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APRIL 2008

 

Editors:

David and Monica Lilley

Monica.lilley2@btopenworld.com

 

Distribution:

Tony Court

Hilary Rule            

 

 

Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th APRIL 2008

250 UP!

We have now completed 250 issues of the ‘Icene’.

We would like to thank everyone for their support over the years, especially Rosemary Hayes (the previous editor, way back in 1987) and Charles and Barbara Cooper who have proof read it each month.  Thanks also to all the distribution and delivery team. Hilary Rule, Chris Nania and Carol Turton have been with us all that time.

As we have now both reached the ‘bus pass era’ we must be over half way through our editorship!                                                                                                                                             

 David and Monica Lilley

 

PARISH COUNCIL

 

Refuse Collections during April

Monday       31st  March           -        Green bin and green box

Monday        7th  April               -        Black bin collection

Monday       14th  April              -        Green bin and green box

Monday       21st  April              -        Black bin collection

Monday       28th  April              -        Green bin and green box

Bins and boxes must be placed out by 7.00 a.m. on your designated day of collection.

 

Parish Council Meeting 19th March.  The following items were discussed:

Allotments:  Lewis Duke declared an interest before discussion took place.  The Allotment group has circulated a questionnaire to the 26 interested people regarding the site offered near Coploe Hill.  Six people were still interested, but 17 had said No.  The Parish Council has now discharged its duty in attempting to provide allotments.  However, the Parish Council would be happy to assist if any other site became available.  Cllr Timothy Stone reported that Hinxton Parish Council is introducing allotments back into their village.  The Clerk was asked to contact the Hinxton Parish Clerk and ask for more information, in case plots might be available to Ickleton residents.  The Clerk had recently attended a workshop on allotments and had circulated a document with information gleaned.  She had also made contact with Duxford Parish Council at the workshop, and they had sent some information relating to their allotments.  The Clerk had suggested that we might invite Karen Kenny (who was the presenter from Allotments Regeneration Initiative) to speak to the Parish Council.  It was agreed the Clerk should invite Karen Kenny to a meeting, when she was available.

Financial Year End:  The Clerk reminded the Parish Council that the financial year ends on 31/03/08.

Emergency Flooding Plan:  A list of items that are available and where they are kept will be reported back to the next meeting.

Cemetery – Burial Fees:  The fees will be increased in line with inflation.

Dog Fouling: It was reported that dog fouling was taking place in Abbey Street. Please would dog owners clean up after their dogs have fouled on the street. Many thanks.

Meetings in May are as follows:  

Parish Council AGM – 14th May                          Annual Parish Meeting – 21st May 2008

Planning application(s) received from SCDC:

S/0081/08/F – Replacement gate, new vehicular access & trellis to garden (revised design) – 53 Abbey Street – Keith Mitchell Building Consultancy Ltd. –  (Letter sent 25/02/08)  Ickleton Parish Council wish to Refuse this planning application for the following reason:

We do not understand the reference in the application to the LPA having confirmed there is no need for parking in relation to the dwelling.  This may have been true in the past, when this was a 2-up 2-down agricultural worker’s dwelling, but the development will result in a much larger residence with modern services etc.  In effect it is a new development.  The Parish Council’s views, as to the level of parking provision needed, would seem to be in line with policies adopted in July 2007 in the Development Control Policies DPD – Appendix 1  (up to 2 spaces for a dwelling of 3 or more bedrooms in poorly accessible

 

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areas, which Ickleton is – and the line problems specific to Abbey Street are more than sufficient additional grounds for seeking the provision of two spaces in the present case).

S/0206/08/LB - Internal & external alterations and conversion of offices to three bed roomed dwelling (revised design S/1211/07/LB) – 18 Abbey Street – Visible Edge -  (Letter sent 25/02/08).  Ickleton Parish Council wish to Approve this planning application subject to the following comments:

Aspects that concern the Parish Council are:

S/0268/08/F – Change of use from Office to Residential (Amended Design) – 18 Abbey Street – Visible Edge – Approve                                                              

S/0330/08/F – Erection of 7 retail units & café (retrospective application) – Ickleton Riverside Barns, 111 Frogge Street. The Chairman gave a resume of the application, pointing out to Mr & Mrs London that there were a few inconsistencies, which should not affect the decision made by the Parish Council.  He then invited Mr London to make any points that he felt were relevant to the application.  The Parish Council felt they needed to be consistent and support the SCDC policies, which were listed in the Refusal document dated 21/01/08.  After discussion, a unanimous vote to Refuse the application was made. 

The Chairman will be writing to SCDC pointing out various inconsistencies within this application.  The Chairman asked John Williams to follow up on some of the points made.

S/0357/08/F – Extension – 21 Mill Lane.  Jane Hurst declared an interest.  Approve

The Parish Council expressed some concerns regarding the flood plain and planning applications that were received and requested that the Clerk contact the Environment Agency and ask if someone could come and speak at a Parish Council Meeting.     

 

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:

S/0081/08/F – Replacement gate, new vehicular access & trellis to garden (Revised design) – 53 Abbey Street – Keith Mitchell Building Consultancy Ltd.

S/0145/08/F – Extensions (Renewal of Time Limited Permission Ref. S/2314/02/F) – 39 Church Street

S/0206/08/LB – Internal & External Alterations & Conversion of Offices to Three Bedroomed Dwelling – 18 Abbey Street, Visible Edge.

 

Adult Education is running taster days in a wide range of subjects on Saturday 10th May at Sawston and Melbourn Village Colleges and on Saturday 17th May at Linton and Melbourn Village Colleges.  For more information about Sawston & Linton courses, please ring (01223 712424  sking@sawstonvc.org and for information about Melbourn ring (01763 260566 or email comed@mvc.org.uk

 

NATS is commencing consultation on proposed changes to airspace over parts of London, Southern and Eastern England.  This airspace is called ‘Terminal Control North’ (TCN).  For more information visit:  www.nats.co.uk/TCNconsultation or alternatively, paper copies of the questionnaire are available in main libraries or you may write to:  TCN Consultation, NATS, Freepost NAT22750, Reading, RG1 4BR

                                                Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk

BUS PASSES

From 1st April everyone over 60 is entitled to a bus pass, giving free travel after 9.30 a.m. Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and bank holidays, anywhere in England.

I must have been conceived at just the right moment!                                                                David Lilley

 

THE REVISED CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL

The revised Church Electoral Roll will be displayed in the Church for a fortnight at the beginning of April.

Please contact me at the below address or telephone me if there are any changes to be made.

Frances Payne, 

                                     

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CHURCH SERVICES – Services for April

          Thursday 3rd

12.30 p.m. BCP Communion

HINXTON

 

 

 

            Sunday 6th

  8.00 a.m. B.C.P.  Communion

DUXFORD

               Easter 3

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist

ICKLETON

 

  6.30 p.m. Evensong

HINXTON

 

 

 

         Thursday 10th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion

HINXTON

 

 

 

             Sunday 13th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion

HINXTON

               Easter 4

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist

DUXFORD

 

  6.30 p.m. Evensong

ICKLETON

 

 

 

          Thursday  17th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion

HINXTON

 

 

 

            Sunday 20th

   8.00 a.m. BCP Communion

ICKLETON

                Easter 5

 10.00 a.m. Family Communion

HINXTON

 

   6.30 p.m. Evensong Laying on of Hands

DUXFORD

 

 

 

         Thursday 24th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion

HINXTON

 

 

 

            Sunday 27th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion

HINXTON

                Easter 6

10.00 a.m. Family Service

DUXFORD

 

  6.30 p.m. Evensong and Holy Communion

ICKLETON

         

Annual Church Meetings

Each of our churches has its Annual Meeting in April. They provide an opportunity to look back over the last year and consider plans for the future. There are two key elements at Annual Meetings. One is the financial situation - how we have managed to pay the bills in the last twelve months and what we face in the future. The other is manpower. Each church needs to ensure it has enough people to organise and run worship and events in the coming year. If it becomes difficult to balance the books, or there aren’t enough people to cover all the jobs that need doing, the church is in trouble. You will be very welcome to join us for the church’s meeting at 8.00 p.m. on 29th April at Church.

 

Keep an eye on your village church!

It’s not possible to put all church news in the village newsletters. If you want to keep up-to-date, you need the monthly Church Diary. With new software, the vicar can send it out (and a weekly newsletter too) in an easily readable format. You can go on the mailing list by emailing your request to atschofield@msn.com

 

VILLAGE BARN DANCE

Following the success of last year’s St Patrick’s Night Ceilidh, we are this year running a Barn Dance in the Village Hall at 7.45 p.m. on Saturday 12th April in aid of Church funds.  Caller Adrian Besant and the Ivel Valley Band will be back, by popular demand, to once again lead the festivities. 

Tickets will be available from me, after Easter.  They are priced at £10 per adult, £25 for two adults and two children, with additional children (up to 16) at £3 each.  Supper is included and bar facilities will be available.

Do come along and help us make it a memorable evening.                         Rosemary McKillen

 

CHAPEL NOTICES – All services start at 3.00 p.m.

 

               April  6th

   Revd. Trevor Sands

 

               April 13th

   Revd. David Mullins

 

               April 20th

   Revd. Trevor Sands

Holy Communion

               April 27th

   Revd. John Buxton

 

                                                                                                              Revd. Trevor Sands

 

         

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NOTES FROM HINKLEDUX RECTORY

Worship changes lives!

Most Christians consider worship to be the central act of Christian identity. Theologians described us as homo adorans (‘worshipping man’) and see the worship of God as at the very centre of what it means to be a human being. The urge to worship was best put into words by St Augustine in the 4th century:

 

Too late have I loved you, O beauty ever ancient, ever new, too late have I loved you.

I sought for you abroad, but you were within me though I was far from you.

Then you touched me, and I longed for your peace, and now all my hope is only in your great mercy.

You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless till it rests in you.

 

Worship - when humans meet the divine - is natural, yet new and even strange, to those who discover it for the first time. It happens when we find ourselves drawn towards God. Such encounters aren't confined to organized worship. They can happen anywhere. We instinctively respond to signs that God is present in the world around us. We may not literally fall down on our knees, but we respond naturally to beauty, love and compassion. When we experience these, we experience something of God.

Worship – a religious act of praise, honour, or devotion, directed to God - is the heart of the Church. Worship shows God to us and us to God. In worship when we hear the Bible read and think together about what it means for us, God speaks to us. As we join with others to sing God's praise, as we kneel in silence to confess our failures, or clasp someone's hand to share God's peace, God reaches out to us. Worship honours God but it should also grab us, engage us and change us.

Worship is also an art and sometimes the canvas is blank and needs work. We don’t always feels like worshipping God. The fact is that most of us have to give time to it, if we are to learn to do it well. Anyone in a loving relationship knows there are ups and downs, and times when you don't feel as strongly attracted. Willpower and determination keep the spark alive. Relationships take time, space and energy to flourish. It's the same with worship; we need to learn how to worship, to grow in our relationship with God, and not just go with the flow, because the flow can ebb away.

Teachers describe a child’s natural ability to wonder and worship as they discover more about the world around them. But the first steps into worship seem to get harder the older you are. Babies often take to water as the most natural thing in the world. Learning to swim when you are older is a different matter. We're afraid of the water and daren't take our feet off the bottom. We have to overcome these fears and rediscover the fact that water keeps our bodies afloat whatever our shape or size.

At church we have started to experiment with family worship and work with children (and are even looking at the possibility of starting up a Sunday School). We want to provide an opportunity for adults to reconnect and for children to discover the excitement of worship. One of our posters for a Family service invites you to ‘relax and worship in a service that encourages children to attend and participate; with hymns you know and bible stories you remember – and no more than 45 minutes long!’ We believe that worship is for everybody – and that worship changes lives!                                                                                                                                                                                        Andrew Schofield

     The Rectory, 13 St John’s Street, Duxford CB22 4RA

    ( 01223 832137 * atschofield@msn.com

 

NEWS FROM DUXFORD CHURCH OF ENGLAND COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Friday 7th March saw the formal opening of the school’s new community space – The Sunshine Room. 

Adapted from an existing classroom, between July and October last year, The Sunshine Room is now in use by the Duxford Under-Fives Association, incorporating the Playgroup and Toddler Group, as well as by the after-school club (known as the DX Club) and a brand new Breakfast Club. 

The Sunshine Room has its own separate entrance and its own garden area, making it safe and attractive for use by the very youngest children in the village, as well as those who need care before and after school.

Many members of the local community; representatives from the various organisations who helped to make the project happen; as well as children from the school, the playgroup and after-school club; attended the opening ceremony.  The school choir entertained visitors, and the ceremony culminated in the cutting of the ribbon and a cornet fanfare.

The school would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all the individuals and organisations involved and for all the hard work that they put in over the last year.  Without their support, this project would not have become a reality.

In March, the school also celebrated World Book Day with an exciting day of activities that included shared reading and joint story writing.  Prizes were awarded for the best book review written by a parent/carer or relative and to the winner of the ‘Where Have You Been Caught Reading?’ competition.  One of the winners was snapped reading a book on dogs to his dog while sitting in the dog’s cage.  The other winner somehow managed to read whilst pegged to the washing line!                                                                                                                                                                                              Miranda Stone-Wigg 

 

THE CHESTERFORDS, ICKLETON AND HINXTON W.I.

Our AGM was held on March 19th on a bitterly cold night. Those members brave enough to attend welcomed Julie Baillie as our new president and two new committee members.

A presentation was made to retiring president Ann Wood, who has served for three years, but will remain on the committee.

A Beetle Drive was much enjoyed. A charge of £1 was made for refreshments to send to the A.C.W.W. appeal.

At the next meeting, on April 16th, there will be a talk on the Sue Ryder Care Home in Ely.

It is our turn to host the Group Meeting on May 12th 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. in the Community Centre at Great Chesterford.  Tickets £3.

Details of the new programme next month.                                                            Cynthia Rule                  

 

 

 

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ICKLETON CHURCH FETE 2008

The Church Fete will be held on July 5th from 2.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. in the Village Hall and on the recreation ground.

Many thanks to everybody who has offered to help so far. Now we need contributions please - if you are having a spring clean, do remember us. If you are new to the village, please do come along, we do still need help. Please contact me, you will be made very welcome.

Many thanks to Peggy Richardson, who has decided to retire after doing the bric-a-brac stall for us for many years.  Ivy Court has agreed to take this over.

The following would be very grateful for contributions to the stalls :-

                   Bric-a-Brac                                                 -          Ivy Court

                   (really good items please)

                   Bottle Stall                                         -           Neil McKillen

                  The Grand Raffle                       -          Rosemary and Neil McKillen

                   Cakes and Produce                           -          The Cocks family

                   (Catherine asks if there is another family who would like to be involved!)

                   CDs and DVDs (no videos please   -          JoAnne Rutter jorutter@gmail.com

                   as they do not  sell)

                   Toy Stall (no soft toys please)          -          Sarah Mila

                   Plant Stall                                           -          Cali  Holberry, 3 Bird’s Close

Silent Auction                                     -          Colin and Rosemary Hayes

                   Adults and children’s Tombola         -          Cynthia Rule

                  Books                                                  -          Judy Holt

                   Nearly New (no jumble please)          -          Monica Lilley

                   We do not accept electrical items.

 

The hall will be open from 10.15 a.m. on the morning of the Church Fete for setting up. Coffee will be served in the meeting room for the helpers, and any help will be most welcome.

There will be the usual delights - a grand raffle, pet show, vintage vehicles, fancy dress parade, photography competition, ye olde fruit machine, village archives, the Saffron Walden Town Band and much, much more…….

The Church Fete is a social event for the village and a fundraiser for Ickleton Church.  The Vicar, PCC and Churchwardens would like to thank everybody who supports this event. More details next month.

Sponsorship

Each year we deliver a programme to each house, a week before the Church Fete.  We offer sponsorship on the back of the programme, to businesses and individuals who would like to sponsor us.  It is £25 per line.  Please put a cheque through my door, with the details which you would like to be put on the back of the programme.  This helps with the expenses of the fete advertising and paying for the village hall.  This offer finishes May 1st, so I can photocopy the programme. The Church Fete is in aid of Church Funds and is registered charity No 245456.       Monica Lilley - Fete Organiser

 

 

                  

ICKLETON CHURCH FETE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

Let your imagination run wild for this year’s competition. Have a go, we have deliberately left each category open to your interpretation (we’ve given you some ideas to help) so get snapping 6x4 or 5x7 -either size is fine, and colour or black and white prints will be great.  Label each with the category you wish to enter, £1 per photograph entry fee.

Here are the categories:

Flora and Fauna………. Garden plants, leaves, woodland scenes. This is the category for all the animal pictures you may have snapped….

All dressed up………..Parties, days out, hobbies, occupations, special occasions……………..

A day in the life ………… Holidays, your day at work, your pets, your friends………………

Food ……From holiday ice cream to your best baking and beyond, you choose.

My Ickleton………..Your best bits, favourite views, your garden, your house………………..

Close up ……….Go for it, small is beautiful, machinery, gadgets, flowers, and mini-beasts in all their glory, in close up.

So come on don’t be shy, dust off your digital, and you could win one of the six categories listed, You could also win prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd best photographs in the competition.

     Ann Godfrey   Jane Hurst

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ICKLETON SOCIETY

Theatre Visits

In February, a group of members and guests went to see Willard White’s tribute to Paul Robeson at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.  It was a wonderful evening - great singing in a delightful setting.  On 31st March there will be another trip to the Theatre Royal to see Pam Ayres’ one woman show.

 

Winetasting

Although this was held on 29th February, it was so popular that we hope it might become a regular event for the Society and not just in leap years.  Forty-four people came along to the Village Hall and sampled a range of unusual Italian wines accompanied by some good cheeses.  Many thanks to Sebastian Payne for leading the tasting, choosing some excellent wines and for entertaining us with his descriptions of travelling through Italy, visiting the growers and their vineyards.

 

Talk by Mike Petty and AGM

On 7th May, the renowned local historian Mike Petty will talk to the Society about rural life in Victorian Cambridgeshire.  Mike has won a national award for his talks and articles (he currently writes columns in Cambridge newspapers), and has written numerous books on Cambridgeshire and the Fens.  There is no charge for the evening which will start at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall with the Society’s short AGM.  Wine and refreshments will be served about 8.00 p.m., followed by Mike’s talk.  Do put the date in your diary – all welcome.

 

Hanley Grange Eco Town? 

The Society has written to our local MP, Andrew Lansley, expressing our concerns at the proposal for an Eco Town in the triangle bounded by the A11, the A505 and the A1301 i.e. all those lands which have a frontage from opposite the BP Garage down to opposite the Genome Campus.  The bids for Eco Towns (Zero Carbon settlements of 5-25,000 homes) have been invited by Gordon Brown in an attempt to deliver the massive increase in housing numbers which he is seeking to foist on this and other regions outside of the normal planning process.  The Hanley Grange proposal has already been rejected in the East of England Plan, following a full Examination in Public.  Whilst the Government says that these proposals will be subject to the statutory planning process, this means the development control process where the final decision on a planning application rests with the Secretary of State.  We believe that this is not an open and transparent democratic process.

The Society will continue to monitor this situation, since there is no guarantee that Hanley Grange will be included in the short list to be announced by the Government in a few weeks’ time.  However, in the interim (or if by the time this article is published, Hanley Grange has been announced as being on the short list), you may wish to write to our local MP, Andrew Lansley, (Conservative Association Constituency Office, 153 St Neots Road, Hardwick, Cambridge, CB3 7QJ), and our other local councillors to express your views on the subject.  Our County Councillor is Tim Stone  and our District Councillor is John Williams                                                                Rachel Radford

 

 

 

CHESTERFORD AND DISTRICT GARDENING SOCIETY

The Spring meeting was greatly enjoyed with much laughter over the quiz devised by Pauline. In particular, the unusual garden implements stirred the imagination to unmentionable depths!

The next meeting, on April 2nd, will be the AGM and plant sale.      

The new programme for the year ahead has been arranged, with particular emphasis on vegetable growing for beginners.  It is hoped that it will attract some would-be vegetable growers to come along to the meetings.                                                                                                        Cynthia Rule

 

 

 

ART CLASSES

Art classes will be held at the Ickleton Methodist Chapel on Wednesdays 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The dates for the spring term will be April 2nd 9th 16th 23rd and 30th, May 7th 14th and 21st.

Beginners welcome.  The sessions will include one-to-one help, refreshments and 1½ hours practical work in water colour painting or alternative mediums.

A charge of £20.00 per term will be made to cover expenses and refreshments. 

Hoping to see you!                                                                                                          Kenneth Mark, Tutor

         

 

 

 

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CLASSIC CARS & MOTORBIKES AT DUXFORD’S SPRING CAR SHOW

On Sunday 4th May the Imperial War Museum, Duxford will be hosting the very best in automotive engineering, as the UK’s top car clubs converge at Duxford for the Spring Car Show. 

Building on last year’s success, hundreds of cars are scheduled to attend, ranging from Porsche, MG, BMW, Rolls-Royce, AC Cobra and many more.  Classic motorbikes are also represented by the Vincent Owners’ Club and by a local chapter of the Harley Owners’ Group, who will be bringing their Harley- Davidsons to the Show.  The day will provide the opportunity for visitors to get up close to some of these stunning automotive classics and talk to their owners, as well as enjoying an atmospheric day at the Museum. 

Says Duxford’s Marketing and PR Manager Tracey Woods, “This event will see hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles, representing the crème de la crème of automotive excellence, displayed at Duxford for the enjoyment of our visitors.  Many of the early automotive companies, such as Rolls-Royce, also have historic links to aviation.”

In addition, visitors will be able to feel the mighty power of the tanks and see them in action in the tank running arena, as well as get a chance to take a ride in a tank.  The tanks will be doing demonstrations and riding throughout the day.  As an added bonus, visitors will also have the opportunity to experience flight for themselves, by taking to the air in a classic 1930s de Havilland Rapide, courtesy of Classic Wings who will be operating pleasure flights from the airfield. 

The whole of the Museum is open from 10.00 a.m. for visitors to enjoy. Ample free parking is available.  Admission is FREE for Children under 16, £16.00 for Adults, £12.80 for Senior Citizens and Students, and £9.60 for Concessions.  Pleasure flights and tank running and riding are subject to weather and serviceability - an additional charge applies.  For more details visit the Duxford website www.iwm.org.uk/duxford or ( 01223 835000.

 

ICKLETON’S (AND ONE OF ENGLAND’S) FIRST COMBINE

In 1932 Dick Wombwell’s father Albert, of Rectory Farm, first heard of this machine when an article appeared in the daily newspaper saying that combines had been destroyed at the docks while waiting shipment to Argentina.  After reading about these new machines he said, "I want one of those".

He duly tracked down the Clayton & Shuttleworth factory and placed an order, to be told that another had been ordered as well. Both machines were built to order and delivered, but Dick says his father always maintained that theirs was the first combine in the country, because they started work twenty minutes before the other one.

It didn't get off to a very good start, as it was soon found that the 12ft cutter bar was not up to the crop and after a short while it came to a halt and needed repairing. Upon telephoning the factory he was told that they were closed for two weeks’ annual holiday, but was assured that, as soon as they returned, a new cutter bar would be made and an engineer would bring it down and fit it.

Nearly three weeks later all was ready to try again, but this time with dramatic results. The crop had had time to dry out and the first field was finished in good time. Hundreds of local people came to see the new wonder machine at work. When they first used it, they towed it with a wheeled tractor that was not powerful enough to pull it up any inclines, so in the steeper fields they used four horses, hitched onto the front of the tractor to get it uphill. The tractor driver had to steer the tractor and had a set of reins to steer the horses as well! In 1934 they purchased a crawler tractor to tow it.

When the Clayton arrived, it was a bagger machine which was not to their liking, so it was made into a tanker. The first tank that was tried was just a water tank and it was not until they had filled it they realised they had not given much thought to getting the grain out! They also bought a new Commer lorry with a screw tipper buck.

After some years, the Clayton was replaced by a self-propelled combine, one of only 5 Massey-Harris No.20 that came to this country. Dick is pretty sure it was 1940. It arrived at Cambridge LMS goods station in three large boxes. Two engineers were sent to assemble it and get it to the farm. They built as little as necessary to make it driveable and towed the cutter bar with the rest of the components loaded onto it. Dick, aged 12, was taken to the station by his father and told the exact route he was to guide the engineers back to Ickleton. Sitting aloft with the two engineers they proceeded to Rectory Farm, and as they neared the journey’s end, they had to cross the railway line and ford. As they neared the railway crossing, they were stopped by some soldiers who had just laid concrete and built a bunker - the concrete was still wet and was not passable until the following day. The driver managed to turn the combine around in this very narrow lane and then Dick had to disobey his father’s instructions, in order to get the machine home. They had to detour to the next crossing, only to find the soldiers had beaten them to it and were just in the process of doing the same to this crossing. They were allowed over and eventually arrived home. This combine brought in the harvest at Rectory Farm for 19 years.

 

 

 

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ICKLETON UNITED CHARITIES

As you will all have seen, the progress on the renovation of the Gertrude Homes has, so far, been progressing according to the schedule.  The Trustees are pleased to say we have future residents for Nos. 5 and 9.  No. 7 will now have an en suite bathroom, larger kitchen and lounge, with a window looking out across the meadow.  A new boiler room has been built, to enable this lounge to be made larger. 

 

Following the success of the Open Morning, held before the renovation work began, we will be holding another Open Morning on Saturday 12th April (10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.), so that you will have a chance to see what work has been done before any new residents move in.  So please come along for tea, coffee and refreshments, to celebrate the near completion of the renovation.  We are sure, along with all the Trustees, you will send your best wishes to the new residents as they move in.

 

Any enquiries regarding No 7 should be made to Jocelyn Flitton.

 

 

WELCOME TO…………….

Stephen and Helen Preston, Joshua  (10) and Joseph (7).

 

Alex and Fiona Macgregor and Alexander (5).

 

 

 

 

ICKLETON DIARY

 

                           April 1st

Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon Church

                                   2nd

Gt.  Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.

 

Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford

                                   7th

Mobile Library

                                 12th

Gertrude Homes Open Day 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

                                 12th

Barn Dance 7.45 p.m. Village Hall

                                 16th

Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                                 16th

W. I.  Meeting 7.15 p.m. Gt. Chesterford Community Centre

                                 21st

Mobile Library

                                 23rd

Visiting Bellringers 10.00 – 11.15 a.m.

                                 29th

Church AGM 8.00 p.m. Church

 

 

                        May    7th

Ickleton Society AGM 7.30 p.m. Village Hall followed by talk

 

         by Mike Petty at 8.00 p.m.

                                14th

Parish Council Meeting

                                21st

Parish Council AGM

 

 

                         July   5th

Church Fete

 

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