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    12th  September  2004




Proposed Housing Development in the Cambridge Area

Many of you will be aware of the proposal announced earlier this year, by the Deputy Prime Minister, to build an additional 18,000 houses in this part of East Anglia. The government commissioned consultants to report on this proposal, referred to as the Buchanan Report (www.odpm.gov.uk). Some of you have also heard that a development brief has been submitted to Buchanan for 8,000 houses in the Stump Cross, Four Went Ways, Pampisford roundabout triangle. This particular proposal has not surprisingly caused alarm in the neighbourhood, and the Ickleton Society has already written letters to the relevant authorities strenuously objecting to it. The Buchanan Report is a long and complex report and it is not easy to summarise its conclusions. But they do not seem to favour a single new town to accommodate the extra  18,000 houses, but examine the advantages and disadvantages of smaller developments in the Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire area. There will now be a consultation period, and a  final recommendation to the government will be made by the East of England Regional Assembly, probably in September 2005. Until that process has been completed no specific  development, such as the one proposed for the area of land east of Hinxton, can take place.  The Parish Council, at its meeting on 18th August 2004, considered what action it could or  should take to counter the threat to this part of the world, and it agreed the following:


·         Form an Action Group, probably together with other neighbouring villages.


·        Make contact with other people or bodies who might be able to help. We have already         been in touch with other parish councils and with our MP.


·        Prepare a list of facts and arguments that can be used in our fight. Encourage people to  write to the relevant authorities.


·        Look for people with the relevant planning expertise who can help us keep the village informed at every stage.


It is important to understand that to fight an initiative such as this requires three things: a lot  of hard work, planning expertise and cash. We will be looking for people to join the action  group who will be able to devote the necessary time and effort; we would be extremely grateful to hear from anyone with planning experience or expertise; and no doubt before long you will be hearing from the action group who will need considerable amounts of cash if they  are to mount an effective campaign.  Finally, until an action group is launched, if you have any questions or if you learn anything  that could help us, please get in touch with one of the members of the council or with Jackie  Casement. Meanwhile we are trying to obtain a hard copy of the Buchanan Report.                              

                                                                                  James Macdonald (Chairman, Parish Council) 








Hinxton Bridge Closure The river bridge near the railway crossing on the road to Hinxton is to be rebuilt. The road from Brookhampton Street over the level crossing to Hinxton will therefore be closed from 20th September until January 05. The alternative route will be signposted via Frogge Street, Great Chesterford and Stump Cross. The journey to Hinxton will be rather a long affair for four months, but the bridge needs replacing.


Bus Service The main reason why our bus service has been reduced is because Cambridgeshire County Council is under-funded at Government level. This means that small villages such as Hinxton, Pampisford and Ickleton contribute a very small percentage of passengers to each journey and are therefore the places chosen to suffer the reduction. We are  well aware that this does not help our parishioners. The County Council will continue to  monitor the situation and review it in due course. The reconstruction of Hinxton Bridge will also complicate the route, and the bus company have yet to tell us how this is to be managed.  If anyone has any further comments or complaints about unreliability of the new service,  please let me know so that we can keep up the pressure on the County Council. 


Plastics Recycling  The District Council has now installed plastic recycling bins in various locations; the nearest  one for us is in the Sawston car park. Plastic bottles are divided into three categories, with the  details displayed on each bin.     


Refuse Collections During September

Monday  6th September   -  Green Wheeled Bin and Green Box

Monday 13th September  -   Black Wheeled Bin

Monday 20th September  -   Green Wheeled Bin and Green Box

Monday 27th September  -   Black Wheeled Bin

            Jackie Casement (Parish Clerk)



Julie Baillie will be unavailable from September 10th – 23rd.

Please contact either of the Churchwardens with routine enquiries – Sebastian Payne or Jenny Pell.

In the event of an emergency, please contact the Revd. Tricia Newland





Some advance information about this year’s traditional Harvest Festival Service and Annual Gift Day.

The service will be held on Friday September 24th in church at 7.30pm and it will be followed by a light Harvest Supper  (including wine), also in church.

Everyone is most welcome, both to the service and to the supper afterwards. There will be a visiting preacher  - our new Rural Dean, the Revd Michael Goater - and we shall sing harvest hymns and anthems. The church will be richly decorated with fruit and vegetables, and it will be a chance to catch up with friends and neighbours and celebrate the end of the growing season.

This year, we are once again combining our harvest service with the annual church gift day. It costs about £500 a week to keep our church and its ministry going, so we do need the support of everyone who enjoys worshipping in, or just visiting, this beautiful building, and any contributions to our gift day - large or small - will be very much appreciated.

There will be gift day envelopes available at the service and all cheques should be made payable to Ickleton Parochial Church Council.

There will also be posters round the village to remind you of the service, but do please put the date in your diaries now!                             Sebastian Payne and Jenny Pell, Churchwardens




CHURCH NOTICES - Services for September


Thursday 2nd

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





 Sunday 5th

  9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist


 Trinity 13

 11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





  Thursday 9th  

12.30  p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





  Sunday 12th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


  Holy Cross Day

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist & Patronal Festival





 Thursday 16th

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





 Sunday 19th

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


 Trinity 16

 11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



    6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





 Thursday  23rd

 12.30  p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





  Friday  24th

7.30 p.m. Harvest Festival Evensong



            Followed by Harvest Supper





  Sunday 26th            

 9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


  Trinity 16

11.00 a.m. Morning Worship and Godly Play



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





   Thursday  30th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)



From a member of the Ministry Team

When  you read this most people will have had their summer holidays and be returning to work or studies. The word ‘holiday’ comes from the words ‘Holy Day’ and can be traced back to the Old Testament when God gave instructions to Moses to observe certain religious festivals.  On these days no work was to be done but it was only one day at a time. How would we cope with no long break in the summer and a day’s break at Christmas and Easter? Religious festivals and saints‘ days are still observed in the Christian church today and this month two of the churches in our three parishes celebrate festivals. Hinxton Church, dedicated to St. Mary and St. John, celebrates its Patronal Festival on Sunday 12th September, Holy Cross Day. Hinxton or ‘Henchistone’ as it was known, has had a church since at least 1080 when it was part of the Priory of Barnwell.  The main part of the present building dates from about 1150 with additions in the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries. The chancel screen and the choir stalls are basically medieval but some reconstruction has been carried out on the screen as it was originally much wider. An interesting feature of the church is the stones on the outside walls which are inset into the flint and have names carved on them.  These are the names of the children of the Rev. Richard Twells who was Vicar for thirty four years until his death in 1926.  His hobby was re-pointing the flint walls!  Although the smallest of the three parishes, Hinxton Church is well-maintained and is supported not only by its members but by the local community.  It is an excellent example of the church’s role  as a community builder not only to its members but to those outside the church.  Ickleton Church celebrates its Harvest Festival and Supper on Friday 24th  September at 7.30pm. This is a time to give thanks not only for  a successful harvest, but also for our material wealth and all that we achieved during the past year. Perhaps it is also a time to reflect on those in the third world who are starving and have nothing, not even shelter.  We have all been given special talents so let us use them for the benefit of all. All three parishes extend a warm welcome not only at these special services  and Religious Festivals but also to our regular Sunday services.                                                        Tricia Burt, Churchwarden, St. Peter’s Duxford





We are hoping to arrange a visit to Denny Abbey, near Waterbeach, on Saturday afternoon, October 2nd.  In addition to the Abbey there is a rural museum and teas are available.  If you would like to join us, telephone Jocelyn Flitton, before September 13th.



The Society is very concerned about plans to increase housing in the M11 corridor and about the specific proposal for a settlement of 8000 homes so close to Ickleton.

Options available for more housing will be debated at a meeting of the Regional Planning Panel (RPP) at Churchill College on 10th September.  Cambridgeshire is represented only by Cllr John Reynolds, who is chairman of the RPP.  The RPP will discuss which options to recommend to the East of England Regional Assembly, for onward transmission to the government (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister).


The Society has written to:

·        Our District Councillor - Robert Smith, College Farm, Grange Road, Duxford, Cambridge CB2 4QF

·        Our County Councillor - Robin Driver, Mowbrays Farm, 18 Church Street, Ickleton, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1SL

·        Cllr John Reynolds, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AP

·        Rt Hon the Lord Rooker, the Minister of State with responsibility for Growth Areas, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW with a copy to our MP, Andrew Lansley CBE MP, at his constituency office (Conservative Association Constituency Office, 153 St Neots Road, Hardwick CB3 7QJ)


We have made the following points:

1.      Studies have shown there will be considerable environmental damage if the level of housing proposed is undertaken in Cambridgeshire.  Specifically, the site for the proposed ‘Hanley Grange’ is greenfield whereas the government's preferred option is for development of brownfield sites.


2.      South Cambridgeshire has virtually full employment.  Growth should be directed to areas which need further employment and regeneration. 


3.      Cambridgeshire has already met its responsibilities for additional housing by agreeing to raise housing numbers above the current Regional Planning Guidance requirement.


4.      A new settlement south of Cambridge will inevitably suck in London-bound commuting.  (It is established government policy that a key priority in planning development is to reduce the need to travel.)


5.      Growth in housing resulting from expansion of Stansted airport (including non-airport businesses which choose to locate nearby for convenience) should be accommodated close to Stansted, and not at a distance, for example in south Cambridgeshire.


6.      Even if infrastructure (road, rail, schools, hospitals etc) is improved, the quality of life for people living in the area will inevitably be diminished.  ‘Hanley Grange’ will, for example, lead to increased traffic through Ickleton and Duxford.


7.      The East of England is one of the driest regions, and its water resources are barely adequate for the present population, without bringing new people into the area.

We have asked our councillors to set out their own views, and what they are proposing to do personally, such as attending the RPP meeting in September (which the public may sit in on), and lobbying beforehand.  It will give them a stronger platform from which to resist these proposals if they know the strength of local feeling prior to 10 September.  Please do write and register your views as the Society has done.  Feel free to adapt the points set out above.




On behalf of the Club we would like to say thank you to Mrs. Pam Fearn for the cooking apples she kindly picked, that Mrs. Cynthia Rule brought to the Club on Wednesday. There was a bag for those who wanted one and, as most people have no fruit trees, they were really appreciated. Thank you very much.                                                                                               Mrs. R. Lilley



Colin Greenfield will be running his coaching classes in the village hall commencing on 13th September.  Classes for 5 to 7 year olds from 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. and 7 years upwards from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Colin is an experienced teacher and coach and starts off by teaching children basic skills in playing with a ball and builds up from that.  To register just turn up at the hall with your budding stars on 13th September.                                                        Gordon Woolhouse





World Famous Red Arrows to Appear at Duxford 2004 Air Show

Crowd pullers the Red Arrows will be one of the highlights at the Imperial War Museum Duxford for the Duxford 2004 Air Show on Sunday 5th September.

Currently celebrating their 40th (Ruby) display season anniversary, the Red Arrows will perform a spectacular 20 minute display on the second day of the two day show on Sunday 5th only.  Flying the BAE Systems Hawk jet, the Red Arrows display will feature breath-taking manoeuvres from the Champagne Split and Carousel to the Goose and Diamond Bend at over 500 mph.  “We are always delighted to welcome the Arrows to Duxford,“ said Tracey Woods, Marketing and PR Manager for the Museum. “They are the best in the world and visitors to the air show on Sunday are sure to be thrilled by their routine.”

Since the inception of the Red Arrows in 1965, they have flown over 3,750 displays in 52 countries.  Says Squadron Leader Carl ‘Spike’ Jepson, Red Arrows Team Leader, “All members of the team have worked extremely hard over the winter training period to prepare an exciting and innovative display.”

The show will also feature an exciting and broad range of some of the very best of British aircraft including a Meteor jet – the first ever jet to go into squadron service with the RAF; the Hurricane which was the first fighter to exceed 300 mph; and the Jet Provost which marked a transition for the RAF from a piston trainer aircraft to a basic jet trainer.  Alongside these will be some air show favourites, such as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster, the legendary Spitfire and the high-speed front-line RAF Tornado jet.

The whole of the Museum's 85 acre heritage complex will be open for visitors to explore and enjoy, including trade stands and funfair rides for children. Gates open 8.00 am. NB - The Red Arrows will display on Sunday 5 September only. Flying programme commences at 2.00 pm. Discounted and VIP tickets available in advance. Call the air show hotline on ' 01223 499301 to find out more about the flying programme and ticket availability. Ticket prices on the day - Adults £22.50, Senior Citizens £14, Children and Concessions £7. Children under 5 free.

For further information contact Duxford's Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Tracey Woods on ' 01223 499320 or PR Assistant Sam Kemp on ' 01223 499375.




‘The History of Postcards’ was the subject of the talk by Mr. Bill Wittering at the August meeting.  He started with the first cards without stamps and continued with Roland Hill and the penny black stamps. The saucy seaside cards were a great source of amusement. He was a very good speaker, who was much enjoyed.

The speaker at the next meeting will be Mrs. Chris Langford and her subject will be ‘Complementary Medicine’. Visitors most welcome.                                                                                                                                                                                                               Cynthia Rule




We are very pleased to announce that following our first two highly successful events, Arts in Cambs on Tour are again sponsoring our next show, which will be held in the village hall on Friday 22nd  October. Please put this date in your diary now. Full details will appear in the next issue of the Bulletin.

Briefly – ‘Hey Gringo! Through Peru’ is a one-man show in which Peter Searles relates his experiences on an amazing journey from the Caribbean over the Andes down unknown tributaries of the Amazon and many hair raising incidents on the way.

This show has been a hit in the U.S.A., Middle and Far East, in Europe, at the Royal National Theatre and other major U.K. venues, so it had to come to Ickleton.             The  Theatre Group




Autumn Course:  Medieval Life as reflected in The Canterbury Tales

A 10 week course beginning on Thursday 23rd September 2004 at 7.45 p.m. Tutor: Mrs. Pauline Blake, venue Ickleton Village Hall.

This fascinating course will look at life in the Middle Ages and at Chaucer’s own life and see how both are woven into his work.  See history, humour and the human condition reflected in ‘The Canterbury Tales’.

NOTE:  This is a change to the course previously advertised.  Sadly, our tutor for ‘The Story of London’ died suddenly a few weeks ago .  If you have friends outside the village who were planning to attend this course, please let them know.

For more information, or to reserve a place on the course, please call Ann Wade.


WELCOME TO…………Bruce and Shirley Clark and  Olivia 7, and Andrew 3,       



Congratulations to Claire and Neil King on the birth of their baby boy Samuel on 2nd August, brother for Tommy, second grandchild for Adrian and Sue Paterson.


And to


Michael Rule and Kerri Harris on the birth of their baby boy Arthur Stephen James on 3rd August, first grandchild for Audrey Harris, and fourth grandchild for Derek and Hilary Rule.



CONGRATULATIONS TO ……Betty and Sonny Willmott who celebrate their

                                                                            Golden Wedding Anniversary on 4th September



               September  1st 

Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Social Club Quiz Night


Duxford Show


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


The Community Centre, Gt. Chesterford


Visiting Bellringers 6.00 – 6.45 p.m.


Mobile Library

                  October  22nd

Ickleton Theatre Group Show – Village Hall

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