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David and Monica Lilley




Tony Court

Hilary Rule            



Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th OCTOBER 2007



Refuse Collections during October

Monday         1st  October        -        Green bin and green box collection

Monday         8th  October       -        Black bin collection

Monday       15th  October       -        Green bin and green box

Monday       22nd  October      -        Black bin collection

Monday       29th  October       -        Green bin and green box


Parish Council Meeting 19th September 2007  The following items were discussed:  Coploe Pit, planting of daffodil bulbs, renovation of the Gertrude Homes.    Three new trees have been chosen to be planted in the Recreation Ground/Play Area.  The trees chosen were Double Flowering Cherry, Plane and a Norwegian Maple (red leaves).  It is hoped these will be planted in November/December, before Christmas.  Wellcome Trust has very kindly donated £150 towards the cost of new trees in the Play Area.

Planning applications received from SCDC:

S/1562/07/LB – Alterations to Mill Lane Boundary Wall to create access with pair of Boarded Timber Gates – Mr & Mrs J Owen – Refuse

S/1563/07/F – Access Gates and Tennis Court Fencing – Mr & Mrs J Owen – Refuse

The Parish Council has no objections to the Tennis Court being built.  They do however object to permanent gates/access in Mill Lane.  They agree with a letter from David Grech (SCDC) dated 8/3/07 to Mr B Christian that states the existing short stretch of block-work wall facing Mill Lane would be removed to allow temporary access for the construction of the tennis court and for it to be replaced with traditional flint walling.

Tree Preservation Order or situated within a Conservation Area:

C/11/40/054 – Walnut Tree - remove 2 lower limbs which touch house and 25/30% reduction on the crown to maintain shape –  Mr K Worthing – No objections

C/11/40/54 – Horse Chestnut Tree (Dying) – Fell to ground level  Mr & Mrs J Gildersleeve – No objections

Planning application granted by SCDC:

S/1111/07/LB – Internal & External alterations including reinstatement of sash window on rear elevation, changes of kitchen – removal of modern ceiling, enlargement and replacement of window, installation of new door and 3 roof lights.  Construct weather boarded and pantiled breakfast room  – Mr & Mrs SR Heaney.

Change of collection point for medication from Sawston Health Centre  In order to comply with national guidelines, Sawston Health Centre has been asked to change the collection point of medication within the village.  They will be delivering medication to the shop/Post Office as from 1st October 2007 and deliveries to Ickleton will continue to be on Tuesdays and Fridays.  The Lilley family have been carrying out this service to the village for 50 years and are very sorry not to be able to continue doing so.  We are sure everyone will appreciate what a fantastic job they have done and provided over the years.

Post Box Butcher’s Hill  Royal Mail has now reinstated this box and it is now back in use.  The Parish Council would like to thank all the residents who wrote to Royal Mail.  This persuaded them to review the situation and change their minds!

Horse Chestnut Trees  As many are now aware, the canker disease, and other diseases, are affecting many of these trees.  This weakens the tree and the branches, which can snap off at any time.  As it is conker season, we would ask that children are made aware not to throw things into the trees to make the conkers fall to the ground.  Two trees have already been felled in the Play Area and the tree outside the Play Area (and between the Village Hall) will also shortly be felled.




Cambridgeshire County Council (Footpaths) is due to replace the Tin Alley footbridge in the week beginning October 8th and estimate it will take two days.

Cambridge Railway Station  There are changes to where you catch your bus from Cambridge Railway Station. Two new bus shelters have been introduced. The existing shelters will become Stop A and the new shelters Stop B.

Buses leaving from Stop A (right hand side when leaving the station) will go into the City Centre and on to Arbury, Cottenham, Fison Road, Grafton Centre, Histon and Impington.

Buses leaving from Stop B (left hand side when leaving the station) will go out of the City calling at Addenbrooke’s, Cherry Hinton, Duxford, Fulbourn, Pampisford, Saffron Walden, Sawston, the Shelfords and Whittlesford.  The bus numbers will not change.

M11 Junction 9 and 10  Resurfacing of both carriageways will start on the evening of Monday 24th  September and all work will be carried out overnight.  It is anticipated the work will be completed by Monday 19th  November 2007.  The working hours will be Mon-Thurs 20.00 hrs - 06.00 hrs, Fri 21.00 hrs -06.00 hrs, Sat 20.00 hrs - 06.00 hrs and Sun 21.00 hrs - 06.00 hrs.  During the day the M11 will be open as normal, but the hard shoulder may be closed at times.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS  Anyone interested in having a say in how local mental health services are run should contact 0800 376 0101 (Freephone) or e-mail foundationtrust@cambsmh.nhs.uk or visit the website: www.cambsmh.nhs.uk

British Youth Council is running sessions to support children and young people’s involvement in governance and decision-making groups.  For more information contact Elena@young-lives.org.uk or ' 01480 494333.                                                                              Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk


CHURCH NOTICES Services for October

             Thursday 4th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





              Sunday   7th

  8.00  a.m. BCP Communion


                 Trinity 18

10.00 a.m.  Parish Eucharist



  5.00 p.m.  Harvest Festival



Followed by Harvest Supper in Village Hall





           Thursday 11th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





            Sunday  14th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                Trinity 19

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  4.00 p.m. Blessing of Animals Service



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





          Thursday  18th

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





             Sunday 21st

    8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


               Trinity 20

  10.00 a.m. Family Communion



    6.30 p.m. Evensong  - Laying on of hands





          Thursday 25th

  12.30 p.m.  Holy Communion





             Sunday 28th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion



 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Evensong and Holy Communion



Family Services

On the second Sunday of the month (14th October) there is a short and lively Family Service at 4.00 pm (see noticeboards at church and school for details). On the third Sunday of the month (21st October) 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 run at the same time in the tower room for primary school children.

Evening Service

The basic format for the 6.30 p.m. Service is Evening Prayer. At Hinxton on 7th October there is Harvest Festival at 5.00 p.m. followed by supper in the village hall. At Duxford on the third Sunday in the month, it includes the laying on of hands and prayers for the sick and those in need. At Ickleton on the fourth Sunday in the month, the service is followed by Holy Communion.




Living with Poppy

Poppy is very much a house cat and enjoys nothing more than sitting on a lap (preferably male). She’s constantly asking to be picked up and stroked. She’s delighted when couples come for a wedding interview because she gets lots of extra attention. When we’re out in the garden she’s there too. Her hunting skills are limited, it seems, although she’s quite successful with dragonflies. Poppy is the latest in a long line of cats going back nearly 40 years who have been part of our family. They have bought joy and grief, comfort and inconvenience, in equal measure. Their passing has always been painful. When the children were still at primary school, I picked one off the road in the early morning (and after that, never let a cat out at night again). When our last much loved tabby had to be put down three years ago, I wept as the vet’s needle went in and then later as we buried her in the garden. ‘Fat cat’ was part of our lives and it was hard to see her go.

I do realise, of course, that cats are animals like any other and that the reason we have such feelings for pets is that we project on to them emotions that they don’t have. And that’s why I’ve tended to avoid Animal services at church. Cats is cats and dogs is dogs. We’ve domesticated them for our own purposes and use and we shouldn’t really elaborate the relationship further than that – anything else is mere sentimentality.

Well, I have to admit, I’ve been converted. It was the service last year at Hinxton that did it. There was a good congregation of mums and dads and children and pets – and Poppy came too. There was no trouble between the animals, the service passed off very quietly and we all ended up outside for photographs. And I realised that pets are such an important part of our lives that it is absolutely right and proper to bring them to church for a blessing. God is to be discovered in all our relationships and it would be very odd indeed to exclude Him from such a special one.

The Bible offers something of a mixed bag as far as animals are concerned – there is both kindness towards them, as well as their killing for sacrifice. As the Genesis story unfolds, we find that God delighted in his creation and all the living creatures, and he blessed them. Then God created us in his image and likeness - that is, with rational thought and with the sense of knowing right from wrong - and gave us dominion over the animals. Finally, with the task complete, God rested and there was the Sabbath – the day that was marked by peace and harmony with humans and animals living together.

St Francis, the patron saint of animals and ecology, is said to have preached to birds, befriended a rabbit and tamed a wolf. One of his biographers wrote: ‘He called all creatures brother, and in a most extraordinary manner, a manner never experienced by others, he discerned the hidden things of nature with his sensitive heart, as one who had already escaped into the freedom of the glory of the sons of God.’ St Francis’ Day is October 4th in the church calendar and the nearest Sunday has become Animal Welfare Day

So it is that on October 8th at 4.00 p.m. at Hinxton Church, we have a service for the Blessing of the Animals and we invite you to bring your pet along too, in cage or tank or on lead. Too often we see news stories of violent and abusive relationships between man and animal, so it is important to assert the value of the care, trust and well being that is possible between God’s creatures. And it’s fascinating to meet other people’s pets – it’s like meeting another member of the family!

Our lives would be much poorer without our pets. So join us (with yours) in the service, to give thanks for this wonderful gift of God in creation – and you may be surprised to discover just how well animals behave in church!

Andrew Schofield

The Rectory, Duxford CB22 4RA

* atschofield@msn.com



Did you know it costs £74 per day to run our lovely Church? This is an open invitation to Ickleton Church Gift Day on Saturday October 6th from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.

We appreciate all that parishioners contribute during the year – our church is an important part of the village’s social and cultural heritage, and is there to serve the needs of our small community.  Once again we would ask you to give generously in support of this work.

Looking forward to seeing you and your family.  Complimentary tea, coffee and cakes are being served throughout the day, with soup etc. at lunch time 12 noon - 2.00 p.m.

Contact Rosemary McKillen for further details. 



It’s hard to believe that we’ve already come to the end of the weekly summer coffee mornings.  We’ve averaged about 35 people every Tuesday and I’ve been particularly pleased to welcome some new faces.

It’s just a pity that we weren’t able to have it outdoors every week, but the summer has not been outstanding, as you’ve no doubt noticed.

From 2nd October we return to our monthly coffee mornings on the first Tuesday of every month.

Rosemary McKillen







The Sutcliffe family wish to express their thanks to all their friends and neighbours who provided such magnificent support and solace to us at the time of our bereavement  and afterwards. We would also like to thank all those people who contributed, in any way, to a very memorable Thanksgiving Service - particularly the choir, for the magnificent rendering of John Rutter's 'The Lord Bless You and Keep You', to Monica Lilley for organising the bellringing team, to Jackie Casement for coordinating the floral decoration of the church and to all those who participated with their floral arrangements.

Thank you too, to those people who attended the service and filled the church, and also to those who donated so generously to Joan's chosen charity. This raised a sum of £620

A special thank you is due to the Rev Andrew Schofield, who gave so unstintingly of his time and spiritual support as he guided us through the various procedures that we had to go through.

                                                                                                                                               Judith Wright



The Ickleton Society exists for several reasons.

The primary reason which led to the Society’s formation was concern about the initial development of Stansted Airport and, clearly, the current proposals to expand the airport will have an adverse impact on many settlements in the surrounding area – we are presently supporting the Stop Stansted Expansion campaign.

From that initial focus, the Society has extended its interest to keeping a watchful eye out for the many other different development proposals which might threaten the quality of life which we all enjoy. The East of England Plan and the proposals in the recent Green Paper on Housing mean that the threat from development now is even greater than before.

Secondly we maintain the Village Archives and we would like to expand these.  We have some very interesting material and we would ask anyone who has old village photos or documents to let us see them and copy them for the historic record.  If you look in the Church Visitors Book, there are quite a few entries from people across the world, who have an ancestral connection with the village.  Genealogy is a very popular hobby these days and our aim is to set up an Internet resource for those seeking information on their forebears.

2009 is the 150th anniversary of Queensland and its first Premier, RGW Herbert, came to live in Ickleton after his colonial service.  We are exploring this connection, with a view to marking the connection between the village and Australia in some way.

Thirdly, we support the development of the social and cultural life of the village community and have, over the years, organised the regular Boxing Day and New Year’s Day walks.  We’re presently looking at organising possible theatre trips to Cambridge and farther afield, so any suggestions welcomed.

We have booked the Village Hall for an ‘Open Day’ on Saturday 13th October from 2.00 p.m. and hope that many of you will come along to that. We would like people to bring along something which they treasure – the older, the better.  These items don’t need to be valuable, but might have a story to tell and we hope you will pass that story on to others.  We will also have a fun audience participation demonstration of how each of us ended up in Ickleton from wherever we started out in life.  Other activities for the day are in the planning stage and will include something for the children.

Membership of the Society is £5 per adult or £12 for a family. Our new Treasurer, John Fowler, is now available to take your membership fees.  It’s good value, since that sub will take your membership through to May 2009 – thereafter it will revert to the normal 12 month membership.

We’re acutely conscious of the number of younger families now living in the village and I would particularly ask them to join us – you have chosen to settle in this friendly community, so why not come along and make your contribution to the life of our lovely village.                      Neil McKillen - Chairman



Members of the Over Sixties wish to thank the Millennium Committee for their generous donation of £252.  This will enable the Over Sixties to continue meeting twice monthly for the time being, and hopefully encourage new members to join.                                                                         

The Over Sixties Club would like to thank Pam Fearn and John Williams for their gift of apples, which were much enjoyed and appreciated.                                                              Cynthia Rule








We were very lucky to have such lovely weather for the village picnic.  About 200 villagers attended.  We think those who came will have great memories of the afternoon; many of the children covered in straw, wrestling with old clothes and tights, busy making scarecrows.  Finn McGuire won the competition.

We all enjoyed the races, especially the human ‘Grand National’, but they were just ‘warm-up’ to get ready for the very competitive and extremely funny to watch ‘wheelbarrow’ race.

We are very grateful to the Parish Council for funding the event.  Thank you also to the village hall committee, to the Wombwells for providing the huge barbecue, to all who baked delicious cakes, flipped burgers, fetched, carried and put up gazebos.

We were able to collect enough donations to get the next one going, as well as to give money to the Gertrude Homes.                                                                                                                

Anne Marie Hoare



On 4th July our school was visited by an Ofsted Inspector who spent the day in school observing, talking to children, staff and governors and reading parents’ survey responses. We are delighted with his report and I would like to share with you a few of the many highlights.

If you would like to read the report in full then you can access it from our website www.duxford.cambs.sch.uk or from the Ofsted site www.ofsted.gov.uk/reports/. We hope you enjoy reading it.

We welcome visitors, so if would like to visit our school do please phone ' 01223 712108 to arrange an appointment. We look forward to seeing you.                                                    

Ann Gardner, Head Teacher



I am pleased to report another successful Flower and Vegetable Show held on September 8th.  Despite entries being down this year, due to the inclement weather, there were enough varieties to make the show worthwhile.

I know of one little boy who went home delighted with his prize winning entries and another big boy who won first prize with his leeks, grown organically of course!  The weather was good and the show was well attended, and what is more, we gained two new members!

The next meeting will be on October 3rd in the Chapel in Carmel Street, Great Chesterford  at 8.00 p.m. when the speaker Tom Cole will talk about ‘Pruning’.

The best bloom competition - a Dahlia.                                                                     Cynthia Rule



Monday 15th October 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon in Ickleton Village Hall

Get yourself organised!   Come along, buy your Christmas presents all in one place, or simply pop in to sample some homemade cakes and a cup of tea from our cafe.  Stalls will include Usborne Books, Phoenix Cards, home produce and others yet to be confirmed.   Contact Katherine on if you would like to have a stall.

This event is hosted by Froglets, but you don't need a child to come along. Children under one year £1, over one year £2 (craft activities included).  Adults free.                                   

The Froglets Committee





The Gertrude Homes, 5/7/9 Frogge Street will be open 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon on Saturday 13th October, to give everyone a chance to look round, and for the trustees to explain their history and renovation plans.

Refreshments will be served, and there will also be some glassware, plates and collectables for sale, to help you find an early Christmas present.

Please feel free to speak to any of the trustees listed below for more information.     

Richard Herbert (Chairman), John Statham (Hon. Treasurer), Jocelyn Flitton (Hon. Clerk), Lewis Duke, Derek Rule, David Lilley, Mary Wombwell, Betty Willmott



The speaker at our August meeting was David Stevans from the Cambridge branch of the Christian Blind Mission, who spoke about the work it carried out in the developing countries, helping to prevent childhood blindness.  Members were very impressed and dug deeply into their purses to give a very generous donation to the C.B.M.

Peter Jackson, from Scotsdale’s Nursery, was guest speaker at the September meeting.  Peter showed slides of some lovely winter flowering shrubs and plants to cheer up the winter garden.

Members were able to purchase some which Peter had brought with him and the proceeds will go to the new Cancer Care Unit, which is being built at Scotsdale’s Nursery.

The next meeting on October 17th will be Members’ Night.                                                Cynthia Rule



Congratulations to Jamie Clive Diss and Shelley Anne Bradford of 9 Mill Lane, who were married at Ickleton Church on 25th August.



We would like to thank the many people who supported our campaign, and wrote to Royal Mail requesting the reinstatement of the post box on Butcher’s Hill Corner.

We feared we were on a lost cause, but people power, and a shove from English Heritage, eventually made Royal Mail change their mind.                   

David & Monica Lilley and Kim Ball




              October 3rd

 Gt. Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting


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


 Church Gift Day 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.


 Mobile Library


 Visiting Bellringers 12.00 noon - 1.15 p.m.


 Gertrude Homes Fundraising Launch 10.30 a.m. - 12.00 noon


 Ickleton Society Open Day 2.00 p.m. Village Hall


 Froglets ‘Get Ready for Christmas’ 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon Village Hall


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


 Mobile Library