Forncett Great War Project Completed

Written by Jackie Lanaway on .

GWlogoWith the completion of the Great War Timeline our four year project is coming to an end. The last of the panels from January 1918 to the Armistice of November that year, (plus post-war to June 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed) have joined the rest of the Timeline in its new home at the Norfolk Tank Museum located in Forncett. This is an exciting development for us as it will have a permanent home there which has kindly been offered by Stephen Machaye, Chairman and Curator of the museum. 

Researching details for the Timeline and Forncett Book of Remembrance has been interesting and sobering on what was a tragic journey. Considering the scale of the Great War it would have been impossible to cover all aspects of events that occurred in the conflict. In creating the Timeline we have attempted to show how the Great War affected the villagers of Forncett and we have recorded the recruitment and fate of the Fallen against a background of international and some local events.

It is hoped that our undertaking may inspire others to seek further information on the Great War of 1914 to 1918. It is a moment in history which is gradually disappearing from the consciousness of succeeding generations. For that reason we have completed this project, ”Lest We Forget”. 

Our sincere thanks are extended to all those who participated in research, provided information or supporting material and have contributed to the success of this venture. Forncett Book of Remembrance continues to be displayed in Forncett St Peter and St Mary churches. 

Plans are being made to join in with the Tank Museum Armistice Centenary Commemorations at the Museum on 11th November this year. Further details will be posted nearer the time and in Forncett Flyer.

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’.