Women in Art and Music: A celebration of Women’s creativity

3rd September 2021 – 4th September 2021 After three Lockdowns, many of us can’t wait to engage with as many cultural opportunities as possible. In just over 4 weeks, the pioneering “Women in Arts and Music Festival”  or WAM Fest, will take place in Felixstowe.  The Festival, which will run for approximately 30 exhilarating hours, … Continue reading Women in Art and Music: A celebration of Women’s creativity

The top song of 2020: ‘Across the Borders’ by Chandra Grover

Kingdom of United Voices The true and inspirational story of music from Trimley St. Martin and the wider world   Have you heard ‘Across the Borders’ before? Do you know the story of the song? Have you heard of The Kingdom of United Voices? In this country, the answer to these two questions is probably … Continue reading The top song of 2020: ‘Across the Borders’ by Chandra Grover

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Criminals: Felons, incendiaries, horse-stealers

The apprehension and prosecution of such offenders in the Colneis Hundred:  ‘A meeting at The Mariners was called for Monday 25th April 1785’   Part 1: 1785 - 1815 The Colneis Hundred Association first became known to me when researching the crimes perpetrated upon John Cockle, Surgeon of the Parish of Trimley St. Martin, in 1817[1]. … Continue reading Criminals: Felons, incendiaries, horse-stealers

Peerless skies: Another week in Trimley St. Martin during lockdown

When is the last time you saw more than one vapour trail stretched across the skies? The air is clear and bright inside and out, as I was putting together this week’s Blog.  One of my correspondents, Paul R. sent me an image of flights coming into and out of, the U.K. and  I reproduce … Continue reading Peerless skies: Another week in Trimley St. Martin during lockdown

Missing You … Lockdown: Week 6

Susan Hughes This is our blog for the week. Today I had to tell my daughter that a friend of hers died of Coronovirus. She was the youngest person to die in Suffolk. 31. This has been a very sad time. ************************************************************************************* It seems to me there are two truths to our current situation. One … Continue reading Missing You … Lockdown: Week 6

Living in the present, thinking of the past: Life in Trimley St. Martin during the Pandemic, Week 5.

    As the Pandemic Blog continues, contributors continue to send in their weekly reports.  You may see subtle changes in the tone and content they despatch. This week, there are several  who look back reflectively, remembering the hardship their parents or grandparents endured; others recall times from their childhood.  Reflection during compulsory isolation is … Continue reading Living in the present, thinking of the past: Life in Trimley St. Martin during the Pandemic, Week 5.

Lockdown continues. Another week in the life of Trimley and the Corona Virus: Week 4.

  Pink Moon   Courtesy of Laura Locke   Over the last three or four weeks, regular correspondents have been contributing weekly reports about their life in self isolation to this Blog. One of the common features of all correspondents is their positive approach to the crisis of the Covid 19 pandemic. Everyone is sustaining themselves … Continue reading Lockdown continues. Another week in the life of Trimley and the Corona Virus: Week 4.

Spring arrives as the Great Pandemic continues: Week 3.

 “The budding twigs spread out their fan…”  (William Wordsworth) After nearly three weeks of being confined to quarters, two of them compulsory, I awoke one morning to find the hedge outside my house had  sprung into  life  with blossom, flowers and tender ferns  unfurling  in  front of me. In the  weeks of  ‘lock down’,  the … Continue reading Spring arrives as the Great Pandemic continues: Week 3.

Official lock down in Trimley. The Great Pandemic: Week 2

    Small spring flowers in the hedgerow We appear to still be in a ‘phoney war’ period with the Covid-19 virus. It’s sniping fiercely around the edges while building up strength for a full onslaught. This  time  last week  the  total number  of cases in Suffolk were 22. As  of 11.00 p.m.  on Monday … Continue reading Official lock down in Trimley. The Great Pandemic: Week 2

Some like it hot – Curry Night and the restoration of Trimley Station

 Postcard view from either the bridge or one of the gatehouses at Trimley Station Postmark 1909. (N.B. the lamppost is still in situ.) Please note, this event has now been cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid 19 When  and where can you experience  one or more of the following; Curry; Railways; Good Times rolling.   … Continue reading Some like it hot – Curry Night and the restoration of Trimley Station

Catastrophe, Cockle, Coombs and Crime; an 1817 Felony in Trimley St. Martin

  The gravestone of John Cockle in Trimley St. Martin Churchyard.  Some weeks ago, I was reading a newspaper, ‘The Suffolk Chronicle’, for 17th May 1817. A small report containing the skimpiest of information caught my eye: “COMMITMENTS. – To the County Gaol, in this town, James Burroughs and Wm Wright (by the Rev. John … Continue reading Catastrophe, Cockle, Coombs and Crime; an 1817 Felony in Trimley St. Martin

All that Jazz. Suzanne Hawkes talks Jazz …

…and all about the new 2020 season at Two Sisters. “Not just an Arts venue for Trimley but for the whole Felixstowe Peninsula.” This was how Suzanne Hawkes described the Two Sisters Arts Centre, when it opened last year in Trimley St. Mary’s Church. The first year’s programme brimmed over with plays, gigs, music and … Continue reading All that Jazz. Suzanne Hawkes talks Jazz …

The Cat’s Companion: Susan Hughes, bespoke Cat sitter

   Nineteen year old Daffodil amongst the Broad Beans. When I last spoke to Susan in 2018, she was a new resident of Trimley St. Martin and employed full-time in Felixstowe Library. When we met again this month, I found that time and Susan have moved on to something new and exciting. Susan is now … Continue reading The Cat’s Companion: Susan Hughes, bespoke Cat sitter