Littlethorpe War Memorial
Readers may remember that, in November, I wrote on behalf of Narborough Parish Council and the community of Littlethorpe to explain the research carried out to put right the errors and incorrect information on the tribute to the people of Littlethorpe who served in the two world wars, which stands in The Square.
In summary, the current structure, although always known as ‘the Memorial’ is in fact a mix of local people who served in WW1 (a Roll Of Honour), including those who died (a Memorial), with a single addition from WW2. The inscription (in memory of those who laid down their lives ... ) is therefore incorrect, and there are a few other errors with names and spellings. This is largely because the current tribute was copied from a previous one, which included these mistakes.
Two researches have now been carried out by local historians and we now have quite a comprehensive list of all those from Littlethorpe who served and died or who served and survived in both global conflicts. Right now another source of information has come to light, so this is being cross-checked with what we already have and so the final lists will be as complete as we can make it. Also the name and spelling errors can be corrected.
The November article asked residents of Littlethorpe so say what they would like to see on a replacement tribute. Most (but not all) respondents said they would like to see the names of all who served in all conflicts from WW1 to date.
Further research would have to be carried out on any conflicts since WW2, and in any event the list of names from WW1 and WW2 alone is over 100, 13 of whom died. We are unaware of anyone from Littlethorpe who has died in any military campaign since WW2.
The Parish Council has therefore agreed to fund a replacement Memorial to the 13 names (11 from WW1 and 2 from WW2), to be bonded over the existing plaque in The Square. And so this will at last become a true War Memorial. It is hoped to have this in place by Remembrance Sunday on 10th November. Also, 2 Rolls Of Honour (for WW1 and WW2) will be produced, to be funded by the Littlethorpe Community Association and the community of Littlethorpe, and hung in Littlethorpe Village Hall.
We hope that this solution meets all options, and it leaves the possibility to add to the Memorial or Roll Of Honour should any new information come to light, eg from a subsequent conflict. If you wish to contribute to the Littlethorpe community funding for the Rolls Of Honour, please contact the Littlethorpe Community Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com
Cllr Kim Richardson, Littlethorpe.
Senior citizens’ summer trip
Tickets are now sold out for this year’s trip to Cromer on Wednesday 26th June. The coach will leave The Plough carpark at 8.30am. Thanks to Liz and Jackie for organising it, let’s hope the weather is kind.
There is now a regular book sale in the village hall on Biddle Road which takes place alternate Wednesdays. Teas and coffees will now also be served alongside the book sale 9.30am-12 noon. The upcoming dates are May 8th, 15th and 29th and June 12th and 26th.
Looking further ahead the Littlethorpe Gala will take place on Saturday 27th July. Once again we will be asking for tombola donations - please bring them along to the monthly drop-in sessions. We also would appreciate offers of help for the day, either setting up in the morning or manning a stall during the gala itself. Without our volunteers such events can’t take place. Please speak to Debbie on 07518 937667 or Libby on 07887 645893.
If anyone has any ideas to put forward or would like to help with planning future events, please feel free to come along to our LCA meetings which take place at 8pm on the first Wednesday of the month alternately at The Plough and The Old Inn.
Introducing our New ‘Friends of Narborough Library’ Scheme
For the past three years Narborough and Littlethorpe Community Library has benefited from financial support from Leicestershire County Council and with additional grants from other sources, (and the unstinting money-raising efforts of our volunteers), we have been able to meet the costs of running the Library. All staffing is on a purely voluntary basis.
However, the LCC grant will gradually reduce so that from 2020, we shall have to be largely self-supporting. Hence, we are reaching out to the community to ask them for help in not only keeping the Library open, but in expanding its services where there is a demand. We are inviting people to join a ‘Friends’ scheme, with a minimum donation of £10 per year (larger sums gratefully received!), which will go towards library running costs, emergency repairs and new projects.
Every ‘Friend of Narborough Library’ will receive a quarterly newsletter with updates about the library’s progress and invitations to library events. There will also be a twice-yearly prize draw for a small prize (a bottle of wine, or box of chocolates, etc).
We hope that as many people as possible who value our library service, will be able to respond to our request. Application forms and information are available now from the library. Thank you, in advance, for all your support. It is much appreciated, and it will allow the two villages to continue to enjoy this valuable resource.
Narborough and Littlethorpe Community Library
Coming up, we have our Summer Fayre on June 22nd All Saint’s Church Rooms, School Lane, Narborough, so keep the date free! This year’s theme is SPACE so look out for aliens and astronauts! The Summer Fayre Raffle will be drawn at this event and raffle tickets will be on sale from May 15th in the library. Prizes include a 3-month family pass to Living Well (gym and pool), a Sleepover Party (for 4), a Luxury Hamper, Dinner for 2 at the Hilton restaurant and much more!
Don’t forget that the community library offers photocopying services, computers, and holds lots of local information (history, bus and train timetables, local clubs, etc). We run a seniors’ social club (‘Hob Nobs’), crafting (‘Busy Hands’), and digital skills club (‘Tea and Teach’), as well as children’s crafts, regular booksales and story-time. See our boards for dates and times or our website nandlclibrary.org
If you haven’t been in a library for a while, why not come in for a visit? We have some fantastic new books for all ages! Maybe pop-in to select a new book while out shopping, meet friends, or choose books to read as a family. Library cards are free and offer a host of digital services too.
We always welcome new volunteers. If you would like to join our friendly team, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>. We are run by the community, for the community!