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February 2016

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

Items for inclusion on this site should be sent to the web editor by clicking here 


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


Press Cuttings from the village are available by clicking here








Latest E-Magazine on Line - The February edition of our online magazine for Hethersett is now available by clicking here


From Special Measures to Outstanding - Hethersett Academy is now classed as an outstanding school just a few years after being put into special measures and having serious weaknesses. Ofsted Inspectors have rated the Academy as "outstanding" across the board. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. We will have a full article on this transformation for what was Hethersett High School in our March e-magazine which will be available from the start of next month. There was also an outstanding set of results for both the Academy and Hethersett Old Hall School in GCSE tables just released. The average in England for pupils gaining five GCSE passes at A*-C levels, including maths and English, was 57.1% and in Norfolk 54.9%. At Old Hall School it was 81% and at Hethersett Academy 74%. Both schools were amongst the best performers in the county.





Helping to Cheer Residents Up - A mother and daughter team are looking to help lonely or disadvantaged people in Hethersett by brightening up their day. Louise and Willow Farrell are looking to “Pass a Parcel” to 20 local residents who are lonely, disabled, suffering from illness or who just need cheering up. Local people are being asked to nominate local residents for a box of well being gifts. The scheme was launched in Hethersett Library at the end of January. The boxes have different themes and Louise and Willow, who live in the village, will try to marry up the most appropriate box to the recipients. The themes are gardening, crochet, games and adult colouring. The boxes also include chocolate treats, little luxuries and information on the local community and what is available in Hethersett. Nomination forms are available in Hethersett Library and posters are being displayed throughout the village. It is hoped to distribute parcels towards the end of February. Nominations can also be made on 01603 811038 or via e-mail by clicking here. There is also a Facebook page which can be accessed by clicking here The project has been supported by local businesses and funding from the ABCD project which aims to inspire communities across South Norfolk to be more caring and welcoming places where neighbours look out for one another during tough times. Willow and Louise are photographed above with their boxes in Hethersett Library.





Penalty Heartbreak for Footballers - Hethersett Athletic suffered the heartache of a penalty shoot-out defeat when they took on River Lane Rangers from King's Lynn in the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Primary Cup. After being postponed on three occasions due to a waterlogged pitch on the Memorial Playing Field, the tie finally went ahead in a game dominated by a strong swirling wind. Playing into the wind in the first half, Hethersett found themselves 2-0 down at the break. Their fortunes took a turn for the better in the second half when they used the conditions to their advantage and goals from Paul Norman and Danny Gray took the tie into extra-time. Hethersett dominated the match in the additional time but couldn't score the vital goal and then left their shooting boots at home in scoring just one of their five penalties to lose 2-1 on spot kicks. It was the furthest a Hethersett Athletic men's Saturday team had ever gone in a county cup competition.


Hethersett Library in February - Hethersett Library has lined-up a whole host of attractions for February including the introduction of a weekly board games afternoon. This will be held on Thursdays from 2 p.m. People can try games owned by the library or take their own along.  You can now get two for one DVDs on Thursdays all afternoon and evening from 2 p.m until 7 p.m. This offer also applies to Saturdays from 12.30 p.m. Full list of events at the library in February is as follows:


Events in February are as follows: 


Monday 1st 14.00 Book Group
Wednesday 3rd 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 4th 14.00 Social/Board Games afternoon
  14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Monday 8th 14.00 Parish Council pop in
Monday 8th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 10th 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 11th 14.00 Social/Board Games Afternoon
Friday 12th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme Time for Babies and Toddlers
Monday 15th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 17th 10.30 Demon Dentist Half Term Children's Activities
  10.30 Adult Colouring in Session
Thursday 18th 14.00 Social/Board Games afternoon
Monday 22nd 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 24th 10.30 Adult Colouring in Session
Thursday 25th 14.00 Social/Board Games afternoon
Monday 29th 14.00 Craft Group

Local clubs, societies and groups can book a free monthly slot on the “Village Story” notice board to promote awareness, recruit new members or advertise a specific event. For those needing computer support, Bob the Computer Buddy is available on Mondays from 10 a.m until midday.

Quiz for Roof Repairs - A quiz evening to raise money for roof repairs to St Remigius Church, Hethersett, will be held in Old Hall School Barn on Friday February 12th from 7 p.m. The evening will feature a home cooked meal of chicken curry and rice or lasagne with salad and dessert (bring your own drinks). Tables of up to eight can be booked by telephoning Vic Redington on 01603 811136. We have reported previously on a major theft of lead from the roof of the parish church.

Romantic Evening - A Romantic Evening of music from stage and screen is being presented by the Pulham Orchestra in St Remigius Church, Hethersett, on February 13th at 7.30 p.m. The programme will include music by Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Gilbert and Sullivan and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Admission is by programme at the door - adults £6, children free. For more information visit www.pvo.org.uk or telephone 01603 720586.






Praise for Pre-School Group - Highly motivated and dedicated staff at Ducklings Pre-School Playgroup in Hethersett have been recognised with an “Outstanding” judgement from Ofsted. Inspectors. Staff at the playgroup, described in the report as “excellent role models,” expressed themselves thrilled to achieve the top honour. Lorraine Harvey, Playgroup Supervisor, commented: “What a fantastic outcome for Ducklings and the families of Hethersett. This is down to an incredibly hard working team with support from past and present parents, staff and committee members. It is so nice to see that Ofsted has recognised the continuing best practice that has always been in evidence at Ducklings. I feel so proud to be a part of this playgroup. To me this is not just a job but a vocation. ”All four categories of inspection covering effectiveness of leadership, quality of teaching, personal development and outcomes for children were  given the highest possible grade during the inspection in December. Inspectors reported that children were “extremely keen and motivated to learn” and that they “enjoy their time in this highly stimulating environment”. Assessment of children was described as “rigorous and robust”. Ducklings Playgroup is based at Woodside Infant School. Sessions are run for children aged two-and-a-half to five. The sessions are daily from 9.10 am to 12.10 pm. This year the playgroup has also started a lunch club, which runs until 1.10 pm and this has proved to be extremely popular. You can contact the playgroup by e mailing by clicking here.  You can also follow them on Facebook for all the latest news on upcoming events.





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. The first was held 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. The first session saw members of the public bringing up subjects as diverse as problems with car parking in the village and setting up a new short tennis group. The next pop in will be on February 8th.


Summer Fete and Dog Show - Hethersett Youth Club's Summer Fete and Dog show has been booked for Saturday 25th June 2016.  Anyone interested in having a stall should contact Gillian Saunders on 01953 608566.


Norfolk Fire Control Room to Move - The control room for Norfolk Fire Service, currently located in Hethersett could move to Wymondham under plans to merge it with the Police control room. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


Fundraisers - An afternoon tea event organised by Hethersett and District Lions Club raised more than £330 for the Mulbarton Community Responders charity. The amount raised takes the Lions contribution to the charity to £3,500. Tony and Margaret Dunton's annual Christmas lights at their home in Firs Road, Hethersett, raised £560 which will be divided between the local doctors' surgery, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and John Groom Court home for disabled adults in Norwich


Record Number of Teams for Cricket Club - Hethersett and Tas Valley will be running a record number of teams at all levels in the coming 2016 season which starts on April 10th. The club will be organising youth teams at under-9, under-11, under-13, under-15 and under-17 levels in the South Norfolk League and at Under-11 and Under-13 levels in the Norfolk Alliance. It is hoped to again run four adult Saturday sides – two in the Norfolk Alliance and two in the Norfolk League – a Sunday League team and teams in a number of cup competitions and friendlies. Valley are also looking for new players of all ages and standards and will be holding nets at Norwich Girls High School from 7 until 9 p.m on January 25th, February 8th, February 22nd, March 7th and March 21st. In addition, the club will be hosting a county Under-17s game against Cambridgeshire in June and also a seminar for groundsmen in August. The club’s first competitive match will be a friendly against Sidcup from Kent on April 10th and this will be followed by a match against a Norfolk Select XI for the Les King Patrons Trophy on April 17th in aid of the Wymondham based cancer charity Star Throwers. That match will also feature the presentation of a new roller, purchased following a grant from South Norfolk Council. The club’s annual meeting will take place in the clubhouse at Flordon on February 11th at 7 p.m.

Fun Run Date Set - Hethersett’s annual two mile village funrun will take place on June 26th. The ever popular event has attracted hundreds of serious and fun runners since it started in 2010 as part of the village’s run up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. A six week running course under the leadership of former Olympic athlete Paul Evans will begin on May 19th and be held on the six Thursday evenings leading up to the funrun.

Village Games Finals - Hethersett and the Meltons will be entering  a team in the Active Norfolk Village Games Finals at UEA Sportspark on July 10th and also taking part in  a netball tournament in April and an indoor rounders competition at the end of January.

Sports Association Meeting - Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association continues to support fitness and encourage local people to improve their health and well being. Reports from member clubs at the latest meeting showed that the villages continue to thrive in the fitness stakes. “Much has been discussed nationally in recent weeks about supporting sport and fitness in local communities. Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association has been doing this since 2010 and, thanks to the support of clubs and individuals, we feel we have made an important contribution to improving the fitness of local people. The sports association continues to go from strength to strength and is now recognised and accepted as an integral part of the local fitness scene. Sports clubs in Hethersett and the Meltons give regular exercise to hundreds, if not thousands of local people,” said sports association chairman Peter Steward. The sports association is open to clubs (membership £5 per year) and individuals (free membership). The next meeting will be at Park Farm Hotel on April 11th at 7.30 p.m. Full details of the association are available on its web site at www.handmsa.weebly.com It also has a Facebook page.


A Colourful Extravaganza - Hethersett Pantomime Group performed 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 was Jack and the Beanstalk which was making its sixth appearance in the company's repertoire. Hethersett Pantomime was featured extensively in a presentation before and after Christmas at Norwich Forum which outlined the history of pantomime. Neville Greenhalgh, who is well known for playing the part of a dame in the Hethersett production, spoke about the joys of the Hethersett production. You can read a report and view photographs of this year's show by clicking here.


Christmas Fair Thanks - The organisers of Hethersett's annual village fair have contacted us to thank everyone for their support. Jackie Baker and Leslie Dale have sent the following message: " On behalf of Hethersett Methodist Church we would like to thank everyone for supporting the seventh Christmas Charity Market held in the Methodist Church and adjoining hall. A survey of 8 of the 19 attending charities or voluntary organisations has shown that some £650 was raised for their causes. Add to that the Church's own fundraising on the night and we feel able to project that about £1,500 was raised for good causes on Friday, 4th December. We would like to wholeheartedly thank the DiCapo Choir and the Hethersett Singers for their much appreciated choral works, along with St Remigius Choir for assisting with the carols. We must not forget the event launch by Woodside Infants School Singers followed by some excellent violin orchestral work from the young people of Hethersett Junior School. Finally we would wish to thank the people of Hethersett (and possibly elsewhere) who attended and gave so generously.


Fittest in Norfolk - South Norfolk has the highest number of people in the county participating in weekly sporting activities, a national report has shown. Sport England's Active People Survey shows that in South Norfolk, 40% of people over the age of 14 and 39.6% of people over the age of 16 take part in at least 30 minutes of sport at moderate intensity once a week. Both sets of figures are nearly 7% above the county average. Hethersett has won numerous awards for its work in fitness, sport, health and well being, much of which has been channelled through Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association. This matter will be discussed at the sports association's next meeting which will be at Park Farm Hotel, on Monday 11th January at 7.30 p.m. You can read a cutting on this subject from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


January E-Magazine Available - The January 2016 edition of our special e-magazine is now available and can be viewed in pdf format by clicking here.


Hethersett Charity Launches App - A Hethersett based charity which encourages young people to realise their potential is launching a new smartphone app. Respect Yourself currently texts positive daily messages to young people covering a multitude of subjects. The new app will replace the existing text service at the end of January. You can read the full story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


David's Star Wars Role - Hethersett based actor and former firefighter David Frost has played a part in the latest blockbuster Star Wars film. David, 63, played the part of Politician Number Five in the latest saga. You can read more about this in the local press by clicking here.


Changes to Site - As we say goodbye to 2015 and welcome in 2016 Hethersett - A Norfolk Village on the Web will keep you in touch with what is happening in our village throughout the year. We will be making some small changes to the site. The front page will carry news from the past two months. Older news can now be found in our archive section which is accessible by clicking here. In addition we are now publishing a monthly e-magazine which will contain up to date news, views and photographs and special articles and archive material from the village. You can view all the archive editions of the e-magazine by clicking here.


WEA Course - Social attitudes towards destitute and orphaned children will be the topic for the latest course being organised by the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) at Hethersett Academy. "Philanthropy and Community - Children in Care Before World War One" will be delivered by Rosemary Steer. The 10 week course starts on January 14th at 7.30 p.m with a break for half-term. The course will also look at the provision by both the state and voluntary sector focussing on the important period of change from the enactment of the Poor Law Amendment Act in 1834 to the beginning of the Great War in 1914. Places can be booked by telephoning ichard Aldridge on 01603 811303 or by e-mailing him by clicking here.


Parish Council Meetings for 2016 - The dates have been announced for Hethersett Parish Council meetings throughout 2016. The full council will meet in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m on the following dates - February 15th, March 21st, April 18th, May 16th, June 13th, July 18th, September 19th, October 17th, November 21st and December 19th. The annual parish meeting will take place on May 4th. Planning Committee meetings will be held at 7 p.m on all full council nights and also on the following dates - February 1st, March 7th, April 4th, May 3rd, June 6th, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th.




On the left is the certificate from the Queen. In the centre is Heather and above friends help her celebrate.


Queen's Award for Heather - There was a surprise for leading Hethersett Girl Guide Heather Pullin when she turned up at the village Scout and Guide Headquarters in December. For friends, family, fellow Guides, Rangers and Leaders had organised a special party in recognition of Heather's hard work over the past three years. Heather, 19, of Richardson Crescent has been working towards her Queen's Guide Award and centrepiece at the special evening was her signed certificate from the Queen. The Queen's Guide Award is the highest achievement within Girl Guiding UK and is completed over a two or three year period. During the evening Heather was also presented with badges marking her outstanding achievement. As part of her challenge, Heather has fully supported the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal which put together boxes of toys and other goods for under-privileged children in Kosovo. Heather is the granddaughter of John and Shirley Adams who collected for the cause for many years in Hethersett. The shoebox appeal formed just part of Heather's path towards the Queen's Guide Award. Other activities have included serving refreshments at charity events, cooking a meal for 30 people at camp, organising trips, learning to drive and taking part in various other fundraising events.




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.  


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:

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


Web Site Links - If you have a web site that you would like mentioned on this site please e-mail details by clicking here. We are happy to feature and link to sites from Hethersett and the Meltons. 




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

Coming Events

Want to know what's going on in the village. Then go to our What's On section which you can access by clicking here. If you have an event you would like to be featured just send details of place, time and any other relevant information via e-mail by clicking here.

Reminisce Here

We are always looking for memories of the village and its people. So if you would like to be featured in a new section being built, please contact the editor by phone on 01603 811052 or by leaving an e-mail by clicking here. We are hoping to introduce a number of sections for memories and would be particularly interested in hearing from anybody with memories of the Methodist Church or its people for a project being organised by our sister site which can be viewed by clicking here. A new section of this site for reminiscences has been set-up and this can be viewed by clicking here.


For archive news from 2004 onwards click here.


What's On the Site?

Below are a list of some of the main areas of the site and what you can expect to find there. You can access them by clicking on the headings

Site Index

A good starting point for those new to the site. This gives an overview of what is available and where.

Site Search

You can also search the site through the Freefind engine below. Just pop in key words.

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Village History

There is a comprehensive history site which has been put together with the assistance of the village archivist. It includes a then and now area dedicated to the changes in the village over the years.

Community Information

Want to know when the library is open or how to book a hall? You will find the information here.

Local Walks

There are a number of local walks featured on the Walk4Life web site as well as thousands of walk ideas for all over the country. The site includes printable maps and allows you to keep a track of walks completed. It is also possible to add walks to the site which can be accessed by clicking here.


If you have a question about Hethersett, are looking for old friends or have a comment about the site this is the place to leave a message.

What's On

If you have an event to advertise, then just send the details to the site and we will do the rest.


If you have any memories of the village or the people who have lived here over the years, why not share them by having them placed on this site.

Newspaper Correspondent

I am village correspondent for the weekly Wymondham  Mercury Newspaper and the daily Norwich Evening News. If you have any items of news or anything you would like to promote in the press please e-mail it to me by clicking here. Stories appearing in the newspapers will also appear on this site. I also try to get to as many village events as possible. 

Peter Steward


Hethersett on the Web is an independent non-profit making site that is not financed by any group or individuals.

Information on the site is placed entirely free of charge. It is intended to be a community amenity without social, political or economic bias. The editor is happy to feature all village groups and organisations without prejudice. Information for this site can be e-mailed by clicking here.

Other Site Links

If you would like your site linked here contact me by clicking here. We are happy to link to other village sites once their content has been verified.

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

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

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

Charity Support

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


East Anglian Children's Hospice (EACH)

The Samaritans

East Anglian Air Ambulance


Lost and Found

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


Free Wanted and Offered

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


Personal Ads

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


Small Ads on-line

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


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