Centenary celebration for former Epworth teacher

Marjorie Trimingham of Epworth with Tony at Cumberworth Lodge, Haxey.
Marjorie Trimingham of Epworth with Tony at Cumberworth Lodge, Haxey.

A woman who helped to shape many young lives throughout the Isle celebrates her 
hundredth birthday today.

Former schoolteacher Miss Marjorie Trimingham will enjoy some “wine and a bit of cake” for her landmark celebration, with family and friends, at her current home, Cumberworth Lodge in Haxey.

One person who will share her special date, along with her nephew Alwyn Kershaw and his wife Lesley, will be her friend Tony Catherall of Epworth, who described her as a “gentle, charming and personable lady with a terrific memory.”

Miss Trimingham was born on March 6, 1914, the youngest of eight children in High Street, Epworth. Her parents were Herbert and Betsy Trimingham. She grew up there, attending Goole Grammar School, then went on to teach at Owston Ferry before joining staff at Epworth’s County Primary School, known more commonly as The Board School. She finished her career in the South Axholme school.

“As a girl, Marjorie told me her father would send her to the gas works on Tottermire Lane to ask them to turn up the pressure for the power saw when he was to make coffins, as he was a joiner and builder,” said Mr Catherall. “Her father was also the secretary of the National Farmers’ Union.”

For several years (at first reluctantly) Miss Trimingham performed with the Mowbray Players, and featured in 10 of their 17 productions. Her first role was as Lady Lucas in Pride and Prejudice. Her brother Clifford was in 11 shows.

Mr Catherall said: “Marjorie told me that those were among the happiest years of her life. And she told me she never married because she simply “never found Mr Right.”

As a teacher, he said Miss Trimingham carried a reputation for being “fair, firm and friendly”. Because of their shared interest in history she gave him a local postcard collection containing many Epworth scenes, and photographs that depict social history throughout her 100 years in the Isle.

Miss Trimingham was a keen member of Epworth Civic Society and following her retirement from teaching in 1974 she enjoyed travelling the country with a friend.

“Marjorie has influenced so many people. She had pupils who are now in their eighties,” added Mr Catherall. “I always look forward to visiting her and our interesting chat. She has seen such change during her life.”