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Christmas Market Success

The cold and icy conditions failed to dampen spirits as the third annual Hethersett Community Christmas market took place at Hethersett Methodist Church. 

A steady stream of visitors throughout the evening enjoyed refreshments, stalls and a varied programme of Christmas music from a number of groups and choirs. 

The early evening saw youngsters from Woodside Infants’ School singing carols and Hethersett Junior School delighting with their instrumental versions of Walking in the Air and the Calypso Carol.. They were followed by the Hethersett High School Gospel Choir which is an offshoot of the Norwich Youth for Christ Gospel Choir who performed both traditional and modern music including the  classic Stand By Me. 

Hethersett Methodist Church Singing Fellowship, Hethersett St Remigius Church Choir and Hethersett Singers continued the festive theme throughout the evening in the main church whilst the hall played host to charity and information stalls from groups including Hethersett Methodist Church, Hethersett St Remigius Church, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club, East Anglian Air Ambulance, the British Heart Foundation, the Red Cross, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, Hope and Homes for Children, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and Suttons Seeds.   

On the left is the Hethersett High School Gospel group and on the right Hethersett Singers.

The evening was sponsored by Stratfords Estate Agents who covered the insurance costs and C&M Homes who allowed the use of their land for car parking. 

At the end joint organisers Hethersett South Norfolk Councillor Leslie Dale and Hethersett Methodist Minister the Rev Derek Grimshaw heralded the evening another success for the local community.   

"Stratfords Estate Agents sponsored the event by covering the cost of insurance which meant that we could go ahead without having to charge for tables.  Also,  C&M Homes, the company that currently owns the small car park next to Tesco's adjacent to the new housing, agreed that for one evening only we could use the car-park. We are very grateful to them and everyone for supporting the event," Derek Grimshaw said.

“It was an excellent evening despite the bad weather conditions and we are grateful for so many people supporting the event,” Leslie Dale said, adding that there is a very good chance that the evening will be repeated next year. 

Meanwhile Hethersett Singers will be starting rehearsals on 19th January at 8 pm in Hethersett High School for their coming golden jubilee year Spring concert which will feature Brahms’ German Requiem sung in English.