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June 2016

Welcome to the web site for the multi award winning village of Hethersett in Norfolk, England. It includes up to date news, coming events, a full history of the village, community information, photographs and much more.  

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Our e-magazine for June 2016 is now available. In the latest issue of Hethersett Herald you will find the latest news from the village along with features and archive stories. We look at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka with a Hethersett connection. Tributes are paid to former Hethersett GP Dr Tony Press who has died. There's news of a charity football match and the day former pupils from Hethersett Old Hall School went to Buckingham Palace. Articles also include nine species of bat being detected in the village and a new bereavement group being set-up and much more. You can access the magazine by clicking here.  Archive e-magazines are available by clicking here.


Missed reading about an event in Hethersett? Then visit our archive section by clicking here to read stories from the past months and years.


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Over 200 Take Part in Funrun


Two photographs from the funrun.  Runners at the start on the left and at the finish on the right

OVER 200 runners and walkers took part in the seventh annual Hethersett Funrun on Sunday, June 26th. Heavy early morning rain gave way to sunshine for the start of the event which saw 215 people aged from three to 73 at the start. The traditional course began and finished outside Hethersett Junior School and went via Queen's Road, Great Melton Road, Mill Road, New Road and Old Norwich Road. First back in a time of just over 11 minutes was Adam Lewis. The run was led off by members of Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club to mark the club's golden jubilee this year. Honorary starter was Hawks founder and secretary Mel Perkins MBE. A gallery of photographs from the funrun are available by clicking here. There will also be more photographs and a full report in the July edition of Hethersett Herald which will be available on July 1st.



Dementia Friendly Village


Hethersett has been recognised nationally as a dementia friendly community. The Hethersett Dementia Support Group was named South Norfolk Group of the Year for 2015 and has now been recognised by the national Alzheimer’s Society and been given permission to use the “working to become dementia friendly” symbol. “A dementia friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported and confident they can contribute to community life,” the Alzheimer’s Society states. The symbol can only be used by communities who have registered successfully with the process managed by the Alzheimer’s Society. Meanwhile Sir Edward Evans-Lombe has agreed to take up the post of patron of Hethersett Dementia Support Group. More on this story will appear in the July edition of Hethersett Herald.


Youth Club Fete






Two images from the Jubilee Youth Club Fete held on Saturday 25th June.

Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club defied regular showers to hold their annual fete and fun dog show at their headquarters in Back Lane. A bouncy castle, ice creams, splat the rat, hook a duck, tombola stall, bric a brac stall and many other games and attractions saw a good sized crowd both inside and outside the club. Dog classes included  prettiest bitch, handsomest hound, best youngster/puppy, best veteran, waggiest tale, best six legs, judges’ choice, best junior handler, most appealing eyes, best cross breed and best in show.

Clubberthon Event For Rehab Unit - Hethersett resident Emily Draper is holding a clubberthon event in Hethersett Village Hall on July 3rd from 7 until 8.30 pm to raise money for the neuro rehab unit at the Colman Hospital in Norwich. Emily’s husband Paul spent four months in the unit after suffering a stroke in October, 2013. “My husband was just 37 when he suffered a brain haemorrhage/stroke. It came out of nowhere and our lives were changed in an instant. Paul is now in a wheelchair and has been left with weakness down his left hand side. When this happened, Paul couldn’t hold his head up or sit up in a wheelchair properly. He would slide down and on occasions fell out of the chair,” Emily said. Paul spent four months in Caroline House neuro rehabilitation specialist centre: “In his time there he learned to be the most independent in his wheelchair as he possibly could and also how to mentally come to terms with what had happened. They not only supported my husband, but also myself and our children in this extremely difficult time. “The Colman Hospital continued to support Paul as an outpatient for the last two years and as a result he has managed to achieve many things,” Emily added. Paul’s main goal was to walk Emily down the aisle on their wedding day. He just missed out on that but his determination to walk again continued and he can now manage small distances: “At one point we thought he would never be able to walk again. The Colman Hospital’s support has been invaluable for my husband’s recovery and we would love to be able to give something back,” Emily said. The clubberthon features exercise to dub music in the dark with glow sticks.

Cricketers On The Up - Hethersett and Tas Valley beat Norfolk Alliance Division Two league leaders Vauxhall Mallards by five wickets to re-ignite their promotion push. Despite still being in fifth place in the league Valley are just six points off second promotion spot. This week the team visit Beccles in another must win game. Hethersett bowled Mallards out for just 105 and then knocked the runs off for the loss of five wickets with opener Ian Bryce (pictured opposite) hitting 64.


Footballers Celebrate - Hethersett Athletic Men's Saturday team held a presentation evening in Hethersett Social Club with Dan Folkard and James Rice winning player-of-the-year awards. The club's prestigious Lee Thompson Memorial Trophy for outstanding contribution to the club over the past season was shared between striker Danny Gray who has played over 200 games and scored over 200 goals for the club and retiring manager Paul Stone. Award winners are pictured opposite.



On the left are some of the youngsters who took part in the schools' youth cricket festival and on the right is the winning Pink team.


Cricket Festival for Youngsters - Over 70 youngsters from eight South Norfolk schools took part in the annual Hethersett and Tas Valley Kwik Cricket festival at Flordon. Pupils from Aslacton Primary, Newton Flotman Primary, Tasburgh Preston Primary, Saxlingham Nethergate Primary, Shelton with Hardwick Primary and St Mary’s Junior, Long Stratton took part in the day-long event which was sponsored by Metal Frog Studios and Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association. Many were playing cricket for the first time. The event was organised by Sara Worley from Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club, assisted by junior club members from Long Stratton High School. “As a club one of our aims for the festival is to encourage as many boys and girls as possible to take up the sport. We hope that many of them continue to play cricket and we have a thriving junior section at Hethersett and Tas Valley, providing cricket for youngsters from seven,” said club chairman Peter Steward. Youngsters taking part were mixed together for the competition to give them the opportunity to make new friends from different schools. The eight teams were arranged into two groups of four for a morning round robin competition and then an afternoon knockout which eventually saw Pink team beat Grey team in the final. Technically it was the fourth year of the competition, although last year’s event had to be cancelled due to rain.  




Town in Miniature - A new town has sprung up on the outskirts of Hethersett. But residents against large scale development in the area need not worry as this is a community in miniature aimed at young children. Tots Town is situated at the bottom of Station Lane and aims to provide a fun learning experience for babies and toddlers. Tots Town is the idea of Lindsay and Ian James and is already proving hugely popular despite only being opened for a few weeks. Tots Town gives youngsters the opportunity to experience life in a fun way that also helps them to learn. Youngsters can style hair, serve in a cafe, visit the doctors, work on a construction site, appear on stage and shop at a supermarket and much more. It gives them a unique insight into community life. Tots Town has its own web site with full details and this can be accessed by clicking here. Tots Town at 4 Station Court is open seven days a week with each day split into four 45 minute sessions starting at 9.30 a.m and finishing at 4.45 p.m. Admission is £5.75 for children over the age of one with an accompanying adult free. Children under the age of one are free if accompanied by siblings and additional adults are £2.50. We will have more photographs and a full interview with Lindsay and James in our next edition of Hethersett Herald which will be available from the beginning of July.


Tortoise Time - Scores of people turned out to a tortoise open day in Hethersett Village Hall. The event was hosted by the Norfolk Tortoise Club and owners were able to have their pets checked and also learn about tortoise health. There were also plenty of tortoises available as people increasingly turn to tortoises as pets. Giant and baby tortoises were on display and many took advantage of a micro-chipping service. The Norfolk Tortoise Club re-home between 60 and 80 tortoises a year. It has been running since 2002.


Protected Status for King's Head - Hethersett King's Head Public House has been given protected status as a community asset. South Norfolk Council has approved an applications from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the building will be added to the council's community asset register for five years. In making its decision, South Norfolk has recognised the listed building of asset to the community due to the fact that it serves food and drink to the local and wider community, uses locally produced and fresh ingredients, welcomes dogs, organises a number of events and "is an asset in providing social well being and it is reasonable to believe that it will continue to do so over the next five years. Being included on the list means that a community group would be given the chance to bid for an asset if it is put up for sale by the owners.Assets of Community Value can include buildings or land which promote the social interests or well being of the area (e.g. cultural, recreational, shopping or sporting) or which have had such a use in the recent past - for example: libraries, community centres, pubs and shops.


Hethersett Library -  Children are being encouraged once again this year to take up the summer reading challenge. This year it is a Roald Dahl themed challenge and will be launched in the library on July 21st. Coming events at the library are: 




Wednesday 29th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 30th 14.00 Card Games afternoon




Monday 4th 14.00 Book Group
Wednesday 6th 10.30 Colouring Group
Thursday 7th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
  14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Friday 8th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme Time for Babies and Toddlers
Monday 11th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 13th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 14th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Monday 18th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 20th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 21st 14.00 Card Games afternoon
  14.30 Summer Reading Challenge Launch
Monday 25th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 27th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 28th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Friday 29th 11.30 Children's Craft Activity


In addition to all the above, the library will continue its popular tablet and family history courses in September. More information on these is available and places can be booked on 01603 810188. The library is once again acting as a collection point  for equipment supplied by the Norfolk Bat Survey.  Details of how to take part, reserve your square and book the equipment is available on their website which can be accessed by clicking here. The library has a two for one DVD offer on Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm and DVDs/Blu-Rays/Box Sets and Music CDs are all free to reserve. The online sound and vision catalogue is available by clicking here. If you need general computer support an appointment can be booked with Bob the library's computer buddy who is available on Mondays from 10 am until noon. The Library has a Facebook page which is accessible by clicking here.                          


Garage Sale - Hundreds of people took to the streets of Hethersett on foot and in cars for the car boot and garage sale organised by the Friends of Hethersett Academy. We will have more details on the amount raised shortly.





Hethersett Running Group - Hethersett Running Group has completed its six week course leading up to the village fun run on June 26th. Over 30 local residents attended the sessions on Thursday evenings from 7 until 8 p.m on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field under the watchful eye of former Olympic runner Paul Evans. The sessions were sponsored by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association. It is hoped to arrange another four week course in September and we will keep you informed of the dates as soon as we have them.

Youth Worker Needed - Hethersett Youth Club is looking for a part-time youth worker from September: "We currently have a small and lively group of young people attending weekly, but due to our current Lead Youth Worker moving on, we need a new enthusiastic leader to work with our young people and volunteers. We would like to see the club grow and for the young people to take an active part in their club development and its promotion," said Gillian Saunders youth club trustee. The sessions run on Wednesday evenings in school term time with the junior group for years five and six and ages 9 to 11 meeting from 5.45 to 7.30 pm and the senior group for years seven to nine and ages 11 to 14 meeting from 7.30 to 9.15 pm. The successful candidate will also be given paid planning and preparation time, along with support from the Trustees and an assistant youth worker for the senior club. The successful candidate will have experience of working with young people, excellent communication skills and the ability to plan a programme of activities to meet the needs of young people in a growing community. Closing date for applications is July 3rd and more details are available from Gillian Saunders by clicking here.

Super Slimmer to Launch Class - Super slimmer Amy Dugan is launching a new Slimmers World class in Hethersett. Amy, who is 27, already organises Slimming World classes in New Buckenham and East Harling and will be starting in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club from Saturday, July 2nd at 8.30 am. Amy joined Slimming World in July 2014 following years of comfort eating after losing her two brothers in a house fire when she was 10. “I used food as a comfort, it was the only thing I found that didn't reject me and I could have control over. I would always feel so guilty and stupid for doing it and it wasn't until I joined my local Slimming World group where I realised that people didn't judge me for the size I was or how I looked that I finally realised I had to forgive myself for the mistakes I had made in the past and learn to love myself again”. Amy went on a sliming regime that saw her lose over 10 stone:  “My success really has been down to two things; the fun, flexible and generous eating plan where I can still enjoy all my favourites like Macaroni Cheese, roast dinners and chips just by changing the way I shop, cook and eat! But most of all my achievements have been due to the group support. Going through my journey with people who really understand and support you through the ups and down has been key for me in my success, developing my confidence and happiness and shown me how to love myself and life again”. Amy realised she wasn't happy with her day job anymore and opened up her own group as a Slimming World Consultant in New Buckenham in December and the group has been going from strength to strength “I could not be prouder of my members. Since taking on Buckenham and East Harling my members have lost a staggering 3,529 pounds! That's nearly 253 stone! The groups are still growing, welcoming more and more members through the door and having bundles of fun and laughs along the way. I am so honoured to be their consultant and watch them shrink in size but gain in confidence, happiness and so many other things. I never expected when I joined Slimming World that I would be making a career out of it, but as they say when you do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life!. When the opportunity in Hethersett came up so that I could support more people in achieving their dreams the way I’ve been given that chance, I jumped at it. I really feel the area has been crying out for a Saturday group to support members who would struggle to attend a group in the week due to work or childcare commitments, Amy said. We will have more on Amy's amazing story in the next edition of our Hethersett Herald e-magazine which is due out on July 1st.

Mothers' Day - Rowan House Health and Wellbeing Hub in Queen's Road has developed a new partnership as part of its "Pregnancy and Parenthood" division. The first 1,000 days of a baby's life are essential for development: "Rowan House understands that this is a time where parents to be and new parents look for professional and specialist help for support and guidance.  We are therefore creating a team of expert professionals at the centre who offer a range of classes, workshops and one to one therapy session for families and their children," said business manager Rachel Pailes. The latest partnership is with ‘Own Your Birth’  led by Norfolk Midwife of the Year 2016 Emma Dufficy-Rope.  Emma is a practicing midwife who is also a Hypnobirthing practitioner  Hypnobirthing is increasingly being recognised as the way to achieve a calm and confident birth.  Emma has  been in business a year and to celebrate is holding a birthday party at Rowan House on Saturday 11th June from 1-3pm for past and present couples to reunite and share stories about how hypnobirthing has helped them. You can find out more about hypnobirthing by clicking here. "Rowan House is very excited to be working alongside Emma and Own Your Birth is a wonderful addition to the centre.  We are hoping to officially launch Pregnancy and Parenthood later this year," Rachel added.

Bereavement Group to Launch - A new group to help support the bereaved is being launched in Hethersett. Plans are being made to set-up the Heart of Hethersett Bereavement Group to support those who have lost loved ones. Initially the group will meet monthly at Woodcote Sheltered Housing Complex. The group is the idea of Sandi Grey who comes from Wymondham: “I was so grateful for all the kindness shown to me by others when my mother Nancy died that I want to organise a support group for people who have suffered bereavement,” Sandi said. Sandi’s idea for starting up in Hethersett follows her experiences with a similar group in Thetford and in memory of her mother who lived in Woodcote before her death. “I was asked to sit in on the Thetford group and I thought it was a wonderful idea and realised that there was nothing of that kind in Hethersett. When my mother died, myself and my sister needed support and now I would like to reach out to bereaved people of all ages, just so we can meet together and share memories and chat,” Sandi said. A date will shortly be set for the first meeting of the Heart of Hethersett group.“We would like to reach out to people of all ages, just to come along, have a cup of coffee and a chat with other people who have been bereaved. Some people who suffer bereavement feel that they have nobody to talk to and that’s where Heart of Hethersett will come in,” she added. Stephen Baxter, Manager of the Woodcote Sheltered Housing Complex, welcomed the idea: “At Woodcote we have close links with the community and we see ourselves as a place that the community can come to. We also encourage anything that can be beneficial to our residents and we are delighted to be part of Heart of Hethersett,” he said. We will have more details of the inaugural meeting as soon as we have them.

Hub Cafe Date - The next Hethersett Hub Cafe organised by the Hethersett Dementia Support Group will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday, 19th July from 10 am until midday. It was reported at the May committee meeting, chaired by Councillor David Bills, that numbers attending the monthly cafe are gradually rising and news of planned activities including a games morning and Queen's Birthday celebration was well received. A sub committee on community awareness is working towards more training for residents to become dementia friends. The group is also looking at ways to improve publicity and communications around the village to further facilitate a dementia friendly village. The group is still looking for a new treasurer and people interested in serving on the committee.


Poetry Evening - An Evening of Illustrated Poetry and Pictures will be presented by Paul Binney at St Remigius Church on Friday, 30th September at 7pm. Paul will explore a variety of themes, both serious and humorous, from his widely appreciated book of poems 'Learning the Language', of which the poet Edward Storey wrote: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your collection, which is full of things to admire. The brevity of language allows space for what is not said; the art of suggestion.” There will be light refreshments and donations on the evening will be in aid of  St Remigius Church Funds.


Last Ever Village Games Finals - Hethersett and the Meltons will be entering  a team in the final Active Norfolk Village Games  at UEA Sportspark on July 10th. The competition is winding up after six years which saw Hethersett win four area titles and being crowned county champions in 2014. The village will be hoping to go out in a blaze of glory. To read about this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.


Bins on Tuesday - Refuse collections throughout Hethersett will take place on Tuesdays from June 6th. South Norfolk will be reverting to a four day week (Tuesdays to Fridays) for collections. This will lead to a standardisation for the village with no changes following Bank Holidays. All households have been notified of the changes.

Crafty Event in Church - Hethersett Parish Church will be hosting a craft fair on August 13th from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. The event is likely to include pottery, embroidery, jewellery, flower arrangements and much more and funds raised will go to the Roof Repair Fund. Tables cost £5 and are available to anyone who lives or works in the village, attends the church or has close family ties with Hethersett. There will be a series of demonstrations during the event. More information is available from Kate Wood on 01953 602051 or by e-mail by clicking here.

Messy Church - The next messy church event in St Remigius Church will take place from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, 24th September. The event is aimed at youngsters with their families and the other date for 2016 is November 26th.

Parish Council Meetings for 2016 - Dates for Hethersett Parish Council meetings for the remainder of 2016 are as follows: The full council will meet in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m on the following dates -  July 18th, September 19th, October 17th, November 21st and December 19th. Planning Committee meetings will be held at 7 p.m on all full council nights and also on the following dates - July 4th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th.

Story of a Massacre - A remarkable war story will be re-told in Hethersett Parish Church on Friday, 28th October at 7 pm. The evening will feature the story of two soldiers from the Second Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment, one of whom came from Dereham, who survived the atrocity at Le Paradis. A powerpoint presentation will cover the events leading up to that fateful day, describing the events and how the perpetrators were tracked down. The event is free with donations going to church funds. Light refreshments will be served. The presentation will be given by Dennis O'Callaghan (the son of one of the survivors), Nick Smith and John Head from the parish church. Every two years the trio go to Le Paradis to attend their Remembrance Day. The event attracts considerable Media interest on both sides of the channel. The Le Paradis massacre was a war crime committed by members of the 14th Company, SS Division Totenkopf, under the command of Fritz Knöchlein. It took place on 27th May, 1940, during the Battle of France, at a time when the British Expeditionary Force was attempting to retreat through the Pas-de-Calais region during the Battle of Dunkirk. Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Norfolk Regiment, had become isolated from their regiment. They occupied and defended a farmhouse against an attack by Waffen-SS forces in the village of Le Paradis. After running out of ammunition, the defenders surrendered to the German troops. The Germans led them across the road to a wall, and machine-gunned them. Ninety-seven British troops died. Two survived, with injuries, and hid until they were captured by German forces several days later. After the war, Fritz Knöchlein was located, tried and convicted by a war crimes court, with the two survivors acting as witnesses against him. For his part in the massacre, Knöchlein was executed in 1949.

Hethersett Society Dates - Hethersett Society has set dates for its meetings through to July 2016. The group has also changed its meeting date from the first to the second Monday of the month. All meetings take place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall at 7.30 p.m. Coming dates are as follows:

July 11th Walter Dexter, Norfolk Artist Charlotte Paton





Death of Dr Tony Press - We are very sad to have to report that former Hethersett GP Dr Tony Press has died. Tony was an integral part of village life and will be long remembered for his association with the Hethersett Pantomime Group of which he was musical director for many years. Tony was a GP at Hethersett Surgery until a few years ago and was also heavily involved with the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service which saw him being called out at all times of night and day to administer emergency first aid to road accident victims. There is more about Tony in the June edition of Hethersett Herald our online e-magazine.




Hethersett and Mulbarton line-up for the Lee Thompson Memorial match. Hethersett are in orange and Mulbarton in dark blue. The other two photographs show action from the game.


In Memory of Lee - Old rivalries and friendships were renewed when football teams from Mulbarton and Hethersett locked horns to raise money for charity and remember a teammate killed in a road accident in 1999. Former Mulbarton and Hethersett players journeyed from all parts of the country to be part of the game in memory of Lee Thompson. The match was all part of the Mulbarton beer festival with proceeds going towards the SOS Bus charity. Lee, who lived in Mulbarton, played for a number of Hethersett youth teams and also made 49 appearances for Hethersett Athletic.Over 30 players took part in the game – many of whom had played together for either Mulbarton, Hethersett or school teams. The match was organised by Danny Gaskin, Chris Steward and Chris Sutcliffe and was hotly contested with Hethersett taking the lead through Jordan Mace, only for Ed Sutcliffe to equalise before half-time. Goals from Mark Sutcliffe and Darren Carter in the second half gave Mulbarton a 3-1 victory. The Mulbarton side included the Norfolk club’s new joint managers Danny Self and Ben Thompson, Lee’s bother, in their line-up. Hethersett Athletic have kept Lee’s memory alive throughout the past two decades by annually awarding the Lee Thompson Memorial Shield to the person or persons making an outstanding contribution to the club. It is hoped that the match will be played annually.


More Disabled Friendly - Hethersett Parish Council is aiming to make the village a more disabled-friendly place. The annual parish council meeting expressed its concern at the lack of parking spaces for the disabled in the village, whilst recognising that most of the car parks are privately owned. The lack of disabled parking spaces in car parks at Great Melton Close, around schools and in other areas was noted and councillors agreed to consult Norfolk County and South Norfolk District Councils as to their policies and initiatives regarding parking provision for the disabled. Council chairman Jackie Sutton said: "We are well known for being a dementia friendly village and we would also like to be recognised for providing more facilities for the disabled." Ms Sutton was unanimously re-elected chairman at the meeting. Viv Hawes retired as vice-chairman but continues as a councillor. Adrienne Quinlan was elected to succeed her.


Ellie is a Champion - Aspiring young Hethersett golfer Ellie Brown has become Norfolk Ladies’ Champion. Sixteen-year-old Ellie won the tournament on Sunday 22nd May at Thetford Golf Club, defeating seven time champion Tracey Williamson in an exciting final. Ellie plays much of her golf at Barnham Broom and studies at Easton and Otley College and beat Tracey 4 and 3 in a final of top class golf. “Winning this means so much to me – I am very proud to be the champion. I am sop happy and I would like to thank my coach Tony Varney and my granddad Mike Asker who was my caddie for the part they have played in helping me win,” she told the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper. The competition was run on a match play basis and in previous rounds Ellie beat Ann Fletcher (4 and 3), Jo Herd (4 and 3) and Jess Dixon (2 up).


Annual Parish Meeting - Hethersett's annual parish meeting took place in the Village Hall on May 4th with reports from a number of local organisations including the parish council, Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustees, Hethersett Village Hall Trustees, Hethersett Parochial Charity, Woodside School, Hethersett Junior School, Hethersett Academy, Norfolk Constabulary, Jubilee Youth Club, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, Hethersett Archive, Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association, Norfolk County Council and South Norfolk Council. All the reports given on the evening are now online along with four Media releases and these can be accessed by clicking here. You can also read about the meeting in an article from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here


Cricketers Start With Hat-Trick of Wins - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club opened their Norfolk Alliance Division Two campaign with a hat-trick of wins before going down to Saham Toney on Saturday. They are currently in fourth place in the division, just five points behind the leaders. Valley will be looking to gain promotion to Division One this season after just missing out in the past two years when they finished third. This Sunday Valley visit Foxton in Cambridgeshire in the Nordolk/Cambridgeshire semi-final of the Davidstow National Village Cup competition. Hethersett have been beaten by the Cambridgeshire side in the area final in the past two seasons.


Nine Kinds of Bats - A survey of the bat population of Hethersett has recorded nine different species, the village's annual parish meeting heard. The annual survey was undertaken under the auspices of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT): "Any nature reserve would be happy to record as many species. We are certainly high on the bat map of Norfolk," said HEAT chair Dr Anne Edwards. Dr Edwards also told the meeting that over 350 toads had been helped across roads to spawning grounds in 2016. In addition to the 357 toads, 28 frogs and over 50 newts had also been helped. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here


Crime Figures for the Month - PC Glenn Hambling reported on the latest monthly crime figures at Hethersett's annual parish meeting. These included tools being taken from two locations, an assault at Thickthorn Services, two incidents of criminal damage of vehicles, one drugs offence at Thickthorn, a theft of pot plants from Norwich Road and a public order incident involving neighbours in New Road. It was PC Hambling's last report to the village before his impending retirement: "It has given me great pleasure to work in Hethersett and I will miss the village," he said. Council chairman Jacky Sutton thanked him for his work over the years: "We will be sorry to see you go," she said. PC Hambling's place will be taken by PC Andy Read.


Pantomime Group Raises over £100,000 - Hethersett Pantomime Group has raised over £100,000 for charities and good causes since it started in the 1970s. This year's performances of Jack and the Beanstalk raised £2,200 for the new lifeboat station at Wells-Next-The-Sea. Other donations made from this year's panto include £1,000 to St Remigius Church roof appeal (donated in memory of Peter Salter who was a former pantomime group member and lifelong member of the parish church), £500 to the Hamlet Centre in Norwich and the Hethersett based Respect Yourself charity and a similar amount to the Hethersett First Steps Mother and Toddler Group. Donations of £200 went to the Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper for the Blind and Visually impaired, Hethersett Methodist Church, Great Melton Parish Church, Little Melton Parish Church and Wymondham Catholic Church. The donations took funds raised in the past 47 years to over £100,000.


Hawks Reach European Semi-Finals


HETHERSETT Hawks Cycle Speedway Club took on some of the top riders in Europe over the Bank Holiday weekend and reached the semi-finals of the European Club Championships. Facing top riders in Poland, five Hawks riders gave a good account of themselves with eight matches in three days. It was the first time that Hawks have ridden as a club outside of the United Kingdom and they started very much as underdogs against a mixture of continental sides and top UK teams including Wednesfield, Ipswich and Birmingham. Hawks notched a first and second place in their four qualifying rounds which was good enough to see them into the quarter-finals where they were placed third. The action continued as they came second in a quarter-final reperchage with Dan Chambers winning a tense race off to see Hawks through to the semi-finals and then a consolation final, in both of which they came fourth. It meant that Hawks finished in eighth place overall. Club secretary and founder Mel Perkins, who accompanied the team of Leigh Cossey, Dan Chambers, Harley Hamill, Dan Butler and Josh Herring said: “I am so proud of this amazing squad. By the end the riders were dead on their feet and walking wounded heroes. It was certainly an amazing weekend.”  Results involving Hethersett Hawks were as follows:

Qualifying Round - Ostrow 59, Wednesfield 43, Hethersett 32 (Chambers 10, Cossey 7, Butler 6, Hamill 6, Herring 3), Zelona Gora 25.  

Qualifying Round - Kately 59, Mikilov 42, Hethersett 37 (Chambers 13, Cossey 9, Butler 8, Hamill 7), Katowice 16.

Qualifying Round  - Hethersett 43 (Cossey 13, Chambers 13, Hamill 9, Butler 6, Herring 2), Zoldova 42, Mikolov 41, Zelona Gora 33.

Qualifying Round  - Milikov 43, Hethersett 42 (Chambers 13, Cossey 10, Butler 10, Hamill 6, Herring 3), Zoldova 40, Zelona Gora 34.

Quarter-Finals - Czestochowa 51, Swietocholwice 50, Hethersett 29 (Chambers 10, Cossey 8, Hammill 6, Butler 5), Birmingham Select 26.

Quarter Final Repechage - Wednesfield 54, Hethersett 38 (Chambers 12, Hamill 9, Cossey 9, Butler 8), Kalety 38, Mikolov 23. Dan Chambers won race off to put Hethersett in semi-finals.

Semi Final: Czestochowa 52, Torun 40, Ipswich 38, Hethersett 31 (Chambers 10, Butler 8, Cossey 8, Hamill 5).

Consolation Final: Wednesfield 48, Swietochlowice 46, Ipswich 41, Hethersett 21 (Butler 6, Chambers 6, Cossey 5, Hamill 4)  




Dance Show Enthusiasm and Colour - Endless energy and boundless enthusiasm helped to make the Yvonne School of Dance presentation “Stepping into Stardom” a colourful extravaganza at Norwich Theatre Royal. Afternoon and evening performances showcased over 30 routines and featured over 200 dancers from the youngest tots to adults. At times you could be forgiven for forgetting that those on stage were amateur dancers from a Norfolk village school of dance. That is not meant in any way to demean the Hethersett-based school, but rather to underline just how good it is. For over two hours the cast tapped, jived and threw themselves mentally and physically into a huge variety of routines to music as diverse as Andrew Lloyd Webber and George Gershwin and shows as different as The Sound of Music and Les Miserables. There was a colourful array of costumes that lit up the stage as a seamless show without a single broken link provided high octane entertainment. The number of costume changes must have led to organised chaos offstage but all was achieved with the effortless professionalism that has marked this bi-ennial show over the 30 plus years of its existence. Choreography was by the school’s principal Yvonne Cutting, along with Stella McLoughlin and Katie Andrews and the show was directed by Yvonne Cutting and co-produced by her and Stella McLoughlin. Over the years the show has also raised funds for a variety of charities and a retiring collection this year was in aid of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. The photograph above was taken at rehearsal for the show and is by Trish Thompson and is used with permission.

Railway Station to re-Open? - It may be a hoary old chestnut but support is mounting to re-open Hethersett Railway Station. Chairman of South Norfolk Council David Bills, who lives in and represents Hethersett, is supporting the idea of re-opening the station: "With the development which is going on, not just in Hethersett and Wymondham but also in Attleborough, many people would welcome a train station. I don’t know how highways are going to cope with the number of cars so to have a hub, with the train station and planned improvements at Thickthorn, would be great," he said. In October, the region’s rail services will be taken over by a new firm, a franchise in which extra services and state-of-the-art trains are promised

Youngsters Take to the Bottle - Youngsters from Hethersett Junior School have been given bright orange bottles to encourage them to drink more water. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking on the cutting opposite.

Six Year Old Survives Rare Disorder - A six year old Hethersett girl who contracted a rare disorder following a bout of chicken pox is back home thanks to the quick reaction of a local doctor. You can read about this story from the Eastern Daily Press by clicking here.

For Roof Fund - We reported extensively on the 90th birthday celebrations of Duncan Pigg. Gifts and donations given at the concert in Hethersett Parish Church by the Hellesdon and Sprowston Brass Band raised £1,658 for the roof repair fund. This amount will be further enhanced when Gift Aid is added.

Details of Two Hethersett Charities - A number of charities exist in Hethersett designed to help the sick and the young. Hethersett and District Aid in Sickness Fund (formerly Hethersett Nursing Association) gives financial assistance to those living in Hethersett, Ketteringham and Little Melton. Grants help those who are sick, infirm or convalescing and also help with the supply of medical or nursing equipments. Grants can be used for adapting cars, wheelchair or other mobility items, support during a sudden medical crisis, nebulisers and other equipment and pre-payment certificates for prescriptions. The charity is run by a number of trustees and contact details are available in our organisation section which can be accessed by clicking here. The Caroline Lindley Educational Foundation gives support to young people in Hethersett and will consider assisting with the cost of any educational activity, need or necessary supplies. Applicants have to be within the 18 to 25 age range. Again contact details are available by clicking here.

April News and Features



Footballers Lift Cup - Hethersett Athletic's Men's Saturday team have won the Crown Fire South and Central Norfolk Dick Davey Memorial Ambulance Cup with a 3-0 victory over Rockland Reserves in the final at Dereham FC's ground. A first half goal from Danny Gray after just six monutes and second half strikes by Rob Warminger and Mark Lance gave Hethersett a comfortable victory. Hethersett Athletic is running two Saturday men's teams for the first time this season and the new Hethersett Old Boys (previously Marlborough Old Boys) have already won the Norwich and District Saturday League Division One title. They ended up runners-up in the FJ Potter Cup, losing 4-2 to One Love United in the final at Easton College. They have also reached the final of the Shoe Trades Cup.





Queen's Birthday CelebrationsHethersett Library held a street party with a difference to celebrate the Queen's big day - it was indoors. A regular run of residents turned up to enjoy tea, coffee and cake provided by library staff. Crafts were available with children making their own sparkly crowns and there was a royal theme with scrapbooks and other items on display from the last 90 years. The event was enjoyed by all ages from one year upwards. In the evening Chairman of South Norfolk Council David Bills, who represents Hethersett, lit one of thousands of beacons to celebrate the big day. The lighting of the beacon at South Norfolk Council's headquarters at Long Stratton followed the Queen igniting the first beacon in Windsor. Our picture above shows residents and library staff at Hethersett Library.







Sports Association - This year’s annual Hethersett two mile Run the Square funrun will take place on June 26th, members of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association heard at its latest meeting. The funrun, which follows a square of the original village, is in its seventh year after being launched as part of an Open Weekend of events in support of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It regularly attracts over 200 runners of all ages and abilities. Since 2010, Hethersett has continued to support sport, fitness, health and well being as part of the village’s Olympic legacy. Entry to the run will be £3 for adults and £1.50 for Under-16s. Queen’s Road, part of Great Melton Road, Mill Road, part of New Road and the Old Norwich Road will be shut for the duration of the run which will start and finish outside Hethersett Junior School. It will be led off by riders from Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club which is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year. Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association continues to support groups and individuals through grants and is hoping to set-up a new tennis club in the near future. Money from the association has seen clubs established in croquet, yoga, junior netball, table tennis and running and has also funded a petanque piste on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. In addition the sports association has made grants to existing clubs. The association also takes a keen interest in local environmental issues. “We started the association in response to the rallying cry in the build-up to the London Olympic Games. After the Games we were determined not to allow the ideas we had to die and now four years on we are continuing to help and support sports clubs, groups and individuals working together to improve the health and fitness levels of local people. “We are delighted that, through the work of the association, hundreds of people have taken up regular exercise by joining new or existing clubs and groups. There is no doubt in our minds that this has helped to improve their general health,” said association chairman Peter Steward. Membership of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association is open to clubs for a £5 annual membership and is free to individuals. The next meeting will be at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett on July 11th when all are welcome.


Dog Mess Concern - Hethersett Parish Council continues to be concerned at the amount of dog mess in the village and the irresponsibility of some dog owners who fail to clear up and use bins provided throughout the village. The council is looking at ways of involving the community in fighting this anti-social behaviour which also poses a health risk, particularly for children.


Pot Holes - Hethersett residents are being urged to report any pot holes in the village to Norfolk County Council. A large and dangerous hole in Mill Road has been repaired and the parish council is keen to ensure roads in the village are brought up to standard as soon as possible.


Neighbourhood Watch - Hethersett Parish Council will support any new Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the village. At the present time there are only two active schemes - Richardson Crescent and Haconsfield. "We will support any new schemes but as a parish council cannot initiate or organise them," said parish council chairman Jackie Sutton.

On the left are Duncan and Jenny Pigg and on the right Duncan and his four God Children

Birthday Celebration: Decades of service to the church and local community by a Hethersett village stalwart were celebrated in St Remigius Parish Church. Over 200 invited guests came together to celebrate Duncan Pigg’s 90th birthday on April 6th. The evening featured a concert by Hellesdon and Sprowston Brass with works ranging from pop and show classics to brass band marches. Introducing the evening, John Head from the parish church paid tribute to Duncan’s years of service. “Reaching the age of 90 is an outstanding achievement for such a stalwart of village life. Duncan has been the bedrock for so many things in Hethersett that we enjoy today. “It is fitting that Duncan’s birthday should be celebrated in this church and with music. Many will know Duncan from his pantomime scripts, as a former parish councillor, a church warden and lay reader and through his association with cricket. He has been closely involved with music as a member of Norwich Cathedral Choir, choirmaster at Hethersett and in choosing music for the annual village pantomime. It has all helped to bring music into our lives,” Mr Head said. Duncan himself reflected on what he referred to as “a wonderful life” built on four main factors – his job, his church, his village and the support of his wife Jenny. “I have been very lucky to have been involved in so many good things,” he said. Duncan’s unceasing work in the local community was marked by the award of the British Empire Medal in the 2013 New Year’s Honours. Former Rector of Hethersett and a close friend of Duncans, the Rev Michael Sexton, proposed a birthday toast and pointed out that Duncan’s birthday falls just 15 days before the 90th birthday of the Queen: “Duncan and the Queen have many things in common, not the least of which is their selfless service. Duncan has achieved so much, always with cheerfulness and a willingness to serve the community,” he said. Church Warden Kate Wood also praised Duncan for his contributions to church and village life. Donations given during the evening will go towards the parish church roof repair fund. We will have more photographs and more about Duncan in the May edition of our online magazine.


A staff reunion for Hethersett Middle School staff above and on the right former Head Teacher Tim Strugnell

Former Middle School Staff Reunion - Hethersett Middle School staff from the past got together at Park Farm Hotel for a reunion buffet lunch. The event was organised by retired teachers Anna Hallam and Sharon Fielding. Nineteen teachers and ancillary staff attended what could be the first of many reunions. All the staff were employed at the Middle School (now Hethersett Junior School) during the time that Tim Strugnell was Head Teacher. "The more mature you get, the more you realise the importance of connections. We shared a very worthy occupation over many years and cared for and taught thousands of children. There is a special bond between special people who have been through thick and thin together," Sharon Fielding said. Tim Strugnell paid tribute to all those he had worked with: "You were a fantastic group of people to work with and we did have such fun," he said.


McDonalds Restaurant for Thickthorn? - South Norfolk planners have received an application for a new McDonalds fast food restaurant and drive through on land off Thickthorn roundabout. All the plans and comments can be viewed on South Norfolk's web site by clicking here.


New Hedge Planted - A new hedge has been planted on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field using natural British hedgerow plants. A working party of volunteers put the new hedge in place on April 1st thanks to a grant from Busseys Motor Dealers who plant a tree for every car they sell. The Hethersett planting took place under the auspices of the South Norfolk tree wardens' scheme and South Norfolk Council chairman David Bills, who represents Hethersett, was on hand to dig in the first of the 270 plants which will enclose the current croquet lawn and separate it from football pitches. The hedgerow plants used include Hornbeam, Dogwood, Maple, Hawthorn, Spindleberry, Dogrose, Hazel and Alder.






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