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MAY 2009


Editors:                                                                                           David and Monica Lilley



Distribution:                                                                                   Tony Court                     

                                                                                                          Hilary Rule           


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


12th May  2009



Refuse Collections during May

Tuesday*     5th May                  -         Black bin collection

Monday        11th May                -         Green bin and Green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday        18th May                -         Black bin collection

Tuesday*     26th May                -         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 Bank Holidays.

Ickleton Parish Council

The following items were discussed at the meeting held on Wednesday 15 April 2009:

Planning application(s) received from SCDC:              

S/0106/09/F – Erection of Grain Store, Re-positioning of Polytunnels & Glasshouses – RAGT Seeds Ltd., Grange Road – Amendment – Revised to reduce height of building to 8.1m to match adjoining building.        Information only     

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:

S/0038/09/F – Erection of Bungalow & removal of Condition 9 of Planning Permission S/1626/08/F – 13 Birds Close

S/0119/09/F – Conversion of Existing Agricultural Buildings for Offices (Use Class B1) – land to the northeast of Abbey Farm, Duxford Road

Applications (to SCDC) to carry out tree works subject to a tree preservation order or situated within a conservation area:

C/11/40/054 – Fell 7 trees/saplings in poor condition – Norman Hall, 21 Church Street – Approve.  The Parish Council wish to note that the owner is prepared to plant replacement trees and we are pleased to see this and encourage him in his aim.

C/11/17/054/01 – Reduce height, spread, remove all large deadwood of Horse Chestnut – 8 Southfield – Approve

Police Neighbourhood Panel Meeting – 6th April 2009: Lewis Duke, Jocelyn Flitton and Pam Fearn attended this meeting.  In view of the recent vandalism at the Village Hall, it was felt that it might be beneficial if the Village Hall was represented.  Anti Social behaviour was still high on most villages’ priorities.  The police issued a reminder about Distraction and Dwelling burglaries which are taking place in the area.  Speedwatch – only 1 parish had replied to the police.

Flooding – Ickleton Parish Council is extremely concerned about flooding particularly after the recent event.  The matter was discussed with Wellcome Trust, who have been discussing it with the Environment Agency.  The Parish Council will be making contact with the Environment Agency shortly.

Annual Parish Meeting – please come along on to the village hall on Wednesday 27th May @ 7.30 p.m. to have a drink and a chat.  This is an opportunity to ask questions and air your views with your elected Parish Councillors, on any matters concerning the village.  We look forward to seeing you.

Other items of interest:

South Cambridgeshire District Council – Clinical Waste Collection – this service is available for the collection of dressings/needles and surgical equipment.  For more information, visit www.scambs.gov.uk click on A-Z, then C and scroll down to Clinical Waste.  Alternatively you can telephone for more information on:( 08450 450 063.

Cambridgeshire County Council has produced a leaflet to help residents and businesses in Cambridgeshire through the recession.  The website is:  www.weatherthestorm.org.uk and the information can be found on the notice board.

42nd Oxfam Walk – Come and join the Oxfam Walk by taking part on Sunday 17th May 2009, starting and finishing at Chilford Hall.

Enjoy a refreshing day walking in the Cambridgeshire countryside with your family and friends while raising money for Oxfam’s Emergencies Fund.  There are a variety of routes on offer.  Choose between 4,8,12,16 and 22 miles or a marathon route of 26 miles.

For a registration form please phone ( 0300 200 1244, email events@oxfam.org.uk or visit www.oxfam.or.uk/get involved/fundraise/walk.                                                                              Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk ( 530407 








Church Office                                (01223 832137 (answerphone)

                   e-mail address:                             hinkledux@googlemail.com




                     Sunday 3rd

 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                       Easter 4

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Sunday School



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                 Thursday 7th 

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                   Sunday 10th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                       Easter 5

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





                Thursday 14th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                   Sunday 17th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                       Easter 6

10.00 a.m. Family Communion



  6.30 p.m. Evensong with Laying on of Hands





                Thursday 21st 

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                Sunday 24th

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


               Sunday after

 10.00 a.m. Family Service


            Ascension day

   6.30 p.m. Evensong





               Thursday 28th 

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                 Sunday 31st

10.30 a.m. Churches Together Service for Five



  Parishes to Celebrate Pentecost




Lucy-Anne Gowlett and Steven Davidson of Brookhampton Street, who were married at Ickleton Church on 25th April.



At the time of writing tickets for the Safari Supper are yet to go on sale, but there has already been a promising level of interest, and several people have offered to cook and host a course. However we need many more cooks, hosts and participants. While this is a fund raising event for the village church, we very much hope that it will appeal to a wide cross section of villagers and be a real community event.

Tickets are £14 a head to include three courses at different homes around the village. One glass of wine, cheese, biscuits and coffee are also included. Tickets need to be ordered using the booking form available from Jackie, Mandy or Caroline  jackie.fishhut@btinternet.com  mandy.jeffery@tiscali.co.uk  pjulian.owen@btinternet.com

Full details were in last months ICENE but do call one of us if you have any queries. Tickets must be ordered by the end of May. We do hope you’ll join us!

                 Jackie Casement, Mandy Jeffery, Caroline Owen







Many thanks to everybody who has got in touch about the Church Fete, but we still need more help.

It has been suggested that we have skittles and splat the rat; if anybody would like to do these please get in touch.  Also we need somebody to run the lucky dip and ‘guess how many sweets in a large sweet jar’.  Has anybody got a large sweet jar we could borrow?

If you are having a spring clean do please remember us. The following people would be willing to collect and store things for the fete. Please ring first.                                            

Cynthia Rule

                                           Peggy Richardson

                                                Monica Lilley


The Church Fete is a fundraiser for Ickleton Church and a social event for the village.  If you need any more information please contact me.   

                   Monica Lilley - Fete Organiser


Photography Competition

Here are the categories for the Photography Competition at the Church Fete on 4th July.

1. Snow

2. Your Garden

3. My Family

4. Summertime

5. Country Life

6. My Pets

All entries should be in colour and 6” x 4” or 7” x 5” only.  £1 per entry. This will be held in the meeting room of the village hall.                                                                                          Anne Godfrey



Because of work needed on the clapper and crown-staple assemblies, our bells will be out of action between 27th May and 2nd July to enable this work to be carried out by Taylors Eayre and Smith of Loughborough.

I believe this is the first major work to be carried out since the present bells were installed in 1927.

The church clock is unaffected as it strikes on the bell on the spire.                                   David Lilley



Our  A.G.M. was held on April 1st this year and was well attended.

Our Chairman Pauline Gale was re-elected for another year. Pauline thanked her committee for all their hard work in making another successful year for the Society.  In her report Pauline said she was pleased to welcome John Taylor from the Ickleton Allotment Society to the meeting.

Carli Holberry, our new programme secretary, has compiled a good and varied programme for the coming year;

May 6th        Talk/demonstation on Plant Propagation and Grafting.

June 3rd       Hardy Bulbs.

July 1st        Orchids.

Sept 2nd      Lilies.

Oct 7th        Gardens of Jekyll and Lutyens.

Nov 4th       Peter Beales’ Roses.

Dec 2nd       Hellebores.

Feb 3rd       Vegetables for All Year Round Production.

Outings include Catmere End Garden Walkabout, Glenchantry, Hyde Hall and Chippenham Park Gardens.

Most important of all is the biennial Flower and Vegetable show on Saturday September 12th.  The show is open for anyone to compete – more details later.                       

Cynthia Rule.


CONGRATULATIONS TO.........Cynthia Rule who will be 80 on 27th May.








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 7.30p.m., followed by free wine and refreshments and then Jacqueline’s talk at about 8.00p.m.  Do come along.



Membership of the Society comes up for renewal this month.  The fees are being held at £5 per person and £12 per family.  The Society uses these funds to maintain and add to the village archives, subsidise some social events and to help protect our village environment from inappropriate developments.  Last year, the Society played a big part in the successful campaign to defeat Tesco’s plans for the Hanley Grange eco-town at Hinxton.  If you haven’t yet joined please consider doing so.  Get in touch with John Fowler.

                                                                                                                      Rachel Radford


If you’ve ever felt like ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ head on down to Duxford on May 16th.
An exciting new orchestra will be making its debut at the United Reformed Church.
The Four Villages’ Orchestra – as its name suggests – has members hailing from four local

villages: Ickleton, Duxford, Whittlesford and Hinxton.
They’ve been together for just over a year and a half and now they’re ready to go public.     The repertoire includes music from the shows, the movies and the musicals – the emphasis is on a fine old toe-tapping time.
The concert starts at 7.30 p.m.  -  white tie and tails are optional - but the orchestra  can  certainly offer you music fit for a ‘Lion King’. Come along – you’ll be ‘Over the Rainbow’.
Tickets are £5, £3 concessions, on the night or reservations on
( 530157.    Proceeds from the concert will be split between the United Reformed Church, Duxford and the Four Villages’ Orchestra.                                                                                                                            Nigel Bennett



Edmund Lawson QC – We were sorry to learn he had died peacefully after a short illness.  We will always be indebted to him for providing our successful village shop.

A new season of open days begins at Hinxton's Water Mill this month, beginning on May 10th  to mark National Mills Day.
Those who miss the wonderful teas since the retirement of Joyce Fordham and her team from baking on a regular basis might like to know a new fundraising idea is being planned for later in the season. On Sunday September 6th you can pack up a picnic and potter around Hinxton Water Mill for a delightful afternoon by the river. Bring your own rug and basketful of treats and reserve a picnic plot in the Miller's Cottage garden, as volunteers operate the working mill as a finale to the summer opening season (water levels permitting). Plots for up to six people can be booked for £10 (larger groups by arrangement) and proceeds will help the Cambridge Preservation Society with essential upkeep costs of the mill. Picnic space is limited so early booking is essential. Chairs and tables are also available to rent if required and pots of tea for picnickers from £2.50 (bring your own mugs etc), along with a tempting cake stall. Admission to the Mill is £1.50 for adults, 50p children and CPS members are free. The event will run from 2.30-5.30 p.m.
Contact Sue Elliott for more information and to book. (Please note:This is a private garden and much of it is open to the river, so for safety please note parties including children should ask for a picnic plot in the front garden).





The Tragical History of Dr Faustus

The London based Third Party Productions Ltd have adapted Christopher Marlowe’s 16th century classic for the purpose of touring diverse venues such as Theatres, Arts Centres and Village Halls.  It includes some of the most popular dramatic verse ever written, dance, song and much comedy and has received much acclaim from several regional newspapers and radios.  Tickets are now on sale at Costcutter Express for the performance on Saturday 16th May.  The doors will be open at 7.15 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. There will be a pre show bar until 7.50 p.m.                                                                                                                                                      The Theatre Group




Ed and Sharon Farrow, Melissa aged 8, Amy aged 6 and Jasmine, aged 3 who live at 18 Birds Close.


James Hart, who lives at 18 Brookhampton Street.


Emma Powell and her son Jack Beaumont, age 10 months, who live at 50 Frogge Street



The saying goes ‘If you want to get ahead get a hat!’  Members had a lovely time viewing and trying on the variety of different hats and fascinators brought along to the April meeting by Heidi of The Hat Pin, Whittlesford.

After the fun came the serious bit – the resolution was ‘The Plight of the Humble Honey Bee.’  Christine Greet urged members to grow flowers and shrubs to attract bees - such as aquilegia, verbena, cornflower etc.  Bees particularly like blue flowers.

To encourage us, little lavender bushes were included in the raffle prizes.

The next meeting will be on 20th May when Peter Jackson from Scotsdales will talk on ‘Bedding Plants for the Summer’.  Plants will be for sale.  Visitors welcome.          

Cynthia Rule



We are sorry to record the death of George Goddard, who died peacefully in his sleep on 23rd March, aged 75. A much loved uncle and grandad to Howard, Henry and Oliver Goddard.



The Wetlands Nature Reserve consists of a mix of habitats, including naturally filled ponds, wet grassland, wet woodland, riverbank, shrubs and individual specimen trees.  The creation of these areas will help contribute to local wildlife targets for the county  as a whole, and we need your help to keep it a diverse natural habitat, for all to enjoy.

It is run by the Wellcome Trust with support and advice being provided by the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust.

All events are free to attend (however, we would ask that you consider a donation to the Wildlife Trust for the training courses).  Although there are limits on the number of people who can attend, children are more than welcome when accompanied by an adult.  You do not need any experience of equipment for these activities as you will be trained on the day.  Refreshments will be provided.  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.ac.uk).

In May and June (dates to be confirmed) we will be holding a couple of lunch time sessions to help keep the Himalayan balsam under control. This exotic weed is dominating the riverbank so we will be hand pulling some to keep it in check.  Sandwiches will be provided for all those who come and help with the control of this invasive plant.

Dr. Gemma L. Holliday MChemMRSC Research Associate EMBL-EBI, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton (1223 492535.








We have a vacancy at one of our almshouses in Frogge Street and we are open to receive applications from people who have local connections.

All the Almshouses have been renovated very recently, and this cottage has a bright airy lounge, bedroom with ensuite 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, Ickleton, Saffron Walden, CB10 1SS



Spring Car Show - Sunday 3rd May

Building on last year’s success, over 600 hundred fantastic cars are scheduled to return to Duxford, with marques including Porsche, BMW, Alvis and many more. This will be a great opportunity for all visitors to get up close to the automotive classics on display and to talk to their owners. Standard admission applies.

Spring Air Show - Sunday 17th May

Opening the Duxford air show season, the 2009 Spring Air Show celebrates the ‘Best of British’ in an aerial spectacle that features civil and historic aircraft, both vintage and modern. On the ground, take part in activities for all ages, from fun rides to tank rides.

FREE Child Ticket Offer for this air show

To make sure that this is a day to remember for all the family, take advantage of the special advanced purchase offer, where one child will be admitted free per full paying adult or senior ticket purchase.

Later Events for the next three months:

Military Vehicle Show 21st June

Flying Legends Air Show 11th and 12th July

Classic Car Show 2nd August

Spitfire Day 9th August

American Air Day Friday 21st August




                     May 6th

Ickleton Society AGM and History of Cambridgeshire Allotments


            7.30 p.m. Village Hall


Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


            Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Hinxton Mill Open Day 2.30 – 5.30 p.m.


Theatre Group ‘The History of Dr. Faustus’ 8.00 p.m. Village Hall


Four Villages Orchestra Concert 7.30 p.m. Duxford URC


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


WI Meeting 7.45 p.m. Gt. Chesterford Community Centre


Annual Parish Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall



                 June 13th 

Safari Supper



                    July 4th

Church Fete



         September 5th

Summer Sizzler