Forncett Fete 2018

Written by Brian Frith on .

Our main Village Fete (at the Village Hall and on Jubilee Green) on 23rd June was blessed with perfect weather ... and the crowds came out in force to show their appreciation!  A report and some photos are in the July 2018 edition of the Forncett Flyer (available via the 'Forncett Flyer' menu) but the slide show below has some more photos which wouldn't fit in the Flyer.

What a beautiful day!

( Photos by Phil Whiscombe
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As usual, the number of people who helped in practical ways on the day or donated items is far too many to list, but special mention must be made of Sally Hibbler, Carole McClure and Gill Starkie who did the overall planning and ensured that everything came together on the day.  A total of £2982 was raised for our three good causes - Friends of Forncett School, Little Tractors Playgroup and Forncett Village Hall.  Fantastic!

Forncett Art Group Exhibition

Written by Ally Rae on .

Alongside Forncett Village Fete looking wonderful on Jubilee Green and the Village Hall on 23 June, Forncett Art Group staged its second exhibition in St Mary’s Church on the same day. The two complimented each other perfectly. The bright unbroken sunshine, marquees and bustle at Jubilee Green and the beautiful cool, calmness of the atmospheric church.

A bowl of beautiful scents in the porch - photo: Ally Rae

( Photos by Ally Rae and David Kirk
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Art-work of all sorts filled every corner, showcasing the skills, creativity and enthusiasm of the Group and its supporters. Oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, etchings, linocuts, textile art, mosaics, stained glass, encaustic pictures (drawn with hot wax), quilts – the variety was glorious. What is also lovely about the Art Group is its emphasis on being creative together whatever your skill level and there must have been work from around 20 people. The church was also beautiful with flowers whose scent greeted visitors as they entered. A constant flow of people enjoyed the displays and took advantage of the chance to buy some of the work.

Very big ‘thank you’s’ are due to Gill Starkie who masterminded the exhibition (similar to herding cats) and artfully arranged the flowers, to John Metcalf for supplying many of the wonderful blooms, to May and Graham Prior for making the church available and of course to everyone who exhibited work. The Art Group will also be staging a smaller exhibition at Et Edmunds Fete on 28 July – please contact Gill Starkie if you would like to be involved. The Art Group welcomes everyone with an interest in art or creativity of any sort – we will be meeting intermittently over the summer for sketching in the garden and visits – again contact Gill to find out what’s on.

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