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February 2008 News in Brief

The barn dance held in Little Melton Village Hall and organised by Hethersett and District Churches Together raised £93 from a raffle for the work of the Rev Canon Pat Atkinson in Southern India for the Vidyal Trust. The profit from the sale of tickets will go towards the cost of producing Easter and Christmas cards for distribution throughout Hethersett, Great and Little Melton.

Members of Hethersett Society were treated to a beautiful Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ film at their latest meeting. It depicted the White Tailed Eagle and told the story of its re-introduction to the British Isles. The bird was not seen on these shores between 1918 and 1968 when it was painstakingly introduced from Norway. Sadly the species didn’t survive at that time and it was 1975 before it was again introduced to the west coast of Scotland and offshore islands. The film included some stunning Scottish scenery. The group’s next meeting will be on March 3rd when Norma Virgo will speak on “Early Nonconformist Meeting Houses and Chapels in Norfolk.”

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A special women’s world day of prayer service suitable for men, women and children is being held in St Remigius Church, Hethersett, at 2 p.m on Friday, 7th March when the preacher will be the Rev Mary Kerslake. 

The church will be decorated with Easter lilies this year from 22nd March with members of the public able to buy flowers in memory of loved ones. 

There will be a Norfolk twist to a special Easter event in the church on Palm Sunday (16th March) when the evening service at 6.30 p.m will give an account of the Passion in Norfolk dialect read by Catherine and Sarah Mapes who are members of the Friends of Norfolk Dialect Society. The special text is written by a Methodist minister, The Rev Colin Riches.