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JULY  2006





David and Monica Lilley                                                                                            monica.lilley2@btopenworld.com




Tony Court                       

Hilary Rule                    


All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th JUly 2006






Refuse Collections during July

Monday     3rd     July             -        Black bin collection

Monday     10th  July              -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     17th  July             -        Black bin collection

Monday     24th  July             -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     31st  July              -        Black bin collection


Parish Council Meeting 21st June  Amongst the topics considered at the meeting were the poor quality of policing, the possibility of allotments, and the proposal to provide tennis courts.  The latter was the result of the recent Sports questionnaire distributed around the village.  A tennis court working group will need to be set up, consisting of members of the parish council together, with residents of the village who are interested in seeing this project come to fruition.  Please let me know if you would like to join this working group.


Planning applications: 10 Mill Lane - Conservatory    approved;  6 Birds Close – Extension – approved;  18 Brookhampton Street – Conservatory (Amendment) – approved; Ickleton River Barns, 111 Frogge Street - Erection of seven Retail Units & Café (Retrospective) and Erection of four Additional Retail Units – refused.


Tree Preservation Orders: Removal of Ash tree – 33 Frogge Street - approved. Consent and Removal of a Lime tree - Harlequin House, Abbey Street.  Removal of trees adjacent to wall in Frogge Street – 57 Church Street - approved.


Cemetery   An improvement in the general appearance can now be seen following the

re-gravelling of the pathway.


Cambridgeshire County Council present ‘A Celebration of Cambridge Castle’ National Archaeology Week 15th - 23rd July 2006.  Contact for information:  Archaeological Field Unit –  '01223 576201 or their website: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/archaeology


                                                                                               Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk





Don’t forget the Church Fete on July 1st from 2.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. in the village hall and on the recreation ground.  For any more information, please ring Monica Lilley (Fete Organiser) or see our village shop, Costcutter Express, notice board.                                                       





Church:  An Alien Environment?

If you were brought up to church, it’s easy – you don’t see the problem. Here we are blessed with beautiful and well cared for mediaeval churches, with dependable and comfortable liturgy, and church feels … well, almost like home. Certainly it is a place of familiarity and predictability where people derive comfort from the words of prayers and hymns they have known from childhood. Church, then, is a safe and re-assuring place.

That’s what it looks like from the inside, at least. From the outside, it is quite another matter. Sometimes I hear the comment that ‘Your church is really not very friendly.’ It is a comment which can be taken at different levels. Let’s start with the building. To some it is an ancient monument, like a castle or some other English Heritage site – a place to be visited on holiday, a leisure activity. To others, it may seem intimidating or even alien and have no connection with normal life. It’s said that the most difficult step for a newcomer to take, is through the church door. And inside it’s even worse – you are faced with rows and rows of hard wooden seats, which speak of a disciplined and regimented activity, with little concession to comfort or convenience.

When it comes to the service itself, of course, you’ll be quite out of your depth. You may be given a little prayer book full of 17th century English, with such odd chapters as ‘A Commination or Denouncing of God’s Anger and Judgement against Sinners’ and ‘The Churching of Women’. As you look around, it is clear that everyone else knows exactly what they’re doing, and you daren’t ask, because you’ll just look silly. In another service, you may find yourself with a more modern service book, but it is 850 pages long, and in the end you’ll give up trying to find your way through it. Then the hymns – they’re sung with sincerity and fervour, but are nothing like the ones you learnt at school, so you can’t join in with them either. By the end, you feel completely inadequate, and all you want to do is escape. You avoid conversation with people, who all seem to know each other anyway, you shake hands with the smiling clergyman at the door, and you’re gone. Once outside, you breathe a sigh of relief that it’s all over.

Am I exaggerating? I hope so, but I think church must be quite hard for some of our visitors (like the couples who come to hear their banns read, or people who come for a Christening). So, one of the aims for our churches, at least in the vicar’s mind, is to become more user-friendly. It means that, as church people, we need to look at what we do in a different way, becoming sensitised to those for whom a church service is a strange place to be.

We are making efforts in that direction. We’re trying to build on past experience and wisdom, but also find new ways to help people feel at home in their village church. Our aims are:

       To make contact with ‘new’ families, through an open Christening policy. Now you can choose to have your christening within the main Sunday service or at a service just for your family. We want to make the occasion very special for those celebrating the birth of a new baby.

       To make contact with children and families. There are weekly school assemblies led by church people, and visits to church by the children. The vicar is always pleased to be part of special school celebrations, and it would be good to involve the school in church celebrations too. At church, we’re running specially designed Sunday afternoon services for children, at a time we hope will be more convenient for families (5.00 p.m. in the summer).

       To improve communication with people. In church there is now a weekly newsletter and a monthly church diary, and for the computer literate, even blog pages.

       To make worship itself more accessible. For many of our services, we provide specially printed leaflets, which guide you through the worship. In some services, we’re introducing occasional modern worship songs, which, if not familiar, are at least easy to pick up and to enjoy singing. After the morning service, there are always refreshments and a chance to meet people and find out more.

It all takes a time, especially as the three churches of the Hinkledux group are experimenting with a new service timetable this year, which is in itself unsettling. But, if you’ve been wondering about your village church, why not give us a try? You may be able to help us find new ways to break down barriers and open our doors wider!

Andrew Schofield

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





CHURCH NOTICES – Services for July


                    Sunday 2nd

 8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                      Trinity 3

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                  Thursday 6th     

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                     Sunday 9th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                        Trinity 4

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                 Thursday 13th    

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                    Sunday 16th 

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                         Trinity 5

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                 Thursday 20th   

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                 Sunday 23rd

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                       Trinity 6

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Songs of Praise Evensong





                 Thursday 27th     

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                  Sunday 30th

 10.00 a.m. Joint Eucharist


                        Trinity 7




July’s Family Service

This is on Sunday 9th at 5.00 p.m. at Duxford Church.  It’s a short service aimed at children, with active participation and refreshments afterwards.  The theme for July’s service is Teddy Bears’ Picnic! This is church with a difference – all welcome.

Songs of Praise for Ickleton’s Patronal Festival

Every saint has their day and for Ickleton's saint - Mary Magdalene - it's July 22nd. We're celebrating with a Songs of Praise service at 6.30p.m. on Sunday 23rd July. If you have a favourite hymn you'd like to be sung by congregation and choir, pop in to church and put down your choice on the sheet you'll find on the display table, and then join us to celebrate Saint and Church.

Services during the week

Morning Prayer (8.45 a.m.) and Evening Prayer (4.45p.m.) are said in church: Monday Duxford, Tuesday Ickleton, Wednesday Hinxton, Thursday Ickleton, Friday Duxford.

Further Information

A Weekly Newsletter is available in church and at http:\\spaces.msn.com/hinkledux

A Monthly Diary is available in church and the calendar details from it are at

http: \ \spaces.msn.com/hinkledux2




It seems a long time since we had three birthdays to celebrate at a meeting. There was Henry Burton, Cynthia Rule and my own, so we made sandwiches etc, and Cynthia made a nice fruit cake, which was enjoyed by everyone.                                                                              Mrs. R. Lilley








This year marks the Queen's 80th birthday, and over recent weeks, there have been a number of television and radio programmes looking back over her life. One of the most extraordinary points about Her Majesty is that when she was born no one would have dreamed that one day she would be Queen. But an abdication in the royal lineage, when the throne passed to the Queen's Father, George VI, paved the way for Princess Elizabeth to become Queen.  With the World Cup upon us once more, David Beckham springs to mind. Who could have known that this young boy, brought up in the East End of London, would rise to be Captain of the England team and a world famous player? Since Easter, the lectionary readings point towards the deeds of the Early Church apostles. Peter and Andrew, both disciples turned apostles for Christ, lived their lives to the full, and died for their faith. They may well have been unaware of what the future would hold.

I have been with you now for the last two years. When I came here, no one could have predicted that within two short years I would be redeployed to another post in the Methodist Church. I shall be leaving in August to take up a new position in the Cambridge Circuit. I have enjoyed being with you and working alongside you immensely, and treasure the good times that we have shared together. We do not always know where life is going to take us, but of one thing we can be sure. God holds us all in his hands, and when he is with us, we have nothing to fear. He knows where each of us can serve him best. 

May God continue to hold you in the palm of his hands.                    Rev. Hilary Cheng



Duxford Unveils Exciting Plans For Flying  Legends Air Show

Preparations are well underway, at the Imperial War Museum Duxford,for the Flying Legends Air  Show on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July. The show, presented in conjunction with the Duxford based Fighter Collection, brings together an unsurpassed collection of classic and historic aircraft and veterans from around the world. The two-day spectacular of nostalgia, excitement and pure ‘wow’ factor will see some of the world's rarest and most historic aircraft display for the delight of the crowds. The Flying Legends Air Show has, over the years, gained a well-deserved reputation for providing the best opportunity in Europe to see some of the world's most historic aircraft in their element. The Show will be commemorating the classic age of air combat and paying tribute to the skill and courage of the famous pilots who flew these legendary aircraft into battle. Jane Larcombe of The Fighter Collection says, "All of those heroes and their aircraft are of great historical importance. They represent the last of the chivalric man-to-man period of air combat." Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to meet veteran pilots and crew, as well as browse a wide variety of trade stands. They'll also be able to study the display aircraft at close quarters on the Flight Line Walk (subject to a small additional charge) and, of course, settle down to watch some three hours of superb flying. The crowds won't be disappointed, as aircraft scheduled to appear include 15 Spitfires in a Spitfire Scramble; a Mustang Stampede featuring some 7 P-51 Mustangs; several Hurricanes; a German ME109 - once the arch enemy of the Spitfire; and the mighty B-17 Flying Fortresses; Sally B; and The Pink Lady. Also scheduled to fly are The Fighter Collection's impressive stable of aircraft, including the Bearcat, Tigercat and Hellcat and the gutsy P-47 Thunderbolt. Many of these aircraft are film and TV stars, having appeared in films such as ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘Dark Blue World’ and TV dramas from ‘Poirot’ to ‘Foyle’s War’. Says Marketing and PR Manager at Duxford Tracey Woods, "Flying Legends is unique and is the warbird show in Europe. All the aircraft due to appear are piston engined aircraft, dating mainly from the Second World War and all are classics in their own right. A visit to Flying Legends promises to be a truly memorable day out for visitors young and old". The whole of the Museum will also be open for visitors to enjoy, with plenty to see including Concorde, The Battle of Britain and the evocative Forgotten War exhibitions, conservation work in progress and the stunning American Air Museum. Gates open at 8.00 a.m. and the flying begins at 2.00 p.m. Tickets - Adults £30, Senior Citizens/Concessions £25, Children £10. Superb VIP style Gold Pass tickets available in advance - for more information about tickets or the flying

programme call the Air Show Hotline on 01223 499301 or visit www.iwm.org.uk to purchase tickets on line.






The Society held its Annual General Meeting on 23rd May.  This was well attended and members heard about the activities of the Society over the last year and enjoyed wine and refreshments.  Dr Don Powell of the Wellcome Trust gave a very interesting talk about the research being done in the laboratories and how this is contributing to advances in medical knowledge of a number of important diseases and conditions. He managed to make this both enjoyable and understandable for his, mainly, non-scientific audience.


We will be displaying some of the Society’s collection of photographs and documents at the Church Fete on 1st July.  We also hope to have a computer available to demonstrate how you can search the photograph collection and the database of documents on the Ickleton village web site.  This year we expect to be in the meeting room.  Please come along and see us.

                                                                                                                         Rachel Radford



Summer holiday picnics for Ickleton children (and anyone else you want to bring)

All dates: meet from 11.00 a.m bring a picnic and games for the kids.


26th July       -   Ickleton Playground.

2nd August   -   Audley End Garden (meet under the trees between the car park and the lake).

9th August    -   Chrishall Playground (behind the School).

16th August  -   Ickleton Playground.

23rd August  -   Bridge End Gardens, Saffron Walden.

(meet on the lawn near the entrance to the Maze).

30th August   -   Chrishall Playground.


Fridays after School

Come along to the playground after School (approx 4.00 p.m.) on Fridays. If it's nice weather, bring a picnic supper for the kids (and maybe some wine for the grown-ups!).



We will be open throughout the summer (except for Bank Holidays) Mondays 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon in the Village Hall.

Babies are welcome to all the above events, so to all you new mums out there, just turn up. We love to see new faces!

                                                                                                                     Katherine Denman-Johnson




In the last month the PTA have worked extremely hard and organised two very successful events to raise money for the school.  The annual Fete on 18th June was an action packed afternoon with wacky races, remote control car racing as well as more traditional events accompanied by music from the Duxford Workshop Jazz Band.  The following week budding models from the school took part in a ‘Kids on the Catwalk’ fashion show that was enjoyed by both audience and participants.


On the 8th and 9th July the PTA will be using the school facilities to provide car parking and a snack bar, serving an assortment of delicious home made refreshments, for members of the public who want to watch the air display taking place at Duxford Imperial War Museum.  Please come along and join in the fun.                                                                               Miranda Stone-Wigg











The Sawston Medical Centre old building will be closed on 30th June and will be moving on 1st and 2nd July to the new building opening on 3rd July.


Points of Interest.

1. All practice consulting rooms are downstairs (GPs and nurses).

2. Lift to first floor to access physiotherapy, chiropody, audiology, speech and language services.

3. Larger dispensary.

4. Fully equipped minor operations room.

5. Paramedics on site.

6. Energy saving features:

(a) Rainwater recovery system, water stored in underground tank (size of a minibus) then

     pumped into a header tank which is then used to flush the toilets.

(b) Geothermal heating and cooling – 50 bore holes in the ground taking water at

12 degrees into a system which then transfers energy to heat the radiators to around 50 degrees.

     (c)  Solar panels in the roof to preheat water and generate electricity.


     We now have a new web site www.sawstonmedicalpractice.co.uk                            Jenny Parker





Our June meeting was held on the eve of the summer solstice. One lady announced she would like to go outside and dance around a tree to celebrate, sadly no one offered to join her!

Our guest speaker Marie Carder proved a wonderful speaker, describing how she learnt to walk again with the help of Venney her guide dog for the disabled.  It costs upward of £7,000 to train the dogs to fetch, carry, open doors, pick up items; the list is endless. Venney, the perfect gentleman, sat quietly throughout the talk, his only requirement being a cup of tea before going home.

Next month – July 19th members will be visiting the new Cambridgeshire Federation of Women’s Institutes’ headquarters at Girton, which were recently opened by H.R.H. Prince Edward, and afterwards at 32 Frogge Street for refreshments.

The speaker for the August meeting will demonstrate the craft of pressed flowers.

                                                                                                                  Cynthia Rule






                       July 1st     

Church Fete 2.00 p.m. Village Hall & Recreation Ground


Mobile Library


Chesterford and District Gardening Society Mini Flower Show


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


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Visiting Bellringers 10.30 – 11.40 a.m. approx.


Mobile Library



                August  17th

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



           November 25th

Silent Auction, Hinxton Village Hall