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SPRING ARRIVED! by Susanne Nichols Dear Benwickians, It looks like spring brings many of us more energy, and we are all busy mowing our lawns, admiring bright flower arrangements, happily planting away in our own gardens, and generally there seems to be a bit of a buzz around. Welcome, Spring! But whilst most of us are just generally a bit more energetic, some go the extra mile and do something special. I would like to introduce you to someone who is going to do his first ever 50 mile bike ride, in order to support the Alzheimer’s Society. You can read more about Colin Smith and his story on page 25. Please help him in cheering and, if you can, donate as much as you can afford.

CONTENT Visit Nettetal in Germany 4 EU Referendum - registration 4 Village Shop 5 Writing Events in March 5 Tour of Cambridgeshire 6 New Fish & Chips van in town 7 Benwick Ladies Club 9 Benwick Forget-me-Nots 10 Church Service 11 Benwick in Bloom 12 Front Garden Competition 13 Benwick School 14 St Mary’s Churchyard 16 Flutterbies Childcare 19-20 Village Hall Events 22 Village Hall How to book 23 Parish Council 23 Benwick Man takes up challenge 25 Clothes bins for Salvation Army 25 Scouts Groups News 26-27 Doddington Medical Centre 27 Superfast Broadband here 29 Otto’s Column 29 Village Contacts 30

If you support any charity, or know of somebody, who does, please get in contact with us. People can only support you if they know about you... PS: Please take notice of all the local advertising in the Bugle. The companies make our Bugle production possible, please consider them in your next purchase decision and don’t forget to mention you read their ad in the Bugle. The small print. Editor: Susanne Nichols, Doddington Road, Benwick, PE15 0UT, phone 07946 569468, mail@benwickbugle.co.uk, www.benwickbugle.co.uk. The Bugle is an independent magazine and does not endorse the products or services that appear in the magazine. Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the editor.





Did you know, that the Fenland Twinning Association delivers twinning services for the Council, currently supporting the Council’s international link to Nettetal, Germany?

23. June 2016, the EU Referendum. Have a thought about what you want, and then go and vote. The deadline to register to vote is 7th June. You can register online at www. gov.uk/register-to-vote or by phone 01354 654321, or email elections@ fenland.gov.uk to request a form. You will need your NI number to hand when you register. If you feel you need more information, there is plenty of info out there, i.e. the BBC’s page http://www.bbc. co.uk/news/uk-politics-32810887. •

This year it is the quadrennial visit to Nettetal, and it is open to all, taking place from 8th to 12th September. The group will travel by coach at a very reasonable cost of £100 per adult, and £80 per student, each participant will be required to arrange their own travel insurance. Accommodation is normally by “homestay” with a family, most of whom speak good English. Cllr Mike Cornwall explains “We are really very keen to include wide participation in this exchange visit.” Booking form and more info under 01354 653 757.

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BENWICK VILLAGE WRITING EVENTS SHOP Latest News. Soon the shop fitting starts, shelving, fridges, the lot. When chatting with the owner, Mr Bharat Sisodiya, he says “I very much would like to apologise to the people of Benwick for all the delays in opening the new Village Shop. But I hope to be able to have the opening around the time of school summer holidays.” He further mentions that he is looking forward to meet all of us, and to provide a reliable and customer-oriented service. So, please, everybody, knock on wood for this timing and support your village shop! •

Interested in writing? Long ago, Jane Levicki started to publish our Benwick Bugle. She’s now in March, still in publishing, and has to offer 2 very exciting events. 1. “Prose to Print” A workshop explaining the mysteries of publishing. Sun, 19.06. 2. “Shortstory Competition” The theme of th competition is “Birds” and you can enter until 20th May. How to book and many more details about both events can be found on www. birdsnestbooks.co.uk.



DUST OFFForget-me-Nots YOUR BIKES FOR Benwick 4th & 5th of 2014 JUNE Day Trips

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Remember the dates, this is the ideal event All are openof to everyone, so to book yourisplace please call Janet on 677 228. to get active. The Tour Cambridgeshire as usual offering various different competiWednesday 21st if May tions over the 2 days. But even you don’t Wednesday 16th July Ten Pin Bowling Lowestoft want to competeStarts against the clock or your Departs Benwick at 11 am at Guyhirn at 8.30am mates, you can still do the “Short Tour” and June roads. Wednesday 20th August enjoy a great ride Wednesday out on the18th closed Bury St. Edmunds Departs Benwick at 8.30am

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Don’t forget the road closures. There will be rolling road closures on Sat Wednesday between 10th September Coronation Street Tour 10.30am-7.30pm, and on Sun between Departs Benwick at 8.30am 11.00am until 8.00pm. More about it here: alzheimersresearchuk.org/event/tour-of-cambridgeshire-2016 •


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TUESDAY NIGHT IS FISH & CHIPS NIGHT Mmmmmh, tasty! Since a few weeks Benwick is blessed with what is considered to be one of the most traditional English dinner offers ever - we got a Fish & Chips van! You can either take your dinner(s) away, but a really nice touch is that they also deliver to the pub. Lean back, enjoy a nice beverage, and be ready when your dinner arrives in front of you. Couldn’t get any better. Everything is cooked to order, which means you get nice and crispy food. There is nothing to add, the queues in front of the van say it all. People really love the food and the great service. And for non-fish-eaters - there’s pies and chickens too. Tuesdays from 5pm to 8pm in front of the Five Alls.•



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BENWICK LADIES CLUB by Brenda Richards On April 21st Lyn Morgan visited us to tell us all about Doddington Academy School in Kenya. She has been supporting this school for many years and through fund raising has been able to change so much for the children. The school now has better buildings, electricity, pumped water, better toilets and so

Our strawberry dessert evening on June 16th is always an evening to look forward to. The speaker for the evening is Claire McGinley an artist and illustrator. She will give us the opportunity for some hands on experiences. We will have our Macmillan coffee morning on September, 15th. A copy of our 2016 programme is on display on the noticeboard at the village hall. Remember, we are always open to any new visitors. Our meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of the month at a cost of £3.00. You will find us in the church room of the village hall from 7.00 - 9.00. •

much more. There is still a lot that needs doing and we hope she continues with her wonderful work. When she left us at the end of the evening the back seat of her car was piled high with our donations. Some will be sold at car boot sales to raise much needed cash and some will be taken out to Kenya. Read more about how you can help in the next Bugle. St Wendredas in March will be the venue for our May19th meeting where we will be able to view and hear about the amazing angel roof. www.benwickbugle.co.uk


FORGET-ME-NOTS by Janet Fountain The first three meetings in the New Year have been excellent. We have been entertained to a high standard on all occasions. The feedback from Eric Britt (Integrity Wills and Legal Services) at the February meeting was very good. Following that he had seven appointments in the village. In March Margaret Sparrow brought along some of her Memory Boxes. These contained many nostalgic items and brought back memories of our own childhood.

Several members have booked for the outing to Guyhirn for ten pin bowling on 27th April, followed by lunch at The Cobblestones, March. Sean Moyses, the banjo player is to be our entertainment at the birthday party on Thursday, 5th May. The original club opened it’s doors in May, 1959 so is now 57 years old and still going strong. A mystery trip has been arranged for Wednesday, 18th May departing Benwick at 9.30 am. On 2nd June Jan Munt is bringing the model of Ely Cathedral and will be telling us all about it. The competition is any item beginning with the letter M. The July meeting on the 7th is a Cheese, Wine and Quiz evening and the competition any item beginning with the letter N. If you are 55 and over, male or female you are very welcome – come and join us. The annual membership is just £6. Interested? Please call Janet on 01354 677228.

David Palmer, the well known TV auctioneer came to us in April, wearing his famous multi-coloured waistcoat. He is a freelance auctioneer and goes all around the country at all kinds of auctions and he had the members captivated with his experience and stories. 10

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CHURCH SERVICE May 15th 9-30 M-P May 29th 10-30 H-C (Joint Service) June 5th 9-30 H-C June 19th 9-30 M-P In September we should be able to welcome our new priest, Ian Brady. Services are held in the “Benwick Church Room”, built on site of the Village Hall. Find all details/services online: www.sixfenchurches.co.uk



BENWICK IN BLOOM by Patricia Cuthbert B.I.B have been very busy over the month of march clearing and weeding our tubs and borders at the Play Park, Skeifs Row and St. Mary’s Cemetery. All is now ready for our planting which will commence late May. We will be changing the existing tubs at Whittlesy Road for new tubs in a couple of weeks time, as the old ones are beginning to go rotten. We are once again this year entering the Anglia in Bloom Competition for the third time. Our colour theme this year will be all the vibrant fire colours, red, yellow, orange. Hopefully this may encourage the sun to shine long and bright this summer. Benwick Village will be judged in the Anglia in Bloom Competition on Friday 15th July. We hope you all enjoyed the glorious display of daffodils in St. Mary’s Cemetery this Spring. We have seeded the footprint once again with wild flowers and poppies, which we hope will once again give a lovely colourful display. We wish to take this opportunity to thank the people who have 12

helped us so much this Spring, Roy Morton for all his hard work around the Bus Stop area, the painting of the shelter and seats, and his wonderful rural display of a wagon wheel (hand made by Roy himself) and display of old gardening tools, plus his hard work around Skeif Row. Ron Rose for his continued litter picks keeping the village High St and Play park so tidy. Mr Taylor for taking over the display box near the Benwick village sign. Mr and Mrs Pettit for growing plants for us. Tarina for her lovely displays. Janet Fountain for her wonderful Knowledge of the History of Benwick which we hope to display where all newcomers and children can learn of the wonderful history of where we live and take pride in that history. We also thank all the villagers who have stopped to thank us for what we do and how much they enjoy our displays, their thanks and best wishes give us the determination to carry on with what is very hard but satisfying work.

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SCHOOL Class 4 Experience Evacuation at Stibbington On Tuesday 8th March, Class 4 (our 9-11 year olds) had an amazing trip to Stibbington. They dressed up as evacuees and used role play to empathise with children who were evacuated from London in the 1940s.

a gas mask drill, singing, spelling and arithmetic. A fabulous day was had by all, including the adults. Class 4 followed their trip with a Class assembly for their parents and the children and staff.

The children had a wonderful time sharing the knowledge and information which they had gathered throughout the term at Stibbington and in lessons.

Upon arrival at Nene Valley Railway Station, the children were escorted to a railway carriage where staff, in the role of billeting officers, welcomed them to the countryside. During a walk to Stibbington Centre, Class 4 found out about homes where they might have been billeted to and about life in the countryside during wartime Britain. The afternoon took place in the period classroom and involved the children having lessons which included


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FLUTTERBIES CHILDCARE It has been a very busy few months for us at Flutterbies as we have been putting a variety of changes in place to our playground. We have expanded and changed the location of our mud kitchen, which now includes a real oven, hob and fridge, we have also added a water wall made up of guttering and pipes as

well as changing our sand pit into a gravel pit for the summer term. These changes have cleared the back and side areas of our setting which we have a variety of exciting plans for, including a gardening area and some climbing equipment.

added a lovely reading snug as well as number lines that include both numeral and quantity and opportunities for the children to experiment with 3D and 2D shapes with our shape silhouette sensory block area.

The children have been on a variety of walks around the village over the autumn term, taking pictures of their familiar spaces, which we have made into a book for the setting called ‘Our Familiar Spaces in Benwick’. They have explored a variety of themes and have recently painted pictures of spring flowers for a display and cele-

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share our vision and work tirelessly to provide the high standards we set out. We would like to thank them for all they do, the wonderful children who continually inspire us and their famia royal tea party. lies whose encouragement and appreThe spring term also saw us take ciation has spurred us on to thrive! part of our first Ofsted inspection During the summer term we will the setting was judged in every be supporting the children who will aspect of early years education, with be leaving us to start their Primary leadership and management, quality School journey, with close links to of teaching, learning and assessBenwick Primary we have a variety of ment, children’s personal developtransition aids in place including daily ment, behaviour and welfare, and group times in the school canteen outcomes for children all being rated and weekly transition visits where we as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspector will be taking part in Class 1’s Forest Veronica Sharpe. School sessions. We are thrilled and extremely proud to have been awarded the outstand- Alongside our pre-school we also offer ing judgement and genuinely feel the breakfast and after school clubs that offer wrap around care for pre-school and primary school aged children during term time and a holiday club that operates every scheduled school holidays except the Christmas break.

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VILLAGE HALL EVENTS There is a public statement from the Village Hall Management Committee. 1. Mr M Furnell of “Dance with Mark” has decided to cease hihs use of the Village Hall on all Mondays. 2. The committee wishes to be known that the room commonly calles “Church Room” is not a church. 3. No individual was or is banned from hiring the Village Hall or associated rooms. 4. The Santa Special will not take place this year and the committee wishes it to be known that its cancellation is not attributable to any actions or reluctance of Committee members to allow the hire of the hall for this greatly appreciated village event. If you got any questions on these topics please get in touch of one of the committee members.

UPCOMING EVENTS May 2016 Royal Observers Dance/Disco on Saturday, May, 7th, 7:30pm

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PARISH COUNCIL Annual Parish Assembly Sunday, 8th May 2016 at 7 p.m. Benwick Village Hall. ALL WELCOME Regular meetings First Monday of each month in the Village Hall. There’s time set aside for residents to discuss any issues.





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BENWICK MAN TAKES UP CHALLENGE Benwick man Colin Smith, 68, has taken up the challenge to cycle 50 miles to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. Colin says, “I decided to take part in the Great Notts Bike Ride and cycle 50 miles for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of three of my relatives lost to Alzheimer’s disease in recent years. It is a devastating condition and the effects are particularly hard on carers and other family members, watching their condition deteriorate as the disease runs its course.” “I am hoping that by raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society more support can be provided for carers as well as helping the Society to continue its search for a cure.” Colin hopes to raise around £300 by cycling 50 miles in the Great Notts Bike Ride on June 26th. He says, “I took up cycling a couple of years ago to help keep fit. I do enjoy it and I am stepping up my training for the 50 mile ride. It will be the first time I have ridden this distance, so it is a real challenge and I am looking forward to it.” If you want to help you can sponsor Colin by calling 01354 677817, or visit www. justgiving.com/Colin-Smith68. Donations can also be made by texting 70070 with the message ‘CSMI68’ and the amount you wish to give, e.g ‘£1’.

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Beavers News: Benwick Beavers are going from strength to strength. We have a new Assistant Leader – Lydie Howell, and we have had 8 young people join since the last Bugle. Recently they have been learning about emergencies and first aid. Future plans include shelter building, a camp and an activity day at Mepal Outdoor Centre. The colony meets on Wednesdays between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Cubs News: The Cubs are enjoying an active programme of both outdoor and indoor sessions. They have done a guided night hike, and been on a Chip Shop Challenge. In this they had to visit 4 chip shops in March, buy a portion of chips in each, assess each as which was best for quality and service – as well as navigate to all of them themselves. They will be doing a countryside hike and have been learning map reading and compass skills in preparation for this. Cubs meet on Tuesdays between 7:00 and 8:30 pm.


Scouts News: The Scouts carried out their Expedition, travelling to Sheringham by train and staying overnight in the Youth Hostel there. Whilst there they did a study into the hydrodynamics of stone skimming and tested the quality of ice creams for sale. In 24 hours they managed to test the ice creams from 6 different premises. They have also recently begun the Million Hands social awareness

campaign being organised by the Scout Association. They are looking at mental health, how it affects both adults and young people (including their families), how to raise awareness in the wider community and how the stigma


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OTTO’s COLUMN Hi all, if you sometimes think “where to go to have a really good walk with your pooch”, I have the answer. Apart from Brancaster Beach (faaantastic for all of us who like to charge in and out of water, and meet other 4-legged ones), I’ve took my lot out to Rockingham Forrest. Great trails, really. And even for the little 2-legged ones there’s stuff to climb on, and to explore. Enjoy spring!



VILLAGE CONTACTS Benwick Village Hall Patricia Tickner 677279 patricia.tickner@yahoo.co.uk www.benwickvillagehall.co.uk Benwick Residents Association Lyn Keppel-Spoor 677494 linda@keppel-spoor.co.uk Benwick in Bloom Jill Hindle 677141 benwickinbloom@aol.com website soon to come Benwick Scout Group Rod Glen 677799 www.1stbenwickscouts.co.uk The Forget-Me-Nots Janet Fountain


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GARDEN CENTRE WE ARE EASY TO FIND Mon-Sat 9am-6pm Sun 10am-4pm Come into Somersham, turn into Parkhall Road (opposite the band stand), follow road over hump back bridge for half a mile into the countryside

Tel 01487 840397 www parkhallgardencentre.co.uk Sat Nav Somersham PE28 3HW with any other offers www.benwickbugle.co.uk 32 *This voucher cannot be used in conjunction

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