Spotlight on the Littleport Society

On Tuesday the 5th of September the Littleport Society celebrated its 30th Anniversary at the monthly open meeting in the Village Hall. Committee member Maureen Scott had baked a splendid cake for the occasion decorated with the Society’s shield logo.

The cake was cut by our new Hon. President, Mr. Chris Jakes, formerly Chief Librarian of the Cambridgeshire Collection at the Cambridge Central Library, and after a piece of cake and a cuppa members and visitors sat down to a concert by the popular singing group Hobson’s Voice, who sang their new rendition of the Littleport anthem “Men Till the Fields of Littleport.”

A recent parcel arrived from one of our members in Canada. It contained two beautiful early 20th century christening gowns that belonged to the Brown family. This donation joins our already large collection of Victorian and Edwardian christening gowns of the Peacock family, which were on display at out recent Heritage Open Event in September.

Our local collection and archive continues to grow as new additions are added every month, giving our archivist, Andrew Martin, a daunting task of cataloguing and indexing the thousands of documents and items of ephemera on all kinds of subject matter relating to Littleport.

He has recently managed to get our roll of celluloid film of Littleport War Week successfully transferred onto DVD which will allow us to show it at one of our future open meetings.

We have a full programme of diverse subjects lined up for our monthly Open Meetings during the coming year, including the story of recorded sound, an illustrated London walk, a performance of Characters of the Cut (canals), and even a Quiz Night. For further details check out our Website, just type in The Littleport Society. All are welcome at our meetings, admission free with refreshments provided.

Since our decision to open our headquarters at The Barn, in the Main Street car park, every Tuesday afternoon between 1.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. we have had many visitors from as far away as the USA, the Channel Islands, and even one lady from Turkey. There is always something on display at The Barn, and our friendly staff are always ready to answer an enquiry, or just show you around, so even if you are not already a member why not check us out and learn more of the activities of the Littleport Society, you may be surprised!

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