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.
The 3rd FREE Ramsey community music festival 'CREATE-Fest' was another great success. Over two thousand local people (a quarter of our Big Local Area's population), spent the day together listening and watching community music/dance acts who shared the stage with professionals. Community stalls, bouncy castles and zorbs ensured there was something for everyone. The day would not have been possible without support from local businesses and volunteers from the community including first time volunteers from the new Ramsey Timebank.
In June 2019 Our Bigger Story hosted a 2 day event for all the case study areas. During this time, each of the OBS areas mapped their journey. Here are a few photos.
On the 29th May 2019 Ramsey Million Big Local and Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust welcomed the Big Lunch walkers to Ramsey Library where they chatted about Big Local and joined the Crochet Group making bunting for the big day.
In September 2018 The National Lottery Community Fund invited projects that have received funding through its small grants programme to say what they had achieved and how they would like to develop their project or work further. The National Lottery Community Fund, ITV and STV shortlisted five projects in each region to go forward to the public vote and Ramsey Neighbourhood Trust, the LTO for Ramsey Million was one of these. For more information please the document attached and to download the film showing how they are tackling social isolation, use the link below. https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/connecting-our-community
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 report on transport provision in Ramsey Parish. Key findings pointed to Ramsey’s social isolation, sporadic services, slow journey times and expensive ticket prices. Across services, Ramsey offers less than 25% of bus service levels compared to similar sized towns, and the level of subsidy 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.
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 social isolation, sporadic services, slow journey times and expensive ticket prices. Across services, Ramsey offers less than 25% of bus service levels compared to similar sized towns, and the level of subsidy is much lower. These pictures tell a story of how the Ramsey Million the partnership has worked to keep bus services going - see related post for the full story
This ‘Time for a Change’ event brought together residents, voluntary and community organisations and local authority officers and members who have some connection with Ramsey Million – the Big Local partnership in Ramsey. This is a summary of the discussions.
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.
In July 2018, Ramsey million hosted a celebration event to mark its approximate half way point. This film shows edited highlights from the evening where lots of people reported on the value of Ramsey Million to local projects.
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.
The music festivals organised by Ramsey Million - Big Local continue to be well received. This year we gained funding from the Big lottery Celebrate Fund and encouraged local businesses to sponsor acts. No Big Local funding was needed :-)
The Ramsey Million Partnership were delighted to be presented with an award at the Luminus Housing Association Awards 2017. This was for the positive difference they have made establishing community projects and events.
Ramsey Million is delighted to have been recognised for the second year running by the Cambridgeshire Police & Crime Commissioner for our work engaging young people in to positive activities within their communities.
As with any long term project the make-up of the partnership is constantly changing and new members are always welcome. In the last six months we have gained four new members....
Ramsey Million Partnership evaluate all projects. This film shows a brief snapshot from CRUNCH youth club after one year.
Members of the Ramsey Million partnership discuss their progress towards the four Big Local outcomes and their hopes of leaving a legacy.
The Promoting Ramsey Project is funded through Ramsey Million to encourage local people to understand the history of the area and tourism from visitors, thus encouraging greater footfall in Ramsey. Ann Cuthbert explains what they have been doing.
Ramsey Million has helped fund the Top Secret Project to engage young people in thinking about new opportunities. More information is available in the project guide attached. Two films about the project are also posted.
The Top Secret project involved 40 young people from Ramsey, Sawtry, Alconbury and Huntingdon in a project based in the Alconbury Weald Avionics Building. The project enabled the young to take the lead and participate in creative activities.
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.
A 30 minutes film which shows edited ‘highlights' of a Ramsey Million partnership meeting and in particular the process of reviewing their Community Plan, activities over the last couple of years and progress in meeting the Big Local outcomes.
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.
Local shopkeepers, business owners, residents and council staff talk about the challenges of living in the rural town of Ramsey and the difference that Ramsey Million is making to the town.
This film was shot at our Family Fun Day 2015 which preceded our 3rd annual BOSH (Bring On Summer Holidays) Playscheme for children aged between 5 and 11 years. It was an opportunity for families to meet staff and see what activities were planned.
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.
We wanted to consult with local people about their priorities. We also wanted to bring the artistic community groups together and celebrate the difference Big Local has made - CREATE-Fest 2015 was a culmination of all these things.
We wanted to consult with local people about their priorities. We also wanted to bring the artistic community groups together and celebrate the difference Big Local has made - CREATE-Fest was a culmination of all these things.
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.
This film was made as part of our annual review. We wanted local people to describe the difference Big Local has made to our area.
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.
Setting up the partnership, creating the community plan and promoting Ramsey Million Big Local took just over 2 years. Messengers gathered over 1,000 responses from residents, which fed into the plan, and a local child designed our logo.