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Editors:                                                                                           David and Monica Lilley


Distribution:                                                                                   Tony Court                     

                                                                                                          Hilary Rule                    

           All contributions please to 8 Brookhampton Street.  Deadline for next Icene Bulletin

12th September   2008



Refuse Collections during September

Monday      1st  September     -        Green bin and green box

Monday      8th  September    -        Black bin collection

Monday      15th  September  -        Green bin and green box

Monday      22nd  September  -        Black bin collection

Monday      29th  September  -        Green bin and green box

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


Ickleton Parish Council – the following items were discussed at the meeting held on Wednesday 20th  August 2008:

Planning application(s) received from SCDC:      

S/1191/08/CAC – total demolition of unsafe former Chapel (Retrospective application) – Frogge Street – Mrs Stella Parker - Approve

S/1351/08/A – Signs – The Ickleton Lion, Abbey Street – Greene King Pub Partners – Approve.  It was agreed to write to Greene King saying that the Parish Council would have appreciated being notified before the signs were erected rather than after they had been done.

The Planning Inspectorate – Appeal Decision:

APP/WO530/A/08/2071879 (Application: S/1563/07/F) – Norman Hall, Church Street – alteration to wall and erection of tennis court fencing – Decision:  to allow the appeal and grant planning permission for access gates and tennis court fencing subject to conditions.

Application to carry out Tree works subject to a tree preservation order or situated within a Conservation Area:  C/11/40/054 – Reduce height of spruce and 3 conifers – 1 Abbey Street – Ms J A FlittonApprove.

Ickleton Riverside Barns - Planning Application S/0330/08/F (Retrospective Application) submitted to the Parish Council in March 2008.  It was agreed that a letter be written to the Chief Executive at SCDC, as it was felt totally unsatisfactory that the Parish Council had not received official notification from the SCDC Planning Committee following their decision to pass the application in May.        

Butcher’s Hill Light - Paul Quigley (SCDC) had informed the Clerk on 31st July that an order to CCC for the replacement of SC5 had been issued.   Nothing further has been heard or happened.

Mill Lane Crossing – The Clerk has rung several times about the completion of this work, and will continue to do so in the hope that the work will be completed in the near future.     

Proposed Grange Road Closure – No date has yet been agreed/given for the temporary closure of this road.  The Parish Council has suggested to URS Corp Ltd that the best time for the farmers would be end of October/beginning of November.  No reply had been received from CCC (letter dated 17th July) regarding the alternative route, as the Parish Council was unhappy with the route previously suggested. 

London to Cambridge Bike Ride:  The Clerk had been asked to find out why this Cycle Ride did not come through Ickleton.  We were informed by the Bike Events that, after several discussions with the Police & Highways Authorities as well as attendance at the Safety Advisory Group meeting, it was decided that, to ensure a safer crossing of the A505 this year, the route should be moved.  The Bike Events team hope to return to Ickleton in the future, subject to the advice from the various authorities.  Tim Pavelin pointed out that the route through Ickleton and Hinxton is the National Cycle Route and asked if this could be passed back to the Bike Events team.            

Cemetery Chapel – A quotation to repair the chapel has been received, and it was agreed we would try to obtain another quote.  The Chairman had shown two other builders around, but no quotation had been received.  It was also wondered if there were any grants available e.g. Redundant Churches, Lottery, and SCDC?





Pavements - Complaints had been received about cars blocking the pavements, making it difficult or impossible for wheelchairs/pushchairs to keep on the pavement. 

Village Green – We have recently had the Horse Chestnut tree inspected.  It has been identified as having a minor attack of the Horse Chestnut leaf miner and the moth, but no evidence of exudates from the bark, which would indicate bleeding canker.  We have been advised to have a visual inspection every year at bud burst.  At the moment this is good news.

BonfiresJust a reminder to remember your neighbours when lighting a bonfire, which should not be left to burn overnight, especially at this time of the year when windows are open. 

Planet Aid Recycling Bin - Please could items be put into carrier bags and put inside the bin as requested by the Company on the outside of the bin.  The hole is not big enough to take full black sacks and it would be much appreciated if large black sacks were not left near the bin to become an eyesore, otherwise the Parish Council will have to reconsider having this recycling facility in the Recreation Ground.

Distraction Burglaries – Police are asking that we all take care, as these are still taking place in surrounding villages.                                                               Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk



Hurrahing in the Harvest

Community celebrations are one of the elements that make for healthy and cohesive village life. It is good that people have found common cause in the desire to protect our villages, but it is also important that we should come together to celebrate. The church, as the oldest building in the village and the repository of village history, has an important role to play in such celebrations. That’s why we’d like to invite you to share our Harvest Thanksgivings at Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton this year.

Of course there aren’t many of us who are involved in the life of the farm these days, but farms (and farmers) are still an important part of our villages. Harvest Festival is a celebration of the food grown on the land. Thanksgiving ceremonies and celebrations for a successful harvest are both worldwide and very ancient. Harvest Festival reminds us of all the good things God gives us and makes us want to share with others who are not so fortunate. At school and in church, people bring food from home to a Harvest Festival Service. After the service, the food that has been put on display is usually made into parcels and given to people in need. At Harvest, our churches support the elderly and housebound in our villages, Cambridge Food Bank and Jimmy’s Night Shelter and (usually) an international aid agency.

Harvest festivals are traditionally held on or near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon. This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (about September 23rd). The full moon nearest to the Autumn Equinox is called the 'Harvest moon' because for several nights it appears large and bright in the early evening, bringing farmers valuable extra time to gather in their harvest.

At the start of the harvest, communities would appoint a strong and respected man of the village as their 'Lord of the Harvest'. He would be responsible for negotiating the harvest wages and organising the fieldworkers. The end of the harvest was celebrated with a big meal (a Harvest Supper) on Michaelmas Day (29th September). The 'Lord of the Harvest' sat at the head of the table and a goose stuffed with apples was eaten along with a variety of vegetables.

The tradition of celebrating Harvest Festival, as we know it,began in 1843 at Morwenstow in Cornwall, when the vicar invited parishioners to a special thanksgiving service for the harvest at church. Victorian hymns such as ‘We plough the fields and scatter’, ‘Come ye thankful people, come’ and ‘All things bright and beautiful’ helped popularise his idea of harvest festival and spread the annual custom of decorating churches with home-grown produce for the Harvest Festival Service.

And it still goes on today at Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton, with singing, thanksgiving – and food!


Duxford:         Family Service with Duxford School Choir at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday 28th September at St John’s Church (by the Green) followed by lunch.

Ickleton:         All Age Harvest Celebration with GenR8 at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday 28th September at Ickleton Church followed by Ploughman’s Lunch in marquee in the church grounds.

                        Choral Evensong for Harvest at 6.30 p.m. on Friday 3rd October followed by buffet supper.

Hinxton:         Harvest Songs of Praise with favourite poetry, hymns and readings at 5.00 p.m. on Sunday 5th October at Hinxton Church, followed by supper in the village hall.


Do join us to celebrate your village and community at Harvest Festival. You can be assured of a warm welcome and good company!

Andrew Schofield

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

* atschofield@msn.com






              Thursday 4th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion


                Sunday 7th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                 Trinity 16

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist


  6.30 p.m. Evensong


          Thursday 11th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion


              Sunday 14th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


               Trinity  17

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist


  6.30 p.m. Evensong


           Thursday 18th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion


              Sunday 21st

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


              Trinity 18

10.00 a.m. Family Communion


  6.30 p.m. Evensong with laying on of hands


           Thursday 25th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion


               Sunday 28th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                Trinity 19

11.00 a.m. Harvest Family Service




First Sunday (7th) - at Ickleton a Sunday School accompanies the 10.00 a.m. service. The children leave the main service after the first hymn and return at the end.

Third Sunday (21st) - at Hinxton there is Family Communion at 10.00 a.m. In this service we use a simpler responsive form of worship suitable for all ages.

Thursday Communion at Hinxton – This will now take place at 11.30 a.m.

Church Coffee Morning  This continues each Tuesday in Church 10.00 a.m. -12 noon.



SUNDAY SCHOOL – bringing the church alive with children

On the first Sunday of every month, starting on 7th September, we will be running a Sunday School to give children a time and place where they can learn about and explore faith. The Sunday School will run in parallel with the normal 10.00 a.m. Sunday service at Ickleton Church. We’ll start in church with the rest of the congregation at 10.00 a.m. After the first hymn, we will chaperone the children across the road to the Social Club, rejoining the main service for the last hymn. (That’s a total of about 1 hour – 45 minutes for the Sunday School part and another 15 minutes in the church.) The more flexible environment of the Social Club gives us scope to run interesting and interactive sessions suited to children - for example board games, physical activities like parachute games, drama, music, crafts and messy play - as well as having some quieter time to think about, question and discuss ideas about faith. We’re planning to cater for children between the ages of 6 months – 12 years, but won’t exclude younger or older people.

The Sunday School is being run by parents and grandparents of children who currently attend church (all CRB checked under the Church scheme) but we would love to have more families involved. So please come along and see what it’s all about – there is no commitment, there is no charge, and you are most welcome to stay with your kids and join in the fun.

For more information contact: Keena McKillen - email keena.mckillen @ntlworld.com. 










When I retired from teaching at Duxford Primary School, Jane Charman, the vicar at that time, and the PCC gave me permission to practise and take my Royal Schools of Music examinations on the organ at Ickleton.

As a ‘thank you’, and in aid of Church funds, I wish to give a recital in St. Mary Magdalene, Ickleton on Friday 17th October at 7.30 p.m.

The pieces I shall play will include a Toccata and Fugue in C major and the chorale, ‘Jesu joy of man’s desiring’, both by JS Bach. Also there will be music from Brahms and Mendelssohn followed by three more modern works – one by Messiaen from his ‘La Nativite du Seigneur’.  At the opening concert of this year’s Promenade Season you may have heard Wayne Marshall play one section of this, work but the piece I have chosen is much, much shorter (and easier) and very gentle.

The last pieces are transcriptions for the organ of William Walton’s music, the final one being ‘Crown Imperial’ a march written for the Coronation of George VIth in 1937.

Rosemary Mc Killen, Mandy Jeffery, Dave Smithet and Hilary Rule will provide songs and poetry to give variety to the entertainment, so please join us in the Parish Church on 17th October.

Tickets at £8 will include wine and nibbles during the interval.                                                     Joan Mead



In the last four years there has been little in our churches for those who might want to take tentative steps into full membership of the church. To remedy that, there’s to be a meeting at Duxford Rectory on September 4th at 7.30 p.m. for young people (11+) and adults who want an opportunity to explore their faith. For those who wish it, this would lead on to Confirmation. There are plans to run a programme in the autumn with Rev Ruth Whitehead, and to open the invitation to folk from Whittlesford and Pampisford as well as our three villages.

We shall be using material from the Emmaus course. The introduction explains: ‘Putting on an Emmaus group means sharing in Christ’s ministry of meeting people where they are and walking with them on their journey, sharing with them the good news of God's love.’ Give the Rector a ring if you’d like to know more.                                                                                                                                                Andrew Schofield


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

Services for September

   Sunday 7th

Revd. Trevor Sands


   Sunday 14th

Revd. David Mullins

   Sunday 21st

Revd. Trevor Sands

Holy Communion

   Sunday 28th

Mr. Gerry Arnell

                                                                                                                 Revd. Trevor Sands


Tickets are now on sale at Costcutter Express for our next show on Saturday 4th October at 8.00 p.m.  when we welcome The Cambridge Crofters.  The Crofters started as a Folk music club in the early nineteen sixties and soon began to get invitations to perform at Ceilidahs (a.k.a. Barn Dances) and a variety of private functions in the Cambridge area. During the past few years they have played to capacity audiences at the Corn Exchange and Cambridge Arts Theatre, raising many thousands of pounds for local charities.  They will be performing a varied programme of folk music from centuries old to present time and there will be opportunities to enjoy a sing-along with them.

Tickets are £8.00 and £7.00 concessions and will include a ploughman’s supper, which will be served during the interval.  The doors and bar will be open at 7.15 p.m.   We anticipate many enquiries for tickets from other villages, as the Crofters have a strong following throughout the County, so early booking is strongly recommended.

Stop Press.  We have just secured a booking for the Ely Sinfonia for a Sunday afternoon concert on 7th December, so please put this in your diaries now and more details will be in the November Icene.                                                                                                                                                         Gordon Woolhouse


In July we celebrated Hedley Igglesden’s birthday with a glass of sherry and a lovely birthday cake made by Gill Holdgate.

We went on a mystery drive in August organised by Hedley to see the harvest fields, starting at Ickleton’s favourite place Coploe Hill, then on to Strethall, Catmere End, then through Arkesden, Clavering, Brent Pelham, Barley, Heydon and Elmdon, ending up at Rectory Farm where we enjoyed a lovely tea and chat with Dick and Mary Wombwell.

Thank you Dick and Mary for your hospitality, despite the inclement weather, we had a lovely afternoon.                                                              

It is with regret we have learnt of the death of Cyril Webb, who was a member of the Over 60s for many years.                                                                                                                 Cynthia Rule




EILEEN (TINY) FLITTON  1929 - 2008

Eileen’s was not the longest of lives – many in this day live well beyond 79 - but the years Eileen was given she used well – it was not always an easy life, especially with the health problems of recent years, but it was a well-lived one.

I understand that in her young days in Cambridge, where she was born, Eileen was part of a large family. There were not a lot of expensive things around, her Dad made her a doll’s pram from an old tea chest, but surely when we see the person Eileen became, her parents must have put into her early life the things of greatest value which money cannot buy. Although for Eileen there were not the same opportunities for further education, which later generations have enjoyed, she was clearly both intelligent and hard working and, once school days were over, was employed for some years by the Ministry of Fisheries and Food, and in later years worked at Ciba-Geigy in Duxford.

For young Eileen it would seem that her greatest enthusiasm was for sport … she excelled at hockey and netball, her small size and quick movement proving very effective indeed.  That love of sport never left her even when playing days were over - moving into the house in Bird’s Close (in 1953 I think) most important was setting up an aerial in the garden because moving day was also Cup Final Day and her beloved WBA were playing.

Eileen’s determination on the sports field often came through in many ways in later life – to mention just one example - when Roy’s sight prevented him from driving she took lessons in her 60s and, though she found it far from easy, persevered and passed her test at first attempt.

Eileen was always determined and forward-looking, even that last evening of her life she was writing down things she would need to help her and Roy make a real success of the new home in Frogge Street.

But surely the most important part of life for the Eileen we knew was her love of home and family.  Roy and Eileen first met when they were in their teens – she would cycle over from Cambridge to watch Roy play football, she would knit his cricket jumpers.

Roy and Eileen were married in Festival of Britain year 1951 – they shared 57 years together, their personalities different but complementary.  Eileen had a real care and concern for her family – she was always supportive of her boys at home and school, in their sporting achievements, making many sacrifices for them.  She wouldn’t stop short of running on to the field when one of her boys was kicked.

The families enjoyed many holidays together – Jaywick, Scarborough, Whitby, Lowestoft, and many more.

She sent her boys along to this chapel Sunday School too – and we were privileged to have Eileen as part of the little church family who have met here.

That love of Eileen’s certainly came through to her grandchildren too – Rebecca, Kirk, Lindsey, James, Kayleigh, Ryan and Liam.

Her grandchildren remember so much about Eileen … her cooked ham, sweets, she played football with them, she had lots of dolls, and she made the best gravy in the world.

She never forgot her sister Phyllis - often shared her concerns about her. 

Eileen will be greatly missed.                                                                                             Rev. Trevor Sands



Roy, Graham, Kevin & family would to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who has shown kindness, sent messages of sympathy and to all who attended the service.  Please could you accept this as the only form of acknowledgement.



Despite the threat of rain and thunderstorms, we were lucky to have a lovely summer evening to enjoy the renovated gardens of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Head Gardener Philip Stigwood gave us a guided tour of all the different gardens, explaining and sharing with us his enthusiasm for all things living. The gardens are a great credit to him, and we look forward to visiting again in the spring.

The next meeting will be on September 3rd 8.00 p.m. in the Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford, when Margaret Waddy will show us how to save money by propagation and grafting. Visitors welcome.                                                                                                                                         Cynthia Rule



There will be a Macmillan Coffee Morning in Ickleton Methodist Chapel on Friday 26th September from 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon.

Contributions of cakes and items for the Bring and Buy will be gratefully received.

All welcome.                                                                                                                 Ruth Driver








On Friday 7th November we will be holding an evening of words and music in the Church for Remembrance.  Everyone will be very welcome.


Stop Hanley Grange

The main events and stages currently planned for September/October are:

·         Monday 1st September – Lembit Öpik MP, the Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson is expected to visit the sites for the proposed eco-towns at Elsenham and Hanley Grange.  He will then attend a public meeting at Whittlesford Memorial Hall at 6.45 p.m. organised by the Stop Hanley Grange Campaign (please check details at www.stophanleygrange.org.uk in case they change nearer the time).  All welcome.

·         the promoters say they will be submitting technical and financial details of their scheme for Hanley Grange to the Government around the end of August and then making them public. 

·         the Government will be assessing the various eco-town schemes and locations and publishing sustainability, financial and transport appraisals and a draft eco-towns Planning Policy Statement.  These will be subject to a 12 week public consultation.

·         the Government is planning to hold public exhibitions to try to persuade us how wonderful eco-towns, including Hanley Grange, will be and is also encouraging promoters to undertake further consultation.

·         the Stop Hanley Grange Campaign will be assessing and responding to these publications and events and providing advice on what you can do.


The web site (www.stophanleygrange.org.uk) now has a ‘Wiki’ on it.  This is similar to Wikipedia.  These are pages covering a number of areas on which we are concerned (transport, water, environment etc), where anyone with experience and expertise can create a record to add to our knowledge of the impact Hanley Grange would have.  There is also a page for Ickleton under the Community section.  Please add to and amend this site as you see fit.  All you have to do is register a username and password.

Some of the posters have begun to fade over the summer.  If anyone would like replacements, please let me know and I’ll drop them off (there’s a supply of small posters in the racks in the Village Hall).                                                                                                                                                    Rachel Radford



Our main item of news this month is the new computer system that we will be installing in the practice in October.  There will initially be some disruption to our services whilst we all learn how to use the new software but it will enable us to provide a more streamlined service to our patients.  The system is what is known as a hosted system which means that the computerised medical records will be held away from the practice in a more robust and highly secure environment. This is completely different from the National Programme and their proposals to hold all patient data on the National Spine. The paper records will still be held here at the Medical Centre. 

To successfully implement the system we would like to ask our patients for their help during the transition period in the following ways:


  1. From Thursday 9th October to Friday 17th October inclusive we would like to limit doctor and nurse appointments to urgent medical problems only.  During this period if you are unsure as to whether your problem is medically urgent or not, our practice nurses will be able to advise you.  At this time our computerised data will be transferred from our old system to the new one which means we will have limited computer access to patient records.


  1. During the same period we will be unable to provide an on-line appointment booking service or an on-line repeat prescription request service.  When our new system is up and running there will be a new link on our web site www.sawstonmedicalpractice.co.uk which will register you for both services.


Our allocation of flu vaccines will start to arrive at the practice during the latter part of September.  We are in the process of planning our flu vaccination clinics, some of which will be in the early part of October.  Details of the clinics will be advertised within the practice and on our web site; however those patients eligible for a flu vaccine and wishing to make an appointment should either come into the practice or telephone the surgery during September (please phone after 9.00 a.m.).

                                                                                                 Jenny Parker - Assistant Practice Manager





In July we celebrated Hedley Igglesden's birthday with a glass of sherry and a lovely birthday cake made

by Gill Holdgate.

We went on a mystery drive in August, organised by Hedley, to see the harvest fields. We started at our

favourite place, Coploe Hill, then on to Strethall, Catmere End, through Arkesden, Clavering, Brent

Pelham, Barley, Heydon and Elmdon, ending up at Rectory Farm, where we enjoyed a lovely tea and

chat with Dick and Mary Wombwell.

Thank you, Dick and Mary for your hospitality. Despite the inclement weather, we had a lovely afternoon

It is with regret we have learnt of the death of Cyril Webb, who was a member of the Over 60s for many



Mike's Tennis Academy www.mikestennis.com mikestennis@ btinternet.com 8 07766 223528,

05600 465344, 07703 532822 is providing tennis coaching for juniors and adults in association with

Duxford Tennis Club on Tuesdays 9th September to 21st October (7 weeks) at Duxford Tennis Club.











After many years Judy Holt has decided to retire from the Butcher’s Hill delivery route.  She is handing over to Ivy and Tony Court.

Also Gillian Reynolds is passing on the Frogge Street route to Jean & David Whitaker.

Many thanks to all concerned.                         Tony Court & Hilary Rule – Bulletin Distrbutors



Roger Loveday’s (Old School House) daughter Lucy, who married Simon Trimnell at St Mary’s Parish Church, Saffron Walden on 26th July.



There was a very good turnout of well-wishers and potential members for the Ickleton Allotment Association Open Day on Saturday 16th August.  19 of the 20 plots so far ploughed and marked out have now been allocated.  Further plots will be available in the spring.

For further information please call Lisa Morrissey on ( 530532 or Louise Andrew on ( 530062



For our July outing we visited the Sue Ryder Care Home in the Old Palace, Ely.  We enjoyed a stroll around the grounds before going inside to view the wonderful handcrafts, all made with match sticks by the patients.  We took them gifts of toiletries, biscuits, sweets etc. and a donation of £3 per member was given to help provide for extras.

Before leaving, we enjoyed a cup of tea and cake served in the long gallery by members of the staff.

Evelyn Lilley chaired the August meeting when we were entertained by Chris Winter, with a humorous talk on Life’s Like That and Growing Old Quite Disgracefully.

The next meeting on September 17th will be Members’ Night which is always a surprise, as we don’t know what they have in store for us.                                                                                



We are sorry to record the death on 17th August of Cyril Webb, formerly of Birds Close, aged 93.

and also on 17th August of Brian Dale Sullivan, of Abbey Street aged 77.



             September 3rd

Gt. Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting

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

                         6th & 7th

90th Anniversary Air Show, Duxford Airfield


Mobile Library


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


Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Sponsored Cycle Ride


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Large Flying Model Association, Duxford Airfield


Mobile Library


Macmillan Coffee Morning 10.00 – 12 noon


Showbus, Duxford Airfield

                  October   4th

Theatre Group Folk Music Evening ‘The Cambridge Crofters’

Village Hall


Music for an Autumn Evening, Church

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