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JUNE  2004

Editors:                                                                                          David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                       

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th  June  2004




Refuse Collections during June

Tuesday 1st  June –  Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday  7th  June –  Black wheeled bin

Monday 14th  June – Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday 21st  June – Black wheeled bin

Monday 28th  June – Green wheeled bin and green box


Broadband Going Live on 2nd June  More information on registering and advice on the equipment you will need to buy can be found via the village website.


Antisocial Behaviour Minor acts of vandalism and damage on the Recreation field have been reported. If you witness any bad behaviour, please telephone the Cambridge Police immediately on 01223 358966 so that these problems can be dealt with swiftly.


At the Annual General Meeting on 13th May James Macdonald was re-elected Chairman for the forthcoming year, with Peter Wombwell acting as Vice Chairman.

At the May Parish Council meeting, which followed immediately, it was reported that work is about to start on un-blocking a surface water drain in Abbey Street, which should help considerably with the flooding we get after sudden heavy rain.  It was agreed to make a donation to Duxford School for new library books and a donation to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.


Parish Meeting Our new approach to the annual Parish Meeting led to a very successful evening.  It was attended by thirty something parishioners, including members of the Parish Council.  Short reports from various village organisations, the District and County Councils and local schools were given, followed by a presentation on Broadband.  Our Community Beat Officer, Iain Perry, gave an informative talk about his work and encouraged members of the public to report minor incidents to the Cambridge Police (number above) so that action can be taken; unreported problems will not get solved.  He has been carrying out random speed checks in the village, with 36 speeding tickets being issued so far this year.  Be warned!

Finally, an open forum was held and parishioners were able to express concerns and ideas, including the need for more litter bins, the use of the skate park, proposed widening of the M11 and future development along the M11 corridor.     Jackie Casement – Parish Clerk



Don’t forget to vote at the European and Local Elections on 10th June 7.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. in the Village Hall.



Ickleton United Charities are looking for a volunteer to undertake a survey of their properties.

Please contact Richard Herbert, Chairman of the Trustees.





CHURCH NOTICES – Services for June


             Thursday 3rd June

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





             Sunday 6th June

 9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist


             Trinity Sunday

11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





             Thursday 10th June

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





             Sunday 13th June

 8.00  a.m. Holy Communion


              Trinity 1

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eurcharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





             Thursday 17th June

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





              Sunday 20th June

 9.30  a.m. Parish Eucharist


              Trinity 2

11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





            Thursday 24th June

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





             Sunday 27th June

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


               John the Baptist

  No Evensong

‘St. Johns’


Welcome to our Churches

At the end of this month and in early July we will be celebrating the Patronal Festivals of the two Duxford churches.  St. Mary Magdalene, Ickleton celebrates its festival later on in July.

Duxford has two churches, the larger, but no longer used St. John’s, near the centre of the village and the regularly used St. Peter’s by the war memorial.  Indeed there is a third within the parish, on the Whittlesford side of the A505.

The service for the Patronal Festival of St. John on June 27th gives us a rare opportunity to worship in this beautiful church.  It is probably one of only two or three occasions a year when we are able to meet in this ancient building.  People never fail to be struck by the beauty and feeling of this splendid building, the most recent occasion being that of our Candlelight carol singing.

Like most churches the building has been added to extensively over the centuries, with the earliest parts dating back to Norman times.  It is of course a mixture of styles, and of building types.  The inside bears evidence of the centuries of congregations and of the many thousands of people who must have met there over time.  Perhaps not surprisingly even some of the graffiti are old, even in Latin!  It is reputed that the lead covered spike at the top of the tower became twisted when a flagpole attached to it for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee was caught by the force of a gale.

St John’s amalgamated with St. Peter’s in 1874.  This also dates back to early Norman times with the original tower and part of the chancel surviving from those times.  The six bells in St. Peter’s were moved from St. John’s in 1949.  Originally the church had a much larger spire, but this was removed at the end of the 17th Century because of its considerable weight.  St. Peter’s celebrates its Patronal Festival the following Sunday 4th July.

It is a great shame to see these remarkable buildings unused or under-used after many centuries of church service.  We need the church to be there for us at various occasions in our lives, and often at times of personal hardship.  Therefore the church needs us, because without a congregation it is just a building. So, with these patronal festivals coming up, welcome to our churches!                               

                                                                            David Merrifield  - Churchwarden, St. Peters, Duxford






As time is getting near for the Fete, we would be grateful for any help, and for any contributions to the following stalls:-

                                         Bric-a-Brac       -        Peggy Richardson  ,


                                          Cake Stall       -        Margaret Harrison 

                                                                                                             Book Stall        -        Judy Holt

     Adults and Children’s Tombola            -        Cynthia Rule

                                                                                                                   Nearly New        -        Dorothy Churchman

                                        Bottle Stall            -       Margaret and David Garrett

                                            Toy Stall        -        Sarah Mila


Drop off points are Cynthia Rule, , Monica Lilley , or Lucy Quill,. We would be very pleased to see you.

The Village Hall will be open from 10.15 a.m. on the morning of the fete if you wish to bring anything then especially plants.  

We would like more help. Please do not hesitate to contact one of the above.



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 and Margaret Garrett We will willingly collect.




The April meeting was well attended when members turned out to hear Mike Skelding talk on security and smuggling goods into and out of Stansted Airport. It’s amazing what people will do to try to beat the system.  Sniffer dogs are used for drugs and other  unauthorised items.  The quantity of goods confiscated each year is enormous; sadly, most of it has to be destroyed!

On May 17th we hosted the Group Meeting when approx 74 members from our group attended.  The speaker was Richard De Horsey who spoke about the history of champagne. Each member was given a taster in a champagne flute and needless to say it turned into a very bubbly evening.  Our meeting on  May 19th was the resolution meeting when the W.I. gets serious.  This was followed by a beetle drive organised by Julie Baillie.  The next meeting will be on June 16th The subject ‘Through the Jungle of Death; A boy’s escape from Burma’, by Mr. Steven Brooks.

                                                                                                                            Cynthia Rule




All tickets for the ‘Day at Ascot Races’ and the Status Quo concert are now sold.

Next Quiz Night is June 12th                                                       Ickleton Social Club Committee




Car Boot Sale

On Sunday 6th June there will be a car boot sale in aid of the Pilgrim Close Community Project Group. This will be held on the Great Chesterford Recreation Ground from 9.00 a.m.  - 12 noon. £6.00 per pitch (on the day).  Refreshments available.                                         Maureen Addison







The Ickleton Society will again be organising the teas for the Church Fete on July 3rd, in addition to having an archive display.

We should be grateful for cakes and offers of help with the teas.  If you are prepared to  volunteer please telephone me.                                                                Sheila Birch




Speeding You may well have seen PC Perry in the village, recently, on speed checks. This has proved to be very successful in Ickleton and the surrounding villages where some 100 tickets were issued. Due to the high number of complaints concerning speeding, speed cameras will be out in many villages at some point.  Seasonal Crime As we get into the gardening season, may I remind you to be extra careful when working out of doors. Last year opportunist thieves made the most of rear/side doors which had been left open whilst owners were out of sight down their

gardens. Lock your door and take the key with you. Also, when it rains and work has to be abandoned tools get left out, you run indoors and later find a spade or fork left nicely placed for an opportunist to use to break into a neighbouring house. Ladders are in use as outside painting needs doing - again, put them safely away. Sheds/garages - put locks on them and use the lock! They may not stop determined thieves but don't give the opportunist thief easy access. Cold Calling This is still a problem in the area. Police are warning residents to show cold callers the door. Never agree for work to be done immediately by anyone calling door to  door. Get at least two or more quotes from companies that have been recommended to  you by a friend or relation. They will be able to advise you if the work needs to be carried out and how much it should cost.

These cold callers are opportunist criminals; by being vigilant you can take that opportunity away. Bogus Callers Reports are coming through of possible bogus callers. The first is of two males calling at a house asking to see a T.V. licence and the other of two males calling and offering to do work on the roof. The police are checking on these incidents.

      Tony Court



Doll Pearce was born in Norwich where her father had a greengrocer’s shop. Unfortunately her mother died when she was only six years old. Her first job when she left school was working in a cardboard box factory in Norwich.

During the war, when there was much bombing of Norwich, Doll moved to Letchworth where she trained to be a welder. After training she came to live at Hinxton, lodging with the Saitch family, and working at Aero Research at Duxford repairing aircraft that had been damaged in combat. Here she met Alf Pearce, from Ickleton, and they were married in Ickleton Church in 1943. The couple moved into one of the (now demolished) cottages in Church Street between the Church and Old Tiles, living next to Alf’s sister Nell Jarrold. Here their daughter Yvonne was born.

In 1947 they moved into one of the first new houses in Bird’s Close, No. 3, where Doll was to live for the rest of her life, and where Kenneth and Sandra were born. A little later Alf’s sister Nell moved in a few doors along. Having left welding behind, Doll did some housework for Mrs. Harvey in Frogge Street, and later Mrs. Lean in Abbey Street and Mrs. Shaw at Duxford. She did not miss welding, but she did once remark on seeing something broken, ‘’Get me a set of gas bottles, I’ll soon mend that!’’

Although not a churchgoer, Doll was very keen on what today would be called ‘Keep Sunday Special’. Her children were encouraged to go to Sunday School and were not sent out to play on Sunday. She said it was unlucky to sew on Sunday.

Doll was justifiably proud of her family, having eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Sadly, Alf died in 1982. Doll enjoyed being outside, cycling and walking many miles. She was an early riser and continued her long walks until over 80, stopping to chat to people as she went.  She would go on bus and coach trips, sometimes with her sister-in-law Nell. She did not like crowds and had often been to Cambridge and back on the bus by mid morning.

Doll had been ill for some time and died on 27th April, the day which would have been her husband Alf’s 90th birthday.                                                                                                     David Lilley





A couple of months to go for the re-union at the village fete and already I can hear the elder being cut from the hedges to make the hollow tipped arrow heads for our bows and one or two of the more adventurous are determined to recover that petrol tank hidden down Grassy Lane all those years ago.


Daphne (Bass) will join us this year and wants to know if we will be swimming in the river near Hinxton. (We are sure this was the inspiration for the film title ‘Where the River Bends’ starring Gary Cooper!) Len Satchel is taking time off this year to look again at his old home next to the New Inn (or at least where the New Inn used to be) ‘Tonker’ is also coming. Who is ‘Tonker’? Shame on you. Carol has mentioned Noreen Carter and Judy Holt. Molly has been in touch with Thelma and Sadie and Connie Gravett sends her best wishes.


The same gang as last year will be there and will be bringing a few more with them, If you went to the village school or grew up in the village about the time the ammunition dump exploded at Chesterford or when Mrs Bowen went round the village distributing goodies, or when we borrowed Colonel Bristowe’s trailer to collect rubbish for the bonfire on the rec. or collected rose hips or starling’s wings then you should feel at home again.


Perhaps you had a camp behind the tin sheets in Tin Alley, or were bold enough to declare you had found the tunnel that ran between the Church and Abbey Farm. You may even remember your dad coming home with his equipment and clothing for the Volunteer Fire Brigade, or watching Bugler Baines sound the muster for the Legion up ‘Top Town’ for the march to the Green. Even if you do not remember these incidents, or worse, deny any knowledge in case your past sins catch up with you, you will be doubly welcome so we may all learn from you how to keep our heads down.


Adverts have appeared in the Evacuee newsletter of the Evacuee Society and it is hoped that it will reach the ears of some of our school friends (some of whom decided it was safer to return to the blitz in London rather than try to escape the wrath of the village policeman for scrumping or outrun Mr Vincent the shepherd after moving his hurdles!)


There is no formal programme for the day. We will meet at the recreation ground at 11.00am, sign in at our marquee (Actually it’s a garden gazebo but marquee sounded better!) so everyone knows who is about. Then the morning is yours to talk over old times or wander round the village. You may wish to book lunch in the Red Lion or bring a picnic. (Helping yourself from other people’s allotments is still outlawed and there are no apples yet on Mrs Fawcett’s tree.) Remember you are not as swift on your feet as you were and you may not get away from PC Gant this time!


Don’t forget Dyke, Kinner, Mousey, Piglet, and all those who gone before us to build the base camp for our next adventures.


At 2.00 p.m. we will join the village fete and meet up with all those who remember us and all those who are much younger than us and are glad they don’t.  We shall all once more be under the watchful eyes of Mr Henry Burton and Mr Cyril Webb. There will not be a cricket match so you will not upset Mrs Clements at the pavilion by asking for your squash before the cricketers get theirs! If you are delayed until evening the ‘Midnight baker’ has promised to give you the rolls and bread he has left over before he returns with his horse and cart to Chesterford.


This year if there is sufficient interest we can begin planning for next year for a special celebration of the end of WW I I and arrange a full programme of activities.


See you on the 3rd,  bring some photos to prove who you are. The years have changed us all somewhat.  Last year we were all talking to someone about our schooldays for hours before we realised he had simply got lost from a sponsored walk!                    Mick  Bristow



Stop Press……..The Parkinson’s Sale on May 8th raised £2057.74p.



The arrival of a new Supervisor is always an exciting moment of change and renewal, this term we would like to extend a warm welcome to Janet Speed who has joined us after nine years’ managerial experience at the Bell School Nursery.  Highly motivated and full of fresh ideas, we feel she is just the person to take the Pre-school forward.

Pre-school is based at the Chesterfords Community Centre and provides the ideal preparation for school where children from the age of two and a half can join in a range of stimulating play activities and learn to interact with each other in a warm and caring environment.  We are open daily from 9.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. If you would like more information, or a prospectus, or if you would like to arrange a visit please contact Janet (pre-school hours only).  Alternatively, visit us on our web site: www. chesterfordspreschool.org.uk or e.mail us directly on info@chesterfordspreschool.org.uk  We look forward to seeing you here!  Miranda Stone-Wigg



Sunday 27th June 2.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m.

This year’s fete will have a pirate theme and there will be a fancy dress parade around the school field at the start of the afternoon. There will be lots of attractions including many stalls and games, BBQ bouncy castle, face painting, tombola, strawberry teas plus much more….

It is a really fun day for all the family so please give us your support.    Kate Stafford 



At the meeting held on Wednesday May 5th the Chairman, James Macdonald welcomed members and introduced the new committee members. The guest speaker Dr. John Twibell gave a very enlighting talk on the various species of Artemisias which delighted the botanists present.

The Garden Walkabout in Great Chesterford will be on Wednesday June 30th starting at 6.30 p.m. On June 26th 2.30 p.m. we will be holding a plant stall in the gardens of ‘The Dells’ in Great Chesterford. The next meeting will be on June 2nd when the subject will be ‘Wild Flowers of Switzerland’ by Mr. Alan Outen.

Visitors welcome.                                                                                             Cynthia Rule



We are sorry to record the death on 8th May of Cynthia Williams aged 54 of Abbey Street.



              June 2nd

 Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


 Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford


 Car Boot Sale 9.00 a.m. – 12 noon Gt. Chesterford Recreation Ground


 Mobile Library


 Hinxton Fete 2.00 p.m.


 Social Club Quiz Night


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


 Community Centre, Gt. Chesterford


 Mobile Library


 Bellringers Training Day – Ringing from 2.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.


 and 7.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.


  IPS Visit to Hemingford Grey Manor


 Duxford School Fete 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.


 Chesterford & District Gardening Society Garden Walkabout in


 Gt. Chesterford

                 July 3rd

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

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