Carols by Candlelight & Step into Christmas

Written by May Prior on .

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A packed church enjoyed a lovely carol service in St. Mary's Church on 4th December. Philip Aldred and 'Dolce' choir performed 4 pieces, including everyone's favourite 'O Holy Night.' John Metcalf's stunning displays in the windows and font much admired by everyone. Mulled wine and mince pies were served in the village hall after the service.

For a few days in December, St Mary's Church was transformed into a mini theatre, with spotlights, coloured lights, mist and snow machines, for two performances of 'Step into Christmas.'  Produced and directed by Paul Blake, (originally from Forncett), and his cast of 16, who have all previously performed in local amateur dramatic groups, most recently the Tasburgh Players before they folded in 2012.

Delighted packed audiences enjoyed a varied and fast moving show: from traditional carols and readings, to ' Santa Baby', 'Mistletoe and Wine' , 'As long as there's Christmas', and everyone's favourite, 'White Christmas'. A rousing finale of 'I wish it could be Christmas every day' had the audience clapping and singing along.

Solos and duets performed by Paul, Trevor, Sharon, Laura, Wendy, Sonia and 15 yr old Katie, readings by Sharon, John and Lenny, and the 'Tech Team' of Paul Smith on lighting and Neil Pitcher on sound made sure it was a perfect festive atmosphere.

A big thank you to them all for their hard work rehearsing in the weeks leading up to the performances, and setting up the church with all the equipment and decorations. All proceeds from the performances will go towards the restoration fund. Thanks to the Tas Well bar for being open for refreshments.

We look forward to the next show! 

Diggers & Dibblers Quiz and Chips night

Written by Margaret Hickman Smith on .


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The Diggers and Dibblers Quiz and Chips gave us a good start to the festive season. Everyone entered into the spirit of the occasion with tinsel, decorations and candles on Christmas themed tables.

Ladies in Red - AKA The Stocking Fillers- won the table prize but had strong competition from The Toffs who were impeccably dressed in evening attire with bow ties.

Alison had prepared delicious mulled wine which we drank while “mulling” over the first table puzzle.

John and Margaret Wilde as usual provided an excellent quiz – not too hard and not too easy – which resulted in a four-way tie for first place; Four Calling Birds, The Honeymooners, Goats of Christmas Past and Deepandcrispandeven. After a tricky tiebreak question the final winner was announced as Deepandcrispandeven.

Four Calling Birds (which included an honorary man!) won the table quiz prize and Bah Humbug took the loosing lemons. The raffle had some excellent prizes, mainly on a garden theme and most of them generously donated by local nurseries, and raised almost £120 For the Air Ambulance Thanks were given to John and Margaret, to the Committee for their hard work and to Andrew for impeccably keeping the score. A great evening was had by all.

Quiz Raffle prizes kindly donated by: Wymondham Garden Centre Cherry Lane Garden Centre, Highway Garden Centre, Myhills , The Foundry, Peter Beales Roses, The Garden Enclosure, Homestead Nursery. We would like to express our appreciation to all of the above.

 

St Edmund’s Summer Fête number 6

Written by 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

Forncett Open Gardens 2016

Written by 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.