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JULY  2005

Editors:                                                                                          David and Monica Lilley


Distribution:                                                                                 Tony Court                       

                                                                                 Hilary Rule                    

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

  12th July  2005




Refuse Collections during July

  4th   July             -        Black bin collection

11th  July             -        Green bin and green box collection

18th  July             -        Black bin collection

25th  July             -        Green bin and green box collection

If you experience any problems with your waste/recycling not being collected (say before 2.00 p.m.) from your property, it is best if you, as an individual, telephone SCDC on ' 08456 500280 preferably on the same day as the collection should have been made.  They will arrange to collect within 48 hours.


Footpaths   Comments have been received regarding greenery that overhangs paths, causing pedestrians to stray onto the road.  Please could we ask residents/owners to trim back any trees, hedges, shrubs etc. so as to allow pedestrians to keep to the path.


Robin Driver  At the Annual Parish Meeting, the Chairman wished to record a vote of thanks to Robin Driver, as he had served on both the District and County Council for many years.  He had been an enormous help to the Parish Council and to individual people in the village during these years. 


South Cambs Debating Competition for Young People 2005/6  The aim is to boost young people’s confidence for training in debating skills.  Prizes are given.  It is open to youth groups, clubs and village colleges across the district.  To enter a team, please contact Melanie Baker ' 01954 713354 or email: Melanie.Baker@scambs.gov.uk


Directions Plus   This local charity, which enables and supports disabled and older people and carers, has changed their address.  The advice line, open every weekday from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30p.m. and 1.30p.m. – 4.00p.m. provides free, confidential and impartial information on all issues relating to disability and access. ' 01223 569603.  e-mail: info@directions-plus.org.uk  or write to 1 Orwell Furlong, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WY.

Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk



Can we make a plea?  In the last month or so, the amount of dog mess on the Recreation Ground has got much worse.  The other day, there were even messes inside the children’s playground which is, as we are sure you know, a serious health risk. 

For as long as we can remember, the Parish Clerk has been putting reminders in the Icene, and urging dog owners to clear up after their dogs -  to no avail, it would seem.  So now can we ask you once more – please always clean up after you dog, and use the bins provided.

If this plea falls on deaf ears, the Parish Council will have to contemplate a total ban on dogs in the Recreation Ground.                                                                                   Ickleton Parish Council






CHURCH NOTICES - Services for July


              Sunday 3rd July

  9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist


              Thomas the Apostle

11.00 a.m.  Parish Eucharist



  6.30  p.m. Sung Evensong





             Thursday 7th July

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





              Sunday 10th July

  8.00 a.m.  Holy Communion


              Trinity 7

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Songs of Praise





              Thursday 14th July

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





              Sunday 17th July

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


              St.Mary Magdalene

  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong     





              Thursday 21st July

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion  (Order 1)





              Sunday 24th July

 9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


              Trinity 9

11.00 a.m. Morning Worship & Godly Play



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong &



                   Holy Communion (BCP)





              Thursday 28th July

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (Order 1)





               Sunday 31st July

10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


Notes from Hinkledux Rectory

It was at the beginning of June that a Times headline announced: ‘Church admits cash shortage threatens one third of clergy’. General Synod, the governing body of the Church of England, meets in July and one item on its agenda is a report proposing the reduction of clergy by one third. Financially, the church faces the twin problems of falling attendances and growing costs, including the repair costs for thousands of Grade 1 listed buildings. The report, from the Church’s Resourcing Mission group, ‘spells out a deep-seated need for change’ and challenges the Church to face financial realities and mobilise more effectively for mission.

The reduction in numbers of clergy is nothing new. In years past, Hinxton and Ickleton shared one vicar and Duxford had their own priest. But the last three incumbents (Richard Birt, Andrew Way and Jane Charman) have all had a three-parish cure of souls. And the process goes on. Rev. Gordon Smith has announced his departure, at the end of July, as Minister in charge of the Local Ecumenical Partnership which includes the Anglican Churches of Whittlesford and Pampisford and the United Reformed Churches of Duxford and Whittlesford. It seems likely that both the Church of England and United Reformed Church will need to review their options for these villages.

If the reduction in clergy is a reality we have to face, I find one of the suggestions in the report - that we should stop using our churches and retreat to the living room for worship – defeatist and lacking in understanding of the importance of village churches. Not that I’ve anything against worship at home – as any home communicant will tell you, informal worship can be very moving. But Sunday worship in church has a significance far beyond itself.

Two programmes on BBC2 recently illustrated the impact religion can have on our lives. ‘The Monastery’ followed five ordinary men who spent 40 days and nights living with monks at Worth Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in West Sussex. The series showed how the experience changed lives. The final programme of ‘How Art made the World’ investigated the fixation with death buried deep within our unconscious. The film explored its expression in our homes and of course in churchyards and churches.

Our churches are, then, not only ancient stones to be valued for their history; they are also powerful symbols which speak of the meaning of life and community. As such, they are places for the whole community at christenings, weddings and funerals. As a focus for the village they still have an important place, bringing people together and helping integrate young and old, village folk and newcomers. And that shows in the way everyone rallies round to support their village church at fetes, feasts and festivals.

We are very lucky at Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton to have churches that are so well supported and cared for. You don’t have to travel far to discover churches which are losing the battle, where congregations are dispirited and failing. Certainly, we shouldn’t underestimate the call to face economic reality in church life, but the loss of a church is much more than the loss of a monument to the past. Our village churches thrive because they continue to be a place for spiritual refreshment and give meaning to us individually and in family and community.

     Andrew Schofield

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






I was once at a public function at which I had been asked to say grace. Pre-dinner drinks were served and by the time we came to eat, there was a problem. I said grace, as was my role on that occasion, and was then informed by the host that the wine had run out. We discussed the calamity and a couple of men were dispatched to the local wine store.

A few days later in our Chapel in Chrishall, we were celebrating the Chapel Anniversary. The Chapel was full to the gunnels. When it came to the Communion towards the end of the service, I uncovered the bread and the wine. The minister who was sharing the service with me said ”There won't be enough wine.”  I was distributing the bread and you can always make it go a bit further, but the small glasses are for individual consumption and more people had come to the service than we had imagined.

After the first two rows of people had come forward to receive the elements of bread and wine, the small glasses were hastily removed, washed, refilled, brought back, blessed and given out.

I reflected on both these events afterwards. To run out of wine is biblical. Jesus' first miracle took place at a wedding in Cana of Galilee where he turned water into wine to give glory to God and also to save the embarrassment of the host.

Jesus is always there for us, to rescue us from the situations in which we find ourselves, just as he saved the host at the wedding in Cana. But it is so much more meaningful for Jesus to be part of our everyday lives and not for us to just go to him only when we need him.

Many people look all over the place except to God, to find excitement and meaning in life. Often we think that God will be dull and boring. But, just as the water that Jesus turned into wine was the best they had, so too, life with Jesus is so much better and more enjoyable than life without him.

Try it some time...you might enjoy it!                                                     Rev. Hilary Cheng




The AGM of the Ickleton Society took place on May 25th. After the formal part of the meeting and a break for refreshments; the large audience, including several new members, listened with interest to Dr. Phillipa Towlson the Co-ordinator of the Wellcome Trust’s Southfield Project.  Phillipa gave us an overview of the new buildings, including the sedum seeded roof and the magnificent sculpture, executed by Richard Bray, using part of the only four trees which had to be felled during the build.  The sculpture depicts the progression and relationship of people down the ages, thereby alluding to the DNA research being done on the site.  Phillipa moved on to the development of the Wetlands, where the area has already attracted successfully nesting birds this year.  There are also newly built otter holts on the river and a converted World War II pill box making a roost for bats.  The new Permissive Footpath creates a good circular walk for Ickleton, but if you take your dog please keep it on a lead for the sake of the birds.

I am hoping to arrange a visit for a close-up view of the new buildings and the sculpture, in August - watch this space.                                                                                          Sheila Birch



As Mrs. Connie Jarvis celebrated her 90th birthday on 17th June, she kindly provided us with sandwiches, sausages rolls and cakes for our meeting on the 15th June. We thank her very much.  

We were sorry to hear of the death of another member, Mrs. Nell Jarrold.

We offer our condolences to her family.                                                                   Mrs. R. Lilley




Our guest speaker Keith Goodwin, who is the Chef at Wimpole Hall, caused much amusement with his range of curious kitchen utensils. Much right and wrong guessing took part regarding their various uses, all of which resulted in a very entertaining evening.

There will be no meeting in the hall in July, instead an outing to Little Easton Manor Gardens has been arranged.                                                                                               Cynthia Rule




Ellen Jarrold was actually born in Southwark, London.  Her  father was killed in the First World War before she was born.  She came to Ickleton as a very young child, with her mother and older brother Alf Pearce.  She went to school in the village where she first met her husband  to be Jim.

When she left school, she went into service with Mrs. Custerson in Saffron Walden until she married.  She and Jim cycled many hundreds of miles during their courtship, not only the intervening miles, but even the occasional trip to the seaside.

When they married they moved to Ipswich, where Jim worked as a railwayman for a number of years and Ivan was born.  During the war they moved back to Ickleton where Roger and Diane were born.

For some time Ellen worked on the land for Mr. Duke until she was hijacked by Mrs. Duke to work in the house and help look after their son Lewis.  She seemed to spend all her life looking after someone, including for many years her mother, who had become blind.  Everyone who knew her knows how kind hearted she was and in return she was loved by all who knew her, especially she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and in return they loved and adored her.

Always a good neighbour herself, during her long final illness she received  great friendship and support from her neighbours Josie Barker, Eileen Fairweather and Beryl Bonham, also her niece Yvonne who visited regularly.  Her little dog Tilley was her constant companion.



On behalf of my brother Roger, my sister Diane, and our families, I would like to thank all friends and relatives in and around Ickleton who cared for, and called on our mother, both at home and in hospital until shortly before her recent death: in particular Eileen Fairweather and Josie Barker who saw her every day, shopped for her and helped in ways too numerous to mention, also her granddaughter Stephanie who visited and cared for her devotedly every week.

Despite our sadness, all the family feel that her funeral was a lovely celebration of a long and full life.  We so appreciated the attendance of her many friends at the Methodist Chapel and thank the Rev. Hilary Cheng for the most moving service which we thought said everything about our mother, our gran and our Nell.  A wonderful farewell to a lovely lady.

We would also like to thank Mr. David Skeates who helped us through a most difficult time with his care and efficiency.

The Ickleton Social Club members were extremely helpful with the preparation of the hall, and again on the day of mother’s funeral, and this was very much appreciated by all of us.

Once again our thanks to you all.

Finally, Liz and I are really looking forward to seeing the ‘Goldie Oldies’ when they visit Dunoon next year.                                                                            Ivan Jarrold, Woodlands, Sandbank, Dunoon



We are getting together on Wednesdays over the Summer holidays from 1.00p.m. onwards. Bring a picnic lunch and an adult. A great opportunity to meet other local children.

In the event of bad weather, please contact the person responsible for that date.

27th  July - Ickleton Playground (Miranda Stone-Wigg)

  3rd  August - Bridge End Gardens (Miranda Stone-Wigg)

10th  August - Duxford Air Museum (Kate Stafford)

17th  August - Chrishall Playground (Rachel Rugg-Gunn)

24th  August - Audley End Garden (Katherine Denman-Johnson)

31st   August - Ickleton Playground (Rachel Rugg-Gunn)

and also introducing....

Thank Goodness It’s Friday

Come along to the playground after school (4.00p.m.) on Fridays. If it's nice weather, bring a picnic supper for the kids (and maybe some wine for the grown-ups!). Babies are welcome to all the above events, so to all you new mums out there, just turn up. We love to see new faces!


We will be open throughout the Summer (except for Bank holidays) Mondays 10.00a.m. –12.00p.m. in the Village Hall.                                                            Katherine Denman-Johnson





The Village Hall will be open from 9.30 a.m. on the 9th July.


We hope you will all come to the fete this year.  The fete is a family event.

The P.C.C., Churchwardens  Sebastian Payne and Jenny Pell are very grateful for the villages support.

The Ickleton P.C.C. are very kindly going to deliver a programme to each house in the village to show  whats happening and with times etc.

Thank you everybody who has offered to help so far. If you would like to help please contact the fete organiser you will be made most welcome.

As time is getting on now we thought you would like the practicalities of the Fete.


If it should rain people on the recreation ground will have to fend for themselves except the Saffron Walden Town Band and they will perform from 3.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.


Please park your car in Robin Driver’s Meadow  in the centre of the village if you possibly can.


The following would be grateful for any contributions, either on the morning of the fete or before  hand (please telephone first):-


Tombola                     -     Cynthia Rule

Cakes, Bread etc.        -        Jilly Maynard  and Catherine Cocks

Bottle Stall                       -        Rosemary and Neil McKillen

Toy Stall                          -        Sarah Mila 

Plants                              -        Carli Holberry,  

Bric-a-Brac                     -        Peggy Richardson

Books                              -         Monica Lilley

Cakes for Tea                -        Sheila Birch

Nearly New                     -        Dorothy Churchman /Cynthia Rule


We cannot accept any electrical items and no jumble please.


Coffee will be served in the meeting room for the helpers, and the Village School Reunion, from 10.00 a.m.


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’s outfits (remember the gas mask), Land Army, 1950’s clothing – anything you like bring - plenty of Union Jacks.

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


Neil McKillen has kindly agreed to hold a mini auction. The time of the auction will be put on the village hall notice board.

We have been given 8 nearly new tennis racquets.  Any offers to me please in the first instance.

For any more information about the Church Fete please contact me:   Monica Lilley





Do you have any memories of VE-day celebrations in the village or locally or of Ickleton life in wartime and afterwards?

With the 50th anniversary of VE day occurring this year, we are very much hoping to put together a display of 1940s and 1950s photos  (and any other available memorabilia) at the Church Fete on July 9th.  This coincides with the annual visit of the Old Ickletonians who will no doubt have their own.       If you have any ideas, photos (or memorabilia) we would love to hear from you!

Please contact us as soon as possible.                                          Andrew Shepperd 





The visits for the morning and afternoon of the 9th July have been arranged privately by kind invitation of the owners to the ‘Come Homers’ and  numbers are strictly limited – Those invited to attend will be notified by the organizers of ‘Come Home 2005’.

We do however hope that everyone will join us at the fete at some time during the day.


This year we commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II. Some of us were

just 5 years old and the war was a memory mix of rations, American servicemen, blackouts, and promises for a better future. Although times were grim for us who were young then, we now look back at the ‘Good times’ when days seemed like weeks and the school holidays seemed like a lifetime! Have you noticed that the older you get, the more time you spend looking back? Well I suppose there is some reticence in looking forward, for the future seems shorter than it used to! But take heart join us on the recreation field at the village fete and we will feel young again and talk of the days when the village fetes were held in the Manor and we rolled down the lawn!

Perhaps you remember how your legs were torn by the sheaves as we loaded the harvest carts in short trousers and how the villagers who worked on the farm seemed to have boundless energy which came from a secret of cold tea, cheese and bread. The days when the youngsters drove the tractors because some who had been used to horses wouldn't have anything to do "With them there sheens" The days of beating to put up the game with cries of "One over M'Lord", and shouts from the Keeper of "Keep that b...y line straight", and the older and wiser among us telling us to "Let it lay boy" when we discovered a shot pheasant. It was awhile until I realised there appeared to be a quota of game caught- some for the guns and some for the experienced


We will have stories to share when we meet you all at the fete. We invite all those in the village who are young, young at heart or just curious to visit our tent and meet some who were present during what Churchill described as our ‘Finest hour’ and what to us (we realise now) was a wonderful childhood in the village. Bring the children to meet us who are now part of the living history of the village.

The Come Homers and those we grew up with in the village look forward to meeting you all again.                                                                                                   Mick Bristow    


During the fete on 9th July, I shall be taking people round the church, telling them something of its history and pointing out its special features.

We’ll leave from outside the village hall at 3.00 p.m. so, if you would like to come, please join me there.

Ickleton’s Church is one of the finest in East Anglia and attracts visitors from all over the world; we are very lucky to have this lovely building at the heart of the village.

It dates from the 11th century, but some of the materials used in the building are even older.  Over the years there have been several additions and demolitions and in the 18th century part of the church was even used as a schoolroom, with a fireplace!

There are some outstanding features in the church - among them a Norman west door, unique double clerestory windows, a 14th century rood screen, a 16th century pulpit and the fine oak pews. There are even some ‘grotesque’ corbels which probably represented ancient villagers (!) and the beautifully worked hassocks depict the history of the village from the time of the Domesday Book to the present day.

Ickleton Church has not escaped damage.  In 1643, the Puritan, William Dowsing came and broke crosses and window glass. Then, in more recent times (1979), the church was devasted by a fire which was started by an arsonist and destroyed some of the roof, stonework and windows, as well as the lovely painted ceiling in the tower. However, during the two year restoration period which followed, some exceptional 12th and 14th century wall paintings were discovered and these have been expertly preserved.

There have been many benefactors of the church in the past – including the first Premier of Queensland, Sir Robert Herbert – and this tradition of generous giving continues today.

Ickleton Church has been witness to great happiness and great tragedy down the years.  If only its walls could speak!                                                                                      Rosemary Hayes





A very big thank you to all those people who gave and made cakes for this years Bazaar with a very a special thank you to all the helpers who as always came up trumps and without whom this event could not take place.  We were a little concerned when we discovered it was cup final day and the weather was a little dodgy, but it all came out well in the end with a total of £2040.  I would also like to take this opportunity of thanking Ray Plumb and Ron Coulson for coming to our aid and clearing the hall.  The clothes, handbags, and shoes were not wasted as they went on the following Wednesday to Africa where they will do good.  THANK YOU ALL AGAIN.

                                                             Dorothy Churchman, Mary Woolhouse, and Cynthia Rule





This Summer, Duxford School will be saying good-bye to Sue Dorrington, who has been the school’s successful and respected HeadTeacher for the past five years.  Sue is moving on to be Head of a larger primary school in Cambridge.  The Governing Body is very pleased with the considerable achievements of the school under her leadership. A recent survey of parental views listed the supportive, friendly and welcoming atmosphere amongst the school’s main strengths. 

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Mrs Ann Gardner to be Headteacher of the school from September 2005.  Mrs Gardner is Deputy Head at Isleham Cof E Primary School.  She has held this post for five years and has considerable management responsibility. The Governors set a very high specification for our Headteacher and Mrs Gardner fulfilled it admirably.  Our LEA Link Adviser was impressed by the number of high quality applications we received.   We were in the enviable position of selecting for interview from a pool of very appointable candidates.

We would like to thank all the staff, children and community members for the effort they put in to make the interview process so rewarding.  We were particularly proud of all the children, their excellent behaviour, thoughtful questions and enthusiasm.  The candidates were extremely complimentary about the children and the ethos of the school.   The displays throughout the school are delightful and convey all the many activities taking place.  We are grateful to the PTA for hosting our community tea, and to the cooks for those delicious biscuits.

Penny Woodhead, Chair of Governors



On the 2nd July,  Cambridgeshire Choral Society Summer Concert will be held in Ickleton Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. There will be songs by Grieg and Faure and extracts from the Bavarian Highlands by Elgar.  Wine and strawberries will be served in the interval.

Tickets are priced at £10 and £8 for the under 18s. Tickets are available from Sawston Books 01223 837456 or Liz Bridgland Cambridge  ' 01223 832954.




There’s lots going on at the Ickleton Riverside Barns and Garden Centre, and Stuart and Tina would like to know what you think about all the new shops and facilities that are opening up there.  They’d welcome comments from the local community – so please write to them at the Garden Centre with your thoughts.                                                                        Catherine Kelly




I would like to thank all my relations and friends for the lovely cards, gifts and flowers, and plants, they gave to me on my 95th birthday, and my niece Stella Parker for the lovely birthday cake. Also I would like to thank Owen Maddock and his wife Jo, for the nice spread of eats - as it was such a lovely day, we were able to have it on the lawn at their home.

With many thanks to all for coming.                                                                             Mrs. Doris Page





You will have noticed by now that we have the Annual Church Fete coming up on 9th July.  All the best laid plans will come to naught; if our fellow villagers do not give it their wholehearted support.

Sales of raffle tickets are progressing well, but we still have more to sell – even if you have sold your quota,, we can let you have some more.  If all the raffle tickets are sold, we will exceed last year’s total income from the fete so don’t just leave it for someone else and get selling.

Bottle Stall

Bottles - please are needed for the bottle stall as long as there are full ones! Vinegar, sauce, shampoo,wine, spirits, pickles, gripewater, baby oil or whatever.  Next time you’re shopping pick up a special offer and donate it to the stall.

‘Ye Olde Fruite Machine’

Volunteers are also needed to man ‘Ye Orygynale Fruyte Machyne’ so if you can give me fifteen or twenty minutes of your time on the day I’ll be delighted to hear from you – no qualification necessary -  but sense of humour appreciated.

Contacts and bottle drop off point are Neil and Rosemary McKillen.



The June Quiz Night was very well supported, and was a most enjoyable evening, with plenty of food and fun for everyone.

Thanks again to all the people who donated prizes for the raffle.

The Club premises have now been completely redecorated, further improving the excellent facilities.

Next Quiz Night will be 30th July at 9.00 p.m. The entry fee of  £1.00 per person includes a free buffet.

                                                                                                          Ickleton Social Club Committee



Songs of Praise is on the fete weekend, at 6.30 p.m. in Church on 10th July.  This year it coincides with the national commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War (the date chosen is midway between VE and VJ day).  We thought it would be good to reflect that theme, and hope to involve, in the service, some of the folk who were evacuated to Ickleton as children.  If you have special memories of 1945, please let the priest-in-charge know, as he plans the service.                                                                          Rev. Andrew Schofield



Sorry we have no space for any Ickleton memories from the Come-Homers this month.

We hope to continue next month.                                                                                            Editors




                   July 4th

Mobile Library


Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting ‘A Garden :


heaven, haven, hazard or hell’, 8.00 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street


Gt. Chesterford


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


Visiting Bellringers 6.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Members Outing to Little Easton


Visiting Bellringers 10.45 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.


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