Christina Wakeford and Cynthia Finlayson opened their gardens for charity under the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 23rd June 2013. The weather, though not perfect, provided much sunshine as well as the occasional shower and there was an excellent turnout of visitors. A goodly sum was raised for NGS charities as well as a more modest sum from the tea tent run by the Diggers & Dibblers team which will be donated to the Forncett Village Hall fund.
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Forncett Open Gardens; Sunday 7th July 2013.
On Sunday July 7th, ten private gardens plus the Allotments at Forncett End and also St Mary's Church were 'open' from 11 am to 4 pm.
On one of the hottest days of the year and with 'opposition' from Andy Murray's Wimbledon Final, we wondered whether the turnout would be affected. If it was ... we didn't really notice. Despite the large distances between some of the gardens, an estimated 150 people visited the village and enjoyed the wide range of gardens open to view (in addition to Forncett St Mary Church and the Allotments at Forncett End).
And how we celebrated! It rained; it was cold; but if the Queen could stand it on that boat (sorry, barge) on the Thames, then who are we to grumble?
|Painted by the children of Forncett School, this banner was the centre piece of the party at the school on Friday. All the children were dressed in their royal-most clothing, and there were six Busby-wearing gentlemen to guard the ‘Queen’ and her close family. Several of the children performed songs, dances and jokes to entertain and delight the parents, guests, teachers and staff.
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A BIG thank you to everyone for attending and helping with the fete.
Following the initial count of the takings at the fete, the fete has raised, after expenses, £1,654.68! Obviously this may change slightly when counted again. A further £750 should also be added as part of Barclays donations to local charities.
WELL DONE to everyone
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Photos Courtesy of Su Leavesley
The river goes into the winter in a much improved condition thanks to work by the Environment Agency completed in mid November. They used two excavators – one a giant 18-tonne machine with a 13-metre reach – to clear an enormous volume of silt, vegetation, and fallen trees and other debris from the river from Tharston Mill, through Horsenford up to Station Road, and then upstream to Wacton.