Austhorpe House

Written by Mike Merrick and John Webster on .

Austhorpe historyOur local residential care home, Austhorpe House, is celebrating its diamond jubilee this year, and the Forncett History Group is marking the occasion by publishing a detailed and fascinating history of the house based on research done recently. Copies of the well-illustrated publication will be available, price £4, at the Austhorpe Fete on the 9th June, and also by personal order to John Webster, email or Tel: 01953-788114. Cheques payable to ‘Forncett History Group’.

The 1939 Register of Forncett parish

Written by Administrator on .

The Forncett History Group is currently trying to put together a picture of what Forncett was like just before the very considerable changes that occurred after WW2. Who was living in Forncett? Where were they living and what were their occupations? 

On the 29th September 1939 a register of the civilian population of England and Wales was taken. This record – the 1939 Register - was to produce Identity Cards and to facilitate the issuing of ration books in January 1940. The 1939 Register is not a census, it includes less detailed information, but it does include names and exact dates of birth. Members of the Forncett History Group have made an accurate transcription of the 1939 Register for the parish1. Individuals’ records remain closed for 100 years from their date of birth, or until proof of death is produced, and consequently around 20% of the entries are redacted.

The original images of the Register are copyright of The National Archives  and were transcribed with their full permission.

The “raw” transcription has been annotated to facilitate searches and the database can be searched by surname or by address. The Register lists a total of 205 dwellings in the parish but many of these had no specific name. Using a variety of sources we have identified the addresses and locations of as many of the houses as possible and in our database these have links to Google maps. The link will open the standard view of Google maps but you can then switch to the satellite view and street view to give more details.

A copy of the annotated database can be downloaded here

If you were living in Forncett in 1939 or had family who were you may be able to help us by identifying some of the homes listed in the Register. If you can identify any of the “unknown” homes (ones with no identified Google map location) please contact Mike Merrick by phone (01953 788887) or email and we will update the Register accordingly.

To request a copy of the unannotated transcription please email Mike Merrick

Youngsters from Forncett St Peter school about 1930

Written by John Webster on .

This photo was shown to the Forncett Archive some time ago by Dennis Smith, who used to live at the Garden House on the Aslacton Road. It would be very helpful to identify the youngsters.

Forncett children?

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It would be much appreciated if anyone having any information would forward it to John Webster.

A response/acknowledgement will be sent immediately. Thank you.

Musicals & Swing at St Mary's Church

Written by May Prior on .

Director & Producer Paul Blake, & the cast of 'Ensemble' performed 'Musicals & Swing' to three packed audiences in St Mary's Church. They included a variety of show favourites, such as Miss Saigon, Les Miserable, Sister Act, Cabaret, and a selection from the 'Rat Pack' era. A finale from the Lion King had the audience singing and clapping.

Laura Macdonald - No one but you from 'We Will Rock You'

Photos by Richard Ball - Click on pic for more

A HUGE thank you to them all for their hard work in putting together and performing the show, helping to raise funds for the on-going restoration of the church.