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Volume I I Issue XII Jan / Feb 2013







appy New Year! I hope everyone had a good Christmas and that 2013 is going well so far.

The Benwick WI has now closed, and is being replaced by the Benwick Ladies Club - you can find out a bit about them on page 11. The Village Hall update contains information on all the regular bookings in the Hall, and details about the monthly Cinema! Don’t miss the Burn’s Night or Race Nights coming up - find out more on page 16.

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Santa Special Success Benwick Youth Club Bus Scout Group News Forget-me-Nots Benwick Fantasy Club Update Benwick Ladies Club From the Archives Tang Soo Do Club Local Events Benwick in Bloom Village Sports Committee Introducing the new PCSO Village Hall News Village Contacts

Adam Keppel-Garner Editor

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Santa Special a Success


enwick Neighbourhood Watch hosted their first ever Community Event on Sat 22nd December 2012 at the Village Hall. Although the weather was wet it did not spoil the event with the people of Benwick coming in good spirits and eating their way through well over 400 Burgers and Pork Rolls. Mince Pies and hot drinks were served all night, with parents and children alike enjoying a good night out. Sounds of laughing children could be heard all round, and Mickey and

Minnie Mouse went down a storm. Santa even came out and danced with the Children before leaving. The Rodeo Bull was enjoyed not only by those riding but also those looking on. The NW declared the night a huge success and a fabulous, extremely joyous time was had by all. The event was well planned, organised and executed and the group would like to extend its gratitude to all who funded the event. The team of planners worked relentlessly to bring the evening to Benwick and they hope that it will be repeated in 2013.




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Scout Group News


n November both the Cub Pack and the Scout Troop were out in the village doing the door-to-door collection for the Poppy Appeal. We had an excellent turn-out and an outstandingly generous response from the people of Benwick.

in a Winter Camp in February with our colleagues in the 12th Wisbech pack. Planned activities include pioneering (building structures from ropes and poles), orienteering, campfire cooking, map reading, Midnight Feast, and a treasure hunt.

The total raised from the collection, poppy wreath donations, and by the static boxes in the school and the pub was £564. This is 12% up on last year – not bad considering many charities are reporting a drop in income. I would like to thank Becky at the Five Alls, the staff and pupils at the school, all the Cubs and Scouts who turned in in cold and wet weather, and the helpers and leaders of the Scout Group who did likewise. It was well worth the effort. Remembrance Service

Next term the Scouts will be working with Christine Bonnet from St John’s Ambulance Brigade to achieving their stage 4 First Aid badge. This is quite an advanced standard and covers real life saving techniques.

The Remembrance Service took place on Sunday 11th November in the new church room at the Village Hall. The Scout Group had a very good turnout from all sections, plus most of their parents as well. I would like to thank all the young people for coming along and showing your respect for those fallen in war. Your conduct was exemplary, and I am proud to be associated with you.

Two of our Scouts (Emma Tyler and Olivia McGarry) put together a presentation that they then made to the committee of the High Sherriff of Cambridgeshire Award scheme – a fairly daunting experience! However, they did very well in front of some rather challenging questioning and as a result; we have been granted £500 to be spent on this equipment.

Some of our Cubs will be taking part 8

We are intending to buy some good quality archery equipment so we can offer all group members regular sessions of this sport. We also intend to make this equipment available for hire to the community.

We have also received donations of £300 from Anglia Co-operative Society,


and £50 from Greenvale AP. We still need another £400 in order to complete the purchase. Any donations to help us reach the target will be gratefully received. I am delighted to report that we have had a volunteer step forward to become Group Treasurer. Christine McGarry has offered to take up this vital role in the group. We look forward to working together to help drive the Group’s development. However, we are still in need of another leader to help run the Beaver colony with Liz Hackett. Scout Association rules (and common sense) require that we have at least two adults supervising every meeting. The leaders from the other sections and one parent have been covering, but this is not sustainable long term. I am now asking for your help to keep the colony going. Even if you can only help out once every 2 or 3 weeks, please contact me.

are in this age group (or approaching it) and are interested in becoming a member, please get in touch as above. However, if this is to take place – again we need adults to become leaders. If you would like to make a real contribution to the life of local young people by volunteering and get a real buzz by taking part in the fun as well, please get in touch with me.

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Group Scout Leader

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Benwick Forget-meNots


Benwick Fantasy Club


he Benwick Fantasy Club has changed its days to the 2nd Saturday of each month, starting January 12th at 10:30 - 4:30.

he Christmas Dinner was on 6th December when 62 members and friends enjoyed a four course meal prepared by A & M Cater- Following dates are 9th Feb and 9th ing of Whittlesey. The entertainment March. The rate is £5.00 per session. afterwards was provided by Ernie Cave from Manea. There is no meeting in January so the first meeting in the New Year will be on Thursday 7th February, which will be a games evening. The competition is for any item beginning with the letter M. Subscriptions are due and ideas for outings will be welcome although we have one already booked to Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), which is arranged for Wednesday, 31st July and is open to non members. To book a seat please get in touch.

Janet Fountain

Benwick Forget-me-Nots 9 Skeifs Row

Benwick Ladies Club


enwick Ladies Club is a new group being formed. The first meeting will be January 21st (thereafter on the third Monday of each month except August). Meetings will be from 7.30 until 9.30 and will be held in the side room of the Village Hall. These will consist of social evenings, speakers and outings; but other suggestions wil be very welcome. The annual subscription is £25 or £2.50 per meeting for a visitor. The first meeting is an informal get together to collect ideas for the future. Remember the date January 21st for your new 2013 diary.



From the Archives


his feature contains articles which amounted to about £13 15s. from The Cambs Times archives Half the sum will be given to increase about Benwick. the Working Party’s Fund for purchasing materials, and the remainder to Children’s Concert Benwick’s contribution towards the 21/01/1983 National Relief Fund. Three trees to the memory of the late Charles Burbridge have been planted A Benwick Prisoner in the village. An ash tree has been 30/10/1914 planted in the old “pound” near to the Pte. Horace Rush of Benwick a memschool, a lime tree in the High Street ber of the 2nd Suffolk Regt. Was renear the Parish Council noticeboard ported by the War Office to have been and an oak tree on the site of a former missing since September 30th, but oak tree (destroyed by fire during the information has now been received VJ celebrations) near the footbridge at that he is a prisoner of war at Senthe top of the High Street. The Parish nelagar, near Padeborn, Germany. His Council, who arranged the planting parents have received a postcard from and the family of Mr Burbridge sinhim saying he is quite well. cerely hope the villagers will respect and treasure the trees. Obituary of Richard Band 28/02/1913 Jumble Sale On Saturday afternoon, the mortal 30/10/1914 remains of Mr. Richard Band, saddler, A successful Jumble sale was held in were laid to rest in the new portion the School on Friday evening. It was of the churchyard. A large concourse organised by Miss. Bertha Shepperof people assembled to witness the son, who was assisted by members of last sad rites. Deceased was highly the Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild respected in the village. The mournWorking Party. New and second-hand ful procession from the house to the garments, books and toys were among church was headed by a large number the articles for sale, as well as cakes, of Oddfellows in black sashes and fruit and flowers. A gramophone, members of the church choir in caskindly lent for the occasion, enlivened socks and surplices. Mr. Band had the proceedings. Two guessing combeen closely connected with both for petitions helped to swell the proceeds many years being Secretary to the 12


Oddfellows since 1896 and organist at the Church for about 43 years. Recruiting Meeting 11/09/1914 A well attended open-air meeting was held last night for the purpose of obtaining recruits for Lord Kitchener’s Army. Addresses were given by Capt. Mander, Col Fortescue and Mr. Shepperson, and the remarks of the speakers were followed with close attention. No recruits were obtained but it will be remembered that the village contributed thirty men during the Territorial Recruiting week. BWTA Meeting 13/11/1914 A members meeting of the Benwick section of the British Women’s Temperance Association was held in the Wesleyan Schoolroom on Tuesday evening presided over by Miss Boycet of March. The business was to arrange the winter’s work, and it was finally decided to resume children’s weekly meetings on Thursday Nov. 19th and also have public services monthly. A coffee supper was provided at the close by Misses Bedford and Sismey, the proceeds fo which were given to the funds. A banner which had been beautifully repainted by Miss Olive Sismey (one of the “Y’s”) was presented to the section.



Tang Soo Do Club


ang Soo Do is a Korean Martial Art, promoting general fitness and well being. It is a non-contact to limited contact form of karate and is suitable for all ages and abilities. We are members of a larger organisation called The European Tang Soo Do Alliance. My instructor is Master Mark Allen.

The club meets every Thursday (except any first Thursday of the month, when we meet on the Monday)

I have been training for twelve years and began at the age of 43. I started a club in the village because firstly I enjoy training and secondly I have seen the benefits of Tang Soo Do training for young people.

Come and join us, get fitter, have fun and begin a new way of life.


The time is 19:00 till 21:00. The cost of each lesson is ÂŁ3.00. There is a membership fee of ÂŁ10.00 which is renewable annually.


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Local Events January


What: Burn’s Night When: 26th 7pm Where: Benwick Village Hall See advert on page 17

What: Race Night When: 2nd 7:30pm Where: Benwick Village Hall More info on page 21.

What: Village Hall Tombola When: 25th 7:00pm Where: Benwick Village Hall Doors open at 7, eyes down 7:30. £30 Flyer, refreshements and Raffle. Children Welcome.

What: Village Hall Tombola When: 22nd 7:00pm Where: Benwick Village Hall Doors open at 7, eyes down 7:30. £30 Flyer, refreshements and Raffle. Children Welcome.

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All tickets must be purchased by January 21th latest, please.

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Benwick in Bloom


the support of the Parish Council and Street Pride we feel encouraged to forge ahead with our action plan for 2013.

With the help of Mr Boon who repaired the railings around the War Memorial the team was able to repaint the railings. Once the Village sign has been repaired the railings around will also be repainted.

The local Scout Group leader Rod Glen has been an enthusiastic supporter and is making plans for the Scout group to plant up their own plot at the village bus stop. B.I.B will be bringing out our 2013 action plan shortly. So watch this space.

he B.I.B team has so far completed their action plan for 2012; with the planting up of tubs throughout strategic areas in the village.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those people in the village who have given us positive feedback on our efforts so far and even asked for tubs near where they live. With

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he committee is proud to announce their next fundraising event for the It’s a Knockout and Village Sports Day will be a Race Night to be held on February 2nd from 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Come along for a fun family-friendly evening of entertainment, with a flutter on the horses. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Race winners share 50% of the takings for each race, so the more who wager, the more you win!

provide a hefty final prize (only one person can own the jockeys – so no need to share the winning pot!) We will be contacting local businesses to ask if they would be willing to sponsor a race in the near future, so if you want to beat the rush, and be renowned for the “Five Alls Gold Cup” or “Delfland Derby” as we had last year, please email me,

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The Village Hall


he trustees of the Benwick village hall would like to wish all in the village a Happy New Year.

This year we are holding a tombola every month which will be on the 4th Friday of each month starting on the 25th January, then 22nd February, 22nd March etc. On the third Saturday of each month there will be a cinema showing a film for children in the morning at 10.30am and then another showing in the evening mainly for adults at 7.30pm starting from 19th January 2013. We have the fantasy club in the hall on the second Saturday of the month from 10.30am until 4.30pm and during term time on week days we have on Tuesday the Beavers followed by the Scouts and on Wednesdays we have the Cubs.

The church will be holding services on the first and third Sundays of the month from 9.30am and all are welcome to attend. Our first main event will be the Burns night on Saturday 26th January, see poster in this magazine and we are planning another supper to celebrate St. George’s day on Saturday 20th April with our usual Harvest supper on the evening of Saturday 28th September and finally the Bazaar 2013 on the 14th December. The trustees look forward to welcoming you all to these events which we hope you can fit into your diaries. With the increased support of the village the trustees are finally beginning to show a small profit over the past two years even though we closed for three months last year for the refurbishment and with your support we hope to be able to keep the cost to users down to the level of last year for as long as possible but at least for the rest of 2013.

On the first Thursday of the month we have the Forget-me-Nots and every remaining Thursday is for the Martial Arts group which moves to the Monday when the Forget-me-Nots are in the hall with meeting times from.7.00pm until 9.00pm The Benwick Ladies Club will be meeting in the side room of the hall on the third Monday of the month from 7.30pm until 9.30pm www.benwickbugle.co.uk 24

Patricia Tickner

Village Hall Committee 01354 677 279 20 Chapel Gardens



Village Contacts Benwick Parish Council

Benwick Butterflies Preschool

Clerk - Kris Poole 655303 krispoole@talktalk.net Chair - Tony Richardson 677856 anthony.p.richardson@btinternet.com

Children’s Center, High Street 677733 Jenny Fell: 677848 benwickbutterflies@hotmail.com

Benwick Village Hall & Benwick Residents Association Patricia Tickner 20 Chapel Gardens 677279 patricia.tickner@yahoo.co.uk

Toddler Group Anita Abey - 677 784 Benwick Fantasy Club

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