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Editors:                                                                                         David and Monica Lilley


Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                       

                                                                                                     Hilary Rule                    

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th  December  2004


As  another Christmas comes round we would like to thank our proof-readers and Tony Court, Hilary Rule and their delivery team, for all their hard work and also Sheila Birch for the ‘Welcome to’ column.

May we remind everyone that, as we hope to get the January issue ‘put to bed’ and possibly printed before Christmas, 12th December really is the absolute deadline.

Happy Christmas to all our readers.                                                               David and Monica Lilley



Proposed Housing Development in the Cambridge Area

During the last month, the East of England Regional Assembly published their East of England Plan. This endorsed the earlier recommendations by their Planning Panel, and it is worth summarising their main proposals:

·         There will be provision for 478,000 new homes by 2021 throughout the east of England

·         They reject the proposal for an additional 18,000 homes requested by the government

·         They reject the second runway at Stansted

The point should be made that the 478,000 new homes that they refer to sounds horrifying, but it is in fact the total which had already been agreed upon; indeed some 60,000 of those homes have already been built and more than half of the balance already have planning permission or are allocated in existing development plans.

So on the face of it, the EERA proposals should be welcomed. But EERA has also made a commitment to an early focused review of the East of England Plan. As they say, ‘This will ensure that once government reveals any additional infrastructure funding, consideration can be given to whether a major new settlement is required…’ The outcome of this review could perhaps be worrying.

EERA places great emphasis on the need for the government to make a substantial investment in infrastructure to support this economic growth and has made extensive proposals to the government, who are expected to respond before Christmas.

The next stage is the consultative period which lasts for 14 weeks from 8th December. The Parish Council, in consultation with other local parishes, is deciding how best to participate in this process. Then in September 2005 there will be public examination before final decisions are taken by the Deputy Prime Minister in 2006.

The East of England Plan is the overriding issue which we must consider. Meanwhile, however, the two other issues, the proposed development of the Hinxton Triangle and the possible removal of Marshall’s airport to Duxford, seem to pose greater threats to the village. Again, we are in touch with neighbouring villages, but as yet there is nothing specific to report. It is important to appreciate that these two issues are facets of the overall development covered by the East of England Plan.  To give one example of the interacting nature of the issues: if Marshall’s does not in fact move from its present site, some 12,000 houses which might have been built there would have to be located elsewhere in the region.

So whilst it is essential, in our view, to oppose those two specific proposals, we must not lose sight of the main issue, the overall development of the region.

                                                                                     James Macdonald, Chairman


Refuse Collections during December

Monday  6th   December    Black wheeled bin

Monday 13th  December    Green wheeled bin and green box

Monday 20th  December    Black wheeled bin

Monday 27th  December    No Collections

Tuesday  4th  January        Black wheeled bin

Bonfires  We have received the following guidelines for bonfires from South Cambridgeshire Environmental Health Department.

‘If you decide to have a bonfire, kindly note these recommendations.

Do not burn damp grass clippings or ‘green’ material as this creates thick smoke.

Do not burn any oily rags, rubber, plastics, damp garden waste or other materials which would inevitably create heavy smoke or toxic fumes.

Do not light a bonfire when your neighbours have washing drying or are out enjoying their gardens or have windows wide open.

Do not light bonfires one hour before dusk, or leave them burning overnight.  Choose the time of day and weather conditions that will cause the least inconvenience to neighbours.

Do not leave your fire to smoulder for long periods.

Do advise your nearest neighbours before you light a bonfire so they can be prepared for any minor inconvenience that may arise.

Do burn material quickly in small quantities so the minimum amount of smoke is created.

Do choose your bonfire site carefully, well away from trees, fences and windows.  Have a hose-pipe and buckets of water handy just in case.’

Parish Clerk Is there anyone out there who would like to take on the job of Parish Clerk?  Please let either James Macdonald or me know if you are interested and we can give you more details.  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 and is interested in our local community.

                                                                                 Jackie Casement  - Parish Clerk



The Bishop of Ely has recently announced the appointment of the Reverend Andrew Schofield as Priest-in-Charge of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton.

Andrew has been Rector of St John’s, March since 1994 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1982. He is married to Mary and they will live at The Rectory in Duxford. They have three grown-up children – Hugh, Kate and Jonathan.

Andrew’s last service at St John’s, March, will be at the end of January and we very much look forward to welcoming him – and his family – to these three parishes some time next Spring.

After many centuries of there being a vicar of Ickleton, the next incumbent will be priest-in-charge. 

This appointment has become the norm in the Ely Diocese, as it is beneficial to the diocese and the parish, allowing greater flexibility of labour and re-grouping if necessary.  No one has an automatic job for life these days – not even the clergy!

                                                                     Sebastian Payne and Jenny Pell, Churchwardens



On 22nd August we said good-bye to our Minister Rev. Jim Gill, who has now moved on to Harlow.  It was a day filled with happiness and sadness, as during the past five years Jim had not only been our Minister, but with his wife Jean, true friends to us all, and we wish them every happiness in their new Church.  Jean is still staying on to help us, as she is our Secretary and Steward, and we say a big thank you to her for all her help.

In September we welcomed our new Minister the Rev. Hilary Chang, her husband and family, and we shared a happy harvest festival service together.

We extend a warm welcome to all to join us for our Carol Service at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 12th December which will be followed as usual with tea and mince pies.  It will be taken by Mr. Nigel Courtmas, our Minister Hilary and family, and Jean Gill.  Do please join us, you are assured of a warm welcome.                                                                                     Mr. C. Vincent, Senior Steward




Services for December






                      Thursday  2nd

12.  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





                        Sunday   5th

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


                         Advent 2

  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)


                         Advent 3

10. 10.00 a.m. Toy Service Joint Family Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                     Thursday 16th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





                         Sunday 19th

 11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


                           Advent 4                         

   4.00 p.m. Nativity Service



   6.30 p.m. Carol Service





                          Friday  24th

   3.00 p.m. Christingle and Crib Service


                     Christmas Eve

  11.30 p.m. Midnight Eucharist





                   Saturday 25th

    9.00 a.m.  Family Eucharist


                     Christmas Day

  10.30 a.m. Family  Eucharist








                       Sunday 26th

  11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist & Godly Play


                      Christmas 1







From a Member of the Ministry Team               

With Christmas fast approaching, the busyness of the season threatens to overwhelm us. In order to retain our sanity and to keep things in perspective, we need to find some space for silence and stillness. Not easy, I know. There will be a Quiet Day at Whittlesford URC on Saturday 11th December from 10.00a.m.- 4.00p.m. Lunch will be provided - please contact Sarah Gower to book your place.

Our Toy Gift Service will be held at Duxford at 10.00am. on 12th December. Gift-wrapped items suitable for one to ten year olds, with a label indicating the suitable age and sex of the recipient, will be warmly received and then sent to Uttlesford Home Start, which supports needy families. Later this month, carol singers will be out in force in the villages. Do join them, if you are able. This will limber up your vocal chords ready for the Christmas services! We look forward to greeting you at church during the festive season.

The promise of the arrival of our new priest-in-charge is a wonderful, early Christmas present for me. The co-operation, support and encouragement which I have received from the ministry team, church members and many others throughout this year has enabled me to undertake my responsibilities with minimal wear and tear. However, I'll be due an MOT and full service by Easter!

In all the excitement of giving and receiving, of being with family and friends, especially those we see rarely, may we remember those who will be separated from loved ones at this time. We also remember the homeless, the lonely and the bereaved. May we allow the Christ-child into our hearts this Christmas, giving thanks for the gift of life and love. May God bless us all, now and always. With greetings from all the members of the ministry team.                                                                                                                                                                                            Julie Baillie, Reader




Carol Singing

Carol singing around the village will take place on Tuesday 21st December in aid of the Children's Hospice at Milton.  Please come and join us.  Children are very welcome.  Meet at 6pm in the lay-by at the bottom of Grange Road.  A torch and warm clothes are recommended.  Refreshments afterwards by kind invitation of Miranda and Mark Stone-Wigg.

New Year's Day Walk

If you make a New Year's resolution to take more exercise or are trying to get rid of a hangover from the celebrations or just want some fresh air, then this is the event for you.  Come and join our New Year's Day walk.  Everyone is welcome, including dogs, though they must be on the lead.  Meet at the bottom of Rectory Farm Drive on Grange Road at 11.30am where there will also be parking (routes and parking by kind permission of Peter Wombwell, Joan Frankau and Liz Raybone).  There will be shorter or longer options to suit your energy levels.  Afterwards Judy and John Marshall are kindly providing hot refreshments.



A year or two ago we were kindly offered the gift of a piano - regrettably I do not remember by whom. At the time we did not have space in the storeroom to accommodate one. We have now changed the use of the small room next to the kitchen to accommodate various archives and additional equipment and there would be sufficient space for an upright piano. If anyone has a piano, which could be tuned for choral accompaniment work, that they would wish to dispose of, please contact me.                                                                      Gordon Woolhouse

Judo and Self Defence

Classes are held every Friday evening in the hall commencing at 6.30 p.m. for juniors aged 6 years upwards and at 8.00 p.m. for seniors. This is an excellent discipline for children and helps them to develop confidence and fitness under expert tuition. If you would like your children to benefit please come along to the hall before 6.30 p.m. any Friday evening and have a chat with instructor Richard Drage.

Theatre Group

In the absence of Chairperson Pam Fearn, I write to thank all who attended our show 'Hey Gringo from Peru' on 22nd October. We received very mixed feedback ranging from those who thought Peter Searle was brilliant, to those of us who thought it was rather 'over the top'.

Our next show will be on Saturday 26th  February, when the Sawston Players will present a three-act mystery play. Please put this date in your diaries.  More details will appear in the January Bulletin.                                                                                                       Gordon Woolhouse



It was good to see the units of local businesses up and running at the Ickleton Barns and Garden Centre for their launch day on 6th November.  We wish Stuart & Tina, Elizabeth, Paula, Ian & Gill and Kevin & Stuart well for their new start in the Barns and hope that they receive lots of local support, as well as custom from further afield as word spreads.  Stuart & Tina have already started work on further units and hope to encourage more local businesses to set up there, so if you are interested, do contact them. 

What about a nice walk to the Centre in our refreshing winter air, rewarded with a sit down and a hot drink in the cafe?                                                                                            Catherine Kelly



I know it’s early for Christmas, but I would like to wish you all a very happy one and a properous New Year with peace for all.

We thank Mr. Fred Toombs for a lovely sponge on the 3rd  November for his birthday which was enjoyed by all.

We shall be sorry to say.  ‘Good-bye’ to Mrs. Rose Pickett as she is leaving Ickleton to be near her daughter. She has been a great supporter of the Club as was her late husband Bert and we will miss her very much. She seldom missed a meeting unless on holiday, so we wish her all the best for the future.                                                                                                     Mrs. R. Lilley




Just a quick note to  say that on the evening of Tuesday 2nd November our path was blocked, whilst driving along Abbey Street at 10.30 in the evening, by two charming dogs who seemed to be alone.  We knocked on a few doors before the rightful owner was found, much to his relief, and would like to thank the man at No. 48 for the use of a lead and apologise for some ‘late door knocking’ in search of the owner. Several households appeared to be up but did not answer the door, we understand that we may have caused some concerns, but our intentions were good.

Many  thanks.                                                                                                             Ken and Lyn Miller



Many thanks for all the support and good wishes during my recent time in hospital.

                                                                                                                                        Mary Woolhouse


Found in Ickleton Recreation Ground, a fine chain gold necklace with small medallion. Please phone.



December’s market is on Saturday 11th December from 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon. Held at Chesterford Community Centre, stalls include fresh veg, a variety of fresh farm meats and fish, bread, cakes and biscuits, a selection of greeting card stalls, pictures, hand made soap, hand made chocolates, cut flowers, chutneys and preserves, bottled apple juices, soups, sweet and savoury tarts and pies etc. Perfect for Christmas presents and supplies.  First market 2005 is on 29th January.  Well worth a visit.                                                                            Catherine Kelly



Mr. Ken Akers was our guest speaker for the November meeting.

Anyone who hasn’t grown Shrub Roses before will feel very inspired to do so having watched the wide variety shown on slides by Mr. Akers.

The next meeting on December 1st will be a talk on ‘Gardening in the Shade’.

Visitors Welcome                                                                                        Cynthia Rule 



There is nothing serious to report since last month except:

(a) Coping stones from the front wall of No. 12 Church Street were removed and thrown to                                             the ground by vandals late at night, causing great concern to the resident. This  was on 5th


 (b) The abandoned car in Church Street, which has been there unmoved for six weeks. The            local police have been informed; though it has not been reported stolen and the Road           Fund Tax disc is  in order.  The matter is in hand and I am assured will shortly be resolved.

                                                                                                                 Stanley Peck



Encaustic Craft – Wax on Card was the subject demonstrated at the November meeting.  It was all done with coloured bees wax and a warm iron. The results were quite spectacular! Members, who were brave enough to have a go themselves, produced some amazing pictures to take home.

On December 2nd an evening visit to Scotsdales has been arranged, when a discount of 10% will be given on all purchases.

The December meeting will be a week early on December 8th, starting at 7.30 p.m. Christmas Parcels to the value of £3 can be taken by those wishing to.

The New Year Dinner will be held in Saffron Walden on January 28th.  For more details please contact Carol Dean.

Best wishes to Joan Sutcliffe  who will be going into hospital on November 21st.

                                                                                                                              Cynthia Rule




It was good to see the cycle path from Hinxton to Sawston opened  on 1st November.

I gave myself and my equally ancient bicycle a pleasant spin along it – suddenly it is now safe to cycle (or walk) to Sawston again – a journey my father and many more like him made every day 50 plus years ago, but which over the years had become increasingly risky.

When is our next cycle path to be opened?                                                           David Lilley



Going Dutch

The Spring Course in 2005 will be a daytime course held on Wednesday mornings from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. in the Congregational Chapel, Carmel Street, Great  Chesterford, commencing on Wednesday 12th January.  This 10 week course will provide a social documentary of Dutch life in the 17th  century through landscape, portrait, still life and genre painting. We will examine  works by Vermeer de Hooch, Rembrandt and Hals. The tutor will be Mary  Conochie who will be remembered for her highly successful course held at Ickleton in  spring 2003 on Painting Paris. The fee will be £30 for the ten sessions and all comers will be welcomed. For further  information contact the Branch Secretary, Jeffrey Lowe.



Ultimate Spitfire Restoration Completed at Duxford

The Imperial War Museum, Duxford has rolled  out the latest aircraft to be restored at the world-renowned museum. A rare Spitfire F.24, the ultimate high performance version of the legendary fighter, was unveiled following an intensive programme of conservation and restoration. The roll out took place in the presence of pilots who flew the aircraft when it was in service with the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force. The Spitfire has been restored to take its place in Duxford's new £24 million pound AirSpace exhibition, set to open in 2006. AirSpace will tell the story of Britain's aviation industry from its earliest days to the present and, as probably the most famous combat aircraft of all time, the Spitfire will be the central exhibit. "AirSpace is the most ambitious development undertaken by the Imperial War Museum at Duxford to date," said Richard Ashton, Director of IWM Duxford. "The remarkable project will guarantee the long-term preservation of aircraft that helped shaped the world in which we live, either by defending liberty and freedom or by enabling people to travel around the world in a matter of hours. In short, AirSpace will ensure that our heritage and our past will have a future.” 

                                            Frank Crosby '  01223 499319,  Tracey Woods ' 01223 499320                             



                        December   1st

Gt. Chesterford & District Gardening Society


Meeting 8.00 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Mobile Library


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


Chesterford Farmers’ Market 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon


Gt. Chesterford Community Centre


Chapel Carol Service 3.00 p.m. Methodist Chapel


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Mobile Library


Carol Singing meet 6.00 p.m. Grange Road



                            January  1st 

New Year’s Day Walk meet 11.30 a.m. Rectory Farm Drive



                          February 26th

Theatre Group Show


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