Free Thermal Survey

Thermal imaging surveys can show where heat is being lost from your home and where draught-proofing and insulation could be beneficial.  Through the Sustainable Parish Energy Project (SPEP), surveys are undertaken by volunteers who have undertaken training to use South Cambridgeshire District Council’s thermal imaging camera. The camera is booked for Rampton from 5-12 March.  Surveys generally take between 1-2 hours and I will fit in as many surveys as I can during the time we have the camera. Please contact Jane Perks (jane.perks@nulldow.cam.ac.uk, 01954 204237)  for more info or to request a survey.

A Big Thank You!

A big thank you to friends and neighbours who supported our Coffee Morning on 29 November. We raised the magnificent sum of £201 which goes into Friends funds for the repair and restoration of All Saints Church Rampton.

Line Dancing coming up in March

Line Dancing for Fun (that means no experience necessary!) returns on Friday 13 March from 7 pm. Tickets are £4 on the door. Tea, coffee and squash will be available for purchase, however why not bring your own drinks, nibbles and friends and have a great evening? Yeee haw y’all. See you there. And we will probably have a raffle too 😉

Power cuts and Vulnerable customers

Power cuts don’t happen very often these days and it’s UK Power Networks’ job to ensure it stays that way. But if there’s a power cut, have you wondered how your residents would cope?

How we help vulnerable customers during a power cut

We have a Priority Service Register, for those who may need extra support during a power cut. Residents will receive:

✔ A priority number that they can call 24 hours a day if they have a power cut

✔ Regular text message or phone updates during a power cut

✔ A welcome booklet

✔ Extra support from the British Red Cross to visit their home during an emergency (we’ll check with

them first)

Help us inform and protect residents during a power cut

We’re working hard to raise awareness of our new number to call during a power cut (0800 31 63 105) and to encourage eligible customers to sign up to the Priority Services Register so we can get them the support they need.

Can you:

  • Send one of our leaflets in a letter to residents or distribute leaflets to your community?
  • Display posters (electronic or printed) in your local buildings?
  • Include adverts or features in your magazines/ newsletters?
  • Add information on your website?
  • Work with us on social media?
  • Involve us or let us support any other initiatives you’re running?
Further information

We’ve produced a range of resources for print and web to help reach as many people as possible. They can all be downloaded from our website here

Drop in dates for Carers or Adults with long-term or age-related care and support needs

The popular drop-in events for adults living with a long-term illness or disability or age-related condition, and people providing unpaid care for an adult relative or friend, which are run by the Carers Support Team and Physical Disability Service, are continuing in 2015.

I have been given the dates of the early Spring events and these are listed below for those being held in South Cambridgeshire. I would be grateful of any assistance you are able to give in raising awareness of these with people in your local community who may be interested in attending one of the drop-ins. For this purpose I have also attached the posters advertising the drop-ins.

Bar Hill – Community Room, Tesco Extra Store (joint carers and adults drop-in)
Monday 16th February, 10.30am – 1.30pm
Monday 16th March, 10.30am – 1.30pm

Cambourne – Cambourne Library (drop-in for carers only)
Wednesday 18th February, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Wednesday 18th March, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Cambourne – Cambourne Church, Jeavons Lane (Carers Health and Well-being Awareness session)
Tuesday 12th March, 10.00am – 2.00pm – Booking required

Sawston – Sawston Free Church (joint carers and adults drop-in)
Tuesday 17th February, 10.30am – 1.00pm
Tuesday 17th March, 10.30am – 1.00pm

Choose well this Winter

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Residents in Cambridgeshire are being reminded to find the right health service for their illness or injury this winter.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who commission health services in the area, are asking local residents to familiarise themselves with the range of local health services and which illnesses and injuries they can treat.

  • Pharmacies can help with bugs and viruses, skin conditions, allergies, pregnancy testing and help with stopping smoking.
  • GPs can help with back ache, ear aches, painful coughs, mental health conditions and any illness or injury that won’t go away.
  • Walk-in centre or minor illness or injury unit – these can help with minor burns and scalds, bites and stings, strains and sprains and minor eye or ear problems.

If you don’t know which service you need to choose, dial NHS 111 and they will help. You can call NHS 111 free from any phone 24/7. Call 111 when it’s less urgent than 999.

Dr Emma Tiffin, Cambridge GP said, “Local patients are encouraged to Choose Well when they are ill or injured to ensure the right treatment can be given quicker to those in need of urgent care.

Dr Tiffin added “Winter always brings more coughs, colds and flu so it’s a good idea to be prepared and to make sure you have a supply of remedies at home to help care for you and your family over the colder months.”

Remember if somebody is unwell and you are not sure as to the best course of action, it is often best to call first for advice.

For more information please visit www.choosewellcambs.nhs.uk

SPEP – Energy Savings Grants

More government money is available for energy saving home improvements from this Wednesday.  It’s expected to go quickly!

In Cambridgeshire, this is of interest to owner-occupiers interested in measures other than solid wall insulation.  Better deals are available (and are unaffected by this announcement), through council scheme Action on Energy for solid wall insulation (up to £6, 000), and for energy saving measures generally in the private rented sector.

To find out more, go to gov.uk/greendeal, or call the council led scheme, Action on Energy on 0800 093 33 03

Rampton 2015 Calendar

If you would like a copy of the new 2015 Rampton Pictorial Calendar (but have not yet reserved one) a few copies are still for sale.  They are produced “at cost” of £16.50, and will now be sold on a first come, first served basis.  If you would like one, please call Rosemary on 252 996 asap. Thank you. Trevor

Carol Singing Update

Thanks to all who turned out to sing for and support the Rampton Carol Singers. This year a record sum of £191.09 was raised for this year’s chosen charity The Children’s Society. Also thanks to The Black Horse who provided refreshments for the signers.