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Editors:             David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:     Tony Court

All contributions please to. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin


12th NOVEMBER 2002



Guest Speaker from Duxford Airfield  Mr Ray Jones, Head of Airfield and Estates, spoke to the meeting chiefly on safety and noise.  He was reassuring about safety issues.  An airfield is a noisy place and they do their best to ensure that noise limitation guidelines are adhered to by pilots.  He asked that if anyone notices excessive noise, they should ring the airfield immediately, so that it can be dealt with.

Stansted Airport expansion The Parish Council believes that Ickleton will be seriously affected not only by increased aircraft noise but also by the substantial changes the development will bring to the M11 corridor.  We have therefore joined the Stop Stansted Expansion Campaign. If you feel strongly against expansion, may we recommend that you also join the campaign.  Information can be found on www.stopstanstedexpansion.com if you have internet access.  It would be helpful if you also wrote to Andrew Lansley MP at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA with a copy to the Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU.

Buses If you have been let down by the cancellation of a bus, or have experienced any other difficulties, please let me know, with date, time and details, so that I can lobby the bus company and the County Council for improvements.

In the event of a flood Sand and Bags are available in the garage on the recreation field.  Key holders to the garage are Sheila Birch, 33 Abbey Street, Jane Hurst, 30 Abbey Street and Jackie Casement.

Wellcome Trust Regular liaison meetings are being held with the Wellcome Trust. Work will probably start on the site in mid November, principally on fencing and tree surgery prior to Christmas.  There are some points to note.

·        Archaeological surveys are being carried out at present.

·        As a condition of the Planning Application, the Trust must adhere to precise decibel levels during construction.

·        Mounds will surround the new edges of the site, to be grassed and planted with shrubs, with larger, mainly deciduous, trees on either side.

Recycling collection These will be on Thursdays 7th and 21th November    

Jackie Casement - Parish Clerk



If you wish to use this service       

                                                                                                                            Peggy Richardson  




After the appeal in the Icene last month, it was  disappointing that only two responses were received for a steering group to further the plans for a skate-ramp.  If no more willing volunteers are forthcoming before the next parish council meeting, it is likely that the project will be dropped.  If any villagers are interested in being part of the steering group, to further the aim of a skate-ramp for the youth of the village, could they please contact me with their names and addresses.                                                                   

          Tim Pavelin,








Services in November:


Friday 1st November

8.00 p.m. Service of Remembrance for all


(All Souls)

                The departed





Sunday 3rd November

10.00 a.m. Five Village All Saints Day Celebration


(All Saints)

               Whittlesford Parish Church



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong and Holy



                  Communion (BCP)





Sunday 10th November

 10.55 a.m. Remembrance Service


(Remembrance Sunday)

 12.15 p.m. Remembrance Service                            







Sunday 17th November

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(2nd before Advent)

 11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 24th November

   9.30 a.m.   Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(Christ the King)

  11.00 a.m. Joint Family Service



    6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong (BCP)



From the Vicar


November is never the cheeriest of months and the sight of all those dead leaves on the ground can be a melancholy one, making Springtime and the promise of warmer weather seem a long way off.  Perhaps that is why the Church has traditionally kept several of its most hopeful and comforting holy days during November.

This year we will be marking All Souls’ Day on Friday 1st November with the Traditional Service of Remembrance for all the departed at St. Peter’s Duxford that evening. At that service the names of the departed are read aloud and candles are lit in memory of them.  The Book of Remembrance containing their names then rests on the altar for the rest of the month and the candles are relit at each service.  If you have recently lost a loved one or wish to remember any family member or friend in this way then please contact me.

On Sunday 3rd November All Saints’ Day strikes a more robust and joyous note as we celebrate the way in which the saints have inspired God’s people down the ages. Anglicans, Methodists and members of the URC, from the villages of Duxford, Hinxton, Ickleton, Pampisford and Whittlesford, will join together in Whittlesford Parish Church for this celebration.  This is a particularly important event for us this year as the three denominations begin to plan for closer unity locally in the near future.

As usual on Remembrance Sunday there will be a service in each village and a late morning Act of Remembrance at the Airfield.  Please join us at one of them so that we can honour our national dead as they deserve.

With God’s blessing.                                                           Rev. Jane Charman





Many  thanks to all those who took so much trouble to decorate the Church for this occasion.  The Church looked very splendid.

We took all the produce to Orchard House in Sawston.  They were very grateful.

                                                                                                                                                Judy Marshall








How wonderful the Church looked for our Harvest Evensong and Supper!  We had a lovely service, featuring a stirring anthem that was a most appropriate follow-up to ‘Zadok’ sung earlier in the year for the Jubilee.  Afterwards all enjoyed a delicious supper in the Church.  Many thanks to those who worked so hard to make this event such an enjoyable experience.

                                                                                                                                     The Churchwardens


BARN DANCE AND SUPPER – Saturday 30th November 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

A reminder that we are having a repeat of the fantastic Barn Dance held last year – same amazing caller and band.  This is a great event for all ages.

Tickets will be on sale in the village shop and from Jenny  Pell and Sebastian Payne.  £8 adults and £4 children.



Once again, at the beginning of the Church’s new year in Advent we are writing about our annual gift  day.

Our parish church of St. Mary Magdalene dates from medieval times.  It is one of the finest churches in East Anglia and attracts visitors from all over the world.  We also have a thriving church life, with regular worship to suit all age groups, and various social activities.  Everyone is always very welcome.

However, every parish now has to be self-sufficient, including upkeep of the ancient building;  we get no outside financial help.  We need to ensure that the church of St. Mary Magdalene continues to be well maintained for future generations.

Our annual Gift Day is one way to keep our beautiful church.  The churchwardens will be in the church from 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon and from 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.  All gifts of whatever size will be received most gratefully.  This year we are very lucky to have Joan Meade, a celebrated organist, to give us recitals between approximately 11.00 a.m. – 12 noon and 3.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.  Refreshments (mulled wine, tea/coffee and mince pies)  will be offered to all.

We look forward to seeing you.  Please accept our thanks in advance for what we hope will be a very generous response.

                              The Churchwardens, Sebastian Payne and Jenny Pell



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

Speakers for November

           November  3rd                               


Mrs. J. Finbow

           November 10th


Miss J Hay

           November 17th

Holy Communion

Rev. H. Wood

           November  24th


Rev. J. Gill

                                                                                                                                                   Rev. J. Gill



We are looking for some talented person or people to design new ‘cradle rolls’ for Ickleton Church.  The old ones, though lovely, are now very out-of-date and we need new ones so that we can record the names of all the babies who have been baptised in the Church over the past few years and will be in the next few years.

The new rolls will be framed and prominently displayed in the Church.  They need not follow the design of the ones already there (hanging on the West wall by the font) but you may wish to go and look at these for guidance.

Ickleton has one of East Anglia’s finest churches and it is visited by people from all over the world, so your work would get international exposure!

If you would like to design a cradle roll, please contact:  one of the churchwardens, Jenny Pell, Sebastian Payne, or Revd. Patricia Newland  , or any member of the Parochial Church Council.











Controlled Drugs


The Dispensary at Sawston Medical Practice is very sorry but these items will not be delivered to the village from now on and therefore they must be collected from the Health Centre.

We are very sorry if this proves to be an inconvenience but we are thinking of the welfare of the public. Some of these drugs are very dangerous.

We are happy to continue delivering your other medication as usual.



          Sawston Medical Practice


For many years now, Betty Willmott has spent many hours organising two coach trips a year from the village.  We go to lovely hotels and along with Keith, the driver, she arranges super days out visiting places of interest.  The hardest part of the holiday for us, is to get to the coach on time and the rest is done for us.  Thanks Betty.

On Tuesday October 8th Monica Lilley arranged a tea party at the Ickleton Lion, so that us holidaymakers could get together and pass around our photographs that we have taken in the past.  It was a very good idea, and enjoyed by everyone.

Ray and Mavis Plumb helped, Ray being the Master of Ceremonies and Mavis was our waitress.  We are so happy to have them living in Ickleton now. 

 We are off to Bournemouth for our Autumn 5 day break soon, and I know we shall have such good fun again.                                                                                                                        Beryl Harris



Saffron Walden Band is holding a music quiz night and would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in entering a team.  Each team can consist of up to eight members and the entry fee is £5 per person if booked in advance, or £6 per person on the night (cheques payable to Saffron Walden Band).  The entry fee includes a ploughman’s supper – bring your own drinks.  It promises to be an entertaining evening with Barry King, an experienced music quizmaster, leading the quiz.

We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd.

For advance bookings please contact Elaine Statham.



From 26th October to 9th November the usual house-to-house collection will take place in the village. Please give as generously as you possibly can – the Legion still gives an enomous amount of help to former military personnel when in need.                                                                                         

Eileen Westcott – Hon. Organiser                                                              



I was pleased to read in the October edition of Icene that our Parish Council is opposed to the proposed expansion of Stansted airport and the substantial changes it will cause to the M11 corridor.

Information published on the website of the Stop Stansted Expansion campaign (www.stopstanstedexpansion.co.uk) makes pretty grim reading.  Ickleton is well within the area that would be affected by levels of noise defined as ‘intrusive’.   Even one extra runway would mean a great many more aircraft going over the village and a lot of them would be wide-bodied 4 engined Jumbos etc.  We would also suffer the effects of additional traffic on the M11, pressure for housing and so on.

Andrew Lansley our MP seems, from correspondence I had with him in early October, to be undecided on this issue.  Please can I encourage anyone who feels strongly, to write to him and to also write directly to the Secretary of State for Transport before November 30th when the consultation period ends.  There is a helpful draft on the website as well as links to online petitions and votes.   

                                                                                   Rachel Radford –








IVY VINCENT (NEE PLASTOW)  20.7.19 – 16.9.02

Ivy lived the first twenty-one years of her life in the East End of London.  She had an elder sister, Nell, and two younger brothers, John and Arthur.  It was hard times when Ivy was growing up.  Her father was a soldier in the First World War, then later he was out of work during the slump.  Ivy remembered the humiliation of going to the headmistress for tickets to have free breakfasts and dinners at school.  Although she had always loved reading and writing, there was no question of further education.  Ivy went straight into factory work at fourteen, earning eight shillings a week.  Six shillings and sixpence went to her mother for her upkeep and she had one shilling and sixpence for herself, out of which she bought her own clothes.

When they were children, Ivy’s maternal grandparents, called Gran and Fargey, lived with them. Gran (Alice Lilley) originally came from Ickleton which is why, when the family were bombed out in 1940, they came to live in Ickleton, though by this time Ivy’s grandparents had died.   On coming to Ickleton Nell and Ivy had to cycle each day to Sawston to work at Spicer-Dufay’s.  Ivy did not like it when they had to do night work, especially during the winter months. Later the family moved to Sawston.

After the air raids in London, Ivy described living in the country as beyond her wildest dreams and every day seeming like a holiday.  She had always loved the country, but that was associated with a once a year Sunday School outing or holiday, if lucky.  She loved the beautiful scenery and fresh air after London.  She also loved all animal life.  She met Sid and they were both keen members of the Methodist Chapel.  It was wartime when they got married.  Their first home was a cottage without any modern amenities – no electricity, and there was no running water or inside sanitation in Ickleton then. Ivy described cooking her first meal when the meat was raw after several hours in the oven.  She had always been used to cooking by gas and didn’t know that the flues needed cleaning.  Despite this, Ivy was very happy and soon mastered the art of coping without modern amenities.  In fact, Ivy became very well-known for her wonderful cooking.  When she was first married, Ivy worked part-time at Aero Research repairing the wings of Spitfire and Hurricane planes.  It was tedious work, but she enjoyed the company of the other girls and women.

She was overjoyed when Ian and then, two and a half years later, Joy were born.  Sid became head shepherd at Abbey Farm, taking over when his father died suddenly, aged 57.  Shepherding took up all Sid’s time and it was many years before Sid and Ivy had a holiday.  When Sid got a car, then they did take trips and they often went to shows together.  Sid became known nationally and internationally for his shepherding and won many prizes.  Ivy too began to take an interest in the sheep from spending this time going round with Sid.

After ten years in the old cottage at the Cross Roads, Ivy and Sid, Ian and Joy moved to Shepherd’s Cottage, 67 Abbey Street.  This also did not have modern conveniences and they were there for twenty-five years.  So in 1976, when Ivy heard they were to move into her present home (next door to the old one) and live in a brand new modern house, she was overjoyed.  Sadly, Sid was only have four years there before he died very suddenly.  Ivy was able to stay in this home that she loved to her last day.

Mainly as a result of her concern and interest in other people,  Ivy always had a very full and busy life.  For many years she would be visiting and caring for a number of elderly relatives and friends.  Her concern for her own family’s interest was paramount and she delighted in her grandchildren and later great grandchildren.  From the number of people attending her thanksgiving service, it is obvious that she also had very many friends.  Some time after her own children had grown up she was asked to care for several other children when their mothers needed extra help.  Ivy very much enjoyed looking after these children, some of whom, now grown up, came to her thanksgiving service.  She continued to take a great interest in them all and one these ‘children’ described how throughout his school career, Ivy would always wave him off on the school bus! Ivy loved all children, but then she loved all people, whoever they were.

Ivy became a practising Christian at the age of twelve.  Her Christian faith was the mainstay of her life and she was a very active member of the Methodist Church.  Not only did her faith support her in the difficult times, but she was a witness to God’s love in her, which  she passed on to everyone else.  We will all miss her very much.                                                                                                                                                                       Tricia Newland








Ivy Vincent’s family want to say a very  warm thank you to everyone who has helped them overcome this very difficult time.  The kind words of sympathy and the caring letters and cards we have received show what a well loved lady she was to us all.



During the summer, there seem to have been several new families moving into the area and as a result the school roll has risen.  Although it may seem early, we need to forward plan for next year as we may need to have an additional class for Key Stage 1 pupils (4+ - 7 year olds).  If you have a child that was born between 1st September 1998 and 31st August 1999 and are considering sending them to Duxford School, please would you register his/her name and details Thank you.




The Background

For the last 3 years, we have been looking for a suitable site in Sawston to build a new Health

Centre.  The present building increasingly struggles to meet the standards required for modern general practice.  It is too small, waiting areas are inadequate, there are not enough rooms for all the doctors and nurses available for surgeries and patients often cannot find parking space.  We wish to expand the services offered to patients, which cannot be done in the current premises.

The situation is urgent.  An audit of GP buildings in southern Cambridgeshire shows Sawston Health Centre is now the worst.  In October 2004, new legislation for the disabled takes effect and our building will fail to meet its requirements.  By then, it is essential we be well on the way to building a new Health Centre.

We want to build the new Health Centre in Sawston where 56% of our 13,000 patients live. We need at least 1.25 acres of land outside the flood plain with good access for ‘blue light’ ambulances and doctors on emergency visits.  A bus stop needs to be close by.  Therefore the new Health Centre has to be next to the main route through Sawston.

Since July 1999, we have looked exhaustively at 14 potential sites in Sawston.  Our current site, at under half an acre, is far too small.  At one point we favoured building on the current police site but after allowing for the new police station,  this is also too small.  It is clear we would receive neither local support nor planning permission if we proposed building on one of the sports grounds in Sawston.


Where things now stand

After much consideration, we believe the only suitable site in Sawston for the new Health Centre is the southern part of the London Road allotments.  The majority of those attending the two public meetings in January and September 2002 supported this proposal.  John Huntingdon’s Charity has agreed to lease the land required.  The allotment holders, at a meeting in July 2002, gave their approval for the rearrangement of some of the plots to create the space needed.  Sawston Parish Council voted last month in favour of us applying to build on the allotment site.  We are convinced the only alternative would be to look for a site in another village, which we wish to avoid if at all possible.

We appreciate that some patients will have further to travel to attend the new Health centre.  We intend to work to develop a social car scheme to transport patients who have no other means of getting to the Health Centre.  This type of scheme has worked successfully in other villages in Cambridgeshire.

A new Health Centre on the allotment site would be an enormous improvement. It would resolve the problems of insufficient room for staff and patients, inadequate parking; poor heating and ventilation and undersized waiting areas.  It would allow us to fully meet the needs of our disabled patients.


The Next Step

We have decided to put in a full planning application for a new Health Centre on the southern part of the London Road allotment site.  Architects have been appointed but it will take several months of preparation before we are ready to submit the application.  Local people will have every opportunity to comment further on the plans during the planning process.


                                                                                                         Dr. Steve Tavare & Dr. Simon Ball

                                                                                                   Sawston Medical Practice October 2002







We were all saddened at the sudden death of Mrs. Ivy Vincent. We have lost two members within a month. Ivy had been a member for over twenty years, coming first with her husband  Sid. She enjoyed her game of whist, and when her sight failed her she still played with larger numbered cards.  Ivy was always ready  to help in the kitchen or at jumble sales etc. We shall miss her, and send our condolences to her children and the family. 

I understand Cecil Vincent is making good progress in hospital, so we hope to see him around again soon.

Don’t forget the Christmas Lunch on December 18th.

Best Wishes                                                                                                                                         Mrs. Ruby Lilley



There was a good attendance at the October meeting when members were taken on a trip to Kashmir. Mr. Anthony Powell was an excellent speaker and proved that it was no easy task to climb mountains some of which were 16,000 feet high in order to bring back seeds for propagation.  Some of the plants are now growing in the Cambridge Botanic Gardens.

Anyone who has visited Prince Charles’ garden at Highgrove and seen the beautiful Thyme Walk should find the November meeting interesting when Mrs. Easter will talk about Thymes and will bring with her plants for sale.  Do come along visitors welcome, on  November 6th   at 8.00 p.m. in the Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford.                                                                                                                          Cynthia Rule




Secret Agents Check Out final Arrangements For Autumn Air Show

Members of the Special Operations Executive (SOE)  - a highly-secretive organisation created by Winston Churchill during the Second World War to co-ordinate resistance activities in German-occupied Europe – were on hand at the Imperial War Museum Duxford as final preparations were made for the Autumn Air Show on Sunday 13th October.

The Show which took as its main theme ‘spies and spying’ was paying tribute to the SOE and the invaluable contribution their agents made during the Second World War.  Some 470 agents were sent into France, including 39 women, and it is estimated that some 200 of them lost their lives with most being executed on the instruction of Adolf Hitler.

The Lysander is perhaps synonymous with SOE and this amazing aeroplane was flying at the show.  During World War Two, SOE Lysanders operated from Newmarket, Suffolk and from Tempsford, Bedfordshire undertaking some of the most hazardous missions of the War.  Able to take off and land within a very short distance, the Lysander was ideal for covert operations often flying in total darkness and landing on rough and uneven terrain.

“We are very proud to pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice of SOE agents” said Duxford’s Marketing Manager, Tracey Woods.  “Their work was highly dangerous and often carried great personal risk with the chances of survival very poor indeed.”

As this was the last major air display of the year, it presented a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see some of their favourites before the end of the air display season.  Among the aircraft taking part in the display were the P-51 Mustang, Hurricane and Blenheim. Sally B, the UK’s only airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress and four examples of the famous Spitfire also take to the sky alongside their more modern counterparts, such as the Tornado and the Strikemaster.

Tracey Woods







We were all saddened at the sudden death of Mrs. Ivy Vincent. We have lost two members within a month. Ivy had been a member for over twenty years, coming first with her husband  Sid. She enjoyed her game of whist, and when her sight failed her she still played with larger numbered cards.  Ivy was always ready  to help in the kitchen or at jumble sales etc. We shall miss her, and send our condolences to her children and the family. 

I understand Cecil Vincent is making good progress in hospital, so we hope to see him around again soon.

Don’t forget the Christmas lunch on December 18th.

Best wishes                                                                                                                                        Mrs. Ruby Lilley



Relief in need charity  Elderly, infirm or disabled people wishing to be considered for help with their winter heating costs, should apply to the Hon. Clerk for an application form before Monday 18th November 2002.

New applicants only                                                                                                                   Mrs. D. Millson



CONGRATULATIONS TO………Laurie Gregory and Shirley Gerrard who were married at Saffron Walden Register Office  on 28th September.




Katherine and Chris would like to announce the birth of Georgina Elizabeth Wrigley born at home on 22nd September, a little sister for Alexander.



WELCOME TO….Judy Warrington, Mallony 17, Nadine 13, Araine 9 and Reuben 5  at                                          

          And                     Jackie Seeger and her daughters Victoria and Lydia





 November 2nd      

Visiting Bellringers 4.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.


Chesterford and District Garden Society Meeting 8.00 p.m. 

     Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Recycling Collection Day


Mobile Library


The Chesterfords, Ickleton & Hinxton W.I. Meeting,

      7.45 p.m. Community Centre, Gt. Chesterford

      Speaker Mr. M. Rowley from the Wild Life Trust


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Recycling Collection Day


Outing to Thursford


Annual Church Gift Day and Organ Recital

      10.00 - 12.00 noon and 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.


Quiz Night , Duxford School


Mobile Library


Barn Dance 7.30 p.m. Village Hall



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