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David and Monica Lilley




Tony Court

Hilary Rule            



Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th JANUARY 2008



Refuse Collections during January

Monday       7th  January          -        Green box and black bin

Monday       14th  January        -        Black bin collection

Monday       21st  January        -        Green bin and green box

Monday       28th  January        -        Black bin collection


The Parish Council would like to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year.


Parish Council Meeting 12th December 2007  The following items were discussed:

Allotments – A few positive responses (one negative) were received regarding the proposed site behind the cemetery.  Simon Cheney will be liaising with residents interested in allotments.  Please see separate article in this issue of the Icene.

Seat outside the Methodist Chapel – It was unanimously agreed not to pursue this any further. 

CCC – Foot Crossing across Cambridge/London railway line – Network Rail propose to install a new foot crossing by 11th January 2008 between Duxford and Hinxton Level Crossings.  Neither Ickleton nor Hinxton Parish Council was consulted on this proposal. The Parish Council are concerned on safety issues and have consulted Andrew Lansley CBE MP.

Speeding in Frogge Street – a resident expressed her concerns to the Parish Council.  She said Essex Police has launched Community Speed Watch in Newport.  The question would be asked at the next Police Neighbourhood Panel Meeting if this happening in Cambridgeshire.

Planning applications received from SCDC:

S/2210/07/LB – Alterations existing utility room & w.c. to create enlarged kitchen – Church Street – Mr & Mrs S Cheney - Approve

S/2211/07/F -  Replacement Garage – 7 Church Street – Mr & Mrs S Cheney - Approve

S/2213/07/LB – Alterations to Mill Lane boundary wall to create temporary access & subsequent rebuilding of wall to original height in flint –  Church Street – Mr & Mrs J Owen - Approve

S/2214/07/F – Alteration & rebuilding of boundary wall and erection of tennis court fencing –  Church Street – Mr & Mrs J Owen – Approve

S/2273/07/F – Dwelling – Land R/O 9-17 Grange Road – Rowe Build & Development Ltd.

An extension to reply to this application has been given by SCDC until Friday 11th January 2008.  Mr Duke proposed that the Planning Committee should brief Cllr John Williams once they had looked at the plans (and compared them with the previous application).


Planning application granted by SCDC:

S/1852/07/LB – Abbey Street – Keith Mitchell Building Consultancy Ltd.

S/1981/07/F –   Frogge Street – Mr & Mrs N Malone


Concessionary Bus Fares Changes are being made to Concessionary Bus Travel Scheme and everyone will need to re-apply for a new bus pass for the new national scheme which starts April 2008. The scheme will allow eligible residents (over 60s and people with certain disabilities) to use their bus pass after 9.30 a.m. on weekdays and all day at weekends and public holidays. To receive your new bus pass on time, complete an application form now by contacting South Cambridgeshire District Council ' 08450 450 500 or downloading from:  www.scambs.gov.uk/downloadable

                             Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk


The mobile library will call at Church Street 16.45 – 17.00 and Brookhampton Street 17.05 - 17.40. fortnightly on Mondays from 14th January.    





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             Thursday 3rd

  12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





                Sunday 6th

  8.00 a.m.  BCP Communion



10.00 a.m.  Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m.  Evensong





            Thursday 10th  

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





               Sunday 13th

   8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


      Baptism of Christ

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





           Thursday 17th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





              Sunday 20th

   8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


              Epiphany 3

 10.00 a.m. Family Communion



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





            Thursday 24th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





            Sunday  27th

   8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


            Epiphany 4

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Evensong and Holy Communion





             Thursday 31st 

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion



Family Communion

On the third Sunday of the month (20th) 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.


Evensong variation

At Duxford on the third Sunday of the month the evening service includes the laying on of hands and prayers for the sick and those in need.


Services during the week

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



Emily Louise Head, daughter of Keith and Tracy Head was baptised at Ickleton Church on Sunday 9th December.



On December 8th, we were lucky enough to have a concert in Ickleton Church given by St Peter’s Chorale, one of Australia’s leading youth choirs. They are on an international tour and a Cambridge booking had been cancelled so, at the last minute, they came here. They are a very talented mixed choir of 70 young people between the ages of 15 and 17 and it was a real treat to hear them. Despite the short notice, we had plenty of people in the audience and everyone was blown away by the energy and beauty of their singing which ranged from the sacred through to new works specially written for them by Australian composers.

They were all really appreciative of the hospitality afforded to them and loved being in an English village. Generously, they gave the concert for free, so that the entire retiring collection of over £500 went to the charity ‘Coram’ which, among many other activities, supports young people who have been in care to adjust and find work.

Huge thanks to all those people who helped with the cooking and set up the village hall for lunch and tea for the choir. You were brilliant.                             Rosemary Hayes/JoAnne Rutter





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Forty people joined us for the Christmas mulled wine, so the coffee morning is still going strong!

The next coffee morning will be on Tuesday 8th January in Church from 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon.  All welcome.                                                                                                                              Rosemary McKillen



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 on Fridays at 6.30 p.m. in Church:

January 4th, 11th, 18th,

February 29th,

March 7th and 14th

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: r.hayes@btinternet.com



A new calendar on the wall:

It’s all over for another year. The children are back to school on January 3rd and two days later, on the Saturday evening, the Christmas decorations should come down (January 5th is ‘twelfth night’). Life gets back to normal, with the daily routines and crises which will make up 2008. Of course there’ll be more to your year than that. There’ll be holidays to look forward to, birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate and the comings and goings that help to give our lives significance and structure.

In church, there’s another, different calendar for the year and it’s important because it provides a framework for the spiritual life. The Church calendar offers a view of the year quite different from other diaries and calendars. It’s a calendar that has developed over thousands of years, and in its seasons and observances, has much wisdom to offer.

The Christian year is divided up with events which remind us of the life of Jesus. It begins with the season of Advent, at the end of November, which is a period of preparation for Christmas. From Christmas we move to Epiphany, which includes the visit of the three Wise Men, the Baptism of Jesus and his first miracle. Lent is the season of penitence, discipline and preparation, used originally by candidates preparing for baptism at Easter, and it ends in the events of Holy Week and Easter. After celebrating the resurrection of Jesus at Easter, the story focuses on the founding of the Church itself, with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. During the weeks of Trinity the Church settles down for a period of teaching and consolidation of the faith. The final part of the year, in November, focuses on remembrance.

Some festivals, like Christmas Day, occur on the same date every year, while others move around within a range of dates. This happens because the Christian Calendar grew out of two other Calendars, Jewish and Roman. In their distant past, the Jews were a nomadic people, who would often have travelled by night. The moon was of great importance to them, and they based their calendar on its phases. The first great Christian festivals - Easter and Pentecost - sprang from Jewish ones.

The Church grew and expanded under the Roman Empire, which followed a calendar controlled by the sun. So when the church introduced festivals of its own, not derived from its Jewish roots, they fixed them on dates already in the Roman Calendar. The Christian Calendar is thus a dual one, with 'fixed' festivals based on the Roman 'solar' calendar, and 'moveable' ones based on the Jewish 'lunar' calendar.

It was in the services of November that I realised what a difference the Church calendar can make. On Remembrance Sunday I was privileged to lead the ceremony at the war memorial in Duxford village and then at the Imperial War Museum. We had guests that weekend, who wanted nothing to do with Remembrance. They spent the morning in Cambridge, in the newly opened John Lewis. It seemed sad to me that they didn’t want in some way to connect with all that Remembrance Sunday reminds us of, in the past and the present. The previous Sunday was All Saints, when we celebrate the Church’s heroes through the ages and those who we love but see no longer – and I wondered if our guests ever gave themselves a chance to remember what we owe to the past and give thanks.

These days our diaries and PDA’s (Personal-Digital-Assistant: a little hand held computer) seem to control the hours and minutes of each day and demand that we cram more and more into already overcrowded lives. They leave us without a place to celebrate and mourn. The Church calendar offers space and opportunity for people to step away from the humdrum and to discover the richness of the spiritual life. Christmas may be over, but the new year has only just begun!                                                                                                                                                                                            Andrew Schofield

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

( 01223 832137 * atschofield@msn.com





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                        CHAPEL NOTICES – Services for January

                             All Services start at 3.00 p.m.

        Sunday   6th

Mrs. Julie Finbow


        Sunday 13th

Revd. Trevor Sands

Covenant Service

        Sunday 20th

Mrs. Betty Kime


        Sunday 27th

Revd. David Mullins


                             All Welcome.                                                                      Revd. Trevor Sands



New Year’s Day Walk  The walk will start at the bottom of the Rectory Farm track on Grange Road at 11.00 a.m. (Wellington boots are advised).  There will be a soup lunch at ‘Howeys’  afterwards.


Theatre trips  A group of members enjoyed a lively and colourful production of ‘The Gondoliers’ by the Cambridge Operatic Society at the Cambridge Arts Theatre last month.  We will be going to two shows at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds – Willard White singing a tribute to Paul Robeson in February and Pam Ayres latest show in March.


Wine tasting  We are looking into organising a wine tasting evening some time in the next few months.  More news about this soon.                                                                      Rachel Radford



The village collection for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal this year raised another record-breaking total of £974.94.  Thanks to everyone who helped us to achieve this magnificent figure.  Hopefully, next year will see us pass the £1000 mark. As always, particular thanks must go to the band of house-to-house collectors, who together produced a little short of £600.  They are Sheila Birch, Jackie Casement, Pat Facer, Lena Frost, Yvonne Hall, Caroline Lewis, John and Judy Marshall, Sally Pearce, Hilary Rule and Penny Woodhead.  The help of Costcutter Express, the Social Club, the Ickleton Lion and the Aquatics Centre is also much appreciated, by displaying collection boxes again.  The Remembrance Day Church Service raised an amazing £253.40, over 50% up on the previous year.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this.                                                                                                            Malcolm Hall – Honorary Organiser



The last few weeks of the autumn term were hectic with Christmas activities.  Key Stage 1 and Reception started the festivities with ‘Mary’s Knitting’. This musical production enlightened us all on the problems faced by Mary as she tried to get a blanket knitted before the arrival of baby Jesus.  However, having mastered the art of knitting while on a donkey, and with the help of the Shepherds and Wise Men, the job was completed on time!  Key Stage 2 performed a Christmas Song Fest.  Both productions were of a very high standard and very much enjoyed by performers and audience alike.

The PTA, as usual, organised a splendid Christmas Fayre. This year’s event was very atmospheric with lots of activities, planned and run by the children, as well as stalls selling gifts and handicrafts.  Some of the funds raised will go towards supporting the children the school sponsors in Nepal and Uganda.

Church Inspection

In October the school was inspected, on behalf of the Diocese of Ely, to assess its effectiveness as a Church School.  The findings of the Inspector were good and in his summing up he observed that:

‘Pupils clearly matter in this school and as a result of the feeling of Christian love and care, transmitted to each and every one of them, it is a happy, thriving place where each individual is given the opportunity to succeed.  

For the full report visit http://www.ely.anglican.org/education/schools/info/documents/Duxford.pdf

Miranda Stone-Wigg








Peter and Sara Vincent are pleased to announce the birth of their son Dylan, born on November 22nd.

Dylan is the fifth generation of the Vincent family to live in Ickleton.



Angela Whiting, our guest speaker at the December meeting, shared with us her outstanding knowledge of how to grow Alpines for maximum effect.  Angela exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show each year and is still waiting to get a gold medal, hopefully 2008 will be her lucky year!

There will be no meeting in January.  The next meeting will be on February 6th at 8.00 p.m. in the Chapel in Carmel Street, Great Chesterford.  The speaker will be Duncan Gates who is an enthusiastic cyclamen grower, Duncan is also our vice chairman.

The best bloom competition will be a snowdrop.                                             Cynthia Rule



The Great Eastern Ceilidh Company will be entertaining for an hour at St Peter's Church, Duxford on Sunday 27th January at 5.00 p.m. 

This five piece band consists of Greg and Hazel Smith, who some local residents will know from the Saturday Workshop, also Dave Somerville who, as well as being the Head Teacher of Whittlesford Primary School in the 1990s, used to teach the flute at Workshop a very long time ago.  Dave plays bass guitar and keyboards, Greg plays the fiddle, and Hazel the hammered dulcimer.  Andy Burn plays guitar and melodeon, and Dill Davies will be doing a lot of the singing and also plays guitar.  The Great Eastern Ceilidh Company will play tunes and songs of a broadly folky nature, both traditional English and American.

All profits from this concert will be shared between local Parkinson's and Alzheimer’s charities. 

An Hour of Folk Music is the fourth in a highly successful series of concerts held in Duxford since July 2007.  The concerts last no more than an hour on a Sunday evening, with entertainment appropriate for all ages. The last concert, ‘An Hour of Song’, featured young singers from local schools, as well as two professional singers who grew up in the area and attended local schools.

For tickets (£6/£4) and further information about the concerts, or to be included on a mailing list for details of future concerts please contact Jenny Marks ' 01223 837337 or jenny.marks@ntlworld.com) or Jill Steinberg ' 01223833202 or jill@steinberg.enta.net)  



As a newcomer to Ickleton I should be very pleased to meet anyone interested in playing Scrabble, Mah-jong or Rummikub.

If someone should want to learn to play I am quite willing to help them.

I am living at the Headless Duck Cottage . I would be glad to hear from anyone who would like to spend a few hours a week enjoying a friendly game, a chat and a cup of tea!                                                                                                                   Connie Ellis



We hear about the East Anglian Air Ambulance in dispatches on the television news without realising what a wonderful service they give, and it is run almost entirely by charity - no government or lottery funding for them!  Alison Horsley, our speaker for the November meeting, held us spellbound with graphic descriptions of their work and coverage.  Alison spoke from the heart - no notes or slides to help her - a woman truly dedicated to a wonderful service.  Members showed their appreciation by generously buying gifts and giving donations.

The December meeting is when we let our hair down and have a jolly time.  This time was no exception when guest speaker Paula Dolan regaled us with her stories and witty poems, helped along of course with lovely refreshments, and finishing in the traditional way singing carols accompanied on the piano by Julie Baillie.

At the next meeting on 16th January our speaker will be Barry Stevens whose subject ‘Antiques and Bygones’ will be worth waiting for.                                                    Cynthia Rule





Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 14th January at 7.30 p.m.  Members of the public are cordially invited to attend, particularly those who are regular users of the hall.  It is an opportunity for users to be brought up to date with our financial position, and to ask questions and make suggestions that might benefit users generally.

We are very proud of the facilities which provide pleasure for all age groups in the community and it has been disappointing that no members of the public have attended our last two meetings.  The AGM normally lasts for less than an hour.         Gordon Woolhouse - Chairman



As you will have read in last month’s ICENE, the Parish Council has identified a potential site for allotments. I would like to thank the Parish Council for their efforts!

In order to move this forward, I would like to ask that anyone seriously interested in having a plot contacts me as soon as possible (no later that the 8th January please) so I can get an accurate picture of demand simon.cheney@bt.com.

I will also be holding a meeting to discuss the proposed site, its suitability and to discuss the allotment project generally for anyone interested in holding a plot. This will be on 10th January at 8.00 p.m. at 7 Church Street.                                                                                               Simon Cheney



I would sincerely like to thank my family and friends for their cards, good wishes, and help with transport during my eye operation for a macular hole which appears to be going well. Having to posture face down for 50 minutes in every hour was a test of determination, but I did a lot of reading during that time!  I hope I will soon be back in circulation.               Hedley Igglesden



Jackie Bennett for raising £550 for charity by doing a parachute jump.

                                                                               Love from Beryl Bonham and Eileen Fairweather



Tuesday 5th February  Sarah Bowles ‘Aspects of 18th Century Houses’.

Tuesday 12th February  Dr. Lucy Donkin  ‘Holy Ground in Medieval Europe’.

Tuesday 19th February Ian McClue  ‘Up Close and Technical’  a Conservator’s View of Paintings.

Tuesday 26th  February  Chris Powell  ‘Cottage Architecture’.

Tickets for the series of four lectures are £17.50.  Individual sessions £5.50.

The venue is the Friends Meeting House in Saffron Walden at 8.00 p.m.

Enquiries to strethall.church@btinternet.com.

                                                                                         Michael Pearson - Strethall Church Fabric Fund



                January  1st

New Year’s Day Walk 11.00 a.m. Rectory Farm Track, Grange Road


Allotments Meeting 8.00 p.m. 7 Church Street


Mobile Library


Village Hall AGM 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


An Hour of Folk Music 5.00 p.m. Duxford Church


Mobile Library

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