Forncett Village Hall: Low Road, Forncett St Mary, Norfolk NR16 1JG

'Welcome Back' BBQ and Bar at the Village Hall

Written by Brian Frith.

Sunday 12th September 2021: 1 to 4 pm

We are looking forward to seeing lots of people at the Village Hall for our first 'get together' since the Covid restrictions were relaxed. The usual BBQ fare will be provided, along with alcoholic and soft drinks, all at special celebration prices. There will be a few stalls and games, along with music, to keep us entertained.

If your group would like a stall, at no charge, to promote your group or sell your items, then please phone 01953 789882.

Fingers crossed for good weather but the Village Hall will be open, along with a marquee, just in case ....

Village Hall Lettings Information

Written by Brian Frith.

Click the appropriate link to see information in connection with lettings.  For any queries, please contact Bookings Secretary Andrew Coleman on  07810 342818 or Chairman, Brian Frith on 01953 789882

Village Hall Bookings Calendar

Written by Brian Frith.

This calendar is updated regularly and can be used to check availability of the Hall. Bookings should be made via our Bookings Secretary, Andrew Coleman on 07810 342818 (or email by clicking Andrew's name on the VH Committee page).  Please note that the times listed are not necessarily the start times of the 'events'; there is often half an hour (or more) preparation time.  Please check with organisers if in doubt.

Click the link below to see the full page diary for the current month (or click the tabs to get the week or a list view - 'agenda')

Village Hall Bookings Calendar

For further information on events throughout the Village and local area, try looking on the 'coming events' list on the main menu or contact the organisers.

Proposed new Constitution for Forncett Village Hall

Written by Brian Frith.

The Village Hall was 'founded' in 1952.  The Trust Deed from that date has, over the years, become out of date and the Trustees ('The Management Committee') have been working to develop a new constitution more relevant to the present situation.  

Please note that, under Charity Commission rules, the Objects of the Charity remain the same, but this new Constitution proposes revision of the make-up of the Committee, period of office etc.

A special public meeting will be held on Tuesday 27th February 2018, starting at 7.30pm in Forncett Village Hall, where the following motion will be proposed: 

RESOLVED, pursuant to section 280 of the Charities Act 2011, to replace the 1952 constitution of the charity with the 2018 constitution set out below* with effect from 1st April 2018 - and to note that the objects of the charity are unchanged.

*Copies of the proposed new constitution will be available

  • at the meeting or
  • in advance of the meeting by phoning 01953 789882, or
  • on the '' website ( ) here
  • via the link on Forncett Village Hall Facebook page

The original (1952) Constitution can be downloaded here

All members of the Public are invited to attend this meeting to ask questions about the proposed changes and contribute to the discussion before the existing Trustees vote on the proposal.

Quiz and Curry (Trophy Quiz) Nov 2017

Written by Brian Frith.

Presentation of the Trophy by Quiz Hosts, John and Jo 
Photos by Su Leavesley
Click on pic for slideshow

Our Annual Village Trophy Quiz on 11th November saw 11 teams (a 'sell out') battling it out for the coveted trophy in a quiz devised and presented by John and Jo Percival.  With a curry meal (no less than 8 options!) in the break and the usual well-stocked bar, even seemed to enjoy the evening.  The eventual winners were 'The Readers', who came out on top after a tie break with 'Normans for Norfolk' - decided by a taxing question about the date Cadbury's Flake was first produced!  Thanks to all who supported the event by joining teams, making the curries, helping serve, running the raffle, manning the bar etc., etc.  We couldn't do it without you!

Murder Mystery Oct 17

Written by Brian Frith.

'St. Flora of the Lake', our second Murder Mystery play, was another resounding success. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the evenings either by preparing and serving food, manning the bar, collecting and building the stage (thanks to the school for lending us this) and general preparation and clearing away ....... and of course everyone in the audience who came along to support us.

Sarah Allen writes :

'Ghostly Goings-on at the Murder Mystery'

On the 13th and 14th October two full houses witnessed the second murder in Forncett this year. The victim was the sleazy and lecherous George Allen, played with alarming ease by Peter Schmidt-Hansen. Murdered on the anniversary of the death of St Flora, who drowned with her young son in 1612, suspicion turned to some ghostly intervention. However the audience had other ideas. Could the murderer have been farmer Jack Farrow (Norman Stevens) who stood to gain financially from George's death? Or the deranged vicar’s wife Florence and her protective husband, played by real life wife and husband team Dee and Nigel Youngman? Or even the timid young girl Josie Carter (Alex Preece)? Suspicion even turned to a Machiavellian plot by the bickering couple Ruth and Arthur Thomas, played by April Carlin and Terry Hickman Smith.

Inspector Halfpenny (John Wilde), of the Tas Valley Police, investigated and his persistence was rewarded with a confession from Josie. Another entertaining mystery in which Brian Frith (stage manager) had an off-stage cameo role as Sergeant Jones and in which a teddy bear was implicated as the murder weapon. The play was again written by April Carlin, and thanks must go to Gill Starkie as director and Margaret Hickman Smith as prompt.

If there are any more dastardly deeds in village we'll have to ask the Parish Council to start twinning procedures with Midsomer. 

The full cast (see main text for names etc)

Photos by Anne Frith: Click pic for slide show

Full cast list (from first photo):

From the left: Peter Schmidt-Hansen (George Allen); Nigel Youngman (Vicar); John Wilde (Inspector Halfpenny); Alex Preece (Josie Carter); April Carlin (Ruth Thomas); Norman Stevens (Jack Farrow); Terry Hickman Smith (Arthur Thomas); Dee Youngman (Florence)