Trimley Now and Then

A Blog from the

Trimley St Martin Village Recorder

Trimley Shore in the snow, looking towards Shotley. March 2018

What is the aim of this Blog?

My name is Liz and I am the successor of the two former Village Recorders, Ray Howlett and Rosemary Gitsham, both of whom have saved history which might otherwise have been lost. I record accounts of, by and for the people who live and work in Trimley St. Martin both past and present. My weekly blog recounts the lives and histories of the people of our parish, recording snippets of both the mundane and extraordinary events of this Parish. With this in mind, I intend the contents to resonate not only with you, my Twenty First Century readers but also with former residents and the descendants of parishioners yet to come.

What may excite and pique future curiosity? All and everything. The topics will include:

  • Our Churches, St Martin’s and the Methodist Church
  • People of our community, collectively and individually
  • Celebrations and Commemorations
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Village infrastructure - railway, roads, transport and utilities
  • The Arts in the life of our Village
  • History, geography and topography of the village.

Examples of these topics might include: the success of our SAINTs players; the Commemoration of the Fallen; the utilities we deploy; the Carnival; gardens; crops; Bus Stops; the Angels in our Church; Bronze age finds; the Railway; the walkers of our footpaths; the bridleways; the ancient manors and many, many other subjects but most importantly, the lives and skills of our Inhabitants. It is your voices I aim to hear and preserve and with your support and contributions, all these topics, when stitched together will present a patchwork portrait for a future audience. I will post a Blog, once a week on Fridays.

Follow the links below to read the Blogs as they are posted.

If you have any ideas for future contributions, please contact:

trimleystmartinrecorder@gmail.com

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Blog 1: How it all Began

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Blog 2: Behind the Scenes with the Trimley Saints Players

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Nature Lifts the Spirits

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Remembering the Fallen

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Rosemary

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The Postie

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The Fallen Part 2

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 Lydia Rackham

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Lydia Rackham Part 2

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Di Conroy - Goslings Farm

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Berridge Eve and the Poors Land

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Rosemary Gitsham Part 2

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Jane Lightfoot

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Kate Todd at Trimley St Martin Primary School

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Paul Farrow, Gardener and Postman

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Susan Hughes: New resident and library worker

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 Maurice Norman: Spurs and England Footballer, Husband and Father

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Mel Ambrose

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http://trimleystmartinrecordersblog.com/2018/10/27/1918-2018-commemorating-the-trimley-st-martin-and-st-mary-soldiers-of-the-first-world-war/

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Grimston Hall

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Trimley St Martin Church

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 Frances Bolger & Mark Leggett

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Morag Liffen

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Grimston Hall at the time of Noel and Kitty Smith

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PHARAOH Alexander

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Margaret Coulson

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Robin Biddle

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Protest

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Dennis Flatman

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Kitty Moss

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Bridget Gosling

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Christmas in Trimley

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We Object

33

Fire

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Fire at Grimston Hall

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Sandra Abbott & Trimley St Martin School

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Reviewing the Year in Trimley St Martin

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Robin Tramaseur - Graphic artist and man of many parts

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Bryan Frost - Felixstowe to Trimley - return and beyond

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Becca Atherstone - valuing the natural world

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Iain Irving - retired police officer

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John Ford - an intertwined man - wood turner and knot maker

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Adrian Reynolds and the Victorian heritage of Trimley Station

45

Lydia Rackham revisited

46

Jane Smith - nurse, business woman, mother

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Laura Locke - learning enthusiast

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The Reverend Christopher Leffler

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Sam Cowley and the little gardens of Trimley

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Jane McCarthy of Kirton

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Jean Haste - a country child

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Rodney Rowe at the Sausage Shop

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Chandra Grover - musician

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Christine Moulton & the Memory Lane project

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Snap - photographs of Trimley in the early 20th Century

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The little open gardens of Trimley

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The beauty of the little gardens of Trimley St Martin

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Dan Smith Civil Engineer and the railway works in Trimley

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The Ralphs of Grimston Hall

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Suzanne Hawkes and the Two Sisters Arts Centre

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Growing a legacy, the garden of Steve and Lynne Bozier

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Trimley - A tourist destination

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Models in the Memorial Hall

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The Bridge - A bright green pleasure machine

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The Memory Lane Project

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Lorna Adamson: School governor, statistician and education enthusiast

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Sharon Ianuzzi - Teacher and crafter

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Becca Atherstone - After the Inpsector called

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Clifford Abbott: Common sense, mechanical aptitude and bicycles

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Arts & Craft Fair

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One week in the life of Lisa Williams - World Porridge Champion

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Arts & Craft Fair on display

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Ernest William Packard - a soldier of the First World War

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Gerry Bremner - Il Tenore

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Reviewing the year in Trimley St Martin

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Christine's Club

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The Cats' Companion - Susan Hughes bespoke cat sitter

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all that jazz - Suzanne Hawkes on Jazz

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Catastrophe, cockles, coombs and crime; an 1817 felony in Trimley St Martin

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Some like it hot - curry night and the restoration of Trimley Station

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The true story of Lydia Rackham

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Sue Biddle - Headstone hunter

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Covid 19 - virus week 1

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Covid 19 - virus week 2

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A round of applause in the age of the great pandemic

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Spring arrives as the great pandemic continues

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Lockdown continues

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Living in the present, thinking of the past

90 Missing you ..... Lockdown Week 6
91 Peerless Skies: Another week in Trimley during lockdown
92 When Disaster Strikes - and also .... how Trimley St Martin celebrated VE Day
93 Birthdays in Lockdown ... and other things
94 Yelling at the neighbours
95 Criminal: Felons, Incendiaries, Horse Stealers
96 Their Final Words
97 Questions on the back of Trimley Postcards
98 Sisters Reopens: Championing Liver Performance
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

A short booklist  about Trimley St. Martin and Trimley St. Mary

Although most titles are out of print, it may be possible to purchase them second hand.

Dyke Gwen Thomas Cavendish of Trimley St. Martin: the second English circumnavigator 1586-1588
Howlett, Ray. Bygone Trimley in Pictures
Howlett, Ray The enigma that is Trimley: a short history of two parishes
Howlett Ray Reflections on Trimley
Howlett Ray Trimley: thanks for the memories
Murton H.G. A short history of Trimley St. Mary
Parish Council of Trimley St Martin and Trimley St Mary A short history of Trimley St. Mary
Trimley St Martin School Trimley St Martin School, 1875-1975
Trimley WEA members Glimpses of the Trimley Villages
Wylie, Neil et al Village life in and around Felixstowe.  2003.  095365463X

 

This is not an exhaustive list.