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APRIL 2002


Editors:                                                                                         David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:                                                                                  Tony Court                           


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12TH APRIL 2002




The Parish Council is pleased to report good news on two long awaited projects.


New Swings We have received a generous donation from the Imperial War Museum towards the cost of two new sets of swings, one with two flat seats and one with two cradle seats.  The play area on the recreation field will be extended to accommodate these, and new gates will be installed.  We are applying for a grant to help with the cost and, in the meantime, are going ahead with the installation as soon as possible.


Village Green We are glad to report that work on restoring the edge of the village green and installing posts on the southern side to protect it from further erosion will start in early April.


Recycling Dates Collection dates for cans, bottles and newspapers are 11th and 25th April.

                                                                                      Jackie Casement – Parish Clerk




Money and Credit Cards

A thief only needs a moment to make off with your valuables so try and be careful at all times.

Cash is a favourite target for thieves so always avoid carrying large amounts of cash. 

If your credit cards are stolen, inform the credit card companies IMMEDIATELY.  Keep their telephone numbers handy. If you delay reporting the loss, you may be liable for the cost of any goods.

Always keep your cheque card separate from your cheque book; a thief needs both if he is to write a cheque.

Never carry the personal identification number (PIN) with your cash dispensing cards.

Always memorise your number and never disclose it.

Never let your handbag out of your sight.  On public transport keep hold of it.  Even in a car, keep it out of sight – especially if you have the windows open as a thief may reach it while you are stationary in traffic.

Never leave your card/purse/wallet unattended in an office, car, or shops. Clubs, pubs, public transport and shopping areas are the places where most thefts occur.

It is also a good idea not to carry your keys in your handbag and never mark your keys with your address.  If the bag is stolen you will be locked out but the thief won’t.   

  Tony Court











Services for April






Sunday 7th April

10.00 a.m.  Joint Family Eucharist


(Feast of the Annunciation)

  No Evening Service





Sunday 14th April

  8.00 a.m.  Holy Communion


(Easter 3)

  9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist (Order 1)



11.00 a.m.  Joint Family Service



  6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 21st April

  9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(Easter 4)

11.00 a.m.  Joint Family Eucharist



  6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 28th April

  9.30  a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(Easter 5)

11.00  a.m. Joint Family Service



  6.30  p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)



From the Vicar

Joyful Easter wishes from all at Ickleton Church.  Throughout Eastertide which lasts until the feast of Pentecost on 19th May we shall be celebrating our Lord’s victory over death and the promise he has made to us that one day we shall be with him in eternity.  Alleluia!

To help us celebrate the springtime and the promise of new life which we see and feel all around us, our sister church of Duxford invites us to join them for ‘In the Springtime of the Year’ a concert at St. Peter’s on Friday 26th April at 8.00 p.m. with the choir of Clare College, Cambridge.  The choir, which has an international reputation, will sing an assortment of sacred and secular pieces with a springtime feel, just the thing to shake off the last of the winter blues and set us up for the summer.  Tickets will be £10, concessions £7, to include wine and canapés

in the interval, and can be purchased from me or from Duxford Post Office.

Also coming up this month we have our Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Tuesday 30th April at 7.45 for 8.00 p.m. in the church.  This is an open gathering at which we take stock of the past  year and look forward to the year ahead, rather in the manner of a spring clean.  At the meeting the life of the church is opened for scrutiny, accounts are presented, reports received and questions answered.  We also elect office holders to serve for the next twelve months and prayerfully make our plans for the future.  The parish church is one of the increasingly small number of organisations which help bind our village community together.  Please consider whether there is some way in which YOU could support it in the work it does.

With God’s blessing                                                                                            Jane Charman



Saturday 27th April – RSPB Minsmere Is anyone interested in joining us on a visit to the RSPB reserve at Minsmere, on the Suffolk coast?  This should be an exciting day, with lots to see at this time of year.  We shall have to make an early start and take a picnic lunch; there are good facilities at the reserve for buying hot drinks etc.  If you would like to come,  please ring Jackie Casement.  We will sort out details and car sharing nearer the day.

AGM Monday 29th April  at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall Business first, then a glass of wine, followed by our guest speaker, the well known local historian Mike Petty.  His subject will be ‘The Printers and Engravers of Cambridge’.  He is a most informative and amusing speaker and this will be his world premiere on this particular subject! Come and join us for an interesting evening.






CHAPEL NOTICES -  All  Services at 3.00 p.m.


                                          April   7th                                              Rev. J.   Gill

                                                April 14th                                              Rev. J. Graham

                                                April 21st                                             Mrs. M. Hilson

                                                April 28th                                              Mrs. M. Richardson

Church Halls


I thought you might like to read an extract from an article on church buildings that I came across

the other day .


Church halls are relatively recent.  In the old days the church buildings were general–purpose buildings, especially before the Reformation.  They were often the only reasonably large buildings available, and were used for political, entertainment and market purposes.  The dividing line between sacred and secular was not closely observed and, of course, it is good Christian theology to claim that there is no such division.  After the reformation, churches were closed during the week, and Christian life, fellowship and education were expected to be transferred to the homes of the people.


But patterns changed.  People came from rural communities and crowded into the cities.  A centre was needed for them and the Christian church felt it had to offer a positive alternative to some of the unwholesome forms of entertainment and socialising that were available.  Halls were built to be open during the week, and to house the Sunday Schools, and were the beginning of the Church’s youth work.


A very varied programme evolved over the years.  The adult education, with lantern lectures moved out to become further education and evening classes, run by the community.  Uniformed organisations moved in, for all age groups.  Recreation, especially drama and badminton, attracted many others, and gave them experience of Christian fellowship.  Social concern which had originally opened the halls to housemaids, people far from home, and the unemployed, moved on to cater especially for youngsters with nothing to do, and older folk in search of cheerful company.  The triple emphasis is still fellowship, education and recreation; its aim to serve the church and the community.


The Bible does not draw tidy lines between sacred and secular programmes of friendship, and the word ‘recreation’ means to create afresh.


Best Wishes                                                                                                                        

Rev. Jim Gill




At a meeting of volunteer drivers with representatives of Cambridgeshire County Council, we learned of the help the Council was able to give us in the running of the scheme.  


For those who wish to contact the service, please note the change of the telephone number to 0781 4828761.

Whenever possible we would appreciate at least 24 hours’ notice.


In order to fulfil all requests, we are in need of more volunteers.  The more drivers we have to call upon, the fewer journeys anyone would be asked to do. Can you help?

                                                                                                                                                      Peggy Richardson







Our afternoon of fun and games will be followed by a village photograph to mark this great occasion for all time.  A huge tea party for everyone will give the whole village a chance to relax to the sound of live music to suit all tastes. Entertainers will be on hand to amuse our  smallest villagers.

Our evening event has had a slight alteration because, by a great stroke of luck, we have been able to obtain ‘Skyline’.  This band has played across the world and all over the U.K. including The Savoy Hotel, Blenheim Palace and the Café Royal to name but a very few venues.  They have a huge repertoire of music to suit everyone. 

If you would like to offer help with the Jubilee preparations or would simply like more information about the events planned for the day, please don’t hesitate to call me.  

  Jane Hurst






A vacancy will exist shortly for tenants of 7, Mill Lane, Ickleton


Couples interested should apply in writing to:


Mrs. Dinah Millson by 15th April.

Please state your names, addresses, ages and occupations and any special reason or circumstance supporting your application.


The cottage has a large decorative garden, therefore a keen interest in gardening is essential.


Special consideration will be given to residents of Ickleton or applicants with connections or associations with the village.  

  (Mrs) Dinah J. Millson, Hon Clerk & Trustee






Despite heavy rain, there was a very good attendance at the A.G.M. held on March 20th.

The President Carol Deane welcomed members to the meeting. 

The retiring committee members were thanked and new committee members welcomed.  We are very pleased to have Monica Lilley on the new committee, making a total of four Ickleton members now serving and keeping the W.I. spirit alive and kicking!


The speaker for the evening was an occupational therapist working with the patients at the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge.


There will be a coffee morning and bring and buy stalls on April 6th from 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon in the Chapel in Carmel Street, Great  Chesterford in aid of the Arthur Rank Hospice.


The next meeting will be on April 17th in the Chapel when the speaker will be a theatre make-up artist.

                                                                                                                                        Cynthia Rule






The quiz night held in early March was again a great success.

After five closely contested rounds the eventual winners were our regular ladies team.

Well done ladies!

The next quiz night will be held on 13th April, commencing at 9.00 p.m.  There will be a guest quiz master and a slightly different format.

As usual, refreshments, prizes and a raffle will also be available.

Anyone wishing to bring a team (4 persons) or any individual who would like to join a team, just turn up on the night.                                                                                                                 Ickleton Social Club Committee



CONGRATULATIONS TO…………Mr. Tony Godfrey who was 80 on 14th March.




Duxford Commemorates Falklands War in New Exhibition

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Falklands War, the Imperial War Museum, Duxford is opening a special exhibition that will tell the story of the conflict and the men and machines that took part.  Combat aircraft, helicopters, artillery and military vehicles feature in the first Falklands exhibition of its kind in the UK.  Exhibits will include a Royal Air Force Harrier that flew many missions from HMS Hermes during the conflict and former adversary a rare captured Pucara ground attack aircraft used by the Argentine Air Force and feared by troops and pilots alike.  Complimented by life-like figures in uniform,  the exhibition will open at Duxford on Monday 25th March and is expected to run until the end of the year.  Says Marketing Manager Tracey Woods  “We are always very keen to develop the visitor experience by bringing new and interesting exhibits and exhibitions to Duxford and this is an exciting and timely addition.  The Falklands War lasted just 72 days but claimed nearly 1,000 casualties and was instrumental in restoring democracy in Argentina”.   In addition to the exhibits featured in this exhibition, Duxford also displays many of the types of aircraft used in the Falklands campaign such as the Victor, Canberra and Vulcan.

Duxford’s first air show of the year on Sunday 5th May will also commemorate the anniversary of the Falklands war by featuring many aircraft types used in the conflict.


Lancaster Anniversary

Wartime RAF Lancaster bomber veterans from across East Anglia gathered at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on Sunday 3rd March to mark the anniversary of the Lancaster’s combat debut. The gathering was to mark the 60th anniversary of the first combat mission of the famous Avro Lancaster bomber during the Second World War.  Four Lancasters of No. 44 Squadron took off from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on the night of 3rd March 1942 to drop mines in the sea at Heligoland off the North German coast.  Shortly afterwards, on the night of 11th March, came their first bombing raid, when another two Lancasters from No. 44 Squadron formed part of a task  force of 126 RAF bombers sent to attack Essen.

Says Marketing Manager Tracey Woods “Duxford was very pleased to welcome these veterans – it was a real privilege to have them here and an exciting opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the aircraft and what life was like as part of a Lancaster crew in wartime.  Pilots, wireless operators and gunners were among the veterans, many of whom brought personal photographs and memorabilia with them.  It was a unique opportunity to meet people who made history.”

Duxford’s own Lancaster was in Hangar 1 where visitors also saw a special exhibition about the Dam Busters mission.  A preserved ‘bouncing bomb’ is also on show. 

                                                                                         Tracey Woods, Marketing Manager ' 01223 499320







Pete celebrated his 65th birthday on March 4th.  But this was no ordinary 65th; it also marked 50 years working at Abbey Farm for G.E. and M. Duke.  As Pete put it, “In School on Friday at work the following Monday!”


During his time at Abbey Farm, Pete has at one time or another done everything: ploughing,   drilling, combining, baling, shepherding etc.  He plans to cut back a bit, but will still be helping out on the farm, that he first remembers, aged three, when riding on a tractor with his uncle.


Those that have worked with Pete know that he is never to be underestimated and he lived up to that with a moving speech at his retirement lunch at the Ickleton Lion, shared with friends, relatives and work colleagues past and present.


The consensus was very much, “They don’t make them like that anymore!” and we wonder whether anyone will manage 50 years continuous work in Ickleton  again.

                                                                                                                                               Lewis Duke



The Spring party is one of the highlights of The Gardening Society year.  Therefore it was with regret that our Chairman James Macdonald was unable to attend due to illness.  We wish you a speedy recovery James!

Vice Chairman Pauline Gale once more set our brains aglow with another one of her gardening quizzes which was won by Carol Turton and Margaret Turner’s team ‘Flower Power’ Congratulations ladies.

Excellent food and wine was provided by the Committee and a good raffle concluded the evening.

The next meeting will be the A.G.M. on April 3rd starting at 8.00 p.m. followed by a sale of plants from members’ gardens.          

                                                                    Cynthia Rule



A concert is to be held in Strethall Parish Church on Saturday 4th May at 7.30 p.m.

Petronella Dittmer (Violin and Soprano) will give a concert with organ/harpsichord accompaniment. Works by Bach, Mozart, Thomas Arne, Mendlessohn and Kreisler. There will be interval refreshments and an exhibition of local photos from the 1977 Silver Jubilee. Tickets £9.


                                                                                                                                                               Isabel Leeming

ICKLETON DIARY                             

                 April 2nd      Bellringing Training Day 2.00 – 5.00 p.m.

                          3rd      Gt Chesterford and District Gardening Society AGM

           8.00 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford

                        13th        Social Club Quiz Night

                        17th        Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                        17th        Gt. and Little Chesterford, Ickleton and Hinxton W.I. Meeting

 7.45 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt Chesterford

                        24th       Visiting Bellringers  10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. approx

                        26th       Concert with Clare College Choir 8.00 p.m. St. Peter’s Church, Duxford

                        27th        IPS  visit to RSPB Minsmere

                        29th        IPS AGM and talk by Mike Petty, 7.30 p.m. Village Hall                  

                 June 1st        Golden Jubilee – Village Photograph

                 July 13th       Church Fete from 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.