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JULY 2003

Editors:                                                                                         David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                           

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th  July  2003



Parish Council – Casual Vacancy Three people volunteered to fill the vacancy and we are grateful for the interest shown by parishioners.  At the meeting on 18th June a ballot was held and as a result we are pleased to welcome Terry Sadler as the ninth member of the Parish Council.  A full list of present Councillors is on the notice board.


Wellcome Trust – update on Southfield Site During July excavation and drainage work will continue across the whole site.  The road tunnel linking the car parks will be completed and the concrete structure of the new basement car park will be started.  Work on the new entrance to the campus site will continue.  Earthmoving within the wetlands area will also continue.  The diversion of the Grassy Lane footpath from the Mill Lane level crossing will be put in place. The Wellcome Trust send us a monthly bulletin on work in progress.  If you would like to receive the full bulletin monthly, please let me know.


Don’t forget DNA Day on Thursday 3rd  July  when all residents are invited to the Campus.  All visitors must register in advance either by writing to OpenDay, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, CB10 1SA or on line www.sanger.ac.uk/openday.


Recycling Collection will be on Wednesdays 9th  and 23rd  July.


Community Beat Officer, Iain Perry has been on sick leave for some weeks but hopes to return to work on 1st  July.  He apologises for the cancellation of the Mobile Police Van visit, scheduled for mid June.


Recreation Field  A contractor is due shortly to spray the weeds on the field.  He will put up notices warning us of his work, but please be assured that the product used is harmless to wildlife and animals – it is simply best not to walk your dog there for an hour or so, until the spray has dried.


Parish Council endeavours

Just to keep you informed of some of the matters that we are concerned with and have achieved recently.

·        Safety mat installed under some items of play area equipment

·        Minor repairs and improvements carried out to play area in accordance with the ROSPA report

·        Measures to control flooding in Coploe Road and Abbey Street are under discussion

·        Traffic and related problems are a constant concern.

 Jackie Casement – Parish Clerk



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  .








Services for July


Thursday 3rd July

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 6th July

 9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(Trinity 3)

11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 10th July

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 13th July

 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


(Trinity 4)






Thursday 17th July

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 20th July

11.00 a.m. Patronal Festival


St Mary Magdalene

  6.30 p.m. Sunday Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 24th July

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 27th July

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(Trinity 6)

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



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong & Holy Communion (BCP)





Thursday 31st July

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion



From the Vicar


They do say that in the Church of England anything that happens more than two years running is immediately described as a tradition!  That being the case, our biannual Five Villages Summer Pilgrimage now definitely qualifies as tradition.  Our first pilgrimage was in 1999 to Ely to celebrate the Millennium.  Our second was in 2001 to Bury St. Edmunds to celebrate Pentecost.  I missed that one, having given birth to our second daughter Trelawny only days before. On both

occasions a goodly crowd of Christians of different denominations and many of their friends completed the journey by a variety of interesting routes, meeting up for mutual congratulations, some well earned refreshment and a thanksgiving service at the other end.


This year our pilgrimage will be on Sunday 13th July and it will have a ‘reformed’ flavour to it as we hope to visit some places of pilgrimage in the free church tradition on our journey.  The inspiration for the day will be John Bunyan’s famous classic ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’, a book much loved by Christians of all denominations, and our destination will be the Bunyan Meeting Free Church in Bedford where Bunyan himself was once the minister.  There will be all  kinds of interesting and family friendly things to do along the way.


Pilgrimage is a very ancient Christian custom. By travelling out of our familiar surrounds to places with hallowed associations we often find that we are able to draw closer to God. For more information and to book a place on the pilgrimage, pick up a leaflet from any of the eight churches in our five villages, or call me.


With God’s blessing                                                                      Jane Charman







Come and enjoy yourself at Ickleton Church Fete. This is an event for all the family. It is held on the recreation ground and in the village hall from 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. We have the following to entertain you: A grand fancy dress parade for adults and children, with fantastic prizes (contact Sarah Mila for more information – the theme: film and television characters), Dick Wombwell’s vintage tractors, and an art exhibition by local artist Caroline Merrifield with local scenes. Face-painting, toy stall, pony rides, cake stall, produce stall, plant stall, nearly new stall, bric-a-brac stall, tombola (children and adults), a bottle stall, a jigsaw puzzle stall and a book stall. Teas and ice creams will be served all afternoon. There will be a raffle with a £100 first prize and a 3 month family ticket for the Duxford Imperial War Museum and many more prizes. Please see list of prizes in the shop nearer the time. There will be the Vicar’s quiz for you to ponder over; sit and have your tea and listen to the Saffron Walden Town Band. There will also be a pet show (no cats please as they get too frightened) entry fee £1, judged by Davey’s Vet, Sawston. The contact person for this is Hilary Rule.

This is a village event as well as a fundraiser for St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church.

If you would like to book a stall, please contact the Churchwardens Sebastian Payne or  Jenny Pell .  Enquiries about the fete to Monica Lilley.

 As we are getting nearer to the big day here is a list of this year’s stalls.

 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  – urgently needed please

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

                                                                                      . Has room to store

          Nearly New                                               -        Dorothy Churchman 

        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 (by the                                -        Jackie Casement 

        Ickleton Society)                                                  

        Jackie would be very grateful, as

        teas will be served all afternoon, so

        they would like a lot of cakes please.


   The drop off points in the village for any contributions before the fete  are Cynthia Rule, Peggy Richardson or myself  .

   The hall will be open from 10.30 a.m. on the day.

   Many thanks to everybody who has offered to help.  Let’s make it a great day!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Monica Lilley



The Bottle Stall at the Church Fete is always a great fund raiser but we need bottles of all shapes and contents.  Any bottle contributions will be gratefully received at 71 Abbey Street, preferably before the last minute. Many thanks.                                                                                                                  Ray Elston 



CONGRATULATIONS TO…….Jim and Joan Harvey who celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on 27th June




We are sorry to record the death on 16th June of Dick Hennessey aged 80 formerly of Coploe Road.






A Pub Crawl/Treasure Hunt in aid of the Ickleton Skatepark Appeal will take place on Sunday August 3rd from 2.00 p.m. (unless it is raining in which case it will be postponed to the following Sunday).  Start time is not important, however, and it may actually be easier if everybody is staggered (or staggering).  This is a fun event for all the family, centering around our village and its pub, and will involve some walking, map reading, searching and trivia answering.  Entry is by Treasure Hunt Question Form, which are available on the day only for £2 each.  The winner will be the one who answers the most questions correctly and successfully tackles the tie-breaker.  He/she will receive a desirable and enviable prize.  Hope to see you there!  

      Cathy Holding


Bank Holiday Quiz

This year’s May Bank Holiday Quiz was one of the most enjoyable and well supported so far with approximately 50 participants.

The Social Club Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part, gave raffle prizes, helped with the food and bar or contributed in any way to make the evening so much fun.

We look forward to seeing you all - any evening or at the next quiz night in the Social Club.

The next quiz night will be on July 19th at 9.00 p.m. £1.00 per person, 4 to a team maximum.There will be prizes, a raffle and free buffet. Everyone welcome.   

                      Ickleton Social Club Committee



After several years with a very low crime rate we are not doing too well in 2003.  In May several incidents were reported including:-

Two house burglaries, one in Church Street  where a rear garage window was forced with garden tools but nothing was taken.  The other one was in Brookhampton Street where a property was entered through a forced window and items stolen.

More serious was a distraction burglary where a couple entered the house of an elderly lady and whilst one person distracted the lady the other went into another part of the house and removed some money.  I cannot stress the importance of elderly people having chains fitted to their doors, and when they are fitted do not unfasten them and let anybody in until you are very sure of their identity.

Additionally, it has been reported that a van was stolen and another broken into.  A car was abandoned outside my house in the early hours of a Monday morning.  I examined it to find the boot lock had been removed.  The doors and sun roof left open and the cover over the ignition circuits removed, there was no licence disc.  I immediately phoned the police who arrived within 20 minutes, examined the car and, later in the day, removed it.

Finally the most common opportunist seems to be theft from vehicles.  People must remove their belongings or - at the very least – put them out of sight.  One person in the area was really irate when, having left her car unlocked, - to take a child into school – with her handbag on the front seat, discovered it had been stolen!  Even in the ‘Good Old Days’ – could we really have left such a valuable item so open to theft?

MAKE IT TOUGH, REMOVE YOUR STUFF.                                                                   Tony Court





The 12 month inpatient waiting time target and the 21 week outpatient waiting time target were met at Addenbrooke’s Hospital at the end of March 2003.  In addition the hospital exceeded the 90% target for a maximum 4 hour waiting time in A&E.  Primary and community staff contributed to this success by providing community based alternatives to hospital admission and earlier discharge from hospital where appropriate.

2003 PCT Board Meetings to be held in public:

Everyone is welcome to go along to these meetings and find out what is happening in your local NHS. There is a meeting on 24th July at 9.15 a.m. in Ickleton Village Hall. For more information on these and other topics related to the PCT, please contact Karen Mason, Head of Corporate Services on 01223 885717 or karen.mason@southcambs-pct.nhs.uk.






The Gt. Chesterford District Gardening Society meeting was held on June 4th when Mr. Roger Skipper gave an interesting and informative talk about penstemons - including the history, variation in form, their preferred conditions, their unpredictable life span and propagation.

He then showed slides of many of the different varieties growing in his garden.

After answering questions, Mr. Skipper offered plants for sale.

Reminders – July 2nd Little Chesterford Gardens’ Walkabout 7.00 p.m.  No Meeting in August.  September 3rd Mr. Collen will talk about Clematis from cuttings to blooming. September 6th will be the17th Bi-Annual Flower and Vegetable Show in Gt. Chesterford School Hall.

                                                                                                                                               Cynthia Rule



Take an active part in the Duxford Show by entering the Horticulture and Homecraft competitions!

One of the most important elements of the Duxford Show, to be held on Sunday 24th August on the Hexcel/Vantico playing field, is the Horticulture and Homecrafts Competition.

There were over 100 wonderful entries last year, and the organising committee is hoping to attract many more this time, with additional classes within each of the sections.  This means there is something to appeal to almost everyone – ladies, gents and children of all ages, from pre-school to just-about-to-leave school!

The cookery section was very popular last year, with the Victoria Sponge class being particularly fiercely contested!  This time there are also classes for a bread plait, fruit scones, treacle tart, a round of shortbread and chocolate brownies – as well as a range of preserved fruit and vegetables.

For the keen gardeners and allotment holders, the vegetable section has 16 classes, including best runner beans, carrots, onions, indoor and outdoor tomatoes etc.  Also the longest runner bean, the largest onion and the most unusual shaped vegetable! 

Tips on how to present there entries are available from the Horticulture Secretary Jean Earle, or can be viewed on the Duxford website, www.duxfordvillage.com.

The handicrafts section has been expanded, with classes for a model aeroplane, and examples of woodwork, metalwork, basketwork and pottery included for the first time.  The subject for the painting class is ‘Village Life’, and for the photographic competition is ‘Animals around Duxford’.

Many children took great pleasure in entering their miniature gardens, vegetables, animals, poems and drawings last year which were all much admired, and commented on by the public, throughout the afternoon viewing. This year the committee has increased the miniature garden challenge – entries must be on a plate no bigger than 10” in diameter this time, not in a seed tray as last year.

To encourage the creative side of the children there are classes for poems – based on ‘My dream holiday’ and a self-portrait – painted or drawn.  New for this year are classes to build a boat from recycled materials.

Entries need to be brought to the Vantico Restaurant from 8.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. of Show day- where they will be booked in, and stewards will show competitors where to place them.  Judging, by independent, specialist judges, will take place from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

The winners of each section will receive a trophy – kindly sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection UK Ltd., with an overall ‘Best in Show’ winner taking home the coveted Araldite Cup, sponsored by Vantico.

Entry to all the adult classes is 50p each, with children’s entries free.  A list of all the classes – with details of any precise specifications on size/number of exhibits required, and an application form, can be found in the Schedule – available from Duxford Post Office.  A copy can also be downloaded from the Duxford Village website (see address above).  The closing date for entries is 17th August.

“The Show offers a great afternoon of entertainment and fun, and there will be lots to do,”says Duxford Show Horticulture Secretary Jean Earle.  “But those who enter the competitive classes seem to feel so much more involved.  There’s the extra excitement of taking part, and the anticipation of seeing whether they have won or not.  The prizegiving at last year’s show was packed out, and was one of the hightlights of the day.”

More information from Sara Gregson, Duxford Show Publicity Officer  ' 01799 530934.





Duxford unveils exciting plans for flying legends air show

Preparations are well under way at the Imperial War Museum Duxford for the Flying Legends Air Show on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July.  The show, presented in conjunction with the Duxford-based Fighter Collection, brings together an unsurpassed collection of classic and historic aircraft and veterans from around the world.  The two-day spectacular of nostalgia, excitement and pure ‘wow’ factor will see some of the world’s rarest and most historic aircraft displayed for the delight of the crowds. The Flying Legends Air Show will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and, over the years, has gained a well-deserved reputation for providing the best opportunity in Europe to see some of the world’s most historic aircraft in their element.  The Show will be commemorating the classic age of air combat and paying tribute to the skill and courage of the famous pilots who flew these legendary aircraft into battle.  Jane Larcombe of the Fighter collection says “All of those heroes and their aircraft are of great historical importance.  They represent the last of the chivalric man-to-man period of air combat.”

Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to meet veteran pilots and crew, as well as browse round a wide variety of trade stands.  They’ll also be able to study the display aircraft at close quarters on the Flight Line Walk (subject to a small additional charge) and, of course, settle down to watch some three hours of superb flying.  The crowds won’t be disappointed as aircraft scheduled to appear include 10 Spitfires in a Spitfire Scramble, a Mustang Stampede featuring some 9 P-51 Mustangs, several Hurricanes, the Breitling Fighters, a German Junkers Ju-52, the world’s only airworthy Bristol Blenheim and the mighty B-17 Flying Fortress, Sally B.  Also scheduled to fly are the Fighter Collection’s impressive stable of aircraft including the Bearcat, Tigercat and Hellcat and the gutsy P-47 Thunderbolt.  Many of these aircraft are film and TV stars, having appeared in films such as Pearl Harbor and Dark Blue World and TV dramas from Poirot to Foyles War. All the aircraft due to appear are piston engined aircraft, dating mainly from the Second World War and all are classics in their own right.

The whole of the Museum will also be open for visitors to enjoy, with plenty to see - including Concorde, The Battle of Britain, 100 years of Flight and the evocative Forgotten War exhibitions, conversion work in progress and the stunning American Air Museum.  Gates open at 8.00 a.m. and the flying begins at 2.00 p.m. Tickets – Adults £22.50 Senior Citizens £14 Children £7, Concessions £7.  Discounted and Gold Pass tickets available in advance – for more information about tickets, or the flying programme, call the Air Show Hotline '  01223 499301 or visit www.iwm.org.uk to purchase tickets on line.



At  the June meeting members learnt about the wonderful work carried out by ‘Mercy Ships’. Mercy Ships are run entirely by volunteers – doctors nurses and crews are dependant entirely on charity.  There are two hospital ships at present. The largest one operates  in the countries of West Africa and the smaller ship in the Caribbean.  They are equipped to carry out surgery, eye and dental care as well as education in health and hygiene.

The July meeting will be held at Rectory Farm, Ickleton from 7.00 p.m. by kind permission of

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Wombwell.                                                                             Cynthia Rule



                       July 2nd

Little Chesterford Gardens Walkabout 7.00 p.m.


Wellcome Trust DNA Day


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Church Fete 2.00 p.m.-5.00 p.m. Village Hall and Recreation Ground.


Social Club Quiz 9.00 p.m. Social Club


Mobile Library


 Visiting Bellringers 10.30 a.m. -11.30 a.m. approx.


PCT  Board Meeting 9.15 p.m. Village Hall

                August 1st

Visiting Bellringers 9.30 a.m.-12.45 p.m. approx.


Skatepark Appeal Pub Crawl/Treasure Hunt 2.00 p.m. onwards


Duxford Show from 10.00  a.m. onwards