In the County Finals of the Norfolk Village Games at UEA on Sunday 13th July, our team, The Forncett Flyers, were crowned 2014 Champions and Gold Medal winners in the 'Small Village' category.
More photos and a full report will follow here and in the Forncett Flyer, but for the time being it's congratulations to all of the 50 or so team members, their families and supporters who made it all happen, not forgetting all the work throughout the year of Co-ordinator Glen Humphreys and those who managed the various teams.
Click here to see a video on Youtube of the key moments in the Award Ceremony.
The 2014 Forncett Village Fete Saturday June 28th 2014 at Forncett Village Hall and Jubilee Green
UPDATE 16th July
Following the Fete Committee 'Review' meeting on 15th July, we can announce that the net total raised was £2,210.02, giving each of the School, Little Tractors Playgroup and Village Hall £736.67.
Thanks again to all who contributed to such a brilliant outcome.
UPDATE Monday 30th June
Despite a very poor weather forecast, hundreds of people enjoyed over two hours of near perfect 'Fete' weather on Saturday afternoon taking advantage of all the attractions on offer to suit young and old. For a full report with masses of colour photos of the activities and visitors see these special pages from the July 2014 Forncett Flyer or get the full version of 'The Flyer' here Forncett Flyer July 2014. (Flyer links courtesy Su Leavesley and the Flyer editorial team)
Click picture for slideshow: Photos by Brian Frith
It was unfortunate that activities were cut short just before the scheduled finish time by a torrential downpour, but we had better weather than predicted for much of the time and hope that everyone enjoyed themselves. We anticipate that the event will have raised an amount comparable with last year's total, to be shared equally between Forncett Primary School, Little Tractors Playgroup and the Village Hall.
Thanks to everyone who helped in any way: planning, setting up, assisting at stalls and activities on the day, clearing away, donating prizes, providing car parking, scaffolding, bunting, netting etc, ... and, of course, to villagers, friends and relatives who turned out in force to make it all worthwhile and such a great day for the community of Forncett.
The Forncett History Group has received £3,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Great War Project. Awarded through HLF's "First World War: then and now" programme, the project will focus on the impact of the First World War 1914-1918 on the parishes of Forncett St Mary and Forncett St Peter in South Norfolk.
"To mark the centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in the Forncetts to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War," said John Webster, chairman of Forncett History Group. Volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down, to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like. These will form the basis of a Time Line displayed in real time and also contribute to the Books of Remembrance for each church honouring those men who gave their lives in time of war.
On Saturday 10th May the Dolce Choir entertained us at the Steam Museum, an event organised in aid of Forncett St. Mary Church.
The choir, 15 strong, was directed by Philip Aldred who also acted as compere and kept the concert lively with a string of jokes.
With an interval for drinks and eats, the choir performed a varied repertoire including California Dreaming, The Rose, Fields of Barley, You raise me up, and songs from Miss Saigon and Les Miserable.
Highlights of the evening were the Titanic episode (see pics!), Highland Cathedral sung by a Caledonian native, and the audience's rendition of a first world war combo (Pack up your troubles from one side and It's a long way to Tipperaray from the other side) and the 'One old man' fugue! and Anna Cottrell's African story.
All in all, a most enjoyable evening. Thank you Dolce Choir for performing, May and Graham Prior for organising and Jane and Rowan Francis for housing it during St. Mary's refurbishment.