Littleport has always been the antithesis of the picturesque roses round the door cottages, sleepy countryside, rural idyll, seen in romantic paintings, portraits and chocolate box depictions.

Its established architecture stoutly affirms the hardworking practical life of its residents over the centuries.

The hundreds of modern new builds on its outskirts are more suburban and uniform. But ancient or modern, everyone who lives in Littleport can take full advantage of all that Littleport has to offer.

Especially when it comes to keeping fit or some healthy recreation.

And that work ethic, that drive, is displayed by the many sports and competitive clubs and their teams: from Littleport Bowls Club in Hempfield Place, korfball, roller skating, and more, based at Littleport Leisure Centre, to carpet bowls, darts and pool at the Littleport Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

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Littleport man Steve Shipp, a member of the club, who currently plays for the Sutton Royal British Legion D Team, enthuses over the facilities there.

It houses three pro-level tables and six teams that play over three divisions in the Ely Pool League.

Unsurprisingly, Littleport has a few county players and has produced an England national team member, Callum Smith.

On Saturday February 24, the club is hosting a charity ‘King of the Legion Pool Comp’ starting at noon, with cash prizes and, at 7.30pm, a disco with a raffle (£3 adults £1 children) in aid of rebuilding the Wisbech Ex-Servicemen’s Club destroyed by fire.

The Crown is holding a fun quiz night on January 27 at 7.30pm. Its open generally during licensing hours as are other hostelries the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, the Swan and Plough and Harrow.

The 14th century St George’s Church has its 'community connections café' on Tuesday January 30 from 10.45am-12.30pm for games and crafts, coffee and chat.

Every Tuesday, they have a different agency offering advice and information.

And the 21st century-built Youth and Community Centre in the new housing development called Highfields is home to The Port youth club on Tuesdays from 4.15-5.30pm for age group 11-16.

And, for older people, the community hub social is on Wednesdays from 9am-noon.