Dennis Flatman, aged 87 Young Dennis Flatman on his Wedding Day in 1957. Courtesy of Dennis and Jasmine Flatman. A few weeks ago, one of my earlier Blog subjects, who is also a helpful correspondent contacted me to suggest a possible subject for this Blog. Morag told me, “… one of the practice managers … Continue reading Dennis Flatman: Rum ole boys
For perhaps the first time in recorded history Ferry Lane in Felixstowe today bore witness to peaceful protest. What was all that about, you may be asking? It's not an obvious destination for Citizens' Action Groups, bearing in mind its close proximity to Felixstowe Golf Club with its remote Golf links and distant salt marshes. … Continue reading We, The People, Protest.
“Can we go way back?” The first time I met Robin, his arrival was not entirely unexpected. I had bumped into his wife Sue in Ipswich Record Office and it was she who sent him to visit me in June 2017. He travelled via his preferred method of transport, the electric bike. Cups … Continue reading Robin Biddle, “Made in Trimley”
Grimston Hall Timeline Grimston Hall, c 1990 (Courtesy: Kitty Smith) After I visited Grimston Hall in August, I spent some time sharing photographs of the house with Rosemary, speculating with her about the age of the buildings and the features surrounding the property. It was she who reminded me that about twenty or thirty years … Continue reading In the time of Noel and Kitty Smith, tenants and occupiers. 1984 – 1995 Grimston Hall: Part 2
The hedgehog hides beneath the rotten hedge And makes a great round nest of grass and sedge, Or in a bush or in a hollow tree; John Clare 1793 -1864 Mark Leggett and his partner Frances Bolger have lived in Goslings Way for about a year, having moved here from the spreading estate of Grange … Continue reading The Hedgehogs introduced me to…Frances Bolger and Mark Leggett (and Sam the Dog)
“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
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