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Issue Feb/March 2008

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The Benwick Bugle Local issues for local people

Inside this issue:

Eyes Down 7.30pm

Live Bands Solo Singers Karaoke

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Friends of Benwick Church

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1st Benwick Scout Group

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Parish Plan Update

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Benwick Athletic Girls’ Team

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Village Hall

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Greetings from the Rectory

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Lilyholtroad.co.uk Competition News

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Puzzles

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Benwick Butterflies Preschool

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Friends of Benwick School

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Explorer Scouts Pantomime

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Lilyholtroad.co.uk February Updates

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Benwick Athletic Football Club

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History of the Church in Benwick

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Puzzle Solutions

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Local Information

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Contact Details

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A Belated Happy New Year to all Benwick Residents!

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CONTACT DETAILS, SUBMISSIONS AND ADVERTISING Editor:

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

Tel: 01354 677869

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contact details. There is a heartwarming tale of sportsmanship (or perhaps that should be sportswomanship!) on page 12 where you can read about the Benwick Athletic Girls’ team. This upcoming team is looking for sponsorship - can you help? Have a look at page 8 for details of how the Parish Plan is progressing and how you can have a say in the future of your village. By the time you are reading this, the new Reverand, Val Fernandez, will have moved into the Rectory in Doddington. Read her greetings and an invitation on page 16. As always, we are grateful to our advertisers for supporting this venture. Many of them are based in Benwick or very near and are keen to be of service! Finally, I would like to feature in the future a calendar of regular events run by village groups so that people planning activities can avoid clashes. If your group runs a regular event, be it monthly, annually or otherwise, please let me know so that I can start to compile a useful reference. Here’s to a good 2008!

EDITORIAL Well, so much for my predictions of a shorter magazine - this one is 40 pages again. I’m not complaining though, many thanks to everyone for their submissions. I hope that there’s something to interest all of you in here. Many of the village groups have sent in news this time. See the front cover for details. The lilyholtroad.co.uk website is growing and site owner Adam Keppel-Garner has been very active recently! He updates us with his news on pages 18 and 26. He has been working hard to research the history of Benwick and has sent us an interesting article about the History of Benwick Church which appears on page 30. The Explorer Scouts put on a fabulous pantomime in December which was enjoyed by many. You can read the inside story on page 24, and how it has led to the creation of a new group - the Benwick Junior Amateur Dramatics. Have a look at the article for more details. The Scout Group is looking for a quartermaster to control and maintain its equipment. If you feel that this is something you could help with, have a look at the advert on page 7 for

Jane Editor

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FRIENDS OF BENWICK CHURCH NEWS The friends wish to extend a warm welcome to Rev’d Val Fernandez who takes up her post as Anglican Minister responsible for Doddington, Wimblington and Benwick on 8th February.

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.

For details of Church Services please see page 33. If you need further information on church services contact Mr Albert Sismey, Doddington Road, Benwick, 01354 677238. For services at St Mary’s Doddington contact the church Wardens.

Fund Raising Meetings Usually held on the third Thursday of each month. All are welcome to these meeting and new ideas for fund raising are always welcome. It is hoped to hold this years AGM on 15th May.

Friends Fundraising Meetings: 3rd Thursday of the month, Village Hall side room. Chairman John Hoffman, Tel: 677878

The Ark Young Persons Group

Treasurer’s Report The funds raised now exceed £135,000 + £10,000 set aside by the Methodist Circuit for our use when required. This year’s Christmas Bazaar raised £785. For those of you who accepted the Crib on its journey through the village during Advent, this raised £50 which was sent to the Church Army to support their work with young people.

3rd Sunday of the month, 9.30 - 10.30am, in the side rooms of the village hall. Led by Sarah Caton and Judith Halliday. 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

Bi-Monthly Quiz During a recent meeting of the friends it was decided to give the quiz a rest. This has provided regular income for the funds and our thanks go to Rose Hoffman for all the work she and her predecessors have put into keeping it going over the years.

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

Dates for your diary 2008:

Benwick Primary School Telephone 677266. Head Teacher Mrs Gill Thomas.

Sorry no Burns Night this year because of the refurbishment of the village hall. It is hoped to arrange an alternative function later in the year to replace this function. Picnic and Balloon Race – 28th August Harvest Supper – 13th September Christmas Bazaar – 6th December The Trustees and fund raising committee wish to extend a very big thank you to all who have and who continue to support our efforts to provide Benwick with a place of Christian Worship. 4

Spring Term Half Term Easter Holiday

Summer Term Half Term

3 January to 20 March 2008 11 February to 15 February 2008 21 March to 4 April 2008 (Teacher Training Day 7 April 2008) 8 April to 22 July 2008 May Day 5 May 26 May to 30 May 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.

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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, diane386@hotmail.com. www.benwickathletic.co.uk

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

Other News: As many of you will know the Village Chapel was sold at auction. The proceeds of this sale less expenses should be coming to support our building project.

The Church Building Committee, supported by Anglican and Methodists Ministers, has also been looking at alternative locations for the church in order to move the project on, making use of the funds we have to build a cost effective alternative to the current proposals. It is hoped to have further news on this during the coming months. Regular Members of the Friends of Benwick Church - Fund Raising Group John (Chairman) and Rosemary Hoffman Lilyholt Lodge, Benwick (677878): Albert & Sheila Sismey (Raffle Organiser) Doddington Road, Benwick, (677238): Rose Clarke Doddington Road, Benwick. (677359): Margaret Bedford 39a High Street, Benwick. (677386): Rev Mike (Vice Chairman) and Sue Jones (Secretary) 653456: Chris and Judith Halliday (Hon. Treasurer): Marie Andrews

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 benwickbadgers@hotmail.co.uk or in writing via the post box at the Children’s Centre

1st Benwick Scout Group

www.1stbenwickscouts.co.uk All sections for boys and girls, meetings at the Village Hall as follows: Beavers (aged 6 to 8)

Tuesdays 6.00 to 7.00pm. Contact Drom Kennington 677574

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.

Step aerobic class 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 )

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BENWICK SCOUT GROUP NEWS It has been a period of change for Benwick Scout Group. After five years faithful service Jane Levicki has stood down as Group Secretary due to other commitments. We thank her for her unstinting support over the years and wish her well for the future. Janice Fiore has kindly agreed to take over the duties of Group Secretary. After many years of running the Beaver colony Denise Devall has moved on to become an Assistant Leader with the Explorer section of the Group. Denise’s knowledge and experience will be an invaluable asset to the Explorer section, and will help ensure the Explorers’ activities continue to develop in new and more exciting directions. Lesley Rushbrook has also stood down as Assistant Beaver Leader. We thank her for her time and effort with the Beaver colony both as a leader and as a helper. We welcome Drom Kennington as Beaver Leader, and also Diane and Carl Knight as Assistant Beaver Leaders. Due to other commitments for our new leaders it has been necessary to move the meeting night for Beavers from Monday to Tuesday. Drom, Diane and Carl have worked very hard recently to put together a programme of activities that is both exciting and presents new challenges for the young people attending. The Scout Troop continues to provide a diverse and exciting programme of activities. Future events include dry ski-slope skiing, learning survival skills, photography and a “Gladiator challenge”. The Cub Pack similarly provides opportunities for children added 8 – 11 to develop new skills and to engage in activities such as camping and sedan chair racing. BENWICK BEAVER SCOUTS Of particular note was the pantomime staged by the Explorers before · AGES : 6-8 Christmas. All the young people · TIME : Tuesday 5pm – 6pm Term Time Only involved put in a truly outstanding effort, both in performance and · WHAT WE DO:Interesting, challenging and FUN activities. New rehearsal. I am sure the village things to try. All in a friendly fun community joins with me in thanking environment. the young people for making this Contact Drom Kennington for more event such a success. This information on 677574 or Email performance raised the sum of £200 benwickbeavers@adventurers.org.uk which will help toward the funding of the Austria skiing trip later this year.

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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 www.ramseyhealthcentre.co.uk

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: www.nhs.uk/England/Dentists/NearestSearch.aspx and enter your postcode. Alternatively, phone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

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

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

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

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

These are the new times as confirmed on the County Council’s website. At time of going to print, stops were scheduled for February 5th, February 19th, March 4th and March 18th. See www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/access/mobile or phone the library service via the County Council’s Contact Centre on 0845 045 5225 for more details.

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A new role which has just been created in the group. Due to the build up of equipment over the last few years and the recent purchase of a container in which to keep it, we now need a dedicated quartermaster to organise and control the stock, its maintenance and use. Help will be given from leaders and older Scouts and Explorer Scouts. If you are interested in hearing more about any of these roles, please contact either the Chair, Colin Miller, on 677207 or the Group Scout Leader, Rod Glen, on 677799. They will be happy to explain further.

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PARISH PLAN UPDATE A consultation with representatives of village groups was held on Tuesday 15th January as part of the process of creating a parish plan. As was explained by Phillip Eden of Cambridgeshire Acre, a parish plan is a questionnaire which is delivered to all residents in a parish; it includes questions on all aspects of the community and can be Photo ŠAdam Keppel-Garner used to further improve the village and its amenities as per the consensus of the village. It is funded by Cambridgeshire Acre and is an initiative which has been used by villages such as Witchford and Christchurch. At the meeting, which had cheese and wine available, a presentation of the first draft of the Parish Plan was given, and those present were invited to comment on the current questions. The draft will shortly be circulated back to the groups with their proposed changes made, and they will then be able to give further comments, and propose their own questions. After these have been received back (by 29th February), the Parish Plan Steering Group will meet and begin working on a final draft. Once a final draft has been formulated it will be delivered to all the parishioners in Benwick and they will be asked to complete it. You will all be kept updated with the status of the Parish Plan, but should you need to contact anyone simply contact either Lyn Keppel-Spoor 1 Lilyholt Road, 677494 linda.keppel-spoor@tiscali.co.uk or Pat Tickner 20 Chapel Gardens, 677279 patricia.tickner@yahoo.co.uk 8

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soil of Benwick played a part in the future of the Church; the subsidence gradually caused the church to be lost, firstly in the 60’s when the Spire and Tower were removed, then in 1979 the Nave was condemned, and finally, in 1985, St. Mary’s was demolished.

Photo showing some of the damage to St. Mary’s due to subsidence

When St. Mary’s was demolished many of the windows went to Doddington Church, and the door went to a church in Peterborough. This was written by Adam KeppelGarner and information and photos taken from his Benwick website www.lilyholtroad.co.uk. Online there is even more information and a collection of photos of St. Mary’s. If you have any more information or photos about the Churches and Chapels Benwick once had, please contact Adam on 01354 677494 or info@lilyholtroad.co.uk.

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It’s a good thing that God above Has never gone on strike Because He wasn’t treated fair, Or things He didn’t like. If He had ever once sat down And thought “That’s it, I’m through, So, this is what I’ll do”. I’ll give my orders to the sun – “Cut of the heat supply”. And to the moon, “Give no more Light” And to the oceans “Dry”. Then, to make it tough And put the pressure on, “Turn off the air and oxygen till every breath is gone”. Do you know that, He’d be justified If fairness was the game, For no-one has been more abused Or treated with disdain Than God – and yet He carries on Supplying you and me With all the favours of his grace And everything for free. Workers say they want a better deal And so on strike they go But what a deal we’ve given God To whom we hurt and harm To gain the things we like. What a mess we’d all be in, If God should go on strike. Submitted by the Friends of Benwick Church (Taken from the church magazine, Chapel St Mary)


THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH IN BENWICK Over the course of history, the appearance of a place of worship in Benwick has changed greatly, at its peak boasting 2 Chapels and a Church. The earliest record of a church was in 1518 when there was a Chapel of St. James, which was located where Chapel Farm now is. There is also record of an unconsecrated chapel built in 1637; it was on this site that St. Mary’s Church was built. I can not find any records of when these two Chapels were demolished. Benwick Calvinistic Strict Baptist was first built in 1818, however this was just a preaching place since the church there wasn’t formed until 1858. It stood on the graveyard down the High Street near the pub. In 1874 it was decided that the chapel was “now in such a dilapidated Benwick Baptist Chapel state” that it called for a new chapel to be built. The money to rebuild a chapel was raised primarily by donations, the highest of which was £20. The total raised was £150 16s 6d and a further £100 was borrowed. The total cost of the new Chapel was £250 and it was opened on February 3rd 1874. The Chapel was used until autumn 1961 and finally demolished in 1963. Benwick Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built in 1833 and is currently the only standing Chapel in Benwick. It was used up until 2006 and has since been auctioned off.

Church of St.Mary’s

After an act of parliament separated the Parish of Doddington into smaller parishes (Benwick, Wimblington, March) the Church of St. Mary’s was built. Benwick officially became its own parish upon the death of the rector of Doddington in 1868. St. Mary’s was built in 1854, it cost £2,500 and was made of Carr Stone which was hauled in from Hunstanton. The church was built including a Chancel, Nave, Aisles, South Porch and Western tower with spire and had a clock & bell. In 1902 the spire was rebuilt, which cost £300. The architect who designed the church was Samuel Teulon. The 30

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BENWICK ATHLETIC GIRLS UNDER 13S I am the manager and coach of Benwick Athletic FC Girls Under 13s team. This is our first season playing in the Fenland Youth League. We are about to start the second half of the season and I couldn’t be happier with how well the team is performing. Perhaps a strange comment from the manager of a team that has played eleven games, won none, drawn none, lost eleven, had a massive 207 goals scored against them, and is still waiting to score their first goal! My team is a young team. Even though we play regularly against girls of 12 and 13, the average age of my team is ten and a half. My oldest girl is just 12 whilst my youngest player is only a few months past her tenth birthday. “Why are you punching above your weight?” I hear you cry. Well, the nearest younger league would mean travelling long distances every weekend. The other teams we play against in the Fenland Youth League are all local so travelling time to matches is reduced. The downside of this choice is that we are playing in an Under 13s league because there just aren’t enough teams to make up a separate Under 12s league this season. My team (players and parents alike) knew it would be a difficult season and the score lines have supported that. We are playing against not only older girls, but girls that have been playing in teams for a few years. Our young Benwick team was only formed in March 2007. Have I mentioned yet that I am very proud of my team? No? Well, I am. It has been a real baptism of fire for them, but they are real fighters and have shown great courage and determination in every match they have played. And they manage to enjoy their football and give their all right up to the closing minutes. The team is improving with every match, despite what the score lines may say to the contrary. Our defending, passing and attacking have all improved. Our aim for the remainder of the season is to score that first all important goal. Even if we are losing 10-0 at the time it is scored, it will feel like we have won the FA Cup Final! Good luck to the girls for the remainder of the season. Danny Levicki At present, the team is playing in an old boy’s kit. If anybody would like to sponsor the team to purchase a new kit or/and training jackets, please contact me for further information. 01354 677869 or dannylevicki@hotmail.com

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BENWICK ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB A Charter Standard Development Club On behalf on Benwick Athletic FC I would like to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year and hope that 2008 brings with it prosperity and success for all. The New Year brought a big surprise for the players of Benwick Athletic as the club has moved up the ladder in FA status to the rank of Charter Standard Development. Diane played a huge part in gaining this award and special thanks go to her and all who contributed to achieving it. The award was received at Peterborough Football Club on a day in which the club was warmly received by everyone at Posh. Unfortunately only a handful of people could go, but the club has thanked Peterborough for their support in putting Benwick in the limelight of its home fans; hopefully this will promote Benwick with numerous clubs as there are some terrific players throughout the age groups. This year we will be looking to improve on last year with the club going from strength to strength. We will be holding our usual match day fundraising events with the possibility of the 5-a-Side Competition and Managers’ Matches looking high on the agenda. Remember the BBQs will be in force so please come and visit us at Dack Field in Doddington. The AGM will be announced soon so please keep in touch with the website at www.benwickathletic.co.uk to check out the dates for all our events. We also have our own shopping portal at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/benwickathleticfc Here you can raise funds for the club without it costing you anything – just remember to use this link and you have access to the majority of online shops, it can be used for personal or business use and the club sees none of your order or payment details. On the subject of fundraising we also hold a monthly Tombola at Doddington Methodist Hall which is a popular and enjoyable evening, refreshments are always available at all our events with newcomers and old acquaintances always welcome. Once again, thank you to everyone who has helped the club in whatever capacity over 2007 and let’s look forward to the day when the club is able to play out of it’s birth place. Best Wishes to all

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BENWICK VILLAGE HALL From 20th January 2008 for a period of 10 weeks the front area of the hall will be completely out of bounds due to extensive repair and alteration works. This means that there will be no toilets and no kitchen. The store room door will be the entrance to the main hall with the side door useable as usual for the side rooms. These can continue to be used with a little common sense as it must be remembered that there will be NO toilets. Please contact me if you wish for any further information or clarification of the above. Patricia Tickner, Chair, 01354 677279 or patricia.tickner@yahoo.co.uk Village Hall Tombola Friday 22nd February, Eyes down at 7.30pm This will be slightly shorter than normal because of the lack of amenities. Main flyer prize 1lt bottle of Teachers Whisky There will be four games of one line and full house, then the flyer, then a final five games of one line and a full house on each. We hope to be able to still serve tea and coffee but because of health and safety rulings it will be served in paper cups. There will be a raffle as usual.

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FEBRUARY UPDATES ON LILYHOLT ROAD www.lilyholtroad.co.uk Each month the website is updated with new pages, pictures and information, and February is no exception. The first new page is on the Benwick Residents Association, which has recently formed. On the page are all the details you need, from who’s on it, and who to contact, it will also list the details of fundraisers, and events which they hold as they are announced. This month also sees the addition of the Guestbook, for all visitors to leave their comments on the site, and to discuss news and such which is featured on the website. I have also created “Printer Friendly” pages of all the informative pages people may want to print. Lilyholt Road offers you all the resources you need on the internet for Benwick. You can download the Village Hall Booking Form, read the minutes from the Parish Council Meetings; download the application form for money from Turf Fen Charity, as well as check bus times and the stops of the mobile library. There is also an online version of the Village Hall Booking diary, which you can use to check when meetings are, or when the Hall is free for you to rent. And if you are unsure when an event is on in the village – get online and visit the Events page to see the listing of nearly all forthcoming village events! Lilyholt Road also offers you the chance to discuss the events in Benwick, express your views on different things or simply reminisce of the Benwick you used to know, all additions to the site, from information, memories and pictures are gratefully received so get in touch and contribute! Webmaster: Adam Keppel-Garner 01354 677494 info@lilyholtroad.co.uk 1 Lilyholt Road, Benwick

Benwick Post Office Stamp Appeal The author of a book on the Postal History of March and Chatteris and surrounding areas is appealing for a copy of the last stamp used at the Post Office before it closed down. Whenever you sent something recorded delivery, and probably when you paid a bill too, it was stamped with the postmark of Benwick, it is this he is after. If anyone has a copy please can you contact Adam Keppel-Garner who will pass it on to him. adam@lilyholtroad.co.uk

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GREETINGS FROM THE RECTORY February 2008 By the time you read this I shall have moved into the Rectory and started work. It seems a little odd trying to speak of something that is yet to happen mostly because I know I shall be spending a lot of my time in the early months of my ministry meeting a lot of you and listening to your hopes, expectations, frustrations and disappointments regarding God, the church and my role in both church and community. One thing I shall be doing plenty of is praying! With this in mind I am starting an informal monthly prayer breakfast – Croissants, Coffee & a Chat with God at the Rectory on the last Saturday in the month, beginning on 23 February, 8.30am – 10.00am (see separate advert). Initially it will be an opportunity for me to get to know some of you at a deeper level, to bring the needs of individuals, organisations and also praying for wisdom and guidance for the work the churches can be involved with in our villages. You might be someone who prays regularly and would value meeting with others. Maybe you’re someone who sends ‘arrow prayers’ like “Help!” when the going gets tough but have never prayed with others before. Whatever your experiences I do hope you will want to come along, share in a breakfast and a chat with God – there are no experts, but one thing I do know God does answer our prayers.

By 1pm there was a full dress rehearsal and part of the cast went for the most important thing - chips! After lunch the cast all were chilling, singing along and rehearsing and doing whatever they could do to prepare. At 5pm the market place opened and the audience started pouring in. At 6pm the show started and went extremely well, even with a few mishaps with the songs the show was very funny and had only good feed back. The aftermath of the show has been the set up of a new group - Benwick Junior Amateur Dramatics. It meets once a week on a Friday to let the children of Benwick explore their more dramatic side. Everyone is welcome so contact either Cameron on 01354 677772 or Cherilyn on 01354 677878 and they will be more than happy to give details of the meetings. Cameron Devall

I look forward to seeing you on the 23rd February (don’t forget to ring to let me know you’re coming). God Bless, Val Rev Val Fernandez

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EXPLORER SCOUTS PANTOMIME SUCCESS! The 15th of December 2007 saw the performance of “When You Wish Upon a Star”. This pantomime encompassed story lines from every pantomime imaginable, when Aladdin meets Cinderella in the tale of love and prophesies to become King and Queen, which is furiously fought by the evil King Knicklejam and Aladdin’s ‘girlfriend’ Jasmine. There was an assassin Robin Hood who is brought back onto the straight and narrow by the hero of the hour Dame Hotpants (Cinderella’s Stepmother). With amazing performances all round, including the very funny and very lady like ugly sisters, the comedy duo of Boris and Pete the Guard, accompanied by the tired and fed up Herald, the magic mirror’s mystical prophesy telling and Gertrude the witch being her regular old self. The show was a credit to them all, no matter how big or small the part, they all were stars. The show started way back in June 2007 when the idea arose for Cameron Devall and Cherilyn Hoffman to start writing a play for an Explorer show. They both searched for ages before coming up with the final script. Rehearsals started in September and from then on the entire cast met every Wednesday and Saturday to rehearse and usually have a laugh. The cast would always be smiling and joking about and although we had a few upsets and movements in rehearsal places we all stayed strong as a group and helped each other through. So by November it was panic time, and with a few changes to casting the actors were put to the test. The stage crew was now brought in and proved to do just as good a job as the actors. Stage Manager Marcus Thompson took to the job immediately and quickly made enemies, but it was only because he was so bossy! That quickly went and the entire cast, crew and all gelled together and started to look like a proper acting company. By now it was the 14th of December and it really was panic time! On the day the first few arrived at 8am and the entire cast was there by 9am. Lots of setting up and the market place was created. The market was run by Louis Devall, who managed the entire operation and did a fantastic job, all those that saw the finished result could not help but be impressed. At 10am the final full dress rehearsal started. This went OK, however the current King Knicklejam, Stuart Kennington, was extremely ill and try as he might to get to the show he couldn’t, which was OK because we didn’t fancy him being sick in the side room! So King Knicklejam was replaced by Sam Saragi who did a extremely good job of stepping in and his performance should have had a round of applause to itself.

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Coffee Croissants and a Chat with God 8.30—10.00 am Last Saturday in every month at the Rectory, Ingles Lane Doddington First breakfast— 23 February Come along to an informal prayer breakfast when we can talk with God and one another about the needs of our Churches and our Communities. No charge but donations appreciated Please phone Rev Val Fernanadez 742715 for further details

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BENWICK PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION The Benwick Photography Competition ran from the beginning of October to the end of November, with the purpose of raising money for the Village Hall. I managed to secure two sponsors for the competition, March Stationery & Print, who supplied the main prize of a Digital Camera, and Whitehall Plastics who supplied all the other prizes. With this sponsorship it meant that all entry money was profit and funds could easily be raised. In total only 23 photos were entered into the competition, with many people entering twice. This meant that £46 was raised for the Village Hall. The winner of the adult category was Albert Sismey with a beautiful photo taken from the Bridge after heavy snow, the winner for the Children’s category was Laura Pottinger with a shot of the High Street. They each won a different digital camera. Adult Category Winners: 1 – Albert Sismey 2 – Richard Emmitt 3 – Chris Paice Runners Up: Janet Fountain, Christine Rickards, Carolyne Pottinger and Joyce Webster. Children Category Winners: 1 – Laura Pottinger 2 – Rebecca Paice 3 – Kieran Pottinger Runners Up: Kieran Pottinger and Laura Pottinger All photos can be seen on www.lilyholtroad.co.uk. I hope to run the competition again this year, maybe for a different village organisation.

FRIENDS OF BENWICK SCHOOL Please note the following fundraising events that will be held shortly, further information to be provided nearer the time: Quiz Night Car Boot Clothes Collection

Saturday March 1st Sunday April 13th (donations requested) Weds April 16th (side room village hall from 9am) (black bags only, shoes in separate bag please)

If you have any donations for the car boot please contact Teresa Goulding on 677629 or Hannah Shaw on 677321.

MONTHLY DRAW RESULTS November 2007 1st Prize 2nd Prize

Janet Gillet £100 Caroline Burgess £55.25

December 2007 1st Prize 2nd Prize

Mrs Savage £100 Louise Elmer £50

Thank you to all those who supported the competition.

THE LILYHOLT ROAD CHRISTMAS TREASURE HUNT The Lilyholt Road Christmas Treasure Hunt was another competition to raise money for the Village Hall. It was simple to enter, people needed to buy a square (or squares) at £1 per square, and if the square they picked was a winning square they won the prize for that square. Sponsored by Greenvale, there was a 1 in 6 chance of winning a prize. I tried to cover the whole village when I went door knocking, and I managed to sell 238 squares, meaning that £238 was raised for the Village Hall. The top prize was a Digital Radio (won by Doreen Guy, Chapel Gardens) and the other top prizes were a DVD Player (won by J. Coe, Bakehouse Close) and a set of 5 Walkabout House Phones (won by Lisa Beevor, River Close). Other prizes included bottles of wine, tins of Roses and Quality Street, The Guinness World Records and loads more ranging down to the festive treat of a pair of socks! All prizes were wrapped up and delivered on Christmas Eve, photographed right is Doreen Guy being presented with her prize. Again thank you to all those who supported. Adam Keppel-Garner 18

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BENWICK BUTTERFLIES PRESCHOOL NEWS I would like to begin by saying a massive thank you to the people in Benwick that have supported us over the past 6 months. We have had a great response to the fundraising events we have either put on or taken part in. I thought the Bugle was the best place to let you all know the things we have been up to and the money we have raised. Back in November we held a pamper evening; it was nice to see some new faces from around the village. In total we raised £180.00. Denise White and Lorraine Bowling kindly collected your unwanted items and took them to a car boot and raised £137.69. We still have a few items left and are hoping to go again soon! We had a very popular sweet stall at the Church Bazaar along with a raffle and Guess the Name of the Teddy. The pre-school raised over £200; we also received a donation from Adam Keppel-Garner’s stall of £35.35. We received £150 from the League of Gentlemen and The Five Alls have donated about £100 in all from quiz nights and their Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin! To finish off we have recently received a donation of £100 from Mr Bowling. Thank you to everyone who has had a hand in helping us through the last few months. I am glad to say that we have had a few new children join the group and with support from the village we are in a much brighter situation now and look to be so in September 2008. In addition to this we have received funding from Cambs County Council and Roddons Housing Association to open a Holiday Playscheme in the village. The grand opening is in the February half term, Monday 11th to Friday 15th February 2008. We will be providing care for children between 3 and 12 years of age during the holidays between 8am and 5.30pm from Benwick Children’s Centre. Thanks to the funding received from Roddons we have been able to buy new accessories for the PS2, basket ball hoops and balls, DVD’s, CD’s and much, much more. We are really excited about it and hope it will be very successful. If you would like to receive details about the Holiday Playscheme please contact Jenny Fell on 01354 677848 or email benwickbutterflies@hotmail.co.uk.

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Didn’t get the Bugle Delivered?? OK, I know. If you hadn’t had a Bugle you wouldn’t be reading this now!! But, assuming you managed to get a copy from elsewhere, if you were missed on our deliveries, please accept our apologies. It is surprisingly difficult to ensure we deliver to every house and sometimes we make a mistake. If this happens, you can simply pick up a copy at the school, pub or village hall. If you prefer, pop round to 2 River Close and we’ll hand one over. Alternatively, call on 677869 or email mail@benwickbugle.co.uk and we’ll deliver one to you.

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