Archaeology in Rampton

Display of archaeological finds at Rampton Village Hall, 14th October, 2.30 pm to 4 pm. Admission free. 

Finds from an archaeological dig carried out in Rampton in January this year will be on display along with finds from HEFA test pitting in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Fen Edge Archaeology Group’s test-pitting display will also be on show.

Refreshments will be available. Proceeds to the Friends of All Saints’ Church.

During January 2018 Witham Archaeology carried out an archaeological dig in advance of development at 31 High Street, Rampton. Finds from the dig show that the site was occupied mainly during the 12th and 13th centuries. Ditches found at the site probably formed boundaries to a toft which fronted onto the High Street. Finds included pottery, quern stones and animal bone, which came mainly from a cluster of pits on an area of slightly higher ground. The environmental samples from the site show it was a place where people were living rather than farming. The decline in activity at the site after the 13th century is similar to that identified by the HEFA test pit surveys.

Everyone welcome. Admission free – drop in at any time.

More information will appear on the Fen Edge Archaeology Group’s blog https://feagblog.wordpress.com/ and find us Facebook too.

Newmarket Walk

The next walk will be on Saturday 27th October (note 4th Saturday of month instead of 3rd Saturday). It will be led by Val and Colin Humphries.

The walk begins from The Marquis of Grantham pub, Stetchworth CB8 9TJ near Newmarket. A14 to Quy roundabout then old Newmarket road to next roundabout and look for sign to Stetchworth, it is a 19 mile drive.

Rampton residents will leave the green at 9.00am and the walk will begin at 10.00, the walk takes 2.5 hours, there is an option of a shorter walk. Lunch is booked for 1.00pm. We do not need to pre order.

Rampton Relay

The annual race was held on 9th September (postponed from April). 28 runners took part either as teams of four running one lap each or as individual runners running one or more laps. The course was altered to avoid calves grazing the small field, but by a strange quirk of the Rampton system of measurement the course remained exactly one Rampton mile in length. All runners performed extremely well this year, but we would like to give special mention to our fastest man (Alex Hunt, time 6:00), fastest woman (Tessa Mould, 7:28), fastest family (The Moulds, 33:23), smallest runner (Emily Osborne, 11:23) and the winners of the Rampton Educational Foundation Shield for Primary aged children (March Athletics Club, 34:33). All proceeds from the event will be donated to Papworth Hospital Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group. We hope to see you all again next April!!

Cambridge Open Art Exhibition

Takes place at Swavesey Village College on the weekend of 13/14th October. Free entry and affordable artwork for sale straight from a wide range of Cambridgeshire artists. Open invitation to attend the Private View on Friday 12th, 6.30 – 9pm, tickets £5 at the door.Make it a date!

Village Litter Pick – 7th October 2018

The Rampton Autumn litter pick is on Sunday 7th October. Meet at 10.30am on the Green. 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.

Village Work Parties – Rampton Parish Council

Saturday 20th October : meet 9.30am on the Green: Task will be Daffodil and Bluebell Bulb planting.Sturdy gloves  and footwear required. Equipment that would be helpful to bring: Spade and/or garden fork.

Sunday 30th September : meet 9.30am on Recreation Ground: Tasks will be hay-raking of the wildflower meadow, some cutting back of brambles in various locations around the Rec. and re-staking of some of the Orchard trees.Sturdy gloves and footwear required. Equipment that would be helpful to bring: Wheelbarrow, Grass rake, Secateurs or loppers, pitchfork.

Please join us for a light work-out, and we look forward to seeing a few of you at one or both of the sessions. If you can spread the word that would be very much appreciated too.

Thank you for helping us out, and we will be in touch nearer each time, when the weather forecast can been checked, to confirm each session is going ahead.

Contact: ramptonparishclerk@nullgmail.com or 252641

Christmas Fairies

Rampton Breakfasts: 8am-11am, Saturday September 29th, Saturday October 6th and 13th.


All funds raised go towards community projects in Rampton. Thanks to your generous support, The Christmas Fairies have been able to purchase the village Christmas lights and tree, they have made a donation to help start up the Rampton Friday Club and have set up a subsidised community minibus scheme. Your support really does make a difference. Christmas Raffle tickets are now available to buy from the breakfasts or from Rampton Motors.

Community minibus
The next minibus trips to Bar Hill Tesco will be Wednesday 3rd and 17th October, leaving the Green at 10:30am. Anyone can register to use the minibus, (although if full, priority will be given to those without their own means of transport), please contact Karen for a registration form. The cost is £2 per trip. Tel: 205093

Rampton Relay 9th September

Sunday, 9 September 2018 – Race starts at 2:30 pm with registration from 2pm in the large field by Giant’s Hill. This is the event postponed from April. The Rampton Relay takes place over a course of exactly one Rampton mile, it can be tackled as a four lap relay by teams of four (or fewer) runners. Alternatively single runners may run one (or more) laps. We will endeavour to time you. The fastest team of primary aged children will get to hold the Rampton Educational Foundation shield for the year; your team name engraved on the shield, eternal fame. All proceeds to local charities

Help your village

Would you like to help out with a few maintenance tasks to improve the appearance in and around our village? 

Rampton Parish Council will be organising a couple of volunteer sessions in the Autumn to plant bulbs, improve the wildflower area on the Recreation Ground and possibly one or two other tasks. Please keep an eye on the website and noticeboards for dates and activities. 

If you want to be alerted of events by email please contact Claire the clerk: ramptonparishclerk@nullgmail.com with the heading “Volunteering help”

Friends of All Saints’ News September 2018

Cake Stall

The recent cake stall at the pub bazaar provided £73 for our funds. A big thank you to all who made cakes and supported us on that day.

Last Night of the Proms

We still have a few tickets remaining, available from:

  • Jacquie Bland 250986
  • Graham White 231007
  • Sylvia Beaumont 252043
  • Jill Howell 204481

A short musical production by local musicians followed by a buffet meal and then the live hook up to the Royal Albert Hall for the second half of the Last Night.

September Walk

The next walk will be on Saturday 15th September and will be led by Alison Wedgbury.

The walk will be in the Bourn/Cambourne area and approx. 5 miles with the option of a shorter route. Lunch will be in Bourn.

Further details will be circulated by email.

WWI Events in November

November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War One.  Along with villages and towns across the country Rampton made its own contribution to and its own sacrifice for that conflict – more than 30 men served in some capacity and of these 11 were killed – this from an eligible population of fewer than 60.

It is important that Rampton remembers its sacrifice, and to do this the Village Hall will be hosting a series of events over the weekend of 10th and 11th November.  These will include talks, a display, art works, a “Homecoming” Event and a Remembrance Service at the War Memorial at 2pm on Sunday 11th.  Details will be announced when the programme has been finalised.

Please note the date for your diaries, and if you have anything in your family relating to these events in Rampton – e.g. photos, documents, objects or stories – I would love to hear from you.

Alison Dickens – alid1994@nullgmail.com

Gilbert’s Rainfall Data

This page shows what the rainfall in Rampton is like, firstly the cumulative rainfall per month stacked by year.

Historically February through April are the dryest months of the year averaging about 30mm of rain per month and May through August are the wettest averaging about 50mm per month, though 2018 has been a bit unusual so far with higher than normal rainfall during March and April and June / July being very dry (July’s 20mm of rainfall came all in about 1 hour on the 27th).

This chart shows the rainfall stacked by year on a per month basis an dpoints worthy of note are: –

  • June 2018 – the lowest month on record (1.5mm).
  • August 2010 – the wettest month on record (140mm).
  • 2012 had the wettest spell for several months April to July (average  93mm per month).

Dry Drayton Walk 18th August

Led by Annie and Geoff Tamulonis.

The walk starts from the car park of The Black Horse, Dry Drayton.

Rampton residents leave the green at 9.00 and the walk will start at 9.30. There is a choice of 4 miles or 6 miles. We will return to the pub for lunch and non walkers are welcome to join us.

Details concerning pub menu etc. will be circulated by email later.

If you plan to walk, lunch or both please contact Annie. Text messages (no phone calls) 07861640032 or email

Christmas Fairies – Popup Breakfasts are back

Back by popular demand, the Rampton Breakfasts will be returning Saturday 29th September and Saturday 6th and 13th October.
Also, one of the Christmas wishes the residents of Rampton requested was for a bus to a local supermarket for those without transport or who do not like to drive too far. We are pleased to announce that this wish looks as though it is something we are going to be able to grant!
The final details have still to be confirmed, so look out for a letter coming through your door in August. If all goes to plan we hope to be able to provide a fortnightly subsidised service to one of the local supermarkets.

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.

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.