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Volume I I Issue XI Nov / Dec 2012

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hristmas is just around the corner yet again. I’d like to wish all my Bugle readers a very happy Christmas. There is a fantastic array of events over the next couple of months, from Discos at the pub to the Dickensian Market and Christmas Bazaar. A new village group has started up, Benwick in Bloom will be competing in the Britain in Bloom competition. There are also now allotments avaliable in September Gardens, so if you have been thinking of growing your own - now is the time.

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Benwick in Bloom Allotments for Rent Village Sports Committee Turf Fen Charity From the Archives Forget-me-Nots Friends of Benwick Church Doddington PPG Local Events Friends of Benwick School ‘Ritings from the Rectory The Benwick Butterflies NW Santa Special Scout Group News

Adam Keppel-Garner Editor

Submissions & Advertising All Benwick groups and induviduals are welcome to submit articles and photographs for inclusion in the Bugle. Charities and Non-Profit groups are entitled to a 25% discount on rates. 10% discount offered for upfront booking of ads for 3+ editions. Ads must be paid for before print. Cheques payable to Adam KeppelGarner. Ads accepted in any format, ad design service avaliable free. Deadline Editor

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Benwick in Bloom


e are a small group of enthusiastic amateur gardeners, who became interested in the annual Anglia in Bloom competition; this gave us the idea for Benwick in Bloom. After gathering all the information required from the Anglia in Bloom and Street Pride organisers, we approached the Benwick Parish Council to go forward to put our project into action. Our initial Plan from September December 2012 is to plant up tubs around the village, and assist in the restoration of the War Memorial by painting the railings surrounding it, along with those around the village sign.

visible around the village others will join us with suggestions and ideas or offers of support and help. We would like to thank Janet Fountain for her kind gift of four tubs to go outside The Village Hall and Church, also Tracy Phillips for the gifts of the plants both in these tubs and others throughout the village. For further information about us and our venture please e-mail

Benwick in Bloom Action Group

So far some of the tubs are in place and the War Memorial restoration programme will take place shortly. We all live in Benwick and range from 2 - 5 years of permanent village residence; some also have family here and in some instances for 20 years. We all have some experience of running different projects; however this is our first horticultural venture. We hope that as our work becomes 4

Jill Hindley Valerie Gobie Pat Cuthbert Liz Gray Tracy Phillips



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Village Sports Committee


he Village Sports Committee recently held its AGM and the following officers were elected. Chair Mark Tyler, Vice Chair Ian Beevor, Treasurer Mary Tyler. Other committee members are Stewart Lacey, Darren Gore, Gill Thomas and Sue Maloney. A review of finances shows that we will need to raise a significant sum over the next few months in order to run the Its a Knockout and Village Sports Day in a financially viable manner. We thank our sponsors and benefactors last year including The Five Alls, Benwick School and the Parish Council, as we have been able to purchase and erect a metal shed to protect the sports equipment. We will need to replace some of the items, as and when funds allow. We will be running a Race Night in January to which everyone is invited, to come and have some fun. We would very much appreciate local businesses sponsoring individual races (for only ÂŁ20), or individuals sponsoring horses and riders. More details in the next Bugle!

Mark Tyler 6

Plastic Bottle Greenhouse


enwick School’s Gardening Club are planning to build an eco greenhouse - but need 1600 clear plastic 2 litre bottles! If you can help, please save your bottles, rinse them out and drop them to the school office. All help is greatly appreciated!

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Turf Fen Charity


truggling with your bills? Turf Fen Charity exists to help those in Benwick who are in need of financial assistance. Grants can be awarded to help with food, clothing, council tax, rent and utility bills.

Assistance can be given by making grants of money, providing or paying for the goods, services or facilities to those in need.

Grants of money can also be made to other persons or bodies who provide Applications are 100% confidential and services or facilities to those in need. only the trustees know who has made an application. Each case will be dealt with on its own individual circumstances. If you would like to apply, you can download an application form from If you require more information or contact one simply contact Lyn Keppel-Spoor on of the Trustees: Lyn Keppel-Spoor, 01354 677494 or Mark Chapman, Cath White or Janet Fountain. 8


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From the Archives


his feature contains articles scholars. from The Cambs Times archives about Benwick. Sunflower Day 22/06/1945 Children’s Concert £4. 8s. 9d. was collected on Saturday 24/03/1922 by a Sunflower Day organised by Miss Benwick Schoolroom was filled to its B. Shepperson in aid of the Waifs and utmost capacity on Tuesday, when a Strays Society. The amounts and colconcert was given by the scholars for lectors were as follows: Joan Elderkin the purpose of raising funds for the and Audrey Buttress £1 4s 9d, Pauline purchase of a School Piano. A varied Langford and Mary Marriott: £1 4s. and entertaining programme was Barbara Granger and Jean Sutton £1 4s given. The event was a complete suc- 8d. Brenda Sutton and Shelia Savage: cess, the sum of £12 being obtained 15s 4d after expenses were paid. Dance This will be put on one side until fur22/06/1945 ther efforts can be made to raise the A successful dance was held in the remainder of the money necessary. school on Saturday evening. Organised by the ex-Home Guard to raise funds It was very gratifying to the staff and to provide Children’s sports to be held to the children to know that every seat on July 14th. Music was provided by was booked before the concert. Mr. W Buck’s amplifier, Mr. Buck acting as M.C. After expenses £52 2s was the School Savings excellent sum raised. 09/11/1928 The School Savings Association has been formed exactly a year and during that time the sum of £60 has been saved by the members. As a birthday effort attractive posters and leaflets were distributed, as a result of which 12 new members have been enrolled during the week, bringing the membership to 50, which is one-third of the 10

Benwick Forget-me-Nots


he September meeting was our Our December meeting (6th) is the Harvest Festival when Roy Tru- members’ Christmas party night, startman took the service. ing at 6pm. Supper was served and was enjoyed by our own members and guests from Christchurch and Coates.

Janet Fountain

Benwick Forget-me-Nots 9 Skeifs Row

In October Rosemary Higgs demonstrated Christmas tree decorations when several members had a go and were very successful.

Friends of Fantasy Club Benwick Church Thanks


embers of the Benwick Fantasy Club, would like to thank Richard Davies from Chatteris for donating his 14 year collection of Warhammer 40k (Original) plus other gaming items. Our next meeting is on the 10th November from 12pm to 4pm, entry free for first timer’s.


he Home of Benwick Church is now in full operation. The dedication service held on October 21st was attended by over 100 people. The Bishop of Huntingdon was in attendance as was the Archdeacon of Wisbech and many former clergy from over the past 20 years . Services will now continue on the first and third Sunday of Month. It would be great to see you. The remembrance service will take place in the Church at 2pm on November 11th followed by a ceromany at the war memorial.

John Hoffman

Friends of Benwick Church



Doddington Patient Group


here were 96 missed appointEvening at the Recreation Pavilion at ments in September, an average Benwick Road, Doddington – tickets of 5 a day. are just £5.

Flu Jab Days were on Thursday 11th October at North Witchford Lodge, Wimblington and Saturday 20th October at Doddington Medical Centre and over 900 patients attended. Many thanks to those who supported us in the cake stalls, teas and the Christmas Raffle. Please note that more draw tickets will be on sale at the surgeries .

We now participate in the Isle of Ely Health Patients Forum (IoEHPF). We are looking for a new Secretary and a Minutes Secretary – could you help? Our AGM will be on Thursday 29th Nov at 7.00 at the Doddington Medical Centre. All patients registered with the practice are welcome to attend!

On Friday December 7th, we will be holding a Flower Demonstration

Grant Barlow

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Local Events November

What: BRA Tombola When: 14th 7:00pm Where: Benwick Village Hall Doors open at 7, eyes down 7:30. £30 Flyer, refreshements and Raffle. Children Welcome.

What: Dickensian Market When: 17th 12-4pm See advert on page 15 What: Village Hall Tombola When: 23rd 7:00pm Where: Benwick Village Hall Doors open at 7, eyes down 7:30. £30 Flyer, refreshements and Raffle. Children Welcome. What: Cinema Night When: 30th 7:30pm Where: Benwick Village Hall Film to be confirmed. Film free Drinks and Snacks £2.50

December What: Packed with Art When: 8th 11am-3pm Where: Savage Studios 24a-26 South Park Street, Chatteris A Christmas flavoured event (with mince pies and mulled wine) Richard Savage and Marian Savill will be selling great artwork and crafts from suitcases If all village groups can let me know of the dates of their scheduled events I can ensure they are in the relevant months and on the Lilyholt Road Website.


What: Christmas Bazaar When: 15th 2pm Where: Benwick Village Hall What: Christmas Draw and Quiz When: 15th 7:30pm Where: The Five Alls What: NW Santa Special When: 22nd 5pm Where: Outside the Five Alls See more on page 21 What: Christmas Eve Disco When: 24th 7:30pm Where: The Five Alls What: Cinema Night When: 28th 7:30pm Where: Benwick Village Hall Film to be confirmed. Film free Drinks and Snacks £2.50 What: New Years Disco When: 31st 7:30pm Where: The Five Alls


Friends of Benwick School


he Summer Fayre was a real success and was well attended by the village. In total we made £695 profit, which was boosted by the tuck shop in the last week of term by an extra £124.80! We have recently received confirmation that this has been doubled thanks to funding from Barclays Bank! Thank you to everyone that supported us, including all the lovely stallholders! A massive thank you to all of the FOBS team: Jess, Angela, Mary, Rebecca, Anita, Mandy, Nikki, Teresa & Jenny for the various parts you played both leading up to and on the day of the Summer Fayre. We’d like to extend this thanks to Laura Payne, Kate Strong, Janice Fiore, Mrs North, Mrs Spencer and Mrs Hunt who all played pivotal roles on the day. Thank you to everyone that made donations to the raffles, the cake stall and the craft stall. Thank you to Delfland Nurseries,

Greenvale AP, Alan Bartlett & Sons and Chapel Cottage Plants for their generous donations towards our various produce stalls and to Louise Berry for her donation of wonderful winners’ rosettes for our many different competitions. We have already confirmed the date of our next Summer Fayre (Saturday 13th July 2013) and would be really interested to hear any of your ideas as to what can make the day special. At the last meeting of the summer term it was agreed that £2000 would be given to the ICT department to go towards laptops for the whole school and 75% of the Summer Fayre profits would be put towards new Early Years resources with the remaining 25% going back into the kitty to pay towards this years school trips.

Jenny Fell

The FOBS AGM was held on 8th October and the committee now stands as: Chair - Jenny Fell Vice-Chair - Jess Wood Secretary - Anita Abey Treasurer - Mary Tyler School Rep - Angela Wood 100 Club - Teresa Goulding Scholastic Book Club - Suzanne Scarborough PR - Rebecca Gore Committee Members: Mandy Lacey, Laura Payne and Tracy Phillips. For a full rundown on the successes of this year’s fundraising and the winners of the 100 club visit: 16


‘Ritings from the Rectory


hat will people say about us? The Olympic Games were designed to leave behind a legacy of sport and regeneration, an encouragement to lead lives more vigorously and to strive to achieve good objectives. It remains to be seen if it will be so.

who have lived good and godly lives and are now at peace in the glory of heaven. We also celebrate All Souls Day. This tends to be a more sombre and reflective time when we remember loved ones who have died and seek that they might know mercy, rest and peace.

Just before writing this I was preparing a memorial service for a relatively young lady who died abroad and her family were bringing her home to rest and to remember her well.

What will people say about us when our lives have come to end gradually or abruptly and unexpectedly? What kind of a legacy will we leave behind? I came across a wise wall plaque which said ‘find something you would be willing to die for and then live for it.’

I often find myself taking funeral services for people who I don’t know personally and I always try my best to be as respectful and positive as I can and to reflect what others who know this person say about them. November is a month when matters of life and death are raised in our national consciousness. We have all over the land our ceremonies of remembering all those who have given their lives in war and those who have had their lives spoiled through injury or trauma so that we may live our lives in freedom and peace. In the church calendar we celebrate All Saints Day – a joyful celebration of all who have lived their lives well in the service of Jesus Christ, those 18

That something I believe is the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. Live for Him, to build a kingdom of love and joy and peace. To be honest we are all a bit of a mixture of good and bad but if we will follow Christ He gives us His perfection as an amazing gift together with His eternal life and then works in us to make us more and more like Him. I have not found a better way to live. What about you?

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Benwick Butterflies


e have had a very positive start to new academic year, starting practically at full capacity! We are operating a waiting list, if you would like to place your child(ren) on our waiting list please contact us on 01354 677733. We will be at the Dickensian Market where we will be doing children’s tattoos, face painting and nail art alongside Friends of Benwick School. We’ll also be at The Christmas Bazaar where we will have a Win Every-time Tombola and a Roll a Ball Game. We have Tempest Photography coming to us on Tuesday 27th November to do ‘floor shots’ of the children. These will be both single and family photos (if they are required), the children in attendance will be prioritised from 9am but siblings and/or children not in attendance at the pre-school are welcome from 10.30am. If you would like to register your interest please contact me on 01354 677848. We would like to offer out a massive thank you to everyone that came along to The Children’s Centre on Saturday 22nd September to help with some maintenance on the grounds. Everyone worked very hard and it was very much appreciated :) 20

We would also like to thank Jason Clarke of JPC Window Cleaning Services who very kindly doubled our takings from the stall we had at Friends of Benwick School’s Summer Fayre making the total raised £45.05 :) The pre-school will be putting on their first Nativity this year on Friday 14th December, we are very excited and are sure the children will do us proud!

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Neighbourhood Watch Santa Special


enwick NHW Coordinators have been successful in obtaining donations from the following businesses in order to provide a FREE Santa Special event. The event will take place on Saturday 22nd December. The Santa Float will be outside the Five Alls and children will be invited to obtain a gift from Santa and his Elves. There will also be Free Burgers. A

Carol service provided by Chatteris Town Band. Rodeo Bull competitions for teenagers and more. This event is Free thanks to the following sponsors: HE Payne Trans, PC Howard Trans, PMP Forward West, HGV, Hugh Crane Ltd, D & G Caravans AGI and Chilli Express.

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Scout Group News


emembrance Sunday actually falls on the eleventh day of the eleventh month this year. The Remembrance service will be held at two o’clock in the church room or the main room of the Village Hall (whichever is big enough for the congregation).

One of the more successful me etings recently was when they were introduced to the ancient craft of whittling. For some of them, it was the first time they had used a really sharp knife to carve a piece of wood into something else. We will be revisiting knife (and axe) skills later.

This will be followed by the wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial.

We welcome a new leader to the Scout troop, Holly Finn, to help Emily & Philip.

Our Beavers took part in the District Sleepover in Wisbech, along with 54 Beavers from March, Chatteris, Wisbech, and Upwell. The theme for the sleepover was Jubilee and Olympics so there was a little competitive spirit in the games. They made great new friends and for us Leaders too, as we don’t often get together as a District. There are several activities planned next year including Activity World, Ferry Meadows for fun and games and possibly train ride and a good old camp fire. The Scouts have taken part in a joint hike with troops from March. This showed that we need to work a bit on map skills, but also that they can keep calm and work out what to do when things don’t go as planned! 24

Our Beaver leader, Julian Gray, will be leaving us as he is taking up a new job in Nottingham. We wish him and his family all the best for the future. Liz Hackett has agreed to step up from Assistant Beaver leader. We are now looking for another leader to help Liz run the colony. Helen Briars has agreed to become Group Secretary, but we are still looking for a Treasurer. If you would like to make a real contribution to village life by volunteering for either of these roles, please get in touch with any of the leaders or committee members.

Rod Glen

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Village Contacts Benwick Parish Council

Benwick Butterflies Preschool

Clerk - Kris Poole 655303 Chair - Tony Richardson 677856

Children’s Center, High Street 677733 Jenny Fell: 677848

Benwick Village Hall & Benwick Residents Association Patricia Tickner 20 Chapel Gardens 677279

Toddler Group Anita Abey - 677 784 Warhammer, Dungeon n Dragons

Benwick Football Club

Philip & Robert Taylor 677763 www.warhammer-dungeon-dragons.

Friends of Benwick Church

Benwick Scout Group

Albert Sismey John Hoffman

Rod Glen 4 High Street 677799 The Forget-Me-Nots Janet Fountain Olive Benfield Anne Wall

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Friends of Benwick School Jessica Wood 672972 friendsofbenwickschool@hotmail. Benwick WI Brenda Richards 3 High Street


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November/December 2012  

The November/December 2012 edition of the Benwick Bugle

November/December 2012  

The November/December 2012 edition of the Benwick Bugle