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.
The next walk will be on Saturday 27th October (note 4th Saturday of month instead of 3rd Saturday). It will be led by Val and Colin Humphries.
The walk begins from The Marquis of Grantham pub, Stetchworth CB8 9TJ near Newmarket. A14 to Quy roundabout then old Newmarket road to next roundabout and look for sign to Stetchworth, it is a 19 mile drive.
Rampton residents will leave the green at 9.00am and the walk will begin at 10.00, the walk takes 2.5 hours, there is an option of a shorter walk. Lunch is booked for 1.00pm. We do not need to pre order.
Our next jumble sale will be held on Saturday 27th October at 11am (Entrance 30p) Please leave any donations at the hall on the Friday evening (6-8pm) or on Saturday morning by 10.30am.Please call Martyn on 01954 252214 if help is needed delivering jumble to the hallPlease no electrical items or large furniture.
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The annual race was held on 9th September (postponed from April). 28 runners took part either as teams of four running one lap each or as individual runners running one or more laps. The course was altered to avoid calves grazing the small field, but by a strange quirk of the Rampton system of measurement the course remained exactly one Rampton mile in length. All runners performed extremely well this year, but we would like to give special mention to our fastest man (Alex Hunt, time 6:00), fastest woman (Tessa Mould, 7:28), fastest family (The Moulds, 33:23), smallest runner (Emily Osborne, 11:23) and the winners of the Rampton Educational Foundation Shield for Primary aged children (March Athletics Club, 34:33). All proceeds from the event will be donated to Papworth Hospital Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group. We hope to see you all again next April!!
Takes place at Swavesey Village College on the weekend of 13/14th October. Free entry and affordable artwork for sale straight from a wide range of Cambridgeshire artists. Open invitation to attend the Private View on Friday 12th, 6.30 – 9pm, tickets £5 at the door.Make it a date!
The Rampton Autumn litter pick is on Sunday 7th October. Meet at 10.30am on the Green. We’ll be out for an hour and a half or so then back to the Village Hall for tea and biscuits. We have litter pickers and high vis tabards, but you’ll want some good gloves and wheelbarrows would be useful. Everybody welcome. Come and join us and make a difference close to home.
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Saturday 20th October : meet 9.30am on the Green: Task will be Daffodil and Bluebell Bulb planting.Sturdy gloves and footwear required. Equipment that would be helpful to bring: Spade and/or garden fork.
Sunday 30th September : meet 9.30am on Recreation Ground: Tasks will be hay-raking of the wildflower meadow, some cutting back of brambles in various locations around the Rec. and re-staking of some of the Orchard trees.Sturdy gloves and footwear required. Equipment that would be helpful to bring: Wheelbarrow, Grass rake, Secateurs or loppers, pitchfork.
Please join us for a light work-out, and we look forward to seeing a few of you at one or both of the sessions. If you can spread the word that would be very much appreciated too.
Thank you for helping us out, and we will be in touch nearer each time, when the weather forecast can been checked, to confirm each session is going ahead.
Rampton Breakfasts: 8am-11am, Saturday September 29th, Saturday October 6th and 13th.
All funds raised go towards community projects in Rampton. Thanks to your generous support, The Christmas Fairies have been able to purchase the village Christmas lights and tree, they have made a donation to help start up the Rampton Friday Club and have set up a subsidised community minibus scheme. Your support really does make a difference. Christmas Raffle tickets are now available to buy from the breakfasts or from Rampton Motors.
Community minibus The next minibus trips to Bar Hill Tesco will be Wednesday 3rd and 17th October, leaving the Green at 10:30am. Anyone can register to use the minibus, (although if full, priority will be given to those without their own means of transport), please contact Karen for a registration form. The cost is £2 per trip. Tel: 205093
Sunday, 9 September 2018 – Race starts at 2:30 pm with registration from 2pm in the large field by Giant’s Hill. This is the event postponed from April. The Rampton Relay takes place over a course of exactly one Rampton mile, it can be tackled as a four lap relay by teams of four (or fewer) runners. Alternatively single runners may run one (or more) laps. We will endeavour to time you. The fastest team of primary aged children will get to hold the Rampton Educational Foundation shield for the year; your team name engraved on the shield, eternal fame. All proceeds to local charities
Would you like to help out with a few maintenance tasks to improve the appearance in and around our village?
Rampton Parish Council will be organising a couple of volunteer sessions in the Autumn to plant bulbs, improve the wildflower area on the Recreation Ground and possibly one or two other tasks. Please keep an eye on the website and noticeboards for dates and activities.