Heritage Centre Thriving

Heritage Centre Thriving

In the chilly month of February the Fen dweller’s warmest thoughts oft turn to ice! This year was no exception with the Adam’s Heritage Centre playing host to a two-day exhibition of all things fen skating. There were plenty of old skates and photographs of skaters from as long ago as the 19th century on display. Speakers from the Fen Centre – Chair Nigel Drake and its Publicity Officer, David Smith, who is also still…

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For Home and Country

For Home and Country

The real story beind ‘Jam’and ‘Jerusalem’ ‘For Home and Country’ has been the rallying statement for millions of women since it was devised in 1902 by Ms Laura Rose, who in 1899 had been appointed by the Ontario Government to assist a new organisation, the Women’s Institute. Laura was a graduate of the Farm Dairy School, a college tutor and speaker at many WI meetings and author of the text book, ‘Farm Dairying’. There are…

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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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