July / August 2019
CHRISHALL OUTDOOR CINEMA
MOVIE NIGHT ON JIGNEYS MEADOW
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO
CHRISHALL CHURCH & CHRISHALL SCHOOL
Saturday 7 th SeptembeR
THE LICENSED BAR & BARBEQUE
OPEN AT 6:30PM
THE MOVIE STARTS AT 8:00PM
TICKETS: ADULTS £10 - CHILDREN £5
Parish News from Anand, our Rector
So much has been going in our parish as the
weather has warmed up. The Watoto Choir Concert
was a very memorable event. Thanks to Susannah
Van Staten for organising everything. Many
families provided hospitality to choir members for
which the parish is very grateful. Another major
event coming up on 30 June is the confirmation of
6 adult parishioners by Bishop Roger. The service
should be very moving and special. On 13 July, Archdeacon Robin King
will be leading our Quiet Day meditations and on 14 July we have a
special Picnic Service in Chrishall.
Wishing you all a restful summer break and safe journeys wherever you
are going. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Warmly in Christ,
On Saturday 27 July at Holy Trinity, Heydon, 7.30pm, Sarah Harrison
and Ros Holbrow will deliver their fast moving comedy review of
songs, poems and patter, laced with a dash of pathos for the last ever
time! Laughter, song and wit, along with wine and food.
Tickets £15 including a glass of fizz on arrival and finger food in the
interval. Wine, beer and soft drinks available to purchase on the night.
Contact Ann – 838366, Angela – 837163 or Mel – 838289 for tickets.
This year’s annual Parish Walk will take place on Saturday 28
September. Full details and route in September magazine.
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Thought for the month
What is new life in Christ?
A couple of weeks ago the Watoto choir performed a lovely, heartfelt
concert where many were moved by the spirit. When the leader of the
choir invited people to make a commitment to follow Christ many
people, including children, responded by raising their hands. I don’t
know what was going on in their minds but there must have been a
reason for them to make this decision. Some may be regular
churchgoers and worshippers but I believe there is a point in time when
we ‘turn around’ (repent) and give our hearts to the Lord.
This reminds me of my own experience when I was in my late teens. I
was in an open air meeting with thousands of people when the preacher
asked us all to make a decision to follow Christ. I responded in exactly
the same way as some people did in Chrishall Church. I had a spiritual
experience that day and felt that my life had changed. Things started to
look different with a new understanding of God and a deep desire to
pray and read the Bible. My life became more disciplined and a new
spiritual strength emerged deep within me as I started to read the Bible
and pray. When this happened I was in a Christian boarding school and
attended chapel prayers both morning and evening. Whilst I was born
into a Christian family, I will never forget that day. Maybe you had a
similar experience at Watoto’s concert, if so, I would be delighted to
hear from you.
Jesus said, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to
spirit” (John 3:6). As human beings we are made up of both physical
and spiritual components or perhaps one could say ‘body, soul and
spirit’. The Bible says, ‘Then the Lord God took dust from the ground
and made a man. He breathed the breath of life into the man's nose,
and the man became a living thing’ (Genesis 2:7). The ‘dust’ is a
metaphor for the physical component and ‘breath’ is a metaphor for the
spiritual component with parents passing on the physical components to
children and the breath of life, which is spiritual, coming from God
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(See Zechariah 12:1; Isaiah 42:5; Hebrews 12:9). ‘As God is Spirit he
gives his spirit of life to us’ (John 4:24).
Since the fall of human beings into sin it is the spiritual component, the
soul, that can be sinful or righteous, lost or saved. ‘The soul who sins
shall die’ (Ezekiel 18:4 NKJV). Hence the soul needs a shift in
direction and a new life. When a new life in Christ is received the
change is so radical that they are spiritually ‘born again’, which is what
Jesus meant when he said “I assure you, everyone must be born again.
Anyone who is not born again cannot be in God's kingdom” (John 3:3).
For those who did not have a similar experience at Watoto’s concert,
don’t be concerned, you can still make a decision when you are
prompted or touched by the breath of God. For some of you this may
happen gradually. Let’s all be open to His promptings.
Yours in His vineyard
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Mill House, Wenden Lofts (CB11 4UW)
All pre-schoolers, siblings and former Church Mice welcome (and their adults)
For more information contact Helen 01799 520398 or Alison 837303
Sam Smith re-opens
Gt Chishill Windmill
International singing star Sam Smith was in Great
Chishill on Saturday 8 June to help the village
celebrate the re-opening of its windmill after an
extensive restoration programme. Great Chishill
Windmill, on the border of Cambridgeshire and
Hertfordshire, is one of only seven open trestle
mills left in the country and the only one fitted with
a fantail for automatic turning to wind.
In addressing the crowd of around 300, Sam said
“I am delighted to be back in Chishill, the village
that I grew up in from the age of four. I have many
happy memories, like running through the fields
behind us, dancing to Beyoncé.” He later posted on Instagram that it
“made me so emotional to be back home with my family and friends”
and that he was “honoured” to be part of the unveiling.
The programme for the re-opening included a celebratory drink at the
windmill, a coach shuttle, and a complimentary tea and entertainment in
the Village Hall. Chair of the Great Chishill Windmill Trust, Hazel
Hayden, commented that, although there was no charge to attend the
event, nonetheless donations of over £1,900 were received as everyone
expressed their delight at the friendly atmosphere generated.
The Trustee responsible for managing the project, David McKeown,
explained that the Trust received grants from Historic England, Society
for the Protection of Ancient Buildings,
Great and Little Chishill Parish Council,
and South Cambs Community Chest,
and raised more than £26,000 by
fundraising events. The restoration has
so far cost £110,000 but he expects the
total cost to exceed £150,000. This
should see the windmill safeguarded for
another 100 years. Hazel Hayden
News from the United
Please note there will be no services in the URC during July and August.
Scout Night Workshop
We had the great pleasure of welcoming
the Barley Scouts run by Fred Kuenzi
who lives in Great Chishill. Their
mission was to unpick old scout tents
and make them into “ In Tents”
shopping bags or whatever one may
need a tough endurable bag for. It was
an extremely entertaining and
enlightening evening and it was a great pleasure being in the company of
and teaching these keen young Scouts; to unpick, cut out, print and use a
sewing machine. I think one of the things they learnt was that precision
was of utmost importance if the end result was to work correctly! We
were extremely grateful to Lindsay Crawley for her help and expert
guidance. Tess Gent
From The Registers
on Sunday 9 June at St Swithun’s, Great Chishill
Brie Moule and Matthew Grindling
on Friday 7 June at St Nicholas, Elmdon
Harry and Alex Picton-Turbervill
on Saturday 15 June at Holy Trinity, Chrishall
Parish Charity News
Chrishall School - Danbury 2019
On 22 May, we set off to Danbury Outdoor Education Centre for a new
adventure to test our skills. When we arrived, the sun was shining
brightly. We were greeted by a member of
staff, then assigned cabins. Over the three
days, we experienced a wide variety of
activities from problem solving to zip wiring,
from low ropes to high ropes, and caving to
climbing. We personally enjoyed archery the
most as it involved precision and
concentration. The zip wire was a thrilling
Some of the skills we learnt were: Cavingtrust
your surroundings, Climbingcommunication,
High ropes-bravery, Low ropes-using your
initiative and Archery-concentration.
In the evenings we could relax or interact and play football with other
schools. Some nights we went on walks around the grounds and one
night we played rounders. The group leaders were fun to be with and
really encouraging. Judging from everyone’s opinions, it was an amazing
trip and we wish we could go again! Rosanna and Caitlin
Uttlesford Citizens Advice has launched a new service called “Help to
Claim” for those who need help to apply for Universal Credit, the new
benefit that combines six benefits, including Jobseekers Allowance and
Working Tax Credits, into one. People will be able to get support from
the charity as they submit their Universal Credit application until they get
their first full payment.
Kate Robson, Chief Officer of Uttlesford Citizens Advice, said:
“We know that many people really struggle to complete the application
for Universal Credit, especially if they do not have easy access to a
computer. Our new ‘help to claim’ service will support people locally to
get the benefit as quickly as possible. If you are worried about having
enough money to live on
while waiting for your first
Universal Credit payment,
we can also help with
applications for advance
payments, check your
entitlement to other
benefits and offer
budgeting and debt advice,
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Uttlesford Community Travel
Book–A–Ride is a charity that provides services to the residents of
Uttlesford, who find it difficult to access normal public transport, the
over 60’s, the disabled, groups and those who are rurally isolated.
Their minibuses provide a door to door service to the shops, hairdressers,
to visit friends, garden centres, just about anywhere, as well as all types
of medical appointments. Their minibuses are easily recognisable,
wheelchair accessible and the drivers are fully trained. Groups are also
able to hire the minibuses (maximum 15 seats) for outings including trips
to the coast, theatre, afternoon tea, stately homes, and school trips/sports
They also provide a hospital car service for those who have difficulty
getting to hospital or clinic appointments; matching requests for transport
with volunteer drivers.
Book-A-Ride are based in Great Dunmow but operate throughout the
district, running 6 buses and approximately 40 hospital cars. Their staff
offer a vital personal service. They understand that some members are
hard of hearing, sometimes confused or just want a chat and a bit of
human interaction. The office hours are 9am - 1pm Monday to Friday
and bus operating hours are 9am - 5pm with flexibility to include
weekends and evenings where needed. The Hospital Car Service can be
booked anytime to suit appointments, including evenings and weekends.
There is a membership fee of £10 pa (£20 for groups) and subsidised
As a charity they are unable to operate without an army of wonderful
volunteers. Some make themselves available late nights and weekends to
ensure that members get to their destination safely, comfortably and on
time. They are always urgently looking for volunteers for the office, bus
driving and as hospital car drivers and there is no obligation for big
commitments or hours. It’s interesting, rewarding and good fun.
If you are interested in their service as a member or volunteer please call
for a chat on 01371 875787 or 01799 519008
For many of our members, problems getting out and about can create
feelings of isolation, loneliness and a disconnection to the outside world.
Some do not have family and friends who can regularly help and for
those who need to visit the doctors or hospital on a regular basis, the
organisation of this can become very worrying.
Commercially operated bus routes are diminishing and taxi services are
impersonal and expensive. Uttlesford is also a particularly rural area and
we will go to wherever is needed to collect and drop off our members.
We are seeing the implementation of longer day and weekend operating
for hospital and clinic appointments and are now receiving requests for
help travelling in the evenings, weekends and bank holidays. Currently,
this is proving difficult to administer with our current resources. Hence
the urgent need for more volunteers and funding. David Perks
On 21 May, Holy Trinity, Chrishall welcomed
the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda to
perform their new album‘ We Will Go’. The 28
strong choir met with the Eco Squad and Choir
from Chrishall School in the afternoon, joined
by Mrs Bratley, to discuss each country and
share activities. In the evening, the church came
alive with such a vibrant concert of live worship
music and dancing. The Watoto Children shared their personal stories.
Most are orphans and they have the privilege to tell that ‘it is possible to
have joy, to laugh and to have hope, no matter what you’re going
through. Look at what God’s done in my life’. We raised £1,117 (plus
Gift Aid) to support the work of Watoto - to provide homes, love and
support for widows and orphans in Uganda. God’s love does indeed
transform lives and we were so blessed to feel their hugs and smiles and
be uplifted by their music.
Susannah Van Staten
Talk on the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire
by one of the Volunteers
On Friday 20 September 2019
At 7.30 pm at Duddenhoe End Village Hall
Tickets £8.00 each including a glass of Wine
The UK’S Living Centre of Remembrance is run mostly by Volunteers and
covers not only the 2 World Wars, but all subsequent conflicts as well as
civilian, emergency services, fraternity groups and individuals. There are 350
memorials within the 150 acre Arboretum, including a Memorial to those shot
for cowardice in the 1st World War who were subsequently pardoned.
Funds in aid of the Hamlet Church
Tickets from Kate Chambers 838754
Where is this?
Winning photo by Jemima Painter,
age 11, from Pattana School,
Bangkok. The photograph was
taken locally in March when
Jemima was visiting her
grandparents, Martin and Ann Lane,
from Great Chishill. Do you
recognize this sofa? (answer in
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News from the Villages
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Village Hall Bookings – Chrishallvhbookings@gmail.com
Sunday 14 July - Picnic Service at Broad Oak Cottage, Crawley End.
The service will start at 11.30am. Please bring your own picnic and rugs
and any musical instruments you play if you would like to join in. Any
special requests for music, please let the church office know in advance
so they can be rehearsed. Thanks to Ron and Susannah Van Staten for
Saturday 7 September - Save the Date – Open Air Cinema on Jigneys’
Meadow. Join us to watch The Greatest Showman. Licensed bar and
food available to purchase.
Village Hall Bookings – email@example.com
Friday 20 September, 7.30pm at the Village Hall, a Talk on the National
Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
See advert for full details.
Village Hall Bookings - firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 6 July - Picnic Lunch, 12.30-3pm at Lodge Farm, Elmdon.
Join us for French Food and Fun. Adults £10, Under 16’s £5, Family
Ticket £20. Tickets from Anne.email@example.com or the church office.
Village Hall Bookings – firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 5 and Sunday 7 July - St Swithun’s Weekend, Great Chishill
Join us at 7.30pm on Friday evening for Pimm’s and Jazz in the URC
Chapel and on Sunday for a day of fun at St Swithun’s, ending in a Songs
of Praise Service at 5.30pm. Contact Tessgent@gmail.com for
Saturday 13 July - Quiet Day, 10am-1pm, at Holy Trinity and Heydon
Place Gardens with Archdeacon Robin King. Refreshments provided but
please bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 27 July -The Pulsitillas at Holy Trinity, Heydon, 7.30pm.
Tickets £15 including a glass of fizz on arrival and finger food in the
interval. See advert for details.
Sunday 1 September - Save the Date -You are invited to an Afternoon
Tea Party at 14 Chishill Road, Heydon, 3pm, to celebrate 100 years of
Save the Children, for which there will be a collection. It would be
helpful to let Virginia Barnes know if you are coming on 838309.
British Red Cross Open Garden at Heydon Place – Thank you to all
who turned up at the Bank Holiday weekend. Dead on 2pm, opening
time, it started to rain but fortunately, although it was a wet afternoon, it
did not dampen spirits. Tea in the church was also well attended and the
sum raised was just under £1,500!
History of Heydon – A bit thank you to Andrew Drury who told us
about the history of buildings in Heydon with slides and stories. Many of
us recognised ourselves looking a lot younger! We raised £534 for church
Sunday 4 August - join us at St Nicholas for a Summer Celebration
Service and Bring and Share Lunch at 11.30am. All welcome!
British Red Cross Week May 2019
The recent House to House collection in Littlebury, Littlebury Green,
Catmere End & Strethall raised £529 for this worthy charity. Many
thanks to all those who made generous donations, and to Rose Johnson,
Ann Warren, Gill & Duncan Gates, Janice Rust, Ann Mackenzie, Tanya
Romyn & Steve Gale who gave up their time to collect.
Catmere End & Strethall Open Gardens
Approximately 150 visitors enjoyed the eight very different gardens in
Catmere End, Strethall & the edge of Elmdon on a bright Sunday
afternoon. They also enjoyed delicious teas & cakes at Strethall Church
(as did members of some rambling groups who happened to be passing!)
& the chance to buy some plants at the plant stall. Almost £1300 was
raised for Strethall Church…..a fantastic result! Grateful thanks to all
those who supported this event from Strethall DCC!
Tennis at Strethall – As usual, the tennis court in beautiful Strethall is
available for everyone. The more times you play, the more money raised
for our unique church. Rates remain the same: adults, £2 per person per
hour; students: £1.50 per person per hour. Contact Roger Harcourt 01799
Ned Tozer was delighted with his gift of a giant wheelbarrow, to thank
him for many years as parish treasurer. We are so pleased to see it is
being put to good use!
Daks Over Duxford
The Douglas Dakota, the name it was given
by the RAF, otherwise the C47 Skytrain is a
military derivative of the iconic DC3
airliner - the aircraft that shrunk the States.
It is a twin engined workhorse transport and
troop carrier that saw service in all theatres
during WW2, and beyond.
Built in thousands, at the height of production at a rate of one per hour (yes
it's true!) it was considered to be pivotal to the Allied war effort. General
Eisenhower famously put it amongst the most important of contributing
factors to success, alongside the Sherman tank and Willys Jeep. So good is
the design that there are still around 2,000 flying and operating.
During the night preceding the main amphibious landing on 6th June 1944,
D Day, some 20,000 paratroops were carried over to Normandy by 1,200
aircraft and towed gliders. They were to be dropped inland with the task of
securing the important strategic points that would enable the main landing
force to break out of the beachhead without delay. There were some
famous actions carried-out by the Airborne Divisions; units of the British
6th Division held what became known as Pegasus Bridge a crossing of
vital importance; the American 101st Division 'The Sceaming Eagles'
(Band of Brothers) had to secure the exits from Utah beach and beyond.
So it was that on the 4th and 5th of June at IWM Duxford we witnessed
one of the largest gatherings of Dakotas/C47s/DC3 seen since 1945, as
around 30 flew in from America and all parts of Europe in honour of the
brave paratroopers and aircrew that
took part in the airborne invasion
75 years ago. Two days of flying,
ground exhibitions and events
culminated in a crossing by two
waves of these old aircraft from
Duxford to Normandy to carry out
a re-enacted 'round chute' drop. A
fitting commemoration of the
gallant action of 1944. Bill Jones
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July/August Dates for regular events
3 & 10 Wednesday Barnabas Group 10.30am
contact Carolyn Hughes 838326
3 & 17 Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study 1.15pm
contact Liz Stott 01799 521217
4 & 18 Firm Foundations 8pm contact Angela Patrick 837353
10 Church Mice Chrishall Village Hall, 10.30am
contact Helen Williams 01799 520398
28 Messy Church Great Chishill Village Hall 3-4.30pm
29 Heydon Hedgehogs 10.30am Parent and toddler coffee
morning Holy Trinity Church, Heydon
see Facebook page for more info
31 Men’s Group The Red Cow, Chrishall, 8pm
Gt Chishill Youth Club Gt Chishill Village Hall,
6.30 – 8.30pm in term time Contact Emily 07900 243491
Thursdays Gt Chishill Chimps Gt Chishill Village Hall 10-11.45am
Contact Claire 838100/Islay 07977 076573
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From The Registers
on Tuesday 18 June at St Swithun’s, Great Chishill
You are invited to join us for a:
On Saturday 14 th September 2019
(Played on private courts in the villages of
Chrishall, Elmdon, Great Chishill, Little Chishall
Entry Cost - £12.50 per player
(All proceeds go to The Parish of Icknield Way)
Handicap system which allows all levels to compete
Cash Bar (at the final)
- BBQ including kiddies tea
- Pimms and other cold drinks
- Strawberries and cream
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
and to get an entry form
Distributed free to all the homes in the Parish of the Icknield Way Villages – Chrishall, Elmdon with
Wenden Lofts, Duddenhoe End, Great Chishill, Little Chishill, Heydon, and Strethall