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Editors:             David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:     Tony Court


All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin


12th FEBRUARY 2003




Play Area A big thank you to all who helped spread the new bark in the play area in early December.  It is necessary for safety reasons to keep this topped up every two years or so, but it is quite a lot of work!  The Parish Council is applying for a grant to provide some safety grass under the aerial runway, spring chick and spring horse this year.  Perhaps we will be able to provide the same under the rest of the equipment later.


Social Housing  Another thank you goes to Lewis Duke for enabling the social housing scheme to be extended and for making more land available recently, so that the edges of the site could be landscaped satisfactorily.


Flooding  A third thank you to all who helped with sandbags over the New Year.  We managed to keep the Slade within its banks – more or less – and prevented too much flooding down Abbey Street, but it was a struggle. 

Open meeting on Tuesday 4th  February at 7.30 pm to discuss emergency action. The Parish Council would like to discuss the problems and emergency action with all those affected, or at risk of flooding, particularly residents in Coploe Road and Abbey Street.  Please come to this meeting and let us have your views.


Precept  At this time of year the Parish Council has to prepare its budget for the forthcoming financial year and request a precept from the District Council.  We are pleased to tell you that for the third year running we have been able to keep the precept at the same level of £9,700.00.


Proposed Skate Park At the January meeting the Parish Council gave its support in principle to the project.  The working party reported that the design and costs are being prepared and that fund raising efforts are under way.


Recycling Days are Wednesdays 5th and 19th February.

Jackie Casement




The revision of the Church Electoral Roll will be taking place in the middle of March.  A copy of the roll will be displayed in the Church porch between 25th February and 11th March, and will then be revised.  Please would anyone who wishes to add their name to the list, or who knows of a name which should be removed, please contact me at Druid Cottage, Church Street.

A copy of the revised Roll will be displayed in the porch between 19th March and  2nd April.

                                                                                                                              Frances Payne                                                                                                                             



If you wish to use this service,








Services in February


Sunday 2nd February

  6.30 p.m. Candle Mass





Thursday 6th February

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion


(Martyrs of Japan, 1597)






Sunday 9th February

  8.00 a.m.  Holy Communion (BCP)


(4 before Lent)

  9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist (Order 1)



11.00 a.m.  Joint Family Service



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 13th February

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





 Sunday 16th February

  9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


  (3 before Lent)

 11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist  



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 20th February

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 23rd February

  9.30 a.m.   Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(2 before Lent)

 11.00 a.m.  Joint Family Service and Godly Play  



    6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong and



                    Holy Communion   (BCP)





Thursday 27th February

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion


(George Herbert,priest, poet)




From the Vicar

Some of you may remember that our Harvest offerings last year went to Cape Coast to help build a nursery.  We heard about the nursery from Jo Merrifield, a member of our Church, who is spending a gap year in Ghana and Togo, teaching and nursing.  We were attracted by the idea of sending the money directly to the people we wanted to benefit, instead of anonymously through one of the big aid agencies and we were very pleased recently to receive a letter from Jo and cards from Madam Molly Yankey and children at Lady Heike Nursery, thanking us for our gift.  Since many people locally will have contributed (we raised £400) I thought I would pass on to you some of the things which Jo and Madam Molly had to say.

Jo writes:  “Thank you so much for the money from the Harvest Festival collections which is now being used to build the roof of the nursery.  I cannot describe how grateful they were to receive the money;  the building had to be previously stopped due to lack of funds.  The nursery should now be completed by January.”

Madam Molly writes: “Thank you for the £400 given to Lady Heike Nursery.  We were trusting in the Lord for money to roof the building of the nursery.  May the Lord bless you and your Church.  We are very grateful and hope to send you pictures of the kids and their new building.”

Jo also reflects in her letter on the experience of being in a country very different from our own.  “It is a beautiful country and the people are so lovely,” she writes. ”It is such a different world out here, not only the environment and climate but people’s priorities in life.  You can’t help but admire their ‘never give up’ attitude and the way they have learnt to enjoy life.”

As Lent approaches and we begin to reflect on our own priorities may I wish you too a ‘never give up’ attitude and the ability to make the most of the simple joys in life.


With God’s Blessing    

                                              Revd. Jane Charman

                                                                                             E: gentianblue@antlworld.com










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


Speakers for February

   February  2nd


Mr. G. Grundy

   February  9th

Holy Communion

Rev. J. Gill

   February 16th


Miss J. Hay

   February  23rd


Mrs. B. Kime


Rev. J. Gill


I was sorry to miss the Christmas lunch which was all arranged, so everything was as usual, but was surprised to see Cynthia and Barbara come along with my lunch. Thank you also for the flowers and chocolates.

I think everyone enjoyed the lunch thanks to Mrs. Fordham and her helpers.

Mrs. Westcott very kindly gave a lovely Christmas cake for us to enjoy.

It is with great regret that I have to cease being secretary of the Over 60s Club, owing to ill health.

Is there anyone who would take on doing this for us? A lot of us are getting older and one or two can’t take on any more. Its only every other week and I will tell anyone about it all.                                                                                                                                                            


Mrs. R. Lilley




I have received the police crime report for December incidents in Ickleton as follows:

Four incidents were reported of which three were theft from motor vehicles.  All of these occurred between 2nd and 3rd December.  Two were in Frogge Street and one in Abbey Street.

Also on the same date in Abbey Street a vehicle was damaged but no entry gained.  If you have any information concerning these crimes, please let the police know.

Meanwhile and not far away in Duxford there were a number of incidents.

An attempted burglary in St. Johns Street.

Items taken from a garden in Markby Close.

Traffic light heads stolen from road works

A shop window smashed by persons unknown.

A garden wall knocked down.

Van doors forced and items stolen from a vehicle parked in Hunts Road.

Remember Duxford is only two miles away and what happens there could easily happen here so be on your guard especially with so many vehicles parked in the street.

I notice that ‘identity theft’ is again in the news with information being obtained from rubbish bags, so if possible shred your paperwork before throwing it away.  

        Tony Court




STOP PRESS……Vicar of Ickleton is new Rural Dean.

Rev. Jane Charman, parish priest of Ickleton, Hinxton and Duxford has been appointed Rural Dean of Shelford Deanery, succeeding Canon Frank Fisher who has recently retired.  The post of Rural Dean is held in conjunction with a parish post so this does not mean that Jane is moving away.  The role of the Rural Dean is to chair the Deanery Chapter and the Deanery Synod, to act as a link between the Deanery and the Diocese, and to support and assist other local churches and their clergy especially when needs or difficulties arise.  The Archdeacon of Ely will commission Jane as Rural Dean at the Chapter Eucharist at 10.00 a.m. at Stapleford Parish Church on Tuesday 11th February.  Anyone who would like to come along to the service will be very welcome.







There will be a meeting on Thursday February 6th from 7.30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Village Hall for anybody who is interested in helping in any way with Fundraising events for the Skatepark appeal.  If you cannot be there please register your interest anyway by phoning Cathy Holding.





Carol Singing The carol singing on 23rd December went exceptionally well.  We were blessed with mild, and mercifully not wet, weather.  Over thirty people joined in and the volume and quality of sound produced was brilliant.  We collected £172.00 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Rosie – a record to date.  Thank you to everyone who joined in and especially to Gerry and Sheila Birch for providing warm refreshments to so many.

The Boxing Day Walk  This was, once again, well supported by twenty something walkers and three dogs.  We were lucky to be spared the worst of the weather that was to follow.  Our route took us towards Chesterford, over the motorway, down Coploe Hill and into the Casement’s kitchen for hot soup and a drink.  Many thanks go to Jackie and Simon Casement for reviving us all, and thank you to everyone who joined in and made it a very cheerful event.




Thank you to everyone who has collected for this very worthwhile cause over the past year. 

Please can you take your money to Gerry Birch at Howeys, Abbey Street and he will add the money from the boxes to the money taken at the Christingle service on 5th January and send it all to the Children’s Society.

If anyone else in the village would like to have a Children’s Society box to keep at home and fill with loose change over the year please let me know and I will provide one.  Your money can make a real difference to the lives of children in crisis.

Thank you again.                 

                                                                                          Rosemary Hayes




May I through the ‘Icene’ express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone who made my 90th birthday such a memorable time.  It was truly wonderful.

The number of visitors I had, along with the staggering amount of cards and presents was quite overwhelming and made it such a magnificent time.

A special thank you must go to Dinah Millson and Cynthia Rule for all their help during the day.

I am sorry that I am unable to thank everybody individually, but I would like to express my sincere and grateful thanks to everyone for making it such a wonderful day.

With my best wishes to you all.

                                                                                                Connie Cutter



CONGRATULATIONS TO.……. Bill and Iris Rule who celebrated their Golden Wedding   .

                                                             Anniversary on 3rd January.



We would like to say a big thank you to all our friends and relatives for the lovely cards and good wishes on our Golden Wedding Anniversary.     

                                               Bill and Iris  Rule




The President Carol Deane, welcomed members to the first meeting of the New Year.  There was an excellent attendance including one new member.

The speaker ,Linda Bush, from the Saffron Walden Music Hall, brought along  a wonderful variety of costumes, hats and accessories and described how she had made them, quite often from materials and clothes bought from charity shops including Oxfam.

Members were reminded about the New Year Dinner on January 24th.

Next month the speaker will be Mrs. Cherry Fisher, who will describe how she found the hoard of treasure trove coins at Ashdon.

Subscriptions £18.25 are now due.    


                                                     Cynthia Rule







Elisabeth Scales was born at Ickleton Lodge in Frogge Street, but moved to Valance Farm when about six years old.  She attended the Perse school in Cambridge.

She was interested in farming and wanted to go to agricultural college but all she was allowed to do was a poultry keeping course. However, she soon had a large amount of poultry at Valance Farm.

In 1942 Elisabeth married Jack Wamsley, who joined her at Valance Farm, although his calling-up papers arrived when they got back from their honeymoon.  Eventually with the shortage of labour due to the war and the death of her father, she was able to get into farming properly, and gradually modernised the farm.  Mrs. Wamsley enjoyed every minute at Valance Farm: she slept out when it was lambing, and drove tractors and the combine (which had wooden blocks fitted to the pedals so she could reach them).  She drove the farm lorry to Felsted with sugar- beet, and this even got her on television news, as there were few women driving lorries in those days.  Dick Wombwell sometimes followed her to Felsted with his lorry but she always went too fast for him to overtake.

Mrs. Wamsley grew malting barley for many years and won prizes in the National Malting Barley Competition - she could turn her hand to most things on the farm.

Mrs. Wamsley seemed timeless.  She always seemed to be dressed the same, and for many years drove an Austin A40  pick-up truck (often at break-neck speed).  She was always polite, never cross, always had a pleasant smile but could be very persuasive.

Dick Wombwell said that he could not have wished for a better farming neighbour.

Mrs. Wamsley was a good employer and was charitable to her farm workers who were allowed to remain in their cottages on retirement. She was a true Christian in all her actions.

However, farming was only part of her life.  During the war she arranged dances at Saffron Walden.  These were on Monday evenings when she had a petrol allocation for Tuesday market-day!

Mrs. Wamsley was a life-long churchgoer, and a great fundraiser for Ickleton Church, the Methodist Chapel and surrounding churches.  She took a big part in village fetes, often organising them (sometimes twice a year) and threw her farm open for  lambing weekends at Valance Farm in February, open weekends in June and autumn weekends in October which were always well supported.  She was a member of Ickleton Parochial Church Council for many years.  She  had her farm open to school children from further afield with coachloads of children from London coming to see the lambs.  She also ran a fleamarket at Duxford School.  Mrs. Wamsley was a trustee of Ickleton United Charities; a collector for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal;  and was on the committee of the old village hall and was instrumental in getting it re-roofed.

Once on the way to a meeting at Hinxton, she managed to get her truck stuck in a ditch.  She attended the meeting without saying anything.  Afterwards she asked if there were a few strong men to help her out of the ditch – she was unflappable!

Mrs. Wamsley was known for often being late for things, or at least arriving at the last minute.  When she was doing her farming weekends, she would often come to us for typing or photocopying.  Her opening phrase was usually “I am running a little bit late today, Monica.”

It was therefore appropriate that the hearse made a detour around Valance Farm on the way to Church and she was late for her own funeral  - we all accepted that!

                                                                                                                                                     David Lilley



Appreciation from Ickleton United Charities

Mrs. Wamsley was connected with local charities for well over 50 years.

Mrs. Wamsley was a trustee of the Gertrude Homes in 1951, and when Mrs. Bowen handed them over to the Ickleton Charities, she was made Vice-Chairman.  In 1970, when the charities became Ickleton United Charities, she was still Vice-Chairman and has remained so ever since.

Her great knowledge of Ickleton, its surrounding areas and inhabitants was much appreciated by all who were interested in the area and village life.

She rarely missed attending a committee meeting, unless it was lambing time. Her thoughtfulness and quiet sense of humour will be greatly missed. She truly was a lovely lady!

                                                                                                                                              Dinah Millson






Congratulations to Mr. Grant Buck who was awarded the O.B.E. in the New Years Honours list for Services to UK and Venezuela Relations.





Derek Plumb from Great Chesterford has written and published a fascinating book called ‘Little Un’s Story’.  It is recollections of his childhood which was spent in Ickleton from his birth in 1937 until 1952. The many stories provide a valuable insight into life in Ickleton in those days which was very different from Ickleton  today.  Being about eleven years younger than Derek, I found stories of people, who I can just remember, very interesting and I particularly liked the tale about the chimney sweep’s brush!

It is a casebound A5 book with 218 pages and includes some photographs and costs £14.99 and is available from Sawston Books.  For more information call Anne Wallis or Liz Driver  ' 01223 837456, or e-mail sawstonbooks@enta.net.             

                                       David Lilley



The Parkinson’s Society Bazaar this year will be held on May 10th in the Village Hall.

We hope for a nice day with lots of nice things to sell and people to support us.  We would like to ask all those friends who are always so good, and work so hard, for their help again this year.  So please make a note of the date in your diary. In the meantime, if you have anything saleable the dropping off points are as before  Mary Woolhouse. Cynthia Rule  and myself Dorothy Churchman or I will be more than happy to collect. Thank you and a Happy New Year to all readers.





Sarah Mila has kindly agreed to deliver the Bulletin to Coploe Rise.





A big thank you to everyone who helped or came to the Jumble Sale on January 18th.

We made £108.15p.  Thank you also to everyone  who gave donations.

                                                                                                                      Jan Livingstone





Successful publisher and author Rosemary Hayes worked for Cambridge University Press (CUP) before forming her own company, Anglia Young Books in 1989. Anglia Young books was based in Ickleton and specialised in children’s historical stories from East Anglia.  The company was sold to Mill Publishing in 2001 but Rosemary carried on as Commissioning Editor.  The most recent historical stories she commissioned for the company were launched at her retirement party at  Queens’ College, Cambridge on Thursday 16th January.

Rosemary was also the Project Manager for the Cambridge Young Writers Award set up by CUP and Cambridge University to mark the National Year of Reading and she edited the subsequent anthologies of the winning entries.

She has written many books for children and her latest, ‘Troubled Waters’, will be published by Hodder in May.  It is the first book in a three part  family saga, which spans generations and oceans.





 February  3rd         

Mobile Library

 February  4th

Open Meeting to discuss Flooding 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

 February  5th

Gt. Chesterford and District Gardening Society  Meeting 8.00 p.m.


The Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford,


Subject:  ‘Ideas for Small Modern Gardens’ by Mr.Moores

February  6th  

Skatepark Fundraisers Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

February 15th

Visiting Bellringers 10.00 a.m. – 1.15 p.m. approx

February 17th

Mobile Library

February 19th

Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

February 19th 

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

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