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JUNE 2003


Editors:                                                                                                             David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:                                                                                                    Tony Court                     


All contributions please to. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th  June 2003



Annual General Meeting  It was sad to see so few people attending the AGM and the Annual Parish Meeting.  James Macdonald was elected Chairman for the forthcoming year and Peter Wombwell Vice-Chairman.  The Chairman would like to thank everyone in the village who has helped the Parish Council during the past year; in particular David and Monica Lilley for editing Icene, Gordon Woolhouse and his Committee for taking care of the Village Hall, Andrew Shepperd for maintaining the website and to Charles Frankau and Ron Coulson for carrying out numerous jobs on the Council’s behalf.

Vacancy on Parish Council Owing to the resignation of one of our new Councillors, we now have a Casual Vacancy.  This is being advertised on the Notice Board as well as in Icene.  If anyone feels they could serve their community by becoming a Parish Councillor, please let me know as soon as possible.  The work is not onerous – one meeting a month and a little reading matter – and you could help make a difference in our village.

Congratulations to Robin Driver on being elected Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council.  He has served as a Parish Councillor in Ickleton for 37 years and has been a District Councillor for 22 years.  He has served on the County Council between 1989 and 93, and was elected again in 1997 and re-elected in 2001. 

Mobile Police Station Wednesday 11th June from 10.00am to 2.00pm outside the Village Hall.  While the site of the Sawston Police Station is being redeveloped, our Community Beat Officer, PC Iain Perry has arranged for a mobile Police Station to visit us from time to time.  Please use this opportunity to talk to him about any concerns you may have.

Litter on Recreation Field Please use the bins provided and do not leave your drink cans etc. under the seats.

Bonfires  Please consider your neighbours when lighting a bonfire; think about which way the wind is blowing and look to see if they have just put out a line of washing!

Wellcome Trust  Archaeological excavations have taken place on the wetlands site (west of the river Cam, just beyond the level crossing at Mill Lane) and work on landscape restructuring will begin shortly.  Byeway 7, Grassy Lane, will be diverted while this work takes place.  Notices will indicate its temporary route and it will be reinstated as soon as the work is finished.  Work has also started on the construction of a new Campus entrance.

Recycling Collection will be on Wednesdays 11th and 25th June.  Jackie Casement



May we remind readers that, like the real press, we do not publish anonymous letters.

We may consider withholding a name if requested but only if the editors and Parish Council are aware of the idenity of the sender.



If you wish to use this service,.



We have an opportunity to stage live professional dance, theatre, music and cabaret at very affordable prices under the auspices of ‘Art in Cambs on Tour’.  We  need a group of friends prepared to help to organise events and to offer overnight accommodation if required for the artists.  For further details, please contact Gordon Woolhouse




CHURCH NOTICES – Services for June

Sunday 1st June

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist  (Order 1)


(Easter 7)

11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong  (BCP)





Thursday 5th June

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 8th June

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)



10.00 a.m. Joint Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 12th June

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 15th June

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(Trinity Sunday)

 11.00 a.m. Joint Family  Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 19th June

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 22nd June

 9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(St. John the Baptist)

11.00 a.m. Joint Family Service, With Godly Play



 6.30 p.m. ‘Soul Friend’ St. John’s Church, Duxford



  A Service of prayer and rededication for godparents.



  See main article





Thursday 26th June

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 29th June

 10.00 a.m. Patronal Festival


St.Peter  the Apostle




   7.00 p.m. SpiritLevel : to Milton  Parish Church



   For AllSaints@7, youth worship. See main article


From the Vicar

June is always a month of celebration in our group of three churches. Not only do several of the great festivals of the Christian year fall in June, including Pentecost, but we also keep two out of our four Patronal Festivals, on the feasts of St John the Baptist and St Peter the Apostle. This year we’re planning something new to mark the feast of St John the Baptist. As usual we shall be opening up St John’s Church Duxford, but this time our service will be in the evening and we shall be specially inviting all those who are godparents, or who might be thinking about becoming godparents in future. To become a godparent at the baptism of a child is a wonderful privilege and also an important responsibility. In baptism we promise to set our godchildren an example of Christian belonging and believing and also to pray for them. Sometimes these things get forgotten as the years slip by but if you’re able to come along to the service, on Sunday 22nd June, there’ll be an opportunity to pray for your godchild or children and light a candle for them.

Also coming up this month is our annual School Church Day. The theme this year is ‘All God’s Creatures’ and we shall be finding out more about birds and animals in the Bible and thinking about ourselves as part of God’s creation. As usual it will be a full and hopefully exciting day with plenty of music, artwork, interesting visitors and challenging activities. Parents, expect your children to come home with new ideas about how we human beings can live responsibly in God’s beautiful but fragile world. On the subject of younger people, you may have seen posters here and there advertising our new youth network, known as SpiritLevel. SpiritLevel is for teens, roughly 12 – 16 years and we have a regular programme of events. For instance, we may visit another church where there is a special youth event going on. Or we may meet for discussion of some of the important issues affecting us and our society. Or we may go out for a social evening, maybe bowling or skating or for pizza. We welcome new members and you don’t have to be a Christian, so if you want to know more, do call or email and I’ll tell you all about it.

With God’s blessing        

     Jane Charman E: gentianblue@ntlworld.com






Last year we ran a discussion group with the title ‘Where are you@?’  A number of interested people came along to the sessions and last November four of them were also confirmed.  This year we aim to run the groups again.  There will be three sessions entitled: ‘Where are you @ with God? ‘ Where are you @ with the Bible?’  and ‘Where are you @ with the Church?’. For those wishing to consider baptism/confirmation this could be a good starting point, but anyone who would like to come along and share in the discussion (and the wine!) on a strictly no-strings-attached basis, will be equally welcome.  Please contact Jane Charman as soon as possible if you are interested so that we can fix up dates.



As we are getting nearer to the big day here is a list of this year’s stall. Many thanks to everybody who has offered to help at this year’s Church Fete.

The following people would be very grateful for contributions (no jumble or electrical things please).   Please ring first:


          Cakes, Bread and Produce                   -       Margaret Harrison

          Raffle Prizes                                             -      Jane Hurst

          Bric-a-Brac (No electrical things)          -       Peggy Richardson

                                                                                  . Has room to store

          Nearly New                                               -       Dorothy Churchman

          Lucky Dip                                                 -       Need help please                 

        Tombola     - Adults and Children            -       Cynthia Rule

          Toy Stall                                                    -       Sarah Mila 

          Plants                                                        -        Carli Holberry  - on the morning of the sale

          Books                                                       -       Judy Holt

        Bottle Stall                                                  -       Ray and Gill Elston

        Cakes for tea                                             -       Jackie Casement 

        (by the Ickleton Society)                                    

        Jackie would be very grateful as

        teas will be served all afternoon, so

        they would like a lot of cakes please.


If you would like a stall, please contact the Churchwardens Sebastian Payne or Jenny Pell  .  If you would like to help in any way please contact me Monica Lilley who will be pleased to hear from you. The drop off points in the village for any contributions before the sale  are Cynthia Rule, Peggy Richardson or myself.

Don’t forget the now traditional Pet Show entry fee £1 (no cats please as they get too frightened) enquiries to Hilary Rule. The Grand Fancy Dress Parade for Children and Adults – Subject television and film characters - please contact Sarah Mila for more information. There will be a Raffle with £100 first prize and a family ticket to the Duxford Imperial War Museum  and many more prizes.  Have tea and listen to the Saffron Walden Town Band.  Come and enjoy yourself.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Monica Lilley



As a result of the Easter Art Exhibition held at Rectory Farm, we are pleased to be able to donate £120 to The Macmillan Cancer Relief Fund.

                          Mary Wombwell, Esme Young, June Heafford




The 4th Parkinson’s Spring Bazaar came round very quickly and the day was a great success with a total of £2048.32 raised.

I must stress none of this could possibly have taken place without the dedicated help from the many helpers to whom I would like to say a very big thank you and well done!

There are two unclaimed prizes from the draw in the name of Pamela Laing -  can anyone help?

                                                                                                                     Dorothy Churchman







My thanks to Jilly and Ron Maynard for their account, in the last Bulletin, of events whilst they were away on holiday.  This was the most serious burglary in the village for many years.  The fact that one burglary took place during the afternoon, in broad daylight, shows that we must be on our guard at all times and not just during hours of darkness.

Recently in France I picked up a leaflet at Nice Airport giving security advice. It was in five languages and I quote from the English translation.

Advices of your security in public places

1.  Avoid of carrying your bag across your shoulder and avoid of walking too close to the

     pavement.  In a crowd beware of pickpockets.

2.  Do not carry big amount of money, traveller’s cheques or jewellery.  Leave them in the hotel


3.  When you use your credit card, make sure of hiding from other people while keying your

     pin code.  Be careful when you take out your money at a cash dispenser.  Do not leave or

     throw away your receipt.

4.  Do not leave your mobile phone or bag available to anybody.

5.  Do not leave your things unattended.

The translation may not be very good but the advice is good in any language so take care even when you are abroad.                                                                                                                                      Tony Court

Stop Press   There was a forced entry in Church Street on Wednesday 14th May.



The Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 14th May was well attended and members of the society had plenty of ideas for future activities.  Our chairman, Sheila Birch, reported on the role of the society and its activities, the principal one being the care,  collection and cataloguing of all the archive material the society possesses.  We are glad to welcome a new committee member, Rachel Radford.  We were then most amusingly entertained by Russell Green with his stories of growing up in Saffron Walden.

Outing to Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum, Saturday 14th June A day out for all the family.  Glorious gardens to wander round and the Blooms of Bressingham Garden Centre.  Enjoy a steam train ride through the gardens and the working Victorian steam carousel.  Also the Dad’s Army Collection, including Walmington-on-Sea High Street! Car sharing can be arranged.  The journey should be about one and a quarter hours, leaving Ickleton at 10.30 a.m.  You can either bring a picnic lunch or eat at one of the restaurants.  The entry costs is £7.50 (£6.50 for senior citizens and £5.00 for children).  Please let Jos Flitton know if you would like to join us.



Are You Interested in Helping People in a Crisis?

Have you a few hours a week to spare?  Do you like meeting people?

The British Red Cross are looking for volunteers to practise therapeutic care.  This is a free service that is offered in hospitals and day care centres.

A simple combination of gentle massage on neck and shoulders  through clothing, hand and arm massage, plus nail care.

We provide full training and work wear.  We also reimburse any out of pocket expenses.

So, if you are interested and would like further information, please ring: The British Red Cross, Jenny Clements, Therapeutic Care/Skin Camouflage co-ordinator ' 01223 272803.


CONGRATULATIONS TO……….Kirsty and Joe Sawyer on the birth                                

                                                                   of Harriet Ellen  born on April 21st a sister for Cameron.


CONGRATULATIONS TO……. Colin and Dorothy Churchman on the occasion of their

                          Golden Wedding Anniversary on March 28th.



Many thanks for the e.mails and phone calls we received regarding the above.

I can now do it o.k.    Thank you    .                                                                             monicalilley@lineone.net




TRAIN TIMETABLE ALTERATIONS - Trains from Great Chesterford

WAGN made some timetable changes.  Most are minute, but there is an earlier train to London on weekdays at 0532 (which gets you to Liverpool Street at 0649 – before the streets are aired!)  and Sunday trains to London are 15 minutes earlier.

Great Chesterford departures to Cambridge (journey approx 17 mins)

Monday – Friday

0710    0741   0811   0841   0926   0955   1055   1155   1255   1355  1455   1555   1626   1655

1704   1755   1825   1855   1926   1958    2025   2055   2154   2254  2354   0048


 0723  0753  then 54 minutes past each hour until 2053  2153  2223  2252  2323  2352  0048


1014 then 14 minutes past each hour until 0014

Great Chesterford departures to London Liverpool Street (Approx 66 minutes)

Monday – Friday

 0532   0619   0648  0719   0749  0819  0835  0911 0948  1048  1148  1248  1348  1448   1533

 1603   1633   1703  1733   1803  1833  1903  1933 2003  2033  2103  2203  2303


0603 0648 then 48 minutes past each hour until 2248  2318


Because of engineering work there are no through Sunday trains to Liverpool Street at present..

Departures at 18 minutes past each hour until 2218 go to Stansted Airport for a coach connection to London.                                                                                                                                                                 David Lilley




At the May meeting the resolutions were discussed and all three were voted on unanimously.  They were - children’s diets, exercise and health, care of the elderly, and the promotion of modern apprenticeship schemes to provide skilled workers for the future.

Afterwards to provide a lighter note, several members spoke of their favourite things, which was much enjoyed. At the next meeting, members will learn about the work carried out by the Doctors on the Mercy Ships.                                                                                                                              Cynthia Rule



It’s that time of year again when the P.T.A. are frantically trying to arrange the annual fete.

The theme for the fete will be ‘HARRY POTTER’. The fete will open with the fancy dress parade and competition (so we expect to see lots of wizards and witches).

There will be all the usual stalls – BBQ, Cake Stall, Coconut Shy, Balloon Race etc.

Also a few new stalls this year, which will include – Crockery Smash, Beer Tent, Nearly New Stall and Car Boot Sale. If anybody has any items that could be used for any of the stalls i.e. crockery smash, nearly new, books or bric-a-brac (collection of bulky items possible) or if you have time to spare on the day and could help set up, pack away or even run a stall then please telephone Ann Wallis or Sam.

The Car Boot Sale will cost £5 per pitch - if you would like further information then please phone Karen or Tracey.



Extra chairs were brought in to accommodate over 50 members who attended the meeting on

May 7th. Our guest speaker for the evening was Mr. David Bond (connected with Scotsdales) who spoke and demonstrated the art of pruning fruit trees and shrubs.  Much interest was shown and many questions asked.  He proved a very knowledgeable speaker and his talk was much enjoyed.     The new programmes are now available presenting a very interesting year of events to look forward to. On June 26th  at 6 p.m. we will be visiting the gardens of The Crossing House and Docwra Manor Gardens in Shepreth.

The Speaker for June 4th will be Mr. Skipper and his subject is Penstemons, now a very popular plant, and there will be plants for sale.                                                                                                         Cynthia Rule


CONGRATULATIONS TO…Carli Holberry on winning a place in the The National Garden and Design Competition at the East of England Show, Peterborough on the 13th – 15th June.






Some of us who grew up together in Ickleton in the 40’s and 50’s will be attending the village fete on the 19th July.  If you were part of that age group (Molly Clements, Tony Burton, Bob Bolton, Brenda and Ivan Carder, Betty Webb, Graham Morris, Jack Bristow, Bill Brand, Tony Caswell, Harold Bridgeman, Roger Jarrold, Lewis Bridgeman, Godfrey Elms etc. etc. (sound familiar?) come and meet us again.  See how many you can recognise! Meet in the Village Hall at 11.00 a.m. See you there. Mick Bristow.



Duxford Announces Father’s Day Spitfire Event

On Father’s Day, Sunday 15th June, the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, will be holding a special Spitfire Day as part of its celebrations for the Centenary of Flight and offering a unique opportunity for those seeking a Father’s Day gift with a difference.

There will be a host of Spitfires on display as well as fascinating short talks by veteran and current display pilots.  Displayed alongside the Spitfires will be various marques of another classic British design  - the Aston Martin Lagonda.  The epitome of class,  sophistication and sheer style, these famous prestige cars will add glamour to the day. The highlight of the day will be a ‘Spitfire Scramble’ re-enactment when some of these much-loved vintage aircraft take to the skies. A beautifully presented gift pack, exclusive to Duxford, is available for those seeking an innovative and unusual Father’s Day gift.  The pack will contain admission ticket(s), information on the day, a Father’s Day card with a Spitfire design (blank for own message), information on the classic Spitfire and its wartime role and Duxford’s history as a famous fighter station during the Battle of Britain.  There is also the opportunity to purchase an additional gift – a flight in a 1930s Dragon Rapide at a discounted rate.  Prices for the pack start at just £10.00 including one adult admission to the Museum.

Gates open 10.00 a.m. For further information about the day, or to order a gift pack, call 01223 499353 or visit www.iwm.org.uk/duxford.                                                                         Tracey Woods '  01223 499320



We would like to thank everyone that came to our party on Saturday May 17th to help us to celebrate our ruby wedding, also a big thank you for all the wonderful gifts we received.  It was so nice to see all our friends together.

Special thanks go to our son Mark and our daughter Nina for all the hard work they did.

P.S. We apologise to all the animals in the village for the noise from the fireworks.  We really thought we were only having four!                                                                                                                      Carol and Barry Turton



The Babraham Cricket Club needs players for Saturday, Sunday, Midweek and Colt teams (under 11 to under 17). Are you interested?                                                                                                    Eric Morrison




                                   June  4th

Gt. Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting


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


Hinxton Fete, Hinxton Village Hall 2.00 p.m.


Duxford School PTA Fete


Mobile Library


Visiting Bellringers 6.00 p.m. – 7.45 p.m.


IPS visit to Bressingham Gardens - leave 10.30 a.m.


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


The Community Centre, Gt. Chesterford


Mobile Library


Gt. Chesterford & District Gardening Society 6.00 p.m.


 Visit to Shepreth Gardens

                                   July 19th

Church Fete

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