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Christmas Tree Festival - A great Success
Saturday and Sunday, 9th and 10th December saw the first Great Chishill Christmas Tree Festival, held in and in aid of St Swithun's Church. 25 Christmas trees had been decorated, each by a different group from the village, and a considerable amount of effort had obviously been put into each one. Lots of people turned out to enjoy them despite the snow fall on the Sunday.
Tess Jill and Angus would like to thank most sincerely, not only all the organisations, clubs and groups of people having fun for exhibiting their Tree, but also, all those who supported us over the weekend, by coming and by helping and appreciating lovely music and a beautifully decorated church. We raised just over £1000 for Parish Funds

St Swithuns Restoration - Update
Work on the tower started on 6th November. The project will focus first on repairing and conserving the tower and helping it dry out. Then an accessible toilet and new water supply will be installed.
Detailed inspection of the outside of the tower shows that many different materials have been used to point between the flints externally. Cement pointing is 'bad' as it stops the water inside the tower from escaping, and it damages the softer lime mix used internally. Unfortunately cement has been found all over the tower. Where cement pointing has been removed, there is evidence underneath of the internal damp – shown as the darker colour in the photos. Water penetration has contributed to some flints cracking, these will need replacing.
Pictures of the restoration in progress and the problem walls.

Seniors Enjoy Their Christmas Party
On Thursday 7th December the senior members of our community gathered in Great Chishill Village Hall for their annual Christmas Tea Party sponsored by the Parish Council. Neil was there with his camera and the photos (click here to go to the Photo Album) show that a great time was had by all, with lovely food, some great chats and quite a lot of laughing!

Thank you to everyone involved in making it such a great success again, and to the Parish Council for paying for it.

Bell Ringing and the New Year
Due to the ongoing renovation of the tower of St Swithun's, the bell ringers regret they will be unable to ring in the New Year as usual. However they wish all residents a Happy and Peaceful New Year and hope to see you taking part in the Sloe Gin Competition in February. Entries close Tuesday Feb 20th. Tasting and Results Party Saturday Feb 24th. Full details available in January. Meanwhile, note the date and get brewing.

Christmas is coming!
Christmas Wreaths, table and tree decorations from Tessa Gent. Sold in aid of the St Swithuns Appeal order from Tessa (tessgent@gmail.com).

Telephone 'Exchange' - In Memoriam
Great Chishill's only telephone box - A Grade II Listed Building (Yes really!) - has been renovated. BT removed the telephone facility a couple of years ago, but the Livings family have given it a complete makeover as a memorial to Mike Livings, a Great Chishill resident for over 40 years, who passed away in February 2017. The family have repainted it in the proper red colour with the crown picked out in gold. Inside they have put shelves and stocked it with books. The idea is that residents can use it as a book exchange, swapping books as and when they feel like it, for no cost at all. A big thank you to the Livings' for turning what had become an eyesore into something to be proud of.

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 Death of Stalin 15 15th, 16th, 17th 8pm
The Son of Bigfoot PG 16th, 17th 2pm
Breathe 12A 16th, 17th 5pm
Beach Rats 15 18th 8pm
The Man Who Invented Christmas PG 21st, 23rd 8pm
The Star U 22nd, 23rd, 24th 3pm
A23rd A11am
A Bad Moms Christmas 15 22nd 8pm
Paddington 2 PG 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, s30th, 31st, 1st Jan 3pm
Murder on the Orient Express 12A 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th 8pm
sLift to the Scaffold
(Ascenseur pour l’échafaud)
PG 1st Jan 8pm
Follies 12A Encore broadcast of MUSICAL
from the National Theatre
3rd Jan 7pm
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool 15 5th, 6th 8pm
7th 5pm
Paddington 2 PG 6th, 7th 2pm
Victoria & Abdul PG 6th 5pm
The Florida Project 15 7th, 8th 8pm
Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars 15 10th 7pm
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.

SWCHS Mid-Winter Concert 2017
This concert will focus on the vocal work going on in our Singing School and pair this with some longer contributions from our Senior Instrumental Ensembles.
Fri 15th
7pm
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Christmas Oratorio
When the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s trumpets blaze out, and the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge shouts with joy, you’ll know that the festive season has truly arrived.
Thu 21st
7.30pm
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.

Murder on the Orient Express 12A Fri 15th, Sat 16th, Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd 7.30pm
The Lego Ninjago Movie U Sat 23rd 3.30pm
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool 15 Fri 29th, Sat 30th 7.30pm
Complete Diary available here

Bin Collections
Tuesdays unless otherwise marked
19/12/17: Black Bin
Thursday 28/12/17: Blue Bin ONLY
Thursday 04/01/18: Black Bin
Wednesday 10/01/18:Green Bin and Blue Bin
From Monday 11 December 2017, caddies will no longer be collected, and from that date paper should be placed directly into the blue bin.

Forthcoming Events

Yuletide 2017 - Royston Choral Society Concert

Saturday 16th December – 7.30pm Royston Parish Church Tickets £12 (concessions £9 school students £1) include first glass of mulled wine or soft alternative, and mince pie, and are available from choir members, Caroline Franks –tel 01920 822723 emailcaroline.franks@rft52.co.uk; online from bit.ly/RCSDec2017; Royston Parish Church Tuesday evenings 7.15-7.45pm and on the door

Great Chishill Carol Service

United Reformed Church, Barley Road, 6pm Sunday 17th December. All Welcome.

Walk the Walk Charity Quiz Night

Great Chishill Village Hall, Sat 6th January, 7pm Teams of 6 - 8 Tickets £10 per head to include food from Tracey Greeman tgreeman@aol.com

ANTIQUES & VINTAGE FAIR

Great Chishill Village Hall Sunday 7th January, 10am to 4pm Entry Fee £1. Call Rosei on 07720647696 or email rosei@flapperfortunes.co.uk for more info.

A Burns Night Celebration in support of St Nicholas Church, Little Chishill.

Great Chishill Village Hall, Fri 26th January, 7pm to 11.30pm. Dancing to 'Jump the Vortex', Haggis, Whisky, Recitations. Licensed Bar & Raffle. Tickets £25 from E. Knobel-Forbes, 17 May Street or 01763 838781.

Save the date

Midsummer Ball in support of St Swithun's Restoration

Saturday 16th June. More details soon!


Click on this picture to view itDecember 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

Yuletide 2017

Royston and District Choral Society is cooking up a feast of seasonal music to start your Christmas.From sacred to secular, medieval‘The Boar’s Head Carol, and ‘Here we Come a-Wassailing’ to modern ‘The Crown of Roses’ and Cecilia MacDowell’s Christmas Medley there will be something for every taste. Not to mention audience carols, mince pies and mulled wine!
Saturday 16thDecember – 7.30pm Royston Parish Church
And if you enjoy the audience participation think about joining the choir yourself. Come along to our open rehearsal Tuesday January 16th 7.45-9.45 pm at Royston Parish Church and give it a go. You will not be asked to sing on your own
For information about the choir contact chair@roystonchoralsoc.org.uk or go to roystonchoralsoc.org.uk

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. 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 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 17th December and 7th January . 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).

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


Saturday 16 December
3.30pm Heydon Carol Service with Royston Town Band


Sun 17th December
9.00am Strethall
6pm Great Chishill URC Carol Service
6pm Elmdon Carol Service
6pm Chrishall Carol Service

Other Parish activities, news etc.available here


History
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
3rd January
7th February
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 4pm Every day including Bank Holidays, 1st October to 31st March

Fancy a Walk?
Circular Walks from Great Chishill 13.3Km
8.9km
7.4Km
or
4.5Km
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