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Editors:                                                                                David and Monica Lilley


Distribution:                                                                        Tony Court                        

Hilary Rule                    

All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th October  2006



Refuse Collections during October

Monday     2nd   October      -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     9th    October      -        Black bin collection

Monday     16th  October      -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     23rd  October      -        Black bin collection

Monday     30th  October      -        Green bin and green box collection


Parish Council Meeting 20th September  The Chairman reported that he and the Vice Chairman had had a useful meeting with Inspector Paul Ormerod (South Cambridgeshire Sector Commander) where they discussed ways of improving policing in the village.   Amongst other topics discussed at the Parish Council meeting were: dog fouling, football pitch, flight heights, Great Chesterford bridge and new development by Hexcel Ltd at Duxford.  The first meeting of the proposed tennis courts committee is due to take place on Tuesday 26th September. 

Planning application:

S/1555/06/F – Conservatory – 30 Abbey Street –– No recommendation

S/1556/06/F – Replacement of living room window by doorway for access to proposed timber lean-to conservatory – 30 Abbey Street –– No recommendation

Planning application granted:

S/0904/06/LB – Conservatory – 10 Mill Lane –

Planning application amendment:

S/1333/06/F – Dwelling (removal of round windows from side elevations) – Land adj. 20 Brookhampton Street –Dog Fouling We have received a letter from one of the football clubs, who have informed us that a match had to be stopped four times in order to remove dog fouling from the pitch.  We have asked before, and we are asking again, will all dog owners who walk their dogs on the recreation ground, please act responsibly and use a ‘poo bag’, which can be put in the bins provided on the recreation ground.  The Parish Council agreed that if there are any more instances of dog fouling on the football pitch, they might have to require all dogs on the recreation ground to be kept on a lead.

Concessionary Fares Timothy Stone (County Councillor) has sent us the following:  “Over 60s free bus fares are to be reinstated in October.  There have been mammoth negotiations to secure the outcome.  The deal is reliant on getting additional government funding based initially on the numbers of people travelling into, within and out of Cambridge.  Numbers will be measured in the last two weeks of October, so please encourage people to use the buses then.”

Carol Singing  The Ickleton Society has for recent years obtained the licence and organised carol singing around the village, but now wishes to pass it over to another generation!  As this is an event which young children enjoy, it is hoped parents of children will take on this responsibility.  Please contact either John Williams or Jocelyn Flitton.  It would be a pity to see this tradition die, but that is what will happen unless someone volunteers!

                                                                                      Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk





CHURCH NOTICES  - October Services

             Sunday 1st

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


              Trinity 16

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  5.00 p.m. Harvest Festival followed by Supper





             Thursday 5th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





             Sunday 8th

   8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


              Trinity 17

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   4.00 p.m. Family Service 



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





             Thursday 12th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





              Sunday 15th

   8.00 p.m. BCP Communion


               Trinity 18

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Evensong with laying on of hands





              Thursday 19th

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





               Sunday  22nd

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                Trinity 19

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong and BCP Holy Communion





               Thursday 26th 

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                Sunday 29th

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist


        Last after Trinity




Service Highlights

The basic format for the evening service is Evening Prayer, but in October at Hinxton the service is also the Harvest Festival (starting at 5.00 p.m. and followed by Supper in the Village Hall). At Duxford, on the third Sunday, it includes the laying on of hands and prayers for those in need. At Ickleton, on the fourth Sunday, the service is followed by Holy Communion. There is only one service in the group on 29th October, when the Archdeacon of Cambridge will be the preacher at that Joint Eucharist.

October’s Family Service

This is on Sunday 8th October at 4.00 p.m. at Hinxton Church. It is a short service aimed at children and young people, with active participation and refreshments after. The theme for October’s service is: ‘All creatures great and small’ and you’re invited to bring your pet to the service for the Blessing of the Animals. This is church with a difference – all welcome.

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.



I can hardly believe that our regular Tuesday morning drop in sessions have been going now for three months.  They have been a great success, with many of the mornings spent outdoors in front of the church where we have enjoyed coffee, cakes and a chat.

It was also encouraging to have the occasional visitor calling in and to see local people meeting others whom they hadn’t previously known.

By popular demand we are continuing the coffee mornings, but on a monthly basis only during the winter.  From 3rd October they will be held in the church from 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon on the first Tuesday of every month.  Thank you to all who have supported me in this project.

                                                                                                                                      Rosemary McKillen





Christening Confusion

Baptisms, weddings and funerals provide an important way for our churches to be of service to the people of the villages. I’m always pleased when I get an enquiry, because it’s a good way to test the temperature of the relationship between church and village. At the annual church meetings, I publish figures for the year and compare them with previous years, and use the numbers as one measure of ‘success’.

Christenings are up significantly in Duxford, and that’s not surprising – according to the 2001 census, it is the village with the most families with young children. And this is significant enough to have changed the profile of worship in the church. Duxford church is used by regulars at four Sunday services each month and by visitors perhaps once a month for a christening. And because a christening is usually followed by a family celebration, that congregation will often be the biggest in the month!

Everyone has the right to be baptised in their local village church. But, as you’d expect, it all gets a bit more complicated. What happens in church is regulated by church law (called Canon Law) and local usage, as expressed by the Vicar in consultation with the Church Council. On some matters, clergy have their own particular views. So, for example, some clergy are willing to baptise adults on request. I’m more wary, because the promises made at Baptism are the same as those for Confirmation – and I would expect an adult interested in Baptism to want to make that further commitment. And with older children, from 8 years old and up, I’d expect to provide preparation, to help the child think about what the service means.

When it comes to the christening of an infant, it is parents and godparents who make promises in the service on behalf of the child. So there is some preparation for the adults who will be taking part in the service. It’s important, because there is plenty of opportunity for misunderstanding!

Christening or Baptism is a Sacrament, a sign of God’s love. It is the occasion on which a person is made a member of God’s family, the Church. So parents and godparents answer questions about their faith: ‘Do you turn to Christ? Do you repent of your sins? Do you renounce evil?’ These are big and challenging questions and some people feel uncomfortable about answering them. When it came to the baptism of our first, I was a born-again agnostic and refused to join in with the promises at all (that might explain a lot!).

The special nature of Baptism is reflected in the fee for the service – there isn’t one! Why would the church make a charge for the service when it welcomes a little one into God’s family? God certainly doesn’t charge – His love comes free! But the vicar always draws people’s attention to the collection plate in case they would like to give a donation at the end of the service!

There is an alternative to Baptism called ‘Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child’ – for those who want a church service but find the expectations of Baptism difficult. But most people regard that as in some sense ‘second best’ and want a christening for their child.

I can understand that. I don’t think I coped very well when my own children were babies. But as a grandparent (the most recent arrival was two weeks ago), I never cease to wonder at the powerful emotions - confusion and apprehension, awe and joy - at the birth of a new baby. Baptism provides a moment for everyone to rejoice with mum and dad and affirm their support for them in all that follows. The Church (and the vicar) are happy to be part of that celebration of family life!

There is more information on the Church of England’s website at www.cofe.anglican.org/lifeevents and in church, an information card called ‘Your Child’s Christening’ for local details. The big question for us at church at the moment is how we can provide some follow-up and cater in church for families and their children as they grow up.

                                                                                                                                     Andrew Schofield

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

'01223 832137  Andrew.schofield@ely.anglican.org


We must again thank Pam Fearn for her kindness in giving us some of her apples, which Cynthia brought to our meeting for us, so we had a bag each.  

The dry weather seems to have spoilt many of our own apples this year, so we were particularly grateful.                                                                                                                                  Mrs. R. Lilley





Eight members of Ickleton church choir took part in this event on Saturday, September 16th.  We had several practices in church at Ickleton plus one joint choirs rehearsal at St. Andrew’s Chesterton.  On the day itself, we practised from 2.00 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. in Cambridge, then we all processed, robed, from Great St. Mary’s to King’s College Chapel.  It was a splendid sight to see 160 choristers, in many different robes, walking in procession to perform Festival Evensong which included pieces by Mozart and Widor.  Special thanks to Gordon Woolhouse, who organised our practices, and to organist Joan Mead.

Perhaps you would like to join us for the next Festival to sing or to be part of the congregation.

                                                                                                               Hilary Rule and Monica Lilley



Once again the annual church cycle ride has taken place, with Ickleton church fully manned during Saturday 9th September.  Grateful thanks to Hilary Rule for organising the rota and for those who gave an hour to sit in church to welcome the cyclists.  Excellent refreshments were available for hungry and thirsty cyclists, thanks to Rosemary McKillen.  The early birds enjoyed Rosemary’s home-made shortbread, but latecomers had to make do with biscuits! In all 26 cyclists visited the church, which was great.                                                        Simon Casement

Caroline and David Merrifield from Duxford cycled 43 miles, starting in Norfolk! How about joining in next year?                                                                                                                         Hilary Rule



After months of preparation I felt ready this year and couldn’t wait to get going.

We got to the drop off point early in case it got too hot.  We unloaded the bikes and heard familiar voices calling us, amongst thousands of cyclists we bumped into other people from Ickleton,  Ian Vincent and Gerry Smith.

I was impressed by the organisation of the event.  There were marshalls on every corner, smiling and encouraging us on, and there were bags and ribbons on brambles that were sticking out too much.  They chose a really beautiful route, through the villages under lots of shaded areas.  Everyone was cheerful, even the flash racing teams!

The Ickleton Lion prepared for us all well and we had a well earned lunch there with my family before the last stretch to the finish.

Thank you to everyone who sponsored me.  My entrance fee went to cancer research, but our sponsor money is going to the Arthur Rank Hospice in memory of Hubert Holt, Valerie Huxley and Jo Swindel.

Thank you to my sister Clare for being good company on the day and chasing me up Elmdon Hill, shouting for me to hurry up in practice, to make better time.

Thank you to my mum for taking us down there and for her encouragement in everything we want to do.  We did it in just under four hours, which we were pleased with but Ian did it in under three, so next year faster!                                                                                           Anne-Marie Hoare


Editorial PS

On the day of the cycle ride, I met the cyclists as I biked back past the cemetery. Did some of them think I was already on my way back to London? Though with the combined age of me and my bike of about 120, that seemed unlikely! It was quite a shock for me when two of the young lady cyclists shouted, “Hi, David.”



There will again be art classes at Ickleton Methodist Chapel for the Autumn term of 2006 on each Wednesday 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. from October 4th  to December 20th inclusive.

Beginners are welcome. The sessions will include one-to-one help, refreshments and 1½ hour practical work in water colour painting.

A charge of £2.00 per week will be made to cover expenses and refreshments.

Hoping to see you!                                                                Kenneth Mark – Tutor ' 01799 541213






Following the summer break, the September meeting was well attended.  Tom Cole shared, with the help of slides, some beautiful herbaceous borders, from which ideas could be used for smaller gardens to give colour and form all the year round.

At the next meeting, on 4th October, there will be a talk on ‘Perennials and Grasses for Autumn Colour’ by Roger Harvey.

On October 1st Audley End Gardens will be open from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. for Apple Day, when apples will be available for tasting and discussion.  Entry £4.50, concessions £3.50.                                                                                                                                         Cynthia Rule



We are excited to welcome a new farmers’ market to Newport Village Hall on Saturday 14th October from 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon. and every second Saturday of the month thereafter.  This follows the closure of the market at Great Chesterford.  Our farmers’ market specialises in local produce from direct, traceable sources, eliminating food miles and excess packaging, and is fairly traded.  Fresh, healthy food and produce including fish, fruit and vegetables, meat and bread will be available, and tea and coffee will be served.                                     The Goddard family



Preparations underway for last Air Show of 2006

Preparations are well underway for Duxford’s Autumn Air Show, the last major UK air show of the 2006 season.  The show will take pace on Sunday 8th October and feature a host of favourites from historic propeller-driven aircraft through to modern front line jets.

The display has a distinctly French connection, with the French national aerobatic team the Patrouille de France headlining the show, supported by the French Curtiss Hawk 75  and two T-28 Fennecs.  Other air show classics such as Spitfires, Mustangs and B-17 Sally B, will also feature in the show, which has a special place in the Duxford calendar as the last chance each year to see all your air show favourites.

The whole of the Museum will also be open for visitors to enjoy, with plenty to see, including Duxford’s dramatic new £25 million AirSpace exhibition, the Battle of Britain and the evocative Forgotten War exhibitions, conservation work in progress and the stunning American Air Museum.  There will also be over 80 trade stands, selling all kinds of aviation and military related merchandise.

Gates open at 8.00 a.m. and the flying begins at 1.30 p.m.  Tickets – Adults £22, Senior Citizens/Concessions £19, Children £10.  Superb VIP style Gold Pass tickets are avilable in advance – for more information about tickets or the flying programme call ' 01223 835000 or visit www.iwm.org.uk/duxford.



          Huw and Alison Jones, Niamh, aged 4 and Ruari, 17 months,


          Glyn and Liz Morris

         Mark and Carol Gilson, Emily and Joe


         Tim and Deborah Bishop   

     Raj and Rohna Mathur and Eilis aged 2

         Barry and Linda Churchman


Sheila Birch, who kindly compiles this column on behalf of the Parish Council, would be grateful if neighbours would inform her or the editors of any new arrivals, so they can be welcomed to Ickleton.



KEN PRICE 1922 - 2006

We are sorry to record the recent death of Ken Price of Whittlesford.

Among Ken’s multitude of work for the local community was photocopying the Icene Bulletin for around 20 years.

We would sometimes take the copy to Ken at about 11.30 a.m. finding him busy in his large garden or working on his beloved Morgan car.  He would drop everything and say “I will do it now,” and an hour or so later we would get a phone call saying the ‘Bulletin’ was ready!

Duxford Church was packed for Ken’s funeral service, all three terms of editorship he served so efficiently were represented.                                                                                                         Editors



Chris and Mirela Collinson have now taken over officially as the new landlords of our local hostelry, after managing it for Doug Bollen for the last 10 months.  In that time they have made a great impact, as many of you know, and we wish them all the best for the future. 

Good luck also to Doug with his new enterprise at the Three Hills, Bartlow.         A Lion Regular



At the August meeting, Mrs. Mary Bradley spoke about the art of pressing flowers and arranging them to make floral pictures, greetings cards etc.  She brought along a good selection of her own work, some of which was for sale.

Mrs. Cherry Fish spoke of ‘Treasures of the Heart’ at the September meeting. This proved to be an evening of pure nostalgia, combined with lots of laughter and shared memories.

The October meeting will be organised by the members, thus giving  the committee a rest!

                                                                                                                            Cynthia Rule



Just to give you more information about the concert and workshop in Ickleton Church on the evening of Sunday December 3rd.

We shall start with a buffet supper (with wine) at 8.00 p.m. prompt and this will then be followed by a concert (no more than an hour long) given by the Walmisley Singers of Cambridge.

Earlier in the evening, at 6.30 p.m., 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.

Tickets will be on sale in due course and will cost £10 (to include supper) and there will be the usual concessionary prices. Although tickets will be on sale on the night, it would be appreciated if you could buy in advance to give us an idea of numbers for catering.

Please put the date in your diary now. It should be a lovely evening and, even if it is cold outside, the church is very well heated!                                                                     Rosemary Hayes




                    October   4th

Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford


Mobile Library


Visiting Bellringers 11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


W.I. 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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