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The Five Alls Public House

Issue 11 October/November 2008


The Benwick Bugle Local issues for local people


Inside this issue:

Eyes Down 7.30pm

Live Bands Solo Singers Karaoke

8.00pm start

All welcome 32

Fen Tigers Explorer Scouts


Cambridge Festival of Ideas

15 October Updates


Doddington Patient Participation Group

18 Competitions


Benwick Bygones Book Launch


Youth Drop In - Helpers Wanted


Benwick Sewing Club


Friends of Benwick Church


Friends of Benwick School


Benwick School


‘Ritings from the Rectory


Parish Council Minutes August 2008


Services in the Village Hall


1940s Poppy Dance


Contact Details


Local Information, Groups & Clubs


Last issue’s Wordsearch Answers


‘Closer to Home’ Project Update


BRAs Christmas Raffle


1st Benwick Scout Group


Village Hall Computer To Go?


Photo thanks to

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WORDSEARCH ANSWERS BENWICK BYGONES BOOK LAUNCH The book launch for Benwick Bygones took place on Sunday 14th September. The book launch was a great success and the village hall was packed with both current residents and those who have moved away. There were a number of displays around the room, including the school honours board, a few bits from the Methodist Chapel and hundreds of photographs, as well as a few pieces of farming tools.

Answers to the questions: ALASKA FREDDY

One person commented to me "I have never ever in my 15yrs experience of Benwick seen the place so animated." And at one point the queue for books was almost out the door!


As well as our success, the money from the refreshments and the raffle went to the village hall which raised over £200 for them.


For those who couldn't attend the book launch but would like to get their hands on a copy or two, then it is very simple. All they need to do is make a cheque payable to JANET FOUNTAIN and send it to either myself : Adam Keppel-Garner, Hope Cottage, 1 Lilyholt Road, Benwick, March, Cambs, PE15 0XQ or Janet Fountain 9 Skeifs Row, Benwick, March, Cambs, PE15 0XB. The books are £12.50 each, and postage and packaging costs £2.50 (delivered free if you are in the village). If you would like more than one book please contact us so we can advise you of postage for however many you want.


WANTED BEGINNER LINE DANCERS Following the success of my Line Dancing class in Wimblington

Adam - 01354 677494 Janet - 01354 677228 Finally, both Janet and Myself would like to thank everyone that came to the book launch and made it a great day. As well as thanking every body who helped with the production of the book by their contributions, we would have never made it without them.

Is anyone interested in a class in Benwick? Monday evenings at Benwick Village hall For more information please contact Linda on: 01354 740826 or 07747 308745 30

The authors signing copies of ‘Benwick Bygones’


HELPERS WANTED I am involved with setting up a youth drop in to be held weekly at the village hall for all people aged 13-19 who live in the village. We have been awarded a grant from the Cambridgeshire Youth Bank for £5,540 to set this all up. One of the first things I need to find is a group of adults who would be willing to attend the drop in, at current it looks to be held on a Tuesday night from 7-10pm. I hope to have enough adults so that at least 3 can be on duty at a time, and that I can rotate the adults so that you would only need to give up one evening a month or similar. Also it is hoped that it will run during school holidays for one day a week. I am writing to see if you would be interested in helping out, all that would really be required from you is to be around for child protection purposes, and to help ensure that everything is run properly – i.e. people behave themselves. There would also be one person a night required to run the tuck shop which will be on.

Doctors’ Surgeries Doddington Doddington Medical Centre, Benwick Road, Doddington Tel: 01354 740311 Chatteris George Clare Surgery, Swan Drive New Road, Chatteris, PE16 6EX Tel: 01354 695888 Ramsey Rainbow Surgery , 1 Stocking Fen Road, Ramsey, PE26 1SA Tel: 01487 710980 Ramsey Health Centre, Mews Close, Ramsey, PE26 1BP Tel: 01487 812611

Doddington Community Hospital Benwick Road, Doddington, PE15 0UG Tel: 01354 644251 Minor Injuries Clinic open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm. No appointment necessary. X-ray facilities on site.

NHS Dentists It’s always difficult to find an NHS dentist, but at the time of writing, the Fenland & East Cambs PCT reported that there were dentists accepting new adults and children as patients. To search for dentists and get up to date information, go to: and enter your postcode. Alternatively, phone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

Leisure Centres

In order to help you would need to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure, which part of the funding will pay for. If you would be interested, please get in touch so that I can arrange the CRB check since they can take some time. If anyone would like to be involved; please contact me on: 01354 677494, 07791985722, or at 1 Lilyholt Road, Benwick



George Campbell Leisure Centre, City Road, March, PE15 9LT, Tel: 01354 622399 Manor Leisure Centre, Station Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1UA , Tel: 01733 202298 Hudson Leisure Centre, Harecroft Road, Wisbech, PE13 1RL, Tel: 01945 584230 Anyone may purchase an Optimum Leisure Card and use it to obtain a discount at any of the three leisure centres run by Fenland District Council above. For more details, or to apply for a card, contact one of the leisure centres. Ramsey Leisure Centre, Ailwyn School, Abbey Road, Ramsey, PE261DG, Tel: 01487 710275. Run by Huntingdonshire District Council

Mobile Library The Cambridgeshire Libraries Mobile Library Route M102/M114(N) visits Benwick every fortnight on a Tuesday, stopping at the following locations: 16a Doddington Road Chapel Gardens Village Hall

Arrive 10:35 Arrive 10:55 Arrive 11:15

Depart 10:50 Depart 11:10 Depart 11:25

These are the new times as confirmed on the County Council’s website. At time of going to print, stops were scheduled for the following dates: October 14th


October 28th

(Please let me know your preference of times)

November 11th November 25th

ALL WELCOME TO COME £1 per session IN BENWICK VILLAGE HALL For further details or to indicate preference please contact Pat on 01354 677279 or 07879 056614 4

December 9th See or phone the library service via the County Council’s Contact Centre on 0845 045 5225 for more details. (All information correct at time of going to print)


LOCAL INFORMATION, GROUPS AND CLUBS Benwick Athletic Football Club Club Secretary Diane Bradshaw on 01354 651757,

Benwick Butterflies Preschool Group Children’s Centre, High Street, Benwick. 677733 For enquiries contact Jenny Fell on 01354 677848 or email Holiday Club Available to 3 to 12 year olds. Contact Jenny Fell as above Parent & Toddler Group Contact Suzanne Scarborough on 01354 677518

Benwick Badgers Breakfast and After School Clubs For further information please contact the staff during opening times on 677733 or email or in writing via the post box at the Children’s Centre

Benwick Warhammer & Dungeon ‘n’ Dragons Club Every other Saturday in the Village Hall from 12:00 until 3:00pm. Anyone over the age of 10 can attend, cost £3 per session. Contact Philip & Robert Taylor, 01354 677763 Web: Email:

1st Benwick Scout Group and Fenland Tigers Explorer Scouts Beavers (aged 6 to 8) Meet Tuesdays Cubs (aged 8 to 10 ½) Meet Wednesdays Scouts (aged 10 ½ to 14) Meet Thursdays Explorer Scouts (aged 14 to 18) Meet Mondays

Carl Knight 677589 Sammy Hoffman 07791 006930 Ian Kennington 677574 John Chelton 677847 or Kirk Devall 677772

FRIENDS OF BENWICK CHURCH Harvest Supper: After a slow up take of tickets which resulted in the initial cancellation of this event it was rearranged and because of the hospitality of John and Rose Hoffman the friends held there Harvest supper in Lilly Holt lodge on 13th September. Approximately 50 attended and we were entertained by a country and western singer and her partner. A raffle organised by Sheila Sismey with prizes donated by friends. An enjoyable evening was had by all. If you missed out this year make sure you book your tickets early next year. This is an annual event so keep a watch out for next year’s date. All funds raised go towards the new church.

Christmas Bazaar and Grand Draw To be held in the Village Hall on

6th December 2pm till 4pm Many stalls Come along and enjoy yourselves. Something for everyone, even the person who has everything !

Father Christmas will be there

Friends of Benwick School Contact Chairperson Hannah Shaw, Tel: 677321. Forget-Me-Not Club For over 55’s, meeting once a month. Contact Anne Wall, 661327, Janet Fountain, 677228, or Olive Benfield, 677741

Friends of Benwick Church Local contact Mr Albert Sismey, 677238. Friends Fundraising, Chairman John Hoffman, Tel: 677878 The Ark Young Persons Group Contact Sarah on 677202. Five Alls Public House Tel. 677520 Village Hall To hire the village hall, contact Gina in the Five Alls on 677520, or Patricia Tickner, 20 Chapel Gardens on 677279.

Benwick Primary School Tel. 677266. Autumn Term 2008

Monday 1st Sept -Teacher Training Day Tuesday 2nd Sept - First day back for pupils Half Term from 27th - 31st October Friday 19th December - Last Day for Pupils

Update Us!! While we make every effort is to keep our information up to date and accurate, there will always be changes of which we are unaware. If your group changes its details, meeting times, etc., please let us know so we can update our pages.


Step aerobic class An invigorating and enjoyable step aerobic class! Classes held at the Methodist Hall, Doddington every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.15pm. Please call Emma on 01354 742707 to book your place. (RSA and City & Guilds NVQ qualified )




Thanks very much to all those who attended this year’s Hog Roast on July 5th. We were blessed with lovely weather and ran off all the calories with a very large game of rounders. We raised £435 on the night, which after costs translates to £215 for use by the school. We’d also like to thank everyone who supported, attended or helped us in any way during the year, we really couldn’t do it without you. Upcoming Events Clothes Collection on Weds Nov 5th. Please bring your half-filled black bin bags (shoes in separate bags) to the side room of village hall from 9am. Quiz Nite on Sat Nov 22nd in the village hall. Tickets will be available through the school or from Teresa Goulding on 677629. AGM The Annual General Meeting was held on Sept 16th and we are pleased to report that we have donated a total of £4,269 to the school during the school year. FOBS provides additional funding for the school to allow the purchase of equipment and activities that would otherwise not be affordable. In such a small school as ours this is vital and we need your ongoing support to continue the good work. Unfortunately attendance at the AGM was very low, meaning we were unable to elect a new Secretary. This apparent lack of interest places at risk our ability to continue to organise the same level of events and we are therefore seeking additional volunteers both for this role and also as occasional helpers for events. If you are willing to help please let Angela Chelton or Teresa Goulding know. Our next meeting is scheduled for 5:45 on Tuesday 4th November at the school and we would love to see some new faces.

Jane Levicki, 2 River Close, Benwick, Cambs PE15 0XZ

Tel: 01354 677869 Submissions Benwick individuals or groups may submit items for publication, free of charge. We are happy to publish reports on group activities and events, publicity for forthcoming events, stories, poems …. and much more!!! Digital submissions are preferred, emailed to . Hard copies also acceptable, to the address above. We can also help with preparing submissions; please contact to discuss. Please note that submissions may be edited.

Business Advertising Costs - Bimonthly Magazine ¼ A5 page (approx 6cm x 9cm) ½ A5 page (approx 9cm x 12.25cm) Full A5 page (approx 12.25cm x 19cm) Inside Cover full page Back Cover full page

£6.00 £11.00 £19.00 £24.00 £26.00

10% discount on multiple adverts taken out and paid for in bulk

All magazine adverts include a free listing on the Local Business pages of the website. Charities and non-profit making organisations are eligible for a 50% discount on advertising. Please indicate if this applies to you. To advertise, please send details and payment to the address above. Adverts must be paid for in advance. Adverts/payments that miss the copy deadline will be deferred until the next publication. Cheques should be made payable to Jane Levicki. We can also accept Paypal payments - please see the Advertising page on the website or contact us for details. Format Adverts are preferred in digital format but we can accept hard copy. They will be reproduced in grayscale. Hard copies should be sent with payment, digital copies should be sent to or supplied on disc. We can accept several formats, including pdf and jpeg. If in doubt, please contact us to check.

Monthly Draw Results

We can prepare your advert for you if required. Please contact us to discuss.

May 2008

Deadlines for all magazine submissions and adverts are:

1st Prize Richard Bedford £100 2nd Prize Audrey Walker £49.25

June 2008

1st Prize Kennington children £100 2nd Prize Rosemary Jane £47.75

July 2008

1st Prize Lisa Beevor £100 2nd Prize Mrs Wheystone £44.75

August 2008

1st Prize Laraine Bones £100 2nd Prize Vicky’s Grandad £44


Issue date

Deadline for submissions November 20th January 20th March 20th May 20th July 20th September 20th

December/January February/March April/May June/July August/September October/November

If you’ve missed the deadline by a day or two, we may still be able to squeeze you in!! Please do contact us and we’ll do our best to help.


BENWICK SCHOOL Harvest Festival - Our Harvest Festival this year will take place on the last day of this half-term (24th October) at 2:30 p.m. in the village hall. We will be asking for donations of tins and fresh produce which will then be distributed to a local charity. All welcome. Break-In - I’m very sad to report that over the summer holidays we had a break in. The glass panel in the door to the mobile classroom was smashed and a laptop was stolen from a cupboard. Two interactive whiteboard pens, which can’t be used as normal pens, are also missing. Should you have seen or heard anything about this incident please let me know. The door was found smashed on the 18th August. Dad’s Day - On Monday 29th September we will be holding our annual ‘Bring a Dad to School Day’. This year dads will be invited to stay to lunch with their child. Don’t forget that if Dad can’t come Granddad will be more than welcome. Cambridgeshire Roots Project - Once again we are taking part in this art, literacy and dance project. This term Class 3 will be studying Fen Traditions and stories and will learn how to Molly Dance. A performance of their achievements will be on Friday November 28th at 11:00 a.m. in the village hall. All parents welcome.



The Rectory Ingles Lane Doddington PE15 0TE 01354 742715

decision has been made. It was also suggested that contact is made with CCC to ascertain their Contractor. Cambridge Row - An e-mail has been received from a resident in respect of the uncut verge between the school and Cambridge Row and possible road collapse due to increased lorry traffic also in Cambridge Row-AGREED to check grass cutting map to see if area is marked and if not to get Contractor to cut. Cllr Butcher stated he was meeting with the Highways Department next week to walk round his own village to mark areas needing attention and he was prepared to also walk round Benwick. Cllr Keppel-Spoor stated she would e-mail areas needing attention and will meet them. Hello!

October 2008 ‘Ritings from the Rectory

John Keats’ poem, Ode to Autumn, Seasons of mists and mellow a wonderful pen portrait of a maturing year with the frenzied burst of colour and activity, a kaleidoscope of colour and movement before the dying days of winter when the earth appears to sleep. The weather’s been memorably atrocious but the harvesting has continued despite the weather and we have been blessed with some beautiful days. God’s church also continues to be very busy. Things may sometimes appear to the casual observer slow and sleepy but like nature, look below the surface and you can see that God is at work. The Alpha Course has got off to a good start with 28 people sitting down to a 2 course home cooked meal before settling down to watch a short DVD presentation with plenty of opportunity to chat about it all afterwards. Maybe you were someone who considered coming this time & perhaps next time will be able to make the commitment. Following on from the harvest season in the church is the ‘season for remembering.’ The annual memorial service gives a special opportunity to prayerfully remember your own loved ones who have died. This year the service will be on Sunday 2 November and held at St Peter’s Wimblington at 3.00pm. I know a lot of people find this type of service extremely useful as they work through their grief. I shall be writing to the families of those whose funerals I have conducted since my arrival to invite them but of course there are many other people who are bereaved where I have not been involved and the invitation is there for you as well.


Cemetery - Reported that grass is not being cut to standard and that weeds had grown high on new piece of land earmarked for new cemetery. Cllr Langford stated he had spoken to the Contractor who had improved the standard. Cllr Richardson stated he had been approached by residents who wished to purchasePlots in the cemetery and he will forward their names to the Clerk.


Grass Cutting - Cllr Langford stated the verges were looking better.


Allotments - All allotment holders have been informed of a possible rent increase from next year. The Clerk has received an e-mail from an allotment holder regarding continuing vandalism. Cllrs have promised to visit the allotments from time to time.


Village Hall - Update on risk assessment and P.A.T. test-Cllr Tickner reported that Cllr Chapman will be helping prepare a Risk Assessment and had given her a telephone number of an electrician and he will be carrying out the P.A.T. very soon.


Improvements - Nominations for improvements (notice board/street lights)-AGREED to defer until feedback from Parish Plan has been received.

079/08 a) b)

Correspondence Fenland District Council –Fenlands Great Nature Challenge-now closed. Letter to FDC regarding the telephone box in Lilyholt Road in response to proposed closures of telephone boxes from FDC-Cllr Keppel-Spoor read her reply. Letter from CCC in respect of Transport Strategy-AGREED to invite to next meeting. Letter from Cope asking for funding especially now that they help several Benwick residentsAGREED to forward letter to ‘Forget-me-nots’. FCVS training leaflet – Clerk may attend one session.

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Have a good month. God Bless Rev. Val


PS If any couples are considering marrying at St Mary’s during 2009 can you please make contact with me as I have a Marriage Preparation Day organised for 15 February.

Meeting closed to Public & Press for next item-DEFERRED until next meeting.

SERVICES IN THE VILLAGE HALL A Service of Christian Worship is held every Sunday morning at 9.30. On the second Sunday of every month at 9.30 is a Family Service. This month is our Harvest Festival on 12 October. It will be good to see you there. 2 November 9 November

Agenda Items / Next meeting The next Meeting scheduled for Tuesday 2 September 2008. Report from Cllr Richardson regarding bench. Apologies from Cllrs Richardson (work commitments) and Butcher (Holiday) for next meeting.


Councillors’ Conduct

3.00pm Memorial Service — St Peter’s Wimblington 10.00am Remembrance Service at Benwick 8



The Clerk has received notification from CCC that the repairs to the Forty Foot Bank will be completed and the road is expected to be reopened on Friday 1 August at approximately 4.00p.m. Cllr Tickner confirmed that the road has re-opened.


Friends of Benwick Church. John Hoffman is waiting for a letter or copy of a Minute before they can proceed. Cllr Richardson stated he would get in touch with the Parish Council’s Solicitor. Clerk to forward Cllrs Keppel-Spoor and Richardson details.


Police Matters. The Chairperson read a report from PCSO Matt Smart. The report included information regarding the Neighbourhood Panel Meeting ; E-Cops and the Police nonemergency number (0845 456 456 4). The crime figures for July were also reported.

070/08 a) b)

County Councillors Report(s)/Communications Report from Cllr Ogden-unable to attend. Report from Cllr Butcher informed the Councillors that Mat Taylor will be leaving the FDC and a new Liaison Officer will be appointed.

071/08 a)

Income & Expenditure The members to considered and approved the following accounts for payment Description Amount K Poole Admin – July 2008 230.14 Inland Revenue PAYE – mth 04 64.91 J O Cutteridge Verges/Cemetery June 08 470.00 Anglian Water-DD Water Rates 9.00 E on Energy-DD Energy Charge – February 08 88.06 TOTAL £862.11 The Clerk reported the current balances: Alliance & Leicester £13,187.70 NSI £10,711.79 £23,899.49 Cambs Acre – Parish Plan £1,160.00 TOTAL: £25,059.49 The Clerk reports that at £18.62 has been received for Recycling Credits and £2,015.00 as the first instalment of the Concurrent Grant for the current year.


c) 072/08


Planning/Development. 60 High Street – Update on Parish Assembly held on 10 July in order that an acceptable solution can be found in respect of access to the above site. Approximately 26 residents attended and the majority were opposed to the current proposals. The Highways Department will revisit their decision. The Contractors were prepared to accept Highways’ decision. Planning would come back to the Parish Council to appeal if necessary. Observations Required: F/YR08/0599/F Lavenham Fen Farms Ltd – erection of a single-storey extension to rear of existing dwelling at Keyworth House Farm Chase Rd Benwick-AGREED no objections. F/YR08/0634/F R Patchett & S Ball – erection of a 4-bed detached house on land west of 28 Doddington Road Benwick-AGREED no objection but would prefer that the front of the property did not have a 6’ high fence. F/YR08/0663/0 J Edwards – erect dwelling – land west of 22 Doddington Rd Benwick-AGREED no objections.

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Highway Matters/Street Lighting/Transport Street Lighting Contractor-there is only one quote viable for this contract-AGREED to contact the Contractors who have quoted for immediate repairs on an ‘as and when necessary’ basis until a




Doddington Under 5's Parent & Toddler Group


....provides healthy, imaginative play The project is going well considering the weather we've been having recently. I have, however, come to the conclusion that I may have to drop my final house count of 12 from each of the three villages to ten...This seems a more realistic figure knowing that the weather will only get worse from here on in. With this new goal in mind, I have just eight more homes to sketch, only three of which will be from Benwick. I am self publishing and the programme I am using to make the book, that will include all of the homes, is easier to use than I had thought it would be, so that's a help. The only problem I seem to be faced with so far is the huge amount of choices it offers; font, backgrounds, decorative features and layouts have my head spinning. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Benfield of 24 Doddington Road for his hospitality while I sketched his home. We had a wonderful chat in the sunshine which made painting his home all the more enjoyable.

opportunities for children aged from birth to five. We have themed sessions such as music/singing & rhyme time, messy play (paint, play dough, water, sand, messy food etc), and fun & play (arts & crafts, home corner, rail & road, puzzles, small world toys etc).


Sessions run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00-11:30 and 13:30-14:30 on a Thursday.

(01354) 695732 MOB: 07932 446274

For more information please contact Emma Weatherill on 07824 337856


All the brilliant little pictures which Anita does of Benwick can be found on, or visit her blog and remember to check out her weekly column in the Cambs Times!

Benwick Residents’ Association





BENWICK PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of a meeting of the Benwick Parish Council held on Tuesday 5 August 2008 in the side room of the village hall at High Street Benwick commencing at 7.30 p.m. Present: Cllrs L Keppel-Spoor; P Tickner; H Langford; R Few; T Richardson; T Butcher (CCC) and 10 members of the public. 7.30–7.45 PUBLIC TIME It was reported that the bus shelter needs repair – Cllr Langford will look into the matter. Copies of the Minutes of the Annual Assembly were requested – the Clerk and a member of the public will contact the Scouts’ representative for his report. The Lilyholt e-mail is requesting draft minutes – the Clerk will send future copies. A resident asked what was happening to the area at the Top End of High Street. Cllr Langford explained that he had volunteered to weed an area in the cemetery but a resident had consulted DEFRA and their advice was that should anyone wish to carryout work on behalf of the village a P1, a P6 together with a Risk Assessment and a Method Statement should first be produced. Cllr Langford stated he would weed the area and continue to monitor the growth of the plants. It was reported by another resident that she had received a visit from the Police stating that catalytic converters were being stolen from 4x4’s in the area. Street lights outside 1a Doddington Road and 28 Chapel Gardens (CCC) were in need of repair-AGREED the Clerk should contact a contractor for an update on their prices and get them to repair Apologies for Absence: Cllrs Chapman and Paice – work commitments; Cllr Potts – previous meeting Motion to Exclude Public and Press after item 080/08 to discuss Councillors’ Conduct-deferred till next meeting 065/08

Declarations of Interest. Councillors to declare any personal and prejudicial interests under the Local Code of Conduct in respect of any item to be discussed at this meeting-None declared.


Confirmation of Minutes. The Minutes of meeting held on 1 July 2008-AGREED with one abstention following two amendments.

067/08 a)

Matters Arising The Clerk now has confirmation and has authorised CCC to carryout the replacement of the street light in Doddington Road. Update of pot hole repairs reported in Chapel Gardens-Clerk has contacted Roddens who will get back to her. Update on Section 106 project money-Cllr Keppel-Spoor stated she was still in contact with Emma Grima of FDC and will work with the Village Hall. Committee to find an alternative project – possibly new windows. The date of the next Neighbourhood Panel Meeting will be on 13 August 2008 and will be held at Coates Village Hall, Coates starting at 6.45-Cllr Langford will attend. The Clerk has contacted FDC giving the location of the damaged wooden seat in Nene Parade. The Clerk has been in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund to ascertain if we can get funding for repairs to the Pill Box in Nene Parade-Cllr Tickner stated she had spoken to a representative of the Heritage Fund and that we were unlikely to get funding for this project and suggested that FDC and CCC be approached. The Clerk has contacted Highways regarding the ‘dropped’ road reported in Whittlesey Road. Rod Marshall, FDC is awaiting to have a site inspection with contractors.

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Kids – what do you think about doing something different, exciting and fun? Where you can make new friends? Learn new skills – canoeing, camping, archery, photography, survival skills, rock climbing, go-karting, parascending, skiing? Parents – would you like your children to develop self-confidence, problem solving, a sense of community, life skills, first aid, teamwork?

Then come along and join the Benwick Scout Group. aged between 6 and 8. DIVE IN AND JOIN THE FUN! aged between 8 and 10 ½

aged between 10 ½ and 14 Price includes:

ages between 14 and 18

Are YOU up for the Challenge? Then contact Rod Glen – Group Scout Leader (677799) or the section leaders: Kirk Devall – Explorers (677772); Ian Kennington – Scouts (677574); Sam Hoffman – Cubs (07791 006930); Carl Knight – Beavers (677589) Want to find out more? Go to or

Roast Turkey Christmas Dinner Free glass of wine / non-alcoholic alternative Choice of Deserts Christmas Cracker! Fun and Laughs included. To book contact: Pat Tickner 677279 Lyn Keppel-Spoor 677494 Gina or Carrie in The Five Alls 677520

POPPY APPEAL 2008 As last year the Scout Group will be collecting on behalf of the British Legion Poppy Appeal. We will be carrying out a door-todoor collection around the village over several nights in the week beginning 3rd November. Last year the people of Benwick gave nearly £500 to the Poppy Appeal. Can we do better this time? 12

VILLAGE HALL COMPUTER TO GO? Benwick risks losing the community internet access computer in the Village Hall if it is not used. The computer is situated in the side room of the hall and is available for anyone to use. It has a printer and safe internet access provided by the County Council. To log on, the user name is ‘user’ and the password is ‘user’. As the cliche says - Use 21

It Or Lose It!!! FORTHCOMING COMPETITIONS TREASURE HUNT After the success of last years “treasure hunt” competition, which raised £238 for the Village Hall, I have managed to get Greenvale to kindly sponsor the same competition again this year! For those who don’t remember, or were not in the village last year, the idea is simple; I have a grid with 300 blank squares on it, and another identical grid, on which there are a number of different prizes on some of the different squares. I will be coming around the village at the beginning of December with the grid, and you will all get an opportunity to purchase a square, or as many as you like. The winners of the various prizes will then have their prizes wrapped up and delivered on Christmas Eve ready for unwrapping the next day. Last year, there was a 1 in 6 chance of winning a prize, with the main prize of a DAB Digital Radio going to Doreen Guy. The second and third prizes were a DVD Player and a set of Mobile House Phones. Other prizes ranged from a tin of roses, to a pair of socks or the new Guinness World Records book! This year prizes will be just as good. This year I have decided that the money raised will be given to the Benwick Forget-MeNot’s, to help towards their running costs, and to reduce the costs they have to pay for all their trips and events. And I hope that everyone will support the competition and enter, to help raise as much money as is possible!

Come and join us on the 2nd Sunday of every month Next Month’s Service 9 November

VIRGIN VIE As you will have read in the Bugle a few months ago, whenever you purchase some Virgin Vie items from Emily Shepperson in the village, not only will you receive free postage, a 5 % discount you will also help raise funds for the village, since another 5% of the cost of the item is donated to the village through But, she is now upping the ante, and if you make an order directly from Emily in October, November and December, you will be entered into a draw to win some great little prizes. The first prize will be a hamper of virgin vie goodies, and there will be a few runner up prizes too! So not only can you get some Christmas shopping done in the village, get a discount, raise some money for the village groups you also stand to win something for yourself too! The draw will be held in December, details of which are to follow in the December edition of The Bugle, and will also be online. To be in with a chance of winning, and to get a discount, you must order directly from Emily, by Phone, E-mail, Post or in Person. You can view the catalogue online at but if you order through the website you won’t get the free postage, discount or competition entry, since it is so secure Emily won’t know who has ordered! To contact Emily: 1 Neneside Benwick PE15 0YF 01354 677427 or 07788706625




FIRST WEEK FREE WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE? RING KIRK 677772 JOHN 677847 Interested in reading more? This term’s nights will include banger racing, a curry night, bowling, karting; we also have a camp to London. We meet on a Monday 7.15 – 9.15 and for more details just Google 1st Benwick Scouts.

‘THE PERMINATOR’ Mobile Hairdresser

Flower Demonstration Evening: Doreen has booked this for 4th December in the Wimblington Parish Hall, during which the Grand Christmas Draw will be drawn. Open 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Tickets £5. Doreen will arrange committee member’s assistance. A suggestion was made that the PPG might have a stall within the Church Bazaar in the Church Rooms. Open 1.00 pm, stall cost £5. Date to be advised. A.G.M. This is to be held on Thursday 27th November 2008 in the Church Rooms. The doors open at 7.00 for 7.30pm. There will be A4 Posters and A5 leaflets. Patients Friends Scheme is to be advertised on the notice boards, in the local village newsletters, and on the Lilyholt Road Benwick website. Any Other Business: The PPG has received an invitation to attend the launch of Cambs LINk in St Ives later in September. The aims of LINk are principally to help communities have a stronger voice in their health and Social Care Services. The possibility of launching a newsletter for the Surgery and PPG was discussed. The date for the next meeting was set for Thursday 8th January 2009.

Benwick Residents’ Association Brings you

The BRA’s Luncheon Club! Tuesday 28th October Tuesday 18th November

Five Alls Public House Linda M. Shepherd Old and New customers welcome… Great Prices - O.A.P rates. Call Lin: 01354-693130 Mob: 0753 0666 601

18 years experience to your door. The Latest Razor Cuts….are my speciality! 14

Over 60’s - £3.75 All Others - £4.50

Options Available Vegan/Vegetarian option Dessert

Places are limited so please book in advance Call Patricia Tickner 677279 12:00 - 14:00 Lunch 15:00 Close 19



Report of the Committee Meeting held 11th September 2008 at the Doddington Medical Centre

The University of Cambridge will open its doors this October with over 100 free events for all ages at the first Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The Festival of Ideas will take place from 22nd October to 2nd November 2008. The event, the first of its kind in the UK to celebrate the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, will offer visitors of all ages the chance to understand more about the world we live in, on a global and local scale.

The meeting was well attended with eight committee members and eight others. After the minutes of the last meeting were read and agreed, it was noted that Doreen Lenton and Sharon Holloway would discuss ideas for fundraising events in 2009. Chairman Tony Ostermeyer reported that he had attended Parish Council meetings for both Wimblington and Benwick, giving a short talk on the work of the PPG. He said that it had been a busy period with making arrangements and selling tickets for the Quiz Night. Secretary Joan Manze had heard from the PCT with regard to setting up a meeting to discuss matters relating to the practice funds being held by them. Due to holidays, this may not take place until October. This could be followed up with a face-to-face meeting with the committee. The treasurer reported that we have £2000 in a newly opened High Interest Saver Account, and £272 in the current account. Recent problems with bank charges have now been resolved and refunded to the account. Dr Hambling informed the meeting that he had received agreement for the release of further funds held by the PCT. An “electronic receptionist” has been ordered for the reception area which will enable patients to sign themselves in on arrival at the surgery without having to wait to speak to the receptionist when they are busy withy other patients. This is a wall mounted touch button screen and is easy to use. However, it would still be OK to wait to speak to the receptionist. The consulting rooms now have new desks, and new sinks and decor will be carried out over the next few weeks. It is expected that the staff shortage will be eased soon with the appointment of new pharmacy staff. Receptionist/Pharmacist Sue Day from Wimblington Surgery has been transferred to head up the pharmacy at Doddington.

Through workshops, performances, taster sessions, film screenings, exhibitions and debates visitors of all ages will be given the opportunity to explore the big ideas behind history, literature, politics, art and much more. Whether bringing your grandchildren to our Prehistory Day or our Viking afternoon or joining your friends for our Tour of Medieval Cambridge or a Sunday promenade concert at the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Festival of Ideas will enable visitors of all ages to learn together in a fun and interactive way. For further details please visit or email or phone 01223 766766.

Quiz Night: The arrangements for the Quiz Night being held on 13th September are virtually complete with 84 tickets sold. There were further options to be confirmed. (The final number of tickets sold was 93). Alan and Pauline were preparing a Ploughman’s Supper on plates, to be served during the interval with tea and coffee, assisted by Yvonne, Angela, and Julie. Flu Vaccination Day: This will be a one-day event at Doddington Surgery to be held on Saturday 11th October, from 9 am till 4 pm. Doreen Lenton will arrange for committee members to be on hand during the day at the surgery to sell Christmas Draw tickets and cakes. For those patients unable to attend on the day, there will be a “catch up” day on 22nd October, also a District Nurse would call at home to visit those unable to make it to the surgery.


15 - OCTOBER UPDATES The main update of this month will be getting a load of new old photographs on the website, as well as lots of memorabilia. Whilst Janet and I were working on Benwick Bygones, we obviously amassed a huge amount of old photographs and other little bits, which couldn’t all go into the book, unless we made it an encyclopaedia! So I will get lots of them uploaded onto the website. From a load of photos from inside St. Mary’s before it was demolished, photos of the old village hall being burnt down, general snaps of the village, and more. I also have a load of other little bits, such as the programmes from different coronations and jubilees, the programme from the unveiling of the War Memorial and the programme from the Thanksgiving Celebrations. I also have an interesting booklet which was on sale during the Church Centenary in 1950, as well as the brilliant calendar from 1906 which belongs to David Guy, as can be seen in the picture.

GIEVES THE SALON UNISEX CUTTING AND STYLING TEL: 01354 741284 OUR NEW SALON HOURS: MON 9am-5pm TUES 9am-5pm WEDS osed THURS 9am-5pm FRI 10am-6pm SAT 9am-1pm


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As well as these, I have lots of old newspaper cuttings, which over the coming months will be the flashbacks for the websites, starting off with “Benwick of Yesteryear”, which appeared in the Cambs Times in 1988 when Ivor Sutton began collecting photographs of the village.


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Other updates will include the usual monthly photographs of the village, new events listings, and a host of old photographs of Benwick Athletic Football club, which were lent to Janet and me by Alec Chaplin; massive thank you to him for these pictures. In November, I hope to finally have the last cemetery transcription up on the website, which I have been working on for a while, and lots of genealogists have been nagging me for!


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As ever, if you have anything you would like to appear on the website, or would like to be the star of Twenty Questions, please get in touch with me.


Adam Keppel-Garner 01354 677494 1 Lilyholt Road







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The Benwick Bugle 1.11 - October 2008  

The Benwick Bugle 1.11 - October 2008

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