Thanks to volunteers for cleaning the Rec & Pruning

Thank you to all those who braved the cold and damp weather on 11th February to help with pruning and weeding the fruit trees in the community orchard.

The trees are all growing well and the stakes and chicken wire have now been removed.

The infant play equipment was also pressure washed (thanks to Bingo for the pressure washer loan) as the matting had become quite slippery.

The bench in the infant play area has also been replaced.

Thank you to 77 Committee

Thank you so much to the 77 committee and all their helpers for the delicious meal they provided for the over sixties of the village, at the end of January. We are very fortunate to have such a lovely event provided and the effort that goes into the meal and the entertainment is greatly appreciated.

Julie Middleton

Rampton Car Care

From 1st February 2017 the contact details for Rampton Car Care will be Jill or Chris on 01954 204481.

We are also seeking additional drivers for the car care scheme, so if you can give a few hours to help other village folk, who may not drive or have access to a car, to attend medical and other appointments please let us know.

We would like to say a big thank you to Edna Winter for running the scheme so ably these past few years.

Rampton Townlands’ Charaties

Do you live in Rampton? Are you age 21 or under and in full time education? Rampton Townlands Charities may be of interest to you.

Applications can be made for funds towards educational projects, cost of books, school trips, equipment for apprenticeships.

The trustees will meet on Monday 6th February, Tuesday 23rd May and Wednesday 17th October.

Please submit any requests for grants, etc. to the Clerk, ideally by 5th February, 22nd May and 17th October respectively.

For further details and information, and/or an application form, please contact the clerk, Celia Chappell, 4 The Green, Rampton.

Tel: 251908,
Mobile 07818827841

Carol Singing thanks

Thanks to the generosity of the residents of Rampton and the enthusiasm of the carol singers we managed to collect £193.16 for The Children’s Society. The weather was kind and the usual festive refreshments in the Black Horse hit the spot at the end of the evening – many thanks Debs and Kez.

Ramparts Exhibition 2016

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!


In April 2016 we celebrated the first year of the Foodbank in Cottenham.
Alison Wedgebury gave us an illustrated talk on the workings of the Foodbank, with photos of the Ely warehouse and personnel. The food is collected from various local points – Rampton Motors being our nearest collection point. Sometimes there are collection days at large Supermarkets and shoppers are encouraged to buy things from the standard list and donate them on their way out. Sadly donations have dropped off. Please consider donating something via the box at Rampton Motors
The Foodbank at Cottenham receives ready packed boxes from the Ely depot. These are suitable for a single person/couple or for a family. Sometimes these are adjusted slightly according to the needs of the clients (for example if it is a large family). There are also extras which can be added to the standard box, which are put into shopping bags to be taken away. The extras might be toiletries or things like chocolate, along with general groceries. People are allowed to choose a few of these additional items.
The number of clients attending the Wednesday afternoon sessions between 1.30pm and 3pm varies from week to week. Clients normally bring a voucher from the person who has referred them. If nobody comes we have a chat amongst ourselves, at other times we are quite busy. There are generally four helpers to offer practical help or a listening ear and our tea lady, Olive,who makes welcome drinks. for more information see:

Cottenham Walk

The August walk will be Saturday 13th August, (note 2nd and not 3rd Saturday of the month). It is a fairly local walk and will be known to some. It is led by Sylvia and is 4½ miles long. It begins in Cottenham, parking as close to the Jolly Millers as possible, we will return to the pub for lunch and non walkers are welcome to join us there. We will leave Rampton green at about 9.00 as usual and begin our walk at about 9.30. If you are planning to walk, lunch or both please let Sylvia know 01954 252043 or sylviaj.
The September walk will be on Saturday 17th September and details will be circulated by email. We still need a leader please.

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:

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:

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 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 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.