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Update - Walkern Road (Shummery Lane) Flood

Richard Bott’s opinion (which he is 90% but not 100% certain is correct) is that the flood is in a low point in the road that collects water in the field to the north (Walkern side) and sends it south (Benington side).

There are gullies in the road at this low point that collect the road water and pipe it into a clay land drain that runs downhill across the Grundy’s field. It is likely that the land drain and all the gullies are blocked, hence the flood.

Richard has discussed this with Highways who have visited the site, but pressed for a date to clear the gullies, they have advised that nothing can be done for at least three months. Despite this being the responsibility of Highways, Richard is in the process of obtaining two quotes on behalf of the Parish Council to clear the gullies.

In the meantime Ken Grundy has contacted Richard to advise that he has booked a digger to clear/restore the drain in the field on 20 November. Hopefully these measures will resolve the problem’.

Willow trees by bus shelter

Cllr Crofton arranged for HCC to visit the willow trees beside the bus shelter at Stoopers Hill, Town Lane with their tree specialist.

The tree specialist has confirmed the trees are considered safe. They have historically been reduced, however there is no visible sign of fruiting bodies, old or new and no major cavities. He has however recommended to reduce to previous cut points and remove dead wood.

This work has been added to the planned programme of maintenance and it is anticipated this work will be completed within the 2018/19 financial year.

Superfast Broadband for Benington

The Parish Council have been speaking to Connected Counties regarding the progress of the roll out of the super-fast fibre broadband network into Benington.

Connected Counties is a partnership between Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire's Local Enterprise Partnership, Buckinghamshire County Council and BT, focused upon extending fibre broadband coverage to hard-to-reach areas of the county.

The latest information they have provided is that all engineering work will be complete and the cabinet to be ready to order a service between October and December of 2017. There could well be the possibility of residents being able to order a service by mid-October if all engineering works go to plan. Each resident will then need to order their own service with either their existing or new Internet Service Provider (ISP). Any delays at that stage will then be dependent on how fast that ISP can arrange for the customers fibre internet to be connected up.

The good news is that most of Benington should benefit from a service in this period. There is one exception which is the post code SG2 7LL has not made it into the Connected Counties plans at this stage. They said, “we will be conducting a new open market review later this year and it may be that we are able to model them into our future plans then.”

So hopefully there will be the option to upgrade to superfast broadband by the New Year.

Remember this is a service you will have to upgrade to via your ISP (Internet Service Provider) so residents should speak to their ISP for more details.

Public Access Defibrillator


The village now has a defibrillator sited outside the entrance to the Village Hall, courtesy of the Parish Council and the British Heart Foundation.

A second unit will be installed outside Ernest Doe's in the near future.

These machines are designed so that any one can use them.

More information on their use can be seen on YouTube videos by clicking here

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Places available
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Contact the school for more details

Doors and Licensed Bar open 7.30 pm.
Films start at 8.00 pm

Next films

Friday 2 February 2018
Dunkirk (12A)

Dunkirk 12A
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£1 per person per night

Monday 12 February 2018

The Lady Killers

Lady Killers

Village Diary
January 2018
3 Knit & Craft Group, Village Hall, 2-4:30pm
5 Film Club (see panel on right)
13 Saturday Club, Village Hall, 2 - 4:30pm
16 Whist Club, Village Hall, 2pm
17 Knit & Craft Group, Village Hall, 2-4:30pm
17 Benington & Walkern Garden Club, Village Hall, 7:30pm
18 Lunch Club, Village Hall, 12:15pm
20 Big Breakfast, Village Hall, 8:30am
23 Tuesday Club, Village Hall, 2pm
February 2018
2 Film Club (see panel on right)
Film Club
(see panel on right)
15 Lunch Club, Village Hall, 12:15pm
March 2018
2 Film Club (see panel on right)
15 Lunch Club, Village Hall, 12:15pm

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Wednesday 14 February 2018
The Lavender Hill Mob

Lavender Hill Mob

Friday 16 February 2018
Whisky Galore

Whisky Galore

Friday 2 March 2018
Victoria & Abdul (PG)

Victoria & Abdul PG
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Village Hall Regular Events

Art Group 10am - 2pm
Fitness Club 2:30pm Poppy Room

Indoor Bowls 2pm
Badminton Club 7:30 - 9:30pm

Coffee Drop In 9 -11:30am

Badminton Club 10 - 12pm

The Benington Whist Club

We meet in Benington Village Hall at 2:00pm prompt and finish at 4:30pm with a break for tea and biscuits.

New members are always welcome

For more information contact
Don Heyworth, 01438 869673

Saturday Club
Games, Activities, Songs & Stories
and meet friends for tea
Village Hall 2-4:30pm

There is a Family Service in St Peter's on the following Sunday at 11am (except November)

Rita Plumb 01438 869731
Jenny Cobb 01438 869348


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