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David and Monica Lilley




Tony Court

Hilary Rule



All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th September  2005



Refuse Collections during September

Monday     5th   September -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     12th  September          -        Black bin collection

Monday     19th  September          -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     26th  September          -        Black bin collection


Litter  An awful amount of litter is appearing around the village, particularly in the Recreation Ground.  Could we ask everyone to either use the bins provided or take home any unwanted rubbish and dispose of it there.  Please help to keep our village tidy.


Parking  Some residents are finding it difficult to come out of their driveways on to the road, due to cars being parked opposite the dropped kerbs.  Please can you check before parking that this will not obstruct other drivers.


Hinxton Ford Footbridge Replacement  Work is due to commence on 30th August 2005 for 6 weeks.  To enable this work to take place, both the road and footbridge linking Hinxton and Duxford will need to be closed.  Cambridgeshire County Council has advised us that the diversion route will be through Ickleton.


Cambridgeshire County Council operates an annual grants scheme and is interested in receiving new applications from small voluntary organisations within the county.  For application form/brochure, please contact Rob.sanderson@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or ' 01223 718941.  For grants of less than £3,000 please contact Cambridgeshire Community Foundation – info@cambscf.org.uk or '01223 207593.


Wellcome Trust  The Parish Council would like to put on record our thanks to Dr Phillipa Towlson, who is leaving the Genome Campus on 30th September 2005.  Phillipa has worked unstintingly in liaising with the village and will be sorely missed. We owe her many thanks and would like to wish her all the best for the future.

Mr. Duncan Parsley, Head of Facilities Management, is taking her place.

                                                                                           Jocelyn Flitton- Parish Clerk       



A New Telephone Number

Cambridgeshire Constabulary has introduced a new single non-emergency number as part of an on-going project to improve the service people get when they call the police.

The number – 0845 456 456 4 – replaces the four switchboard numbers that were previously used. The aim is to provide the public with a faster and more efficient service when they call. The project is based around the handling of non-emergency calls, and will have no effect on the emergency service.  It will redirect the 45%  of non-emergency calls that currently come through on the ‘999’ number.




CHURCH NOTICES – Services for September

               Thursday 1st

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                  Sunday 4th

 9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist with Baptism


                  Trinity 15

11.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





               Thursday 8th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                Sunday 11th

 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


         Holy Cross Day

10.00 a.m. Patronal Festival Joint Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong             





              Thursday 15th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                Sunday 18th

   9.30 p.m. Parish Eucharist


                    Trinity 17

  11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist with Baptism



    6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





            Thursday 22nd

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                Friday 23rd

  7.30 p.m.  Harvest Festival Evensong





               Sunday 25th

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


                    Trinity 18

 10.00 a.m. Morning Worship & Godly Play



   6.30 p.m. Evensong and Holy Communion





              Thursday 29th

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion



Notes from Hinkledux Rectory: Fear

I am scared of heights. When the children were little we took them to St Paul’s Cathedral, but it was mum who led them to the Whispering Gallery. I remained firmly on the ground floor. This year when we went puffin hunting (with binoculars) on Sanday in the Inner Hebrides, I positioned myself well way from the edge to watch the little birds, while my wife happily stood atop the cliffs. Someone asked why, with a fear of heights, I enjoy walking in the Scottish highlands. The answer is that I love the beauty and majesty and quiet of the mountains, the achievement of reaching the top of a Munro (over 3000 feet), and conquering my fear. I enjoy the solitude, the opportunity to work through things that have been stored in the mental ‘pending’ tray for too long and the chance to get to know my wife again (our holidays are better than months of marriage guidance!). And I enjoy feeling close to God’s creation (though I’m not so sure about the midges!).

I am scared of needles too. I gave up as a blood donor in my twenties when I was so tense that they couldn’t get blood out of my arm. I started again a couple of years ago, and now boast twelve blood donor sessions (of which, I must say, I feel immensely proud). Why did I go back? I think it was because I felt it was time to confront that fear too, and give something back to the Health Service which has cared so well for me and my family over the years.

I am afraid of death. After 36 years of marriage, I find the thought that I could one day have to face life without my wife just too unimaginably painful. I try to minister to that pain in others through the church’s ministry to the dying and bereaved and, until we moved here, as a Cruse volunteer.

As part of a process of consultation, I have had discussions with representatives of our three churches about changes to church services in 2006. I think it’s time to consider how we can be more effective in working across parish boundaries and how we can be more accessible to people in the villages. And here I have met other people’s fears - fear of change and even, I suspect, fear of God (because we might be led in uncomfortable directions, or have to face uncomfortable truths).

At the start of a new academic year there are fears to be faced at school. In 2002 Kidscape conducted a national study of children aged 10-12 asking their feelings on the secondary school transfer. Of the 500 children surveyed:

64% expressed fear and worry about the transfer

38% of those children were so concerned that they seriously contemplated missing school

             28% had missed 5 days or more because of bullying or unresolved issues of anxiety

And, of course, in the wake of the bombings and arrests and news headlines there is fear in our communities – fear of people who seem to be different from ‘us’, fuelled by ignorance and prejudice (which I must sadly confess in myself), fear of chaos and change.

Fear is corrosive and destructive. We cannot allow ourselves to be driven by fear – not in our communities, in our schools, in our churches or in personal life. Like the bully, fear has to be confronted and named for what it is. That won’t make it disappear, but it allows the opportunity to develop some objectivity and to grow a little courage. After a fortnight of cliff walking I was a little better with sheer drops. The blood flows through the needle in my arm quite nicely these days (you’re asked to donate three times a year). Sometimes I can help others face the fear of death that I share with them so readily. I’m not so sure that I can help church people afraid of change, because I’m the one who is throwing out the challenge. Ironically, church is the place where I believe we can find courage and hope. In the midst of terrifying storms, Jesus called out to his disciples, ‘Take heart, do not be afraid, it is I’ and brought them safely to peace. It is surely part of the task of the church to hold out that hope – to children in our schools, to all the people of our communities and to those who face fear in their private lives.                                             


Andrew Schofield

The Rectory, St John’s Street Duxford CB2 4RA, Andrew.schofield@ely.anglican.org .





CHAPEL NOTICES - All Services start at 3.00 p.m.

Sunday 4th September

Rev. Keith Page. Service with Holy Communion

Sunday 11th September

Miss Jean Hay

Sunday 18th September

Rev. Hilary Cheng

Sunday 25th September

Rev. Jim Gill. Harvest Festival, followed by tea

In England, many people take time out in the summer and enjoy a holiday.  For some, it may mean going to stay in the countryside or at the seaside and having a holiday away from home.  For others, it may mean taking a rest from the daily routine and making the most of time off at home.

There is a saying, 'A change is as good as a rest'.

It is good to have a break and to enjoy a holiday wherever we are. We are given the opportunity to renew our energy and to rest and relax.

The Old Testament doesn't tell us about holidays, but when God created the world, he did so in six days.  The seventh day was a day of rest.  In the New Testament we read that Jesus regularly took time out, not specifically to go on holiday, but to be with God, to talk to Him and to gain strength from being in God's presence.

It is good to know that God is there for us to go to at times of need.  But God also likes to hear our thanks and praise in the good times too.  We can do this individually and also when we meet as the people of God, the Church, particularly on Sundays.

I hope that each of you has a restful break this summer and that you have a good holiday.

Every blessing.                                                                                        Rev. Hilary Cheng



Sponsored Bicycle Ride

This will take place on Saturday September 10th  from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Sponsorship money is divided between the Trust and a church or chapel nominated by the cyclist.  If you would like to take part, I have the sponsorship forms.  Most churches and chapels will provide refreshments, as do we.  If anyone could spare an hour to staff the church between 10.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. I would be delighted to hear from you on.                           Hilary Rule



This year it was Ickleton’s turn to host the garden walkabout.  On a lovely evening in early June approximately 40 members visited seven gardens ending with refreshments provided by James and Ann Macdonald.

In July we had a very entertaining speaker – Neil Rout who reminded us of all the hidden dangers in the garden.

On August 3rd 25 members enjoyed a guided tour of the Cambridge Botanic Gardens.

Our next meeting is on September 7th when David Bond will talk about a Judge’s View of Local Shows – very appropriate! Our Biennial Flower Show will take place on September 17th in Great Chesterford School Hall starting at 2.00 p.m.

For schedules and details please contact me.                                   Cynthia Rule    



Battle of Britain Air Show

The Imperial War Museum Duxford is set to stage a very special tribute to veteran pilots from the Battle of Britain at its 65th anniversary Battle of Britain Air Show on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September. The Show will feature over 20 Spitfires, as well as nearly all the airworthy Hurricanes in the UK, in what promises to be an emotional tribute to the veteran pilots present.

65 years ago, virtually all that stood against the invasion of our country was a select group of RAF pilots.  Now, some of those pilots, ‘The Few’ will be at Duxford and this show will see what is likely to be the last major gathering of Battle of Britain pilots at Duxford.  It is our honour and pleasure to put on the best show we can, for them and for what we anticipate will be a large crowd. Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to meet some of these men – men who made history, and to show our appreciation for their efforts all those years ago.






Katie from the Wood Green Animal Shelter provided us with a wonderful insight into the running of the Shelters at Heydon and Godmanchester, together with her little Jack Russell bitch Lily (who was beautifully behaved for a Jack Russell). Katie held us spellbound for over an hour, and answered lots of questions on a subjects dear to the hearts of animal lovers.  A visit to the shelter at Godmanchester is a must for the future!

The next meeting on September 21st will be ‘The World in Miniature.’    Cynthia Rule



Firstly, I must say how well everyone worked in the village hall on the day of last month’s fete. Also thanks to Mick Bristow (I always call him Derek) for arranging such a lovely day for us who ‘came home’ again this year,  I was pleased my brother and his wife came over from Wales.  David, my husband, and my sister-in-law enjoyed the church visit; the same time as the Hinxton Hall visit for us.  Hinxton Hall was always ‘out of bounds’ for the girls because of the Americans in the latter war years, but there was never any trouble and anyway most of us were only 7 years old or less so we didn’t go far away.  The other arranged visit for the ‘come homers’ was Caldrees Manor and I am still thinking about how different it looks now, to how it was, the last time I was there, which must be well over 50 years ago.  My father (Harold Clements) used to do odd jobs for Major Mundy in those days, and my Christmas tree was usually just a small branch from a fir tree, which was put in a large flower pot. I made decorations for it from cotton reels or fir cones - how times have changed!

I am still working with the horses doing mostly weddings and last week we must have had the ‘Wedding of the year’ as the bride surprised everyone by wearing a very full scarlet red wedding dress, also in the procession was a young boy dressed in a hunting red jacket and white jodhpurs riding a grey pony with red boots and red saddlecloth, our two black horses stopped in amazement but they were all very well behaved, we do see some things! The previous week my bride had forgotten her veil. It came by taxi and there we were fixing it with hairgrips before she could go to the church; what a good start!

Well, without wishing time away, I have put the next Ickleton Village Fete in my 2006 calendar and God willing (and the weather!) it will be another lovely day.  Best wishes to you all.                                                                                      Molly (Clements) Dagley, Dorridge, in the Midlands



The Ickleton Society received the following email from Oz……

My name is Kesley Court, I live in Cairns, Queensland, Australia and I have been researching my family tree using the resources of the Federation of Family History Societies.

My maternal great-grandmother Mary Ann Plum(b) came to Australia as a 4 year old with her parents John  Plumb and Rebecca (nee Hervey and Corby) and her older brother Joel age 6. John and Rebecca had two further children in Australia.

I’ve been on line and have tied together a lot of the Corby family.  Rebecca’s parents were Joseph Corby and Charlotte (nee Runham). From the burial records I’ve discovered the Corbys lived in and around Ickleton for generations, but the name seems to have died out as it was the females who survived to have children of their own, the males dying childless.

I’m interested in anything you may know about the family or their descendants who may still be in the area.  I see from the Ickleton village website (where I obtained your contact) that there was a Baynes family - probably the Baynes who married one of the Corbys. I’ve also found that the Runham family name has been around the area for hundreds of years.  Charlotte was the second of at least nine children born in Pampisford to William and Rachel Runham.  Joseph Corby had a twin brother, John who married Elizabeth. They had at least nine daughters only four of whom survived to adulthood and married. The surnames were Richardson, Lovely (twice) and Knights. Joseph and John’s parents were Reuben Corby and Sarah Adams who married in 1799 in Chrishall.  Reuben died in 1825 and Sarah in 1852, both buried at St. Mary Magdalene, Ickleton.  Joseph and John had three younger sisters, all of whom died young. The daughters of Joseph and Charlotte married into the Lovely (again), Hayes, Hervey then Plumb, and Lilley families.  Are any of these names still around? And does the graveyard at the church have identifiable headstones? My husband and I are planning a trip to Europe next year and, now with all the research I’ve done, will certainly include your part of England in our itinerary.

Many thanks in advance for any information you can share on these families. 

Kind regards.                                                                                    Kesley  kesley@austarnet.com.au







AGM  On 8th September the AGM of the WEA Ickleton and Chesterfords Branch will take place in the Congregational Chapel, Great Chesterford. Meet at 7.30 p.m. for a welcoming drink. Business starts at 8.00 p.m.

The Autumn Course this year will be held on Thursday evenings in the Ickleton Village Hall starting at 7.45 p.m. on Thursday 29th September. The subject will be ‘Architecture in East Anglia’ tutored by Dr Christopher Walker. Unfortunately he will not be able to be with us for the AGM but in his introduction he has pointed out that no region in England has a better range of good architecture than East Anglia. This course is a good opportunity to learn about buildings’ origins, means of construction and the reasons why they appear as they do.

For further information contact Jeffrey Lowe.



I have many memories of so many people, so I hope all of you who are not mentioned will understand it is not because you were not important, for all of you were and are.

The French family moved into the ‘Old Police House’ on the shop corner in 1942.  We very soon came to realize we were in a village where everyone cared and looked out for each other.

My parents already knew Albert and Joan Wombwell of Rectory Farm.  We quickly grew to know our dear neighbour in next door’s cottage, a Mrs Newton, Alfie Newton’s mother. When later on the cottage was empty, Mrs Nan Bristow and her children, Doreen, Mick and Jack became our neighbours; we all got on very well together.  Mr Bristow was away at the War but later returned home.  Just along from us, in the Gertrude Bowen cottages, lived a blind lady known as Auntie Ray; after her mother died, she lived alone, selling sweets from a little cupboard in her room.  Mother often cooked her a meal, and in the summer I would sit until she had eaten as she was worried a wasp could be on her food (we who can see never thought of that!).  Mr & Mrs Brand and their son Billy lived opposite us, and next door in a lovely old house (now beautifully restored) lived old Mrs Young. I think perhaps Mrs Young was not that old, but she always wore a man’s cap. Friends of ours from London stayed with her during the War, as they had two small children.  Dr Alan Treweek used to hold surgery in Mrs Young’s front room, and when dashing young Dr Ethelridge joined the surgery a lot of us decided we had an illness – I know I did!

Nurse West lived in Frogge Street. Her daughter Pearl was married to a pilot; he was killed over Germany two days after their youngest child was born (my first Godchild, Christine). 

Rita Webb was a good friend, her parents kept the village Post Office in Frogge Street. Her great friend was Barbara Griggs, who lived in Abbey Street.

The Godfreys lived at ‘Wayside’ in Abbey Street. They had three children, John, Margaret and Tony. Margaret was a good friend. We used to travel on the train to Cambridge together; she was very talented and gave wonderful Christmas parties.

Mrs Mabel Lilley had a shop in Abbey Street, as did Mr & Mrs Say. Mrs Say was a friend of my mother, and Cynthia Say (now Mrs Rule) and I had some happy hours together.

Mrs Welch and her son Colin lived at Abbey Farm, and a Mr Vincent was her shepherd, and in the spring Mrs Vincent would make us a lambs’ tail pie. Their son Sid took over as shepherd when his father retired. Also in Abbey Street were Mr Griggs, the butcher, Miss Dorothy Godfrey and the two Miss Welchs. On the corner in Caldrees Manor, a beautiful Georgian house, lived Major Mundy. He was always most concerned for the men and women in the armed forces.     

Mrs Wilson was the Head School Teacher who lived the school house. She often invited me to tea. My sister Betty started school there and made a lot of friends.  Connie Hook, as she was then, still remains a friend to this day.

In Church Street lived Mr & Mrs Lee and their children Joy, Barbara and John.  Mr Lee was in the R.A.F.  I spent quite a lot of time over the Lee’s house, and attended some great parties there.  Along from them was Mr Jack Driver and his wife Violet and their daughter Judy in the lovely Tudor farmhouse next to the church.

My best friend was Janet Cockrill; her mother and father kept the ‘Duke of Wellington’, and she married Sonny Evans who was badly injured during the War. We prayed hard for him at church until he returned home; he lived with a Mr Stubbings in a pretty cottage on the green.

The Treweeks lived on the Great Chesterford Road, and Miss Freda roped me into teaching at Sunday School with Rita Webb and a Miss Gertrude Ling. Because I was so young, the boys were a real handful, but a lot of fun.        (to be continued)                   Sheila Maynard (nee French)




Did you know that SSAFA Forces Help is a national charity, which helps serving and ex-service personnel and their families in need? The Charity can provide practical and emotional support to anyone in need who has served in the Armed Forces and their Reserves, including those who did National Service, as well as their widows, their families and dependents. Help can be provided in a variety of ways including welfare, housing, financial assistance, friendship visits and social work.  Our aim is to give practical help to anyone eligible and in need.

It is estimated that some 10 million people living in this country could be eligible for assistance from SSAFA Forces Help.  You may be one of them who are in need of help or you may know a friend or relation who is. If you would like help or have more information please telephone the local SSAFA - Forces Help ' 01223 527299.                             Sheila Birch and John Marshall



The Fire Service has long recognised that elderly people can be an at risk group from fire. As a result we, in the South Cambs District are actively engaged in providing free smoke alarms and home fire risk assessments, as are our colleagues across the County.

Sadly some private companies also recognise this vulnerability, but their motives are more driven by profit. After carrying out safety checks recently we received reports that some salespeople were using high-pressure sales tactics on elderly householders, and then charging excessively for the devices sold and fitted.

In one case this amounted to over £1,000 for equipment that the purchaser did not need.

Not all companies selling safety devices take advantage of people’s concerns about fire, but I would urge all householders to be wary before agreeing to have safety devices fitted. The usual tactic is to ‘cold call’ either in person or, more often, by telephone. The occupier is told that fire and home security safety checks are being carried out in the area and that they have one or two appointments left. Once invited into your home the sales people can be both persuasive and persistent. Any reputable company representative should be able to provide you with full details of who they are, whom they work for and how the company can be contacted. Make sure you ask for proof of identity from ANY person who calls at your home. If you are at all uncomfortable with the responses you get, you do not have to let that person in. Remember the Fire Service does not cold call under any circumstances and anyone doing so and claiming to represent the Fire Service is likely to be acting illegally and should be reported to the Police and Trading Standards.

Any member of the public with concerns about fire safety in the home can get free professional advice directly from the Fire Service with no strings attached. For the vast majority of domestic properties sensible precautions and the fitting of a working smoke alarm, are all that is required to provide protection. Contact Tony Hibberd, Community Fire Safety, ' 01223 376217 Cambridgeshire  Constabulary ' 01223 358966 or Trading Standards ' 084554 040506.


             September 3rd

Ickleton Late Summer Sizzler 2.00 p.m. Recreation Ground


Duxford Show 1.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Huntsman Playing Field


Sixties Night 7.30 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. Huntsman Staff Restaurant


Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting


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


WEA AGM 7.30 p.m. Gt. Chesterford Congregational Chapel


Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust Cycle Ride


 Mobile Library


 Chesterford & District Gardening Society Biennial Flower Show


 2.00 p.m. Gt.Chesterford School Hall


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


The Chesterfords, Ickleton and Hinxton W. I. Meeting 7.45 p.m.


The Community Centre, Gt. Chesterford


Mobile Library


WEA Autumn Course starts 7.45 p.m. Ickleton Village Hall