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JULY   2004

Editors:                                                                                          David and Monica Lilley

Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                        

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

       12th  July   2004


Refuse Collections during July

Monday   5th   July  - Black wheeled bin

Monday 12th   July  - Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday 19th   July  - Black wheeled bin

Monday  26th  July  - Green wheeled bin and green box

District Councillor After twenty-two years of dedicated service as a District Councillor, Robin Driver has retired from this role.  We are particularly grateful to him for his tireless efforts on behalf of Ickleton over all these years.  As you know Robin continues to serve our community as Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council, a job-and-a-half in itself. Since the boundary changes to the wards of South Cambridgeshire District Council, we are now joined with Duxford and our new Councillor is Robert Smith of College Farm, Duxford.  He has already represented Duxford on the District Council for six years and been on Duxford Parish Council for a number of years, also serving as Chairman.  He will now regularly attend our Parish Council meetings; if you have any matters to raise with him, his phone number is ' 01223 833410.

At the June Parish Council meeting it was reported that Highways have agreed to install railings in front of the Abbey Street bus stop to protect children waiting for the school bus in the mornings.  We are grateful to parents for drawing our attention to this potential danger.  We continue to explore various ideas, and their costs, of preventing vehicular access onto the recreation field by putting a fence and gate between the village hall and the pub car park.  The ROSPA annual inspection of the play area has highlighted some minor repairs, which are being attended to, and the need to top up the bark under some equipment.  This will be organised shortly.                                                                                                Jackie Casement 



The following incidents have been notified to me by the Police:-

4-5th June Church Street: rear and front index plates stolen from vehicle and vehicle scratched

? May       Frogge Street:   cannabis found on person.

Scams There have been reports of a credit card scam with someone phoning and saying they are from the Security and Fraud department at VISA. The caller will claim that you have had an expensive item put onto your account and that they will be issuing a credit for this. They will ask you to confirm your name, address and credit card number. All genuine credit card companies will not ask for these details as they already have them, so do not give them out over the phone. The same applies to banks and debit cards.  If you receive a message saying 'missed call’ showing the number 0709 020 3840 (the last four numbers may be different) do not call back as you will be charged £50 per minute. A company claiming to be a parcel collection service leaves a note through your door asking you to telephone an information line to arrange delivery. The number the police have is 0906 661 0320. The cost is £1.50 per minute and the package is worthless. The company makes their money from these phone calls. Olonex Ltd. have been distributing flyers and charity bags. This is a bogus charity and has been struck off the Companies House register. If you are aware of a scam please contact Trading Standards on 0845 30 30 666.

The Holiday Season is now fast approaching. Make sure your property is secure, cancel the papers and the milk and if possible ask a neighbour to keep an eye on it. Time switches can be bought very cheaply these days, so why not invest in one so that a light can be turned on during the evenings.                                                                                              Tony Court



CHURCH NOTICES – Services for July


      Thursday 1st July 

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





      Sunday 4th July

10.00 a.m.  Joint Family Eucharist and


      St Peter the Apostle

                   Patronal Festival



  6.30  p.m.  Sung Evensong (BCP)





       Thursday 8th July

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





       Sunday 11th July

   8.00 a.m.  Holy Communion


       Trinity 5

 10.00 a.m.  Joint Family Eucharist



   6.30 p.m.  Sung Evensong (BCP)





       Thursday 15th July

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





       Sunday 18th July

  11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist and


       St Mary Magdalene

   Patronal Festival



    6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





      Thursday 22nd July

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





       Sunday 25th July

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


       St. James the Apostle

  11.00 a.m. Joint Family Service and Godly Play



    6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong



                    and Holy  Communion (BCP)





       Thursday 29th July

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)








From a member of the Ministry Team

The church of St Mary Magdalene, Ickleton dates from the 11th century and has become quite well known following the fire in 1979.  Although the arsonist destroyed many wonderful features of the church, restoration work uncovered the incredible wall paintings from the 12th and 14th centuries, which have attracted visitors from far and wide. 

On Sunday 18th July, Ickleton will be celebrating their Patronal Festival, the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene.

St. Mary was probably from Magdala on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee and was believed to have lived rather a sinful life.  However, after she met Jesus she began to regret her past and became one of his loyal followers.  Mary was the woman who brought the alabaster jar of ointment to the home of the Pharisee who had invited Jesus to eat with him.  She bathed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her beautiful, long hair.  She then kissed and anointed his feet with oil. We have been able to experience something of this humbling act during the foot-washing services that Jane held in Duxford and Ickleton churches during her time with us, on Maundy Thursday. 

Many of those who witnessed Mary’s actions were surprised that Jesus let such a sinner touch him but, seeing her devotion, he forgave her sins saying “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” When Jesus was crucified, Mary was there with his mother and St John.  It was she who went to the tomb and discovered his body was missing and whom Jesus chose to reveal himself to, asking her to announce the news of his resurrection to the disciples.  This commission earned her the title ‘Apostle to the Apostles’ in the early Church.

She really was a remarkable woman, who was not afraid to show her love for the Lord.

‘The saying, is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners……’ (Timothy 1.15)

    Ros Smith – Churchwarden (Hinxton)





Come and enjoy yourself on July 3rd at Ickleton Church Fete on the recreation ground and in the Village Hall from 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.  We have the usual stalls -  bric-a-brac  (no electrical things please), bottle stall, cakes, adult and children’s tombola, toy stall, nearly new, books, adults’ and childrens’ jigsaw puzzle stall and a plant stall.

We are holding a fantastic Grand Raffle; 1st prize Mountain Bike for adult or child, kindly donated by The Wellcome Trust, 2nd prize £100 and 3rd prize £50, 4th prize a hamper and many more prizes. If you would like any tickets please contact me or Margaret Clarke on.

There is to be an art exhibition by local artist Caroline Merrifield.  For the first time there is a photography competition (see the Costcutter shop and parish notice boards for details). The competition is to be judged by Reg Cullum and rosettes will be presented at 3.45 p.m.   There is also a quiz by the Ickleton Social Club.

There is a competition ‘Guess where the Teddy is’  organised by Rosemary Hayes.

The Ickleton Preservation Society are holding a local history exhibition.

There will be a fancy dress parade for adults and children the theme is ‘Nations of the World’. (see the Costcutter shop and parish boards for details).

The grand pet show will start at 2.00 p.m. (no cats please as they get too frightened) and will be judged by someone from the local vet practice in Whittlesford.  Sit and have your tea and listen to the Saffron Walden Town Band.   As last year, there will be Dick Wombwell’s vintage tractors.

Finally the ‘Come Home - Ickleton Village School Reunion 2004’ will take place starting at 11.00 a.m. on the recreation ground.  For any more information about this, please contact Derek Bristow ' 01480 383166.

This fundraising event is one way to help with expenses and keep our beautiful Church running in our community and is a social event for the village as well.

For any more information about the fete  please contact the Churchwardens Sebastian Payne, Jenny Pell, or me Monica Lilley.


Contributions Please To

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 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 and Margaret Garrett, We will willingly collect.


The Ickleton Society

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






Well did you guess who ‘Tonker’ was? The answer will be given on the 3rd July at the recreation ground and the winner will take home a superb replica of an evacuee, complete with gas mask!

Alan Satchell is coming, so is Ivan Carder accompanied we hope by Brenda Carder and Bob Bolton. Bill Holgate and his wife are leaving Norfolk to join us for the day and rumour has it that Joe Bibby is joining us too (volunteers will be needed to pull the caravan!).

Ivan Webb has been found by the party sent to find the petrol tanks and we hope he will join us.

This reunion is as much for our friends who still live in the village as it is for those who moved away. So come on, it wouldn’t be the same without you. Take note ‘Gummage’, ‘Billace’, ‘Beafy’ and ‘Barneytickermon’.

Articles about the reunion and the fete have appeared in the local newspapers and on parish notice boards. Look out for the next edition of Cambridgeshire Life, there may be an article and photographs taken of a fancy dress parade in the village to mark Victory Day.

On the advice of the police, the following items must not be carried on the day. Catapults, treacle tins, knives for removing boy scouts from horses’ hooves, balloons to be filled with water, cotton for attaching to door knockers, and daffodils from Hinxton Hall! Bicycles without brakes or tyres must not now be used in Coploe Pit and home made carts cannot be used down Coploe Hill (The straw stack that we used as a brake and stop has been moved and you may land up on the M11!). Torches tied to hats for ‘Ratting’ are also banned.

Police have warned that they will take a hard line on anyone caught in possession of mortar bombs, bayonets, and 303 ammunition taken from the ‘Duke of Wellington river’ and will not accept the excuse that these, and iron railings taken from elsewhere, are required for the war effort! Bad imitations of village folk have also been outlawed this year, such as “One over my Lord” by ‘Bucker’ Stubbings or “Let that pheasant lay boy we’ll get it later” from one anonymous member of a beating party called Mr Hol….no perhaps not, as that would spoil it. Politics are especially banned and quotes like “You can’t get em not with this lousy government in” or “Nah Mick don’t stock em, no call for em”, from the owner of the bike shop where we had our accumulators charged, are not to be used.

Those of you who are expecting to get a hair cut must bring your own pudding basin, as the original used in Abbey Street where the military painting of “All that was left of them” was once displayed, has been lost.

 If you intend to take the pretty route into the village please note that the Italian prisoner of war camp at Bluebell Wood has gone and the bullock barns have been taken down. You may now walk close to Tim Rule’s land as Nanna  the nanny-goat that used to chase you has died and is no longer a threat to those weighed down by ill-gotten gains from the nearby block house!

Those returning from London will be relieved to learn that gleaning is no longer compulsory and the white flag, to alert Mr Broom carrying his double barrelled four-ten shotgun to your presence, is no longer necessary!.

I have been asked to remind everyone that the Reading Room behind Betty Webb’s house has not been used since Ron Bass started the youth club there and the village hall is now on the recreation ground. Treacle tins did you say? What were they used for? Well now, they made guns. You added a certain chemical and water and applied the touch paper and wham! These were usually mounted on the front of the petrol tanks in the water and were later copied by the Royal Navy for D-Day!  See you on the 3rd. ……                                                           Mick Bristow      



E.mail summeractivities@prioryhouse.net. 

We are planning some get-togethers on Wednesdays throughout the Summer holidays from 11.00 a.m. onwards.  Just bring a packed lunch and an adult.

21st July Ickleton Rec.,  28th July Chrishall Playground,  4th August  Audley End,

11th August  Willer’s Mill, Shepreth,18th August Maze & Bridge End Gardens, Saffron Walden,

25th August  Bouncy Castle Party – venue to be arranged.

Please let us know your email or phone number if you’re interested so we can know numbers and take advantage of any group bookings.  Wet weather alternatives to be decided. 

Kate Stafford, Katherine Denman-Johnson, Rachel Rugg-Gunn and Miranda Stone-Wigg.




On Wednesday 21st May, being the nearest day to Mr. Henry Burton’s 90th birthday, we were given a lovely tea, by Mrs. Cynthia Rule.  She had made a lovely cake and other things for him, and, as it was my 85th birthday two days before and Cynthia’s birthday a few days later we all joined to make it  a special occasion.

We thank Cynthia very much, she worked very hard.

                                                                                                                                              Mrs. R. Lilley


This is just to let everyone know that I run the Ickleton ‘Occasional Choir’. We sing at weddings and main church festivals and we always welcome new recruits.

The only requirement is a pleasant singing voice, so, if you would like to join us - or to come and see if you like us - do please contact me and I’ll let you know what’s coming up.

    Rosemary Hayes



On May 26th we celebrated our 30th birthday. We were lucky with the weather, after a grey day the sun came out in the evening when we enjoyed a champagne reception generously supplied by our Chairman James Macdonald.  Thank you James, and not forgetting Ann who kindly helped to keep the glasses filled.  We spent our time looking around Mrs. Mason’s lovely garden before making our way to The Crown House for a buffet supper and more wine!  It was generally agreed we should find an excuse to do it more often!

The meeting on June 2nd was well attended. Unfortunately the speaker let us down and we had to find another one at the last minute.  However Jenny Edrich proved a good substitute and we enjoyed her slides of ‘Wild Flowers of East Anglia’ instead of ‘Wild Flowers of Switzerland’.  The best rose competition was won by Carol Turton.

Next meeting is the ‘Mini Flower Show’ - please note early start 7.30 p.m. on July 7th.

                                                                                                                            Cynthia Rule



The Swimming Pool Committee has now closed all business and is dissolved. It is due to the tremendous support from this and previous committees that the pool has lasted so long. The School Governing Body would like to thank all who have been involved in the care of the pool and supervision of swimming sessions, with special thanks to Mike and Kim Watson who have given so much of their time. We are certain that many families will have happy memories of the pool during the summers. A group has been formed to explore fund raising possibilities in order to replace the pool - all are welcome to contribute!

Pupils in Year 2 and 6 showed an excellent attitude towards the SATS testing just after Easter. It is school policy to keep the Year 2 tasks and tests low key and hopefully this is the last year for this format of assessment.

After SATS, Year 6 pupils were involved in a Skipping day. 12 pupils were coached by International experts and then presented a demonstration to the rest of the school. There was a workshop after school for all years.

The Foundation class visited Wimpole Home Farm for their Summer Trip, including a milking demonstration. Year 2 explored Fowlmere Nature Reserve and Year 3 have experienced life in the Victorian Era in full costume at Wimpole.

Parents, teachers and pupils worked together to make a successful Busy Bee afternoon. We completed the Quiet Zone designed by the School Council for the Junior playground, laid a bark path through the Conservation Area and put our backs into many other jobs to smarten up the school.

Broadband cabling is now complete in the school and three new interactive whiteboards will be installed in classrooms next year, complementing the fully equipped computer room. We would be pleased to receive any Tesco Computer vouchers that you have collected.

The P.T.A. cake stalls on the last Friday of every month are ever popular and now the committee is working hard towards the ‘Pirates’ school fete on 27th June. Our non uniform (mufty) day was in aid of this.                                                                                                              Rachel Rugg-Gunn





There will be a concert at Strethall Church on Saturday 31st July at 7.30 p.m. featuring popular music with a female close-harmony quartet on a summer’s evening, in the delightful surroundings of the Saxon church at Strethall.  A bar will be available.  Tickets £7 – All funds raised for the fabric appeal.

Tickets available from the Church Office.  Crawley End, Chrishall, Royston SG8 8QL – please provide your name, address and tel. Number, mark the envelope ‘CONCERT’ and include an SAE. Cheques should be made payable to Strethall Church Fabric Fund.                                                                                                                           Michael Pearson



Thank you for the cards, flowers and presents I received on my 90th birthday on the 18th May.

                                                                                                                                        Hilary Henderson


I would like to say thank you to everybody who sent me cards and presents on my 90th birthday.

          Henry Burton


If you see anyone dumping garden or any other rubbish in the river or ditches, or even on the banks please phone the Environment Agency on ' 01480 414581, ask for customer contact and ask for Earnie Pearce.

If you happen to get a photo of them at it, all the better.



Our guest speaker for the June meeting was Mr. Steven Brookes, who gave a harrowing account of his young life (aged 11) in Burma at the time of the occupation by the Japanese Army.  He and his family eventually managed to escape by walking miles through the jungle and hazardous mountain passes.

The next meeting on July 21st will be a guided tour of Bridge End Gardens, Saffron Walden.

The August meeting will  be a talk on the history of old post cards by Mr. Bill Wittering.

                                                                                                                            Cynthia Rule


The Duxford Tennis Club is hoping to run an informal friendly tournament during the Duxford show on Saturday 11th September.  This will take place at the tennis courts in the Show area, and entries will be accepted on the day.  Please watch this space and Duxford Show information for further details, or contact the Club via Margaret Donohue.

                                                                                                                                    Dave Merrifield


Preparations are well underway at the Imperial War Museum Duxford for the unique Flying  Legends Air Show on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th  July.  The show, presented in conjunction with the Duxford-based Fighter Collection, brings together an incomparable collection of classic and historic aircraft, veterans, pilots and visitors from around the world.

Currently, there are over 60 celebrated aircraft scheduled to appear, some either for the first time or making a return visit to Duxford after a period of absence of some years.

Gates open at 8.00 a.m. and the flying begins at 2.00 p.m. Tickets – Adults £25, Senior Citizens £16, Children £8, Concessions £8.  Call ' 01223 499353.



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

                             5th     Mobile Library

                         7th     Chesterford & District Gardening Society Mini Flower Show 7.30 p.m.

                                      Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford

                        19th    Mobile Library

                        21st    Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                          31st      Classic Femme Concert 7.30 p.m. Strethall Church