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.
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.