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Editors:             David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:     Tony Court

All contributions please to. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin


12th SEPTEMBER 2002




Questionnaire on Sports Facilities  We have had a very good response to our questionnaire and we are grateful to everyone who filled in the form and returned it.  We sent out 300 forms and had 112 returned.  The results show that 80 households are in favour of a skateboarding/roller blading facility and that there are about 45 potential users, including some younger children who would use it in the future.  It therefore seems worth actively pursuing the possibilities, seeking advice from South Cambridgeshire District Council and several contractors.  These things are very expensive and as a small Parish Council we obviously do not have the funds needed; however there are a number of grants that can be applied for and we shall research the matter thoroughly.  We may be lucky.

On the question of tennis courts, 100 households were in favour of them.  Again, research into funding and other matters needs to be done, and we will work on this in the future.


Golden Jubilee  The Parish Council entered our Jubilee efforts for an award from South Cambridgeshire District Council and we have received a Certificate in recognition of an Outstanding Golden Jubilee Event.  Once again, well done to our Jubilee Committee for organising a wonderful day.


Wellcome Trust  The detailed planning application by the Wellcome Trust for development on the South Field of the Genome Centre has now been received by South Cambridgeshire District Council.  I have a copy; if anyone would like to look at it please give me a ring to arrange a convenient time.


Recycling Collection  will be on Thursdays 12th and 26th September


Rail Service  Services out of Liverpool Street may be under a new franchise soon and our MP, Andrew Lansley, would like to hear from anyone with views about the present train service, good or bad.  Write to him at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.


Safer Homes Project I have leaflets on this project from Age Concern, sponsored by the South Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust.  The aim is to make the homes of vulnerable and older people in the district more safe and secure by providing practical help with small household jobs through providing information.  Please give me a ring for a leaflet or call ' 01223 726284 to find out how the project can help you                         Jackie Casement – Parish Clerk



If you wish to use this service please phone.                      Peggy Richardson




Greetings to Ickleton. We moved away from Ickleton to Australia in ’92.  We keep in touch with the village through a few of our old friends, and occasionally get a copy of the Icene.

Great web site, always something to see and bring back memories.

Regards to all who remember us, we will be back in November for a holiday.

                                                                     Sue, Ray and Stephanie Leake, formerly Bird’s Close



CHURCH NOTICES Services in September

Sunday 1st September

  9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(Trinity 14th )

 11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong  (BCP)





Sunday 8th September

  8.00 a.m.  Holy Communion (BCP)


(Trinity 15)

  9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist (Order 1)



 11.00 a.m. Joint Family Service



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong  (BCP)





Sunday 15th September

  10.00 a.m. Patronal Festival


(Holy Cross Day)

                    No Evening Service





Sunday 22nd September

    9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(Trinity 17)

  11.00 a.m. Joint Family Service



    6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong



                    and Holy Communion (BCP)





Friday 27th September

    8.00 p.m. Harvest Festival





Sunday 29th September

  11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


(St. Michael and All Angels)

                    No Evening Service



From the Vicar

Welcome back to all those who have been away during the month of August.  Travelling is always exciting and fun but there is real pleasure in returning to the comfort and familiarity of home.  As the weather begins to grow cooler and nights longer, spare a thought for those who have no homes of their own but instead sleep rough on the streets of Great Britain.  You only have to go as far as Cambridge to encounter some of them.  Quite a few knock on the Rectory door too, passing through on their way from Cambridge to that other city of empty promises, London.

I am often asked, what is the right thing to do when people beg for money? I find that such a hard question to answer. If we don’t give, does that mean that we are hard hearted and lacking in compassion?  But if we do give, are we simply being naïve, believing any story we are told  and perhaps supporting a drink or drugs habit into the bargain.  I have tried all different ways.  In the past I have given money on the grounds that it is surely better to be naïve than heartless.  At other times I have made it a policy not to give money but to offer something ‘in kind’, usually food, but I’ve also been asked for a strange assortment of other things, including nappies for a baby.  I also always buy the Big Issue which is actually a pretty good read and often has well written and hard hitting articles on various social questions, but sadly the Big Issue will soon be closing down.

But none of the above is any substitute for tackling the root causes of poverty and homelessness in our land.  The Homelessness Act of  2002 marks a real step forward in our response to the scandal of homelessness but we should be lobbying our political representatives to do much more.  Or for those who don’t see themselves as political animals why not visit Shelter’s website and see details of how ordinary citizens can work with national charities to tackle the problems of homelessness.  You can even sign up online to run in the Shelter 2003 Flora London Marathon!

There are many positive ways in which we can respond to the challenge of tackling homelessness, even if we are not prepared to give money to people we meet in the street.  As we savour the pleasures of our own home life this Autumn let us give some thought to what sort of contribution we can make.

With God’s blessing.                                                                       Jane Charman







At the three Parish Eucharist on 18th August in Ickleton Parish Church there were four baptisms.

Grace Baxter (the daughter of Faye and Miles, formerly Faye Seager of Brookhampton Street), Holly and Harriet Frost, and Adam Verde, whose grandmother lives in Duxford and who parents are shortly going out to Thailand.



Some may have seen Mike Petty’s column in the Cambridge Evening News a few weeks ago mentioning the above. Here is a bit more information.

On August 22nd, 1926, when being rung for evensong, the tenor of the six bells crashed from its headstock. The bell obviously needed re-casting and a faculty was obtained from the Diocese to do this work. However the frame was found to be past repair, the condition of the bells proving to be worse than anticipated.  When the old frame and bells were taken out of the tower the fifth was found to be cracked as well as the tenor.  Then, on removing the headstock at the bell foundry the third was also found to be cracked.  It was decided to have all the bells recast,  as three needed recasting, and the others were a mixed bunch.  At the same time it was agreed to install a new metal frame, hang the bells on ball bearings, and add two new trebles to make an eight. The work was to be carried out by Gillett and Johnston of Croydon.  All this was done with a faculty to recast only the tenor!

When a full faculty was applied for the Chancellor for the Diocese of Ely was very annoyed.  He suspended the churchwardens, reported the vicar Rev. Phillip Cooke to the Bishop, threatened the bell founders with ostracism in the Diocese, and refused the faculty!

As the tower was empty and eight new bells with frame and fittings were waiting at the bell foundry, it was decided to carry on without the faculty.  The bells were rehung and first rung on just over a year after the tenor crashed. 

Seventy five years ago there were few rings of eight in Cambridgeshire, and Gillett and Johnston, conscious that there is no such thing as bad publicity made a very good job of Ickleton, without the aid of CAD, and even today our bells are still considered by many to be in the ‘top ten’ in East Anglia.                                                                                                  David Lilley                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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

Speakers for September

                                        September    1st

          Rev. J. Gill

                                        September   8th

          Rev. J. Graham

                                        September 15th

          Rev. J. Gill

                                        September 22nd

          Mrs. D. Cornell

                                        September 29th

          Rev. R. Rawlings

                                                                                                                  Rev. J. Gill             


At our meeting on July 31st we were given a belated birthday tea by Mr. Hedley Igglesden.

His 70th birthday was in June but due to golf the party was postponed.

We had sandwiches, sausage rolls and a lovely iced fruit cake with a glass of champagne or sherry and a cup of tea.  We thank Hedley very much for doing this. 

We usually have just a cup of tea and a biscuit but earlier on Mrs. Cynthia Rule did make us individual trifles on her birthday for which we thank her, sorry I did not put this in earlier.

We welcome one new member Mrs. Dawn Bradley, anyone else wishing to come along will be welcome.                                                                                                                                 Mrs. R. Lilley



Froglets will be holding a sponsored Toddle Waddle on the recreation ground on Monday 23rd September in aid of the Meningitis Trust.  We will be meeting as usual in the Village Hall at 10.00 a.m. and welcome children and their parents/grandparents/carers to join us in raising money for this national charity.  The Meningitis Trust was founded in 1986 by people who had direct experience of meningitis.  Money raised is used to  fund research, offer support to people affected by the disease and raise awareness.  We thank you in advance for your support.

                                                                                                                                     Froglets Committee



The 28th July saw the annual London to Cambridge Bike Race pass through our village.  A number of groups from Ickleton completed the race including: Viliami Mila, Ed Holland, Tim Pavelin and Peter Hurst – well done to them all.  The race raised a lot of money for the ‘Breakthrough – Breast Cancer’ Charity and this small group alone raised nearly £600.

Ickleton, they told us was one of the only places where people came out to support the riders – up on Grange Road Bridge, down by  the pub and Church Street who had banners lining the road with balloons – all the children had great fun applauding the riders and blowing their whistles.  Maybe next  year even more of us can come out and line the streets to support all riders and put Ickleton on the map as a place to look forward to getting to.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sarah Mila


Four Club members, Ian Vincent, Andrew Smoothy, Gerry Smith and Martin Smith successfully completed the London to Cambridge charity cycle ride raising approximately £1500 between them! Well done lads.

An organised party of 20 people attended the Abba concert at Audley End on 3rd August. It was a memorable evening enjoyed by everyone despite the bad weather.

The next Club event is a Quiz Night to be held on the 31st August. The Quiz will start around 9.00 p.m.  As usual there will be a raffle and a free buffet. The Quiz is open to all comers, of teams of up to four persons.                                                           Ickleton Social Club Committee



Archives  Following the successful display of the village photographic archive at the Golden Jubilee, work is continuing on collating and cataloguing.  The last of the grant money from ‘Awards for All’ has been spent on more storage material and a second filing cabinet.  We are much encouraged to see the interest this work has generated.

Theatre Visit  Saturday 26th October 7.45 p.m.  ‘The Circle’ by Somerset Maughan.  “Arnold Champion-Cheney MP will never forgive his mother.  Thirty years ago, in a sea of scandal, Lady Kitty abandoned her son when she ran away with Lord Porteous, the man she loved.  Now she returns to face the husband and the son she left behind – only to find that Elizabeth, her daughter-in-law, faces the same dilemma.  Will events come full circle, or will the lessons of the past be learned in time?”

Please let Jackie Casement or Sheila Birch know as soon as possible – we have reserved a dozen tickets, but need to confirm and pay for them early in September.



Bridge Day

On  Wednesday 18th September the Cambridge Samaritans are staging a fundraising Bridge competition.  The day commences with coffee at 10.45 a.m. and there will be a light lunch and afternoon tea included in the entry fee of £13.50 each or £50 for a table.  Additional attractions include a raffle and stalls.  The day will conclude at 3.30 p.m. 

For more information please contact Mrs. Rosemary Hussain, Kingsmead House, Gt. Gransden, Beds SG10 3BD.

Short Mat Bowls

Our winter season will commence on Thursday 26th September at 2.00 p.m.   If you enjoy watching the indoor bowls on television why not come along and try your hand.  No previous experience is required and all the equipment is provided. The only requirement is to wear flat sole shoes, pumps or similar.  We enjoy a cup of tea at the half way stage and finish at 4.30 p.m.

Lost Property

Found – one lightweight folding seat – left behind on the Jubilee Gala Day.

Lost  - Two keys, one Yale and one smaller somewhere in the vicinity of the Village Hall.

Damage to Property

In recent weeks sticks, stones and a football have landed on the Village Hall roof.  The fingers on the clock were damaged and we had had to replace thirty broken slates.

Parents please be aware the Police will be asked to take action if anyone is caught vandalising the hall.                                                                           Gordon Woolhouse – Chairman                     



          We were quite alarmed to read such a dictatorial directive in the August Icene stating “There must be no rollerblading or skateboarding activities on the Village Hall driveway at any time”.  Surely, until we have rollerblading and skateboarding facilities for the kids in the village, the village hall driveway is the ideal place, or would the Parish Council prefer to see the blading and skateboarding on the road?  - or even on the pavements? Surely there is some way that we can share all the area designated for all the villagers. Perhaps we are being naïve, but the more we turn the youngsters away the more they will turn away from us.

          They are the future of the village.  Let us encourage them to stay and be pleased that they are not finding more dangerous and unsocial pastimes

Yours truly,                                                                                                         Sue and Jeff Miles


At the end of the Summer Term Hilary Rule retired from Melbourn Village College after teaching science there for thirty-three years. When Hilary left she was head of year 11, so  her pupils who had been with her for four years  left with her.  Hilary also helped with drama presentations, took photos of school events, organised staff social events and everyone’s leaving party. The school arranged a party and presentation of a cheque (with which she hopes to buy a garden seat) at Melbourn Village College for the school’s longest serving teacher, who had taught two generations of several families.                                                                                              David Lilley 




Hopefully by the time you read this, many of the long awaited projects will have been completed at school.  Earlier this year the Governors were successful in their bid for a SEED Challenge grant.  This is a system of match funding which has enabled us to effectively double our spending power.  We are grateful to the various sources, particularly the PTA, who have made this possible.

The school should now (fingers crossed!) have:-

4New KS2 toilets, 4Outside play equipment,      4A secure outside area for our under 5 pupils.

You may also have heard on the grapevine that from the start of the new term, a new after

school club will be running daily.  Part of the initial set up grant has enabled the coffee bar to be re-furbished. This will be of benefit to all  community users.

This has been a very successful year for the school in more ways than one.  Pupil numbers are rising, so I think we can look forward to this new school year optimistically.

                                                                                                                  Sue Dorrington - Headteacher





Marshalls’s Wartime achievements recalled at Duxford

A vintage de Havilland Tiger Moth trainer aircraft, restored with the support of Marshall Aerospace, has gone on show at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.  Sir Arthur Marshall, founder of Marshall Aerospace, visited Duxford to see the aircraft on Friday 9th August.

Sir Arthur Marshall graduated from Cambridge in 1925 with a first class Engineering degree.  He soon learnt to fly and established what became Marshall Aerospace, a major part of the Marshall Group of Companies founded by his father in 1909.  Since the end of the war the company, under his leadership, has grown into a major aerospace company with the capability to maintain and convert large transport and passenger aircraft.  Marshall Aerospace owns and operates Cambridge Airport.“The Moth has been a most wonderful aircraft in which to teach pilots” said Sir Arthur Marshall “Its key role in the history of aviation must make it one of the finest British aircraft every built”.                                                                                                                 Frank Crosby







Further to last month’s information, bin raiding arrived from the USA, where ‘dumpster diving’ (the US term for the same crime) is big business.  Although the crime is effectively in its infancy here, the fraud is escalating.  Apart from losing victims’ and companies’ money it also creates massive headaches when the ‘real’ person has to try and unravel their affairs and take back their own names on credit cards, driving licences and other legal documents.  The researchers say that it’s staggering what people throw away, including signed blank cheques, cheque and benefit books, full details of their bank accounts, medical information, utility bills and employment records.  A combination of these could be used to corroborate a false identity so if you must dump documents then, if possible shred them or preferably burn them. ‘Binbag gold’ as it is known consists of any paperwork carrying personal or financial details or a signature.  Prevention of identity theft is possible and simple, though reversing the after effects is not.

Since the last Bulletin I have received one or two reports of attempted break-ins, fortunately without success, so with the evenings drawing in take care.

The National Neighbourhood Watch Association has produced a new Personal Safety Factsheet which provides sensible precautions you can take to cut the risk of being robbed or attacked.  It includes information on mobile phone crime, car-jacking, using public transport and taxis and tips on being safe when you are out and at home.  For those of you on the internet copies can be obtained by downloading them from www.neighbourhoodwatch.net.    Tony Court



On August 21st we had our first regular meeting in the lounge of the new Community Centre in Great Chesterford. After a few minor adjustments we settled down to hear Mrs. Wingfield – curator of Saffron Walden museum give a lecture with slides on the history and contents of the museum since it was built in 1835.  It is one of the three oldest museums in the country built specifically as a museum.  It was built by the Hon. George Neville  (Lord Braybrooke of Audley End) and supported by various members of the Tuke and Gibson families for the benefit of the town.  Much amusement was caused by the description of a stuffed African elephant being loaned to the “Great Exhibition” to display an Indian howdah!  It was sent by train from Audley End Station to Liverpool Street.  It must have been quite a sight!  It was later sold to someone  in the West country for display in a garden.  Also still housed in the museum is Wallace the lion which was owned by Mr. George Wombwell’s Victorian menagerie.  The museum holds many rare species of animals, birds and fossils as well as local archaeological finds.

The President thanked Mrs. Wingfield for a very interesting lecture on ‘History on  our Doorstep’ She also thanked Lorraine Demmer for organising a lovely evening visit to Peckover House in July.

The next meeting will be in September 18th  ‘An Audio Visual Evening’ by Mr. Roy Pitman.

                                                                                                                           Cynthia Rule


BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS TO………….Cecil Vincent,  80 on 24th September



                   September 2nd            Mobile Library

                                      16th             Mobile Library

                                       18th           Bridge Day 10.45 a.m. Village Hall

                                       18th           Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

18th         The Chesterfords, Ickleton & Hinxton W.I. 7.45  p.m.

               The Community Hall, Gt. Chesterford    

                                       23rd          Toddle Waddle 10.00 a.m. Village Hall

                                       26th           Short Mat Bowls Season Start 2.00 p.m. Village Hall

                                       30th           Mobile Library

                      October  5th               Great Chesterford Steam-up

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