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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 December 2005



As another Christmas comes round we would like to thank our proof readers and Tony Court, Hilary Rule and their delivery team, for all their work.

May we remind everyone that, as we hope to get the January issue ‘put to bed’ and possibly printed before Christmas, 12th December really is the absolute deadline.

Happy Christmas to all our readers.                                                               David and Monica Lilley




Refuse Collections during December

Monday   5th      December           -        Black bin collection

Monday 12th      December -        Green bin and green box collection

                                                                  (next collection Monday 9th January 2006)

Monday  19th    December           -          Black bin collection

                                                                 (next collection Tuesday 3rd January 2006)

Monday  26th    December             -        No collection this week


The December meeting of the Parish Council has been brought forward a week from Wednesday 21st December to Wednesday 14th December 2005.


The Police have informed us that they are carrying out checks, and are issuing notices (with a view to enforcing it in the near future) to those vehicles parked on the street facing the wrong way.


We will be registering with the Constabulary’s ‘E-cops’ community e-mail scheme, which is designed to enable information to be passed more speedily.  You can view recent local up-to-date information by logging onto the police website: www.cambs.police.uk


We wish Monica Lilley a speedy recovery following her operation.


The Parish Council would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.


                                                                                            Jocelyn Flitton- Parish Clerk 



In the early hours of Saturday morning 29th October a car was broken into on Back Lane.  A window was smashed and the lock and door damaged.  Items such as stereo and speakers were stolen, along with CDs, Timberland boots and other items.

The police have been informed.                                                                                     Jenny Clements








Advent: a time of Waiting

There are three themes to the Advent season. The Church looks back to the first coming of Christ in humility and forward to his second coming in glory. Bernard of Clairvaux added a third dimension. We should not think only of the past and future, he said, but also turn our minds to the coming of Christ to us now. In church, the weeks before Christmas are a time of waiting. Advent, like Lent, includes an element of penitence. The colour of the season is purple, there are no flowers and the services have a sombre feel about them. But the primary characteristic is expectation. 'Come, Lord Jesus' is the Advent prayer of confidence and longing, and it is that feeling that dominates Advent worship. Because there is confidence, there is a kind of solemn joy; because there is penitence there is restraint as well. In Advent, we wait and watch and make ourselves ready for the coming of Christ. Advent began on 27th November, and the first three Sundays in December are all ‘Sundays in Advent’.

Christmas: a time for Celebration

Purists claim that to have Christmas services before Christmas is to miss the whole point. But the Church must attend to a world that is taking an interest in one of our stories, and help people prepare to celebrate the First Coming of the Christchild. We do so by telling the story in word and song, but always encouraging a sense of developing movement towards the climax on Christmas Day, so that, as far as possible, everything before 25th December is preparation, getting ready for the day. Our Christmas menu includes Christingle Services, carolling in the villages, traditional Nine Lessons and Carols, Midnight Mass and on Christmas morning, Family Services and Communion Services. Further details will be found in the Churches’ Christmas card, which will be delivered to the homes of the villages at the beginning of December.

New Year: a time for Resolutions

For 2006, the Anglican Churches of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton are trying out a new service structure, and we hope people will experiment with it, to see what suits them. It identifies three basic ‘service types’:

8.00 a.m.

Holy Communion

Quiet said early morning service in traditional



language lasting 30 minutes




10.00 a.m.

Parish Eucharist

Modern language service with mixture of hymns,



sung responses, sermon, supervised



children’s activities, refreshments




6.30 p.m.


Sung service with reflective sermon

These services are to be shared between the churches in a monthly timetable (the ‘logic’ is contained within the first three Sundays).


First Sunday

Second Sunday

Third Sunday

Fourth Sunday

8.00 a.m.

Said Communion           






10.00 a.m.

Parish Eucharist





6.30 p.m. Evensong





In the new year, a more flexible Baptism policy will come into operation, offering families a choice between Baptism within the main Sunday service and a ‘personal’ Baptism service. Once a month, there will be a ‘headline’ Family Service in one of the churches. You’ll find further details of all the changes in the Churches’ 2006 Calendar.

As our first Christmas in the villages approaches, we would like to thank everyone for such a warm welcome, for your support for your village churches and wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.                    Andrew Schofield

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

                                                             * Andrew.schofield@ely.anglican.org








Services for December


       Thursday 1st

12.30 p.m Holy Communion





       Sunday 4th

  9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


       2nd  in Advent

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


       3rd in Advent

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



                   & Toy Gift Service



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





       Thursday 15th

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





       Sunday 18th

 11.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist


       4th in Advent

   4.00 p.m. Christingle Service



   6.30 p.m.  Carol Service





       Saturday 24th

 3.00 p.m. Christingle and Crib Service



11.30 p.m. Midnight Mass





       Sunday 25th

  9.00 a.m.  Family Eucharist


       Christmas Day

 10.30 a.m. Family Eucharist







Will you help to brighten a child’s life this Christmas?  You are invited to come along to the Toy Gift Service at Duxford Church at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 11th  December and to bring a gift-wrapped item, suitable for a one to ten year old.  It would be helpful if the gift could bear a label indicating the age and sex of the recipient.  A member of the Uttlesford Homestart team will receive the gifts and they will be distributed at their Christmas party. 

If you are unable to join us on December 11th, any of the churchwardens or ministers will be pleased to receive your gifts.  Many thanks.                                  Julie Baillie, Reader



There has been such a demand for the Ickleton Christmas card – a lovely winter picture of Ickleton  Church – that we have had to reprint and now have plenty more available.

Order forms are in the church, together with a sample of the card. 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










       December 4th

 3.00 p.m. Holy Communion


 3.00 p.m. Carol Service


 3.00 p.m.  Service


No Service

           January 1st                  

No Service


                                                                                                               Rev. Hilary Cheng


We  are sorry to record the death of Lucy Quill aged 78 on 20th October.

Lucy had lived in Ickleton for about twenty years and helped with a number of village events.

Grateful thanks from her daughters for the cards, sympathy and donations to Sawston Roman Catholic Church, where the funeral service took place.



‘The Pea the Bean and the Enormous Turnip’, our first show for children, was a great success.  Some 70  plus children and 30 plus adults attended and we are planning to stage more such shows.  Our next show will be on Saturday 14th January when we welcome the return of the Sawston Players for another murder mystery evening.  Dilip and Sunita at Costcutter Express have again kindly offered to act as our booking office, and tickets will be available around mid December.  Please book early to avoid disappointment and to help the organisers to plan the catering.                                                                                                                                       Pam Fearn



What a fantastic evening! The event was completely sold out, with over 60 local children attending.

There were several ‘stalls’ for the children to visit including jelly slurping, apple bobbing, doughnut on a string, feely boxes, craft table, face painting, yum-yum-yuck-yuck and the Mummy game.

Mums, Dads and children all dressed up and there were some brilliant costumes.

Many thanks to everyone who made cakes, manned the stalls, washed up and gave their time to organise the party.                                                                           The Halloween Party Committee



For the Spring 2006 term, the course will be:

‘Cambridgeshire Local History’, tutor: Mike Petty.

This will take place every Wednesday morning from 18th January 10.00am to 11.30am (including  coffee) at the Congregational Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford for 10 weekly sessions.

The course  will offer presentations on aspects of Cambridgeshire history in the 19th and 20th centuries, with information on various resources that can be used to pursue research.

Mike Petty is an authority on Cambridge and the Fens, being well known for his talks, books and contributions to Cambridge newspapers, radio and TV.

For more information or to reserve a place, please contact Margaret Beston.

Course fees are £33 and free to those on certain means tested benefits.The first two sessions may be sampled at £3.30 per session, deductible from the course fee if continuing.



We are sorry that after about 25 years involved with newspaper delivery Len and Joy Howe have decided to retire.  They were a great partnership and it will be a wrench for them. Have we ever had a paper boy and girl for 25 years before?







Once again we are decorating our garden for Christmas, we are collecting for The Breast Cancer Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital again this year.  Please come and bring the children to have a look.

We hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

                                                                                                                        Carol and Barry Turton



Free entry passes for members of the Church Electoral Roll

If you are on the roll and would like a free entry pass to the Cathedral, valid for a year, please sign up on the form which will be on the central pillar desk in church.  Please write clearly and don’t forget your postcode.  I will send off for the passes on the 10th December.

                                                                                                             Hilary Rule P.C.C. Secretary



The November meeting was well attended despite the weather.

Prof John Parker proved an excellent speaker. With the help of slides, he related the history and future plans for the Cambridge Botanic Gardens.

The next meeting will be on December 7th when Richard Ford from Park Green Nurseries will talk on the subject of ‘Grasses in the Garden’.                                                 Cynthia Rule



Thank you to many in the community for your warm welcome to me as the new head at Duxford C of E Community Primary School  My first half term has flown by. As you would expect it has been extremely busy. But what has made the biggest impression on me? It must be the people and primarily the children. The attitude of the children always impressed me when I visited the school last term, and that has continued this year. They are committed to their work, polite and always have a ready smile. The same could most definitely be said of all the staff and governors who work together to create this ethos. I have been fortunate to meet so many people from the community and look forward to building more links with Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton.

   Ann Gardner



We invite you to join us at our Foundation and Key Stage 1 Christmas Nativity play – ‘The Little Blue Star’ on:

Wednesday 7th December, 9.30 a.m. – adults only

Thursday 8th December, 9.30 a.m. – families welcome!

Anyone requiring transport to get to this, please contact Rachel Rugg-Gunn on


Come to the Christmas Fayre – Monday 12th December from 6.00pm. Our children organise stalls to fund-raise for the children we sponsor in Uganda via Action Aid.



The night of November 16th was bitterly cold with a sharp frost, but despite this 28 brave members ventured out to hear the speaker from the Milton Children’s Hospice.

The hospice is funded mainly by contributions and fund raising, and needs three million pounds per year - this includes the hospice in Ipswich and a small one in Norfolk.  After the meeting was officially closed, members were able to purchase Christmas cards and gifts from the stall, which raised £95.

A cheque for £50, from our own fund raising efforts, was also given to the hospice.

The next meeting will be one week earlier, on December 14th and starting at 7.30 p.m.  There will be the usual £3 gift exchange for those wanting to take part.              Cynthia Rule







I would like to say a very big thank you to everybody for their kindness, visits, cards and flowers after my recent hip operation which seems to be successful. Fortunately this took place between Icenes.

Thank you too to David for looking after me; he needed a crash course in flower arranging!

You certainly know what kindness is when you have had an operation! Thank you everyone.                                                                                                                                                    Monica Lilley



From 11th December ‘one’ railway are making some changes in our train timetable, including an earlier train to Cambridge.

Great Chesterford to Cambridge - Monday to Friday  (Journey time approx. 18 minutes)

0626 0720 0747 0815 0847 0908 1006 1106 1206 1306 1406 1506 1608 1633 1706 1754 1826 1854 1926 1956 2025 2042 2106 2207 2306 0006 0033 (and 0106 on Fridays only)

Great Chesterford to Cambridge - Saturday

0706 0803 0906 then 6 minutes past each hour until 0106

Great Chesterford to Cambridge - Sunday

0903 then 3 minutes past each hour until 0003


Great Chesterford to London Liverpool Street – Monday to Friday  (approx. 73 minutes)

0534 0555 0604 0634 0704 0734 0804 0834 0904 1004 1104 1204 1304 1404 1504 1534 1604 1634 1704 1734 1804 1835 1904 1934 2004 2104 2204 2304

Great Chesterford to London Liverpool Street – Saturday

0534 0604  then 4 minutes past each hour until 2304

Great Chesterford to London Liverpool Steet – Sunday

0804 then 4 minutes past each hour until 2304

(Note that Sunday trains go via Stratford – ready for the Olympic Games!)

                                                                                                                                                     David Lilley



Xmas Events

Christmas Draw 17th December.      Christmas Eve 8.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.

Christmas Day – Closed.                  Boxing Day – see notice in Club

New Year’s Eve Party Night 8.00 p.m. – 12.00 midnight.

The Club committee would like to wish everyone that supported them through 2005 and everyone else in the village a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We hope to see you over the festive season.                                                                               Ickleton Social Club Committee



      December  5th

Girton College Choral Music Concert at Strethall Church '521290


Mobile Library


Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Nativity Play 9.30 a.m. Duxford School


Nativity Play 9.30 a.m. Duxford School


Christmas Fayre 6.00 p.m. Duxford School


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


W.I. Meeting 7.30 p.m. Gt. Chesterford Community Centre


Mobile Library


Carol Singing meet 6.00 p.m. Grange Road/Coploe Road Corner


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Visiting Bellringers 3.00 p.m.– 6.15 p.m. approx.

             January  1st 

IPS New Year’s Day Walk meet 11.30 a.m. Village Green


Murder Mystery Evening, Village Hall

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