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                                                                       MARCH 2004

Editors:                                                                                         David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                       

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th  March  2004



Refuse Collections during March

Monday   1st March    -   Black wheeled bin

Monday   8th March    -   Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday  15th March   -   Black wheeled bin

Monday  22nd March  -   Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday  29th March   -   Black wheeled bin

Wellcome Trust work continues fast.  The new entrance should be completed in March.  Planting of trees and shrubs on all perimeters continues.  Considerable planting has already been done on the wetlands site and more work is to follow.  This is an area that could be of great interest to Ickleton, with its new lake and landscaping being so close to us, just beyond the end of Mill Lane, although the new foothpath across this area will not be open for use for a couple of months yet.

The WellcomeTrust are also about to construct a cycle path from North End Road, Hinxton to the Sawston roundabout, and beyond to the Sawston slip road.  At the same time improvements will be made to the Sawston roundabout.

You may not realise that the big sloping roof of the new research building, at present under construction, is to have a ‘green’ roof.  Waterproofing and insulation is applied first and a granular fill and planting will follow in the spring.  This will mean that viewed from Ickleton (Brookhampton Street) it should look very pleasing.

Footpaths  The Parish Council has been a member of the County Council Parish Paths Partnership Scheme for about ten years now.  This means that with their help we have been able to improve the footpath network in our parish by installing kissing gates, way marking correctly and ensuring that all our paths are accessible.  Regular maintenance work is carried out by the Parish Council and if anyone has any ideas for further improvements, please let us know.  The path between Abbey Street and Back Lane is currently receiving attention.

Master Composter Programme The organic organisation HDRA is working with District and County Councils to promote composting and recruit volunteer trainers.  If you are interested in becoming a ‘Master Composter’ I have the details available.  Training takes place in Cambridgeshire during March.  Alternatively contact HDRA Consultants, Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry, CN8 3LG, email: pholmes@hdra.org.uk  or phone 024 7630 8202.

Dates of future meetings  In May there will be two meetings. Thursday 13th May will be the ordinary Parish Council meeting combined with the AGM, and on Wednesday 19th May the Annual Parish Meeting will be held, at which reports are given, followed by an open session for members of the public.                                             Jackie Casement  - Parish Clerk




There will be a revision of the Church Electoral Roll towards the end of March.

The Roll will be displayed in the Church porch for two weeks so that it can be checked.

Anyone wishing to make any alteration, or to add themselves to the Roll should get in touch with me.

                                                                                                                  Frances Payne




CHURCH NOTICES  - Services for March


Wednesday 3rd

8.00 p.m. Lent Worship


Friday 5th

2.30 p.m. Women’s World Day of Prayer

Ickleton Methodist Chapel

Sunday 7th

9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


(Lent 2)

11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)


Wednesday 10th

8.00 p.m. Lent Worship


Sunday 14th

8.00 a.m.Holy Communion (BCP)


(Lent 3)

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)


Wednesday 17th

8.00 p.m. Lent Worship


Sunday 21st

9.30 a.m Mothering Sunday Service



11.00 a.m. Mothering Sunday Service


Wednesday 24th

8.00 p.m. Lent Worship


Thursday 25th

8.00 p.m. Holy Communion


Sunday 28th

9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


(Lent 5)

11.00 a.m. Family Worship with Godly Play



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


Wednesday 31st

8.00p.m. Lent Worship




Last month Tricia Newland wrote about the Christian journey during the forty days of Lent.  The word 'Lent' comes from the Anglo-Saxon word 'lengten', which was the word used for the spring season because the days started 'lengthening'.  In some parts of the world the process of inner sorting out, in this time of fasting, prayer and almsgiving, is physically linked with the process of spring cleaning.  Lent is a journey of discovery, as we study, reflect and pray.  The churches in the five villages - Duxford, Hinxton, Ickleton, Pampisford and Whittlesford - have arranged the customary Lent activities, to be held in each village in turn.  On Tuesdays at 2.00 pm. we are using a Lent study course, which has been produced by the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.  Its title is 'Face to Face - Growing into the image and likeness of God'.  On Wednesdays at 8.00pm. there is a short service of worship, prayer and reflection in the parish churches.  Full details of the Lent programme are available from the churches and can be seen

on posters displayed locally.  We invite you to join us for some, if not all, of these times together.  At 12.30 pm. on Thursdays, at Duxford URC, there will be a simple lunch, followed by a brief meditation - a pleasant time of shared fellowship.  Again, everyone is welcome!

So, what about the fasting and almsgiving?  Fasting is not so much a matter of 'giving things up for Lent' as of looking into our inner selves to see what areas need to be cut down so that new growth can take place.

Here are some suggestions for fasting and giving which focus on the renewal of the inner person.  As they do not involve food and drink, they are ideal for people who lead busy and demanding lives – i.e. most of us!

Suggestions for giving:

live the virtues you most need - live humbly, patiently, kindly etc.;

make someone else happy, by a visit, a phone call, an e-mail or a letter;

be prepared to take really well the things which rub you up the wrong way;

be truly joyful and thankful.

Suggestions for fasting: avoid -  critical or unkind thoughts of others; harbouring anything to grumble about, to resent or to make you touchy; expressing temper or irritation; gloomy and morbid thoughts; selfish thoughts.  Perhaps you can think of other suggestions .....

May God bless us on our Lenten journey.                                              Julie Baillie





We hope you will all come to this annual event on July 3rd.

We have the usual grand pet show (no cats please as they get too frightened),  Dick Wombwell’s Vintage Tractors and Vehicles, and an Art Exhibition, by local artist Caroline Merrifield.  We also have the Ickleton Society Archives, the Saffron Walden Town Band, a fancy dress parade for children and adults and the usual stalls and much more.

Now is the time to turn out your cupboards for the bric-a-brac. We hope we can collect the following: cds, tapes and records, books, adult and children’s jigsaws, nearly new clothes etc.

As mentioned in last months Icene, the  Ickleton Village School re-union will take place.

It has been suggested we have a photography competition this year, so I am looking into that possibility, so get clicking with those new digital cameras….. more details next month.

The Ickleton Social Club have kindly agreed to organise a quiz especially for the fete.

If you have any ideas about the fete, please let me know.

If you would like a pitch, which will be on the recreation ground only and I am afraid you will have to make your own arrangements if wet, as the hall will be full please bring your own table. For more details on this please contact me, Monica Lilley.  The cost will be £5 per pitch, and 20% of what you sell, to the Churchwardens Sebastian Payne or Jenny Pell.

If you would like to help in any way, have any ideas for the fete, or need any more information, please contact Sebastian Payne, Jenny Pell or myself Monica Lilley. We look forward to hearing from you.



My sister and I will be holding a Jumble Sale in the Village Hall on Saturday 6th March at 2.30pm in aid of Ward C2 (children’s cancer ward) at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

We know a young girl who spent six months in this ward and is now in remission. Sadly, some of the children in there at the same time didn’t make it.

We will be most grateful for offers of help on the day, also for donations of jumble, bric-a-brac, books, cakes and produce, toys etc. and raffle prizes.

If you can help in any way please phone Carol, or bring your donations along to the village hall on the morning of 6th March. Thank you.            Carol Turton & Rosemarie Tennick 



The Ickleton Theatre Group presented Tina May and Nikki Iles on Wednesday 4th February, preceded by an excellent chilli con carne supper.

The music played was not trad(itional) jazz but more contemporary.

Tina May was indeed a good vocalist and her improvisions were pleasant and colourful, whilst Nikki Iles gave a wonderful performance as a jazz pianist. They were a good team.

All in all a very social evening, well organised and well attended, even by some outsiders, i.e. followers of jazz.

Evenings like this one are sheer hard work and the Theatre Group is to be congratulated on putting on such a show.                                                                                               Willi Gough      



We wined and dined in exceptional village hall style, but by the time we left we thought we had been to Ronnie Scott's.

Tina May and Nikki Iles bowled us over with a fine selection from their repertoire, which gave every opportunity for us to enjoy Tina’s remarkable vocal range and Nikki’s seemingly effortless accompaniment. We're hooked!

Thank you to everyone.                              Barry Williams and Sandra Tatum



I will be running a coach to Thursford at the beginning of December. As soon as I have the date I will put details in the ‘Icene’.                                                                      Betty Willmott






We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came to see our Christmas Lights, and gave towards our chosen charity. We sent £75 to the Children’s Cancer Ward at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. We have received a very nice thank you card and receipt from the ward manager.

Thanks everyone.                                                                                                   Carol & Barry Turton



The Last Night of the Proms will be coming to Ickleton a little early this year when Saffron Walden Band will perform a concert of classical favourites in the Village Hall on Saturday 27th March.

The concert will feature Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory, and Jerusalem as well as a host of other music ranging from Bizet to Bernstein. Also appearing will be the choir from Duxford Saturday Music Workshop.

Th concert will start at 7.30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door priced £5.00 (£3.50 concessions).                                                                                                                       Jackie Seager



Many families will have happy memories of using the Duxford swimming pool during the summertime This much valued community facility is approximately 30 years old. It has served the children and families of the school well, both in term times and during the summer holidays. Without the enormous commitment of the Swimming Pool Club it would not have lasted so long.

Following a site visit, it has become apparent that, for Health & Safety reasons, the pool cannot be used this summer without significant improvements. Apart from replacing the pool, the condition of the plant room needs to be considered and the installation of a new more efficient boiler. All work must of course comply with new Health & Safety legislation.

Estimated costs for the swimming pool refurbishment are £80,000. This is clearly beyond the School's budget.

The Governors feel strongly that this pool is an asset to the school and the community. We must find a way of working together with the local community to ensure that sufficient funds can be raised to re-open a new pool for the summer of 2005.                 S. J. Dorrington - Headteacher





Our first meeting of 2004 got off to a good start, despite attendance being down slightly due to the weather.

Our speaker Mr. Paul Heavens described the history of Auriculas, which were first cultivated in Austria in the 17th century before spreading to the rest of Europe and becoming a great favourite of the Victorians. They also featured a great deal in Dutch and Flemish portraiture. We were shown lots of different varieties filmed by Paul, inspiring us to have a go at growing them.

On 26th May we will be celebrating our 30th birthday. Tickets £10 – members only. More details later.

The next meeting on 3rd March will be the Spring Quiz, when once again our knowledge will be well and truly tested.                                                                                        Cynthia Rule 


WELCOME TO………………..

Mike Ryall

Harun and Helen Cordan, and Killigan James (5 weeks)


Julian and Caroline Owen, Georgina (6), Matthew (4) and James (2).


Simon Williams and Joanne Bell



From 1st March we are planning to change our appointment system and we hope that this will improve the service we offer our patients. Below is an explanation of what this change will mean for us all.

Why are we changing the system?

Although our current ‘duty doctor’ system generally allows our patients to be seen on the day they wish to be seen, it does not give a bookable appointment time, nor may it give access to the most appropriate doctor or nurse applicable to the patient's problem.

Our reception staff are often unable to offer appointments convenient to both our patients and the medical staff - a ‘no win’ situation for us all and it can result in patients waiting a long time to be seen.

When will it change?

Our new system will be introduced on 1st March when follow-up appointments can be booked after 1st March by phoning on the day they are required.

How will the system change?

From 1st March there will be no duty doctor system. Except for genuine medical emergencies, all patients wishing to see a doctor or our nurse practitioner will be seen by appointment. To book, you should telephone on the morning of the day on which you wish to be seen. Our aim will be to provide same day appointments with the most appropriate doctor, nurse or other health professional.

What will not change?

All our special clinics, for example diabetes, hypertension, asthma, cervical smear, family planning etc will still be bookable in advance.

What will this mean to us all?

We are intending to reduce your waiting time on arrival at the surgery. Our aim is for patients to have access to an appropriate health professional when required and not to have to wait for a suitable appointment. Our reception staff will be able to offer our patients a convenient appointment and have more time to help and assist with patients' queries.

A leaflet explaining the new system can be obtained from reception

Jenny Parker - Office Manager

                                                                                                                  Sawston Medical Practice



Bridge on a Monday afternoon in the Village Hall

Bridge on a Monday afternoon continues with dedicated followers, so much so that a second group will now be started on a Tuesday  afternoon for the more experienced.  We have already had a second group going in which we use the meeting room for advanced players; but as we have a waiting list for both groups it was decided to try a new group in the village hall on a Tuesday afternoon.  Hence we can expand this ever popular U3A Bridge Group.

Please contact Gordon Budd or Mike Brown for more information. You will be made most welcome if you decide to join us.


For the past 8 years or so we have enjoyed a ‘cuppa’ at half time made by Cynthia Rule, but now she feels it’s time to give up.  Cynthia has been making at least 40 cups of tea every Monday afternoon for the past eight years and we are very grateful to her.  Thank you Cynthia from us all, it was much appreciated.                                                   Gordon Budd


‘Wanted’Tea Person

Is there anybody perhaps a retired person, who has time on their hands to make tea for us around 2.45 p.m. every Monday afternoon.  We are prepared to pay £2 a session for this. Please contact Gordon Budd or Monica Lilley.



We are sorry to record the death of Geraldine Booth, mother of James and Richard, who died at Harlow, after just a few months’ illness, on 16th December.





It's probably a sign of the times and an indication of how modern technology has eased the major household chores that the tradition of spring-cleaning has largely disappeared. Having said that, we should all take the time to set aside five minutes to carry out an annual 'spring clean' on one of the most important appliances in our homes - the smoke alarm.

In addition to the weekly battery check, once a year you should replace the batteries. You should also, as part of a six monthly routine, clean the inside of the smoke alarm to remove any dust or midges. Open the alarm or remove the cover and clean by using a soft brush or better still the gentle application of the vacuum cleaner nozzle, to ensure that any foreign bodies that could affect the alarms operation are removed.

    • Check Alarm Function Weekly

    • Clean Alarm Six Monthly

    • Replace Batteries Annually

Sadly, the Fire Service is still attending fires in domestic property where it is likely that a working smoke alarm would have given an early warning. Even more worrying is that, in some cases, although a smoke alarm had been fitted, it failed to operate because the batteries had been removed.

    • Only remove the battery on replacement

    • Never remove it to use elsewhere


For any advice on the installation of smoke alarms or any fire safety matters, please contact me, your Community Fire Safety Officer Tony Hibberd, Parkside Fire Station, Cambridge 01223 376252 or 07775 670764 or tony.hibberd@cambsflre.gov.uk



Mr Bendall our speaker for the February meeting surely missed his vocation! He should have been a comedian.  We were rolling off our seats with laughter at his anecdotes and stories of his life as a gamekeeper.  No wonder we had to wait over a year to book him, he must be very sought after and can be recommended as an entertaining speaker!

Dinah Millson gave the vote of thanks including a very appropriate little poem written by husband Bob which caused more laughter (thank you Bob).

The next meeting on March 17th will be the A.G.M. followed by a plate supper.

Cynthia Rule



Many thanks to everybody who came to see me and sent me cards, flowers, presents and good wishes following my recent knee operation. Everything seems to be going well and I am nearly walking properly again.

Thank you to David for typing most of this Bulletin (with one high speed finger!).

                                                                                                                                             Monica Lilley


March    1st

Mobile Library


Chesterford & District Gardening Society Spring Quiz 8.00 p.m.


Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford


Jumble Sale 2.30 p.m. Village Hall


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


W.I. Meeting 7.45 p.m. Great Chesterford Community Centre


Visiting Bellringers 2.00-4.00 p.m.


Saffron Walden Band Concert 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Mobile Library

May    8th

Parkinson’s Sale Village Hall

July    3rd

Church Fete

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