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APRIL  2006





David and Monica Lilley                                                                                            monica.lilley2@btopenworld.com




Tony Court                       

Hilary Rule                    


All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th APRIL 2006




Refuse Collections during April

Monday     3rd  April     -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     10th  April  -        Black bin collection

Tuesday    18th  April* -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     24th  April  -        Black bin collection

*Please note change of day due to Easter holidays

Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Wednesday 17th May  at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.  Anyone living in Ickleton is invited to come along.  This is an opportunity to meet the Councillors, to ask questions and air your views on any matters concerning the village.  Come and enjoy free beer and wine, which will be served from 7.00 p.m. onwards. 

As we are holding our Annual Parish Meeting on 17th May, the AGM and Parish Council meeting will take place the previous week – Thursday 11th May and will be held in Ickleton Chapel not the Village Hall.

The Cambridgeshire County Council Road Safety Officer has sent us copies of the various Home to School/College Code of Conducts following a meeting in Abbey Street when the children were catching the school bus to Duxford.  We understand these have already been distributed to parents, but if anyone would like a copy, please get in touch with me.

Sports Facility Questionnaire  We would like to draw your attention to the questionnaire attached to the back of this month’s Icene.  The completed questionnaires will be collected over the weekend of 8/9th April; if, however, you have not completed it by then (you may be away on holiday) please hand it in either to a Parish Councillor or to the Village Shop no later than Thursday 13th April.

Fly Tipping costs SCDC and you, the council taxpayer money.  We have recently been experiencing the dumping of tyres on our roadsides which has been reported to SCDC and the Police.  SCDC is now using covert surveillance and observations to combat this issue.  If you have any information about fly tipping in South Cambs., please report it either to the Environment Agency on '0800 807060, SCDC '08450 450 500 or to me.

The Wetlands Community Group would like to welcome any volunteers to help maintain the Wetlands.  If you are interested in joining a working party on volunteer days, please contact Penny Snell at Wellcome Trust '01223 494870.

Recording Wildlife  The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Biological Records Centre (CPBRC) has recently opened in Cambourne.  If anyone is interested in becoming involved, contact: Christine Whinney '01954 713570 or e-mail: Christine.whinney@wildlifebcnp.org

Jocelyn Flitton- Parish Clerk 



From 1st April those over 60 can obtain a bus pass to travel free on services in South Cambridgeshire after 9.30 a.m. on weekdays and all day at weekends and bank holidays. Unfortunatly this does not include journeys into Cambridge which is a different district - a £1 single or £1.80 return, or £3 Multibus can be purchased. This is particularly unfair for South Cambs residents – those in villages surrounding Huntingdon or Ely can travel to those places free, but Cambridge is ‘out of bounds’ for us. Cambridgeshire’s more enlightened surrounding counties are giving free travel throughout the county for their over 60s.                         David Lilley



CHURCH NOTICES Service for  April

                        Sunday 2nd

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


                        Lent 5

  10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



    6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                        Sunday 9th

    8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                        Palm Sunday

  10.15 a.m. Family Service 


      (meet at St Johns at 10.00

a.m. for procession to service at St. Peters)



    6.30 p.m. Evensong





                       Monday  10th

   7.30 a.m. Holy Communion



   8.00 p.m. Compline by candlelight


                        Tuesday 11th

   7.30 a.m. Holy Communion



   8.00 p.m. Compline by candlelight


                   Wednesday 12th

   7.30 a.m. Holy Communion



   8.00 p.m. Compline by candlelight


                       Thursday 13th

   8.00 p.m. Eucharist of the Last Supper


                Maundy Thursday

   9.00 p.m. The Night Watch (to midnight)





                           Friday 14th

   8.00 a.m. Morning Prayer


                       Good Friday

   9.30 a.m. Easter Garden for children



  12.00-3.00p.m. Vigil at the Foot of the Cross





                        Saturday 15th

 8.00 p.m. Easter Vigil, lighting of the


                       Holy Saturday

  Paschal Flame & Renewal of  Baptism Vows





                        Sunday 16th

 9.30 a.m. Festival Eucharist


                      Easter Sunday

11.00 a.m. Festival Eucharist





                        Sunday  23rd

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                         Easter 2

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                        Sunday 30th

 10.00 a.m. Joint Family Eucharist




The Church Electoral Roll will be displayed in the Church porch from 20th March for 2 weeks, when it will be taken down for revision.  If anyone wants to add themselves to the roll, or knows of any name which should be removed, please would they contact me.

                                                                                  Frances Payne  Electoral Roll Officer



The services of Holy Week and Easter are powerful because they are full of symbolism about suffering and death and new life. The symbols are paralleled, of course, by what is happening around us in the countryside and hedgerows, as winter comes to an end and what seemed dead for so long, springs to life in bud or blossom. On Easter Day we celebrate resurrection, the Son risen, the triumph of faith and hope over cynicism and despair. Holy Week and Easter offer a mixture of services, some popular with everyone and others more demanding, for those who wish to follow the way of the cross. On Palm Sunday we begin with a village procession from St John’s to St Peter’s for a short Family Service at Duxford Church. After that, things turn serious as we follow Jesus through daily services from celebration to arrest, trial and crucifixion.

You can spend three hours in church on Good Friday afternoon, joining in prayer and meditations whilst remembering Jesus on the cross. On Holy Saturday we wait at the tomb and renew our baptism vows. Then at last, on Easter Day, the watching and waiting over, we make joyous noise, celebrating the end of Lenten deprivation, and the promise of new beginnings.




In April our church has its Annual Church Meeting which provides an opportunity to look back over the last year and consider plans for the future. There are two key elements at Annual Meetings. One is the financial situation and how we have managed to pay the bills in the last twelve months and what we face in the future. The other is manpower – each church needs to ensure it has enough people to organise and run worship and events in the coming year. You will be very welcome to join us for your church’s meeting at Ickleton Church at 8.00 p.m. on 26th.

Come and join us in work and in worship! May we wish you a very happy Easter.

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



Congratulations to Judith Wright, who is training for the reader ministry, on preaching her first sermon at evensong at Ickleton Church on 12th March.



The marriage between Ewan Alexander Andrew and Louise Elizabeth Johnson took place at Ickleton Church on 18th March.



This year’s Church Fete will be held on July 1st from 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. We hope particularly that newcomers to the village will join us or help with the fete.  You will be made very welcome. This is a traditional fete for the family and has been running a few years now.  It is in aid of the expenses of the Church, and is a social event for the village as well.  The Church is very grateful for the village’s support for this event.

Listed below are people who have very kindly volunteered for the usual stalls and who would like to receive contributions for their stalls or help in any way.

Stall Holders:- 

Tombola                                          -     Cynthia Rule  – would like things before fete

Books                                              -     Judy Holt 

The Grand Raffle                            -     Rosemary and Neil McKillen  - see below

Bric-a-brac                                      -     Peggy Richardson   -  willing to store things

Cakes & home produce                -    Catherine Cocks and family 

Bottles for the Bottle Tombola      -     Monica Lilley 

Cakes for tea                                  -    Sheila Birch  - The Ickleton Society

Nearly new                                      -    Dorothy Churchman 

The Grand Raffle

The annual raffle, which is drawn at the fete, makes up a significant proportion of the total money raised at the event.  Last year the raffle contributed about £1,700 and we hope, with your help, to take that over £2,000 this time around. Our thanks to everyone who helped last year by donating the splendid prizes and by selling, and indeed buying tickets.

Since we need to finalise the prizes early in order to have the tickets printed we would be delighted to hear from anyone willing to donate a prize within the next few weeks.


Would you like to sponsor the fete?  The Parochial Church Council sends a leaflet to every house a week before, to advertise the event, with the names of the sponsors and their details  printed on the back and this costs £25 per line.  We hope to have 600 leaflets printed this year and they will go to every house in the village and also be given to everyone who comes to the fete.  We have several businesses interested so far,  also this year we hope to have an extra page for events happening on the recreation ground. The deadline for this will be 31st May.  Please either get in touch with me or put a cheque through my door, 8 Brookhampton Street, made out to Ickleton Parochial Church Council.  This helps with expenses.

Saffron Walden Band are coming, and we also have The Devil’s Dyke Morris Men who have been requested to end the afternoon and  this helps with advertising etc. It has been suggested that we have a circus theme this year! Perhaps the children could all dress up as clowns?

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to help in any way or have any ideas.                                                                                                  Monica Lilley – Fete Organiser                                                                                                                         




In answer to questions as to how the new licensing regulations will affect events at the hall the following may be helpful.  Instead of the Public Entertainment Licence, which had to be renewed annually, we now have a Premises Licence that is ongoing.  This covers the following activities:

Performance of a play, an exhibition of a film, performance of live music, any playing of recorded music, a performance of dance, entertainment facilities for making music, entertainment facilities for dancing and entertainment facilities of a similar description to any of the above.  We have to have a designated premises supervisor in order to operate and for the present I shall be filling that role.

We are also licensed to sell alcohol by retail and to provide late night refreshments.  This covers until 10.30pm Sundays and 11.30pm on the other nights of the week.  This requires a personal licence holder to be appointed and I am now qualified in this respect.  It also means that I can authorise our users to sell drinks at any functions they hold, by arrangement and within the specified hours.  It will not be necessary to have to apply to the court for a special licence for each occasion.

All functions must finish by 11.00 p.m. Sundays and midnight on the other days.

Gordon Woolhouse


Its not very often a birthday comes on a meeting day, but last Wednesday March 8th it was Vera Reed’s 80th birthday for which we all wished her many happy returns. She very kindly made sponges and mince pies and sandwiches, with help from Cynthia Rule, which everyone enjoyed. We thank her very much for everything.

We are pleased Mrs. Ruth Driver is making good progress, and were pleased to see her back at our meetings                                                                                                                       Mrs. R. Lilley



The weekend 4/5th March was energetic for some. Work parties had been arranged on both days at these sites. The weather was very cold and clear but this did not deter the volunteers. Saturday 4th March was the first time that the Wellcome Trust Hinxton Wetlands Group had met to carry out work on site. It proved very popular and was well supported by representatives from Ickleton, resulting in all tasks being completed before lunch. These included coppicing some small trees and planting willow whips along the river bank. Inevitably there was a litter-pick which cleaned the site. We look forward to see what bird species return this spring and how the recently planted grass and wetland edges fare after the winter and the ravages of the Canada geese. It was disappointing to note that the bat-box site had been recently vandalised.

On Sunday a group of volunteers from the Cambridge Conservation Trust, supported by four villagers, continued the work on Coploe Pit to clear away the rank vegetation, particularly the wild Clematis (‘Old Man’s Beard’). The aim is to preserve the open chalk grassland, these days an increasingly shrinking type of habitat, for the special plants that grow under these conditions.

Gerry and Sheila Birch



Yet another successful Spring Party was held on March 1st with Pauline Gale our Quiz Master regaling us once more with general knowledge and gardening questions.  Cheese and wine were served in the interval and the evening closed with Sally’s raffle.

Next meeting: April 5th 8.00 p.m. AGM and Plant Sale.                           Cynthia Rule



How well do you know your television? Saffron Walden Band throws down the challenge at its concert in the Village Hall on 1st April. The concert is called ‘Commercial Break’ and includes a number of famous - and not so famous - themes from TV and radio series and advertisments. Will you recognise them all? Concert starts at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £6 (concessions £4) on the door or phone:                                                                                               Nigel Bennett






Easter Monday covered Market/Fun Day – Cash in the Attic

Ickleton Riverside Barns in Frogge Street is having a covered market with an invitation to local people and organisations to join in the fun and have a stall.

Schools and local playgroups are particularly welcome, as there will also be fun for the children with a bouncy castle, carousel and play area.  As well as the shops already there, there will also be a barbecue and bar tent for the adults.  We hope as many local people as possible will join us.  Anyone interested in having a stall, please call in for a form.

                                                                   Delma Fenton '01763 837367



It will soon be here, Easter, the holiday to Scotland and before we know it Bazaar time.  Things have been coming in very well and I no longer have a garage; poor Colin has difficulty in getting his buggy out.

Draw prizes and bottles will be most welcome.  If I have worked things out right, this will be my last message before the event, so let’s hope it will be as good as other years.

We look forward to seeing you all on the day.  May I sincerely thank everyone for all their help.  I especially enjoy meeting all my friends on that day.                                        Dorothy Churchman



Our next production will be on Saturday 20th May when we welcome the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Company in a production of Alan Ayckbourn's 'Intimate Exchanges'.  Tickets should be on sale towards the end of April, so watch for the poster outside Costcutter Express and get in early as this promises to be a sell out.                                                          Gordon Woolhouse



March was a very busy month for us and we thank the local people involved in the school, for helping us to provide such stimulating opportunities for our children.

World Book Day

We invited parents and carers to come into school and read children’s favourite stories.  Small groups read books together in all parts of the school, sharing the pleasure of reading.

Science week

As usual we enjoyed this annual programme of events, visits and visitors. Children were captivated by performances from INSPIRE, entitled, ‘Show me what you’re made of’ and ‘E-Amazing stuff’. Our younger children got involved with Animal Wise education, including pets, minibeasts and pond life.  Older children visited Sawston Village College Science department and investigated light with the SEEK team from Cambridge University and also attended their lecture in the Department of Chemistry.

Health Promoting Schools

Many special events were organised for the last week before Easter, aimed at showing children fun ways to get fit and enjoy active, healthy lifestyles.  As well as our usual Winter Sports day, there were opportunities for children and adults to watch and join in with visitors to school, including line dancing and even belly dancing!

PTA News

The bingo night was very successful and raised about £300.  It was lovely to see so many families there. The lights and PA system are now fully installed in the hall and being used throughout school life as well as in school performances. The PTA also helped the school children to make flower gifts for Mothers’ Day. 

Lunchtime supervisors

Do you regularly have an hour to spare between 12 noon and 1.00 p.m. and enjoy playing with children?  We need lunchtime supervisors on a flexible basis either to work one or two regular lunch sessions or to be available to cover for absence at short notice. Please contact the school office for details.                                                 Rachel Rugg-Gunn  (Vice Chair of Governors)







The date this year for the Christmas Spectacular is Wednesday November 29th and is for the afternoon performance.

Please let me know if you are interested.                                                      Betty Willmott



Coaching for Children & Adults with Mike’s Tennis Academy

If you are aged 5+ we will again be holding tennis lessons for the Summer Term on Wednesdays between 3.45 p.m. and 8.45 p.m. at Duxford Tennis Club.

The term is 26th April until 19th July inclusive, with half term break  29th May to 2nd June.

3.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m. 5-7 year olds                          4.45 p.m. - 5.45 p.m. 8-10 year olds

5.45 p.m. - 6.45 p.m. 10 yrs to teenagers                6.45 p.m. - 7.45 p.m. teenagers/adults

7.45 p.m. - 8.45 p.m. adults

Price per 12 week term in advance: £48.00 (5-9 year olds)       £60.00 (10 years-adults)

We are delighted to have Mike’s Tennis Academy coaching again this season, so come along, learn how to play tennis and have some fun.                                                      Kim Queree



We are planning to hold a musical event on Saturday 22nd April to celebrate St George's Day in Little Chesterford Village Hall. There will be a workshop in the afternoon followed by an evening concert. Two top class musicians, Becky Price and Richard Heacock who play music from the Morris tradition and English dance music, will give a workshop for both adults and children from 3.00-5.00 p.m. Participants can play and practise tunes, with a view to performing with Becky and Richard at the evening concert. The concert will start at 7.00 p.m. and cottage pie and a glass of wine will be available in the interval. Space, if available will be cleared for dancing after the interval.

Come and join us for both events, or just the evening if you prefer. For further information please contact David & Tricia Moss.

                                                                  Little Chesterford Village Hall Management Committee


BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS TO………Vera Reed, 80 on 8th March



                      April 1st

Saffron Walden Band Concert 7.30 p.m.Village Hall


Chesterford & District Gardening Society AGM and Plant Sale


 8.00 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford


Mobile Library


Covered Market/Fun Day, Ickleton Riverside Barns


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


English Music Workshop & Concert, Little Chesterford Village Hall


Mobile Library



                          May 6th

Parkinson’s Annual Bazaar, Village Hall


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Chapel


Annual Parish Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Theatre Group ‘Intimate Exchanges’ Village Hall



                       June 10th

Hinxton Fete



                          July 1st

Church Fete, Village Hall and Recreation Ground



              November 25th

Silent Auction, Hinxton Village Hall