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MARCH 2006





David and Monica Lilley                                                                                            monica.lilley2@btopenworld.com




Tony Court                       

Hilary Rule                    


All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th MARCH 2006




Refuse Collections during March


Monday       6th  March         -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     13th  March         -        Black bin collection

Monday     20th  March         -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     27th  March         -        Black bin collection


Recycling The Parish Council has received £157.02 in respect of recycling, collected in the village, for the period April to September 2005.


Bonfires  We would like to remind residents to be considerate to their neighbours when lighting a bonfire – they may have windows open or washing hanging outside.  Guidelines are issued by SCDC Environmental Health Department if anyone is unsure of the recommendations laid out.


Main Meal Delivery  The Owl Café, Sawston will deliver a main meal and sweet for £3.40 to you on Mondays to Fridays (excluding Bank Holidays).  In order for them to come to Ickleton, they need a minimum of three people to deliver to in the village on the day, which they currently have on some days.  Please contact Graham '01223 834088.


Identity theft  The police have sent the following reminder:  If you throw away credit card receipts and bills, make sure that you rip them up, or shred them if possible, so prying eyes can't read them.  Identity theft is a growing problem, but these simple steps reduce your risk.


M11 Resurfacing  Essential resurfacing work is being carried out during the period 30th January to 7th May between Junctions 8 to 9.  The work will be carried out 24 hours a day Monday to Saturday, with occasional Sunday working.  However, restrictions will apply 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  A mandatory 40 mph speed limit will be in force through the works at all times.


Cambridgeshire Archaeology  A list of public events for 2006 can be found on the noticeboard or the programme is available on line at:  www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk

                                                                                               Jocelyn Flitton- Parish Clerk



This is to give notice that the annual revision of the Church Electoral Roll will take place this month.  A copy of the current Roll will be displayed in the Church porch for two weeks from 20th March.  If anyone knows  of any alteration which should be made, or wishes to add themselves to the Roll, would they please contact me.

                                                                                Frances Payne- Electoral Roll Officer




CHURCH NOTICES - Services in March   


           Ash Wednesday 1st

8.00 p.m. Holy Communion (BCP)



                 with imposition of ashes





                       Thursday 2nd 

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion  (BCP)





                            Friday 3rd

2.30 p.m.  Women’s World Day of Prayer





                        Sunday   5th

 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


                         Lent 1

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                      Thursday  9th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (BCP)





                      Sunday   12th

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


                       Lent 2

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                    Thursday  16th

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (BCP)





                      Sunday   19th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


                       Lent 3 

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                    Thursday 23rd

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (BCP)





                     Sunday  26th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


            Mothering   Sunday

  9.30 a.m. Family Service



 11.00 a.m. Family Service





                    Thursday 30th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion (BCP)




We invite you to join us for a simple meal of home-made soup, bread, cheese and fruit at 12.30 p.m. at Duxford URC.  The dates for the lunches are Wednesdays March 8th 15th 22nd and 29th and April 5th.  There will be a short meditation at the end of the lunch.  Donations at the lunches will be given to EACH – the East Anglian Children’s Hospice.

The Thursday Holy Communion at Hinxton continues as normal during Lent.

                          Julie Baillie, Reader



Lent in church is a time for reflection and repentance. The hangings are funereal purple, flowers are removed and many of the traditional hymns for the season have a certain heaviness about them in both words and music. The purpose of the Church’s liturgical calendar is, of course, to mark the major events in Jesus’ life in real time. Lent is forty days long in imitation of Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. In the very earliest days of the Church, Lent was a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. And so this Lent, the Churches offer a varied menu of worship and study – opportunities for renewal for all of us.

Fairtrade Fortnight To mark this, members of the United Reformed Church are holding a Fairtrade Coffee Morning at 8 Green Street, Duxford on 7th March (10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon).






Special Services (for details see the diary)  Lent begins, of course, on Ash Wednesday and in church it begins in a very traditional way with a service of Holy Communion at Duxford, St Peter with the Imposition of Ashes – the sign of the cross marked on the forehead with ash. But not all worship in Lent has such a serious tone. Two days later the women of the area come together to celebrate Women’s World Day of Prayer at Hinxton. And in the middle of Lent every church has its own special village service to celebrate Mothering Sunday, with a floral gift for all the women of the congregation.

Special Giving  One of the purposes of ‘giving up’ for Lent is to redirect our attention (and financial support) to the needs of others. In the Anglican Churches of the villages our Lenten Charity is the Diocesan Lent appeal. The Diocese of Ely has a twinning relationship with the Diocese of Vellore in southern India and this year the appeal is to support an AIDS awareness campaign and bring understanding and help to an area where those with the disease are treated like outcasts.

Special Courses  We have two adults beginning a course during Lent (Monday evenings starting on March 13th) to prepare for Confirmation which is, in the Church of England, the point of adult commitment to the Christian Way. In June we hope to host this year’s Deanery Confirmation service.

Our Lent course is called ‘Growing a Healing Ministry’ It is an interactive and imaginative five session course on the Christian healing ministry for use by small groups from the Acorn Christian Foundation. It gives an excellent introduction to the ministry of healing and provides helpful, practical advice for the local church.’ The first session is at Duxford Rectory at 8.00 pm on 2nd March; further information from the Vicar.

Further Information   If you want to know more about what’s going on, there is a weekly Church newsletter and a monthly Church Diary. The newsletter is also to be found online at htttp:\\spaces.msn.com/hinkledux and the monthly Diary at htttp:\\spaces.msn.com/hinkledux2. The presentation is not as good as a web site, but at least you can get hold of some basic information there.

Has anyone found a donkey yet? With all good wishes for Lent!

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



Annual membership subscriptions are now due, £5.00 per adult, £2.50 senior citizens.

Quiz Night

The first Quiz night of 2006 will be held on Saturday 4th March at 9.00 p.m. £1.00 per person with maximum of 4 per team.  There will be a raffle and free buffet. Come and join in for a fun evening.                                                                                                                      Social Club Committee



On 11th March we present a modern musical ‘Morning, Noon and Marilyn Munroe’ in Ickleton Village Hall at 8.00 p.m. Bar open at 7.00 p.m.

On 25th March we present ‘The King’s got Donkey’s Ears’ for children aged 4 upwards in Ickleton Village Hall at 3.00 p.m.

For each event tickets £5.00 (£4.00 concessions) are available from Costcutter Express.



The first meeting of the New Year was well attended. Chairman James Macdonald welcomed three visitors from Ickleton to the meeting. Joe Sharman from Monksilver Nursery showed slides of different types of snowdrops available from his nursery.  He also brought some for sale which proved very popular. Barbara Rule won the competition for the best helebore.

The next meeting on March 1st will be the Spring Party and Quiz.  There will be an entry fee of £2 for members and £3 for non members.

.                                                                                                                              Cynthia Rule







Over the next couple of months we would like to ensure that our records are correct.  If you have recently moved house or changed your telephone number, please would you let us know, so that we can update your details.  It is always useful for us to have a note of your work and mobile telephone numbers in case we need to contact you urgently.


We are constantly looking at ways in which we can improve our services and one area that concerns us, as well as our patients, is the difficulty at certain times of the day in contacting us by telephone.  One way in which we plan to try and alleviate this problem is to offer the facility to book some appointments via the internet.  The first stage of this project is to build a register of patients who would like to use this facility.  If this would be of interest to you, please write in to me at the health centre giving me your contact details.  When the facility becomes available I will let you have the relevant form to register for internet appointment booking.

             Jenny Parker - Assistant Practice Manager





Quality assurance accreditation for Foundation Class

We have been granted Quality Assurance from the Effective Early Learning Programme that recognises the high quality of our Foundation setting.  This is a fantastic endorsement of the experiences and learning that we provide for our children and the school's commitment to develop all areas of children's learning. The Open Morning on Wednesday 22nd February celebrated this and was an opportunity for families of children joining us next September to experience the Foundation classroom in action.


Year 5 at the Opera

Year 5 took part in an exciting experience with the Royal Opera House Education Department. A workshop in school followed a performance in Cambridge, entitled ‘The Gentle Giant’.


Sports and Activities

The after-school gym club is now full, but budding gymnasts may join a waiting list. Basketball, netball and football practices continue weekly and the teams have put in very respectable performances at recent matches and tournaments.  The well-attended school choir meets after school on Thursdays and is open to all Key Stage 2 children.


School Website

The school website is under development, with a view to launching by September 2006 and will link to the village websites for Duxford, Ickleton and Hinxton. If you are interested in joining the website steering group as a member of our community, please contact rachel@rugg-gunn.net.


Rachel Rugg-Gunn - Vice Chair of Governors




Please join us at the Duxford Primary School on Friday March 31st for an evening of indulgence and relaxation.  For just £5 a ticket you can enjoy a glass of wine and experience a beauty treatment of your choice (aromatherapy, massage, hair, make-up, reflexology and many more).  So gents, don’t miss out on a perfect Mothers’ Day gift for that someone special.  Please watch out in the local press for more information.                                           Sharon Gilbert







They say as we get older time goes more quickly, it does not seem possible that it is time we started planning this year’s event which will be on May 6th.  This event has become quite popular, but in no way could we do this without the wonderful support of so many loyal helpers whom we regard as our friends. We very much hope they will be able to help again this year.  We welcome any saleable items, also any new ideas for raising money. It gets harder each year - or is it that we get older?                Dorothy Churchman, Mary Woolhouse and Cynthia Rule




Judith was born, in the middle of the first world war, in Eton, where her father, Francis Channon, taught maths at Eton College. He also became school chaplain.  He had met Judith's mother, Ethel Mary (E.M. Channon) in Cambridge. She wrote many books, and the highlight for her children was that, on publication of each one, she took all the family out for a scrumptious tea! 

Judith wrote verse throughout her life, unpublished, but a delight for family and friends.  The Channon family was very closely knit and the children had a loving, but highly disciplined, up-bringing. This was a strong influence when she and Terence brought up their own family.

Higher education for girls in the Channon family was limited to a course in domestic science! After qualifying, Judith worked first in Oxford and then, when war broke out, she moved to London and took a job in the canteen of an armaments factory in Tottenham.

Judith met Terence at a party in a friend’s flat during the war. They didn't like each other to begin with, but she had fond memories of going to feed the ducks in St James's Park with him later!

They married after the war - a double wedding with her brother Terence (‘Uncle T’).  Mary was born in England and then carried off to adventures in Brazil, where Anne, Peter and John were all born - each in a different city!  Judith had an exciting and eventful life in Brazil, although she missed her own family very much.  The years when all her children were at school in England were not easy either, as they were only together once a year at most. She wrote to them every week, and for special occasions sent verses and hand-drawn cards.

When Terence retired to England, after 30 years in Brazil, (25 of them with Judith), they found ‘Hovells’, an idyllic timber-framed house in Ickleton where they settled happily, becoming very involved with village life and making many good friends. Twenty years later they moved to a small flat in Aynhoe Park, near Banbury, where they felt very at home. This allowed them to travel more freely and was especially convenient as Mary and John both lived in Italy and Spain respectively, as they still do.

Judith's memory began to fail her and, although she was very sad to leave two dear friends behind at Aynhoe, she moved to Greathed Lodge, in London, to be nearer to Anne. Here she was made very welcome by the residents and staff - and the cat of course! Being in London also made it much easier for her far-flung family to visit her more often.

 Her second fall in a year took her into hospital again and then to the wonderfully caring nursing home where, surrounded by her family, she was ‘called to rest’ on January 28th.  Coincidentally this was the day on which Terence had died, twelve years previously. Her funeral was at St Mark's church, Hamilton Terrace, London NW8 on 10th February.

Tricia Newland recalls:- “When we moved next door, Judith and Terence were immediately very kind to us.  Subsequently, Judith and I did a lot together in starting up a Sunday School in Ickleton.  By this time she was in her sixties, but she gave her time unstintingly to help with this project until a younger replacement could be found.  Both of them were wonderful friends to us and to Ickleton Church.  Terence was a very astute treasurer and Judith helped in every possible way, particularly in visiting elderly people in the village.  We missed their friendship when they moved, and both David and I have very fond memories of them.”

To the end Judith's dry wit remained with her.

When leaving her recently one night at the hospital, Anne said, “Good night, see you tomorrow.” Judith retorted, "I hope I wake up dead." 

May she rest in peace.                                                                                                   Mary Waite, Italy






Village Archives - One of the things that the Society does is look after the village archives.  Some of our collection of old photographs has been on the village web site for quite a long time now.  Recently we have recorded all the documents we have and an index of these is now on the web site as well and can be searched.  Go to www.ickletonvillage.co.uk and click on ‘Doc Archives’ (to see the photographs click on ‘Photo Archive’).  We are happy to arrange for you to look at particular documents.

We would like to add to the archive.  If you have any photos or papers that you could donate or which we could copy please get in touch with me or e-mail via the web site.  We are particularly interested in anything about former village residents, village events and any documents and deeds of Ickleton houses.  Deeds are of particular interest as, now that most land is registered at the Land Registry, solicitors don’t have to pass them on when houses change hands and often dispose of them, so they are lost forever.


Local Development – The Society also continues to keep an eye on development proposals for our area.  The Examination in Public of the East of England Plan recently considered the Cambridge region and some developers proposed a new settlement of 25,000 houses based around Duxford.  Hanley Grange was also mentioned.  The County Council commented on the impracticality of these proposals.  Separately, Huntsman is considering developing part of its site for housing which could increase the size of Duxford by 40%.

       Rachel Radford



‘The Life of Beatrix Potter’ proved a good choice for members at the February meeting. Mr. Alan Maskell spoke of her life which proved far more interesting than envisaged.

His son David showed slides of the little house in Hawkshead where she made her home, also some lovely slides of the lake district so beloved by her and her husband – very enjoyable!

Members brought along a good selection of homemade cakes for the patients in Radwinter Road Community Hospital, Saffron Walden.

The next meeting on March 15th will be the A.G.M. when members will enjoy a fish and chip supper.                                                                                                             Cynthia Rule 





                March 1st

Chesterford & District Gardening Society 


Spring Party and Quiz 8.00 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Social Club Quiz Night  9.00 p.m. Social Club


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


Village Hall


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m.  Village Hall


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


Ickleton Theatre Group ‘The King’s got Donkey’s Ears’ (children aged


4 upwards) 3.00 p.m. Village Hall


Mobile Library


Duxford Playgroup Mothers’ Day Pamper Evening, Duxford School

                     May 6th

Parkinson’s Annual Bazaar, Village Hall

                   June 10th

Hinxton Fete

                     July 1st

Church Fete, Village Hall and Recreation Ground

            November 25th

Silent Auction, Hinxton Village Hall

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