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


A Defibrillator for Forncett

on behalf of the Defib Group on .


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Photos by Su Leavesley

The Defibrillator is now available for use, in the old phone box at the bottom of Mill Road (opposite St Peter's Church, near the School). On Monday 30th March we had a photoshoot and official ‘launch' supported by several of those who have supported and worked on the project over the last year. Photos by Su Leavesley.

One training / awareness session has already taken place and more could be arranged if there is sufficient demand: these would be free events open to anyone (12 yrs and over) who would like to familiarise themselves with the equipment and find out about basic CPR (Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation) first aid. Please contact Julia (details below) if you are interested.

In the meantime, if someone suffers chest pain

  • Call for assistance by dialling 999.
  • Do not leave the patient alone.
  • If it’s appropriate to get the defibrillator (the 999 operator will advise) then a code will be given to open the yellow defibrillator cabinet and access the machine to take to the patient.
  • The defibrillator will clearly 'talk through' what to do as you operate it.
  • Don't delay: Every second counts!

For further information or to enquire about training / information sessions, 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.


Forncett Fete 2015

Fete Organisers on .

The 2015 Forncett Village Fete
Saturday June 27th 2015 - 1 pm to 4 pm

at Forncett Village Hall and Jubilee Green

As last year, the Forncett Village Fete will be held at the Village Hall (incorporating Jubilee Green), raising funds for The Village Hall, Little Tractors Playgroup and Forncett School.  In the past we have had tremendous support from all sections of our community, and we are hoping for just the same again!

  • Teas, Bar, BBQ, Sweets and Ice Cream;
  • Face Painting;
  • Bouncy Castle;
  • Raffle ;
  • Tombola;
  • Performances by Forncett Clangers, various classes from Forncett School and Little Tractors playgroup;
  • Static displays of vehicles etc from Norfolk Tank Museum and model aeroplanes;
  • Cake stall; coconut shy; crockery smash, target football; various traditional games (e.g. skittles etc); table top games....
  • Various 'stalls' including jewellery, WI, Diggers & Dibblers Garden Club;
  • ..... and , of course, the chance to meet all your friends and make some new ones!

It’s all happening on Saturday 27th June 2015 - Book the date!

Meet your friends, have a great time and support three very good local causes!

Plenty of off-road parking (courtesy of David Barnes)

For more details phone Anne Frith on 01953 789882


St Mary's Restoration nears end

May Prior on .

After months of renovation work, you will all be pleased to hear that St. Mary’s will once again be open every day from the beginning of May! A christening is taking place on Sat 2nd May, and a wedding on 6th June, but other days will be open to visitors as usual.


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We are planning an open weekend on 4th and 5th July, so you can come along and talk to us about the restoration work, see all the stunning new stonework and repairs, and the new windows. The lych gate will also be fully completed by then. This will coincide with Forncett History Group’s WW1 timeline being moved to St. Mary’s from St. Peter’s church. The timetable for the weekend will be as follows:  Saturday 4th July – 11am-3pm Refreshments, raffle, large 2nd hand bookstall, WW1 artefacts on show, including medals, binoculars, war diaries, etc.  Sunday 5th July – 11am -3pm Refreshments, bookstall, and a special visitor – a WW1 soldier, in uniform, with his gun and other items, in the person of Nigel Amies who specialises in re-enactments and will be in the church to talk to visitors, and answer any questions.  Donations for refreshments welcome.

More dates for your diary:
Sunday 13th September - Service at St. Mary’s, time to be confirmed. The Bishop of Norwich will be joining us for a service to celebrate the restoration work and installation of the bell in memory of Tony Baines and Harold Turner.
Saturday 26th September - popular jazz band DixieMix will be returning to perform in the church at 7.30pm. Sure to be a sell out, so book your tickets early !Friday 4th December – Carols by Candlelight. We will once again be joined by Dolce choir and their director Philip Aldred.

Any queries about the church opening times, or any of the events, please contact us on 01508 481856 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..