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 (Churchwarden)
Lynda Turner (Churchwarden)

Two Parish Council representatives (serving 4 years)
Dale Wordley – July 2025

Two co-opted Trustees (serving 5 years)
Barbara Scott – May 2024

The annual report for April 2020 – March 2021 demonstrated the need to review funding priorities to match the pressures of Covid-19 on the school and its delivery of In School and Remote Learning as the lockdown rules changed.  The Trust worked closely with the Head Teacher to understand the school’s priorities in her first year.  Almost equal amounts of budget were allocated to three main programmes: educational visits (virtual, real world and geography orienteering), the Norwich Music Hub in the delivery of tuition and experience, and Engaging Environments in the school (wonder room, reading corner and pro-active screen).  We gave grants to university students (£20,000), further education and 6th form students (£2700) and varying sums to apprentices resident in the village.

The Trustees retain their consultative role in the future developmental planning for the Old School Playing Field, and they lease a building and play area to the Shipdham Pre-School Playgroup.  The Trust owns and rents out 27.02 acres of farmland to the west of Shipdham.

The Trust’s managed investments are holding up well, despite stock-market variations, and stand at approx. £1.8 M, providing an annual income of over £60,000.

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

How does an individual make a claim for funding?

Application deadlines are: 31st August for university applicants and 30th September for FE applicants. 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 Thomas Bullock Grant Application 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