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

Written by Keith Fromings.

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 (). 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.


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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.

Village Games Update - Another Fantastic Win for the Forncetts!

Written by Glen Humphreys, Village Games Co-ordinator.

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We were able to send a very strong team along to the UEA today to take part in the Village Games Rounders event. The team consisted of Ben, Tom, Nic, Miles, Josh, Ellie, Archie, Hugo and Milo and were once again looked after by Amy as their coach.

We knew we had a strong team but were up against some large villages including 2 teams from Hethersett and teams from Downham, Briston & Melton Constable, Hainford & Stratton Strawlesss and the Lophams.

However, we started off strongly with a win and this pattern continued throughout the afternoon and although we came up against some very good teams they were no match for us and we ending up winning every single game (most quite comfortably) with every member of the team playing their part. The whole team were presented with individual trophies at the end of the day and will hopefully feature on Active Norfolk's website during the week.

Thanks once again to all who took part and for the support of those that went along to watch.

43% of drivers on Forncett’s main roads exceed the speed limit

Written by Phil Whiscombe.

The speed awareness sign (SAM2) reported in a previous Flyer as being purchased by the Parish Council was delivered in November and is now being employed around the village by a team of four volunteers - Harry Bowers, Keith Fromings, Philip Yull and the writer. Locations for the signs, on stretches of road limited to 30 mph, have been designated by Norfolk County Council’s highways department. There are 3 locations in Forncett End on the Norwich Road (B 1113) and the Long Stratton Road and 3 locations in Forncett St Peter on Mill Road and Low Road and generally the sign will only remain in each location for a maximum of about two weeks.

SAM2Most drivers will be aware of the SAM2 signs - they are vehicle activated and indicate clearly to the drivers of oncoming vehicles their speed in mph. If they are exceeding the speed limit a flashing warning sign will entreat them to ‘SLOW DOWN’. The actual vehicle speed will continue to be displayed up to 39 mph but above this no speed is indicated so as not to further encourage those drivers who might see a challenge in seeing how high a speed they can generate on the sign although the warning sign will continue to flash. This latest generation of sign also records the number of vehicle movements and the speed of any vehicle when it activates the sign. We now have recorded data from the initial three locations and the results are in the table below.

The locations of the sign were:
   ‘A’ - outside Austhorpe House adjacent to the bus shelter on Norwich Road (B1113) northbound.
   ‘B’ - on the bend outside the Methodist Church on Long Stratton Road westbound.
   ‘C’ - on the Mill Road hill westbound (recorded over the Christmas and New Year periods).

Forncett road speeds

Overall an average of 43% of drivers on our village’s main roads exceeded the statutory 30 mph speed limit. A significant proportion of these do so at speeds that shows little regard for the safety of the village and its residents. It’s also worth noting that these higher end violations were not all recorded at the dead of night as might be expected, there being a fairly even spread throughout the full 24 hour periods including the daytime peak periods.

Top Speeding ‘prizes’ go to drivers of vehicles on: Norwich Road (B 1113) northbound on the 10th December at 10.20 am clocked at between 65 and 70 mph, and, Mill Road westbound on the 24th December at 6.20 pm clocked at between 85 and 90 mph. We’ll continue to update this information in future editions of the Flyer.