We pick up events in 1915…

We pick up events in 1915…

Here is a continuation from the summer edition of Littleport Life focusing on men from Littleport who died in the Great War. By now the war had descended into stalemate with trench lines developing on both sides and stretching from the Belgian coast near Ostend to the Swiss border at Belfort. The trenches were far from complete and both sides continued to make attacks in an effort to break the stalemate. The first British offensive…

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Black Horse Drove Phone Box Transforms!

Black Horse Drove Phone Box Transforms!

It was a couple of years ago that the Committee of the Black Horse Drove Community Centre was informed that the East Cambs District Council had provided a Rural Settlement Grant to the hamlet. Discussions were held to try to decide how best to benefit the Community from the available funds and it was decided to convert the old telephone box into a lending library. BT produced 8 different styles of the traditional red phone…

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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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Spotlight on the Littleport Society

Spotlight on the Littleport Society

In a work written in 1180 by a certain William FitzStephen, a clerk to the Archbishop of Canterbury, is the following passage: “When the great Fenne or moore is frozen, many people play upon the ice; some stryding as wide as they may; some do slide swiftly; some tye bones to their feet and under their heels and shoving themselves by a little staff do slide as swiftly as a bird flyeth in the air…

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A Dispatch from the Royal British Legion Battle’s Over

A Dispatch from the Royal British Legion Battle’s Over

In August 1914 the then Foreign Secretary made the statement ‘The lights are going out all over Europe. We won’t see them lit again in our time!’ In 2014 the Littleport Branch of the Royal British Legion held a candlelit vigil to commemorate the centenary of the last hour of peace. This year, on Remembrance Sunday, we are holding a second event to commemorate ‘Battle’s Over.’ Battle’s Over is a national event during which beacons…

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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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Spotlight on the Littleport Society

Spotlight on the Littleport Society

For many years the Littleport Society has taken part in the Royal British Legion’s Remembrance Day ceremony. This year committee member Fiona Gilbert laid the Society’s wreath on the War memorial. Whilst it is important that we remember those whose lives’ were sacrificed in the terrible conflicts of the two world wars, and the other conflicts of the later 20th century, it is not readily known that Littleport men have fought in many previous wars,…

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Shops Swap around in Littleport!

Shops Swap around in Littleport!

There’s been some shop swapping in Littleport to good effect! I thought why not take a glance at how some of our modern shops have come to be where they are! For instance, The Old Butcher’s Shop Café on the corner of White Hart Lane and Station Road, became the Bijou Kitchen run by the owner of Wok This Way, after its proprietors retired. Many a cooked breakfast is still enjoyed there though! In Main…

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Littleport Town Football Club – History at first-hand!

Littleport Town Football Club – History at first-hand!

Bev Scott shares his memories… There is nothing older footballers like more than reminiscing. Especially when browsing battered old footie photo-filled scrapbooks littered with unflattering pictures, where shorts looked ridiculously short, and football boots were plain, practical, considered suitable for purpose, and boring by today’s standards. Unless you wore those awful all white Alan Ball boots just to be different like me! Writes Cathy Gibb-de Swarte. With an age gap of 6 years between us,…

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The Littleport Button Tree Project 2017/18

The Littleport Button Tree Project 2017/18

The Field Theatre Group are proud to be bringing another community heritage activity to Littleport early next year. Following the success of our Littleport Riot activities, we are going for a slightly more peaceful project this time! The Littleport Button Tree Is a unique community memory gathering project. We will be creating a large-scale community memory piece, in the form of a ‘Button Tree.’ Members of the community are invited to bring their buttons along,…

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