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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Looking back at the unveiling of the Thomas Peacock Blue Plaque Saturday, 4th June 2011 with Maureen Scott of the Littleport Society

Looking back at the unveiling of the Thomas Peacock Blue Plaque Saturday, 4th June 2011 with Maureen Scott of the Littleport Society

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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‘I Will Find You’ – a book by local author, John Taylor (A jolly good read!)

‘I Will Find You’ – a book by local author, John Taylor (A jolly good read!)

‘I Will Find You’, is a tale of mystery and intrigue which starts in wartime Fenland near Ely and then moves halfway across the globe to Australia. John Taylor’s story is colourful, poignant and moving as it charts the journey of young Robbie Spalding and his path from a Dr Barnardo’s Home in Cambridge to a new life on the other side of the world. Robbie becomes Nick Thorne and this account of his arrival…

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Spotlight on the Littleport Society

Spotlight on the Littleport Society

The Littleport Society has an unrivaled collection of historic exhibits illustrating the past centuries of Littleport’s fascinating history including maps, pictures, artifacts and manuscripts, as well as its unique library of genealogical documents which contain the family histories of so many Littleport’s residents from the past 400 years. All this plethora of interesting ephemera is housed upstairs to the parish council offices at The Barn, Main Street, CB6 1PH. They held a very successful weekend…

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