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

'Big C' Charity BBQ and Music Evening

Written by Brian Frith.

This year it was decided that our 'end of season' BBQ and Music night should be a fund-raiser for the Norfolk 'Big C' Cancer Care Charity.  Singer Eileen Mascoll gave a great performance (free of charge) to aid the cause - featuring various well known pop, reggae and soul music songs to keep everyone entertained.  The weather, having looked a bit 'iffy' earlier in the day, turned out to be very kind bringing ourt the crowds and making a memorable evening for all involved.  With raffle, BBQ, Bar and donations the total raised was £825.64 - a great result.  Thanks to all who contributed in any way.

Certificate of thanks from Big C

Photos by Phil Whiscombe: Click pic for slide show



Murder Mystery Feb 17

Written by Brian Frith.

Photos of the Murder Mystery play 'Murder at the Village Hall' on Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th February 2017.  

The full cast (see main text for names etc)

Photos by Anne Frith and John Wilde

Click pic for slide show

Full cast list (from first photo):

Back Row: Sheila Gale (Prompt); John Wilde (Inspector Halfpenny); Sarah House (the late Lavinia, Lady Forncett, Chair of the Committee)
Front Row: April Carlin (Peggy); Peter Schmidt-Hansen (Norman); Gill Starkie (Saffron); Brian Frith (Reg); Jackie Smith (Millicent); Graham Gale (Hugo, Lord Forncett)

To all users of Forncett Village Hall – August 2016

Written by Brian Frith.

Update (December 16):

Most of the improvements mentioned below are now complete - just some work on the car park is still to come.  New floor, chairs, cooker, electrical systems, outside lights, railings and gates all serve to improve the appearance and functionality of the Hall.  Thanks to everyone who has helped in any way!

Original Article (August 16):

As you will be probably be aware, we have just had new floor covering installed in the Village Hall, and in the coming few weeks there will be new chairs, upgraded electrics and a new, larger, cooker and hob. Outside we will also be ‘re-grading’ the surface of the car park and installing railings around much of the edge of the car park, along with improved lighting. These changes follow the works a couple of years ago, which saw the arrival of new doors, windows, fascia, guttering, septic tank, lights and internal and external painting.

All these improvements are possible because of the hard work, over several years, of the Management Committee and fundraising group at the Village Hall, which has generated funds through special events and secured grants from National Lottery, South Norfolk Council and other grant providers, along with monies held by Forncett Parish Council - and, of course, the support of our users and the wider community.

The main purpose of this letter is to draw your attention to, and seek your cooperation with, the guidelines for use of the flooring, which have been passed on by the manufacturers and installers.

The floor is commercial quality vinyl sheet, meeting all the latest ‘non-slip’ regulations. It is very durable and has put an end to the inherently dusty surface of the old plywood sheets, but we need all users to follow these few guidelines:

• Do not drag items across the floor – lift them! The possibility of a deep ‘gouge’ caused by dragging a sharp, heavy, object is the main problem we have been warned about, as it would be with any new surface.
• Do not allow any cleaning chemicals / polishes to get on the floor.
• Any spillages (e.g. a drink) should be mopped up as quickly as possible and the floor wiped (not flooded!) with clean water, with perhaps just a trace of ‘Fairy Liquid’ if there is any ‘stickiness’ to be removed. If you do have a ‘terrible accident’ (e.g. with a pot of paint!) please let us know without delay so that we can take professional advice on how to clean up.
• Sand should not be used in the Hall, as this is especially difficult to remove and will quickly damage the surface.
• Footwear likely to damage the floor should not be worn.
• At the end of your use of the Hall sweep the floor with the large brush or ‘scissor mop’ to remove dust, grit etc.
• We have new chairs arriving in September, which will have ‘safe’ feet. In the meantime, the chairs currently in the chair store have all been checked and have protectors fitted so are safe to use. If you notice that a chair leg loses its ‘foot’ please take the chair out of service and label it as such. If you bring any other tables or chairs they must be checked for sharp, open, tubular legs and set aside if there is a problem.

Thank you.

If you have any queries or observations about the contents of this letter or any other aspect of the Village Hall, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Brian Frith, Chair of Forncett Village Hall Management Committee
01953 789882 email:

Internal Re-decoration of the Village Hall

Written by Brian Frith.

Update Sunday 23rd February:

The work is now all but finished:  thanks to all who helped in any way thought the half-term week - in all about 16 different people were involved.

The work to redecorate the inside of the Village Hall started as planned on Saturday 15th February (the start of half-term week) and after removal of all the notice boards and other wall fitttings, the first coat was already being applied later in the morning, as can be seen by the photo below.  

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Photo by Brian Frith
(click to enlarge)

Work continued on Sunday in the main hall and by early afternoon all trace of the green paint had disappeared after a first coat on all the walls - just goes to show what can be done by a team of 14 willing helpers - spurred on by a plentiful supply of tea and coffee and the promise of bacon and egg rolls for lunch!

Throughout the week contributions from several groups of people ensured that all the major work was finished in time the 'Pudding Night' on Saturday 22nd February.


The Way Forward 2012

Written by Terry Henderson.

The Management Committee has been looking very carefully at both the fabric of the Hall, and the way in which it is used. A close inspection of the outside of the Hall has indicated that there is a real need to replace the existing windows, the existing three doors, as well as the fascia boards and guttering. You will all probably have noticed that the Hall is looking rather sad of late. As there is a serious problem with potential water ingress into the fabric of the hall, it has been discussed by the Committee that we ought to apply for grant funding to carry out these urgent repairs. This also means that on completion of the work we could give the outside of the Hall a much needed coat of paint.

In respect of any grant funding we would be required to raise a contribution towards this. We will need to find as much money as we can. At this time we are currently working on grant applications and have been in touch with SNC Planning. A longer term project is, we believe, necessary. Major changes will be needed in the future to satisfy both current and future needs of the Hall, including a new outside area for Little Tractors, and hopefully an extension which will create another meeting hall, a new kitchen, toilet facilities and much needed storage space, as well as a Tas Well bar.

It has also been identified that the septic tank will have to be enlarged. To achieve this we must start now. This is still only an outline proposal at the moment, but preliminary enquiries with experts from other village halls, who have been successful, show this could be accomplished, probably in stages possibly needing several grants to achieve our aims. Of course all the residents of Forncett would be part of the consultation process before any changes were made.

We are very fortunate to have regular user groups, but we have seen the need in recent times for an additional space for varying activities, which will of course enhance the life in our village for all age groups. Are there any particular activities you would like to see or organise in the Hall or Jubilee Green? Please let me know!

You will have noticed in the Flyer that we are advertising regular future events of varying types, hopefully to suit all, and we have now a very strong Entertainments Committee who will come up with some great ideas for our fundraising efforts. Please support us in these ventures. If you have any ideas for fundraising events yourself please do get in touch with me.

We will always keep you updated in respect of future events, and developments towards a better Village Hall. Yes, it is a big task but it is your Village Hall. (Finally, you will get to read the “Meet the Trustees” feature unfortunately this was delayed due to a camera malfunction)

Terry Henderson

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