COLUMN: Lyn of Littleport

Littleport Bowls Club

Littleport Bowls Club - Credit: Archant

As we know, the good name of Littleport is spread far and wide. Not just through being mentioned in this newspaper and other press and social media either, but by all those who are involved in its many sporting clubs’ fixtures both home and away.

Littleport Brass Band practice

Littleport Brass Band practice - Credit: Archant

And although Hunstanton isn’t that ‘far’ - when we were up there taking a cup of tea and a snack at our favourite Salad Bowl café that’s next to the Bowling Club’s green on Cliff Parade, the people at the table next to ours, hearing we are from Littleport, told us that they “were thrashed in a friendly bowls match” the other week. We were smugly generous in our commiseration…

Littleport Bowls Club has winning ways in every sense. They have already won prestigious county tournaments this season, and the end of season national championships have already started at Leamington Spa. But club members have still recently taken time out from their training schedule to encourage Littleport’s youth to take part in their sport.

The other day they entertained Joanne Coe’s ThePort youth club members who thoroughly enjoyed themselves. And I for one wouldn’t be surprised if some of them decide to continue to play and go on to add to the club’s haul of trophies in the future.

By the way the club is away to Feltwell and Chippenham this Friday, August 11.

Club secretary Stewart Rogers says “whether you have played before or would like to, please get in touch on 07771 518897”.

Brass band success

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Littleport’s Brass Band were also in Hunstanton a couple of weeks ago now, and their highly accomplished bandstand performance under their nationally, and internationally, famous musical director, Nicholas Garman BA, is sure to have made a lasting impression too. They will be trumpeting Littleport’s name around other parts of the country, figuratively and literally, playing at the annual classic car show at Hemingford Pavilion, then at Cambridge Salvation Army in Tenison Road, and on to the huge ‘Oxford Entertainments Contest’ in October, where they will be hoping to move up from an honourable fourth place over-all last year. If you are a baritone player or tuned percussionist, visit

Band practice is every Wednesday at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, where this Saturday, August 12, another kind of musical entertainment is on offer. The popular Splash Duo sing songs from the 60’s to 80’s from 8.30pm. Entry costs £5 for members and £7 for guests.