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Editors:             David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:     Tony Court

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin


12th DECEMBER 2002



As another Christmas comes round, we would like to thank our proof-readers, as well as Tony and his delivery team, for all their hard work.

May we remind everyone that, as we hope to get the January issue ‘put to bed’ and possibly printed before Christmas, 12th December really is the absolute deadline.

A Happy Christmas to all our readers.                                                                                David and Monica Lilley



A very happy Christmas to you all.


Recycling collection Change of plan.  From now on the recycling boxes will be emptied on alternate Wednesdays – to coincide with the rubbish collection. But in December there will be only one collection – Wednesday 11th December.  May we remind you that aluminium and steel cans, newspapers, magazines and junk mail, glass bottles and jars and clean dry textiles will be collected from your green box.  No plastic or cardboard please.


Refuse collections Over the Christmas period these will be on Wednesdays 4th,11th and 18th December, then not until Thursday 2nd January 2003.


Resurfacing work on M11.  Work is due to start in January 2003 between junction 8 (Birchanger) and junction 9 (Stump Cross). It will involve lane closures but by utilising hard shoulders it will be possible to maintain a two-lane traffic flow in each direction during peak periods ie. weekdays between 5.30 am and 8.00 pm (Fridays 9.00 pm) and on Saturdays 7.00 am and 8.00 pm, and Sundays 8.00 am and 9.00 pm.  There will be a 40mph speed limit.  There will also be temporary closures of the M11/A11 slip roads at off peak periods when access to the motorway will be via junction 10 at Duxford.


Freedom of Information Act 2000 The Parish Council is preparing its model publication scheme to comply with the law.  We will keep you informed!


Skateboarding/rollerblading It was lovely to see so many people at the Parish Council meeting in November.  The working party will have had its first meeting by the time you read this and will let you know how the plans to provide a facility in the village take shape.


Wellcome Trust Work has begun on the site; site fencing and tree surgery will be the only obvious activity before Christmas.  Archaeology investigations began in October and finds include numerous coins and general artefacts of all ages, including Neolithic, Bronze Age, Roman and Saxon.  There will an opportunity for the public to view these on 6th/7th December; please ring me for more information; at the time of going to press there are no details.

                                                                                                                    Jackie Casement



If you wish to use this Service,



CHURCH NOTICES – Services for December


Sunday 1st December

10.00 a.m. – 12 noon Shortened service of


(Advent 1)

  Holy Communion followed by a presentation



  and discussion ‘ALL GOOD GIFTS AROUND US’



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





Sunday 8th December

 8.00 a.m.  Holy Communion (BCP)


(Advent 2)

10.00 a.m. Advent Toy Service



 6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 15th December

 9.30 a.m.    Parish Eucharist


(Advent 3)

11.00 a.m.  Joint Family Eucharist



  6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 22nd December

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


(Advent 4)

   4.00 p.m. Nativity Service



                   ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’



   6.30 p.m. Carol Service





Tuesday 24th December

  3.00 p.m.  Christingle Service


(Christmas Eve)

 11.30 p.m. Midnight Eucharist 





Wednesday 25th December

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


(Christmas Day)

  9.00 a.m.  Family Eucharist



 10.30 a.m. Family  Eucharist





Sunday 29th December

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


(Christmas 1)




From the Vicar

What is a Parish Church for?  Most of us no longer worship  there.  At the same time there are very few of us who do not turn to the Church for ministry at some point in our lives and indeed it is not clear where else we could turn for these things if the Church was not there for us.  For that reason we mostly value its presence in our community and hope that it will not go away.

But if the Church is to continue then it will also have to change, perhaps into something very different from what it is now.  After a lengthy process of consultation, a working group chaired by Bishop John Flack, the Bishop of Huntingdon, has published a report called ‘All Good Gifts Around Us’  outlining a new strategy for the Diocese of Ely.

If you want to find out what is in this document, or contribute to the discussion about the way forward for our three parishes of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton, then you would be very welcome to join us on Sunday 1st December at 10.00 a.m. in Ickleton Parish Church.  There will be a short act of worship lasting roughly half an hour, then a pause for coffee, after which there will be a presentation of the new report and an opportunity for discussion. Since Advent Sunday is the day of the new liturgical year, this seems like a good date for us to be thinking about the future and we hope that as many as possible will be able to be with us.  Please note that this event replaces our usual 9.30 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharists at Duxford and Hinxton.

If you want to read the new report, it is available online at


or in pdf format at


It will soon be available in html format also.

For those who prefer hard copy, we have a small number of reports which are currently in circulation. Please contact me if you would like to borrow one.

With God’s blessing.                                                                         Jane Charman






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


                          December 1st    


Mr. D. McGregor

                          December  8th

Holy Communion

Rev. J. Graham

                          December  15th


Mrs. M. Dyer

                          December 22nd

 Carol Service

Rev. J. Gill

                          December 29th


Rev. J. Graham

Christmas Message                                                                   

Children look forward to Christmas.  Jesus told us to learn from children.  For as we grow older we lose that sense of excitement about the future, we lose the burning anticipation, we look longingly over our shoulders at the past.

Of course the Christmas to which the children are looking forward is a very material one;  presents and food and parties.  But Jesus received presents and shared food and went to parties.  Sometimes we are in danger of trying to be more spiritual than Jesus.

The Christmas to which we look back is often an unreal one.  Charles Dickens had a hand in inventing our idea of Christmas, and he looked back on Christmas, which he believed other people had enjoyed;  he, a poor child from a poor home, had never shared in these things, and so he romanticised the whole idea of Christmas past.  As we grow older, we are tempted to do the same, just as we misremember summer holidays.

The season of Advent is a bracing corrective.  It is the period before Christmas, when Christians remember that the future belongs to God.  As God acted for us at the Christmas so long ago.  He is still acting for us, will act for us in the year soon to begin, and will act for us at the end of time itself.  That is why Advent is about new life, justice, and hope.  And its focus is Jesus, who came and who will come again.

This is no stranger; this is our trusted friend.

Christians are people who can look forward with confidence.  Not because they expect the future to be trouble free, or pain free.  But they know that God is in charge;  He has still new gifts to give us, if we look for them, and He has a plan for us which will not be frustrated even by death.  And He can set us free from past failures and unhealed and destructive memories.

We can learn from our children and our grandchildren to look forward with excitement and confidence.  God will keep his promises.

Every blessing for Christmas and the coming year.                                                  Rev. J. Gill



This will be on Monday 23rd December in aid of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Rosie.

Meet at 6.00 p.m. at the Grange Road lay-by for a route through the village via Southfield, Abbey Street, Frogge Street/Church Street, and Butchers Hill - finishing with refreshments at Howeys, 33 Abbey Street.  All ages and musical abilities welcome.  Warm clothes and torches recommended!                                                                                  Jackie Casement



Stop Stansted Expansion  In support of this campaign, we have planned a walk on Sunday 1st December to look at the area that will be destroyed if the proposals go ahead.   Leave by car at 2.00 p.m. for Bamber’s Green and walk for about an hour.  Do join us if you read this in time  and ring Sheila Birch for details.  If these proposals go ahead, it will have a serious effect on all who live in this area, from Haverhill and Clare in the north, to Harlow in the south, from Royston in the west, to Braintree in the east.   If you feel strongly about this, please write to our MP Andrew Lansley and to the Minister for Transport, Alastair Darling MP at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.


Boxing Day Walk Meet at 11.00 a.m. on the village green for some fresh air and exercise after Christmas.  We will follow a circular route via Whiteways (towards Great Chesterford), returning down Coploe Hill.                                                                                               Sheila Birch





Since my last report ‘binraiding’ has featured in the newspapers as well as on television’s  ‘Watchdog’.  Documents stolen from bin bags have been used to obtain credit cards using information thrown away without being shredded or torn up into tiny pieces.  Make sure that your rubbish cannot give a fraudster your name, address, phone number, bank account number or any account numbers from telephone, electricity, gas or any other bills as these can be used to corroborate identity.

Last month I received one report of the theft of a chain saw from a garden shed, as well as the removal of a wrought iron garden gate.  An attempted break-in was also reported.  Prolonged power cuts assist the burglar, unfortunately, so be on the alert should we experience any more this winter.

Christmas is almost upon us again, so when shopping for presents don’t leave them in full view on the back seat of a parked car - put them out of sight in the boot and make sure the car is locked.  At home don’t leave presents in view to anybody looking through the window.

Keep your credit cards secure at all times - do not let one out of sight when it is being used to make a purchase and never keep it with your cheque book.

Away for Christmas?  Then let a neighbour know and ask them to keep an eye open for anything unusual happening on your property.  This is what Neighbourhood Watch is all about.

Have a crime free Christmas and don’t let the thief enjoy presents meant for somebody else.

A reminder of the police number ' 01223 358966, which is also in the phone directory.

                                                                                                                  Tony Court



Ickleton and Hinxton Conservative Branch is holding an Evening Party on Friday 6th December  at 8.00 p.m. (by kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. L. Duke).

Everyone is invited.  Tickets price £6 to include food and drinks can be obtained from

Mrs. M. Harrison



It is with a mix of sadness and excitement that I write this entry in the Icene.  Sadness because after nearly 17 years living in the village I am moving to higher and snowier climes.  And excitement because I have just started working for a company called Snowsport Synergy and I will be living in Verbier, Switzerland during the winter and Saas Fee, Switzerland during the summer.  The company runs a ski academy, produces ski films and instructional videos, and organises ski competitions.  For more information go www.snowsportsynergy.com  or contact me richstatham@snowsportsynergy.com.  If anyone would like more information regarding any aspect of skiing please feel free to contact me.  I will be returning periodically to the village, as Ickleton will be my base when I am in the country.  So thank you to all those who have made growing up in the village so enjoyable.

                                                                                                                    Richard Statham




The Band will be holding its Christmas Concert at Duxford School on Saturday, 14th December starting at 7.30 p.m.  Tickets are available on the night - £5 each (concessions £3).  We have always enjoyed lots of support from local people, and look forward to seeing a good number of you at the concert.                                                                                                              Elaine Statham








10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon.  Froglets playgroup - fun for mums and for day olds onwards


2.00 p.m. - 4.15 p.m. U3A Bridge Group - for advanced and intermediate players


5.00 p.m. -  6.00 p.m. Short Tennis - coaching for 5 - 7 year olds


6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. Short Tennis - coaching for 7 year olds upwards


7.00 p.m.  - 8.00 p.m. Aerobics for Ladies



9.30 a.m.- noon U3A  Badminton Group


7.00 p.m. -  10.30 p.m.    Badminton Club


WEDNESDAY  (Meeting Room)

2.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Over Sixties – on alternate weeks

7.30 p.m. Parish Council meeting on third Wednesday each month – members of the public

               are welcome and have the opportunity to ask questions.



2.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Short Mat Bowls – equipment is supplied and beginners are welcome


8.00 p.m. Wellcome Trust Badminton



9.30 a.m. – noon U3A  Badminton for beginners


6.30 p.m. Judo for juniors followed by martial arts for seniors



9.30 a.m. – 12 noon Karate coaching for experienced exponents and also for beginners


N.B. In addition to the above regular activities periodically there are:

        Patchwork quilting classes – for dates etc. contact Cherry Vernon-Harcourt ' 

       01371 – 830598.

       Arabic Dancing classes – for dates etc. contact Lisa Burgess-Graves For further details of the regular events and for private bookings contact Gordon Woolhouse.



The AGM will be held on Tuesday 10th December at 8.00 p.m. in the Chesterford Community Centre.  Please send your nominations for Officers and Committee members to the Secretary.



WELCOME TO…… Stanley and Elizabeth Peck of

                                           Chris and Wendy Fitzsimmons and Bethany

                                        Paul Cook and Sonia Ellis of

                                            Michael Rae and Hannah Siddons





CONGRATULATIONS TO……Miss Connie Cutter 90 on 16th December.






Judy and John Holt would like to say thank you to everyone who sent flowers, cards and donations amounting to £775.00. It is to be divided between Marie Curie nurses and Sawston District nurses who helped so much with Hubert’s last weeks.

And our thanks also to the many of you who attended the memorial service.

                                                                                                                                                        Judy Holt





The Essex Wild Life Trust was the subject for the lecture by Mr. Mike Rowley on Wednesday November 20th.

The slides shown varied from the Essex salt marshes to the prolific bluebell woods, of which in the whole continent of Europe Essex has the most!

reminder to members’  that the annual dinner will take place on January 24th at the Crown and Thistle, Great Chesterford.

The December meeting is on the second Wednesday of the month December 11th when the entertainment will be provided by Helen West of Radio Cambridgeshire.

                                                                                                                               Cynthia Rule                             









                December   1st

Stop Stansted Expansion Walk leave Ickleton 2.00 p.m.

                December   6th

Conservative Branch Evening Party 8.00 p.m. Abbey Farm

                December   7th

Visiting Bellringers 6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.

                December   9th

Mobile Library

                December 10th

Chesterford Local History and Archaeology Society AGM 8.00 p.m.


Chesterford Community Centre

                December 11th

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


Christmas meeting, Speaker Helen West, from Radio


Cambridgeshire, held at the Community Centre, Gt. Chesterford

                December 14th

Visiting Bellringers, 2.45 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. approx.

                December 14th

Saffron Walden Band Christmas Concert 7.30 p.m. Duxford School

                December 18th

Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m., Village Hall

                December 23rd

Mobile Library

                December 23rd

Carol Singing 6.00 p.m. start Grange Road Layby

                December 26th

 Boxing Day Walk meet 11.00 a.m. Village Green


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