Memoires of Tunstead by Chris Weston

Looking at your joint Tunstead & Sco Ruston details plus my “return” to Sco Ruston church last Sunday, reminded me of the days I was involved in both locations.  I was Sub Organist at Tunstead in the 1960’s and clearly remember playing on the occasional Sunday at Sco Ruston. The incumbents at that time were Howard Whyntie (who came in March 1961 and left for Wells in North Norfolk) and his successor, Alan Boar who ultimately went to Marsham in the early 1970’s. Before them, it was the Rev. Davies.

Have you heard of the Five Parishes Communicants Guild and the “famous” Five Parishes Carol Travellers? We had adventures rather like the cast in Last of the Summer Wine!  Our meetings were held on the 1st Wednesday night of each month in what was then still the old Ashmanhaugh School and each member had a special certificate.

At Tunstead, I played for the only -as far as I know – Confirmation Service in Oct 1963 and 7 years later, arranged and played for the First Carol Service in December 1970 with a visiting choir who processed to various parts of the church and ended the event by singing from the raised platform behind the altar.

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Tunstead Yard Sale 8th May (9:00 to 12:00)


Our annual Yard Sale takes place on Sunday the 8th May from 9:00 to 12:00 (noon).

There will be the usual mix of items to purchase from yards around the village plus we will be serving a variety of refreshments on the Recreation Ground.

Don’t miss this opportunity to sell items / clothing that you no longer need.  Call Wendy on 01603 783377 to register your yard (cost is £5 per yard and the proceeds will go to the Village Hall & Recreation Ground fund)

A map of all registered Yards will be available on the day

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Quiz and Chips Wednesday 20th April

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Get your thinking caps on for the  quiz night at the Olive Branch on Wednesday 20th April

The cost of entry is £3.00 per person (proceeds to go to the Village Hall fund) and the Olive Branch will also be selling chips at £1.50 per portion during the evening

Come along and test your brains for a good cause

Doors open at 7:00 and the quiz will begin at 7:30

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Photographic Competition

Have you seen the 2016 Calendars we produced using photos from the photographic competition last year?  Has it inspired you?

We are running the competition again this year but will be using the theme  ‘Your Tunstead’ which means that you can enter photographs from way back when or ones you have recently taken as long as they are a personal view of Tunstead.


As before, the photographs will be judged by an independent professional photographer and the winning 12 photos will be used in our 2017 calendar.

The closing date is the 31st August, and entry details will be posted soon.  So come on – what are you waiting for?

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