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Hethersett Open Weekend 2013

Hethersett Open Weekend 2013 will take place between July 5th and 7th with a mixture of old favourites and new attractions.

Tried and trusted favourites such as the two mile round the square funrun, Sport in the Park and Hethersett's Got Talent will be joined by a photographic competition, a craft display in Hethersett Library and an evening of music on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field.

Events already lined-up or in preparation are:

Saturday July 6th - Sport in the Park will take place from 11 a.m until 4 p.m and activities already lined-up include archery, table tennis, football, cycle speedway, hockey, American Football, handball, golf, netball, badminton, martial arts, bowls and cycling. There will also be stalls, dance displays, a zumba display and refreshment stalls.

Sport in the Park will then give way to an evening of musical entertainment with licensed bars. Timings still have to be sorted out for this but the event is likely to run from 6 p.m. We will publish a list of those taking part as soon as we have it.

Sunday July 7th - An inter denominational church service will take place in Hethersett Social Club led by the Rev Mary Kerslake and the Rev Christopher Mallett. This will give way to the annual village fun run over a two mile course of the old part of the village. Last year's event attracted nearly 300 runners/walkers of all ages, many wearing fancy dress. Entry fees for the funrun will be £2.50 for adults and £1 for children and all finishers will receive a commemorative medal.

A ladies five-a-side football tournament will take place throughout the day on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field (subject to confirmation). Following the funrun Hethersett Library will be open from midday for a display of crafts. Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club will be riding against Kesgrave from 2 p.m on the Memorial Field.

During the weekend Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) will be holding an unusual event entitled Flitter which will be making displays from flowers and litter. They will also be planting roses around the village.

The photographic competition will be on a theme of "Enjoying Hethersett" with prizes for the best entries in each of the three categories - Adults, Under-18 and Under-11. Park Farm Hotel will be providing Sunday lunch for two for the winner of the adult section and there will be store vouchers for the younger age groups.

Entry forms for Hethersett's Got Talent, the funrun and the photographic competition will be available on this site shortly.


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Hethersett - London Olympic Games 2012


Read about the 2012 event by clicking here

Read our Olympic 2011 diary by clicking here

View a flyer for the 2011 event


The village  Olympic Committee oversaw the organisation of a special weekend of culture, fun and sport in  both July 2010 and July 2011. Plans are being formulated to repeat the weekend in June 2012.

From this page you can read about the 2010 and 2011 weekends and the village's bid to have the Olympic torch pass through the village on its way to London. There is a full diary for the 2011 event which can be accessed via the link at the top of the page. We are also constructing a diary for the 2012 event and again this can be accessed by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

You can also keep up to date with the latest news on Twitter by clicking here. and sign up to support the torch bid on a special Facebook page which is available by clicking here.

Stories on the 2012 event

Shane to Carry Official Olympic Torch

Shane Hull with the London 1948 Olympic Torch which he brought to the village in 2011

Chairman of Hethersett Olympic Committee and Hethersett Parish Councillor Shane Hull has been chosen to take part in the London Olympics torch relay. 

Shane will be one of 8,000 people nationally to carry the Olympic torch on its route round the country on its way to the London Olympic Park. 

The Olympic Flame arrives in the UK on 18th May and begins its 70 day journey from Lands End on 19th May. It will pass through 1,018 places and Shane will carry the flame for approximately 300 metres in Acle on July 5th, the same day as it pays a special off route early morning visit to Hethersett to mark the village’s work over the past three years when it has organised more Olympic themed events per head of population than any other village, town or city in the country. 

Shane was nominated to carry the torch for his outstanding contribution to leading the village celebrations and chairing the Olympic Committee. Last year he was instrumental in bringing the London 1948 Olympic Torch to Hethersett and has worked tirelessly to promote the Olympic ideals. 

The flame is due to be in Hethersett shortly after 6 a.m on July 5th and Shane will be running with it in Acle shortly after 8 a.m. 

Running with the flame is not the only honour for Shane. He has also been invited to attend a Downing Street reception with Prime Minister David Cameron to celebrate the London 2012 Games. Shane will be presenting the Prime Minister with a copy of the “Book of Hethersett” on behalf of the whole supporting community of Hethersett. 

“I am extremely proud to be given the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch through my adopted County of Norfolk! Whilst only 8,000 very fortunate people will get to carry the 2012 Olympic Torch, I am certain that my nomination is in recognition of the fantastic help, hard work and support that I have received from the Hethersett Olympic Committee, the four village schools, Parish Council, sports clubs, societies and a whole army of volunteers from the whole community that constitute the fantastic village of Hethersett - The Olympic Village. Thank you to everyone within our Community that has contributed to make the dream of the Olympic Flame visiting Hethersett a reality," Shane said. 


Torch on its way to Hethersett

Cutting from the Sun Newspaper including Hethersett

Hethersett has been singled out for a special visit from the 2012 Olympic torch on its way to the London games in July next year.

Although our village is not on the official route for the torch, we have been recognised for "outstanding efforts" in support of the London games. That support has seen our Olympic Weekend gain national recognition over the past two years for providing more events per head of population than any other village, town or city in the entire country. 

As a result the torch will make a detour to visit us on Thursday 5th July, 2012 as Gary Wyatt reports:

"Word started to go round the village the previous Friday that Hethersett was to expect an exciting announcement on Monday 7th November. Over the weekend we learned that all the hard work and lobbying put in by Shane Hull and his Olympic committee had paid off. The route of the Olympic torch around Britain next summer was not scheduled to pass through Hethersett, but a special 'off route' early morning visit of the torch has been arranged for Thursday 5th July 2012 after it pauses overnight in Norwich and before it continues on its journey south. This is a great honour for Hethersett, possibly a unique occasion for the torch route, and is in recognition of the enthusiasm of the village in organising the Olympic weekend events for the past two years. 

"To mark the announcement, BBC Look East visited on Monday evening and did a live broadcast from the Library car park. Hethersett turned out in force, with children from the village schools showing banners and flags for all the region to see on television. Shane and Alice (the high school head girl) were interviewed live by the presenter, which must have been a terrifying experience, but both coped very well. Shane and his team deserve the highest praise for their efforts and we all look forward to next July.



Stories on the 2011 event

Hethersett's Got Talent - Auditions for the finals of Hethersett's Got Talent, which is part of the village Olympic celebrations, took place at Woodside School. The best acts will go forward to the final during Olympic weekend on July 22nd. To read more about the auditions click here. View more pictures in a Picasa album by clicking here

Historic Olympic Day for Hethersett - The 1948 London Olympic torch came to Hethersett on July 4th - exactly a year from the start of the 2012 London Olympics. Norfolk Olympiad Paul Evans and paralympic hopeful Will Smith toured all four Hethersett Schools with the historic torch and there was the opportunity for children to touch, pass and be photographed with the historic object. The torch relay is part of the build-up to this year's Olympic weekend in the village which will run from July 22nd to July 24th. For full details of this visit our special Olympic section by clicking here. You can see pictures taken on the day in a special Picasa album available by clicking here. You can read Eastern Daily Press coverage of the event by clicking here.

Tickets for the Hethersett's Got Talent evening are now on sale at £2.50 each. They are available from Hethersett Library or by telephoning 01603 811647 or 07787984558. Details of how to obtain them are also included on a poster which can be viewed by clicking here.

Olympic Torch Coming to Hethersett - Whilst the route for the 2012 London Olympic torch has been confirmed in outline, the exact locations won't be announced until later in the year. Hethersett schoolchildren, however, will be able to handle a genuine Olympic torch from the 1948 London Olympics on July 4th this year. To read about this click here.

Event Update - June 2011

Nominate somebody to carry the Olympic Torch

You can nominate people to carry the Olympic torch during the 2012 torch relay by clicking on the headline above. Do you know someone truly inspirational? This is your chance to give them their moment to shine. You have until 29 June 2011 to nominate them to be a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer... and don't forget, you can nominate more than one person.

Plans are now advanced for the weekend and below is a news update on what will be happening, when and where:

July 22nd

There will be a swimming marathon at Hethersett Junior School with pupils attempting to swim 2012 lengths, starting before school and continuing through the day

Hethersett's Got Talent - The finals will take place in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m in front of a panel of judges. Compere will once again by Chris Watt and there will be a number of guest acts. Tickets for the event, which is expected to once again be a sell out, will be available shortly.

July 23rd

Sport in the Park on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field will take place from 11 a.m until 4 p.m with over 20 sports free to try. These include martial arts, trampolining, archery, boxing, gymnastics, football, cycle speedway, bowls, athletics, table tennis, canoeing, tennis, badminton, karate, volleyball, hockey, lacrosse, Watt Bikes, Golf, hoola hoop fitness, speed kick and keep fit. Refreshments will be supplied by Hethersett Bowls Club, Hethersett Churches Together and the Queen's Head.

Woodcote Open Day - Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex will be holding an open day with access from the Memorial Field from 10 a.m until 5 p.m. There will be a tombola, craft and model display, memorabilia display, a £1 stall, cakes and refreshments and some of the flats will also be open to exhibit interesting collections. There will also be a guest appearance from 3 until 4 p.m of Paralympic archer Mel Clarke and this will be followed by a 50-50 auction. It is hoped that this will be the first of a regular July open day for the complex. You can view a poster of Woodcote's open day by clicking here.

July 24th

There will be four major events on Sunday July 24th starting with a multi-denominational service with an Olympic theme in Hethersett Social Club at 10 a.m organised by Hethersett Churches Together. This will finish in plenty of time for everyone to take part in the Run the Square funrun, Olympic athlete Paul Evans will once again do the warm up and the event will be started by Hethersett Junior School Head Andy Whittle at 11 a.m. Roads will be closed for the duration of the event which will follow an area of the old village down Queen's Road and part of Great Melton Road before going the length of Mill Road and turning left into New Road, past the King's Head and Queen's Head Public Houses and back to the Junior School. Last year's event attracted 255 runners/walkers and this year's event is expected to see even more taking part. Entry is £2.50 for adults and £1 for Under-16s in advance. Entry forms are available from links on this page. There will be a £1 supplement for entries on the day when registrations will be accepted between 9 and 10 a.m. The warm up begins at 10.30 a.m, the road closures will be in place from 10.45 a.m and the off is at 11 a.m. Fancy dress is very much encouraged as part of the fun, although there is also a serious race aspect to the event with a number of elite athletes expected to take part. All those completing the course will receive a medal and certificate. The event is being fully supported by both Norfolk County Council, South Norfolk Council and Hethersett Parish Council.

To date 13 teams have entered the Ladies Five-a-side tournament being organised by Hethersett Athletic Football Club as part of the Olympic celebrations. This will take place on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field throughout the day and refreshments will be available.

The weekend concludes with a Last Night of the Proms concert in St Remigius Parish Church with the Pulham Orchestra at 7.30 p.m. Bring your flags to wave at what is expected to be a patriotic end to the weekend's celebrations. Tickets for the event will be £5 for adults, £1 for children.


Olympic Torch - A Step Closer - 

Hethersett's hopes of seeing the Olympic torch carried through the village remain very much alive after the announcement of the major towns and cities to host the torch relay. 

Norwich, Cambridge, Peterborough and Ipswich are all included on the route to the London Olympic Games in 2012 with the torch resting in Norwich for the night of 4th July 2012. 

Hethersett's attempts to bring the torch to the village will continue with the names of the smaller village venues being visited en route being announced later this year. 

Hethersett has been at the forefront of Olympic activity in Norfolk over the past year with a special three day event in 2010 which will be repeated this year with numerous activities from July 22nd to 24th. 

Chairman of the Olympic organising committee and Hethersett parish councillor Shane Hull said "It’s exciting to now know that the Olympic Flame will be touring Norfolk next year and stopping in Norwich on 4th July for an overnight stay and celebrations. Everyone in Hethersett remains hopeful that the village can be included on the route, but I am sure that once the whole route has been announced, whatever the outcome - there will massive support for the Torch Relay from our village schools and the entire community."     

Over 20 activities to feature in sport in the park - Over 20 sports and activities will be available for the public to try during the sport in the park event on July 23rd, 2011. To see a full list and all the latest news about the 2011 Olympic weekend click here

Preparing for Olympic Weekend 2011 - Hethersett is already planning for another weekend of celebrations in the lead up to the London Olympic Games in 2012. Such was the success of the 2010 events that the Hethersett Olympic Organising Committee is already planning a bigger and better event for July 2011. Read about the plans by clicking here. You can access reports and news from both the 2010 and 2011 events by clicking here.

Stories on the 2010 event

The 2010 event has been featured on You Tube. You can see a four minute film of what was achieved both in Hethersett and Norfolk by clicking here.

The Weekend - You can read full coverage of the events of the weekend by clicking here. You can download the certificate for the funrun by clicking here.


Hethersett is an Inspiration  - Our village has been honoured with the award of an Inspire Mark in recognition of our involvement in celebrating the London Olympics 2012. The award is primarily for the coming Sport in the Park event on July 24th. You can read about this by clicking here. Item added 9th July, 2010
Latest Publicity - Update article sent to the Evening News and Wymondham Mercury. To read click here. Item added 28th June, 2010


Run the Square downloadable entry forms - You can download entry forms for the Run the Square two mile run/walk. Simply click here for the word document or here for a pdf file. You can also see a poster of the Square event by clicking here. Item added 22nd June, 2010


Programme Updated - To view the latest programme of events due to be held over the weekend July 23rd to 25th click here. These now include fun runs, a five a side ladies football tournament, Hethersett's Got Talent, Sport in the Park and a classical concert. Item added 8th June, 2010


Download the Hethersett's Got Talent Application Form - If you want to enter the Hethersett's Got Talent competition it couldn't be simpler. Just download our form and send it to the address at the bottom. Forms are available in word document by clicking here and in pdf format by clicking here. Item added 8th June, 2010


Letter of Support from Lord Coe - The village has received a letter of support from Lord Coe - porbably better known as Olympic gold medallist Sebastian Coe. You can read this by clicking here. Item added 8th June, 2010


Newspaper Article - A piece about the Hethersett bid has been sent to a number of local newspapers. You can read this by clicking here. An article appeared in the Norwich Evening News at the end of March. To read this click here.


Olympic Bid - Hethersett Parish Councillor Shane Hull is at the forefront of the Olympic Torch Bid. He travelled with Extended Schools' Co-ordinator Fiona Whiting to a briefing of the  London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) in Colchester. To read about this click here. Item added 11th March, 2010

Olympic Committee Formed - A special Hethersett Olympic Committee has been formed. You can read about its first meeting by clicking here. Item added 11th March, 2010


Good News - An article written for the village Good News Magazine. Click here to read this. Item added 11th March 2010