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Editors:         David and Monica Lilley                              

Distribution:          Tony Court                     


Deadline for next Icene Bulletin




Now the New Year is under way, let me tell you of various plans that are in hand to tackle perennial problems in the village.


Village Green We know that the mud and large pothole on the south side are a mess but we shall have to be patient in waiting for the County Council Highways contractors to start work in April.  This job is in a queue of work to be done and there is little we can do to expedite matters.  Please be patient and try not to use this stretch of road if possible.  It will look lovely when the work is completed.


Signpost at the Hinxton Turning You will have noticed that following correspondence with the Highways Department in early December, the post was eventually reinstated.  Sadly Ickleton seems to have been left off the sign, and I am chasing this up.


Cemetery The Parish Council  is to re-organise the composting arrangements and generally tidy up the cemetery.


Back Lane We have applied for a grant to make good the footpath along Back Lane so that walking to the shop or bus stop will be much easier.  To date it has been difficult to obtain road planings, but the County Council Footpath scheme (Parish Paths Partnership) is coming to our rescue.


Dog Fouling Once again there is an unacceptable amount of dog fouling on the recreation field.  Will dog owners please go equipped with a scoop and plastic bags.  It is quite unacceptable that the football players and others should have to contend with this unpleasant mess.


Kerbside Recycling collection dates. Thursday 14th and 28th February.

We hope that now the Christmas period is over the contractors will be more reliable.


Community Beat Officer  PC Tim Cleary was unable to attend the Parish Council meeting on 16th January.  We hope he will be able to come to either the February or March meeting – I will let you know nearer the time.                                                                                        Jackie Casement



Update……………….from the Jubilee Committee

We need a representative from each street in Ickleton, to organise a team or teams for the Ickleton Challenge, a series of competitions for all ages. Teams are to include adults and children.  So come on you Ickletonians, we’re up for it, are you?  For further details contact Jane Hurst.






Sunday 3rd February

 No morning service



6.30 p.m.   Candle Mass    





Sunday 10th February

8.00 a.m.   Holy Communion (BCP)


(1st before Lent)

9.30 a.m.   Parish Eucharist (Order 1) 



11.00 a.m  Joint Family Service 



 6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong (BCP)





Wednesday 13th February

 8.00 p.m.   Holy Communion with


(Ash Wednesday)

                   Imposition of Ashes   





Sunday  17th February

9.30 a.m.    Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(Lent 1)

11.00 a.m.  Joint Family Eucharist 



  6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong (BCP)



Sunday 24th February


 9.30 a.m.   Parish Eucharist (Order 1)



(Lent 2)

11.00 a.m.  Joint Family Service



  6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong and



                   Holy Communion (BCP)


From the Vicar

We all know what the usual fate of New Year’s resolutions is.  By the beginning of February they are mostly just a guilty memory.  The new health and fitness regime, green lifestyle change, programme of study or regular good deed that we meant to undertake has been quietly forgotten as everyday life takes over once again.

After many years of making and breaking New Year’s resolutions, I have come to the conclusion that early January is actually not a good time to take on something new.  For one thing the weather is usually horrible with dark mornings and evenings.  For another thing we are all feeling flat after the joy and fun of Christmas.  Not surprisingly all we want to do is put our feet up and hope the rest of the world will leave us in peace.

That must be why the Early Church invented Lent, a period of forty days beginning on Ash Wednesday and running all the way up to the celebration of Easter. Now that the days are getting longer and the weather is looking up, Lent offers us a second chance to get to grips with life. And six weeks is about the right length of time for sustained effort.  It’s the perfect opportunity to kick those bad habits and acquire some new and better ones which may even last us for the rest of the year.

In order to help us do this there are three special activities which will be running throughout Lent:a gospel bible study group on Tuesdays at 2.00 p.m., a short service of Lent worship on Wednesdays at 8.00 p.m., and our now traditional Lent lunches on Thursdays at 12.30 p.m.  These activities provide an opportunity for us to support and learn from one another as we seek to lead our lives in the way that God intended. Details appear elsewhere in Icene and there will also be posters going up around the village.  Do come along and sample what Lent has to offer you this year.          With God’s blessing                                                          Jane Charman



It was a complete surprise and lovely Christmas present to receive a deputation from the Vicar and representatives of the three parishes, who, with the Rev. Patricia Newland, all came, like the Three Kings armed with gifts. Morfa and I are delighted with the charming painting of Ickleton Church which now hangs in our sitting room and is admired by all.  Our very grateful thanks too

for the generous other gifts that accompanied it, which equally showed the affection of so many around us. We wish everyone God’s blessing in the year ahead, and do indeed thank Him for all the blessings of this life.                                                                                      Rev  Walter Ellis




Tuesdays at 2.00 p.m. Gospel Study Group*

A chance to study the gospel for the coming Sunday.

19th February (Duxford), 26th February (Hinxton), 5th March (Ickleton), 12th March (Pampisford), 19th March (Whittlesford).

Wednesdays at 8.00 p.m. Lent Worship*

Quiet reflective services for this season of penitence.

20th February (Duxford), 27th February (Hinxton), 6th March (Ickleton), 13th March (Pampisford), 20th March (Whittlesford).

Thursday at 12.30 p.m.

Frugal fellowship lunch with a short time of mediation.

21st, 28th February:  7th,14th, 21st March all in Duxford URC.

*exact venues to be confirmed.  Look out for posters around the village or contact Revd. Jane Charman.








February   3rd


Rev. J. Graham



February 10th

Holy Communion

Rev. J. Gill



February 17th


Rev. H. Wood



February  24th


Mrs. B. Kime



At the time of writing (December 2001) the bombing in Afghanistan has stopped over the Tora Bora Mountains but weapons in some areas are still being used and people are being killed.  This is the perverse tragedy of our species, that we destroy each other, and in the process, do so much damage to the world in which we live.

The expense and effort put into the Afghanistan conflict must be now redirected to help the people of that nation, who have seen so many  ‘in house’ wars over the last 10 years.  There has to be created something better, maybe through the new government, to allow some kind of better justice and long lasting peace.

The New Testament encourages us never to hate anyone.  Nor does it believe that the real enemies are those of another state, however irresponsible or repressive their behaviour.  The Gospel takes evil seriously, but it never accepts that evil is to be found only in one race, or even in one individual, however powerful.  It affirms that evil is in each of us, and that somehow that evil can be mobilised, rallied, and organised, without our fully realising it, by forces beyond our control which St. Paul calls Spiritual Wickedness, of principalities and powers.  We know the reality of organised crime; the reality of organised evil is not known.  Although we often suspect conspiracies and plots, the truth is even more disturbing as we have recently seen.  There are spiritual forces who want to challenge God’s good purposes, frustrate them, and confuse people.  And they enjoy watching us destroy one another.

The gospel tells us that they cannot win, for Jesus Christ has defeated them on His Cross.  But they can cause a lot of trouble.  They can vitiate our noblest endeavours, our highest ideals, and incite the winners of war to indulge in self-congratulation, vindictiveness and injustice.

May we seek, in the months to come, the strength of the Spirit of Christ to challenge evil within us and around us, and to lead us to a peace that we cannot create ourselves.            

God’s Blessing.                                                                                                                        Rev Jim Gill                                                                                                                                                            


I would like to thank all the people who came to my birthday party and for all the lovely presents and cards I received.

It was a really super night, and a birthday I shall always remember as a really happy occasion.

Thank you also to Paula for putting on such a lovely buffet.                                                    Molly East                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      



Apart from a report of some vandalism in Back Lane, it has been an uneventful Christmas period but have you checked your garden shed lately?  Is it still locked and secure?  Most shed crimes happen in March when the gardening season really gets going.  Take the time now to check your shed and its contents.  If you haven’t already done so, think about property-marking your garden equipment and tools.  Make it visible.  Thieves don’t like traceable property.

Most people like a bargain especially at this time of year during the sales.  However, it’s not only the bargain hunters that enjoy this time it’s also the opportunist thief.  The winter sales may be nearly over but they will soon be followed by the spring sales.  If you are thinking of visiting Cambridge or any other shopping centre in search of a great deal, then taking the following easy steps will ensure you don’t become another victim:

If possible don’t leave valuables in your car.  Instead, ask shops if they do a car pick-up service.

If you must off-load parcels, keep them locked in the boot out of sight. Always lock your doors and use additional security devices such as steering and gear stick locks.

Lock doors, close windows and sunroofs and use alarms where fitted.

These precautions, of course, apply to any shopping expeditions.

The usual warnings of bogus callers are still in force by the police, so be on your guard.

If you have any information about any crime phone CRIMESTOPPERS on ' 0800 555111.

Your call is FREE and you don’t have to give your name.  You may receive a reward.

                                                                                                                                                                Tony Court



Carol singing on December 19th was very successful.  A group of about 25 took part, including several mothers and small children, on foot and in buggies. £130 was raised for the Children’s Hospice.  Many thanks to the carol singers (lots of renderings of ‘Away in a Manager’)  and to all the donors for their support.

The Boxing Day walk attracted a different 25 people and assorted dogs, including Millie, who lost her master, turned tail and headed home.  We had an exhilarating circular walk through Ickleton, Hinxton and Duxford parishes, passing the Hinxton walkers en route.  It was an enjoyable outing on a bright frosty morning.                                                                                                        Sheila Birch                                                                                                                       


Rose and Bert Pickett would like to thank their many friends for the many cards and messages that they received on the occasion of  their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.



Volunteer Responders Wanted Throughout Cambridgeshire

MAGPAS (Mid Anglia General Practitioner Accident Service) has been providing emergency Support to the Ambulance Service at any type of incident since 1971 and this year we are launching the first responder scheme throughout Cambridgeshire and we urgently need your help.

All first responders will be trained in first aid and in the use of specialised heart monitoring equipment (Defibrillator) to shock a heart in the event of a cardiac arrest.  Each team member on call would attend an incident after being activated via the ambulance service control room and would be trained and equipped with first aid kit, oxygen defibrillator, two way radio, mobile phone/bleep etc.

This is an exciting opportunity to become involved in your own community and to provide vital time to a causalty, often saving a life, until the ambulance arrives.  The Community First Responder Scheme is designed to compliment and work alongside the Emergency Ambulance Service and will not replace services delivered by the Ambulance Service.

Do you want to become a First Responder or do you know of anyone who would be interested in becoming one?  To find out more, please do give us a call on  ' 01480 371060 and ask for Rob Payne, Scheme co-ordinator who will be happy to discuss the project with you in detail.



In March last year the Clerk, Mrs. Dinah Millson received a letter from the Almshouse Association stating:

“Our Patron, His Highness The Prince of Wales intends to host a Garden Party for members of the Almshouse Association, probably at Highgrove, sometime this year. The aim is to invite selected trustees or clerks to the trustees of small almshouse charities in recognition of long or exceptional service, to the charity.  These are charities that have no full-time staff and where responsibility falls on ‘volunteers’!  They are also less likely to receive a Royal visit than larger almshouse charities.  Spouses are included in the invitation.”

I was nominated by our Trustees, my only claim to fame being that I have been the Clerk and Trustee for 36 years.  To my amazement I was one of only four people selected from Norfolk and Cambridgeshire out of over 100 nominees!

The event was held on 10th December at St. James’s Palace.  It was a cold, frosty, foggy morning when we left Great Chesterford Station, but by the time we reached Green Park it was a beautiful sunny almost spring-like day.

The reception was due to start at 12.30 p.m. so as it was only just after 10.00 a.m. we had a coffee, walked down Pall Mall, with its expensive shops, and found exactly where the entrance to the palace was.  They were changing the guard when we arrived, very impressive with their long grey winter coats.  We watched them parade and when the band struck up to march to Buckingham Palace, we walked with them and a few tourists down to St. James Park.  We decided to go into the park where we fed the black swans, pelicans, and numerous strange looking ducks before leisurely walking onto the steps of the Victoria Memorial and then back down the Mall to St. James’ – we were desperate not to be late!  We managed to catch a glimpse of the Horse Guards looking magnificent, their superb horses and red cloaks glowing in the strong sunlight.

We met lots of other couples waiting to find their ‘groups’ and go into the palace and exactly on cue, after showing our admittance tickets, we were ushered in. After climbing a winding staircase, we went through several large rooms, including an armoury, into the grand reception hall which was breath-taking with its crimson silk covered walls and heavy gilt-framed ceilings, doors and windows.  Huge portraits of ‘royals gazed down upon us.  Mr. Kenney, from whom we received the initial letter, told us that there were upwards of 250 people attending.

We were served with drinks and party snacks which included organic cocktail sausages from the Prince’s Highgrove Estate.  It was quite difficult to eat little treats made with filo pastry without making crumbs, although until the Prince had visited our ‘group’, we were all too excited to eat!

When we saw the cameras flashing (official ones only) we knew it would soon be our turn.  He is much nicer than he ever is in photographs – quite tall, slim, very natural and easy to talk to, with a firm handshake.  We were told that he would not be able to shake hands and be introduced to everyone as he was running ½ an hour late, however he found time to shake hands and have a few words with us all.  His questions to me were “Are your almshouses very old?” and “Where is Ickleton?“ After he had visited all the groups, the Prince addressed us all, and made awards to four managers and architects of new or renovated almshouses.  He expressed his appreciation of the work of all trustees and workers in the organisation throughout the country.           

On a personal note, we found Prince Charles a quiet, sympathetic and caring person who worked very hard indeed.

It was a great day, made even nicer by the glorious weather and I would like to thank the trustees for nominating me and Mr. Kenney for selecting me.  Bob and I will always remember the occasion with great pleasure.                                                                                           Dinah Millson



I would like to say thank you to my friends and neighbours for your support and help over the past few months, also for the cards I have received during my recent stay in hospital.  With my operation behind me, I am looking forward to a better 2002.  Thank you all.        Vera Reed




We are sorry to record the death of Mrs. Jacqueline Gamble of Brookhampton Street who died in Arthur Rank Hospice on 28th December aged 58.


IckletonVillage.co.uk - all this and a Village Calendar too!

Well - it seems to be working out.  At the time of writing, the website has had some hundred or so hits in just over a week, so presumably someone else now knows what we have been up to!

If you are one of those who haven't yet seen it for yourself, you may not know that one of the

facilities the site contains is a Village Calendar.

The Village Calendar is potentially enormously valuable, since it is capable of forming a single reference point for all local fixtures - both regular and one-off.  Not only can it be referenced on-line (or even printed out), but if you are thinking of organising a line dancing festival, there is now no reason for failing to spot that it will clash with the church jumble sale!

Entries are shown by day and time within a continuous month-per-page calendar:



Odd trans-Atlanticisms like Thanksgiving day and July 4th reminders appear, but these are complemented by Ickleton details including most regular club and sporting fixtures, church services, pub quizzes, Parish Council meetings, Golden Jubilee celebrations, etc.  but of course only when we are aware of them.  As a general principle, any date which appears in Icene will also appear in the diary.  However, by the time that happens this may only be days ahead, so why not tell us your dates as soon as you know them - and make sure nobody sets up line dancing on the same day.

Do have a look at the site - and particularly the calendar if you haven't had a chance so far.  If you have any ideas for inclusion - or better still would like to have a hand in putting them into practice, we would love to hear from you.                                                            Andrew Shepperd                                                  



           Feburary  3rd  IPS Trip to Welney

                             4th  Mobile Library

                             6th  Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.

                                                Chapel, Carmel St. Gt. Chesterford.

                                                Subject: ‘Anglesey Abbey Gardens’ by Richard Ayres

                             9th  Visiting Bellringers 2.00 p.m.-5.15 p.m. approx.

                            18th  Mobile Library

                            20th  Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                            20th  The Chesterfords, Ickleton & Hinxton Women’s Institute 7.45 p.m.

                                      Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford

                                                Speaker Mrs. Louise Reed; her subject  ‘Dr. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson’