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Issue 14 April/May 2009


The Benwick Bugle Local issues for local people

Inside this issue: 3

Huntingdon Hawks Easter Basketball Camp


Outreach Post Office 10 Years Old


Memories of Fred Tinkler


Dickensian Market Update

3 New Website


Parish Council Update


BRAs Jumble Sale


Five Alls Kitchen Opening Times


The Ark Sunday School


Friends of Benwick School Sports


Three Peaks Challenge for Cancer


Benwick Autumn Show Update


Ramsey Rural Museum


Friends of Askham Place


Friends of Benwick Church


BRAs Luncheon Club


Benwick Athletic FC AGM


Forget Me Not Club


Doddington PPG Report & Quiz


Fen Tigers News


Cambs Times Cash Giveaway


‘Ritings from the Rectory


Benwick Healthy Village Events


Photo courtesy of Rob Taylor, See Page 3.

Delivered free to homes in Benwick. Also available from the Five Alls Pub, Benwick School and1Benwick Village Hall


Benwick Outreach Post Office An Outreach Post Office service is now operating in Benwick. All the services of a normal post office, from sending your letters, buying your stamps or collecting your pension.



The Benwick website is 10 years old this year and to commemorate this milestone we have produced a number of little clocks. If you would like to own one of these special clocks at a cost of £7, please send an email to giving your details, call 677632 or call in at the Five Alls, they have some in stock. A proportion of the proceeds will go to groups within the village.

THIS YEAR’S MARKET 28th November 2009 The Benwick Dickensian Market website has now been updated to the 2009 version with links to last year’s event.


Benwick Parish Council Update Welcome to the Parish Council update In each edition of the Bugle, the Parish Council will endeavour to include a brief update on what we’ve been up to over the past couple of months, and what has been happening at our meetings. It is also our way of keeping in touch with everyone.

Parish Council Minutes and Agendas In addition to the Parish Council Notice Board Agendas for forthcoming meetings, and Minutes from past meetings can be found on the Benwick Websites:

Firstly, The Parish Council has been successful in applying for some funding to help with updating the Village Hall (subject to Planning Consent). The money, which was available through Fenland District Council, under section 106 of the planning act, Ransonmoor Windturbine Environment Fund will be going towards replacing the wooden framed windows and front doors of the village hall with some brand new brown PVC ones, improving the appearance and making the hall more environmentally friendly. It is hoped the work can be carried out as soon as possible. In addition we are looking into changes to the Hall lease to allow the building of a New Church. We continue to have a good public attendance at meetings. Public Time is where members of the Electorate can report problems or address the Council; this is 15 minutes prior to the start of the Council Meeting.


Forthcoming Meetings

April 7th April 21st (Parish Assembly) May 5th (AGM) 4


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We carry enhanced CRB disclosures

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The Complete Pet Service Pet Taxi/Ambulance

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The Five Alls Public House Kitchen Opening Times Weds 5.00pm - 9.00pm Sat 4.00pm - 8.00pm Sun 2.00pm - 5.00pm A range of homemade foods available. All welcome Phone 01354 677520 if you wish to book

Friday Night Fish, Chips & Mushy Peas 5.00pm - 8.00pm £5.00 adults £3.00 children Eat In or Take Away Phone 01354 677520 if you wish to order


Junior "It's a Knockout" To be held on the School Field. Sat 27th June 2009

Village Sports To be held on the School Field. Further details of both to be released closer to the events. If any village organisation would like to run a stall at any or both of the above events (free of charge) please contact Stew on 01354677324.

AGM Sun 12th July 2009 at 7.30pm To be held in the Village hall side room. 6

Paul Braybrooke

OIL FIRED BOILER ENGINEER Boiler Servicing Breakdown Service

Commissions Tank Replacements

Phone 01353 777788 07946 735691 7

Benwick Autumn Show Saturday 12th September 2009 Entry Categories:- 25p per entry for children’s section & 50p for adults section Childrens Section – Pre-school/KS1/KS2/KS3/KS4 – judged separately 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Junk Model – made from recycled materials Greetings Card Decorated Paper Plate – plate supplied Collage (any material) – autumn theme Decorated Boiled Egg Construction Model e.g. Lego/Meccano/Knex etc Miniature Garden – approx 20cm x 30cm Drawing or Painting – the seasons Grow your own carrots Grow your own Pumpkin – plants to be supplied mid May

Age 14 – Adult Section 11.

Photograph – your own theme


13. 15. 17. 19. 21. 23. 25. 27. 29. 31. 33. 35. 37.

Autumn Poem Dried/Silk Flower Arrangement Jam Victoria Sponge Cake Sweets Wine 2 Lettuces 3 Parsnips Bunch of Beetroot Largest Marrow Indoor Cucumber 4 Cooking Apples 6 Plums (any variety)

14. 16. 18. 20. 22. 24. 26. 28. 30. 32. 34. 36. 38.

Open to all Ages 39. 40. 41.

6 Small Cakes 6 Cookies – to recipe supplied Needlework article (sewing, knitting, etc) 8

Drawing or Painting – any medium Fresh Flower Arrangement Pickles/Chutney Lemon Curd Fruit Cake Quiche Bunch of 6 Carrots Longest Runner Bean 6 Tomatoes 6 Potatoes (any variety) 6 Onions 4 Dessert Apples 4 Pears 6 Sticks of Rhubarb

Points will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd position and trophies will be given for overall adult and child entries. The entries will be judged from 11am. Doors will be open at 6.30pm for viewing and collection of entries. During the evening there will be a bar and disco, and Hot Dogs and Burgers will be on sale. Between 7 & 8pm we are hosting Benwick’s Kids’ve Got Talent and later in the evening it’s Benwick’s Got Talent (adults) - so get practising all you budding artistes. There will be a Prize Giving for the Show exhibitors between 8 and 8.30pm – hopefully by a local celebrity – watch this space!!! Evening Entry Price £5 for a family - £2 per person. Under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult. Please note – any details are subject to change by the organisers – we will keep you informed. If you need any more information contact Rose on 677878.


BABYSITTING SERVICE Tom Levicki 15 years old


Late weekdays no problem!

(01354) 695732 MOB: 07932 446274

07827 013736



THE FRIENDS OF ASKHAM PLACE Askham Place in Doddington is a small residential home for the young physically disabled. Having 15 full time residents the home is like one big happy family. Activities within the home are varied and we are always looking for new ideas and obviously new volunteer helpers. The Friends of Askham Place, re-established some 18 months ago, have done wonders for and with the residents. One of the main aims of the ‘Friends’ is to fundraise to raise money to hire transport to take the residents out - something that they all thoroughly enjoy and something we all take for granted. In-house entertainment also plays an important part in their lives and something that we could all help with. If you feel you could spare some time (however little) or would like to become involved with the ‘Friends’ please contact Rose at Askham Place on 01354 740269 - an hour a week could make all the difference to someone’s life!

Benwick Residents Association Brings You.... The BRA’s Luncheon Club Over 60s - £3.75 Tuesday 28th April All Others - £4.50 Tuesday 26th May Five Alls Public House Places are limited so please book in advance Call Patricia Tickner 677279

12:00 - 14:00 Lunch 15:00 Close

Options Available Vegan/Vegetarian Option Dessert


Classics Restaurant 7, Station Road, Manea Tel 01354 680363

Looking for somewhere serving good food in a relaxed atmosphere .....why not try Classics Restaurant Manea ~~~~~~~~~

St George’s Day Thursday 23rd April Help us celebrate with a selection of traditional English dishes 3 course buffet £21.00 ~~~~~~~~~

‘A Taste of the Sea’ Thursday 21st May For a real fishy feast join us for our 3 course buffet £21.00 ~~~~~~~~

For a copy of the menus, or to make an enquiry please ring 01354 680 363 We are open Tuesday ~Saturday from 7.00 ( Tue & Wed please book) Lunchtimes by prior bookings only. We also offer a traditional Sunday lunch from 12.30 11 Bed & Breakfast accommodation available

FORGET-ME-NOT CLUB Thursday, 2nd April 6.00pm The Club’s Birthday Party! Entertainment by country singer ‘Chrissie’ Thursday, 7th May Games evening Bingo, Whist, Dominoes and Scrabble The May outing Cream Tea and tour round Ramsey Rural Museum Date to be announced

FEN TIGERS NEWS The Summer Camp has been decided and this year we are off to the Sun Run which starts on the Friday with bands and a rave, followed by Saturday filled with different stuff going on from rock climbing to fairground rides to euro bungee, then that evening there are two runs a full marathon and half or just like AJ you can stay and look after the tents and enjoy the evening entertainment and wait for there return of the runners. Other nights include wake boarding, like water skiing, golf , wide games in local woods and of course the party which this year is a Luau. Anyone interested in joining us should know that you have to be 14-18 cost is £3 per week with some activities costing extra, nothing is compulsory you join in or don’t as much as you want, but the group is there to give you a chance to try different things and have a laugh. You might from time to time see one of the Explorers in their Black Hoodies with the above logo and you can always ask them to tell you about what we get up to. LEADERS: JOHN 01354 677847, KATHY 07506 735707, KIRK 01354 677772, NICK 07951 211318

MILK BOTTLE TOPS Please note that if you are saving these for the Doddington collection it is ONLY MILK BOTTLE TOPS that can be recycled and not any other plastic tops. Thank-you! 12

GIEVES UNISEX CUTTING AND STYLING INGLES LANE DODDINGTON - TEL: 01354 741284 SALON OPENING HOURS: MON 9am-5pm - TUE 9am-5pm - WED Closed -THUR 9am-5pm - FRI 8.30am-6pm - SAT 9am- 1pm Unisex Cutting and Styling - Colours/Hi-Lites - Perming/Setting - Ear Piercing - REDKEN Retail

All of Our Prices Include: Shampoo, Conditioner and Finishing Products by REDKEN GIEVES ANNOUNCEMENT:

Due to Client feedback Gieves have decided to introduce OAP Wash & Sets A Special Offer Can Be Found Below Within Our Spring Voucher Promotion



GIEVES Now run an appointment system, however we will be happy to take walk-ins whenever possible

‘Ritings from the Rectory

The Rectory Ingles Lane Doddington PE15 0TE 01354 742715

Hello. My mother died a few weeks ago. In many ways it was a merciful release for her, she was 90, she had Alzheimer’s, hadn’t eaten or drunk anything much for at least 4 months and there was very little of ‘my mum’ still there but even so it was a shock and I am still grieving for her. As I write we are rapidly approaching Easter when we remember Jesus’ death and resurrection, both occasions are linked with Christmas and the birth of Jesus. I wonder how it must have felt for God the Father to send his beloved and most precious Son, Jesus, to be born in poverty, to grow up ostracised by the church leaders of those days, the Pharisees, rejected by those who he came to work amongst and to die an agonising death on a cross – an innocent man whose only ‘crime’ was to love people. My mum, like each one of us, had done things wrong during her life time but mostly she was a loving, kind, generous person and it was hard to see her suffer so. How was it for God then to see his Son ignored and ridiculed and does that pain and sorrow continue today? The 25 December is celebrated but Jesus’ birthday is ignored by so many. Good Friday is increasingly a day when people either have to work or use it to escape for the first long Bank Holiday week end of the year. How many people wish to take a little time to enter into the pain and suffering of Jesus’ death on the cross and celebrate again His resurrection on Easter Sunday? No one enjoys being ignored, it happens to us all but mostly we dislike the experience and can at times find it emotionally painful. This Easter please do not ignore Jesus and the amazing sacrifice he made for us all. If we say sorry and really mean it he forgives us our sins, our wrong doings, and if we choose to call Jesus our Saviour and live according to his example and teachings then we can be confident that when it is time for us to leave our frail, tired human bodies behind we can go and party in heaven with Jesus – what a fantastic offer of hope for eternity. Happy Easter Rev Val PS On Good Friday in St Peter’s Church we are holding an Easter Eggstravaganza for children aged 5- 10 this will be a fun way for the children to travel through Easter from Palm Sunday, experience the Last Supper, think about Jesus death on the cross followed by his wonderful resurrection. There will be puppets, songs, games, crafts, quizzes, Easter eggs and hot cross buns. The cost - £1 for the morning. Places are limited. Linked with this will be Time 4tea. (There will be NO Time4tea on Easter Sunday afternoon) at 11.45 there will be an informal service for children, toddlers, parents, friends and anyone who would prefer an informal service (there will be the traditional Hour at the Cross be held at St Mary’s Doddington at 2.00pm) followed by drinks and Hot Cross Buns. I hope to see some of you and your children there. 14

From the Registers: Baptisms and Thanksgivings Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” Amanda Carling; Ellie Duff Weddings

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5 Tracy Skelton & Nathan Fall


Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the following, whose funerals we have taken recently or who live in the Parish: Arthur Howard Alan Whitbread William Tinkler

Eric Rowley Johnny Glowacki Barbara Pugh

Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God.”

Services for April Friday 3 April Palm Sunday 5 April

Maundy Thursday 9 April Good Friday 10 April

Easter Sunday 12 April

Sunday 19 April Friday 24 April Sunday 26 April Tuesday 28 April Sunday 3 May

9.30 9.30 9.30 11.15 6.30

BCP Holy Communion, Wimblington Family Service, Doddington Morning Prayer, Benwick Morning Prayer, Wimblington Agape Supper, Wimblington (for tickets contact Val) 9.30 Easter Eggstravaganza (children aged 5-10) W’imblington 11.45 Informal Service incorporating Easter Eggstravaganza & Time4t (drinks & hot cross buns), Wimblington 2.00 An Hour at the Cross, Doddington 9.30 Holy Communion, Doddington 9.30 Holy Communion, Benwick 11.15 Holy Communion, Wimblington 9.30 Holy Communion, Doddington 11.30 Family Service, Wimblington 9.30 BCP Holy Communion, Wimblington 9.30 Holy Communion, Doddington 11.15 Holy Communion, Wimblington 7.30pm Confirmation Service, Wimblington 9.30 Family Service, Doddington 9.30 Holy Communion, Benwick 11.15 Morning Prayer, Wimblington


Easter Holiday Basketball Camp for 11 – 16 years olds St Peter’s School, Huntingdon 6 April – 8 April 2009 1.00pm to 4.00pm £21.60 Aimed at all standards of player and run by Huntingdon Hawks Basketball Club this is your opportunity to learn new skills or improve your basketball playing ability.

Could you be a new LeBron James? Attend this camp to find out! Book via one of the following: 01480 388600 (Huntingdon), 01487 710275 (Ramsey), 01480 388500 (St Ives), 01487 832161 (Sawtry), 01480 388700 (St Neots),

Huntingdon Hawks Junior Basketball Team train at St Peter’s school, Huntingdon from 1.45pm to 3.15pm on Saturdays. New members are always welcome.



(picture taken by Improve Your Course Fishing Magazine)

NEW! FISHING BAIT SHOP & CAFÉ OPEN HERE! Come and find us on Benwick Road, Doddington or call on (01354) 740199. 17

THE MEMORIES OF FRED TINKLER In the past two issues of the Benwick Bugle, you will have read Parts 1 and 2 of Fred Tinkler’s Memories. Part Three Next a small lane down to some cottages, then the Wesleyan Chapel where Bill Savage & I went to Sunday School. Then there were about twelve or more cottages and then Fred Smiths general store. He sold almost everything – groceries, hardware, drapery, shoes. It was a very busy shop. Then there were some more small cottages standing back from the road with vegetable gardens in the front. This was called Skeifs Row. Next there was a small lane going down to the right with another row of cottages. Then there were eight much bigger houses. Grand Dad’s brother Jabez & his wife Emma lived in one of them. Another roadway led to Mr Richards house and dairy. At the top end of the roadway was a small sweet shop run by Mr Richard’s daughter. Going round a slight bend there was a large garden & then The Lane which had several houses on the right hand side. Grand Dad’s house was about two thirds down. There was one house at the bottom on the left side allotments that led though to Ramsey Rd. Then came Dan See’s Mill. He ground barley or any grain into meal mostly for pig food. He had a son and grandson named Dan. Next came two houses, and a row of cottages at the top of the lane. Turning right by a large garden there was a wide block of grass, at the bottom an area was fenced in with a shed where the roadman used to keep his barrow and tools. It was also the Pound where any stray animals were kept. If an animal was locked in there it cost a Pound to have released. Next was a public house and blacksmiths shop. This belonged to Sid Furness, it was called The Nags Head. Adjoining that came the School, the boy’s playground, a fence and the girls playground. On the other side of the school came the master’s house, an area of garden and then turn right into Ramsey Road. It was six miles to Ramsey Looking from the Bridge again on the left-hand side of the street first came a small grassfield. There was a low stile with a swinging bar the top which the Barge men opened for the horse that pulled the barges along to jump over. The bargee then unhooked the rope from the horse, took the rope under the bridge, hooked up the horse again & it was ready for towing again. This field belonged Charles Sismey. Next came his house & garden. To the left was Russell Rd then came Tom Jones house with a large front garden. Arthur Bedford’s shop who sold drapery, groceries, sweets and almost every thing was next. Sometimes we would go in with a halfpenny & ask for a halfpenny worth of sweets wrapped in two papers & he would do it for us. 18

Mr Albert Band’s Sadler’s Shop came next, he was a very good tradesman. There were two sons in their mid twenties Harry was the elder, then Fred who had a smallholding. Harry helped on the holding and in the shop. There was a daughter Winnie who married Jarvis Moore the baker’s son. Dad, Herb Brand, Fred and Harry always worked together to cart the corn during harvest time. It needed four men to make what was called a lob set. Each man took a horse & cart to whoever’s corn was being carted they would work in pairs & load the four carts & take them to where the corn was to be stacked. One person would unload the carts, passing the sheaves to the one standing on the side of the stack. There two men with two tined forks would pass the sheaves to the man in the middle of the stack who would pass them to the one who was stacking. He would lay two sheaves on the edge of the stack then two more on top of those two. The next one would be put between the outside two with the butt end only going to the band or string that went around it. The man in the middle was called the binder .He placed the next sheaf on top up to the band again & so on to the middle of the stack which if built correctly was always a little higher to help to keep it dry. Mr Band’s house was next. It stood back from the road with a lawn and flower garden at the front. There were two fairly big houses next. The first was the Post Office which was run by the Morris family. Mr Morris lost one leg in the war. He seemed to cope fairly well, sometimes with a crutch others with a wooden leg – there were no artificial limbs as there are today. Mrs Morris worked in the shop. There were 3 children, two girls and a boy. I think the girls where Gladys & Nellie and the boy was Donald. They thought they were a cut above us other kids. Dad (James Tinkler) was offered the Post 0ffice first as he knew a lot about telephones which he had learned about when he was in the Royal Corps of Signals. Anyhow he turned it down as he preferred the land. Mr Jim Bullamore lived in the next house. He was the Coal Merchant. He had Elephantiasis & the man that helped him was crippled with Arthritis but between them they did a good job. Mr Bullamore was scared of dogs. He would swing an empty coal sack at them which made things worse. I think he was afraid of his leg which was very big. He had two sons, the younger one married Edith Stokes the blacksmiths daughter from the Bell public house. Can’t think of the older ones name except he was called CONK. There was a big yard at the back where he kept his horse & trolley & also stored some coal.


Jim Bullamore

NEW LOOK WEBSITE!! The website, which has been live since September 2007, has been given a spring clean, and going live on April 1st, is the brand new look! The website has had a complete re-design, give it a fresh look, better content, improved navigation and cross-browser compatibility! First thing – users of browsers such as Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome can now enjoy the website properly, with the problematic formatting which the old website had has now gone, and it is fully compatible with all browsers! The navigation has been de-cluttered, odd links removed and generally spruced up. Now it is easier to find exactly what you want- when you want it, and the site map is also live giving a simple, text based way of roaming the pages. There are new photographs – both modern and old, there are new pages, the groups are all up-to-date with new content added, and the Genealogy section is now complete. All in all the website is fully functional, and the best place to go to find out what is happening in the village! The Flashbacks pages have been updated, with some new cuttings from past newspapers, such as the time it was thought The Church was haunted, and the programme from the Church Centenary in 1950 – even a couple of programmes from coronations in 1936 & 1953! If you want to be kept up-to-date of Benwick business, join the Lilyholt Road e-mail distribution list. You will be sent details of forthcoming village events, important meetings, updates to the website, and anything else that is relevant to life in the village. Just e-mail “SUBSCRIBE” to Want to see the new site – get online today: 20

DENISE’S FOOT CARE Visiting Practice in the comfort of your own home or place of work FULLY QUALIFIED FOOT HEALTH PRACTITIONER AND FULLY INSURED

Denise Hicks MCFHP MAFHP Call: 01354 680662 Or 07531 757771

Are you suffering from any of the following:· · · ·

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ingrowing toe nail fungal infection Athletes foot cracked heels

Nail Cutting difficulties Corns Callus Verrucas

· Diabetic foot care including vascular assessment

All treatments are followed with a Complimentary foot moisturising cream applied. Prices for Nail Cutting start from £15.00 for nails cut and filed and small amount of hard skin filed. Prices may vary as discounts available for larger group visits.


BENWICK RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION JUMBLE SALE Saturday 25th April 12 - 3pm Benwick Village Hall If you have any Jumble to Donate, please contact one of the committee to arrange it to be collected, or call and see when you can drop it off. Unsold Jumble will be donated to local Charity Shops. Pat Tickner – 677279 Lyn Keppel-Spoor – 677494 Richard Emmitt - 677309


Pat Tickner invites everyone to come and celebrate her

70th birthday On Saturday 17th April at The Five Alls 7.00pm BBQ and Buffet Gifts not required!

Contrary to reports we are still here, just awaiting CRB checks on one of the leaders then we are up and running again. We aim to put on a craft session during the Easter holidays so look out for flyers through Benwick Primary School. If you are interested in attending The Ark please contact either Sarah Caton on 01354 677202 or see Heather Baxter at the school gates. 22

Registered Charity: 261017

Please support us,..

we live in Benwick and are raising money for

Macmillan Cancer Care. On the 24th of May we are travelling in a larger group north to climb the highest mountain in Scotland, (Ben Nevis) then straight after travelling south into England to climb England’s Highest Mountain the following morning (Scar fell Pike) then straight after travelling further south again into Wales to climb, you guessed it the highest mountain in Wales (Snowden) on the Sunday Morning.

As you can imagine it’s no easy feat and would welcome your support. Cancer affects so many people’s lives and your donation really will make a difference. Please return this form to the address below with your pledge or money; (cheques payable to Macmillan Cancer Support) alternatively make your donation on line, by visiting the web address below.

BIG THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, Annabel, Lauren, Louis, Tom, Cameron, Ella, AJ Name: _________________ TEL NO: _____________________ Address: ____________________________________________ E Mail: _______________________ PLEDGE:


PLEASE GIFT AID YOUR DONATION (tick here, details on reverse)


Event organiser: Leaseline, Kirk Devall 3 Bakehouse close, Benwick, PE150EX


Event organiser: Leaseline, Kirk Devall 3 Bakehouse close, Benwick, PE150EX


Gift Aid It Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give Macmillan gets an extra 25 pence from the Inland Revenue helping your donation reach even more people living with cancer. For example, a gift of £10 can be turned into £12.50 and it won’t cost you another penny. Simply return this form and well do the rest. So if you want your donation to go further, Gift Aid It.

Please read the declaration below and simply tick the box on the front cover.



I am a UK tax payer and I would like Macmillan Cancer Support to treat all donations I have made since 6 th April 2002 and all donations I make in the future as Gift Aid donations, until I notify you otherwise. NB: you must pay an amount of income tax or capital tax equal to the tax we reclaim on your donations.

Ramsey Rural Museum Wood Lane, Ramsey, Cambs., PE26 2XZ

SECOND HAND BOOK SALE including Cds and Videos

11th, 12th & 13th April 2009 ÂŁ1 entry fee 11am - 5pm Ramsey Rural Museum Community Trust Charity No. 290110

Ramsey Rural Museum Wood Lane, Ramsey, Cambs., PE26 2XZ

ALL CREATURES GREAT & SMALL Animal antics for all the family

11am - 4pm SUNDAY MAY 17th In association with

25 No. 290110 Ramsey Rural Museum Community Trust Charity

FRIENDS OF BENWICK CHURCH An open meeting was held in the village hall on 17th March with those attending showing interest in the plans for the new Church as an extension to the village hall. During the meeting there was an opportunity to discuss the proposal with members of the Friends Fund Raising Group and representatives from the Methodist and Anglican Churches. The Architect was also available to answer any question on the design and construction. Those attending were asked to give either verbal or written comments. An initial review of the completed forms and comments indicated that the proposal met with the approval of those present. If you have any question over the design or any other issues arising out of the project please contact one of the regular members of the fund raising group. Planning permission has now been obtained, but there are still a number of issues to be overcome before construction can commence. Dates for your Diary: 1st May Friends (Tombola) Bingo in the village hall th 12 May Friends AGM 7.30pm in the village hall side room 31st August Picnic by the river including Balloon and Duck race Church News: Details of services to be held in the Village Hall can be obtained from Albert Sismey. Sarah Caton has agreed to continue with the Ark Sunday Group which will meet on the third Sunday of each month, for details of the activities contact Sarah on 677202. Fund Raising Group: John (Chairman) & Rosemary Hoffman, Lilyholt Lodge, Benwick (677878); Albert (Methodist Stewart) & Sheila Sismey (Raffle Organiser) - Doddington Road, Benwick, (677238); Rose Clarke - Doddington Road, Benwick. (677359); Margaret Bedford 39a High Street, Benwick. (677386); Rev Mike (Vice Chairman) & Sue Jones (Secretary) (653456) - and Judith Halliday Hon. Treasurer.

Benwick Athletic FC Annual General Meeting Benwick Village Hall Monday 11th May 2009 7.30pm 26





DODDINGTON PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP Report of the Committee Meeting held 5 March 2009 At the Doddington Medical Centre There still being no new Chairman, former Chairman Tony Ostermeyer again chaired the meeting as Acting Chair and circulated an agenda. Those present were nine committee members, seven patient members, Dr Hambling, Dr Nagadev, and Practice Manager Mrs Lib Welcher. No apologies. The minutes of the last meeting were read and agreed with no matters arising except for those on the following agenda. As there were no chairman or secretary there were no reports. Treasurer’s report: A statement of the accounts, which showed we had an overall total of £4,220 held in the Current and Savings Bank Accounts, and petty cash, was presented to the meeting. Replacement Chair and Secretary. An appeal around those present to stand for these offices again proved negative. After some discussion, Tony Ostermeyer agreed to resume the appointment as Chairman for the year, for which the voting was unanimous. Tony said it is vital for the continuing success of the PPG that a Secretary is found in the near future; he asked that everyone do all they can to help find a suitable person for the position of secretary. If anyone is interested in helping in this, or any other way, please telephone 01354 741585. Dr Hambling spoke of negotiations still in progress with the Cambridgeshire PCT towards agreement on the proposed two-year GP-led practice at Doddington Medical Centre. He also reported that the PCT are still to begin with the previously agreed much needed refurbishment work to the premises. A return of a Health Visitor for the practice is due to start on 9 March. Doddington Hospital: Tony brought to the attention of the meeting the recent articles in the local papers regarding the status of the Iceni Ward, extended facilities at the Hospital, and the sudden closure of the Russet Day Hospital. He had written a supporting letter on behalf of the PPG to the Fenland Citizen campaign, and he urged everyone to write individual letters to MPs, press, and the PCT, to bring pressure to bear on achieving the improvements already recommended in the Professor Alberti report of the public discussion meetings held last autumn. Fundraising: Quiz Night 2 May. Following the decision at the last meeting Angela Whittaker and Tony Ostermeyer had investigated the Methodist Chapel Hall and the Village Hall. The Chapel was considered too small, and Tony said he had negotiated hiring the Doddington Village Hall for charity rate. The hall is licensed to hold up to 240 people. However, there are a total of 42 tables so we could have 168 persons in teams of 4 per table. A ticket price of £6 per person had been agreed at the last meeting. Easter Draw. Doreen Lenton is going ahead with arrangements for an Easter Draw for each surgery. PRO: Newsletter. Information leaflets printed on bright yellow paper had been produced and were available in the surgery. They had been well received and were going well. Members took copies away for further circulation and placing in shops etc. Tony circulated copies of draft ideas he had been working on as the PRO for an official Newsletter. He will work on costing, and a simple but attractive design. 28

Any Other Business: Tony read out a list of equipment required by the surgery he had received from the Practice Manager since the last meeting. The list had been circulated already to committee members via email. The total cost of approximately ÂŁ2,130 including VAT was agreed. The practice will purchase the items, hopefully at discounted prices, and these will be funded by the PPG. Dr Hambling said he thought the items should remain the property of the PPG and labels for them to this effect would be required. A Water Cooler for the waiting areas was suggested but this had already been turned down in 2007 due to high servicing cost involved. It was thought to be too big a drain on our cash resources. Tony had received a suggestion from a patient that we consider applying for Charity Status to assist us with our fundraising effort. The founding committee had discussed this when planning the PPG prior to its establishment in October 2007; it was decided at that time to defer such action due to the uncertainties for the future. It was agreed that now might be a good time to review this and Tony set up a working sub committee of himself, together with Vice Chair Alan Mayern and Danny Morrissey to handle the matter. The date for the next meeting was set for Thursday 7 May 2009.

To be held on 7.30 pm start in the Doddington Village Hall Full Licensed Bar from 6.30pm Tickets ÂŁ6 pp (Incl. ploughman supper) Teams of four per table Contact numbers for tickets: Doddington: 741585 / 740333 Wimblington: 741980 / 740759 07711-680670 March: 650433 Tickets are on sale at both Surgeries. Draw will take place prior to Easter.


Cambridgeshire Times Cash Giveaway In association with the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, The Cambs Times had a sum of £15,000 to give away to Fenland community groups. Grants for up to £1000 were accepted, through the Grassroots funds, and Benwick managed to get in 4 successful bids, amounting to £2715! The Benwick Scout Group was awarded £900 to pay for Scout Association training of Adult leaders to national Scout Association standards. The Forget-Me-Not Club were awarded £500 too help pay for their outings. The Village Hall Committee was awarded £715 which will be buying a brand new cooker for the kitchen as well as a fridge and microwave! The Benwick Residents Association was awarded £600 to go towards improving this year’s Dickensian Market, and will help pay for some entertainment throughout the day!

BENWICK HEALTHY VILLAGE The climbing wall which visited the village during February half-term was a great success with 27 children enjoying the facility aged between 8-17years. It was a great start to the project, and is hopefully just the start of many more activity filled days. Thanks to Rod Glen we have some great photos of the day which we will share with you later in the year. NEW EMAIL ADDRESS Please email to find out details of activities or to request any activities either as individuals or from village groups. Contact telephone number 01354 677202 BASKETBALL COACHING SESSION FREE…………FREE…………. FREE…………FREE………..FREE……………..FREE…………….FREE Coming to the village during Easter holidays – flyers coming out via the primary school, scouts and village notice boards. Suitable for 8-14years. You just need to ring the local leisure centres to book your place. For further details contact DANCE CLASS We are currently trying to find a dance tutor for a session in May 2009, could be salsa ,yoga, jazz aerobics, anything is possible! Details will be circulated via Benwick Primary School and various groups as soon as we have further details. 30


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

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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. We can prepare your advert for you if required. Please contact us to discuss. Deadlines for all magazine submissions and adverts are: Issue date

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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.


LOCAL INFORMATION, GROUPS AND CLUBS Benwick Athletic Football Club Contact Acting Club Secretary Ian Beevor at

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 Group Scout Leader Rod Glen 677799 Beavers (aged 6 to 8) Cubs (aged 8 to 10 ½) Scouts (aged 10 ½ to 14) Explorer Scouts (aged 14 to 18)

Meet Tuesdays Meet Wednesdays Meet Thursdays Meet Mondays

Janet Taylor 677763 Sammy Hoffman 07791 006930 Ian Kennington 677574 John Chelton 677847 or Kirk Devall 677772

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 Sunday School Sarah Caton 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 Term Dates

Easter Holiday Summer Term May Day Half Term

4th April - 19th April 20th April - 20th July 4th May 25th May - 29th May

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.


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 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: April 14th

May 12th

April 28th

May 26th

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)


25 April 2009 8.30am—10am THE RECTORY Ingles Lane, Doddington

Come along to our monthly informal prayer breakfast, where we can talk to God and each other about the needs of our churches and our communities. There is no charge, but donations would be appreciated. For further details call: Rev’d Val Fernandez on 01354742715 .


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 Including New, Classic & Vintage Vehicles Repairs Engine , Gearbox , Alternators etc. Timing belts MOT's Welding Exhausts, Batteries, Tyres Brakes, Clutches, Suspension Engine Management Diagnostics Auto Electrics Service indicator resetting & Code Reading (most vehicles) Air conditioning Homestart

Very competitive rates Cars, Light Commercial, Motorcycles, Lawnmowers, Rotovators, Generators, etc.

K. Howlett. AMIMI. AMIRTE. LCG. 24 yrs trade exp.


The Five Alls Public House, Benwick

All Welcome Eyes Down 7.30pm

Anyone wishing to join phone Kev 01354 677520

Anyone wishing to join phone Kev 01354 677520

See inside advert for more information

8.00pm start For more information phone Carrie or Gina 01354 677520 36

The Benwick Bugle 1.14 April 2008  
The Benwick Bugle 1.14 April 2008  

The Benwick Bugle 1.14 April 2008