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Editors:                                                                                          David and Monica Lilley


Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                       

                                                                                                    Hilary Rule                    

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    12th  January  2005




A very Happy New Year to everyone.


Anti Social Behaviour

There have been a number of incidents around the village of damage and disturbance by a group of young people, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.  The police have been informed and are making enquiries. Please see Neighbourhood Watch item for details of appropriate prompt action to take if you are troubled or see or hear anything.

Refuse Collections during January

Please note some changes to usual pattern.

Tuesday  4th  January – Black bin

Monday 10th  January – Black bin and green box

Monday 17th  January – Black bin

Monday 24th  January – Green bin and green box

Monday 31th  January – Black bin

                                                                                         Jackie Casement – Parish Clerk




The Liberal Democrat John Williams won with 360 votes, beating Conservative candidate Robin Driver by just 18 votes.

The Independent candidate Lawrence Wragg came third with 132.




There have been a number of incidents of vandalism and malicious damage to properties in Church Street and Abbey Street which is causing real concern to local people. 

Fences, brick walls, and stone urns have been damaged.  In one case a brick was hurled through the front window of a house in Abbey Street, whilst the occupants were in the room.

The local police have been informed of these occurrences and request that residents of the village ring the police number ' 01223 358966 immediately if further problems are experienced. It would be helpful if anyone has any suspicions or descriptions of these vandals to assist the police in their enquiries.

It is not advisable to challenge or confront these miscreants late at night, who may well have been drinking, or worse, taking drugs.

On Monday 6th December, a Royal Mail van was stolen outside  the village shop, and found later, abandoned in Grange Road.

The car parked for several weeks in Church Street has been removed.

                                                                                                          Mr. Stanley Peck




CHURCH NOTICES - Services in January

        Epiphany Sunday 2nd                    

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist





                      Thursday 6th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





                         Sunday 9th

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


               Baptism of Christ

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                    Thursday 13th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion  (Order 1)





                       Sunday 16th

11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


                       Epiphany 2

  6.30 p.m. Evensong & Holy Communion





                     Thursday 20th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





                      Sunday  23rd

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


                      Epiphany 3

11.00 a.m. Morning Worship and Godly Play



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





                     Thursday 27th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





                       Sunday 30th

5.00 p.m. Joint Family Eucharist


         Presentation of Christ

                Candle Mass Service



A member of the ministry team writes:

New Year Resolutions

We are getting ready for the Christmas Festival as I write this letter. All the ministry team hope that it will have been a good and happy time of celebration for you and your family, but like the shepherds and wise men who visited the manger, we too must return to daily living and daily concerns. One of our concerns in the Church of England is apathy. Nationally, there have been warning signs in the declining numbers of people regularly attending church - and our parishes are not exempt from this trend. Our Church exists for every member of the parish, but the work and cost of ministry and maintenance of our churches is falling on a diminishing regular congregation.

We are very grateful indeed to all who contribute so generously to fund raising efforts, but the cost of ministry continues to rise. You may be surprised to know that the annual cost of keeping our churches open for regular services and pastoral ministry is Duxford £23,000, Ickleton £23,000, Hinxton £12,000. This sum covers the salary, pension and housing cost of a priest, insurance of the church, heating, lighting and essential services. It doesn't include the cost of repairs.

Every baptised (christened) person is automatically a member of the Church. If everyone regularly gave to the church, the amount most of us spend on daily papers and lottery tickets, that would go a long way to solving our problems. If we really can't pay for ministry, eventually churchgoers will have to go the nearest town church, rather than their village church.

Of course it's more than money we need. It's support for our Church in person. Why not make a New Year Resolution to come to your village Church at least once a month? We're making big efforts to provide regular family services, as well as the more traditional ones for older members of the congregation. The monthly Godly Play Group for children, held in Hinxton, is growing, as is the monthly all-age Family Eucharist in Ickleton. Our links with Duxford School have strengthened in the last few years and we would like to build on this.

As we welcome our new priest, the Revd. Andrew Schofield, and his family next month, let's try and buck the national trend of diminishing congregations. It's a good time to start afresh with the Church. The God who came to us in Christ Jesus offers himself freely to all. May you and your family know the hope to which God has called us - how rich are the wonderful blessings God promises to his people. A happy and blessed New Year to all!  Tricia Newland-Honorary Priest




A big thank you again this year for all who donated to help the village achieve yet another record for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  A total of £800.24 was raised, including an incredible £207.20 from the Church collection, an increase of about 20% on last year.  This would not be possible without the help of our band of collectors and particular thanks therefore go to Sheila Birch, Jackie Casement, Pat Facer, Lena Frost, Yvonne Hall, Judy Holt, Judy Marshall, Sally Pearce, Hilary Rule and Clair Wilson, who was able to take over from Mary Woolhouse this year at short notice.  The total was also helped by the kind assistance of Costcutter Express, the Ickleton Lion, the Social Club and, for the first time this year, by Stuart and Tina at the Garden and Aquatics Centre, who all displayed collecting boxes for the Appeal

                                                                                                      Malcolm Hall – Honorary Organiser



Children in Need Appeal

This years two events for the appeal raised a magnificent £400.

Both events were extremely well supported and provided two very enjoyable evenings.

The Club would like to take this opportunity to thank all the participants, members, helpers and everyone who donated prizes or gave cash donations, so again thank you all.

Junior members

The Club would like to remind parents that junior members (under 18s) are only allowed in the club premises when accompanied by a parent/guardian member.

Over the past few weeks an increasing number of young teenagers have been using the club as a meeting place.  Unfortunately there have been some instances of damage to the club property and facilities and also, being a licence premises the Club is unable to offer ‘youth club’ style amenities and must enforce the junior members rule.                     Ickleton Social Club Committee




Just a reminder that this year’s Church Fete will be held on Saturday July 9th.

We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Rosemary McKillen and her family, are going to organise the Grand Raffle for us.  We thank them very much.

The Village School Reunion is also to take place. If you would like any more information about this, please contact Derek Bristow. They hope more people will turn up this year, also we have asked if names and perhaps stories which have been told could be put in the Icene, if printable!

There will be the usual stalls, vintage vehicles of any sort or tractors etc. pet show and photography competition. More details later.

The Church Fete is a great way of raising money for the running expenses of the Church and a social event for the village as well.

If you would like to help, have a stall or have any ideas on how we could make it bigger and better, please contact either of the Churchwardens Jenny Pell or Sebastian Payneor myself.                                                       Monica Lilley – Fete Organiser



The Parkinson’s Bazaar this year will be held on Saturday May 21st. 

If you are turning out your cupboards in the New Year or have any unwanted Christmas presents please save them for us. We will be very grateful.           Dorothy Churchman



Hilary Henderson, formerly of Ickleton, has moved to sheltered accommodation in Sawston.  She wishes to sell her four wheeled electric buggy.  It is top of the range and in good condition.

Offers in the region of £1200. 




LETTER  - Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

I was in Ickleton in December and on the way down was able to call on a really old friend of mine in Bar Hill where he lives. It was Graham Morris. It must be well over 50 years since we last saw each other. The years have been good to him - like Bill Brand, he doesn’t seem to have altered much. I’ve also been in contact with Betty (nee Webb) - Derek Bristow managed to track her down, so gave me her phone number.  Both Graham and her hope to be at the 2005 school reunion.  It was great to see so many of us in 2004. There wasn’t time to speak to everyone, so let’s hope they will all come back again!  The village hall is a great place to meet everyone.

As we were leaving Ickleton, we also met David Lilley, as he was passing the cemetery, and he told us Jack Human had just died. Now he was of my dad’s era and certainly lived to a good age. I believe Doris is well.  Ickleton is a good place to live. So all the best for 2005. 

                                                                                                                     Molly Dagley (nee Clements)



Our meeting held on December 1st had a very festive air about it, with nearly all fifty members present winning a raffle prize, plus enjoying lovely refreshments provided by the Committee.

Our guest speaker Mr. Hodge proved you can grow plants in the shade. He was a very informative and amusing speaker.

The Chairman James Macdonald reminded members to plant up in the spring, ready for the Flower and Vegetable Show in September. Please note there will be no meeting in January.

The next meeting will be on February 2nd at 8.00 p.m. in the Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford. The speaker will be Andrew Stewart, who will speak on ‘Summer Bedding’.

The flower chosen for the February best bloom competition is a crocus.

Visitors welcome.                                                                                            Cynthia Rule



We are delighted that the Sawston Players will be presenting one of their three Act mystery plays on Saturday 26th  February in our Village Hall.

The doors will be open from 7.00pm. The bar will be open and hot soup will be served before the first Act.  A main course will be served in the interval before the second Act and a sweet will be served during the interval following the second Act. At this point the audience will be invited to participate and offer suggestions as to 'who done it'. When all is revealed at the end of the third Act a prize will be awarded to the detectives on the table who guessed correctly. It will be a great fun evening so please book early to ensure you get a seat as we may have to restrict numbers depending on the stage space that the Players will require.

Tickets will available at Costcutter Express from 1st  February and the price will be £8 inclusive of the meal and  £7 concessions.                                                                   The Theatre Group



By the time January's Icene is delivered, the latest addition to the Ickleton Barns will be open for business. Rebecca Uzerek's gift shop ‘Just For You’ opened just before Christmas and is hoping to sell a wide range of gifts and crafts, with particular interest in local suppliers. If you would like information on renting shelves in ‘Just For You’, call Rebecca on ' 07940 174943, or for information on further units available at the Barns, contact Stuart or Tina London on ' 01799 530911.

A reminder that the units already up and running include a florist, wedding & party shop, landscape gardening,  tools and children & baby equipment, as well as the cafe and the garden centre itself.                                                                                                           Catherine Kelly



Thank you to everyone who has had a collecting box over the past year.

Please can you empty your boxes before the end of January and take the contents to Gerry Birch (Howeys, Abbey Street), so that he can send a cheque to this very worthwhile charity, which does such wonderful work for disadvantaged children.

If anyone else would like to keep a box and fill it with loose change during 2005, please contact me.                                                                                                              Rosemary Hayes



JACK HUMAN (1915-2004)

Wilfred 'Jack' Human was born on April 28th 1915 at 28, Frogge Street. He grew up at Frogge

Street with sisters Mabel, Doris and Edna, and brother Albert (Nibby). He spent his childhood

attending the village school, playing in the street (there were few cars to worry about) and attending the chapel across the road. He was particularly precious to his parents, as his older brother Sidney died at only 9 years old.

He left school at fourteen years and went to work at Abbey farm. His job was to look after the

horses as they worked in the fields. This involved a five o'clock start (he never relished early starts) and lighting a fire in the hedge in winter to keep warm. At sixteen he was chosen to start a carpenter and joiners apprenticeship in Saffron Walden to which he cycled every day.

The family moved to the house built by their father at Mill Lane (Sidney House) and Jack bought

a BSA motorbike and then an Austin 7 car. He was the first person in Ickleton to pass a driving test when they became mandatory. These were used for amongst other things 'courting'  particularly at 'lovers lane' (Chestnut Avenue) near Audley End. For many years he played football  and cricket for Ickleton, as well as being secretary (winning cups in 1939 and 1949).

During the war his 'trade' skills were used firstly for mending Stirling bombers in Cambridge  and then at the Vickers Research Institute in Southampton.

After the war he moved back to Ickleton, and started a building business with his brother, including rebuilding Stubbings Cottage on the Green (Mrs. Spark’s house). He played football for Saffron Walden and at a dance in Clavering  met his wife to be, Connie Lindsell.

Jack married Connie in 1948 and they moved into the Duke of Wellington pub on the Green.

They had one of the first televisions in the village, so were never short of customers. In his spare

 time Jack built (with the help of Percy Page) his own house at Mill Lane and moved there in 1953.

Together they kept pigs and chickens (although one boar had a habit of escaping for a walk round the village) and Jack moved on  to purchasing rather than merely building houses.

In 1961 Stella was born and then in 1964 David. The family survived the floods of the early 70's, at one point having to be 'rescued' by Mabel and Hubert Lilley in a rowing boat! Jack continued to play cricket, now for Elmdon where he built a reputation for resilient last wicket stands and a characteristic 'Come along' call.

In 1993 Connie died and Jack focused in his last years on his six grandchildren (Katy, Hannah,

Joe, Rosie, Oliver and Jamie); Cambridge United Football Club, travelled (for really the first time)  to Germany, Spain and Italy; and continued to dance - he always loved dancing.

He’ll be greatly missed by family, friends and all who knew him.                                  

                                                                                                                                David Human



The family would like to thank those who attended Jack’s funeral service and to those who gave donations to Macmillan Cancer Relief in his memory.




Our Christmas meeting was celebrated in style with the usual ample supply of food and wine and excellent entertainment by the Sunflower Singers.

The Christmas surprise parcels caused much merriment and brought the evening to a very happy conclusion.

The next meeting will be on January 19th at 7.45 p.m. when Fran Saltmarsh will display the costumes of the six wives of Henry VIII.

Please note subscriptions - £21 will be due. Visitors £2.50.                    Cynthia Rule



We are sorry to record the death on 2nd December of Jenny Baynes aged 98 (widow of Will Baynes) at Ashford, Kent, formerly of Frogge Street.







Problems in the Village

Over the last few weeks there has been considerable harassment to some villagers. The problem occurs late at night at the weekends, when a group of teenagers are seen shouting, banging on doors and windows, and generally behaving in a drunken way. Flower pots are broken and scattered over the pavements, car wing mirrors are broken, as are fences, drain pipes, and most recently an antique chimney pot was stolen and found smashed in the road some distance away. Church Street seems particularly affected. Elderly villagers are naturally frightened by this irresponsible and anti-social behaviour. The police have been notified, and I have been advised by our Community Police Officer that, should you be witness to this situations the best way to act is to call Parkside Police Station, asking for the Incident Room, on  ' 01223 358966. Apparently the more of us that ring the better. Hopefully, we can put an end to this behaviour before it gets even more out of hand.                                                Jilly Maynard



A Public Statement by the Imperial War Museum on Cambridgeshire Housing Strategy and the Relocation of Marshall Aeropsace

 The Trustees of the Imperial War Museum have carefully reviewed recent reports in the media and elsewhere about proposals to relocate the aircraft engineering and maintenance operations and general aviation  facilities of Marshall Aerospace from Cambridge Airport to a number of  airfields in the region, including a site adjacent to the Trustees' property at the Imperial War Museum Duxford at Duxford Airfield, operated by them in partnership with Cambridgeshire  County Council, owners of the runway and grass airfield. Noting that no formal proposal had yet been received or announced, the Trustees resolved: First, that they would not agree to proposals for developments of any kind on or adjacent to Duxford Airfield unless in their judgement the development were in the best interests of the Museum, its collaborators, neighbours and users; the preservation for future generations of the historic airfield, its heritage and landmark buildings and landscape context; the continuing viability of the airfield for restoring, displaying, and  flying historic and contemporary aircraft; the accommodation there of the  Museum's collections and curatorial functions and public access to them; and the further development and sustainability of IWM Duxford as a  leading international aviation and military museum and visitor attraction. Secondly, that the reported proposal for relocating Marshall Aerospace's  aircraft engineering operations and associated car parks, offices, hangars, workshops, engine-testing and general aviation facilities to a large site  immediately adjacent to the western boundary of Heathfield village and Duxford Airfield sharing its runway did not appear, as they understood it, to meet these criteria and consequently was not acceptable to them. Thirdly, that they would assess alternative proposals for this or any other development on or adjacent to Duxford Airfield in the same manner and against the same criteria.

The Trustees of the Imperial War Museum appreciate the important contributions Marshall Aerospace makes to the local and national economies but remain committed to the development of IWM Duxford as the leading national and regional visitor attraction in its field and an international centre of excellence for historic aircraft restoration, preservation and flying and to working collaboratively with the community in South Cambridgeshire to that end.



          January  17th  Mobile Library

                         19th  Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                         19th  W.I. Meeting 7.45 p.m.  Community Centre, Gt. Chesterford

                       29th   Farmers’ Market 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon Community Centre, Gt. Chesterford

                         31st   Mobile Library

      February  26th   Murder Mystery Evening  7.00 p.m. Village Hall

                 May 21st   Parkinson’s Bazaar

                 July 9th    Church Fete


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