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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 February 2010



Refuse Collections during February

Monday       1st February         -        Green bin & boxes (papers, bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       8th February         -        Black bin collection

Monday       15th February       -        Green bin & boxes (papers, bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       22nd February      -        Black bin collection

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

Ickleton Parish Council

Some items discussed at the meeting held on 20th January 2010:

Precept - The Finance Committee had met and they proposed raising the precept to £17,000.  This figure takes into account increasing costs and the recommendations of both the internal and external auditors. 

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

C/11/40/054 – Walnut tree located to front, left hand side of property.  Proposing to reduce the crown at branches that are hitting neighbouring property – No. 4 Church Street – Clare College, c/o Bidwells – The Parish Council has no objection to the proposed works as such, but we consider that permission should be granted only on condition that the works are undertaken when the tree is in leaf, i.e. from midsummer 2010.  Walnut trees are prone to bleeding, even in the so-called dormant season.

Complaints had been received about cars (especially in Abbey Street) parking on the pavements forcing residents with pushchairs or mobile scooters to go onto the road – which some have been unable to do. The Parish Council would like to request that residents be more considerate when parking their cars.

Sawston Neighbourhood Panel Meeting was held in Ickleton Village Hall on 4th January 2010.  The attendance was down possibly due to the weather conditions and future meetings will probably revert to Sawston.  Items on the Agenda included:  a) Presentation about costs of policing in Cambridgeshire, b)  New cautioning system, c) Speeding and d) Anti Social Behaviour.  The Parish Council feels that these meetings have become a valuable forum for discussing issues with our local police team.

Land adj. Stump Cross –No progress had been received.  Lewis Duke will speak to Mr Bodell at the Environment Agency.  Terry Sadler reported that the Ickleton Society have discussed this issue and are proposing to alert Essex CPRE and asked if they could use public information that the Parish Council has on file.  It was agreed they could, but the Society was asked to keep the Parish Council informed.

Footpath 5 (Tin Alley) – the Parish Council has agreed to improve the end near the bridge in the next few weeks.

Potholes – The Parish Council has been liasing with Cambridgeshire County Council Highways Department regarding the many potholes following the recent bad weather.  They are currently overwhelmed with potholes in the area but are making every effort to complete the repair work as quickly as possible, but regret that some prioritising is necessary.  Please contact me (preferably by e-mail) if you wish to report a pothole and I will be happy to pass it on.

Gritting of roads by CCC/Grit Bins/Salting of roads by Farmers - This item will be carried forward to next month when it is hoped Cllr Stone will be in attendance.

Other items of interest received:

Sure Start and Cambridgeshire County Council announced that Sawston and Linton Children’s Centres are now up and running. Office opening times are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. – (01223 699478.  Don’t forget we have Froglets in our Village Hall every Monday morning.  Please contact Jessica Bloomfield sixtyfroggestreet@yahoo.co.uk for further information.

42nd Thriplow Daffodil Weekend will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st March 2010 – 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.  Adults £5, Children £2.50, Under 5s free.             

Jocelyn Flitton – Parish Clerk  josflitton@tiscali.co.uk





Priest-in-Charge   Rev Dr Jessica Martin      (01223 832137

                                 Email address:                 hinkledux@googlemail.com

Churchwardens      Simon Casement            

                                 Rosemary McKillen

Prayer Ministry       Jackie Casement                      

Lay Ministers          Julie Baillie                       

                                 Judith Wright                    


Services for February

            Thursday 4th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





              Sunday 7th 

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion



 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Sunday school



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





         Thursday  11th

11.30 a.m.  Holy Communion





            Sunday 14th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion



10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong





      Wednesday 17th

  8.00 p.m. Holy Communion with imposition of ashes





          Thursday 18th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





           Sunday 21st

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


First Sunday in Lent

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



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





        Thursday 25th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





          Sunday 28th

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


2nd Sunday in Lent

 10.00 a.m. Family Service



   6.30 p.m. Evensong



Plans for Sunday School until Easter 2010

For Spring, we’ve decided to use our Sunday School sessions to look at some of the key parts of the Eucharist (Holy Communion) service, culminating in a special Easter Day service which puts what we’ve learnt into practice. An outline of the sessions, and the other services you might be interested in, are listed below. As ever we’ll use a mix of techniques to explore these themes.



31st January

Special multi-church service followed by lunch

7th February

The creed: we’ll be looking at the simplified form used in baptism. Could this be another outing for the pass- the-sheep-game?

7th March

The Lord’s Prayer: we’ll explore the meaning and wonder of this well known prayer. We’ll answer common questions such as ‘Does God really live in Yorkshire’? (‘Our father who art in Hebden’).

14th March

Mothering Sunday: an all age service followed by lunch

4th April

Easter Day: a service for everyone, with activity sheets and other items to link what we’ve learnt at Sunday School to the Eucharist service.

                                                   Keena McKillen (01223 832785  keena.mckillen@ntlworld.com






On the evening of Monday 18th January I was welcomed with tremendous warmth at the licensing ceremony held in Ickleton parish church.  This lively and dignified service, always used at the licensing of a new priest, marked the beginning of a new life for me (and for the family) serving the three parishes of Ickleton, Duxford and Hinxton as parish priest.  Any nerves I might have been harbouring in the days coming up to the licensing were dispelled by the kindness and open-heartedness of everyone I met in the course of the evening.  Everywhere there was evidence of so much thought and care, from the bells ringing before the service to the contributions of choir, organist, churchwardens and sidespersons, to the delicious and ample refreshments we enjoyed after it – not to mention all the weeks of planning by a host of people beforehand, and the hours of clearing up afterwards.  Thank you to you all – it felt like a most auspicious beginning to a long and happy relationship with the village of Ickleton and with all the parishes.                                                                                                                    Rev Dr Jessica Martin



Last year was a very eventful one in the life of Ickleton Parish Church.

After losing our vicar, Andrew and his wife Mary to semi-retirement in Cumbria we also lost three other valued individuals.

In July Monica Lilley retired as organiser of our annual fete after many years of great commitment to that particular event.  As you know this is our biggest fundraiser and thanks to her it has always been a great success – she will be a hard act to follow.

Then in September our organist, Joan Mead also retired.  Her contribution to the music in Ickleton was unparalleled.  Joan comes from Comberton, yet never missed a single practice or service whatever the weather.  Her commitment to Ickleton was unquestionable.

Finally we had the retirement of Rosie Hayes – choirmistress for over twenty years.  At a time when church choirs were no longer fashionable she maintained a thriving musical tradition in Ickleton.  She will be particularly remembered for the choir’s performance of ‘Zadok the Priest’ to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.  Fortunately she remains as a choir member to whom we can always turn for advice and guidance.

To all three ladies our heartfelt thanks and best wishes for a more relaxed future.

                                                    Rosemary McKillen and Simon Casement, Churchwardens.



A huge thank you to all of those who contributed to my leaving present when I retired as the Church Choirmistress. I shall treasure the beautiful piece of antique china you gave me and it will be a constant reminder of my 22 very happy years conducting the choir. I’ve had a lot of enjoyment from it and I hope that the choir have too. Certainly they have been incredibly supportive and together we’ve tackled some ambitious pieces. Now I have passed the baton on to Rosemary McKillen who, I know, will do a fantastic job and I shall enjoy singing under her leadership.

Hilary Rule made a little speech in church when I was given my present and mentioned the choral tradition that has been so strong here. As a link to the past musical life of the church, David Lilley (whose father, Les, was Choirmaster before me) presented me with a really stunning arrangement of flowers. They lasted for three weeks and gave me an enormous amount of pleasure.

So thank you, everyone. I felt quite overwhelmed by your generosity.             Rosemary Hayes



Thank you to everyone who came and joined in the Christingle service in December. It was lovely to have the children involved, telling the nativity story from the animals’ point of view using wonderful masks they had made themselves. £123.50 was collected for the work of the charity ‘The Children's Society’.                                                                                                      Mandy Jeffery





The evening of Tuesday 22nd December turned out very well. The snow was crisp and even, the air was still and brightly shone the stars. The group swelled during the evening with about 15 adults and 6 children making a splendid sound. After a halfway stop at Rosemary and Colin Hayes for mulled wine and mince pies we finished up for more food and more mulled wine at Miranda and Mark Stone-Wigg’s.  Many thanks to them and as usual to Jackie Casement for organizing help. The collection this year raised £217 for the ‘Clic Sargent’ charity for children with cancer. This total was up a third on last year. I think because of the weather more people were at home to open their doors, and many thanks to all for their generous contributions.                                                                                                                                                             John Williams


There will be a Quiz Evening in the Village Hall on Saturday 27th February 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. 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  On a cold, frosty but bright and sunny New Year’s Day, 32 adults, 6 children and about 7 dogs enjoyed a walk through the Wetlands, along the river to Hinxton Mill, across the bridge at the ford and back to Ickleton over the fields and along Tin Alley.  It was a perfect day for a walk and a great way to start 2010.  Many thanks to Sheila and Gerry Birch for refreshments afterwards at ‘Howeys’, and to the helpers who provided soup and scones.  Someone left a cream coloured, fur-edged hood at Sheila’s (33 Abbey Street) which is available for collection.

Photos  I have put some photos of the New Year’s Day walk on the village web site – go to Photo Archive, Ickleton Society Gallery, Scrapbook album.  If anyone else has photos of the village, village people or events they would like to share in this way, please get in touch with me or Andrew Shepperd.

Linton Wind Farm  Details of the appeal hearing in February and March have been announced (see www.stoplintonwindfarm.org.uk and go to the December News).  Members of the public are entitled to attend and may speak at the Inspector’s discretion.                 Rachel Radford



Our Christmas party proved a jolly affair. Lacy Anderson entertained us with his accordion band playing popular songs and songs from the shows, making us reach the high notes we didn’t think possible! We finished with our favourite carols.  There was a lovely buffet supper and an excellent raffle, with all prizes appropriate to the season.

In January we had our first meeting of the year in the Chapel in Carmel Street, Great Chesterford. Christopher and Janet South came to the meeting and talked about their various travel experiences, all of which were most entertaining.

At the next meeting on February 17th we will have the well known speaker and actress Louise Reed – subject ‘Life behind Harem Walls’. Visitors welcome.

Cakes required for Radwinter Road Hospital please.                                    Cynthia Rule



The Granta Chorale and their Musical Director, Janet Wheeler, will be at All Saints’ Church, Great Chesterford on Saturday 13th February at 7.30 p.m.

Their evening event is entitled ‘Heartsong’ - songs of love and longing and a little light music interspersed with poetry and prose by guest reader, Neil Marshall, for a tickling precursor to Valentine’s Day.  (www.grantachorale.org.uk)

On a more serious note, surplus event proceeds from tickets and interval refreshments will go to ‘Hope and Homes for Children’ which is a charitable organization that is helping to change the long term prospects for thousands of children (mostly in Eastern Europe and Africa) in otherwise loveless situations caused by natural or human catastrophe. (www.hopeandhomes.org)

Tickets: Adults £7.50 (18 years and under: £2) from Granta Chorale tickets: ( 01223 570613, or Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, or Peter Whalley.





Imperial War Museum, Duxford has lots on offer for all the family this February half-term, with a host of imaginative activities available every day between Saturday 13th and Sunday 21st February, bringing Second World War history vividly to life. Half-term activities on offer:
Make do and Mend on the Home Front
Experience life on the Home Front with hands-on craft activities creating 'Make Do and Mend' wartime toys, propaganda posters and rag rugs.  All items created can be taken home to be displayed in pride of place!
(Saturday 13th and Monday 15th to Sunday 21st  12.30 to 4.00 p.m. in Hangar 4 - The Battle of Britain Hangar.)
The Real Dad's Army
Meet a costumed interpreter acting the role of a member of the Local Defence Volunteers, or as they were known during the Second World War, 'Look-Duck-Vanish'.  Find out more about the role of the Home Guard, the secondary defence force against wartime invasion for Home Front Britain.  There is also the opportunity to handle artefacts from the Museum's collections relating to Local Defence Volunteers and the Home Guard.
(Sunday 14th February. 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. in Hangar 4 - The Battle of Britain Hangar.)
Land Girls
The Women's Land Army formed an integral part of the war effort on the Home Front.  By 1944, over 80,000 Land Girls were tilling the land to ensure that the British population did not go hungry.  Meet a costumed interpreter acting the role of a Land Girl and find out about the back-breaking work and long hours that the Women's Land Army endured in order to put food on the tables of Britain.
(Sunday 14th February.  11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. in Hangar 4 - The Battle of Britain Hangar.)
Legendary Lancaster
Learn what it was like to fly in the legendary Lancaster bomber during the Second World War.  Meet a costumed interpreter acting the role of a Lancaster rear turret gunner and hear all about life as a member of Bomber Command.  Discover more about the aircraft and its crew, hear about the dangerous missions flown over occupied Europe, handle original objects associated with the Lancaster bomber and try on authentic equipment worn by Second World War pilots.
(Monday 15th to Friday 19th February.  10.30 a.m. to 12 noon in AirSpace.)
Victory Begins at Home
Discover more about the Home Front, with its gas masks, rationing and black-out precautions.  See the amount of food that your weekly ration would have allowed, learn about the type of gas mask that you would have worn and find out all about the black-out precautions that had to be followed every night during the Second World War.  You can even pick up some wartime recipe cards and try your hand at 1940s-style cookery at home.
(Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th February.  1.30 to 3.00 p.m. in Hangar 4 - The Battle of Britain Hangar).
Bombs Away
Meet a costumed interpreter acting the role of a Bomb Disposal Officer and learn all about the danger and excitement of defusing a Second World War German bomb.  You can even have a go at defusing a practice bomb!            

(Wednesday 17th February. 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. in Hangar 4 - The Battle of Britain Hangar.)
All activities are included in the standard admission to the Museum and, as usual, children go free.  No booking is required and all sessions are drop in.
All information on Half Term activities is correct at the time of going to press.  Imperial War Museum, Duxford reserves the right to alter activities where necessary.  We advise that visitors contact the Museum
(01223 835000 or go to www.iwm.org.uk/duxford in advance of events in order to obtain up to date information.
Future Events

Until 31st March                         Duxford goes to War photographic exhibition in Airspace

Saturday 15th May                     Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Event

Sunday 16th May                       Spring Air Show

Sat 10th and Sun 11th July Flying Legends

Sat 4th and Sun 5th September    Battle of Britain Air Show

Sunday 10th October                  Autumn Air Show



The Strethall Lectures have been the most remarkably successful fund-raising venture, benefiting the church fabric fund with quite considerable sums, enabling the completion of major repairs and also bringing people together to enjoy the wisdom of generous and gifted speakers.  I hope to continue the annual event to benefit future fabric works.  You have supported these sessions for part or possibly all of the ten years that the lecture series has run – this year there is a new format, just a single lecture to be held on a Friday evening.  The vital ingredient which has not changed is that it will most certainly be interesting, stimulating and enjoyable.  In our speaker’s words, this will be ‘rip-roaring stuff’! I do hope that you can join us that evening.  And do bring your friends!

John McNeill MA FAS FRHist.S will speak on ‘The Origins and Use of the Mediaeval Cloister’ on Friday 12th February at 8.00 p.m. in the Friends’ Meeting House, High Street, Saffron Walden.

John McNeill is honorary secretary of the British Archaeological Association and an architectural historian who is an acknowledged authority on Romanesque architecture.

Tickets £6, are available from the Church Office, Crawley End, Chrishall, Royston SG8 8QL.

Please mark the envelope ‘Lectures’ and include your cheque and an SAE.

Cheque made payable to Strethall Church Fabric Fund please.                                  Michael Pearson strethall.church@btinternet.com





Here are a few steps towards a happy and healthy new year:

  1. If you are a smoker and would like help to give up please make an appointment to see one of our practice nurses who will be happy to help you.  Giving up smoking can have many positive outcomes for your health, for example your food may taste better, and potentially you may live longer.  After 10 years of not smoking the chance of getting lung cancer is half that of someone who does smoke.  The risk of a heart attack is the same as someone who has never smoked
  2. Drinking – alcohol contains a lot of calories so reducing alcohol intake can help with weight control.  If you are concerned about your alcohol intake our practice nurses can advise you.
  3. Try and keep active.  Exercise helps to maintain healthy joints and muscles as well as improving your mood and general well being.
  4. Diet – the five a day still holds true.  Eating five portions of fruit or vegetables is the recommended amount and you can choose from fresh, frozen, tinned, dried or juiced.  Potatoes do not count as they are a starchy food.  Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals; they are also very low in fat.
  5. Maintain your fluid balance – in general adults should drink between 6 and 8 cups/glasses of water per day.

For further information on all the above, the websites www.nhs.uk and www.eatwell.gov.uk have a lot of useful articles, hints and tips. Within the practice we can provide leaflets on numerous aspects of health, please ask at reception.

We are currently streamlining many policies and procedures, including our new appointment system and pharmacy services, we will also have other information that we feel will be of interest to our patients. Details will be on our website www.sawstonmedicalpractice.co.uk and will also be displayed on the notice board to the right of the main reception desk in the practice.  If you visit the practice or the website please take time to read the information which we will be updating on a regular basis.  As always, we welcome comments and suggestions on all aspects of our services and these should be addressed to either Gerard Newnham or Jenny Parker.                                                                                        Jenny Parker

   Assistant Practice Manager



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  February 2nd

Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon


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


            Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Mobile Library


Strethall Lecture 8.00 p.m. Friends’ Meeting House, High Street, Saffron Walden


Granta Chorale ‘Heartsong’ 7.30 p.m. Gt. Chesterford Church


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


W. I. Meeting 7.45 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt Chesterford


Mobile Library


Village Hall Quiz Evening 7.30 p.m. for 8.00 p.m, Village Hall