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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