A selection of news and other articles with 'no particular place to go'!
What a splendid weekend of Art and Crafts! on Saturday and Sunday, 24th and 25th November, the very talented people of the Forncett Art Group put on a display and sale at the beautiful Church of St Mary’s in the Village. So many creative people selling handmade Christmas gifts - Cards, gift boxes, Oil paintings, wooden houses, encaustic art, mosaics, printing, jams and chutneys, wood craft, watercolours, soaps, photography, felting, hand sewn creations, jewellery and stained glass ornaments…amongst other things.
There was a great atmosphere, created by beautiful lighting, glowing Christmas trees and lots of happy chatter and colourful creations. This all came together, promoting a very Christmassy feel to the venue. Hot drinks and mince pies added to the occasion, so there was plenty of time to sit and enjoy the scene. We were treated to a perfect performance by the wonderful ‘Clangers’ – the bell ringers from St Peters School. We were even given the opportunity to ‘have a go’ which was very entertaining.
Well done to all the stall holders in the Art Group, to Graham and May and their little Church team for helping us host the event and thankyou to everyone for supporting us and for buying lots of gifts from us.
After the deluge which wiped out the 2016 Fete in mid afternoon, we were blessed with near perfect weather for the 2017 event. Consequently, the crowds came out to enjoy everything on offer - as can been seen from the selection of Su's photo's. The trailer rides to and from the Steam Museum (which also opened specially for the afternoon) were much appreciated, as were the wide variety of stalls, stands and games. Refreshments from the BBQ, teas in the Hall, bar, ice creams etc went down well with everyone ... and the many children (when they were not performing in the ring) enjoyed the petting area, bouncy castle and all the other games.
Net profit from the afternoon was £2933, meaning that almost £978 was donated to each of Forncett School, Little Tractors Playgroup and the Village Hall. Thanks to everyonewho came along or helped in any way.
We’ve been asked if the use of the sign actually has any effect on the speeding behaviour of drivers but this is difficult to prove conclusively without comparative data being obtained when the sign is not operating. However, the manufacturer advised that the sign could be put into ‘stealth’ mode which sounds sinister but simply means the vehicle numbers and speed data can continue to be logged without the speed display working. So when the sign was located on Mill Road in early June it was operated normally for the first week and in stealth mode for the second week. I won’t claim this to be a highly scientific exercise but the results are interesting. In the first week 48% of all vehicles were exceeding 35 mph and in the second week when the display was turned off this increased to 55%. So it does seem reasonable to infer that the sign does have a positive impact on driver behaviour — unfortunately this doesn’t disguise the fact that over the two weeks 78% of all drivers, some 7,459, exceeded the 30 mph limit with 219 exceeding 50 mph! This location remains the worst for speeding and clearly isn’t a particularly good place to be a pedestrian.
For details and tables of the results please
On Sunday 22d May, thanks to a grant from South Norfolk Council, about 100 residents joined our celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday.
The children enjoyed a variety of entertainment from Frances, JMS Catering (Jan and Mike Smail) provided a fabulous savoury buffet; Jackie and Gill produced lots of beautifully decorated ‘fairy cakes’; Barry supplied all that was needed from the Bar and thanks to Andrew for the PA system.
We all enjoyed near perfect weather on Jubilee Green and the chance to meet old friends and make new ones. Thanks to all who helped get everything ready in the morning, who came along to join the celebrations in the afternoon ... and helped clear up in record time at the end.
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
Thanks also to Martin Render and Community Heartbeat Trust and to John and Margaret Webster for the use of the Church.
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.
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.
Most 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).
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.