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MARCH 2008



David and Monica Lilley




Tony Court

Hilary Rule            



Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th MARCH 2008


Refuse Collections during March

Monday       3rd  March   -        Green bin and green box

Monday       10th  March -        Black bin collection

Monday       17th  March -        Green bin and green box

Tuesday     25th  March -        Black bin collection (day later due to Easter)

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


Parish Council Meeting 20th February  The following items were discussed: 

Street light in Butcher’s Hill   SCDC have confirmed that they will fund the replacement if required.   The Parish Council has asked them to go ahead with the replacement.

The Land Registry has now registered the Parish Council’s title to Coploe Pit with freehold title absolute.

Clothing/footwear Recycling Bank:  The Parish Council has agreed to a request from Planet Aid UK Ltd. to place a clothing/footwear recycling bank in the Recreation Ground.

Grass Cutting 2008 Season:

Recreation Field and Play Area                 -        C Frankau

Cemetery                                                   -        C Frankau

Village Green & Churchyard                      -        R Coulson

Litter & Dog Bins                                       -        R Coulson

Football Pitch                                             -        C Frankau

The re-seeding/fertilising of the pitch would be done on request.

Countax Tractor (Service)                          -        Wrights


Planning application(s) received from SCDC:

S/0145/08/F – Extensions (Renewal of time limited permission Ref. S/2314/02/F) – 39 Church Street –Approve                                      

S/0081/08/F – Replacement gate, new vehicular access & trellis to garden (revised design) – 53 Abbey Street – Keith Mitchell Building Consultancy Ltd.

S/0206/08/LB – Internal & external alterations and conversion of offices to three bedroomed dwelling (revised design S/1211/07/LB), inc. revised internal layout, install stainless steel flue, folding glazed screen on rear elevation, replace corrugated sheeting on first floor north east elevation with hardiplank – 18 Abbey Street – Visible Edge.


Following correspondence passed on from SCDC, the Clerk was asked to point out that this had caused confusion during discussion, due to the incorrect address being referred to in Abbey Street.   The Parish Council would therefore like to request an extension from SCDC to both applications.

S/1333/06/F – Dwelling (additional roof light to rear elevation) – land adj. 20 Brookhampton Street. For information only.

S/1852/07/LB – Alterations and refurbishment of cottage (Amendments) – 53 Abbey Street – Keith Mitchell Building Consultancy Ltd.  For information only.

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:

S/2211/07/F – Replacement garage – 7 Church Street.

Planning application(s) refused by SCDC:

S/1077/06/F - Erection of 7 Retail Units & Café (retrospective) & Erection of 4 additional Retail Units – Ickleton Riverside Barns, 111 Frogge Street.

Tree Preservation Order or situated within a Conservation Area:

C/11/40/054 – Fell to ground Ginkgo Biloba tree – Caldrees Manor, Abbey Street –  Approve

C/11/40/54 – Plane tree - reduce back to previous reduction and thin by 15% - 8 Abbey Street  - Approve



Switching over to Digital Television – Anyone who has any concerns regarding this can contact Age Concern, who have produced an Information Sheet that is available by telephoning ( 01354 696650 or the free phone information line on ( 0800 009966 and from the website: www.ageconcern.org.uk  Age Concern Cambridgeshire also has aerial installers listed on their Traders Register. Digital UK a non-profit making organisation is managing this change and their website is: www.digitaluk.co.uk

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Distraction Burglary & Rogue Trader Task Force can help if you live in Cambridgeshire, are aged over 60 or have a physical disability or learning difficulty.  The scheme will put you in touch with over 50 traders who can cope with most jobs in and around the home.  They have all been Trading Standards audited and police checked.  The type of jobs they do include broken fence repaired, washer fitted to leaking tap, a new TV aerial erected or your garden tidied up.  For further information, telephone ( 01354 696677

Duxford Imperial War Museum Air Show dates for 2008:

Sunday 18th May - Spring Air Show

Saturday/Sunday 12th & 13th July  - Flying Legends

Saturday/Sunday 6th & 7th September – Duxford 90th Anniversary Air Show

Sunday 5th October  - Autumn Air Show.   For more information, visit: www.duxford.iwm.org.uk


Cambridgeshire County Council need help in managing the county’s network of paths and open spaces.  To find out more, please call ( 01223 717445 for an information and application pack, or download one at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/laf   Closing date for applications is Thursday 20th March 2008.


Genome Campus – Wetlands - is arranging a Pond surveying/Amphibian evening on 26th March, Dragonfly Training on April 26th and various other activities during the year.  If you are interested and want to find out more, please contact Dr Gemma Holliday e-mail: gemma@ebi.ac.uk or telephone ( 01223 492535.                                                                                Jocelyn Flitton - Parish Clerk ' 503407  


There have been many complaints across the district about this. I and other councillors wish to see improved arrangements for this next year, not just an earlier announcement of the same thing again. Residents who have any comments (positive or negative) are invited to communicate their ideas to Health and Environmental Services, South Cambs District Council, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne CB23 6EA   E-mail: envhealth@scambs.gov.uk   Alternatively do so via me:             

John Williams

                                                                                        email: cllr.williams@scambs.gov.uk


The roll will be  displayed in the Church Porch for two weeks from Monday 17th March, so that it may be revised.  If anyone wishes to make any alterations to the current Roll, or to add their name, please would they get in touch with me.

                                                                                                                                            Frances Payne


Don’t forget this year’s church fete which will be on July 5th in the Village Hall and on the Recreation Ground. This is a fundraiser for Ickleton Church and a social event for the village as well!  If you would like to help or have any new ideas, please contact me. More details next month.  Everybody  welcome.                                          Monica Lilley  - Fete Organiser


CHAPEL NOTICES – Services for March

 All Services start at 3.00 p.m.

 Sunday 2nd

Revd. Trevor Sands



    Sunday  9th

Mrs. Julie Finbow



    Sunday 16th

Mr. Geoff Grundy



    Sunday 23rd

Revd. Trevor Sands

Holy Communion

Easter Day

    Sunday 30th

Mr. Gerry Arnell



                                                                                                                                     Revd. Trevor Sands






CHURCH NOTICES – March Services

            Sunday 2nd

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


 Mothering Sunday

11.00 a.m. All Age Mother’s Day Service





          Thursday 6th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





             Sunday 9th

   8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                 Lent 5  

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





        Thursday 13th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion 





           Sunday 16th

   8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


         Palm Sunday

   9.45 a.m. meet Hinxton Hall Gates for procession to:



 10.00 a.m. Family Communion Service





Maundy Thursday

   8.00 p.m. Eucharist of the Last Supper





           Friday 21st

   8.00 a.m. Morning Prayer


        Good Friday

   9.30 a.m. Easter Garden



   9.30 a.m. Family Service



  12.00 - 3.00 p.m. Vigil at the Foot of the Cross



    7.30 p.m. Stainer’s Crucifixion





Easter Sunday 23rd

 11.00 a.m. Easter Day Eucharist





       Thursday  27th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





          Sunday 30th  

  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



Mothering Sunday 2nd March

There is a special all age Family Service March 2nd at 11.00 a.m. There will be posies for the ladies, and a light lunch for families and the community to celebrate together in the Village Hall after the service.


Additional Services in Holy Week

There will be 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion - Monday Hinxton, Tuesday Ickleton and Wednesday Duxford.


Candlelight Compline will be held at 8.00 p.m.- Monday Hinxton, Tuesday Ickleton and Wednesday Duxford.

Good Friday Vigil

Christians traditionally keep vigil for the hours during which Christ hung on the cross.  The timetable for the three hours is given above.  Please feel free to come and go as you wish.


Events and Services at Church

The information in this year’s Church Calendar provides good information for normal Sundays, but is inaccurate for some special Sundays (e.g. Easter Day).  If you would like to keep up-to-date with Church affairs, you can go on our electronic mailing list, simply by sending your email address to atscholfied@mns.com. You’ll then be sent the monthly Church Diary (and weekly newsletter if you request it), in easily readable pdf format.



Following the success of last year’s St Patrick’s Night Ceilidh, the Parish Church is holding a Barn Dance in the Village Hall on Saturday 12th April in aid of Church funds.

Back by popular demand will be caller Adrian Besant and the Ivel Valley Band.  Supper will be included, and bar facilities will be available.

Further details in the next Icene and on local notice boards.                    Rosemary McKillen








As if ….

I think my faith was already a bit wobbly when I went to college to read theology in the late 1960’s, in preparation for ordination. After three years of study, I was very confused indeed. Fortunately one of my tutors saw what was happening and encouraged me to explore. So it was that while my fellow students were looking for parishes in which to serve their first curacies and getting ready for the big day, I was discovering existential philosophy and the novels of Jean Paul Sartre. It was wonderful if scary: it gave me the freedom to think and doubt and provided a framework and context for doing so. The exploration took me away from church and God to new and exciting landscapes.

Ten years later, it had all turned sour. I discovered how easy it is to get lost in a world where everything is relative, the pursuit of pleasure is your goal and the only guidelines are your own feelings and personal satisfaction. I was brought back to church by an old friend and to my surprise, discovered a set of beliefs and values that fitted like a glove. In 1981, the Bishop of Ely ordained me and the Vicar of Whittlesey took me under his wing as a curate.

So it is that, 40 years on, I am a traditional country parson in the Church of England - and proud of it! As such, one of the ways I get ready for the celebrations of Easter is to visit Clare Priory for a quiet day. There one of the staff hears my Confession, helping me to reflect on where I have fallen short of the values I espouse, and to seek God’s forgiveness. It is an uncomfortable process, but one that energises and gives new direction.

I’ve never really been able to explain why this is important to me, except that it’s part of my rule of life. But there is more. In the old (1662) wedding service, the priest addresses the couple with the words ‘as ye shall answer at the dreadful day of judgement, when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed’. That rather suggests that at some point we may have to answer some uncomfortable questions about the way we’ve lived and the things we’ve done. Of course, there’s no way to tell whether there will be such a judgement, but I find it helpful to live as if it’s something I shall have to face sooner or later.

Most of our big decisions are taken on an ‘as if …’ basis. Hans Vaihinger, a German philosopher, published a book called ‘The Philosophy of As If’ in 1911. In it he argued that human beings can never really know the underlying reality of the world, so we construct systems of thought and then assume that these match reality: we behave ‘as if’ the world matches our models. He used examples from the physical sciences, such as protons, electrons, and electromagnetic waves. None of these phenomena have been observed directly, but science pretends that they exist, and uses observations based on these assumptions to create new and better constructs.

No-one would wish to return to the bad old days when the Church was a place of fear and judgement. But how would you behave differently if you knew you would be held accountable for the way you live and what you do? The Church has something useful and important to say about this, particularly in Holy Week and Easter. Like it or not, we all of us have to live ‘as if …’ - what’s yours?                                                                                                                                                                       Andrew Schofield

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

                 ( 01223 832137 * atschofield@msn.com



May we remind everyone that to prevent vandalism and anti-social behaviour, unless the Hall is in use, the car park gates are locked at 6.00 p.m. and then reopened at 8.00 a.m. on a Monday to Saturday and at 9.00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.  Unless you are involved in a Village Hall activity please do not use the car park during the times mentioned.

If you are having a village party or social event and need overspill parking, do ask us to see if the Hall car park could be made available. However, please remember Hall users always have first priority.

Also remember the Hall is available for private hire, wedding receptions, christening parties, social functions, children’s parties etc.  The main hall seats 150 and the meeting room 40. There is a fully equipped kitchen included in the hire charge, and the rates are very reasonable!  Please ring us with your enquiry. Many thanks.                                             David and Jean Whitaker

  Booking Secretaries



Former Police Inspector Vic Botterill gave a very informative talk on ‘stress management’ at our February meeting, with particular emphasis on the damage it causes to our health.

It was our turn to provide cakes for the patients in Saffron Walden Community Hospital and members brought along lovely Victoria sponges, fruit cakes and buns, which our president Ann Wood will deliver on Thursday.

The next meeting on March 19th will be the A.G.M. followed by a beetle drive.  A collection will be held for the Associated Country Women of the World, to whom we are affiliated, to raise funds to help provide clean drinking water for the people in the Cameroons.  

   Cynthia Rule



Computer professional working from home in Ickleton requires local office space due to imminent new arrival to the family. If you know of office space available locally, or are willing to let a spare room or study, please call Kevin Hore.






Ickleton Baby and Toddler Group Easter Fundraiser

Please join us on Monday 10th March 9.30 a.m. till 11.30 a.m. in Ickleton Village Hall for a special FREE baby and toddler session, which will include stalls selling children’s books, greetings cards, locally made jewellery, chocolates and more.  Froglets will run as usual with an Easter craft theme, with juice and snacks for the children. For the adults there will be tea, coffee and cakes.            Sharon Gilbert



This year’s annual general meeting was held on Friday 1st February, and was poorly attended, with less than 5% of the members being present. Despite the hard work of the committee, evening attendances during the year have not been good.

It is perhaps worth reminding people of the Club’s excellent facilities and benefits. The Club has two full size snooker tables, three dart boards, a well stocked, warm and comfortable bar and a function room. Members also benefit from very low priced alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. There is a Christmas Club and many social functions are held throughout the year.

The decline in membership, attendance, and help with the day-to-day running of the Club, is becoming a considerable concern to the committee, who are now fully stretched to keep the Club open every night.

One of the members has belonged to the Club for 65 years, (his father and grandfather were members before him), and it would be a great shame if such a long established, unique and valuable part of Ickleton's social history, were to suffer due to lack of local support, as is happening to other local clubs.                                                                                                                                             I.S.C. Committee



Art classes will be held at the Ickleton Methodist Chapel for the spring term on Wednesdays 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The dates will be April 2nd 9th 16th 23rd and 30th, May 7th 14th and 21st. Beginners welcome.  The sessions will include one-to-one help, refreshments, and 1½ hours practical work in water colour painting or alternative mediums.

A charge of £20.00 per term will be made to cover expenses and refreshments. 

Hoping to see you!                                                                                                    Kenneth Mark - Tutor



Our first meeting of the New Year, held on February 6th, was a home grown affair, with Gerry Birch acting chairman due to the absence of Pauline Gale.

Our speaker was long time member Duncan Gates, who spoke about his passion for growing cyclamen. Duncan brought along a collection of cyclamen to demonstrate the different varieties, also plants for sale and packets of seeds for members to grow their own.  Duncan’s garden and greenhouse will be open on March 8th 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m., when his collection of cyclamen will be at their best.

Catherine Cocks has started a new venture growing starter vegetables and sweet peas for sale - anyone interested can contact her.

The winner of the best bloom competition for a snowdrop was our own Keith Sutcliffe!

The next meeting will be the spring party, on March 5th, (not 6th as given in the programme).

Admission £2, guests £3.                                                                                           Cynthia Rule



On Saturday March 1st there is to be a village social (last held in Duxford in 2005 and much-requested since) a kind of barn dance with a Franglais flavour – a village hop with Camembert – think ‘Allo ‘Allo meets the Archers – you get the idea?  So dust down your bowlers, berets and stripey tee-shirts, damsel blouses, stiletto-skirts and fishnets - plus whatever the ladies might like to wear and let’s dance! (Dress informal / optional…

The music is by ‘Fendragon’ a highly-talented band, comprising fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, melodeon, flute, keyboard and a dance caller - so no experience necessary.

Why? Why not? The idea originated in a rash moment, due to a feeling of post-Christmas social vacuum.  This seemed a good enough excuse for a hooley…and if we make a profit it will go to support Workshop at Duxford School.

How? Tickets £12.50 / £10 each, including light supper, from Duxford Post Office, Duxford Supermarket, School (Workshop on Saturday morning), or call Peter Howarth.

It’s a community ‘do’, so offers of help will be much appreciated, for example to make decorations, decorate the hall on the day, take a turn behind the bar and put together a simple buffet-style spread - and to tidy up afterwards of course.

We may also need to borrow a few extra garden tables and parasols, so if you are local and if you have one you could lend, please let me know. Orders/enquiries/cash/cheques/offers of help (please!) to:

   Peter Howarth   Duxford

     Email: phowarth@businessdevgroup.com




DORIS MAUD PAGE (nee Human) 1910-2008

Doris was the third eldest of five surviving children, her brothers and sisters being Nibby, Mabel, Jack and Edna, sadly all now deceased.

Doris was born at 27 Frogge Street and was one of the last children to go into service at the age of 12 at Norman Hall. She worked as a scullery maid, but hated having to stand in for the parlour-maid – too much standing around!  Doris and Edna would go out to dances and Cook would let them in quietly!

She met and married her beloved Percy in 1931 and they lived initially at Grange Road and then moved into their bungalow in Church Street, which they built themselves and affectionately named ‘The Humage’ in the 1950s. Doris and Percy were soul-mates in the true sense of the word, and rarely did anything apart. They were very happy in their bungalow and enjoyed outings in their car.

Doris worked for the Maddock family, who lived in Abbey Street for many years, as the boys’ Nanny, until they grew up and the family no longer needed her services. Doris and Percy became firm family friends and went to the Maddock’s for Christmas Day almost every year.

Doris and Percy then both worked at Aero Research, which became Ciba-Geigy, for a number of years before retiring. During their retirement Doris and Percy babysat for several families in the village, who got to know them well. As a result, they were invited to some fairly prestigious parties and met Jeffrey Archer, amongst others.

Unfortunately, Doris and Percy never had any children of their own but Doris will be sadly missed by her family, some of whom still called her ‘Auntie Dodo’ and, of course,  the Maddock family. They celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in 1991.

After Percy died in 1994, Doris’s garden was a great comfort to her, and she would enjoy showing her visitors round. Both the house and the garden were always immaculate, weeds and leaves would be removed before they had a chance to settle!

Everyone who met Doris was struck by her independence in her later years, and she retained that independence almost until the day she died. During her last years, she would often go for walks round the village in the hope that she would bump into someone to chat to, sometimes she was lucky, sometimes not.

A wonderful woman who lived a long, good life.                                                                 Stella Parker



The 24th January issue of ‘The Shooting Times’ contained an interesting illustrated article about Ted Harris under the title ‘Hidden Shoot Heroes’.



            March 1st

Duxford Village ‘Do’ 7.45 for 8.00 p.m. Duxford School


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


              Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt Chesterford


Froglets Easter Fundraiser 9.30 - 11.30 a.m.


 Mobile Library


Paris Parish  Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


W. I. AGM & Beetle Drive 7.45 p.m. Gt. Chesterford Community Centre


Stainer’s Crucifixion 7.00 p.m. Church


Visiting Bellringers 9.30 a.m. – 12.45 p.m. approx

            April 12th

St. Patrick’s Night Ceilidh

             July  5th

Church Fete

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