Littleport and an old skater’s dream of an outdoor ice stadium!

Littleport and an old skater’s dream of an outdoor ice stadium!

Most fairy stories begin with once upon a time, but this is no fairy story although it begins with that time-honoured phrase and ends with another, expressing a hoped-for ‘and they lived happily ever after!’ Once upon a time lots of ice speed skaters, bandy playing enthusiasts and thousands who just loved skating, including watching skating too, crowded into Littleport when the water on the Moors was frozen… How did this come about? A keen…

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The Littleport Society gives you a look into the past glories and fascinating facts about the village!

The Littleport Society gives you a look into the past glories and fascinating facts about the village!

Chair of the Society Roger Rudderham tells us about: Henrick Lindahl And The Littleport Challenge Cup The Littleport Skating Club advertised the first race for their Littleport Challenge Cup for the 23rd December 1892. The Fifty Guinea Challenge Cup was made of solid silver, weighed 100 ounces, and was two feet three inches in height and seventeen inches wide. Anyone winning the cup three times in succession was to be declared outright winner and owner…

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Maureen Scott tells us about the unveiling of the Thomas Peacock Blue Plaque Saturday, 4th June 2011

Maureen Scott tells us about the unveiling of the Thomas Peacock Blue Plaque Saturday, 4th June 2011

The day finally arrived when Thomas Peacock, the founder of Hope Brothers factory was officially recognised for all that he did for his home village of Littleport. Thanks are due to the family of his brother William (to whom he was very close) a plaque was presented as a gift to Littleport and unveiled by Valerie Beattie. Thomas was her great, great, great uncle. The Whitfield Group, who purchased the factory after its final closure…

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Mark Twain, W. H. Barrett & The Ship at Brandon Creek

Mark Twain, W. H. Barrett & The Ship at Brandon Creek

The Ship Inn at Brandon Creek (recently sadly closed) has a long and colourful history, with tales of hangings, witchcraft and (perhaps even stranger) a visit by Cliff Richard. It seems that there was an inn there as early as the 17th century, and it thrived under a succession of landlords and landladies during the 19th and 20th centuries. Walter Henry (“Jack”) Barrett was born on July 23 1891 and spent his formative years in…

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The Littleport Society

The Littleport Society

Caring for our heritage, our present and our future. What is The Littleport Society? A group of people who voluntarily work together in the interests of the community of Littleport. Founded in 1987 it is a non-political, non-sectarian organisation whose membership is open to residents and non-residents of all ages. Membership is open to anyone who has connections with, or an interest in, Littleport – wherever they might live! We have members as far afield…

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Littleport and Ely Timebank Welcomes You!

Littleport and Ely Timebank Welcomes You!

Do you live in or near Littleport or Ely? Do you sometimes wish for a return of those ‘good old days’ when people came together, to help each other, to get to know one another, to socialise, or simply to enjoy some good old-fashioned friendship and fun? Do you sometimes wish that there was a better way to connect with your community? Well, the good news is that we have such a group right here…

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Littleport’s Phoney War – A Period Exhibition and Film Show

Littleport’s Phoney War – A Period Exhibition and Film Show

Preparing for Invasion The old Blockhouse near the edge of a field on the left as you travel beside the river towards Queen Adelaide from The Swan on the River, formerly The Black Horse pub, is a reminder of what was going on all over East Anglia and the South East of England eighty years ago. From September 1939, in ports all along the northern coast of mainland Europe, Hitler was massing barges full of…

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From the Littleport Society: Your Village Heritage – Can you help?

From the Littleport Society: Your Village Heritage – Can you help?

The Littleport Society is looking for volunteers to help on Tuesday afternoons at The Barn and/or to join the Committee. We have a fabulous collection of thousands of objects, photographs, film, family history records and an archive, all relating to Littleport. Our volunteers help with cataloguing, exhibitions, social media, admin, databasing, family history research, helping visitors at The Barn, digitising, publications, and looking after the collection. Whatever your interest in your heritage you will be…

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363MCC On Point Riders for Remembrance!

363MCC On Point Riders for Remembrance!

This year’s Remembrance Annual Parade was for the first time led by Littleport’s amazing 363- MCC famous for their charity events like the famous Crowning Around May Day Holiday annual fund-raiser and the yearly Santa Bike Ride. “What a great honour it was to step into the lead of Littleport’s Remembrance Day Parade while flying the Union Jack this year,” said a delighted Mark Robinson President of the 363 Motor-Cycle Club. The Parade toured round…

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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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