In 2007, new neighbours moved into Church Cottage, and began
clearing the graveyard, and cleaning the church (see photo of the restored church above). A successful Friends group was
formed, and fund-raising began to restore electricity, replace rotten floors
and side panelling, and some of the stained glass windows, and a local retired
carpenter made an altar table and rails.
The Graves. Since the clearing of the graveyard the graves have been photographed and documented. Full details can be found on the Forncett village web site.
Forncett St. Mary
baptisms. The records of baptisms
for Forncett St. Mary from 1801 to 1900 have been transcribed and can be
accesses via the link below (Please note the author retains all intellectual copyright to the content. The transcription is the original work of the author and is not a copy from any other source. The contents of the file may be used for any personal or educational purposes but not for any commercial gain without prior consent by the author. The items and columns contained within square brackets are not part of the transcription but are the notes of the author).
View or download Forncett
St. Mary baptisms for 1801 to 1900
In June 2012 the church was taken out of redundancy, with
the full support of the PCC, the Diocese and the Bishops of Norwich and
Thetford. In 2014 a successful bid
for English Heritage Grant funding was made and the remaining
restoration work was carried out. The church was again officially licensed for marriages, and in 2015 a beautiful new lychgate (see above) was constructed by two local men, Harry Barker and Ron Evans, in time for the first wedding. The church is ideal for holding community
events as well as Services, and is open every day 10a.m. - 4p.m. for visitors.
In November 2018, St Mary's was awarded a National Lottery
Heritage Fund Grant - Saving Our Saxon Tower. This in addition to several
smaller grants has allowed further restoration work to commence. The asphalt roof
coverings on the porch and tower have been taken up, the roof structures
repaired and the coverings replaced with stainless steel on the porch, and lead
on the tower. The associated parapets and abutments have been overhauled and
high level masonry repairs have been carried out.