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JUNE 2008



David and Monica Lilley




Tony Court

Hilary Rule            



Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th JUNE 2008



Refuse Collections during June

Monday       2nd  June              -        Black bin collection

Monday       9th  June               -        Green bin and green box

Monday       16th June              -        Black bin collection

Monday       23rd  June             -        Green bin and green box

Monday       30th  June             -        Black bin collection

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


Ickleton Parish Council Annual General Meeting – 14th May 2008  Robin Driver was re-elected Chairman and Lewis Duke Vice-Chairman for the forthcoming year.  Election of Representatives and Working Parties are as follows:



Responsible Financial Officer

Jocelyn Flitton

Football Club

Tim Pavelin

Coploe Pit

Sheila Birch


Sheila Birch

Highways/Footway Lighting

Terry Sadler

Tree and Hedge Planting

Peter Wombwell

Duxford Airfield

Graham Igglesden

Village Hall

Lewis Duke


Liz Goddard/Andrew Shepperd


Robin Driver

Wellcome Trust Liaison

Sheila Birch/Terry Sadler

Cemetery/Churchyard Maintenance

Jane Hurst


Lewis Duke

Planning Committee

Robin Driver/Sheila Birch/Terry Sadler

Affordable Housing

Robin Driver/Jane Hurst

Recreation Field Working Party/

Playground/Tennis Courts

Peter Wombwell

Tim Pavelin

Liz Goddard

Financial Working Party

Lewis Duke / Robin Driver

Tim Pavelin

Police Neighbourhood Panel

Lewis Duke


Liz Goddard


A Parish Council Meeting followed.   Amongst the items discussed were:

Hanley Grange Proposal

No objection was raised to the Hanley Grange project team holding a public exhibition in the Village Hall.  The Clerk was asked to find out the date this would take place.               

The next meeting of the Joint Action Group was due to take place on Thursday 15th May at Hinxton.  It was agreed that Terry Sadler would represent the Parish Council.  Parish Councils were being asked to contribute funds to this cause and a suggestion of £500 from the Parish Council would be discussed under Finance.  The Chairman reiterated that funds were limited this year, but this item would be open for review later. 

The next meeting to be held by Andrew Lansley CBE MP was scheduled for Friday 16th May at Whittlesford.  Robin Driver and Terry Sadler agreed to attend on behalf of the Parish Council.





Our village consultation day in the Village Hall on Saturday 17th May was discussed.  Ickleton Society would also be helping.    Documents and maps would be on display and a petition for people to sign.  A sheet of paper would be produced for everyone to take away giving the relevant websites and address to write to.  We urge everyone to sign the petitions and write.  Please encourage others to do so.  The websites are:  http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/stophanleygrange and http://www.stophanleygrange.org.uk  If writing a letter, it should be sent to:  Eco-towns team, Housing & Growth Programmes, Dept. for Communities & Local Government, 2/H9 Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E  5DU or you can e-mail it to:  ecotowns@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Year-end Financial Statement  This was presented to the Parish Council, following an internal audit.  It was unanimously agreed that the accounts be adopted.  The form will be completed and sent to Moore Stephens (External Auditors).

072/08        Planning application(s) received from SCDC:               

Declarations of Interest to be declared.  Sheila Birch declared an interest in Planning Application S/0722/08/CAC and did not take part in the discussion.    

S/0679/08/LB – Alterations - glazed porch extension – 53 Abbey Street – Approve

S/0722/08/CAC – Total demolition of former office, garage and workshop buildings – Howeys Yard, adj 33 Abbey Street.  The Parish Council was minded to approve, however we note that there is a total lack of floor and elevation plan drawings.  Until these are received we cannot confirm our present view.  The Clerk was asked to contact SCDC for these, and to obtain a deadline date to which we must respond.                       

S/0729/08/F – Erection of timber framed shelter & wall – Ickleton Lion – Greene King – Approve

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:

S/0357/08/F – Extension – 21 Mill Lane

S/0417/08/CAC – Total demolition of Existing Single Storey Dwelling – 29 Church Street – Executor of Mrs M K Harrison dec’d

S/0563/08/F – Extension – 3 Southfield

The Planning Inspectorate:  S/1562/07/LB & S/1563/07/F – Norman Hall, Church Street.  Representations to be made by 4th June 2008.  The Parish Council refused these applications in September and the Clerk read out the reasons.  It was agreed that a letter would be sent stating our reasons for refusal.                                                     

Application to carry out Tree works subject to a tree preservation order or situated within a Conservation Area:

C/11/40/54 – Fell Sycamore Tree next to flint wall near covered gateway – Butcher’s Hill – Mr & Mrs A MacGregor – Approve


Top Soil – Grassy Lane  The Environment Agency had inspected the site and could see that spoil had been introduced into the flood plain.  They were currently awaiting a land registry check for details of the landowners.  Once they had the information, they would be getting the owners to remove the spoil heap outside the flood plain.       

Trees in Cemetery  Trees along the frontage are a mix of Yew and Scots Pine.  Some of the Pines are of poor specimens and leaning.  While they do not appear to have caused any damage to the wall, there is the potential as the Pines are shallow rooted and leaning.  SCDC Trees & Landscape Officer has no objection to the removal of the Pines, however the Yew is significant, and a native tree, so would like to see it retained. 
Butcher’s Hill Light  The Clerk had sent a reminder to SCDC asking when this light was going to be reinstated.

Mill Lane Crossing  A reply had been received from Network Rail, Community Relations Adviser, London & South East, in which it stated they confirmed that the level crossing mentioned does meet Network Rail’s health and safety standards.  The Parish Council would like to know the date of the inspection and to receive a copy of their notes.  Some photographs were passed round taken of the crossing by the Chairman.  One resident had had to carry a buggy over the crossing, as it could not be wheeled over the uneven sleepers.   The Parish Council agreed that they were not satisfied with the state of this crossing, which they felt was still dangerous.  The Clerk was asked to convey this and ask for a site meeting.

Footpaths Following a recent meeting and walk with the CCC Parish Paths Partnership Liaison Officer, he will be responding shortly to our queries regarding footpaths 3 & 5.

No Smoking Signs have been purchased and will be put up in the bus shelters as required.

BE Partnership – The Friday Singers will be holding their Summer Concert in the Main Hall at Sawston Village College on Friday 4th July at 10.00 a.m.  Everyone is welcome. Admittance is free, although any donations for the British Aid for Deprived Children would be welcome.  
        Jocelyn Flitton -  Parish Clerk  






By the time you read this, you may have already acted - but if not, this is a reminder!


What is Hanley Grange?

Quite simply - it is a Government proposal to build a town of 8,000 houses (bigger than Saffron Walden) on the triangle of land bounded by the A.505, the A.11, and the A.1301 between the BP/ McDonalds roundabout and Stump Cross. The land slopes up the hill opposite Hinxton and is known presently as Hinxton Grange, and is now largely owned by Tesco, who are promoting the project.

Opposition campaigns are up and running – but need YOUR SUPPORT.

It is essential that as many people as possible communicate to notify their views to the Government. Other proposed Ecotowns are ahead of us in number of responses and petition signatures AND WE SHALL LOSE OUT IF WE DO NOT ACT.

Three ways to do this as below, and it is important to do all three. Please act before the consultation deadline - which is 30th June:


1.  Respond to the official consultation as follows:

Write a letter to:

          Eco-towns team, Housing and Growth Programmes

          Department for Communities and Local Government

          2/H9 Eland House

          Bressenden Place

          London SW1E 5DU

Or by e-mail to:


You can find the whole consultation document on:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/ecotownsgreenerfuture This gives details of how to receive a free paper copy.

What to say? (assuming you wish to oppose)

Simply give your views on the proposal.

Rather than follow a standardized letter, it is better to let yourself go on issues that you feel are important (using your own words), for example:


The region has more than enough planned development already; the countryside is fast disappearing in this area; loss of high quality agricultural land which will be increasingly needed for crops; the effect on water supply as an aquifer lies beneath the site; water requirements generally.

Although road improvements would be offered - we would soon be back to square one with congestion since the M.11 and A.505 are already over full and village roads overrun.

Knock-on effects - Sawston would become a ghost town eclipsed by the Tescotown…And so on…. any good reasons that you think of.


However, in order not to be negative: we are in favour of the ‘Eco’ principle of development - essential because of the problems of climate change, finite oil resources etc. - BUT the Eco principle should now be a policy for all developments planned in the existing local development framework - large or small, plus far greater emphasis on Eco improvements to existing and all new properties – which will be of far more benefit than creating unnecessary additional developments be they Eco or not….and so on.


If you wish, copy the letter to your MP - it all helps.


2.  Secondly - sign the petition on the Prime Minister’s web-site:

Go to http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/stophanleygrange


and follow the instructions – which are very simple..

If you are not into computer use – ask a friend to do this for you, or contact me (John Williams).


3. Thirdly - sign the local petition on www.stophanleygrange.org

If you are not into computer use - please sign the paper petition form - available in the village shop.


John Williams, District Councillor                cllr.williams@scambs.gov.uk

Tim Stone, County Councillor        ( 01223 836527 timothy.stone@cambridgeshire.gov.uk










Services for June

                Sunday 1st

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                Trinity 2

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





               Thursday 5th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





               Sunday 8th

 8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


               Trinity 3

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





           Thursday 12th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





             Sunday 15th

 8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


              Trinity 4

10.00 a.m. Family Communion



 6.30 p.m. Evensong laying on of hands and prayers





           Thursday 19th

12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





            Sunday 22nd

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


             Trinity 5

 10.00 a.m. Family Service



   6.30 p.m.  Evensong and Holy Communion





          Thursday 26th

 12.30 p.m. Holy Communion





            Sunday 29th

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist




Your village

In the popular imagination, the perfect village includes an old, vine-covered pub (serving real ale and run by a friendly landlord), a shop that sells everything under the sun and where everyone knows everyone else, a village green (preferably with duck pond), a cricket pitch, a 1,000 year-old church with lichen-covered gravestones leaning this way and that, and any number of thatched, rose-covered cottages (though no two the same).

If there is such a village, it probably only exists as Ambridge. Even so, people are still looking for it. It used to be retired couples who took up village life, but nowadays it’s families who are moving in, looking for a sense of community and a better, safer environment in which to bring up their children. This is good for us all. Young people make the schools and bus services viable and provide a future for local businesses – be it the post office, the pub or the shop. Without children, teenagers and young adults our villages would be doomed.

Although our communities can trace their roots back a thousand years or more, villages have always been dynamic, able to change and adapt. One of the dangers for a village is to try to preserve its life artificially, as if it were an exhibit in a museum. In smaller villages this may contribute to the loss of facilities - shop, Post Office and sometimes school and church as well. Here, of course, we face other problems - the ongoing demand for new development, both industrial and residential. I’m glad I don’t have to make the decisions about what is appropriate for each community!

Whatever the outcome of hearings and appeals, now, more than ever, it is important to assert the strength and value of village life as it is expressed in good neighbourliness and community events.

At a recent seminar, we were challenged to think about what had changed in the last ten years, and the list was frightening! These days I think I could just about live my life in front of my computer and almost without leaving the house. I can do the weekly shop, transfer money between bank accounts, even belong to i-church – the list is endless. But one thing you can’t do with a computer is interact with other flesh and blood human beings.

I’ve been to several village meetings recently and it’s been good to see the response – often ‘standing room only’. Don’t let it stop there! In the coming weeks there are occasions when, in all three villages, church and village come together to celebrate and to express pride in their community in a way that will reinforce relationships for the future. Village fetes are hugely important occasions for small communities, so do please support yours.


Hinxton Fete                    Saturday 7th June at the Village Hall

Duxford School Fete         Saturday 21st June (with Church events on the rec)

Ickleton Fete                   Saturday 5th July at the Village Hall (on the rec as well)

Andrew Schofield

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

( 01223 832137 * atschofield@msn.com







Advance Notice - All Age Service July 6th

The  services held for Mothering Sunday and Christingle have proved very popular with adults and children alike. We’re planning a special event for Harvest, but this seems rather a long way off just now! We’ve therefore decided to round off the weekend of the Church Fete with an All-Age Service on Sunday July 6th at 10.00 a.m. We’ll be looking at the story of the Good Samaritan in some new and unusual ways - with drama, a 'joining in' story and everyone will have the opportunity to go home with a balloon! There would normally be a service of Holy Communion in Ickleton on this Sunday and those who would like to stay will be very welcome to take part in a shortened form of the communion service immediately after the All Age Service.

                                                                                                                                                  Mandy Jeffery


Weekly Coffee Mornings
June sees the start of our weekly Church Coffee Mornings and we look forward to having most of them outside.  The May morning was attended by 43 people, and we were able to enjoy the lovely weather outside on that occasion.  Don' t hesitate to drop in while passing.

Rosemary McKillen


Keira Louise Collinson daughter of Chris and Mirela was baptised at Ickleton Church on 27th April.


CHAPEL NOTICES – Services for June

              Sunday 1st

  Mr. Jerry Heyhoe


              Sunday 8th

  Mr. Geoff Grundy


              Sunday 15th

  Revd Trevor Sands


              Sunday 22nd

  Mr. Gerry Arnell


              Sunday 29th

  Revd. Trevor Sands


                                                                                                                                     Revd. Trevor Sands



Talk by Mike Petty After our AGM, Mike Petty gave a very entertaining talk to members of the Society.  He told us about how he first got involved in local history through his job at the Cambridge library.  He then gave us some fascinating insights into how life would have been in Ickleton in Victorian times, based on the ‘Ickleton Chronicle’ – a collection of items from the Cambridge Chronicle and Gazette concerning Ickleton, published by the Society.


Hanley Grange Thanks to everyone who is supporting the campaign to stop Hanley Grange.  Look out for information in this edition of Icene, and coming through your door, about what you can do to help make sure that Hanley Grange (a town the size of Ely and similar numbers to Saffron Walden) is not built on our doorstep at Hinxton.  If it is built, it will change life in this area irrevocably and we need to fight it now.  The most important thing is to write to the Government before the end of June, but please also sign the petitions and make donations to the campaign.


Stansted Airport Second Runway This is another huge threat to the peace and tranquillity of the whole area.  We could be only 20 miles from an airport bigger than Heathrow with 3 times the number of planes in the sky than there are now.  The period in which comments can be made on the planning application for the second runway runs out on 26th June so please write to the Uttlesford District Council (Planning), London Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4ER before then quoting reference number UTT/0400/08/FUL (or e-mail planning@uttlesford.gov.uk).

                                                                                                                      Rachel Radford


I would like to say thank you to everyone who sent me get well cards, flowers and messages of good luck before and after my stays in hospital.

I am now making a good recovery after my surgery for breast cancer.               Gail Bridgeman




The Church Fete will be held on July 5th from 2.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. in the Village Hall and on the recreation ground.

Many thanks to everybody who offered to help so far. Now we need contributions please, so if you are having a spring clean, do remember us.


The following would be very grateful for contributions to the stalls :-


                   Bric-a-Brac                                               -          Ivy Court

                   (really good items please)                                    (willing to collect)

                   Bottle Stall                                                  -            Neil McKillen

                 The Grand Raffle                                         -          Rosemary and Neil McKillen

                   Cakes and Produce                                 -         The Cocks family

                   Catherine asks if any body could

         make her cakes for the cake stall

                   CDs and DVDs (no videos please as    -         Jo-Anne Rutter

                   they do not  sell)                                          e.mail address is jorutter@gmail.com

                   Toy Stall (no soft toys please)                   -        Sarah Mila

                   Plant Stall                                                     -        Cali Holberry

                   Plants can be left in Cali’s garden            -        3 Bird’s Close

                   or brought on the morning

of the Church Fete

Silent Auction                                               -       Colin and Rosemary Hayes

                   Adults and Children’s Tombola                  -       Cynthia Rule

                 Books                                                              -       Judy Holt

                   Nearly New (no jumble or electrical           -       Monica Lilley 

                                                         items please)

Children’s Lucky Dip                                   -       Christina Taylor 

                 Cakes for tea please                                     -        by The Ickleton Society

                                                                                                   Sheila Birch

The Village Hall will be open from 10.15 a.m. on the morning of the Church Fete for setting up. There will be coffee served for the helpers in the meeting room and any help will be most welcome.

There will be the usual delights - a grand raffle, pet show, vintage vehicles, fancy dress parade, photography competition, ye olde fruit machine, the Saffron Walden Town Band, village archives, Home comers and Village Reunion, Sawston Fire Engine  (after 3.30 p.m.) and much, much more…….

The Church Fete is a social event for the village and a fundraiser for Ickleton Church.  The Vicar, PCC and Churchwardens would like to thank everybody who supports this event.

More details next month.                                                   Monica Lilley - Fete Organiser


Photography Competition

Drop off your entries with your entry fee of £1.00 per print to 54 Abbey Street (pop them in an envelope and post through the letterbox).

For categories see village shop notice board.                                           Anne Godfrey and Jane Hurst


Fancy Dress Parade

The Fancy Dress Parade this year will be Flower Power 60s and 70s theme. This will be for adults and children. Judging will take place 3.00 p.m.                                                              Sarah Mila


Raffle for Church Fete
Tickets for the annual raffle will be distributed to our sellers in the week commencing 26th May.  By law I now have to account for all sales and returns so, if you are allocated tickets to sell, the counterfoils and any unsold tickets need to be returned to me so that I can keep the Revenue happy.
By popular demand our first prize again is a De Luxe Marriott two night break.  Other attractive prizes are on the list as usual. 
The Raffle is the biggest single earner for the Church, so please sell as many as you can and/or buy as many as you can.
I'm also looking for bottles for the bottle stall - anything from sauce to whisky is perfect.  They can be dropped off at 5 Priory Close any time between now and the fete.                                                         
Neil Mc Killen









Items are slowly coming in for the silent auction to be held at the church fete this year and there are already some great bargains to be had. However, we still need lots more good quality items – something which you may not be able to use any more, for instance, but which someone else would really like to have.

So please have a hunt round and see what you can find for the auction.

If necessary, we can come and collect your contributions - and it would be helpful to have them before the fete so that we can mark them up with reserve prices.

Thank you very much, in advance, for your support. And thank you, too, to those of you who have already contributed.                                                           Rosemary and Colin Hayes

                                                                                              Durhams Farmhouse, Butcher’s Hill


The plans for allotments in Ickleton are progressing at an excellent pace. Potential plot holders recently had a meeting with Karen Kenny from the Allotments Regeneration Initiative who has offered her help and support. Karen visited the proposed site of land off Coploe Road, and agreed that it would be a suitable site for allotments. The Parish Council has agreed to support any future meetings to help with the development of the allotments.

The proposed site has enough land for many plot holders and we would like to see more villagers interested in a plot! If you would like to become involved, or require more information, please contact Louise Andrew, loulou1979@hotmail.com, or Lisa Morrissey.



This year’s summer sizzler will be held on Saturday 30th August in the Village Hall and on the recreation ground from 2.00 p.m. 

A free afternoon of fun, games, barbecue and picnic for Ickleton villagers of all ages.

Offers of help on the day gratefully received

Contact Katherine Denman-Johnson or Liz Goddard for more details.



Whittlesford Community Gospel Choir will be performing at Sawston Village College Main School Hall on Wednesday, June 25th from 7.30 p.m. Tickets are priced at £8.00 per adult and £4.00 per child. Tickets are available from Sawston Books, Morley’s Place, Sawston, from Duxford and Whittlesford Post Offices and from Ickleton Costcutter Express from June 1st.

The Gospel Choir was set up a few years ago to raise money for William Westley Primary School. Our Musical Director, Tina Brooks is a renowned Gospel Director, and has helped the choir to perfect their sound. It is a wonderful evening for all ages. Refreshments will be available. Do something different - Please come and support us and experience the amazingly moving and enjoyable music that is Gospel.

We are also performing at the Shelford Feast on July 9th, details from Shelford Shops.

                                                                                                                                Sarah Mila



At the meeting held on May 7th we were very pleased to welcome two visitors from Hinxton, one from Ickleton and one from Duxford to hear Mark Ekin from Wisbech Agricultural College.  Mark is a regular contributor to Radio Cambridgeshire’s Gardening Programme on Sunday mornings, as well as being involved with the TV series ‘Ground Force’.

Mark gave a very comprehensive talk on soil preparation, compost making, different categories of vegetables, pest control, and both old and modern types of vegetable growing. 

It is hoped to include, in our summer outings, Wolfston College Gardens on Wednesday August 6th 6.30 p.m. and Kirtling Towers Summer Garden on Sunday June 29th 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. The latter gardens are to raise money for our war wounded ‘Help for Heroes’.

The next meeting will be on June 4th 8.00 p.m. in the Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford, subject ‘Herbs and Their Uses’. Best bloom competition H.T.Rose.

    Cynthia Rule






My mother was born 17th May 1919 at Brick Row, Babraham.  She was the third of five children of Arthur and Dioneysia Keeble, though the eldest had died as a baby.  When she was about two the family moved to a house on the main Cambridge – Haverhill Road, though still in Babraham.

When Mum started school, she had to walk the mile to Babraham School with her elder sister Joyce, taking their sandwiches with them.  Initially there were two teachers but, as the numbers dwindled, this was reduced to one, teaching 5-11 year olds simultaneously.

Previously the children had gone to Abington School when they were eleven but, in 1930, when Mum was eleven, Sawston Village College opened and Mum became a ‘first year’ at the first village college.  This must have been something of a culture shock, with so many children, compared with Babraham School.  There were no school buses, so Mum was provided with a bicycle (with solid tyres, so she could not claim to have a puncture) to cycle, in all weathers, from Cambridge Road, Babraham to Sawston as an eleven year old!

My grandfather had been chauffeur at Babraham Hall, but in 1933 he was out of work, but eventually got a job at Burton-by-Lincoln, so the family moved there.  Mum had just left school and did some daily cleaning work.  Whilst there she was confirmed in Lincoln Cathedral.  However, things did not work out well and the family soon moved back to Cambridge and then to Hildersham.

Mum went into domestic service at Reed Farm, Babraham - then when the family moved to Little Chishill Mum got a job at Barley, as well as helping her mother with her two small brothers, Stanley and Dennis.  She then went to ‘Foxhill’, Great Shelford as housemaid, then parlourmaid.  In 1939 the family moved to Place Cottages, Ickleton, when my grandfather became chauffeur to Mrs. Bowen at ‘The Place’.  At first Mum used to cycle to and from Shelford on her days off, but with the blackout and the possibility of air-raids, she too got a job with Mrs. Bowen. Like many, Mum used to knit socks and scarves for the troops in her spare time.

Soon Mum (along with her sister Joyce) took a more active part in the war effort, when she joined the ATS, attached to the Leicestershire Regiment at Glen Parva Barracks, South Wigston. She remained there until demobbed as a corporal in early 1946.

Mum had met my father in 1939, as he lived just a few doors away in Brookhampton Street, and with a shared interest in the church, they became friendly and were married in Ickleton church in June 1946.

There was no chance of a separate house, so Mum moved into 8 Brookhampton Street with Dad’s parents and his bedridden great-aunt.  Indeed, she did not really have sole charge of her own house until my grandmother died eighteen years later! Mum and Dad moved to the newly built bungalow (8a) when Monica and I married in 1974.

Mum would help at Fryingpans Nurseries, weeding and side-shooting tomatoes, and feeding the pigs and chickens.  As a child, Mum always seemed to have time for me.  On school holidays we would spend days on Cambridge railway station watching trains, or at Cambridge Cattle Market looking at the rows of old tractors and machinery, not a very interesting day for a young woman, but one she never complained about.  In later life she remarked that it must have been worthwhile, as I am still interested in those subjects today.

For years Dad collected wastepaper to sell for Ickleton Church.  Dad was the very visible part, riding round the village on his (often dangerously overloaded) tradesman’s bicycle, but it was Mum whose kitchen was transformed into a sorting and weighing shed every Saturday, as she tied all the paper up in 14lb bundles! Mum supported Dad in whatever he did, such as village concerts, jumble sales, parties for the choir children and carol singing.  Later they both joined the Over Sixties and Mum took over as secretary for many years.  She also helped with ‘Meals on Wheels’, and helped Dad look after his brother Gordon in his last years.

Mum’s father had been roped in to become a sidesman at Ickleton Church soon after they arrived in Ickleton in 1939 but, as with most church things, this was a male preserve, and it was not until the late 1950s that (after much deliberation!) it was agreed to accept women for this role, with Mum becoming one of the first group in Ickleton.  I would not call Mum a feminist by any stretch of the imagination, but I believe she was proud to have been part of that first step for women in positions of responsibly in Ickleton Church, leading later to lesson readers, churchwardens, lay readers, vicars and rural deans!

After Dad’s death in 1995, Mum took over as verger at funerals and weddings, which she continued until six years ago. Gradually she became frailer and her sight deteriorated, and almost a year ago she suffered a severe stroke.  After a spell in hospital, she became a resident at The Hope Nursing Home in Cambridge, where she was very well cared for. Although bedridden, and having difficulty communicating, she never complained. She died just a few days before her 89th birthday.

People have said to me, “You are just like your mother”, usually referring to our hair, eyes, skin or even our love of time-keeping, but in a wider context that is the greatest compliment anyone can pay me – ‘You are just like your mother’.  Thanks for everything, Mum.                                                 David Lilley





Members of the Over 60s wish to convey their deepest sympathy to David, Monica and Graham in the loss of their mother and grandmother Mrs. Ruby Lilley.

Ruby had been in charge of the running of the Over 60s club until her illness last May.  She loved the fortnightly meetings with her friends, especially so when we celebrated a member’s birthday with a party!

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.       

We also send best wishes to Sonny Willmott for a speedy return to good health following his recent illness.                                                                                                             Cynthia Rule



The date for this year’s show is November 26th and is for the afternoon performance.

Please let me know if you wish to go. Payment is not required until September.

                                                                                                                             Betty Willmott



Patrick, Jessica and Hansel [who is eight months old] Bloomfield

and to

Nick and Fiona Malone.



Our guest speaker Rev. Locking, Chaplain to the Newmarket Horse Racing Industry, had us all in fits of laughter with his tales and anecdotes connected with his life in the ministry.

He proved to be a man of colourful character and language, but capable of showing deep sincerity when required.

An outing to the Old Palace, Ely has been arranged for July 16th.  It will be a guided tour, starting at 6.30 p.m. at a charge of £3 per head. This will include refreshments.

Please note the next meeting on June 18th will be held in Hinxton Village Hall, when the speaker will be David Holmes – subject ‘Garden Antiques’.                                  Cynthia Rule



Please come to Hinxton Fete to be held on Saturday 7th June from 2.00 p.m. at Hinxton Village Hall and Recreation Ground. Proceeds to Hinxton Church. All welcome.                  Ros Smith



From 18th May there were some timetable alterations. London bound journeys are basically unchanged.

The times for Cambridge bound journeys Monday to Friday are:

0616 0636 0705 0735 0805 0835 0905 1005 1105 1205 1305 1405 1505 1605 1632 1705 1754 1824 1854 1924 1954 2024 2042 2105 2205 2305 0005 0032

On Saturday 0705 then 5 minutes past each hour until 0105 Sunday morning.

On Sunday 0903 then 3 minutes past each hour until 0003 Monday morning.

Journey time is about 17 minutes.                                                                                          David Lilley



Emmanuel Street is to become one-way.

Our citi7 service will pick up at Stop E, nearer the Drummer Street end of Emmanuel Street.

The Babraham Road Park & Ride will pick up at Stop D1, in Drummer Street, the stop nearest the bus station.

The Trumpington Park & Ride will pick up in Downing Street as at present.

                                                                                                                                                    David Lilley









Hanley Grange Update   We were pleased to welcome and see residents in the Village Hall on Saturday 17th May and explain the documentation to them.  Please feel free to contact our Parish Councillors should you wish to have further information.  If you have not already done so, please sign the petition that is in Costcutter Express.


Annual Parish Meeting  Twenty-five people, including the Parish, County & District Councillors, attended the Annual Parish Meeting held on Wednesday 21st May, at which refreshments were served.  The Police, who only stopped for a short while as they were on duty, visited us.  Peter Sanders gave a talk and update on the Stop Stansted Expansion campaign.  Reports had been received and read from the Village Hall, Froglets, Football Clubs, Ickleton Society, Duxford School, Sawston Village College, County and District Councillors.


Re-cycling ‘Planet Aid’ has now put a collection bank beside the paper and bottle banks.  Please put clothes and shoes in sealed bags before putting them in the bank.

                      Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk







                      June 1st                            

Open Farm S   Open Farm Sunday 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. College Farm, Duxford


Remembering RAF Duxford, Duxford Airfield


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


                Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Visiting Bellringers 12.00 noon – 12.40 p.m.


Theatre Group Show 8.00 p.m. Village Hall


Hinxton Fete 2.00 p.m. Hinxton Village Hall & Recreation Ground


Mobile Library


Military Vehicle Show, Duxford Airfield


WI Meeting 7.45 p.m. Gt. Chesterford Community Centre


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


The Salvation of Berlin, Duxford Airfield


Duxford School Fete


Mobile Library


Whittlesford Community Gospel Choir Concert 7.30 p.m.


                Sawston Village College

                     28th & 29th

British Aerobatic Championships, Duxford Airfield



                        July 5th

Church Fete 2.00 p.m. start Village Hall & Recreation Ground


Hinxton Mill  ‘Tea by the River’



                  August 30th

Summer Sizzler 2.00 p.m. Recreation Ground

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