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

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. @heritagelottery

For further information contact Ro Gadian, (member of Great Chishill DCC) on 01763 837075

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)