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David and Monica Lilley





Tony Court

Hilary Rule



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


12th December   2008




Refuse Collections during December

Monday     1st  December    -        Black bin collection

Monday     8th  December    -        Green bin and green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday  15th  December     -        Black bin collection

Monday  22nd December     -        Green bin and green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday  29th  December     -        Black bin collection

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


Ickleton Parish Council will meet in December on Wednesday 10th  December instead of 17th December.

The following items were discussed at the meeting held on Wednesday 19th November 2008:

Mill Lane Crossing – The Clerk has written twice to Mr Gary Nolan at Network Rail.  The second letter contained 6 photographs of the crossing together with an appropriate article from the Daily Telegraph.  The Clerk had received a phone call on November 18th from John Eccles who said he was now looking into the problem, which he will try to resolve, but it may take a week or two.  The Chairman had visited the crossing at lunchtime today and whilst he was there 16 people crossed over the line. The Parish Council agreed that copies of the letters should be sent to Andrew Lansley CBE MP, and that the Chairman would now contact the press.  

Grange Road closure – Carillion WSP have confirmed that the road works will commence at 8.00 a.m. on Monday 1st December and are expected to be completed by the evening of Friday 5th  December 2008.  The hours of work will be 8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.  The diversion route is along Coploe Road onto Royston Lane or left onto Strethall Road.

Wellcome Trust – Dog Bin – This has now been installed in Mill Lane near the railway crossing.

Planning application(s) received from SCDC:

S/1446/08/LB – Garden Room Extension to Annexe – 26 Abbey Street–Information only.

S/1626/08/F – Additional Dwelling – 13 Birds Close – Mr S James.  Liz Goddard declared an interest in 13 Birds Close and did not take part in the discussions for this application.   A site meeting had been held and was discussed.  Approve

S/1821/08/F – Garden Room – Caldrees Manor, Abbey Street – Approve

S/1823/08/LB – Alterations - Replacement of conservatory by glazed garden room – Caldrees Manor, Abbey Street –  Approve

S/1839/08/F – Extension (Amendment to approved application ref. S/0357/08/F) – 21 Mill Lane –   Approve





S/1751/08/F – Replacement Shed – 44 Frogge Street –  .

Mr Robin Driver and Mr Tim Pavelin declared an interest in this application and did not take part in the discussions - Approve

S/1844/08/F – Replacement Gates & Fencing – Harlequin House, 43 Abbey Street –  Approve

S/1551/08/F – Extensions, Alterations & Conversion of Existing Agricultural Buildings to Offices (Use Class B1) following demolition of Store – Abbey Farm, Duxford Road.  These plans had only been received on Monday 17th November and it was agreed that a site meeting should be held before a decision could be made.                            

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:

S/1433/08/F – Extension to Annexe – 26 Abbey Street –

S/1446/08/LB – Garden Room Extension to Annexe – 26 Abbey Street

Application for tree works subject to a preservation order or in a conservation area:

C/11/40/54 – Lop and prune 6 trees (3 Lylandi and 3 self-set trees: Ash, Hazel & Walnut) – Gurner House, 20 Church Street  Approve


Tim Pavelin was concerned following the recent accidents in Frogge Street and felt that this tied in with an e-mail we had received from Great Chesterford Parish Council, telling us the 30mph limit is being moved to under the bridge towards Ickleton in March 2009.  It was agreed that we would write to D Lines (CCC) requesting an extension of the 30mph limit in Frogge Street.  It was also agreed to ask for the speed limit in Coploe Road to be extended as it was felt this was important due to the recent introduction of the Allotments.  The Chairman also asked if the Allotment Association could cut the hedge (opposite the seat) back to ensure a clearer vision for traffic.

Chapel and Grant application to SCDC - The repair work on the Chapel has now been completed but it has been pointed out that further work is required.  Peter Wombwell will visit the site with Andy Hoare to assess the situation.  An application to SCDC for a grant has been sent and we await the outcome.  It was agreed to put the future use of the Chapel on the next Agenda.  If anyone would like to put forward any suggestions, please let the Parish Clerk know.

Duxford Airfield (IWM) Management Liaison Committee Representative:

A letter had been received from Graham Igglesden saying he would have to retire as our Representative due to ill health.  The Parish Council said Mr Igglesden had put in, over many years, a lot of time and hard work and they wished to record this. A letter of appreciation will be sent.   It was agreed that Lewis Duke would replace him as the Representative.     

Speed Watch Response:  Neither Terry Sadler nor the Clerk had received a response for volunteers.  This information will be passed back to the Police.

Items which may prove of interest:
Cambridgeshire County Council offer useful advice when organising outdoor events on their website: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/managing/events/

City Centre Management in partnership with Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council has recently launched a website to make it easier to walk around Cambridge. Your route will be generated, detailing journey time, calories burned and CO2 emissions saved!  Visit:  www.walkit.com/cambridge

Cambridgeshire County Council offer a Village Benefits Advice Service.  For further information, please contact Anjela Davis ( 01223 715901 or Ian Collins ( 01223 715900.

Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk



The collection in the village this year amounted to £828.67, including the Church collection of £190 on Remembrance Sunday.  Thank you to all who gave so generously.  Both were unfortunately less than last year’s record.  The Parish Council will not decide on the amount of their donation for the village wreath until their December meeting, so that has not been included in the figure above.  Without the efforts of our band of collectors, none of this would be possible.  Very many thanks therefore go to Sheila Birch, Jackie Casement, Pat Facer, Lena Frost, Yvonne Hall, John and Judy Marshall, Caroline Owen, Sally Pearce and Hilary Rule.  Thanks also to Costcutter Express, the Ickleton Lion, the Social Club and to our new neighbours on Grange Road, R.A.G.T. Seeds for their help by displaying collecting boxes.

Malcolm Hall  - Honorary Organiser






Services for December

             Thursday 4th

  11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





               Sunday 7th

 8.00 a.m.  BCP Holy Communion


                Advent 2

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Sunday School



  6.30 p.m. Advent Service – O Antiphons





            Thursday 11th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





           Saturday 13th

5.00 p.m. An Hour of Concert featuring



Duxford Workshop Choir





             Sunday 14th

 8.00 a.m. BCP Holy Communion


             Advent  3

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  4.00 p.m. Christingle Service



  6.30 p.m. Lessons and Carols





            Thursday 18th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





             Sunday 21st

  8.00 a.m. BCP Holy Communion


              Advent 4

 10.00 a.m. Family Communion



   4.00 p.m. Christingle Service (St John’s Duxford)



                   (bring a torch, wrap up warm!)



  6.30 p.m. Lessons and Carols





        Wednesday 24th

  4.00 p.m. Christingle Service



11.30 p.m. Midnight Mass





          Thursday 25th

  9.00 a.m. Christmas Eucharist


        Christmas Day

10.30 a.m. Christmas Eucharist





            Sunday 28th

 8.00 a.m. BCP Holy Communion


            Christmas 1   

10.00 a.m. Family Service



 6.30 p.m. Evensong followed by Holy Communion



Christingle Service Sunday December 14th

The special All-age Services we have been running in Ickleton Church this year have proved very popular. Young and old alike have enjoyed puppets, sketches and learning new songs. Together we’ve joined in with interactive readings and discovered new ways of praying using balloons, pictures and magazines.

Some or all of the above will also feature in our Christingle Service this year on Sunday December 14th at 4.00 p.m., and we‘d love to see you there. While the shops have been full of Christmas merchandise for weeks, this is a great opportunity to really get ‘in the mood’ for Christmas, sing some carols and be reminded of the real Christmas message. This year children from our newly formed Sunday School will also be taking part. A collection will be taken during the service for the work of the Children’s Society and afterwards we’re delighted to announce that everyone is again invited to mulled wine and mince pies (or juice and a biscuit) at Norman Hall courtesy of Caroline and Julian Owen and family.

If you can’t make the 14th there will also be a Christingle Service at St John’s Duxford on December 21st and at Hinxton Church on Christmas Eve.

Last year we made 100 Christingles before the service. If anyone would like to join the assembly team this year please contact Mandy Jeffery mandy.jeffery@tiscali.co.uk








Waiting for Christmas

This year, my first sight of a Christmas crib, complete with Wise Men and Baby Jesus, was on 24th October at Manchester’s Trafford Centre shopping mall. Only two months to go then! With such an early start, children have a long time to wait for Christmas these days. For them and most of us, waiting is a negative experience. The bus is late? You can’t do anything about it; you just have to sit there and wait. Waiting is such a waste of time, a frustrating state determined by events wholly out of our hands, a pointless space between where we are and where we want to be.

In the Gospel stories of Christmas, the whole opening scene is filled with waiting people: Zechariah and Elizabeth are waiting, Mary is waiting, Simeon and Anna are waiting. But this isn’t passive, pointless waiting. All of them hear, in one way or another, the words "Do not be afraid. I have something good to tell you." Their waiting is with a sense of promise and hope and purpose.

Waiting is hard for us because we are usually waiting for something that we want - "I wish I could have that job. I wish the weather would be better. I wish the pain would go away." Waiting is a way of trying to control the future. It’s hard because we want to do things that will make the desired events happen.

But sometimes we just have to let go, as Mary did when confronted by the angel. Her words "I am the handmaid of the Lord … let what you have said be done to me" actually meant "I don't know what this all means, but I trust that good things will happen." In a world preoccupied with control, open-ended waiting like Mary’s is a challenging and radical attitude towards life. So is the trust that something will happen to us that is far beyond our imaginings, that God moulds us according to God's love and not according to our fear.

So it is that Christians dare to say that God is a God of love even when we see hatred all around. That is why we can claim that God is a God of life even when we see death and destruction and agony all around us. The whole purpose of the Christian community is to offer a space in which people can wait without being defeated by anxiety or despair. We wait together, nurturing what has already begun, expecting its fulfilment - that is the meaning of marriage, friendship, community, and the Christian life.

Without waiting we do not mature; without waiting we cannot be ready for what follows. Waiting is a necessary part of the process of invitation and response. We need to live with the night and darkness before we can greet the dawn. And this is written into nature too. The expectant mother must wait nine long months before she sees the face of her child. The seed must be buried and broken open in the dark earth before it can emerge into the light of day as a new green shoot.

This cycle of waiting and birthing is not just a past incident in the life of a Jewish maiden who lived long ago in far away Palestine. It is a story that is re-lived whenever a child is conceived, whenever there is a cry of joy at a long awaited birth, whenever there is a longing for liberation from tyranny, whenever there is a gleam of hope and a striving for something beyond the obvious and immediate.

Join us at church this Christmas as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child - and make it a special time of waiting and hope for you and your family.

Andrew Schofield

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

( 01223 832137 * atschofield@msn.com




On 7th December at 10.00 a.m. we will think about how we knew Jesus was coming – the role of the prophets and how these link the New and Old Testament.  Bible search and activities follow the prophecies about Jesus through the Bible.

                                                                                                             Keena McKillen ( 01223 832785




Our next coffee morning will be on 2nd December when we shall be having mince pies and mulled wine in addition to our normal goodies.  Attendances have remained consistently at 30+ but new visitors are always welcome.                                                                   Rosemary McKillen











Carol Singing around the village will be on Thursday 18th December. Arrangements as usual. All welcome.  Start 6.00 p.m. at Grange Road/Coploe Road corner. For latecomers joining we proceed via Birds Close, Back Lane, then back to Abbey Street… etc.

Collecting will be in aid of ‘Red Balloon’ a locally based charity dedicated to helping victims of bullying.

After the singing – victuals at the house of Miranda and Mark Stone-Wigg.

Pit stop half-way chez Rosemary and Colin Hayes.

Any questions - contact John Williams or Jacquie Casement.



Social Evening and Tutored Beer Tasting

Ickleton-Duxford-Whittlesford-Thriplow Lib Dems will be holding a Social Evening and Tutored Beer Tasting on Friday 5th December, 7.30 p.m. at Thriplow Village Hall. All welcome.

Tickets: £10 - including light refreshments and, of course, beer!

From: John Williams  or Tim Stone (01223 836527



I had to write these few lines after reading the write-up on Cyril Webb, once again you get taken back many years.  Cyril, Lucy and Ivan were our neighbours from the time we lived at 19 Birds Close. My mother and Lucy got on very well, and often talked ‘over the fence’. Cyril was such a nice man and achieved a wonderful age of 93.  Up to the last few years we would always speak of old times when he was able to get to the Ickleton Church Fete. He would know who I was.

Now all the horse-carriage work has finished I get to see horses at Solihull Riding Club connected with the dressage competitions, although with the weather this year, thank goodness it can all be indoors from October 1st. Many events were cancelled in the so-called summer. Let’s hope we can have a better summer in 2009.

As Christmas looms David and myself wish you all the best, and take care of yourselves.                                                                                                                                         

Molly Dagley (nee Clements)



A history book of Hinxton (The Life and Times of Hinxton) was produced as part of our millennium celebrations.  We ran out of books several years ago, but I have recently had the book scanned and put on disc, so that it is safely retained for future generations; copies are now available again at £10 each.  The book runs to 153 pages and includes over 40 black and white photographs.  If you are interested in a copy, or know of anyone who might like one, please contact me.                                                    

Virginia Walker, William House, Hinxton




Our guest speaker for the November meeting was Peter Morris who is a much sort after speaker and a R.H.S. Show Judge.  Peter used slides to demonstrate how to build raised beds for growing vegetables. The amount of produce which could be grown in a small space was incredible, proving that anyone with a space of approx 4ft x 8ft can grow their own.  He was very inspirational!  Also included in his talk was preparing the ground for allotments, and how to grow vegetables for showing.  Peter brought along a selection of his own vegetables, all of which he donated to the raffle.

The next meeting on December 3rd in the Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford at 8.00 p.m. will be a talk on ‘The Work of The Woodland Trust’.

Visitors Welcome.                                                                                  

Cynthia Rule




A small, friendly Bridge Club meets weekly in Hinxton Village Hall on THURSDAYS from 2.00 p.m. to just after 4.00p.m.  If anyone is interested in joining, why not come along and see whether this is for you.  If you would like further details, please phone Mick Bell ( 01223 893951.  Playing levels are of various standards.  There is no membership fee, but you are asked to contribute £1 each time you play.




New Year's Day Walk

The New Year's Day walk will be at the west end of the parish starting at OS 456420.  Please park cars on the grass verge leading up to Gipsy Corner and walk back to where the footpath to Redlands joins the road, arriving there for 11.00 a.m.  We shall follow hedge lines along the parish boundary for about 2.5kms before returning to the cars via Grange road.  Please keep all dogs on leads and walk along the field margins. There should be good views from the ridge, weather permitting. Walkers are invited to a soup and scone lunch at ‘Howeys’ afterwards.  If anyone would like to make some soup for lunch, please telephone me.


Coploe Pit

The Cambridge Conservation Trust Volunteers are coming to work on clearing the Pit on Sunday, December 14th. Anyone wishing to come and help, even for a short time, would be very welcome. Work starts about 10.30 a.m.                                                         

Sheila Birch 




The Association would like to say a big thank you to Andrew Shepperd for his help with the Ickleton Allotment website, http://www.ickletonvillage.co.uk/.

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



W.I. Members please note the change of date for the December meeting from December 10th to Thursday, December 11th 7.30 p.m. start.

A reminder that members have been asked to contribute to the pot supper with a tea plate of either mince-pies, small cakes or mini savouries.  Also, the usual Xmas present exchange will take place.

The November guest speaker was Andrew Jackson who gave a wonderful insight with slides into the many interesting aspects to be found in the county of Suffolk.  An inspiration to visit it more often!                                                                                                         

Cynthia Rule




For the Spring 2009 term the course will be:

Sense & Nonsense in Psychology (Tutor: John Daines) – 10 weekly sessions

Understanding why other people think and act as they do can provide us with insights into our own attitudes, reactions and behaviours. Interested?—then this participative course is for you.

Often topical and /or amusing - never boring.

This will be held every Wednesday morning from 14th January 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. in Ickleton Village Hall. For more information please contact: Margaret Beston.

Course fees are £43, free to those on certain means tested benefits.

The first two sessions may be sampled at £4.30 per session, deductible from the course fee if continuing.




I read with interest the article in the November Icene on Ickleton Methodist Chapel, as I have lived in the village of Upwell for the past eleven years, from where Primitive Methodist missionaries B. Redhead and J. Jackson travelled to establish Methodist chapels in the Saffron Walden area.

Coupled with this are my very happy memories of being a member of the Sunday School at the Ickleton Chapel, during my stay as a wartime evacuee, from 1939-1945 when the Stigwood family presided over the proceedings, and who I feel privileged to have known. Joining this welcoming group of people, in a joyous atmosphere of rousing hymns and choruses, enjoying Christmas parties, gathering flowers and foliage from the hedgerows to decorate the chapel for harvest, all this added to a memorable part of my childhood, for which I will always be grateful.                                                                                                                                                    

Connie Gravett




Mrs. Hilda Woodley, who died in 1999 aged nearly 101, could remember almost all the Ickleton men who lost their lives in World War I.  Now, a short nine years later, following the death of Mrs. Doris Page, I do not think there is anyone who can remember any of them.

There is information about them on the war graves website www.cwgc.org and on the war memorials website www.roll-of-honour.com.

Below I have attempted to show how most of them were related to people still living in Ickleton, or at least to people who we still remember.

George Edmund Bance  ?

Arthur Edward Carder uncle of Lil and Beat Carder

Herbert Carder step-brother of Daisy Page and Dora Haynes

Walter Barnabas Carder father of Lil and Beat Carder

George Frederick Dean father of Joan Dawson

Peter Flitton great-uncle of Bryan and Gerald Flitton and Beryl Harris

Herbert Freeman step-brother of Percy Page

George Frederick Godfrey uncle of Tony Godfrey

Leonard William Griggs uncle of Richard Griggs (Hinxton)

Alfred Hopwood   ?

Joseph Hutley brother of Pat Hutley

Arthur Page brother of Percy Page

Ernest Page uncle of Jack Page and Mildred Keeble (Hinxton)

Alfred John Reynolds   ?

Reuben Turner brother of Mrs. Coston, Mrs. Baynes and Miss Turner

Eustace Webb uncle of Cyril Webb and Irene Lees

There were two deaths in 1915, two in 1916, nine in 1917 and three in 1918.

The three members of the Carder family (two of them brothers) died within about six weeks of each other.

All three Carders and Eustace Webb were bellringers at Ickleton Church. Only one other village in East Anglia lost so many ringers.

Five children were left fatherless.                                                                                

David Lilley





Our new clinical software is now fully installed at the practice.  For the last few weeks the whole team has been trying to learn new ways of working, and we hope that this has not caused too much inconvenience to our patients.  For us, it felt as if we had all started a new job on the same day.  We are still very much on a learning curve, but are confident that the new software will help us enormously in providing an excellent service to our patients.

The new on-line appointment system and repeat prescription ordering service does however seem to have had a few teething problems.  Initially we understood that all passwords from our previous system would be transferred over automatically.  In reality this was not as straightforward as we imagined, and we have reissued many passwords for patients who used our previous system.  The system is now running more smoothly and allows patients to make appointments and order prescriptions 24 hours a day. Please contact the practice if you would like to register for this service.

The flu vaccination season is well and truly under way.  If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination and have not yet booked your appointment we urge you to do so as soon as possible.

By the time you read this article we will be nearing the festive season.  The practice will be closed on Thursday 25th December, Friday 26th December and Thursday 1st January.  Please order your repeat prescription requests in good time (ideally by 10th December). We suggest that you order enough medication to last until Monday 12th January.  Please also allow 72 working hours for us to dispense your medication, as our workload increases enormously during this period.  It is important that you clearly state where you would like to collect your medicine from, for example, our dispensary and pharmacy or village collection points.

Finally, we would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

Jenny Parker – Assistant Practice Manager




Once again this year we will be decorating our garden and house front with lighting. Please come and see us.

We are collecting for our usual charity The Breast Cancer Unit at Addenbrooke’s.

Hope to see you. A Happy Christmas from Carol and Barry Turton, Bird’s Close.



Relief in Need Charity  

Any resident of the village who is in genuine financial need, and who wishes to be considered for help with their winter heating costs, should apply to the Hon. Clerk in writing before 5th December.  Only new applicants need apply.


Almshouse vacancy

The middle almshouse (no. 7) is still vacant, and we are open to receive applications from

local people.

All the Almshouses have been renovated very recently, and this cottage has a bright airy lounge, bedroom with en-suite facilities, and a modern kitchen with built-in cooker and microwave.

Resident’s contributions are set at a very reasonable level, and include heating and hot water.

Please direct enquiries to The Clerk, 1 Abbey Street.




Please join us in the Village Hall on MONDAY 15th DECEMBER for our Children’s Christmas Party.  From 9.30 a.m. we will be running our usual free play session with a lovely Christmas craft. This will be followed by a visit from Father Christmas with presents for the children.  More playing will follow and finally a party lunch with food donated by the parents and carers attending. 
Please do come down to Froglets to let us know if you can make the party or email me Sharon Gilbert msbadgilbert@tiscali.co.uk. Thanks.




                December 1st

Mobile Library


 Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon  Church


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


Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Lib. Dems Social Evening 7.30 p.m. Thriplow Village Hall


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


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Froglets Christmas Party 9.30 a.m. Village Hall


Mobile Library


Carol Singing 6.00 p.m. start Grange Road/Coploe Road Corner



                   January 1st

Ickleton Society New Year’s Day Walk 11.00 a.m.