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APRIL   2005

Editors:                                                                                          David and Monica Lilley


Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                       

                                                                                                    Hilary Rule                    

All contributions please to. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th APRIL 2005



We are happy to receive e.mails, but apologise to those who sent e.mails which we did not receive.

If you do send us an e.mail, please ring to confirm we have received it.                   Editors




Refuse Collections during April

Monday   4th  April       -        Green bin and green box

Monday 11th  April       -        Black bin

Monday 18th  April       -        Green bin and green box

Monday 25th  April       -        Black bin

East of England Plan  The Parish Council have submitted their representations to the East of England Regional Assembly.  If anyone wants to see them, please contact me.  A copy of the representations will also be posted on our website.

Rubbish A number of complaints have been received about the amount of rubbish on the Recreation Ground and in Back Lane.  Please could everyone help to keep the amount of litter to a minimum and use the bins provided in the Recreation Ground.

Parish Meeting  The date of this year’s Parish Meeting has been fixed for 18th  May at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.  This is an opportunity for members of the Parish to have their say over a free glass of beer or wine.

Quiz Evening  A Quiz Evening is being held on Saturday 11th  June in Duxford School at 7.30 p.m.  The money raised will be in aid of Stephanie Bransfield-Garth who is a Brown Owl in Sawston and has been selected to train as an International Camp Guider.  Anyone interested in forming a team (maximum of 6 people) at a cost of £4 per head, should contact Victoria Paulding,.  E-mail: victoria.paulding@ntlworld.com..

Imperial War Museum  Residents of Ickleton are invited to an Open Meeting from 6.30 pm – 8.00 p.m. on Thursday 7th  April.  Richard Ashton, Director, would like to take the opportunity to discuss the future plans of the museum in 2005.  Refreshments will be served.  Places are limited, therefore please apply for tickets by telephoning Janet Gordon on ' 01223 499308 (between 9.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.) by 31st  March.

County Council Election  Notice of Election - Duxford Electoral Division – Thursday 5th  May.


Calor Cambridgeshire Village of the Year 200

We have been invited to enter this competition by Cambridgeshire Acre.  If anyone is interested and would like to co-ordinate this project, please get in touch with me.  Entries must be received by Monday 23rd May.


                                                                                    Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk








Services for April


            Sunday 3rd

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


              Easter 2

  No Evensong





          Thursday 7th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





           Sunday 10th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


             Easter 3

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





        Thursday 14th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





           Sunday 17th

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


            Easter 4

11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





        Thursday 21st

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





          Sunday 24th

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


           Easter 5

11.00 a.m. Morning Worship and Godly Play



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





        Thursday 28th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)






From the new Priest-in-Charge

After three hectic weeks of emptying packing cases and starting to turn 13 St John’s Street into a home again, I was licensed as priest-in-charge of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton on Wednesday 23rd February. Thank you to those who organised the service and reception and to neighbours and church folk who, with cards, flowers and e.mails have greeted and welcomed us.

It will take a while for us to settle in and get to know you. Eleven years ago, when we moved from Huntingdonshire villages to a Fenland market town, I needed to develop a different style for town ministry. It’s not easy and recently at St John’s I’ve been trying to help a newly arrived Reader make the same transition. Unfortunately, I’m the sort who has to learn from his mistakes!

Perhaps a few introductory facts and figures will help. We are Andrew and Mary Schofield and have lived in Cambridgeshire and the Diocese of Ely for more than 25 years. After a career in teaching and management training, I was ordained in 1981. We moved from Haslingfield to Whittlesey near Peterborough for a first curacy and a second curacy in the villages of Upwood, Ramsey Heights and Ramsey St Mary. My first living was another group of Huntingdonshire villages (Barham & Woolley, Easton, Ellington, Grafham and Spaldwick) and in 1994 we came to March and the Church of St John the Evangelist. Two years ago I was appointed Bishop’s Adviser in the Healing Ministry, a post in which I help churches explore that ministry, based on my own experience in March.

Mary is a mediaeval historian and has taught at St Mary’s Roman Catholic School in Cambridge since 1987. From 2000 to 2004 she was Deputy Head at the school. This year she has a part time teaching post and for the first time in more than 20 years we share a day off on Fridays. Our three children (Hugh, Kate and Jonathan) have all grown up and left home (this is the first time we’ve moved without children since we were married in 1969). Rectory families are not immune from domestic strains and stresses and in the last three years we have been discovering the joys and sorrows of grandparenthood. Mary grew up in a Cheshire village and we have always enjoyed village life, so we are very much looking forward to being here with you.






I’m told it takes a long time to get to know me. Perhaps it goes with the job or maybe I’m just naturally cautious. Certainly after eleven years in a busy market town, I will need to find my way round three very different villages. So please be patient! I ought perhaps to mention one disability (my wife can supply a much longer list!) – I am deaf in my right ear (‘there’s none so deaf …’). It means I have a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ side (depending on whether you want me to hear what you’re saying or not!) and communication in a noisy environment becomes very difficult.

This is a good time in the Church year to begin ministry in a new place, with the family celebrations of Mothering Sunday and special services for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter. I’m look forward to meeting many of you in the coming weeks.   


Down to Business

Foolishly, I’d rather assumed that with villages I might have a quiet first month. It was not to be: a baptism on Mothering Sunday, two funerals booked in the following week, and wedding interviews to follow! People have always come to the Church of England for christenings, weddings and funerals and it’s a privilege to minister at these important moments. The filing will just have to wait! I’m grateful to be up and running, to be meeting people and doing my job.

The ordination service describes the tasks of a priest as follows:

To proclaim the word of the Lord, to call his hearers to repentance, and in Christ’s name to absolve and declare the forgiveness of sins.

·         To baptize and prepare the baptized for Confirmation.

·         To preside at the celebration of the Holy Communion.

·         To lead his people in prayer and worship, to intercede for them, to bless them in the name of the Lord.

·         To teach and encourage by word and example.

·         To minister to the sick and prepare the dying for death.

·         To join with his people in a common witness to the world.

It may be an old fashioned view, but I think the vicar still has an important role in the community. As the ordinal says, it is to care for ‘the people committed to his charge’, ‘the treasure entrusted to him’. But the ordination service goes on to warn that a priest ‘cannot bear the weight of this ministry in his own strength.’ Happily, of course, I don’t have to: the people of each of our village churches work with the vicar in a shared ministry to the whole community.

Exactly how that works out in practice will depend to a large extent on the understanding between vicar and congregation. It will be different in each place, reflecting the needs of each community. But there will also be shared elements, reflecting the faith common to all. In fact, churches, Janus-like, have to look in two directions at the same time – towards their village community with its particular needs and towards those with whom they share faith and worship and leadership across geographical boundaries.

In the month of April, each of our three churches has its Annual Church Meeting. These meetings provide an opportunity to look back over the last year and give thanks for all who have shared ministry in the villages during the interregnum. And to look forward to a new chapter in church life, with new directions in worship and ministry. You will be very welcome to join us for Ickleton Church’s meeting at 8.00 p.m. on 14th April at the Church


                                                                           Rev. Andrew Schofield 

       The Rectory, St John’s Street, Duxford. CB2 4RA

                                                                           Email: andrew.schofield@ely.anglican.org


CONGRATULATIONS TO……… Cyril Webb who will be 90 on 3rd April.



                                    Dinah and Bob Millson on their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 23rd April


Mr. and Mrs Neil Bridgeman would like to announce the birth of their first baby, Nicita-Jade, born on 4th  February. Now at 6 weeks, she’s doing very well, enjoys her food, loves her walk and is most certainly making good use of her voice.





Hollywood comes to Ickleton on Saturday 30th April when Saffron Walden Band present a fabulous concert of film music.  Helping to make this a wonderful night will be the choir from Duxford Saturday Music Workshop and a special guest appearance from singer Karen Sanderson. 

The concert will be at Ickleton Village Hall starting at 7.30 p.m.  Tickets are £10  (or £5 concessions) available in advance from 3rd April at:

Duxford  Post Office

Elaine Statham

Jackie Seeger



Tour of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds - we are arranging a tour of the theatre on Saturday 21st May at 11am followed by a pub lunch.  Cost £2 for the tour.  The theatre was built in 1819 and is a rare and outstanding example of a late-Georgian playhouse.  Please let me know if you are interested in coming along - new members most welcome.  We'll be arranging car sharing.

Visit to Denny Abbey - we shall be visiting Denny Abbey and the Farmland Museum (near Waterbeach) on Saturday 18th  June in the afternoon.  This should be a good family outing.  More details in the next edition of Icene.

AGM - the AGM will be on Wednesday 25th May at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.  Come and hear what the Society is doing and enjoy a glass of wine.  Phillipa Towlson will talk about the Wellcome Trust Wetlands which should be opening next month.

M11 Route Management Strategy - as noted in last month's Icene, the proposals could affect us, particularly if a motorway service area and HGV park were to be built nearby.  There is an opportunity to comment on this and other issues which affect Ickleton (eg noise, limited access at junction 9, associated rat running through the village).  Comments must be in by 17th  April.  The Society will be responding and will let members have a copy by e.mail (where we have an address).  If anyone else would like a copy of our response or any other information please contact me.

Coploe Pit  We had a visit from the Cambridge Conservation Volunteers last Sunday and with the help of 4 people from the village we were able to clear some more of the sides of the Coploe Pit of Old Man’s Beard and Brambles.  Grateful thanks to the Volunteers and helpers.

                                                                                                                    Rachel Radford



We were delighted that the Murder Mystery evening was such an enjoyable one and our thanks go to the Sawston Players and their excellent director Mrs Frances Brownlie, to the team of friends in the bar and kitchen who contributed to the success of the evening, and to Dilip and Sunita for again providing the box office facility.

Our next event will be on Thursday 19th May when the Northern Theatre Group will present the Charles Dickens’ classic 'Great Expectations'. The N.T.C. are a professional company, based in Alnwick, who tour extensively throughout the country. We are most grateful to ‘Arts in Cambs on Tour’ financed by the District and County Council for enabling small communities such as ours to enjoy top flight performances at very affordable prices. Tickets will be available at Costcutter Express or from Jean Whitaker from mid April.                            The Theatre Group




Ickleton Medical Car Scheme covers residents of Ickleton and provides transport for those unable to make other arrangements for local medical appointments.  It does not cover journeys to Addenbrookes’ or social journeys.

For anyone wishing to use the scheme, (Answerphone - please leave a message).                                                                                         Don Gamble





The Parkinson’s Bazaar will be on May 21st at 2.00 p.m. in the Village Hall.  We were very lucky last year with the weather, donations for the draw and bottle stall etc., and we hope for another successful event this year.  Of course it goes without saying, nothing could take place without the help of all our loyal supporters and hard working helpers.  There will be the same variety of stalls – anyone with cooking skills, cakes and cookies would be appreciated.  Any items can be left with Mary Woolhouse, Cynthia Rule or myself Dorothy Churchman or I am very willing to collect.



We require the services of a cleaner for approximately 2½ hours per week. For further details please contact Gordon Woolhouse.



We wish to thank the people of Ickleton who attended Betty’s funeral, and Julie Baillie for conducting the service.  Also thanks to Ron and David Skeates for their advice and care.

Betty’s ashes will be interred in the cemetery on 16th April at 11.00 a.m.    The Holdgate  Family



WELCOME TO….Eamon McCourt and Debra Graham, ,

                                            Cyril and Phyllis Linstone,

                                              Scott and Hilary Wentzell,

                                            John and Sue Fowler,


CONGRATULATIONS TO………..Ruth Lingard, , who was appointed an MBE for her work with her own voluntary organisation Fledglings, which she set up seven years ago to help carers of children with disabilities.


Mrs. Lingard has kindly written a few lines about her organisation.

Fledglings is an independent, not for profit, voluntary organisation founded by me in 1998. Its purpose is to help parents and carers of  disabled children, or those with a special need of any kind, to obtain information about, and easy access to, helpful products.  During a long career working in special schools, Social Services departments and hospitals, I observed the struggles faced by families caring for disabled children to find suitable products to help their child's development and to ease their everyday life. Failure to find the appropriate items was frustrating for parents and frequently hindered the child's development. Fledglings was set up to address this situation. Fledglings provides a search service to find the most suitable product to meet the specific need of an individual child. In addition, we produce and distribute a regular newsletter, and have a website (www.fledglings.org.uk)  providing advice and information. Thirdly, we supply a range of value for money items to meet everyday needs. All the information and advice services are provided free of charge. We are also invited to give talks and presentations to groups of parents, and to professionals working with disabled children, all over the UK. Fledglings operates from our home in Ickleton, and now has 2 part-time paid staff, but the majority of the work of the organisation is carried out by volunteers.

We have grown over the first 6 years,, in response to ever-increasing demand  for our services - information and products have been provided to more than 3000 families, support groups and organisations from the north of Scotland to the Channel Islands. However, we are now outgrowing our premises in Southfield and need to find a more appropriate base for the organisation. We also need a major injection of funds and are making several national funding bids at present. If anyone in the village could help us with this, we would be very grateful indeed. We would also be pleased to help anyone locally who would benefit from the service Fledglings offers.

Fledglings was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in Summer  2004.

                                             Ruth Lingard





It seems as though the local community has really got behind the businesses at our local Riverside Barns and is giving them the support they deserve.

There is a lot of development and hard work going on – if you manage to resist the temptations in the new Farm Shop. Next time you go in you’re likely to find at least one more unit that you didn’t see there the last time. As well as the businesses that have been there for a few months now – Art Inspired  (flowers, wedding and special occasion items, cards, balloons, party things), Just for You (hats, jewellery, ceramic pots, craft kits, cards and other gifts as well as Fimo), Arc Supplies (tools and equipment for DIY and professional use, garden tools), Kevin Foot Garden Services and Tree Surgery, Finishing Touches (interior décor items) and Electro Bikes – there are the newly opened Ickleton Hair Design, Charlotte’s Secret Garden Café, S.V.S. Valeting (on site and mobile hand car wash and valeting), Hawkeswood Bespoke Furniture, a Pet Shop, an Organic Clothing shop and a Beautician.

All this as well as the Garden Centre itself!

The Centre now has disabled toilet facilities, there is an electric wheelchair for use around the centre and the Farm shop will deliver locally.

We look forward to seeing the Barns develop into a successful local facility and hope business booms as the fairer months come round.

If you are interested in a unit or in supplying your own goods, please contact Stuart and Tina London.


Ickleton Riverside Barns Open Day

Ickleton Riverside Barns invites everyone to their Open Day on Sunday 1st May (May Day Weekend). There’ll be hog roast, Knights in Armour, Thomas the Tank Engine roundabout bouncy castle and much, much more.  Why not have a fun day out and take a look at what’s sprung up there recently?                                                                                     Catherine Kelly



On March 2nd we held our Annual Spring Party, during which we tested our knowledge with Pauline’s gardening quizzes.

In spite of heavy snowfalls forecast for the evening, over 40 stalwarts turned out for a delightful light hearted evening with the usual excellent refreshments provided by the Committee.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday April 6th, 8.00 p.m. which will be the A.G.M. and Plant Sale. Subs are now due - £7 and £6 concessions.

Now is the time to join!                                                                                               Cynthia Rule



We are delighted to announce an excellent report from the recent Ofsted Inspection (Nursery Education Provision for Funded Three and Four Year Olds), the full text of which is now available on the Ofsted Website.  The report particularly highlighted the strong leadership and management; effective and thorough planning and assessment procedure and very good partnership with parents.  Needless to say we are incredibly indebted to our wonderful team at the Pre-school who have worked so hard to achieve this success.

Do come and see us! Our friendly local Pre-school is based at the Chesterfords Community Centre and  provides the ideal preparation for school where children from the age of two and a half can join in a range of stimulating play activites and learn to interact with each other in a warm and caring environment.  We are open daily from  9.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. If you would like more information or a prospectus, or if you would like to arrange a visit, please contact Janet Speed, infor@chestefordspreschool.org.uk

                                                                                                                                          Nicola Kearton


Our Church is cleaned every week by a team of volunteers.  Recently, a couple of people have had to give up and so we are looking for additional helpers.

If you feel you could give about an hour of your time every 2-3 months, we would be very grateful. The Church is in good condition, so this is not too onerous!

Many thanks.            Jenny Pell and Sebastian Payne, Churchwardens




Our A.G.M. took place on March 16th during which we celebrated our W.I.’s  90th birthday, with a fish and chip supper.

President Carol Dean will stand for one more year, then wishes to retire.

A bowl of Tete-a-Tete Narcissi was presented to two retiring committee members.

Julie Baillie gave the vote of thanks to the President and committee for all their hard work during the past year plus a warning that the W.I. would fold if members were not prepared to serve on the committee in the future.

The evening closed with an historical quiz, followed by a lovely celebration birthday cake and tea and coffee.

Next meeting will be on April 20th at 7.45 p.m. when the speaker will be Mrs. Beryl Lawry, who will speak about the Bletchley Park Enigma machine.                                                    Cynthia Rule



As some people may remember, last year I organised a very successful Quiz Evening to raise money in order to attend a Girl guiding International Camp in Finland.  I am now in Year 10 at Sawston Village College, and following the success of last year’s event, I have decided to run another Quiz Evening this year.  This time the money raised will be for Stephanie Bransfield-Garth who was my Fundraising Manager and is a Brown Owl in Sawston.  She has been selected to train as a International Camp Guider.  Obviously, without such people, International Camps organised for young people would be unable to take place.  Stephanie has the enviable opportunity of a trip to Australia but the not so enviable task of having to raise £4500.

I am grateful for all the help that Stephanie gave to me so that I could go to Finland and I feel the least that I can do is to try to help her in her attempt to train so that other young people can enjoy and benefit from the type of experience that I was lucky enough to have. (See front page)                                                                                                                                             Victoria Paulding  (victoria.paulding@ntlworld.com)



When Mick Bristow asked me for memories of my childhood living in Ickleton, I didn’t know where to start, and in those days we hadn’t got TV or computers.

I was born in ‘Hovells’ in 1937 which was then two houses, and looked very different from how it does now. We used to have a little yard for our corgi dog, Ricki, and a wooden shed which acted as a washhouse. It had an oil stove for boiling water for the Friday night scrub in the tin bath.

I remember not liking the air raid shelter. I was taken down there wrapped in my dad’s fire brigade overcoat. He was in the fire service, being too old for WW2.  Amusing tales about the fire service (and many other things) are told in Derek Plumb’s book.

The flying bomb which came over our house landed in Foxton, I believe.

Mrs. Young had a well in her yard and a paddock for Kitty, her pony.

My brother, Godfrey (Geoff) came to us from the Thomas Coram Foundation in London aged 6 months – he’s now 62 and lives in Barry, South Wales.

Then there was the igloo in the pit in Mr. Driver’s field (opposite Hovells) in 1947 – we were allowed in it, but it was built by the older kids.

In the summer there was the Fair with 3d or 6d rides, picnics down Grassy Lane and rafts on the river (a favourite with the Fawcett kids), picture shows in the old village hall (where Betty Webb and I did a sketch about hats in a show once!). Did we have a dance for the Coronation? I do remember a children’s party with elastoplasts stuck on our mugs with our names on.

I’m sure we all remember our school, with the infants in the back room and Mrs. Burling having a day off to meet her husband John when he came home from the war;  and the awful dentist’s caravan. Can anyone remember why Mrs. Boulton gave several of us juniors the cane? But that didn’t stop me getting Mrs. Bowen’s ‘best girl’ prize, which I still have to this day.

I also spent many happy times in the (now) Ickleton Lion, home in those days of the Baldwin girls; riding with Rosemary Forbes and Theresa Fawcett and at the farm of Dick Wombell.

We moved to 19 Birds Close in 1949 I think, and I first left Ickleton in 1954, so the ‘Come Home’ idea is a wonderful way to renew old acquaintances and see everyone. I have lived in the Midlands since 1968 but have been back to Ickleton many times.  Molly Dagley (nee Clements)




This year’s Church Fete will be held on July 9th from 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. on the Recreation Ground and in the Village Hall. We hope particularly that newcomers to the village will join in or help with the fete.  You will be made very welcome.

This is a traditional fete for the family and has been running a few years now. It is in aid of the expenses of the Church, and is a social event for the village as well.  The Church is very grateful for the village’s support for this event.

We have this year for the first time Ye olde fruit machine in human form; the usual popular pet show; a grand raffle with magnificent prizes (more details next month and see the list on the Costcutter Express Shop notice board); an Art Exhibition by Caroline Merrifield, a local artist, demonstration of porcelain flowers by Jenny Blackaby; cards by Catherine Kelly; and Dick Wombwell’s vintage tractors and vehicles. If you would like to show a tractor or vehicle please contact the fete organiser.

We have the usual stalls - cakes, bric-a-brac, adult’s and children’s tombola, books, bottle stall, children’s and adult’s jigsaw puzzle stall, toy stall, nearly new, plant stall, face painting, photography competition (more details next month) the Ickleton Social Club Quiz and a children’s lucky dip.

We have the ever popular Ickleton Village School reunion up until 1950s. They hope to join in the grand fancy dress parade, which is also for children and adults (all welcome);  as this weekend July 9th is the celebration weekend for the end of WW2.

The Saffron Walden Town Band will also be playing all afternoon.  The history archives by the Ickleton Society will be on display and there will be teas and ice cream by the Ickleton Society.

There will be Church tours by Rosemary Hayes. Have a guided tour and the learn about the history of our beautiful Church.


Would you like to sponsor the fete? The Parochial Church Council sends a leaflet to every house a week before, to advertise the event, the names of the sponsors and their details will be printed on the back and this would cost £25 per line.  We have several businesses interested so far. Last year we made a magnificent £375 through this.  The deadline for this will be 31st May.  Please either get in touch with me Monica Lilley  - fete organiser or put a cheque through my door 8 Brookhampton Street, made out to Ickleton Parochial Church Council. This helps with expenses, advertising etc.

The Churchwardens Sebastian Payne and Jenny Pell, are very grateful for all the help they have received. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to help or have any ideas.                                                                                            Monica Lilley



                      April   6th

Chesterford District Gardening Society AGM & Plant Sale


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


 IWM Open Meeting 8.00 p.m. IWM Duxford


 Mobile Library


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


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


 Mobile Library


 Concert 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                       May  1st

Riverside Barns Open Day


County Council Elections


Parish Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Theatre Group ‘Great Expectations’ Village Hall


 IPS visit to Bury St. Edmunds Theatre Royal


 Parkinson’s Bazaar 2.00 p.m.Village Hall


 IPS AGM 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                      June 11th

 Quiz Evening 7.30 p.m. Duxford School


 IPS Visit to Denny Abbey

                        July  9th

Church Fete 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Village Hall

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