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  APRIL 2007



David and Monica Lilley




Tony Court

Hilary Rule                    


Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

    12th April 2007



Refuse Collections during April

Monday          2nd  April  -        Green bin and Green box collection

Tuesday    10th  April    -        Black bin collection (a day later due to Easter)

Monday       16th  April    -        Green bin and Green box collection

Monday       23rd  April    -        Black bin collection

Monday       30th  April    -        Green bin and Green box collection

Parish Council Meeting 21st March 2007  The following items on the Agenda were discussed:

Tennis Courts – Before any decision is made on this, the Parish Council is exploring the possibility of another site close to the Recreation Ground.  The Parish Council expressed their gratitude to the Tennis Court Committee for the work they have already undertaken.

Allotments – The Parish Council agreed to use their best endeavours to find a suitable site for the allotments and a possible site is currently under consideration.

Village parking update – Brian Stinton (Cambridgeshire County Council) reports that he is formulating some proposals, based on his experiences passing through the village in both car and cycle and he hopes to have more information towards the end of March.

The council have also been engaged in talks with Ordnance Survey to see what can be done about HCVs using Satellite Navigation; recognising that in the right hands and with the right information available, Sat Navs can be very useful.  It is hoped that the future of Sat Nav use will be more about identifying those appropriate routes that HCVs can use, rather than the one size fits all approach that currently is in place. To that end OS have announced the development of a new Sat Nav system, which takes into account physical restrictions such as low bridges and this should be available for use in the summer.   In order to assess this, fairly resource intensive surveys are required, to establish the number of unnecessary lorries using the route from those that are using the route for local access. At present the funding issue comes into play yet again, and the County Council is unable to carry out the surveys until more funding is available.

Planning application(s):

S/2431/06/F – Garage/Workshop/Store with Annexe Over – Ms P Fearn – Replacement of dormer windows with rooflights to rear elevation of building.  Amended – information only.

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC

S/2291/06/LB – Installation of partitions in Annexe to create ground floor ensuite & Corridor & first Floor ensuite – M Tomlinson & S Siwicka

S/2431/06/F – Garage/Workshop/Store with Annexe Over – Ms P Fearn

Annual Parish Meeting  Please note the date of the Annual Parish Meeting, Wednesday 23rd May 2007 at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall, in your diaries.  As usual wine and beer will be provided, as well as a guest speaker. There will be plenty of opportunity to raise matters of interest.  It will also be an opportunity to meet the newly elected Parish Council.

Bottle/Paper Banks in Recreation Ground  Please could users of these banks take their cardboard containers home and put in their green wheelie bin, and not leave them on the ground beside the banks for someone else to clear up!  Many thanks.

Easter Cricket Courses for Youngsters  A South Cambridgeshire Easter Cricket Academy run by Paul Johnston, will be held at four venues for six to eleven year olds.  Lessons will take place from 1.00-3.00 p.m. on Monday April 2nd and Tuesday April 3rd at Linton Community Sports Centre and from 9.15 – 11.15 a.m. on Thursday April 12th and Friday April 13th at Sawston Sports Centre.  Each course costs £10 per child for two days, £7 for one day. The other two venues are at Comberton and Impington.   To book a place call Paul Johnston ' 07793 053664.                           Jocelyn Flitton




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CHURCH SERVICES – Services for April

                   April 1st

 8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


        Palm Sunday

 9.30 a.m. Meet at Methodist Chapel for procession to Church for



10.00 a.m. Family Communion



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                  April 2nd

  8.00 a.m.  Holy Communion



  8.00 p.m.  Candlelight Compline





                   April 3rd

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion



  8.00 p.m. Candlelight Compline





                   April 4th

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion



   8.00 p.m. Candlelight Compline





      Maundy Thursday

    8.00 p.m. Eucharist of the Last Supper





                    Friday 6th

    8.00 a.m. Morning Prayer


              Good Friday

    9.30 a.m. Family Service



 12.00 noon – 3.00 p.m. Vigil at the Foot of the Cross



    7.30 p.m. Passion Play





                 Sunday 8th        

       9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist


                 Easter Day

    11.00 a.m.  Parish Eucharist





             Thursday 12th            

    12.30 p.m.  Holy Communion





               Sunday 15th

      8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                   Easter 2

    10.00 a.m. Family Communion



      6.30 p.m. Evensong with Laying on of Hands





              Thursday 19th

      12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                Sunday 22nd

      8.00 a.m.  Holy Communion


                    Easter 3

   10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



      6.30 p.m. Evensong and Holy Communion





             Thursday 26th 

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                Sunday 29th

    10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist


                   Easter 4




Good Friday (6th)

There are services throughout the day, but you may want to take special note of two new events:

9.30 am Duxford                  A child friendly Family Service based on the Stations of the Cross and ending with hot cross buns.

7.30 pm Ickleton                  A Passion Play in full costume, with cast drawn from the three villages.


Annual Church Meetings

Each of our churches has its Annual Meeting in April. They provide an opportunity to look back over the last year and consider plans for the future. There are two key elements at Annual Meetings. One is the financial situation - how we have managed to pay the bills in the last twelve months and what we face in the future. The other is manpower. Each church needs to ensure it has enough people to organise and run worship and events in the coming year. If it becomes difficult to balance the books, or there aren’t enough people to cover all the jobs that need doing, the church is in trouble. You will be very welcome to join us for your church’s meeting. The meeting at Ickleton is at 8.00 p.m. on 17th at the Church.

Full details of church events are to be found in the monthly Church Diary, available in church or from the Rectory.



Since Christmas a number of parishioners from Ickleton, Duxford and Hinxton have been rehearsing on Sunday afternoons for a Passion Play to be held in Ickleton Church on Good Friday night at 7.30 p.m.

Easter is a time for special remembrance when Christians celebrate the passion and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The Passion Play derives from the devotions made by parishioners inside the church before the Stations of the Cross.

Most people come away profoundly moved by the whole experience and we hope that you will feel spiritually enriched by our re-enactment of this important event.  There is nothing like the sacrifice of Jesus to bring home to us the debt of gratitude we owe to God and our need for forgiveness and love for others.

There are no tickets but a retiring collection will be made with proceeds going to the East Anglian Children’s Hospice in Milton.

Since the crucifixion is a distressing event I would recommend that you do not bring impressionable children to the performance.

Many thanks are due to those who have worked so hard – the actors, those behind the scenes making costumes, staging and props, providing the narration and music and also doing the publicity.                                                            Rosemary McKillen






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Scary Stuff

It was in 2004 that Mel Gibson’s film ‘The Passion of the Christ’, was released. For some it was a moving and powerful description of the last twelve hours of Christ’s life. Others criticised it for the unnecessary (and even self indulgent) representation of violence. For those who are familiar with the Stations of the Cross as an act of prayer and meditation, it was really neither more nor less than a cinematic description of that liturgy.

This month begins in church with Palm Sunday (April 1st) and Holy Week. There are services every day through which we mark the events leading up to Jesus’ death. On Maundy Thursday we commemorate the Last Supper and on Good Friday the day Jesus died. Saturday is Holy Saturday, a day of waiting, and on Sunday each of the churches will be bursting with colour and song as we celebrate Resurrection.

The services of Holy Week and Easter are for you. They are stories of life and death and new beginnings, stories that are to be trusted and believed in. They avoid the brash commercialism of Christmas and speak quietly of love and pain and hope and faith, of a candle lit in the darkness.

Church is important because it is a sort of practice for the difficult bits which come our way. We don’t actually know what happens after death, so it seems very scary, the negation and loss of all we hold dear. But the Christian story says otherwise, and it is a claim that deserves to be taken seriously.

If the rest makes sense – the values, the attitudes to self and others, the spirituality, the relationships, the connections between the religious story and the rhythms of our life – then why not this last gospel statement? If the stories of Jesus and other figures in the Bible resonate with psychological and practical truths about how we should live, then why reject this claim?

C. S Lewis wrote about death and what follows in the last of the Narnia books: ‘the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in the world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of The Great Story which no one on earth has read; which goes on for ever; in which every chapter is better than the one before.’

Join us for one of our services in Holy Week and Easter (leaflets in church or from the Rectory). you won’t regret it.

                                                            Andrew Schofield       * Andrew.schofield@ely.anglican.org    


The next coffee morning will be on Tuesday 3rd April (10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon).  If you haven’t been before, do please drop in for coffee and meet your fellow villagers.                                                        Rosemary McKillen


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


 April 1st

Palm Sunday    

Rev     Revd. Trevor Sands


                    April 8th

Easter Sunday

Revd. Trevor Sands

Holy Communion

                    April 15th


Revd. Jim Gill


                    April 22nd


Mr. Jerry Heyhoe


                    April 29th


Mrs. Maureen Hilson


                                                                                                                                                    Revd. Trevor Sands

To mark the 30th anniversary of the arrival of Concorde at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, the Museum will be hosting a very special day of celebration on Sunday 22nd April from 10.00 a.m.
Duxford's Concorde, number 101, was the second British prototype of the Anglo-French supersonic airliner and was used for test purposes before Concorde went into full production. 
This special day will give visitors the opportunity to meet various people associated with Concorde, including Concorde Test Pilot Peter Baker and pilot David Leney, hear fascinating talks on this iconic aircraft, see additional Concorde related items, such as the test suits worn by the pilots, and take a walk through the aircraft.
The aircraft itself now sits in Duxford's new AirSpace exhibition and will be open for visitors to view - providing an opportunity to see the 12 tonnes of test equipment that Duxford's Concorde carried during its rigorous programme of tests which lasted over five years. 
Says Duxford's Marketing and PR Manager Tracey Woods: "We're proud to have such a landmark aircraft here as part of the outstanding collection at Duxford.  The Museum's Concorde is unique and during its 30 years here an estimated 6 million people have walked through this iconic aircraft, marvelled at the size and scale of it and had their photograph taken on the aircraft steps.”
The whole of the Museum will be open on the day for visitors to enjoy, with plenty to see, including Duxford's dramatic new £25 million AirSpace exhibition.  In AirSpace, visitors can experience the fun, interactive displays on the mezzanine gallery to find out about aircraft, how they fly and how they are made, as well as marvel at the rare and treasured aircraft on display and discover the personal stories and experiences of the people who designed, built and flew aircraft.  
Duxford is open daily from 10.00 a.m. Ample free parking is available.  Admission is FREE for Children under 16, £14.95 for Adults, £11.50 for Senior Citizens and Concessions and £8.50 for Young Persons. Group rates are available.  For more details on these activities or for any other information please visit www.flyduxford.org.

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The next performance coming to Ickleton Village Hall is ‘YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW THAT’ performed by the touring company ‘Gonzo Moose’ on SATURDAY 14th  APRIL 8.00 p.m. (doors and bar open at 7.15 p.m.)

An ordinary man who minds his own business awakes one morning to find a police inspector at the foot of his bed.  Unaware of his crime, he seeks to prove his innocence in an hilarious, ludicrous and disturbingly anarchic world where anything can happen and frequently does.

This is an exhilarating collision of comedy, drama and slapstick – not to be missed.

Tickets cost £5 (£4 concessions) and are available from Costcutter Express.



There will be an Art Exhibition on Easter Sunday 8th and Monday 9th from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. at Rectory Farm, Grange Road, Ickleton by three local artists: Mary Wombwell, June Heafford and Esme Young.  Proceeds in aid of Arthur Rank Hospice.



Ickleton FC have had another fantastic season after the triumph of winning the league cup last year. The team has won their division and will play in the top flight of Sunday league football next season. This achievement has been done with a game to spare, and our record to date is as follows:

Played 17  Won 12 Drawn 4 Lost 1 Goals for 42 Goals against 16 Points 40

Ickleton’s home form in the league has been quite astounding, with no goals conceded in 8 of the 9 home games. If this can be maintained next season, we shall certainly hold our own in the highest division of the Halls of Cambridge Sunday league.

Congratulations go to manager, Pogo, for the team he has built, and once again we shall have silverware on display at the Ickleton Lion, another milestone in the history of Ickleton FC.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tim Pavelin 


18 year old Alex Goode has been selected as a fly-half for the England under19s squad for the Rugby Union World Cup which begins in Belfast this week.

When not playing rugby or training, Alex is studying marketing at the University of Hertfordshire.



On March 1st the children and staff celebrated World Book Day by coming to school dressed as their favourite storybook character.  There was also a photographic competition, with photographs of the staff and children reading in unusual places.  There were some very imaginative entries that included reading in a wheelie bin, on the top of an elephant and from the window of a ruined castle.

The major social event of this half of term was the PTA Bingo night.  The evening, which was well attended, was great fun and some of the proceeds raised have already been spent on equipment, such as skipping ropes and mini stilts, for the children to use at playtime.

Years 4 and 5 went on an archaeological visit to Devil’s Dyke, where a Cambridgeshire Archaeologist gave the children a guided tour.  The children greatly enjoyed this fun and informative day out.                                                                                                                                                           Miranda Stone-Wigg


Our AGM was held on March 21st.  Ann Woods will continue as President for another year. After the reports were given, Dinah Millson gave a vote of thanks to the President and Committee for all their hard work during the past year and read an amusing poem compiled by WI husband Bob.  A fish and chip supper followed, which was much enjoyed.  Afterwards we had to engage brains, tackling a difficult quiz devised by Julie Baillie.

The next meeting will be on April 18th at 7.45 p.m.  in Great Chesterford Community Centre

                                                                                                                                   Cynthia Rule



Our Spring Party was held on March 7th when members pitted their brains against the opposing teams taking part in the garden quiz. Congratulations to Keith and Joan Sutcliffe’s team ‘The Aphids’ who were the outright winners.

The next meeting will be the A.G.M. on April 4th when a plant stall will be held.

                                              Cynthia Rule






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Fred’s mother, Daisy Baynes, an Ickleton girl, met his father when she was in service in Kensington and he was in the army.  They married and went to Abertridwr, South Wales where he worked in the pits, and here Fred, their first child, and Joan were born.

During the unemployment of the depression the family came to Ickleton, to the middle house of 52 and 54 Frogge Street, his father working for the Griggs family at Priory Farm.  Fred was six then, and was initially teased at Ickleton School because of his Welsh accent!  He soon settled down in the village and joined the church choir, where he sang solos as a boy.  In 1930 he went to the newly opened Sawston Village College. Fred and some of the lads used to go to Caldrees Manor to play billiards.

When he left school, Fred worked as a roundsman at Thurgood’s shop in Great Chesterford, and later as an apprentice baker for Mr. Andrews.  He met Rene Lilley when she worked at a house in Great Chesterford and he used to stop and have a word with her on his rounds.  They went out together once, but then the war came and Fred joined the army and was posted to Egypt and the Middle East for six years.  However, Rene got Fred’s address from Mr. Andrews and wrote to him, and they continued to write to each other for five years until Fred came home.  After two years courting, they were married in Great Chesterford Church in 1948. Initially they had two rooms at 6 Frogge Street, but in 1950 moved to 6 Brookhampton Street, with Fred’s sister Iris and Bill Rule later moving into No. 2.

Fred played football and later cricket for Ickleton and Rene would help with the teas. One of my first memories of Fred is of him cycling into our yard in his cricket whites, bat in hand.  He used to speak to me as a toddler when he came to get buckets of water from the pump near our back door, which was shared by the surrounding cottages.  Fred was a keen gardener and had one of the allotments opposite The New Inn. He also used to cut the hair of several of the neighbours, including myself, usually on the lawn if it was a fine day!

In 1959 he became my neighbour on the other side when Fred and Rene took over The New Inn in Brookhampton Street. There they ran a thriving pub. Fred and Rene became know for miles around for their darts matches, as The New Inn had a good ladies’ and men’s team, and for their Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties and Fred’s ‘broomstick dance’.

For a time Fred worked on the railway as a platelayer, and on foggy winter nights was called out for fog signalling duties. At the time of the Suez crisis in 1956, Fred worked at Duxford Aerodrome and was ‘called up’ again. He later worked at British Welding at Abington in Jim Rule’s maintenance team.  His years up to his retirement were spent at Tube Investments at Hinxton Hall.

After 26 years at The New Inn, Fred and Rene retired to 4 Church Street for a well earned rest.  Sadly, Rene died suddenly in 1996 and Fred later moved to 7 Frogge Street (next door to where his grandparents had lived sixty years ago) where he died peacefully on 27th February.

Fred was a well known village character, often seen out walking, sometimes with Henry Burton and Cyril Webb, and attending the Over Sixties Club. Sadly his sight deteriorated latterly, but he remained cheerful, being helped greatly by Iris and Bill.  Fred leaves his sisters Joan Copley and Iris Rule, both in Ickleton, and his brother Dennis.                                                                                              David Lilley



Fred’s family would like to thank everyone for their cards, messages of sympathy, donations to the Friends of Sawston Health Centre and their attendance at the Church. Thanks also to Rev. Andrew Schofield for a moving service both at the Crematorium and in Church, and to Lizzie, Sarah, Claire, Anne-Marie, Ruth and Judy for all their help and the refreshments after the service.



We have lost yet another of our members. Mr. Fred Toombs (who was my next-door neighbour for many years) enjoyed his game of dominoes, although recently his eyesight gave him trouble.

We shall miss him very much, and we send condolences to all the family on their very sad loss.

                                                                                                                                                        Ruby Lilley


Because Stagecoach is starting an hourly Sunday Service between Duxford and Cambridge, which will give the other Cambridgeshire villages on the route double the present frequency, the County Council is not prepared to continue to support the present subsidised Myall’s 132 service, which would duplicate Stagecoach’s for the vast majority of the journey.

However, Myall’s will continue to operate the service commercially, so more than ever ‘use it or lose it’ will apply.                                                                                                                                    David Lilley







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If you are having a ‘spring turnout’ and want to get rid of anything, the following people will be willing to store things: Cynthia Rule, Peggy Richardson and Monica Lilley.

Rosemary and Neil McKillen would be very grateful if you could help them sell raffle tickets.


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 your details and a cheque through my door, made out to Ickleton Parochial Church Council.  This helps with expenses.  Last year we had 14 sponsors, including parishioners.  Thank you.                                                                        Monica Lilley – Fete Organiser



There’s a strong teddy bear theme to the village fete this year!

Not only is there a competition to WIN A TEDDY by guessing where, in the British Isles, he (or she) lives,

but there will also be a competition for THE BEST DRESSED TEDDY at the fete.

So get thinking now about how you will dress up your teddies. It doesn’t matter what they wear – they can be pop stars, cowboys, gangsters, historical figures, whatever you like – it’s entirely up to you.

We’ll be looking for the most imaginatively dressed teddy – and we’d like the ideas to come from children, please, not their mums or dads. Though mums and dads will be allowed to help with the costumes!

There will be an engraved trophy for the winner of the Best Dressed Teddy competition and rosettes for the runners up.                                                                          Rosemary Hayes



A group of local musicians wish to form a Brass Band for the Ickleton - Hinxton - Duxford area.

Please contact Nigel Bennett  for more details.



Arthur Rank Hospice Sale held on March 3rd at Rectory Farm, raised the sum of £510. Grateful thanks to all those who gave so generously and supported the sale.                         Mary Wombwell and Cynthia Rule



1        In the Play Park, a child’s jacket labelled ‘Toby Brown’. He possibly does not live in the village and may be associated with one of the football teams, so if you know a Brown family, please ask them if it is theirs.

2        A set of keys found outside the Play Park. Both items are now being cared for in the shop.                                                                                                                                                        Sheila Birch  



                       April 3rd

Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon


Chesterford & District Gardening Society AGM  & Plant Sale


              8.00 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Passion Play 7.30 p.m. Church

                      8th & 9th

Art Exhibition 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Rectory Farm


Theatre Group ‘You Don’t Need to Know That’ 8.00 p.m. Village Hall


Annual Church Meeting 8.00 p.m. Church


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Mobile Library


Visiting Bellringers 2.30 - 4.00 p.m.

                    May 23rd 

Annual Parish Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

                    July 7th

Church Fete

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