe of the wonderful response to our 'Sponsor a Board' appeal. We are thrilled to say that this fund has now topped £13000! Our millwright says that this is by far the best community fund raising that he has seen in his career of fixing mills. Thank you all - you saved us from having to call a halt to the work!
Inspection of the timbers of the mill has revealed both good and bad news. The main supporting timbers (side girts) are less rotted than feared and, with simple steel straps and plates across a couple of cracks, should last at least another 100 years. The corner upright posts have all suffered quite badly with the constant ingress of water and all need attention. It looks, though, that we will not need to replace them as the millwright has a plan to cut 50mm from their outer faces and ‘plate’ them with new green oak to give the required strength and surface on which to attach the new weatherboards.
What was not expected and is the cause of significant extra work was the condition of the main horizontal weather beam that supports the wind shaft holding the sails. So much rot has occurred at its ends that it is no longer securely attached to the corner posts and has tilted forward under the weight of the sails. The solution proposed is to remove the sails, prop up the wind shaft and remove the weather beam. This requires removal then replacement of the front scaffolding. The repair to the weather beam will require the addition of a steel joist to give real strength to the structure.
We have much to celebrate but also may need to raise a little more money, so let’s concentrate on the fun first. We are holding a Celebration Supper and Music Night on Saturday September 23rd in the Village Hall. The attached poster gives details. Get your tickets early - our last Music Night was a sell out!
Tony Andrews has taken photos of the removal of the sails. See them here
History of the windmill

New Vicar for our Villages
At a service in Chrishall church on 26th July, led by the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell and the Archdeacon of Stansted, The Venerable Robin King, The Revd Dr Anand Sodadasi was installed as Rector of The Parish of The Icknield Way Villages.
Anand and his wife Shailaja come from Andhra Pradesh, South India, where they trained theologically and worked for 12 years as full time ministers. Anand was ordained as a priest in his Indian diocese in 2001 and both taught in a theological college for 5 years, training the ordinands. Anand went to Oxford in 2004 to do a Ph.D and the family joined him soon after. He worked as a Duty Priest in the Diocese of Oxford, while the children Stephen and Serena completed secondary schooling. Then they moved to the Borderlink Parishes, Hereford where Anand has been Rector for 7 years. Shailaja trained as a dispenser and worked in a pharmacy, while volunteering in the chaplaincy department of Hereford Hospital before being licensed as a Reader for the Borderlink Parishes.

The Fete 2017
On Saturday 15th July the Chishills' annual fete was held on the playing field in Great Chishill. A warm but not so sunny afternoon brought out the villagers for fun and games, competitions, face painting, tractor rides, Bar-B-Q and of course tea and cakes! Neil was there with his camera and you can see more of his pictures from the event by clicking here. Clicking on any picture will load a bigger version.

£196,000 Lottery Grant!
A couple of years of hard work organising fund raising events, filling in forms, producing policy documents, and plans for community involvement etc has paid off! The DCC have been awarded £196k of National Lottery support to carry out the urgent repairs to the church tower.
A smaller grant in March 2016 was used to investigate the cause of water penetration, which has plagued the tower for many years damaging the fabric of the mediaeval tower arch which is now crumbling badly.
Following this work will start towards the end of August raking out the tower flint work on all elevations, re-pointing with hot lime mortar, consolidating the fabric, improving water shedding from the tower, removing internal plaster and providing better ventilation to help the tower dry out.
The project has also been given funding to install basic facilities, an accessible toilet in the tower together with a water supply and drainage. This wonderful and much loved building will then be more useful to the wider community for meetings and events.

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.

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.
Spider-Man: Homecoming 12A 18th, 19th, 20th 3pm
Baby Driver 15 18th, 19th 8pm
Tommy’s Honour PG 20th 8pm
sA Man Called Ove
(En man som heter Ove)
15 21st 8pm
Despicable Me 3 U 24th 3pm
Wonder Woman 12A 24th 8pm
Cars 3 U 25th, 27th, 28th 3pm
War for the Planet of the Apes 12A 25th 8pm
26th 3pm
Alone in Berlin 12A 26th, 27th 8pm
sSouvenir 12A 28th 8pm
Yerma 15 PLAY broadcast LIVE
from the Young Vic, London
31st 7pm
The Beguiled 15 1st, 2nd Sept 8pm
Captain Underpants:
The First Epic Movie
U 2nd, 3rd 3pm
The Graduate 12A 3rd 8pm
City of Ghosts 18 4th 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.

National Youth Training Choir – Revolutions: Rise Up
The outstanding young singers of the National Youth Training Choir present a rich programme of music unified by the theme of revolution and change
Sun 20th Aug
Foyer Folk Club
Norwich based folk / Americana trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies.
Fri 8th Sept
Saffron Opera Group – Götterdämmerung
Saffron Opera Group’s Ring Cycle, deservedly hailed as one of the UK’s most ambitious and successful Wagnerian events of the last decade, now comes to a triumphant conclusion with an eagerly-anticipated Götterdämmerung.
Sun 17th Sept
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.

Churchill PG Fri 18th, Sat 19th 7.30pm
Gifted 12A Fri 25th 7.30pm
The Mummy 12A Sat 26th 7.30pm
Hampstead 12A Fri 1st, Sat 2nd Sept 7.30pm
Despicable Me 3 12A Sat 2nd Sept 3.30pm
Complete Diary available here
Click on this picture to view itAugust 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

Skylark Concert

Yet another St Swithun’s restoration fundraising event took place in the church on 22 July with a recital by Skylark, a group founded by singer Jude Short and keyboard player Roger Lilley. Skylark have been entertaining audiences for 20 years, supplemented more recently by Ondrej Cais (trumpet) and Mike Lewis (double bass). Their style could be called bar jazz – cool, smoky, and intimate. Skylark’s repertoire is wide, American song book standards, tango, bossa nova, and even two songs by Jaroslav Ježek, aka Czechoslovakia’s Gershwin. Many songs were arranged by Roger Lilley to showcase Jude’s clear soprano and Andrej’s cool, usually muted trumpet, two voices which blended happily together in many of the numbers. Latin America is a profitable hunting ground for the group, with songs from Uruguay and Argentina featuring among the more familiar Brazilian numbers. The Czech songs added a further note of the unfamiliar; everyone knows ‘Summertime’ but it’s a fair bet that this was the first time ‘Ze dne na den’ was heard in Chishill!
Skylark give their time freely, so the community owes them a huge vote of thanks - the evening raised a splendid £800 towards the restoration of St Swithun’s, according to the concert’s organiser Angus Gent.
Picture and review by Neil Heywood

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.

Forthcoming Events

Wine Circle

Next Wine Circle Hosted by Jane Osgathorp, Nick Couchman and Sue Pegram. Friday 25th August.


Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 3rd September, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Rosei on 07720647696 or email rosei@flapperfortunes.co.uk for more info.


Tuesday 12 September, 10-12. URC schoolroom Please feel free to drop in at a time to suit you, even if you can’t make the whole session.


Great Chishill Village Hall Saturday 23rd September, 7.30pm £12 to include Dips, Hot Supper & Pudding. For tickets please contact Ann Lane 01763 838366 Lindsey Crawley 01763 838897
Featuring The Elderly Brothers and Simon Brearley

Macmillan Coffee Morning

at Stackyard Cottage, Hall Farm on Friday September 29th. 10.30 - 12 noon Bring and buy and raffle contributions welcome.

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 services will be at 9.30 on 20th August and 3rd September. 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

20th August
10.00am Strethall

27th August
10.00am Hamlet

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
6th September
4th October
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

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
22/8/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin
Wednesday 30/8/17: Black Bin
5/9/17:Green Bin and Blue Bin
12/9/17: 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