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APRIL 2009


Editors:                                                                                           David and Monica Lilley



Distribution:                                                                                   Tony Court                     

                                                                                                          Hilary Rule           


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


12th April  2009



Refuse Collections during April

Monday       6th  April   -        Black bin collection

Tuesday*           14th  April  -        Green bin and Green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday     20th  April  -        Black bin collection

Monday     27th  April  -        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.

   *Day later due to Easter Monday falling on 13th April.


The following items were discussed at the meeting held on Wednesday 18th March 2009:

Potholes – An e-mail had been received from Mike Cooper (CCC Highways) saying he had ordered the pothole repairs to be completed as soon as possible, although they had been almost overwhelmed with pothole reports!  The public report the majority of potholes, but they have full time Inspectors who inspect every road in Cambridgeshire on a routine basis.  The classification of the road determines the frequency of these inspections.  Their SWAT teams also patrol and repair potholes on sight.

Vandalism  -  Village Hall and tree in Play Area - The Parish Council were disappointed and concerned that 10 windows in the village hall had been deliberately smashed.  Pam Fearn said the windows would be replaced in the next few days.  The Plane tree, which had been planted in the Play Area, at considerable cost, had had some of its lower branches snapped off.  Gerry Birch has said he will tidy up the end of the branches that have been snapped.  The Councillors deplore this type of vandalism, and would ask parishioners to be vigilant.

Speedwatch – The names of the three volunteers had been sent to Cambridgeshire Police.

Planning application(s) received from SCDC:         

Declarations of Interest to be declared. – Lewis Duke declared an interest in S/0106/09/F

S/0038/09/F – Removal of Condition 9 of Planning Permission S/1626/08/F – 13 Birds Close - No Recommendation

S/2025/08/F -  Erection of Gate – 6 Butchers Hill – AMENDMENT – Gatepost design & slight relocation of access gate and door furniture information supplied. Information only.

Lewis Duke left the meeting.

S/0106/09/F – Erection of Grain Store, Re-positioning of Polytunnels & Glasshouses – Grange Road - RAGT Seeds Ltd.- Refuse.  The Parish Council had previously requested that the height of the grain store be reduced from 9.5 metres to 8.1m, the same height of the existing barn. This point had not been taken into consideration in this planning application.

Lewis Duke rejoined the meeting.

S/0196/09/F – Extensions – 64 Abbey Street –  Approve                        

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:

S/2025/08/F – Erection of Gate – 6 Butchers Hill

Planning application(s) refused by SCDC:

S/2151/08/F – Dwelling at land to the North-West of 9-17 Grange Road – Rowe Build & Dev. Ltd.






Other items of interest:

The South Cambs Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership is focussing on reducing burglary at the moment.  Listed below is some basic, but helpful, information that you may wish to use  in your planned communications. 


Cambridgeshire County Council – on 2nd February 2009, the Contact Centre began changing its telephone numbers so that each of the public 0845 numbers has a new number beginning with 0345.  The rest of each number will remain the same e.g. Cambridgeshire County Council’s ‘General Enquiries’ number will change from 0845 045 5200 to 0345 045 5200.


Contact Centre Telephone Number Listing


Care Service

New Telephone Number

Adult Health and Social Service General Enquiries

0345 045 5201

Adult's Social Care

0345 045 5202

Children's Services

0345 045 5203

Blue Badges Disabled Parking

0345 045 5204

Occupational Health

0345 045 5205

Learning Disability Partnership/Sensory Services

0345 045 5221

General Community Service

New Telephone Number

General Enquiries

0345 045 5200


0345 045 5222

Trading Standards

0345 045 5206

Waste Management

0345 045 5207

Education Transport

0345 045 5208

Human Resources (recruitment line)

0345 045 5210

Online Payments Support

0345 045 5211

Streetscene (highways, transport and streets)

0345 045 5212

Library Services (includes automatic renewals)

0345 045 5225


0345 045 5155

Family Information Service

0345 045 1360

Education Welfare Benefits Service

0345 045 1361


Froglife is a UK wildlife charity committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles – working with people, enhancing lives together for a healthier planet.  For more information, telephone ( 01733 558844, e-mail: info@froglife.org or visit their website: www.froglife.org

   Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk 





Services for April

                Thursday 2nd

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                   Sunday 5th

 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


              Palm Sunday

 9.45 a.m. Procession from the Methodist Chapel to



10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Sunday School



 No Evensong





                  Sunday 12th

  9.30 a.m. Festival Eucharist


                 Easter Day

11.00 a.m. Festival Eucharist



 No Evensong





              Thursday 16th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                Sunday 19th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                     Easter 2

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. Holy Communion


                  Easter 3

10.00 a.m. Family Service



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





               Thursday 30th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion



Additional Services in Holy Week:


Candlelight Compline will be held at 8.00 p.m. Monday 6th at Hinxton, Tuesday 7th at Ickleton and Wednesday 8th at Duxford.

Maundy Thursday 9th April

8.00 p.m. Eucharist of the last supper, Hinxton.

Good Friday 10th April

9.30 a.m. Easter Garden, Hinxton,

2.00 p.m. Vigil Service, Duxford,

7.30 p.m. ‘Were you there?’ Reflection on the events of Good Friday, Ickleton.

Holy Saturday 11th April

8.00 p.m. Confirmation & Easter Eve service, Ely Cathedral.

WERE YOU THERE? A dramatic reflection on Good Friday in words and music.


Christians regularly remember the death of Jesus Christ during their service of Holy Communion. However Easter is a time for special remembrance when Christians around the world celebrate the Passion and sacrifice of our Lord.

As part of our Easter devotions we are thinking about the effect which the crucifixion had on all of those involved.  How did Mary feel?  Was Caiphas simply a puppet?  Did it have any effect on Pontius Pilate – the man who sent Jesus to his death?  How did the Disciples react - and the Centurion who said that he was a good man?  

Through songs, poems and dramatisations we attempt to answer some of these questions and extend our own understanding of the meaning of Good Friday.

Please come and join us in our reflections at 7.30 p.m. in Ickleton Parish Church on Good Friday.   There will be a retiring collection in aid of a local charity.                 Rosemary McKillen







My rendering of Andrew’s licensing at Beetham, Cumbria, on Friday 20th February

It did not seem so very long since we gathered on a cold February evening at St Peter’s Duxford  to welcome Andrew and Mary Schofield into the parishes of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton. At that stage we had met with Andrew briefly on only one or two occasions and could not possibly know how his ministry would develop amongst us. As we now know the “four years short of three days” between the two licensings were memorable. We were truly fortunate to have Andrew and Mary with us in that time. Poor Mary suffered woefully during the period with her illness but never lost her sense of purpose, poise and persistence while, we earnestly pray, beating the terrible disease. And so it was an emotional occasion to see Andrew and Mary being welcomed into a parish and amongst a new congregation. The intrepid travellers from Ickleton, Hilary Rule and Rosemary McKillen, had made the journey up to the Wheatsheaf Inn in Beetham (conveniently placed overlooking the churchyard) during the day and so had already visited The Parsonage by the time Virginia and I arrived in the village. All was beautifully arranged and we made our way into the solidly impressive church.

We were warmly greeted and shown to our seats in the pew directly behind Andrew and Mary and their son John.  Andrew showing some small signs of apprehension if not nervousness!  He was visibly pleased to see those of us who had made it up to Cumbria from the South.

The Licensing was conducted by the Bishop of Penrith, The Right Reverend James Newcome and Andrew was installed by The Venerable George Howe, Archdeacon of Westmorland.  The most notable feature of the whole proceedings was the warmth that seemed to exude from the very stones of the building and all the people present. The church was warm and solid with lots of  shining polished brass, the Bishop was full of good humour and stories to embellish the occasion and the singing was full hearted as we sang well-known and popular hymns – Praise my Soul, Love Divine, O Thou who camest from above -. The welcome was comprehensive from church and civic figures alike and one was aware of the importance of the place to which Andrew has gone in the life of that community. One does wonder though how on earth he will look after the parish in three days a week. This will be a huge challenge but one feels that, as ever, Mary will help to steer him through.  And, by the way, the Bishop mentioned the fantastic send-off that Andrew had had from Cambridgeshire and noted that there were representatives in the congregation!

The Parish is part of the Kent Estuary group of parishes so there is a lot of sharing between them as evidenced by the large number of clergy at the service.  Mingling with the congregation after the service – we were treated to a feast the like of which we could have expected in our three parishes – we were struck by the warmth of the people and by their genuine delight at having Andrew in their midst.  There were even folk from Cambridgeshire and Andrew’s former parishes at Ellington now living near Beetham!

And so in spite of our sadness at losing Andrew we came away with the feeling that he was well placed among delightful people in a landscape that both he and Mary love and in a church that will truly appreciate his and Mary’s many talents. We only hope he can manage to keep the workload in check!

We rounded off the evening by visiting Andrew and Mary in the Parsonage. They have done wonders in such a short time and the house looked pristine. With its thick stone walls it should keep the heat in and with the shining white paint on the woodwork – the product of our collection for Mary and Andrew- they will not be short of light.  It felt a very homely place already.

Finally we were treated to a glass of Champagne to welcome them in and I restricted mine to a teaspoonful.  I say this as, on the way back to Braithwaite, we were stopped by the police.  Just a routine stop I was told.  Was it my car, where was I going etc., so I told her.  But I added that we were returning from the Licensing service for the new Priest-in-Charge at Beetham.  ‘No need to detain you any further’ she said! So good luck and God’s blessings to Andrew and Mary, thank you for your time with us and may your time in Beetham be all that you would wish. It seems that it has every chance of so being.                                                                                     Andrew Walker



Have you ever thought of finding out more about the Bible? We are planning to start a study group in April on Monday evenings.  We will be using an approach tried and tested across the world called – Community Bible Study: CBS. You don’t have to go to church to join the group: CBS is non-denominational and independent.  It provides a simple four step approach through:

Come and have a cup of coffee and see what you think – on Monday May 11th at 7.45 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. at the Methodist Chapel.

Find out more about CBS from their website www.communitybiblestudy.co.uk  or contact Jenny Duke or Mandy Jeffery.



Our Chairman Pauline Gale and husband Steve devised another light hearted quiz evening for our March meeting, which was very well attended and much enjoyed.

An outing to Chippenham Gardens, near Newmarket, has been arranged for July 8th at 6.30 p.m. at £7 per head. The next meeting will be the A.G.M. and Plant Sale on April 1st.          

Cynthia Rule




There was a good attendance at the AGM on March 18th. Evelyn Lilley was voted the new President for the coming year.  Retiring Presdent Julie Baillie and committee member Carol Deane were each presented with a rose called ‘Blessings’ for their gardens, which we hope will give them pleasure for many years to come.

Next month the speaker on 15th April will be from the Hat Pin Shop, Whittlesford when members will enjoy a hilarious time trying on hats and fascinators with a view to Ascot etc.

                                                                                                                                  Cynthia Rule



The Basics

The Safari Supper will be on Saturday June 13th between 6.30 p.m.-11.00 p.m. at venues around Ickleton. Tickets will be £14 per head. The aim is to have fun, and it’s a novel way to raise funds for the village church.

How does it work?

This is supper with built-in exercise between courses. It’s a chance to have a meal with good friends, renew acquaintances and meet people in the village you might not normally come across.

Everyone will go to the village hall between 6.30 p.m. – 6.45 p.m. to rendezvous with their core group and collect a route map. Staying with your core group you then go to 3 different houses for your starter, main course and dessert. At each house you will meet one other group. Obviously timing is quite crucial to the smooth running of the evening, so there will be a timetable to stick to. Everyone returns to the village hall at the end of the evening for cheese, biscuits, cash bar, to draw the raffle, and finally coffee. Phew!

How can I take part?

There are various ways you can take part. We need people to offer their houses as a venue for a course and we need cooks to prepare the courses. You might be happy to do both. We will also need non-cooking helpers at the village hall at the beginning and end of the evening. You could provide a raffle prize, or you might just want to be a participant and enjoy the food and company.

What does my ticket include?

Your ticket will cover all food and one glass of wine with your starter. Further wine can be pre-ordered with your tickets, and will be labelled and delivered beforehand to your main course venue.

Do I need a ticket if I’m offering to cook?

Yes – everyone buys a ticket. Cooks will be reimbursed in part or full for their food expenses if they wish to claim.

Can I choose who I go with?

You can elect to be in a core group of up to 6-8 people. However you won’t find out who else you will meet until the night, and that’s part of the experience. If you are on your own or a couple that’s fine too, we will accommodate everyone.

Is there a set menu?

No. Cooks will have free rein over their particular course. Bear in mind though that you will be providing a course for 12-14 people and that it needs to be something that does not require last minute attention as you may not be there! It does not have to be elaborate, and this is definitely not a competition!

What about special diets?

It will be difficult to accommodate complicated dietary requirements, but it might be possible to group people who have similar needs together. Please specify when booking if, for example, you are a vegetarian.

Great idea but I’ll need a babysitter

Local babysitters are likely to be in heavy demand so have a think whether you could double up with someone and make this a fun occasion for the children too. We do have some extra ideas of young people in neighbouring villages, so if you don’t have in-laws handy we may be able to help you find an alternative sitter.

Count me in - What happens next?

Tickets will go on sale from April 20th and will be available from Jackie, Mandy or Caroline – details below. We know of other villages who have run this type of event and it proves extremely popular. Please book early as there will be an upper limit on numbers.


As there is quite a lot of organisation involved we are asking everyone to complete a booking form which also includes the various ways you can help, and identify your group if you wish. Booking forms emailed from jackie.fishhut@btinternet.com, mandy.jeffery@tiscali.co.uk, pjulian.owen@btinternet.com


We’re looking forward to a really fun evening and hope that you’ll join us for this novel village event!

Jackie Casement, Mandy Jeffery, Caroline Owen





Wine tasting

On 20th February we held a wine tasting in the village Hall - the tasting held last year having proved so popular.  Over 30 people came along and enjoyed a most interesting selection of unusual wines from around the world, chosen for us by Sebastian Payne.  Sebastian’s descriptions of the wines, where they came from and how they were made, added to the evening’s fun.  To give the wine something to wash down, Neil McKillen had chosen some excellent cheeses.


History of Cambridgeshire Allotments

On Wednesday 6th May Jacqueline Cooper (a noted local historian) will give a talk in the Village Hall on the history of allotments in Cambridgeshire.  The talk is free and we hope as many people as possible will come along, particularly as Ickleton now has allotments again.  The evening starts with the very short AGM at 7.30 p.m. followed by free wine and refreshments and then Jacqueline’s talk.  Do come along.


Linton Wind Farm

You may have heard that planning applications have been submitted for 8 125m wind turbines along the ridge from Linton to Great Chesterford (7 in South Cambridgeshire and 1 in Uttlesford).  While supporting the principle of renewable energy, the Committee is concerned that a wind farm is not appropriate for this, one of the least windy, areas of the country.  The open nature of the countryside means that there will be a major impact on the landscape.  The plans are available on the websites of Uttlesford and South Cambridgeshire District Councils.  Comments on the applications need to be made to the Councils under reference 0232/09 as soon as possible (Uttlesford say comments must be made by 2nd April).          Rachel Radford



Each year we deliver a programme to each house, a week before the Church Fete on 4th July.  We offer sponsorship on the back of the programme, to businesses and individuals who would like to sponsor us.  It is £25 per line.  Please put a cheque through my door,  with the details which you would like to be put on the back of the programme.  This helps with the expenses of the fete advertising and paying for the village hall etc . This offer finishes May 31st, so I can photocopy the programme.  The Church Fete is in aid of Church Funds and is a registered charity No. 245456.  Please contact me if you would like any more information regarding the Church Fete.                                      

Monica Lilley – Fete Organiser



This will be fun event so that everyone can have a go at flower arranging and enter early summer produce from the garden or allotment.  50p per entry.  Plus other activities for children in the marquee.. 

Flower  Arrangements. Two categories: Adults - with a donated winner’s cup and a voucher to spend at Springwell Nursery.  Children - with winner’s mystery voucher.

Salads. 5 Home-grown salad items on a plate.

Strawberries.  5 Home-grown strawberries on a plate.

Mixed Herbs.  Three stems in a jar.

Children’s ‘Grow a Bean in a Jam Jar’  Competition.  Who will have the tallest plant on the day?  Seeds and instructions will be distributed free in late April to all who want to enter.  Special arrangements for Mothers and Toddlers and Sunday School.  

Swap Seedlings.  Anyone wanting to swap home-grown seedlings - flowers or vegetables - bring them along on the day.

More Fun for Children: Hidden Treasure Map. Orange Bowling. Fantasy Farmyard. Other ideas still germinating - more in the next Icene. 


We have a marquee, but still need tables - if anyone can help please let us know.

                                                                                                     John and Christina Taylor 







The Wetlands website (http://www.hinxton.wellcome.ac.uk/wetlands.Introduction.html) contains all the latest information and event updates.  We look forward to seeing you at many of the 2009 events.

Thursday April 23rd – Join us on this evening to learn about and experience the wonders of amphibious life!  This event will start at 6.00 p.m. and finish at approximately 9.00 p.m. We will start the evening by the Wetland lakes with some pond dipping to discover what creatures live in the ponds.   The data collected will contribute to the ongoing monitoring of the site, and counting the number and types of creatures in the water is a good way of estimating how healthy the water is! Once it starts to get dark we will begin to look for amphibians such as toads, frogs and newts and will observe their courtship behaviour.   Amphibians are great indicators of the health of an aquatic ecosystem, so monitoring them is a key aspect of the management of wetland habitats.  Wellies are recommended and participants should bring a  small torch for when we walk around the campus.  All other monitoring equipment will be provided.  Places are limited to 20 on this course.

If you would like more information on any of the events below, or would like to book a place on one of them please contact Gemma (gemma@ebi.co.uk ).



The Practice is shortly to lose two very important members of our team.  Pauline Betts, our Practice Manager, has decided to retire and will be leaving the practice at the end of May.  Mary Simuyandi, one of our senior practice nurses, has resigned and left the practice on 31st March. Both Pauline and Mary have been very loyal, hard-working and long-serving members of our team and we will be extremely sorry to lose them both in such a short space of time.

Pauline has worked for the practice for an amazing 43 years.  When she joined, the practice was located in Tudor House, London Road, Sawston and the senior partner was Dr Alan Treweek.  At this time there were three main sites, Sawston, Great Chesterford and Whittlesford.  There were also branch surgeries held at Duxford & Ickleton.  Her role at that time was a mixture of secretary/dispenser/bookkeeper.   The practice moved to the old Link Road premises in 1969 and computerisation followed in 1989. In 2006 we moved to our current premises in London Road and Pauline was instrumental in ensuring that the last move went so smoothly; she particularly enjoyed attending site meetings as the building took shape.  Over the years she has seen many changes not only in this practice but also in the NHS as a whole.  Whilst raising her family she worked part-time as the practice bookkeeper and also as a locum receptionist, thus keeping connections with the practice and enjoying being a mother.  When she returned to full-time work she undertook a management diploma in her spare time.  In 1988 she became Practice Manager and she has enjoyed the many and varied challenges that this role has provided.  She has been very much valued by the practice and her knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm will be much missed.  We all wish her a long and happy retirement.

Mary joined the practice when Dr Chris Anderson was senior partner.  Mary has been a key member of our diabetic team providing an excellent standard of care, and she has been able to assist with many queries from newly diagnosed diabetic patients.  She was also the practice lead on vaccinations. Her expertise and sympathetic manner will be sorely missed by us all.  She has decided to complete her career by working in Palliative Care at Arthur Rank House in Cambridge and for the Hospice at Home service.  We are sure she will be an asset to their team.

The Hay Fever season is nearly upon us.  Please remember that you can buy many remedies over the counter.  If you need advice on suitable products our pharmacists, Susan, Annabel and Rachel, will be pleased to help you.  We have a dedicated pharmacist advice line ( 01223 727565.   However, for ordering repeat prescriptions please ring ( 01223 727530.  Both direct lines have an answerphone facility. 

If you are planning a summer holiday in foreign climes, our nursing team will be pleased to assist you with travel advice and the administration of any relevant vaccinations.  Please book your travel vaccinations well in advance of your planned holiday.                                                                         Jenny Parker - Assistant Practice Manager



What will transfer mean for you?

Higher Rents? Housing Association rents in South Cambs are on average 11% higher than council rents.

Less Security  The Assured tenancies of housing associations offer less protection in law than current council Secure tenancies.

Huge Debt  The proposed Housing Association would have to borrow £50-60 million in order to get off the ground.  The repayments (plus interest) will have to be paid from our rents before any promises can be met.

Higher Service Charges  Housing Associations charge additional 15% VAT, but councils are VAT free.

Demolished Sheltered Housing? After transfer, many Housing Associations demolish sheltered schemes, to replace them with blocks of flats.


South Cambs Against Transfer, a group made up of experienced tenants and councillors, strongly advise tenants to vote against the transfer of our homes in the forthcoming ballot.


For more information, please contact Dave Kelleway, 87 Fulbourn Road. Teversham CB1 9AJ.  ( 01223 293743




suggest J & M Bristow of Mill Lane

The possibility of severe flooding to Mill Lane, The Green, Brookhampton Street and surrounds should not be ignored. There is a real likelihood that the damaging levels of the floods of 1947 and 1968 could be repeated. Indeed it could be argued that higher flood levels are now more likely than ever before.

Those of us who can remember the floods of 1947 and 1968 will recall that flood water reached a height of four inches below the front windowsill of Mr Wallace’s house in Mill Lane.

Our property which abuts the river has been reinforced against flooding by the building of an approved wall which holds back the swollen river waters and has in my opinion prevented some flooding to Mill Lane already. A further wall I intend to build will go some way towards improving flood defences to the village. However these measures are only a “Finger in the Dyke” because the benefits of the walls are being offset by the lack of measures being taken elsewhere in the village and by the fouling of the floodplains.

The “Blockhouse Field” which has always been the natural floodplain has been filled with soil which will prevent the waters dissipating towards Hinxton as has always been the case and similarly the plain on the Gt Chesterford side of the river has also been built up with added soil to a height of eight feet or more - again blocking the historic flood watercourse.

In 1969 British Rail didn’t help the situation when they deposited rubble into the ditch running alongside the rail filling up the culvert which had previously diverted the flood water away from the village. This resulted in the higher levels of the flood the same year.

A small concrete pipe was placed into the original Victorian culvert running from Stoney Arch to the old waterfall creating  a bottleneck and reducing the volume of water flowing though it to over half  resulting in water overflowing the slade.

The maps of the Environmental Agencies have been proved to be incorrect; in fact they were showing flooding where it is dry and dry areas which are susceptible to flooding; in short the maps were the wrong way round!  Other examples of errors were that  the maps show Ickleton Place as being flooded but to my knowledge it never has been, and it shows the flooding reaching our drive but stopping before it reaches Mill Lane, but as I have said previously the flood waters do and have reached Mill Lane and  in some considerable depth too. I have brought this to the attention of the Environment Agency and with my assistance the maps are being corrected. It might be prudent for villagers to look again at the maps to see if changes have been made and if so whether the changes affect them.

It is also interesting to note the changes to the maps which relate directly to the soil deposits on the floodplains. They show a reduction of flooding to the centre of the village. This is remarkable given previous experience and traditional flood trends which relied to a great extent on the water being allowed to flow away from the village unhindered by the present build up of much higher land.

Flooding is something which affects the entire village, not just those of us who live close to the river, so it will be no surprise to you to learn that we have brought our concerns to the notice of the authorities. We had some personal success for being instrumental in having the deposits of soil moved back from the river, but are disappointed that the Parish Council seems powerless to address the issues.

We have been vigilant over many years and have never tired of bringing the shortfalls of flood defences for the village to the attention of all those who have a responsibility for the environment in general and for flooding in particular and we shall continue to do so. We have in particular raised our concerns over the building of higher land levels so close to the river bank and on traditional floodplains with limited effect and our suggestions that improved watercourses would result if the culverts were cleared have gone unheeded. 

The threat of flooding should concern us all. There are very real reasons why we must shake ourselves out of complacency, promote awareness and seek defensive measures before the waters come again.

If you are interested in learning more about flooding and preventative measures being taken then perhaps you will join me in recommending to the Parish Council that a special meeting be held to discuss the issues fully. Perhaps the Parish Council and the Environmental Agency could outline their own concerns or satisfaction on flood defences and allay some of the fears that I know we share with others in the village.


Parish Council Footnote    The Parish Council will be holding a meeting to discuss flooding in the near future.






Thursdays 7.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. Duxford School.  A 4 week course - £17, starts April 9th. 

From 7th May Body Conditioning then returns at this time until the end of term.


PILATES Beginners

Mondays 8.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Ickleton Village Hall.  A 7 week course - £38.50, starts April 20th.


PILATES Mixed Ability

Fridays 11.00 a.m.-12 noon Ickleton Village Hall.  A 10 week course - £55, starts April 24th.


Please book all above through Disa (01223 729604 or disa_bennett@hotmail.com

Register of Exercise Professionals



Cambridgeshire Mencap is seeking volunteers to support young people with learning disabilities.

You could assist someone to go to the cinema, attend a youth club, go swimming, play sport, or do any number of fun activities. Your support could help develop the young person’s self-confidence, social skills and level of independence in the community.

If you are aged between 16 and 30 and can spare a few hours every fortnight then you could do something new, or something you already do and enjoy, whilst making a BIG difference in a young person’s life.

Interested? Find out more by contacting Robert Wallace, Volunteers’ Support Coordinator (01223 883140  Text: 07835101621

Email: robert@cambridgeshiremencap.co.uk


On Wednesday 11 March, as part of National Science and Engineering Week, over 700 children descended on Imperial War Museum, Duxford for a fun-packed day of hands-on science activities.
Organised by IWM Duxford's Department for Learning, the Science Connections Duxford event took place in AirSpace, Duxford's education award-winning exhibition and introduced children to

rockets, model aeroplanes and the scientific nature of air. There was an introductory demonstration, and then children had a go at designing, building and testing pneumatically powered rockets capable of leaving a launch pad at over 100 miles per hour and climbing to over 100 metres. They also learnt how to assemble a large model aeroplane and to find out how they fly and are controlled. Putting all of this fun activity into context, children then learnt about The Nature of Air, how it behaves and how it can be harnessed for flying. The children also found out about parachutes from members of the newly opened Airborne Forces Museum and had a chance to make their own. Other activities included the history of jet engines, making paper aeroplanes and using flight simulators, learning about survival in the polar regions, aerial photography, codes and ciphers, explosives, aircraft conservation, forces and motion, and structures. Children also had the opportunity to meet and interact with re-enactors representing George Cayley, 18th century pioneer of aeronautical engineering, Percy Pilcher, designer of the famous Pilcher Hawk glider in the 1890s and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. One parent said 'I just wanted to thank you for organising another fantastic day.  Luke particularly enjoyed the Science Alive activities, the Nature of Air lecture and chatting with the men from the BMFA Flight and Model aeroplanes (having a go on their flight simulator was a real treat!).  There was so much to do yesterday we didn't have chance to do the AirSpace Trail or Concorde Quiz, so we're planning another visit to complete those.’

This event is part of a packed programme of learning activities at Duxford.  Further information is available at www.iwm.org.uk/duxford or by calling the Department for Learning (01223 499342                                                 










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Imperial War Museum, Duxford presents a fantastic range of diverse and exciting events during 2009. From spectacular air shows, to hands-on learning events and the opportunity to get up close to some huge military vehicles, there is something at Europe’s leading aviation museum for all tastes, interests and ages. Highlights of the season include:

‘Can You Handle It?’ Sunday 5th April

A special day devoted to giving families the opportunity to get involved in a really hands-on way, with a host of fun activities. Find out what your weekly ration would have been during the Second World War, or how much ‘G’ force the body undergoes when a pilot ejects from his cockpit, while sitting in a real ejector seat! Enjoy the

opportunity to handle the equipment used by a British soldier on D-Day, including rifles, uniforms, hats and helmets, or talk to a costumed character re-enacting the role of a Lancaster bomber crewman. There will be tours, handling sessions, mystery object quizzes, a demonstration of wartime food and a lesson in wartime thrift. Activities run between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. in AirSpace. Visitors can drop in and out of sessions – there is no need to book in advance and all activities are included in the standard admission price.

Spring Car Show  Sunday 3rd May

Building on last year’s success, hundreds of stunning cars are scheduled to return to Duxford, with marques including Porsche, BMW, Alvis and many more. This is a great opportunity for all visitors to get up close to the automotive classics on display, and to talk to their owners.  No extra cost – standard admission applies. Children aged 15 or under go free when accompanied by an adult.

Later Events for the next three months:

Spring Air Show 17th May

Military Vehicle Show 21st June

Flying Legends Air Show 11th & 12th July

Classic Car Show 2nd August

Spitfire Day 9th August

American Air Day Friday 21st August




                     April 1st       

Chesterford & District Gardening Society AGM & Plant Sale 8.00 p.m.


        Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Mobile Library


Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon


Were You There? 7.30 p.m. Church


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Mobile Library


Wonders of Amphibious Life 6.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Wetlands Lakes

                     May 6th

Ickleton Society AGM & History of Cambridgeshire Allotments


         7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Theatre Group ‘The History of Dr. Faustus ’ Village Hall

                    June 13th

Safari Supper

                       July 4th

Church Fete

            September 5th

Summer Sizzler