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Brooks Williams: November 23rd, 2019 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome Brooks Williams back to Rampton again for a “home” gig.  Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, Brooks is a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” Brooks’ music is a mix of country-blues and soulful Americana.  His massive repertoire spans classic roots and blues and he has worked stages worldwide for close to thirty years, touring constantly in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Just when you think he can’t sing a blues-ier note, he sings it. Just when you think he can’t strum a deeper groove, he strums it. 

Cash Bar available throughout the evening.

Join us for a fabulous evening with an amazing musician.

Advance tickets: £10 (£12 on the door). This event is always really popular and often sells out well in advance – book tickets early to avoid disappointment from http://www.ramptonvillagehall.co.uk/

Help for Low Income Households

The Rampton Townlands’ Charities are able to give financial help if you and family are on a low income.Firstly they can helps towards food, clothing, bedding, fuel and/or equipment for work. Secondly they can help young people, up to the age of 22, with educational items such as school/college equipment, trips, special clothing.Please note that contributions can only be for one off items.  We are not able to contribute to ongoing expenses. 

The Trustees have their next meeting in October.  Should you wish to apply please contact in total confidence before 10th October either Revd Lynda Davies

Rector of Cottenham with Rampton

The Rectory, 6 High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8SA

01954 583651

revlyndadavies559@nullgmail.com

(Day off Monday)

Harvest Supper

Rampton’s annual Harvest Supper will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 19 October. The usual menu of delicious steak pie followed by scrumptious home made puddings will be available.  We will also have Bean Chasseur (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free) – please state your choice when booking your ticket.

The evening rounds off with our highly entertaining Auction of Produce.   If you have any items for the produce auction (fruit, vegetables, baking, preserves, flowers …even tinned goods) please bring them to Rampton Village Hall on Saturday 19th.  All profits will be donated to charity.

Doors open at 6.30 p.m. for 7.00 p.m.     Please bring your own cutlery, drinks and glasses.

Tickets ( Adult £8, child £5) can be bought from the village hall website www.ramptonvillagehall.co.uk

Thank you For Helping after Accident

Thank you from an injured cyclist to a couple, they think lives in Rampton and drive a red Audi , who stopped and stayed to help in a bike accident in August on the A1123 between St Ives and Bluntisham.

The cyclist would like to reassure the couple that helped that they have no lasting injuries.

Bonfires

The air in Rampton fills with bonfire smoke fairly regularly. For anyone in the village who burns bonfires, please consider how if affects others. It’s not just the smell, or having to do the washing again. For those of us with asthma, or who have asthmatic children, it’s a really serious issue. Bonfire smoke in the air can trigger asthma attacks. Having to rush around shutting windows before the smoke gets in the house is a pain, but in the warmer months it can be unbearable to have no ventilation, especially if the smoke has already got in.

This is even worse if it’s when children are trying to go to sleep in the early evening, and especially if they are the ones with asthma. Milton recycling centre is about 15 minutes away. Please, please, consider your neighbours when you have garden waste to get rid of, and avoid a bonfire if you can.

Thank you very much, a Rampton resident.

Found Cat – Male Tabby

Has anyone lost a cat? We are trying to find the owners of a lovely 
stray tabby neutered male cat. Age approximately 4 years. No chip. Call 
Rachel 07713475050

Forever Active – Strength and Balance Exercise Class for over 50s

This friendly class is a mixture of seated and standing exercises designed to increase muscle strength, balance, suppleness and mobility. 

We currently run two sessions on Mondays at Rampton village hall, at 10am and 11.15 am. 

There are spaces available in the 11.15am class or you could join a waiting list for the earlier class.

For further information and to book a free taster session, contact Hannah Black on 07969355782

Colne Walk

The next walk will be on Saturday 20th July and be led by Norman and Gill Gulliver. The walk will begin from the car park of ‘The Green Man’ Colne PE28 3LZ (near Bluntisham). It is approx. 5 miles with a shorter option available.

Rampton residents will leave the green at 9.00am and the walk will begin from Colne at 9.30. The longer walk includes a short session ‘off piste’ with no official footpath, this includes crossing 2 dry ditches!!

We will return to the pub at 12.30 to order our meal and plan to eat at 13.00. Non walkers please arrive by 12.30. The menu is changed on Saturdays so they do not accept pre booking. If you plan to walk, lunch or both please let Gill or Norman know by July 13th.

ngulliver@nullaol.com

Rampton Townlands Charity Clerk Needed

The Charity is looking for someone to take over the Clerk’s position.  The income comes from the rent received from a 12 acre field down Reynolds Drove. The land was donated to the village in 1926 and has given grants over the years to parishioners who need financial help and to contribute to educational activities of people under the age to 22.

The Charity meets three times a year. The Clerk’s role involves taking the Minutes at the meetings, receiving requests for grants and issuing the payments when awarded by the Trustees. A small financial remuneration is provided.

If you have any questions or would like to be considered for the position please contact Alison Bateson (Trustee) on 01954 208045 or email: alisonjbateson@nullgmail.com

Update on Reynolds Drove

The work that was originally scheduled to start on 17th June has now been delayed until “September” – the reasons given by CCC are   it’s not the best time of year for the farmers to have works happening during harvest-time; and Skanska have altered their programme of similar work.

The plan is to upgrade the current drove to a first class cycle and pedestrian facility and is expected to take 8 weeks.

Fairy Bingo

Come and join us for Bingo on Friday 05th July.

7.30, eyes down at 8pm.
£8 for 10 games. Extra games £1 each.

Bring your own drinks and snacks. Bingo prizes, Tombola, Teas and Coffees available.

We recommend you reserve a place/table as space is limited.

ramptonfairies@nullgmail.com, Greta 01954 252230, Karen 01954 205093

Rampton Action Group – All Saint’s Church

Dear Residents of Rampton,

I am sure we all agree that All Saints’ Church is a much-valued part of village life.  With the formation of the new parish of Cottenham with Rampton in June last year, it became a Chapel-of-Ease, often called a Festival Church.  This means it continues as a place of worship for all Anglican religious services, but is no longer a Parish Church, obliged to hold regular Communion services.  That role is filled by All Saints’ Cottenham, which is now the Parish Church for both villages.   

As an historic building, All Saints’ Church Rampton needs lots of TLC to keep it in good repair.  To oversee that, the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of Cottenham with Rampton set up ‘Rampton Action Group (RAG)’, the members of which are Rev. Lynda Davies (ex officio Chair), Alison Dickens (Vice-Chair), Michael Hastings (Correspondence Secretary and Treasurer), Judi Middleton (Meeting Secretary), Gavin Cameron, Colin Humphryes and Alison Wedgbury.  

RAG is here to ensure that the church building receives its day-to-day care.  We shall also oversee, on behalf of the PCC, future large-scale repairs and refurbishment by applying for grants, working with architects, local councils, contractors and residents.  We shall make sure the building stays in good condition for future generations, and is available for the spiritual and secular life of Rampton.  

To do so requires some modest funding.  We need £2,400 annually to cover insurance, heating, miscellaneous building maintenance etc.  To cover these essential costs, we would love to recruit 20 regular supporters prepared to donate £10 per month.  Would you be prepared to support All Saints’ in this way: keeping it clean, flowered, open for all, dry, warm(ish) and available for concerts, events and services?  If so, a simple standing order payable to All Saints’ Rampton, Lloyds Bank, Sort Code: 30-91-56, Account Number 03875538 would do the job! If you are willing to Gift Aid your donation, it would be boosted further by 25%.  Mike Hastings (25 Cow Lane, 07739518070) can provide further details. We’d love to have you on board!

RAG June 2019

Rampton goes to the Saside – Saturday 17 August

We still have a few seats available for the Wells-next-the-Sea day trip. The coach will depart from Rampton Green at 09:00 and will leave Wells at 17.00.  This is a cost-covering social venture and any surplus will be donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK. Tickets: £10 for adults, £5 children (under 16. Under 3s are free if not taking up a seat) from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/mmgramptonevents/t-gevrdg  or call Jane on 01954 204237. 

Tea on the Green at Cottenham Friday 21 June 2:30 – 4:30

Fen Edge Festival Friday 21 June 2019 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Cottenham Day Centre invite Fen Edge residents of pensionable age to a free event on Cottenham Green. We will be providing a free afternoon tea, including sandwiches, cakes, scones and liquid refreshments.
Chat to friends, old and new, and win a prize in our Quiz, and in our Bingo with a top prize of £50 (there is a small charge for Bingo).

FREE transport can be arranged if required but booking is essential. To reserve transport or for more information please contact Maire Collins: tel: 01954 200873 email: chair@nullcottenhamdaycentre.co.uk Pauline Brown: 01954 250035 email: secretary@nullcottenhamdaycentre.co.uk

Kindly sponsored by Excelcare: FitzWilliam House Care Home rated Outstanding April 2019 (CQC)

Maire Collins: Chair of Cottenham Day Centre

Cottenham Day Centre

Cottenham Day Centre provides facilities for recreation and social activities, with the object of improving the quality of life for people who have reached pensionable age. We organise and/or receive suggestions as to activities both indoor and outdoor for the benefit of the Centre’s members. We also provide meals and refreshments for members, as well as proving transport to and from the Centre for those in need.

Rampton residents are eligible to attend the Day Centre in Cottenham. If you are interested please contact the Rampton Parish Clerk who will put you in touch with the Day Centre Organisers.

Caxton Walk

The next walk will be on Saturday 15th June and will be led by Sylvia Beaumont. The walk will begin from the car park of the Thai restaurant in Caxton called ‘Number 77’ at 79 Ermine Street, Caxton CB23 3PQ. It will be approx. 5 miles with a shorter option available.

Rampton residents will leave the green at 9.00am and the walk will begin from Caxton at 9.30, it will take in part of the Cambourne nature reserve and Caxton moats. We will return to the restaurant for lunch where non walkers are welcome to join us, the menu is on line. It will depend on how many of us are having lunch to whether we will need to pre order.

If you plan to walk, lunch or both please let Sylvia know before the 8th June.

Fen Edge Archaeology Group talk

Friday 14 June, 7.30pm at Rampton Village Hall

‘Sites in a landscape: ongoing investigations at Northstowe’ by Alison Dickens

 Alison Dickens will talk about the excavations prior to the development of Northstowe, updating us on the findings since her talk in March 2017. Alison is a senior manager at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and has been investigating the archaeology of Cambridgeshire for over 25 years. She lives in Rampton.

Also see the FEAG blog https://feagblog.wordpress.com/and look for us on Facebook.

Rampton goes to the Seaside – Saturday 17 August

After the fun of 2018’s Hunstanton trip Louise Adams, our very own Rampton bus driver, has hired a coach to take us to Wells-next-the Sea.  Have a great day with friends and neighbours or enjoy time alone as you wish. The coach will depart from Rampton Green at 09:00 and will leave Wells at 17.00.  This is a cost-covering social venture and any surplus will be donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK. Tickets: £10 for adults, £5 children (under 16. Under 3s are free if not taking up a seat) from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/mmgramptonevents/t-gevrdg (plus booking fee) or call Jane on 01954 204237. 

Reynolds Drove Upgrade

Cambridgeshire County Council are progressing with the upgrade of Reynolds Drove as part of the Cambridge Greenways project.

The upgrade will also include a small section of Cuckoo Lane and will provide a high quality route for cyclists and pedestrians to access the Busway and hence Cambridge or St Ives (and Fen Drayton Lakes).

The work is currently scheduled to begin on 17th June and is expected to last for approximately eight weeks.

Friends Update May 2019

Summer Concert

A concert will take place in All Saints Church on Saturday 6th July, the children from Cottenham’s fabulous choir TyrannoChorus will perform the first half and the second half will be by the Oakington Singers. Tickets at £5 will be for sale before the event and on the door. Wine will be for sale at he interval.

 A  Wine (champagne and sparkling wine) Tasting Evening

This is an opportunity for you to sample a wide variety of sparkling wines and champagnes from £10 to  £44 per bottle.

It will take place at 5 King Street on Friday 26th July., very limited numbers. Tickets will be for sale before the event at £20.

 Last Night of the Proms

Shown live from The Royal Albert Hall in the village hall following a buffet meal and a short performance by local musicians on Saturday 14th September, there will be a cash bar all evening. Tickets for sale before the event.

 Annual Wine Tasting Evening

This ever popular evening will take place in the village hall on Friday 8th November.

Tickets for all events will be available from committee members during the month before each event.