St Peter's Church, Forncett

St Peter is the parish church. It was originally built circa 1000 AD and the round tower remains from that date, while the main building is of later, mainly 14th and 15th century date. Notable features are: the Drake tomb, fine ledger slabs in the chancel and nave, the memorial to Dorothy Wordsworth’s cousin, good examples of Victorian coloured glass windows, a unique ancient staircase in the tower and the fine ring of six bells.

More details on the history can be obtained by reading the official church guide.

Saint Peters Flower and Poetry Festival 23rd – 24th April 2016

Written by Gill Starkie on .

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photos: Richard Ball

Many thanks, to everyone who supported the St Peters Church Poetry and Flower Festival. What a wonderful weekend it was, full of beautiful flowers and poetry, delicious cakes and lovely friendly people. The grand sum of £1170 was donated throughout the two days which will all go toward the Saint Peters Fabric Fund. Saturday’s concert was such a lovely occasion, marking St Georges Day, Shakespeare’s Birthday and of course celebrating Her majesty The Queens 90th Birthday. The talented choirs and Forncett School Clangers performed brilliantly and the poetry readings were much appreciated by the generous audience. Sundays ‘Songs of Praise’ was a lovely way to finish off this wonderful weekend of celebrations.

May we take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited the church, took part in the concert and the service and to those who donated so generously.

Security System needed for St Peter's Church

Written by Susie Rohde , Churchwarden on .

In July this year St. Peter’s Church suffered a significant lead theft from its roof. The thieves were never apprehended.

Since then, after much investigation by the PCC and Churchwardens it was agreed that a ‘State of the art’ alarm should be installed. The system consists of sensors, alarms, recorded warnings and Strobe lighting. Should the alarms be activated the emergency security services will automatically be alerted and within minutes be at the Church.

There are lead alternatives but these do not have the longevity of lead neither are they as pleasing aesthetically.

We had hoped to update the heating in the St.Peter’s but to comply with the Church Insurer’s conditions and to protect this beautiful and ancient building for the community we have no choice but to proceed with the security arrangements. This is an expensive venture.

Contribution towards this community project will be gratefully received,

please contact Susie Rohde, Churchwarden, on 01508 489 363  or  07762 727 539 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Incumbents

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The advowson of Forncett [the right to present a nominee for the post of rector] was purchased in 1725 by Dr Rowland Hill, who bequeathed it to St John’s College, Cambridge, whose Fellows occupied the living subsequently. In 1845 the parish was declared to be in duality, so that Forncett St Peter Church and Forncett St Mary Church had separate rectors, until this was revoked in 1905, when the Rev J E Cooper took on both parishes and then after his retirement the Rev T J Bentley. Forncett St Peter was ministered to by Rev W Grieve Wilson from 1845 to 1895, who undertook considerable refurbishment and repair to the fabric.


Carols by Candlelight at St Peter's

Written by May Prior on .

Over 100 people enjoyed 'Carols by Candlelight' in St. Peter's church on 5th December. Traditional readings and carols were mixed with Christmas songs performed by Dolce choir, led by their musical director Philip Aldred, and included Gaudete and everyone's favourite, O Holy Night.

Thanks to everyone who donated mince pies, and to Paul Lanaway for helping serve mulled wine after the service.

Can we stop the theft of lead from Church roofs?

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There has been a call for a petition to be signed to help prevent the theft of lead from church roofs.

You don't have to be a church-goer, or even a Christian to care about these medieval buildings, and as any householder will know, the surest way to encourage deterioration within a building is to have a leaky roof.

Strenuous efforts have been made to prevent these thefts; surveillance cameras, locked gates, and even ‘smart water’ that rubs off on the culprits and remains detectable for some time have all been tried, but still the thefts continue. Ironically the cost of making good this vandalism far outweighs the profit that the thieves make on the lead. Church committees and fund raising groups work endlessly and tirelessly to raise funds to improve other aspects of these old buildings, and it is sickening to see this money being spent on the roof yet again. These thefts involve not only churches, but houses, business premises and schools.

Memorials inside St Peter

Written by Richard Ball on .

There are a number of memorials inside the church. These take various forms; stained glass windows, a marble altar type tomb, large memorial slabs in the main nave aisle and wall mounted memorials.