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January 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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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 and 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 which continues until Saturday (January 24th). This year’s retiring bucket collection is in aid of the Wymondham based cancer charity Star Throwers.


A Bowling Birthday - Hethersett Short Mat Bowls Club is celebrating its 20th birthday with an appeal for former players and members to get in touch. The club will be marking its birthday on January 27th 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 Godspink, Shirley and Randall Keeley and Jean and Brian Starling – but the club is looking to reach out to former players for their special afternoon: “We would love to see any past members for light refreshments and perhaps a trial game. Or they can just come along and watch,” Malcolm Goldspink added. He can be contacted for more information on the birthday event or 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. 


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 February 10th, February 24th, March 10th, 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.


Next Meeting of Sports Association - The next meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association will take place at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett, on February 2nd at 7.30 p.m. The meeting is open to both clubs and individuals interested in furthering sport, fitness, health and well being in the local area. Over the past two years the association has given away hundreds of pounds to local sports clubs thanks to a substantial grant from South Norfolk Council. “The association was born out of a wish to continue the sporting and fitness legacy of the 2012 London Olympic games and we have now amalgamated with the former Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee to provide one body to promote sport and exercise for local people,” said association chair Peter Steward. As well as providing funding, the association supports, promotes and helps organise many events during the year including the Hethersett 30/60/90 cycle ride organised by Hethersett Velo Club and which this year takes place on April 5th, the Hethersett Open Weekend of events which will take place on July 4th and 5th and Hethersett and the Melton’s entry into the annual Active Norfolk Village Games, the county finals of which will take place in July. The meeting will also receive an update on proposed major sporting facilities development which will see a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), changing facilities and a new indoor sports hall being built on Hethersett Academy land. “The association is thriving and a perfect example of how villages such as ours can not only keep the London Olympic Legacy alive but can also look forward to the 2016 games in Brazil, whilst providing fitness activities, starting up new clubs and supporting existing ones,” Peter Steward added.


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

Planned Road Closure - Part of Park Drive will be closed to traffic from January 20th to 22nd for investigation work into a collapsed sewer.

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.



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.

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.   

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

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.





Fight Against Development Again -  Campaigners who successfully fought a bid for homes on a village wildlife haven have been dealt a blow with the news that the developers have submitted a  fresh application. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. One of the leading opponents of the scheme is James Utting who lives nearby in Henstead Road. James has given us permission to reprint his letter of complaint about the latest position. You can read this by clicking here.


Art In Boxes


Art in Boxes will be on display during December in the Hethersett Community Library – courtesy of students from Hethersett Academy. For the last five years, Year 10, going into Year 11 art students have created works of art in a box. The GCSE project is designed to give the students the opportunity to create a piece of independent work over the summer that explores social and moral questions. This year the design brief was Body, Mind, Spirit – What Makes Us Human?  Students have produced a wide range of thought-provoking works of art. Art teacher Mrs Rodgers said: “Students have produced some intelligent and exceptional work with a high quality finish.” “I thought the project was quite fun as we had the opportunity to work on our own ideas,” said Year 11 student Melissa Jesney. The boxes were sponsored by the Friends of Hethersett Academy. The first two weeks of next March will see the boxes go on display in the window of The Book Hive in London Street, Norwich. Last year the exhibition proved so popular it was held over an extra week, with people asking whether the works would be going on sale. (Caption) Top from left: Elliette Brown, Melissa Jesney, Keziah Tuckfield. Bottom from left: Rosie Canwell, Oliver Elmer.



Kett's Oak Loses Out

Photo reproduced with the permission of WPTL/David Woodcock


Kett's Oak in Hethersett has lost out to a Nottinghamshire tree in the Woodland Trust England's Tree of the Year competition. The Hethersett tree came seventh out of 10 nominated and polled 8% of the public vote. The top award went to The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest. Over 200 nominations were received. To read about the result from the Norwich Evening News click here.

Dance Show Sell-Out - A charity dance show in Hethersett Village Hall on November 22nd was a sell-out and raised over £1,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Hethersett Social Club play equipment. Tickets for the event sold out within a week of being put on sale. Local Hethersett children and adults trained for 18 months for the show. Organiser Kerry Rushmer said it was a great night and would like to thank everyone for their support and help.

Baring All for Calendar - Staff from Hethersett Hall Care Home have launched a semi naked calendar to raise funds for charity. You can read about this by viewing a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.

Bizarre Twist for Sisters - A bizarre twist of fate has seen two Hethersett sisters meet the artist who painted them 24 years earlier. To read this story from the Wymondham Mercury click here.


Special Guests at Remembrance Sunday


On the left is Hethersett War Memorial and above from left to right are: Heather Undrill, Bea Ewart, Bob Andrews, Valerie Hearn and Pamela Hearn

THIS year’s service of remembrance in Hethersett was a special occasion for more than one reason. It commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War and also provided a special and poignant time for three visitors. For the first time this year, the name of Ray Childs was read out amongst those who fell in the First World War. His name was added to the other 17 from the Great War earlier in the year during a clean-up of the memorial and following a campaign by village historians Bea Ewart and Bob Andrews. Those joining with uniformed organisations and villagers around the memorial included Ray’s great nieces Heather Undrill and Valerie Hearn and his great great niece Pamela Hearn who had travelled from Mundesley and Scottow for the service. They expressed themselves “absolutely delighted at the marvellous memorial” to their relative. Ray’s name was added to the war memorial this year after the go ahead from Hethersett Parish Council. Ray was severely gassed during active service in France in 1918 and died in Hethersett after the war. Heavy overnight rain failed to deter the determination of local people and uniformed organisations to gather around the memorial in the grounds of St Remigius Church, despite the fact that the church is still shut for repairs to its roof which are now expected to last until the end of November. That meant a change to the usual plan with the remainder of the united service being held in Hethersett Methodist Church. Brownies, Guides, Scouts and other uniformed organisations were present at the War Memorial with Duncan Pigg B.E.M reading out the names of villagers who died during the two World Wars and also during the Cyprus campaign of the 1950s. Wreaths were laid by numerous village organisations including Hethersett Pensioners’ Association, Hethersett Methodist Church, the Roman Catholic Community, the Royal British Legion, Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett Brownies, the First Hethersett Scouts, the First Hethersett Cubs, the Second Hethersett Guides, Hethersett Beaver Scouts, the First and Fourth Hethersett Brownies and Hethersett Old Hall School. The service of remembrance at Hethersett Methodist Church was led by the Rector, the Rev Derek McClean, and the Methodist Minister, the Rev Matthew Olanrewaju. The uniformed organisations presented their colours to a full church. Work is continuing on a web site commemorating the war dead and looking at Hethersett from 1910 to 1950. This is available by clicking here. . A piece on the Poppy display at Hethersett Old Hall School has been featured in the local Media. You can read the story by clicking here.

Hethersett Miss Out in  Hat-Trick Bid


Hethersett just missed out in being named Active Norfolk Sports Village of the Year for the third time in four years. Having won the competition in both 2011 and 2013, Hethersett was once nominated and made the final shortlist of three. We were beaten into first place by Fakenham who received their award at a special event in Norwich Forum on November 12th. There was one winner on the evening with a Hethersett connection, However. Katie Brooks, who coaches tennis at Old Hall School, was named Community Coach of the Year.


Footpath Improvements


Work is ongoing in Great Melton Road to refurbish the existing footpath outside Tesco Express and the Sunrise Chinese Takeaway. Work is also due to start around Monday (November 17th) to refurbish the existing footpath between numbers 83 to 91, Great Melton Road. This work is likely to take three days.


Council Meeting Dates Announced


The dates for Hethersett Parish Council meetings for 2015 have been announced. The full council will meet on January 28th, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, June 15th, July 13th, September 14th, October 19th, November 16th and December 21st. The annual parish meeting will take place on May 6th. For a full list of council members and other information click here.


Cricket Club's Junior Awards Evening

HETHERSETT and Tas Valley Cricket Club held a fireworks and junior presentation evening at its Flordon Headquarters. For the first time this year, junior members were presented with their awards separately from adult whose presentations will form part of the club’s annual pre-Christmas dinner on December 6th. Club chairman Tony Smith (pictured above with the winners) paid tribute to the ability and enthusiasm of the club’s junior section: “The success and ability of our youngsters is now being reflected in the senior teams with a number of the junior players making their way into the fourths, thirds and even seconds. This is also a great reflection on the work put in by our coaches,” he said. Director of Youth Cricket Rennie Broughton reported that the Under-11s had finished runners-up in the South Norfolk League and third in the Norfolk Alliance. The Under-13s finished third in both leagues. The club ran an Under-9s section for the first time, bringing cricket to boys and girls at an early age. In addition players from the club won South Norfolk League batting and bowling honours. In 2015, Hethersett and Tas Valley will run junior teams at under-11 and under-13 levels in the Norfolk Alliance and sides at Under-9, Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 levels in the South Norfolk League. Prize winners were: Under-9s: Club Batting and Bowling awards and South Norfolk League Bowling Trophy, William Robertson; South Norfolk League Batting Trophy, Will Worley. Under-11s: Batting, Jack Gibson (who hit the first club half century in that age group since 2010); Bowling, Ben Way. Under-13s: Batting, Tom Worley; Bowling, Tom Worley and Ben Davies. Under-15s: Batting and Bowling, Jonathan Cooper. Most Improved Youngster, Lewis Martin; Junior Player of the Year, Jack Gibson. The evening also featured a fireworks display, a raffle and a hog roast.


Panto Coach Could Have Been a Star Attraction


A golden pantomime coach from South Norfolk has missed out on a starring Christmas role in London this year. Hethersett Pantomime Group was contacted by the world famous Harvey Nichols store asking to buy the coach for a pre-Christmas parade event in London. “We made the coach for Cinderella in January 2013 and, following the panto, tried to sell it. I had some interest but nobody was able to get a van to pick it up as it was very long.  Sadly as there was no storage facilities it had to be destroyed, which is such a shame as it was a great looking coach,” said Hethersett Pantomime Director Sarah Wright. A previous coach went on to star in pantomimes in Waterbeach and Downham Market, but it was a different story this time as there were no takers for the 2013 model despite Sarah setting up a web site and putting it on others to try and attract interest. “Out of the blue I received an email asking if it was still for sale as Harvey Nichols had an event in Knightsbridge and they were interested in buying it. So it was almost a London star, “Sarah added. Hethersett’s 2015 pantomime will be Treasure Island which runs in Hethersett Village Hall from January 17th to 24th with a total of seven evening performances and two Saturday matinees. Tickets at £6 are on sale by phoning Jennie Hoult on 01603 811337 or via e-mail by clicking here.  She will also be in Hethersett Library on Saturdays in November from 10.30 a.m until 12.30 p.m.


Charity Breakfast Raises Over £2,000


Hethersett Queen’s Head raised over £2,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support from a charity breakfast. The restaurant was packed with over 100 people enjoying a full breakfast provided by staff who gave their time free of charge and businesses who donated produce. The amount raised was augmented by a raffle for which the prizes were donated by companies and individuals. The event was sponsored by Park Farm Hotel of Hethersett, Paddocks Butchery of Mulbarton, South Lincs Food Service, M.J. Seafoods, Adnams Breweries, Waveney Mushrooms of Wicklewood, Burrows Fruit and Veg of Attleborough and Café du Monde. The breakfast was the latest in a series of similar events at the Queen’s Head that have raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities.


Burglary Warning

A Hethersett district councillor is asking local residents to be extra vigilant and ensure their properties are locked up, even when they are inside. Leslie Dale, who lives in the village and is a South Norfolk councillor, has given the warning after being informed of burglaries in Norfolk. Via the police connect internet warning system. “The Police Connect information service has highlighted the fact that burglars are trying door or window handles to see if they are unlocked. There are recent reports of this happening at Diss and nearby at Costessey. Locally there have been isolated robberies from vans, cars and sheds. Whilst Hethersett remains one of the safest places in Norfolk, it is clear that very occasionally someone in the village does get caught out. So the message is for everyone to be vigilant,” he said. Mr Dale is also keen to see more Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators in the village. He can be contacted on 01603


Brave Callum is Back on Sports Field



Eleven year old Hethersett footballer Callum Lewis is back on the sports field just months after having a life-saving open heart operation. Keen sportsman Callum, who also plays rugby, is also a pupil at Hethersett Academy. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here


Where Are All The Puzzlers? - Where have all the puzzlers gone? That is the question being posed by a Hethersett resident. David Smith launched a jigsaw club in the village at the beginning of the year but numbers have dropped off. Now David is hoping to kick start the club by asking people to cast off their love of technology and get back to gaming basics. “Initially we had a dozen or so people but we now have very few left. Fourteen years ago when my wife and I moved into Hethersett there was an excellent Jigsaw Puzzle Rental Club. Unfortunately the lady who ran it had to close it down due to ill health and I thought it would be a good idea to re-launch a club," he said. David has over 100 puzzles ranging from 500 to 2000 pieces available to rent for a small charge. They are available at his home in New Road, but David has decided now to hire them out through bookings over the telephone, when viewing times can be organised. David can be contacted on 01603 810245


Artists on Display - Over 150 people visited the 10th annual show of the Hethersett Aspiring Artists group in Hethersett Village Hall in November. The displays which ranged from nature to still life and portraits to landscapes drew some appreciative comments.


Flight of the Phoenix - Phoenix, a Bird of Prey protection charity is based in Hethersett and has recently been featured in the local Media. You can read an article from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.




Hethersett Couple's Marathon Journey


Hethersett couple John and Jan Halford have undertaken a marathon journey along England's canals and waterways to mark Jan's retirement from Old Hall School. Over the summer and autumn, they travelled over 550 miles through 431 locks over a nine week period. John is a very keen blogger and you can follow their  journey and much more on his official blog which is well worth a read and can be accessed by clicking here. You can also read an interview with them and view more photographs by clicking here




District Councillor Leads Fight for New Surgery



Hethersett South Norfolk District Councillor David Bills is leading the fight for a new doctors' surgery for Hethersett. Councillor Bills claims that the existing surgery is already oversubscribed and that additional homes earmarked for the village will put it under more stress. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. You can also view a cutting from the newspaper by clicking here.


Open Space Promise

South Norfolk Council has promised to maintain the open space between Hethersett and Wymondham irrespective of any new development. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here


Bill Looks Back

The fascinating memories of a young boy growing up in Hethersett between the World Wars has been added to the Hethersett Archive. Bill Morton was born and raised in the village before moving to Canada where he still lives. Bill's memories are entitled "A Thursday Child" and cover village life, the class differences, local legends and a whole host of memories. Bill is now 95 and wanted the village to benefit from his reminiscences which can be read on our sister website Hethersett At War which can be accessed by clicking here.



Grant for Under-6s - Under-6 footballers at Hethersett Athletic have been awarded a £100 grant by South Norfolk Council. The money will be used to kit the youngsters out as they begin their sporting lives. To read about this and other grants from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper click on the cutting opposite.




Parish Council - The future of a village speedwatch initiative is hanging in the balance after a parish council appeal failed to attract sufficient volunteers. Hethersett Parish Council is on the verge of having to ditch the scheme after only one person came forward following an appeal by council chairman John Nightingale. “Only one additional person came forward. If we do not have anybody else volunteering we will not be able to continue with Speedwatch,” Mr Nightingale said. Concern was expressed at the latest meeting of the council about new lane markings on Thickthorn roundabout. The council has asked for a site meeting with the Highways Agency following changes to lane markings after re-surfacing work. Hethersett’s Norfolk County Councillor Judith Virgo told the meeting that she had requested engineers visit the site following complaints from the public. Engineers had attended on two occasions and stated they were happy with the new markings. Parish Councillors felt that the new markings could lead to confusion and an increased possibility of accidents with problems particularly caused by changes for traffic coming off the A47 from the Great Yarmouth direction. The council is looking into the feasibility of making Hethersett a cold calling free village. Members agreed that cold calling causes concern for the elderly. It was decided to consider the possibility further and seek the views of residents. The Council is supporting efforts for a new doctors' surgery in the village, following the launch of a campaign for improved facilities by South Norfolk Councillor David Bills. The council also expressed its delight that plans to build new homes on a wildlife rich area in the village known as The Paddock have been withdrawn. The next meeting of the council’s planning committee will take place on November 3rd in Hethersett Village Hall at 7 p.m. The next full council meeting will be on November 17th at 7.30 p.m.  


Top Winners at Horticultural Show - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society held its annual show in Hethersett Village Hall with 261 entries. Seasonal changes meant that some of the entries were past their best but the judges were complimentary about the overall standard. Trophy winners were: President's Cup for Best Exhibit in Show, Pauline Harper; Emily Knights Memorial Trophy for most points in the vegetable, fruit and flower sections, Pauline Harper; Peter Bond Trophy for runner-up in vegetable, fruit and flower sections, Pauline Bunn; Chairman's Trophy for Best Exhibit in the Vegetable section, Pauline Harper; Charles Tudor Challenge Trophy for most points in vegetable section, Pauline Harper; Deacon Senior Cup for best exhibit in the fruit section, Pauline Harper; Deacon Junior Cup for most points in the fruit section, Pauline Harper; Burton Fanning Silver Challenge Cup for best exhibit in the flower section, Pauline Bunn; Silver Challenge Cup for most points in the flower section, Margaret Ford; Benjamin Trophy for best flower arrangement, Margaret Ford; Peggy Crowe Memorial Plate for best photograph, Margaret Siddell; John Howard Memorial Cup for best exhibit in the domestic section, Pauline Harper; Abra Trophy for most points in arrangement and domestic sections, Pauline Bunn; Ethel Hayward Memorial Cup for best bowl of roses, Marilyn Savory.


Hethersett Academy Security - Work is reaching completion to make the grounds of Hethersett Academy safer. A new fence is being put into place around the site to deter unauthorised use of the land. "The past few years have seen a significant increase in problems associated with unofficial intruders on the school site, after it has been locked. This has been possible because the boundary has been insecure with many easy access points," said Academy Business Manager Richard Cole. Problems have included vandalism of the all weather cricket wicket, vandalism of five-a-side football goals, dog mess left on sports pitches, parties being held on the field and around the buildings with litter and debris being left. "While these problems are caused by a minority of people, we cannot continue to allow these to occur. Therefore we are installing a complete fence around our site. The fence will not hinder access to the Scout Hall or Hethersett Junior School and parents will still be able to come through the school gate, park in the car park (or outside the Scout hall) and walk to the hall/school," Mr Cole added. The work has been made possible through grant funding.



Fitness Groups Merge


TWO major fitness and sports organisations in Hethersett are amalgamating to keep the London 2012 Olympic legacy flame alive. Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association (HaMSA) and Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee have merged to produce a major organisation to promote fitness, health, well being and sport in Hethersett, Great Melton and Little Melton. The decision to combine forces was taken at the latest meeting of the sports association at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett. It will now be responsible for organising the annual Hethersett Open Weekend as well as starting new sports and fitness groups and clubs and supporting existing ones. “Over the past few years the two groups have worked side by side to promote and organise sport and fitness programmes in the villages and it now seems an appropriate time for them to amalgamate on a formal footing to continue the work that led up to the 2012 London games and beyond and which culminated in the Olympic flame coming to Hethersett and the village being the first village, town or city in the United Kingdom to receive the Prime Minister’s Big Society award,” said HaMSA chairman Peter Steward. Throughout 2014, HaMSA has been able to financially support a number of clubs and groups thanks to a grant from South Norfolk Council. This has seen the setting up of a croquet club and a junior section of Hethersett Netball Club along with improvements to the Hethersett Memorial Bowls Club pavilion. Grants have also been given to the Respect Yourself text messaging service, Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club, Hethersett Athletic Football Club and many others. “By working in partnership with South Norfolk Council we have been able to set-up and help many individual clubs during the year and we are looking forward to continuing this work in 2015 with the sixth Open Weekend from July 4th to 5th which will once again feature a come and try sports event and a two mile funrun. We are also looking into the possible launch of a new tennis club,” Peter Steward added. This year saw Hethersett and the Meltons win the Active Norfolk South Norfolk Village Games for the fourth year running and become Norfolk village champions for the first time after finishing runners-up the previous three years. More details about HaMSA are available on the web site by clicking here. Many of the sports trophies and mementoes from the past six years are now on display along with village archive material in Hethersett Library. The next meeting of the sports association will be on February 2nd, 2015, at Park Farm Hotel. Anyone interested in sport, fitness and well being is welcome. 

Library Talk - Village archivist Gary Wyatt gave an illustrated talk at Hethersett Library entitled "Racecourses, Railways and Road Names." Gary looked at  Hethersett Racecourse and Hethersett Station and then outlined the family history behind three roads in the village - Harvey Close, Buckingham Drive and Childs Road.



Building Work Starts on Water Tower Site - Work has begun on nearly 160 homes in Hethersett on what is known as the Water Tower Site - with a long-awaited footpath along a dangerous stretch of road also given the green light. To read more on this story from the Norwich Evening News click here


New Homes Prompt Nursery Growth - Hethersett Old Hall School is expanding its nursery facilities in light of future village development. You can read about this story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here and view a cutting from the paper by clicking here.


Delayed Fete is a Success - Hethersett Old Hall School showed how perseverance will get you there in the end after putting on its annual fete four months later than planned. And the day was made extra special thanks to a visit from Norwich City player Jonny Howson. To read about this from the Wymondham Mercury click here.


"Gunshots" were Nothing More Than Fireworks - Police have confirmed that gun shots in Hethersett on September 14th were nothing more sinister than fireworks. To read about this story from the local Media click here. Also visit our cuttings section.


The Day Ian Paisley Visited Hethersett - Irish political firebrand the Rev Ian Paisley who has died showed his softer side when he visited Hethersett in May 2011 to preach at Hethersett Baptist Church. Re-visit the cutting of this event from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Challenge for Youngsters


Youngsters celebrate completing the summer reading scheme with Community Librarian Helena Last on the left and on the right is organiser Caroline Mitchell (far left) with her young helpers.

WELL over 200 youngsters proved up for the challenge at Hethersett Library over the summer. A total of 239 children of all ages joined this year’s Summer Reading Challenge Mythical Maze. Their challenge was to read six books and visit the library at least three times over the holiday period. To reward them on their journey they collected smelly stickers and Mungler cards (similar to Top Trumps). There was also a treasure hunt around the village and a variety of activity sheets in the library. Those taking part were also encouraged to write a review of their favourite book. During the holidays the library held three craft events based around the Mythical Maze theme and this has resulted in a magnificent dragon now on display in the teenage area. All three events were well supported with over 20 children at each. “We had five brilliant volunteers helping us with the challenge - Hethersett Academy students Charley Tedds, Matthew Pugh and Matt Segon, and also mother and daughter Louise and Willow Farrell,” said organiser Caroline Mitchell. A total of 120 children completed the challenge, 30 of whom attended a medal and certificate ceremony. Parents and children applauded as all 30 were presented with their medals and certificates by Community Librarian Helena Last. The winner of the Treasure Hunt was Ellis Jones who won a small prize for his efforts.


Groups Featured in Open Day


OVER 20 organisations were represented at a special societies’ day in Hethersett Village Hall. The event was organised by Hethersett South Norfolk Councillor Leslie Dale with financial support from the council. Afterwards Mr Dale pronounced the event a success and hopes to make it a biennial event with the next taking place in 2016. Hobbies, charities, sports and support groups were all featured. Groups taking part included Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett Aspiring Artists, Hethersett Archive, Norfolk Winemakers Guild, Hethersett Horticultural Society, Norfolk Libraries Service, MacMillan Cancer Support, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, Hethersett Singers, Wymondham Talking Newspaper for the Blind, Hethersett Bridge Club, Respect Yourself, Rheumatoid Arthritis in Norfolk Group, Hethersett Methodist Church, Humbleyard Hoofers Walking Group, Hethersett WI, Wymondham Probus Club, Hethersett Pensioners Association, Hethersett Society, the Norfolk Dolls House and Miniatures Club, Norfolk Winemakers Guild and Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club. Refreshments were provided by members of Hethersett Women’s Institute. The event was organised in conjunction with Hethersett Parish Council and Hethersett Village Hall Management Committee. A steady flow of people attended during the four hour session. “Personal experience on arrival in Hethersett in 2002 suggested that identifying organisations to attend or join, is not easy. However in 2007 we found the Societies Day organised by Hethersett Parish most helpful, but there has been no comparable event held since. “In this, the first year of South Norfolk Councillors being allowed £1000 per year of grant monies, I determined to use £100 of this money in hiring the Hethersett Village Hall to hold an exposition of our local organisations,” Mr Dale said.

Recruitment Drive By Singers

Hethersett Singers are looking for new voices as they prepare for their annual Christmas Concert. The group, which has been in existence for 53 years could be in danger of folding without an infusion of new blood. Rehearsals for the next concert begin on September 17th at 8 p.m in Hethersett Academy (formerly Hethersett High School) but there are concerns for the future of the group. “In the halcyon days of the group there were over 50 members. Currently we have about 25 but we desperately need over 30. It would be heartbreaking to have to call it a day when we have such a rich heritage,” said one of the group’s leaders Margaret Hobday. The group also needs more support from the public for its concerts: “We held an excellent concert in May in St Remigius Church when the choir was in good voice and we had two excellent soloists and organist. For various reasons the audience, although select, was small. Consequently we made a loss on the concert and more support is needed from local people if we are to continue and flourish. We need more people to join the choir and sing and more people to pay to hear them,” Mrs Hobday added. The choir meets on Wednesday evenings and feature both choral and secular music and is looking for all voice ranges for the Christmas concert which will be in St Remigius Church on December 12th and which will feature a wide range of seasonal music from songs and carols to works by Edward Elgar and Paul Carr. “We are a friendly group and previous experience is not essential. Hethersett is rapidly expanding, so there must be people who would like to join us,” Mrs Hobday added. Anyone interested in joining or who would like to receive more information can contact Margaret Hobday on 01603 810449 or e-mail her by clicking here. Our photograph shows Margaret and John Hobday at the village Societies' Day. 

Were You Miss Hethersett 1959?

The hunt is on in Hethersett to find a beauty queen from the past. Village archivist Gary Wyatt (pictured above) has been given a poster advertising a “Grand Fete and Horticultural Show” held at Hethersett Hall on July 11th, 1959. Amongst the attractions was a beauty competition to find Miss Hethersett of 1959. “The poster is just one of the fascinating items from the past that has been donated to the archives. It would be lovely to find out who won the contest and whether they are still living locally. The minimum age for entry was 15 so it is likely that the winner will now be in their early or mid 70s,” Mr Wyatt said. Other attractions at the event included produce displays, a children’s cycle parade and dancing on the lawn. The event was held at Hethersett Hall when it was owned by the Back family and before it became a residential care home. The poster has been added to over 5,000 items now kept in the village archive. 

Re-Wilding Project

A Hethersett environmentalist is hoping to educate local people on how to make their gardens more wildlife friendly. Andy Panes (pictured above), who is a member of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT), has drawn up guidelines for a re-wilding project for encouraging wild flowers and “friendly” wildlife into gardens. “As we get more development in Hethersett it becomes more and more important to make existing gardens more wildlife friendly,” he said. So Andy has set out to help local residents encourage wildflowers, bees, hedgehogs, birds, bats and insects. “If people contact me I am happy to visit them and give advice on how to develop wildlife friendly gardens, how to increase the density of wild flowers, how to improve their supply of pollen rich plants, how to encourage hedgehogs, how to set up insect houses to help in the winter and how to provide bird and bat boxes and also how to get the best out of a garden pond,” he added. He has already had almost 40 enquiries and can be contacted on 01603 814818. Meanwhile the HEAT group’s next village litter picks will take place on September 27th and November 15th, both starting at 10 a.m from Hethersett Methodist Church’s car park. The group will also be organising another village open gardens event on June 28th next year.

Duncan and Rita Retire


Rita Berchem watches on as Duncan Pigg cuts the retirement cake. On the right Duncan and Rita with the choir. Click on the photos to enlarge them

TWO of the best known faces at Hethersett Parish Church are retiring after serving the local Christian community for over 64 years between them. Tributes were paid to choirmaster Duncan Pigg and organist Rita Berchem at two special services held before the church shut down for over two months for emergency repairs to the roof. Evensong on August 24th concluded with refreshments and a special cake for the pair which included the words from a well known Abba song “Thank You For the Music.” The following Sunday (August 31st) more tributes were paid at a United Benefice Family Communion Service when the congregation was augmented by friends from churches in Little and Great Melton. Duncan Pigg is a well known and loved figure in Hethersett through his connection with Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club, of which he is currently president, and the village pantomime group which saw him write and produce the first 40 shows from 1970 until 2009. He was awarded the British Empire medal in the 2013 New Year’s Honours to mark over 60 years of service to the local community. He has been choirmaster of St Remigius Parish Church for 39 years. Rita Berchem is retiring after over 25 years as organist at the church and the parochial church council are currently looking for a replacement. Rita came to the church after being trained at the Royal Academy of Music. Both Rita and Duncan are now well into their 80s. “I feel that it is time for somebody else to take over, but I have to say I will miss being organist,” Rita Berchem said. “I would like to thank everyone for their support during my time as choirmaster. The choir includes so many good musicians that I wonder how they have put up with me for so long. I have always had their support and also the support of the congregation. Church choirs have been a huge part of my life since I was a boy,” Duncan Pigg said, adding that he now hoped to continue as “an ordinary member of the choir.” At the United Benefice Service fulsome tributes were paid to both. Speaking on behalf of the choir, Douglas Beattie said: “For over 25 years Rita has diligently prepared music which has been technically brilliant. A quarter of a century of service to the church is remarkable and we would like to put on record our sincere appreciation. Both Rita and Duncan have become part of the history of our church.” In addition to momentoes and presents from the choir, Rita Berchem was presented with a loyal service medal from the Royal School of Church Music and the choir performed a special setting of John Rutter’s “A Clare Benediction” for Duncan, under the guidance of choir member Rachel Mallett. During the repairs to St Remigius, the 8 a.m Sunday service will take place at the Church Hall in Henstead Road and the 10.30 a.m service will be held in Hethersett Junior School.

Tom's Stunning Knock Helps Win Promotion for Cricketers

Tom Osborn (left) who hit an unbeaten 173 and above some of the promotion winning Hethersett and Tas Valley Third Team

A 10 run victory for Hethersett and Tas Valley Thirds over Lowestoft B prompted a promotion party at Flordon on Saturday. The 24 point haul ensured runners-up spot in Division Five of the Norfolk League in a high scoring match that saw Valley opener and former youth team player Tom Osborn hit a magnificent unbeaten 173 which included 17 fours and ten sixes and earned praise from his skipper Dale Clarke: “Tom’s innings was the most complete performance I have seen in my nine years at the club. This was the best match of the season and a great way to gain promotion from Division Five,” he said. A run filled match concluded in the gathering gloom as the light faded fast. Valley’s total of 261-4 looked to be unassailable, but Lowestoft had other ideas and the match was in the balance until the last few overs when solid bowling restricted the visitors to a reply of 251-6, giving Valley a slender 10 run victory. The win saw them finish 27 points clear of third placed Frettenham who suffered a final day reversal at the hands of runaway champions Gillingham. Ross Jones hit 38 for Hethersett and youngster Sam Morton took 2-57 in Lowestoft’s reply. There has been much to celebrate for Valley this season. In addition to the third team’s promotion, a number of former youth team players have been pushing through the ranks with a number playing games for both the seconds and firsts. The wealth of junior talent should ensure a bright future for the club. For the record the first team finished fifth in Norfolk Alliance Division Two and the second team finished fourth in Norfolk Alliance Division Five.



First World War Commemoration

Above are members of the Hethersett Art and Craft Group with their First World War display and on the right is the renovated war memorial in the grounds of St Remigius Church.

A Hethersett art and craft group is helping to keep memories of the Great War alive by producing a display of paintings, photographs and memorabilia. Hethersett Methodist Art and Craft Group meets on Wednesday mornings and includes some keen historians amongst its members. That made it a logical step to help commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War with a display featuring facsimile newspapers, original art work, posters, crafted poppies, poetry and photographs. “We wanted to commemorate the war in some shape or form and an obvious way was to use our skills,” said one of the group organisers and instructor Tina Greenhalgh. She was joined by Bea Ewett and Brenda Parfitt in organising the display which has been up in the Methodist Church for a number of weeks and will be available to view when the church is open until the end of the month. Meanwhile the village has also marked the centenary of the start of the war by having the War Memorial in the grounds of St Remigius Church cleaned and spruced up. The name of Ray Childs has also been added to the other 17 names featured from the Great War. Ray was severely gassed during active service in France in 1918 and died back in Hethersett after the war in 1919. Hethersett Parish Council felt the time appropriate to add his name as one of the fallen of the conflict. A special web site looking at Hethersett from 1910 to 1950 and featuring major sections on the First World War is being constructed by parish councillor Peter Steward with the help of village archivist Gary Wyatt. The site features the exclusive writings of Hethersett Rector, the Rev Frederic Jarvis, who served in both the village and on the western front during the First World War, along with historic photographs and details taken from wartime accounts in the village’s parish magazine. The web site can be accessed by clicking here

Cricket Fundraiser - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club raised over £300 for club funds from their annual Super Sixes tournament which this year had a changed format due to impending Bank Holiday rain. Instead of the usual tournament, the club held two inter-club matches in an attempt to get in some cricket before the rain came. With juniors on one pitch and senior players on the main pitch, the club was able to get through two 10 over innings’ per side before the bad weather really closed in. The main pitch game ended in a tie with the imaginatively named Team B beating Team A in a one over deciding slog. “A big thank you to everybody who attended the event in what were awful conditions. In the circumstances I think we did very well to play two 10 over games in both adults and juniors. I am sure everybody had a very enjoyable day and the good news is that the event made almost £300 towards the everyday running of the club,” said club chairman Tony Smith.



Experience Defeats Youth - Just



A special pre-season match between Hethersett Athletic's Under-19s and Men's Sunday side was played for the Lee Thompson Memorial Plate. The plate is contested annually in memory of former club youth team player Lee Thompson who was tragically killed in an accident over a decade ago. The match saw the experience of the Sunday side narrowly come out on top with a 3-2 victory over their younger opponents. Scorers for the Sunday side were Liam Buffin (2) and Nick Benfield. Goals for the Under-19s came from Tom Nurse and Kieran Murrell.




GCSE Results - Principal of Hethersett Academy Gareth Stevens has expressed himself delighted with the school's GCSE results which saw 61% gain five or more A* to C grades including English and Maths and 71% gain five or more A* to C grades overall: “We are really pleased with these excellent results from our wonderful year 11 students. This is truly a fantastic achievement and I am really proud that the hard work of the students, teachers and supportive families, has produced such magnificent results. We wish our students the very best for the future as they leave us to move into education and beyond”. he said. Results from Hethersett Old Hall School were also impressive with 83% gaining five or more A* to C grades including English and Maths and 94% gaining five or more A* to C grades overall: “I would like to congratulate our pupils on this year’s exam success which is due to the dedication of both students and staff and the sustained support of parents. This year group have worked hard, exceeded their targets and truly fulfilled their potential.” said Joanna Collin, deputy head.

Running Group Back in Spring - The Thursday evening running group has completed its summer sessions under the leadership of Norfolk Olympic runner Paul Evans. A new course will start in May, 2015. We will have full details when they are available. The group has been run under the auspices of Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association in conjunction with Active Norfolk.

Broadband Concern - A disabled Hethersett man has been featured in the local Media speaking about his frustrations at being without a phone line and internet connection for over four weeks. You can view a cutting on this from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

A Level Results - Hethersett Old Hall School pupil Daniele Marta is featured in coverage in the Wymondham Mercury of A' level results. You can read this story by clicking here.

Toss of A Coin Defeat for Cricketers - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricketers lost a cup semi-final in the cruellest possible way when a toss of the coin denied them a place in the final of the. The Norfolk Challenge Cup semi-final at Bradfield was washed out by heavy afternoon rain. With no time before the final to re-arrange the match, the league ordered the match to be decided on a coin toss. Hethersett were assigned tails and heads came up. The previous evening Hethersett were knocked out of the Norfolk Junior Cup at the semi-final stage when they were well beaten by Great Witchingham.




Croquet Friendly - Eaton Park on a glorious sunny evening was the setting for a friendly meeting between well established Norwich Croquet Club and newly formed Hethersett Croquet Club, the two main clubs in the Norwich and South Norfolk area. Hethersett Croquet Club was formed in August 2013 with help from Norwich Croquet Club and following several enquiries from the ‘Sport in the Park’ event on the Memorial Playing Field which was supported by Active Norfolk. The club received a substantial grant from Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association to enable it to purchase equipment and to adequately prepare the lawns for this season. The club meets on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field, close to the bowls pavilion, at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and 2.30 p.m. on Saturdays – unless the weather is on the wrong side of showery. More information on the Hethersett club is available from Peter Hoult on 01603 811337 – or by email by clicking here. Norwich Croquet Club was formed a number of years ago and has the use of a lawn at Eaton Park and is situated between the model boat pond and the hard tennis courts. The club meets for Association play on Monday and Saturday afternoons, and for Golf play on most Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. Coaching takes place on Thursday evenings. The club has a web site which can be viewed by clicking here. More information is available via the secretary on 01603 506169. Both clubs enjoy a playing season running from Easter until late September or early October. Equipment is available to use and both run free ‘Come and Try It’ events during the year. Croquet is well-known as a tactical, absorbing and enjoyable game suitable for all ages with two versions of the game currently being played in the United Kingdom - Golf Croquet is a simpler, but competitive and more sociable variation where all four players are on the lawn throughout, taking turns. It has grown rapidly in popularity and stature. Association Croquet has developed from the Victorian game, which requires a variety of skills that are acquired by playing regularly with advice and coaching.


Beyond Expectations - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club raised £700 from its summer fete which was organised by the youngsters. A dog show and various stalls and refreshments made an enjoyable day despite intermittent rain and the amount raised exceeded expectations: “We were delighted that so many people stayed and supported us despite the rain. We made about £700 which was beyond our expectations and we had great support from so many local businesses and shops which helped to make a fantastic raffle,” said club stalwart Gillian Saunders. The club is planning to repeat the event in 2015 and would be happy to work alongside any other village group wanting to join in with organising and sharing any profits. The club is organising a pre-Christmas concert by the D’Capo Choir on December 5th with tickets available from September. The last time the choir appeared the event was a sell out. The club is also appealing for additional volunteers: “We urgently need a few more volunteers who are willing to do a week every month on a rota for the older Wednesday group and the Thursday group,” Gillian Saunders said. She can be contacted on 01953 607566.


Garden Party Fund-raiser - A garden party at the home of Neville and Tina Greenhalgh in New Road, Hethersett, raised £370 which will be divided between Hethersett Methodist Church and water and sanitation projects in Uganda. The event featured games, cream teas and unbroken sunshine.


Hethersett Station May Re-Open - There is some suggestion that Hethersett Railway Station may re-open as part of a plan to maximise the potential of the train route from Norwich to Thetford. Norfolk County Councillor Bev Spratt is supporting the idea to make more use of the route, given the fact that the area between Norwich and Thetford is earmarked for major development. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Hethersett Rider in National Championships Success - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway rider Roger Carter has finished third in the British Championships for riders over the age of 60. You can read this story and view photographs from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


County Car Club Leads the Way - A Government minister has hailed Norfolk as leading the way for the rest of the country in public transport. Baroness Kramer, minister of state for transport, was visiting the Thickthorn Park and Ride site, which technically comes within the parish of Hethersett, to announce a £500,000 boost to car sharing clubs around England. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Changes to Small Ads (But they are Still Free) - In order to ensure that small business ads are current we are changing the way that these are presented. Very shortly we will be grouping the ads together in specific categories. Each ad will initially be placed on this site for a period of six months. The ads will still be free, but will all include an "end by" date. If you have an ad on this site and wish to keep it after the initial six month period all you have to do is e-mail us by clicking here  and we will keep it on-line. If we do not hear from you by the expiry date the advert will be taken off the site. 


Cringleford and Hethersett Flower Club - Cringleford and Hethersett Flower Club meets monthly on the fourth Monday of the month at 7.30 p.m in Hethersett Village Hall. Full details of the club and contacts are available by clicking here  The club's programme for 2014-2015 is available by clicking here and the club's latest reports and photographs can be viewed by clicking here.




Playgroup Leader Retires



A Hethersett playgroup leader has retired after 20 years of caring for, encouraging and being a friend to hundreds of pre-school age children. Nicky Wardale ended her two decade association with Ducklings Playgroup on its last day of term and celebrated with a picnic involving both children and parents. Nicky was presented with numerous gifts and vouchers including a “book of memories” and a tea towel decorated by the children to mark her time with the group which started when she was a parent helper. Her period in charge has seen the group being graded as “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors and also seen Nicky herself being honoured by carrying the 2012 London Olympic torch at Cromer in recognition of her outstanding achievements. Now Nicky feels it is the right time to pass on her own baton to the next generation: “I feel that I have done a really good job over 20 years and that the group is in a very good place. I have an intense feeling of pride and satisfaction and believe the time is right for somebody else to take over,” Nicky said. Chair of Governors of Hethersett Pre-School Playgroup, to give Ducklings its more formal name, Caroline Spatchett said that Nicky would be hugely missed: “We will miss everything about Nicky – her enthusiasm, the way she teaches the children, the way they learn from her and above all the fact that the children love her,” she said. Nicky’s association with Ducklings began when her own children were of playgroup age: “I was inspired by my own children to become part of Ducklings,” she said. Now 20 years later she has seen hundreds of children leave Ducklings, move through the school system into employment or university. Nicky, who is a keen runner, is now looking to undertake some form of voluntary work and also “chase a few of my dreams.” Her dreams include a ranch holiday where she can “be a cowboy for a time.” She admits, however, that there may be a tear or two over the coming days and weeks: “I will miss the children and the lovely sense of satisfaction when they trust you and also watching them develop as they mature. Yes there will be tears but I feel it is time to move on.” Ducklings, which was founded in 1967, is aimed at children from two and a half to five years old and meets for three hours on weekdays. There is also an activity group for children aged 21 months to two and a half years that meets in the afternoon. All the groups meet in the grounds of Woodside Infants and Nursery School


Have A Go Hero - Read about the have-a-go Hethersett hero who foiled a robbery at Tescos by visiting the Eastern Daily Press newspaper site by clicking here..



Hethersett and the Meltons Take County Title



Hethersett and the Meltons are sporting champions of Norfolk. We won the county finals of the Active Norfolk village games at the UEA Sportspark on July 13th. We came top of the section for large villages and market towns, beating off the challenge of Diss, Fakenham, Aylsham, Gorleston and Downham Market to go one better that the previous three years which saw us finish runners-up. To read a report of the day click here.




Deputy Head Ready to Say Farewell 



Gardening, bell ringing and travelling are just three of the pursuits that a Hethersett deputy head is looking forward to when he retires at the end of this term. Richard Carter has been teaching at Hethersett Junior School (formerly Hethersett Middle School) for 29 years and been deputy head for well over 20. In that time he has served under seven different head teachers and also had a year as acting head as well. He first came to the school in the mid 1980s as upper school co-ordinator with a specialisation in music, before taking on the role of deputy head six years later. Now on the verge of retirement, the 57 year old is looking forward to following his many passions, but also hopes to do some supply teaching as well. Over the years he has seen many changes in education and looks upon his early years with the greatest fondness: “I thoroughly enjoyed the early days as I was in charge of my own classroom and able to see my own plans and ideas come to fruition,” he said adding that he didn’t feel today’s teachers had the same opportunities thanks to a “results driven” culture. Mr Carter was born and brought up in West Malling in Kent and moved to Norfolk after gaining a degree in music from Cardiff University. The similarities between rural Kent and Norfolk were not lost on the young graduate who soon fell in love with Norfolk and all it has to offer: “I had a couple of bellringing friends in Norfolk and so decided to pay the county a visit, fell in love with it and have never wanted to live anywhere else,” he said. He started his career teaching in Brundall before moving to Hethersett. He has always had an interest in many different forms of music and has successfully run choirs, orchestras, recorder groups, string quartets and many other groups at the Hethersett school. In retirement Mr Carter is looking to get even more involved in music by joining a choir, a wind band and playing the trombone. He is a member of the Norwich Diocesan Ringers and regular rings the bells in his home village of South Walsham and in St Peter Mancroft in the centre of Norwich. Whilst looking forward to retirement he admits that he will miss: “watching children improve and grow up.” “I suppose Hethersett has always been such an attractive area to work in because of the similarities between it and the area where I was brought up,” he added.


Cricketers Take Trophy 


Pictured above are the triumphant Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket team after winning the Wensum Cup 20-20 trophy on July 15th. Hethersett beat Eaton by 30 runs in the final at Flordon. On the left skipper Matt Steward receives the Wensum Cup and on the right the victorious team.




Mad or Mad Keen?


Pictured on the left from left to right are: David Slater, Bart Anderton and Andrew Morris

Three mad keen cyclists admitted that they were “slightly mad” when they decided to take on a marathon endurance ride of over 230 miles. The trio from Hethersett Velo Club took to the roads in a 25 hour ride that started in Wymondham Market Place. They cycled to Hackney and then onto Suffolk to reach Dunwich before riding back to Wymondham. Hethersett Velo Club founder Martin “Bart” Anderton was joined by David Slater from Attleborough and Andrew Morris from Wymondham. They completed their journey in just over a day, arriving back in Wymondham tired but elated. Bart Anderton, who founded the hugely successful Hethersett Velo Club which now has over 170 members, is no stranger to marathon rides – having ridden from London to Paris in the past and having organised the Hethersett 30-60-90 event for the past three years. “It was a difficult ride, but the help and support that we received was fantastic and there were no major problems. The weather was slightly unpredictable with one massive rain shower at about 6pm so we took cover underneath the M25. Everything went really well and we are looking forward to doing it again next year,” he said. It was an extra special ride for David Slater who only took up the sport a few months ago. “I wanted to lose weight and didn’t fancy running. So I joined Hethersett Velo club and immediately got hooked,” he said. As if to illustrate the point David added in a 30 mile ride before setting off from Wymondham. The main reason for the ride was to test the trio’s endurance and fitness, but they have also been raising money for various charities.


Fifth Open Day Attracts Hundreds to Hethersett


The fifth annual Hethersett Open Day held over the weekend of July 5th and 6th proved another success with hundreds of people taking part in four events over the two day period. Our picture top left shows some of the 215 runners setting off in the two mile funrun. Top right shows the proud finishers with their medals. Bottom left is the first runner home Adam Lewis who clocked a time of just over 10 minutes. Next to him are just some of those who took part in the tug-of-war contest held at the end of the Come and Try Sports event. To read a report of the weekend click here. A gallery of photographs of the funrun is available by clicking here. Coverage of the event in the Norwich Evening News web site is available by clicking here.







Rain Calls Early Halt to Cricket Festival - The weather put a slight dampener on Hethersett and Tas Valley’s second annual schools cricket festival. Bright early morning sunshine saw the competition get well underway and reach the final stages before heavy early afternoon rain brought a halt. Despite the weather over 50 budding young cricketers from seven schools competed. The youngsters were randomly mixed up to create teams of eight to enjoy games of Kwik cricket and also to make new friends from other schools. Each team had different coloured T shirts sponsored by Admiral Civil Engineering in conjunction with Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club. Schools taking part were Aslacton Primary, Newton Flotman Primary, Preston Primary at Tasburgh, Saxlingham Primary, St Mary’s Junior School from Long Stratton and Shelton with Hardwick School. Kwik cricket puts the emphasis on involving all players in both batting and bowling with each team, made up of a mix of boys and girls, starting with 200 runs and being deducted five runs for each wicket lost. The event was organised by Hethersett and Tas Valley club member Sarah Worley and supported by teachers, helpers and coaches from the cricket club. Afterwards Sarah said that the day had proved to be another success despite the best efforts of the weather which saw the final having to be cancelled. After some hectic re-calculation the White team was declared the winners. The rain also washed out Hethersett and Tas Valley's Wensum Cup Final, which will now be played on Tuesday July 15th. Our photograph above shows some of the youngsters who took part in the cricket festival.


More Writers Needed - Hethersett Writers' Group is looking to widen its horizons by attracting new members. The group was launched just over a year ago and is now looking to expand. “We are a friendly and informal group who meet in each other’s houses to share our love of writing. We often write together and also separately and would love to welcome a few more people who are keen to share ideas,” said founder Pat Lightfoot. The group currently meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Having a few more people would give us the chance to expand what we do and come up with some new ideas,” Pat added. The group doesn’t restrict membership to Hethersett residents and currently includes amateur writers from both Long Stratton and Attleborough. Anybody interested in finding out more about the group or joining can e-mail Pat Lightfoot by clicking here.  




Adding Colour - A South Norfolk Brownie pack has combined with an environmental group to add colour to their village. The First Hethersett Brownies are celebrating their 40th birthday this year and part of those celebrations include an activity in the local community. The group has joined forces with the Hethersett Environmental Action Team on a number of occasions in the past and decided to renew their acquaintance in order to plant Rudbeckia in two tubs on the Green in Queen’s Road. It was a lovely summer’s evening as the youngsters combined with Tawny Owl Sharon Watts and leading village environmentalist Dr Anne Edwards to bring an additional splash of colour to the village. The plants were sourced by Dr Edwards who looked after them until they were big enough and strong enough to plant out.The Brownies and leaders each selected their own rudbeckia to plant, and they are now looking forward to seeing the flowers bloom in the coming months. “We would like to thank Anne and HEAT for their help with the project. If you would like to get involved with local Guiding, please click here to register your interest - we always need more Leaders to keep providing exciting activities like this,” Sharon Watts said.


Residents' Homes Fear - An article in the Norwich Evening News has expressed the fears of Hethersett residents that work on over a thousand new homes in Hethersett will come before an improved road system. The article states that developers have attempted to reassure residents on the subject. It is vitally important that all groups in Hethersett work together to ensure that our village receives proper and sufficient facilities to go with the development. This includes adequate and improved provision for health, education, crime prevention and recreation. Click on the press cutting opposite to enlarge it.




Messy Event Brings Families Together - Hethersett Messy Church celebrated its birthday in style with families getting together for an afternoon of crafts, fun and fellowship. You can read about the celebrations and view photographs of the event by clicking here.






Champions Again - Hethersett are once again South Norfolk sporting champions  - for the fourth year in a row. Hethersett and the Meltons won the large villages/market towns section of the Active Norfolk South Norfolk Sports and go on to compete in the county finals at UEA Sportspark on July 13th. Once again the fierce but friendly rivalry between Hethersett and Diss was to the fore with the teams locked together on points at the end of the 11 sport competition at Long Stratton. A countback system also failed to separate the two teams and the competition was declared a tie with both going through to the county final. Last year saw Diss and Hethersett tie in the county final, only for the top prize to be awarded to Diss on countback. “It was another great day of family sport and we were delighted to win the South Norfolk event for the fourth year in a row. In the last three years we have been runners-up in the county competition and so will be looking to go one better this year,” said Village Sports Co-ordinator Peter Steward. Hethersett and the Meltons came top in a number of sports including archery, badminton, darts, table tennis and five-a-side football. Eleven sports were featured with many being divided into junior and senior competitions. The Hethersett team featured well over 50 competitors of all ages from eight to eighty. “It really is a competition for families and people of all ages. Our latest trophy will be on show, alongside many of the other trophies and awards gained by the village over the past 10 years in a new cabinet in Hethersett Library,” Peter Steward added. More photographs of the winners can be viewed by clicking here. A video featuring Hethersett team members is available by clicking here.


Circus Theme at School Fete - Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School’s summer fayre took on a circus theme with clowns, stilt walkers and a fancy dress parade. A cloudy day failed to dull spirits as numerous games stalls and refreshment areas did a roaring trade in the annual event organised by the Friends of Woodside School. As well as the circus antics, there were performances from the Samba Band, Year Two recorder and singing group and Year One dancers. Acting Head Angela Jermy paid tribute to everyone for making the day a success: “The Friends of Woodside work extremely hard every year to raise funds to provide the children with many extras that the school would not otherwise be able to provide,” she said, adding that the group had covered the costs of Christmas visits at the end of 2013 with reception children going to Norwich Playhouse for a performance of “The Whale and the Snail” and Years One and Two visiting Norwich Puppet Theatre. “These visits lead to some exciting work in the classroom and played a huge part in encouraging the children to understand the skills of performance,” she added. In addition money raised by the Friends has provided new software for computers and bought art and craft material. The Friends Committee is looking for volunteers with a number of experienced members standing down at this year’s annual meeting in October.


Cycle Clubs Combine for the Evening -  Hethersett Hawks and Hethersett Velo Club got together for an evening of cycle speedway on the Memorial Park. The Velo Club was formed just over two years ago and now boasts over 170 members who are engaged in both serious and social road riding. Club Secretary Bart Anderson brought along 10 other members to try their hand at cycle speedway and they had a whale of a time and all admitted how scary it was and the safety fence was tested on occasions!  There was some cycle speedway heritage on view with two Velo Club members showing they had raced before - Colin Harvey rode for Norwich Stars at Hellesdon in the 1980s and Matt Hardy was a former Castle Donington and Leicester rider.  Also taking part were David Slater, brother to multi-Norfolk Champion Darren, and Sam Whiting, son of former Hawk Simon "Nitro" Whuting.  After a demo and practice a12-heat competition led to A, B and C Finals with Matt Hardy the best of the bunch. The evening ended with a 5-a-side relay race and a promise to come back next year. 

Name to Be Added to War Memorial - A new name is being added to Hethersett’s War Memorial as the village commemorates the centenary of the First World War. Currently 17 names of those from the village who died in the Great War are featured. The name of Albert “Ray” Childs is missing, however. Now the omission is being rectified after Hethersett Parish Council agreed to add Ray’s name after an application from local historian Bea Ewart, who was joint author of a booklet on the War Memorial published a few years ago. Ray Childs was severely gassed during active service in France in 1918. He continued to serve in the war but returned home to be hospitalised with his health being described by contemporary records as “in a precarious state.” He subsequently died in 1919 at the age of 24. Ray was well known locally as secretary of the juvenile branch of the Rechabites Club and secretary of Hethersett Cricket Club. He was buried in St Remigius Churchyard in the village. His elder brother Harry also died whilst serving in Egypt in the war and is already commemorated on the war memorial. Councillors agreed that “the time is appropriate” to add the name of Ray Childs to the Memorial in a year that will see all the names cleaned and enhanced. The Childs family name is also remembered in the naming of Childs Road in the village. It will be the second occasion in recent history that a name has been added to the war memorial. The name of Norman Folkard was included a few years ago after he was killed in action in 1956 during the Cyprus Emergency. The council is also supporting a new website which looks at the village and the men serving in both world wars. This is currently being constructed by parish councillor Peter Steward with the help of village archivist Gary Wyatt. The site is online and can be accessed by clicking here. NOTE of EXPLANATION: Rechabites is a British temperance movement which promotes total abstinence from alcohol.




British Championships - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club hosted the British Under-19 Championships on the Memorial Field after having to do some emergency work on the track following heavy overnight and morning rain. The event was sponsored by Haart Estate Agents and won by defending champion Ricki Johnson from Wednesfield following a ride off against Ipswich's Charlie Rumbold. Hethersett riders Ollie Riley and Ollie Buxton came fourth and 11th respectively. To see a full report and more photos of the finals visit the club's official web site by clicking here.




A Running Success - It was a special evening on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field when a digital race clock was presented to Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association by South Norfolk Council. The clock was bought with a £1300 grant from the council and will be used at the village's annual funrun in July and at various other events throughout the year. After the presentation a new seven week running course was launched under the direction of Norfolk Olympian Paul Evans. Over 40 people of all ages and abilities turned up and the course will continue on Thursdays from 7 until 8 p.m. It is free and organised jointly by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Melton’s Sports Association. “The course is suitable for all ages and all abilities from raw beginners to experienced sports people. It will give everyone the chance to run at their own pace in a social atmosphere and also help people to build up to the two mile run the square event which will be part of Hethersett’s annual Open Weekend on July 6th,” said Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association chair Peter Steward. There is no need to book for the event, just turn up on the night. New runners most welcome. Our photo above shows Hethersett's district councillor David Bills presenting the cheque and clock to Shane Hull, Chair of Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee, treasurer of Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association and a Hethersett Parish Councillor.



Village Display - If you are a regular visitor to this site you will be aware of the many trophies and accolades won by Hethersett over the past few years. A list of some of them is in the heading area of this site. Now you will be able to view some of the awards and trophies along with regular displays from Hethersett archives in a cabinet in Hethersett Library. 


New Chairman for Parish Council - John Nightingale has been appointed chairman of Hethersett Parish Council to succeed Fred Watkins who has retired from the position. Viv Hawes will continue in her current role as vice-chair. The council has two vacancies following the resignations of Jackie Sutton and Allison Utting, both of whom are moving away from the village. Fred Watkins was first elected to the council in 1987 and served for six years as vice-chairman and five years as chairman, completing over 25 years of service, punctuated only by a short break a number of years ago. “It has been a privilege to serve the community as chairman of the Parish Council but I now feel that the time is right to hand over to someone else. I will, at least for the next year, continue to be a member of the council. As chairman I have appreciated the productive contributions made by both Jackie and Allison in debate and to their work on the council and thank them both for it. The current vacancies could give someone an opportunity to serve as a councillor before the next elections which are scheduled for May 2015,” Mr Watkins said. More details about the vacancies, what being a councillor entails and how to apply are available from parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915 or via e-mail at Hethersett.pc@tiscali.co.uk. Mr Weetman is also available in the parish council office, upstairs in the Village Hall, from 10 a.m until noon on Mondays and Thursdays.




Village Shock over Elderly Woman's Death - Neighbours have expressed their shock and sadness at the death of Vivienne Abbott who was struck by a delivery lorry just yards from her front door in Great Melton Road, Hethersett, on May 13th. You can read the full story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. You can also read the original report from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper by clicking here. The photograph above shows the scene in Great Melton Road just after the accident. It is our understanding that as a result of this tragic incident, plans to build a footpath in the area are being pushed forward by South Norfolk Council.


Junior School Fete Success - There was a special world cup football theme to Hethersett Junior School’s Spring Fair as hundreds of people dodged the rain to enjoy the annual event. Flags from many World Cup footballing nations were on display and each year group at the school performed a football style song which included All Together Now by The Farm (Year 3), The Greatest Day by Take That (Year 4), We are the Champions by Queen (Year 5) and Back Home from the England World Cup Squad of 1970 (Year 6). It was the first school fair for recently appointed head teacher Matthew Parslow-Williams: “It is very special to see so many people from our community enjoying themselves and I would like to thank everyone for their continued support. Organising and running such an event is hard work and time consuming and I would like to thank the PTA for all the time and effort they have put in over the past few months.” he said. Other attractions included the emergency services with a fire engine and police car, games, barbecue, raffles, zumba, refreshments and tombolas. Crusaders Rugby Club’s Tiny Triers section, Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club and Hethersett Athletic Football Club were amongst the clubs on hand throughout the day with come and try sessions. Earlier in the week Mr Parslow-Williams had introduced himself to residents at Hethersett’s annual parish meeting and pledged himself to fostering close links with the community: “In whatever I do I always ask what is best for the children. I want to establish a vision of values at the school that teach the children respect, responsibility and honesty,” he said.


Colourful Dance Show - Slick, colourful and charming are just three words to describe the biennial show performed by pupils of the Hethersett based Yvonne School of Dance at Norwich Theatre Royal. Over two shows, a cast of over 220 dancers of all ages from the tiniest tots to adults, danced their way through jazz, rock, pop, show and classical numbers and showed their versatility with ballet, modern theatre, tap, contemporary, street and even acrobatics. Thank You for the Music illustrated the close links between music and dance, illustrating just how important music is in our lives, inspiring all to dance, sing and even reminisce. It also marked the 14th production to showcase the skills and abilities in another sparkling performance that had something for everyone. The sheer logistics involved in ensuring that each dance moves seamlessly into the next was hugely impressive and added to the sheer quality of the performances. The audience was almost as enthusiastic as the dancers with families and friends giving the whole thing a party atmosphere to mark three decades of the dance school. The show was produced and directed by the school’s principal Yvonne Cutting with choreography by Mrs Cutting, Stella McLoughlin and Katie Andrews. An end of show bucket collection raised funds for Cancer Research UK. You can view rehearsal pictures by clicking here. You can also read about this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

NEWS UPDATE - After show bucket collections raised £1151.29 for Cancer Research UK.


Seven Year Old Wins Competition - A Hethersett pupil has won a dog agility competition against adult entrants at the age of just seven. To read this story from the Norwich Evening News Click here


John's Marathon Ride - Hethersett youngster John Fraser is raising money for an animal welfare charity from a sponsored bike ride. You can read the cutting on this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. You can also see this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Bowls Club members are pictured on the left and on the right Neil Haverson officially opens the new pavilion

Turning a Hut Into a Pavilion - Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Bowls Club has turned its hut into a pavilion. The original hut has been extended and improved and a new toilet built thanks to the support of club members and grants from a number of organisations. The “new pavilion” was officially opened by Neil Haverson, Eastern Daily Press columnist and editor of Let’s Talk magazine. He praised club members for rallying round to ensure the improvements went ahead: “This is exactly what supporting the local community is all about and what makes places like Hethersett tick,” he told members, friends, guests and supporters. Club chairman Ron Butcher outlined the steps taken to bring about the improvements: “We started on the project to turn the hut into a pavilion last November. We had some club funds but they weren’t sufficient but thanks to the efforts of members and grants from bodies such as Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association, Hethersett Parish Council, Active Norfolk, South Norfolk Council and the Geoffrey Watling Trust we were able to go ahead.” “We were able to complete the groundwork before the bad weather came and that allowed our willing helpers to get on with the inside alterations. All the manual work was carried out by club volunteers. Our aim was to meet the standards of a decent environment which could be enjoyed by ourselves and visiting clubs,” Mr Butcher said. The changing areas and clubroom have been extended, weatherproofing put into place and there have been improvements made to washing facilities and refreshment areas: “The new pavilion will keep us at the forefront of bowls clubs, help maintain member satisfaction and safety and encourage new members to take up the sport,” Mr Butcher added. The new facilities were completed and officially opened in time for the club’s first match of the season.

Easter Fun Helps Support Group 


The fun side of Easter was celebrated at a special Fayre organised by the Respect Yourself group in Hethersett Village Hall.An Easter hunt, tombola, raffle, refreshments and face painting mingled with stallholders selling knitted crafts, cards, bags, jewellery, embroidery and other gifts.

There were also numerous games and competition put on by the Respect Yourself group which sends out daily text messages supporting 13 to 25 year olds and helping them to make vital life decisions. NEWS UPDATE: The fayre raised £465.25 for the group.


Taking to the Roads for a Marathon Effort

Far left is event organiser Bart Anderton. In the centre is David Chambers and above the riders set off on the 90 mile marathon

A Hethersett cycling event continues to gain in popularity as over 500 riders of all ages took to the roads of South Norfolk on Easter Sunday. This year the event added a 90 mile marathon to the existing distances of 30 and 60 miles. Around 100 riders took on the all day distance with a further 180 completing the 60 miler and over 200 taking on the shorter distance. Three separate routes around the South Norfolk countryside were featured in the Hethersett 30-60-90 with all riders setting off and finishing at Hethersett Social Club. The 30 mile event took in Wymondham, Mulbarton, Old Buckenham and Tacolneston. The 60-miler also included Attleborough, Great Ellingham, Snetterton and East Harling and the 90-miler went out as far as Long Stratton and almost to Diss. The event was organised for the third consecutive year by mad keen marathon cyclist and founder of Hethersett Velo Club, Bart Anderton.“The event is all about getting people out on their bikes, helping them to achieve aims, improve their fitness and enjoy the countryside along with like minded people,” he said. For one rider, attempting and completing the 90 mile ride was just a warm up for the Norfolk 100 mile event at the beginning of June. David Chambers is a stalwart of Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club and also treasurer of Hethersett Memorial Playing Field.He was happy to exchange the track for the roads for the day as just one part of a series of cycling challenges he has set himself for 2014. Cycling in Hethersett has taken off in a big way over the past three years as part of the village’s London 2012 Olympic Legacy. Hethersett Velo Club now has 180 members with regular weekly club runs and the Hawks Cycle Speedway Club will be hosting a number of major events on the Memorial Field this year including the British Under-19 Championships on May 24th. Many of the riders taking part in the 30-60-90 event were sponsored for individual charities and the event as a whole was supported by Almary Green Financial Advisers and Howards Cycles. The event was also supported by Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association. 
Good Friday Event - The annual Good Friday Easter procession of witness at Hethersett this year set off from the Methodist Church. Worshippers walked behind the cross which was carried by members of the Hethersett and District Churches Together group. It made its way through the Steepletower estate to Hethersett Parish Church. There the Easter service was led by the Rector, the Rev Derek McClean. Members of Hethersett Methodist Church gave a dramatised version of Bible readings and prayers were led by Harold Kerslake.
Easter Egg Windfall - It was an Easter Egg bonanza when Hethersett and District Lions Club placed chocolate in several pubs and businesses over the holiday period to raise money for the Big C Charity. The result was a windfall of £600 from the raffling of the eggs which were placed in Hethersett Queen's Head, Eaton Red Lion, Wreningham Bird in Hand, Mulbarton World's End, Ashwellthorpe King's Head and Bobbins Farm Shop at Swardeston. The Swardeston venue managed to raffle two eggs after tickets for the first sold out quickly: "We would like to thank everyone who took part in the raffles and helped us to raise so much money," said Lions' Club secretary John Hewitt. The club will be holding a ploughman's quiz night at Mulbarton Village Hall on May 16th with proceeds again going to the Big C appeal. Tables can be booked on 0845 833 5815. The photograph shows Bobbins Farm Shop staff members Brenda and Sharon with the eggs.

Children's Environmental Competition Launched Again - Once again the Hethersett Society is inviting children to enter the George Beckford Environmental Award. This year's competition will be opened to individuals rather than groups. Hethersett Guides have already indicated an interest in sending in individual projects with an environmental theme and have already set aside an evening to help prepare entries. The competition is open to any youngster under the age of 16 living in Hethersett. The closing date for entries is October 30th and entrants are free to choose their own favourite environmental topic and record it in words or pictures. More information is available and entries can be sent to Mrs Stevie Clarke, The Thatched Cottage, 43 Lynch Green, Hethersett NR9 3JT.  Tel: 01603 811589.




Questions and Answers - When teenager Liam Forkes found out his grandfather suffered from diabetes he decided to find out answers about the disease by asking questions. Liam, who is studying for A levels at Notre Dame School, Norwich, decided to raise funds for Diabetes UK by organising a quiz at Hethersett Social Club. Liam, who is the grandson of club stalwarts Mike and Chris Yemm, raised £220 from the event and presented a cheque for that amount to Diabetes UK Norwich based volunteer Douglas Randall at the social club. “I started to learn about the disease because my grandfather  and a good friend suffer from it and I know it can run in the family. I wanted to raise money to help with research,” said Liam who has had tests for diabetes himself that thankfully have proved negative. The quiz attracted over 60 people and covered subjects as diverse as music, general knowledge, current affairs and geography. Douglas Randall said he was extremely grateful for Liam’s efforts: “Diabetes is a complicated disease and there is a considerable amount of research being done. Much of what Diabetes UK does is in the field of education, teaching people what to eat and the benefits of regular exercise.” Following the success of the quiz, Liam will not be resting on his laurels, however, and is considering holding further events in support of Diabetes UK.





Charity Match Raises £600 - Over £600 was raised for the Wymondham based Star Throwers cancer charity from a special season opening cricket match at Flordon. Hethersett and Tas Valley took on Tony Selby’s Norfolk Select XI for the Les King Star Throwers Patrons Trophy. The money was raised from match subscriptions, donations, refreshments and a raffle. Hethersett batted first and notched 249-8 from their 40 overs with Matt Ellis top scoring on 65 and other useful contributions coming from Ian Bryce (27), Jack Smith (28), John Curtis (31) and David Coyle (30 not out). Tony Selby’s XI replied with 178 from 34.2 overs with the majority of the runs coming from Ben Harvey who hit a fine 106. Julian Emeny took 5-17 and Robbie Matthews 3-49 for the home team in the 71-run victory. “It was an excellent way to start our season and we hope everyone enjoyed the sunshine and our facilities. Star Throwers was the real winner of the day, however,” said Hethersett and Tas Valley Chairman Tony Smith. Les King thanked everyone for their work in making the day possible and expressed himself hugely satisfied with the result. The match was sponsored by MW Surfacing Ltd.

Andy Says Farewell - Andy Whittle has retired after 10 years as Head of Hethersett Junior School. His final day was the last day of the Spring term on April 4th. In a special interview with this web site Andy talked about his decade at the school, his achievements and his future in retirement. You can read the interview by clicking here. This story has appeared in the Norwich Evening News and Eastern Daily Press. To view a cutting click here.
Tracing Their Roots - When an Australian family decided to visit Hethersett to trace their descendents they had little idea of how important their ancestors had been in shaping the history of the village. You can read about the Back family's visit to their heritage by clicking here.

New Details for Pensioners' Association - We have received updates on the village pensioners' association group. You can read about when and where they meet by clicking here.

Taking the Bird - Eagle-eyed spotters will have seen an impressive carving of a bird at the front of a property in Mill Road. This shot was taken by our district councillor David Bills who, like many others, referred to the carving as impressive. Click on the photograph to enlarge it.


Hethersett - A Main Centre of Growth - Hethersett is outlined as a "main centre of growth" in an article in the Wymondham Mercury. A plan outlining thousands of new homes in South Norfolk has been approved by South Norfolk Council with Hethersett having a "minimum requirement of 1,226 homes. You can read the cutting from the newspaper by clicking here.

Youth Club Fundraisers - A bingo evening, a quiz, a jumble sale and a Christmas concert are just some of the fundraising events being organised by Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club to pay for emergency repairs to the headquarters in Back Lane. The fundraising effort has been made necessary by problems that have included a leaking roof and blocked sewer. Problems with the roof have been put down to somebody climbing onto it: “We cannot emphasise enough that the roof is extremely fragile and it is dangerous as well as costly for anyone to climb onto it. We also found out that the hall is not on mains drainage,” said youth club stalwart Gillian Saunders. The drainage tank had to be emptied and almost immediately filled up again. The club has already had to spend £500 on the sewage system and more needs to be done. “We must raise money to enable us to balance the books again as obviously neither of the repairs were in our budget,” Ms Saunders added. Now the club is looking for a bingo caller and somebody to help arrange a quiz evening on dates still to be set. A jumble sale is being planned for September and on December 5th there will be a Christmas concert featuring the D’Capo Choir. The club is also looking for volunteers to help on Wednesday and Thursday evenings on a rota basis. “We also need more people to join the committee that manages the hall and oversees the running of the club,” Gillian Saunders said. She can be contacted on 01953 607566. 


New Teacher is an England International - The new PE Teacher at Hethersett Old Hall School is an England international hockey player. You can read about the appointment of Hannah Godfrey from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here


New Members Welcome - A number of clubs affiliated to Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association are looking to attract new members. The table tennis group based at Hethersett Methodist Church is continuing to thrive and now has four tables in play on Friday evenings and has room for some newcomers. The club caters for players of all abilities from beginners to experienced.  Juniors under-16 play from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m and seniors from 7.30 until 9 p.m. Sessions cost £1 per head. The social running group will resume on April 3rd after its winter break. The group gives people of all ages and abilities the chance to run together. It will meet weekly on Thursday evenings on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field from 6.30 until 7.30 p.m. Hethersett Queen’s Road Badminton Club is also looking for new members. The club already has 20 youngsters at its early session but is looking for improvers to join its later session at Hethersett Old Hall School. The session is open to improvers aged over 12 and adults who want to take their game forward. It runs from 8 until 9 p.m and cost per session is £2 and includes support from qualified coaches. 


Youngsters' Aspirations - Children from the Hethersett Cluster of schools have been dressing up as their future selves as part of an Aspiration Week initiative. You can read about this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. In a separate article in the Evening News youngsters have re-kindled the Olympic spirit. You can read a cutting about this by clicking here.


Dementia Savvy Village - Hethersett Hall is looking to turn Hethersett into a dementia friendly village and become more involved with the community. The residential home is also looking to turn an overgrown woodland area into an amenity for residents. You can read about this by clicking here. Our picture opposite shows Hethersett Hall manager Cathryn Weed with Hethersett's South Norfolk Councillor David Bills in the overgrown woodland area.


What a Load of Rubbish - The last two litter pick events organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) have produced over 50 bags of rubbish. In January, 21 HEAT members collected 25 bags and in March, 22 members collected an additional 27 bags. The group will be stepping up its efforts to keep Hethersett litter free with further “picks” on May 3rd and June 28th, both starting at 10 a.m from Hethersett Methodist Church car park. Volunteers will be welcome with tools being provided. The group is also busy sowing poppy seeds around the village in commemoration of the centenary of the start of the First World War. It is also looking to take the lead in maintaining seats and benches throughout Hethersett. At its last meeting HEAT member Peter Hoult said he was keen to get more young people involved in the group’s work, especially with improving the approaches to the village roads and footpaths. It was agreed that areas needing attention should be identified. Minutes from HEAT meetings are now available on this b site. See them by clicking here


Dog Mess and Parking Concerns - Hethersett Parish Council is concerned at the increase in dogs’ mess and the number of cars parking on paths around the village. The council is urging residents to report incidents of dog mess to South Norfolk Council in an attempt to stop the anti-social behaviour and clean up the village. In the latest edition of the Hethersett Newsletter, which is distributed to homes throughout the village, the council is also urging people to park with consideration: “Car parking on paths and verges causes an obstruction for parents with buggies, mobility scooter users and other pedestrians,” the newsletter states, adding that parents dropping off children at Woodside School can use the car park on the Memorial Playing Field. Hethersett Parish Council is back to full strength following the appointment of former Head Teacher Stephen Slack. Mr Slack has filled the vacancy that has existed on the council for a number of months.


Anglo-American Romance - Libby Morgan from the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library, Norwich, gave a talk at Hethersett Library on “Wartime Sweethearts and GI Brides.” The talk covered Anglo-American romance in Norfolk during the Second World War and was accompanied by images of many of the weddings of the day. It outlined the ups and downs of relationships between men and women from the two countries and the advice given to them by their respective governments on how to behave and foster good relations.


New Members Needed - Hethersett Women’s Institute is looking for new members. The group meets on the third Monday of each month in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall at 7.30 p.m and, as well as having regular speakers, also has a rambling group, a lunch club and a monthly craft group. It also organises outings throughout the year. The group is offering free taster sessions for prospective new members. 


Flooding Threat - Parts of Hethersett have been identified as being at risk of flooding during major rainfall. As a result residents are being asked to report any incidents of flooding from the past along with any indications of what may have caused any problem. The data will be used by Norfolk County Council, South Norfolk Council and Anglian Water to produce a Surface Water Management Plan which it is hoped will cut flooding risk in the future. Residents with information are asked to contact Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Transport and Development section at County Hall or to e-mail details by clicking here. 


Outstanding School - Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School is one of 42 schools in Norfolk to have received an "outstanding rating" from OFSTED. You can read about this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Horticultural Society Programme - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society has announced its programme for 2014/2015. To see what's going on and when click here.


New Archive Section - Hethersett Archive has over 5,000 historic documents and we will be featuring just some of them in a new section on this site. To visit and find out the latest news from the new archivist Gary Wyatt click here.


Mini But Mighty - Crusaders Rugby Club, which is situated between Hethersett and Little Melton have been featured in the Wymondham Mercury for their work with youngsters aged between six and 12.. You can read a cutting on this by clicking here


Students Sign2Sing at Event - Students from Hethersett Academy joined 300,000 other pupils from across the country by participating in a Sign2Sing event to encourage them to learn sign language. You can read more about this by viewing a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


Talking Newspaper Volunteers Visit Hethersett - Volunteers from the Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper visited Hethersett Library on National Libraries Day to raise awareness of the free audio news and information service for visually impaired people. To read this story from the Wymondham Mercury click here.


MP Presents NVQ Certificates - Apprentices at a Hethersett company were presented with their NVQ certificates by Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman. The apprentices come from Heirtrace, a company dealing with complex probate genealogy. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Diamond Day for the Smiths - When the teenage Doreen Hippisley met Eddie Smith at a youth club she knew he as the man she wanted to marry. Now over 60 years later, the couple who live in Haconsfield, have celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary. You can read about this from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Village Archivist Retires - After 20 years of looking after the heritage of Hethersett, village archivist Bill Reekie has retired. We speak to Bill and meet his successor Gary Wyatt. To read this story click here. Pictured opposite are (left to right) - Fred Watkins, chair of Hethersett Parish Council, Bill Reekie, retiring Hethersett archivist, and Gary Wyatt, the new Hethersett Archivist


Village Call for Facilities - An article in the Norwich Evening News discusses the need to insure that facilities are provided alongside any new housing development in the village. To read the article click on the cutting to enlarge it.

No Rise in Precept (News from Hethersett Parish Council) - Hethersett Parish Council has held its precept for 2014/15 at the same level as the previous two years. The request for the coming financial year is for £82,103 which equates to a charge of £39.18 for a Band D property, the same as the past two years. Two new CCTV cameras have been installed at Hethersett Village Hall, councillors were informed at their latest meeting. Data can be stored with greatly improved and clearer images. Final planning approval has been given by South Norfolk Council for the proposed 158 new dwellings on land to the north of Great Melton Road. Planning permission has also been given for an increase in the size of the windows at Stratford’s Estate Agents in Great Melton Road. The council has also met with officers of South Norfolk Council to discuss planning gain that will become available with the building of an additional 1,200 properties in the village. Plans include traffic improvement schemes, wooded and recreational areas, possible improved retail facilities, a community pavilion and purpose made allotments. Councillors agreed to write to the health authorities and local doctors to ask about their plans for improved medical facilities needed to cope with the influx of new residents. Council chairman Fred Watkins pointed out that any new village facilities associated with major development would be delivered on a phased basis.

Commemorating the Great War - Hethersett Parish Council is looking to clean the names on the village war memorial and support archive displays during the year. The memorial in the grounds of St Remigius Church has been cleaned a number of times in the past: “I feel it is appropriate as we mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One that we undertake another clean of the memorial,” said council chairman Fred Watkins. Meanwhile new village archivist Gary Wyatt is looking to put together a display of material from 1914 to 1918 to use at various events throughout the year. A section of this web site will also be given over to life in the village in 1914. A total of 17 names are commemorated on the memorial from the First World War. The latest meeting of the council heard that the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) will be planting poppies throughout the village during 2014 and will be helping the local brownie pack to celebrate its 40th birthday by producing a “yellow display” of plants and flowers. 


Big Improvements at Academy - Hethersett Academy has been making the news - for all the right reasons. The school which went into special measures in June of last year has been rated one of the most improved schools. The Academy has also introduced extra classes for students sitting their GCSE examinations.  The school has also launched a Love Books scheme where pupils are encouraged to read books, review them and tell their friends about them. You can read about these stories from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking on the cuttings above to enlarge them.

£400 for Local Causes - The annual Christmas lights extravaganza held in the front garden of Tony and Margaret Dunton’s Hethersett home raised £400 for two local causes. Last December marked the 19th year that the couple have combined colour and tableau at their Firs Road home. Money came from donations and will be split between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the local doctors’ surgery.

Barn Dance Success - Over 80 people enjoyed a barn dance in Hethersett Village Hall organised by Hethersett and District Churches Together and featuring folk band Shinanikins. The annual evening, along with a raffle and ploughman’s supper, raised approximately £140 for Churches Together funds and the money will be put towards off-setting the cost of  printing Easter and Christmas cards giving details of church services in Hethersett and the Meltons.

Another Success for Hethersett Pantomime


Hethersett Pantomime Group's production of Beauty and the Beast brought a huge splash of colour and fun to the village. The group's 45th pantomime provided another entertaining evening. It continues nightly until Saturday with a matinee performance on Saturday evening. To see more photographs and read a full review click here. You can also read reviews of previous pantomimes by clicking here


Woodside School Celebrates 40 Years


Photographed with 1970s memorabilia at the 40th birthday celebrations at Woodside School are Back row – original dinner ladies Monica Moore, Janet Frosdick, Brenda Grimes and Ruth Denmark. Front row – current head Nicola Cushion, former pupil Francis Dearnley and former head Vivien Horobin.

Margaret Thatcher chats to pupils at the opening of Woodside School on January 11th, 1974

An open day, plenty of dressing up and a special assembly were just some of the highlights as Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School celebrated four decades. Past and current pupils, staff and governors all came together for the 40th birthday celebrations of the school which was opened by Margaret Thatcher in her capacity as Secretary of State for Education and Science on January 11th, 1974. A display in the main hall looked back at changing times in fashion and education and visitors were able to browse minute books and many other items of memorabilia. Francis Dearnley was a pupil at the school from 1996 until 2000 and today is a history graduate and president of the Graduate Union at Homerton College, Cambridge. “I remember my time at Woodside vividly from the architecture of the building to the location of the trees outside. I had some very happy times and good memories of the school,” he said before posing for a photograph with four of the original dinner ladies, former Head Teacher Vivien Horobin and current head Nicola Cushion. The following day after the exhibitions, staff dressed up in their best seventies gear with flares being the order of the day. This was followed by a family 70s disco. The school has been given many photographs and documents from the past and will continue to work towards putting together a full archive of memorabilia in the years leading up to its 50th anniversary. View coverage of this from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

FA Chairman Joins Hethersett Youngsters for Training Stint - National Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke toured the Norfolk Football Development Centre at Bowthorpe and took part in a training session with youngsters from Hethersett Athletic Football Club. You can read more about this story by clicking on the cutting opposite to enlarge it.



WI Programme - Hethersett Women's Institute has announced its programme of speakers for the year. You can see this by clicking here


Homes Plan for Little Melton approved - Councillors have backed a controversial plan for 20 new homes on land north of Gibbs Close in Little Melton. To read more about this visit our cuttings section by clicking here.


Rogue Hethersett Trader Jailed - A rogue trader from Hethersett who cold called on a 90 year old woman has been joined after it put him in breach of a court restraining order. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking on the cutting opposite. The full story from the cuttings is also available in our special Media Watch section which can be accessed by clicking here. You can also read about this from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Art Group Donation - A cheque for £250 has been presented to Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club from a recent art exhibition in Hethersett Village Hall. The Painting for Pleasure group raised the funds at its annual show from the sale of refreshments and a tombola. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays in Hethersett Village Hall with a membership of 30 keen amateur artists using all mediums and styles under the leadership of Linda Goldspink. To see press coverage of the presentation click here.


Putting the Pieces Together - If you see a few people in Hethersett looking puzzled, don't worry. For a new jigsaw club is being set-up in the village. Local resident David Smith came up with the idea and has already found plenty of interest as he explains: "13 years ago when my wife and I moved into Hethersett there was an excellent Jigsaw Puzzle Rental Club. Unfortunately, the lady who ran the club had to close it down due to ill health. I plan to start a new Hethersett Jigsaw Puzzle Rental Club and have spoken to many people in the village and found that there is considerable interest. I am an avid puzzler and there must be many people who, like me, enjoy tackling a puzzle and get satisfaction when it is completed." David already has over 100 puzzles ranging from 500 to 2000 pieces. These will be regularly checked and will be available to rent for a small charge to cover cost and purchasing more puzzles. There will be no formal time limit for renting the puzzles and the club will be set up at David's home at 37 New Road. "I want it to be a friendly place with a happy go lucky atmosphere," he added. The club will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m until 2 p.m. Further information is available from David on 01603 810245 or 07817 940861.


Sports Association Success - Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association continues to go from success to success. The latest meeting awarded £250 to Hethersett Queen's Road Badminton Club to help with its expansion plans and to fund coaching for the increasing number of young people joining. The meeting also supported plans for a Hethersett and Meltons Sports Challenge for local groups of up to eight people to run from April to October and also a treasure hunt style Quest for all the family. We will feature more details of these as and when we receive them. Minutes of the latest association meeting along with other news are available on a web site which can be accessed by clicking here.

Youth Club Appeal for Help - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club is urgently seeking additional help for its Wednesday and Thursday evening sessions and also looking for volunteers to undertake some simple DIY. “We urgently need more volunteers for both clubs on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and people to help with some simple DIY such as painting, filling holes in car park, and other simple jobs which can be fitted around people's free time and when the hall is not in use,” said Gillian Saunders from the club. Over the Christmas holidays the club has also had to spend money on the roof: “Damage has been caused by someone climbing onto the roof. It is fragile and easily damaged and not safe to climb on. Those doing so risk falling through the roof as well as causing damage. The extra money we have to spend on repairs is money we won’t have to spend on the club and the young people who attend are the ones who will lose out,” Ms Saunders said, urging anybody seeing anything suspicious taking place to contact Norfolk Police. The club is also advertising for a youth worker for the Wednesday group following the departure of the previous worker. New members for both evenings are always welcome and more details are available from Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.


Prestigious Decision - A year-eight pupil at Hethersett Old Hall School has been selected as one of only 10 finalists for a prestigious national art prize. To read the cutting from the Norwich Evening News click on the cutting opposite to enlarge it. You can also see a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Jennie Retires - One of the best known and loved characters will be missing when Hethersett Library opens its doors after the Christmas break. Jennie Hoult has retired after almost 30 years’ working at the building in Queen’s Road – the last few which have seen her fulfil duties as library manager. On her final working day staff, customers and friends paid tribute at a special pre-Christmas gathering. Mrs Hoult was presented with a bouquet, a cheque and a book of messages. Village archivist Bill Reekie mounted a display of photographs and articles covering her life and work at the library. Comments left in the book referred to Mrs Hoult as a “friendly and welcoming presence and a person who often went well beyond the call of duty.” Others referred to her as an inspiration and somebody “always willing to have a go at everything.” “She has been brilliant with people and has been the heart of the library and we will miss her immensely,” another message said. During her 30 years at the library, she has overseen many changes from the manual issuing of library tickets to the fully automated computerisation of today. She has also overseen the emergence of the building as a focal point for village life with the setting up of community groups for all ages from Baby Bounce Time to Silver Surfers. She was instrumental in organising a number of literature themed events, talks and presentations. “I have loved every minute of my time here and particularly the fact that people have always seemed so relaxed in Hethersett Library,” she said. The retirement presentation event also featured a cake featuring a iced model of Mrs Hoult and a special song written by colleague and friend Marian Watt and sung to the tune of Jingle Bells.


Death of Former School Secretary - We are saddened to learn of the death of former Woodside School secretary Christine Stone. Christine worked at the school for 24 years until her retirement in 2007. We covered this event at the time and you can read this story from our news archives by clicking here.



Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School was awash with colour as children performed their annual Christmas plays and songs. Classes throughout the school added to the festive spirit for mums and dads, grannies and granddads, brothers and sisters as they gave a number of fun packed performances. First up was Reception Class with their performance of the Little Nativity by Ruth and John Kenward, followed by the Nursery sections Hello Mr Snowman. Those performances kick started a week of shows which will also see Year One’s production of Repunzel and Year Two’s performance of A Christmas Cracker. A retiring collection after each performance will be donated to the Eastern Daily Press' Norfolk  Appeal for those affected by the 2013 floods. Above left is the reception class' performance of Little Nativity and on the right the Nursery performance of Hello Mr Snowman.



More Youth Cricketers - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club will be running four youth teams in the coming season, the club’s annual meeting heard. Valley will be fielding an Under-9s side for the first time as it puts a major emphasis on youth cricket and the stars of tomorrow. The club will also be running teams at Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 levels in a mixture of the Norfolk Alliance and the South Norfolk Community League. Once again the club will be fielding four men’s Saturday sides – two in the Norfolk Alliance and two in the Norfolk League – a Sunday league side and midweek friendly sides. It will also be entering a number of Norfolk knockout competitions including an entry for the first time in the National Village competition in what promises to be a very busy 2014 season. During 2014 Valley will also be applying for re-accreditation of the national Clubmark status. The club is also having a recruitment drive: “We will be fielding teams at all levels and would welcome any players interested in joining us,” said club chairman Tony Smith Officers elected were: President, Duncan Pigg; Vice-Presidents, Richard G Ellis, Harold Kerslake and David Johnson; Chairman, Tony Smith; Vice-Chairman, Richard Matthews; Secretary and Fixtures Secretary, Richard D Ellis; Treasurer, Susan Ellis; First Eleven Captain, Julian Emeny; Vice-Captain, Matt Ellis; Second Eleven Captain, Matt Steward; Vice Captain, Tristan Hunt; Third Eleven Captain, Dale Clarke; Sunday Captain, Robbie Matthews;  Sunday Vice Captain, Paul Reeve; Midweek Captain, Paul Reeve; Cricket Development Officers, Matt Ellis and Paul Reeve; Club Development Officer, Peter Steward; Youth Cricket Manager, Rennie Broughton; Under-9s Manager, Stephen Hayes; Under-11s Manager, Sara Worley; Under-13s Manager, Stuart Cooper; Under-15s Manager, Craig Henderson; Welfare Officer, Susan Ellis; Social Committee Chair, Al Watts; Development Committee Chair, Peter Steward; Groundsmen, Richard D Ellis, Richard Matthews and Richard G Ellis; Bar Manager, Tony Smith; Auditor, David Johnson; Scorer, Al Watts.


Volunteer Spirit - Volunteer staff at Hethersett’s MacMillan Charity shop have been entering into the Christmas spirit. The shop which is open six days a week raises around £55,000 each year for the cancer charity and is staffed entirely by volunteers. It has a range of Christmas decorations and clothing on display and is the only MacMillan charity shop in East Anglia.



Charity Fund-raisers - Children at Hethersett Woodside Infants and Nursery School have raised hundreds of pounds for charity. You can read this story in cuttings from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here and here


Turning Up the Heat - Hethersett is becoming a tidier village, thanks to regular litter picks by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). More people are volunteering to help with the work and a recent pick brought in 11 bags of rubbish, Hethersett Parish Council heard at its latest meeting. The group’s next litter pick is on January 11th, starting at 10 a.m from Hethersett Methodist Church Car Park. HEAT recently presented cheques for £820 to the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service and Hedgehog Rescue from the summer’s Hethersett Open Gardens event. Leading HEAT member and Hethersett Parish Councillor Dr Anne Edwards reported on the village’s involvement in bat and ant surveys in Norfolk. Thirteen species of bat had been detected in Norfolk of which nine were found in Hethersett. Fourteen gardens in the village took part in the ant survey with two specific species being detected. Dr Edwards also asked for sightings to be reported of the invasive Spanish slugs that have been brought into the United Kingdom. HEAT is also looking into placing new map signs in various parts of the village, incorporating footpath and wildlife information. Sites being considered are car parks at the village hall, on Great Melton Road and on the Memorial Playing Field. HEAT’s next meeting is on January 8th in the upstairs room in Hethersett Methodist Church.


Primary School Needed - Hethersett has been identified as a possible site for a new primary school. Up to 20 new schools could be needed across Norfolk over the next 10 to 15 years because of new housing and population growth. You can read more about this story in a cutting from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper by clicking here.


Remembering the Fallen - Hethersett Parish Church was full for the annual Service of Remembrance on Sunday November 10th. To see more photographs and read a report of the event click here


Tasty Treats for Charity - Cakes and buns of all shapes and sizes were the order of the day as Hethersett Queen’s Head held a coffee morning and raised over £400 for Children in Need. The event ran throughout the morning and into the afternoon and evening and also included a raffle. The picture shows members of staff with just some of the culinary delights on offer. Click on it to enlarge.


Slug Hunters - A Hethersett youngster is one of a trio of schoolgirls leading the national hunt for an invasive visitor from Spain. Spanish slugs are an aggressive species capable of destroying crops and may be responsible for the death of numerous hedgehogs. The problems caused by the species was highlighted on this week’s BBC Television programme Countryfile as they visited a Hethersett garden in search of the evil presence. To read the full story click here 


Academy Appoints New Principal - Hethersett Academy (formerly Hethersett High School) has appointed a new principal. Gareth Stevens, who is 36, took up his post on January 1st. The school became an academy at the start of the Autumn term. Mr Stevens says that he is aiming to have the school in the outstanding category within 18 months. You can read more about this from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. You can also view a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Sporting Challenges - An altruistic Hethersett father has completed a year's worth of sporting challenges in a bid to raise as much money as possible for MacMillan Cancer Research. You can read just what Ian MacFarlane did by clicking here to view a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper.


Faster Broadband for Hethersett - Hethersett is set to get faster broadband following the installation of a new mast at Wymondham. You can read about this from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper by clicking here. You can also view a newspaper cutting by clicking here.


Blossoming Year - Cringleford and Hethersett Flower Club has been enjoying a busy year. Click here to read about the past few months and see what is coming up for the remainder of this year and into Spring 2014.


Club Raises over £2,000 for Cancer Research - Families, cyclists and Hethersett Social Club combined  to raise over £2,100 for Cancer Research UK in memory of local resident Sayed Rehim. The day of activities was the brainchild of Sue Forkes from Hethersett Social Club and featured a five mile family cycle ride organised by Hethersett Velo Club, refreshments, a tombola, cake stall, book stall, an evening disco, a charity waxing and an auction of 28 lots supplied by local businesses. “I am absolutely delighted at the amount raised,” said Sue who is a friend of Sayed’s widow Laura. Sayed died from cancer while only in his thirties. The cycle ride was organised by Martin “Bart” Anderton of  Hethersett Velo Club and took families on a five mile journey around Hethersett and Wymondham and attracted over 40 riders. 



Age UK Coffee Morning - Cakes of all shapes and sizes were on the menu when Hethersett Library held a coffee morning in aid of the Norfolk branch of Age UK. People of all ages from 18 months to senior citizens from Hethersett Hall care home, popped in for a bite to eat and a chat. Home Support and Care Manager for Age UK Norfolk Sam Woods was on hand to answer questions about the charity. The event was organised by library assistant Caroline Mitchell and other members of staff. The event raised just over £100.

Footpath Campaigners to Fight On - Campaigners fighting to protect a footpath in Hethersett have vowed to fight on. Almost 60 people objected to the proposed cutting back of a footpath around new housing development on land north of Great Melton Road. To read a cutting from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here.

Anne is Featured - Hethersett resident, parish councillor and leading environmentalist Dr Anne Edward has been featured in an article in the Norwich Evening News about research into the ash dieback disease. You can read a cutting about this by clicking here.

The Nature of Hethersett - We recently ran an article about the presentation of  environmental awards in memory of George Beckford. Brothers Alex and Joseph Anjos came joint second with their projects on Hethersett through the Seasons and Funghi. They have kindly given permission for us to feature their work. To see the Seasonal Offering click here and for the Funghi project click here.

Police Appointment - A new Police Inspector has been appointed to lead the Wymondham, Costessey, Hethersett, Mulbarton, Loddon and Poringland Safer Neighbourhood Teams Inspector Tony Abigail started his career at Norfolk Constabulary as a response officer at Bowthorpe, then Bethel Street in Norwich. He then spent several years as a response officer and beat manager at Mile Cross before working in the Tactical Unit and Norwich CID. He returned to uniform working across the city including Mile Cross and Thorpe Hamlet before moving to Wymondham as the SNT Inspector. Inspector Abigail said “I’m pleased to take over from Inspector James Brown and my focus will be on reducing crime and anti social behaviour by working with our partner agencies and ensuring that we have the right staff in the right areas to achieve this.” Inspector Brown has moved to a role in the CID unit at Bethel Street. 


New Head of Prep - A new head of Prep School is to join the staff at Hethersett Old Hall School. You can see a cutting on this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


For MacMillan Funds - A bingo session at Hethersett Social Club raised £550 for MacMillan Cancer Support funds. The event was organised by local supporters Margi Carter and Mandy Perry. Refreshments were served and a raffle and tombola run and organised by voluntary staff from the MacMillan charity shop in the village.

Velo Club Success - The newly formed Hethersett Velo Club continues to go from strength to strength with over 70 riders of all ages and abilities regularly taking part in club runs. To read about the club  click here. To view a gallery of photographs from a recent club run click here.


Go Ahead for Pavilion Plans - Planning permission has been given for a major extension and renovation of the pavilion on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. South Norfolk planning committee gave the go-ahead with a unanimous vote in favour of the plans which will provide additional changing facilities, improved toilets and showers, a fully fitted kitchen and function room. You can read the story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Deaths of Two Village Stalwarts - We have been saddened to learn of the passing of two prominent village personalities. Walter (Wally) Tyacke, formerly of Great Melton Road, died on 8th August after a long battle against Parkinson's Disease. Wally, who was 81, will be remembered for his years as a parish councillor. A funeral service will be held at St Faith's Crematorium on Friday, 23rd August at 1.15 p.m. Tom Gregory has also died after a long illness. Tom was a huge supporter of Hethersett Athletic Football Club over many years as a coach and committee member.


Another Milestone for Hethersett - A milestone lost for 25 years has been restored to its former glory and placed on the B1172 at Hethersett. Norfolk milestone enthusiast and historian Nigel Ford found half of the milestone by the swimming pool in the garden of Wychwood House in Norwich Road. Some local detective work found the other half nearby behind a hedge at East Lodge. The two halves had to be joined with resin bonding and then repainted to restore the milestone to its former glory. Nigel soon realised that two separate people had carved the stone due to a flat figure four on the Norwich side and a different style 25 on the Thetford side. The refurbishment work has been paid for by Hethersett Parish Council, owner of Wychwood House Charles Watts and the Milestone Society. It will be featured in a book “60 Norfolk Milestones” due out later this year. A copy of this will be presented to the Queen. For more photographs of the milestone click here


Hethersett Needs More Lions - Hethersett is on the look out for more Lions. People with an interest in helping raise money for good causes and their local communities are being invited to join Hethersett and District Lions Club which is looking for new recruits. It currently only has one member from Hethersett and would like to increase its representation from the village. To read more about the club you can visit its official web site by clicking here. Our picture on the right shows president Rodney Davis and secretary John Hewitt presenting a cheque for £500 to the RiNG at its summer fete in Hethersett Village Hall. To read more about this see the story above this one.


Charity Cycle Ride - Cyclists from Velo Clubs at Hethersett and Mulbarton have raised hundreds of pounds for charity from a social ride and barbecue. Over £500 was raised to be split between the East Anglian Children's Hospice and a youngster from Mulbarton with a rare chromosome condition. To read the full story click on the cutting from the Wymondham Mercury opposite.
More Praise for Sporting Hethersett - Hethersett has won more accolades for its sporting prowess. The village was featured as part of a series of articles by the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News newspapers on the Olympic Legacy one year on. You can read the article by clicking on the cutting opposite.
Councillor Speaks Out Against Development - A Hethersett parish councillor has spoken of her fears for the village after the go-ahead for 1,200 new homes in the village. Click on the cutting opposite to enlarge it.


Putting the Emphasis on Youth - Hethersett Athletic Football Club has been putting the emphasis on the youth side of the game, the club's annual meeting heard. You can read more about this by clicking here.


Run the Square Photos - Photographs taken by David Bills and Peter Steward at this year's Open Weekend Run the Square funrun are now available by clicking here.


Runners-up Again - Hethersett and the Meltons finished runners-up in the Active Norfolk Village Games county finals for the third year in a row on Sunday. This time we beat the winners of the last two years - Downham Market - but were pipped to the post by Diss in the section for large villages and market towns. In the finals we were up against Dereham, Aylsham, Diss, Gorleston, Downham Market Fakenham and Toftwood. It was a mighty close finish with Hethersett and Diss tying on 110 points but Diss taking first place on the most number of individual victories - five to our two.


Special Section for Open Weekend - The sun shone throughout the weekend as thousands of people flocked to the village for Hethersett's Annual Open Weekend. The two day event featured sport in the park which this year also included a traditional English fayre. Over 200 people also took part in the two mile run the square fun run. To read about the two day event and view photographs click here. To see a gallery of photographs from the funrun click here.
Sports Association Receives Major Grant - Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association has received a major grant of £3,840 from the South Norfolk Northern Rivers Valley Board to start up new sports and fitness groups in the three villages. Over the past 18 months the association has overseen new running groups, a new Velo Club and a table tennis club based at Hethersett Methodist Church. It has also supported a number of individuals and sports clubs and overseen the villages' entries in the South Norfolk Village Games and Norfolk Village Games. The money will buy equipment to be used at public events and also see the start of tennis and rounders clubs. More details on Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association are available on its web site which can be accessed by clicking here. This story has also featured on the Active Norfolk web site. View this by clicking here.

South Norfolk District Councillor David Bills left and members of the Sports Association with their grant cheque


Parish Council Newsletter - The latest village newsletter distributed by Hethersett Parish Council is now available on this site by clicking here. 


Velo Club Set Up - Hethersett has a new cycling club. Hethersett Velo Club has been set-up by cycling enthusiast Martin "Bart" Anderton with the aim of making club cycling accessible for all: "We want riders of all abilities to experience the joys of riding in a group," he said. At present there is a main club ride of 30 to 35 miles on Sunday mornings from 8.30 a.m, a slower and shorter ride of between five and 10 miles on Monday evenings from 7.15 p.m and a more up tempo ride of between 20 and 25 miles on Tuesdays from 7.15 p.m. "The ethos of the club is about enjoyment, confidence and club spirit. The Hethersett Velo Club is designed to encourage people to partake in cycling and build their confidence to ride in a group. It's also a great way to workout and improve personal fitness," Martin added. The club has joined Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and has its own web site which can be viewed by clicking here.


Improved Facilities - Improved audio and video facilities have been set-up in Hethersett Village Hall thanks to grants from Hethersett Parish Council and South Norfolk Council. The bodies provided £2,000 each to the total cost of £8,000. A projector system and screen has been installed in the main hall which can be connected to from laptops. The sound system has also been improved so that IPODs, MP3s and CD players can be connected to use the amplifier and loudspeakers within the hall. An induction loop system will help the hard of hearing and a conference type sound system can be used at meetings. It is also hoped to provide Wi-fi in the hall in the near future.

Life of Riley - Since joining Hethersett Hawks from Norwich Cycle Speedway Club in the winter, brother and sister Oliver and Danielle Riley have been taking the cycle speedway scene by storm. Fifteen-year-old Oliver recently became one of the youngest ever winners of the Norfolk Senior title in its 53-year history and has been called up by Birmingham to race in the Elite League.  He is strongly tipped to be among the main contenders for the British Under-16 title in August.  He also won the Norwich Grand Prix at Eaton Park in March. Danielle has just turned 18 and is seen as one of the top three female competitors in the UK, recently finishing second in a major invitation event at Leicester. She is currently unbeaten in the regional rounds of the British Youth and Junior League so jointly leads the national grand prix table.  Despite her position in the ladies' sport, Danielle prefers to race with the men and is now a regular in Hethersett's first team and regularly holds her own in open events. Hawks founder and secretary Mel Perkins paid tribute to the duo: “Both riders are extremely committed and train hard regularly as well as entering any event available to them. They are fully supported by parents Gary and Gaynor plus the Hethersett management and coaching team.”


Ringing in the Success - Members of Hethersett Bell Ringers are county champions. The group won the call changers section of the Norfolk striking competition at Weston Longville at the beginning of May with just four and a half faults recorded. The Hethersett Ringers taking part were Rebekah Larner, Rachel Mallett, Chris Denmark, Rebecca Ritchie, Justin Ritchie and Mark Alexander, Mark Larner was the caller. It was a great success for Rebekah and Justin who are relatively new to ringing.


Humbleyard Stays Blue - Judith Virgo has retained her place as our representative on Norfolk County Council. In the Humbleyard election on May 2nd she recorded 1,306 votes for the Conservative party, over 700 votes ahead of her nearest rival. Humbleyard includes Hethersett and the turnout was 33.8%. The full result was: Judith Virgo (Conservative Party) 1,306, Ralph Evans (United Kingdom Independence Party) 577, Victoria Smillie (Labour Party) 390, Andrew Panes (Green Party) 352, Margaret Pitcher (Liberal Democrats) 248. Results for all of Norfolk are available by clicking here.


Rare Breed Detected - We recently included a story about a new bat survey in Norfolk and a number of people have been surveying Hethersett. As a result a rare Nathusius Pipistrelle bat has been recorded. There are only about 850 recordings of this species of bat in the whole of Great Britain and Ireland. To learn more about the Nathusius Pipistrelle click here. Bat detection equipment is available for hire from Hethersett Library.


Recognition for Hawks - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club has been granted the coveted Go-Ride status by British Cycling. The club has been working towards this for over two years and the award recognises Hawks as a well-run and structured club with all policies in place.  The club will now be taking this award forward to the next level which will be Clubmark accreditation.


Panto Donations - This year's Hethersett Pantomime Group production of Cinderella raised £5,000 for charity. A total of £2,000 has been presented to the Nelson's Journey charity. This included £1888.61 from a bucket collection at the end of each performance. Other donations included: £1,000 to the Hethersett Church Roof Fund, £750 to the Teenage Cancer Trust, £500 to St Martin's Housing Trust and £250 each to Little Melton Church Roof Fund, Great Melton Church and Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club.



National Award For Hethersett


Hethersett has become the first village or town in the United Kingdom to win a top national award. We have been given a Prime Minister's Big Society Award to mark our village's outstanding work in the field of fitness, well being, health and creating an Olympic legacy. The award comes just three months after Hethersett was named Pride in Norfolk Community of the Year. You can read the full story behind the latest award by clicking here. You can read the story on the Number 10 web site by clicking here. Read the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper by clicking here and from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. Our photographs above show just a handful of the hundreds of village volunteers who have helped to achieve the award along with cuttings that have appeared in the local press. There is also a copy of a letter the village has received from our MP Richard Bacon.


Time for Tea - A number of people have contacted us over the past couple of months to extol the virtues of the Hethersett tea plantation and hotel in Sri Lanka. You can read about what they had to say in a special article which is available by clicking here



New Car Park Adopted - The new car park in Great Melton Road has been officially adopted by Hethersett Parish Council for short term public parking and notices to this affect will be erected in the near future.


Dog Mess Problem - We have been contacted by a local resident complaining about the increase in dog mess around the village. This was a subject also brought up at the latest meeting of the trustees of the Memorial Playing Field and has once again become a problem. The resident states:  "I have a one year old daughter so in the last year have found that I walk more around the village and to the amenities. Unfortunately in the last month I have experienced and noticed the more frequent occurrences of dog mess on the pavements. In the course of just two days I had ridden my pram through dog mess no less than three times. This is something that in the past I have not even had to think to look out for on the pavements as I hadn’t come across it as people are “meant” to pick it up.  This was absolutely awful for me to have to clean up and fortunately my daughter doesn’t walk yet so wouldn’t have trodden in it."


Pride of Norfolk Community of the Year 2012   Hethersett has been named Pride of Norfolk Community of the Year for 2012 for villages and towns with populations of over 5000. The award recognises our outstanding community spirit and the efforts made by so many people and groups to ensure that there is something for everyone. To read about the presentation click here. To read our submission to the judges click here and to read about our community click here. The photograph above shows children from the village celebrating the award at the annual Hethersett Christmas Fair held at the Methodist Church on November 30th. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.


Village Praised for "Can Do" Attitude - Hethersett has been praised for its can do attitude in a special feature in the Eastern Daily Press newspaper on winners of Pride in Norfolk Community of the Year (see above). You can read the article by clicking here.


Honour for Duncan - Hethersett stalwart Duncan Pigg has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year's Honours list. Duncan, who is 86, says in an article in the Eastern Daily Press newspaper that "Hethersett has been my life since I was 13." His award is for services to the community which has included producing and writing the annual village pantomime for 40 years, during which time over £80,000 was raised for various charities. Duncan is also a leading light in Hethersett musical circles, President of Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club, Reader Emeritus for Hethersett Parish Church (where he has been a licensed reader for 56 years) and choirmaster for 35 years and a former governor of Hethersett High School and Hethersett Woodside Infants and Nursery School. We send out heartiest congratulations to Duncan on a well deserved honour. Duncan and his wife Jenny are photographed opposite with one of the official London 2012 Olympic torches which visited the village in July


Helping to Avoid a Clash - We have received comments about how sometimes events in our village clash with others - making it difficult for people to support so many groups and good causes. If you are organising an event why not check our What's On section to see if there are any similar events taking place at the same time. Obviously our section can only cover some of the events that we know about but, as they say, every little counts (or in this case helps).


Remembrance Idea - Hethersett residents are being given the chance to leave a lasting memory of a loved one in the village. Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustees have launched a scheme to provide benches on the field featuring a plaque with a dedication to friends or relatives that have passed on. “We already have a number of seats available on the park but are looking to add more. We want to give local people the chance to remember a loved one in a practical way and at the same time provide a village amenity that can be used by everyone,” said chair of the Playing Field Trustees Peter Hoult. Anyone interested in finding out more about the scheme can contact Peter on 01603 811337. The Trustees are also looking to provide a teen shelter on the field. It is hoped this will be financed from grants and donations. Safety matting has been placed around the entrance to the play equipment and also underneath the play hut and additional rubbish bins have also been put in place.


Kett's Oak (Or Not) - Kett's Oak may not be all it is cracked up to be if a new book is believed. The so called Kett's Oak in Hethersett where the rebel Robert Kett was said to have addressed his supporters ahead of their march on Norwich in 1549 may be a fake. In their book "Ancient Trees in the Landscape," UEA based landscape historian Tom Williamson and former Norfolk County Council Environmental Manager Gerry Barnes shed serious doubt on whether this was in fact Kett's Oak or has just become a symbol of the Rebellion over the centuries. You can read the full story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Talking Newspapers - Do you know someone who is visually impaired and who is interested in their local community? The Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper provides a free audio local news and information service for blind or partially sighted people. Items from local newspapers are recorded onto a memory stick each week and sent to the listener via a freepost facility provided by the Royal Mail. They are returned by the same means. Equipment on which to play the stick can be provided free of charge, if required. The organisation also produces a monthly audio magazine. For more details and to access the service direct visit the talking newspaper's web site by clicking here.


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.





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.