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  MARCH 2007

 

Editors:                                                                      

David and Monica Lilley

monica.lilley2@btopenworld.com

 

Distribution:                                                                                      

Tony Court

Hilary Rule                    

 

Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th March 2007

PARISH COUNCIL

 

Refuse Collections during March

Monday       5th March    -     Green bin and green box collection

Monday     12th March    -     Black bin collection

Monday     19th March    -     Green bin and green box collection

Monday     26th March    -     Black bin collection

 

Parish Council Meeting 21st February  The following items were discussed: Proposed Tennis Courts - there was a good debate with various views expressed, especially regarding the siting, funding and the basketball court.  A final decision by the Parish Council will be made next month.  Draft Cemetery guidelines were presented and discussed, also the Table of Burial Fees, which were held again this year, but agreed that next year the fees should be increased. The Post Office - please see article below.  Grass Cutting quotations for the coming season were agreed upon.

Planning Application(s)

S/0048/07/F - Dwelling - Land R/O 9-17 Grange Road - Rowe Build and Development Ltd.  Refuse. The Parish Council felt the application relating to this backland development would:

·        be out of character with the pattern of development in the vicinity

·        have an unacceptable adverse impact on the amenity of existing properties; and in particular:

·        be out of keeping as our village has a strong linear character

·        the access is too narrow for construction and Emergency Service vehicles e.g. Fire Engine

S/0151/07/F - Extension - New House, Coploe Road - Mr & Mrs C Cope.  Accept

Ickleton Riverside Barns:  Nothing has moved since the Highways Agency raised several issues.  SCDC intend to resolve the situation within the next two months.

18 Abbey Street:  Correspondence had been received from a prospective buyer who intended to use the premises for offices.  It is understood the buyer has now withdrawn.  A further letter has been received from a Development Consultant acting on behalf of the owners saying they are currently engaged in pre-application discussions with South Cambridgeshire District Council in an attempt to secure a change of use from Commercial to Residential. 

Tree Preservation Order(s):

C/11/40/054 - Laburnum - remove - Mrs Taylor  - Deemed Consent

Listed Buildings  There was nothing further to add following Mr Nick Grimshaw’s attendance at last month’s meeting.

Planning Applications.  It is clear that South Cambridgeshire District Council Planning Department has not got the resources that it used to have, as a result of which some neighbours are not being notified. In any case, it would seem a normal courtesy to notify your neighbour.  The Parish Council will try to ensure neighbours are informed, but it is better, if the applicant does this.

Play Area  Unfortunately, the two Chestnut trees within the play area are diseased and must be cut down.  SCDC will help us with tree replacements.  If anyone has any suggestions regarding this, please get in touch with me.

 

 

 

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Parish Council Elections  The date of the election is Thursday 3rd May 2007.  Nomination papers will be available from Monday 26th March 2007, from the Parish Clerk, for anyone wishing to stand for the Parish Council.  Applicants must be on the Electoral Register and have attained the age of 18 years by 2nd May 2007.  Completed nomination papers must be returned to the Returning Officer at South Cambridgeshire District Council and not to the Parish Clerk.  The deadline for returning the papers is Noon 2nd April 2007, but applicants are advised to submit them before the deadline, in case of any errors/queries by the Returning Officer.

The Post Office Network - DTI Consultation Document  The Government is consulting on the future of the post office network.  The consultation paper is available online at www.dti.gov.uk or telephone ' 0845 015 0010 for a copy.  Responses are due by 8th March 2007 to Post Office Network Consultation, Dept. of Trade & Industry Response Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H  0ET or email: dti.enquiries@dti.gsi.gov.uk

Arts Website for Young People  Youth Councils are currently being set up in Sawston and Linton.  Members of the Youth Councils will update the website with information about all the important arts events and activities for young people taking place in the area.  You can register online to receive text alert messages about events, directly to your mobile.  It costs just 25p to register and then all the messages are free.  The website address is www.freetimeyouth.org  There is an Easter Mini Academy (at Sawston Village College), which is open to young people aged, 8-16.  It will take place over 2 full days and costs £40 & £30 for a sibling.  For further information about the event, please contact Lesley Morgan on ' 01223 712825 or lmorgan@sawstonvc.org

The Annual Oxfam Walk Oxfam is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the annual Oxfam Walk in Cambridge, on 20 May 2007.  For Registration Forms or further information, visit www.oxfam.org.uk/walk or email events@oxfam.org.uk or phone ' 0870 905 9060.

Cambridgeshire County Council is looking for help in managing the county’s network of paths and open spaces.  If you wish to apply to be a member of the Local Access Forum, please call '01223 717445 for an information and application pack or download one at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/laf  The closing date for applications is Friday 16th March 2007.

                                                                                               Jocelyn Flitton - Parish Clerk

 

FROM YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

I am grateful for the opportunity to send you this message through your parish newsletter.

 

In the course of my work as your Member of Parliament I meet many constituents at my Constituency Surgeries.  Constituents contact me either because they wish to discuss issues, or to ask for my help with problems they are experiencing.

Increasingly, I am hearing about problems my constituents are experiencing in obtaining housing.  In many cases, people have a very understandable desire to have a home in the village where they grew up, perhaps to be close to their parents, or close to where their children are attending school.  All too often, this has not been possible, and people are waiting for years on local authority waiting lists for a suitable property, because the cost of housing means they cannot afford to buy their own home.

It’s tragic to be talking to young couples, often with children, who have lived all their lives in South Cambridgeshire but who can’t afford to buy because house prices have doubled over  the last six years and there are too few Housing Association or local authority homes available for them to rent. 

That’s why I’ve launched a campaign to get the Government to let South Cambridgeshire District Council keep the money it receives from rents and the money it receives from Council house sales and be able to reinvest that money locally into new houses for rent.  Last year South Cambs had to hand £10 million over to the Government!  That could build a hundred new homes a year for local people to be able to rent properties in their home villages.

For further information, see my press release ‘MP calls on Government to let South Cambridgeshire build more homes for rent for local families’ on my website at www.andrewlansley.co.uk.  I have sent a copy of my letter to the Government to all the parish councils; so they can express their ideas as well as how we can house our young people locally.               Andrew Lansley CBE, MP for South Cambridgeshire

          153 St Neots Road, Hardwick, Cambridgeshire, CB23 7QJ

      ' 01954 212707, Fax : 01954 211625, Email : lansleya@parliament.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CHURCH SERVICES

 

               Thursday 1st

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion

HINXTON

 

 

 

                 Sunday  4th

  8.00 a.m.  Holy Communion

DUXFORD

                    Lent 2

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist

ICKLETON

 

   6.30 p.m. Evensong

HINXTON

 

 

 

              Thursday 8th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion

HINXTON

 

 

 

              Sunday  11th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion

HINXTON

                     Lent 3

10.00 a.m.  Parish Eucharist

DUXFORD

 

  6.30 p.m.  Evensong

ICKLETON

 

 

 

             Thursday 15th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion

HINXTON

 

 

 

                 March 18th

 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion

ICKLETON

    Mothering Sunday

 9.30 a.m. Family Service

DUXFORD

 

11.00 a.m. Family Service

ICKLETON

 

 

 

           Thursday  22nd

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion

HINXTON

 

 

 

                 March 25th

 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion

HINXTON

                      Lent 5

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist

DUXFORD

 

  6.30 p.m. Evensong and Holy Communion

ICKLETON

 

 

 

             Thursday 29th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion

HINXTON

 

Mothering Sunday

There is a Family service in each church, with a gift of flowers for the ladies of the congregation.

9.30 a.m. Duxford, 11.00 a.m. Ickleton, 11.00 a.m. Hinxton.

 

Services during the week

Morning Prayer (8.45 a.m.) and Evening Prayer (4.45 p.m.) are said in church: Monday Duxford, Tuesday Ickleton, Wednesday Hinxton, Thursday Ickleton, Friday Duxford.

 

Full details of church events are to be found in the monthly Church Diary available in church or from the Rectory.

 

WEDDING

The marriage of Paul Cook and Sonia Jane Ellis took place at Ickleton Church on 27th January.

  

METHODIST CHAPEL All Services commence at 3.00 p.m.

         

             March 4th

Holy Communion

Revd. Trevor Sands

                      11th

Chapel Anniversary

Revd. Trevor Sands

                      18th

 

Mr. Geoff Grundy

                      25th

 

Miss Joan Kennett

 

Thank you to all who came to remember and give thanks for the life of Miss Gertrude Sculpher at the Chapel on February 6th. Gertrude will long be remembered for her skill and enthusiasm in cultivating and showing flowers and vegetables.                                              

Revd. Trevor Sands

 

 

 

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NOTES FROM HINKLEDUX RECTORY

Rolls, Rights and Responsibilities

Parish: [Middle English] paroshe, parosse [Old French] paroche, paroisse [ecclesiastical Latin] parochia, paroechia [Greek] paroikia from paroikos.

The word ‘parish’ comes from the Greek word for ‘a sojourn’ or temporary stay. It was first used by the Church to describe a local Christian community (rather than a geographical area), as a spiritual term for those whose life on earth was a ‘sojourn in a foreign land’ before they reached their true home. Later the word denoted the ecclesiastical area under a bishop (which we know as a diocese) and, by the 4th century, as the church grew, it referred to the subdivisions of a diocese into parishes.

Our present day civil parishes have their origins in the ecclesiastical parish and over the centuries the two administrative systems developed in parallel (until 1836 there was even a church tax known as the tithe). So it is that today each of our villages boasts two organizations which are easily confused because they carry similar names - the Parish Council and the Parochial Church Council. There are similar confusions with the relevant voting lists, known as the electoral roll (ecclesiastical) and the electoral register (civil). Administration of the civil affairs of the village is of course the responsibility of the Parish Council and voters are on the electoral register. The village church is administered by a Parochial Church Council and to have a say in the life of the church, you need to be on your church’s electoral roll.

After all that, you won’t be surprised to know that the vicar’s interest is in the Electoral Roll associated with each of the three churches, because this year each church has to compile a new list of electors. No names are carried forward from the old roll and we have to start again by asking those who wish to register to fill in the appropriate form available from their church or Church Electoral Roll Officer.

The basic qualification for admission on to the Electoral Roll is that you are either (1) a member of the Church of England living in the parish or (2) a member of the Church of England not living in the parish but having worshipped habitually in the parish for the 6 months prior to enrolment or (3) a member of another church, providing you have habitually attended public worship in the parish for the last 6 months.

The electoral roll is important. It is the way in which we register officially all those who want to play a full part in the life and work of the church. Our Church Councils are charged with making significant decisions about the shape and future of the ministry in the villages, and it is those on the electoral roll who are entitled to speak on such matters at our Annual Meeting and to vote for representatives to the Church Council. The system is intended to enable church people at every level to be in touch with the Church as a whole and to play their part in its decision making.

To join the electoral roll means having a sense of responsibility for your church. Because the list is used as part of the formula for the Diocesan charge on each church, there is a financial implication. It would be fair to say that most Church Councils would hope for some financial or practical support from those on the roll (though this is not a requirement for registration!). Although names can be added to or removed from the roll during the year, the list that is established in 2007 will remain in place for the next six years (that is, until 2013). It is an important indicator of the health of the church and a guide to the people who feel committed to their village church. It is a way of saying ‘I belong’ and we hope you’ll want to have your name on the list!               Andrew Schofield

                                                 The Rectory, Duxford CB22 4RA

* Andrew.schofield@ely.anglican.org

CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL

A reminder that there is to be a completely new Electoral Roll this year.  Will anyone who wishes to be on that Roll, and who has not yet filled in an application form, please take a form from the Church or apply to me.

Completed forms should be return to me as soon as possible.

                                                            Frances Payne

DIARY INFORMATION

The next coffee morning is on 6th March (10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon).  February’s event had a record turn out of 39 people - do come along and enjoy the camaraderie - children welcome.

The St. Patrick’s Night Ceilidh is in the Village Hall on 17th March.  Tickets are now available from Costcutter Express or from Rosemary. Adults £10 each, family ticket for 2 adults and 3 children under 12 is £25.  Irish stew and apple tart are being served and there is a full bar.

Don’t forget to put the Good Friday Night Passion Play in your diary (7.30 p.m.).  Rehearsals are in full swing and the cast are really getting into their different roles.

Finally, if anyone is prepared to contribute a prize for the Annual Raffle, which is drawn at the Church Fete, please contact Neil McKillen.                                                                                             Rosemary McKillen

 

THE MARSHALL MIGRATION

Very sadly in our more mature years we feel it would be sensible to move from Grange Road to a less isolated position and to ‘down size’. We are very fond of Ickleton and are very much hoping to be able to stay in the village.

Larkhill House is going on the market in the spring and it just occurred to us, it might be an idea to float the information in case anyone in the village thought of selling their own house, in the near future, which could be of interest to us. We would be looking for 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

                                                                                                              John and Judy Marshall 

 

 

 

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ICKLETON CHURCH FETE 2007

This year’s Church Fete will be held on July 7th from 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.   We hope particularly that new comers

to the village will join us or help with the fete. You will be made very welcome.  This is a traditional fete for the family and has been running a few years now.  It is in aid of the expenses of the Church, and is a social event for the village as well. The Churchwardens and the Parochial Church Council are very grateful for the village’s support for this event.

Listed below are people who have very kindly volunteered for the usual stalls and who would like to receive your contributions for the fete and much needed help.  Please ring first.

Rosemary and Neil McKillen would be very grateful if you could help them sell raffle tickets.

 

Stall Holders:

Adults and Children’s Tombola        -       Cynthia Rule  - would like things before the fete

Books                                               -       Judy Holt 

Bric-a-brac                                       -       Peggy Richardson - willing to store things

Cakes and home produce               -       Catherine Cocks and family

Cakes for tea                                   -       Sheila Birch  - The Ickleton Society

Nearly new                                        -       Jane Hurst

Toy Stall                                           -       Sarah Mila

Silent Auction                                   -       Monica Lilley

Bottles for the Bottle Tombola          -       Neil McKillen

Plant Stall                                         -       Carli Holberry

The Grand Raffle                              -       Rosemary and Neil McKillen - see below

 

The Grand Raffle

The annual raffle, which is drawn at the fete, makes up a significant proportion of the total money raised at the event.  Last year the raffle contributed about £1,400 and we very much hope, with your help, to take that over  £2,000 this time round.  Our thanks to everyone who helped last year by donating the splendid prizes and by selling, and indeed buying tickets.

Since we need to finalise the prizes early in order to have the tickets printed, we would be delighted to hear from anyone willing to donate a prize within the next few weeks.

 

Sponsorship

Would you like to sponsor the fete?  A leaflet to advertise the event, with the names of the sponsors and their details printed on the back, will be delivered to every house in the village and one will be given to everyone who comes to the fete, usually at least 200 people!  Sponsorship costs £25 per line, and we have several businesses interested so far.  If you would like any more information, please get in touch with me or put a cheque with your  details through my door, made out to Ickleton Parochial Church Council.  This helps with expenses.  Last year we had 14 sponsors, including parishioners.  Thank you.                                       

 

General

We also have the Saffron Walden Town Band once again and we hope you will listen to them while you have your tea!

Included below we have the details of the photography competition.  Last year we had the best ever 48 entries.

New competitions will be ‘Guess where the Teddy Lives’ and ‘The Best Dressed Teddy’. These will be run by Rosemary Hayes. More details about this next month.

Another new competition will be ‘Guess the Parochial Church Council’. This is to match up pictures of them when they were young and the present day.  David and I have had great fun already with this, so we hope you will too!  

Several owners of vintage cars and tractors have been in touch to show their vehicles, so we look forward to seeing them at the vintage tractors and old vehicles show. Please contact Dick  Wombwell. There will also be tractor and trailer rides.

If you have any ideas and can help in any way please do get in touch.

 

Photography Competition 2007

We would welcome ideas for different categories for this year’s photography competition.  This is for adults and children’s abilities.  The cost is £1 for each entry, which should all be in colour.

The results will be announced in the meeting room in the Village Hall at the end of the afternoon of the fete.  A rosette will be given for 1st prize only in each category.

 We hope a village personality will judge the competition.

                             Monica Lilley - Fete Organiser

 

                                                                                         

         

 

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YOUR LOCAL POST OFFICE

Foreign Currency      -      within 24 hrs.  0% commission on over 70 currencies

Travel Insurance          -     short and long trips   65+ discount

           

Free Banking                 -     deposits and withdrawals

                                                      Barclays, Lloyds TSB, Co-op, Cahoot, Alliance and Leicester

Savings Accounts      -       National  Savings Insurance and Investments

                                                       Post Office Instant Saver

Insurance                      -        car, home, van

 

P.O. Credit  Card

 

Reminder:

These are some of the many services we offer. Come and see what we can do for you.

With the likely reduction in the number of Post Offices, every transaction made at Ickleton Post Office will help keep ours open.

Use us or loose us.                                                                                                              Dilip Odedra

 

TABLE TOP SALE

A sale in aid of Arthur Rank Hospice will be held at Rectory Farm, Grange Road, Ickleton on Saturday March 3rd from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.                                                                                       Cynthia Rule

 

ICKLETON VILLAGE HALL UPDATE

With this edition of the Icene is a leaflet giving details of all the regular activities that take place in the Village Hall -  the vast majority are available for those living in the village to take part in the activity.  Some sessions may be fully booked, so contact the organiser listed on the back page, and please keep the leaflet for future reference.

The WEA is hoping to run a course in the Hall during the autumn, current thinking is that it’s expected to be held on a Wednesday morning.  However, this is at a very early stage and may be liable to change.  Neither subject nor tutor are known, but if you wish to register an interest, you can let us have your name and we will pass these on to the organiser as soon as details become known.

Finally, we remind you that, although the Hall appears very busy during the week, we can often fit requests for its use into the schedule.  In the same vein, remember that at the weekends the Village Hall is available for private hire and makes the idea venue for Birthdays, Weddings, Christenings and a multitude of functions. Contact us if you want details.

       David & Jean Whitaker - Booking Secretaries

 

ART CLASSES

Art Classes take place at the Methodist Church on Wednesday mornings from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Beginners welcome, the sessions will include one-to-one help.  There will be refreshments and 1½ hours of practical work in water colour painting.

A charge of £2.00 per week will be made to cover expenses and refreshments. Hoping to see you! The dates for the Spring Term are March 7th,14th and 21st.                                                     Kenneth Mark, Tutor

 

FLEDGLINGS COFFEE MORNING 

Fledglings is a national charity which supports disabled and special needs children and their families.  It was founded several years ago by Ickleton resident Ruth Lingard, and now serves almost 6,000 families.  Until last year, the charity operated from Ruth and Chris’s home, before moving to an office in Wendens Ambo.  Several other Ickleton residents support Fledglings and, like Ruth, work as volunteers. Responding to suggestions that local people might like to learn more about the charity, Fledglings is holding a coffee morning in the Village Hall meeting room from 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon on Wednesday 28th March.  Ruth and other Fledglings colleagues will explain what the organisation does and the many ways in which it helps children and families.  Ickleton can be justifiably proud of this local success story, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Fledglings is warmly invited to come along.  For more information, please contact John Statham or Tina Gordon.                                                                                                                                                                                John Statham

 

 

 

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Hello, we were delighted to be asked to take over the Neighbourhood Watch position and will endeavour to keep you abreast of any concerns.

In a small village we can all help keep an eye out for problems and minimise any potential for crime. Please be aware that not all callers are legitimate. Subterfuge is the weapon of distraction burglars who will pose as council officials, people in distress, police officers or indeed anybody to gain entry to your house. Let the police know if you suspect anyone and don't let them in. A real official will be happy to wait whilst you check on their identity. Theft from cars is a simple offence to commit and simple to avoid. Don't leave ANYTHING on view in your car. You may know it is an empty bag, the thief does not.

Motoring

On the subject of cars, please be aware that officers are being asked to target people who are not wearing seatbelts, as part of a Europe wide enforcement campaign from 19th to 25th February. Remember how seatbelts save lives though and always 'belt-up' not just during the campaign.

New legislation

From the 27th February, get caught using a mobile phone while driving and it will end up costing you a £60 fine and 3 points on your licence, and your insurance could suffer also.

Stay safe and look out for each other. Remember, let the police know if you see something suspicious.                                                                                                                         Keith and Tracy Head

 

DUXFORD CHURCH OF ENGLAND COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL

The first half of term ended on a high after the School joined forces with other schools in the area for a Worldwide and Wonderful Creativity Day.  The children spent the morning in their year groups learning an art form from another culture.  After a morning spent experiencing Brazilian Martial Arts, Indian and African dance and story telling and African drumming, it is not surprising that everyone in the school (according to one teacher) had a smile on their face.

Chess Enthusiast Wanted!  If you have an hour to spare each week over the lunchtime period, the school is looking for a leader for the Chess Club.  We have a keen bunch of chess players, who need someone to share their passion and provide adult enthusiasm.  Anyone interested would need to be CRB checked, but to start the process all you would need to do is complete a form. If you are interested, please contact the school on ' 01223 712108.                                                         Miranda Stone-Wigg

 

CHANGES AT SAWSTON MEDICAL PRACTICE

We have several items of news from the practice which will affect both our patients and staff.  Firstly we are sad to announce that both Dr Alan Gelson and Dr Peter McKenna have decided to hang up their stethoscopes and retire from General Practice in the next few months.

Dr Alan Gelson first came to the practice in 1976 as a GP Registrar. Since that time he has developed his clinical interests in cardiology and minor surgery.  Alongside his work at Sawston Medical Practice for 15 years he worked at Addenbrooke’s Hospital as the GP Course Organiser for the local training scheme.  He also has enjoyed his role within the practice as a GP Trainer for new General Practitioners and Medical Students.  He will officially retire on 30th April and will be much missed.

Dr Peter McKenna joined the practice in November 1973.  During his career he has developed his interests in dermatology and minor surgery, becoming a GP with a Special Interest in Dermatology working alongside Dr Paul Norris, Consultant Dermatologist. In this role he ran clinics at Saffron Walden Hospital for 5 years.  He was the Course Tutor for 3 years on the GP Vocational Scheme, and was also a GP Trainer within the practice for 14 years. He will officially retire on 30th June and will also be much missed.

Now for the good news:

Dr Sharon Woods became a partner in the practice on 2nd January 2007 and works 5 sessions per week.  She initially came to the practice as a GP Registrar in 1995.  She returned to us in 2003 working part-time in the role of a GP Retainer. Her main clinical interests are in dermatology, gynaecology and family planning and we are really pleased that she has become a partner.

Dr James Morrow will join the practice as a partner on 1st May 2007 working 9 sessions per week.  He comes to us from Marlow in Buckinghamshire where he has been a partner for 12 years.  His interests are minor surgery, gastroenterology and practice IT.  We are sure that he will be a great asset to our team.

Dr Fiona Clark will become a partner on 1st July 2007 and will work 5 sessions per week.  She initially came to the practice as a GP Registrar in 1999 and 2001.  On completion of her Registrarship she joined the practice working part-time as a GP Retainer.  Her main interests are in paediatric medicine and she will also be the practice clinical lead in all aspects of immunisations and vaccinations.  We are really pleased that Dr Clark will become a partner.                                                                              Jenny Parker

 

                                                                  

                                                                            

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PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS

You will have read elsewhere in the Icene about the arrangements for the forthcoming Parish Council elections, but I wanted to add a word of encouragement to anyone in the village who might have been thinking of standing.

Being a parish councillor is an important responsibility and one that shouldn’t be undertaken if you are not prepared to devote a reasonable amount of time and effort towards it. On the other hand, though, it can be most rewarding in that you can make a real contribution towards the life and well-being of the village. I speak as someone who has been a councillor for 8 years but who is now standing down.  I found that it was fun (most of the time!), it was interesting and one got to know the village and the people living there much more intimately. So my advice to anyone who might have an interest is - give it a go, even if you don’t get elected!  It is healthy that the election should be contested and that a good number of people should stand.                                                                                                James Macdonald

 

CHESTERFORD DISTRICT GARDEN SOCIETY

Our first meeting of the New Year was held on February 7th when 30 brave members turned out on a freezing cold night.  Alan Shipp our speaker gave an interesting talk on the history of hyacinths going back to the 18th century and right up to the present time, showing slides of his national collection, the only other collection being held by a lady in Lithuania.

The next meeting will be the Spring Party on March 7th at 8.00 p.m. in the Congregational Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford.

Flower Show Schedules are now available from me.                                              Cynthia Rule

 

THE CHESTERFORDS, ICKLETON & HINXTON W.I.

A breath of spring blew in at our February meeting in the guise of Ray Upson who, despite ending up on the M11 at Stansted by mistake, proved an excellent speaker.  Ray has spent his spare time photographing wild life mostly in the Elevedon Estate in Suffolk.  We watched eighty slides of pure magic, showing birds such as the stone curlew, the ringed plover, woodpeckers and owls to name but a few, mostly with their young or their eggs - to show how they disguised their nesting sites to avoid predators.  Slides of butterflies, deer and leverets were also included, but birds are Ray’s favourite subject for filming.

The next meeting will be the A.G.M. and fish and chip supper on March 15th at 7.45 p.m. in the Community Centre, Great Chesterford.                                                                    Cynthia Rule

                                                                          

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO........Mr. Ron Maynard who will be 80 on 27th March.

 

 

ICKLETON DIARY

                  March 3rd

Table Top Sale 2.00 - 5.00 p.m. Rectory Farm, Grange Road

                              6th

Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon

                            10th

Saffron Walden Band Barn Dance 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                            12th

Mobile Library

                            17th

St. Patrick’s Night Ceilidh 8.00 p.m. Village Hall

                            21st

Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                            21st

W. I.  A.G.M. 7.45 p.m. Gt. Chesterford Community Centre

                            26th  

Mobile Library

                            28th 

Fledglings Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon Village Hall 

 

 

                   April 14th

Theatre Group ‘You Don’t Need to Know That’  Village Hall

 

 

                      July 7th

Church Fete

 

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