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David and Monica Lilley




Tony Court

Hilary Rule            



Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th FEBRUARY 2008


Refuse Collections during February

Monday      4th   February   -      Green bin and green box

Monday     11th  February   -      Black bin collection

Monday     18th  February   -      Green bin and green box

Monday     25th  February   -      Black bin collection

Bins and boxes must be placed out by 7.00 a.m. on the designated day of collection.


Parish Council Meeting 16th January The following items were discussed: The new gates on footpath 5 (Tin Alley); the lamppost that had been demolished on Butcher’s Hill; potholes in various roads; fly tipping and refuse collections over the Christmas period. Simon Cheney gave the Councillors an update on the allotments situation. The Chairman will write to Gordon Woolhouse, who has retired as Chairman of the Village Hall, thanking him for all his hard work and dedication to this project.


The finance committee had met to discuss the precept. They discussed the expenditure of this year. Their proposal to the other Councillors was that the precept be raised for the coming year from £13,000 to £15,000. The Chairman said the finances need to be monitored closely this year and spending kept to a minimum. The Chairman put this proposal to the vote and it was agreed by all to increase the precept to £15,000.

Planning applications received from SCDC:

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

The Parish Council responded on 9th January 2008, and gave the following reasons:

   be out of character with the pattern of development in the vicinity, since it is incompatible by reason of its mass in relation to existing properties;

   have an unacceptable adverse impact on the amenity of existing properties; and in particular,

  be out of keeping as our village has a strong linear character and this development would have an   unacceptable adverse impact upon this local linear village character.

  the access is too narrow for construction and emergency service vehicles e.g. fire engine.

  the design does not seem to minimise energy use; there are no proposals to use renewable energy sources (e.g. solar power).

Planning application granted by SCDC:

S/1914/07/F - 53 Abbey Street - Keith Mitchell Building Consultancy Ltd.

S/2214/07/F - Norman Hall, 21 Church Street

S/2213/07/LB - Norman Hall, 21 Church Street

S/2210/07/F - 7 Church Street

Planning application refused by SCDC:

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

John Williams reported that the planning application submitted by Hexcel at Duxford had been approved by SCDC Planning Committee.

Tree Preservation Order or situated within a Conservation Area:

C/11/40/054 – Weeping Willow – Spur prune to previous reduction points. Remove dead wood – 14 Frogge Street – Approve


Neighourhood Policing Lewis Duke and Jocelyn Flitton attended the latest Neighbourhood Panel Meeting on 7th January.  If you wish to find out more about what is happening in the Sawston Neighbourhood, log onto www.cambs.police.uk.

                                                                                                      Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk





  CHURCH NOTICES  - Services for February

              Sunday 3rd

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion



10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





   Ash Wednesday 6th

  8.00 p.m. Holy Communion





           Thursday 7th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





            Sunday 10th 

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


              Lent 1

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





          Thursday 14th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





            Sunday 17th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


              Lent 2

10.00 a.m. Family Communion



  6.30 p.m. Evensong with ‘Laying on of hands’





          Thursday 21st

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





             Sunday 24th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


             Lent 3

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong and Holy Communion





         Thursday  28th

12.30 p.m. BCP Communion


On the third Sunday of the month (17th) at Hinxton there is a Family Communion at 10.00 a.m. In this service we use a simpler responsive form of worship suitable for all ages. 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.


Ash Wednesday (6th February) marks the beginning of Lent and there’s a Communion service for all three villages at Duxford at 8.00 p.m. For those who wish it, you can receive the sign of the cross on your forehead in ash as part of the service.


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.


Coming soon – Mothers’ Day Service

Following the huge success of the Christingle Service, we are planning a special all-age celebration at Ickleton Church for Mothering Sunday, March 2nd at 11.00 a.m. We hope there will be something for everyone, but the service will be particularly suitable for children - involving some more drama and possibly puppets. There will be small posies for the children to give their Mums, Nannies, Grannies and anyone else who fulfils the job description of ‘Mother’! Even if you are not a mother yourself, come and celebrate your own mother and be reminded how God and the Church also act as a ‘mother’ to us all. We’d love to see you there. Do come and make this another special village event and stay afterwards for a simple lunch (venue to be confirmed).



The evening of Tuesday 18th December turned out just right. The group swelled during the evening with about 20 adults and 8 children making a splendid sound, led by John Williams.  We were delighted to welcome our vicar Andrew Schofield and Mary in the merry band. After a halfway stop at Rosie and Colin Hayes’s for mulled wine and mince pies, we finished up for more food and more mulled wine at Miranda and Mark Stone-Wigg’s!  Many thanks to them and as usual to Jacquie Casement for organizing help.

The collection this year raised £200 for the Gertrude Homes renovation project fund. Many thanks to all for their generous contributions.                                                                John Williams




COME AND SING The Crucifixion’ by John Stainer  March 21st (Good Friday)

Preparation for the ‘Come and Sing’ is going well and we hope that lots of other singers will join us on the day. However, do feel free to come to any of the choir practices if you would like more time to learn the piece. Future practice dates are as follows:

Friday 29th February 6.30 p.m. in church

Friday 7th March 5.00 p.m. in church (note change of time)

Friday 14th March 6.30 p.m. in church

On Good Friday the choir and all the other singers will meet at 3.00 p.m. to rehearse, then we shall have a break for tea before the evening performance at 7.00 p.m.

Please encourage your friends and relations to come and sing with us or to be part of the evening audience.

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 in aid of the children’s charity ‘Coram’.

Rosemary Hayes

Durham’s Farmhouse, Butcher’s Hill

E: r.hayes@btinternet.com



Exercise is good for you!

The early Christians shunned meat and fish for six weeks a year, Liz Hurley limits herself to one meal a day and some of the biggest bestsellers are detox diet books. It seems that throughout history, self-denial has been a fashionable virtue. On Ash Wednesday (February 6th this year), millions of Christians - and non-believers - around the world will give up chocolate, smoking, alcohol or some other vice for the 40 days of Lent. They will join - albeit for different reasons - an estimated two million Britons already following a stringent diet and exercise regime, in an attempt to shed their Christmas flab.

For Christians, Lent is a season of self denial, fasting and prayer before Easter. The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the desert, where, according to the Bible, he endured temptation by Satan. The purpose of Lent for Christians is preparation - through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial - for the annual commemoration of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. Holy Week recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection. Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday until Holy Saturday (a total of 46 days - the six Sundays in Lent are not counted because every Sunday is a ‘mini Easter’).

Self denial of any sort is a struggle. The first struggle of my day - in and out of Lent - is when the alarm rings. The start of the day is carefully timetabled to give me 30 minutes on an exercise bike before breakfast (the clock tells me that I can manage the equivalent of 6 miles in that time). I must say that I do feel better afterwards (something to do with the release of endorphins I think), but leaving the comfort of a warm bed on a cold dark morning is still an effort of will.

Of course exercise is good for you, and in Lent the Church offers an opportunity to try different sorts of exercise for body, mind and spirit. The exercises may include both self denial, and also doing something extra – perhaps a special time of prayer, reading or quiet, and always special generosity. And now there’s more – a campaign from the Church of England called ‘Love Life, Live Lent’.

The Independent commented about this campaign: ‘It provides a religious take on an intriguing international trend. In recent years, in different corners of the globe, several movements have sprung up inviting followers to combat the selfishness of modern life by doing nice things to random strangers. If you put your mind to it, carrying out acts of kindness can start as soon as you wake up. You can be kind to people in different parts of the country, or on the other side of the world, or even be kind to the planet itself, without leaving your home.’

Amongst suggestions given for each day in Lent last year were:

This year Love Life Live Lent includes a Facebook application and a full-colour booklet with the theme of being good neighbours (available on '01733 325002 at £1 or contact the Vicar). The campaign offers something exciting, different and refreshing to try during Lent - encouraging us all to take small actions that can have big effects. Don't be down in the mouth this Lent. Exercise is good for you, and sometimes it can be fun too!                              Andrew Schofield The Rectory, 13 St John’s Street, Duxford CB22 4RA

                                                                                                 ( 01223 832137 * atschofield@msn.com






       CHAPEL NOTICES – All Services start at 3.00 p.m.

       Sunday   3rd

Mr. Jerry Heyhoe


             Sunday 10th

Revd. Trevor Sands

Holy Communion

             Sunday 17th

Mrs. Maureen Hilson


             Sunday 24th

Revd. Trevor Sands


          All Welcome                                                                                     Revd. Trevor Sands


A date in the diary for those interested in Allotments. The second allotment meeting will take place on Thursday 21st February, at 8.00 p.m. The meeting will be at Priory House, 49, Abbey Street.                                                                                                                              Simon Cheney



New Year’s Day Walk

After what was initially thought to be an unpromising gathering, nineteen walkers and one dog met at the bottom of Rectory Farm drive. Although the weather was mild, the misty and murky atmosphere precluded the views that can be obtained from the high ground of Rectory Farm land as we skirted the parish boundary and then cut through the open fields of Ickleton New Grange Farm and back along the track to Rectory Farm. Apart from pheasants, partridges and wood pigeons, a lone hare was sighted in the top field. Soup and mulled wine followed at ‘Howeys’ provided by Sheila Birch, Jackie Casement and Lena Frost, which was much appreciated. Our thanks also go to Peter Wombwell and Joan Frankau for permitting the Society to access their land.  

Wine Tasting

We’re celebrating Leap Year with a Wine Tasting session in the Village Hall on 29th February.  Tickets are £12 per head and include cheeses and nibbles.  Starting time is 7.45 p.m.  Tickets can be obtained from Neil McKillen, Sheila Birch, Rachel Radford and John Fowler.



On behalf of the members of the Over 60s Club, I wish to thank Ann Marie, Clare and Miranda for the splendid traditional Christmas Dinner they prepared for us on Wednesday December 19th, also thank you Hedley for the sherry and wine and Vera for your special mince pies and lovely table decorations. Flowers and a signed Christmas card have been taken to Mrs. Ruby Lilley, who was very much missed at the dinner.

There were no meetings in January. Weather permitting, we will start again on Wednesday February 13th 2008 at 2.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.                                Cynthia Rule




The term got off to a very exciting start with a visit by Years 5&6 to the Imperial War Museum for the launch of Eion Colfer’s new book ‘Airman’, Blue Peter’s book of the month.  The children met the author and five of our Year 6 children were interviewed for the Radio 4 programme ‘Go4it’ that was broadcast on Sunday 27th January.

The following week the school had the privilege of welcoming a Duxford-based TV music composer who came in to run a workshop for the children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  Sheridan Tongue has recently written the music for a factual-based BBC children's drama about a school located in Sussex, called Summerhill School.  The workshop gave the children an insight into how music and picture work together, and showed them a very alternative school that is successfully managed and run by the children who attend it.

Finally the school was delighted to hear that it has been awarded the ‘Activemark’ for 2007-2008. This national award is a reflection of the emphasis placed by the school on PE and extra-curricular sports clubs, and recognition of the high percentage of our children who attend them.

Miranda Stone-Wigg 






Since taking over the scheme as coordinators we have not recruited other drivers. We now realise that we need to have other people who we can ask to drive when we need help. This will sometimes be when we have several requests on the same day. It does not happen very often but when we were asked for four trips to Sawston Medical Centre in one day it got a bit tricky! We were unable to help and that’s a pity, as we don’t want to let people down. Also we do want to be able to go on holiday.

If you have a little time to spare, a clean driving licence and are interested in helping other members of the community, please ring us on ' 531779 to discuss arrangements.

               John and Sue Fowler



I would like to express my sincere and heartfelt thanks to the people of Ickleton for the wonderful support that you have given to Fledglings, a charity I started from my home in 1998 to help families caring for a child with a disability. Fledglings (www.fledglings.org.uk ) has now moved to a site near Audley End station, and currently helps over 7000 families and other carers throughout the UK, but without the support of local people, this would not have been achieved.

Particular thanks must go to:

    John and Elaine Statham, who have generously given time, expertise and financial support.  John is now a Trustee of Fledglings and acts as volunteer fundraising manager.  His input has put the charity on a much firmer footing.

    Andrew Shepperd, who is working willingly and cheerfully in a voluntary capacity to bring our website into the 21st century.

    Tina Gordon, for her moral support, and for organising a coffee morning during 2007, and to all those who supported her and made such generous donations.

    Jackie Bennett, who recently made a parachute jump which raised £550 for Fledglings, an enormous contribution to our funds.  As one who has always wanted to make a parachute jump, but is too afraid to have a go, I am enormously impressed by Jackie’s achievement and very grateful for her support.

There are, I know, many others who have helped in other ways, including my neighbours, the Demmer family, Charles and Barbara Cooper, Dilip and Sunita at Costcutter Express and Oliver Hayes and Sarah Hurst.  Anyone wanting to know more about Fledglings or who knows a family or carer who may benefit from our service, please get in touch.  We are planning some events to celebrate this Fledglings 10th Anniversary year – I hope we may see you there. Sincerely.                Ruth Lingard MBE



Ladies you can achieve this without the need to diet.  The secret is to come along to the Village Hall at 7.00 p.m. on Monday evenings and exercise away those unwanted extra inches the fun way - to music.  Start now and be at your best this summer.  Remember you read about this in the Icene Bulletin!                                                                                                                        Christine Mee



An Hour of Poetry, Images and Music

On Sunday 24th February 2008, at St Peter’s Church, Duxford there will be an Hour of Poetry, featuring the Northumbrian poet Katrina Porteus.

Katrina is an award-winning poet who has lived at Beadnell in Northumberland since 1987. She was born in Aberdeen, grew up in County Durham, read history at Cambridge and went on to study in the US on a Harkness Fellowship. A Gregory Award winner in 1989, she has since won writers' bursaries from the Arts Council, Northern Arts and the Society of Authors, as well as an Arts Foundation Award in Poetry. Katrina is a very exciting ‘performance poet’ who has appeared regularly on Radio 4 and Radio 3, the most recent being The Refuge Box on 8th December 2007, which was also selected for ‘Pick of the Week’ - a study on the theme of sanctuary, based around the refuge box on Holy Island causeway.

Tim Hooper and Martin Smith will be providing images and guitar music to accompany her performance.  The pair last performed in St Peter’s Church at the flower festival, and are back by popular demand.  Their music and images created an uplifting atmosphere within the building, leaving the audience with a powerful sense of the beauty of the place.  The performance will begin at 5.00 p.m.

Tickets, priced at £6 (£4 for concessions), will be available in February from Jenny Marks ' 01223 837337, Jill Steinberg ' 01223 833202 and Duxford Post Office. 






Applications now invited

Work has now started on the renovation of the Gertrude Homes, and no. 9 has been allocated to an Ickleton couple.

The homes will have full central heating, double glazing and be fitted with modern kitchens and bathrooms.

No. 5 and no. 7 are still to be allocated, so the trustees now welcome applications from those who have reached retirement age and have connections with 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, preferably by 18th February.



We would like to thank everyone who gave so generously to our appeal over Christmas. We have sent a cheque for £220 to The Breast Cancer Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Thank you everyone.

A Happy New Year to you all from Carol and Barry Turton.



Our January meeting got off to an excellent start with speaker Barry Stevenson who spoke with great knowledge about the antiques and bygones which members brought along for identification.  The meeting was enjoyed so much that it didn’t close until 11.00 p.m. - overrunning by one hour!  Dinah gave a vote of thanks, with an amusing poem written by W.I. husband Bob. Thank you Bob!

Congratulations to Carol Turton who raised the sum of £220 for breast cancer with her amazing Christmas lights.

For the next meeting on February 20th we have invited back Vic Botterill, an excellent speaker, whose subject will be ‘Living, Loving and Stress’. Reminder - subscriptions (£27) are due.

                                                                                                                               Cynthia Rule



         February  5th

Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon


Gt. Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


                                Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Allotments Meeting 8.00 p.m. Priory House, 49 Abbey Street


An Hour of Poetry, Images and Music 5.00 p.m. Duxford Church


Mobile Library


Ickleton Society Wine Tasting 7.45 p.m. Village Hall