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Volume I I Issue VII Mar/Apr 2012

Community Events

Diamond Jubilee Information Local Events Listings

Community Updates Friends of Benwick Church Friends of Benwick School The Forget-Me-Nots Photography Š Garry Clark1




wenty Twelve is well underway and the first snows have been. There have been some great photos of the village in snow, which are on the Ben Wick facebook page. The Celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are beginning to come together, and you can read all the latest on page 6, and on the Lilyholt Road website. On page 14 you can find a little more information on Turf Fen Charity, which provides funds to help those in dire need.

Adam Keppel-Garner

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Local Trades Diamond Jubilee News The Number 101 Local Events The Benwick Butterflies Turf Fen Charity Benwick School Dates Benwick Church News ‘Ritings from the Rectory Forget-me-Nots Friends of Benwick School Ask Sara WI 2012 Programme Village Contacts Volume I I Issue VII Mar/Apr 2012

Community Events

Diamond Jubilee Information Local Events Listings


Community Updates Friends of Benwick Church Friends of Benwick School The Forget-Me-Nots Village Hall Committee Photography © Garry Clark1

The photograph used for the cover was taken by Garry Clark. He’s taken a number of other great shots, which can be seen on Facebook. If you have a photo you think could look good on the cover - e-mail me.

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+ months. 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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1/2 page £12.00 Adam Keppel-Garner Full page £20.00 Hope Cottage Inside Cover - full page £25.00 1 Lilyholt Road, Benwick, PE15 0XQ Back Cover - full page £27.00 07584 057228 A listing in the local trades section is £15 per 3 year.


Local Trades & Services

Counselling Service (Chatteris based)

Accredited BACP Counsellor and Supervisor offers a Confidential Service for a wide range of issues including:

Listings are just £15 per year, which is £2.50 per edition. It includes a listing on the website too. If you run a business and would like a listing, or you Stress know someone who might - contact Anxiety Anger management me on: Builders

Ben Sealy Brickwork & Groundworks 01354 692459 Mob: 07809 767194 Email:


Gill Turton – Accredited BACP Counsellor 07962 444168 / See ad on page 18

Child Related Alcohol/Drug Depression

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Driving Instructors

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Electricians & Property Maintenance Future Proof Electrics LTD 01354 742888 / 07760 626832



Gardening Services

Louise’s Garden Services 07837 339 887 / 01354 742 558

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Landscape Gardeners

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee


ueen Elizabeth celebrates her 60th year on the throne in June and this will be celebrated across the four day weekend in Benwick. The Parish Council have been awarded ÂŁ1000 to help celebrate, and have formed a sub-committee with the village groups. The committee have begun to organise a schedule of events, competitions, parties, decorations and entertainment spanning the Bank Holiday weekend (2nd-5th June). Full details for all events, and additional information and forms can be found

on the Lilyholt Road website. Disco/Dance Party in Village Hall It is intended this will be a free event for all residents of Benwick. A small charge of ÂŁ5 per head may be made in order for you to secure tickets and aid the organisers calculate attendance. The intention is that the majority (or all) of this charge will be reimbursed in bar vouchers or cash on arrival. A licensed bar will be available and tickets will be allocated first come first serve to Benwick Residents, however dependent upon numbers tickets may also be available for friends or rela-


tives from outside the village. Tickets for non-Benwick residents are not subject to reimbursement. Human Powered Kart Race This is an opportunity for everyone to build (or buy) and race box carts (4 wheels min) which are either human push powered or peddled along the High Street. Teams will include up to 3 members and races will be held as time trials or open races. Entry to the event is free. Medals and Trophies will be awarded and the Scouts will be helping with the organisation and running of the event. Diamond Jubilee Street Party The main celebratory event, with tables and chairs laid out down the High Street. Bring your own picnic food for an afternoon party. A Hog Roast will be available as well as a “cup-cake mountain” provided by volunteers. Other entertainment will include music, a bouncy castle and treasure hunt (for children), Games, Candy Floss and Face Painting (TBC) - all completely free. A “Royalty through the Ages” fancy dress competition will also be held for both Adults and Children - with judging in the afternoon. The winners of other competitions will also be announced. 8

It’s a Royal Knockout The traditional Benwick It’s a Knockout competition with a Royal Theme. To be held on the school playing field (primarily for children). With Diamond Jubilee medals and trophies awarded. More Information For more information on the compeitions please contact the named contacts (see page 6). If you would like to volunteer to help or have any general questions contact Tony Richardson 677856 Benwick Jubilee Online A new section of the Lilyholt Road website has been launched. For more information on the days events, registration forms for the Kart Race and design ideas for the karts visit:

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Local Events March

What: Butterflies Car Boot When: 4th 9am-12 Where: School Playground Entrance fee is 50p for adults. Tea and Coffee, Burgers and Hot Dogs are avaliable. Pitches and Stalls avaliable for £6.00. Call Jenny on 677848. What: Village Hall Tombola When: 9th 7:30 pm Where: Benwick Village Hall

What: FOBC Quiz Night When: 10th Where Benwick Village Hall For more info, call John Hoffman on 677878

April What: FOBS Bring and Buy Plant Sale When: 20th Where Benwick School Bring your own plants and purchase some new ones.

Doddington PPG


ur next open meeting is on Thursday 1st March at 6.30 at the Doddington Medical Centre. All patients registered with the practice are welcome to attend! Don’t forget how important fundraising is. As previously advised, we will be holding another Murder Mystery evening on Friday 30th March at Doddington Village Hall. We welcome tables of 4 or 6 and tickets are only £5 each including a fantastic evening of entertainment and some nibbles. For tickets please contact myself on 078 678 05785 or Doreen on 658910. 10

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The Benwick Butterflies


enwick Butterflies seems to be going from strength to strength with a massive rise of children in the village we have added extra sessions to the pre-school and Baby and Todler Group. We are hosting a ‘Car boot’ in the school playground on Sunday 4th March, 9am – 12pm. We are hoping the event will be popular, and will attract people from surrounding villages. If you would be interested in a pitch please contact Katie on 01354 677050. We are also hoping to co-host a Race Night along with Friends of Benwick School at the Five Alls – Date and time to be confirmed so please look out for

posters etc over the next couple of weeks. If you would be interested in visiting the setting or would like to put your child(ren) on the waiting list please contact Kelly, Mandy or Denise on 01354 677733. You can also contact staff or committee by email: You can keep up to date with the Butterflies on facebook: and on

New Pre-school Opening Times Monday, Thursday and Friday 9am – 12pm Tuesday and Wednesday 9am – 3pm New Baby & Toddler Group Opening Times Monday – 1.30pm – 3pm Self Selection Play Thursday – 1.30pm – 3pm Messy Play Session Messy Play Schedule 23rd February – Paint Bubble Landing & Spray Away Paints. 8th March – Decorating Animal Masks & Playground Chalk Drawings. 15th March – Making Hand Held Windmills & Gloop. 22nd March – Magic Wet & Stick Noodles. 29th March – Scratch Art Easter Eggs & Decorating Ester Baskets. Holiday Club Opening Times Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th March 8am – 5.30pm Monday 2nd – Friday 13th April 8am – 5.30pm For a full activities list Please contact Jenny on 01354 677848. 12

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Benwick School Dates


he School would like to remind everyone of some of the important dates over the coming Months. March 1 - World Book Day 6/7 - Parents Evening 8 - Girls 5-a-side Football Tournament 9 - Year 5 Safety Zone Visit 15 - Whole School and Class Photos 19 - Bikeability for Year 5 + 6 (over 10s only) 22 - Bring Mum to School Afternoon 23 - Sport Relief 27 - 8-a-Side Football Tournament 29 - Schools Make Music Concert at Cromwell CC 30 - Last Day of Term

April 17 - First day back to school May 7 - School Closed June 1 - School Closed 4-8 Half Term 25 - Sports Day July 10 - KS 2 Performance 1:30pm 11 - KS 2 Performance 7:00pm 20 - Last Day of School Year 23 - Teacher Training Day Remember - the school collecti Sainsbury Vouchers, Petits Filous Tops, Nestle Box Tops, Ladybird book tokens from the Mirror and Tesco Vouchers.


Friends of Benwick Church


he building work continues with steelwork now taking shape. As expected there have been a few issues over the last 2 months which we have now resolved. The base is in place which because of some unexpected foundation detail which was under the old path has changed a tad ( and increased the cost somewhat ) but we are now back on track. Weather permitting steelwork should be completed and brickwork commenced by the time this bugle is published – but as already shown with this project we perhaps should expect the unexpected. The internal work we understand is still on to commence March 12th which as reported last month means the hall will be out of use until the end of May. The village hall committee has been in touch with all users but if there are any questions in this regard please contact Pat or any other village hall committee member.

the event next year so please look out for details. The quiz date has been amended to March 10th so please give me a call to book your team in. The current champs I know are very keen to show there form again, however I understand Doddington will be sending a strong team again. It would be great to see some new teams, come on Benwick we don’t want the title going out the village. Finally I just say a quick thank you to all this who have helped with any of our events past and future and everyone who attended and supported the fundraising. I will update you further on the building in the next bugle.

This year’s Burns night celebration which was run in conjunction with the village hall committee went very well, a good time was had by all with the added dimension of the line dancers and Ernie’s new songs the evening was a great success. Many thanks to all who helped on the evening. The Village Hall committee will be running 16

John Hoffman

Friends of Benwick Church

‘Riting’s from the Rectory Like most boys I enjoy my toys and was pleased to get a new one for Christmas. I had a new camera and though it was not hugely expensive it was a next step up from my previous basic level digital one which I found a bit disappointing in terms of pictures it or I produced. I have been busily snapping everything in sight and by the law of averages at least some of the pictures to my untrained eye have turned out rather well. I discovered that my laptop came with a free 30 day trial of a famous image editing programme that has the potential to do amazing things with digital images. I say the potential because, of course, I don’t know how to use it. I found a guide that contained some example projects with step by step instructions and set off on my little adventure to produce a silhou-

ette of a landmark picture and then add an amazing sunset and sky behind it. I guess this must be how the tourist boards produce those evocative images in their holiday brochures. Having employed the magic wand tool (they really call it that) etc. after quite a bit of trial and mostly error I eventually completed the project and produced an image that is unique and I am very pleased with. I emailed it to some family members to see what they thought and my son replied “The results are very good – seems like cheating though!” So what can we make of an image today? The New Testament says that “Jesus is the image of the invisible God” Colossians 1:15 and Jesus Himself told His follower Philip who wanted to see God that “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father”. John 14:8-9 so if you want to see a true image of what God is like look at Jesus, read a Gospel and see God for yourself. Now that really is a project worth doing and you won’t need a magic wand.

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Benwick Forget-me-Nots


he March meeting is on Thursday 1st, in the village hall; with a speaker from Oaskhouse foods. The competition is an item beginning with the letter G. Due to the village hall being closed, April’s meeting will be held in the School Mobile; where we will be having a beetle drive. The competition is any item beginning with H.

a Birthday Party because of the Hall closure. Instead there will be a Party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Thursday 7th June. If you are interested in joining the Forget-me-Nots or would like more information please give any of us a call.

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ince the last edition of the Bugle, we have had a few changes to the committee. We now welcome Jenny Fell as chair and Rebecca Gore as Secretary. So far this term we have ran another coffee morning and the valentines disco. The Disco was attended by children from the school and enjoyed by all. Thank you to everyone who helped out.

would consider making a donation towards this fund. We are looking to raise about £400, any further information can be requested from Jenny Fell 677848.

Now is the time to start growing some plants for the FOBS Bring and Buy Plant Sale on April 20th. During the next term we will be selling tickets for the Easter Egg Raffle, which will be drawn on March 29th. You can view the prizes in the school foyer from March 9th. You can get a ticket directly from the school, or call Jenny (848) or Jess ( 672972).

This year FOBS has agreed to give each class within the School £250 towards a trip. Longer Term we are raising funds to decorate the school playground once it has been replaced.

The Monthly Draw continues to raise funds for FOBS. January’s winners were Brenda Baker (£100) and Tony Richardson (£20.75)

We would like to invite anyone to our committee meeting on April 16th at 7:30pm in the School Mobile; our main topic of discussion will be the summer fete. Any other ideas or offers of help will be greatfully received. We are currently looking into purchasing a keepsake for each of the children who attend Benwick School to celebrate the Queens Jubilee. We are asking anyone in our local community who has or is connected to a local business to ask whether they


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Benwick WI Programme


he 2012 programme for the WI has now been agreed.

will be planting bulbs for christmas. The October meet is on Whittlesey St. John’s Ambulance - Resusitation and simple first aid. November is the March 19th is a talk from Sarah Fowler End of Year Business with Cheese and on the History of Chocolate, while on Wine and in Dcember is the Christmas April 16th we have Hugh Beech with a party. talk on Inn Signs. More details about these events will Benwick’s own Rob Taylor takes May’s hopefully be printed in future editions meeting covering photography and in of the Bugle. June there is a Hats and Heels party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond If you would like to join the WI please Jubilee. contact Brenda Richards on 677 480. In July there is a trip to Ramsey Rural Museum, and in September they 24

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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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