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Volume I I Issue XIII March / April 2013


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o you have some spare time? Would you like to help keep a vital village group alive? The Benwick Scouts desperately need volunteers to lead the Scouts and Cubs. See page 8 for how to get involved. A new advertorial section, “Benwick Health” has it’s debut this edition, written by Whittlesey Osteopaths. The programmes for the Benwick Ladies Club and Forget-me-Nots are inside, and updates from the Village Hall, Benwick in Bloom and the Village Sports Committee.

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Benwick Ladies Club The Village Hall Benwick Scout Group News Dog Fouling Problems The Forget-me-Nots Benwick in Bloom Local Events Parish Council Meeting Dates Village Sports Committee Friends of Doddington Hospital Benwick Health Doddington PPG ‘Ritings from the Rectory Village Contacts

Have a good Easter,

Adam Keppel-Garner Editor

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Benwick Ladies Club


he Benwick Ladies Club held their first meeting in January to plan events for the year. We were disappointed that there were no new potential members but hoped it was because of the snowy weather. At the February meeting our speaker was Joyce Payne talking about her time as a Court Dressmaker.It was a pleasure to listen to Joyce and also to see some new faces in the audience. We would love to welcome others (Fees ÂŁ25 per year or ÂŁ2.50 a Session) and have planned the following programme.

March 18th Time 7:30-9:30pm Speaker - Brian Payne Life in a Fenland Village April 15th Time 7:30-9:30pm Speaker - Doreen Reed Tales and Poems of Everyday Life May 20th Time TBC A walk through a bluebell wood venue to be announced June 17th Time TBC Strawberries and cream party in a Benwick garden


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The Village Hall


nother month has gone; goes too quickly, but those who attended the Burn’s night supper will tell you that a good night was had by all. Richard Emmitt, treasurer of the committee was host for the evening and had us all in fits of laughter with his interpretation of a aircraft hostess as he went through the safety checks and exits to start the evening and from then on it was a laugh a minute.

mash for £3.50 a head for children which we will be serving at 12.00 noon. Please let us know if you are coming so we can arrange sufficient food.

After the meal when the piper played whilst we ate, there was dancing to Ernie Cave and his music. The piper and Ernie are already booked again for next year which will be on 25th January so please put this in your diary now. We had over 80 people this year and we couldn’t have coped with many more so make sure you are booked in early for this night.

A tombola is planned for 19th April but the April cinema has been pushed back until May 4th due to other events in the hall.

Now to run through the next two months for the village hall entertainments, on Saturday March 16th we have the cinema in the church room and will be showing Walt Disney’s Robin Hood for the children in the morning at 10.30am and Mel Brooke’s Robin Hood, Men in Tights in the evening at 7.30pm. On Friday 22nd there is Tombola and on 29th there is a Luncheon in the hall, Fish pie & Dessert just £5 a head and fish fingers and

Also on the afternoon of Good Friday there will be a cinema for children in the church room at 2.00pm showing the film ‘HOP’ about the Easter bunny’s son at the usual cost of £2.50 adults and £1.00 children.

On Saturday 27th April Fenland District Council are allowing the Village Hall to have a cake and craft/tombola stall at the Market in March and any donations of cakes, sausage rolls or craft/tombola items or help would be gratefully received. Any further details you may require on any of the above events or on who the trustees are can be obtained from either Marie on 677204, Jess on 672972 or I.

Patricia Tickner

Village Hall Committee 01354 677 279 20 Chapel Gardens 7

Scout Group News


enwick Scout Group would like to invite YOU to come and join the adventure…….

appreciated. We need your help to keep the adventure in Benwick!

Due to work issues our Scout leader (Emily), and Cub leaders (Helen, Baz and Dan) are all standing down at Easter. We desperately need some volunteers to take their places.

Here are just a few examples of things you might enjoy and so could help us with - sports, crafts, cooking, fundraising, computing, climbing, hill walking, music, camping, DIY, event organising, plus much, much, more.

If we can’t find new leaders we will be forced to suspend both the Cub and Scout sections until volunteers are found. The consequences of this will have an impact on the community; the income for the village hall will drop significantly and it is highly unlikely that there will be a Poppy Appeal collection.

Why not come and have fun while you help us shape the youngsters of today into the adults of tomorrow? In return we can offer great support and training, with the chance to learn new skills and meet new people. Just a few hours of your time now and you could make a real difference for the young people in the village.

It is possible that the Group assets and equipment that are often used to support community activities will revert to ownership of the Fenland Scout Association.

So what are you waiting for? Join the adventure today and make a difference!

This is not a step we want to take, but without help our options are very limited. The Beaver colony will continue to run for the foreseeable future. If you can spare a few hours a month or a week your support will be greatly 8

Please come to a meeting at the Village Hall on 13th March (8:30 pm) to help discuss our future.

Rod Glen

Group Scout Leader

01354 677799

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Co-op’s Donation

£300 donation has been made to 1st Benwick Scout Group from the Anglia Co-operative Community Fund. The donation meant the scout group reached its £1,200 target to buy archery equipment. Scout leader Rod Glen said: “We needed to raise £1,200 and, although we’ve had other donations and fund-raisers, the project wouldn’t have come off without Anglia Co-operative’s support.” A cheque was presented to the group at Anglia Co-operative’s food store in Badgeney Road, March, by deputy store manager Deb Steward.

Article and Photograph Courtesy of The Cambs Times



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Dog Fouling Problems


here has been a lot of talk; and an article in the Cambs Times about the issue of Dog Fouling in the village. Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 it is an offence to allow your dog to foul on roads, footpaths, playing fields and parks. If you allow your dog to foul, you could be prosecuted and fined up to £1000; and ignorance of what the dog has done is no defence. On the spot fines of £50 can be given out by the Streetscene Officers of Fenland District Council. If you spot

a dog fouling you can call 654 321 for the Dog Warden. Fenland District Council have promised extra patrols in the village to try and tackle the issue, after receiving complaints. One mother said: “All the time I have to tell my children to be careful where they are walking as we walk to school, I am constantly telling them to stay off the grass. There is a grass area alongside the path in Ramsey Road that is covered in poo”


Benwick Forget-me-Nots


he first meeting of the new year was held on 7th February and took the form of a Beetle Drive. After refreshments were served the annual balance sheet was presented and suggestions for outings and speakers were discussed. The annual subscriptions of £6 are now due and the club always welcomes new members aged 55 and over. On 7th of March Caroline and Agnes will entertain us with poems and stories by Pam Ayres. The competition is any item beginning with letter N. On the 4th of April we will make our own entertainment with Curling and table games for the less active and the competition is the letter O . Our Birthday party is on Thursday, 2nd May and we would like to know the number of members attending for catering purposes. Two outings have been arranged with others to be confirmed. The first one is to Bury St. Edmunds on Wednesday, 22nd May, leaving Benwick at 8.30am £10 for members and £11 for non members. 12

The trip to Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) is on Wednesday, 31st July - £27 for members and £28 for non members which includes admission. To book a seat please contact Janet on 01354 677228.

Janet Fountain

Benwick Forget-me-Nots 9 Skeifs Row


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Benwick in Bloom


he front of the “Five All’s” public house has been planted up with the agreement of Lofty. We now have four tubs and two planters in situ, hanging baskets to be added later. There is to be a litter pick which “Street Pride” will be organising and letting us know the date and time.

Valerie Gobie

Benwick in Bloom



Local Events March


What: Tombola When: 22nd 7:30pm Where: Benwick Village Hall

What: Tombola When: 19th 7:30pm Where: Benwick Village Hall

What: Luncheon Club When: 29th 12pm Where: Benwick Village Hall Find out more in the Village Hall report on page 7

What: St Georges Day Supper When: 20th 7pm Where: Benwick Village Hall

What: Cinema When: 16th 10:30am and 7:30pm Where: Benwick Village Hall Disney’s Robin Hood (morning) Robin Hood Men in Tights (evening)

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.




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7.00PM FOR 7.30PM BEEF STEW WITH DUMPLINGS FRUIT PIES WITH CREAM Tea and coffee At £8.50 per head

Entertainment by Brian Gowler and friends Games and raffle Please advise Marie on 677204 or Patricia on 677279 If tickets required before 15th April 2013 Please bring your own cutlery and drinks.


ELITE FOOT CLINIC 10 ELWYN ROAD MARCH also Home visits by arrangement Providing treatment for  In Growing Toenails  Corn and Callous  Fungal Infection  Cracked Heels  Verrucae For an appointment ring 01354 740371 or 07789 772033

Benwick Parish Council Meeting Dates 2013/14

All meetings are held in the Village Hall on the first Tuesday of the Month, unless it falls the day after a Bank Holiday. April 2nd October 1st May 7th November 5th June 4th December 3rd July 2nd January 7th August 6th February 4th September 2nd March 4th The 2013 Annual Parish Meeting will be held on April 16th at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. Many village organisations attend and report on their year; and it’s a good opportunity to speak with the Parish Council. 17

Village Sports Committee


t was with a heavy heart that the committee decided to postpone our fundraising Race Night for February 2nd. Following an emergency meeting, we have decided not to rearrange it, but the donations kindly pledged will be used for trophies for the Village Sports Day, which will each be dedicated to our generous sponsors. The lack of interest and support for the Race Night has forced us to make some difficult decisions, as we do not have the funds to allow us to organise our two signature events – It’s a Knockout and Village Sports Day. Given that the Village Sports Day has been run for nearly fifty years, it was decided that this is where we should 18

focus our efforts and so, with great reluctance, there will be no It’s a Knockout this year. Village Sports Day is planned for the afternoon of Saturday 6th July, so put it in your diary and let’s hope the weather God’s look down on us benevolently this year! We will be planning a few fundraising activities in the meantime, and hope that It’s a Knockout can be re-instated next year. We will be contacting local businesses directly to ask whether they would be wish to advertise their businesses in the event program, or directly sponsor an event during the afternoon.

Mark Tyler

Friends of Doddington Hospital


f you have friends or relatives willing to help raise funds for Doddington Community Hospital who live in or around Benwick or Chatteris please show them this article! Currently, some enthusiastic volunteers from Chatteris have joined forces with the Benwick Group but would ideally like to have a group of their own. What they want is someone to take charge and co-ordinate things. As Chatteris is one of the larger communities served by the Hospital, they would be delighted if a Friends Group could be formed in the town to

raise funds for Doddington Community Hospital. In the meantime volunteers from Chatteris and Benwick are needed for fundraising activities and helping out in the Hospital Shop run by The Friends of Doddington Hospital. It doesn’t take up much time and the reward is that you are helping to raise funds for a vital community service, which benefits EVERYONE, young and old - the Minor Injuries Unit is now open 7 days a week.

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Welcome to a new section of Benwick Bulge, which we like to call Benwick Health. In future editions we will be writing about various common aliments (e.g. back pain, headaches, osteoarthritis, etc) with the intention of improving your understanding of these conditions as well as giving you some useful advice on how to combat them. We want to make this section as interactive as possible, so if you have any particular topics or questions regarding our articles please email us at In this month’s edition we would like to introduce you to osteopathic medicine. Osteopathic medicine is a manual therapy that helps people with various joint, muscle or spinal problems. We are primary health care practitioners (similar to a GP, dentist, opticians) and can help with a wide range of problems, broadly categorised into the following:

- Neck pain - Pelvic, hip and leg pains - Spinal pain - Arthritic pain - Sciatica - Rheumatic pain - Shoulder and arm pains - Minor sports injuries

Osteopathic medicine treats the whole person and not just the area causing the symptoms. We see the body as a system that is able to adapt and recover from even the most traumatic of events. However, sometimes this mechanism of adaptation gets overwhelmed and needs some assistance. This is where osteopathy helps. By using various techniques we look to remove these barriers to recovery e.g. stiff joints, overstrained muscles, inflammation, your fears and anxiety, etc. Our family run practice is located in the centre of Whittlesey and is open 6 days a week. We are a husband and wife team treating patients from all ages from newborn babies to the elderly. Please visit our website for more information or gives us a call to discuss your individual situation (contact details at the bottom of the page). So now you know more about osteopathic medicine and how it can help you. In the next edition we will explain back pain. We would like to conclude by saying a special thank you to the Editor for the opportunity to contribute to the magazine.


Doddington Patient Group


Our next meeting is on Thursday 4th April 2013 at 6.30 pm at the Doddington Medical Centre; if you are a patient registered with the practice then you are, of course, more than Hinchingbrooke has now been running welcome to attend. for a year under Circle management e are after your feedback on a couple of important local NHS stories especially if they impact you:

The Welney Ward at Ely’s Princess of Wales hospital will be temporarily shut for several weeks reportedly due to staff shortages. How have these impacted you and what are your recent experiences as a patient? Could you please let us know?

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‘Ritings from the Recotry


pring is a wonderfully fresh time of year with plants and flowers bursting into life,everything around looking resplendent in myriad shades of new green and it makes us feel good to be alive after the barrenness of winter. We also enjoy seeing the birds raising their broods and the animals with new youngsters exploring the world with enthusiasm. It is easy to see why much of our Easter celebration reflects fluffy chicks and chocolate eggs, pretty flowers and a good excuse for celebratory feasting. Lying behind these ideas and practises is an even bigger story that we can easily lose sight of if we are not careful. Easter as we know it and love it is in fact the greatest celebration of the Christian faith that has informed our culture and the world for the last 2000 years. Moreover it is about a bringing together of the grand narrative of life with our own personal life stories. Many of us have got the idea of Christmas where God took on human form as a baby in Bethlehem to come into our world to reach out to us but why? We find the answer at Easter. The world gone off track from the maker’s intention and personal lives in a mess because of separation from a

loving God have led to all the bad news we see and hear of in the world and around us. God like any loving parent seeing his children stuck sent Jesus on a rescue mission. With the events of holy week and Easter the rescue is effected. Jesus the sinless son of God, having lived a perfect human life offers himself to pay the price for everyone when he dies on the cross. It’s like God paying a huge fine so that we don’t have to. But death was not the end of the story, three days later Jesus was raised to life again and now offers new life to anyone who wants to receive it by putting their trust in him and following in his way. The even better news is that this life in God’s spirit goes on beyond this life into eternity. We can all know this life if we would want to, it is like swapping the barrenness of winter for the joy of spring always. This is the joy of life that Easter is all about. I hope you and yours can come to know these things and make your personal response to God’s offer. With my best wishes at Easter,

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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 Benwick Fantasy Club

Benwick in Bloom

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

Friends of Benwick Church

Benwick Scout Group

Albert Sismey 677238 John Hoffman 677878

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 Ladies Club Brenda Richards 3 High Street


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