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Editors:               David and Monica Lilley



Distribution:       Tony Court                     

                                                                                                                                      Hilary Rule            


All contributions please to 8 Brookhampton Street. 

Deadline for next Edition –

12th September  2009




Refuse Collections during September

Tuesday*   1st  September     - Green bin and Green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       7th  September    - Black bin collection

Monday       14th September   - Green bin and Green boxes (bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       21st September    - Black bin collection

Monday       28th September   - 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.


Ickleton Parish Council

The following items were discussed at the meeting held on Wednesday 19 August 2009:

Planning application(s) received from SCDC:                

S/0975/09/F – Extensions & Alterations – 30 Church Street

(+ Amendment: further information to show height of proposed roof lights – Information only.)

Mr Lewis Duke declared an interest in this application and did not take part in the discussions. Approve

S/0078/09/LB – Proposed Roof light – Church Barn, Butcher’s Hill -   Approve.

S/0766/09/F – Garage/Workshop/Store with Annexe (Amended design to include 2 Velux Escape Roof lights) – section drawing showing balustrade arrangement – 33 Frogge Street –Information only                                                           

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:

S/0803/09/F – Extensions – 14 Birds Close

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

C/11/40/54 – Fell Ash Trees (2) also fell Leylandi x 38.  Replace with privet hedge/thorn/yew –

1-3 Frogge Street – Approve 

Finance:   Please note that the Annual Return for the year ended 31st  March 2009 has now closed following the external audit (without query) by Moore Stephens.


Land adj. Stump Cross – Robin Driver had sent an e-mail to Cllr Stone (a copy has not yet been circulated).  Lewis Duke has been liaising with Peter Fentem (Chairman of Gt Chesterford Parish Council).  Mr Fentem had sent a draft of a letter he is sending to Mike Bodell at the Environment Agency.  The letter was read out and the Councillors were happy for this letter to be sent.  Lewis Duke would thank Mr Fentham for writing the letter.  It was agreed that a dossier on flooding would be compiled by Lewis Duke and Robin Driver, which they would communicate to Mr Bodell to help him with his study.     

Drain top of Mill Lane -  Robin Driver, Lewis Duke and the Clerk met with Mike Cooper (CCC Highways) to discuss this problem.  Mr Cooper pointed out that he flushed/cleared all the drains down Mill Lane until the drain crossed the road near the level crossing into a ditch, which was on Network Rail ground.  The Clerk had contacted Network Rail and it is hoped that they will clear the ditch.

Abbey Street opp. Methodist Chapel – The above party then inspected the problem here.  The drain that was supposed to assist in taking the rainwater had been blocked up when the kitchen extension to the Chapel had been built.  Lewis Duke agreed with Mike Cooper that a soak away could be dug in the field just past No. 72 Abbey Street.

Grange Road – A resident had complained that flooding was occurring at the bungalows near the motorway bridge.  The party checked the road and found that the ditch adjacent to the New House, needed to be dug out and that the headway needed to be unblocked.  



CCC - Swine Flu

Correspondence had been received from SCDC, forwarding from CCC details of a Emergency Planning Awareness Seminar on 1st October at 6.00 p.m., in their offices, should anyone wish to attend.  CCC was also making plans for the mass vaccination of the population of Cambridgeshire and was asking for details of village halls.   This information will be passed to the Village Hall to complete and return.

Cambridgeshire County Council had also written asking for volunteers to support the communities.  They propose to open up to 16 centres, each operating for 12 hours a day and 7 days a week.  They are looking for people who are able to deal with the public, comfortable in a community setting and who have good organising skills.  This will be put in the Icene, asking residents to give the request their urgent consideration, and if they feel they can help, to contact the Parish Clerk.         

Other items of interest:

Cambridgeshire Minibus Brokerage Scheme (CaMBs)This scheme will be open to all community groups, charities, clubs and not-for-profit organisations in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding area.  There is a yearly fee of £10 to participate in the scheme.  For more information about this scheme contact the Community Transport section direct ( 01223 715606.

Cambridgeshire Police have notified us about The Bobby Scheme, which is a registered charity run by The Shrievalty Trust.  The ‘Bobby’ vans cover Cambridgeshire and repair minor damage done to property as a result of Burglary.  They will also try and reassure the householder.  The scheme works with Cambridge Constabulary, Help the Aged and Neighbourhood Watch.  This charitable scheme provides a free service to older people and intends to reduce burglary by improving home security.

"Victims of Burglary" aged 65+  (New locks, bolts, door chains, peep holes etc.)  FREE SERVICE
"Potential victims of Burglary" aged 65+ (Not yet victims but at real risk of Burglary)  £20 CHARGE
"Vulnerable" potential Burglary victims 65+ (e.g. Disabled and living in a high crime area) £20 CHARGE
If you know someone aged 65 and over who would benefit from the Bobby Scheme services please contact the coordinator direct
( 07866 602100, or you can Email: coordinator@cpstrust.org.

Destination Growth ’09 will feature a fresh and up-to-the minute look at surviving and thriving in the current economic climate. Information about who is speaking and the programme can be found at www.eeda.org.uk/destinationgrowth and they are welcoming new registrations.

                                          Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk


CHURCH NOTICES – Services for September

           Thursday 3rd

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





               Sunday 6th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


                 Trinity 13

10.  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Sunday School



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





          Thursday 10th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





             Sunday 13th

 8.00 a.m.  Holy Communion


                Trinity 14

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





         Thursday 17th 

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





            Sunday 20th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


              Trinity 15

10.00 a.m. Patronal Festival & Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong with laying on of hands





        Thursday 24th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





             Sunday 27th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


             Trinity 16

11.00 a.m. Harvest All Age Worship and Lunch





 Friday 2nd October

  7.30 p.m. Harvest Festival  and  Supper








St Mary Magdalene Ickleton – Gift Day

Once again, as Churchwardens, we are drawing attention to an important date in our calendar.  The Gift Day is an opportunity for the Ickleton Community to demonstrate its continued support for our lovely Church.

We appreciate that all families have greater financial commitments than ever this year but we believe it is right to demonstrate the challenge that we face each year to maintain the church and provide a range of services (now including a Sunday School) to everyone in the village.

In an effort to improve our heating system we are in the process of replacing our oil fired boiler and bunding the oil tank to comply with regulations.  This will cost us around £15,000.  At the same time we have made a start on the energy output from our lighting by replacing old bulbs with new low energy bulbs.  Apart from these ongoing works the annual cost of our Parish share is about £20,000, so it is quite a challenge to meet our commitments and to maintain a vibrant Christian ministry in our village. Every little helps.

The Churchwardens and other members will be on hand in the Church from 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. to welcome everyone on Saturday 26th September. Complimentary tea/coffee and cakes will be available all day with soup provided between 12.00 noon and 2.00 p.m. Do please drop in if only for a few minutes.


Other Forthcoming Events:

Family Harvest Service with Ploughman’s Lunch afterwards on Sunday 27th September @ 11.00 a.m.

Annual Harvest Supper with guest speaker the Bishop of Huntingdon on Friday 2nd October@ 7.30 p.m.                                                                                                            Rosemary McKillen & Simon Casement

Renewal of Marriage Vows

To celebrate their Silver Wedding Robert and Mandy Jeffery renewed their marriage vows at a service of thanksgiving at Ickleton Church on 1st August conducted by Judith Wright.



Alara Gillie Diss daughter of Jamie and Shelley Diss of Mill Lane and great-granddaughter of Eileen Fairweather was baptised at Ickleton Church on 2nd August.


Help! New Church Administrator needed.

A new three parishes administrator is needed for the beginning of September.  Miranda Stone-Wigg has done a superb job for us and will be greatly missed; but we need a replacement urgently.  The work is straightforward office administration: dealing with post and emails, preparing service leaflets and attending some meetings etc, for between 4 and 6 hours a week, in the church office in Duxford Rectory. There will be suitable clerical remuneration.  If you can help, please contact Miranda, Julie Baillie or Andrew Walker.



The three churches of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton are organising a pantomime which will be performed in Ickleton Village Hall on Saturday 2nd January 2010, at 2.00 p.m.  The show will be ALADDIN and will be performed by a travelling pantomime company called Chaplins.  This fun-filled extravaganza is aimed at children aged 3-103 years (!) and features a cast of 5 professional players in a programme lasting 2 hours.  The audience will see up to 9 colourful characters that delight and entertain with all the antics you expect of panto!

This is not a fund-raising event (though of course costs will have to be covered) but will be a great opportunity to bring the three parishes together for some local Christmas-time entertainment.  Further details e.g. ticket prices, points of purchase etc. will follow in subsequent newsletters.  Please note that tickets will be limited!

We look forward to seeing you early next year!                                                     Virginia Walker



Thank you

Rosemary, David, Marion and family wish to thank all the people of Ickleton and surrounding areas for their exceeding kindness, their thoughts and generosity, and for the many letters, cards and telephone calls expressing their sympathy in the very sad loss of Ron, and for all the flowers Rosemary has received. Thank you also for the donations we have received for the British Heart Foundation.

A special thanks to Duxford School and Huntsman for all their help.








Memories and Reflections of World War II

This month sees the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.  On Friday November 6th (a few days before Remembrance Sunday) we will be holding an evening of memories and reflections of that war.  We hope you will be able to join us.  There will be a performance of ‘Address Unknown’ by Kressmann Taylor – a novel written as a series of letters between a Jewish art dealer, living in San Francisco, and his business partner, who had returned to Germany in 1932 and gradually adopted the ideology of Nazism.  There will also be memories of life on the home front, including some of the popular songs of the time as originally made famous by Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Doris Day and, of course, Vera Lynn.  There will be more details in next month’s Icene.


The Village Archive

The Society is very grateful to the Village Hall Committee for providing new cupboard space to house the archives after our cabinets were damaged during a break-in at the Village Hall some time ago.  The archives are now, once again, easily accessible.  Full details of the archives – both the documents and photographs that we hold – can be found on the village web site - www.ickletonvillage.co.uk.  The photographs are now displayed in a new photo gallery accessible from the website.  We have a backlog of papers and photos which will be added to the archives over the coming weeks and months, so do keep an eye on the web site for new items.  If you would like to look at anything in the archives, please do contact us.                                                                                                              Rachel Radford



To celebrate 10 years of the ‘new’ village hall there will be an open day on Saturday 24th October, 10.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.  Everyone is invited to come along and share in the celebration.  This will also be a perfect opportunity to meet and talk to the groups who provide regular activities in the hall and to see the excellent facilities the hall has for both clubs and private hiring.  Refreshments will be served and further details will be in the next issue of the Icene.                                      Village Hall Management Committee.



Want to have a party but need place settings and glasses? Look no further.  We can provide china, cutlery and glasses for up to 60 people.  Cost? Contributions to Ickleton Church on the basis of the numbers involved.  Contact Simon or Jackie Casement or email simon.casement@btinternet.com  



I really think the gods smile down on the July fetes as once again, as in the past years, the weather was to be good, although a bit too hot for the pet show! There didn’t seem as many people at the fete this year, but the usual ‘gang’ of helpers always make it a success, as shown in Monica’s report.  I always like to visit ‘home; and see relations there and in Cambridge; not so many ‘come homers’ this time, but David and I called on Graham and Lesley Morris in Bar Hill.  It was good this year as my cousin Jane Murray came down from Lincoln and we visited her mum’s grave.  She hadn’t been to Ickleton for 15 years and remarked on some nice houses.  It certainly has changed over the 40 years I’ve lived in the Midlands, lovely to see ‘Hovells’, my birthplace looking good!

We don’t seem to have had much summer and as the Solihull Horse Trials are in 2 weeks, the hope is that it won’t be as wet as it has been.  It makes the cross-country course quite dangerous, as some jumps are high. I aIways think horse and rider are very brave. I’ll stick to Dressage. 

Soon the shops will be full of Xmas goods. Where has the year gone?

All the best to everyone.                                                                Molly (nee Clements) and David Dagley



Were you part of it?

On 12th September between 12.00 p.m. until 4.00 p.m. you are invited to join us for the 50 year reunion and celebrations of MVC@50.  Past and present pupils - anyone with a connection to the College and members of the community are invited to a tea party on the Willow Lawn, 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

There will be refreshments, live music by BoB, the unveiling of the anniversary window and kiln glass tile exhibition, photographs and MVC history display, guided tours of the College and lots of opportunities to record your memories and catch up with what’s happening at Melbourn Village College. We hope to see you there.                                                                                                           Vanessa Mann ( 01223 871628







The Big Village Picnic 5th September 2.00 p.m. Ickleton Recreation Ground


Don’t panic! Call Hilary to get hold of your last minute tickets.  This event is aimed at Ickleton residents but if you have visitors and wish to bring them along, extra tickets can be obtained for the small fee of £1 each.

Come and join the Ickleton Sizzler, a FREE event for all ages.  Featuring tea tent with home made cakes, barbecue, scarecrow fashion competition, old fashioned races and games for the children (and adults) and a silent auction of promises.

For the first time this year the Ickleton Allotment Association will be running The Ickleton Produce Show, a celebration of all things grown and produced in the village (see below).

Bring a picnic blanket, popup-gazebo if you have one, a few drinks and join in the fun!  It is an event for all ages so we hope you will come along.  Last year over 200 Ickleton residents joined us!

As an amazing extra this year, Luciana and Simon Day from the Eight Bells are donating a hog roast.

As usual the Sizzler is funded by donations received from last year so please bring those coins (or notes) to put into any of the donation jars.  The auction this year has some fantastic promises made by Ickleton residents.

We will provide chairs and tables for those who need a little more comfort! If you need assistance getting to the recreation ground please call Anne-Marie Hoare to arrange a lift.

If you would like to bake a cake or assist us in the tea tent, please contact Katherine.

All cake donations gratefully received on the day!                                       The Ickleton Sizzler Committee


Ickleton Sizzler Produce Show run by the Ickleton Allotment Association

We know that there are some very talented Ickleton residents out there, so why not show off your skills and enter the show?!  We hope there will be at least one category that you can enter.  Like the rest of the Sizzler, it is free and is intended to be a bit of fun!

Please bring your entries to the recreation ground from 2.00 p.m. - 2.45 p.m.

Judging will take place promptly at 3.00 p.m.

The judges’ decision is final!

Results announced around 4.30 p.m. including presentation of the Best Ickleton Allotment Cup.


CATEGORIES: For adults and children

Potatoes (3)                                                        Carrots (3)

Runner or French beans (5)                               Onions (3)                    

Shallots (5)                                                          Courgettes (3)

Marrows (2)                                                         Peppers sweet (2)

Peppers chilli (5)                                                 Tomatoes large/beef (3)

Tomatoes small/cherry (5)                                 Leeks (3)

Beetroot (3)

Box of mixed home-grown vegetables, not to exceed 2’ 6” (75cm) square

Jar of jam or jelly

Jar of pickle or chutney

Vase of flowers from your garden (either single variety or mixed)

Box of 6 eggs


CATEGORIES: For the kids

Best decorated cupcake

Garden on a plate

Funny/ugly vegetable



You must either be an Ickleton resident or have an Ickleton Allotment

All produce must be home-made or home-grown

Entries, where possible, should be placed on a paper plate (these will be available on the day).

For categories where there are multiple vegetables of the same type, the judge will be looking for uniformity of size, shape and colour

Other categories will be judged either on artistic merit, or taste or both!

There will also be highly commended awards, so if in doubt ……… please enter!











                             ………  Eileen Fairweather who will be 80 on 25th September.



Emma Talbot and her children Thomas, age 9, and Ben, age 7, who are now living in Abbey Street. Emma is granddaughter of Cynthia Rule.



There has been a change of speaker for the meeting on September 2nd. Instead of a talk on lilies Mr. Herbie Collins will give a talk on Hedges, Palisades and Topiary.

Reminder – Flower and Vegetable Show, September 12th at 2.00 p.m. in Great Chesterford School Hall - details and schedules available from Catherine Cocks, 30 Church Street or from me.                                                                                                                                                    Cynthia Rule



There will be a firework and bonfire night on 7th November run by 1st Whittlesford and Duxford Scout Group at Hinxton Road, Duxford from 5.00 p.m.

Tickets available on the gate or in advance from Duxford or Whittlesford Post Offices.

More details to follow next month.



Outbreak of Second World War Photo Exhibition

On Thursday 3rd September at 11.15 a.m., the anniversary of the announcement of the outbreak of the Second World War, Imperial War Museum, Duxford launches an evocative new exhibition of photographs showing how Duxford prepared for those dark days of conflict.

The images are from the Imperial War Museum’s extensive archives, together with rare photographs, on public display for the first time, which were collected as part of the research for Historic Duxford, the museum’s new interpretation project.

These unique snapshots show how Duxford changed during the years, months and days in the lead up to the momentous announcement at 11.15 a.m. on 3rd September that Great Britain was now at war with Germany.


Duxford Air Show Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September

Imperial War Museum, Duxford is delighted announce that the world-renowned Red Arrows will be closing the flying programme on Saturday 5th September.

Confirmed flying participation for the Duxford Air Show includes the RAF Typhoon (Saturday only), the Aerostars (Sunday only), RAF Hawk (both days), RAF Chinook (both days) and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane (both days).

Addition participation will be announced on the museum’s website at www.iwm.org.uk/duxford as soon as it is confirmed.

Special ticket pricing applies.


Showbus Sunday 27th September

Showbus is Britain’s biggest vintage and modern bus and coach display, with around 500 buses and 100 stalls. There will be a late morning parade of some of the vehicles, hopefully one made each year from 1949 to 2009, from Trumpington to Duxford.

Standard ticket pricing applies.


Future Events

Autumn Air Show Sunday 11th October

The Magic & Mystery of Flight Saturday 24th October

Remembrance Service Sunday 8th November                                                                       Esther Blaine           










We are pleased to announce that Beryl Bonham has agreed to take over delivery of the ‘Icene’ in Bird’s Close and Coploe Road.  Thanks Beryl.

Would anyone like to volunteer to be first reserve?                                                                        Editors



Due to continued vandalism we are having to spend a considerable amount of money on additional lighting and surveillance equipment. The Short Mat Bowls Group, who play on Thursday afternoons, have kindly donated £50.00 towards this expenditure.  We are very grateful to Hedley and friends in the group for their generosity.

                                                                                                                      The Village Hall Committee



The Annual General Meeting will take place on September 10th at the Congregational Chapel, Great Chesterford at 8.00 p.m.

Everybody is invited to take part.  We hope to hear about our new programme from our next two speakers.  Refreshments will be served.


For the Autumn 2009 term, the course will be:

Poetry through the Ages (Tutor: Pauline Blake) 10 weeks

From Middle Ages to present day, looking at a poem a week, the poet and historical background.  Sharing impressions and ideas.

Every Thursday evening from 24th September, 8.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Congregation Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford.


For the Spring 2010 term the course will be:

Wet and Wild (Tutor: Frances Dipper) 10 weeks

Wildlife and habitats of coast, seashore, ponds, rivers and marshes, broads and fens.  Includes practical work.

Every Wednesday morning from 13th January, 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Ickleton Village Hall.



In 1884 after centuries of burials in our Churchyard (which probably explains why the churchyard is higher than the surrounding paths!) the Churchyard was closed and the cemetery in Brookhampton Street opened.

This had the unfortunate consequence that spouses were for a time separated. If the first one had been buried in the Churchyard, from 1884 the second would be buried in the Cemetery.

The story goes that the man given the job of getting the cemetery ground ready, Josiah Stubbings aged 22, was the first person to be buried there.  Unfortunately his 2 month old daughter Ann was soon buried with him, she was born a few days after his death.

In the early days many of the funeral services took place in the cemetery chapel, often very soon after the death.

A cemetery burial book was started by the Parish Clerk, and this same book is still in use today.  The pages of this have now been photographed by Andrew Shepperd and placed on the Ickleton website (www.ickletonvillage.co.uk doc archive) together with the map showing the position of all the graves, so even if there is no gravestone it is possible to identify the position of the grave.

Even if you have no relations to look up the book still makes interesting reading. Of the first 25 burials 12 were infants and only about a third of those buried had gravestones. A century later almost 100% had gravestones and there is thankfully little infant mortality.

A few people reached a good age, but quite a few were bought back from Linton poor law institution – there was no old age pension in those days.                                                                               David Lilley



If you would like any horse manure for your garden Julia Hawkins of 26 Abbey Street, ( 07900 695464 would be pleased to supply you some.








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Thank you.                                                                                                                                 Editors






Due to unfortunate circumstances, we are advertising a vacancy at one of our almshouse in Ickleton, 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. 

Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply.

Please direct enquiries to The Clerk, 1 Abbey St, Ickleton, Saffron Walden, CB10 1SS,




    Police (reporting a crime non-emergency)

                                                (  0345 456 4564





           September 2nd

Gt. Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting 8.00 p.m.


          Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Summer Sizzler 2.00 p.m. Recreation Ground


Picnic Potter 2.30 – 5.30 p.m. Hinxton Mill


Mobile Library


WEA AGM 8.00 p.m. Congregational Chapel, Gt. Chesterford


Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Ride and Stride


Gt. Chesterford & District Gardening Society Flower Show 2.00 p.m.


          Gt. Chesterford School


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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


Mobile Library


Church Gift Day 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.



             October  24th

Village Hall Open Day 10.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.



            November 6th

Memories and Reflections of World War II


Firework and Bonfire Night, Hinxton Road, Duxford