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MAY 2007

Editors:                                                                                           David and Monica Lilley (Monica.lilley2@btopenworld.com)

Distribution:                                                                                   Tony Court                     

                                                                                                          Hilary Rule         


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

12th May 2007



Refuse Collections during May

Tuesday        8th  May      -         Black bin collection (day later due to Bank Holiday)

Monday        14th  May      -         Green bin and green box collection

Monday        21st  May      -         Black bin collection

Tuesday      29th  May      -         Green bin and green box collection (day later due to Bank Holiday)                                                        


Parish Council Meeting 18th April  The following items on the Agenda were discussed:

Football Clubs/terms for next season  After discussion it was agreed to increase the match fees for 2007/08 - Crocus FC from £10.50 to £12.00 and Ickleton FC from £5.25 to £6.00.  There was nothing further to report on the Tennis Courts and Allotments.  The fly tipping of tyres continues to be a problem.  The situation regarding the letterbox at the bottom of Butcher’s Hill is being monitored.  Play Area  – an order has now been placed for two Spring Mobiles (Faithful Friend and Scramble Bike); they are due to be installed shortly.  The draft year-end accounts were presented; a few minor amendments will be made before they are audited.

Planning application(s):  None

S/0048/07/D – Dwelling – land r/o 9-17 Grange Road.  John Williams (District Councillor) reported that the application had been refused by SCDC.


Tree Works subject to a tree preservation order or situated within a Conservation area:

C/11/40/054 – Mr T Bristowe – Cut down 2 Sycamores – No Comment.

C/11/40/054 – Mr Owen – Weeping Willow – Crown, reduce re-growths; shorten long lateral side branches – No Comment

C/11/40/054 - Ickleton Parish Council – Fell 2 Horse Chestnuts in Recreation Ground – No Comment

C/11/40/054 – Ickleton Parish Council – Various work on trees in Churchyard – No Comment


Ickleton Riverside Barns SCDC have visited the site and state that a planning decision notice has not been issued yet, pending consideration of possible enforcement action, with legal and enforcement officers of the Council, about the precise terms of such action, if it is to be taken.


At the end of the meeting, James Macdonald (who is retiring as Chairman) was thanked for all his hard work and efforts over the years and presented with a picture and garden vouchers.


Parish Council Election – Thursday 3rd May  As the number of validly nominated candidates is the same as the number of seats, there will not be an election for the Parish Council.  The following will be elected as Councillors:  Sheila Birch, Robin Driver, Lewis Duke, Elizabeth Goddard, Jane Hurst, Timothy Pavelin, Terry Sadler, Mark Stone-Wigg and Peter Wombwell.


District Council Election (Duxford Ward) – Thursday 3rd May  A poll for the election of a Councillor will take place.  The names of the Candidates are:  Robin Driver, Yvonne Nobis and John Williams.  The Polling Station will be in Ickleton Village Hall.


The Annual Parish Meeting – 23rd May at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall  Come and meet your newly elected Parish Councillors and hear Mick Martin, from the Imperial War Museum, Duxford give a short talk about the new Air Space exhibition in the new hanger.


Door-to-Door Salesmen  A number of villagers were concerned about some door-to-door salesmen, who were walking round to the back of their properties.  The police were called ('01223 358966) and responded very quickly.  Please be on your guard during the summer months, when doors/windows are left open.


Sports Activities for people with disabilities in Cambridge City & South Cambridgeshire  This year the Disability Sports Festival will be merging with the annual Sports Fest event to create Sports Fest +, a fully inclusive festival for children and adults of all abilities.  It will be held on Sunday 1st July, with activities taking place on three sites – Manor, Netherhall and Chesterton in Cambridge.  This will take the place of the separate Disability Sports Festival, which was held at Sawston last year.  For further information, please contact Helen Johnston, Sports Development Officer, Cambridge City Council on '01223 457535.  

    Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk



CHURCH SERVICES   -  Services for May

                Thursday 3rd

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                  Sunday  6th

     8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                      Easter 5

   10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



     6.30 p.m. Evensong





               Thursday 10th

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





               Sunday 13th

     8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                   Easter 6

   10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



     4.00 p.m. Family Service



     6.30 p.m. Evensong





              Thursday 17th 

    12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                  Sunday 20th

      8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


Sunday after Ascension

    10.00 a.m. Family Communion



      6.30 p.m. Evensong (Laying on of Hands)





              Thursday 24th

     12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





               Sunday 27th

       8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


       Pentecost Sunday

     10.00 a.m. Parish Communion



       6.30 p.m. Evensong and Holy Communion





               Thursday 31st

     12.30 p.m. Holy Communion



Family Services

4.00 p.m. at Duxford Church.


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.



The next coffee morning in Church will be on Tuesday 1st May.



Christopher John Jeffery, son of Rob and Mandy Jeffery, was baptised at Ickleton Church on Easter Sunday.



The marriage of Joanne Elaine Statham and Daniel John Anderson took place at Ickleton Church on Saturday 14th April.



We are sorry to record the death of Philip Mayne (Rev. Patricia Newland’s father) aged 107, who died on 9th April.  Mr. Mayne, who used to visit Ickleton regularly, was believed to be the last surviving Officer of the First World War and the oldest Cambridge Graduate.








A place in the country

I had to pinch myself when we arrived in the villages two years ago. It had been a long time since I’d enjoyed walking across a village green to church for Morning Prayer. I was reminded of that privilege on a recent visit to Liverpool. I go to a meeting at a church in Tuebrook once a year, and on the journey from railway station to destination, we pass through some quite run down areas of the city. It was the striking contrast between life in town and country that made me sit up and take notice. Don’t get me wrong – I realise there is also rural poverty and deprivation, but the freedom to stand in the open and see fields stretching to the horizon is one to be treasured. In the old days in rural communities the church had a particular role in bringing together the people of the village and reminding them of such privileges. One such occasion was Rogation Sunday (the Sunday before Ascension Day), which now seems to have disappeared from the Church’s calendar. At Rogationtide, there were prayers asking (Latin rogare) God to bless the land, to provide rain and sun in appropriate measure and a good harvest. Rogationtide is the ‘before’ if Harvest Festival is the ‘after’.

In the old Rogationtide processions, prayers were offered not only for a blessing on the crops, but for the preservation of the rights and properties of the parish and parishioners. The first processions were held when serfdom was dying out. Most of the villagers were, in a sense, landed men, for nearly all of them had some rights in the soil, either as freeholders or copy-holders. The arrangements for the processions were usually made at the Vestry meeting and the parishioners paid for the banners. The only necessary official was the parish priest !

Linked with Rogationtide was the ancient ceremony of Beating the Bounds. The clergy, led by a cross and followed by the whole village, would walk round the boundaries of the parish, literally beating them with willow sticks. In days gone by, when maps were scarce, this was a way of reminding people about the parish boundaries, which were of great practical significance. Local landmarks like trees, rocks and pools were all significant boundary markers that were pointed out.

This may seem rather quaint and far removed from us in the twenty first century, but Rogationtide might actually provide an important reminder. It emphasises our reliance on our environment and highlights our responsibilities as part of an ecological system that is much greater than ourselves. It makes us think about where our food comes from, the endless worldwide cycle of sowing and harvesting and the conditions in which this happens. It might reinforce the sense of community in our villages and our reliance on one another as neighbours.

I’m probably just an old romantic, but I still pinch myself sometimes as I walk in the villages and sit in our churches, and I wonder if we ought to reinstate Rogation and the beating the bounds as an affirmation of community and acknowledgement of our responsibilities for one another and for our world?

                                                                                                                                                        Andrew Schofield

                                                                                                      The Rectory, Duxford CB22 4RA

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




We have come up with the following categories for this year’s photography competition for the Fete on 7th July.     The cost is £1 for each entry.

1. An Ickleton Street.  2. Village Life.   3. A Portrait.   4. Snow Scene.   5. Still life.   6. A most unusual photograph. These should all be in colour, either 6” x 4” or 7½” x 5”.

The results will be announced on the day of the fete in the meeting room of the village hall in late afternoon.

If you would like to participate, put your photo/photos in an envelope (with money), together with details of categories they are in, and either put them through my door  before the day of the fete or bring to the fete on the day, after 1.45 p.m.

Last year we had 48 entries - the best so far.  We hope a village personality will judge the competitions                                                                                                                                                                        Monica Lilley

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

May 6t          May 6th

Revd. Keith Page

          May 13th

Mr. John Banks

          May 20th

Revd. Trevor Sands (Holy Communion)

          May 27th

Revd. Trevor Sands

                                                                                                                                     Revd. Trevor Sands


Alison (nee Igglesden), formerly of Ickleton, and Russell Thompson from Sawston, would like to announce the birth of their second son, Myles Alan, a brother for James.



The Easter Weekend Art Exhibition at Rectory Farm, Ickleton, raised the sum of £160 for The Arthur Rank Hospice. Grateful thanks to those who supported this worthy cause.

                                                                                   Mary Wombwell, June Heafford, Esme Young





At our March meeting, David Isaac, Honorary Treasurer of Ickleton United Charities, retired after seven  years in the post and was warmly thanked for all his work in that time.     The Trustees were pleased to appoint John Statham as the new Honorary Treasurer.    
As many residents know, Ickleton United Charities comprises two charities - the Gertrude Homes established in  the 1920s by the Bowen family, and the Relief in Need, which is an amalgamation of several old charities, the earliest about 1450.
The Gertrude Homes consist of three cottages in Frogge Street run to provide convenient, cosy and affordable accommodation for older residents of the parish.  Regrettably, we have two empty homes since Connie Cutter moved to Home Close, Fulbourn and Fred Toombs died in March.    However, the Trustees hope to use this opportunity to refurbish these two cottages.

                                                                                                                           Richard Herbert - Chairman


The change in the seasons also brings change in criminal activity. Please remember not to leave open windows when the room is not attended and also lock away your gardening tools. Even burglars are not so stupid as to carry the tools of their trade with them, so don't provide them with your tools to break in - keep your shed locked - be sheducated this spring. 

For your information, volunteers will be taking photographs of listed buildings throughout Cambridgeshire for a project to end up on the internet at www.imagesofengland.org.uk. The pictures will in the main be taken from public areas only, or the owner will be consulted. Challenge anyone suspicious though or call the police.

As the nice weather also tempts you out on your bicycles remember to leave them somewhere safe and lock them away when not in use. Bicycles like many other things are easy prey if left in a poorly locked shed or outbuilding.

Finally, the trend in distraction burglaries continues, so be aware of, in particular, bogus police officers and water board officials.

Stay safe.                                                                                                                        Tracy & Keith Head



Fledglings, the locally-based charity which supports disabled and sick children and their families, held a coffee morning on 28th March to raise awareness of its work.  A range of visitors aged from 6 months to - well, rather older than that, came along.  Ruth Lingard, who founded Fledglings, displayed some of the products which the charity supplies to help overcome the many problems which disabled and sick children face.  Although a collection plate was a last-minute addition, visitors’ generosity raised £75, for which we are grateful.  Thanks to all who helped, in particular Tina Gordon, who organised the event.  If you are interested in learning more about Fledglings, or if you or someone you know might be able to help, please contact John Statham.  In particular we would be grateful for help from anyone with skills in finance and accounts, IT, editing, and design and print.                                                                                                                                                                                               John Statham



Donations in Fred’s memory totalled £354, which has been forwarded to Sawston Medical Centre.


Big Village Picnic Saturday afternoon 1st September on the Recreation Ground
Following the success of the 'Sizzler' two years ago, we thought we should hold another one. Our aim is to have a relaxing, fun afternoon and to encourage as many  villagers of all ages to attend.
As last time, we will have old fashioned races for the children, barbecue, tea and cakes, competitions and much more. Please put the date in your diaries now! We are hoping to get funding for the event so that we can provide all of this for free!                                                                                                     

                                                                                                    Summer Sizzler Committee

    (Katherine Denman-Johnson, Miranda Stone-Wigg, Helen McGuire, Lisa Parish, Liz Goddard, Anne Marie Hoare, Rachel Rugg-Gunn, Simon and Michelle Cheney and many more. Contact us if you would like to be involved.)


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The AGM will take place on Wednesday 9th May at 8.00 p.m. in the Village Hall. After a short business meeting there will be an opportunity for discussion and to drink a glass of wine. This will be followed by a talk ‘Treats and Excursions’, the story of the Littlebury History Group’s project to research their village in order to produce the very detailed book ‘Littlebury, a Parish History’.  The speaker is Lizzie Sanders, one of the editors, and she will have copies of the book available for anyone who wishes to purchase one.                                                                                                                                                            Sheila Birch



Parents and grandparents went back to school at Duxford to learn the up-to-date calculating techniques in maths. Teachers and the Headteacher, Mrs Ann Gardner, explained the Numeracy lesson strategy and the 4 rules of calculation with the help of the interactive whiteboard and children’s work. Parents practised calculations on mini-whiteboards and had a chance to discuss and compare the progressive techniques with their own methods. Parents commented that now they’ll have a better idea what their children are doing in school maths, making it more possible for them to support them at home.                                                                                                                                                         Rachel Rugg-Gunn



The official public launch of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s (BBMF) 50th anniversary season is to take place exclusively at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on Saturday 5th May.

In association with Breitling and supported by Classic FM, this unique event looks set to provide an action – packed day for all the family.  Taking place at historic Duxford, Europe’s premier aviation complex and a former Battle of Britain fighter station, the BBMF Day will be the first opportunity to see all the aircraft of the Flight on the ground at close quarters as well as in the air. The legendary Lancaster and two of the iconic Spitfires will be resplendent in their new livery schemes chosen to commemorate RAF squadrons Nos 100 and 550 as well as famous flying aces, including Gerald ‘Stapme’ Stapleton, one of the most successful RAF Battle of Britain pilots.  Stapme himself will be a guest of honour on the day.

Visitors will be able to meet the people of the Flight – the pilots who fly the aircraft, the aircrew who support them and the ground crew who keep the aircraft maintained and serviced.  They will also be able to learn more about the illustrious history of the Flight and the role it plays in today’s RAF, as well as be enthralled by nearly two hours of magnificent flying.

The four original fighters of the BBMF will be reunited in a stunning display prior to the oldest airworthy Spitfire displaying with the latest aircraft in the RAF stable, a Tyhoon, in a salute to the past and a celebration of the modern RAF.  In addition, the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team will take to the air to perform a spectacular jump from the BBMF Dakota and the Central Band of the RAF will provide rousing musical accompaniment throughout the day.

In a thrilling finale, the Lancaster will take to the air with all seven fighters flying in formation to give visitors a sight not seen for many, many years and will end with a lone Spitfire performing an emotive display as part of the closing ceremony.

“Duxford is delighted and honoured to host this special day as part of its own tribute to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight,” said Tracey Woods, Duxford’s Marketing and PR Manager, “This will be, without a doubt, an amazing day for people of all ages – a unique opportunity to see the aircraft up close, to meet the people of the Flight, past and present, and to be thrilled by the sight and sound of these magnificent aircraft displaying, it really is an exceptional and special day which is not to be missed.”

Visitors will be able to see the aircraft, including the mighty Lancaster, up close on the ground as part of a flight line walk, chat to the pilots and veterans, get their signatures and witness some magical and awe-inspiring flying.  As well as trade stands, 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, including Duxford’s own Lancaster, and discover the personal stories and experiences of the people who designed, built and flew aircraft.


Gates open at 10.00 a.m. Ample free parking is available.  Admission for this event is FREE for Children under 16, £19.95 for Adults, £16.50 for Concessions.  Discounted tickets and group rates are available in advance.  Advance tickets are now on sale for this exclusive Battle of Britain Memorial Flight day.  For more information on BBMF Day and details of other events taking place at Duxford, log onto www.flyduxford.org or '01223 499353 to book tickets.

Tracey Woods, Marketing & Public Relations Manager  ' 01223 499320 email Twoods@iwm.org.uk








The date this year for the Christmas Spectacular is Wednesday 28th November and is for the afternoon performance. Please let me know if you are interested.                              Betty Willmott



The A.G.M. was held on April 4th. There was a good attendance including a new member from Great Chesterford.

A card containing best wishes has been sent to our much treasured treasurer Eleanor Daniels, at present in Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Chairman Pauline Gale will carry on for another year in that capacity.  Sadly, long serving member Ian Dietkker is retiring from the committee, having been a member for 30 years, 25 of which he served on the committee, including 10 years as Chairman.  Our programme planners Catherine and Margaret have provided us with another interesting programme for the coming year, which will include the Flower Show on September 8th. More details of that to come later.

Next meeting on May 2nd will be a talk by Geoff Hodge ‘Gardening on Chalk’.

                                                                                                                           Cynthia Rule


Opening Tennis Tournament Sunday, 20th May

Meet at 1.30 p.m. to draw your partner at the tennis courts, Duxford Recreation Ground.

This is a friendly, members only, all ability, mixed adult (from 16yrs), doubles tennis tournament, and new members are welcome to join. Winners are presented with a trophy and prizes given to the runners up.

Tea and refreshments provided.     £2 per entry.

The club has two all weather courts, with a non-slip quick drying surface and new surround netting and wind break.  We meet                           Wednesday 10.00 a.m.-12 noon (Ladies morning)

Sunday 9.00-11.00 p.m. (Men’s morning)                 Wednesday 4.00-8.00 p.m. (Summer coaching)

Booking of the courts not required.

Our Fees      Family    £38,           Couple      £32,           Adult      £22            Junior        £10

League matches are played through the summer, and if interested contact Margaret Donohoe ' 01223 836796.

Coaching for children and adults runs throughout the summer. Contact Kim Quaree.




                      May 1st

Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon


Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m. Chapel,


         Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Visiting Bellringers 9.40 -10.30 a.m.


Mobile Library


Ickleton Society AGM 8.00 p.m. Village Hall


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Opening Tennis Tournament 1.30 p.m. Duxford Lawn Tennis Club


Mobile Library


Annual Parish Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Visiting Bellringers 10.00 a.m. – 1.15 p.m. approx



                     June 9th

Hinxton Fete 2.00 p.m.

                      July 7th

Church Fete

                     Sept 1st

Village Picnic