Bingo! Tonight!

There will be Bingo! in the Tunstead Village Hall, tonight; Thursday 25th May 2017.

The portacabin will be resounding with the shouts of House! this Thursday at 7:30. The fortnightly bingo session will be held to raise funds for the Village Hall and Recreation Ground.

Do come along. It would be great to see you there. I have bought a Bingo Dabber, so I am well prepared.

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Village Fête – June 11th – 11:00am

The 5th Annual Tunstead Village Fête will be held on 11th June 2017, opening at 11:00am, with the Fun Dog Show starting at 1:15pm. The event will be compared by local boy Graham John (or as some of you know him – Graham Bailey).Graham Johns

This year’s special offers are: World War II vehicles, a Fire Engine, the local Vintage Tractor Club, and of course our Fun Dog Show.

There are 12 classes in the dog show:

  1. The Prettiest Bitch
  2. Handsomest Dog
  3. Best Crossbreed
  4. Golden Oldie over 7 years
  5. Waggiest tail
  6. Snip & Stitch neutered/spayed
  7. Under 15 inches
  8. Over 15 inches
  9. One coloured coat
  10. Particoloured coat
  11. Scruffiest dog
  12. Smartest dog

As usual owners will pay £1 per class entry and can enter as many as they qualify for, rosettes given to 4th place.

We also have “the old favourites”

  • Tombola – where tickets ending with ‘5’ or ‘0’ win prizes.
  • Name the Teddy
  • Number of Sweets in the jar
  • Delicious homemade cakes!
  • Plant sale
  • Panning 4 Gold – always great fun and messy. There’s a coin in every cup of sand- but how much?
  • Face painting for the little ones.
  • Bouncy Castle

Of course a fête wouldn’t be complete without Ice Cream, and when that’s all done how’s about a cup of tea and cake while you watch the dog show.

We also run a raffle: prizes include tickets to Thrigby Hall Wildlife & Gardens, Broads Tours boat trips, bottle of drink, fruit basket etc.

Parking is on the field – entrance is 50p PER PERSON of 16 years and OVER.


On Saturday (10th) we shall erect the ring and mark off parking areas etc. The time for starting this will be arranged at the special meeting Tunstead Village Fête Volunteers to be held on Tuesday 30th May at 7:30pm in the village hall.

New volunteers are very welcome to attend this meeting, or turn up to help prepare for the Fête.

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I went to the village pub, today

Gilly Foulds, the owner of The Horse and Groom, Tunstead, invited me to take a look around to see how work is progressing towards its (hopefully) Late May opening. Its very much a “work in progress”, so sorry no photos as yet.

When I arrived the place was a hive of activity, with builders, trades people, and pub staff buzzing to and fro with tasks allotted by Gilly, a very hands-on project manager. Her project management skills are not insignificant, as demonstrated by the large team that were there. Today there were a dozen people, and at the peak of the alteration work there have been over 16 people all with separate jobs, but surprisingly not getting in each other’s way. The end of May opening appears to be a real possibility; so watch this space.

The focus of the current work is the pub including the kitchen and dining area. Head chef Carl Spelman was busy moving in, carrying stacks of plates.  Gilly took me on a guided tour, starting at the main entrance. To the right will be a cosy family room. This is important as Gilly wants a place in which families will feel welcome and comfortable, so child-friendly soft-play items will be available in an outside area that will complement the family room.

Turning left at the front door brings you inside the main area of the pub where the bar, of course, takes centre stage with a darts board area, as well as tables and chairs where people can pop in, sit down, and have a drink.

Beyond the bar is the dining area for those who would like to eat. There will be wholesome food, using locally supplied ingredients whenever possible. The menu will be straight-forward, but will not follow the usual pub fare found in pub chains.

The general fit-out has tried to maintain the features of the original building with beams, fireplaces and varnished floors. The fireplaces will have wood-burning stoves, instead of open fires. Good use has been made of the many rooms, for both the public and the private areas.

Outside, there will be a seating area and a small turfed area reflecting the intimate nature of the pub. This is at the front of the property and is surrounded on two sides by the building, as well as being set back from the road. The car park makes good use of the available space each side of the access way to Groomsmere Court. There is a bottle bank for the use of village residents. This will be managed by the parish council where income from the sale of the glass will be given to the Tunstead Village Hall Charity.

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Outside Working Party

Our Parish Church; St Mary’s Tunstead, is organising an outside working party for Saturday 20th May 2017, from 10:00am.

We are hoping for lots of people to lend a hand on that morning to tidy-up the area surrounding our parish church. St Mary’s is one of the most magnificent churches in the district, and owes its being to the money donated by merchants of the medieval wool trade. These days, people come from miles around to view it, photograph it and to be within its walls for peace and reflection.

It would be great if the residents of the village, not just the local worshipers, help to tidy up the church grounds. Having well maintained surroundings to the church will be good for the reputation of the village, as visitors will take away memories and photographs showing a wonderful church sitting in cared-for grounds.

If you can spare an hour please come along. If you can bring tools such as spades, forks and hoes with you, so much the better. There will be refreshments to keep you going so no need to bring a thermos flask.

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