Carol Singing thanks

Thanks to the generosity of the residents of Rampton and the enthusiasm of the carol singers we managed to collect £193.16 for The Children’s Society. The weather was kind and the usual festive refreshments in the Black Horse hit the spot at the end of the evening – many thanks Debs and Kez.

Cancelled – Housebound – a play by Simon Mawdsley (Sat 26th November)



Fiona and Bone (an odd couple if ever there was one) find themselves unexpectedly thrown together for a morning.

There’s no way out … until a wasp buzzes in.

Rampton Village Hall

Saturday 26th November 8 pm

The play lasts for around 35 mins, but there will be lots of free tea, coffee and cakes to follow. Any profits will be given to charity, to be nominated by the audience on the night.

Tickets £5 each – please ring Chris Avery 01954 781233 to reserve yours.

Village Bulb Planting Days

Some bulbs have been acquired to brighten up our village during the early Spring, and any helpers would be useful to help plant them.

We will also be planting bluebells in the woods.

Collect Daffodils, Narcissi and Bluebells at the Village Hall

Planting instructions provided.

10am – 12 Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October 2016

Village Hall Jumble Sale & Coffee Morning

Our next jumble sale will be held on Saturday 29th 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 hall
Please no electrical items or large furniture.

Village Bulb Planting Days


Some bulbs have been acquired to brighten up our village during the early Spring, and any helpers would be useful to help plant them.

We will also be planting bluebells in the woods.

Collect Daffodils, Narcissi and Bluebells at the Village Hall

Planting instructions provided.

10am – 12 Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October 2016

Village Litter Pick

We are holding the next village litter pick on Sunday 16th October. Meet at the green at 10.30am. We have a number of high viz jackets and litter pickers for use, but please bring gloves, and a wheelbarrow or two would be useful. Refreshments back at the hall afterwards. Thanks.

Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning

Sept 30th
Coffee morning being held at 28 Cow Lane 10:30am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 4:30pm Proceeds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Thank you

Ramparts Exhibition 2016

Ramparts held its 11th exhibition over the weekend of 16/17th July and we were delighted with the standard of work and the support of all those who came to see it. Local councillor Linda Harford awarded the May Rainey Memorial prize to Chris Dickinson for Abstract. In the “Win a picture” draw Audrey Neal won The River by Janet Stockley and Margie McEvoy won the Birds (Woodcut) by Linda Heywood.

Many thanks to the artists, helpers and patrons!


In April 2016 we celebrated the first year of the Foodbank in Cottenham.
Alison Wedgebury gave us an illustrated talk on the workings of the Foodbank, with photos of the Ely warehouse and personnel. The food is collected from various local points – Rampton Motors being our nearest collection point. Sometimes there are collection days at large Supermarkets and shoppers are encouraged to buy things from the standard list and donate them on their way out. Sadly donations have dropped off. Please consider donating something via the box at Rampton Motors
The Foodbank at Cottenham receives ready packed boxes from the Ely depot. These are suitable for a single person/couple or for a family. Sometimes these are adjusted slightly according to the needs of the clients (for example if it is a large family). There are also extras which can be added to the standard box, which are put into shopping bags to be taken away. The extras might be toiletries or things like chocolate, along with general groceries. People are allowed to choose a few of these additional items.
The number of clients attending the Wednesday afternoon sessions between 1.30pm and 3pm varies from week to week. Clients normally bring a voucher from the person who has referred them. If nobody comes we have a chat amongst ourselves, at other times we are quite busy. There are generally four helpers to offer practical help or a listening ear and our tea lady, Olive,who makes welcome drinks. for more information see:

Church Fete

Cakes, cream teas, church tour,stalls, raffle, tombola etc

Cottenham Walk

The August walk will be Saturday 13th August, (note 2nd and not 3rd Saturday of the month). It is a fairly local walk and will be known to some. It is led by Sylvia and is 4½ miles long. It begins in Cottenham, parking as close to the Jolly Millers as possible, we will return to the pub for lunch and non walkers are welcome to join us there. We will leave Rampton green at about 9.00 as usual and begin our walk at about 9.30. If you are planning to walk, lunch or both please let Sylvia know 01954 252043 or sylviaj.
The September walk will be on Saturday 17th September and details will be circulated by email. We still need a leader please.

Ramparts Exhibition

Ramparts held its 11th exhibition over the weekend of 16/17th July and we were delighted with the standard of work and the support of all those who came to see it. Local councillor Linda Harford awarded the May Rainey Memorial prize to Chris Dickinson for Abstract. In the “Win a picture” draw Audrey Neal won The River by Janet Stockley and Margie McEvoy won the Birds (Woodcut) by Linda Heywood.

Many thanks to the artists, helpers and patrons!

Summer fayre

A shower of rain at 2pm gave us a slow start but the sun broke  through and the village turned out in its usual throng. A fiercely contested tug o’ war was won by a team named ‘The rough end of Rampton’. The duck turned out to be called Ducky McDuckface (who’d have thought?). The bowling for a pig was won by Rachel Fenner and hoopla by Kez Green.

Overall we raised £1200 which will underwrite the Christmas party and the over 60’s dinner. Surplus monies will be donated to charity through the course of the year. Heartfelt thanks to all those who helped to setup, run stalls and clear up and a huge thanks to everyone for making it another successful community event!

Bus trip to The Royal Academy

The art group are planning a trip to the Royal Academy on the 9th August. We will have some spare seats in the bus if anybody is interested please phone Sylvia on 252043. The bus fare is £20 return, we will probably book a group ticket for the Summer Exhibition if you wish to be included in that, which will be approx£10, there is also an exhibition of Hockney portraits on at that time. We will leave Rampton at 9.00am and return between 5.00 and 6.00pm

Bar Hill Walk

The next walk is on Saturday July 16th and
will be led by Geoff Tamulonis. It will be
based around Bar Hill and take in Dry
Drayton. We will walk from the car park of
The Fox and return there for lunch, non
walkers are welcome to join us.

We will leave Rampton at 9.00 and walk from
Bar Hill at 9.30-9.45. Please let Geoff know if
you plan to go, phone 07948 726864 or [email protected]
Further details can be obtained from Geoff.

Private Pumping Stations

Currently, homeowners have to spend
hundreds of pounds every year for electricity
running costs, maintenance and repairs to
look after these private pumping stations.
They may even have been flooded if it’s
broken down in the past.

From October 2016, many of these private
pumping stations will transfer over to Anglian
Water and become our responsibility. We will
take over all of the maintenance and the
running costs too, saving customers hassle,
worry and money.

We’d like to ask for your support in letting
local residents know about this, and asking
them to get in touch with us if they think they
have a private pumping station.

To help customers identify and report the
pumping stations easily, we have launched a
specialist website:

Britain’s Award-Winning Acoustic Stars To Play Rampton Village Hall

Enjoy an intimate evening with Blackheart –
UK Exposure Music Awards ‘Best British
Duo’ winners – when they play a concert at
Rampton Village Hall on Saturday August
20th as part of their ‘Candlelit Village Halls’
nationwide tour. Advance tickets are £10
(under 16’s £6). For further info call Richard
Pilkington on 07825 458723. The concert
runs from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. A bar will be
available and limited extra tickets may be
available on the door. Blackheart played this
venue to a full house last year so get your
tickets early!

Blackheart are multi-instrumentalists Chrissy
Mostyn and Rick Pilkington. Their unique
music has been described as “A heavenly
fusion of acoustic folk, intelligent pop and
classical music”, “Utterly magical” by the
BBC’s John Gilmore, “Enchanting” by ABC
Australia and “One of the best things to come
out of England in recent years” by Fatea
Music Magazine.

After three successful albums, over 600
concerts from Amsterdam, Berlin and Sydney
to London, Belfast and Glastonbury and radio
play in nearly every country in the world,
Blackheart’s music is still impossible to
categorise. Their show features multi-
instrumental playing and continuous
changing of moods and combinations of

See more at:

Everyone Health at Rampton Village Hall

Strength and Balance exercise classes for
over 55’s. Improve your balance, get
stronger, help prevent falls and become more
supple at these sociable classes starting
soon at Rampton Village Hall. Contact Ryan
on 07889 305335 for more details.