News In Brief - August 2008
Coffee Morning for MacMillan Cancer Support
A coffee morning to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support is being held at the home of Mr and Mrs Fred Morrad at 8 Norwich Road, Hethersett from 10 a.m until noon on September 26th. There will also be a cake stall and raffle.
Operation Christmas Child
Hethersett is once
again gearing up to help the children of Serbia this Christmas.
Once again Shirley
Adams will be co-ordinating the collection of shoe boxes which will be
distributed to poor children in Serbia in time for Christmas.
To raise funds for the
2008 venture, Shirley is organising a coffee morning at Marion Roberts Court
on September 4th from 10 a.m until midday.
“I am hoping as many
people as possible will come along and make this a special occasion in order
to raise money for the poorer children in Serbia. The need is very great again
this year,” said Shirley, adding that the coffee event also gave her a
chance to thank people for their support over the year.
The event will include
a raffle, tombola, sale of books, plants, homemade cakes.
Tools For Self Reliance
The village of
Hethersett is busy collecting tools and sewing machines to help craftsmen and
women working in Africa.
Tools for Self
Reliance works with local
organisations in some of the poorest countries in Africa. The charity
refurbishes tools in the United Kingdom before sending them to communities in
Africa where they are used by local craftworkers to improve their businesses.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Archbishop John Sentamu and Bishop Trevor Huddleston.
Locally a collection
is being co-ordinated by Margaret Ford from Hethersett who has already
received items as diverse as car jacks and sewing machines. Eventually the
local collection will be taken to South well for transport to Africa.
Miss Ford explained
that items needed included blacksmith’s tools, anvils, hand pillar drills,
hand bench grinders, carpenters’ vices, metal planes, chisels, electric
welding equipment, metric spanners and electric sewing machines.
More information is
available from Margaret Ford on 01603 811393. The Tools for Self Reliance
charity has a web site at www.tfsr.org
Hethersett Society enjoyed a talk by Douglas Baker on the early settlement of America by people from East Anglia. Mr Baker explained that many people from Norfolk were keen to settle in the New World.
New Members Appeal
The Hethersett Singers
group is looking to recruit new members.
The group began life
as Hethersett Musical Society in 1961 and since then has performed a wide
variety of material from Gilbert and Sullivan to chorale works.
Over the past year thr
group has performed a programme of Italian music in Hethersett Parish Church,
sung carols in Norwich Castle Mall, performed an Easter concert at Hethersett
Methodist Church and joined with other local choirs for Hayden’s Creation.
Now the group is
looking for new members for its new season which begins with weekly rehearsals
at Old Hall School, Hethersett, on Wednesday evenings from September 10th
for a concert of Christmas Music in December.
Democracy and Utopia
Democracy, Utopias and
Real Politics will be the subject of a 10 week course organised by the
Hethersett Branch of the Workers’ Educational Association.
emphatically not a heavy course on political theory – but more of a
discussion of the issues and of the history of democracy. There will be plenty
to discuss as we continue to strive to provide a variety of subjects,” said
co-ordinator Barbara Matthews.
The course starts on
Thursday 25th September at 7.30 p.m at Hethersett High School. The
cost of the course is £43 and more information is available and places can be
booked by contacting Barbara Matthews on 01603 811128.
The HEAT is On
The next meeting of
the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) will take place on 13th
August in the upstairs room of the Methodist Church.
The group recently
oversaw the village Open Gardens event in June and distributed eco friendly
bags throughout the village.
“The cloth shopping
bags are proving a success, but this must be coupled with doing away with
plastic bags,” said leading Hethersett environmentalist George Beckford,
adding that the Green Village group set-up under the auspices of HEAT is
looking at other ways to bring environmental issues to the fore in the
“The parish council
is carrying out a survey of street lighting to see where demand may be reduced
and to introduce improvements. We want to know what individual householders
have done and will continue to do in order to reduce carbon emissions from
their homes. Reducing emissions will also reduce fuel bills as well,” Mr
A total of 35
paintings were sold at this year’s art exhibition by the Hethersett Aspiring
Artists’ group in the Village Hall. Such was the success of the exhibition
which had “light and shade” as its theme that members are already planning
for the 2009 event.