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Hethersett Green Village Day

Parish Councillor Jackie Sutton and Parish Clerk Ian Weetman

The Wymondham Nature Group Display

Parish Council Chairman Fred Watkins with an eco friendly re-usable bag Award winning environmentalist George Beckford with the HEAT eco friendly bag

One of the displays at the Green Day Dr Anne Edwards with her display

A general view of the hall Fran Young with the Waitrose display

The CRed - Carbon Reduction display from the University of East Anglia Hethersett Junior School display

It was a green day in Hethersett when a steady stream of visitors to the village hall received advice on how to reduce their carbon footprints and help safeguard the environment. 

The Hethersett Green Village Information Day was organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) and supported by numerous groups including Vital Earth Ltd, Waitrose, Wymondham Nature Group, the Norfolk Independent Waste Trust, the Campaign for Protection of Rural England, the John Innes Institute and Hethersett Junior School. Refreshments throughout the day were provided by Hethersett Women’s Institute. 

Go Green reusable bags have already been delivered by the HEAT group to every home in the village and more of these were given out on the day. 

Hethersett’s work on environmental issues has helped the village to reach the finals of the Eastern Daily Press pride in Norfolk Community of the Year for populations of over 5,000. Hethersett won the award in 2006. Other finalists in the category are - Aylsham, Diss and Thorpe St Andrew.  

The judges will be visiting the village on June 19th to meet representatives of village organisations. This meeting is not open to the public but anybody interested in having an input is asked to contact parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915 

Photographs and more information on the Green Village Day are also available on www.greenhethersett.org.uk

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The village of Hethersett will be exhibiting its green credentials at a special open day on May 31st

Numerous organisations will be on hand during the information day in Hethersett Village Hall from noon until 4 p.m. There will be advice for the public on saving energy and reducing carbon footprints and hints on how every householder can become more eco conscious.

Groups taking part include CRed, the carbon reduction group based at the University of East Anglia, The Energy Saving Trust, The Wildlife Trust, Plastic Building Supplies, The Waste Trust, Dingles with their eco friendly car and local recycling groups along with pupils from local schools

The event is being organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) through a Green Village working party which is an offshoot of the local parish council. 

“There are so many ways that people can turn green. Everyone must play their part to stem the tide of climate change and they can do this in a number of simple energy saving ways such as switching off lights when not in use, using energy saving light bulbs, insulating their homes to prevent heat loss, turning taps off rather than leaving them running and cutting back on unnecessary car journeys,” said working party chair George Beckford who is one of Norfolk’s leading environmentalists. 

HEAT has already distributed “green leaflets” to home owners giving them tips on how to economise. The group will also be raising awareness about environmental damage caused by plastic bags by delivering re-usable cloth shopping bags to homes in the village in an initiative that is being funded by Hethersett Parish Council. 

Green Hethersett also has its own web site at www.greenhethersett.org.uk. There is also updated news on the campaign on the village web site at www.hethersett.org.uk where a history of  the Hethersett Environmental Action Team can also be found.  

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Homeowners in Hethersett are being asked to do their bit to save the environment ahead of the village’s Go Green Day which takes place in the village hall this Saturday (May 31st). 

Special “Go Green”  re-usable bags are being delivered to every home along with an invitation to attend the Green Village 2008 event which runs from noon until 4 p.m with numerous displays and advice on becoming more eco conscious and reducing carbon footprints. 

The Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) is encouraging residents to use the new bags for shopping rather than plastic carriers. 

The cost of the bags has been covered by a grant from Hethersett Parish Council. 

More information on Green Hethersett is available on the internet at www.greenhethersett.org.uk and www.hethersett.org.uk