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Editors:                                                                                          David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                       


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12th  September  2003





The new system of Monday collections is now in place and the new black and green wheeled bins delivered to each house. These should not be used until Monday 8th  September.   If you have any problems, call the Hotline 0845 650 0280.


What goes in the Green Wheeled Bin?

Grass cuttings, hedge and shrub trimmings, untreated wood and bark, weeds and flowers, cardboard, yellow pages, junk mail.

What goes in the Green Box?

Aluminium and steel cans (ie. pet food cans, drinks cans, food tins), newspapers and magazines, textiles, glass bottles and jars.

What goes in the Black Wheeled Bin?

All remaining normal household rubbish.  It is best to secure the contents in plastic bags to prevent mess and smells.


Collections during September

Monday   1st  September – refuse sack collection

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

Monday 15th  September – new black wheeled bin collection.

Monday 22nd September – new green wheeled bin and green box collection

Monday 29th  September – new black wheeled bin collection


Dog Waste Bins  Please use these properly and do not put bags in litter bins or the village hall dustbin.


Skate Park Project

Tim Pavelin is grateful to all those who sponsored him for the London to Cambridge cycle ride; he raised £164.00 for the fund.  More good news is that South Cambridgeshire District Council has promised a grant of £7000.00.  The shortfall in funds left to raise now seems achievable and the Working Party is hopeful that the project could be under way in the near future.


M11 Widening

The Department for Transport has announced plans to widen the M11 to three lanes.  The first phase, junctions 8 to 9 (Bishop’s Stortford to Stump Cross) is scheduled for 2009 to 2011.  The second phase, junctions 9 to 14 (Stump Cross to the A14) is scheduled for 2012 to 2014.  This work is too far ahead for any detailed plans to be available for comment as yet, but we shall keep a close watch on the situation.


Next Parish Council Meeting  will be Wednesday 10th  September – a week earlier than usual.


Jackie Casement – Parish  Clerk





CHURCH NOTICES Services for September


 Thursday 4th September

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 7th September

 9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist   (Order 1)


(Trinity 12)

11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist  (Order 1)



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 11th September

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 14th September

   8.00  a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


(HolyCross Day)

 10.00 a.m.  Joint Family Eucharist



   6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 18 th September

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 21st  September

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist (order 1)


(St Matthew)

 11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 25th September

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Friday 26th September

   8.00 p.m. Harvest Festival and Supper





Sunday 28th September

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


 (Trinity 15)

  11.00 a.m. Joint Family Service with Godly Play



    6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong



                    and Holy Communion (BCP)


From the Vicar

In July the Duxford Village Newsletter ‘Chatterbox’ published a most interesting and informative summary of the results of a recent village-wide questionnaire. The questionnaire was trying to find out, on behalf of the Parish Council, what Duxford people need and want as a community? No doubt questions of this kind are continually in the minds of other Parish Councils too.

It was only later that it struck me that one village institution had not been mentioned at all in the survey – the Church. I’ve been wondering why that is and have come up with two possible theories. Which do you think is the right one?

The church is usually the oldest building in any village. We think of it as part of the landscape. Most people don’t feel the need to think about it or plan for it.  We simply assume it will always be there for us if and when we need it. From time to time I try to explain to people that village churches like ours will not survive much longer unless they are supported by the community as a whole instead of by the generous but increasingly hard pressed few. I often think that I’m not being heard.

Another explanation may be to do with the shifting of religion from the public to the private sphere. For most of our history religion has been a public concern. It was recognised that what people believed governed how they behaved which in turn affected the whole of society. Nowadays we are much more likely to think that people should keep their religious views to themselves and not bring them into the public sphere. We never talk about spiritual things and how they affect us, except perhaps privately with our friends.

What would our villages be like without their churches? What if there were no longer an active Christian community here in Ickleton, so that we no longer celebrated Christmas and Easter, baptised babies, married young couples, conducted funerals and visited the sick and housebound? What sort of difference would that make to our life together in this place? I believe that it would make a vast difference, much bigger than whether or not we have cycle paths or wheelie bins or even a large new housing development on our back doorstep.

But through what channels might it be possible for us to have such a discussion?

With God’s blessing.                                                                        Jane Charman

                                                                                                            E: gentianblue@ntlworld.com





Please put this important date in your diaries!

Everyone in the village will receive an invitation to the auction, so come along and bring your children, friends and neighbours to enjoy the FREE wine and food and put in a bid for some of the wonderful things we have been promised.

And, when you get your invitation, don’t forget to fill in the form at the back, saying what YOU  can offer and what YOU would like.

Every penny raised from this event will go towards the upkeep of our beautiful Parish Church, so please support it. For any more information please contact me or Jenny Pell, Sebastian Payne, Jenny Duke, Helen Royce, Richard Herbert.                                                                                               Rosemary Hayes




We were very pleased with the level of interest shown in the photographic and archive exhibition at the Church Fete in July.  There were a number of visitors to the village that afternoon who had been at school in Ickleton in the 1940s and 1950s, for whom this was a great talking point.  If anyone has any old photographs that we could borrow to copy for our collection, we would be very grateful.  Also the recently completed Ickleton Chronicle, which features items from the Cambridge Chronicle and Gazette from 1777 to 1899, makes great reading and can be yours for £11.00 – contact Jos Flitton.

Presentation to the Over 60s  We are presenting an exhibition to the Over 60s on Wednesday 8th  October at which we may gain further help in identifying people in old photographs.

Wine, cheese and archive evening  We plan to fix a date for this in early 2004.




The very hot weather last month was very tempting for leaving doors and windows open regardless of whether you were at home or not but I have received no reports of any incidents resulting from easy access.  However, plenty of activity continues in the area with many vehicles being broken into and tools stolen.  The police report a number of incidents around Cambridgeshire where a dark Ford Mondeo has been seen at the location.  If you see anything suspicious and can get a registration number phone the police immediately.  Also, there have been a number of distraction burglaries so be careful not to give information to unknown telephone callers and be careful whom you let into your property.  Unless there is a need to know do not tell any callers when you will or will not be at home.

All residents of Ickleton are assumed to be members of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme unless they tell me otherwise, it costs nothing and could save you a lot.  For new residents to the village I have handbooks and window stickers available but for the most part it is common sense but do get to know your neighbours and combine to keep Ickleton at the bottom of the crime league.  Although I get reports from the police I would still like to hear of any incidents, I will not publish names or addresses of any incidents unless you wish me to.        Tony Court




Flower Show – 6th September

Reminder! – The Garden Society’s Flower Show takes place at the School Hall in Great Chesterford at 2.00 p.m. on Saturday, 6th September.

Make a note in your diaries to come along and have an enjoyable afternoon.  Even better, bring some entries for one of the many classes.  You don’t have to be a top horticulturalist to enter – all entries are welcome, and you never know, you might win a prize! So if you can grow an onion or a bean, a sunflower or a rose; or if you can bake a cake or make a pot of jam; or if you can arrange a vase of flowers, there’s a class for you.

We look forward to seeing you there!                                                                        James Macdonald






From 1st September Whippet Coaches should have taken over our Cambridge-Saffron Walden service 32.  This is the final timetable, the one we printed last month (from the first draft) was five minutes out on the Cambridge  to Saffron Walden leg. All buses serve Sawston Link Road (for Health Centre) and Addenbrooke’s Hospital Bus Station.


Cambridge Drummer Street                  7.45     -      8.45                              18.45

Addenbrooke’s Hospital                         7.56     -       8.56         Then the   18.56

Sawston Link Road                                 8.15     -      9.15 same  mintues   19.15

Ickleton                                                      8.26      -     9.26 past each hour    19.26

Saffron Walden High Street                   8.43      -     9.43 until                       19.43



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 mintues    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



An inaugural meeting of the Ickleton Theatre Group was held in the village hall on 29th June to discuss the possibility of bringing professional live theatre to Ickleton under a scheme sponsored by South Cambs District Council.  Several shows were on offer and from a shortlist of three we are delighted to announce that we have been allocated a rip roaring comedy, ‘Raising the Roof’, which will be performed in the village hall by Forest  Forge Theatre on Wednesday 22nd October at 8.00 p.m.

‘Raising the Roof’ is a comedy set in a typical village, perhaps Ickleton before the new village hall was built.  New health and safety regulations mean that the old village hall requires serious upgrading, and, of course, the roof is falling in.  Something needs to be done – and quick.  The answer is a gala fund raising evening of theatre and song. All the village hall clubs want to be involved and they all need to rehearse in the hall.

Pandemonium takes over as the big night approaches.  Will the scout leader bury the hatchet with the karate instructor?  Are the belly dancers really doing the Sound of Music? Why not come along for a fun evening and find out what really happens? The show runs for 1½ hours and there will be an interval of 15 minutes.

Tickets will cost £5.00 for adults and £4.00 for concessions and can be purchased either from Dilip Odedra at CostCutter Express or from Jean Whitaker

                                                                                                                                        Martin  Woodhead



Under 4’s are in for a real treat as TIDDLYWINKS comes to Ickleton

Tiddlywinks was set up a year ago in response to the problems carers with young children have finding something to do in rural areas.

From 24th September Tiddlywinks will be starting a new session in Ickleton Village Hall on Wednesdays 10.00 a.m.  – 12.00 noon.

The fantastic play equipment is new and clean and includes a special area for babies, a ball pool, soft play shapes, rockers, ride-ons, a railway, trampoline, pop-ups and inflatables.

The cost is £3 per child (special rates for siblings) which includes a free tea or coffee.

For further details phone.




CONGRATULATIONS TO……….Barbara Lilley, 80 on 12th September.







The sun shone bright and time flew backwards on the warm summer breeze. The school and playground was still there and was that Mrs. Bolton and Mrs. Burling keeping an eye on us swinging around the maypole or was it just memories of a very happy childhood in Ickleton?


I arrived at the village hall early wondering whether anyone would turn up and if they did would they recognise me. Of course they would I thought even given the few extra pounds in weight and the few extra years I had gained. "Are you the man with the fire engine?” said Monica. That did it! I must have changed


I scanned the faces gathering at the fete hoping to see someone I recognised and who might recognise me. "You’re here first then,”said a girl vaguely familiar. "Oh yes - I'm not with the fire engine though," I said. Then after a kiss on the cheek I knew it was Molly Clements. "Look who's here" she said. "It can't be can it"? -"No-I don’t believe it- he looks just the same" "Well who is that then"? "No-is it"  So the conversations went on as the gathering grew. Nicknames like Nicky, Plumby, Goofy, Rolly, Dyke rolled off the tongue as if time had stood still since the 40s and 50s.


People have often asked why we used nicknames. Simple- when many of us arrived in those dark days of the war Ickleton must have thought the expected invasion had begun! After a little while in the village we all thought we had the same name, because that’s what people were calling us. It was such a long and complicated name that we were forced to use abbreviations. It sounded something like "Hifyooyungboggersdothetagin"


Molly Clements, Godfrey Elms, Jack Bristow, Mary and Jeff Dayus, Mick Bristow, Derek Plumb, Tony Caswell and Connie Hook and their partners and families had come together again. There were others there not quite so obvious, but there just the same, like Dyke and Mousey, Piglet and Smiler who had gone before us to find petrol tanks on that big river in the sky.


 What made the day though was not that we ‘youngsters’ had got together but we had got together with the village and those people who we knew and loved.


It was good to be back in Ickleton. We were fortunate to have grown up in the village with such great ‘kids’ and equally great ‘grown-ups’ and Ickleton has always been our home wherever we have been and wherever we live now.


Thank you to the Historical Society for the memories, to Monica and David for all your help, to the village fete for having us join you and special thanks to all who welcomed us back.

           Mick Bristow

PS If I tell you we hope to be back in greater force next year will you please keep it to yourself or those in the village who know us will emigrate!




‘Ely Cathedral Unseen’ was the title of Mr. Ken Hitch’s lecture on Wednesday August 20th.

After a brief but interesting talk on the chequered life of the Cathedral, we enjoyed wonderful slides of the exterior and interior of the building in all its various stages of construction up to the present day when a new covered walkway has just been completed.  We were privileged to view parts not normally shown to visitors which proved fascinating in their uniqueness.  It proved a truly memorable evening! Especially for me when to my surprise the President presented me with a lovely mug and a certificate of thanks for being one of the Yorkshire Tea ladies of the year, I was quite overwehlemed, my thanks to Monica and the W. I. Committee for nominating me.

The next meeting will be on September 17th at 7.45 p.m. in Great Chesterford Community Hall when the speaker will be Marion Langley who will talk on the origin of English sayings and superstitions. Should be interesting! Visitors welcome.                           Cynthia Rule





This is the National Annual Tea Party in aid of SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors and Airmens’ Family Association).  This year the local event will take place in Ickleton Village Hall on September 25th where tea, coffee, cake and  biscuits will be available from 2.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. and there will be the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for the annual 3 car draw. 


Do come and support this cause which aids serving and former service men and their dependents.                                                                                                                       Sheila Birch



I seem to have come full circle.  Having been born in North London at the beginning of the war I was evacuated to Ickleton at a very early age.  My grandmother’s maiden name was Bessie Andrews (married name Gipp) and she had numerous members of her family living in Ickleton and Hinxton.  My mother’s name was Bessie Johnson, and she had a sister Elsie.


I have such happy memories of that time, when life was full of games and fun, and I can hardly remember it ever raining.  The air-raids in London seemed a planet away.  I stayed with Mr. and Mrs. Lilla (I could never say Lilley) in Brookhampton Street, and can remember “Uncle Lilla’s” orchard and chickens who thrived opposite their number 8 house.


I returned to London after the war and remained there until 1976 where, by a strange coincidence, my husband John and I decided to get out of the rat-race of running a pub, and move to Cambridge city itself.


I have returned to Ickleton on the odd occasion, the last one being 8th August 2003, when our youngest daughter (35) decided to take me out to lunch at a place of my choosing.  I chose the Red Lion at Hinxton, but before we ate we meandered along the streets of Ickleton, and I told her as much as I could remember about my time spent there.  We were standing at the small driveway to Ruby Lilley’s house, when a red car hooted, as we were blocking the entrance.  It turned out the driver was Monica Lilley.  I didn’t know her, but we introduced ourselves and asked whether her mother-in-law Ruby was alive and well.  Even at the age of 84 Ruby, who opened the door, looked remarkably sprightly. We had a long chat and then continued on our way.  I showed my daughter the house that used to be the Duke of Wellington, Mrs. Stubbings’ house, the stream where I fished for sticklebacks, Mabel’s old sweet shop, and even the field where my young cousin fed my arm to a grazing horse.  So many changes have taken place, and whilst some new buildings had been erected, quite a few of the old ones were quite derelict, but the whole village was a blaze of colour with window boxes, hanging baskets and gardens.  We stopped at the church, were Leslie Lilley was the organist for many years and welcomed the cool interior out of the humid heat.   I remember Leslie and Ruby getting married, and that I presented the bride with a silver coloured horseshoe to hang on her arm for good luck.


I remember too, the long walks across the fields to Duxford Airfield (now the Imperial War Museum) to watch the American soldiers/airmen loading and unloading the planes in the large hangers.  I have heard that the famous film stars Errol Flynn and Clarke Gable were once there,  but of course I wouldn’t have recognised them even if they told me.  An American gave me a coconut, the first one I had ever seen, and I didn’t know whether to play with it or take it for a walk.  I mustn’t miss out the usual phrase I frequently used “Got any gum chum?”


The news I heard from the Lilleys was the village fete in July was attended by some of the children who grew up in Ickleton in the 40’s and 50’s.  Sadly I didn’t remember any of the names they mentioned but as I understand this is an annual event, we hope we will be able to attend next year, and meet you.                                                   Barbara Gelhaar










Thrilling Air Show Planned to Celebrate 100 years of Flight


Final preparations are well underway for The Imperial War Museum Duxford’s Centenary of Flight Air Show to be held on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September.  This event brings together an unparalleled array of magnificent aircraft – from the earliest machines to the high performance combat jets of today.  Civil and military aircraft, both vintage and modern will be taking to the skies to celebrate one of man’s greatest achievements – flight.


It was on the sands  at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on 17th December 1903 at 10.35 a.m. that Wilbur and Orville Wright accomplished their amazing feat – becoming the first to achieve manned, controlled and powered flight.  To mark 100 years of aviation since that ground breaking day, Duxford’s Centenary of Flight Air Show pays homage to the evolution of flight.  An exciting display is promised with special appearances by the Red Arrows display team, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota, a replica of the Wright Flyer that started it all and a South African Airways Boeing 747-400! Also taking part will be classic American and European fighting aircraft such as the Spitfire, Hurricane and B-17 Flying Fortress as well as current fast jets  including the RAF Tornado F3.  Family favourites the ‘Utterly Butterly Barnstormers’ will also be present with their awe-inspiring wing walking display.


The 85 acre museum complex will be open throughout the day giving visitors the chance to take a look at Duxford’s latest exhibition which opened in April and forms part of the celebrations for the Centenary of Flight.  The 100 Years of Flight exhibition pays tribute to the wonderful legacy of the Wright brothers and illustrates the effect of war on aviation and particularly how the First and Second World Wars accelerated technical development.


Gates open at 8.00 a.m. and the main flying programme commences at 2.00 p.m. on both days with the Red Arrows displaying at 5.00 p.m. on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday.  Tickets – Adults £22.50 Senior Citizens £14, Concessions £7, Children £7.  Discounted and VIP tickets are available in advance.  For more information about tickets or the flying programme call the Air Show Hotline on 01223 499301 or visit www.iwm.org.uk to purchase tickets on line.


For further information, please contact Duxford’s Marketing & PR Manager, Tracey Woods ' 01223 499320 or Public Relations Assistant, Sam Kemp ' 01223 499375.



CONGRATULATIONS….To Michael and Heidi Hauser, on the birth of their son, Ethan Dylan.



WELCOME TO…… To Harry Faulkner and Abbie Mason





We have formed a small amateur band to play Latin American music.  We meet most Thursdays in the Saffron Walden Town Hall.

We are having difficulty as the following adult musicians appear to be becoming an endangered species:-


                   (a)     A Clarinettist

                   (b)     A Flautist

(c)     A Bass Player (string or guitar)

(d)    Percussionists – (timbales or bongos)


          If you would like to play with the band please call Fred Payne.







Blenheim Incident 18th August 2003 – Statement for Local Residents


As local residents may be aware, there was an emergency landing by the Blenheim aircraft at Duxford Airfield at 8.20 p.m. on 18th August.  The pilot and crew member were unhurt but the aircraft is badly damaged.  It appears that the aircraft suffered an engine problem on approach to the motorway end of the airfield, clipped the bank between the motorway and the end of the runway and crash landed on the airfield.


The incident has been reported to the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accident Investigation Branch.


The Museum fully appreciates that yet another potentially serious incident will cause considerable concern locally, as it does for the airfield authorities.  As an immediate measure, all flying from the airfield outside the normal airfield operating hours (10.00 – 18.00) has been suspended pending a full report on the incident.


You will wish to know that the review following the Firefly accident in July has made progress and some immediate conclusions about display flying and aerobatics at the airfield are currently the subject of consultation with the Civil Aviation Authority and will be published very shortly.  We also plan to adjust circuit procedures to take warbird aircraft on approach away from Duxford  village to the north side of the airfield.


Any further lessons to be learnt from the L-39 and Blenheim incidents will be taken on board with the next phase of the review.


Finally, we plan an open evening at the airfield for local residents, on a date to be fixed in the first part of October, which will, we hope, provide an opportunity for questions to be put and reassurances to be given about operations here.

Ted Inman, Director IWM, Duxford – 19th August 2003



The collection of prescription orders for refills on Tuesdays and Fridays is now sometimes as early as 9.00 a.m., so please allow for this.

                                                                                                                             David and Monica Lilley



          September   1st      Mobile Library

                                6th      Great Chesterford and District Gardening Society

    - Flower Show  2.00 p.m. Great Chesterford School Hall

                                6th      Visiting Bellringers 2.00 – 2.45 p.m

 10th      Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                             15th      Mobile Library

                           17th    The Chesterfords, Ickleton and Hinxton W.I. Meeting 7.45 p.m.

    The Community Centre,  Great Chesterford

                                     25th    The Big Brew Up for SSAFA  2.30 p.m. Village Hall      

                               27th    Visiting Bellringers 2.45 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. approx

                               29th    Mobile Library

             October  22nd   Theatre Group ‘Raising the Roof’ 8.00 p.m. Village Hall

           November  8th    Auction of Promises, Abbey Farm

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