Trunch Parish Council


Paul Taylor - Chairman


My name is Paul Taylor and I have lived in Trunch since March 2013 with my wife, Brenda, and my elderly mother who is now resident in Rose Meadow Care Home in North Walsham. I was born in Chelmsford, Essex in 1949 and moved to Norfolk with my parents in 1956 to start a Guest House business at Highlawns in Trimingham where we remained for 8 years. I attended The Belfry Primary School in Overstrand and then Paston Grammar School in North Walsham where I obtained 7 O-levels and 3 A-Level passes. The family moved to North Walsham in 1964. Upon leaving school I joined John Laing Construction Limited in London as a trainee quantity surveyor.

I married Brenda in 1969, at West Runton church, and we had two sons, the elder born in South London, where I was based at the time, and the younger born in North Walsham after we moved back to Norfolk in 1972. We now have two teenage grandchildren living locally.

I obtained my professional qualification in 1973 and now operate on a semi-retired basis as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors following 25 years working on the contracting side of the construction industry, including 15 years as a company director, with the latter years prior to semi-retirement spent in private practice.I have been a member of the Royal Cromer Golf Club for many years and my other interests include nature and the history of the USA during the 1800’s.

When my sons were teenagers we lived in Bradfield and for 3 years I ran a Trunch Rovers junior football team based at the playing field.

I am an active member of the Village Society Compost Group and a firm supporter of Trunch Crown PH which I believe to be a considerable asset to the village.


Alan Bowker - Vice Chairman

I moved to Trunch in June 2021 having moved down from Lancashire.  I have been coming to the area since 1985 with my family and one of my sisters lives in Potter Heigham.
I decided to join the Parish Council in the autumn of 2021 with the aim of helping out where I can.  Most of my life has been spent living in villages so I know the challenges that they face.  I have also lived in Cities but much prefer the quieter life and really glad that I can now call Trunch home.

Nickolas Hurst

I moved to Trunch in 2001 and joined the Parish Council 4 years ago. Trunch has a great community spirit and I’d like to help maintain that.

Richard Nevill

I was born and bred in South East London, am married to Marilyn and have a son and three post-teenage grandsons. My first career was
as an Area Senior Industrial Gas Engineer with British Gas, where I also chaired our Area Sports and Social club. For a while I also tutored gas technicians at East London University. After I retired I busied myself with more voluntary work, often helping people and organisations with their computer problems. Marilyn and myself have been regular visitors to North Norfolk since the mid-70’s and we liked it so much that we moved to Trunch in 2008. We soon became involved in local organisations - Trunch Village Society (Chair, 2013-2016) Trunch Friends and North Walsham U3A committee. We love village life and the people here are just great

                                                                                                   Elizabeth Elden

I originally come from Essex but spent many a happy year as a child on holiday in North Norfolk, parents moved to Norfolk about 30 years and I moved to Trunch about 5 years ago. My professional background started as retail and very much customer focused in later years I found my true passion for Social Housing and started working for Norwich City Council and then went onto working for one of the largest Housing Associations in the UK. I enjoy the community spirit of the village and wish to see this grow.

Carole Owers

I have lived and worked in North Norfolk for approximately 40 years, the last 5 years being in Trunch. My children attended Mundesley
Junior School, Wymondham College and Paston College. For 4 years I was a volunteer at Cromer Hospital; I enjoy playing badminton at North Walsham Sports Centre, am a Committee member of Trunch friends, a member of Trunch Carpet Bowls and the Knitters and Stitchers Group.


                                                                                              Shirley Wild

I was born in Swanton Morley June 1949 and have been married to Derek for 31 years, between us we have 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren.  I have lived in Norfolk all my life - 47 of those years in  Watton / Saham Toney before moving to Trunch nearly 4 years ago  where we have settled in well. Hobbies are walking, swimming, cycling, gardening, cooking and reading. My working life has always been directly with the public in some form including as a Sales Manager for several years, a nursery assistant and voluntary Cub Scout Akela (leader) for 10 years. I love village life and am keen to preserve it.       

Jane Wisson - Clerk