Christmas Fair is Thriving
It began as an idea for a summer fair and has ended up as one of the most successful pre-Christmas community events on the Hethersett calendar.
The fourth annual village Christmas sale at Hethersett Methodist Church proved to be the most successful to date with hundreds of people packing into the building on a bright but cold evening.
Early evening saw families enjoying the festivities and entertainment and later on, when the youngsters had left, there was still time for communal carols and refreshments of all kinds from mulled fruit cups to cupcakes.
The event is organised jointly by district councillor Leslie Dale and Methodist Minister the Rev Derek Grimshaw. Leslie admitted that when the idea of a village sale had first been brought up he envisaged a midsummer event. Planning got behind, however, and the event was put back and changed into a Christmas Fair. Now it has become a major date on the annual village calendar with schools, churches, uniformed organisations and local people taking part.
As well as Christmas stalls of all kinds there were carols and choirs from the main church and upstairs a children's corner for face painting. The event also raises money for local charities and among those represented were the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Families Association, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. Local groups such as the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) also took part.
There was a full and varied music and singing programme led by the Infants and Junior Schools, the Hethersett Methodist Church Singing Fellowship and Little Melton Church who supported its Wulugu African Village fund-raising project. Entertainment was rounded off by the St Remigius Church Choir and carol singing.
To see a Picasa photo album of photographs from this year's event click here.