Olympic Summer 2011
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
“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
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
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
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.