Update from County Council

As the year draws to a close the Council is preparing its budget for 2014/15 in the knowledge that it has through its Business Efficiency & Improvement Programme prepared as well as it can for the cut in government funding that it anticipates will come later this month when the settlement is announced. However, in preparation for further cuts in future years the Council has recently established a housing company that will not only provide a new revenue stream to protect front line services but just as importantly will help to meet housing need. Members voted recently to approve a pilot project that will see the new company, South Cambs Limited, purchase up to 40 houses for market rental. Details of this project can be found at: http://bit.ly/1dePzxk

The Council is also preparing for next year’s Community Awards and is seeking nominations. More details at: http://bit.ly/IhaNRN

Cycle Legacy – Small Grant Fund

One of the greatest sporting events on the planet will be racing along the roads of Cambridgeshire this summer.

On Monday 7 July, Cambridge will host the start of the third stage of  ‘Le Tour De France’ 2014.   The riders will set off by Parkers Piece, cycling through the historic city streets and then into the beautiful south Cambridgeshire countryside before heading down to London for the conclusion of the stage on The Mall.

In celebration of this exciting event, Cambridgeshire County Council announces the Cycle Legacy Small Grant Fund.

Small grants are now available and will be awarded to local groups and organisations to support activities or events linked to and inspired by cycling or the race.  We would like you to design and deliver activities within your community that involve and motivate people to create a lasting and positive legacy to mark this historic occasion for Cambridgeshire.

Each grant will be up to a maximum of £500 and additional funding or support in kind will be expected.

The grants are being awarded in three rounds. The deadlines for applications for each round are 17 January, 7 March and 11 April.

For more details and how to apply for a Cycle Legacy Small Grant, please see the attached information.

For general information on Stage 3 of the Tour see www.letour.2014stage3.com<http://www.letour.2014stage3.com/> . For local information see www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/letourstage3<http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/around/cycling/letourstage3.htm> and www.cambridge.gov.uk/le-tour-cambridge<https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/le-tour-cambridge>

We look forward to hearing about your creative and inspiring ideas.

Cycle Legacy Grants Guidance Application Form

Christmas Coffee Morning Report

Heartfelt thanks for your support of our recent Christmas coffee morning. After expenses, net proceeds of £181.10 have been added to Friends funds. The ‘Friends’ raise money to provide for the repair and restoration of All Saints Church Rampton.

Rampton Townlands Charities

Eleemosynary and Unknown Donor’s Charity – Reg Charity No. 203212

Educational Foundation – Reg Charity No. 311314

The next meetings of the Trustees of the Townlands’ Charities will be held on Monday 10th February 2014

Applications for grants to both Charities should be made to the Clerk by Thursday 6th February 2014

The Educational Foundation gives grants to young Rampton residents, up to the 22nd birthday, to help towards educational projects, books, equipment for apprenticeships, school trips etc. An application form and further information can be obtained from the Clerk or downloaded from the village website. Currently, there is a maximum of 3 grants per applicant

The Eleemosynary Charity delivers Christmas hampers to Rampton residents aged 70 or over. If you qualify and would like to receive a hamper in time for Christmas 2014, please contact the Clerk. Grants are also available to help village projects or organisations which are considered to be of benefit to an older age group. Grants from both Charities depend upon funds available at the time of application.