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12th November   2008





Refuse Collections during November

Monday       3rd  November      -        Black bin collection

Monday       10th  November    -        Green bin and green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       17th  November    -        Black bin collection

Monday       24th  November    -        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 15th  October 2008:

Trees in Cemetery – The Clerk had met Mr P. Lilley and pointed out the 8 pine trees, which are near the flint wall.  He will number the trees (beginning with those nearest the gate) and submit a quote for each tree.  As the cemetery is near a sharp bend, he will need to consult with Highways.

Butcher’s Hill Light – The Clerk had spoken to EDF regarding the connection of the electricity to the light.  They referred her to the local Council; subsequently a telephone call was made to SCDC.  We await the response.                                                   

Mill Lane Crossing – Some more work has been done on this crossing, but a further inspection by Councillors will be carried out to see if we are satisfied that the work has been completed.   

Proposed Grange Road closure – The Start of Works date is 1st December – to last one week - a maximum of five days of road closure between 08.00 and 18.00 each day.  Concern was again raised about the diversion route, which as yet is unknown.  The Clerk has asked Cllr Stone to see if can obtain any information from CCC, as no information has been received.  An e-mail will also be sent to Mike Cooper to ask if he knows the diverted route.

Wellcome Trust – Dog Bins –SCDC have said the bin is scheduled to be installed in Mill Lane on 18th October. 

Christmas Refuse Collections – Cllr Williams reported that Ickleton’s collection will be on successive Mondays undisturbed, with green bin/boxes collected on 22nd December, black bin on 29th December and reen bin/boxes on 5th January 2009. 

Planning application(s) received from SCDC:                

Lewis Duke declared an interest and left the room.

S/1536/08/F – Erection of Grain Store & Repositioning of Polytunnels & Glasshouses – Rectory Farm, Grange Road – RGR Smith & RAGT Seeds Ltd.   

The Councillors discussed these plans and raised the following questions:

·         Why were these plans not included in the original application?

·         (originally dealt with at Stretham)

·         The height of the grain store would be higher than the existing barn

·         (they were receptive to it being reduced from 9.5 m to 8.1m)

·         Was there any likelihood of any further applications in the future?

·         (it will be contained within the footprint)

·         Would traffic increase?

·         (No)

·         Who was responsible for the planting of hedgerows/landscape?

·         (the local farmers consortium)

Mr Summers was invited by the Chairman to respond to the above.  The Parish Council expressed a wish to visit the site in the future; Mr Summers said he would be delighted to show them around. 

Terry Sadler (on behalf of the Planning Committee) recommended we approve the application but asked for consideration to be given to reducing the height.  This proposition was carried unanimously.

Mr Summers left the meeting.  Mr Lewis Duke rejoined the meeting.





S/1433/08/F – Extension to Annexe – 26 Abbey Street –Amendment: Reduction in size of opening upon southwest elevation.  Information only.

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:

S/1351/08/A – Display of Signs (Retrospective application) – The Ickleton Lion – Greene King

Ickleton Riverside Plansresponse to letter from SCDC – the Chairman explained why he had not responded to the letter received from Greg Harlock (Chief Executive).  It was agreed that if any future controversial application(s) were received, the Parish Council should consider attending the Planning Meetings at SCDC.

SCDC Council Housing Transfer Proposal –The Parish Council wished to thank John Williams for this report.  Cllr John Williams is happy for any tenants to contact him should they wish to read his report..

Village Hallthe Parish Council were very disappointed when it was reported that vandals had broken 4 more windows in the Village Hall last week.  This had been reported to the police. 

Chapel (Quotes and possible Grants)

Robin Driver and Tim Pavelin declared an interest and did not take part in the discussion.

The Clerk had obtained six quotations to repair the Chapel roof.  These ranged from £4591.10 to £490.00.  The Parish Council agreed to accept the quotation for £1961.00 on condition that the work could be done before Christmas.  If this were not possible, the Clerk would approach the Council’s second choice where the quotation was £1973.00.  Once this has been clarified, the grant form from SCDC will be completed and sent off.                          

Rabbits – The situation in the Cemetery was getting worse with more large holes appearing.  Peter Wombwell had been speaking to a local landowner regarding the culling of the rabbits.  The Chairman would also speak to some interested parties in ferreting in the cemetery.  It is hoped other adjacent landowners will try to keep the population of rabbits down.               

Police Neighbourhood Panel Meeting – 6th October 2008 + Speedwatch:

Lewis Duke reported that both he and Jocelyn Flitton attended the above meeting. 

Speedwatch – The police are beginning to progress this initiative but not until after Christmas.  The equipment is provided by the police and manned by volunteers who report offenders to the police who send a warning letter to the offender.  The Parish Council agreed that they would support the scheme (and inform the Police Neighbourhood Panel).  Terry Sadler is happy to lead the liaison group and a request would be put in Icene asking for volunteers – who may or may not operate in their own village.  Interested parties should contact either Jocelyn Flitton or Terry Sadler.                          

The Panel Meeting then covered/discussed anti-social Behaviour in various villages.  It was noted that an effort made by the police had reduced crime.  Our new PCSO Gary Kendall was presented and made himself known.

Other items for your information:

Paint tins are being ‘dumped’ in the Recreation Ground near the re-cycling bins.  These tins should not be left there but taken to the re-cycling tip at Thriplow.

Paper Re-cycling Bins – We do our best to get these emptied as soon as they become full. Unfortunately, this does not happen as quickly as we would like, so would ask that paper, especially of a personal nature, for your own security should either be burnt or shredded, and not left outside the bins.

The Wetlands - The next event being held on the Campus Wetlands is a workday on 22nd November. They will be doing some essential maintenance to the site, which will include the creation of a gravel spur between the lakes (to encourage nesting of birds) and maintenance of the lakes themselves.  All are welcome to attend. They will be meeting at the Mill Lane Level Crossing at 10.30 a.m. on the 22nd November and we should finish at around 1.00 p.m.  Children are welcome (with an appropriate adult of course) and they recommend that you wear Wellington boots and dress appropriately.

Do any of you have any old flowerpots? They are in need of ceramic pots (as they're more durable) and ideally no less than 20cm in diameter, for the gravel spur.  Apparently the Little Ringed Plovers like somewhere to hide in bad weather or when the sparrow hawk is overhead. The idea is to create a small tunnel for them. Even better would be old chimney pots (if anyone has one lying around the place!).  If you would like to come along on 22nd November or have any old flowerpots, please email Gemma Holliday  (gemma@ebi.ac.uk).                                                  Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk



The AGM will be held on Monday 17th November at 7.30 p.m.

Parishioners and other regular users are cordially invited to attend. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of members of the management committee and to make recommendations for the continuing success of the Hall.                                                                                                          The Committee







Money and Morality

There are occasions when it is tempting for clergy to indulge in home spun moralising about matters beyond their ken. The credit crunch offers just such an opportunity, and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have already set an example (‘Archbishops attack City Practices’ BBC News 25th September). I trust readers who know a great deal more about what’s happening out there than me will overlook my foibles just this once!


I know a little about mortgages because I have one. I used to work for a living and, like everyone else, wanted to buy my own home. It was in the mid 1980s that I noticed people were talking about different sorts of mortgages. I didn’t really understand, and we thought it safest to stay with the ordinary repayment mortgage that we were used to. But we did see house prices increasing, and later on people seemed to have much more money to spend. It might not have been money in the pocket, but with a reasonable credit rating and access to several credit cards, the world was yours.

Is it just coincidence that all this was accompanied by changing attitudes to personal morality, the breakdown of social cohesion and family life? ‘Living the dream’ became a chilling catchphrase. In a destructive and greedy milieu it didn’t matter who you stepped on to get there. It really does seem that the way we use (and abuse) money mirrors our attitudes to relationships, family life and community.

The Scotsman offered a prophetic analysis at the turn of the year: ‘From the perspective of 2008, last year's attempts by central bankers to provide liquidity to the money markets are akin to giving Paracetamol to a binge drinker of ten years' standing – it may cure the headache, but will not avert cirrhosis of the liver. The problem has less to do with the liquidity of the banks themselves and more to do with the reluctance of banks to lend to each other. Nobody wants to be holding the sub-prime parcel bomb when the music stops … the truth is that the lending criteria of UK high street banks have been so lax in recent years that much of their lending has been, as near as damn it, sub-prime. Six times income multiples and 125 per cent loan-to-value ratios have been commonplace. Self-certified proof of income has been an incitement to widespread fraud.’

The article concludes: ‘For 2008 a new attitude – dare I say a new morality – is needed. I predict that it will be a year of acceptance that individuals can only live the lifestyle that they can afford without excessive borrowing. Financial institutions will need to tighten up their lending criteria and be more scrupulous about uncovering fraudulent applications. My tip for 2008 is to get yourself a moral compass … and try to make it one that works.’

One of the best loved saints of the Christian Church – Francis of Assisi – pondered the same advice 800 years ago. He turned his back on the consumer society of his day and instead embraced ‘Lady Poverty’. It wasn’t a decision forced upon him by debt, but a ‘eureka moment’, an understanding of the real cost of a bankrupt morality. He founded an order for ordinary people, and one of its aims was and is to help people ‘live simply and share with others.’ In church in November, we celebrate the lives of the saints. We celebrate great saints, like St Francis, and unknown saints too – ordinary people who have seen the destructiveness of a ‘greed is good’ society and showed us what it means to live the Jesus values of service, prayer and work in humility, love and joy.

Andrew Schofield

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

* atschofield@msn.com



Congratulations to Judith Wright who was licensed as a Reader and Lay Minister at Ely Cathedral by the Bishop of Huntingdon on 18th October.



Many thanks to everyone who decorated the Church for the two Harvest Services – they all lasted wonderfully well.

All the fruit and vegetables went to Jimmy’s Night Shelter and were much appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                 Judy Marshall


I just received a thank you letter from Macmillan, for the sum of £121.00 that we raised this year.

We have again been kindly supported by the trustees of the Methodist Church who did not charge any fee for the use of the church. To all of the Trustees I offer my sincere thanks.

This year I had great helpers, and many people also gave something to the Bring and Buy stall. Thank you to everyone, especially Mary Woolhouse, Liz Driver, Anne Marie Hoare and Cynthia Rule. Thank you too to everyone who came for coffee, enabling us to raise such a great sum.                 Ruth Driver





Services in November

                Sunday 2nd

    8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


       All Saints Sunday

  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Sunday School



    6.30 p.m. Commemoration of the Faithful Departed





              Thursday 6th

  11.30 a.m. BCP Communion





                 Sunday 9th

    8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


Remembrance Day

  10.55 a.m. Remembrance Service



    4.00 p.m. Family Service ‘I miss you’





             Thursday 13th

   11.30 a.m. BCP Communion





              Saturday 15th

   Christmas Fair





                Sunday 16th

    8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


       2nd before Advent

  10.00 a.m. Family Communion



    6.30 p.m. Evensong with laying on of hands





            Thursday 20th

  11.30 a.m. BCP Communion





            Saturday 22nd

    Race Night





               Sunday 23rd

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


         Christ the King

 10.00 a.m. Family Service



   6.30 p.m. Evensong followed by Holy Communion





             Thursday 27th

  11.30 a.m. BCP Communion





             Saturday 29th

  Silent Auction





                Sunday 30th

  10.00 a.m. Joint Eucharist with Sunday School




Our current timetable for events in November is as follows:

2nd November (All Saints).  To think about what it means to be a saint - what are the key characteristics and how can we be ‘saint-like’ How do the modern ‘All Saints’ pop group measure up and can we make a song to reflect this?

30th November (Advent 1) The programme will be to think about what advent means, and how we prepare for Christmas.  It will include candle making day.  The candles made by the children will be used in the advent wreath in the church.                                                     Keena McKillen ( 01223 832785                   



Firework & Bonfire Night - Saturday 8th November
Want to avoid queues, crowds and difficult parking? Come along to the family friendly 1st  Whittlesford and Duxford Scout Group annual 'Firework & Bonfire Night' at Hinxton Road, Duxford by the level crossing. Spectacular fireworks display professionally produced by ‘Essex Pyrotechnics’, huge bonfire, BBQ, cakes, drinks, mulled wine, sideshows, sparklers and glow necklaces.
Gates open and food from 5.00 p.m., Bonfire at 6.00 p.m., Fireworks at 6.30 p.m.
Tickets available from Duxford and Whittlesford Post Offices.
Adults £3.50, Children £2 in advance or £4 and £2.50 at the gate. Pre-school children free!
Plenty of free parking.                                                                                       Katherine Denman-Johnson





We had a smaller audience than usual for our cabaret on 4th October due to two other major attractions being held that night.  We were treated to a highly entertaining concert by the Cambridge Crofters, and our members and helpers provided a very good ploughman’s supper during the interval.  Afterwards several members of the audience lent a hand putting away the tables and chairs and helping with the washing up etc.  This was very much appreciated by members of the Group.

Our next event will be on Sunday 7th December at 2.00 p.m. when the Ely Sinfonia will give a performance of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs and other seasonal music.  The delightful story of the Snowman tells what happens when a young boy’s snowman comes to life!   There will be refreshments afterwards and the organisers of the super Summer Sizzler have kindly offered to provide these free of charge.  The Theatre Group likewise will stand the cost of  the performance fee and the hall hire.  All ages are welcome, young and not so young.

The tickets are free but due to limited space in the hall anyone wishing to attend must get tickets from Dilip and Sunita at Costcutter Express.  Once again we are very grateful to them as they have kindly agreed to act as the box-office.

Gordon Woolhouse              




In 1838 two Primitive Methodist missionaries, B. Redhead and J. Jackson from Upwell in Cambridgeshire were told to ‘go forth’ and plant new chapels in areas of their choice.  They chose Saffron Walden, being a place ‘where there was no Methodism there or in the neighbouring villages’.  The thriving Wesleyan Methodist presence didn’t count! (The ‘Prims’ had split from mainstream Wesleyan Methodism 28 years earlier). In the next 14 years subsequent Ministers opened chapels in surrounding villages forming the Saffron Walden Circuit.

In 1852 the chapel at Ickleton, capable of holding 200 people, was opened on its present site at a cost of £231/15/ 6d, with a loan of £120 from Richard Perry of Amberden Hall, in the Parish of Debden, and total debts of £155.

There were 33 members of the Society, among them Richard Barker, gate keeper, Richard Hill and Thomas Howey, both farmers, Thomas Ashby, blacksmith, Thomas Ellis, builder, and Richard Knott, labourer. They were all Trustees of the Chapel, along with Henry Williams, gardener, Decimus Howlden, grocer, and John Kettle, also a grocer, all of Saffron Walden, together with Joseph Davey, farmer, and Thomas Everett, labourer, both of Hinxton.

By March 1856 the number of members had fallen to 17. The number of Ickleton residents at this time was about 700. 

The Chapel had 96 pew seats, which would have to be paid for, and 104 free sittings.

Income for the year was £23/18/10½, pew rents amounting to £3/1/3d, and expenditure £22/ 10s.

In 1932 the two branches of Methodism amalgamated and Ickleton became part of the Bishop’s Stortford circuit, covering three counties.

In 1981 a gift of land at the side and rear of the chapel enabled a vestry/kitchen and toilet to be built. Membership at this time was 16.  During the 1980s the Anglican Church Sunday School met in the chapel, until increased numbers made this impractical.

In 1995 the chapel was refurbished, during which time the congregation met in the Parish Church.  The pews were replaced by comfortable chairs and the chapel reopened in December of that year.

The 150th Anniversary in 2002 saw a whole week of celebrations including a midweek ‘songs of praise’ and Saturday concert, culminating in a Sunday afternoon service with David Kossoff as guest speaker, followed by a traditional Methodist tea.   The service had to be held in the village hall to accommodate all the visitors.

A large proportation of the archives are held at Essex Record Office, and time constraints have made it impossible to consult these to give a more comprehensive history.  It is hoped to rectify this to a certain extent in an exhibition to celebrate the bi-centenary of Primitive Methodism in 2010, probably in Saffron Walden.                                                  Rosina Down – Current Archivist








Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Remembrance event we had intended to put on in the Church on Friday 7th November due to illness and other factors.  We are very sorry, but hope to hold this event next year.  In the meantime we are planning one of our usual walks over the Christmas and New Year holiday to help you burn off a few calories.

The wine tasting we held last February proved so popular that we hope to stage another one early in 2009.  More information next month.                                       

Rachel Radford



Children in Need

This year’s Children In Need appeal will be supported by the Ickleton Social Club with the following events:

Friday 14th November at 8.00 p.m. Knockout Darts Competition.

Saturday 15th November at 8.45 p.m. Children in Need Quiz Night.

£3.00 per person teams of up to four people maximum, includes a free buffet

Please come along and give your support to these events, and have a very enjoyable social evening.                                                                                                

Ickleton Social Club Committee



Ickleton, Hinxton & Duxford Conservatives will be holding a supper party on Friday 28th November 7.30 p.m. at Mowbrays, Church Street, by kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Robin Driver.

We will be providing a delicious hot meal, plus cheese and fruit.  Tickets price £10.00, including a glass of wine.

Next year there will be the County Council and European Parliamentary Elections so we are delighted that Mr. John Flack, a prospective MEP candidate will be coming to update us on the European situation.                                                                     

Joan Frankau / Simon Casement



Member’s Night was held in September this year, and took the form of a cheese tasting evening laid on by the staff of Waitrose, Saffron Walden, and organised by Mavis Peck and her helpers.  In lieu of a fee the staff accepted a donation for the Teenager’s Trust ward in Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Peter Lawrence was the speaker for October. Peter, with the help of slides, took us on a tour of London Docklands, past and present, including Canary Wharf (very topical!).  Peter’s historic and geographical knowledge is exceptional, and we learnt a great deal in the space of one hour. Members requested that we book him again to talk about the history of medieval churches.

The next meeting will be on November 19th when the speaker Andrew Jackson will show slides and talk about ‘Surprising Suffolk’.

Visitors welcome.                                                                                               

Cynthia Rule



The October meeting was well attended and much enjoyed. Graham Proctor from the Crown Nursery, near Woodbridge spoke about the history of apples, and gave a hands-on demonstration of apple pruning and grafting.

On October 10th twenty-five members visited Prince Charles’ garden at ‘Highgrove’. This was the highlight of our gardening year.

Winner of the best bloom competition – a dahlia, was won by Marilyn Richardson, well done Marilyn!

At next month’s meeting on November 5th we will learn how to grow vegetables in raised beds. Visitors welcome.                                                                                             

Cynthia Rule








This first half term at school has flown by. 

We have welcomed the new Reception class into the school, who are settling in very well.  

They were very proud to show how well they are doing with their literacy skills, when parents and carers were invited into school a few weeks ago. 

Years 3 & 4 visited Audley End Mansion, where they were given Victorian names and had an opportunity to see what life as a servant was like in a stately home. It was a very successful visit.

Years 2 & 6 have had their class assemblies, with Year 2 giving a lovely rendition of counting from 1 to 10 in Italian, from their recent Italian lessons.

We had a wonderful Harvest Festival assembly, with a great response to our request for gifts, and the staff of Jimmy’s Night Shelter were delighted.  The Macmillan Coffee Morning held the same day in school, raised £120 for Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Our popular chess, pottery and film clubs have resumed with record numbers attending, and our after school sports clubs continue to be very popular.  We are very grateful to all the volunteers from the community who give up their time to run these clubs.  If you have a good idea for a school club, do get in touch with us.

Parents and carers were invited to attend a weekly course this half term, called ‘Keeping up with the Children in Numeracy’, which explains how maths is taught in schools, and provides strategies to support children at home.  The course has been very well received.

The last day of half term is a special day in school, when the children get into their ‘house groups’ and take part in a range of fun activities with a team-building theme.  The four houses are named after aeroplanes: Concorde, Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane.  Children are awarded house points for all sorts of good behaviour or good work; these are collected weekly, shared in assembly and at the end of each half-term the winning house is rewarded with a special House Playtime.  At the end of the ‘house day’ the house captains for the forthcoming year will be elected. 

Next half term will be even busier.  The school PTA are hosting the Duxford Art Fair on 7th November where a piece of artwork form every child will be on display alongside work from many local professional artists.   Towards the end of term the children will of course also be getting ready for Christmas!                                                 

Clare Delderfield -  Parent Governor





On final approach to take ownership of Duxford’s historic runways

The Imperial War Museum has today announced it is in the final stages of negotiation to take ownership of a significant area of land immediately adjoining the Museum in an agreement that will protect the runway at IWM Duxford and ensure the famous airfield remains open to historic aircraft for years to come.

With the support and agreement of Cambridgeshire County Council, which presently owns the land, the IWM will purchase the runway and the grassland surrounding it, thereby contributing to the long term preservation of the historic airfield whilst simultaneously enabling the Museum to better plan for its future as a leading centre of international heritage aviation.

Since 1977, when it was transferred by the Secretary of State for Defence, the large area of grass that includes Duxford’s two runways – one grass and one tarmac – has been owned by Cambridgeshire County Council.  Now, following agreement in principle by Councillors at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 7th October, ownership of the land will pass to the Imperial War Museum, which already owns the remainder of the historic airfield and its listed buildings, contemporary hangars and exhibition buildings, and many of the former RAF buildings to the north of the A505.

Commenting on the agreement, Richard Ashton, Director of IWM Duxford, said: “This is an important and historically significant achievement for the Museum.  By gaining ownership of the runways and the land around them the IWM has ensured the preservation for future generations of the historic airfield, its heritage and landmark buildings and the wonderful landscape context it is set in.  I am grateful for the support shown by Cambridgeshire County Council in bringing this transfer of ownership to fruition.  It can only serve to strengthen Duxford’s reputation as the leading centre of heritage aviation in the world.”

Please contact Christian Pratt ( 01223 499319 or email cpratt@iwm.org.uk.





This year’s card features an evening view of Ickleton church by Colin Hayes.  A mock-up of the card and an order form is on view inside the porch of the church.  Stock should be available by end October, price £4.50 for 10 or 50p each for singles, from Colin and Rosemary Hayes, Durhams Farmhouse, Butchers Hill or email cjf.hayes@btopenworld.com .

All proceeds to Ickleton Church.



The Association would like to say a big thank you to The Wellcome Trust and Scotsdales for their kind donation. Anyone interested in joining the Association, or who would like further information regarding a plot, please contact Louise Andrew, loulou1979@hotmail.com,






                   November 3rd

Mobile Library


Gt. Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting


 8.00 p.m. Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Duxford Art Fair 6.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Duxford School


Bonfire & Fireworks Night from 5.00 p.m. Hinxton Road, Duxford


Remembrance Sunday, Duxford Airfield


Knockout Darts Competition 8.00 p.m. Social Club


Children in Need Quiz Night 8.45 p.m. Social Club


Women and Children at War, Duxford Airfield


Village Hall AGM 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Wetlands Work Day 10.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.


Conservative Supper Party 7.30 p.m. Mowbrays


Visiting Bellringers 10.00 a.m. – 1.15 p.m. approx


Bomber Harris – Hero or Villain, Duxford Airfield

                  December 7th

The Snowman, Ely Sinfonia 2.00 p.m. Village Hall