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David and Monica Lilley                                                                                            monica.lilley2@btopenworld.com




Tony Court                       

Hilary Rule                    


All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

            12th November 2005



Refuse Collections during November

Monday     7th  November      -      Black bin collection

Monday     14th  November  -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     21st  November    -      Black bin collection

Monday     28th  November   -       Green bin and green box collection


The Parish Council was invited to the Genome Centre on 14th October when Her Royal Highness Princess Royal visited the campus to unveil a plaque to signify the Royal opening of the site.


Fly Tipping There have been two recent incidents where wheels/tyres are being dumped in our hedgerows.  If anyone should see this happening and are able to obtain a vehicle licence number, please report it to South Cambridgeshire District Council ' 08450 450063.


Sawston Film Festival  Friday 25th November 2.00 pm- 4.00 pm ‘Songs that won the War’ – sing all of your favourite wartime songs with Miss Dottie Wayne.  Tickets £3.50.

Saturday 26th November 11.00am and 2.30pm ‘Family Fun Day’.  Tickets £6.50.

Sunday 27th November 7.30 pm ‘An Evening with Barry Norman’. Tickets £16.50/£15.50 (concessions).  Ticket Hotline ' 01223 712424.


Cambridgeshire Master Composters (Cambs County Council & HDRA).  We’re looking for enthusiastic people to join a network of 170 volunteers offering friendly support and advice on composting to people in their local community.  You don’t need to be an expert as all volunteers receive full training.  The next training sessions will be held in November; for more information call Jane or Jamie on ' 02476 308202 or e-mail: jgriffiths@hdra.org.uk

                                                                                                 Jocelyn Flitton- Parish Clerk



Relief in Need Charity

Elderly, infirm or disabled people wishing to be considered for help with their winter heating costs, should apply to the Hon. Clerk for an application form before Monday 14th November 2005.  New applicants only.                                            Joceyln Flitton- Hon.Clerk



The annual general meeting of the Village Hall Committee will be held in the meeting room on Monday 14th November at 7.30pm.   Parishioners and all other regular users of the hall are cordially invited to attend and to participate in the meeting.

       Gordon Woolhouse, Chairman







CHURCH NOTICES – Services for November

         Wednesday 2nd

  8.00 p.m. Requiem Eucharist with prayers


         All Souls

                   for the departed  *





        Sunday 6th

  9.30 a.m.  Parish Eucharist


     3rd  before Advent

11.00 a.m.  Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





        Thursday 10th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





        Sunday 13th

 10.55 a.m. Remembrance Service



  The Service begins at the War Memorial





        Thursday 17th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





         Sunday 20th

   9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


      Christ the King

 11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





          Thursday 24th

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





          Sunday 27th

  9.30 p.m. Parish Eucharist


  1st Sunday of Advent

 11.00 a.m. Morning Worship with Godly Play



   6.30 p.m. Evensong and Holy Communion


*At this service, we read out the names of loved ones who have died and there’s an opportunity to light a candle for them.  If you have lost a loved one recently, come along and share in this service of remembrance.



The marriage of Simon Philip Williams and Joanne Bell took place at Ickleton Church on 7th October.



This year, an original painting by Colin Hayes – a lovely winter picture of Ickleton Church – has been made into a Christmas card.

A sample of the card and order forms are in the church.  If you would like to buy any cards, please fill in an order form and bring it to Durhams Farmhouse, Butcher’s Hill, with the correct money or with a cheque made out to Ickleton Parochial Church Council.

We can either supply you with the cards right away or, if we are not at home, we can deliver them to you later.

Cards cost £3.50 for ten, £2.00 for five.  All proceeds from the sale of cards will go to church funds.                                                                                        Rosemary Hayes

                                                                                                         Email: <r.hayes@btinternet.com>


A Parish Barn Dance is being held in the Village Hall on Saturday 26th November commencing at 8.00 p.m.

Marshalling the proceedings will be Adrian Basant from Biggleswade who has secured for us the services of the Brookfield Band from Welwyn Garden City.

This is a family evening so bring along the children and their grandparents. Supper is included in the price and beer, wine and soft drinks can be purchased from the bar. Come and join us for a fun night out – no previous experience is necessary as full instructions will be called.

Tickets are priced at £8 adults and £4 children.  Do please buy them in advance to enable us to better plan the catering requirements.  They can be obtained from the Village Shop or from Rosemary or Neil McKillen and will be on sale from the second week in November. 





The Church looked lovely many thanks to everyone who took so much trouble.  We took the fruit and vegetables to Orchard House, Sawston where they were greatly appreciated.

                                                                                                                                               Judy Marshall


Hindsight is a wonderful thing! In considering church services we ought to have started at the beginning. And the first question should have been: ‘What services should be regularly available at church to the people of the villages?’ The question surfaced in different ways during discussions without ever actually being asked. My assumption was that, as normal, middle of the road Church of England we would want to offer a normal Anglican menu:

8.00 a.m.

Holy Communion

Quiet said service in traditional language lasting 30 minutes

10.00 a.m.

Parish Eucharist

Modern language service with mixture of hymns, sung responses, sermon.

6.30 p.m.


Sung service with reflective sermon

After a series of consultation meetings, I formulated a timetable for the three churches based on that model and presented it to the Church Councils. The timetable tries to share the services out evenly between the churches. The PCCs meet together on November 9th for a final presentation and decision. After that we shall get to work on the Calendar of Services for 2006.

There are several factors driving the changes. One, of course, is the new priest-in-charge – clergy all seem to have their own ideas about how things should be done, and they’re always different from their predecessor’s! There is the need to recognise and value the ‘heartbeat’ of the church year as an important element in Christian discipline. We have to be realistic about the changing patterns of work and leisure on Sunday and the fact that many people now only come to church once a month. Others in our villages choose to worship in churches more suited to their spirituality. It is probably unrealistic for an individual village church to structure services on the expectation of regular attendance on a weekly basis from all but the most committed. There needs to be a clearer focus in Sunday worship so that people know what to expect and when; and flexibility in our approach to baptism families and in ‘family policy’.

There will always be special village services at Christmas, Mothering Sunday, Easter, Harvest and Remembrance Sunday, but we want to add more. With a simple basic structure, other things become possible. A regular 8.00 am service would meet the needs of those who have a busy Sunday schedule with work or family. A more flexible Baptism policy would offer families choice between Baptism within the Eucharist and a ‘personal’ Baptism service. A ‘personal’ Baptism service would try to take account of family needs by being available in the late morning.

We’re hoping to open our doors wider to families. We’re looking at the possibility of a midweek service for mums and toddlers, and at new ‘headline’ Family services during the year. Sometimes these services might take the place of the morning Eucharist and sometimes might be held in the late afternoon (so many young people are now involved in sports on a Sunday morning). We could welcome the newly baptised at these services and would hope to make them relaxed enough to attract families who may have lost touch with church.

We would like to add ‘something for children’ to the morning Parish Eucharist at each church, to give parents space to worship. We might also be able to offer first communion to church children (after proper preparation and with the Bishop’s permission) so that families can take communion together at the altar rail.

Whilst valuing what has been handed down from the past, we’re looking at ways to bring a new generation into our churches. Work with children always needs willing volunteers, and a small Family Worship Group already exists to help take our ideas forward. With a basic Sunday worship structure in place, we hope to involve families in church life in new ways and help them discover that our village churches still proclaim a living gospel.


Andrew Schofield

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








Ickleton and Hinxton Conservative Branch are holding a supper party on Friday 18th November, by kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Duke.  Do please come. Everybody is welcome. Tickets £6.00.

                                                                                                                                               Mrs J. Frankau


Dick and Mary Wombwell wish to thank all who came to the Coffee Morning on October 7th.  Thanks also those who sent generous donations.

A cheque of £215 will be sent to the Marie Curie Appeal Fund.



A Christmas Gift and Craft Fayre will be held at Duxford Church of England Primary School on Sunday November 20th from 1.00 p.m. until 3.00 p.m.

We start the festive season with carol singers, craft demonstrations and a fantastic selection of gift ideas from all over East Anglia and further afield.  With hundreds of Christmas gift suggestions to choose from this fayre promises to be a fantastic Christmas shopping experience.  As well as festive food and drinks, this is the ideal chance for you to find that perfect Christmas present.  The spirit of Christmas begins here.

                                                                                                         Duxford Playgroup Committee



Members turned out in force for the October meeting to hear Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton (Junior) talk about the late Geoff Hamilton’s gardens in Barnsdale.  It’s good to know that the gardens are still progressing and growing even larger under the stewardship of his enthusiastic son and daughter-in-law.  The gardens are open all the year round except on December 23rd and December 25th.  Geoff would be proud!

The next meeting is on November 2nd when we will learn about the Cambridge Botanic Gardens present and future.                                                                                           Cynthia Rule



It's great to have visiting theatre groups come to the village, however you may like to know that in November, three villagers are appearing in a production of WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND directed by Rex Walford for Cameo Theatre Company at St Mark's Church, Barton Road, Newnham, Cambridge. Based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell, this musical is a recent adaptation of the famous 1961 film. A group of children find an injured man in their barn and come to the conclusion that he is Jesus Christ come back to earth. Meanwhile the adults in the village are on the lookout for an escaped murderer..... Its themes of trust balanced against caution, hope against fear, and belief against scepticism resonate with as much impact now as they did fifty years ago. Be warned though, this is NOT the Andrew Lloyd Webber version, however a modern musical score by Richard Taylor and some highly dramatic scenes make it a challenging and exciting show for both performers and audiences. Claire and Zoe Cocks and Mandy Jeffery, all with principal parts, join the cast of 25 children and 25 adults. Performances are on November 24-26th at 7.30 pm and 2.30 pm on the Saturday. Reserved seats price £8 (£5 concessions) from the Box Office Manager; Rita Lingard ' 01223 356476. Do come and support us!                                                                                                                      Mandy Jeffery  



Mavis and Ray wish to thank everyone who came to their party and for the kind donations to Air Ambulance which made £377.53. Thank you all for making it such a wonderful evening.



                                                         Len Howe           80 on 18th October

                                                         Josie Barker      80 on 22nd October    



We would like to thank Mr. Cecil Vincent for giving us a lovely tea for his birthday which had been made and prepared by Mrs. Cynthia Rule. We were very grateful.

Mrs. Ruth Driver has been along on two occasions, so we hope she will come and join us as we are mostly getting on in years and cannot do the same.                                        Mrs. R. Lilley



I loved the concerts in the small church hall in Brookhampton Street; the back chat and laughter was a gem to remember.

One year Freda Treweek organised a fete, she was telling fortunes, I was to take money at the tent door, but before the fete had begun Freda decided to let loose on the rec. lots of chickens, it was a riot, everyone chasing the poor chickens.  It made the fete!

One Christmas the Carter Jonas family invited the choir into their lovely house in Abbey Street for hot drinks and mince pies.  It was a lovely thought as we were all so cold.

I remember a frail man who was very ill called Mr. Plumb.  He had throat cancer and was unable to speak, there was no treatment to be had in those days, and he was often to be seen sitting alone on a seat in the rec.  I used to feel so sorry for him.

Miss Carver who lived in Frogge Street used to give piano lessons; she was very strict, and I think she was as glad as I was when I left, but my sister Betty did very well.

Groups of us knitted balaclavas and thick merchant navy socks, it was like knitting wire wool, and our poor fingers became very inflamed, but no one really minded, it was all lovingly done for our brave sailors.

It was father’s duty to receive and send out air raid warnings. As he was out a great deal, I often did the phoning, air raid ‘yellow’, and air raid ’red’ and the ‘all clear’.  I had been in a bad bombing raid in Newmarket High Street a year or so earlier so I knew how important it all was.  One awful evening when the soldiers were being transported in an open lorry, going under the low Great Chesterford railway bridge, one of the poor soldiers had his head almost cut off. Father phoned me to get some twine out of his shed and bring it along as Dr Treweek had to sew the gap. It was a dreadful sight and one I have never forgotten.

It was a joy to see the men at last returning home as the War ended, and such a deep sadness for those and their families who did not.

Finally in 1946 father could at last retire, he had stayed  on long past his time because of the War.  We were all sad to leave the village but it was time to say farewell.  I remember walking to the top of Coploe Hill and looking down on pretty Ickleton village and its beautiful church, a walk I had loved for so many years.

We never forgot Ickleton and its people, but now after all those years away, I am back to the village family ‘The Comehomers’ thanks to Mick Bristow and other caring people, and it is such a joy on that one day to greet and meet old friends, exchanging memories, a day of happiness and gratitude for who we were and are today.                                      Sheila Maynard (nee French)



My name is Chris Carver and I and another Carver descendant are busy researching three lines of Carver descendants.  We have recently traced one line to Ickleton and are delighted to have found your village website which contains photographs of William James Carver, the headmaster of the school at the turn of the century and one of his daughters, Miss Carver (we assume that was Mary Ellen, although it could conceivably have been Alice Emily), who was also mentioned in the memories section of at least two of the newsletters.

William James was my great grandfather’s brother and was born in London in 1847.  After a short spell teaching in Shropshire, he and his young family went to Ickleton to the National School.  At least two of his daughters became teachers at the school.

William’s mother Abigail also lived the last few years of her life in Ickleton and we assume that she is buried there (1902).

We would be delighted if you or any parishioners have further details about William and/or his descendants. In due course we hope to make a visit to Ickleton to see the village for ourselves.

                                                                                      Chris Carver      <the.carvers847@virgin.net>





Ickleton had a bit of excitement on Friday 14th October – the day Princess Anne visited the Wellcome Trust at Hinxton.

The police were informed that someone with a gun was in Ickleton - this seemed to trigger a major alert – the police helicopter, marksmen and several police cars descended on the area.

If only the police had consulted one of us local yokels, we could have allayed their fears and saved a lot of police time and taxpayers’ money, as it was only one of the lads who regularly go rabbit shooting, with permission, in the railway crossing/Tyler’s Yard/Claypits area.

                                                                                                                                                    David Lilley


Carol Singing

This year carol singing will take place on Tuesday December 20th.  We meet at 6.00 p.m. at the corner of Grange Road and Coploe Road in warm clothes and with a torch if possible.  Children and parents are particularly welcome, it is a great way to celebrate the end of term and to begin the run-up to Christmas.  Afterwards there will be refreshments at the Stone-Wigg’s house.

New Year’s Day Walk

Meet at the Green at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday January 1st for a circular walk, starting off through the new Wetlands.

East of England Plan

The Examination in Public of the East of England Plan opens at the Maltings in Ely on November 1st and runs until early March.  From January it will take place in Letchworth. The public is enthusiastically encouraged to go and listen.  Our area, the Cambridge sub-region, is unlikely to be discussed until the end of January.                                                                               Sheila Birch



At the September meeting Mrs. Pelly held us spellbound with her wonderful ‘World in Miniature’. She displayed both small and large doll’s houses, all fully furnished and using original materials, all hand crafted, a truly gifted artist!  The money raised by her talks goes to help fund The Milton Children’s Hospice.

October was members night.  The committee had a rest whilst members organised the evening. Gloria Hirsch brought along her collection of antique glassware which she had bought from various stalls and charity shops - nothing expensive, but each had a little story to tell.  The evening ended with lovely refreshments and a good raffle.

The next meeting will be on November 16th when we will have a speaker from The Milton Children’s Hospice. Anyone wishing to come, please contact Cynthia Rule.



The AGM will take place on Monday 28th November at 8.00 p.m. in the Congregational Chapel, Great Chesterford, followed by a talk by Adrian Gibson on Ickleton Church.



            November 2nd

Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


The Pea, the Bean and the Enormous Turnip 3.30 p.m. Village Hall


Mobile Library


Village Hall AGM 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Conservative Branch Supper Party 7.30 p.m. Abbey Farm


Social Club Fun Darts Night 8.30 p.m. Social Club


Social Club Quiz 9.00 p.m. Social Club


Christmas Gift & Craft Fayre 1.00 p.m.–3.00 p.m. Duxford School


Mobile Library


Barn Dance and Supper 8.00 p.m. Village Hall

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