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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 January  2009



Refuse Collections during January

Monday         5th January         -        Green bin and green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       12th  January        -        Black bin collection

Monday       19th  January        -        Green bin and green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       26th  January        -        Black bin collection

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


The Parish Council trust everyone had a Happy Christmas and would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.


The following items were discussed at the meeting held on Wednesday 10th December 2008:

Mill Lane Crossing – The Clerk had sent a letter to Mr A Lansley CBE MP and would chase for a reply in the New Year if one had not been received.  In the absence of Mr Driver, it was unknown if he had contacted the press.  The Clerk was asked to contact Wellcome Trust and ask if they would write to Network Rail (with a copy to Mr Lansley).

Cemetery Chapel - Grant application to SCDC and response.  A letter from SCDC had been received which stated that grants are given before the work is completed.  Unfortunately in this case the work had been completed before the grant was obtained.  The Clerk has spoken to Shona Smith at SCDC and they will send someone out to look at the work and then make a decision as to whether or not a grant can be given.

Closure of Frogge Street on 09/12/08 CCC (Highways) inform us that BT booked ‘road space’ for that day for urgent emergency repairs to a blocked duct, which was leaving some local residents without a telephone service.  This is allowed within the New Roads and Streetworks Act as long as it is a genuine emergency.  Both the bus company and the emergency services were notified about this closure, and it is up to Stagecoach as to how they handle the situation. 

Planning application(s) received from SCDC:               

S/1551/08/F – extensions, alterations & conversion of existing Agric. Buildings to Offices – Abbey Farm, Duxford Road – Mr L Duke – Site meeting held – Approve  (SCDC already notified of decision)

S/1552/08/LB – Alterations, extension & conversion of two outbuildings to office use, with attached wall and gates – Abbey Farm, Duxford Road – Mr L Duke – Site meeting held – Approve (SCDC already notified of decision)

S/1846/08/LB – Install replacement vehicular and pedestrian gates and fences – Harlequin House, 43 Abbey Street – Approve  (SCDC already notified of decision)

S/1839/08/F – Extension (Amendment to Approved Application Ref S/0357/08/F) – New drawings showing a new window on ground floor of extension in utility room – 21 Mill Lane.  Jane Hurst declared an interest and did not take place in the discussions.  Approve.

S/1626/08/F – Additional Dwelling – 13 Birds Close – Amendment – Revised site plans showing on-site parking and turning areas – Information only

Other items of interest:

Cambridgeshire Police have recently carried out speed checks in Abbey and Frogge Street – with success.

Freecycle Saffron Walden is about re-use and keeping good stuff out of landfills.  It is an internet listings service, which is open to all local people who want to exchange unwanted items for free.  Sign in at:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Freecycle_SaffronWalden (There is an underscore between Freecycle and Saffron Walden).                                            Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk








No vicar? No problem!

It’s hardly surprising if there is a certain nervousness in the councils of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton Churches at the moment. After four years here, the vicar is taking early retirement, and no-one is quite sure how long it will be for before a new one arrives – it could easily be twelve months. Churches need a vicar - it’s the way they’re constructed - so when one leaves, there is an uncomfortable hiatus. It’s even more complicated when there are three separate and individual parishes, each with its own needs.


But all is not lost! The fact is that most aspects of church life in the three villages are organised, not by the vicar, but by the people of the congregations, their churchwardens and church councils. Indeed, these days the vicar isn’t the only minister in church; there is a ministry team. Ministry is shared by clergy (paid, retired and voluntary), licensed ministers (Lay Ministers), elected officers (such as church wardens) and a whole variety of others - pastoral assistants, children's workers, people involved in evangelism, in the local school, in community projects of many sorts.


Just as a priest is commissioned for ministry at ordination, so church members are commissioned by baptism. At the heart of the Church’s understanding of ministry is the belief that all Christians are called and gifted by God as ‘fellow-workers for Christ’. Some, like Churchwardens, hold a formal and ancient legal office. Others such as children's workers and parish visitors exercise their ministry through a parish commissioning or less formal arrangement. There has been a rediscovery of the New Testament emphasis of ministry based on the gifts of all. We are encouraged to use those gifts, including the ones where particular people receive explicit authorisation in the church.


So it is that a new ministry of prayer and care has been authorised in Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton. There comes a point in most people’s lives where you just don’t know where to turn for help. Our churches want to offer prayer support to people facing problems, with a particular (but not exclusive) focus on those coping with illness (their own or that of a loved one). From the beginning of January there will be prayer cards in each church. On them you can write the name of someone for whom you would like prayer (it can, of course, be your own name) and if you would like a visit. Details of your church contact (who has been properly and publicly authorised for this ministry) are given below and they can explain more about how prayer support will work.


There have been significant changes in the life of local churches over recent years. Gone is the emphasis on institution and hierarchy which separated clergy and laity. Concepts of inclusiveness, community, co-operation and the mutual sharing of gifts underlie a new understanding of church. So when the vicar goes (his last service is on January 18th) church life won’t grind to a halt – the ministers in each church will see to that!


Andrew Schofield

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

( 01223 832137 * atschofield@msn.com









                Sunday 4th 

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion



10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





            Thursday 8th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





              Sunday 11th

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


        Baptism of Christ     

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





           Thursday 15th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





              Sunday 18th

 11.00 a.m. Joint Eucharist


              Epiphany 2






           Thursday 22nd

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





               Sunday 25th 

  8.00 a.m. BCP Communion


               Epiphany 3

 10.00 a.m. Family Service



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





             Thursday 29th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion



First Sunday (4th) 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.

Thursday Communion at Hinxton  This now takes place at 11.30 a.m.

Church Coffee Morning  This takes place on 6th January 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon.



On 4th January (Epiphany) we think about how the word of Jesus was spread beyond the Jewish people.  Who were the three kings? Who are the gentiles? What does that mean for us? Star search and star making activities.                                           Keena McKillen ( 01223 832785




Julian meetings are an international organisation.  These are non-denominational meetings of Christians for silent prayer and are not discussion groups.  For further information see www.julianmeetings.org/ 

Julian meetings take place in Ickleton, normally once a month, on the third Wednesday of the month at 2.15 p.m. for about an hour.  At the Ickleton meeting we have about half an hour of silence, usually introduced by a piece of music or poetry and ending with a piece of music.  Afterwards we have a cup of something.  People from surrounding villages are welcome, and for many years we have worked in conjunction with a group based in Haslingfield, which meets in the evening on the first Monday of the month.  (Contact for Haslingfield, Val Houghton on email val@familyh.co.uk )

Newcomers will be very welcome, if only to try it and see if this is for you.  For further information about local meeting venues, please contact Tricia Newland, email patrica.newland@gmail.com








The members of the Over 60s wish to thank the kind ladies of the Summer Sizzlers organisation for providing us with a lovely Christmas dinner at The Eight Bells, Saffron Walden, plus a surprise bag of goodies. We were quite overwhelmed with their generosity, so thank you once again! It was unfortunate that Cecil, George and Barbara weren’t able to attend the dinner due to ill health, it is hoped they will be well enough to come to the Christmas tea on December 17th at 2.30 p.m. in the village Hall.

There will be no more meetings until we start again on February 18th 2009.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank David Lilley for putting out the tables and chairs ready for our meetings, it is greatly appreciated.  Also thank you Ruth for my box of Thorntons – my favourites, and for her very kind words.

A Happy New Year to you all.                                                                                                 Cynthia Rule



The Sunday afternoon concert on 7th December was much enjoyed by all age groups who attended. It commenced with the Christmas Concerto by Arcangelo Corelli, and was followed by an astonishing virtuoso percussion performance by Chris Brannick, who enjoys an international reputation.  The first instrument Chris played was an Egyptian Tambourine, which is slightly larger than the ones with which we are all familiar, and with which he produced a wonderful range of sounds, followed by an impressive and amusing display of the full range of percussion instruments.

The story of the Snowman was beautifully narrated by Robin Moore, with dramatic backing from the Sinfonia, and as the story reached its climax Ely Cathedral Treble James Farmer sa$ng ‘Floating in the Air’. Three further festive items followed and the concert ended with the audience joining the Sinfonia in a lusty rendition of ‘God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen’ and ‘O Come all ye Faithful’.

Special thanks are due to ADEC who jointly sponsored the concert, to the members of the Theatre Group Committee for organising yet another first class event, and to the Summer Sizzler ladies for providing the teas afterwards.                                                                  Gordon Woolhouse  




We had a most successful and enjoyable supper party at Mowbrays by kind invitation of the Drivers on Friday 28th November.  We had a good turnout from our branch with support from Comberton.  Our guest John Flack, a prospective candidate for the European parliament gave a lively and informative review ahead of the June 2009 European elections.

To reinvigorate our branch we need additional support from younger people in the village.

If you would like to join us please contact:                                 Joan Frankau

                                                                                                 Simon Casement



For the Spring 2009 term the course will be:

Sense and 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.







Shelley and Jamie Diss are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Alara, born 12th November.

A great granddaughter for Eileen Fairweather.



On Wednesday December 3rd members learnt about the work of The Woodland Trust.  The trust owns over 1000 woods, all of which are free for people to roam in. Lots of us were quite unaware of this fact. Our nearest wood is in Burwell, so maybe a visit in the summer could be arranged!

There will be no meeting in January.  We start again on February 4th 2009 when Michael Warren will take us through the horticultural year on camera.

Best bloom competition will be a spray of flowering shrubs.

Best wishes for the New Year.                                                                        Cynthia Rule



Perhaps I can help…


Ski Boot Camp

Monday, 8.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. at Ickleton Village Hall. A 4 week course, starts 12th January.  Please book - £17.

Prepare for your skip trip or just like circuit training – for men too!

Body Conditioning

Thursday, 7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. at Duxford School.  Starts back 8th January.  £4.20 just turn up.  Low impact and lots of toning exercises.


Thursday, 8.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. at Duxford School.  A 10 week course starts 15th January. Please book £55.

Improve core strength and mobility. 

Please call Disa – ( 01223 729604 or disa_bennett@hotmail.com



The value of property in sheds and garages is more than people think. Thieves may target them for power tools, cycles and sports equipment. Hand tools stolen from sheds and garages can be used to break into homes.

Secure the access to your shed or garage by locking gates and planting thorny bushes next to walls and fences. Have you visibly marked the contents of your shed? Make a note of serial numbers and photograph valuable plants, ornaments, machinery and equipment.

External security lights which are activated by movement are a useful deterrent.

Doors of sheds require attention. Use strong padbars and close shackle padlocks. Up-and-over garage doors supplied with standard lock fittings should also be fitted with a padlock. Windows should be secured with locks or grilles. Extra care should be taken with garages where access can be gained to the home.

Use coach bolts or non-return screws to secure door hinges and locks. Chain cycles, mowers, ladders and tools to a strong anchorage point. Alarms for sheds and garages are available for under £20 at most DIY stores, catalogue shops and builders’ merchants.

Together we’ll crack crime. Join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Exactly what insurance cover do you have? Check that your household policy covers you for theft from your gardens or outbuildings.

For further crime prevention advice visit











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.

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

Please direct enquiries to The Clerk, 1 Abbey Street.




There will be an Annual General Meeting on Monday 26th January which all Ickleton allotment holders are invited to attend. The meeting will take place in the Village Hall starting at 8.00 p.m.
                                                                                                        Louise Andrew




Following the kind donation from the Parish Council for the village poppy wreath, the final total going forward to the national Poppy Appeal for 2008 is £878.67.

Thanks, again, to all who contributed.                                Malcolm Hall – Honorary Organiser  





Police – Emergency Calls                                                                                  '    01223 358966






         January 1st

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


 Church Coffee Morning 10.00 – 12 noon Church


 Mobile Library


 Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


 Mobile Library


 Allotment Association AGM 8.00 p.m. Village Hall




                                         PUBLISHED BY ICKLETON PARISH COUNCIL