Saturday 25th January 2014.
Invitations will be delivered in December, please RSVP so we can get an estimate of numbers. If you think you have been left off the list please call Gilbert Smith (200430) or Sarah Palmer (252238). This is a really good evening, finishing off with the last night of the infamous Rampton Review (first night of the
review is 24th Jan and is open to all).
Monday 23rd December. Meet on the Green at 6:30pm. We sing around the village for about 1 ½ hr then retire for a drink and mince pies. Don’t worry if you can’t sing. We always need a group of collectors. All money raised goes to the Childrens’ Society, a charity which helps children at risk on the streets, disabled children, young refugees, young carers or those within the youth justice system. Contact Alison Bateson 01954 208045 if you need further details.
Plans are moving ahead for a special event on 20 and 21 December. It will be about 6pm. Do keep one of these days free!
Tuesday 17th December (please note this is a one week gap instead of two). 3:30 – 6:30 pm (note different times). This will be a Christmas tea party in the Village Hall with entertainment by the Salvation Army youth choir.
We will begin again on the 7th January (3 week gap)
The next walk will be on Saturday 14th December. It will be led by Alison Wedgbury. We will leave Rampton at 9:00 am and drive to the Hardwicke Arms in Arrington. We will set out from there at about 9.30. The walk is 6 – 7 miles and much of it is through Wimpole Hall Park. It is a circular walk and we will return to the Hardwicke Arms for lunch. Please let Alison or myself know if you plan to come and if you would like lunch. Alison is on 201968 or Sylvia on 252043.
There will not be a tea club on the 10th December.
This is because we are having our Christmas lunch the next day, Wednesday 11th December in the Black Horse. If you would like to go please book with Muriel, cost £12 for a two course meal.
8th Dec. 3:30 – 5:30pm in the village hall. There will be festive nibbles, mulled wine and children’s games. We will be joined by carol singers at about 17:00 and there will be a service in the church afterwards. Father Christmas had been contacted again. He says he ‘hopes to call in provided at least some of the children have been good this time’. Entry is free including a free raffle, all we ask is that children are accompanied by an adult
Willingham Ladies Hockey Club is open to any ladies over the age of 18yrs (our current players ages range from 20 to 60) who would like to play hockey on a fun basis. We’re not in a league and you don’t have to commit to coming every week. Players meet at Willingham Recreation Ground/Ploughman Hall car park at 10 am on Saturdays from September to May. You don’t even have to own a hockey stick as we have a supply. For further details contact Teresa: phone 260177 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A black, female cat, with a white throat and paws has been found. She was found around the stable areas near the bungalow at the end of the village (Willingham end). She is very tame. If anyone either knows who she belongs to or owns her, please contact Mr Currington on 250557.
Following the success of the Summer Fayre we have been able to make a donation of £400 to Parkinson’s UK which will be used in support of therapy sessions for people in our area.
Our surgeries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. We will be open normal hours on all other days. When the surgery is closed please ring 111
Please remember that Accident and Emergency is intended only for life threatening conditions or if you are likely to need an X-ray. In most circumstances you should ring 111 and you will be directed to the correct service.
The last date for ordering your repeat prescriptions in time for the Christmas holidays will be Monday 23rd December before 1:00pm. The last date for collection of medicines will be on Tuesday 24th December by 1:00pm at Longstanton or by 6:00pm at Willingham pharmacy.
Willingham Surgery will be closed for staff training from 1.00pm on Wed 11th Dec. Willingham Pharmacy will remain open.
During December, January and February, morning services will start a tad later than usual at 10 am. All welcome on the first and third Sundays of every month.
All Saints Day Concert: The concert given by Jennifer Thompson, Gordon Hewlett and friends raised £102 for Friends funds for the renovation and repair of the church. During the evening a cheque for £4400 was presented to the PCC from the Friends to cover the outstanding balance of the most recent restoration work. In the spring the Friends were able to cover the cost of some extremely urgent repairs to stonework. Last year the Friends covered the cost of re-installing the organ which had been dismantled while work was carried out.
Wine Tasting Evening: The November Wine Tasting Evening was a great success and raised £464.62 for Friends funds.
Christmas Coffee Morning: Saturday 30th November 10:30am-12:30pm in the Village Hall. Come along for a cup of coffee or tea and feast on mince pies and shortbread. There will be a variety of stalls to tempt you and a raffle.
Casting call for Shepherds, Kings, Marys and Josephs! We are looking for volunteers! Do you have an hour or two free between 6 and 8 on either Friday 20th December or Saturday 21st December? The Friends are breaking new ground and are putting together a live Christmas tableau outside the church. Refreshments (mulled wine, mince pies etc) will be available inside! Contact Jacquie Bland (250986) or Gail Bull (251057) to get involved or for more information.
Oh – and make sure you come along with friends and family on either the Friday or the Saturday!
October 93 £30; 122 £20; 13 £10; 53 £10; 99 £5; 119 £5
November 11 £30; 60 £20; 172 £10; 1 £10; 41 £5; 27 £5
December 171 £60; 185 £40; 86 £20; 13 £20; 169 £10; 135 £10
Despite installing cable broadband to the pack house building, Virgin Media are not intending at present to connect the houses on Cow Lane. This is really disappointing news. ADSL (over the old phone lines), as we currently have, is very poor in the modern world. It doesn’t matter if you swap between providers; it is the same hardware in the Cottenham exchange that they all use. So for us to get better internet on Cow Lane we either need the Cottenham exchange updated and / or the quality of phone lines from there to all the houses in Cow Lane updated. Better still get cable. We need to persuade Virgin Media to complete the cable install for Rampton and not forget about Cow Lane. If you live on Cow Lane, please email Virgin Media at email@example.com giving your name and full address, along with a brief argument as to why you need better internet. The more people that pester Virgin Media the better. They are basing their decision on old data (they think there are only 24 houses on Cow Lane!) and need reminding of the critical need for faster internet, especially in a more rural area such as Rampton (and on a street that has had it installed for a business!) Even if you do not feel too badly affected by the slow internet, I ask that you please email Virgin Media to help out those residents on Cow Lane that are struggling to carry out their personal or professional tasks.
Christmas Coffee Morning 10.30 to 12.30 in the Village Hall. Come along for a cup of coffee or tea and feast on mince pies and shortbread. There will be a variety of stalls to tempt you as well. And a raffl
Held in the outstanding Atrium building at Cottenham Village College, 29th Nov – 1st Dec. Lots to see, do and buy. Ideal for Christmas presents.
More info: Linda – firstname.lastname@example.org or Rosemary – 252996.
Over 55s are welcome to join us in the Village Hall from 2:30 to 4:30
Tuesday 26th November – A talk by Ben Tregenna
‘A Community Farm’