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Editors:             David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:     Tony Court

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin


12th AUGUST 2002




Skateboarding and Rollerblading

 We are most anxious to correct a wrong impression that may have been given in the June Icene. There must be no rollerblading or skateboarding activities on the village hall driveway at any time.  Not only is it dangerous, but it causes considerable nuisance to those living nearby.  The Parish Council is actively researching the possibility of providing a proper facility for these activities.  A questionnaire on this and other future possibilities for the recreation field comes with this copy of Icene.  We need to have your views, so please help us by completing the form.   


Wellcome Trust  Many of you will already be aware that South Cambridgeshire District Council has now approved the Outline Planning consent for 27,000 sq metres of development on the field south of the present Genome Campus (ie towards Stump Cross).  The detailed planning application is expected in August.  We have been invited by the Wellcome Trust to attend regular liaison meetings with them throughout the construction project.   We are glad of this opportunity to keep an eye on matters that might affect Ickleton.


Recycling collection will be on Thursdays 1st, 15th and 29th (or 30th) August They collect newspapers, glass bottles, tins and textiles, all of which should all be separately bagged.  They do not take plastic bottles or cardboard.  The nearest facility for disposing of plastic bottles is the household recycling site in Thaxted Road, Saffron Walden.


Housing Needs Survey  We have been informed by South Cambridgeshire District Council that a survey is to be carried out between July and September.  It will involve a mixture of personal interviews and postal surveys of all households.  All interviewers will carry an identity badge and an accompanying official letter from the Council.  Please be assured that any information provided will be confidential and will only be used for the purpose of this survey and is protected under the Data Protection Act 1998.  We would like to stress to residents the importance of this survey and encourage participation.


Cricket  Is anyone interested in re-starting a cricket team?  If so, please contact Ed Holland,.

             Jackie Casement  - Parish Clerk




Further to our report last month that we had been advised by the County Council not to take patients to Addenbrooke’s because the hospital has a car service.  For those who do not qualify for a hospital car, we do take patients to the Park and Ride from where buses run every 10 minutes to and from the hospital, and then we bring them back home.

                                                                                             Peggy Richardson                                                             










Services for August






Sunday 4th August

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


(Trinity 10)

  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 11th August

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


(Trinity 11)

  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 18th August

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


(Trinity 12)

  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 25th August

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


(Trinity 13)

   6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong (BCP)



From the Vicar

As I write, the rain is lashing at my study window and thunder and lightning are causing the computer screen to flicker in an alarming fashion.  With the exception of a few fine days round about the time of the Golden Jubilee, this summer has so far been a disappointing experience with many cool, cloudy and showery days and annoying delays to both the cricket and the tennis.  Apparently this is due to something called the ‘Azores high’ which in good summers creates an area of high pressure over Spain that keeps bad weather at bay.  In summers like this one, when the ‘Azores high’ fails to materialise, low pressure systems come spiralling in from the Atlantic, resulting in what we British euphemistically call ‘changeable weather’.  Those who are planning to take their holidays abroad this year have probably made a wise decision.

It’s often said of the British that we hate change and are bad at managing it.  I hope that’s not true because we in the Church are currently awaiting a very major change, the appointment of a new Archbishop of Canterbury to replace Dr. George Carey.  Will it be Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Wales?  Will it be Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester? Will it be Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London? Or will it be a wild card candidate that nobody has really thought of, rather like Dr. Carey himself?  The newspapers have been enjoying the speculation for some months now, with several pretended ‘scoops’ on the part of eager journalists desperate to get in first with the big news.  By the time you read this, Downing Street may have made an announcement, but even if we have a name, the suspense is far from over, as we wait to see what the new candidate will come up with in terms of a new direction for the Church.  And since everyone has their own ideas about the right way forward, there is likely to be changeable weather on the ecclesiastical front for some time to come!

In the meantime, parish life continues much as it has always done for hundreds of years and we continue to praise God for his faithfulness and unchanging love.  As usual in August, with so many people away, we move to a slightly reduced pattern of services, with just one morning and one evening service throughout the month.  We wish Godspeed and happy holidays to all those who will be travelling, and if you are visiting the area then you can be certain of a very warm welcome at any of our services.

With God’s blessing                                                                                               Jane Charman

                                                                                                                                   E: gentianblue@ antlworld.com



The marriage of Camilla Bevan of Ickleton and Rupert Brown took place on 15th June at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church.


Stop Press………..The amount raised at the moment for the Church Fete is a

                                       grand total of £1840. Many thanks for all who helped in any way.







A Raffle on the scale of this year’s had not been attempted before we are glad to say! Thanks to all those who participated. The result produced a useful contribution to Church funds.

We would like to thank all those who made such generous contributions towards the prizes.  It is not possible to mention all by name but we would particularly like to thank the following:

The TESCO Charitable Trust

The Wellcome Trust at Hinxton

The Imperial War Museum at Duxford

Springwell Nursery at Little Chesterford

The Ickleton Lion

Chesterford Engineering

Artinspire-Wedding Florists

Adrian Paul from Sawston

Lizzie’s Health and Beauty of Saffron Walden

We would also like to thank all those who sold tickets, particularly Dilip and Sunita in the shop, and special thanks to those who helped on the day – Jane Hurst, David and Jean Whitaker and Margaret Clarke.                                                                                                                                                            John and Judy Marshall


CHAPEL NOTICES  - All Services start at 3.00 p.m.


Speakers for August            August 4th                    Mr. D. Coulton

                                                August 11th                  Miss J. Hay

                                                August 18th                  Mrs. B. Kime

                                                August 25th                  Mrs. I. Wood

                                                                                                                                                   Rev. J. Gill



A comparatively new crime known as ‘bin raiding’ has arrived and taken a firm foothold in this country.  Criminals collect personal and financial details – have they come from stolen wallets or a dustbin? A Nottingham survey of 500 domestic bins revealed the following statistics:

20% of bins contained a bank account number or sort code that could be related to the full name and address of an individual; this rose to 27% in affluent areas.

Only 8% of households throwing away paperwork carrying full credit card numbers had attempted to destroy documents and just 1% had succeeded.

Local authorities said bin raiders were not only after documents but also toys and everyday items that could be sold on. 62% identified credit card slips as a key target.

8% of households threw away information providing at least one telephone number.

2% of binned information provided a date of birth.

1 in 6 bins contained a whole gas, electricity or water bill.

Around 25% of bins contained an official letter that could be used to corroborate identity.

What you can do:

Rip up, shred or burn documents.

Never put personal documents into a recycling bin.

Check bank and credit card statements promptly and regularly to identify any unfamiliar transactions.  Use different passwords for different accounts.

Anybody who has been mugged or burgled might also fall victim to identity theft.

More on this subject next month.           

                                                                                                                                               Tony Court



We would both like to thank all kind friends and neighbours for their ‘Get Well’ cards and good wishes sent to Len during his recent spell in hospital.  These were a  great comfort and much appreciated, and we are pleased to say that he is well on the mend.  Once again, many thanks.

                                                                                                                                        Len and Joy Howe








Long to reign over us!


Well done to everyone who showed their sporting spirit by entering the quiz this year.  You seemed to find it slightly harder than in previous years but there were still plenty of right answers (see below).  The quiz raised £126.50 for the Church, a very pleasing result.  First prize (the bottle of champagne) goes to Jenny Pell and Hilary Rule.  It was a joint entry but they only get to drink half a bottle each!  The two runners up with the Jubilee Crowns were Andrew Sheppard and Liz and Chris Goddard.

1.   Royals through the ages

a)        The longest reigning British monarch was Queen Victoria (everybody got this right).

b)        The shortest reigning British monarch was Lady Jane Grey (9 days). Edward VIII actually   

            reigned for 11 months before abdicating.

c)        The fifth wife of Henry VIII was Katherine Howard (we also allowed Catherine spelt with a ‘C’).

d)        King Charles l was beheaded.

e)        King George l never learnt to speak English.

2.  Royal Houses

a)       The Houses of York and Lancaster fought the Wars of the Roses (everybody knew this)

b)       The House of Lancaster consisted entirely of Henrys (Henrys lV, V & Vl).

c)       Edward VI belonged to the House of Tudor (he was the young son of Henry VIII)

d)       The House of Hanover replaced the House of Stuart (the first Hanoverian sovereign was           

            William of Orange so we awarded half a mark for ‘Orange’).

e)        The House of Windsor changed its name from (technically) Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (we

           accepted Saxe Coburg).

3.  Royal Nicknames (most people did well here but there was one trick question)

a)        Ethelred II, The Unready. (Also known according to some of you as Ethelred the Ever-ready or Ethelred the Horrible).

b)        William I, The Conqueror, (he was also known, for a variety of reasons as William the Bastard but nobody put that!)

c)        Edward l, Longshanks.  (this was the trick question.  Most people put Edward the Confessor but he was actually earlier.

           There were several King Edwards before they began to be numbered. (Only one person got this right).                   

d)        Richard I, the Lionheart  (or Coeur de Lion).

e)       Mary I, Bloody Mary.  (this was Mary Turdor.  Mary Queen of Scots was never Queen of England although she would have liked to be!).

4. Modern Royals

a)         The youngest son of King George V was actually Prince John.  He was an epileptic and always kept hidden from the public, rather a sad story.

b)         The Duke of Windsor was more famously known before his abdication as Edward VIII.

c)         The husband of Marie Christine von Reibnitz is Prince Michael of Kent.

e)         Princess Mary of Teck was the wife of George V.  That makes her the great-great-grandmother of Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

5. Royal Hangers - on

a)       Queen Elizabeth I  true love was supposed to have been Robert (or Robin) Dudley, the Earl of Leicester.  But it’s true she had a bit of a scene later on with the Earl of Essex so we also acceped that as an answer.

b)         Queen Victoria’s faithful body servant (hm!) was John Brown. 

           Watch the film ‘Mrs. Brown’ with Billy Connolly and Judi Dench.

c)         The odd one out among the supposed crown offices was ‘Royal Peculiar’.  A Royal Peculiar is not a crown office but a way of describing churches and chapels which are private to the crown and not under the authority of a Diocesan Bishop.  All the other titles (hard to believe but true!) are perfectly genuine!

d)         Lucien Freud painted the Queen’s portrait.

e)         Pharos, Swift, Emma and Linnet are the current Royal corgis.

6. Royal miscellany

a)         King Henry VI was divided into 3 parts (by William Shakespeare who wrote three plays called…wait for it.. King Henry VI part 1, Henry VI part 2 and King Henry VI part 3).

b)         King Richard III offered his kingdom for a horse (he supposedly exclaimed ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’ at a sticky moment on the battlefield).

c)         The Sex  Pistols caused scandal in the 80s with their version of the National Anthem.

d)         The reverse (that’s the back, folks) of the Jubilee Crown shows the Queen on horseback.

e)         The forename most used by British Kings is actually Edward.  As well as Kings Edward I – VIII there were also a selection of unnumbered Edwards before that (including Edward the Confessor, see question 3c).


There have been five Archbishops during the present Queen’s reign.  In order they are:  Geoffrey Fisher, Michael Ramsay, Donald Coggan, Robert Runcie, and George Carey.  Anyone care to guess who the next one will be?  I’ll give you a clue, it won’t be me!

There have been ten Prime Ministers during the present Queen’s reign.  In order they are: Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, Alexander Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair. Harold Wilson got in twice during that time, as some of you pointed out.  Hope you enjoyed it!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jane Charman







On July 3rd we held our Mini Flower Show.  It was extremely well attended, with a record number of entries.  Overall winners were Margaret Turner 1st prize and James Macdonald and James Marshall joint 2nd prize.  The Committee provided excellent refreshments including strawberries and cream.

On July 10th we visited five gardens in Littlebury, shame about the weather! But otherwise much enjoyed. There will be no meeting in August due to holidays.

Next meeting September 4th in the Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford 8.00 p.m. Subject – Growing Clematis through trees and shrubs.  Visitors welcome.

            Cynthia Rule




Entries welcomed for Horticulture and Home Craft Competitions.

Duxford is reinstating its annual village show this year, on Sunday 25th August with an afternoon of traditional entertainment for all the family.

To be held on the Vantico/Hexcel playing fields on the Hinxton Road in Duxford, there will be children’s races, art and craft stalls, cream teas, pony rides, horticulture, home crafts and cookery competitions, tug of war, staged displays and much, much more! To round off the day there will be a hog roast and barn dance.

There are competitive classes for all keen gardeners – including ones for the best carrots or tomatoes, the largest onion or most unusual shaped vegetable and the best dahlias or chrysanthemums.  For the cooks there are classes to find the best Victoria sponge, apple pie, fruit jam, marmalade, tomato chutney and other delicacies.

In the handicraft section, the judges will be looking for the best soft toy, tapestry and embroidered cushion covers, painting of village life or hand knitted child’s jumper.

There is also a very full children’s section, including classes for a miniature garden in a seed tray, a poem called ‘My Jubilee Year’  and a painting of ‘My Summer Holidays’.

Schedules, with a full listing of all the classes, are available from Duxford Post Office.  Anyone can enter, not just Duxford residents.  Entries close 11th August. Judging and prize giving will take place on the day.

More details from Jenny Parker.




An extremely rare Second World War A-36A Invader dive-bomber, one of only 500 ever built and the only one still flying, made its first ever UK appearance at Duxford’s Flying Legends Air Show

on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July. This unique aircraft had come over from the United States specially for Flying Legends and its appearance was eagerly awaited by aviation enthusiasts and the general public alike.  A variant of the legendary P-51 Mustang fighter and produced in the US early in 1943, the A-36A was designed as a dive-bomber. Jane Larcombe of The Fighter Collection, co-producers of the Flying Legends Air Show said “We are proud to have such an incredibly rare aircraft make the long journey from the USA to Duxford.

Former Chief Test Pilot of the Spitfire, Alexander (Alex) Henshaw was one of the guests of honour. Alex Henshaw’s aviation career is outstanding  - he learnt to fly in a Gypsy Moth while still a young teenager and soon afterwards, with his father’s help, acquired a Moth of his own.  At the tender age of 19, he won the prestigious 1933 Kings Cup air race – a race which is still hotly contested today. After the outbreak of the Second World War, Henshaw joined a team of test pilots at Castle Bromwich near Birmingham – the largest factory producing Spitfires and Lancaster bombers.  It was the test pilot’s role to find any faults before the RAF pilots did and every Spitfire produced by the factory was tested to the limit with a series of loops, rolls, climbs and banks.  His career at Castle Bromwich lasted from 1940-46 and, as well as flying Spitfires, he also flew Hurricanes, Wellingtons and Lancasters. Says Duxford’s Marketing Manager, Tracey Woods “Alex Henshaw is a remarkable man – a pilot of considerable skill and daring.  We are delighted that he joined us at Flying Legends and it was an honour and a privilege to welcome him to Duxford.”








The WEA will be running the following courses in Autumn 2002.

An Introduction to Russian Literature

This course will run for 10 weekly 1½-hour sessions in the Congregational Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford every Wednesday morning from 18th September 2002 from10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. (coffee served at 9.45 a.m.) The course tutor will be Mrs. Alison Wilson.       

Everything you wanted to know about some of the great Russian novelists, but were afraid to ask!  This course examines a selection of works by 19th and 20th century Russian authors such as Chekov, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Lermontov, Tolstoy, Pushkin and Turgenev to name a few.  A reading of all the novels is not essential to enjoy this course.  The tutor will provide extracts for detailed discussion.  The course will explore aspects of Russian history, society and the Russian psyche through the writings of these Russian authors.

If you would like further details or to reserve a place, please contact Ann Wade.

A History of Medicine

This course will run for 10 weekly 1½-hour sessions in the Congregational Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford every Thursday evening from 19th September 2002 from 7.45 p.m. to 9.30 (including coffee). The course tutor will be Dr. Sue Edgington.                 

If you like Casualty, ER, Holby City or Peak Practice then this is the course for you!  This course introduces the main developments in health care from the earliest times to the scientific revolution (c.1700) with particular reference to those factors in society that encouraged or inhibited changes in ideas about medical theory and practice.  The course charts the history of medicine from the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the eve of the scientific and industrial revolutions.  This chronological approach allows connections to be made between other societies and their ideas on health, sickness and the practice of medicine.  The course will be amply illustrated with slides and handouts and will discuss some of the ethical concerns arising from these developments.

To reserve a place, please contact Janice Stanley.


WEA Annual General Meeting

Not to be missed! A warm welcome awaits you in the Congregational Chapel, Carmel Street, on Thursday 5th September 2002 at 7.30 p.m.  As in previous years, primarily we make this a social event where drinks and light refreshments are  provided and there is an opportunity to meet friends, old and new. Look forward to seeing you all in September.





The U3A garden walkabout in Ickleton on July 3rd was a great success; 34 people came.  Many thanks to Anne Lindsey, Gordon Woolhouse and Mary Wombwell for allowing us to walk around their gardens.  Also thanks to Mary Wombwell, our hostess, and Cynthia Rule, Carol Turton and Peggy Richardson for giving us a marvellous tea at Rectory Farm. £35 has been sent to the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge. 

                                                                                                                                                                  Monica Lilley




                   August 5th      Mobile Library

                               19th     Mobile Library

                                21st    Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                                21st   The Chesterfords, Ickleton & Hinxton W.I. Meeting 7.45 p.m.

    The Community Centre, Great Chesterford.

    The subject will be ‘A World of Discovery on your Doorstep’       

    speaker Mrs. Wingfield

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

                                25th    Duxford Show