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Welcome to the Parish of Little Downham

New residents of the Parish are presented with a welcome booklet, where possible, with useful information about organisations and activities within the Parish. We hope that all residents, old and new, feel at home in what we consider to be our happy, lively and, above all, friendly community.

Some organisations listed in the welcome booklet have their own section elsewhere on this website and are therefore not listed on this page.


GENERAL INFORMATION

On Main Street, Little Downham, you will find a newsagents and general food store with an in-store bakery, hairdressers, a fish and chips shop and a garage with petrol pump and car showroom. Two pubs are situated at either end of Main Street; The Anchor is opposite the Feoffees Primary School and The Plough is opposite the junction of Townsend. Both serve good food. In Pymoor you will find Pymoor Cricket & Social Club adjacent to the recreation field.

Recreation fields and play areas are located on School Lane, Little Downham, and Pymoor Lane, Pymoor. The Local Nature Reserve is accessible from Hurst Lane and West Fen Drove, Little Downham.


PARISH NOTICE BOARDS

Notices and information about the parish are posted on the notice boards situated in the Book Café and on the outside wall of the Village Hall, Main Street, Little Downham, and in the bus shelter in the centre of Pymoor.


DOWNHAM FEOFFEES

The Downham Feoffees Charity own twenty four houses and two hundred acres of agricultural land and allotments in the Parish. Allotments, either full (10 pole) or half (5 pole) are situated in Eagles Lane and Anchor Close (off Main Street) and are let at modest rents.

The Charity supports the Downham Feoffees School in a variety of ways, including the purchase of books and equipment and help with transport costs for educational visits

It is also able to offer financial help to individuals in need and to students. In addition, grants for local community projects are also awarded occasionally. All requests for assistance are considered on their merits and in confidence.

FEOFFEES TRUSTEES:
Pat Golding 14 Oak Farm Drive, Lt Downham 698366
Carole Hall 2A Black Bank Road, Lt Downham 860457
Neil Hobbs 1A Park Lane, Lt Downham 698934
Philip Laver (V.Ch)39 Cannon Street, Lt Downham 699213
The Rev’d David Newton david.newton@elyteam.org650366
Marilyn Oldfield 12 Eagles Lane, Lt Downham 699473
Michele Seidler 104 Main Street, Lt Downham 07752 779552
Bruce Smith (Ch)Stoney Hoof Farm, High Road, Lt Downham 699249
Jo Waters56A Cannon Street, Lt Downham07879 687197
Owen Winters C/o Valhalla Third Drove, Lt Downham 699246
Clerk to the Feoffees: Miss Jo Howard 01353 665774
Cartref, 35 Fieldside, Ely, Cambs CB6 3AT downhamfeoffees@hotmail.co.uk

Enquiries for allotments or assistance should be made to the clerk


PARISH MAGAZINE

The Parish Magazine is published monthly and is available at an annual subscription of £5.00 due in January. It contains news and advertisements of the local community and businesses and has a monthly calendar providing details of events and organisation meetings in Little Downham, Pymoor and Coveney.

Orders for the magazine can be made to the editor, Melanie Lark and assistant editor, Mark Hebbard. Items of news, information or adverts for inclusion should be sent via email in Times New Roman, size 12 and sized in A5 format by the 15th of the month prior to publication. Entries for parish organisations , charity and village events are free provided they are submitted by the 15th of the month. Commercial adverts should be sent via email to the editors and are charged on an annual rate. Please contact the editors for prices.

Editors’ email: ltdownhamparishmag@gmail.com
Phone: 07384 710725


LITTLE DOWNHAM VILLAGE CENTRE

The Village Centre situated on Main Street is the venue for village activities, parties, funerals and weddings. It is a Grade II listed building and managed by a charity committee consisting of Trustees and various user group representatives. The Centre has a main hall, a meeting room, kitchen facilities and a staffed bar with alcohol license. Information about the Village Centre can be found on the following website or Facebook page:

For information regarding hire charges and bookings contact Graham Hayter-Smith, the Village Hall Bursar, at
EMail:ldvhallbursar@gmail.com
Phone: 01353 699396 or mobile: 07887 525393

Please visit our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/littledownhamvillagehall
and our national halls website page www.hallsforhire.org.uk/halls/little-downham-village-centre-2/


OUTREACH POST OFFICE SERVICE

The Outreach Post Office is open 15 hours per week in the Community Rooms, Main Street, Little Downham (the old Methodist Chapel situated a few doors from The Plough Public House).

A full postal service is available including Euros on demand, foreign currency, travel insurance, vehicle tax and current account servicing.

Opening times are:
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Fridays - 12.00 pm to 1.30 pm.

For more information, please contact:
Outreach Provider: Soham Post Office Tel. 01353 720469


DOWNHAM CEMETERY

The Cemetery in Lawn Lane is maintained by a voluntary committee who arranges and pays for the regular mowing of the grass and strimming round the graves. All parishioners can claim burial there and there is provision for the burial of ashes under suitable memorial tablets. Enquiries regarding all burials should be made to the Vicar, The Rev’d David Newton (email: david.newton@elyteam.org or tel. 01353 650366).

Legally, the Cemetery is an extension of St Leonard's churchyard and certain rules have to be followed when choosing monuments. All local monumental masons know this when asked to keep to the Ely Diocesan regulations.

Downham Cemetery Committee:

Treasurer George Jenkins Tel. 01353 699632
Committee Chairman Bruce Smith Tel: 01353 699249

St. LEONARD'S CHURCH

St Leonard's is a small and caring church community. The church is on Main Street in Little Downham.

We seek to engage with those around us, serving those in need, and being hospitable to all; to grow as a community that is characterised by love; and to deepen in our faith, learning ever more about the riches and wonders of God. We would love you to join us on the journey.

Everyone is welcome to the main Sunday service at 11am. Most services include Holy Communion.

A supervised children’s activity corner is held each week. The children do a craft activity that relates to the theme of the service. There are toys and space for very little ones too.

The Buildings:
The Church dates from the 13th Century and is Grade I listed with many interesting features. It is a beautiful place to find some peace, quietness and stillness in a busy world. It is open daily approximately 9am to 5pm.

The Community Rooms used to be the Methodist Church building in Little Downham until the Methodist Church and the Parish Church (Church of England) were united. They are now used as our Church Hall and are located at the far end of the Main Street opposite the junction of Townsend. The Community Rooms are available for hire by individuals or groups, for either a single event or a regular booking. Information is available on the Church website.

Jelly Tots
Twice a week a Toddler group is run by the church in the Community Rooms. There is lots of free play, a craft activity, juice and biscuits and some song time.

Tuesdays 1.30pm – 3pm
Thursdays 9.15am – 10.45am

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
Please contact the minister regarding any of these services.

Contacts:

Minister: The Rev’d David NewtonTel. 01353 650366

The Church Wardens:

Shirley Jenkins Tel. 01353 699632
Bruce Smith Tel. 01353 699249
Website: www.littledownhamchurch.org.uk


LITTLE DOWNHAM BOOK CAFE (LIBRARY)

Little Downham Book Café was set up in October 2000 and was the flag ship for all Local Access Points (LAPs) nationally. It is located inside the Village Centre, Main Street, Little Downham, and is open for the following three sessions every week, excluding bank and public holidays:

Monday evenings 7 pm to 9 pm
Wednesday afternoons 2 pm to 4.30 pm
Friday mornings 10 am to 1 pm

It is staffed by volunteers and a Book Café Manager oversees the day-to-day staff rota and library services. The Book Café is connected to the Cambridgeshire County Library computer system and provides a full library service, including requests that can be ordered online and picked up at the Book Café. New stock is chosen from a supply of Cambridgeshire Libraries books that have recently been taken off the county library shelves, as well as donated books.

A local history resource of books, documents, photographs and maps have been built up over the years and catalogued and can be accessed during Book Café sessions.

During a few weeks running up to Christmas and Easter, Friday mornings also hosts a ‘Crafty Corner’ where people discuss craft activities and make decorations and seasonal items.

Within the Book Café are two local access point computers, scanners and printers. Free Wi-Fi is available for all to use during the Book Café sessions and John Clarke (Access Point coordinator) is generally on hand to give guidance on how to use computers and tablets, as well as some software and internet security advice.

The most popular part of the Book Café is that it serves tea, coffee and a range of homemade cakes at very reasonable prices.

MOBILE LIBRARY

Cambridgeshire Mobile Library Unit visits the parish on the third Friday of every month at the following locations and times:

Little Downham, Village Hall, Main Street 2.20 pm to 2.50 pm
Pymoor, Main Street 3.00 pm to 3.45 pm

As well as a large selection of popular books that can be taken out for free, it also stocks standard audio books, short audio books, DVDs and Blu-Ray, Music CDs and CD-Roms that can be borrowed for a nominal fee. A list of the hire charges can be found on the County Council website: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk


LITTLE DOWNHAM LOCAL HISTORY AND ARCHIVE GROUP

The Group seeks to preserve the heritage of the parish and make material available on the internet through the Little Downham Community Archive site (little-downham.ccan.co.uk). Existing material is displayed on the website and some photographs are on the walls in the Book Café in Little Downham Village Centre. New material is always welcome such as old photographs and documents, as well as personal reminiscences and information. Originals and copies of items are stored to be preserved but can be made accessible for enquiries and research purposes.

Due to a low number of members at present, only a few meetings are held per year. For more information about joining the group or to view stored items, please contact:
John Clarke (secretary) Tel. 01353 699484


DOWNHAM SOCIETY

The Society meets on the first Wednesday of the month from February through to May and from September through to December at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Visits to places of interest take place in June and July. No meetings are held in January or August.

The aim of the Society is to preserve the fabric, conservation and heritage of the parish and surrounding area. A variety of speakers are invited to each meeting.

For more information contact:

Chairman: Roger Martin Tel. 01353 699214
Treasurer: Janet South 8 Townsend, Lt Downham CB6 2TA


LITTLE DOWNHAM VILLAGE FETE

The Fete is held on the first Saturday of June on Little Downham Recreation Field, School Lane, Little Downham, from 12 noon to 5.00 pm. It is free admission and the attractions in the arena have included: Fun Dog Shows, Birds of Prey displays and local dance groups. There are free children’s races and tug of war competitions, stalls of local crafts and organisations, face painting, beer tent, games and much more for all the family.

For more information about any aspect of the fete, having a stall or helping on the day, please contact:
Debbie Adams-Payne on 01353 698005 or 07879424494.
or visit Facebook: Little Downham Village Fete.


YOUTH ACTS UP

(previously Little Downham Youth Club)

Youth Acts Up is a drama and musical theatre group specifically aimed at teaching skills and working towards a different aspect of jobs in the theatre and film world. The group works towards putting on two shows a year if possible.

The group meets on Saturday mornings during school term times from 10 am to 12 noon in Little Downham Village Centre. If the Village Centre is booked, the sessions are held in the Community Rooms at the other end of Main Street. Girls and boys aged 8 to 14 years are welcome and disabilities are accepted. Occasionally, additional holiday sessions are organised.

All children attending pay a £10 annual membership on joining and a weekly fee of £2. The group is run by two local volunteers with regular attendance by a drama coach.

For more information contact:

Group Chair
level 2 youth worker/volunteer:
Carol HebbardTel. 01353 698338 Email: carol.ldyg@hebbard3d.com
Group Chair
level 2 youth worker/volunteer:
Jean GallyerTel. 01353 699369
Drama Coach: Becky Green Tel. 01353 699369Email: rebekah.g@tesco.net


DOWNHAM FEOFFEES PRIMARY SCHOOL

Main Street, Lt Downham Ely Cambs CB6 2ST
Tel. 01353 699325
Email – office@downhamfeoffees.cambs.sch.uk

Headteacher: Mrs Camila Coulson
Deputy Headteacher: Mr Tom Russell

The School, which had new buildings in 2004, strives to deliver a rich and stimulating curriculum that brings learning alive. We are committed to valuing and celebrating each child as an individual and enabling them to achieve their full potential.

The catchment area is Little Downham, Pymoor and Coveney. Last year's Reception intake 2016/17 was oversubscribed. The children start school at the beginning of the autumn term after their fourth birthday. All the classes are in single year groups. The school has close links with Busy Fingers Pre-school and the City of Ely College.

The school has a strong Governing Body and an active Parent Staff Association who are very supportive of the school. Parents interested in their children attending the school should contact the school to arrange an appointment with the Headteacher.


BUSY FINGERS PRE-SCHOOL

Busy Fingers Pre-School was established in 1995 and is managed by Amanda and her team, with the help of a voluntary management committee, made up of parents of children attending the setting. We are registered on the Early Years Register and both parts of the Childcare Register. We operate from a purpose-built building next to Downham Feoffees Primary School. We have approximately 60 children aged from two years six months to under five years on roll. A maximum of 30 children may attend the pre-school at any one time in sessions made up of children in their own school-year peer group. The pre- school is open five days a week during school term times and the last Ofsted report rated us as outstanding in all areas. Lots more information about us can be found on our website: www.busyfingerspreschool.com

Pre-school age - Mondays to Fridays8.45 am – 11.45 am
Pre Pre-school age - Mondays to Fridays12.30 pm – 3.30 pm

For more information contact:
Pre-school Manager: Mrs Amanda Smith
Tel. 01353 698633
Email: office@busyfingerspreschool.com


RAINBOW GUIDES

The 1st Little Downham Rainbow Guides meet in the Village Hall, Main Street, Lt Downham, on Wednesday evenings from 5.30pm to 6.30pm during term time. During the sessions, they have opportunities to enjoy many different activities and there are also visits and outings. The age for Rainbows is five to seven years providing there is space in the unit. A waiting list is in operation.

For more information contact:
Rainbow Leader: Ms Janine Pettifor
Email: j.pettifor468@btinternet.com
Tel: 01353 698468 Mobile: 07773 947 033


BROWNIES

The 1st Little Downham Brownies meet in the Village Hall, Main Street, Lt Downham, on Monday evenings from 6.00pm to 7.30pm during term time.

The Brownies work towards badges, take part in challenges, do crafts, play games and have outings. Entry age is seven years old and the girls can move to Guides from the age of ten. A waiting list operates when necessary.

More information is available from:
Brownie Leader: Elaine Gilbert Tel. 01353 699415


GIRL GUIDES

The 1st Little Downham Guides meet at the Village Hall, Main Street, Lt Downham on Monday evenings from 7.00pm to 8.30pm during term time. The first half hour is overlapped with the Brownies. The entry is from 10 years old. A waiting list operates when the company is full, but there will always be a place for a Guide moving from another area. The Guides have a wide and varied range of activities, including camp each year.

For more information contact:
Guide Leader: Corrina Nicholson
Email: corrinanicholson@hotmail.com


LITTLE DOWNHAM ALL-WEATHER SPORTS AREA

The All Weather Court is situated in the Little Downham Recreation Area. Vehicular access is only via a permissive right of way on School Lane. Pedestrian access is also available via Footpath No. 21, which, Lt Downham. It is lined out as two Tennis courts and has five-a-side goal recesses on the north and south sides. Tennis and Football can be played on the Astroturf all year round.

Bookings can be made through the booking Clerk on an hourly basis at the following rates:

One tennis court £4.00 per hour
One tennis court with lights £5.00 per hour
Whole area £6.00 per hour
Whole area with lights £7.00 per hour

If children wish to use the court, they can ask Mrs Holland about hiring at a reduced rate

For more information contact:
Booking Clerk: Jan Holland, 40 Main Street, Lt Downham Tel. 01353 699626


LITTLE DOWNHAM CRICKET CLUB

Little Downham Cricket Club has a team in the Cambridgeshire Cricket Association League and plays regularly throughout the summer season. Home games take place at Little Downham Recreation Ground, School Lane, Little Downham. Pre-season nets are undertaken prior to the start of the season and anyone interested in playing should contact the following club officers:

Club Secretary: Frank Cusick Tel. 01353 699502
Treasurer: James White Tel. 01353 699295


MEN'S FOOTBALL

LITTLE DOWNHAM SWIFTS FOOTBALL CLUB

Little Downham Swifts is affiliated to Cambridgeshire FA and plays in the Cambridgeshire County League. Home games are played at Pymoor Recreation Area on Saturday afternoons and at Little Downham recreation area when Pymoor ground is waterlogged.

For more information contact: Brian Halliwell Tel. 01353 699757

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LITTLE DOWNHAM UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB

Little Downham United is affiliated to Cambridgeshire FA and plays in the Cambridge & District trophyUK.net Sunday League. Home games are played on a Sunday morning at Little Downham Recreation Area.

For more information contact: Michael Hampshire Tel. 07796 351628


YOUTH FOOTBALL

WITCHFORD COLTS FOOTBALL CLUB

Witchford Colts Football Club was established in 2002, is affiliated to Cambridgeshire Football Association and holds a Football Association Charter Standard Club Award. It takes part in the Cambridgeshire Mini Soccer League (up to 11 years old) and Colts League (up to 18 years old).

Teams consist of: Girls: U16, U7
Juniors: U15, U14 White and Blue, U13 White and Blue, U12.
Mini: U11, U10 White, Blue and Red, U9 White and Blue, U8, U7 and Academy.

Home games are played at the Witchford Recreation Ground, Witchford Village College and Little Downham Recreation Area depending on the team age group.

For more information, please contact any of the following:

Chairman:Nigel Smith 07793 648202
Treasurer:Robin Uttin07812 473099
Club Secretary:Helen Edwards07841 336986wcfc-secretary@hotmail.co.uk
Child Welfare Officer:Tim Shepherd07814 721531
Lead Coach:Nick Oakhill07791 714447

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LITTLEPORT RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB

Littleport Rangers was formed in March 2009, is affiliated to Cambridgeshire Football Association and holds a Football Association Charter Standard Club Award. It takes part in the Cambridgeshire Mini Soccer League (up to 11 years old)

Teams consist of: U8, U9, U11 mixed teams

For more information contact:
Secretary: Mrs Katie Pendle
Home: 01353 862761 Mobile: 07432275060
www.littleportrangersfc.co.uk


GOOD COMPANIONS

Meetings are held in the Village Hall on the first Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm from October to April. From May to September various coach outings take place each month. During the meetings in October to April, entertainers or speakers attend to give talks or show films and in December we enjoy a Christmas dinner to round off the year. Non-members are welcome to join us on the trips.

Membership for the year is £5.00 and everyone over the age of 50 is invited to join. Come and join in the fun!

Secretary: Kath LarkTel. 01353 699362
Outings: Ron HartTel. 01353 699513

NOT JUST LITTLE DOWNHAM WI

The group was formed in October 2008 and meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Community Rooms, Main Street, Little Downham at 7.30pm.

Some might thinks that the name, NOT JUST LITTLE DOWNHAM WI, is rather a mouthful, but it aims to encompass those members who live in the surrounding area

The Women’s Institute plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. More information about WI can be found at www.thewi.org.uk

For more local information, please contact:
Secretary: Michele Seidler Mobile 07752 779552
Email: michelesdlr@yahoo.co.uk
Or visit Facebook: @littledownhamwi


CARPET BOWLS CLUB

The Bowls Club meets in the Village Hall each week on a Thursday night between 7.30 pm and 10 pm. There are four carpets with two teams that play in the East Cambridgeshire Carpet Bowls Association League. Teams also enter competitions across the county and into Norfolk.

As well as parish bowlers, we also have players from Littleport, Wardy Hill, Coveney and Sutton. It is a game that anyone can play, age is no restriction and even wheelchair bound players can enjoy the game. Anyone is welcome to come along and try his or her hand at the game; they will not be pressured to join. New members are very welcome.

For further information contact:
Pat Martin Tel. 01353 698086


Ely Playford Dancing Goup

Ely Playford is a group of dancers who meet fortnightly on Friday evenings from 7.30 -10.00pm in Little Downham Village Hall. The dances that are taught, practised and enjoyed were popular in the Regency period and continue to this day. Everyone is welcome to attend and no partner or experience is required. We hold an annual Regency Ball where the wearing of Regency style clothing is encouraged though evening dress is also acceptable. During our regular meetings casual and comfortable clothing is appropriate. New members are warmly welcomed

For more information contact julia.jones18@btinternet.com.


LITTLE DOWNHAM DAY CENTRE
Holme Close, Little Downham

Holme Close is a complex of sheltered housing bungalows. It also houses a Day Centre in the Community Room every Monday from 10am to 4pm. The Day Centre is a club for senior citizens of the villages of Little Downham and Pymoor. Lunches and afternoon teas are served with various activities taking place in between. A day trip is arranged once a month, along with summer holidays and Christmas breaks away at holiday centres.

For information or enquiries, please contact:
Chairman Mrs Carole Hall Tel. 01353 860457


THE FIRS

The Firs Residential Care Home, Tower Farm, Tower Road, Little Downham, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB6 2TD.
Registered Manager: Miss Hannah Lumley

The Firs residential care home is situated on the outskirts of little Downham in the beautiful countryside.

The home is registered to provide 24 hour care for people with residential and Dementia care needs. The friendly team at The Firs are highly skilled and receive regular training in advance Dementia care. This ensures that a high standard of care is delivered and the holistic need of each person in their care is met.

The Firs has excellent relationships with the local professionals supporting all residents to have access to their own GP, District Nurses and Social Care Support.

Only Care Ltd is governed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Inspection Reports can be viewed on CQC website: www.cqc.org.uk

For more information contact:
Tel: 01353 699996 or Email: thefirs@onlycareltd.com
Only Care Ltd Email: hoffice@onlycareltd.com


PYMOOR

We take this opportunity to welcome you to Pymoor and hope that you will have many happy years in the village. The following is a guide to the organisations in the village, which you may care to join.


PYMOOR AND COVENEY METHODIST CHAPELS

Pymoor Methodist Church is situated on Main Street and is the only place of worship in the village of Pymoor. It has a great tradition of Methodism over the years and is proud of its heritage. Services are held fortnightly at 10.00 am, alternate Sunday services are held in Coveney Methodist Church, Main Street, Coveney. Members of both Churches work very hard to ensure that visitors or new people to their villages will always find a friendly welcome. Both churches have wheelchair access

The Minister, Rev Colin Watkins, Tel: 01353 720347


PYMOOR COMMUNITY ACCESS POINT

Pymoor Church is a Community Access Point for members of the public to use computers and the internet. The equipment was provided by the Local Authority. The Church is open Monday mornings, and could be at other times by appointment, contact Alan Butcher 01353 698892.