Twenty one years ago a small group of Christians came
together in Hethersett to sing Gospel Music informally.
Now over two decades later the Hethersett Methodist
Church Singing Fellowship regularly takes its talents on the road to share
its music, along with readings and poetry written by its members.
The group celebrated its coming of age with a summer
music and tea afternoon at the church which was attended by over 70
people. It was one of four such afternoons held by the group each year,
but this one had a special significance with a birthday cake and the
presentation of a bouquet to founder member Leonie Pritchard.
“We started as a very small group who just wanted
to sing Gospel music together. The idea started to grow and 18 years ago
we went to Hethersett Hall to sing to the residents. Suddenly we were
sharing our enjoyment with others and adding readings and poetry to the
songs and hymns, ”Leonie said.
Today the group sings regularly at Hethersett Hall,
Cromwell House Methodist Home for the Aged in Norwich, Carleton House care
home at East Carleton. Sutherlands at Wymondham and the Torch Association
for the Blind in Norwich.
“It is very much a way of taking our faith out to
other people. We got to a point where we felt this was the way to go and
God’s hand was leading us. I am sure that is why we have kept going for
“It is still a great joy to be involved as we are all such good friends and we all care for each other. We just love doing it,” Leonie added.