Village Sign Restored

Written by Su Leavesley on .


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Several months after it was removed from its prominent position at the road junction at the bottom of Mill Road, in front of St Peter’s Church. our Village Sign has now been fully restored and returned to its proper place.

The design of the sign was originally researched by Bill Matthews in the late 1970s and, helped by his daughter Debbie with some of the drawings, it was eventually constructed and erected on its oak post and flint base (topped with a millstone from one of the Forncett mills) to mark the marnage of Pnnce Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

Over the years. former Parish Councillor Andrew Smith has carried out maintenance and re-painting as required, but it was decided a year or so ago that a total refurbishment was required. Bob McClenning spent several months drying out. stabilising and eventually re-painting the actual decorative sign. David Taylor supplied wood sections for the lettering and the other supports, expertly crafting them to match the (by now very decayed) originals. Linda Preece used her skills as sculptor and wood carver to recreate ‘The Forncetts' name.

Graham Gale and Brian Frith dismantled and, after the artists and craftspeople had done their work, reassembled the whole sign (using the original re-painted wrought ironwork).

Now on show for all to see, complete with a new plaque to remind everyone that the renovation took place in the year of the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth Il, we hope the sign will last many more years.

Saint Peters Flower and Poetry Festival 23rd – 24th April 2016

Written by Gill Starkie on .

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Many thanks, to everyone who supported the St Peters Church Poetry and Flower Festival. What a wonderful weekend it was, full of beautiful flowers and poetry, delicious cakes and lovely friendly people. The grand sum of £1170 was donated throughout the two days which will all go toward the Saint Peters Fabric Fund. Saturday’s concert was such a lovely occasion, marking St Georges Day, Shakespeare’s Birthday and of course celebrating Her majesty The Queens 90th Birthday. The talented choirs and Forncett School Clangers performed brilliantly and the poetry readings were much appreciated by the generous audience. Sundays ‘Songs of Praise’ was a lovely way to finish off this wonderful weekend of celebrations.

May we take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited the church, took part in the concert and the service and to those who donated so generously.

Village Games Update - Another Fantastic Win for the Forncetts!

Written by Glen Humphreys, Village Games Co-ordinator on .

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We were able to send a very strong team along to the UEA today to take part in the Village Games Rounders event. The team consisted of Ben, Tom, Nic, Miles, Josh, Ellie, Archie, Hugo and Milo and were once again looked after by Amy as their coach.

We knew we had a strong team but were up against some large villages including 2 teams from Hethersett and teams from Downham, Briston & Melton Constable, Hainford & Stratton Strawlesss and the Lophams.

However, we started off strongly with a win and this pattern continued throughout the afternoon and although we came up against some very good teams they were no match for us and we ending up winning every single game (most quite comfortably) with every member of the team playing their part. The whole team were presented with individual trophies at the end of the day and will hopefully feature on Active Norfolk's website during the week.

Thanks once again to all who took part and for the support of those that went along to watch.

43% of drivers on Forncett’s main roads exceed the speed limit

Written by Phil Whiscombe on .

The speed awareness sign (SAM2) reported in a previous Flyer as being purchased by the Parish Council was delivered in November and is now being employed around the village by a team of four volunteers - Harry Bowers, Keith Fromings, Philip Yull and the writer. Locations for the signs, on stretches of road limited to 30 mph, have been designated by Norfolk County Council’s highways department. There are 3 locations in Forncett End on the Norwich Road (B 1113) and the Long Stratton Road and 3 locations in Forncett St Peter on Mill Road and Low Road and generally the sign will only remain in each location for a maximum of about two weeks.

SAM2Most drivers will be aware of the SAM2 signs - they are vehicle activated and indicate clearly to the drivers of oncoming vehicles their speed in mph. If they are exceeding the speed limit a flashing warning sign will entreat them to ‘SLOW DOWN’. The actual vehicle speed will continue to be displayed up to 39 mph but above this no speed is indicated so as not to further encourage those drivers who might see a challenge in seeing how high a speed they can generate on the sign although the warning sign will continue to flash. This latest generation of sign also records the number of vehicle movements and the speed of any vehicle when it activates the sign. We now have recorded data from the initial three locations and the results are in the table below.

The locations of the sign were:
   ‘A’ - outside Austhorpe House adjacent to the bus shelter on Norwich Road (B1113) northbound.
   ‘B’ - on the bend outside the Methodist Church on Long Stratton Road westbound.
   ‘C’ - on the Mill Road hill westbound (recorded over the Christmas and New Year periods).

Forncett road speeds

Overall an average of 43% of drivers on our village’s main roads exceeded the statutory 30 mph speed limit. A significant proportion of these do so at speeds that shows little regard for the safety of the village and its residents. It’s also worth noting that these higher end violations were not all recorded at the dead of night as might be expected, there being a fairly even spread throughout the full 24 hour periods including the daytime peak periods.

Top Speeding ‘prizes’ go to drivers of vehicles on: Norwich Road (B 1113) northbound on the 10th December at 10.20 am clocked at between 65 and 70 mph, and, Mill Road westbound on the 24th December at 6.20 pm clocked at between 85 and 90 mph. We’ll continue to update this information in future editions of the Flyer.