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MAY 2010


Editors:               David and Monica Lilley



Distribution:       Tony Court                     

                                                                                                                  Hilary Rule            


All contributions please to 8 Brookhampton Street. 

Deadline for next Edition –  12th May 2010

Refuse Collections during May

Tuesday     4th  May               -        Black bin collection

Monday       10th May               -        Green bin & boxes (papers, bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday       17th May               -        Black bin collection

Monday       24th May               -        Green bin & boxes (papers, bottles, tins & plastic)

Tuesday    1st  June              -        Black bin collection

Please note Tuesday collections due to Bank Holidays

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



Closure of Frogge Street

We have been informed that Cambridgeshire County Council South Highways, in conjunction with Essex County Council, will be re-surfacing Frogge Street on Sunday 16th May and the road will be closed.  The lining work may go to the Monday, but the road should be open to traffic.  Additional days may be needed in the case of bad weather.  A letter drop will be carried out approximately a week beforehand to adjacent properties.

The Annual General Meeting followed by a Parish Council meeting will take place on Wednesday 19th May.

Annual Parish Meeting 26th May 2010 at 7.30 p.m. – Ickleton Village Hall.  This is your opportunity to come along (and enjoy free refreshments), and ask questions and air your views with your elected Parish Councillors on any matters concerning the village.  Come and hear Andrew Shepperd talk about the village website and Ann Gardner (Head teacher) talking about the 50th Anniversary of the school and the new garden.  We look forward to seeing you.

Some items discussed at the meeting held on 21st April 2010:

Planning application(s) received from SCDC: Information only  -  S/0235/10/F – 33 Church Street – Details of amendment – Addition of stainless steel and obscure glass screen wall to roof terrace.

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:  S/0235/10/F – Extensions, alterations and raised decking area following demolition of existing conservatory (including above amendment) – 33 Church Street.

Mill Lane road sign – Diane Duncan (SCDC) has replied to our letter and said the work is in hand to replace this sign.  The Chairman thanked Cllr Williams for his help in resolving this matter.

Football Clubs – Terms/Fees for 2010/2011 Season:

Crocus Football Club reported that they were now down to one club, which was because of lack of finance and fewer younger members.  They were disappointed with the pitch.  They played their last home game on 21st April though one cup game has yet to be arranged.

Ickleton Football Club reported they were now playing in the senior league and had had a disappointing season.  Most football clubs seem to be suffering, with three clubs having dropped out of the league this year.  There appear to be other attractions for potential footballers.  They played their last home game on Sunday 25th April.

Terms and Conditions for the coming season were then discussed.  It was proposed by Tim Pavelin and seconded by Peter Wombwell that the fees should remain the same (Crocus-£12.90 and Ickleton-£6.50 per match) for the coming season.        

War Memorial railings - Charlie Frankau has agreed to organise the repainting of the railings.

Land adj Stump Cross – An Enforcement Notice has been issued by Essex County Council which became effective on 18th April 2010.  Enquiries are being made as to the likely impact of this.

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






Services for May

            Sunday 2nd

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion BCP


          5th of Easter

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Sunday School



   6.30 p.m. Evensong





          Thursday 6th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





            Sunday 9th

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion BCP


         6th of Easter

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Evensong BCP





        Thursday 13th

   7.30 p.m. Ascension Deanery Service





          Sunday 16th

   8.00 a.m. Holy Communion BCP


         7th of Easter

 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist



   6.30 p.m. Evening Prayer with Laying on of Hands`





       Thursday 20th

 11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





         Sunday 23rd

 10.30 a.m. Joint Eucharist Service (7 churches)



                           with Sunday School





      Thursday 27th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion





         Sunday 30th

  8.00 a.m. Holy Communion BCP


     Trinity Sunday

10.00 a.m. Family Service



  6.30 p.m. Evensong BCP




  News from the Rectory

I’ve been getting to know Ickleton better in an unexpected and sad way: through taking funerals.  First Gordon Rolfe, then Ernie Scasbrook – and other folk known to Ickleton too, like Gwen Mustoe, whose home-made brawn was the delight of the members of the Ickleton Social Club, I’m told. Talking to people who knew them, to family, I feel I’ve learnt a lot.   Standing in the churchyard, in the cremation plot, at the burial of Ernie’s ashes, someone said, ‘He’ll feel at home, anyway: he’ll know everyone here’.  ‘Well’, said someone else, ‘he sold insurance to most of them’.  And it brought home to me how much the people commemorated in the churchyard are still a part of the whole village community, remembered with lively affection, part of the fabric of the village and its history. 

And that got me thinking.  There’s nowhere like a churchyard for binding together the dead and the living.  Jesus, by dying and coming alive again, joins us up: he joins those who have died with those who are alive still, who miss them and hold them in affection.  And even the people lying beneath graves so old we can’t read their inscriptions any more: they’re held in God’s eye, too, their whole history, from childhood to old age, everything they thought and felt, is kept alive and known in the living presence of God. It’s a powerful thing we do when we remember, perhaps even a holy thing.  It says that people matter and go on mattering beyond the grave.  It says that love is stronger than death. 

And the story of Easter – that says it in the strongest way possible.  It says that people matter so much that God’s remembering brings them to life again, to rejoice in him.  It doesn’t happen this side of the grave – like Jesus, we go through death to find life.  But because God is life, he waits on the other side of every death, to bring us home to him.                          Rev Dr Jessica Martin










2009’s SILENT AUCTION raised a considerable sum for church funds and we hope that it will be equally successful in 2010. Last year, due to your generosity, there were some amazing bargains to be had and the bidding was fast and furious.

So, once again, we are appealing for good quality items – things which you may not be able to use any more, for instance, but which someone else would really like to have.

Please have a hunt round and see what you can find for the auction.

If necessary, we can come and collect your contributions - and it would be helpful to have them before the fête so that we can mark them up with reserve prices.

Thank you very much, in advance, for your support. And thank you, again, to all of you who made last year’s auction such a success, either by giving us goods or by bidding for them.

Rosemary and Colin Hayes, Durham’s Farmhouse, Butcher’s Hill         




I know of many new families that have moved into the village since the last village photo (which you can see in the meeting room of the village hall).

Everyone that lives in Ickleton is invited.

The plan is simple – you need to phone me and pre-order your photo.  It will be about £20 – then on fete day, 26th June, turn up to the rec at 1.30 p.m. The seating will have been set up for you and it didn’t take long last time – I will deliver your photos shortly afterwards – so bring your best smile!  I need to pre sell 38 photos for the photographer to come free of charge.

                                                                                                                   Anne-Marie Hoare



We plan to have an arts and crafts display in the church on the afternoon of the fete. This will include patchwork quilts, paintings by several local artists, photographs, flower arrangements and other craft work, including an extended version of last year’s knitted village!

If you have any art and craft work you would like to display, or appropriate items to sell, please get in touch.  Also please contact us if you know of anyone we should contact to add to the display.

There is another way in which you can help.  We want to draw up a rota of stewards to help us protect exhibits lent to us for the event and we would be grateful for volunteers who could spare half an hour during the afternoon.                                            John and Christina Taylor

                                                                                                        email jandctaylor@bitinternet.com



The Ickleton Flower Arranging Cup will be awarded to the best flower arrangement on display in the Church during the Village Fete on 26th June.  The winner will also receive an RHS Gardener’s Notebook.  The arrangement can be anything in a container that will stand on a table. 

Flower arrangements may be taken to the Church on the Friday afternoon or any time before 3.00 p.m. on Saturday 26th June.                                      John and Christina Taylor 



A very warm welcome is extended to all village residents and friends to join us for a cup of coffee and a chat. The next coffee morning is on 4th May (10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon).

June sees the start of our weekly Tuesday coffee mornings right through until the end of September.  During the summer months they are held outside - weather permitting.  This is a social occasion and people of all faiths, or none, are welcome.  If you are a new resident of the village it is an ideal opportunity to make new friends, and for longer term residents to meet up with old friends.  It is also an opportunity to help small producers in third world countries at our Traidcraft stall where we have a range of grocery, confectionery and household items, and a wide selection of craft items, which make ideal presents, are available to order.                                                                                                                           Rosemary McKillen & Gordon Woolhouse





There will be a concert in Ickleton church on Saturday 8th May in aid of Church funds.  It will be given by the Bedford Gallery Quire and commences at 7.30 p.m. with an interval for refreshments.

The Quire is a group of singers and musicians drawn from across the East of England which was formed to recreate the West Gallery choir music from the early 18th – mid 19th centuries. The Quire dress in costumes of the period and use original instruments such as the Serpent and German Flute.   The music is unlike the Anglican church music of today, being quite lively and informal with a degree of improvisation.

Tickets are £8 (£4 for children) and include wine/soft drinks and nibbles.  Tickets will be available from 23rd April at Costcutter Express or from myself.                                Rosemary Mckillen

            5 Priory Close


Talk on 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. in the Village Hall meeting room.  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 please come along.  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 archives, printing photographs donated to the collection, and a web site to host the digital photo gallery.  Our Treasurer, John Fowler, is collecting subscriptions, and you can pay him at the AGM.  If you haven’t yet joined, please consider doing so and get in touch with John (531779.

Vacancy on Committee – there is a vacancy on the Committee.  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



If you have magical memories of the marvels of Tamla Motown you should be heading towards Duxford Primary School on Saturday 22nd May. The Four Villages Orchestra will be giving the sounds of the Motor City their own inimitable treatment.

Whether it’s a song for My Girl or My Guy – 4VO can oblige ... and there‘ll be no Tears, except those of a Clown.  Songs made famous by Stevie Wonder, Martha and the Vandellas, Diana Ross, the Supremes and the Four Tops will be given pride of place on the night.

4VO is a local orchestra with members mainly from four villages: Ickleton, Duxford, Whittlesford and Littlebury. Together for almost two years, this is their third concert. The last, also in Duxford, was a sell-out, so book your tickets early from John Statham.

Do You Know Where You’re Going To on May 22nd?... Make sure it’s Duxford Primary School at 7.30 p.m.                           



A reminder that tickets for the Safari Supper are now available.  Full details were in last month’s ICENE, but do call any one of us below if you have any queries. As with last year we very much hope that this will appeal to a wide cross section of villagers and be a real community event. We’ve also decided to have a slightly later start time this year, which we hope will make it easier for those with younger children to join in. So do join us as a cook, host or diner.

Tickets are £14 a head to include three courses at different homes around the village, including one glass of wine, and coffee at the Village Hall at the end of the evening. Tickets need to be ordered preferably using the booking form available from Jackie, Mandy or Caroline  jackie.fishhut@btinternet.com  mandy.jeffery@tiscali.co.uk  caro01@me.com

Tickets must be ordered by the end of May. We do hope you’ll join us!

   Jackie Casement, Mandy Jeffery, Caroline Owen





Lottery Grant for the School’s 50th Anniversary Garden!

We are thrilled to announce that the school has been awarded an £8000 grant towards the 50th Anniversary Garden from the National Lottery distributor ‘Awards For All’.

An application for a grant was submitted last year, and we are so pleased our project has been chosen for this tremendous financial support.   We are sure that the application was successful due to the project’s potential for offering the children so many opportunities to actively learn about the environment, and because the PTA had already managed to raise £10,000 last year showing the support of families and the local community.

The building of the garden is already underway, and there will be a number of weekends where we will be asking for volunteers to come along and lend a hand.  If you would like to get involved in helping the garden take shape please contact the school office. The PTA has kindly agreed to feed and water everyone who comes along to help, so these should be good social events, as long as you don’t mind getting a bit messy!

The completed garden will incorporate many exciting features including an amphitheatre, a jungle, a nature hide, allotment beds and a poly-tunnel.  It will also include sculptures from local artist Tony Hillier, who will draw his inspiration from the suggestions put forward by the children. 

The garden has also drawn support from local businesses, organisations and the wider community, who have made financial donations, giving trees and plants specified by our designer and providing other necessary items and also lending machinery.  We are really grateful for their encouragement and generosity.

We will be holding an official opening of the garden at the 50th Anniversary School Fete.

If you would like to get involved in helping with the garden, or School Fete on Saturday 19th June, put the date in your diaries.  We will also be welcoming to the Fete past pupils and staff of the school from the last 50 years.  We hope it will be a really special day! If anyone has any old photos, memories or memorabilia of school life at Duxford in the last 50 years, we’d love to hear from you!

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has already been, and will be involved in making this project a real success. What a wonderful way to mark the 50th year of the school!

For other aspects of the 50th Anniversary celebrations please contact the school office on (01223 712108



A midsummer tea party is being organised to raise funds for essential repairs for historic buildings in neighbouring Hinxton.

Cambridge Past Present and Future, which looks after Hinxton watermill, has teamed up with the village church to organise the event on Sunday June 20th.

It will be held in a marquee in a beautiful garden just a short walk from the 17th century mill, and there will be strawberry and meringue cream teas, craft stalls, Maddest Midsummer Hat contest and clog dancing displays.

As the party coincides with Father’s Day there will be free entry for one dad in groups of six or more. The event begins at 2.30 p.m. and runs until 5.30 p.m. Proceeds will go to help pay for current refurbishment work to Hinxton Mill – repainting the exterior, woodwork repairs and replacing frost damaged stonework on the bridge – and ongoing upkeep of Hinxton Church. Both buildings will be open on the day.

Tickets for the midsummer tea party cost £10 in advance and £12 on the day. Entry is free for children under 10. For further information or to book tickets call CPPF on (01223 243830 or visit the website on www.cambridgeppf.org or book locally through Sue Elliott.




Thank you very much for the cards, flowers and telephone calls after my recent illness. They were all very much appreciated. I am now improving.

I did not know what a platelet was until the doctors told me I had not got many of them!                                                                                                                                                                 Monica Lilley






We are very fortunate, thanks to the continued support of ‘Arts in Cambs on Tour’, to be able to have a string trio from the London Mozart Players to entertain us on Sunday 9th May at 3.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Tickets are £6 (£5 concessions) and are available from the Costcutter Express or by calling Pam Fearn.  Refreshments will follow the performance.                         

The Theatre Group  



‘The Alexander Technique’ was the subject for the April meeting. What sounded like a rather serious subject turned out to be very informative and good fun.  Debra Coote had members practising how to relax, to sit properly, to stand properly and rise from sitting position purely by focusing the mind. All of which caused much laughter and lead to Debra calling us a rather noisy group!

Several outings are being arranged – A trip to Sandringham on Wednesday July 28th and Ladies’ Day at Newmarket Races on Thursday July 8th.

At the next meeting on May 19th John Brooker will take us to Hollywood with Songs and Films. Visitors welcome.                                                                                                

Cynthia Rule



On behalf of all the small business proprietors at ‘Riverside Barns’, I would like to apologise sincerely for all the disturbances that have occurred over the last few weeks, and to say that we have no connection at all with the police raid, a week last Friday, or the noisy parties that have been happening.  We never know when there is to be a party until the very last minute.

We are trying to make a living here, and have appreciated the support of the villagers in the past. It is such a lovely place work and to visit, and we do hope to see you again.

Again, sincere apologies to all.                                                      Sheron Earl (Mrs.) Sherrie’s Nest



Future Events

Sunday 2nd May                    Spring Car Show

Saturday 15th May                          Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Event

Sunday 16th May                            Spring Air Show

Sunday 6th June                    Military Vehicle Show

Sat 12th & Sun 13th June               The Duxford Cup Aerobatics Contest  

Sat 10th & Sun 11th July                 Flying Legends

Sat 24th & Sun 25th July                 Large Flying Model Day

Sunday 1st August                          Classic Car Show

Friday 20th August                         American Air Day

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

Sunday 26th September                Showbus

Sunday 10th October                     Autumn Air Show



We had an excellent attendance at the A.G.M. on April 7th which bodes well for the coming year.

Chairman Pauline Gale is prepared to carry on for another year, but sadly we have two committee members retiring this time.  They were presented with flowers and a gift token for their work over the years and we welcomed a new committee member from Wendens Ambo to fill the gap. The treasurer reported a healthy bank balance, so the subscriptions will remain at £7 and £6 for senior citizens.

The new programme is as follows; Chinese Gardens; Herbaceous Borders through the  Seasons; Rare Shade and Woodland Plants; Hardy Ferns; Soft Fruit: Festive Garden Garlands; Snowdrops and Winter Plants. Outings are to Peter Beales’ Rose Nurseries, Madingley Hall  Gardens, a visit to Ickleton Allotments and Rectory Farm, Ickleton.  We hope the programme will appeal and attract new members.  For more information please ring me.

                                                                                                                               Cynthia Rule






Earlier last month the ‘give way’ signs in Frogge Street going out of the village encouraged us to give way in both directions. I had noticed cars flashing each other to go, but I thought they were being over cautious, or very courteous. I suspect, like many, I do not look at the road signs in my own village!

Fortunately Malcolm Hall spotted it, and Jocelyn soon got on to the Council and had the situation corrected.                                                                                                                                         David Lilley



Hinxton Village Fete will take place on Saturday 12th June at 2.00 p.m. at Hinxton Village Hall/Recreation Ground.  There will be a raffle, books, plants, Hinxton home-made stall, and much more, including men's flower arranging competition!                                                     Ros Smith





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Church Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon


 Ickleton Society AGM 7.30 p.m. Village Hall     


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


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


        Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Bedford Gallery Quire Concert 7.30 p.m. Church


London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble 3.30 p.m. Village Hall


Mobile Library


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


Parish Council AGM and Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


`4vo Concert 7.30 p.m. Duxford School


Annual Parish Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall



                     June   12th

Safari Supper


Hinxton Fete 2.00p.m.


Open Day at Duxford School to Celebrate 50th Anniversary


Duxford School Fete and Opening of the 50th Anniversary Garden


Midsummer Tea 2.30 – 5.30 p.m. Hinxton


Church Fete