Thursday, 29 December 2016

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Wreath Making 2016

Thanks to everyone who came along and made our second year such a success and especially to Alison Wilkinson for organising, staying all day and providing wonderful refreshments!








Tuesday, 6 December 2016



CRIB SERVICE
CHRISTMAS EVE
3PM AT HOLY TRINITY, CHRISHALL

Bring the youngest members of the family to take part in the nativity and see how Jesus turns what
is sad into glad again.

Children, please come dressed as angels, shepherds or wise men.

Friday, 25 November 2016

CRAFTS
IN
THE BARN


SATURDAY 3rd December 
10am - 4pm

LYNCHETS FARM, NEW ROAD
GREAT CHISHILL, SG8 8ST

CRAFTS AND GIFTS MADE BY LOCAL CRAFTY PEOPLE
Teas, Cakes, Hot Dogs, Mulled Wine, Leather Goods Christmas Trees, Candles, Wreaths, Knitwear
Festive Condiments, Woodcraft, Windmill Cookbooks
Accessories ~ Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Bags, Jewellery
Children’s Christmas activities and a visit from Santa and his donkey!
Face Painting, Name the Cuddly Donkey
Noah the donkey
Father Christmas Reading his favourite Christmas Tales
Father Christmas's Lucky Dip

In aid of the St Swithun’s Restoration Fund and the
Windmill Fund.

Telephone: LINDSEY 01763 838897 for enquiries and Stalls.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Pink Champagne!


Parish Walk


Family Walk around our Villages on Saturday 8 October

Do join in for as much of the walk as you can. As you can see we will be taking a different route this year! We are grateful to Peter and Jean Wiseman for their kind permission to walk across their fields to Little Chishill.  We believe that the youngest walker to do the whole walk was 10...it would be impolite to comment on the age of the most senior walker!

For the younger walkers there will be activities along the way and a prize each for the furthest walked by a primary and secondary school pupil. The refreshments are bound to be wonderful (and welcome!)

Please meet at Chrishall Church at 8.30am to leave at 9am.  If you are joining half way, please leave Chrishall at 12.30pm to meet at Chiswick Hall at 12.50pm.








Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Farewell Andy and Hazel!








Thanks to everyone who made Andy and Hazel's last weekend so special.  The party on Friday evening was great fun and over 200 attended Andy's last service on Sunday    We are sad that they have left us but wish them nothing but health and happiness in their retirement.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Andy's resignation and retirement



‘These last seven years have been amongst the happiest of my ministry and we have both loved being part of this church and area.  We are deeply grateful to you all for making our time here such a joy. It is now is the right time to step down and allow others to take the parish forward.’



On 16 September there will be a farewell evening for Andy and Hazel. Please let Erica know if you will be joining us so planning can get underway.  Then, on 18 September, there will be a celebration of the licensed ministry of Andy Colebrooke at 5pm at Chrishall Church.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Having a laugh!

Sunday 28th August
1.30pm
Marquee on the Meadow
May Street Farm, Great Chishill

A full afternoon’s entertainment ~
Rural comedy, country & western, skiffle, sing-along
and a huge dollop of …
Norfolk squit!


Tickets £12.50, Under 12’s £6.00
include lunch – pulled pork, salad, desserts. Vegetarian option
Licensed bar, Ice creams, Raffle
Tickets from Jenny Leitch 07850 862199 or email Ro Gadian 1drakeral@gmail.comWheat Clipart

Supporting St Swithun’s Restoration Fund
It’s our turn now to save our village icon for future generations’



Monday, 1 August 2016

Church Services in August

These will all be communion services,
two using BCP, as indicated

Sermons will be based on four of the letters of the risen Christ to the seven churches of the Book of Revelation


Sunday 7 August
10.00am Heydon
including baptism
(BCP)
Revelation 2.1 – 7 (Ephesus)

Sunday 14 August

11.00am Little Chishill
Including baptism
and followed by a bring and share lunch.
Please join us!
Revelation 2.8 – 11 (Smyrna)

Sunday 21 August

10.00am Strethall
(BCP)
Revelation 3.1 – 6 (Sardis)


Sunday 28 August
10.00am Hamlet Church

Revelation 3.7 – 13 (Philadelphia) 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Church Mice Summer Special

The Mice will meet as usual on 13 July for songs, bible stories, craft and conversation 10.30-11.30 in Chrishall Village Hall

The Annual Summer Special picnic will be at Mill House on 27 July from 11am.

For more information please contact Hazel on 838703 or Sally on 263231


Thursday, 23 June 2016

Heydon Place Open Gardens

On Sunday 10 July there will be Open Gardens at Heydon Place, Heydon in aid of The British Red Cross, 2pm-5pm.  Refreshments and garden stall.  All welcome!

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

God Save the Queen! - Special Service this Sunday

There will be a service celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday at Holy Trinity, Chrishall, 10am, on Sunday 12 June with the Icknield Way Choir and followed, after a short interval, by a brief service of Holy Communion.  Coffee and birthday cake will be served after the service.  This will be the only service of the day.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK - NOW OPEN TO YEAR 4'S
Midsummer Madness at St Mark's
Have you ever fancied being a Sumo wrestler or trying your hand at jousting? Or working as a team to beat your rivals at Lasertag? Are you in year 5 or above?
If so, come along to St Mark's College, Audley End on Sunday 19 June from 3.30pm to 8pm for fun activities, food and fire! Plus a short talk from our mystery guest.
Tickets £8 per person in advance only, from Erica in the church office telephone 01762 837272 or email iwp.parishoffice@gmail.com
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Event organised by the Parish of the Icknield Way Villages.

Thursday, 5 May 2016


Walk through the Bible Live Event

Adults, and accompanying children from 11 years old, will have the opportunity to bring the Bible to life on Saturday 21 May.  ‘Walk through the Bible’ will reveal how the most published book in the world fits together in a clear memorable way.

This all day course will run from 9.30 am to 5pm including a shared lunch at Chrishall Village hall on 21st May.

The Old Testament is a Big Book meaning often the Big Picture can be lost. Walk Through the Bible is hear to help!

Come for a memorable, interactive day where you will discover the Bible like never before, which will greatly aide your Christian studies and get you engaged your Bible.

We are asking for a contribution to the ticket price with a suggested amount of £10 per adult which will include your booklet.  Accompanying children are free.

Please ring Erica at the Icknield Way Parish church office to reserve your place and book tickets on 01763 837272. iwp.parishoffice@gmail.com or the event organiser, Liz Stott on 07801496707.



Walk Through the Bible logo


Organised by The Parish of the Icknield Way Villages.


Tuesday, 3 May 2016


Double Bill Bands and Bar
The Elderly Brothers and
Duxford Jazz 
Sat June 18th 7.30 pm         Chrishall Church
Come and enjoy the new church interior “jazz club” style!

Tickets in advance from church office (837272)
Adult £6 Child £4 Family £18

Snacks included. Licensed Bar.
In aid of Open Doors Charity and Icknield Way Parish

 

Friday, 29 April 2016

Midsummer Madness at St Mark's
Have you ever fancied being a Sumo wrestler or trying your hand at jousting?  Or working as a team to beat your rivals at Lasertag?  Are you in year 5 or above?

If so, come along to St Mark's College, Audley End on Sunday 19 June from 3.30pm to 8pm for fun activities, food and fire!  Plus a short talk from our mystery guest.

Tickets £8 per person in advance only, from Erica in the church office telephone 01762 837272 or email iwp.parishoffice@gmail.com

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Event organised by the Parish of the Icknield Way Villages.


Monday, 25 April 2016

The Parochial Church Council

                             Liz Stott (Churchwarden)             Jon Wayper (Churchwarden)
                        
                           Mel Chandler (Deputy Warden)        Ned Tozer (Treasurer)
  
                             Alison Wilkinson                        Angela Patrick
 
                           Colin Murrant                                   Chris Martin
 
                            Claire Robertson                             Kate Chambers
 
                            Lyn Vokes                                       Jane Holford
 
                             Peter Lyster                                       Pauline Gale
 
                           Peter Gale                                          Lucy Lewis


PCC Secretary: Michael Gaine






Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Great Chishill DCC wins Heritage Lottery Fund support for urgent repairs to the church tower

Great Chishill DCC (responsible for the care of St Swithun’s church) is delighted to announce the award of £29,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This development funding will allow us to begin urgent work to repair the tower. We will start with preparatory work to investigate structural defects in the church tower, with expert advice from a specialist in “damp tower syndrome”, carry out archaeological and environmental surveys, and then prepare tenders for the repair work. This support from National Lottery players will help progress our plans to apply for a full grant later this year. The initial work will start in a month or so, and the actual repairs probably in a year from now.
St Swithun’s is the focal point of Great Chishill and an important example of an intact medieval parish church, whose history is strongly linked to that of the village. The church is grade II* listed, reflecting the significance of its architecture and heritage. The tower has suffered various mishaps over the years; it caught fire (affecting the roof and floor under the bells) in the disastrous fire of 1798, when eighty per cent of the village was destroyed. The tower began to crumble badly in 1884 and the top fell off in 1891. It was rebuilt in 1896-7 at a cost of £865, but without the original spire. Now it is suffering serious damage as a result of water penetration through the upper flint walls, especially the East face. This urgently needs repairing as the historic fabric is being damaged internally – you can see how the stone of the tower arch and nearby plaster are crumbling - as well as externally.

The project aims to make the tower watertight and repair the damage. We will also install basic facilities in the church, water, toilet, kitchenette, and open up the space at the back of the church. This wonderful and much loved building can then be used by the wider community for meetings and events.

This first-round pass means that HLF has endorsed our outline proposals and earmarked funding, as well as contributing towards the costs of the initial work. Once we know what restoration work is needed we will submit detailed proposals to HLF in a second-round application later this year. As long as our plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the full project is confirmed. In our case the full project costs are estimated at £352,000 with £249,100 coming from HLF. The rest will come from VAT recovery, our own fundraising efforts and by applying to other grant giving agencies. 

I’d like to take the opportunity to say a huge “Thank you” to everyone who has given so generously of their time and money towards our restoration appeal. We still need to raise more money to meet our share of the total project costs, but with your help we are now about to take the first steps towards “saving our village icon for future generations”.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery


For further information contact Ro Gadian, (member of Great Chishill DCC) on 01763 837075 1drakeral@gmail.com


Friday, 1 April 2016

Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2016

Monday 25 April, 8pm
Holy Trinity, Chrishall
St. Nicholas Church, Elmdon

Please join us at 7.30pm for refreshments
and desserts.

Everyone is very welcome to attend and anyone on the electoral roll can vote.


If you would like to vote or be elected but are not currently on the electoral roll, please ask for a form from the church office on 837272. (Must be over 16 years of age)

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Start! Course


Red Cross Disaster Fund
Stephen Baxter and his son Jel are running the Paris Marathon next Sunday in aid of the Red Cross Disaster Fund.  If you would like to support them and help raise money, please go to the following web page.  Thanks!

Midsummer Madness at St Mark's

Have you ever fancied being a Sumo wrestler or trying your hand at jousting?  Or working as a team to beat your rivals at Lasertag?  Are you in year 5 or above?

If so, come along to St Mark's College, Audley End on Sunday 19 June from 3.30pm to 8pm for fun activities, food and fire!  Plus a short talk from our mystery guest.

Tickets £8 per person in advance only, from Erica in the church office telephone 01762 837272 or email erica.debnam@icknieldwayparish.com
(the church office will be closed from 4 – 18 April but please still leave your request and Erica will  contact you on her return – thanks!)

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Event organised by the Parish of the Icknield Way Villages.


Monday, 21 March 2016

Easter in the Icknield Way Parish



Easter Services 

 Maundy Thursday
7.00pm
Holy Communion Service at Elmdon

 Good Friday
10.00am
Good Friday @ 10 – Everyone is invited to Elmdon Church to enjoy hot cross buns, Easter biscuits, hot chocolate, freshly ground coffee and smoothies, lots of crafts and a brief service contemplating the events of Good Friday and what it means for us.

2.00pm
Service for Good Friday at Heydon

 Easter Day
9.00am
Holy Communion Service at Hamlet

10.40am
Family Communion Service at Great Chishill
followed by an Easter egg hunt!



Friday, 18 March 2016

Good Friday @ 10



Friday 25 March - Good Friday



At 10.00am, everyone is invited to Elmdon Church to enjoy hot cross buns, Easter biscuits,
hot chocolate, freshly ground coffee and smoothies, lots of crafts and a brief service
contemplating the events of Good Friday and what it means for us.


Hopefully see you there!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

IWP Annual District Church Meetings



Great Chishill       Monday 14 March at 7.30pm
                                St Swithun’s Church


Hamlet                  Tuesday 15 March at 8pm
                                Hamlet Church


Elmdon                  Tuesday 15 March at 7.30pm
                                Elmdon Village Hall


Heydon                  Thursday 17 March at 6.30pm
                                Holy Trinity Church


Strethall                Sunday 20 March at 10am
                                St Mary’s Church


Little Chishill        Tuesday 22 March at 7.30pm
                                Little Chishill Manor


Chrishall                Tuesday 29 March at 8pm
                                Martinholme, Crawley End


If you would like to vote or be elected but are not currently on the electoral roll, please ask for a form from the church office on 837272. (Must be over 16 years of age)

Please come along and support the work of your DCC!

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Easter Quiz and answers


Easter Quiz

1. On what day is Easter celebrated?
a) Friday b) Saturday c) Sunday d) Monday


2. Where does the name Easter come from?
a) An Anglo saxon goddess called Eastre
b)A saint from the 6th century
c) An old word for east star


3. On Palm Sunday, Christians celebrate that…
a) Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and was greeted by cheering crowds
b) Jesus sheltered under a palm tree during a thunderstorm
c) Jesus fed 5000 people


4. How long is Lent in western churches?
a) 21 days b) 30 days c) 4 days d) 49 days


5. Why do we have eggs at Easter
a) Jesus liked eggs,
b) they taste nice
c) they are a symbol of rebirth
d) they are a symbol of sadness as they look like a tear drop


6. The night before his death, Jesus finished the Passover meal with disciples by sharing:
a) bread and water
b) bread and wine
c) toast and jam


7. What traditionally happened on Ash Wednesday?
a) People put ash on their foreheads
b) Fireplaces were cleaned out in time for Easter
c) People wash themselves with ashes from a fire
d) Fires are lit all over the world to celebrate Jesus’ time in the wilderness


8. What does Shrove Tuesday have to do with Easter?
a) Shrove Tuesday is the:  first day of  Lent
b) the last day to indulge before lent
c) the first day of Advent
d) the end of Lent


9. Lent is the time of:
a) feasting b) celebration c) abstinence d) partying


10. Which of the following has nothing to do with Shrove Tuesday:
a) Lean Tuesday b) Fat Tuesday c) Mardi Gras d) Pancake day


11. The ashes of Ash Wednesday are made:
a) by monks in a monastery in London
b) in Jerusalem and flown over to England
c) burning paper crosses
d) burning palm crosses saved from Palm Sunday last year


12.  During Lent Christians remember the time Jesus spent:
a) in the garden of Gethsemane
b) in the wilderness
c) teaching his disciples
d) up Mount Olive


ANSWERS



1. On what day is Easter celebrated?
a) Friday b) Saturday c) Sunday d) Monday

2. Where does the name Easter come from?
a) An Anglo saxon goddess called Eastre
b)A saint from the 6th century
c) An old word for east star

3. On Palm Sunday, Christians celebrate that…
a) Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and was greeted by cheering crowds
b) Jesus sheltered under a palm tree during a thunderstorm
c)Jesus fed 5000 people


4. How long is Lent in western churches?
a) 21 days b) 30 days c) 40 days d) 49 days


5. Why do we have eggs at Easter
a) Jesus liked eggs,
b) they taste nice
c) they are a symbol of rebirth
d) they are a symbol of sadness as they look like a tear drop

6. The night before his death, Jesus finished the Passover meal with disciples
by sharing:
a) bread and water
b) bread and wine
c) toast and jam

7. What traditionally happened on Ash Wednesday?
a) People put ash on their foreheads
b) Fireplaces were cleaned out in time for Easter
c) People wash themselves with ashes from a fire
d) Fires are lit all over the world to celebrate Jesus’ time in the wilderness

8. What does Shrove Tuesday have to do with Easter?
a)  Shrove Tuesday is the:  first day of  Lent
b) the last day to indulge before lent
c) the first day of Advent
d) the end of Lent

9. Lent is the time of:
a) feasting b) celebration c) abstinence d) partying


10. Which of the following has nothing to do with Shrove Tuesday:
a) Lean Tuesday b) Fat Tuesday c) Mardi Gras d) Pancake day
 

11. The ashes of Ash Wednesday are made:
a) by monks in a monastery in London
b) in Jerusalem and flown over to England
c) burning paper crosses
d) burning palm crosses saved from Palm Sunday last year

12.  During Lent Christians remember the time Jesus spent:
a) in the garden of Gethsemane
b) in the wilderness
c) teaching his disciples
d) up Mount Olive