Forncett Fete on Jubilee Green 27th June 2015

Terry Henderson on behalf of Forncett Village Hall Management Committee, and Anne Frith, Fete 2015 Committee Chair on .


Photos by Su Leavesley
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Well what a day!! Jubilee Green was full of all the most interesting stalls - from bees to teddy bears, plants to bric-a-brac, and fun and games for all including target football, crockery smash and bouncy castle. The young ones (of all ages) really enjoyed the "stocks"( throwing wet sponges at the folks in the stocks), which degenerated into throwing buckets of water at the target.

As always there was excellent food to enjoy at the BBQ, as well as Tea & Cake in the hall and Tas Well Bar if you wanted something stronger. Some lovely vintage motorcycles were on display, as well as "guess the age of the lawn mower". So competitions, food, games and fun; what more could you want from a Village Fete? and the weather gods were on our side too. We were also treated to some lovely musical performances from Forncett School, Little Tractors and Gissing ballet in the centre ring.

Thanks to everyone who has helped us in any way: in the planning (with representatives of the Village Hall, School and 'Little Tractors'), hosting meetings, loan and transport of equipment, expertise, setting up the site, supplying prizes for the raffle and games, 'manning' stalls during the Fete, and clearing away afterwards.  Also, of course, to everyone who came along to support us and make all our combined efforts so worthwhile on what was a perfect day in a perfect setting.


St Edmund’s on Midsummer’s Day

Margaret & John Webster on .


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photos by John Webster

The spirit of the past in our close-knit community was re-awakened as the pleasant notes of the New Buckenham Silver Band wafted across the locality from St Edmund’s on Midsummer’s Day. Directed by Sam the band’s members were cosily accommodated beneath a marquee and played a wide-ranging medley of musical pieces orchestrated for brass-band, including marches, songs from shows and special pieces, like the one for three trombones. We should like to thank those who make the much admired cakes and the little band of helpers especially eagle- eyed Gabi, and our thanks too to Peter (and Paul!) for mowing the meadow impeccably for the event.


St Mary’s Church Open Weekend and Forncett Great War Project

Jackie Lanaway on .


Photos Richard Ball
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Saturday July 4th and Sunday July 5th will give people the chance to see St Mary’s Church in her full glory now that renovation work has been completed. Those who saw the church in a neglected, endangered state, having been closed for over 25 years, cannot help but be impressed by the vision and energy of Graham and May Prior in achieving the transformation of both church and grounds. Come along to talk to them about how this was done, with before and after pictures and admire the carpentry work of Forncett’s Harry Barker, including the wonderful lych gate newly built.

Photo Adam Todd Gressenhall 2014

At the same time St Mary’s will also play host to the Great War Timeline, part of Forncett History Group’s Great War Project, which is moving its permanent home to that church.

Also on display will be WW1 artefacts, Forncett’s Book of Remembrance and on Sunday 5th July only, Nigel Amies will be there all day to talk to visitors about the life of a British Infantryman in the 1914-18 war. Nigel is well known in schools and museums for his historical re-enactments and will be bringing along memorabilia, uniform and other objects. Nigel loves to chat so come and talk to him and learn what it would have been like for a soldier during that time.

All ages are welcome and entry is free. Refreshments, a raffle and a second-hand bookstall will be available on both days.
Telephone May on 01508 or Jackie 01953 788414 for further information.



What? Where? Who?

John Webster on .

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Photographs from the past are fascinating and provide us with a record for posterity. A major challenge is, however, to identify people and events. I intend to post on my 'Forncett Archive Corner' from time to time such photos, which interested readers/viewers will hopefully comment on and forward useful information especially with regard to identities.

The first is an item supplied by Malcolm Lee of a charabanc outing in the late 1950s, at a guess. All comments should be sent to the Forncett website address for me to respond to. Reference to persons should be made according to rows and from left to right. Thank you!  John Webster