Lianne Stephenson is one of Littleport’s Extra-Busy Mums

Lianne Stephenson is one of Littleport’s Extra-Busy Mums

Lianne Stephenson is not only a busy full time Mum, but she also runs her own handmade craft business, and is an independent Usborne Books at Home Organiser for children and young people’s publisher Usborne Books. And two days of the week she is in Ely helping at her mum’s very popular Lemon Tree Deli Cafe. And when the lockdown began Lianne also started fundraising for the NHS from sales of crocheted rainbows and hand…

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Remembering the Dead of Littleport

Remembering the Dead of Littleport

Readers of these articles are reminded that these are extracts of research work I did some years ago. The results of the research are available in Littleport Adams Heritage Centre. Anyone may read the research free of charge but there are two conditions: You may not copy any of the material, and you may not remove any material. It cost me a lot of money to visit, and photograph, many of the memorials and headstones…

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The Skaters Sermon

The Skaters Sermon

The Skaters Sermon given by lay preacher, Rhiny Fletcher in 1900 in the Steam Engine Primitive Methodist Church on the Hundred Foot River. Now all of you know me when I spent my Sundays skating instead of preaching, but that was when I worked for the old Devil, But I gave him notice and now I work for another Master, though that doesn’t go to say I never go skating. What I want to tell…

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Littleport Life’s Iris Copsey Remembered

Littleport Life’s Iris Copsey Remembered

Iris Copsey was a dedicated member of Littleport Life magazine for many years. Iris was not only a proofreader, spotting any errors that would otherwise get through to the finished magazine, but a regular editorial contributor and also delivered your finished magazine in all-weathers! In 2015, Iris, a member of Elysian Riding for the Disabled, wrote her personal experience of rescuing a horse and helping disabled riders too. We are reprinting that article as a…

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Christie Hart has designs on tattooing

There are some amazing local youngsters in Littleport. Take 20-year old Christie Hart. Christie didn’t have the best of starts in life when at the age of 17 months she was diagnosed with spinal sclerosis. She underwent operation after operation even having a metal rod fused into her spine. Having overcome all that Christie who has been drawing from the age of 7, has now created an amazing portfolio of her tattoo designs and wants…

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Joanne Coe – Citizen of the Year!

Joanne Coe – Citizen of the Year!

On May 13th tireless founder and organiser of Littleport’s youth initiative ThePort was presented with the accolade ‘Citizen of the Year’ by the Parish Council at its annual general meeting in the Village Hall. Joanne Coe is much admired and loved by all the youngsters that she helps by providing the weekly activities and special events throughout the year. Joanne said “The constant support I have received from the community and particularly from parish councillors…

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New to Littleport New to Littleport Life! – David Barker – your new deputy editor!

New to Littleport New to Littleport Life! – David Barker – your new deputy editor!

It could be thought of as paradoxical that I, a brand-new-comer, and life-long out of towner, should find myself contributing to Littleport Life Magazine. Most believe that it is important to remain open to life’s paradoxes and possibilities. This is definitely a new possibility for me! I’m definitely in a new space, a new place, and I’m loving it. This possibility began to unfold for me a few weeks ago when Lyn Gibb de Swarte,…

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The Rising Sun – Japan revisited

The Rising Sun – Japan revisited

In April 2018 my husband and I visited the country that held my father prisoner of war for 3 years and 6 months. The country today is much different now to how it was then. Ikuno is a small town in the mountains of central Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The main industry was mining, producing silver and copper and during the war it served as a prison camp called Osaka #4. In August 1945 my father…

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Littleport Couple Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage

Littleport Couple Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage

It was a cold morning in Littleport on the 14th March 1959. Patricia Flack, aged 17, from Black Horse Drove was busy preparing for what would be the biggest day of her life. Today she would marry her fiancee of 2 and a half years, Tony Butcher and become Mrs Butcher. Tony who worked in the building trade and trained as a gas fitter met Pat when she was 15 working at the Hope Brothers…

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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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