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Editors:                                                                                David and Monica Lilley


Distribution:                                                                        Tony Court                       

Hilary Rule                    

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th September  2006




Refuse Collections during September

Monday     4th September      -      Green bin and green box collection

Monday     11th September   -      Black bin collection

Monday     18th September   -       Green bin and green box collection

Monday     25th September   -      Black bin collection

Parish Council Meeting 16th August  Amongst the topics discussed at the meeting were: General village maintenance, Recreation Ground/Playground Area, provision of allotments, consultation with the Police, provision of tennis courts and management of the Cemetery.

The Annual Return for the year ended 31st March 2006 has now been audited and closed by Moore Stephens.

Planning application considered:

S/1077/06/F – Flood Risk Assessment – Mr S & Mrs T London, -  No further recommendation.

Planning application granted:

S/0988/06/F – Extension –– Mr & Mrs B Morrissey

Planning application amendment approved:

S/2311/05/F (Drawing No. 05/25/04 – Revision 22/6/06) - Extension, Garage & Studio – Bluebell Cottage, 27 Frogge Street – Mr & Mrs Wentzell.

Recreation Ground – Playground Area:  Villiami Mila has now installed the two picnic tables (a kind donation towards the cost was received from Wellcome Trust).  We understand these have already been put to good use during the summer holidays.  Unfortunately the two Spring chicks have been vandalised; these will be repaired as soon as possible.

Fireworks  Please could we ask residents to think of others when letting off fireworks at unexpected times?  They can cause concern to occupants of other nearby houses and especially their pets.

Police  PC Iain Perry has sent us the following:  “As you will no doubt be aware by now the Sawston/Shelford Neighbourhood Team have taken delivery of 5 Smith Wesson Police Mountain Bikes for use across the Neighbourhood. These bikes will and have enabled us to get off road and to explore all the little ‘hidey holes’ people are using to avoid being seen. The team believe these bikes will be a valuable addition to us and over the coming weeks and months I hope to publish the good work and results we as a team achieve. So far, and we have only had them for a few weeks, the feedback has been positive, not only from the older members of the community, but also the younger members. It has proved a very good tool in breaking down some barriers between ‘them and us’ which is good for all concerned. I would also ask that if you see us out and about to stop us and have a chat. After all we could be on a path or passageway near you soon.”

A picture of the policemen and their bikes can be seen on the village notice board!

Ickleton Information Guide An updated version of the guide is being distributed to all households in the village.




Pavements  Users of mobile wheelchairs/pushchairs are sometimes finding it difficult to pass on pavements due to obstructions.  Please could we ask that you ensure the pavement outside your house is passable.

Parking in Church Street/Brookhampton Street  We have had a number of complaints about cars parked dangerously, particularly in Church Street where it approaches Butcher’s Hill, and on the corner round the churchyard.  Cars are often parked in a position where it is impossible to see whether traffic is coming in the opposite direction.  It is illegal to park a car close to a junction or on a bend in such a way that it causes danger.  If this continues, we have been informed that it may be necessary for consistent offenders to be reported to the police.

                                                                                              Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk



We were so sad to see the vandalism and rubbish in the Ickleton playground.

We had to collect up the broken pieces to make the playground safe before our children could enjoy our Wednesday Summer Picnic.

Here are some comments from the children themselves:


"I couldn't use the duck because the seat was broken and sharp and it was my favourite."


"Don't break things that are precious to children."


"Whoever did it, please don't do it again, because it’s hurting people's feelings."


We are delighted with the new picnic benches in the mid-day shade on these hot days.

Let’s hope this helps the playground to be well used and well looked after by all in our village.

Ickleton Young Mums



As we go to press, we hear that Cambridgeshire residents over 60 are to get free bus travel in the county (and to Saffron Walden, Royston, Haverhill and Newmarket) after 9.30 a.m. on weekdays and all day at weekends.

This is the culmination of the efforts of many residents who wrote to councillors and their MP, and the Cambridge Evening News Campaign, which collected over 10,000 signatures.

This is expected to start by October.

On Tuesday 15th August the Transport Minister said nothing could be done about free travel until 2008, but on Thursday 17th August the County Council told us we had got it. Who said a week is a long time in politics?                                                                                                              David Lilley                                                                           


The coffee mornings on Tuesdays continue in September.

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

We do hope that over the next month 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



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 more 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





Back in business

The summer holidays are over, the children back at school, and life at home and work gets back to normal. It’s the same at church. After a welcome break, diaries fill up again with meetings. All three churches have social and fund raising events in the autumn, we’re launching a new service, looking at our work with children and families, and reviewing the first year with a new Sunday service timetable in preparation for the 2007. Did someone say this job was just one day a week?

Harvest Thanksgiving

September is the month for Harvest services at church. Harvest is very much a community celebration and we hope you’ll join us to give thanks for all God’s blessings. Each church, of course, has its own particular style. Duxford is first and they are trying something different this year. Duxford churches are organising a Harvest Supper together at the URC Church on Saturday evening 23rd September  (tickets available from Duxford Post Office). The following day there’s an all age Harvest Family Service at St Peter’s, including, we hope, Duxford School choir. Ickleton’s celebrations are on the last Friday in the month (29th September at 7.30 p.m.). A large congregation will enjoy choral evensong with a visiting preacher, followed by a marvellous buffet supper; Gift Day envelopes provide the opportunity for people to make a special donation to the church. Hinxton’s traditional village Harvest Service is on October 1st (5.00 p.m.) and is followed by Harvest Supper in the hall.

Family Matters

With the help of Ely Diocesan Children’s Adviser, we are starting work on a Church policy for families. Following good practice in schools, where there seems to be a written policy for almost everything, we hope to produce a brochure that explains just what is available for children in our churches and how it all fits together. The Vicar has made a start with a Baptism card which explains how baptism works in our churches (available from the Vicar or in church). Then there’s the monthly Family Service, and monthly Godly Play session. And finally, we’re investigating a First Communion scheme whereby children (after the proper preparation) can take communion before they are confirmed – there’s a meeting for interested parents on Monday 9th October at 8.00 p.m. Our Family Ministry Group meets in September to consider some of these issues.

Healing Ministry

In the last five years, the Healing Ministry has become a normal part of worship and pastoral care in the Church of England, and we’ve been looking at how we might develop that ministry here. Earlier in the year, the Vicar ran a course to introduce some of the ideas to members of the congregations, and from September we are running a monthly service. It will be at Duxford Church on the third Sunday in the month (starting on 17th September) at 6.30 p.m. The structure will be that of Evening Prayer, but it will include the laying on of hands. All of us are affected in some way by illness, either ourselves or a member of the family or a close friend. This service will provide the opportunity to focus on such issues, and to bring them to God in prayer. The laying on of hands itself is no more and no less than an affirmation of our concern and prayer and God’s love in situations of need and pain. Healing has been defined as ‘Jesus Christ meeting you at your point of greatest need.’ Those of you who want to include God in your journey, will find, as many others have done, that this service helps to rediscover hope in the bleakest of situations.

Calendar 2007

Once again, we shall be sending out a simple calendar for the coming year to the homes of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton. It will contain details of high days and holidays, school terms and church services. There’s a limit to what can be included, but the Vicar would be happy to add significant community dates for the three villages.

With best wishes to you and yours for the new term.         Andrew Schofield

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

                                    * Andrew.schofield@ely.anglican.org



Please note that the date of our service of Harvest Thanksgiving has been changed and it will now be at 7.30 p.m. on FRIDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER.  Everyone will be made most welcome and we very much hope that you  will all stay on after the service for a  light supper (with wine)  which will be served at the back of the church. This year we have decided to combine the annual Church Gift Day with the Harvest Festival and there will be envelopes in church for your  donations. Please give as much as you can; it costs around £25,000 to  keep our church going each year and we are dependent upon the generosity of those who worship in it and of the wider community who enjoy its  beauty and history.                                                           Rosemary Hayes





CHURCH NOTICES   - Services for September


                   Sunday 3rd

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                   Trinity 12

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                  Thursday  7th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                   Sunday  10th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                   Trinity 13

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





                  Thursday 14th

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                  Sunday 17th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                  Trinity 14

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong with laying on of hands





                  Thursday 21st 

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                  Sunday 24th

 8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                  Trinity 15

10.00 a.m. Harvest Family Service



 6.30 p.m. Evensong





                   Thursday 28th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                    Friday 29th

7.30 p.m. Harvest Festival



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.



Advance warning of a concert by the Walmisley Singers of Cambridge to be held in Ickleton Church on Sunday December 3rd at 8.00 p.m. During the afternoon before the concert there will be an open workshop (free to those coming to the concert) where you can learn a couple of pieces to perform with the choir during the evening.  A light supper and wine will be served during the concert, so it should be a lovely evening.

Do please put the date in your diary now.

More details next month.                                                                            Rosemary Hayes



The marriage of James Daniel Iles and Natascha Elizabeth Zajac took place at Ickleton Church on 29th July.

The marriage of Kevin William George Greenhill and Emma Louise Coles took place at Ickleton Church on 19th August.



Richard Alder aged 73 of Sawston.

P.C. Alder was our village police constable, living in the police house on The Green, in the 1960s.

Jane Forbes (usually known as Jean) aged 99 of Saffron Walden.

 Mrs. Forbes lived at Ickleton Lodge, Frogge Street for nearly 30 years from 1947.






Our new  Minister Revd. Trevor Sands will be taking up his position at Saffron Walden Church from 1st September.  He can be contacted on ' 01799 522037 and we extend a warm welcome to him from all at Ickleton.

We would also like to thank Revd. Hilary Cheng, for all the work she did for Ickleton, and to wish her, Leo and the girls every happiness in their new home and ministry in Cambridge. 

                                                                                                                                             Cecil Vincent


The Chengs are moving again. Our new email addresses are leo@chengs.org.uk and hilary@chengs.org.uk.  We do not have internet access in the coming month at home and we apologise for any delay or lack of response to your emails.

Take good care and God bless.                                                                  Leo and Hilary Cheng



We as members will always remember Mrs. Molly Strickland for her fun and laughter, she seemed such a happy person.

She came to Over Sixties for a few years, but later she had to go into a home where she seemed very happy. We can only pay tribute to her for a life well lived. May she rest in peace. Our condolences to all the family.                                                                                          Mrs R Lilley




Carol Singing – It may seem ridiculously early to be thinking about the carol singing but December will soon be here!  The Ickleton Society has traditionally organised the carol singing around the village, collecting for a local charity.  In recent years this has become very much a family event, greatly enjoyed by the children.  The Committee feels that this year would be a good time for one or more of the local parents to get involved and take on this successful and fun event and perhaps bring some fresh ideas to it.  If you’re interested please contact Jos Flitton, or any other member of the Committee.                Rachel Radford



                                                                                        John Marshall  who was 80 on 17th August.



I would like to thank everyone who so kindly sent cards and good wishes and enquired about me during and after my two recent operations.

Thank you all so much.                                                                                                        Betty Willmott



Once again the ‘Come Homers’ enjoyed a really lovely day at this year’s church fete.

The mystery tractor ride, superbly driven by Ron Coulson, brought back some memories for us all, mostly the boys!

The Italian POWs certainly had a long walk to Great Chesterford station after the war, I remember watching this from the front bedroom of Hovells, where I lived until I was 12 years old.  How nice it was to have refreshments provided, and as usual everyone worked hard to make the fete a great day. Didn’t we do well for sunshine, although it has must have been a bit too much for those who had to work out in it.

Carriage weddings have been limited this year, as there are so many ‘civil’ weddings in hotels these days and transport is not needed.  You can’t please everyone can you?

I expect we will soon be taken over by Christmas Advertising. At least once that is over, 2007 will gallop on, so let’s hope we see all the ‘Come Homers’ and even more at the next Ickleton Church Fete which I believe is on July 7th.

Best Wishes to all.                                                                                    Molly Dagley (nee Clements)






Molly was born in Stoke Newington at a time when fire engines were still pulled by teams of snorting draught horses, washing up was done in a basin on the kitchen table with hot water from the kettle and baths were taken in front of the fire in a tin bath, surrounded by towels and blankets on the clothes horse for warmth and modesty. Her father, Ned, was an electrical engineer for the Council. He met Molly's mother, Millie, in the local pub where she was working as a barmaid. They had two other daughters, Lorna and Dorothy. Molly left school in her early teens to start training as a nursery nurse at Shoreditch Hospital. When the family moved to East Dereham she continued her training at the Norfolk and Norwich, becoming a ‘Registered Nurse’ in 1938. In 1943 Amelia Mary MacKenzie went to war, signing up with the Queen Alexandra Nursing Reserve. Following training, which included cross country running, hockey and unarmed combat, she joined the Normandy landings. Once ashore, they learnt their tented hospital had been dropped in the harbour, so they were initially without accommodation or workplace. Conditions were hard with very basic ablutions (one pint of water a day for everything), poor food, cold, wet and mud. The nurses' morale was not improved by the discovery that their rum (unlike the male officers') was being watered down. Molly was not amused and made sure that discriminatory practice was stopped. There were some lighter moments, such as tracing the appalling stench in their tent to the forgotten Camembert cheese festering in the long grass under a camp bed; going to three Christmas dinners in one day; and waltzing the night away with Russian officers, drinking champagne. Molly celebrated VE day in Holland and was demobilised in 1946 in Hamburg. Molly was proud to wear her service medals to the Remembrance Services in Ickleton.

After 2 years at the Metropolitan Hospital in London, she moved to Aleppo, Syria as Sister Tutor, living with the family of Ernest Altounyan (his English wife Dora and their four children, famous as the children in Swallows and Amazons). Molly spent several very happy years with the Altounyans, learning much about the Arab way of life, Middle Eastern cooking and horse trading. During this time she met Peter Strickland and in 1951 they married and a new phase of Molly's life started.

Peter's work with the Iraq Petroleum Company took him, Molly and their two young children, Bob and Jennifer, out to Baghdad in 1955. They were still there during the Iraqi Revolution, after which they, regretfully, had to leave the country. Following a peaceful stint in Bahrain and another in Westcliff-on-Sea, they moved to Lagos, Nigeria - just in time for the civil war. Most of the conflict was away in Biafra and life in Lagos was not as severely affected as it had been in Baghdad.

Following another stint in Bahrain and Kuwait, Molly and Peter separated in 1976 and Molly moved to Ickleton in November. Not knowing anyone in the village, she threw herself wholeheartedly into village life, joining the Church Working Party, church cleaning and flower rotas, Gardening Society, WI, WRVS, Meals on Wheels, Over Sixties, Ickleton Society, working part time at the Oxfam shop in Saffron Walden and serving on the local Save the Children Fund committee. Molly was happy here, making many good friends and was a well-known figure, regularly walking her dogs Jasper and Hayley around the rec and village. During 2000 Molly became increasingly unwell and had to go to Addenbrooke’s for an operation. Although she recovered, Molly's memory began to fail her and she became progressively more reliant on the support of her friends and neighbours, as well as carers. Her increasing physical frailty culminated in a hip fracture during the blizzard of January 2003. The operation to repair the fracture was not a success and Molly was unable to walk or even stand afterwards. Confined to a wheelchair and totally dependant, Molly moved to Home Close in Fulbourn where she spent three contented years. Despite the limitations of her situation, she managed to remain cheerful and courteous, always delighted to receive visitors. Her final illness, bronchopneumonia, took her very quickly and gently. Thankfully, her son Bob was able to spend her last day with her.

Molly's firm Christian faith and great compassion for those in need, helped her to put aside her own needs and give generously to her friends, family and community. She was not demonstrative in her emotions, but those she loved never doubted her affection. We shall miss her deeply. We are greatly indebted to everyone in Ickleton for their friendship, kindness and support for our mother throughout her life here.                                             Bob & Jennifer Strickland







Duxford’s Replica Spitfire goes on Tour

Duxford's new replica Spitfire DU-X, made its public debut at the Lowestoft Air Festival. DU-X was one of the attractions at Lowestoft, which hosted a two-day programme of fantastic flying displays and ground level attractions.

DU-X is a full-size replica of a Mark IX Spitfire, built around a box-steel chassis and covered in fibreglass panels. The colour scheme is influenced by those typical of a Mark IX but includes some non-original markings. DU-X was donated to the Museum and is used to promote Duxford and the work of the Museum.

The recent acquisition of a fully-detailed and to-scale replica Spitfire is timely with 2006 being the 70th anniversary year of this truly great British design and much-loved aircraft.  Says Duxford's Marketing & PR Manager Tracey Woods "This amazingly accurate replica gives us the opportunity to take a Spitfire to places that a real one can't fly into.  This is an exciting first and has tremendous scope for the future."

For more information about opportunities involving Duxford's replica Spitfire please contact the Duxford Marketing Department on ' 01223 499319.


Member of R. J. Mitchell’s Design Team Talks at Duxford

One of the only surviving members of the Supermarine design department who worked alongside R.J. Mitchell on the legendary Spitfire fighter aircraft was one of the speakers on Spitfire Day on Sunday 13th August at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

Harry Griffiths started out as a laboratory assistant at Supermarine in 1928 (later Vickers Supermarine) and went on to work as part of R.J. Mitchell's design team on the prototype Spitfire K5054 during the 1930s. He retired from Supermarine in 1961 after a distinguished career in the metallurgical field.

Mr Griffiths presented a short talk about his time working with R.J. Mitchell and what it was like to be part of the design team at Supermarine. His talk formed part of the Spitfire Day event at Duxford, an unmissable opportunity for visitors to the Museum to get 'up close and personal' to one of the most famous aircraft of all time.

He was joined by other respected authorities on the Spitfire in a series of talks on this iconic aircraft, which formed part of a day that included two Spitfires taking to the air for a stunning display.

Duxford is renowned as the home of the Spitfire for it was here, in August 1938, that the Spitfire first entered RAF service and Duxford's special day paid tribute to what is, perhaps, the most famous combat aircraft of all time, and some would say, the most beautiful.

Tracey Woods, Marketing and PR Manager for Duxford says "Spitfire Day was for enthusiasts and for those who wanted to learn more about this aircraft which helped shape the world we live in today. How did it work? What was it like to fly? How was it made? How ahead of its time was it? These are all typical questions answered at Spitfire Day. We were honoured to have Mr Griffiths with us talking about working with R.J. Mitchell at such an intense time."

Spitfire day is part of a series of events being staged at Duxford this year in celebration of this special anniversary.


Spitfire Anniversary Air Show

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 and veterans in the UK this year.

Duxford is open daily from 10.00 a.m. 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.

Please note that all flying is subject to weather, serviceability and operational commitments










A Quiz Night with supper and bar will be held on 16th September at 7.00 p.m. in a delightful old barn in Littlebury Green. There are tables of six, so please bring your friends and family. 

Tickets £10 and information from Michael Pearsons, Catmere End, Saffron Walden CB11 4XG, ' 521290.

In aid of Strethall Church Fabric Appeal, Cam Mind and St. Faith’s School appeal support for Makukhanye School near Port Elizabeth in South Africa.



David Newland has written a book ‘Discover Butterflies in Britian’.

There are photographs and short descriptions of every butterfly separately, with historical information about dates of discovery and name changes over the years.  There is also a gazetteer with an extended list of butterfly reserves, a bibliography, and a list of relevant web sites.

The author’s intention is to make readers more aware of the butterflies we have left.  From this awareness, and hopefully the enjoyment it brings, he hopes to encourage work on their conservation for future generations.

There are 224 pages with colour plates illustrating all species. A contribution will be made to Butterfly Conservation for every book sold.

Price £19.95 including postage and packing from WildGuides ' 01628 529297.



Zambia Orphans Educational Support always welcome books for their appeal. Please contact Stephen and Jill Taylor who live at Whittlesford ' 01223 830461 who will be delighted to hear from you or contact Monica Lilley.



Will the person who stole my mother’s ornament of a sitting Labrador from her front garden in Bird’s Close please return it.  It is approx. 12-15 inches high and is made of a very hard resin (it looks like concrete).  It stood in the centre of her front lawn for 4 years.

How can anyone be so callous as to steal from an 85 year old something that is not worth a great deal, but gave her so much pleasure?                                            Rosemarie Tennick (Bud)






               September  6th

 Chesterford  and District Garden Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


 Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford


 Mobile Library


 Visiting Bellringers 9.00 - 9.45 a.m.


 Quiz Night 7.00 p.m. Littlebury Green


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


 WI Meeting 7.45 p.m. Community Centre, Great Chesterford


 Mobile Library



             November 25th

Silent Auction, Hinxton Village Hall



             December 3rd

Concert and Workshop, Ickleton Church


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