Lyn of Littleport highlights one resident's fundraising for a good cause as well as upcoming local events.

Michael Bennett moved in to Littleport only two years ago with his wife, who is now the secretary of the Littleport and Ely Timebank community group, and helps him raise money for their favourite charity, Guide Dogs, by putting on quizzes.

Mick got his own dog, Usher, six years ago, after losing his sight.

And this Friday (July 12), he’s jumping out of a plane in a tandem skydive for the second time. He has a JustGiving link on his wife’s Facebook page – Chris Bennett - for donations.

Friends, neighbours, and Littleport Ex-Servicemen’s Club have all chipped in so far.

Daredevil Mick, who’s skied, wing-walked and more for Guide Dogs, also has a talking newspaper courtesy of Fenprobe – and its volunteer newsreaders include his wife – and ex-mayor of Ely, councillor Richard Hobbs.

Richard says he always enjoys reading out the Littleport column in the Ely Standard every week to about 80 subscribers.

Part of what I call the Littleport Effect is an increased ability to have a good time because of the varied entertainment on offer.

For instance, at Littleport Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Thursday afternoon, I am looking forward to the new music club from 2-4pm. No flashing lights, but low light, good music, 40s-70s eras, and only £2.

And Saturday (July 13) at 9pm - members £4, guests £7 - Free Soul Sister and the Free Soul Band will blow you away with Motown, reggae and soul.

At the Crown there’s a Hawaiian Party, all welcome, from 8pm and, Sunday 3-6pm, it’s Tia and Kev.