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MARCH 2003


Editors:             David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:     Tony Court


All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin


12th MARCH 2003



Parish Council Elections  In May this year the Parish Council must be re-elected.  If anyone is interested in serving the community by standing for election as a Parish Councillor, I will have the appropriate nomination forms available shortly.  If anyone wants to know what being a parish councillor involves, please talk to our Chairman, James Macdonald, or any other current member of the council.  Ickleton has nine parish councillors, who meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30 pm in the village hall.  If nine are nominated there is no need for an election; if more than nine, then we have a contested election, which will take place on 1 May 2003.

Flooding Thank you to everyone who came to the flooding meeting in the village in early February.  The Parish Council is continuing to look at the problem and will let you know our thoughts and plans as soon as possible.

Snow and Ice  Thank you, too, to everyone who turned out to bring hot drinks and food to motorists trapped all night on the motorway in freezing conditions.  Letters of appreciation have been received at the shop and via the village website.

Dog Fouling  We have received complaints again about dog fouling, particularly in Church Street.  Please act responsibly when walking your dogs around the village and go out equipped with plastic bags. Remember that if you are seen not to clear up after your dog, you could be liable for a fine of up to £1,000.00.  We have asked the Dog Warden to visit.

Recycling collection Please note that this is now on alternate Wednesdays, 5 and 19 March.  The contractors are coming much earlier now, so it is advisable to put your green boxes out the night before.

Wellcome Trust, Southfield Project Work on fencing the site has continued during February.  Earth moving machinery has begun work on a car park area and on the temporary site access road from the A1303.  Excavation of an underground car park will begin shortly. Remodelling the existing campus entrance roads and security point also continues.  During March excavation and drainage work will continue across the whole site and a temporary accommodation block will be erected as well as temporary car parking for construction personnel.

Parking  May we remind you that it is an offence to park opposite a dropped kerb.  A dropped kerb marks access to a driveway or garage and there is therefore no kerb stone.  If you park opposite it makes access difficult or impossible.   

                          Jackie Casement



You have a wonderful village!

Last night my husband, who is partially sighted, and his driver were stranded on the M11 from 5.00 p.m. until noon today.

This morning people from the village and surrounding areas came to their aid with hot drinks and food. You cannot believe how welcome this was to them, and I’m sure the other stranded people on that part of the motorway.

Can I, through the website, say a big thank you to everyone who helped these motorists.  You have a wonderful spirit - long may it continue. Many thanks, Karenna Galer, via Ickleton Website.



I am sure we all appreciated Dilip and Sunita at our shop when we were snowed up.  Also thanks to Plumb and Webb who got through with their milk delivery.  There were no buses, but the trains kept moving.

Perhaps all the above deserve more support on less inclement days!     

                        David Lilley






Services for March


     Sunday 2nd March

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


      (Next before Lent)

11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





    Wednesday 5th March

  8.00 p.m. Holy Communion with


    (Ash Wednesday)

                   Imposition of Ashes





     Thursday 6th March

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





     Sunday 9th March

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


      (Lent 1)

 10.00 a.m. Service for the beginning



    of Lent



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





  Wednesday 12th March

   8.00 p.m. Lent Worship





  Sunday 16th March

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


   (Lent 2)

 11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





  Wednesday 19th March

   8.00   p.m. Lent Worship





   Sunday 23rd March

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


   (Lent 3)

 11.00 a.m. Joint Family Service



                   & Godly Play



   6.30 p.m   Sung Evensong and



                    Holy Communion (BCP)





  Tuesday 25th March

   8.00 p.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


  (Annunciation of our



  Lord to the Blessed



  Virgin Mary)






  Wednesday 26th March

   8.00 p.m. Lent Worship





   Sunday 30th March

   9.30 a.m. Mothering Sunday Service


   (Lent 4)

 11.00 a.m. Mothering Sunday Service




Would you like to befriend a prisoner? Many prisoners at nearby Highpoint Prison have no-one to write to them or visit them.  We are hoping to arrange a training event for anyone interested in this worthwhile way of supporting those struggling to build new lives. Ring Jane Charman ' if you would like more information.



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.

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

                                                                                                                                               Frances Payne





Everyone associates Lent with ‘giving up’ and each year I’m surprised by the number of people who actually do give up some of their comforts and luxuries during Lent, as a way of deepening their spiritual life and perhaps also saving some money to give to a good cause.

This year in the Five Villages we shall be collecting during Lent for Christian Aid using their ‘Count your Blessings’ programme.  There’s a sheet for young people and a different one for adults with a thought for each day and a suggestion for charitable giving.  For instance, on the first day of Lent you might be invited to donate lp for every pancake you ate the night before.

Suggestions on other days include 2p each time you turn on a tap, 3p if you’ve drunk milk today, 5p if you watch TV and so on.  You’ll be surprised how much you end up with if you keep going throughout Lent.  You don’t have to be a churchgoer to join in.  Sheets are available from the Post Offices as well as from all the Churches  and all you need apart from that is a jam jar to put your money in.  At the end of Lent we’ll have a grand totalling up and with any luck we’ll have raised a sum to be proud of, to show that people in these villages really do care about what’s happening to our brothers and sisters elsewhere in the world.

As well as our Lent Appeal we also have some special events going on during Lent.  On Tuesdays at 2.00 p.m. our Lent Study Group will be using the Diocesan Lent Course ‘Encounters with Jesus’ which ties in with a Monday evening broadcast on Radio Cambridgeshire from 7 – 8 p.m. starting on the 10th March.  The Study Group will be in Duxford URC on 11th March, Hinxton Village Hall on 18th March and Ickleton Methodist Chapel on 25th March.  On  Wednesdays there  will be a short reflective Lent Service  each evening at 8.00 p.m.  These will be in Duxford Parish Church on 12th March, Hinxton Parish Church on 19th March and Ickleton Parish Church on 26th March.  On Thursdays at 12.30 p.m. there will be a Lent Lunch, a simple meal with a spiritual as well as a nutritional content.  All of these will be in Duxford URC.

For full details of the Lent Appeal and all Lenten activities, pick up a leaflet from any of the Churches or from the Post Office.

With God’s Blessing  

                                                                   Jane Charman                                                                                                E: gentianblue@ntlworld.com         



This will take place on Saturday 15th March starting at 10.00 a.m.

Please come and help us with the spring clean.  Our beautiful church is already in excellent condition, thanks to the team of regular cleaners who operate throughout the year, but at the annual clean we get into those tricky ancient corners that are usually inaccessible!  There are jobs outside in the churchyard as well as inside. If you want to see our medieval building in a different way, come along and help.  Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake will be served during the morning to help us along.  However, we hope to finish by late morning and retire to the pub at lunchtime for alternative refreshments.

                                    Sebastian Payne and Jenny Pell - Churchwardens





The Women’s World Day of Prayer this year is on 7th March at Duxford URC at 2.15 p.m.

The Women’s World Day Of Prayer takes place at the same time all over the world. The different nationalities of the world are included in the style of the service.

There will be refreshments after the service.

For lifts, or any more information, contact Judy Marshall.



CHAPEL NOTICES – All Services 3.00 p.m.

Speakers for March

    March 2nd


Mr. J. Banks

    March 9th

Holy Communion

Rev. H. Wood

    March 16th

Chapel Anniversary


    March 23rd


Mrs. M. Richardson

    March 30th


Mr. D. McGregor


    Rev. J. Gill







This year’s A.G.M. was held on the 28th January and despite the bad weather was well attended.

The treasurer reported that 2002 had been a financially successful year with the year end balance being up on the previous year.

A small increase on the price of some drinks was proposed by the committee, but most club drink prices will be maintained at approximately half that of Public House prices.

If anyone can help out on the bar from time to time, or better still on a regular basis, please contact any member of the committee at the club between 8.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m. any evening.

Quiz Night

The first quiz night of 2003 will be held at 8.45 p.m. on the 8th March.  There will be a raffle, quiz prizes, and a free buffet.

Entry to the quiz will be £1.00 per person for teams of up to 4 players.

Any member and all guests will be welcome.                  

          Ickleton Social Club Committee




Forthcoming events

There will be a combined Jumble Sale/Plant Sale on Saturday April 12th at 2.00 p.m. in the Village Hall.  Future events still at the planning stage are:  Bingo Night sometime in May; Art and Crafts Fayre in June; and Ickleton Pub Crawl and Treasure Hunt in July, and at some point a concert featuring local bands.  We hope you will enjoy these as social events too.

                                                                                                                                              Cathy Holding  




A new kind of bogus caller has been operating this year.  This time it is a telephone caller pretending to be calling from the gas, water, electricity or telephone company asking you when you will not be at home as he has to call on you.  If you receive such a call, ask the caller for an account number,  if he is genuine he will have this information, otherwise do not give information as to when you will or will not be at home.

A campaign has recently been launched by the Home Office urging motorists to lock their car whenever they leave it ‘and never leave stuff on show’.  The £5 million campaign – ‘Don’t Give Them an Easy Ride’  aims to reduce car crime by providing practical steps to motorists which can prevent their vehicle being targeted by criminals.  The good news is it’s easy to outsmart the criminal – just don’t leave anything in your car when you leave it parked, especially at night.  Mobile phones, laptop computers, cheque books, even an old coat on the back seat might tempt someone to smash and grab  - just in case it’s valuable.

74% of vehicle crime happens during the hours of darkness and 64% occurs when the car is parked in the vicinity of the owner’s home.

For those on the internet further tips on how to prevent car crime can be found at:


                                                               Tony Court





This month’s  talk was on the Treasure Trove from Ashdon.  The very title conjures up the imagination, and Cherry Fisher’s talk was spell binding. You imagine going for a walk, seeing something glitter in the bank and digging out a rabbit hole to disclose a  hoard of coins dating from King Ferdinand of Naples’ reign in 1504, Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I, James I and ending with Charles I reign.  Approx 1100 silver coins and two 22ct gold coins were retrieved - possibly hidden by a Royalist to prevent Oliver Cromwell’s men getting their hands on them.

At  today’s  valuation they would only be worth £64, but that was a lot of money in those days.

After much to-do with the British Museum and a court hearing they were declared treasure trove.  Cherry was allowed to keep 900 coins, some of which she brought along nicely displayed in a case.  The rest she has sold at auction and in all received about £9000.  Not bad for a Sunday afternoon’s  walk! She has vowed however never to eat rabbit again!

Next meeting March 19th   A.G.M. and Buffet Supper.    

                                Cynthia Rule







You may have heard that from April 2003 the Government is changing the way your Pension or Benefit is paid to you.  Pension and Benefit books will be phased out and the Department of Works and Pensions will pay your money directly into an account.  This is why pinpads have already been installed on the counters in the Post Office in preparation for the change.  Tony Blair guarantees, “You will still be able to collect your pension or benefit in cash at your local Post Office.”

There will be three types of account that your pension or benefit can be paid into –

The Post Office Card Account – An easy account to handle

           The Department of Works and Pensions credits your account.

You draw cash, free of charge, at your local Post Office, as and when you want.

The Post Office Card Account will be available from April to everyone drawing pension or   Benefit, including those with existing bank accounts.

The Basic or No Frills Bank from UK Banks and Building Societies

         Pensions and Benefits can be drawn, free of charge, at your local Post Office.

Bank or Building Society Current Account – Provided by major Banks etc.

   Currently several banks allow free deposits and withdrawals at your local Post Office.

                   If your bank is not one of those listed below, why not ask when you will be able to use the                                                                 P                 Post Office.

Alliance and Leicester, Co-operative Bank, Barclays Bank, Lloyds TSB Bank, Cahoot Internet Bank, Smile Internet Bank.

You don’t need to do anything until you receive a letter from the Department of Works and Pensions.  If you have any questions or need any more information, talk to us – we are here to help you.

                                  CHOOSE AND USE YOUR LOCAL POST OFFICE

                                                    WE VALUE YOUR CUSTOM


                                                                                          Dilip Odedra – your local Sub-Postmaster




Addenbrooke’s Hospital wish to advertise our Car Scheme in their Outpatients Department.  We have agreed to this. We take patients to the Babraham Park and Ride and fetch them from there when they ring to say that they are leaving the hospital.

We agreed with the hospital that patients who cannot use the bus will be able to use the hospital car service.  It is only in an emergency that we can take patients directly to and from the hospital.                                                                                              Peggy Richardson




Ted Harris, Andrew Smoothy, Ruth Driver, Paula Jenkins and Jon Pearce, Vili and Sarah Mila, Gracie and Tommy, Tony Bridgeman and Eleanor Fordham, Lauren and Grace, Nick and Liz Ray, Kevin Greenhill and Emma Coles





We would like on behalf of all our members to say a big ‘thank-you’ for the dedication and hard work that Ruby Lilley, our Secretary, has done so willingly over many years.

Many members have known each other since childhood and enjoy that fellowship.

We hope that Ruby’s health will soon improve.            

                              Much love from us all





Ever wondered what Brownies and Guides do?  Think it might be fun? Want to have a go? Then contact me: Stephanie Bransfield-Garth, Mill Lane, Ickleton for further information.  I run a local brownie pack (Wednesdays 6.15 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.) in Sawston and guides meet at the same venue immediately afterwards (7.30 p.m.- 9.00 p.m.).

Brownies is open to girls between the ages of 7 and 11, Guides is for girls aged 11-14, and Rangers is for the 14+ group.  If anyone is interested in joining any of these, please get in touch.





The Chairman James Macdonald welcomed members to the first meeting of the New Year.  Despite the freezing conditions, 39 enthusiastic members turned out to hear Mr. Moores from St. Ives (accompanied by his wife)  talk and demonstrate with slides, ideas for a small garden, and they were not disappointed! 

All those lovely ornamental trees, shrubs etc. you’ve thought were too large can now be bought and grown as dwarfs or trained as bush varieties - they can even be grown in tubs or large pots. The new ideas were endless, giving a new conception of small gardens.

The next meeting on March 5th will be the Spring Party when we will make our little grey cells work overtime with the various quizzes devised by our Vice Chairman Pauline Gale.

                                                                                                                               Cynthia Rule





This year’s Church Fete will be on 19th July and plans are well under way.  We hope you and your families will come and enjoy this family event.

There will be the usual stalls: tombola, books, bric-a-brac, bottle stall, plant stall, teas, cakes and produce and a raffle. We are having the ever popular pet show, Caroline Merriefield’s Art Exhibition, children’s games, a live band and live traditional music and much much more. Watch this space for more details.

If you would like to have a stall at the fete,  please contact either the Churchwardens - Sebastian Payne or Jenny Pell or myself Monica Lilley.

This year we hope to have a Grand Fancy Dress Parade for Children and Adults, for more information please contact Sarah Mila, Coploe Rise. For local businesses we are offering a chance to sponsor the Church Fete for advertising.  We could list your firm on the back of the fete programme for a fee.  We shall deliver a programme to each house in Ickleton; we have several businesses interested so far. If you would like more information about this, or would like to help us at the Church Fete, please give me a ring.

We are very lucky to have such a lovely Church in our village, and this event helps with the running costs of our Church.  The Churchwardens and Parochial Church Council are as always very grateful for your continued support.     

                 Monica Lilley -    Fete Organiser





                        March  3rd

Mobile Library


Chesterford and District Gardening Society Spring Party 8.00 p.m.


The Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Social Club Quiz Night 8.45 p.m. Social Club


Church Spring Clean 10.00 a.m.


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


W.I.  A.G.M.  and Buffet Supper 7.45 p.m. Gt. Chesterford


Community Centre


Mobile Library



                          April 12th

Skatepark Jumble/Plant Sale 2.00 p.m. Village Hall



                          May 10th

Parkinson’s Society Bazaar



                          July  19th   

Church Fete

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