Forncett celebrates the Queen's 90th birthday

Written by Brian and Anne Frith on .

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On Sunday 22d May, thanks to a grant from South Norfolk Council, about 100 residents joined our celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday.

The children enjoyed a variety of entertainment from Frances, JMS Catering (Jan and Mike Smail) provided a fabulous savoury buffet; Jackie and Gill produced lots of beautifully decorated ‘fairy cakes’; Barry supplied all that was needed from the Bar and thanks to Andrew for the PA system.

We all enjoyed near perfect weather on Jubilee Green and the chance to meet old friends and make new ones. Thanks to all who helped get everything ready in the morning, who came along to join the celebrations in the afternoon ... and helped clear up in record time at the end.

St Mary's font comes home

Written by May Prior on .

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When St. Mary's was closed in the early 1980's everything from the interior was removed or vandalised. The medieval font was given to the Roman Catholic Shrine at Houghton St. Giles, North Norfolk, where it remained for many years. After hearing of the restoration work and the 'Angels' Award last year the font was offered back to St. Mary's, being surplus to their requirements.

It was removed from the shrine in late 2015, and repaired and restored by stonemason Bruce Riley. On 27th May 2016 he installed the font back in the church. It is probable that the marble plinth is of the same type used in Norwich Cathedral.

Currently (June 2016) there are still many people alive who were christened in the font before it was removed.

The New Forncett End Defibrillator (in the phone box by St. Edmunds Church)

Written by Keith Fromings on .

On the 28th April at St Edmunds Church in Forncett End, an awareness training Seminar for the newly installed Defibrillator, the second for our village, was given by Martin Render from The Community Heartbeat Trust. This was incredibly well attended and a great success. It was also good fun, very informative and, possibly, motivational. Light hearted and very serious in equal measure to make the important points that needed making. This was an opportunity to understand what a defibrillator is, how it can save lives and most importantly dispel any fears and myths about using these incredible devices.

For those that were unable to join the session, I would like to pass on the 4 crucial things that Martin wanted us all to remember from the evening.

1. When a person has a Cardiac arrest, the heart doesn’t pump blood around the body as it should and without intervention from somebody, that person IS going to die. So the option to do nothing isn’t really an option.

2. If the heart has gone into a rhythm known as fibrillation, a Defibrillator is needed to try to get it working again. These new defibrillators are so easy to use that you don’t need any training; ours even has a video display showing you what to do.

3. Using a defibrillator on a person CANNOT DO ANY HARM and will not deliver a shock to the patient unless he/she needs it.

4. You are not going to be sued or be in trouble for trying to save a life with a defibrillator and it is unsuccessful 

I would like to thank all those that attended the session for coming and hope that you did find it helpful. If anyone who attended has any comments or feedback about the session I would be very pleased to hear from you (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We would like to arrange further sessions, maybe on an annual basis, so keep a look out for details. More details from the evening cab be seen on the Forncett website.

Thanks also to Martin Render and Community Heartbeat Trust and to John and Margaret Webster for the use of the Church.

Village Sign Restored

Written by Su Leavesley on .


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Several months after it was removed from its prominent position at the road junction at the bottom of Mill Road, in front of St Peter’s Church. our Village Sign has now been fully restored and returned to its proper place.

The design of the sign was originally researched by Bill Matthews in the late 1970s and, helped by his daughter Debbie with some of the drawings, it was eventually constructed and erected on its oak post and flint base (topped with a millstone from one of the Forncett mills) to mark the marnage of Pnnce Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

Over the years. former Parish Councillor Andrew Smith has carried out maintenance and re-painting as required, but it was decided a year or so ago that a total refurbishment was required. Bob McClenning spent several months drying out. stabilising and eventually re-painting the actual decorative sign. David Taylor supplied wood sections for the lettering and the other supports, expertly crafting them to match the (by now very decayed) originals. Linda Preece used her skills as sculptor and wood carver to recreate ‘The Forncetts' name.

Graham Gale and Brian Frith dismantled and, after the artists and craftspeople had done their work, reassembled the whole sign (using the original re-painted wrought ironwork).

Now on show for all to see, complete with a new plaque to remind everyone that the renovation took place in the year of the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth Il, we hope the sign will last many more years.