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David and Monica Lilley




Tony Court

Hilary Rule            



Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th DECEMBER 2007



As another Christmas comes round, we would like to thank our proof-readers and Tony Court, Hilary Rule and their delivery team for all their hard work and Sheila Birch for the ‘Welcome to’ column.

May we remind everyone that, as we hope to get the January issue ‘put to bed’ and possibly printed before Christmas, 12th December really is the absolute deadline.

A Happy Christmas to all our readers.                                                  David and Monica Lilley



Refuse Collections during December/early January

Monday         3rd  December   -        Black bin

Monday       10th  December   -        Green bin and green box

Monday       17th  December   -        Black bin

Monday       24th  December   -        Green bin and green box

Monday       31st  December    -        No Collection

Monday        7th  January         -        Black bin and green box


The Recycling centre at Thriplow is open over the Christmas/New Year period as follows:


December 24th                       8.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Christmas Day (Dec. 25th )    Closed

Boxing Day (Dec 26th )           Closed

December 27th , 28th , 29th  & 30th 8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

December 31st  and January 1st       Closed


Parish Council Meeting 21st  November 2007  The following items were discussed:

The proposed siting of a seat outside the Methodist Chapel – this was deferred to the next meeting; Land Registry; and a donation to Gertrude Homes Renovation Fund.  ‘No Smoking’ signs are now required to be put up in the two bus shelters.  Fly tipping was reported in Coploe Road. 

Allotments – the Chairman reported that, as the original preferred site for the allotments was in abeyance, he had now been offered the use of a field behind the Cemetery as a possibility. Would interested parties please let the Parish Clerk know their views.

Bonfires – Following a recent incident when the fire brigade was called, we have received the following advice from the Environmental Health Division:


You are asked to kindly note these recommendations:

·         DO NOT burn damp grass clippings or ‘green’ material, as this creates thick smoke.

·         DO NOT burn any oily rags, rubber, plastics, damp garden waste or other materials, which would inevitably create heavy smoke or toxic fumes.

·         DO NOT light a bonfire when your neighbours have washing drying, are out enjoying their gardens or have windows wide open.

·         DO NOT light bonfires one hour before dusk or leave them burning overnight.  Choose the time of day and weather conditions that will cause the least inconvenience to neighbours.

·         DO NOT leave your fire to smoulder for long periods.

·         DO advise your nearest neighbours before you light a bonfire, so they can be prepared for any minor inconvenience that may arise. DO burn material quickly in small quantities so the minimum amount of smoke is created.  An incinerator makes this much easier.

·         DO choose your bonfire site carefully, well away from trees, fences and windows.  Have a hosepipe and buckets of water handy, just in case.



152/07        Planning applications received from SCDC:

S/1981/07/F – Dormer Windows – Frogge Street – Mr & Mrs N Malone - Approve

S/1914/07/F- Amendment: Parking area enlarged to provide 2 spaces, gates added to access and design of pedestrian gate & trellis altered –  Abbey Street – Keith Mitchell Building Consultancy Ltd.   Comments sent to SCDC: “Ickleton Parish Council’s reservations were caused by the plan going for a minimum size of parking bay when there is scope for the parking area to be a little wider.  The plans indicate a 1.5m border at the side.  If some of this were given up for parking space this would allow a critical amount of room.  It is a question of squeezing two cars in or being able to park them (and get in and out of them) more easily.”

S/1852/07/LB – Alterations-refurbishment of cottage and conversion of coach house, stable, tackroom to residential use – 53 Abbey Street – Keith Mitchell Building Consultancy Ltd. Information only.

Planning application granted by SCDC:

S/1781/07/F – Wall (Retrospective Application) – 10 Butchers Hill – Mr and Mrs K D Worthing.

S/1211/07/LB – Conversion of Offices to 3 Bedroomed dwelling –  Abbey Street – Dalesville Holdings Ltd.

Tree Preservation Order or situated within a Conservation Area:

C/11/40/054 – Reduce crown of self-set Sycamore tree –  Brookhampton Street – Mr R Turrell – No Comment.

C/11/40/054 – Reduce crown in 2 Silver Birch/cut overhanging branches from neighbour’s Walnut Tree – Mr & Mrs H Willmott.  Terry Sadler declared an interest.  No objections were raised to reducing the Silver Birch trees.  The point was made, however, that it was believed that Walnut trees should only be pruned when in leaf.

Cambridgeshire County Council  - Application No. S/00908/07/CW – The importation of topsoil to raise levels by approx. 1 metre – Application has been withdrawn on 4th October 2007.


Cope is an independent & voluntary Forum, for 50’s and over.  For more information ' 01223 364303; e-mail: cambridgecope@hotmail.co.uk or visit the website: www.cambridgecope50.org

Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk



This year we have a Christingle Service on Sunday December 16th at 4 p.m. and we‘d love to see you there. This is a great opportunity to get ‘in the mood’ for Christmas, sing some carols and be reminded of the Christmas message. The service is particularly popular with children, (in fact the sweets on our Christingles rarely make it out of the church building!) although of course everyone is most welcome. A collection will be taken during the service for the work of the Children’s Society and afterwards everyone is welcome to mince pies and mulled wine or juice at Norman Hall courtesy of Caroline and Julian Owen and family. We also hope to have some activities for the younger children.

If you can’t make the 16th, don’t despair - there will also be a Christingle Service at Duxford on December 9th and at Hinxton on Christmas Eve.

And finally, can you remember what the different parts of the Christingle symbolise? The orange represents the world circled with a red ribbon to remind us of God’s love and Jesus’ blood shed for us. The candle reminds us that Jesus brings light into the world, and the fruit and sweets remind us of God‘s good gifts to us.                                                                                      Mandy Jeffery




If you would like a free pass for Ely Cathedral  please sign up on the list which you will find on the pillar table in Church by December 9th.  This pass is valid for three years, so no more applications until 2010!                                                                                                             Hilary Rule



The next coffee morning will be on Tuesday 4th December 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon.  Since it's coming up to Christmas we'll be having mulled wine and mince pies, as well as the usual goodies.  Hope you can all make it - newcomers are very welcome to come along and join us.

   Rosemary McKillen -  Churchwarden 







CHURCH NOTICES – Services for December

                   Sunday 2nd

  8.00  a.m. BCP Communion


                    Advent 1

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


                    Advent 2

10.00 a.m.  Parish Eucharist



   4.00 p.m. Toy Service for Uttlesford Home-Start



   6.30 p.m.  Evensong





               Thursday 13th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                  Sunday 16th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                   Advent  3

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  4.00 p.m. Christingle Service for Children’s Society



  6.30 p.m. Carol Service





               Thursday 20th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                 Sunday 23rd

 8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                    Advent 4

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Carol Service





                 Monday 24th

  4.00 p.m. Christingle Service for Children’s Society


             Christmas Eve

11.30 p.m. Midnight Mass





                Tuesday 25th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion  


             Christmas Day

  9.00 a.m. Christmas  Eucharist



10.30 a.m. Family Communion





               Thursday 27th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                  Sunday 30th

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist




St Peters Chorale, Brisbane, Australia 

On Saturday 8th December at 7.30 p.m. there will be a concert in Ickleton Parish Church.

Don't miss this chance to hear one of Australia's leading youth choirs, recipients of many awards and accolades, including the Sounds Australian National Critics Award and a Sunnie Award for the Best Recording of a High School Choir. Comprising students between 14 and 17 years of age, the choir has performed with many of Australia's leading musicians, as well as internationally famed directors. The concert will feature music for Advent and Christmas, as well as a chance to hear Australian music specially written for the Chorale. Admission is free.                                                                                                                                                                                     JoAnne Rutter

CHAPEL NOTICESServices for December

 All Services start at 3.00 p.m.

         Sunday  2nd

Mrs. Jean Hay


         Sunday  9th

Revd. Trevor Sands


         Sunday 16th

Revd. Trevor Sands

Carol Service

         Sunday 23rd

Dr. Michael Render


         Sunday 30th

Mr. Gerry Arnell


                                                                                                                                       Revd. Trevor Sands




By the light of a candle

When I christen a child, the very last thing that happens in the service is the giving of a lighted candle. It is a special candle and the idea is that it should be lit each year on the anniversary of the christening to celebrate the child’s ‘Church birthday’. The words that go with the presentation are:

You have received the light of Christ; walk in this light all the days of your life.

Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father.


Candles have a unique place in our social history. They were the only form of lighting in homes which could afford them until the middle of the 19th century (when the first houses had gas lighting). Sir Joseph Wilson Swan (1828-1914), who invented an early light bulb, wrote: ‘The days of my youth extend backwards to the dark ages, for I was born when the rushlight, the tallow dip or the solitary blaze of the hearth were the common means of indoor lighting. In the chambers of the great, wax candle, or exceptionally a multiplicity of them, relieved the gloom on state occasions; but as a rule, the common people, wanting the inducement of indoor brightness such as we enjoy, went to bed after sunset.’ And it’s surprising to think that we’ve actually had domestic electric lighting for less than a hundred years.

These days, most of us first meet candles on birthday cakes, ready for us to blow out and "make a wish" (though I think I still have a box of Price’s candles somewhere ‘for emergencies’). Decorative candles are popular for providing the atmosphere for a candlelight supper, for a relaxing soak in the bath (so I’m told!) and for ‘warmth’ to look at on a frosty winter night. Embraced by almost every faith, creed and nationality, there is something special about the solitary flame of a candle. In public life, people of all faiths and walks of life will join together in a candlelight vigil to grieve, or come together in prayer.

So it’s not surprising that candles play an important part in church too. At our services there are always candles on the altar. Many churches have a special place to light a candle for remembering a departed loved one or someone who is in need (a votive candle). In December the candles of the Advent ring are lit each Sunday as part of the countdown to Christmas. And one of our special carol services features the candle in the form of a Christingle (‘Christ-light’).

Our Christingle service is based on the centuries old custom of the Moravian Church when families gathered to welcome the coming of the Christ-child. The children were given a special orange in return for their gifts of food for the poorer families in the parish - and by the light of the candles alone they sang their favourite carols.

The climax of the service comes when children, mums and dads stand round the church in a great circle, everyone with a lighted Christingle and the church is plunged into darkness. And in the darkness the children sing ‘Away in a manger’. It somehow encapsulates all that one hopes for from ‘the season of goodwill’ and I’d like to think that even the most hardened and cynical of hearts might be moved by the occasion. The light of the candles in the darkness speaks of hope in a world of pain and fear and hurt. Come and receive your Christ-light this Christmas!


                                                                                                                                                   Andrew Schofield

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

    ( 01223 832137 * atschofield@msn.com



Arrangements as usual. All welcome.  Date: Tuesday 18th December.

Start 6.00 p.m. at Grange Road/Coploe Road corner. For latecomers joining, we proceed via Birds Close, Back Lane, then back to Abbey Street… etc.

Collecting will be in aid of Ickleton United Charities for the Getrude Homes Renovation Fund.

After the singing – victuals at the house of Miranda and Mark Stone-Wigg.

Pit stop half-way chez Rosemary and Colin Hayes.

Any questions - contact John Williams, Jacquie Casement.








If you enjoy singing and would like to take part in a special performance in the village, then this is for you. Please make a note of it now, and spread the word among your friends.

The PCC have asked me to run a 'Come and Sing' day in Ickleton Church on Good Friday next year (21st March) and we shall be performing ‘The Crucifixion’ by John Stainer.

Although this is a well known work, there's a lot to learn, so we are having several choir rehearsals before the day itself when we'll be joined (hopefully) by plenty of other singers.

Chris Anderson has kindly agreed to play on the day and for practices. Practices arranged so far are as follows:


Friday 4th January      6.30 p.m. in church

Friday 11th January    6.30 p.m. in church

Friday 18th January    6.30 p.m. in church

Friday 29th February 6.30 p.m. in church

Friday 7th March         6.30 p.m. in church

Friday 14th March       6.30 p.m. in church


If you are not familiar with the piece and would like extra time to learn it, then please feel free to come and join the choir for these practices. You will be made very welcome, and copies of the music will be provided.

On Good Friday the choir and all the other singers will meet to rehearse in the afternoon, then have a break for tea before the evening performance.

This won't be a fundraiser for the church and attendance will be free but we shall ask singers and audience to donate generously to a retiring collection for the children’s charity ‘Coram’.

                                                                                                                                           Rosemary Hayes

                                                                                                           Durham’s Farmhouse, Butcher’s Hill

                                                                                                            E: www.r.hayes@btinternet.com



I have just received a lovely letter from Martin Clunes, thanking us for raising £102.06  This would never have been possible without the generous kindness of the Methodist Chapel Trustees who let us use their Chapel for free.  Dear Carol Turton and Helene Wood both helped and lots of generous people turned out, despite a miserable day.

To everyone I give grateful thanks for helping  to raise so much money.                    Ruth Driver


4 Villages Orchestra - 4VO - is a new exciting orchestra drawn primarily from musicians living in and around the four villages of Ickleton, Duxford, Hinxton and Great Chesterford.
4VO meets every Thursday evening from 8.00 p.m. at the Methodist Chapel, Abbey Street, Ickleton and is open to all instrumentalists living in the area. It's geared towards people who are at least grade 4 standard or who have been playing for at least four years. The music is light, mainly themes from films and shows, with the occasional popular classic thrown in. Whether you play a stringed instrument, woodwind or brass, all players are welcome.
If you would like to know more, please contact Nigel or Jackie Bennett or email: nigelbennett@hotmail.com. Better still, just grab your instrument and a music stand and turn up!                                                                                                                  Nigel & Jackie Bennett


We are sorry to record the death on 18th October of Mrs Betty Webb, aged 95, who lived at Well Cottage, Church Street from 1975 to 2003.

Whilst in Ickleton, Betty and George (who died in 1995) became involved in several village activities, including the Village Hall and British Legion, and were regularly seen walking their dog around the village.

Betty kept in touch with Ickleton by receiving the ‘Icene’ each month during her final years living at Kensal Green.                                                                                                                       David Lilley                                                     






Open Day  Between 40 and 50 people came along and enjoyed our Open Day in the Village Hall on 13th October.  Thanks to everyone who brought something for the ‘Show and Tell’ – there were some really interesting things on show with fascinating stories behind them.  The quizzes proved very popular, particularly Andrew Shepperd’s unusual photos of buildings around the village, some of which were unexpectedly difficult to recognise.  As usual the display of village archives attracted a lot of attention, and some of the documents were well used to find the answers to questions about events in the village years ago.


Theatre Trips  We have started what we hope will be fairly regular trips to theatres in the area.  A small group of members thoroughly enjoyed an excellent production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge on 8th November, and there will be another outing to see ‘The Gondoliers’ on 1st December.  We hope to arrange a trip to the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds in the New Year.  The Society makes a small subsidy towards tickets for members, so it’s worth joining!


New Year’s Day Walk As usual the Society will be arranging a walk on New Year’s Day morning.  Look out for posters advertising the time and meeting place nearer the time.  If you need help keeping that resolution to take more exercise, are trying to get rid of a hangover or calories from the celebrations, or just want some fresh air, then this is the event for you.  Everyone is welcome, including dogs, though they must be on a lead.  

                                                                                                                      Rachel Radford


Froglets would like to invite children and their parents, past and present to join us for a festive morning including fresh coffee, homemade cakes and mince pies and Christmas crafts. Come along and catch up with some old friends on Monday 24th December from 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon in Ickleton Village Hall. £1 per adult, £1 under one year, £2 over one year (or £5 family ticket).    

                                                                                                                                   Froglets Committee



Age of Improvement (Tutor: Mary Dicken)

This course will take place every Wednesday morning from 18th January 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.  (including coffee) in the Congregational Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford for 10 weekly sessions.

The course will offer presentations on aspects of Cambridgeshire history in the 19th and 20th centuries, with information on various resources that can be used to pursue research.

Mike Petty is an authority on Cambridge and the Fens, being well known for his talks, books and contributions to Cambridge newspapers, radio and TV.

For more information or to reserve a place, please contact Margaret Beston.

Course fees are £33 and free to those on certain means tested benefits. The first two sessions may be sampled at £3.30 per session, deductible from the course fee if continuing.

On Remembrance Sunday the Imperial War Museum, Duxford held a very special service of remembrance. There was a 2 minute silence at 11.00 a.m. and a wreath laying ceremony at 12.15 p.m.  Following the service, 24 members of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment, were presented with service medals, having just
returned from a six month tour of duty in Kabul
There was also a wreath laid at the Royal Anglian Regiment Museum in the Land Warfare Hall which was opened in 1996. The chapel on site was also open, with readings and prayers.

The exhibitions are complemented by smaller, personal items from letters and diaries to, perhaps the most poignant of all, a simple pair of British Army boots worn by an unknown soldier during the First World War.  “These serve to remind us that, no matter how technologically

advanced warfare may become, wars are still fought by people." 





Once again this year, we are decorating our garden for Christmas. Please come along and bring the children.

Our charity is the same as before, The Breast Cancer Unit at Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge.

A Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year from Carol and Barry Turton, 17 Birds Close.



Pampered Chef Fundraising Event

Claire Walker from The Pampered Chef will be visiting Duxford Playgroup on Wednesday 5th to hold a fundraising event; the show starts at 8.00 p.m.  The Pampered Chef is an American company supplying kitchen tools to make life in the kitchen simpler, quicker and a bit more exciting!  There will be a cookery demonstration and the opportunity to see, try and buy some of the products, including some creative and original Christmas presents.  Ticket price is only £2.50 and will include a glass of wine or soft drink. There will also be a chance to sample some of the food prepared during the evening (you can even help cook it!).  Tickets are available in advance from Sharon Gilbert, Sharon Mullett ' 01223 836673 or Duxford Playgroup.


The children were out and about during November.  Years 1 & 2 had a very inspiring trip to the Scott Polar Research Institute, while Years 3, 4 and 5 were lucky enough to go to Cambridgeshire Music’s ‘Meet the Orchestra’ concert which was part of the Cambridgeshire Proms, sponsored by John Lewis.  Towards the end of the month, the school choir performed, together with Sawston Village College Choir and other musicians at St Peter’s Church, Duxford.

With Christmas just a few weeks away, there are many events going on in school to which parents, carers, family members and members of the local community are warmly invited.  


Mary’s Knitting – Nativity (Key Stage 1 and Foundation)

Wednesday 5th December at 9.30 a.m.  and  Thursday 6th December at 6.00 p.m.


Christmas Song Festival (Key Stage 2)

Friday 14th December at 2.00 p.m.


End of term Carols

Tuesday 18th December at 2.00 p.m.


Please come along and support the PTA Christmas Fayre, which will be on Monday 10th December at 6.00 p.m.  This event is organised and run by the children. The money raised is split between the PTA, Action Aid and the two children the school sponsors in Nepal and Uganda.

Finally, the school would like to thank the communities of Duxford, Ickleton and Hinxton for the support they have given us over the last year.  We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2008.                                                                                             Miranda Stone-Wigg



The November meeting started off on a sad note when we held a moment’s silence in memory of Eleanor Daniels who passed away on November 3rd. Eleanor had been a Committee Member for 18 years and during that time served as treasurer for 14 years.  A donation from the Society will be sent to The Arthur Rank Hospice.

Members were reminded to hand in their Dobies’ Seed orders before the December meeting if possible.

The guest speaker was Nick Hamilton from Barnsdale Gardens, who showed slides of trees and shrubs for winter interest.

The next meeting will be a talk on ‘Alpines’ by Angela Whiting. The best bloom competition will be a seed head.                                                                                                 

Cynthia Rule







GERTRUDE HOMES – a big thank you

There’s been a tremendous response from the village, and from former Ickleton residents, to the Gertrude Homes renovation project appeal.  The amount raised so far has reached £6,000, and the trustees are very grateful for donors’ generosity.  This support has been very helpful in our negotiations to raise loans, and at the time of writing we are optimistic about securing substantial loan financing.  We have chosen the contractor and, all being well, the work will start early in the New Year.

Applications now invited

Although completion of the renovation will take several months, Ickleton United Charities is now inviting applications from people interested in living in the homes.  Two of the Gertrude Homes have three good-sized rooms plus kitchen and bathroom, with the middle home having two rooms.  They will have full central heating, double glazing and be fitted with modern kitchens and bathrooms.  To be eligible, applicants should have reached retirement age and live in the parish of Ickleton.  In considering applications, the trustees will also take account of other relevant personal circumstances such as infirmity, in line with the charity’s rules.  Please note that the Gertrude Homes provide accommodation for people living independently - they are not sheltered accommodation and there is no warden.

Anyone who is interested and wishes to be considered, or wants further information, should contact the Hon Secretary of Ickleton United Charities Jos Flitton at 1 Abbey Street, Ickleton, CB10 1SS,.


WELCOME TO…Neville Young and his son Michael, who is 10.




             December  1st

Saffron Walden Town Band Winter’s Evening Concert


        7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Mobile Library


Gt. Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting


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


Duxford School Mary’s Knitting Nativity 9.30 a.m. Duxford School


Pampered Chef Fundraising Event 8.00 p.m. Duxford Playgroup


Duxford School  Mary’s Knitting Nativity 6.00 p.m. Duxford School


Concert for Christmas 7.30 p.m. Ickleton Church


PTA Christmas Fayre 6.00 p.m. Duxford School


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


W. I. Christmas Party 7.30 p.m. Gt. Chesterford Community Centre


Christmas Song Festival 2.00 p.m. Duxford  School


Mobile Library


End of Term Carols 2.00 p.m. Duxford School


Carol Singing start 6.00 p.m. Coploe Road/Grange Road Corner


Froglets Christmas Eve Festive Morning 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon


         Village Hall



                January 1st

New Year’s Day Walk


Village Hall AGM 7.30 p.m. Village Hall