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APRIL 2010


Editors:               David and Monica Lilley



Distribution:       Tony Court                     

                                                                                                                  Hilary Rule            


All contributions please to 8 Brookhampton Street. 

Deadline for next Edition –  12th April 2010



Refuse Collections during April

Tuesday    6th April       -        Black bin collection

Monday       12th April     -        Green Bin & boxes (papers, bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       19th April     -        Black bin collection

Monday       26th April     -        Green Bin & boxes (papers, bottles, tins & plastic)

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 17th March 2010:

War Memorial – The Parish Council recorded a vote of thanks to Lt Col and Mrs Birch for cleaning the war memorial.  The painting of the railings will be done later after the shrubs have been cut back.

Tree Planting – The Parish Council recorded a vote of thanks to Peter Wombwell for organising the planting of trees that had kindly been donated by Duxford Primary School.

Potholes – These are still being reported to CCC (Highways) who are overwhelmed with the number being reported.  Main roads are being given priority in repairing the potholes.

Planning application(s) received from SCDC:  S/0235/10/F - Extensions, Alterations & Raised Decking Area following demolition of existing Conservatory – 33 Church Street –Approve.  It was noted that no reference had been made by SCDC (subsequently confirmed by SCDC) that there was an Agriculture Occupation Restriction on this property. 

Information only - S/2151/08/F – Dwelling – Land to the south east of 9 Grange Road – Rowe Building & Development Ltd. – Details of amendment:  Conversion of garage to living accommodation including removal of garage doors and change to window in south west elevation, change from door to window in north east elevation, and increase in size of window in north west elevation.    It was agreed to write a letter to SCDC regarding this alteration.

Cemetery – Jane Hurst reported that she had picked up lots of broken glass near the graves.  Please could we ask that if you see any broken glass, it is removed from near the headstones.

Flooding – We are still continuing with resolving the issues at Stump Cross, Mill Lane, Abbey Street and Butcher’s Hill/Abbey Street.         

Other items of interest:

Cambridgeshire County Council and its NHS partners are introducing a new approach to social care that gives individuals control of their own support.

Self-Directed Support involves identifying and allocating a Personal Budget – an upfront allocation of funding for eligible individuals to plan how to meet their social care needs and achieve their personal goals. By March 2011 all new and existing users of social care services eligible for support will have been moved over to the new system.

More information about Self-Directed Support is available on the County Council website www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/social or by calling Cambridgeshire Direct on (0345 045 5202.  

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













CHURCH NOTICES Services for April

  Maundy Thursday 1st

   8.00 p.m. Eucharist of the Last Supper



                 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 Pascal



  Candle and Renewal of Baptism Vows





                 Sunday 4th

    9.30 a.m. Festival Eucharist


           Easter Day

  11.00 a.m. Festival Eucharist



   No evening service





              Thursday  8th

  11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                 Sunday 11th

    8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


               2nd of Easter

  10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



    6.30 p.m. Evensong





              Thursday 15th

  11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





                 Sunday 18th

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


               3rd of Easter

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Evensong with Laying on of Hands





               Thursday 22nd

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion



   8.00 p.m. Annual Parochial Church Meeting





                  Sunday 25th

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


               4th of Easter 

 10.00 a.m. Family Service



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





              Thursday 29th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion




With Easter, we reach the most joyful part of the Church’s year just as the new life everywhere reaches its greatest beauty.  It’s no accident, of course – the date of Easter having been chosen relatively early in the history of the Church to coincide with a time when the earth seems to come back from the dead after the darkness and cold of the winter.  And - this year especially - winter seemed to last for ever.  The day we arrived in the Rectory the world was pretty much deep-frozen, and for weeks afterwards we’d think we were emerging into spring when a sudden hailstorm, snow-flurry or drenching rainstorm would force us to change our minds.  But with the Easter season comes glory, a transformation which seems to be echoed in the natural transformation of the growing things and the burgeoning life everywhere, telling us that love is stronger than death. That is the Easter message: turn towards love, because our God is its source, and life springs from him, even out of death. There could be no better news.

                                                                                                                                 Rev Dr Jessica Martin


Gordon Rolfe moved from Cambridge with his wife Jean in 1994 to live in Ickleton. They enjoyed life together in the village before Jean passed away in 2007. Since then Gordon has valued the friendship and company of many villagers including Chris, Mirela and the regulars of the Ickleton Lion.

Gordon died on February 24th and will be greatly missed. He was a much loved father and grandfather as well as a special friend.











Last year’s Safari Supper was a great success. Around 50 villagers took part, enjoying a wonderful balmy evening in each others houses and gardens along with good food, good wine and of course good company. This year’s supper will be on Saturday June 12th between 7.00-11.00 p.m. at venues around Ickleton. Tickets will be £14 per head. This covers all food and one glass of wine with your starter.

This aims to be a great community event and it’s a fun way to raise funds for the village church.

How does it work?

This is supper with built-in exercise between courses. Everyone will go to the village hall between 7.00 – 7.15 p.m. to meet with their group, collect their ticket and route. You can also buy further wine for your meal. Staying with your group you then go to 3 separate houses for your starter, main course and dessert. At each house you will meet a different group. Everyone returns to the village hall at the end of the evening for coffee.  If you’re at all unclear – please ask someone who came last time.

How can I take part?

There are two ways you can take part: To cook or not to cook? You might just want to be a participant and enjoy the food and company. Alternatively you may feel able to host and provide food for one course. We will also need non-cooking helpers at the village hall at the beginning and end of the evening.

Do I need a ticket if I’m offering to cook?

Yes – everyone buys a ticket. Cooks can be reimbursed in part or full for their food expenses if they wish to claim.

Can I choose who I go with?

You can elect to be in a core group of 6-8 people. However you won’t find out who else you will meet until the night, and that’s all part of the fun. If you are on your own or a couple that’s fine too, we can accommodate everyone.

Is there a set menu?

No. Cooks will have free rein over their particular course. Bear in mind though that you will be providing a course for 12-14 people and that it needs to be something that does not require last minute attention as you may not be there! It does not have to be elaborate and this is definitely not a competition!

What about special diets?

It may be difficult to accommodate complicated dietary requirements but hosts will do their best. Please specify when booking if, for example, you are a vegetarian.

Count me in - What happens next?

Tickets will go on sale from the beginning of May and will be available from Jackie, Mandy or Caroline – details below. Please book early as there will be an upper limit on numbers and sorting the routes is quite a task! Everyone will be asked to complete a booking form which also includes the various ways you can help, and identify your group if you wish. Booking forms can be obtained from Jackie Casement, Mandy Jeffery, or Caroline Owen or via email from jackie.fishhut@btinternet.com  mandy.jeffery@tiscali.co.uk or caro01@me.com

We’re looking forward to another enjoyable evening and hope that you’ll join us for this special village event! 



On 27th February the greatest brains from Ickleton and the surrounding area gathered in a packed village hall for an excellent quiz night, hopefully the first of many.  Iain Livingstone did a superb Magnus Magnusson impression with questions for all the crowd – young or old – and in the end it was a close run thing but ‘The Norfolk Wherry’ triumphed.  Special thanks must go to Iain as quizmaster, Peter Bates as scorer, Neil McKillen for running the bar and to all those who prepared sausage rolls and sandwiches.  We were delighted with all the spontaneous help we received in clearing the hall at the end of the quiz.  The evening raised £704 for the village hall. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the next event.

       The Village Hall Management Committee


















A string trio will entertain us in the Village Hall on Sunday afternoon 9th May.  This is a must for classical music lovers, so please put the date in you diaries now.  Further details will follow in the May Bulletin.                                                                                                             The Theatre Group



The AGM held on 17th March was well attended.

Sadly three committee members retired and no replacements were found. Evelyn Lilley is happy to continue as President and thanked the committee and members for their support throughout the year. It has been a busy year, with lots of help given to various fundraising charities.

Three trays of home baked cakes were taken to Saffron Walden Community Hospital for the patients, which we hope they will enjoy.

The new programme includes: Holywood Films and Songs, The History of Organic Farming, Van Eyck to Van Gogh, Growing Old Gracefully, The Wonderful World of Willow, Costume Jewellery, and much more.

At the next meeting on 21st April there will be a talk on ‘The Alexander Technique’ which deals with back pain etc. Anyone interested is welcome to come along. With the garden season soon in full swing there is sure to be some back pain around!

We would welcome some new members from Ickleton, so if this programme appeals to you don’t hesitate to ring me for more information.                                                     

Cynthia Rule



As some of you may already know Dr Steve Tavaré has decided to hang up his stethoscope and retire from General Practice in April.  He first came to the practice many years ago as a GP Registrar to Dr Chris Anderson. He went on to become a partner and has been our Managing Partner for the past few years. Dr Tavaré’s special interest within the practice has been diabetes, and he very much enjoyed this area of medicine.  He was instrumental in managing the move from our old premises in Link Road to our current home in London Road.  The staff at the practice will all miss his calm and thorough ways of working but we do wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement and thank him so much for all his hard work over the years.

We have experienced a huge demand for appointments recently and we are currently working very hard to ensure that patients get the most appropriate appointment for their needs.  To help with this our reception staff will ask patients to give a brief reason for the appointment as it may be that our pharmacy or nursing teams are able to assist in some cases.  They do not need full details and just a brief idea will be fine, for example if you need advice about your medication then one of our pharmacists should be able to help you.  Please remember that you can book appointments up to 4 weeks in advance and we ask that if you are phoning for a routine appointment or to get test results you phone between 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.

Now the holiday season in looming we would like to remind you that we do run a travel clinic but please give as much notice as possible as many vaccines need to be given at least 3 weeks prior to your travel date.  Shortly we will be updating our web site to include information and advice about travel and how best to access our travel clinic – please keep checking our web site for updates. www.sawstonmedicalpractice.co.uk.  Jenny Parker -  Assistant Practice Manager



Approximately 40 members enjoyed the Spring Party, cheese and wine held on 3rd March.

The quiz was tackled with much enthusiasm, although the Greek questions caused some consternation amongst us.

The next meeting on 7th April will be the AGM with the usual plant sale and photograph of your garden competition.                                                                                             

Cynthia Rule



The AGM of the Duxford Lawn Tennis Club will take place on Monday 19th April at 8.00 p.m. in the Duxford Bowls Clubhouse.

All members old and new are encouraged to come along to support your club.

Lizz Stott – Club Secretary




History of the 1947 floods in the Fens; AGM – The Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th May at 7.30 p.m.  This will be followed at 8.00 p.m. by wine and nibbles and a talk by renowned local historian Mike Petty about the 1947 floods in the Cambridgeshire Fens.  This event is free for members and is £3 for non-members.  It should be a fascinating evening, so do put it in your diary.  Everyone is welcome.

Membership subscriptions for 2010/11 – These will be held for the second year running at £5 per person and £12 for family membership.  The Society uses these funds to maintain and add to the village archives, subsidise some social events and to help protect our village environment from inappropriate developments.  This year we have spent money on storage kit for the archive, printing photographs donated to the collection, and a web site to host the digital photo gallery.  Our Treasurer, John Fowler, will be collecting subscriptions over the next few weeks and at the AGM.  If you haven’t yet joined, please consider doing so and get in touch with John.

Vacancy on Committee – There will be a vacancy on the Committee from next month.  If anyone is interested in joining, please get in touch with me before the AGM; likewise if anyone would like to stand as one of the officers (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer).  The Committee post is not onerous and involves about 5 meetings a year.  We would particularly welcome anyone with ideas for future events or anyone interested in the archives.     

       Rachel Radford



We are sorry to record the death on 5th March of Ernest William Scasbrook aged 91.

Ernie and Kath were married in Ickleton church and lived for many years in Butcher’s Hill.

Ernie was our local Prudential Assurance representative; in those days you did not have to worry about www.prudential.co.uk or whatever it is, you just went up Butcher’s Hill and got insured straight away!



Photographic exhibition from mid-April to December 2010 in AirSpace

Following the popularity of the Duxford Goes to War exhibition in 2009, IWM Duxford presents a new photographic exhibition portraying life at RAF Duxford during the Battle of Britain. These evocative photographs have captured the men and women who served at RAF Duxford at work and play, giving a unique insight into life at a fighter station during the Second World War. It also serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during the summer of 1940.

During the Battle of Britain, RAF Duxford was a sector station in 12 Group, responsible for directing fighters into battle. It was also responsible for a satellite station at Fowlmere, which was utilised by RAF Duxford fighters.

The role of Duxford and Fowlmere was to protect the Midlands and East Anglia from attack and to assist the fighters of 11 Group, protecting London and the South East.

RAF Duxford hosted pilots of many nationalities during the Battle of Britain. In addition to Great Britain, pilots from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Poland and the United States were stationed at Duxford.

No.19 was the only squadron to be based at Duxford or Fowlmere for the entire duration of the Battle of Britain. Over the summer of 1940, many other squadrons called Duxford ‘home’, flying Hurricanes, Spitfires and even the Defiant turret-fighter. In addition to fighter pilots, Duxford housed the ground crew and additional staff needed to efficiently run the station, including the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and civilian personnel undertaking vital communications work in the Operations Room.

During the first months of 1940, Duxford’s squadrons patrolled North Sea convoys. They then provided aerial cover for the evacuation of Dunkirk, before the Battle of Britain began in earnest in July 1940. By September 1940, Duxford’s squadrons were regularly protecting 11 Group’s airfields while its squadrons were on sortie. This marked the start of one of Duxford’s famed roles in the Battle of Britain, as the home of the ‘Big Wing’.

This exhibition brings visitors face-to-face with some of the heroic characters who flew from Duxford to win the battle in the skies. Many of the ‘ace’ pilots based at RAF Duxford obtained heroic status. In addition to the celebrated Douglas Bader, pilots such as Brian Lane, ‘Grumpy’ Unwin, ‘Farmer’ Lawson and Wallace Cunningham showed immense courage in the face of the enemy. These fresh-faced young men stare out from iconic black and white images, captured forever at a key moment in wartime history – and unsure of the eventual outcome of the conflict they fought.

Many of the photographs in this exhibition were taken by Stanley Devon, a photo journalist who was twice-named News Photographer of the Year. An official RAF photographer, he was sent to Duxford during the Battle of Britain to record activities on a typical fighter station.

Duxford in the Battle of Britain depicts the prominent role played by RAF Duxford in the aerial combat that changed the course of Second World War history. There is no need to book in advance and admission to this exhibition is included in the standard admission price to the Museum. For a full list of Duxford’s air shows and other exciting events in 2010, including half term activities for families, visit www.iwm.org.uk/duxford or (01223 835000.

Forthcoming events include:

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Event (Saturday 15th May)

Spring Air Show (Sunday 16th May)

Flying Legends (Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th July)

The Battle of Britain Air Show (Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th September)

Autumn Air Show (Sunday 10th October)

For a full list of Duxford’s air shows and other exciting events in 2010, including half term activities for families, visit www.iwm.org.uk/duxford or (01223 835000.




Ickleton United Charities is the successor to a number of ancient village charities, and our main activity now is the provision of five homes within the village – in Frogge Street and Mill Lane.

In addition we also have funds available to parishioners for ‘relief in need’. Although this is something of an arcane expression, broadly the Trustees can use the fund to assist those in need of financial help due to age, infirmity, loss, bereavement, educational need, etc. This may take the form of a one-off payment or continuing funding. As an example we provide help to the elderly or disabled with the cost of Lifelines, the personal medical alert emergency response service.

Application can be made at any time, in writing, to the Hon Clerk, 1 Abbey Street, Ickleton.

                                                                                                                      Richard Herbert - Chairman

NEW BUS TIMETABLE from 6th April

Stagecoach Citi 7 Monday to Saturday


Cambridge Emmanuel St bay E1         0655          then            1755

Addenbrooke’s bay C                             0712                             1812

Sawston Medical Centre                        0735          hourly         1835

Ickleton                                                    0747                             1847

Saffron Walden High Street                   0801          until            1901


Saffron Walden High Street                   0658          0828          then            1728          1828          1928

Ickleton                                                    0712          0842                             1739          1839          1939

Sawston Medical Centre                        0725          0855          hourly         1751          1851          1951

Addenbrooke’s bay A                             0750          0920                             1815          1915          2015

Cambridge St Andrews St bay S4        0807          0937          until            1832          1932          2032


All services call at Cambridge Railway Station, and apart from the last service, continue to Cottenham.                                                                                                                           

David Lilley



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Thank you.                                                                                                                                                  Editors




            April 7th  

Gt Chesterford & District Gardening Society AGM & Plant Sale 7.30 p.m.

          Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt Chesterford


Visiting Bellringers 4.00-4.45 p.m.


Mobile Library


Duxford Lawn Tennis Club AGM 8.00 p.m. Duxford Bowls Clubhouse


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


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

           May 5th  

Ickleton Society AGM 7.30 p.m. Village Hall

          followed by a talk by Mike Petty at 8.00 p.m.


London Mozart Players afternoon Village Hall

          June 12th

Safari Supper


Church Fete