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April/May 2010 Shorts

The following short pieces are from April and May 2010.

Trio of Meetings

A trio of annual parochial church meetings will be taking place in Hethersett and the Meltons over a nine day period in April. 

Hethersett’s meeting takes place in the Church Hall at 7.30 p.m on April 12th and will be followed on April 19th by Little Melton’s at the Church Room (7.30 p.m) and Great Melton’s on the following evening at High House Farm at 7.30 p.m. The latter will begin with communion. 

Road Safety

Hethersett and the Meltons Road Safety Committee are proving to be a group for all ages. 

Following its successful safety poster competition for schoolchildren, the group is looking to help slightly older residents by organising a mobility scooter information afternoon on 22nd April in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall from 2.30 until 4.30 p.m. 

Isabel Coe, Chief Executive of East Anglian DriveAbility, will give advice about obtaining and using a mobility scooter. More information on the event is available on 01603 811390.

Hethersett Society

Barbara Miller was guest speaker at the latest meeting of Hethersett Society. 

She spoke about the Guild of St George explaining that guilds were the original form of the medieval Trade Unions. The Guild of St George met four times a year with members of both sexes marching in procession from King Street to St Nicholas Church in Norwich,  

It was founded in 1389 and through the years gave money to maintain the city walls as well as paying pensions to those less fortunate. One of their symbols – a large dragon – can be seen in Norwich Castle Museum.

On the Hoof

The next walk organised by Humbleyard Hoofers will take place on April 24th and will focus on a distance of four miles at Kenninghall. Everyone is welcome and the group meet at St Remigius car park, Hethersett, at 9.15 a.m. 

Sanctuary

A special sanctuary event of prayer and praise is being held at Hethersett Methodist Church on April 28th at 7.30 p.m. 

The informal style event is open to everyone and refreshments will be provided.

Winemakers' Guild

Norfolk Winemakers' Guild is offering an open invitation to sample some of the best home made wine in the county. 

The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month - except August and December – in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. 

“We would love people to come along and meet us and taste our wines. We are happy to see people who are winemakers or those just interested in what goes on,” said one of the group’s leading lights Sheila Coleman. 

The group also look beyond wine with guest speakers on a whole host of topics. Recent talks have included subjects as diverse as metal detecting, aircraft. Medieval Norwich and local history. 

Each month features a club competition for a particular wine and there is an annual show in September. Anyone wishing for more information on the Guild can contact Sheila Coleman on Norwich 811184 or chairman/secretary Bill Stook on Norwich 748830.

Little Acorns

The group for pre-school children, mums, grandparents and carers – began its summer term at the end of April. The group meets in Hethersett Church Hall, Henstead Road, on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 10.30 a.m for informal sessions of praise and play. 

Summer term dates to come are June 2nd, June 16th, July 7th, July 21st. Further information is available from organiser the Rev Mary Kerslake on 01603 811228.

Meandering Fete

All Saints Church, Little Melton will be holding a Spring fete with a difference on 5th June from 11 a.m until 4 p.m. 

Six gardens will be taking part in the Meandering Fete and the church will also be open from 11 a.m until 1 p.m. 

The gardens will feature home made lunches, refreshments and a variety of stalls with treasure hunts and games thrown in for the children with the idea of the public moving from one garden to another. Tickets are available before the day for £2 for adults, accompanied children free, and £3 on the day.

Aspiring Artists

This year’s exhibition by the Hethersett Aspiring Artists group will take place in Hethersett Village Hall on Sunday, June 6th from 10.30 a.m until 4 p.m.

Hethersett Society

Members of Hethersett Society enjoyed a talk by Ann Mason on the history and landscape of Thetford Forest. She took the group through from the forest’s conception after the First World War through the purchase of land in the 1920s and the planting of Scots Pine and other types of conifer. She also outlined some of the more unusual uses of the forest including cycle tracks and Husky dog racing.