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Issue 17 Oct/Nov 2009


The Benwick Bugle Local issues for local people

Inside this issue: Editorial


Benwick Athletic FC


Friends of Benwick School


Poppy Dance


Benwick Boy in Tall Ships Race


Dickensian Christmas Market


Surgery Access via PC


Bus Timetable


Forget-Me-Not Club Fashion Show & Bingo


‘Ritings from the Rectory


Fenland Photography


Benwick, A Unique Fen Village, Part 1


Doddington PPG


Benwick Bugle Contact Details


Local Information, Groups & Clubs




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


EDITORIAL Welcome to this issue of the Benwick Bugle. I can hardly believe it’s three years since I took a chance and produced the first issue. I’ve been delighted at the response and am always grateful for the lovely comments people have of the magazine. I must offer my thanks as ever to everyone who sends in their information for me to publish and to the advertisers without whose business the Bugle would not be able to continue. Please remember - they are advertising to find Benwick customers!! I am always interested to hear ways in which the Bugle could be improved, which was why I was pleased to be able to put a few questions in the recent Parish Plan. I was encouraged to see that many of you read the magazine (almost 90%) and that about the same amount think that six issues a year is just right. It is also the most popular place to refer to when searching for village information. Of the things you said you’d like to see more of in the Bugle, village history was the most popular. You also mentioned puzzles and crosswords, cartoons and jokes, and Parish Council details. We’ll try to address these. People also wanted to find information about tradesmen (plumbers, builders etc) in Benwick itself, so if you know of anyone, do get them to consider advertising in the magazine - people want to find them! On page 22 you will find the first part of a new series ‘Fenland Photography’. This is an article by Chatteris based photographer Rob Morris on how to build a relationship with your camera. We hope to continue this series in future issues, featuring different photographers and types of photography. It would be great to feature photos by Benwick people too, so if you have any please do send them in. We are also reproducing an article written about Benwick’s history in 1980. This article can be found on the lilyholtroad website and we are pleased to be able to feature it here; part 1 is on page 24, to be continued in the next issue. The timetables of the buses running through Benwick was changed recently. We can’t publish these in every issue of the Bugle due to space, but in this issue we have included a centre page version of the timetable (simplified thanks to Adam of which you can pull out and keep. The next issue of the Bugle will be the December/January one, out at the beginning of December. Remember to send in your Christmas and New Year dates!!


The Five Alls Quizzes Every second month, last Sunday of the month Next Quiz Sunday 25th October 3 Bring a team - £1.00 per person.

BENWICK ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB A successful Summer Soccer School was held during the summer holidays. Many boys and girls attended to have fun learning about and playing football. Many thanks to Ian Beevor for organising and to all those that helped on the days of the Soccer School, a BIG THANK YOU. Benwick Athletic has the following teams entered in leagues this season: Under 7's Under 10's Under 13's Under 17's Veterans

Under 8's Under 11's Under 15's Seniors

For more details on these teams check out the website

Forthcoming Events Halloween Disco Benwick Village Hall, Friday 30th, 6.30pm to 10pm. Disco, party games, tuck shop (please note there will be no bar for this event). Christmas Party Doddington Village Hall, for Friday 11th December 7pm - midnight. Music, party games, Father Christmas, tuck shop and bar.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO BOTH EVENTS, MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS ALIKE. A NOMINAL ENTRANCE FEE WILL BE CHARGED (COST TO BE CONFIRMED). TICKETS ON THE DOOR. U21 England Match vs Macedonia At Coventry's RICOH stadium on Friday 9th Oct. The football club have been allocated free tickets for this England match. Anyone interested in a ticket, please contact Ian Beevor on 677788 for more details.

Good luck to all teams for the forthcoming season!! 4

Benwick Butterflies Pre-school Group Benwick Children’s Centre, High Street 01354 677733 Ofsted Registration: 221812 Playgroup for 2 to 5 year olds Mon-Fri 9am-11.30am (Term time) For more information or to arrange a visit contact staff as above Baby & Toddler Group Mondays 1.30pm-3pm (Term time) Contact Liz on 01354 677262 or just come along as the first session is FREE.

Stuff you don't need? Don’t throw it away – give it away! You might not need that old sofa or wheelbarrow any more – but there might be someone just round the corner who does. Or if there’s something you’d like, someone nearby might have one!

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2009 Fundraising Update GREAT NEWS - we managed to get the planned play equipment installed during the summer break (just!). Please see the picture below, which shows the new equipment, which has given the children a variety of different obstacles to tackle.

Our thanks go to all of you in the village who have supported us in the past year. If you have taken part in the monthly draw, attended any of our events, supported any of our fundraising ideas (, second hand clothes etc), contributed a raffle prize, given some of your time to help out at an event or bought a ticket for any of our raffles then you have helped to make this happen. Thankyou! We would also like to thank Anglian Playground Services, who were able and willing to design, build and install this new playground at short notice over the summer and give the children a brilliant surprise on their return to school.

Monthly Draw Results June 2009 1st Prize Jim Clarke £100 2nd Prize Trevor Thorpe £26.75 July 2009 1st Prize Clare Edwards £100 2nd Prize Doreen Guy £35.75 August 2009 1st Prize Janice Fiore £100 2nd Prize Mrs Fiore £34.25 6

Annual General Meeting (AGM) Our AGM was scheduled for Sept 22nd so we’ll update you in the next issue. We have sent out letters to all the parents inviting them to take an active role in the committee or just to give us their views. If you have something you’d like to share with us or would like to join the committee, please call Angela Chelton (677847) or Teresa Goulding (677629), we’d love to hear from you.

Upcoming Events Friday Nov 6th – Second hand clothes, shoes and household linen collection. Lots of half-filled dustbin bags (shoes in separate bags) please, from 9am to the side room of the village hall. Friday Nov 27th – Family Bingo (doors open 6.30 for 7pm start) We also expect to hold a quiz night sometime before the end of the year so please keep an eye out for posters in the Village Hall notice board. We look forward to seeing you there.

QUIZ NIGHT Friday 9th October, Village Hall Starts 7.30pm (Doors open 7.00pm) £6.00 per person, including food Bring your own drink, plates and cutlery Call Teresa on 677629 for more information and to book a place

Reminder of Regular Schemes We collect Nestle box tops, (please drop into reception at school or pass to a neighbour with children at school) and aluminium cans and foil, which can both be recycled for products or cash. Would you like to win £100? Why not take part in the village monthly draw, run by FOBS with 25% of proceeds going to the school. If you’re not already taking part, please join in, it only costs £1 and raises over £500 per year for the school. As before please contact Angela or Teresa.

Angela, Teresa & Neil





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BENWICK BOY IN TALL SHIPS RACE Philip Taylor, aged 18, an Explorer Scout living in Benwick, took part recently in the International Tall Ships Race from Turku, Finland to Klaipeda, Lithuania on the Class C Yacht, Offshore Scout. The yacht, which had two other members of Philip’s Explorer Scout Unit, 2nd Wisbech, on board, achieved a 20th place in the 'C' Class and 39th out of 103 entrants overall. This is the best performance by Offshore Scout in any Tall Ships Race and the crew were clapped and cheered as they moored up in Lithuania. Offshore Scout is operated by Adventures Offshore, a Sail Training organisation aimed primarily at young people and part of the Scout Association. The Tall Ships Races are organised by Sail Training International and offer young people a unique opportunity to experience a long sea passage, travel abroad and meet thousands of like-minded young people on other vessels from around the world. Races are held every summer in European waters. Each year the event plays host to between 80 and 100+ vessels from up to Philip at the helm with some crew mates 30 countries, crewed by some 6-8,000 trainees from up to 50 countries, 3-4 million visitors and 300-400 media representatives in the four host ports. During the race series the young crews get the chance to gain experience by sailing with their contemporaries from other countries while facing the physical and emotional challenges that only the ocean can provide. Sounds like this could be an expensive hobby and not oen to all young people but this is not the case. Wisbech Scouts received £1,000 sponsorship for the experience from Norfolk Boats who want to offer ocean sailing experiences to as many young people as possible. For Philip, this was a fantastic adventure: "If had to pick one thing it would be sitting on the front of the boat as we were finding our place to moor up in Klaipeda, Lithuania and the people lining the bank, clapping and cheering for us. It was a fantastic welcome and it gave me a great sense of achievement. The greatest challenge for me was navigating past all the tiny islands and privately owned boats between Turku and anchorage near the start of the race in Noto, Finland. I am most proud of is how well we worked as a team and how well we did in the race, the Skipper said that it was the best the boat had ever done in a Tall Ship Race, which meant we were doing something good to get those positions. I have improved my sailing technique, learning how to tell when the sails need adjusting, how to tack and change sails efficiently. Above all the Tall Ships experience has taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. "




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DODDINGTON PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP (PPG) Access the Surgery via your Computer The Doddington Medical Centre now has an on-line facility for patients to be able to make appointments; ask questions of the medical team; request repeat prescriptions, all via their home computer. More patients are requested by Dr Simon Hambling to sign up to the Computer Supply Service at the Doddington Medical Centre. By doing so, patients can help speed up services within the surgery, especially by taking up less time on the telephone thereby enabling those who have to use the telephone a better chance of getting through at peak times. It also means they can decide for themselves which available appointment times, from those set aside for the purpose, are best suited to their needs. Patients wishing to register must call into the surgery to receive a password for their personal use. This can only be done at the Doddington Surgery in Benwick Road, Doddington. However it would be advisable to call Mrs Welcher, the Practice Manager, first. NB. The Doddington Medical Centre also has its own web site,, giving full details of the surgeries and services. Dr Hambling would like to hear from anyone with experience of web site authoring who would be willing to assist with updating the design and general layout of the site. Tony Ostermeyer, Chairman, Doddington Patient Participation Group


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Returning from Peterborough Queensgate, you can catch the Service 33 bus at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00. These arrive at March Tesco at ’54 past the hour, giving a three minute wait until you catch the No.34 bus to Benwick.

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Rev’d Val Fernanadez, The Rectory, Ingles Lane, Doddington, March, Cambs. PE15 0TE 01354 742715 E.mail:

Dear Friends Summer has come to an end and at the time of writing we are enjoying a glorious autumn; perhaps this year we will be able to look back and remember we had a summer, even if it was wet at times. Memories are important to us, some memories are unhappy or painful while others make us laugh or recall happy occasions. If we are to continuing maturing emotionally, which is the healthy approach to life, then unhappy memories need to be let go of so we can move forward. I expect we can all recall someone who refuses to let go of the anger they feel towards someone who deliberately or unintentionally hurt them – the wound festers and bitterness develops - not a good place to be. The best place to take those painful experiences is to Jesus because he too suffered greatly at the hands of enemies and trusted friends so he understands how we may be feeling. Death brings a myriad of memories to mind and in the early weeks and months even happy memories can be too painful to enjoy but gradually we are able to laugh again. Someone I know compared bereavement to a sock with a hole in it. You know it’s there and if you’re wearing it it’s uncomfortable. But slowly, and the pace is different for each one of us, we can begin to darn that hole, as we begin to live again and achieve things on our own. As we do this it’s like taking one strand of wool at a time, gradually covering the hole as the wool weaves in and out. Even the neatest darner cannot obliterate the hole completely – it may not be noticed at first glance but it can be felt and will always be present but the darned sock can be worn comfortably once again. November is the specific time of the year for remembering because of Armistice Day- Poppy Sunday, but it is also the time when we in the church remember those whom we have loved and lost – All Souls Day. Our Memorial Service this year will be held at St Mary’s Doddington at 3.00 on Sunday 1 November. Written invitations will be sent to all the families that I have details of who have lost someone between October 2008 – September 2009. Everyone else is most welcome to attend regardless of how long ago you may have lost someone. Names of the deceased will be read out as part of the prayers but any names handed in after Friday 30 October will not be able to be included. As we move towards the winter and the dark, cold nights let’s look back on summer with fond memories, even if your tent did float away in one of the deluges; but also remember summer will come again because God has promised. God Bless Rev’d Val

From the Registers Baptisms and Thanksgivings Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” Grace Joan Betts 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 Stephen Matthew Black & Carla Marie Jones 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: William Charles Poulton

Services for October 4 October Seventeenth after Trinity 9.30 Harvest Festival Family Service Doddington 9.30 Holy Communion Benwick 11.15 Morning Prayer Wimblington 11 October Eighteenth after Trinity 9.30 Holy Communion Doddington 9.30 Morning Prayer Benwick 11.15 Holy Communion Wimblington 5.00 Time 4t Wimblington An informal service for families & the young at heart followed by a finger buffet Friday 16 October 9.30 BCP Holy Communion Wimblington 18 October Nineteenth after Trinity 9.30 Holy Communion Doddington 11.15 Family Fun Group Doddington 11.15 Family Service Wimblington 25 October Bible Sunday 9.30 Holy Communion Doddington 11.15 Holy Communion Wimblington Friday 30 October 9.30 BCP Holy Communion Wimblington 1 November All Saints Day 9.30 Family Service Doddington 9.30 Holy Communion Benwick 11.15 Morning Prayer Wimblington 3.00 Memorial Service Doddington (Followed by light refreshments)


FENLAND PHOTOGRAPHY Part 1 of our series

Making Friends with Your Camera by Rob Morris


aking friends with your camera may sound a silly idea. What I mean is that you need to know what the camera will do and how to operate all those switches and menus. Well you don’t need to know them all, just enough to enjoy taking photographs and be confident that the image you want to take is the one that ends up on your computer screen and then as a lovely print that you can feel proud to show your family and friends. Believe me, the easiest part is learning how to use the camera. The hard part is learning how to look up, down, sideways, to look at the whole scene as well as small details; often what makes a great picture is more what you leave out than put in. Look for reflections in buildings, in lakes and even in puddles of rainwater for example. You don’t even need to have a camera to do this; look around your office or wherever you work, look at your co-workers, look at the details in their faces see what makes them unique. Is your desk a mess? Maybe that would make a good picture. Get out some of the kitchen utensils at home, look at details under a magnifying glass, look at the reflections in all that stainless steel and chrome, there are literally millions of images that you look at every day but don’t see. Using digital means that it is much cheaper than film to experiment. You enjoy meeting and going out with friends or inviting them to your home, so, like your friends, spend time with your camera. Take it out with you, go on holiday with it, even 22

take it to work so you can spend time with your new friend during your lunch breaks. And, exactly like friends, it can be annoying and frustrating and you may even get angry with it. I know I sometimes do! But you will forgive it and hopefully have a lifelong friendship. With Christmas rapidly approaching maybe you could take some family pictures to give as gifts. Mums love pictures of their children of whatever age. They love it even more when its a special picture taken especially for the occasion. As a portrait photographer I should say, “Give me a ring and make an appointment for a studio portrait. I am taking bookings so that they are ready to be sent to relatives abroad in plenty of time for the last postal day.” But, as the columnist I will say, “Get out your camera, go to the park or somewhere else in the open air and shoot lots of pictures, and just have lots of fun!!!!” This picture (left) of my granddaughter was taken on such a day. Rob Morris is a photographer based in Chatteris and can be contacted on 01354 695179 or via the website at Do you have a photo you would like to share? Are you a keen photographer who would like to share your experiences or tips? Do you have a question you would like to ask a local photographer? Please get in touch, via or on 01354 677869.

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BENWICK, A UNIQUE FEN VILLAGE This was an article that appeared in a publication entitled Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon and Peterborough Life in September 1980. Written by one C.V.Awdry, the article can be seen on the website, and we are pleased to be able to reproduce it in the Bugle. Here is Part 1, to be continued next issue. “Fen villages normally stand around, not upon, the peat fen, a practical fact of Cambridgeshire life which makes Benwick unique. It is the only village in an area of 500 square miles to break this basic rule, and even then, if one may say so without causing offence, it cheats slightly, for a few feet below the black tilth lies a gravel bed atop clay, a spur of the island upon which Doddington and March stand, four and eight miles away respectively. Ramsey, on its own island, lies six miles to the south-west. There has been a settlement here for many years, and chronicles over the centuries refer to Benwick in a number of different spellings. The name has been variously interpreted too, as bean-wic or bean-farm, or, perhaps more logically, as the settlement near the beam, or plank-bridge. The closeness of the fen, one imagines, would make the area ill-suited for growing beans. The inhabitants mist have made a living by fishing and fowling, though there is evidence of at least one occasion on which this was supplemented by a spot of cattle-raiding. During the twelfth century the monks of Ely asked Geoffrey de Mandeville, the Earl of Essex, whose allegiances were many and varied during the civil war between Stephen and Matilda, to station troops at Benwick and Ramsey for their defence. At that time, in an area where roads were practically non-existent, the Old West River, the link between the rivers Ouse and Nene, joined the Nene here and made the village a convenient place for the comparatively swift deployment of soldiery. Benwick’s unique situation is responsible for the incredible angles at which some of the buildings stand. That some of them do stand seems little short of miraculous. It is probably the reason why no really old buildings survive. Constant watch has to be kept on property, for, as the peat dries it shrinks, foundations sink and by no means at a constant rate around he same building. Houses to the west of High Street, having one foot, as it were, on the now dry Old West River, have a decided tilt away from the road. A cottage in Nene Parade, just beyond the church, is so far askew that only a substantial buttress keeps it from falling. Round about 1950, the roof of a house in High Street, known as the ‘Old Rectory’, actually slid off! Mercifully the family suffered no damage and were quickly rehoused.” 24

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DODDINGTON PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP Report of the Committee Meeting held 3rd September 2009 At the Doddington Medical Centre Seventeen people attended the meeting, which was to feature a talk by members of Cambridgeshire LINk following the business agenda. The matter raised at the last meeting of labelling donated equipment resulted in agreement to purchase a supply of Silver labels by Avery that are waterproof, dirt and oil resistant, and look upmarket. It was agreed that the PPG Newsletter “The Patient” would be printed Black only in future on the Practice photocopier thus saving cost by not buying a colour printer. Proposed changes to the Constitution were circulated for discussion at the next meeting. A notable change is to increase the committee to twelve members. The proposals will be put to the AGM in November for adoption. The next Flu Jab Day was confirmed as 17 October. The Chairman and Secretary reported that a letter requesting an invitation to a PPG meeting had been received from Cambridgeshire LINk and they were invited to speak after this meeting. The financial statement was given as Current Account £1301.39 and Savings Account £2038.65. The Doctors have reluctantly accepted a funding contract from the PCT to run the Surgery for 3 years, the contract to commence before the end of 2009. They accepted reluctantly as the amount to be paid per patient is much less than that paid to similar local practices. This could make it difficult to take on much needed extra staff and AT provide improvement to services. BENWICK VILLAGE HALL Patients are invited to access the surgery ON via their home computer. This will enable booking appointments, asking medical FRIDAY 2nd October 2009 questions, and ordering repeat & prescriptions on line and so relieve th DECEMBER FRIDAY 4 pressure on the telephone at peak times. A person is wanted to help update the present Surgery Website. EYES DOWN AT 7.30pm. There then followed a presentation by two Doors open at 7.00pm. members of Cambridgeshire LINk who described how their work aims to help RAFFLE improve local health and social care TEA & COFFEE & SQUASH services. They need more volunteers to become Active Participants. Members’ GOOD PRIZES questions were then answered. CHILDREN WELCOME


The next meeting of the committee will be held on Thursday 5 November 2009 at 6.30 pm.




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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, 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 Residents’ Association (BRAs) Organise various events, including the Luncheon Club, Dickensian Market Contact Pat Tickner on 677279 or via email at

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

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 School Closed (Teacher Training) Half Term

3rd September - 18th December 23rd October 26th - 30th October

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. 28 If your group changes its details, meeting times, etc., please let us know so we can update our pages.

Benwick Parish Council Meets first Tuesday of each month. Chair: Lyn Keppel-Spoor 01354 677494, Vice Chair: Tony Richardson 01354 677856, Clerk: Kris Poole 01354 655303,

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

At time of going to print, stops were scheduled for the following dates: October 13th, October 17th, November 10th, November 24th 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)


CROSSWORD Just for fun. If you get stuck, you should be able to find the answers either in this issue or on one of the three Benwick websites -, or



1 Used to be the Over 60s club (6, 2, 3, 4) 3 The river that runs through Benwick (4) 9 Name of the American pilot who crashed his plan on Ibbersons Drove in 1980 (6,7) 11 The month in which the Dickesian Market is held (8) 12 Where can you find the Post Office in Benwick? (4,4) 13 The Church of _ _ /_ _ _ _ used to be sited in Benwick (2,4)

2 The Benwick healer or 'witch' of the 14th Century (8) 4 Benwick bird (5) 5 A common crop grown in the Fens (9) 6 The most recenlty elected Parish Councilor (4,6) 7 Number of District Councils in Cambridgeshire (4) 8 The Benwick Preschool (11) 10 Band in which Benwick resident and creator of Rob Taylor plays (7) 30

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 Monday Nights - Free Pool Wednesday Nights Bingo Eyes Down 7.30pm

Pool Nights Tuesday & Thursday Anyone wishing to join phone Kev 01354 677520

Friday Nights Darts Anyone wishing to join phone Kev 01354 677520

Food Now Being Served Weds, Sat and Sun Fish & Chip Night Friday 5.00pm - 8.00pm See inside advert for more information

Quiz Night Last Sunday every Two Months 8.00pm start For more information phone Carrie or Gina 01354 677520 32

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