Thomas Bullock Trust

The Thomas Bullock Trust oversees the distributions of funds resulting from a bequest by Thomas Bullock in 1735 for teaching the poor of the parish of Shipdham.  Nowadays, as well as supporting Thomas Bullock C of E Primary Academy (for items not normally provided by the Diocese of Norwich Education Academy Trust) it also gives grants to young people under the age of 25, living in the parish, to further their wider education, including apprenticeships, and their social and physical development.

The Trustees

Three ex officio Trustees from All Saints Church
Rev’d Canon Paul Cubitt
John Larwood Chairman (Churchwarden)
One vacancy

Two Parish Council representatives (serving 4 years)
Dale Wordley – July 2025 Vice-Chairman
One vacancy for Parish Council representative.

Two co-opted Trustees (serving 5 years)
Jo Dewing – May 2027
One vacancy

The Trust welcomed Mr Dale Wordley, filling the vacancy as one of two Parish Council representatives at the Trust’s AGM held on 13th July 2021 and welcomed Jo Dewing as a co-opted Trustee at meeting held on 24th May 2022.

How does an individual make a claim for funding?

Application deadlines: all applications for university and further education grants are 31st August – other dated are 31st December and 30th April each year. Grants cannot be made retrospectively.

Please note there is a new format of the application form for grants, to allow for on-line banking and to include a statement re GDPR – the link is TBTappform2022 however if you have already completed an old style form and sent it in that is fine.  All applications should be sent to Clerk at

For further details please contact Clerk at

After a most difficult time, the Trustees are nearly at the point of being able to access the Trust’s accounts, in order to release monies to successful applicants.

We apologise most sincerely for this situation, which was not of our making, and have worked consistently with the Charity Commission, the bank, and our specialist charity lawyers to get the Trust back on track.

Please do make sure that if you applied for a grant in 2021 that we have a copy of this, and that applications for 2022 are completed on the new GDPR compliant form available on this website.  Applications must be accompanied by some form of proof of placement.

All applications will be considered as soon as possible, and all applicants will be advised of the outcome.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Statement from the Trustees of the Thomas Bullock Trust – 5th December 2022

Thank you all for your patience whilst the final stages of getting the Trust back in action are completed – we have worked with the Charity Commission, charity law specialist solicitors and the bank to ensure that the Trust will be able to distribute grants, according to the terms of its legal formation and operation.

The first deadline of the year 31st August has now been met, and all applications for this year and outstanding ones from 2021 will be considered by the Trustees in January 2023.  All applicants will be advised of the result of their applications. The next deadline dates are 31st December 2022 and April 30th 2023.

If you have any questions please email