Over ’60s Dinner and Show.

The dinner will take place on 27th January followed by the unique theatrical experience which is the the Rampton Review. The dinner is free and open to anyone from Rampton over 60 years of age. We have a list of our previous guests but, as ever, if you are new to the village or if we have missed you for some reason please call Judy Garstang on 01954 250960 so we can add you to the list for invitations.

Family Christmas Party.

This year’s party will be on 10th December between 3:30 and 5:30. The party is aimed at younger children accompanied by an adult; there will be games, nibbles and soft drinks. We have asked Father Christmas if he will call in but he tells us his sleigh has failed its MOT and unless he can get the brakes fixed children may have to wait until April to get their presents. It would help us to plan the event if you would let us know if you want to come, call Judy on the number below.

Littleport walk

The next walk is on Saturday the 18th November and will be led by Rob Taylor. It is 4 ½ miles and begins in the car park of ‘The Swan on the River’ at  Littleport.

Rampton residents leave the Green at 9.00am. the walk begins at 9.45 from Littleport. We return to the pub for lunch where non walkers are welcome to join us.

If you plan to walk, lunch or both please let Rob know 01954 200437 or taylor4geese@nullhotmail.com, we have to pre order, see menu on their website and let Rob know your choice before14th November.

Cambridge Open Art Exhibition

 http://coax.org.uk/ 

Will take place on the weekend of 17/18/19 November at Swavesey Village College. Lots of reasonably priced original artworks,cards and prints for sale just in time for Christmas. Cafe, children’s art activities and an art installation and free entry at the weekend. Tickets for the Friday Preview £5, available on the door or on-line from 24th October at Swavesey Box Office.

Children’s Drawing Competition

Do you know a child who likes to draw? Then we would like to hear from you.

As part of The Big Draw Festival this month, which promotes drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention, Cambridgeshire Constabulary have launched their own art competition.

This half term, we’re inviting children under 12 to dig out their pens, pencils and paints and submit a drawing to fit the theme ‘The Police’.

Engaging with young people and listening to their experiences is an important part of our role and we hope this light-hearted competition will get the young people of Cambridgeshire thinking about the police and the role we play in their communities.

There are two age categories, five and under and six to 12-year-olds. The winners will receive a personalised tour of our headquarters in Huntingdon and entries will be displayed across the force.

If you know someone who might like to get involved, ask them to send their entry along with their name, age and contact details to corporate.communications@nullcambs.pnn.police.uk, post it to Corp Comms, Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon, PE29 6NP or submit it via our social media channels, Facebook (@CambridgeshireConstabulary) or Twitter (@CambsCops).

The competition will close on 29 October.

Harvest Proceeds

We raised just short of £800 for charity: Food Bank and Barnabas Fund
Big thank you to all who helped in planning the event, serving on the night, donating produce for a fantastic auction, making very generous bids for strangely shaped vegetables.

And Kevin of Bite-Size Catering for donating delicious steak pies, lasagnes and vegetables, and everyone who made the brilliant puddings.

Fun with Words

Fun with words: try your hand at creative writing
Free weekly classes at Madingley Hall in Autumn 2017

If you fancy having fun with words these free courses are for you. It doesn’t
matter if you haven’t written since you were at school or if you’re a secret
scribbler; you can be 19 or 90; we’d love you to join us!

Each of the three courses will run for five weeks, with a weekly class from 10am to noon. They will be led by authors Derek Niemann and Elizabeth Speller.

• Fun with Words 1: Tuesdays, 31 October – 28 November 2017
• Fun with Words 2: Wednesdays, 1 November – 29 November 2017
• Fun with Words 3: Thursdays, 2 November – 7 December 2017

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Coffee Morning Proceeds

A very big thank you to everyone who came to my coffee morning on September 29th for Macmillan when the great sum of £525.65 was raised.

Thanks again Muriel Neal

Fireworks

If you’re having a private fireworks display please be safe and considerate to your neighbours. Letting off loud fireworks can be a disturbance late at night and when they land they may cause damage to your neighbour’s property, or distress their pets / livestock.

Parish Council News October 2017

  • New Clerk – You may already be aware that we have a new Parish Clerk.  Claire Perrott of 13 Cow Lane has taken over from John Garstang.  The Council would like to thank John for all his hard work over the past 8 years and welcomes Claire into the role.

  • Bonfires – The issue of bonfires has been brought to the Parish Council several times this Autumn, with reports of acrid smoke drifting over parts of the village. Please could villagers be aware that burning plastic etc is unneighbourly and could even be against the law

  • Ecops – We are often asked why we never see a PCSO in the village.  There are only 16 PCSOs to cover 105 Parishes and at a recent Police and Crime Commissioner meeting the Council learned that 30% of crime occurs in 3% of the streets.  It is therefore in those places that the PCSOs concentrate their presence.  We are very lucky in Rampton that we do not have any of the 3%.  

If you would like to be kept informed of crimes in the area Parishioners are encouraged to sign up to ecops https://www.ecops.org.uk/

 

  • Infant playground – the Council recognises that the infant playground is looking a bit jaded and would benefit from a new piece of equipment.  We would like to hear from parents of preschool children with ideas of what their small people would enjoy playing on.  We cannot guarantee to fulfil all requests but there are some grants available…

 

 

  • Flytipping – there have been a few recent incidents of flytipping around the village, these have been reported to the County Council and their clean up is in progress. It is worth noting that the two main areas where this occurred are now closed to traffic for the winter period.

 

 

  • Wildflower area – Recently the wildflower area on the recreation ground has become less “wildflower” and more “grass”,  in an attempt to bring back the flowers the council would like to reset and reseed the area and would like to thank all who volunteered and turned up to help clear the area.

 

  • Bulb planting – We would like to thank all the volunteers who gave up a Sunday morning to help brighten up the village by planting another 50 kg of daffodils in the verges around the village, and a further 1500 British Bluebells in the spinney.

 

  • Newsletter editor – Karen Williams has been editing the newsletter for several years and would now like to pass this on.  If you would like to edit the newsletter, we would love to hear from you.

 

If you have any questions or comments about any of these items please contact the Council via

rampton-parish-council@nullgooglegroups.com or by phoning the Clerk on 01954 252641.

Wimpole Walk

The next walk will be on Saturday 21st October and will be led by Jill and Norman Gulliver, the walk will be around Wimpole Hall and Home Farm.

We will meet at Rampton green as usual and then drive to Wimpole, would anybody who has a NT membership card please bring it as one per car is now required for free parking. The walk is five and a half miles but there is a slightly shorter option if preferred. Following the walk we will drive to the ‘Pergola Restaurant’ at the Wheatsheaf pub on the Cambridge road, Harlton for 1pm lunch, non walkers are welcome to join us there. Lunch menu not available at present but  will be circulated nearer the time.

Jill and Norman will require numbers of those walking and/or lunching by the 14th October. Tel 01954 201859 or ngulliver@nullaol.com

Friend’s Wine Tasting

The recent Wine tasting evening was a great success raising £573 for Friends funds after expenses had been paid.

A very big thank to our sponsors and presenters and all who helped make it such a great evening.

Bulb Planting

Bulb planting – once again the Parish Council have purchased some daffodils and bluebells to brighten up the village. If you would like to help plant the bulbs, please come along on Sunday 8th October to the rec or on Sunday 15th October to the Green.

Wine Tasting Evening

This ever popular event will take place on Friday 13th October.

Tickets cost £8 and include wine, bread and cheese. The tickets are available from Jaquie Bland 250986, Graham White 231007, Sylvia Beaumont 252043. If you would be willing to be a sponsor or present a wine please contact Jaquie Bland

Bulb Planting / Raking Volunteers Needed

Wildflower area maintenance – the wildflower area on the recreation ground has now been cut and the clippings need to be raked off. The Parish Council are looking for volunteers to meet at 11am on Sunday 8th October to help with this.

Bulb planting – once again the Parish Council have purchased some daffodils and bluebells to brighten up the village. If you would like to help plant the bulbs, please come along on Sunday 8th October to the rec or on Sunday 15th October to the Green.

Last Night of the Proms

Our recent event, ‘Last Night of the Proms’ was a great success and after expenses we were able to add £723.35 to the Friend’s funds for future maintenance of the Church building. Thank you to all who helped with it and supported the evening. We hope to make it an annual event.

Paper Recycling Update – Caddy Free

From 11 December, residents won’t need to use their caddies to recycle paper anymore.

From that date, residents should place their used paper directly into their blue wheelie bins instead. This used paper will still be recycled after being sorted from other materials at our facility near Waterbeach.

Residents can keep their caddy to use for anything they like. Alternatively, they can be recycled by being dropped off at the nearest household waste recycling centre. They should not be placed into wheelie bins.

The decision to withdraw the paper caddy service was taken at South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet meeting in September. The decision will save taxpayers money and simplify the recycling process for residents.

Summer Fayre

8th July, 2pm on the village green. A traditional village fete with tombolas, raffle, games, stalls, etc. Don’t forget the annual tug-o-war competition, will your team be the next holders of the trophy? The summer fayre relies on volunteers to help set up, take down and run stalls. If you would like to lend a hand on the day call Judy on 01954 250960

Tea club trip to Langham Glass

On July 4th the T club are going to Langham Glass then to Wells returning via coast road .If you would like to go and want more infomation contact Muriel Neal on 01954250714