Updates from the Parish Council

Rampton to Cottenham Foot/Cycleway Lighting studs
You may have noticed the new solar powered lighting studs on the shared use path between Rampton and Cottenham. These were installed to improve night lighting and safety on the unlit section of the path.
Rampton Parish Council would like to thank Cottenham Parish Council and the Cambridge Community Fund for their contributions to this scheme.
We would also like to encourage anyone using the path to send comments to enable us to monitor the projects impact.
Parish Council Elections
Four nominations were received for the elections in May and thus the Parish Council has three councillor seats remaining unfilled. Residents can apply now by co-option should anyone feel they could contribute to the community in which they live. If you want to know more about becoming a councillor please let us know.
LHI – An extra lamppost for King Street
The Parish Council have won a grant from the local highways initiative to install an additional lamppost on King Street (boundary of 45 & 47A), as several residents have complained about the pavement lighting in that location. This will be agreed at the AGM.
 
Upcoming Parish Council Meetings
Annual Parish Meeting 30th April, Annual General Meeting 14th May
Contacting the Parish Council
Please contact the council via email: [email protected]googlegroups.com
or the clerk:
tel: 252641 (2:30pm – 5pm on  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). Outside of these times please leave a message and the clerk will return your call if needed.

Change over at the Black Horse

After a productive and challenging year at The Black Horse Michaela and Rik will be leaving on 13th May 2018 and handing the reins over to Harry and Abbi Alderton.

The kitchen will be closed until Wednesday 16th May but the bar area will be open as usual.

We will be holding a Garden Party on Saturday 19th May from 2pm to celebrate the Royal wedding and the change over at The Black Horse.
There will be a prize for the best dressed lady or Gentleman. we will be holding a BBQ and live music form 6pm.

We would love to see everyone but especially the customers who has supported us throughout the year.

Rampton goes to Yorkshire

The Murder Mystery Group have booked Newfield Hall (Yorkshire Dales) for a Murder Mystery weekend from 16-18 November and have a few spare places. Cost per person is £165 for 2 nights, £240 for 3 nights for full board. No costumes or scripts to read but some guests may not be all they seem! It’s a relaxed and comfortable hotel in a beautiful area with good food and good company and lots of fun. If you are interested please contact Jane Perks (janeperks32@nullgmail.com, 01954 204237) for further information.

Parish Council Elections

The Elections for Rampton Parish Council will be held on the 3rd May 2018. For anyone interested in getting involved and helping out the village, a Nomination pack can be obtained from the Parish Clerk or from the Returning Officer at South Cambridgeshire District Council. If anyone has any questions on what activities Councillors perform, the Clerk and current Councillors will be happy to help if they can. For any questions on the nomination process and the elections themselves, Jo Cox at SCDCs Electoral Services team should be able to help.

Rampton Spud in a bucket competition in aid of EACH

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 john.bateson@nullgmail.com and advise names and numbers if you are interested in joining in. Great cause and good fun.

Fairtrade Fortnight 26th Feb – 11th March

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.

Children’s Play Area – Upgrade

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 ramptonparishclerk@nullgmail.com

Children’s Drawing Competition

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 corporate.communications@nullcambs.pnn.police.uk, 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.

Harvest Proceeds

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

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

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Fireworks

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.

Parish Council News October 2017

  • 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

rampton-parish-council@nullgooglegroups.com or by phoning the Clerk on 01954 252641.

Last Night of the Proms

Our recent event, ‘Last Night of the Proms’ was a great success and after expenses we were able to add £723.35 to the Friend’s funds for future maintenance of the Church building. Thank you to all who helped with it and supported the evening. We hope to make it an annual event.

Paper Recycling Update – Caddy Free

From 11 December, residents won’t need to use their caddies to recycle paper anymore.

From that date, residents should place their used paper directly into their blue wheelie bins instead. This used paper will still be recycled after being sorted from other materials at our facility near Waterbeach.

Residents can keep their caddy to use for anything they like. Alternatively, they can be recycled by being dropped off at the nearest household waste recycling centre. They should not be placed into wheelie bins.

The decision to withdraw the paper caddy service was taken at South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet meeting in September. The decision will save taxpayers money and simplify the recycling process for residents.