Yesterday I spent quite some time writing the articles. I have talked about writing styles in the past and this was a perfect illustration of trying to work out what to say.
For a start I needed to write two separate articles with slightly different approaches. The message was the same for both - The Church has to raise £1,500 every week just to keep its doors open.
But I knew that my article for the local newspaper would be restricted in length, but that for Hethersett Herald would have no restrictions and I could just let it flow.
So I started by writing the article for the Herald and it weighed in at over 1000 words. Then I had to cut it down to 650 words for the newspapers. So decisions had to be made on what to include and what to leave out - a surprisingly difficult exercise.
I particularly liked the Rev Derek McClean's description about the problems of keeping St Remigius going: "We are running what is essentially a medieval and Victorian mish mash and it is very draining."
One of my ideas for the Autumn is to start a podcast on Hethersett matters, featuring on the village history and possibly posting them on You Tube. There would be no regularity to the posts - just bringing them out when I can. Some will be serious and some more light hearted. I would welcome some technical help on this as I'm very much an amateur. Thought I might start with the parish church. Have to see how it goes but it would be nice to do some interviews with prominent Hethersettians.
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Was very pleased to see that the table tennis table on the Memorial Field has been repaired. There was some suggestion that it might have to be removed as it was damaged beyond repair. Thankfully that's not the case. Let's hope this village amenity isn't subjected to more damage.