"Here is a box, a musical box, wound up and ready to play. But this box can hide a secret inside. Can you guess what is in it today ?"
And out of the box would rise the episode's star character. The background would then appear and the story would begin.
Camberwick Green was a small village near Trumpton. As its name implies it was a green, surrounded by shops, including a fishmongers, bakers and post office. Nearby was Colley's Mill, Pippin Fort and Jonathon Bell's Farm
1: Peter the Postman
Original transmission date:03/01/66
Starring: Peter Hazel the postman, with Mickey, Paddy & Mary Murphy, Mrs Dingle.
Songs: Peter the Postman
Plot: In this, the very first episode of the Trumptonshire trilogy, we are introduced to many of the characters of Camberwick Green. Peter the Postman collects the letters from the letter boxes, then goes to the post office where he and Mrs Dingle sort them. Then around the village green he meets Mickey Murphy, Mr Carraway, Mrs Honeyman and Doctor Mopp. Then it's off to Pippin Fort, a "Military Academy" where the arrival of the mail during the parade causes chaos. Later, while delivering to Colley's Mill, Peter leans his mail bag against the stationary sails, but Windy starts the sails turning and poor Peter's sack gets caught up and goes around with the sails until Windy stops them again.
2: Windy Miller
Original transmission date:10/01/66
Starring: Windy Miller, with Jonathan Bell, Mickey Murphy, Captain Snort, Mrs Honeyman, Pippin Fort Crew.
Songs: Windy Miller, Mr Murphy,Driving Along (bakers van), Driving Along (army truck)
Plot: While Windy is watching the sails turn, Jonathan Bell arrives with some corn to grind. Windy offers him some cider but farmer Bell is driving so declines and Windy drinks the cider alone... Meanwhile, in Camberwick Green Mickey Murphy receives two large orders for cakes but finds he has run out of flour, so drives off to Colley's Mill with his children who find Windy asleep (having drunk too much cider). They wake him up but find that the wind has dropped and the sails have stopped. They try and whistle up the wind, but with no success. Then the Pippin Fort boys drive past and Windy flags them down for assistance. When they all whistle the sails start to turn.
3: Mr Crockett, the Garage Man
Original transmission date:17/01/66
Starring: Mr Crockett, with Farmer Jonathan Bell, Windy Miller.
Songs: Crockett's Polka, Windy Miller
Plot: Mr Crockett attends a breakdown in his tow truck to help Mickey Murphy get his delivery van started. The problem is that Mickey hadn't switched it on ! (!!!) On returning to the garage, Dr Mopp and Farmer Bell are waiting for petrol. Mr Crockett fills up Dr Mopp's car, but Farmer Bell thinks its his truck that has been filled up and drives off. Later, Farmer Bell passes Windy who is on his tricycle. They decide to race from the Mill to Camberwick Green. Towards the end of the race it looks like Jonathan is going to win, but after cheekily stopping at the post office, he finds he cannot restart his truck as it has run out of petrol, and so Windy wins to much applause from the villagers.
Look out for the truck parked at the side of Mr Crockett's garage, which looks a lot like the workmen's truck in the Mrs Honeyman
4: Dr Mopp
Original transmission date:24/01/66
Starring: Dr Mopp, Mrs Honeyman with Paddy, Mary & Mrs Murphy, Windy Miller, PC McGarry
Songs: Doctor Mopp
Plot: Dr Mopp calls on the Murphy children who are in bed with bad colds. Mrs Honeyman sees Dr Mopp go into the bakery and so goes to gossip to Mrs Dingle, leaving the baby outside the post office. When she sees Dr Mopp leave the bakery she goes outside, and then notices red spots on the baby's face. What she doesn't notice is that one of the soldier boys is up a ladder above the baby doing some painting! Dr Mopp drives off to do some bird photography with Windy, then goes to Pippin Fort for the medical inspection. The boys are "as fit as fiddles" so he then goes to Bell's Farm where Daisy the cow has a bad cough, and Mrs Bell has a touch of the rheumatics. When he returns to his surgery Mrs Honeyman is waiting with her baby. When he tells her the red spots are just paint she has nothing to say for a change.
Listen out for Dr Mopp's strange line "Look out for painters when you park your baby"
5: Farmer Jonathan Bell
Original transmission date:31/01/66
Plot: Farmer Bell gives Peter the postman a lift to Colley's Mill where he teases Windy about the small number of eggs he produces. Later, at Camberwick Green, Farmer Bell has trouble selling the usual number of eggs. Only at Pippin Fort does he sell the normal amount. He finds out that the villagers have been buying free range eggs from Windy Miller. After talking to Windy, Jonathan decides to leave local selling to Windy, while he sells to the packing station. After all, Jonathan is the most modern farmer in Camberwick Green. They have a drink of cider and remain friends.
6: Captain Snort
Original transmission date:07/02/66
Starring: Captain Snort, Sergeant Major Grout, The Soldier Boys, Mrs Honeyman
Songs: Driving Along (army truck), Mr Carraway
Plot: The soldier boys are sent out to help with jobs in Camberwick Green. Private Meek is given the job of taking baby Honeyman to the chemist shop while Mrs Honeyman goes off to Shatters the department store in Welchester. At the end of the afternoon, all the soldier boys are called back to the Green, but Meek is nowhere to be found. Could this be desertion, or even mutiny? They drive back to Pippin Fort without him, and a short time later Meek arrives at the fort in Mr Crockett's truck, still holding the baby. It appears that Mr Honeyman wasn't at the chemist shop so he couldn't leave the baby there. Then Mrs Honeyman arrives and explains that she missed the bus back. So all's well that ends well.
7: Paddy Murphy
Original transmission date:14/02/66
Starring: Paddy Murphy, Thomas Tripp, windy Miller, Jonathan Bell
Songs: Mr Murphy, Roller Skates, Thomas Tripp, Windy Miller, Jonathan Bell
Plot: Every Saturday, Paddy Murphy puts on his roller skates and heads off to Tripp's Dairy to lend a hand. They pick up milk, butter and eggs from Bell's farm and then make their deliveries, including a cake to Windy (who can't bake cakes), and a whole crate of milk to Mickey Murphy for his custard pies, which he bakes every Saturday.
But one Saturday Tabatha the cat causes an accident, and all the milk bottles get knocked over! Farmer Bell can't supply any more milk because his milking machine is being repaired. Luckily Windy Miller has his own cow and so the villagers of Camberwick Green get their milk delivered, and Windy saves the day.
8: Roger Varley, the Sweep
Original transmission date:21/02/66
Starring: Roger Varley, Mickey Murphy, Mary & Paddy Murphy, Jonathan Bell
Songs: Roger Varley, Driving Along (bakers van)
Plot: While Roger is sweeping Mickey's bakery chimney Windy comes in to buy some doughnuts and asks Roger to sweep a chimney at the windmill. But when it's time to clean up the bakery Mickey finds the water to all the shops in Camberwick Green has been cut off! The workmen arrive to make repairs, but Mickey can't wait. He drives off to get water from the well at Colley's Mill. When he gets there, Windy tells him that it will take a long time to fill all those buckets, and he'll spill most of it on the way home. Windy touches Roger's collar for luck and suddenly Farmer Bell arrives with some empty churns. Windy touches Roger's collar again and the soldier boys arrive with a new water pump which they were using for a fire drill. They have the churns filled up in "double- quick time" and Mickey returns to Camberwick Green to clean the bakery in time for Sergeant Major Grout's birthday party (with a cake shaped like a cannon).
9: PC McGarry
Original transmission date:28/02/66
Starring: PC McGarry, Pippin Fort Crew, Windy Miller
Songs: PC McGarry, Windy Miller, Driving Along (army truck)
Plot: PC McGarry (Number 452) is touring Camberwick Green on his motorbike, checking up on potential dog licences and illegal fishing. At Pippin Fort the boys are on parade, but suddenly an emergency alarm is called and they all drive off to the Green in their Army truck. There they find that a swarm of bees has landed near the bakery, preventing Mickey from sell his cakes. The soldier boys set up a temporary shop while they try to find Windy Miller to deal with the bees. He is eventually found fishing behind Mr Carraway's shop. Windy quickly catches the bees by puffing smoke at them and everything is back to normal.
Look out for the shots of Windy with the smoke - filmed using normal continuous filming rather than stop-frame animation
10: Mr Dagenham, the Salesman
Original transmission date:07/03/66
Starring: Mr Dagenham, Jonathan Bell, Captain Snort
Songs: Mr Dagenham the salesman, Jonathan Bell the farmer, Helicopter
Plot: Mr Dagenham arrives at Bell's farm and gets a demonstration of how useful the fork lift loader is (which Mr Dagenham sold him). Later Mr Dagenham arrives at Pippin Fort in the middle of the morning parade and shows Captain Snort plans for something very expensive...Later still Farmer Bell arrives at the Post Office in Camberwick Green, followed by Captain Snort in Mr Dagenham's car. Mrs Dingle tells Mrs Honeyman that Farmer Bell and Captain Snort have both ordered a book about helicopters. At the Windmill, the soldier boys are removing the sails so that Windy can repair the hub. At the farm, Paddy and Mary are playing when Mr Dagenham arrives in a helicopter. They all fly off to the Windmill where Mr Dagenham offers to put the sails back on using the helicopter. Everything goes well until Windy waves to Mary and Mr Dagenham thinks this is the sign to go up, taking Windy with him. Fortunately no harm is done and Windy gets lowered to the ground safely.
11: Mr Carraway, the Fishmonger
Original transmission date: 14/03/66
Starring: Mr Carraway, Windy Miller, Pippin Fort crew, with Mr Crockett, PC McGarry,
Songs: Mr Murphy, Windy Miller
Plot: Mr Carraway the fishmonger calls in at Colley's Mill, where Windy seems to be making something secret...He shows Windy a painting of a ship that his grandfather used to sail on called "The Northern Prince". After a long story Mr Carraway drives off to Pippin Fort to deliver some fish. The soldier boys there are bored with their Geography lessons until Mr Carraway turns up and tells them tales of the high seas with the aid of the painting. On the way back from the fort Mr Carraway's truck breaks down, and while Mr Crockett tows it back to the garage the painting falls out of the back. Mr Carraway is very upset, but the Camberwick Green people rally round and Windy presents him with a model of the Northern Prince. This is what he was making all along.
12: Mickey Murphy, the Baker
Original transmission date:21/03/66
Starring: Mickey Murphy, Private Lumley, with Mrs Murphy, Pippin Fort soldiers, Windy Miller, Farmer Bell.
Songs: Driving Along (in an army truck)
Plot: Mr Murphy burns his hands while baking, so Private Lumley from Pippin Fort is called in to help. But Lumley can't tell his left from his right and sells all Farmer Bell's special order walnut cakes. With the help of Windy Miller and his well equipped cook house Lumley bakes some more cakes and delivers them to the farm.
Note: in this episode Windy has extensive cooking facilities, but in the "Paddy Murphy" episode he says he can't bake cakes.
13: Mrs Honeyman and her Baby
Original transmission date:28/03/66
Starring: Mrs Honeyman, Dr Mopp, PC McGarry, with Farmer Bell, the workmen
Songs: Chatter Chatter, PC McGarry, Driving Along (army truck)
Plot: When workmen come to Camberwick Green Mrs Honeyman gets the wrong idea and thinks they are going to dig up the Green itself. PC McGarry is powerless to do anything as all their paperwork is in order. The villagers organise a demonstration, but then they find out that the workmen are in fact going to build behind Mr Crockett's garage, so the Green won't be spoilt after all... but Mrs Honeyman is nowhere to be seen.