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St Mary's Restoration nears end

Written by 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..

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A Defibrillator for Forncett

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Update March 2015

Following a short delay whilst the final formalities of handing over the ex-phone box from BT to the Parish Council were completed, the box was renovated and repainted ready for the installation of the Defibrillator.  Thanks to the services of local electrician Evolve Electrical the cabinet has now been installed and 'wired up'.  

The Defibrillator is now in situ, in the old phone box at the bottom of Mill Road (opposite St Peter's Church, near the School), and available for use.  On Monday 30th March 2015 at 6 pm there was a photoshoot and official 'launch'. Photos by Su Leavesley below.

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This official launch will be followed in a few weeks' time by training sessions at the Village Hall to familiarise residents with the equipment and other first aid that will be needed to support its use.  In the meantime, if someone suffers chest pain ....

  • Call for assistance by dialling 999:
  • Do not leave the patient alone:
  • If someone can get to the defibrillator (at postcode NR16 1HX) the 999 operator will give the code to open the defibrillator cabinet and access the machine to take to the patient.
  • Full instructions are on the defibrillator which will also 'talk' to you as you operate it.  
  • Don't delay: every second counts.
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Lychgate for St Mary's Church

Written by May Prior on .

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Harry Barker and Rod Evans have built a lych gate as an entrance to the churchyard at St Mary's Church at Forncett. They started this project in October last year and it is now all but complete.

The Bishop of Norwich has agreed to lift the restriction on marriages at St. Mary's, so weddings can now take place without the need for a special licence.

 

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Carols by Candlelight at St Peter's

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Over 100 people enjoyed 'Carols by Candlelight' in St. Peter's church on 5th December. Traditional readings and carols were mixed with Christmas songs performed by Dolce choir, led by their musical director Philip Aldred, and included Gaudete and everyone's favourite, O Holy Night.

Thanks to everyone who donated mince pies, and to Paul Lanaway for helping serve mulled wine after the service.