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12th October   2008




Refuse Collections during October

Monday         6th October -         Black bin collection

Monday       13th October -         Green bin and Green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       20th October -         Black bin collection

Monday       27th October -         Green bin and Green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

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 17th September 2008:

Butcher’s Hill Light – The light has now been installed but it has not yet been connected to the electricity point.  The Clerk has e-mailed SCDC (P. Quigley) asking when this is likely to be done.

Mill Lane Crossing – Following further telephone calls to Network Rail, they have now decided to reassign a new job number (linked to the previous job number).  It is hoped that this will speed up the completion of this work.     

Proposed Grange Road closure – Further information is awaited from URS Corp. Ltd. regarding the date when the temporary closure of the road will take place.     

Circular Bench in Play Area – C. Frankau will be reinstating this bench in the near future.  He has repaired the two seats at the far end of the Recreation Ground.

Imperial War Museum – A copy of a letter sent by RAF Wattisham to Cllr. Stone had been received, together with a letter from The Ministry of Defence, explaining the military aircraft activity in our area.  It was felt there was nothing further that could be done by the Parish Council at this time.

Planning application(s) received from SCDC:               

S/1212/07/F & S/0268/08/F – Revised gate position within garden wall – 18 Abbey Street – Visible Edge – Information only.

S/1433/08/F & S/1446/08/LB – Garden Room Extension to Annexe – 26 Abbey Street – Approve

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:

S/0330/08/F – Erection of 7 Retail Units and Café (Retrospective Application) – 111 Frogge Street – Ickleton Riverside Barns

Application to carry out tree works subject to a Tree Preservation Order or situated within a Conservation Area:

C/11/40/054 – Pruning Cherry Tree – Providence House, 6 Frogge Street - Approve

C/11/40/054 – 50% reduction in crown of self sown Sycamore – 10 Butcher’s Hill – Approve

Village Hall Windows - Tim Pavelin reported that some windows had been broken in the Village Hall on Tuesday night.  The Clerk had informed the police via E-Cops.

Christmas Rubbish Collections - Cllr Williams was asked if he could find out what rubbish collections were in place over the Christmas period this year.

Speed Check - The police carried out a speed check in Frogge Street on August 22nd.

Cemetery Chapel - The Clerk had obtained two quotations, with a possible third quotation obtained by the Chairman.  It was agreed that the Clerk should obtain two more quotations.  The firms to be contacted would be from the list provided by SCDC from whom a grant application form was obtained.  Other possible grants were also being looked into.  It was agreed that we would like to have this work completed before winter.                


Other items for your attention:

Dog Fouling – We would like to remind owners of dogs to clear up the mess their dog(s) make, especially in the Recreation Ground and in the middle of footpaths.  A complaint has been received regarding the footpath between Southfield and the adjacent fields.  Your co-operation would be much appreciated by everyone.

Parish Council Accounts - Moore Stephens (External Auditors) have now completed the Annual Return for the year ended 31st March 2008.
Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk











Services for October

              Thursday 2nd

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                  Friday 3rd

7.30 p.m. Harvest Festival Evensong & Buffet Supper





                Sunday 5th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                 Trinity 20

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Sunday School



  5.00 p.m. Harvest Festival Songs of Praise



                  followed by supper in Hinxton Village Hall





             Thursday 9th 

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





              Sunday 12th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


              Trinity  21

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





            Thursday 16th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                 Friday 17th

  7.30 p.m.  Music for an autumn evening





                Sunday 19th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


                Trinity 22

10.00 a.m. Family Communion



  6.30 p.m. Evensong with laying on of hands





           Thursday  23rd

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





               Sunday 26th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


        Last after Trinity  

10.00 a.m. Family Service



  6.30 p.m. Evensong followed by Holy Communion





            Thursday 30th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion




Did you know it costs £74 per day to run our lovely church?

An open invitation to Ickleton  Church Gift Day on Saturday 4th October from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

We appreciate all that parishioners contribute during the year – our church is an important part of the village’s social and cultural heritage, and is there to serve the needs of our small community.  Once again we would ask you to give generously in support of this work.

We look forward to seeing you and your family. Complimentary tea, coffee and cakes are being served throughout the day, with soup etc. at lunchtime (12.00 noon - 2.00 p.m.)

Contact Rosemary McKillen for further details.



The weekly coffee mornings finished on the 30th September, and we now move to our monthly rota of the first Tuesday in the month commencing on 7th October.

Unfortunately the poor summer this year prevented us from sitting outside as often as we would have liked, but we still had good attendances, with quite a few new people dropping in.

I would remind anyone who hasn’t been that all are welcome and there is no charge.                                                                                                                                           Rosemary  McKillen











Trick or treat?

October 31st is on a Friday this year. And the chances are that, if you forget to be out, you’ll be disturbed by some overexcited children from down the road, accompanied by their mother. The children will be dressed as little devils and the mother, hanging back with an awkward smile, will be sporting a witch’s hat. A handful of sweets – or if you happen to know that the supervising witch is particularly nutritionally minded, a handful of raisins – will usually be enough to send the giggling little party on its way.

That’s if you live somewhere well-behaved. In other places, there will be no supervising mother, and the ring on the doorbell will be jagged, insistent and slightly menacing. What’s more, there’s always the worry that your offering of sweets will not be quite enough to keep the little devils from coming back next week with their elder brothers and demanding your stereo, laptop and £500 in cash.

It’s the latest expression of a tradition whose roots go back in the mists of time. Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and sometimes regarded as the Celtic New Year. They believed that on October 31st, the boundary between the living and the dead dissolved, and the spirits of the dead returned, causing sickness and disaster. The festivals frequently involved bonfires to ward off evil spirits. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. To keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to prevent them from attempting to enter.

The language of these traditions is strongly influenced by the Christian calendar. The beginning of winter was Christianised by the naming of 1st November as All Saints or All Hallows Day. The following day is All Souls Day and the 31st October is All Hallows Eve - or Hallowe'en (i.e. the evening before All Hallows Day).

The practice of souling - going from door to door on or about All Souls Day to solicit gifts of food in return for prayers for the dead evolved from pagan ritual. As a Christian tradition it goes back to at least the 14th  century, when it is mentioned by Chaucer. A reference in 1779 tells us, ‘On All Saints Day, the poor people go from parish to parish a Souling.’

The tradition has changed over the centuries so that it is now children, dressed in disguise, who go about asking for gifts around the beginning of November. As a consequence, the real treat is for retailers. Spending on Hallowe’en far outstrips Bonfire Night (because government restrictions limit the sale of fireworks). Shops have cottoned on and push Hallowe’en instead. The October 31st event has become an important part of their sales strategy. According to Woolworths, spending on costumes, props and sweets has risen tenfold in six years. In 2001, spending was £14 million; last year it reached a record £140 million.

For those who want to respond to Hallowe’en in a positive way, and avoid the worst of the commercialism, there are two helpful ideas. One is using a pumpkin as a ‘Christ light’, with crosses cut in the sides of the vegetable, as a reminder that Christ’s light shines in the darkness, and that in Him we need no longer fear. The other is to sign up to the Children’s Society Halloween Choice at www.halloweenchoice.org and donate your treat to them, to help them care for children and young people who really are in a dark place.

Andrew Schofield

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

( 01223 832137 * atschofield@msn.com


Postscript: In September I announced to the churches that I would be taking early retirement after my wife underwent invasive but life-saving surgery last year. We will be leaving the parishes in the New Year and there’ll be more news as our plans become clearer.



Bringing the church alive with children

The first Sunday School session in Ickleton kicked off last month and had a fantastic attendance of 18 children! We started by finding out what everyone wanted to get out of Sunday School, and we now have a list of things to add into our up-coming sessions, including doing some stuff on computers! 

On 5th October we shall be thinking about our environment and how, as Christians, we should celebrate and protect it, and what can we make out of rubbish?

                                                   Keena McKillen (01223 832785  keena.mckillen@ntlworld.com









Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust on September 13th.

Despite getting off to a cool and slow start, both the weather and the number of participants greatly improved.

A total of 60 riders visited our church on Saturday September 13th and were very appreciative of a warm welcome, plentiful refreshments (thank  you, Rosemary McKillen) and the toilet!

Also, special thanks to all who ‘church sat’ and greeted the visitors:  Dawn Bradley, John and Sue Fowler, Rosemary Hayes, Neil McKillen, Peggy Richardson, Jean and David Whitaker.  Your help was invaluable.                                                                                                                                              Hilary Rule



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.

Rosemary Mckillen, 5 Priory Close and Dilip and Sunita Odedra will sell tickets for us.

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


CHAPEL NOTICES  Services for October

All services start at 3.00 p.m.

          Sunday   5th

Mrs. Julie Finbow


          Sunday 12th

Revd Trevor Sands

Holy Communion

          Sunday  19th

Mrs. Betty Kime


          Sunday 26th

Revd Trevor Sands

**Special service of thanksgiving**


**Sadly this will be the final service at Ickleton Methodist Chapel which is closing due to fewness of numbers - this will be a special service of thanksgiving***

                                                                                                                                     Revd. Trevor Sands


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


Hanley Grange Stopped (for now)!

The surprise announcement by Tesco that it had withdrawn Hanley Grange from the Government’s eco-town scheme came too late for the last edition of Icene.  It goes without saying that this was fantastic news, coming just as we were gearing up for another 3 months of fighting the scheme.  Tesco maintain that their proposal for Hanley Grange had ‘a good prospect of success’ and that they want to ensure ‘a broad range of stakeholders in the region feel fully engaged in the process leading up to a decision’ and so will put it through the review of the Regional Spatial Strategy (the East of England Plan).  The Campaign team, councils and our MPs all welcome this decision.  The review will mean that the proposal will be fully considered along with the need for additional housing and alternative sites. 

The Stop Hanley Grange Campaign naturally viewed Tesco’s rather late conversion to local democracy with some scepticism.  We always said their plan was deeply flawed and deserved to fail.  Its defeat at this stage must surely be in no small measure due to the united and steadfast opposition shown by the District and County Councils, MPs, Parish Councils, Cambridgeshire Horizons, the Campaign team and the many local residents who wrote letters, signed petitions, displayed posters and banners, came to meetings and demos, lobbied Parliament, gave donations, raised money, distributed leaflets, encouraged others to join the campaign and lots more.  Thank you all very much!                                                                                        Rachel Radford






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. More details will be in the November Icene.                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                         Gordon Woolhouse



As part of the annual Poppy Appeal the usual house-to-house collection will take place between Saturday 25th October and Saturday 8th November.

We are all only too aware of the world situations that continue to involve our Armed Forces overseas and the pressure this puts on RBL funds. Please bear this in mind when your collector knocks on your door and give as generously as you can.  Gift Aid is a way in which the Legion can benefit more from your donation by getting some additional money from the Revenue and Customs Department.  It is available to any taxpayer and will turn each £1 donated into £1.28!  To take advantage of this scheme please either phone or email me and I will deliver you an envelope on which you will need to complete your name and address and the amount of the donation, before giving it to your collector.  Let’s all make this another record year, in which we send over £1000 to the Legion from Ickleton for the first time.  Thank you for your continuing support.                                                Malcolm Hall – Poppy Appeal Organiser




The Association would like to say a big thank you to Chris and Mirela from the Ickleton Lion for their kind donation. The donation meant that we were able to purchase fencing materials for the allotment site.

The group would like to thank everyone who gave up their weekend to help put up the fencing and gates.

Anyone interested in joining the Association or who would like further information regarding a plot please contact Louise Andrew, loulou1979@hotmail.com or Lisa Morrissey.



Many thanks to Chris Jolly from Chigwell for the fantastic evening we had in July on board his classic ‘Routemaster’ bus, which was the first prize for the ‘bus competition’ at the Church fete.

Annabelle was thrilled to have won the prize and was allowed to start up the bus on our arrival.  She wanted her brothers and her godmother to come, and we took our French student too.

We drove from Chigwell to the centre of London, past the building of the Olympic stadium, across Tower Bridge, and along the River Thames.

We stopped later in Holborn for a lovely Italian meal with Chris and ended off our tour with a stop, just before midnight, at St. Paul’s for some photos.  The children fell asleep bouncing around on the way back to Chigwell.

The evening was so warm, Andy enjoyed hanging off the back up the M11.  We were all smiling at the memories for days afterwards.                                                                                        Anne Marie Hoare



I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to those who organised and helped at the Summer Sizzler - I know how much work goes into an event like that.  I'm sure I speak for many fellow villagers in saying that it was a great afternoon of fun and enjoyment, much appreciated by young and old alike.  Looking forward to this becoming a truly traditional Ickleton event.

Thank you once again.                                                                                                              Neil McKillen 







CYRIL WEBB 1915-2008

Cyril was born on 3rd April 1915 in Ickleton, one of a family of six. He grew up in the village and lived here all his life. He and Lucy were married at Elmdon Church on 6th January 1940, when he was 25 and she 27. During the war Cyril joined the RAF, was stationed at Hendon and saw service in Africa. Ivan was born in 1945 and in the early 1950s, the family moved to Birds Close, which was to be home for more than 50 years. After the war, Cyril joined the Electricity Board as an electrician and was with them for 25 years. Finally he worked for the Imperial War Museum and at Babraham Hall, before he retired in 1978.

After retirement, he and Lucy had another 16 years together before she died on 4th January 1994, following a stroke. In retirement he couldn’t sit still and spent his time gardening, cycling and walking. Cyril joined Henry Burton and Fred Toombs to become Ickleton’s version of ‘Last of the Summer Wine’. He and Henry became very close, and when Henry died in October 2006, Cyril couldn’t come to the funeral. He developed dementia soon afterwards, but with the support of the family was able to remain at home until earlier this year. After a stay in hospital in February, he went into residential care and passed away in St George’s Nursing Home on 17th August, aged 93 years.

Ivan and Jillie spoke with affection of a kind person, a good father, who formed close and long standing friendships. He was independent and was still driving at 90. He loved his garden and was feeding the birds right till the end. He never complained as life got more difficult and was always appreciative of the care of others. He was a very special person who will be much missed by friends and family.                                                                             Rev Andrew Schofield


Cyril’s family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, cards and donations to the Alzheimer’s Society.



We would like to say thank you for all the people who came to our Great Grandfather’s funeral on Friday 29th August and to his neighbours who had supported him for many years.

He absolutely loved living in Ickleton and he was very proud of his village links. Cyril’s grandfather, Jesse Webb moved to the village in the early 1890s, and we know that he was very involved in bell ringing, and this tradition was continued by Cyril’s father, Percy – and he told us all about his family in the village.

We would often come to see our great-grandfather, and would eventually find him sitting down the Recreation Ground reading his paper and eating snacks that he had just bought from the shop (he particularly liked Snickers bars!). His cupboard always contained a treat or two for us when we came. He was simply a wonderful man.

       Becky and Andrew Webb (age 12 and 10)




Plastic bottles will be collected with the green boxes from October.

After the tops and triggers have been removed, these should be put in the black bin, not in the box with the plastic bottles.



On 8th November 1st Whittlesford & Duxford Scout Group will have a Bonfire and Firework Night at Hinxton Road, Duxford from 5.00 p.m.

Tickets will be available on the gate, or in advance from Duxford Post Office.  More information to follow next month.                                                                                                     Katherine Denman-Johnson



To celebrate our 30th anniversary this year, Whittlesford Gardening Club have Peter Seabrook, TV and radio gardening celebrity, Gardening Editor of the ‘Sun’ and renowned gardening expert and author, coming to their October meeting to present an illustrated talk on ‘Gardening at Home and Abroad’.

This will be held on Wednesday 8th October at Whittlesford Memorial Hall from 7.30 p.m. Tickets £5 (including a glass of wine) from Judy Oswald ( 01223 833759 or Whittlesford Post Office.








Unfortunately our speaker for September had to cancel due to an accident.  However Alison Davies stepped in at short notice and showed slides of the lovely gardens of Glenchantry, near Witham, Essex, which were very much enjoyed.

The highlight of the evening, however, was the fact that Catherine Cocks had received 25 tickets to visit Prince Charles’ gardens ‘Highgrove’ on October 10th. We’ve been on the waiting list for approx 3 years, nevertheless, it came as a lovely surprise.   Details will be finalised at the meeting on October 1st.

Our speaker for October will be Graham Proctor from the Crown Nurseries, Woodbridge – subject ‘Apple Growing and Tasting’.

Visitors welcome, small charge of £1.  Meetings are held in the Chapel, Carmel Street, Great. Chesterford at 8.00 p.m.                                                                                              Cynthia Rule



Extended Hours

In response to Government proposals, the staff of Sawston Medical Practice have agreed to a trial of extending our opening hours.


Starting on 3rd October 2008, doctors will be available for appointments from:


7.00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m. on Friday mornings


6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. on Monday evenings.


The appointments will be pre-bookable up to four weeks in advance.


Emergency/out-of-hours appointments and visits will continue to be dealt with by CAMDOC from 6.00 p.m. through to 8.00 a.m. and over weekends/bank holidays.  Sawston Medical Practice will not be able to take phone calls during these hours or respond to medical emergencies; these should continue to be directed to CAMDOC or the ambulance service as appropriate.


The Medical Centre Pharmacy will also be open on Mondays until 8.00 p.m.


New computer system

With our new system you will be able to view, make, and cancel appointments with our doctors and senior nurses on-line.  You will also be able to view and order repeat medication, and for anyone wishing to register with the practice, this facility will also be available on-line.  A leaflet detailing this service will soon be available at the practice, together with details of how you can register to use this facility.                                                                                                         Jenny Parker 



Following on from the success of the last two art fairs held at Duxford school in 2006 and 2007, we will be having another exhibition this November featuring artists from Duxford and the local area.  The art fair will have the same format as last year - on Thursday 6th November there will be an exhibition between 4.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. for families with children at Duxford school.  On Friday 7th November between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. the exhibition will be open to the public.

All art will be for sale at both exhibitions.

Any artists who would like to exhibit, please either email me at anita.armitage@ntlworld.com or call me on ( 01223 835858 before the 21st October.

We are keen to have art in lots of different media, including photography. We would like artists to drop off their art on Thursday 6th November at 2.00 p.m. and collect their art on Friday after the exhibition at 10.00 p.m. Commission will be 20% for any art sold, and this will go to the School PTA.

Every child at the school will also be exhibiting a piece of work as part of the exhibition.  This is an event for the whole community.  We have a professional lighting rig at the school now, to help show off the art, and wine will be served for the Friday evening.

I hope this year that we get many new artists coming to exhibit. Space is limited, so please contact me as soon as possible should you wish to exhibit.

             Anita Armitage, Secretary PTA ( 01223 835858 Mobile 07815 036507









Since we started editing the Icene, back in 1987, Charles and Barbara Cooper have proofread for us each month – over 250 issues. Due to family and work commitments they are too busy to continue. Very many thanks for all their help.                                                                          Editors



I have a few tickets still available for this fantastic show on Wednesday November 26th.  Should  anyone be interested, please contact me.                                                         Betty Willmott


WELCOME TO……. Jeffrey and Kara White, and Grace aged 6, Hunter aged 5 and Emma aged 2.  The family has come from Arizona, USA.


Laura Pugh and Nicholas Papanikolaou.


BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS TORoy Flitton, 80 on 26th September



This year’s card features an evening view of the church by Colin Hayes.  Stock will be available by end October price £4.50 for 10 or 50p for singles from Colin or Rosemary Hayes, Durhams Farmhouse, Butchers Hill. All proceeds to Ickleton Church.



On 18th October I will be licensed as Reader and Lay Minister at Ely Cathedral at 2.30 p.m. by the Bishop of Huntingdon.

There will be a celebration with Evensong at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 26th October.

Do please come and join me after Evensong at Ickleton Village Hall.                       Judith Wright



Police (reporting a crime, non-emergency)                                                       '    0845 456 4564

Police – Emergency Calls                                                                                  '    01223 358966



              October 1st

Gt. Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting


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


Church Gift Day 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.


Theatre Group Folk Music Evening ‘The Cambridge Crofters’


           8.00 p.m. Village Hall


 Autumn Air Show, Duxford Airfield


 Mobile Library


 Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


 Music for an Autumn Evening 7.30 p.m. Church


 Mobile Library


 Visiting Bellringers 11.00 – 11.45 a.m.


 The Magic and Mystery of Flight, Duxford Airfield



            Nov 6th  & 7th

 Duxford Art Fair


 Ickleton Society Evening of Words & Music for Remembrance, Church


 Bonfire & Firework Night 5.00 p.m. Hinxton Road, Duxford

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