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Lyn Guest de Swarte
Roving Reporter
Cathy Gibb
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PE19 8TR
Next closing date
Saturday 18th October 2014
For Decmeber to February isssue



Welcome to this Autumn edition of your Littleport Life Magazine.

We all know that Littleport has so much to offer its residents from the youngest to the oldest – and is a good place to live for its well served pet population too.

Throughout the Summer months the largest village in England has been a hive of activity – not least so for bee keepers Carol Palmer and her husband Stuart. Stuart is best known for call outs of a different kind, in his capacity as the local RAC officer! This emergency call came from Littleport based company M8trix after they discovered the cause of their new boiler’s breakdown! A swarm of over 10,000 bees had decided to move into it and were busy making honey! Without more ado Carol and Stuart drove to the rescue. The bees are now doing well in a proper hive, the couple’s second, and are now making lots more honey.

Charity events are always top priority for the people of Littleport and summer saw plenty of money raised for various causes – including the major 23 mile walk organised by Rev Nick Brown of the local church of the New Spiritualists’ Society and the Stuart Seekings Memorial Charity Football Competition organised by Nathan Mitchell. In fact your ‘roving reporter’ Cathy Gibb and I won a ‘tea for two’ voucher donated by the Hub Tea Rooms of Lynn Road in Ely. We enjoyed having our tea and scones with jam and cream in pleasant old world surroundings – and admired the display of cakes that they make to order from motorbikes with riders to ornately decorated wedding cakes... The run of luck held out and I won a posh umbrella in the Creature Comforts raffle at their fun dog show day in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society!

The fund raising for good causes is a year-round activity in Littleport village. The Littleport Rotary and other organisations as well as private individuals were all busy collecting up cash for the benefit of others too. As well as the Stuart Seekings Memorial football tournament in aid of cancer charities there were lots of other Summer activities on offer at the Leisure Centre – and plenty of places to unwind thereafter either in their bar or at the Ex Servicemen’s Club, The Crown Inn or The Swan on the River, Boswell & Son the bakery and tea shop in Main Street, or just strolling along the riverside. Come to that you might have popped in to the weekend opening of Littleport’s very own Heritage Centre and enjoyed looking at the many historical displays – as well as playing the raffle and eating the old fashioned home- made sweets supplied by ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’ aka Heritage Centre Trustee, Debra Jordan, proprietor of the Copier Warehouse here in Littleport. There are many opportunities to play your part in supporting the enjoyable charitable events planned for this Autumn so check out this quarter’s packed to burstin’ pages of your magazine and don’t forget to cast your eye over our ‘events calendar’ to see all the things that you can join in with.

This issue of your Littleport Life mirrors a little of what living in Littleport is all about. There is a warm welcome awaiting you both in its pages – and from those whose efforts provide all the venues around the village - and all the people who attend these social and sociable gatherings with the friendship that naturally follows on – just as Autumn follows Summer!


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