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Issue 6 Dec 2007 - Jan 2008


The Benwick Bugle Local issues for local people

The Bimonthly Bugle!!! Yes, that’s right!! Due to the popularity of the Bugle and the sheer volume of submissions I have decided to publish six issues a year. It was when this issue had to be increased to a whopping 40 pages long that it became apparent that four magazines a year just isn’t enough for Benwick! So, I am pleased to announce that it will now be bi-monthly, and you can look forward to a copy dropping through your letterbox every two months. I hope that this will give you more opportunity to find out what’s going on in our village, and that those occasions when events fall in between issues and miss out on the opportunity to be publicised will be far fewer. I don’t expect future issues to be quite as large as this one, but I do feel that a slightly smaller, but more regular issue, would be of greater benefit to us all. So, thank-you for all your adverts and articles; see page 38 for details of deadlines and keep them flooding in!

Inside this issue: A Welcome from our new Vicar


FOBS Report


Last Dragonfly Craft Fair


Benwick School


Friends of Benwick Church


Benwick Residents’ Association


Patient Participation Group





Scout Group


Fenland B.I.G.


Local Directory & Group Info


Contact Details & Advertising


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


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The live music brought to us by the Five Alls on a Saturday is great; see the back page for their details and contact them for more information. Don’t hand deliver your Benwick Christmas cards this year! Let the Scout Group take the strain with their Postal Delivery Service - see page 26. The new Residents’ Association introduces itself on page 16 with an invitation to a Bangers and Mash supper and a Christmas party for the children of the village. As well as our seasonal puzzles in the centre pages there is the opportunity to win Virgin Vie products on page 22. Your village information is at the back of the magazine as usual. Those who use the mobile library should look at page 34 for information regarding proposed changes to the times the bus is in Benwick. Next issue should see the inclusion of waster collection and recycling information for the village. If there is anything else you think should appear on these pages, please let me know, particularly with the new residents expected in the properties currently being built. What do you think they would need to see here? In the meantime, have a great Christmas and New Year.

EDITORIAL So, now that the Bugle is bimonthly the next issue will be out at the beginning of February, with a deadline for submissions of January 20th! I realise that doesn’t give us long to recover from the holiday season and get back into the normal swing of things so I’ll send out the usual reminder to everyone on the email mailing list a couple of weeks before the deadline to give you time to get your info together and send it in. If you’re not on the list and would like to be, please send an email to It may well happen that publishing the magazine bimonthly means that it is a little smaller in future but, as they say, size isn’t everything and I’m sure that a more regular publication is preferable so that you can all publicise your groups and activities more effectively. There’s a lot happening over the next couple of months. Check out the last Dragonfly Book, Art & Craft Fair in March on Saturday 1st December, then come back to Benwick for the Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 2nd (see page 14). The school is performing a nativity play on Tuesday 11th December, see page 10 for details. The village hall committee is holding a Tombola on 14th December and invites us all to join them for New Year’s Eve (page 3031).


While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the Benwick Bugle cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of submissions made by others. Please check your own articles before submission. Should you have cause to dispute the facts within an article, please take this up with the author and not the publishers. The appearance of an advert in the Bugle does not imply endorsement of the company. Please carry out your usual checks before using their services.

The Benwick Bugle is printed by March Stationery & Print, 5 Fenland Walk, March, Cambs., PE158 8TW. Tel: 01354 656614


A WELCOME FROM OUR NEW VICAR Dear Friends I am yet to meet I have recently been appointed to work in the churches of Doddington with Benwick and Wimblington. I shall be moving in during January ready to start work on 7th February. I am married to Peter and we are both very excited about coming to live and work amongst you. We will be bringing 2 cats, Kipper & Snoopy, 1 mad Retriever puppy, Catie, named after the church I work in, who will be 1 in March and an aviary of birds, so a very mixed household. We also have 5 daughters, 9 grandchildren with the 10th due in December. Some live fairly locally in Milton Keynes & Daventry, another in Brighton, the rest along with my aged mother in South Wales. Before my ordination I was part of a C of E organisation called Church Army. During my 20 years there I worked in a variety of parishes, urban and rural. Besides the usual church services I worked a lot amongst children, young people and families. This has continued in my curacy here, in Norwich. I am very much looking forward to involvement with the local schools, uniformed organisations etc and looking for ways I can continue to run children’s work in a similar way as in the past. Of course to enable this to happen I shall be needing lots of people willing to be involved. These ideas are for the short term future. The most important thing is to get to know you all and listen to your expectations, your hopes and dreams, your frustrations and disappointments. Naturally this can’t happen over night, especially as God in his infinite wisdom has not blessed me with a good memory for names and faces, so if I look at you blankly please do not be offended it’s me having a ‘senior moment!’ I am really looking forward to building on the hard work of Glenn Coggins and look forward to getting to know you during the coming months. God Bless Rev Val Fernandez



FRIENDS OF BENWICK SCHOOL The Friends of Benwick School (FOBS) is an non profit making charity set up to support the additional needs of the school (which are otherwise not allowed for in the school budget). All the monies raised are used for the benefit of the children in the village. FOBS would like to thank all those who have contributed to the fundraising efforts of the school and look forward to your continued support. The school is an important part of our village and relies upon the support of both parents and the community as a whole. Over the years, thanks to the many fundraising events, the school has received contributions for the whiteboards, play equipment and subsidised school trips, plus many other ancillary donations. There are many ways in which everyone can help, such as by supporting:Monthly Draw Quiz Nights School Discos Bingo Nights School BBQ Scholastic Easyfundraising In the future, all fundraising events will be published in the Benwick Bugle and its website, and other publications as appropriate. The Friends of Benwick School is chaired by Hannah Shaw. Regular meetings are arranged and everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the meetings (not just the Committee members) and voice their ideas. Following the recent AGM, it was announced that last year was overall a good fundraising year and, so far this year, the following has been raised and added to the monies held:Quiz Night Disco

£230 £200

Monies from these funds are being used to provide subsidised school trip transportation (including the trip for the whole school to the Christmas play in Peterborough) and gym equipment. Further funds will be used to help set up the school Lending Library. With the introduction of, there is scope for even more monies to be raised by the community as a whole. Cash donations are always welcome at any time and can be made in an envelope marked 'The Treasurer – Friends of Benwick School' (cheques can be made payable to 'Friends of Benwick School') and handed in at the school office. If you would like to do your own fundraising for the school and send us the monies raised, then please do so. If you have any ideas or would like to make a contribution then please call Hannah Shaw - Chairperson on 01354 677321 or 07917032776. We look forward to your continued support and wish you all a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year.


Step aerobic class

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


LAST DRAGONFLY CRAFT FAIR! Sat 1st Dec will see the last Dragonfly Book, Art and Craft Fair!! Yes that's right! That Saturday will be the last Dragonfly Fair we'll see! "We hope that many regulars, friends and people from the area and beyond, will be able to pop along and say "cheerio", said Vanessa Champion, organiser of the Dragonfly fairs. "We want to say a HUGE thank you to EVERYONE who has supported us over the past 3 years: the media, the stallholders and especially the local people who have been loyal and come along to visit us, many of whom are now good friends and colleagues. We wish them all lots of joy and we hope that wherever they are, whatever they do, they have the best of luck and happiness in everything. Thank you again. We are inviting people to come along to the fair on Saturday 1st December, if they can make it, where there will be extra 'farewell' festivities alongside the usual Christmas mayhem!" New craft fairs will continue under new management at the same time and place (Scout Hall, behind Sainsbury’s, first Saturday of the month, starting in Feb 2008). Anyone wanting to book a table or needing more information from the new managers please contact Ian and Marian Macey on 07932 804896.


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BENWICK PRIMARY SCHOOL Last year was a very good year for our school. In March we were inspected by OFSTED, and their report confirmed that Benwick Primary School is good in all areas. We have also achieved the Basic Skills award, which recognises the work we do to improve the teaching of Literacy and Numeracy and we achieved the Healthy Schools Award. This year started well with the school receiving the British Council International Award for the second time, which recognises our commitment to international education. The autumn term is now well underway and the children will soon begin preparing for Christmas. Our Key Stage 1 pupils will be performing a nativity play and as always we will be inviting the older members of our community to our afternoon performance on Tuesday 11th December at 1.30pm in the Village Hall. Write the date in your diary. Both children and staff look forward to this event. The Friends of Benwick School continue to work hard to raise money for all those extras. Thanks once again to all of you who have continued to support the school, long after your children have left us, through the monthly draw – it really does make a difference to the experiences we can offer the children. If you are interested in visiting our school please contact me through the school office on 01354677266. Gill Thomas – Headteacher


1st Prize 2nd Prize

Adam Strong Mrs Cranwell

£100 £41.75

August 2007

1st Prize 2nd Prize

Neil Logan Mrs Adaway

£100 £35

September 2007

1st Prize 2nd Prize

Joyce Hunt J Butler

£100 £48.50

October 2007

1st Prize 2nd Prize

Ellen Paice Jackie Richardson

£100 £50

The draws took place on October 23rd, drawn by Angela Chelton and witnessed by Teresa Goulding. 10

Rob Taylor - Photographer




FRIENDS OF BENWICK CHURCH Christmas Services Family Service Sunday 16 December at 9.30am in the Village Hall Carol and Crib Service Monday 24 December at 4pm in the Village Hall Christmas Night Communion Monday 24 December 11.30pm at St Mary’s Doddington

Christmas Day Communion at 10am in the Village Hall side Room

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND GRAND DRAW 2 pm on 1st December Many stalls Come along and enjoy yourselves Father Christmas will be there

The Cambridge & County Folk Museum is looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of roles in this warm-hearted museum, which tells the history of Cambridgeshire people through objects from the 1660s to the 1960s. Are you good with people, can you work a cash register, do you have skills in teaching, cataloguing collections, fundraising, marketing, arts and crafts, events and exhibitions, giving guided tours, speaking a foreign language, making tea and you have a bit of spare time? If you can say yes to one of the above then we would love to hear from you. We can offer you the opportunity to make new friends, meet a variety of people, assist with some exciting projects and have a great cup of tea! For further details please contact Beverley Hoff, Community Events & Exhibitions Officer on 01223 355159 or email Cambridge & County Folk Museum, 2/3 Castle Street, Cambridge. Cambridge & County Folk Museum is a Registered Museum no 716 and a Registered Charity No 311309 which is grant aided by Cambridge City Council


CONGRATULATIONS TO MIKE! We would like to congratulate our good friend Mike Jones on his ordination to Curate in the Anglican Church. Mike has lived and worked with us within the Church at Benwick and, although he now live in March and his Ministry is in the Whittlesey area, we know his heart is still with us in our New Church project, with which he is heavily involved. Well done Mike! We now look forward to next year and your full ordination into the Priesthood. God bless you and Sue and many thanks for all you are doing for us and for the Lord your God. From all the members of the Church in Benwick.

RESULTS OF THE FRIENDS OF BENWICK CHURCH AUGUST BALLOON RACE Out of the 500 plus balloons released, 17 were returned. The results, in reverse order: 30.3 miles 30.7 miles 33.6 miles 34.9 miles 35.5 miles 37.5 miles 40.3 miles 47.6 miles 48.5 miles 52.5 miles 66.4 miles 67.7 miles 68.5 miles 69.7 miles 72.2 miles 76.6 miles 77.5 miles 83.5 miles Winner: Approx 420miles (returned from BadNauheim/ Rodgen in Germany)


M Bedford Cameron Beauchamp Hoffman, Leicester Herber Hildegard, S Sismey Kai Tyler Oliver Jones, Wales Chris Phillip Jones, Wales S Sismey Hoffman, Leicester J Chelton S Green Unreadable V Cundy T Semper, Wisbech Jack Percy Gina Woods

BENWICK RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION A meeting was held on Thursday 15th November and it was decided to start a Residents’ Association just for the people of Benwick. It is hoped that you will all join us in making this association a success and help to gain benefits from this association for us in Benwick.

Welcome Supper Our first act was to agree between those present that we should have a Welcome Supper which has been arranged for Saturday 8th December in the Village Hall. We decided to serve Bangers (choice of Lincolnshire or Plain Pork) and Mash, gravy and a choice of baked beans or peas, with dessert still to be decided upon. The will supper commence between 6.30pm and 7.00pm. The cost per person will be £2.50 but please bring your own plate, cutlery and drink, although tea, coffee and squash will be available. Although it is a Saturday evening we are inviting Roddons personnel to attend and it is hoped that some of them may be able to come. Let us have an enjoyable early Christmas party. Please let us know if you can come so that we have some idea of the numbers we will have to cater for. Please contact Patricia Tickner by 5th December.

Children’s Christmas Party The Residents’ Association is holding a Christmas Party for ALL the children in Benwick on Saturday 22nd December from 2pm to 5pm. Santa will be making an appearance! Entry is free but you are requested to bring a present per child up to the value of £2 marked “Boy” or “Girl” to go into Santa's sack and a plate of party food. Parental supervision of the younger children is required.

More members of the association would be welcome. If you would like further details please contact Patricia Tickner on 01354 677279 or by email at Our next committee meeting will be on 29th November at 7.30pm.

Patricia Tickner for Benwick Residents’ Association 16

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.


A NEW PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP FOR DODDINGTON A new initiative for the patients of Doddington Medical Centre, incorporating the Wimblington Surgery, has seen the setting up of the Doddington Patients Participation Group, at its inaugural meeting on 18th October. The meeting was advertised throughout the villages of Doddington, Wimblington, Benwick, and Stonea, these constituting the area covered by the Practice. The meeting, which had fifty patients in attendance, was led by Acting Chairman, Mr Tony Ostermeyer of Doddington, accompanied by Drs Simon Hambling and Joyce Uzokwe, also Mrs Elizabeth Welcher, the Practice Manager, and Mr John Welcher, Chairman of Doddington Parish Council. It was the culmination of the work put in by the acting committee since the initial discussion meeting held at the Surgery in June. After hearing of details of the proposed PPG, and how it can work for the benefit of all registered patients, also of the aspirations for the future of the Practice, the vote to proceed and establish the PPG was unanimous with enthusiastic support. Another four people volunteered to join the existing committee, with lots of support also being recorded for volunteer help of all kinds. The declaration at the conclusion that the PPG was established was met with universal applause. Contact telephone number for the PPG is 01354 741585

Drs Hambling and Uzokwe together with Mr Ostermeyer (standing) and patients after the meeting.





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ACROSS 2 One of the three kings who visited Jesus 3 A Christmas hymn 5 Number of turtle doves given by my true love in the song 6 Country which gives a Christmas tree to display in Trafalgar Square each year 10 Beverage company that adopted Santa in its advertising campaign in the 1920s 12 Evil character in 'The Nutcracker' 13 The Festive _ _ _ _ _ _ , Christmas time 14 One of Santa's reindeer


DOWN 1 Wrote the classic Christmas story, 'The Snowman' 4 She turned on the Oxford Street Christmas lights this year 7 Pulled during Christmas dinner 8 Christmas decoration 9 Kisses are often given under a sprig of this 11 Author of 'A Christmas Carol'





BEE A REAL ‘HONEY’ WITH VIRGIN VIE AT HOME Explore nature’s Autumn bounty with the gorgeous new HONEY Bath and Body range from Virgin Vie At Home. Fill your bath with the sumptuous aromas of Honey & Orange Blossom Bath Brulee, scrub up with the aromatic Honey & Ginger Body Polish, lather up with Honey & Milk Shower Cream and for pure indulgence, and smother yourself in the gorgeously luxurious Honey & Almond Body Butter. It really is a must have, mouth-watering experience fit for a queen bee! For your chance to win the gorgeously indulgent Honey range, we’ve teamed up with Virgin Vie At Home to offer you a gift voucher worth £20 that can be redeemed with your local Virgin Vie consultant, Emily Shepperson. All you have to do is answer the following question and e-mail your entry together with your name,address and telephone number to Q: What two ingredients does the Bath Brulee contain? For the opportunity to hold your own Cosmetics and Jewellery or Homeware Party, or for yourself and your friends to find out more about becoming a Consultant, please see Closing date : 15th December 2007

WWW.LILYHOLTROAD.CO.UK is the new Benwick Website. It was launched in September and each month continues to grow. Lilyholt Road features the largest collection of photographs of Benwick on the internet, and is filled with interesting information. There are pages on Benwick History, the old Church and Chapels, the School, The Village Hall, The Parish Council and so much more. There are pages for you to all get involved too; giving your views on the village and on local news. Each month there is a big update; with masses of new pages, events, photos and information uploaded. This month one of the new pages is the “Features” where you can read about different things in the village in more detail than elsewhere on the site. This month it looks at the plane crash which happened down Ibbersons Drove in April 1989. I am always looking for you to help with the site; if you have any information you can contribute such as pictures or memories of the village from years ago contact me in any of the following ways. 1 Lilyholt Road, Benwick, March, Cambs, PE15 0XQ, 01354 677494 22


ROAD TABBARDS FOR LOAN As many of you are aware we set up a led walk group in the village last year which disbanded due to lack of interest. However we were left with a lovely rucksack complete with road tabbards which are now available for community use. With the kind permission of Mrs Thomas (Headteacher) the tabbards are now kept in the school office and are available for use by anyone within the community, either groups or individuals. They will keep you bright and visible when on the Fenland roads, especially with the autumn and winter months looming. Please contact the school office on 677266 prior to collecting and please return at the end of your walk. Wishing you all happy and healthy walking!




Christmas Post 2007 Don’t deliver your Benwick Christmas cards by hand this year! Leave it to the Scout Group! Purchase special Scout stamps at 15p each, stick them to your envelope and address in the usual way. Then deposit them in one of the special Scout Post Boxes that will be in a few locations around the village (as yet to be confirmed - information will be given when you purchase stamps). The Explorer Scouts will collect all the cards and deliver them in time for Christmas. Saves you the trouble of delivering all your cards and helps raise money for the Scout Group funds! Stamps will be available to purchase from 1st to the 16th December at the Village Hall during Scout Group meetings (see page 36 of this Bugle for meeting times). If you can’t get to any of these sessions, look out for Explorer Scouts selling stamps around the village and visiting houses with stamps for purchase. If you can’t take advantage of any of these opportunities, please call Jane Levicki on 01354 677869 and she will arrange some stamps for you to purchase. Please note: This scheme is only for addresses within Benwick.

This year the British Legion Poppy Appeal collection in Benwick was organised by the Benwick Scout Group. On three evenings teams of young people from the Scout Group (supported by Ian Kennington, Colin Miller and Rod Glen) put in a tremendous effort selling poppies in the village. They managed to collect £256.58. This is an outstanding result for the first year in which the Scout Group has undertaken this. With the kind consent of headteacher Gill Thomas, a collection box was also placed in the school. The staff and pupils collected £47.52 over 2 weeks. The church congregation also collected £76.55, and donations in respect of wreaths for the Remembrance Service brought in a further £90. The total raised by the people of Benwick for 2007 is £470.65. We would like to thank everyone who donated money this year, and especially all those young people who gave so much of their time to support this cause. 26

Beauty Elegance Experienced Beauty Therapist, Fully Qualified NVQ Level 2 & 3 Are you too busy to visit your local salon? - Maybe because you have children, work or other commitments. But would you like to let your hair down and be pampered every once in a while? If so, then let me come to you. 15% off first treatment! Please call Laura for a full price list or to book an appointment: Tel No: 01354 740518 Mobile: 07921 540917 For salon results in the comfort of your own home.


Prices ranging from: Waxing £4.00 - £16 Electrolysis £5 - £17 Tinting £4.50 - £9 Eyelash Perm £25 Manicures & Pedicures £7 - £20 Facials £15 - £30 Make up £17 - £30 Body Massage £15 - £30 Hopi Ear Candles £15 Tanning £25 Body Treatments £20 - £30 Vouchers and packages available on request.

We are a friendly group of professionals and experienced mums who offer help, support and information to anyone currently breastfeeding or thinking about starting. You can get our help in one of three ways: 路 Visit our website at 路 Ring us on our helpline 07787 970108, or 路 Come and join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at the Kingsfield Centre, Larham Way, Chatteris, (next to the Acorn Nursery). We also attend some of the baby clinics in local Fenland villages and look to increase this in the near future. Our website not only contains lots of helpful info from the group, but also includes a discussion board where you can share your experiences and comments. Whatever your query, question or problem you can e-mail us via the website 24 hours a day, call or text our helpline between 9am and 9pm, 7 days a week, or simply pop in for a cuppa and a chat in Chatteris. We are always on the lookout for additional volunteers so if you feel you might like to join us and learn how to help other mums then please give Dawn a call or send an e-mail with your details.


Benwick’s Local Computer Business : : : : :

Are you frustrated with your home computer? Is your computer running slow? Are you confident that your computer is virus and spyware free? Do you want to have a secure wireless network? Do you need a cheap 2nd hand PC in addition to your main home PC (for children's homework, internet surfing etc).

We can provide help with all the above and more. For December and January we are offering a discounted rate of £25 per hour for Benwick residents only. Normally £30 per hour.

Do you want your children to have safe access to the internet? Net Nanny is an award winning internet protection and monitoring software which gives parents the peace of mind that their children are protected from: : Inappropriate websites : Chat rooms : Instant messaging and much more You as parents have total control over the internet access of your PC. As an official partner and reseller of Net Nanny, we can offer you this peace of mind for £21.99 per PC (1 year subscription).

Ensign Solutions Ltd: Tel: 07878 623751 Email: Mon-Fri 0900-1700 or weekday evenings by appt only



BENWICK VILLAGE HALL FRIDAY 14th DECEMBER 2007 EYES DOWN AT 7.30pm Doors open at 6.30pm GOOD PRIZES RAFFLE TEA AND COFFEE AVAILABLE CHILDREN WELCOME In aid of the village hall funds which are extremely depleted


New Years Eve Family Bash








LOCAL DIRECTORY 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 visits Benwick every fortnight on a Tuesday, stopping at the following locations: 16a Doddington Road Chapel Gardens Village Hall

Arrive 10:25 Arrive 10:45 Arrive 11:15

Depart 10:40 Depart 11:10 Depart 11:25

At time of going to print, the last stop of 2007 is scheduled to be December 11th. We have received information from the Parish Council that the County Council will be making slight alterations to the mobile library service from January, meaning that the library will be leave Chapel Gardens slightly earlier at 11.00 and be at the Village Hall from 11.05 to 11.15. At time of going to print we could not find confirmation of this but hope to do so by the next issue. See or phone the library service via the County Council’s Contact Centre on 0845 045 5225 for more details.


BUS SERVICES Operated by Cavalier Travel 01406 362518

Example fare: From Benwick to March return

Adult ÂŁ4.65 Child (aged 5 to 15 incl.) ÂŁ3.10


BENWICK GROUPS AND CLUBS Benwick Athletic Football Club Football teams for adults and children of all ages. Grounds at the Dack Fields, Beech Avenue, Doddington. Contact Diane Bradshaw on 01354 651757,

Benwick Butterflies Preschool Group Children’s Centre, High Street, Benwick. Tel. 677733 Sessional care for children aged 2 to 6, Monday to Friday. For enquiries contact Jenny Fell on 07931 279831 Parent & Toddler Group Wednesday 1.30pm to 3.00pm Contact Suzanne Scarborough on 01354 677518

Benwick Badgers Breakfast and After School Clubs Open Monday to Friday during term time only Breakfast Club - 7:45 – 8:45 a.m. - £2.25 per child. Staff - Mrs. Jenny Fell and Ms. Denise White After School Club - 3:20 - 5:30 p.m. - £2.75 for first hour or £4.75 for the whole session Staff - Ms Nikki Pask and Mrs. Janice Fiore 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

1st Benwick Scout Group All sections for boys and girls, meetings at the Village Hall as follows: Beavers (aged 6 to 8)

Mondays 6.00 to 7.00pm. Contact Denise Devall 677772

Cubs (aged 8 to 10 ½)

Wednesdays 6.00 to 7.15pm. Contact Clare Dean 677387

Scouts (aged 10 ½ to 14)

Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.45pm. Contact Ian Kennington 677574

Explorers (aged 14 to 18)

Mondays 7.15pm to 9.15pm. Contact John Chelton 677847

Friends of Benwick School Volunteer run, raising funds for school extras, events and activities. Contact Chairperson Hannah Shaw, Tel: 677321.

Over 60s Club Meetings held first Thursday of the month, 6.30pm, Benwick Village Hall. Contact Rose Clarke, 677359, or Janet Fountain, 677228. 6th December

Christmas Party


Friends of Benwick Church Church Services:

1st and 2nd Sunday of the month, 9.30am, Village Hall side room. 3rd Sunday of the month, Family Communion, Village Hall 4th Sunday of the month, joint service with St.Mary’s Church, Doddington 5th Sunday of the month, Benefice Service at 10.00am in rotation at Doddington, Wimblington or Benwick Parish Communion: Every Sunday, 9.30am, St.Mary’s Church, Doddington See page 14 for details of Christmas services. If you need further information on church services contact any of the following: Rev P Bayliss (Circuit Superintendent) 01354 653322, Mr Albert Sismey, Doddington Road, Benwick, 01354 677238. Friends Fundraising Meetings: 3rd Thursday of the month, Village Hall side room. Chairman John Hoffman, Tel: 677878

The Ark Sunday School 3rd Sunday of the month, 9.30 - 10.30am, in the side rooms of the village hall. Led by Sarah Caton, Judith Halliday and Lisa Haslegrave. Contact Sarah on 677202.

VILLAGE INFORMATION Five Alls Public House Tel. 677520 Opening Hours:

Monday - Thursday Friday - Saturday Sunday

5.00pm - 11.30pm 12.00pm - Late 12.00pm - 10.30pm

Village Hall To hire the village hall, contact: Gina in the Five Alls, High Street, Benwick on 01354 677520 OR Patricia Tickner, 20 Chapel Gardens, Benwick on 01354 677279 Benwick Primary School Telephone 677266. Head Teacher Mrs Gill Thomas. School Term Dates (from Cambs County Council - please confirm with the school) (Teacher Training Day 3rd September) Autumn Term 4th September to 19th December 2007 Half Term from 22nd October to 26nd October 2007 Christmas Holiday from 20th December to 2nd January 2008 (All information correct at time of going to print)

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.



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

Tel: 01354 677869 Submissions 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

£5.00 £9.00 £16.00 £20.00 £22.00

Costs - Website Listing in Local Business Pages Home page Standard pages

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

Free £10.00 per month £5.00 per month

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. For details of requirements for website adverts, please check the Advertising page on the site. 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

December/January November 20th February/March January 20th April/May March 20th June/July May 20th August/September July 20th October/November September 20th 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.



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