Archive News - December 2013
The following articles appeared on the site in December 2013
Christmas Fair - Hethersett's annual Christmas Charity Fair in the Methodist Church attracted hundreds of people and raised hundreds of pounds for charities and good causes. On a relatively warm evening local residents enjoyed refreshments and were able to purchase early Christmas gifts as well as enjoy seasonal singing and entertainment. For a report of the evening and more photographs click here.
Winter Nets for Cricketers - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club will be holding a series of winter nets as they prepare for the coming 2014 season. The club has booked Taverham Hall and the first session will be on January 27th from 7.30 until 9.30 p.m and then on every other Monday until April 7th. The club is also looking into the possibility of some additional coaching for adult players with Norfolk's Steve Goldsmith. These sessions will be in addition to the normal Wednesday night adult training sessions and will be aimed mainly at first and second team players. It is likely they will take place on Fridays for six to eight weeks if there is sufficient demand.
Bethlehem Experience - The Bethlehem Experience” is coming to Hethersett. Hethersett Methodist Church is, for the second year running, presenting The Bethlehem Experience this Friday and Saturday. With local actors, and audio visual effects, the audience will be taken on a dramatic journey through key events in the Christmas story. They will visit Mary’s home, Joseph’s workshop, a Magi’s home, a Bethlehem hillside, Herod’s palace and the stable. There are a total of six performances - three for local schools and three for the public. “It’s all about making what happened over 2,000 years ago more ‘real’” said Sue Skinner, one of the organisers of the event. “The feedback last year, from both young and old, was great, so we felt we had to do it again.” The three performances in the day on the Friday are fully booked for local schools. The evening performance (7pm), and those on Saturday (10.30 and 2.30), are for the public. Each performance is free and will last about one hour with refreshments at the end. There is no need to book. “If you really want to know what happened all those years ago one night in Bethlehem”, said Sue, “you must come along. It is a fantastic prelude to Christmas!” Further information about the event can be obtained from the Church’s website which can be accessed by clicking here.
Death of Former School Secretary - We are saddened to learn of the death of former Woodside School secretary Christine Stone. Christine worked at the school for 24 years until her retirement in 2007. We covered this event at the time and you can read this story from our news archives by clicking here.
More Youth Cricketers - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club will be running four youth teams in the coming season, the club’s annual meeting heard. Valley will be fielding an Under-9s side for the first time as it puts a major emphasis on youth cricket and the stars of tomorrow. The club will also be running teams at Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 levels in a mixture of the Norfolk Alliance and the South Norfolk Community League. Once again the club will be fielding four men’s Saturday sides – two in the Norfolk Alliance and two in the Norfolk League – a Sunday league side and midweek friendly sides. It will also be entering a number of Norfolk knockout competitions including an entry for the first time in the National Village competition in what promises to be a very busy 2014 season. During 2014 Valley will also be applying for re-accreditation of the national Clubmark status. The club is also having a recruitment drive: “We will be fielding teams at all levels and would welcome any players interested in joining us,” said club chairman Tony Smith Officers elected were: President, Duncan Pigg; Vice-Presidents, Richard G Ellis, Harold Kerslake and David Johnson; Chairman, Tony Smith; Vice-Chairman, Richard Matthews; Secretary and Fixtures Secretary, Richard D Ellis; Treasurer, Susan Ellis; First Eleven Captain, Julian Emeny; Vice-Captain, Matt Ellis; Second Eleven Captain, Matt Steward; Vice Captain, Tristan Hunt; Third Eleven Captain, Dale Clarke; Sunday Captain, Robbie Matthews; Sunday Vice Captain, Paul Reeve; Midweek Captain, Paul Reeve; Cricket Development Officers, Matt Ellis and Paul Reeve; Club Development Officer, Peter Steward; Youth Cricket Manager, Rennie Broughton; Under-9s Manager, Stephen Hayes; Under-11s Manager, Sara Worley; Under-13s Manager, Stuart Cooper; Under-15s Manager, Craig Henderson; Welfare Officer, Susan Ellis; Social Committee Chair, Al Watts; Development Committee Chair, Peter Steward; Groundsmen, Richard D Ellis, Richard Matthews and Richard G Ellis; Bar Manager, Tony Smith; Auditor, David Johnson; Scorer, Al Watts.
Gym Break - Hethersett’s new mobile gym will be taking a Christmas break following its latest session which took place on Wednesday (December 11th). It will re-start on January 8th. The gym is a joint initiative between South Norfolk Council, Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association. To date attendance on Wednesdays between 10 a.m and 2 p.m has been slightly disappointing but organiser Wyn Nurse is hoping things will pick up after the festive season. “I do think that the time of year has kept numbers down and hopefully we will get more in the new year,” she said. The gym takes place in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club’s premises in Back Lane, Hethersett. Sessions under qualified instructors last for about an hour and cost just £3.
School's Open Day - Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School will be celebrating its 40th birthday in January with a special open afternoon and evening. The event from 2 until 8 p.m on January 9th will feature a special exhibition of memorabilia. “We would love anyone who has been connected in any way with the school over the past 40 years to come and look round. Light refreshments will be available all day,” said organiser Joanne Adcock. The school is still looking for memorabilia and Joanne Adcock can be contacted at the school on 01603 810674.
Tea, Music and Fellowship - About 50 people attended the Hethersett Methodist Church Singing Fellowship music and tea afternoon when a range of Christmas hymns, readings and prayers were presented by the group. The Singing Fellowship presents four such afternoons each year as well as visiting care homes and church events on a regular basis throughout the year. After the Friday afternoon event home made cakes and tea were served in the church and a thank you was expressed by Hethersett’s Methodist Minister the Rev Matthew Olanrewaju.
Road Closure - Part of Lynch Green, Hethersett, will be closed from December 2nd to December 6th for electrical connection work. The work will affect Lynch Green for about 50 metres west of the junction with Henstead Road.
Hawks Celebrate - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club celebrated another successful season with its Christmas Party and prize presentation evening at Hethersett Social Club. Club founder, secretary and stalwart Mel Perkins announced his retirement from racing after over 45 years of competing for the club. You can see who won what and view photographs from the evening by clicking here.
Fairies Raise Hundreds - Fairies and elves in Hethersett have helped to raise more than £700 for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH). You can view a cutting on this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.
Christmas is Coming - Hethersett will once be awash with Christmas celebrations this month. To see details of what's coming up visit our What's On section by clicking here. On Friday 13th December Hethersett Singers will be presenting a Christmas Celebration of seasonal music and carols conducted by Kris Thomsett in St Remigius Church at 7.45 p.m. Tickets are £7 (under-16s free) and include mince pies and refreshments and are available by phoning 01603 810449. St Remigius will also be the venue for a "Celebrating the Christmas Crib" coffee morning on Saturday 14th December from 10 a.m until midday. There will be a collection of cribs and nativity figures from around the world on display. There will also be a bring and buy sale and activities for children.