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AUTUMN PROJECTS by Susanne Nichols Dear Benwickians, It is holiday season, and many of us have been off to exciting places, Spain, Thailand, France, Turkey, Mexico – you name it. And I agree, it is great to be away for a while, to see something else, to taste some delicious foreign food, maybe enjoy more sun, be more active, or enjoy lazy days at a pool


But sooner or later we all are back in our day-to-day routines. I’m trying to enjoy the autumn weather, it is misty now in the mornings, and the sun has a special golden glow to it. It gets earlier dark, and although I’ll miss the time in the garden and waiting for the BBQ to be ready, now is the time to slowly stock up on books, come back to abandoned knitting projects (or manly garage projects, a man’s got to have a project I hear).

Parish Council News


INVITE: Anglia in Bloom Results


Benwick in Bloom


Cambridge Energy Switch


Down Memory Lane


Church Service


Doddington Surgery


Time to have a thought about autumn decorations, or try some new recipes (grab some PYO pumpkins at the Freshfields Farm). Join the BIB this Saturday and find out about their Anglia in Bloom results, or get your friends together and book yourself in for the Quiz Night on Sat, 23. September. The weather might be not so inviting, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. Enjoy autumn!




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Benwick Primary School


The small Print


Have a Laugh


PYO Pumpkins at Freshfields Farm 19 Flutterbies Childcare


Ladies Club


Otto’s Column 24-25 Village Contacts





RESULTS FOR BIB Due to holiday season this might be a very tight announcement, but please do join the Benwick in Bloom team, who is inviting to Coffee & Cakes at the Five Alls.

Community Gritting

Local volunteers can help to keep their community moving in freezing weather by taking part in the Community Gritting Scheme. Volunteers can sign up to grit routes using equipment provided by the county council. If you would like to know more or wish to volunteer, please read the Community Gritting Training Pack, available at: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/ travel-roads-and-parking/roads-andpathways/gritting-roads-cyclewaysand-paths/ help-withgritting-andclearing-snow/

The Benwick in Bloom team will party this year’s Anglia in Bloom results, which are only revealed on Thu, 14. Sep in Gorleston on Sea. Benwick in Bloom invites you to Coffee & Cakes Saturday, 16th September 11am - 1pm ALL WELCOME

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You will need to complete the registration form at the end of the training pack and email it to us to sign up and become a volunteer.



BENWICK IN BLOOM Benwick waits with baited breath for the result in the Anglia in Bloom Annual Competition. Judging took place on Wednesday July 5th. With a Meet and Greet presentation at the Five Alls (Thank you Lofty for the loan of the Pub) Judges Ian Hayes and Alan Lovett from Anglia in Bloom arrived a little earlier than expected so we were able to proceed with added time.

with the refurbishment and the Park was litter free which was brilliant. White Hart Drive was a picture, well done Tarina and Nick. Passed the Shrubbery to view the Mooring and St Mary’s Churchyard, it would have been an advantage to have shown off the Cemetery but as it is not in good order we passed swiftly on, this would have given us valuable points as would the Allotments. The Whittlesey Road Bridge next, then up Lilyholt Road and back to the Pub. Judges don’t give much away so we have absolutely no idea how well we have faired. We can only Thank everyone for their support and effort in making Benwick look amazing, it’s not just about getting results it’s creating a good community spirit and a nicer place to live and enjoy.

Starting on Ramsey Road with impressive tyre and garden displays where many notes were recorded, then onward Jill to the Flutterbies just in time to catch the Tesco delivery! Nevertheless the wonderful displays went down well. On towards the Bus Shelter and Agricultural Garden which the judges found amazing, across into the Play Park where again they were duly impressed



CAMBRIDGE ENERGY SWITCH PROJECT The Cambridgeshire Energy Switch is a scheme that builds on the strengths of Cambridgeshire County Council, the District Councils and residents, and brings them together in order to get a cheaper energy tariff. Taking part in the Cambridgeshire Energy Switch is free and without obligation. The more people that participate in the scheme; the more likely we are able to achieve cheaper energy prices. The Cambridgeshire Energy Switch holds its next energy auction on Tuesday 10th October. The supplier who offers the cheapest tariff in the auction will offer registered households a new energy contract. From Monday 23rd October, personal offers will be sent out and households will be able to see straight away how much money they could save on their annual energy bill. They then decide if they want to accept the offer or not. We are working with iChoosr to provide the energy auctions. iChoosr is an independent and completely impartial service provider. They aim to provide a better energy deal and also ensure that the switching experience is straightforward. iChoosr do not supply energy, but across the country iChoosr have suc-


cessfully switched over 650,000 families who have collectively saved nearly £6 million; making a difference to their household budgets. Since 2014, Cambridgeshire families between them have saved over £363,000, with an average household saving of £217 a year. There are a number of advantages with the Cambridgeshire Energy Switch: • Signing up is free and without obligation. • You decide whether you wish to accept the offer or not. • You can count on the assistance and support of our Customer Care team before, during and after your switch. How can you sign up? • Go to www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/ switch • Find your annual energy statement or recent set of energy bills • Click on the button “sign up now” • Fill in your energy details and confirm your registration Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions. You can call us on 01223 715349 or send an email to energy. switch@cambridgshire.gov.uk For more information visit:

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by Janet Fountain

After the exhibition held on Sunday, 21st May 2017 I had several previous Benwick residents contact me with more old photographs and memorabilia. However I thought this programme of the unveiling of the War Memorial would be good to share, especially as many ladies in the village are busy knitting poppies for display at this year’s Armistice Sunday. The unveiling was by Dr. C. E. Stephens on Friday, 10th June, 1921.


The programme originally belonged to Mr. Frederick Charles Bedford of Doddington Road. Mr. Bedford was a JP and well respected in the village.


Benwick Forget-me-Nots Day Trips 2014

Join the Forget-me-Nots on one of our great days out. All are open to everyone, so to book your place please call Janet on 677 228.

Wednesday 21st May Ten Pin Bowling Starts at 11 am at Guyhirn

Wednesday 16th July Lowestoft Departs Benwick at 8.30am

Wednesday 18th June Bury St. Edmunds Departs Benwick at 8.30am

Wednesday 20th August Mystery Tour Departs Benwick at 11.30am

Wednesday 10th September Coronation Street Tour Departs Benwick at 8.30am

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CHURCH SERVICE Sep, 17th 9:30am M-P Oct, 1st 9:30am Harvest Oct, 15th 9:30am M-P Nov, 5th 9:30am H-C Nov, 12th 10am Remembrance Service Nov, 19th 9:30am M-P Services are held in the “Benwick Church Room”, built on site of the Village Hall.

You can also find all details/services online: www.sixfenchurches.co.uk The Six Fen Churches website covers the six villages grouped together (Benwick, Christchurch, Doddington, Manea, Welney, Wimblington) under Priest In Charge, Reverend Ian Brady. Ian, together with his wife, Reverend Lynda Brady, ministers to these villages and we are happy that Ian agreed to write an article for the Bugle issues. Ian’s text can be found in the Bugle from the Nov issue onwards.


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by Pennie Atkin

It’s Flu Jab time again - here are the dates to put in your diaries. Doddington Medical Centre Saturday 14th October Wimblington Surgery Tuesday 17th October Manea Surgery Saturday 21st October There still seems to be a lot of wasted medications. PLEASE only order what you need. If you need advice about minor ailments or over the counter medications

you could visit our Local Pharmacists and help eleviate pressure on the GPs. For appointments at any of the 3 surgeries you can call any of these numbers: Doddington 01354 740 311 Wimblington 01354 740 986 Manea 01354 680 774 DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE? You can book your appointment on your computer and save all the phone calls, even better, you can use the online booking service outside of the opening hours of the surgery too. You can also order repeat prescriptions online. Just call into reception next time and bring a piece of identity with you to setup your password. Booking was never easier!

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FORGET-ME-NOTS by Janet Fountain

Dennis Clarke was the quiz master for the evening of 6th July when we held our annual cheese, wine and quiz night. This proved both successful and very entertaining. Our thanks to Dennis and the ladies who prepared the food, namely Tarina Louch, Marie Andrew, Kathleen Green and Yvonne Baker. Twelve members went to the Hartford Mill for lunch on 19th July and spent an enjoyable afternoon. On 3rd August Liz Carter was our speaker. Her talk was about Doddington Hospital when it was a workhouse. She brought along slides and many of us remembered the little office at the entrance where everyone who went there had to report before going down the drive. Liz spoke about workhouses in general and this really was an eye opener. At the end of her talk Liz asked if our opinions of the workhouses had changed and yes, they certainly had.

This received good comments - not bad for a first attempt. Our Harvest Festival is on Thursday 7th September when members are asked to bring along produce to be auctioned for club funds. On 5th October we have another speaker, Mr. Paul Howe, competition is any item beginning letter A and on 2nd November a bingo is to be held. This is open to everyone and we do have excellent prizes. 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 p m.

The club put an exhibit in Doddington Church for the Flower Festival which was held over the Bank Holiday weekend. This was done in our club colours - blue and yellow, the colours of the forget me not, and represented all of our activities.





VILLAGE HALL NEWS Don’t forget, there have been changes, Patricia Tickner handed 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.

HOW TO BOOK EVENTS IN THE VILLAGE HALL? There are different ways you can book & pay for village hall events: 1. via paypal on the events page of the website www.benwickvillagehall.co.uk or 2. direct to the Village Hall’s bank account, details on demand.

NEXT VILLAGE HALL EVENT: 23rd September, 7.30pm Quiz Night



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July 21017, by Jackie North

The Key Stage 2 children at Benwick Primary School once again outperformed themselves as they put on their annual summer production, Pirates of the Curry Bean, written by Craig Hawes. The storyline is loosely based on Treasure Island with a bit of Pirates of the Caribbean thrown in for good measure! It contained many Christmas cracker worthy jokes and puns which made our audiences laugh out loud and six foot tapping songs which the children loved.


The Year 6 children took on the main roles, ably supported by their peers from years 3, 4 and 5. They learned all the words, their parents and carers provided all the costumes and we provided the props and scenery. An excellent team effort which resulted in a very comical and enjoyable show. Well done to everyone who took part – you were fabulous! Mrs North



HAVE A LAUGH! A guy goes ice fishing for the very first time. All of a sudden, he hears a voice. “There are no fish under the ice!” He ignores it and moves to another area, cuts a hole, and tosses his line in. Again, he hears the booming voice: “There are no fish under 
the ice!” He nervously looks up and asks, “Lord? Is that you?” “No, this is the rink manager!”



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PYO PUMPKINS AT FRESHFIELDS FARM At the Freshfields Farm on Benwick Road towards Ramsey Forty Foot you soon can pick your own pumpkins! Just imagine, arrive, grab a wheel barrow, and off you go. Great fun for old and young, and the pumpkins just taste that bit nicer when you “hunted them down” yourself. Cook them, pickle them, or use them in your autumnal decorations. PUMPKINS FRESH AT FRESHFIELDS FARM Openings: Sat 14th & Sun 15th October Sat 21st to Tue 31st October 10am - 5pm daily

THE SMALL PRINT... Editor: Susanne Nichols, 29c 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. However, please note that the Bugle could not exist without advertising, so please take notice of the ads in this issue, and mention that you read the ad in the Bugle, should you decide to take up an offer or service. Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the editor.

Enquiries: 07999 970 103 Location: Freshfields Farm, Benwick Road, Ramsey Forty Foot, PE26 2XU



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What a busy Summer we have had here at Flutterbies, as well as having one of the most well attended Holiday Clubs to date we have made a huge transformation to the setting with the addition of a beautiful new Nursery Room allowing us to extend our childcare to children from birth. The Nursery Room has been lovingly equipped and furnished to offer our youngest children a home from home playing and learning environment which supports the developmental stages of their first two years and including their own outside area to offer free flow play. Exciting changes have also been made to other areas of the setting, including a brand new mud kitchen and grassed play area with a range of natural and loose part materials for the children to explore, a chalkboard, small world cable reels and mark making tyres. Both outdoor areas have been met with excitement with children of all ages, with our Pre-school and school aged children working together to build dens, create a camp fire role play area and enjoying the space to sit and chat together about their day :-)









by Marie Andrew

July 20th was our Strawberry Tea Party. Plenty of strawberries and cream and of course Linda’s Pavlovian followed by social time. On August 17th Ann Smith brought a quiz of photos of famous people when they were younger.

Sept 21st is our MACMILLAN coffee evening in the village hall at 7pm. Please come to support a good cause. We have a license to sell raffle tickets, 1 pound a ticket. Good prizes are waiting for you, such as a • Fifty pound shopping voucher • Sixty pound car detailing set • Vouchers from • Tesco • Sainsbury • Co-op • Restaurant vouchers • Jewellery • Meat vouchers • Toiletries • Wine and more Hope to see you there!


Hi everybody, This time it is all about food. You know, most of us dogs are foodies, as you would say. We like diversity as much as you do, and if our food is tasty, juicy, and healthy, even better. But what is healthy, what is tasty, not to talk about juicy? Everybody has their own opinion and much of what we think is good, I’m afraid to say, is influenced by huge pet food manufacturers. Needless to say, that those manufacturers will tell us that their food is the best and healthiest. It is up to you 2-legged ones, to decide what you offer us, but here are my 4 pennies, anyway. Let’s start with what I like. I like meat. Beef. Chicken. Venison. Oh, and duck. And liver. And I loooove tripe, which isn’t only tasty, it is also healthy, and it stinks so heavenly at the same time. But then I also like fruits, bananas, blueberries, plums, pears, apples, but veggies too. Cucumbers, parsnips, turnips, carrots, and there’s loads more. In short, I love food and couldn’t make up my mind which I love most. Maybe that is what they mean with dogs are omnivores with a carnivorous background. (hah, get you!)


Now, you can offer all this to your 4-legged ones via the usual suspects at your favourite supermarket, in moist food tins, or as dry food. Especially if your best friend doesn’t drink a lot, chose moist food, it already contains a lot of fluid. But there is an alternative, and that is feed your doggie BARF.

size of your 4-legged friend. I also get to chew raw bones (be aware, no cooked bones please, they get brittle through cooking and can splinter and hurt us). Also, some meat isn’t good to have raw, like pork which should be cooked.

But I also get a whole egg, it’s huge fun to get that open. And sometimes I even get a No, BARF isn’t a swear word in Doggish, whole fish. Or a bit of pheasant, with the it stands for Bones and Raw Food. And it beak and the feathers, great stuff, believe is all about natural feeding. There is a lot me. Although, they force me to eat those outside in the garden, allegedly I make a of reading material out for you, I know how you humans love your research. Re- mess in the kitchen. Pah! search for us dogs is easy, we try it, we love it, job done. There seem to be real benefits to BARF too, they say it keeps us more healthy. Now, I was quite poorly for a long time, and the poor lovely lady at the vet (she always has treats for me!), didn’t know what else to do with me. I lost weight, and it wasn’t looking good at all. I had to have dry food only, from a special company, but it didn’t help either. Nore I’m not allowed to tell you my favourite did the medication over time. So we all had enough, and I changed to BARF, and brand of food, but I can recommend a since then, what can I say, tata, I’m fine. book, which is called “Give Your Dog a Bone.” written by a chap called Dr. BillingSo what do I feed on? BARF is a mixture hurst, it’s around since 1993! between meaty bones, fruit, and vegIf you want to know more or have quesetable, offal, eggs, but all raw. You can create your own mixtures, or you can buy tions, send us an email or give us a call. ready-made ones. My staff found some- Finally, you know how much I love my body who now offers my favourite meals friends, the cats, BARF is also great for cats. (nothing better than chasing a rejust down the road in Ramsey Forty ally healthy cat..!) But they are obligate Foot. My food arrives frozen, is supereasy to handle, it just has to defrost, and carnivores, means, their food is mixed a I get 350g of it, per meal, of which I have bit different. 3 (not enough, I tell you!). But how much Must go, it’s Duck and Plum tonight. Yum! food you give depends obviously on the Otto



VILLAGE CONTACTS Benwick Village Hall Helen Briars 672943 helenbriars@gmail.com 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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