Black Horse: Good Beer Guide, yet again

For the second year running, The Black Horse has made it into the Good Beer Guide. This is no mean feat (only 26 in the Cambridge region) and shows how well Kes, Debs and the Team have done. Why not pop down to find out why this little pub is one of the best in the region and support an important village hub. There is a revamped menu and don’t forget about the Tuesday Night Specials; Fish & Chips (1st and 3rd Tues) and Bangers & Beer (2nd and 4th Tues).

Treasure Hunt

Our first treasure hunt was held on 3rd August, nineteen teams competed, the sun shone and the Black Horse organised  an evening barbecue. Is it possible to have more fun than that? We don’t think it is, so we will be doing it again next year!

Get Involved in the County Budget

Residents are being put in the budget-setting driving seat by Cambridgeshire County Council. ‘You Choose’ is a county-wide survey asking residents to put themselves in the seat of councillors in making decisions where to invest and save money.

Your views are vital as we are expected to make savings in the region of £39 million next year. These savings have to be made whilst supporting and investing in services such as adult social care, protecting children, boosting the economy and looking after roads and transport.

Get involved and fill out the survey here:

Our full press release can be read on our website:

Rampton Car Care Scheme

The scheme provides lifts for people who do not have transport or where suitable public transport is unavailable.
Cost to passengers is 30p per mile with a minimum charge of £3. All journeys must be booked with the co-ordinator phone 01954 250311. As much  advance notice as possible would be appreciated.

Volunteers Required

The church needs a new key holder to open and lock the church each day, to take Ben and Emma’s place on the rota having moved further into the fens. This person ( or could be a couple) would take turns doing a week every 6 weeks. This involves a walk down the church path each morning & evening. Not only is this a good excuse to take a turn in the fresh air, but is also a chance to see examples of the wild life that live around our village, and can be rather shy. Anyone willing to do this should contact Kylie –Priest in Charge, or 250454.

Many Thanks to Rachel Harris who for several years has delivered the Village Newsletter to the Church End of the village. She and her family have temporarily moved abroad, so if anyone else would like a monthly walk around that end of the village putting newsletters through letter boxes could they contact myself Richard Parker 01954 251194 or

2011 Census

On 27 March 2011 all residential households in the United Kingdom will betaking part in a census. It is not just another survey. The census is important as it provides an excellent source of information about the population. This enables central and local government, health authorities and many other organisations to plan housing, education, health and

transport services for years to come for all sectors of the population, so it is crucial the estimate is as accurate as possible. The Census is completely confidential and no personal information is passed to other government departments or non governmental organisations. When the questionnaire envelope comes through the door you’ll easily recognise it by the purple 2011 Census logo. Take care of it. If, like many people, you want to complete the questionnaire online, your individual internet code is on the front of the questionnaire. More information about the 2011 Census is available online at:

Rampton Energy Group (REG)

“Rampton Energy Group (REG): Part of the Sustainable Parish Energy Group REG has been created to help you make informed purchasing decisions about a range of energy (and therefore cash) saving products. In addition, the group is also looking at other issues including food (and food waste), bulk fuel purchasing, energy-related grants etc. The group is open to anybody interested. Please contact

John Bateson ( or

John Garstang (

Details of the investigation of photovoltaic solar panels is available. Information, contacts and meeting details will be added to the village website in due course.”

(Newsletter Ed: As someone who has already been subjected to heavy pressure selling re roof solar panels I think this group will be a really useful resource for any one considering investing in this technology)