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Editors:                                                                                         David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                       

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th  January 2004


Our apologies to the Ickleton Preservation Society for omitting to include the Boxing Day Walk in last month’s ‘Icene’

The e-mail we received must have been inadvertently deleted along with the myriad of unsolicited e-mails which offer all manner of weird and wonderful products and services encouraging us to step onto the debt mountain.

In future we will try to send a ‘message received and understood’ back.




We wish everyone in Ickleton a very happy New Year.


Refuse Collections during January

Monday   5th  January  – Black wheeled bin

Monday 12th  January  – Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday 19th  January  – Black wheeled bin

Monday 26th  January  – Green wheeled bin and green box


The Skate Park was formally opened by the Chairman of the Parish Council on Saturday 13th  December.  Representatives of the County Council and Wellcome Trust, who had given a generous donation to the project, were present, and the press. 

Jackie Casement – Parish Clerk


The Annual General Meeting will be held in the village hall meeting room on Monday 19th January at 7.45 p.m.  This is an open meeting and all regular users in particular are invited to attend.

Mary and I have been acting as bookings secretary and key holder since we opened the new hall four years ago and now feel that it is time to pass  this duty on to another supporter of the hall.  We will be pleased to give more details to anyone interested.        Gordon Woolhouse




I would like to thank everyone who donated to the Poppy Appeal this year.

 We raised a total of £745.30 in the village, which was an increase on last year's figure.

The church collection alone was over £170, an excellent amount.

As always, without the help of all the collectors we would not be able to send such a substantial amount to the fund.

Particular thanks therefore go to Sheila Birch, Jackie Casement, Lena Frost, Pat Facer, Yvonne Hall, Judy Holt, Jennie Lawson, Judy Marshall, Sally Pearce, Hilary Rule and Mary Woolhouse, for braving some unpleasant weather to walk round their patch knocking on doors.  Thanks also to Costcutter Express, the Ickleton Lion, Social Club and the Auction of Promises organisers for their help by displaying collecting boxes.                               Malcolm Hall – Honorary Organiser





CHURCH NOTICES    - Services for January 2004


Thursday 1st January

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





 Sunday 4th January

11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



                 This will be Jane’s last service.



                  Please  do come and join us



                  if you can.





 Thursday 8th January

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





 Sunday 11th January

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion  (BCP)



10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



  6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong    (BCP)





 Thursday 15th January

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion   (Order 1)





 Sunday 18th January

 11.00 a.m. Christian Unity Service



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





Thursday 22nd January

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





 Sunday 25th January

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist



11.00 a.m. Joint Family Service & Godly Play



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





Thursday29th January

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)







A good question, especially at this time of year when we traditionally make and often swiftly break our New Year resolutions! Well, why not try something a little more long lasting and join an Alpha Course. What’s an Alpha Course then, I think I‘ve heard of that? Well you may well have. The Alpha initiative was started by a church in London nearly 20 years ago and courses are now run in Christian churches of all denominations throughout the world.  As well as meaning ‘the beginning’ Alpha also stands for the following. It’s open to anyone interested in finding out more about the Christian faith. There is Learning and often Laughter too. Each session starts with a simple meal of Pasta (or something else!). Through videos and discussions, we hope to Help each other listen, learn and discover and you can Ask anything. Topics covered include: Who is Jesus and why did he die?  Why and how should I read the bible?  Who is the Holy Spirit?  Does God heal today?

A group of local parishioners will run the 12 week course at the Ickleton Methodist Chapel, starting on Thursday 22 January 2004. A simple meal will be served promptly at 7.30 pm, followed by a video presentation which can then be discussed in a small group. The evening will finish by 10 pm. There is no charge for the course itself but donations would be appreciated to cover the meal and other costs.

Invitations with response forms are available in Church and from Simon and Jackie Casement, Rob and Mandy Jeffery or Lewis and Jenny Duke. The main reason for knowing numbers in advance is for catering, so please do let one of us know if you intend to come.                                                                                                              Jackie Casement







From a member of the Ministry Team

As we stand at the threshold of the New Year, we wonder what challenges, joys and sorrows might await us.  It is also a time of reflection upon the past twelve months – recalling happy events, achievements, things we meant to do, but didn’t!  For the three parishes, it is a time for looking back over the past eight years, since Jane Charman came to be our Vicar.  This has been a period of growth and development in so many areas that it is impossible to include all the details here.  The fellowship between the three congregations has been deepened and the ecumenical sharing of the Churches Together in the Five Villages, with Whittlesford and Pampisford, has grown steadily.  Links with Duxford School have been forged and strengthened by the annual School/Church Day and the weekly assembly led by a Church member.  Godly Play and Spirit Level, the young people’s initiatives, are flourishing.  Worship, study and religious education for all age groups have been revised and established. Jane’s ministry among us has been an inspiration and encouragement, greatly appreciated by everyone.  We hope that the momentum will be maintained.  We have also been blessed by the  priestly ministry of Jane’s husband, Bill Rogers.  When not conducting services, Bill’s deft handling of two lively daughters, in the pews or the crèche areas, has won much admiration. On January 4th there will be an opportunity for everyone to express thanks and farewell good wishes to Jane and Bill.  Following the 11.00 a.m. service at Ickleton, there will be refreshments, and we hope that you will join us.

Last month Jose John completed her placement with us, as a Reader in Training.  We thank her for her contribution to our worship and parish life and we wish her every blessing in her Reader Ministry.

         Each month the Icene will include a piece from a member of the Ministry Team.  Arrangements for the vacancy should ensure that parish life continues relatively smoothly.  An administrator will work from the Parish Office at the Rectory, for a few hours weekly, and the telephone and answer machine are connected.  Enquiries about baptisms, weddings and funerals should be made to me.   Requests for pastoral care should be made, in the first instance, to the church wardens.  Details of worship, events and Ministerial Team telephone numbers can be found in the 2004 Three Parishes’ Calendar, available at church or from the churchwardens – a mine of information for just £2.50p!

May God bless us as we enter this New Year, facing the changes and challenges which we will meet.  May we open our hearts to people in need and may we bring peace to our homes and communities.

Here are a few useful telephone numbers you may like to keep:


                                                Parish Office  '  01223 832137


                                                Jenny Pell

                                                Sebastian Payne


With best wishes for a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year to you all.

                                                                                                               Julie Baillie, Reader




It’s that time of year again!


Please could those of you who are kind enough to keep collecting boxes in your houses, empty them out and take the contents to Gerry Birch) so that he can send our annual cheque to the Children’s Society.


Thank you all very much for supporting this charity which gives vital help to children in distress.


If anyone else would like to have a collecting box, please let me know and I will give you one.

                                                                                                      Rosemary Hayes







Our next social event will be a wine and cheese party on 13th February at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.  There will be an opportunity to look at some of the archives and photos that we have been indexing and filing, with the aid of the grant we received in 2001. Tickets will be £5 to cover food and the first glass of wine – more available on a donation basis.  For tickets please contact Jackie Casement, Sheila Birch, Jos Flitton or Miranda Stone-Wigg.                         Sheila Birch



Tina May and Nikki Iles - Cabaret in the Village Hall  on February 4th 2004

Swing along to the village hall for the next event being staged by the Ickleton Theatre Group in conjunction with ‘Arts in Cambs on Tour’: An evening of jazz and blues with the highly acclaimed singer Tina May, accompanied by the international jazz pianist Nikki lles.

Tina was voted Jazz Vocalist of the Year four years ago.  She has appeared in festivals and clubs all over Europe and Australia and has performed seasons at Ronnie Scott’s and Pizza on the Park.  Nikki lles was commissioned to compose and perform a suite for Duke Ellington’s centenary year, which was premiered to great acclaim at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.  Together they will provide an evening of fabulous entertainment on Wednesday 4th February.

Put the date in your new diary now and hot foot it round to Costcutter Express for your tickets before they are sold out again.

The price is £8 for adults and £7 concessions and includes a delicious hot jacket potato and chilli con carne supper (with vegetarian option).  Tickets may be purchased for the performance only, at the price of £5/£4.   There will also be a bar serving wine and beer.

Supper will be served at 7.00 p.m. and the performance will begin at 8.00 p.m.

If you can’t get to the village shop, tickets can also be obtained from Jean Whitaker



Last month’s Quiz and Darts competition raised an amazing £400 for the Children in Need appeal.

The Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the events, made donations and gave prizes, and those who put in such a lot of time and effort to make the evenings so thoroughly enjoyable and successful.  So again thanks from the Committee.

Martyn Wright’s sponsored Hair Cut raised a fantastic £717 for Children in Need and Magpas.  There will be a presentation in the Club on Tuesday 9th December at 9.00 p.m.

Well done Martyn, keep your hat on!

Christmas Opening

The Club will be open normal hours December through January 8.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.

(9.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. Sundays) except:-

                                                Christmas Day    -   Closed

                                                Boxing Day         -  12 noon         2.00 p.m. -  9.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.      

New Year’s Eve

Don’t be on your own  - come and join us New Year’s Eve 8.00 p.m. till late.

There will be a raffle, music and free buffet.

Everyone will be most welcome, so please come along.


30th January 8.15 p.m.                                                                            The Social Club Committee



The last meeting for the year was held on December 3rd.  There was a record attendance of members to hear Mr. Richard Ford speak on the benefits obtained from growing hardy perennials;  an excellent speaker.

A raffle was held to raise funds for the Society.

The evening ended with festive refreshments.

Next meeting will be on February 4th 2004. (No meeting in January).

The speaker will be Mr. Paul Heavens who will talk about Auriculas.  Visitors welcome.

      Cynthia Rule




The police have notified me of three incidents during the last three months of 2003:

1.      Burglary of the Lion pub, entry was via a side window and cash was taken.

2.      Possession of drugs.

3.      The rear windscreen was smashed on a parked vehicle in Coploe Road.

At this time of year there is always the potential for house burglaries.  The evenings are dark and it is easy to identify those homes whose  owners have not returned from work.  These crimes are committed by oppourtunists who target houses they can see are unoccupied.

Bear these simple points in mind -  they may stop you becoming a victim.

1.      Don’t advertise your absence.  Use time switches to turn some lights and even perhaps a  

         radio on.

2.      Don’t leave your curtains closed during the day if you anticipate a late return.

3.      Keep valuables out of sight.

4.      The point of entry for the majority of all burglaries is via the rear of the house.  Make

          it difficult to get around the back and repair any broken fencing.

5.      Make sure all doors and windows are secure and use security lighting.

6.      If you know you’re going to be late, is there a friend or trusted neighbour who can close

          curtains and turn on lights for you?

                             If you see anything suspicious, phone the Police 01223 358966

Please help each other by being aware of anyone acting suspiciously.  If you are unsure of someone, take a description of the person/people and make a note of the registration number of any vehicle.  Keep the details safe, or pass them to me, and then if there is a crime they can be passed to the Police who will have a point at which to start.                           

Have a crime free New Year                                                                               Tony Court




As we have a bit of spare space we have included a small quiz.  There are no prizes as we don’t know all the answers ourselves, but we would be interested if anyone does.

We were shown a will, probably made about 1800, with the following places in Ickleton mentioned.  Do you know their location?

Broad Close

Stourbridge Close

Long Mead

High Lane Close





Oh what a lovely Christmas party we had on the 10th  December.

The entertainment was  by members of the Saffron Walden Music Hall in their wonderful costumes, who had us singing all the old favourites, helped by the wine of course!

A splendid buffet was provided by the Committee and the evening ended in the traditional way singing favourite carols accompanied by Valerie Catton on the piano.

The next meeting will be on January 21st, when our guest speaker will be Julie Baillie - her subject  being ‘Another Old Ruin’. What can it be? Come along and see for yourself.

Visitors welcome.                                                                                             Cynthia Rule




We are sorry to record the death of Keith Found on 9th December. The funeral service took place at Cambridge City Crematorium on 17th December.


We are sorry to record the death of Margaret Carnall (Jenny Pell’s aunt).  The funeral service took place at Ickleton Church on 11th December.





Being a believer in equality of opportunity a great cheer went up in our house when it was announced on television that there were to be women priests. I believe the only time there was a louder cheer was when they announced that our local railway was to be electrified – but that’s another story.

Ickleton was soon blessed with a taste of women priests when Rev. Andrew Way’s wife Barbara was ordained and began to help with the services.

Another interregnum soon came along, and we needed a vicar again. As most vicars were still men, I did not give it another thought until I heard one or two people say they did not want a woman ( perhaps they had been put off by a certain prime minister!).

Then the rumours began to circulate – a woman vicar had been looking round. It was soon confirmed that Rev. Jane Charman had been appointed. My father, being something of an expert on vicars, having had ups and downs with some of them, was keen to meet her, but unfortunately he died a few weeks before the induction .

We were perhaps fortunate to get Jane - so soon after the ordination of women there was still resistance in some quarters. Today, eight years later she would have greater choice than she did then. Anyway, it got people talking – a comparatively young, easy to talk to vicar, who even sometimes wore shorts!  Jane created another first when she and Bill had a baby daughter, and another, I believe the first vicar in the Diocese to do so.

Jane soon decided that she would like to learn bellringing. She made good progress, arranged training days for other ringers, and rang in several quarter peals, including one for our silver wedding anniversary, for which we were most grateful.

Jane also arranged several pilgrimages to local places of interest, and her Vicar’s Quiz at the village fete was always well supported.

Jane was well aware of Rev. Walter Ellis’ views on women priests, but it was a great credit to both of them that they worked well together and treated each other with respect.

The Millennium service on New Year’s Day was a highlight of her ministry when she came from her sick bed to take the service. Jane had the ability to compare biblical times with the present day, to put bible stories into context, which always made interesting sermons.

In the last few months it became obvious that Jane was looking for pastures new, and we were not surprised when she announced that she had been appointed Diocesan Director of Ministry in the Salisbury Diocese.

Good luck for the future Jane. I now look forward to seeing my tenth vicar of Ickleton.

                                                                                                                                                    David Lilley


Our Christmas Party on 8th December was well attended and great fun.  A good spread of food appeared, including jacket potatoes and chilli for mums, so thank you to everyone who brought things, helped set everything up and clear away.  Everyone enjoyed the bouncy castle and Father Christmas arrived on his tractor with presents for all the children (the reindeer were resting ready for Christmas Eve!)  -  our thanks to Dick Wombwell.

Froglets begins again in the New Year on Monday 5th January in the Village Hall at the new time of 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you there.                           Catherine Kelly

Happy New Year!



          January  5th

Mobile Library


Village Hall AGM 7.45 p.m. Village Hall


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


The Chesterfords, Ickleton & Hinxton W.I. 7.45 p.m.


Gt. Chesterford, Community Centre


Social Club AGM  8.15 p.m. Social Club

        February  4th

Ickleton Theatre Group Cabaret 7.00 p.m. Village Hall


IPS Wine and Cheese Party 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                  July 3rd

Ickleton Church Fete

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