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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.

77 Committee May Update

Rampton Relay. Thanks to all our helpers and athletes who turned out on a cold and wet afternoon. Despite the weather we had 37 runners of all ages and some impressive times were recorded. Fastest Family: The flying Osbornes 40:46. Fastest Men’s team: Lewis and Mark Wickham (two laps each) 30:05. Fastest Women’s team: Linda Cawley, Helen Boyson, Esmie Allen and Alison Bateson 40:38. Fastest Man:    Alex Hunt 5:53 (single lap). Fastest Woman: Susan Laston 8:52 (single lap). Winners of the Rampton Educational Foundation Shield: Freddie Allen,Oscar Allen, Zeb Moreaux and Ollie Moreaux 43:53. Proceeds to be donated to Milton Children’s Hospice.

Tea on the Green. Sunday 2nd June 3pm Rampton Village Green. A joint effort by the ’77 Committee and the Rampton Fairies. Latest news; we can promise the scones will be homemade! There will be some amusements organised for children and a bring and buy plant stall so you can unload all those tomato plants. 

Rampton Summer Fayre. 13th July from 2pm on the green. A traditional village fete.

Histon Worry Tree Café

The purpose of the Histon  Worry Tree café is to offer a safe,  friendly, non-judgemental space for individuals in our communities who  are suffering a downturn in their mental wellbeing. The café is  available to anyone who may be feeling isolated, lonely or overwhelmed  (perhaps as a sole carer, a single parent, or due to a bereavement) and  to those of us feeling anxious or suffering from low mood or  depression.

You can always expect to get a friendly welcome at the Worry Tree  Cafe.  You can have some refreshments, meet others with similar  experiences, be listened to or just sit in company if you prefer.

There is no requirement to share your story, but we will support you  if you wish to do so. This is a supportive space, but it is not  therapy. If you wish we can signpost you to counselling or other  therapeutic services and talk you through the available options.  We  also hope to be able to hold periodic “information evenings” on  wellbeing topics that are of interest to you.

The Worry Tree Cafe is for anyone over 18 from Histon,  Impington, the surrounding villages and north Cambridge  suffering a  downturn in their mental wellbeing.  We offer a supportive and caring  environment for those in need.

The café will be held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month ’

Reach Walk

The walk will be based at Reach taking in part of Devil’s Dyke and then going on to Swaffam Prior. The walk is about 4.5 miles long with a shorter option available. There will be time to explore Swaffam Prior in particular its two churches. We will return to the pub for lunch and non walkers are welcome to join us there.

We will leave Rampton green at 9.00am and drive to The Dyke’s End pub, 8 Fair Green, Reach CB25 0JD where we can order our food and use the facilities.

The walk will begin at 9.45 from Reach 

If you plan to walk lunch or both please let Colin know before the 11th May

Abbots Ripton Walk

The next walk will  be on Saturday 20th April and will be led by Rob Taylor.

The walk will take place in Monks Wood, near Abbots Ripton. Rampton residents will leave the green at 9.00am. We will all meet in the car park of The Abbots Elm pub, Abbots Ripton PE28 2PD at 9.45 and then drive in convoy to the parking space near the wood. Monks Wood is a 157 hectare National Nature Reserve and at this time of year the bluebells should be out.

We will return to the Abbots Elm for lunch and non walkers are welcome to join us there.

If you plan to walk, lunch or both please let Rob know before Saturday 13th April phone 01954 200437.

Grant Funding for Small and Medium Businesses

Small and medium businesses in Cambridgeshire can access Grant Funding and Free Energy Efficiency reviews, thanks to ERDF funding. 

The Business Energy Efficiency programme can potentially provide grant funding up to a maximum of £20,000, or 25% of project costs, to eligible businesses for energy efficiency improvement measures such as LED lighting, heating, insulation and solar PV. 

The pot of grant funding is limited and businesses are urged to register their interest by 30th June 2019 at  or call 01733 882549 or email

Rampton Townlands’ Charities

I will be retiring as Clerk to the Trustees as from the end of March. I have been in the post since 2006, and I think the time has come for me to step down. I have thoroughly enjoyed the ‘job’ and I would like to thank the Trustees for their help, support and friendship, and I wish them well for the future.

With best wishes Celia Chappell

As the newly appointed Clerk for the Trustees of Rampton Townlands charities, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Celia for her time and support that she has given and wish her well in the future.  On a personal level I look forward to working with the Tustees and can be contacted in writing at 78 King Street Rampton Cambridge CB24 8QD, alternatively by

Angela Steward

Parish Council News


We are pleased that Peter Dunkley has joined as a member of Rampton Parish Council and welcome him. We are still one councillor short so if you feel you could help our village please do contact us.


Please note the following dates for residents and Rampton groups that wish to put forward reports or say how the council can help them or  just have their say about anything that concerns them.

  • Annual Parish Meeting 29th April at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
  • Grant applications from groups should be sent to the Clerk before 20th April.

Tree Warden

We are also looking for someone that is interested in trees, is observant and would like to volunteer to help by being the villages tree warden. No expertise is needed as some basic training will  hopefully be provided. We envisage that trees on RPC maintained land are inspected periodically and after poor weather conditions. We would  also like to thank Gilbert for his services in this role over the last decade or two.

Toddler Play Area

Rampton Parish Council are pleased to announce that the new play equipment has been successfully installed as planned for the youngsters in the village to enjoy now the weather has improved. We would very much appreciate any feedback you would like to give on its impact to local residents and their families. This will help immensely when we report back to the National Lottery Fund, whom we would like to thank for supporting this project.


For further information on these roles and events please contact Claire the Clerk – email or phone 252641.

Rampton Village Hall Quiz Night

7.30pm, Friday, 12th April 2019.

The return of the quiz night you have all been asking for, with quiz master John Bateson and his glamorous assistant !

Teams of up to 6 people.  £2 per head.No need to book, just turn up on the night…please!

Bring your own drink and nibbles and spare cash

Fulbourn Walk

The next walk will be on Saturday 16th March and will be led by Alison Wedgbury.

The walk will start from The Six Bells, Fulbourn and passes through Wilbraham Common and Fulbourn Fen, there will be short and longer options.We will return to The Six Bells for lunch and non walkers are welcome to join us there. 

Rampton residents will leave the green at 9.00am, The walk will begin at 10.00am, the pub will be open for us to order lunch and use the toilets before the walk starts. Lunch is booked for 1.00pm.

If you plan to walk, lunch or both please let Alison know before the 10th March. or 01954 201968

Village Litter Pick – 10th March 2019

The Rampton Spring litter pick is on Sunday 10th March. Meet at 10.30am on the Green. We’ll be out for an hour and a half or so then back to the Village Hall for tea and biscuits. We have litter pickers and high vis tabards, but you’ll want some good gloves and wheelbarrows would be useful. Everybody welcome. Come and join us and make a difference close to home.

Haddenham Walk

The next walk will be on Saturday 16th February and will be led by Jane McCartney.

The walk will start from The Three Kings at Haddenham and is approximately 5miles with a a shorter option available. The walk takes in Haddenham pastures and Wilburton, we will return to the pub for lunch and non walkers are welcome to join us there. Walkers can make their menu choice before the walk when the pub will be open for us. Non walkers will need to arrive by 12.30, lunch is booked for 1.00pm.

Rampton residents will leave the green at 9.00. The walk will begin at 9.45

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Grand Jumble Sale. Saturday 30th March 10am-12 noon. Rampton Village Hall. Entry 30p on the door. Unload those dodgy Christmas presents from last Christmas and start shopping for next (Only 300 shopping days left!). Donations for the sale gratefully received at the Village Hall on the evening of 29th or early on the morning of the 30th.

Rampton Relay. Sunday 7th April, large field by Giant’s Hill. Registration from 2pm. Race commences at 2:30pm. “This is the run which really is fun!” Only one Rampton mile in length our circular course is usually tackled as a four lap relay by teams of four, but individual runners are welcome to join in and run one, two, three or even four laps! Certificates to all runners, medals for notable achievements and the Rampton Educational Foundation Shield is up for grabs by any teams of primary school aged children. (Teams of four £10. Individual Runners £3. All proceeds to local charities).

Tea on the Green. Sunday 2nd June 3pm Rampton Village Green. A joint effort by the ’77 Committee and the Rampton Fairies. A traditional cream tea if you like tradition, and a glass of fizz if you think tradition needs to be picked up and dragged into the 21st century. There will be some amusements organised for children and a bring and buy plant stall so you can unload all those tomato plants.

An evening of music with The Willows

Saturday, 9th March, Rampton Village Hall Doors open 7.15pm for performance at 8pm

Rampton Village Hall are delighted to welcome the Willows back to Rampton. With numerous festival appearances from Cambridge to Glastonbury their new line-up is bursting with vocal and instrumental talent. Stylistically the band continue to take in influences from folk, americana and rock traditions and meld them through their own engaging songwriting. Although it has to be said this line-up and recent album has more power and edge than previously.

Fronted by the distinctive vocals of Jade Rhiannon the band adds Katriona Gilmore (Gilmore & Roberts, The Albion Band) on fiddle to their line-up along with Ben Savage (Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage) on guitar/dobro, Evan Carson (Sam Kelly, Seth Lakeman) on drums/bodhran and Cliff Ward on banjo/guitar.

Cash bar available throughout the evening  

Advance tickets £12, £14 on the door

Rampton Carol Singing

The weather was kind to us on the evening of 20th December as we set off round the village carol singing.  Many thanks to the Black Horse for the mulled wine and mince pies which was the perfect ending to a great evening.

Thank you to all who turned up to sing and to all who gave so generously.  We raised £167.53 for the Children’s Society.

Parish Council – vacancy for two Councillors

  1. There are two vacancies on Rampton Parish Council.
  2. A bye-election to fill the vacancy will be held if within 14 days (not counting a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or Bank Holiday (or a day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning) from the date of posting (20th December) ten electors for Rampton give notice in writing claiming such an election to the Returning Officer
  3. The address for the Returning Officer is: South Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge CB3 6EA
  4. If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

Oakington Rural Travel Hub

The Greater Cambridge Partnership  are inviting comments on the proposed Oakington Rural Travel Hub. The closing date is 7th January 2019.  The form can be completed online at or the parish clerk has a supply of leaflets and comment forms that can be obtained from the porch outside No.13 Cow Lane.

Friends of All Saints Church

A huge thank you to our presenters, sponsors and all that came along and supported the recent wine tasting evening. It was a great success, providing over £900 for our funds after expenses were paid.

Our next event is the Live Tableau outside the Church.

It will be held on the 15th and 16th December.

15th December 5.00 – 7.00pm

16th December 4.30 – 6.30pm followed by the Carol service in the Church.

On both evenings we will be selling mulled wine and mince pies and providing Christmas music.


Winter is upon us and rather than sit at home on your own, why not join a new group being set up to bring together all the “crafty ” people of Rampton?

This will be an informal group, coming together every two weeks (or thereabouts) where you can socialise with friends and neighbours whilst working on your latest project.

Any type of craft is welcome, including (but not limited to) patchwork and quilting, knitting, crochet, feltwork, dressmaking, drawing or anything else you are working on.

The first get together will be on Tuesday 29th January 2019 in the village hall, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

This group will be held on every other Tuesday afternoon, alternating with the over 55’s Tea Club.  Cost will be £3 per person to cover the cost of hiring the hall.  If you are interested, please call either Pat Mansfield (tel: 202650) or Pat Turner (tel: 200438 ) so we can gauge the level of interest

Hornbeam Planted on Rec

On 10/11/18 a Hornbeam tree was planted on the recreation ground to mark the centenary of the end of WW1.

The Hornbeam variety was chosen as it relates to a famous Hornbeam in Delvilles Wood (also known as Devil’s Wood) known as “The Last Tree”.