Church Fete

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

Annual Parish Meeting 2016 – All Saints Church

All Saints Rampton

Review of the year 2015,

including the report of the Fabric, Goods and Ornaments of the church

It has been another good year for us at All Saints’.  At the heart of our life together will always be our worship, which continues in our church on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, whilst on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays we join in with the services at Cottenham church.

Complementing our worship is our social life together, in church activities, events organised by the Friends, and wider village activities.  Our thanks go to Pauline Wayman for another successful lunch to raise funds during Christian Aid Week, at which we welcomed a number of people from Rampton and Cottenham. Our annual Harvest Supper and Auction was another great success, with pies once again kindly donated by Kevin of Bite Size Catering, and Mike once again encouraging strong bidding for a feast of produce.  Sadly we were unable to hold our Summer Fete, but Judi Middleton organised a wonderful cream tea event in its place.  We were delighted that the Friends put on another wonderful live nativity tableau to complement our Christmas services.  Once again it drew visitors from Rampton and surrounding villages.

We were sad to say our farewells to Revd Bridget Baguley as she left us in the New Year to continue her Curacy in Cambridge.

The PCC spends the bulk of its time either maintaining our church building, or organising fund raising events.  We love our historic building, but it does make constant demands for repair and maintenance, which comes at a high cost.  This year we have been pleased to see the completion of the work on the church footpath.  We are grateful to Gail Bull and her wonderful team who have set up the Pounds for the Path group, and whose continuing fundraising efforts have made a wonderful contribution to the cost of the work.  Shona McKay, retired as our Architect this year, having postponed her retirement in order to see through the work on the footpath, for which we are grateful.  The PCC have appointed Nigel Walter of Archangel in Impington as our new architect.  Nigel is highly recommended, and brings considerable expertise and understanding to the role.

As ever we owe a huge debt of thanks to Pauline Wayman, and Michael Hastings who, as our only two elected PCC representatives, have both worked incredibly hard in this year to ensure that our church life continues to flourish.

Alongside them we owe many thanks to:

  • Colin Humphryes, who rings the bells, keep the boiler running, and keeps a weather eye on the building and notify us of any changes or work necessary.
  • The team of church cleaners
  • Pauline and the team of flower arrangers
  • Those who are on the key rota, ensuring that the church is open for visitors
  • Andy Easy, who helps to maintain the churchyard.
  • Alison Bateson and Maureen Brown who play the organ and piano for services.
  • Those who take turns to welcome, to read and lead prayers in services.
  • The Friends group, who continue to work so hard in raising the profile of the church within the village, and of fundraising towards the completion of repairs to the church building.

The life of a church is a team effort, and we are thankful for all who play their part in our team.

Revd Kylie Hodgins

Foodbank Update

Please see post about the Foodbank collection point in Rampton

Alison Wedgebury says “Since we started recording Rampton donations separately, the data show 50kg given (Rampton Tea Club then Rampton Village via the garage).

Under the general heading of All Saints’ Cottenham and Rampton, there are 233kg recorded. So perhaps the Rampton contributions are around 90kg so far?

From now on, it will be easier to keep track of donations direct from Rampton if they all come from the garage collection point. The rule of thumb is that 10kg will feed one person for 3 days.

Thank you to Rampton Motors and all who have contributed! If you have any queries or would like your items collected please contact Judi Middleton on 251607

Rampton Church Path

We hope you are enjoying the new path and improved access to both dog-walking and the village burial ground. We recognise that the cost of the path has caused comment; for many years the state of the path was a serious concern and it had to be repaired before someone had a nasty accident. The PCC is legally bound by three bodies (Canon law of the Church of England, the government and county council planning law) to follow a specified process and carry out the work in a particular fashion. The specification and the pool of contractors available to do the work were beyond our control, as was the requirement to use a CoE-approved architect. All of this contributed to the price we had to pay. 

So how about some good news? In addition to wonderful local support from the ‘Pounds for the Path’ group, we have received a grant of £1000 from the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust AND a grant of £3000 from the Warham Charitable Trust, based in Norfolk. In both cases, external support was dependent on local support – so many thanks to all of you who have helped in so many ways so far. All donations, however small, mean that the bigger ones will follow. We have some way to go to settle the account but prognosis is hopeful.

Mike Hastings, PCC Treasurer, 25 Cow Lane

Pounds for the Path

Our November and December coffee mornings raised a total of £76. Many thanks for your support.

Cake Stall at the Horse Show on Saturday 12 September.

We hope to have cakes, pies, buns, cupcakes, etc. on sale at the Horse Show from about 11am until they’re gone. If you are able to bake something luscious to help us raise money for the church path, please bring along from 10am on Saturday (12th). Alternatively, you can leave with Sylvia (2 High Street) on Friday (11th) between 4pm and 6pm, or before 10am on Saturday (12th) or contact Gail Bull on 251057 to have your goodies collected.

Pave the Path: Fund a Footprint

Mr. Arthur Bonus BEM declared the new path officially open on Sunday 24th May. Thanks to all who turned up to make it a fun event, to the Friends for organising the fizz and juice and to everyone who has generously supported fundraising to date. Alison Wedgbury has posted some photos

We invite everyone who uses the path to contribute to its repaving by Funding a Footprint. We suggest £10 for each human footprint, and £5 for each doggy paw-print? (donations of any size, small or large, are most welcome). If you can Gift Aid that is 25% better. Donations can be made through our Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/rampton or by cash/cheque payable to All Saints’ Church Rampton (to Mike Hastings 25 Cow Lane).

If you would like to organise a fundraising event, or suggest grant making bodies, we would be delighted; contacts Mike Hastings or Kylie Hodgins (250454 or rector@nullallsaintscottenham.org.uk)

Fundraising for Church Path

A small group is meeting on Wednesday 13 May at 8 pm to plan some fundraising for the church path. Not all of us are church members but most do make use of the path occasionally or even frequently! If you would like to come along, please contact Gail at gailbull@nulllive.co.uk or on 251057.

Pave the Path: Fund a Footprint

AT LAST! After 30 years waiting, we are now repairing our decrepit path to the church.  It is regularly used by walkers, visitors to the church and burial ground, dog walkers, and those attending services at All Saints’.  We are thrilled to start, but we face a bill of almost £39,000 (!) (incl. interior electrical work). We will receive help from the Parish Council for the new spur to the burial ground, we have committed all of our reserve funds and secured a £20,000 loan from Cambridge Historic Churches Trust to ease cash flow. But fund-raising now begins in earnest.

We invite everyone who uses the path to contribute to its repaving by Funding a Footprint. We suggest £10 for each human footprint, and £5 for each doggy paw-print? (donations of any size, small or large, are most welcome). If you can Gift Aid that is 25% better. Donations can be made through our Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/rampton or by cash/cheque payable to All Saints’ Church Rampton (to Mike Hastings 25 Cow Lane). If you would like to organise a fundraising event, or suggest grant making bodies, we would be delighted; contacts Mike Hastings or Kylie Hodgins (250454 or rector@nullallsaintscottenham.org.uk)

Friends Coffee Morning

Saturday 29 November 10.30–12.30 in the Village Hall

Coffee, tea, squash, mince pies and shortbread. Cakes and cake stall. And a raffle 😉

Craft tables at £5 can be booked, contact Carol Jackson on 07890 752 082. Local author Karen Williams will be there to sign and sell copies of her children’s book The Dino Cleaning Crew.

Harvest Supper Thanks

Yet again, we enjoyed a fantastic Harvest Supper. We raised over £600 for local and international (children’s) charities. It came together because of wonderful generosity and can-do spirit by innumerable people.

Thanks to all who laid tables, cooked, provided produce for auction, made bids (world record for lemon curd broken), washed up, cleared the room, and generally did stuff. Hats off to Kevin at Bite Size Catering for making and donating the pies and lasagne.

Summer Concert at All Saints’ Church Rampton

Friday 21st June at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £6 at the door. Come along for a delightful evening of light classical favourites performed by Dr Gordon Hewlett and friends. Refreshments will be served at the interval.

A Special Christmas Event

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!

Friend’s of All Saint’s Church

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!

Christmas Coffee Morning

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

Wine Tasting Evening

Village Hall. Tickets (£7) available soon for this popular event. Over the course of the evening we will sample eight different wines with a break for cheese and bread half way through. We are currently looking for local companies/sponsors to subsidise the cost of the wine. Contact Jacquie Bland on 250986 if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.