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PARISH OF THE ICKNIELD WAY VILLAGES
PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
will be held on
Holy Trinity Church, Chrishall
on 13 October 2020 at 7.00pm
For the election of Parochial representatives of the laity as follows:
• To the Parochial Church Council 4 representatives
• To the Deanery Synod 1 representative (include where applicable)
• For the appointment of Sidesmen and the Independent Examiner or
• For the consideration of:
(a) A Report on changes in the roll since the annual parochial church
(b) An Annual Report of the proceedings of the parochial church council
and the activities of the parish generally
(c) The Financial Statements of the Council for the year ending on the 31
December immediately preceding the meeting audited or independently
(d) A Report on the fabric, goods and ornaments of the church or churches
of the parish
(e) A Report on the proceedings of the Deanery Synod and other matters
of parochial or general Church interest.
Minister of the Parish
Having very sadly lost my mother to Alzheimer’s in July, one of my
nephews took it upon himself to set the family a challenge.
Over the past four weeks we have been tramping, walking, running and
cycling the roads, lanes, highways and byways, clocking up over
5000kms between us raising money for Alzheimer’s Research.
To highlight the deep feelings that this horrible disease causes we have
now exceeded our targets of both kilometres and pounds. Raising over
£6000 so far.
However, we don’t want to stop there, we would like to continue to raise
as much money as possible over the coming weeks. If you, or anybody
you know, has been affected in any way by this cruel disease please do
give as generously as you can to help find a cure.
To donate please visit the JustGiving page.
In an interesting way it has been a rather extraordinary and exciting time
in the Chapel graveyard in Great Chishill over the past months. Not
only for the wildlife, visitors or indeed the beautiful weather, but for the
discovery of a grave belonging to a young man who was wounded at
Ypres on 16 November 1914.
As a result of his wounds he was discharged from the army and spent
the remainder of his life in the Star and Garter, Petersham, home for
disabled sailors and soldiers. He died aged 24 on 15 January 1917. As a
result of finding his burial records and confirming he is buried in the
Chapel garden, Thomas Waller will now be officially recognised as a
casualty of the Great War, 103 years after his death. Previously his death
had not been recorded as a result of wounds inflicted at Ypres.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will now be looking into
erecting their own memorial. Watch this space for the next chapter of
Thomas Waller, a name read out each Remembrance Day in the village,
but now with a little greater recognition and understanding of who he
was and how he ended his days.
I now have a copy of the entry for the day he was wounded from the
regimental war diary and other such documents. For anyone who may
Do you know who may be buried in your churchyard?
Edward Thomas’s The
Part 1 - Ickleton to Chrishall Grange
The poet Edward Thomas was fascinated by ancient roads and over the
course of 10 days in 1911 walked the length of the Icknield Way from
Newmarket to Wantage in Oxfordshire. Taken from his book ‘The
Icknield Way’, published in 1913, this is the first of three excerpts from
his route through our parishes, from Ickleton to Royston.
Leaving Ickleton by its chief street, Abbey Street, I entered an open country
rising on all sides. I took the south-westerly road towards Elmdon, and then
a right-hand turning out of that which went in a straight line to Ickleton
Granges. This is probably a new country road, with hedges and only the
narrowest of green strips beside it: it is not the Icknield Way. The old road
possibly ran along the gently rising ploughland half-way up it, past Rectory
Farm. There is still a footpath from near Abbey Farm and the Priory remains
to Rectory Farm, which may represent the course of the Icknield Way,
continued by a broken line of thorns reaching almost to Ickleton Granges
fifty or a hundred yards north-west
of the present road. Past the Granges
I turned sharp to the right along a
drove coming through the corn from
Littlebury and Saffron Walden. At a
turning on the left to Redland's Hall
this road became a county boundary,
and I went uphill to the corner of a
copse, where it made another bend
westward. At the bend there was a
triangle of turf upon the right, so that
the right-hand bank, which lies
beyond this turf, suggested a road
coming from the east, that is to say
from Rectory Farm and Ickleton
Priory. The road was now well up Abbey Street, Ickleton - September 2020
above the land to its right, and I
could see the straight ridge near Cambridge which carries the Mare Way(1).
On the other hand were the gentle Anthony Hill (2) and Clay Hill (3), and in
front the high land above Royston and its straight bars of wood. The road
was making almost due west for Royston. It went between corn, clover, or
new-ploughed land; white bryony grew in its low hedges, and even sprawled
over the dusty, rabbity mound by the wayside; and it had grass borders of its
own width. At first it was rough, but hard and white. Soon it became
practically a green road, and then wholly so, but level and rideable. In one
place it was lined by lime trees; in others all was elder flower, wild rose, and
lady’s slipper4, and the chatter of young birds.
(1)The Mare Way - a prehistoric ridgeway North of Wimpole leading
from the west towards Cambridge
(2) Anthony Hill - just North of Heydon
(3) Clay Hill - between New Road, Great Chishill and the road from Flint
Cross to Barley
(4) Lady’s slipper – puzzlingly, as the lady’s slipper orchid was declared
extinct in 1917. It was only recently that I discovered some people use
that name for the bird’s foot trefoil which is abundant in our lanes and
footpaths. Rose Madder
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United Reformed Church
Our first service back
It was so lovely to throw open the church doors, remove the cobwebs
and welcome worshipers back into the chapel again after a six month
We were thrilled to have 17 in the congregation at our first service of the
‘new normal’ in Great Chishill, including a number of new faces.
The evening service was led by Ben Palmer, who as ever, spoke such calm
and eloquent thoughts, it was so very reassuring to be back in the
There were of course changes to the chapel and the seating, but there was
still a warmth and feeling of togetherness, something that we had all
clearly missed over the months.
We are hoping to continue our services as ‘normal’. Evening services at
6.00 pm on the first Sunday of the month and morning services at
9.30am on the third Sunday.
We very much look forward to welcoming everyone to our next service,
old and young alike, as we all continue to breath new life into our
Dates for our next services,
Sunday 4 - 6.00pm
Sunday 18 - 9.30am
22 October - final date for
submission of articles for the
November’s Village Web
Don’t Struggle Alone
If you are facing challenging circumstances at the moment, you are not
alone. The pandemic itself may have caused financial or other problems
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even worse. But however insurmountable a problem seems, there is
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The old saying goes that a problem shared is a problem halved and this
can very often be the case. In the first instance, take the time to talk to
friends and family who know you well; they may be able to offer valuable
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If you need more specialist support, our trained staff and volunteers can
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Our advisers will not tell you what to do but will explain your options and
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Royston and District
have volunteer drivers
using their own vehicles
to transport people who
cannot easily use public
transport. Of course,
most of our drivers are
retired – and indeed
many are over 70. This
has led to a current
problem as the Government recommended over 70s did not do
community driving in the initial lock-down period and still recommends
over 70s to be cautious.
As we emerge from the earlier strict restrictions we are getting more
requests for transport – hospitals, doctors, dentists and opticians are
offering more appointments, and we can now take people shopping and
on social trips – providing the journey time is, at the most, 15 minutes, but
we are beginning to fear we will not have enough drivers to meet all
With this in mind we are asking for more volunteers – even if you can
only manage a day here and there it will be of help. Drivers get 50p per
mile (starting from your home) to cover fuel and running costs – and the
pleasure of helping others!
If you think you can be of help, and have a medium or larger 4-door
car, please ring our office (01763 245228) between 9:00am and
3:00pm to get more information.
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Great Chishill Cricket
What a funny season it was. But we did manage to play some cricket in
our 150th season. In fact, we even reached the final of our mini league!
I am thrilled to report as I pack my bag away for the winter, that despite
the new ‘normal’ there was a keen interest to play and a wonderful spirit
in the club, with plenty to look forward to next season. The junior section
being launched, the pavilion having a facelift and welcoming old and new
faces alike to enjoy the village club.
Sadly, we are unable to hold the annual Dinner/Dance this year, an
evening that has very much become part of the village calendar. But, next
year it will be even better than last year!
Hopefully, we will be running nets early in the new year as we look
forward optimistically to a new season ahead. Please do come and join us
if you would like.
I must thank all who have support the club this year, without you there is
no club. We look forward to welcoming you all back next year.
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Jimmy’s Night Shelter
At the Harvest services on 4 and 11 October we shall be collecting nonperishable
food for Jimmy’s Night Shelter. They have suggested items
such as coffee (not tea), sugar, peanut butter, marmite, cereals and sauces
for pasta/rice dishes (not pasta or rice) as they are currently short of these
items but all non-perishable foods are accepted.
If you wish to contribute but are unable to attend the services please
contact the Parish Office.
Many thanks to all our contributors.
The Village Web is a submissions based magazine
and seeks a diverse range of articles, poems,
photos etc. for publication which would be of
We would also welcome new people to join the
Web’s editorial team.
For further information contact an editorial team
member or Anand Sodadasi. Contact details can be
found on the Parish Contact page - the last page of
Watercolour of Streatley Mill and Church, by A. L. Collins, which was in the early
editions of the Icknield Way by Edward Thomas but not in the 1929 edition which
was used for the extracts in the centre pages. Collins also illustrated other works
by Edward Thomas. Rose Madder
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