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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 January 2006



Refuse Collections during January

Tuesday     3rd January       -        Black bin collection

Monday     9th January        -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     16th January       -        Black bin collection

Monday     23rd January      -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     30th January       -        Black bin collection


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


Village Maintenance 2006  Both the County and District Councils have notified us of the possible cuts in the services next year.  Grants allocated to this village are likely to be reduced.  The cuts may have an effect, for example, on our street lighting, grass cutting, road maintenance and re-cycling repayments.  The Parish Council will be monitoring this situation and will keep you informed.


Pest Control and Waste Fees.  South Cambridgeshire District Council have now withdrawn their free service and will in future be making a charge.  Details of the costs can be found in your copy of South Cambs magazine.                               Jocelyn Flitton- Parish Clerk



A New Year, New Activities, New Resolutions!

The New Year will see all the regular classes continue, plus new and additional activities, some may even interest some Ickletonians!  To keep you informed this is a summary of what is new.

Scrabble – The University of the Third Age is holding a series of sessions for the ‘wordsmiths’ starting on Friday afternoons from 13th January (a good time for anyone who feels his or her luck may hold on such an auspicious date).  Contact the Booking Secretaries for details.

Patchwork – Another short series of classes starts on Wednesday mornings - the first session on 8th February. This is a very social occasion and anyone interested is asked to contact Cherry Vernon for full details.

Children’s Tennis Coaching – The successful course that has just finished is being repeated for a further six weeks from early January.  Currently details are still being finalised, (it is likely to be on late Tuesday afternoons). Please contact us, David or Jean, so we can pass on all the details once they are finalised.

Arabic Dance – This has been an amazing success story for the Village Hall. An additional beginners’ class, suitable for women from 16 upwards, is starting on Thursday evenings from 6.20 p.m. for just one hour.  It is a 12 week course, the cost just £72.00.


If anyone wants to book the Hall for an event, or needs information on any activity, please ring us, we’ll do all we can to help.                                                           David & Jean Whitaker

   Booking Secretaries




Well done to all those who contributed to the fantastic Barn Dance on 26th November, from cooking food and decorating the hall, through to clearing up at the end.  As usual, the caller and his band managed to get us all dancing, necessitating frequent liquid consumption!  Especial thanks to Rosemary and Neil McKillen, who did all the excellent organisation.

                                                                           Sebastian Payne and Jenny Pell -  Churchwardens




New for 2006!

Who said the Church couldn’t change? New things are happening in the churches of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton in the New Year and we hope you’ll want to be part of it all.

New Sunday Services

All three churches are trying out new services. Our plans are based on two assumptions:

·        that most of us work best with some structure in our lives

·        that a clear shared structure will make it easier for newcomers and help to strengthen Christian life and witness in all our churches

We hope people will make choices about worship. Some will want to worship in their own church regularly, whatever the service on offer. There may be others for whom a particular style of worship is important, or a particular time of day is convenient. We hope that people will experiment and discover what is right for them, and that in this way we can make the best use of the rich heritage we have inherited both in our church buildings and in our prayer books and worship.

New Daily Services

Priests are expected to say the services of Morning and Evening Prayer (the Daily Office) every day. Your priest-in-charge confesses to a lack of discipline in that respect, so in the weeks up to Christmas I experimented with saying the Daily Offices in church, at a different church each day. The whole experience proved enormously valuable:

·        It made me free up time each day for prayer

·        It is helping me to ‘get to know’ the churches by praying in them

·        It is establishing a pattern of ministry to the villages

It’s not a service for which there needs to be a congregation, but at least you’ll know where to find the priest-in-charge at the beginning and end of the day!

New Family Services

January sees the first of our new-style Family Services. These services are being devised and led by members of our three-parish Worship Group, with keyboard as the instrument of choice (we would welcome other instrumentalists too!), a short service and refreshments afterwards. We hope to attract not only children and young people and their families, but all who are concerned that the church should connect with the people of our villages. We hope 4 o’clock will be a good time and that you’ll come along and give us a try!

New Courses

In response to requests, we are offering two courses at the beginning of the year:

·        Confirmation.  A meeting at Duxford Rectory on Tuesday 17th January at 7.30 pm for adults and young people over 12 years of age - for those who want to explore full membership of the Church of England.

·        Marriage Preparation.  A DVD based course (from Alpha) discussing issues in marriage. Suitable for those planning their wedding and as a refresher for people who may want a second look at their own marriage. A meeting to gauge interest at Duxford Rectory on Thursday 19th January at 8.00 pm.


On behalf of the people of all three churches, thank you for your support in the last 12 months. Do join us for new things in the new year! Happy New Year to you all!                 Andrew Schofield

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







Services for January

                           Sunday 1st

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                Naming of Jesus

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                           Thursday 5th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                           Sunday 8th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion



 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   4.00 p.m. Family Service



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





                         Thursday 12th

  12.30 p.m Holy Communion





                           Sunday 15th

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                          Epiphany 2

  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



    6.30 p.m. Evensong





                         Thursday 19th

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                          Sunday 22nd

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                          Epiphany 3

  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



    6.30 p.m. Evensong





                         Thursday 26th

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                           Sunday 29th

   10.00 a.m. Joint Eucharist


            Presentation of Christ




Morning Prayer (8.45 a.m.) and Evening Prayer (4.45 p.m.) are said in church:

Monday Duxford, Tuesday Ickleton, Wednesday Hinxton, Thursday Ickleton, Friday Duxford.



The Barn Dance held recently in the Village Hall attracted a good crowd of all ages.  It proved to be a real family occasion, with the dancing expertly orchestrated by caller Adrian Besant, ably supported by the excellent Brookfield Band.  Nobody was shy in taking to the floor and a good night was had by all.

Our thanks to those who helped set up and decorate the tables and to tidy up afterwards. Thanks also to those who cooked the food and to the village hall stalwarts Gordon Woolhouse & David Whitaker for their assistance.  Many thanks too, to those who donated the raffle prizes.  As usual Dilip and Sunita of Costcutter Express provided the essential ticket sales – the contribution they make to the life of the village is invaluable.

This was a family event for the village and it really lived up to our expectations, so many, many thanks to all who supported it.                                                                                  Rosemary McKillen



Volunteer drivers are needed for the above scheme which covers residents of lckleton unable to make other arrangements for transport to local medical appointments, usually Sawston or Saffron Walden. lt does not include journeys to Addenbrooke’s or social journeys. For the security of vulnerable passengers, the County Council now requires drivers to be vetted by the Criminal Records Bureau. This has proved controversial, but please do not be put off by it. Registration is a simple matter of providing name, address and date of birth. So if you have a little time to spare during usual surgery hours, and would like to help, please ring me for more information.                                                                                             Don Gamble                                                                                                                              




Children in Need

The two events organised last month, to raise money for the above, were again a great success.

The events raised a total of £300.00, as well as providing a couple of lovely social evenings.

Both nights were very well supported and the committee would like to thank everyone who helped organise or took part, for their support and generosity.

Hope to see you all in the New Year.

                                                                                                              Ickleton Social Club Committee


Josie and I would like to thank everyone who gave so generously to the Addenbrooke’s Kidney Patients’ Association on the occasion of Josie’s 80th birthday this October. A wonderful total of £450.00 was reached.

Below are copies of extracts from two separate letters received from Dr. John R. Bradley, Consultant Physician Nephrologist and the AKPA, showing their sincere appreciation for everyone’s kind donations.  Again, many thanks from us.                  Josie and Lavinia Barker


Dear Ms’s Barker,

          Thank you very much for the exceptionally kind donation we have received following your mother-in-law’s recent 80th birthday party.  It is very kind of her to think of us and I hope you will pass my thanks on to her.  I have forwarded the donations on to the Addenbrooke’s Kidney Patients’ Association and I am sure they will be in touch with you separately.  I know that it will help to improve the lives of kidney patients.

Yours sincerely                                                                                                           Dr. John R. Bradley

                                                                                              Consultant Physician & Nephrologist

Dear Ms’s Barker,

          Dr. Bradley has passed on the very generous donation resulting from your mother-in-law’s 80th birthday.  We are greatly touched and appreciative of her very kind gesture.  Please give her our heartfelt thanks.  The Addenbrooke’s Kidney Patients’ Association is continuously striving to help kidney patients in our area and in addition to the large amounts of money we spend on expensive equipment, we also make individual grants each month to help individual patients.  Your donation is gratefully received and I can assure you will be put to good use.

Yours sincerely                                                                                                              Tony Weaver

Chairman AKPA



Our December meeting was not as well supported as previous meetings have been, maybe preparing for Christmas had something to do with it!

However, 30 members came to hear about growing ornamental grasses in the garden.This was accompanied by a slide show demonstrating the best way to grow grasses for the best effect.

A very good raffle was held whilst members enjoyed mince pies and sausage rolls.

There will be no meeting in January.

The next meeting will be on February 1st 2006 at 8.00 p.m.

The speaker will be Joe Sharman – subject ‘Snowdrops’.

Best Bloom competition will be a hellebore.                                          Cynthia Rule 



The collection in the village this year amounted to £700.25, including the Church collection on Remembrance Sunday, which was sadly less than last year’s record.  Thank you to all who gave so generously.

Without the efforts of our band of collectors, none of this would be possible.  Many many thanks therefore go to Sheila Birch, Jackie Casement, Pat Facer, Lena Frost, Yvonne Hall, Judy Holt, Caroline Lewis, Judy Marshall, Sally Pearce, Hilary Rule and Claire Wilson. Thanks also to Costcutter Express, the Ickleton Lion, the Social Club and the Garden and Aquatics Centre, for their help by displaying collecting boxes.                              Malcolm Hall - Honorary Organsier







Over Christmas we'll dispose of up to 30% more glass bottles and aluminium and steel drink cans than usual. As part of your Christmas preparations, here are South Cambridgeshire's waste and recycling arrangements.


Wheeled bin collections

Residents with wheeled bins are being given a revised black wheeled bin collection service throughout the Christmas period.

Green wheeled bin collections will be temporarily suspended as garden waste is virtually nil from mid December to mid January, whereas the volumes of glass, cans and residual waste peaks during the first and second weeks after Christmas and New Year.


Green box collections

Additional resources will be provided on 9th January to collect additional glass cans and paper.

Please note any excess or side waste can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Milton and Thriplow.

Note that these will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Householders should check their collection calendars in South Cambs magazine or on www.scambs.gov.uk


Bin not collected?

Telephone ' 0840 450063 by 3.30 p.m. the following day (and 8.00 p.m. on the scheduled day).


Recycling tips


Flatten all cardboard boxes and stack them in the green wheeled bin.

Kitchen waste

If residents are unable to home compost, kitchen food waste can be placed in either wheeled bin.

Wrapping paper

The inks and the metallic content of some wrapping papers means they are not suitable for recycling or composting. Our advice is not to recycle or compost Christmas wrapping paper -please put it in the black bin.


There are twenty plastics banks throughout the district able to collect plastic with the 1, 2 or 3

logos. Rinse, flatten, place bottles in the plastic recycling banks and lids in the black wheeled


Tins, cans and foil

Rinse and crush cans and put them in the green box. If you can't re-use your cooking foil, rinse it and place it in the green box.

Glass bottles

Rinse and put them in the green box.

Christmas trees

Chop up your tree and place in the green bin, providing the branches/trunk are not more than 3 inches thick. Alternatively, take it to the Household Waste Recycling Cente.

Christmas cards

Put them in the green wheeled bin for composting.


Place in textile recycling banks or donate to charity shops.










Village Hall Tables

Two of our six foot folding tables are missing.  Would whoever has borrowed them please return them immediately.



The Pyrex base plate for the microwave oven has gone missing. Has anyone taken it home by mistake?                                                                                               

 Gordon Woolhouse



MURDER MYSTERY PLAY Saturday 14th January

There are still a few tickets left, so please nip along to Costcutter Express if you have not as yet bought your tickets.

The doors will open at 7.00 p.m. and a bowl of hot soup will await your arrival.  Further courses will follow during the two intervals and fine wines and beer will be available all evening.  This will be a great village event – not to be missed!                                                        The Theatre Group







David and Sharon Fletcher, Claudia who is 11 and Michaela who is 7 and Hermie Alvarex

niel Vickers and Zoe Spencer

Russell Morgan and Wendy Johnson








              January  1st

IPS New Year’s Day Walk meet 11.00 a.m. Village Green


Murder Mystery Evening 7.00 p.m. Village Hall


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Mobile Library



              February 1st

Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt Chesterford



                   June 10th

Hinxton Fete



                    July 1st

Church Fete  Village Hall and Recreation Ground



            November 25th

Silent Auction Hinxton Village Hall


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