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Editors:             David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:     Tony Court

All contributions please to. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin


12th OCTOBER 2002





Skateboarding and Rollerblading

Following a meeting with a representative from South Cambridgeshire District Council, and bearing in mind the results of our questionnaire, we are pressing ahead with plans to provide a facility for our youngsters.  It is however essential that younger members of the community are involved with the proposals and funding initiatives.  Would anyone interested, teenagers or parents, in joining a Working Party to progress this plan, with a member of the Parish Council, please contact Jane Hurst.  Without input from the young, this plan will not succeed.


Guest Speaker from Duxford Airfield  Mr. Ray Jones is our guest speaker at the next Parish Council meeting on 16th October.  He will talk about flying operations, activities and safety issues at Duxford.  Please come and join the meeting at 7.30 p.m. to hear what he has to say.


Coploe Pit  Clearing the undergrowth, to allow the rare natural chalk grassland to flourish is an important part of the Parish Council’s work in maintaining the pit. The Cambridge Conservation Volunteers are coming on Sunday 6th October at 10.30 a.m. to help clear this year’s growth and extra help from parishioners would be very welcome.  Clippers, secateurs and gloves recommended, other tools available.  Coffee and biscuits provided!


Sandbags and flooding  As the autumn will soon be upon us, we must mention that it is your responsibility to protect your home if it is likely to be vulnerable to a flash flood following heavy rain.  Sandbags are available from the local Highways Depot at Whittlesford ' 01223 833717.  As a back-up in an emergency the Parish Council has some sand and bags available in the garage on the recreation field.  Key holders to the garage are Sheila Birch, and Jane Hurst                                                                                                                                   

 Recycling collection will be on Thursday 11th and 25th October


Sawston Police Station  The police station has recently closed for the site to be redeveloped, including a new police station.  In the meantime the staff and vehicles are temporarily relocated at the Imperial War Museum.  Unfortunately there is no facility to deal with callers to the temporary police station.  The telephone number remains the same ' 01223 358966.


Stansted Airport expansion  Ickleton will be directly affected by the proposed expansion at Stansted in terms of increased aircraft traffic and noise.  The Parish Council is opposed to this level of expansion and the substantial changes it will cause to the M11 corridor.


Mobile Library  The times on alternate Mondays have changed slightly.  From the end of September they will be:-

Back Lane 3.00 p.m. – 3.10 p.m., Church Street, 3.15 – 3.30 p.m. and Brookhampton Street 3.35 – 4.10 p.m.

                                                                                         Jackie Casement – Parish Clerk


















Services for October






Sunday 6th October

  9.30  a.m.  Parish Eucharist  (Order 1)


(Trinity 19)

11.00 a.m.   Blessing of Animals Service



  6.30 p.m.   Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 13th October

  8.00  a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


 (Trinity 20)

 10.00 a.m. Churches Together Harvest Festival



  6.30  p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)              





Sunday 20th October

  9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist  (Order 1)


(Trinity 21)

11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist  



 5.00 p.m.  Harvest Festival





Sunday 27th October

 9.30 a.m.   Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(Last after Trinity)

11.00 a.m.  Joint Family Service



 6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong & Holy Communion (BCP)





From the Vicar


By the time you read this, we in Ickleton will already have kept our Harvest Festival at the end of September.  But the thanksgivings are not yet at an end.  This month Duxford follows suit with a Churches Together Service in St. Peter’s on Sunday 13th followed by lunch in the URC.  Then on Sunday 20th it will be Hinxton’s turn to celebrate with a late afternoon service followed by high tea in the Village Hall.  That service also includes a special sermon entitled ‘Advice to a new Archbishop of Canterbury’!  Why not join us for either or both of these occasions and continue the harvest mood for just a little longer.


Even though we live in a rural environment, with growing crops to be seen in the fields around us, harvest is still a remote concept to many of us.  Unless we are keen gardeners, we no longer play any hands-on part in the production of our own food.  According to health experts, large numbers of people no longer know how to prepare and cook fresh produce, let alone grow it.  No wonder our diet is so poor.  And of course, it isn’t only our physical diet that leaves a lot to be desired.  Our spiritual diet has also suffered.  Once upon a time most people would say grace before a meal but how many of us nowadays remember to praise God for providing the food we eat?  Our thoughtlessness and ingratitude are a poor return for all the blessings which we have received and a poor way of preparing ourselves to respond to the needs of others who have so much less than we do.


The following harvest grace comes from one of my favourite prayer books.  Why not see if you can find an opportunity to use it at least once during this harvest month.


Most gracious Father, you open your hands

And fill all things living with plenteousness.

As we your children partake of your bounty,

We pray that we too may be open-handed;

That we who have so freely received,

May always as freely give,

For the sake of him who gave his life for us,

Our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen


With God’s blessing                                                            Rev.  Jane Charman

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CHAPEL NOTICES  All  Services start at 3.00 p.m.

Speakers  for October


October 6th

Holy Communion

Rev. J. Gill

October 13th


Miss J. Kenneth

October 20th


Mrs. M. Richardson

October 27th

Holy Communion

Mrs. B. Kime




                                                                                              Rev. J. Gill


We were all shocked to hear of the sudden death of one of our members Mrs. Bett Burton.

She was a regular attender at the meetings, and a great help at jumble sales etc.

Our sympathy goes to her husband Henry, also Tony and family.

It was good to see most members at the funeral service, also to see Henry at our meeting on Wednesday.                                                                                                                              Mrs. R. Lilley



The Duxford Knitting Group would be glad of any left-over wool suitable for knitting blankets and winter woolies which are donated to various charities.

We meet at 10.30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every month in the Community Room at Lacey’s Way.  New members would be very welcome.                                          

    Lena Frost



Have you still got the old currency coins lurking around? Well the British Red Cross would be happy to relieve you of these coins or even notes!.  You can hand them in at Red Cross charity shops (our nearest being Glisson Road or Burleigh Street in Cambridge) until the end of October.  The coins are being collected as part of the ‘Coins that Care Campaign’ and all monies raised will go directly to support British Red Cross services in the UK which focus on providing mobility and independence to people in need.                                                    

                       Penny Woodhead



There have recently been several complaints about rubbish being thrown about our village.  Unfortunately there are no “good fairies” to clear up after these litter-louts.

Similarly once again there seems to be a spate of dog-fouling on the footpaths and recreational areas, which are there for us all to enjoy.

Is it beyond hope to ask people PLEASE clean up any mess they may come across.

                                                                                                                                      Iain Wright-Watson  



The first meeting after the summer recess started off very well with a record attendance which included nine new members.

Unfortunately, due to ill health, the speaker who was booked to speak on clematis, had to be replaced by Mrs Nimmo Smith from Monksilver Nuseries - who gave an interesting talk on ‘Ferns for all situations’.  Every effort will be made to find a speaker on ‘Growing Clematis’ for the new programme.  The next meeting takes us on a botanical journey to Kashmir on 2nd October in the Chapel in Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford.

Visitors welcome.                                                                                                                                     Cynthia  Rule



This year’s Great Chesterford Steam-Up will be on Saturday 5th October.  Events will be taking place in the streets and public houses in the village - commencing at around 12.00 noon  till late.  Anyone interested in taking part, or helping on the day, we would appreciate it. Please contact us. Any queries regarding the event please contact Adrian Culpin.




‘BETT’ BURTON  1921 – 2002

Bett was born at 6 Brookhampton Street and though christened Delilah she was always known as ‘Bett’.  She was the youngest of the family with two step-brothers and three step sisters.

Bett attended Ickleton school and Sawston Village College.   After leaving school she worked at the paper mill at Sawston, cycling there every day.  Bett enjoyed cycling and cycled many miles for her main interest – dancing.

In 1940 Bett married Henry Burton, an Ickleton boy, in Ickleton Church and moved into the cottage in Abbey Street with Henry’s parents where he was born. Here they lived for their entire married life and Tony was born there.

When Tony was a baby Bett would take Henry’s dinner to the harvest field when he was working up Coploe Hill. For a time Bett worked at Locke’s Café at Great Chesterford and also went potato picking and sugar beet hoeing on local farms.  Later she did domestic work at various places including Harlequin House.

Bett was proud of her four generations of Burton men – Henry, Tony, grandson Stephen and great-grandson Ainsley.  She enjoyed following Stephen when he played football.

Bett played an active part in village life.  She helped to organise the bingo, originally in the Church Room in Brookhampton Street and later in the old village hall.  She was a member of the old village hall committee. Bett enjoyed the Over Sixties, and helped at jumble sales and Church Fetes where she usually ran the tombola stall.  She enjoyed watching football and cricket on the recreation ground and helped with the cricket teas.  At home Bett looked after the flower garden, and liked animals, particularly cats.

Bett was sometimes out-spoken, and called a spade a spade, but the attendance at her funeral proved Ickleton’s respect for her.                                                                                                                             David Lilley



The family of the late Bett Burton would like to thank everyone for their cards and condolences.




Painting Paris in the late 19th Century

This course will run for 10 weekly 1½  hour sessions in the Meeting Room, Ickleton Village Hall, every Thursday evening from 16th January 2003  from 7.45 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. (including coffee). The course tutor is  Ms Mary Conochie.


During the late 19th century, a newly urbanised Paris was set to become the art capital of Europe.  This course will compare the paintings of Manet, Degas and their contemporaries, to examine the different approaches and style of each artist to the same subject.  The course will look at café society and the high and low life on the boulevards of the city in the context of the art of this period and it will be seen that the paintings can be viewed as social documents as well as works of art.  The course will be structured around slides, handouts and class discussion.


To reserve a place, please contact Janice Stanley.


Course fees are £26.00 (£24 concessions) and free to those on certain means tested benefits.  The first two sessions may be sampled at £3.00 per session, deductible from the course fee if continuing.



WELCOME TO …..…Geoff Soar and his two sons Sam and Dominic


            ...……. David and Linzi Biland, Sam,who is 13, and Gabrielle, who is 10. who

                                         recently arrived from New Zealand






A look at our railway line in the fifties

As my ‘Vehicles down my Street’ appears to have been well received, I thought I would pen a few lines on the railway which runs just two small fields away behind my house. To make it worthwhile I have included the section from Hinxton Crossing to Great Chesterford Station.

Over fifty years ago I can remember being taken in my pushchair down to Hinxton crossing to watch the trains. They were slower in those days, particularly the goods trains, as tons of coal made its way uphill towards London often hauled by Austerity WD class locomotives clanking and banging along. I looked forward to the nearly new ‘Britannia’ class Pacifics on the expresses with their majestic sounding names such as ‘Alfred the Great’, ‘John of Gaunt’ and ‘Oliver Cromwell’. Other classes included the B17s some of which were named after football clubs and I often saw ‘Tottenham Hotspur’, ‘Arsenal’ and ‘West Ham United’, and occasionally the B2 ‘Royal Sovereign’, the immaculate royal train engine.

There was no drinking water available at the crossing keeper’s bungalow, so each morning a goods train would stop at the crossing to pick up a churn, which was left at Great Chesterford Station to be filled, and delivered back at the crossing by train in the afternoon. I loved watching and hearing the train re-start from the crossing. I wonder how much WAGN or EWS would charge Railtrack to stop to deliver a churn of water today!

One of the relief gatekeepers on this stretch of line was Arthur Rowlinson from Whittlesford and when I was a little older I used to spend many hours at the crossing with him. Officially the crossing gates were meant to be closed at all times to road traffic and only opened when a vehicle wanted to cross. He then had to pull the levers to put the semaphore signals (one of which was just south of the crossing) at danger before opening the heavy gates. A system of bells told the crossing keeper when a train was due, and I got to learn these.

Sometimes Mr Rowlinson would be at Mill Lane Crossing, where Mrs Seekings was crossing keeper. As this only led to fields, there would be some days when he did not open the gates at all, but regulations demanded someone should be there. There must have been tremendous noise and vibration living in the crossing keeper’s bungalow; the front door was only a few feet from the track.

Great Chesterford Station always fascinated me. There were few commuters in the fifties, with only one train arriving at Liverpool Street before 9.00am. There were only about eight trains to London in a day, compared with the half-hourly peak and hourly off-peak we enjoy today. Mr Caswell, our newsagent, would be at the station at 6.00am each morning to collect the newspapers from the first train, and deliver them round Chesterford, Hinxton and Ickleton on his bicycle. Many small items came by passenger train; I remember us picking up a box of day-old chicks which only came from Fordham.

On the Cambridge side platform there was a single storey building and a water tower and sometimes engines would stop to fill up with water. Goods trains sometimes went into the loop to allow faster passenger trains to pass. There was no public address system in those days, but there was a signal box at the north end of the London platform and if a train was delayed the signalman would open his window and shout to you.

I used to enjoy the annual sugar-beet campaign when we would take our tractor and trailer loaded with sugar-beet to the station sidings where we drove up the dock to load them into a truck. We would chalk our name on the side of the truck, and I can remember seeing other local farmer’s names – Griggs, Rule, Turner, Peppercorn etc., though by this time some were using road transport to get their beet to Felsted. We always put some good clean beet near the truck door as we were told that was where the factory took their sample from! The siding was an interesting place. There was a cattle pen which sometimes contained animals awaiting collection and there was a variety of tractors. Across the other side would be coal trucks which Stan Law, the local coal merchant,would be emptying at ground level. Occasionally  there would be a guard’s van in the siding which we would get into to eat our ‘elevenses’ out of the cold November wind.This went on for some years until in the 1960s Ciba took over the siding for their bulk urea traffic. We were forced to load our truck from ground level , so everyone went to road transport  after that.

                                                                                                                                               David Lilley








On Saturday 14th September, a fine day perfect for cycling, four members of our congregations took part in the annual cycle ride.  About two dozen others took turns to welcome cyclists visiting our churches.  The object was to raise money for the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust (50%) and our local churches (50%).  We were provided with a list of churches and chapels expected to be open but soon realised that this could not be relied on.  Four churches were listed in Sawston, but there have only been three for at least 30 years!  Our riders managed to visit two dozen churches and raised over £500.  Many thanks to Monica and David Lilley who co-ordinated hospitality at Ickleton and to all the other helpers and sponsors.  We rated Fowlmere URC and Haslingfield URC equal first for best refreshments (by then we were getting thirsty).  The most interesting church: Thriplow because of its Millennium window.  The most disappointing: Little  Shelford, who forgot us.  The biggest cycling contingent: Orwell (about 20). And the fastest, a cyclist from Cambridge aiming to beat his last year’s record of 67 churches visited.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  David Newland


PS. Thank you to the people who helped staff the day: Gerry Birch,  Helen Royce, Jocelyn Flitton, Sheila Birch, Ruby Lilley and John Williams. We had 26 cyclists at Ickleton by the end of the day.



A Barn Dance and supper will be held on Saturday 30th November 7.30 p.m. in Ickleton Village Hall.

A date for your diary.  Everyone enjoyed last year’s barn dance so much, that we thought we’d have another!

We have managed to book the same fantastic caller and band  - so come along again and have some fun.  Suitable for all ages and abilities.  Tickets can be reserved with Sebastian Payne or Jenny Pell.





The Sounds and Sights of Christmas at Thursford.

I have a coach going to see this magnificent show again this year on Thursday 21st November.  Leaving Ickleton at 4.00 p.m.

Anyone interested please contact me.                                        Betty Willmott 





At the September meeting members relaxed and enjoyed some beautiful slides of roses and orchids accompanied by very appropriate music.  Also slides of Kentwell Manor were shown depicting the medieval lifestyle and costumes of that time.  It was a very different evening and much enjoyed. The October meeting is ‘Members Night’ and a Bring-and-Buy stall will be held to raise funds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cynthia Rule         





                    October 2nd        Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.

                                                Chapel Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford

                                  5th          Great Chesterford Steam-up 12.00 noon till late

                                  6th          Coploe Pit Clearing the Undergrowth  10.30 a.m.

                                12th         Visiting  Bellringers 9.30 a.m. - 10.15 a.m.

                                14th         Mobile Library

                                16th         Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                                20th         Ploughing Match, Rectory Farm

                                28th         Mobile Library

           November 21st  Outing to Thursford

                                30th         Barn Dance 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


                                                PUBLISHED BY ICKLETON PARISH COUNCIL