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March 2015

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

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


Fete and Dog Show - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club will be holding a summer fete and dog show on 27th June from midday until 3.30 p.m. in the youth club hall and grounds. The youth club is opening up this year's event by inviting local clubs, organisations and businesses to have a stall or pitch for £5 each.


The Heat is On - Things will certainly be hotting up for a Hethersett father and son as they prepare to walk across burning coals in aid of charity. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Teacher in Court - A Hethersett Academy teacher has appeared in court charged with possessing and distributing indecent images of children. Andrew Bayliss from North Wootton near King's Lynn will next appear before Norwich Crown Court on April 9th. Academy Principal Gareth Stevens has written to parents assuring them that the alleged offences do not involve any pupil at Hethersett Academy or within the Hethersett community.


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


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


Rugby Club to Appeal - Wymondham Rugby Club are appealing a decision to refuse them planning permission for a new ground which was turned down because it would erode the green belt between Wymondham and Hethersett. You can read this story from the Eastern Daily Press by clicking here.

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

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

Parish Council News - Hethersett is hoping to attract people into joining the parish council. Present councillors will be mounting a stall in Great Melton Road this Saturday (March 27th from 10.30 a.m) to attract candidates to stand in the coming contest which takes place on the same day as the General Election – May 7th. It is hoped that members of the public will be encouraged to put their names forward. Application forms can be downloaded from the South Norfolk Council web site and must be lodged by April 9th. May 7th will also see an election for Hethersett’s two seats on South Norfolk Council. Hethersett Parish Council is still looking into the viability of maintaining the existing skateboard near the Village Hall. “Recent appeals have brought very little response, but we want to ensure that every avenue has been investigated before making a final decision,” said council chair John Nightingale. The council has given the go-ahead for the clean-up and restoration of the historic sign which was recently moved from the edge to the centre of the village in Great Melton Road. It dates back to the 1930s and is regarded as a piece of Hethersett history despite becoming rusty and dilapidated. At the latest meeting members agreed to pay for the sign to be renovated. Members heard that a new defibrillator for public use will be placed on the outside wall of the village chemists in the next  few weeks. The council is asking Norfolk Constabulary for a presentation before deciding on whether to finance a second Police Community Support Officer for the village. The council is also looking into the possibility of a new bus shelter in Deacon Drive following a request from parishioners. Norfolk County Council Highways’ Department is being contacted about the suitability of the site and local residents will also be approached for their views before any decision is made. The council also heard about plans to open a new monthly dementia café in the village in May and also the launch of a bereavement support group. The Wild About Hethersett natural history book put together by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team has sold out in print format but is now available to download free of charge from a private web site which is available by clicking here. Wild About Hethersett chronicles a year in the natural history of the village. 

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

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

Marshals Needed - Marshals are needed for the coming Hethersett 30/60/90 bike ride on 5th April. The organisers will be making a small donation to clubs or charities who offer to help. Anyone interested can contact Bart Anderton on 07860 645793 or via email by clicking here

Hawks Underway - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club kick started its season with a 106-72 victory away to Great Blakenham. The first action on the Hethersett track this season took place under floodlights with an open evening for members of Hethersett Velo Club. They fully enjoyed the difference in the bikes to what they are used to and sampled normal racing as well as time trials, handicaps and relay races. The cycle speedway club welcomes any groups who want an evening with a difference. This season sees two big events coming to the Hethersett Memorial Playing Field track - a British Women and Girls League fixture in May and a British Youth and Junior League National Round in July.

Dates at the Library - Hethersett Library has a full programme of events lined-up for April from book groups to computer sessions and a talk by local author Ralph Jackman. To see just what is going on and how to book click here.

Businesses Targeted by Break-Ins - Hethersett's cancer charity shop and a beauty salon have been hit by break-ins on the same night. You can read about this from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here

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

Quiz Time - The Hethersett Group of the Norfolk Association for the Disabled will be holding a quiz night on Saturday May 16th in Hethersett Village Hall (7 for 7.30 p.m). Tickets are £5 (bring your own refreshments) and available from Hodge Podge in Oak Square or from Angela Farrington on 01603 810342.

Easter Refuse Collections - The table below shows changes in the usual household refuse collections over the coming Easter period:

Usual Collection Day

Revised Collection Day


Friday 3rd April

Saturday 4th April

1 day late

Monday 6th April

Tuesday 7th April

1 day late

Tuesday 7th April

Wednesday 8th April

1 day late

Wednesday 8th April

Thursday 9th April

1 day late

Thursday 9th April

Friday 10th April

1 day late

Friday 10th April

Saturday 11th April

1 day late

Sporting Chance - A special cricket match promising top class sport in aid of a Wymondham-based cancer charity is set for April. On Sunday April 12th, Hethersett and Tas Valley will take on Tony Selby’s Norfolk Select XI for the Les King Star Throwers Patron’s Trophy at their home ground at Flordon. As well as raising money for charity, the Hethersett and Tas Valley Club will be taking the opportunity to show off its facilities to the public and invited guests. There will also be the presentation of a grant cheque for over £6,000 from South Norfolk Council which has allowed the club to buy new covers, a new scoreboard and make other ground improvements, particularly to its second pitch. The 40 over a side game starts at 1 p.m and the match is being sponsored by MW Surfacing Ltd. It will be the second year the match has been held at Flordon with Hethersett running out winners last year. “This is the ideal way to start the new cricket season with a high quality match to give players some vital practice. It also gives us the opportunity to raise money for such a worthy cause and show off our first class facilities and invite the public to visit one of the most picturesque grounds in Norfolk with its top class facilities and pitches,” said Valley’s Club Development Officer Peter Steward. Les King said was delighted to hook up once again with the Flordon-based club in order to raise the profile of the cancer charity. 

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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




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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

Sporting Awards Evenings


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

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


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

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

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

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


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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.





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