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Parish Council – vacancy for two Councillors

  1. There are two vacancies on Rampton Parish Council.
  2. A bye-election to fill the vacancy will be held if within 14 days (not counting a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or Bank Holiday (or a day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning) from the date of posting (20th December) ten electors for Rampton give notice in writing claiming such an election to the Returning Officer
  3. The address for the Returning Officer is: South Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge CB3 6EA
  4. If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

Oakington Rural Travel Hub

The Greater Cambridge Partnership  are inviting comments on the proposed Oakington Rural Travel Hub. The closing date is 7th January 2019.  The form can be completed online at www.greatercambridge.org.uk/ruraltravelhubsconsultation or the parish clerk has a supply of leaflets and comment forms that can be obtained from the porch outside No.13 Cow Lane.

Friends of All Saints Church

A huge thank you to our presenters, sponsors and all that came along and supported the recent wine tasting evening. It was a great success, providing over £900 for our funds after expenses were paid.

Our next event is the Live Tableau outside the Church.

It will be held on the 15th and 16th December.

15th December 5.00 – 7.00pm

16th December 4.30 – 6.30pm followed by the Carol service in the Church.

On both evenings we will be selling mulled wine and mince pies and providing Christmas music.

RAMPTON CRAFT CLUB

Winter is upon us and rather than sit at home on your own, why not join a new group being set up to bring together all the “crafty ” people of Rampton?

This will be an informal group, coming together every two weeks (or thereabouts) where you can socialise with friends and neighbours whilst working on your latest project.

Any type of craft is welcome, including (but not limited to) patchwork and quilting, knitting, crochet, feltwork, dressmaking, drawing or anything else you are working on.

The first get together will be on Tuesday 29th January 2019 in the village hall, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

This group will be held on every other Tuesday afternoon, alternating with the over 55’s Tea Club.  Cost will be £3 per person to cover the cost of hiring the hall.  If you are interested, please call either Pat Mansfield (tel: 202650) or Pat Turner (tel: 200438 ) so we can gauge the level of interest

Hornbeam Planted on Rec

On 10/11/18 a Hornbeam tree was planted on the recreation ground to mark the centenary of the end of WW1.

The Hornbeam variety was chosen as it relates to a famous Hornbeam in Delvilles Wood (also known as Devil’s Wood) known as “The Last Tree”.

Carol Singing

We will be carol singing round the village in aid of The Children’s Society on Thursday, 20th December.  Meet on the Green at 6.30pm. We will finish in the pub around 8pm or earlier if cold/wet/snowy. Touches and hi-viz recommended. Words will be supplied. 

British Legion pub quiz

I would like to say a big thank you to all those who came to the pub quiz on 13th November and also thank you to the pub for allowing us to use it as a venue. The quiz was a great success with 9 teams and raised £120 for the Royal British Legion.

Linda Cawley

Over 60’s Dinner and Show 26 Jan 2019.

The annual dinner will take place on Saturday 26th January, the dinner is followed by the Rampton Review (oh yes it is!). Seating space in the hall is limited which is why we have to restrict invitations to those over the age of 60 and their partner. Invitations will be sent out during the first two weeks of December. If you don’t receive an invitation and would like to come please contact Jon White: 01954 201489 so we can add you to our list. 

Inconsiderate parking

A plea to avoid parking on pavements in the village. The Highway Code states the following: Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.

The Homecoming – Armistice Centenary

Thank you to all those who joined in, or helped in any way, with the Homecoming events over Armistice weekend. We are grateful to our sponsors Kevin Bell (OddJobs247), FINK Developments, Leeway Building Services, Nick Parker and Greg Blunt and particularly grateful to RampArts for the group art projects, Kevin Bell for building the Homecoming soldiers and students from the Centre School for painting them.  Rampton welcomed our boys home. A total of £211 was raised for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Madingley Walk

Saturday 15th December)
The December walk will start from the Madingley Road Park & Ride free Car Park at 9.30 (park at the back of the car park). The route will pass through Eddington (the new University development between Madingley Road and Huntingdon Road), skirt round Girton College, and then head to the American Cemetery at Madingley.  The route returns to the starting point via Coton.  It is a circular walk of about 5.5 miles. If anyone feels this is too much for them, there are buses that run from the American Cemetary back to the Park & Ride site, or if you let us know, you can loiter in the American Cemetery visitor centre or chapel and we can collect you and return you to the P&R site after the walk.

As it’s the December walk, no pub arranged, but the end point provides access into Cambridge.

Leave Rampton Green at 9 as usual.

Oakington Rural Travel Hub – views requested

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is set to launch a consultation for a proposed new transport interchange in Oakington.

Following initial engagement with the local community this summer we are now planning to consult on the proposals for a pilot Rural Travel Hub which, if agreed, would be one of the first in the area.

Rural Travel Hubs are small transport interchanges which encourage people to change to a more environmentally friendly way of travelling. The potential Rural Travel Hub would be next to Station Road and adjacent to the Oakington Guided Busway stop. It will provide new links to connect Oakington and the surrounding villages with public transport, walking, and cycling routes.

We’re looking for your views on the need for a Rural Travel Hub in Oakington, what facilities should be provided at any hub, and any comments on some initial design options.

We hope that people from the surrounding area will use the proposed Oakington Rural Travel Hub and it’s really important to us that local people, including those in Rampton, tell us what they think of the proposals.

You can find out more about the plans and meet us in person at:

LocationDateTimeAddress
Oakington PavilionWednesday 21 November5pm-7pmOakington Recreation Ground,Queens Way, Oakington, CB24 3AQ
Crossways Communitea CafeThursday 22 November10am-12pm1 Longstanton Road, OakingtonCB24 3BB
Cottenham Village HallWednesday 28 November7pm-8.30pmLambs Lane, Cottenham, CB24 8TB

The consultation will run in the late autumn until the New Year. Full information about the consultation, including potential features of a Rural Travel Hub and mock-ups of how the site could look, can be found on our website at

https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/transport/transport-projects/rural-travel-hubs/

Family Christmas Party

Saturday 16th December 4pm – 7:30pm

The party will be at the Village Hall as usual, but with a slight difference! Don’t worry, we will still have Father Christmas, mince pies and mulled wine, and of course everyone is welcome to stay for as long as they wish. Between 4pm and 5:30pm we have will have games aimed at younger children and gentle music for older residents… and then from 5:30pm until 7:30pm Disco Dave will be putting on a children’s disco – there are no upper or lower age limits, so please do stay and have a bop.

Please note that ALL children will need to bring their responsible adult(s) with them – there is no childcare provision!

The Christmas Fairies

Christmas Lights switch on

Saturday 1st December

We will be serving hot dogs and mulled wine from 4:30pm, with the lights being switched on by Father Christmas at 5:30pm. Please note that for safety, the road outside numbers 12, 13 and 14 The Green will be closed. Access to and from King Street will still be possible via the shorter road from the High Street.

The Christmas Fairies

Royal British Legion Pub Quiz 13th November

Linda Cawley is organising a pub quiz to raise funds for the Royal British Legion. 

It is being held on Tuesday 13th November from 8pm in the Black Horse pub.

Teams of up to 6 people.  Entry is £3 per person with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.  There will be a prize for the winning team.

Found!! Radio controlled aeroplane

Found crashed on 10th October north of Rampton. Call 01954 201489.

Poppy Appeal Request for Help

We’re on the lookout for new door-to -door collectors in Rampton. In the past, three or four of us have come to Rampton to collect but I’m 
finding this more difficult to arrange.  

Our arrangement has been
Route A – High St. from the Green towards Willingham
Route B – King St.
Route C – Cow Lane
Route D – The Green and the Cottenham end of the High St.
Of course these can be reorganised.

Please contact Ann Scott via the Parish Clerk ramptonparishclerk@nullgmail.com 

Coffee morning for Macmillan cancer Research raised £560

Muriel Neal 28 Cow Lane.  Would like to thank everyone who supported the Coffee morning for Macmllan cancer Research  when the sum of £560 was raised Thank you Muriel

Wine Tasting

This popular annual event will take place this year at 7:30 on Friday 9th November in the Village Hall. 

Tickets are on sale from

Jacquie Bland,
Graham White,
Jill Howell,
Sylvia Beaumont

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.