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Editors:                                                                                           David and Monica Lilley


Distribution:                                                                                   Tony Court                     

                                                                                                          Hilary Rule           


All contributions please to 8 Brookhampton Street.  Deadline for next Icene Bulletin


12th January 2007




Refuse Collections during January

Tuesday         2nd  January          -         Black bin collection

Monday          8th   January         -         Green bin and green box collection

Monday        15th   January         -         Black bin collection

Monday        22nd  January          -         Green bin and green box collection

Monday        29th   January         -        Black bin collection


The Parish Council would like to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year.


Parish Council Meeting 13th December 2006 Items discussed at the meeting were: village parking, tipped soil, old roadway Grange Road, Footpath 11 and the cemetery.


Neighbourhood Watch  The Parish Council are pleased to announce that Keith & Tracy Head, 12 Abbey Street have taken on this role. 

Planning application(s)  No new applications this month.

S/1749/06/O – Hexcel Composites The Chairman had received several calls expressing concern about this application and especially regarding the use of the chemical Acrylonitrile.  A lengthy discussion took place between the Parish Council, District and County Councillors expressing their views.   The Chairman asked our District Councillor to report back on any views/findings that SCDC and others may have.  The Chairman felt it prudent to wait for the reports from the Environment Agency and Health & Safety Executive before deciding what action the Parish Council would take.  This application is unlikely to go to the Planning Committee before February 2007 at the earliest; so you can still send your comments to SCDC.


Planning application approved by SCDC

S/1810/06/F – Extension to outbuilding to form annexe – 26 Abbey Street – Mr & Mrs Olds


Nick Grimshaw, SCDC will attend the Parish Council meeting on 17th January to discuss listed buildings.


Planes flying over Ickleton  Mick Martin, (who works at Imperial War Museum, Duxford and is a Duxford Parish Councillor), came along to the November Parish Council meeting to explain the flight paths/heights of planes that fly over Ickleton to Stansted.  He reported that at the moment, there are an average of 650 daily movements, which will be increased in July 2007 to 770.  Stansted are looking to increase this to 850 flights a day on the single runway but within the same time scale.  All the Stansted and Luton planes in the holding area west of Cambridge are at 7,000 feet, sometimes descending to a minimum of 2,500 feet if carrying out a missed approach procedure.  Now for the good news!  There is a plan to create three new holding areas effective from about March 2009, which should remove almost all air traffic from directly over the village.  We will report any updates that we receive from Mr Martin.

Anyone wishing to oppose the second runway, visit website:  http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Stansted


M11/A11  The Highways Agency have given notice that works will be being carried out between 8th January and 17th February on Junctions 9 & 10 and A11 Stump Cross.  Work will be carried out overnight between the hours of 8.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. Mondays to Thursdays and between 9.00 p.m. Fridays and 9.00 a.m. Saturdays.  Diversion routes will be in operation throughout the closures. The Icknield Bridleway will also be closed.  For more information please telephone ' 01234 796041.


Temporary Signs for Community or Charity Events  Cambridgeshire County Council have made a recent change to their policy regarding road signs.  Signs should not exceed 0.5 sq. metres in area, should not be erected for more than 7 days before the event or remain in place for more than 48 hours afterwards.  The signs should be erected within the village where the event is taking place.  Normally, no more than 3 signs should be erected per event.  Organisers of such events should inform their local highways divisional office (Whittlesford) at least 2 weeks before erecting any temporary signs.  Further enquiries can be made to Richard Preston ' 01223 717780 or e-mail: richard.preston@cambridgeshire.gov.uk                             Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk





CHURCH NOTICES – Services for January


                      Thursday 4th

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                        Sunday 7th

    8.00 a.m.   BCP Communion



   10.00 a.m.  Parish Eucharist



     6.30 p.m.  Evensong





                   Thursday 11th

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                      Sunday 14th

     8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                       Epiphany 2

   10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



     4.00 p.m. Family Service



     6.30  p.m. Evensong





                  Thursday 18th

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                      Sunday 21st

   8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                      Epiphany 3

 10.00 a.m. Family Communion



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





                    Thursday 25th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                      Sunday 28th

   8.00 a.m.  BCP Communion



  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



    6.30 p.m.  Evensong and Holy Communion



Family Services


Evening Service

The basic format for the Evening Service is Evening Prayer, but at Duxford on the third Sunday in the month, it includes the laying on of hands and prayers for those in need. At Ickleton on the fourth Sunday in the month, the service is followed by Holy Communion.


Mini Mass

Would anyone like to help the vicar develop a short midweek communion service for mums with prams and pushchairs (and occupants therein)? Please contact Rev Andrew if you’re interested.


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.



The next Parish coffee morning will be held in the church on Tuesday 2nd January.  The last coffee morning saw the largest attendance yet – maybe the mulled wine had something to do with that!

Another date for your diary is our St. Patrick’s Night Ceilidh in the Village Hall on 17th March – come along and enjoy Irish stew and apple tart and dance to traditional Irish music.  Tickets will be on sale from mid February.                                                        Rosemary McKillen





How can you trust God?

It is, you might think, a strange question for a vicar to ask: I’m surely the one person who should know the answer to that one. But I struggle with it as much as anyone, especially when faced with illness.


Illness affects us in so many ways. At the very least it is a cause of anxiety, lest minor symptoms should turn out to be something more serious (a sore throat that just wouldn’t shift was one of the reasons I gave up smoking 15 years ago). But when something does go wrong, it diminishes your life in so many ways. My deafness is not life threatening, but can be embarrassing (for example, when you answer a question that hasn’t been asked). It can be depressing too, because conversation in a noisy room is just impossible. A painful heel condition (plantar fasciitis) has meant we’ve avoided walking holidays for the last two years.


These are minor annoyances compared with the much more serious social, psychological and physical problems illness can cause. Discomfort, pain or uncertainty can cut you off from normal intercourse, give rise to feelings of failure and guilt, dominate your whole sense of who you are. Illness seems wholly destructive. So why does God allow it … how can you trust a God who lets people suffer so much?


There is no simple answer – and if there were, it would somehow discount the pain that some people bear and their huge courage in doing so. But at the centre of the Christian faith is the sign of the cross. Christians believe in a God who is alongside us in pain and illness and dying, because his son went through suffering and loss too, crying out at the end, ‘‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’’


Faced with people’s need, the church offers a ministry of prayer and care, for people of all faiths and none. Once a month in our group there is a service called ‘Evening Prayer with the laying on of hands’. It is a quiet and prayerful service which focuses on the needs of those in pain and sickness. It is, I think, quite different from the sort of service you may have read about in the Cambridge Evening News (an article in December in which Liesl Alexander talked about her ministry at Oakington). But for those who seek it, the prayer which accompanies the laying on of hands is an affirming and hope-filled symbol of God’s love and care.


There is more. For those who face an operation or serious illness, there is the Sacrament of Anointing. The vicar offers this sparingly and after careful preparation, but those who receive this ministry describe a strengthening of spirit which is surely a sign of our Lord’s presence.


It is an enormous privilege to be invited into someone’s life at a time of illness when they may be feeling vulnerable or angry or fearful. I don’t have easy answers to the questions people ask: How can God let this happen? How will it end? How can I trust God? And yet I have seen in those who have let God in, a peace and courage which shows they are not alone.

                                                                                                                                               Andrew Schofield

  The Rectory, St John’s Street, Duxford CB22 4RA

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



A while back I said I thought we ought to mention in the Icene how many visitors come to our church. I’ve now checked the book.

There have been 131 separate entries in the Church visitors’ book over the last 12 months.  People have come to visit our church from Australia (several), Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, the United States, not to mention Wigan, York and Wiltshire, some visiting the village where their ancestors lived.  Several of them thank us particularly for keeping the church open always during daylight hours throughout the year (thank you Colin and Rosie).  Just a little reminder that people come thousands of miles to see something wonderful that we have on our doorstep.                                                 Sebastian Payne







The Annual General Meeting will be held in the meeting room on Monday 22nd January 2007.  Members of the public are cordially invited, and will have an opportunity to ask questions and put points of view to the committee.                                                    Gordon Woolhouse -  Chairman



November 5th saw an enthusiastic group of Cambridge Conservation Volunteers, a dozen of us in all, working hard on clearing the pit. A lot of undergrowth has been cut back and it was a very satisfactory day’s effort. We remain grateful to the volunteers for their continuing support.

                                                                                                                                                   Sheila Birch


Visit to Welney

We are organizing a visit to the Wildlife & Wetlands Trust at Welney to see the spectacular floodlit evening feed of the swans and ducks. The visit is arranged for Sunday January 14th and in order to be there by 5.30 p.m. we need to leave Ickleton at 4.30 p.m. Please contact either Rachel Radford or Sheila Birch by January 6th if you would like to come; we need to know numbers in order to reserve places. We can arrange lifts if required. At Welney there is a new visitor centre, a lift and a bridge to cross the road into the enlarged hide. There is also a café which remains open until 6.00 p.m., if you wish to arrive there earlier and would like tea and cake.


New Year’s Day Walk

This year we shall walk on New Year’s Day and will meet at the bottom of Coploe Road at 11.00 a.m. (note change of starting point). The route will go up Coploe Road, across onto Valence Farm land and back to the village via Elmdon Road. There will be a soup lunch at ‘Howeys’, Abbey Street on our return for those who would like to join us. This can be a muddy walk, so come prepared.                                                                                                                                Sheila Birch



The village collection for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal raised a total of £813.77, a new record for the village!  Thank you to everyone who helped us to achieve this.  As always, particular thanks must go to the band of house-to-house collectors, who produced well over £500.  They were Sheila Birch, Jackie Casement, Pat Facer, Lena Frost, Yvonne Hall, Caroline Lewis, John and Judy Marshall, Hilary Rule, June Vincent and Penny Woodhead.  We managed to cover all the village again this year, with the last minute help of June Vincent and Penny Woodhead. Lena Frost and Yvonne Hall covered Frogge Street, following Claire Wilson’s move to Scotland.  Costcutter Express, the Club, the Ickleton Lion and the Aquatics Centre also displayed collection boxes again. Their help is much appreciated.                                                                                                                                                                 Malcolm Hall – Honorary Organiser



James and Claire Skeates (nee Barrett) are delighted to announce the birth of their son George James, a dear little brother for Eleanor on Friday 8th December at the West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds.


Amy Harrison and partner Eric Cheche are pleased to announce the arrival of Joshua Cheche on Monday 11th December.  Joshua weighed in at 6 lb.



George Lilley                         80                                  on 30th December








CHAPEL NOTICES  - All Services start at 3.00 p.m.      

                        Sunday  7th

  Revd Trevor Sands


  Covenant Service  (Holy Communion)

            Sunday 14th

  Mr. Gerry Arnell

            Sunday 21st

  Revd Trevor Sands

            Sunday 28th

  Dr Michael Render

A big thank you to so many who joined us at our Carol Service this year - it was good to see the Chapel full. We had a lovely time listening to the greatest story ever told, and singing the well-loved Christmas carols.

A very happy Christmas and a blessed New Year to all of you from Trevor and each one of us at the Methodist Chapel.                                                                                          Revd. Trevor Sands



This year’s ‘Children in Need’ fund raising events raised a fantastic £345, so thanks to everyone who took part, organised or made donations to the evenings. There were so many teams for the Saturday Quiz that we almost ran out of space, but again it was a very enjoyable and fun evening.

The Club would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a good New Year.

Don’t forget to come and join any evening in 2007 for a drink and a chat.

                                                                                                         Ickleton Social Club Committee



If you are a member of the church electoral roll and would like a free pass for 2007, please sign up on the list in church.  This applies to everyone who had a pass for 2006 as well as new applicants. Please complete by January 7th  so that I can send off the forms and get your passes as soon as possible.                                                                                       Hilary Rule P.C.C. Secretary



Our guest speaker for the December meeting was Ian Bull from the R.H.S. Hyde Hall who demonstrated on slides how a dry garden was created as an experiment at Hyde Hall. On reaching maturity the effect was most spectacular, which proved that you can garden without watering, providing you get your soil in good condition first. The best bloom competition was won by Carol Turton, with a lovely spray of holly.  Well done Carol!

The next meeting will be on February 7th 2007.                                              Cynthia Rule



Our local well acclaimed band, Van Gogh’s Ear (firm favourite of Jimmy Tarbuck!) will be playing at The Huntsman Restaurant, Hinxton Road, Duxford from 7.30 p.m. on 27th January to help to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.  There will be a bar and raffle on the night and tickets are £10 each, available from Duxford Supermarket and Costcutter Express, Ickleton.

On 13th May 2007 I’m undertaking a fundraising trip to Peru to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for Cancer Research UK. All money raised will go directly to Cancer Research UK.

Go to www.bmycharity.com/deestrekperu if you would like to know more about my fundraising challenge.

Look forward to seeing you on the 27th.                                                    Dee Toombs



Martin Tomlinson and Stella Siwicka, Sam Tomlinson, Emily and Michael Barker.

Tinnea Sirotova, Lukasz Pisarczyk and Luke Gilson.

Simon and Amanda Monks, Ethan who is 8 and Aidan who is 3.

Darren Price.

Katie Ball and John Ward.






The Ickleton Tennis Court Committee meetings have seen all ages represented, from 17 to 70, discussing costs, sources of funding, possible sites and on-going maintenance.  It was clear from the beginning that any plans had to make sure that the courts become a real village amenity, accessible to everyone, regardless of age or gender, and used regularly. These goals are exactly the sort of considerations that funding organisations, such as the District Council or Sport England, also take into account when looking at applications.

The Committee has looked at how other villages have undertaken this sort of project, to see what lessons they had learned and to ‘borrow’ any ideas that had worked well.  Making sure the courts can be used for more than tennis helps to maximise their use. As a result we are looking at how to incorporate some multi-sport facilities such as recessed football/hockey goals, rebound boards around the bottom of the fencing and/or some additional equipment such as netball or basketball hoops.  We also want to make sure that access to the courts is as open as possible. Rather than restricting use to members of an ‘official’ tennis club, anyone, of any age, should be able to take along a tennis racquet, football, netball or cricket bat and have somewhere to practise. 

Our recent meeting with Jane Lampshire, Sports Development Officer for South Cambridgeshire District Council, highlighted the importance of taster events and coaching sessions for children and adults to encourage regular use of the courts. If anyone is a keen netball, hockey, tennis or five-a-side player or, even better, has some coaching experience, we would love to hear from you. 

So what next?  We will be getting rough costings from contractors so that we can see the size of the fundraising task ahead of us. We will also be considering the best site for the courts.  The Recreation Ground is the most likely option but factors like sun orientation, overhanging trees and accessibility need to be considered before any final decision.  We will also be putting together a draft business/development plan.  Once these tasks are complete, we expect to present the options to the village in the New Year.  If anyone has any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me.                                                                   Daniel Murton



On December 7th members visited Scotsdales’ Open Evening, which was very much enjoyed. It included refreshments and an interesting talk by Peter Jackson on the care of plants.

The Christmas party was held on December 13th, with guest speaker Louise Reed, plus the usual Christmas refreshments - someone mentioned weight watchers in the New Year!

The next meeting will be on January 17th when Dan Johnson will speak on ‘Smuggling in the 16th and 17th Centuries’.                                                                                                Cynthia Rule



                  January 1st

New Year’s Day Walk meet 11.00 a.m. bottom of Coploe Road


Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Village Hall AGM 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Van Gogh’s Ear Charity Gig 7.30 p.m. Huntsman Restaurant, Duxford


Mobile Library



                 March   17th

St. Patrick’s Night Ceilidh Village Hall