Rampton Relay 29th April 2018

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.

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

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

Rampton Spud in a bucket competition in aid of EACH

Following last year’s successful inaugural competition, raising well over £200, this year’s event is planned to begin soon.

Beneficiary:  East Anglian Children’s Hospice
Sponsors:  Sam A (buckets), me (potatoes)

Cost:  £5 per adult, £3 per child BUT if a child takes part an accompanying adult must as well

How it works:

    • The (single person) charge buys you one bucket and one seed potato
    • The potato must grow in the bucket for the duration, so do not empty the bucket prematurely
    • You can buy more than one bucket and experiment
    • You can add drainage holes to the bucket (it is yours to keep)
    • You can grow the spuds in mixture of rose petals and badger dung (or Growmore) or whatever else you fancy
    • Anybody anywhere (ie out of Rampton) can enter but they might have to collect the buckets depending on where you/they live
    • er … that’s it for now



I look forward to donning the frilly apron and being splattered with sulphurous rot once again. (You know who you are!)

Please contact john.bateson@nullgmail.com and advise names and numbers if you are interested in joining in. Great cause and good fun.

Fairtrade Fortnight 26th Feb – 11th March

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 runs from 26 February to 11 March and this year they would like you to join them in supporting the farmers and workers who grow our food. With Fairtrade we have the power to change the world every day.

There will be a Traidcraft stall at the Lent Lunch on Saturday 3rd March and after the service on Sunday 4th March. Both of these are in All Saints’ Hall in Cottenham.

If you would like a catalogue or more information please contact Judi Middleton at
Middleton810@nullbtinternet.com or 251607.

Children’s Play Area – Upgrade

The Parish Council is aware that the toddler and pre-school area at the Recreation Ground is looking a bit tired. Would you be able to help us by letting us know what sort of equipment your children love to play on? We are thinking about applying for some grants, but need expertise from parents to let us know what we need and how much it  would cost. Please email the Clerk on ramptonparishclerk@nullgmail.com

Traffic Calming in Rampton

Rampton Parish Council are looking at the next phase of traffic calming for Rampton, there are several options that can be considered, and we want your views. There will be a presentation in the Village Hall on Monday 19th February 2018 and the presentation slides are available below: –

Traffic management in Rampton

Over ’60s Dinner and Show.

The dinner will take place on 27th January followed by the unique theatrical experience which is the the Rampton Review. The dinner is free and open to anyone from Rampton over 60 years of age. We have a list of our previous guests but, as ever, if you are new to the village or if we have missed you for some reason please call Judy Garstang on 01954 250960 so we can add you to the list for invitations.

Family Christmas Party.

This year’s party will be on 10th December between 3:30 and 5:30. The party is aimed at younger children accompanied by an adult; there will be games, nibbles and soft drinks. We have asked Father Christmas if he will call in but he tells us his sleigh has failed its MOT and unless he can get the brakes fixed children may have to wait until April to get their presents. It would help us to plan the event if you would let us know if you want to come, call Judy on the number below.

Littleport walk

The next walk is on Saturday the 18th November and will be led by Rob Taylor. It is 4 ½ miles and begins in the car park of ‘The Swan on the River’ at  Littleport.

Rampton residents leave the Green at 9.00am. the walk begins at 9.45 from Littleport. We return to the pub for lunch where non walkers are welcome to join us.

If you plan to walk, lunch or both please let Rob know 01954 200437 or taylor4geese@nullhotmail.com, we have to pre order, see menu on their website and let Rob know your choice before14th November.

Cambridge Open Art Exhibition


Will take place on the weekend of 17/18/19 November at Swavesey Village College. Lots of reasonably priced original artworks,cards and prints for sale just in time for Christmas. Cafe, children’s art activities and an art installation and free entry at the weekend. Tickets for the Friday Preview £5, available on the door or on-line from 24th October at Swavesey Box Office.

Children’s Drawing Competition

Do you know a child who likes to draw? Then we would like to hear from you.

As part of The Big Draw Festival this month, which promotes drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention, Cambridgeshire Constabulary have launched their own art competition.

This half term, we’re inviting children under 12 to dig out their pens, pencils and paints and submit a drawing to fit the theme ‘The Police’.

Engaging with young people and listening to their experiences is an important part of our role and we hope this light-hearted competition will get the young people of Cambridgeshire thinking about the police and the role we play in their communities.

There are two age categories, five and under and six to 12-year-olds. The winners will receive a personalised tour of our headquarters in Huntingdon and entries will be displayed across the force.

If you know someone who might like to get involved, ask them to send their entry along with their name, age and contact details to corporate.communications@nullcambs.pnn.police.uk, post it to Corp Comms, Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon, PE29 6NP or submit it via our social media channels, Facebook (@CambridgeshireConstabulary) or Twitter (@CambsCops).

The competition will close on 29 October.

Harvest Proceeds

We raised just short of £800 for charity: Food Bank and Barnabas Fund
Big thank you to all who helped in planning the event, serving on the night, donating produce for a fantastic auction, making very generous bids for strangely shaped vegetables.

And Kevin of Bite-Size Catering for donating delicious steak pies, lasagnes and vegetables, and everyone who made the brilliant puddings.

Fun with Words

Fun with words: try your hand at creative writing
Free weekly classes at Madingley Hall in Autumn 2017

If you fancy having fun with words these free courses are for you. It doesn’t
matter if you haven’t written since you were at school or if you’re a secret
scribbler; you can be 19 or 90; we’d love you to join us!

Each of the three courses will run for five weeks, with a weekly class from 10am to noon. They will be led by authors Derek Niemann and Elizabeth Speller.

• Fun with Words 1: Tuesdays, 31 October – 28 November 2017
• Fun with Words 2: Wednesdays, 1 November – 29 November 2017
• Fun with Words 3: Thursdays, 2 November – 7 December 2017