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The Following stories were featured on the site in February 2010

Olympic Bid - Hethersett is literally in the running for an Olympic honour. The Olympic flame could be passing through the village in 2012 on its way to London. To read all about this click here. You can also find out how you can support the Hethersett Olympic bid on Facebook and also read about a display by pupils from Hethersett High School in Hethersett Library. 

Jubilee Youth Club News - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club has a host of coming events lined-up. To read about these click here

 

Turning Up the HEAT - The village continues to put the emphasis on green issues. To read about some of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team's latest initiatives click here. You can also view the group's latest newsletter in word format by clicking here or in pdf format by clicking here. 

 

Mission Work - Hethersett Methodist Church has been busy raising funds for two deserving charities thousands of miles from the village. A total of £973.22 was raised over a two year period for the Vidiyal Trust which works with under-privileged children in India and Sri Lanka. Now the church has begun raising funds for the Matthew Rusike Children’s Home in Zimbabwe and to date has raised  over £850 from a number of fund-raising events including a concert by the Norwich Youth for Christ Gospel Choir. A spring concert featuring singing group Encore will take place in the church on March 27th in aid of the Matthew Ruskike home. Tickets will be £6 on the door. Hethersett Methodist Church member Liz Thetford has been admitted to the Norwich Circuit as a fully qualified local preacher. Liz’s admission was marked at a special service at Chapelfield Methodist Church, Norwich.

 

Another Final - Hethersett Athletic have reached their third cup final in the past two seasons. On Saturday they beat Sporle 4-0 in the semi-finals of the Crown Fire South and Central Norfolk League Pease League Cup. They will now play Castle Acre Swifts in the final on a date to be announced. Meanwhile the club's ladies team have reached the semi finals of the Eastern Women's League Cup following a Titanic struggle at Peterborough in a match that went to penalties after the game had finished 3-3 at the end of extra-time. Hethersett won the penalty shoot out 6-5. They have won this trophy in the last two seasons. For all the latest news from Hethersett Athletic visit the club's official web site by clicking here.

 

Lions Raise Funds for Haiti - Hethersett District Lions Club have sent £500 for the relief fund to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Click here to read President of the Hethersett Club Alistair Mackie's article on how Lions are working both locally and internationally to help the people of Haiti.

 

Entertainment at Hethersett Social Club - A number of new dates have been announced for Hethersett Social Club. View what's coming on by clicking here

 

More Riders Needed - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club held its annual meeting on February 7th and appealed for more riders for the coming season which starts in March. To read all the club's news visit their official web site by clicking here

Semi-Final Tie - Hethersett Athletic have reached the semi-finals of the Crown Fire South and Central Norfolk League Pease League Cup. They will be at home to Sporle on the Memorial Field on Saturday 13th February with a 1.45 p.m kick off. The club will be bidding to reach its third final in the past two seasons. Meanwhile the club's ladies team have reached the semi finals of the Eastern Women's League Cup following a Titanic struggle at Peterborough in a match that went to penalties after the game had finished 3-3 at the end of extra-time. Hethersett won the penalty shoot out 6-5. They have won this trophy in the last two seasons. For all the latest news from Hethersett Athletic visit the club's official web site by clicking here.

New Look For Library - Hethersett Library has a new look following a period of refurbishment. The library has re-opened after a variety of improvements that has seen the introduction of automatic machines to issue, renew and return books. Shelves have moved as well to provide more space for reading books and newspapers and it is hoped shortly to re-introduce the sale of coffee and tea. The library also has a number of coming events lined up. These include an event for children aged four to seven during half-term on 18th February “Play Along with Mr Big” This will feature music with jazzy gorilla Mr Big. The event takes place between 10.30 and 11.30 a.m and booking on 01603 810188 is essential, Children must be accompanied by an adult. A celebration of crafts aimed at giving some inspirational ideas has been lined up for 27th February from 10.30 until 12.30 when visitors can try their hand at patchwork, knitting, rug making, model making and meccano. Entry for the “get crafty” event is free.

Market Success - Last year’s Christmas market held at Hethersett Methodist Church has been hailed a great success by joint organisers the Rev Derek Grimshaw and district councillor Leslie Dale. “We would like to express a big thank you to everyone from Hethersett and beyond who came to see what was going on and who supported the event. From an organisers’ view point the event was a spectacular success and we hope to make it an annual event,” Leslie Dale said. The evening in December saw 13 local and national charities represented and visitors were double the number of the previous year.“ A trawl round the various charities suggests that between £60 and £210 was raised by each and the total funds raised for good causes is likely to be in the region of £1,000. In addition choir singing in the church proved very popular,” Mr Dale added.

Players Variety Show - Hethersett Players will be starting rehearsals at the beginning of March for their fifth annual variety show. The evening, which will include a fish and chip supper, will include song, dance, monologues and the final play in the Little Grimley series by playwright David Tristram. The variety show will take place over three evenings from 13th to 15th May. This is a change of time from the original July dates due to clashes with other events. The group is looking for both on-stage and back stage volunteers. “We would love to hear from people who want to re-tread the boards or have a go for the first time. We like to give anyone who wants to be involved the chance to be and so we don’t have auditions. The only requirement is that people have to be 14 or over,” said Players Chairman Sarah Wright. Rehearsals begin on 4th March and continue on Thursday nights. Anybody interested in joining the group should contact committee member Caroline Frosdick on 07786 623 335. Caroline can be e-mailed at c.frosdick@uea.ac.uk or contacted through the group’s web site at www.hethersettplayers.co.uk

Fund-Raiser - This year’s display of Christmas lights at the home of Tony and Margaret Dunton in Firs Road, Hethersett raised £350 for local charities. The money came from donations over the festive period. The money will be divided between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Hethersett Surgery equipment fund. “The amount is slightly down on previous years but we are happy with the result taking into account the bad weather and economic climate. Margaret and I would like to thank everyone for their generosity,” Tony Dunton said.

Uplifting Evening - An uplifting evening of music featuring young Christians took place at Hethersett Methodist Church. The Norwich Youth for Christ Gospel Choir sang their way through traditional and more contemporary gospel music to a packed church. Money raised from the event will be split between the choir and Hethersett Methodist Church’s overseas charity for 2010, the Matthew Rusike Children’s Home in Harare which is managed by the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe and was founded in 1950 by the Late Rev Matthew Rusike. Today the home cares for orphaned or abandoned children and Hethersett Methodist Church member Sheila Drew has close connections with the charity. The overall choir is a Norfolk Youth For Christ project organised by NYFC Lead Schools’ Worker Heather Feltham. The choir is open to youngsters aged between 12 and 19.The main Norwich Youth for Christ Gospel Choir has satellite choirs based at Hethersett High School and Framingham Earl High School. All three components combined at Hethersett to make a 30 strong choir for the evening.

Day of Prayer - This year’s women’s world day of prayer service in Hethersett will be held on a Saturday rather than the traditional date of the first Friday in March. The service, which is prepared by women but aimed at both sexes and all ages, is put together by a different country each year with that country then becoming the focus of prayer throughout the world on the specific day and covering a 36 hour period to take account of time zones. The Hethersett decision to hold the service  in St Remigius Parish Church at 10 a.m on Saturday 6th March has been taken in recognition of the difficulty attendance on a Friday can bring due to work and other commitments. “Somewhere in the world it will still be Friday, so we won’t be out of step with everyone and we hope it will make it possible for more people to attend,” said Rector of Hethersett, the Rev Di Lammas. This year’s service has been prepared by women from Cameroon.