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May 2016

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

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New e-magazine for May 2016 is now available. We have renamed this monthly publication the Hethersett Herald and this bumper 50 page edition celebrates the 90th birthday of a village stalwart, reviews a Hethersett dance schools' bi-ennial show at Norwich Theatre Royal and reports on sporting success at cricket, netball and football. There is also a photographic feature on the former Hethersett railway station and news and views from the village. You can access the magazine by clicking here.  Archive e-magazines are available by clicking here.


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


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Fun Run Entry Forms - As previously mentioned, this year's annual Hethersett Run the Square two mile funrun will take place on Sunday June 26th, starting from outside Hethersett Junior School at 11 a.m. As usual the run will be over a marshalled course of closed roads including Queen's Road, part of Great Melton Road, Mill Road, part of New Road and Old Norwich Road. Entrance is just £3 for adults and £1.50 for Under-16s and all finishers will receive a commemorative medal. Entry forms are available from Hethersett Library or can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. They will also be included in our next e-magazine which will be published on this site on June 1st.

Entry Form in pdf format

Entry Form in Word format

Flyer advertising the event


Life in Miniature - An exciting miniature world is being opened up to young children in Hethersett. 

Tots Town in Station Lane is an inter-active indoor play area featuring a miniature town complete with supermarket, theatre, café, doctors’ surgery, town square and hairdressers. Children will be able to act in the theatre, take coffee orders and immerse themselves in the life of a miniature community: “Each scene is crafted to promote self-confidence, communication skills and social awareness in a familiar real-life scenario. Our team of consultants includes Early Years educators, special needs advisors and child play specialists have guided every setting’s features to maximise the role play opportunities,” the Tots Town web site states. Tots Town at 4 Station Court is open seven days a week with each day split into four 45 minute sessions starting at 9.30 a.m and finishing at 4.45 p.m. Admission is £5.75 for children over the age of one with an accompanying adult free. Children under the age of one are free if accompanied by siblings and additional adults are £2.50. 


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


Hub Cafe Date - The next Hethersett Hub Cafe organised by the Hethersett Dementia Support Group will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday, 21st June from 10 am until midday. It was reported at the May committee meeting, chaired by Councillor David Bills, that numbers attending the monthly cafe are gradually rising and news of planned activities including a games morning and Queen's Birthday celebration was well received. A sub committee on community awareness is working towards more training for residents to become dementia friends. The group is also looking at ways to improve publicity and communications around the village to further facilitate a dementia friendly village. The group is still looking for a new treasurer and people interested in serving on the committee.


Youth Club Fete - Pictured opposite are youngsters from Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club who have made a colourful banner in support of their fete and dog show on June 25th from 12 to 3.30 pm. The event is the club’s major fundraiser of the year and will include stalls, tombola, refreshments and much more. The dog show will have a number of classes including: Prettiest Bitch, Handsomest Hound, Best Youngster under two years, Best Veteran over seven years, Waggiest Tail, Best Six Legs, Best Junior Handler, Most Appealing Eyes, The Dog or Bitch the judges would most like to take home and the Best in Show. The aim is to raise £1,200 to help with the running costs of the club as Trustee Gillian Saunders explained: “This is our major fund-raiser of the year and we cannot keep the club going without the money from this event. So please come and support us. £1200 is a lot of money for us to raise but if we have the help of everyone in the village, then it is possible.” 


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

Bells to Ring Out - The bells of St Remigius Church, Hethersett, will be ringing out on Friday, 3rd June as part of a United Kingdom music day. The Hethersett bells will be one of over 80 sets ringing out from church towers in cities, towns and villages and the public is being invited to see bellringing in action. An open practice will be held between 7 and 8 pm to show residents what is involved. There will also be an opportunity for people to put their names down to learn to ring.

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


Litter Pick - The next litter pick organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team will take place on Saturday, 4th June, starting at Hethersett Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Volunteers are welcome and equipment will be provided.


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


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


It's On The Cards - Hethersett Library is replacing its regular Thursday board games afternoon with card games. Considerable interest has been shown from people wanting to play cards and the library is trialing the idea on Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm. The first session attracted eight people and one enthusiast illustrated how to play Bridge. Events at the library for June are: 


Dates in the library for June are as follows:


Wednesday 1st 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
  14.00 Dogs Trust Children's Event
Thursday 2nd 14.00 Card Games afternoon
  14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Monday 6th 14.00 Book Group
Wednesday 8th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 9th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Friday 10th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme Time for Babies/Toddlers
Saturday 11th 11.00 Family History Internet (fully booked)
Monday 13th 14.00 Parish Council Pop In
  14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 15th 10.30 Adult colouring group
Thursday 16th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Monday 20th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 22nd 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 23rd 14.00 Card Games Afternoon
Monday 27th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 29th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 30th 14.00 Card Games afternoon


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


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


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


Hawks Reach European Semi-Finals


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

Queen's Head to Extend Hours - Hethersett Queen's Head is to extend its opening hours on two days in June to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. The venue was featured in a story in the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper and you can read a cutting by clicking here.

Coffee Drop Ins - Parents and Toddlers are being invited along to a regular coffee drop in morning in St Remigius Church from 10 a.m on the first Tuesday of every month. The next event will take place on June 7th.

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

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

Messy Church - The next messy church event in St Remigius Church will take place from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, 18th June. The event is aimed at youngsters with their families and other dates for 2016 are September 24th and November 26th.

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

Parish Council Meetings for 2016 - Dates for Hethersett Parish Council meetings for the remainder of 2016 are as follows: The full council will meet in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m on the following dates -  June 13th, July 18th, September 19th, October 17th, November 21st and December 19th. Planning Committee meetings will be held at 7 p.m on all full council nights and also on the following dates - June 6th, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th.

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

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

June 13th Have Gavel Will Travel Martin Fox
July 11th Walter Dexter, Norfolk Artist Charlotte Paton


Garage Sale Date - The annual Hethersett village garage and car boot  sale will take place on June 12th from 9 a.m until 1 p.m. The event is once again being organised by The Friends of Hethersett Academy. Maps of the garages taking part will be on sale at Hethersett Village Hall and the car boot sale will take place in the Academy car park.


April News and Features



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





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







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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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



March News and Features


Low Crime Rate - Hethersett remains a very safe place to live with just nine crimes reported in the period from February 15th to March 20th, Hethersett Parish Council heard at its latest meeting. Police Community Support Officer Darren Sore reported on a smashed car window in St David's Road. Cannabis had been found on drivers stopped at Thickthorn Services and in Little Melton Road, a gate was damaged in Muriel Kenny Court and a number of vehicles sustained damage in Southcroft after being driven into. The ninth crime revolved around an argument between two parents outside a village school. "We are pleased to say that Hethersett continues to be a low crime area," said council chairman Jackie Sutton.


Tree Planted In Memory of Mary - Pupils and staff of Hethersett Old Hall School have planted a tree in memory of the Rev Mary Kerslake who died last September. Mary is remembered with great fondness by all at the school and husband Harold was on hand to help with the planting of a commemorative apple tree. You can read more about this by clicking on the cutting opposite from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper.


Hethersett Scientist Featured in Media - Well known Hethersett scientist Dr Anne Edwards has been featured in the local news again in recognition of her work to fight the Ash Dieback Disease in trees. To read more about this click on the cutting opposite. http://hethersett.org.uk/edpc.jpg


Skateboard Park Dismantled - The village skateboard park at the back of the village hall has been dismantled after being branded unsafe by the council. Attempts to find individuals or groups prepared to modernise and organise the park have come to nothing.


Control Room to Move - The control room at Norfolk Fire Headquarters in Hethersett is relocating to share with Norfolk Constabulary at Wymondham. You can read this story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper by clicking here


Well Received - The new First World War commemorative seat in the centre of the village has been well received: "The whole area in the centre of the village looks good and is a credit to the village," said Parish Council chairman Jackie Sutton at the latest council meeting. It is likely that an existing refuse bin will be moved closer to the seat in the near future.


New Road Names - A working group of Hethersett Parish Council is to make suggestions for road names on new development in the village. The group will discuss themes as well as names for individual roads.


Street Lighting - Hethersett Parish Council is in favour of street lighting on the major thoroughfares of new development in the village but not on more residential areas. After a lengthy debate at its latest meeting, members heard that lights could be provided by developers, but the parish council will be responsible for paying for the electricity.


Tree Audit - Hethersett Parish Council is making an audit of how many trees in the village have tree protection orders. Members of the public can apply to South Norfolk Council to have protection orders placed on trees to safeguard them for the future.


Bus Shelters and Crossing Help - Hethersett Parish Council has been given the green light for two parish partnership schemes with Norfolk County Council. This will see three new bus shelters in the village and crossing help for pedestrians wanting to go to shops at Church Farm. The exact locations of the new bus shelters will be decided in the near future. The parish council will be funding 50% of the costs of the projects.


Hat-Trick Heroes


Winners at the South Norfolk Community Awards Evening. Top left - Stephen Baxter receives the award on behalf of the Hethersett Dementia Support Group. Also in the picture are compere for the evening Louise Priest and South Norfolk Council Deputy Leader Martin Wilby. Top right - Anne Steward with her award for Volunteer of the Year and opposite Heather Williamson (Lifetime Community Hero) and Anne Steward. 


There was a hat-trick of wins for Hethersett groups and individuals when South Norfolk Council held its annual community awards at the John Innes Institute. Hethersett Dementia Support Group was named group of the year, Heather Williamson won the lifetime hero award and Anne Steward was named volunteer of the year. The Dementia Group was praised for its "hard work to make the village a dementia friendly community." This has inclided launching the Hethersett Cafe in May 2015 which now meets monthly in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall. Heather Williamson's lifetime award recognised her work as a co-founder of Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). She was instrumental in organising the Open Gardens scheme and litter picks throughout the village. Heather was also praised for championing the elderly and working with local clubs to engage with those with medical or other problems. Anne Steward was praised for "going that extra mile in order to raise money and imporve people's lives". She is closely involved with a number of local organisations including Hethersett Methodist Church and Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club. You can read an article from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. The awards are also featured in our March e-magazine which is available by clicking here.




Organic Food for Hethersett - An organic box scheme based in Norwich is expanding its home delivery service to include Hethersett. Tony Park founded Arthur's Organic Deliveries in South Norfolk in 2002 and all the produce is guaranteed to be GM free and free from artificial chemicals. You can read more about this by clicking here. The scheme also has a web site which is available by clicking here


Coming to a Screen Near You ? - Plans are being made to bring a village cinema to Hethersett. Village Screen would utilise state of the art projection equipment on a newly installed large screen at Hethersett Village Hall. The plan is for monthly film shows from September to May with a mix of current releases and all time classic films. Six volunteers are needed to form a committee responsible for deciding the programme, advertising, selling tickets, providing refreshments and working the projector. Anybody interested in helping should contact James Utting on 01603 810739. James can be e-mailed by clicking here.


Quiz Success - Hethersett Netball Club raised £677 from a quiz evening in Hethersett Village Hall. Fifteen teams took part and the proceeds will be divided between the club and Alzheimer's Research.


Appeal By Playgroup - A weekly Hethersett playgroup is in danger of closing after numbers attending have dropped. First Steps has been unable to cover its costs in recent months due to a fall in numbers. The group meets weekly in Hethersett Village Hall. The group has set up a crowdfunding page online with hopes of raising at least £150 to secure their future. Any funds raised above the £150 will go towards buying new toys for the children. Donations can be sent by clicking here.


Badminton Club Is Tops - Many months of hard work by Hethersett Badminton Club has paid off with the presentation of a national award. The club is the first within a 25 mile radius of Norwich to be awarded Badminton England Premier Club (Clubmark) status. The club meets on Thursday evenings at Hethersett Academy from 6.30 until 7.30 for beginners and adults wishing to improve and at Hethersett Old Hall School from 8 until 9 p.m for advanced juniors. “The award is a tribute to all the hard work and commitment of the coaches and volunteers, It is recognition that we are now a major coaching facility for the sport” said chairman Peter Hoult. Hethersett Badminton Club was founded in the 1980s and lead coach David Bunn has led the top class coaching, for all ages from seven, since 2012. The club currently has two Level Two coaches, a Level One coach and two other players who are working towards their coaching badges. All coaches have first aid, safeguarding children and up to date DBS certification. Anyone wishing to take advantage of the facilities that the club has to offer should get in touch with Peter Hoult on 01603 811337 or email by clicking here. The club maintains a simple informational which is available by clicking here.  


Litter Pick for the Queen - The Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) took to the streets of Hethersett at the beginning of March for a special litter pick. Members took part in the Clean for Queen appeal which looks to clean up the streets of litter throughout the United Kingdom in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday in June.  More information on the Clean for Queen initiative is available by clicking here. Hethersett's efforts have been mentioned in an article in the Norwich Evening News which can be viewed by clicking here.


Charity Clean Shave - A charity beard shave and the aroma of freshly-baked cakes has raised hundreds of pounds for a cancer cause at a school fundraiser organised by a pupil from Hethersett Junior School. To read this story from the Norwich Evening News click here. Meanwhile the Junior School has been taking "effective action" to tackle areas found by OFSTED inspectors deemed to require improvements. Inspectors found that since the previous inspection the school had introduced a new system for monitoring the quality of teaching, restructures leadership roles and increased methods of tracking pupils' progress.


Commemorative Seat - A new seat in the middle of the village commemorates the centenary of the First World War. The seat has been paid for out of proceeds of the 2015 Open Gardens event organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team. Part of the seat is pictured opposite


Fundraisers - Hethersett and the Meltons continues to raise funds for a number of charities and good causes. The box collections in the three villages raised £811.39 for the Children's Society. The Christingle Service in St Remigius Church last December raised £233.85 for the charity. Donations made at the thanksgiving service for the life of the Rev Mary Kerslake raised almost £2,400 which will be split between the Children's Society (£797.66), MacMillan Cancer Support (£796) and Hethersett Dementia Support Group (£796).


New Director for Funeral Business - Laura Martin, who lives in Hethersett, has joined the Rosedale Funeral Home as a funeral director. You can read this story in our cuttings section or by clicking here.


Short Tennis Appeal - Elaine Canning is looking to set-up a short tennis group for adults in Hethersett. Anyone interested can contact Elaine on 01603 958033.


Youth Worker Needed - Hethersett Youth Club is looking for a paid helper to support its youth worker. The post of assistant youth worker will be for two hours on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 until 9.30 p.m during school term times and pays £10 an hour. The work will be supporting the youth worker with youngsters from school Year 7 to Year 9 plus and involves supporting activities, running a tuck shop and working with the young people. Further information is available from Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.


Cricket For All Ages - Hethersett and Tas Valley will be putting the emphasis on cricket for all ages when the 2016 season opens. The club’s annual general meeting heard that Valley will be running teams at Under-9, Under-11, Under-13, Under-15, Under-17 and adult levels for the coming season. All the youth teams will compete in the South Norfolk Community League with the Under-11s and Under-13s also playing in the Norfolk Alliance youth section. Team managers appointed at the meeting were: Under-9s, Paul and Ben Woodruff; Under-11s, Stephen Hayes and Sarah Worley; Under-13s, Sarah Worley; Under-15s, Stuart Cooper and Under-17s, Sam Morton. Junior indoor training starts at Long Stratton Leisure Centre on March 4th with outdoor training starting on May 5th. The club will once again be holding a schools’ festival on June 10th. Valley will be running four Saturday adult sides – two in the Norfolk Alliance and two in the Norfolk League – a Sunday League team and teams for friendlies, touring matches and a variety of cup games. Members heard that the Norfolk Alliance has done away with losing and winning draws and will be a straightforward 45 overs per team win/lose format. This is something the club has been supporting for a number of seasons in order to stop the negative tactics of teams playing for draws from the start of an innings. Peter Steward was elected chairman and Mark Worley vice-chairman to succeed Tony Smith and Richard Matthews who have retired. Officers elected were: President, Richard G. Ellis; Vice-Presidents, Harold Kerslake, David Johnson, Duncan Pigg; Chairman, Peter Steward; Vice Chairman, Mark Worley; Secretary and Fixtures Secretary, Richard D. Ellis; Treasurer, Matthew Ellis; First XI Captain and Sunday Captain, Damien Fahy; First XI Vice Captain, Ian Bryce; Second XI Captain, Matt Steward; Second XI Vice Captain, Tristan Hunt; Third XI Captain, Cameron Clarke; Third XI Vice Captain, Ross Jones; Fourth XI Captain, Mark Worley; Fourth XI Vice Captain, Nick Morton; Over-40s Captain, Richard D. Ellis; Cricket Development Officer, Matthew Ellis; Club Development Officer, Peter Steward; Youth Cricket Manager, Renee Broughton; Club Welfare Officer, Jane Morton; Social Committee Chairman, Harriet Matthews; Groundsmen, Richard D. Ellis, Richard G. Ellis, Leigh King and Richard Matthews; Bar Manager, Al Watts; Subscription Officer, Jane Morton; Auditor, David Johnson. The 2016 season starts on April 10th with a friendly against Kent side Sidcup. The following  Sunday (April 17th), Valley will take on a Norfolk Select XI in aid of the Wymondham based cancer charity Star Throwers for the Les King Patron’s Trophy. With the sad news of the death of Les, this match will now be held as a memorial to him. Valley are still looking for new players of all ages and abilities. Anyone interested in joining the club should contact secretary Richard Ellis on 01508 470919 or via e-mail by clicking here.


Quiz for Roof Repairs - A quiz evening at Hethersett Old Hall School raised over £600 for roof repairs to St Remigius Church, Hethersett. The evening featured a home cooked meal and the money will go towards repairing the roof following the theft of lead which we have previously reported on.


Parish Pop Ins - Hethersett residents are being given a monthly chance to meet and discuss local issues with members of Hethersett Parish Council. The Hethersett Parish Pop In afternoons will take place in Hethersett Library on the second Monday of each month.  “This is a further step in our drive to improve our communications with residents. We have revamped our quarterly newsletter which has been well received and now wish to provide an opportunity for residents to raise issues outside the more formal structures of council meetings,” said chair of the council Jacky Sutton. The first session saw members of the public bringing up subjects as diverse as problems with car parking in the village and setting up a new short tennis group. 


New Head Teacher - Angela Jermy has been appointed Head Teacher at Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School. The school also has a vacancy for a community governor. It is looking for someone with an interest in the performance of the school, with a desire to represent the community, with the ability to look at issues objectively and the confidence to ask questions and join in debates and a willingness to listen and make informed judgements. The successful candidate should also have the ability to work well with others. More information is available from clerk to the governors Jo Adcock on 01603 810674 or by e-mailing by clicking here.


Hawks' Big Year - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club is gearing up for a big year as it celebrates its Golden Jubilee. A special day of events is planned for Saturday May 21st and the club will also be competing on foreign soil for the first time when it contests the European Club Championships in Ostrow, Poland over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The season starts on March 20th with South East League matches against Norwich Stars. Members at the annual meeting heard of a new sponsor coming on board and the club will be making an announcement early in April. The Club will again contest the South East League with teams in Division 1 and Division 2, both of which will add fixtures against Sussex side Hellingly Lions for the first time. The transfer window threw up a couple of surprises with last year's top scorer and team manager Lee Grange moving back to Norwich Stars for family reasons. Former top scorer Oliver Riley, who took a year out in 2015, has also transferred to Norwich while Suffolk based Richie Williamson, who only raced a handful of matches in his two-year stay with the Hawks, has moved to Suffolk Club Great Blakenham. On the credit side former British Finalist Lee Smith has moved to Hethersett.  Lee now lives and works in Peterborough after starting his career with Sandwell and having spells with East Park and Birmingham.  He will bring a wealth of experience to the team. The "B" team manager Katie Adams is also looking to build on last season's improvement by including some of the recent recruits, mainly from the Attleborough area.

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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

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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.


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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.


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Newspaper Correspondent

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

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

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

Charity Support

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


East Anglian Children's Hospice (EACH)

The Samaritans

East Anglian Air Ambulance


Lost and Found

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


Free Wanted and Offered

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


Personal Ads

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


Small Ads on-line

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


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