Welcome to the Ramsey 'Our Bigger Story' website. This is part of the multi media evaluation of 15 Big Local areas in England. The website is an opportunity to follow what is changing in Ramsey as a result of Big Local over a ten year period.
The aim of the website is to share the learning from everything that is happening in Ramsey with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers.
Public transport is a major challenge for residents in rural Ramsey. The Big local Partnership worked with Town, District and County Councillors to collect over 1,000 signatures on a petition to Cambridgeshire County Council, and contracted a specialist to produce a report about transport provision in Ramsey Parish. Key findings pointed to Ramsey’s economic weakness and social isolation, sporadic services, slow journey times, disjointed planning and integration and expensive ticket prices. Across peak, day time and weekend services, Ramsey offers less than 25% of bus service levels compared to similar sized towns, and the level of subsidy of current routes is much lower. This article from the Ramsey Million newsletter shows how the partnership has worked to keep bus services going, and the national media coverage they have received.
Ramsey Million has created a photo book to document its first five years. this booklet is a summarised version of the book, illustrating through pictures what they have achieved so far.
We’re really excited to reveal our provisional plans for an extension to Ramsey Cricket Club for general community use. After 3 years of extensive research, consultation and audit of all the available community buildings in Ramsey we are delighted to report that Ramsey Million, Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust and Ramsey Cricket Club are working together with the aim of making this building a reality.
Alconbury Weald is an extensive development approx. 10miles from Ramsey. On this 1,420 acre site around 8,000 jobs will be created; 5,000 homes; 700 acres of green open space and a range of transport, energy and community the next 20 years. Ramsey Million feel it is important to create links with this project to be able to offer employment and training opportunities for our residents and young people. With this in mind Ramsey Million contributed £4,000 towards the Top Secret Project.
In this presentation from the London Big Local Spring Event in London (April 2016), members of Ramsey Millions describe their approach to involving young people in Big Local and the work of the CRUNCH Youth Club.
Maurice Kendrick tells the story of how he has set up a community newspaper with the support of UnLtd and Ramsey Million, and the difference it has made to him and the people of Ramsey.
On the 1st anniversary of Big Local spending in Ramey Parish we wanted to celebrate with our community the difference the project had made to local people. Debbie Ladds, Chief Executive of Local Trust wrote this blog about the event.
This booklet was circulated to all the residents in Ramsey Parish to publicise the CREATE project. Local people were encouraged to try new activities, attend clubs and CREATE-Fest.
Toddler Time sprang from a pilot project to see if there was a need for soft play in the area. The pilot was so successful that a group of parents decided to keep it going. Sustainability is achieved by a small entrance fee and selling refreshments.