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David and Monica Lilley




Tony Court                       

Hilary Rule








All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th  February  2005




Refuse Collections during February

Monday 31th   January   – Black bin

Monday   7th   February – Green bin and green box

Monday 14th   February – Black bin

Monday 21st   February – Green bin and green box

Monday 28th   February – Black bin


Projects for 2005

Cemetery The Parish Council is starting a project to tidy up the cemetery in Brookhampton Street. A start will be made shortly on trimming the trees and ivy, and removing dead elms.  Plans to clear graves overgrown with brambles etc. are presently in hand.  May we reassure everyone that work will be carried out with care and respect for those buried there.  Our aim is to have a cemetery that is well cared for and one that we can be proud of.

Grassy Lane  Some time ago the County Council gave the Parish Council some money to replant the hedge beside Grassy Lane (that is the footpath beyond the level crossing at the end of Mill Lane).  Now that the Wellcome Trust has finished the landscape works in this area, planting will go ahead.


Free Kitchen Bins Some time ago the District Council made available small kitchen bins which can then be emptied into your green wheeled bin.  Previously these were available for collection from Sawston.  Now we are able to make these bins available in Ickleton to be collected between 10.00 am and 12 noon on Saturday 5th February outside the village hall.

They are for collecting cooked food, meat and bones, vegetables, fruit and peelings, coffee filters, tea bags and stale bread.


Beware Bogus Electrical Checks Recent government legislation concerning electrical safety in homes has made it possible for people posing as electrical engineers to try and gain access to your home whilst pretending to carry out electrical checks.  Please beware and check carefully the identity of anyone knocking on your door offering this service.


Dog Mess  Once again there is a problem on the recreation field. Please remember the health of children and those who play football on the field and when walking your dog make sure you are equipped with plastic bags: bins are provided.  May we remind you that it is an offence not to clean up after your dog - for which a heavy fine may be imposed.

                                                                               Jackie Casement – Parish Clerk



A reminder of the Murder Mystery Evening at the Village Hall on 26th  February. Doors open and first course served at 7.00 p.m. Curtain up 7.30 p.m.  There are a few tickets left at Costcutter Express.                                                                                      Gordon Woolhouse




CHURCH NOTICES Services in February


                   Thursday 3rd

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





                      Sunday 6th

  9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist


 Sunday next before Lent

11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





               Wednesday 9th 

 8.00 p.m. Holy Communion with Imposition


             Ash Wednesday

                  of Ashes





                 Thursday 10th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





                    Sunday 13th        

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP


                        Lent 1

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                 Thursday 17th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





                    Sunday 20th

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


                        Lent 2

11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





            Wednesday 23rd

 7.30 p.m. Licensing of the

                 Revd. Andrew Schofield





                 Thursday 24th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





                    Sunday 27th

  9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist


                        Lent 3

 11.00 a.m.  Morning Worship and Godly Play



6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong & Holy Communion BCP




I am hoping to attend a puppet making workshop in Halstead on Saturday May 7th. There will be a short demonstration about using puppets in ministry, but the main aim of the day is to make the puppet under instruction. All materials are provided. However, you do need a small group, a decent sewing machine and at least one person who is competent to use it! I have plenty of enthusiasm and am keen to use the puppet in school assemblies for example or in the family services, but I lack the sewing skills. If anyone is interested in joining me please contact me as soon as possible for more details.                                                        Mandy Jeffery




Many thanks to all those who did so much for Christmas services recently, especially all those who came to church!  We had a record attendance for the Carol Service.  The excellent news is that we raised nearly £400 for the Oxfam Famine in the Sudan charity appeal at this service.


Andrew Schofield, our Priest-in-Charge, will have his induction service on Wednesday, February 23rd at 7.30 p.m. in Duxford Church; everyone is welcome.  Andrew’s first services will be on Sunday 27th February, with one in each of the three parishes.  The collection from these services will be combined and sent to the Asia Tsunami Appeal.

                                     Jenny Pell and Sebastian Payne Churchwardens







 Overheard in a check-out queue in January: "What an awful start to a New Year.  I've never known worse.  Surely, things can only get better."  No doubt most of us would agree.  The plight of our neighbours surrounding the Indian Ocean has given us a deeper appreciation of everything that  we have.  The immediate compassionate and generous response to appeals for help was overwhelming - everyone has been able to contribute, however much or little they were able to give.  The multi-faith, international aid agencies are working hard to bring the basic necessities of life, practical help and hope to those who have lost family, home, possessions and livelihood.  As the weeks pass, we need to continue to give our support, of both money and prayer, so that things may stand a chance of getting better for our brothers and sisters in Asia. With February comes the joy of the snowdrop - a flower of hope and promise, after the dark days of Winter.  Often these flowers can be seen at their best, in wide drifts, in churchyards.  Take a trip to Newton Church on a bright, sunny day (if we get one!) and the scene will lift your spirits enormously.

Lent begins with the Ash Wednesday Eucharist, with the imposition of ashes, at 8.00 p.m. on Wednesday 9th February at St. Peter’s Church, Duxford.  This year there will be no formal study course during Lent or midweek evening services.  The Window of Prayer group will be focusing on the Lenten Gospel readings and you are invited to join the group on Tuesdays at 2.00 p.m. The Thursday Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. at Hinxton Church will continue as usual and there will be no Lent lunches on Thursdays at Duxford URC.

We are delighted that Judith Wright from Ickleton has been selected to begin training for the Reader Ministry, sometime this month.  Judith is married to Martyn and their children, James and Bethany attend Duxford School.  We wishJudith every success and great joy in her studies, practical experiences and the making of new friends in the Reader family.

Our other ‘new beginning' takes place at St. Peter's Church, Duxford on Wednesday 23rd February at 7.30 p.m., when the Revd. Andrew Schofield will be licensed as Priest-in-Charge of the parishes of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton.  Everyone is invited to come to the service and to share the refreshments afterwards at Duxford URC, with the opportunity to say 'hello' to Andrew and Mary. We wish them every happiness as they settle into their new home at Duxford Rectory.  From February 24th all enquiries from parishioners should be made to the Rectory, 13 St. John's Street, ' 01223 832137. May God bless us all on our Lenten journey.

                                                                                                                                                       Julie Baillie,  Reader 



On behalf of all the members of the Club, may I say a big thank you to Mrs. Cynthia Rule, Mrs. Eileen Fairweather and Mrs. Dorothy Churchman for putting on such a lovely lunch for us on December 15th. They worked very hard and everyone enjoyed it.

We had a lovely salad with baked potatoes and delicious meat. This was followed by home made Christmas pudding or apple tart with custard and cream followed by cheese and biscuits.

There were drinks which were given by some of the men and orange drink for those who wished.

We also thank Mr. Jim Ball for his donation in memory of his late wife, which we do appreciate.

While washing up we had a few games of bingo, after which we had a cup of tea with mince pies and a nice piece of Christmas cake kindly given by Hedley Igglesdon.

Mr. Colin Churchman managed to get back from hospital in time for lunch; and as Mrs. Pickett was packing up she had her lunch taken to her; also Mrs. Jarrold was not forgotten; and Mrs. Vera Reed, although in hospital had some saved for her.

So we do thank everyone for everything. I was not allowed to do anything except wash the teacloths.

A very Happy New Year to you all. We start again on February 9th.  Hoping for better weather.

                                                                                                                                                Mrs. R. Lilley



I want to say thank you to all my relatives and friends who sent me gifts, cards and lots of telephone calls.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year.                                                                                     Doris Page





The New Year was ‘seen in’ by a large crowd at the Club’s annual New Year’s Eve party.

With music and karaoke kindly provided by Gerry Smith and an excellent hot and cold buffet prepared by the Committee members, the whole evening was both successful and very enjoyable.

A collection in the Club raised £130, for the Tsunami Disaster Fund. Thanks to everyone who gave their support and help.

Several events are planned for 2005, details will be noted in the ICENE and posters on the Club notice boards.

The Committee would like to wish everyone a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year.  

                                                                                                  Ickleton Social Club Committee

P.S.  Membership subscriptions are now due at £5.00 p.a. adults, £2.50 p.a. concessions.



Carol Singing

Many thanks to everyone who helped collect £186 for the East Anglia Children's Hospices - the 20 or so singers who were in fine voice, the enthusiastic children and youngsters who manned the collection tins and knocked on doors, and everyone who donated so generously.  Thanks too to Rosemary Hayes for some very welcome mulled wine and mince pies at the half way point, and to Miranda and Mark Stone-Wigg for mulled wine and superb refreshments at the finish.


New Year’s Day Walk

The traditional Boxing Day walk was postponed to New Year’s Day to avoid confusion since Boxing Day is, I believe, defined as the first weekday after Christmas Day.  This year, 26th  December was a Sunday, so there could have been doubt in some minds, especially after a goodly celebration!  Also most of the potential ‘field masters’ were out of the village over Christmas.  In the event, some 25 people and six dogs met at the track to Rectory Farm and enjoyed a good walk up to the ridge line overlooking Duxford and the Cam valley to the north and the ‘Essex highlands’ to the south.  It was good to have seen four hares and we were treated to the sight of a pair of buzzards floating over the woods at Ickleton Grange.  We are grateful to Peter Wombwell and Joan Frankau for permitting us to walk their land.  The route took us to ‘Gipsy Corner’ and back down Grange Road to Larkhill House where we were refreshed by John Marshall’s mulled wine and Judy’s delicious soup and rolls.

                                                                                                                                            Rachel Radford


We would like to thank everyone who gave to our appeal this Christmas. Our chosen charity was ‘Breast Cancer’. We raised £205.  A very special thank you must go to the teenage group that came to the door and sang a carol for my husband Barry. When they had finished he said “I suppose I should pay you now?”. They replied, “No, we have come to give you the money we have collected Carol Singing for your appeal.” What a nice Christmas story, after all the bad press teenagers have had recently, it restores one’s faith in the younger generation. Thank you teenagers, thank you everyone.  A Happy New Year to all.                            Carol and Barry Turton



There is to be a Jazz Concert on Saturday 19th February featuring Coren Miles, Alison Neale and the Graham Harvey Trio, in Ickleton Village Hall. Doors open 7.30 p.m. There is to be a cash bar.  Tickets £10 each on the door or in advance on ' 01223 860128.

This Jazz Concert is presented by Soroptimist International of Cambridge in aid of OWL Sawston and The Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Association.                                Dr. Margaret Steane




There will be no market in February, but the next one will be held on Saturday 12th March 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. For information contact Pat Fennell.





Ickleton Recreation Ground/Village Hall Saturday 9th July 2005

A happy New Year and health and happiness in 2005.

I know it’s early to begin thinking of July when Christmas has just gone. Do you remember when we went gleaning - the days seemed so long and the weather always fine? Well it’s not like that any more! Time creeps up on us now and takes us by surprise (a bit like Mr Stubbings when he thought we were poaching!).

In any event, it is only good manners to let the village know in good time that we are coming again, so they may book their holidays and avoid the invasion!

To spare you all from another missive from me on the ‘Old days’ I have asked the other ‘Come Homers’ for an article for the ICENE to begin the run up to D Day on the 9th July.  A little story about their time in the village, the memories, the people, and those they grew up with. Little porkies to protect the innocent will be allowed! Eventually we should have a little ‘Book of Memories’ as a keepsake, and the village will have a record of our part in the history of the village and our contribution to the downfall of Hitler!

I have also been asked if we would let the ICENE have all our names, (I understand that this is for history records and has nothing to do with criminal records check) before we attend the next village fete - so if the ‘Come Homers’ have no objection I will pass them on.

2005 will see the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of WWll. You will remember all that fuss many years ago that we couldn’t make head nor tail of, well apparently that was it. The Americans were going home from Hinxton Hall and supplies of gum and goodies for Christmas were about to dry up.

It has been suggested that we come home this year in the dress of the period. Dress as Americans, members of the forces, spivs, evacuees, dig for victory gardeners, ARP, Home Guard and Mrs. Mop. All would be in order, but be careful, as mistaken identity might frighten some people if they thought certain people were returning! Sheila, the daughter of the village policeman, might like to dress like a policeman to remind us all what they looked like. Spitfire ale and garden produce would be most welcome!

There is an open invitation to all to join us in the marquee and in the fancy dress. The 60th Anniversary will not come again!

Again I must remind ‘Come Homers’ that the village hall is on the recreation ground not at the rear of ‘Horrocks’s’ place. Last year there were an unfortunate few who collapsed when they realised the tractors they once worked on were now part of a museum and in desperation and disbelief called out for Doctor Treweek and the Rev. Penney. If this happens this year, please ask for the assistance of a younger member of the village, as many of us dashed to South Lodge and the Vicarage only to find no one had any knowledge of a vicar or doctor!

Those who came last year and tried to get into the New Inn, Duke of Wellington, White Horse, and the Beehive should remember that the only pub in the village now is the Ickleton Lion. Just because Mr. Tarry served you Vimtos and Babysham in the small back room does not mean the present licensee may do so.

I am sure that many of us would like to attend a Church service on Sunday 10th and I shall send details to all in due course.

 All the usual places of interest will be open. The Duke of Wellington river quay (where river trips in a petrol tank may be available, weather permitting), the cemetery, church, the secret passage leading from Butcher’s Hill to the Green, Tin Alley, Grassy Lane, Stoney Arch, and the Chalk Pits. Those of you that know of other places hitherto kept to yourself for various reasons are asked to declare them now so we all know what we were missing!  More later.      Mick Bristow



Congratulations to James Iles, who works in Costcutter Express, on his performance on Channel Four ‘Countdown’ on 12th January.



By the beginning of February the Hairdressers’ and the Farm Shop should be open.

       Catherine Kelly






The first meeting of the New Year got off to an excellent start with two new members and three visitors.  The hall was packed to capacity!

Our guest speaker Fran Saltmash, from the Cambridge Federation, demonstrated on a tailor’s dummy, the costumes and headwear worn by the six wives of Henry the eighth, and shock horror they were precisely the same underneath as is attributed to the Scotsman who wears a kilt! Whilst demonstrating the costumes, Fran gave a very interesting account of the six wives and their relationship to Henry, ending with two very loving letters written by Katherine Howard and his last wife Katherine Parr.

The next meeting will be on February 16th when Mr. Peter Ashman will take us on a tour with his Canon (camera). Visitors welcome.                                                         Cynthia Rule



The Cambridgeshire Master Composter Programme is looking for new recruits! The Programme is run by HDRA Consultants, in conjunction with Cambridgeshire County Council, and all the District Councils. Now in its fourth year, the Programme aims to promote home and community composting, by training volunteers to work as Master Composters, who provide local, friendly advice and support to people who already compost and those who want to start. We currently have 150 volunteers, who have contributed over 3000 hours in promoting composting across the county, and are looking for more. If you have an interest in environmental issues, enjoy encouraging other people and have a little time to spare, why not join our friendly network of volunteers in promoting home composting? Becoming a Master Composter is a great way to meet new people, learn valuable skills and benefit from being part of a team that makes a difference. Anyone over the age of 18 can become a Master Composter; you don't need to be an expert composter (or be composting at all) or have any volunteer or community group experience. As a volunteer, you will receive training in home composting and related environmental issues (provided by HDRA - the organic organisation), a Master Composter resource pack and several training trips; including visits to a composting site and one of HDRA's organic gardens. All training expenses will be paid for; you only need to provide your time. Once the training has been completed, you will be expected to spend 30 hours over the following year promoting home composting. These activities will be tailored to your individual skills and could be anything from giving a demonstration to your next-door neighbours, to giving a presentation to a class of school children or helping promote further compost bin sales. Upon completion of the training and 30 volunteer hours you will be awarded the title Master Composter and be invited to receive your certificate at an award ceremony. If you are interested in becoming a Master Composter please contact:

Penny Holmes - email: pholmes@hdra.org.uk, tel: 024 7630 8202, fax 024 7630 8225.

HDRA Consultants, Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry, CV8 3LG.



               February  2nd

 Chesterford & District Gardening Society 8.00 p.m. Chapel


 Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford ‘Annual Bedding Plants’


 Free Kitchen Bin Collection 10.00a.m.–12noon outside Village Hall


 Mobile Library


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


 Jazz Concert 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


 Murder Mystery Evening 7.00 p.m. Village Hall


 Mobile Library



                        May 21st

 Parkinson’s Bazaar



                       July 9th

 Church Fete


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