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A Ring of Support

If you live in the Hethersett area and have Rheumatoid Arthritis we have just the social and support group for you. We are about information, education, empowerment, making new friends and having fun. 

THE RiNG – Rheumatoid in Norfolk Group - meets at Hethersett Village Hall, generally on the first Wednesday of the month. We have guest speakers on a range of health issues – and a great many other topics as we are interested in a great deal more than RA. Tea or coffee, home-made cake and a good gossip are key elements of our afternoons. 

If you are recently diagnosed, or have had RA or any inflammatory form of arthritis for some time do come along and see whether THE RiNG is for you. People tell us they enjoy learning more about their condition and how they can work with their medical team to achieve the best health outcomes. It’s good to meet others who understand what it’s all about and we often pick up tips and information from each other. And we all need moral support from time to time.     

We charge £3 to attend our meetings to cover room hire and refreshments – plus £6 a year if you decide to become a member of THE RiNG. 

There’s lots more information on our website www.thering.org.uk including our programme of forthcoming meetings – or call our Freephone number 0800 055 3637 which is staffed in office hours and leave us a message to call you.  

Do come along to one of our meetings, email via the website, or give us a call. We would love to meet you and you will be extremely welcome.  

Give us a try. What have you got to lose?  

Previous Stories



A Norfolk support group for rheumatoid arthritis has just celebrated its first birthday. 

THE RiNG (Rheumatoid Arthritis in Norfolk Group) held a special party and social event in Hethersett Village Hall. The event was part social with a birthday cake but also featured a presentation by Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Rheumatology Consultant Dr Peter Merry. 

After just one year in existence the group already boasts 36 members and is keen to reach out to as many sufferers in the county as possible.

It meets monthly at Hethersett but future satellite groups in other parts of the county could be a possibility as chair Jane Scarfe explained:

“We are working hard to spread our message that there is a group for sufferers. We already have members from as far afield as  Cromer, King’s Lynn and Thetford.”

It is estimated that one in every 100 people in Norfolk suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. The disease is more likely to affect those aged between 40 and 60 and mainly women, but men and younger people can also be affected.

The Norfolk group’s meetings are usually a mixture of support, friendship, fun and more serious information.

THE RiNG (and members are quick to point out that all the letters are capitals apart from a small I) has its own web site which contains information on both the group and the disease. This is available by clicking here

An article on the group has appeared in the Norwich Evening News and this can be viewed by clicking here

The group also have a series of photographs on Picasa. These can be accessed by clicking here.