Forncett’s WWI project launches


A historical project that aims to chronicle the impact on Forncett and its residents during the First World War will officially launch at St Peter’s Church this Saturday, between 2pm and 4pm.

The Forncett Great War Project, which is being funded with more than £4,500 provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Norfolk Armed Forces Community Covenant Board and South Norfolk Commemoration Grants, will feature special talks from local experts and live stage performances, as well as exhibits of remembrance books and films on the topic.

Village archivist John Webster is also to be in attendance to take questions, and the organisers are encouraging local residents with their own First World War stories or materials to contribute to this ongoing exhibition.

Jackie Scully, project co-ordinator, said:“The launch will be a chance for people to see what it is we hope to achieve.

“If you have a Forncett relative who served in World War One, have family members of that time in the village or maybe documents or photographs, we’d love to hear from you.”

The commemorations will continue late on Monday at 11pm, when a Vigil will be held in St Peter’s Church to mark the 100th anniversary since the beginning of the war, and the exhibition is set to appear at St Mary’s Church at a later date.

The project’s timeline will begin just before August 4, 1914, the date of war declaration, before covering the following months and years from the perspectives of both the men on the frontline and the village people back home.