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Trinity Village

In November 2008 the Estate was 're-branded'  as Trinity Village and a new management website was launched. See Trinity House press release.

There were some comments from residents. 

From the TNRA newsletter, Autumn 2008:

Village life?

I knew I had to be dreaming when I was told that we are about to be living in a village.1
    How could this be? It doesn’t feel like Dulwich or Hampstead or Highgate: they have ponds and pubs and a mixture of quaint houses. It doesn’t even feel like Ealing Village, a purpose-built estate with its own green and clubhouse. It certainly doesn’t feel like Ambridge,2 or Camberwick Green.3
    How can it be a village? Well, there is a church;4 but in a real village the church is at the centre of village life. And there used to be a pub,5 but they made that into flats in order to maximise income and made sure that it didn’t open as a brasserie (even though more than one person wanted to do just that). There used to be a ‘village shop’6 which acted as a centre of our community – but they closed that down. Maybe one piece of evidence that we really are a village is that the local post office has just closed down!7
    So where does that leave us? Maybe they’re going to create a village community – but that seems unlikely when only one-year leases are offered. Or will they offer the residents of the village their own meeting space (the ‘village hall’) at a pepper-corn rent, like Henry Wood Hall? History suggests not: all previous requests have been turned down flat. Maybe Trinity House genuinely want to create an organic, settled community where there is mutual respect, cooperation and goodwill. Maybe it’s not a cynical marketing ploy designed to maximise profit.
    Living in a village! Where’s the village idiot?
A. Dreamer

  1. NB say that the estate will be rebranded as ‘Trinity Village’ from 21 November 2008. See eventually the website: www.trinityvillage.co.uk. Not to be confused with www.trinityvillage.com, a long-term care home in Ontario.
  2. ‘The Archers’, BBC Radio 4. Ambridge has a church, a pub, a shop, a village green with pond and, sometimes, a maypole. It is populated by many characters, from worthy farmers to lovable rogues.
  3. BBC Children’s Television. Camberwick Green has a post office, a garage, a policeman, a doctor, a milkman and lots of shops round a green.
  4. Now Henry Wood Hall.
  5. Now four flats at 29 Swan Street.
  6. Now a studio at 33 Swan Street.
  7. Relocated from Borough High Street to Southwark Bridge Road.

From the TNRA newsletter, Spring 2009:

What’s in a moniker?

Look up Trinity Village on the internet and you find … ‘A 150 bed long-term care facility on an 11.5 acre site, with 60 life equity townhomes’ (owned and operated by Lutheran Homes, Kichener-Waterloo); ‘a brand new 55+ Active Adult living community located in West Cobb’ (in Atlanta, Georgia) – as they say, ‘a little piece of Heaven on Earth’; also ‘Trinity Village is a retirement community in Arkansas’.
    Then there’s ‘Trinity Student Village University of Central Lancashire’. Its internet connection has four-letter word problems apparently. Oh and, of course, there is the 21 November 2008 press release from our landlords, Trinity House, announcing that ‘The Corporation of Trinity House today renamed its south east London Newington (Trust) Estate, Trinity Village’ and the website, http://trinityvillage.co.uk/.
    Curiously we do not see the Grosvenor Estate (much of Mayfair and Belgravia), the Bedford Estate (Bloomsbury), the Eton Estate (Primrose Hill to Swiss Cottage) or the Crown Estate (Regent’s Park and much else) following the ex­ample of Trinity House and its advisers. They remain estates and have not ­become villages.
    Our landlords should be advised that we are a metropolitan estate and, as such, we are proud of this place. Well as least I am. We are not a new-build retirement home in the former colonies. We might like to call it Trinity Estate, rather than Newington Estate, but an estate is what it is, whatever this spurious renaming might suggest. (After some discussion, TNRA neatly combined ‘Trinity’ and ‘Newington’ in its own name at its inaugural meeting long ago in 1976.) This sort of make-believe may have an appeal for some people. It certainly does not appeal to me.

Grumpy old man
Trinity Estate
The Borough
London
England