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Little Thetford flesh-hook

Little Thetford flesh-hook

We reported two-years ago that the article on our Bronze-Age flesh-hook appeared on the Wikipedia front-page. At that time, we did not have a copyright free image of our flesh-hook to show our readers. A friend of the village, Dr Peter Hoare, kindly took a photograph of our flesh-hook during one of his visits to the British Museum.

* Image Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Dr Peter Hoare

Club closure

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The Ely Standard reported today of the closure of the Little Thetford Senior Citizens Club due to a lack of members. Anyone wishing to enquire about this contact us here or contact Rose Bussingham who is holding all the club documents.

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McGinley’s art

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Popular village pastel artist Claire McGinley recently completed her MA in Children’s book illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. We took a look at recent additions to her web site and were mightily impressed.

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Catch-water water

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Little Thetford catch-water drain 20-12-2012

Little Thetford catch-water drain 20-12-2012

The Little Thetford catch-water drain looked a little full this afternoon, 20 December 2012, after rain throughout the previous night and much of the day. Built in 1838 to prevent water from the high ground draining onto the surrounding low-lying fields, the drain circles around the village to the South and East. This photograph was taken using an iPhone 4s whilst looking East from the bridge between Popes Lane and Holt Fen.

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Handbells by candlelight 13 January 2013

Handbells by candlelight

The 1st Little Thetford Brigade, formerly the 1st Little Thetford Girls Brigade, is delighted to announce their forthcoming concert held at St James’ Church, Stretham from 7.00pm on Sunday 13 January 2013. During the one and a half hour concert, the brigade will be playing traditional music on their belleplates.

The brigade normally meets on a Thursday during  term-time at St George’s Church, Little Thetford between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. Membership is open to both boys and girls of all ages.

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

Grand Christmas Fayre

Grand Christmas Fayre

Just a reminder that St George’s Church Grand Christmas Fayre will be held at the village hall on Saturday 8 December 2012. Hot and cold snacks served throughout the day.

Little Thetford Christmas calendar.

In our article on The Round House, Past and Present, published in May 2010, we link to “… an interesting account with photographs of [James and Elizabeth Bullman] on ‘James Bullman and his Descendants’ on www.docstore.com/2533850/bulman”. That link is no longer active.

We continue to get enquiries from around the world on the Bullman family. For example, the most recent from Lorraine, their great great great great granddaughter from Australia, who is “a direct descendant of James and Elizabeth Bullman”. Lorraine would like to find out more about [the Bullman’s] and asks if anyone has any photos.

As always, we would be delighted to pass on any enquiries though if anyone knows where the excellent family tree has gone (www.docstore.com/2533850/bulman), please do let us know.

For all family history researchers, do examine the transcripts of the Little Thetford St George’s Church parish records.

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A recent e-cops newsletter from the County Constabulary has drawn our attention to a despicable scam that could cost you over £300!

From the e-cops newsletter …

A card is posted through your door from a company called PSD (parcel delivery service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 ****** [actual number removed] (a premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, this is a mail scam. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed for £315 for the phone call.

If you receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.

To sign up to receive your own copy of the e-cops newsletter, visit this page.

You should always be wary of calling or texting any premium rate number. Crime Stoppers UK have an article on premium rate fraud scams and Which? also publish guidelines on “How to avoid premium rate scams“. In addition, if you are frequently bothered by nuisance sales calls, consider registering your phone number(s) with the Telephone Preference Service.

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Claire Louise self-portrait 2012

Claire Louise self-portrait 2012

Little Thetford entrepreneur Claire Louise has been telling us about her beautiful photography. We first saw Claire Louise’s photographs of Little Thetford on her very active Facebook page. We were very impressed, for example, with the 55 photos in her “Autumn in Little Thetford …” album and the 19 photos in her “Walk to Ely …” album. Claire Louise, 30, moved to Little Thetford from Stuntney in August of 2011 and, inspired by the natural beauty of her surroundings, she clearly loves the photographic opportunities available in her new village. Claire Louise has been taking photographs for many years, keenly following her amateur photographer father, John Bird, as he took photographs. She formed Claire Louise Photography in 2009 and has completed over fifty weddings, travel photography including Scotland and some studio portrait work since that time. She tells us that she always drifts back to the beauty of the countryside.

Claire Louise mainly uses a Canon EOS 550D with 18–55mm lens on manual without flash. She has Adobe Photoshop on her PC though she rarely uses it; preferring not to tweak her photographs except sometimes to artistically crop. Claire Louise also runs the iCanvas web site from the village which was started in August this year. This service turns your own photographs or her stock images into beautiful canvas prints up to 100cm x 50cm or even larger. A nice way to decorate any room.

We welcome Claire Louise to our village and wish her well with her enterprises.

We show below a very small selection of work by Claire Louise. These are some of her personal favourites. Don’t forget to check out more of her work on her Facebook page. Please do tell us what you think from the page here.

The “February in Little Thetford” photo was taken on 5 February 2012 looking across Thetford Field towards Stretham. This photo has proved popular in iCanvas. The “Cherries” were taken that same afternoon. Model Pixie’s favourite person is US singer, songwriter and actress Katy Perry. Can you tell?

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February in Little Thetford

February in Little Thetford
© 2012 Claire Louise

Cherries

Cherries
© 2012 Claire Louise

Model Pixie recreating Katy Perry

Model Pixie recreating Katy Perry
© 2012 Claire Louise

Model Pixie recreating Katy Perry

Model Pixie recreating Katy Perry
© 2012 Claire Louise