How King Canute came to stay in Littleport!

How King Canute came to stay in Littleport!

Told by Roger Rudderham The fame of Ely spread in the middle ages due to the shrine of St. Ethelreda and the miracles that were attributed to her. Ely Abbey was even patronised by King Canute and Queen Emma, who particularly enjoyed the singing of the choir and always visited the abbey for the Feast of Purification. The third Abbot, appointed in 1019, was Leofwine, but unlike his predecessors, who according to the Liber Eliensis…

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Dancing in the streets of Littleport

Dancing in the streets of Littleport

On a dull, cold January afternoon the Mepal Molly Men returned to Littleport after nearly 20 years to celebrate Plough Monday. This is the day farm workers returned to their work after the Christmas and New Year holidays. Often the land was frozen or water logged and unable to work, short of money, the labourers would dance or push a plough around the town to cadge money or gifts from the wealthier members of the…

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The Rescue Pony: Gingerbread’s Story

The Rescue Pony: Gingerbread’s Story

Unlike Anna Sewell, who wrote Black Beauty, I do not know the early days of Gingerbread. She came into my life one hot, dusty August, after a friend had told me how, while he waited for the London train, he gave his lunch to a thin little chestnut pony living by the railway station, that always seemed hungry. I decided to investigate and found a small, bony but very pretty 10 hand chestnut mare in…

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The Lee Family of Littleport

The Lee Family of Littleport

Here we bring you a tale of one family’s life and times during the 20th Century…Elaine Lee tells us this is In Memory of Jack Lee, General Builder, Station Road, Littleport It was February 28th 1912 when Nellie Lee gave birth to her sixth child, a boy they named Jack. The labour was long and the birth difficult, and Susie who was 13 was running in and out of the room obeying orders given by…

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A Letter from Ollie

A Letter from Ollie

Hello everyone – do you remember my last letter to Littleport Life? I’m the rather handsome black Labrador who wears a purple coat and I’ve come to live in the centre of Littleport with my ‘partner’ Ruth. I’m a Canine Partner who was specially trained to help Ruth live an independent life. She tells me I’m very clever as I load the washing machine and help her shop at the supermarket. We’ve been together for…

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Littleport History

Littleport History

First published 25 years ago – this article by Maureen Fresco is as interesting now as it was then! Everyone in the Fens knows Littleport; they had riots there didn’t they? Yes, as far back as the 13th century the people had rioted against the threatened drainage of the Fens when they thought that their livelihood was threatened, but the Littleport Riots of 1816 was an entirely different thing. Farm workers and men returning home…

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Brian Hayes Citizen of the Year!

Brian Hayes  Citizen of the Year!

At the open public meeting of the new Parish Council, Councillor (retired) Brian Hayes was presented with the Citizen of the Year Award. Brian, who has now retired having served the people of Littleport so well for 20 years, was delighted to receive his certificate. He had already made a speech that touched many with its sincerity and it was obviously a very popular decision to award this tireless worker for others with Littleport Parish…

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Littleport WI Update

Littleport WI Update

At the October meeting we had a Manager from Sainsbury’s Supermarket who gave a very interesting talk covering a wide area of how the stores are run, products etc, and how very pleased the company was to now have a store in Ely. Many questions were asked and answered and sample of bread and cheese from their selection were tasted and enjoyed. In November we enjoyed our Pudding Night where members brought their favourite puddings…

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Meet the Master of Ghost Story-telling

Meet the Master of Ghost Story-telling

Robert Lloyd Parry, local actor and founder of the Nunkie Theatre Company, will be visiting Littleport Library to present his thrilling one-man show which brings to life the spine-chilling ghost stories of M R James. The performance will take place on Friday 20th March between 7:30-9:30pm (including interval) in an appropriately atmospheric venue; the Victorian building that houses Littleport’s Public Library. This is the first event in Littleport’s Arts Alive in Libraries programme, an Arts…

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Spring on the Drove 1965

Spring on the Drove 1965

An excerpt from Mrs. E. James’ record of life on the Drove in 1965 On May-Day 1951, the custom of ‘May-singing’ was revived for Festival of Britain Year. In 1965 the Littleport Gazette reported: “In accordance with the custom revived in Black Horse Drove fifteen years ago, children of the Coronation School toured the village with their ‘May Queen’, singing traditional songs.” The ‘Queen’ in her flower-be-decked coach was borne by Hilary Langley and Ann…

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