Open Weekend 2013
Hethersett was bathed in sunshine for its fourth annual
Open Weekend of events organised by the village’s Olympic Legacy Committee.
The weekend kicked off with hundreds of people attending
sport in the park and a traditional village fayre on the Memorial Playing
Field. Stalls, a car boot and entertainment rubbed shoulders with over 20 come
and try sports events aimed at all the family. One of the new innovations this
year was open mic entertainment which attracted performers of all ages and a
range of musical style from comedy to jazz piano and rock bands.
The daytime events gave way to an evening barbecue and
music from local bands The Crates and Empire. Saturday also featured an open
day at Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex and a photographic competition on
the theme of “enjoying Hethersett.” The senior section was won by Carol
Towells for her depiction of the Olympic Flame which visited the village in
2012. Under-18 winner was Charlie Bion for “Memorial Express” and the
Under-11 winner was Melissa Battley who captured her brother playing board
games at Hethersett Library.
Sunday saw an inter-denominational church service in
Hethersett Social Club organised by Hethersett Church’s Together and led by
The Rev Christopher Mallett and the Rev Mary Kerslake from Hethersett Parish
Church and the Rev Derek Grimshaw from Hethersett Methodist Church. Rev
Kerslake looked back at the vast changes that have occurred in Hethersett over
the past 50 years but declared that the village’s heart “beats as strongly
as ever.” The service also saw the launch of the Hethersett Bible written in
longhand with volunteers from the parish church, Methodist Church and catholic
The service was followed by the two mile run the square
funrun which saw 218 people running a square of the old part of Hethersett.
The youngest was two and the oldest 74 and all those taking part finished to
course to be presented with medals by official starter and village stalwart
Duncan Pigg who was awarded a BEM in the Queen’s Birthday honours for his
services to the village. Fastest finisher was Adam Lewis in a time of 10 min
54 sec. Some of the runners took part in fancy dress.
The weekend was completed by a major ladies five-a-side
football tournament organised by Hethersett Athletic Football Club on the
Memorial Field which attracted 21 teams from Norfolk and Suffolk and ended
with Lowestoft Ladies taking the trophy with a 1-0 win over Thorpe Yellows in
Other sport featured during the weekend included cycle speedway where Phil Howells representing Poole hold off a strong challenge from Craig Marchant of Wednesfield and Leigh Cossey from Hethersett in the Hethersett Hawks Breckland Autos Charity Cup. Hethersett Hawks then went on to beat Kesgrave 90-69 in the South East League Division Two.
Below are just a few of the images from the Open weekend. We will have more galleries of photographs shortly.