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MAY  2006





David and Monica Lilley                                                                                            monica.lilley2@btopenworld.com




Tony Court                       

Hilary Rule                    


All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th MAY 2006



Refuse Collections during May

Tuesday    2nd  May*  -       Green bin and green box collection

Monday     8th    May    -      Black bin collection

Monday     15th   May    -      Green bin and green box collection

Monday     22nd  May    -     Black bin collection

Tuesday    30th   May*   -     Green bin and green box collection

* Please note change of day due to Bank holidays.

The Agenda and Minutes  for Ickleton Parish Council can be found on our village website. 

The Annual Parish Meeting   will take place on Wednesday 17th May at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.  For further details, see details set out in article below.

Ickleton Football Club  has reached the VB Trophy cup final.  Their opponents will be Stapleford and the match will be played in Cambridge.  Anyone interested in going along, please contact Steve Jenkins as it is their intention to run a bus to the venue.  The Parish Council sends their congratulations to the team in reaching the final.

Sports Facility Questionnaire  The responses received were not as great as we had hoped for with a total of 54 being received to date.  It is not too late to return your form either to the Village shop or a Parish Councillor.  The majority favoured tennis courts, a youth club and cricket.  The Parish Council will be considering the responses and will let you know the outcome in due course. 

Sport  The following are available:  (1)  Disability Sports Festival for children and adults with disabilities, Sunday 14th May at Sawston Sports Centre, please contact Helen Johnston '01223 457535.  (2) Child protection in Sport, Tuesday 23rd May at Histon & Impington Recreation Ground, please contact Helen Stepney '01954 713349.  (3) Saturday MLD Football and Tag Rugby Club for boys and girls aged 8-15 years, every Saturday, please contact  Helen Johnston '01223 457535 or Jane Lampshire '01954 713349. 

Police: Latest advice received  Satellite navigation equipment should be removed from your car and not left on view.  

If you receive a card through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) saying that they have a parcel awaiting delivery instructions and can you contact them on ' 0906 6611911 DO NOT call the number, as this is a mail scam.

Visit www.cambs.police.uk/signup/ecops to register for a free subscription to the E-cops newsletter.                                                                               Jocelyn Flitton- Parish Clerk



Please come along and join us for free drinks and a chat.  This is your opportunity to meet your Parish Councillors and other residents from the village, to raise any points that you feel are relevant.  We are pleased to say that June Cannie, the Principal of Sawston Village College is our Guest Speaker this year.  Some of you may have already met her, if not then this is your chance to do so.  We hope too that PC Iain Perry will also be present.  Please come, we really want you to!

Note that the normal parish council meeting is at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 11th May in the Methodist Chapel.



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CHURCH NOTICES – Services for May

                          May 4th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                         May 7th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                      Easter 4

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 a.m. Sung Evensong





                       May 11th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                       May 14th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                     Easter 5

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  5.00 p.m. Family Service



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                      May 18th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                       May 21st

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                     Easter 6

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                       May 25th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                        May 28th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                      Easter 7

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong



How long is Easter?

The answer to that rather depends on who you are. If you’re a teacher, the answer will be 17 days (if you include the weekends and bank holidays). For those who can only take the bank holidays, the answer is 4. But at church the season of Easter is 7 weeks long!

After Christ's resurrection, he spent 40 days with his disciples. When he left them, he promised a gift. The Holy Spirit would fill them with the confidence and courage they would need to carry out Christ's mission to the world. The disciples returned to Jerusalem and waited in fear and uncertainty. Then, ten days later, it happened. Their lives were changed - fear turned to boldness, hesitation to confidence, weakness to power.

For the first Christians, Easter was filled with such profound joy that a single day was not nearly enough time to celebrate it. From as far back as the middle of the second century, Easter was celebrated as a season of fifty days, which ended with Pentecost (a word which comes from the Greek for fifty). They found great meaning in the fifty days. Fifty days was a symbol of eternity. Fifty days is seven weeks, or a week of weeks plus one day. This was the "eighth" day, the same name used for the Day of Resurrection, and for Sunday, the first day of the week.

In church, then, Easter is much more than one day. It is the season from Easter Day to Whitsunday – this year from 16th April to 4th June. It ends on Pentecost Sunday, when the Church marks the coming of the Holy Spirit. In the Great Fifty Days we celebrate the new beginnings made possible for all of us because of Jesus!


Discover your village church

Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust have organised a guided tour round the Anglican Churches of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton on Sunday 7th May, to be led by Dr Lynne Broughton. We are blessed with four lovely churches (Ickleton and Duxford St John are particularly well known). Here is an opportunity to discover more about the history of your community through its churches. The tour begins at Ickleton Church at 2.30 pm, proceeds to Hinxton, and ends with tea at Duxford. All are welcome – this is a local event not to be missed!


Family Service

This is on Sunday 14th May at 5.00 pm at Duxford Church. It’s a short service aimed at children and young people, with active participation and refreshments afterwards. The theme for May’s service is Caring for God’s World. This is church with a difference – all welcome.


Ascension Day

This is on Thursday 25th May and is a red letter day in the Church’s calendar. There is the usual Thursday lunchtime service at Hinxton at 12.30 pm or join us for a bigger Deanery celebration at Harston All Saints at 8.00 pm.

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

* Andrew.schofield@ely.anglican.org





This year’s Church Fete to be held on July 1st from 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.  is coming together now! - we hope everybody and particularly newcomers to the village will join us or help with the fete.  You will be made very welcome.

Listed below are people who have very kindly volunteered for the usual stalls and who would like to receive contributions for their stalls and help. This year we are very pleased to present The Devil’s Dyke Morris Dancers who will be performing at the end of the afternoon, and by popular request Ron Coulson has agreed to give tractor and trailer rides first to the ‘Come Homers’ in the morning and then rides during the afternoon of the Fete.  If anybody  has vintage vehicles, cars tractors etc. that you would like to show, Dick Wombwell and his friends will be pleased to hear from you. More details next month.


Coffee will be served in the morning for helpers and the ‘Come Homers’.


The Ickleton Society have agreed this year to give cream teas and a selection of sandwiches from 2.00 p.m.  until 5.00 p.m.


Stall Holders:- 

Tombola                                   -     Cynthia Rule– would like things before fete

Books                                       -     Judy Holt

The Grand Raffle                           -     Rosemary and Neil McKillen

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

Plant Stall                                           -    Carli Holberry, , (you are welcome to leave    

                                                                    plants for the stall on her lawn)

Toy Stall                                              -    Sarah Mila                            



Would you like to sponsor the fete?  The Parochial Church Council sends a leaflet to every house a week before, to advertise the event, and one to everybody who comes to the Fete, 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. 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.


The Competitions are as follows:-  

1.   Fancy Dress Parade -  children and adults (Circus theme)        

                            2.  Juggling Competition – children and adults

                             3.   Pet Show

                             4.   Best Dressed Dog         for large and small dogs    

                             5.   Photography Competition (see below)                      


Photography Competition 2006

We have come up with the following categories for this year’s photography competition.  This is for adults and children’s abilities.       The cost is £1 for each entry.

1.  Portrait,    2. Ickleton Church,    3.  An Ickleton Scene,   4. Your Favourite Place,   5. Pets,

6.  Transport.  These should all be in colour, either 6” x 4” or 7½“x 5”.

The results will be announced in the meeting room in the village hall on the afternoon of the fete at 3.45 p.m.       A rosette will be given for 1st prize only of each category.

If you would like to participate put your photo/photos in an envelope (with money), together with details of categories they are in, and either put them through my door, before the day of the fete or bring to the fete on the day, after 1.45 p.m.

Last year we had 25 entries. We hope a village personality will judge the competitions.                                                                                                            Monica Lilley - Fete Organiser





Annual General Meeting

This year’s AGM will take place in the Village Hall on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7.30pm.  Last year we heard about the new buildings at The Wellcome Trust and the development of the Wetlands, this year we shall hear about some of the work taking place inside the laboratories in a talk to be given by Dr Don Powell, the Press and Public Relations Officer.  His talk is entitled ‘Building on DNA’ so do come along, have a glass of wine, and find out what happens there.           Sheila Birch



The bellringers were pleased to ring at both Ickleton and Duxford on 21st April on the occasion of the Queen’s 80th birthday.



Tickets are now on sale for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds production in the Village Hall on Saturday 20th May. It is a hilarious and piquant slice of life by Alan Ayckbourn, one of Britain's most prolific and popular playwrights.

Meet Celia and Toby Teasdale. A middle-class, suburban couple struggling to hold their marriage together. When local odd-job man Lionel Hepplewick arrives at their home to lay some crazy paving, Celia's life is about to be turned upside down. Whilst Toby struggles to cope with the burden of being headmaster at a local prep school and the temptation of the bottle, Celia's attentions are increasingly drawn towards the robust and intriguing Lionel.  The doors and the bar will be open at 6.30p.m. and the curtain up at 7.30p.m. Tickets are available at Costcutter Express and early purchase is recommended.                                                  The Theatre Group



Further to my article in last month's bulletin an item that has not received publicity is that it is now illegal to offer monetary prizes and alcohol in the same raffle. It is an either/or situation so local organisations please note and avoid a stiff penalty. Please do not ask me to explain the logic behind this.                                                                                                        Gordon Woolhouse



The Cambridge Green Belt Project in conjunction with the Wellcome Trust are organizing two events which will offer unique opportunities to get an expert insight into Ickleton’s natural world.  Do come and make sure the family come too! 

1. A musical start to Spring.  The dawn chorus is one of the year’s natural highlights - a treat for the ears and well worth the early morning start. Come along at 4.30 a.m. on Saturday 13th May to learn more about the birds singing for territory and mates and their different songs.

2. Mysteries of the night.  On Thursday 17th August at 9.00 p.m. there will be a chance to discover some of them. Join us for moth trapping and bat listening and learn more about the fascinating world of these two species.  Please wear warm clothing and bring a torch.

For both events, assemble at the entrance to the Wetlands area over the Mill Lane level crossing gates.                                                                                                     Andrew Shepperd



Our last meeting was the day before Sonny Willmott’s birthday so his wife had made a lovely sponge and other cakes for our tea. We thank her very much for this and wish him a happy birthday. We also thank George Lilley for his gift of sugar and tea bags for the meetings, it certainly helps us on our way.                                                                                           Mrs. R. Lilley



17 year old Alex Goode of Church Street has just returned from a successful tour of Italy with the national under-18 squad and is preparing to go full time with Guinness Premiership side Saracens next season. His goal is to be selected in the England under-19 squad for the 2007 World Cup in Belfast.




The Bishop’s Stortford Methodist Circuit Spring Fair will be held on Saturday 13th May from 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. in Ickleton Village Hall with stalls, competitions, teas and entertainment.  All welcome and entrance is free.

Lunch will be held at 12.15 for 12.45 p.m. by ticket only.  All profits to World Mission Fund of the Methodist Church.                                                                                                         Rev Hilary Cheng



The King’s got Donkey’s Ears! – A children’s play involving story-telling and puppetry, was created and performed by Andy Lawrence, put on by The Junction, Cambridge, in the Village Hall on the afternoon of Saturday 25th March.  The story kept the young enthralled and adults amused for a bit under an hour, with lots of imaginative puppets and clever use of props.  Happily, the king eventually decided that there were worse things than having donkey’s ears!  Attendance wasn’t as high as had been hoped, so it was a pity that more children (and parents) weren’t able to enjoy the performance.  Thanks go to all the organisers of the event.                                                                                                                                                                  Mark Stone-Wigg



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



I want to thank Sunita and Dilip Odedra for very kindly allowing me to leave the Daffodil box in their shop.  We raised £55.

Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously.                               Gill Dillon-Robinson



WELCOME TO….  Steven and Cathy Heaney and their children, Edmund and Flora,                                    

                           both four years old,.




On April 5th we held our A.G.M. when sadly our Chairman James Macdonald retired from the committee having served as chairman for seven years, during which time the society has gone from strength to strength. Our new chairman Mrs. Pauline Gale thanked James and Ann for their work and dedication to the society and presented James with a bottle of his favourite tipple and a bouquet of flowers to Ann.

Mrs. Joan Bruce won the best bloom competition for the year and was given a garden voucher.

A good raffle was held followed by a sale of plants.

The next meeting will be on May 3rd when the subject will be ‘Rescuing Gardens’.  The best bloom competition – a spray of Lilac.

A reminder that subs are due - £7 and £6 OAPs.

New members welcome.                                                                                    Cynthia Rule




Many thanks to everyone who attended, organised and helped at our Pamper Evening on 31st March.  Combined ticket, raffle ticket and other donations raised a fantastic figure of £520.  This money has been added to our growing funds for replacement of our playgroup building.  Thank you to all who supported this fundraiser.                                                                  Sharon Gilbert







Golden Charter, Britain’s leading funeral plan provider, has named R. Skeates, Funeral Director of Duxford, ‘Regional Funeral Planner of the Year for London and South East England’ for the company’s dedication and commitment in providing an outstanding service to the community.

Golden Charter’s managing director, Ian Barnett, presented the award to David and Marion Skeates at the awards ceremony held at the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors’ AGM, Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon.

The firm was judged regional winner from 2,100 other funeral businesses that represent the largest funeral-planning network in the UK.

On receiving the award David said, “I am delighted to receive the award on behalf of the company.  This is a recognition of the caring approach of all of our staff.”

Golden Charter’s managing director, Ian Barnett commented.  “This is the 13th year of the awards, and each year it becomes more difficult to choose the winners. Through these awards Golden Charter has been able to recognise personal excellence and professional commitment in one of the most difficult and challenging areas of serving the public.  R. Skeates Funeral Director have set the standard for this and following years, and we are delighted to recognise their achievement.”



The A.G.M. was held on March 15th. Carol Dean our President for the past six years retired from office and was presented with a beautiful azalea and a lovely thank you speech by Julie Baillie.

Ann Wood was warmly welcomed as our President for the coming year.

Forgetful of New Year Resolutions members enjoyed a fish and chip supper with wine, followed by home-made cakes and coffee.

Following this, our April meeting brought along Simon Hanna from the National Health Service to show us how to exercise to keep mobile, control blood pressure, diabetes and lose weight.

The next meeting on May 17th when the Resolutions will be discussed. ‘Serious stuff’! Afterwards there will be a talk on ‘The Associated Country Women of the World’ to which we are affiliated.

Visitors welcome.                                                                                                 Cynthia Rule





                  May 3rd

Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting


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


 Parkinson’s Annual Bazaar 2.00 p.m. Village Hall


 Mobile Library


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Chapel


 A Musical start to Spring 4.30 a.m. Wetlands over Mill Lane Crossing


Methodist Chapel Spring Fair 2.00 - 4.00 p.m. Village Hall


Annual Parish Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Theatre Group ‘Initimate Exchanges’ 6.30 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Mobile Library


Ickleton Society AGM and talk ‘Building on DNA’ 7.30 p.m. Village Hall



               June 10th

Hinxton Fete



                 July 1st

Church Fete, Village Hall and Recreation Ground



            August 17th

Mysteries of the Night 9.00 p.m. Wetlands over Mill Lane Crossing



       November 25th

Silent Auction, Hinxton Village Hall

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