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Editors:                                                                                         David and Monica Lilley Distribution:                                                                             Tony Court                       

All contributions please Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th  December 2003



As another Christmas comes round, we would like to thank our proof-readers, as well as Tony and his delivery team, for all their hard work.

May we remind everyone that, as we hope to get the January issue ‘put to bed’ and possibly printed before Christmas, 12th December really is the absolute deadline.

A Happy Christmas to all our readers.                                                  David and Monica Lilley



We wish everyone in Ickleton a very happy Christmas.


May we take this opportunity to thank David and Monica Lilley for their continued hard work in getting the Icene ready for publication each month.  They provide the village with a very valuable service and I am sure everyone will wish to join the Parish Council in expressing their gratitude.


Refuse Collections during December: PLEASE NOTE SATURDAY 20th  DECEMBER

Monday    1st  December –  Green wheeled bin and green box collection

Monday    8th  December –  Black wheeled bin

Monday  15th  December –  Green wheeled bin and green box collection

Saturday 20th  December  Black wheeled bin

Monday   29th  December –  Green wheeled bin and green box collection


Grand Opening of Skate Park  Join us on Saturday 13th December at 10.00 am on the  Recreation Field for the opening ceremony and, hopefully, a demonstration of the skate boarding abilities of our young people.  We are grateful to all those who contributed to fund raising and helped achieve the building of this equipment for the young people of the village.  We have had a generous donation from the Wellcome Trust and a substantial grant from South Cambridgeshire District Council.


Wellcome Trust During December the steel frame structure of the office block and ancillary building will be completed.  Cladding and roofing to these buildings and to the wet labs, data centre and RSF will be in progress.  Planting of trees and shrubs to all perimeters will take place.


Broadband The Parish Council is investigating the possibility of having Broadband access in the village.  We will let you know more as soon as possible.


Claims following power cut If you made a claim after the long power cut in October 02 and have not yet received any compensation, there is now a telephone number you can ring –

0800 587 2788. Good luck!

                                                                       Jackie Casement  - Parish Clerk '







CHURCH NOTICES  Services for December


Thursday 4th December

  12.30 p.m.  Holy Communion  (Order 1)





Sunday 7th December

    9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist    (Order 1)


(Advent 2)

  11.00 a.m.  Parish Eucharist    (Order 1)



     6.30 p.m. Sung  Evensong     (BCP)





Thursday 11th December

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





Sunday 14th December

     8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


(Advent 3)

  10.00 a.m.  Advent Toy Service



Please bring along a nicely wrapped present



with a label saying ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ and indicating



what age the gift is suitable for.  Presents



will be distributed to children in need through



local charity ‘Homestart’



  (note change from calendar)



     6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 18th December

   12.30 Holy Communion (Order 1)





Sunday 21st December

   11.00  a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


 (Advent 4)

      4.00 p.m. Nativity Service



      6.30 p.m. Carol Service





Wednesday 24th December

      3.00 p.m. Christingle and Crib Service


 (Christmas Eve)

   11.30  p.m. Midnight Eucharist





Thursday 25th December

      8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


 (Christmas Day)

      9.00 a.m. Family Eucharist



   10.30  a.m. Family Eucharist





Sunday 28th December

   10.00  a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


(Christmas 1)

              with Godly Play





Sunday 4th January 2004

   11.00  a.m. Epiphany Celebration



Jane’s last service – please do come and join us




So starts the introduction to the Alpha Course, a 12 week course aimed at exploring the basics of the Christian faith. If you think that the above is a little harsh but aren’t sure if Christianity can really having anything meaningful to say in our consumer-driven, it-must-fit-me and I-want-it-now society, this may be for you.

A group of local parishioners are planning to run a course in Ickleton, starting in late January 2004, on a Thursday evening. The usual format is to start with a simple meal together at 7.30 pm, watch a video presentation covering some aspect of Christianity and then to discuss issues that arise in a small group. The evening would finish by 10.00 pm.

The course has something for everyone, from regular churchgoers wanting a refresher, potential adult confirmation candidates to those with little or no church background at all. It’s a chance to explore, expand your understanding, ask awkward questions and perhaps even find a few answers.

For further details or to register your interest please contact any of the following; Simon and Jackie Casement, Rob and Mandy Jeffery, Lewis and Jenny Duke, Jane Charman or Julie Baillie.





Some of you will already have heard that we are on the move again in the New Year. After eight very happy years here with you in the parishes of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton we are now off to Salisbury where I shall be taking up a new appointment at the beginning of February as Diocesan Director of Ministry. We are feeling very sad at leaving so many good friends behind but also excited by the challenge. Do come and see us in our new home – and please do pray for us as we prepare for the changes ahead.

What happens to a parish when the parish priest leaves? That’s always the first question that is asked, often with a degree of anxiety. Sometimes people fear that the life of a Christian community will grind to a halt without ‘the Reverend’. We are very fortunate here to have a strong ministerial team of several clergy, a Reader and Lay Leaders. We will also be joined once again by Canon David Wall who assisted us once before while I was on maternity leave. So I can confidently say that it will be ‘business as usual’ in all three of our parish churches while we discuss together, and with the Diocese, what kind of new appointment might in due course be made. More details about arrangements for 2004 and contact numbers will appear in the January issue.

In the meantime, Sunday 4th  January will be my last Sunday in the parishes. It would be lovely if as many as possible could join us at the service that day (details above). 4th January is also Epiphany, the day on which we think of the Magi following the star to the cradle of the infant Jesus – and of our own journey of faith. A suitable day for setting out in hope towards a new future.

With God’s blessing              Jane Charman E: gentianblue@ntlworld.com




An enormous thank-you to everyone who supported this event on Saturday 8th November - to everyone who gave (either goods or promises) and to everyone who bid. I will try and thank most people personally but, if I don’t manage to see you, please accept my thanks - and that of the whole PCC -  through the Bulletin. Your support was hugely appreciated.

Particular thanks to all those who helped run the auction on the night and to Jenny and Lewis Duke for letting us hold it at Abbey Farm, and to Sebastian Payne for providing the drink.

And special thanks, of course, to our Auctioneer, Guy Schooling, who managed to get the bidding going at a furious rate!  Bids for some of the home-made food were exceptionally high, with people falling over themselves to buy cakes, Christmas puds and pavlovas!

It was a very happy evening and the result was terrific. We made over £3,873 for the church, which was well above expectations.                                                                   Rosemary Hayes


P.S. At the time of going to Press, a hanging basket, a rose bush and a Christmas pudding     

       are still at Abbey Farm.

       These have been paid for so, if you’ve not already done so, please can the owners

       come and claim their bids!




Many thanks to all those who contributed to the Auction of Promises, both in the form of the amazingly original pledges and in the generosity of the bidders.  Not only have we raised  £3,873 for the church, but everyone had a great evening.  This sum is truly fantastic and will help us to maintain our lovely church building in good condition.

Especial thanks must go to Rosie Hayes, who masterminded the whole event and kept us all motivated.  Part of the success of the evening was due to the fantastic venue at Abbey Farm – thank you for inviting us into your home. Also thanks to Guy Schooling,

whose brilliant autioneering ensured we all kept bidding.

Thank you also to the Wellcome Trust at Hinxton, who funded the food. We are very grateful for their continuing support for our church and community.

Jenny Pell and Sebastian Payne - Churchwardens






This will take place on Monday 22 December, at 6.00 pm starting at the  junction of Abbey Street and Coploe Road.  We will be collecting in aid of the Children’s Hospice in Milton.  Please come and join us as we sing around the village; enthusiasm is more important than musical ability (though ability very useful!).  Warm clothes and torches advisable.  Refreshments afterwards at Sheila and Gerry Birch’s home, t.                               Jackie Casement                




Forest Forge Theatre Company’s production of ‘Raising the Roof’ at Ickleton Village Hall Wednesday 22nd October 2003.

All 150 seats were sold for the performance of ‘Raising the Roof’, Forest Forge Theatre group’s comedy, set in the village of Pluckett Green, where the village hall is in need of urgent repairs.  Yes, the plot seemed very familiar to the Ickleton audience! However, we could sit back comfortably and enjoy a real celebration, professional theatre in our own new village hall.

Four talented actors with their wigs and props and boundless energy made it seem that there was a cast of 30.  With excellent comic acting and skilful timing, the play moved at a terrific pace.  How we laughed as these villagers struggled to organise a fund-raising gala.  Yet this play also included romance, heartbreak, prejudice, mystery and compassion – great stuff!

We were able to stage this professional play in the village through the ‘Art in Cambs on Tour’ organisation.  The costs of performances are subsidised by Cambs County Council, South Cambs DC, and the Arts Council England East so that rural communities can experience high quality performances at reasonable prices.  Many thanks to Gordon Woolhouse who hastily set up the Ickleton Threatre Group, and to all those people in the village who gave their time to help in any way.   

………………..And coming next

      An Evening of Jazz on February 4th 2004 with

                       Tina May & Nikki Iles

                       ‘I’ll Take Romance’

Think you don’t like jazz – you’ll change your mind once you’ve heard Tina May! More information and tickets available soon.                                                                   Penny Woodhead                





The efforts of the Ickleton Theatre Group in bringing professional theatre to the village were rewarded with an energetic performance by the Forest Forge Company of ‘Raising the Roof’, before an enthusiastic and appreciative full house in the village hall.

A most enjoyable evening.  Well done and thank you to all involved.

I look forward to the next production.                                                                               Terry Nelson   



At the meeting of the Gt. Chesterford District Gardening Society on November 5th the Chairman, James Macdonald, presented the cups and awards to the winning members at the September Flower and Vegetable Show.

Dobies’ seed catalogues were handed out, and orders must be returned by the December meeting.

Our guest speaker, Mr. Tony Sanderson spoke about growing vegetables for showing, plus a few tricks thrown in for good measure!

There will be plants for sale at the December meeting when the talk will be about ‘Hardy Perennials’.

The meeting will be held in the Congregation Chapel Gt. Chesterford at 8.00 p.m. on  December 3rd.  Visitors welcome.                                                                                    Cynthia Rule






After eighteen years of wonderful service to the Ickleton coach holidays, Betty has finally retired.  She will be missed by us all, but we hope she will join us in the next phase.

How many of us could have seen the wonderful places she has arranged to visit.  The beautiful Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden project, riding a cable car to the top of Ben Nevis for lunch (and a game in the snow), the joys of the Scottish islands, the ferry to the beautiful Island of Skye – before the bridge thank goodness,  to Mull and onwards to Iona and the historic Abbey, Largs, Fort William, Oban, Blairgowrie and much much more. Wales, too, held many charms, Tenby and the lovely walks along the Pembrokeshire coast, Llandudno and the wonderful views from the top of the Great Orme on a beautiful sunny day. Devon, Cornwall and many more places in England including the one – the name escapes me:- I believe his partner had short hairy legs!

The hotels have been excellent, the food, service and rooms all to a high standard.  We know Betty that all this is due to your research and hard work, and we all give you our warmest, heartfelt thanks for a job so very well done.

Happy retirement Betty, you deserve it.                                                                             Barbara Rule



As the driver of the ‘Willmott Tours’ for many years, I would like to say a few words about Betty Willmott on her retirement. I  have been taking out the group for at least the last 13 years  and

realise  that a lot of organisation goes into these tours behind the scenes, choosing and booking  the hotels, sorting out the coach and paying the bills and every year things went without a hitch except for one year! And that was Morecambe, but then it was not Betty's fault! Betty has taken the tours all around the country and several times we have visited places more than once due to their popularity! After so many years she has decided enough is enough and is taking a

well earned rest, and now when she comes on tour she will be banished to the back seat and told to sit down and behave herself! I would like to say on behalf of the people who over the years have enjoyed the tours a big "Thank you" to Betty for all her hard work and hope she enjoys her retirement.       

We have a few places left on our trip to Blairgowrie leaving on Sunday the 25th April returning on Sunday the 3rd May.  The cost is £330 per person.  Unfortunately we do not have any single rooms left, but we do have a choice of double or twin rooms.  If you could get in touch with us a.s.a.p. but no later than 22nd December 2003.  Please contact Mr. Keith or Mrs. Christine English or at christine.english@ntlworld.com or write. All bookings will be on a first come first served basis. We look forward to hearing from you !                              Keith  English ' 01763 222278




At long last I’ve managed to get this written to say how much we enjoyed the ‘archive’ photo afternoon on October 8th in the village hall.  After an excellent lunch at the Ickleton Lion (they were most surprised to find someone who had spent many hours there 50 years ago!) treated by my cousin Hedley, we went to find some ‘missing names’, which I think was quite successful, but there were quite a few even beyond the good memories of your ‘elder statesmen’ Henry Burton and Cyril Webb (my former neighbour in Birds Close).

For those who have seen the 1947/8 school photo, I hope the last few missing names have been suggested – Alan Satchell, Marion Thompson, Keith Holgate and Pearl Quarte. 

I don’t expect to get down any more this year, what with 6 grandchildren and horses, the weeks don’t have enough days in them!  I recently did a big carriage funeral and we seem to have come to the end of the wedding season and were so lucky with the good weather! 

On November 5th the open carriage was used on ‘Blue Peter’ at Warwick Castle, with the most reliable horses William and Soloman as fireworks were involved.  We usually work the December weekends with the carriages at the Castle, and meet visitors from most countries, who love to be at the Castle, with an extra bonus of a ride in a Victorian carriage.  Well, let’s hope the winter is shortened by the continuing lovely days.  David and I wish you all a good Xmas holiday and we hope to see you in 2004.               David and Molly Dagley (nee Clements)





Our Carol Service will be held on Sunday, 14th December, at 3.00 p.m.  It will be conducted by our Minister, Rev. J. Gill. Tea and mince pies will follow the Service.

A warm welcome is extended to all.                                                                                  Cecil Vincent




Our very own Mother and Baby/Toddler group takes place every Monday (except bank holidays) from 10.00a.m.  till 12.00 noon in the Village Hall. 

All parents and carers with children from 0 to 4 years are welcome.  Come and chat to other adults in a friendly, informal atmosphere, while there’s lots and lots for the children to do:  baby corner and toys, climb-on and ride-around toys, activity toys, books, craft activities, sandpit, stories, sing-songs.  Drink and biscuit included for the children, tea/coffee for carers.  This is a great group to bring your children to, especially now the weather’s not so good to be doing things outside.  And it’s only 50p for under ones and £1 for over ones.

Christmas break:  22nd December we’ll be having mince pies.

No Froglets 29th December;  Start again in the New Year on 5th January at the new time of 9:30 a.m.  to 11:30 a.m.

It will be especially nice to see any new Mums – even if you only make it along for half an hour!

And we would like to congratulate Liz, Nick, Meg and Jamie Ray on the arrival of our youngest Froglet, Rosie Hannah, born on 3rd November.

Contact Catherine Kelly or Katherine Denman-Johnson at froglets@prioryhouse.net.



South Cambs District Council endorses a study into the potential expansion of Stansted Airport that has concluded that development should be restricted to the immediate vicinity of the airport.

‘The Stansted/M11 Corridor Development Options Study’ was commissioned by the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) to look at the housing and associated development implications of additional runways at Stansted Airport up to 2036.  The study by planning consultants Colin Buchanan and Partners recommends that if the airport expands, housing and associated development should be provided close by.

A new town south of Cambridge was one of the options considered if the maximum three new runways are developed at Stansted but was not included in the final report.

Councillor Dr. David Bard, planning portfolio holder, said, “The report suggest that airport related development should be kept within a 15-mile radius of Stansted.  This  circle just clips the Southern edge of South Cambridgeshire taking in Sawston, Duxford, Thriplow and Whittlesford.  The final recommendation is for three new settlements, all within Essex, one between Stansted Airport and Great Dunmow, one just North of Stansted and one west of Bishop’s Stortford.

South Cambs District Council supports the main conclusion of the report, that airport related development should be restricted to the immediate vicinity of Stansted.  It has, throughout, strongly resisted any suggestion that Stansted related expansion could be accommodated within the Cambridge sub-region.

This position remains unchanged.  The district council will be writing to EERA contesting whether a new town south of Cambridge should ever have been included in the options.


For further information please contact Jo Fowler, communications officer at South Cambridgeshire District Council ' 01223 443289, mobile 07887 633640 or email joanne.fowler@s.cambs.gov.uk.




If you need the Ickleton Medical Car Service





The Chesterfords, Ickleton and Hinxton W. I. enjoyed a talk by Mike Petty at their November meeting when he spoke about Cambridge and its environs at the time of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson some 100 years ago.  The excellent slides reminded many members of how the city looked before 1930.

The next meeting on December 10th at an early time of 7.30 p.m. which is our Christmas Meeting.                                                                                                                        Peggy Richardson



I would like to express my best wishes through the Icene Bulletin, to my Mum and Dad, Poppy and John Carder, formerly of 12 Birds Close Ickleton, now residing at 11 Hayfield Avenue,  Sawston.  Wishing them a very happy 50th Wedding Anniversary on 19th December 2003. 

With lots of Love, Sue and Ray, Adelaide, South Australia. email: emerald@chariot.net.au.



For the Spring 2004 term, the course will be ’A brief Guide to the Universe’ (Tutor Keith Tritton).

This will take place every Thursday evening from 15th January 2004 7.45 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.(including coffee) in the Congregational Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford for

10 weekly sessions. This course offers a very gentle introduction to astronomy.  It explores the nature of planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies.  It examines the history and the future of the universe.

For more information or to reserve a place, please contact Ann Wade.

Course fees are £28 (£26 concessions) and free to those on certain means tested benefits.  The first two sessions may be sampled at £3.00 per session, deductible from the course fee if continuing.                                                                                                                         Malcolm Cook



Our parish church of St Mary Magdalene dates from the 11th century and is one of the finest churches in East Anglia. It is visited by people from all over the world and we are sure that everyone in the village is proud of this beautiful building which is such an integral part of our heritage.


However, regular churchgoers are bearing a huge financial burden. Each parish in England now has to be entirely self-sufficient; we get no outside financial help. Every year, we have to pay a ‘quota’ to the Diocese, which is our share of diocesan costs. Our quota for 2004 will be over £16,000 and will continue to rise. Add to this figure the cost of heating, insurance and repairs and you can understand why the congregation has to seek help from the wider community.


As you know, we hold frequent fund-raising events (like the summer fête and the recent Auction of Promises) but our outgoings still exceed our income, so we now need a regular annual income in order to ensure that the church of St Mary Magdalene continues to be well maintained for future generations and that the ministerial team can continue to offer spiritual and practical help to everyone who seeks it.


To this end, Ickleton Parochial Church Council has asked us to establish a ‘Friends’ Trust Fund. The Trust will have no denominational restriction but wishes to unite all those who have concern for this historic building and, indeed, for the welfare of the local community.


The Trust will build upon the covenant system which is already in place and we do appeal to everyone in the village to consider becoming a ‘Friend’. Details of the scheme will soon be circulated to every household. Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Churchwardens or Deputy Wardens (see below) if you would like additional information. Thank you, in advance, for your support.


Sebastian Payne Jenny Pell  Richard Herbert  Jenny Duke






We are pleased to announce that Claire Wilson has offered to take over Icene Bulletin delivery for Abbey Street from Gordon and Mary Woolhouse.

Jane Pattie has offered to be first reserve.                        Editors









Ickleton is due to be featured on Anglia Television in one of the ‘King and Country’ series on a Sunday at 5.00 p.m.






















          December   3rd      Gt. Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.

                                         Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford

                           6th      Duxford Playgroup Family Christmas Disco 2.00 p.m. Village Hall

                           8th      Mobile Library

                               8th      Chesterford & District Local History & Archaeology Society

                                         AGM 8.00 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford

10th      The Chesterfords, Ickleton & Hinxton W.I. Christmas Meeting 7.30 p.m.

                                    The Community Centre, Great Chesterford

                         13th         Grand Opening of Skate Park 10.00 a.m. Recreation Ground

                         14th      Methodist Chapel Carol Service 3.00 p.m.

                         17th      Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


                             22nd     Carol Singing meet 6.00 p.m. Junction of Abbey Street/Coploe Road

                          22nd    Mobile Library


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