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Benwick’s Bi-Monthly Community Magazine

Jan 2014

Help save the Village Sports Santa Special Success

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Unwanted Presents?

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and got the opportunity to attend the Santa Special! If you received an unwanted gift this Christmas see page 19.

EDITORIAL Editor: Adam Keppel-Garner 1 Lilyholt Road Benwick, PE15 0XQ The committee which organises 07584 057 228 the annual village sports day is in dire need of some new blood and without volunteers the event could fold. If you can help keep this fantastic event which goes back to world war II alive see page 12. There’s no Bygone Benwick this month but we will continue our look at the historic pubs of Benwick in the next edition. As ever, if you have anything to contribute to the Bugle please get in touch. The deadline for submissions for the March/April edition is 21st February.

In This Edition... Benwick Butterflies 4 Benwick Parish Council 5 News from our MP 6 Benwick Ladies Club 8 Benwick Village Hall 10 Fuel Theft Help 12 Benwick Village Sports need your help 12 Burns Night 14 Doddington PPG 16 End of the Monthly Draw 18 Unwanted presents? 19 Benwick Forget-me-nots 22 Benwick in Bloom 24 Benwick Health 26 Keep Benwick Tidy 27 Santa Special Success 27 Village Contacts 30


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BENWICK BUTTERFLIES In 2014 Benwick Butterflies will be celebrating their 40th birthday.


In preparation of holding a celebratory event during 2014 they wondered if anyone has any memorabilia of the pre-school over the past 40 years. These could be photos, news clippings of events or just personal memories you may like to share. If you have ever worked at the pre-school, been a parent helper, attended or have had children attend or helped in any way they would really like to hear from you.

If you would like to get in touch please contact the Butterflies on 677733 at the pre-school. •

In December the Parish Council submitted an application under the Cambs County Council minor highways improvements scheme to improve pedestrian safety along the High Street. The main suggestion the Parish Council are making is the creation of a Zebra crossing outside the play park.

With the work by Middle Level to upgrade the flood defences, the Parish Council had the opportunity to install new fencing along the cemetery. The new black fencing was installed before Christmas and has made the area much tidier. Fenland District Council’s Bob Ollier attended the December meeting and reported that Fenland were looking to providing update and refurbish the play park. The Parish Council favour plans to include facilities for the disabled and a picnic area.

After Emily Shepperson won a Christmas tree for the village in 2011 the Parish Council have funded a tree which was erected early December by the councillors.

At the January meeting the Parish Council will be discussing plans for the commemoration of World War One and it is also the meeting where the Council will agree the precept. •



NEWS FROM OUR MP by Stephen Barclay Well done to all at Benwick School who raised over £400 through an after school book fair. The funds will be used for extra books for the classrooms and the school library. A good book can inspire many a mind as Dickens knew, and it was great to celebrate Christmas with Benwick’s annual Dickensian market in November. Thank you to the Benwick Residents Association and all the volunteers who helped to transform the village into a Victorian street scene, complete with stalls and the Manea Silver Band, appropriately dressed in costume. Now, from books to bait, we turn to the East Midland Winter League practice match which took plaice in December with former World Champion Bob Nudd producing a net of fish from the River Nene at Benwick weighing 13lb 8oz. Congratulations to Bob and all who took part.

series of dawn raids in March and the surrounding areas as part of a multi-agency operation codenamed Operation Endeavour. It is important that this success is followed up with further police investigation to protect both vulnerable migrants and local residents from the criminality of illegal gangmasters. We have also had positive news that the A14 improvements will now go ahead without any toll, and that the College of West Anglia will receive £5 million of government investment. It shows lobbying for our area can bring results. On the subject of lobbying, I was recently awarded a debate in Parliament on sports funding in rural communities, having established that North East Cambridgeshire is not receiving a fair share of the government sports allocation. If you are planning a bid for sports funding for a local club please get in touch.

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BENWICK LADIES CLUB by Brenda Richards The Benwick Ladies Club have just finished off a successful year with their Christmas party. We all enjoyed a variety of nibbles and drink brought along by members and visitors. Our meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month from 7.309.30 in the Church room of the Village Hall and all ladies are welcome. The fees are £25 for a years membership, but monthly visitors can pay on the night. The charge is then £3 or £3.50 when there is catering provided for that evening.

by a drink in Warboys. In May (19th) speaker Doreen Reed will be present poems and tales of everyday life whilst in June (16th) we have a garden party where Carl Gobie will be showing us all how to make cocktails. Our July meeting is on the 21st and still to be confirmed but we do not meet in August. In September (15th) we have a talk on the Air Ambulance and on October 20th Paul Howe is presenting a talk on Auctioneering, dealers and valuations! Our November 17th meeting is on the history of the John Lewis Partnership.•

We have a fantastically varied programme for 2014 with a great assortment of monthly meetings. Our January meeting (20th) is enrolment and the selection of officers for the club following by a social. In February (17th) we have a meal out at a local restaurant whilst in March (17th) the group have a talk on the history and establishment of Fenland Radio. April’s meeting is on the 28th due to Easter and is a visit to Wistow Woods to see the bluebells followed 8

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BENWICK VILLAGE HALL by Pat Tickner As trustees we now have a greater need for fundraising so as to keep the hall in a good condition thus going forward for the good of the whole village, all its users, and to enable extensive events, groups, etc. to develop to give Benwick people a social centre. The main hall is available for hire for parties, events, receptions whilst the church room is also available for christenings and funerals but not weddings at the moment. For any bookings just contact me for full costs and times available. Events that are coming up in the near future include a Tombola night every third month of the year, the next one scheduled for Friday 11th April and also a St.George’s evening date to be arranged. In the church room there is a morning service every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month For all church room events keep your eyes on the church front door notice board and for main hall events on the notice board by the main front doors. 10

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all of the committee for their hard work and assistance during the year. I do hope you enjoy our efforts to celebrate Burn’s Night, it is such a pleasure to meet new people and chat with old friends. Without your support in attending our events they would not happen so our thanks to all of you as well. •

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FUEL THEFT VICTIM HELP If you or anyone you know has been a victim of fuel theft and this has been reported to the police you may be able to get financial assistance to replace the oil. Those on low incomes who do not have the means to pay for replacement oil may contact Isabel Edgington at Fenland District Council who have the ability to refer to Cambridge Community Foundation who for a limited time have a small fund to help with emergency fuel payments. You can contact Isabel on 654 321 or •


SPORTS? by Mark Tyler An important AGM is taking place on Sunday February 2nd at 7:30pm in the sideroom of the Village Hall. Why is this important? The committee has seen a number of stalwarts disappear over the years but we are now in the situation that if no new members of the community join the committee it will fold. This will mean that the annual Village Sports Day will cease - there will be no event in 2014 or any year after that, meaning the end of a tradition stretching back many decades. What do I need to do? Turn up on the night and volunteer - the more people we have the more likely we can save the event.•


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Brian Howlett, Baden Powell, George Edwards, Bill Thacker, Eric Clifton, Tom Nutt Tom Elderkin, Cliff Hicks, Harold Buttress, Ted Beart and Sid Townsend The people who started the Benwick Children’s Sports Day during World War II photographed preparing the free tea for the Sports Day!

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BURNS NIGHT This year the Burn’s night supper is again being organised by the Village Hall Trustees and is due to be held on Saturday 25th January 2014, the actual date of Burn’s birth. Tickets are available at a cost of £10 which includes the meal of Haggis or sausages, ‘neeps and tatties’ or mashed potatoes and mashed swede. There will also be a dessert, a tot of whiskey to toast the haggis and a further decanter of whiskey on each table. Please bring your own cutlery and any other drinks


you might prefer on the night. A Scots piper will lead in the Haggis and the address to the Haggis will be performed before the meal. Tom Kennedy will be the entertainer this year and there will be music for dancing to as well. The trustees have a few games and a raffle planned too! Names must be with the trustees before the 20th January 2014 so that we know the numbers we have to cater for but please get your names in early as this is the most popular event of the year and gets booked up quite early and numbers are limited. •

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by Jill Tuck ers throughout the year that will be The AGM was held on November 28th where appreciation for all the hard work carried out by the committee was expressed and in particular for Grant Barlow who stood down as Chairman. A presentation was made from the Chief Executive of the new 111 service a further presentation from Assistive Technology & Telecare was extremely well received – it is amazing how many items are

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MONTHLY DRAW by Neil & Teresa Goulding Since we took over the running of the Monthly Draw (100 club) in July 2007, there have been 74 winners of the £100 first prize and including other prizes a total of over £10,000 has been paid out. Importantly, the Draw has provided over £3,500 in this time to FOBS (Friends of Benwick School), which has all been used to enhance the children’s educational experience, often by funding things that would not be provided by the school budget. Sadly, over the last year, the number of members has declined and the deficit has not been made good by new members despite a number of attempts by FOBS to advertise the Draw and enlist new members. We would like to thank everyone in the village (and elsewhere!) who has taken part in the Monthly Draw and supported this worthwhile cause and would like to make special mention of all our collectors (past and present). Without all of you none of this would have been possible. 18

The final draws were made last week for the months of August and September (winners Mrs B Howard and D Daly, who each received £100). We will be in touch in the New Year with those of you who have paid in advance for October and beyond to return any money due to you. Whilst it is a shame to see the Monthly Draw come to an end, we believe that as a village we should be proud of what we have helped to achieve for the schoolchildren of Benwick over the past several years. Thankyou once again. • ZOE JOLLEY D.Pod.M M.Ch.S HPC Registered PODIATRIST/CHIROPODIST

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UNWANTED PRESENTS? Did you get anything for Christmas that you wish you hadn’t? Maybe it was some slippers that don’t fit, a soap set you really don’t need or a scarf you can’t stand.

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The Benwick Residents Association welcome the donation of unwanted gifts which can be recycled at the tombola held at the Dickensian Market. Donating your unwanted gift to this helps fund the event which has become a highlight of Benwick’s


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Marie Andrew, Tarina Louch, Kathleen Green, Yvonne Baker, Dennis Clarke and Ernie Fountain for their help during the year and in return members gave the officers (pictured below) bouquets of flowers and chocolates. Olive Setchfield received a flower arrangement from the club for her 90th Birthday. There is no meeting in January, therefore the first meeting in the New Year will be on Thursday 6th February when there will be a speaker from the NHS. The competition will be any item beginning with the letter T. Members old and new and visitors will all be welcome. The annual subscription is ÂŁ6 and will be due that evening. Over the age of 55 and interested? Please call Janet on 677228.

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lupin, mixed irises, lavender, and many more, some of which many residents are growing for us so hopefully we will have a good show especially as it will be mirrored so both sides will look the same. The St.Marys Cemetery is now being tidied up, and we shall be planting in the footprint of the old church blue and white cornflowers with flanders poppies which will look amazing then adding a Victorian flavour with a scattering of Ferns and white Roses, also adding forget-me-nots, bluebells and snow drops. The winner of our Christmas hamper was Natalie Jolly of Benwick. We would like to thank the following for their generous support and donations in 2013: Janet Fountain & Adam Keppel-Garner who donated £50, Brenda Richards and Liz Edgell who both donated seeds and Mr Petty who is growing seeds for us. Further thanks to Rod Glen, Doddington Garden Centre and the manager of March Sainsbury for donating plants and finally to the Fenland Crematorium for their donation of £100. Finally thanks to all residents who are growing and donating plants.•

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One of the most frequently asked questions within our clinic is “what is the difference between Osteopathy and Physiotherapy?” so for our first article of 2014 we thought we would explain. Firstly, let us emphasise that each approach is equally valid and effective but the success depends on what is right for your body and mind. Both are classified as manual therapists but the philosophy of osteopaths is the body has the ability to heal itself provided its internal and external structures are in balance. Therefore, the osteopath will look at the balance of the whole body and treat areas that are restricted or dysfunctional. This usually involves treating not just the symptomatic area, but areas that are further away. Physiotherapists believe the body has the ability to heal itself however is struggling in the symptomatic area. Therefore, primarily the symptomatic area is addressed looking to increase the strength and mobility in that area. Ie a patient presents with knee pain the physiotherapist will mainly assess their knee, hip and ankle whilst an osteopath will assess their knee function as well as their ankle, hip, spine and pelvis.


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HELP KEEP BENWICK TIDY A local group are urging villagers to help keep Benwick tidy. The Benwick Street Pride Group of Benwick in Bloom undertook a litter pick in the village in November and collected 8 bags of rubbish. “Usually the rubbish consists primarily of sweet wrappers and cans” said Jill Hindle, chairman of Beniwck in Bloom. “however this time there were an unusual amount of condoms and pre-packed dog mess which ran from Doddington Road up along the High Street” Jill continued The group believe the condoms are most likely discarded by children as a prank and ask parents to discourage the behaviour. The dogmess however appears to be discarded by residents who have got cleaning up after their dog only half right and are reminded to dispose of the waste in the bins located throughout the village.•

SANTA SPECIAL SUCCESS The Santa Special was held in Benwick for the second year on December 22nd. This year the event saw a funfair, Elvis tribute, Micky and Minnie Mouse and other characters visit the village. A Hog Roast, burgers and beef rolls staved off hunger and there was a plentiful supply of hot drinks to keep everyone warm. Children were spoilt for choice with the teacup, chairoplanes and a mini-carousel as well as being given gifts by Father Christmas and candyfloss. Teenagers enjoyed the Ferris Wheel and Side Stalls. The event organisers would like to thank everyone who gave generous donations and all the people to helped out on the night. The event was well attended and funded through fundraising, donations and contributions from local haulage firms. The winners of the raffle were 1st white 159, 2nd green 57, 3rd white 337, 4th green 39 and 5th green 67. If you are a winner contact Lisa Cowling on 677 665.•




VILLAGE CONTACTS Benwick Parish Council Clerk: Jacquie Richardson 677 856 benwickparishcouncil. Benwick Village Hall & Benwick Residents Association Patricia Tickner 677279 Benwick in Bloom Jill Hindle 677141 Benwick Scout Group Rod Glen 677799 The Forget-Me-Nots Janet Fountain


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