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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

77 Committee Feb 2018

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”.

Carol Singing

We will be carol singing round the village in aid of The Children’s Society on Thursday, 20th December.  Meet on the Green at 6.30pm. We will finish in the pub around 8pm or earlier if cold/wet/snowy. Touches and hi-viz recommended. Words will be supplied. 

British Legion pub quiz

I would like to say a big thank you to all those who came to the pub quiz on 13th November and also thank you to the pub for allowing us to use it as a venue. The quiz was a great success with 9 teams and raised £120 for the Royal British Legion.

Linda Cawley

Over 60’s Dinner and Show 26 Jan 2019.

The annual dinner will take place on Saturday 26th January, the dinner is followed by the Rampton Review (oh yes it is!). Seating space in the hall is limited which is why we have to restrict invitations to those over the age of 60 and their partner. Invitations will be sent out during the first two weeks of December. If you don’t receive an invitation and would like to come please contact Jon White: 01954 201489 so we can add you to our list. 

Inconsiderate parking

A plea to avoid parking on pavements in the village. The Highway Code states the following: Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.

The Homecoming – Armistice Centenary

Thank you to all those who joined in, or helped in any way, with the Homecoming events over Armistice weekend. We are grateful to our sponsors Kevin Bell (OddJobs247), FINK Developments, Leeway Building Services, Nick Parker and Greg Blunt and particularly grateful to RampArts for the group art projects, Kevin Bell for building the Homecoming soldiers and students from the Centre School for painting them.  Rampton welcomed our boys home. A total of £211 was raised for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Madingley Walk

Saturday 15th December)
The December walk will start from the Madingley Road Park & Ride free Car Park at 9.30 (park at the back of the car park). The route will pass through Eddington (the new University development between Madingley Road and Huntingdon Road), skirt round Girton College, and then head to the American Cemetery at Madingley.  The route returns to the starting point via Coton.  It is a circular walk of about 5.5 miles. If anyone feels this is too much for them, there are buses that run from the American Cemetary back to the Park & Ride site, or if you let us know, you can loiter in the American Cemetery visitor centre or chapel and we can collect you and return you to the P&R site after the walk.

As it’s the December walk, no pub arranged, but the end point provides access into Cambridge.

Leave Rampton Green at 9 as usual.