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Little Thetford WI

Monthly meetings of the Little Thetford Women’s Institute are held on the first Monday of the month (except where indicated in the programme), at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.

Visitors are welcome to attend any meeting at a cost of £3 (limited to two per year).

There is a raffle every month and often a quiz.

President: Christine Bullen, 01353649268
Secretary: Sarah Shea-Simonds, 07725575494
Treasurer: Diane Hopkins, 07880694198
Programme Secretary: Hilary Downes, 01353649471

See also our article, Little Thetford WI.

NFWI and Federation web site:

5 January Discussion with wine An evening at Susan’s house
2 February Shoes and handbags Talk: Claire Ashmeade
2 March The Anglo-Saxons at West Stow Talk: Kim Smith
30 March The fascinating world of mushrooms and toadstools Illustrated talk: Jonathan Revitt
27 April How to make a fabric flower Demonstration: Lesley Partridge (cost £1.80 p/p)
1 June The history and work of The Royal School of Embroidery Illustrated talk: Jane Hipkin
6 July Lakenheath Airbase Illustrated talk: title and speaker to be confirmed
3 August Next year’s programme (please give ideas to Hilary/Christine in advance) At Hilary’s house
7 September The art of covering boxes Demonstration: Barbara Redman
5 October Theatrical make-up OPEN EVENING Demonstration: Chris Clarke (6 volunteer models required)
2 November The history of chocolate Talk: Sarah Fowler (Chocolate will be for sale)
7 December To be decided

Helen Dewey's poppies

Helen Dewey’s poppies

The recent flower festival was well attended. There is a report in the October / November 2014 parish newsletter. We set out below some of the images. If you have any better images, please do send them to us.

You may recall about four years ago that villager David Fletcher reported some of his archaeology finds to us—see “Curse tablets and other finds“. You may also recall that we were very interested in his suspected Roman rolled curse tablet. Since then, David has been busy. We can now report his collection of over 300 curse tablets found in and around Little Thetford. Great work David!

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

The Friends of Little Thetford St George’s Church flower festival will be held over the weekend 20–21 September 2014.

This will be a major village event as we commemorate the start of World War 1 in a thoughtful and dignified way. We hope that you will be able to support us. We will be open between 10.00 and 5.00 on the Saturday and 11.00 and 4.00 pm. on the Sunday.

Mike Petty will be with us in the Church on the Saturday evening at 7:30 pm to give another of his wonderfully entertaining talks, as he explains just what the conflict meant to small fenland communities like ours. Tickets are £5.00 to include a glass of wine and will be available from the Drewrys (648819) or the Shaws (649470).

Finally at 6.00 pm. on the Sunday evening we will hold a service in the Church, led by the Rev. John Sansom, when the refurbished plaque, now with its full compliment of names, will be rededicated—see the Ely Standard article here: First World War plaque set to be re-dedicated at village church. We look forward to seeing you there.

See also St George’s Church 2011 flower festival.

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

The Little Thetford Village Hall, a registered charity with the number 1055086, held its annual general meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 22 July 2014. The annual returns for 31 December 2013 were received by the Charity Commission on 23 July 2014.

We seem to get more and more plastic bags being delivered collecting on behalf of one charitable organisation or another. Are they all genuine? Well, that is hard for us as householders to tell. All collectors must hold a House to House Collections Act 1939 National Exemptions Order issued by the Home Office or a House to House Collection License issued by the local council, in our case, East Cambridgeshire District Council.

It turns out that the “NSPCC”, whose recent bag is being distributed and collected by Clothes Aid, is indeed one of the 44 organisations holding a National Exemption Order from the Home Office (PDF). In addition, and as a courtesy, Clothes Aid informed East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) that they will be collecting in the ECDC area between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015. On the other hand, it appears that “Helping Our Soldiers”, whose recent bag is being distributed by Maksim Ltd, does not hold a National Exemption order from the Home Office nor, according to an ECDC spokesperson, does “Helping Our Soldiers” hold a House to House Collection License to collect on Friday 18 July 2014 within the ECDC area (SVG).

If you suspect that such apparently charitable collections are not genuine, simply do not put anything in the bag. You can always give directly to your favourite charity’s high street shop, many of whom offer a personal collection service anyway.

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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.

Bob Young discovered today that BT can offer him fibre to his home. This means that most premises in Little Thetford should be able to get superfast broadband now, at least from BT.

You may recall that in February last year we wrote that BT had signed a deal with Cambridgeshire County Council to provide 90 percent of Cambridgeshire homes with superfast broadband by 2015. See the article here. It appears that, according to Connecting Cambridgeshire – Cabinets now in service, superfast broadband went live in Little Thetford on 23 March 2014. Check your own availability using BT (Can I get fibre broadband) but at the time of writing, superfast broadband should be available from BT, at least to most premises in Little Thetford.

At the time of writing, only BT offered superfast broadband to my premises in Little Thetford. When I checked, none of Sky Broadband, Talk-Talk nor Virgin Media were offering superfast broadband to my own premises.

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Edit: 22 April 2014. According to Connecting Cambridgeshire, the Little Thetford area champions are Ann Wardle and Sandra Thompson. Thank you both for promoting Little Thetford so successfully. Connecting Cambridgeshire also tell me that EE, Plusnet and Primus Saver are now offering fibre service to Little Thetford. Connecting Cambridgeshire have asked me to point out their article How to Get superfast broadband. Do let us know how you get on.