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Benwick’s Bi-Monthly Community Magazine

Nov 2013

Bygone Benwick: The White Hart

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MP Steven Barclay’s new column

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BIB awarded Silver!

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Firstly I would like to congratulate John and June Moore on their Diamond wedding Editor: anniversary they have lived in the Adam Keppel-Garner village all their married life and 1 Lilyholt Road Diamond anniversary is Benwick, PE15 0XQ something to celebrate. I would also pass my condolences to mail@benwickbugle.co.uk the family of Betty Bedford who 07584 057 228 passed away at the end of August, she was a lovely lady and it is truly sad that she will no longer be seen about the village.

EDITORIAL

In this edition Mark Tyler is appealing for new school governors, whilst the scouts are appealing for Explorer leaders. If you have some time to give to the community these are two extremely rewarding roles.

In This Edition... Benwick Youth Bus 5 Benwick’s Diamond Couple 6 Benwick Scout Update 8 Remembrance Sunday 9 Benwick Dickensian Market 10 Become a School Governor 12 Bygone Benwick: The White Hart 14 Bugle Archive 16 Doddington PPG 16 News from our MP 18 Benwick in Bloom celebrate Silver 22 Benwick Parish Council 24 Village Events 24 Benwick Forget-me-Nots 27 Benwick Health 28 Benwick Ladies Club 30 Bye Bye Beard 34 Benwick Police Report 37

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YOUTH BUS The Connections Youth Bus which visits Benwick every Friday from 4-5:45pm outside the school has been given the additional funding needed to continue until the beginning of April 2014. The youth bus has proved to be a popular venue for young people where they can meet in a safe friendly environment and have the opportunity to talk with youth workers about issues they may be facing.

It is open to anyone of secondary school age and is free to attend. Activities include: games consoles, tuck shop, crafts, sports, internet access, music and much more. The service is provided by the charity Connections Bus Project and funded by Cambridgeshire County Council, BBC Children in Need, Roddon Housing Association and other smaller grant making trusts until April 2014. From then, the Parish Council have the option to pay a subsidised fee for the continuation of the service.•

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DIAMOND COUPLE A Benwick couple celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary in September. John and June Moore married in Chatteris Church on September 12th 1953 and have lived in Benwick all their married life. The couple, who are both 82, knew each other whilst at March Grammar and High Schools. John was born in the village and their working life was spent farming close by. Since retiring they have enjoyed gardening, playing bowls and spending time with their two children and three grandchildren. •

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BENWICK SCOUT UPDATE by Rod Glen The Scouts and Cubs had a visit to the studio of Fenland Radio, where they learned about how a radio broadcast is put together. Over the next few weeks they will be working to put together their own radion broadcast which will be transmitted in November. They have also had a session of rock climbing at Mepal Outdoor Centre which built their confidence when

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they discovered that they could really do it. We even invested one Scout into the troop as she hung there in climbing harness = one of the more unusual places I have invested Scouts. In November we will be going SCUBA diving at Whittlesey pool. The Beaver colony goes from strength to strength. We now have 16 Beavers regularly attending. Recent activities have included a drama night and how to recognise dangers in the home. Future meetings will include making their own “lava lamp� and slime.

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For some time now we have been trying unsuccessfully to recruit adults to take on the roles of Group Chairman and Group Treasurer. With these positions unfilled we have not been complying with the requirements of the Charities Act. To make us compliant with the law, we have decided to form a joint management committee with the 2nd Chatteris Group to oversee the operation and finances of both groups. This is not a merger. There is no intention of young people from Benwick being required to travel to Chatteris for the normal meetings, nor vice versa. We do expect that there will be more joint activities, but the normal meetings will continue as they are. I will become Group Scout Leader of both groups, Simon Archer from Chatteris will be Assistant Group Scout Leader, Helen Briars has agreed to be Group Secretary for both groups, and the Group Treasurer is James Hunt. Carol Frances (of Fenland Radio) has agreed to take on the role of Group Chairman. At the moment there is no active Explorer unit in the area. This means there is little provision for 15 – 18 year olds to do the more adventurous activities that

Scouting can provide. Young people who reach the upper age limit either have to travel to March or leave Scouting entirely. We have permission to set an Explorer unit up, if we can find adults to run it. If you would like to make a real contribution to village life by volunteering for this role, please get in touch with me. •

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY This year’s Remembrance service will be held on Sunday 10th November at ten o’clock in the church room or the main room of the Village Hall (whichever is big enough for the congregation).

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DICKENSIAN MARKET

The Benwick Dickensian Market returns for the sixth year on November 16th.

Organised by the Benwick Residents Association members Lyn KeppelSpoor, Pat Tickner, Joyce Webster and Richard Emmitt the market is the highlight of the Benwick events calendar. Join us from 12 till dark for great stalls, hog roast and live entertainment. • www.benwickbugle.co.uk 10


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BECOME A

GOVERNOR? by Mark Tyler The Governing Body of Benwick Primary School is currently looking for new recruits as we currently have four vacancies to fill. I first considered being a Governor back in 2005 when my eldest daughter was in Year 1 and when the next vacancy for a Parent Governor came up, I applied and was appointed. I have been a Governor ever since, now both at Benwick and Abbey College, Ramsey. I was keen to be involved in a committed team that was focussing on the development of children from naïve individuals to independent adult members of our community. Although I was concerned that I didn’t have any particular skills in the field of education, it soon became apparent that what I needed was understanding, common sense and determination those attributes we all try and use in our home and work environments.

time it needed, given that I have a full-time job too, but we only have two meetings per half-term and I am still able to go into school occasionally and observe how the plans that have been made to improve the school are progressing, so that I can report back to the rest of the Governing Body and we can evaluate the impact we are having. I would certainly agree that we are all having to work harder because there are few of us, and am worried that when Ofsted come to inspect they may see the school as underachieving because we can’t do all those extra bits that would progress us to ‘Good’ or even ‘Outstanding!’ That would be such a shame when all the staff work so tirelessly to achieve the best, and especially as an outstanding school may tempt more families into the village.

We need members of the community who are interested in getting involved and helping the children of the village today develop into amazing independent adults of our community tomorrow. You don’t need any special skills, just enthusiasm, commitment and some time. Please contact any of us (Darren Gore, Amanda Bakewell, Steve Johns or myself) via the school office, face-to-face or by phone I was originally worried that I (677373) • wouldn’t be able to give the role the www.benwickbugle.co.uk 12


Have you ever considered becoming a

School Governor?

School governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Governors are volunteers who work with the professional staff to ensure children get the best education the school can provide. They have an involvement in all aspects of school life, and carry out their duties by reading reports, asking questions and attending meetings. Schools benefit from having governors who represent all aspects of the local community and this is where you could fit in.

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Can you spare some time? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? Are you interested in serving the local community? Do you have experience in Premises Management or ICT?

If the answer is YES then please get in touch. Training is provided by Governor Services at Cambridgeshire County Council In addition you will gain an enormous sense of satisfaction in being part of a team working to improve the educational outcomes of children. Benwick Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wefare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If you are interested and would like more information please either see the Governor section of the school website (www.benwickprimaryschool.co.uk) alternatively contact Mrs Mary Tyler, Clerk to the Governors via the school office

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BYGONE

BENWICK The White Hart was located just a few doors down from The Bell. It was described by Florence Sismey in her memoirs as “a much more modern house with a large yard and thatched barn”. The yard was let to showman or travelling stall holders who would sell pots, pans and other household items. At one point a visiting bioscope (early cinema style show) visited and Florence wrote that “it was a very jerky, blotchy screen and one of the pictures

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shown was a Western with wild Red Indians!” The White Hart was run by the Bedford family for many years. The first recorded landlady was 28 year old Eliza Bedford whose husband John was a butcher and farmer but by 1861 John was listed as the publican and he remained so until at least 1883. In 1891 his 50 year old son who had lived at the pub all his live, Cook Bedford was the landlord and in 1901 Cook’s son John had taken over. In the 20th century the White Hart was run by Mrs Denton and then my Arthur and Amy Edwards. •

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BUGLE ARCHIVE The Benwick Bugle first hit the homes of Benwick in September 2006. It was established by River Close resident Jane Levicki who ran the Bugle from its inception until 2011 when she handed it over to me. Originally published quarterly before going bi-monthly in December 2007. Inside the first edition were articles on the planned new church (which then was a timber framed design), as well as news from Benwick Athletic Football Club amongst other useful information. You can now read Voume One of the Benwick Bugle “The Levicki Years” on the new Benwick Bugle website. A big thank you to Jane for sorting the past editions out for me and of course for establishing the Benwick Bugle in the first place. •

DODDINGTON PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP by Grant Barlow Our AGM this year is on Thursday 28th November at the Church Rooms, New Street, Doddington (Just opposite the Post Office) starting at 6.30pm We have a Guest Speaker from “Assistive Technology and Telehealthcare” – they provide a range of devices to support people and their carers to address challenges to everyday living in their homes across Cambridgeshire. There are leaflets about this service at the surgeries but we thought a presentation from them would be very informative. At the time of writing, we will also have someone coming to talk about the proposed 111 Service – this could affect you so why not come along and hear their proposals. And don’t forget our Christmas Tombola evening on Tuesday 3rd December at the Recreation Pavilion, Benwick Road, Doddington – doors open at 7.30 - please come and join us and have some fun. •

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NEWS FROM OUR MP by Stephen Barclay I am extremely pleased to hear that plans to upgrade the village flood defences are going well. The Nene Parade footpath has now opened, and work on additional railings around the footpath and cemetery is expected to be completed by Christmas. As well as being vital to the wellbeing of the area, the flood defences are also a welcome improvement to its appearance, and I would like to congratulate Middle Level Commissioners and Benwick Parish Council for all of their hard work. Plans for the 2014 Circuit of the Fens cycle race, which will run through Benwick, are progressing. I’m sure that the event will be just as much of a success as it was this year. Continuing with the riding theme Benwick’s first charity horse ride, held in September in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, was a great success, raising more than £500. Well done to all involved, especially the Ramsey Young Farmers who acted as stewards. 18

Researchers from the University of Lincoln and Glasgow Caledonian University are collecting information on the walking and sitting time of people aged 65 or over living in Cambridgeshire. Using a small specialised activity monitor similar to a pedometer, we can tell you about your activity patterns without interfering with your daily life. Should you wish, we can also send you a profile of your activity. If you want to be involved or know more information please contact Thomas Devine. Telephone: 01522 835488 E-mail: tdevine@lincoln.ac.uk

This summer I launched my campaign to encourage councils to make use of enforcement powers to clear up derelict and abandoned buildings in and around Fenland. I have been petitioning decision makers in Fenland and across the county to keep up to date registers of dilapidated or derelict buildings that are blighting town centres and to use the powers available to them to fine landlords who fail to act.

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IN BLOOM CELEBRATE SILVER The Benwick in Bloom group are one of the newest community groups in the village which first formed in August 2012. The brainchild of Jill Hindle the group’s aim is to improve and enhance our lovely rural village BIB member Pat Cuthbert told the Benwick Bugle. “We joined Fenland Street Pride and with the funds allocated have increased the number and painted and planted them up, Skeifs Row corner was cleared and planted and alongside F.D.C. parks division two borders fronting the play park were planted.” Pat continued. Jill Hindle, chairman of BIB added “we were spurred on by the praise and good wishes of local residents and entered the Anglia in Bloom competition.”

The tubs and beds were replanted with summer bedding ready for the judging in July. The group travelled down to St Albans for the awards ceremony in early September where they were presented with a Silver award. The group collected even more awards as part of the Fenland Street Pride awards for making Fenland Safer, Greener and Cleaner plus Best Youth Project to Benwick Primary School for their Memorial Garden, which the group were particularly delighted with having worked closely with the pupils and teachers of the school gardening club. Jill continued “2013 has indeed been a labour of love. We were greatly encouraged by the addition of a new member to the team in August and local residents in White Hart Drive beginning their own project plus Fields View looking at ideas.”

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The group’s biggest challenge has been realising their goals with such a small team but Jill and Pat would like to thank all the group’s well wishes for the continued encouragement and a huge vote of thanks to all those who helped with maintenance of the tubs. The group welcome donations of hardy perennials and wildflowers. Pat promised the Bugle that the village won’t be disappointed with their plans for 2014. These include work leveling the churchyard of St.

Mary and creating a wildflower garden, adding wildflower areas to the village and continuing to work with the school gardening club. 2014 will also see the group enlarging the sizes of the flower beds and making more use of sustainable perennials as well as looking at creating a feature down Lilyholt Road. To find out more about Benwick in Bloom or to get involved contact Jill on 677 141 or Pat on 677 048. •

Bottom Left: Terry Bane and Bob Ollier of Anglia in Bloom with Jill Hindle. Top Right: Valerie Gobie and Tracy Phillips Above: Two Anglia in Bloom judges with Valerie Gobie and Jill Hindle (centre)

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BENWICK PARISH COUNCIL At the August Parish Council meeting Bob Ollier of Fenland District Council reported that there have been budget cuts to the Fenland DC budget for play equipment. The Parish Council discussed the future of the play park and suggested that a new roundabout could be installed in the currently empty space.Mr Ollier suggested that there was also space for MUGA (multi-use-games-area). Cllrs Richardson and Chapman spent time in the summer preparing new allotment plots whilst Cllr Tickner reported that a letter from Cambs County Council confirms the Parish Council own the Pound.

VILLAGE EVENTS November

What: Dickensian Market When: 16th 12pm to dark Where: Benwick Village Hall What: Village Hall Bazaar When: 30th 2pm-4pm Where: Benwick Village Hall

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What: Tombola When: 6th 7pm Where: Chatteris Working Mens Club More information on page 4 What: Village Hall Quiz night When: 7th 7:30pm Where: Benwick Village Hall Quiz night with ploughmans supper. £5 per person. Let me know about your events mail@benwickbugle.co.uk

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FORGET-ME-NOTS by Janet Fountain The Mystery tour was to Foxton Locks near Market Harborough where we saw several long boats going through a series of ten locks. The weather was kind to us so we spent the afternoon just enjoying the scenery and a cup of tea by the canal. The day ended with a pre-booked meal at Toby’s Carvery at Hampton. The September meeting was our Harvest Festival when Roy Truman conducted the service. Dennis Clarke was the auctioneer selling donated produce to raise funds for the club. A sausage supper was enjoyed by all at the October meeting. Thanks to

all the ladies who helped to prepare, cook and serve it. Entertainment was provided by William Lloyd, a young pianist from Warboys. Bingo will be held on Thursday 7th November. This is OPEN TO ALL and eyes down at 7.15pm. Good Prizes. Thursday, 5th December will be our Christmas party which starts at 6pm. The four course meal costs £12.50 for members and £15 for non members. Mike Gee, a singer and comedian will entertain us. There is no meeting in January therefore the first meeting in the New Year will be on Thursday, 6th February. when members old and new and visitors will all be welcome. Over the age of 55 and interested? Please call Janet on 677228. .•

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Welcome to the final article of 2013! In the next 5 minutes we hope to give you the information necessary to differentiate between two common types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. They are commonly confused but once you know the difference, it will be hard to get confused again! Rheumatoid arthritis is a process that commonly affects the hands and feet. It usually presents between 30-40 years of age and will affect multiple joints at a time. The condition occurs due to a malfunction in the body’s immune system which causes them to attack the outer lining of our joints. As the tear glands, salivary glands, the lining of our heart / lungs and our blood vessels are made from a similar material these too can be affected. Therefore, there maybe other symptoms such as feeling unwell, fever, headaches, irritable eyes, chest pain or breathlessness. Rheumatoid arthritis is defined as a disease process as the immune system has malfunctioned. Osteoarthritis most commonly involves the larger weight bearing joints (such as the spine, hips and knees).

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It usually presents later in life (over 50 years) and is the result of wear and tear of the joints. This process involves wearing down of the cartilage which sits within the joint space. There are no other symptoms (such as feeling unwell, breathlessness, etc) and tends to affect one joint at a time. Osteoarthritis is a progressive problem, in that it gradually creeps up on us. Initially, we see stiffness in a joint which progresses to a mild pain on use. Then it becomes a constant dull ache with pain on use before finally presenting with both day and night pain. Osteoarthritis is thus defined as an aging process as the body has not malfunctioned, it is just getting older. Osteoarthritis is in the same category as our hair turning grey! Âť

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To summarise osteoarthritis is a normal ageing process that mainly affects large weight bearing joints in a population above 50 years old, whilst rheumatoid arthritis is a disease process which predominantly affect the hands and feet in the 30-40 years old age category, easy! We wish you all a happy festive season and hope it brings happiness to all.•

BENWICK LADIES CLUB by Brenda Richards The Ladies Club had had a very enjoyable October meeting led by Carl Gobie. He brought along a variety of wines for us to evaluate using our senses. We looked, smelt and finally tasted them. (Most members having remembered to walk to the meeting.) Carl works for Sainsbury’s and had brought along their own lable wines. He was also able to point us in the right direction with choosing cheeses to accompany these wines. On November 18th our speaker will be Paul Howe talking about beekeeping and we finish off the year on December 16th with our Christmas party. At the moment we are arranging our 2014 programme which we willtell you more about in the next edition.•

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100 CLUB DRAW The winners of the 100 Club Draw in aid of the Friends of Benwick School for May June and July have been announced. May saw Mrs Crossan winning the £100 prize whilst June’s went to Sue Marshall and July’s to Katie Allen. If you would like to be in on the action and in with a chance of winning £100 then contact Teresa Goulding on 677 629. It costs just £1 per month and you can enter as many times as you like. The winners are announced in the Benwick Bugle and on the village hall noticeboard. 75% of the money collected each month is given as prize money whilst the remaining 25% goes to to the Friends of Benwick School.•

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‘RITINGS FROM THE RECTORY by Rev Kevin Fitzgibbon Where do you look for advice about things? Perhaps your family or friends, or increasingly these days we might ask Google. The internet is certainly full of all kinds of information on just about anything which can be very useful. But with all this info available to us we often hit up against another problem, the problem of experts. Unfortunately the experts on many subjects and issues don’t agree, some say ‘eat this’ and some say ‘don’t eat this’, and we can often find ourselves even more confused. Try Googling ‘Advice about life’ and up comes a very diverse set of answers. I would like to offer a better way to find seriously good advice and clear direction for life. For thousands of years millions of people have found the best way for life by reading for themselves the Life Manual that is ‘The Bible’. At her coronation The Queen was presented amidst all the gold and jewels and splendour with a copy of the bible using these words, ‘we present 32

you with this book, the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is wisdom; this is the royal law; these are the lively oracles of God.’ The Bible is composed of a library of 66 books, some are history, some law codes, some philosophy, some biography, some are wisdom, some are narrative, some are letters of instruction, some are worship songs and there is even a book of erotic love poetry. These books were written by at least 39 authors, both men and women, over a period of 1100 years from about 1000BC to 100AD from Palestine, to Corinth. The Bible is also known as ‘The Word of God ‘and is split into the ‘Old Testament’ and the ‘New Testament’. The word Testament means a covenant or an agreement, the Old Agreement is between God and the Hebrew people and was revealed to their leader Moses, the New Agreement is between God and All people and was revealed by God’s Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible then is like a Life Manual for us all revealed by God the creator of life. We might call it ‘The Makers’ Instructions. But it is also so much more. The bible itself says it is ‘God Breathed’

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(2 Timothy 3:16) to bring us Salvation and teach us the way to succeed in life. In the Gospel of St. John (one of the 4 biographies of Jesus) the writer says ‘ these things are written that you may believe that Jesus is The Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name’ (John 20:31). Jesus promise to those who receive him is Life in all its fullness that will continue forever with him. The Bible then points us to Jesus through whom we can come into a living relationship with God the Father. This is what we really all need to know in life; an ancient bible writer put it like this, ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.’

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BYE BYE BEARD

Rod Glen with his great big bushy beard.

by Rod Glen The beard is going. My magnificent beard that has been part of me for over 30 years will be shaved off - for a price. My work colleague Holly asked me how much she would need to raise for Cancer Research UK to persuade me to shave my beard off. Foolishly, I agreed to £1000 and now she’s going for it. I believe the directors and senior

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managers where I work will be asked to contribute. The trade union officers will be asking all the union members. The entire workforce is going to get emailed! Most of us either have been or will be touched by this disease in some way. I myself was treated for this 13 years ago shortly after moving into Benwick, so the cause is very close to me. If you want to contribute to this worthy cause visit tinyurl.com/ pazx4fs which takes you to the Just Giving webpage to make donations. If you prefer to give by another means please call me on 677799. •

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POLICE REPORT by PCSO Sally Mitchell Local PCSO Sally Mitchell has provided A few crimes were reported over the past two months including an unknown offender slashing and letting down 4 tyres on a car parked down Old West whilst a green Kawasaki off road motorbike has been spotted doing wheelies down the High Street. If you know the owner of the bike please call 101.

Residents of Wimblington, Stonea, Doddington and Benwick were invited to influence what the local Safer Neighbourhood Team and Fenland District Council were to adopt as their community key concern. Members of the public were invited to complete a short questionnaire, the results of which have been used to identify the community concerns and influence the multi-agency response.

Talking to residents in Fields View there has been some issues with some of the young people throwing stones from the gravelled drives around and in particular over In Benwick 23 surveys were comthe electric compound, also pleted, out of these 13 identified mentioned was that there has been issues of concern and 10 raised no concern about the younger ones issues. playing in the road, sometimes late in the evening , and not moving The main issues raised were when cars drive down. Some antisocial behaviour, identified as drivers are not being particularly drinking on green spaces, children careful about the speed they enter throwing stones and playing in the and exit the road – I have contacted road/ speeding/ dog fouling and the letting agents for this road and littering. As a result the key they will be sending out letters to concerns the police will be the residents to advise of the focusing on is antisocial concerns and issues and I will behaviour and speeding. Fenland continue to patrol and liaise with the District Council will be the lead on letting agents direct. dog fouling and littering. • www.benwickbugle.co.uk 37


VILLAGE CONTACTS Benwick Parish Council Clerk: Jacquie Richardson 677 856 benwickparishcouncil. clerk@gmail.com Benwick Village Hall & Benwick Residents Association Patricia Tickner 677279 patricia.tickner@yahoo.co.uk Benwick in Bloom Jill Hindle 677141 benwickinbloom@aol.com Benwick Scout Group Rod Glen 677799 www.1stbenwickscouts.co.uk The Forget-Me-Nots Janet Fountain

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Benwick Tang Soo Do Beverley Angel 672804

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Benwick Butterflies Preschool Children’s Centre, High Street 677733 Jenny Fell: 677848 benwickbutterflies@hotmail. com Toddler Group Kirsty Thompson 07818 509 027 Benwick Fantasy Club Philip & Robert Taylor 677763 www.warhammer-dungeondragons.zoomshare.com Friends of Benwick Church Albert Sismey John Hoffman

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