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News Shorts - March 2011

Hope for Children

The Hope and Homes for Children charity is organising a number of fundraising events in South Norfolk over the coming months. 

On April 2nd, St Peter’s Church at Easton will be the venue for a Songs From Around the World event featuring Breckland Harmony with Sarah Peters (soprano), the West End Waiters and James and the China Elephant. Tickets for this event are £5 on the door to include refreshments with parking opposite the church in the grounds of Diocesan House. 

On May 14th the charity will be holding its annual plant sale on the forecourt of Hethersett Methodist Church from 9 a.m until noon.. 

June 18th sees Hope and Homes having a stall at Hingham Charities Market on the Green from 9 a.m and on June 26th the charity will be providing refreshments at the Bishop of Norwich’s open gardens afternoon from 2 p.m.

Hethersett Horticultural Society  

Tony Howes was the speaker at the February meeting of Hethersett and District Hortiocultural Society. He recalled a holiday he and his wife had  in  western USA spending one week in Colorado and two weeks in Yellowstone Park with time in between in Salt Lake City.  It was an exhausting tour and they certainly packed in a lot of sites and lots of photos.  These were of excellent quality – pictures of the landscapes, flora and fauna.  The latter included elk, wolf, moose and bald eagle while among the plants were arrowleaf balsamroot and Indian paintbrush.  They lodged for two nights at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in order to see the views at sunset which were just awe-inspiring as was the whole experience.  

On Wednesday 20th April the scheduled speaker, Janet Smith, sadly cannot come and her place will be taken by Kathy Gray, programme secretary of the Norfolk Group of Plant Heritage, speaking on the subject ‘From Parklands to Palm Trees’  

Meetings take place in the Methodist Church Hall, Great Melton Road at 7.30 p.m.. Guests are welcome and pay £1 which includes refreshments.

Hethersett Singers 

Hethersett Singers will be featuring Brahms’ German Requiem and Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine at their Golden Anniversary concert in St Remigius Church on May 14th at 7.30 p.m. 

The group is also hoping to stage an exhibition of programmes and photographs spanning the 50 years since its inaugural concert in April 1961, a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado. 

Tickets for the anniversary concert are available at £8 with children under-16 free. They can be booked in advance on 01603 810449

RiNG Update 

The Rheumatoid Arthritis in Norfolk Group (The RiNG) which meets monthly in Hethersett Village Hall is preparing to celebrate its third birthday. 

The speaker at the celebration event on April 6th will be Dr Chulanie DeSilva, Consultant Rheumatologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

HEAT Litter Pick   

The next litter pick organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) will take place on April 16th from 10 a.m. The group is looking for more volunteers to help with gloves, sacks and equipment being provided. The litter pick will start from Hethersett Methodist Church car park at 10 a.m.


Popular Wymondham based choir Encore will be playing a special concert at Hethersett Methodist Church on Saturday, April 2nd.  

The event will feature popular songs and melodies and tickets are priced at £6 to include light refreshments. They can be booked in advance from 01603 811052 or 01953 604881 and will also be available on the door. 

Hethersett Methodist Church is also organising a naumber of other events over the coming months including a music and tea afternoon with the Singing Fellowship on April 1st. This is open to everyone and will feature music, readings and poems followed by tea and homemade cakes. 

On October 8th the church will be holding an arts and craft fair following the success of the inaugural event in 2010. 

Hethersett Methodist Church was also the venue for a special Women’s Day of Prayer event prepared by the women of Chile and with the theme “How Many Loaves Have You.” Guest speaker was Mrs Irene Sayer. 

The church also launched its 2011 lent groups with a pancake party on Shrove Tuesday. This year’s course follows the subject of “Exploring the Word of God in Scripture.” 

The church has regular shoppers’ coffee mornings on Saturdays from 10 a.m until midday and a coffee stop on Mondays between the same hours.

Crafty Mornings

Hethersett Library will be holding the latest in its series of monthly craft events this Saturday (March 19th) when there will be the opportunity to make greetings cards fro Easter using the traditional paper quilling method. 

The latest craft morning follows the success of January and February events which focussed on patchwork and crocheting. 

The library also played host to a special World Books day event where members of the public chose and talked about their favourite books and literature in general.

New Gritting Bins 

New grit bins will soon be in place at two Hethersett schools to help with pupil safety. 

The bins have been ordered by Hethersett Parish Council and will be placed in Woodside School in Firs Road and also at the junior school in Queen’s Road.

Youth Club Dates

Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club is holding a table top sale from 10 a.m until 1 p.m on March 26th. Tables can be booked in advance by contacting Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.  

The club is also holding regular fundraising coffee mornings on Fridays from 10 a.m until midday. Meanwhile an appeal has gone out for volunteers to help with decorating, gardening or helping with the club on Wednesday evenings. The club committee is also looking for additional members.  

An Out of School club is also open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 3 until 5.30 p.m with the cost £1 per session. This club is open to all year seven and eight pupils.