Forncett Village Hall: Low Road, Forncett St Mary, Norfolk NR16 1JG

FLOSSY - raising funds for our Village Hall

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Village Hall Lottery Syndicate ('FLOSSY'): another 20 week cycle starts October 26th 2019. Why not join in?

Support YOUR Village Hall - and have lots of chances to win a fortune!

FLOSSY - our lottery scheme supporting the Village Hall - is about to start again.  We have now been running the scheme for five years.  In that time almost £3000 has been raised for the Village Hall.  We are not millionaires yet - but one day? The last 20 week cycle produced our biggest win yet - have you noticed all the new cars around and all those going on long exotic holidays ? No harm in dreaming!

The next 20 week cycle will begin on Saturday October 26th 2019.  

If you would like to know more about how it all works, see the full terms and conditions and get an application form by clicking the links below, or please contact me (Brian Frith) and I'll make sure you get all the information.

Click Flossy Terms and Conditions for full details of the scheme and Lottery Application Form and Receipt for an application form or contact Brian Frith by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone 01953 789882 - no commitment until you sign the agreement (and pay!). Don't delay - limited to 60! The deadline for receipt of agreement forms and payment, for inclusion in this 20 week block, will be Monday October 21st 2019, with the first draw being Saturday 26th October 2019. 

Join FLOSSY - support YOUR Village Hall!

Proposed new Constitution for Forncett Village Hall

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The Village Hall was 'founded' in 1952.  The Trust Deed from that date has, over the years, become out of date and the Trustees ('The Management Committee') have been working to develop a new constitution more relevant to the present situation.  

Please note that, under Charity Commission rules, the Objects of the Charity remain the same, but this new Constitution proposes revision of the make-up of the Committee, period of office etc.

A special public meeting will be held on Tuesday 27th February 2018, starting at 7.30pm in Forncett Village Hall, where the following motion will be proposed: 

RESOLVED, pursuant to section 280 of the Charities Act 2011, to replace the 1952 constitution of the charity with the 2018 constitution set out below* with effect from 1st April 2018 - and to note that the objects of the charity are unchanged.

*Copies of the proposed new constitution will be available

  • at the meeting or
  • in advance of the meeting by phoning 01953 789882, or
  • on the '' website ( ) here
  • via the link on Forncett Village Hall Facebook page

The original (1952) Constitution can be downloaded here

All members of the Public are invited to attend this meeting to ask questions about the proposed changes and contribute to the discussion before the existing Trustees vote on the proposal.

Quiz and Curry (Trophy Quiz) Nov 2017

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Presentation of the Trophy by Quiz Hosts, John and Jo 
Photos by Su Leavesley
Click on pic for slideshow

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!

Murder Mystery Oct 17

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'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. 

The full cast (see main text for names etc)

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)


'Big C' Charity BBQ and Music Evening

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This year it was decided that our 'end of season' BBQ and Music night should be a fund-raiser for the Norfolk 'Big C' Cancer Care Charity.  Singer Eileen Mascoll gave a great performance (free of charge) to aid the cause - featuring various well known pop, reggae and soul music songs to keep everyone entertained.  The weather, having looked a bit 'iffy' earlier in the day, turned out to be very kind bringing ourt the crowds and making a memorable evening for all involved.  With raffle, BBQ, Bar and donations the total raised was £825.64 - a great result.  Thanks to all who contributed in any way.

Certificate of thanks from Big C

Photos by Phil Whiscombe: Click pic for slide show



Murder Mystery Feb 17

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Photos of the Murder Mystery play 'Murder at the Village Hall' on Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th February 2017.  

The full cast (see main text for names etc)

Photos by Anne Frith and John Wilde

Click pic for slide show

Full cast list (from first photo):

Back Row: Sheila Gale (Prompt); John Wilde (Inspector Halfpenny); Sarah House (the late Lavinia, Lady Forncett, Chair of the Committee)
Front Row: April Carlin (Peggy); Peter Schmidt-Hansen (Norman); Gill Starkie (Saffron); Brian Frith (Reg); Jackie Smith (Millicent); Graham Gale (Hugo, Lord Forncett)