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Volume II Issue IV Sept/Oct

Regular Sections

Community Updates

In the Garden Parish Council Update Sept/Oct Film Listings Forget-Me-Nots Events 1 ‘Ritings from the Rectory New Landlords at the Pub!




t long last the lease for the Five Alls has been finalised and we can officially welcome our new Landlords and Lady. This edition carries a bit of a Five Alls theme, you can read more about Becky, Lofty and Gareth’s plans for the pub on page 6, and some history on the pub with old photographs on page 21. You can even try the Spot the Difference on page 19. There aren’t many group reports this month, with the Scouts and School closed for the holidays.But we do have updates from the Forget-Me-Nots and an update on what the Parish Council have been up to over the past few months.

Adam Keppel-Garner


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Local Trades and Services Math Stars New Pub Landlords Village Hall Keys Local Events ‘Ritings from the Rectory Sports Committee Update Doddington PPG Update Benwick Parish Council In the Garden Spot the Difference History of the Five Alls Forget-Me-Nots Get Energy Smart

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Digital Switchover Screenwriting Workshop September/October in Film Village Contacts

Submissions & Advertising All Benwick groups and induviduals are welcome to submit articles and photographs for inclusion in the Bugle free of charge. Adverts include a listing on the Benwick Bugle website. Charities and Non-Profit groups are entitled to a 25% discount on advertising rates. 10% discount offered for upfront booking of ads for 3+ months. Ads must be paid for before print. Cheques payable to Adam Keppel-Garner. Advs accepted in any format, ad design service avaliable free. Deadline for November/December Issue: Advertising Rates: 1/4 page Friday October 21st Editor 1/2 page


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

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

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wo pupils from Benwick school have secured places in the Maths Challenge world finals - competing against children across the world. They managed to reach places in the top 10. Leo gaining 8th in the World for year 2 mental maths, and Freya reaching 4th for year three mental maths.

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Freya’s elder sister Emma took eighth place in the competition last year.


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New Landlords at the Five Alls


fter months of waiting the lease has finally been completed at The Five Alls, while many of you may have already met the new faces behind the bar, to those of you who haven’t they would love to meet you.

monthly entertainment such as Quiz Nights, Race Nights Karaoke and more.

“We’ve found the village absolutely lovely and all the regulars have been extremely welcoming. I would like to thank them all for their support – they Becky, Gareth and Lofty, all from Eshave been brilliant. As has Janet who sex moved into the pub at the end of works here, she’s a diamond. It’s nice March after having been searching for to have a sense of community because a new Pub in the area to run. Garth and it wasn’t really like that in Essex.” Becky ran The Woolpack in their hometown of Witham and after the lease For opening times and more see the expired they moved in with Lofty. advert on the inside cover. “After a few too many Strongbows, he decided to buy a pub” says Becky. “We looked at a fair few and stumbled across this place and just fell in love with it”. The trio have grand plans for the pub, starting with renovating the inside with a fresh lick of paint, new carpets and a collection of old photographs of the village to reinstate the character the pub used to have.

Village Hall Keys


he key box on the school wall where the village hall keys are kept has had the lock replaced and there is now a new key to fit it. These will be issued by the booking “We are looking at setting up a little shop in the pub, selling bread, milk and clerk, Patricia Tickner and will have to possibly newspapers and other bits. We be signed for by each club that needs one. If a replacement or extra key is would love to hear people’s ideas on needed then a charge of £5 will be that.” made. If the key is not returned after any private meeting then £5 will be A new menu is being worked up by kept from the deposit. Gareth and they hope to host regular 6


Local Events September What: Village Hall Tombola When: 9th 7:30pm Where: Village Hall More Info: See right What: Benwick FC Reunion Dance When: 10th 7:30pm More Info: See right What: Whittlesey Festival When: 11th Where: Whittlesey Town Center Street Market and Carnival is a whole town event with an arts festival, entertainment, attractions, fairground rides. What: Harvest Supper When: 17th 7:30pm More Info: See right What: Stonea Camp Guided Walk When: 14th 7pm Where: Meet at entrance by Stiches Farm (PE15 0PE) The lowest hill fort in Britain. Guided walk including remains from the earliest Iron Age fortifications to the Roman Tower. FREE

one of the Museums most popular days during the year, hundreds of people come from all around to watch ploughing in all its forms, machines and Horses. The shire horses, prove to be very popular with the people. For more information visit What: BRA’s Tombola When: 30th 7:30pm Where: Village Hall Tombola to raise funds for the BRA’s

October What: Halloween Party When: 21st 6:30-8:30pm Where: Play2Day Wisbech Ghoulish games and gruesome grub at this disco party event. What: Apple Day When: 21st/22nd WhereWisbech Town Centre Competitions, apple recipes, local apples, juice & apple pies for sale. What: FOBC Quiz Night When: 29th Where: Village Hall A quiz night in aid of the Friends of Benwick Church.

What:Plough Day and Country Fair When: 25th 11am - 5pm Where: Ramsey Rural Museum Plough and Country Fayre Day is 8





Ploughman’s Supper Plate

Raffle, Tea and Coffee

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TIM AND SHEILA COPPING With guitar and keyboard In

Benwick Village Hall On

Saturday September 17th 7.30 – 11.30pm


£2 FROM EACH TICKET GOES TO PAPWORTH HOSPITAL Organised by Trustees of Benwick Village Hall

Contact Patricia on 01354677279 to purchase tickets

Donations for prizes for the tombola and for the raffles would be appreciated. Leave with any trustee of the Village Hall Committee

September 9th 7:30pm

Benwick Football Club Reunion Dance SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 7.30pm-Midnight


Introducing Lee Major & The Balance Including Disco and Buffet £8.00 each Tickets from: Lee Croft 07877 903307, Jim Eglen 01354 677565 Kevin Wright 01354 677500

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‘Ritings from the Rectory


he weather persons on the television tell us it is now Autumn this means that summer is officially over. Yet whatever the weather over the past three months the summer activities still carried on. Barbecues were held; holidays were taken and hopefully enjoyed and the numerous fetes took place despite often brooding dark clouds. Now it is time for harvest thanksgivings, harvest suppers and various harvest services. As we grow ever increasingly older we are often reminded that the Autumn of our life is the season for reflection. I guess this may well be so and yet I also guess that maybe we each need to reflect upon our lives no matter what the season of our life. Remember when you were at school. As the time approached for setting off into the world how many of us were asked ‘What do you want to do?’ And how many and varied were the answers: “astronaut”, “brain surgeon”, “pilot”, “rich and famous” and so on, all sorts of goals as we each dreamed our dreams.

Doing is usoally concerned with how we make our living whereas being goes so much deeper. It relates to our character, to who we really are and how we make a life. Doing is tied to activity and accomplishments, the more tangible things: being has more to do withintangible things, what we actually are deep inside. So maybe, you might like to give some thought to the things that really count. Of course what we do is of vital importance but what we are goes to the very core of all our day to day living. Goal-setting and achieving are important, especially if we are in need of being motivated, but let us consider the harder question ‘What sort of person do I want to be?’ Then listen to your heart, your inner self, indeed listen to God. Sort one or two things to begin with and go for it. You do not need to tell folks, just concentrate time and attention to the target you set. One may take only a short time, another the best part of a life-time. One can be recorded in school reports and work assessments and is easily forgotten: the other requires a life-book, which is on display forever.

With the wisdom of hindsight we may be forgiven for wondering, were we asking the right question. It is possible to do loads of things and yet be a nothing person.

Sheila Tooke Retired Priest


Sports Committee Update


he Village Sports Committee would like to thank Mrs J.North (Headteacher) and the Governing Body of Benwick Primary School for allowing us to site our new storage shed on the school grounds. Although the shed is currently not complete we hope to have it finished and secure before the start of the new term.

Bugle and on Facebook for our first night of fun! The current committee consists of: Mark Tyler (Chair), Stewart Lacey (Secretary), Ian Beevor (Vice-chair), Mary Tyler (Treasurer), Gill Thomas, Doug Rose, Darren Gore, Sue Maloney and Jane Levicki.

Mark Tyler

We have plans afoot for fund-raising activities - keep an eye out in The


Doddington PPG Update


ome and meet your new Doctor!

The Doddington Medical Centre and the Doddington Patient Participation Group are pleased to invite you to meet your new Doctor, Dr Liz Mather, who for the past twelve years has worked at the Cornerstone Practice in March, and who joins us in September. It is being hosted at The Church Hall, New Street, Doddington. (opposite the post office) on September 22nd from 7pm.

Friends of Benwick School AGM Monday 26th September 7pm In the School This year many of the committee will not be standing for re-election so new blood is desperatly needed. If you are interested in joining the Friends, please come along to the AGM.

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The Parish Council


hat has the Parish council been up to since the elections in May? Unlike many of the village groups, the Parish Council haven’t yet provided a report for the Benwick Bugle, although they used to, so I thought I would have a quick flick through the minutes and see what’s been happening on the council in the past few months. At their first meeting in May, Tony Richardson was elected chair for the year, with Reg Few as vice-chair. In Public Time, a member of FACT (fenland association for community transport) was present and gave information on a survey to try and help with the poor public transport in Benwick.

Keppel-Spoor arranged the planting of the area. It was opened in June. In July the Parish Council were awarded £1000 from FDC to be spent on celebrations for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Cllrs Richardson and Keppel-Spoor met with two people from the county council regarding the Footbridge. Highways decided that the footbridge was in a bad state of repair, and in need of work. The council pointed out to CCC that Benwick must retain the character of the footbridge, and plans will be forwarded to the Parish Council for approval.

The council spent a small sum of money awarded to them for the vilDistrict Councillor Ralph Butcher informed the council that Fenland DC lage tubs and they were replanted by had awarded the Village Hall £100,000 Cllr Keppel-Spoor in June. The council towards the cost of a new building on are still working with the Parish Plan committee to produce an Action Plan. the side of the village hall. The creation of a new extension on the village hall has been under talks with the Parish Council for many months, while certain legal matters are seen to.

The council meets on the first Tuesday each month in the village hall. Meetings are open to the public, with the first fifteen minutes set aside for you to raise concerns, report problems etc. The minutes are published once agreed on You can also find more information on the council, and Agendas.

The new mooring down the river was managed by the Parish Council after they took the project over from the Benwick Residents Association. Cllr 14

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In the Garden


tarting a vegetable garden at home is an easy way to save & also gives you the pleasure of savouring a delicious, sun-warmed tomato fresh from the garden. In almost every case, the flavour and texture of varieties you can grow far exceed the best supermarket produce. It’s a great way to spend time with children or have a place to get away and spend time outdoors in the sun. Growing vegetables is probably easier than you think. If you plan it right, you can enjoy a beautiful garden full of the fruits of your labour - without having to spend hours and hours tending it. It’s best to start small with your first garden. Many gardeners get a little too excited at the beginning of the season and plant more than they need -- and end up with wasting food and feeling overwhelmed by their garden. First, take a look at how much your family will eat. Some vegetables such as tomatoes & cucumbers keep providing throughout the season - so you may not need many. Others, ie carrots and corn produce only once. You may need to plant more of these. Once you know what you want to plant, you can figure out how much

space your garden will need.Keep in mind that you don’t need a large space to begin a vegetable garden. If you choose to grow in containers, you don’t even need a yard - a deck or balcony may provide plenty of space. In fact, a well-cared for 10-x-10-foot garden will usually produce more than a weed-filled or disease-ridden 25-x50-foot bed There are three basic requirements for success: Full Sun Most vegetables need 6 to 8 hours of direct sun. If they don’t get enough light, they won’t bear as much and be susceptible to insects or diseases. Plenty of Water Most veg isn’t very drought tolerant, you need to give them a drink during dry spells. Good Soil As with any kind of garden, success starts with the soil. Most vegetables do best in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter (compost or peat moss).

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A Short History of the Five Alls


t’s common knowledge that Benwick once boasted 7 pubs down the High Street. Over the years, six of these closed down and just the Five Alls remains. The Five Alls was orginally just a beer house, not licenced to sell wines and spirits. It had one tap room, which covered half the current bar area. Shortly after World War II a Smoke Room was added. The pub was owned by a number of breweries over the years, from Morgans, Huntingdon Ales (which owned The Bell) to Manns and Watneys. It became a freehouse in 1975 when Tom and Jen Granger bought the pub after Charles and Ethel Chaplin retired. In 1957 Watneys renovated the pub making it one large bar and lounge as it remains today. At this time the indoor toilets were added and a Bowls green was laid. When Charles and Ethel took over the pub in 1936, there were just 14 pint glasses. At this time there was a Morgans sign advertising 12 bottles of ale and stout Top: The Five Alls in early 1900’s for just 2½d. You could also get a pint Middle: Charles & Ethel behind the bar of bitter for 2d or a pint of Mild for 1d. Bottom: The Five Alls mid Seventies Left: The Watneys Five Alls Sign 21


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n Thursday 1st Sept there is the Harvest Festival, 6.30pm in the Village Hall. We have a short service conducted by Peterborough Salvation Army Band and then we sell the produce which members kindly donate. We have light refreshments and have visitors from Coates and Christchurch and always pleased to welcome new members. The September Outing on Wednesday 14th is to the Bicester Factory Outlet and Oxford departing Benwick at 8.30am, price £15 for members and £16 for non-members. The meeting on 6th October is a demonstration for a Christmas Table Decoration and the competition any item beginning with the letter F. November’s meeting is the Bingo which is open to everyone – Eyes down at 7.15pm. The August meeting was very well supported. Mr. Cottrell from March brought the Curling equipment and several members thoroughly enjoyed it. The members who were less able either played bingo or scrabble.

We stopped at the mill in the morning for coffee and the freshly baked confectionery and also purchased bread and more cakes to bring home. Some people climbed the steps to the top of the mill. We then moved on to Sheringham for lunch and spent the afternoon there. It did come on to rain so we left at 4.30 and made our way home stopping at the Folkes Arms at Hillington near Kings Lynn for a drink, arriving back at Benwick about 7.30pm. A most enjoyable day!

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iewers will need to retune their Freeview set top boxes and TVs (and Top Up TV and BT Vision boxes) on 31 August, 14 September and 23November to keep watching the full range of digital channels you currently receive, unless the set top box has auto-retune. You will see captions on-screen reminding you of the need to retune on the run up to these dates. Guidance on re-tuning is available from The set top box's that the Helpscheme provided to eligible residents are auto retune so people shouldn't have any problems with them but, if they do require help and went through the Helpscheme they can call the Helpline on 0800 4085900 and someone will talk them through what they need to do over the phone or they will send someone out as part of the aftercare they get. (There is no charge) For those people that were not eligible or are already watching digital television and need help retuning the best advice is to call Digital UK on 08456 505050 who can talk people through how to retune their TV over the phone and their number is charged at local rate.





ver wanted to write your own play or film? Now is your chance! This informative workshop is a solid introduction to the craft of Scriptwriting. It will cover structure, character, plot and dialogue. The evening will provide an opportunity for lively debate and group discussion as well as practical exercises. Participants are invited to bring along ideas, but only if they wish. Comprehensive hand-outs will be provided and there will be a chance to look at examples of successful scripts. The workshop will be run by freelance scriptwriter Laura Watson, whose

credits include EastEnders, Casualty and Radio 4. Prior to going freelance, Laura worked as both a Script Editor and Story Editor for the BBC.

Laura has extensive experience in running scriptwriting and runs an annual course in Newmarket. She also hosts a monthly scriptwriting forum. The Workshop is running on October 21st at March Town Hall. Places for the Workshop are priced at £10.00 per person and £5.00 concessions. To book your place call in and see Claire at the Fenland Arts Box Office at March town Hall or call 01354 652769.

Partners: Alan Mitch (mobile 07738079804) Mary Larham (mobile 07925106643) HIGH STREET, MANEA, MARCH, CAMBS PE15 0JA Telephone/Fax: 01354 688089 VAT REG No. 394 4094 28 E-mail: We run Courses, Workshops & Clubs - ‘just for fun’ or to achieve recognised qualifications RHS Levels 1, 2 and 3 courses - Theory & Practical New Courses commencing September – bookings now being taken! Practical Workshops on Saturdays From Propagation, Pruning, Composting, Fruit & Veg. to Bulbs & Bedding. Evening Gardening Club – every Thursday at 7pm STOP PRESS: 3rd Thursday each month is BEE NIGHT A local club for bee-keepers, wanna-bee-keepers or anyone wishing to learn & love bees of all types! (Affiliated to Huntingdon Bee Keepers Association) PLANT SALES: Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm


September and October In Film


run down of some of the films out in September and October. This section is sponsored by the Luxe Cinema in Wisbech - which as you can see from the advert offers more than your standard cinema experience.

Jayne Eyre - 09/09 - PG A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he’s hiding a terrible secret. Film adaptation of the classic Charlotte Bronte book.

age his relationship with his children.

Friends with Benefits - 09/09 - 15 Dylan and Jamie think it’s going to be easy to add the simple act of sex to their friendship, despite what Hollywood romantic comedies would have them believe. They soon discover, however, that getting physical really does always lead to complications.

Tyrannosaur - 07/10 - 18 The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph’s life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating results on both of their lives.

Post Mortem - 09/09 - 15 In Chile, 1973, during the last days of Salvador Allende’s presidency, an employee at a Morgue’s recording office falls for a burlesque dancer who mysteriously disappears. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy -16/09- TBC In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6’s echelons. Crazy, Stupid, Love. - 23/09 - 12A A father’s life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to man28

Johnny English: Reborn - 07/10 - TBC Johnny English goes up against international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier.

Dolphin Tale - 14/10 - PG A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap. Spot the Difference Solution From left to right. 1) The Light 2) The Lamp above the sign 3) The Text in the window 4) The Flower Tub 5) The Brickwork 6)The Ariel 7) The text on the Charity Bin

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As lavish as something from the golden days of Hollywood, The Luxe Cinema is an elegantly stylish film lover’s delight. The Luxe Lounge bar sets the mood for a social drink with friends whilst the cinema itself offers luxurious and spacious leather sofas and armchairs – including a selection of Premier Sofas with waitress service! Allowing moviegoers to sit back and relax in true style, enjoying a glass of wine or a coffee whilst watching a wide programme of mainstream, arthouse and classic films. If you love film, you’ll love Luxe.

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Village Contacts Benwick Parish Council

Benwick Butterflies Preschool

Clerk - Kris Poole 655303 Chair - Tony Richardson 677856

Children’s Center, High Street 677733 Jenny Fell: 677848

Benwick Village Hall & Benwick Residents Association Patricia Tickner 20 Chapel Gardens 677279

Toddler Group Anita Abey - 677 784 Warhammer, Dungeon n Dragons

Benwick Football Club

Philip & Robert Taylor 677763 www.warhammer-dungeon-dragons.

Friends of Benwick Church

Benwick Scout Group

Albert Sismey John Hoffman

Rod Glen 4 High Street 677799 The Forget-Me-Nots Janet Fountain Olive Benfield Anne Wall

677228 677741 661327

677238 677878

Friends of Benwick School Chris Taylor Teresa Goulding

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Benwick WI Brenda Richards 3 High Street


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

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

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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


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