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David and Monica Lilley




Tony Court

Hilary Rule            



Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th SEPTEMBER 2007




Refuse Collections during September

Monday          3rd  September     -         Green bin and green box collection

Monday        10th  September      -         Black bin collection

Monday        17th  September      -         Green bin and Green box

Monday        24th  September      -         Black bin collection

Parish Council Meeting 15 August 2007.  The following items were discussed:  Churchyard, Chestnut trees in Butchers Hill, planting of bulbs, Recreation Ground, potholes,

Village website and Village Hall.

Planning applications received from SCDC:

S/1458/07/LB – Replacement of Flat Roof to Three Front Dormer Windows with Clay Tiled Pitched Gabled Roofs – Mr & Mrs R Olds - Approve

S/1459/07/F – Installation of Pitched Roofs to Dormer Windows – Mr & Mrs R Olds – Approve.

For Information only:

S/1212/07/F – Amendment – Railings removed from front elevation and design of garage door changed – Dalesville Holdings Ltd.

S/1111/07/LB – Amendment – Existing double window to remain and not be replaced by a triple window/opening at the gable end through the kitchen to create a worktop to be removed and existing gable end to remain as-is -  Mr & Mrs Heaney

Planning applications granted/refused by SCDC:

S/1112/07/F – Extension  – Mr and Mrs S R Heaney – Granted

S/1108/07/F – Extension  – Mr D Vickers - Refused

Enertrag – Proposed Wind Farm at Linton, Cambridgeshire.  A public exhibition is being held at Linton Village Hall on 25 September 2007 between 3-8pm.  Individuals could make their own views known, but it was agreed that the Parish Council were unable to comment on a consultation document.

Ickleton Riverside Barns - update by Cllr John Williams: 

This was considered at 1 August Planning Committee meeting and refused.  There was a site visit on Monday 30 July (8 members).

The debate was limited, with one committee member speaking in support, one doubtful, and other limited remarks. The vote was taken:  5 in favour (included myself) and 7 against.  The enforcement procedure is now to be expected, but physically will probably be delayed in   the event of appeal.

Village Post Office.  Andrew Lansley CBE MP has written to ask us to “remind people that post offices near us depend on your willingness to use them.  In villages where there is no post office, we need to remember also that post offices may be available in a neighbouring village and help to maintain that.  The key thing is:  Use it or Lose it!”  Please write to Mr Lansley supporting the keeping of our village post office, his address is 153 St Neots Road, Hardwick, Cambridge, CB23 7QJ or e-mail: scca@sccf.org.uk

Post Box Butcher’s Hill -  Royal Mail have notified us that they do not intend to install a new post box as we have a under-used large post box situated outside the Post Office, which is under a quarter of a mile away.  The Parish Council will write a letter objecting to the removal.

Frogge Street Telephone Box – We have been notified that this box is to be made a cashless facility.  You will still be able to make Emergency calls and calls using a phone card.  Our village post office currently sells these cards.  We also believe that you will be able to use bank debit and credit cards.

Bus Services – Cambridgeshire County Council is inviting consultations regarding the bus services.  You can respond if you wish, by logging onto:  www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/consultations/bussurvey

Sandbags - The Parish Council recommends that if owners are concerned about flooding at their property, they should purchase sandbags (available from Ridgeons) to protect their property.  Highways only supply sandbags in extreme circumstances that relate to flooding on the roads.

Cemetery – Please could we ask that only dead flowers and paper are put in the two compost bins.  Any other rubbish (plastic flower pots, metal, cellophane etc.) should be placed in the dustbin at the side.  Many thanks.

Cycle from Great Shelford to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in 10 minutes.  A new foot and cycle path provides a great off-road route.  The path starts at Chaston Road (off Hinton Way) in Great Shelford.  To find out more and for your free copy of the route map (which shows other cycling routes in the Ickleton to Cambridge area) go to:  www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/cycling or call 01223 716025.                  


Jocelyn Flitton -  Parish Clerk 





CHURCH NOTICES – Services for September

                  Sunday  2nd

    8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                     Trinity 13

  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



    6.30 p.m. Evensong





                Thursday 6th

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                  Sunday  9th

     8.00 a.m. BCP Communion 


                     Trinity 14

   10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



     4.00 p.m. Family Service



     6.30 p.m. Evensong





                Thursday 13th

   12.30 p.m. BCP Communion





                    Sunday 16th

     8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                      Trinity 15

   10.00 a.m. Family Communion



     6.30 p.m. Evensong with Laying on of Hands





                 Thursday 20th  

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                    Sunday 23rd

     8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                      Trinity 16

   11.00 a.m. Harvest Festival



     6.30 p.m. Evensong and Holy Communion





                 Thursday 27th

   12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                     Friday 28th

    7.30 p.m.  Harvest Festival, with the Bishop of



    Huntingdon, followed by Harvest Supper





                   Sunday 30th

   10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist


                       Trinity 17



Family Service

On the second Sunday of the month (9th September) there is a short and lively Family Service – see notice boards at church and school for details. On the third Sunday of the month (16th September) there is a Family Communion at 10.00 a.m. at Hinxton. In this service we use a simpler responsive form of worship suitable for all ages. Godly Play is available at the same time in the tower room for 5 - 8 year olds.

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.


On Sunday 29th July,  Myles Alan Thompson son of Russell & Alison Thompson (nee Igglesden) of Sawston.

The family would like to thank Revd. Andrew Schofield for a lovely service, making the day special for them.


Two blessings after civil marriage took place at Ickleton Church recently:

On 28th July Jackie Seeger married Nigel Bennett (Jackie played ‘The Last Post’ at our Remembrance Service last year).

On 11th August Lisa Joan Cornell married Tristan Paul Monk.  (Tristan is one of our postmen).



On Saturday October 6th the churchwardens and members of the P.C.C. will be in church to welcome you and receive any gifts you may wish to make to support the upkeep of our beautiful church building.

In return  there will be coffee, tea, tasty nibbles and tit bits to tempt you.  More details in the October Icene.                                                                                                                                     Ickleton Parochial Church Council


      September 2nd

Re   Revd. Trevor Sands



Revd. Trevor Sands

Holy Communion


Revd. Jim Gill

Harvest Thanksgiving


Revd. Trevor Sands



Miss Joan Kennett


All services commence at 3.00 p.m.                                                                                        Trevor Sands




Marriage Lines

In July 2007, General Synod (the Church of England's governing body) approved steps to widen its wedding regulations. The new regulations are designed to make it easier for couples to get married in a church that has special meaning to them. When they come into effect couples can choose to get married in:

·         their local parish

·         the parish where they were baptised and/or confirmed

·         a parish they have lived in for 6 months or more, at any time during their lives

·         a parish they have attended worship in for at least 6 months

·         the parish their parents lived or worshipped in (during the child's lifetime)

·         the parish their parents or grandparents were married in

The legislation is now being prepared for its passage through both Houses of Parliament. The new regulations are expected to come into effect by Autumn 2008 and will presumably be relevant to weddings in our churches in 2009.

For now, and for weddings in Summer 2008, the usual regulations apply. The basic entitlement for everyone is to be married in the church of the parish where you live, following the reading of banns (and in that case you don’t even need to be baptised).

After that it gets more complicated, and many of those who are married in our village churches have to apply for a Special Licence from the Archbishop’s office in London. The usual reason is that, although they no longer live in the parish, they want to be married from a parental home and in the village in which they grew up. Provided they can show a long-term family connection with the church and one of them is baptised, this too is a straightforward procedure (it seems likely that the new regulations will supercede this Special Licence provision).

Increasingly I am being asked to conduct weddings when one of the couple has been divorced. This is perhaps the most complicated process of all, because it involves a series of interviews between the vicar and couple and consultation between the vicar and bishop. The interviews are based on questions drawn up by the House of Bishops and designed to show that the applicant is in a right relationship with his family, and has a mature understanding of his (or her) role in the breakdown of the first marriage. It is a process which is personal and (some might say) intrusive, and demands a considerable degree of openness and self understanding. Finally, if the bishop gives his blessing to the proposed marriage, there is a marriage preparation course to encourage couples to consider the important issues in their relationship.

A final possibility, for those who may have a wedding abroad or a civil marriage, is a service of prayer and dedication. There are no legal requirements or set fees and in many ways this is the simplest service of all. It is of course a service for a couple after they have been married (in other words, for Mr and Mrs) but can take place on the same day as a civil ceremony.

Perhaps a line from the vicar’s wedding sermon will help to explain why the Church invests considerable effort in getting it right: ‘Marriage is a covenant, a relationship of mutual risk and mutual promise. You know that someone else has a life invested in yours, as yours is invested in theirs. That risk of investing yourself in another person, letting them invest themselves in you so completely, that’s how we grow, how we become human. That is why marriage is so important, not just for this couple and these families, but for society as a whole.’

I’m mounting a marriage preparation course for couples who will be married in our churches in 2008, because it helps to put all the planning for the big day in a meaningful context. This year in our villages there have been several 40th and 50th wedding anniversaries – and we wish the same for those who are married in our churches today!                             Andrew Schofield

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

* atschofield@msn.com



The new Committee has recently had its first meeting and considered the ideas for future activities, which were put forward at the General Meeting in July.  A number of people suggested various local history and genealogy research projects, which would add to the village archives and could be published on the village web site.  If anyone would like to help with some research of this kind, please get in touch with me.

The Committee would like formally to record its thanks to those members of the Committee and the Officers who stood down in July.  Sheila Birch was Chair of the Committee for 8 years and Jos Flitton was Treasurer for nearly 20 years.  Jackie Casement had formerly been Secretary and she and Judy Marshall were on the Committee for many years.  We thank them for all their hard work for the Society and the village.  We’re pleased that Sheila is remaining as a Committee member with a particular interest in the archives.                                        


Rachel Radford






Connie was born in Little Abington on 16th December 1912, the year the Titanic sank and suffragettes were demonstrating on the streets of London!  In 1914 the Cutter family moved to Pampisford.  Sadly, Connie’s father, who was in the Suffolk Regiment, was killed in the 1st World War when she was just 6 years old and, as such, she had no memories of him, but his death brought about a further move and Connie and her elder sister, Cecily, moved with their mother, Ellen, to 45 High Street, Hinxton, to be near her grandfather and uncle.  During a conversation with Tricia, Connie recalled that every year she and her sister had to walk with their mother from Hinxton to Pampisford and back for the Armistice service; Connie’s father’s name is on the Armistice Memorial in Pampisford.

All Connie’s schooling was at Hinxton School and on finishing her education she started work at the glove factory in Brookfield Road, Sawston. 

Her next job was for Fred Weeden as a bus conductress.  The buses went to Cambridge and all over Cambridgeshire.  They also went to London, except during the blitz.  In those days the return fare from Ickleton to Cambridge was 1/7d and the return fare to London was 6 shillings!  There was little petrol, but Connie travelled on the buses taking servicemen back to Victoria Station when they had been on home leave for the weekend. Premier Travel subsequently bought out Weeden’s and Connie continued as a conductress before going on to work in their office in St Andrew’s Street in Cambridge. 

Around the time of her mother’s death in 1954 at the age of just 66, Connie went to work for the Griggs family butcher’s shop in Ickleton, delivering meat to the local villages and doing the book work.

Soon afterwards, Mrs. Grant (Elisabeth Wamsley’s aunt) came to live in Hinxton and Connie became her companion.  A few years later they moved up to Valance Farm.  This became Connie’s home for many years as, after Mrs. Grant’s death, she stayed on as a companion to Elisabeth’s mother, Mrs. Scales, and then as a great friend to Jack & Elisabeth.  She and Elisabeth did much charity work, selling crafts etc to raise money for Strethall & Ickleton churches and the Methodist Chapel.

Over the years Connie made very many close friends, both in Ickleton and Hinxton and lots of stories can be told about these years.  Marjorie Griggs became her lifelong friend and she enjoyed several holidays and family gatherings with the Griggs family; in fact Marjorie and Connie were often taken for sisters. 

When Cecily became ill, Connie left the Valance and moved to Cecily’s home in Duxford, where she looked after her sister, with the love and gentleness we all know, until Cecily’s untimely death.

Connie briefly moved back to the Valance before settling very happily in the Gertrude Homes.  She enjoyed her tapestry and, of course, the company of her dear cat, He/She (she was never quite sure)!  The cat was a stray that was lucky enough to find its way to Connie’s doorstep; He/She has since been adopted by Dilip and Sunita.

The Church played a huge part in Connie’s life and in latter years she enjoyed the company and friendship of the Window of Prayer Group. She didn’t join the Over 60s because she never thought she was old enough!

When she became ill and entered hospital for the first time in her long life, all her friends continued to visit her at Addenbrooke’s, Brookfields and finally at Home Close. 

Connie was a gentle, lovely lady, who always had a smile on her face.  She was a dear aunt and friend to many. May she now rest in peace with those she loved that have gone before her. 

                                                                                                                                                        Ros Smith

JEAN  ROLFE  1921 – 2007

Jean Rolfe of Abbeygate, 8 Abbey Street died peacefully at home on July 1st her 86th birthday, after a short illness.

Jean moved to Ickleton in 1994 from Cambridge with her husband Gordon, and enjoyed many aspects of village life and new friends. For a number of years she was involved with floral arrangements at St. Mary Magdalene Church, and her Service of Thanksgiving took place there on 9th July.

Jean was born in Cambridge in 1921, daughter of Icynth and Stanley Woolston, who was a well known antique dealer, by appointment to the late Queen Mary.  She married Gordon in 1948 and had two children, Howard and Marney who both live locally in Great Chesterford.

Gordon, Howard and Marney thank so many of you for your kind words and support; it is much appreciated.



After five years, the time has come to revamp our website.

If you have any ideas and/or would like to be involved in the design, content or management (even in a minor way) please email or contact one of the following:

Liz Goddard         FamilyGoddard@AOL.com   

Andrew Shepperd         Andrew@Shepperd.freeserve.co.uk






Joan was born in Sheffield and was the eldest of three daughters. Her father was choir master and sang with her mother and her two sisters. Church music was the first influence in her life. As well as singing with the choir she also sang as a soloist in church and in Gilbert and Sullivan productions.

 She started work in the office of a Sheffield steel company which was the start of a long and distinguished secretarial career. Later she volunteered for war service in the ATS.  

She first met Keith in early 1953 when she was secretary to the Dean of the Faculty of Pure Science. At that time Keith was research assistant to the sub Dean of the faculty and all four were located in the Botany department. October 1953 saw the start of a long and very happy marriage.

She arrived in Ickleton 40 years ago when Keith was appointed as lecturer in Saffron Walden College. Her two children Judith and Peter were 9 & 5 and attended Duxford Primary School. Her 'raison d'etre' was the well-being of her family, and she didn't continue her career until Peter was at secondary school. She then took up part time work as a secretary at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Here she worked with a number of Fellows of the Royal Society and finished her career there as Personal Assistant to a Nobel Laureate.

Her interests beyond the family lay in service to the community in which she lived. She served in a number of capacities e.g. as secretary of the Village Hall Committee, President of the W.I, secretary of the committee providing the early version of the  children's play area on the recreation ground.  She was a member of the committee of the Chesterford and District WEA and served for a period of time as chairman of the Saffron Walden Oxfam Group.

On first entering the village in search of a house in 1967 she met one or two of the residents and then said to Keith, “This is where I want to live.”

She got much pleasure out of arranging flowers, gardening and her music, including singing and listening to Classic FM. She also loved travelling in the UK, Europe and in the USA, where she spent many happy holidays with close friends. Latterly she had much pleasure from going on the village coach trips and on U3A theatre visits. She particularly enjoyed cruising and one attraction of life on board was that she and Keith could enjoy their ballroom dancing every evening.

She loved her family, particularly her grandchildren James and Bethany, and her village, and although she was only a small lady, she will leave a large hole.                                               


The Sutcliffe Family



We certainly were lucky with the weather for the Church Fete again this year. I enjoyed the report in the August Icene, kindly sent to me as usual by Betty Igglesden. I will pass it on to my brother.  I was pleased to see him, as they live in Barry, South Wales, wife Ann and 17 year old granddaughter were also with him.  I think I counted 12 ‘come-homers’ as Derek calls us, but I was sorry we didn’t get a group photo this time. On the Sunday David and I had a walk round the village. I always like to go into the Church, I spent six years in the choir.

I moved to the Midlands in 1968 and the village has changed quite a lot since then, especially houses! Hovells, where I was born, is really different from in 1937, it was two houses then.  7 Abbey Street, now occupied by my cousin Hedley must have been in the Clements family over 100 years. My Aunty Nance (Mrs. Dean) would be sitting at the window most afternoons, and the teapot would always be going.

Things move on, as they say, carriage weddings I have done for 15 years are not so many this year, but several driving jobs have been ‘curtailed’ by ‘health and safety’, all a bit OTT, but I still have contact with my beloved horses.  I work with dressage judges at nearby Solihull Riding Club, an equestrian centre on my doorstep. I have met Lee Pearson, Gt. Britain’s Para Olympic gold medallist, and Zara Philips has also ridden there, before she became more famous!

We hope there weren’t any flood victims locally.  Solihull was OK, but we did have relatives who were caught up in it further in the Midlands. Let’s hope the winter will be kinder to us all.

Many thanks to all who made the 2007 fete so good, and here’s to the next one.  Best wishes

                                                                                                                         Molly Dagely (nee Clements)



The members of the Over 60s Club send their love and best wishes to Mrs. Ruby Lilley who has suffered a stroke.



The Chesterford and District Gardening Society Flower and Vegetable Show will take place on September 8th at 2.00 p.m. in Great Chesterford Village School. Admission 50p. There will be teas and a raffle. Enquiries re entries to Catherine Cocks

The social evening is on September 5th at 8.00 p.m. in the Chapel, Carmel  Street, Great Chesterford.

                                                                                                                                   Cynthia Rule      




Come and learn more about a piece of Ickleton history!

Although Ickleton can’t lay claim to any high profile traditional eccentricities such as cheese rolling or conker championships, we have a lot in our long heritage to be proud of.  The church and other many historic buildings figure prominently.  We should also be proud of our long history of village charities.  The oldest ones date back to the Middle Ages, with evocative names such as Town Housen, Lettice Martin’s Bequest, the Charity of Richard Swan, with 19th century additions such as Ickleton Clothing Club Fund.  Nowadays they are grouped together into Ickleton United Charities and continue to play an important part in village life.

One of Ickleton United Charities’ major activities is running the Gertrude Homes on Frogge Street, dating from ‘only’ 1928.  Mrs Gertrude Bowen, doyenne of a prominent local family, funded the construction of three almshouses, to provide accommodation for village people facing hardship.  For the past 80 years the Gertrude Homes have been continuously occupied.  By giving local people the means to remain in the village where they had lived for many years - indeed for some, literally where they were born - the homes have made an important contribution to our community.  Especially for older people, having the chance to remain in the centre of the community they know, with friends they grew up with, is a huge benefit.  In an era when the plight of young people being priced out of local communities is frequently an issue, we should not forget that the same can happen to the elderly also. 

Over the years the Gertrude Homes have been progressively updated and repairs carried out.  Of late however rising damp has become a problem, and the kitchens, bathrooms and mains services are reaching the end of their useful lives.  In addition, and very unusually, all three homes have become unoccupied simultaneously.

Accordingly, the Trustees have decided to embark on a major renovation programme.  The estimated total cost is somewhat over £100,000, a substantial part of which will be met from the reserves which have been built up over the years to fund just such works.  We are investigating taking out a loan and seeking grant funding. We also plan to carry out some local fundraising, in the hope that the village can echo - on a smaller scale - Mrs Bowen’s generosity in the 1920s.  To tell the village more about what is planned and to launch the fundraising, we will be offering coffee, tea, soft drinks and cakes in the Gertrude Homes - 5/9 Frogge St, opposite Hovells - from 10.30 a.m. -12.00 noon on Saturday 13th October.  Please put the date in your diary. We look forward to seeing you there! 



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.



             September 1st

Summer Sizzler 2.00 p.m. Recreation Ground


Gt.  Chesterford and District Gardening Society Social Evening


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


 WEA  AGM 8.00 p.m. Congregational Chapel, Gt. Chesterford


 Visiting Bellringers 10.00 - 10.45 a.m.


 Gt. Chesterford and District Gardening Society Flower Show


 2.00 p.m. Gt. Chesterford School


 Mobile Library


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


 Mobile Library

                 October 6th

 Church Gift Day


 Gertrude Homes Fundraising Launch 10.30 a.m. - 12 noon