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New Path Opened

Walking to the centre of Hethersett will be easier for residents of the Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex thanks to a new path which was officially opened at the weekend.  

The path leads directly from Woodcote across the back of the Memorial Playing Field towards the village centre and is the latest initiative of the Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Committee.  

The path was opened by Emily Millington Smith Pictured above with Playing Field Chairman Simon Crowe) who is a champion of both young and old people and president of Age Concern and Help the Aged, Norfolk; Chairman of South Norfolk’s Older People’s Forum and Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Society.  

She paid tribute to the work undertaken in Hethersett: “Hethersett is a great example of just what living in a village community means. Villages like yours are continually looking at how to take care of all residents. The great work being undertaken shows how much you care for the village.  

“You have had the sense to realise that if elderly people want to go to the shops they need a way to get there with dignity. The playing field committee has realised this and made things easier for them,” said Mrs Millington Smith.  

South Norfolk District Councillor and Playing Field Committee secretary David Bills introduced Mrs Millington Smith and outlined work carried out on the Memorial Field in the past few months which has also included a programme of general tidying up, cutting down of diseased Poplar trees and re-furbishment of the existing pavilion.  

Future plans include improved play areas for children, putting up a fence along the front of the field, draining the football pitches and ambitious plans to build a new pavilion with the existing building being used more as a village amenity.  

“We are working closely with the users of the field including schools, the village football and cycle speedway and bowls clubs to promote what they do and how we can improve the area for use by the whole Hethersett community. Hethersett deserves good facilities,” Mr Bills said.  

The new path was helped along its way by grants from Grassroots and Broadland Housing. A new playing field committee was formed in September 2008 under the auspices of Hethersett Parish Council. Committee chairman Simon Crowe presented bouquets to Mrs Millington Smith and Lisa Irving for her support as rural development worker for South Norfolk on the Voluntary Norfolk group.

About the Memorial Playing Field

Men who came home after World War Two wanted a recreation ground where they could play sports and the community could enjoy leisure time.

They collected around the village towards the project and purchased a ground from local farmer Mr Curson. They then approached the Charity Commission and formed a committee of trustees. Today the trustees' group consists of three representatives from Hethersett Parish Council and four members of the village who are elected at the agm.

A new committee was formed in September 2008 and they undertook a programme of improvement.

Committee members are as follows.

Chairman Simon Crowe
Vice-Chairman Jim Bartram
Secretary David Bills-Everett
Treasurer Chris Meakings
Promotions Officer Richard Headicarr
Public Relations Officer Elizabeth Meakings

The postal address for correspondence is:

2 Muriel Kenny Court

Hethersett

NR9 3 EZ

Phone - 01603 812805

Fax - 01603 812805

E-mail - emeakings@talktalk.net