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David and Monica Lilley




Tony Court

Hilary Rule            



Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th NOVEMBER 2007




Refuse Collections during November

Monday       5th November   -        Black bin collection

Monday     12th November     -      Green bin and green box

Monday     19th November     -      Black bin collection

Monday     26th November   -        Green bin and green box


Parish Council Meeting 17th October 2007  The following items were discussed:  Daffodil bulbs had been planted in Frogge Street and part of Butcher’s Hill.  The possibility of a seat outside the Methodist Chapel is being looked into.  More tidying up is to be organised in the churchyard.  Attendance had been made at CCC Highways Information Evening and Police Neighbourhood Panel Meeting.


Sawston Health Centre had changed the collection point for medication deliveries, in order for them to comply with national guidelines.  Although the Parish Council had not been involved in any way with the decision and how it was handled, it was agreed that a gift should be made to the Lilley family in recognition of the service they had provided for many years to the village.


Planning applications received from SCDC:

S/1781/07/F – Wall (retrospective application) – KD & A Worthing – No recommendation. S/1852/07/LB – Alterations-refurbishment of cottage and conversion of coach house, stable, tackroom to residential use –   Keith Mitchell Building Consultancy Ltd. – Refuse.

S/1914/07/F – Replacement gate, vehicular access & trellis in garden  – Keith Mitchell Building Consultancy Ltd. – Refuse.

The Parish Council felt that the plans for conversion of this property to a four bedroomed house, had shown inadequate parking facilities on a street where there are already existing parking problems.


Planning application granted by SCDC:

S/1212/07/F – 18 Abbey Street – Change of Use from Office to Residential – Dalesville Holdings Ltd.

Planning application refused by SCDC:

S/1458/07/LB           26 Abbey Street

S/1459/07/F              26 Abbey Street

S/1562/07/LB           Norman Hall, 21 Church Street

S/1563/07/F              Norman Hall, 21 Church Street


Tree Preservation Order or situated within a Conservation Area:

C/11/40/54 – Walnut Tree – Heavy crown reduction or fell – 4 Butcher’s Hill –  No objections.                                         


      Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk




                  Thursday 1st

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                     Sunday  4th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                       All Saints

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. All Souls Evensong





                  Thursday 8th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                    Sunday 11th

10.55 a.m. at War Memorial, followed 



                  by Service in Church



 4.00 p.m. Family Service





                 Thursday 15th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                    Sunday 18th

 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


          2nd before Advent

10.00 a.m. Family Communion



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                Thursday 22nd

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                   Sunday 25th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


               Christ the King

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong and Holy Communion





               Thursday  29th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion



Services during the week

Morning Prayer (8.45 a.m.) and Evening Prayer (4.45 p.m.) are said in Church: Monday Duxford, Tuesday Ickleton, Wednesday Hinxton, Thursday Ickleton, Friday Duxford.



A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed to the Church Gift Day on October 6th. 

There was a very jolly atmosphere all day in Church, encouraged by tasty refreshments and convivial chat.  At least £2,300 has been given, from people both in and out of the parish.  Many, many thanks.                                                                            The Vicar, Churchwardens and P.C.C.


P.S. It’s not too late to donate! Envelopes are in Church or available from the treasurer, Gerry Birch.                                                                                                         



Many thanks, as always, to those who decorated the Church so beautifully for the Harvest Festival.

We took the produce to  Jimmy’s Kitchen in Cambridge.  They were very grateful and sent their thanks.                                                                                                                             Judy Marshall



This year’s card features a lovely picture of Ickleton Church in the snow, painted by Christina Taylor of Church Street.  Stock will be available by the end of October, price £4.50 for ten, or 50p each for quantities less than ten, including envelopes.  All proceeds will go to St. Mary Magdalene Church, Ickleton.  Please contact Colin Hayes for your cards at Durhams Farmhouse, or email cjf.hayes@btopenworld.com. Colin or Christina will deliver to you.







Two of the visiting team of bellringers on 10th October were Rosemary and Christopher Taylor-Young from Widford, Hertfordshire. Rosemary is the daughter of Mr & Mrs Forbes, who lived at Ickleton Lodge, Frogge Street.

Rosemary and Christopher learnt to ring at Widford for the Millennium, and were very pleased to  ring the bells at Ickleton Church, where they were married 49 years ago.                    David Lilley



Congratulations to Peter James Vincent and Sarah Louise Young, who were married at Ickleton Church on 29th September.  



A Delicate matter

One of our shared family memories, recalled now with a mixture of embarrassment and amusement, is the rows about money. When I was ordained in the 1980s the children were little, my wife wasn’t earning and my income as a curate was low enough for us to be eligible for Family Income Supplement. At least that was part of the reason for our financial problems. Another might be that I could never get my personal accounts to balance with my bank statements, and sometimes the result was disaster. On several occasions, during those early years, we had to apply to clergy charities for help. These days of course, it’s much easier. With the right computer programme you can keep track of spending, check it with online bank statements and make reasonable projections for the future.

The management of money is a significant issue for all of us – for young people leaving the parental home and starting out on an independent life, for couples setting up home together or starting a family, for those planning retirement and for older people in need of domestic or nursing care. It’s not surprising that politicians try to woo us with promises of better things to come, nor that when there’s a wobble in the money markets, people rush to protect their savings. The queues outside branches of Northern Rock must have had many savers wondering if there was something rotten in our financial structures.

Considering the centrality of money to our daily lives, clergy are surprisingly shy about raising it in sermons and church discussions. But it does seem to be a touchy subject. In my last church, things were so bad that we decided upon a Stewardship Campaign. This was not for occasional church folk but hard core regulars. People were challenged to consider their level of weekly giving to the church and some people got very angry about it. On the other hand, when the dust settled, regular giving had risen significantly.

Since money is so important for us, it’s hardly surprising that Jesus addressed our attitudes head on. In the gospels we read of the poor widow who gave all she had; of the dishonest taxman who returned what he had stolen; of the man whose wealth could not protect him from judgement; and of the goodness and generosity of God in his love for us. Jesus warns us about our priorities: ‘Don’t hoard treasure down here, where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or – worse – stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious isn’t it? Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too.’

In fact, we live in a society where many people give. Between three-fifths and three-quarters of us regularly give to charity, donating over £8 billion a year. We’re encouraged by organisations like the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which offers a tax efficient account designed to let you set aside money for charity on a regular basis (www.cafonline.org or ' 01732 520050). Then there’s the ‘gift catalogues’ from Oxfam Unwrapped (oxfamunwrapped.com or ' 0870 410 5030) which enable you to ‘give a goat’. Nationally, the most popular charities are Cancer Research UK, the National Trust, Oxfam, British Heart Foundation and RNLI. Locally, of course, our churches couldn’t survive without the generous financial support of the villages.

Sometimes, however, one hears the criticism that the Church is only interested in one thing. Certainly, and quite properly, much of our corporate effort is directed towards paying the housekeeping bills and meeting our direct costs. But I wonder whether as churches we should have another financial goal, one which reflects gospel priorities, about giving to those whose need is greatest? I must confess, I’ve avoided the issue of financial giving in the pulpit and at Church Council meetings. The one sure way to upset people is to make them feel guilty about money!

But perhaps we, as village churches, ought to imitate individual giving with what might be called ‘institutional giving’ – raising money for charitable causes, unconnected with our own interests. We would surely learn much about the gospel by learning to be a generous Church.

Andrew Schofield

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

( 01223 832137 * atschofield@msn.com





Household burglaries are still with us, but sometimes cars are taken so please keep keys, especially car keys, out of sight to stop them being taken. Too many people leave keys near the door for their convenience, and the burglars!   

There is a current spate of church burglaries in the area. When you pass the church keep an eye open and let the police know if something is wrong. The same applies to the village hall. Many of us pass these buildings each day and may notice something.

Distraction burglaries continue, there are many methods, false officials, lost pets, local enquiries and too many others to list. But just one simple rule: IF IN DOUBT, KEEP THEM OUT.

The first question most burglars want to know is: Is the householder at home?
Opportunist thieves commit most burglaries, so let us stop for a minute and
 think of some methods to deter them altogether.


·        Leaving a timer on in different rooms is one method, but better than that

       is having your house visited on a daily basis.  You can even repay this service

       by visiting others’ houses when they go away.






not like to be seen?


vehicle has a proper security device fitted.



Finally a reminder to you ‘sat-nav’ lovers. The suction pad used to stick your device to the dashboard leaves a mark, so thieves know that the device may be in the car. Wipe the mark off and it is no longer so obvious. You could of course try a map book.

Stay safe and keep watching.                                                                                   Tracy & Keith Head



The members of the Ickleton Over sixties would like to thank Mrs. Ruby Lilley, David and Monica for kindly distributing their prescriptions over the past 50 years. This has been much appreciated.  Also thank you to Dilip and Sunita Odedra who will be doing it for the foreseeable future.

We celebrated Cecil Vincent’s 85th birthday and Barbara Rule’s 80th birthday this October.

We will soon be known as the Over 80s Club!                                                                     Cynthia Rule



The Ickleton and Hinxton Conservative Association Branch is holding an Evening Party on Friday 16th November at 7.30 p.m. at Abbey Farm, Ickleton, by kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Duke, to welcome Duxford into the Branch.  We look forward to seeing as many as possible from the three villages.

Tickets price £10.00 for supper and drinks are available from Mrs. Frankau ' 01763 838224.



The date for the Carol Singing will be Tuesday 18th December.  Please put the date in your diaries.

Proceeds in aid of a local charity.  More details in the next Icene.  Any questions - contact John Williams.





Fifty years ago Misses Annie and Elsie Griggs announced that they wished to discontinue holding the doctor’s surgery at their home ‘The Priory’ in Abbey Street.

At that time my father was looking for a more gainful use of one of our rooms, at 8 Brookhampton Street, than my Hornby clockwork train-set going round the floor. He had earlier looked at the possibility of the post office, when Jesse Webb spoke of retirement, but on finding this would increase the rateable value, he backed down.

The surgery soon moved to our house. Dr David Paddison, from Great Chesterford Surgery, came every morning and every Wednesday evening, and patients waited in our front hall. Looking back this was a far from ideal situation, as although we could not hear the conversation from the rest of the house, anyone with a loud voice could be heard from the waiting room. The service was well used, as few people had cars, and the bus service in those days only stopped at ‘The Greyhound’ in Great Chesterford, before going along the A11, so there was a long walk to the surgery in the High Street.

Obviously there was no mains water, so each morning my mother would take a jug of boiled water into the room just before the doctor arrived. Sometimes those waiting would tell Mum their symptoms, and she would reply, “I expect you will get a bottle of that red medicine for that,” and quite often she was right!

Prescriptions were left on the table in our front hall, and people opened the front door and helped themselves at any time, leaving the money (one shilling) on the table if they needed a repeat prescription. On only one occasion did we have any money stolen.

Gradually the surgery days were cut, and Dr Paddison became part of the Sawston Health Centre practice, and the Ickleton surgery finally closed about 35 years ago. Initially people still helped themselves to prescriptions from our front hall, and Monica and I inherited this when we married in 1974. Later new rules made it necessary for us to actually hand out prescriptions from our back door, which we did until 30th September this year.

This all came to an abrupt end due to ‘Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain Regulations’, so prescriptions may now be picked up from Dilip and Sunita at Costcutter Express.

Many of those collecting their last prescriptions from us expressed their surprise and disbelief at the decision. As one lady said, “It is bureaucracy gone mad.” It is unfortunately this very bureaucracy that will discourage anyone from doing anything voluntary for their community.    

                                                                                                                                  David & Monica Lilley


Children in Need Week Events

Friday 23rd November

Fun darts competition suitable for all skill levels.


Saturday 24th November at 9.15 p.m.

Grand Quiz Night.  Fun for everyone, prizes, raffle, free buffet.


Please come along and join in either or both the above Activities, and have a great night while giving support to the Children in Need Appeal.                             Ickleton Social Club Committee



Sorry this is a bit late, but I wrote one for the October Icene, but it seems it went astray!

I would just like to thank the kind people very much for their get well wishes, cards, flowers and gifts, after my operation.

Also I would like to say a big thank you to Eileen for all her help and kindness. She’s a treasure.

                                                                                                                                               Beryl Bonham


WELCOME TO…Paul and Susan Hughes, Amelia, 5 and Noah, 3

Graham and Sue Young, James, 5 and Abbie, 3

Rod and Sue Turrell

James and Millie Hoskins

Kevin and Jayne Hore





This will take place on Friday 9th November 5.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. in Duxford School Hall, featuring the works of twelve local artists. You will also be able to view the children’s artwork
(paintings, prints, sculpture, woodworking & pottery).

Wine and nibbles will be available.                                                                          Anne - Marie Hoare



Over the summer holidays the school was awash with builders, who were given just six weeks to complete some major building works.  Although they overran by a few weeks, the results have been impressive and will bring lasting benefits not only to the school but to other community organisations.  The works have included:


  1. The creation of a new Reception classroom, complete with a quiet area and its own toilet facilities.   The classroom leads onto an enclosed garden, with a safety surface, a sandpit in the shape of a fort, a covered play area and many other stimulating features.


  1. The refurbishment of the Year 1 classroom and the creation of an enclosed outdoor area, providing an extended area for learning.


  1. The renovation of the old Reception classroom to create a self contained facility that will be used by the Duxford Under Fives Association for the Playgroup and by the DX After School Club.   This unit also opens up the possibility of a Breakfast Club.


  1. The creation of a new Key Stage 2 entrance, including a new pedestrian gate from the road into the playground, enabling safer access to be maintained.


  1. The creation of a new Key Stage 1 entrance.


  1. Some internal reorganisation that has resulted in a new room for the Duxford Saturday workshop and additional administration space for the school.


  1. The installation of the Pavilion, paid for by the PTA.


and finally


  1. New guttering!


      We are very grateful to all those who made these works possible:  The Duxford Under Fives Association for their major financial contribution; The Duxford Saturday Workshop; The PTA; Ridgeons; The Wellcome Trust; and Andy Hoare, Catherine Cocks and Nick Ray who gave so feely of their time and expertise.                                                                      Miranda Stone-Wigg




The last air show of  2007

The last major UK air show of the 2007 season took place on Sunday 14th October and featured a host of favourites from historic propeller-driven aircraft through to modern front-line jets.
The display featured air show classics such as Spitfires, Mustangs and the B-17 Sally B, as well as the power of the Belgian Air Force F-16 jet, the grace of the Black Cats Lynx pair and the daring acrobats of the Matadors Sukhoi pair, amongst others.  The show has a special place in the Duxford calendar, as the last chance each year to see all the air show favourites.

                                                                     Tracey Woods ' 01223 499320  Twoods@iwm.org.uk



A very big thank you to everyone who has kindly sent me cards, letters and tasty titbits, whilst I have been poorly, which I have much appreciated.

So once again, thank you all.                                                                                          Mary Wombwell







CONGRATULATIONS TO……. Barbara Rule who was 80 on the 11th October.



Our guest speaker at the October meeting was Tom Cole who gave a very comprehensive talk on the art of pruning. No excuses now for an untidy garden!

The best bloom competition was won by Gerry Birch with a lovely Dahlia named Arabian Night.

At the next meeting we will have Nick and Sue Hamilton from Barnsdale to talk about essential trees and shrubs for winter gardens.

Best bloom competition will be a spray of acer.

Visitors welcome.                                                                                                Cynthia Rule


The Saffron Walden Town Band presents a 'Winter’s Evening Concert’ on Saturday 1st  December  at 7.30 p.m. in Ickleton Village Hall. Refreshments will be available.
Tickets, price £5 (concessions £3), available at the door.
The programme will consist of a variety of music from classical to popular music.
If you require any further details, please do not hesitate to contact me.             

     Stephanie Thake



October is the month in the W.I. Diary when the members take over, giving the committee a rest.

A very successful evening was held, with a lively musical quiz devised by Mavis Peck and Monica Lilley. It was nice to have something different!

The November meeting will be a talk on the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service, and a special request for old mobile telephones and pre decimal coins has been made to help this worthy cause.  If anyone can contribute these articles please let me have them before November 21st .                                                                                                     

Cynthia Rule



On Sunday  30th September seven members of the Cambridge Conservation Volunteers and one villager spent the day cutting back the wild clematis in the pit, that had grown strongly due to the damp summer. We are grateful to the volunteers for their help in trying to maintain the chalkland plants in the pit.                                                                                                         Gerry Birch



Elderly Residents and Carers are urged to book a Home Fire Safety Check

The Service offers free visits to anyone in the county, but is specifically targeting older members of the community, as they are more at risk of being injured or killed by a fire in their home.

Sadly, as people get older they can become more forgetful, and their appliances and ways of life are generally more outdated, making them more at risk of fire.

Many elderly residents are also less mobile and their reactions are slower, which means they can take longer to escape from their home if fire does break out. However, by being aware of the risks and taking simple precautions, the risk can be reduced.

A smoke alarm is important for everyone, but can be all the more crucial for older residents, as it gives them an early warning there is a fire, which allows them more time to react and escape unharmed.

During a fire safety check, fire service staff will identify fire hazards, offer advice to prevent fires, fit smoke alarms for free, and help residents plan their escape route, so everyone in the house knows what to do should a fire break out.

To request a free visit, all you have to do is contact your local fire station or ring ' 01480 444666. We would also urge carers, and people with elderly neighbours and relatives, to help us by requesting a visit by us on their behalf – but please let them know you are doing this, so they are expecting us. We will visit at a day and time convenient for you and them, and we always carry identification.







Relief in Need Charity

Any resident of the village who is in genuine financial need, and who wishes to be considered for help with their winter heating costs, should apply to the Hon. Clerk in writing before Monday 12th November.  Only new applicants need apply.            Jocelyn Flitton, Hon. Clerk 




The coffee morning held at the Gertrude Homes on 13th October, to launch the renovation project fundraising, proved very popular.  Dozens of local residents came along for coffee, tea and cakes, taking the opportunity to look round the cottages.  Many people commented on how roomy the cottages are, and on the lovely views, saying that they could appreciate what a great asset the homes are to the village.

The morning was also very successful financially, with donations of over £1500 received, for which the Ickleton United Charities trustees are very grateful.  A sale of glassware and collectables raised a further £100.  Thanks go to everyone who helped make the morning a big success.

With tenders now received from builders, the contract for the renovation work will be agreed soon, with work to start as soon as possible.  There’s a huge amount to do, but we’re looking forward to when we can plan the next Gertrude Homes coffee morning, to celebrate their reopening!                                                                                                      

John Statham








                      November 5th

Mobile Library


Gt. Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting


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


Art Fair 5.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Duxford School Hall


Conservative Association Evening Party 7.30 p.m. Abbey Farm


Mobile Library


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


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Fun Darts Competition Social Club


Grand Quiz Night 9.15 p.m. Social Club

                    December  1st

Saffron Walden Town Band Winter’s Evening Concert


          7.30 p.m. Ickleton Village Hall


Carol Singing