St Edmund's Fete

Written by Philip Yull on .


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Photos: John Webster

Last month's Flyer contained a number of photographs which illustrated the traditional nature of this now established and popular event in the summer calendar. Quite rightly no longer billed as mini-fete it continues to attract growing numbers of Forncett folk and people from neighbouring villages. I would like to thank Barry Bradford, John and Margaret Webster, the rest of the organising team and supporting cast of volunteers and stall holders that make this event happen. My own short stint on the bric-a-brac stall was really enjoyable as customers searched for bargains.

It is the wide range of stalls, games, cream teas and BBQ that make this fete a real family event. Where else could you search for hidden treasure in Forncett, enjoy a freshly cooked hot dog, buy local produce, pick up a bargain and meet friends and neighbours in a single afternoon. This year we also had several great old British motorbikes on display, including a restoration project for sale.

After a short break in proceedings to pack away the stalls for another year the BBQ was fired up again and the bar opened in readiness for the evening proceedings. It was great to see a large crowd including many families return to see local band 'Play' take to the stage. Whilst Barry's old trailer doesn't quite match the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury the band kept everyone entertained with their wide ranging repertoire. By the end of the evening many people had taken to their feet to dance to the music.

The fête and concert really brings the village together. I understand it succeeded in raising much needed funds for the project to install a kitchenette and toilet in St Edmund's church. Once completed this will provide a more user-friendly venue for further community gatherings.


A Defibrillator for Forncett

Written by on behalf of the Defib Group on .

Donation update 20th October 2014

Target £1000 (which will be matched by the Parish Council to give £2000) - each '£' represents £25


Actual amounts received or pledged so far £935 - nearly there!

The Parish Council has discussed the possible installation of a defibrillator in Forncett several times in the last year and now a group of volunteers led by Julia Hill and Keith Fromings have taken on the task of investigating and coordinating the project.  The following article is based largely on recent entries in 'The Forncett Flyer' (with the Editor's permission!), Parish Council minutes and other messages which have been circulated. It will be updated as the project progresses.  It starts with the latest news and progresses to earlier articles.

Click this link to read an article about the use of Community Defibrillators.

For further information, donations, pledges or fundraising ideas, please contact Julia Hill, Thurston Cottage, Tabernacle Lane, Forncett St Peter, NR16 1LE (next door to Su): phone 01953 789944 or 07751030261: email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any donations in the form of cheques should be made payable to 'Community Heartbeat Trust': the funds collected in Forncett will be 'ring-fenced' until the target is reached.


Successful 3rd Forncett Craft Fair

Written by May Prior on .


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Photos: Richard Ball

Around 100 visitors came to Forncett Steam Museum on Saturday 18th October, for the 3rd Forncett Craft Fair, this year not able to take place in St. Mary's church due to on-going restoration work. Stalls included wrought iron work, wood turning, garden decorations,, hand made cushions, toys ,cards, watercolours, and stained glass items. There were tempting home-made cakes on offer for refreshments, also warming soup and a roll. Museum owners Rowan and Jane Francis kept a jolly atmosphere by starting up the pianola situated on the ground floor of the museum, and many visitors were fascinated by the engines, although on this occasion they were not running. Plant doctor Robert Maidstone had several enquiries about pruning fruit trees, how to plant hedging, and garden pests. 

Thanks to everyone who helped organise and run the event, and to Rowan and Jane for the use of the museum.


Forncett Book of Remembrance

Written by Jackie Scully on .

GWlogoA service of Dedication of the Book of Remembrance is to be held in Forncett St Peter’s Church on Sunday 9th November 2014 at 3pm.

The Book will be dedicated by the Bishop of Norwich, when a number of relatives of the Fallen have indicated their wish to attend.  These are people who responded to the Project appeal for relatives to get in touch.  This event, which will honour those who died in both World Wars, will of course be open to all.  It has been decided to issue tickets to those who would like to be there. I would emphasise this is a free event but tickets will enable us to get an idea of the numbers who wish to attend the service and the reception which will follow. The latter will allow people the time to meet and talk together over refreshments.LotteryFunded

Please contact me as soon as possible if you would like to attend but in any event by 31st October.  Jackie Scully