FORNCETT CONNECTIONS (FENS) MEEETING – 22 FEBRUARY 2020

Written by Ally Rae on .

A meeting was arranged by the organisers of Forncett Connections, known as FENS, on Saturday, 22nd February at the Jolly Farmers, which hosts a popular weekly village Coffee Club. Representatives from various local organisations were asked to come along and give information on their activities to members of the public. The idea was to spread the word of the help available to everyone in the community from South Norfolk Council and also to inform newcomers to the area and any other interested parties about the various activities that are thriving in the village. Forncett is lucky to have so many clubs and groups which provide wonderful opportunities to make friends and join in with activities from gardening to line dancing, reading to bowls and WI. This is such an asset in a rural community where people can become isolated and lonely.
The Friends of St Peter’s Church, spearheading a campaign for the repair and refurbishment of our exceptional round towered church as a church and community hub, were represented by Gilly Barnes and April Carlin. They were armed with information about the importance of and needs of the church and membership application forms.  There was an excellent representation from the various organisations who intermingled and exchanged information with each other. Unfortunately very few new faces attended the meeting. Four or five other society members filled in Friends forms, so there was some success in adding to our numbers.  The object of the meeting, to inform newcomers about our vibrant village, probably needed different marketing to attract those not already actively involved in village life to come along. However, the friendliness of all the organisation representatives was wonderful.
April Carlin

Flower Festival Celebrating the Life of Forncett

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The 13th and 14th July 2019 saw another great example of Forncett’s community spirit when an impressive number village groups got together to put on a glorious flower festival in St Peter’s church. Each group created a stunning display of flowers. Children from the village school also took part, welcoming visitors with a floral ‘guard of honour’ as they entered the church and decorating the pews with more seasonal delights. Visitors were refreshed by tea, cake, strawberries and cream, the perfect evocation of an English summer.

But the festival didn’t stop at flowers. The history group put together a fine display of local history including the story of Dorothy, William Wordsworth’s sister, who lived for a time in Forncett. William visited her twice and his walks along the banks of the River Tas and the local lanes inspired him to write a sonnet.

And William’s spirit was much in evidence on Saturday when we were treated to an evening of poems and Pimms with many villagers rising to the occasion to deliver poems evoking tears of both laughter and sorrow. The church was packed again on Sunday for Songs of Praise. Over this very successful weekend the community came together and raised £580 for St Peter’s.

Peter Schimdt-Hansen

Saint Peters Flower and Poetry Festival 23rd – 24th April 2016

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photos: Richard Ball

Many thanks, to everyone who supported the St Peters Church Poetry and Flower Festival. What a wonderful weekend it was, full of beautiful flowers and poetry, delicious cakes and lovely friendly people. The grand sum of £1170 was donated throughout the two days which will all go toward the Saint Peters Fabric Fund. Saturday’s concert was such a lovely occasion, marking St Georges Day, Shakespeare’s Birthday and of course celebrating Her majesty The Queens 90th Birthday. The talented choirs and Forncett School Clangers performed brilliantly and the poetry readings were much appreciated by the generous audience. Sundays ‘Songs of Praise’ was a lovely way to finish off this wonderful weekend of celebrations.

May we take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited the church, took part in the concert and the service and to those who donated so generously.

Carols by Candlelight at St Peter's

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Over 100 people enjoyed 'Carols by Candlelight' in St. Peter's church on 5th December. Traditional readings and carols were mixed with Christmas songs performed by Dolce choir, led by their musical director Philip Aldred, and included Gaudete and everyone's favourite, O Holy Night.

Thanks to everyone who donated mince pies, and to Paul Lanaway for helping serve mulled wine after the service.

Security System needed for St Peter's Church

Written by Susie Rohde , Churchwarden on .

In July this year St. Peter’s Church suffered a significant lead theft from its roof. The thieves were never apprehended.

Since then, after much investigation by the PCC and Churchwardens it was agreed that a ‘State of the art’ alarm should be installed. The system consists of sensors, alarms, recorded warnings and Strobe lighting. Should the alarms be activated the emergency security services will automatically be alerted and within minutes be at the Church.

There are lead alternatives but these do not have the longevity of lead neither are they as pleasing aesthetically.

We had hoped to update the heating in the St.Peter’s but to comply with the Church Insurer’s conditions and to protect this beautiful and ancient building for the community we have no choice but to proceed with the security arrangements. This is an expensive venture.

Contribution towards this community project will be gratefully received,

please contact Susie Rohde, Churchwarden, on 01508 489 363  or  07762 727 539 or