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Editors:             David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:     Tony Court

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12th JANUARY 2003



Happy New Year to all Parishioners.


Coploe Rise (off The Stackyard)

Good news; the new houses are finished and by the time you read this the first tenants will have moved in.  We wish them well in their new homes.



The first meeting of the working party was well attended by skaters, bladers and others interested in the project.  People volunteered for tasks that will progress the venture, without anyone having too much to deal with.  Sam Loveday is getting quotes for the skatepark design that most people want;  Hannah Mordin and Kathy Holding are organising village events to raise funds;  others are to approach the District Council and local businesses for grants and donations.  If anyone wants to make a donation or requires further information, please get in touch with Tim Pavelin.


Wellcome Trust

Those who visited the Open Day on Saturday 7th December had a most interesting tour of the excavations on the south field site escorted by members of the Cambridge Archaeology Field Unit. They have unearthed a selection of general artefacts of all ages, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Saxon, relating to the farmsteads that settled in the area in those ages.  During January there will be an increase in general site activity, as work continues on tree surgery construction of protective fencing and, in mid January, work associated with the main civil engineering for the infrastructure works.


Recycling collections Wednesdays 8th and 22nd January.


Refuse collections  Thursday 2nd January, then back to Wednesdays as usual.


Stop Press  A letter from Andrew Lansley MP, received mid December encourages parishioners to claim compensation for the loss of power after the late October gales.  Although it is rather late in the day, we are entitled to claim £50.00 if the supply is interrupted for 18 hours or more and £25.00 for each subsequent period of 12 hours.  Claims should be made in the first instance to 24 seven, Fore Hamlet, Ipswich, IP3 8AA. If you do not gain a satisfactory response, you should write to Ofgen, 9 Millbank, London SW1P 3GE.

                                                                                                              Jackie Casement – Parish Clerk



Jennie Lawson has decided to retire from delivering the ‘Bulletin’ to Church Street.   We would like to thank her for her hard work.

Liz Driver and Tim Pavelin have kindly agreed to take over Church Street deliveries from this issue, and Catherine Cocks has kindly agreed to be ‘first reserve’.






Services for January


Sunday 5th January

   10.00 a.m. Joint Parishes Eucharist (Order 1)



     4.00 p.m. Epiphany Christingle Service





Thursday 9th January

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 12th January

     8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


(Baptism of Christ)

   10.30 a.m. Service to mark the Week of

      Prayer for Christian Unity



     6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 16th January

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 19th January

     9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


 (Epiphany 2)

   11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



     6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 23rd January

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 26th January

     9.30 a.m.   Parish Eucharist (Order 1)    


 (Epiphany 3)

    11.00 a.m. Joint Family Service & Godly Play



      6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong and

                      Holy Communion (BCP)





Thursday 30th January

    12.30 p.m. Holy Communion



From the Vicar


Happy New Year to you from all of us at Ickleton Church.  I hope you have enjoyed the festive season.  Probably most of us have gained a few pounds as a result.  If only it was as easy to grow spiritually!


We have three new initiatives for the New Year which we hope will help us to do just that.   First of all we are introducing a regular lunchtime Eucharist for those who are at home during the day or perhaps working locally and able to join us over the lunchbreak.  The services will be weekly at 12.30 p.m. at Hinxton Church and will last roughly half an hour.


After much discussion and preparation we are also launching ‘Godly Play’ a new way of engaging with bible stories specifically aimed at ages 4 – 7. Godly Play sessions will take place in our new ‘Upper Room’ at Hinxton Church on the fourth Sunday of every month, alongside our regular morning worship.  For further information, or to put your child’s name down for the sessions, please contact Jenny  Duke.


In the near future we shall also be starting another group for those wishing to explore aspects of the Christian faith or ask questions about spiritual matters.  The new group will focus on how we can make our faith a reality in our daily lives and will look at subjects such as family life, witnessing in the workplace and personal growth.  There will be opportunities for those who wish to go forward for confirmation.  Please contact me if you would like to know more,  or simply watch this space.

With God’s Blessing                                                                     Jane Charman

                                                                                                          E: gentianblue@antlworld.com


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We had a fantastic evening at the Barn Dance! The music and dancing were great fun and the best part was seeing families of all ages enjoying themselves.  The band have told us that ours is one of their favourite events to play for because we all join in and have a go!

We would like to express very grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the evening.                                                          


                                                                                             Sebastian Payne and Jenny Pell – Churchwardens


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

Speakers for January

        January 5th


 Rev. J. Gill

        January 12th


 Mrs. M. Richardson

        January 19th


 Rev. J. Graham

        January 26th


 Rev. H. Wood

                                                                                                       Rev. Jim Gill



The sum raised this year for the British Legion was £684.23 which sadly is a little down on last year’s record sum.

Many thanks to all our loyal collectors who go out in all weathers – Sheila Birch, Jackie Casement, Lena Frost, Pat Facer, Yvonne Hall, Jennie Lawson, Judy Marshall, Sally Pearce, Hilary Rule, Mary Woolhouse, and Sarah Mila.  Thank you too to Dilip and Sunita Odedra, Mary and Doug Bullen and the Social Club who have a box on their counters.

                                                                                                                                         Eileen Westcott

                                                                                                                                         Hon. Organiser


We are sorry to record the death on 10th December of Mrs. Elisabeth Wamsley aged 84.

The funeral service took place at Ickleton Church on Tuesday 17th December.




Although 2002 was very quiet for the most part, things did start happening during the last three months.  In October a shed was broken into in Church Street, and a vehicle was found completely burnt out in Frogge Street. In November three incidents were reported: outbuildings in Frogge Street were broken into; a door lock was forced on a vehicle in Abbey Street and property taken and a portacabin in the grounds of the garden centre was broken into.  In December a dumper truck and a mini digger were stolen from a compound in Mill Lane although I have not been notified of this incident by the police.  In Abbey Street a van was broken into and contents stolen whilst an attempt was made to break into another van.  This kind of crime happens quite a bit in Duxford and Sawston so make sure your motor vehicles are secure.

A new scheme called DATA LINK is now available. It is a message in a bottle that could save your life. Older and vulnerable people in the area will now be able to store vital medical and ‘next of kin’  information in a canister to be kept in their fridge.  The scheme has already proved to be effective in other areas of the county, ensuring that emergency services who may need to enter a property, are able to access vital information about the householder quickly.  The older person or carer completes an emergency medical information form with their details and puts the form in a specially made container and puts it in the fridge.

If you would like more information about the scheme, please contact me

Remember, if you are reporting an incident or crime, please ' 01223 358966

If it is an emergency ring 999.                                                                                              Tony Court



Those of us who went to the South Cambs Volunteers Drivers Forum on 28th November run by car network, were able to learn about the various schemes represented there and to enjoy a buffet lunch provided by the County Council.                                                                                          Peggy Richardson






At our recent AGM a presentation of a watercolour painting kit was made to Mrs. Norma Shepperd who retired as Secretary after ten years’ service on the committee.


Norma has worked tirelessly as ‘small maintenance person’ at the old hall, fund raiser, visiting other new halls when we were planning ours, attending meetings with District Council Officers, Architect and builders, taking minutes at weekly site meetings during the building process and many other duties too numerous to mention here.


All our users should be most grateful for what Norma has done for the village.  We wish her many happy hours at the U3A painting classes and are expecting a booking for an exhibition of her work within a year or two.                                                                                    Gordon Woolhouse





Children In Need Appeal

This year’s two events raised a fantastic £318 for the appeal.

A darts competition and a quiz night not only raised such a large amount of money, it also provided a couple of evenings of fun and entertainment for those participating.

Both evenings were so well supported that there was hardly room to squeeze anyone else in.

The committee would like to thank all those taking part, for their support and generosity, also Roger, Joan and Colin Upton for organising the darts competition and June Vincent and Pat Facer for the raffles and buffet.

Also thanks to the many individuals who kindly made donations of cash or raffle prizes.



The Social Club AGM  will be held in the Club on Friday 31st January at 8.15 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                               The Committee




A reminder to all parents/grandparents/carers that Froglets Parent & Toddler Group is held every Monday from 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon in Ickleton Village Hall, including school holidays and half-terms.  Plenty of fun and activities for babies and children and a cup of coffee for the adults, so please come and join us.  The first session in the New Year will be on the 6th January.

The Toddle Waddle on the 25th September was a great success and we raised £152 for the Meningitis Trust.  Our thanks to all the waddling toddlers and their sponsors!

                                                                                                                          Sophie Murton





There will be a Bring and Buy January Sale in the Village Hall on Saturday January 18th at 2.00 p.m.  If you have any items left over from Christmas, such as jars of produce, bottles or unwanted presents, or if you have been forced by sheer weight of gifts to reorganise your wardrobes or toy cupboards, please consider donating any of these items to the sale.  Place items for the sale in a large bag or container, for collection after 6.00 p.m. on Monday January 13th.  Alternatively please bring any items to the Village Hall on the Saturday from 1.00 p.m. onwards (phone Cathy  or Hannah  in advance please).  The proceeds will go towards Ickleton Skatepark Appeal.                                                                                                                        Cathy Holding                                                                                                    






Costcutter Express will be closed on New Year’s Day.

We now deliver newspapers to the Village.        

                                                                                                                                                 Dilip and Sunita Odedra






A Century of Learning

Please note new start date: 30th January 2003.


The WEA will be running the following course in Spring 2003

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 30th January 2003 from 7.45 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. (including coffee). The course tutor will be 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 fee is £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, deductable from the course fee if continuing.





The Christmas meeting proved a very jolly affair.  Helen West of Radio Cambridgeshire proved to be an excellent entertainer and it wasn’t long before she had a captive audience, singing along with her guitar.  The committee provided festive refreshments which were much enjoyed.

The next meeting will be on January 15th.  The speaker will be Linda Bush from the Saffron Walden Music Hall. Visitors welcome.     

                                                                                                                                               Cynthia Rule





Dr. Peter Brandham was our guest speaker for December.  He proved to be both a good speaker and superb photographer.

His subject was the huge variety of orchids growing on the island of Rhodes.

Festive refreshments were served at the end of the meeting.

There will be no meeting in January.

The next meeting will be on February 6th, when Mr. Moore will present ‘Ideas for Small Gardens’.

Visitors welcome.

                                                                                                              Cynthia Rule





The next meeting will be on 20th January at 8.00 p.m., at the Chesterford Community Centre, when George Belcher will talk on ‘The History of Duxford Airfield’.



WELCOME TO…..Ian Dale-Molloy, Jane Rawe, Georgina, Henrietta and Freddie.






The dog-walkers and others may have noticed unusual activity in the area of the Hinxton ford and level crossing.  A gathering of earnest looking people (often with beards!) clustered around telescopes on tripods is a sure sign of what is known, in the birdwatching world, as a ‘twitch’, i.e. the advent of a rare bird.  The great grey shrike is classed as one of the more scarce winter migrants that visit the UK.  The average number of these birds reported is around 130 per year, although the total for 2000 (the latest published figure) was down to just 64.  They feed on large insects and small mammals and have a strategy of waiting and watching from a high vantage point.  This bird has been seen perching on the high hedges and the overhead wires and feeding voraciously on prey in the stubble and set-a-side.  These birds can stay for quite a while in the same area if food supplies are plentiful.  Some birds overwinter regularly in traditional areas such as the Brecks or New Forest and surrounding heathland.  Shrikes are sometimes called ‘butcher birds’ due to their habit of storing prey on bushes or barbed wire fences in ‘larders’.  My thanks to the dog-walkers who alerted me to this ‘twitch’.                         

                                                                                                                                                                        Gerry Birch                                                                                                                                                    




Once again I have read in the magazine of a well known name to me, as a girl in Ickleton, Mrs. Ivy Vincent who died recently.  The names I know are getting fewer as we all get older!  I believe I worked with one of Ivy’s younger brothers at Ciba (1955-60) Arthur?  My husband registered me for ‘Friends Reunited’ from Sawston Village College and I was thrilled to get two people from my class 1949/50, and even more so when Ivan Carder replied and told me news of Brenda and Bob Bolton. We were all at Ickleton School in 1947.  Sometimes computers are useful!  I am still involved in carriage horse work and we will be at Warwick Castle again over Xmas weekends.  Hope it’s is not to cold.  We have six grand children who seem to still require help!  No such word as retired.

My brother Godfrey Elmes, was with us recently. They live in Barry and he was 60 this year. Where does the time go?  I don’t like to wish it away, but roll on the shortest day, so that the light evenings are here again.

I hope to get down to Ickleton next month to catch up with my Igglesden cousins’ families. So all the best for 2003 to you all.                          

                                                                                            Molly Dagley (nee Clements), Dorridge, Solihull





Centenary of Flight  -  Off to a Flying Start at Duxford

As 2003 is the 100th anniversary of powered flight, the Imperial War Museum, Duxford is starting the year in style with a very special competition which will see a lucky visitor taking to the sky in a classic 1930s Tiger Moth.

Once used to train RAF pilots in the lead up to the Second World War, the Tiger Moth is a graceful design classic and epitomises the style and glamour of the 1930s.  Says Marketing and PR Manager,Tracey Woods “This really is a fabulous prize to get the Centenary of Flight year off on a high. With its simple construction and top speed of only 104 mph, the Tiger Moth will give the winner an opportunity to experience the golden era of aviation when pioneering aircraft design was still in its infancy.”

Duxford is one of the few attractions in the region which will be open on New Year’s Day and all visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to enter this prize draw competition, which is being run from Wednesday 1st January until Sunday 5th January only.






                January  6th

Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


W.I. Meeting 7.45 p.m. Gt. Chesterford, Community Centre


Skatepark appeal Bring and Buy Sale, 2.00 p.m. Village Hall


Chesterford Local History and Archaeology Society Meeting


8.00 p.m. Gt. Chesterford, Community Centre


 Mobile Library


Social Club AGM 8.15 p.m. Social Club

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