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Editors:                                                                                         David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                       

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th  October  2003




I hope that by the time you read this the new system of emptying the wheeled bins will have settled down.  If you have continuing problems please call the Hotline 0845 650 0280.


Collections during October:

Monday    6th October – Green wheeled bin and green box collection. 

Monday 13th  October – Black  wheeled bin collection.

Monday 20th  October – Green wheeled bin and green box collection.

Monday 27th  October – Black  wheeled bin collection.

Please do not leave random bags of rubbish in the Village Hall car park.  There is a Household Waste Recycling site just off the A505 on the Thriplow Road.


Skate Park Project  We are pleased to report that, following a generous offer of a substantial donation from the Wellcome Trust (Hinxton Hall Ltd), we are in a position to go ahead with installing the skate park facility.  All the funds needed are now available.  Thanks are due to all those who have made donations, initiated and taken part in fund raising activities and contributed to making possible this facility for the young people in our village.


Village Information Leaflet  You will have recently received the new information leaflet prepared by the Parish Council.  Unfortunately I have discovered a mistake!

AMENDMENT to back page.  WEA contact Malcolm Cooke’s.  Sorry for any inconvenience caused.


Compensation for Power Cuts, October 2002 Our MP Andrew Lansley has written to tell us that Ofgem has recently announced the completion of their determination of compensation claims from customers.  If you were without electricity for more than 42 hours last October and made a claim, EDF Energy (formerly 24seven) should be compensating you shortly.


Opportunity for People Living With Chronic Conditions  The Primary Care Trust has introduced a new initiative to help people with long term conditions.  There is a poster on the notice board that gives information.                                        Jackie Casement  - Parish Clerk



These will take place on October 8th in the Village Hall at 2.00 p.m., but you must ring the Sawston Health Centre, and also give your name, if you have not already done so, to me or Mrs. Joy Howe.                                                                                                                       Mrs. R. Lilley


ICKLETON UNITED CHARITIES                                                                        

Relief in need charity  Elderly, infirm or disabled people wishing to be considered for help with their winter heating costs, should apply to the Hon. Clerk for an application form before Monday 18th October  2003. New applicants only.                                       Mrs. D. Millson (Hon.Clerk)




CHURCH NOTICES   -  Services for October


Thursday  2nd October

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 5th October

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


 (St. Francis of Assisi)

  11.00 a.m. Blessing of Animals Service



    6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 9th October

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 12th October

    8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


(Trinity  17)

   11.00 a.m. Churches Together Harvest Festival



     6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 16th October

   12.30 a.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 19th October

     9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(Trinity 18)

    11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



      5.00 p.m. Harvest Festival and Supper





Thursday 23rd October

     12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





Sunday 26th October

       9.30 p.m. Parish Eucharist (Order 1)


(Last after Trinity)

     11.00 a.m. Joint Family Service  with Godly Play



        6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong and



                        Holy Communion (BCP)





Thursday 30th October

     12.30 p.m. Holy Communion



From the Vicar

From time to time in our group of parishes we have someone on placement with us who is in training for ministry. For instance, some of you may remember Richard Finch and Steve Morgan, both now ordained to the priesthood. From October this year, Jose John will be joining us for a short placement as part of her training to become a Reader. I’ve asked her to write a little bit about herself as an introduction. Please give her a warm welcome if you should come across her.

With God’s blessing.                                                                         Jane Charman


Jose writes:

From October to December this year I shall, as part of my Reader training, be on placement in your parishes under the care of the Revd. Charman and Mrs Julie Baillie, who have already given me such a warm and caring welcome, together with much information to read, that I feel I already know something about each parish, but I look forward to learning more.  I have been asked to tell you a little about myself, so here goes!

My name is Jose John. I'm 61 and live in Sawston - I'm Sawston born and bred. After I married I lived in Cambridge for 29 years, moving back to Sawston 8 years ago, a year before my husband's death.  I've been a Secretary all my working life and am working part time at a small independent Trust in Cambridge; prior to that I was Departmental Secretary/Secretary to the Head of the Department at the Archaeology Department of Cambridge University for almost 12 years.

I have only been a committed Christian for about 11 years, though confirmed at 12 and having attended Sunday School and the Girls Friendly Society regularly, I hadn’t attended church regularly for many years.  My father’s death brought me back into the church.  He died from cancer – but when I saw him at the funeral parlour he looked just as he had before his many illnesses – I believed strongly that he had been made well and had gone to heaven.  After around a year I began to attend St. Peter’s, Babraham regularly (I still lived in Cambridge then),



and very soon became a Churchwarden and then a little later PCC Secretary - and I still am!   I was intending to retire to Norfolk but my plans have been altered by the arrival of our new vicar, Revd. Dr Giles Kendall. (He is Vicar of St. Mary's, Sawston and Priest-in-Charge of St. Peter's, Babraham). As Churchwarden and PCC Secretary I became more and more involved in assisting him in his duties and was beginning to feel I would like to do more and that I no longer wished to move.  Then one day, just over a year ago, we were planning a Family Service for St. Peter's when he suddenly said, "You ought to train as a Reader."  I believe that God gave him these words and through them confirmed that it was He who was calling me to serve Him, rather than me just wanting to do more.  I'm now about to start my 5th module of eight on Church History, combining the work for this with my placement.  Because of restraints on time I may not be able to take part in everything, but I very much want to be involved in as much as possible.  I'm looking forward to meeting the members of the PCCs in each parish during September.

I feel I have somewhat tenuous links with Hinxton and Duxford:  I worked as a secretary at Hinxton Hall when it housed Tube Investments - my father also worked there as the Chief Photographer; at Duxford I was a Sales Secretary at CIBA Giegy. I very much look forward to meeting as many of you as I can and to sharing ministry with your ministerial team, and already have the distinct feeling that my time with you will be exciting, interesting and of great value to me in both my own Christian journey and my training as a Reader.                             Jose John                                        



I have been notified of two incidents since the last Bulletin, both took place at the end of August, in Abbey Street.  A vehicle rear window was smashed but no entry was gained and a house window was smashed whilst the occupant was on holiday.

Of most general concern are two separate reports of people claiming to represent the Fire Service calling on householders.

The first was when a man called on residents in a village, he told one householder that her windows would not be safe in the event of a fire and asked to be allowed to inspect them.  When she refused he became unpleasant.

The second incident occurred when a resident received a telephone call from an organisation calling itself the European Fire Service Authority.  The caller said they would be in the area Wednesday and would be happy to visit the property.

We do have a Community Fire Safety Unit but it does not operate in the above fashion and has no activity in progress in this area.  If a fire occurs in a property without a smoke alarm or there is some other lesson to be learnt then a fire engine and its crew will return later to leaflet surrounding properties offering advice.

Anyone approached by an unknown caller should ask for identification and if in any doubt do not allow them to enter your property.  It is also advisable to report the matter to the police.  If a caller claims to represent the Fire Service  their credentials can be checked by calling ' 01480 444500.

“Smoke alarms save lives – have you checked yours?”                           Tony Court




The August quiz night was again a great evening with 10 teams competing and only 2 points separating the eventual winners and second and third places.

THE NEXT QUIZ NIGHTwill be held on 4thOctober at 9.00p.m.max 4 per team,£1.00 per person.


This year’s ‘Children in Need’ Quiz will be held on 15th November at 9.00 p.m. There should be a maximum of 4 persons per team, £2.00 per person.  There will also be a mystery ‘Children in Need’ darts night on 22nd November.  Players of all skill levels should have an equal chance of winning.  All proceeds from the children in need events and raffles will be donated to the charity.

There will be a free buffet and prizes plus raffle at all of the above evenings. Please come and join in. We are sure you will have a fun evening.                                   Ickleton Social Club Committee








Saturday November 8th, Abbey Farm  8.00 p.m.


By now, everyone should have received their invitation to the Auction of Promises and we look forward to seeing you at Abbey Farm on the evening of November 8th.

Please come to this all-village event. Promises are coming in thick and fast, but we need as many as possible, so put your thinking caps on and let us have your ideas and offers.

If you are offering goods, please deliver them to me or, nearer the time, to Jenny Duke.

Thank you, in advance, for supporting this event. All money raised will go towards the upkeep of our beautiful Parish Church.                                                                                Rosemary Hayes



What a good write up by Mick Bristow in the September edition about the ‘reunion gang’  that met up at the 2003 Fete. I was in Ickleton for three days that weekend and had the most super time, a much needed ‘break’ from the hectic life I seem to have in the Midlands!  On the Thursday I went to the former Conservative Club and saw my life-long friend Muriel Barker - I did recognize her, as I’d seen her six years ago.  We spoke of the times we used to cycle to Sawston Village Hall dances and my dad used to meet us in Hinxton as we didn’t like to come past the trees and river! I also met Tony Caswell who had cycled over from Duxford. I had spoken to him on the phone so was able to recognize him.

Jack and Derek Bristow are so tall and, I had also visited Derek and Christine Plumb.  Ray Plumb was also at the club and he looked no different from how I remembered him.  It was great seeing everyone else. My brother Godfrey Elmes, came from Barry  and he stayed a few days in his campervan.  A Friends Re-united e.mail contact Michael Garner (formerly from Duxford), was also at the fete and has since been up to see us and we had a great day out on  our small cruiser on the canal.  Earlier on in the year I managed to ‘track down’ Bill Brand, formerly from ‘Providence Cottage. He has just had a much needed hip op. and was very interested to hear the news.  I also e.mailed Graham Morris and told him of events! Let’s hope if all is well we can get more old friends together next year. It’s really quite ‘painless’ and a good laugh. There was lots to see at the fete, and the tractors were good. I saw Dick Wombwell, and I won’t have been to that farm since I used to ride with his sisters in the 50s.  It was lovely to see Tony and Eileen Godfrey and nice that my cousin Graham Igglesden was able to get to the fete. I’m very mystified by the name Barbara Gelhaar, the letter she wrote spoke of all the things we did, but I do not recall the name.  I wish I had had more time to see the ‘archive’ photos, because I got the shock of my life when I spotted a picture, with my parents on it, and my late cousin Rosemary Murray.   I’m hoping to get back to Ickleton and see more! Jocelyn Flitton is very recognizable so I wonder if she can remember the occasion? 

My horse and carriage work is still busy with weddings, we now have two black friesians, and the idea is to ‘up’ the funeral business, which is quite competitive in the Midlands! Our hearse was used in the BBC TV ‘Restoration’ programme recently. The horses can really help soften a bereavement, they are well trained and friendly.

On that note, I will add once more how lovely it was to have such a good day back in July, with the weather being so kind as well.  Lets hope ‘winter’ isn’t bad and roll on next summer.  Regards to everyone.                                                                      Molly Dagley (nee Clements)




Barbara Lilley celebrated her 80th birthday with three birthday parties! She would like to thank Beryl Harris, Joyce Hutley and Peggy Richardson and the Window of Prayer Group for giving her three lovely days and thank you to everybody who helped on the day.  Thanks also for all the cards and presents.






The Society held its 17th Flower Show at the Great Chesterford Primary School on the afternoon of Saturday 6th September.  Our flower show is only held every other year, with a much smaller show held in the late autumn in the intervening years. This year’s show maintained the Society’s best traditions and standards and there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that it was a great success.

Two years ago, somewhat experimentally, we held the show in July, but we decided to revert to September this year, and in spite of the lack of rain in the past three months, that decision was probably correct.  Many of us had wondered whether there would be any entries at all, our gardens looked so dry! But in the event the participants did us proud, with a far bigger and better entry than anyone might have expected.  Even the judges were impressed!  In spite of the rival attraction of the air show, and the occasional (but welcome!) shower of rain, a lot of people came to see the show, and I am delighted to report that once again the overall winners were Ickleton residents, Keith and Joan Sutcliffe, whose entries were of a remarkably high standard.

In addition to the entries of flowers, vegetables, fruit, cakes and floral art, there was a plant stall, a delicious tea stall run by Cynthia Rule and the raffle had some excellent prizes. Above all, it was an enjoyable day for everyone who took part - entrants, judges, visitors and the hard-working committee members who had ensured its success.                           James Macdonald



Thirty Years in Ickleton and Great Chesterford (1973 – 2003)

The autumn course started on the 25th September but it is still not too late to join for the remaining nine sessions from Thursday 2nd October.

The subject is The Challenge of the Fens   (Tutor: Nicholas James) and offers a kaleidoscope history of the struggle this environment has with nature as well as revealing the factors that will determine the fenland’s future. This will take place from 7.45 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. (including coffee break) in the Congregational Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford.  Fees £28 (£26 concessions) or try this session for £3 refundable from the course fee.

The Spring 2004 course A Brief Guide to the Universe’ will start on Thursday 15th January, more details in the January ICENE.

Further information from Malcolm Cooke.



Duxford Prepares for last Air Show of the Year

Preparations are well underway at the Imperial War Museum Duxford for the Autumn Air Show on Sunday 12th October, the last major UK air display of 2003.  Over twenty aircraft, vintage and modern will be taking to the air, which is expected to draw visitors from throughout the UK.

The Autumn Air Show offers one last opportunity to see air show favourites before the winter, and aircraft taking part will range from the wartime Spitfire and Mustang through to classic jets and current RAF fast jets.  Visitors who would like to take to the air themselves will be able to take pleasure flights in a classic 1930s Rapide biplane airliner.

Duxford’s world famous collection of 200 historic aircraft from biplanes to Concorde will be on show throughout the display, giving visitors the chance to take a look at Duxford’s latest exhibition, which 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 flying programme commences at 1.30 p.m. Tickets – Adults £18, Senior Citizens £13, Children £7, Concessions £7.

Discounted 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.                                                                          Tracey Woods ' 01223 499320


WELCOME TO…Sandra Bowyer and Gordon Andrews

CONGRATULATIONS TO…Keith and Joan Sutcliffe on the occasion of their Golden Wedding anniversary on 10th October.




Today’s collection of black wheelie–bins did not go smoothly.   I have been in touch with the District Council to pass on the complaints which people have made to me, but it is clear that many people will remain unhappy.

It is still early days, of course, and we must be tolerant of the District Council as they get accustomed to the new regime.  For their part, they must cooperate with us as we try to meet their new requirements.  It was therefore unacceptable today when they failed to empty wheelie-bins which had extra bags of rubbish put on them or beside them.

If you have complaints, please get in touch with the District Council or the helpline (0845 650 0280).  It is important that they are made aware of anything that is going wrong.  Meanwhile may I remind you of some of the features of the new arrangements:

·        Make sure you put the right types of rubbish in the black or green wheelie-bins or in

                 the Green Boxes. They will be rejected if you put the wrong rubbish in the

                 wrong containers.

·        If you have excess rubbish, do not put it in bags next to the wheelie-bins. 

                 It will not be collected. And do not overfill the wheelie-bins. They will not be emptied

                 if the lids are the slightest bit open. The rules state that you should take excess

        rubbish to the tip. If you need an extra wheelie-bin, the District Council

                 will sell you one.

·        PLEASE do not get rid of any excess rubbish by dumping it in the Village Hall car park or leaving it anywhere else.  I’m afraid people have been doing that.

Meanwhile the Parish Council will continue to monitor the way in which rubbish is collected.  The new arrangements have many poor features, but we will try to make the best of them and to press for improvements, although you must appreciate that our influence is limited.

                                  James Macdonald – 15th September 2003



Under 4s 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.



RAISING THE ROOF – 8.00 P.M. ON 22ND OCTOBER – The Theatre Group tickets are selling fast - don’t forget to get yours.   Available from  our Costcutter Express Shop.   






October 1st   

Gt.Chesterford & District Gardening Society  Meeting 8.00 p.m.  Chapel , Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford.   ‘The Woodland & Water Garden’ by Jim Pearce

October 4th

Social Club Quiz Night 9.00 p.m. Social Club

October 4th

End of Season Steam Up 12 noon onwards Gt. Chesterford

October 8th

Over 60s Flu Injections 2.00 p.m. Village Hall

October 13th

Mobile Library

October 15th

Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

October 15th

The Chesterfords, Ickleton & Hinxton W. I. Members Night 7.45 p.m.  Gt. Chesterford Community Centre

October 22nd

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

October 27th

Mobile Library

November 8th

Auction of Promises 8.00 p.m. Abbey Farm

November 15th

Social Club ‘Children in Need’ Quiz 9.00 p.m. Social Club

November 22nd

Social Club ‘Children in Need’ Darts Match Social Club



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