Calling all Cow Lane Residents …

Despite installing cable broadband to the pack house building, Virgin Media are not intending at present to connect the houses on Cow Lane. This is really disappointing news. ADSL (over the old phone lines), as we currently have, is very poor in the modern world. It doesn’t matter if you swap between providers; it is the same hardware in the Cottenham exchange that they all use. So for us to get better internet on Cow Lane we either need the Cottenham exchange updated and / or the quality of phone lines from there to all the houses in Cow Lane updated. Better still get cable. We need to persuade Virgin Media to complete the cable install for Rampton and not forget about Cow Lane. If you live on Cow Lane, please email Virgin Media at  giving your name and full address, along with a brief argument as to why you need better internet. The more people that pester Virgin Media the better. They are basing their decision on old data (they think there are only 24 houses on Cow Lane!) and need reminding of the critical need for faster internet, especially in a more rural area such as Rampton (and on a street that has had it installed for a business!) Even if you do not feel too badly affected by the slow internet, I ask that you please email Virgin Media to help out those residents on Cow Lane that are struggling to carry out their personal or professional tasks.

Rampton Horse Show Update

Rampton Horse Show Committee, have been able to make donations of £100 to all our nominated charities; Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group – Papworth Hospital, Magpas, The British Heart Foundation, World Horse Welfare and Rampton Village Hall.

We are delighted to be able to make these donations, considering the adverse weather conditions before and during the event, which had a significant impact on the number of competitors taking part this year. However, those that did compete overcame the unsympathetic weather and enjoyed the competition nonetheless, entering into the spirit of the day.

Unfortunately the money we have distributed is down on previous years as we also had to compensate for the £350 charge for using the land this year.

Once more, we thank Rampton residents for their continued help and support.

Adult Social Care Update

Did we get it right?

The Cambridgeshire Health and wellbeing board has been reviewing local pharmaceutical services – services that help you get and use medicines or medical equipment safely. Our views about these services are written up in the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment.

We want to know if you agree with what we have written.

We are asking for your feedback during 4th December 2013 – 14th February 2014. You can give us your thoughts by completing a questionnaire, either at your local pharmacy, dispensing doctor surgery, or online at

Stay independent, safe and well this winter

If you or someone you care for needs advice about keeping independent, safe and well this winter, the County Council’s adult social care websites Your Life, Your Choice and AskSARA online advice and equipment guide provide information about keeping warm, preventing falls and the help that may be available to older and vulnerable people if they are unable to get out and about. If you are unable to access the Internet staff and volunteers in the library can help you to find the information you need or you can contact adult social care customer services on 0345 045 5202.

You can now ‘AskSARA’ about daily living advice for disabled children too!

Since it launched in February last year, AskSARA Cambridgeshire’s online guide to advice and equipment has been visited by nearly 4,500 people looking for information and advice to enable them, or someone they care for, to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible.

After the success of AskSARA for adults, a children’s version has recently been launched. AskSARA for children is a quick online guide for finding information about products and services to help children with daily activities in the home and when they are out and about. Information and advice about funding, equipment and carer support is also provided. To visit the children’s site, use the link at the top of the web page at

Adult social care needs YOU!

Homecare workers required

More older and vulnerable people are requiring homecare to ensure they feel safe, happy and independent. To achieve this, the County Council is recruiting compassionate and caring people to start a career in care through a unique apprenticeship programme that enables them to “earn while they learn” by supporting them to get a job with a local homecare provider whilst being paid the standard rate of a care worker.

If you want to make a positive difference to people’s lives and would be interested in a career in care, contact Emma Laskey-MacRae, Apprenticeship Project Coordinator on 07917 615360, email for more information about this unique apprenticeship programme. Your age and background doesn’t matter, if you are looking for a career in care somewhere in your community there’s a job you can do to help others.

Cambridgeshire County Council needs you to help change the lives of local children and young people.

Foster Carers provide a stable family support network for local children and young people when they are unable to live with their own family. Every year we have over 425 children and young people looked after by Cambridgeshire County Council.

The shortage of Foster Carers means that children and young people are placed with (independent foster carers or residential units some outside of Cambridgeshire) they may also be looked after within the county children’s homes. We need to recruit more Foster Carers in order to give them the best possible future.

Foster Carer’s come from all different kinds of backgrounds. It may be that you have your own children or you may have worked with children before. You may have no experience of children or possibly considering a career change?

Every child is different so we need different Foster Carers, if you can offer stability, security and the positive experience of a loving family then we want to hear from you.

You might be:

  • Married, in a civil partnership, single or living with a partner
  • From an ethnic background
  • In a same sex relationship
  • In work, unemployed or retired

Recruiting local people will mean that children and young people can live in their own community, continue to attend the same school and maintain contact with their family and friends.

We offer generous allowances including a start up package, 24 hr support and full training.

Christmas Recycling Plea

Christmas is fast approaching and the Cambridgeshire County Council Refuse and Recycling Department are already preparing to deal with the extra waste which is generated during this time.

Over the Christmas week there is an extra 750,000 tonnes of waste in England alone compared to the rest of the year – or in other words an increase of about 30%). The increase is generally made up of food waste, glass bottles, packaging and gift wrap.

Please recycle responsibly and make use of the excellent recycling facilities that they provide

The local bin collection schedule can be found here, or a downloadable calendar can be found here.

NB: Main changes are that during the christmas weeks the collection will be on Friday 27th Dec and Friday 3rd Jan

To make it as easy and convenient as possible for you to recycle and compost your festive waste, here are a few tips:

Blue Bin

Most packaging can be placed in the blue bin, including;

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Tins and cans
  • Cardboard (large pieces can be flattened and placed next to your blue bin for collection)
  • Greeting cards
  • Gift wrap (all types)
  • Plastic pots, tubs, trays
  • Plastic packaging
  • Plastic film (all types as long as clean)

If your blue bin is full, extra recycling can be placed out for collection in a cardboard box or returnable container.

Paper Caddy

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Leaflets
  • Greeting card envelopes

Green Bin

  • All food waste (cooked or raw)
  • Real Christmas trees (only when cut up and placed inside the bin)

If you follow these simple steps, your black bin should remain practically empty with only non recyclable and non compostable items, such as polystyrene and nappies.

Cambridge Fire and Rescue Service November Bulletin

FIREWORKS and bonfires can be plenty of fun for all the family to enjoy. CFRS recommends going to an organised firework display instead of holding one at home, however, if you do use fireworks or light a bonfire at home, we would ask residents to take on board our safety advice to ensure it is just their fireworks that go off with a bang:

  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and always follow the instructions.
  • Light them at arms length using a taper and stand well back.
  • Never go back to a lit firework.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
  • Don’t light bonfires in unsuitable weather, particularly in windy conditions.
  • Don’t leave bonfires unattended.
  • Build bonfires well clear of buildings, fences and hedge.
  • Never use flammable liquids to start the fire, and never burn dangerous rubbish such as aerosols, paint, foam furniture, rubber tyres, batteries.
  • Before you light the bonfire, check that children and animals are not hiding inside and are a safe distance away.

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To find out if you are eligible for a free home fire safety check, call0800 917 99 94.

Enhanced Neighbourhood Watch – Neighbourhood Alert

From Cambridgeshire Police & Crime Commissioner:

As the Police and Crime Commissioner I promised that I wanted to engage with the public but I made a particular commitment to engage with the Parish Councils.

The launch of Neighbourhood Alert allows every Parish Council to be aware of police and crime activity within your area and I am hoping you will take this opportunity to sign up and be involved.

Continue reading “Enhanced Neighbourhood Watch – Neighbourhood Alert”

Doctors Surgeries

Reception Tel: Willingham 01954 260230 Longstanton 207600 Dispensary 260073
Out of hours cover: Urgent Care Cambridgeshire 0330 123 9131
Website: www.willinghammedicalpractice

Address: Lewis House, 113 High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge, CB24 8SE
Reception Tel: 01954 250079 Fax: 01954 206078
Out of hours cover: Urgent Care Cambridgeshire 0330 123 9131

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 coordinator phone 250311. As much advance notice as possible would be appreciated.

September Speedwatch Report

Two events last month, the results are as follows:

  • Thursday 5th September 10am-10:55am – High Street by the allotments (traffic coming from Willingham). 111 cars counted: 13 were speeding (nearly 50% of the 13 over 40mph, 1 registered at 52mph)
  • Tuesday 10th September 10am-11am – High Street by the allotments (traffic coming from Willingham). 117 cars counted: 26 were speeding (22% of traffic exceeded 35mph, 1 registered at 55mph) Judy Garstang

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.