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NOVEMBER 2009

 

Editors:               David and Monica Lilley

                              Monica.lilley2@btopenworld.com

 

Distribution:       Tony Court                     

                                                                                                                   Hilary Rule            

 

All contributions please to 8 Brookhampton Street. 

Deadline for next Edition –  12th November  2009

 

PARISH COUNCIL

 

Refuse Collections during November

Monday       2nd  November    -        Black bin collection

Monday       9th   November    -        Green bin and green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       16th  November    -        Black bin collection

Monday       23rd  November    -        Green bin and green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       30th  November    -        Black bin collection

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

 

Ickleton Parish Council

The following items were discussed at the meeting held on Wednesday 21 October 2009:

Gritting of roads by farmers - Cllr Stone reported that CCC had published the list of roads it would be covering and Grange Road had not been included.  There will be a full review later.

Ickleton Methodist Chapel, Abbey Street – A response had been received which stated:  We would be delighted if the building could be used in some way for the good of the community, but we also have an obligation to sell the building for the’ best possible price’.  The approximate asking price, for use as a chapel or crèche etc. (D1 use) has been suggested as about £70,000 and with outline planning permission for conversion to residential use the price would be higher, may be £100,000”.  The Clerk was asked to write and say the Parish Council was not interested in purchasing the property.       

 

Planning application(s) received from SCDC:               

S/1204/09/O – Erection of buildings for research & development together with ancillary facilities & infrastructure. Phases 2 & 3 – Land to south of Wellcome Trust, Genome Campus, in the parishes of Ickleton & Hinxton – The Wellcome Trust – Approve with the following points made:  a) We would prefer to see more trees between new building Archaeology Protection Zone and the Wetlands and b) We would ask for shutters to be provided to prevent light pollution towards Ickleton in the winter.

S/1279/09/F – Conservatory – 17 Mill Lane – Approve                                

 

Appeal Decision – The Planning Inspectorate have allowed the appeal and grant planning permission (S/2151/08/F) to Rowe Building & Development – site:  land r/o 9-17 Grange Road

 

Bidwells – Duxford proposal – Sheila Birch attended the Duxford Parish Council meeting on 8th  October.  The presentation by Bidwells was a fact-finding meeting.  A map of the site and documentation can be found on the Duxford website:  www.duxfordvillage.com 

Liz Goddard reported dog fouling on the grass verge leading to the Allotments.  As this was used as a footpath, it was agreed to include this in Icene in the hope that dog owners would clean up after their dogs.

Concerns by a resident regarding the burying of tyres in a field adjacent to the Recreation Ground, which children were using as ramps, was reported.  The Parish Council said this is not a public footpath and was happening on private land. 

 

SCDC re Cemetery Rates – Terry Sadler had received an e-mail from the Valuation Office Agency, which stated the former chapel had been entirely excluded from the assessment, and the land value has also been adjusted downwards in recognition of the fact that the cemetery is almost full.  We now await the formal notice.  This should mean they would be reducing the rate from £1475 to £320 as a result of our appeal.  The Chairman thanked Terry Sadler for his work on the appeal.

 

 

 

 

 

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Flooding 

·                                             Land adj. Stump Cross – photographs of the site had recently been circulated, but we now wait a response from the Environment Agency. 

·                                             Drain top of Mill Lane – An e-mail from Network Rail reported that the vegetation work should now be complete although they had not yet inspected it.  This was forwarded to Mike Cooper (CCC Highways) who visited the site and found that the overgrowth and ditch were now very much more accessible.  However the cross road culvert can be clearly seen to be about 50% blocked and, as ever, the ditch needs digging out.  Network Rail would be notified of his comments.

·                                             Abbey Street opp.  Methodist Chapel – Lewis Duke has now received the terms regarding the soak away, which should be in installed by March 2010. 

 

Police SurgeryThere will be a Police Surgery on Monday 16th November, from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. in the Village Hall Meeting Room.  This is your opportunity to speak to the police and discuss any issues that may be of concern to you.

BroadbandIf you do not benefit from fast broadband connection and are below the Government’s recommended minimum connection speed of 2MB, our Member of Parliament Andrew Lansley CBE MP would like you to write to him at 153 St Neots Road, Hardwick, Cambridge, CB23 7QJ or contact him by email: lansley@parliament.uk

 

Calling South Cambridgeshire District Council tenants

South Cambridgeshire District Council needs you to help them shape your housing service.

If you live in a village with a small number of council properties, as a council tenant we are asking you to come forward and take control over shaping the service South Cambridgeshire District Council provides.

If you think you would be interested you could become the point of contact with the council for your village – A ‘village voice.’

South Cambridgeshire District Council will provide you with support and advice on how to get started and put you in touch with the network of other village voices.  You can make a difference to your community.

Interested?  Phone Teresa Lucey on (01954 713 227 with any queries or questions, or for an informal chat and information on how to get started.                            Jocelyn Flitton - Parish Clerk

 

GOOD NEWS – NEW VICAR

The churchwardens of Duxford, Ickleton and Hinxton are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Priest-in-Charge, the Reverend Doctor Jessica Martin, at present fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.  She is married to Francis and they have two children.  She will be licensed in Ickleton Church on Monday 18th January 2010.

We look forward to welcoming Jessica and her family into our communities.

 

PARISH CHRISTMAS CARD

This year’s Christmas card features a painting by Jackie Casement of the porch of Ickleton Church, with a warm and welcoming light shining through it.  An example of the card may be seen in the church on the table by the pillar.  The price is the same as last year: £4.50 per pack of 10 cards including envelopes, or 50p per card for quantities less than ten.  All proceeds will go to Ickleton Church.  Stock is available now and may be ordered from Colin Hayes, Durhams Farmhouse, Butchers Hill, email cjf.hayes@btopenworld.com, or from Jackie Casement, or by using the order form inside the church.                                                                     Colin Hayes

 

CHURCH HARVEST SUNDAY AND COFFEE MORNINGS

On Sunday I was passing the church and saw my sister sitting outside with many other people enjoying the sun.  I popped into say ‘hello’ and was immediately welcomed by Rosemary who insisted I join everyone there for a delicious ploughman’s lunch.  The food was delicious and looked beautiful and the hospitality was warmer than the sun.  Thank you so much.  I know everyone had a fantastic time.

In the last year since I stopped commuting to London, thanks to dear Martin Barber-Lomax reminding me (he would phone me every Tuesday) I also attend as many coffee mornings as I am able.  I did not know what ‘Church coffee mornings’ might entail - so for anyone out there that may have any doubts please go! The coffee mornings are the most amazing gift to the people of Ickleton – a warm and friendly welcome being pampered to pieces by Rosemary, Hilary and a host of other people.  It’s the best opportunity to meet and chat to a wide variety of people most of whom I knew and to get to know better the faces I say hello to but had not yet got to know. Although they are hosted in our beautiful church it is a community rather than religious gathering.  If you are new to the village or have a small child or even just feel a bit lonely, do go along as you will soon find yourself one of the crowd and sitting with a coffee and some delicious cake.                                                                                                            Clare Driver

 

 

 

 

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People to contact:

Church Office                                                     (01223:832137 (answerphone)

                             e-mail address:                      hinkledux@googlemail.com

Churchwardens       Simon Casement              

                                 Rosemary McKillen            

Prayer Ministry        Jackie Casement                         

Lay Ministers          Julie Baillie                          

                                Judith Wright                      

 

CHURCH NOTICES for November

             Sunday 1st

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion

  DUXFORD

               All Saints

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Sunday School

  ICKLETON

 

  6.30 p.m. Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

  HINXTON

 

 

 

        Thursday 5th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion

  HINXTON

 

 

 

           Sunday 8th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion

  HINXTON

   Remembrance

 10.55a.m. Remembrance Service starting at War Memorial

  ICKLETON

        

 

 

        Thursday 12th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion

  HINXTON

 

 

 

         Sunday 15th

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion

  ICKLETON

2nd before Advent

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist

  HINXTON

 

  6.30  p.m. Evensong with laying on of Hands

  DUXFORD

 

 

 

        Thursday 19th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion

  HINXTON

 

 

 

        Sunday 22nd

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion

  HINXTON

    Christ the King

 10.00 a.m. Family Service

  DUXFORD

 

   6.30 p.m. Evensong

  ICKLETON

 

 

 

        Thursday 26th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion

  HINXTON

 

 

 

        Sunday 29th

10.00 a.m. Joint Eucharist

  HINXTON

          Advent 1

 

 

 

MARY AND JOSEPH WOULD LIKE TO COME & STAY WITH YOU THIS DECEMBER!

Last year I read about a Mexican tradition called ‘Las Posadas’ where children re-enact Mary and Joseph’s search for somewhere to stay in Bethlehem by dressing up and visiting houses in their community during Advent, culminating in a colourful Nativity play in the church on Christmas Eve.

In the UK this tradition has been adopted by The Church Army taking the form of a travelling crib set that is passed round the community, staying for a night or two in each house. The handover becomes an opportunity for a celebration of some form. This can be as simple as sharing a cup of tea, squash and a biscuit or maybe a glass of wine. Or it can be an occasion to invite the ‘travellers’ for a meal, possibly sing some carols together and reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

I thought I would like to try this in Ickleton this year. Having sounded out a few folk who were positive, I have bought an inexpensive crib set that fits easily in a shoe box and would invite you to sign up to ‘host’ Mary and Joseph on a night of your choice. Please remember to pick a day that suits you (and your family) when you know that you will all be in - otherwise this rather defeats the purpose! The handover can happen at any time of the day by mutual agreement. Depending on how many people want to take part you may just have the crib set for one night or possibly longer.

Hopefully the travelling crib is a way to pause in the frantic run-up to Christmas - rather than become yet another thing to fit in. It can help strengthen friendships and make new ones. And it can help us consider what it means to make room for Jesus in our hearts, homes and community.

Mary and Joseph’s ‘Journey’ will start on November 29th the first Sunday in Advent, and a Journey Rota will shortly be in church to sign up on. Alternatively, drop me a line with any dates that you definitely can’t make, and I’ll fit you in.                                              Mandy Jeffery mandy.jeffery@tiscali.co.uk

 

 

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ICKLETON SOCIETY

Memories and Reflections of World War II

Don’t forget to come along to this Remembrance event with a bit of a difference and bring friends and family.  It’s on Friday November 6th at 7.30pm in Ickleton Church.  There will be readings from Derek Plumb’s book “Little Un’s Story” which describe what it was like to live in the village during the war, including some amusing stories of what some of the youngsters and other villagers got up to as well some more serious memories.  ‘Pieces of Eight’ will sing some of the popular songs of the time and there will be a performance of “Address Unknown” by Kressmann Taylor by David Smithet, Peter Simmons and Pat Truelove.  This is a thought provoking story told through a series of letters between a Jewish art dealer, living in San Francisco, and his business partner, who had returned to Germany in 1932 and gradually adopted the ideology of Nazism.  There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Royal British Legion and Ickleton Church.

 

Hanley Grange

Hanley Grange is still very much on the agenda, so it’s important that as many people as possible respond to the current consultations by Cambridgeshire County Council and the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) on the number of new homes that should be built each year to 2031.  Cambridgeshire's consultation document can be found on http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/environment/planning/regional and follow the link to ‘Have your say’.  You can make specific comments on Hanley Grange in Box 4 on page 2 if you wish.  Responses must be in by 31st October although they will accept responses that are not too late.  I also have some paper copies which I will put in the rack in the Village Hall. EERA's consultation web page is on http;//eera consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/planning/rssto2031scenarios and responses have to be in by 24th November.  If you prefer, you can write to EERA with your views at East of England Regional Assembly, Flempton House, Flempton, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6EG.  Please take a few moments to respond to these important consultations.

 

Duxford Expansion and Relief Road

Sheila Birch (representing the Parish Council) and Rachel Radford went along to a Duxford Parish Council Meeting recently to hear a presentation by Bidwells of an idea that they are working up on behalf of Gonville and Caius College.  This is for 800-900 houses to the north and west of Duxford and a relief road from Moorfield Road (just south of Volvo) going west around the village to the Huntsman site.  The houses would be between the existing village and the new road.  This road would apparently be paid for from the profits from the development.  Plans are at a very early stage but Bidwells said they expect to put on a public exhibition at some stage.  We weren’t allowed to question Bidwells but one of Duxford’s Parish Councillors asked about the impact on traffic through Ickleton.  They didn’t seem to know where Ickleton was, never mind have an answer!  This proposal would be contrary to the Local Development Framework but we will be keeping a very close eye on it.

 

New Year Walk

As usual the Society will be organising a walk on New Year’s Day.  More details in the next edition of Icene.                                                                                                                     Rachel Radford

 

THE SOUND OF THE SWINGING SIXTIES WITH THE 4 VILLAGES ORCHESTRA

It will be Up, Up and Away with the 4 Villages Orchestra in Duxford on Saturday 21st November as they play the sounds of the Sixties. It will be the orchestra’s second public performance following their successful debut concert in May…so, Pop Pickers, what can you expect?

Well they certainly do it ‘Their Way’ and if it’s Everlasting Love you’re looking for, you’re in the right place. And there’s music from both Sides Now – Somethin’ Stupid for the Crooners through to the driving rock sound of Eloise, with a little help from the Blues Brothers and the Son of a Preacher Man.

4VO is a local orchestra with members primarily from the four villages of Ickleton, Duxford, Whittlesford and Hinxton.  You Can’t Take Your Eyes Off Them at Duxford Primary School starting at 7.30 p.m. Saturday 21st November. Tickets: £5 (£3 concessions) available in advance or on the night.                                                                                                                                                            Nigel Bennett

FROGLETS PARENT & CARER TODDLER GROUP

Please join us in the Ickleton Village Hall on Monday 9th November for our mini Xmas craft event.  From 9.30 a.m. we will be running our usual play session with lovely autumn crafts. Alongside this will be a selection of stalls selling children’s books, greeting cards, locally made jewellery and more.  Tea, coffee and cakes will be available.  Come and get a head start with your Christmas shopping.                                                                                                                                                                Sharon Gilbert                         

 

 

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THE CHESTERFORDS, ICKLETON AND HINXTON W.I.
We all went on holiday at our September meeting with Sue Schneider, who owns a lovely canal boat. With her excellent slides we explored the English waterways while she explained the history of them – very enjoyable.

Our speaker for October was Jill Cooper, who was a policewoman in the 50s. Jill was one of four policewomen based at King’s Lynn, and was mainly responsible for the women and children who got into trouble. She had some amusing as well as sad tales to tell.

A visit to Scotsdales for Christmas purchases is on 24th November at 6.00 p.m., and there is an Xmas shopping trip to Norwich by coach on 1st December starting at 9.00 a.m. £11 for members.

At the next meeting on 18th November Joyce Svensson will be Xmas flower arranging.

      Cynthia Rule

 

FIREWORK AND BONFIRE NIGHT

The firework and bonfire night will be held on Saturday 7th November.  This is a family friendly event in aid of 1st Whittlesford and Duxford Scout Group at Hinxton Road, Duxford (the road that runs between Duxford and Hinxton), by the level crossing.  Closest postcode is CB10 1RB.

Tickets available now from Ickleton Post Office.

There will be a professional firework display by ‘Essex Pyrotechnics’, huge bonfire, BBQ, cakes, drinks, mulled wine, sideshows, sparklers and glow necklaces.

Gates open and food from 5.00 p.m. Bonfire at 6.00 p.m. Fireworks at 6.30 p.m.

Adults £3.50, children £2.00 in advance, or £4.00 and £2.50 at the gate. Pre-school children free! Plenty of free parking.                                                                                                    Catherine Denman-Johnson

 

CONGRATULATIONS ANDY HOARE

On Thursday 8th October Andy Hoare was invited to a presentation at Cliveden House for the Country Living Magazine and Balvenie Whisky ‘Artisan of the Year’ awards and was very pleased to be named  a finalist.  Andy’s award was in recognition of his skill, craftsmanship and passion working with flint.  The judges said he mastered a difficult technique through hard work and commended him for passing on this skill to apprentices.  He was presented with a framed certificate and a delicious bottle of Balvenie Whisky.  Country Living Magazine will have an article detailing the Artisan Awards in the November issue.  Anyone interested in seeing the portfolio of Andy’s work can contact him.

 

VIOLET THE DUCK

I just wanted to say thank you to all those considerate dog walkers who would give me space in the early mornings and throughout the day when they saw me flying Violet the beautiful mallard that Darren and I were lucky enough to have adopt us.  Violet arrived in our garden as an abandoned one day old duckling and was with us for 5 months.  We hand reared her - then found she was a drake, but it was too late to rename him!  Violet had quite a fan club as my solution to him being on his own was to take him everywhere with me – in the car all over the country, swimming at the wetlands, walking in the rec then jogging and then flying.  My family would even ‘duck sit’ when I had to go out as he hated being parted from me. The children over the summer holidays would all join in and Violet was fair about giving them a head start before flying over all our heads as we ran.  On 1st September Violet flew off as usual and did not come back- we hope he is happy dibbling in Caldrees pond or the wetlands with a mate.  So many people have stopped me and I have received so many cards and emails asking ‘any news?’ that I decided to put the footage we have on youtube.  Anyone interested can find it under Violet the duck (Clare and Darren).  We miss Violet so much but he was a wild creature and I could not bear to clip his wings in the end, so it was right that he went.  We just hope maybe in the spring that he pops in and says hello.                                                                                                                                            Clare Driver

 

SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATION

Ickleton, Hinxton and Duxford Branch are holding a Buffet Supper on Friday December 4th at 7.30 p.m. at Ickleton Place, Brookhampton Street by kind invitation of Mrs. Sharron Fletcher.

We are delighted that our Member of Parliament, Mr. Andrew Lansley, CBE, Shadow Health Secretary, will be coming.  This is a great opportunity to talk to him after the Party Conferences and ahead of next year’s general election, so please come.

Tickets, price £10, to include a glass of wine, are available from Simon Casement or Joan Frankau

 

 

 

 

 

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GT. CHESTERFORD AND DISTRICT GARDENING SOCIETY

Sue Robinson was our guest speaker at the October meeting.  Sue spoke about the work of Gertrude Jekyll and Edward Lutyens, followed by a slide show of the lovely gardens they had designed.

Dobies’ seed catalogues are now available, giving 35% discount on seeds and 7½% discount on all other items. Orders are delivered by post or carrier.

The next meeting will be a talk by the well known rose grower Peter Beales on November 4th 8.00 p.m. in the Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford. Visitors welcome.                                Cynthia Rule

PS I have just received a letter from Dobies Seed Company stating that in the October edition of ‘Which Gardening’ Dobies won the overall ‘Best Buy’ award for an impressive 91% of seed germination, and catalogue user friendly web site.

 

CALLING ALL CHILDREN, MUMS AND DADS, GRANNIES AND GRANDPAS and ALL LOVERS OF THE PANTOMIME!

The three churches of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton are organising a pantomime which will be performed in Ickleton Village Hall on Saturday 2nd January 2010, at 2.00 p.m.  The show will be ALADDIN and will be performed by a travelling pantomime company called Chaplins.  This fun-filled extravaganza is aimed at children aged 3-103 years (!) and features a cast of 5 professional players in a programme lasting 2 hours.  The audience will see up to 9 colourful characters that delight and entertain with all the antics you expect of panto!  This will be a great opportunity to bring the three parishes together for some local Christmas-time entertainment. 

Tickets will be £7 for adults, £5 for children and free for those under 3 years old (sitting on an adult’s lap), and will include a complimentary ice-cream.

Tickets are available from: Duxford Post Office, Duxford Primary School, Costcutter Express store in Ickleton and Virginia Walker in Hinxton.

PLEASE book early to avoid disappointment!                                                                         Virginia Walker

 

GENOME CAMPUS SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB

Firework Display

On Wednesday 4th November the Genome Campus Sports and Social Club are hosting our annual firework display on site at approximately 7.00 p.m.

As is the tradition we are inviting all the residents of the surrounding villages to come and watch the show, which is free of charge.                                                                                                     Liz Gibson

 

DUXFORD IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

IWM Duxford announces exciting events for 2010

Imperial War Museum Duxford is delighted to announce its season of air shows for 2010 in a very special year for historic aviation.

IWM Duxford commemorates the 70th anniversary of The Battle of Britain as part of its 2010 event season.  This defining moment of the Second World War also confirmed Duxford’s role as a fighter station at the very core of aerial warfare. Further information regarding IWM Duxford Battle of Britain 70th anniversary commemorative programme of events will be issued in due course.

 

Diary Dates for 2010

Spring Air Show Sunday 16th May

 

Flying Legends Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th July          

 

The Battle of Britain Air Show Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th September

 

Autumn Air Show Sunday 10th October

 

Opening Times

From 25th October to 12th March daily opening times are 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Last entry 3.00 p.m.

                                                                                                                  Esther Blaine (01223 499320  

WELCOME TO ………..

A belated welcome to Lisa Gilby who has returned to Ickleton.

 

 

 

                                                                  

 

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DUXFORD SCHOOL

Do you live in Duxford, Hinxton, Ickleton or Heathfield and have a child born between 1st September 2005 and 31st August 2006?

Although it may seem early, we are already planning for our Reception class of September 2010.  Please contact the school to register your interest in a place for your child.  Visits to the school are warmly welcomed – please call us on (01223 712108 to arrange this.  You will need to complete a local authority application for a school place by 4th December 2009.  You are encouraged to apply online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/admissions; alternatively, paper forms can be collected from the school office.   If you opt for applying for Duxford School online, please do call or email us on office@duxford.cambs.sch.uk to let us know.  Many thanks and we look forward to meeting you.                                                                                                                                        Ann Gardner (Mrs) Headteacher

 

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Starting at Sawston Village College

As another group of Ickleton youngsters started at Sawston this September I thought it would be an opportunity to record what it was like 50 years ago.

On arrival we were lined up on the playground, then taken to the main hall for assembly. After the older pupils had gone to their classrooms the ‘first years’ were put into their forms. Names were called out for the children of each form to stand up, and these left with their respective teachers. Gradually the names of the other Ickleton ‘first years’ (Douglas Bass, Ann Carder, Malcolm Evans, Gillian Hughes and Ken Pearce) were called out and they departed to their classes. By that time there were only about 20 of about 120 children left, and I was wondering if I had been forgotten. Eventually my name was called and we were told that we were in form 1A in room 26 with Mr Stock.

We were taken to room 26, which was a ground floor room in the New Wing, the upper part of which was still under construction. Mr Stock was a largish bald-headed man who tried to make us at home in our new environment. I found this a bit difficult, as unlike most of the other children, there was nobody in the class I knew, and most had come from larger schools than Ickleton anyway. We copied the lesson timetable from the blackboard and were told where all the rooms were. Although there were only 28 at the time, it seemed like hundreds and took a bit of getting used to. Room 4 (the music room) seemed miles away – rather different from Ickleton School where we had only one room. At dinner time I saw some of the other Ickletonians, but kept with some of my class to avoid getting lost!

I gradually settled down at Sawston, but it was quite difficult to start with - homework was a particular new chore which I disliked. Mrs Forster, the deputy head, and wife of the Sawston Chapel minister, taught Geography in room 8, and she seemed to spend all the lesson telling us what to do for homework!

Dr George Highmore was warden. He seldom took us for lessons but was sometimes seen walking around. You would occasionally hear someone whisper “Look out – here comes George”, and everyone would act nonchalantly.

Our English teacher was Mrs Finlay, an American, who occupied room 21. She was sometimes a bit lacking in discipline and occasionally some of the class took advantage of this. If someone misbehaved she would shout out in broad American “This is sheer insubordination”. I felt she was rather set in her ways with the English language. I enjoyed writing, facts not fiction, and she got quite annoyed when I queried that ‘onomatopoeia’ and ‘peripatetic’ were acceptable but ‘gantry’ was too technical – perhaps she did not know what a gantry was. I also got into trouble for saying I thought Shakespeare was a waste of time, after a visit to the Arts Theatre.

Mr Jagger took Rural Science in room 15. At the first lesson he showed us ‘Suzy’ his cane, which he kept behind the blackboard, as an incentive not to misbehave! In the winter we were in the classroom when he talked about monocotyledons and dicotyledons, but I cannot remember what they were. In summer we were in the garden. We all wanted to use a lawnmower or rotavator, or even have a go on the school tractor, but inevitably some of us ended up digging.

Mr Rodwell took Woodwork in one of the classrooms next to the playground. He would slam a large piece of wood on the bench if anyone misbehaved.

Mr Vincent took Metalwork in room 13. He was keen on theory, but we were keen to get a chance on a lathe or at the hearth, though there always seemed a lot of filing to do. 

 

Fast forward to July 1964 when I left Sawston. All the school leavers were sent to the assembly hall to see Dr Highmore. He walked around, speaking to each of us, asking about our future, and wishing us well. I could hear him saying “Goodbye Brian, Goodbye Alan, Goodbye Roger”. When he got to me he just said “Goodbye”. He did not even know my name – I had not made much impression there!

                                                                                                                                                      David Lilley

 

 

 

                                                                  

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ICKLETON UNITED CHARITIES

Relief in Need Charity

Any resident of the village who is in genuine financial need, and who wishes to be considered for help with their winter heating costs, should apply to the Hon. Clerk in writing before 20th November. Only new applicants need apply.                     The Clerk, 1 Abbey Street

 

STORYTELLING IN THE VILLAGE HALL

We are delighted to announce our next show will be on Saturday 21st November when Robert Lloyd Parry will read two stories by M. R. James.

Doors open at 7.15 p.m. Show starts at 8.00 p.m.

Tickets will be on sale at Costcutter Express priced at £10.50 and £9.50 concessions and will include supper which will be served during the interval.                                 Gordon Woolhouse

 

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ICKLETON NOVEMBER DIARY

            2nd

 Mobile Library

            3rd

 Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a,m. -12 noon

            4th

 Genome Campus Annual Firework Display 7.00 p.m.

            4th

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

 

            Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford

            6th

 Memories & Reflections of World War ll 7.30 p.m. Church

            7th

 Fireworks & Bonfire Night 5.00 p.m. Hinxton Road, Duxford

            9th

 Froglets Mini Xmas Craft Event 9.30 p.m. Village Hall

            16th

 Police Surgery 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Village Hall

            16th

 Mobile Library

            18th

 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

            18th

 W.I. Meeting 7.45 p.m. Gt. Chesterford Community Centre

            20th

 Visiting Bellringers 10.00 a.m. – 1.15 p.m. approx Church

            21st

 Storytelling - Doors open 7.15 p.m. Show starts 8.00 p.m. Village Hall

            21st

 The Sound of the Swinging Sixties 7.30 p.m. Duxford School

            25th

 Visit to Thursford Christmas Spectacular

            30th 

 Mobile Library

                

 

    December 4th

 Conservative Association Buffet Supper 7.30 p.m. Ickleton Place

 

 

       January 2nd

 Aladdin Pantomime 2.00 p.m. Village Hall

 

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