Ramparts Exhibition

Ramparts held its 11th exhibition over the weekend of 16/17th July and we were delighted with the standard of work and the support of all those who came to see it. Local councillor Linda Harford awarded the May Rainey Memorial prize to Chris Dickinson for Abstract. In the “Win a picture” draw Audrey Neal won The River by Janet Stockley and Margie McEvoy won the Birds (Woodcut) by Linda Heywood.

Many thanks to the artists, helpers and patrons!

Summer fayre

A shower of rain at 2pm gave us a slow start but the sun broke  through and the village turned out in its usual throng. A fiercely contested tug o’ war was won by a team named ‘The rough end of Rampton’. The duck turned out to be called Ducky McDuckface (who’d have thought?). The bowling for a pig was won by Rachel Fenner and hoopla by Kez Green.

Overall we raised £1200 which will underwrite the Christmas party and the over 60’s dinner. Surplus monies will be donated to charity through the course of the year. Heartfelt thanks to all those who helped to setup, run stalls and clear up and a huge thanks to everyone for making it another successful community event!

Bus trip to The Royal Academy

The art group are planning a trip to the Royal Academy on the 9th August. We will have some spare seats in the bus if anybody is interested please phone Sylvia on 252043. The bus fare is £20 return, we will probably book a group ticket for the Summer Exhibition if you wish to be included in that, which will be approx£10, there is also an exhibition of Hockney portraits on at that time. We will leave Rampton at 9.00am and return between 5.00 and 6.00pm

Private Pumping Stations

Currently, homeowners have to spend
hundreds of pounds every year for electricity
running costs, maintenance and repairs to
look after these private pumping stations.
They may even have been flooded if it’s
broken down in the past.

From October 2016, many of these private
pumping stations will transfer over to Anglian
Water and become our responsibility. We will
take over all of the maintenance and the
running costs too, saving customers hassle,
worry and money.

We’d like to ask for your support in letting
local residents know about this, and asking
them to get in touch with us if they think they
have a private pumping station.

To help customers identify and report the
pumping stations easily, we have launched a
specialist website: www.spotapumpingstation.co.uk

Britain’s Award-Winning Acoustic Stars To Play Rampton Village Hall

Enjoy an intimate evening with Blackheart –
UK Exposure Music Awards ‘Best British
Duo’ winners – when they play a concert at
Rampton Village Hall on Saturday August
20th as part of their ‘Candlelit Village Halls’
nationwide tour. Advance tickets are £10
(under 16’s £6). For further info call Richard
Pilkington on 07825 458723. The concert
runs from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. A bar will be
available and limited extra tickets may be
available on the door. Blackheart played this
venue to a full house last year so get your
tickets early!

Blackheart are multi-instrumentalists Chrissy
Mostyn and Rick Pilkington. Their unique
music has been described as “A heavenly
fusion of acoustic folk, intelligent pop and
classical music”, “Utterly magical” by the
BBC’s John Gilmore, “Enchanting” by ABC
Australia and “One of the best things to come
out of England in recent years” by Fatea
Music Magazine.

After three successful albums, over 600
concerts from Amsterdam, Berlin and Sydney
to London, Belfast and Glastonbury and radio
play in nearly every country in the world,
Blackheart’s music is still impossible to
categorise. Their show features multi-
instrumental playing and continuous
changing of moods and combinations of

See more at: www.blackheartmusic.co.uk

Everyone Health at Rampton Village Hall

Strength and Balance exercise classes for
over 55’s. Improve your balance, get
stronger, help prevent falls and become more
supple at these sociable classes starting
soon at Rampton Village Hall. Contact Ryan
on 07889 305335 for more details.

Tea on the Green

The weather couldn’t have been better, the
tea flowed and the cream stayed on the
scones. With donations and sale of quiz
papers we made a modest profit which has
been split between MAGPAS and East
Anglia Air Ambulance. The adult’s quiz was
won by Karen Williams, the children’s quiz
winner was Lucy, well done to both!! Quiz
answers will be on the village hall notice
board for a couple of weeks. We hope
everyone enjoyed the event as much as we

High Speed internet reaches more homes in Ramption

Now we are not limited to a choice of just Virgin Media for high speed internet connections in Rampton, the Connecting Cambridgeshire initiative reports that BT have now linked our village with fibre.

I have confirmed this from my internet provider (I was previously able to get 5 Mbps ADSL, but now I can order up to 78 Mbps via fibre) .

Superfast broadband is now available to homes and businesses in this area. Check with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or use a broadband comparison site to see if you can get it.

Connecting Cambridgeshire is working to get as many people as possible connected to the new fibre broadband network, although some premises may be harder to reach and will have to wait a little longer for better broadband.

A coverage map can be seen on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website ‘my area’ pages at www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk together with advice on the benefits of faster Internet access and how to get it.

Find out how you can get superfast

Connecting Cambridgeshire is improving the broadband infrastructure to bring better connections – but it’s up to you to find the best broadband package for your needs.

In three quick steps:

  1. Find out if your area is connected – visit the ‘my area ‘ pages on the website
  2. Check your current broadband contract – see if you can switch or upgrade to a fibre package
  3. Shop around for the best deal – compare packages and offers to find what’s best for you

Need help using the Internet? Your local library can link you up with someone to show you how, or go to the learndirect.co.uk website.

Annual Parish Meeting – Townlands Charity Report 2016

Eleemosynary and Unknown Donor’s Charity

Registered Charity No. 203212

Educational Foundation

Registered Charity No. 311314

Rampton Townlands’ Charities is comprised of two separate Charities, the Eleemosynary and Unknown Donor’s Charity and the Educational Foundation. The Charities’ income comes from the rent of approximately 12 acres of land in Reynolds Drove, Rampton. The rental of the land is administered by a Land Agent on behalf of

The Eleemosynary Charity has 4 Trustees.

The original objectives of the Charity were to assist those in need, for example bags of coal were distributed to the older residents at Christmas. Christmas hampers are now delivered by the Trustees to households where one or more occupants are 70 years of age and over. In December 2015, 33 Hampers were delivered.

An item is placed at intervals in the Village Newsletter advising Rampton residents who qualify to contact the Clerk to add their  names to the ‘Hamper’ list, if they have not already done so. The Charity also gives grants to other village organisations that are considered to benefit older people.

The Educational Foundation has 6 Trustees.

The objectives of the Foundation are primarily to assist the education of younger residents of Rampton. For example, educational projects, the cost of books, equipment for apprenticeships and school trips. Applicants qualify up to their 22nd birthday. Currently applicants can receive up to 3 grants. There were no applications between April 2015 and March 2016.

The Educational Foundation will also consider grants towards groups and organisations which would be of benefit to Rampton children. If anyone is aware of a resident of Rampton (younger or older age group) who would benefit from a grant or a hamper, please encourage them to make an application

Grants from the Charities are dependent upon funds available at the time. Details of the meeting dates of the Trustees, and the closing dates for applications, are published in the Village Newsletter.

The Chair of the Townlands’ Trustees is the Revd Kylie Hodgin, and the Clerk is Celia Chappell. This year, Julie Lemin, who has been an Eleemosynary Trustee since December 2000, had to stand down for work reasons. Thanks to Julie for her commitment to the Charity, and for her help, particularly with the Hampers.

The Townlands’ Charities have an entry on the Village Website. An application form for grants from the Educational Foundation can be downloaded from the Website, or can be obtained from the Clerk. The Trustees ask that, if possible, the applicant completes the form themselves, and they do appreciate details of how the grant will be put to good use.

Annual returns are submitted as required by the Charity Commission, and the accounts are subject to an annual financial check.

The next meeting of the Charities will be held on Tuesday 24th May 2016. The closing date for applications to both Charities is Friday 20th May and should be delivered or e mailed to the Clerk.

I would like to thank the Chair and the Trustees for their support and help, and the stalwarts who deliver the Hampers.

Annual Parish Meeting – Friends Report 2016

The Friends of All Saints Church Rampton was established in August 1997 to raise funds for the repair and restoration of Rampton’s parish church. It is not officially a church committee though there is provision for a member of the Parochial Church Council to be on the committee. The church continues, as it has for many centuries, to be a key piece of the fabric of Rampton.

In the past year, 2015 to 2016, the Friends Committee has continued to raise both funds for and awareness of, All Saints Church Rampton. Currently our focus is on popular and recurring events – one or two coffee mornings each year, line dancing evenings twice a  year and the wine tasting evening in the autumn. In December we  held our second Nativity Tableau outside the church with a cast of live animals and stalwart friends in period costume.

The group maintains a table in the church where cards and copies of the church guidebook are available for visitors to purchase.

An easy way to support the group is to sign up for membership at an annual cost of £10 for individuals, £15 for a family and £100 for a Life membership. The group will be losing its secretary at the AGM in September and is actively looking for a replacement

Thank you on behalf of

The Friends of All Saints Church Rampton

Annual Parish Meeting – Ramparts Report 2016

Ramparts 2016 Poster

Please come to the Opening Evening of our annual Art Exhibition on Friday 15th July, 6pm – 8pm and see for yourself the great artworks produced during the year. If you can’t make it, the exhibition continues over the weekend with cards and prints to buy (the coffee and cakes are good too!) Profits to a local village charity.

We would like to thank the Parish Council for nominating Ramparts for a SCDC Wellbeing Award. Getting out the brushes and paints makes everyone feel happier so if you know any Ramptonians (any age) who might benefit please suggest they drop in on a Tuesday morning. This is definitely a class for beginners – you don’t need to be able to draw, they will soon build up confidence and may decide to join one of the community classes.

Rosemary Millar

Annual Parish Meeting – Tea Club Report 2016

The tea club is now in its eighth year and continues to attract between fifteen and eighteen people on alternate Tuesday afternoons. We charge £1 to cover the cost of refreshments and to pay for the hire of the hall. We were grateful for a £50 grant from the village charities and we raised about £100 on a coffee morning allowing us to have money for occasional speakers. The £1 entry charge has remained the same since we began in 2008.

During this year Muriel Neal has arranged three trips out. Our group enjoyed visits to the Norfolk Broads which included a river cruise, the Black Country Museum and the spring bulb fields around Spalding.

We enjoyed a visit from Luanne Hill, style and colour consultant. We have had a talk from Joanne Bishop on her visit to Kenya and her two weeks voluntary work with the charity ‘Open Arms’. Alison Wedgbury talked to us about the local food bank and recently we have had a talk from Louise Adams about her night time sponsored climb of Snowden and her planned sponsored climb of three peaks later this year. She talked about her involvement with Alzheimer’s and the money she is raising for Alzheimer’s research.

We had a Christmas lunch in the Back Horse during December and a tea party on our last meeting before Christmas where we were entertained by Audrey and Peter Clarke’s granddaughter playing Christmas carols.

Annual Parish Meeting 2016 – Walking Group

Report for Annual Parish Meting 2016

Walking Group

The walking group has now been in existence for three years, our first walk was on Saturday 23rd March 2013, it was just about the worst weather conditions that we have walked in, horizontal snow storm. It did not put us off and we have since enjoyed many walks in all parts of the county and beyond.

We walk once a month on Saturday mornings and take it in turn to find a walk and then lead it and organise a pub for lunch to follow. There are about sixteen walkers in total although we don’t ever have everybody there at once, some are more regular than others.

We have enjoyed many pleasant lunches and are usually joined by between six and eight village friends who drive out and join us for lunch, they have become known as ‘the revellers’.

Annual Parish Meeting 2016 – All Saints Church

All Saints Rampton

Review of the year 2015,

including the report of the Fabric, Goods and Ornaments of the church

It has been another good year for us at All Saints’.  At the heart of our life together will always be our worship, which continues in our church on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, whilst on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays we join in with the services at Cottenham church.

Complementing our worship is our social life together, in church activities, events organised by the Friends, and wider village activities.  Our thanks go to Pauline Wayman for another successful lunch to raise funds during Christian Aid Week, at which we welcomed a number of people from Rampton and Cottenham. Our annual Harvest Supper and Auction was another great success, with pies once again kindly donated by Kevin of Bite Size Catering, and Mike once again encouraging strong bidding for a feast of produce.  Sadly we were unable to hold our Summer Fete, but Judi Middleton organised a wonderful cream tea event in its place.  We were delighted that the Friends put on another wonderful live nativity tableau to complement our Christmas services.  Once again it drew visitors from Rampton and surrounding villages.

We were sad to say our farewells to Revd Bridget Baguley as she left us in the New Year to continue her Curacy in Cambridge.

The PCC spends the bulk of its time either maintaining our church building, or organising fund raising events.  We love our historic building, but it does make constant demands for repair and maintenance, which comes at a high cost.  This year we have been pleased to see the completion of the work on the church footpath.  We are grateful to Gail Bull and her wonderful team who have set up the Pounds for the Path group, and whose continuing fundraising efforts have made a wonderful contribution to the cost of the work.  Shona McKay, retired as our Architect this year, having postponed her retirement in order to see through the work on the footpath, for which we are grateful.  The PCC have appointed Nigel Walter of Archangel in Impington as our new architect.  Nigel is highly recommended, and brings considerable expertise and understanding to the role.

As ever we owe a huge debt of thanks to Pauline Wayman, and Michael Hastings who, as our only two elected PCC representatives, have both worked incredibly hard in this year to ensure that our church life continues to flourish.

Alongside them we owe many thanks to:

  • Colin Humphryes, who rings the bells, keep the boiler running, and keeps a weather eye on the building and notify us of any changes or work necessary.
  • The team of church cleaners
  • Pauline and the team of flower arrangers
  • Those who are on the key rota, ensuring that the church is open for visitors
  • Andy Easy, who helps to maintain the churchyard.
  • Alison Bateson and Maureen Brown who play the organ and piano for services.
  • Those who take turns to welcome, to read and lead prayers in services.
  • The Friends group, who continue to work so hard in raising the profile of the church within the village, and of fundraising towards the completion of repairs to the church building.

The life of a church is a team effort, and we are thankful for all who play their part in our team.

Revd Kylie Hodgins

Annual Parish Meeting 2016 – 77 Committee Report

(1 February 2015 – 31 March 2016)

This is the sixth annual report of the Rampton ’77 Committee. Currently the Committee members are:

  • Arthur Bonus (President)
  • Judy Garstang (Chair)
  • Mick North
  • Sarah Palmer
  • Pam Dockerill
  • Gilbert Smith
  • Janet Eden
  • Jon White
  • Pat Mansfield

During the year, Gail Bull resigned to go on to pastures new. We really need more help to enable us to continue putting on the events that the villagers have become accustomed to attending and would welcome anyone else if they would like to join us. We are a pretty friendly lot.

In March 2016, Sarah Palmer and Pat Mansfield attended the South Cambridgeshire Community Awards Ceremony on behalf of the ’77 Committee and much to their and other Committee members surprise came first in the “Outstanding Local Service” category. We were very grateful for the nomination which reflects the hard work not just of the current committee but also past members and are pleased to have been recognised in this way.

During the year, we held our annual fun run in Spring which raised £138.50 for the Papworth Trust though the final donation was £150.00. We also held the usual Tea on the Green in June and Summer Fayre in July.

Although it will be reported next year, we have been unable to hold the annual Fun Run in 2016 due to various circumstances including the lack of helpers but we hope that we will be able to stage this event in 2017.

In addition, the Committee caters for the Christmas Family Party and provides the Annual Dinner in January for the Over 60s. It also shares the funding of the Show with the Village Hall Management Committee and shares the profits made from ticket sales and raffles. We have a long-standing collaboration with the Village Hall Management Committee for the Show, from which we both benefit. The ’77 Committee also provided the lights on the Christmas Tree which was erected on the Village Green and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Rob Taylor for his generous donation of the Christmas Tree. As reported last year, Laura Webb donated to the village the Christmas lights for around the green.

Our other annual events are Tea on the Green and the Summer Fayre; although the Spring Jumble Sale has now joined the list, having put this event on in 2015 and now 2016.

We also hold a number of fund-raising events, but they are not necessarily annual events, e.g. a treasure hunt and quiz. From these fund-raising events we provide the Over 60s Dinner and the Family Christmas Party for free and, if we find that we have surplus funds at the end of our financial year, we give money to charities which are either local or national but with a local branch. In 2015-16 we were not able to donate as much money as we had the previous year, but we still managed to donate £200 each to Papworth Hospital Trust (Pulmonary Fibrosis – Asbestosis), Parkinson’s UK, and finally to the Alzheimer’s Society. These donations were in addition to the £150.00 to the Papworth Trust arising from the Fun Run; therefore the total donations to charities was £750.00.

Looking to the near future, the “Tea on the Green” will be held on Sunday, 5 June and the Summer Fayre on Saturday, 2 July.

Finally, the ’77 Committee would like to thank all those people who support us, either by attending, donating items or by giving assistance at some or all of our events. We do have a small pool of people who are willing to help us for events on the day, if they are available, for which we are very thankful. However, we would like to re-iterate that we would welcome more people to the Committee. We also thank the Parish Council for allowing us to use the Village Green and Recreation Ground.

Sarah Palmer

Secretary, ’77 Committee

April 2016

’77 Committee – Outstanding Local Service

The Rampton ’77 Committee was very pleased to have been nominated in the ‘Outstanding Local Service’ category of these county-wide awards, but we were absolutely delighted to find we had won first place!!

The award reflects 40 years of providing community events in the form of fayres, feasts, fun runs, quizzes, Christmas parties, jumble sales, dinners, treasure hunts, teas on the green, etc. Money raised has been used to run the family Christmas party and the over 60s dinner. Additionally we make regular donations to local and national charities and support other village organisations.

The current committee would like to thank all previous committee members, and members of our special task forces (Golden and Diamond Jubilees) for their past efforts. We would also like to thank the village for supporting our events so enthusiastically.

Want to join an award winning committee? We are always looking for new committee members. Please, if you can spare a few half days per year why not join us and help us make the next 40 years even better? Phone; Judy Garstang 01954 250960

Cottenham Yesteryear Road Run Sunday 24 April 2016, Cancer Research charity event

The annual Procession of vintage and classic vehicles starting from Cottenham at 10am draws entrants from far and wide, from Kings Lynn to Royston, Military vehicles, classic cars and motorbiles, tractors and commercials ( and a 1945 Bicycle!)

The procession travels through villages around the Cottenham area, raising money for Cancer Research UK on the Addenbrookes site, helping pay for the research into many types of Cancer.

We all know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease and we are doing our best to help erradicate it from affecting anyone else.

More information, and entry form, can be found on our website www.yesteryearroadrun.co.uk

Have a look at the photographs of many of last years entrants.

There will also be bacon rolls available from about 10 am sold in aid of Cancer Research UK and the village hall.

Line Dancing – thank you

Line Dancing for Fun on 18 March raised £62.70 for the repair and restoration of All Saints Church Rampton. Thank you for your support – we’ll have another session in September!

Pounds for the Path

Yard Sales on Saturday 16 April, 11 – 2 pm. If you would like to participate, please contact Graham White (231007) for a sign – before 4 April.Participants are asked to make a minimum £10 donation to the Path fund which Graham will collect when he delivers your sign. Refreshments will be available in the Village Hall. If you would like a table in the hall, they are available for a minimum £10 donation. Please book with Graham White as above.