Our Annual Village Trophy Quiz on 11th November saw 11 teams (a 'sell out') battling it out for the coveted trophy in a quiz devised and presented by John and Jo Percival. With a curry meal (no less than 8 options!) in the break and the usual well-stocked bar, even seemed to enjoy the evening. The eventual winners were 'The Readers', who came out on top after a tie break with 'Normans for Norfolk' - decided by a taxing question about the date Cadbury's Flake was first produced! Thanks to all who supported the event by joining teams, making the curries, helping serve, running the raffle, manning the bar etc., etc. We couldn't do it without you!
'St. Flora of the Lake', our second Murder Mystery play, was another resounding success. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the evenings either by preparing and serving food, manning the bar, collecting and building the stage (thanks to the school for lending us this) and general preparation and clearing away ....... and of course everyone in the audience who came along to support us.
Sarah Allen writes :
'Ghostly Goings-on at the Murder Mystery'
On the 13th and 14th October two full houses witnessed the second murder in Forncett this year. The victim was the sleazy and lecherous George Allen, played with alarming ease by Peter Schmidt-Hansen. Murdered on the anniversary of the death of St Flora, who drowned with her young son in 1612, suspicion turned to some ghostly intervention. However the audience had other ideas. Could the murderer have been farmer Jack Farrow (Norman Stevens) who stood to gain financially from George's death? Or the deranged vicar’s wife Florence and her protective husband, played by real life wife and husband team Dee and Nigel Youngman? Or even the timid young girl Josie Carter (Alex Preece)? Suspicion even turned to a Machiavellian plot by the bickering couple Ruth and Arthur Thomas, played by April Carlin and Terry Hickman Smith.
Inspector Halfpenny (John Wilde), of the Tas Valley Police, investigated and his persistence was rewarded with a confession from Josie. Another entertaining mystery in which Brian Frith (stage manager) had an off-stage cameo role as Sergeant Jones and in which a teddy bear was implicated as the murder weapon. The play was again written by April Carlin, and thanks must go to Gill Starkie as director and Margaret Hickman Smith as prompt.
If there are any more dastardly deeds in village we'll have to ask the Parish Council to start twinning procedures with Midsomer.
Photos by Anne Frith: Click pic for slide show
Full cast list (from first photo):
From the left: Peter Schmidt-Hansen (George Allen); Nigel Youngman (Vicar); John Wilde (Inspector Halfpenny); Alex Preece (Josie Carter); April Carlin (Ruth Thomas); Norman Stevens (Jack Farrow); Terry Hickman Smith (Arthur Thomas); Dee Youngman (Florence)
On the back of this photograph is the following: "our school play at Forncett Church". The sylvan setting might indicate the trees bordering Forncett St Mary rectory or near the spinney at St Peter's. The teacher in the middle seems to be dressed in the fashion of1910-1920.
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The idea it might be a nativity play seems unlikely. At about this period pageants were all the rage and the characters here might reflect that idea. The group is heavily populated with ‘Red Indians’ and clearly a lot of effort has gone into ‘dressing up’.
Please get in touch with John Webster if you have any ideas.
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