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JUNE 2009


Editors:                                                                                           David and Monica Lilley



Distribution:                                                                                   Tony Court                     

                                                                                                          Hilary Rule           


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


12th June  2009



Refuse Collections during June

Monday       1st June                -        Black bin collection

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

Monday       15th June              -        Black bin collection

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

Monday       29th June              -        Black bin collection

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

Ickleton Parish Council

The following items were discussed at the meeting held on Wednesday 20th May 2009:

Adoption of Year-end Accounts 31/03/09  It was unanimously agreed to adopt the year-end accounts.  The Clerk will now submit these to the External Auditors.       

Planning application(s) received from SCDC:      

Robin Driver and Tim Pavelin declared an interest in S/0437/09/F and would not take part in any of the discussions relating to this application.

S/0313/09/LB – Alterations-remove partition between kitchen & dining room; remove partition between cloakroom & boiler/store & block external door; form new opening in bedroom wall & convert adjacent bedroom to an en suite bathroom – 20 Church Street – Approve

S/0196/09/F – Extensions-Details of Amendment-Revised site boundary & to replace a rear window with a door to the side extension – 64 Abbey Street -  Information only.

S/0437/09/F – Replacement Shed – 44 Frogge Street –  Approve

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:

S/0206/09/F – Erection of Grain Store, Repositioning of Polytunnels and Glass Houses – RAGT Seeds Ltd., Grange Road.

Tree Works subject to preservation order or situated within a conservation area - granted by SCDC: 

Peter Wombwell reported that the Formula 1 testing started today at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford and he had (on a personal level) filed a complaint about the noise.  Lewis Duke had driven to Duxford and agreed the noise was quite loud.  It had been mentioned on the News this evening that they would be testing again next Wednesday.  It was felt this could lead to possible trespassing and traffic problems in the future at Grange Road, Duxford.  It was agreed we need to monitor the situation and notify the police about our concerns.

Terry Sadler asked if a reminder (on behalf of the Wetlands Management Committee) could be put in Icene about dogs.  Dog Fouling – is still causing concern in various areas and the Wetlands Management Committee would appreciate it if dogs are kept on leads when walking through the grounds and are also kept out of the lakes where wildlife are nesting/swimming.

Flooding – The Chairman had been speaking with Mr & Mrs Bristow and recommended that a letter be sent to them thanking them for their diligence in monitoring the waste soils which are being deposited on the land adjacent to M11 Stump Cross.

The Clerk had received correspondence from Phil Hunt, Uttlesford District Council, Environment Agency (Ipswich), informing us that the issue had been raised through their internal Incident Communication Service which considers if enforcement action is required. We had also had a long e-mail from Tony Sullivan, Enforcement Officer, Minerals & Waste Planning, Essex County Council explaining the






situation – Background, ECC Involvement and the Current Situation.  Copies of these will be sent to John and Margaret Bristow.  After discussion it was agreed to notify the following:


Duxford Primary School will be visiting Ickleton on Tuesday 16th June for their annual ‘Church Day’ between 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.  They intend to have a whole school picnic on the Recreation Ground, weather permitting, as well as having 1 or 2 activities.  We would ask residents to take care if driving to the village hall car park and, if walking their dogs, to please keep them on a lead.

Policy Surgery – Monday 27th July.  It is proposed that the Police will hold a surgery in the Village Hall between 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.  Everyone is invited to drop in and chat with them; it is hoped the children who attend Froglets will enjoy seeing the Police Car.

Sergeant Mark Kathro is leaving Sawston to take up a similar job in Cambridge City.  Sergeant Rebecca Williams, now based at Histon police station, will replace him from 1st June.

Other items of interest:

The police have attended incidents in the village, which involved a man trying to steal a dog and a house burglary. 

County Council and European Parliamentary Elections take place on Thursday 4th June 2009.  Voting will take place in the Village Hall.


Annual General Meeting held 20th May 2009.  Robin Driver was re-elected Chairman and Lewis Duke Vice-Chairman for the forthcoming year.  Election of representatives and working parties are as follows:



Responsible Financial Officer

Jocelyn Flitton

Football Club

Tim Pavelin

Coploe Pit

Sheila Birch


Sheila Birch

Highways/Footway Lighting

Terry Sadler

Tree and hedge planting

Peter Wombwell

Duxford Airfield

Lewis Duke

Village Hall

Lewis Duke


Liz Goddard/Andrew Shepperd


Robin Driver

Wellcome Trust Liaison

Sheila Birch/Terry Sadler

Cemetery/Churchyard Maintenance

Jane Hurst


Lewis Duke

Planning Committee

Robin Driver/Sheila Birch/Terry Sadler

Affordable Housing

Robin Driver/Jane Hurst

Recreation Field Working Party/

Playground/Tennis Courts

Peter Wombwell

Tim Pavelin

Mark Stone-Wigg

Financial Working Party

Lewis Duke / Robin Driver

Tim Pavelin

Police Neighbourhood Panel

Lewis Duke/Jocelyn Flitton


Liz Goddard

                                  Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk


The committee would like to thank Lewis Duke for ploughing another two rows providing further plots. This is due to the ever increasing interest in the allotments. It would be great to see more Ickleton residents take on an allotment. For further information please visit the Ickleton Village website or contact Louise Andrew, loulou1979@hotmail.com or Lisa Morrissey .


We are sorry to record the death of Mrs. Hilary Henderson, formerly of Abbey Street, who died on 2nd May aged 94. We were grateful to Mrs. Henderson who used to check the ‘Icene’ for us in the early part of our editorship, and also for Rosemary Hayes, the previous editor 22 years ago.                                   Editors






Church Office                                                     01223:832137 (answerphone)

                             e-mail address:                     hinkledux@googlemail.com

Churchwardens           Simon Casement                

                                      Rosemary McKillen              

Prayer Ministry            Jackie Casement                          

Lay Ministers               Julie Baillie                           

                                       Judith Wright                        


            Thursday 4th

  11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                Sunday 7th

     8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


         Trinity Sunday

  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Sunday School



    6.30 p.m. Evensong





          Thursday 11th

  11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





               Friday 12th

   Confirmation Service

Ely Cathedral




              Sunday 14th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


               Trinity 1

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





          Tuesday 16th

 Church Day for Duxford School





         Thursday 18th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





            Sunday 21st

 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


             Trinity 2

10.00 a.m. Family Communion



  6.30 p.m. Evensong with Laying on of Hands





        Thursday  25th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





           Sunday 28th

 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


             St. Peter

10.00 a.m. Patronal Festival Family Service



 6.30 p.m. Evensong




After the fun of making and playing our Good Shepherd board game, the Sunday School has some further fun to come over the next few months:

For more information contact Keena McKillen (01223 832785 or keena.mckillen@ntlworld.com



As we move to June we start our weekly Tuesday coffee mornings in the Church – or outside if the weather is good.  If you haven’t been before do come along and enjoy the coffee and home-made goodies.  You can be assured of a warm welcome and good conversation.  If you have visitors do bring them along and introduce them to our renowned Ickleton Hospitality.

Coffee mornings run every Tuesday from 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon and children are equally welcome.

                                                                                                                       Rosemary McKillen







This year’s Church Fete, to be held on July 4th from 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. in the village hall and on the recreation ground, is coming together now. Thank you to everybody who has agreed to help. The Churchwardens and P.C.C. are very grateful for everybody’s support with this fundraising, and we hope everybody will join us or help with the fete.  You will be made very welcome.

By popular request Ron Coulson has again agreed to give tractor and trailer rides for us, and Anne-Marie Hoare will again be doing face painting.

If anybody has vintage vehicles, cars, tractors etc. they would like to show, Dick Wombwell and his friends will be pleased to hear from you. The Sawston Fire Engine will be coming.

The village ‘Come Homers’ village reunion will be meeting at 11.00 a.m. in the meeting room of the village hall. Coffee will be served in the morning for helpers and the ‘Come Homers’.

The village hall will be open from 10.00 a.m. on the morning of the fete for setting up.


Listed below are people who have very kindly volunteered for the usual stalls and who would like to receive contributions for their stalls:-


Stall Holders:- 

Adults & Children’s Tombola              -    Cynthia Rule– would like things before fete

Books                                                  -    Judy Holt

Silent Auction                                       -    Colin and Rosemary Hayes

The Grand Raffle                                -     Rosemary and Neil McKillen

Bric-a-brac                                          -     Ivy Court - is willing to store things

 (really good items please)

Cakes & Home Produce                    -     Catherine Cocks and family

Bottles for the Bottle Tombola            -     Neil McKillen, 5 Priory Close

Cakes for tea                                      -      Sheila Birch -The Ickleton Society

                                                                  help needed for tea please contact Sheila Birch

Nearly New & Unwanted Gifts             -     Monica Lilley (no jumble please)

Plant Stall                                            -     Cali Holberry, 3 Birds Close, (you are welcome to leave    

                                                                    plants for the stall on her lawn)

CDs and DVDs Stall                            -     Mandy Jeffery

Toy Stall     (no soft toys please)         -     Sarah Mila                             

We do not accept electrical items.


Silent Auction at Church Fete

2008’s SILENT AUCTION raised a considerable sum for church funds and we hope that it will be equally successful in 2009. Last year, due to your generosity, there were some amazing bargains to be had and the bidding was fast and furious.

So, once again, we are appealing for good quality items – things which you may not be able to use any more, for instance, but which someone else would really like to have.

Please have a hunt round and see what you can find for the auction.

If necessary, we can come and collect your contributions - and it would be helpful to have them before the fete so that we can mark them up with reserve prices.

Thank you very much, in advance, for your support. And thank you, again, to all of you who made last year’s auction such a success, either by giving us goods or by bidding for them.

 Rosemary and Colin Hayes  Durhams Farmhouse, Butcher’s Hill <r.hayes@btinternet.com>



There is still time to sponsor the fete as this helps with expenses. The Parochial Church Council sends a leaflet to every house a week before the fete, to advertise the event, and one is given to everybody who comes to the Fete, with the names of the sponsors and their details printed on the back. This costs £25 per line.  We hope to have 600 leaflets printed this year. The deadline for this will be 7th June. Please either get in touch with me or put a cheque through my door, 8 Brookhampton Street, made out to Ickleton Parochial Church Council.

If you need any more information about the Church Fete please contact me.

                        Monica Lilley– Fete Organiser

Pet Show

This will take place as usual this year, from the verandah of the village hall. Dogs and small pets e.g. rabbits, hamsters etc. are welcome but, please, NO CATS, as they find it all too stressful.  Please register your pet(s) by 2.30 p.m.  There will be a minimum donation of £1.50 per pet.

Judging will take place at about 2.45 p.m. by Debbie from Village Vets at Pampisford.

Hope to see you with your furry friends on the day.                              Jenny Pell and Hilary Rule



Photography Competition

Here are the categories for the Photography Competition at the Church Fete.

  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.

Please bring during the morning of July 4th or put through my door 54 Abbey Street.

A rosette will be presented to the winner of each category.                                                     Anne Godfrey


Fancy Dress Parade

This year’s  Fancy Dress Parade, as July 4th is Independence Day, will be American style, red, white and blue.  The Fancy Dress Competition is for children and adults and will be judged on the recreation ground at 3.00 p.m. Do join in and get in the spirit of the afternoon.                          Sarah Mila


Summer Fete - Flower & Produce

To make this event a success we need plenty of entries for the various categories of the Competition described in April’s Icene:

Flower Arranging.  Two categories - one for adults and one for children.  Anything in a container that will stand on a table will be suitable.

Salads - 5 different home-grown salad items on a plate.

Strawberries - 5 home-grown strawberries on a plate.

Mixed Herbs - 3 home-grown stems in a jar.

Children’s Grow-a-Bean in a jam jar competition.

Please bring all your competition entries to the marquee located next to the village hall.  Any time between 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. on 4th July would be fine. Judging will take place between 3.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. and you can take away your entries after that.  We are asking for 50p per entry, except for the Grow-a-Bean competition, which is free.

Anyone wanting to swap seedlings, flowers or veg, should bring them along on the day.

If anyone wants to help in the marquee, we would be pleased to hear from them.

      John and Christina Taylor jandc.taylor@btinternet.com 



Hinxton village fete will be held on Saturday 6th June from 2.00 p.m. at Hinxton village hall and recreation ground.

There will be Hinxton Homemade, raffle, teas, plants, books, bric-a-brac, coconut shy, and also a flower arranging competition for men!                                                                                                          Ros Smith



There was a good attendance on May 6th to hear our speaker Margaret Waddy, who gave a descriptive demonstration of propagation and grafting.

Catmere End Garden Walkabout will be on Wednesday June 24th at 6.30 p.m. Maps will be available at the June meeting.

Reminders: Chippenham Gardens on July 8th at 6.30 p.m. and Glen Chantry and Hyde Hall July 24th at 10.30 a.m. 

Several members expressed a wish to visit Kirtling Towers Garden, near Newmarket, which is open for the Help for Heroes Fund (our war wounded) from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Charge £4 refreshments are available.  Highly recommended!

Schedules for our Flower Show on September 12th are available from Catherine Cocks '531125, open to anyone wishing to compete (no charge).

Our chairman spoke about the plight of our honey bees and what we can do to encourage them in our gardens. Details of plants which they like will be available at the June meeting.

The next meeting will be on June 3rd when Francis Mount will talk about Hardy Bulbs.

Best bloom will, naturally, be a rose.

Any enquiries regarding the above please ring me.                                                   Cynthia Rule







The Magic Flute

On 2nd May a small group of members enjoyed a memorable performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute by the English Touring Opera at the Cambridge Arts Theatre.  The set, lighting and costumes were inspired and the standard of singing was excellent.  You certainly didn’t have to be an opera buff to enjoy this modern and quirky production.


History of Cambridgeshire Allotments

On Wednesday 6th May, after the Society’s AGM and wine and nibbles, 21 members enjoyed a talk by Jacqueline Cooper (a noted local historian) on the history of allotments in 19th Century Cambridgeshire.  Most of us weren’t allotment holders but, to the surprise of many us, this talk was fascinating.  We learnt how landowners, the clergy and others encouraged the provision of allotments after the Swing Riots by agricultural labourers in the 1830s.  The benefits were thought to include a reduction in drinking, better servants and prevention of ‘contagious infatuation’!  The rules imposed on early allotment holders were also rather different from those of today’s allotment societies.  You could lose your plot if found guilty of theft or misdemeanour or, if your allotment was provided by the clergy, you didn’t attend church.  John Taylor gave a very nice vote of thanks and wondered if this was the origin of the expression ‘to lose the plot’.  Perhaps someone knows?                                                                               Rachel Radford



Although Dr Faustus is a tragic story of a man who sells his soul to the Devil in return for power and pleasure, the Theatre Group cleverly adapted the play making it humorous as well as poignant.  The battle between good and evil may be an old theme but it is always riveting.  We could probably all identify with the desire of Doctor Faustus for worldly pleasures and the temptations of the Seven Deadly Sins!

The demon Mephistopheles – conjured up by Doctor F using his magical powers and the eerie dance they performed was sinister yet funny and made us all squirm a bit.  We felt slightly uncomfortable – after all, who hasn’t flirted with the Devil from time to time.

The beautiful temptress Lucifer was also superb and I think we all went home feeling we had experienced a thought-provoking performance by some extremely talented actors.                                    Ann Worthing



W.I. members could be forgiven if they thought they had come to the wrong meeting on May 20th when guest speaker Peter Jackson from Scotsdale Nurseries gave a very informative talk on new varieties of summer bedding plants. Peter brought along a lovely selection of annuals and biennials and explained how cuttings could be taken and how pruning could prolong their life throughout the summer.

Afterwards members were able to buy the plants at a very reasonable price and not many plants went back to Scotsdale!

The next meeting on June 17th will be held in Hinxton Village Hall when the guest speaker, Douglas Kent, will speak about ‘The Preservation of our Ancient Buildings’. Visitors welcome

                                                                                                                               Cynthia Rule




The date for this year’s show is November 25th and is for the afternoon performance. The coach will leave Ickleton at 10.30 a.m.                                          

Please let me know if you wish to go.                                                                                    Betty Willmott.




Saffron Walden & District Footpaths Association is doing an evening walk on 7th July starting 6.40 p.m. at the Genome Centre car park and coming through Ickleton, Duxford footpath and Hinxton.  If anyone would like to join them (free of charge) they would be pleased to see you.  Further information can be obtained from George Turner.

Membership fee is normally £5 per household p.a. (Oct to Sept) and members will receive 10% discount at Millets, King Street, Saffron Walden on production of a receipt for current membership.









This term has yet again been busy and full of excitement for the children.  It was lovely to come back after Easter to such a sunny week.  The Octagon was used for class work, and the children enjoyed playing out in the sunshine.

So, what’s been happening, you ask!

Children in years 2-6 have been enjoying their weekly swimming lessons at SVC pool.

Our Year 5s returned tired but happy after two days packed full of activities at Mepal schools activity centre.  Year 6 children have worked very hard on their SATs tests.   In July it will be their turn to have a well deserved residential trip to the PGL centre at Caythorpe in Lincolnshire!

This term, parents have had the chance to come in and enjoy a school lunch with the children. Each week a different class is able to invite the parents along, and there has been great excitement amongst the children.  I am looking forward to my opportunity to select from the menu.  The school meals providers have been encouraging children to try school meals by having a daily lottery winner.  Each day, one of the dinner trays has a winning sticker underneath.  Whoever picks up the tray wins a prize, which they select from a pot at Monday morning assembly!

I attended a Monday assembly this term.  They are a wonderful start to the school week.  Children receive ‘special cards’ from the Head teacher for good work or behaviour; the ‘House group’ with the most points received in the past week stand up to receive applause from the rest of the school; and birthdays are marked with each child being asked about their celebration, followed by the whole school singing ‘Happy Birthday’.  It really is a lovely occasion.

Parents with children in the Reception Class enjoyed the class assembly on the 13th May, which was all about ‘mini beasts’ or ‘creepy crawlies’ as they were in my day!  The children had produced some wonderful pastel pictures of various creatures, and treated us to a great rendition of ‘The Ugly Bug Ball’!  We look forward to the other years’ class assemblies later in the term.

The term, of course, will end with the much awaited sports day on Wednesday 15th July, or Thursday 16th July if the weather conspires against us again!                                   Clare Delderfield - Parent Governor





Military Vehicle Show - Sunday 21st June

Come and experience the sheer power of some of the biggest tanks as well as the more quirky peculiarities of smaller vehicles such as jeeps or even 1940s ambulances.  The enthusiasm of private owners, the excitement of tank rides and the spectacle of  the cavalcade on Duxford’s runway make for a great Fathers’ Day outing.

The Land Warfare Hall will be open as usual with many more vehicles on display to excite visitors of all ages.


Special ticket pricing applies. Children aged 15 or under go free.

Concessions and group book rates are available. For ticket prices and full booking details go to www.iwm.org.uk/duxford.


Flying Legends Air Show Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July

Surely one of the world’s greatest air shows, Flying Legends features a phenomenal selection of classic American and European aircraft such as the Hurricane, Mustang and Spitfire to name but a few. Set against Duxford’s historic backdrop, the mile of excitement provided on the ground by specialist traders.  Second World War crew re-enactors, flight simulator and much more, all contribute to the unique nostalgia and atmosphere of Flying Legends.

Just announced: participation from the following aircraft:

Saturday 11th July:  Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire and Hurricane

Sunday 12th July:  Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster.


For ticket prices and full booking details please go to www.iwm.org.uk/duxford


Later Events for the next three months:

Classic Car Show  2nd August

Spitfire Day  9th August

American Air Day  Friday 21st August

Duxford Air Show  5th & 6th September

Showbus  27th September  









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







                        June 1st

Mobile Library


Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon


Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


             Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


County Council and European Parliamentary Elections


             7.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. Village Hall


Hinxton Village Fete 2.00 p.m. Hinxton Village Hall


              and Recreation Ground


Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon


Safari Supper


Mobile Library


Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon


Duxford School Church Day 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. Church


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


W.I. Meeting 7.45 p.m. Hinxton Village Hall


Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon


Mobile Library


Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon



                          July 4th

Church Fete 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Village Hall & Recreation Ground


Evening Footpaths Walk meet 6.40 p.m. Genome Centre Car Park



                September 5th

 Summer Sizzler