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October 2020



Looking West on an Autumnal Evening

Great Chishill Windmill




Seeks to be


Faithful to scripture • Prayerful

Loving • Welcoming • Accepting all • Sharing fellowship


October Services


Sunday 4

* 9.00am Holy Communion Service at St Nicholas, Little Elmdon Chishill (CB11 (SG8 8PA)


Corner and Sunday Clubs (SG8 8QL)

Sunday 11

10.30am Harvest service at Holy Trinity Chrishall (SG8 8QU)

Sunday 18

Children’s Corner and Sunday Clubs (SG8 8PW)

* 11.00am Harvest Service with Matins at St Nicholas, Elmdon

(CB11 4LT)

Sunday 25

10.30am Family service at Holy Trinity Chrishall (SG8 8QU

A short recorded service will also be available each week and

can be found on the Parish of the Icknield Way Villages YouTube

10.45am channelFamily Communion Service at St Nicholas Elmdon (SG8 8PW)

* This Service is according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer

T Induction loop at this service

Evensong St Mary’s Strethall

Service details, diary events and more at


The Family Funeral Service


Parish News from Anand,

our Rector

Welcome all

Despite many restrictions, it’s great to see

children returning to school and students

heading back to their studies at colleges and

universities. This is a sign of hope that life is

slowly embracing the ‘new normal’ after

lockdown. However, with Covid infection rate

increases, local lockdowns and more recently with

‘the rule of six’ many social events have had to be

cancelled, including our ‘Afternoon Tea in Heydon’ and the ‘Parish Walk’.

As I write, the Prime Minister has just announced new restrictions that

could be in place for another six months. We might now be heading for a

second wave of the pandemic and these restrictions will hit many

vulnerable families and individuals. More prayers are needed!

In September we held Sunday services on all four Sundays of the month

with a BCP service on the first Sunday at Elmdon and a Family Service at

Chrishall on the second Sunday. The same pattern will continue in

October, but please note that the 2nd and 3rd Sunday services are Harvest

Services. Please see the Church services page for further details.

We are hoping to have our Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 13

October 2020 in Chrishall Church at 7.00 pm. I hope you will join us.

Our Parish Office is now open for two days a week on Thursdays

and Fridays.

With warm wishesAnand Sodadasi

Chrishall Church Opening Hours

Chrishall Church will be open every Wednesday and Sunday until

further notice. Please feel free to avail yourself of this beautiful building

for private prayer, reflection or just a bit of peace and quiet.

Covid rules apply, there is a ‘one way’ system, sanitiser and masks are

available for your use.

Please take time to enjoy! Chrishall DCC


A Reflection from Anand

We need healing (see Mark 7:24-30)

Some of us were shocked after seeing the BBC’s Panorama programme

two weeks ago on the Special Education Needs and Disability support

system which failed to help children with Education, Health and Care

Plans (EHCP) during the lockdown period.

Some children with EHCPs were left without much help resulting in

heart-breaking scenes of children struggling to cope with severe

behavioural problems including physical and violent outbursts and with

some self-harming. Parents were left with severe stress and were

struggling to cope. The local councils could not help.

The programme reminded me of a gentile mother (Syrophoenician) who

went to Jesus for help when her daughter was suffering from severe

mental illness (considered then to be possessed by a demon). At this time

it was a harsh world culturally conditioned and in an age when a disability

was viewed as a punishment from God and disabled people belonged to

an underclass (see John 9:2).

To test her faith, Jesus put forth an argument saying, “Jews first and not

gentiles!” But she demanded the healing based on her faith in the living

God and not on race or preference. Jesus tested her faith so that he could

reveal to his disciples and the Jews who were with him that his ministry

of healing and preaching was not for Jews alone but even for Gentiles and

that faith had no restrictions to any particular community or boundary.

Jesus told the Syrophoenician mother to go home and see her daughter

healed. She believed and went home in faith to see her daughter healed.

Jesus’ healing enabled her to be included in society, rather than cast

out. For any healing, Jesus’ only condition was ‘faith’ in him. Jesus’

intervention in our physical life would bring healing and recovery.

So, we learn from this that God cares for our physical life and wellbeing.

In our physical world we suffer in various ways. When we are in trouble

or in need of healing, looking to Jesus, the author of our faith can help as

it did for the Syrophoenician woman; she was determined to get the work

done through her faith.

Faith and deeds go together, they cannot be separated. It is not enough to

say that we are justified by faith and have attained salvation, it needs


evidence through our personal testimony and lifestyle. We live out our

faith. James (James 2:14 New Living Translation version) asks “what's

the use of saying you have faith if you don't prove it by your actions? That

kind of faith can't save anyone”

The purpose of our Prayer Group in the parish is to pray for God’s healing

of the people, the nation and the world as we head into a second wave of

Covid it is time for us to kneel before God for his intervention in our

physical world and bring healing and sustenance to human life.

In Christ

Anand Sodadasi

Operation Christmas Child –

The shoe box scheme

As in previous years, we are participating in the shoe box scheme to

enable needy children abroad to receive a small box of gifts at Christmas.

Boxes can be packed traditionally or online via the Samaritans purse

website (details below). Copies of the leaflet (one needed for each box)

can be obtained from the Church Office.

The boxes when filled should be delivered to the Church Office by no

later than Sunday 8 November. The leaflet provides useful ideas as to

suitable gifts. Please adhere closely to the guidance given particularly in

regard to box size and content.

Any further queries, please give the church office a call.






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will be held on

Holy Trinity Church, Chrishall

on 13 October 2020 at 7.00pm

For the election of Parochial representatives of the laity as follows:

• To the Parochial Church Council 4 representatives

• To the Deanery Synod 1 representative (include where applicable)

• For the appointment of Sidesmen and the Independent Examiner or


• For the consideration of:

(a) A Report on changes in the roll since the annual parochial church


(b) An Annual Report of the proceedings of the parochial church council

and the activities of the parish generally

(c) The Financial Statements of the Council for the year ending on the 31

December immediately preceding the meeting audited or independently


(d) A Report on the fabric, goods and ornaments of the church or churches

of the parish

(e) A Report on the proceedings of the Deanery Synod and other matters

of parochial or general Church interest.


Minister of the Parish


Alzheimer’s Research


Having very sadly lost my mother to Alzheimer’s in July, one of my

nephews took it upon himself to set the family a challenge.

Over the past four weeks we have been tramping, walking, running and

cycling the roads, lanes, highways and byways, clocking up over

5000kms between us raising money for Alzheimer’s Research.

To highlight the deep feelings that this horrible disease causes we have

now exceeded our targets of both kilometres and pounds. Raising over

£6000 so far.

However, we don’t want to stop there, we would like to continue to raise

as much money as possible over the coming weeks. If you, or anybody

you know, has been affected in any way by this cruel disease please do

give as generously as you can to help find a cure.

To donate please visit the JustGiving page.

Thank you

Angus Gent


Graveyard News

In an interesting way it has been a rather extraordinary and exciting time

in the Chapel graveyard in Great Chishill over the past months. Not

only for the wildlife, visitors or indeed the beautiful weather, but for the

discovery of a grave belonging to a young man who was wounded at

Ypres on 16 November 1914.

As a result of his wounds he was discharged from the army and spent

the remainder of his life in the Star and Garter, Petersham, home for

disabled sailors and soldiers. He died aged 24 on 15 January 1917. As a

result of finding his burial records and confirming he is buried in the

Chapel garden, Thomas Waller will now be officially recognised as a

casualty of the Great War, 103 years after his death. Previously his death

had not been recorded as a result of wounds inflicted at Ypres.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will now be looking into

erecting their own memorial. Watch this space for the next chapter of

Thomas Waller, a name read out each Remembrance Day in the village,

but now with a little greater recognition and understanding of who he

was and how he ended his days.

I now have a copy of the entry for the day he was wounded from the

regimental war diary and other such documents. For anyone who may

be interested.

Do you know who may be buried in your churchyard?

Angus Gent


Edward Thomas’s The

Icknield Way

Part 1 - Ickleton to Chrishall Grange

The poet Edward Thomas was fascinated by ancient roads and over the

course of 10 days in 1911 walked the length of the Icknield Way from

Newmarket to Wantage in Oxfordshire. Taken from his book ‘The

Icknield Way’, published in 1913, this is the first of three excerpts from

his route through our parishes, from Ickleton to Royston.


Leaving Ickleton by its chief street, Abbey Street, I entered an open country

rising on all sides. I took the south-westerly road towards Elmdon, and then

a right-hand turning out of that which went in a straight line to Ickleton

Granges. This is probably a new country road, with hedges and only the

narrowest of green strips beside it: it is not the Icknield Way. The old road

possibly ran along the gently rising ploughland half-way up it, past Rectory

Farm. There is still a footpath from near Abbey Farm and the Priory remains

to Rectory Farm, which may represent the course of the Icknield Way,

continued by a broken line of thorns reaching almost to Ickleton Granges


fifty or a hundred yards north-west

of the present road. Past the Granges

I turned sharp to the right along a

drove coming through the corn from

Littlebury and Saffron Walden. At a

turning on the left to Redland's Hall

this road became a county boundary,

and I went uphill to the corner of a

copse, where it made another bend

westward. At the bend there was a

triangle of turf upon the right, so that

the right-hand bank, which lies

beyond this turf, suggested a road

coming from the east, that is to say

from Rectory Farm and Ickleton

Priory. The road was now well up Abbey Street, Ickleton - September 2020

above the land to its right, and I

could see the straight ridge near Cambridge which carries the Mare Way(1).

On the other hand were the gentle Anthony Hill (2) and Clay Hill (3), and in

front the high land above Royston and its straight bars of wood. The road

was making almost due west for Royston. It went between corn, clover, or

new-ploughed land; white bryony grew in its low hedges, and even sprawled

over the dusty, rabbity mound by the wayside; and it had grass borders of its

own width. At first it was rough, but hard and white. Soon it became

practically a green road, and then wholly so, but level and rideable. In one

place it was lined by lime trees; in others all was elder flower, wild rose, and

lady’s slipper4, and the chatter of young birds.

(1)The Mare Way - a prehistoric ridgeway North of Wimpole leading

from the west towards Cambridge

(2) Anthony Hill - just North of Heydon

(3) Clay Hill - between New Road, Great Chishill and the road from Flint

Cross to Barley

(4) Lady’s slipper – puzzlingly, as the lady’s slipper orchid was declared

extinct in 1917. It was only recently that I discovered some people use

that name for the bird’s foot trefoil which is abundant in our lanes and

footpaths. Rose Madder









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United Reformed Church

Our first service back

It was so lovely to throw open the church doors, remove the cobwebs

and welcome worshipers back into the chapel again after a six month


We were thrilled to have 17 in the congregation at our first service of the

‘new normal’ in Great Chishill, including a number of new faces.

The evening service was led by Ben Palmer, who as ever, spoke such calm

and eloquent thoughts, it was so very reassuring to be back in the


There were of course changes to the chapel and the seating, but there was

still a warmth and feeling of togetherness, something that we had all

clearly missed over the months.

We are hoping to continue our services as ‘normal’. Evening services at

6.00 pm on the first Sunday of the month and morning services at

9.30am on the third Sunday.

We very much look forward to welcoming everyone to our next service,

old and young alike, as we all continue to breath new life into our


Dates for our next services,


Sunday 4 - 6.00pm

Sunday 18 - 9.30am

22 October - final date for

submission of articles for the

November’s Village Web


Don’t Struggle Alone

If you are facing challenging circumstances at the moment, you are not

alone. The pandemic itself may have caused financial or other problems

for you or your family or it could have made an already difficult situation

even worse. But however insurmountable a problem seems, there is

always a way out.

The old saying goes that a problem shared is a problem halved and this

can very often be the case. In the first instance, take the time to talk to

friends and family who know you well; they may be able to offer valuable

advice and practical support.

If you need more specialist support, our trained staff and volunteers can

help with issues relating to benefit entitlements and applications, money

worries, employment rights, including issues related to redundancy,

problems with housing such as landlord disputes or homelessness,

discrimination issues including hate crime, domestic violence situations

and other relationship challenges. Our advice is free, independent and


If you are finding it difficult to manage financially due to a drop in your

income, we can make sure that you are receiving all the benefits you are

entitled to and can also check your eligibility for local support schemes

that may help to cover the cost of food, heating, travel, medical supplies

or support you to access education or training opportunities that could

help get you back into work.

If you are in debt, the most important thing is not to ignore the problem.

We can work with you to identify the best way forward, whether that may

be referring you to online or telephone support such as or by working towards a debt free life with one

of our debt specialists.

Our advisers will not tell you what to do but will explain your options and

help you to make informed decisions about how best to manage your

problems by focusing on your needs and priorities.To speak to an adviser,

call us on 01799 618840 or email and leave a

message. Someone will get back to you as soon as they can.

Uttlesford Citizens Advice

Barnards Yard, Saffron Walden. CB11 4EB


Recruiting Drive

Royston and District

Community Transport

have volunteer drivers

using their own vehicles

to transport people who

cannot easily use public

transport. Of course,

most of our drivers are

retired – and indeed

many are over 70. This

has led to a current

problem as the Government recommended over 70s did not do

community driving in the initial lock-down period and still recommends

over 70s to be cautious.

As we emerge from the earlier strict restrictions we are getting more

requests for transport – hospitals, doctors, dentists and opticians are

offering more appointments, and we can now take people shopping and

on social trips – providing the journey time is, at the most, 15 minutes, but

we are beginning to fear we will not have enough drivers to meet all


With this in mind we are asking for more volunteers – even if you can

only manage a day here and there it will be of help. Drivers get 50p per

mile (starting from your home) to cover fuel and running costs – and the

pleasure of helping others!

If you think you can be of help, and have a medium or larger 4-door

car, please ring our office (01763 245228) between 9:00am and

3:00pm to get more information.

Registered in England & Wales, No. 6744379, and

limited by guarantee. Registered charity No. 1127052

Registered office: Royston Hospital, London Road,

Royston, Herts. SG8 9EN

Supported by: Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning

Group * Hertfordshire County Council * North Hertfordshire District


Council * Cambridgeshire County Council * South Cambridgeshire

District Council * Royston Town Council * The Brian Racher Trust *

Johnson Matthey plc * Royston Action on Disability *Ashwell Parish

Council* Barrington Parish Council *Duxford Parish Council *

Fowlmere Parish Council * Foxton Parish Council * Hauxton Parish

Council * Ickleton Parish Council * Melbourn Parish Council * Meldreth

Parish Council * Shepreth Parish Council * Steeple Morden Parish


Great Chishill Cricket

What a funny season it was. But we did manage to play some cricket in

our 150th season. In fact, we even reached the final of our mini league!

I am thrilled to report as I pack my bag away for the winter, that despite

the new ‘normal’ there was a keen interest to play and a wonderful spirit

in the club, with plenty to look forward to next season. The junior section

being launched, the pavilion having a facelift and welcoming old and new

faces alike to enjoy the village club.

Sadly, we are unable to hold the annual Dinner/Dance this year, an

evening that has very much become part of the village calendar. But, next

year it will be even better than last year!

Hopefully, we will be running nets early in the new year as we look

forward optimistically to a new season ahead. Please do come and join us

if you would like.

I must thank all who have support the club this year, without you there is

no club. We look forward to welcoming you all back next year.

Angus Gent



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Harvest Services

Jimmy’s Night Shelter

At the Harvest services on 4 and 11 October we shall be collecting nonperishable

food for Jimmy’s Night Shelter. They have suggested items

such as coffee (not tea), sugar, peanut butter, marmite, cereals and sauces

for pasta/rice dishes (not pasta or rice) as they are currently short of these

items but all non-perishable foods are accepted.

If you wish to contribute but are unable to attend the services please

contact the Parish Office.

Many thanks to all our contributors.

The Village Web is a submissions based magazine

and seeks a diverse range of articles, poems,

photos etc. for publication which would be of

general interest.

We would also welcome new people to join the

Web’s editorial team.

For further information contact an editorial team

member or Anand Sodadasi. Contact details can be

found on the Parish Contact page - the last page of

the magazine.


Watercolour of Streatley Mill and Church, by A. L. Collins, which was in the early

editions of the Icknield Way by Edward Thomas but not in the 1929 edition which

was used for the extracts in the centre pages. Collins also illustrated other works

by Edward Thomas. Rose Madder

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