1918 – 2018 Commemorating the Trimley St. Martin and St. Mary soldiers of the First World War

Knitted  Poppies for Remembrance "The news that the armistice was to come into effect was got forward to our far-flung patrols and batteries with great promptitude and a Great Silence fell upon the land after 11 o'clock...Our scattered troops were told to unfix bayonets and upload magazines and to stand to for further orders.  I … Continue reading 1918 – 2018 Commemorating the Trimley St. Martin and St. Mary soldiers of the First World War

Mel Ambrose: A woman of diverse creative talents

Mel Ambrose The nights began to draw in as the end of September slowly crept towards us. Maybe some of us were starting to think of winter evening projects to absorb and occupy our time, over and above simply watching television, reading or playing on the computer. This preparatory preoccupation is unlikely to be something … Continue reading Mel Ambrose: A woman of diverse creative talents

Maurice Norman: Spurs and England Footballer, husband and father

  The sign on Maurice and Jacqueline’s Summer House, September 2018 Recently, two people, independently of each other, suggested a possible subject for the St. Martin's Blog; “You should contact Maurice Norman. He played for England and Spurs. And, he lives in St. Martin’s.”  they said forcefully, with a degree of pride and respect. I … Continue reading Maurice Norman: Spurs and England Footballer, husband and father

Susan Hughes: new Trimley St. Martin Resident and Library and Information Adviser

Susan Hughes, August 2018 Should you examine the handsome and finely drawn 1807 Enclosure Award Map for Trimley St. Martin, you will observe a survey of extensive farm lands, dotted with small farming settlements and dominated by a closely-knit village centre. The complete population for our village at that time was about 256 people, according … Continue reading Susan Hughes: new Trimley St. Martin Resident and Library and Information Adviser

Back to School: Kate Todd Business Manager of Trimley St. Martin Primary School

On October 9th 1875, Trimley St. Martin’s Infant school opened its doors to receive twenty-eight boys and fourteen girls. In the absence of a qualified member of staff Mary Ann Bone, an uncertificated teacher, was in charge of the Department. But little was achieved in the first week, because of “…a want of apparatus…”  and … Continue reading Back to School: Kate Todd Business Manager of Trimley St. Martin Primary School

Rosemary Gitsham, Part 2. What came next…?

      Rosemary Gitsham on her wedding day in 1959 Rosemary Gitsham, former Village Recorder, Secretary, Welder and Keyboardist When I first interviewed Rosemary in June, it had been my intention to gradually spread out her story as opposed to delivering it in one substantial serving. This was partly because she is a delightful … Continue reading Rosemary Gitsham, Part 2. What came next…?

Diane Conroy – Site Supervisor of Goslings Farm Shop, Trimley St. Martin

“…and the best place is Trimley, in Suffolk’s fair land,  Where the strawberries cluster like grapes in the hand.” From the album:  ‘Time out of mind’ by Triangle It was the hottest day of the summer to date, with the temperature moving towards 33°, when I walked languidly across the dusty fields to Goslings Farm … Continue reading Diane Conroy – Site Supervisor of Goslings Farm Shop, Trimley St. Martin