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Royal Seal of Approval


Carol Towells and Anne Edwards with Wild About Hethersett and the letter from Prince Charles

Hethersett has been heralded as “an amazing community” by Royalty. 

A few weeks after receiving praise from Prime Minister David Cameron for the part the village is playing in the Big Society, Hethersett has also received the Royal seal of approval from The Prince of Wales. 

Prince Charles was sent a copy of the “Wild About Hethersett” book which sold out within a week of publication and which is now going to a reprint. He received a copy of the book after meeting Hethersett resident and keen environmentalist Carol Towells during his visit to the Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich. Mrs Towells, who is a volunteer worker at the Lodge, also presented the Royal visitor with a pot of homemade marmalade. 

Back came a swift reply from Clarence House: “His Royal Highness was thrilled to learn about your village of Hethersett and how you have been recording the seasonal changes and the types of wildlife over a year. It is a very informative book and clearly shows what an amazing community you have at Hethersett in which you have all worked together to produce such a wealth of information in one source, “ the letter says. 

The book was primarily put together by Hethersett environmentalist Dr Anne Edwards with much of the funding coming from a bequest from former Hethersett Parish Council Chairman and member of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team George Beckford who died two years ago. Dr Edwards admits that she was surprised and delighted that the book sold out so quickly. With financial support from Waitrose it is hoped to have another 100 copies printed in the near future. 

The comments from Prince Charles come just weeks after David Cameron referred to Hethersett as “Big Society in action” and praised local residents for “really making a difference to the community.” 

Chairman of the Village Olympic Committee and parish councillor Shane Hull attended an Olympic 2012 celebration reception held by the Prime Minister in Downing Street where he presented David Cameron with a copy of two publications – “Wild About Hethersett” and “The Book of Hethersett.” He also passed out flyers for Hethersett’s Olympic themed Open Weekend in June to a variety of people including Princess Anne, Lord Coe, Tessa Jowell MP and athlete Denise Lewis.