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November 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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Never Mind the Rain Dear!

THE wet and blustery weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the many families who turned out  to see Santa and two of his real reindeer at Hethersett Old Hall School’s Christmas market on November 21st. The reindeer were a top attraction at the independent school ‘s fundraising bonanza,  which saw its large sports hall transformed into a shoppers' paradise with nearly 60 stalls selling gifts, crafts, jewellery, local artisan food and many other seasonal treats, as well as Santa’s grotto and a decorated Christmas tree kindly donated by Great Melton Estate. Organised by the school’s  Parents’ Association, the event also boasted a pop-up restaurant offering visitors hot food and drinks, French-style crepes and  a sell-out stall of homemade cakes made and donated by parents. PA Chair Charissa Garner said: “We were delighted by the turnout, the car park was overflowing and there were fantastic, friendly crowds here all day. We have made an amazing sum of £3,340 for our school fund - and nearly all of the stallholders have already asked to book for next year .” Helen Birmingham, proprietor of Kiddycakes,  who had a stall at the market, said: “The event was superbly organised and had a really lovely atmosphere. If the school organises another one next year we would love to attend.” We will have more photographs from the event in our next edition of the Hethersett On-line electronic magazine which will be available the first week in December.


Footballers Reach Quarter-Finals - Hethersett Athletic men's Saturday team have reached the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Primary Cup after a 6-1 victory over Ellingham on the Memorial Field on November 21st. They will now play one of the following in the quarter-finals - Wedling, Bridgham, Dereham Taverners, Docking, Sporle, Marham Wanderers, Morley Village or Redgate Rangers Reserves.


War Site Updated - An intriguing look into Hethersett in the first five decades of the 20th century is now available online. “Hethersett – A Village at War” tells the story of the village from 1910 to 1950 through photographs, articles and original sources. The site features exclusive material from the western front and covers both World Wars and includes transcripts from Hethersett parish magazines written by the rectors of the day. One of the main sections of the site features the writings of the Rector of Hethersett during the First World War, the Rev Frederic Jarvis, both from his study at Hethersett Rectory and also from the Western Front where he served as a chaplain for a year. The site also includes exclusive letters home from the front during the First World War that have never been published before. They were written by Percy Curson to his sister Mary who lived at High House Farm, Little Melton. It also has articles on servicemen who lost their lives during the wars. One of the latest additions is a list of absent voters from 1918. Those serving in the armed forces or overseas had to register for their vote and the list gives an insight into who was serving where during the First World War. The site has been put together by Hethersett Parish Councillor and owner of this web site Peter Steward as part of the council’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. The council has also renovated the war memorial in the grounds of Hethersett Parish Church. A new commemorative seat purchased from funds raised at this year’s Hethersett Open Gardens scheme organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) will be put in place in the centre of the village in the near future. “We are hoping that people will find the web site interesting and help them to learn a little about what life was like in the village between 1910 and 1950. The project started as part of a commemoration of the First World War but it was decided to extend this to include the second conflict and the years immediately afterwards. It is the first time that these documents have been collected together in one place and I hope the site is a fitting memorial to all those who fought and, in some instances, gave their lives in the two world wars,” Peter Steward said. The village war site can be accessed by clicking here.


Newspaper Boys and Girls Wanted - A newspaper delivering service that covers Hethersett is looking for newspapers boys/girls for morning deliveries. Anyone interested should ring Vicky from Norfolk News Deliveries Ltd on 01953 600478


Concern Over Thickthorn Roundabout Highlighted - Hethersett Parish Council has again expressed its concern over what it considers to be “dangerous lane markings” on Thickthorn Roundabout. The council’s latest comments follow a meeting with Highways England which has been followed by a letter from the agency stating that no changes will be made to the junction. Councillors agreed that lane markings continue to be a concern, particularly those coming off the A47 from the Great Yarmouth direction which indicate vehicles going towards Hethersett should take the right hand lane. The council have asked for the markings to revert back to allowing vehicles going towards the village to use the middle of the three lanes. A letter from Highways England states that “no collisions have occurred as result of the poor use of the A47 lane 2 of the westbound off slips.” The letter goes on to say that the erection of new vertical indicator signs on the slip road to “re-inforce the surface marking advice” would only be put in place if “injury collisions occur in sufficient numbers.” “I understand that you and your parish members will be disappointed though, as I explained at our meeting, if injury collision savings cannot be demonstrated I have no justification for public funding,” the letter from Roger Chenery of Highways England concludes. Councillors re-affirmed their belief that the roundabout is both confusing and dangerous: “We are disappointed with the response. The roundabout is not fit for purpose, particularly in the light of new development in the area that will increase the amount of traffic considerably,” said parish council chairman Jacky Sutton. 


Lights On or Off? - Hethersett Parish Council is to fight  plans to cut the lighting on the B1172. The Hethersett stretch of the road includes a number of junctions including those at Station Lane, Churchfields and New Road. De-illumination is being proposed by Norfolk County Council as part of its 50% carbon reduction plans for street lighting in Norfolk. The county’s proposal is to remove street lighting 100 metres east of Station Lane in Hethersett through to the A11 Spooner Row junction near Wymondham. The proposal is to also turn off lighted signs and bollards. Parish councillors supported plans to reduce the local carbon footprint as much as possible, but are opposing the de-illumination on the grounds of the number of junctions and public safety issues, particularly in the light of plans for a new cycle path from Hethersett to Wymondham. Members felt that turning off lighting on road signs and bollards could prove potentially dangerous. Members felt that a compromise could be achieved by turning lights off at 11 p.m. The council will send a letter to Norfolk County Council underlining the issues and requesting a meeting.


Parking Concerns in Village - Hethersett Parish Council is becoming increasingly concerned about “inconsiderate parking” in the village. The latest meeting heard that vehicle owners parking on grass verges are causing obstructions for pushchairs and mobility scooters. “Vehicles seem to be indiscriminately parking everywhere including on verges and pavements and opposite bus stops. Hethersett is becoming a glorified car park. People think they can park anywhere they like,” said council member Jim Bartram. It was agreed that the council’s police liaison group should look into the matter and discuss it with Norfolk Police in view of the fact that the problem is likely to get worse with major new development planned in Hethersett.

Bus Shelters and Crossing Facility Supported - Hethersett Parish Council is continuing to support plans for three additional bus shelters in the village and a new crossing facility on the B1172 to help residents safely cross the road to shops at Church Farm. A bid is being put in to Norfolk County Council under the Parish Partnership Project which would see Hethersett and the county council both meeting 50% of the cost. Plans are to provide new bus shelters close to the parish church, in Churchfields and on the B1172. The new crossing would take the form of a middle of the road structure similar to that opposite St Remigius Church. At its latest meeting the council unanimously agreed to meet the 50% cost if its application is accepted.

Pupils Turn Designers - Pupils from Hethersett Academy have been given a masterclass in marketing after seeing prototypes of their own designs produced by a manufacturing company. You can read all about this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking on the newspaper cutting opposite. Meanwhile Hethersett Academy has apologised to Year 10 parents following an error in a half-termly update sent to them outlining how their chidren were doing. The report gave pupils a grade from one to four, with four the best and one the worst. However, the most recent reports, told parents that the scale went up to six, giving them the impression that even children who had received top marks had not in fact performed so well. Hethersett Principal Gareth Stevens said: It was an unfortunate error and we apologise if it caused any confusion for pupils or parents, which we cleared up as quickly as possible."

New Councillor -  Marilyn Savory has been co-opted onto Hethersett Parish Council to bring the council up to its full complement of 13. Adrienne Quinlan was co-opted at the previous meeting. Mrs Savory has lived in the village for 47 years and is a leading member of Hethersett Horticultural Society and also an active member of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group in Wymondham.

Ducklings Christmas - Hethersett Ducklings Pre-School Playgroup will be holding a Christmas Fayre in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall from 2 to 4 p.m on Saturday 12th December. The afternoon will include family and children's games and there will be cake and craft stalls, a tombola and Father Christmas will be present. "All monies raised at the event will help ensure Ducklings can continue to remain a fundamental source of pre-school care for families in Hethersett. We are a charity run resource where all committee members offer their time, support and guidance on a voluntary basis, and we are hoping that families will come along and support our event," said committee secretary Wendy Raynor. The group is also looking for businesses willing to donate suitable prizes for the raffle which will be drawn on the day. Wendy can be e-mailed by clicking here or contacted on 0797 6957 625.

Food Swap at Library - Hethersett Library is organising a post Christmas food swap on Monday 11th January. The idea is that unwanted Christmas food items can be dropped off at the library from January 4th to 9th. Those dropping items off will be given a ticket. They can return on the 11th and choose a replacement item. The only rule is no fresh items or alcohol and items should be unopened or sealed. Meanwhile the library has started its "Colour Yourself Calm" colouring in sessions for adults on Wednesdays from 10.30 until 11.30 a.m. Those taking part will need to provide their own colouring books but pens and refreshments will be provided.   Similar sessions have taken off in many libraries and have proven to be great for de-stressing, helping counter anxiety and enhance mental and physical well being as well as being fun.  "Hethersett Library is looking to help residents cope with stress with a new initiative aimed at having a calming influence," said staff member Rebecca Warner. In addition the library will be helping those wanting to learn more about technology. It will be holding an Introduction to Family History course on Wednesday 20th January from 10 a.m until 12.30 p.m. Places at £5 per person are limited and booking is essential. Wednesday February 3rd and 10th from 10 a.m until midday sees an Introduction to Using a Tablet or Ipad course. Cost is £5 per person per session and booking is essential. The library also has an information hub featuring leaflets and information on coming events, health, education and much more. Monthly slots are also available for clubs and organisations on the “Village Story” noticeboard to promote awareness, recruit new members or advertise specific event. Library events for the remainder of November and December are listed below.

Wednesday 25th 10.30 Tots tales with the Children's Centre. For Under-5s. Book in the library
Friday 27th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme time for babies and toddlers
Wednesday 2nd 10.30 Digi-Fingers activity for the Under 5s
10.30 Colour Me Calm Colouring In session for adults
Monday 7th 14.00 Book Group meets
Wednesday 9th 10.30 Colour Me Calm Colouring In session for adults
Friday 11th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme time for babies and toddlers
Monday 14th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 16th 10.30 Tots Tales with the Children’s Centre for the Under 5s
10.30 Colour Me Calm Colouring In session for adults
Monday 21st 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 23rd 10.30 Colour Me Calm Colouring In session for adults
Thursday 24th Library closes at 17.00 for Christmas
Friday 25th/26th/28th Library Closed

Dementia Hub On The Move - Hethersett Hub Cafe for people with dementia and their families and carers is on the move. From January 19th, the group will meet in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall from 10 a.m until noon for refreshments, activities and support. The group will then meet at the venue on the third Tuesday of each month. More information is available on 01603 810786 and transport can be arranged by phoning 01603 814343.

Receptionist Needed -  Rowan House Health Hub in the village is looking for a receptionist for  evening and Saturday cover. This is for a flexible part time position to cover reception, answer phones and take bookings in the new Health and Wellbeing Centre, shifts would be evenings 5.15-8pm and Saturday’s. They will consider a job share position, so are not expecting people to commit to every evening or weekend. Further information is available from Business Development Manager Rachel Pailes on 01603 813999.

Village Christmas Fair - This year's annual Hethersett Christmas Fair will be held on Friday December 4th from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature charity stalls, seasonal music, refreshments and children's games. The event will take place and be held at Hethersett Methodist Church in Great Melton Road. Entertainment in the main church will include the following: 6.15 p.m Woodside Singers, 6.30 p.m Hethersett Junior School Singers, 6.50 p.m Methodist Singing Fellowship, 7.20 p.m Decapo Choir, 8 p.m Hethersett Singers, 8.20 p.m Carols led by St Remigius Choir.

Panto Dates - Hethersett Pantomime Group will be performing its 47th production from January 16th to 23rd. The panto tradition in the village goes back to 1970 and productions have raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities. The 2016 panto in Hethersett Village Hall will be Jack and the Beanstalk which will be making its sixth appearance in the company's repertoire. There will be matinees on January 16th and 23rd at 2 p.m and evening performances on January 16th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd at 7.30 p.m (please note this is 15 minutes earlier than the usual start time). Tickets are all priced at £6 and can be booked by telephoning 01603 811337.


Music Therapy - A new music therapy group for people with dementia is being held on Tuesdays during school term time (except third one of each month). The music therapy group will be run by a qualified and HCPC registered music therapist. Sessions will run at Hethersett Methodist Church from 10-10:45am. A wide range of instruments and voices will be used to help dementia sufferers to express themselves and connect with others in live musical interaction. No musical skills are required. For more information call Susan Goode on 01953 850035 or 07784 457901. Susan can also be e-mailed by clicking here.The first session will be on January 5th.


New Electronic Magazine - Over the past few years this Hethersett web site has become the place to find news and features about the village. We are now extending our coverage by introducing a monthly electronic magazine. Hethersett Online Magazine will be published in the first week of each month and will be available on this site in pdf format. We hope you enjoy the publication. We are always happy to feature stories and photographs sent in to us. If you have information please e-mail it by clicking here. Please let us know what you think of the new e-mag and if you have any comments that you would like to see in print please send them through the above link. The November magazine can be viewed by clicking here. It is our aim to cover as many events in the village as possible.


Christmas Refuse Collection Dates: 


Changes in refuse collections for Christmas have been announced and are printed below:


Usual Collection Day Revised Collection Day Change
Monday 21 December Saturday 19 December 2 days early
Tuesday 22 December Monday 21 December 1 day early
Wednesday 23 December Tuesday 22 December 1 day early
Thursday 24 December Wednesday 23 December 1 day early
Friday 25 December Thursday 24 December 1 day early
Monday 28 December Tuesday 29 December 1 day late
Tuesday 29 December Wednesday 30 December 1 day late
Wednesday 30 December Thursday 31 December 1 day late
Thursday 31 December Saturday 2 January 2 days late
Friday 1 January Monday 4 January 3 days late
Monday 4 January Tuesday 5 January 1 day late
Tuesday 5 January Wednesday 6 January 1 day late
Wednesday 6 January Thursday 7 January 1 day late
Thursday 7 January Friday 8 January 1 day late
Friday 8 January Saturday 9 January 1 day late


Christmas Church Services


Once again this year Hethersett Churches Together will be distributing Christmas cards throughout Hethersett and the Meltons giving details of church services over the festive season. This year the cards will also include a leaflet about the Hethersett Dementia Hub cafe. Christmas Church Services in Hethersett and the Meltons are as follows:


November 29th 10.00 All Age Worship Methodist Church
  10.30 Advent Sunday Service St Remigius
December 6th 16.00 Christingle Service St Remigius
December 7th 18.00 Four Schools Carol Service St Remigius
December 13th 15.30 Christingle and Carol Service Great Melton
December 20th 10.30 Carol Service Little Melton
  16.00 Carol Service St Remigius
  18.30 Carols by Candlelight Methodist Church
December 24th 16.00 Christingle Service Methodist Church
  16.00 Crib Service Little Melton
  16.00 Crib Service St Remigius
  18.30 Candlelit All Age Family Communion Great Melton
  23.15 Midnight Communion Methodist Church
  23.30 Midnight Communion St Remigius
December 25th 08.00 Holy Communion St Remigius
  09.00 All Age Family Communion Little Melton
  10.00 All Age Family Communion St Remigius
  10.30 Family Christmas Day Worship Methodist Church
December 27th 10.00 Morning Worship Methodist Church
  10.30 United Benefice All Age Family Communion St Remigius
December 31st 21.00 Social Evening and Watchnight Service Methodist Church


Hethersett 1910-1950 - A number of new details have been placed on our sister web site "Hethersett a Village At War" which looks at the village and the war effort between the years 1910 and 1950. The site includes exclusive material from the western front and covers both World Wars including transcripts from Hethersett Parish Magazines written by the rectors of the day. New to the site is a list of absent voters from 1918. Those serving in the armed forces or overseas had to register for their vote. Thanks to the work of historian Lewis Buckingham in Australia, we have been able to reproduce this list which gives an insight into who was serving where during the First World War. The site is accessible by clicking here.


Parish Church Full for Remembrance Service

HETHERSETT Parish Church was once again full for the annual Remembrance Sunday Service on Sunday, 8th November. The service began around the war memorial with the roll call of those who lost their lives in the two world wars and the Cyprus campaign being read out by Duncan Pigg. A minute's silence was observed and the Last Post and Reveille were sounded. Wreaths were laid by a number of local organisations including the Roman Catholic Community, Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett Pensioners' Association, the RAF, 1st Hethersett Scouts, Hethersett Methodist Church, 1st Hethersett Cubs, 2nd Hethersett Guides, the 1st and 4th Hethersett Brownies, the 1st Hethersett Beavers, Hethersett Parish Church and Hethersett Old Hall School. The service of remembrance continued inside St Rimigius and was led by the Rector, the Rev Derek McClean and included traditional Bible readings and hymns and the National Anthem. The youth uniformed organisations from the village were well represented.


Ben Is Player of the Year

On the left, club chairman Tony Smith presents Ollie South with his trophy. Ollie was named Under-15 Bowler of the Year and South Norfolk Youth League Under-15 Bowler of the Year. On the right David Bills presents the youth player of the year trophy to Ben Way.

HETHERSETT and Tas Valley Cricket Club celebrated youth at its annual junior presentation and fireworks evening at its Flordon Headquarters. Club chairman Tony Smith reported on “an extremely healthy youth set-up” with over 70 youngsters playing cricket at under-9, under-11, under-13 and under-15 levels in both the Norfolk Alliance and South Norfolk Youth Leagues. “I am pleased to say that we fulfilled all our fixtures and it is thanks to the efforts of so many people that the club has such a vibrant youth section with a number of youngsters now pushing into the club’s senior teams,” he said. Under-11 player Ben Way was named Junior Player of the Year and Ben Davies took the Most Improved Player award. A full list of awards were: Under-9s: Batsman of the year, Jack Owens and Oscar Farquhar; Bowler of the Year, Menuka Jayakody. Under-11s: Batsman, Ben Way; Bowler, Ben Way. Under-13s: Batsman , Ben Davies; Bowler, Joe Rowlinson. Under-15s: Batsman, Jonathan Cooper; bowler, Ollie South. There was also a special award for Ollie South who was named Best Under-15 Bowler in the South Norfolk League. The awards were presented by Tony Smith and David Bills in his capacity as Chairman of the South Norfolk Northern River Valley Area. Tony Smith, who is retiring in the New Year after nine years as club chairman, was thanked for his "tremendous contribution to the club." The presentations were followed by an extensive fireworks display. The club’s adult presentation evening will take place at the annual Christmas meal at the George Hotel, Norwich, on December 5th.

Theft of Lead From Parish Church Roof


HETHERSETT Parish Church is counting the cost of a well organised and professional crime which has seen a considerable quantity of lead stripped from the roof. On the night of Tuesday/Wednesday 27/28th October there was a major theft of lead from the nave aisle roof of St Remigius Church. The intruders broke down the fence next to the locked church gates and drove across the churchyard to collect the lead as it was stripped off the roof. Heavy rain late in the night and the following day caused damage and disruption inside the building. Rector, the Reverend Derek McClean, said: “Events like this impact on the spiritual and community life of the church in many ways. It’s distressing for the congregation to see the effect of water damage in the church itself after just one day of heavy rain. There’s a great deal of work involved in sorting out the mess, and we thank all those members of our community who are rallying round to sort things out”. He added “Such incidents hurt not just our regular worshippers but the whole village, especially those coming for baptisms, wedding and funerals or, as many people do, just to spend quiet time in church”. Churchwarden Kate Wood said: “Apart from the disruptive and distressing effect on the church community, the theft will have an enormous impact on church finances. We’ve only just finished a £100,000 repair on the slate section of the nave roof, a three-year project involving our community in extensive fundraising. We now face raising the money to replace the roof on the nave aisle. Insurance only covers a fraction of the cost, as insurance companies understandably put very strict limits on cover for lead thefts. So the fundraising starts all over again. “This appears to have been a very well organised and professional crime. The people involved are clearly making substantial profits out of this business –they probably don't realise and certainly don't care that a not-very-well-off church community will find it very difficult to meet the huge repair costs. We shall certainly be looking to replace the stolen lead with alternative material of lower-value - anything which will reduce the appeal to thieves.” Anyone able to offer financial or other support can contact Kate Wood on 01953.602051. Our photographs above show the Rev Derek McClean with churchwarden Kate Wood outside the church and also inspecting the damage to church railings. You can read more about this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper by clicking here.


Art Exhibition - The Hethersett Painting For Pleasure Art Group held its annual exhibition in Hethersett Village Hall on Sunday, November 8th. Various media were used ranging from pastels to acrylics and subject matter ranged from abstract to still life, animals to landscapes. Profits from the event, which included refreshments and a tombola, will go to the Hethersett Dementia Support Group. The Painitng for Pleasure group was launched in 2006 by local artist Linda Goldspink with the aim of encouraging the enjoyment of art and painting for pleasure. Over the years it has also raised money for a variety of charities including the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. It meets in Hethersett Village Hall on Wednesdays from 10 a.m until midday and in the past has painted bird boxes, mugs and lanterns as well as using more traditional methods


Parish Pop Ins - Hethersett residents are being given a monthly chance to meet and discuss local issues with members of Hethersett Parish Council. The Hethersett Parish Pop In afternoons will take place in Hethersett Library on the second Monday of each month, starting on January 11th from 2 to 4 p.m.  “This is a further step in our drive to improve our communications with residents. We have revamped our quarterly newsletter which has been well received and now wish to provide an opportunity for residents to raise issues outside the more formal structures of council meetings,” said chair of the council Jacky Sutton.

New Parish Councillor - Adrienne Quinlan has been co-opted to Hethersett Parish Council to bring its numbers up to 12 – one short of a full complement. Anyone interested in filling the existing vacancy can contact parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915. Retiring councillor Heather Williamson was thanked for her services to the village at a film show to mark this year’s open gardens event. “Heather has served on the parish council for 12 years during which time she has worked tirelessly on behalf of the environment and older people. She can be seen out in the village in all weathers irrespective of whether it’s the heat of summer of the cold of winter,” said council chairman Jackie Sutton. Mrs Williamson was presented with a bouquet. Jim Bartram has taken on the role of parish council champion for the elderly vacated by Mrs Williamson. Money donated to the council from the open gardens scheme will be put towards providing a World War One commemorative seat in the centre of the village.

Dogs, Cyclists and Hedges - Hethersett Parish Council has expressed its concern over a number of issues in the village. The council is working with Hethersett Environmental Action Team in an attempt to cut back on dog fouling in the village. Both groups are keen to stress not only the anti-social aspects of owners not clearing up after their pets, but also the dangers to children from animal faeces which can spread disease. The council is also urging cyclists to light up now that the nights are closing in. A number of cyclists have been seen without lights after dark. The council is urging cyclists to ensure they are lit up, wear a helmet and use cycle paths whenever they are available. The council is keen to emphasise the need for residents to keep their hedges trimmed. Owners of unkempt hedges will receive a letter pointing out the dangers of hedges overhanging paths and roads. This is a particular danger for pushchairs and wheelchair owners.

Closure Opposition - Hethersett Parish Council has underlined strongly its opposition to any plans to close the village library. The council has received assurances from its county councillor Judith Virgo that she will also fight to keep the library open: “We will not agree to any fire service or library cuts. I know how precious Hethersett Library is and how important it is to the village,” she said referring to the Conservative Party on Norfolk County Council.

Skateboard Park Update - Hethersett Parish  Council is to arrange remedial work on the village skateboard park designed to make it safe whilst decisions are taken on its future. The park is currently shut and off limits. Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association will be discussing the area’s future at its next meeting in January.

Safer Access Point - Hethersett Parish Council is backing plans under the local government parish partnership scheme to build in a safer access point on the B1172 going across to the farm shop. The step would take the form of middle of the road structure similar to that opposite St Remigius Church. The council is also looking into new bus shelters following requests for stops close to the parish church, in Churchfields and  on the B1172. The partnership allows for 50% funding from Norfolk County Council.

Campaign to Keep Church Hall - A Hethersett dance school teacher has launched a campaign to keep Hethersett Church Hall in Henstead Road open after suggestions that it might be sold off. You can read about this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking on the news cutting opposite

Charity Quiz - Hethersett Social Club will be holding a special charity quiz and chips evening for Children in Need on November 13th. Teams can include up to eight people and tickets are £8.50 each. There will be a raffle and the quiz starts at 8 p.m.


Elizabeth's Masterclass - Internationally renowned soprano Elizabeth Watts, who was brought up in Hethersett, returned to her native Norfolk to help aspiring young singers. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking on the cutting opposite


Table Tennis - If you fancy a game of table tennis, pop along to Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Friday evenings between 7 and 9 p.m. The Hethersett Social Table Tennis Club caters for all ages and standards from beginners to experts with the emphasis on fun an fitness. No need to book, just turn up and the fees are just £2 for adults and £1 for Under-16s. The club has been set up as a joint venture between Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and Hethersett Methodist Church.


Old Hall School Christmas Fair - Hethersett Old Hall School will be holding a Christmas market on November 21st from 10.30 a.m until 4 p.m. organised by the parents association. There will be gourmet food and drink and over 50 stalls and real reindeers.


Cadets in the Field - Eleven pupils from Hethersett Academy have formed Norfolk's newest school cadet force and have been learning about camouflage and night exercises. You can read about this story from the Norwich Evening News newspaper by clicking on the cutting opposite.


Future of Hethersett Library - An article in the Norwich Evening News on October 15th suggests that cuts may have to be made to Norfolk Library Services in the future with more than half of them either closing or finding alternative ways of staying open (e.g being staffed by volunteers). This is not a political web site in any way but any proposed cuts to shut our village library must be rigorously opposed. Hethersett Library is at the heart of the community and a meeting place for many groups and activities. It would be another kick in the teeth for the arts, literacy and many other aspects of modern life if it had to be closed. With the village likely to expand in numbers considerably over the next few years with massive new development we need more facilities and not less. You can read the article by clicking here.


Health Hub Opens


Above left Rachel Pailes and Graham and Mary Tuddenham outside Rowan House and on the right Rachel in the reception area.


THE new health and well being hub which we featured recently on this site has been officially opened. Rowan House in Queen's Road has been launched as a new centre for alternative and complementary medicine and therapy. It was officially opened by Chair of Hethersett Parish Council Jackie Sutton on October 9th at an open day for health and other professionals. This was followed by an open day on October 10th for the public to look round: "On behalf of Hethersett Parish Council and residents we welcome the opening of  our new Health and Wellbeing Centre at Rowan House. Hethersett is a growing community with a thriving sports association whose objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of our community by encouraging residents to take up physical and social activities. As  our health services face unprecedented demands for provision of health care we should whenever possible take responsibility for our own well being and endeavour to adopt healthier life styles. The diverse complementary therapies offered by Rachel and her team at Rowan House will provide our community with local accessible services and support the ethos of our sports association. We wish the centre every success," Ms Sutton said. The new centre will cater for a variety of health related therapies including physiotherapy, sports massage, osteopathy, hypnotherapy, counselling, meditation, baby massage, aromatherapy, pilates and much more. Business manager for the new hub is Rachel Pailes, whose parents - Mary and Graham Tuddenham - own Rowan House, which was originally established as a business centre. "We are aiming to encompass the whole spectrum of therapies – physical, psychological, spiritual and social.  With the best will in the world the NHS is unable to offer everything and Hethersett is the ideal location for a health hub with its easy access from major road networks and proximity to the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and the Research Park. We have taken care to ensure our facilities are buggy and disabled accessible and have access to plenty of car parking," said Rachel who is a qualified physiotherapist, having recently worked at the Royal London Hospital before returning to her native Norfolk.  "We want people to know that well being is not just about health. It is also about achieving goals and feeling fulfilled. I have always had a dream of bringing together people working in the fields of health and well being under one roof and now that dream is becoming a reality," Rachel added. The new hub has its own Facebook page and website and anyone wanting further information can contact info@rowanhousecentre.co.uk 


Scientific Questions - How do butterflies drink? That was just one of the questions put to pupils at a science workshop at Hethersett Old Hall School. You can read more about this by clicking on the cutting opposite from the Norwich Evening News.


A Village Celebration


Above left Hethersett Parish Council chair Jackie Sutton and Heather Williamson cut the celebration cake and on the right Dr Anne Edwards presents a cheque to a representative of the Wymondham Wildlife Group


Hethersett celebrated its open garden scheme with a special film show in the village hall. The open gardens event in July saw 21 gardens open to the public and raised £1,750 despite almost constant rain through most of the event. The money will be shared between the Wymondham Nature Group and a commemorative World War One seat for Hethersett at a location still to be decided. Chair of Hethersett Environmental Action Team Dr Anne Edwards hosted the evening and provided a celebration cake and chair of Hethersett Parish Council, Jackie Sutton, presented a bouquet to long serving councillor Heather Williamson who has retired. Ms Sutton praised Heather's contribution to the village and in particular her championing of "older people" and work to improve the local environment: "Heather served the parish council for 12 years, was a founder member of HEAT, a champion of older people and persuaded many people to open their gardens to the public. Heather is out in the village working in all weathers irrespective of whether it's the heat of summer or the cold of winter," Ms Sutton said.




Blood Moon Captured over Hethersett - The total eclipse of the moon which took part overnight on September 27th/28th and produced a blood red moon was captured over Hethersett by Dr Anne Edwards from her home in Queen's Road. To see a quality photograph of the moon click here.


Service of Thanksgiving for Mary - A life full of love, caring and devotion was reflected on at a service of thanksgiving for the Rev Mary Kerslake, who died on September 16th, in St Remigius Church, Hethersett. A packed church heard of her life of friendship and commitment and involvement in numerous village groups in Hethersett, Little Melton and Great Melton. “She always had a twinkle in her eye and time for everyone no matter how busy she was. She particularly loved children and always made them feel special,” said her son John Kerslake. He spoke warmly of his mother’s talents as a teacher, artist, musician and a born organiser which saw her taking an active part in numerous groups including the Mothers’ Union, Hethersett Dementia Support Group, MacMillan Cancer Support, Little Acorns which she founded, Christian summer schools and the church life of the three parishes. Her other son, Jeremy, spoke of “a life well lived and one spent in the service of others.” “She gave so much to her husband, her children, her grandchildren and was a friend to so many and a servant to the wider community,” he said adding that after retiring from teaching she officiated as an ordained priest at numerous weddings, christenings and funerals. Friend and fellow churchman, the Rev Christopher Mallett, spoke of “a life that epitomised love and a generous nature.” “She loved everyone, especially children. I marvel at where she could find the energy to be so active in so many things. She had a great input into the lives of Hethersett, Little Melton, Great Melton and the wider community with her get up and go attitude. She always had time for people and made everyone feel special,” he said. The service was conducted by the Rector, the Rev Derek McClean who referred to Mrs Kerslake as  “perceptive, loving and fun to be around.” “She touched so many lives and was a wonderful wonderful woman. We will miss Mary but celebrate her life and thank God that we have had the privilege of knowing her,” he said. The opening prayers were led by former Rector the Rev Di Lammas, husband Harold gave a Bible reading and the prayers of intercession were led by the Rt Rev Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford. The committal took place in All Saints’ Church, Little Melton, and was followed by a reception for family and friends at Little Melton Village Hall.





Healthy Hethersett Day - The village library held a Healthy Hethersett Morning on September 26th with information on sport, fitness, healthy eating and many other aspects of wellness. For two hours members of the public were able to get information on health, diet and fitness and  Indian head massage and a special fitness MOT check were available. Most popular was the juice bike outside the library which not only aided fitness but also produced nutritional fruit smoothies. Organisations involved in the morning included Pampered Chef, The Joy of Food, Hethersett WI (who served refreshments), Rowan House Health and Welfare Centre, Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association, Morrisons Supermarket from Wymondham and Linda's Farm Shop from Hethersett. Our picture above shows member of staff Rebecca Warner trying out the juice bike. You can now download 36 different eMagazines onto tablets and devices for free. These can be accessed via the web site by clicking here or further information is available in the library. Free monthly slots are available for local clubs, societies or groups on the "Village Story" noticeboard. These can be used to promote awareness, recruit new members or to advertise a specific event. The library also has its own Facebook page which can be accessed by clicking here.


Horticultural Society Annual Show - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society held another successful annual show with an increase in the overall number of entries in spite of recent unfavourable weather. Trophy winners, presented by the club President Shirley Keeley, were: Pauline Harper (awards included President's Cup and Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society Medals for Best in Show and RHS Banksian Medal for Joint Most Points overall in the vegetable, fruit and flower sections): Margaret Ford (Best Exhibit and most points in the Flower Section), Marilyn Savory (Best Arrangement and Bowl of Roses), Margaret Sidell (Best Exhibit in Domestic Section) and John Freeman (Best Photograph).




Left is the Hethersett Hawks line-up for the match against Ipswich. Action from the match in the centre and on the right. Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Hawks Beaten in Top of Table Clash - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway concluded their home League programme with a top of the table clash against Ipswich but went down 98-92 to end their chances of taking the South East League title. Hethersett were given a 12 point start when Ipswich turned up with four restricted riders (one more than permitted). This Saturday (October 3rd) Hethersett stage a round of the South East Grand Prix series with racing for all ages and abilities.  Racing gets under way at noon.




More Girls Needed for New Rugby Team  - Crusaders Rugby Club in Hethersett is looking for more Under-13 girls to join its ranks. A new Under-13 team has been launched. "We have always had girls in our teams but they have been playing alongside the boys in our minis. Now they are reaching an age where they need to play separately," said club chairman Malcolm Alcock. Girls from school years six, seven and eight are welcome to join the club and matches are played on Sunday mornings. Crusaders can be contacted by e-mail by clicking here.



Vandalism at Youth Club - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club has suffered a spate of vandalism at its headquarters in Back Lane. Now the club is appealing to local people to help in tracking down the culprits: "We need to get  local people to help. Hopefully somebody heard or saw something. Lots of people walk the dog past the hall and we need them to be our eyes and ears," Gillian Saunders from the youth club said. Over the summer the youth club suffered two broken windows and the post box which was less than a year old was damaged beyond repair. Sometime between Thursday September 17th and Saturday September 19th the metal box, padlock and the mechanics that work the security shutter were taken off the wall and have disappeared. "It looks as if whoever broke them off have taken them with them. The police have been informed and like us cannot see what use it would be to anyone! In fact whoever took it was very lucky not to have been electrocuted as having spoken to the shutter people the wires were live and would have had about 240v going through them. We feel this must have been pre-planned as they would have needed tools to wrench it from the wall as we are told that the only way to remove it would have been sheer force as it was well fixed to the wall and screws are not visible," Gillian added. Now the club will have to spend money on repairs rather than on activities for the youngsters attending the club: "Even if we claim on insurance we still have an excess to pay out of what is already a very tight budget," Gillian added. Meanwhile the club is looking to improve the hall by removing the stage area and putting down the same flooring as the rest of the hall to make more room for games and activities. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. NEWS UPDATE: We are pleased to report that Cooks Blinds and Doors of Norwich has repaired the damage free of charge following the publicity in the local Media.




Brownies Support The Village


Litter and road safety were two of the major topics discussed when Hethersett Brownies met with members of the parish council. Youngsters from the First Hethersett pack were keen to discuss numerous topics with councillors Stephen Slack, Jackie Sutton, Peter Steward and Viv Hawes.The special evening was arranged as part of the Brownies’ work towards their “Girls Matter: Hear our Voice” badges which Girl Guiding created to introduce them to government and politics. The youngsters were forthright in their opinions and quick to point out that roads in the village needed to be safer and more needs to be done to support the Hethersett Environmental Action Team’s regular litter picks. The Brownies were invited to join in with a future pick. Other topics brought up by the youngsters included the setting up of cinema and art clubs, an increase in the amount of open space and play areas and more care for wildlife and the environment. Jackie Sutton, chair of Hethersett Parish Council, explained the functions of the parish council and afterwards praised the youngsters for their social conscience: “We were very impressed with the enthusiasm of the girls, their willingness to speak to us and share their concerns about the environment. “It is difficult for the parish council to engage with young people in the community and we recognise there is work to be done to improve that relationship. We will raise the issues brought up with various groups and see if we can progress some of the ideas. “As ever lack of volunteers is a real stumbling block and I would like to commend the Brownies and their leaders for their dedication. We are fortunate to have thriving youth and sports groups in the village only made possible by dedicated volunteers.” Hethersett Brownies currently consists of two flourishing packs meeting on Tuesday (Hethersett Firsts) and Thursday (Hethersett Fourths) evenings.








IT was a notable day in the history of Hethersett when the national Tour of Britain cycle race sped through the village on Saturday, 12th September. Banners and bunting were up to welcome the riders as they came into the village and rode the length of Queen's Road and Great Melton Road. For a full report of the event with more photographs of the race itself and village participation click here.







The Rev Mary Kerslake in some photographs that have appeared on this web site

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of the Rev Mary Kerslake. Mary was a wonderful worker and supporter of our village and young people in particular. She was an integral part of the life of Hethersett Parish Church and also the churches at Great Melton and Little Melton. She will be sorely missed and our thoughts go out to husband Harold and their family at this very sad time. Mary's funeral service will take place at St Remigius Church, Hethersett, at 2 p.m on Monday September 28th.




New Format For Newsletter - Hethersett's quarterly newsletter which is published by the parish council has had a major makeover. A new style four page newsletter with colour photographs and in newspaper style will be delivered to households in the village four times a year - in March, June, September and December. It will keep residents up to date with council related matters and the council's stance on various issues. We will also be including future issues on this site. The September issue has already been delivered and can be read by clicking here. The September issue was accompanied by a leaflet explaining the functions of the parish council. The next council meeting is on October 19th at 7.30 p.m in Hethersett Village Hall.


Hawks are Top Again - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway are back at the top of the South East League after completing the double over local rivals Norwich Stars at a sunny Memorial Playing Field.  The 96-83  score looks comfortable enough but does not tell the full story which can be read by clicking here. Hethersett are two points clear of Ipswich Eagles in the South East Division One but the Suffolk side have a match in hand.


Cricketers Double Delight - Hethersett and Tas Valley have won the Norfolk Association of Cricket Officials' Shield after beating Thetford comprehensively in the final at Halvergate. Hethersett batted first and scored 229-6 from their 40 overs and then bowled out Thetford for just 102 to record a 127 run victory. They then followed this up by winning their second trophy in eight days by beating Downham Town in the Bernard Mathews Cup competition. Downham were restricted to  131 all out in their 16 eight ball overs and Hethersett reached their target for the loss of five wickets and with four balls to spare. It's been a reasonably successful season for the club with the Saturday Second XI winning promotion to Division Four of the Norfolk Alliance, but the first team narrowly failed to finish in the promotion places in Division Two.


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

November 9th Jarrolds Past, Present and Future Caroline Jarrold
December 14th To Entertain You - Music and Song Nesta James
February 8th Life in New Zealand David Bills
March 14th The Lydia Eva Don Edwards
April 11th Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope Victoria Bacon
May 9th AGM and the Hethersett Archive Gary Wyatt
June 13th Have Gavel Will Travel Martin Fox
July 11th Walter Dexter, Norfolk Artist Charlotte Paton

Exam Success for Hethersett Schools - We are pleased to be able to report considerable exam success at Hethersett Schools. Hethersett Old Hall School's 10 year 13 students gained 100% pass rate at A level with 74% gaining A* to C grades. You can read what head teacher Stephen Crump had to say about this by clicking here. There was also plenty of success at GCSE level with Hethersett Academy recording the best results in the school's history with 78% of pupils obtaining A* to C grades. Old Hall School saw 90% of its pupils achieve A* to C. You can read more about these grades by clicking here. For more comment and information from the local Press click here and here


On the left is the certificate celebrating the Queen's Head success and above staff get into the spirit of things for the Tour of Norfolk cycle race

Queen's Head - Top Community Pub - Hethersett Queen's Head has been named as one of the best community pubs in South Norfolk. Five pubs were singled out for the competition organised by South Norfolk Council with Hethersett winning the Northern Rivers Valley section. The shortlisted five were Hethersett Queen's Head, Wymondham Green Dragon, Poringland Railway Tavern, Woodton King's Head and Pulham Market Crown. You can read more about this from the local press by clicking here. NEWS UPDATE - The Queen's Head lost out on the top place to Pulham Market Crown. There is a framed certificate in the pub, praising it for its friendliness and with the following comments from the judges: "A very welcoming landlady providing an inviting atmosphere for customers. Very much involved in local community life."


Mixed End to Season for Cricketers - There was a mixed end to the Norfolk Alliance season for Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club with the first team narrowly missing out on promotion but the second team snatching the runners-up slot at the last moment. The first team are almost certain to finish third in Division Two despite beating Great Melton in the last match of the season and taking a maximum 25 point haul. Unfortunately two defeats in previous weeks will see them miss out on promotion. The seconds, however, leapfrogged over Ashmanhaugh to take second place in Division Five. The club's Norfolk Association of Cricket Officials Shiled final against Thetford was abandoned on August 30th due to rain and has been re-scheduled for this Sunday at Halvergate Cricket Club. You can see all the results and club news on the club's official web site which is available by clicking here.


Operation Christmas Child - Over the past few years many Hethersett residents have been involved in providing shoe boxes full of Christmas cheer to disadvantaged children in other parts of the world. Operation Christmas Child has proved a great success. Now preparations are being made for this year's appeal. More information on the evening is available from Joan Pygott on 01953 605514 or via e-mail by clicking here.


Battle for The Paddock is on Again - The fight is on yet again to save an area of important environmental land in the middle of Hethersett from development. The land between Queen's Road and Jaguar Road, known as The Paddock has seen an initial planning application for 27 homes withdrawn and replaced by one for 22 which was turned down. Now the developers Fleur Development are appealing against that decision. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. Hethersett on the Web would urge the planning authorities to turn down this appeal and protect this area of open land once and all from the smash and grab raids by developers who seem to think that they can build whatever and wherever they like in the village.


Pantomime Vacancies - Hethersett Pantomime Group tell us that due to a number of circumstances they have some cast vacancies for the 2016 village panto. The vacancies are for ladies, preferably aged between 16 and 35 who can sing and have a good sense of rhythm with a view to joining the chorus. "We would particularly like to hear from anyone with a dance background," said Sarah Wright director of the annual panto. "As we are Hethersett pantomime, I am initially looking to see if there are any Hethersett residents who are interested in joining. At the moment we don't have any vacancies for children," Sarah added. Sarah can be contacted for more information via e-mail by clicking here.


Hawks Brave the Rain - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club had to undertake a serious mopping up operation to play host to over 100 young riders from throughout the country in a national round of the British Youth and Junior League. Over 20 hours of persistent rain had to be cleared before the 109 riders from as far afield as Exeter and Lancashire could compete. There was some spectacular competition when the event did get underway with Poole winning the overall club event, followed by Ipswich and Kesgrave. To see full results visit the Hawks' web site by clicking here.


Lottery Funding for Charity - The Hethersett based Respect Yourself Charity which sends out daily text messages to young people to help them make important life decisions has been awarded a Big Lottery grant to help it develop a new phone app. You can read about this in a cutting from the local newspaper by clicking here.


Football Club's AGM - Hethersett Athletic chairman Wayne Johnson reported on another highly successful season for the club at the annual meeting at Park Farm Hotel. You can read what was said by visiting the club's official web site at www.hethersettathletic.co.uk


Grant for Play Area - A play area in Admirals Way, Hethersett, is one of five to receive an improvement grant from South Norfolk Council. The site has been chosen after council inspections and in response to requests from the community. The work will include both improving equipment and cleaning up the area.


Supporting Tunisia - A personal trainer from Hethersett has raised more than £20,000 in support of Tunisian Hotel staff following the terrorism attack in June which killed 30 British holidaymakers. You can read about this story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.





Damp Evening for Footballers - A number of footballers from Hethersett helped to re-create the past in a special charity match at Wymondham in aid of the Star Throwers cancer charity. Heavy rain failed to dampen spirits in a match organised by Wymondham's Les King to help celebrate his 81st birthday. You can read a press cutting on this match by clicking here.





Play Time on How Not To Run a Committee - When residents of Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex decided to re-launch a social committee they decided to invite a local Wymondham-based drama group in to help show them how not to do things. The Four By Four drama group performed a comedy by local playwright Tony Vale entitled "Don't Lose Your Rag". Tony is a leading light in the 4x4 Writers' Group and the short play illustrated with wit how things can go wrong when inflated egos and personal interests get in the way of committee organisation and decisions. Woodcote will be hoping not to fall into the same trap when they regenerate their social activities group.


Rugby Club Appeal - Wymondham Rugby Club has appealed against a decision to re-locate its current ground. South Norfolk Council turned down the original application on a number of grounds including the loss of a greenbelt between Hethersett and Wymondham. You can read a cutting from the local Press on this appeal by clicking here.


Council to Act on Illegal Flyposting - Hethersett Parish Council is taking a zero tolerance attitude to illegal flyposting in the village. Councillors expressed their concern at their latest meeting over the proliferation of commercial and event posters being nailed to telegraph poles and other structures in the village and not being taken down after events have passed. Councillors agreed to outlaw such posters and have them pulled down, reminding those putting them up that there are five council owned noticeboards in the village and a number of businesses that accept and display posters. The council is also sending letters to residents who cause obstruction by allowing hedges and trees to overhang footpaths and also monitoring inconsiderate parking in the village, particularly where motorists park partly on pavements making it impossible for pushchairs to get through.


Grants Available - South Norfolk Council has £30,000 to distribute to worthwhile community projects in an area that includes Hethersett. The money will be split into grants of over £2,000 and also covers the parishes of Bawburgh, Bracon Ash, Colney, Costessey, Cringleford, East Carleton, Easton, Great Melton, Keswick, Ketteringham, Little Melton, Marlingford, Mulbarton and Swardeston. Further information is available from our district councillor David Bills on 01603 813041

Grants' Volunteer Needed - A major Hethersett sports project is looking for a volunteer to co-ordinate fundraising and applications for grants. The Hethersett Olympic Legacy Sports Complex (HOLSC) is planning to build a £1 million plus Multi Use Games Arena (MUGA), along with indoor changing facilities and ultimately a new indoor sports hall, on land belonging to Hethersett Academy. The complex is part of the village’s London 2012 Olympic Legacy and will be used by Academy pupils during the day in term times and by the community on evenings, weekends and during school holidays. A group of volunteers representing Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and the village in general is working with Academy Principal Gareth Stevens and Business Manager Richard Cole to set up a board of directors to formulate plans. “We are now looking for a volunteer to help us identify and make grant applications in order to raise the money to turn our dreams and plans into reality,” said Shane Hull, Hethersett Parish Councillor and chair of the HOLSC strategy group. “This is a very exciting project that will benefit the entire community by improving fitness levels and general health by giving them top class facilities,” Mr Hull added. Anyone interested in volunteering for the fundraising position or anyone wanting more information can contact Mr Hull on 07879 628943


Former Teacher Jailed - A former teacher at Hethersett Academy has been jailed for 10 months for processing hundreds of indecent images of children. Andrew Bayliss, 31, from North Wootton, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court. None of the images involved pupils at Hethersett Academy. You can read a report of the court case from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


 Renovated Sign Officially Unveiled


An historic Hethersett sign is back in place after a refurbishment programme that has seen it restored to its 1920s glory. The “Please Drive Slowly” sign was moved from its position at the entrance to the village at the top of Great Melton Road into a central position on land  further down Great Melton Road. Many residents felt that the sign looked unsightly, being dirty and full or rust. Hethersett Parish Council decided to have it renovated and returned to its original glory as befitting one of the few from that era still remaining on active service in the county. Enthusiast Tony Langford assisted by Nigel Ford set to work with funding from the parish council and the resplendently cleaned and painted sign is now back in its place as a reminder both of history and the need to take care when driving through the village. It was officially unveiled by children from the Rockinghorse Nursery with parish councillors and members of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team and restorers Tony Langford and Nigel Ford looking on. Nigel Ford has estimated the date of the original sign to approximately 1925, making it 90 years old this year. “We wanted to restore it whilst keeping the original look and feel so that it maintained its historic features and didn’t look brand new,” Nigel Ford said. The original sign was made by the Royal Label Factory in Stratford on Avon and this is still commemorated on it today. The Royal Label Factory was established in 1874 and up to the 1960s was the major manufacturer of road signs in the United Kingdom.

Out with the old and in with the new - The old sign on the left and the renovated sign on the right.




School Needs Improvement - Hethersett Junior School has been told by OFSTED that it requires improvement in a number of areas. The report praises a number of aspects of school life, however. You can read about this in a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.




Open Weekend Success

Hethersett held its sixth Open Weekend on July 4th and 5th with a come and try sports event on the Memorial Field and the annual two mile funrun which once again attracted over 200 runners/walkers despite heavy morning rain. The sun shone for the come and try event, although numbers taking part were down on previous years. Sports featured included cycle speedway, croquet, petanque, football, athletics, archery, netball, badminton, table tennis, bowls and shuffleboard at Woodcote Sheltered Housing Complex. The Sunday funrun once again attracted runners/joggers/walkers of all ages with the youngest five month old Poppy Steward and the oldest 73-year-old Mike Smith. First home was Mark Banfield in a time of 11 minutes and 40 seconds and the prize for the best fancy dress went to Andrew Billinghurst as Batman. Andrew is pictured opposite and and the top of the page some of the finishers celebrate their achievement. Everyone finishing the run received a Hethersett Open Weekend commemorative medal. The weekend also featured an interdenominational church service in Hethersett Social Club led by the Methodist Minister the Rev Matthew Olanrewaju. To read about this from the Norwich Evening News click here. To see a cutting from that newspaper click here.  


Open Gardens Event Defies the Rain


A royal scarecrow sets the scene for open gardens day on the left and on the right  Dawn Noy relaxes in her colourful garden

Keen Hethersett gardeners defied the rain to open their properties to the public to help raise money for a World War One Commemorative bench in the village and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust local members group. A total of 21 gardens took part in the day organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). Heavy rain during the morning didn’t deter many villagers from setting off on foot to visit the gardens that were spread over a large area and included Woodcote Sheltered Housing Scheme and Woodside Infant and Nursery School. Starting point for many was Hethersett Social Club where there were stalls run by HEAT, Wymondham Nature Group and the Norfolk Master Composters along with information on wildflowers, building insect houses and bird and bat boxes. The gardens varied greatly from those with carefully preserved and manicured lawns, to rose gardens and areas with a slightly wilder aspect in keeping with a current Wild Hethersett project aimed at attracting more wildlife. Each of the gardens had been carefully thought out to reflect the character of individual owners and this was reflected in the programmes issued to guide the public round. The garden at Woodside Infant and Nursery School has been put together by the Green Fingers Group, a community based project provided by the nursery team, Surestart and local gardener Pauline Harper. The children learn how to grow their own vegetables, flowers and fruit. They also harvest and compost in a wormery. The gardens were identified by scarecrows, many of which were made by leading Hethersett environmentalist and parish councillor Dr Anne Edwards who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list. The event was also featured on Radio Norfolk’s highly popular Treasure Quest programme with gardening expert Thordis Fridriksson following a number of clues that started out in Cromer and ended in the garden of Margaret Ford in Lynch Green, Hethersett, where the treasure was found attached to a Doctor Harvey Norfolk apple tree, a variety that was mentioned in Parkinson’s Herbal in 1629. Thordis Fridriksson praised the Hethersett gardens for their originality and beauty: “The best gardens look good even in the rain,” she said. NEWS UPDATE - The event made an impressive £1,750.


Youth Club Fete Success - The fete and dog show organised by Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club at the end of June raised £750 for club funds. A hot and sunny day brought a good attendance for both the fete and the dog show. Pictured opposite is Albert who won Nest Puppy and Best in Show with his owner and judges Kim and Zoe. Event organiser Gillian Saunders would like the owners of dogs who won second and third prizes to contact her on 01953 607566.


Bike Trek to Support Charity - A brother and sister have biked from Norwich City Football Club's ground at Carrow Road to Ipswich Town's at Portman Road to raise money for Cancer Research UK. James Sherwood lives in Ullswater Drive, Hethersett. You can read more about this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Proud Day for Lauren - Lauren Mickleburgh, who is head of physical education at Hethersett Old Hall School, has taken part in the Mixed National Hockey Finals at Lee Valley Olympic Park, representing the Harleston Magpies club. You can read how she got on by accessing a clipping from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


Purple Patch for School - Hethersett Woodside Infants and Nursery School turned purple for a day to raise funds for the Nelson's Journey Purple Picnic Week fundraiser. Youngsters donned purple in a bid to highlight the charity's work supporting bereaved children in the area. Youngsters raised £500 for the charity.


Dragon Week in School - More than 200 youngsters in Hethersett have been roaring about their latest topic at school. Pupils at Hethersett Junior School have been learning about dragons and you can read more about this from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


Hethersett Councillor Named Chairman - Hethersett councillor David Bills has been named chairman of South Norfolk Council for the coming year. Mr Bills, who was re-elected to the council in May, took up his post following the council's annual meeting at the beginning of June. The role of the Chairman of the Council is to uphold the constitution and act as an ambassador for the Council and the community it serves. As an ambassador, the Chairman represents the Council at external events and hosts civic events. The post of chair is not a political appointment.


For Meningitis Research - A quiz and chips evening in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation is being held in Hethersett Village Hall on July 18th (7 p.m for a 7.30 p.m start). Teams of four are required and the cost is £10 per person to include fish and chips (or vegetarian alternative). They can be booked by clicking here or by phoning Clare on 01362 850203


Thickthorn Roundabout - Hethersett Parish Councillors have met with the Highways Agency to talk about concerns over safety on Thickthorn Roundabout. This web site fully supports any campaign to introduce better markings and safety measures on the roundabout before a serious accident occurs. Numerous Hethersett residents have expressed concern over the roundabout and it would help if markings on the lanes coming off the A47 from the Great Yarmouth direction were returned to their previous format - i.e the left hand lane going to Thetford, the middle lane going to Hethersett and Services and the right hand lane going to Swaffham and Norwich. It seems ludicrous that to get to Hethersett motorists have to start in the right lane and then cut across for the next section. We have personally witnessed so many near misses and there is rightfully serious concern over the matter. Hethersett Parish Council has written to MP Richard Bacon on this matter. If you are concerned about the current state of the junction please e-mail us by clicking here. You can see comments already made by clicking here. To date we have received 45 comments via e-mail and social Media of which 36 ( 80%) have been critical and six (approximately (13%) have been supportive. Three replies have been largely neutral. Please keep the comments coming. The village concerns over the roundabout have been featured in the Eastern Daily Press. You can read the story by clicking here. To read a Media cutting click here


Archive Site Goes Live - A new web site for Hethersett Village Archives is now live and can be accessed by clicking here


New Chair of Council - Jackie Sutton has been appointed chair of Hethersett Parish Council to succeed John Nightingale, who has stepped down but remains a member of the council. Ms Sutton was elected at the council's annual meeting on May 18th. Vivien Hawes continues as vice-chair. There are currently three vacancies on the council following the uncontested election at the beginning of May. Full details of the current council and its functions are available by clicking here.


Dementia Friendly Launch Evening - Hethersett launched itself as a dementia friendly village at a special evening attended by over 60 people at Hethersett Hall. Local businesses, groups and organisations were represented as Hethersett became only the seventh village or town in Norfolk to become officially "dementia friendly." The evening was the culmination of the work of a dementia friendly steering group and members were on hand to cut a celebratory cake. To read a full report from the evening click here. To view a report of the evening from the Norwich Evening News click here.. Meanwhile the Hethersett Hub Dementia Cafe opened up its doors for the first time on Tuesday May 19th at Hethersett Hall for the first of its regular monthly coffee morning sessions for dementia sufferers and their carers. These will take place from 10 a.m until midday on the third Tuesday of each month.

Kissing Alley - Hethersett Parish Council is looking into the possibility of providing an improved walking service on the area of  the village known as Kissing Alley which is an official village footpath. Long term resident Frank Roth, who now lives at East Carlton, came up with the idea of putting a top surface on the path to make it easier and more pleasant for walkers and ramblers. Parish Councillor Stephen Slack is looking into costings and the most appropriate surface with a view to possibly taking the project forward.

Kick Wall/Basketball Hoop - Amenities on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field have been given a boost by a new basketball hoop and football kick wall which has been purchased through various grants.

Defibrillator - The village has a new defibrillator which is located on the outside wall of the village chemists in Great Melton Road.




Osteopath Surgery in Hethersett - A new osteopath surgery has opened in Rowan House in Queen's Road, Hethersett. Hethersett Osteopaths is run by William Allchin. William worked for 16 years at the Humbleyard Centre in Mulbarton which has closed. William has been practising since 1997.The new clinic is disabled friendly with a ground floor treatment room and toilet and free parking. Hethersett Osteopaths can be contacted on 01603 813939.

John's Marathon Effort - Hethersett fund-raiser John Bakewell is no stranger to marathon efforts after scaling mountains, running marathons and biking over 1,300 miles in just over a week, but even by his standards his latest challenge is something special. Yu can read exactly what it is from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.

Pedal Powered Fundraisers - A pedal powered fundraising event that has been raising money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) for more than 20 years is hoping that its new home will make it better than ever. One of the group's leading lights, David Baker, comes from Hethersett and is featured in an article that appeared in the Wymondham Mercury newspaper which can be read by clicking here.

Skateboard Hope - Hope of saving the skateboard park at the back of Hethersett Village Hall have improved with a group of youngsters coming forward, enthusiastic to maintain the area. The youngsters, all keen skateboarders, have the backing of a group of supporters and parents and also Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association. The group, which has over 250 signatures on a petition supporting their aims, is currently drawing up plans and costings to sustain and improve the current park. Hethersett on the Web will keep you up to date on developments.

Tories Hold South Norfolk - The Conservative party has regained South Norfolk with MP Richard Bacon polling more votes than the other four candidates combined. The full result with a high 72.4% turnout is as follows: 

Richard Bacon Conservative 30,995
Deborah Sacks Labour 10,502
Barry Cameron UKIP 7,847
Jacqueline Howe Liberal Democrats 4,689
Catherine Rowett Green Party 3,090


The election for the Hethersett ward of South Norfolk Council produced the following result with the top two re-gaining their seats:


David Bills Conservative 1878
Leslie Dale Conservative 1671
Jackie Sutton Labour 913
Andy Pearson Labour 720
Colin Goodchild Liberal Democrat 648



There was no election for Hethersett Parish Council. Only 10 people put themselves forward for the 13 seats and the following were automatically elected: Jim Bartram, Anne Edwards, Viv Hawes, Shane Hull, Chris Morriss, Eileen Mulvaney, John Nightingale, Stephen Slack, Peter Steward and Jacky Sutton.

Dementia Friendly Cheque - A project to turn Hethersett into a dementia friendly village has been boosted by a £400 donation from Hethersett Pantomime Group. The Hethersett Dementia Friendly Community Project is just one of many good causes supported from the proceeds of this year’s village pantomime Treasure Island which once again pulled in packed houses during its week long run in Hethersett Village Hall. Over £4,000 was given away by the group this year, taking the amount raised for charities and local organisations to over £94,000 since village pantomimes began in 1970. A bucket collection at the end of each of the nine performances raised £2,278 for the Wymondham based Star Throwers charity. This was rounded up to £2,400 by the pantomime group. Other donations included £400 to Hethersett Village Hall Committee, £400 to Ducklings Pre-school playgroup, £250 to St Remigius Parish Church, £250 to the Granville Court Care Home at Horsford and £100 to the Norwich SOS Bus. The cheque for £400 for the Hethersett dementia support group was presented to its chairman David Bills by Neville Greenhalgh, Chairman of the Hethersett Pantomime Group, outside Hethersett Hall. Pictured opposite are David (centre left) and Neville (centre right) along with members of the Hethersett Dementia Support Group and Hethersett Pantomime Group. “We are delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause. We are always looking for worthy local charities and groups to support financially,” Mr Greenhalgh said. This donation from the Hethersett Pantomime Group is most welcome. It will enable us to plan ahead with our Hethersett Hub Cafe to provide the necessary facilities to make it a friendly place for those carers and dementia sufferers to meet," Mr Bills said. 

Victory for Netball Team - Hethersett continued its success in Norfolk Village Games competitions when the village's netball team triumphed in the annual Active Norfolk competition in Dereham. In the final Hethersett came up against a strong Great Massingham team and the sides couldn't be separated even after two periods of extra-time. Hethersett took the trophy on a golden goal rule of the first team to score. It was the team's first triumph in the competition depsite reaching the final in previous years. Final positions were: 1st Hethersett, 2nd Great Massingham, 3rd Long Stratton, 4th Scarning, 5th Rackheath, 6th Briston, 7th Old Catton, 8th Lophams, 9th Poringland and Framingham, 10th Hickling, 11th Beetley, 12th Southtown




Four Retiring From Parish Council - Four Hethersett councillors with a combined service to the village of almost 50 years will be stepping down in May. The golden quartet will not be staying on the newly formed council. There will be no election for places on the parish council, however, with only 10 people coming forward to fill the 13 posts, leaving three vacancies to be filled. Fred Watkins has served the village for over 25 years, many of them as chair of the council. He is also a long standing member of the Hethersett Village Hall trustees and a former chair of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Road Safety Committee. Fellow long serving councillor Heather Williamson will also be standing down after 12 years’ service. Over that time she has been a tireless worker on behalf of the elderly and the environment. Other current councillors retiring are the Rev Christopher Mallett and Stephen West. Nine of the current council will be re-elected unopposed – Shane Hull, Jim Bartram, John Nightingale, Viv Hawes, Dr Anne Edwards, Peter Steward, Christopher Morriss, Eileen Mulvaney, Stephen Slack. They will be joined by former parish councillor Jackie Sutton, who will be returning to the body. The photograph above shows three of the retiring councillors with chair John Nightingale. They are (left to right) - Christopher Mallett, Heather Williamson, John Nightingale and Fred Watkins. The new council comes into being at its annual meeting on May 18th. It will have the power to co-opt up to three additional members. Following Media publicity, a number of people have come forward to look into keeping the village skateboard park open. A 200 signature petition and Facebook campaign has resulted in considerable interest in updating equipment and keeping the park as a village amenity. The matter will be discussed further at the next meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association at Park Farm Hotel on May 13th. The parish council has expressed its concern about safety at Thickthorn Roundabout and councillors will be meeting with Norfolk Highways in the near future to discuss the matter. Hethersett’s annual parish meeting will take place on May 6th in the Village Hall and will feature reports from numerous village organisations. The parish council is also fully supporting village involvement in the Tour of Britain cycle race which is due to pass through the village on September 12th. A defibrillator for public use is now in place on the outside wall of Boots Pharmacy in Great Melton Road.


Bat Survey in Hethersett - Hethersett Library is joining in this year's Norfolk Bat Survey. Bat detectors can be reserved online and picked up at the library. Full details of the survey are available by clicking here.


Cricket Match Hits A Grand - A charity cricket match involving Hethersett and Tas Valley and a Tony Selby Norfolk XI raised over £1,000 for the Wymondham based Star Throwers cancer charity. A total of £1,035 was raised from donations, a raffle, match fees and many other attractions as Hethersett retained the Les King Star Throwers Patrons Trophy with a 28 run victory in the 40 overs a side game. The real winner, however, was the charity. The match was sponsored by

Author's Talk - South Norfolk author Ralph Jackman gave a fascinating talk at Hethersett Library on his new book Actium's Wake which is set in Ancient Rome. A small but appreciative audience heard about Ralph's obsession from an early age with the Roman Empire and his stated ambition as a young child "to be a Roman" something he had achieved through writing his book in the first person through the eyes of a Roman Senator.

Golden Couple - Hethersett couple Marianne and Don Leek have celebrated their Golden Wedding and were featured in the Wymondham Mercury newspaper. To read this click on the cutting opposite
Nature Group Celebrate - A Wymondham nature group has celebrated 25 years in existence. The group includes a number of well known Hethersett environmentalists. You can read about them in a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking on the cutting opposite to enlarge it.

Four Hundred Cyclists Take to the Roads - Cycling in Hethersett is beginning to become an extreme pastime. Easter Sunday saw the fourth annual 30/60/90 ride which this year attracted 400 participants of all ages and abilities. Three courses started and finished at Hethersett Social Club with the first set of riders setting off on a 90 mile circuit of South Norfolk at 8 a.m. This went via Wymondham, Attleborough, Snetterton, East Harling, Banham, Long Stratton and Mulbarton. Ninety minutes later the 60-milers set off on a route that took in Wymondham, Old Buckenham, Attleborough, East Harling and Mulbarton. Finally the 30 mile event took in Wymondham, Old Buckenham and Mulbarton. The success of the event is mirrored by the success of Hethersett Velo Club which was founded in May 2013 and which has over 200 members. The group has regular club rides on Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings. On June 10th, 30 club members will be riding from Hethersett to Paris and on July 4th a number will attempt the 310 journey from the village to London and back via the Suffolk coast in a non stop overnight marathon. The club is not just about extreme cycling, however, as club nights tailor rides to suit all abilities and speeds.


Easter Walk of Witness - The annual Good Friday walk of witness in Hethersett started this year at St Remigius Parish Church and ended at Hethersett Methodist Church where a service was led by the Minister, the Rev Matthew Olanrewaju, assisted by the Rector of Hethersett, the Rev Derek McClean. The procession of about 40 people followed a symbolic cross and made its way from St Remigius, through the Steepletower development and down Henstead Road to the Methodist Church. After the service refreshments and Hot Cross Buns were served in the Methodist Hall.


Hethersett Women's Death was an Accident - The death of an 81-year-old Hethersett resident in May 2014 has been ruled an "accident" by the coroner. You can read this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.




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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.





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