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Playing Field Cheque Presentation

A cheque for over 500 has been presented to Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust by residents of Woodcote Sheltered Housing Association from their recent open day.

Resident Richard Headicar is pictured above presenting the cheque for 502.18 to Memorial Playing Field Trust chair Simon Floyd. Also in the photograph are Woodcote Manager Stephen Baxter and Hethersett Parish Councillor Viv Hawes.

The open day was part of the village Olympic weekend and the money will be put towards a specific project:

"Amongst the items the Trust are looking at are a memorial, a concrete table tennis facility, park benches, additional play equipment and an outdoor gym. We will certainly use the money wisely and will be finding out what park users would like to see on the field," Simon Floyd said.

Meanwhile Woodcote will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special evening for residents, their families and friends, on November 18th. The following day the Norwich Community Choir will be singing at the venue.

Following the presentation residents enjoyed a talk from the Rheumatoid in Norfolk Group (THE RiNG) from its chair Jane Scarfe and vice-chair and treasurer Viv Hawes. They described the setting up of the group and the way it supports rheumatoid arthritis sufferers throughout Norfolk. The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month in Hethersett Village Hall and enjoys a mixture of social events along with medical and other interesting talks.

Jane and Viv outlined the working of THE RiNG and explained the way it had attracted 8,000 in funding from various sources over its three years of existence. They also explained various steps to promote it from staffing stalls at the rheumatology reception at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, to having stands at conferences, articles in newspapers and magazines and by word of mouth.

"We  help people to understand that if they want to learn or do something new they can do it. They are never too old or too ill or disabled to do something. Knowledge is power and life is worth living so we must make the most of it," Viv said.

Jane explained that the "mantra" of the group was:

Dare to dream

If you don't ask you don't get and

We can do it - and so can you.