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April 2014

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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APRIL NEWS and FEATURES

 

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.

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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.

Annual Parish Date - Hethersett’s annual parish meeting will take place on May 7th.The agenda will include reports from Hethersett groups and organisations including Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustees, Hethersett Village Hall Management Committee, Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett Parochial Charity, Hethersett schools, Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, Hethersett Archive, Hethersett Olympic Committee, Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association. There will also be contributions from South Norfolk Council, Norfolk County Council and the Police. The meeting takes place in Hethersett Village Hall from 7.30 p.m.  

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

National Competition For Cricketers - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club will be moving into unchartered waters this weekend when they visit Cambridgeshire side Thriplow in the first round of the national village competition. With the attraction of a final at Lord’s as the ultimate prize, Hethersett will be fielding a strong team for its first foray into this national limited overs competition which is only open to village teams. The previous day Valley kick off their Norfolk Alliance campaign with the first eleven visiting Great Witchingham Seconds. On Sunday Valley will also be fielding a team at Reepham and Salle in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League.

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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.

 

Community Gym Comes to an End - The Community Gym which has been running in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club for the past few months on Wednesdays has come to an end. Further funding has not been made available to keep the initiative going

 

Quest for the Summer - South Norfolk residents are being invited to search for treasure over the next few weeks in a new initiative aimed at improving fitness and providing fun for families. Hethersett Treasure Quest 2014 will start over the Easter weekend and has been designed specifically with families, dog walkers and social walking groups in mind. It has been devised by members of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association, led by the association’s secretary Peter Hoult. “We are hoping to persuade more people to get out and about this summer and get the maximum enjoyment from pleasant circular walks in the local area,” Peter Hoult said. The walks are between three and five miles in length and include Hethersett and Little Melton, Ashwellthorpe, Eaton and the UEA, Mulbarton, Whitlingham and Wymondham: “The object is to complete six circular walks, each consisting of 12 clues which will each provide a numerical answer, these adding up to a total for each walk. A number from each of the totals will provide a pointer to a location in the area. The first person to crack this code will be led to the secret treasure,” Mr Hoult added. Entry to Quest is free and it will run up to July 6th. Entrants are asked to fill in a simple registration form which is available along with route directions and other information on the Quest web site available by clicking here. “For anyone with GPS devices, there are a number of geocaches on each of the routes which may add extra entertainment,” Mr Hoult added.

 

Soccer Success - Two of Hethersett Athletic's youth teams have met with cup success. On Sunday the club's Under-14s lifted the South Norfolk League Cup with a 5-2 victory over Thetford Bulldogs thanks to two goals from Jack Kirby and Raiffe Parrett and one from Ollie Hudson-Church. The team are still in with the chance of a league and cup double being currently top of the division. Hethersett Athletic Under-19s left it late to make it through to the final of the Norwich Sunday League Development Cup. A late late goal from Keiran Murrell couldn't prevent them from losing 3-2 to Watton in their final round robin game. It was enough, however, to match the goal difference of arch rivals Hellesdon with Hethersett reaching the final thanks to having scored more goals. They now play Salhouse in the final at Sloughbottom Park, Norwich, on April 27th. Our photograph opposite shows Hethersett's man of the match Jack Kirby in action in the Under-14s Cup Final.

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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.

More Than Just a Plant Sale - The Norfolk Plant Heritage Group will be holding a Spring Fair in Hethersett Village Hall on Sunday May 4th from 10 a.m until 1 p.m. Twenty five specialist nurseries with numerous uncommon plants will be in attendance and there will be non stop expert demonstrations by flower arrangers. A plant doctor will be present to give advice and there will be a special focus on wallflowers (Erysimums).

Up and Running Again - Hethersett and the Meltons’ Running Group is underway once again following its winter break. The group was set up thanks to a partnership between Active Norfolk, Hethersett and the Melton’s Sports Association and Run England and in 2012 was named Run England’s Eastern Area Group of the Year. Informal sessions take place on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field from 6.30 until 7.30 p.m every Thursday leading up to a six week course which will be coached by Norfolk Olympian Paul Evans from May 22nd until July 3rd. These sessions will prepare runners for the annual Hethersett two mile funrun on July 6th which once again will be part of the village Open Weekend. The group caters for all ages and abilities from raw beginners to advanced runners. “The whole idea of the group is to make running fun and a sociable activity and of course to improve fitness,” said Peter Steward, chair of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association.

Youth Club to Expand - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club is set to expand thanks to a grant from South Norfolk Council’s Your Community Your Choice programme. The grant will allow the club to start a 14 plus group, probably on a Thursday evening. The club also has some spaces at its Wednesday evening sessions and is inviting youngsters from school years five and six to have a look around on June 19th to see if they wish to sign up for September. The evening starts at 5.45 p.m and costs £1. The club’s final fund-raiser of the academic year is a Ladies Pamper evening on 12th July from 7 p.m. The event has some spaces for providers and pitches can be booked by telephoning Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566. The club is also looking for new fund-raising ideas after September to help with repair costs to the roof and the general running of the club. The club is also still looking for a treasurer.

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.

Chamber Music Evening in Hethersett - An Evening of Chamber Music by the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra will take place in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club at 7.30 p.m on Friday 25th April. The programme will include classical, jazz and film music from the likes of Back, Massenet, Faure, Piazzola, Haydn and Wesley. The concert has been organised by students from Hethersett Academy and the orchestra will include Hethersett youngsters Chloe and James Peterson. Proceeds from the concert will go to the orchestra's summer tour to Belgium. Tickets are available on the door priced at £5 for adults and £1 for children. The entrance price includes a free drink and there will also be cakes for sale.

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.

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Three Decades of Dance To Be Celebrated -  Hethersett based Yvonne School of Dance is preparing to celebrate its 30th year with its biennial production at Norwich Theatre Royal on Sunday May 4th at 2.30 and 7 p.m. Both performances will proudly showcase the skills of all students from three years of age to adult and there will be a variety of dance from classical ballet to tap, jazz to street dance and contemporary to acrobatics. The show will feature well loved music from the past and present including pieces from musicals, films, classical and pop. Yvonne Cutting and her team choreograph and perfect the routines, design and create the colourful costumes and oversee the show through eight months of rehearsals. "All the students love to entertain and show their love of dance through their performance and we are aiming to put on a dazzling production," Yvonne said. You can view rehearsal pictures by clicking here. You can also read about this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

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.

MARCH NEWS and FEATURES

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. The club’s annual meeting will take place on June 24th at 7 p.m.

 

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

 

Time On Their Side - Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association (HaMSA) will have time on its side thanks to a grant from South Norfolk Council. The £1300 grant will be used to purchase a digital race clock to be used for local events including the annual Hethersett funrun which this year will take place on July 6th. The clock will also be available for use by clubs affiliated to the sports association and be hired out to other organisations for a fee. The sports association, in conjunction with Active Norfolk, will be organising a come and try event on July 5th as part of the annual Hethersett Open Weekend celebrations. Sports available to try free of charge will include archery, football, cricket, rounders, cycle speedway, bowls, petanque, netball and croquet. Hethersett Velo Club will also lead cycle rides around the village. The association will also oversee Hethersett and the Meltons’ entry into this year’s South Norfolk Village Games at Long Stratton on June 8th. Hethersett will be defending the title they have won over the past three years. 

 

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. The group’s next meeting will be on May 28th at 8 p.m.

 

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.

 

Easter Bin Collections - There will be a number of revised bin collection dates over the Easter period.

 

Usual Collection Day Revised Collection Day Change
Monday 21st April Tuesday 22nd April 1 day late
Tuesday 22nd April Wednesday 23rd April 1 day late
Wednesday 23rd April Thursday 24th April 1 day late
Thursday 24th April Friday 25th April 1 day late
Friday 25th April Saturday 26th April 1 day late

 

 

February Stories

 

Players Please - Hethersett Players will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with an evening of song and dance with a fish and chip supper. The group will be on stage at Hethersett Village Hall for three performances running on evenings from July 31st until August 2nd and they are looking to recruit more Hethersett people. “The group is open to anyone over 14 whether experienced or first time on stage and we welcome anyone who wants to gain experience. We also have opportunities for people looking to get involved backstage or on the technical side,” said chairman Sarah Wright. Rehearsals for the cabaret style performances in the summer will begin on Tuesdays from the end of March and anyone taking part will be required to be available from Sunday 27th July (during the day) until Saturday 2nd August. Anyone interested can contact Sarah Wright via e-mail by clicking here.

 

The Unwitting Nation Builders - The above article has appeared in the Eastern Daily Press newspaper and highlights the story of Elizabeth Pulley - a story that we have featured on these pages in the past. To enlarge the photographs click on them. To read our original piece 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.

 

Presentation to Young Footballers - Players, officials and supporters from Hethersett Athletic Under 11s were treated to a visit from Norwich City FC defender Michael Turner and Head of Sports Science Nick Davies on Friday evening. HAFC coach Wayne Johnson organised the evening to thank Jon Shooter Managing Director of Glazing Vision in Diss who recently sponsored the teams impressive new Macron Rain Jackets. The sponsorship is excellent news for the team who have also been supported by local company Stauff Anglia owned and run by Lisa and Kevin Rodgers, who sponsor the match shirts plus the Hethersett branch of NFU Mutual who kindly purchased the training tops. Both Michael and Nick were generous with their valuable time and agreed to a Q&A session before having photos and signing autographs for the players. The young players of Hethersett asked some excellent questions on the evening gaining an insight in to life in the professional game. Michael shared stories about some of his difficult opponents and Nick shared the disappointed of having to give up a promising football career as a professional football due to a serious injury. The young players of Hethersett went away with smiles from ear to ear; maybe that positive energy found it's way to Carrow Road a few hours later when NCFC gained a valuable point with a great performance against Man City FC.

 

Burglars Targeted Hethersett Homes - Homes in Hethersett were amongst many targeted by two prolific burglars who have been sent to prison. To read the story from the Wymondham Mercury click here.

 

Latest Scams Exposed - We will regularly be featuring scams and product recalls sent to us by Norfolk Trading Standards. To read about the latest batch click on the link under the miscellaneous section on the left.

 

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. HEAT’s next litter pick of the village will be on March 8th and once again the village has entered the South Norfolk big litter pick competition – something it won last year.

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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.

Hethersett Open Weekend - This year’s Hethersett Open weekend will take place from July 4th to 6th, Hethersett Parish Council heard at its latest meeting. A number of events have already been lined-up and others are being discussed. Events on the Sunday will include the annual Churches Together service in Hethersett Social Club which will be followed by the two mile village fun run. The Saturday will see a come and try sports event being organised jointly by Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and Active Norfolk.

£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.

News From Previous Months

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.

 

Watch out for Scams - As part of a new service we will be publishing information from Norfolk Trading Standards with regard to product recalls and scams that could be operating in our area. So please keep an eye on these pages - they could prevent a whole host of problems. We start with warnings of a tax refund scam, unsafe children's hats, sites that charge of processing application forms such as passport renewals and driving licences, a telephone based scam aimed at the elderly and vulnerable and much much more. Have a look at the information by clicking here. It could save you money and save you from heartache. More information is available by clicking here.

 

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

 

Short Story Competition - A Hethersett funeral director has launched a short story competition in aid of Valentine's Day. R.J. Bartram & Son is asking people to submit a story of no more than 500 words describing how, when and where people met and became a couple. First prize is Sunday lunch for two at Park Farm Hotel. Deadline for entries is Friday, February 7th and the winner will be announced on Valentine's Day. Stories can be dropped into the branch in Hethersett on Great Melton Road or e-mailed 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.

 

New Cafe for Hethersett - Hethersett has a new cafe. The China Tang Tea House Village Cafe opened its doors at the end of December at 32A, Mill Road and will be serving traditional English breakfasts along with lunches and Chinese specialities. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 8.30 a.m until 4.30 p.m.

 

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.

 

Gym Again - Hethersett’s new mobile gym has re-started. The gym is a joint initiative between South Norfolk Council, Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association. To date attendance on Wednesdays between 10 a.m and 2 p.m has been slightly disappointing but organiser Wyn Nurse is hoping things will pick up after the festive season. “I do think that the time of year has kept numbers down and hopefully we will get more in the new year,” she said. The gym takes place in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club’s premises in Back Lane, Hethersett. Sessions under qualified instructors last for about an hour and cost just £3.

 

Parish Council Meeting Dates for 2014 - Dates have been set for meetings of Hethersett Parish Council in 2014. Meetings of the full council start at 7.30 p.m in Hethersett Village Hall and are preceded by planning committee meetings at 7 p.m. Dates are: April 23rd, May 20th, June 16th, July 14th, September 15th, October 20th, November 17th and December 15th. Additional planning committee meetings will be held on  April 7th, May 6th, June 2nd, June 30th, August 4th, September 1st, October 6th, November 3rd and December 1st. The village’s annual parish meeting will be held on May 7th.

 

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.

The spirit of Christmas was once again alive and well in Firs Road, Hethersett, as Tony and Margaret Dunton celebrated their 19th year of raising money for local charities. Once again donations from people going to admire their winter wonderland of lights will go to the local doctors’ surgery and the East Anglian Air Ambulance. This year the couple went for a blue and white theme with some new figures and lights. They have also kept to the traditional Bethlehem stable tableau in their garage and of course a couple of very jolly Santas. Nearby schools and uniformed organisations visited the display in the run up to Christmas.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

Tea, Music and Fellowship - About 50 people attended the Hethersett Methodist Church Singing Fellowship music and tea afternoon when a range of Christmas hymns, readings and prayers were presented by the group. The Singing Fellowship presents four such afternoons each year as well as visiting care homes and church events on a regular basis throughout the year. After the Friday afternoon event home made cakes and tea were served in the church and a thank you was expressed by Hethersett’s Methodist Minister the Rev Matthew Olanrewaju.

 

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Christmas Fair - Hethersett’s festive season celebrations got off to a rip roaring start with hundreds attending the sixth annual Christmas Charity Fair in the Methodist Church. On a relatively warm end of November evening, local residents enjoyed refreshments and were able to purchase early Christmas gifts from a wide variety of charity stalls. Hundreds of pounds was raised for a variety of good causes. There was also a children’s games room upstairs. Seasonal singing and entertainment was provided by children from Woodside School, Hethersett Singers, David Wyatt, Hethersett Methodist Singing Fellowship and the St Remigius Church Choir. Charities represented included the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Hope and Homes for Children, the RNLI and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Local charities included Starthrowers, the Norfolk Association of Disabled People, the Respect Yourself Group and Norfolk Wildlife Trust. A number of Hethersett youth and community groups were also represented. Our pictures show the Hethersett Singers on the left and Hethersett Methodist Church Singing Fellowship on the right.

 

Hawks Celebrate -  Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club celebrated a successful season at its presentation evening. Competitions won by individual members at Club, County, Region and National level were acknowledged as well as members of both the Club's South East League teams who received trophies for finishing runners-up in Division 1 and 2. The most successful riders were brother and sister Ollie and Danni Riley and it was no surprise that these two were named First Team and Second Team Riders of Year respectively.  Ollie was also awarded the Club Top Scorer award, eight points ahead of Dan Chambers.  Katie Adams was named Most Improved Junior and also received the Club Member of the Year award for her support at Club Nights, recruitment activities and overall commitment. The prestigious Hawks Sportsperson of the Year award, voted for by those present on the night, was won by Ollie Buxton for the second consecutive year.  The voting was very close with Ian Grange and Katie Adams just one vote behind the winner. Much talk at the gathering was around a challenging 2014 with revised League competitions, including a new National Friendly League. Members are busy training on Tuesday evenings for the British Indoor Championships in Coventry on January 4th and 5th.  A big recruitment drive for youngsters will also be a major feature in 2014. The pictures above show club chairman John Nelson making presentations to Danni Riley (left), Ollie Riley (centre) and Katie Adams (right)

 

Fairies Raise Hundreds - Fairies and elves in Hethersett have helped to raise more than £700 for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH). You can view a cutting on this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

 

 

 

TOP NEWS and FEATURES FROM THE PREVIOUS FEW MONTHS

 

Painting for Pleasure - Hethersett’s Painting for Pleasure art group held its fifth annual exhibition in Hethersett Village Hall. Watercolours, acrylics, oils and pastels depicting a range of subjects from portraiture and landscapes to still life and abstract were all featured in over 100 pieces of art, many of which were bought by eager collectors. Much of the work had been reproduced from original photographs. The event also featured a tombola and refreshments, the proceeds of which will be donated to Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club. The tombola included a number of hand painted bird boxes which had featured in the group’s project for this summer. The group meets every Wednesday morning from 10 a.m until midday in Hethersett Village Hall.

Father and daughter Peter and Kathryn Harris from Yorkshire at the exhibition

A Chip Off the Old Block - When it comes to collecting Christmas charity shoeboxes for underprivileged children, Hethersett teenager Heather Pullin is a chip off the old block. For Heather is treading in the footprints of her grandparents Shirley and John Adams who collected boxes for many years in Hethersett before retiring to live in Holt. Heather has either collected or put together over 100 boxes at her home in Richardson Crescent and these will be distributed to children in Kosovo to help brighten their Christmas. Heather is also working towards her Queen’s Guide Award with Guiding UK and the shoebox collection will form part of her practical community action project. Heather, who is 17 and currently in the sixth form at Wymondham College, said that collecting the boxes had proved “challenging but enjoyable.” She had excellent support from local people who not only dropped off completed boxes but also sweets, cuddly toys, toothbrushes and toothpaste, model cars, pencil cases and many other items. She also raised £89 from serving teas and coffees at the recent Wymondham Lemon Day. Now Heather will be turning her experiences into a presentation and that will involve carrying out research into the destination of the boxes. Meanwhile John and Shirley may have moved from Hethersett, but box collection is obviously still in their blood as they have collected 40 at their new North Norfolk home.

Heather Pullin with her shoeboxes. Click on the photograph to enlarge

Cancer Research Presentation - A cheque for over £2,000 has been presented to Cancer Research UK from a special charity day at Hethersett Social Club. The event 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 auction of lots donated by local businesses. The event was organised by Sue Forkes from the Social Club in memory of local resident Sayed Rehim who died from cancer while only in his thirties. A cheque for £2,153.47 was presented by Sue Forkes to Local Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research UK Tom Bamford: “It was a fantastic result and we were delighted as we didn’t even realise the event was being organised,” Mr Bamford said. “I would just like to thank everyone for all their hard work and support on the day,” Sue Forkes said.

Sue Forkes with Tom Bamford (left) and Bart Anderton of Hethersett Velo Club. Click on the photograph to enlarge.

 

Mobile Gym Launched - Hethersett’s new weekly mobile gym got off to a solid start with a trickle of people taking the opportunity to improve their fitness levels. The gym classes will run on Wednesdays from 10 a.m until 2 p.m in the Jubilee Youth Club Hall in Back Lane. Ultimately the idea is to start a regular community gym. To do this a total of 30 people need to take part each week during the four hour time slot. If successful an organising committee will be formed to take the idea forward into 2014. “We are looking to produce a community gym within six months,” said instructor Wyn Nurse. One of the first to try out the new facilities was Hethersett District Councillor Leslie Dale: “I was very impressed by the arrangement of a personal trainer shared between three or four people to guide me through the various exercises, which fortunately were still attainable despite my being of pensionable age. My trainer certainly found several muscles I didn’t know I had,” he said. Councillor Dale also had a message to people of a certain age: “ I can assure people in the older age group that they will not be asked to start doing anything beyond their current physical abilities,” he said. The gym is aimed at people of all ages from 16 upwards. It is hoped that a village leaflet drop and other publicity will encourage more people to take part. The gym is a partnership between South Norfolk Council, Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association and is the latest in a long line of fitness based initiatives in Hethersett. There is no need to book for the sessions and a one-to-one assessment with a fully qualified instructor will help to create a personalised fitness programme for all those taking part. The cost of sessions is £3 and more information is available from Wyn Nurse on 01263 516305 or via e-mail by clicking here. 

Fitness instructor Wyn Nurse with South Norfolk District Councillor Leslie Dale. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

 

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

Stories in a Box - Hethersett Library played host to some unusual books. A special display took the form of artistic interpretations in boxes of well known works of literature designed by pupils from Hethersett Academy. Whilst other pupils may have been relaxing with the printed word over the summer holidays, Year 10 art students were expressing the essence of books under the heading of “You Can Tell a Book By Its Cover.” Every year the students who will be moving up to Year 11 have to undertake a piece of independent study and over the past four years this has taken the form of science based box projects. This year it has been the turn of literature to take centre stage: “It is great to see students making creative links between different curriculum areas,” said Head of Faculty and English Subject Leader at the academy Hayley Downer. "It is really nice to have the boxes back in the library again and the theme this year is so appropriate,” said Library Manager Jennie Hoult.There are 26 boxes on display depicting scenes from classic to modern literature including Great Expectations, The Secret Garden, Of Mice and Men, MacBeth, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, The Crucible, Romeo and Juliet, Alice in Wonderland. Othello and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas as depicted in the display at Hethersett Library. Click on the picture to enlarge it

 

Respecting Colour - There was masses of colour in Hethersett Village Hall as Christmas came early in the shape of a festive market held by the Respect Yourself group. Respect Yourself sends out daily SMS text messages to help young people make important life decisions on a whole host of subjects from drugs and birth control to fighting bullying and keeping fit. The emphasis was on fun for the festive fair with a special appearance by Father Christmas and his legion of elves. There were stalls, games, competitions for the younger family members and refreshments. Respect Yourself was the brainchild of Hethersett resident Claire Burke who said the group is going from strength to strength with a number of new volunteers coming forward to help. Money raised from the event will go towards the daily service of text messaging. NEWS UPDATE  The fair raised £634. The service currently has 9,700 users across various media with 150 hits a day to its web site. The group has received support for its daily messages from a number of celebrities including Paul Potts in connection with bullying and Jahmene Douglas in connection with domestic violence. Other celebrities such as John Hurt have passed on messages to send out. The group is also working with a number of Norfolk schools, the latest of which is Wayland Academy where it is piloting a programme funded by the Academy itself. Work is also progressing towards putting together a Board of Trustees as its next step towards gaining charitable status.

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.

 

Saints Alive - Great Melton Church is appealing for details of six Norfolk Saints featured on its Victorian east window. To read about this and the fascinating history of the church click here. Use the link also to see more photographs of the church. NEWS UPDATE: A reader of the Norwich Evening News has managed to identify the saints. You can view his description 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.

 

Chairman's Reception - Hethersett Village Hall was the venue for a special presentation and thank you evening hosted by parish council chairman Fred Watkins. The evening was attended by representatives of the various village groups that come under the Hethersett Parish Council banner, including Hethersett Environmental Action Team, Hethersett Village Hall Trustees, Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee and Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustees. Also present were residents who had opened their gardens for the village open gardens event in the summer. Parish councillors mingled with village volunteers and enjoyed presentations with slides from Mr Watkins and parish councillor Shane Hull on the village open weekend and Dr Anne Edwards on the open garden scheme, which again saw numerous village gardens open to the public in the summer. Dr Edwards had also baked a special open gardens celebration cake. Proceeds from the open gardens event were presented to the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service and the Hedgehog Rescue charity. Both charities received cheques for £825. Fred Watkins said: “The evening allowed the Parish Council to recognise and thank volunteers for the contribution they have made to village life during the year as well as being an enjoyable social get together.” There was a loud round of applause when it was announced that Hethersett had once again become Norfolk’s Sports Village of the Year. Hethersett Village Hall Trustees is looking for new members with three current vacancies on the committee. Meanwhile the village hall is looking to enhance its facilities in the near future with the introduction of wi-fi to go alongside the modern media set-up that has already been installed

 

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.

 

Going Yellow for the Day - The highly successful Hethersett Velo Club changed its name to Hethersett Yellow Club for the day to join in the celebrations for Wymondham's Lemon Day. You can read a cutting about the event from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.

 

Hethersett Woman's Challenge of a Lifetime - Hethersett's Rachel Cooke is training for the challenge of a lifetime as she prepares to take part in the London Marathon in memory of her mum. You can read a cutting about this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

 

Cricketers Celebrate - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club held their annual presentation evening and coupled it with a hog roast and fireworks' display. Pictured opposite is club chairman Tony Smith presenting the Player of the Year Trophy to Paul Reeve. You can read about the evening and see who won what by clicking here.

 

 

Sporting Village of the Year - Hethersett is once again the top sports village in Norfolk. We were named Sports Village of the Year on November 6th in a special presentation event at Norwich Forum organised jointly by Active Norfolk, the Eastern Daily Press and Radio Norfolk. The award comes two years after Hethersett was named Norfolk Sports Village of the Year for the first time and is a tribute to the hard work put in by so many people to enhance fitness and well being in our village. This culminated this year with Hethersett becoming the first village or town in the United Kingdom to win a Prime Minister's Big Society award. You can view coverage of the awards evening by clicking on the cutting above or by visiting our cuttings section 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.

 

Vandalism Moves - Sadly the problem of vandalism has reared its ugly head in another part of the village. Considerable steps have been taken to eradicate the problem on the Memorial Playing Field and these seem to have had an effect but also seem to have moved the problem onto the High School where a considerable amount of damage has been caused. You can read about this from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

 

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.

East Anglian Championships - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club hosted the East Anglian Championships on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. You can read a newspaper cutting about the event by clicking 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.

 

Sports Association Success - Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association continues to go from strength to strength in setting up new clubs and providing sport and exercise for people of all ages. The association's latest meeting gave out grants for sports as diverse as petanque, football, rugby, netball and croquet. Full details of that meeting and latest information on the association are available on a web site which can be accessed by clicking here.

 

Harvest Time - Harvest Festival was celebrated at Hethersett Methodist Church with a service attended by Hethersett Rainbows, Brownies, Cubs and Scouts and led by the village's new minister The Rev Matthew Olanrewaju. The worship included a song from the FROGS youth group and a talk by Chris Skinner, accompanied by Scruff the Dog Puppet. Harvest produce dry goods were taken to the Norwich Foodbank and fresh goods were auctioned off in aid of the Methodist Relief and Development Fund. After the service a bring and share lunch was enjoyed.

 

Cycling Celebrations - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club is celebrating the success of Danielle Riley who capped a brilliant season by winning the final British Girls' Grand Prix at Astley and Tyldesley in Lancashire to win the overall Grand Prix series. Danielle blew the opposition away in her four qualifying races and then made a determined start in the final to hit the front. She never looked like being caught and took the grand prix by five bike lengths. 

 

Hethersett United Against Vandalism - Earlier this year Hethersett became the first village or town in the United Kingdom to be given the national Big Society award. Over the past few months Hethersett has been subjected to a number of cases of mindless vandalism which threatens to undermine the superb work being undertaken by so many people to build and improve our remarkable village. Hethersett a Norfolk Village on the Web is launching a campaign to fight against this spate of vandalism and ensure our village and facilities can be enjoyed by everyone. Letters have been sent to Norfolk Police asking them to take enforcement action, particularly in relation to anti-social behaviour experienced on the Memorial Playing Field which has seen a number of attacks on the pavilion with guttering, tiles and other damage being caused. As a result the table in front of the pavilion is being taken down and the bottle banks removed. The Memorial Playing Field Trustees are also looking into a number of other measures including better barrier control of the car park and the possibility of banning the consumption of alcohol on the field. By working together local clubs and societies can send out a very strong message that mindless vandalism will not be tolerated and those responsible will be dealt with. Please support this campaign. NEWS UPDATE - Following meetings between Trustees and the Police the fight to combat vandalism is on. You can read this story from the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News by clicking 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. 

 

Entries Up for Horticultural Show - Entries in this year's annual show organised by Hethersett and District Horticultural Society showed a welcome rise and the quality was praised by the judges. To view photographs and read a report click here
Olly Equals Record - Hethersett Hawks' cycle speedway star Olly Riley became only the second person to win three Norfolk titles in one season when he equalled Darren Slater's 2001 achievement by winning the Under-16 title at Hethersett to go with his Senior and Under-19 titles.  This one was far from easy after three tough races against Norwich's Danny Margitson.  They each traded wins in the final to both finish on 19 points and Riley had to pull off a fantastic pass in a race-off to win the title.  Katie Adams and Giles Awbery also qualified with Riley for the East Anglian Final.

 

New Youth Group - Hethersett has a new youth club aimed at youngsters aged from 14 to 16. It will meet on Thursdays from 7.30 until 9.30 p.m. It will be led by Clare Lincoln who is looking for additional volunteers to support the setting up and running of the group: “I would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in helping. This is an amazing opportunity to learn new skills and play a positive role within the community,” Clare said, adding that the youngsters themselves will be given the opportunity to shape their own club. She can be contacted via e-mail by clicking here. Meanwhile the Jubilee Youth Club has also re-opened its doors from 5.45 until 7.30 p.m for school years five and six and from 7.30 until 9.15 p.m for years seven to nine and again an appeal for helpers has gone out: “We are urgently in need of volunteers for either clubs on a Wednesday or Thursday on a rota basis once or twice a term. If you would like to help the club but don’t want face to face contact with the young people then we are in need of volunteers to help on the committee which meets four or five times a year and manages the hall and indirectly the club,” said club organiser Gillian Saunders.  

 

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.

King's Head Runners-Up - Hethersett King's Head were runners-up in South Norfolk Council's Community Pub of the Year award. The competition was won by Wymondham Green Dragon. The King's Head were awarded a South Norfolk Community Pub of the Year Award plaque. More information is available on a web site which can be visited by clicking here.

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.
A Charity That Changed a Life - A Hethersett teenager is urging people to dig deep and support a charity which has changed his life. You can read about Max Bode's special wheelchair and his charity appeal by clicking on the cutting from the Wymondham Mercury opposite

 

Business Success for Hethersett Sisters - Three sisters are celebrating their first successful year in business in Hethersett. Their story was featured in the Wymondham Mercury and you can read it by clicking on the cutting opposite.

 

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.
Golden Years - A special service was held at Hethersett Parish Church to celebrate the golden weddings of six well known local couples. You can read this story in full by clicking on the cutting from the Wymondham Mercury 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.

 

Glorious Sunshine and Open Gardens - Despite very difficult Spring weather, Hethersett gardeners put on a wonderful show for the biennial village open garden event writes Gary Wyatt. On a sultry Sunday, close to 300 visitors from all over the county enjoyed 24 gardens of contrasting styles, many of which proved to be a big surprise, even to those who have lived in the village for many years. There were cottage type gardens behind modern bungalows and contemporary style gardens behind old cottages, and every kind in between. Front gardens were filled with vegetable plots and some with wild flower meadows. The hard work put in and the pride of the owners in their gardens shone through. The event was organised by Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) who also provided the plant stall and refreshments in the Jubilee Hall. Proceeds from the event will go to a hedgehog conservation society and the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. To view photographs of the event click here. David Wyatt also took some photographs of entertainment in one of the gardens. To see these click here. News Update: The event raised a magnificent £1,450. For a breakdown of this figure click here.  

 

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.

Marathon Swim - Marathon swimmers at a Hethersett health club have raised over £2,000 for a local cancer charity. Members of Fitness Express at Park Farm Hotel swam up to 22 miles each in a sponsored event to raise funds for the Wymondham based Star Throwers charity. A cheque for just over £2,004 was presented by Kerrie Smy of the Fitness Express leisure team to Les King, who is not only a prominent member of the health club but also patron of the charity. Also on hand at the presentation were Dr Henry Mannings and supporters of Star Throwers, representatives of Fitness Express and Daniel Lewin and his dad Rob. Daniel, who lives at Little Melton, individually raised over £200 by completing the full 22 miles by swimming three miles a week and regularly doing 100 lengths after school. Eleven year old Daniel, who attends Hethersett High School, was accompanied by his father for some of his watery journey. Refreshments at the presentation were provided by Park Farm Hotel.   

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.”

 

King's Head in Focus - Hethersett King's Head has been featured in the Norwich Evening News as the newspaper's Pub of the Week. You can read the feature by visiting our cuttings section by clicking here. You can also read the story from the newspaper by clicking here.

 

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.

 

Hethersett are Runners-Up - Hethersett Netball Club finished runners-up after a dramatic end to the latest Active Norfolk Village Games competition. Hethersett reached the final where they came up against Diss and Roydon. The match ended in a draw and went to a golden goal scenario with Diss winning the all important toss and netting first.

 

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.

 

Five Hundred Cyclists Take to the Roads - The second Hethersett 30/60 cycle ride attracted a maximum field of 500 riders on April 14th - three weeks after bad weather had brought about the postponement of the event. You can read about this by clicking here. You can also read the internet coverage from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. This story also has a photo gallery.

 

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 Vice-Chair - Vivien Hawes has been appointed vice-chairman of Hethersett Parish Council to succeed Gary Wyatt who resigned recently. To read about the latest decisions taken by the council visit the parish council section of this web site 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.

 

Major Grant for Parish Church - Hethersett Parish Church has received a grant of £42,000 towards the £95,000 cost of making urgent repairs to the roof. To read this story from the Wymondham Mercury click here.

 

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.

 

 

Genealogy 

 

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

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.

Noticeboard

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.

Memories

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

Disclaimer

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.