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News in Brief - July 2009

Youth Champion Needed

Hethersett is looking for a youth champion to tie in with the September re-opening of the Jubilee Youth Club. 

The youth champion will represent the voice of young people in the village, along with taking a pro-active role in activities and projects in Hethersett. The champion will work alongside Hethersett’s Youth Council. 

“An essential element of the venture is the availability of a Youth Champion who is able to encourage and advise the youth council when carrying out its role,” said clerk to Hethersett Parish Council Ian Weetman. 

The role of youth champion will be a voluntary one although the parish council can provide some financial assistance and clerical support. 

Cycle Path Hope

The possibility of a cycle path between Little Melton and Hethersett is a step closer following a public survey.

The off road path is designed to help children to cycle safely to and from school and also for workers to access the UEA and other places.

Little Melton residents have already voted overwhelmingly in favour of the scheme through a survey which is now being broadened to take in the views from Hethersett and beyond. Little Melton Parish Council is already supporting it and the survey is available on-line at

Environmentalists Needed

Hethersett is looking for more people with an interest in the environment to help enhance the village. 

The Hethersett Environmental Action Team, which carries out many tasks in the village from bulb planting to regular litter picks, is always on the look-out for additional volunteers and Hethersett Parish Council is also looking for volunteers to weed flower beds in and around the village. 

“The beds add to the appearance of the village,” said parish clerk Ian Weetman who can be contacted for further information on 01603 810915. 

Mr Weetman is also available at the council office upstairs in Hethersett Village Hall on Monday and Thursdays between 10 a.m and noon. 

Judging Time Again

Judges from the Anglia in Bloom competition will be in Hethersett on 13th July.

The annual Hethersett village garage sale raised £611 towards a wildlife garden and presentation equipment for Hethersett High School and Sports College. 

The event  was organised by the Friends of Hethersett High School and included garage sales throughout the village as well as a table top and car boot sale and the sale of refreshments at Hethersett Village Hall.

Work on the wildlife garden has already started and photographs of this and news on other projects are available on the school’s web site at

Plant Sale for Children

The annual plant sale held at Hethersett Methodist Church raised over £300 for the Hope and Homes for Children charity which works with children in Africa and Eastern Europe. 

Local organiser for the charity, Joan Green, has received an official letter of thanks from the charity’s co-founder Caroline Cook.

“What a triumph the plant sale was. We cannot thank you enough for your hard work, organisation and spreading the word. Fund-raising makes a tremendous difference to the lives of so many children,” Caroline Cook said.

The charity also provided refreshments at an open day at the end of June in the Bishop of Norwich’s garden under the National Gardens’ Association. This raised an additional £590.

“It was a wonderfully successful event in such lovely surroundings,” Joan Green said.

The charity has also been boosted by £660 collected in memory of Ketteringham resident Catherine Hardingham.

Minister Returns

A former minister of Hethersett Methodist Curch, the Rev William Booker, returned to lead Sunday morning worship as part of the church’s Operation New Look 25th anniversary celebrations. Rev Booker was the latest of a number of former ministers to be part of the silver anniversary celebrations of the event that changed the church from an antiquated chapel into the modern building of today.

The Rev Brian Dann, The Rev David Hart and Mrs Lynne Cole (widow of the Rev Gerald Cole) had previously returned to the village to lead services.

Skills Needed

Hethersett Library is looking for people with specific skills for a series of events in September which will concentrate on local history.

Skills such as rug making, quilting, darning, knitting. lace making and crocheting will be at the fore and the library is looking for people willing to take part and show others “how things are done.” 

Anybody interested in taking part should contact Librarian Jennie Hoult on 01603 810188 for further information.

Summer Fair Success

Hethersett Junior School’s annual summer fair raised over £2,700 and attracted one of the largest crowds ever.

“We had wonderful weather and one of the biggest turn outs anybody can remember. There was a real village feel to the day,” said Head Teacher Andy Whittle.

The event was organised by the school PTA and the money will go towards making further improvements to the outdoor environment at the school.

The school’s annual end of year service will be held at St Remigius Church on Frdiay, 17th July. The event will celebrate the work of the school..

It's A Wind Up

A new automatic winding mechanism will ensure that everything runs on time with the parish church clock at Hethersett.

Modern digital technology has been installed to work alongside the existing mechanisms to ensure the pendulum swings at the exact speed to ensure spot on time.

The colour of the clock face is also being changed to Trafalgar Blue