Ten years ago, two friends had a discussion about life in Rampton village and how it could be enhanced to foster friendship and fellowship. Out of this discussion grew an idea — to use the village hall and encourage people to come and join in with whatever was going to happen. C & T was born.
Like all newborns, it was raw, it was inexperienced, it was exciting. People came, some to see what was going on, some to support and some because, like the two friends, they also cared about the start of a venture which would be a valuable asset for Rampton village. The Coffee & Tea were very popular — freshly made and served with homemade cakes and scones. It became the place to go. Chat & Talk — soon the word spread — no-one was refused entry, no-one had to sign any registration forms, no-one had to spend more than the minimum for a drink and a chat. No age limits, no gender issues, all were welcomed and still are by the dedicated team of four volunteers.
The aim of C & T is to give friendship a helping hand. Loneliness can be a huge demon for some folk but once they have walked through the door, they will find people — they are not alone. Parents, young mums and dads and childminders with children under the age of three come along to C & T and meet other young mums and dads and can find someone to talk to whilst the little ones play with the toys. Older children come to join in during school holidays. “Where can you take relatives and friends when they come to visit? C & T in the Village Hall”.
Changes have occurred in the ten years, but the organisers still have the same enthusiasm to make C & T continue to provide a community facility which is unique in the rural area we live in. Villagers around Rampton join us and spread the word about C & T.
You and your friends will always be welcomed at Rampton Village Hall on Monday and Tuesday mornings between 10.00am and 12.00pm so come and join Janet, Jean, Margaret and John and enable C & T to continue hopefully for the next ten years.
Rampton Primary School is delighted to announce it has bagged £4,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help community grant scheme. The money will enable the school to transform an unloved area of the playground into a vibrant outdoor classroom play space for the youngest members of the school community. Thank you to everyone who supported the school throughout the scheme.