The Trumptonshire Trilogy Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley
On this page - The storylines for all 39 episodes.
Way too much information of course. But it's all here anyway .... just in case !
Episode 1 - Nick Fisher,the Bill Poster
Mr.Munnings prints some posters for the Fire Brigade Band concerts.Captain Flack thinks his lads can put them up.
Unfortunately blind faith can't carry the day.And trouble finding suitable sites plus some general incompetence of the pasting variety means he eventually has to defer to Nick Fisher who "has them all over the town in half an hour".
And,suitably advertised,off we go to enjoy it.
Episode 2 - Miss Lovelace & the Mayor's Hat
The Mayor inspects the Park and feeds the ducks.Mr.Craddock moans about the litter.The Minton's repair a park bench. And,in a slapstick scene involving Miss Lovelace's peke's and a plank the Mayor's hat is knocked off & flies up into a tree.
Cue the fire brigade,and milliner Miss Lovelace duely redeems herself by repairing it.
Episode 3 - Mrs.Cobbit & the Ice Cream Man
One day Mrs.Cobbit fails to turn up.No flowers ! General consternation.
A tree branch has crashed through her roof. Unhurt,she cleans up and gets to the Square late only to find Mr.Antonio has unwittingly taken her pitch.The happy resolution is that the fire brigade remove the branch,the Mintons repair the rafters, Antonio re-plasters the ceiling and Mrs.C sells his ice cream while he does it.
Episode 4 - Miss Lovelace & the Statue
The Mintons are repairing the door to Miss Lovelace's shop.The pekes escape and cause Mr.Clamp's lorry to swerve and hit the Queen Vic statue.No-ones hurt,the lorry's towed away,Miss Lovelace is admonished and apologises and the fire brigade are called to replace the statue's crown that's been dislodged.
Episode 5 - The Mayor's Birthday
No-one knows what to get him.Then Mr.Troop reveals that he's wanted "a painting of Trumpton Town Hall"..."for ages" Fortunately an itinerant artist has been out at the Mintons painting the cottages.Unfortunately,he leaves before he can be commissioned.The fire brigade look for him using the hoist.But,by chance,he turns up in the Sq. painting the Town Hall anyway.So the Mayor's gets his painting,and is pleased enough to offer "free drinks and ice creams"at the Band concert.
Episode 6 - Telephones
"Crackling" on the Mayor's phone line ! Two engineers are dispatched to inspect the wires outside Mr.Munnings shop.
Unfortunately head-honcho Mr.Wantage gets called away,Miss Lovelace's "Mitzy" gets tangled in the wires,and his dopey assistant,Fred,re-connects them incorrectly.Cue much cross-line mayhem.With the main loser being Cptn Flack who mistakenly thinks there's a fire at the Mintons."Everyone's very cross" but Mr.Wantage returns and soon sorts it all out.
Episode 7 - The Rag and Bone Man
The Mayor has a "Tidy-up Trumpton Week".This overloads Raggy Dan's cart so he decides to store it all temporarily in the Trumpton Park tool shed.But the Mayor discovers it on his rounds and advises Mr.Craddock to burn it all.
Unfortunately it includes a rocking horse thrown out by Dora Minton,who was unaware it was where her husband put his "savings". Mistake realised and horse rescued by the fire brigade just before it's about to be burnt.Raggy reclaims his stuff and wins "the silver cup" for his efforts.
Episode 8 - Mr.Platt & the Painter
Mr.Platt winds the Town Hall clock once a week.The Mayor informs him it's to be painted.
Decorator Mr.Harkin uses pulleys and a cradle to do the job.But next day the clock grinds to a halt.General consternation !
Platt discovers Harkin's left a paint tin behind,which is "stopping the figures from meeting and striking the half hour" (the ones shown in the opening titles).The fire brigade remove it using the hoist.
Episode 9 - The Window Cleaner
Whilst having her shop windows cleaned,Miss Lovelace asks Mr.Robinson to take a look at her chimney which is blocked. Once up there,he's out of sight when the Mayor turns up who decides that unattended ladders are "simply asking for burglers" and gets Troop to remove it.Cue the immortal line from Robinson "Here.Where's my ladder ?!"
He gets Constable Potter's attention by throwing the bird's nest blockage at him.And he then calls the fire brigade.
Episode 10 - Cuthbert's Morning Off
Fireman Cuthbert's Auntie comes to Trumpton to visit him on his morning off.She gets ushered into Miss Lovelace's shop for a chin wag and he's in Mr.Platt's,so they miss each other.As "she likes gardens and I like ducks" Cuthbert gets a lift with the Mintons to the Park and the Mayor takes her there seperately.The fire brigade are called to search for Cuthbert and eventually Flack spots him by the duck pond and the 2 finally meet up .... but not before Cuthbert has fallen in the Pond.
Episode 11 - The Plumber
The Mintons are repairing some floorboards in the Mayor's office.The Mayor and Troop notice some water (!) dripping through the ceiling.The Mintons take a look in the attic,but it's clearly a job for the plumber,Mr.Wilkins,who arrives to tell them that the tank needs replacing.But it won't fit through the attic trapdoor and has to be removed through "the attic skylight" and a new one hoisted in the same way .... courtesy of the fire brigade.
Episode 12 - Pigeons
Watchmaker Mr.Platt keeps homing pigeons as a hobby.Chippy Minton's sceptical about their abilities,so Platt gives him one to take home to prove it'll find it's way back to his shop.That night,a big storm brings down a tree and blocks the lane near the Minton's house,and the telephone lines are down too.So they attach a message for help to the pigeon,which duely returns to Mr.Platt,who then (smugly) calls the fire brigade to go and remove the tree.
Episode 13 - The Greenhouse
It's the "Grand Flower and Vegetable Show" in Trumpton Park.The Mayor oversees preparations.The greenhouse has a precarious looking old chimney ("it's a wonder it doesn't topple over") So he tells Mr.Craddock to get the borough engineer to take a look at it .... Bad news - it has to come down !
Good news -.a successful demolition by the firemen ... a "special flower show band concert" ... and the Silver Cup for Chippy Minton.
Episode 1 - Peter the Postman
Very much a basic introduction to the people and places of Camberwick as we follow him on his round.
A generally useful character exactly because he can pop up anywhere and no explanation is needed.
This episode was also the pilot episode and is notable for the inclusion of 3 distinct bits of slapstick involving Mickey Murphy,Windy and the Pippin Forter's.And something that was obviously re-assessed before filming the rest of the series,as it was never repeated.
Episode 2 - Windy Miller
Our main introduction to Windy (representing the 'old') and his friendly rivalry with Farmer Bell (the 'new') - a running theme. The sub plot has Mickey Murphy running out of flour,going to the Mill to get some but finding Windy can't do any grinding as there's no wind.They "whistle for the wind" (a Windy superstition) but no luck.Cue the conveniently passing Pippin Fort truck and the increased whistling power does the trick. A "Good old Windy" moment -one of many to come !
Episode 3 - Mr.Crockett
A general introduction to Mr.C and his garage.But it's actually secondary to a race between Windy (tricycle) and Farmer Bell (truck) from the Mill to the Green.The 'old' versus 'new' strand again and Bell offers Windy a bag of free corn if he can beat him-"no harm in trying thinks Windy".A replay of the classic tortoise and hare story.Ultimately won by Windy as Bell runs out of petrol following an earlier misunderstanding witnessed at the garage.Smiles all round .... even from Bell.
Episode 4 - Dr.Mopp
We join him on his rounds.First up,the Murphy kids bed-ridden with bad colds.Next,an urgent visit to Windy with a big box-"this looks serious !".But it's only his camera gear to photograph some thrushes Windy's been watching.Off to Pippin Fort for the boys' routine medicals.Followed by Bell's Farm to treat Mrs Bells' rheumatics.And finally back to base where red spots on Mrs.Honeyman's baby turn out to be merely paint splatter from an overhead touch up of the P.O.shop front.
Episode 5 - Mr.Murphy
Mickey Murphy burns his hands on a tin,so no baking for him today.Private Lumley is volunteered to help,despite bing unable to tell his left from his right when on parade.Left in charge of the shop,he sells Farmer Bell's special order by mistake.A fact discovered on a delivery to the Mill.But Windy offers him the use of his cookhouse to bake replacements and they're so good Bell's none the wiser."Obviously a born-baker" and a new "part-time helper" for Mickey as a result.
Episode 6 - Mrs.Honeyman
A workmen's lorry turns up at the Green.Much too-ing and fro-ing trying to establish what they're up to.And Mrs. Honeyman finally gets everyone going by concluding they're going to build an electricity sub-station.Change ?!
No thankyou ! And everyone's mobilised to stop them -peacefully of course.But it's all a misunderstanding as it's only a new drain.Mrs.Honeyman sheepishly makes herself scarce.And we're reassured "Thank goodness no-one got really cross."
Episode 7 - PC McGarry
We tag along for a typically un-taxing day for the Camberwick bobby.First a salutory tale about kids and cars at the garage. Then a reminder to Mrs.Dingle that Packet's old enough for a license.On to the Mill to ask Windy about kids fishing up there without a license.And finally a 'major' incident- a swarm of bees next to the Bakery.And who else to save the day but bee-keeper Windy,who he even interrupts his fishing to help out -doubtless walking across the water to do so !
Episode 8 - Mr.Carraway
It's early closing day and off to the Mill to show old friend Windy the re-framed painting of his great-grandfather's ship, 'The Northern Prince'.He's good at telling sea stories,and next-up has the Pippin Fort boys "spellbound".On the return journey he breaks down,is towed by Mr.Crocket but the painting falls out and is damaged.He's distraught but the villagers give him a model of it,secretly "whittled" by Windy as an intended,but hastily brought-forward,birthday present.
Episode 9 - Farmer Bell
More Windy v Bell.This time 'big versus small' as Farmer B discovers that some of his customers want less of his battery-produced eggs.They're buying Windy's free-range ones instead,who explains "People think happy hens lay better eggs", wonders why Bell bothers supplying small local orders,and convinces him to send all his eggs to the "packing station" where they need the bulk and uniformity only he can offer.A friendly compromise and cider all round.
Episode 10 - Paddy Murphy
It's Saturday morning and Paddy always helps out Milkman Tripp with his round (Paddy on rollerskates).
A mishap at the Dairy means all that morning's order is ruined.His usual supplier,Farmer Bell,can't help because his new electric milking machine is being repaired.
So,once again,Windy steps in and not only provides the milk but helps them deliver it -allbeit late,but no harm done.
Episode 11 - Captain Snort
"Every Wednesday after parade the boys do odd jobs for the people of Camb.Grn." We follow the truck as it drops them off .... Armitage at the Mill,Featherby and Higgins at Bell's Farm,Lumley at Doc Mopp's,Hopwood at the Bakery.And Meek gets lumbered with Mrs Honeyman's baby.Sgt.Major Grout pops off to help Mr.Crockett and Captain Snort enjoys some fishing with friends.Perfect.Just a bit of a hiatus with Meek and the baby,but it's all tidied up neatly back at the Fort.
Episode 12 - Roger Varley
Roger sweeps the Bakery chimney -messily.But the Green's water supply's been cut off temporarily,so no clean-up.
Mickey goes to the Mill to use Windy's well but only has buckets.Roger's there as well and Windy touches his collar for luck. And it works because,purely by chance,Farmer Bell turns up with churns,and the Pippin truck with their "new trailer pump" to fill them.Mickey still has time to clean up and bake a birthday cake for Sgt Mj Grout's party,which they all attend.
Episode 13 - Mr.Dagenham
He tries to interest both Farmer Bell and Captain Snort in a helicopter (!) Snort,in turn,is occupied with the removal of the Mill's sail,using ropes and boypower,so that Windy can do some repairs.Mr.Dagenham flies there with Farmer Bell and offers to replace it using his helicopter,so he can impress both his potential customers.Apart from Windy getting airborne at one point,it's a success.But the helicopter remains unsold.Although Dagenham does still manage to sell Bell a plough & a tv set.
Episode 1 - Lord Belborough's Secret
We ride with Doctor Mopp to the pottery as he wants to buy a vase for his sister,Millicent.
He gets a potting demonstration.
Lord Belborough arrives in Bessie to pick up some crates of pottery for Treddles Wharf,where a mystery crate also arrives for his Lordship on Mr.Rampling's barge.
Doctor Mopp returns to Camberwick and there's general intrigue about its contents.
And at the 6'oclock dance it's unveiled as a new dutch barrel organ.
Episode 2 - Bessie to the Rescue
We ride with Farmer Bell to the Biscuit Factory with their regular order.
He gets a tour inside.Then it's discovered a shipment of 3 cartons could miss the next train to London.
Urgent phone calls made ! Bell drives Cresswell and the cartons to the Pottery where they rendezvous with Lord Belborough in Bessie.
It's then on to Treddles Wharf,where the Mintons take them to the mainline Station [where they just happen to have an ongoing carpentry job]
But it was all a false alarm.As a misreading of the train times means there was no need to rush after all.
Episode 3 - The Balloon
We ride with The Trumpton Mayor to Winkstead Hall.
He's looking for fund-raising ideas for "the old people's holiday fund".But has no luck there.
Next stop the Pottery.Where Lord B also turns up in steam engine Bessie.
When young Winnie Farthing's balloon bursts on the hot funnel the seed is sown for a full size,hot air version that The Mayor & Lord B would pilot so "people can buy tickets to see us go up".
It duely launches from Winkstead Hall and "everyone from Camberwick,Trumpton & Chigley is there" [kerching !].
A flight over Trumptonshire ends safely in Trumpton Town Sq.
Episode 4 - The Fountain
We ride with P.C.McGarry to the Pottery on a social visit.
He learns that Harry Farthing is keen to do more stone sculpture in addition to pottery.
He then goes to the Biscuit Factory,makes a comment about how nice a stone fountain would look out front and retells his Harry Farthing conversation.
Seed sown,phone call made.3 weeks later the stone arrives at Treddles Wharf.
Bessie collects it and 4 weeks later the Mayor unveils the finished result when the 6 o'clock whistle blows.
Episode 5 - The Garden Wall
We ride with Mr.Crockett to Winkstead Hall with a lawnmower he's repaired.
Bilton the gardener and Lord B confer until the latter starts it accidentally,demolishing a brick wall & wooden garden gate. Cue Mr.Clutterbuck the builder & the Mintons carpentry skills.
His Lordship also helps by collecting some bricks from the Wharf in Bessie.
Wall repaired,new gate installed in "record time",and Crockett returns .... for a 2nd time ....with the mower he's repaired.
Episode 6 - Binnie and Bessie
We ride with Roger Varley to Winkstead Hall where he helps look after the 2 steam engines .... Bessie & Binnie-the static water pump.
The coal stockpile is so low there isn't even enough to get Bessie to the Wharf to collect more.
Roger suggests Pippin Fort,as they've got plenty and a phonecall is made.
The army truck arrives with a stopgap sack plus a full contingent of "soldier boys",and Bessie is fired up.
Off to the Wharf they go .... fresh supply picked up,then back to Winkstead where Roger and the soldier boys unload.
Episode 7 - Lord Belborough's Lucky Day
We ride with Thomas Tripp,the milkman,to Winkstead Hall on his daily round.
He has a general discussion with Brackett about "luck".Which Brackett then continues with Lord B,who was "lucky" to buy an old vase the day before ..... which he then promptly drops and Brackett gives to the bin men.
He takes his mind off it by using Bessie to take some crates from the pottery to the Wharf.
By coincidence,the bargee,Mr.Rampling,has an exact match vase he has no use for.And as the bin men thought the 1st vase too good to throw away,Harry Farthing repairs it and his Lordship ends up with a matching pair. "Lucky day" indeed.
Episode 8 - The Broken Bridge
We ride with Mr.Carraway to the Biscuit factory with a delivery for their "restaurant".
P.C.McGarry arrives.Chigley Bridge is "unsafe and closed to all traffic" due to recent heavy rain/flooding.
Cresswell needs to make deliveries.Temporary bridge required.Phonecalls made.
Pippin Fort supplies the manpower and Lord B collects all the equipment from the Wharf.Lifting duties are performed by Mr.Dagenham in his helicopter and the whole task completed "in under 2 hours".
Episode 9 - Clay for Mr.Farthing
We ride with GPO men Mr.Wantage and his assistant Fred to fix Harry Farthing's phone at the Pottery.
They inform him that a lot of clay has recently been dug out during the construction of a new telephone exchange nearby. Which is where we then go.
And with the help of Farmer Bell's digger it's loaded into 2 large metal bins,put onto Lord Belborough's train and taken back to the Pottery.
Once there,Mr.Crockett uses his tow truck to winch them off, ready to be made into something useful.
Episode 10 - Trouble with the Crane
We ride on board Mr.Rampling's barge to Treddle's Wharf laden with goods.
A crane malfunction at the Wharf signals a watery grave for Lord Belborough's crate of valuable books,with his Lordship looking on.
An urgent phonecall for help signals the arrival of the Pippin Fort troupe,and Mr.Crockett's tow truck as the Wharf crane can't be fixed.
Private Armitage ["the best swimmer"] dives down to hook up Crockett's winch.Only to discover that it actually contained some old scrap metal for Farmer Bell,and Lord B's crate had been safely on the barge all along.
Episode 11 - Apples Galore
We ride with Mickey Murphy on his round to Winkstead Hall.
His Lordship enlists his help in trying to find a home for his bumper apple crop.
Eventually Mickey finds Windy only too happy to turn them into juice for the 6 o'clock dances [not cider !].
Trumpton Fire brigade do the picking with their ladders and hoist.
And they all ride in Bessie from the orchard to Windy's barn,where Windy and the firemen press and process the apples, helped by Mr.Cresswell & some biscuit factory workers who supply the sugar required.
Net result ? Plenty of juice for the dances !
Episode 12 - Willie Munn
We ride with Mr.Clamp,the greengrocer,with a delivery for the biscuit factory "canteen".
His nephew,Willie Munn,works on the Factory floor and that particular day gets his chance to be a delivery driver.
But he forgets to top up with petrol and runs out en route to Winkstead Hall.
He calls Lord Belborough for help,who duely arrives with a can of petrol in Bessie [that Munn had helped to paint] ,takes delivery of his crates of biscuits and Munn gets back to the factory on time so Mr.Cresswell's none the wiser.
Episode 13 - A Present for Lord Belborough
We ride with Mr.Antonio,the ice cream man,with a delivery for Winkstead Hall's tea room.
We learn that Bilton the gardener has a wheelbarrow-related back problem.A "motor barrow" had been promised but is proving too costly.
By chance,the people of Chigley are due to present his Lordship with a small,working model of a steam engine as a "thankyou" for his daily dances.
Come 6 o'clock it's duely presented and,as word had got around about Bilton's plight,Mr.Crockett also arrives with a small trailer which,when hooked-up, provides Bilton with his ride-on barrow.