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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.

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:

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., 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  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: Pauline Brown: 01954 250035 email:

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 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 (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.

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.