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Midsummer Sun - July 3rd to 5th, 2009

The sun shone, enhancing three of the main village events of the summer.

On Friday evening hundreds of people converged on Old Hall School for the annual picnic concert featuring the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band and dancing to the excellent Emma Hall Band.

On Sunday Gardens of all shapes and sizes in Hethersett were opened to the public at the weekend.  

Small gardens growing produce stood alongside larger gardens laid to shrubberies and lawns in the annual village open gardens event .

Sixteen were open to the public with proceeds from the event going to the Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club.

The entrance of each participating garden was marked by the customary Hethersett scarecrow, all given life by their creator  leading environmentalist Dr Ann Edwards.

The open day marked a garden triumph for Mr and Mrs Simon Floyd of Cromwell Close. In three months they have transformed a wilderness of old sheds and tons of concrete into an outstanding garden.

They had a photographic “before and after” display from the time they bought the property at auction to the present day.

“Our garden is a garden in transition. We have cut back endless ivy and brambles, smashing up concrete and demolishing long hidden sheds. Now we are turning our novice skills to planting,” Mr Floyd said.

The Open Gardens Scheme raised £550 for Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club.

Meanwhile St Remigius Parish Church was awash with colour for a three day flower festival.   

The colourful displays were just part of a weekend of celebration and fundraising events aimed at raising money for essential repairs on buttresses and the church roof. Funds will also go towards providing space within the building for meetings and small groups. 

Local people came together to deck the church out with floral displays on the theme of Songs of Praise with individual displays reflecting favourite hymns from “There is A Green Hill Far Away” to “The Lord of the Dance.” 

Many local organisations including Hethersett Pantomime Group, Hethersett and District Churches Together, the Jubilee Youth Club, Hethersett Pensioners’ Association, The Yvonne School of Dancing, Hethersett Mothers’ Union, Church Farm Garage, Hethersett Methodist Church, Ivan Fisher Funeral Director, Hethersett Women’s Institute, sponsored displays and others were in memory of loved ones.   

The Songs of Praise theme continued on Sunday with a special Village Praise in the morning and Songs of Praise service in the evening and Saturday evening saw local entertainer and celebrity Keith Skipper perform All Preachers Great and Small.