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JULY 2009


Editors:                                                                                           David and Monica Lilley



Distribution:                                                                                   Tony Court                     

                                                                                                          Hilary Rule           


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


12th July  2009




Refuse Collections during July

Monday     6th July                 -        Green bin and Green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday     13th July              -        Black bin collection

Monday     20th July              -        Green bin and Green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday     27th July              -        Black bin collection

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


The Annual Parish Meeting was held on Wednesday 27th May, and was attended by The Chairman, Parish Clerk, 29 residents and our County Councillor.

Reports from ten organisations were read out and it was most encouraging to hear good news in most of the reports.

Richard Summers of RAGT Seeds Ltd gave an overview of the company’s history and overseas connections and its subsequent move to Grange Road, Ickleton.

The following points were raised:

Ickleton Parish Council

The following items were discussed at the meeting held on Wednesday 17th June 2009:

Frogge Street:  The road was closed today (17th June) for resurfacing to take place.  This had caused problems as no notice about the closure was received but especially to the bus service, despite the fact that Highways did notify Stagecoach, this did not get passed on to the drivers.  It was agreed to write to Cllr T Stone (Copy: Stagecoach/D Lilley).       (* see end)


Planning application(s) received from SCDC:         

S/0437/09/F – Replacement Shed – AMENDMENT – Revised Fenestration to front and rear elevation including omission of port hole window – 44 Frogge Street – Information only.

S/0766/09/F – Garage/Workshop/Store with Annexe Over (AMENDED design to include 2 Velux escape roof-lights) – 33 Frogge Street -  Approve with a note to move the application as soon as possible.                                         

The Parish Council expressed concerns that the Conservation Department appear to be causing unnecessary delays with applications and we should continue to monitor the situation.

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:

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.





S/1703/06/HSC – Storage of Acrylonitrile – Land off Ickleton Road, Duxford – Hexcel Composites.

S/1749/06/O – Construction of a Carbon Fibre Precursor Plant – Land off Ickleton Road, Duxford – Hexcel Composites.


Village Sign - The Chairman had approached Vila Mila who had verbally agreed to carry out the work.  The Clerk will make contact to confirm and enquire about the cost.


Police Surgery – Monday 27th July 2009 – this will be advertised and hopefully as many as possible will visit the police for a chat. 


Coploe Road – Speeding and 30mph Sign

Following the Annual Parish Meeting, the Clerk had contacted CCC Highways.  A reply had been received from David Lines as follows:

 “I have looked into moving the 30mph speed limit further along Coploe Road and unfortunately it would not comply with the County Council’s speed limit policy. In addition, moving the 30mph speed limit further away from the start of the village development towards the M11 bridge can also have the detrimental effect of increasing vehicle speeds within the village environs as motorists tend to simply ignore the speed limit as it starts in, what is effectively, open countryside.

Pedestrian warning signs would have a limited effect, but with no discretionary budget funding available from the County Council, the parish would have to fund this.

The ideal solution would be the provision of a footway, and in hindsight this is something that probably should have been considered when the location of the new allotments was chosen. I would guess the costs of providing a footway is something that the Parish Council could simply not afford. I am sorry I could not be more positive with regards to this matter.”

The Clerk was asked to write to Cllr. Tim Stone requesting warning signs as have been installed in Fowlmere near the caravan site.                      


Flooding.  The Parish Council is continuing to monitor the situation at the land adj. to Stump Cross, Great Chesterford.  The thunderstorm on Monday night meant several drains were unable to take the water i.e. Abbey Street and Mill Lane.  The Clerk was asked to report the drain situation in Mill Lane to Highways.


Wellcome Trust will be letting off fireworks on Saturday 11th July at 10.30p.m. for approximately 15 minutes.  They ask that you keep any pets inside.

                                    Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk


* It appears Highways told County, but County did not tell Stagecoach!



Can you help us? Or do you know someone who can?

Joan Mead is retiring next October as the Ickleton church organist. She has held the post for several years and, although she has to make a thirty mile round trip each time she comes, she has never let us down. Not only has she played for the regular services in church but she has also put in a lot of work preparing pieces for events such as the Good Friday drama productions,  anthems for major church festivals and music for weddings, funerals and  special concerts. And she often comes and practises the organ during the Tuesday coffee mornings, adding another layer to the conviviality of the occasion.

We are enormously grateful for her skill, dedication and loyalty over the years and are really sad to lose her but absolutely understand that she feels that the time has come to step down.

So – we need to replace her and we are looking for an organist who can play for three church services here every month -  one sung Eucharist and two sung Evensongs.

Alternatively, there might be two organists who would like to share this commitment.

This is a paid post and anyone interested should contact me for full details.

Fortunately, Joan has given us plenty of notice, so we hope that we can appoint a new organist (or organists) within the next month or two so that there will be a seamless handover in the Autumn.

Please spread the word among your contacts. Many thanks.

Rosemary Hayes, Choirmistress     r.hayes@btinternet.com





CHURCH NOTICES – Services for July

                Thursday 2nd

  11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                    Sunday 5th

    8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                        Trinity 4

  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Sunday School



    6.30 p.m. Evensong





               Thursday 9th

  11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                  Sunday 12th

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                       Trinity 5

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



 10.00 a.m. All Ages Family Service



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





               Thursday 16th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                  Sunday 19th

    8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                        Trinity 6

  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


                        Trinity 7

 10.00 a.m. Family Service



   6.30 p.m. Patronal Festival Songs of Praise





               Thursday 30th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion



Ickleton Sunday School

Summer sessions for the Sunday School don’t fit the normal pattern so here’s a quick reminder:

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


Special All-Age Service with ‘GenR8’ at Ickleton Church on July 12th at 10.00a.m.

If you have or have had children at primary school anywhere in Cambridgeshire in the last 8 years then the chances are you may have heard of GenR8. Part of Scripture Union, GenR8 comprises teams of volunteers who travel around the local primary schools each term presenting lively and entertaining assemblies with a Christian theme. The children are always delighted to see GenR8, and we were once favourably compared with a visit from Father Christmas! Much of GenR8s material is written by John Hardwick, who will be familiar to children who have attended VBS in Saffron Walden.

As part of their support for our local schools the three Church Councils in our group have supported GenR8 financially. In recognition of this and as a ‘Thank you’ GenR8 are coming to Ickleton to take a special All-Age service on Sunday July 12th. The theme will be around ‘Giving Thanks and Being Special’ and will include a mix of sketches, modern action songs, puppets and more. So why not come along and get a taste of what the children enjoy so much at school! This is definitely ‘Church with a difference’ and all are very welcome.                                                                              Mandy Jeffery (GenR*member)


On Saturday 13th June some 50 people were to be found walking round the village, clasping their bottles of wine, en route to visiting three different hosts for their starters, main course and dessert.  Finally we all met up in the village hall for cheese, coffee and a final drink.  Many of us found ourselves visiting people we had never met before and had the opportunity to talk to people we often pass in the street but do not know well.   It was all great fun and we were blessed with a fine warm evening.  Many thanks are due to those who offered their homes and provided food and to all who joined in to make it a success: and we raised about £700 for church funds.                      Jackie Casement, Mandy Jeffery and Caroline Owen





Since Andrew Schofield initiated this ministry, a team of members from the Parish Churches of Hinxton, Ickleton, Duxford, Pampisford and Whittlesford and the URC Churches of Whittlesford and Duxford have been meeting once a month to make a list of those prayer requests received and to pray for those requests, both regularly and at the meeting.  Prayer request cards and a box are available in each of the churches and those requests are prayed for each Sunday.  There is also the regular healing evensong on the third Sunday of each month at 6.30 p.m. at St Peter’s, Duxford.

Healing is not always for physical problems of illness, but for those things that make us anxious, for situations beyond our control, for problems and pressures at home and at work.  Our loving God longs for us to turn to him and ask for his help so that we can be made whole in body, mind and spirit. 

Please feel able to ask for help or join us at the healing service on the third Sunday.

   Margaret Malcolm, Jackie Casement, Graham Hamilton Hopkins



Saving Energy

With the costs of gas and electricity being so high, we were very interested to find that English Heritage has put a tool on its website to help period house owners find ways to save energy.  Visit www.climatechangeandyourhome.org.uk/live/ and click on the picture on the right hand side.


Land between Grassy Lane and M11, Stump Cross

The Society is very concerned about the impact on our village, and others down stream, from the dumping of waste soil on this land adjacent to the river.  We are supporting the Parish Council on this issue and we will be making representations to the appropriate authorities and seeking a satisfactory resolution.                                                                                                          Rachel Radford



We were saddened and frustrated by the latest act of vandalism on our newly decorated village hall, which is such an asset to our village.

The Committee will be discussing additional security measures to meet the requirements of the insurance company.

Your help would be much appreciated. If you notice anything untoward, please contact the Booking Secretaries (see back page for details).                               

Ickleton Village Hall Management Committee



There was an excellent attendance at the June meeting to hear a talk on ‘Hardy Bulbs’ by Francis Mount.

Reminders of the various garden outings were given – reference June ‘Icene’.

There were twenty entries for the Best Rose Competition, which was won by Ann Macdonald.  Well done Ann!

The next meeting will be on July 1st when Peter Jackson from Scotsdales will give a talk on growing orchids.  The competition will be for a herbaceous flower.

I had a lovely surprise when the members presented me with a lovely clematis to celebrate my 80th birthday!  I will give it lots of T.L.C.                                                                             

Cynthia Rule



Maurice Richardson of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club has been in touch with Andrew Shepperd, as he discovered that Frederick Henry Royce – the ‘engineering brains’ of Rolls-Royce – had lived in Frogge Street, Ickleton for a time as a child. He appears in the 1871 census, aged 8.

There is a degree of mystery over the early years of Royce and his family, as he was rather reticent about his childhood. He was born at Alwalton, Hunts, but it is not possible to tell which house he lived in in Ickleton in 1871. It was probably near ‘The Beehive’.

His father James Royce is described in the census as a ‘miller and baker’ though he was probably employed (at King’s Mill at Great Chesterford?) rather than working for himself. He had moved to Ickleton after his milling business at Alwalton went bankrupt in 1867/8, and died in Greenwich Union Workhouse in 1872.

We assume Frederick Henry Royce went to school in Ickleton for a time, and one wonders if any of the Ickleton children realised, in later life, who they had been at school with.  



Prescription glasses were found in the vicinity of the village hall. Please contact David and Jean Whittaker.






Many, many thanks to everybody who has offered to help so far, if you would like to help please get in touch or just turn up on the morning of the fete.  You will be made very welcome.

The Churchwardens and PCC are very grateful for everybody’s support from the village. This is a fundraiser for Ickleton Church and a social event for the village as well.

The village hall will be open from 10.00 a.m. on July 4th.

Shelia Birch (Ickleton Society) would very much like donations of cakes for tea and Catherine Cocks would like cakes and produce for the cake stall. Thank you.



Many thanks for the sponsorship this year’s fete, we raised a magnificent £600.  The fete programme will be sent around the village a week before the and will be the competition details.  We do hope everyone will join in.

Let’s hope for a lovely day.                                                             Monica Lilley Fete Organiser


The Grand Raffle

The First Prize is a two night hotel break for two people.  Second is a mountain bike, third is a luxury hamper and many more prizes - tickets available from Costcutter Express and the Ickleton Lion plus many parishioners.                                                                                                      Neil Mckillen


Silent Auction at Church Fete

Although we have been given some lovely items, WE STILL NEED MORE!   Please have a hunt around and see what you can find for the auction.   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. If necessary, we can come and

collect your contributions.

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

Rosemary and Colin Hayes, Durhams Farmhouse, Butcher’s Hill




What a lovely 80th birthday I had! All my family and friends from near and far visited me. 

I received 58 birthday cards, a very pretty shrub from my garden from the Ickleton Over 60s and my home could be mistaken for a florists shop!  A very dear friend made me a superb birthday cake which was reduced to crumbs by the end of the day, so I wish to thank each and every one of you for making my birthday so very special.   Thank you.                                                                               Cynthia Rule



Fledglings is a locally-based charity supporting children with any type of disability or special need.  Founded by Ickleton resident Ruth Lingard, Fledglings has grown strongly since its founding 10 years ago, and now has a mailing list of 9,000 parents, grandparents, carers and other professionals.

Some of you may have picked Fledglings in the Waitrose ‘Community Matters’ charity donation scheme in May. It raised over £500 for us, a very generous donation for which we are really grateful.  Thanks for all the support!

We are also delighted that we have reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards. The Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they aim to celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people and communities all across the UK.

Fledglings is competing against nine other projects from all over the country in the category Best Voluntary/Charity Project (in association with ‘Woman’ magazine), for the chance to win an Award and a £2,000 prize.  The three finalists will appear on a gala BBC1 TV show later in the summer.  We need your votes to help us!


Simply visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards, click on the Best Voluntary/Charity Project category and cast your vote! Alternatively you can call ( 0844 686 6754 to register your phone vote.  Voting runs from 22nd June to 10th July.  Every vote counts, so we really appreciate your support.

You can find out more about Fledglings by visiting our website www.fledglings.org.uk, or by phoning (0845 458 1124.  The website was recently redesigned with a lot of help from Ickleton resident Andrew Shepperd, one of a number of local volunteers who provide us with so much help.  We do need extra volunteers, so please get in touch if you would like to learn more.                  John Statham







Flying Legends Air Show - Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July

Surely one of the world 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.


The Duxford Classic Car Show - Sunday 2nd August

Duxford annual Classic Car Show brings together an amazing range of all time classic favourites for the enjoyment of car lovers and nostalgia seekers of all ages.  Set against the atmospheric backdrop of Duxford, a stroll amongst the automotive stars of yesteryear makes for a perfect summer Sunday.

Standard admission applies, children aged 15 or under go free when accompanied by an adult.


Later Events for the next three months:

Spitfire Day 9th August

American Air Day Friday 21st August

Duxford Air Show 5th and 6th September

Showbus 27th September

Autumn Air Show 11th October


From Monday 15th June 2009, the non-emergency telephone number for Cambridgeshire is changing. The new number is ( 0345 456 4564.
Please save this in your address books for future reference. The old number, 0845 456 4564, will continue to operate alongside the new number until April 2011. The move will allow people with call packages which provide free local calls to benefit as 0345 numbers are as local calls. Remember - in an emergency, always dial 999. You should dial 999 if lives are in danger or if there is serious risk of injury, if a serious crime is happening or if a criminal is still at the scene. In all other cases, and for general enquiries, please call us on
( 0345 456 4564. This number is staffed by specially trained operators, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including bank holidays.
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                    July 1st

Chesterford and District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


           Chapel Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


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


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

                   11th & 12th

Flying Legends Air Show Duxford Airfield


Mobile Library


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Visiting Bellringers 11.45 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.


Mobile Library


Police Surgery 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon Village Hall

        September 5th

Summer Sizzler