It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Written by Graham Prior on .

Director and Producer Paul Blake and the cast of 'Ensemble' performed 'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas' to three packed audiences in St Mary's Church November 28th, 29th and 30th. 

Silent Night

Click on pic for more - photos by Richard Ball

A huge thank you to everyone involved the show: Paul Blake for producing and directing, the 'tech team' for lights, sound,and putting the staging up, the wardrobe ladies for making sure the costume changes went seamlessly, and May for front of house duties. We like to think of St Mary's church as the spiritual home of Ensemble, and we hope they will be back for more shows. Finally, thank you to the audience, and a happy Christmas to all.

St Mary's Tower - work suspended over winter

Written by Graham Prior on .

Fractured quoin stone

During the summer the porch and tower of St Mary's Church have been restored and stabilised using traditional materials and methods - hot lime for the mortar and lead for the tower roof. The only variation has been the use of stainless steel for the porch roof, done for security reasons.

On 30th October, also in line with traditional medieval practice, work was officially suspended for the winter months - lime mortar, for instance, takes a good number of days to set hard and would be damaged if frost occurred during that process.

Photographs by Gethin Harvey (at that time of Nicholas Warns Architects)
(click pic for slide show)

The History of Forncett – A new website

Written by Mike Merrick – Secretary, Forncett History Group on .

Untitled 1Forncett has an amazingly rich history that has been documented in detail over the years by the Forncett History Group and especially by its Chairman, John Webster. However much of this history is not widely known and in recent discussions the History Group decided that a dedicated web site would help to address this. Our new website is now live at and we hope that lots of people, both within the village and much further afield, will take the time to visit it. The site can be viewed on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or phones.

This is a project that is very much “in progress” so please revisit the site from time to time to see what’s new. We are also very keen to have input and feedback. If you find any errors, or if there are topics or stories that you think we could include please let us know. We are also always very interested in historical photos of Forncett – both of places and people. You can get in touch through the “Contact Us” section of the web site or by emailing me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or John Webster (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). We look forward to hearing from you.

Help us save Forncett St Peter’s Church

Written by Administrator on .

bench endWhen William the Conqueror defeated Harold in 1066 the village church of St Peter’s had already been central to community life in Forncett for many years. Now this extraordinary building is in desperate need of repair and refurbishment to keep it at the heart of our village. A major fund and grant-raising project is underway. If you would like to help please join the Friends of St Peter’s: contact Gilly Barnes - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - and support our events.

Forncett St Peter fun facts – we’ll tell you more as time goes by
Anastasia Moskvina, Historic Church Building Support Officer, Diocese of Norwich

Come and see the Pews  It is very easy to have a quick look around St Peter’s church, noticing the welcoming atmosphere and enjoying a sense of timelessness before you leave, but if you pay attention, you can spend hours just studying the pew ends! They were carved in the 15th-century and heavily restored in the 19th-century, representing Saints and Apostles (St Peter and St Paul, to whom the church is dedicated, are here), as well as the Seven Sacraments of the Church (look for Extreme Unction, which involves anointing and comforting the dying), personifications of trades and occupations (such as the huntsman with his falcon) and the Deadly Sins: can you find the greedy miser with his coin box and a surprisingly friendly-looking devil at his feet? There are puzzling figures here too: for example, can anyone guess who the lady in a little house is – is she a medieval hermit in her little cell? Some of the figures look new and shiny, and others appear to have been damaged. This means that the former are likely a result of Victorian restoration and the latter are medieval and either got damaged naturally over time or were mutilated deliberately after the Reformation, when imagery in the church was considered unacceptable.

The church is open every day if you would like to see for yourself.