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OCTOBER  2004

Editors:                                                                                         David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                       

                                                                                                    Hilary Rule                    

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th  October  2004

 

 

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

Proposed Housing Development in the Cambridge Area

The Regional Planning Panel of the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) had a preliminary meeting on 10th September to consider their response to the Buchanan Report.  They will be having a further meeting in Fitzwilliam College on 15th October at which they will decide which course of action they wish to support, and they will make their recommendation to EERA who in turn will decide their attitude at a meeting on 5th November.  EERA’s final recommendations will then be forwarded to the government, and there will be a 14 weeks’ public consultation period starting on 8th December.  That is the time when we, as a Parish, will be able to make our submissions.  Finally, there will be a public examination starting probably in September 2005.

Meanwhile, we have been in touch with neighbouring councils, particularly Great Chesterford, with a view to sharing information and co-ordinating our resources.  We have also identified some people who might be able to help us form an action group.  It is possible that we may call an open meeting in the village hall on 17th November to keep the parish informed and to hear their views.  We will let you know next month whether this meeting will take place.  In the meantime, we hope that anyone who is interested might want to come to the next parish council meeting.                                                                                                   James Macdonald (Chairman)

 
Refuse Collections during October

Monday   4th  October – Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday 11th  October – Black wheeled bin

Monday 18th  October – Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday 25th  October – Black wheeled bin

 

Hinxton Bridge Closure and bus service alterations The date for the closure is now Monday 4th October but pedestrian access to Hinxton will be available. The village will continue to be served by buses every two hours, there will be a shuttle bus running between Ickleton and Great Chesterford, but the details of how this is to be managed are still not available from the County Council.  As soon as I have the information I will put it on the notice board.  Please let me know if you suffer any delays or non-arrival of buses, so that I can keep up the pressure for provision of a reliable service.

 

Neighbourhood Watch Stanley Peck has kindly offered to take on this responsibility and will take on the role as co-ordinator this month.  If anyone has any concerns about practical security matters, (not crimes, which should be reported to the Police), please ring him.

 

Kitchen Waste Bins Small Kitchen bins are being made available free of charge by South Cambridgeshire District Council.  They can be used for cooked food, meat/fish bones, old vegetables and fruit peelings, coffee filters and tea bags, stale bread and eggshells (but no plastic bags).  They can then be emptied into your green wheeled bin.  They measure 20cm wide, 21cm deep and 30cm high and can be collected from Sawston Village College on Saturday 2nd October between 1.30 and 3.30 pm.  Please avail yourselves of these if you wish.

 

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South Cambs Magazine  When you receive your copy, may we encourage you to complete the questionnaire about Council Tax.  Concern over funding has left the District Council with a need to raise the council tax, and your views on their budgeting and possible service cuts will be important.                                                                   Jackie Casement, Parish Clerk

 

 

CHURCH NOTICES   Services in October

 

Sunday 3rd October

     9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist

DUXFORD

Trinity 17

   11.00 a.m. Blessing of Animals

HINXTON

 

     6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)

ICKLETON

 

 

 

Thursday 7th October

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)

HINXTON

 

 

 

Sunday 10th October

     8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)

ICKLETON

Trinity 18

   11.00 a.m. Churches Together, Harvest Festival

DUXFORD

 

      6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)

ICKLETON

 

 

 

Thursday 14th October

    12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)

HINXTON

 

 

 

Sunday 17th October

      9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist

DUXFORD

Trinity 19

    11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist

ICKLETON

 

       5.00 p.m. Harvest Festival Evensong

HINXTON

 

 

 

Thursday 21st October

    12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)

HINXTON

 

 

 

 Sunday 24th October

        9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist

DUXFORD

 Last after Trinity

     11.00 a.m. Morning Worship and Godly Play

HINXTON

 

         6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)

ICKLETON

 

 

 

Thursday 28th October

     12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)

HINXTON

 

 

 

Sunday 31st October

     11.00 a.m. Five Villages Celebrations

WHITTLESFORD

All Saints

 

URC

 

      6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong & Holy Communion

 ICKLETON

 

ARE YOU ON THE WEB? (ICKLETON GOINGS-ON REVEALED)

At last – get the real low down!  The website (www.ickletonvillage.co.uk)  has been upgraded to include a search facility.  This means you can now search Google-style through 3 years’ back copy of Ickleton events as reported in Icene; Parish Council proceedings and indeed within the site itself.  Just log on, select ‘Search’ and all will be revealed in moments!  See who made the headlines or even check out planning applications, recreation ground issues, diary events, references to local organizations or Church occasions.  Happy surfing anyway!

                                                                                                                                         Andrew Shepperd

 

 

THANK YOU

We would like to thank most sincerely everyone who so kindly sent lovely cards, good wishes and beautiful flowers on the occasion of our Golden Wedding.

So sorry we have not been able to thank you all personally, but hope you will accept this ‘thank you’ with our grateful thanks.                                                                Betty and Sonny Willmott

 

 

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THOUGHTS FROM A MEMBER OF THE MINISTRY TEAM

Keat’s  ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

              Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;’

is upon us again, signalling as it does what is arguably the end - or at least the culmination of - the farming year. It provokes thoughts of the approach of the end of the year and we will all have had  our own very different experiences over the past twelve months.

 

Autumn for me is a time to reflect and I recall that village life in the 21st century is markedly different from village life of 50 years ago when I was a boy. Then the corn was cut by a binder, the sheaves put into ‘stooks’ before being  ‘led’ and stacked in the stack-yard to await threshing. Today the combine comes and does all this in one fell swoop.

 

I remember harvest  as a time of excitement and hard work. The job had to be done before the weather turned. The last trailer into the stackyard was a moment to savour. The job was done.

 

Then the Harvest Supper, trestle tables groaning under the weight of home made food, a keg of ale standing in the corner to wash it all down. Later still the Harvest Festival Service: the church decorated with sheaves of corn, loaves of bread, apples, pears, marrows, carrots and potatoes galore - all ready to be taken to the Nottingham hospitals after the service. The church filled with people dressed in their ‘Sunday best’.

 

It is harder to feel close to the source of  what sustains us now, just as it is less easy to build communities when our occupations are so diverse. But whatever our occupation may be, there is a kind of ‘harvest’ from it every year; sometimes better sometimes worse. So let us, in the words of that great harvest hymn “Raise the song of Harvest-home” in our churches this year and, in the words of the prayer of General Thanksgiving  be “unfeignedly thankful” for what we have in this country and in this community.

 

Finally, spare a thought or more for many of  the farmers up and down the land who have suffered at the hands of the worst harvest weather for decades. The financial effects are predicted to be as bad as the effects of the recent  Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic.

 

We hope to have as many people as possible to join us in the churches this harvest time.   

                                                Andrew Walker, Churchwarden, St Mary and St John, Hinxton

 

 

 

OVER SIXTIES

Flu and pneumonia vaccinations

This service is only for those registered with Sawston Medical Centre, and only for those unable to attend the Health Centre sessions. If you have an appointment from the end of September onwards at the Health Centre, you will receive a vaccination at that time.

Please let me know if you wish for your name to be put down on the list  as soon as possible.

The date is October 20th at 2.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.

                                                                                                                        Mrs. Ruby Lilley

                                                                                                                   

 

THE CHESTERFORDS, ICKLETON & HINXTON W.l.

The next meeting of the W.I., will be on 20th October at the Community Centre Great Chesterford at  7.45 p.m.

The evening will be ‘Members’ Night’. For any more information please contact Cynthia Rule.

 

                  

 

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HEY GRINGO! THROUGH PERU  - PETER SEARLES

Tickets are now on sale at Costcutter Express Adults £5 Concessions £4. The date is Friday 22nd  October and the show will commence at 8.00 pm.The doors will be open at 7.00 pm and wine, beer and soft drinks will be on sale. The hall will be laid out cabaret style, so, come early to get your choice of table.

We are indeed fortunate that through the sponsorship of Arts in Cambs on Tour, we are able to welcome to Ickleton such an internationally acclaimed raconteur. This is what the critics had to say following Peter Searles' London shows: "Holds the audience spellbound. This is the show every traveller would love to be able to give.” -  Evening News. "Riveting. Leaves you yearning for more" - The Guardian.

                                                                                                                              Ickleton Theatre Group

 

 

GREAT CHESTERFORD STEAM UP

The Great Chesterford Steam Up will again take place this year on Saturday 9th October. This is the 13th year of the Steam Up, and lets hope we have as great a day as last year, weather and attendance wise! As in previous years, exhibits will be spread from the Coronation Triangle, Horse River Green, South Street, Crown & Thistle and The Plough. These exhibits will include steam engines, model steam engines, vintage tractors, barn engines, commercial vehicles, vintage cars, motorbikes and  military vehicles. A selection of fair organs will be playing at the public houses and up and down the street. Once again there will be an olde time fun fair on Horse River Green. There will be a display of Morris Dancers at the public houses and a children’s entertainer at The Plough. If anyone has any ideas, comments or would like to become involved with the day, please do not hesitate to contact me! For anyone new living in South Street, Great Chesterford it will be CLOSED, except for access, from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Firstly do ask your neighbours about the day, as from comments received from previous years they all thoroughly look forward to it. However if you do have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me or at the garage, Chesterford Engineering Ltd. If anyone is able to help with the event in any way, with either sponsorship, donations, raffle prizes or organisations wanting to hold a stall or just help on the day, we would be most grateful to hear from you.

                              Adrian Culpin - On behalf of the Great Chesterford Steam Up Committee

 

 

DUXFORD IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

Last of the British  Bombers rolled out at Duxford

The Imperial War Museum Duxford has unveiled  the latest aircraft to be restored at the world-renowned aviation heritage complex. On Tuesday 14th  September the museum rolled out its Blackburn Buccaneer, the last all-British bomber aircraft produced in the UK. The roll-out took place in the presence of former Buccaneer aircrew, some of whom flew Duxford's aircraft in service.   The Buccaneer has been restored to take its place in Duxford's new multi-million pound AirSpace exhibition set to open in 2006. AirSpace will tell the story of Britain's aviation industry from its earliest days to the present. The Blackburn Buccaneer, developed for the Royal Navy at the height of the Cold War, was the world's first two-seat carrier-based low-level strike aircraft and was designed to fly low and fast to deliver nuclear weapons against Soviet naval targets. In British military service for over 25 years, the Buccaneer was only used in anger during the Gulf War in 1991. "As the last of a long line of British-designed and built bombers the Buccaneer has always been a favourite with aviation enthusiasts in the UK." said Frank Crosby, Duxford's Head of Marketing "The aircraft is very popular with our visitors and will be a key exhibit in the new AirSpace exhibition."

The Buccaneer came to Duxford in 1998 and has been restored by a team of Duxford conservation staff and volunteers.

 For more information about AirSpace visit www.airspaceduxford.org.uk

                                                                                   Sam Kemp PR Assistant ' 01223 499375

 

 

                                                                           

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GT. CHESTERFORD DISTRICT GARDENING SOCIETY

Our visit to Bridge End Gardens in August proved a disaster with an overhead cloud burst and claps of thunder which sent us scurrying for our cars or the ‘Eight Bells’ whichever was preferred.

Our September meeting was a watery subject again, but this time in the dry when we were shown, with graphs and slides,,, how to build ponds and water gardens by Mr. Geof Peck, who proved an excellent speaker and held a captive audience with his beautiful slides of water lilies and water plants.

Our next meeting will be on October 6th when Roger Harvey will talk to us about growing ‘Hellebores’.  There will be plants for sale at the end of the meeting.  Visitors welcome.

                                                                                                                          Cynthia Rule 

 

ICKLETON PARISH REGISTERS

Now that we have had time to digest(!) the transcripts of the Ickleton Parish Registers, it was suggested that I should include a few quotes from them.

The Registers started in 1558. The book was just plain sheets of pigskin so the vicar could put in (or leave out) anything he liked. He was probably one of comparatively few literate people in the village and the register was one of the few books in the village in 1558.  It was not until 1755 that pre-printed books for marriages and 1813 for baptisms and burials came about, and this limited the vicar’s scope.

The first baptism on 11th December 1558 is of Elizabeth Taylor (not The Elizabeth Taylor!).  I wonder if she realised that she was the first person recorded.

In some cases baptisms and burial are one entry.  In 1570 one entry was even less informative – ‘Joane the daughter of a certain poor woman.’

In 1594 the vicar was obviously annoyed as he recorded that ‘Here some were left out, for that Edward Swan and Stephen Swan, Churchwardens, were negligent in bringing forth the booke’. He later recorded in 1607 and 1608:

‘’This year was a great frost of long continuance. Which stayed ye plowes 13 weeks and more and presently after all corn was deare and all saffron heades rotten and wheate greatly hurt wt ye frost

The price of corne riseth sodamely, barley to four nobles ye quarter, wheat 8s bushell, Ry 5s a bushell, yet greate plenty in ye house and hope of a very plentifull harvest. The poore not regard(ed).

Plenty of grane, yet so deare yt the por were in as greate distress, as though there had been greate scarsite, such was the hardness of men’s hearts. O tempora O mores!’’

After 1813 the father’s occupation is included in the baptisms, though the vast majority were labourers, and it is interesting to see during the ensuing years the growing variety of occupations. The occupation of the last entry in the baptism transcript (1969) is Flying Officer. There were not many of them around in 1813.

The first burial in 1558 was Alice King, an infant, there was much infant mortality in those days.  An early entry simply says ‘A poor women’s child’.  In 1572 John Brignall, John Chambers and Richard Barker were ‘slayne at the Clay Pitt and overwhelmed with clay’.  This would have been a terrible disaster for Ickleton. I wonder if the Health and Safety Executive was informed?

In 1589 John Addam is recorded as ‘a greate drunkard, excomunicant.’

In 1595 Old Richard Crud was ‘slayne with a fall of his walnut tree.’

In 1598 Cutt Swan is recorded as ‘an old harborer of theives.’

In 1602 Elizabeth Turpin is recorded as ‘a walking woman.’

In 1614 3 year old George Munsye was ‘slaine by an horse.’ 

In the 16th and 17th century only the father’s name is given in some of the baptisms, obviously the mother’s part in the  production was not considered worth recording - a sad reflection of the Church’s attitude to women.                                                                                              David Lilley

                                                                                                                                              

 

WELCOME TO………. Simon and Michelle Cheney and Jonathan (2)

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WEDDING

Congratulations to Neil Bridgeman and Ramona Moodley on their marriage, which took place at Umhlanga Rocks, Durban, South Africa on July 27th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICKLETON DIARY

             October 6th

Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.

                          

Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford

                           9th

Great Chesterford Steam Up

                         11th

Mobile Library

                         16th

Visiting Bellringers 3.00 p.m. – 6.15 p.m. approx

                         20th

Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                         20th

The Chesterfords, Ickleton & Hinxton W.I. 7.45 pm.

 

Community Centre, Great Chesterford

                         22nd

Ickleton Theatre Group Show 8.00 p.m. Village Hall

                         25th

Mobile Library

                                                                  

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ICKLETON DIARY

             October 6th

Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.

                          

Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford

                           9th

Great Chesterford Steam Up

                         11th

Mobile Library

                         20th

Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                         20th

The Chesterfords, Ickleton & Hinxton W.I. 7.45 pm.

 

Community Centre, Gt. Chesterford

                         22nd

Ickleton Theatre Group Show Village Hall 8.00 p.m.

                         25th

Mobile Library

                                                                  

                                                PUBLISHED BY ICKLETON PARISH COUNCIL