‘One of a kind’ Little Gift Shop in Soham forced to close

PUBLISHED: 09:36 08 January 2018

Sarah Cawthorne inside The Little Gift Shop in Soham.

Sarah Cawthorne inside The Little Gift Shop in Soham.


The closure of a ‘one of a kind’ gift shop in Soham has been described as “a real loss” by customers and The Soham Town Team.

Mr Pumpkin came to visit The Little Gift Shop in Soham last September ahead of Soham Pumpkin Fair. He is pictured with shop owner Sarah Cawthorne. Mr Pumpkin came to visit The Little Gift Shop in Soham last September ahead of Soham Pumpkin Fair. He is pictured with shop owner Sarah Cawthorne.

The Little Gift Shop, owned by Sarah Cawthorne, is to close because the new landlord wants to move his own business in.

“Sarah has been a great champion for independents and a key member in Soham’s Town Team promotions,” said the Soham Town Team group. “We wish you all the very best.”

In a Facebook post, Sarah explained why she is closing the shop at 16 Churchgate Street.

“Little did I know, when I started having craft stalls in 2011 that this would lead to me becoming a self-employed crafter, then an agent for nearly 90 other crafters with The Patchwork Poppy, and then a shop keeper with The Little Gift Shop.

“I have absolutely loved this time and especially enjoyed sourcing my stock from all over the world, sitting in my pretty shop doing my crochet, and above all, meeting all my lovely customers.

“But, nothing is forever, and during 2017, the landlord of my shop decided to sell the premises.

“The new landlord bought the building to run his own business in, and so he will not be renewing my lease.

“I would like to thank my family and friends for their continual support, and my customers for making the last three years as The Little Gift Shop so wonderful.

Diana Andrews, a regular at the gift shop, said: “So proud of you and all you have achieved. You are such an inspirational person in so many ways.

“Also just about the kindest, most loving person I know. I know that what ever you turn your hand to will be a success.

“I loved the Little Gift Shop and will really miss it.”

Another person said: “We will really miss you and Soham won’t be the same. Thank you for adding a lovely presence and presents to Soham.”

A third person added: “What a treasure you and your gorgeous shop have been to the high street.”

The Little Gift Shop offered “an eclectic mix of gifts and accessories from around the world, and hand-made items from closer to home” according to its Facebook page.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories


Two performers with extraordinary life stories – including one from Littleport – will perform in Chatteris and Ely in May.

Yesterday, 22:13

A fibre glass full size replica of a black and white Fresian cow – thought to be worth around £1,000 and described as a ‘local icon’ – was stolen from a Fenland garden.

Yesterday, 21:30

Ely is to double the number of market days from three a week to six.

Fri, 14:21

The St John Passion: the harpsichord was ancient, its organ hadn’t been serviced for more than three decades and the overhead choir stall was so unstable that there was a real danger it would crash to the floor.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter