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MAY 2002


Editors:             David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:     Tony Court

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin


12th MAY 2002




Code of Conduct for Parish Councils  You may have read, both in the national and local press, about the new Code of Conduct that all Parish Councils must adopt.  In Ickleton it has been looked at closely and discussed and I am happy to report that it was adopted at the meeting on Wednesday 17th April. A copy of the Code of Conduct will be displayed on the noticeboard. A Register of Members Interests will be completed by mid May.

Roller Blading and Skate Boarding A number of young skate boarders came to the last Parish Council meeting and expressed their wish to have provided on the Recreation Field some equipment on which they can safely practise their skills.  The Parish Council is most grateful for their input.  The cost of providing such equipment is substantial, but both sides are looking into this and we hope that, with help, progress can be made.  We would welcome some input from the roller bladers in the village as well and would encourage them to attend, with the skate boarders, the next Parish Council meeting (22nd May), so that we can hear their views.  It would be so much better to talk about the issues than for us to nag continually about the dangers of roller blading on the roads, so do come and talk to us.

New Swings  By the time you read this, the new swings should be installed.  We are so pleased that this long awaited project is about to be completed. There will unfortunately be some delay before the fencing contractor can do his work, so please be careful in the meantime.

Village Green  I hope you will agree that the village green now looks a good deal tidier.  The work on making good the edges and reseeding with grass is about to take place and will complete the restoration – provided we have some rain to help it grow!

Refuse collection  Refuse will be collected a day late (Thursday 9th May)  after the Bank Holiday.

Recycling collection dates will be 9th and 23rd May.

Bonfires   We have had some complaints about smouldering bonfires.  Please be considerate when you are burning garden rubbish and think of your neighbours.


Date of Annual General Meeting  Wednesday 15th May at 7.30 p.m.  Do come and hear about what your Parish Council has accomplished during the past year and what the plans are for the future and meet your Parish Councillors.


Date of next Parish Council Meeting  Wednesday 22nd May at 7.30 p.m.           

Jackie Casement  - Parish Clerk



To those volunteers who have not yet received their insurance and registration forms, I apologise.  We are still waiting for the County Council to send them.

Whilst it is good news that few people in Ickleton are needing our services, we are available for medical appointments, except (at the present time) for journeys to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where there is a car service.                                                  

  Peggy Richardson,






Services for May





Sunday 5th May

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


(Easter 6th)

11.00 a.m. Anniversary Service



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 9th May

  8.00 p.m. Holy Communion


(Ascension Day)






Sunday 12th May

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(Easter 7)

 11.00 a.m. Joint Family Service



    6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 19th May

  11.00 a.m.  Pentecost Celebration Eucharist



    6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 26th May

  11.00 a.m. Golden Jubilee Songs of Praise


(Trinity Sunday)

                      on the Village Green



    6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong and Holy



                    Communion (BCP)


From the Vicar

By the time you read this, let’s hope we shall be enjoying some fine summer weather.  I certainly hope so because we have an open air event scheduled this month, our Golden Jubilee Songs of Praise on Duxford Village Green.  The brass band of Sawston Village College will play for us and we hope that as many local groups as possible will be represented.  Next month the three parishes will also be marking the Jubilee, on 2nd June, with a special Eucharist at Hinxton at 11.00 a.m. at which Canon David Wall will be our guest preacher and a festival Evensong at Ickleton at 6.30 p.m.

Whether we’re ardent royalists or radical republicans, most of us can agree that Queen Elizabeth the second has been an exemplary monarch.  You only have to read the history books to realise that not all Kings and Queens of England have had the interests of the country at heart and certainly few have worked as hard as she has done at her public role.  But perhaps because she is a shy person and not one to wear her heart on her sleeve, as some other royals have done, our publicity hungry society has often been slow to appreciate her worth.  Another thing that is not always realised about our Queen is that she has a deep Christian faith.  Perhaps the days when people believed the monarch to be God’s divinely appointed representative here on earth are behind us now but we can still see her as an example, one of God’s faithful servants who has tried hard to witness to her faith in the often testing circumstances of her daily life.

Monarchy seems to be something of a theme this month as we gather in Ickleton Church at Pentecost to celebrate the kingship of Christ over his Church.  ‘Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever’ says the Bible, ‘ and the sceptre of your kingdom is the sceptre of righteousness’.  Those of you who like the more informal musical style at our monthly family Eucharist are sure to enjoy ‘The King, the Snake and the Promise’, a musical presentation which tells the story of God’s relationship with his people down the ages, starting with the Garden of Eden and ending with ourselves!  The children have been learning the songs and will lead us in praise, so do put the date in your diary and join on us this special occasion.

With God’s blessing                                                                                           Jane Charman




I would like to thank Sunita and Dilip Odedra for so kindly allowing me to put the daffodil box in their shop for Marie Curie Cancer care, and to everyone for supporting the cause – we raised £25 –Thank you.                                                                                                                              Gillian Dillon-Robinson








All Services start at 3.00 p.m.


Speakers for May



                                  May   5th


Miss J. Kennett

                                  May 12th


Rev. J. Graham

                                  May 19th

          Holy Communion

Rev. J. Gill

                                  May 26th


Mr. D. Coulton

What A Week

There used to be a programme on the television many years ago on a Saturday night called ‘That was the week that was’.  Well, we at Ickleton Methodist Chapel are just saying the same thing after a week of celebrating our 150 th anniversary.

Members of the congregation and friends started the celebrations with lunch at ‘The Ickleton Lion’ followed by our afternoon service at 3.00 p.m. lead by Rev. John Graham from Bishop’s Stortford, which was well attended for a Sunday afternoon service. 

Members and friends were able to see a collection of old documents and books dating back to the time the Chapel was built and before.  Some of the material came from the archivist in Chelmsford.  The display was available all week during the festivities.

Monday night saw our circuit meeting being held at the Chapel, and good wishes were received from our sister churches around the circuit led by the circuit’s senior steward Martyn Holman.

We had ‘Songs of Praise’ on Wednesday and over 40 people came to sing their praises and listen to readings and poems.  It was good to hear great singing with such meaning and Charles Wesley’s hymn ‘O for a thousand tongues to sing’ was one of the highlights of the evening.  Before we sang this hymn, we thought of the number of tongues that had sung God’s praises over the last 150 years and thanked God for their witness to the village and community.

We were grateful to Marion Dyer from our Stansted Chapel who brought a small ecumenical group of musicians to lead our singing.

On Saturday evening we were privileged to have the Bishop’s Stortford Methodist Church Choir, under their choirmaster Stuart Boorman.  We had an excellent evening and it was good to see so many people enjoying the concert.  Barbara Lilley and Ivy Vincent, two of the Chapel  stalwarts, cut the first of the birthday cakes at the interval.

Sunday dawned with great excitement and expectations for our afternoon service at the village hall instead of at the Chapel.  My thanks to Gordon Woolhouse for setting the hall up and taking down afterwards.  Our guest speaker for the afternoon was David Kossoff, writer, broadcaster and actor, who was invited to tell us some of his Bible stories.  The village hall was packed by 2.45 p.m.  After a very memorable service, a birthday tea was held, when two large birthday cakes, one sponge the other fruit, with ‘150 years’ written on them, were cut by Joyce Hutley Chapel Treasurer and Cecil Vincent the Chapel’s Senior Steward.

I would like to thank everyone who helped from the village and also all members of the circuit, and also the members and friends from my other pastoral charge, Chrishall Methodist Church, for making the week so memorable.

As I left the hall in the evening someone said to me, “Same again next year Jim?”  I replied’, “Let’s  get over this one first.”

Best Wishes                                                                                                                                           

   Rev.Jim Gill


Congratulations to……….Claire and Christopher Day on the birth of their daughter Emily Catherine Racine Day born on the 24th March, weighed in at 8lb 11oz. First granddaughter for Marion and David Skeates.


Congratulations to………..Mrs. Betty Webb who is 90 on 18th May.


Congratulations to………..To Philippa Hayes, for completing the London Marathon on 14th April.  Philippa was raising money for CAMVET, the charity which supports the Cambridge Veterinary School.







Distraction Burglary

The police are currently targeting distraction burglary.  I mentioned a case of this in the March Bulletin.  Anybody could knock at your front door, they may be male or female, children or adults, and look perfectly normal to you. They could ask for:- a glass of water, directions to an address, a pen and paper to leave a note for a neighbour, to get their ball back, to look for a lost kitten, to check water, gas, electricity as a neighbour has a problem, and many other reasons.

Any of these people could use the above pretexts to distract you at the front door or in your garden whilst an accomplice walks into your home and takes anything they can easily carry away - money, cheques from your cheque book, credit cards, handbag, jewellery. 

They know all your hiding places.

Keep them out.

If you are not expecting anyone, do not answer the door.

You do not have to answer the door just because someone knocks or rings the bell.

+  Lock the back door before opening the front door.

+ Put the chain on.

+ Say No.

We may not have any experience of this type of burglary in Ickleton, but it is happening in surrounding villages.  A reminder of the police contact  ' 01223 358966 – ask for Sawston during office hours.

Tony Court




Jubilee Celebration Evensong at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 2nd June

The Jubilee celebrations in Ickleton will end with evensong in church.  We expect to have a large congregation so we are planning to sing something special for this.  If we can get enough singers, we will attempt Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’ (it has seven parts!).  I hope that other local singers, as well as church choir members, will join us on this occasion.  It should be a wonderful conclusion to the weekend. There will be a champagne reception after this evensong.  Dr.

Anderson will be playing for us and we have arranged the following rehearsals:

Friday  10th May,  Tuesday 14th May,  Tuesday  21st May,  Friday 24th May, Friday 31st May




This year the Church Fete will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 13th July from 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Please come along and bring your family to this wonderful event.   There will be the usual stalls and events: The Ickleton pet show, pony rides, children’s stall and face painting, cakes and produce, bric-a-brac, nearly new, tombola, raffle, bottle stall, teas and ice creams, books, plants, vicar’s quiz. The Scottish Fiddle and Accordion Society of Cambridge will play for us.

At this point in time we would very much like offers of help and ideas for some new stalls.

If you would like to book a stall please ring the Churchwardens, Sebastian Payne or Jenny Pell.

If you would like to help or have any ideas for a stall  please ring Monica Lilley who will be pleased to hear from you.  Thank you as always for your help and support.




We are sorry to record the death on 15th April of Mrs. Anne Fawcett.  The funeral service took place at Ickleton Church on the 22nd April.





We would like to add a photograph of you and your family, taken outside your house if possible, to the archive collection in this Jubilee year.  The picture should measure about 6 x 4 inches with names and address (written in pencil please) on the back.  This can be exchanged at the shop for your entry ticket to the Jubilee evening on June 1st.  Even if you cannot come to the party we should still like a picture. To arrange for someone else to take the photograph ring.

Ensure your place in Ickleton’s history.

Any local historical items that you are willing to lend for our manned ‘History of Ickleton’ display in the village hall, during the Jubilee afternoon, would be most welcome.  They would be carefully looked after. Please contact Sheila Birch.


WELCOME TO…Derek Wright and Gillian Todd and their son Jonathan who, after all                       

                                      their hard work  will shortly be moving into.



Following the success of the last few ‘Quiz Nights’, they will be held on a more regular basis.

The next quiz will be held at 9.00 p.m. on the Saturday 25th May.

Apart from the quiz, there will be a raffle and free refreshments.

Please come and join in the evening.                                                                            The Committee



The Parkinson’s Bazaar will be held in the Ickleton Village Hall on May 11th at 2.00 p.m.  I would like to ask for contributions towards this sale, almost anything will sell, so please, when doing that spring clean, save it for us.  We hope to have the usual stalls, teas and a good draw.  Please help in any way you can. Can I ask all those friends who help in any way, serving, sorting or whatever, for their help again this year, without them there would not be a sale.

Items can be left with Mary Woolhouse, Cynthia Rule or myself Dorothy Churchman or I will be pleased to collect.

Thank you all in anticipation of your kind help and a good day.



Join us on Wednesday 15th May when we will be ‘Thinking Pink’.

As you probably know, recent figures show that nearly 40,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, making it the most common cancer in the U.K.

During the day on 15th May between 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. we will be offering to paint your fingernails with one of the special “Think Pink” collections from Jessica.  All we ask is that you give a donation for the free service that we are offering.

We look forward to you popping in on the day.  If you are unable to make it, perhaps you could support the charity by purchasing one of the lapel badges for a minimum of £1.00.

Thank you in anticipation for supporting this worthwhile cause. Please come and visit us at Tranquillity Beauty Salon, 12 Moorfield Road, Duxford ' 01223 505041 for further details.



Members held a minute’s silence in respect for the late Queen Mother who had been a member the W.I. for 68 years.

The President, Mrs. Carol Deane also informed members of the death of former Ickleton President Mrs. Anne Fawcett.

The outings secretary Lorraine Demmer, gave details of the summer outing on July 17th to Peckover House Wisbech. A coach will be provided and it is hoped as many members as possible will go.

The theatre make-up artist Chris Clark proved an entertaining speaker whilst using her talents on five volunteers.                                                                                               Cynthia Rule







The Society held its Annual General Meeting on 3rd April, bringing another year to a satisfactory conclusion.  I am happy to say that the society is flourishing.  Not only are we getting more members attending the regular events than for a long time, but we have been able to welcome many younger people as new members.

The society covers seven villages in the vicinity – Great and Little Chesterford, Ickleton, Hinxton, Littlebury, Littlebury Green and Catmere End.  The main event during the year was the Flower Show which was held in July.  It was something of an experiment for the show to be held then, as in previous years it had always been held in September.  And although the show was a great success (readers may recall that the principal prize winners were Gordon Woolhouse and Keith Sutcliffe) we have decided that next year we will revert to the September date.

The Garden Walkabout took place in Ickleton in July.  We held a successful Spring Party last month; and we had our regular evening meetings at which we have had a variety of speakers.  Two speakers in particular stay in our memory: a talk by the head gardener of Audley End, Mike Thurlow; and a talk about the Anglesey Abbey gardens by their former head gardener, Richard Ayes.

What do we have planned for the forthcoming year?  The Summer Outing will take place on 27th June when we will be visiting Richard Ayes’ own garden near Anglesey Abbey.  We also hope to arrange a visit in August to the Audley End kitchen gardens. On 3rd July we will be holding a ‘mini’ flower show (we alternate between the main flower show one year, and a mini show the next).  The Garden Walkabout will take place on 27th June when we visit a number of gardens in Littlebury, and  over the course of the year we will have various evening meetings with visiting speakers.

At the AGM, the committee for the forthcoming year was elected.  Brian Mills stood down from the committee after many years;  otherwise the officers and committee members were all re-elected.  The Ickleton representatives on the committee are Cynthia Rule (Minutes Secretary and Trading Secretary), Keith Sutcliffe, Catherine Cocks and myself (Chairman).

Members of the Society are entitled to substantial discounts on seeds and supplies bought through the Society and they can also benefit from discounts at local garden centres.  Many members who seldom take part in the activities will nevertheless take advantage of these discounts.

The Society is always keen to welcome new members.  Anyone interested in joining or in finding out more about the Society should contact Cynthia, Keith, Catherine or me.  The evening meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month in Great Chesterford Congregational Church and we can arrange lifts for anyone who wants one.

 James Macdonald





May 1st

Gt. Chesterford and District, Gardening Society.  


    Talk on Vertical Gardening by Mr. Graham Pavey


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

May 11th

Parkinson’s Spring Bazaar 2.00 p.m. Village Hall

May 15th 

Parish Council AGM, 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

May 15th 

Gt. Chesterfords, Ickleton & Hinxton W.I.  Subject ‘The Resolutions’


    and  a  talk by a  representative from Aloe Vera


    starting at 7.45 p.m. in the Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford

May 18th   

Visiting Bellringers 5.00 – 6.00 p.m. approx

May 22nd   

Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

May 25th   

Social Club Quiz Night

May 27th   

Mobile Library

June   1st/2nd    

Jubilee Weekend

July 13th    

Church Fete