Welcome to THE RiNG

If you are newly diagnosed with inflammatory or other arthritis – or have had it for a while – you are not alone. Our friendly social and support group THE RiNG meets monthly at Hethersett Village Hall for a combination of information, education and making friends with others in the same boat.

We have a wide range of talks, some medical and others of general interest, but tea, home-made cake and making new friends are just as important.


You'll either like what we do and how we do it or you won't. So get in touch, come along to our next meeting - see the upcoming events on the right - and give us a go. We can promise you a warm welcome.

Patient experience is one of the current buzzwords at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital and newly appointed Sarah's mission is to further improve it. She told us how - and we gave her the benefit of our advice!

All welcome - £3 to include tea/coffee and home-made cake.


Come three times to try us out, then annual membership costs just £6 and includes benefits like free travel for the Summer Outing and free drinks at the Christmas Lunch.

Happy Christmas 2018

We were back at Park Farm again for last year's Christmas lunch which was up to the usual high standard. Turned into a bit of a Prosecco-fest - except amongst the Bucks Fizz fans!


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NNUH's Sarah Higson & Judy Butcher  on Patient Experience. And cake!

The party of the decade

Ailsa Bosworth MBE and Prof David Scott were our speakers and guests of honour when THE RiNG celebrated our 10th birthday with a slap up tea at Park Farm Hotel.

Ailsa, who is Chief Executive of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, came up specially from Maidenhead to team up with David who led the Rheumatology team at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital for very many years.

We welcomed sixty friends and members to the event which featured superb presentations from our speakers and other surprises - including a cheque for £150 raised by Sue Burrows from Rheumatology whose fundraising is legendary. 

We are grateful to NRAS, the event's main sponsor and also to Acorn Stairlifts and Hethersett District Lions.

Twelve Golden Weeks Campaign

Did you know that once you develop inflammatory arthritis you have three months to start effective treatment before there may be permanent damage to your joints?


That is why THE RiNG came up with the Twelve Golden Weeks campaign. If you or someone you know suffers any combination of persistent joint pain, early morning stiffness for at least 30 minutes, swollen joints which hurt if squeezed and redness or heat in them - get straight to a GP. Never mind waiting to see or taking a few anti-inflammatories. Ask to be tested immediately for inflammatory arthritis just in case. If you've got RA, prompt treatment can get it under control before any serious damage is done. .

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