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MARCH 2010


Editors:               David and Monica Lilley



Distribution:       Tony Court                     

                                                                                                                  Hilary Rule            


All contributions please to 8 Brookhampton Street. 

Deadline for next Edition –  12th March 2010


Refuse Collections during March

Monday       1st March    -        Green Bin & boxes (papers, bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       8th March    -        Black bin collection

Monday       15th March  -        Green Bin & boxes (papers, bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       22nd March -        Black bin collection

Monday       29th March -        Green Bin & boxes (papers, bottles, tins & plastic)

Ickleton Parish Council

Some items discussed at the meeting held on 17th February 2010:

Land Registry – The Parish Council was pleased to agree the revised map relating to the Village Hall.  This should allow our solicitors to close the file.

Church Fete on 26th June.  The Parish Council was pleased to give permission for use of the Recreation Ground on that day.

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC: 

S/1204/09/O – Land South of Genome Campus – Erection of Buildings for Research and Development together with Ancillary Facilities and Infrastructure and associated work – BNP Paribus Real Estate (for The Wellcome Trust).

Tim Pavelin declared an interest in the revised proposed plans from JAP Architects.

Revised proposed planning application from JAP Architects – The Old Chapel site, Frogge Street.    The Councillors discussed the revised proposed plans and were delighted to see the house set back from the road, but felt it could be set back further due to the impact of the structure so close to the road, and it would also allow more car parking/turning facilities.  With regard to the footpath/verge it was the Councillor’s preference that CCC Highways Department should adopt this.  The Councillors would like to see the new enclosure wall as a flint wall (not brick) as was previously on this site.  The Council would welcome any further queries the Architects may have.     

Burial Fees 2010 – The Table of Fees agreed at the Parish Council meeting on 18th February 2009 had been circulated and was discussed.  It was agreed to make increases in the fees for the coming year.  A copy can be obtained from the Clerk on request.

Flooding in the parish continues to give concern and we are pressing for progress on:  Land adj. to Stump Cross, drain at top of Mill Lane, Abbey Street opposite Methodist Chapel and Abbey Street/Butcher’s Hill.

Footpath 5 (Tin Alley) has been improved near the brook/kissing gate.

Other items of interest:

The Gardens of Easton Lodge – Visit and see the Snowdrops on Sundays February 28th and 7th and 14th March 12 noon – 4.00 p.m.  Refreshments will be available.  For further information contact:  Carol Barbone ( 0777 552 3091 or e-mail cbarbone@mxc.co.uk

Spinal Injuries Association is asking you to raise money by holding a fish and chip supper on Friday 21st May. SIA will provide a fundraising pack – call Elizabeth Wright (0845 678 6633 xtn 229 or e-mail fishandchips@spinal.co.uk

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



The annual revision of the Church Electoral Roll will be taking place this month.  The current roll will be displayed in the Church porch for two weeks from 15th March for people to check.

Would anyone wishing to add themselves to the Roll, or to make any alteration to it, please contact me.

                                                          Frances Payne - Electoral Roll Officer





CHURCH NOTICES Services for March

          Thursday 4th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





            Sunday 7th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


           Lent 3

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


    Mothering Sunday

11.00 a.m. Mothering Sunday Service



  No evening service





         Thursday 18th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





         Sunday 21st

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


         Lent 5

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



  6.30 p.m. Evensong with Laying on of hands





        Thursday 25th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





    Palm Sunday  28th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion



11.00 a.m. United service with procession of palms



       starting at St John’s Church at 10.45 a.m.



  No evening service


   Holy Week



      Monday     29th

 8.00 p.m.  Compline


      Tuesday    30th

 8.00 p.m.  Compline


  Wednesday   31st

 8.00 p.m.  Compline


Maundy Thursday 1st

 8.00p.m.Last Supper Eucharist and Watch until midnight


   Good Friday 2nd

 9.30 a.m.  Easter Garden



12.00 noon 3 hour service


   Holy Saturday 3rd

  8.00 p.m.  Easter Vigil. Lighting Paschal Candle



                   Renewal of Baptism vows




My first month has gone in a flash.  I’ve hopped on to my bike to ride around the villages to the different churches and to visit folk, and though it’s been distinctly chilly and wet at times there have been some amazing compensations. I’ve seen the beginnings of spring just starting here and there in snowdrops and the aconites. I’ve watched an egret nonchalantly fishing in the river by the Ickleton road - and had a surprise encounter at night-time with a badger, the first I have ever seen. 

Meanwhile we’re experiencing Lent and looking towards the events of Holy Week and Easter. I look at the changeable weather and think about previous generations living the ‘hungry gap’ between the last of the winter provisions and the first produce of spring.  Then I think about the new life promised everywhere, in buds on the trees, and in the spikes of narcissi on the banks of Ickleton churchyard.  I never think Lent is gloomy.  It’s full of anticipation and promise, waiting for change.  It helps us to focus on what we would really like to be different about our lives. Its discipline can, with God’s help, transform – not just ‘giving up’ things but deciding to make positive changes.

In the churches we will be using the time to think about how we pray and to try to make our prayer deeper and more focussed. That’s not introspection, it’s caring for our neighbour in the prayers we offer for other people, locally and in the world. It brings together our love and the love of God. That powerful combination makes changes, sometimes very subtle but always significant.  It’s not a quick fix. It is a discipline of care.  We will remember anyone who asks for it in our prayers, in absolute confidence.  There are cards in the church which you can use to write what you would like us to remember, and they will form part of the basis of our prayer throughout the month.

On a different topic: everyone is extremely welcome to our Mothering Sunday service on 14th March at 11.00 a.m. in Ickleton church.  We will be celebrating ‘the woman who laughed’ –Abraham’s wife Sarah, who disbelieved the angel who said she would conceive at ninety years old.  Please come to lunch afterwards!                                                                                                                     Rev Dr Jessica Martin





MOTHERING SUNDAY ALL-AGE SERVICE - The Women who laughed at God

So who was the woman in the Bible who laughed at God? And what was so funny? Come to this year‘s Mothering Sunday Service on March 14th and find out. Everyone is very welcome. We’ll be thinking about faith and trust and how God doesn’t always do things in the way we would expect or hope for. Just now, sleet is falling outside at the start of yet another cold snap and I’m wondering what we shall find to make the Mother’s Day posies from this year, but maybe there will be a surprise in store there too - we can always hope! As in previous years, the service will be followed by a baked potato lunch in the Village Hall. This is free, but we would appreciate knowing numbers in advance so look out for a sign up sheet in church or let Mandy Jeffery or Rosie McKillen know if you’d like to come.



Back by popular demand - this is advance notice that the date for this year's wandering supper around the village will be Saturday 12th June. Please put the date in your diary now - especially if you missed out on the fun last year. Further details will follow in next month's ICENE.                                       Mandy Jeffery



There will be Lent groups in the three parishes on Wednesdays, 10.30 a.m.-12.00 noon, in Duxford (4, Kintbury), followed by lunch in the URC, beginning Wednesday 24th February.

There will also be an evening group on Thursdays, 8.00-9.30 p.m. in Ickleton, initially (Shepherd’s Cottage, Grange Road), beginning Thursday 25th February.


CHURCH FETE: Saturday 26th June

The Ickleton Church fete is slightly earlier this year – it doesn’t clash with Wimbledon finals or the World Cup - which hopefully means we’ll see a good turn-out for the fun packed event we have planned. Don’t worry, we’ll still have all the favourite stalls, but we’ll also be adding some new ones. There will be more activities outside with regular free displays of different kinds. And then there’s the village photo of course...!

We’re really keen to make this a good day out for everyone! If you have any ideas or want to volunteer, please talk to someone on the fete committee: Keena McKillen, Tori McKillen, John and Christina Taylor or Anne-Marie Hoare.                             Keena McKillen (01223 832785 keena.mckillen@ntlworld.com



The Women’s World Day of Prayer will be on Friday 5th March at 2.30 p.m. in Great Chesterford Church.  


AN HOUR OF…..County Connections Harmony

March 21st, St Peter’s Church, Duxford, 5.00 – 6.00 p.m.

County Connections Harmony has been singing in Cambridge for almost 30 years.  You may have seen them performing in the Grand Arcade, or supporting various fundraising events throughout the area.  The all female chorus sing barbershop—unaccompanied four part harmony—versions of all manner of different music from pops to classics, including plenty of old songs.  The chorus, whose members are aged between 18 and 80, is affiliated to Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organisation of women singers. County Connections are committed to bringing their four-part a capella music to a wide audience, both locally and further afield.  Tickets for this exciting concert are available from Duxford Post Office, Jill Steinberg (01223 833202 or Jenny Marks (01223 837337.



Froglets takes place in Ickleton Village Hall on Mondays 9.30 -11.30 a.m., except Bank Holidays, but is open during school holidays.  Older children are welcome.

Froglets is an informal and friendly baby and toddler group run by local volunteers (mainly mummies but also daddies, grannies and childminders).  We welcome new parents so even if your baby is very small please feel free to drop in and have a chat!

Under 1 year £1   -   Over 1 year £2   -   Family  £4

* Separate baby area with bean bags for comfortable feeding, baby change facilities and microwave.

* Includes a craft most weeks, a drink and a biscuit for the children and coffee/tea and a chat for the adults.

* Ride on toys, book area, climbing frame and much more!

Please let us know if you are new so that we can welcome you! Contact Jess.  No need to book – just turn up.                                                                                     







The 2009 A.G.M. of the Ickleton Social Club was held on Friday 29th January.

Apart from the Chairman’s annual report, re-election of the committee and officers and the treasurer’s report, the main topic of discussion was that the club needed to raise its profile in Ickleton and the surrounding villages, to encourage better attendance throughout the year and more support for the various activities organised.

The Club premises are located on the corner of Church Street and Mill Lane, and offer a fully stocked and cosy bar which opens at 8.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9.00 p.m. on Sunday, with beer from £1.50p a pint, and wine and spirits from £1.10p a measure.  The annual membership is £10.00 (£5.00 for Senior Citizens) and is restricted to the over 18s unless accompanied by an adult club member.

The Club also has a snooker room with two full size tables, two dart boards and a large function room which is available for hire from £25.00 per booking for private functions and children’s parties etc.

A bingo evening is held every Monday and quizzes, darts competitions and various seasonal events are held during the year.

The next ‘Quiz Night’ will be held at 9.15 p.m. on Saturday 20th March. Please feel free to come along and join in.

We look forward to welcoming both new and old members during 2010.

  Ickleton Social Club Committee



Once more the accomplished actress Louise Reed held her audience spellbound with her description of the life of the wives and concubines who lived behind ‘Harem Walls’. Despite the pampering and cosseting our W I. ladies felt it was not the life for them, but very much enjoyed Louise’s tales of Arabian Nights!

The next meeting will be the A.G.M on March 17th.  New Committee members are needed to replace four retiring members.                                                                                               

Cynthia Rule



Great Chesterford Bowls Club are pleased to present ‘LET US ENTERTAIN YOU’ an evening of  song and entertainment by the Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Group at The Chesterfords’ Community Centre on SATURDAY MARCH  20th 7.00 for 7.30 p.m.

Tickets cost £10 and include an excellent ploughman’s platter, licensed bar and raffle. Why not make up a party or just come along yourself.

Contact Barbara and John Pashley to book.



Yummy Mummy is a fundraising campaign run by the Children’s Cancer Charity, see yummymummy.org.uk for more information.  For the past 4 years mums across the UK have been raising money to help child cancer sufferers by taking part in Yummy Mummy week. This year it runs from 6-14th  March. 
I am hosting a charity event for Yummy Mummy which is a Chair Dance Class (burlesque style/Moulin Rouge), where you can prove you are a Yummy Mummy!  This will take place at Ickleton Village Hall from 6.30 until 7.45 p.m. on Monday, 8th March. 

I ran this class a few weeks ago; it really is keep fit with a difference and we certainly had a giggle!  Come along wearing keep fit gear, trainers and something pink.  Any donation welcome, proceeds go to the Children’s Cancer Charity.
Please book your chair.                                    

Disa Bennett disa_bennett@hotmail.com



We had an unfortunate start to 2010 as our guest speaker let us down at the last minute.  We had to improvise the evening with refreshments and question time.

Two outings are being arranged - one to Peter Beales’ Nursery in Attleborough, and the other to Madingley Hall Gardens, Cambridge. More details later.

The next meeting will be on March 3rd when we will enjoy a mind boggling quiz, with cheese and wine at a charge of £2. Visitors welcome.                                                                                  Cynthia Rule







We are sorry this is so late; we didn’t get round to taking the money to the bank until 23rd January. By that time it was too late for February ‘Icene’.

We would like to thank everyone that came to see the lights and gave so generously. Two cheques for £115 each have been sent to The Breast Cancer ward and The Teenage Cancer ward.  Thank you everyone.                                                                                                                   Carol and Barry Turton


NEWS FROM SAWSTON MEDICAL PRACTICE                                    Our new ‘Rapid Access Team’ has, at the time of writing, been operational for just over a week.  This team, comprising doctors and senior nurses, speak to all patients requesting a same day appointment.  This can result in an appointment to see a member of the ‘Rapid Access Team’, telephone advice, a prescription or an appointment to see a clinician in a few days’ time if the problem is not medically urgent. During the first week of February this team dealt with 525 telephone calls, out of these calls 249 patients were seen on the same day that they called the practice.  We have received many positive comments about the introduction of this service and are keen to further improve this service where possible to ensure that it meets the needs of both our patients and clinicians. This is only a part of the work carried out at the Medical Practice as during the week 1932 patients were either seen at the practice, had a home visit or received telephone advice – this amount of appointments equates to 1 in 7 of our practice population being seen or given advice on a weekly basis.  Of those seen at the practice 659 were seen on time or before their appointment time.  The average waiting time for those seen a little after their allotted appointment time was 7.8 minutes. 

Type of Appointment


Average Waiting time

Seen on the day of request


9.3 minutes

Given telephone advice



Routine Doctors appointments


13 minutes

Routine Nurses appointments


6.1 minutes

Blood tests


3.3 minutes

Specialist Clinics


16.9 minutes

Total patient contacts



Unbelievably 83 patients did not attend for their booked appointment – this is the equivalent of 6 doctor’s sessions in a week -  with the amount of requests for appointments it is really important that if you cannot attend a booked appointment you let us know so that we can release the appointment for another patient.  Our next planned change will be the introduction of a long-term medical conditions clinic.  Patients with one or more long-term medical conditions (for example patients with both asthma and high blood pressure) will be called in for a complete review of all their medical conditions at one appointment.  We are confident that this will further improve the services we offer and we will send out more information when this clinic is ready to start. We ask also that you only order medication that is actually needed.  We continually receive returned medications that we have to destroy as for various reasons we are not allowed to reuse it even if the packets have not even been opened.  In one day alone we received returned medication that had a value of £429.00.  If you are unsure about the need to continue with your repeat medications please contact the practice for advice.  Money saved from unnecessary repeat medications can then be used to provide other services. We are constantly trying to improve the quality and range of services we offer our patients.  To help us, please only ask for a same day appointment if your problem is medically urgent.  For all routine appointments or to see a named doctor or nurse please book your appointment in advance – this can be done up to 4 weeks ahead.  If you have any suggestions or comments about the range of services we offer please let either me or Gerard Newnham know.                                                                                                                   Jenny Parker - Assistant Practice Manager


Dig deeper into IWM Duxford History

Special Interest Days are presented by Imperial War Museum Duxford’s Department for Learning and feature a range of specialist speakers.  The next special interest day ‘Built for Speed’ on Saturday 27th March, takes an in depth look at three jet aircraft that can be seen in the IWM  Duxford collection – English Electric Lighting MK I, BAC TSR-2 and Avro698 Vulcan B2.

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





Many of you have seen me out running despite the snow and freezing conditions.  After completing my first half marathon in November I have now set my sights higher and on 25th April I will be running the London Marathon and raising funds for Tommy’s. 

Tommy’s is a charity that funds scientific research ensuring more babies are born healthy.  In the UK, one in four women will lose a baby as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. Tommy’s believes this level of heartache is unacceptable.  Please help me to raise funds to support Tommy’s medical research.  Your support will bring them closer to the goal of halving the number of tiny lives lost during pregnancy and birth, and help couples experience the joy of becoming parents to a healthy child.

You can find out more about Tommy’s charity and support me through sponsorship by going to:

www.tommys.org/hazel. With many thanks.                                                                              Hazel Turton



We all love food, but sometimes we throw away food waste; this may be from meal preparations or leftovers. All food waste can be placed in the green bin, including: plate scrapings, meat and fish (uncooked and cooked), fruit and vegetables.

It is important that all food waste makes its way into the green bin rather than the black bin.  When food waste is placed into the black bin it ends up in a landfill site where it rots and produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas.  Food waste placed in the green bin is composted and turned into nutrient rich soil improver. 

Some people do not want to place food waste straight into the green bin and prefer to place it in a bag or liner.  In the past there has been confusion regarding the type of bag that can be used for food waste. 

Residents with the best of intentions have purchased cornstarch/potato starch liners that state that they are biodegradable and 'compatible with local authority composting schemes'.  However, corn starch/potato starch liners do not break down during the composting process and cause contamination. We can only accept paper liners in the green bin as they do break down. 

In response to residents asking which type of liner can be used and where they can buy them, we have teamed up with Healthy Planet Bags.  Paper liners can now be purchased from: Costcutter Express in Ickleton or www.southcambscaddyliners.co.uk  (0208 736 0033.

You can also try before you buy - call (0208 736 0033 for a free sample.



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Thank you.                                                                                                                                                Editors




         March 3rd

Gt Chesterford & District Gardening Society Meeting 7.30 p.m.

          Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt Chesterford


Women’s World Day of Prayer 2.30 p.m. Gt Chesterford Church


Mobile Library


Chair Dance Class 6.30-7.45 p.m. Village Hall


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


WI AGM 7.45 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt Chesterford


Let us Entertain You 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. Gt Chesterford Community Centre


Quiz Night 9.15 p.m. Social Club


County Connections Concert 5.00 p.m. Duxford Church


Mobile Library

          June 12th

Safari Supper


Church Fete