COLUMN: Lyn of Littleport
PUBLISHED: 08:28 17 January 2018
I’m sure that Maureen Scott won’t mind me calling her a bastion of the Littleport community, and of the Littleport Society.
But she does mind me (and everyone else) calling the winding section of road between us and Chettisham, the Gilgals...
Maureen is a stickler for the facts - and she tells me that Gilgal was the name of the now ruined old cottage that once stood back of the first bend out of Littleport, and that is why it is called the Gilgal, and should not be referred to by us as the Gilgals.
But just for your interest, Gilgal is mentioned as a place several times in the Old Testament, specially as the site of new beginnings. And I expect that was why the cottage was thus named. Or was it because in the Hebrew language in which the bible was written originally, it also means a wheel or something that rolls.
So maybe in colloquial English that stretch of road with its many bends could be called the Gilgals.
Maureen is also a writer of Littleport and Fen-based works, together with Lorna Delanoy of Mepal, and you can buy those books including the latest, ‘One, Two, Three’ from the Littleport Society at the Barn, Tuesday afternoons.
Widow of keen Fen skater Aubrey Scott, who appears in the film ‘Chasing Ice’ - both Maureen and Aubrey feature in the film ‘J.H. Adams, The Shop That Time Forgot’ made by Welney man, Adam Giles.
You can buy the latter from the Bargain Centre in Main Street. And while you’re there you can browse the stock, and buy from their range of substantial underwear that will keep you warm on icy days too.
In his ‘Ode to the West Wind’ the poet said: ‘If winter comes can spring be far behind’. In terms of the Littleport Life community magazine, of which I’m editor, and in which the Littleport Society and more groups are to be found, winter means that we are now preparing the spring edition! We have mostly west winds here anyway. Meanwhile I am still praying for a north wind to bring the ice this winter!
This Saturday you can rock and roll the night away at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Ponts Hill with ‘Get Back’ from 8.45pm until late. Jovial manager Steve Sharman and his staff are waiting to welcome you.
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