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St Edmund’s Summer Fête number 6

Margaret & John Webster on .

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Now into its sixth year our local fête at Forncett End again proved a popular venue for locals and their families, keen to experience a traditional gathering where folk picked up real bargains at the extensive bric-a-brac stall, chose from a super selection of home-made cakes and pastries, as well as indulging in games of skill and chance, while listening to live music performed on the stage from afternoon to evening. Of course, refreshments were at the top of the menu: tasty burgers and sausages from local butchers, cream teas, and soft drinks or alcoholic ones – wine and beer.

All this on a really fantastic summer’s day and evening, when Elliot’s varied programme of musical items culminated with his vibrant group MODE performing with panache till the very end accompanied by a beautiful sunset. The committee will soon meet to discuss the event and verify the amount raised after deduction of the many expenses.

Margaret & John Webster

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Forncett Open Gardens 2016

Anne and Brian Frith on .

On Sunday 10th July, Forncett 'Diggers and Dibblers' Garden Club organised an Open Gardens event in Forncett (plus one garden in Tacolneston), involving 13 private gardens, the village allotments, St Edmund's Church and St Mary's Church, where there was an Art Exhibition (which was also open on Saturday 9th).

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garden photos John Metcalf, Village Hall photos Ally Rae

The gardens ranged from those of modern houses with a range of sizes and styles to those, generally larger, ones in front of, beside, around and behind some of our more established houses. Whatever the age and maturity, all show that gardens are rarely 'static'. There's always something to do or something to be done; a new idea to try; an old idea to update ... and even if you sit and do nothing nature will decide what changes it will impose!

The weather, when compared with the usual offering this year, was kind. Overall we had about 130 visitors, many having travelled a considerable distance, having seen the event advertised on ' opengardens.co.uk '. We managed to choose the 'Andy Murray final' day, British Grand Prix day and Euro 2016 Final Day, but that didn't seem to matter and we experienced genuine interest and enthusiasm from everyone who came to get a glimpse of our wonderful village from the other side of the front gate.

Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way - opening gardens, providing and serving refreshments, selling tickets and most of all making everyone so welcome.

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Forncett Art Group Exhibition

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Some photographs of the exhibition held 9th and 10th July at St Mary's Church, Forncett. 

In addition, the Forncett Great War Timeline has been updated to end 2016. 

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Forncett SAM2 Sign - Is it effective?

Phil Whiscombe on .

sam-2We’ve been asked if the use of the sign actually has any effect on the speeding behaviour of drivers but this is difficult to prove conclusively without comparative data being obtained when the sign is not operating. However, the manufacturer advised that the sign could be put into ‘stealth’ mode which sounds sinister but simply means the vehicle numbers and speed data can continue to be logged without the speed display working. So when the sign was located on Mill Road in early June it was operated normally for the first week and in stealth mode for the second week. I won’t claim this to be a highly scientific exercise but the results are interesting. In the first week 48% of all vehicles were exceeding 35 mph and in the second week when the display was turned off this increased to 55%. So it does seem reasonable to infer that the sign does have a positive impact on driver behaviour — unfortunately this doesn’t disguise the fact that over the two weeks 78% of all drivers, some 7,459, exceeded the 30 mph limit with 219 exceeding 50 mph! This location remains the worst for speeding and clearly isn’t a particularly good place to be a pedestrian. 

For details and tables of the results please