Oakington Rural Travel Hub – views requested

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is set to launch a consultation for a proposed new transport interchange in Oakington.

Following initial engagement with the local community this summer we are now planning to consult on the proposals for a pilot Rural Travel Hub which, if agreed, would be one of the first in the area.

Rural Travel Hubs are small transport interchanges which encourage people to change to a more environmentally friendly way of travelling. The potential Rural Travel Hub would be next to Station Road and adjacent to the Oakington Guided Busway stop. It will provide new links to connect Oakington and the surrounding villages with public transport, walking, and cycling routes.

We’re looking for your views on the need for a Rural Travel Hub in Oakington, what facilities should be provided at any hub, and any comments on some initial design options.

We hope that people from the surrounding area will use the proposed Oakington Rural Travel Hub and it’s really important to us that local people, including those in Rampton, tell us what they think of the proposals.

You can find out more about the plans and meet us in person at:

Oakington PavilionWednesday 21 November5pm-7pmOakington Recreation Ground,Queens Way, Oakington, CB24 3AQ
Crossways Communitea CafeThursday 22 November10am-12pm1 Longstanton Road, OakingtonCB24 3BB
Cottenham Village HallWednesday 28 November7pm-8.30pmLambs Lane, Cottenham, CB24 8TB

The consultation will run in the late autumn until the New Year. Full information about the consultation, including potential features of a Rural Travel Hub and mock-ups of how the site could look, can be found on our website at


Family Christmas Party

Saturday 16th December 4pm – 7:30pm

The party will be at the Village Hall as usual, but with a slight difference! Don’t worry, we will still have Father Christmas, mince pies and mulled wine, and of course everyone is welcome to stay for as long as they wish. Between 4pm and 5:30pm we have will have games aimed at younger children and gentle music for older residents… and then from 5:30pm until 7:30pm Disco Dave will be putting on a children’s disco – there are no upper or lower age limits, so please do stay and have a bop.

Please note that ALL children will need to bring their responsible adult(s) with them – there is no childcare provision!

The Christmas Fairies

Christmas Lights switch on

Saturday 1st December

We will be serving hot dogs and mulled wine from 4:30pm, with the lights being switched on by Father Christmas at 5:30pm. Please note that for safety, the road outside numbers 12, 13 and 14 The Green will be closed. Access to and from King Street will still be possible via the shorter road from the High Street.

The Christmas Fairies

Royal British Legion Pub Quiz 13th November

Linda Cawley is organising a pub quiz to raise funds for the Royal British Legion. 

It is being held on Tuesday 13th November from 8pm in the Black Horse pub.

Teams of up to 6 people.  Entry is £3 per person with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.  There will be a prize for the winning team.

Found!! Radio controlled aeroplane

Found crashed on 10th October north of Rampton. Call 01954 201489.

Poppy Appeal Request for Help

We’re on the lookout for new door-to -door collectors in Rampton. In the past, three or four of us have come to Rampton to collect but I’m 
finding this more difficult to arrange.  

Our arrangement has been
Route A – High St. from the Green towards Willingham
Route B – King St.
Route C – Cow Lane
Route D – The Green and the Cottenham end of the High St.
Of course these can be reorganised.

Please contact Ann Scott via the Parish Clerk ramptonparishclerk@nullgmail.com 

Coffee morning for Macmillan cancer Research raised £560

Muriel Neal 28 Cow Lane.  Would like to thank everyone who supported the Coffee morning for Macmllan cancer Research  when the sum of £560 was raised Thank you Muriel

Wine Tasting

This popular annual event will take place this year at 7:30 on Friday 9th November in the Village Hall. 

Tickets are on sale from

Jacquie Bland,
Graham White,
Jill Howell,
Sylvia Beaumont

Archaeology in Rampton

Display of archaeological finds at Rampton Village Hall, 14th October, 2.30 pm to 4 pm. Admission free. 

Finds from an archaeological dig carried out in Rampton in January this year will be on display along with finds from HEFA test pitting in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Fen Edge Archaeology Group’s test-pitting display will also be on show.

Refreshments will be available. Proceeds to the Friends of All Saints’ Church.

During January 2018 Witham Archaeology carried out an archaeological dig in advance of development at 31 High Street, Rampton. Finds from the dig show that the site was occupied mainly during the 12th and 13th centuries. Ditches found at the site probably formed boundaries to a toft which fronted onto the High Street. Finds included pottery, quern stones and animal bone, which came mainly from a cluster of pits on an area of slightly higher ground. The environmental samples from the site show it was a place where people were living rather than farming. The decline in activity at the site after the 13th century is similar to that identified by the HEFA test pit surveys.

Everyone welcome. Admission free – drop in at any time.

More information will appear on the Fen Edge Archaeology Group’s blog https://feagblog.wordpress.com/ and find us Facebook too.

Newmarket Walk

The next walk will be on Saturday 27th October (note 4th Saturday of month instead of 3rd Saturday). It will be led by Val and Colin Humphries.

The walk begins from The Marquis of Grantham pub, Stetchworth CB8 9TJ near Newmarket. A14 to Quy roundabout then old Newmarket road to next roundabout and look for sign to Stetchworth, it is a 19 mile drive.

Rampton residents will leave the green at 9.00am and the walk will begin at 10.00, the walk takes 2.5 hours, there is an option of a shorter walk. Lunch is booked for 1.00pm. We do not need to pre order.

Village Hall Jumble Sale & Coffee Morning

Our next jumble sale will be held on Saturday 27th October at 11am (Entrance 30p)
Please leave any donations at the hall on the Friday evening (6-8pm) or on Saturday morning by 10.30am.Please call Martyn on 01954 252214 if help is needed delivering jumble to the hallPlease no electrical items or large furniture.

Rampton Relay

The annual race was held on 9th September (postponed from April). 28 runners took part either as teams of four running one lap each or as individual runners running one or more laps. The course was altered to avoid calves grazing the small field, but by a strange quirk of the Rampton system of measurement the course remained exactly one Rampton mile in length. All runners performed extremely well this year, but we would like to give special mention to our fastest man (Alex Hunt, time 6:00), fastest woman (Tessa Mould, 7:28), fastest family (The Moulds, 33:23), smallest runner (Emily Osborne, 11:23) and the winners of the Rampton Educational Foundation Shield for Primary aged children (March Athletics Club, 34:33). All proceeds from the event will be donated to Papworth Hospital Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group. We hope to see you all again next April!!

Cambridge Open Art Exhibition

Takes place at Swavesey Village College on the weekend of 13/14th October. Free entry and affordable artwork for sale straight from a wide range of Cambridgeshire artists. Open invitation to attend the Private View on Friday 12th, 6.30 – 9pm, tickets £5 at the door.Make it a date!

Village Litter Pick – 7th October 2018

The Rampton Autumn litter pick is on Sunday 7th October. Meet at 10.30am on the Green. We’ll be out for an hour and a half or so then back to the Village Hall for tea and biscuits. We have litter pickers and high vis tabards, but you’ll want some good gloves and wheelbarrows would be useful. Everybody welcome. Come and join us and make a difference close to home.

Village Work Parties – Rampton Parish Council

Saturday 20th October : meet 9.30am on the Green: Task will be Daffodil and Bluebell Bulb planting.Sturdy gloves  and footwear required. Equipment that would be helpful to bring: Spade and/or garden fork.

Sunday 30th September : meet 9.30am on Recreation Ground: Tasks will be hay-raking of the wildflower meadow, some cutting back of brambles in various locations around the Rec. and re-staking of some of the Orchard trees.Sturdy gloves and footwear required. Equipment that would be helpful to bring: Wheelbarrow, Grass rake, Secateurs or loppers, pitchfork.

Please join us for a light work-out, and we look forward to seeing a few of you at one or both of the sessions. If you can spread the word that would be very much appreciated too.

Thank you for helping us out, and we will be in touch nearer each time, when the weather forecast can been checked, to confirm each session is going ahead.

Contact: ramptonparishclerk@nullgmail.com or 252641

Christmas Fairies

Rampton Breakfasts: 8am-11am, Saturday September 29th, Saturday October 6th and 13th.

All funds raised go towards community projects in Rampton. Thanks to your generous support, The Christmas Fairies have been able to purchase the village Christmas lights and tree, they have made a donation to help start up the Rampton Friday Club and have set up a subsidised community minibus scheme. Your support really does make a difference. Christmas Raffle tickets are now available to buy from the breakfasts or from Rampton Motors.

Community minibus
The next minibus trips to Bar Hill Tesco will be Wednesday 3rd and 17th October, leaving the Green at 10:30am. Anyone can register to use the minibus, (although if full, priority will be given to those without their own means of transport), please contact Karen for a registration form. The cost is £2 per trip. Tel: 205093

Rampton Relay 9th September

Sunday, 9 September 2018 – Race starts at 2:30 pm with registration from 2pm in the large field by Giant’s Hill. This is the event postponed from April. The Rampton Relay takes place over a course of exactly one Rampton mile, it can be tackled as a four lap relay by teams of four (or fewer) runners. Alternatively single runners may run one (or more) laps. We will endeavour to time you. The fastest team of primary aged children will get to hold the Rampton Educational Foundation shield for the year; your team name engraved on the shield, eternal fame. All proceeds to local charities

Help your village

Would you like to help out with a few maintenance tasks to improve the appearance in and around our village? 

Rampton Parish Council will be organising a couple of volunteer sessions in the Autumn to plant bulbs, improve the wildflower area on the Recreation Ground and possibly one or two other tasks. Please keep an eye on the website and noticeboards for dates and activities. 

If you want to be alerted of events by email please contact Claire the clerk: ramptonparishclerk@nullgmail.com with the heading “Volunteering help”

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.