The Littleport Players Waiting in the Wings!

The Littleport Players Waiting in the Wings!

This year there is no panto to look forward to! From its inception the talented personnel of Littleport’s local amateur dramatic company has entertained right royally with summer musicals and winter pantomimes. This year has sadly seen both the professional theatre companies and theatres go dark during the lockdown scenarios. And perhaps even worse, all the amateur groups have had their efforts curtailed and their local communities thus deprived of home-grown live entertainment. Here is…

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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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Littleport Christian Spiritualists

Littleport Christian Spiritualists

I could say that this message to you is given with my other hat on – but in this case we could say my other collar! Spiritualism arrived in this village with me and my partner Cathy in 1998… What we call a suitcase church was set up in the Village Hall and it soon filled every Thursday with good vibes and many people who were either already Spiritualists, or were interested in finding out…

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Tribute to Littleport Life Stalwart Ted Harding

Tribute to Littleport Life Stalwart Ted Harding

Ted Harding passed away on October 30th after a long fight with illness. Ted was a staunch supporter and committee member of Littleport Life magazine for many years. His eagle eye scanned every page sent him to proofread until failing sight caused him to reluctantly cease that area of his voluntary work. Ted continued to receive the proof copies of the magazine before it was sent for printing so he could comment on the overall…

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Littleport Brass is the Best!

Littleport Brass is the Best!

The lockdown and restrictions emplaced by the governing body of brass bands, Brass Band England, severely curtailed the activities of Littleport’s much-loved Littleport Brass. Rehearsals fell foul first, having to be abolished altogether – then subsequently the musicians were able to gather in part, subject to the various regulations on social distancing and so on. Music Director of Littleport Brass Ian Knapton explained to Littleport Life: “The band are keeping an eye on all of…

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The Littleport Players Will Be Back Real Soon

Becky Smith, Chair of The Littleport Players reports that due to recent worldwide events all theatre groups including our much-loved The Littleport Players have had to take an enforced rest! Resting of course is what those in the acting profession call not having any work. The Players have performed two or three shows a year for 27 years so to be halted, by albeit necessary rules and regulations in an attempt to keep the population…

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Littleport Brass – And the band played on!

Littleport Brass – And the band played on!

So goes the old song writes Lyn Gibb-de Swarte. Littleport Brass was unable to meet for band practice as they would normally do on a Wednesday night, but they have been playing on throughout the past troubles. They gave their first recorded video – a masterpiece in timing organised by MD Ian Knapton audio editing by Joe Winters of JW – with band members playing in their own homes and the mosaic performance was posted…

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Why Not Shop Local?

Why Not Shop Local?

Littleport is the biggest village in England – by square miles! The population is hovering above 4,000 but with more houses being built, that number is on the increase. It may not be conventionally beautiful and wouldn’t have appeared on any of those old-fashioned chocolate boxes, but it is, as it always has been, a vibrant functioning traditional rural community. But with the burgeoning of out of town superstores, the shops and service providers in…

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Christian Spiritualists in Littleport

Christian Spiritualists in Littleport

Doris Stokes, the famous medium with all those many best-selling books, like Voices of Love and A Host of Voices, was influential in prompting the Thursday night gatherings of Spiritualists in Littleport, even though she had passed over to the realms of light 11 years earlier. Amazingly in 1992 she had resumed work with someone who was developing as a medium at Doris’s home church, Lewisham Spiritualist Church, in South London. Introducing herself during a…

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Littleport Brass represents all that’s good about Littleport

Littleport Brass represents all that’s good about Littleport

Littleport Brass are out there representing the village in many a concert and competition over the course of the year. This autumn they were extremely busy, competing in various prestigious competitions and events such as the ‘own choice’ contest at Leicester on November 24th. And in a world-wide live streamed broadcast on Sunday October 6th they were shown live as they competed in the new Bolsover Festival of Brass in its Second Section category. The…

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