There are two vacancies on Rampton Parish Council.
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
The address for the Returning Officer is: South Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge CB3 6EA
If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.
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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/ruraltravelhubsconsultationor the parish clerk has a supply of leaflets and comment forms that can be obtained from the porch outside No.13 Cow Lane.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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:
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
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!
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.
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.
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.