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Editors:                                 David and Monica Lilley


Distribution:                        Tony Court                       

Hilary Rule                     


All contributions please. Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th November  2006



Refuse Collections during November

Monday       6th  November            -        Black bin collection

Monday     13th  November -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday     20th  November -        Black bin collection

Monday     27th  November -        Green bin and green box collection

Parish Council Meeting 18th October. 

Items discussed at the meeting were: village maintenance, Land Registry, football pitch, dog fouling, cemetery, Remembrance Sunday and a meeting with Wellcome Trust.

Planning applications:

S/1749/06/O – Construction of a carbon fibre precursor plant – off Ickleton Road, Duxford – Hexcel Composites Ltd – Approved but subject to comments submitted on access by road, access by rail, trees, lighting, Imperial War Museum and recycling.

S/1809/06/LB – Alteration, enlargement & reconstruction of outbuildings with extension for annexe – 26 Abbey Street –-  No recommendation

S/1810/06/F – Extension to outbuildings to form annexe – 26 Abbey Street –– No recommendation

Planning application granted: 

S/1333/06/F – Dwelling – land adj 20 Brookhampton Street –

Planning application refused: 

S/1555/06/F – Conservatory – 30 Abbey Street – Mrs Jane Hurst

Planning proposal:  31/33 Abbey Street – No comment at this stage

North West Cambridge Area Action Plan – Public consultation document.  This will not be responded to as it does not directly affect us.

South Cambs Local Development Framework – Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document.  The documents will be available for public consultation between 13th October and 24th November 2006. Further information can be found on:                                          www.scambs.gov.uk/Environment/Planning/DistrictPlanning/LocalDevelopmentFramework/GypsyandTravellerDPD.htm

Dog Fouling. A resident reported that there was dog fouling along the footpath leading from Abbey Street to Birds Close.

Neighbourhood Watch  Stanley Peck wishes to retire at the end of the year from being the village representative.  The Parish Council would like to thank him, on behalf of the residents, for all his efforts.  We are therefore now looking for another volunteer to take on this task in the village for 2007.  Please give me a call if you are interested in taking on this role.

Ickleton Medical Car Scheme  This service is available to take residents to the doctors’ surgeries in Sawston, Gt Chesterford and Saffron Walden.  It is not available to take anyone to

Addenbrooke’s Hospital.  Please contact Don Gamble if you wish to use this service.

December Parish Council Meeting Please note the Parish Council meeting has been moved forward a week.  It will take place on Wednesday 13th December instead of Wednesday 20th December.

Carol Singing  Please contact John Williams, who will be organising this event around the village on 19th December, if you would like to support this evening.

         Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk





With Church nothing is quite as it seems and in the Church’s calendar, it is November not December that is the last month of the year. The theme of many of the services in November is the remembrance of loved ones. The best known, of course, is Remembrance Sunday, when we honour those who have given their lives in war. There are services in all the villages on November 12th, with wreath-laying at the three war memorials.

Another November service of remembrance, perhaps less well known, is traditionally held on All Souls Day. At the service, we commemorate family and friends who we love, but see no longer. Their names are read out, and members of the congregation are invited to light candles as a symbol of our prayers for loved ones. You are very welcome to join us for this simple and personal commemorative service. This year it is on the first Sunday (November 5th) at Hinxton at 6.30 p.m.

The theme of remembering is taken up again in a service especially designed with families and children in mind. It’s on 12th November at Duxford at 4.00 p.m. and is called ‘I miss you …’ We hope it will offer children an opportunity to explore, in a sensitive way, what it means to lose someone - when a friend or family member moves away or a pet dies.

At church we end the year by focussing on all the saints and sinners who we love but see no longer. The very last Sunday of the year is called ‘Christ the King’ (26th November) and we think about what sort of Kingdom might hold us all together – and what sort of King!

I’ve been asked if I could explain the annoying title I use as a heading - ‘Notes from Hinkledux Rectory.’ Two reasons spring to mind. (1) It has a history. I first heard it from Andrew Way (vicar before last) when he moved from Duxford ten or more years ago. He attributed it to Stephen Sykes (Bishop of Ely 1990 to 1999). The group was also known by that name by David Walser (Archdeacon before last). (2) It reminds people that I’m a shared vicar. If I was a resident of Ickleton or Hinxton I might be less inclined to read ‘Notes from Duxford Rectory’; and people in Duxford need to know I have responsibilities in three directions, and that I take them seriously. I’m not sure, however, that the explanation makes the title any less annoying!

Thank you to people in all three villages who supported our Harvest celebrations in September. Duxford’s Harvest Praise! (with participation from Duxford School choir) was well received; Ickleton enjoyed Choral Evensong with guest preacher and buffet supper; and Hinxton had a traditional service, followed by sit-down meal in the village hall. They were all very different, but all very enjoyable events. At Harvest in church we also focus on the needs of others. Harvest produce was taken to the housebound and collections given to Christian Aid and ‘Children of Chernobyl’. Thank you again to all who contributed.

As our churches continue to face financial problems (clergy pensions now!), I realise how much we depend on the support of the people of the villages. In town churches there is an expectation that running costs will be met from the pockets of the congregation. That doesn’t work in villages. The simple fact is that without the backing and generosity of the wider community, village churches just wouldn’t survive. So thank you for your support for the churches of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton throughout the year.  Andrew Schofield

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




As has been reported, Tuesday coffee mornings in the Church have been a great success and hugely enjoyed by those of us who so happily partook of Rosemary’s delicious coffee, cakes and shortbread.

Not good for the waistline, but perfect for the spirit!  Thank you, Rosemary, for your unfailing cheerfulness and hard work in looking after us all so well.                            Judy and John Marshall


The next Parish Church coffee morning will be held on 7th November.

Please feel free to drop in for your complimentary coffee and goodies and have a chat with your fellow villagers.                                                                                        Rosemary McKillen






CHURCH NOTICES - Services for November

            Thursday 2nd

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





          Sunday  5th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


           All Saints

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. All Souls Service





          Thursday 9th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





          Sunday 12th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion



 10.55 a.m. Remembrance Service



      This Service begins at the War Memorial            



  4.00 p.m. Family Service





          Thursday 16th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





          Sunday 19th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


       2nd before Advent

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong Healing Service





         Thursday  23rd

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





          Sunday 26th

 8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


      Christ the King

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong & BCP Holy Communion





       Thursday 30th

 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.

Evensong Variations

At Hinxton on 5th November we commemorate the departed at an All Souls Service.

At Duxford on 19th November the evening service includes the laying on of hands and prayers for those in need (popularly known as a Healing Service).



As many of you know, we are staging a Passion Play next Good Friday evening.

We have had a good response for volunteers so far, but are short of disciples.  No previous acting experience is necessary and anyone interested should give me a ring.

                                                                                                                Rosemary McKillen


Many thanks to all those who decorated the Church so beautifully for Harvest Festival.  We took the produce to Jimmy’s Night Shelter in Cambridge. They were very grateful to receive it.

                                                                                                                                               Judy Marshall


Thanks to Claire Wilson who has been delivering the Bulletin in Abbey Street.

Jane Pattie and Tina Gordon are now kindly taking this over (Jane was previously ‘first reserve’).



We would like to thank everyone for their help and kind messages of support following our mother's death. We would also like to thank you for the £269.50 donated to Save the Children Fund in her memory. She would have been so pleased with that.

Bob and Jennifer Strickland





An update on the supper, concert and workshop in Ickleton Church on the evening of Sunday December 3rd.

6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m Free workshop (for ticket holders who would like to sing some pieces with the choir).

8.00 p.m. Supper (with wine) followed by the concert.

The music to be performed in the concert will include a medley of Christmas pieces as well as Parry’s ‘I was Glad’, Woods’ ‘O Thou the Central Orb’, some organ solos and three well know carols to be sung by everyone.

The concert will last one hour and there will be no interval.

All inclusive tickets are now on sale - £10 full price / £8 concessions – from me or from any other member of the Parochial Church Council.

Although tickets will be on sale on the night, it would be really helpful if you would buy in advance, to give us an idea of the 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!

Look forward to seeing you then.                                                      Rosemary Hayes



All Services commence Sunday 3.00 p.m. and are in the Methodist Chapel.


          November 5th

Mr. Douglas Coulton

                 November 12th

Revd. Trevor Sands


(Holy Communion)

                 November 19th

Revd. Keith Page

                 November 26th

Dr. Michael Render

Hello, from Trevor and Judith Sands, and thank you for your welcome to Ickleton. We have been called to the pastoral care of Ickleton Methodist Chapel from the beginning of September this year. We have enjoyed meeting quite a few folk already at the services in the Chapel and also at the popular art class there, and look forward to getting to know more of you in the months ahead. We are also involved in the life of the Methodist Churches in Saffron Walden and Chrishall and with the combined churches in Clavering.

We have three children, aged between 30 and 20, all more or less independent now. How quickly life changes as our families grow up and fly the nest. How time flies.

Can so much of 2006 have passed already? It will soon be Christmas!

How wonderful that we can remember, through the Christmas message of Jesus coming into our world, that God's love for us never changes. As the years go by, His promises remain secure. How ever many ups and downs we have known, He is still as ready to listen to us as when we said our prayers as little children. In all we experience, may the peace of God's presence be very real as we travel forward together.



For some years now, the Parish Council has been discussing the possibility of trying to build two tennis courts for the village.  A dynamic committee of volunteers, covering a wide age range, has now been formed to explore the possibilities of obtaining grants, plan fund raising, consider potential sites and research how best to organise this new facility. Our Chairman is Dan Murton.  The committee will work independently, but be under the authority of the Parish Council.   If anyone has views on this project or would like to join the committee, please let us know; extra help will be most welcome.                       Jackie Casement  - Secretary








There is an ongoing problem with litter being thrown out of car windows onto the car park by youths, mostly from other villages, who drive in and consume MacDonalds’ takeaways and cans of beer.  In order to minimise this nuisance and the disturbance caused to neighbouring households, the gates will be locked on Saturday and Sunday evenings if there are no functions on.

The gates will be locked at 6.00 p.m. both days and re-opened at 9.00 a.m. on Sunday mornings and 8.00 a.m. on Mondays.  We do apologise to anyone wishing to access the recycling bins during these times, but the bins will still be accessible on foot.

                                                                                                                   The Village Hall Committee



On Saturday 2nd December we welcome back the Sawston Players to the village hall for the latest of their celebrated plays. The doors and the bar will open at 6.45 p.m. and a bowl of hot soup will be served, by our team of attractive ladies, shortly after you are seated, up till 7.30 p.m. As in previous years, a delicious main course will be served during the interval following the first act. During the second interval, an equally delicious sweet will be served  and at this stage you will have the opportunity to question the Producer in order to establish clues and to hand in your entry in the 'who dunnit’ competition. This is followed by a short third act, when all is revealed, the awarding of prizes to winners and wooden spoonists, and a draw for raffle prizes. This is a great fun evening for all villagers and friends to enjoy. We are often asked how we manage to include a lovely meal in the price - the answer is a small team of community minded volunteers, plus the fact that any surplus goes towards providing more shows for your enjoyment. It would be nice if our chefs could sit down and enjoy proceedings from time to time, and Pam Fearn will be pleased to hear from anyone who  would take a turn with the preparation of the food at this or perhaps a future event. Please contact Pam

 If you are new to the village, please do come along, enjoy the fun and make new friends. Tickets will be available at Costcutter Express from 1st November, so as you read this they will be selling like hot cakes . Do get in early to avoid disappointment. They can also be reserved by phone. The cost, including the meal, is £8.00 and £7.00 for  concessions.

  The Theatre Group



Calling all local artists

Duxford School will be holding a fundraising Christmas Art Fair in the school hall on November 16th -17th between 6.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m.

Each pupil from the school will have a piece of artwork on display. Whittlesford Gallery will also exhibit works from a number of local artists with art for sale.  There will be some space available for local artists who would like the opportunity to display and/or sell their work.  The PTA will ask for a small commission on sales from local artists.

Thursday evening will be exclusively open to parents/carers/relatives of the Duxford School children.  Friday evening will be open to the public, with refreshments provided on both evenings.

If you would like to exhibit, please contact Sheridan Tongue ' 01223 524181.



We were pleased to welcome two new Ickleton members, Mr. and Mrs. Bishops, to our October meeting.

Our guest speaker was Roger Harvey, who runs his own nursery, specializing in hellebores. Roger exhibits at all the major flower shows. However, instead of hellebores, he spoke about perennials grown for Autumn colour, and showed some excellent slides of several new plant varieties, some of which he brought with him for sale.  Catherine Cocks won the best bloom competition.

The next meeting will be on November 1st, when Gordon Reid will speak about ‘Flowers of the Cape Province.’                                                                                                    Cynthia Rule




Children in Need 2006

Again this year we will be having two events to raise cash for the Children in Need Appeal.

Both evenings will include a free buffet and the competitions will be lighthearted and entertaining, so please come along to take part or give your support.

Friday 17th November  Knockout  Darts Competition

Saturday 18th November  Quiz Night

See notices in the Social Club for more details.

All monies raised will go to the appeal.                                      Ickleton Social Club Committee



In my role as the local Neighbourhood Watch representative, together with my 42 years’ experience as a police officer, including 14 years at the Home Office as one of her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary, I have been invited by the Parish Council to write a few words on the concern of parishioners at the lack of constables ‘on the beat’ these days.

It is not for me, as a retired police officer, to interfere or criticise present police procedures, but perhaps I may be able to explain some of the reasons for the shortage of beat constables. 

The exigencies of the service nowadays are based on the need for constables to man specialist departments at police stations, such as community policing, race relations, domestic disturbances and drugs.  This is also compounded by the bureaucratic requirement of police constables involved in arrests and major incidents, tying them down with report writing and preventing them from returning to the beat.

All in all, we must be resigned to forgetting the good old days of ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ -  the more the pity.                                                     Stanley Peck - Neighbourhood Watch Representative



From time to time, the Parish Council gets complaints from parishioners to the effect “We never see a policeman around the village these days.” Moreover, we get criticisms that police response times are too slow.

We recently had a meeting with Inspector Ormerod of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, to try and improve our communication with the local police and to pass on the comments that we have had.  It was a useful meeting, and he was frank with us about the problems that police forces are currently facing.  We will continue to have meetings with him in future so as to maintain that dialogue.

You will be aware that the officer responsible for Ickleton is PC Iain Perry (mobile 07740 734976; ecops.duxford@cambs.pnn.police.uk). He is based at Sawston and will already be known to many of you (I hope for the right reason!). He has been quite successful recently in identifying and preventing incidents of petty crime. However, his time and resources are limited: he has three villages to cover, including Sawston, and he does not always have access to a vehicle.

For our part, we can help the police by reporting every incident, however small.  There won’t necessarily be a police response to small incidents, but it is nevertheless important that they are all reported so that a pattern of criminal behaviour can be established.  All house burglaries, however, should get a police visit and a visit from an incident officer.

Our Neighbourhood officer, Stanley Peck, will be handing over his duties shortly. Meanwhile you can be reassured that Ickleton’s crime record is better than many in the county.

                                                                                                   James Macdonald  - Chairman





Ickleton and Hinxton Conservative Association  Branch is holding a supper party on Friday 24th November at 7.30 p.m. at Mowbrays, Church Street, by kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Robin Driver. Andrew Lansley, our MP is coming, so do please come to meet him.  Everyone is welcome.  Tickets £6.00.                                                              Joan Frankau





The Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning  - held on 29th September.

I only decided a week and a half before the appointed date, that I would try to organize a coffee morning for Macmillan Nurses.  I used to do one every year at work.  I mentioned this plan at the ‘Over Sixties’ and Cecil Vincent agreed that I could use The Chapel, for a nominal sum.  Sarah made me some posters, which we rushed to put up. Several kind and supportive people passed the word around, and gave me items to sell and cakes to offer. During the morning and afternoon sessions, we had a steady stream of generous visitors. The total of £144.23 was reached on the date and my donations to the Chapel was returned due to this being such a good cause. I was delighted to deliver £155.40 to the Arthur Rank Hospice for their Macmillan Nurses.  I am sure we all know of someone who has benefited from their care, so this is an excellent way for us to support them in their work.  I am blessed with wonderful daughters and thank Anne Marie and Sarah especially for their support and very necessary help. Next year I’ll give everyone better warning so we can raise lots more for The Nurses.  Many thanks to everyone for making this such a success.                                                                                                     Ruth Driver



Duxford what…….?! A Race Night is an entertaining evening out.  A professional organiser will show films of eight horse races on a big screen.  Before each race you can either buy a horse and try to scoop the owner’s winnings, or place a bet of 50p (or several!). Watch the race, and if your horse is first past the post, collect your winnings. This will  be held at Huntsman Restaurant, Hinxton Road, Duxford 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 18th November, tickets £12.

There will be supper half way through the evening, and a bar running throughout. Bring some friends to help cheer on the horses.  Tables seat from six people upwards, so make up a table or join a bigger party. This is going to be a fun evening for everyone to enjoy, and a lighthearted way to raise funds for St. Peter’s Church to help prevent it closing. Tina Jonas



Members Night, always held in October, was held in Hinxton Village Hall, which proved a welcome change of venue, and was a full house.

Sue Culpin and her helpers organised a craft evening, with members displaying their various skills, on stalls around the hall.  There were patchwork quilts, pewter work, covered boxes, silk scarves, paintings, jewellery, paper roses, and every type of stitch work on display.

The evening concluded with a ploughman’s supper and buck’s fizz which was much enjoyed.

The next  meeting will be on November 15th when guest speaker Dr. Claire Walsh will talk about 18th Century London and we will be back at our usual venue, Great Chesterford Community Centre, starting at 7.45 p.m.                                                                                 Cynthia Rule



When visiting my daughter, who lives in Ickleton, I attended the Air Show, but I’m afraid gave my entrance money (£5) to Duxford School.  There were at least 100 cars parked, which must have been most beneficial for the school funds – so I didn’t feel so bad. Watching from a field adjacent to the M11, I often got the impression that the pilots were playing to our field – why else should they treat us to a slow roll or a bit of up-side-down flying after crossing the M11? Even the great lumbering Chinook gave us some spectacular views of itself, flying nearly directly overhead. Two displays stick in my mind, one was the F16 Fighting Falcon, with its after-burners threatening to burst your lungs! Then, all of a sudden, it was joined by a solitary Spitfire - seeing the two in formation was a great thrill. It was very sensitively done - the ‘Spit’ was always in front, the F16  never tried to bully it or show off.  Finally the ‘Spit’ broke off to do its own thing for the crowd, while the F16 quietly disappeared – no final display of its power and superior speed, a real tribute to its 1940’s equivalent, I thought.

The final display, by eight Spitfires, rounded off the show splendidly. First in formation, then in pairs, they seemed to constantly ‘fill the sky’ over the airfield - it was like a ground level dog fight, they were everywhere, until one after the other they came round and landed, the show was over!  Congratulations to the planners and organisers of the flying, and of course the pilots.                                                                                                                                                              Alan Featherstone




Relief in Need Charity

Elderly, infirm or disabled people wishing to be considered for help with their winter heating costs, should apply to the Hon. Clerk in writing before Monday 13th November. Only new applicants need apply.                                               Jocelyn Flitton – Hon.Clerk, 1 Abbey Street



Steven Davidson and Lucy Gowlett.  Lucy is the granddaughter of Lucy Quill, the previous owner, who many people will have known.


David and Jacky Porter, Zach and Mil 


Chris and Lisa Parish, Jessica, age 12 and Jodie age 9.



Congratulations to Claire and Neil King on the birth of their baby boy Lucas on 23rd September.  Brother for Tommy and Samuel, third grandchild for Adrian and Sue Paterson.


We would like to thank so many of you for your support, thoughts and indeed prayers through the birth of our new daughter Lola Kate, who had a heart defect detected a few days before birth (born on 12.10.06).  We feel so lucky to live in such a caring community.

Simon, Michelle and Jonny Cheney


We are sorry to record the death of Margaret Harrison aged 87 on 13th October.

There was a service of Thanksgiving at Church (preceded by committal at Cambridge Crematorium) on Monday 23rd October.



                November 1st

Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


     Chapel, Carmel  Street, Gt.  Chesterford


Mobile Library


Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon


Visiting Bellringers 6.15 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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

                       16th & 17th

Duxford School Christmas Art Fair 6.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.


Social Club Knockout Darts Competition 8.00 p.m. Social Club


Social Club Quiz Night 9.00 p.m. Social Club


Christmas Fair 10.30 a.m. -  3.30 p.m. Duxford Church


Duxford Race Night 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.


    Huntsman Restaurant, Duxford


Mobile Library


Conservative Branch Supper Party 7.30 p.m. Mowbrays


Silent Auction 8.00 p.m. Hinxton Village Hall



                December  2nd

Murder Mystery Evening 6.45 p.m. Village Hall


Workshop 6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.


     Followed by Supper 8.00 p.m. and Concert, Church


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall