Midsummer 'Post Lockdown' Walk, Sunday June 27th 2021

Written by Brian Frith.

Midsummer Post Lockdown Village Walk , Sunday Afternoon 27th June 2021

Imagine this is New Year's Day but in the middle of Summer! Hopefully the weather will be kind as we get together to celebrate our lovely village and to meet up with other residents. A map will be available at the Village Hall from 1.00pm onwards for newcomers and 'old timers' who have forgotten the route (also available here: Map for Midsummer Walk). However, we all know that there are some who do bits of the walk, or do it 'back to front' or even some who just want to meet up at the Village Hall for refreshments. We are keeping refreshments simple - hot drinks, cold soft drinks and a variety of cakes. These will be served from 2.30pm onwards, probably until 4.30pm which will give plenty of time for people to go to the Service at St Peter's Church at 6.00pm if they wish. All refreshments are free but we will have the donation bucket around if you feel so inclined.

.... or, if the suggested route is 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 refreshments at the Vlllage Hall.

The Great St Peter's Bric-a-Brac Sale

Written by Ally Rae.

Saturday 19 June 2021

10.00-13.00

Forncett Village Hall

Low Road, Forncett St Mary’s, NR16 1JG

A wonderful array of all sorts of Bric-a-Brac, Preserves, Cakes, Plants

Refreshments

Free Entry & Parking

Covid security measures will be in place, please follow the direction of the stewards

All profits to Save St Peter’s Fund

At last an opportunity to get out and find that bargain and to support St Peter's

Any questions please contact April Carlin:

Jo and Raptor OR Joy and Rapture

Written by Terry Hickman Smith (as published in the Forncett Flyer November 2020).

On one of my morning walks with Nutmeg four or five weeks ago I came across a wounded kestrel at the bottom of the Sewage works footpath. It had a badly damaged right eye, it couldn’t fly and its only defence was digging its very sharp talons into my fingers.

I wasn’t sure how to deal with a wild bird in this state. After a couple of attempt to pick it up – including the bloody fingers – I tried putting my handkerchief over its eyes which calmed it enough for me to hold it. It didn’t really struggle for the whole way home but looked in a really bad way.

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Via the Norfolk Wildlife Trust who recommended a lovely man who said he couldn’t do anything for the bird but put me in touch with a raptor rescue specialist called Jo. Jo runs the Phoenix Bird of Prey Rescue and came over to look at my female kestrel that afternoon. She took one look at it and pronounced that there was nothing she could do. The poor bird apparently had something that sounded to my deaf ears like Trowse Trichosis. I later found out it is actually called Frounce Trichomoniasis – a horrible virus endemic in pigeons who are not affected by it. It is thought, after much research, that where pigeons drink they leave a trace of the virus and if a raptor drinks soon after the raptor can catch it. In raptors it leads to blindness, damaged hearing, weakness, digestive problems and death. Great disappointment.

However the lovely Jo said she would try. There might be a small chance that a course of anti-biotics might help alongside intensive care and careful feeding. She took the female kestrel away and I thought that would be the last I would see of her.

About two weeks Later Jo phoned to say that, against all expectations, our kestrel was responding to treatment and was getting stronger. This week (last week in October) Jo rang again with the amazing news that she (the kestrel that is) was ready for release. Today, 29th October Jo brought her here and we released her by the bridge where I found her. It is Jo’s policy to release the birds she rescues from the place where it was found – seems eminently sensible. After a bit of a struggle to get out of the box she flew off in a big arc and landed in a tree by the footpath. Apparently that was a good release. She looked strong and happy to be flying again. Pity it was raining but preferable to release in rain than keep too long in captivity.

The big lesson to me was to have acted quickly. Another few hours may have triggered a less happy outcome. If you find yourself in similar circumstances please do act quickly.

Jo at Phoenix can be contacted on 07914 661385 and her website is www.phoenixbirdofpreyrescue.org.

Forncett virtual open gardens weekend

Written by Administrator.

On Sunday we had a virtual Open Gardens in Forncett via our Facebook page as the real event couldn’t be held. We had no idea how it would be received or indeed if members would post their photos on the D and D Facebook page. It was a real success and we are going to share a selection of the photos from members of the group and from the allotments who were going to start off the event. Thank you everyone for agreeing to share your photos on the Forncett website which can be seen on the Virtual Open Gardens Page.

Margaret Hickman Smith.