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JUNE  2005




David and Monica Lilley                                                                                           






Tony Court


Hilary Rule                    





All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th June 2005



Refuse Collections during June

6th    June  -   Black bin collection

13th  June  -   Green bin and green box collection

20th  June  -   Black bin collection

27th  June  -   Green bin and green box collection


Cemetery The Probation Service have carried out their part in tidying up the cemetery – straightening headstones, removing ivy and cutting back (and removing where possible) the brambles.  They have done a good job and we are sure you will agree that it now looks much neater.

Annual Parish Meeting – This was held on Wednesday 18th  May in the Village Hall.  There were 26 members of the public present.  Drinks were served, after which we heard from our two guest speakers – PC Iain Perry and David Hall.  PC Perry reported that we were living in a low crime area and crime had fallen since last year.  Residents were now reporting incidents as soon as they happened which is of great assistance to him.  The new police station in Sawston is open Monday-Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm, closed between 1.00pm-2.00pm.  The telephone number for non-emergency calls is 0845 456 4564.  Letters will be sent in due course to residents in Abbey and Brookhampton Streets advising them of the need for cars to be parked facing the right direction.  PC Iain Perry  is now assisted by PCSO Chris Pulley. David Hall (retired solicitor) has been working with the Stop Stansted Expansion group.  He gave an update of the current situation.  The planning application for an expansion of the current runway will be dealt with by Uttlesford District Council, but the introduction of a second runway will go to a public enquiry, which could take up to 2 years. It would seem that BAA would be unlikely to be able to fund a second runway at Stansted.  Various reports were read out, which was then followed by an open forum.

The Chairman thanked those in the village who had helped the Village and the Parish Council during the last year; in particular he thanked Gordon Woolhouse for his excellent management of the Village Hall, David and Monica Lilley for editing the Icene, the Council’s internal auditor Ken Worthing, and Andrew Shepperd for running the village website. Finally he thanked Jackie Casement for all her help while she was Parish Clerk, and the new Parish Clerk Jos Flitton.


Dog Fouling  Complaints are still being received about dog fouling on the Recreation Ground.  If you walk your dog on the Recreation Ground, please take a plastic bag with you and clear the mess up that has been made by your dog.  Please let others enjoy this facility without the fear of treading in you know what!                                        Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk



Welcome to David and Jean Whittaker who have taken over as Bookings Clerks and Key Holders. Please direct all enquiries and payments to David or Jean.                                                                                                                     Gordon Woolhouse




CHURCH NOTICES – Services for June


              hursday 2nd

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





                Sunday 5th

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


                   Trinity 2

11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





             Thursday 9th

 12.30  p.m. Holy Communion ( Order 1)





              Sunday 12th

   8.00 a.m.Holy Communion


                  Trinity  3

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





           Thursday 16th

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





              Sunday 19th

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


                   Trinity 4

  11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



    6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





           Thursday 23rd

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





              Sunday 26th

 10.00 a.m. Patronal Festival and  Joint Family Eucharist


St. Peter the Apostle

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





          Thursday 30th

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)




 (The abbreviation is attributed to Stephen Sykes, Bishop of Ely 1990 to 1999)

Church newsletter

There is a weekly news-sheet available every Sunday at our churches. It should encourage the priest-in-charge to be a bit more organised, provide a channel of communication between the three congregations and help people who can’t get to church to keep in touch.

Home Communions

Eight people in the villages receive communion at home. The Ministry Team (Julie Baillie, Tricia Newland and Andrew Schofield) are planning to share monthly visits on a rota. If you know of someone who, because of infirmity or disability, is unable to get to church and would like to receive communion at home, please let the priest-in-charge know.

Consultation on Sunday Services

Thank you to those who have responded to plans for a consultation on the structure of services in the three villages. A working party, representing the three congregations, will meet for the first time in June to consider all the responses and what (if any) changes should be made to the churches’ service timetable. If readers - whatever your persuasion - would like us to know your views on services in the three Anglican churches, written comments can be posted to Duxford Rectory (please provide your contact details).

It is a complicated business, because each church has to serve both regular members of the congregation and the people of their village. Each congregation has its own preferences in worship and we must minister to people of different ages and a variety of liturgical tastes. Our service timetable also needs to reflect a relationship between the three churches and the way resources are shared. We know from the start that we won’t please everyone; an honourable compromise will be sufficient!






Open Day at the Rectory

They called it ‘the building site’ as the windows were torn out and other work started on Duxford Rectory in January. The new occupants moved in at the end of January and for weeks afterwards there was a succession of tradesmen working on smaller jobs with the priest-in- charge doing his best at DIY tasks. Now that it’s started to feel like home, Andrew and Mary Schofield would like to invite you to a Rectory Open Day on Saturday 4th June. Coffee, tea and a light lunch will be available and you can pop in at anytime between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm. There’ll be a plate for donations for Christian Aid. All are welcome.


Fetes and Celebrations

There are two special events in June. Hinxton Fete is on Saturday 11th (2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.) on the Recreation Ground behind the village hall. And on Sunday 26th Duxford Church holds its Patronal Festival to celebrate Saint Peter at a Joint Family Eucharist at 10.00 a.m.

Ickleton Church Fete follows on 9th July.


Celebrations at Ely

The Cathedral celebrates St Etheldreda’s Day on 18th June with an event for the whole diocese. The day begins with a pilgrimage walk into Ely from Little Thetford, Littleport or Witchford, to arrive at the Cathedral in time for a service of Pilgrimage Praise at 11.30 a.m. (preacher – Br. Samuel SSF). Participants are invited to bring a picnic lunch and to join workshops in the Cathedral from 12.30 p.m. (Spiritual Direction, Praying with Icons and the Ministry of Healing amongst others). The day ends with a Pilgrimage Eucharist at 2.30 p.m. For further details, contact Julie Baillie.                                          Rev. Andrew Schofield

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




Three fairly major events have taken place.

The first is that we have worked towards and celebrated Easter. It was a joyful day which reminded us of all that Jesus won for us at Calvary, not only through his death, but more so, through the resurrection.

The month of April saw the death of Pope John Paul 2, and the election of a new Pope, Benedict 16. On the day following the old Pope's death, I watched a TV programme about him. I read about his life in the newspapers and discovered more about him after his death than I knew when he was alive. The same is true of Jesus. He lived a good life, but the stories written down concerning his earthly life were not recorded until long after his death and resurrection. It is through the unusual nature of Jesus' crucifixion that I know more about his life. If Jesus had lived to be an old man who had died in his sleep, I don't think he would have had such an impact on the world as he did through his death on the cross. Most other religions focus on what happened to their leader in life, whereas Christianity, whose symbol is the cross, is characterised by the sacrificial nature of Jesus' life and death. I wrote this article before the General Election. We may vote for the party of our choice, but whether the Government that we wish to have will come to power remains to be seen. However, there is a vote that we can all take, about who is going to reign in our lives. To know Jesus as a special friend, is to receive the promise of a place in heaven, to be forgiven for all our sins and to have new life. The alternative is the opposition party. The choice is yours.

Yours, in Christ,                                                                                                   Rev. Hilary Cheng



The weather stayed fine for the Open Day on 1st May (even though it was a Bank Holiday weekend…) and it was great to see so many people turn up to see what’s new at the Barns.

The hog roast was such a success that it had run out by 1.30 p.m. (disappointing for some!) but it seemed that fun was had by all.

Here’s hoping that everyone returns to see all the future developments and support the local businesses setting up there.                                                                              Catherine Kelly





After forty years as Honorary Clerk to the village charities, Dinah Millson has decided that the time has come for her to retire. During her tenure as Clerk, Dinah has managed the Gertrude Homes and Mill Lane Cottages efficiently and with unfailing cheerfulness, a true one-person social service. Her hard work and devotion to the task have been unstinting, often far beyond the call of duty! We are very grateful for all that Dinah has done, and also wish to thank Bob for helping out on the DIY front on numerous occasions. We wish them both a very happy retirement.

Jocelyn Flitton will be taking her place as from the 1st June, and we are very pleased to have found such an able replacement for Dinah.                                                Richard Herbert (Chairman)



Cake Stall

Very soon the Ickleton Church Fete will be upon us, so this is just an early request for cakes, bread, jams, pickles and chutneys, in fact, any home produce for our cake stall.  Even if you can only spare the time to make a few biscuits, we should be more than grateful, for we usually sell out early, so much in demand is home baked produce.  Even the children like to buy fairy cakes, so we are very happy to receive any donation.  Nearer the time, we can collect, but a ‘phone call to let us know if you could contribute would be great.  Many thanks.

Jilly Maynard or Catherine Cocks


Fete Teas

The Ickleton Society will be organizing the teas for the fete.  I would be grateful for donations of cakes and for help on the day.  If you are able to offer either, please let me know.

    Sheila Birch

Fantastic Fancy Dress Competition

This year we are celebrating the end of World War II.  Please dress up, adults and children in anything that is relevant i.e. uniforms, evacuee children outfits (remember the gas mask), land army, 1950s clothing – anything you like - bring plenty of Union Jacks.

There will be a fantastic prize for the best adult outfit and third, second and first prizes for children.  So come on Ickleton, let’s make a real effort and make this year’s fancy dress the biggest and best yet. Please contact Sarah Mila  if you have any queries.

Drop off points for the Fete are:-

                             Mrs. Cynthia Rule, ,

                             Mrs. Monica Lilley,                        

                            Mrs. Peggy Richardson,

Raffle Tickets

If you can sell any raffle tickets for us, please see Rosemary McKillen who will be pleased to hear from you. The list of the magnificent prizes will be on the Costcutter Express Notice Board.

Help Wanted Please

Thank you to everybody who has offered to help so far.  We still need more help and  this is a great way of meeting people, you will be made very welcome. Please get in touch.

We should be very grateful for the following: bric-a-brac, books, cakes, plants, children’s toys, adults’ and children’s jig-saw puzzles, and bottles for the bottle stall.

There will be a mini auction at the end of the afternoon for really good items which are given to us.      No electrical things please, we are not allowed to sell them.

The Photography competition details and categories will be on the notice board at the our shop. Thanks to Dilip and Sunita.

The Village School reunion will take place from 10.00 – 11.00 a.m. on the Recreation Ground. There will be coffee served from 10.00 a.m. in the village hall meeting room. Please contact Derek Bristow for more information about this

Please contact Monica Lilley - Fete Organiser for any more information about the fete. The Churchwardens, Sebastian Payne and Jenny Pell and the Parochial Church Council are very grateful for the Village’s support.                                                                      




The official handover ceremony for the new Wellcome Trust Genome Campus buildings took place on 3rd May. Guests included senior management from the Wellcome Trust and the Sanger Institute, as well as representatives from the other scientific institutes on the existing Campus. Both Hinxton and Ickleton Parish Councils were invited, as well as members of South Cambridgeshire District Council. The ceremony began at 2.00 p.m. with an introductory speech by John Cooper, Managing Director of the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus. He emphasised the substantial achievement of delivering such a project on programme and within budget. He thanked the design and construction teams for their dedication and thanked the local communities for their tolerance during the two and half years of construction. Professor Allan Bradley FRS (Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) was presented with a ceremonial key to mark the occasion. He thanked John Cooper and acknowledged the extremely high quality of the buildings and said how much he was looking forward to moving into the new facilities and moving the scientific research forward.

Six new buildings have been built, including laboratories, offices, a data centre, underground car parking and recreation facilities. Guests were given the opportunity to have a look inside the development and were taken on a guided tour of the new buildings. Dr Phillipa Towlson provided an overview of the project and was on hand to answer questions.

During the construction phase, many tens of thousands of trees and shrubs have been planted and only 4 (that's right FOUR!) had to be felled. Rather than disposing of this timber to waste, the 4 beech trees were used to create a relief sculpture, now installed in the Cairons Pavilion (the new recreation building). Richard Bray, a local sculptor, worked for 6 months to plank, design, and carve the wood into its final form. The sculpture depicts the diversity of human kind at the same time as reinforcing the notion that, at a genome level, we are 99.9% similar! Richard gave a brief talk on his work - from where he gained inspiration - and the technical issues associated with working with 2 tonnes of beech wood!

The final announcement of the afternoon was to open formally the Wetlands Nature Reserve - the 15 acre newly created diverse habitat to the west of the River Cam. The Reserve provides a range of new habitats including wet and dry grasslands, woodland and marginal areas around newly constructed (but naturally filled) ponds. Artificial otter holts and bat roosts have also been created in an attempt to increase the biodiversity of the area. During the last year Dr. Phillipa Towlson has worked closely with the Cambridge Green Belt Project and the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust. A Community Conservation Group has been convened to enable the local communities to be involved in this exciting conservation venture. John Cooper was also able to announce that the Reserve has been awarded the top prize in the South Cambridgeshire District Council Natural Heritage Awards (Major Projects category) 2005. Further information on the Wetlands Nature Reserve can be obtained from Dr. Phillipa Towlson    (towlson@hinxton.wellcome.ac.uk).

Guests then were treated to champagne and canapés and the opportunity to chat and exchange views on the new buildings and tall tales about otter sightings in the Nature Reserve!



The Society’s Annual General Meeting was held on 6th April.

Our chairman James Macdonald, reported on another successful year in which we celebrated our 30th birthday in style.  There’s been an increase in membership and funds are healthy.

Sadly we had to say goodbye to two long serving committee members, namely Mrs. Betty Litchfield and Mr. Keith Sutcliffe; who both received retiring gifts and were thanked for all their hard work over the years.  James Macdonald was re-elected as chairman for the coming year but warned us he would be retiring from the committee next year. 

The meeting held on 4th May was an update on the restoration work on Bridge End Gardens Saffron Walden by Mr. John Bosworth.

Outings arranged are – Ickleton Gardens’ Walkabout on June 8th at 6.30 p.m.

    Spaines Hall, Finchingfield   on June 19th at 2.00 p.m.

    Cambridge Botanic Gardens  on  August 3rd at 6.30 p.m.

    Flower and, Vegetable Show   on  September 17th at 2.30 p.m.

Speaker for July will be Neil Ront – ‘A garden haven, heaven or hell’.   Cynthia Rule 




I remember my first school day, June 1942 as a five year old, with Jimmy Page looking in Mrs Tetley’s hedge for periwinkles on the way.  Miss Calver was our infant teacher, also there was Bill Brand, Molly Clements, Graham Morris and Jack Bristow.

My father was called up so I helped mother at weekends with our paper round until his return in 1945.

Mrs Burling was our teacher until I moved up to the senior class where Mrs Janet Wilson was waiting with the cane!  We eventually had a new teacher, a Mrs Boulton.  One lunchtime Jack Bristow and I went scrumping down the Mill and were chased out and over ‘Huby’ Lilley’s field by the Mill gardener Bill Baynes.

I joined the church choir with other members - Bill Brand, Graham Morris, and Dennis and Stanley Keeble.  The vicar was Rev. Penney and the organist was Les Lilley, all being overlooked by Major Mundy three pews back!

We fished the Trout Club waters and the Water Bailiff ‘Duke’ Seekings broke many a hedge stick fishing rod over his knee!  We decided it was safer catching minnows with a jam jar on a string.

I left Ickleton School in 1948 and finished my education at Cambridge, after which I began a short instrument making apprenticeship at TECHNE in Duxford. On finishing that I went to Ridgeons Seeds in Great Shelford, working in the warehouse dispatching orders and deliveries.  I joined Aero Research in 1962 on tanker deliveries. There followed amalgamations with CIBA and GEIGY, both Swiss companies, and I stayed with them until my retirement.     Tony Caswell



Dinah and Bob Millson wish to thank everyone who sent them greetings, good wishes and beautiful cards and flowers on the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary.



Mrs. Doris Page 95 on 14th May

                                                               Mrs. Connie Jarvis 90 on 17th June

                                                                   Mr. Geoffrey Duke 90 on 19th June



The Annual Resolutions Meeting was held on May 18th when the plight of Britain’s Diary Farmers and was discussed also the problem of re-cycling our rubbish - in particular plastic bags, bottles etc.

A Bring-and-Buy stall was held in aid of our own college ‘Denman’. As well as educational facilities, there are now facilities for holidays at a very reasonable price.

The next meeting will be on 15th June, when the guest speaker will be Keith Goodwin from Wimpole Hall.                                                                                                     Cynthia Rule



                       June 4th

 Rectory Open Day 10.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Duxford Rectory


 Chesterford District Gardening Society


 - Ickleton Garden Walkabout  6.30 p.m.


 Hinxton Church Fete 2.00 p.m. Hinxton Recreation Ground


 Quiz Evening 7.30 p.m. Duxford School


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


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


 IPS visit to Denny Abbey


 Chesterford District Garden Society Visit to Spaines Hall Gardens,


 Finchingfield 2.00 p.m.


 Mobile Library



                          July 9th

Church Fete 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Village Hall and Recreation Ground


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