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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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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