Mervyn York Obituary


Mervyn York

Mervyn York 1929 – 2018

Mervyn was the ninth child (of ten) and youngest son of Reuben and Maud Mary York, born on 12th July 1929, at New Barn Farm, Tunstead. He attended the village Primary School.

He did his National Service in Greece with the Bedford & Herts Regiment, missing signing up with the Norfolk Regiment due to a bout of mumps!

His working life was spent with the Eastern Electricity Board – even doing his bit after the 1987 hurricane in Sussex.

Mervyn with one of his china horses

He married Peggy in 1953, and they started life together in Neatishead, but after their daughters were born, moved back, in 1958, to Tunstead at no. 2 Forge Estate. Moving to Granary Way when the bungalows were built in 1972.

A model Tumbrel

He had lots of interests, mostly around animals and always had a pet dog, and was very good at making carts and harness for china horses – picking up a Bronze medal at a London Model Exhibition. He was also a member of NICE (Norfolk Internal Combustion Engine) Soc. And together with several village people started the NICE Rallies which Tunstead hosted for over 10 years, before it became the Tunstead Trosh. He also owned an old Morris car which he enjoyed showing and collecting number plates.

Mervyn York Tunstead Village Fete – 2014

After Peggy passed away in 2004, he kept himself busy making garden furniture and picnic tables. In 2007 he did a sponsored walk – Men returning from WW1 were given a smallholding of 50 acres –and Mervyn walked around all the fields with his 2 faithful Labradors and adjudicators.

Mervyn makes a dry comment……

The money raised purchased new altar curtains for the church, and a chicken coup and run for the school – after that effort he was invited to join their Christmas Party each year which he greatly enjoyed.

Mervyn lived a full life, enjoyed all things Tunstead with a dry humour and the same stubborn streak which all his family had for a spine! Sadly he passed away 18th February 2018.

Follow this link to read more about Mervyn’s horse and cart models. –>

written by Wendy Atkins; his niece


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Marc James Event Saturday – 24th March


This event has been cancelled

The Tunstead Village Hall Committee have reluctantly had to cancel this event, due to lack of ticket sales.

Coming REALLY soon – Have you got your tickets?

Saturday 24th March sees the Marc James musical evening at Place UK. Thanks goes to Tim Place for allowing the Tunstead Village Hall and Recreation Ground committee to use his barn for this event.

Tickets are on sale from Wendy Atkins, Sarah Pearson and via at £5. You can purchase the tickets on the door for £7. Doors open 7:00 for 8:00 start.

Marc has quiet a following. I am sure it will be a great evening.

Any profits from the event go towards the fund for the building that is going to replace the existing portacabin on the rec.

reviewed 5/3/18
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No Bingo! – 1st March


No Bingo !

I am sad to say, that the Bingo! session that was to be held on Thursday 1st March has had to be cancelled due to the weather.

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Defibrillator update 4th Feb 2018

Firstly, another thank you goes to the owner and customers of the Horse and Groom. Together they have made another donation to the defibrillator fund for the village. This time they gave £40. It is much appreciated, and the fund is growing. The fund has now topped the £1,000 mark. We need around £2,000. As we only started fund raising in October, we are doing very well.

Another interesting development is the arrival of a British Heart Foundation sponsored CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training kit. This came in a large holdall containing 10 separate training units, consisting of manikins and ancillary equipment. When the defibrillator arrives we will be in a good position to be on standby, should we be in the unfortunate position of having to use the equipment. Having members of the village trained in the use of the defibrillator and to able to assist by using CPR  techniques until professional help arrives, will significantly contribute to the survival of the patient.

Look out for a date for the training session. You are all invited to attend the training session. You can join in and learn what is needed, or even just observe so you know what is going on. Trainees and observers will gain confidence in knowing that help is on hand right within the village.

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