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JOIN THE EVENTS by Susanne Nichols Dear Benwickians, Lots happened in the last 2 months, July has seen a hilariously funny Race Night in the pub (read more on page 21), and in August people indulged in loads of ice cream and sweets during their visit at the Benwick Village Fete (more to read on page 26). The Benwick in Bloom team was really nervous these days as they learned the outcome of their hard work for this year’s Benwick in Bloom competition early September. Don’t forget, join them on the 17th of Sep when they announce the outcome and celebrate. And then, finally, our village shop has opened and whilst you hold this edition in your hands, there is the official Opening Party going on. I am hugely excited to see that they offer basically everything one might need. No rushing out to drive to other shops any longer, just a leisurely stroll down the road. Much more convenient! The Bugle says a warm WELCOME to the shop team.

CONTENT Speedwatch Group 4 The Shop is open! 5 A special Thank You 6 Become a Special Constable 7 Bus Pass Renewals 8 Benwick Ladies Club 10 Have a Laugh 10 Benwick Forget-me-Nots 11 SILVER for Benwick in Bloom 11 Benwick in Bloom 12 Church Service 14 Doddington Surgery 15 Flutterbies Childcare 16-18 Five Alls Events 20 We came, we saw, we lost our shirts 21 Scouts Groups News 22-23 Down Memory Lane 24-25 Village Hall Events 25 The Village Fete 26-27 Join the Board of Healthwatch 27 Power Cut? Call 105! 29-30 Otto’s Column 33 Village Contacts 34 Murder Mystery, Play in 3 Acts Back page

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.

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SPEEDWATCH IN BENWICK

Currently the Parish Council have only received 3 offers of assistance from people within the village. More volunteers are needed so if anyone else would like to volunteer then please contact Jacquie Richardson (Parish Clerk) on 01354 677856 or email benwickparishcouncil.clerk@gmail.com. The Parish Council will be discussing this item at their regular meetings so if anyone would like further information then please feel free to attend the Parish Council Meetings which are held the first “working” Monday of each month at 19.30 in the Side Room of the Village Hall.

Regular meetings There’s also always time set aside for residents to discuss any other issues. Join the meetings and make your voice and opinion heard. See you soon. 4 September-October 2016.indd 4

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THE SHOP IS OPEN! By now you surely already heard - the shop is open! If you haven’t been in there yet, go, get your shoes on and have a look. The team is super friendly, and they are looking forward to meeting us all, I’m sure.

Opening hours are daily from from 7am - 8pm, so even for those early birds and late shift workers there should be a time to be found to pop in and have a nose. When I was in on Sunday, there was already the first “you have to stock more for Sundays” from a customer. I am sure, it will take the team a few weeks to find out what we all will want to buy, so give them a chance to learn more about us. No need to say that the shop is adding value to our village, to our lifes, and to our property values too. Not to mention the ease of mind when you are in the middle of baking and realise you run out of butter. It is a relief to have our village shop, so a big WELCOME and all the best from surely all Benwickians.

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU Benwick Forget-me-Nots Day Trips 2014

A very Join the Forget-me-Nots on one of our great days out.

special big “THANK YOU” from Wednesday 21st May Wednesday 16th July Ten Pin Bowling Benwick in Lowestoft Starts at 11 am at Guyhirn Bloom Departs Benwick at 8.30am Group to Joan and Tony Taylor for the Wednesday 18th June Wednesday 20th August generous Bury St. EdmundsStrimmer, a very Mystery Tour donation for which weDeparts are extremely Departs Benwick at 8.30am Benwick atgrateful. 11.30am This will make a tremendous difference in helping to Wednesday 10th September keep Benwick looking tidy.

All are open to everyone, so to book your place please call Janet on 677 228.

Coronation Street Tour Departs Benwick at 8.30am

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BECOME A SPECIAL CONSTABLE The Cambridge Special Constabulary is looking for people to become Special Constables. If you take an interest in your community and want to get involved, (with a minimum commitment of only four hours/week), why not consider applying? Specials provide support over a wide range of policing activity, from roads policing, football matches, emergency response to major crime and other specialist areas. Like the regular colleagues they work alongside, Specials are sworn in by a magistrate and have the same powers by law. Employers are encouraged to support their staff through the Employer Supported Policing Scheme ( ESP). Visit the website for more details and to apply: http://ow.ly/1OJW303virq

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CONCESSIONARY BUS PASS RENEWALS The County Council is aware that over the next eighteen months the amount of renewals of the concessionary bus passes is going to be potentially very high. It is the responsibility of the pass holder to check when their pass is up for renewal and then to contact the County Council to get a new one. In order to aid the pass holder the Passenger Transport Team have set up a new form which allows people to easily renew online. This online form can be found at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/concessionary. If you have any problems with the online form then you can also call the number on the back of your pass or go to the library who will be able to help. Don’t risk being refused from free travel, check your pass now.

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Have you checked when your concessionary

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It’s up to you to check when it does and get it renewed. If you don’t and your pass has expired you will be refused free travel. Passes can be renewed up to 6 weeks before their expiry date. Just go to

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If you can’t get your renewal done online then call the number printed on the back of your pass. www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/concessionary

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BENWICK LADIES CLUB by Brenda Richards In July we did not have a speaker but kept ourselves occupied with a variety of quiz questions supplied by a number of members. Of course there was also plenty of time to catch up on gossip. Then in August some of us went to Chatteris to The London Glassworks Company for a demonstration on glass blowing.

Our Christmas meeting on Dec, 15th is for our Christmas party. Last but not least our September 15th meeting is a coffee evening in aid of Macmillan nurses when we would like to invite everyone to join us in our fundraising for this worthwhile cause. All meetings are from 7.00 - 9.00 in the Village Hall. Please come along. •

HAVE A LAUGH!

Two days later we held an evening of indoor curling. Both events were very enjoyable.

During a visit to the mental asylum I asked the director “how do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalised?” “Well” said the director, “we fill a bath tub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bath tub”.

Before the end of the year we have a busy and varied programme to look forward to. Maureen James is speaking about old yearly Fenland customs “Oh I understand”, I said, “a normal peron October 20th. There is a hands on activity on 17th November when we have a craft session with Fran Holland. 10 September-October 2016.indd 10

son would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or teacup”. “No” said the director, “a normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”

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FORGET-ME-NOTS by Janet Fountain In July we had a very successful Cheese/Wine and Quiz evening. The ladies in the kitchen did an excellent job and Dennis Clarke was the quiz master and once again put our brains to the test. The winning team were “Make your mind up” and “Benwick babes” received the booby prize. On 20th July sixteen members enjoyed an afternoon visit to Waterside Garden Centre at Baston, near Market Deeping, followed by a delicious cream tea in their air conditioned function room. Considering it was a really hot day this was much appreciated. Our August meeting on the 4th was a games evening. Ernie Fountain won the Curling with Janice Munden receiving the booby. Betty Savage was very lucky on the bingo winning three prizes with several other members receiving a prize. The Harvest Festival was on Thursday, 1st September when Mike Jones conducted a short service after which Dennis Clarke auctioned the produce for club funds.

A Beetle Drive is planned for 6th October when the competition will be any item beginning with the letter P. Our annual bingo which is open to everyone is on Thursday, 3rd November and the Christmas party is on Thursday 1st December. 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 ring Janet on 01354 677228.

SILVER FOR BENWICK IN BLOOM BENWICK IN BLOOM are happy to announce that we achieved Silver Gilt in the Anglia in Bloom Competition. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! See more details on the celebration on Sat, 17.09. on the next page.

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BENWICK IN BLOOM by Patricia Cuthbert B.I.B. have completed the Anglia in Bloom Competition, we now await the results to see what we have achieved, which should be by early September. We have a number of people to thank for their support and help over the last months.

Enormous thanks to all the generous villagers that donated so many lovely items for our fund raising table top sales, a number of which we carry out over the year, without your kind generosity we would find it difficult to raise funds for plants etc, so please keep your gifts coming. A huge thank you to Mr & Mrs Taylor for their donation of a strimmer, which is of immeasurable use to us and has already seen lots of service around the village.

Our grateful thanks to Mr. Dennis White for his generous gift of two large wooden planters for Benwick Primary School, also a large number of bricks for the edging to the play park borders. All the number of helpers that assisted us to empty all the tubs around the village of pansies and bulbs, to the planting up of said tubs with our summer displays, all your help was greatly appreciated and made our work so much easier this year. 12 September-October 2016.indd 12

B.I.B. will be holding our annual

coffee and cake morning at The Five Alls on Saturday 17th September 10.30 - 12.30,

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Oct, 30th 10:30am H-C Led by Rev Ian Brady, United Joint Services

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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 LADIES INVITE ALL TO COFFEE & CAKE EVENING at the VILLAGE HALL Raffle and Cake Stalls Try your luck at curling

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DODDINGTON SURGERY PATIENT PARTICIPANT GROUP

by Pennie Atkin

We have just had our meeting on August 11th where we were given an update on all three surgeries (Doddington, Wimblington, and Manea). These meetings are not just for the committee but for you ALL. As patients you are automatically members of the Patient Participation Group so please come to the meetings and give us your ideas. Notices of meetings are put up in all three surgeries two weeks before. We are intending introducing various speakers to come to the meetings to give us information on coping with such topics as stress and anxiety. Please can we have your ideas so we can build up a programme. The surgery now has a “Courier Service” which operates between all three surgeries delivering medications and other information. If you are house bound, for the cost of just £1, the surgery will deliver your prescription directly to your home. Doddington Car Parking - we have been approached by Doddington Parish Council regarding the cars parking on Benwick Road. There is additional parking for everyone on the land next to the surgery marked Staff Parking and Overflow Patient Parking so please try to help us keep the road clear of cars which can be so dangerous as the road is so narrow and is used by both lorries and vans. Work is continuing in all three surgeries including the installation shortly of a telephone system to link all three surgeries. Hope to see you at our next meeting on Thursday 6th October 2016. Telephone numbers: Doddington Surgery – 01354 740311 Wimblington Surgery – 01354 740986 Manea Surgery – 01354 680774 www.benwickbugle.co.uk September-October 2016.indd 15

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Benwick Children’s Centre * High Street * Benwick * Cambridgeshire * PE15 0XA Tel: 01354 677733

Email: flutterbieschildcare@outlook.com

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Awarded OUTSTANDING in all areas in our 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 consistantly 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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FLUTTERBIES SUMMER We have had a great summer here at Flutterbies, having had our busiest Holiday Club to date and enjoyed a variety of activities within the setting as well as some trips out to the cinema, Bretton Water Park, Stanwick Lakes, Snettisham Park and Ferry Meadows Country Park-

We have started the new academic year with a new look to the setting with an update to our indoor provision by adding educational areas which have a focus on curriculum based development such as a construction area supporting both

physical and mathematical development. To view the changes in their entirety, why not head to our new website at www.flutterbieschildcare.com.

Our Pre-school will be hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 30th September from 9:00am to 10:30am. We would love to welcome you into our setting so please feel free to join us. If you are unable to make this event but would still like to donate we are happy to collect donations or alternatively you can pop up and take part in our Spot the Cake game. If you would like to donate a cake to the cause please do get in contact. We got our October Half Term Holiday Club Schedule ready, please have a look on the next page. If you have any questions, just give us a call.

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Flutterbies October Half Term Holiday Club Schedule Monday

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HOLIDAY CLUB CLOSED

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AM: Autumn Senses Scavenger Hunt PM: Cooking: Mini Pumpkin Bread Loaves

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WHOLE SETTING TRIP The Light – Wisbech

AM: Creating Painting’s with Nature

AM: Fizzing Cloud Dough

PM: Autumn Yoga

PM: Capture The Flag – Team Game

AM: Making Halloween Stained Glass Lanterns

Halloween Fun Day! Cooking Halloween Cupcakes, Making Halloween Silhouette Paper Plates, Textured Halloween Playdough.

Children will be able to choose between watching Storks or Trolls

PM: Making Halloween Treat Bags

Halloween Party 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Trip information: 24 / 10 / 2016 – The Light Cinema Trip – The children will be given the choice between watching Storks or Trolls, times to be confirmed nearer the time. The cost of the trip will be £8.50 per child, which includes costs for tickets and concessions. Call us for more details. 18 September-October 2016.indd 18

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WE CAME, WE SAW, WE LOST OUR SHIRTS! Or in other words we all had a great time at the race night in the Five Alls, many thanks to Tony and Jaquie Richardson for the organisation and creative fabrication of riding equipment and Lofty for hosting the event.

Highlight of the evening was the “special” race were a group of lubricated jockeys were assembles on the stools and given riding equipment to encourage their fillies across the line first.

With Jacqui running the book it was clear that our financial future was secure and serious studying of form was the norm for the each race. When I say studying the form I mean Lofty’s form in dispensing of pints as I know absolutely nothing about horses other than they are big animals that move in many directions at once and are best avoided! The night was a great success with lots of fun had and money lost on my part although there were clearly others who were far more successful than I and everyone seemed to be having a ball.

Elaine laid on a supper to deal with the hunger of said exertions and everyone went home happy, with full bellies and (in most cases) a few pound in their pockets. Roll on the next one. Frankie Did Poorly

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SCOUT GROUP NEWS by Rod Glen Beavers The Beavers visited Mepal Outdoor Centre in July for the County Beaver Activity Day. This was an all day event where the Beavers took part in a wide range of activities – including canoeing, rock climbing, campfire cooking, crossbows, water slide, trust trail and zorb football.

More photos can be found at https:// benwick.smugmug.com/Beaver-Activity-Day-2016 The colony meets on Wednesdays between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Cubs We have a new assistant leader for The Cubs have been cooking and and lighting fires. They have cooked tiger bread

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pizzas, learned about using really sharp knives and (most importantly) HOW TO WASH UP.

After several planned sessions got aborted by rain, we finally got the Cubs out collecting wood and lighting fires. They then cooked smores which were eagerly consumed – especially by Akela! Cubs meet on Tuesdays between 7:00 and 8:30 pm.

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Scouts The Scouts have been working on their Forester badge in a wooded area near Benwick and with the Woodland Trust at Gault Wood near March. The summer session closed with them making ballistas using wooden staves and ropes. These were then used to fight a water battle with the Cubs.

Everyone got extremely wet and had great fun. Scouts meet on Tuesdays between 7:00 and 8:30 pm.

Remembrance Sunday Remembrance falls on Sunday 13th November. As usual there will be a Remembrance service held at the village hall, and afterwards at the war memorial. Further details as to time will be published as as they ar finalised. Contact Rod Glen, Group Scout Leader, for any questions. www.benwickbugle.co.uk September-October 2016.indd 23

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Jones. Rather more than three miles away. Here we were kindly and hospitably met by Mrs. Jones and her famby Janet Fountain ily. Nothing undone to make a large number of visitors happy and comfortThe following reports written by the able. They had fixed up swings for the Rev. Hardy Wood were submitted by children and seemed to have thought David Guy who was given them by of everything. After tea there was Robert Jones, owned previously by games and much fun and soon after George Jones and Thomas H. Jones, six we started on our return voyage, whose farm was the venue for the returning home about half past eight. School Feast and Water Party. We hope our guests enjoyed themselves and as everyone seemed bright SCHOOL FEAST AND WATER PARTY and cheerful we think they did. The AUGUST 8th, 1887 weather was perfect, neither hot nor On Thursday August 8th repeating cold. Mrs. Smith repeated her genthe experience of last year we com- erous act of last year giving a large bined our Annual School Feast with quantity of nuts and sweets for the a Water Party for Church Workers in benefit of the children. general. There is always some sense of reThe number of those invited, includ- sponsibility in taking so large a party ing a few visitors was 308. All the away from home and therefore a feelcommunicants, the choir and Sunday ing of thankfulness when all return in School Teachers, the Rectors Bible safety. Class, Miss Wood’s Bible Class, all the members of the Reading Room HARVEST THANKSGIVING, SEPTEMand of course all the Sunday School BER, 1887 children were invited and there were We had a very happy day on the 18th not many absentees. when our Harvest Thanksgiving SerThe drum and fife band very kindly vices were held. At the early celebragave their services, and added very tions at 8 am there were 36 commumuch to the pleasure of the day. nicants and we have rarely ever seen After a short service in Church at our Church so crowded as it was at the one o’clock and a few words from services throughout the day. Procesthe Rector the fleet of barges with sional and Recessional hymns were tea and cake and bread and butter sung and the choir acquitted themon board was towed down the river selves well. The Church was beautias far as the farm of Mrs. Thomas H. www.benwickbugle.co.uk 24

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fully decorated with corn and flowers by the ladies of the Parish, who spared neither time nor labour. Collections were made on behalf of The Peterborough Dispensary and Infirmary and amounted to £8.17s given in nearly 600 coins. The School children gave 3s.6d. About 800 people attended school and services during the day. We never remember having a brighter or more joyous day. The Rector at the time was Rev. Hardy Wood, The Rural Dean. SWINE FEVER, 1887 The people of Benwick have lately sustained very serious losses from Swine Fever. Not taking into account young litters of pigs, which have died wholesale, they have lost 190 (more or less) valuable pigs. 155 died of Fever and 35 were killed. This is very serious as there is not the present loss, but the pigs have to be replaced and this will not be allowed, we believe for some time to come. We very sincerely sympathise with our parishioners. In this distress and we are very thankful that our collections in church, in spite of this heavy loss, have been rather larger than usual, instead of less. This shows, we think that their alms giving is practised upon right principles.

VILLAGE HALL EVENTS Don’t forget to book your tickets for the Murder Mystery evening on Saturday 15th October. Find the details conveniently on the back page of this Bugle, just rip the page of and pin it to your fridge as a reminder. Or, even better, grab the

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THIS YEAR’s VILLAGE FETE The Village Fete offered much fun for families. The kids definitely loved the sweets stand, only difficulty there was “what to eat first”, it all looked great.

There was also a fantastic show done by the Benwick Tang Soo Do team. Watching them in their skills was one thing, but seeing how much fun they had, was another.

There were Raffle stands where people were testing there luck. You had to have many tickets to make sure you got your fair share on the wonderful prices. The Fete raffle results were: - £50 voucher, ticket number 127, won by Teresa Goulding - Wine, ticket number 28, won by Denise White - Slimming World Book, ticket number 157, won by Lyn Baker - Picture Frame, ticket number 46, won by Zoe Tyers-Peters - Childrens Books, ticket number 53, won by Zoe Tyers-Peters

There were not a lot of people who didn’t think “I’d love to have a go at this.” The team encouraged the kids around them to come and join in, and

The weather was perfect, which meant that the ice cream stand was hugely successful. At the Slimming World stand some of us felt all of a sudden a tiny bit guilty, trying to remember “was it the 2nd or 3rd“ ice cream of the day? That’s just to mention some of the many stands. www.benwickbugle.co.uk 26 September-October 2016.indd 26

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some of the braver ones tried and had lots of fun, screaming and kicking their way towards the hurdles.

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The final highlight was a demonstration of slabs and bricks which were smashed, in best tradition, by the edge of the hand. We were utterly amazed. Get in touch with the Tang Soo Do team, it is real fun! The Fete was a great afternoon for those who visited, but we’d wish that more Benwickians would join us next year. If you have any suggestions, or want to do a stand there, get in touch with the Village Hall team. Or just join, get an ice cream, look around, and support your local activities. Every event can only be successful if it gets the backup by the local people. So please, don’t forget, there is much on offer in the village, go out, take part, appreciate the hard work of voluntary people who try to organise things for all of us.

The non-executive directors play a vital role in ensuring Cambridge Healthwatch is an independent, accountable, and effective voice for local people. You can find out more about the role description, what competences and experience you

should have, and how to apply online: http://www.healthwatchcambridgeshire.co.uk/join-our-board. This is a voluntary position. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. The closing date for applications is 30th September. To require any more information you can also ring 01480 420628. Please pass this onto anyone who you think might be interested in this opportunity.

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POWER CUT? CALL 105! You may have seen the launch of the new national power cut phone line – 105 – to help people contact the company that looks after their electricity network. This would be UK Power Networks for London, the East and South East of England. The number, which is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales, will enable people to report or get information about power cuts as well as report damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger. 105 is funded and delivered by the electricity network operators, and is a first for the UK’s energy indutry. As well as calling 105, you can find more information on the website: http://www.powercut105.com/ If you have a power cut, call 105 – a new, free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales. UK Power Networks still runs a Priority Services Register for people who may be more vulnerable in a power cut e.g. older people, those dependent on medical equipment, parents of young children etc. To join, you can call 0800 169 9970, email psr@ ukpowernetworks.co.uk or apply online at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority. Read more on the next page...

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OTTO’s COLUMN Hi all, You know, I’ve travelled quite a bit in my old age, and as we always get questions on “how does it work” I thought I’ll give you a quick update. Basically, it is dead-easy. 4-legged ones have to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. And then the vet can issue a passport (mine even got a cool looking photo of me in it). We’ve been in France for a couple of weeks, and if your food delivery servants have booked a ferry, you will have to remind them that you need some chews or toys in the car, as we are not allowed

to come upstair (but of course we are allowed to pay for the ferry trip). Keep the windows open a few inches, air is nice and otherwise it’s getting too hot in the car. I personally prefer the EuroTunnel, as I can be with my pack, and it is much shorter too. Don’t like fish too much thou, so let’s hope the tunnel is safe... The big thing is to come back home. Minimum 24hrs and not more then 5 days before you re-enter the UK we have to check in at a vet to get a tapeworm treatment, and a really important stamp in the passport. Make sure the vet wrote the right date!!! At the border I let them check my microchip, they have a funny beeping device, and that’s it, you are rolling back home.

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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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Benwick Tang Soo Do Beverley Angel 672804 Friends of Benwick Church John Hoffman 677878 www.sixfenchurches.co.uk Benwick Ladies Club Brenda Richards

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Benwick Parish Council http://www.benwickparishcouncil. btck.co.uk/ Clerk: Jacquie Richardson 677856 benwickparishcouncil.clerk@ gmail.com Councillors: Mark Chapman (Chairman) Lyn Keppel-Spoor (Deputy) Julie Chandler, Valerie Gobie, Reginald Few, Richard Emmitt, Jill Hindle

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K & T Motor Repairs (est 1992)

30, Cambridge Row, Benwick, March, Cambs. PE15 OXF Tel : 01354 677239 or 07747 604618

Servicing and repairs all makes and models, petrol or diesel .

Engine , Gearbox , Alternators etc. Timing belts

MOT’s Welding Exhausts , Batteries , Tyres Brakes , Clutches , suspension Engine Management Diagnostics (computer diagnostic equip, all makes) Auto Electrics Service indicator resetting & Fault Code Reading (all makes) Air conditioning Homestart Very competitive rates

All classic and vintage vehicle mechanical repairs and rebuilds Cars, Light Commercial, Motorhomes, Motorcycles, Lawnmowers, Rotovators, Generators, etc. Is your engine management lamp on in the instrument panel?? Have your vehicle computer checked for fault codes only ÂŁ25 K. Howlett. AMIMI. AMIRTE. LCG. 30 yrs trade exp www.benwickbugle.co.uk September-October 2016.indd 35

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OUR NEXT VILLAGE HALL EVENT. DON’T MISS THE FUN - BOOK NOW!!!

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BENWICK VILLAGE HALL SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER 7.00pm £10 a head includes buffet supper Licenced bar Raffle GREAT FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY CONTACT FOR INFO & TICKETS IS PAT ON

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