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Forncett Fete 2018

Written by Brian Frith on .

Our main Village Fete (at the Village Hall and on Jubilee Green) on 23rd June was blessed with perfect weather ... and the crowds came out in force to show their appreciation!  A report and some photos are in the July 2018 edition of the Forncett Flyer (available via the 'Forncett Flyer' menu) but the slide show below has some more photos which wouldn't fit in the Flyer.

What a beautiful day!

( Photos by Phil Whiscombe
  Click pic for slideshow )

As usual, the number of people who helped in practical ways on the day or donated items is far too many to list, but special mention must be made of Sally Hibbler, Carole McClure and Gill Starkie who did the overall planning and ensured that everything came together on the day.  A total of £2982 was raised for our three good causes - Friends of Forncett School, Little Tractors Playgroup and Forncett Village Hall.  Fantastic!

Bunwell and Carleton Rode WI Report

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We enjoyed a well-attended December meeting when Christine Hewson, Chelsea Medallist and Chairman of Breckland Flower Club, demonstrated stunning Christmas Flower Arrangements, all of which were later Raffled. With six new ladies expressing their wish to join us in 2016 it was a very enjoyable afternoon. The following week we went to The King’s Head at New Buckenham for our Christmas Meal. We were so well looked after by owner Barry Tunmore and his team of staff that various members have since returned for meals. Delicious food and a very convivial time was had by all. We shall surely repeat the visit in the future.

Our January meeting was very well attended despite the cold weather, helped by bright sun streaming into the Hall. A welcome return visit by Rachel Rusholme Pilcher, Norfolk WI representative for Science, saw us ‘Discovering Genes and DNA’. Not a dull subject at all as all was explained in a fascinating way, followed by the extraction of DNA from two samples of Blueberries. A delightful afternoon with lots of questions.

Our meeting on 17th February at 2pm in Bunwell Village Hall will be a short talk about Bread making by the President, Chris Potter, with lots of different types to sample, and with a demonstration of the making and baking of one particular loaf. Here’s hoping it rises to the occasion!

All our meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month (apart from December when it is the 2nd Wednesday), at 2pm in Bunwell Village Hall. Visitors are always welcome.

Saturday March 5th sees our Craft Day in the Village Hall, when Tutors will teach their individual craft. The sessions are from 1000-1600. Participants choose one of 5 crafts.
Cost £20 per person, to include materials, drinks throughout the day and a light lunch of Baked Potato, various fillings, salad and desert.
Jewellery, Blackwork Embroidery, Greeting cards, Patchwork or Stained Glass.
For more details or to book a place, please contact either:
Veronica Pell 01953 603708
Christine Potter 01953 788792
Experience from our Craft Day 2 years ago shows that places fill quickly!

Forncett Information sheet

Written by compiled by Anne Rayner, with a map by Su Leavesley on .


Doctors – Long Stratton Medical Partnership – 01508 530781

Wymondham Medical Centre ('Postmill') – 01953 602220

The Windmill Surgery, Wymondham – 01953 607607

DEFIBRILLATOR. One is located at the bottom of Mill Lane, near Forncett school, in a red phone box. Another is in the old phone box on Long Stratton Road, near the junction with Tabernacle Lane (near to St Edmunds Church). Also there is one at Tacolneston Village Hall.

Pharmacy – 'Well' Pharmacy, Long Stratton 01508 530303

'Well' Pharmacy, Wymondham 01953 602115

Boots Pharmacy, Wymondham 01953 601772

Vets  - Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership – Long Stratton 01508 530686 or Wymondham 01953 602139

Wymondham Veterinary Clinic Ltd – 01953 600066

Schools & Nursery

Little Tractors Playgroup, Forncett Village Hall: 07770 919516 or 07523 800674

Forncett C E V A Primary School – 01508 530506

Tacolneston V C Primary School – 01508 489336

Long Stratton High School - - 01508 530418

Wymondham High School – 01953 602078

Childminder – Jody Gibbons 01953 789775


Nearest Small Stores – Bunwell Stores (inc Post Office), Bunwell Street 01953 788066

Paddocks Butchery & Deli – Bunwell Street, Bunwell 01953 789708

Petrol – Day’s of Bunwell, Bunwell Street, Bunwell

One Stop Store, Swan Lane Long Stratton 01508 530451

Larger Supermarkets – Co-op, Long Stratton 01508 536109

Morrisons, Wymondham 01953 828879

Waitrose, Wymondham 01953 607772 (With Shell garage)

Aldi, Diss 0800 042 0800


Forncett, Ashwellthorpe, Fundenhall, Hapton, Tacolneston & Wreningham group – Reverend Suzanne Cook 01953 788227

Churchwarden Margaret Webster, St Edmunds, Forncett End 01953 788114

Forncett Methodist Church, Ethel Coleman, Church Secretary 01508 530996

Forncett St Mary Church – May and Graham Prior 01508 481856

Clubs and events

Forncett Allotment Association, Margaret Wilde 01953 788268 – Margaret is also the local contact for the South Norfolk Ramblers Group

Forncett Archive and Local History Group – John Webster 01953 788114

Forncett Bowls Club – Andrew Coleman 01508 530996

Forncett Steam Museum 01508 488277

Diggers & Dibblers (Garden Club): Su Leavesley 01953 789752

Reading Group – April Carlin 01953 788775     Reading Group 2 - Lin Whiscombe 01953 788302

Sunny Patches Sewing Group: Gill Coleman 01379 677502 

Yoga – Melanie Willsher 07931 144014 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Line Dancing – Rita, Forncett Village Hall, Monday evenings at 19.30

Tharston & District W.I. – Gill 01508 532468

Bunwell Village Screen – details available at or Ashwellthorpe Village Screen

Leisure Centres – Wymondham 01953 607171, large gym, wide variety of classes, group activities and a pool

Long Stratton 01508 531444, classes, group activities and a gym:

If you prefer somewhere smaller, slots are sometimes available at Roseacre swimming pool, Ashwellthorpe, contact Mr Derek Downes 01508 488106 or, during the summer months, at Bridge Farm swimming pool, Station Road, Forncett – contact 07762 203022

Council Contacts

Your local MP is Richard Bacon, Grasmere, Denmark Street, Diss, IP22 4LE, telephone 01379 643728 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Norfolk County Council 0344 800 8020 – the County Council deal with highways, education and school transport, public footpaths and rights of way, trading standards, libraries, adult and children’s social services and recycling centres. Your current County Councillor is Bev Spratt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

South Norfolk Council 01508 533633 – your local district council based in Long Stratton will collect your council tax and deals with refuse, recycling and garden waste collection, planning applications, leisure centres, environmental issues, support for local businesses, street cleaning, housing advice and homelessness and licensing. Your current District Councillor is Barry Duffin, Hyde House, Norwich Road, Ashwellthorpe, NR16 1ES Phone 01508 489531; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can register on the “My South Norfolk” section of this website for useful information about bin collections and nearby planning applications.

Forncett Parish Council – this is the first tier of local government. Your parish council deal with local issues such as bus shelters, litter, commenting on planning issues, grit bins and any general enquiry that a parishioner may have. Anyone is welcome to attend a parish council meeting, these are held on the third Thursday of each month (no meeting in August) at 7.30 pm at the village hall. There is a dedicated slot near the beginning of the meeting for members of the public to speak. Contacts are Anne Rayner, parish clerk, 01508 570700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The official Parish Council web-site is at 

or Chairman, Brian Frith 01953 789882.

Ways of staying or becoming involved in village life:

You can sign up to the village e-noticeboard by contacting Su Leavesley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This will keep you up to date with village events, as well as police crime prevention information, items for sale or being given away, lost or found animals and a wide variety of other useful information, by email to your inbox

The facebook page for Tacolneston is quite active, this sometime includes items for sale or wanted, including baby and children’s goods.

Forncett Flyer – Su Leavesley 01953 789752 for article submissions and contributions or April Carlin 01953 788775 for ads.

Unwanted items can be put to good use .

Items suitable for raffle, tombola, or the bric-a-brac stall is always gratefully accepted by any of the local churches or volunteer user groups who are always raising funds. Please contact the ‘good cause’ of your choice with details. Collection may be arranged.

Help can be given if you would like to set up a new group or activity. There are a few slots available at the village hall, mainly in the afternoons, evenings and weekends. Please contact Ethel Coleman, in the first instance on 01508 530996 who can put you in touch with the relevant people.