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’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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A Tribute to Sister Joyce Louisa Rawkins

A Tribute to Sister Joyce Louisa Rawkins

Joyce died on Wednesday the 12th June 2019 after a few days in Addenbrookes Hospital, and she will be so sadly missed by everyone who knew her and that is a vast number of people. This includes so many of the folk that read this publication as well as countless others in many parts of our country. I recall that whenever I showed slides of my long walks in various parts of our country she…

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Spotlight on the Littleport Society – Treasured Memories

Spotlight on the Littleport Society – Treasured Memories

‘The poetry of history lies in the fact that once, on this earth, once, on this familiar spot of ground, walked other men and women, as actual as we are today, thinking their own thoughts, swayed by their own passions, but now all gone, one generation vanishing into another, gone as utterly as we ourselves shall shortly be gone, like ghosts at cockcrow.’ – G.M. Trevelyan This famous historian’s quote underlines the importance of preserving…

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Spotlight on the Littleport Society – Caring for the past, caring for the future

Spotlight on the Littleport Society – Caring for the past, caring for the future

The Littleport Society volunteers work hard to acquire and maintain a collection and archive the village can be proud of for many years to come. When people are kind enough to donate items it is important that we look after them and that means making sure nothing eats the collection! We have lots of textiles including beautiful christening gowns, dresses, woollen coats and jackets so we must be careful that moths and other insects don’t…

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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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Spotlight on the Littleport Society

Spotlight on the Littleport Society

The Spring edition of The Littleport Society Magazine was a Black Horse Drove Special Edition, which detailed the history of the Drove its shops, pub, and school, as well as Carol Driver’s memories of living on the Drove. Every resident of the Drove received a complimentary copy of this 20 page special. If anyone has any anecdotes or stories of living on the Drove please let us know and we can include them in future…

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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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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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