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JUNE  2006





David and Monica Lilley                                                                                            monica.lilley2@btopenworld.com




Tony Court                       

Hilary Rule                    


All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th JUNE 2006



Refuse Collections during June

Monday       5th  June  -        Black bin collection

Monday     12th  June  -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     19th  June  -        Black bin collection

Monday     26th  June  -        Green bin and green box collection

Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council held on 11th May.  James Macdonald was elected Chairman and Lewis Duke Vice Chairman.  Details of the various positions/representatives of the Parish Council can be found on the village noticeboard.

Annual Parish Meeting held on 17th May.   This was well attended and all enjoyed a glass of wine or beer.  In addition to the normal reports, we had an interesting address from June Cannie of Sawston Village College.  After which residents put a number of questions to the Chairman and Vice Chairman.

Ickleton Football Club  Many congratulations to the club for winning the VB Trophies League Cup Final on May 14th by beating Stapleford 4 goals to 2.

Post Office/Village Shop There is currently a petition in the village shop asking for signatures.  The reason being that the government will not be supporting the Post Office Card Account as from 2010.  As from the end of July 2006, you will not be able to buy your TV licence at the Post Office.  This will be another service that is being taken away.  This is threatening the viability of thousands of Post Offices – including ours.  If you have not yet signed this petition, then please do so.

Sports Facility Questionnaire Many thanks to those who have now returned the questionnaire.  The responses received to date are now 145.   The Parish Council will be considering these in due course.

Wellcome Trust have asked us to mention the amount of dog mess that is appearing in the Wetlands and the damage being done to signage that has been put up.  This is an area that should bring pleasure to all, and includes children who enjoy running around in the grounds.  Please could dog owners take a ‘poo’ bag with them and take the mess home (please do not throw it in the hedge!) – there are no bins on site for disposal. 

Stop Stansted Expansion will be holding a Runway Ramble (5 or 7½ miles) on Saturday 10th  June at 10.30 am from Church End, Broxted.  Advance registration please call '01279 870558 or e-mail info@stopstanstedexpansion 

Crocus Football Club is holding a 5-a-side tournament over the weekend of 5/6th August.  If any village organisation wishes to have any stalls on the Recreation ground, in order to raise money for themselves, Crocus is quite happy for you to do so.

                                                                                             Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk


We arrived in Ickleton thinking that we had come to a nice peaceful village, but unfortunately after dark things seem to change.  Cars are being vandalised, why I am not sure, Fun? Boredom? Drink? or just ignorance?  I do not think any excuse should be made for damaging other people’s property and feel very strongly that something should be done.  It appears that Back Lane seems to be the target.  I would ask that people of the village are more vigilant, after all it could possibly be their property next.                                                            Jenny Clements




At the Annual Meeting on 26th April, Simon Casement and Rosemary McKillen were elected as Churchwardens for Ickleton Church; they were sworn in by the Archdeacon of Ely on 8th May. They succeed Sebastian Payne and Jenny Pell who served together for six years, from 2000. Sebastian and Jenny were presented with gifts as a token of appreciation from church and village for all their hard work, especially during the interregnum and the recruitment of a new vicar.



Jenny and Sebastian were overwhelmed at the PCC on May 16th and want to thank everyone who so kindly contributed to the marvellous presents and flowers we were given. We feel the PCC must know us rather well, as our gifts are so appropriate! Jenny has already test-driven her amazing tankard and hip-flask; Sebastian says everyone is welcome to try out his handsome garden chair, now up and running, while he goes into Cambridge to spend his Blackwell vouchers on books to read and CDs to play this summer. We have enjoyed our time as churchwardens, made easy by the help of others, and are really delighted that Rosemary McKillen and Simon Casement have agreed to take over. We know they know they will enjoy the same fantastic support and friendship of the Ickleton PCC and congregation, from which we benefited so much.


VICAR’S NEWS – Ickleton Church: an Annual Report  

A year of Change and Challenge

2005 was a year of change and challenge for the Schofields. The move from Fenland market town to affluent South Cambs villages brought changes both professional and personal. We feel very privileged to live amongst you and to minister in the three villages, but 2005 was not all plain sailing!

2005 was a year of change and challenge for the church, too. The arrival of a new clergyperson is a moment of hope after an interregnum. But then you realise that the new person comes from a different place and will do things differently. It’s a time of readjustment for everyone, and at the start you’re never quite sure it’s for the best! A long consultation process began in May 2005. It involved explorations with a working group and discussions with the three PCCs, culminating in a joint meeting which approved a new service timetable and the 2006 Calendar.

In May this year another cycle of talks began. It began as a review of the service structure and will culminate in a service timetable and Calendar for 2007.

Some thank you’s

Special thanks to members of the Ministry Team – Julie Baillie, our indefatigable Reader (now properly titled ‘Licensed Lay Minister’) and the Revd Tricia Newland. Tricia, in particular, has been willing to step in as necessary, but also to step back when I’ve needed to find my own way. I’m conscious too that her role is changing with a new service timetable and I’m grateful for her support with that.

It is important that I record thanks to the many people who contribute to church life, working quietly in the background. I think of those who clean the church and present the flowers, those who organise and prepare for the services, the sidespeople, readers, those who help with weddings and funerals, organists, those who provide refreshments, the bell ringers – so many people involved in making sure the church runs smoothly and efficiently. There are those who serve on the Parochial Church Council and who represent us at Parish, Deanery and Archdeaconry meetings. And in Ickleton, of course, I ought to make special mention of the choir, who contribute so ably to our worship and festivals – and then go the extra mile by supporting special events in other churches in the group too.

Vicar’s hopes for 2006

Each year I have to write a brief paragraph for the Diocesan Prayer Diary. About Ickleton, I wrote: ‘A confident, able and self-contained worshipping community which contributes generously to Benefice Share; a lovely and much-visited church with a choral tradition, BCP Evensong and a place for Family worship.’

It is a great joy to minister in a place where the fabric of the building is cared for with much love; where the services are well organised and supported; and where financial challenges are dealt with in a quiet but effective way. Ickleton is the village with a Bible Study Group and is the mainstay of the Family Ministry Group. In so many ways – I think of Harvest Festival, Nine Lessons and Carols, the Fete, Carol Singing – you offer a model to other villages in what can be accomplished with commitment and determination.

All three PCCs asked for a visiting vicar, and you will no doubt be disappointed that that isn’t quite what happened. 2005 was a year for getting to know how everything runs, and of course, planning for 2006. This year will probably be hard work as I support the new service structure with as much communication as possible – mostly, I confess, on paper. But I would like to develop my pastoral role in Ickleton. I have enjoyed my first year with you immensely –  but I need to get to know Ickleton better, and ultimately that means a personal call. I hope that becomes possible in this year and the next.  And finally ….

It would be difficult to imagine this group of parishes without Ickleton. Thank you for your welcome in 2005, and for your support and encouragement through the year.

June’s Family Service

This is on Sunday 25th June at 5.00 pm at Duxford Church. It’s a short service aimed at children and young people, with active participation and refreshments after. The theme for June’s service is ‘Meet your Church.’ This is church with a difference – all welcome.

Services during the week

Morning Prayer (8.45 am) and Evening Prayer (4.45 pm) are said in church: Monday Duxford, Tuesday Ickleton, Wednesday Hinxton, Thursday Ickleton, Friday Duxford. Holy Communion is at Hinxton every Thursday (12.30 pm).

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




CHURCH NOTICES    - Services for June

                 Thursday 1st

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                    Sunday 4th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion



10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                Thursday  8th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                   Sunday 11th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


              Trinity Sunday

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                Thursday 15th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                   Sunday 18th

 8.00 a.m.  BCP Communion


                        Trinity 1

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                Thursday 22nd

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                  Sunday 25th

 8.00  a.m. BCP Communion


                        Trinity 2

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  5.00 p.m. Family Service



  6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong





                Thursday 29th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion




There are a few in the village who remember us from those far off days of our youth, who will be troubled, indeed very concerned, of late. No articles in the newsletter from them, no warning as to what they are up to. It’s quiet, too quiet, those So and So’s are up to something!

Fruit and vegetables on the allotments will have to be checked, Apple tree crops protected, and anything that floats or moves is to be tied down! Those kids are like locusts once on the move, nothing is sacred! Don’t answer the door if you are not expecting a call, it’s Knock Down Ginger Time and for goodness sake don’t leave anything out that might be used in gang warfare!

Well relax, the game’s up, we have been caught trying to sneak into the village by some of the old adventure tracks under cover of darkness, but when we stood to at dawn, ready to creep up on the playing fields, we found we were in the middle of gardens of newly built homes! We would like to apologise to those who have since been rumoured to report that moles can grow up to six feet tall and talk with a cockney accent!

We would like to say that we look forward to meeting you all again at the fete, but we are a little suspicious of Ron’s offer to provide a tractor and trailer ride for us in the morning before the fete opens. One of our group said that during the war a number of us kids were given a tractor ride up the Grange area and left to walk back. If that happens, the fete will be over by the time we return…..hang on a minute, it’s all coming back to us now, it’s a repeat to dump us---right lads a council of war is needed! Suppose they are planning to take us to the IWM at Duxford and leave us as living exhibits of WWII, or rope us together and make us glean the fields….no it’s too early….what about……

Seriously (and our return  to the village is always a serious matter!) we appreciate very much Ron’s offer and the invitation to join in the village celebrations and fundraising for the church. This year is going to be so busy with celebrating HM The Queen’s birthday and the first Veterans Day that we decided to take it easy at the fete and plan for next year. Perhaps a wine reception mingling with friends in the grounds of a hall, with music wafting in on the summer breeze…….Oh.. alright, maybe some plonk in someone’s back garden, with  Molly singing to a tune bashed out by Nicky and Plummy on a washboard!                                               Mick Bristow




Time is getting on now, so here is a recap about what will be happening on Saturday July 1st .  The Church Fete is held in the village hall and on the recreation ground.  This is a fundraiser for Ickleton Church and a social event for the village as well. This is a traditional fete for all the family. We are a registered charity, number 245456.  This year will be a circus theme.

We have to entertain you, by popular request: tractor and trailer rides, The Devil’s Dyke Morris Dancers, Ye Olde Fruit Machine (Human Form!),The Saffron Walden Town Band, and Adults’ and Children’s Fancy Dress Parade, with a circus theme. Dick Wombwell’s Vintage Tractors and Vehicles, Church Tours by Rosemary Hayes, Ickleton Social Club Quiz by Laurie Gregory. We are very pleased that the young Mums are going to organise Clown Face Painting, Custard Pie Throwing, Guess  how many balls you can get in the Clown’s trousers! The Village School Reunion up till the 1950s will be attending and also The Ickleton Society Archives will be on show, and much, much more……….

A programme will be delivered to every house a week before the Fete, with the final details or see the posters which will soon be appearing around the village or at Costcutter Express, our village shop. The Church and PCC are very grateful to everybody who helps in any way.

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

The Ickleton Society has agreed this year to give cream teas and a selection of sandwiches from 2.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. The village hall will be open from 10.15 a.m. on July 1st.

The following stall holders will welcome contributions and help:

Stall Holders:  

Tombola                                    -    Cynthia Rule  – would like things before fete

Books                                        -    Judy Holt

The Grand Raffle                       -    Rosemary and Neil McKillen

                                                             (They would be very grateful if you can sell draw tickets for us!

                                                        Tickets are now on sale with fantastic prizes)

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

                                                              No electrical items please

Cakes & Home Produce            -    Catherine Cocks and family

Bottles for the Bottle Tombola   -    The McKillens

Cakes for tea                                -    Sheila Birch - The Ickleton Society

Nearly New                                    -    Monica Lilley (no jumble please)

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

                                                              plants for the stall on her lawn)

Toy Stall                                       -     Sarah Mila

Silent Auction                                -      Monica Lilley (this is for better quality items)

The Competitions are as follows:      

  1.  Fancy Dress Parade  -  Children and Adults (circus theme)

(on recreation ground 2.00 p.m.)    – Sarah Mila 

  2.  Juggling Competition   - Children and  Adults (on the recreation ground 3.45 p.m.)

  3.  Pet Show – Hilary Rule. Entries 2.30 p.m. Sharp. Judged by Debbie from   

        Davey Associates Vets Ltd.,  (on recreation ground)

            4.   Best Dressed Pets for large and small animals  (on recreation ground - 3.30 p.m.)

            5.   Photography Competition (meeting room)                        

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 4.00 p.m.   A rosette will be given for 1st prize only in 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.  This will be judged at the end of the afternoon.

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




The next Quiz Night is 17th June at 9.00 p.m.

Congratulations to our Ladies’ Darts Team, who play in the Saffron Walden Ladies’ Darts League They were runners-up in the Betty Dunk Cup, runners-up in the League, and Beryl Harris was runner-up in the singles.  Well done Ladies!                    The Social Club Committee



Sunday 18th June 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. at Crossways, Grange Road, (just across M11 on road to Elmdon). Moving house – everything must go! Bargain basement prices, lots of children’s things and some household items.  50% of proceeds to RSPB.



This year’s May 6th seemed to come round very quickly and go by even quicker. The weather was very kind to us and as usual people seemed to come from far and wide, judging by the country tour I had delivering raffle prizes.  As always people were very good indeed both with donations and prizes, for which please accept our many thanks.  We seemed to have a little bit of almost everything and didn’t seem to have so much left over this year.  I need to say that we could not do any of this without the wonderful help of so many friends, as I now like to think of them.  A very big thank you goes to everyone who worked so hard on the day and beforehand.  On the actual day we raised the wonderful sum of £2160.97 which, together with a cheque we had earlier, gave us a grand total of £2280.97.  Well done everyone.  I would also like to thank Sunita and Dilip at Costcutter Express and The Ickleton Social Club, for their continued support by having the collecting boxes, it is always appreciated and a great help, and not forgetting the people who worked so hard on the Friday evening putting up the tables and bringing everything to the hall.                                              Dorothy Churchman, Mary Woolhouse and Cynthia Rule



Our new Chairman, Pauline Gale, welcomed members to the first meeting of the gardening year.

A letter was received from James and Ann Macdonald, thanking the Society for their retirement presents. Gill Chamberlain our guest speaker showed, with the help of slides, how to restore an old garden back to its former glory.

The June meeting will be a garden walkabout in Littlebury, starting at the Old Rectory at 6.30 p.m. parking in the Queen’s Head car park.

The summer outing on June 22nd 6.30 p.m. is to Mill House, Bassingbourn, cost £3.

July 5th will be the mini flower show, 7.30 p.m. start. Members £2, non members £3 to cover cost of refreshments. No meeting in August.

September meeting –‘New Wave Borders’ by Tom Cole.                              Cynthia Rule



Cross-country champions!

Just before the end of the Spring Term, boys and girls from Years 5 and 6 took part in the schools’ cross-country championships at St Neots.  All our teams did very well, and one of the boys’ teams came third overall and first in the small schools’ category.  There were over 100 schools present so this represents a fantastic achievement.

Health Promoting Schools

We are pleased to announce that we been recognised as a Health Promoting School by Cambridgeshire PSHE Service. This is in recognition of the excellent policies and procedures concerning the emotional health and well-being and physical activity of staff and pupils.  Our next step is to review healthy eating. We aim to achieve national recognition for our hard work in December.

Little Red Riding Hood

Just before half term, pupils from Years 3, 4 and 5 put on a production of Little Red Riding Hood.  Based on Roald Dahl’s ’Revolting Rhymes,’ this excellent musical performance was thoroughly enjoyed by fellow pupils, friends and families.  It was also great to see the School’s new sound and lighting system used to great affect.                                                        Miranda Stone-Wigg





Julie Baillie, our Vice President, took the Resolutions Meeting on May 17th.

Following the business meeting, Jan Chessum, from the Cambridgeshire Federation of Women’s Institutes, spoke about the work carried out by the Associated Country Women of the World known as the A.C.W.W. a lesser know organisation than the W.I. to which we are affiliated.

Their work is carried out mainly in Third World Countries educating women to have better control over their lives.  The Cambridgeshire Federation of Women’s Institutes has made the circumcision of women their project, and coins for friendship collected at our meetings will go towards this cause. Following the break for refreshments, the following Resolutions were discussed and passed unanimously.

Renewable Energy

This meeting urges all levels of government to put into place legislation requiring the use of renewable energy in new buildings – rebuilding and renovations.

Sport for a Healthy Population

The meeting urges H. M. Government to ensure the re-establishment of competitive sport in schools and reverse the decline in the availability of sporting activities for all citizens particularly in light of the 2012 Olympics being awarded to London.

The next meeting will be on June 21st at 7.45 p.m.The guest speaker will be Marie Carden, who will talk about dogs for the disabled, accompanied by her own lovely dog. The R.S.P.B. will be holding an evening of Light Entertainment on Thursday June 8th 7.30 p.m. in the Chesterford Community Hall. You must ring '01603 697527 to reserve a place.                                                                                                                  Cynthia Rule



Are you a member of, or run or organise a local group? Do you have in your community a branch of The British Legion, Women’s Institute or similar. What about Friends Club, Luncheon Club or perhaps an Over 60s group. Do you meet on a regular basis; do you have guest speakers from time to time?

If so, you may be interested in having a member of your District Community Fire Safety Team come along to talk to your group about fire safety in the home or anything else to do with the Fire Service. Any fire can have a devastating effect on those involved. A fire in the home, whether it results in injury or not, can have long lasting effects on all involved. Contact the Community Safety Team, on the number given below, to discuss your requirements and to book a date. The service is free and is part of Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s commitment to reducing fires in the home.

Finally, we have in the past drawn the community’s attention to pressure sales tactics used by some companies trying to sell fire extinguishers and the like. We have had two companies operating in South Cambs recently, one selling fire equipment and the other offering free electrical safety checks. A tactic often used by companies like this is to tell you that recent changes in the law require you to have a safety check, which they will do for free. Often such legislation does not exist, the catch is that they then often recommend equipment or work that may not be necessary and which is often very expensive. Please be careful, bear in mind the old adage; if something seems too good to be true, it often is! The exception to this, of course, is the service provided by your Fire Service in Cambridgeshire.

For professional fire safety advice, contact us. It’s free and without prejudice. We will also supply and fit smoke alarms, and even replace those over 10 years old, again free of charge to all our residents. Contact the Team for an appointment.          Tony Hibberd - South Cambs Community Fire Safety Team '01223 376217                                                        

     tony.hibberd@cambsfire.gov.u k Trading Standards National Hotline '08454 040506



                    June  5th

Mobile Library


Chesterford and District Gardening Society Garden Walkabout


6.30 p.m. meet Queens Head Car Park, Littlebury


Hinxton Fete 2.00 p.m. Hinxton Village Hall


Social Club Quiz Night 9.00 p.m. Social Club


Garage Sale 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.  Crossways, Grange Road


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Chesterford & District Gardening Society Visit 6.30 p.m.


Mill House, Bassingbourn

                         July 1st

Church Fete 2.00 p.m. 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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