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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 community. 

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 the final. 

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.