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Local recycling to move to Witchford.

East Cambridgeshires newest recycling centre, the Witchford indoor recycling centre, will open at 9 am on Thursday 3 November 2011. This centre replaces the temporary recycling facilities at Grunty Fen, which closes at midday on 2 November 2011. See this Cambridgeshire County Council article for further details. The building of the Witchford recycling centre was approved in 2009 according to this Eastern Daily Press 24 article. Recent press coverage includes this Ely Standard article.

For further information contact the Cambridgeshire County Council Waste Management Service, CC1215 Shire Hall Cambridge CB3 0AP; Telephone: 0345 045 5207.


Iron-Age toggle

Iron-Age toggle

A rare enamelled cheek piece toggle was found recently in Little Thetford. This piece can be identified by reference to similar finds such as on this one or these.

Our circa 1s century BC to 1st century AD toggle is 82 mm long and weighs 45 grams.

Iron-Age toggle

Iron-Age toggle

It is thought these bridle toggles were used to link the chariot trace leathers on to the body of the vehicle. According to the UK finds database, examples have been excavated from late Iron-Age chariot burials. Such burial finds are rare in the UK. This British Archaeology article for example reports that there are only 20 such finds in England; all in Yorkshire. There is one find in Scotland.

Photos John McCullough


The Pink Cottage

The Three Horseshoes today
Jessica Norman

We have been examining the census records for the Three Horseshoes through the years 1841 through to 1911 using

In 1841,
1841 Census

1841 Census

  • James Markwell aged 30 (c1811-), farmer
  • Sarah Markwell aged 45 (c1796-)
  • Emma Markwell 8 (c1833-)
  • George Markwell 6 (c1835-)
  • Alfred Markwell 4 (c1837-)
  • Albert Markwell 2 (c1839-)

Read more …

If your are interested in researching your own ancestors, there are many free services to help such as freeBMD (the free births, deaths and marriages index – 1837–1983). Some census records are free too. For example the 1881 census is free from An in depth search of the UK records requires a subscription to one of the many ancestry web sites now available. I use Others use Genesreunited, Findmypast, myheritage etc. Subscription prices vary so shop carefully.

If you would like a head start, I am able to help. My charges are £25 per hour for United Kingdom research. The first 30 minute consultation is free. Additional charges apply for copies of birth, marriage and death certificates.

John McCullough
Please do not ask for living relative searches

After the success of the Royal Silver Jubilee celebrations held in 1977 at the village school, a group of villagers, lead by Tony Badcock, sought to hold a similar annual event. An open meeting was called and a committee formed under the chairmanship of Leslie Halls to organise a village feast once again.

Compiled 2011 by Tony Shaw and transcribed by Judith Young

Read more …
See also The feast between the two world wars by Tony Shaw.

The village feast was held annually in July.

Originally it was held in the field known as Camping Close which was situated behind Grey Gables. At the time the field was used by Mr Ralph Kisby, he kept his cattle there. This land now forms the gardens of the houses on the north side of the Wyches. Later, the feast moved to Cranwells field on the opposite side of the Wyches. This land is now built on with the Cowslip Drive development, which appropriately contains Cranwells Way.

Pictures below show large attendances with a marquee in the background. Events included a sports day and there were side shows and other stalls. Bert Russell remembers that there was bowling for a live pig and that Selwyn Cross ran the roll-a-penny stall. Ice cream was also available.

We have no evidence of a competitive show but, given the size of the marquee, it is possible that it housed one.

The Feast ceased at the outbreak of the second world war.

2011. Prepared by Tony Shaw. Transcribed by Judith Young.

Some images of the Little Thetford Feast of 1925.

Feast 1925: The show committee & Judges

Feast 1925: The show committee & Judges

Feast 1925: The show

Feast 1925: The show

Feast 1925: The show & sports

Feast 1925: The show & sports

Feast 1925: The band

Feast 1925: The band

Feast 1925: Dressing up

Feast 1925: Dressing up

Feast 1925

Feast 1925


The latest village newsletter is now online. If you’re in the village – a printed copy should have already come through your door.

Saturday 13 August 2011 commencing at 12:30.

Activities include

  • Inflatable activity castles
  • Assault course
  • Laser clay pigeon shooting
  • Wii competitions
  • Pet show judged by resident vet. Commences 12.30 in the social club garden
  • Bar and BBQ
  • Tombola & prize draws
  • Coconut shy
  • Welly wanging
  • Egg chucking
  • Field races
  • Cake stalls
  • Ice creams
  • Refreshments
  • Apple bobbing
  • Beat the goalie

St George's Church

St George's Church (Clive Hayward)

Edited highlights of the Friends of Little Thetford’s St George’s Church 2011 flower festival video.

View or download the video from here …

Photographs & video produced by Clive Hayward. If you do download the full video, consider offering a donation to the Friends of St George’s Church. Otherwise contact us to purchase a copy of the DVD.

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Ely Art Society summer exhibition 11 am – 5.30 pm between 8 – 21 August at the Hayward Theatre, Kings School, Ely, CB7 4DB.

If you live locally, please click here to download and print an A4 pdf version then display it prominently in your window to support the society.

New members welcome. Pick up an application form at the above exhibition. Just ask a steward. Alternatively, come along to any of the monthly meetings which are held in the hall at Ely Methodist Church, Chapel Street. Access to the hall is easier from St Mary’s car park. Artist demonstrations form the bulk of the monthly meetings which are on the second Friday of every month 7.30 pm—9.30 pm. Annual membership fee is £25 per year. Visitors £5 per visit.

Dear All

You will have seen in the last copy of the Village Newsletter an article about producing “A Vision for Little Thetford” a part of the development plan for East Cambs. District Council. This is a reminder that it needs to be completed and submitted by 18 July.

The reason I am urging people to complete this is that it is a timely opportunity to make a point about the A10 junction and any other issues you wish to make. Paper copies are available so if you know someone who would rather complete it this way please get them to make contact with East Cambs. District Council (Tel 665555).

It is an on line document on the East Cambs Website – On their home page select L from the alphabetical list at the top then scroll down to Local Development Framework – open that and then scroll down to Little Thetford Village Vision open it & complete the online questionnaire or you can print a paper copy (PDF file – questionnaire) and post it.

Thank you

Jennifer Staines

From the Newsletter …

Help to produce a ‘Vision’ for your village. East Cambridgeshire District Council is looking for your views on how Little Thetford should change or improve in the future. A questionnaire will be available for people’s comments from 27 June 2011. Comments should be returned by 18 July 2011. See village newsletter for details.