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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End of an Era

End of an Era

It was the end of an era for Littleport as we know it, when The Old Butcher’s Shop Café in Station Road, finally closed its doors on December 8th 2016. Before that, the actual butcher’s shop in Main Street had shut due to its proprietor’s retirement. Those two establishments that served Littleport so well, had been owned and run by that popular and hard-working couple, Andrew and Jenny Binks I caught up with them at…

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Spotlight on Costumiere Sheila Goodall

Spotlight on Costumiere Sheila Goodall

Mention The Littleport Players and instantly you come up with names like actors George Harrison, Megan Bidecant, Becky Green, Chelsea Booth, Nikki Dyer, and Director and Make-up Artist Karen Booth. They are all superb entertainers and creators in their own right, and come this April they will know if they have won any of the three NODA awards for which they have been them nominated, their quite outstanding 2016 summer musical, Avenue Q, which saw…

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Spring Forward in 2017 with the WI

Spring Forward in 2017 with the WI

The WI held its AGM in November 2016. After the annual report and treasurers report for the year ending 2016, the vote was taken for the coming year’s committee. The president and secretary wished to retire, and so this was attended to first, although they were both willing to remain on the committee. The new president was then voted in. Rosemary Coleman is now president and Linda Whytock is the new secretary. Ms G Crawford…

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Remembering Maureen Cox

Remembering Maureen Cox

8th February 1943 – 19th September 2016 Littleport lost a popular and well-known member of its community in September. Maureen Cox, much loved mother of Darren and Sam, and beloved wife of District and Parish Councillor Paul Cox, passed away after a short illness bravely born. Maureen came to live in Littleport from Southery on her marriage to Paul, and soon afterwards they built the house they have lived in ever since. When their children…

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Martin School Reunion 50 years on

Martin School Reunion 50 years on

We held a school reunion on Saturday June 18 2016 at the Royal British Legion, Littleport. (The Ex-Servicemen’s Club) Having had a reunion for the class of ‘66 in 2001 we decided to this time extend the invite to other years either side of ours. There was a very good response and former pupils of the Martin School took great delight in meeting each other and meeting three of their teachers. Mr Harrold Partridge who…

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The Flower Arranging Club

The Flower Arranging Club

Our Meeting in October commenced with a tribute and one minute silence for our great friend and member, Maureen Cox, who died after a very short illness. Maureen will be greatly missed by all of her friends and members of the club. A great lady with a big heart and always willing to help. Barbara Collins was our demonstrator that evening. Barbara has visited us many times, and each time we enjoy her displays and…

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