Villages are only a mile apart in our region of Suffolk, yet they are vastly different. Troston is a very mixed community with all age groups well represented, although there is a shortage of affordable housing for young families. There is a small nucleus of residents brought up in the village but the vast majority have moved in within the last twenty or so years; part of the housing for RAF Honington also lies within our parish.
Many changes have taken place over the last fifty years or so and our three main housing estates were created around the centre of the village approximately thirty years ago. The current population is 554, which includes part of RAF Honington, with 36 children between the ages of one and six years. It is probably fair to say that Troston is now a dormitory village although there are quite a few people working independently from their own homes. There is a car sales garage, a chiropodist and a public house in the heart of Troston; however since the village boundary extends to include RAF Honington, there is also a Chinese take-a-way, fish & chip shop, village store and hairdresser along with a garage, where almost anything can be bought, just a short distance away. Farming still plays an important part in the village and employs ten people. The OLM who lives in the village has a small flock of sheep that occasionally graze in the church yard. Newcomers to Troston are encouraged to borrow the Village Book in which local historians have made an excellent record of all aspects of village life over the past centuries.
The village hall, originally the old church school until 1946, was recently refurbished thanks to a lottery grant and the hard work of many villagers. Various organisations benefit from the facility including a carpet bowls club, mothers and toddlers, keep fit and the WI. The parish council is currently obtaining grants to refurbish and extend the play equipment in the village playing field. St Mary's Church has a small but caring congregation of approximately 10 worshippers each Sunday. Our biggest fundraising event is Euston Rural Pastimes which heavily subsidises our quota, however there is a separate heritage committee that is actively fundraising to refurbish the church and protect the mediaeval wall paintings. On Easter Saturday we open the church for lunches, working in partnership with a neighbour holding a Hen Day. This is a very successful venture in both uniting the village, helping the locals become more aware of the church and of course fundraising, the proceeds of which go directly to the heritage fund.
We are proud to say that our church is open every day during daylight hours.
Information is available on the village website www.troston.suffolk.cloud