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December 2016

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

Items for inclusion on this site should be sent to the web editor by clicking here 


Our e-magazine for December 2016 is now available. In the latest issue you will find news from the village along with features and archive stories. We have news of a major sports award for athletics' coach Mike Utting, more pothole problems in the village, good news about the parish church's roof repair fund, a five page Remembrance special and news that new roads in the village will commemorate more fallen heroes from the First World War. There's also another village walk, an article on coping with stress, a list of coming events and much more. You can access the magazine by clicking here.  Archive e-magazines are available by clicking here.


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


Press Cuttings from the village are available by clicking here







Screen Test - Hethersett Village Screen continues to grow in popularity with its latest offering attracting the biggest turn out so far. Over fifty people enjoyed the light-hearted film Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant which was based on the true story of the American socialite who became a cult figure through her inability to sing in tune. Hethersett Village Screen is a non profit making venture organised by a group of volunteers aimed at providing a mix of new and classic films throughout winter months in Hethersett Village Hall. A change in programme will now see the film Golden Years as the feature on December 4th.This tells the story of two retirees who turn to crime when they lose their pensions. 


Hethersett's Heart - THE Heart of Hethersett Bereavement Support Group continues to play a vital part in village life. The group was launched in September and meets fortnightly on Tuesdays from 5.30 to 6.30 pm  in the lounge of Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex in Firs Road. Remaining meeting dates for the year are: December 6th and December 20th.

Charity Market - This year’s annual Hethersett Charity Market will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, December 2nd. There will be stalls, refreshments, carols and seasonal music and games

Litter Picks - Dates for coming litter picks by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) are : 14th January 2017 and 25th February 2017. The litter picks start at Hethersett Methodist Church car park at 10 a.m. Volunteers welcome and equipment is provided. Thirteen people took part in the latest litter pick.

Panto Time - Hethersett Pantomime Group’s 2017 presentation will be Sleeping Beauty which will run from Saturday, January 21st to Saturday, January 28th inclusive. Next year’s production will also feature a Sunday afternoon matinee show, which will replace the Monday evening show. There will be matinees on Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd and Saturday 28th at 2 pm with evening performances on the 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th, making nine performances in all. Tickets are £6 for all performances, including a programme and refreshments and they are available by phoning 01603 811337 or by e-mailing hethersettpantotickets@gmail.com. From Saturday, November 5th, tickets will be on sale every Saturday morning from 10.30 until 1 pm in Hethersett Library.





Act of Remembrance - A packed Hethersett Parish Church honoured the village’s war dead on Sunday. The special service of remembrance began around the war memorial with village stalwart Duncan Pigg reading out the names of those killed in the world wars. This was followed by the sounding of the Last Post, followed by the laying of wreaths by representatives of many of the village’s churches and other uniformed organisations.  This year these included: Hethersett Scouts, Hethersett Guides, Hethersett Cubs, Hethersett Beavers, Hethersett Brownies, Hethersett parish Council, Hethersett Parish Church, Hethersett Methodist Church, Hethersett Roman Catholic Community, Hethersett Pensioners’ Association and Hethersett Old Hall School. The remembrance service inside the church was led by the Rector of Hethersett, the Rev Derek McClean and the Methodist Minister the Rev Matthew Olanrewaju. A collection was taken on behalf of the Royal British Legion. We will have a six page special report on Remembrance Day with photographs in the December edition of Hethersett Herald.


Call for Better Facilities - Hethersett Athletic Football Club needs improved facilities in the village if it is to continue its growth. That was the message from the club’s latest committee meeting as members once again expressed frustration with changing facilities on the Memorial Playing Field. A number of groups including the football club, Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club and Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association have branded the out of date pavilion “inadequate and not fit for purpose.” Planning permission has been granted for a complete renovation, modernisation and extension to the existing building which over the years has been subject to vandalism due to its dilapidate state. The proposed plans would use the existing building as a starting point to provide modern changing facilities, a community room and kitchen facilities. To date grant applications to bodies such as Sport England have failed. As reported in the last edition of Hethersett Herald, the new pavilion would act as a community hub with a meeting room and possibly a community café. The football club is quick to point out that they are fully supportive of the pavilion being a community project and not just a football one. At the present time the club runs teams for all ages from Under-six to adult. It uses not only the Memorial Field but also pitches at Hethersett Academy, Hethersett Junior School and Little Melton Playing Field. It is very aware that large scale development in the village will bring a demand for more teams at all ages. “We currently have 12 teams including two adult Saturday teams, two adult Sunday teams and youth teams at Under-9, Under-10, Under-11, Under-12, Under-13, Under-4, Under-15, and Under-19. We would like to expand but the current facilities on the Memorial Field are just not good enough. Our adult Saturday team would like to move up to the Anglian Combination League but needs the changing facilities to make this possible,” said club chairman Wayne Johnson.


The End Is In Sight - The end is in sight for a fundraising effort launched by Hethersett Parish Church to repair the roof after theft of lead in 2015. Thieves stripped lead off the north aisle and also took two strips from the nave roof. Since then a temporary covering has been put in place and a target of raising £52,000 was set to cover it with steel rather than lead. The church has received a number of donations which have raised £20,000, including one gift of £12,500. Donations have also included £1,000 from the Hethersett Pantomime Group and £543 from a sponsored walk by church member Rick Palmer. A concert held to celebrate the 90th birthday of church stalwart Duncan Pigg raised more than £2,000. In addition, £10,000 has been received from insurers and fundraising events have brought in an additional £3,000. The end is now in sight with more grant applications in and more fundraising events being organised. These include a quiz night in Old Hall School Barn on Friday, 20th January. There will be a chef prepare meal and teams can consist of up to eight people. Tables can be booked by contacting Vic Redington on 01603 811136.


Friends Group Underway - A Friends’ Group for Hethersett Library has been officially launched. A band of volunteers will be supporting a variety of library events, starting with providing refreshments at the performance by the Librarian Theatre Group of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at 3 pm on December 10th. The event will also feature a name the doll competition. Tickets for the play are £6 (£3 for concessions) and can be booked on 01603 810188. The library is currently preparing for its extended opening hours under the scheme which will see registered users able to access the building when it isn’t staffed. Modifications are currently underway and a starting date will be announced in the near future. To access the library when not staffed and during set hours, users will have to be registered and enter via a code and with a registration card. Users will be able to access computers and return and borrow books. 

Another Step Forward - Hethersett took another step towards becoming a dementia friendly village with an information evening in the village hall. Hethersett Dementia Support Group hosted the event which attracted residents and members of the business community. Amelia Worley from Age UK led a training session, explaining how to become a dementia friend. Pupils from Hethersett Academy assisted the group in welcoming and providing refreshments and there were information displays by Age Uk, the Alzheimer’s Society and Hethersett Knit and Natter group. Chairman of the Hethersett Dementia Support Group, David Bills, thanked those in attendance and talked about the progress of the monthly café and continued steps to make Hethersett a dementia friendly community. He thanked all those working towards this end, but underlined that much work still needs to be done. As a result of the evening and assemblies taken in local schools by Amelia Worley, Hethersett Academy has shown an interest in becoming involved with the dementia café. The monthly café takes place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on the third Tuesday of each month from 10 am until midday. The final café of 2016 will be held on  December 20th.  

Writers' Group - A number of new members were welcomed at the latest meeting of Hethersett Writers’ Club. Members read extracts from their work and discussed writing. The group has expanded over the past few months and the next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 22nd. More information is available from founder member Pat Lightfoot via email at lightfootpatricia@gmail.com




Go-Ahead for McDonalds - Plans for a new McDonald’s drive through restaurant on land at Thick-thorn have been given the go-ahead by planners. Planning officers at South Norfolk Council recommended approval of the plans which were then passed by the council’s development management committee. The fast food giant submitted a planning application to South Norfolk Council in March, seeking to develop land near to the existing park and ride, Travelodge and Burger King near the interchange where the A11 meets the A47.The restaurant may be open 24 hours a day, creating more than 65 full -time and part-time jobs. The development will include 60 car parking spaces and 140 seats.


Hethersett Goes Batty - Once again Hethersett has gone batty for a wildlife survey. From June to August recording boxes, microphones and long poles were placed in strategic locations around the village as part of the Norfolk Bat Survey organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Eight types of bat were detected from the tiny Common Pipistrelles and their higher-pitched cousins the Soprano Pipistrelles to the much scarcer Nathusius, the Noctule and the Serotine. 


Probus Club Update - Hethersett, Wymondham and District Probus Club has a new venue. The group now meets in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club in Back Lane on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 10.30 am until noon. Membership is open to retired or semi-retired professional and business men from Hethersett, Wymondham and the surrounding district. The club is looking for new members and more details are available from Ron Richardson on 01603 810263.

Crime Count - A total of 11 crimes were recorded by Norfolk Police in Hethersett for the two month period from July 18th to September 18th. This included a play shed being broken into at Woodside Infant School, an assault without injury at a village recycling centre, criminal damage to cars on Churchfields and Cedar Road and a couple of incidents at Thickthorn Services. Only five crimes were subsequently recorded for the period from September 19th to October 16th. These included theft of car number plates from a vehicle in New Road, interference with a motor vehicle (the deliberate loosening of wheel nuts), a burglary in Norwich Road, theft of a bottle of water from commercial premises and criminal damage to fencing at a business on Norwich Road.

Friendly Support - Hethersett Library is setting up a Friends support group to further enhance its close links with the village community. An information evening will lead to the setting up of a group to increase the number of community functions held by the library. The New Year will also see longer opening hours through a new self help scheme which has already been piloted in other parts of Norfolk. The information evening discussed the setting up of a Friends group with a number of local residents expressing interest in helping in a number of ways which could include raising funds for more craft events for both children and adults, providing refreshments for library events, organising more story times, organising visits by authors and even organising community lunches. In addition, Hethersett Library will soon be accessible for more hours thanks to an open access scheme which has already proved successful at Acle Library and the Millennium Library in Norwich. From January, residents registered to use the building when staff are not present will be able to return and borrow books and use computers. Access will be by scanning a registered library card and typing in a PIN number at an access point. There will be set hours when the library will be available for open access.

Sad News About Marie - Well known former Hethersett resident Marie Stevenson has died. Marie was an integral part of Hethersett Society for many years before moving with husband Paul to Litcham a number of years ago. Earlier this year she was honoured for her work with the Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper. A tribute to Marie will appear in the next edition of our e-magazine Hethersett Herald.

Poetry Illustrated - An evening of illustrated poetry was presented by Hethersett resident Paul Binney at St Remigius Church. The event raised £276. for church funds. An appreciative audience also purchased several of Paul’s books which will benefit Christian Aid. 

Queen's Register - Hethersett Queen’s Head has been designated a community asset and joins Hethersett King’s Head on the South Norfolk Council asset register.  The pub has been added to the register because it serves food and drink to the local and wider community, benefits the local community by providing space for individuals and groups to meet, has its own golf society as well as poker tournaments, and encourages social cohesion.

Historic Tree - An historic Hethersett tree is featured by the Woodland Trust in its UK-wide 'Very Important Trees Campaign', which calls for formal recognition for nationally valuable trees which have played a role in the country’s history or culture. Kett’s Oak on the main B1172 road is a significant tree in the history of the UK due to its association with Robert Kett and Kett’s Rebellion,

Ian's Honours - Ian Bryce was crowned Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club’s player of the year at the club’s presentation evening held at the George Hotel, Norwich. Young spinner Sam Morton was named club bowler of the year. He took 61 wickets at an average of 19.18. The Best Performance of the season award went to Ollie Kilbourn for his innings of 134 for the fourth team against top of the table Southwold. The most improved player award went to Andy Baker and the club person of the year award was shared between social committee chair Harriet Matthews and first team skipper Damian Fahy for their outstanding contribution to the club over the 2016 season. The young player of the year award went to David Mathews. Other awards presented by club president Richard G. Ellis included the following: Duck Cup for most ducks - Lucy Morton and John Ranson. Catching Cup (excluding wicketkeepers) - Damian Fahy. Catching Cup (including wicketkeepers) - Damian Fahy and Steven Hayes. Second Team Batsman of the Year -  Richard D. Ellis. Second Team Bowler of the Year - Matt Steward. Third Team Batsman of the Year - Cameron Clarke. Third Team Bowler of the Year - Cameron Clarke. Fourth Team Batsman of the Year - Ollie Kilbourn. Fourth Team Bowler of the Year - Mark Worley

Pavilion Update - Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association (HAMSA) is throwing its weight behind plans to build a community pavilion on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. Planning permission has already been granted for renovation, extension and modernisation, but to date application for grants has not proved fruitful. The latest meeting of HAMSA featured a lengthy discussion on the future or the pavilion. Members agreed that any building should be for multi-purpose community use and not just for sports groups/clubs. The pavilion should become a focal point for the village. It was agreed that work is needed to illustrate the positive impact that a pavilion would have on the community. It was underlined that the current pavilion isn’t fit for purpose and is an “embarrassment to the village.” Suggestions for use of a new building included a daily café and use as a community facility for meetings. HAMSA has awarded a grant of £100 to Hethersett Athletic Football Club to finance the start up for a new under-6s team. The next meeting of HAMSA will be the annual meeting and has been set for Monday 23rd January, 2017, at 7.30 p.m at Park Farm Hotel.

Council News - There is currently a vacancy on Hethersett Parish Council following the resignation of Trevor Radley through pressure of work. This means that the council is down to12 members from its maximum of 13. The position will be advertised on council noticeboards around the village. The parish council will be replacing inadequate fencing around the village green area in Great Melton Road. The council will foot the bill for providing knee high fencing and the replacement of old broken posts. The parish council’s meeting dates for the remainder of 2016 are: October 17th, November 21st and December 19th. All meetings take place in Hethersett Village Hall and start at 7.30 pm. There are opportunities for the public to speak and ask questions at the start and towards the end of each meeting. Parish clerk Ian Weetman is available in the council office upstairs in the village hall on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am until midday. Parish pop in sessions are held in Hethersett Library from 2 pm until 4 pm on the second Monday of each month.

Shane's Big RunParish Councillor Shane Hull completed the Great North Run and raised over £700 for Alzheimer’s Research. “I completed the world`s largest participation half marathon, finishing 31,342nd out of an entry of 57,000. It took me 42 minutes to even reach the start line due to the sheer number of competitors. Unlike my training in Norfolk, the course was very undulating and the weather a hot and humid 20 degrees. My time was a fairly pedestrian 2 hr 39 min, but crossing the finish line in one piece was the objective. The organisation of the event was fantastic with road sweepers retrieving the one million plus bottles discarded by competitors. I have great respect for those competitors carrying wheelie bins and fridges on their backs. I have now completed the London Marathon and Great North Run 30 years apart! I don't remember aching this much 30 years ago,” Shane said. Shane was running in memory of his late father Ronald who suffered from Alzheimer’s.  




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

Coming Events

Want to know what's going on in the village. Then go to our What's On section which you can access by clicking here. If you have an event you would like to be featured just send details of place, time and any other relevant information via e-mail by clicking here.

Reminisce Here

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.


For archive news from 2004 onwards click here.


What's On the Site?

Below are a list of some of the main areas of the site and what you can expect to find there. You can access them by clicking on the headings

Site Index

A good starting point for those new to the site. This gives an overview of what is available and where.

Site Search

You can also search the site through the Freefind engine below. Just pop in key words.

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Village History

There is a comprehensive history site which has been put together with the assistance of the village archivist. It includes a then and now area dedicated to the changes in the village over the years.

Community Information

Want to know when the library is open or how to book a hall? You will find the information here.

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.


If you have a question about Hethersett, are looking for old friends or have a comment about the site this is the place to leave a message.

What's On

If you have an event to advertise, then just send the details to the site and we will do the rest.


If you have any memories of the village or the people who have lived here over the years, why not share them by having them placed on this site.

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. 

Peter Steward


Hethersett on the Web is an independent non-profit making site that is not financed by any group or individuals.

Information on the site is placed entirely free of charge. It is intended to be a community amenity without social, political or economic bias. The editor is happy to feature all village groups and organisations without prejudice. Information for this site can be e-mailed by clicking here.

Other Site Links

If you would like your site linked here contact me by clicking here. We are happy to link to other village sites once their content has been verified.

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.