Established in 1984, Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust exists to consolidate historical knowledge of the local area and provide public access to the archives, artefacts and exhibits that tell the story of our community’s past. Currently, the Trust’s collections are displayed at two sites:

Frinton Crossing Cottage Gardens and Railway Museum
Crossing Cottage,
housing a collection orientated towards the town and surrounding villages.
Walton Maritime Museum
Walton Maritime Museum,
charting the life and times of maritime Walton
Forthcoming Events
Weekly coffee mornings commence
Weekly (Tuesday) coffee mornings commence and continue through the summer until 7th October. Plant and produce stall. Bring your friends to see Frinton's own museums & archives, including the Railway Museum in the former Crossing Keeper's Hut.
Venue: Frinton Crossing Cottage
Start Time: 10:00 am
Finish Time: 12:00 noon

Annual General Meeting
Coffee will be served prior to the meeting. Please bring the Agenda which is included in the Spring 2014 Newsletter and take this opportunity to pay your annual subscription.
Venue: Frinton Methodist Church Hall
Start Time: 7:00 pm for 7:30pm

Outing to Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk
An afternoon visit to the Museum & Gallery at the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) in the heart of Sudbury, Suffolk. Gainsborough was one of Britain’s greatest painters, renowned for his portrait and landscape paintings. The house dates from around 1500 and retains many interesting architectural features. There is a fine walled garden to the rear of the house with its ancient 400 year-old mulberry tree. On arrival, there will be an introductory talk about Gainsborough, his work and the house itself. Cost: £10 including tea/coffee & biscuits. Meet at the Crossing Cottage at 12.30pm for shared transport; petrol costs to be shared with the driver. To book, please sign the list at the Cottage or phone Carol Cooper on 673705.

Architectural Tour of Frinton’s Edwardian Avenues
We have been offered a date by Mr Michael Max for Trust members to visit The Homestead, architect C F A Voysey, on 24 May and we will combine this visit with a walking tour of the major avenues of Frinton highlighting other architects, in particular William Hayne, an important local architect who some of you may remember reading about in a past newsletter. This would be an all-day tour limited to 30 participants. The cost of the tour at £20 per person includes donations to buildings visited, refreshments (morning coffee with biscuits & afternoon tea), a handout with information on Frinton, map, timetable and details of houses, architects, etc. There are still a few places left on this Architectural Walk. To book, please sign on the list at the Cottage or telephone John Barter on 852993.

WALTON MARITIME MUSEUM opens daily 2-4pm until the end of September for the Summer Exhibition ‘Walton at War’ Part 1, 1814 (Napoleonic War), 1914 (First World War), 1939 (Second World War).
Venue: Walton Maritime Museum
Start Time: 2pm
Finish Time: 4pm

Great River Race - River Thames - Saturday, 27th. September 2014

Building on last year’s great success in entering James Stevens No.14 into the Great River Race we will be entering again this year with the stated aim of completing the race under oars. In 2013 we raised £1600 towards James Stevens No.14’s running costs and plan to improve on that this year.

Anybody with an interest in taking part can book a place on board. The entry costs are around £60 and in addition there is an expectation that every crew member will raise at least £250 in sponsorship. If you fail to meet this then you will have to top it up to the £250. We are planning to return to Walton on the Sunday or Monday tide & weather depending.

Places are limited so book your place early!

Email: jsbookings@fwheritage.co.uk

James Stevens No.14
Since 1998, the Trust has restored and maintained the world’s oldest surviving motor lifeboat.
You can now book a trip on this boat which sails from Walton-on-the-Naze.
View History       Diamond Jubilee Pageant       Harwich Festival 2013

During summer months the lifeboat can be booked for a truly unique tour of the local waters around Walton-on-the-Naze.
Book A Trip

Notelet Cards
James Stevens No.14

The front picture is of James Stevens No.14 covered in snow at her moorings.
(Picture size 140mm x 140mm)

Frinton Railway Gates

The 'Gates' are back!

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Postcards From Walton
Book Launch

Videos of event:
Postcards from Walton
Rachel Baldwin, Liz Bruce, Linda Ellis, John Barter, and Roger Kennell describe the creation of the book:
View Video
Memories of Walton
Purchase the book

As a registered charity, Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust success depends upon the dedication and enthusiasm of its membership, as well as the generosity of the wider public. Details of our regular fundraising and social events can be found on our events page; if you would like to pledge a donation directly please let us know. We also welcome membership requests, visitor feedback and are particularly keen to hear if you have something that may be of interest for our archives/collections.

Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust is extremely grateful to all who have contributed, by whatever means, to its success over the past 27 years. Only with your support can the Trust continue to protect local heritage for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

Link to F&WHT Facebook Page
Take a look at our Facebook page to see photographs of our recent events