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APRIL  2004

Editors:                                                                                         David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                       

All contributions please Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th  April  2004




Refuse Collections during April

Monday 5th     April - Green wheeled bin and green box

Tuesday 13th  April - Black wheeled bin

Monday 19th   April - Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday 26th   April - Black wheeled bin

Please note bin collection after Easter will be on the Tuesday.


Wetlands  Are you interested in wildlife and local habitats?

As part of the South Field Project on the Genome Campus, a new wetland area is being established beside the river near Ickleton.  The footpath crossing this area will be open to residents of Ickleton, Hinxton and those working on the Genome Campus sometime in 2005.  The Wellcome Trust is keen to involve local residents in the ongoing management of the area and is approaching both Hinxton and Ickleton Parish Councils with a proposal to form a conservation group, including local residents, under the guidance of The Cambridge Wildlife Trust.  If you are interested in getting involved in this local nature project, please contact Sheila Birch or the Clerk, Jackie Casement.


Parking in Abbey Street  We are experiencing difficulties with increased parking in Abbey Street, particularly while building work is in progress.  Please park sensibly, bearing in mind visibility and allowing enough space for larger vehicles, such as the school bus, to get through.  Please use off-street parking if you can.


Dog fouling We have had many complaints about dog fouling on the Recreation Field.  Please act responsibly and go out equipped with plastic bags when you exercise your dogs.  The dog warden pays us random visits and the maximum fine for being caught failing to clear up is £1,000.00.


Security There have been a number of incidents reported recently, so please be aware of house security and keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

                                                                   Jackie Casement - Parish Council Clerk




The Sawston Medical Practice will allow patients who have to use the Car Service to book appointments a few days ahead.

Unfortunately we are short of drivers and must regretfully emphasise that we can only help those who cannot get to the surgery ‘under their own steam’.  We are in need of more drivers.  We work under the auspices of the Cambridge Care Network and if you would like to know more, please contact me.

Please can you help by becoming a volunteer driver?       Peggy Richardson


CHURCH NOTICES  - Services for April

Sunday 4th April

 9.30 a.m. Palm Procession from Laceys Way


Palm Sunday

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist








Monday  5th April

  8.00 p.m. Candlelight Compline


Tuesday 6th April

  8.00 p.m. Candlelight Compline


Wednesday 7th April

  8.00 p.m.  Candlelight Compline





Thursday 8th April

  8.00 p.m. Seder Meal





Friday 9th April

  9.30 a.m. Making the Easter Garden


Good Friday

12 noon – 3.00 p.m. The Three Hours





Sunday 11th April

  9.30 a.m. Family Eucharist


Easter Day

11.00 a.m. Family Eucharist





Sunday 18th April

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist





Thursday 22nd April

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





Sunday 25th April

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist



11.00 a.m. Morning Worship and Godly Play



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





Thursday  29th April

  12.30  p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)


From a member of the Ministerial Team                              

Look how Jesus lived.  Born in an obscure village, a peasant woman’s son, living in a working class home for thirty years.  Wandered about teaching and preaching for three years, never travelling far from where He was born.

Look how He died.  An apparent failure, disowned and deserted by friends and foe alike.  Betrayed for about £4.  His mother’s heart broken.  A more ignominious death could hardly be imagined.

So would our Christian exist if Christ’s suffering had come to nothing?  If He was just another unfortunate who met a violent death in a cruel world – so what?  If just another, who lost the hopeless fight against death – why bother about Him?

But the Christian belief, based upon unshakeable evidence, is that Christ rose from the dead and that He lives evermore.  ‘Jesus Christ is risen today’ is the paean that reverberates around the world on Easter Day.

Never forget.  The Resurrection is not an appendage, a fag end, to the Christian Faith.  It is not just a ‘happy ending’ story.  Jesus and the Resurrection IS the Christian Faith.  All the evidence of the New Testament shows that the core of the Good News that spread around the world was not just any religion will do – try not to harm your neighbour – do the best you can, and the rest of the populist ethics.  Not at all.  The core of the Gospel message was, is and always will be, JESUS AND THE RESURRECTION.  Subtract that, and you eviscerate, disembowel Christianity.

So, you have to accept or reject HIM.  With me or against me, He asks?  No fences to sit on here.  Do you, accept Him?  You who watched a loved one die, slowly and painfully.  You, whose child was ‘wave-dodging’ and lost her footing.  You, whose brother succumbed to ‘crack’ cocaine?  Where are they now?  What happens after death?  Everyone wants to know.  Only Jesus Christ can give the answer.  Because you accept Him as Lord of this world and the world hereafter, you trust Him.  He says, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with us in Paradise.’  You know your loved ones are safe, and that one day you will be reunited.  ‘Nothing can my power withstand.’  That is what Easter Day says to you.

You and I are just ordinary folk trying to live the Christian life.  We know well enough of sin and suffering.  We know when we pray, make an act of real penitence, resist temptation to what we pretend are little sins, turn our backs to the temptations no one knows about except God and ourselves; then because of Easter Day, we and countless Christians share a victor, which death itself cannot defeat.  Why?       Jesus and the Resurrection                                                                                                  Charles Miller




The Fete this year will be held on July 3rd on the recreation ground and in Ickleton Village Hall from 2.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. This annual family event has been running a few years now.  Newcomers to the village will be made very welcome.

The Parochial Church Council is ever grateful to the village for supporting this event, as it is one of our fundraising events and a social event as well.

Sponsorship for Ickleton Church Fete 2004

Last year our annual fete was very generously sponsored by local firms and services, to the tune of £350. This money was a great help to us in defraying expenses such as hiring the brass band and placing newspaper advertisements.

I am now writing to ask firms (or individuals) to sponsor us this year.

The fete will be held on July 3rd and a week before this date a leaflet will be delivered to every household in the village to advertise the programme of events. The names of sponsors, and their details, will be printed on the back.

The cost of sponsorship is £25 and I already have several firms interested. So, if you would like to sponsor the fete, or if you can suggest any firms or services who might like to do so, or if you would like more information, please contact me, Monica Lilley or one of the Churchwardens, Sebastian Payne or Jenny Pell.

Please make cheques payable to Ickleton PCC and deliver them to me at 8 Brookhampton Street, Ickleton.

** Deadline for payment and sponsorship details is 31st May 2004 **

The Parochial Church Council is very grateful for your help.Thank you, in advance.                                          

A Pitch at the fete

If you would like a pitch for a stall at the fete, the cost will be £5 and 20% of what you sell at the fete.  Please make your own arrangements if wet (as the hall will be full) and please bring your own table.

Make a cheque out to Ickleton Parochial Church Council, with your name and address and telephone number and put it through my door before the fete.

The Photographic Competition

Our judge Reg Cullum has come up with the following artistic and skilful photography categories as below:


Topics                                                                Colour                                                       Black and White


Sunrise                                                                  a                                                                              a

Sunset                                                                    a                                                                              -

The Village Shop                                                  a                                                                              a     

The Waters of Ickleton                                         a                                                                              a     

Local Doors                                                            a                                                                   -

Garden Gates                                                        a                                                                    a     

Village Life                                                             a                                                                    a     


Reg, who has been in watercolour all his life and is a local artist, has kindly agreed to judge the photographic competition. 


          1.   Photos to be 5” x 7”.

2.   Each entry will be £1.

          3.   Please put your name and address on the back of each photograph and what category

               it has to be in and put through my door before July 3rd with entry money  or

                bring on the day of the fete July 3rd between1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m..


The photographic competition will be held in the meeting room in Ickleton Village Hall.

The winners will be announced in the meeting room by Reg at 4.00 p.m. on July 3rd when

rosettes will be presented.

For any more information please do not hesitate to contact me.        Monica Lilley 




An almost capacity crowd of 11 teams attended the first quiz night of 2004.  Thanks to everyone who made the evening so enjoyable.

The next quiz will be held on Saturday April 3rd at 9.00 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale in the Club for the Easter draw.

Due to popular demand, the Club will re-launch John Smith’s Bitter this month.

The ladies are organising a trip to Ascot races on 16th June. The tickets are £16 each, plus the cost of minibus transport there and back (price to be confirmed).  Anyone interested please call Shirley Gregory.                                         The Ickleton Social Club Committee



A quiet year so far, but the police have recently advised me of a type of burglary which they are striving to prevent. In Granchester, an elderly woman was woken up by a knock on the door and greeted by a man with a holdall. He led the woman to believe that she had ordered some items

from him - which she had not - and entered the house without being invited. He put the items on the table and helped himself to cash from her purse - well in excess of the amount the items would cost (pegs, tea towels etc.) He left and a short time later another man came to the door and asked for biscuits. Because she was embarassed at being 'caught' she didn't tell anyone until the next day. As it happened, the salesman left his ID card in her purse, and he has been traced by the police. It was an official ID – ‘Work Creation’ for self- employed people earning money by door-to-door selling of household goods. He is now in custody and was already wanted by another police force for the same type of crime. Elderly people, especially, should put a chain on their door before answering. A good simple message to learn is - IF IN DOUBT - LOCK THEM OUT – and phone 999.

E-mail Scams Just remember - Nothing is Free. Banks do not contact you directly concerning your bank account via e-mail - so do not e-mail money into requested accounts without checking with the bank first and do not pass on your bank or building society details.

Mobile Phone Scam There is currently a scam whereby you receive a message saying 'Missed Call' showing the number 0709 020 3840. (The last four numbers may be different but the first four are always 0709) If you call this number back you will be charged £50 per minute. It is no good complaining about your phone bill - as this apparently is completely legal.

Any suspicions or information call the Police on  ' 01223 358966.        Tony Court



My sister and I would like to say thank you to everyone who gave us jumble, cakes, raffle prizes etc. Also a big thank you to all our helpers, without them we wouldn’t have been able to raise so much money. We raised £627.80p plus £190 that my daughter Mrs. Nina Douglas had raised from a previous fund raising, a total of £817.80p.

And of course a thank you to all the people who came to buy on the day.

A cheque for £817.80p will be sent to The Children’s Cancer Ward at Addenbrooke’s.

                                                                                         Carol Turton and Rosemarie Tennick (Bud)




The now 5th Annual Parkinson’s Bazaar will be held in Ickleton Village Hall on May 8th at 2.00 p.m. I would like to ask for contributions towards this sale, almost anything will sell, so please, when doing that spring clean, save it for us.  We hope to have the usual stalls, teas and a good draw.  Please help in any way you can.  Can I ask all those friends who have helped before in any way, serving sorting or whatever, for their help again this year - without them there would not be a sale.

Items can be left with Mary Woolhouse, Cynthia Rule or myself Dorothy Churchman or I will be pleased to collect.

Thank you all in anticipation of your kind help and a good day.                 Dorothy Churchman





We are organizing a day-trip to the RSPB bird reserve at Minsmere, on the Suffolk coast, on Saturday 8th May.  Bring your own picnic and meet in the reserve car park at 10.00 a.m. The journey takes about 2 hours.  If you intend to join us, or need a lift, please telephone Shelia Birch on.



The total amount donated in Keith’s memory for the East Anglian Children’s Hospice was £480.30. Thank you to everyone who gave a donation.                            Kathy, Chris and Craig



How delighted I was to watch some young lads practising cricket on the recreation ground - and in February too.  Could such enthusiasm be the start of an Ickleton Cricket Team? I wish……….

                                                                                                                                                   Cynthia Rule




Forty three members attended the Spring Quiz Evening, another record attendance! Ickleton members once more excelled themselves, the ‘Camelot’ team being the outright winners.  I’ll leave you to guess who they were?

Pauline Gale, Vice Chairman, thanked Keith and Joan Sutcliffe for hosting their ‘Snowdrop Afternoon’ on February 12th, which was very successful.

Next month April 7th will be our A.G.M., when  we hold a good plant stall and hope to encourage new members to join. Subscriptions will be £7 and £6 concessions. Now is the time to join to take advantage of the New Year’s programme.                                       Cynthia Rule





We are sorry to record the death of Mrs. Gladys Roberts, aged 83, of Great Chesterford.

The funeral took place on 19th March at Great Chesterford Church.  Mrs. Roberts was a very regular Ickleton Churchgoer  for over 50 years.





I am pleased to announce that Duxford Post Office is now able to do Vehicle Licensing (Tax Discs).                                                                                                                       Brian Woodhams





Our A.G.M. was held on March 17th when over 30 members attended. Could it have been the excellent plate supper that attracted so many?

The treasurer reported that our funds were £30  up on last year – good.

Our Secretary’s reports reminded us of all the interesting speakers and outings we’ve had, also the Silk Painting Class which was a great success and will be repeated again some time this coming year. Carol Dean, our President, will carry on for another year, with the help of two new committee members.  Carol thanked her Committee and everyone who had worked to make the year a success. At the end of the evening, Mary Wombwell gave a warm vote of thanks to Carol and her Committee on behalf of the members.

The next meeting will be on April 21st 7.45 p.m. at Great Chesterford Community Centre, when the subject will be ’Anything to Declare’ Security at Stansted Airport.                               Judy Holt



The Friday morning 101 Myall’s council subsidised service between Whittlesford and Saffron Walden will cease at the end of March. The Tuesday morning service remains unchanged.

The Myall’s Sunday service is re-numbered 132 but is unchanged.                            David Lilley



There will be a ‘Art for All’  sale of art, to include needlework, in aid of Hinxton Church, on Easter Monday, 12th April from 10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. in Hinxton Church.

                                                                                                                                           Margaret Garrett




WELCOME TO…….Neil and Rosemary McKillen and daughter Tori.






Just when we were about to finalize the April issue, before taking it to our proof readers, there was a gust of wind and the lights went out, and remained out all afternoon and evening. An all too regular occurance.

We are so dependent on electricity these days. Perhaps someone should bring out a wind-up word processor, a clockwork computer or a paraffin PC. The trains were still running, so we thought about hooking a wire over the catenary, but perhaps 25,000 volts would be a bit strong for the 40 watt bulbs in our house!













    April 3rd

Social Club Quiz Night 9.00 p.m. Social Club


Great Chesterford and District Gardening Society AGM and Plant Sale 8.00 p.m.


The Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


 Art for All, 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. Hinxton Church


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Gt. Chesterford


Mobile Library



       May 8th

 Parkinson’s Sale Village Hall 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.


 IPS visit to RSPB Minsmere



       July  3rd

 Church Fete  Recreation Ground and Village Hall 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.


                                                PUBLISHED BY ICKLETON PARISH COUNCIL