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AUGUST  2006






David and Monica Lilley                                                                                            monica.lilley2@btopenworld.com




Tony Court                       

Hilary Rule                    


All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th August 2006





Refuse Collections during August

Monday     7th August           -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     14th  August        -        Black bin collection

Monday     21st  August        -        Green bin and green box collection

Tuesday   29th  August        -        Black bin collection


Parish Council Meeting 19th July Amongst the topics discussed at the meeting were: the general maintenance in the village, cutting of the grass under Great Chesterford bridge, football pitch, graffiti, proposed large local developments, heights of planes flying over Ickleton. 

Planning application:

S/1333/06/F – Dwelling – Land adj. 20 Brookhampton Street – P Hoskins – No recommendation.

SCDC Planning permission granted:

S/0562/06/F – Erection of Cereal Breeding Building, Greenhouses & Polytunnels – Rectory Farm

S/0821/06/F – Extension with amended change to design of window – J Flitton


Tennis Courts  The Parish Council is disappointed with the response to last month’s request for residents to join a working group.  The Parish Council is keen to move the project forward and more volunteers will be required if this is to take place.  Please would you let me know if you are interested/willing to join this group.


Litter  Once again a lot of litter is being left in the Recreation Ground near the newspaper and bottle banks.  Please would you use the correct litter bins provided, or preferably take it home?  A suitable notice will be displayed in the kitchen of the village hall, asking hirers to take their rubbish away.  The lids on the paper banks have been broken with rubbish being put inside!  These, hopefully, will be repaired/replaced shortly.   Please do your bit and help keep this village tidy.                                                                                       Jocelyn Flitton




Tuesday 4th July saw the start of the drop-in coffee mornings at the church.

In a glorious sunny setting, outside the church door, a number of parishioners and visitors enjoyed coffee and shortbread with much humour and chat.

We do hope that over the next three months everyone will feel free to come along for complimentary tea or coffee on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 a.m. – 12.00. noon. If anyone needs transport, please let us know.                            

                                   Rosemary McKillen and Simon Casement - Churchwardens







                          Thursday 3rd  

12.30 p.m  Holy  Communion





                             Sunday 6th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion



10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



 6.30 p.m. Evensong





                         Thursday 10th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                            Sunday 13th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                            Trinity 9

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                          Thursday 17th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                            Sunday 20th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                             Trinity 10

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                          Thursday 24th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                           Sunday 27th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                            Trinity 11

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





                          Thursday 31st

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion



Services during the week

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



On a blazing hot day, the team swung into action and as always, masterminded by Monica Lilley, a great time was had by all.  The Saffron Walden Town Band and the Morris Dancers from Reach, a new and greatly appreciated addition to the afternoon’s activities, were in great form.  Although turnout was a shade lower than usual, due to the distractions of the World Cup, it was a splendid community event.  Unaudited figures suggest a financial outcome so far of £2,600 towards Ickleton Church funds.  Well done to everyone who contributed to the success of the day.                                                      Rosemary McKillen and Simon Casement - Churchwardens


Many, many thanks to everyone who helped at the Church Fete this year.  Everybody worked very hard to make it such a success. Again, thank you.

If you have and ideas, suggestions or themes for next year’s fete, please let me know.

The sponsorship this year raised £350 with a £100 donation. Thank you sponsors very much.

                                                                                                    Monica Lilley – Fete Organiser



Sponsored Cycle Ride - Saturday 9th September

If you would like to take part in this cycle ride, visiting churches within the Shelford Deanery, please contact me for information.

We also need people from the village to welcome cyclists who visit Ickleton Church, so if you can join the rota between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. please let me know.

                                                                                                                                   Hilary Rule





I’m just an old fashioned …….. church    (you know the tune!)

In 2004, the Church of England published a report called ‘Mission Shaped Church’. In its first chapter it describes recent cultural, social and economic trends and their impact. The last 20 years have seen more changes than at any other time in history. The resulting upheaval has affected everyone, and particularly children. And we cannot assume that the effects of such changes on children are similar to those experienced by adults; in some cases, they are markedly different. Amongst the changes noted in the report are:

       Employment Most people in their middle years work outside the home; there has been a significant increase in the number of lone parent women working outside the home; hours worked have also changed.

       Mobility People are vastly more mobile than they were even 30 years ago; most families, apart from the poorest, have access to a car, and are ready to use it.

       Family Life The divorce rate has risen significantly … combined with the rise in cohabitation and the birth of children to never-married mothers, in 2001 the census showed that 22 per cent of children lived in lone parent families. More than 1 in 10 other children live in stepfamilies. In 2000, the average age of women having their first child, had increased to 27. 

       Leisure Time Taking part in sporting activities, whether alone or as a member of a team or club, is a popular way of spending leisure time. The biggest change in the past 50 years has been in the hours we spend watching television.

       Society  We are living increasingly fragmented lives …. people no longer view Sunday as special or as ‘church time’. Children are more likely to be playing sport on a Sunday morning than going to church.

       Children in Church  During the twentieth century, Sunday school attendance dropped from 55% to 4% of children, meaning that even the rudiments of the Christian story and of Christian experience are lacking in most young people.

       World View  We live in a culturally pluralistic and interconnected global society, dominated by mass media and lacking any single dominant centre of political power, communication, or intellectual production.

Post-modern philosophy asserts that: (1) there are no absolute values (2) all communication is coloured by myth, metaphor, cultural bias and political content (3) experience is personal and cannot be generalized; meaning is created by the individual, not an author.

How should the church react to all this? Faced with so much change, the threat of creeping relativism and a ‘pick and mix’ society, it is very tempting to retreat to a place of safety and pull up the drawbridge. But the Church has been ‘counter cultural’ right from the start. Even the briefest scan of history will show individual Christians questioning and criticising the accepted culture of the time, be it slavery or emperor worship, and sometimes paying for outspoken criticism with their lives. Once again, today, the Church should be questioning prevailing attitudes, not in a defensive way, but in the knowledge that there is a viable alternative on offer (and this, surely, is why the Alpha course has been so successful).

Today’s church needs to engage with present cultural mores with courage, offering direction, value and hope to people lost in a maze of self-referential, self-centred hopelessness. Church should surely be the place where people – adults and children, you and your family - can discover values which point beyond the introverted world of self, to beliefs about lifelong values, structure, trust, faith, love – and even God.  

         Andrew Schofield

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



The marriage of James Andrew Norman Shepperd and Jennifer Elaine McCray took place at Ickleton Church on 15th July.



From 9th August 2006, Rev Hilary Cheng and family will be living at:

                         2 Mowlam Close, Impington, Cambridge CB4 9NA  ' 01223 700778





As a ‘ComeHomer’ I should like to say ‘thank you’ to Ron Coulson for the lovely ride he gave us on the Fete morning in the tractor and trailer.  The trailer was pure luxury, with its bus seats, and the ride for the 1¼ hours was wonderful, and brought back lovely childhood memories, such as cherry-plum picking with Betty and Sill up at Mr. Frankau’s.

On our return, we were served with a lovely spread of sandwiches and scones etc. and tea and coffee, for which we say a big ‘thank you’ to the kind ladies who provided this for us.

Even though the ‘footie’ kept some people away, it was still a good Fete, helped by beautiful weather.                                                                                                                             Beryl Harris



At our last meeting on Wednesday July 12th it was Hedley Igglesden’s birthday so he gave us a treat, starting with a drink.Then, after our games as usual, he had made sandwiches of all sorts, which we really enjoyed, then cake and a lovely birthday cake. We thank him very much for it all as it took a lot of time to prepare, with a little help from Cynthia.

We are not having a meeting on July 26th , so our next one is on August 9th. Don’t forget.                                                                                                                                                            Ruby Lilley


On August Bank Holiday Weekend Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August from noon there will be a selling exhibition of works by professional and amateur artists; Sylke Claridge, John Glover, John Preston, Mary Seymour and others.

There will be a Flower Festival in the church, with tea and cakes in the churchyard.

This event  is in aid of Strethall Church Fabric Appeal. '521290 for more information.



We are grateful to the Imperial War Museum for hosting the entire school on an extremely hot and sunny July day.  As well as enjoying the exhibits and a picnic, the Catalina flying-boat provided a fantastic backdrop for a school photograph.  

Years 5 & 6 entered a Cambridgeshire School Athletics Championship and their skill, determination and enthusiasm resulted in a host of medals. A production of Midsummer Night’s Dream was Year 6’s finale to their time at Duxford School.   It was an excellent and highly enjoyable performance and our congratulations to them, as well as to everyone who helped produce the wonderful costumes and scenery.                                                 Miranda Stone-Wigg



Once again this year the Duxford Tennis Club has been holding tennis lessons for children and adults, with Mike's Tennis Academy. The term started on Wednesday 26th April, with 5 coaching sessions starting from 3.45p.m., and ended Wednesday 19th July.  All the children, (aged 5 - 14) have really improved their strokes and are beginning to have rallies with each other. It’s a good way for teenagers to meet other players of the same standard who they can have a game with.  Here are some of the comments from the children of Ickleton who had lessons themselves:

“Tennis is fun because we play rotten eggs and I am getting better at back-hand. We play turkey where you try to hit the ball and if you miss you have to pretend to be a turkey.”  (Kirsten Rugg-Gunn age 5)

“I like tennis because we learn lots of stuff and play fun games. My service and back-hand are improving a lot.”  (Dominic Rugg-Gunn age 7)

“I have really enjoyed going to tennis this term and being taught how to play very well. I have especially enjoyed learning many new tips and techniques to help me progress further and become much better at tennis.”  (Zoe age 10)  

“Tennis has been really great this term, because I have learnt loads of things such as serving and different games to help me improve my tennis. It has been really fun and I loved it!”  (Simon age 7)                                                                                                                                          Kim Queree








It’s not often that we enjoy two outings in one month, but June was an exception when members visited some lovely gardens in Littlebury on June 7th and had a visit to Mill House Gardens, Bassingbourn on June 22nd. Both evenings were blessed with lovely summer weather.

The mini flower show in July was well supported. Our Chairman Pauline Gale was the overall winner, scoring the most points with her entries and winning a lovely polonium.

Wine and refreshments were served, ending with strawberries, cream and an excellent raffle.

The next meeting will be on September 6th.  The speaker will be Tom Cole, subject: New Wave Borders.  The best bloom competition will be an aster.

Visitors welcome.                                                                                                Cynthia Rule



The Imperial War Museum Duxford is undertaking a number of noise surveys through the summer, as part of a programme to better understand the interaction between Duxford’s live airfield and the Museum’s neighbours.

The surveys will take place over four separate days, including an air show weekend, a normal weekday and a normal weekend.  Each survey consists of separate recordings made at different sites using specialist equipment that measures sound levels.  The equipment is vehicle-based and will be managed by specialist staff. Sites to be surveyed include Duxford village, between Thriplow and Fowlmere, Grange Road (to the south of the airfield) and Pampisford Hall.

No disruption to traffic or to property is expected during surveying.

Any enquiries regarding the surveys should be made directly to the Museum ' 01223 499335.


Duxford to host special day of celebration for the 70th Anniversary of the Spitfire

The legendary Spitfire, once fittingly described as a ‘poem of speed and precision’ will be the star of the commemoration day on Sunday 13th  August in this, its 70th anniversary year.

It was at Duxford in August 1938 that the Spitfire first entered RAF service and Duxford’s special day will pay tribute to this. Spitfire day is part of a series of events being staged at Duxford this year in celebration of this special anniversary.  The climax of the year’s  celebrations will be the Spitfire Anniversary Air Show, which is being held on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September and will host the largest gathering of Spitfires in the UK this year.

Admission is FREE for Children under 16, £15.50 for Adults, £13.50 for Senior Citizens, and £10.50 for Concessions. Group rates are available.  For further information please visit The Duxford Website at www.iwm.org.uk/duxford.  For enquiries please call '01223 835000 or email duxford@iwm.org.uk .                       Tracey Woods  twoods@iwm.org.uk '01223 499320



The Annual General Meeting will take place on September 7th at the Congregational Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford at 8.00 p.m. Everybody is invited to take part and hear about our new programme from our next two speakers. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

For the Autumn  2006  term, the course will be:

Coasts and Seashores of East Anglia (Tutor: Frances Dipper).

Every Thursday evening from 14th September 8.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. in the Congregational Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford for ten weekly sessions.

The course will study wildlife and habitats - including cliffs, rocky shores, sand dunes and defences. Frances Dipper is a marine biologist, writer and lecturer.

For more information or to reserve a place, please  contact  Margaret Beston.

Course fees are £40, concessions £35 and free to those on certain means tested benefits. The first two sessions may be sampled at £4 (concessions £3.50) per session, deductible from the course fee if continuing.

For the Spring  2007 term the course will be:

About Face - A History of Portraiture (Tutor: Mary Conochie).

Every Wednesday morning from 17th January 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at the Congregational Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford for ten weekly sessions.

                                                                                                                                          Margaret Beston



 Monday to Saturday

From 24th July our bus service is at least hourly.  It is part of the Stagecoach Citi7 network.



Saffron Walden High St      6.40               7.10               7.40                              17.40            

Ickleton                               6.54               7.24               7.54               then        17.54

Sawston Link Road             7.09               7.39               8.09               hourly     18.09

Addenbrooke’s                    7.30               8.00               8.30               until         18.30

Cambridge Emmanuel St   7.50               8.20               8.50                              18.50

                              (All journeys continue to Cottenham)


Cambridge Emmanuel St   7.15                              16.15     16.45     17.15     17.45

Addenbrooke’s                    7.32               then        16.32     17.02     17.32     18.02

Sawston Link Road             7.52               hourly     16.52     17.22     17.52     18.22

Ickleton                               8.06               until         17.06     17.36     18.06     18.36

Saffron Walden  High St     8.20                              17.20     17.50     18.20     18.50

                                                                                                                                             David Lilley


Keven and Lorraine of Priory Close would like to say a big thank you to Ray and Julie for finding Bruno their dog and giving him a safe haven for the night.  Also lots of thanks to Doug, Julie and Neil for helping to look for him at such a late hour.

The kindness of neighbours helped ease a stressful time.



What a fantastic photography competition we had this year with 45 entries!  Mary Wombwell did a splendid job judging the competition with her artistic eye.

Winners were:-

Pets -1st Juff Driver,  2nd James Baker

Transport - 1st  David Lilley,  2nd Caroline Merrifield

Favourite Place - 1st Claire Driver,  2nd Cathy Holding

Portrait 1st Caroline Merrifield,  2nd Ruth Brown

Ickleton Scene - 1st Ann Godfrey,  2nd Ruth Driver

Ickleton Church -1st Catherine Kelly,  2nd Caroline Merrifield

If anybody has any suggestions of categories for next year’s competition, please let me know.                                                                                                                                       Monica Lilley                



                  August 14th

Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Visiting Bellringers 4.15 – 5.00 p.m.


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


Strethall Art Fair 12 noon


Strethall Art Fair 12 noon



            November 25th

Silent Auction - Hinxton Village Hall

             December 3rd

Concert and Workshop - Ickleton Church


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