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COMMUNITY? by Susanne Nichols Dear Benwickians, Good news really, after a long time of looking for a dry home for his car, Alan finally got contacted by a Bugle reader, offering him the garage he searched for his classic car. I’m quite proud about this, I have to admit. Thanks a lot to the garage owner! Knowing people, helping out, having a banter over the fence, waving to somebody you know when passing in the car. That’s what community is about really. It makes us feel good, to belong to somewhere, be “home”. There are many people in the village who care about the others, and a huge amount of people are doing things in their free time, for others. Be it shopping for the elder lady next door, or bringing chillie jelly to the neigbours (it is yummie, Ann, thanks so much), popping into the pub when you have a question and see if Lofty or Flexi know sombody to help is always a good idea. Sometimes, only sometimes thou, I have the feeling that it would be great to see more people joining in. Either help, join a voluntary group, or just enjoy the offers others put together. Like the Summer Fete in August. Don’t think “oh, there will be many people, I don’t need to go. Yes! You need to come too!! I’ll see you there.
CONTENT VILLAGE HALL: Summer Fete Parish Council News Benwick Exhibition Review Cambs Drive iQ Play Park Open Down Memory Lane Church Service Open Studio in Chatteris Fenland Older People Outreach Forget-Me-Nots New Police Fines Have a Laugh Doddington Surgery Family Fun Swimming Private Pumping Stations Village Hall News Village Hall How to book Money Decisions New Kennel Owner at Plough Farm Benwick in Bloom (BiB) Otto’s Column Benwick Primary School Become a School Governor Down2Earth News from our MP Ladies Club The small Print Village Contacts
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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS Forewarning of works at the Benwick Cemetery Just an advance notice that work will be starting in the cemetery to expand and replace the paths to increase the capacity. Apologies to all residents and visitors during the works. It is essential work as we have nearly reached full capacity in the currently accessible areas.
Two more vacancy for Councillors As a result of recent resignations, there are still two vacant seats on the Benwick Parish Council. It is, therefore, necessary for the Parish Council to fill these vacancies by co-option. To qualify as a co-optee, a person must be: 1) a British or EU national citizen 2) at least 18 years of age 3) not be debarred from standing as a Councillor 4) on the list of electors for the parish, or during the whole of the preceding twelve months have either: a) occupied land as owner or tenant within the parish b) had a principal or only place of work there c) lived within three miles of the parish boundary If you are interested in becoming a coopted member for any of the vacancies on Benwick Parish Council, please make application (either by letter or email) to the Proper Officer to Benwick Parish Council, Jacquie Richardson, 11 Doddington Road, Benwick, PE15 0UT, phone 01354 677856 or email benwickparishcouncil.clerk@ gmail.com
HUGE SUCCESS - BENWICK EXHIBITION The Benwick Exhibition was held on 21st May, organised by Jill Hindle and the Benwick in Bloom team, with photographs from Janet Fountainâ€™s private collection, table top sales and a demonstration from Alex Glen with her spinning wheel. Marie Andrew provided the refreshments and funds raised from the sales and raffle will go towards planters and flowers in the village. The event was well attended and has received excellent comments with a request for a repeat another year.
Stephen Barclay, the MP, Jill Hindle and Janet Fountain, exhibition visitors, Alex Glen with her spinning wheel, and many more citizens of Benwick. Most photos by Helen Drake, thank you for allowing us to print them.
1 IN EVERY 5 NEWLY QUALIFIED DRIVERS WILL CRASH WITHIN A YEAR! Driving is now the single biggest killer of people aged between 16-25 years old. Cambs Drive iQ, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is now providing Drive iQ, a potentially life-saving FREE educational toolkit. Based on proven science, Cambs Drive
in Cambridgeshire. Young drivers make up a quarter of all road fatalities despite only representing 1 in 8 of all UK license holders. However, inexperience isn’t the only thing working against them; their brain development and attitude & behaviour have a crucial role to play. Conventional driving tuition tends to focus on the technical elements required to pass the driving test, despite research telling us that 19 out of 20 crashes are contributed to by attitude & behaviour and not vehicle handling skill. Watch the very well done 2min video clip on YouTube, just search “Cambs Drive iQ”.
iQ puts young road users through potentially hazardous road scenarios in a virtual environment, which improves the skills often neglected by young drivers, such as anticipating danger, risk management, considering emotional response and being a responsible passenger. Modules include distractions, alcohol and drugs, seatbelts, thrill seeking, eye scanning and perception. In the past 5 years there have been 3,700 casualties in Road Traffic Collisions within the 16-25 year old group
Lisa Dorn, Reader on Driver Behaviour, Cranfield Uni said “There is little evidence that passing the driving test means novice drivers are safe. Indeed, they are more at risk of crash involvement post-test than at any other time in their driving careers. Drive iQ’s enhanced focus on hazard awareness improves the ability to judge traffic situations and considers the attitudinal and behavioural factors associated with risk.” Matt Staton, Road Safety Education Team Leader from Cambridgeshire County Council said: “This web-based learning programme will help us educate young people into how to keep both themselves and others safe while driving. We will be launching the programme in June and inviting all schools and colleges to sign up for the autumn term.”
BENWICK Benwick Forget-me-Nots PLAY PARK Day Trips 2014 If you havenâ€™t seen it yet, Join the Forget-me-Nots on one of our great days out. go and have a look yourAll are open to everyone, so to book your place please call Janet on 677 228. self. It is amaaaazing! Wednesday Wednesday 16th July There is lots of space, quite 21st May Ten Pin Bowling Lowestoft a lot of different Starts areas,atand 11 am at Guyhirn Departs Benwick at 8.30am with the weather being good, you might consider Wednesday 18th June Wednesday 20th August Bury St. Edmunds Mystery Tour taking a little picnic there, Departs Benwick at 8.30am Departs Benwick at 11.30am let the kids run and play, lean back, and enjoy. Not Wednesday 10th September sure, but Iâ€™d say our PlayCoronation Street Tour ground is one of the coolDeparts Benwick at 8.30am est in the Fens!
DOWN MEMORY LANE
by Janet Fountain
He subsequently came to Benwick as the initial report said â€œSkies over Benwickâ€?. I did not remember anything of the crash myself but mentioned it to Derrick Shep-
First of all A Great Big Thank You to Jill Hindle and the Benwick in Bloom team for encouraging me to do the photo exhibition and to everyone who supported it. The feedback has been excellent and funds raised will help buy planters and flowers for the village. However the week before the exhibition I felt very privileged to have represented Benwick at the dedication memorial service of the fourteen American servicemen killed on 12th May, 1944 when their two Dakotas collided in the skies over Turves and Benwick during exercise Eagle, which was training for D Day landings.
person and Betty Savage, older village residents and Darren put an article in The Bugle asking for any information. I went along with him to a Parish Council meeting where he met Ralph Butcher, the Fenland District Councillor. Ralph asked questions around Turves and Coates as it was believed the planes came down the other side of the river and indeed several people did remember and we visited the site. Darren continued with the project as he wanted a memorial and contacted the families of the American men who were lost, some of whom came over from the USA to attend the service and to lay wreaths at the memorial. There were also American personnel in attendance.
The service was held at the Holy Trinity Church, Coates on 13th May, 73 years after the collision. This was all due to Darren Bond, who began the project after he met a family member of one of the lost airmen. Darren wrote to Benwick Parish Council about three years ago who passed his letter on to me.
It was indeed a very moving service after which there was a buffet and time for a chat in the church where there was a display of wartime memorabilia. The memorial is placed near to the entrance at Coates church.
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CHURCH SERVICE July, 2nd 9:30am H-C July, 16th 9:30am M-P July, 30th 10:30am United Service H-C August, 20th 9:30am M-P Services are held in the “Benwick Church Room”, built on site of the Village Hall. Find all details/services online: www.sixfenchurches.co.uk
OPEN STUDIO PORCELAIN & GLASS Steward and Kathryn Hearn are having their populare Open Studio and Selling Exhibition Days during July again. Porcelain and Glass Artist’s Open Studios with Selling Exhibition Weekends Sat 8th and Sun 9th and Sat 15th and Sun 16th, both 11am - 6pm 112a High Street, Chatteris, PE16 6NN For more info call 01354 278 084, mail info @londonglassworks.com, or look at their homepage www.stewarthearn.com G
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FORGET-ME-NOTS by Janet Fountain
Several members went to the Ten Pin Bowling Alley in Guyhirn on 3rd May. Michael Emery was the winner. On the way home we all stopped for lunch at The Cobblestones, March. A really enjoyable day.
and an optional boat ride is arranged for 19th July. Liz Carter will talk to us on 3rd August about Doddington Hospital which was formerly a workhouse. The competition is any item beginning letter W. We are planning an outing for afternoon tea on 9th August. New members are very welcome so if you are over 55, male or female please join us in the village hall on first Thursday in the month at 6.30 pm.
NEW FINES EXCESSIVE SPEEDING The next day was our annual birthday party when we had a ploughman’s supper followed by entertainment with Tom Kennedy. Twelve members from Coates club joined us. On 1st June our speaker was Rex Freeman from Cambridge, whose talk was entitled “Growing Old Disgracefully”. This was both interesting and informative. Members had been asked to bring along a baby photo of themselves for a “Guess Who” competition. This caused much laughter trying to identify each other. On 6th July we have a cheese, wine and quiz evening and the competition is any item beginning with the letter V. An outing to Hartford Marina for lunch
We all know why it would be good to have a Speedwatch Group in Benwick (well, most of the villagers know, I guess). To all those who know someone who likes speeding through villages: There are new guidelines for speeding: Fines for drivers caught doing 51mph in a 30mph zone or 101mph on a motorway will start from 150% of weekly income, rather than the previous level of 100%. Could get expensive for some, I guess... Don’t speed would be the alternative.
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HAVE A LAUGH! One day little Johnny was digging a hole in the back garden. The next-door neighbour spotted him and decided to investigate. “Hello Johnny, what are you up to?” he asked. “My goldfish died and I’m gonna bury him,” Johnny replied. “That’s a really big hole for a goldfish, isn’t it?” asked the neighbour. “That’s because he’s inside your cat!”
Shirley Gardner-Erkoc from the Medicine Management Team gave a very interesting talk at our recent meeting, emphasising that we should only use 999 in an emergency, using 111 when we need medical advice and visit the GP when necessary. Also doing as much as we can for ourselves, sometimes with the help of our local pharmacies. There are so many “over the counter” medicines that are available to us now which help us help ourselves far more than was the case years ago. Of course if we have been unwell for over a week checking with the GP is important. The over 50’s club very generously presented Dr. Mather with a cheque to be used for patients in Wimblington – this was used to purchase a monitor to check heart rate etc for young children and babies. Each surgery now has one of these vital pieces of equipment. Thank you to everyone who took part in our Easter raffle another successful fundraising event. All the money will be used for the benefit of all patients across the 3 surgeries. Our next meeting is on 24 August, venue to be confirmed. The speaker will be from Macmillan Cancer Support. Please contact either Pennie Atkin on 01354 742951 or Jill Tuck 01354 742388 if you are coming, so we can decide on the size of venue. Thank you.
FAMILY FUN Swimming can be a great family activity. Perfect for unseasonal rainy days, inclusive of everyone and great for fitness. Here’re some top tips for getting the most out of family swims.
So here’s the important bit - according to research, regular swimming can reduce the risk of chronic illness, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control. Swimming is a lifelong skill that could save a life. And if you can’t swim, it’s never too late to learn. Pools cater for a variety of tastes and abilities, such as woman-only classes, parent & toddler groups, and lessons for different age groups. Getting into swimming is as easy as finding a swimming costume and deciding whether to invest in a pair of goggles if you aren’t comfortable getting your eyes wet.
The best place to get started is at your local pool. You’ll find information on classes for different age groups and levels. And it doesn’t matter if you’re three or 83, there’s a group for you. New Vision centres in example cater for children, adults and offer private lessons. STAYING MOTIVATED Like any form of exercise, the key to making a real change in your lifestyle is to make a habit of going swimming. Try to set aside time every week to go to the pool, before or after work/school or on weekends. Write it in your diary so it becomes a permanent fixture in your weekly schedule. And consider getting an annual swim pass, this will help you save money and encourage you to go more often swimming. Swimming is a great way for families to get moving and have fun together. There are so many things you can do to keep the kids interested, such as humming songs under water or playing games. MIX IT UP! You can also join Aquafit groups, or push yourself a bit further through Swimfit classes. With a family swim at just £10, taking your little ones swimming is the perfect activity for all ages. Find out more about timetables and different classes at www. newvisionfitness.co.uk.
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VILLAGE HALL NEWS Dear all, Please note that from the 1st August Patricia Tickner is handing over the Treasurers position to Helen Briars, the Village Hall’s Vice-Chair, who can be contacted on 07766 534 185. At the same time the booking diary is being handed to Chris Taylor who can be contacted on 07930 913 364. Patricia is retiring from the position of Chair and from the village hall trustees after the Psychic Supper in November, having enjoyed 14 years working with different trustees over that time, but thinks it is about time that a younger group took over the running of the hall, with new ideas and more enthusiasm. “I hope the people in the village will support the trustees as you have supported me over the years.”, Patricia adds.
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We have entered the Anglia in Bloom competition again this year, judging will take place during July, 2017. The majority of the tubs in public places were replaced and replanted, making a uniformed and impressive display throughout the village. The collage in the Bus Shelter has been received with huge compliments from many residents and visitors to the village. Disappointingly the baskets that were donated to add an ‘In Bloom’ touch were stolen, but the whole area around the bus shelter, the agricultural garden, has improved greatly. This year we will again dress the Bus Shelter and keep a watchful eye! Lilyholt Road corner benefited from a 3-tier self watering fountain display that has been obtained from funding received from the Burnthouse Wind Farm Fund. The funding also covered 8 self watering planters for the Whittlesey Road Bridge. We arranged for the metal railings to be refurbished prior to the planters being installed. We have also obtained funding from Ransom Moore for the church yard.
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OTTO’s COLUMN by Otto
Hi everybody, Did you know that dogs have only very few sweat glands, plus, they are really positioned at silly points, in our foot pads. Why in our paws, for heaven’s sake? The only real chance to cool ourselves is to pant a lot, which helps us lowering our body temperature, which, by the way, is anyway about 2 degrees higher than your 2-legged one. So here are my tips for hot weather. Here we go: 1) Cool us down Putting down a wet towel where we can lie on helps. If you have a little space outside, go and get one of the cheap and cheerful kiddie pools, we love marching in and out of water. Or you could drizzle water on our fur (but make sure we stay in the shade until we are dry again). I really like having wet ears, took me a while to get used to, but it’s great. Oh, and we cool from the bottom, so cooling our bellies is niiiice! 2) Walkies early morning or late at night Much more preferred, especially when I have to walk on asphalt. Sweaty paws on hot asphalt, I don’t think I need to explain more… Even exuberant breeds don’t have a lot of energy during hot days, so don’t over-exercise us!
3) Keep the drinks cabinet stocked up! We all have different needs in terms of water. All the panting to get cooler makes me drool a lot, which then starts dehydrating me. Being a waterholic, I like to know that I can have a drink whenever I want. And I do like ice cubes in my drinks, shaken, not stirred! (just can’t get on with the fiddly little umbrellas). Darker fur absorbs more heat than lighter one (physics, 2nd semestre..), and overweight dogs are at higher risk, so once more, put them on a diet. Carry a bottle of water when you head out for a walkie, and forget about the crap idea of letting your 4-legged friend carry their bottle in a backpack or vest. I’ve read this should increase our sense of purpose. You must be kidding me! 9) Don’t park us!. Even if it is in the shade, don’t leave us in a parked car. Full stop! Saves us from dehydrating, and yourself arguments with very angry doggy-lovers. 10) Dangle your feet in the river? Now this is a funny one, I can already see all the fisherman crying out “no way”. But there are some spots on our river where you actually can sit down, take your shoes off, and dangle them in the river. And watch us having fun wading or swimming in there too. Real quality time, that is! Sorry, fishies, the river is there for all of us. (apart from the swans, who no decent dog likes). Now you know it all - have a lot of fun this summer!
BENWICK PRIMARY SCHOOL by Jackie North
A Magical Trip To Kingswood, West Runton On 26th May, 28 children and 3 teachers from Benwick Primary School set off to the Kingswood Adventure Centre, West Runton, Norfolk, for a weekend of challenges and excitement. The children, aged 8-11 years, slept in dormitories, ate three meals a day in the dinner hall together and took part in a host of adventurous activities. Some of the highlights: • Watching children try to put a duvet into a duvet cover! • Seeing children dig deep to jump off the Leap of Faith (a 15ft pole with a platform on the top!) • Hearing the children say, “I want to at least try every activity” and then seeing them do just that. • Going to sleep at 11pm and being woken up at 5.30am! • Watching over half the children play in the giant sandpit – burying each other and building sand sculptures. • Supervising 28 children in the gift shop! • Singing silly songs around the camfire. • Splashing everyone in the pool party. • Passing them back to their parents on Sunday –exhausted but extremely happy. We were extremely proud of the way the children behaved over the weekend, had a ‘can do’ attitude to the challenging and risky activities and how they treated each other. Can’t wait for the next one in 2 years’ time!!
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DOWN2EARTH by Lauren Musk
Life of an accidental strawberry holder! So far on the little small holding this month .... Firstly a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all our customers and all the new ones we have met over the last two months thanks to the Benwick Bugle. We really do love seeing you and hearing all your news and tales. It makes our job an utter pleasure. We have welcomed the long awaited strawberry season with all the scrumptious flavours and all the different varieties. People who have came and picked have tasted the difference and I think they have been a hit! Next to take on the flavour test will be the raspberries, two varieties on offer for pick your own, one of which is thornless so happy picking with no scratches. We are hoping that these will go through until late August if not beyond. If our battle with the starlings is won we will also have cherries in the next month or so. Watch this space. We have filled all our four hives now and our bees are very hard at work, and wonderful to watch so long as we donâ€™t stand in the flight path. If you have space, put out a small shallow dish with water and some marbles or small stones in, it will help the water carriers get their supplies on the hot journeys they make. I know they would be grateful. Meanwhile we have our seasonal salads and cucumbers, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, fantastically hot Chillies, and plenty of other fruits and vegetables for sale in our shed/shop, If you have not been come in and see us, weâ€™re loving getting to know our local community. And finally we are pleased to announce the safe and happy arrival of..... 12 new baby chickens, hand tamed, and loving all the attention. Come by and have a coo at them. They will win over your heart. Until next time you wonderful people have a great couple of months. From your Down2Earth x
NEWS FROM OUR MP, STEVE BARCLAY
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I would like to say thank you to everyone who voted for me on the 8th June. It is a great honour to be re-elected as the Member of Parliament for North East Cambridgeshire, and to achieve an increased share of the vote. I have now returned to Parliament where I will continue to speak up for our area. This specifically will include working to continue to secure further investment for our schools, building on our status as one of twelve national education opportunity areas, for improvements to transport infrastructure and to localise more healthcare. A special thank you also to all the volunteers who helped my campaign for their fantastic support.
April ended with our trip to the house of commons. We were met by Steve Barclay who spent about half an hour answering questions and telling us what happens. They were about to break up for the election and the day was very interesting.
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My community work with Read to Succeed continued. Every school in North East Cambridgeshire has now benefitted from a fun, free Lion Learners literacy workshop. Lion Learners bring reading to life, allowing children to hold and touch the animals they read about in their books. We are now receiving new book donations for Read to Succeed 2017, the aim is to receive enough books so that every child in year 4 and 5 can have a new book to keep - involving around 3,000 books. A token will be placed in the back of every book donated, children can then take their token to the library when participating in the Summer Reading Challenge and win a host of fun prizes.
by Marie Andrew
May 18th our speaker was Amanda Carling, telling us about Stonea Camp, an Iron Age hill fort off B1093 road (Wimblington to Manea). Amanda told us about a childâ€™s skull which was found split by a sword which dates back approx to 100 years before Iceni rebellion, but donâ€™t know if this accrued then. June15th speaker Chris Carr spoke about the spice trade of years ago and how they have been used. She brought some for us to smell, and we tried to guess what they are and what they could be used for. September 21st will be our Macmillan coffee evening in the Village Hall at 7pm. More about this in the next Bugle edition.
Benwick Children’s Centre * High Street * Benwick * Cambridgeshire * PE15 0XA Tel: 01354 677733
Awarded OUTSTANDING in all areas in our most recent Ofsted inspection – March 2016 Ofsted URN : EY477932
* Pre-school *
Our Pre-school offers a fun, friendly and stimulating learning environment for children aged 2 to 5 years Early Education Funding available for all 3 and 4 year olds plus eligible 2 year olds “Owners strive to create an engaging environment indoors and outdoors that enables children to think, play, explore and learn according to their own abilities and interests” “Children thrive in the busy and exciting environment” “Parent’s are involved in their children’s learning at every level” “A shared passion ensures all staff work with enthusiasm and enjoyment to offer children learning experiences that are consistently high quality”
Key findings from our Ofsted Inspection 2016
* Breakfast & After School Club * Available term time only for children aged 2 to 12 years
Monday to Friday 7:30am to 8:50am and 3:00pm to 6:00pm Supervised transitions to and from local primary schools
* Holiday Club *
Available throughout the year for children aged 2 to 12 years Monday to Friday 7:30am to 6:00pm Activities planned for all ages and regular outings around the country!
Open every scheduled school holiday except over the Christmas break. Please contact us for more information on any of our groups or to arrange a visit.
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