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Hethersett Social Club Open Day

 

Hethersett Social Club opened its doors to the public on Saturday 28th July 2007 with a full range of activities for all ages. 

The open day, which featured a real ale festival, was designed to attract new members and to show the public what is on offer at the premises in Queen’s Road. 

A car treasure hunt around nearby villages, bowls competitions, snooker, pool and family films were just some of the attractions as the club opened its doors from 10 a.m until closing time. There was also an all day barbecue and raffle and an appearance by a fire engine from Norfolk Fire Service. The day concluded with a gig by covers band The Usual Suspects. 

“The open day is partly to attract new membership but also to let local people know that we are here and what is available to them,” said club president Chris Yemm adding that about 20 new members had signed up bringing the total to around 570. 

Chris added that a number of former members have also re-joined following the smoking ban in public places. 

This year the interior of the club has undergone extensive refurbishment . In addition the bowls green has been re-laid to allow top class matches to take place. Further  improvements are planned for the future. 

“Our activities are designed to cover all age groups with particular emphasis on the family. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 with a junior membership for 16-18 year olds. Children are welcome and we hold parties and discos. The social club is in existence to provide a centre for the community and our main aim is to preserve a cordial and sociable atmosphere. 

“There was a good atmosphere throughout the day and evening. We were all shattered at the end but were happy that it had been a very successful day,” Chris Yemm added. 

One of the highlights in the social club’s calendar is the annual outing which this year will be to the end of the pier show at Cromer on Tuesday 11th September followed by fish and chips and live music back at the club. A few tickets are remaining and can be booked through the club. 

The building that is now Hethersett Social Club started life as a school and in 1920 reverted to a village and tennis club. It was threatened with closure in 1933 after a financial deficit was discovered. The building survived, however, and was registered as a village hall social club in 1938 with a membership of 200 by the following year. 

Today it is open in the evenings on Mondays to Thursdays, at lunchtime and in the evening on Fridays, from 11.30 a.m to midnight on Saturdays and noon to 10.30 p.m on Sundays. Facilities also include table tennis, darts, petanque, cribbage and regular karaoke and quiz evenings.