Friends of All Saints’ News September 2018

Cake Stall

The recent cake stall at the pub bazaar provided £73 for our funds. A big thank you to all who made cakes and supported us on that day.

Last Night of the Proms

We still have a few tickets remaining, available from:

  • Jacquie Bland 250986
  • Graham White 231007
  • Sylvia Beaumont 252043
  • Jill Howell 204481

A short musical production by local musicians followed by a buffet meal and then the live hook up to the Royal Albert Hall for the second half of the Last Night.

September Walk

The next walk will be on Saturday 15th September and will be led by Alison Wedgbury.

The walk will be in the Bourn/Cambourne area and approx. 5 miles with the option of a shorter route. Lunch will be in Bourn.

Further details will be circulated by email.

WWI Events in November

November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War One.  Along with villages and towns across the country Rampton made its own contribution to and its own sacrifice for that conflict – more than 30 men served in some capacity and of these 11 were killed – this from an eligible population of fewer than 60.

It is important that Rampton remembers its sacrifice, and to do this the Village Hall will be hosting a series of events over the weekend of 10th and 11th November.  These will include talks, a display, art works, a “Homecoming” Event and a Remembrance Service at the War Memorial at 2pm on Sunday 11th.  Details will be announced when the programme has been finalised.

Please note the date for your diaries, and if you have anything in your family relating to these events in Rampton – e.g. photos, documents, objects or stories – I would love to hear from you.

Alison Dickens –


Gilbert’s Rainfall Data

This page shows what the rainfall in Rampton is like, firstly the cumulative rainfall per month stacked by year.

Historically February through April are the dryest months of the year averaging about 30mm of rain per month and May through August are the wettest averaging about 50mm per month, though 2018 has been a bit unusual so far with higher than normal rainfall during March and April and June / July being very dry (July’s 20mm of rainfall came all in about 1 hour on the 27th).

It seems that the dry spell is well and truly now over with September 2018 being one of the wettest Septembers in this data (only beaten by September 2017).

This chart shows the rainfall stacked by year on a per month basis and points worthy of note are: –

  • June 2018 – the lowest month on record (1.5mm).
  • August 2010 – the wettest month on record (140mm).
  • 2012 had the wettest spell for several months April to July (average  93mm per month).

Dry Drayton Walk 18th August

Led by Annie and Geoff Tamulonis.

The walk starts from the car park of The Black Horse, Dry Drayton.

Rampton residents leave the green at 9.00 and the walk will start at 9.30. There is a choice of 4 miles or 6 miles. We will return to the pub for lunch and non walkers are welcome to join us.

Details concerning pub menu etc. will be circulated by email later.

If you plan to walk, lunch or both please contact Annie. Text messages (no phone calls) 07861640032 or email

Christmas Fairies – Popup Breakfasts are back

Back by popular demand, the Rampton Breakfasts will be returning Saturday 29th September and Saturday 6th and 13th October.
Also, one of the Christmas wishes the residents of Rampton requested was for a bus to a local supermarket for those without transport or who do not like to drive too far. We are pleased to announce that this wish looks as though it is something we are going to be able to grant!
The final details have still to be confirmed, so look out for a letter coming through your door in August. If all goes to plan we hope to be able to provide a fortnightly subsidised service to one of the local supermarkets.

Wanted: Parish Councillors

Following the recent election there are 3 Councillor vacancies to be filled.

If you are interested in helping your community as a Councillor, please send a brief personal written statement explaining how you can contribute. The task is not too onerous and at the last meeting the number of ordinary meetings has been reduced from 10 per year to 6 per year.
To be a Councillor, you need to be over 18, and a UK, Commonwealth, Irish, or EU citizen; and:
  • Be on the Rampton electoral roll; or
  • Have occupied land or premises (as owner or tenant) in Rampton for the last 12 months; or
  • Had your main workplace within the parish for the last 12 months; or
  • Have lived in, or within 3 miles of, the parish for the past 12 months
You cannot be a Councillor if you: –
  • Are a paid employee of the Parish Council; or
  • Are an undischarged bankrupt; or
  • Have been sentenced to a term of prison (suspended or not) of not less than 3 months, within the last 5 years; or
  • Have been disqualified under any law relating to corrupt of illegal practices.
If you are eligible and would like to be considered please contact the Parish Council Clerk, Claire Perrott, 13 Cow Lane, Rampton CB24 8QG by hand or post, or by E-mail to by Saturday 2ndJune 2018. Candidates will be considered for appointment by Rampton Parish Council at the Ordinary Meeting on 4th June 2018.

Fun Run Cancelled

Today’s Fun Run is cancelled due to poor weather the underfoot conditions are considered too treacherous. The Fun Run will be rescheduled for sometime in September.

Mick North

Sarah and the family of Mick North would like to thank all those people who sent cards, letters and e-mails of sympathy following Mick’s death on 17 March 2018. We would also like to thank everyone who attended the funeral service held in Rampton Church on 16 April
2018 as well as the superb help received from members of the '77 Committee, the Black Horse Public House and other members of the Rampton community. Living or being part of
a family living in a community such as Rampton is a blessing and consider Mick and I were very fortunate to move here and become part of the village along with Mick’s immediate family who always took and will continue to take part in village activities.

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]
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.

Wine tasting 9th November 2018

Our popular annual wine tasting evening will take place again this year.

Thank you to all who have supported us in the past and we look forward to seeing you at these events later in the year.

Last Night of the Proms 11th November 2018

The Friends are repeating the very successful ‘Last Night of the Proms’ again this year.
We will be showing live the second half of the LastNight from the Royal Albert Hall following a buffet meal and a short live musical event provided by local musicians.

Save the date. 11th November 2018

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 (, 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 and advise names and numbers if you are interested in joining in. Great cause and good fun.

Parish Council Elections 2018

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]

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 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

Traffic Calming in Rampton

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