We wish you a Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year.

ROAD CLOSURE in SWAFIELD 7th January 2019 until 19th March 2019

Road Closures in Swafield

I met with Barhale’s Site Manger, Barhale’s are the Main Contractor responsible for the sewerage scheme under construction. The gentleman gave me a set of plans showing the closures with dates together with the diversion route. The street in Swafield will be closed to through traffic from it’s junction with Bradfield Road to the junction with Little London Road from 7th January 2019 until the 3rd February. After that, The street will will closed to through traffic from the junction with Knapton Road/Trunch (at the sharp bend) to Bradfield Road from 4th February until 19th March. This means that no traffic from Trunch and North of Trunch will be able to gain access to North Walsham using The Street in Swafield between 7th January until 19th March. The official diversion is via Mundesley but an alternative is via Southrepps to Thorpe Market then using the A149 to North Walsham. There will also be closures in and around Bradfield village. There will be occasions when the The Street will appear passable but if you use this, as the contractor pointed out, you will do so at your own risk. Not good news but main sewers are much needed in Swafield.


Trunch Village Society

It’s that time of year again!

Any Village Group or Organisation wishing to apply for a grant towards the cost of repairs, improvements, materials, equipment or running expenses which would be of benefit to the village should make application in writing to The Chairman, Trunch Village Society, Trunch Corner Stores, Gimingham Road, Trunch NR28 0PS  before 31st December 2018. The application should include full details of the requirement and reasons together with a timescale for funding.

There are six Project Groups within the Society namely, Litter Picking, Scarecrows and Fun Day(Open Gardens), Community Composting, Bee Keeping, Playing Field and Rectory Meadow Management. Three of the Groups are on target to raise circa £4500 this year most of which will go towards supporting some of the other Organisations, Groups and activities in the village. In order to maintain, even improve, this achievement we are in desperate need of additional volunteers. If you can spare some time, no matter how little, your help would be most welcome. Please contact Chris Owen (tele: 722072), Brian Boughton (tele: 720252) or a member of one of the Groups, contact details of whom are on the notice boards near the shop and in the village hall

TRUNCH PARISH COUNCIL MEETING Wednesday 2nd January 2019 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Community Room

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Community Room

All residents are welcome to attend.






We have two specific issues: An immediate need for refurbishment of the kitchen to meet Health & Safety standards, and a serious shortfall in income required to meet our annual expenses, primarily due to under use of the facilities.


The Village Hall Committee, in consultation with current Hall users, is seeking to establish a Fundraising Group to explore various sources of income, including grants, fundraising events, marketing of the Hall etc.


The Hall belongs to the Residents of Trunch, and the Committee, having already met with Hall users to discuss the way forward, now need to involve all residents in seeking their ideas, sharing their expertise and in volunteering to assist in the activities that will take place. As a result of the public meeting held on 5th October at least six additional residents have agreed to serve on the Committee to help raise vital funds. Other residents have agreed to assist with fund raising and staging of events.



An event for all the family, including Father Christmas in his Grotto

Many stalls, Raffle, Face Painting, Tombola Children’s Bran Tub, Name the Rabbit, Christmas Tree, Festive Music, Cakes, Mince Pies and Festive Liquid Refreshment! Plans for the Fayre are developing all the time, so look out for further information!

Your Christmas starts here!

We also have a Village Hall table at the Monthly Table Top Sale at the Methodist Church (First Saturday of the month)


By donating prizes for the Christmas Fayre (Raffle/Tombola/Children’s Bran Tub) Please leave these at the Shop

Donating Bric-A-Brac for the monthly Table Top Sale (donations can be dropped off at the Methodist Church (marked Village Hall Stall) or left with John Jones at 18 Kingsley Close, Telephone: 01263 721796, John will collect heavy items.

Joining in with fund raising events. Keep a look at for details of future events.

THE TRUNCH CROWN – Sunday 16th December UKULELE SIMON and on Christmas Eve SONNY LEE 8pm-11pm

The new tenant, Iain Chambers, welcomes  UKULELE SIMON  to The Trunch Crown on Sunday 16th December and Sonny Lee on Christmas Eve for your entertainment

Iain took on the tenancy of this Bateman’s public house  on Tuesday 13th November when the refurbishment commenced.

Besides serving the familiar Bateman’s cask ales, food will be served offering the speciality dish Italian Pizza, in house or take away.

Traditional Sunday roasts will also be available.

Membership is available and for full details contact Iain, email: or telephone: 01263 722341

Winter opening times (October – March)  12.00noon – 3.00pm and 6.00pm – 11.00pm

Summer opening times (April – September) 11.00am – 11.00pm

Saturday and Sunday  12.00noon – 11.00pm

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A Note from the Local Management Team :-

All pub users, and even those who just walk by, will have seen an unfortunate decline in the village pub of late to the point it is now closed.

We all must appreciate a ‘good local’ is vital to any village as it provides a meeting and a place for us all to commune socially. It also has the capacity to support events and activities in the village, like concerts etc. It can provide a vital attraction to those who holiday in the area, giving refreshment, guidance and a place to meet others.

All this makes it important to have a great village pub, that’s warm, welcoming and a place where all are comfortable to go.

The great news is that after much work with Bateman’s, The Crown will soon re-open under a local licensee Iain Chambers who lives in the village. This has been made possible with help from local people who are assisting financially and with skills that will allow the pub not just to re-open, but be brought up to a high standard of environment and offer.

The pub is going to be open 7 days a week, with a food offer of Pizza/Pasta (Inc Takeaway) in the week and back to the traditional roast on Sunday’s. We will have a great range of beers, wines and spirits (including local gins!). Quality tea and Coffee will be served as well as pies and other snacks. Quiz nights, music and other events are planned.

We hope the pub will return to its place at the heart of the village and hope to work with the village societies to help them with their aims.

It’s going to take a while to get this standards right and re-fit kitchens etc. so the pub will remain closed until the 1st December whilst work is done in and out to bring it up to the standards we aspire to.

We hope in December you will join Iain at the pub and show your support by coming in for a drink or a meal, and make sure the pub can take its place once more in the heart of the village.

See you in the Trunch Crown!!!  Support your local


VILLAGE HALL QUIZ and FISH & CHIPS NIGHT – Friday 11th January at 7.30pm

Quiz with Fish and Chips is being held on Friday 11th January at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Proceeds going towards the upkeep of the Village Hall.

Entrance Fee –


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TRUNCH CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME on Sunday 16th December at 4.00pm in the Trunch Village Hall

Christmas Pantomime Returns to Trunch!
Photograph  shows rehearsals in progress at the Trunch village hall
‘Goldilocks and the Crazy Swans’ – a pantomime, based on the traditional English ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and the Russian ballet ‘Swan Lake’, will be performed at Trunch Village Hall on Sunday 16th December at 4pm. 
A flock of Swans, ruled by an Evil Black Queen, have nested in the North Walsham – Dilham canal in Swafield, not far from the village of Trunch.  As the story unfolds the Queen of Swans exerts her evil will over the bears from Pigneys wood, turning them into marauding zombies who try to trash nearby villages.  Will she succeed? Will Goldilocks thwart her evil plan? Come to the panto to find out! 
There will be singing and dancing, the pantomime is directed by Boris and produced by Tim, and the cast includes actors from Trunch, Swafield and Trimingham. The title role will be performed by Mrs Michele Horsefield (Trunch). 
The Pantomime is kindly sponsored by Anglian Water. 
If you can’t make it on Sunday 16th December 4pm – don’t worry, there is another performance on Saturday 15th December, in Swafield Village Hall at 7pm (this one is with a licensed bar). 
Tickets are available at Trunch Corner Stores (£6 adults, £3 children) or Tel 01692 402624.


a.-Glebe-1.1-hiveTrunch Beekeeping Group is keen to increase the membership. Villagers interested in this fascinating and educational pastime are welcome to join. Looking out for the wellbeing of honey bees is a remarkably rewarding experience. During 2018 we will be carrying out regular hive inspections and organising a hive demonstration at Glebe Lodge.

The Group have now seven hives. Bearing in mind the Group was only formed April 2016 by inexperienced aspiring bee keepers the achievement of setting up the hives has been relatively successful. Members attended various courses organised by experienced and well known bee keepers. The Group have attracted interest from other local bee keepers whose help is invaluable. Last year the Group was able to collect and sell some of the honey.

The Group plan to purchase two queen bees, an Easy-Clean hive steriliser and additional stock of honey jars this year. New types of hive are being introduced to the bee keeping market and it planned to try a couple of these.

The next members meeting is on 5th March at 6.30pm in the Methodist Church Community Room.

The group’s very extensive web site, with a Members Area,  is

If you are interested in joining our Group please contact Brian Boughton on 01263 720252 or contact any member of the Group.