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January 2008 News in Brief

Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper has just produced its 500th edition. Fifty volunteers produce a weekly hour long news tape, a monthly audio magazine and a quarterly local news review for almost 70 visually impaired listeners. A special recording was made to mark the 500th edition including Anglia Television presenter Clare Weller. Those interviewed included Hethersett environmentalist George Beckford who won a 500 word essay competition organised by the Talking Newspaper. Wymondham Town crier John Adams, who also lives in Hethersett, also took part,

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A special working party will be tidying up Hethersett Churchyard on February 2nd from 9.30 a.m until 11a.m. Volunteers are welcome.

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On Tuesday 26th February a special confirmation service for churches at Little Melton, Great Melton and Hethersett will be led by the Bishop of Thetford, the Rt Rev David Atkinson, in Little Melton Church at 7.30 p.m.

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Over £450 was raised for a children’s charity in Hethersett and the surrounding area during 2007. 

A plant sale and coffee morning organised by Hethersett Methodist Church raised £160 and £131.25 respectively for the Hope and Homes for Children charity which works on behalf of orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children  in 12 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa. 

Further money was raised for the charity from personal donations and from the Wymondham Christmas Tree Festival. 

“I would like to sincerely thank the many people who have helped in any way,” said local co-ordinator Joan Green.

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A Hethersett group for pre-school children is preparing for its first sessions of the new year. 

Little Acorns provides an informal time for play and praise for mums, dads, grandparents, carers and their pre-school children and is run by the Mothers’ Union under the direction of the Rev Mary Kerslake. 

The group meets in the Church Hall in Henstead Road, Hethersett on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 10.30 a.m. Next meetings will be on February 6th and 20th and March 5th and 19th.

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Hethersett Society enjoyed a talk by Barbara Miller on Theatre in Norwich. She told stories about the various buildings and theatres in the city over the ages.

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Hethersett Junior School has made a successful bid for a grant that will help it to become a greener environment. 

The school is one of only 52 nationally to gain the award that will allow it to work with other schools and the community on projects promoting sustainability in areas such as re-cycling and reducing waste. The school will be working with Hethersett Parish Council and has already set-up its own Eco Club. 

This year’s junior school summer fair, organised by the Parent Teacher Association, will be held on May 10th from 11 a.m until 2 p.m. Other events organised by the PTA include a beetle drive on February 2nd. All proceeds from PTA events this year will go towards improving the outdoor and play environment and facilities.

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Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club is preparing hard for the new season which starts in March. Improved drainage has been put in place at the track on the Memorial Playing Field and a new shale surface is also planned.

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Hethersett will be holding its fifth summer ball on Friday 4th July in a marquee in the grounds of Old Hall School. 

Tickets for the event will be £32 and the event is limited to 180 places. The evening will include food and dancing to a live band. Tickets can be booked at Hethersett Post Office. 

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Hethersett Parish Council’s annual parish meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th May at 7.30 p.m in the Village Hall in Back Lane. February meetings of the full council will be held on the 4th and 18th in Hethersett Jubilee Hall.


December 2007 News in Brief

Crime Levels are Low

Crime levels in Hethersett are low and the village continues to be a very safe place in which to live, according to the latest Hethersett Parish Council newsletter. 

The publication, which is distributed to homes throughout the village, states that since August 1st 62 crimes had been reported and this included 10 at the Thickthorn Services. 

There were 17 cases of criminal damage, 13 cases of theft, four thefts from a motor vehicle, two thefts of a motor vehicle and 12 reports of crime in the area around Woodside Infants School and the Memorial Playing Field.

“The figures indicate a very low crime per household for the village and that the village continues to be a very safe place to live,” the newsletter states, adding that the village is now part of the Safer Neighbourhood Area Panel (SNAP) working together with a number of agencies including Norfolk Constabulary, Norfolk County Council, South Norfolk Council, Hethersett High School and a number of other groups and villages. One of the top priorities is to tackle disorder in the village in the area around Queen’s Road, Great Melton Road, West Croft, Recreation Road and Firs Road and including the Woodside School and the Memorial Playing Field.

Car Park Closed over Christmas and New Year

Hethersett Village Hall Car Park will be closed and locked over the Christmas and New Year period.

The gates will be locked from 4 p.m on Christmas Eve to 9 a.m on 27th December and again from 4 p.m on 31st December to 7 a.m on 2nd January. During these times vehicle access to the mini recycling areas will not be available.

A Listening Ear

Hethersett Parish Council has promised to listen to village concerns in the coming year.

Writing in the latest edition of Hethersett Newsletter, council chairman Charlotte Land also urges the public to take an interest in parish council meetings.

“All residents are welcome to attend parish council meetings. It gives them the opportunity to put forward their views regarding issues that may affect themselves or the community in general. I am sure that the New Year will bring new opportunities and challenges for our village. The parish council will continue to listen to residents’ concerns and ideas and we will continue to work with local agencies and forums to enable Hethersett to retain its vibrancy and long term development,” Mrs Land said.

The village has secured a place on the Norwich Fringe Neighbourhood forum which gives access to grants to improve the lives of residents.

“This is one of the many opportunities we have to work in partnership with others,” Mrs Land added.

Litter and Dog Bins

A number of new and replacement dog and litter bins have been put up in Hethersett.

New dogs bins have been placed in Mill Road and a replacement bin in Queen’s Road.

Two litter bins have been placed on the Memorial Playing Field and a replacement litter bin is now in Mill Road.

HEAT Update

Hethersett’s Environmental Action Team will continue with its aim of making the village a more pleasant place to live in 2008.

The group is looking for more volunteers to help with its programme of tree, shrub and bulb planting along with litter picking and supplying bird and hedgehog boxes,

The next meeting to discuss plans for 2008 will be held on January 9th at 8 p.m in the upstairs meeting room at Hethersett Methodist Church.

“The younger age group will be particularly welcome,” said HEAT leading light George Beckford.


Civil War Theme

Norfolk and the English Civil War will be the subject of a 10 week Workers’ Educational Association course at Hethersett High School starting on Thursday, 10th January. 

The course will be presented by Matthew Howard and enrolment will take place at 7 p.m on the first evening. Anybody interested in attending should contact school secretary Barbara Matthews on 01603 811128.

New Sunday Praise

Hethersett Parish Church is introducing a new monthly Sunday Praise service for all ages from the beginning of the New Year. 

Sunday Praise starts in St Remigius on 6th January and will replace the present family service format. The emphasis of the new style service will be on reverence and joy and a worship team will be led by the Rector, the Rev Di Lammas.