A selection of news and other articles with 'no particular place to go'!

The History of Forncett – A new website

Written by Mike Merrick – Secretary, Forncett History Group on .

Untitled 1Forncett has an amazingly rich history that has been documented in detail over the years by the Forncett History Group and especially by its Chairman, John Webster. However much of this history is not widely known and in recent discussions the History Group decided that a dedicated web site would help to address this. Our new website is now live at www.forncetthistory.net and we hope that lots of people, both within the village and much further afield, will take the time to visit it. The site can be viewed on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or phones.

This is a project that is very much “in progress” so please revisit the site from time to time to see what’s new. We are also very keen to have input and feedback. If you find any errors, or if there are topics or stories that you think we could include please let us know. We are also always very interested in historical photos of Forncett – both of places and people. You can get in touch through the “Contact Us” section of the web site or by emailing me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or John Webster (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). We look forward to hearing from you.

Forncett End as you may not have seen it before

Written by Phil Whiscombe and Son on .

Whilst those familiar bucolic views of our village are very attractive I thought you might like to see some of the area where most Forncettians reside. It's my son's drone and he is a strict complier with the Civil Aviation Authority Rules.

 

Forncett Art Group Christmas Shopping Weekend

Written by Administrator on .

What a splendid weekend of Art and Crafts! on Saturday and Sunday, 24th and 25th November, the very talented people of the Forncett Art Group put on a display and sale at the beautiful Church of St Mary’s in the Village. So many creative people selling handmade Christmas gifts - Cards, gift boxes, Oil paintings, wooden houses, encaustic art, mosaics, printing, jams and chutneys, wood craft, watercolours, soaps, photography, felting, hand sewn creations, jewellery and stained glass ornaments…amongst other things.

(Photos: Richard Ball - click on pic for slideshow)

There was a great atmosphere, created by beautiful lighting, glowing Christmas trees and lots of happy chatter and colourful creations. This all came together, promoting a very Christmassy feel to the venue. Hot drinks and mince pies added to the occasion, so there was plenty of time to sit and enjoy the scene. We were treated to a perfect performance by the wonderful ‘Clangers’ – the bell ringers from St Peters School. We were even given the opportunity to ‘have a go’ which was very entertaining.

Well done to all the stall holders in the Art Group, to Graham and May and their little Church team for helping us host the event and thankyou to everyone for supporting us and for buying lots of gifts from us.

Forncett Fete 24th June 2017

Written by Brian Frith on .

 
Photos by Su Leavesley
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After the deluge which wiped out the 2016 Fete in mid afternoon, we were blessed with near perfect weather for the 2017 event.  Consequently, the crowds came out to enjoy everything on offer - as can been seen from the selection of Su's photo's.  The trailer rides to and from the Steam Museum (which also opened specially for the afternoon) were much appreciated, as were the wide variety of stalls, stands and games.  Refreshments from the BBQ, teas in the Hall, bar, ice creams etc went down well with everyone ... and the many children (when they were not performing in the ring) enjoyed the petting area, bouncy castle and all the other games. 

Net profit from the afternoon was £2933, meaning that almost £978 was donated to each of Forncett School, Little Tractors Playgroup and the Village Hall.  Thanks to everyonewho came along or helped in any way.

Forncett SAM2 Sign - Is it effective?

Written by Phil Whiscombe on .

sam-2We’ve been asked if the use of the sign actually has any effect on the speeding behaviour of drivers but this is difficult to prove conclusively without comparative data being obtained when the sign is not operating. However, the manufacturer advised that the sign could be put into ‘stealth’ mode which sounds sinister but simply means the vehicle numbers and speed data can continue to be logged without the speed display working. So when the sign was located on Mill Road in early June it was operated normally for the first week and in stealth mode for the second week. I won’t claim this to be a highly scientific exercise but the results are interesting. In the first week 48% of all vehicles were exceeding 35 mph and in the second week when the display was turned off this increased to 55%. So it does seem reasonable to infer that the sign does have a positive impact on driver behaviour — unfortunately this doesn’t disguise the fact that over the two weeks 78% of all drivers, some 7,459, exceeded the 30 mph limit with 219 exceeding 50 mph! This location remains the worst for speeding and clearly isn’t a particularly good place to be a pedestrian. 

For details and tables of the results please 

Forncett celebrates the Queen's 90th birthday

Written by Brian and Anne Frith on .

photos Su Leavesley
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On Sunday 22d May, thanks to a grant from South Norfolk Council, about 100 residents joined our celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday.

The children enjoyed a variety of entertainment from Frances, JMS Catering (Jan and Mike Smail) provided a fabulous savoury buffet; Jackie and Gill produced lots of beautifully decorated ‘fairy cakes’; Barry supplied all that was needed from the Bar and thanks to Andrew for the PA system.

We all enjoyed near perfect weather on Jubilee Green and the chance to meet old friends and make new ones. Thanks to all who helped get everything ready in the morning, who came along to join the celebrations in the afternoon ... and helped clear up in record time at the end.

The New Forncett End Defibrillator (in the phone box by St. Edmunds Church)

Written by Keith Fromings on .

On the 28th April at St Edmunds Church in Forncett End, an awareness training Seminar for the newly installed Defibrillator, the second for our village, was given by Martin Render from The Community Heartbeat Trust. This was incredibly well attended and a great success. It was also good fun, very informative and, possibly, motivational. Light hearted and very serious in equal measure to make the important points that needed making. This was an opportunity to understand what a defibrillator is, how it can save lives and most importantly dispel any fears and myths about using these incredible devices.

For those that were unable to join the session, I would like to pass on the 4 crucial things that Martin wanted us all to remember from the evening.

1. When a person has a Cardiac arrest, the heart doesn’t pump blood around the body as it should and without intervention from somebody, that person IS going to die. So the option to do nothing isn’t really an option.

2. If the heart has gone into a rhythm known as fibrillation, a Defibrillator is needed to try to get it working again. These new defibrillators are so easy to use that you don’t need any training; ours even has a video display showing you what to do.

3. Using a defibrillator on a person CANNOT DO ANY HARM and will not deliver a shock to the patient unless he/she needs it.

4. You are not going to be sued or be in trouble for trying to save a life with a defibrillator and it is unsuccessful 

I would like to thank all those that attended the session for coming and hope that you did find it helpful. If anyone who attended has any comments or feedback about the session I would be very pleased to hear from you (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We would like to arrange further sessions, maybe on an annual basis, so keep a look out for details. More details from the evening cab be seen on the Forncett website.

Thanks also to Martin Render and Community Heartbeat Trust and to John and Margaret Webster for the use of the Church.

Village Sign Restored

Written by Su Leavesley on .


photos Su Leavesley
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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.