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Editors:                                                                                         David and Monica Lilley

           Distribution:                                                                                  Tony Court                    

                                                                                                      Hilary Rule


All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th  November  2004



It seems that we are not always receiving e-mails sent for the Icene.

If you do send us an e-mail please can you phone us the next day to confirm we have received it.   Please note I now have a new e.mail address which is monica.lilley2@btopenworld.com                                                                                                                                                               Editors


Refuse Collections during November

Monday   1st  November – Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday   8th  November – Black wheeled bin

Monday 15th  November – Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday 22nd November – Black wheeled bin

Monday 29th  November – Green wheeled bin and green box

Hinxton Bridge Closure The feedback we have so far is that the shuttle bus service (timetable on notice board) operating to and from Great Chesterford is working well.  If anyone has any comments or complaints, please let me know.

Vacancy for District Councillor As you may know, our District Councillor Robert Smith has resigned. There will therefore be a by-election on Thursday 25th  November, assuming that there is more than one nomination for the vacancy.

Increased housing in the M11 corridor and Cambridge area At their meeting on the 15th  October, the Planning Group of the East of England Regional Assembly rejected Government calls for an additional 18,000 houses and warned against unsustainable growth without provision of the essential infrastructure. The full Assembly is meeting on 5th November when it is expected that the planning group’s recommendations will be endorsed. The Parish Council has decided to defer the possibility of a public meeting at least until after the by-election.

Duxford Airfield  Consultants have advised Marshalls that a move to either Wyton or Duxford would be in their best interests. Recently, a meeting was held in Whittlesford at which a great deal of local concern was expressed.  The Parish Council is waiting to learn more and will keep you informed.

Parking and Traffic Problems We recently had a meeting with the Police and Highways to consider parking and traffic problems in the village. It is possible that Highways may make a proposal for some yellow lines to control parking at the east end of Abbey Street.

Cycle Path The new cycle path from North End Road, Hinxton, to Sawston and Cambridge, will be opened officially on 1st  November.

Other Parish matters  The brick piers to the cemetery gates have been rebuilt and the gates re-hung; weeds on the football pitch have been sprayed; new grass has been sown beside the skate park; and the chestnut tree on the village green will be trimmed shortly, so that the buses (when they run again) will not hit the tree.

Parish Clerk  I have now done this job for six years and would like to stand down by the New Year.  Please let either James Macdonald  or me know if you are interested in taking on this work.  You will need to be computer literate, able to take the minutes of the meetings, deal with correspondence and keep simple accounts. The job is paid at clerical rates and is ideal for someone who wants to work from home.                Jackie Casement – Parish Clerk 





CHURCH NOTICES  - Services for November

                        Tuesday 2nd

   8.00 p.m. Requiem Eucharist – Service of


                             All Souls

   Remembrance for all the departed





                       Thursday 4th

 12.30 a.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





                          Sunday 7th

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


Third Sunday before Advent

11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (BCP)





                    Thursday 11th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1) 





                        Sunday 14th

10.55 a.m. Remembrance Sunday Service


      Remembrance Sunday

  The Service begins at the War Memorial





                      Thursday 18th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





                        Sunday 21st

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


                   Christ the King

 11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



    6.30 p.m. Evensong





                      Thursday 25th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





                        Sunday 28th

  9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist


                         Advent 1

11.00 a.m.  Morning Worship and Godly Play



 6.30  p.m.   Sung Evensong



                   and Holy Communion (BCP)


Thoughts from a Member of the Ministry Team

We are now in the eleventh month of the Interregnum, by which time, as a churchwarden, I fully expected to be going crazy. But we seem to be coping, in no small part due to the amazing hard work and commitment of our readers and retired clergy. What I fully expected to be a dispiriting period has in fact turned out to be an enriching experience.

 As three relatively small communities, we have integrated more (not so difficult with the help of a glass of wine) and have got to know each other a lot better. For example, dedicated members of our community have run an Alpha course, which attracted a wide range of devout and sceptic people. The evenings started with a delicious supper that was followed by, often robust, discussion of some aspect of life as a Christian (or not). Another fulfilling aspect of our Interregnum has been meeting the visiting clergy who have willingly stepped in to take services for us. These have often been amazing and interesting people and we truly thank them for giving up their time for us and sharing their thoughts.

November is, of course, a serious month in which we remember the great debt that we owe to those who have given their lives for us in war. I am one of those privileged people who have never experienced war directly, but my parents and grandparents made great sacrifices for our freedom today. It is sad that we still do not live in a peaceful world. This year Remembrance Sunday is on 14th November and there are services in each of our three villages. "All locomotion should cease, so that in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead."

                                                                Jenny Pell, Churchwarden. St Mary Magdalene. Ickleton



As part of the annual Poppy Appeal there will be the usual house-to-house collection again this year.  We are all only too aware of the world situations that involve our Armed Forces  overseas. Please bear this in mind when your collector knocks on your door and give as generously  as

you can to make this yet another record year for the Ickleton Poppy Appeal.   Thank you for your support.                                                                          Malcom Hall – Poppy Appeal Organiser





Dear Ickleton Residents, 

I have stepped down from my role as your South Cambs District Councillor as of October 12th  2004. My reasons for taking this action were because of my land interests in the area surrounding Duxford, Thriplow and Hinxton, I am a tenant of the Duxford land, a trustee of Thriplow land and a tenant now at Hinxton, albeit with an uplift clause. Because of Duxford being on the shortlist of possible sites for the relocation of Marshalls, I was advised by the legal officer of South Cambs District Council that I should not take part in meetings on that subject. This leaves you without a voice and any representation on an issue which will be very important to your village, so I felt it was only fair to step down while these important decisions are being made. Also the question of the Lord Rooker 18,000 extra houses is still ongoing and I felt it was  difficult to take part in any debate on housing allocation because of conflict of interests.  I have been Duxford District Councillor for seven years and Ickleton’s for only a few months and I will  really miss the role of councillor.  There will be an election at the end of November, but in the meantime Patrick Orme, the Hinxton representative, will be looking after your interests. His telephone number is ' 01223 892671.  Both Duxford and Ickleton are villages that we can all be proud of, and the work that so many of you  do to make them wonderful places to live in is to be commended. Keep up the good work and enjoy  the fruits of your labour.

Best wishes to you all.                                                                                              Robert Smith   

                                                                College Farm, Grange Road, Duxford, Cambridge CB2 4QF



Flu Vaccination

Owing to a shortage of vaccine, we had to cancel the flu jabs, so now I am told it will not be until December 1st at 2.00 p.m. in the village hall, that is unless anyone wishes to go to the clinic.


The Over Sixties wish to thank Mrs. Eileen Fairweather for the lovely sponges she gave for tea on September 20th for her birthday.                                                                                     Mrs. R. Lilley



Ickleton and Hinxton Conservatives are holding a supper party on Friday 26th November at 7.30 p.m. at Mowbray’s, Church Street, to meet our member of parliament, Andrew Lansley.  Do please come, everyone is welcome to talk to him.

Drinks and supper tickets, price £6, can be obtained from Mrs. Frankau  .



Mr. Ken Mark, architect and Methodist Local Preacher, will be giving classes at Ickleton Methodist Church on November 24th, December 1st, 8th,15th and 22nd from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The cost per session will be £2.00 to cover refreshments, materials and other expenses.

Each session will begin with a half hour demonstration, followed by refreshments, and then an hour to do your own work, with guidance if needed.

For further information, please contact Mr. Mark



We always expect something different for ‘Members Night’ and once again we were not disappointed!

We earned our supper by first taking part in a food and wine quiz.

Supper consisted of a lovely range of desserts – meringues, eclairs, mousse, exotic fruits etc. plus wine.

The W.I., being a registered charity, is not allowed to subscribe to another charity.  However, the aim of the evening was to raise funds for the Arthur Rank Hospice, so a separate raffle was held and generous donations were given to this very worthy cause.

Next month will be a ‘Craft Evening’ when Mrs. Peggy Newell will demonstrate ‘Encaustic Craft’.

                                                                                                                          Cynthia Rule




Children in Need Appeal 2004

The Ickleton Social Club is again supporting the above appeal by holding two fund raising events.  There will be a free buffet, raffle and several prizes on both evenings.

Please come along and support us - you will have a fun evening whether taking part or just watching. 

The Evenings are:   Mystery Dart Night 19th November (time to be confirmed)

Pudsey Quiz Night 20th November at 9.00 p.m.

Please also note in your diaries that Christmas Draw Night is Saturday 18th December.

The Social Club will be open on Boxing Day lunch time 12.00 noon till 2.00 p.m.  On New Year’s Eve there will be a ‘Hot Food’ Night Party with curries, chilli con carne, raffle, music and the usual low priced drinks, so come along and spend; see in the New Year with old and new friends.                                                                                                                   Social Club Committee



Most of us will have noticed the reawakening and subsequent improvements to The Ickleton Garden Centre at 111, Frogge Street, but did you know that further expansion is on the cards for Stuart and Tina London's business. Recently they have joined forces with Kevin. R. Foot and Stuart Harrison who offer tree surgery, garden maintenance and general landscaping and on

1st November another three local businesses will take residence. lan and Gill Laird of ARC Supplies will stock tools and equipment for DIY and professional use; Paula Chamberlain will sell baby clothes, toys, accessories and soft furnishings; and Elizabeth Goddard will be opening a Florist, Wedding and Party Shop, with gifts and crafts, including free delivery of flowers, balloons and gift baskets. You can join them for a launch day on 6th November when there will be mulled wine and nibbles, or you can call in any day to see how it is all coming together. Future projects within the centre include a butterfly farm, ball pool and farm shop selling local produce. It is very exciting for Ickleton and our surrounding villages, and with newspapers campaigning for town and village people to 'shop locally’, what better time.

                                                                                               Ickleton Barns and Garden Centre



On October 6th members of the Gt. Chesterford and District Gardening Society enjoyed a very interesting talk on ‘Hellebores’ by Mr. Roger Harvey of Harvey’s Garden Plants, Bradfield St. George, Bury St. Edmunds ' 01284 386777 for viewing and open days.

The speaker for November will be Mr. Ken Akers who will speak about ‘Shrub Roses in the Garden Landscape’.

Visitors welcome.                                                                                            Cynthia Rule



Last combat engineer tractor to leave the army is presented to Duxford

On Wednesday 20th October there was a official handover ceremony at The Imperial War Museum, Duxford, as the last Combat Engineer Tractor to come out of British Army service was  presented to the Museum. The Combat Engineer Tractor (CET) is a unique vehicle that traces its origins back to 1962, when a requirement was issued for a vehicle that would combine the attributes of an armoured vehicle with those of an earth mover for use in forward areas. Up until recently, the CET was in service with The Royal Engineers. Designed to provide integral engineer support for the battle group, its duties include excavating gun pits, preparing riverbanks, clearing road and battlefield obstacles and recovering vehicles. The CET that the Imperial War Museum is receiving is fully operational and served with No.8 Field Squadron Royal Engineers from July 1983 to January 1995. Since then it has been with the Royal Engineers Export Support Team until it was released from service in 2003. John Delaney, Collections Care Manager at The Imperial War Museum Duxford said, "The CET was a vital

piece of equipment used by the British Army and is a very exciting addition to Duxford’s collection of tanks and military vehicles.” The CET is set to go on permanent display in Duxford’s Land Warfare Hall which houses tanks, vehicles and artillery in realistic battlefield scenes.

 Sam Kemp '  01223 499325




It is a fallacy to say that if a man intends to break into my house he will, and there is very little crime prevention that you can do about it.

No housebreaker will break through your normal defences if he can possibly find an easier way.  Breaking a window or forcing a door always produces a certain amount of noise, with the possible danger of drawing attention to his unlawful activities.  His aim is neither to be seen nor heard, to work as fast as he possibly can, and, apart from the fact of the missing loot, to leave no trace of his coming or going.  It only takes a housebreaker about ten minutes to go through the average house, from top to bottom. By checking your defences, and fitting a few simple inexpensive additions to make your home more difficult for the thief to enter, you can safeguard your property, and what is more, obtain for yourself far greater  peace of mind.


Examine your outside doors.  In many cases the property may be rather old; the screws securing the lock may have become loose in the woodwork, and very little bodily pressure would be required to force open the doors.  It is wrong to believe that housebreakers only attack the large good class houses.  It is a fact that nine out of every ten houses attacked are of the Council or terrace type. If you can, fit all doors with a mortice deadlock.  In the case of external doors, a lock which is let into the door is the most suitable as it will resist considerable pressure. As an added precaution, fit bolts to all external doors.  Years ago, people fitted chains or bars on the inside to keep out intruders.  Such methods may be considered old fashioned, but they were dictated by commonsense.

When fitting a bolt, however, do be sure that it cannot be reached through a broken glass door panel.  Usually a few inches from the bottom or top of the door is a suitable position.  If your door has a glass panel, always remove the key from the inside of the lock before retiring for the night.

When you go out, take your key with you, or leave it with a neighbour.  Never place it under the mat, under a brick, on a nail, or in an outhouse.  House-breakers know all these methods of concealment, and will find your key in a very few minutes.


Windows are obvious weak points in your defence. Never leave them open to keep the house aired whilst it is left unoccupied.  A window left partly open for the convenience of the cat to come and go, provides an easy means of access for the burglar too.  However small the window may be, it should be closed, if, by reaching through, it is possible to release the catch of a larger window.  A surprising number of houses, especially on Council estates, are entered in this manner.

Catches, stops bolts and locks, specifically designed for every type of window, including special locking devices for strengthening metal windows, can be obtained at all good ironmonger’s stores.    Special devices are also available for both sash and casement type windows, to allow the window to remain partly open to admit fresh air, and yet remain quite secure. Consider fitting a small lock to casement windows, or a bolt to sash windows.  If in desperation, the housebreaker is forced to smash the glass near to the catch, he will still be unable to open the casement window, or raise or lower a sash window.

If you have a ladder, do not leave it lying around.  Housebreakers will use it to get through upstairs windows if they are insecure. Remove it to a place of safety, or secure it to a wall with a lock and chain.      In almost every instance, if you have been careful, and left no loophole in your defences, the housebreaker will go away to try somewhere else in the hope that he will be more successful.  There is no doubt that if everyone made sure that their defences were one hundred per cent, the housebreaker would be driven out of business.

Beware of the man you find around the house, who asks if he may do odd jobs, clean out the drains, or who poses as a canvasser, meter man, etc. You may have surprised him or he may have been ‘casing the joint’ examining your defences.  Always be on the look-out for a second man, keeping out of sight, watching for his confederate.  Make a mental note of his, or their descriptions, and inform you local Police Station or Officer immediately.  Your information may put an end to their activities and prevent a whole series of ‘break-in’ offences.

                                                                     Mr. Stanley Peck






Relief in Need Charity Elderly, infirm or disabled people wishing to be considered for help with their winter heating costs, should apply to the Hon. Clerk for an application form before Monday 15th November 2004. New applicants only.                                    Mrs. D. Millson (Hon. Clerk)



Cynthia Rule, who kindly delivered the Icene in Frogge Street for many years, has decided to retire. Thank you Cynthia.

Many thanks to Gillian Reynolds who has kindly agreed to take over from her.                                                                                                                                           Editors



If you have a child who will be 5 between 1st September 2005 and 31st August 2006 you are invited to visit our new refurbished Foundation year setting between 11.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday 16th November.  You will be welcome to observe a variety of activities that take place on a typical day in our Early Years classroom.

ADULTS ONLY PLEASE. RSVP                                       Rachel Rugg-Gunn  ' 01223 712108



For the duration of the Hinxton Bridge renewal, Ickleton has its own shuttle minibus operated by Frontrunner Cars.  For passengers to Cambridge, it leaves Ickleton at 7.04, 8.51, 10.51, 12.51, 14.51, 15.51, 16.51 and 18.01 to connect with the 32 at Great Chesterford St. John’s Cross, bringing any passengers back to Ickleton who have come from Saffron Walden.

For passengers to Saffron Walden, it leaves Ickleton at 8.17, 9.20, 11.20, 13.20, 15.20, 17.28, 18.37  and 19.28 to connect with the 32 at Great Chesterford, bringing any passengers back to Ickleton who have  come from Cambridge.

As this minibus connects with the 32, there should be no chance of passengers being left ‘high and dry’ at Great Chesterford.  It seems to be working well so far.

To recap, the main 32 service is -


(which connects with Ickleton shuttle bus)

Cambridge                                 7.35    8.40     10.45      12.45    14.45     16.45    17.50    18.50

Addenbrooke’s Hospital           7.50    8.56     10.57      12.57    14.57     17.02    18.07    19.02

Sawston Link Road                              9.13      11.13      13.13    15.13     17.21    18.26    19.18

Gt Chesterford                           8.24    9.27       11.27      13.27    15.27     17.35    18.44    19.35

Saffron Walden                          8.35    9.38      11.38       13.38    15.38     17.46    18.53    19.46

Saffron Walden                7.00    8.47     10.47       12.47    14.47     15.47    16.47    17.57

Gt. Chesterford                 7.11    8.58     10.58       12.58    14.58     15.58    16.58    18.08

Sawston Link Road                   7.31    9.12     11.12       13.12    15.12     16.15    17.12    18.19

Addenbrooke’s Hospital           8.00    9.28     11.28       13.28    15.28     16.31    17.28    18.35

Cambridge                                 8.25    9.40     11.40       13.40    15.40     16.43    17.48    18.45

                                                                                                                                              David Lilley


                         November 3rd

 Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


 Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


  Ickleton Barns and Garden Centre Launch Day


  Mobile Library


  Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


  Social Club Mystery Darts Night


  Social Club Pudsey Quiz Night 9.00 p.m.


  Mobile Library


  District Councillor Election Village Hall


  Conservative Supper Party 7.30 p.m. Mowbrays

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