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July 2015

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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PRESS CUTTING OF THE WEEK

 

 

 NEWS and FEATURES

 

 

Go Mad for Cycling (and wear a unique Hethersett t-shirt) - Hethersett is looking to go mad for cycling as plans for supporting the Tour of Britain race which will be coming through the village on Saturday, 12th September, gather pace. A number of businesses and organisations will be joining in with a special art installation on the Junior School playing field, activities at Hethersett Library, banners and bunting throughout the village, refreshments available at Hethersett Queen's Head and outside the Methodist Church. It is anticipated that the lead cars will go through the village at about 11.20 and will be followed by the race itself at around 11.30 a.m although more precise timings are likely to be available shortly. Hundreds of people are expected to line the route of the race which will take some of the top riders in the country along Queen's Road and Great Melton Road before moving onto Wymondham. To help commemorate the day, a special limited edition T-shirt has been made with the price likely to be £6. The shirt (pictured above) includes the race's official logo and the village name and date Orders are now being taken and it is hoped to have the shirts available at least a week before the race. If you want to order a shirt you can do it by e-mailing by clicking here. Please state whether you require small, medium or large and orders must be in by August 17th along with a name and contact telephone number. Payment can be made at a later date. A small group is currently co-ordinating the celebrations in Hethersett led by secretary of Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club Mel Perkins MBE and Hethersett parish Councillor and Treasurer of Hethersett and Meltons' Sports Association Shane Hull. A further meeting of the organisation group will take place on Monday, 17th August at Park Farm Hotel at 7.30 p.m. Anyone interested in helping is welcome to attend this meeting. The race will also be discussed at the next meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association on Monday, September 7th. We will keep you informed of further news of the race as and when it happens.

 

Hawks Brave the Rain - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club had to undertake a serious mopping up operation to play host to over 100 young riders from throughout the country in a national round of the British Youth and Junior League. Over 20 hours of persistent rain had to be cleared before the 109 riders from as far afield as Exeter and Lancashire could compete. There was some spectacular competition when the event did get underway with Poole winning the overall club event, followed by Ipswich and Kesgrave. To see full results visit the Hawks' web site by clicking here.

 

Lottery Funding for Charity - The Hethersett based Respect Yourself Charity which sends out daily text messages to young people to help them make important life decisions has been awarded a Big Lottery grant to help it develop a new phone app. You can read about this in a cutting from the local newspaper by clicking here.

 

Football Club's AGM - Hethersett Athletic chairman Wayne Johnson reported on another highly successful season for the club at the annual meeting at Park Farm Hotel. You can read what was said by visiting the club's official web site at www.hethersettathletic.co.uk

 

Grant for Play Area - A play area in Admirals Way, Hethersett, is one of five to receive an improvement grant from South Norfolk Council. The site has been chosen after council inspections and in response to requests from the community. The work will include both improving equipment and cleaning up the area.

 

Cricketers Reach Cup Final - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club has reached the final of the Norfolk Association of Cricket Officials (NACO) Shield. They defeated Martham in the semi-finals after a quarter-final victory over Anglians and a first round triumph over Sandringham. They will play Thetford at Fakenham in the final on August 30th. Meanwhile the club's top two Saturday sides are both battling for promotion. Both the firsts and seconds are currently in runners-up places in their respective divisions of the Norfolk Allians (Divisions Two and Five) with promotion for either or both looking a good bet.

 

Supporting Tunisia - A personal trainer from Hethersett has raised more than £20,000 in support of Tunisian Hotel staff following the terrorism attack in June which killed 30 British holidaymakers. You can read about this story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.

 

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Damp Evening for Footballers - A number of footballers from Hethersett helped to re-create the past in a special charity match at Wymondham in aid of the Star Throwers cancer charity. Heavy rain failed to dampen spirits in a match organised by Wymondham's Les King to help celebrate his 81st birthday. You can read a press cutting on this match by clicking here.

 

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Play Time on How Not To Run a Committee - When residents of Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex decided to re-launch a social committee they decided to invite a local Wymondham-based drama group in to help show them how not to do things. The Four By Four drama group performed a comedy by local playwright Tony Vale entitled "Don't Lose Your Rag". Tony is a leading light in the 4x4 Writers' Group and the short play illustrated with wit how things can go wrong when inflated egos and personal interests get in the way of committee organisation and decisions. Woodcote will be hoping not to fall into the same trap when they regenerate their social activities group.

 

Rugby Club Appeal - Wymondham Rugby Club has appealed against a decision to re-locate its current ground. South Norfolk Council turned down the original application on a number of grounds including the loss of a greenbelt between Hethersett and Wymondham. You can read a cutting from the local Press on this appeal by clicking here.

 

Council to Act on Illegal Flyposting - Hethersett Parish Council is taking a zero tolerance attitude to illegal flyposting in the village. Councillors expressed their concern at their latest meeting over the proliferation of commercial and event posters being nailed to telegraph poles and other structures in the village and not being taken down after events have passed. Councillors agreed to outlaw such posters and have them pulled down, reminding those putting them up that there are five council owned noticeboards in the village and a number of businesses that accept and display posters. The council is also sending letters to residents who cause obstruction by allowing hedges and trees to overhang footpaths and also monitoring inconsiderate parking in the village, particularly where motorists park partly on pavements making it impossible for pushchairs to get through.

 

Grants Available - South Norfolk Council has £30,000 to distribute to worthwhile community projects in an area that includes Hethersett. The money will be split into grants of over £2,000 and also covers the parishes of Bawburgh, Bracon Ash, Colney, Costessey, Cringleford, East Carleton, Easton, Great Melton, Keswick, Ketteringham, Little Melton, Marlingford, Mulbarton and Swardeston. Further information is available from our district councillor David Bills on 01603 813041

Grants' Volunteer Needed - A major Hethersett sports project is looking for a volunteer to co-ordinate fundraising and applications for grants. The Hethersett Olympic Legacy Sports Complex (HOLSC) is planning to build a £1 million plus Multi Use Games Arena (MUGA), along with indoor changing facilities and ultimately a new indoor sports hall, on land belonging to Hethersett Academy. The complex is part of the village’s London 2012 Olympic Legacy and will be used by Academy pupils during the day in term times and by the community on evenings, weekends and during school holidays. A group of volunteers representing Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and the village in general is working with Academy Principal Gareth Stevens and Business Manager Richard Cole to set up a board of directors to formulate plans. “We are now looking for a volunteer to help us identify and make grant applications in order to raise the money to turn our dreams and plans into reality,” said Shane Hull, Hethersett Parish Councillor and chair of the HOLSC strategy group. “This is a very exciting project that will benefit the entire community by improving fitness levels and general health by giving them top class facilities,” Mr Hull added. Anyone interested in volunteering for the fundraising position or anyone wanting more information can contact Mr Hull on 07879 628943

 

Former Teacher Jailed - A former teacher at Hethersett Academy has been jailed for 10 months for processing hundreds of indecent images of children. Andrew Bayliss, 31, from North Wootton, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court. None of the images involved pupils at Hethersett Academy. You can read a report of the court case from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.

 

 Renovated Sign Officially Unveiled

 

An historic Hethersett sign is back in place after a refurbishment programme that has seen it restored to its 1920s glory. The “Please Drive Slowly” sign was moved from its position at the entrance to the village at the top of Great Melton Road into a central position on land  further down Great Melton Road. Many residents felt that the sign looked unsightly, being dirty and full or rust. Hethersett Parish Council decided to have it renovated and returned to its original glory as befitting one of the few from that era still remaining on active service in the county. Enthusiast Tony Langford assisted by Nigel Ford set to work with funding from the parish council and the resplendently cleaned and painted sign is now back in its place as a reminder both of history and the need to take care when driving through the village. It was officially unveiled by children from the Rockinghorse Nursery with parish councillors and members of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team and restorers Tony Langford and Nigel Ford looking on. Nigel Ford has estimated the date of the original sign to approximately 1925, making it 90 years old this year. “We wanted to restore it whilst keeping the original look and feel so that it maintained its historic features and didn’t look brand new,” Nigel Ford said. The original sign was made by the Royal Label Factory in Stratford on Avon and this is still commemorated on it today. The Royal Label Factory was established in 1874 and up to the 1960s was the major manufacturer of road signs in the United Kingdom.

Out with the old and in with the new - The old sign on the left and the renovated sign on the right.

 

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School Needs Improvement - Hethersett Junior School has been told by OFSTED that it requires improvement in a number of areas. The report praises a number of aspects of school life, however. You can read about this in a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.

 

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Open Weekend Success

Hethersett held its sixth Open Weekend on July 4th and 5th with a come and try sports event on the Memorial Field and the annual two mile funrun which once again attracted over 200 runners/walkers despite heavy morning rain. The sun shone for the come and try event, although numbers taking part were down on previous years. Sports featured included cycle speedway, croquet, petanque, football, athletics, archery, netball, badminton, table tennis, bowls and shuffleboard at Woodcote Sheltered Housing Complex. The Sunday funrun once again attracted runners/joggers/walkers of all ages with the youngest five month old Poppy Steward and the oldest 73-year-old Mike Smith. First home was Mark Banfield in a time of 11 minutes and 40 seconds and the prize for the best fancy dress went to Andrew Billinghurst as Batman. Andrew is pictured opposite and and the top of the page some of the finishers celebrate their achievement. Everyone finishing the run received a Hethersett Open Weekend commemorative medal. The weekend also featured an interdenominational church service in Hethersett Social Club led by the Methodist Minister the Rev Matthew Olanrewaju. To read about this from the Norwich Evening News click here. To see a cutting from that newspaper click here.  

 

Horticultural Society Annual Show - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society's annual show will take place on Saturday, September 5th from 2-4 p.m in Hethersett Village Hall. There will be a number of classes for non members (10p per entry) including the following: Heaviest marrow, life-size scarecrow, nine tomatoes (small fruited or cherry cultivars), five dessert apples, one specimen rose, Digital Photograph of "A Single Bloom" and a jam filled Victoria Sandwich cake. There will also be classes for young people (entry free) in the following age groups: Up to and including seven years of age - Three decorated biscuits and make a face mask. Eight to 11 year olds: Make a monster from fruit and/or vegetables and draw a cartoon character (maximum A4 size). Twelve to 14 year olds - Make a computer generated poster for a pop concert (max A4 size) and make three decorated cup cakes. Entries must be in on Thursday 3rd September at Hethersett Methodist Church between 7 and 8.30 p.m. Entry forms and further information is available from show secretary Ted Hallett on 01603 811455.

 

Open Gardens Event Defies the Rain

 

A royal scarecrow sets the scene for open gardens day on the left and on the right  Dawn Noy relaxes in her colourful garden

Keen Hethersett gardeners defied the rain to open their properties to the public to help raise money for a World War One Commemorative bench in the village and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust local members group. A total of 21 gardens took part in the day organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). Heavy rain during the morning didn’t deter many villagers from setting off on foot to visit the gardens that were spread over a large area and included Woodcote Sheltered Housing Scheme and Woodside Infant and Nursery School. Starting point for many was Hethersett Social Club where there were stalls run by HEAT, Wymondham Nature Group and the Norfolk Master Composters along with information on wildflowers, building insect houses and bird and bat boxes. The gardens varied greatly from those with carefully preserved and manicured lawns, to rose gardens and areas with a slightly wilder aspect in keeping with a current Wild Hethersett project aimed at attracting more wildlife. Each of the gardens had been carefully thought out to reflect the character of individual owners and this was reflected in the programmes issued to guide the public round. The garden at Woodside Infant and Nursery School has been put together by the Green Fingers Group, a community based project provided by the nursery team, Surestart and local gardener Pauline Harper. The children learn how to grow their own vegetables, flowers and fruit. They also harvest and compost in a wormery. The gardens were identified by scarecrows, many of which were made by leading Hethersett environmentalist and parish councillor Dr Anne Edwards who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list. The event was also featured on Radio Norfolk’s highly popular Treasure Quest programme with gardening expert Thordis Fridriksson following a number of clues that started out in Cromer and ended in the garden of Margaret Ford in Lynch Green, Hethersett, where the treasure was found attached to a Doctor Harvey Norfolk apple tree, a variety that was mentioned in Parkinson’s Herbal in 1629. Thordis Fridriksson praised the Hethersett gardens for their originality and beauty: “The best gardens look good even in the rain,” she said. NEWS UPDATE - The event made an impressive £1,750.

 

Youth Club Fete Success - The fete and dog show organised by Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club at the end of June raised £750 for club funds. A hot and sunny day brought a good attendance for both the fete and the dog show. Pictured opposite is Albert who won Nest Puppy and Best in Show with his owner and judges Kim and Zoe. Event organiser Gillian Saunders would like the owners of dogs who won second and third prizes to contact her on 01953 607566.

 

Bike Trek to Support Charity - A brother and sister have biked from Norwich City Football Club's ground at Carrow Road to Ipswich Town's at Portman Road to raise money for Cancer Research UK. James Sherwood lives in Ullswater Drive, Hethersett. You can read more about this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

 

Proud Day for Lauren - Lauren Mickleburgh, who is head of physical education at Hethersett Old Hall School, has taken part in the Mixed National Hockey Finals at Lee Valley Olympic Park, representing the Harleston Magpies club. You can read how she got on by accessing a clipping from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.

 

Purple Patch for School - Hethersett Woodside Infants and Nursery School turned purple for a day to raise funds for the Nelson's Journey Purple Picnic Week fundraiser. Youngsters donned purple in a bid to highlight the charity's work supporting bereaved children in the area. Youngsters raised £500 for the charity.

 

Dragon Week in School - More than 200 youngsters in Hethersett have been roaring about their latest topic at school. Pupils at Hethersett Junior School have been learning about dragons and you can read more about this from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.

 

Hethersett Councillor Named Chairman - Hethersett councillor David Bills has been named chairman of South Norfolk Council for the coming year. Mr Bills, who was re-elected to the council in May, took up his post following the council's annual meeting at the beginning of June. The role of the Chairman of the Council is to uphold the constitution and act as an ambassador for the Council and the community it serves. As an ambassador, the Chairman represents the Council at external events and hosts civic events. The post of chair is not a political appointment.

 

For Meningitis Research - A quiz and chips evening in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation is being held in Hethersett Village Hall on July 18th (7 p.m for a 7.30 p.m start). Teams of four are required and the cost is £10 per person to include fish and chips (or vegetarian alternative). They can be booked by clicking here or by phoning Clare on 01362 850203

 

Opener Ian Bryce in action against Foxton

Cricketers Out of National Cup - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club bowed out of the Davidstow national village cricket competition when they went down to Cambridgeshire side Foxton in a match restricted by rain to 28 overs per team. Hethersett were set a target of 168 and stayed up with the run rate throughout their innings only to lose wickets and fall 20 runs short of their target. Meanwhile three of the club's Saturday teams are riding high in their respective leagues. The firsts are currently second to Norwich Cricket Club in Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance. The seconds are in fourth place in Division Five but with a game in hand on the leaders and the thirds are top of their division in the Norfolk League. 

Top Racing at Hethersett - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway staged the second round of the British Women and Girls League with competitors from as far afield as Exeter, Poole and Sheffield providing some tremendous racing. In the inter-regional competition the leaders Midlands defeated the South and South West 72-48. The East team was boosted by the inclusion of Hethersett riders Tiffany Collins and Katie Adams (pictured in blue opposite).  They beat the North 67-42. The individual competition that followed provided even better racing as the riders were split into Senior and Intermediate categories. Full results are available on the Hawks web site which can be accessed by clicking here. 

Cycle Race to Come Through Village - Exciting news for Hethersett. The Tour of Britain cycle race on September 12th will now come through the centre of the village rather than along the B1172. The penultimate stage of the race from Fakenham to Suffolk will turn off the B1172 and then run the length of Queen's Road and Great Melton Road and out towards Great Meklton and onto Wymondham. This will take it past the Queen's Head, Hethersett Junior School, Hethersett Social Club, Hethersett Academy, Hethersett Library, Oake Square, Hethersett Methodist Church, Hethersett Shops, amongst others. Thousands of people are likely to watch the race which is the largest free spectator sporting event in the United Kingdom. It is anticipated that 120 of the world's top riders will pass through Hethersett sometime between 11.30 and midday - although timings depend on the race's progress and conditions. The last time the race visited Norfolk in 2012, over 100,000 people turned out to support. A small organising group is being set-up from Hethersett Parish Council and Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association to organise support and festivities in Hethersett. We will bring you more news as soon as we have it.

 

Thickthorn Roundabout - Hethersett Parish Councillors have met with the Highways Agency to talk about concerns over safety on Thickthorn Roundabout. This web site fully supports any campaign to introduce better markings and safety measures on the roundabout before a serious accident occurs. Numerous Hethersett residents have expressed concern over the roundabout and it would help if markings on the lanes coming off the A47 from the Great Yarmouth direction were returned to their previous format - i.e the left hand lane going to Thetford, the middle lane going to Hethersett and Services and the right hand lane going to Swaffham and Norwich. It seems ludicrous that to get to Hethersett motorists have to start in the right lane and then cut across for the next section. We have personally witnessed so many near misses and there is rightfully serious concern over the matter. Hethersett Parish Council has written to MP Richard Bacon on this matter. If you are concerned about the current state of the junction please e-mail us by clicking here. You can see comments already made by clicking here. To date we have received 45 comments via e-mail and social Media of which 36 ( 80%) have been critical and six (approximately (13%) have been supportive. Three replies have been largely neutral. Please keep the comments coming. The village concerns over the roundabout have been featured in the Eastern Daily Press. You can read the story by clicking here. To read a Media cutting click here

 

Valuable Bikes Stolen - Two high-value bikes have been stolen from Hethersett. The incident took place at an address in Henstead Road sometime between the early hours of Wednesday, May 6 and 10pm on Tuesday, May 26. Between such times unknown persons stole a yellow and black Carrera TDF racing bike and a blue, white and black GT Avalanche 2014 bike. Anyone who believes they may have seen any suspicious activity in the area or who may have been offered the bikes for sale or know where they are should contact PC Ross Ward at Norfolk Constabulary on 101.

 

Archive Site Goes Live - A new web site for Hethersett Village Archives is now live and can be accessed by clicking here

 

New Chair of Council - Jackie Sutton has been appointed chair of Hethersett Parish Council to succeed John Nightingale, who has stepped down but remains a member of the council. Ms Sutton was elected at the council's annual meeting on May 18th. Vivien Hawes continues as vice-chair. There are currently three vacancies on the council following the uncontested election at the beginning of May. Full details of the current council and its functions are available by clicking here.

 

Dementia Friendly Launch Evening - Hethersett launched itself as a dementia friendly village at a special evening attended by over 60 people at Hethersett Hall. Local businesses, groups and organisations were represented as Hethersett became only the seventh village or town in Norfolk to become officially "dementia friendly." The evening was the culmination of the work of a dementia friendly steering group and members were on hand to cut a celebratory cake. To read a full report from the evening click here. To view a report of the evening from the Norwich Evening News click here.. Meanwhile the Hethersett Hub Dementia Cafe opened up its doors for the first time on Tuesday May 19th at Hethersett Hall for the first of its regular monthly coffee morning sessions for dementia sufferers and their carers. These will take place from 10 a.m until midday on the third Tuesday of each month.

Kissing Alley - Hethersett Parish Council is looking into the possibility of providing an improved walking service on the area of  the village known as Kissing Alley which is an official village footpath. Long term resident Frank Roth, who now lives at East Carlton, came up with the idea of putting a top surface on the path to make it easier and more pleasant for walkers and ramblers. Parish Councillor Stephen Slack is looking into costings and the most appropriate surface with a view to possibly taking the project forward.

Kick Wall/Basketball Hoop - Amenities on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field have been given a boost by a new basketball hoop and football kick wall which has been purchased through various grants.

Defibrillator - The village has a new defibrillator which is located on the outside wall of the village chemists in Great Melton Road.

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Family Trio's Marathon Charity Swim - A family trio with strong Hethersett connections will be braving the icy waters of the Solent to raise money for charity on their way to a rock music festival. Luke Hull (20), Felicia Hull (19) and Oliver Armstrong (26) (pictured above during their promotional work in support of the village's London Olympic celebrations) are well known in Hethersett for their work in promoting the London Olympic games in 2012. Now they are going to swim to the Bestival Music Festival which takes place on the Isle of Wight in September. The numbers allowed to take part in the annual charity swim are strictly limited to about two dozen and the family threesome will be raising money for Ocean Youth Trust South and Dementia UK – the latter in memory of their grandfather Ron who suffered with dementia and who died in 2010 after a long illness. Ocean Youth Trust South uses a 72 foot yacht to help disadvantaged and vulnerable youngsters through the medium of sailing. The 1.3 mile swim is across one of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe and has been taking place for the past seven years. Unpredictable tides will make it quite a challenge – particularly for Oliver who is only an occasional swimmer. All three are qualified lifeguards, however, and previously have worked at Wymondham Leisure Centre and UEA Sportspark. Luke and Felicia are both at universities in the south of England and both members of the Norwich Swans Swimming Club. Felicia has represented Kent University at the British University and Colleges Swimming Championships. Luke has competed in the Great East Swim and all three have taken part in the Lowestoft Pier to Pier Swim, although they are more used to sprinting than long distance events. All three are putting together a comprehensive training programme and Oliver will be fully using his experience of working with elite athletes as part of his Physiology role at Birmingham University. The trio have all set-up fundraising pages through Virgin Money Giving. Luke’s site can be accessed by clicking here, Felicia’s by clicking here and Ollie’s by clicking here. The threesome are the children of Hethersett Parish Councillor and leading supporter of sport and fitness Shane Hull. To view a cutting from the Norwich Evening News click here

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Osteopath Surgery in Hethersett - A new osteopath surgery has opened in Rowan House in Queen's Road, Hethersett. Hethersett Osteopaths is run by William Allchin. William worked for 16 years at the Humbleyard Centre in Mulbarton which has closed. William has been practising since 1997.The new clinic is disabled friendly with a ground floor treatment room and toilet and free parking. Hethersett Osteopaths can be contacted on 01603 813939.

John's Marathon Effort - Hethersett fund-raiser John Bakewell is no stranger to marathon efforts after scaling mountains, running marathons and biking over 1,300 miles in just over a week, but even by his standards his latest challenge is something special. Yu can read exactly what it is from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.

Pedal Powered Fundraisers - A pedal powered fundraising event that has been raising money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) for more than 20 years is hoping that its new home will make it better than ever. One of the group's leading lights, David Baker, comes from Hethersett and is featured in an article that appeared in the Wymondham Mercury newspaper which can be read by clicking here.

Skateboard Hope - Hope of saving the skateboard park at the back of Hethersett Village Hall have improved with a group of youngsters coming forward, enthusiastic to maintain the area. The youngsters, all keen skateboarders, have the backing of a group of supporters and parents and also Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association. The group, which has over 250 signatures on a petition supporting their aims, is currently drawing up plans and costings to sustain and improve the current park. Hethersett on the Web will keep you up to date on developments.

Tories Hold South Norfolk - The Conservative party has regained South Norfolk with MP Richard Bacon polling more votes than the other four candidates combined. The full result with a high 72.4% turnout is as follows: 

Richard Bacon Conservative 30,995
Deborah Sacks Labour 10,502
Barry Cameron UKIP 7,847
Jacqueline Howe Liberal Democrats 4,689
Catherine Rowett Green Party 3,090

 

The election for the Hethersett ward of South Norfolk Council produced the following result with the top two re-gaining their seats:

 

David Bills Conservative 1878
Leslie Dale Conservative 1671
Jackie Sutton Labour 913
Andy Pearson Labour 720
Colin Goodchild Liberal Democrat 648

 

 

There was no election for Hethersett Parish Council. Only 10 people put themselves forward for the 13 seats and the following were automatically elected: Jim Bartram, Anne Edwards, Viv Hawes, Shane Hull, Chris Morriss, Eileen Mulvaney, John Nightingale, Stephen Slack, Peter Steward and Jacky Sutton.

Dementia Friendly Cheque - A project to turn Hethersett into a dementia friendly village has been boosted by a £400 donation from Hethersett Pantomime Group. The Hethersett Dementia Friendly Community Project is just one of many good causes supported from the proceeds of this year’s village pantomime Treasure Island which once again pulled in packed houses during its week long run in Hethersett Village Hall. Over £4,000 was given away by the group this year, taking the amount raised for charities and local organisations to over £94,000 since village pantomimes began in 1970. A bucket collection at the end of each of the nine performances raised £2,278 for the Wymondham based Star Throwers charity. This was rounded up to £2,400 by the pantomime group. Other donations included £400 to Hethersett Village Hall Committee, £400 to Ducklings Pre-school playgroup, £250 to St Remigius Parish Church, £250 to the Granville Court Care Home at Horsford and £100 to the Norwich SOS Bus. The cheque for £400 for the Hethersett dementia support group was presented to its chairman David Bills by Neville Greenhalgh, Chairman of the Hethersett Pantomime Group, outside Hethersett Hall. Pictured opposite are David (centre left) and Neville (centre right) along with members of the Hethersett Dementia Support Group and Hethersett Pantomime Group. “We are delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause. We are always looking for worthy local charities and groups to support financially,” Mr Greenhalgh said. This donation from the Hethersett Pantomime Group is most welcome. It will enable us to plan ahead with our Hethersett Hub Cafe to provide the necessary facilities to make it a friendly place for those carers and dementia sufferers to meet," Mr Bills said. 

Victory for Netball Team - Hethersett continued its success in Norfolk Village Games competitions when the village's netball team triumphed in the annual Active Norfolk competition in Dereham. In the final Hethersett came up against a strong Great Massingham team and the sides couldn't be separated even after two periods of extra-time. Hethersett took the trophy on a golden goal rule of the first team to score. It was the team's first triumph in the competition depsite reaching the final in previous years. Final positions were: 1st Hethersett, 2nd Great Massingham, 3rd Long Stratton, 4th Scarning, 5th Rackheath, 6th Briston, 7th Old Catton, 8th Lophams, 9th Poringland and Framingham, 10th Hickling, 11th Beetley, 12th Southtown

 

NEWS FROM APRIL

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Four Retiring From Parish Council - Four Hethersett councillors with a combined service to the village of almost 50 years will be stepping down in May. The golden quartet will not be staying on the newly formed council. There will be no election for places on the parish council, however, with only 10 people coming forward to fill the 13 posts, leaving three vacancies to be filled. Fred Watkins has served the village for over 25 years, many of them as chair of the council. He is also a long standing member of the Hethersett Village Hall trustees and a former chair of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Road Safety Committee. Fellow long serving councillor Heather Williamson will also be standing down after 12 years’ service. Over that time she has been a tireless worker on behalf of the elderly and the environment. Other current councillors retiring are the Rev Christopher Mallett and Stephen West. Nine of the current council will be re-elected unopposed – Shane Hull, Jim Bartram, John Nightingale, Viv Hawes, Dr Anne Edwards, Peter Steward, Christopher Morriss, Eileen Mulvaney, Stephen Slack. They will be joined by former parish councillor Jackie Sutton, who will be returning to the body. The photograph above shows three of the retiring councillors with chair John Nightingale. They are (left to right) - Christopher Mallett, Heather Williamson, John Nightingale and Fred Watkins. The new council comes into being at its annual meeting on May 18th. It will have the power to co-opt up to three additional members. Following Media publicity, a number of people have come forward to look into keeping the village skateboard park open. A 200 signature petition and Facebook campaign has resulted in considerable interest in updating equipment and keeping the park as a village amenity. The matter will be discussed further at the next meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association at Park Farm Hotel on May 13th. The parish council has expressed its concern about safety at Thickthorn Roundabout and councillors will be meeting with Norfolk Highways in the near future to discuss the matter. Hethersett’s annual parish meeting will take place on May 6th in the Village Hall and will feature reports from numerous village organisations. The parish council is also fully supporting village involvement in the Tour of Britain cycle race which is due to pass through the village on September 12th. A defibrillator for public use is now in place on the outside wall of Boots Pharmacy in Great Melton Road.

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Bat Survey in Hethersett - Hethersett Library is joining in this year's Norfolk Bat Survey. Bat detectors can be reserved online and picked up at the library. Full details of the survey are available by clicking here.

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Cricket Match Hits A Grand - A charity cricket match involving Hethersett and Tas Valley and a Tony Selby Norfolk XI raised over £1,000 for the Wymondham based Star Throwers cancer charity. A total of £1,035 was raised from donations, a raffle, match fees and many other attractions as Hethersett retained the Les King Star Throwers Patrons Trophy with a 28 run victory in the 40 overs a side game. The real winner, however, was the charity. The match was sponsored by

Author's Talk - South Norfolk author Ralph Jackman gave a fascinating talk at Hethersett Library on his new book Actium's Wake which is set in Ancient Rome. A small but appreciative audience heard about Ralph's obsession from an early age with the Roman Empire and his stated ambition as a young child "to be a Roman" something he had achieved through writing his book in the first person through the eyes of a Roman Senator.

Acting Workshops - Hethersett Players are holding a number of workshops over the coming months designed to build confidence on the stage. The five session course takes a specific theme each month from dancing to acting, singing to learning how to stage an effective fight scene. The course is open to anyone 13 and over. “It is an ideal opportunity for people to see what they can do. They may even surprise themselves. No-one will be put on the spot and we would like people to come along and have some fun with us,” said Sarah Wright from the Players. The course starts on April 14th and runs through to July at Hethersett Junior School from 7.30 until 9.30 p.m. A charge of £3 per person will be made. Themes will be as follows: April 14th – Acting – “Don’t Dismiss the Chorus” – Scenes and characterisation. May 19th – A Little More Acting – “Watch the Prop” – Props and characterisation. June 16th – Dancing – “Putting Some Steps Together.” July 7th – Singing – “From first notes to a group member.” This will be held in Hethersett Village Hall. July 27th – Stage Fighting – Learning the basics of effective stage fighting. Places on the course can be booked by e-mailing players2004@hethersettplayers.co.uk

Golden Couple - Hethersett couple Marianne and Don Leek have celebrated their Golden Wedding and were featured in the Wymondham Mercury newspaper. To read this click on the cutting opposite
Nature Group Celebrate - A Wymondham nature group has celebrated 25 years in existence. The group includes a number of well known Hethersett environmentalists. You can read about them in a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking on the cutting opposite to enlarge it.

Four Hundred Cyclists Take to the Roads - Cycling in Hethersett is beginning to become an extreme pastime. Easter Sunday saw the fourth annual 30/60/90 ride which this year attracted 400 participants of all ages and abilities. Three courses started and finished at Hethersett Social Club with the first set of riders setting off on a 90 mile circuit of South Norfolk at 8 a.m. This went via Wymondham, Attleborough, Snetterton, East Harling, Banham, Long Stratton and Mulbarton. Ninety minutes later the 60-milers set off on a route that took in Wymondham, Old Buckenham, Attleborough, East Harling and Mulbarton. Finally the 30 mile event took in Wymondham, Old Buckenham and Mulbarton. The success of the event is mirrored by the success of Hethersett Velo Club which was founded in May 2013 and which has over 200 members. The group has regular club rides on Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings. On June 10th, 30 club members will be riding from Hethersett to Paris and on July 4th a number will attempt the 310 journey from the village to London and back via the Suffolk coast in a non stop overnight marathon. The club is not just about extreme cycling, however, as club nights tailor rides to suit all abilities and speeds.

 

Easter Walk of Witness - The annual Good Friday walk of witness in Hethersett started this year at St Remigius Parish Church and ended at Hethersett Methodist Church where a service was led by the Minister, the Rev Matthew Olanrewaju, assisted by the Rector of Hethersett, the Rev Derek McClean. The procession of about 40 people followed a symbolic cross and made its way from St Remigius, through the Steepletower development and down Henstead Road to the Methodist Church. After the service refreshments and Hot Cross Buns were served in the Methodist Hall.

 

Hethersett Women's Death was an Accident - The death of an 81-year-old Hethersett resident in May 2014 has been ruled an "accident" by the coroner. You can read this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.

 

MARCH NEWS and FEATURES

 

Top National Sporting Event Comes to Hethersett - One of the country's top sporting events will be passing through Hethersett in September. Our village is on the route of the seventh and penultimate stage of the Friends Life Tour of Britain cycle race on Saturday 12th September. The longest stage in the 2015 race will start from Fakenham racecourse at around midday and then cover 225 kilometres to finish in Ipswich. It is anticipated the race will pass through Hethersett early afternoon with many of the world's top racers taking part. This year's race begins in Wales on September 6th and finishes with the eighth stage in Central London. It is the first time for three years that the race has visited Norfolk but the first time ever that it has passed through Hethersett. The stage will also take in Reepham, Aylsham, Norwich, Wymondham, Attleborough and Thetford before heading off into Suffolk. Full details of the various stages are available on the tour's official web site which can be visited by clicking here. We will have more information on the tour's visit to Hethersett as and when we receive it. We will also be setting up a special section of this web site for the event. You can access this by clicking here.

 

Dog Mess Plea - Hethersett Parish Council is concerned about the increase in dogs' mess around the village and in particular in the Firs Road area. The council is urging residents to report incidents to South Norfolk Council in an attempt to stop the anti-social behaviour and help clean up the village. The council has also received a number of complaints about overhanging trees and shrubs obscuring street lights and causing problems on footpaths.

 

Junior School Celebrates - A leading churchman and top professional footballer have visited Hethersett Junior School to unveil a new window and minibus. You can read who the special guests were by viewing a cutting from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.

Memorable Evening of Drama - Pupils from Hethersett Old Hall School produced a memorable evening of drama when they tackled one of the most demanding productions in their history. Their adaptation of William Golding’s  Lord of The Flies at Norwich Puppet Theatre stretched their abilities to the max and they certainly delivered, producing a work that was in turn thought-provoking and more than a little scary. In her programme notes director Jenny Richards spoke about her deep love of  Golding’s book and its serious subject matter and complex challenges. The fact that these challenges were met effortlessly by the cast – all female apart from the parts of the naval officer and airman – says much for both their skill and resilience. At first the director considered casting the boys in the book as girls. That would have put a different spin on the story and possibly led to a loss of power as well as a loss of macho adolescent boy-style angst struggles that are such a major part of the book: “Girls do not behave in the same way as boys and if I were to adapt the story to suit their behaviour, I would lose the very essence of the text,” Jenny Richards said. The result is a powerful drama that drags the audience into the believability of it all. We always see the cast as boys, at times little more than savages and the themes of Britishness, inherent power struggles and a dystopian society are always at the forefront. Above all the cast show that the fight for survival is intertwined with elements of evasiveness as the “islanders” struggle to come to terms with the inverted reality of the situation and their survival takes a back seat to the various issues that raise their head. There was a brooding intensity to the performance, quite remarkable in people so young. Letitia Gaskin as Jack is menacing, whilst Megan Chainey as Piggy displays just the right amount of vulnerability without turning the part into a caricature. Francesca Udberg gives a creditable performance as Ralph and Zoe Baker as Percival and Lacey Mayes as Simon bring a chilling naivety to their parts. The support players also do a fine job in immersing the audience in the subject matter. This was a performance that will live long in the memory.

Success at Crufts - An eight-year-old dog agility competitor from Hethersett and her canine companion Pipsqueak have had a successful showing at Crufts. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

Group to Support Dementia Sufferers - A new group is looking to turn Hethersett into a dementia friendly village. The Hethersett Speak Up for Dementia – a Positive Vision for the Future Group will be launching a regular monthly coffee hub from May for those suffering from the disease and their carers. It has also set-up a steering group to increase awareness of dementia. Chairman of the new group is Hethersett South Norfolk District Councillor David Bills: “The new group was kick started with a performance in Hethersett Village Hall which saw accomplished actor and writer Trevor Smith present a one man play where he portrayed an aging actor living in a care home who accepts rather than suffers dementia. “Following the performance a number of people have come forward to help us and we are working closely with Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society who are fully supportive of what we are trying to achieve. “Speak Up For Dementia – A Positive Vision For the Future is a fully constituted committee that is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a steering group and will now be the vehicle for a long term project that will start to work with local businesses, agencies, Hethersett Surgery, Hethersett Library and other groups to create a dementia friendly village,” Mr Bills said. The committee is made up of people from diverse backgrounds who in their day to day lives contribute to the life of the village. This includes representatives from Hethersett Hall Car Home, Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex, Hethersett Churches and local residents. “Part of our vision is the running of a local dementia café (the Hethersett Hub) as a place where those who experience the different forms of dementia and their carers can meet once a month at Hethersett Hall,” Mr Bills added. The first Hethersett Hub meeting/coffee morning will take place from 10 a.m until midday on May 19th. "Being dementia friendly means being dementia aware. We know there are a lot of sufferers and carers in Hethersett and the surrounding area who would welcome support. We don’t want this to be a flash in the pan thing. We must keep dementia in the forefront of people’s minds and make sure sufferers and carers are taken care of,” Mr Bills added. Following on from plans to start the dementia hub, interest has also been shown locally for a group to support those who have been bereaved. It is likely that a Heart of Hethersett Compassionate Friends Group will also start in the near future. Anybody wanting further information on the dementia group can contact David Bills on 01603 813041 or mobile 07101 80016 or secretary Stephen Baxter on 07808 329102. You can see a cutting from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.

Junior School Recognised for Green Work - Hethersett Junior School has been named amongst the top 20 green schools in the country. The school has been recognised by environmental company Greenmatch for its outstanding work towards providing green energy. The citation reads as follows "Energy saving has been high on the agenda for Hethersett Junior School in the last years. With the development of an Eco team, the school took initiatives in installing double glazing and LED lights, the next step was starting to generate their own clean energy. Among this, the school is involved in different campaign such as the “Food For Life Campaign” which further increases the school’s positive impact on its community." Hethersett Junior joins a number of primary schools from throughout the country, along with Liverpool University and the London School of Economics in the top 20. Other award winners include the nationally acclaimed Eden Project in Cornwall.

Death of Former Librarian - Many Hethersett people will remember librarian Janet Smith from Wymondham, who worked in the village library and set-up the Hethersett Village Archive. You can read about Janet's life from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

New Club Re-Inforces Values - A new after school club has been set up at Hethersett Junior School to re-inforce Christian values. The 3.16 Club will promote the values of the Church of England Junior School and will meet during each half-term, about once every six weeks, with a serious message running alongside fun craft activities. A band of adult helpers from Hethersett Parish and Methodist Churches will be on hand to help pupils from the school get the most out of a club with a dual purpose name as organiser Tara Whiting from Hethersett Parish Church explained: “The 3.16 title comes from the famous Bible passage in St John chapter 3 verse 16 and also coincides with the time of the end of the school day and the start of the club session. “The club is designed to re-inforce the Christian values of the school. As a church we have to adapt and be more accessible to modern day living. In today’s society going to church isn’t a priority for many families and many people only go for weddings, christenings and other major events. We want to help foster closer relations between the churches in Hethersett, the community and the schools,” Mrs Whiting said. The club already has 21 youngsters signed up. The first session saw them making trays as a sign of service, the school’s theme for this half-term. They also decorated biscuits, made name badges, model hands and feet and did puzzles. Hethersett Parish Church also runs regular messy church events for youngsters.

Quiz Evening for Dance Show - A quiz evening held in Hethersett Village Hall raised £527 towards the bi-ennial dance show at Norwich Theatre Royal put on by the Yvonne School of Dance. Twelve teams took part in the event with questions set by Roger Morgan and Mike Anderson. Funds from the show will help to buy costumes and cover the cost of the show which is due on stage again in 2016. The Hethersett-based dance school was founded in 1984 by Yvonne Cutting and offers dance training for boys, girls from the age of three in ballet, tap, modern theatre and acrobatics. Adults are offered classes in ballet, tap and modern theatre.

Village Skateboard Park It's Yes or No Time - Hethersett topics have received considerable coverage in the local Media in the past week or so. An appeal for people to make their views known about keeping the village skatepark was featured extensively in the Wymondham Mercury newspaper, along with an appeal for volunteers for the village speedwatch initiative. You can read this story by clicking here.

Kett's Rebellion Comes to Life - The story of Kett's Rebellion is taking to the stage in the near future. The story of rebel Robert Kett is being performed in Wymondham and you can read all about this and Kett's Hethersett connections from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

 

Cafe Under New Ownership - The cafe in Mill Road, Hethersett, is under new ownership. Jane Dawson has taken over the running and it will now be open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8 a.m until 8 p.m and on Sunday's from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. Breakfast will be served all day and the menu is varied from sandwiches and cakes to full meals and daily specials. Janey's Village Cafe at 32A Mill Road, Hethersett, can be contacted on 01603 811234. The cafe was featured in an extensive story in the Norwich Evening News which can be seen by clicking here.

 

Historic Tree Felled - Staff and students at Hethersett Old Hall School have bid farewell to a 300-year-old beech tree which has stood in its grounds since it opened. The tree was deemed to be unsafe. You can read this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here. A time lapse video of the demolition is available by clicking here.

 

Norwich in the Blitz - Hethersett resident Richard Whall has penned an article on the so called Baedeker Raids of Norwich during the Second World War in 1942. Richard has kindly given us permission to reproduce his article which can be viewed by clicking here.

 

Activities for the Over-50s - UEA Sportspark is running a number of activities for the over 50s called FILL (Fitness In Later Life) The venue is in easy access from Hethersett. Full details of the activities available are on the Sportspark web site which can be accessed by clicking here.  

 

FEBRUARY NEWS AND FEATURES

 

Rosie's Fundraiser - A Hethersett teenager has lost her golden locks for the best possible reason. Rosie Watts is coming to the end of a year long fundraising stint which is part of her girlguiding award. You can read why Rosie has had her hair drastically cut by viewing a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

 

Tortoise Talk - The Norfolk Tortoise Club, which is based at Mulbarton, was on hand to give owners tips on how to safely wake tortoises from hibernation at a special event in Hethersett. You can view a cutting on this from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

 

Friendly Crafts - Two old friends from Hethersett have set up their own craft business after bumping into each other. You can read about Kathy Floyd and Jo Kent's new project by viewing a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

 

Expensive Car Damaged - A car-lover whose £135,000 Mercedes was damaged in Hethersett by paint stripper two weeks after he bought it has voiced his anger over the crime. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

 

Karate Expert Celebrates - Hethersett karate instructor Daniel Jones has been celebrating after successfully gaining his fourth dan grading. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

 

No Let Up for Sporting Peter - He could be forgiven for taking it easy doing a few lengths in the swimming pool, but 80 year old Hethersett resident Peter Head is still playing water polo after 70 years involvement in the sport. To read this story from the Wymondham Mercury click here.

 

Helping with a Dying Wish - Hethersett resident Linda Goldspink has helped to fulfil the dying wish or a relative to have her collection of miniatures displayed for the public. Read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

 

Police Surgeries - Hethersett's new Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Virginie Tribut will be holding a number of "surgeries" in Hethersett Library over the next few months. The surgeries are designed for residents to voice any concerns about crime, anti-social behaviour or other matters in the village. Virginie would also love to meet as many residents as possible and will have advice on crime prevention, how to contact the police and other policing matters. Dates and times are as follows - Saturday 21st March from 10 a.m until midday: Monday 13th April from 3 to 5 p.m: Monday 11th May from 3 until 5 p.m.

Paddock Saved (again) - The controversial bid to build on grass land in the centre of Hethersett has been turned down - for a second time. The revised bid by Fleur Developments for 22 homes on land between Queen's Road and Jaguar Road, known locally as The Paddock, has been turned down. You can read a cutting on this subject from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here. You can also read the story by clicking here. Our district councillor David Bills had the following to say on the Streetlife Social Media site: "Just in case you haven't heard the good news the planning application was turned down by South Norfolk Planning committee. This is good news showing respect for the few open spaces left in the village. The numbers of emails sent in to object were really amazing. Thank you to all who supported the refusal of this unnecessary application."

Latest News From Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) - The next village litter pick is on Saturday 25th April. Pickers, gloves and sacks will be provided and no experience is necessary. Meet at the Methodist Church car park at 10 am. Hethersett Open Gardens will take place on Sunday, 28th June, 10 am to 4 pm, cost £3 per person, children free. Gardens of all shapes and sizes will be throwing open their gates. Plant sales, bric-a-brac, books, raffle, teas! Maps will be available from the Social Club on Queen's Road and all participating gardens. Look for the scarecrows! Proceeds this year will go towards the purchase of a World War I commemorative seat for the village and to WYNG, the local members’ group of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. 

Future of Skateboard Park - Does Hethersett want to keep its skateboard park? That is the question being posed by the parish council. The existing park behind the village hall is currently closed following concerns over its safety. At the latest Hethersett Parish Council meeting, chairman John Nightingale stated it would cost £10,000 to return the equipment to its original condition. Councillors expressed their concern about the viability and future use of the park, although it is likely that grants may be available to upgrade equipment. It was agreed to continue steps to find an individual or group of people willing to apply for grants and undertake work to maintain the area. A definite decision on the future of the park will be taken in the near future. 

Parish Council Elections - Hethersett Parish Council is hoping to encourage local people to stand for election in May. Councillors will be talking to the public in the near future and will be mounting a presence in the village to chat to people about what the role entails. 

New Defibrillator - Hethersett will shortly be getting a new defibrillator. Boots Chemists have given the go-ahead for the machine to be mounted on the wall of their premises in Great Melton Road. The machine has been donated by the Co-Op.

Volunteers Needed - A community sports group is appealing for volunteers as it prepares plans for a million pound plus development on land at Hethersett Academy. The Hethersett Olympic Legacy Sports Complex  (HOLSC) Group is putting together a business plan ahead of applying for grants for new facilities which will include a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) or 3G playing surface, new changing and administration facilities and an indoor sports hall.“This is a very important community project. Hethersett is known nationally for its Olympic legacy following the 2012 London Games and we want to build on that. We would love to hear from people with legal, surveying, building, financial and accountancy skills to help turn our dream into reality. Using volunteers would also help to keep costs of the project to a minimum,” said Shane Hull, a Hethersett Parish Councillor and Chair of the HOLSC Strategy Group. The group is contacting local sports and fitness groups and clubs to establish the level of demand and volume of use for the new facilities which would be available for school pupils during the day and the community in evenings and at weekends.The scheme is being supported fully by Norfolk County Council and Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association. Officers from South Norfolk Council’s Leisure team are also assisting and advising the group on various aspects of the project.“Over the past few years Hethersett has dedicated itself to improving the health, fitness and well being of local people through the setting up of numerous groups and through supporting existing groups and clubs. Our achievements have far outstripped the facilities available to us in Hethersett and the Meltons. This new sports complex will give us the facilities we need to continue our work and to keep the Olympic legacy alive over the coming years,” said chair of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association Peter Steward.

Sue Retires - Well known teaching assistant Sue Wade has retired after over two decades of service to Hethersett Academy, formerly Hethersett High School. Sue is a school legend in the village and remembered fondly by hundreds of pupils who she came into contact with. Her efforts over the years were recognised by two special awards. In January 2007 she was made an MBE in the New Year's Honours list for her outstanding contribution to school life. At the time she had been working at Hethersett High School for 13 years. Then Head, Marion Chapman, had this to say about Sue: "She gives everything she possibly can to the school. There is no job description which covers what she does and no pay which covers it. She is just involved in so many things." In 2000, Sue was commended in the East of England BAFTAs (Brilliant and Fantastic Teaching Awards). Sue joined the staff of Hethersett High in 1993. In 2006 She became an internet celebrity when she took part in an art project which saw her dressing up in a number of creative ways. The 203 resulting photos, where Mrs Wade grins unselfishly out of a series of weird and wonderful outfits, are now available on the internet for the world to see. These photographs are still available by clicking here.  

Youth Footballers' Sponsorship - Hethersett Athletic Under-10s proudly wear their new kit and training jackets provided by Chequered Flag Car Dealership of Attleborough. Club Chairman Wayne Johnson was delighted that a local company has chosen to sponsor the team. “Grassroots football clubs such as Hethersett wouldn't survive without the fantastic support and generosity of businesses such as Chequered Flag," he said. Felix Desira (pictured centre) Director of Chequered Flag, a local family run business that has been selling and servicing Skodas, SsangYongs and non franchise cars for over 30 years, is thrilled to sponsor the kit for Hethersett Athletic Under-10s, especially as his grandson Max Desira (pictured front row 3rd from right) is following a family tradition of playing youth football. Chequered Flag can be contacted on 01953 452588. The kit and jackets were purchased from Dynamic Sports Clothing and Equipment Ltd, Norwich (www.dynamic-ce.co.uk ).

Dances, Songs and Poems for Legacy - There were dances, songs and poems from youngsters as the Hethersett cluster of schools celebrated the legacy of the Olympic Games. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking on the cutting opposite to enlarge it.
Gold Medal for Anna - A Year 11 pupil at Hethersett Old Hall School has won a gold medal in the Under-17 800 metres at the Eastern Counties Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. Anna Bakewell, who is 16, has been a member of the City of Norwich Athletics Club for over three years. She says that he next goal, after becoming Eastern Counties champion, is to reach the English Schools' Athletics Association finals. Another Year 11 pupil - Sienna Sexton - also attended the Eastern Championships and cleared an impressive 1.5 metres in the high jump.

Jack's Marathon Effort - A teenage fundraiser has endured fierce sandstorms and scorching temperatures to raise money for the Wymondham based cancer charity Star Throwers. Jack Bartholomew undertook the marathon 70 mile journey across the Sahara Desert. Jack, who is 19, works at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett. You can read about his gruelling journey by clicking here.

Children's Society Cash - Over £1400 has been raised in Hethersett and the surrounding area from Christmas events in aid of the Children’s Society. A box collection in the village has raised £731.23 to date. The Christingle Service at Hethersett Old Hall School raised £223.85 and a similar event held in St Remigius Parish Church brought in another £328.19. The annual Four Schools’ Carol Service raised another £140.36 to make total to date of £1423.63. “We are extremely grateful to parents, children, school governors, scouts, guides, brownies and the Christingle construction teams for all their support,” said local Children’s Society organiser Harold Kerslake. 

Help Needed - A pre-Christmas concert by the D’Capo choir raised £180 for Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club funds. The club is still looking for volunteers to help with its club nights on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and also people to join the committee to help with fundraising and overseeing the running of the club and hall. Coming fundraising efforts are likely to include a quiz and auction of promises on dates to be set. Anyone interested in helping or volunteering should contact Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.

Ruth is On The March - Hethersett mother of two Ruth Roberts is planning to walk 10,000 steps every day as part of a Walk in Her Shoes challenge. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.

News From Old Hall School - We will be providing news and views from Old Hall School which now has its own pages on this web site. To access these click here. This year's school fete will take place on May 9th. The school is looking to produce a brochure for the fete and advertising space is available for purchase. For more information click on the link above.

Serious Accident in Hethersett - Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious crash on Norwich Road in Hethersett on Monday 9th February. You can read the full story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.

Coming Road Works - Part of Lynch Green, Hethersett, will be closed to traffic from 23rd February until 1st March for roadworks.

Floral Reports - Cringleford and Hethersett Flower Club's latest reports, photographs and list of coming meetings are now available on this site by clicking here.

Art Exhibition at New Buckenham Village Hall - We have been contacted by the organisers of the annual art exhibition at New Buckenham who thought that Hethersett residents might be interested in their coming show. Artists contributing will be from both Norfolk and Suffolk and there will be plenty of styles on display from watercolours and oils to pastels, acrylics and pencil. There will also be prints and photographs. The show will take place over Easter weekend. Opening night is Friday 3rd April (7.30 - 10 p.m) when admission will be £3 which includes wine and nibbles. The exhibition continues on Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th from 11 a.m until 4.30 p.m. Admission on these days is £1 with money raised will go to St Martin's Church New Buckenham and the Village Hall.

The Cost of Education - Financial accounts have been released on how much academy chains charge the schools they sponsor. According to an article in the local press, most academy groups provide services to their schools such as finance, legal and school improvement, which are usually funded by "top slicing" part of each school's government grant. The figures show that the Inspiration Trust which sponsors Hethersett Academy charges 4% but this varies according to the amount of input individual schools need, the quality of their infrastructure and their ability to pay. The figure given for Hethersett Academy is £114,000. This compares with £77,021 for Great Yarmouth Primary Academy, £63,678 for Norwich Primary Academy, £50,000 for Cromer Academy and £12,000 for Jane Austin College. You can read more about this by clicking here.

Heart-warming Story - The heart-warming story of how a five month old youngster helped her Hethersett mother to beat cancer has appeared in the local Press. You can read this story by clicking on the cutting on the right to enlarge it. You can also read the story from the Wymondham Mercury Newspaper by clicking here.
Top Explorer's Top Tales - Read about the day a top explorer spoke to Hethersett school children about his work. Just click on the cuttings to enlarge them.

Sports Association Success - Since it began in February 2011, Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association has either given out or supported grants amounting to over £12,000. The annual meeting received reports from numerous sports, fitness and well being groups that have benefited from the association’s work. Much of the money given out by the association has come via a partnership with South Norfolk Council and through support from Active Norfolk. Over the past four years, the association has given £400 to the Respect Yourself Charity for its work with young people through SMS texting, £300 to Hethersett Athletic Football Club to start up youth teams at Under-6, Under-7 and Under-8 levels, £500 to set up Hethersett Croquet Club, £500 to provide a petanque piste on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field, £250 to Crusaders’ Rugby Club for equipment for its Tiny Tryers youth section, £500 to Hethersett Memorial Bowls Club to help with an upgrade to its headquarters, £250 to Hethersett Badminton Club to help with equipment and coaching and £400 to Hethersett Netball Club to help set up a junior section. The association has purchased a digital race clock that can be hired out to groups throughout Norfolk. It has also supported major grant applications to South Norfolk from Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club for a PA system, Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club for new covers and sight screens and Hethersett Netball Club for equipment, all of which have been successful.“When we set the association up we were determined to be a doing group and not just a talking shop. I think we have succeeded in proving what can be achieved by clubs and individuals working together to improve fitness, well being and health in Hethersett and the Meltons,” said chairman Peter Steward.The annual meeting heard that the association still has a healthy financial balance and would be making more awards in the near future. The work of the association helped Hethersett to become the first village, town or City in the country to receive a Prime Minister’s Big Society award in 2013. Hethersett and the Meltons has also won the South Norfolk Village Games for four successive years and in 2014 became county champions for the first time, having finished runners-up the previous three years. Hethersett was also named Active Norfolk Sports Village of the Year in 2011 and 2013 and runners-up in 2014.The association recently merged with the former Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee and will be overseeing this year’s village open weekend which will feature a Come and Try Sports Day on July 4th and a two mile village funrun on July 5th. Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association meets quarterly and is open to clubs and individuals with an interest in improving the fitness of local residents. The next meeting will be at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett, on May 13th. The annual meeting re-elected Peter Steward as chair and also elected him secretary with Peter Hoult taking on the new post of vice-chair and Shane Hull being re-elected as Treasurer. More details about the association are available on its official web site at www.handmsa.weebly.com

Top Artist Taught in Hethersett - An appreciation of top artist Cavendish Morton, who has died at the age of 103, has appeared in the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper. The article mentions him working as a teacher in Hethersett. To read the article click here.

Money Could Fund Improvements - Hethersett could benefit from an announcement to boost skills and infrastructure and drive innovation in local economies. Norfolk and Suffolk has been awarded £48.5 million and one of the areas that could benefit is connections between Norwich Research Park, the University of East Anglia and Norwich city centre. This could see improvements to bus and cycle lanes for villages along the A11 including Hethersett. Moves to make it easier to take the bus and cycle into Norwich city centre from the UEA and Norwich Research Park, and from the villages along the A11, will be supported by a £4m boost from the growth deal. Norfolk County Council, which is behind the project, said it realised it needed to be easier for people to travel from the city centre to the economically important areas around the university and the Norwich Research Park. “Encouraging people to switch from car to public transport requires improvements to the highways network, so measures are likely to include moves to speed up public transport. A bus interchange at the university site is a possibility, and we will also investigate the potential to improve the Daniels Road roundabout which is a ‘pinch point’,” a spokesman said. The money will also be used to improve the public transport network between Norwich and communities south of the city such as Hethersett, Wymondham and Attleborough. No firm plans have been made, and changes will happen “in the next few years” after assessments and public consultation.

Sign Up For Cycle Event - Entries are open for the 2015 Hethersett 30/60/90 cycle event which will take place on Sunday, April 5th. The 30 mile event will travel to Wymondham, Mulbarton, Hethel, Ashwellthorpe, Tacolneston, Bunwell and Old Buckenham. The 60-miler will also include Attleborough, Great Ellingham and East Harling and the marathon 90 miler will also feature Long Stratton and Banham. Entries are open to anyone aged 14 and over on April 5th and it is not a race. The event will start and finish at Hethersett Social Club and there will be medals for all finishers. Entry fees are £12 for 30 miles, £17 for 60 miles and £20 for 90 miles. To find out more and to enter visit the dedicated web site by clicking here

 

JANUARY NEWS and FEATURES

 

Another Delightful Pantomime - Frivolous, frolicking fun is probably the best way to describe Hethersett Pantomime Group’s latest production Treasure Island. The 46th village panto delighted a packed house in Hethersett Village Hall and continued a tradition which stretches back to Sleeping Beauty in 1970. The beauty of the annual village event is the way the cast mix ad libs with the script to produce an evening of colour and warmth. It was the first time that Hethersett has travelled to Treasure Island but the group still managed to include the tried and trusted panto recipe with a few new twists. There are two stars to the show – the cast and the superb sets put together lovingly by Colin Wilson and Keith Drinkwater. Kate Rowe as Jim Hawkins, Lloyd Parfitt as Tommy Tucker, Jono Angelo as the Ghost of Flint and Lewis Cook as Long John Silver were all either glamorous or menacing and they were well supported in a frenetic pantomime by Lauren Ellero as Polly Bucket, Bethany Tuckwood as the Good Fairy, Steve Bussey as Bald Pew, John Halford as Black Dog, Sue Tuckwood as Mad Morgan, Jack Hamling as Barnacle Bill, Will Bussey as Aaron C Rescue, Rachel Woodier as Billy Bones, Cazz Frosdick as Ben Gunn, Chris Soman as Neptune and Vicki Gale as the Prime Minister (albeit a fishy Premier dressed as a crab). Much of the laughter, as always, came from panto stalwarts Barry Foster as Hyacinth Hawkins and Neville Greenhalgh as Squire Bucket. Barry in particular has turned missing cues and ad libbing into an art form. Once again the script was written and the panto was produced by Lloyd Parfitt and directed by Sarah Wright and a solid and dependable band was under the direction of Tony Press. The annual Hethersett pantomime is very much a team effort with many helpers and supporters both on stage and behind the scenes. There is a serious side to the group’s efforts as well. Last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast raised almost £4,000 for local charities and a similar amount is likely to be raised from this year’s show. This year’s retiring bucket collection was in aid of the Wymondham based cancer charity Star Throwers.

 

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A Bowling Birthday - Hethersett Short Mat Bowls Club celebrated its 20th birthday with a special afternoon tea in Hethersett Village Hall. Over the years, more than 600 people have been part of the bowling success story. Currently the club has a membership of 36 and meets on Tuesday afternoons from 2.30 until 4.30 p.m and on Friday evenings from 7.30 until 9.30 p.m. The club was formed when the village hall was first opened and has met there ever since: “We advertised in the local Media for people to come along and try short mat bowls with a view to starting a club. A local company loaned us the equipment and a demonstration event was organised and well attended. A club was formed initially with a loan from the village hall management committee and founder members and 20 years later we are still a very successful and friendly club,” said chairman Malcolm Goldspink. Today there are just five original members – Malcolm Goldspink, Shirley and Randall Keeley and Jean and Brian Starling. Malcolm Goldspink can be contacted for more information on the  club on 01603 810503. Each year the club provides a short mat team for the Norfolk Village Games and was part of the Hethersett team that has won the South Norfolk Games for the past four years and which, in 2014, became county village sports champions after finishing runners-up the previous three years. To view a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury click here.

 

New School for Hethersett? - Plans have been unveiled that could lead to a new primary school being built in Hethersett by 2017. A blueprint for a host of new schools over the next 15 years have been unveiled to cope with Norfolk's surging population. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here

 

Plans to Safeguard Tree - The Woodland Trust has put forward plans to safeguard the future of the historic Ketts Oak tree in Hethersett. You can read this story from the Eastern Daily Press by clicking here.

 

Cricket Club Looks to the Future - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club will be facing its busiest season ever as it strives to become one of the most progressive clubs in Norfolk. The club’s annual meeting agreed that promotion for the first team to Division One of the Norfolk Alliance and development of its youth set-up should be two of the top priorities for 2015, along with attracting new players to the club. The meeting set a number of aims that included integrating youth players into senior teams, ensuring that senior players are role models for young cricketers and improving standards on and off the field to provide a One Club ethos. “2014 was rather disappointing with the first team finishing fourth in Norfolk Alliance Division Two and the second team finishing mid-table in Division Five. There was plenty of good news, however, with the third team gaining promotion to Norfolk League Division Three, the midweek team winning the Wensum Cup and the Sunday team reaching the regional final of the National Village Cup and the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup,” said club secretary Richard Ellis. The coming season will see the first and seconds once again competing in Divisions Two and Five of the Norfolk Alliance, the Thirds playing in Division Three of the Norfolk League (which this year has been organised along geographical lines to cut down travelling) and the Fourth Team in Norfolk League Division Five. On Sundays the club will be playing in the Mid Norfolk Premier League, the Norfolk Challenge Cup, the Carter/NACO Shield, the prestigious Dividstow National Village Cup, the Broke Cup, the Wensum Cup, the Norfolk Junior Cup and the Bernard Matthews Cup. The club will also be taking part in tour matches and friendlies throughout the season. At youth level, Valley will be running teams at under-9, under-11, under-13 and under-15 levels and junior coaching will take place on Thursday evenings with senior training on Wednesdays under the direction of former county cricketer Steve Goldsmith. A major grant from South Norfolk Council has seen the club purchase new covers and sight screens for the second pitch and changing rooms have been refurbished. Nets for adult players will take place at Taverham Hall School from 6 until 7.30 p.m. on  March 24th, April 7th and April 21st and new players are welcome. One of the first games of the new season at Flordon will see Valley take on a Norfolk Select XI in aid of the Wymondham-based Star Throwers cancer charity on Sunday, April 12th. The annual meeting saw club stalwart Duncan Pigg B.E.M step down after many years as club president. He was immediately appointed an honorary life member and vice president in recognition of his 72 year association with the club as player, official and supporter. Officers elected were: President, Richard G. Ellis; Vice-Presidents, Harold Kerslake, Duncan Pigg and David Johnson; Chairman, Tony Smith; Vice-Chairman, Richard Matthews; Club Secretary and Fixtures Secretary, Richard D. Ellis; Treasurer, Matthew Ellis; First Team Captain, David Coyle; Vice-Captain, Paul Reeve; Second Team Captain, Matt Steward; Vice-Captain, Tristan Hunt; Third Team Captain, Dale Clarke; Vice-Captain, Max Adams; Fourth Team Captain, Mark Worley; Vice Captain, Nick Morton; Sunday Team Captain, David Coyle; Cricket Development Officers, Matthew Ellis and Paul Reeve; Club Development Officer, Peter Steward; Youth Cricket Manager, Rennie Broughton; Under-9s Managers, Steven Hayes and Sarah Worley; Under-11s Manager, Sarah Worley; Under-13s  and Under-15s Managers, Stuart Cooper and Neil Davies; Welfare Officer, Jane Morton; Groundsmen, Richard D Ellis, Robbie Matthews, Lee King and Richard G. Ellis; Bar Manager, Tony Smith; Auditor, David Johnson; Scorer, Al Watts; Social Committee Chairman, Al Watts.

 

Zumba Success - It's always nice to report on a village-related success story. Zumba teacher Rachel Evans contacted us to report on the success of her Gold Group for the over-50s. Here is what she had to say: "Two years ago in January you were kind enough to write about my new Zumba Gold group for the over 50s in the village hall on Tuesdays 12-1pm. The group has slowly grown and it's busy with lots of local ladies from 40s to one lady who is a very youthful 80!  The ladies are a complete joy and we have had huge success in the group with people making new friendships whilst enjoying getting fitter.  We regularly go as a group for lunch after class at the Queen's Head and the King's Head.  It's a time of people's life where they feel isolated but this fun kind of fitness is so different it's hard to remain shy and introverted for too long in our class. I thought you may like to hear of the success that I have had with such wonderful local girls. Zumba Gold isn't very widely taught in Norfolk but it is one of the most rewarding classes I take. I also thought that it may be of interest that in December we did our second Zumba Flash Mob in Norwich City centre on the busiest shopping Saturday of Christmas to highlight Breast cancer awareness. It was covered by the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News with over 85 women attending. This included some of my Hethersett Gold Girls who were fantastic. You can see the story of the Flash Mob by clicking here.

 

Rugby Club Application Turned Down - Hethersett district councillor Leslie Dale has been fighting to keep the green belt between Hethersett and Wymondham. Councillor Dale was speaking at a planning application by Wymondham Rugby Club to upgrade facilities and move to a new site with their current ground off Tuttles Lane being given over to 90 new homes with a further 300 being built on Norwich Common and a cycle way being put in place between Wymondham and Hethersett. The plans were unanimously refused on the grounds of a lack of school places to cope and the erosion of the gap between Hethersett and Wymondham. Councillor Dale told the planning application: "Over my last eight years on the campaign trail I have yet to meet a household which was not concerned about Hethersett retaining its village ethos. Expressing the Hethersett view, I called for what remains of the strategic gap to be protected.” You can read the full story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. Also visit our cuttings section by clicking here.

 

Honour for Anne - Many congratulations to Dr Anne Edwards who has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours list. Dr Edwards, who is a Hethersett Parish Councillor and Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustee, has been awarded the B.E.M for her work in the fields of science and the environment. Anne is a research scientist at the John Innes Institute and a leading local environmentalist and member of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). You can read more about the award and Anne's work by viewing a cutting from the EDP newspaper by clicking here.
Sporting Grant for Young Netballers - Hethersett Junior Netball Club, which was formed last year under the auspices of Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association, has been awarded a grant of over £1,300 by South Norfolk Council to purchase equipment. The club currently trains at Old Hall School on Sundays and has 23 keen young netballers aged from nine to 16. The story has been featured in the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News and you can enlarge the cutting opposite by clicking on it.
Hethersett to Have Major New Sports Complex - A NEW community project to provide top class sports facilities is being launched in Hethersett. Plans for a new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) are being put forward as part of a three-phase scheme on Hethersett Academy land. Alongside the MUGA, are plans for new changing facilities, followed by a third phase to feature a new indoor sports facility added. It is likely that the new Hethersett Olympic Legacy Sports Complex (HOLSC) will cost in excess of £1 million and plans are currently being drawn up and will be followed by grant applications. Two community groups have been set up to take the scheme forward. A project/strategy team consisting of village volunteers and members of the Academy Management team will look at the overall picture for the complex and an implementation team will deal with plans and grants designed to bring the ideas to fruition. The aim is to have at least the MUGA in place to co-incide with the next Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in 2016. “It is wonderful news that Hethersett Academy, Hethersett Parish Council, Sports and Community Groups have all come together and will endeavour to bring to reality, a vision of a Community Sports Complex, which will create a necessary and lasting Olympic legacy in our fine village,” said Shane Hull, a Hethersett Parish Councillor who is chair of the strategy group. His view was backed up by Hethersett Academy Principal Gareth Stevens who said: “Boosting participation in sport can generate a variety of socio-economic benefits. Sport can, and does, make a profound and positive impact on individuals, communities and wider society. Physical activity, including sport, is linked to reduced risk of over 20 illnesses, including cardiovascular disease and some cancers.” The MUGA complex will offer first class playing and training facilities for a number of outdoor sports including football, rugby, netball, hockey and many others. The indoor facility will facilitate badminton, table tennis, indoor bowls, martial arts, dance and a climbing wall.  The complex will be run by a management group which will be put in place in the future and is a direct result of Hethersett’s 2012 London Olympic Legacy which has seen the village heralded as Norfolk sporting champions and gain a coveted Prime Minister’s Big Society award. “We have been determined in Hethersett to keep the Olympic Legacy alive and to help it make a real difference to people’s lives. This new complex will provide top class facilities for individuals and sports groups and is a massive step towards improving facilities and enhancing fitness and well being in Hethersett,” said Peter Steward who is a member of the strategy group and Chair of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association. When built, the complex, which will be situated on the bottom of the existing Academy Field close to Back Lane, will be used by the school during the day in term times, but will be available to the community evenings and weekends. “During the day the complex will be used by the Academy to promote sports participation and foster well-being as part of the broad and extended curriculum. Outside of the Academy day it will be used by the local community, again to promote sport participation as part of a healthy lifestyle,” Mr Stevens added. The overall management of the project will be undertaken by Academy Business Manager Richard Cole. To view a press cutting on this story click here

Behavioural Problems - Hethersett Academy has been told that more work needs to be done to combat behaviour problems following a snap Ofsted visit. Read more of this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

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DECEMBER STORIES

Signs of the Times - Comments have been made in the local press about two signs in the centre of the village. Residents have been complaining on the social Media site Streetlife about the aggressive nature of a warning sign in Oak Square which states: "Warning. This is not a Tesco Car Park. Do Not Park Here to Shop at Tesco. You Will Be Clamped and fined release fee of £80. You Have Been Warned: CCTV In Operation". Residents have also complained about the state of a Norfolk County Council sign, which has been moved from the top of Great Melton Road into the centre of the village, on the grounds that it is dilapidated, rusty and unwelcoming. Others have leapt to the defence of the sign on the grounds that it is a piece of village history. Plans are in hand to renovate the sign in the near future. Read comments on this sign by clicking here. Hethersett resident Kathy Floyd is featured in a newspaper story about two signs in the village on the right and above are photos of the signs in question.
Grant to Improve Archives - THE history of Hethersett is being brought alive thanks to a £1350 grant from South Norfolk Council. The grant will fund the launch of a new Hethersett Archive web site providing the public with more information and access to historical documents. Hethersett archive contains thousands of items including minutes, press cuttings, maps and many other items of significant historic importance. “The Hethersett archive is a collection of historic documents, photos and artefacts covering the history of the village back through several centuries. The archive has been professionally catalogued in recent years and this catalogue is available on-line. However, the existing website does not allow the catalogue to be easily searched, nor is there any facility for providing images of archive items for study on-line,” said village archivist Gary Wyatt. The grant, which has been topped up by £150 from Hethersett Parish Council, will allow a complete re-build of the web site to make it more intuitive and user-friendly. “This will make it much more convenient for residents and other interested parties, no matter where in the world, to view archive material. Although only a small proportion of the archive items have so far been digitised, this process will continue and will be made available on the new website as soon as possible. I am very grateful to South Norfolk Council, Hethersett Parish Council and local district councillor David Bills for their support,” Mr Wyatt added. David Bills said  the new site would help to safeguard the legacy of past generations: “It will be available so that people of all ages and from all over the world will be able to learn about the history of Hethersett from a very valuable resource,” Mr Bills said. The new site will also contain links to other archive sites in South Norfolk and is likely to be available from early Spring. The physical archive is currently housed in Hethersett Village Hall. Our photograph shows village archivist Gary Wyatt accepting the grant cheque from David Bills. You can read more about this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.
Tony and Margaret Light Up Again - Once again Tony and Margaret Dunton's home in Firs Road, Hethersett, has been lit up for Christmas. This is the 20th year of festive cheer that has seen the couple light up their home and also raise thousands of pounds for local charities. This year's event raised £300 which is being split between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the local doctors' surgery.

Name and Shame Campaign - Local newspapers are running a name and shame campaign this year to deter motorists from drinking and driving. The Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and Wymondham Mercury are publishing the names and addresses of motorists caught drinking and driving. The first announcements included Hethersett resident Philip Carter, 54, of Coniston Close who has admitted driving in the village whilst over the legal limit. He was found to have 117 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The case was adjourned by Norwich Magistrates until January 15th for a report from the probation service.

 

Fight is On (Again) to Save Village Open Space - Hethersett Parish Council has joined residents in fighting the proposed development on an area of open space in the village. Over 70 residents turned out for a meeting of the parish council’s planning committee to voice their objection to plans by Fleur Development to erect 22 homes on an area between Queen’s Road and Jaguar Road known locally as Hethersett Paddock. Those present voiced their opposition on a number of grounds including loss of important open space, loss of wildlife habitat and unsuitable access. The latest planning application follows the withdrawal of an original plan to build 27 homes on the site. James Utting pointed out that over 50 objections had already been sent to South Norfolk Council and urged the parish council to back objections and to fight for the retention of the area as open space. He was backed up by parish councillors. Council chairman John Nightingale referred to the area as “a very important open space in the centre of the village.” Fred Watkins stated that he had not come across anybody in favour of the development: “As a parish council we should represent the village’s views. It is up to us to state in the strongest terms that this development should not be allowed,” he said. Eileen Mulvaney urged members of the public to continue sending in their objections to South Norfolk Council and Jim Bartram voiced concerns about the ability of village infrastructure to cope with this and other proposed development: “We shouldn’t entertain this or any other development in Hethersett that can be avoided,” he said. The parish council unanimously agreed to recommend refusal of the plans and urge the district council to safeguard Hethersett Paddock as open space. A letter urging refusal of the plans was also read out from Hethersett’s South Norfolk Council representative David Bills. The council is also recommending plans for additional development in Grove Road should be turned down on the grounds of unsuitability and problems with access issues on what, it was pointed out, is a very narrow road.

Spate of Car Vandalism hits Village - Hethersett residents are being urged to be vigilant following a spate of vandalism to cars in the village. The latest parish council meeting heard that four vehicles – in Churchfields, Back Lane and Muriel Kenny Court – had windows smashed within a seven day period. Hethersett will be losing its Police Community Support Officer in the near future due to cut-backs and a decision not to replace the current PCSO when she joins the regular force. The meeting also heard that cracks in the base of the war memorial, which was renovated and cleaned earlier this year as part of the village’s commemorations of the centenary of the start of the First World War, will be repaired at no cost to the village. Councillors voted in favour of a kick wall and basketball hoop on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field with money made available through Section 106 planning funds.The council agreed to make a donation of £100 to Age UK.

Cricketing Duo in Marathon Charity Ride - Two members of Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club swapped their bats for lycra to undertake a 100 mile charity bike ride. Ian Bryce (33) and Paul Reeve (44) are used to compiling century partnerships for the club, but their latest marathon effort was in aid of a badly injured fellow sportsman and in memory of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes who died after being hit by a cricket ball. The original motivation for the trip was to raise funds for popular and well known local footballer Paul English from Dersingham. Paul suffered an horrific broken leg whilst playing and will be unable to work for many months.  After several operations and skin grafts the West Norfolk family man is on the way to recovery. In response to this, friends, family and amateur sportsman around the county rallied around to raise money for Paul and his family. A 
Football tournament, memorabilia auction, raffle, sale of sweets and collections have managed to take the total to well over £3000 so far. A few days before the ride the Sporting world was shocked to hear the news of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes dying as a result of injuries received by being hit by a bouncer. “The tragedy that befell Phil Hughes was particularly awful and head/brain injury is unfortunately something that appears to be something that is far too much of a regular occurrence in sports in this day and age,” Paul and Ian said. With this in mind they decided to share the proceeds from their ride between two causes. The Tas Valley pair suggested the local branch of Headway – a support charity for people affected by Brain injury. To date they have raised over £400 for the causes. Ian Johnson, a director of the Headway charity was delighted to receive news of the donation. He said: “Headway Norfolk and Waveney Ltd is the only charity that gives help and support to people affected by an acquired brain injury in our county. We do this locally via three centres in Gorleston, Norwich and King’s Lynn and offer a wide range of services, including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration and community outreach. However, we are working in a very challenging environment with the current economic climate evidencing wholesale budget cuts from the public sector, and quite frankly, we are struggling. So, whilst we are affiliated to Headway UK, as a small regional charity we are particularly grateful for any and all donations.” Ian Bryce added: “Paul Reeve threw this idea at me late one evening via Facebook. He had volunteered us both to make the ride and I was more than happy to take part, but over the next few days I felt we could do even more. Cycling, Cricket, Head injuries, the death of Phil Hughes and the huge disruption to Paul English’s life seemed to fit together and we came up with the idea of supporting Headway too. Reeve added “It was a bit of a crazy idea to volunteer a cycle ride to Dersingham and back when we hadn’t ever ridden more than 34 miles in one hit. But in truth it was no real hardship (Except to the seat area!) considering it could easily have been either of us hit by a ball or injured making a tackle. Other local businesses also supported the pair. Neil Featherby at Sportlink offered guidance and support as well as setting the pair off from his specialist sports shop in Taverham by leading them out on the first mile with his Husky-Wolf dogs. Simply Airports Taxis of Norwich also offered a hand by being the support vehicle on the day. Donations can still be made and more information on the ride and the charities involved is available via e-mail to cricket@htvcc.co.uk.   

Successful Choir Evening - Patrons braving the frosty evening of Friday 5th December attended the technically excellent performance of Norfolk's Da Capo Choir at Hethersett Youth Club, writes Leslie Dale. The Youth Club building is renowned for its favourable acoustics. With "counter singing" and added poetry, patrons, enjoyed what must be one of the best cultural events this year in Hethersett. Hethersett Youth Club Trustees would like to thank Da Capo and all the event's patrons for a splendid fund raising evening.

Sporting Awards Evenings

 

Above left are winners at the Hethersett Hawks presentation evening and on the 

right Hethersett and Tas Valley's Player of the Year David Coyle receives his trophy from club chairman Tony Smith.

 

TWO of Hethersett's leading sports clubs held their presentation evenings on December 5th and 6th respectively. 

Hethersett Hawks celebrated another successful season at Hethersett Social Club when members and families attended the Club's presentation evening.  As well as acknowledging trophies won during the season, notably runners-up in South-East League Division 1, the club made a number of special awards. Oliver Riley was announced as Top Scorer while the club committee selected Daniel Longlands as Best Newcomer and Beth Allen as Most Improved Junior. Secretary Mel Perkins selected Phil Awbery as his Club Member of the Year and the three Team Managers nominated their Riders of the Year - 1st team Nick Myhill, 2nd team Katie Adams and Youth team Giles Awbery. The final award was voted for by the members and Committee on the night and the Club's prestigious Sports Person of the Year award went to Katie Adams.

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Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club has a bright future thanks to a youth policy that is bringing through excellent young players, club chairman Tony Smith told the club’s presentation evening. For the first time the club combined its annual Christmas meal with the presentation event. “Overall 2014 was a rather up and down season, but overall it was very positive with so many of our young players featuring in adult cricket. Our future looks bright and we have one of the best grounds and facilities in Norfolk,” he said. He thanked club members for their efforts throughout the season, the Ellis family for making the facilities available at Flordon and Paul Reeve for organising the meal and presentation event. The season brought a number of successes. The third team were runners-up in Division Five of the Norfolk League, gaining a double promotion to play next season in Division Three after a re-arrangement of the league. The Sunday team reached the semi-final of the Sunday Cup, only being denied a final place on the toss of a coin after heavy rain. The Sunday team also reached the regional final of the National Village Cup competition, which the club entered for the first time. The midweek side were victorious in the Wensum Cup. David Coyle was named overall player of the year for a number of outstanding performances with both bat and ball. Performance of the season went to 14-year-old Tom Osborne for an unbeaten 173 for the third team in the final match of the season which saw them win to finish runners-up. The most improved player award went to Crispin Clarke, another former youth team player, and the young player of the year award to young spin bowler Sam Morton. Sam also won the overall bowling cup. Full awards: First team: Batting, Paul Reeve; Bowling, David Coyle. Second team: Batting, Rob Mitchell; Bowling, Matt Steward. Third team: Batting, Ross Jones; bowling, Cameron Clarke. Fourth team: Batting, Mark Worley; bowling, Sanjewa Jayakodi. Overall Batting, Paul Reeve; Overall Bowling, Sam Morton; Duck Cup for most ducks, Damian Fahy and Ian Harrison; Catching Cup (including wicketkeepers), David Coyle; Catching Cup excluding wicketkeepers, David Coyle; Most Improved Player, Crispin Clarke; Best Performance, Tom Osborne; Young Player of the Year, Sam Morton; Club Person of the Year, Stuart Cooper; Player of the Year, David Coyle. Before the presentations, the club honoured the name of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, who died as a result of being hit by a cricket ball. The tribute was led by first team bowler Phil Walmsley. Read more and see a gallery of photographs from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

Another Success for Christmas Fair - THIS year's Village Christmas Charity Fair again attracted scores of visitors to Hethersett Methodist Church on a surprisingly mild evening. The event was organised by district councillor Leslie Dale and Jackie Baker from the Methodist Church and again featured charity stalls in the hall, children's entertainment in the upstairs rooms and festive singing in the church. The hall and entrance was filled with local organisations and charities including MacMillan Cancer Support, the RNLI, Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, the Children's Society, British Heart Foundation and many more. Those attending were particularly drawn to the Phoenix Bird of Prey Rescue group who brought along a small owl by the name of Twiglet. Entertainment in the main hall came from Jan and John Halford, Hethersett Methodist Church Singing Fellowship, Woodside Singers, Hethersett Singers and community carols led by Hethersett St Remigius Church. Afterwards the organisers said they were pleased by the attendance despite Black Friday arriving in Norfolk on the same day. Hethersett Methodist Church will be holding a music and tea afternoon this Friday (5th December) at 2.30 p.m. All are welcome. On 12th December Hethersett Singers will be presenting a concert of seasonal music and carols in St Remigius Parish Church at 7.30 p.m. The evening will be conducted by Rob Goodrich and will feature soloist Maria Willis.

 

Web Site Links - If you have a web site that you would like mentioned on this site please e-mail details by clicking here. We are happy to feature and link to sites from Hethersett and the Meltons. 

 

Wedding Albums - Why not use this site to make your wedding day/civil ceremony even more special. We will shortly be launching a new section dedicated to weddings. To be featured all you need to do is e-mail us up to 10 photographs of your special day with a few basic details of the date of the ceremony, where it took place, names of those involved and any other interesting snippets you would like to have featured. The only criteria is the event must have a Hethersett connection.

 

Flood Picture - A photograph of a Hethersett road flooded in 1968 has been featured in an article in the Eastern Daily Press newspaper. To view the photograph click here.

 

New Photographs - A new gallery of photographs taken on a walk around Hethersett and the surrounding countryside is available by clicking here.

 

 

Genealogy 

 

We receive lots of requests for information on family names. There is a special genealogy section on this site where you can read some of this research and also help people to find their ancestors. To access this click here. New postings include research into the names of Reynolds and Flowerdew. We have also started a new section called Can You Help where we are looking for help with queries sent to us. The section kicks off with a gentleman wanting details of Hethersett Races and another asking for information on a song that includes the immortal line "There was an old woman from Hethersett." To read about these queries click here. Genealogy Help - Julie Harold who is the FreeREG Norfolk Genealogy co-ordinator has been in touch to say the site now contains Hethersett Registers from 1615 to 1900 and she has provided a number of links that could prove vital for anybody researching the village for ancestors. Just follow the links here - List of Parishes, Search the database, FreeREG Home Page

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We are always looking for memories of the village and its people. So if you would like to be featured in a new section being built, please contact the editor by phone on 01603 811052 or by leaving an e-mail by clicking here. We are hoping to introduce a number of sections for memories and would be particularly interested in hearing from anybody with memories of the Methodist Church or its people for a project being organised by our sister site which can be viewed by clicking here. A new section of this site for reminiscences has been set-up and this can be viewed by clicking here.

 

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Local Walks

There are a number of local walks featured on the Walk4Life web site as well as thousands of walk ideas for all over the country. The site includes printable maps and allows you to keep a track of walks completed. It is also possible to add walks to the site which can be accessed by clicking here.

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Newspaper Correspondent

I am village correspondent for the weekly Wymondham  Mercury Newspaper and the daily Norwich Evening News. If you have any items of news or anything you would like to promote in the press please e-mail it to me by clicking here. Stories appearing in the newspapers will also appear on this site. I also try to get to as many village events as possible. 

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My Norwich Jobs - For on-line job opportunities in Norwich and South Norfolk.

Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall - A comprehensive site for the twin villages of Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall.

Norfolkcoast.co.uk is a site full of information on the Norfolk coast and countryside. It's all put together in a fun way and well worth a visit.

Charity Support

Hethersett on the Web supports a number of worthy local causes to read about them click on the links below.

 

East Anglian Children's Hospice (EACH)

The Samaritans

East Anglian Air Ambulance

 

Lost and Found

If you have lost or found an item you can now advertise it free of charge on this site by e-mailing details by clicking here. To see what has been lost and found click here. This is another free service and we are happy to include lost pets.

 

Free Wanted and Offered

We have set up a new section for wanted and offered goods and services. Here you can offer or request goods and items and also offer services. Only one rule - everything on this section has to be free. To send offers or requests for goods click here. To visit the section to see what is on offer click here.

    

Personal Ads

We have extended the advertising area of our site to include personal as well as business ads. If you require a service or are looking to sell or buy property in the village why not advertise on our site. It is free and the personal ads section can be accessed by clicking here. We reserve the right to refuse to print any adverts not suitable for the site.

 

Small Ads on-line

Want to advertise a small business on-line. Then have a look at our  small ads section by clicking here.

 

Job Search - We are pleased to announce a link with leading local job web site My Norwich Jobs. Visit the site to read about local career opportunities in Norwich and also our surrounding area including Attleborough and Wymondham. You can also upload your CV to the site. Visit it by clicking here.