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APRIL 2003


Editors:                     David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:            Tony Court


All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin


12th APRIL 2003





Parish Council Elections 1st May 2003 By the time you read this, the nominations will be completed.  If we have more than nine nominations, there will be a contested election.  If there are nine, or less, then the nominees automatically become Parish Councillors.

Proposed Skate Park  A presentation of the proposals by the Working Party will be made at the next Parish Council meeting, on 16th April.  The plans and drawings will be on display from 7.15 p.m. on that evening.  Please come along and see what is proposed;  time will be allowed for the Parish Council to hear your views and answer your questions.

Recycling Collection   Wednesday  2nd 16th and 30th April.

Refuse Collection The collection after Easter will be on Thursday 24th April (instead of Wednesday).

Play Area We are about to have a grass mat installed under the spring chick, spring horse and aerial runway, similar to the surfacing under the swings.  This will make the ground easier to care for and prevent the grass being worn away.  There may be a couple of days when the aerial runway will  be out of use,  after the ground has been prepared and before the matting is laid, so please watch out for the notices.

Cambridgeshire Local Access Forum  The County Council has a duty under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2002) to set up a local Access Forum to advise the Council on its management of countryside access and related issues.  They are looking for up to 20 volunteers for this Forum, to help protect and improve access to the countryside.  Anyone who lives and works in the countryside, from the landowner and the serious rambler, to the family that just walks the dog sometimes, can apply.  If you are interested ring Chris Tucker

                                                                                       Jackie Casement – Parish Clerk




From lst April 2003 everyone over 60 living in Cambridgeshire will be entitled to a free half-fare bus pass.  This is valid on any local bus where the journey either starts or finishes in Cambridgeshire, so you can go half price to places such as Bedford, Royston, Haverhill, Newmarket, Bury St. Edmunds, King’s Lynn, Bourne, Stamford or anywhere in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough that takes your fancy.  Apply at your local post office or your local district council office.

Want to go further?

A Senior Railcard gives anyone over 60 1/3rd off most rail fares anywhere in the U.K.  Cambridgeshire residents can purchase these at just £14.90 from their local district or city council office.  You’ll need a passport sized photo for your photocard, and proof of age and where you live for bus or rail passes.

For further information, please telephone  ' 01223 457707.




CHURCH NOTICES – Services for April

Wednesday  2nd April

   8.00 p.m. Lent Worship





Sunday 6th April

   9.30 a.m. Parish  Eucharist  (Order 1)


(Lent 5)

11.00 a.m.  Parish Eucharist (Order 1)



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Wednesday 9th April

   8.00 p.m. Lent Worship





Sunday 13th April

10.00 a.m. Palm Procession and


Palm Sunday

                 Joint Family Eucharist





Monday 14th April

  8.00 p.m. Candlelight Compline





Tuesday 15th April

  8.00 p.m. Candlelight Compline





Wednesday 16th April

  8.00 p.m. Candlelight Compline





Thursday 17th April

  8.00 p.m. Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper


(Maundy Thursday)

                  with Footwashing and Night Watch



                  until midnight





Friday 18th April

9.30 a.m.Making of the EasterGarden with Godly Play


(Good Friday)

12.00 - 3.00 p.m.  The Three Hours





Sunday 20th April

  9.30 a.m.  Family Eucharist


Easter Sunday

11.00 a.m. Family Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong



                  and Holy Communion (BCP)





Sunday 27th April

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



From the Vicar

I write this looking out of my study window.  The Rectory garden is full of signs of new life.  A few daffodils, a little sunshine and some lighter evenings and the whole mood changes as we witness again the yearly miracle of the returning Spring.

But new life is not just something that springs up around us.  It is also something that can spring up within us and, as anyone who has tried it knows, there is no finer feeling.  None of life’s so called pleasures or achievements can compare with the wonderful lightness of heart that comes from knowing ourselves beloved by God and safe in his hands.

We live in a society which is obsessed with feeling good.  Drink, drugs, diets, sex, shopping, jogging, meditation with nasty scented candles – 21st century Britain has tried them all.  ‘Because I’m worth it’ is the mantra we are encouraged to recite.  Sadly, none of it quite seems to hit the spot.  Many people continue to live lives of quiet desperation as they strive to conceal anxious, sorrowful or hopeless feelings which they cannot explain.

During much of the last century scientists and sociologists combined to persuade us that the human race was making progress.  Casting off the so-called ‘shackles’ of religion was seen by many as part of that.  By our own efforts we would make this planet a better place.  I don’t know about you, but I look around me in vain for evidence that the human race is becoming wiser, saner, or more caring as a result.  Maybe we can’t go it alone after all.

A favourite scripture quotation of mine is this one from the book of Jeremiah: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look, and ask for the ancient path where the good way lies, and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls.’  That’s not to say that the Church of today is anything like the Church that some of us remember from our childhood – and it’s set to change even more rapidly from here on.  But Easter is a good time for remembering that some things really are eternal; the Love of God poured out for us in Jesus Christ and the promise of everlasting life to those who put their trust in him.         Rev. Jane Charman                                                                                                             E.mail gentianblue@ntlworld.com





The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Friday 11 April at 7.45 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. in the Church (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE).

The meeting is open to all those who would like to attend.  Anyone resident in Ickleton is entitled to participate in the election of Churchwardens.  Those on the church electoral roll have voting rights throughout the meeting.  Anyone wishing their name to be entered on the church electoral roll should contact the electoral roll secretary Mrs. Frances Payne.  To be eligible for roll membership you should be a baptised person aged 16 or over and a regular worshipping member of Ickleton Church.



Once again, the Church  fete, a family event, will be held in the village this summer.

We are asking businesses to sponsor us for a fee on the back of our fete programme, which, nearer the time, will be delivered to every house in Ickleton.

If you would like to sponsor the Church Fete please ring me Monica Lilley.

If anybody would like to help, we would like help with the teas and on the stalls please.

For any more information about this please ring me Monica Lilley Fete Organiser.

As always, the Parochial Church Council and the Churchwardens are very grateful for the village supporting of this event. We are very lucky to have such a lovely church in our village, and this event helps with the running costs.

If you would like to run a stall at the fete, please contact either Sebastian Payne or Jenny Pell.



Adults as well as children are encouraged to take part.  Prizes will be given to the best adult and for the best child under 8 years, and one for over 8 years.  Please ring Sarah Mila if you have any queries.

There will also be fantastic ‘Face-Painting’  by Anne-Marie Hoare all afternoon.




Many thanks to the PCC  and congregation for the gifts of a watch and radio/cassette player and flowers on the occasion of my retirement from active church duties.

I have attended Ickleton Church since I came to Ickleton over 60 years ago and became one of Ickleton’s first women sidesmen in the late 1950s, but I never expected anything so generous.                        Ruby Lilley





Jumble Sale, Spring Fete and Plant Sale 

On Saturday April 12th at 2.00 p.m. in Ickleton Village Hall there will be a Jumble Sale, Spring Fete and Plant Sale in aid of the Skatepark Appeal.

We need your jewellery, plants, CDs, garden tools, toys, books, and bric-a-brac.

Please call us and we will collect on Saturday 5th April.

Tim, Cali, Cathy.





Comic Relief Quiz Night

A full house of teams entered the Comic Relief Quiz, held on 8th March.

It was a fun, but closely contested quiz with only a couple of points deciding the eventual winners.

£120 was raised for the Charity and the Committee would like to thank the contestants, raffle prize sponsors, and everyone who worked so hard to make it a great evening.

The next quiz night  will be held on Saturday 24th May.                                   Ickleton Social Club Committee




As I write this I have been notified of a house burglary in the village.  This is the first one for some time, so be on your guard and report anything you think is suspicious to the police ' 01223 358966, giving descriptions of people/vehicles etc. that will be of great use if a crime does take place.

Mobile phones are a comparatively recent phenomenon; that 73% of the population now has one, is a more recent fact.  A recent research study by the Home Office has made it clear that a very new problem has become one of the fastest growing crimes in the UK i.e. mobile phone thefts.  How big a problem is it?  Well it is estimated there were 47,000 thefts in the year 2000 and figures suggest 16% more thefts in 2001.

If you want to hold on to your mobile phone, the Home Office advises that owners should: make a note of the IMEI number of your phone and report it to the police if the phone is stolen.  The IMEI number is a unique 15 digit serial number which can be accessed by keying *#06# into most phones;   or by looking behind the battery of your phone.

Security mark your phone with your postcode and street number – but don’t give too much detail.

Register your phone with the  operator – this will enable them to bar the phone if it is stolen.  Avoid displaying your phone in public.  Always remain aware of your surroundings when using your phone.

Young people are especially vulnerable.  Under 18s account for half of phone robbery suspects  And almost half the victims are also under 18  -  a higher percentage than for any comparable  crime.                                                                                                                                                                               Tony Court



The Trustees of Ickleton United Charities would like to welcome Jamie Diss and Shelley Bradford to 9 Mill Lane.

Shelley is the granddaughter of Mrs. Eileen Fairweather.




Another successful Spring Garden Party was held on March 5th with a record attendance.

Vice-Chairman Pauline Gale organised the quiz and the committee provided excellent refreshments.

The next meeting will be the A.G.M. and Plant Stall – April 2nd at 8.00 p.m.

The bi-annual flower and vegetable show will be held on September  6th in Great Chesterford School Hall.

                                                                                                                                           Cynthia Rule



A reminder of the Parkinson’s Sale on May 10th in the Village Hall.

Drop off points are Cynthia Rule, Mary Woolhouse and myself Dorothy Churchman.

If you would like to help, or would like any more information, please contact me Dorothy Churchman.





We welcome new members from Ickleton.

Beginners to match play level


Club Sessions                                Adults commencing Friday 2nd May 6.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.

                                                            Ladies Wednesday morning 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon

Coaching:                                        Teens and under 13s summer term (probably Monday                                                                                       5.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.) Children do not have to be members.

Social Functions:                           Open Tournament on 11th May at 1.30 p.m. – all standards

Subscriptions:                                Family                                                 £30

                                                            Couple                                                £25

                                                            Single                                                 £17

                                                            Junior                                                  £7

                                                            New members’ discount                  £5


For membership details contact Helen Frenay

For coaching details contact Kim Queree




This information sheet is compiled by the Cambridge Citizens Advice Bureau, to keep village and local magazines in South and East Cambridge abreast of current activities.

For children upset by parental separation:  The Cambridge Family Mediation Service can give children (6 - 9 years) an opportunity to talk about the family changes in a quiet, non-judgmental atmosphere.  Address:-  Essex House, 71 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 2LB. 

'01223576308(9.30a.m.–4.00p.m.Monday/Friday)Fax:01223576309.E.mail contact@cfadc.freeserve.co.uk.

Councillors Behaving Badly?

Complaints about elected, co-opted and independent members behaving inappropriately can now be made to the Standards Board for England, PO Box 36656, London SE1 OWN.  Tel 0800 107 2001.  Fax 020 73785005. www.standardsboard.co.uk.

Alcohol reduction! Drinksense provides counselling, information and support for those with alcohol related problems, as well as their carers and families.  Drinksense is at Shadrach’s Chambers, 152a Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3LP.

' 01223 416225. Fax:  01223 416219.

Looking for a Job?  There is a wide selection of part-time, weekend and evening vacancies in the Cambridge Area.  Cambridge Jobcentreplus welcomes everyone, including students and parents.

Cambridge Jobcentre ' 01223 545000, Jobseeker Direct ' 01223 6060234, Cambridge Social Security ' 01223 545200,  Website: www.dwp.gov.uk

Boundary Disputes?  It’s Leylandii complaint time again!  Your local CAB can provide details of the legal Do’s and Dont’s.  Hedgeline (www.hedgeline.org), phone 01223 362680 drawing on the practical advice of fellow sufferers, can offer comprehensive advice and help you achieve a friendly outcome.

Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.  This is the Government’s attempt to make work pay.  It is estimated that 9 out of 10 familes with children can benefit, but you don’t need children to qualify – you can be self-employed or salaried.  They are, no doubt, taking advice given by St. Paul, ‘You shall not muzzle the threshing Ox!’

These tax credits have faced severe criticism for being so complicated to complete that they may deter most applicants.Consequently we asked a CAB adviser to fill in the application form  on www.inlandrevenue,gov.uk/taxcredits. The Citizens Advice Service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing information and advice, and by influencing policy makers. 

The main Cambridge bureau is in Newmarket Road with local venues at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Sawston and other locations in the City.  Telephone advice ' 08701 264010.

The CAB cannot accept liability if this information is used after 3 March 2003.





There will be an art exhibition at Rectory Farm, Grange Road, Ickleton on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday 20th and 21st April from 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. each day. The artists are Mary Wombwell, June Heafford and Esme Young.  All welcome.


WELCOME TO………...Niall and Sophie McKibbin and Freddie aged 4 and Charlie aged 2



Imagine my surprise after my last letter in the January edition, I got a phone call from a former neighbour from Bird’s Close (early 50s it would be) Derek (Mick) -  Bristow.  It was great to have a chat and he wondered if some sort of reunion of our childhood friends could be got together in Ickleton, as many as we could find!  It would be interesting to see if we would recognize each other!

Also I have a copy of ‘Little Un’s Story’ by Derek Plumb. It makes up for all the naughty pranks he got up to as a boy. What a fantastic achievement.  I loved reading it, remembered lots of things (but not the frog incident!) and found out things  I never realised.  I have spoken to Derek on the phone and filled him in on a few things.  I spent a lot of time at the now ‘Ickleton Lion’  with the Baldwins and am in contact with Thelma who now lives in Exmoor.  Her younger sister Diana died just before Christmas aged 54 years, and my great friend Sadie has been dead a few years now. I still miss her as she lived in Lichfield not too far from me, in fact her husband is about to vacate their home.  The brother, Angus, has lived in Canada for some years now.

What a lovely write up of Elisabeth Wamsley. I remember going just once to ‘Valence Farm’ in a tractor and trailer, I can’t remember why, The Italian prisoners were in that area.  Why did they have to be in Ickleton and where did they come from?  Also glad to hear news of Connie Cutter, marvellous to be 90 years old!  I always remember her saying to us kids who were getting on her bus, “Come on  - you’ll have it dark!” This month I hope to be in Ickleton. When is the Annual Fete this year? My horse carriage work starts soon and later in the year we should be working with two Dutch Warmblood Mares, they’re a bit bigger than the usual blacks, so I’m a bit apprehensive, will need a step to harness up!  Hope everyone survived the brief snow time, we didn’t have it quite as bad as you.  All the best to Ruby to keep well. Anyone who wants to contact me my e.mail is molly.dagley@blueyonder.co.uk.

           Molly Dagley (nee Clements)      




      April 2nd

 Chesterford and District Gardening Society AGM and Plant Stall


 8.00 p.m.  Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


 Annual Parochial Church Meeting 7.45 p.m. Church


 Visiting Bellringers 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.


 Skatepark Jumble Sale and Spring Fete 2.00 p.m. Village Hall


 Mobile Library


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m.


 Great & Little Chesterford W.I. meeting 7.45 p.m.


 Chesterford Community Centre, Speaker Mrs. Christine Hunt


 her subject ‘Silk Painting’


 Local Artist Exhibition 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Rectory Farm


 Local Artist Exhibition 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Rectory Farm


 Visiting Bellringers 4.10 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.


 Mobile Library



     May 10th

Parkinson’s Society Bazaar


 Social Club Quiz Night



      July 19th

Church Fete Village Hall and Recreation Ground



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