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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 January 2010



Refuse Collections during January

Tuesday      5th January         -        Green bin & boxes (papers, bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       11th January         -        Black bin collection

Monday       18th January         -        Green bin & boxes (papers, bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       25th January         -        Black bin collection

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


Ickleton Parish Council would like to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year.


Some items discussed at the meeting held on 16th December 2009:

Planning Application(s) granted by SCDC: 

S/1393/09/LB – Alterations-Remedial works to plinth sole plate & timber frame and reinstate lime render and plaster (front elevation). Replace windows and doors.  Create 2 loft hatches – 20 Church Street.

Declarations of Interest to be declared.  Tim Pavelin and Robin Driver declared an interest in the proposed planning application for the Former Old Chapel, Frogge Street and did not take part in the discussion.

Proposed Planning Application - JAP Architects – Former Old Chapel, Frogge Street.  The Chairman invited Mr Frere to put forward his views on the proposed application, which is in the Conservation Area.  SCDC Conservation Department have very strong views about the site.  The Councillors then asked Mr Frere questions relating to the house being situated right on the road (original footprint), the site of the wheelie bins, views of the house from across the meadow and issues with cars using the driveway (which had been passed by Highways).  The Councillors were unanimous in the view that any proposed new building on this site should be moved further away from the edge of the road. The Chairman invited Mr Wentzell and Mr Warwick for their comments.  They have concerns regarding the safety issue of exiting their driveways if the house is situated right on the road.  Mr Frere thanked the Parish Council for their views, which he would take back to his client and the Conservation Department.

BT Red Telephone Kiosk – After discussion, with the Clerk reading out one response received from a resident as to its possible use, it was agreed to purchase the BT Red Telephone Kiosk for £1.  The Chairman said we would need to find a method of locking it. 

Gritting of Roads - Lewis Duke asked Cllr Stone again why the local farmers could not salt the local roads following receipt of a letter from CCC Highways asking “Parish Councils to purchase salt bins at a price in the region of £100 per bin.  Members of the public could spread the salt on the highways on a voluntary basis but the CCC would not accept any liability for this activity.”  Lewis Duke and Peter Wombwell would like the CCC to deliver a pile of salt to them, which they could then put along Grange Road using their own equipment.  Cllr Stone agreed to look into this again and report back.         

Duxford School have offered the Parish Council some trees that they had left over from a planting project.

Wellcome Trust has made a very generous donation to the Parish Council.  This donation will go towards printing costs for the Icene and repairing a broken spring mobile and the aerial runway in the Play Area.  


Cambridgeshire Police have now launched a dedicated phone number for people with communication difficulties.  The police enhancement access line (PEAL) is available 24 hours a day for non-emergency calls for anyone who has a communication difficulty.

Those wanting to use the system must register first to ensure their details are already in the system.  They will then be given the dedicated number, which allows them to contact specially trained call takers.  The scheme can be used for all non-emergency calls.  In the event of an emergency people should always call 999.

Sawston Neighbourhood Police Panel will be meeting in Ickleton Village Hall (instead of Sawston Village College) at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 4th January 2010.  This is your opportunity to come along to the meeting and hear what happens in other local villages and raise any questions if you wish.

School Governorsa recent leaflet received states ‘A nearby school is urgently seeking a new school governor - someone like you with the skills to make a difference.  See how volunteering could develop your career or just challenge you in different ways to everyday life.  Volunteers (aged over 18) do not have to be parents nor do they need first-hand experience of the education system.’  For further information: ( 0207 354 9805 or visit the website: www.sgoss.com or e-mail: info@sgoss.org.uk

                                         Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk



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                      


Services for January

               Sunday 3rd

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


   Epiphany Sunday

 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


The Baptism of Christ

  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


              Epiphany 2

  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



    6.30 p.m. Evening Prayer with laying on of hands





             Monday 18th

    7.30 p.m. Licensing of Revd. Dr. Jessica Martin





           Thursday 21st  

  11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





             Sunday 24th

    8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


          Conversion of       

  10.00 a.m. Family Service


                   St. Paul

    6.30 p.m. Evensong





           Thursday 28th

  11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





            Sunday 31st

  11.00 a.m. Joint Parishes Eucharist, followed by lunch






Come and join us on January 7th at 7.30 p.m. 

After two successful terms, Community Bible Study will again run in January for 6 weeks - this time on Thursdays in Hinxton Village Hall. We have changed the venue and time so that new members can join - we are continuing to study St Mark’s Gospel and welcome everyone, whether they go to church or not. Meetings usually start with a drink at 7.45 p.m. and end promptly at 9.15 p.m. On the 7th January there will be a short introduction at 7.30 p.m.

Please contact Jenny Duke, Margaret Malcolm or Jackie Casement if you are interested, or know anyone else who might like to join us. 



Following the Annual General Meeting, the Village Hall Committee agreed that the hiring rates would be unchanged for the coming year.  In view of the additional expenses caused by recent vandalism, we will be embarking on a number of fund raising events, which we hope the village (and their friends) will support and enjoy.

Our first event will be a Quiz Evening in the Village Hall on Saturday 27th February.  Tickets will be £5 per head (teams to be a maximum of 6 people), which will include sandwiches and nibbles.  A bar will be available. Generous prizes.  Tickets will be available from Costcutter Express.  We look forward to seeing you there.



New Year’s Day Walk – a reminder that, as usual, we have arranged a walk for New Year’s Day morning.  Meet on the Village Green at 11.00 a.m.  Everyone is welcome, including dogs, though they must be on a lead.  The first part of the walk will be suitable for pushchairs.  Afterwards a light lunch of soup will be provided.  So if you need help keeping that resolution to take more exercise, are trying to get rid of a hangover or calories from the celebrations or just want some fresh air, then this is for you!

Hanley Grange – thank you to everyone who commented about Hanley Grange in the consultation by the East of England Regional Assembly.  The Society made a formal response which has been published, along with all the others that were made online, on EERA’s website.  From the various responses, the Assembly should be in absolutely no doubt about the strength of feeling against Tesco’s proposal.

Linton Wind Farm – this is going to appeal and there will be a public enquiry in February.  The Society has made a donation to the Stop Linton Wind Farm campaign towards their fighting fund.  They need to raise up to £80,000 to fund their legal team and expert witnesses – see www.stoplwf.org.uk.                              Rachel Radford



On 9th December we were treated to a superb Christmas Dinner hosted by Helen Mcguire in her lovely farmhouse kitchen.  Helen was helped by four ladies who helped to run the summer sizzler, profits from which kindly funded the dinner. We were also given goodie bags to bring home.  The wine imbibed loosened the tongues, and many a tale of old Ickleton was told causing much laughter. A good time was had by everyone.

Thank you Helen and your Summer Sizzlers, not forgetting the quiz master, for all your hard work and thought you put into making it a meal to remember!

We are pleased to welcome Ray and Mavis Plumb, Beryl Bonham and Bill and Jill Holdgate to the meetings, If you play cards or dominoes you are very welcome to join us.  There will be no meetings in January due to cold weather.  We start again on 10th February at 2.30 p.m. in Ickleton Village Hall and fortnightly thereafter.                                                                                                                                                                                 Cynthia Rule


I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Helen and her helpers for the lovely Christmas dinner on the 9th December for the Over Sixties.  They did us proud, and a good time was had by all. Thank you.                                 Beryl Bonham



After our rather traumatic move from Larkhill House, we are now settled very happily at Stibbards, and are pleased to be in the centre of the village.

Many grateful thanks to so many kind friends who sent cards and good wishes.  We really did appreciate it.                                                                                                                                                          John & Judy Marshall



Keith and Lyn Miller, who have been living in Ickleton for the last 7 and a half years!


And also to Rod and Fiona Spinks, Tristan age 3½ and Angus age 1.



We are now taking enrolments for the Spring term for adult education classes at Linton and Sawston Village Colleges.  Classes start week commencing 11th January.

If you would like to enrol or find out more information, please visit our website www.bepartnership.org email community@sawstonvc.org or ( 01223 712424.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our centres in the New Year.                                                    Sue King






The Ickleton Allotment Annual General Meeting will take place in the Village Hall on Monday 11th January, beginning at 8.00 p.m. All residents are most welcome to attend to hear more about the allotments and ask questions.



I have a large quantity of young native trees, wild cherry, field maple and birch whips available for free and ready to be planted out.                                                                                                             

Penny Woodhead



I would like to thank everyone for their friendship, kindness and support during my long illness in the summer and recovery since. The lovely cards, messages, flowers and food parcels were all very touching and greatly appreciated.  It was a truly hideous time for Dan, Lui and I but to have so many friends and neighbours thinking, hoping and praying on our behalf gave us enormous strength.   I am delighted to be home again (after another briefer spell in Papworth recently) and making good progress. In fact my boys now find me too talkative!  We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.                                                                        Sophie Murton



You may have noticed that Hanley Grange has been in the news recently.  Again.

You will remember that Tesco withdrew their proposal for an eco-town as a result of the intense pressure from all public authorities and the massive Stop Hanley Grange campaign.  But in reviewing and extending the East of England Plan from 2021 to 2031, the East of England Regional Assembly asked developers to put forward proposals for new developments of more than 2,000 houses. Tesco immediately came back with Hanley Grange, this time without the ‘eco’ label and with 14,100 houses - a substantial increase over the numbers proposed before.

Consultations Cambridgeshire County Council conducted its own consultation with local district councils and residents before responding to the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA).  The County rejected the proposal for Hanley Grange, saying it was ‘unsustainable and resource hungry.’  Residents and parish councils also responded directly to EERA.  In all there were some 1000 responses to EERA, half of which were on the website. 163 of the website responses were specifically against Hanley Grange.

Website woes Many people were unable to work their way through the EERA website.  They were thus deprived of the opportunity to make their feelings known. I contacted EERA about this and have received an apology from the Chairman of the Regional Planning Panel.  He wrote, “I am disappointed that the portal did not meet our expectations for all users in this instance, and we will be insisting that improvements are made to the system prior to any future use.”

What next? The next stage is for EERA to sift through all the responses and design a Draft East of England Plan.  That plan will go out for consultation in March.  The hope is that by then the weight of public opinion will mean that Hanley Grange is specifically dropped from the Plan.  But that is not the end of the story.  In summer, independent planning inspectors will conduct an ‘Examination in Public’ of the Draft East of England Plan.  That gives Tesco the opportunity to request reinstatement of Hanley Grange.  It also gives opponents the opportunity to insist that Hanley Grange is removed.

After the ‘Examination in Public’ the inspectors will deliver a report to government, who will then publish their proposed changes to the East of England Plan.  That again will be the subject of consultation in late summer.  The Plan will be published in 2011 and that will be that for now.

Northstowe  It has been suggested that the possible designation of Northstowe as an eco-town will mean the end of Hanley Grange.  Not quite.  The East of England Plan deals with numbers of houses to be built.  Northstowe already exists in the East of England Plan, so although it is a huge advantage that it might be an eco-town, the new Plan is looking for possible other sites for housing, not whether they are ‘eco’ or not.  The real worry is that if for any reason the 12,000 houses planned for Marshalls in Cambridge do not materialise then a ready-made alternative site could be difficult to resist.

Vigilance  Developers have had their eyes on the Hanley Grange site for more than a decade.  The nature of the developers is such that they will not give up in a hurry.  So we all have to be vigilant as the process unfolds.  At least, as EERA has said, “The lessons learned in this consultation (just finished) will be applied in the next consultation, which will be on the Plan itself.”                                                              Tim Stone - County Councillor



Ski Boot Camp  Monday, 7.00-8.00 p.m. in Ickleton Village Hall. A 4 week course, £18 starts 11th January.  Prepare for your ski trip or kick start your New Year Fitness Regime - for men too!

Body Conditioning  Thursday, 7.00-8.00 p.m. at Duxford School.  Starts back 7th January.  £4.50, just turn up.  Low Impact with lots of toning exercises.

Pilates (please book for 6 weeks) Beginners – Monday 8.00-9.00 p.m. Ickleton Village Hall

Improvers – Thursday 8.00-9.00 p.m. at Duxford School

Mixed – Friday 11.00-12 noon in Ickleton Village Hall.

Improve Core Strength and Flexibility.  Starts first week in January. 

Please call (01223 729604 or disa_bennett@hotmail.com

Register of Exercise Professionals.






TONY GODFREY 1922-2009

Tony was born at ‘Wayside’ in Abbey Street in 1922. He attended the preparatory school that was in Abbey Street at Ivy House (now Harlequin House). His childhood was idyllic; collecting horses from the fields and riding them back to his father’s yard, rowing on the river, swimming, playing in the village band - an Ickleton lad through and through.

Tony joined the family business of builders, blacksmiths, and agricultural engineers in Abbey Street, where he served his apprenticeship as a carpenter with Gordon Dabbs. Travelling round the village in later years Tony would point out the houses his family had built, even remembering what the weather had been like during the construction of them.

He volunteered for the RAF at 18 years old. It was during this period of his life Tony met his lifelong friend Fred Elliott during basic training at Great Yarmouth. They passed out as aircraft fitters specializing in Merlin engines, and were seconded to the Australian Air Force 654 Squadron, and spent four years in the desert on the Western Front. When they were de-mobbed they returned to their homes, Fred to the South of England, Tony to Ickleton.

When Tony’s brother John returned from the Navy at the end of the war they decided to go into partnership and Godfrey Brothers was born. It was at this time Tony met Eileen, or as they called her “the girl from London”. It was love at first sight and they married in Ickleton church in 1954. Tony’s engineering experience gained during his time in the RAF enabled him to build crop sprayers. Godfrey Brothers was one of the first contract crop sprayers in the UK. The business was hugely successful, enabling them both to buy Burtonwood Farm in Great Chesterford where they grew cereals and potatoes. At potato harvesting time Tony and John would send the lorry down to Ickleton to collect the ladies for potato picking - a trip filled with high jinx and laughter. Tony and John also had a large flock of Leicester Cheviot Sheep. Ann and Jane remember the happy and comical Sundays of driving on foot the large herd of sheep with their Dad, Uncle John, Ron and Johnny, from Burtonwood Farm for the lambing season to Mill Street in Ickleton and back again after lambing; unbelievably happy times with so much laughter.  The laughter on Wood Farm with Ron Coulson, Johnny Newton and Joe Bibby was so loved by Tony, a constant source of hilarious stories.  Eileen and the girls remember sheep shearing with Tim Reed, who travelled from Ickleton to the farm, and Tony’s laughter at Tim’s cursing and the constantly breaking shearing machine. Godfrey Brothers’ business ran from three addresses: Mill Street, Howey’s Yard and Burtonwood Farm.

On retiring from the farm in 1981, and never one to be idle, Tony’s sound business sense came to the fore when he and Graham Wallis started the Trout Farm and Nursery, another very successful venture.

Sailing was another part of Tony’s life. ‘Joto’ was bought by John and Tony and the years spent aboard her were glorious. Tony was the best captain and navigator ever, negotiating shipping lanes and bad weather and surging seas, he took it all in his stride. He loved the sea; both the girls were brought up to sail, and the family was as at home on the sea as in Ickleton. Tony and Eileen spent many happy years cruising the high seas on ocean liners, visiting places all over the world, in the lap of luxury, much deserved by them both.

On retiring again Tony began wood turning, he was a true craftsman, with such fine work. Nothing gave Tony greater pleasure than giving his work to friends and family, a lovely legacy of a truly wonderful man.

Tony was a man with boundless enthusiasm for life and a wickedly naughty sense of humour, a wonderful husband to Eileen, doting father to his girls, and a loving Grandad to Sophie, Sarah, Rebecca and Harriet, and Great-Grandad to Samuel. A true friend to one and all.


From the Godfrey Family

Eileen, Ann and Jane would like to thank all those who attended the Thanksgiving Service for Tony. Also heartfelt thanks to all those who made donations to the RNLI, and sent letters and cards of sympathy.



Despite a very wet evening there was a good attendance for the December meeting.  The speaker, Roger Harvey, brought along a lovely selection of Hellebores which he had bred himself and explained what a complex job it was because of the danger of cross fertilization, hence they were rather pricey to buy!

There will be no meeting in January.

At the next meeting on 3rd February Mark Williams will talk about vegetables for all year round production. The Competition will be an early spring flower.

Best Bloom Competition was a family affair, with Mel Richardson 1st and her mother Mary Wombwell 2nd – A festive arrangement.

Everyone won a raffle prize and the meeting ended with refreshments provided by the committee and a sprig of mistletoe provided by Barbara Rule.                                                                Cynthia Rule






I am very pleased to report that the final total for the 2009 Poppy Appeal was an incredible £1232.03!

Thanks again to everyone who helped us achieve this new record for the village.

                                                                Malcolm Hall

                                                                                                                       Honorary Poppy Appeal Organiser



November and December have been really busy at the practice with both seasonal and swine flu vaccination clinics being integrated into our workload.  If you are eligible (check our website www.sawstonmedicalpractice.co.uk ) for these vaccinations and have not yet had them please telephone us as soon as possible.

As a practice we continually strive to improve our services, the last patient survey indicated that 98% of our patients rate us as either good or excellent – thank you everyone.

Our new telephone triage service has been operating since 23rd November and has been working extremely well.  Feedback from patients has been extremely positive as we are able to give the appropriate appointment, prescription or advice much faster. We will be introducing other new services in early February so I would like to explain what this all means for our patients who wish to have an appointment at the practice.

*Same day appointments – these are for urgent medical problems that cannot wait for more than 24 hours.  All requests for same day appointments will continue to be assessed on the telephone by a doctor or senior nurse.

*Routine appointments – these can be made up to one month in advance.  If your problem is not urgent please plan and book your appointment as far in advance as possible.

*Long-term medical conditions clinic – this new clinic will look after patients who have multiple medical problems (such as two or more problems like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems etc) and will be run by a team of clinicians providing a complete review of all long-term conditions and medications. As we will be dealing with multiple problems for each patient the appointment length will be between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the complexity.  Patients eligible for this clinic will first be invited to have relevant blood tests then a full appointment 7 – 10 days later. We are confident that this clinic will provide a first class service.

Over the coming months you may be planning a holiday – if you are travelling abroad we can help with travel advice and vaccinations.  Please contact reception for further details. Our pharmacists are available to give advice about your medication, please ask to speak with Susan, Annabel or Rachel – they will be pleased to help you.

Finally, if you have booked an appointment and no longer need it please let us know so that it can be used by another of our patients – thank you.                                                                Jenny Parker - Assistant Practice Manager



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              January 1st

  New Year’s Day Walk meet 11.00 a.m. Village Green


  Aladdin Pantomime 2.00 p.m. Village Hall


  Sawston Neighbourhood Watch Police Panel Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


  Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon


  Community Bible Study starts 7.30 p.m. Hinxton Village Hall


  Visiting Bellringers 3.00 – 4.30 p.m.


  Allotments AGM & Open Meeting 8.00 p.m. Village Hall


  Mobile Library


  WEA Course ‘Wet and Wild’ starts 10.00 a.m. Village Hall


  Licensing of Rev. Dr. Jessica Martin 7.30 p.m. Church


  W.I. Meeting 7.45 p.m. CHAPEL, CARMEL STREET, Gt. Chesterford


           Speaker Christopher and Janet South  ‘Snap Out of It’


  Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


  Mobile Library