The following are some of the stories covered in September 2008
Poppy Appeal - The Royal British Legion is looking for volunteers to help with its annual Poppy Appeal. Last year poppies weren't on sale in the village. To read the full story click here
The Name' s Bond - 007 would be delighted to know that a James Bond Lotus Esprit has been restored by a Hethersett father and son team. To read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here
African Art at Hethersett Library - Local artist Jocelyn Jacobson will be helping youngsters to celebrate Black History Month with a special morning session in Hethersett Library on 11th October. To read about this an other events at the library click here.
Massive Development Plans? - Concern is mounting that the character of villages in Norfolk could be destroyed forever by turning them into new towns to meet government housing targets. Hethersett and neighbouring Little Melton is being highlighted as one option for a new county town. Monday's meeting of Hethersett Parish Council proved lively as the Norwich Evening News reported. To Read the Evening News coverage of the story click here for the first section, click here for the second and here for editorial comment. To see the e- news page click here. If you have views on development why not send them to the editor by e-mailing here We will print responses and pass them on to the relevant authorities
Speedwatch Ready to Go - A volunteer speedwatch system should soon be in place in Hethersett. A recent appeal by Hethersett Parish Council has brought response from seven volunteers prepared to take part in a scheme which will see them using speed guns for daytime speed checks in the village. Speeding vehicles will have their registration, colour, make and model noted down with a letter from the police being sent to the registered owners. Re-offenders would then have their registrations details placed on a database with drivers of vehicles subsequently stopped for speeding by the police being prosecuted without being given a verbal warning. The seven volunteers will receive police training in using the speed guns before “going active.”. Hethersett Parish Council is still on the lookout for additional volunteers. Anybody interested is asked to contact parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915.
Silver Award for Village - Hethersett has gone silver in the latest Anglia in Bloom awards. The village received the honour in the category for villages and towns with populations between 2501 and 6,000 residents. It is an improvement for Hethersett after winning a bronze award in 2007. In addition Haconsfield was awarded a certificate of merit in the neighbourhood awards section. The awards were presented at Gorleston’s Ocean rooms in front of 450 people which included dignitaries from throughout East Anglia, including chair of Hethersett Parish Council Fred Watkins. Afterwards Mr Watkins praised the work of local people and environmental groups: “It is a welcome step up for us and credit is due to all the hard work put in by groups and individuals and particularly local environmentalist George Beckford and Heather Williamson,” he said.
Pipped - Hethersett and
Tas Valley's chances of a league and cup treble were dashed when
they lost to Haleys by two wickets in the final of the Norfolk
Junior Knockout Cup at Sprowston. For a report and scorecard
Double Top - Two teams from Hethersett Athletic Football Club are setting a hot pace in their respective leagues. The new Saturday side have won their opening two league games and are top of Division Four of the Crown Fire South and Central Norfolk League. In addition they have beaten a team from two divisions higher in the second round of the Ben Smith Memorial Trophy. The ladies team are top of the Eastern Region Premier Division after also achieving two wins in their opening two gamed. For all the news from the football club visit their official web site by clicking here.
Development Discussion - Hethersett Parish Council will be discussing local housing development at its next meeting on Monday (15th September) in the village hall at 7.30 p.m. It will be considering the options outlined in a joint strategy for regeneration, development and growth in Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk. Options currently being looked at include a new country town in the Hethersett/Little Melton area providing at least 4,000 dwellings. Writing in the latest edition of Hethersett Newsletter, the council states the objectives of the discussion: “The response needs to be in line with a series of questions put forward by the Greater Norwich Development Partnership, not simply that no further development is welcome or possible in the area,” it states. Full public consultation on the strategy will take place next year.
Launch of "The Villager" - To run alongside our web site we have launched a monthly e-magazine entitled The Villager. This will have news and views from the village along with reports and photographs of events and will be published electronically at the beginning of each month. The September edition in pdf format is now available by clicking here.
Annual Show - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society will be holding its annual show in Hethersett Village Hall on September 13th from 2 p.m. This year there will be plenty of opportunities for younger enthusiasts to show their ability in a number of artistic categories. These include decorated wellies for seven years and under, drawings of a garden for seven and under, making a monster from fruit and vegetables for ages eight to 11, making any item of jewellery for ages 12 to 14 and designing a dvd cover from any medium for ages 12 to 14. There will also be cake, cooking, photography, roses, small tomatoes and desert apple classes for non members alongside all the usual classes for club members.In addition there will be a Royal Society of the Protection of Birds stall, a display by the Hethersett Environmental Action Group, and an ironwork display by tradesman Reg Loveday.Entries for the various categories will be accepted at Hethersett Methodist Church Hall from 7 p.m to 8 p.m on Thursday 11th September.