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

New Year's Day Walk 2018

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Starting around 10 a.m. on Monday January 1st at the Village Hall, this is a walk for everyone: take your time - walk at your own pace - no rules - do as much or as little as you like!  It's just an opportunity to get some fresh air!

The suggested route below is all on roads, so it should not be too muddy - but please be careful to watch for traffic and wear something bright or 'high vis'.  

The suggested route is: left out of The Village Hall, Low Road, Spring Lane, High Road and Stickfer Lane (or take a short cut up Cheney's Lane!), into Valley Farm Road, right into Northfield Road, right along Long Stratton Road (watch the traffic!), left into Tabernacle Lane (stop off for mulled wine and mince pies at The Last Homely House); continue along Tabernacle Lane to Gilderswood Lane.  Then right into Overwood Lane and then left onto Aslacton Road (or take a short cut down Mill Road - watching for traffic).  Then, from the School, all the way along Low Road (watch the traffic!) back to the Village Hall for soup, rolls etc (and the bar!).  Still confused? Map for New Years Day walk.

.... or, if that's too long, make up your own route cutting out sections as you wish or using some of our many Public Footpaths! 

The key features are: be safe, try not to get lost, meet friends old and new, have a jolly good time and enjoy refreshment at 'The Last Homely House, Tabernacle Lane' and the Village Hall.

Mulled wine and mince pies at Last Homely House Forncett End (courtesy Su and Pete Leavesley) on the route and then home made soup, rolls, tea and coffee at the Village Hall from about 11.30 a.m. – all FREE, but donation buckets will be around. The usual selection of drinks will be available to buy from the Village Hall Bar. 

Quiz and Curry (Trophy Quiz) Nov 2017

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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

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'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)


'Big C' Charity BBQ and Music Evening

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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

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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)

Village Hall Bookings Calendar

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This calendar is updated regularly and can be used to check availability of the Hall. Bookings should be made via our Bookings Secretary, Ethel Coleman on 01508 530996.  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.