Private Pharoah Alexander, 31991 Bricklayer’s Labourer, Warrener, Husband, Father and Soldier “No Grounds for appeal. Reject Award”

                   Victory Medal                                                       British Medal One hundred years ago, on the 9th November 1918, two days before the Armistice was … Continue reading Private Pharoah Alexander, 31991 Bricklayer’s Labourer, Warrener, Husband, Father and Soldier “No Grounds for appeal. Reject Award”

Ascending the Tower: On the roof of Trimley St. Martin Church

 “The church is situated in the same churchyard with that of Trimley St. Mary, and contains a mausoleum for the family of Sir John Barker, Bart.: the walls of the burial-ground were repaired with the stones of Felixstow Castle and priory.” Extract from, “A Topographical Dictionary of England”    Samuel Lewis.  1848 This  article was written … Continue reading Ascending the Tower: On the roof of Trimley St. Martin Church

Berridge Eve – Trustee of The Poors Land of Trimley St. Martin

  “Inclosure came and trampled on the grave Of labour’s rights …” John Clare 1793 -1864 When I viewed Yvonne Smart’s excellent plot on the St. Martin’s Allotments earlier this year, my curiosity about these productive green areas was awakened and since then I have found myself wondering how and when they had originated. I … Continue reading Berridge Eve – Trustee of The Poors Land of Trimley St. Martin

Lydia Rackham: A Trimley Woman in Van Dieman’s Land Part 2

“They chained us two by two and whipped and lashed along  They cut off our provisions if we did the least thing wrong They march us in the burning sun until our feet are sore So hard's our lot now we are got to Van Diemen's shore” From: Lament...Upon Van Diemen's Shore by Sarah Collins … Continue reading Lydia Rackham: A Trimley Woman in Van Dieman’s Land Part 2

“It was magical…” Rosemary Gitsham, former Village Recorder of Trimley St. Martin

Rosemary Gitsham at the Carnival It was a bright June day when I visited Rosemary Gitsham, the former Village Recorder for Trimley St. Martin. A cooling breeze was effective in keeping us alert during the hot afternoon hours as Rosemary recounted the happy days of her childhood. Rosemary has known many of St. Martin’s inhabitants … Continue reading “It was magical…” Rosemary Gitsham, former Village Recorder of Trimley St. Martin

“Over and above” Gary Warren, one of the Posties of Trimley St. Martin

Gary Warren, Postman   When Rosemary was recalling her childhood in Trimley St. Martin, she mentioned a certain Mr. Walter Hammond who lived with his wife Rosetta at 21 Lower Street, now known as 21 Grimston Lane. Mr. Hammond was born in Whitton but had moved to Trimley by 1911 where he subsequently completed over … Continue reading “Over and above” Gary Warren, one of the Posties of Trimley St. Martin

Behind the Scenes with the Trimley Saints Players

Behind the Scenes with the Trimley SAINTS Players  Heather Rodwell, Dressmaker in charge of the Saints Wardrobe Heather stitching a costume for “Guys and Dolls” It was Rosemary who expressed the opinion that we in Trimley, “do very well for entertainment”.  Carnivals, Travelling players, Model Railway exhibitions, Open Gardens and theatrical productions may be listed … Continue reading Behind the Scenes with the Trimley Saints Players