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Issue 8 April/May 2008


The Five Alls Public House


Eyes Down 7.30pm

Live Bands Solo Singers Karaoke

8.00pm start

The Benwick Bugle Local issues for local people

Inside this issue: Download the Benwick Bugle


Milk Bottle Tops Appeal


Friends of Benwick School


Benwick Primary School News


Benwick Forget-Me-Not Club


Chief Bard of the Fens!


Parish Council - Having Your Say


Parish Council Minutes


Community Access to a Computer


‘Ritings from the Rectory


Benwick Bygones


Twenty Questions - Pat Tickner


Fancy Winning £5.00?




Local Directory


Benwick Groups & Clubs


Contact Details & Submissions


Answers to Last Issue’s Puzzles


All welcome

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APPEAL FOR HELP! A local boy’s situation has been highlighted by the Doddington Doings, the magazine of our neighbouring parish. The March issue runs the story: “A young teenage boy, who needs an electric wheelchair specifically designed for himself, has been told that he may have one IF he collects his own body weight in plastic milk bottle tops. Does the above not draw our attention to the apparent unfair distribution of resources in our health service? Please help him by saving your milk bottle tops” Daphne E. Ablett I’m sure that Benwick can join in with the effort! Benwick Primary School certainly has and you can deliver your milk bottle tops to the school.

THE FRIENDS OF BENWICK SCHOOL Fundraising Events Clothes Collection Weds April 16th. Please bring your half-filled black bin bags (shoes in separate bags) to the side room of village hall from 9am. Cake Stall Sat April 26th. Please come along to Ramsey market and support our stall by buying a tasty cake.

Monthly Draw Results January 2008

1st Prize M Turner £100 2nd Prize A Cade £50

February 2008

1st Prize Viv Cooper £100 2nd Prize Suzanne Turner £43.25 4


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





The children of Benwick Primary School are looking forward to a very eventful summer term. We come back to school, after the Easter Break, on Tuesday April 8th and there are a number of dates we would like to draw to your attention: · On Thursday April 17th our school singing club will be performing at the Rotary Concert at Cromwell Community College · On Saturday April 26th the Friends of Benwick School will be holding a cake stall In Ramsey. If you are in Ramsey pop along to the market to buy a cake! · On Thursday 22nd May we will be holding our Annual Fete, after school on the school grounds. We are hoping for a dry evening! Please come along and support this event. · On Tuesday 10th June our Key stage 2 children will be performing their end of year production and will be inviting the elder residents of the village. You will be invited personally, however please put this date in your diary. The children do very much value your attendance. · On Wednesdays 11th and Thursday 12th June performances will be held for parents · During the week beginning June 23rd the school will be holding a healthy eating week – we will also be holding an open afternoon for the village during this week – watch this space! As many villagers know, I will be leaving for pastures new in September, when I take up my new position as Headteacher of Westwood Junior School in March. Jackie North, at present Assistant Headteacher, will be taking over as acting Headteacher. I would very much like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Benwick who continue to support our school. I have had the opportunity to work with a great number of committed volunteers on a number A.G.M of village committees: the School Governors, For Benwick Village Hall Committee The Friends of the School, The Friends of Benwick Church, the Village Sports TUESDAY 8TH APRIL Committee, the Village Hall Committee and AT 7.30PM Benwick Children’s Centre. I have also had IN THE MAIN VILLAGE HALL the opportunity to welcome many residents to OPENING SPEECH open afternoons, concerts and fetes. I am very REPORT FROM CHAIR proud of the achievements of our local school FINANCIAL REPORT and look forward to hearing about its ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR continued success through the pages of the 2008/9 Benwick Bugle. I, of course, as a resident of CONFIRMATION OF Benwick, will enjoy supporting the school, REPRESENTATIVES from the other side of the fence, in future years! CLOSE To be followed by a short committee meeting in side room to select co-opted members

Gill Thomas – Headteacher


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 Mr Albert Sismey, Doddington Road, Benwick, 01354 677238. For services at St Mary’s Doddington contact the church Wardens.

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

The Ark Young Persons Group 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

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. 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.


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 01354 677848 or email Parent & Toddler Group Monday 1.30pm to 3.00pm. Contact Suzanne Scarborough on 01354 677518 Holiday Club Open Monday - Friday, school holiday time only (excluding bank holidays and Christmas holiday) 8.00am - 5.30pm Available to 3 to 12 year olds. Contact Jenny Fell on 677848 or

Benwick Badgers Breakfast and After School Clubs Open Monday to Friday during term time only Breakfast Club - 7:45 – 8:45 a.m. - £3.00 per child. Staff - Mrs. Jenny Fell and Ms. Denise White After School Club - 3:20 - 5:30 p.m. - £3.00 for first hour or £5.25 for the whole session Staff - Mrs Nikki Hinson 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)

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.

Forget-Me-Not Club (formerly Over Sixties Club) Meetings held first Thursday of the month, 6.30pm, Benwick Village Hall. Contact Anne Wall, 661327, Janet Fountain, 677228, or Olive Benfield, 677741.




BENWICK FORGET-ME-NOT CLUB Formerly Benwick Over Sixties Club At a special meeting on 6th March a new constitution was formed. It was decided to revert back to the original name of the club, ‘The Benwick ForgetMe-Not Club’, and to lower the minimum age of entry to 55 years. Hopefully this will attract new members, especially with a more varied programme at our meetings. We hope to arrange a speaker sometimes and have small competitions - the one for April is a pretty brooch. If the Village Hall repairs are not completed the April meeting will be in the school canteen.

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Some later departures have been organised for outings. The new officers are:

Anne Wall Chairperson Janet Fountain Treasurer Olive Benfield Secretary

Meetings held 1st Thursday in the month at 6.30pm Benwick Village Hall 3rd April 1st May 5th June 3rd July 7th August 4th September 2nd October 6th November 4th December

Games Evening (in school canteen) Birthday Party Coffee Evening with Bring & Buy Cheese/Wine & Quiz Evening Talk/Show - Ramsey Rural Museum Harvest Festival Bingo Games Evening Christmas Party

Outings Weds 21st May Weds 18th June Weds 2nd July Weds 16th July Weds 13th August Weds 10th Sept Christmas Outing

Spalding (Romany Camp & Springfields) dep 9.00am Newmarket Stud & Bury St.Edmunds dep 8.30am Boundary Mills, Grantham dep 11.00am Yarmouth, dep 8.30am Clacton, dep 8.30am Sheringham/Holt Train, dep 8.30am To be arranged


Contacts: Janet Fountain 677228


Olive Benfield 677741

Example fare: From Benwick to March return

Adult £4.65 Child (aged 5 to 15 incl.) £3.10


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

Benwick’s Local Computer Troubleshooter Are you frustrated with your home PC/ Laptop?

The Cambridgeshire Libraries Mobile Library Route M102/M114(N) visits Benwick every fortnight on a Tuesday, stopping at the following locations:

Is your computer running slow?

16a Doddington Road Chapel Gardens Village Hall

Do you know if your computer is virus or spyware free?

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

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

These are the new times as confirmed on the County Council’s website. At time of going to print, stops were scheduled for the following dates in 2008: April 1st

June 10th

August 5th

April 15th

June 24th

August 19th

April 29th

July 8th

September 2nd

May 13th

July 22nd

September 16th

May 27th

September 30th

See or phone the library service via the County Council’s Contact Centre on 0845 045 5225 for more details.


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Do you want to have a secure wireless network?


Or do you just want some help using your PC?

We can provide help with all the above and more. A professional, reliable and friendly service for Benwick and surrounding areas.

Monday 8th April Benwick Village Hall 7.30pm

Ensign Solutions Ltd: Tel: 677553 Mon-Fri 0900-1700 or weekday evenings by appt only


The Search for the first Chief Bard of the Fens is Now On! The stage is now set for the 2008 Flag Fen Eisteddfod, 14th and 15th June, where the search for the first ‘Chief Bard of the Fens’ is on. We’ve seen ‘Battle of the Bands’ but now it’s time for ‘The Battle of the Bards’, an ancient competition which can be traced back to the 12th Century and only part of the weekend’s offerings, as the Fens prepares to spring to life in a profusion of ancient tales, poetry and performance. Bardic Chairs and all things Bard are nothing new to these isles as legend suggests over 31 English cities once held a Bardic seat with their right to elect their own Bard each year through open competition. The chair was always the most noblest of prizes giving the winner both great public esteem and ambassadorship. The Bardic Chair of the Fens, sponsored by local Druids of The Grove of Alban Eiler, was commissioned by local EcoArtist Renny Antonelli and the Ecoworks team and will be held in just as high regard resonating our traditional past. Renny of Ecoworks, commented “Bog Oak retains an echo from the past for those with ears to hear its timely message. We are all connected to the past and through what we do today we are shaping the future. Let the stories told in this chair be heard by everyone to help inspire a brighter tomorrow and a fairer today.” The Battle of the Bards is just one event from the weekends festivities which also includes a range of quirky stalls, face painting for children, free workshops to inspire and get the creative juices flowing, Tchenka’s Labyrinth, children’s workshops, art displays, performance and more. Jody Copestake, The Ancient Muse, commented “We hope the efforts put into organising this extraordinary festival will spark the imaginations in both the young and old as creativity can be expressed in an abundance of ways through stories, poetry, art and performance. It’s going to be a fun weekend packed with activities to inspire child and adult and at the same time is part of a national revival in keeping some of our ancient traditions alive. Traditions are part of our cultural heritage and although we live in the now it’s the past that shaped who we are today. “ Advanced weekend tickets are now on sale to avoid disappointment of entry on the day and available over the counter at Flag Fen Visitor Centre or by downloading a fast track form from the event website or email

Benwick Village Sports Committee VILLAGE SPORTS DAY - 28th June 2008 (start time of 12.30pm) JUNIOR IT'S A KNOCKOUT - 19th July 2008 (start time 12.30pm) Is anyone willing to join the committee in order to keep these events running in the future? If you are interested you are welcome to attend the next committee meeting which will be held on 5th June 2008 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Or contact Stewart on (01354) 677324. 10


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PARISH COUNCIL We are very pleased to announce that from now on the Bugle will be publishing the minutes of Parish Council meetings. Of course, these have always been publicly available, displayed on the notice board outside the village hall and, more recently, on the lilyholtroad website, but we think that bringing Council matters directly into people’s homes like this can only be a good thing and we hope that it will encourage more people to take an interest in local council affairs. Minutes can only be published once they have been ratified; this happens at the following meeting. So, February's minutes were approved at the March meeting and these are the ones we’re publishing here on page 14. March’s minutes will be approved at the April meeting. The council meets monthly but the Bugle is only bimonthly. To print the minutes of two months’ meetings every issue would take up a lot of pages, so I shall only be printing the most recent set available at time of going to print. Minutes that you cannot read in these pages will be made available on the Bugle website,

How Can I Get Involved in Parish Council Affairs? I asked Parish Council Clerk Kristine Poole if she could explain how the Public Time works at Council meetings. Do I need an invitation to attend a Parish Council meeting? No, you can just turn up. When is Public Time? It runs from 7.30 to 7.45, before the main body of the meeting. How do I speak at Public Time? The Chairman will announce at 7.30 that the meeting has started and will ask if anyone wishes to speak - you signal your wish to speak by raising your hand. Should you require information from the Councillors before the meeting you can contact the Clerk beforehand and she may have time to research the answer before the meeting.

13) If you had £500 to give to charity - who would you give it to and why? This is a hard one to answer. Having had breast cancer, as have many women in the village, this would be the first to come to mind and also, of course, the Village Hall. 14) What item could you not live without and why? My Car! I love driving and have driven to both Reims and Normandy in France and many times up to Scotland and back. If I lose the ability to drive I will be lost especially in this village with its dreadful bus service. 15) Why did you want to be on the Village Hall Committee? Again, I wanted to do something to help. I like organising events and thought I could help out on the committee; the more I have to do the more I get done. 16) Tea or Coffee? Coffee definitely; far more flavour for me. 17) What made you move to Benwick? My husband became seriously ill and wouldn’t have anyone near him except myself and my daughter Gina. Gina applied to the council for a home for us near her and we were given one on medical points exactly 6 months to the day after applying. 18) What was the last thing you bought? Other than food I recently bought a lot of material for a quilt I am making. Called a Quillo, it is a cushion during the day but when it gets chilly you take out the quilt from inside and wrap yourself in it. 19) Favourite Cereal? I suppose I am the same as a great many people here…..Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes but I do enjoy a good plate of porridge as well 20) What would you like to be remembered for? Another hard one, better answered by people that will hopefully remember me but perhaps my battling nature and hopefully being a friend to all.

Fancy Winning £5.00? Every month on the update of, there is a new person answering the 20 Questions! In the past this has been done by people including Gill Thomas, Kirk Devall, Doug Rose, Lyn Keppel-Spoor and Pat Tickner, but I am now looking at getting as many people to answer as possible!

What kinds of things can I ask about? The main items that are brought to the Councillors’ notice are things like pot holes, speeding, broken street lights and vandalism. If a resident wishes the Councillors to investigate a matter to do with the village they can ask them to do so as long as it has nothing to do with legal matters such as disputes as Councillors may not take sides or intervene.

So, if you go online at, and click on “Twenty Questions” you can download them and fill them in, then e-mail them to me. There are two types of people who can answer – people involved with groups, such as the Friends of Benwick School, The Residents Association etc and other people not involved with the committees of the groups. Those involved with groups have a couple of special questions about their involvement with the groups. If you are one of these people then just e-mail me, and I will send you the personalised set of questions.

Do I have to leave at the end of Public Time? No, you can stay for the duration of the meeting or leave at any time during.

The best person’s answers, received by May 1st, will win £5.00 in cash! Everyone’s answers will appear online, and some will also appear in the Bugle.

Can I take part in the rest of the meeting after Public Time? Normally, no. At the end of Public Time the Chairman will announce this and state that members of the public are not allowed to take part in the next

Not online? No problem, just ring 677494 and I will get a paper copy of the questions delivered to you, or ask someone you know who has the internet.



TWENTY QUESTIONS: PAT TICKNER Pat Tickner is the Chairperson of the Village Hall Committee and she was also voted onto the Parish Council in the elections this year. She has recently been organising fundraisers for the Village Hall; namely the Tombolas and the Halloween Disco! 1) Why would people of Benwick know you? I have lived in Benwick now for 14 years coming here to join my daughter who is now the licensee of the Five Alls. Because of her I know far more people as she has introduced me around. I also met many ladies due to joining the darts team when Tom Granger was the publican. 2) What is your earliest memory of Benwick? The wonderful fetes and parades that we had the first two or three summers I was here and also the W.I.’s show that was held in the village hall each year. 3) Favourite Band / Singer? I am afraid that I am a classicist and prefer Beethoven and Mozart although I did like the music of Cliff Richards many moons ago. 4) Marmite: Love it or Hate It? I like Marmite but prefer Bovril as it is easier to spread and not quite as strong as Marmite. 5) What do you like to do in your spare time? I will be in my last year of studying for a Degree with the Open University next year my final year subject being ‘Religion in History’. I also do a lot of sewing and reading when I get the time.

proceedings unless invited to do so. However, if there is a matter on the agenda in which you have an interest then you may speak on it when the matter is discussed, to a maximum of 2 minutes. If there are several villagers who ave an interest in the item then it is wise for them to collaborate and have one spokesperson as they have 2 minutes collectively. If you’re still not sure, then how about attending a Council Meeting just to observe? Then you’ll know how it all works should you ever want to have a say!


Monthly Meetings 2008/2009 2008 Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday 2009 Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday

1st April 22nd April Annual Assembly 6th May Annual General Meeting 3rd June 1st July 5th August 2nd September 7th October 4th November 2nd December

ADVANCE NOTICE Benwick Village Hall 7.45 p.m. Tuesday 22nd April 2008 ‘Everybody Welcome’

6th January 3rd February 3rd March


6) What is the last book you read? ‘In at the Death’ by David Wishart which is a mystery murder novel set in Ancient Rome; another love of mine; Classical Rome. 7) Favourite holiday destination? Australia to visit my two eldest children who stayed there when I left after living 10 years in Adelaide, A beautiful country but it gets a little too hot in February. 8) What is your favourite hobby? My favourite is sitting reading or sewing when I can find the time. 9) What is your favourite thing about Benwick? The quiet and peaceful life one can get by living in the village and the friendliness of the local residents. 10) What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? I would like my own house in the village with a large garden. 11) What made you stand for Parish Council? A wish to put back into the village some of the pleasures that had been here when I first arrived such as the fetes and parades. 12) Where is the worst place you have lived? When I returned from Australia we bought a house in Medan Vale near Mansfield, not realising that we backed onto Welbeck Colliery and the coal dust was awful; you prayed for rain just to wash the dust away.



BENWICK PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES Minutes of a meeting of the Benwick Parish Council held on Tuesday 5 February 2008 in the side room of the village hall at High Street Benwick commencing at 7.30 p.m.

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Present: Cllrs H Langford; P Tickner; R Few; L P Keppel-Spoor; E Paice; M K Ogden (CCC) and 8 members of the public. 7.30–7.45 PUBLIC TIME A member of the public asked if there was any news on the repair of the street light outside the school. He was informed that it had already been reported to Ringway and the Clerk would ring them. He also asked what could be done about the speeding lorries overtaking along Ramsey Road. Cllr Paice stated she would attend the next Neighbourhood Meeting to complain. Another resident was also concerned about the speeding traffic along Ramsey Road. Cllr Langford assured him that the matter had been reported to the Police in the past and that he would contact them again. Another resident reported that he had telephoned the Police in the early hours of the morning to come and witness the speeding vehicles through the village. A resident stated that he was concerned of the danger to children on the pavements faced with this problem. One resident asked if temporary traffic lights would be possible. Another suggested a chicane could possibly slow traffic. A request for lines across the road to monitor volume and speed was made. The Clerk was instructed to write to the Police and the Highways Department at FDC. Corrections to last month’s minutes: The Headmistress of the village school requested a copy of the proposal by one of the Parish Councillors as they had not yet received the report. The Chairman stated he would chase for the report to be sent. A resident asked Cllr Keppel-Spoor to name the four members on the Village Hall Committee that voted and had an interest in the school and school governing body (para 313/08). Cllr Keppel-Spoor stated that when she made that comment that was her belief but has since been informed that this was incorrect and therefore she had made a mistake. Cllr Keppel-Spoor was also asked about the report given to her by a member of the Village Hall Committee (para 313/08) and why this had not been circulated to all members of the Village Hall Committee, Parish Council and Clerk. Cllr Keppel-Spoor stated that at that time only two copies had been available. It was then asked if copies could be circulated to all concerned. It was stated that it was not a public document as it had not been discussed in public. Apologies for Absence: Cllrs R Butcher and P Potts both have a previous meeting to attend. PCSO M Smart who will not be on duty but has sent on a report.

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Motion to exclude Public & Press at end after item 327/07 on agenda for discussion of staff issues and Bad Debts. 315/07 Confirmation of Minutes The Minutes of meeting held on 8 January 2008 were approved and signed. The vote showed that 3 members were in favour with one abstention.

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316 /07 Matters Arising a) No further news from Ringway regarding breakdown of their fees. (cont’d on page 16)



BENWICK BYGONES Janet Fountain and Adam Keppel-Garner are compiling a new book, entitled “Benwick Bygones”. It will be released later in the year, but they are looking for your help now! A few people have already contributed their photos and old history of the village to Janet, and Adam has used a lot of his own research and photos from his website. But there are some photos that they would really like to get their hands upon! Firstly, there are the pubs – The White Hart, The George and The Nags Head. They have photos of all the others, but none which focus purely on these three. Do you perhaps have a photo that they could use? Whether its of the outside or of the inside, it would be very appreciated!

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b) No update on possible compensation from Biffa. The Chairman reported that Biffa had now removed their bin and that he would place a bin in the Cemetery for waste. 317/07 Police Matters The Police were unable to attend but a report was read by the Chairman. PCSO Smart reported that a mini moto was seized; 2 RTC’s; 1 vehicle nuisance; 1 drink driver and 1 domestic incident. Contact PCSO Smart for details of person(s) concerned in accident on Doddington Road in order to claim for damage to street light. The next Neighbourhood Meeting is scheduled for 12 February. 318/07 County Councillors Report(s)/Communications a) Cllr Ogden apologised for being late as he had an earlier meeting; he gave his report later in the meeting. He reported that the Forty Foot river has been closed for repairs but would try to obtain a date for completion of this work and contact the Clerk. The Chairman stated that the Parish Council had no information either but the residents were concerned over the excessive traffic through the village due to this problem. The Parish Council had asked for restrictions and could Cllr Ogden possibly help in this matter. Cllr Ogden will contact Highways and report back at the next meeting. The Government are trying to bring in a policy to close down parish schools that were under two-thirds full. He was informed that the Benwick school was full. Regarding Goosetree Corner it had been agreed to install traffic lights and that the new Isle College will need a roundabout on the by-pass. He was asked if he could help in getting a weight restriction through the village. Cllr Ogden stated he would investigate and also look at possible alternative routes to those through the village. b) Cllrs Butcher & Potts had nothing further to report at this time. c) Letter from FDC stating that the Planning Awareness Session on 7 February 2008 has been cancelled due to lack of support. d) Letter from FDC on Consultation on proposed local validation checklist circulated - no comments to be forwarded. 319/07 Income & Expenditure a) To consider Cambridgeshire Acre membership-AGREED to renew. b) To consider Clerk’s expenses previously circulated-AGREED. c) The members to consider and approve the following accounts for payment Description Amount K Poole Admin – January 2008 £224.68 Inland Revenue PAYE – Mth 10 £63.37 Cambridgeshire Acre Annual subscription £25.00 K Poole Expenses Aug-Dec’07 £265.31 Anglian Water Water Rates £9.00 E on Energy DD Energy Charge – Sept 07 £88.06 TOTAL £675.42 d) The Clerk to report on the current balances at NSI £10,291.00 Alliance & Leicester £7,951.44 £18,242.44 Youth Reserves in Alliance & Leics £5,034.00

26th April 2008 8.30am—10am THE RECTORY Ingles Lane, Doddington Come along to our monthly informal prayer breakfast, where we can talk to God and each other about the needs of our churches and our communities. There is no charge, but donations would be appreciated. For further details call: Rev’d Val Fernandez on 01354742715.

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Easter Egg Hunt Tuesday 25th March 10am – 12pm

Junior Easter Cooking Wednesday 2nd April 10am – 12pm

Trampoline Tasters Wednesday 26th Mar 2.15 - 4.15pm and Weds 2nd Apr 1.15 - 3.15pm

Go- Karting Tuesday 25th March and Tues 1st April. 2.30-3.30pm & 3.30-4.30pm

Hello Friends I wonder if any of you can identify with me over a ‘love/hate relationship’ with school uniform. I can still remember the injustice I suffered on one occasion when I was punished quite severely because I had ridden my bicycle down a hill to the hockey pitch at the local park with my panama hat swinging on my little finger. To me it had been logical—it wouldn’t blow off! but to the school it was considered a rebellious act, I was no longer being seen as ‘belonging,’ my identity was not so obvious. And now I’m back in a uniform with a dog collar revealing who I am and who I belong to. The 3 churches of Doddington w Benwick and Wimblington obviously belong to God first and foremost but they also belong to the people. They have also been grouped together into a Benefice which is a bit of ’church-speke’ and probably doesn’t mean anything to most people. However, I think we probably can all understand what a group is. I would like to bring the 3 churches under one generic name, something that probably makes sense to us all. And this is where you all come in—we need ideas for a name. For example a friend of mine, who looks after 4 churches, has taken the name Venta Group for her benefice because one of the churches is beside the ruins of a Roman Settlement. It maybe that you are aware of some historic significance that could give an appropriate name here. If you have any suggestions then please give them to any of the church wardens or myself. Don’t forget to give us your name and phone number. If your name suggestion should be chosen it would be good to be able to get in touch with you and maybe involve the local press.

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A corporate identity is important and helps to encourage greater unity. Feelings regarding school uniforms are always somewhat ambivalent but it would be really good to see our churches united under one generic name, (they would still of course be called St Mary’s & St Peter’s). I look forward to receiving some of your suggestions. God Bless Val Fernanadez From the Registers Herbert (Bert) Bamford Funeral 25 February Percy (Peter) Smith Funeral 26 March



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e) Letter from Audit Commission regarding appointment of external auditorcirculated today for further information. Planning/Development Observations required: F/UR07/1290/F Mr & Mrs Knott Erection of a 4-bed bungalow with 2-bed granny annexe attached involving demolition of existing dwelling-it was reported that these plans have already been passed. Highway Matters/Street Lighting/Transport a) Reported pot holes at the junction of River Close/Whittlesey Road. The Chairman stated he would be meeting Rod Marshall from Highways on site. Cllr Keppel-Spoor stated she had received a note from a nearby resident that heavy traffic was now causing cracks in her house due to this problem. b)Traffic volume due to diversions through the village-AGREED that Cllr Langford will speak with Rod Marshall to see what safety measures can be installed and who to contact. c) Street Lighting Contractor. The Clerk has received a letter from an interested contractor. It was agreed that Cllr Keppel-Spoor will copy the map from the Clerk and that Cllr Paice will report on the number of street lights Paice for which the Parish Council are responsible. Cemetery a) A requested has been received from Wm Kent Memorials to add a further inscription in respect of Mrs F Clarke to the existing memorial-AGREED b) A requested from T Pearce to inter the ashes of his mother, Carol Pearce in the graves of her parents, Mr Reginald and Mrs Kathleen Vidence Brand. Numbers 514 and 515-AGREED no objection. c) Consideration of burial fees increase-AGREED with 4 in favour and one against. d) Cllr Langford declared an interest and left the room: A discussion took place on a new quotation received but further discussions on cemetery tenders would be DEFERRED until next month. Grass Cutting Discussion on grass cutting tenders-DEFER decision until next month when a revised quotation will be received. Allotments a) Mrs Dring has written regarding the rubbish on the empty allotments in September Gardens-AGREED the weeds will be cut and sprayed. b)The Clerk requests permission to attend an Allotment workshop on 8 March run by CALC costing £45-AGREED not to allow. Parish Council Solicitor Discussion to confirm solicitor-AGREED to retain Sergeant & Son of Ramsey. This information was passed to John Hoffman, Friends of Benwick Church, who was invited to speak to the meeting. He stated that the Archdeacon had instructed their solicitors to contact Sergeant & Son with a view to progressing matters. He also informed the meeting that they were going to apply for planning permission. Correspondence a) CareNetwork are asking for a grant towards the Doddington & Benwick Community Car Scheme. They also would like more volunteer drivers-


AGREED that no funds were available in the current budget but they would try to help in finding volunteer drivers. b)CALC workshops for Councillor’s Professional Development-Cllrs Langford Keppel-Spoor and Tickner will be attending. c)Communities and Local Government are seeking views on the Consultation on Orders and Regulations relating to the Conduct of Local Authority Members in England-DEFER until next meeting when all Councillors have had an opportunity to read the paperwork. It was AGREED that an additional planning item could be discussed due to the fact that there was a time limit for any objections: F/YR08/0101/0 M Wilson Erection of a dwelling and detached garage – land nth of 18 Ramsey Road fronting Old West Estate Benwick-AGREED (with two abstentions) to object on the grounds of overdevelopment and possibly not enough parking facilities. 327/07 Agenda Items / Next meeting Next meeting scheduled for Tuesday 4 March 2008. Top End of High Street Meeting Dates Staff Issues The Meeting was closed to Public and Press at 9.45 p.m. 328/07 Staff Issues It was AGREED (with one against and one abstention) to accept the new hourly rate of the Clerk and to defer discussion on the possible increase in hours until next meeting. 329/07 Bad Debts It was AGREED that the Clerk personally speak with the debtor but if no payment was forthcoming then the Councillors would take action. The Chairman passed to the Clerk a cheque for £1,500 for the Parish Plan which was to be deposited in the Alliance & Leicester bank account The Meeting closed at 9.55 p.m.

Did you know that there is a computer in the village hall? This computer is available for the people of Benwick to use at no cost. Internet access is free of charge and a photocopier and a scanner is also available. Users are asked to bring their own paper and, if producing more than 10 copies, contribute to the cost of ink. If you would like to use this facility, please contact Gill Thomas during school hours.

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