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David and Monica Lilley




Tony Court

Hilary Rule                    


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

    12th February 2007



Refuse Collections during February

Monday          5th  February         -         Green bin and green box collection

Monday        12th  February         -         Black bin collection

Monday        19th  February         -         Green bin and green box collection

Monday        26th  February         -         Black bin collection


Parish Council Meeting 17th January

Amongst items discussed at the meeting were: Village parking – a meeting was held with Brian Stinton (CCC), Timothy Stone (County Councillor), and other Councillors on 5th January to discuss the situation in the village. Mr Stinton has sent the following:

Parking - Church Street  Parking close to the bend and junction with Butcher's Hill forces northbound vehicles onto the wrong side of the road near the bend and junction. There is potential for oncoming vehicles to meet/collide.

Fortunately there is no record of injury accidents, probably because the route is relatively lightly trafficked by local drivers who know what to expect. There is already legislation that prevents drivers parking too close to junctions or bends and the police could take action against any vehicle that they considered to be too close or causing danger and/or obstruction without recourse to formal restrictions. Formal restrictions sometimes discourage inappropriate parking, but when enforcement is limited so too are the restrictions, especially when residents are parking close to their property. The parking may also influence driver speeds and its removal may lead to greater speeding problems.  Given the situation here this would be a low priority for action with the County Council.

Parking - Abbey Street  Parking on Abbey Street causes considerable congestion at busier times, with parking on both sides of the road at some locations and some vehicles partly parking on the footway. Abbey Street is a busier through route than Church Street and there is one serious injury accident resulting from parking. The comments above relating to speed, enforcement and residents' convenience apply to some extent. However, the situation would appear to be more deserving of some action. A scheme could be developed that controls parking in such a way that it still controls speed but reduces congestion.

Speeding  This a widespread problem across the county, but is one that is very difficult to resolve without high levels of expenditure. Lower cost measures such as signs or even interactive signs have a limited impact. The cost of maintaining interactive signs is high and one that the County Council is having difficulty keeping pace with. Any signs funded by third parties would now also have to be maintained by that party. The county speed limit policy is being reviewed in the light of government requirements to consider speed management needs of A and B roads. This will capture the village, but may be a few years away.

Funding  There is currently no funding for traffic management work at sites that do not suffer a recurring accident record. This means that restrictions in Abbey Street cannot be implemented in the foreseeable future. I do propose to survey the parking on Abbey Street periodically over the next few months and develop proposals for consultation should funds become available. I will contact the Parish Council later in the spring with suggestions.”


Other items - Vandalism of Cemetery Chapel roof, Grange Road (old roadway), and the Precept.

Planning application(s): 

S/2291/06/LB – Alterations-Installation of Partitions in Annexe to create Ground Floor Ensuite & Corridor & First floor Ensuite – M Tomlinson & S Siwicka – Refuse.   There is no mention of car park provision and we are minded to refuse until and unless that is resolved.  The house fronts directly onto the street and the access to the rear is down a narrow driveway, shared by another nearby house and with 2 side doors to the adjacent property facing on Abbey Street (which is the main street through the village). 

S/2431/06/F – Garage/Workshop/Store with Annexe Over – Mrs P Fearn.  Approve.

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:

S/1809/06/LB – Alterations, Enlargement & Reconstruction of Outbuildings with Extension for Annexe – Mr and Mrs R Olds

S/1881/06/F – Double garage –  Mr and Mrs J Raynham







Nick Grimshaw  SCDC attended the Parish Council meeting to discuss listed buildings.  Mr. Grimshaw said that he and two officers deal specifically with listed buildings and conservation applications.  They are grounded in legislation and policy laid out for them.  Changes to the Local Development Plan are due to take place from March 2007.  SCDC require and look for a depth of knowledge by the applicant to justify that their proposals are desirable or necessary.  A questions and answers session then took place.  Mr. Grimshaw was thanked for attending the meeting.  It was agreed to put this item on the Agenda next month for further discussion.

Flooding/Sand bags  There were currently 18 empty sacks and a pile of sand in the garage on the Recreation Ground.  These could be filled as required.  Residents should contact Sheila Birch/Tim Pavelin, who hold the keys.  Lewis Duke also keeps a pallet of sandbags for emergencies.  Residents, who feel vulnerable to roadway flooding, could obtain sandbags from the Highways Department in Whittlesford.    Jocelyn Flitton




Safe Space

I was recently asked to advise a new vicar on some of the problems she was facing in her first post in charge of a parish. She’d been in the parish 4 months and if there were problems, there were also successes – particularly a Sunday School of 20 children and growing! It’s said that the average age of a church congregation reflects the age of the vicar. The woman vicar I visited was in her early 40s and had two children aged 10 and 13. Much easier for her, I guess, to keep in touch with iPods and Podcasts and the latest language and fashion and ‘must haves’ of her children and their friends.

We try to provide resources for young families in all three churches – a carpeted area with toys and books, a monthly Family service – but it doesn’t quite answer the problem. 25 years ago my wife and I used to take our three children, all under 5, to church at Haslingfield, and we’d come out of the service feeling stressed and bedraggled. Sometimes we would be berated by a member of the congregation about the behaviour of one of the children. It wasn’t long before I (then a young dad working for ICL) asked the vicar if I could start a Sunday school in the church tower!

Bringing up children is an enormously demanding task. I am reminded, sometimes with embarrassment and guilt, of the mistakes I made as a parent. In marriage preparation I used to tell young couples that having children would probably present the first major challenge to their relationship. These days, the strains of parenting, financial pressures and uncertainty of employment make for high stress levels.

It would be good to offer church as one way of meeting some of these problems of family life. Everyone needs a psychological safe space in which to rest, a chance to stand back and take a look at what’s happening to us. For some that safe space may be the golf course or yoga classes. But church offers concepts which have worked for more than 2000 years, helping people cope with life’s big moments (birth, marriage and death) and with all the crises in between. Good religion ‘works’ because it is born out of and speaks to the way people live their lives.

On Christmas Eve I made my confession. It was a startling moment. I’ve done it many times before without anything happening of particular note. This time, as usual, I spent half an hour reviewing the sore points in my life. They’re easily identified and mostly about difficult relationships or selfish attitudes. In confession you put it all into words in front of someone else. You stop blaming other people and take responsibility for yourself – and then you say ‘sorry’ to God. The priest helps you explore the issues and to look at yourself from another point of view. It can be a liberating experience and because of that, Christmas was special for me this year.

There will be some who are put off church by its public face or its private arguments. In presentational terms the church is sometimes its own worst enemy. To cross the threshold and get to the important place will almost certainly be a struggle for most people. But once there, you’ll discover models for living and for relationships that are tried and tested and can be so radical that some people describe the experience as new birth.

Why not make one of your new year’s resolutions to give church a try! If Church of England isn’t for you, there are many others in this area. And, if you don’t fancy village church, there are the ‘big hitters’ in Cambridge. If you’ve been wondering about it, perhaps now’s the time to push on the door – there really is safe space on the other side!                                                                                    Andrew Schofield The Rectory, Duxford CB22 4RA

                 * Andrew.schofield@ely.anglican.org



There is to be a completely new Church Electoral Roll compiled this year.  The process will begin on Wednesday 14th February, when Electoral Roll Application Forms will be available from the Church, or from me. When the forms have been completed (this should have been done by Wednesday 7th March), could they please be returned to me.                                                                                                         Frances Payne



We are sorry to record the death on Christmas Eve of Mrs. Alison Margaret Parker, the widow of Rev. Peter Bagnall, former vicar of Ickleton.

The funeral service took place at Southwick Church, Kirkcudbrightshire on 4th January, but there will be a service and interment of ashes at Ickleton Church on 24th February at 11.00 a.m.









CHURCH SERVICES - Services for February

               Thursday 1st

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





            Sunday  4th

    8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


         3rd before Lent

  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist                                  



    6.30 p.m. Evensong





           Thursday 8th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





             Sunday 11th

   8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


          2nd before Lent

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   4.00 p.m. Family Service



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





           Thursday  15th

  12.30 p.m. Holy   Communion 





            Sunday 18th

     8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


          1st before Lent

   10.00 a.m. Family Communion



     6.30 p.m. Evensong with laying on of hands





     Ash Wednesday 21st  

     8.00 p.m. Communion





           Thursday 22nd

   12.30 p.m. BCP Communion





           Sunday 25th

     8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


            Lent 1

   10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



     6.30 p.m. Evensong  & Holy Communion



Ash Wednesday (21st February) marks the beginning of Lent and there’s a Communion service for all three villages at Duxford at 8.00 p.m. For those who wish it, you can receive the sign of the cross on your forehead in ash as part of the service.

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.

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.



Next coffee morning in the church is on Tuesday, 6th February from 10.00 a.m –12.00 noon.   For those of you who haven’t yet made it along, do join us and enjoy the company. The St Patrick’s Night Ceilidh is on the 17th March in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m.  Irish stew and apple tart are included in the price.  Tickets will be available by mid-February from Rosemary and Neil McKillen and from Dilip and Sunita in Costcutter Express, whose ongoing contribution to the life of our village is, as ever, invaluable.              Rosemary McKillen




I have been asked by several villagers to mention this year’s Church Fete. The fete will be held on July 7th in the village hall and recreation ground, hopefully with the usual format.  This will be mentioned in future editions of the Icene.

The Church Fete has been running for a few years now and is a social event for the village and a fundraiser for Ickleton Church.  The Churchwardens and PCC are very grateful for the support of the village for this event. Last year, through everybody’s generous support, we made a fantastic sum of £2600, even though it was the football that day!

I will be in touch with the stall holders in due course. The young mums did very well at the fete last year, so we very much hope they will join us again.   Everyone will be made most welcome.

For the moment it would be really good if you could start saving things for the fete. We need really good bric-a-brac, books, cds, jigsaw puzzles, bottles of any description, nearly new, raffle prizes and toys (but no soft toys). If you have any ideas or would like to help in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, you will be made very welcome.                                                                                                  


Would you like to sponsor the fete?  A leaflet to advertise the event, with the names of the sponsors and their details printed on the back, will be delivered to every house in the village and one will be given to everyone who comes to the fete, usually at least 200 people!  Sponsorship costs £25 per line, and we have several businesses interested so far. If you would like any more information, please either get in touch with me or put a cheque through my door, 8 Brookhampton Street, made out to Ickleton Parochial Church Council.  This helps with expenses.  Last year we  had 14 sponsors, including parishioners. Thank you.                                                                                                                Monica Lilley



New Year’s Day found twenty four people and a couple of dogs taking a long walk up Coploe Road and down the other side to cross what had been anticipated to be a very muddy footpath to Valance Farm land.  In fact the footpath was stubble and easy walking, the weather was beautiful, sunny and relatively warm once out of the wind, and the views were spectacular.  On our return we had a soup, bread and scones lunch at ‘Howeys’, relaxing in the ‘feel good’ factor of having set 2007 off to a good start.  Our thanks are due to Robert Drage for his permission to walk Valance Farm land and to the soup cooks.                                                                                                                                                                Sheila Birch


We had our Christmas lunch on December 20th and we have to thank Mrs. Cynthia Rule for preparing and cooking it for us. Mrs. Beryl Harris and Debbie very kindly offered to wash up, so they had a meal with us.

Beryl and Hedley laid the tables, which looked very attractive, with the centre piece being an arrangement done by Vera Reed. Thank you goes to her also for the mince pies she gave for tea.

We must also thank Hedley for the sherry and Christmas cakes, which we all enjoyed after a game of bingo during the afternoon.

Mrs. Ruth Driver was unable to be with us, so she made and wrapped up a little pin cushion for each one.

We must also thank Mr. Jim Ball for his donation to the club in memory of his wife. We do appreciate it very much, it does help.

I wish you all a Happy New Year. Our next meeting will be on February 21st. Let’s hope the weather will be brighter and lighter again.

I have just heard of the death of another of our members for about 10 years, Colin Churchman. He loved his whist and came on several of our outings. I always remember him dressing up as Father Christmas and bringing us all gifts.  We also spent many happy times at meetings in his home while we had no hall. We will miss him very much. Sincere sympathy to his wife Dorothy and all.                               Ruby Lilley



Our Vice President Julie Baillie took the first meeting of the New Year.

Carol Turton was congratulated on raising £208 for Breast Cancer with her lovely display of Christmas lights.

A request to find a good home for a very pretty black and white house-trained cat was made.

Guest speaker Dan Johnson gave a very informative talk on smuggling in the 17th and 18th centuries. Tobacco and alcohol were the main items smuggled, so nothing much has changed!

Cakes will be required for Saffron Walden Community Hospital at the February meeting.

The speaker for February is Ray Upson – Subject: ‘Life of the Wayside and Woodlands’.

Reminder: subs of £26 are due.                                                                                  Cynthia Rule







After a foggy and cold start to the day, the evening of Tuesday 19th December turned out just right with a Yuletide atmosphere in the air. About 20 adults and 8 children made a splendid sound led by John Williams.  We were delighted to welcome our vicar Andrew Schofield and Mary in the merry band. After a halfway stop at Rosie and Colin Hayes’ for mulled wine and mince pies we finished up for a fine supper and more mulled wine at John and Penny’s house, and many thanks to her and for contributions of food from Jackie Casement, Jenny Pell, Ann Worthing and Miranda Stone-Wigg.

The collection this year raised £182.50 for Duxford Playgroup for their building project. Many thanks to all for their generous contributions.                                                                                                John Williams



Twelve members and friends visited the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust (WWT) reserve at Welney on the Ouse Washes to see the evening feed of the wintering swans. Several thousand swans spend the winter months on the reserve at Welney before returning to their breeding grounds in Iceland and arctic Russia in the spring. The Washes provide a secure roost site overnight as during the day the swans are out feeding on the surrounding fields, their diet being potatoes, beet and winter wheat!

Both the WWT and the RSPB have developed ‘swan friendly’ farming techniques that support the reserve as an excellent wintering area. The number of swans, both Whoopers and Bewicks using the site, has steadily grown since the 1970s. Although both species are present, the larger Whooper Swans are those most readily seen at the daily feeds that attract the swans to the area overlooked by the very comfortable (and warm) hide.

Fortunately it was a calm and clear evening, unlike previous days, so a good number of swans and ducks were seen under the floodlights, although the current very high level of the water on the washes meant that the warden had to float the wheelbarrow on an inflated tyre and wade almost up to his armpits as he dispensed the feed!                                                                                                                         Sheila Birch


STRICTLY MUSIC!  - The music quiz to beat all music quizzes

Do you know your minims from your Mozart?  Bach from Bacharach? Vaughan Williams from John Williams? Or the Moonlight Sonata from the Moonlight Serenade? If you think you do, then get a team together and take part in Strictly Music! The music quiz to beat all music quizzes.

Strictly Music! will be held at Duxford Village School on Saturday 24th February starting at 7.30 p.m.  It’s £5 per person to enter, but get a team of eight together and its just £30 for the whole team.

Strictly Music! is being presented by Saffron Walden Band as part of its fund-raising programme.  For more details contact Jackie Seeger.



The visit from the Sawston Players in December, with another of their Murder Mystery plays, was another very happy occasion in the village hall.  We had planned this month to announce a concert by the Daniel Smith Blues Band on 2nd March but unfortunately Daniel has had a severe illness which has prevented him from touring. However, he hopes to be back on the road in June, so it may be possible to arrange a date for later in the year.

We do have another date for your diaries, 14th April, when we welcome the Gonzo Moose Theatre Company in ‘You Don’t Need to Know That’ which is described as an exhilarating collision of comedy, drama, slapstick and puppetry. Watch for details in the next edition of the Bulletin.                                                                                                                                                                       The Theatre Group


We are sorry to record the death on 10th January of Colin Churchman of Duxford, formerly of Grange Road, Ickleton aged 78.

The cremation took place at Cambridge City Crematorium on 19th January, followed by a thanksgiving service in Ickleton Church.



Cleaning is normally done on a Wednesday or Thursday morning and takes between two and three hours depending on usage.  Over a year it will average out at about two and a half hours per week.  The rate of pay is currently £8.50 per hour.

Please contact Gordon or Mary Woolhouse for details.








In the week leading up to half term, the whole school will be taking part in a Worldwide and Wonderful Cluster Creativity Day.  Each year group will spend time with their peers from other local schools experiencing and learning an art form from another culture.  The experiences will include learning Brazilian martial arts, African drumming, story telling and dancing, Indian story telling and dancing and watching a Vietnamese play.  It will be a really exciting day that will broaden the children’s understanding of other cultures. A great way to end the first half of term.

Open Morning

Our Foundation Class will be having an Open Morning on Wednesday 21st February from 9.30 – 11.00 a.m.  This will be an opportunity for parents and carers of children joining us next September to come with their child/children to have a look around the Foundation classroom.  The children will be able to take part in various activities and enjoy some refreshments, while the parents and carers can see the class in action and have a chat with the Foundation staff, the Headteacher and parents of children who started school in September 2006. If you have a child or children starting school in September 2007, we very much look forward to meeting you on the 21st February. Please contact the school office on '01223 712108 for more information or to arrange a separate visit.                                        Miranda Stone-Wigg



We would like to thank everyone who came to see our lights and gave to our charity, The Breast Cancer Unit at Addenbrooke’s.  A cheque for £208 is being sent this week.  Thank you everyone.

A Happy New Year to you all.                                                                       Carol and Barry Turton



A Table Top Sale will be held on Saturday March 3rd from 2.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. by kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Wombwell, The Granary, Rectory Farm, Ickleton. All proceeds to go to Arthur Rank Hospice. Enquiries to Mary Wombwell.                                                               Cynthia Rule



After being operated for the last seventeen years by the present proprietor, Dave’s Mobile shop ceased its twice-weekly visit to Ickleton from 6th January.

This service was particularly valued during the period when we had no shop in Ickleton.       Editors



My mother, Barbara Larkin (nee Flitton), who was born in Ickleton some 80 years ago, died on 30th December 2006, after a long illness.  Her funeral took place on 12th January – Cremation at Cambridge City Crematorium and a memorial service at Ickleton Church afterwards.                                 Mary Amos



        February 6th

Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon


Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


 The Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


 Mobile Library


 Foundation Class Open Morning 9.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. Duxford School


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


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


 Strictly Music Quiz 7.30 p.m. Duxford School


 Mobile Library

            March 3rd

Table Top Sale 2.00 - 5.00 p.m. Rectory Farm


Saffron Walden Band Barn Dance 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


St. Patrick’s Night Ceilidh 8.00 p.m. Village Hall

             April 14th

Theatre Group ‘You Don’t Need to Know That’  Village Hall

              July  7th

Church Fete

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