Annual Parish Meeting 2016 – All Saints Church

All Saints Rampton

Review of the year 2015,

including the report of the Fabric, Goods and Ornaments of the church

It has been another good year for us at All Saints’.  At the heart of our life together will always be our worship, which continues in our church on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, whilst on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays we join in with the services at Cottenham church.

Complementing our worship is our social life together, in church activities, events organised by the Friends, and wider village activities.  Our thanks go to Pauline Wayman for another successful lunch to raise funds during Christian Aid Week, at which we welcomed a number of people from Rampton and Cottenham. Our annual Harvest Supper and Auction was another great success, with pies once again kindly donated by Kevin of Bite Size Catering, and Mike once again encouraging strong bidding for a feast of produce.  Sadly we were unable to hold our Summer Fete, but Judi Middleton organised a wonderful cream tea event in its place.  We were delighted that the Friends put on another wonderful live nativity tableau to complement our Christmas services.  Once again it drew visitors from Rampton and surrounding villages.

We were sad to say our farewells to Revd Bridget Baguley as she left us in the New Year to continue her Curacy in Cambridge.

The PCC spends the bulk of its time either maintaining our church building, or organising fund raising events.  We love our historic building, but it does make constant demands for repair and maintenance, which comes at a high cost.  This year we have been pleased to see the completion of the work on the church footpath.  We are grateful to Gail Bull and her wonderful team who have set up the Pounds for the Path group, and whose continuing fundraising efforts have made a wonderful contribution to the cost of the work.  Shona McKay, retired as our Architect this year, having postponed her retirement in order to see through the work on the footpath, for which we are grateful.  The PCC have appointed Nigel Walter of Archangel in Impington as our new architect.  Nigel is highly recommended, and brings considerable expertise and understanding to the role.

As ever we owe a huge debt of thanks to Pauline Wayman, and Michael Hastings who, as our only two elected PCC representatives, have both worked incredibly hard in this year to ensure that our church life continues to flourish.

Alongside them we owe many thanks to:

  • Colin Humphryes, who rings the bells, keep the boiler running, and keeps a weather eye on the building and notify us of any changes or work necessary.
  • The team of church cleaners
  • Pauline and the team of flower arrangers
  • Those who are on the key rota, ensuring that the church is open for visitors
  • Andy Easy, who helps to maintain the churchyard.
  • Alison Bateson and Maureen Brown who play the organ and piano for services.
  • Those who take turns to welcome, to read and lead prayers in services.
  • The Friends group, who continue to work so hard in raising the profile of the church within the village, and of fundraising towards the completion of repairs to the church building.

The life of a church is a team effort, and we are thankful for all who play their part in our team.

Revd Kylie Hodgins