Editors: David and Monica Lilley
Distribution: Tony Court, Hilary Rule

All contributions please to Monica.lilley2@btopenworld.com .
Deadline for next Issue: 12th September 2010


Refuse Collections during September

Monday 6th September - Black bin collection

Monday 13th September - Green bin & boxes (papers, bottles, tins & plastic)

Monday 20th September - Black bin collection

Monday 27th September - 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.

Blue bins are due to be delivered by SCDC this month to replace the green boxes.

Ickleton Parish Council Meeting

Some items discussed at the Parish Council meeting held on 18th August 2010:

Planning application(s) received from SCDC: None

Planning application(s) granted by SCDC:

S/0869/10/F – Extensions & Alterations – 111 Frogge Street

Skate Park – The Chairman and Clerk had visited the Skate Park and looked at the points raised by the RoSPA report. Following their inspection they asked C Frankau to submit a quotation to repair various parts and for repainting. A quotation had been received for £480.00 + VAT, the majority of the cost being down to labour. Following a discussion relating to the high maintenance involved with the skate park, Lewis Duke agreed to speak to possible donors who might like to help maintain the skate park.

Land adj. Stump Cross – SEEARO Group granted permission for Retrospective Planning Application (ESS/06/10/TEN). As reported in the August Icene, Essex County Council has granted retrospective planning permission to Clive Onslow of SEEARO Group. The Chairman had attended the meeting.

Monthly Site Visits – Clive Onslow has suggested these meetings together with Great Chesterford. It was agreed that Lewis Duke and Terry Sadler would attend these meetings.

Drain top of Mill Lane – A letter had been received from Network Rail together with a map. The Clerk had forwarded the letter to Mike Cooper (CCC Highways), who will visit Mill Lane in the next few days. If they have finally cleared the ditch, he will arrange for the crossroad culvert to be jetted in the near future.

Speed Watch – Councillor Williams has been in touch with those known to be interested in participating in this scheme.

Houses left unoccupied – Councillor Williams reported the following: “SCDC has no policy regarding empty homes within the authority’s area, private or Council owned, and no collection of figures.

Some Councils do have a policy and sometimes a dedicated officer dealing with empty homes, whatever the tenure.

Nationally it is estimated that there are about 450,000 houses (private and Council/ housing association) unoccupied for not less than 6 months – which is 25% of the 1.8 million households on Council lists waiting for a home. Ironically, as a substitute for Council tax which is not available from an empty house, it appears that Councils have a guaranteed Government grant for an empty house – which commentators say is a more reliable source of income than the Council tax on occupied property!”

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 September

Thursday 2nd

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion (CW)


Sunday 5th

8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


14th after Trinity

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Sunday School


6.30 p.m. Evensong (BCP)


Thursday 9th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion (CW)


Sunday 12th

8.00 a.m. Holy Communion


15th after Trinity

10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist


6.30 p.m. Evensong (BCP)


Thursday 16th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion (CW)


Sunday 19th

8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


16th after Trinity

10.00 a.m. Patronal Festival


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


Thursday 23rd

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion (CW)


Sunday 26th

8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)


17th after Trinity

11.00 a.m. Family Harvest Celebration

followed by ploughman’s lunch


No evening service

Thursday 30th

11.30 a.m. Holy Communion (CW)


Friday 1st Oct

7.30 p.m. Harvest Evensong


followed by Harvest Supper


September has always felt to me like the season of new beginnings – left over from school, I suppose, when it’s associated with a new year. August was for waiting, taking a break, taking stock – with some extraordinary moments: sitting outside an abandoned monastery at the top of a mountain in Greece watching the light turn to evening, surrounded by scrawny, curious sheep, watching the rooks circle high above the valley and hearing the bells ringing for the evening service (a harsh, random jangling, with every bell sounding at once, nothing like English bellringing). I was reading psalm 104, that great psalm of the beauties of creation. I kept hearing a loud cracking sound, like gunfire far away; eventually I worked out it was the accident barriers on the mountain road above me clanging as they cooled after the blistering day. Or – back in the Rectory – standing out in the garden, every light off in the house, watching the meteor showers, the Perseids, scribbling unpredictable streaks of white light across the night sky. But September means: well, energy, fruitfulness, renewed focus and vigour. And, of course, the celebrations of Harvest. Ickleton’s family celebration, at 11.00 a.m. on 26th September, will celebrate the work of our own local farmers, and will be followed by a friendly and informal ploughman’s lunch. And on 1st October there will be our Harvest Evensong, followed by the Harvest supper. They will be my first Harvests in the village, and I’m looking forward to them tremendously. Why not come and see? From the glories of creation to its fruits over the course of a month: not a bad shift at all. Rev Dr Jessica Martin



An All - Age Harvest Celebration will be held at Ickleton Church on Sunday 26th September at 11.00 a.m. For the last two years we have been really fortunate with the weather and enjoyed a wonderful Ploughman‘s Lunch in a marquee on the church grounds following the All-Age Harvest celebration, and we are hoping this year will be just the same!

The aim of the Sunday morning service (which is in addition to the traditional Friday Harvest Evensong) is to have a broad appeal combining both modern and traditional elements with some interaction and opportunities for the younger members of the congregation to be involved.

Lunch is free but for catering purposes it would be very useful to have an idea of numbers, so if you are planning to come please add your name to the list in Church or contact Mandy Jeffery or Rosie McKillen on . We look forward to seeing you there!


This year’s Harvest Festival is being held on Friday 1st October at 7.30 p.m. Do please come and join us for Evensong followed by our traditional buffet supper.


Once again, as Churchwardens, we are drawing attention to an important date in our calendar. The Gift Day is an opportunity for the Ickleton Community to demonstrate its continued support for our lovely Church.

We appreciate that all families have greater financial commitments than ever before, but we believe it is right to outline the challenge that we face each year to maintain the church and provide a range of services (now including a Sunday School) to everyone in the village.

We are in the process of updating our heating system and installing an audio loop - the cost of all of these works is not far short £20,000.

The Churchwardens and other members will be on hand in the Church from 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. to welcome everyone on Saturday 2nd October. Complimentary tea/coffee and cakes will be available all day with soup provided between 12.00 noon and 2.00 p.m. Do please drop in, if only for a few minutes. Rosemary Mc Killen and Simon Casement


Isabella, daughter of James and Millie Hoskins was baptised at Ickleton Church on 15th August.


This will be held on Friday 24th September in Ickleton Church.

As usual it will be from 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon.

Do come and support us. Ruth Driver


Discounts on visits to historic houses, gardens, museums, farms, steam railways and many other attractions - Members of the Society are entitled to discounts through our membership of CPRE (the Campaign to Protect Rural England). All you have to do is check the properties you’d like to visit in the CPRE Members’ Guide on the CPRE web site (or borrow our guide) and then borrow our CPRE membership card. Contact me or John Fowler.

Films and videos of the village events and people – The Society is starting to collect a number of home movies of past happenings in the village. We will arrange and pay for conversion to DVD, give you back the original film or video and a DVD in return for putting a copy of the DVD into the village archive. If you have any suitable films or movies, please get in touch with me, Andrew Shepperd or any member of the Committee. Rachel Radford


On Saturday September 11th at 7.45 p.m. there will be a Strethall Millennium Concert by The Sensky Trio. The programme will include pieces by Ignaz Pleyel, Bach, Albinoni, Vivaldi and Pierre Cremont, played by this Cambridge based string trio.

Tickets cost £10 and there will be a bar.

Enquires to strethall.church@btinternet.com .

Tickets are available from Church Office, Crawley End, Chrishall, Royston, SG8 8QL. Please mark the envelope ‘CONCERT’ and include your cheque and an SAE.

Please make cheque payable to Strethall Church.


CONGRATULATIONS TO……… Emily Bruce and Ben Cooper who were married at Tilton-on-the-Hill on 3rd July.


It is proposed that the mobile library will only come to Ickleton once a month, and call only at Brookhampton Street/Church Street/Butcher’s Hill corner.

If you find this unsatisfactory you are invited to contact our County Councillor Tim Stone. timothy.stone1@virgin.net

At the time of going to press we have not been told of the date of the change, so we have put the normal dates in the diary for September. Editors


Households across South Cambridgeshire will be taking delivery of their new blue bin between 31st August and 6th October. The blue bin will replace the green box scheme and be an easier and cheaper way of collecting dry recyclables. Collections will take effect from Monday 11th October.

Improvements to the recycling service take on board the comments of residents who want to be able to recycle a greater range of materials in a single, larger, easier to use container. The new blue bin will enable households to recycle up to 90% of their rubbish, meaning less waste will go to costly and ever-decreasing landfill.

The new service will also prove a more cost-effective way of collecting and recycling waste with an estimated saving of £400,000 by the third full year of operation.

On delivery, residents are asked to be aware that the blue bin lids may not close properly due to the way in which they were stacked for storage. The lid should settle after a week or so.

The blue bin will be for the dry recyclables that residents currently place in their green boxes, including plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, and food and drinks cans, as well as new materials, including plastic pots, tubs, trays, film (e.g. carrier bags and clean food wrapping) and cartons (e.g. tetra packs). Residents will also now be asked to place cardboard in the blue bin for recycling, instead of in the green bin for composting. Items must be placed loose in the blue bin (not in plastic bin bags or other containers) and should be rinsed to remove any risk of food contamination.

The blue bin will come with an inner caddy specially designed to keep paper (which includes magazines, directories, envelopes and junk mail) separate from the rest of the recycling. This is because paper is more valuable when it is kept separate. Residents are asked to keep the caddy in the blue bin as it prevents people from heavy lifting and does not need to be removed.

The blue bin will be delivered with an information pack, which will be placed in the caddy, giving residents all the information they need about the new recycling service. In the pack residents will find a battery bag for recycling domestic batteries. This will need to be put out for collection with the blue bin and will be replaced each time it is used. There will be clear instructions on the bag to demonstrate how it needs to be attached to the bin.

If residents successfully manage to fill their blue bin, excess dry recyclables will be collected when placed in a returnable container and left alongside the bin. Similarly, excess paper will be collected when kept separate and left in a returnable container alongside the blue bin.

The green bin will continue to be used for garden and food waste. Residents are asked not to put cardboard and paper in the green bin any longer and to put this in the blue bin for recycling instead. The black bin will now only be for waste that cannot be recycled or composted. Excess black and green bin material cannot be collected. Residents are asked to take it to the recycling centre at Milton or Thriplow.

Portfolio holder for environmental services Cllr Sue Ellington said, “We hope that residents will be pleased with the improvements to their recycling service and that they will embrace the opportunity to recycle as much as possible. The idea is that the blue bin will become the main household bin with little non-recyclable and non-compostable material left for the black bin and, subsequently, landfill.

We are very proud to have one of the best recycling rates in the country and are keen to continue to listen to and work with residents to better our record further.”

 Residents are welcome to keep their green boxes if they have a use for them. For those residents not wanting to keep them, there will be drop off points at Morrisons, Cambourne; Tesco, Bar Hill; Tesco, Fulbourn and Tesco, Milton where they will be picked up and sent for recycling.

For more information residents are asked to visit www.scambs.org.uk/blubin or to call 03450 450 063.

Notes -

1.      If residents have not received their blue bin by Wednesday 6 October they are asked to contact the Council 03450 450 063.

2.      Blue bin collections will replace the green box collections. They will, therefore, need to be put out on the same day as the green boxes would have been – the same day as the green bin.

3.    More from communications on 01954 713025 or anna.efford@scambs.gov.uk

Anna Efford - Communications Officer, South Cambridgeshire District Council




The Big Village Picnic 4th September from 2.00 p.m. Ickleton Recreation Ground.
DON'T HAVE A TICKET? Don't panic! Call Hilary on to get hold of your last minute tickets. We need to have accurate numbers for the BBQ!
This event is aimed at Ickleton residents, but if you have visitors and wish to bring them along, extra tickets can be obtained for the small fee of £1 each.
Come and join the Ickleton Sizzler, a FREE event for all ages. Featuring tea tent with home made cakes, barbecue, old fashioned races and games for the children (and adults), and a silent auction of promises. Ickleton Allotment Association will be running The Ickleton Produce Show.
Bring a picnic blanket, pop-up gazebo, decorated wheelbarrow (if you have one), a few drinks and join in the fun.  It is an event for all ages, this year with a couple of added extras, so we hope you will come along.
As usual the Sizzler is funded by donations received from last year so please bring those coins (or notes) to put into any of the donation jars. The auction this year has some fantastic promises made by Ickleton
We will provide chairs and tables for those who need a little more comfort! If you need assistance getting to the recreation ground please call Anne-Marie Hoare to arrange a lift. If you would like to bake a cake or assist us in the tea tent, please contact Katherine . All cake donations gratefully received on the day!
The Ickleton Sizzler Committee


- run by Ickleton Allotment Association

After the brilliant response last year the Produce Show will again feature at the Sizzler on 4th September. There will be more categories this year, so there are even more chances of winning the coveted rosettes. Entry is free and all in good fun!

Vegetable categories include potato, carrots, parsnips, runner or French beans, onions, shallots, courgettes, marrows, peppers, chilli, tomatoes – large beef and small/cherry, leeks, beetroot and for the all-rounders a box of home grown vegetables. New this year cucumbers, squash, funny/ugly vegetable (for everybody this year – why should the kids have all the fun?)

Produce: jar of jam or jelly, jar of pickle or chutney, box of 6 eggs.

For the kids only: The garden on a plate entries are now split into two age groups, under 6 and from 7-12 years (the latter group is strictly not for mums!), 3 decorated cup cakes.

Rules: Ickleton residents and Ickleton allotment holders are all eligible. All veggies must be home grown and all produce home made. See fliers for more details. John Taylor


The Annual General Meeting will be held at 8.00 p.m. on Thursday September 16th at the Congregational Chapel, Great Chesterford, after another successful year, this time with ‘Poetry through the Ages’ and ‘Wet and Wild’.

All are welcome to attend. Business will be kept to a minimum.

We hope to be able to meet the tutors for the next year and hear about the courses on offer. Refreshments will follow.

The Autumn 2010 course will be ‘Mixing with Music’, with Quintus Benziger, starting on Thursday September 30th at 8.00 p.m. in the Congregational Chapel, Great Chesterford. His theme will be exploring the place of music in society.

The Spring 2011 course will be ‘An Introduction to Bloomsbury’, with Claire Nicholson, starting on Wednesday January 12th at 10.00 a.m. in Ickleton Village Hall. Claire will lead us in an overview of the art, literature, politics and philosophy of the Bloomsbury Group in its social and historical context.

We are able to offer lifts between the two villages. The first two sessions of each course can be sampled for £4.40 each, to be offset against the full fee of £44 if continuing the ten week course. WEA courses are free to those on certain benefits. Please don’t hesitate to ask.

The committee would be very pleased to welcome anyone who feels able to join them as we always have need of fresh ideas and feedback from our members The workload is not heavy - only three committee meetings per year - and is very enjoyable and rewarding, the main task being to choose the courses for the next year. So don’t delay if you are interested.

Please contact Barbara Pashley, Margaret Beston or any of the committee. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.



Alan and Debbie Lark of Brookhampton Street


Alastair and Rachel Thirsk of Church Street


Kern and Sue Roberts of Abbey Street

Simon and Susan Clew of Abbey Street


All national surveys show that South Cambridgeshire is one of the best parts of the country in which to live. We have higher levels of education, lower crime, longer life expectancy and better health. We’re also richer – on average. Yes, we do have pockets of deprivation and not everyone enjoys the good life. And as you can see when out on the roads, we also have some pretty bad drivers and a higher than average number of deaths on the road.

Then there is the plague of scams – though perhaps no more than in other places. Consumer Direct and the Office of Fair Trading try to keep track of the scam merchants, but it is not an easy job. Here are a few:

“I was just doing someone’s drive down the road and I have a bit of tarmac left over.” People are still caught out on this one. If you want your drive done, get at least a couple of quotes from reputable firms and ask to talk to satisfied customers. Or you could pay through the nose for a sub-standard job.

“You have won a prize and just ring this number so we can pay out.” This can come by phone or increasingly by letter. The number you ring is almost always a premium one and the prize … Common sense says that if you didn’t enter a prize draw then you’re not eligible for a payout.

“I need to find a nice person to help me move millions from Nigeria (or somewhere). Just let me have your bank details.” Never give your bank details away. And never pay a ‘commission’ to get large sums of money promised. Variations of this scam have been going on for years.

“Your computer has been attacked and will slow down or crash if you don’t give our authorised engineer access to it.” This is a relatively new one. It is quite possible to let other people run your computer from a remote site. It’s a weird feeling to see someone else move your cursor for you. But what else are they doing to your computer? Passwords, credit card details? Just don’t fall for it.

As scams are a national plague, it is Consumer Direct and the Office of Fair Trading who are the first line of advice and defence.

The Consumer Direct website is at http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/ and you can ring them at 08454 04 05 06. You can find out about scams from the Office of Fair Trading at:


Tim Stone - County Councillor


Monday 8.00 – 9.00 p.m. at Ickleton Village Hall

Friday 11.00 a.m. – 12 noon at Ickleton Village Hall

Thursday 8.00 – 9.00 p.m. at Duxford School

Please book for 7 weeks, all start w/c 6th September.

Body Conditioning

Tone, Energise, Strengthen and Stretch, Duxford School each Thursday 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. £4.50 - just turn up!


Starts 22nd September at Sawston Sports Centre at 6.30 p.m.

Please contact me for more information. Disa Bennett 01223 729604

disa_bennett@hotmail.com Register of Exercise Professionals




Our Mum was born in Lincolnshire in 1921. Her father was a pig man on the farm, so they were always on the move. She went to school in Riddlesworth, Norfolk and also Woodbridge, Suffolk. She and her brother walked miles to school. She hated school.

Later they moved to the Land Settlement at Abington were her dad had a smallholding with pigs. It was while they were there that Mum met Dad. He would cycle from Ickleton to Abington to see her.

They married in 1942. Dad was in the RAF and Mum (and later Dad as well) worked for Mr. and Mrs. Lee at Saxon Lodge, where they lived in part of the house.

While they lived there Carol was born in our Nan and Granddad’s house down Mill Lane. We then moved up to the Grange Cottages from where Mum would push me to work in my pram every day. We then moved into Townsend Cottages, living next door to Mr. and Mrs. Copley and their daughter Pat. Rosemarie (Bud) was born there in 1949. In 1953 we moved into No. 7 Birds Close when it was brand new. Mum and Dad worked hard doing the garden from scratch.

By this time Dad was working at Aero Research (Ciba). Dad died in December 1992. Mum spent her time still working at Saxon Lodge for many years, now for Mrs. Barbara Maynard, Mr and Mrs Lee’s daughter and her husband Ron, also looking after their two boys.

Mum retired when she was 76, and up until a year ago she was still very active. She died on Wednesday 21st July at home.

She leaves behind 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren 13 great grandchildren and now since 9th August a great-great granddaughter. God bless Mum.

The Family would like to thank everyone for their cards, kind words, donations to Cancer Research UK and attendance at the crematorium. Carol and Bud


Rebecca Rayner from Glebe Farm, Kings Ripton was the guest speaker at our August meeting.

Rebecca is a remarkable young entrepreneur farmer who is specialising in growing organic crops and selling her own milled flour at farmers’ markets and retail agencies.

Her latest product is beer made from spelt corn which is bottled at a local brewery. Of the many items she brought for sale the beer proved the most popular, bought allegedly for the WI menfolk! Rebecca is a speaker to be recommended.

A new venture is a WI choir. Ten members showed interest. The first meeting will be in Great Chesterford Church on 14th September at 7.30 p.m. Please ring Mrs. Plumb .

Members’ Night will be held on September 15th. This is always a meeting with a twist to it.

Cynthia Rule

This will take place from 5.00 p.m. on 6th November at Hinxton Road, Duxford, organised by 1st Whittlesford and Duxford Scout Group.

Tickets will be available on the gate, or in advance from local Post Offices. More details to follow next month. Katherine Denman-Johnson


This annual event will take place on the streets of Great Chesterford on Saturday 2nd October.


The next meeting is on Wednesday 22nd September at 8.00 p.m. in the Congregational Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford, when Nicholas James will talk about ‘The Fen Worker – Peasant’.

As usual non-members are most welcome (£2).



Many thanks to Tracy and Keith Head who have delivered the Bulletin for the past eighteen months.

The new delivery person is Rita Sullivan, 69 Abbey Street. Many thanks, Rita.

All members of the delivery team need a helper who can take over occasionally. If you could help on this basis please contact your delivery person or either of us. Tony Court

Hilary Rule


Future Events

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

Sunday 26th September Showbus

Sunday 10th October Autumn Air Show

Visit www.iwm.org.uk/duxford for details of events and activities.


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September 1st

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

Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Summer Sizzler 2.00 p.m. Recreation Ground


Mobile Library


Historic Churches Cycle Ride


Concert 7.45 p.m. Strethall Church


Parish Council Meeting 7.30 p.m. Village Hall


WEA AGM 8.00 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Mobile Library


Chesterford Local History and Archaeology Society Meeting

8.00 p.m. Chapel, Carmel Street, Gt. Chesterford


Macmillan Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon Church

October 2nd

Church Gift Day 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.


Gt. Chesterford Steam Up

November 6th

Firework and Bonfire Night, Hinxton Road, Duxford