COLUMN: Lyn of Littleport

Lyn Gibb-de Swarte

Lyn Gibb-de Swarte - Credit: Archant

I remember when I first came to live in Littleport, what geographers call the indigenous population, meaning them what’s been born here, were pretty vocal in their opinion that people that come here from outside don’t enter into village life but sit indoors with their computers.

Nowadays practically the whole village is on the internet! And not just the incomers who’ve been swelling Littleport’s numbers ever since!

In fact, it’s relied upon to keep everyone up to date with what’s going on and keeping people in touch with each other on a daily basis. Whether or not you’re going to bump into them while you’re about your business in the village.

And if you can’t get out, our Facebook pages are a great virtual meeting place.

Now there is a computer club offering completely free lessons and help for all ages at the YPL tea room in Granby Street of a Tuesday morning. Gary and Simon are your tutors, and are there from 10.am to 12 noon.


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Gary Lee Chambers is an incomer. From a small town in Ohio, he was stationed with the USAF at Mildenhall, met a girl, got married and stayed.

He brought his computer skills with him too. And when he retired he soon set-to helping people, especially older citizens, get to grips with IT!

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And a little-known fact; Gary started the popular camera club at Littleport Library that meets the first Tuesday afternoon of every month at 1pm.

Littleport is keen on education - the new schools also attest to that.

And Highfields Academy has a Facebook group too.

It’s called Supporters of Highfields Academy SOHLA, set up by teachers, parents and carers, who have posted that they are seeking donations of Easter Eggs for their fund-raising raffle.

You can drop them in to the school any time.

We don’t have much crime, but better safe than sorry - and PCO Emma Graves is conducting a ‘marking’ event at The Barn on Wednesday 28th March from 5-6pm. Along with Sue Loaker, the Crime Reduction Officer, the officers will help you mark your tools, gardening equipment and bicycles etc.

Well occasional thievery aside, things do get lost, but always seem to be found and flagged on our social media sites; no ‘finders keepers’ mentality in Littleport.

Bank cards, precious jewellery, lost toys, all get returned to their owners because of those computers.

Littleport is a great place to be on the net

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