Black Horse Drove

Black Horse Drove

Always a steady hamlet, as with other villages, it’s been quieter on the Drove in recent months, however, some of our community spirited neighbours have stepped forward to offer help during this unsettling time. First was Gavin Vanns, who, immediately lockdown was announced, posted a note through all doors offering help to those who may be self isolating. Julie and Roger Goodson of JR Cars assisted by Richard Tod, rolled up their sleeves and spent…

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Black Horse Drove – Student Cross Easter Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Black Horse Drove – Student Cross Easter Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Each year, on the Wednesday of Easter week, a group of walkers can be seen carrying a Cross through Littleport en route from Ely to Walsinghame in Norfolk. One of their rest stations is on the river bank at the top of Black Horse Drove, where they have a time of reflection and refreshment. Student Cross is an Easter pilgrimage that walks every year to the ancient site of Pilgrimage in Norfolk. There are eleven…

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Black Horse Drove Phone Box Transforms!

Black Horse Drove Phone Box Transforms!

It was a couple of years ago that the Committee of the Black Horse Drove Community Centre was informed that the East Cambs District Council had provided a Rural Settlement Grant to the hamlet. Discussions were held to try to decide how best to benefit the Community from the available funds and it was decided to convert the old telephone box into a lending library. BT produced 8 different styles of the traditional red phone…

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Zumba Down Black Horse Drove!

Zumba Down Black Horse Drove!

Russ Welch is running the new Zumba class on the Drove, and is keen to let everyone know about the class and a bit about himself, writes Joy Tod. The class is open to absolutely everyone regardless of age or ability or fitness level. They have fun. It’s on a Thursday evening 7- 8pm in our Community Centre, and it’s £5 a week. These first few weeks have been popular so there might be the…

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Christmas on the Drove

Christmas on the Drove

Everyone is very welcome to join us in Black Horse Drove Community Centre for the following events: Friday 8th December at 7.30pm is our Christmas Quiz Night with Peter Allen, mince pies, raffle, teams of 4 people, if you don’t have a full team, not a problem, just come along anyway, we usually have spare Quizzers to make up teams. Sunday 10th December at 2pm is our Carol Service with Reverend Howard Robson of St….

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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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