Following last year’s successful inaugural competition, raising well over £200, this year’s event is planned to begin soon.
Beneficiary: East Anglian Children’s Hospice
Sponsors: Sam A (buckets), me (potatoes)
Cost: £5 per adult, £3 per child BUT if a child takes part an accompanying adult must as well
How it works:
- The (single person) charge buys you one bucket and one seed potato
- The potato must grow in the bucket for the duration, so do not empty the bucket prematurely
- You can buy more than one bucket and experiment
- You can add drainage holes to the bucket (it is yours to keep)
- You can grow the spuds in mixture of rose petals and badger dung (or Growmore) or whatever else you fancy
- Anybody anywhere (ie out of Rampton) can enter but they might have to collect the buckets depending on where you/they live
- er … that’s it for now
I look forward to donning the frilly apron and being splattered with sulphurous rot once again. (You know who you are!)
Please contact email@example.com and advise names and numbers if you are interested in joining in. Great cause and good fun.
The Parish Council elections will be held in May 2018. There will be at least one vacancy, so if you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor please contact [email protected]googlegroups.com
Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 runs from 26 February to 11 March and this year they would like you to join them in supporting the farmers and workers who grow our food. With Fairtrade we have the power to change the world every day.
There will be a Traidcraft stall at the Lent Lunch on Saturday 3rd March and after the service on Sunday 4th March. Both of these are in All Saints’ Hall in Cottenham.
If you would like a catalogue or more information please contact Judi Middleton at
Middleton810@nullbtinternet.com or 251607.
The Parish Council is aware that the toddler and pre-school area at the Recreation Ground is looking a bit tired. Would you be able to help us by letting us know what sort of equipment your children love to play on? We are thinking about applying for some grants, but need expertise from parents to let us know what we need and how much it would cost. Please email the Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org
Rampton Parish Council are looking at the next phase of traffic calming for Rampton, there are several options that can be considered, and we want your views. There will be a presentation in the Village Hall on Monday 19th February 2018 and the presentation slides are available below: –
Traffic management in Rampton
The dinner will take place on 27th January followed by the unique theatrical experience which is the the Rampton Review. The dinner is free and open to anyone from Rampton over 60 years of age. We have a list of our previous guests but, as ever, if you are new to the village or if we have missed you for some reason please call Judy Garstang on 01954 250960 so we can add you to the list for invitations.
This year’s party will be on 10th December between 3:30 and 5:30. The party is aimed at younger children accompanied by an adult; there will be games, nibbles and soft drinks. We have asked Father Christmas if he will call in but he tells us his sleigh has failed its MOT and unless he can get the brakes fixed children may have to wait until April to get their presents. It would help us to plan the event if you would let us know if you want to come, call Judy on the number below.
The A14 bridge between Dry Drayton and Oakington will be closed from 9.30am until 8pm on Monday 20 November and there will be two- way traffic lights the following day.
The next walk is on Saturday the 18th November and will be led by Rob Taylor. It is 4 ½ miles and begins in the car park of ‘The Swan on the River’ at Littleport.
Rampton residents leave the Green at 9.00am. the walk begins at 9.45 from Littleport. We return to the pub for lunch where non walkers are welcome to join us.
If you plan to walk, lunch or both please let Rob know 01954 200437 or email@example.com, we have to pre order, see menu on their website and let Rob know your choice before14th November.
Will take place on the weekend of 17/18/19 November at Swavesey Village College. Lots of reasonably priced original artworks,cards and prints for sale just in time for Christmas. Cafe, children’s art activities and an art installation and free entry at the weekend. Tickets for the Friday Preview £5, available on the door or on-line from 24th October at Swavesey Box Office.
Do you know a child who likes to draw? Then we would like to hear from you.
As part of The Big Draw Festival this month, which promotes drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention, Cambridgeshire Constabulary have launched their own art competition.
This half term, we’re inviting children under 12 to dig out their pens, pencils and paints and submit a drawing to fit the theme ‘The Police’.
Engaging with young people and listening to their experiences is an important part of our role and we hope this light-hearted competition will get the young people of Cambridgeshire thinking about the police and the role we play in their communities.
There are two age categories, five and under and six to 12-year-olds. The winners will receive a personalised tour of our headquarters in Huntingdon and entries will be displayed across the force.
If you know someone who might like to get involved, ask them to send their entry along with their name, age and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org, post it to Corp Comms, Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon, PE29 6NP or submit it via our social media channels, Facebook (@CambridgeshireConstabulary) or Twitter (@CambsCops).
The competition will close on 29 October.
We raised just short of £800 for charity: Food Bank and Barnabas Fund
Big thank you to all who helped in planning the event, serving on the night, donating produce for a fantastic auction, making very generous bids for strangely shaped vegetables.
And Kevin of Bite-Size Catering for donating delicious steak pies, lasagnes and vegetables, and everyone who made the brilliant puddings.
Fun with words: try your hand at creative writing
Free weekly classes at Madingley Hall in Autumn 2017
If you fancy having fun with words these free courses are for you. It doesn’t
matter if you haven’t written since you were at school or if you’re a secret
scribbler; you can be 19 or 90; we’d love you to join us!
Each of the three courses will run for five weeks, with a weekly class from 10am to noon. They will be led by authors Derek Niemann and Elizabeth Speller.
• Fun with Words 1: Tuesdays, 31 October – 28 November 2017
• Fun with Words 2: Wednesdays, 1 November – 29 November 2017
• Fun with Words 3: Thursdays, 2 November – 7 December 2017
A very big thank you to everyone who came to my coffee morning on September 29th for Macmillan when the great sum of £525.65 was raised.
Thanks again Muriel Neal
If you’re having a private fireworks display please be safe and considerate to your neighbours. Letting off loud fireworks can be a disturbance late at night and when they land they may cause damage to your neighbour’s property, or distress their pets / livestock.
- New Clerk – You may already be aware that we have a new Parish Clerk. Claire Perrott of 13 Cow Lane has taken over from John Garstang. The Council would like to thank John for all his hard work over the past 8 years and welcomes Claire into the role.
- Bonfires – The issue of bonfires has been brought to the Parish Council several times this Autumn, with reports of acrid smoke drifting over parts of the village. Please could villagers be aware that burning plastic etc is unneighbourly and could even be against the law
- Ecops – We are often asked why we never see a PCSO in the village. There are only 16 PCSOs to cover 105 Parishes and at a recent Police and Crime Commissioner meeting the Council learned that 30% of crime occurs in 3% of the streets. It is therefore in those places that the PCSOs concentrate their presence. We are very lucky in Rampton that we do not have any of the 3%.
If you would like to be kept informed of crimes in the area Parishioners are encouraged to sign up to ecops https://www.ecops.org.uk/
- Infant playground – the Council recognises that the infant playground is looking a bit jaded and would benefit from a new piece of equipment. We would like to hear from parents of preschool children with ideas of what their small people would enjoy playing on. We cannot guarantee to fulfil all requests but there are some grants available…
- Flytipping – there have been a few recent incidents of flytipping around the village, these have been reported to the County Council and their clean up is in progress. It is worth noting that the two main areas where this occurred are now closed to traffic for the winter period.
- Wildflower area – Recently the wildflower area on the recreation ground has become less “wildflower” and more “grass”, in an attempt to bring back the flowers the council would like to reset and reseed the area and would like to thank all who volunteered and turned up to help clear the area.
- Bulb planting – We would like to thank all the volunteers who gave up a Sunday morning to help brighten up the village by planting another 50 kg of daffodils in the verges around the village, and a further 1500 British Bluebells in the spinney.
- Newsletter editor – Karen Williams has been editing the newsletter for several years and would now like to pass this on. If you would like to edit the newsletter, we would love to hear from you.
If you have any questions or comments about any of these items please contact the Council via
email@example.com or by phoning the Clerk on 01954 252641.
The next walk will be on Saturday 21st October and will be led by Jill and Norman Gulliver, the walk will be around Wimpole Hall and Home Farm.
We will meet at Rampton green as usual and then drive to Wimpole, would anybody who has a NT membership card please bring it as one per car is now required for free parking. The walk is five and a half miles but there is a slightly shorter option if preferred. Following the walk we will drive to the ‘Pergola Restaurant’ at the Wheatsheaf pub on the Cambridge road, Harlton for 1pm lunch, non walkers are welcome to join us there. Lunch menu not available at present but will be circulated nearer the time.
Jill and Norman will require numbers of those walking and/or lunching by the 14th October. Tel 01954 201859 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent Wine tasting evening was a great success raising £573 for Friends funds after expenses had been paid.
A very big thank to our sponsors and presenters and all who helped make it such a great evening.
Bulb planting – once again the Parish Council have purchased some daffodils and bluebells to brighten up the village. If you would like to help plant the bulbs, please come along on Sunday 8th October to the rec or on Sunday 15th October to the Green.
This ever popular event will take place on Friday 13th October.
Tickets cost £8 and include wine, bread and cheese. The tickets are available from Jaquie Bland 250986, Graham White 231007, Sylvia Beaumont 252043. If you would be willing to be a sponsor or present a wine please contact Jaquie Bland