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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 February 2006




Refuse Collections during February


Monday       6th  February       -      Green bin and green box collection

Monday     13th  February      -      Black bin collection

Monday     20th  February     -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     27th  February     -        Black bin collection


Cemetery  The Parish Council is currently obtaining quotes for gravelling the pathway.  Tenderers are also being invited to submit their annual quotations for the general maintenance of the cemetery.


Neighbourhood Police Team Up-to-date information on how to contact:  PC 1118 Iain Perry – by his mobile phone: 07740 734976 or PCSO 7081 Chris Pulley can be contacted on his mobile phone: 07740 731991 or by e-mail: ecops.duxford@cambs.pnn.police.uk


Vehicle Disposal  The recently introduced EU Directive on ELV disposal requires vehicles to be de-polluted at Licensed Authorised Treatment Facilities.  To dispose of your car responsibly and receive a Certificate of Destruction issued to DVLA, contact: Charlton R/Autoparts, Thriplow, Cambs.  '01223 832656.


Countryside Events to June 2006   Cambridgeshire County Council publish a free leaflet on events – this has been displayed on the notice board.

 You are also able to download and print the leaflet from their website   http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/environment/countryside/activities/events.htm

                                                                                                Jocelyn Flitton- Parish Clerk


From 30th January there are some changes to the Mobile Library times. Route C107 will call at Church Street 1650 – 1700 and Brookhampton Street 1705 – 1740.



Every five years the Church Authorities require us to have the Church inspected by an approved Architect.

We had this inspection last year and the Church was generally found to be in excellent condition.  It is a very old building and we are fortunate only a few problems were found.

We are now putting into effect certain repairs that were recommended, the most important of which is to repair the roof of the Clergy Vestry which has been leaking.  This involves stripping off the lead roof over the Vestry and replacing it with new lead.

Otherwise we have only minor repairs to interior walls and repairs to the windows in the porch.

The whole operation will take about 5 weeks and the use of the Church will not be affected.

                                                                                                                                       John Marshall




Apologies to readers of the ‘Bulletin’ who find the goings-on of their local Anglican Churches less than inspiring. I’m sure I ought to be using this column to bring theological insights to bear on local and national issues, to show how faith is relevant and can still speak to ‘all sorts and conditions’. It’s just that at a time of change the Bulletins provide the most effective way to let everyone know what’s happening.

New Service Timetable

It’ll take time to settle down, and I’m wary of making predictions, because I think people will want to experiment and consider what suits them best. Nevertheless, it has been a good start for the new timetable, with well attended services and (probably I’m imagining this – it’s very un-Anglican!) some enthusiasm too. Our first afternoon Family Service attracted 17 children (with parents attached), which was especially encouraging.

The vicar is discovering other advantages to the new structure. With one (rather than two) morning services, it is possible to devote ‘quality time’ to each church. There are refreshments after the 10.00 am service and instead of rushing off to the next church, I can stay and meet people who otherwise I won’t see till the following Sunday (I know what you’re going to say … I ought to be out there visiting!).

Your Village Church

Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton are very different villages, and it’s important that the churches reflect that and look for ways of strengthening the links between individual church and village communities. That happens when church folk support and take part in community activities and events (I did enjoy Ickleton’s Murder evening recently!), and when village people support their church on special occasions through the year. In lively village communities there’s a two-way traffic from which all benefit. One significant church/village interface is the local wedding or christening, and the vicar’s policy on this (which may be a change from the past) is to respect parish boundaries, and to uphold the general understanding that couples should be married (and their children christened) in the church of the village where they live.

Three Parish Appeal – Can you help?

Organist or pianist for Duxford’s evening service once a month. Each church has a service of Evensong once a month and Duxford are having problems finding an organist for that service. The instrument is a simple one and the duty is not arduous. The service starts at 6.30 pm and lasts 45 minutes with 4 traditional hymns (but we’re flexible: we could learn to sing responses and the psalm if that would encourage a musician to come forward!). Churches in other places have solved the problem by using hymn accompaniment on CD but that’s not ideal and it seems a pity with so much talent in the three villages. Please help!

A Donkey for Palm Sunday. 2001 (the year of the Foot and Mouth Crisis) was the first time in 20 years that I didn’t have a donkey to lead the traditional procession to church. Since then it seems to have become more difficult to find a donkey for Palm Sunday. At Hinxton last year a pony led us in procession to church at Ickleton. This year there’s to be a Family Service at Duxford – so the donkey hunt is on! If you know of anyone who might be willing to lend their donkey for a short walk on Sunday morning 9th April (or if you’ve noticed a donkey grazing in a nearby field) please let me know. Only donkeys, you see, have a cross on their back, and that’s what we need for Palm Sunday!

If you’d like to comment on any of the issues raised - from a personal or community point of view - do get in touch (even if it’s to grumble!).                      Andrew Schofield

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

         Andrew Schofield @ely.anglican.org     




This year’s service will be held at Hinxton Church at 2.30 p.m. on Friday 3rd March.  The theme will be ‘Signs of the Times’ and the speaker will be Mrs. Faith Paulding.Refreshments will be served after the service and the church will be warm, thanks to the new heating system.  Do join us, if you can.                                                                                                      Julie Baillie - Reader







Services for February

            Thursday 2nd

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





             Sunday 5th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Holy Communion


            Epiphany 5

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





            Thursday 9th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





            Sunday 12th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Holy Communion


           3 before Lent

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





           Thursday 16th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





           Sunday 19th

   8.00 a.m. BCP Holy Communion


          2 before Lent

  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



    6.30 p.m. Evensong





          Thursday 23rd

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





           Sunday 26th

    8.00 a.m. BCP Holy Communion


          1 before Lent

  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



    4.00 p.m. Family Service ‘Pancakes and Prayers’



     6.30 p.m. Evensong





 Wednesday 1st March

     8.00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Holy Communion



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 Ash Wednesday service will include the traditional ashing.



I have been asked by several villagers to mention this year’s Church Fete, which is to be held on July 1st in the village hall and recreation ground, hopefully with the usual format.  This will be mentioned in future editions of Icene.

The Church Fete has been running for a few years now and is a social event for the village as well as a fundraiser for Ickleton Church. The Churchwardens and PCC are very grateful for the support of the village for this event.

Derek Bristow from the ‘Come Homers’ has been in touch already and they hope to join us for the day - more details about this in next month’s Icene.

Several mothers in the village have also been in contact, and have suggested a circus theme for the fete this year. There will be a competition for the best juggler for children and adults - so get practising!

We believe there are some qualified ‘first aiders’ in the village. We would very much like to have somebody on call at the fete if possible. This would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any ideas or could help in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me in the first instance.   You will be made very welcome. 

                                                                                               Monica Lilley - Fete Organiser                                                      


Thank you all who participated in our Murder Mystery Evening on 14th  January and helped to make it another most enjoyable village event.   We have two events to look forward to in March - please see the diary section of this Bulletin.  More details will appear in next months’ Bulletin.

                                                                                                                                     Gordon Woolhouse


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


             February   5th

   Mr. Grundy

             February 12th

   Rev. Cheng and Holy Communion

             February 19th

   To be arranged

             February 26th

    Mr. Amell


Each month of the year has its own special religious celebration.  February 2nd is the date when we celebrate the presentation of Jesus in the Temple.  It is a minor feast day, but none the less reminds us that Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple six weeks after his birth, to give thanks to God.  There, the Holy Family met Simeon, an old man who worked in the Temple, and Anna, a prophetess, who was also elderly.  Simeon made much of Jesus being a 'light to reveal God's will to the Gentiles'.

Jesus came to show us how to find God.  He came for everyone, not just his own people.  In the church, we sometimes light a candle to remind us of God's presence and that he is always with us, on the dark days as well as the bright ones.  A lighted candle also reminds us that Jesus' love for us is never extinguished.

When February arrives, I become conscious that the days are getting longer and the evenings are drawing out. Nature tells us that the promise of Spring will become a reality. When life is cold and wintry, I remind myself of an old chorus

'Count your blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done'.

Mary and Joseph counted their blessings when they gave thanks to God for their new baby, Jesus.  There is much for which we can give thanks too. God is always ready to hear from us.

Every blessing.                                                                                                           Rev. Hilary Cheng



We would like to thank everyone who came to see our lights and who gave so generously to our charity, the Breast Cancer Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

We are sending off £181.50p. Thank you.

Happy New Year.                                                                                              Carol and Barry Turton



The building work for the new Sawston Medical Centre is going extremely well, our developers have used as many eco-friendly systems as possible.  For instance, there are solar heating panels on the roof and heating is being supported by a geo-thermal system.  Many internal structures are in place and plastering is now starting in various sections.  Colour schemes have been decided upon and we very much hope that we will be able to relocate at the beginning of June 2006. 

The facilities available in the new centre will be a great improvement for both our patients and our staff who are looking forward to having more space to work in. For instance, there will be disabled access to all areas and lift access to the first floor.  Of particular note, all the doctors and practice nurses will have individual consulting rooms on the ground floor.  Our minor surgery suite will be a far cry from the days at Tudor House when Dr Prince performed operations on the kitchen table, patients were seen in a building the size of a garden shed and medicine was dispensed in waxed paper!

Other services, which are located on the first floor, will include: physiotherapy (with its own gymnasium), speech therapy, chiropody, baby clinics and audiology.  Our district nursing team and child and family team will also be located on the first floor.

A new addition will be a paramedic based at the centre who will initially respond to emergency calls and this should mean that a paramedic vehicle will reach our patients in a much shorter time than previously.

We appreciate that over the next few months the building works may cause some inconvenience to the village but we hope this will be kept to a minimum.    

   Jenny Parker - Assistant Practice Manager





Carol Singing

Around fifty adults and children turned out and participated during the evening on a somewhat milder evening than might have been expected, to sing carols around the village on Tuesday 20th December. Rain held off until well after the finish. John Williams was our choirmaster and kept all but the least musical of us more or less on key. At the halfway stage at Durhams we were sustained by mulled wine and mince pies kindly provided by Rosie and Colin Hayes. By 8.15 pm with the circuit completed, we were ready for yet more food and mulled wine which had been prepared for us by Miranda and Mark Stone-Wigg which was very much appreciated. The collection this year raised £150 for equipment for Green Hedges special needs school. Thank you all for your support.

New Year’s Day Walk

Thirteen hardy souls and three dogs assembled at the Village Green on a somewhat dull and damp morning. The weather was no doubt something of a disincentive and many of the regular participants were still away on holiday. However the route took us through the new wetlands that have been established at the Hinxton Hall Genome Campus. Most people went on to Hinxton Mill and back via Hinxton ford, with its new footbridge, along the footpath through the fields to Ickleton to Tin Alley. A small group retired to the pub for a well earned drink.           Sheila Birch



We had our Christmas Party on December 21st. Thanks to Ickleton United Charities for the donation we received from them which helped us on.

We have to thank Mrs. Cynthia Rule for doing all the planning and hard work. Her daughter Hilary kindly came along to help wash up. Hedley Igglesden helped get everything ready, and Mrs. Vera Reed very kindly did the table decorations - everyone enjoyed it all.

After lunch we had a game of bingo followed by mince pies given and made by Vera, and a Christmas cake given by Hedley.

We also thank Mr. Jim Ball for his usual gift in memory of his wife.

Thanks to everyone. We wish you all a very Happy New Year.                                        Mrs. R. Lilley



We would like to thank everyone who has shown their appreciation for the service we have given to the best of our ability over a number of years.  We do miss it, but we hasten to add “not this weather’’.  We also thank everyone for their good wishes on our ‘retirement’.

Again, many thanks.                                                                                                  Len and Joy Howe 



Thanks to the efforts of the PTA Duxford School now has a very high quality professional PA and lighting system.  This will be widely used throughout the school to enhance music, singing and drama lessons, as well for all school productions including the forthcoming Key Stage 2 Production.

Our Foundation Class will be having an Open Morning on Wednesday 22nd February from 9.30 a.m.  This will be an opportunity for children joining us next September, along with their parents or carers, to have a look around the Foundation classroom, take part in some activities and have a chat with the Foundation Staff while enjoying some refreshments.  If you have a child or children joining in September, please do come along.  Contact the school office '01223 712108 for more information.                                                                                       Rachel Rugg-Gunn



Art Classes for beginners will be held at Ickleton Methodist Church. The Spring term will be on Wednesdays 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. The dates are January 18th and 25th, February 1st 8th 15th and 22nd, March 1st 8th 15th 22nd and 29th and April 5th. The sessions will include a 30 minute demonstration, refreshments and 1½ hours’ practical work in water colour painting.

A charge of £2.00 per week will be made to cover expenses and refreshments. 

Hoping to see you!                                                                                         Kenneth Mark - Tutor






Cambridgeshire County Council and bus operators have created a ticket called ‘Multibus’ which enables bus users to change services without having to buy another ticket.

The new Multibus ticket means passengers can travel on most services in Cambridgeshire, including our 32 to Saffron Walden (but not National Express) without having to pay separate fares every time they change bus. Day tickets cost £6 and 7 day tickets £25, available from the driver.



We are sorry to record the death of Richard Griggs on 23rd December.

Richard was born at 8 Butcher’s Hill and attended Ickleton School and Sawston Village College. His father Fred had been a Churchwarden and his mother Edie a member of the church choir.

Richard joined the choir, and later became a bellringer, ringing at Ickleton church for nearly 50 years and finally becoming tower captain at Ickleton. Unusually, Richard nearly always rang the same bell  - the sixth became known as ‘Richard’s bell’.

When he left school Richard went to work at Priory Farm, later transferring to the adjoining butcher’s shop.  He was well know for his courtesy and efficiency as he delivered meat in Ickleton and surrounding villages.  He later worked at Hinxton Hall until retirement.

Although the family moved to Hinxton in the 1950s Richard and his mother Edie remained part of the Ickleton scene.  He would bring his mother to Church twice every Sunday as well as the Women’s Institute, Over Sixties and other activities during the week. Richard was devoted to his mother and became her full time carer until she died, aged 98, five years ago.

A three hour peal was rung on Ickleton bells on 30th December in his memory.         

                                                                                                                                                     David Lilley



There was a good attendance for the Christmas meeting when members enjoyed wine and festive food. The entertainment was provided by Dr. Hilary Sage who read poems and monologues and gave a very good impersonation of Joyce Grenfell.  She brought her own pianist with her and we all joined in the seasonal songs and carols.

The hall was packed to capacity for the January meeting when members came to hear Mr. John Bonfield speak about his life as an ambulance driver.

A request for cakes for Radwinter Hospital was made, to be brought to the February meeting.

Also a reminder that subs are due now  £22 per member.

Next meeting will be February 15th, subject – ‘The Life of Beatrix Potter’.

Visitors welcome (£2.30).                                                                                  Cynthia Rule


WELCOME TO………David and Geraldine Bushell and Cameron who is nearly 2. 



            February      1st

Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford - subject ‘Snowdrops’


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Duxford School Foundation Classes Open Morning 9.30 a.m.


Mobile Library

                  March  11th

Ickleton Theatre Group, ‘Morning Noon and Marilyn Monroe’ 8.00 p.m.


Ickleton Theatre Group, ‘The King’s got Donkeys Ears’ (children aged 4 upwards) 3.00pm

                     June 10th

Hinxton Fete

                      July   1st

Church Fete, Village Hall and Recreation Ground

          November   25th

Silent Auction, Hinxton Village Hall