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Editors:                                                                                         David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                       

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12th  August  2003




MONDAY Refuse Collection  Many of you will have picked up from the South Cambs Magazine that our collection day is to change to Mondays at the beginning of August.  The new wheelie bin service will be starting in September.  Details of what is involved are all in the middle pages of the magazine.  The new wheelie bins will be delivered to each household towards the end of August.  If you have any problems, call the Hotline 0845 650 0280.

To help you, I have set out below the new dates and collection service:

During August

Monday    4th  – refuse sack collection

Monday  11th  – refuse sack collection and green recycling boxes

Monday  18th  – refuse sack collection

Tuesday 26th  – refuse sack collection and green recycling boxes (day late after bank holiday)

During September

Monday   1st    September – refuse sack collection

Monday    8th  September – new green wheelie bin and green box collection. 

Monday  15th  September – new black wheelie bin collection.


Bus Service Stagecoach has pulled out of their contract to run the service from Cambridge to Saffron Walden via Ickleton.  A new contract will have started by the time you read this and the hourly service will continue as before.  There are some minor changes to the timetable, a copy of which is on the notice board and inside this issue on page 3.


Wellcome Trust, Southfield Project Work is continuing on the new campus main entrance.  The wetlands re-modelling is under way with bulk earth moving to create the new landscape.  No construction other than the repositioning of earth will be undertaken in this area. Completion of the new landscape is planned for late September to allow seeding and planting to be achieved prior to the spring of 2004.


Telephone Kiosk in Coploe Road  BT has applied to the District Council to replace the old red box with a modern kiosk.  The Parish Council feels that a modern kiosk would be inappropriate in a rural setting and have made representations to have the old one repaired.  We will have to wait and see what is decided.


Church Street to Butcher’s Hill Footpath Repairs to the adjoining wall are in hand and the footpath will be reopened as soon as they are completed.


Car Parking  May we encourage you to be responsible residents when parking.  Please use your off-street parking and garages whenever possible, to relieve congestion in the village.  It is thoughtless to park opposite a dropped curb, (ie where there are no kerbstones), as it will make vehicular access to a driveway or garage difficult.


Clerk’s Hours I would appreciate being called only during office hours – not at 10.00 p.m. or during Sunday lunch!                                                                                           Jackie Casement  - Parish Clerk








Services for August


Sunday 3rd August

10.00 a.m. Joint Family  Eucharist


(Trinity 7)

   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 10th August

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


(Trinity 8)

  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 17th August

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


(Trinity 9)

   6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong (BCP)





Sunday 24th August

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


(St. Bartholomew)

       With  Godly Play



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





Sunday 31st August

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


(Trinity  11)

  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)



From the Vicar


So many good things have happened in the last few weeks that I’d like to share a few of them with you. Our Church Day at Duxford School was a big hit with the children. The theme ‘All God’s Creatures’ gave us a splendid opportunity to bring all sorts of creatures into school, including owls, a pony, some sheep, a parrot, an assortment of bugs and a delightful guidedog with his owner. Year 6 very much enjoyed their trip to Waitrose to track down Organic and Fair

Trade Products and the whole school was delighted to welcome back music maestro Steve Whyatt from Scripture Union who came to lead us in our closing worship. If you’re in school in the next week or so there is a very good display in the entrance hall of photographs taken during the day.


SpiritLevel’s outing to ‘Rave in the Nave’ at Ely Cathedral was another great experience. Top Christian bands, sumo wrestling and Scalectrix were among the attractions plus a chill-out café, meditation zone, hotdogs and barbeque. For those who don’t know, SpiritLevel is our new youth group; we are currently planning our Autumn programme and there will be some exciting trips and events for young teens and their friends so if you would like to receive information then drop me an email.


Last but not least those who went on the Summer Pilgrimage ‘In the Steps of John Bunyan’ also had a terrific time. The beautiful weather was a ‘plus’ and made our journey very pleasurable. Houghton House (the original ‘House Beautiful’), Elstow Village Green (where we picnicked) and the Bunyan Meeting Free Church in Bedford (where we were received with kind hospitality and ended our day by singing John Bunyan’s famous hymn ‘Who would true valour see’) were among the highlights. Canterbury next year, anyone?


Since August is the holiday month for so many of us, we will be moving to a simplified calendar for the next five weeks. There will be just one morning and one evening service each Sunday and no Thursday lunchtime Eucharist. May I wish you a happy time, whether at home or away, and may you find relaxation and refreshment in whatever you do.


With God’s blessing.                                                                                         Jane Charman

                                                                                                                             E: gentianblue@ntlworld.com






From 28th July Whippet Coaches have taken over our Cambridge-Saffron Walden service 32 (although this is initially sub-contracted to Andrew’s Coaches).  The timings are slightly earlier and after the first bus are clockface throughout the day.  All buses serve Sawston Link Road (for Health Centre) and Addenbrooke’s Hospital Bus Station.


Cambridge Drummer Street                  7.45            8.40                                           18.40

Addenbrooke’s Hospital                         7.56            8.51    Then the                        18.51

Sawston Link Road                                 8.15            9.10    same minutes              19.10

Ickleton                                                      8.26            9.21     past each hour             19.21

Saffron Walden High Street                   8.43            9.38     until                                19.38




Saffron Walden High Street                   7.07           8.47                                            17.47

Ickleton                                                    7.25            9.05     Then the                        18.05

Sawston Link Road                                 7.35           9.15     same minutes               18.15

Addenbrooke’s Hospital                         8.10          9.34     past each hour               18.34

Cambridge Drummer Street                  8.32          9.45       until                               18.45


                                                                                                                                                                     David Lilley



We were all saddened by the death of Dick Hennessey.

He was once a regular member of our club and used to enjoy his game of cards,  which he was good at. Unfortunately he had to go into a care home so we missed seeing him.

I could tell the time by when he passed my house on his way to Hinxton and back.

Our condolences to his sister and family.                                                                                              Mrs. R. Lilley




We are pleased to announce a new hiring charge of £25 for afternoon children’s parties for families resident in the parish.                                                                                                              The Village Hall Committee




The Autumn 2003 Coach Holiday will be to Weymouth, Dorset.

Regrettably this is to be the last holiday I shall be arranging.

I would like to thank everyone who has been with us for the past eighteen years, for their support and loyalty.

I send my love and good wishes to you all.                                                                                          Betty Willmott




Would you like to have a chat over coffee with friends and neighbours while making patchwork quilts for the disabled?

Please phone Joan Roberts for more information.




At some point early in July someone left two blue trunks, one large and one small, outside Duxford Church.  They may be school trunks and are empty apart from some passport type photos of a teenage boy.  The trunks are labelled ‘Church’ which no doubt explains why they were delivered to us in error.  If anyone knows anything about these trunks please contact me.

                                                                                                                                Jane Charman





This month’s quiz night held on Saturday 19th July was another great success. 

The committee would like to thank all those who took part, made raffle prize contributions and helped to organise and run the evening, making it one of the best, most well supported quiz evenings so far.

The next quiz will be held at 9.00 p.m. on 30th August.  We look forward to seeing you!.

                                                                                                                                 Ickleton Social Club Committee



Despite a tremendous thunderstorm at 6.00 p.m. the summer outing to Rectory Farm was a great success.  In particular Mary’s Mediterranean garden created a lot of interest.

A glass or two of Pimm’s and light refreshments helped to get everyone in party mood.

Our grateful thanks to Mary and W.I. husband Dick for the lovely evening we spent with them.

The next regular meeting will be on August 20th  in Great Chesterford Community Hall, when the guest speaker will be Mr. Ken Hitch – subject ‘Ely Cathedral unseen.’

                                                                                                                                               Cynthia Rule



Just a note to say thank you so much to everyone who sponsored me recently in the Cambridge Race for Life event.  I managed to run all of the 5 km course in just under 32 minutes and with your help I have raised the fantastic sum of £180 for Cancer Research UK. Thank you.

                                                                                                                                         Lynn Green (nee Bonham)




Prizes Galore at the Duxford show!

Fancy a meal at the Jade Fountain, a night out bowling at Strikes, a trip to the Panto at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, wine tasting at Chilford Hall, a treatment at Tranquillity beauty salon, a visit to Shepreth Wildlife Park, tickets to an airshow, or hiring a VW Touran for a weekend?

If you do, come along to the Duxford Show on Sunday 24th August, on the Huntsman Playing Fields, Hinxton Road, and you might win one of these, or many other fantastic prizes, by entering the many quizzes and competitions that will be running on the day.

There will be a treasure map, a balloon race, a village picture quiz and a golf game – and many old favourites like splat the rat, hook a duck and beat the goalie.  New for this year will be catch the egg, nails in the bale, jam jar jamboree, lucky 50-50 square, and double your money.

“We have had fantastic support from local businesses this year,” says Duxford Show Society Chairman Jenny Parker. “We depend heavily on our sponsors – without them there would be no show.  Their contribution of venue, facilities, printing, trophies, refreshments, prizes and cash donations, allows us to put on an afternoon’s entertainment with minimum financial outlay.  This means that most of the money people spend will go straight into the Duxford Village Hall Fund.

We would particularly like to thank our major sponsors, Huntsman, Hexcel Composites Ltd., Volvo Construction Equipment GB Ltd., and Syngenta Crop Protection UK Ltd. - and all the other 40 or so local businesses, that have contributed in some way.”

It’s not too late to enter:

Entries into the horticulture, flower arranging, cookery and homecrafts competitions are coming in steadily now, but it’s not too late to enter.  Pick up a schedule at Duxford Post Office, if you didn’t get one through your door, and see what you could have a go at.  There are prize cards and vouchers for the winners of each section, and the overall ‘Best in Show’ entry.

If you want to enter your treasured car or bike into the Classic vehicle display – call Brian Woodhams ' 01223 837418.  Visitors will vote on the one they would most like to take home, and the owner of the winning vehicle gets a prize.

Tickets for the evening hog roast and barn dance will sell like hot cakes (they did last year!).  So pick yours up from Duxford Post Office before they all go!

For more information contact:

Jenny Parker, Chairman, Duxford Show Society or Sara Gregson, Publicity Officer, Duxford Show Society.





Thank you for all the cards of congratulations we received for our Golden Wedding Anniversary and to all our family and friends who joined us at the Ickleton Lion to celebrate this special occasion and thanks to Paula and her staff.                                                                                                                              Jim and Joan Harvey



WELCOME TO…….Peter and Amanda Lenk and daughter Gillian Stewart who is 13 .

                                  Duncan and Doreen Lipscombe

                                          David and Margaret


CONGRATULATIONS TO……Chris and Wendy Fitzsimmons, , on the

                                                                  birth on 28th June of Ben, brother to Beth.



We are sorry to record the death on 23rd June of Barbara Flitton aged 71, formerly of Grange Road.




Ticket sales for the Imperial War Museum’s first ever Flying Proms on Saturday 26th July exceeded all expectations.

Marketing and Public Relations Manager at Duxford, Tracey Woods said “This event seems to have really captured the public’s imagination with its wonderful mix of stirring music, historic aircraft and evocative setting.” 

The Flying Proms concert, performed by the English National Orchestra, had something for everyone.  Highlights included firm favourites such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance, Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem.  Before dusk, some of the world’s most historic aircraft gave breath-taking displays to appropriate and moving music, including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster displaying to Coates’ Dambusters’ Theme, the legendary Spitfire and Hurricane to Ron Goodwin’s Battle of Britain March and the elegant 1930s Hawker Nimrod performing to Elgar’s Nimrod from his Enigma Variations.  Concert goers were also encouraged to ‘get in the mood’ with a P-51 Mustang displaying to Glenn Miller’s Pennsylvania 65000.

As darkness fell at Duxford, the former Battle of Britain fighter station during the Second World War, was lit by thousands of lanterns and tea-lights with the American Air Museum adjacent to the concert arena spectacularly lit with soft up-lighters.  The orchestra, conducted by the flamboyant Jae Alexander and accompanied by Wynne Evans, principal tenor with the Welsh National Opera, and the highly acclaimed star soprano Janet Mooney, reflected the mood, entertaining the audience with some of the best loved arias in the world, including the unforgettable Nessun Dorma from Turandot and Habanera and Chanson Bohem from Carmen.

Finally, in a dazzling finale, the sky lit up with a spectacular firework display to end a truly memorable evening on a high.                                                                                                              Tracey Woods ' 01223 499320



Who Played….?

You seem to have  found the quiz at this year’s fete tougher than last year’s – somewhat to our surprise, we thought it would be easier.  But there were some notable entries.  First prize goes to Lawrence Wragg with 49 out of a possible 54 points.  Runners up were the Walker family with 43 points.  The quiz raised £90, thank you one and all.                                                                                                                                     Jane Charman






The Church Fete on Saturday 19th July was a happy village occasion aided by it being a glorious summer’s day.

Fundraising events such as this are vital to providing the funds to maintain our wonderful village church.  People were very generous in spending money on the various stalls and activities and the result was an estimated profit of £1,700 - a very satisfactory total !

The success of the Fete was due to the superb organisation by Monica Lilley and we congratulate her on her efforts.

We thank the many stall holders and their helpers and those organising other activites.  The quiz arranged by our Vicar tested our knowledge of ‘who played what’ to the full, and Hilary Rule organised a pet show which caused amusement both to the dogs and their owners. Dick Wombwell and friends with their vintage vehicles and  Sawston fire engine turned up! The Fancy Dress Parade,, organised by Sarah Mila, and the Face Painting by Anne Maire Hoare, contributed to keeping the children amused. Thanks to those who gave prizes for the raffle and to Sarah Mila on her expertise with newspaper advertising.

The Saffron Walden Town Band also made a contribution entertaining us with their music.


We are most grateful to the stall holders who were:-

Raffle – Jane Hurst,   Teas – Jackie Casement,   Tombola – Cynthia Rule,   Cakes and Produce – Margaret Harrison, Bottle Stall – Ray Elston, Jig-Saw Puzzle Stall – Mr. and Mrs. Alan Featherstone, Toy Stall – Ruth Driver,  Nearly New - Dorothy Churchman,  Bric-a-Brac – Peggy Richardson,  Books – Judy Holt,  Our Plant Expert – Carli Holberry, and Ickleton Preservation Society for their exhibition.


£350 was raised from our generous sponsors who were:-

R. Skeates, Funeral Directors

Sawston Books – Anne Wallis and Liz Driver

Costcutter Express (Ickleton shop)

Whittlesford Physiotherapy Clinic

Chiropody – Julie Boagey (home visiting), Duxford

G.E. & M Duke, Farmers, Contractors & Specialist Growers

Malcolm Evans, Duxford Hire & Supply, Whittlesford

J. D. Wombwell & Son, Arable & Livestock Farmers &  Contractors

John Holt, Cambridge Erection Co. Ltd.

Paul and Liz Baker, C.P. Group

Woodhead Publishing Ltd. Abington

Chesterford Engineering (Garage) Gt. Chesterford

The Wellcome Trust, Genome Campus, Hinxton

Howard Goddard, Quest Environmental Services Ltd.


Thank you too, to the many helpers who helped in any way, it was a truly wonderful occasion.   

                                                                                   The Churchwardens – Sebastian Payne and Jenny Pell


P.S.  We have acquired a child’s blue sun hat and a ladies’ black cardigan. 

         Please see Monica Lilley



Thirteen dogs and one tortoise were entered for our Pet Show this year.

There were three classes for dogs, based on age.

The under-two’s was won by Polly (Holland) a 4 month old Irish Retriever, Flora (Isaac) a 5 year old Pointer was first in the middle range age group (2+ to 5 years) while Gina (Marshall) was awarded the first prize for the seniors (6-11 years).  Gina then went on to win the coveted Best-in-Show, despite a minor doggy dispute on stage!

Myrtle (Turton) arrived in her own carriage and looked beautiful with her newly oiled shell gleaming.  She was given a Special Award.

Owners please start grooming your pets for a record entry in 2004.

Many thanks to my able assistant Audrey Harris.                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                     Hilary Rule







Firefly Accident 12th July 2003


The tragic crash of the Royal Navy’s Firefly on Saturday 12th July will understandably have caused great concern among our neighbours.  I hope this report will go some way to address these concerns.


Following the accident, the Royal Navy’s official investigation is under way.  At the same time the Imperial War Museum and Cambridgeshire County Council have immediately instigated a full review of the arrangements at the airfield in order to ensure that any lessons from the tragedy are acted upon.  Such a review follows every incident at Duxford, and for a serious accident affecting the locality like this one, the review will be comprehensive and will include not only the Museum and the County but also the operators at Duxford and the Civil Aviation Authority.  It will be led by Air Commodore Peter Naz, Chairman of the Duxford Flight Safety Committee, under procedures recently reviewed by the Museum and the County.


I believe our mechanisms for consultation and feedback from those who live around the airfield are generally good and we will use them to the full in the aftermath of this accident.

At a meeting on 15th July with County Councillor Robin Driver, and Duxford Parish Councillors Tim Vitali (Chairman) and Mick Martin, I gave the assurance, on behalf of the Museum, that we would communicate with local representatives in the review and publish its findings.


In the aftermath of accidents the media always refer to all previous serious incidents at the airfield, and even report the precautionary standbys of emergency crews for minor problems which happen quite regularly at all airports.  This may well lead our neighbours to think that our safety record is less good than it really is.  However, we are not complacent and we will look again at all aspects of what we do, with special attention to the effect of our operations on those who live nearby.


I also intend to tighten up our flying complaints procedure, ensuring that everyone who wishes to complain gets a full and prompt reply, and I will reinforce to all concerned with our day-to-day operations the need for maximum consideration towards our neighbours.


To complain about or comment on noise or other flying issues you may:

Email einman@iwm.org.uk


or write to Ted Inman, Director, Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridge CB2 4QR


or call 01223 835155 – then dial 378 to leave recorded details of your complaint or dial 0 to speak to an operator.


In all cases please give your  name, address, phone number and if possible email address, and maximum  details of the complaint, especially the exact time of the incident. We will follow up all reports promptly and systematically.


I will ensure that the DAMLC is kept informed on the progress of these initiatives.   


                                                                                                                   Ted Inman, Director, IWM Duxford



The August issue of the magazine ‘Cambridgeshire Life’ contains an article entitled ‘Picture Book Ickleton’.

There are some nice colour photographs (with some caption errors!) and most of the text is taken from the Ickleton booklet available in Church.





Many thanks to all the people who allowed around twenty-five of us to enjoy their gardens on Wednesday 16th July:-  Mrs. Peggy Richardson, The Glebe, Mrs. Jenny Lawson, Norman Hall,  Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Bevan, The Mill House,  and Mr. and Mrs. James Macdonald, Harlequin House.

All gave us hospitality and drinks and made us very welcome on a very hot afternoon.

Thanks must also go to Mrs. Lena Frost who gave us tea.

The charity decided on for this event  was ‘Homestart’ and £63 was raised.

Again many thanks to all for a lovely afternoon and we managed to escape the thunderstorms!

The U3A is a  retired group of people for the over 50s from the Sawston area and one of the summer activities is looking around people’s gardens.

 If there is anyone who would allow us to look around their garden (big or small) in Ickleton, perhaps they could contact me Monica Lilley.



It’s a long time ahead, but please put this date in your diaries now! Saturday November 8th, 8.00 p.m. at Abbey Farm, Ickleton, when we shall be holding a massive AUCTION OF PROMISES to which everyone in the village, of any age is warmly invited.

There will be FREE food and wine and some amazing promises to bid for, from pots of jam to sailing lessons, from fresh veg to vintage car rides, from housework to help with homework.  The promises are already starting to come in and you’ll be hearing much more about the event in due course, including a list of all the items promised.

So, do please put your thinking caps on.  If you can offer anything – a skill, a service, home produce, other goods - or would particularly like anything, let us know as soon as possible.

It should be a really good evening – and a chance to get to know your neighbours, too.

And every penny raised from the event will go towards the upkeep of our beautiful Parish Church.                                                                                                                                                                                 Rosemary Hayes 

         Jenny Pell

                                                                                                        Sebastian Payne 

                                                                                                        Jenny Duke 

                                                                                                         Richard Herbert

                                                                                                         Helen Royce


We  would like to thank all those children who took the time to dress up as their favourite film or television character at the fete.  We would also like to thank Robin and Juff Driver for judging the competition.  The winners were Albert Pavelin who came as the frightening ‘Green Hulk’ complete with ripped clothes, and Harriet Ashbrook who looked beautiful as a fairy.

                                                                                                                                                                       Sarah Mila



If you wish to use this service



                    August   1st         Visiting Bellringers 9.30 a.m. – 12.45 p.m. approx

                                  3rd         Skatepark Appeal Pub Crawl/Treasure Hunt 2.00 p.m. onwards

                                   4th         Mobile Library

                                  9th       Visiting Bellringers 4.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. approx

                                  18th       Mobile Library

                                  20th       Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                                  20th       W.I. Meeting 7.45 p.m. Gt. Chesterford Community Hall

                                  24th       Duxford Show 10.00 a.m. onwards

                                  30th       Social Club Quiz 9.00 p.m. Social Club


             November   8th         Auction of Promises

                                                PUBLISHED BY ICKLETON PARISH COUNCIL