St Edmund, Forncett End

St Edmund’s Summer Fête number 6

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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

St Edmund’s on Midsummer’s Day

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The spirit of the past in our close-knit community was re-awakened as the pleasant notes of the New Buckenham Silver Band wafted across the locality from St Edmund’s on Midsummer’s Day. Directed by Sam the band’s members were cosily accommodated beneath a marquee and played a wide-ranging medley of musical pieces orchestrated for brass-band, including marches, songs from shows and special pieces, like the one for three trombones. We should like to thank those who make the much admired cakes and the little band of helpers especially eagle- eyed Gabi, and our thanks too to Peter (and Paul!) for mowing the meadow impeccably for the event.

June at Forncett St Edmund

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June has been a busy month for us. The 18th saw our Summer ‘Naughty Cakes’ coffee morning with weather just about clement enough to sit out in the garden bedecked with blooms of many kinds against a delightfully backdrop of greens of many hues; the Japanese maple looks especially fine.

A select number of supporters dropped in for a mardle accompanied by a delicious cake and coffee or tea. Despite the limited numbers we managed to add some £140 to church funds, which of course includes many donations from folk unable to visit on the day. Our ever popular raffle, expertly managed by Brenda G helped swell the funds as usual with Joyce drawing the first ticket.

We are most grateful to all our supporters and hope to welcome you all and more at our next coffee morning on 17 September. But before then we have Forncett St Edmund’s Fête 5 on 15 August. Do offer to help! Do come and support us! Contact Margaret on 01953-788114.

St Edmund's Fete August 2014

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Last month's Flyer contained a number of photographs which illustrated the traditional nature of this now established and popular event in the summer calendar. Quite rightly no longer billed as mini-fete it continues to attract growing numbers of Forncett folk and people from neighbouring villages. I would like to thank Barry Bradford, John and Margaret Webster, the rest of the organising team and supporting cast of volunteers and stall holders that make this event happen. My own short stint on the bric-a-brac stall was really enjoyable as customers searched for bargains.

It is the wide range of stalls, games, cream teas and BBQ that make this fete a real family event. Where else could you search for hidden treasure in Forncett, enjoy a freshly cooked hot dog, buy local produce, pick up a bargain and meet friends and neighbours in a single afternoon. This year we also had several great old British motorbikes on display, including a restoration project for sale.

After a short break in proceedings to pack away the stalls for another year the BBQ was fired up again and the bar opened in readiness for the evening proceedings. It was great to see a large crowd including many families return to see local band 'Play' take to the stage. Whilst Barry's old trailer doesn't quite match the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury the band kept everyone entertained with their wide ranging repertoire. By the end of the evening many people had taken to their feet to dance to the music.

The fête and concert really brings the village together. I understand it succeeded in raising much needed funds for the project to install a kitchenette and toilet in St Edmund's church. Once completed this will provide a more user-friendly venue for further community gatherings.

Forncett St Edmund’s Third Summer Fête (2013) - with music - a great success

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We are delighted to report an excellent fête appropriately celebrating the new roof. Rather changeable weather on the Friday gave way to breezy conditions on the day and lots of sunshine to encourage a steady stream of visitors throughout the day and a renewed impetus for the evening’s gig by ‘MODE’, led by Elliot and lead singer Jo. The group was much appreciated by the large crowd, many with families, the children cavorting and strutting to the beat of the music.

The success of the event was due to the enormous effort put in by the committee (Margaret, Barry, Dick, Jasmine, Brian and Anne, Jackie, John) and loyal helpers (Quinton, Philip, Paul and many others, including Jayne and Richard). We thank them all most warmly for their time and commitment.

Another aspect of the fête was the display of the plans for the New Project (the installation of essential services!), which aroused considerable interest. This will however only be pushed forward by establishing an official, properly constituted ‘Friends Group’, otherwise community funding will not be accessible. The display remains in the church for viewing in the immediate future if readers wish to view it. Please come and look. We also need feedback!

PS Why not 'ride and stride' for Forncett St Edmund on 14 September Norfolk Churches Trust Charity Sponsored Cycle Ride & Walk!