The Forncett Archive

The [Depwade Deanery] Magazine

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Over a century ago a church magazine was published for the Depwade Deanery with the above title. It reported on events and news from each parish. Recently, through the kindness of Jean Stimpson, I received a few photocopies of relevant Forncett entries to add to the Archive. They enhance the picture of the Forncetts from 1916-1928, but are by no means complete. If any readers can add to my collection, I should be most grateful for contributions. The three editions published during WW1

are of course most interesting with their accounts of matters relating to Forncettians fighting for their country. In 1916 Pte Wm LUDKIN was killed, as was Percy GRAY. John NEWMAN was severely wounded and then married and moved to the North. Edward GOSTLING was killed on the Somme, while William and Claud from the same family were seriously wounded. Others mentioned include: SKIPPER,  GREEN, BROOKES, FRYER and BLAKE.

In 1917 the death of Pte Herbert ROE is reported on the Eastern Front.. Among those on active service, mention is made of WATERS, COLEMAN brothers, TANN, HUNT, SCOTT, SELF, SYMONS and LOVEDAY.

The effects of war continue to make themselves felt even in 1921, when Mr Robt. BROOKS is reported as dying for reasons  “traceable probably to trials experienced in the War”. In this year too a decision was made at the St Mary War Memorial Meeting to raise funds for a Memorial Cross.

Another entry is of interest and links with Forncett Archive Notes No. 10

Grand Trip to the Seaside

“The members of St. Peter’s Sunday School much enjoyed their Outing to Lowestoft on Oct. 13th, the weather being glorious and the journey to and fro in Mr. Smith’s motor-bus affording much interest, as well as new acquaintance with the local geography.” [The Magazine – November 1921]

Archive comment: This appeared in the Diocesan magazine and may have been contributed by the Rector at the time. Mr Smith [Maltings Farm, Forncett End] ran a bus as carrier to Norwich and for outings. Initially the vehicle had solid rubber tyres. Walter John, as he was known, was also the secretary of the Oddfellows Friendly Society, which met at ‘The Safety Valve’ public house by the station.