Rampton goes to the Seaside – Saturday 28 July

Louise Adams, our very own Rampton bus driver (Driver of the Year 2017!) has hired a coach to take us to Hunstanton.  Have a great day with friends and neighbours or enjoy time alone as you wish. The coach will depart from Rampton Green at 08:00 promptly and will leave Hunstanton at 17.00.  This is a cost-covering social venture and any surplus will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society. Tickets: £10 for adults, £5 children (under 16. Under 3s are free if not taking up a seat) from www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/483735 or 01954 204237.

Wanted: Parish Councillors

Following the recent election there are 3 Councillor vacancies to be filled.

If you are interested in helping your community as a Councillor, please send a brief personal written statement explaining how you can contribute. The task is not too onerous and at the last meeting the number of ordinary meetings has been reduced from 10 per year to 6 per year.
To be a Councillor, you need to be over 18, and a UK, Commonwealth, Irish, or EU citizen; and:
  • Be on the Rampton electoral roll; or
  • Have occupied land or premises (as owner or tenant) in Rampton for the last 12 months; or
  • Had your main workplace within the parish for the last 12 months; or
  • Have lived in, or within 3 miles of, the parish for the past 12 months
You cannot be a Councillor if you: –
  • Are a paid employee of the Parish Council; or
  • Are an undischarged bankrupt; or
  • Have been sentenced to a term of prison (suspended or not) of not less than 3 months, within the last 5 years; or
  • Have been disqualified under any law relating to corrupt of illegal practices.
If you are eligible and would like to be considered please contact the Parish Council Clerk, Claire Perrott, 13 Cow Lane, Rampton CB24 8QG by hand or post, or by E-mail to ramptonparishclerk@nullgmail.com by Saturday 2ndJune 2018. Candidates will be considered for appointment by Rampton Parish Council at the Ordinary Meeting on 4th June 2018.
Mike Parker Pearson, one of the UK’s best known archaeologists, will be the  speaker at the meeting of the Fen Edge Archaeology Group on 17 May when he will talk about the latest discoveries at Stonehenge. All are welcome so please bring family and friends! Note this meeting will be in Cottenham Village College Main Hall at 7:30pm. More details at: https://feagblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/stonehenge-new-discoveries/ 

Oakington Walk

The next walk is on Saturday 12th May and will be led by Sylvia Beaumont. The walk will start from the car park of The White Horse, Oakington.

We will meet at the green at 9.00 and begin the walk from Oakington at 9.30.

The circular walk is about 5 – 6 Miles. We will return to The White Horse for lunch and non walkers are welcome to join us there.

If you plan to walk, lunch or both please let Sylvia know before the 5th May. They do not require us to pre order, but I think it would speed things up if we did. The menu is on line.

01954 252043 or [email protected]com

Steady Rollin’ Blues Tour: Brooks Williams & Hans Theessink

Rampton Village Hall Management Committee presents

Steady Rollin’ Blues Tour: Brooks Williams & Hans Theessink

Advance tickets: £10.  £12 on  the door 

To book tickets visit www.ramptonvillagehall.co.uk or call 01954 208045

Thursday 10 May 2018 7.30 pm, Doors Open at 7:00pm

Cash bar available all evening

Brooks needs no introduction to his loyal following in the area as this is, after all, a home gig. He is touring this year with Dutch blues singer and guitarist Hans Theessink who has been performing since the early 1970s. Hans’ style brings together country, blues, fingerpicking and influences such as Big Bill Broonzy, Leadbelly and Brownie McGhee. He is described as ‘one helluva guitar player’ by the legendary Bo Diddley.


Rampton Relay 29th April 2018 – CANCELLED

CANCELLED (due to bad weather, sorry) … will be rescheduled in September
Rampton Relay 
– The annual fun run is set for 29th April. Registration starts at 2pm, the run begins at 2:30pm. The race can be run as a four lap relay by a team of four (one lap each) or by single runners who may choose to run one or more laps. The lap length is ‘one Rampton mile’. Start and finish are on the large meadow at Giant’s Hill. All runners will receive a certificate and winning teams and runners will receive medals. Teams of primary school aged children may also compete for the Rampton Educational Foundation Shield

Fun Run Cancelled

Today’s Fun Run is cancelled due to poor weather the underfoot conditions are considered too treacherous. The Fun Run will be rescheduled for sometime in September.

The art group are planning a visit to Houghton Hall in Norfolk to see the Damien Hirst exhibition on Wednesday 25th April. We will have some extra seats available in the bus.

We shall leave Rampton at 10.00am and return by 5.00pm.

The cost for bus and group entry ticket is £33
If you would like to go please contact Sylvia on 01954 252043 or sylviaj.beaumont@nullvirginmedia.com

Mick North

Sarah and the family of Mick North would like to thank all those people who sent cards, letters and e-mails of sympathy following Mick’s death on 17 March 2018. We would also like to thank everyone who attended the funeral service held in Rampton Church on 16 April
2018 as well as the superb help received from members of the '77 Committee, the Black Horse Public House and other members of the Rampton community. Living or being part of
a family living in a community such as Rampton is a blessing and consider Mick and I were very fortunate to move here and become part of the village along with Mick’s immediate family who always took and will continue to take part in village activities.

Updates from the Parish Council

Rampton to Cottenham Foot/Cycleway Lighting studs
You may have noticed the new solar powered lighting studs on the shared use path between Rampton and Cottenham. These were installed to improve night lighting and safety on the unlit section of the path.
Rampton Parish Council would like to thank Cottenham Parish Council and the Cambridge Community Fund for their contributions to this scheme.
We would also like to encourage anyone using the path to send comments to enable us to monitor the projects impact.
Parish Council Elections
Four nominations were received for the elections in May and thus the Parish Council has three councillor seats remaining unfilled. Residents can apply now by co-option should anyone feel they could contribute to the community in which they live. If you want to know more about becoming a councillor please let us know.
LHI – An extra lamppost for King Street
The Parish Council have won a grant from the local highways initiative to install an additional lamppost on King Street (boundary of 45 & 47A), as several residents have complained about the pavement lighting in that location. This will be agreed at the AGM.
Upcoming Parish Council Meetings
Annual Parish Meeting 30th April, Annual General Meeting 14th May
Contacting the Parish Council
Please contact the council via email: [email protected]googlegroups.com
or the clerk:
tel: 252641 (2:30pm – 5pm on  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). Outside of these times please leave a message and the clerk will return your call if needed.

Change over at the Black Horse

After a productive and challenging year at The Black Horse Michaela and Rik will be leaving on 13th May 2018 and handing the reins over to Harry and Abbi Alderton.

The kitchen will be closed until Wednesday 16th May but the bar area will be open as usual.

We will be holding a Garden Party on Saturday 19th May from 2pm to celebrate the Royal wedding and the change over at The Black Horse.
There will be a prize for the best dressed lady or Gentleman. we will be holding a BBQ and live music form 6pm.

We would love to see everyone but especially the customers who has supported us throughout the year.

Wine tasting 9th November 2018

Our popular annual wine tasting evening will take place again this year.

Thank you to all who have supported us in the past and we look forward to seeing you at these events later in the year.

Last Night of the Proms 11th November 2018

The Friends are repeating the very successful ‘Last Night of the Proms’ again this year.
We will be showing live the second half of the LastNight from the Royal Albert Hall following a buffet meal and a short live musical event provided by local musicians.

Save the date. 11th November 2018

Rampton goes to Yorkshire

The Murder Mystery Group have booked Newfield Hall (Yorkshire Dales) for a Murder Mystery weekend from 16-18 November and have a few spare places. Cost per person is £165 for 2 nights, £240 for 3 nights for full board. No costumes or scripts to read but some guests may not be all they seem! It’s a relaxed and comfortable hotel in a beautiful area with good food and good company and lots of fun. If you are interested please contact Jane Perks (janeperks32@nullgmail.com, 01954 204237) for further information.

Parish Council Elections

The Elections for Rampton Parish Council will be held on the 3rd May 2018. For anyone interested in getting involved and helping out the village, a Nomination pack can be obtained from the Parish Clerk or from the Returning Officer at South Cambridgeshire District Council. If anyone has any questions on what activities Councillors perform, the Clerk and current Councillors will be happy to help if they can. For any questions on the nomination process and the elections themselves, Jo Cox at SCDCs Electoral Services team should be able to help.

Village Litter Pick – 18th March 2017

The Rampton Spring litter pick is on Sunday 18th March. Meet at 10.30am on the Green after your Christmas Fairies Breakfast! We’ll be out for an hour and a half or so then back to the Village Hall for tea and biscuits. We have litter pickers and high vis tabards, but you’ll want some good gloves and wheelbarrows would be useful. Everybody welcome. Come and join us and make a difference close to home

Grand Jumble Sale 17th March 2018

Grand Jumble Sale – Indulge your shop-a-holic impulses at our annual jumble sale which will be held on Sat 17th March in the village hall. Doors open at 10am. Items for sale should be brought to the village hall on the evening of 16th March or first thing on 17th.

Walking Group

The next walk will be on Saturday 17th March. It will be led by Rob Taylor.

Details of the walk are not available yet but will be emailed to regular walkers when they become available. Or you can phone Rob on 01954 200437

The walks normally take place on the third Saturday of the month and will be 21st April
12th May (second Saturday to avoid royal wedding), 16th June, 21st July,  18th August,
15th September, 20th October, 17th November, 15th December