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MAY  2004

Editors:                                                                                         David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                       

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th  May   2004




Parish Meeting, Wednesday 19 May, at 7.30 pm

This year we are doing things differently.  We are splitting the AGM (a purely formal re-election of officers, followed swiftly by an ordinary Parish Council meeting on Thursday 13 May) from the Annual Parish Meeting.  The Parish Meeting is your meeting, so please come and join us; we want to hear your views.   We shall start by offering you a drink of wine or beer, at 7.30pm, and the meeting will start at 8.00 pm.  Every member of the Parish is invited.  At the meeting various short reports on activities in the village will be given and then the meeting will be thrown open to the public.  Your questions, suggestions and contributions will be welcome; for instance your views on traffic, parking, flooding, Parish Council meetings, broadband, the M11 widening etc.  We hope too that our local Community Beat Officer, Iain Perry, will be with us and if you have any questions for him, please let me know by Friday 14th May so that Iain is prepared.


Refuse Collections during May

Tuesday 4th  May     Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday 10th  May     Black wheeled bin

Monday 17th  May     Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday 24th  May     Black wheeled bin

Tuesday 1st   June    Green wheeled bin and green box

Please note bin collection after Bank Holiday Mondays will be on the Tuesday.


Broadband will be going live on 2 June, so you are advised to register before this date.


April Parish Council Meeting

At this meeting terms for the 2004/05 football season were discussed with the Ickleton and Crocus football clubs and a plan for maintenance of the pitch was agreed upon.  The Parish Council supported the application for extensions to River House, Church Street.  It was agreed to get quotations for the repair of the brick piers supporting the cemetery gates.


Antisocial Behaviour There have been a number of incidents recently involving bad behaviour in the village.  The Police have been informed and are keeping a watch.  If you see anything that concerns you, please telephone the Cambridge Police immediately ' 01223 358966.


Football Pitch While the worn grass in the goal mouths is being repaired and reseeded, the area will be fenced off.  Please do not use these areas until the fence is removed and the grass well grown.


Calor Village of the Year This is a competition for the best Cambridgeshire village 2004 and is judged on assessments made in the following categories: Community Life, Business, Young People, Older People, Environment.  Entries must be made by 24th  May. The reward is a cash prize for community use. I have the necessary entry forms so please let me know if there is any parishioner interested in taking on this project.                                Jackie Casement



CHURCH NOTICES  -  Services for May

Sunday 2nd May

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


Easter 4

11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.03 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 6th May

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





Sunday  9th May

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


Easter 5

11.00 a.m. URC Anniversary Service



  6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 13th May

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





Sunday  16th May

 9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


Easter 6

11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





Thursday 20th May

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)


Ascension Day






Sunday 23rd May

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


Easter 7

 11.00 a.m. Joint Family Service & Godly Play



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





Thursday 27th May

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





Sunday 30th May

  10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist





From a member of the Ministry Team

‘Empowerment’ is one of those words used in sales-speak training, I’m told, to motivate staff to reach targets. I see useful benefits in using ‘business speak’ to challenge Christians to be outward in mission and social concerns and even to have ‘targets’ in order to keep on track. It’s so easy to just jog along, as long as some of us come to church from time to time to keep the show on the road, get a bit of spiritual uplift or to be seen to support the church, with a bit of money thrown in for good measure. Frankly, Jesus did not come to ask us to ‘support the church.’ You may remember the words of the hymn from your childhood, ‘He died that we might be forgiven. He died to make us good, He died that we might go to heaven saved by his precious blood.’ It’s as simple as that, take it or leave it, so if our faith means anything, we need to have a sense of empowerment, I feel, and that is where the great festival of Pentecost comes in.  We keep Pentecost this year on Sunday 30th May.  For some of us that Sunday used to be familiar as Whit Sunday, with the Bank Holiday attached.  Now that Monday off has been moved (although not this year) and we tend to get confused. In the days of the early church, Pentecost was kept by Christians as an equally important festival to Easter.  Christmas was a very poor third – how things have changed, sentimentally and commercially!

My first recollection of Pentecost was at my school, Forest, in East London, where we were fortunate, I believe, to have a chapel and a chaplain. Our Divinity (RE/RS) lessons ran on routine lines, we pupils being required to open our bibles and read from one of a number of chaplain’s particular ‘pet’ bible stories.  One of these was the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a mighty rushing wind and it filled the house where they were sitting……..And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. That last word ‘Spirit’ comes from the Greek word ‘Pneuma’ which we may associate with ‘pneumatic tyres’. The power of the wind of the Spirit – that, to me, is what Pentecost is all about – empowerment of our inner selves through God the Holy Spirit.

So come and experience this power on Sunday 30th May and your lives could change for the better.                                                                                              The Revd. Canon David Wall



ST. ALBANS’ PICNIC – Saturday 29th May

Have you booked your seat yet?  If the answer is ‘No’, then you need to get in touch with me as soon as possible.  The Churches in the Five Villages are going to St. Albans, where there are plenty of interesting things to do, for the whole family, including the Verulamium Museum (Roman mosaics, hands-on discovery, artefacts etc.), the park and river, the magnificent Abbey (Evensong at 4.00 p.m.) and of course, the opportunity to shop until you drop! The coach will leave Whittlesford at 9.30 a.m. and pick up in Duxford, Ickleton and Hinxton.  It will leave St. Albans at 5.30 p.m. The coach fare is £7.00 per head (no concessions).

Booking forms are available in the churches, but places may be booked by phoning.  Fares should be paid at the time of booking or within five days.  Please make cheques payable to Whittlesford PCC  Churchwardens.

Any people who wish to travel by car are invited to rendezvous with the main party near the Abbey about 10.30 a.m.                                                         Julie Baillie


We have had a most enjoyable time on Thursday evenings having supper together, watching the Alpha videos and discussing their content.  Now we have finished the course, we are planning a series of studies and discussion on Philippians, on the first and third Thursdays of each month, starting on 20 May, at 8.00pm at Abbey Farm. These studies are open to everyone.


The date for the above show is December 9th. This is for the afternoon 2.30 p.m. performance.

The coach will leave Ickleton at 11.30 a.m.

Please could anyone wishing to go, let me know.

Payment is not required until early October.                                     Betty Willmott



CONGRATULATIONS TO…….Mrs. Hilary Henderson 90 on 18th May.


and                                                                               Mr. Henry Burton 90 on 21st May.



WELCOME TO……..John and Christina Taylor.


and                              Owen and Helen McGuire and Hiamh (10), Olivia (8), Finn (5) and Lois (4)



We were all deeply sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Bert Pickett after a short illness.  He will be greatly missed at our meetings as he and Rose were usually there, and always ready to help. He was a good supporter of the club.  He loved his game of whist, and was a good caller for the bingo session.

I shall miss him, as he always brought me home from the meetings with an always cheerful smile.

Our thoughts go to Rose who, after so many years together, must be feeling very lost, but we hope her health and strength will see her through.

We also have to send our sympthany to Mr. Cecil Vincent and his family in the loss of Phyllis his wife. He used to come regularly to the meetings when able, so we hope he will be able to return soon and maybe call bingo again. He was also a good supporter of the club and  loved his game of whist. I hope his health will improve now, he has had so many set backs.

So now we go to the next event,  it will be Mr. Henry Burton’s 90th birthday on May 21st. Good luck  Henry.                                                                                                          Mrs. Ruby Lilley





A Grand Draw

A Grand Draw to be held at Ickleton Church Fete on July 3rd 2004.  Raffle to be drawn at 4.00 p.m. on the day in the Village Hall.

Prizes as follows:-

                    1st    Prize Mountain Bike (Adult’s or Child’s) Donated by The Wellcome Trust

                   2nd  Prize £100

                   3rd  Prize £50

                   4th   Prize A Hamper

                   5th  (Not on draw tickets). Donated by Duxford Imperial War Museum.

 A ticket for 5 persons valid 10th/11th July. 4/5th September, 10th October 2004.

                       expires 31st December 2004. ……………….And many more prizes

We would be very grateful if you could sell any tickets for us, or if you would like any tickets before the fete please contact Monica or Margaret and Peter Clarke,.                         


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 8 Brookhampton Street before the fete.                                 


Your Bottles needed Please

Your bottles are needed please for the Church Fete bottle stall on 3rd July.  Please can you donate a bottle or two, anything from tomato sauce to something stronger gratefully received by David or Margaret Garrett,.  We will willingly collect.             


Photography Competition

Please see shop notice or the Parish Notice Board, for details of the Photography Competition.


Fancy Dress Competition for Children and Adults

At this years’ Church Fete we will, as usual, be having a Fancy Dress Competition.

There will be two categories – firstly an adult competition and secondly, the children’s competition.

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘NATIONS OF THE WORLD’.

We thought it would be a good idea this year to bring all the nations together in harmony at our village fete, if only it could be possible in real life!

So come on everyone, start thinking who you can come as, perhaps an American Indian or an Arab Sheik! Prizes will be given out on the day. 

Please make a note on your calendar and get your family ready for the Village Fete.

For more information about the fancy dress competition contact Sarah Mila  .

                                                                                                                                                  Monica Lilley



The Easter Quiz Night and Easter Draw Night both attracted large crowds, and there are still some draw prizes to be collected.

Thanks to everyone who attended and helped to organize the evenings.

Next Quiz Night is May 8th.

Please note: This year’s Church Fete Quiz on July 3rd will be organised by the Social Club.

                                                                                                              Ickleton Social Club Committee



I am pleased to tell you that Don Gamble has agreed to take over the running of the Service.

The telephone number will remain the same.  If you drive and can spare a little time, please can you help by becoming a volunteer driver?                             Peggy Richardson




The Parkinson’s Annual Bazaar on 8th May is like a get together of friends and we look forward to seeing each other. Please come along and, if you have been turning out, I am sure someone will gladly find a happy home for it. For all those going on the Scotland holiday, we hope you had a lovely time.

Thank you to Dilip and Sunita at the Costcutter Express for having the collecting tin on the counter.                                                                                     Dorothy Churchman





The AGM will be on Thursday 20th May at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall. Come along and hear what the Society is doing and enjoy a glass of wine and listen to Lawrence Wragg the National Vice Chairman of CRPE speak on ‘How CPRE seeks to influence local policy’. Lawrence’s talk will cover issues such as future housing and development policy which should be of interest to us given the plans for Stansted and the M11 corridor.


A reminder that the day trip to the RSPB reserve at Minsmere on the Suffolk coast will take place on 8th May.  Bring your own picnic lunch and meet in the reserve car park at 10.00 a.m. If you would like to come along or need a lift please telephone Sheila Birch.

Hemingford Grey Manor

We have arranged to visit Hemingford Grey Manor, on 26th June, when the roses in the garden should be at their best.  We shall be shown round the house, reputedly the oldest continuously inhabited house in the country, and the tour includes an interesting display of patchwork quilts.  We hope to have lunch at the Cock Inn in the village beforehand.  The tour costs £4, concessions £3.50 and starts at 2.30 p.m.  We need to know numbers for the tour and the pub so if you would like to come please telephone Sheila Birch.

Audley End Concert

If you are interested in making up a party to go to one of the open air concerts at Audley End in the summer, please telephone Jos Flitton or e.mail josflitton@tiscali.co.uk.



There were two incidents in Ickleton to report since the last Bulletin.

 1. 13th March - In Grange Road a person was threatened with a lump of wood and a stone was thrown through the back of a window.

2. 14-15th March - Forced entry to the pub and alcohol stolen.

In Duxford bollards were thrown through the school window, a petrol cap was forced and petrol stolen, a wing mirror and a wheelie bin were stolen.

Elsewhere in the area, a number of burglaries took place, cash was obtained by deception, tools were stolen from an unlocked van whilst the owner was working at a house and an elderly male was conned into believing work was needed to be carried out on his roof.  After allegedly carrying the work out, the offender took the man to his bank where he drew out cash and paid the man. No repairs were required or carried out. A possible intent of distraction burglary occurred when two males called at a front door asking for a  particular person. The name was not known to the resident of the house and when the two men left a third one suddenly appeared from the rear of the house. If you think you are witnessing a crime, please always call 999. Please also take a note of registration numbers of unknown vehicles in the area  particularly Transit vans. These can be reported to 01223 358966. It may not be happening to you, but it could be taking place next door and happen to you tomorrow. Take care.

    Tony Court 



Mr. and Mrs. Francis Bird would like to say thank you for the kind help, cards and flowers and visits after Mrs. Bird’s stay in hospital.






Bert was born in West Ham, but as a child used to come to Ickleton for the summer holidays each year to stay at Butcher’s Hill with his grandmother’s brother Henry Lilley (Kath Scasbrook’s father). His parents would come for only a week, as his father had to get back to work, but Bert would stay for a month. He would spend time in Mowbray’s farmyard or at Priory Farm, and would wait for Mr Griggs (Betty Willmott’s grandfather) to come out, so he could get a ride around the fields with him on the cart.

At 14 Bert moved to Barking and after leaving school became an apprentice engineer at Wilmers at Bow. During the War, being an engineer, Bert was sent by the Ministry of Defence to Cammell-Laird shipyard in Liverpool. Unfortunately the three ships he worked on were all sunk! Later Bert was sent to work at various aerodromes, including a spell at Leuchars.

Bert met Rose at bible study at Upney Baptist Church in 1939 and they married in 1941. They had two daughters, Sandra  and Susan, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Rose remembers how Bert was always talking about Ickleton when they were courting, and at the end of the war they moved here into Crossroads, next to Bert’s cousin Ivy Vincent, while he worked at Abbey Farm. They later moved to Grange Cottages, next to Hilda Woodley, and Bert worked at Chrishall Grange Farm.

In 1947 they left Ickleton for Hatfield Heath and then went back to Barking, where Bert worked for Tate & Lyle at Silvertown. Bert stayed withTate & Lyle for the rest of his working life, later moving to Orpington as an estimator for them. In 1979 he retired and moved to Wakes Colne to help his daughter Sandra on a smallholding, before moving to Lexden.

In 1989 they came back to Ickleton, and Bert and Rose soon joined in with village activities. Bert was a keen bowler (having played for the Tate & Lyle team) and soon joined with Ted Harris, Hubert Holt, Harry Grant, John Godfrey and Gordon Woolhouse in games at Saffron Walden and Haverhill. He also played carpet bowls in the village hall. Bert and Rose were keen members of the Over Sixties, Bert always being willing to do the fetching and carrying for meetings and jumble sales. For about seven years, Bert and Rose were responsible for distribution of the Icene Bulletin, as well as delivery to Church Street and Butcher’s Hill.

Bert was a happy-go-lucky character, who enjoyed his holidays as well as gardening and his long walks with Rose around the village. They always seemed to be together - one person remarked that, though both over 80, they still seemed like a courting couple!            David  Lilley   


Thank You

Many thanks for the huge number of cards I received and for the flowers and kind phone calls.  I appreciated it very much.                                                                                                Rose Pickett       



World Book Day was a fantastic success, with pupils dressed up as their favourite book characters, and many motivating activities to share and enjoy reading. Thanks to Sawston Books for their help on the day. The school drew in some fantastic speakers for Science week, with children being inspired to program robots, draw scientific diagrams of catapults, look for mini-beasts in the school grounds and conduct many experiments.  Class assemblies have been a great success, giving children opportunities to share what they have been doing in class with the school and parents. The latest topics have been Electricity and Musical Rounds. Year 3 spent a day potato farming with Waitrose and local farmers as part of a nationwide project. They planted potatoes and had hands-on experience with the machines in the fields. Winter Sports Day provided a great opportunity for fun and exercise, with mixed ages teams joining together to complete active challenges round the school. The P.T.A. Family Bingo night was well supported with calls like “Duck at the door 24 Quack, Quack, Knock,” keeping everyone entertained. The event raised about £250.

The Spring Term ended with a Talent Show for all pupils, organised by the Pupil Council, to raise funds to furnish a Quiet Zone in the playground which they have designed. If anyone has spare paving stones that might be good for this, the children would be delighted.  A date for your diaries - 27th June - School Fete. The P.T.A. would be very grateful for any offers of assistance and hope that the weather will be kinder than last year and you will come along in crowds!

                                                                                                    Rachel Rugg-Gunn 



Phyllis was born at Great Yarmouth. At the beginning of the war she and her brother and sister (Mrs.Joan Harvey) were evacuated to West Drayton, near Retford. Later they returned to Great Yarmouth but in June1942 the houses were bombed. The house No.6 Row 111 is now open to the public as a reminder of those dark wartime days.

With no house and little prospect of work for her father, a fisherman, the family came to Hinxton railway crossing cottage where her father became crossing gateman.

Phyllis had to look after her father and invalid mother and even used to push her to Saffron Walden and back in her wheel-chair on market-days. She said that she was not sure which was the worst - going up or going down Walden Hill!

Phyllis met Cecil in 1945 and they were married on Easter Saturday 1948. They went to Great Yarmouth for their honeymoon before setting up home at one of the cottages at Crossroads. In 1953 they moved to Bird’s Close and finally to Icknield Close in 1984.

Phyllis worked for a time at The Place, Brookhampton Street and later a few hours at Hovells.

Phyllis and Cecil had two sons, Tony and Martin. They now have seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, all of whom Phyllis loved very much.

Phyllis still liked her birthplace Great Yarmouth and she and Cecil regularly spent their holidays there. It was her wish that after cremation her ashes should be scattered on the sea there.

Phyllis had been ill for about eleven years, gradually getting worse, until eventually Cecil had to do virtually everything for her. Although she knew she would not improve, she always had that pleasant smile on her face when she saw somebody. She spent her life helping others.

                                                                                                                                                             David Lilley 

Thank You

The Vincent  family would like to say thank you to everybody who attended the funeral and for the cards and kind thoughts after their sad loss.



A Sitting Service for Children with a disability

Volunteers in the Ickleton area who can offer a minimum of one evening a month, are needed for this service.  Full training is provided where necessary and expenses will be reimbursed. If you are interested in being a volunteer sitter please contact:

The Co-ordinator Tel. 01223 519220, The ‘Good Night’ Child Sitting Service, c/o Barnwell Baptist Church, Howard Road, Cambridge CB5 8QG.



The Duxford Lawn Tennis Club is holding their annual early season tournament on Sunday 9th May.  This is a friendly competition intended as a curtain raiser to the new season.  It is open to members (over 16) of any playing standard.

Please arrive at the Duxford courts at 1.30 p.m. Tea and cakes will be served during the afternoon.

Any enquiries, please contact David Merrifield.



Duxford Playgroup will be holding a sale of good quality second hand clothes and goods on Saturday 15th May, 2.30-4.30 pm in Duxford School Hall.  There will be bargains galore plus teas, coffees and cakes.  Admission just 50p for adults, children free.

If you would like to contribute goods for the sale, you will receive 50% of the proceeds, with the remainder going to the Under Fives Association new building appeal.  Please bring along your goods (no electrical items thank you) to the Under Fives Association Portacabin (rear of the school) during the week preceding the sale, or call me to arrange collection.  All goods should be priced and clearly labelled with your name and phone number so we can make sure your percentage reaches you.  All unnamed goods will be assumed to be donations.

We look forward to seeing you there!

     Sarah Cahill Chairperson, Duxford Playgroup






The Society held its Annual General Meeting on 7th April, bringing another year to a satisfactory conclusion.  I am again happy to report that the society is in good health.  More members are attending the regular events than ever before, and we have been able to welcome many younger people as new members.

The Society covers seven villages  in the vicinity – Great and Little Chesterford, Ickleton, Hinxton, Littlebury, Littlebury Green and Catmere End.  The main event during the year was the Flower Show which was held in September.  The show was a great success (readers may recall that the principal prize winners were Keith and Joan Sutcliffe) in spite of a very dry summer.

The Garden Walkabout took place in Little Chesterford in July.  We held a successful Spring Party last month;  and we had our regular evening meetings at which we have had a variety of speakers.

The year 2004 marks the Society’s 30th birthday and we will be having a party in May to mark the event.  The Garden Walkabout will take place on 30th June when we visit a number of gardens in Great Chesterford.  On 7th July we will be holding a ‘mini’ flower show (we alternate between the main flower show one year, and a mini show the next).  The Summer Outing will take place on 4th August when we will be visiting Bridge End Gardens in Saffron Walden, and over the course of the year we will have evening meetings with visiting speakers.

At the AGM, the committee for the forthcoming year was elected.  Three new members were elected to the committee, including Margaret Turner of Ickleton.  The other Ickleton representatives on the committee are Cynthia Rule (Minutes Secretary and Trading Secretary), Gerry Birch, Keith Sutcliffe, Catherine Cocks and myself (Chairman).

Members of the Society are entitled to substantial discounts on seeds and supplies bought through the Society and they can also benefit from discounts at local garden centres.  Many members who seldom take part in the activities will nevertheless take advantage of these discounts.

The Society is always keen to welcome new members.  Anyone interested in joining, or in finding out more about the society, should contact Cynthia, Keith, Gerry, Catherine, Margaret or me.  The evening meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month in Great Chesterford Congregational Church and we can arrange lifts for anyone who wants one.

The speaker for May 5th will be Dr. John Twibell and the subject - Artemesias.

                                                                                                                                        James Macdonald


                    May 5th     Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.

                                      The Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford

                          8th        Parkinson’s Sale 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Village Hall

                          8th      IPS Visit to Minsmere

                          8th        Social Club Quiz Night

                         10th      Mobile Library

                         13th      Parish Council AGM and meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                         15th     Duxford Playgroup 50/50 Sale 2.30 p.m. Duxford School Hall

                         19th      Parish Meeting 8.00 p.m. Village Hall

                         19th     W.I.Meeting 7.45 p.m. The Community Centre, Gt. Chesterford

                         20th    IPS AGM 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                         20th       After Alpha Course 8.00 p.m. Abbey Farm

                       22nd        Visiting Bellringers 4.10 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

                         24th     Mobile Library

                       29th     St. Albans’ Picnic depart 9.30 a.m.


               June12th        Hinxton Fete 2.00 p.m.

                         26th    IPS visit to Hemingford Grey Manor

                         27th      Duxford School Fete


                   July 3rd     Church Fete 2.00 – 5.00 p.m. Village Hall and Recreation Ground


                 Dec 9th        Thursford Christmas Spectacular Visit

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