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Christmas Market Success

Three photographs of the Hethersett Village Christmas Market which took place in the Methodist Church on 4th December, 2009. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Hethersett's second Christmas market has been hailed a success as hundreds of people spent the evening at the Methodist Church.

Charities did a roaring pre-Christmas sale and there were plenty of refreshments and carol singing over a three hour period.

The Christmas market was organised jointly by South Norfolk District Councillor Leslie Dale and Methodist Minister the Rev Derek Grimshaw.

The idea of a pre-Christmas event was the brainchild of Mr Dale who admitted that he had obtained inspiration from the past:

"I was reading about summer fetes in the village and thought it would be good to organise a community event in my role as a district councillor. That's how the idea of  a Christmas market came about. This year has seen a big increase in the number of people attending," Mr Dale said, adding that he was sure it would become an annual event and an important part of Hethersett's calendar.

Organisations taking part in the evening included the East Anglian Air Ambulance, the East Anglian Children's Hospice (EACH), the RNLI, the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT), The British Heart Foundation, the Norwich branch of the National Association for the Blind, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the RSPB. A number of local village organisations also took part.