New Year's Day Walk 2023

Written by Brian Frith.

Starting around 9.30 a.m. on Sunday January 1st at the Village Hall, this is a walk for everyone: take your time - walk at your own pace - no rules - do as much or as little as you like!  It's just an opportunity to get some fresh air!

The suggested route below is all on roads, so it should not be too muddy - but please be careful to watch for traffic and wear something bright or 'high vis'.  

The suggested route is: left out of The Village Hall, Low Road, Spring Lane, High Road and Stickfer Lane (or take a short cut up Cheney's Lane!), into Valley Farm Road, right into Northfield Road, right along Long Stratton Road (watch the traffic!), left into Tabernacle Lane (stop off for mulled wine and mince pies at The Last Homely House); continue along Tabernacle Lane to Gilderswood Lane.  Then right into Overwood Lane and then left onto Aslacton Road (or take a short cut down Mill Road - watching for traffic).  Then, from the School, all the way along Low Road (watch the traffic!) back to the Village Hall for soup, rolls etc (and the bar!).  Still confused? Map for New Years Day walk.

.... or, if that's too long, make up your own route cutting out sections as you wish or using some of our many Public Footpaths! 

The key features are: be safe, try not to get lost, meet friends old and new, have a jolly good time and enjoy refreshment at 'The Last Homely House, Tabernacle Lane' and the Village Hall.

Mulled wine and mince pies at Last Homely House Forncett End (courtesy Su and Pete Leavesley) on the route and then home made soup, rolls, tea and coffee at the Village Hall from about 11.30 a.m. – all FREE, but donation buckets will be around - in aid of the Trussell Trust (providing Food Banks throughout Norfolk). The usual selection of drinks will be available to buy from the Village Hall Bar if you fancy something stronger.

... and if the walk doesn't appeal, just turn up at the Village Hall to say 'Happy New Year'!

Electricity Pylons are coming through Forncett unless we say ‘NO’

Written by Martin Starkie, Ally Rae.

National Grid is planning to put elecricity pylons 50m high through Forncett as it links off-shore power generation to London.

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You can stop them:

  • Share, share, share!
    • Put up banners or posters - get them here
    • Make a noise on social media
  • Write to your MP:
    • Email:
    • Postal address: Pretoria House
      Ipswich Road
      Norfolk NR15 2TA


St Mary an Eco Church

Written by Administrator.

St Mary’s has registered for a project called ‘Eco Church’ – its purpose is to help as many churches as possible celebrate what they are doing to care for the environment.  At the moment we have a Bronze Award for Buildings, a Silver Award for Land, Silver for Community and Global engagement, and Silver for Lifestyle. The church has met some of the criteria due to factors such as leaving a large section of the churchyard for ‘wild’ growing, and having trees planted. There is also a bio toilet, and we are in the process of putting up bat and bird nesting boxes. As we continue to be able to give positive answers to more of the questions we hope to increase those awards to the next level.

Copies of the church guide/history book written by Roy Tricker are available for £3 – contact

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Jo and Raptor OR Joy and Rapture

Written by Terry Hickman Smith (as published in the Forncett Flyer November 2020).

On one of my morning walks with Nutmeg four or five weeks ago I came across a wounded kestrel at the bottom of the Sewage works footpath. It had a badly damaged right eye, it couldn’t fly and its only defence was digging its very sharp talons into my fingers.

I wasn’t sure how to deal with a wild bird in this state. After a couple of attempt to pick it up – including the bloody fingers – I tried putting my handkerchief over its eyes which calmed it enough for me to hold it. It didn’t really struggle for the whole way home but looked in a really bad way.


Via the Norfolk Wildlife Trust who recommended a lovely man who said he couldn’t do anything for the bird but put me in touch with a raptor rescue specialist called Jo. Jo runs the Phoenix Bird of Prey Rescue and came over to look at my female kestrel that afternoon. She took one look at it and pronounced that there was nothing she could do. The poor bird apparently had something that sounded to my deaf ears like Trowse Trichosis. I later found out it is actually called Frounce Trichomoniasis – a horrible virus endemic in pigeons who are not affected by it. It is thought, after much research, that where pigeons drink they leave a trace of the virus and if a raptor drinks soon after the raptor can catch it. In raptors it leads to blindness, damaged hearing, weakness, digestive problems and death. Great disappointment.

However the lovely Jo said she would try. There might be a small chance that a course of anti-biotics might help alongside intensive care and careful feeding. She took the female kestrel away and I thought that would be the last I would see of her.

About two weeks Later Jo phoned to say that, against all expectations, our kestrel was responding to treatment and was getting stronger. This week (last week in October) Jo rang again with the amazing news that she (the kestrel that is) was ready for release. Today, 29th October Jo brought her here and we released her by the bridge where I found her. It is Jo’s policy to release the birds she rescues from the place where it was found – seems eminently sensible. After a bit of a struggle to get out of the box she flew off in a big arc and landed in a tree by the footpath. Apparently that was a good release. She looked strong and happy to be flying again. Pity it was raining but preferable to release in rain than keep too long in captivity.

The big lesson to me was to have acted quickly. Another few hours may have triggered a less happy outcome. If you find yourself in similar circumstances please do act quickly.

Jo at Phoenix can be contacted on 07914 661385 and her website is