Historic Clock returns to Littleport!

Historic Clock returns to Littleport!

Having spent the latter part of its life with one side covered with a slab of plate glass as a hall table, at 11 o’clock on Thursday November 26, 2020, the old clock from St George’s Church tower, that was replaced by the current one in 1919, was returned to Littleport. A gift from Rev Walter Barnes, vicar at St George’s for 45 years, the clock was first emplaced on the tower in 1744. It…

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What Earthly Comfort can we expect from Spiritualism?

What Earthly Comfort can we expect from Spiritualism?

All the religions in the world, regardless of their philosophy, doctrine, dogma, ritual and opinion of other religions, all offer comfort to their adherents and followers in times of personal distress. The form that takes can be any amount of rituals and ceremonials with supplications and requests for help both from the sufferer of all those ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ and those who would seek alleviation and melioration from them on their behalf….

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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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