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Olympic Diary 2012

We have a special article looking at the village's Olympic Journey from 2010 to 2012. To read our Olympic Odyssey click here

To read about the 2012 Open Weekend click here

Below are details of Olympic themed events held in 2012 and covered on this web site.


Chairman of Hethersett Olympic Committee Shane Hull runs the torch on behalf of Hethersett at Felixstowe on July 5th, 2012 and on the right Shane carries the London Olympic flames at Hethersett.



More Olympic Praise for Village - Hethersett has gained more praise for its efforts in support of the London 2012 Olympics. On Thursday a special DVD was launched at the Forum in Norwich. This was shot mainly in local schools belonging to the Hethersett Cluster during 2012 and featured a number of Olympic themed events. Joseph Ballard, London 2012 Inspire Programmer for the East of England, referred to our village as having a "wonderful community spirit"  He praised Hethersett for a world first with the recent visit of the Olympic flame. "It is the only time in the entire history of the Olympic Games that the Olympic flame has made an off route visit," he said, thus proving that in 2012 the Norfolk village of Hethersett made world history. The DVD, a copy of which we will hopefully have available on this web site in the not too distant future, was financed from a special grant of over £8,500 for activities in celebration of the Olympics. Schools in the Hethersett Cluster include Hethersett Woodside Infants and Nursery, Hethersett Junior, Hethersett High, Cringleford Primary, Little Melton Primary, Mulbarton Infant and Mulbarton Junior. The grant comes under the Plan Your 2012 scheme  for activities in celebration of the coming London 2012 Olympic Games. The scheme is a joint initiative between the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the Department for Education. You can read more about the grant by clicking here.


Fastest Man on Earth Comes to Hethersett - Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth, recently made an unexpected visit to Hethersett High School. The Jamaican sprinter was obviously too busy preparing for the Olympics to make a personal appearance but his willow resemblance has been in the grounds of the school. The wooden Usain was all part of a display with an Olympic theme put together mainly by the school’s Year 10 GCSE art students following a one day workshop with Norfolk artist Maggie Campbell. Students chose the theme and five poses connected with the Olympics. They then modelled the poses before constructing the willow figures – one of which was the Olympic champion and world record holder. Other poses included an archer, basketball player, gymnast and torch bearer. To view the images click here

Olympic Jigsaw

Pictured above is the Active Norfolk Olympic jigsaw which we have featured on this site previously. Thanks to Active Norfolk for sending us these images of the complete jigsaw. Just click on the images to enlarge them.


The Day the Olympic Flame Came to Hethersett - It was a once in a lifetime experience as almost 2,000 people turned up to welcome the Olympic flame to Hethersett in a unique visit. Our village was the only place in the country to receive a special off route visit to mark our outstanding contribution to the ethos of the London 2012 Games. To read the full story click here. To view an album of photos from the visit click here. The Media covered the event both before, during and after. Pre-visit publicity from the Eastern Daily Press is available by clicking here. There is also a substantial story with photographs taken from this site on BBC online. View this by clicking here. Stories and photographs from IWitness 24 - click here. Paul Howard from the Hethersett Our Way web site took video footage of the event which is available on Facebook by clicking here.


Hethersett Youngsters Feature at Norfolk Show - Youngsters from Hethersett Schools featured prominently at this year's Royal Norfolk Show on June 27th and 28th. Hethersett celebrated its achievements and being recognised by the national London Olympics organising committee for our work in supporting this summer's games. A total of 120 children from Hethersett Junior School and 60 from Woodside Infants and Nursery School took part in a special parade in the main ring.  For photographs of Wednesday's parade click here The Eastern Daily Press web site also has extensive coverage. You can view this by clicking here.


Hethersett Open Weekend


To read all the stories and a diary from the open weekend click here

To view a photographic gallery of over 500 photos from the weekend click here.


Hethersett's Open Weekend proved to be the most successful yet with a weekend full of fun and enjoyment. Events began on Friday with a 24 hour swimming marathon at Hethersett Junior School which went on until Saturday morning. It was started by former school swimming teacher Jo Hill and completed by paralympic swimmer Oliver Jones. Saturday saw the biggest sport in the park event ever with almost 30 come and try sports available and hundreds of people trying their hand at a variety of sports from bowls and croquet to korfball and dodgeball. Throughout the weekend there was a flower festival in St Remigius Church and on Saturday evening the Hellesdon and Sprowston Brass Band were in concert. Following an inter-denominational church service in Hethersett Social Club on Sunday came one of the highlights of the weekend with 302 people taking part in the run the square two mile funrun around closed roads in the village. This was followed by 26 teams taking part in a Ladies five-a-side tournament on the Memorial Field organised by Hethersett Athletic Football Club. To view photographs from the weekend visit our special gallery by clicking here and to read reports and an Open Weekend diary click here. The Open Weekend has been featured in the Norwich Evening News and you can view their story by clicking here. We have also set up a photo gallery of the weekend events which is available by clicking here. The flower festival and swimming marathon was also covered in the Norwich Evening News and can be viewed by clicking here. Full details of the ladies five-a-side are available on the football club web site. Just click here. If you took part in the funrun you may well be in our photographic gallery which contains over 300 shots from the two mile event.


Hethersett Youngsters Feature at Norfolk Show - Youngsters from Hethersett Schools featured prominently at this year's Royal Norfolk Show on both days, Hethersett celebrated its achievements and being recognised by the national London Olympics organising committee for our work in supporting this summer's games. Well over 300 children from Hethersett Junior School, Hethersett Woodside Infants and Nursery School and Hethersett High School took part in a special parade in the main ring. For photographs of Wednesday's parade click here. There is also a local newspaper gallery which is available by clicking here. Click here for more newspaper reports


Olympic Treasure Found in Hethersett - Radio Norfolk's Treasure Quest programme took on an Olympic theme when it called in at Hethersett on July 1st as the last stop on its popular Sunday morning programme. Based loosely on the BBC programme Treasure Hunt (without the helicopter), the programme started in Filby and, amongst other places, visited Fliby, Surlingham and Rocklands before being directed to Hethersett by a cryptic clue. You can read the clue and view a photo of the day by clicking here.

Hethersett - One Piece in the County Jigsaw - Our village will be represented on a special jigsaw being put together by Active Norfolk in celebration of the Norfolk Village Games and the 2012 London Olympics. Local artist Marian Watt has designed and painted one piece of the jigsaw which represents the sporting achievements of the village and our part in the Norfolk Village games which saw us win the South Norfolk games last year and finish runners-up in the county finals. The completed jigsaw will be used to support various Active Norfolk events over the coming few months including the Norfolk Village Games Finals at the UEA Sportspark on July 15th. Marian (pictured right) has featured aspects of village life as well as sport in her original design. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News web site by clicking here.


Social Running Group to Continue - The village social running group set up jointly by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association is set to continue after its initial 10 week run. Such has been the success of the group with well over 30 runners of all ages and abilities turning up on a Thursday evening that a decision has been made to continue under the leadership of qualified athletics' coach Maria Alborough. The first session of the new group will take place this Thursday and continue every Thursday throughout the summer. New members are welcome - just meet at the Junior School at 7 p.m. The photograph on the right shows members of the group after Sunday's funrun.


Simply Champion Day - Champion Paralympic swimmer Chris Holmes was guest of honour for a very special Olympic themed event at Hethersett Junior School. Accompanied by his Guide Dog Lottie, he spoke to the children at a school assembly about his experiences and sporting life and the power of sport as an inspiration. Afterwards he answered questions from representatives from each age group. On the same day he visited Cringleford Primary School and Sewell Park School in Norwich. Chris lost his sight at the age of 14 but by the age of 20 was a world record holder. He won a total of nine gold medals including six in the Barcelona games in 1992 and three more at the Atlanta games in 1996 and the Sydney games in 2000. Chris also broke 35 world records and was awarded the MBE for services to British sport after the Barcelona Olympics. He is currently director of paralympic integration for the London Olympics. “It was a great honour for us to have Chris at our school to meet the children. He is an inspirational sportsman, having won so many Olympic medals. Our children were really excited to have the opportunity to meet him as part of our build up to the Olympic and Paralympic games,” said Head Teacher Andy Whittle. To read this story from the Wymondham Mercury web site click here.

Oliver's Posters - Hethersett athlete Oliver Armstrong, who has featured on this site on numerous occasions for his involvement in the London Olympic Games has been featured on a number of official posters for the event. To view these click here.

Hethersett's Very Own Olympic Torch - Hethersett has its very own Olympic Torch. The village has been working with Hethersett High School and Science College to produce its own torch to commemorate the coming London Olympic Games. You can read all about this story by clicking here. You can read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury Newspaper web site by clicking here.
Hethersett's Got Talent Auditions - Auditions for this year’s final of Hethersett’s Got Talent were held at Woodside Infants and Nursery School. Eleven acts featuring singers and dancers went through their paces with the best  going forward to the finals evening on June 22nd in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. The finals will be part of Hethersett’s Open weekend which runs from June 22nd to 24th and which kicks off at 8 a.m on the 22nd with the start of a 24 hour swimming marathon in the Hethersett Junior School pool. The  talent evening will also feature a number of guest slots including a performance from last year’s winner David Wyatt. To see more photographs from the auditions click here. To read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here.


Honour for Nicky - A second Hethersett resident has been chosen to carry the London Olympic Torch when it comes to Norfolk in July. Nicky Wardale, leader of the Ducklings Playgroup, will be running with the torch in Cromer on July 4th and has spoken about her excitement and pride at being chosen from thousands of nominees. Hethersett Parish Councillor and Chair of the village Olympic Committee Shane Hull will be running with the torch at Acle on July 5th - the day it pays a special visit to Hethersett. To read more about this click here.


Old Hall School Olympic Fair -  The sun shone for the first time in many weeks as Hethersett Old Hall School staged a special Olympic themed fete. It was all the fun of the fair as pupils paraded carrying flags to represent individual Olympic countries. Attractions during the day ranged from a climbing wall and a variety of stalls and games to refreshments and the sporting theme was taken up by displays from the Norwich based Thoroughbreds Netball Club and a special beat the goalkeeper competition with former England international Dean Ashton in goal! Numerous youngsters took the opportunity to try their luck and many put the ball past the former Norwich City and West Ham player. To view more photographs of the event click her. To read an article from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.

Hethersett Youngsters Inspired - Youngsters who have been inspired by the Olympic Games have see their work go on show at Norwich’s castle. Pupils from Hethersett High School were included. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.


Talented Bards Rise to Olympic Challenge - Talented young poets from schools in and around Hethersett have risen to the challenge for an Olympic inspired poetry competition. You can read all about this by viewing a cutting from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


Ollie Ran with Olympic Torch



A Hethersett athlete has been involved in the dress rehearsal for carrying the Olympic Torch. Oliver Armstrong was one of 122 Torch-bearers involved in the Olympic Torch Dress Rehearsal from Leicester to Peterborough. Oliver, was one of ten students from Loughborough University who was selected to carry the Olympic Torch on a trial run to test out the logistics of the Olympic Torch Relay which starts next month. He ran a distance of 620 yards on the final leg through Loughborough Town Centre. A crew of 400 staff from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and Metropolitan Police were involved in the rehearsal. Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: '”The dress rehearsal is a great opportunity to test all parts of the Olympic Torch Relay. Tests are essential to ensure the smooth running of our operations around the Torch Relay.”  Starting on 19th May, the Olympic Torch Relay will travel around 8,000 miles around the UK, coming within 10 miles of 95% of the population. The Olympic Flame will make a special visit to Hethersett early in the morning of 5th July. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.


Schools' Paralympic Day - Youngsters from two Hethersett Schools took part in a day of paralympic sport and activities, finding out just what it is like to play sports such as Goal Ball and Boccia. The pupils from Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School and Hethersett Junior School experienced at first hand what it is like to be an Paralympic competitor. To read about this and view more photographs click here. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.


London Illustrator to Capture Village Events -  A London illustrator will be looking to capture the excitement of Olympic Year in Hethersett. Village resident Frank Wroth, who has lived in Hethersett for over 50 years, has commissioned his granddaughter Alice Pattullo to produce an illustrated poster to commemorate the village’s Olympic celebrations. Alice is an illustrator and printmaker based in London who graduated from Brighton University with a First in Illustration. She has exhibited in London, Manchester and Brighton and her limited edition prints are sold at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Saatchistore and The Big Draw Shop. Her clients include Coast Magazine and Topman. Alice will be looking to capture the unique excitement of Olympic Year in Hethersett with a large poster which will feature Open Weekend events which this year run from June 22nd to 24th, the arrival of the Olympic Flame on July 5th together with her own take on village landmarks. The original work will be displayed in Hethersett Library later in the year at a cheese and wine exhibition event where postcards and her other work will be available to view and buy. Examples of her work can currently be viewed by clicking here. Read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury Newspaper by clicking here.. Also see our cuttings section by clicking here.
Animated Pupils - Pupils from Hethersett Junior School have been busy designing and creating a short film about the 1948 London Olympics. You can read about this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking on the cutting opposite


Monday 19th March 2012

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.   


February 2012

Members of Hethersett's Olympic Committee

Plans are well advanced for this year's Hethersett Open Weekend which will be held from June 22nd to 24th.

The Open Weekend will be following on from the success of the village's Olympic Weekends held over the past two years.

This year's events will precede the visit of the official London 2012 Olympic flame to the village early morning on July 5th.

The Open Weekend events will start on Friday June 22nd with a 24 hour swimming marathon and the evening finals of the third Hethersett's Got Talent competition. The swimming marathon will run from 8 a.m in the morning in Hethersett Junior School's pool. The event will be in memory of  and a celebration of the life of Hethersett Junior School teaching assistant Lorraine Hedges who died last year. The event will also raise funds for the Big C appeal. The marathon will be divided into 48 half hour slots and will include school children and other volunteers.

Auditions for the final of Hethersett's Got Talent will take place at Woodside Infant and Nursery School on May 20th. The finals evening will showcase a variety of acts of all ages and a guest slot from last year's winner David Wyatt

Saturday June 23rd will see over 20 Olympic themed sports featured in a come and try day on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field.

Sunday June 24th will bring a whole host of events including an inter-denominational church service organised by Hethersett and District Churches Together in Hethersett Social Club, a ladies five-a-side football tournament on the Memorial Playing Field and a possible finale on the field. Once again one of the highlights of the weekend will be the two mile Run The Square funrun over a two mile course. The two previous events have both attracted well over 200 runners of all ages, many of whom run in fancy dress.

Throughout the weekend a flower festival will take place in Hethersett Parish Church and events will also include a brass band concert on the Saturday and Songs of Praise in St Remigius on the Sunday.

Thursday 13th October 2011

Hethersett’s Open Weekend 2012 promises to be the biggest yet in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics.

Over the past two years the Open Weekend has been run under the auspices of London2012 with hundreds of people from the village and across Norfolk enjoying a range of activities over three days in July.

The 2012 event has been brought forward to June. It will still reflect the ideals of the Olympic movement and continue to have the full support of Norfolk County Council, Active Norfolk & South Norfolk Council.

“Over the past two years the event has been run as part of the build up to the 2012 Olympics. This year the event will celebrate just One Month To Go to the start of the Olympic Games. In Hethersett we have decided to continue with a three day festival of sport and culture following the huge success of the last two Open Weekends,” said chair of Hethersett Olympic Committee and Hethersett Parish Councillor Shane Hull.

Hethersett Open Weekend 2012 will run from Friday June 22nd until Sunday June 24th. Events on the Friday are likely to include a sponsored marathon swim and the third Hethersett’s Got Talent competition.

Saturday will bring the very popular come and try it Sport in the Park day to the Memorial Field with a few additional twists this year which may include events from both ancient Olympics and modern Olympics. At the same time Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex next to the Memorial Playing Field will host an open day.

Sunday will see a church service in Hethersett Social Club followed by the two mile Run the Square fun run which has proved to be one of the highlights of previous years. Hethersett Athletic Football Club will also be hoping to run its annual ladies five-a-side tournament and there will be a Flower Festival and evening Songs of Praise service in Hethersett Parish Church.

A number of other events such as a brass band concert and picnic in the park are being investigated. The village is looking to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympics with some form of momento for local children and the village is also looking into the idea of having local schools design and make its very own commemorative torch. Meanwhile Hethersett is waiting to hear whether the 2012 Olympic Torch will come through the village on its route to Norwich in July next year.

Details of 2012 events will appear here as soon as we have them.  

Sunday 30th October, 2011

Hethersett resident and 2011 Run the Square winner, Oliver Armstrong has won one of the 5,000 places on the 2012 Olympic Park run, meaning he will be one of the first runners to cross the finish line at the recently completed Olympic Stadium in London!  

The five mile run sponsored by National Lottery, through the Olympic Park, takes place on 31st March 2012 and finishes in the Olympic Stadium - the first official event to take place in the 80,000 seater arena.    

Ollie, currently studying a Masters Degree at Loughborough University in Sport & Exercise Science, said he is excited and thrilled to be taking part in a "once in a lifetime opportunity."  Ollie a former Norfolk County Sprint Champion and member of City of Norwich Athletic Club is currently training with the Loughborough University AC.  

The link to the National Lottery Olympic Park Run ballot, which closed last week, was featured on the "Back the Hethersett Bid for the Olympic Flame" group site on Facebook. 

Pledge To Fitness

Read about the day the Active Norfolk Pledge Pod came to Hethersett and how hundreds of people have pledged towards improved fitness and health in 2012. To read the article and view photographs click here. You can also read a cutting from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury on Pledge 2012 by clicking here. You can also read about a special Rap song written by Little Melton School which was performed during the day. To read about this click here.


School Grant to Celebrate the Olympics - Schools in the Hethersett Cluster which includes Hethersett Woodside Infants and Nursery, Hethersett Junior, Hethersett High, Cringleford Primary, Little Melton Primary, Mulbarton Infant and Mulbarton Junior, have been awarded a grant of over £8,500 for activities in celebration of the coming London 2012 Olympic Games. You can read this story by clicking here.


A Cool Event - There will be a  public showing of one of the most enduring films of all time at Hethersett High School on 15th February at 7.30 p.m. Cool Runnings is inspired by the true story of the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. The film is part of Hethersett's 2012 London Olympic celebrations and is also part of the South Norfolk True Film Festival of 2012. Tickets are £3 and can be booked on 01603 810924


Open Weekend Line-up - The line-up for this year's Hethersett Open Weekend is already being finalised with three days of events being organised from June 22nd to 24th. These include a swimming marathon, Hethersett's Got Talent, a Come and Try Sports Event and the annual Run the Square two mile funrun. To read about these and other events being lined-up click here.


1948 Olympic Exhibition - An exhibition celebrating the last time the Olympic games came to London is currently on display in Hethersett Library. The exhibition features old news articles and information on the 1948 Olympics along with photographs from the 2011 visit of the 1948 torch to the village's four schools. Hethersett High School pupils have been busy designing a new commemorative torch to mark this year's Olympic Games. To read about these stories click here.


Cool Evening Show - The Olympic theme in the village continued in February with a public showing of the ever popular Walt Disney film Cool Runnings at Hethersett High School. One of the most enduring films of all time, Cool Runnings is inspired by the true story of the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. The evening was put on in conjunction with the South Norfolk True Film Festival 2012 and Creative Arts East's Village Screen initiative. Those attending filled in questionnaires at the end of the evening and consideration will be given to hosting similar events in the future.


Olympic Experience - Pupils from Hethersett Old Hall School have been experiencing Olympic sport with the visit of a top coach. Year 10 and 11 girls were given two volleyball taster sessions form Tomasz Morawski, who is head coach of England Under-16s Girls’ team. The sessions were part of the school’s plan for every senior school year group to experience an Olympic sport that they do not currently learn. This is all part of the school’s commitment to the Get Set London 2012 education programme and is being organised by Head of PE Miss Beale. Next on the programme of events is a visit from Norwich Canoe Club where year nine pupils will be given a kayak taster session on paddle machines in the sports hall.