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Issue 16 August/September 2009


The Benwick Bugle Local issues for local people

Inside this issue: Benwick Parish Plan


Parish Council Election


The Role of the Parish Council


The Candidates

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Benwick Village Sports Needs You!


Scout Group News


Benwick Residents’ Association


Village Picnic


Forget Me Not Club


Benwick WI?


A Note from the Parish Council Chair


Friends of Benwick School


Bygone Benwick DVD


Turf Fen Charity


Outreach Post Office Under Threat?


‘Ritings from the Rectory


Doddington Patient Participation Group


Contact Details, Advertising


Local Information



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Benwick Parish Plan The Results of the Parish Plan have now finally been analysed and summarised. They have been circulated amongst the village groups who have made any applicable comments. We are now putting together a booklet, which presents the results and the comments from the village groups to make them easy for everyone to view. They will all be presented at a Village Meeting 6:30pm, Sunday 6th September in the Village Hall There will be a short presentation of the results, and you will be able to pick up a hard copy of the booklet. After this date, the results booklet will also be available to download from the village websites. Refreshments will be provided too. Adam Keppel-Garner

The Parish Plan and The Bugle


I was pleased to be able to include in the Parish Plan a few questions relating to the Bugle. I would like to thank everyone who answered these as I now have some very valuable feedback.

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In the meantime, please do remember that if you have any comments about the magazine, or suggestions as to items or information you would like to see included, please do contact me ay or on 03154 677869. Jane, Editor


Contact Tony on 01354 656063 to book an appointment

Parish Council Election Following the resignation of Councillor Paice there is a Casual Vacancy on the Parish Council. Three people have been nominated for election and the poll will take place at the Village Hall on

Thursday 6th August 2009 7.00am to 10.00pm No voting cards will be issued. If you are on the electoral register for Benwick simply turn up on the day. The details of those nominated have been published by Fenland District Council as below. The Benwick Bugle itself is independent and not allied to any of the candidates. In the following pages you will find a brief description of what the Parish Council does, and words from two of the candidates to help you make up your mind for whom you would like to vote. (Unfortunately we weren’t able to get any information from the third candidate before going to print). The following is a statement as to the persons nominated for the election of a Councillor on Thursday, 6th August 2009 for the BENWICK Parish. PERSONS NOMINATED 1. SURNAME, OTHER NAMES IN FULL


Emmitt 9 Bakehouse Richard Graham Close, Benwick, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 0EX Schaschke Corner Farm, Michael 43 High Street, Benwick, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 0XA Thomas 45A Doddington Gill Road, Benwick, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 0UT







The persons opposite whose names no entry is made in column 5 have been and stand validly nominated


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The Role of the Parish Council “Your Parish Council is the local authority closest to the electorate.� The Parish Council is nothing to do with the Church or the Diocese; nor is it a voluntary and community sector body. It is a separate legal, corporate entity. First created by the Local Government Act of 1894 in most rural areas, the current consolidated legislation is that of 1972. The Parish Council deals with all issues affecting the Parish such as Planning, Street Lights, Grass Cutting, Cemetery Maintenance and Burials, Allotments and Highways and Local Police issues. Benwick Parish Council meets on the first Tuesday of every month in the Side Room of the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. The first 15 minutes of each meeting is set aside for Public time; this is the time when members of the electorate may address the Council to report problems or raise parish issues. Once the Parish Council Meeting starts then only members of the Council are allowed to take part in the issues to be discussed. Meetings are also attended by County and District Councillors, and there is regularly a local police officer in attendance, all of whom offer reports to councillors on matters which may affect Benwick. Members of the Parish Council are Custodial Trustees of the Village Hall and the Council appoints some members to Turf Fen Charity. The Parish Council both owns and leases land within the village, which it rents out as allotments; this gives the Parish Council a small income which helps subsidise the Parish Precept. Councillors attend many meetings and seminars to represent the Parish. They also undertake training sessions to assist them in their role, keep them up to date with current legislation and provide them with the knowledge to help them in the decision making process. All Councillors retire after a four year term, but casual vacancies may well arise in the intervening period. 6

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RICHARD EMMITT I have lived with my partner and decidedly better half, Joyce, in the village for the last 6 years or so and recently reached a point in my life when it was time for me to give back time, to work for the benefit of the Benwick community that welcomed us both so warmly back in 2003. With that in mind I joined the management committee of the Benwick Village Hall becoming a Trustee and in May of this year was elected to the position of Treasurer. I was also one of the founding members of the Benwick Residents Association currently, holding the elected position of Treasurer there as well, and have been part of the team that has worked hard to bring back into the village the Luncheon Club that has proved to be a great success. As part of the Residents’ Association I have also worked hard to help establish the Benwick Dickensian Market and am involved with the clearing and hopefully the restoration of the Old Baptist Cemetery. I attend as many community events in the village as I can to show support for the efforts of many out there like me fighting to offer the community choices of social entertainment helping to keep our village the best in the land. I also support the last remaining public house in the village where Joyce and I enjoy an occasional tipple or two but always in moderation!!! As the evening dog walkers in the village will testify to I love to walk as I continue to promote more exercise, a healthier life style and try to battle the sedentary tendencies of our modern way of life. As a result public open spaces, responsible uses of rights of access and public footpaths, green and environmental issues generally are all issues that I feel strongly about and are close to my heart. I also recognise that the isolated nature of our community and lack of facilities dedicated to our communities’ youth is worthy of dedicated attention and effort to facilitate change and give our youth the facilities that they deserve. If you vote for me in the forthcoming Parish Council bye election you will get a Parish Councillor with a proven track record of working successfully within the Benwick community and someone who will continue to work hard for the benefit of all Benwick residents.


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GILL THOMAS My name is Gill Thomas and I am standing for Benwick Parish Council. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and ask you to support my candidacy. I have lived in Benwick since 1996, with my 2 children AJ and Ella and my partner Malc. My family and I are fully involved in Benwick Life! I am an active member of Benwick Village Hall committee and at present am working with others to organise the Autumn Show on September 12th ( Don’t forget to start practising for Benwick’s Got Talent!) I also sit on Benwick Sports Committee and once a year you will find me sitting in the scoring tent at Benwick Village Sports Day. My family and I also support Friends of Benwick Church and Friends of Benwick School and regularly attend the social evenings in the village hall. In my professional life, I am a teacher. I had the privilege of being head teacher of Benwick Primary School from September 2002 until July 2008. In this capacity I got to know many of the children and families of the parish of Benwick. In September 2008 I took up the position of head teacher of Westwood Community Junior School in March. I would welcome the opportunity to represent your views on Benwick Parish Council. I believe that Benwick is a great place to live and that there is real community spirit in this village. I see it when I take my daughter to Explorers; when I attend quiz nights to raise money for the school; when I attend the Friends of Benwick Church Burns Nite and when I watch the Sports Committee preparing the Village Sports. I do feel that it is the duty of the Parish Council to support these groups and to work to ensure that Benwick has the amenities to ensure its future success. We need to fight to keep what is great about Benwick but also work to ensure that our village has the amenities to continue to grow in the 21st Century.

I ask you to support my candidacy and vote for me on August 6th 2009


Benwick Butterflies Pre-school Group Benwick Children’s Centre, High Street, Benwick, Cambs, PE15 0XA Telephone: 01354 677733 Email: Ofsted Registration: 221812

Playgroup for 2 to 5 year olds Monday – Friday 9am – 11.30am (Term time) We aim to help your child to mix and learn with children their own age/ability in a variety of different activities and to provide opportunities to explore and discover their environment. We offer a range of activities such as puzzles, water play, story time, arts and crafts, singing and much more. We have an outdoor play area where we engage the children to participate in small and large physical play. For more information or to arrange a visit contact staff on 01354 677733 or via email

Baby & Toddler Group Mondays 1.30 pm – 3pm (Term time) The group has a huge range of baby and toddler toys and encourages both inside and outside play. There is a planned craft/messy play activity every week for the older children attending the group. It is a great place for parents and children to interact and get to know each other. Tea/coffee available for adults and a drink and snack is provided for the children. For more information contact Liz on 01354 677262 or just come along as the first session is FREE. (Usually £2 per family)

Holiday Club for 3 to 12 year olds Monday to Friday 8am – 5.30pm (School holidays) The club offers a huge range of inside and outside activities has a huge range of toys for all age groups and takes part in organised trips. The club has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where the children and staff have as much fun as possible!

For more information or to arrange a visit contact Denise on 01354 677733 or Jenny via email


Friends Of Benwick School Sports Committee

ATTENTION!! - BENWICK VILLAGE SPORTS NEEDS YOU!!!!!! As many of you will be aware, the annual Village Sports held in June each year has been running for well over 60 years now under the direction of numerous committees. The current committee, “The Friends Of Benwick School Sports Committee”, took control after the previous committee decided to call it a day, having successfully run it for several years. The aim of this new committee was to keep the traditional village event running for the benefit of the children of the village and to prevent it from becoming just another page in the history books. The current committee consists of 9 members and meets 3-4 times a year in order to organise the Village Sports Day and to arrange any additional/fundraising events deemed viable. Many of these members have now sat on the committee for several years and those who hold the positions of officers are looking towards taking a back seat in the very near future. At the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 12th July, the current officers (Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary) all agreed that they would stand for one final term whilst an attempt was made towards sourcing new members. So what does this mean? Well, after several fruitless attempts in the past we are going to put all of our effort into finding some new committee members, between now and September, to take the Village Sports into the next era with their new ideas. Should we fail to achieve this, then the 2010 Sports Day will be the last time this event will be run, bringing to an end years of tradition within the village!!! What can you do? If anyone is interested in joining the committee, has any ideas on how we can find new members or knows anyone who may be interested then please contact us (contact details below) – we are eager to hear from you! A meeting has been arranged for Sunday 13th September at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, at which a decision will be taken as to the future of the Village Sports and will therefore be the final opportunity for those interested in joining to come forward before it is too late and the event lost for good. Reminders will be posted around the village nearer the time of the meeting and we sincerely hope that we can find the support we need in order for the Village Sports to continue beyond 2010 and long into the future! Interested in joining but won’t be able to make the meeting? Please contact Stew (Secretary) on 677324. We look forward to seeing all those who are interested on September 13th! S. Green, On Behalf of The Friends Of Benwick School Sports Committee 12

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Scout Group News Beavers Chief Scout Awards In June FIVE of our Beaver Scouts were awarded their Bronze Chief Scouts Awards. This is the highest achievement that Beavers can attain and is the result of a lot of hard work by both the Beavers themselves and their leader, Janet Taylor. These were presented to the children by the Group Scout Leader, Rod Glen, at the last meeting of the summer term. The Beavers also performed a small show for their families based on an American Indian story.

Cubs Have Got Talent The Cubs put on their version of Britain’s Got Talent last month. They put on a show for parents and friends, for which they came up with the format, decided on the acts, put in an awful lot of rehearsal time and delivered on the night with an incredible amount of confidence. Photographs from this event








We recently said farewell to our Cub Leader, Samantha Hoffman. Sam has been a key member of the group for many years, helping run all the sections at various times. Her enthusiasm and experience will be missed. Her place is being taken by Scott Edwards who is stepping forward as the new Cub Leader. He will be assisted by Philip and Robert Taylor, Claire Edwards and Wendy Pedley.


It’s been very busy for the Scouts! The Scouts have had a fantastic range of outdoor activities this summer. They took part in the County white water canoeing event held near Bedford. At mid-summer weekend some took the opportunity to take a flight in a glider at Upwood. This was followed the same day by a survival skills camp, where the Scouts (all aged between 10.5 and 13) had to build their own bivouac and then sleep in it for the night. They also had light their own campfires and prepare and cook their own meal over the fires. Mr Chris Jackson planned and ran this event, passing on to the scouts some of the survival skills and knowledge he gained in the army. In July, we had an evening clay-pigeon shooting near Chatteris. Here the scouts learned about this sport under controlled and disciplined conditions. All those who took part managed to hit several clays each. Once again, we attended the Sky High camp near Rutland Water, along with a group of scouts and Explorers from Wisbech. Here the scouts had the opportunity to take part in rock climbing, parascending, go-karting, rope making and land yachting. During the spring the scouts all made nest boxes for barn owls. These have been placed in various farm buildings in the area. Although no barn owls have yet occupied the boxes, a family of kestrels have moved in near to one. The scouts were able to watch the chicks being weighed, measured and ringed by volunteers from the Whispering Wings charity. Photographs of all these events can be viewed at

Poppy Appeal 2009 This autumn the Group will be collecting on behalf of the Poppy Appeal of the British Legion. Anyone wishing to order a wreath should inform Rod Glen (01354 677799) so that the order can be placed in good time. If you would like to purchase car poppies (or even lorry poppies), please also contact me so I can order them. Rod Glen 15

Benwick Residents’ Association News As people will have observed the old Baptist Cemetery in the High Street is slowly being tidied up. The initial grass cutting was arranged for the Benwick Residents Association (BRA’s) by John Clark our County Councillor for March West and Benwick but the next stage has to be completed by the BRA’s and any helpers who would like to come and help us. The BRA’s have been given permission to tidy the old cemetery up by the Strict Baptist Church of Whittlesey and we have come up with the idea of turning it into a quiet memorial garden with lawns and flowers and a place to sit in the middle but to do this effectively we do need help so if you would like to join us in this venture please phone Pat Tickner on 01354 677279 or Richard Emmitt on 01354 677309 and we can make arrangements to meet up and clarify our ideas and organise the ‘broom and shovel brigade’. Please do come and join us as we have all the ideas but not a lot of ‘working right arms’ I am afraid. You will be even more appreciated if you know anything about cutting down trees or wrought iron work as both items need quite a bit of work. The BRA’s look forward to hearing from anyone who might like to lend a hand.

Luncheon Club The BRA’s next luncheon club is on Tuesday 25th August and then 29th September. Menus are yet to be finalised but it will still be a two course meal for the present prices of £3.75 for over 60’s and £4.50 for under 60’s. The luncheon club is open to any person, villager or outside the parish, all are welcome but there will be a Chatting Café before the Luncheon club in September just for the local Roddons Residents who may like to meet with representatives from Roddons for a cup of coffee or tea and a chat. Complaint or praise they do not mind but would like to meet as many of you as would like to come. It runs from 11.00am until the lunch starts at 12.00 and you don’t have to stay for the luncheon club if you don’t want to.

BRAs Meetings The BRA’s hold a meeting every 2nd Thursday in the month with the next one being on Thursday August 13th at 7.30pm in the side room of the Village Hall. Anyone and everyone who is interested is invited to come along and 16

express their views on what ever we are doing or if there are any other ideas that need considering they can be discussed as well. At the moment the Youth leader of our group is trying to set up a youth club for the youngsters of the area but although we have the money to buy equipment it is proving difficult to find enough volunteers who are qualified with extended CRB’s to help organise the club of an evening. If you are interested in helping out perhaps just 1 night every month or so then please do contact anyone of the committee members who will be delighted to hear from you.

Village Hall news There will be a TOMBOLA in aid of the Village Hall funds on Friday September 4th. Doors open at 7.00pm Eyes down at 7.30pm. Donations of prizes can be made to any of the committee members a list of whom can be found on the village web sites: or


Friends of Benwick Church August Function

Village Picnic 31st August commencing at 2 p.m. With Balloon race and Duck race at 4pm To be held along the riverbank adjacent to the old churchyard. Assorted stall and games please bring a picnic and drinks or share in the refreshments on sale There is no charge for joining us See you there Note: for those of you who are concerned about the balloons being a hazard to animals and the environment we operate in accordance with current guidelines. None of the ducks used in the duck race suffers injury or abuse during the race and all are retrieved and put in a place of safety at the end of the race.



Benwick Forget-Me-Not Club CHAIRPERSON Mrs Anne Wall 3 Greeves House St.Johns Chase March, Cambs PE15 8UB

SECRETARY Mrs Olive Benfield 24 Doddington Road Benwick March, Cambs PE15 0UT

TREASURER Mrs Janet Fountain 9 Skeifs Row Benwick March, Cambe PE15 0XB

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6th August Speaker from the Fenland Aviation Museum. Competition: Interesting Teaspoon. Members are also asked to bring along old Bygones.

3rd September

Harvest Festival.

1st October

Games Evening. Competition: Holiday Souvenir.




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Reformation of Benwick WI If you would like to make new friends, have fun and learn new skills, then the WI is for you! Interest has been expressed in re-forming the WI in Benwick. An open meeting will be held in the village later in the year.

For further information contact: Rosemary Green: 01353 661508 A note from the Chair of Benwick Parish Council We would like to thank newly elected County Councillor John Clark for acquiring the flower tubs for the Parish Council and congratulate him on being elected. I am sure he will work hard for Benwick. We also have some funding available to do some more planting in the village, which we hope you will agree should help enhance the outlook of the street scene. The new windows and doors for which we achieved funding have now been installed in the Village Hall along with the other doors that the Village Hall committee had installed. These will hopefully will help keep the hall warmer for everyone that uses it. In addition to this we managed to acquire new notice boards for both the Parish Council and the Village Hall free of charge to replace the old notice boards on the Village Hall. Lyn Keppel-Spoor 22

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BARGAIN BARN Open May to October In our bargain barn you will find hundreds of good quality second hand books from antiquarian to paperbacks, a good selection of Cds, DVDs, records, videos and many stalls of crafts, bric-a-brac and collectables, all at bargain prices.

We also sell second hand jewellery on Thursdays. New stock comes in every week so why not pay a visit and pick up a bargain.

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Friends of Benwick School Recent Events Family Bingo on June 5th – raised £200.83 Summer Fayre on June 11th – raised £1,031.03 Village Sports Day on June 27th – raised £168.78 We raised a fantastic amount of money at the Summer Fayre this year, most of which came from the Grand Raffle. We had 28 prizes and raised over £600 on this alone. We would like to thank the following for generously providing prizes for this and other events: Indesit Scholastic Nigel Silk Mystique Charlie Browns Riverside Barbers Rumbles Fish & Chips Compass Cars The Cross Keys K & T Motors Ramsey Leisure Centre Elizabeth Florists

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Monthly Draw Results May 2009 1st Prize Sam Crofts £100 2nd Prize Gill Thomas £38.75 In the last Benwick Bugle we let you know that we set ourselves a target of raising £3,000 for new fixed playground equipment for the school this year. Since making that announcement most of the existing equipment has been condemned and just recently removed. The good news is that we have exceeded our target and are in discussions with a supplier to introduce a good amount of replacement equipment. Our thanks go to everyone who has helped us this year to achieve this. Neil & Teresa 24


BYGONE BENWICK – THE NEW BENWICK DVD OUT 6TH AUGUST Some of you may have seen the trailer for the new Benwick DVD on, and been curious as to what it was. Well, Bygone Benwick is the new DVD compiled by Janet Fountain and Adam Keppel-Garner. It is using old footage, which was recorded by Lil Clifton, of the village in the 70’s and 80’s using an old cinefilm camera. The footage was originally put onto a video for the WI, and resurfaced last year at a Forget-Me-Nots event, after which it was decided to make the film available to everyone, and convert it to DVD. The film is in full colour, and contains a number of interesting pieces of footage, from the demolition of the Church of St. Mary, to the Jubilee Celebrations in 1977, the Opening of the Play Park, and the School Centenary. There is also a collection of old photographs and, as a bonus feature, the footage recorded at the Book Launch of Benwick Bygones in September 2008 is also included. The DVD will be available from August 6th onwards, and is being launched after the Forget-Me-Nots meeting that night, which is your first chance to get it. You can come along from 8:30pm. The DVD costs £7.50, and profits from the sale of it will benefit the Forget-Me-Not Club. After this date it will be available from Janet or Adam. For more information, or to view the trailer, visit Adam K-G 26


Turf Fen Charity The Charity known as ‘Turf Fen’, relates to a small portion of agricultural land awarded to the village in 1858 to help alleviate hardship. Over the years the Parish Council administered the Charity and was responsible for distribution of charitable funds traditionally just before Christmas. These funds were obtained from the rent received in allowing the land to be farmed. In order to regularise the charity and to bring it into line with the current modern legislation, Turf Fen Charity Land was registered with the Charity Commissions in 1998. In essence this meant that a registered charity number was given and the Parish Council were no longer responsible for the distribution of funds. The charity trustees are responsible for the administration and awarding grants from the charity. The object of the charity is the relief of persons resident in the Benwick area who are in need, hardship or distress. Assistance can be given by making grants of money, providing or paying for the goods, services or facilities to those in need. Grants of money can also be made to other persons or bodies who provide services or facilities to those in need. Further, in exceptional circumstances the trustees are empowered to assist someone (who otherwise qualified) who is resident outside the area of benefit or temporarily resident in the area of benefit. Items or things that people can be assisted with are grants towards, a utility bill, rent, council tax, lifeline telephone, food, clothing and many more. However, in keeping with regulations, individuals wishing to receive a grant from the charity are required to complete an application form. Once completed the form is treated in strictest confidence. The only people having access to the document are the Charity Trustees and, if required, the Charity Commission. Annual Accounts to show how many grants have been given will be displayed but the names of those who have been assisted will always remain confidential. Finally, now you have been made aware of the charity’s existence and on behalf of the trustees, may I request that you encourage people who are eligible and in need to apply. Each case will be dealt with on its own individual circumstances. If you require more information or an application form simply contact Lyn Keppel-Spoor 01354 677494 1 Lilyholt Road, Benwick, March, Cambs PE15 0XQ Application forms are also available to download from and 28

Benwick Outreach Post Office Under Threat?? The Outreach Post Office service has been operating in Benwick for several weeks now, providing all the services of a normal post office, from sending your letters and parcels to buying your stamps or collecting your pension.

THE FIVE ALLS PUBLIC HOUSE TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS 10:30 – 12:00 But it will only remain if there is a need for it. As the saying goes,

USE IT OR LOSE IT!!! Please plan ahead a little and use this service. It’s better for the community, and better for your health and the environment too to walk to the outreach service instead of driving further afield!



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August 2009 ‘Ritings from the Rectory Hello. I read this the other day and thought with the school summer holidays upon us it may bring a smile. A mathematics teacher who agreed to baby-sit while a friend went shopping, left her this note. ‘Dried tears 11 times..tied shoelace 15 times..blew up balloons, 5 per child…warned children not to cross the road 26 times…children insisted on crossing the road 26 times. Number of Saturdays I’ll volunteer to do this again – zero!’ The following ‘Beatitudes for Parents’ were written 45 years ago by Marion Kinneman when her daughters were raising her six grandsons. They’re still spot on! ‘Blessed are those who make peace with spilled milk and mud, for such is the kingdom of childhood. Blessed is the parent who engages not in the comparison of their child with others, for precious unto each is the rhythm of his own growth. Blessed are those who have learned to laugh, for it’s the music of a child’s world. Blessed and mature are those who without anger can say ‘No,’ for comforting to a child is the security of firm decisions. Blessed is the gift of consistency, for it brings heart-ease in childhood. Blessed are they who accept the awkwardness of growth, for they are aware of the choice between marred furnishings and damaged personalities. Blessed are teachers, for knowledge brings understanding and understanding brings love. Blessed are the men and women, who in the midst of the unpromising mundane, give love, for they bestow the greatest of all gifts to each other, to their children, and, in an ever-widening circle, to their fellowmen’ One successful entrepreneur said ‘I may be a self made man, but the blueprints come from my mum and dad.’ Bottom line: ‘Children learn from their parents.’ What are you teaching yours? Don’t forget Showstoppers Holiday Club 10-14 August at Thomas Eaton School for 5 – 10s. Registration 10-12.00 8 August St Peter’s Church Wimblington. Enjoy your holiday month. God Bless, Rev’d Val


From the Registers Baptisms and Thanksgivings Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” Archie Brooke Snow If you would like to know more about our services of Baptism and Thanksgiving please contact Revd Val Fernandez Weddings For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5 Rachel Marie Webb & Daniel Paul Tuck Funerals 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: Harold Edward Porter Maurice Henry Paul John Astley Wyles 2 August

Services for August 9.30 Family Service Doddington, 9.30 Holy Communion Benwick 11.15 Morning Prayer Wimblington

9 August

9.30 Holy Communion Doddington, 9.30 Morning Prayer Benwick 11.15 Holy Communion Wimblington No Time 4t this month

16 August

9.30 Holy Communion Doddington 11.15 Holiday Bible Club Family Service In Thomas Eaton School followed by a Bring & Share Lunch N:B: No service in St Peter’s on this morning

23 August

9.30 Holy Communion Doddington, 11.15 Holy Communion Wimblington

30 August

10.30 Benefice Holy Communion Wimblington

Friday 4 Sept 9.30 BCP Holy Communion Wimblington 6 Sept

9.30 Family Service Doddington, 9.30 Holy Communion Benwick 11.15 Morning Prayer Wimblington 5.00 Flower Festival Songs of Praise Doddington


DODDINGTON PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP Report of the Committee Meeting held 2 July 2009 At the Doddington Medical Centre Those present were: Tony Ostermeyer, Alan & Pauline Mayern, Doreen Lenton, Danny Morrissey, Lib Welcher, Julie Chapman (Mins), Phyllis Rayner, Grant Barlow and Julie Best. Apologies were given for Dr Hambling, Ruth Paul, and Sharon Holloway. The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and agreed. Ruth Paul was standing down temporarily for family reasons and Lib Welcher was taking care of day-to-day financial matters until Ruth’s return. The committee voted to send Ruth flowers and Doreen Lenton agreed to organise on behalf of the PPG. There were six matters arising: Vacancy for Chair and Secretary. Sharon Holloway has resigned from the committee, as she is no longer a member of the Practice having moved away. The equipment labelling ideally needs to be more permanent or substantial. Julie Best would look into this and report back. Maintenance of the Smoke Alarms recently fitted by the PPG would not be the responsibility of the PPG. Chairman’s report: The first Newsletter entitled “The Patient” had been produced and distributed. Copies were being given out in the surgery by staff with completed prescriptions. Both Danny and Lib said the Newsletter was very good and all present agreed. Tony had given thought about the need to expand interest in the PPG especially to increase participation from younger members. He also asked the Committee to consider changing the number of Committee members to 12. This would have to be put to the next AGM for approval. Tony understands from Dr Hambling that he would like the Practice Website updated and re-designed to include the PPG. Lib Welcher advised it is controlled by the PCT and all changes have to go through them. She has already begun dialogue to make changes. Secretary’s and Treasurer’s report: No report in the absence of both. Vacant committee places: New members were voted on to the committee: Julie Best; proposed Tony Ostermeyer, seconded Danny Morrissey. Grant Barlow; proposed Alan Mayern, seconded Doreen Lenton. Julie expressed her interest in the role of secretary. A vote was held by show of hands and Julie was elected as Secretary. Julie Chapman is continuing to act as the Minutes Secretary. Dr Hambling, the Chair delivered a statement in the absence of Dr Hambling: There is no update from the PCT. A useful meeting with the Chief Executive of the PCT led to him promising to investigate the lack of progress. (Cont’d on page 34)



(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. 33

(From page 32)

The new receptionist has resigned after working just 9 days. Fundraising: There have been no events since the last meeting. The dates of the Flu Jab were needed for draw tickets to be printed. It was agreed a first prize of £100. A cake stall on the day is also planned. Fund raising ideas are always welcome. One idea already received is for a football tournament. PRO: It was agreed that the Newsletter was very good in both layout and content. Tony explained the difficulties he had in the home production. To have future ones printed would cost approximately £170. The Committee agreed that consideration should be given to purchase a small office laser printer. Estimate of costs were £250. Therefore paying for itself within a year. Tony and Julie Best to obtain costs for the next meeting. The newsletter had been reproduced successfully in the July edition of the “Doddington Doings” and this is delivered to nearly all households in Doddington. The PRO to investigate the format required for similar reproduction in the other village magazines. Charities Commission Status: No further progress to report. Application is complicated and caution is being maintained whilst the future of the Practice remains unresolved. Any other business: The Flu Vaccination Day would be held in October again and is provisionally booked for Saturday 17 October 2009. This is subject to change if the Swine Flu situation worsens. Changes to improve the flow through the surgery for the Flu Vaccinations have been planned. Date for the next meeting was set for Thursday 3 September 2009, 6.30 pm.

Doddington Parent & Toddler Group Tuesday: 10:00-11:30 Play Thursday: 13:30-14:30 Fun Friday (fortnightly): 10:00-11:30 Music/Messy All sessions are at the Methodist Church Hall. Term time only. Please note that as all sessions are volunteer-led, we cannot guarantee that they will run as advertised. For further details or information please call Emma on 07824 337856 or Nicola on 01354 740541



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


LOCAL INFORMATION, GROUPS AND CLUBS Benwick Athletic Football Club Contact Club Secretary Danny Levicki 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, Baby & Toddler Group Mondays 1.30 till 3pm term time only. Contact Liz Hackett 01354 677262

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)

Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Mondays

Contact Janet Taylor 677763 Contact Rod Glen 677799 Contact Ian Kennington 677574 Contact John Chelton 677847 or Kirk Devall 677772

Friends of Benwick School Contact Chairperson Angela Chelton, 677847 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 Patricia Tickner, 20 Chapel Gardens on 677279. Benwick Primary School Tel. 677266 Term Dates - Autumn Term 2009

Wednesday 2nd September - Teacher Training Day Thursday 3rd September - First day back for pupils Training Day - Friday 23rd October Half Term from 26th - 30th October Friday 18th 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.


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 those printed on the County Council’s website. At time of going to print, stops were scheduled for the following dates: August 4th

September 1st

August 18th

September 15th September 29th

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)


Doddington Ball presents top band… “Juke Joint Jump”

Saturday 12th September 2009 The Village Hall, Doddington

Jumpin’ Jive and Red Hot Rhythm n Blues featuring a member from the Jools Hollands Rhythm & Blues orchestra! Plus a Disco! Optional jive lesson with dance instructors 7pm til late (Licensed Bar) Tickets £25 (booking advised) including Hog Roast meal Info and tickets: Emma Weatherill on 07824 337856 or Melanie Hart on 07530 206655 Dress: Black Tie All proceeds towards Doddington Parent & Toddler Group


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 40

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