Littleport Band is steeped in history

Littleport Band is steeped in history

Bill Sharpe, who along with his supportive wife Joan, and their companionable dog Billy, was relaxing in their cosy Littleport home, when I visited. In the course of conversation, talking about his involvement with the Littleport Brass Band, I asked him how he got into music, and who influenced him? His father Sidney, whose nickname was Sam, was an excellent tuba player who worked for the Metropolitan Police force in London and also played for…

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Citizen of the Year – Maureen Scott

Citizen of the Year – Maureen Scott

Littleport’s very own Maureen Scott, who is a busy archivist for the Littleport Society, and can be found every Tuesday afternoon ready to show interested visitors around all its amazing historical gems, upstairs at the Parish Council’s ‘The Barn’ offices, at the back of the car park in Main Street, could not understand why she had received the Citizen of the Year award, writes Cathy Gibb-de Swarte. “When I received the letter I just put…

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Book Competition Winner!

Book Competition Winner!

We ran a competition to win the riveting book written by Littleport man John M. Taylor, and signed by him, entitled, I Will Find You. It’s a thrilling story based on truth. and totally compelling. Mystery and intrigue in the old school, starts here in a place that has another name but is obviously Littleport,- and moves across to Australia. And back. Our hero, Robbie Spalding, is a Barnado’s boy. From the children’s home in…

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Zumba Down Black Horse Drove!

Zumba Down Black Horse Drove!

Russ Welch is running the new Zumba class on the Drove, and is keen to let everyone know about the class and a bit about himself, writes Joy Tod. The class is open to absolutely everyone regardless of age or ability or fitness level. They have fun. It’s on a Thursday evening 7- 8pm in our Community Centre, and it’s £5 a week. These first few weeks have been popular so there might be the…

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Spotlight on the Littleport Society

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…

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Sue Sollinger tells Littleport Life how she became a Yoga teacher

Sue Sollinger tells Littleport Life how she became a Yoga teacher

“I decided at the age of 40 to change direction in my working career after being divorced and becoming a single parent to my two boys. I needed something that would fit in with the school time table and also help pay the bills. I had always enjoyed sport and fitness classes at various health clubs around the country, so I decided to take the RSA Exercise to Music, Step Reebok and Advance Study in…

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Remembering Bill Sharp’s Uncles – 100 years after Passchendaele

Remembering Bill Sharp’s Uncles – 100 years after Passchendaele

Bill and Joan Sharp with family; children Beverley &husband John, son Graham, son Simon & wife Sharon, grandchildren, Adrian Harley, Liam, granddaughter Eleanor & Luke, her partner, & Natalie. Bill Sharp’s full name is William Cecil Sharp. Well, what of it you may ask. Bill’s mother’s maiden name was Susan Harley – and both her brothers, William and Cecil Harley, were killed in 1917, fighting for their country in the first world war. They were…

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‘I Will Find You’ – a book by local author, John Taylor (A jolly good read!)

‘I Will Find You’ – a book by local author, John Taylor (A jolly good read!)

‘I Will Find You’, is a tale of mystery and intrigue which starts in wartime Fenland near Ely and then moves halfway across the globe to Australia. John Taylor’s story is colourful, poignant and moving as it charts the journey of young Robbie Spalding and his path from a Dr Barnardo’s Home in Cambridge to a new life on the other side of the world. Robbie becomes Nick Thorne and this account of his arrival…

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UFO Group contact in Littleport

UFO Group contact in Littleport

Local UFO expert Tony Buckingham, who leads the East Anglia UFO Group, was interviewed by breakfast presenters Dave and Heidi on Heart Radio in the spring. Tony was asked if he had ever seen a UFO, an Unidentified Flying Object himself, and he gave a fascinating account of his close-up sighting in the early 1970s near Littleport. The East Anglia UFO group holds monthly meetings in Newmarket on the third Monday evening of every month….

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Tales of long ago in the Fens

Tales of long ago in the Fens

This is a true story of a little girl who grew up in the Fens. When she was born she lived briefly with her mother and grandparents. Their home was a house near the railway line, near Downham Market on the border of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. When she was 2 years old went to permanently live with her aunt and uncle who had just got married and had no children. They lived at the side…

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