The village expanded since the Second World War most noticeably through the creation of two housing estates, the Jelson estate and Barratt estate. Housing continues to be built, Parnell Close being completed during 2005. Riddington road farm has now been demolished. Construction of the new cottages began around October 2008.
The village benefits from two pubs, despite its size; The Plough Inn and the Old Inn. Both have a variety of clubs, including skittles, chess, dominoes, football and darts. Both pubs compete in the tug-of-war which is held annually at the gala.
Other services include a village store, garden centre and Heighton's Funeral Directors. Previously a hardware shop was situated on Cosby Road next to the village store, however a fire led to its demolition after closure. This land is now being re-developed.
Littlethorpe Community Association
The Littlethorpe Community Association (LCA) meets in the skittle alley of one of the pubs. The Association organises the annual gala on Littlethorpe Park, as well as holding monthly coffee mornings at the village hall and operating the Santa Run each Christmas. More recently the association has organised Easter Egg Hunts and a Christmas decoration morning at the village hall.
The village has no church of its own, but is part of the parish of Narborough, along with Huncote. Previously Littlethorpe was part of Cosby parish.
The village, along with Narborough, shares its twinning with the village of Genappe in Belgium. Visits continue to take place, and in 2005 a football match was held between Genappe and local team, Narborough & Littlethorpe.
Child killer Colin Pitchfork, the first criminal to be brought to justice through the use of DNA finger printing, lived in Littlethorpe.
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