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Forncett Festival 2007

The Forncetts will be coming alive at the end of June as a major festival lights up the area with a week of varied and top class entertainment and events. 

The three parishes of Forncett End, Forncett St Peter and Forncett St Mary will combine to celebrate summer with a traditional English festival that will include choirs, a swing band, a flower festival, a barbecue and a performance from Norfolkís own Keith Skipper. 

The festival runs from Saturday 23rd June until Sunday 1st July inclusive and begins with a flower festival and exhibition by renowned nature photographer Carol Sharp in St Peterís Church on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. 

Keith Skipper will be putting his own inimitable spin on life with ďAll Preachers Great and SmallĒ in St Peterís Church on Wednesday 27th June and the week will also feature entertainment as varied and diverse as choirs, open gardens, ghostly tales by candlelight, historical celebrations featuring music from the Tudor and Cromwellian times and Appalachian folk song. 

Most of the performances will take place in the historic 11 century setting of St Peterís Church as one of the organisers Jackie Scully explained: ďItís particularly fitting that we can use the church for many of the performances as it is Forncettís largest public space and has naturally good acoustics. 

It will be the first time the Forncetts have staged such an ambitious festival which has been put together by a committee of eight. A full list of events is as follows: 

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June: Flower festival with photo exhibition by Carol Sharp in St Peterís Church from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Entry £1. 

Saturday 23rd June: Young peopleís performance with Forncett Clangers and Barnham Broom Girlsí Choir. Barbecue and wine evening at the Tas Valley Vineyard from 6 p.m to 10.30 p.m with music from 8 p.m from the 1930s to 1960s with swing band Pavilion. Tickets £6, child and concessions £4 or family ticket £15 (not including barbecue and drinks). 

Sunday 24th June: Open Gardens and plant sale at Four Seasons Perennials. A park and ride scheme will be available with a vintage bus taking people between gardens. Gardens will be open from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Tickets £4, children and concessions £3, family ticket £10. 

Monday 25th June: Ghostly tales by Candlelight with Bob McClenning and John Brookes for adults and young people with strong constitutions. St Peterís Church 7.30 p.m. Tickets £4, children and concessions £3. 

Wednesday 27th June: Keith Skipper presents ďAll Preachers Great and SmallĒ in St Peterís Church at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £8, children and concessions £6, families £20 (to include refreshments). 

Thursday 28th June: Concert by the Front Room Singers and re-dedication of the restored Holdich organ in St Peterís Church at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £4, children and concessions £3, families £10 

Friday 29th June: Minstrelsí Gallery Ė music and talks from Tudor to Cromwellian times in St Peterís Church at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £8, children and concessions £6, families £20, includes refreshments. 

Saturday 30th June: Claire Watkins presents Appalachian folk songs accompanied on dulcimer. Also includes flute and saxophone music by Silver Keys and Brass Belles in St Peterís Church at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £5, children and concessions £4, families £12. 

Sunday 1st July: Celebration of Forncett Festival with South Norfolk Singers and Tas Valley Choir in St Peterís Church 3 p.m. Free entry but tickets required. 

Family tickets cover two adults and up to two related children between the ages of  three and 16. Under-3s are free. Any tickets available on the door for the various events will be charged at £1 extra. 

Any proceeds from the event will go towards essential repairs at St Peterís Church. Tickets are available from the Ticket Office, 10 Bentley Road, Forncett End, Norwich, NR16 1LH. More information and booking details are also available by telephoning either 01508 530729 or 01953 789752. The festival also has its own web site at www.forncett.org.uk/festival