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JULY 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 July 2007



Refuse Collections during July

Monday         2nd  July             -        Black bin collection

Monday         9th  July              -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday       16th  July              -        Black bin collection

Monday       23rd  July              -        Green bin and green box

Monday       30th  July              -        Black bin collection


Parish Council Meeting 20th June 2007  The following items on the Agenda were discussed:

Royal Mail is proposing to put a freestanding lamp pedestal post box on the grass verge in Butchers Hill.  There was nothing further to report on the Allotments and Tennis Courts.  The Village Hall had been broken into twice on the last May Bank Holiday weekend.  The Councillors unanimously agreed to adopt the new Model Code of Conduct including paragraph 12(2).  The adoption of the New Code will take effect from September 1st 2007.  Lewis Duke will attend the next Police Neighbourhood Panel Meeting on 3rd July.

Planning applications received from SCDC:

S/0749/07/F – Extension & Replacement Garage/Workshop – Mrs & Mrs Cheney – Approve.

S/0794/07/F – Installation of Awning –  Ickleton Lion – Greene King Pub Partners – Approve.

S/0896/07/LB – Alterations - Block window in utility room, Install doorway in existing kitchen.  Remove window/rear wall and construct rendered and slate roofed extension with 2 roof lights for new kitchen –– Mr & Mrs Cheney – Approve.

S/0929/07/LB – Alteration and Extension comprising attached fabric awning to provide covered drinking/dining/smoking area – Ickleton Lion – Green King Pub Partners – Approve.

S/0729/07/F – Conservatory (removing the decorative crested ridge)  – C Warwick – Information only.

Planning Applications granted by SCDC:

S/0729/07/F – Conservatory – C Warwick

S/0697/07/F – Extension to Outbuilding to form Annexe (Amended Design) - Mr & Mrs Olds

S/0696/07/LB – Alteration, Enlargement & Reconstruction of Outbuildings with pitched roof & Extension for use as Annexe– Mr & Mrs Olds

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

C/11/40/054 – Mrs B Garth – Maintenance of trees and hedge to make garden safe and more manageable - Approve.

Cambridgeshire County Council – Town and Country Planning Act 1990

S/00908/07/CW – The importation of topsoil to raise levels by approx. 1 metre – OS Parcel 130 Frogge Street – Mr D and Mrs C Plumb – Object.

The Parish Council had concerns that this was:

·         On a secondary flood plain

·         Raising the ground level by importing soil would increase the flood risk to neighbouring properties that remain at their original levels.

·         South Cambs Biodiversity Strategy (published 2006) identifies the Upper River Cam Corridor as a Countryside Enhancement Area.  Development adjacent to watercourses should be ecologically sensitive and take account of floodplain habitats.

County Councillor Timothy Stone supports the Parish Council in their objection.








Appeal – S/0048/070/0 – Rowe Build & Developments – Land rear of 9-17 Grange Road:

The Parish Council would re-submit its objection comments and ask our District Councillor to support our views.  It was agreed we should contact the residents to make sure they were aware of the appeal.      

Ickleton Riverside Barns – The application is likely to be scheduled for SCDC August Planning Committee meeting.


Trees/Shrubs – Just a gentle reminder to residents asking if you could keep overhanging branches cut back, in order to make/keep the footpaths clear and safe.  Many thanks.


BAA Stansted – A Rail Schemes Consultation is in progress.  More information can be found on their website:  www.stanstedairport.com/future


Cambridge Water Village Life Fund 2007 – Cambridge Water, with the Cambridge Evening News, will again be making available 10 awards of £250 towards fundraising for village groups or projects.  Application forms are available from Louise or Margaret '01223 846955.  Closing date is Friday 13th  July 2007.

Cambridge Water Company/Cambridge Evening News – are holding a Water-Colour Painting Competition 2007.  This competition is open to amateurs, for people of all ages who enjoy painting in watercolours.  The subject is water in all its many visible forms.  Application forms are available from Louise or Margaret '01223 846955.  Deadline for entries is 13th August 2007.

                                                                                                    Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk


CHURCH SERVICES Services for July

July 1st

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                  Trinity 4

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                   July 5th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                   July  8th 

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                  Trinity 5

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  5.00 p.m. Family Service



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                   July 12th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                   July 15th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                   Trinity 6

10.00 a.m. Family Communion



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                   July 19th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                   July 22nd

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                   Trinity  7

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Songs of Praise Evensong





                   July 26th

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                  July 29th

  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist


                  Trinity 8




Family Services

at 5.00 p.m. at Duxford Church.

On the fourth Sunday there will be Songs of Praise at Ickleton. 



Archibald Benjamin McEwan, son of Timothy and Annabel, was baptised at Ickleton on 17th June.







Music maketh the man

In Thomas Hardy’s first novel, ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’, which he wrote in 1872, the author gives an affectionate portrait of a village choir. It was based on his own experience of church. As a boy, Hardy played the violin with his father in the village band. In the novel, the vicar replaces the village choir with an organ, and Hardy used the episode to demonstrate the way that country life was changing. The traditional 'Mellstock Quire' is unhappily ousted in favour of the more modern and efficient organ.


If in some places there are radical clergy, I’m afraid your own prefers a gentler and less confrontational approach! One of the joys of the Hinkledux group is that in one church - Ickleton - there is always a choir for the main Sunday service – a choir it should be said, which is also very willing to help the other two churches on special occasions, including weddings. But we also boast some modernising influences! In Family Services we’re very fortunate to have Rob on his keyboard, and sometimes guitar. In the past there’s also been a music group (based at Ickleton), which the vicar would very much like to revive.


The fact is that music is a hugely important part of church worship, because it helps us express faith where words are not enough. Music engages us, heart and soul. It creates and reflects our moods: it may be rousing or moving, it can make us happy or sad. It can be entertaining or therapeutic. Music can help to bring a crowd of people together as a united body. Whether we’re passive consumers or performers, music enriches our lives.


Its importance explains the success of Duxford Saturday Workshop, established 28 years ago with the aim of promoting the performing arts to children and adults in the local community. From modest beginnings it now boasts a membership of over 300 adults and children. It offers members the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and to participate in a number of ensembles - wind bands, orchestra, jazz band, string orchestra, several recorder bands as well as a 4-part choir, creative drama, music and poetry.


It probably doesn’t take much effort for you to think how music has played a part in your story. For myself, as a rather uncertain and insecure child, the church choir provided me with a safe place in which to develop. It was that experience which brought me back to church in my late 20s and to ordination a few years later. And if I want to indulge in a little nostalgia, the pop songs of the 60s still provide a vivid reminder of the angst of teenage years and the first faltering steps in courtship (we were married in the end)!


It is because music is so much a part of being human that it is of such importance in church services. It enhances the other modes of communication in worship - word and silence. And sometimes the question to be asked of music is not 'did people enjoy it?' or even 'was it all liturgically correct?' but 'whether it helped people seek God. Music as a signpost points beyond ourselves, to the divine. But it also shows us our limitations, for no matter how beautiful we make it, our music is only ever a pale reflection of God. It will always leave us yearning for something more, which is the vision of God when we shall be lost in wonder, love and praise.


Our village churches are places where man and woman maketh music. At Duxford a programme of community concerts is planned at both St John’s and St Peter’s - the first, featuring Clare College Choir is on Thursday 19th July at 7.00 p.m. in the Old Church in St John’s Street. Ickleton Church celebrates its Saint (Mary Magdalene) on Sunday 22nd July with a Songs of Praise at 6.30 p.m. (we’ll sing your favourite hymn, provided you’re willing to tell us why it’s special for you!). And every Sunday in our churches, there are people making music with voice and instrument to the glory of God. Do join us!                                 Andrew Schofield

     The Rectory, 13 St John’s Street, Duxford CB22 4RA

     ( 01223 832137 * atschofield@msn.com




On Monday 28th May some of our bellringing friends, including John Gipson from Meldreth, who taught Monica to ring over 40 years ago, rang a three hour peal at Ickleton for her 60th birthday.                                      David Lilley


CHAPEL NOTICES  All services start at 3.00 p.m.


                July 1st

Mr. Don McGregor


                   July 8th

Revd. Keith Page

(Holy Communion)

                   July 15th

Revd. Trevor Sands


                   July 22nd

Dr. Michael Render


                   July 29th

Revd. Trevor Sands


                                                                                                                                     Revd. Trevor Sands









Many thanks to all the people who have offered to help so far.  Below are the stalls and phone numbers of the stall holders.  If you would like to have help, either get in touch with them or have a word with me.  You will be made very welcome.

The village hall will be open from 10.00 a.m. on the morning of 7th July for setting up. There will be the usual coffee served in the morning for helpers.


Stall Holders:-

Adults and Children’s Tombola    -    Cynthia Rule – would like things before Fete

Books                                        -    Judy Holt

CDs Stall                                    -     Monica Lilley  / JoAnne Rutter

The Grand Raffle                        -      Neil McKillen  (see article below)

Bric-a-brac                                   -     Peggy Richardson 

Cakes & Home Produce              -     Catherine Cocks and family 

Bottles for the Bottle Tombola     -     Neil McKillen  

Cakes for tea                               -     Sheila Birch    - The Ickleton Society

Nearly New                                  -     Jane Hurst     

Plant Stall                                  -     Cali Holberry

Toy Stall                                     -     Sarah Mila  (no soft toys please)


The Grand Raffle

The Grand Raffle is one of the main sources of income for the Fete, so if you can help sell tickets it would be a great help.  The following is the list of prizes:-  1st prize Marriott De-Luxe Two Night Break, 2nd iPod Nano, 3rd  Luxury Hamper, 4th 6 Bottles of Wine, 5th Planter, 6th  Illustrated book, autographed by the author, 7th Meal for two in the Ickleton Lion, 8th Family ticket for the Duxford Air Museum, 9th French Doll Toy,10th  Glass Cake Stand.  The list will be on the Costcutter Express notice board.  If you would like tickets, please contact Neil McKillen.


The Competitions are as follows:-   

   1.   Fancy Dress Parade - children and adults (the theme will be Film Characters) Sarah Mila

         2.45 p.m. Recreation Ground

   2.   Pet Show - Hilary Rule

   3.   Best Dressed Dogs for large and small dogs – Hilary Rule

   4.   Photography Competition (see below) from 2.00 p.m. Meeting Room

   5.  The Best Dressed Teddy – Rosemary Hayes. A cup will be presented to the winner and rosettes


Do come and enjoy yourselves - there is something for all the family. We have a good selection of vintage vehicles on the recreation ground, also there will be tractor and trailer rides.  Have your tea and listen to the Saffron Walden Town Band.  We have a competition ‘Guess the PCC when they were young’, so we hope you will find that entertaining. Julie Baillie has kindly offered to do one of her quizzes for us.

The Vicar, Churchwardens and Parochial Church Council are very grateful for the village’s support.


Photography Competition

We have come up with the following categories for this year’s photography competition.  This is for adults’ and children’s abilities.       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 in the Meeting Room on the afternoon of the Fete at 4.15 p.m.  A rosette will be given as 1st prize only in each category.

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 (8 Brookhampton Street) 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 ever.                                                                                                                                                    Monica Lilley - Fete Organiser  



This event will be judged at 3.00 p.m. (NOT 2.30 p.m. as in the programme) by Debbie, the veterinary nurse from Davey Associates Vets Ltd., of Whittlesford.

Well behaved dogs and other animals EXCEPT CATS are welcome.

Please register with Jenny and Hilary by 2.45 p.m.

We will be in our usual place under the covered way on the south side of the village hall. Pray for fine weather or it will be the Best Soggy Doggy!        See you there!                         Hilary Rule or Jenny Pell




Don't forget the Best Dressed Teddy competition at the fete. Get thinking now about a brilliant costume for your special teddy!                                                                                                             Rosemary Hayes







If the invasion had come

In the dim and distant past of the War years - (“I remember the day war broke out!” If you remember that you must be about my age!) - a compulsory evacuation was planned code named Plan B. A notice was sent to all Chief Constables of the reception areas from the Minister of Home Security to expect evacuees and a poster was prepared giving the place evacuated from and the reception area and the number.


For example Peterborough was to accommodate 6,000 evacuees from Lowestoft, Bedford 6000 from Harwich, and Kettering 4000 from Felixstowe. That was to be the greatest migration of people ever experienced in the UK at that time and of course Ickleton was not to escape this influx. However Plan B was never implemented as the invasion did not take place - or did it?


Of course there were nothing like 4000 being sent to Ickleton but it must have seemed like that at times. When I was a kid in the village I am sure I heard someone say, “These …….kids, it’s like being invaded!”


The ‘Comehomers’ are attending the village fete again this year and this reunion is to be a quiet individual affair, a time for us each to remember. Nothing special needs to be organised to attract us ‘Home’, although that is planned for the future. It is just being in familiar places, with familiar sights and sounds, like the chalk pits and the river at the Duke of Wellington.


When you live away from the village, it remains ‘forever young’ because the changes are seldom seen and memories are not spoiled by new innovations or developments. The crab apple tree will always be there in the same spot, albeit removed for building; the allotments are there in my memory, although they no longer exist.


Every time I listen to ‘There will always be an England’ I think of Ickleton. The Ickleton of my childhood will never change as long as there is a ‘country lane’ or a ‘field of grain’ and the people I knew will always be there. I may not see them, but I know they are just round the corner.

See you at the fete.                                                                                                                      Mick Bristow



We are really pleased that we have had a response to our plea for new members of the Committee so that the Society can continue.  Ideally we would still like to have one or two more members.  If you’re interested in the village archive, development and planning issues that could affect our village and, particularly, if you have any ideas for revitalising the social side of the Society and involving members more, please do get in touch with me as soon as possible.


General Meeting, Friday 20th July, 8.00 p.m. Village Hall – A general meeting will be held to elect a new Committee and discuss ideas for the future of the Society.  We hope that members and anyone interested in joining the Society will attend.                                                     Rachel Radford




Unfortunately the distraction burglaries continue. This morning, 14th June, three white males with Irish accents committed a distraction burglary in Pampisford. They claimed to be searching for a dog
before forcing their way into the house of an elderly lady. After the offence, the men left in a dark coloured Audi estate car. ANY information please contact the police or ourselves. Remember IF IN DOUBT KEEP THEM OUT. Please also watch out for vulnerable family, friends and neighbours.

Thanks to people being vigilant, police were able to stop and question a group of youths who had entered the village hall. If anyone sees anything suspicious when out walking, do call the police. They are not always able to attend, but sometimes problems can be solved in this way, and in any case the information is always useful.

The telephone tricks are still around. If you receive a call telling you to press a button or call a number to claim your prize, DON'T. You will call a very expensive number and have to pay the bill. If you did not enter a competition, then you have not won a competition.

Finally please remember to keep your sheds and garages secure so YOUR tools are not used to break into YOUR house.

Keep Watching.                                                                                                                Tracy & Keith Head








Congratulations to Alex Hayes on his marriage.  Alex (whose family live in Durhams Farmhouse) was married to Alycia Fashae on June 9th in the chapel of Haddo House, a National Trust property in Aberdeenshire.  Alycia is an opera singer, and her first professional engagement was in the theatre at Haddo House.  Philippa Hayes flew back from her job in Australia to be bridesmaid, and Oliver was an usher. Charles Tozer, formerly of Lodge Farm, Elmdon was best man.  Alex now works in Cambridge, and the couple will be living in Gamlingay.



From January 2008 Cambridgeshire County Council proposes to cease operating the mobile library which visits Back Lane 10.00 – 10.20 a.m. fortnightly.  The one visiting Church Street and Brookhampton Street will continue, with the Church Street stop extended five minutes.

If you wish to comment, you should respond by 27th August to David Allanach '07850 101479 or by email David.Allanach@Cambridgeshire.gov.uk who is coordinating this project for the library service.



The Flying Legends Air Show takes place at The Imperial War Museum Duxford on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July.  As well as the flying display, visitors to the air show will be able to enjoy the whole museum, including the dramatic new AirSpace exhibition hanger, as it nears completion; Concorde; evocative Battle of Britain and Forgotten War exhibitions; conservation work in progress; and the stunning American Air Museum.

Marketing and PR Manager at Duxford, Tracey Woods says, “Flying Legends is the warbird show in Europe.  All the aircraft due to appear are piston-engined aircraft dating mainly from the Second World War and each is a classic in its own right.  A visit to Flying Legends promises to be a truly memorable day out for visitors young and old.”

Gates open at 8.00 a.m. and the flying begins at 1.45 p.m.  Tickets: adults £29.95, concessions £24.95, children £9.95, disabled/carer £9.95. Discounted tickets are available in advance: call '01223 499343 for more information and to purchase.  Further information and participation updates available at www.flyduxford.org. 



At the June meeting, we were taken on a slide tour of Wimpole Hall Gardens by Head Gardener Philip Whaites.  Starting with slides of the garden glasshouse area which was hit by a bomb during the last war, he brought us up to date with the new greenhouse, parterres, vegetable garden and herbaceous borders, whetting our appetite for an evening visit on July 11th.

Congratulations to Peggy Richardson on winning the best rose in the best bloom competition.

The next meeting will be on July 4th, when Alison Davies will speak about ‘The Fascination of Foliage.’

Best bloom competition will be a hosta leaf.                                                    Cynthia Rule




Our June meeting was held in Hinxton Village Hall.

Malcom Busby, our guest speaker, took us on a slide tour of Milton Country Park, which proved very interesting. It must be a great asset to Cambridge people to have a piece of countryside teeming with wildlife on their doorstep.

The July meeting will be a cheese and wine evening at Rectory Farm, Ickleton starting at 6.45 p.m. by kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Wombwell.                        Cynthia Rule









DONALD GAMBLE 1934 - 2007

Don and Jackie Gamble came to Ickleton in 1998. Home had been the North East, but for the past several years they had moved around, following Don's work as an engineer. They were soon, however, very settled and happy here and set about building a new life for themselves near their grandchildren. Unfortunately, Jackie died at Christmas 2001 after a long battle with cancer and Don's family feared he might give up with his soul mate gone.

But, in fact, Don reinvented himself, throwing himself into village life. A regular at the social club, he relished his new friendships. As a sidesman in church, a governor at Duxford School and running the medical car scheme, he became an active member of the community. At Easter he wowed audiences up and down Ickleton with his beard, grown especially for his role as a disciple in the Passion Play! He was learning French and loved to travel: sailing in the North Sea, visiting Scandinavia and the Baltics, walking the hills of the Tour de France or following the travels of Robert Louis Stevenson through the Cevennes. He was a keen cyclist until a few months ago. He built a sailing boat, which saw action once - but it was the building that really mattered, and he followed it with a homemade canoe. He had endless patience and time for his grandsons who adored their 'Crazy Grandpa'.

His death on June 9th, following a mercifully brief illness, robbed the community of a helpful, generous and active man with a wry but gentle sense of humour. He is buried next to Jackie in a corner of Ickleton churchyard, marked with freesias - Jackie's favourite flowers - which he had always kept fresh for her.                                                                                         



Following the sad death of Don Gamble who had run the car service for the last three years, John and Sue Fowler of Abbey Street, Ickleton have kindly agreed to take this on.  I am sure that all those of us who have benefited from Don’s work in the past will be most grateful to them.

                                                                                                    Peggy Richardson



We have received an e.mail from Jennifer Mazzocchi (jennifer.mazzocchi@orange.fr) who lives in France, asking about the Hopwood family in the area.

Jennifer, whose mother was a Hopwood, has researched her family tree, tracing back to Ickleton (the Hopwoods first appear in the Ickleton Registers in 1584).

I have found and photographed some of her ancestors’ gravestones in Ickleton and Great Chesterford Churchyard, but she would be interested to hear from anyone who is connected to the Hopwood family or can remember any of them in Ickleton.                                       David Lilley



If you cannot use the Library Service and have no one to visit the library for you, there is a regular monthly delivery of books, videos, DVDs and talking books of your choice. And it’s all free!

If you are interested, contact us and we will visit to discuss your needs.


We are also looking for friendly booklovers who can spare a few hours on a regular basis as volunteers to choose and deliver books.

The Doorstep Service is delivered through a team of voluntary Library Visitors working in partnership with the Library Service.

We provide all the support you need.

Cambridge City & South Cambs Area Doorstep Coordinator

   Roger Ascham Site, Ascham Road,

    Cambridge CB4 2BD ' 01223 718358








WELCOME TO…….. James Bain who has moved to 6 Brookhampton Street.



The Myalls’ 132 Cambridge – Saffron Walden Sunday service is no longer supported by Cambridgeshire County Council. However, Essex County Council continues its support, and in consequence there are some changes to the route (he who pays the piper calls the tune!) with most services taking the M11 between Duxford IWM and Trumpington Park & Ride site. All call at Cambridge Railway Station.


Saffron Walden                              0900          1105          1305          1505          1705

Ickleton                                            0914          1119          1319          1519          1719

Sawston                                          0925              |                  |                  |                  |

Addenbrooke’s  Hospital              0945          1145          1345          1545          1745

Cambridge Drummer St               1000          1200          1400          1600          1800


Cambridge Drummer St               1005          1205          1405          1605          1805

Addenbrooke’s Hospital               1020          1220          1420          1620          1820

Sawston                                              |                  |                  |                  |              1843

Ickleton                                            1047          1247          1447          1647          request

Saffron Walden                              1100          1300          1500          1700          request     

                                                                                                                                                  David Lilley












                             July 2nd

 Mobile Library


 Gt Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


 Chapel, Carmel St, Gt. Chesterford


 Church Fete 2.00 p.m.-5.00 p.m. Village Hall and Recreation Ground


 Mobile Library


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


 Ickleton Society General Meeting 8.00 p.m. Village Hall


 Visiting Bellringers 9.30 – 10.15 a.m.


 Mobile Library



                          Sept  1st

 Village Picnic


 Gt Chesterford & District Gardening Society Flower Show


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