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MAY 2005

Editors:                                                                                          David and Monica Lilley


Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                      

                                                                                                    Hilary Rule                    

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th MAY 2005




Refuse Collections during May

Tuesday  3rd    May      -     Green bin and green box

Monday   9th    May      -     Black bin

Monday  16th   May     -     Green bin and green box

Monday  23rd   May     -     Black bin

Tuesday 31st   May    -     Green bin and green box


Anti Social Behaviour  We have again had a number of complaints, particularly with regard to the Recreation Ground.  Both litter bins in the Recreation Ground have been damaged; there has also been damage to the Village Hall roof and guttering.  Numerous complaints have been received again about dog fouling.  Please help us maintain the Recreation Ground in a state that everyone can enjoy.


Annual Parish Meeting  The 2005 Parish Meeting will be held in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 18th May.  There will be two speakers, Mr David Hall of ‘Stop Stansted’ who will be talking about current progress on the Stansted development, and PC Iain Perry, the policeman responsible for Ickleton.  Everyone in the village is invited to come to the meeting, which gives an opportunity to ask questions and air your views on any matters concerning the village.  Free beer and wine will be served from 7.00 p.m. onwards.  The AGM of the Parish Council will take place at 7.30 p.m. on 11th  May and will be followed by a meeting of the Parish Council.


Wellcome Trust   After two and a half years the South Field Project was completed on 18th  April.  There are still minor bits and pieces of landscaping work to be completed but the walk is now open to Ickleton residents.  The Parish Council has written to Wellcome Trust expressing their appreciation of the way in which Phillipa Towlson has fulfilled her role as project coordinator, particularly with respect to her relations with our village.


Stop Stansted Expansion A Runway Ramble is to be held on Sunday 26th June and will comprise five circular walks followed by a Grand Summer Fete to be held in the village of Little Easton.  Anyone interested in taking part should contact Gerry Bigland ' 01279 850373 or sgbigland.fsnet.co.uk.                                                      Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk




The Bishop’s Stortford Methodist Circuit is holding an Oriental Bazaar in Ickleton Village Hall on Saturday 14th May 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. There will be stalls, competitions, teas and entertainment.  Entrance – free.  All welcome.

All profits to World Mission Fund of the Methodist Church.




CHURCH NOTICES – Services for May


                  Sunday 1st

 9.30  a.m.  Parish Eucharist


                  Easter 6

11.00 a.m.  Parish Eucharist



  6.30  p.m. Sung Evensong





            Thursday 5th

12.30 a.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)


         Ascension Day 

   7.30 p.m. Shelford Deanery Eucharist





                 Sunday 8th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


                 Easter 7

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





            Thursday 12th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





             Sunday 15th

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



   No Evensong Service





             Thursday 19th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





             Sunday  22nd

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


             Trinity Sunday

  11.00 a.m. Morning Worship and Godly Play



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





             Thursday 26th

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





            Sunday 29th

   10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



     No Evening service



They call the first months of a vicar’s job in a new parish the ‘honeymoon’. For most churches, life without a vicar is not easy, because of the way the church is organised and managed, so people tend to breathe a sigh of relief when a new person arrives. And for this new Priest-in-Charge, it was good to discover Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton, so different from my last parish.

A good place to be

Everyone enjoys the first few months as the Priest-in-Charge settles in; and that’s what I’m doing too! There are good congregations, the buildings are structurally sound and well cared for and people have been so welcoming. At the moment I’m trying to learn what makes each village church tick. I’m enjoying the different styles of worship, listening and asking questions. If only that was all there was to it! But like any honeymoon, there comes a time to get down to the hard work of building relationships and in the hurly burly of community life, there are bound to be disappointments.

The Calendar of Services

The six churchwardens got together recently to produce the Calendar of Services to take us to the end of 2005 (available in each church for £1). In a few months’ time we shall need to be working on plans for 2006. We could, of course, leave things as they are (and that might be the favoured option), but this is probably the right time to review present structures and discuss how to build on them.

Some questions

Perhaps I should show my cards. As a newcomer, I have three questions:

·         How could the service timetable for the three churches be improved? I have to admit that I find it a bit confusing.

·         How could children be more involved in worship? In some services that’s not appropriate, of course, but the active participation of families can make such a difference to church life.

·         How can we incorporate new developments in worship? I have a particular interest in the Christian Healing Ministry, but am not sure how that could be built into the present timetable.




A Review Process

At the Annual Church Meetings in April, I suggested a process to help us address some of these issues:

1.      A discussion with each Church Council about the present service structure, what works   and what doesn’t work so well, and where they would like to see developments. (May)

2.      The setting up of a working party with two representatives from each Church Council to look at the responses and make recommendations. (June and July)

3.      Feedback to each PCC on the recommendations. (September)

4.      Consideration of PCC responses and developments of proposals.

5.      Presentation of proposals to a meeting of all three PCCs together. (October)

6.      Implementation of proposals for an experimental period in the 2006 Calendar of Services.

I have been so grateful for the welcome from all three villages, and it is a real privilege to be Priest-in-Charge here. So I’m sorry, in a way, to be asking questions and making suggestions, especially if it means the honeymoon is coming to an end, but – that’s part of my job too!

E.Mail: andrew.scholfield@ely.anglican.org

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



Village Archives - One of the things that the Society does is look after the village archives.  We shall be displaying photos and other documents at the Church Fete as usual and we'd like to add to the collection before then.  The Village School reunion, ‘Come Home 2005, is particularly interested in photos from the 1940s and 1950s.  Please let me or Andrew Shepperd know if you have any we could copy (or other photos or papers relating to the village).  We can collect them, promise to take great care of them and return them to you quickly (we can copy photos from either the negative or the photo itself).

AGM - A reminder that the AGM is on Wednesday 25th  May at 7.30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Village Hall.  We shall have a short review of what the Society has been doing in the last year and a discussion of ideas for the future, followed by free wine and refreshments.  Phillipa Towlson will then talk about the Wellcome Trust Wetlands and the new walk that is open between Ickleton and Hinxton.

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds - a reminder too, that we shall be visiting the theatre on Saturday 21st  May at 11.00 a.m.  This is a unique opportunity for a private tour of this outstanding Georgian playhouse, before it closes for a long period of refurbishment.  The tour costs £2 and we shall be booking a pub lunch for those who wish.  The theatre is close to Bury St Edmunds Abbey and the beautiful Abbey Gardens which are a delight to visit as well.  Please let me know by 8th  May if you'd like to come along (car sharing to be arranged).

Denny Abbey - We're visiting the Abbey (founded in 1159) and the Farmland Museum on Saturday 18th  June in the afternoon.  They are just north of Waterbeach and we'll be arranging car sharing.  Tickets cost £3.80, £3 concessions, £1.60 child and £9.60 family, free to English Heritage members.  There is a tearoom.  Please let me know if you are interested in coming along.                                                                                                    Rachel Radford



Short Tennis

Through the L.T.A. we have found a coach for a ten-week term starting in May.  The classes for ages 5-7 years will commence at 5.00  p.m. and 7 years upward at 6.00 p.m. on Mondays.  It will be necessary to register and pay in advance and the cost will be in the region of £2 per session, depending on the numbers registering.  A short meeting will be held in the meeting room on Tuesday 3rd May at 5.30pm to discuss the way ahead.  It is hoped that as many parents as possible will attend and please feel free to bring your children along if you need to.  There is a notice and list on the Village Hall notice board and it would be helpful if parents would register an interest ahead of the meeting.

Great Expectations

Tickets are now on sale at Cost Cutter Express for the Northern Theatre Company production on Thursday the 19th May - an event not to be missed.                                      Gordon Woolhouse





The March Quiz Night raised £100 for Comic Relief.  Thanks to everyone who took part and organised the evening.

The next Quiz Night will be held on 30th April at 9.00 p.m.  The proceeds from this Quiz will be given to a local charity, so come along and support us.



At our meeting on April 6th it was Mr. Sonny Willmott’s birthday, so his wife very kindly gave us cakes for tea, and a drink as well. We thank her very much for all this. Also, on the 3rd April Mr. Cyril Webb was ninety years old, so Mrs. Beryl Harris very kindly gave a sponge cake for him with Happy Birthday written on, which was very kind of her.

We do thank everyone.                                                                                                         Mrs. R. Lilley



Once again Sunita and Dilip very kindly allowed me to leave the daffodil box at their shop – I am most grateful to them. It made £57.50, which is wonderful. Thank you all so much for your donations.                                                                                                                        Jill Dillon-Robinson



Hinxton Church Fete will be on Saturday 11th June at 2.00 p.m. on the Recreation Ground behind the Village Hall.  Lots of stalls – Hinxton Home-made, Merv’s fruit and veg, delicious teas and much, much more.                                                                                                       Ros Smith



Lewis lived in Ickleton all his life.  When Lewis was born, his parents, Jack and Sally Bridgeman, lived on what was then known as Dead Man's Hill. They subsequently moved to a cottage in Frogge Street and then to the house in Birds Close where Lewis grew up and spent the rest of his life.

After leaving school Lewis joined the Royal Air Force and trained as an Auto Electrician, serving for 8 years, including a two-year posting to Hong Kong.  On leaving the Air Force, Lewis joined an engineering company and trained as a welder, a skill that he became most accomplished at.  Some four years later he was employed by the Cambridge City Council as a fitter/welder and remained with the Council for 22 years until successive hip operations forced his early retirement. Following this he took a lighter job as an electrician at Stansted Airport.

Lewis was a keen motor cycle club member and for many years spent his holidays on his pride and joy, a Triumph Tiger 100 Twin, touring through Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.  He made many friends on his tours and they kept in touch with him over the years and visited him in Ickleton from time to time.

Lewis owned a Massey-Ferguson tractor and enjoyed competing at local ploughing competitions.  He also built up a collection of stationary engines, which he restored and enjoyed exhibiting at shows and crank-up events, as far afield as the Isle of Man and Ireland, which he visited several times. He was planning a trip to an event in the Orkney Islands this year.  Another pastime was clay pigeon shooting, at which he was a prizewinner.

Lewis was an avid reader and built up a fine collection of books on a surprisingly wide range of topics and enjoyed television documentaries on restoration topics and the natural world.

Friends from work, from the local community and from his various pastimes attended the funeral at the Crematorium on the 13th April and afterwards at the Ickleton Lion.  Lewis is survived by his younger sister Diane and by his partner Cathy.                                           Gordon Woolhouse



The Easter Weekend Art Exhibition and Sale held at Rectory Farm, Ickleton, was very well supported and a sum of £160 has been donated to The Friends of Arthur Rank Hospice.

                                                                                                                                                 Cynthia Rule






Elderly, disabled and sick people in the villages to the south of Cambridge, who needed help in obtaining a hot meal during the day, have had to make whatever arrangements they could manage since the Meals on Wheels Scheme was axed in 1997. We can now announce that the local charity OWL (Opportunities Without Limits), based in Sawston, has started a new hot meals delivery service, which extends through such areas as the Shelfords, Sawston and Pampisford, Duxford, Whittlesford, Hinxton, Ickleton and Babraham. Called ‘Meals-2-You’, the service is based at the OWL Cafe within Sawston Free Church, and is available on weekdays at a cost of £3.25 per meal, delivered to your door hot and ready to eat. Meals consist of a main course and a sweet, and special diets are catered for. The service is available either as a permanent arrangement, or as temporary extra support during a crisis, such as convalescence after hospital treatment. If you, or someone you know, might benefit from this service, please telephone Graham Caswell (Service Co-Ordinator) ' 01223 835088 for further details. The office is staffed from 9.30 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. on weekdays, and there is an answering service at other times.



Myself Olive and my sister Noreen Carter, were born in Ickleton at the Caldrees Manor bungalow.  We both attended the local school.  Miss Carver was the infant teacher and Mrs. Wilson taught the 7 to 11 year olds. If anyone didn’t own up to any wrong doing, everyone would line up and get one stroke of the cane (not allowed these days).

Our father, George Carter, was a chauffeur for Captain Mundy who lived in Caldrees Manor (Captain Mundy being one of the very few people who owned a car at that time).  My Dad wore a chauffeur’s uniform with a peaked cap, when he was working, and he had to salute Captain Mundy. Captain Mundy’s car was kept in the garage at our house, and my father kept it immaculate, he seemed to be always washing it. Sometimes I was allowed to sit in it when he was getting it out of the garage (highly illegal), but I wasn’t allowed to touch anything. I can’t remember what sort of car it was ,but it was very big with a window you could pull across so that the chauffeur couldn’t hear any private conversations.

Mrs. Player was the cook at the Manor and Cicely and Stella were the servants. When my sister was due to be born (as my mother had her at home) I went to the Manor for a few days, to stay with them.

My best friend was Judy Driver. We spent many happy hours playing around her farm during the summer holidays.  We would go to the harvest fields, ride on tractors or a horse and cart, and the sun seemed to shine all the time.

Ickleton was a very prosperous village: it had Mr. Griggs the butcher; Mr. Perry the baker; Mr. Bonham the milkman; two grocery shops, run by  Mabel Lilley and Mr. Say; and five pubs.

Then the war came along, and everything changed.  Our father joined the A.R.P (Air Raid Patrol). When the air raid sirens sounded,, he would cycle around the village blowing a whistle and people would rush down to their air raid shelters.  We were joined in ours by Annie Blackwell, she had an evacuee called Doreen Stephens.  There was also an evacuee at the Manor, Michael Seery and we must not forget the three Bristow kids and their Mum who joined us and never went back to London.

One scary incident I recall was when I was home from school at lunch time (there was no such thing as school dinners) and I went to the outside privy before going back to school. While I was in there, a German bomber had some spare machine gun bullets and decided to target the privy’s tin roof,  My father wasn’t at home, but my mother was in the house and heard what was happening, she didn’t dare come out and hoped I had made it inside in time. Luckily no one was hurt. Quite an experience.



Thank you, most sincerely, to all those who sent such kind thoughts to our family, and thank you for the lovely cakes and sandwiches. It is comforting to have such a warm home here in Ickleton.

                                                                                                                      Margaret Garrett and family





THURSFORD – a date for your diary

Sounds and Sights of Christmas Spectacular I have tickets again this year for this wonderful show. The date is Wednesday December 7th and is for the 2.00 p.m. performance.  The coach will leave Ickleton mid morning.

Please could all who are interested let me have their names, payment NOT required until the beginning of October. Thank you                                                             Betty Willmott





Duxford Prepares for First Major Air Show in UK

Plans are well advanced at the Imperial War Museum Duxford for the Victory in Europe Anniversary Air Show on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th  May. This will be the first major air show this year in the United Kingdom and, with air shows second only to football matches as an outdoor spectator event, promises plenty of action, nostalgia and excitement for everyone. The air show will see Duxford commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in style with an impressive line up of classic and modern aircraft to complement its outstanding exhibits and displays. Says Tracey Woods, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Museum, "We'll be getting the air show and event season at Duxford off to a flying start with this show. In an exciting flying programme of over 3 hours, historic aircraft synonymous with the Second World War such as the Lancaster, Spitfires and Hurricanes will star alongside some of the world's fastest and technologically advanced jets. The Museum's world-famous aircraft collection will be on show and with all the action in the air, this really will be a fantastic day out for young and old alike." As an added bonus, standard entrance to the air show will also be FREE to all those aged 60 or over. Tickets - Adults £20, Senior Citizens FREE, Children £8, Concessions £8. VIP Gold Pass tickets are also available in advance - for more information about air show tickets, or the main flying programme call the ticket office on 01223 499353 or visit www.iwm.orq.uk. 

                                Tracey Woods, Marketing and Public Relations Manager ' 01223 499320



It is not just Jamie Oliver putting the health back into schools!  Disa’s Body Conditioning class celebrates its 8th year at Duxford School – Thursdays 7.00 p.m. Bring along your mat or towel, trainers and your water. Contact Disa or come along and join in.



The Duxford Tennis Club Open Tournament will be held on Sunday 8th May starting at 1.30 p.m.

All are welcome (minimum age 15), partner not needed!

Nominal charge per player.  An informal afternoon of friendly doubles tennis, followed by a delicious homemade afternoon tea. 

Further details.                                                                Kathy Warren Wilson



In a recent Icene I was very pleased to see Jocelyn Flitton has been made Parish Clerk, she will do a good job I’m sure. I remember her being born - I used to go and see her as a new baby, in the house she still lives in. 

I hope to visit Grassy Lane on my next visit to Ickleton, what fun we used to have there. As children, I remember riding a pony down there (probably Jennifer Bailey’s ‘Maggie’) and was a bit surprised (and wary) of gypsies camping there, so I don’t think I did that again!

It’s nice to read that the cemetery is getting some attention, I usually visit my Clements family graves, and my cousin Rosemary Murray, on behalf of her daughter Jane, who lives in Lincoln now, so hasn’t been to Ickleton recently.

I am looking forward to the July fete and hope we get a good attendance and meet up with even more old friends.                                                                                   Molly Dagley (nee Clements)





It's coming around to that time again - the time of the Annual Fete, which will be held this year on Saturday 9th July.

Whilst the usual suspects are, at this very moment, toiling away behind the scenes to organise the event, they do need the entire village to support the most important church fundraising event of the year. Most of you know that our village church is a very beautiful and historic building, but it does cost  a lot to maintain and it is there for everyone living in the parish.


For the raffle we have had very generous support from local businesses and individuals but we do need volunteers to sell tickets for us. First prize this year, courtesy of an anonymous donor, is a Weekend Deluxe Escape for two people at a Marriott Hotel in London or an alternative destination of your choice. Second prize is a Hitachi TV with built-in DVD player kindly donated by the Wellcome Trust. Another anonymous donation is the third prize of £100 in cash and there are many other prizes besides. If you think you could sell even 10 tickets for us please let us know and the books will be delivered to your door in mid May.

Bottle Stall

Those who may feel unable to sell tickets might wish to supply a bottle for the popular bottle stall - anything from spirits, wine, soft drinks to sauces, shampoos or whatever - if it comes in a bottle we'll accept it  gratefully so start collecting now.

         Neil and Rosemary McKillen



We have come up with the following categories for this years’ photography competition at the Fete.  This is for adults and children’s abilities. The cost is £1 for each entry.


1.   Pet or pets

2.   The Seasons

3.   An Ickleton Scene

4.   Old Ickleton (decide for yourself!)

5.   The Church (after all it is the Church Fete!)

6.    A flower / tree  photo


These should all be in colour, either 6” x 4” or 7½ “ x 5”

The results will be announced in the meeting room in the Village Hall on the afternoon of the fete at 3.45 p.m. A rosette will be given for 1st prize only for each category.

If you would like to participate put your photo/photos in an envelope (with money), together with details of categories they are in, and either put them through my door before the day of the fete or bring to the fete on the day,  preferably between 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.   Last year we had 30 entries.  Well done.


We hope a village personality will judge the competition.             Monica Lilley - Fete Organiser



What an incredible story! For one whole hour Mrs. Beryl Lawry held us spellbound, Beryl was one of the 12,000 boffins who worked at Bletchley Park during World War Two on the Enigma Machine, which, when they finally broke the German codes  (they were changing all the time), helped to save thousands of lives especially on the North Atlantic Convoys, which were devasted by the U-boats.

Without the work of these dedicated people, the war could have dragged on much longer and who knows what the final result may have been!

They kept their secrets for fifty years and only now feel free to talk about them..  It is right that we should know about these wonderful people and how much we owe them for the lives they saved.

The next meeting will be on May 18th  when the W.I. Resolutions will be discussed.  There will also be a Bring and Buy Sale in aid of Denman College.                       Cynthia Rule




The Wednesday only market-day bus to Royston is now operated by Huntingdon and District.

It leaves Ickleton at 10.17 a.m.  The return journey leaves Royston bus station at 1.00 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                 David Lilley



Each month a copy of the Bulletin is sent to the Cambridgeshire Collection at Lion Yard in Cambridge and the County Record Office at Shire Hall, so it is available for reference and is preserved for posterity!

Thanks to Andrew Shepperd, the Bulletin is now on the Ickleton website, so it is read on the other side of the world.

We recently had an instance where what turned out to be a distant relation had found that their ancestors had come from Ickleton.  They typed in Ickleton + Lilley  on  the internet and up came the Icene!                                                                                                                                           Editors



There is still time to sponsor Ickleton Church Fete 2005.  If you would like to sponsor the fete  on our programme it is £25 per line for your business or service. The programme will be delivered to every house in the village a week before the fete.

Please contact me if you are interested.                   Monica Lilley – Fete Organiser






            May 1st

Riverside Barns Open Day     


Art and Craft Show 10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. Hinxton Church


Short Tennis Discussion Meeting 5.30 p.m. Village Hall


Chesterford & District Garden Society Meeting ‘Bridge End Gardens’


 by John Bosworth, 8.00 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


General and County Council Elections 7.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m. Village Hall 


Visiting Bellringers 10.00 a.m. -  11.00 a.m.


Duxford Tennis Club Open Tournament 1.30 p.m.


Mobile Library


Parish Council AGM 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Visiting Bellringers 9.15 a.m. - 10.00 a.m.


Oriental Bazaar 2.00 p.m. Village Hall


Parish  Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Theatre Group ‘Great Expectations’ 8.00 p.m. Village Hall


Parkinson’s Bazaar 2.00 p.m. Village Hall


IPS Visit to Bury St. Edmunds Theatre Royal


Mobile Library


Visiting Bellringers 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.


IPS AGM 7.30 p.m. Village Hall



         June 11th

Hinxton Church Fete 2.00 p.m. Hinxton Recreation Ground


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.


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