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October 2016

Welcome to the web site for the multi award winning village of Hethersett in Norfolk, England. It includes up to date news, coming events, a full history of the village, community information, photographs and much more.  

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Our e-magazine for October 2016 is now available. In the latest issue you will find news from the village along with features and archive stories.  We visit the parish church's bell ringing room, discover which Hethersett Academy staff have won awards, cover the annual Hethersett Horticultural Society show, learn how to avoid scams and view the first film put on by the new village screen group. We also say farewell to a well loved village dance teacher on her retirement and learn more about nocturnal visitors. That and plenty of sports reports. At 73 pages this is our biggest edition yet. You can access the magazine by clicking here.  Archive e-magazines are available by clicking here.


Missed reading about an event in Hethersett? Then visit our archive section by clicking here to read stories from the past months and years.


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All the October stories will be covered in greater depth in the November edition of Hethersett Herald which will be online on November 1st.


Go-Ahead for McDonalds - Plans for a new McDonald’s drive through restaurant on land at Thick-thorn have been given the go-ahead by planners. Planning officers at South Norfolk Council recommended approval of the plans which were then passed by the council’s development management committee. The fast food giant submitted a planning application to South Norfolk Council in March, seeking to develop land near to the existing park and ride, Travelodge and Burger King near the interchange where the A11 meets the A47.The restaurant may be open 24 hours a day, creating more than 65 full -time and part-time jobs. The development will include 60 car parking spaces and 140 seats.


Hethersett Goes Batty - Once again Hethersett has gone batty for a wildlife survey. From June to August recording boxes, microphones and long poles were placed in strategic locations around the village as part of the Norfolk Bat Survey organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Eight types of bat were detected from the tiny Common Pipistrelles and their higher-pitched cousins the Soprano Pipistrelles to the much scarcer Nathusius, the Noctule and the Serotine. 


Probus Club Update - Hethersett, Wymondham and District Probus Club has a new venue. The group now meets in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club in Back Lane on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 10.30 am until noon. Membership is open to retired or semi-retired professional and business men from Hethersett, Wymondham and the surrounding district. The club is looking for new members and more details are available from Ron Richardson on 01603 810263.

Crime Count - A total of 11 crimes were recorded by Norfolk Police in Hethersett for the two month period from July 18th to September 18th. This included a play shed being broken into at Woodside Infant School, an assault without injury at a village recycling centre, criminal damage to cars on Churchfields and Cedar Road and a couple of incidents at Thickthorn Services. Only five crimes were subsequently recorded for the period from September 19th to October 16th. These included theft of car number plates from a vehicle in New Road, interference with a motor vehicle (the deliberate loosening of wheel nuts), a burglary in Norwich Road, theft of a bottle of water from commercial premises and criminal damage to fencing at a business on Norwich Road.

Information Event - The Dementia Friendly Hethersett group will be holding a special information evening on November 9th from 6.30 until 8.30 pm in Hethersett Village Hall. The evening is aimed at local people and businesses who  want to learn more about dementia and Hethersett’s journey towards becoming a dementia friendly village. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. The latest Dementia Café morning took place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall when those present enjoyed refreshments, games and entertainment. The next café will be on November 15th from 10 am to midday.

Friendly Support - Hethersett Library is setting up a Friends support group to further enhance its close links with the village community. An information evening will lead to the setting up of a group to increase the number of community functions held by the library. The New Year will also see longer opening hours through a new self help scheme which has already been piloted in other parts of Norfolk.The information evening discussed the setting up of a Friends group with a number of local residents expressing interest in helping in a number of ways which could include raising funds for more craft events for both children and adults, providing refreshments for library events, organising more story times, organising visits by authors and even organising community lunches. In addition, Hethersett Library will soon be accessible for more hours thanks to an open access scheme which has already proved successful at Acle Library and the Millennium Library in Norwich. From January, residents registered to use the building when staff are not present will be able to return and borrow books and use computers. Access will be by scanning a registered library card and typing in a PIN number at an access point. There will be set hours when the library will be available for open access.

Sad News About Marie - Well known former Hethersett resident Marie Stevenson has died. Marie was an integral part of Hethersett Society for many years before moving with husband Paul to Litcham a number of years ago. Earlier this year she was honoured for her work with the Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper. A tribute to Marie will appear in the next edition of our e-magazine Hethersett Herald.

Charity Market - This year’s annual Hethersett Charity Market will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, 2nd December. There will be stalls, refreshments, carols and seasonal music and games

Litter Picks - Dates for coming litter picks by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) are : 26th November, 14th January 2017 and 25th February 2017. The litter picks start at Hethersett Methodist Church car park at 10 a.m. Volunteers welcome and equipment is provided. Thirteen people took part in the latest litter pick.

Panto Time - Hethersett Pantomime Group’s 2017 presentation will be Sleeping Beauty which will run from Saturday, January 21st to Saturday, January 28th inclusive. Next year’s production will also feature a Sunday afternoon matinee show, which will replace the Monday evening show. There will be matinees on Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd and Saturday 28th at 2 pm with evening performances on the 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th, making nine performances in all. Tickets are £6 for all performances, including a programme and refreshments and they will be available from Tuesday, November 1st by phoning 01603 811337 or by e-mailing hethersettpantotickets@gmail.com. From Saturday, November 5th, tickets will be on sale every Saturday morning from 10.30 until 1 pm in Hethersett Library.

Poetry Illustrated - An evening of illustrated poetry was presented by Hethersett resident Paul Binney at St Remigius Church. The event raised £276. for church funds. An appreciative audience also purchased several of Paul’s books which will benefit Christian Aid. 

Queen's Register - Hethersett Queen’s Head has been designated a community asset and joins Hethersett King’s Head on the South Norfolk Council asset register.  The pub has been added to the register because it serves food and drink to the local and wider community, benefits the local community by providing space for individuals and groups to meet, has its own golf society as well as poker tournaments, and encourages social cohesion.

Relaxing Evening - Rowan House Health and Welfare Centre, Hethersett, will be holding an evening of relaxation and pampering on November 3rd from 7 to 10 p.m with proceeds going to a local charity supporting families and children affected by brain tumours. Tickets are £5 and need to be booked in advance on 01603 813999. The price of the ticket includes drinks and canapes.

Village Screen Success - Hethersett Village Screen has attracted more than 30 people each evening for its first two film shows. The family movie “Eddie the Eagle” was followed by the classic musical “West Side Story. Films coming up include Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep, on November 13th at 3 pm  and Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie in December.

Sports Awards Time - Hethersett is once again in line for a top Norfolk sports award. The village has made the shortlist for the Active Norfolk/EDP/Radio Norfolk Sports Village of the Year - a title it won in 2011 and 2013. The winner will be announced at a special presentation evening at Norwich Open on November 15th. The final three for the award are Hethersett, Downham Market and Fakenham. Hethersett will also be recognised as being one of the 10 Norfolk Champion of Champions in the decade that the awards have been held.

Song Time - The Sing Your Heart Out (SYHO) group is holding an outreach workshop in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday, November 1st from 11 am to 1 pm. The group specialised in using singing to give people a lift and improve mental well being. SYHO is a charitable organisation dedicated to introducing adults to singing in a group. There will be no charge but donations will be welcome.

Historic Tree - An historic Hethersett tree is featured by the Woodland Trust in its UK-wide 'Very Important Trees Campaign', which calls for formal recognition for nationally valuable trees which have played a role in the country’s history or culture. Kett’s Oak on the main B1172 road is a significant tree in the history of the UK due to its association with Robert Kett and Kett’s Rebellion,

Ian's Honours - Ian Bryce was crowned Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club’s player of the year at the club’s presentation evening held at the George Hotel, Norwich. Young spinner Sam Morton was named club bowler of the year. He took 61 wickets at an average of 19.18. The Best Performance of the season award went to Ollie Kilbourn for his innings of 134 for the fourth team against top of the table Southwold. The most improved player award went to Andy Baker and the club person of the year award was shared between social committee chair Harriet Matthews and first team skipper Damian Fahy for their outstanding contribution to the club over the 2016 season. The young player of the year award went to David Mathews. Other awards presented by club president Richard G. Ellis included the following: Duck Cup for most ducks - Lucy Morton and John Ranson. Catching Cup (excluding wicketkeepers) - Damian Fahy. Catching Cup (including wicketkeepers) - Damian Fahy and Steven Hayes. Second Team Batsman of the Year -  Richard D. Ellis. Second Team Bowler of the Year - Matt Steward. Third Team Batsman of the Year - Cameron Clarke. Third Team Bowler of the Year - Cameron Clarke. Fourth Team Batsman of the Year - Ollie Kilbourn. Fourth Team Bowler of the Year - Mark Worley

Pavilion Update - Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association (HAMSA) is throwing its weight behind plans to build a community pavilion on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. Planning permission has already been granted for renovation, extension and modernisation, but to date application for grants has not proved fruitful. The latest meeting of HAMSA featured a lengthy discussion on the future or the pavilion. Members agreed that any building should be for multi-purpose community use and not just for sports groups/clubs. The pavilion should become a focal point for the village. It was agreed that work is needed to illustrate the positive impact that a pavilion would have on the community. It was underlined that the current pavilion isn’t fit for purpose and is an “embarrassment to the village.” Suggestions for use of a new building included a daily café and use as a community facility for meetings. HAMSA has awarded a grant of £100 to Hethersett Athletic Football Club to finance the start up for a new under-6s team. The next meeting of HAMSA will be the annual meeting and has been set for Monday 23rd January, 2017, at 7.30 p.m at Park Farm Hotel

Sporting Shortlist - Hethersett is once again in line for a top Norfolk sports award. The village has made the shortlist for the Active Norfolk/EDP/Radio Norfolk Sports Village of the Year - a title it won in 2011 and 2013. The winner will be announced at a special presentation evening at Norwich Open on November 15th. The final three for the award are Hethersett, Downham Market and Fakenham. Hethersett will also be recognised as being one of the 10 Norfolk Champion of Champions in the decade that the awards have been held.

A Beating Heart - The Heart of Hethersett is beating after its first two meetings. The bereavement support group was launched at Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex in Firs Road. A number of local residents talked about their losses in an informal atmosphere and  follow-up get togethers are being held on October 25th, November 8th, November 22nd, December 6th and December 20th from 5.30 until 6.30 p.m. “I have been very pleased at the response and the way everyone has supported each other. Originally the idea was for the group to meet monthly but the general view from those present was meetings should be more often. I am sure over the next weeks and months people will be able to take comfort by meeting together with other people who have suffered loss. Everyone is welcome,” said Heart of Hethersett founder Sandi Grey. 

Council News - There is currently a vacancy on Hethersett Parish Council following the resignation of Trevor Radley through pressure of work. This means that the council is down to12 members from its maximum of 13. The position will be advertised on council noticeboards around the village. The parish council will be replacing inadequate fencing around the village green area in Great Melton Road. The council will foot the bill for providing knee high fencing and the replacement of old broken posts. The parish council’s meeting dates for the remainder of 2016 are: October 17th, November 21st and December 19th. All meetings take place in Hethersett Village Hall and start at 7.30 pm. There are opportunities for the public to speak and ask questions at the start and towards the end of each meeting. Parish clerk Ian Weetman is available in the council office upstairs in the village hall on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am until midday. Parish pop in sessions are held in Hethersett Library from 2 pm until 4 pm on the second Monday of each month.

Busy Summer - After a busy summer of reading, about 50 Hethersett children visited the village library to collect their medals and certificates for completing the Big Friendly Read. The children had to read six books over the holidays to complete the challenge, or in the case of under fives, share six stories at home with their families. There were some super-achievers who read more than 20 books. A total of 157 children completed the challenge. Hethersett Library is looking for a volunteer to help expand its bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers. The library currently holds monthly sessions run by Wymondham Children's Centre but feels that this is not enough to cater for demand. So it is looking to start a weekly session and need a volunteer to run it. “We currently only have a session once a month and feel this is not enough and a regular weekly spot would be much better," said Rebecca Warner from the library. The library is also looking for a group of “friends” to help enhance what it offers to the local community. Coming Events in Hethersett Library for the remainder of October and the whole of November are as follows:


Wednesday 26th


Family History half term activity for children - Booking essential



Adult Colouring Group

Thursday 27th


Children's Craft Activity provided by Leeway

Monday 31st


New Baby Book Group Meets - details from staff



Craft Group


Tuesday 1st 10.30 Shared Reading Session with MIND
Wednesday 2nd 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - Colouring In Session
Thursday 3rd 14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Monday 7th 10.30 Baby Book Group
  14.00 Library Book Group
Wednesday 9th 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - Colouring In Session
Thursday 10th 15.30 Children's University Activity Session
Friday 11th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme for babies and Toddlers
Monday 14th 10.30 Baby Book Group
  14.00 Parish Pop In
  14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 16th 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - Colouring In Session
Monday 21st 10.30 Baby Book Group
  14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 23rd 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - Colouring In Session
Monday 28th 14.00 Craft Group
Tuesday 29th 10.30 Shared Reading Session with MIND
Wednesday 30th 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - Colouring In Session

The library is once again acting as a collection point  for equipment supplied by the Norfolk Bat Survey.  Details of how to take part, reserve your square and book the equipment is available on their website which can be accessed by clicking here. The library has a two for one DVD offer on Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm and DVDs/Blu-Rays/Box Sets and Music CDs are all free to reserve. The online sound and vision catalogue is available by clicking here. If you need general computer support an appointment can be booked with Bob the library's computer buddy who is available on Mondays from 10 am until noon. The Library has a Facebook page which is accessible by clicking here.    

Shane's Big RunParish Councillor Shane Hull completed the Great North Run and raised over £700 for Alzheimer’s Research. “I completed the world`s largest participation half marathon, finishing 31,342nd out of an entry of 57,000. It took me 42 minutes to even reach the start line due to the sheer number of competitors. Unlike my training in Norfolk, the course was very undulating and the weather a hot and humid 20 degrees. My time was a fairly pedestrian 2 hr 39 min, but crossing the finish line in one piece was the objective. The organisation of the event was fantastic with road sweepers retrieving the one million plus bottles discarded by competitors. I have great respect for those competitors carrying wheelie bins and fridges on their backs. I have now completed the London Marathon and Great North Run 30 years apart! I don't remember aching this much 30 years ago,” Shane said. Shane was running in memory of his late father Ronald who suffered from Alzheimer’s 

Big Screen - Over 30 people attended the first film showing in Hethersett Village Hall by the newly formed village screen group. Hethersett Village Screen has been set up by a number of film enthusiasts with a showing each month from now until May. The season kicked off with the feelgood British film “Eddie The Eagle” and continues on October 16th with the classic “West Side Story” at 7 p.m. Other films lined-up for the remainder of the year are Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins” on November 13th and “Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie” on December 4th. The events also include archive Norfolk films. The group is supported by Creative Arts East and was set-up through a grant from South Norfolk Council. Hethersett Parish Council has also donated £150 to help with start-up costs. 

Writers' Group - A number of new members were welcomed at the latest meeting of Hethersett Writers’ Club. Members read extracts from their work and discussed writing. The group has expanded over the past few months and the next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 25th. More information is available from founder member Pat Lightfoot via email at lightfootpatricia@gmail.com

Hub Cafe Date - The next Hethersett Hub Cafe organised by the Hethersett Dementia Support Group will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday, 18th October from 10 am until midday. The cafe meets on the third Tuesday of each month and the October date will include entertainment.

Story of a Massacre - A remarkable war story will be re-told in Hethersett Parish Church on Friday, 28th October at 7 pm. The evening will feature the story of two soldiers from the Second Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment, one of whom came from Dereham, who survived the atrocity at Le Paradis. A powerpoint presentation will cover the events leading up to that fateful day, describing the events and how the perpetrators were tracked down. The event is free with donations going to church funds. Light refreshments will be served. The presentation will be given by Dennis O'Callaghan (the son of one of the survivors), Nick Smith and John Head from the parish church. Every two years the trio go to Le Paradis to attend their Remembrance Day. The event attracts considerable Media interest on both sides of the channel. The Le Paradis massacre was a war crime committed by members of the 14th Company, SS Division Totenkopf, under the command of Fritz Knöchlein. It took place on 27th May, 1940, during the Battle of France, at a time when the British Expeditionary Force was attempting to retreat through the Pas-de-Calais region during the Battle of Dunkirk. Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Norfolk Regiment, had become isolated from their regiment. They occupied and defended a farmhouse against an attack by Waffen-SS forces in the village of Le Paradis. After running out of ammunition, the defenders surrendered to the German troops. The Germans led them across the road to a wall, and machine-gunned them. Ninety-seven British troops died. Two survived, with injuries, and hid until they were captured by German forces several days later. After the war, Fritz Knöchlein was located, tried and convicted by a war crimes court, with the two survivors acting as witnesses against him. For his part in the massacre, Knöchlein was executed in 1949.




Horticultural Entries Up - Entries for his year's annual show of Hethersett and District Horticultural Society were up with over 300 on display in Hethersett Village Hall on Saturday 10th September. Details of the trophy winners with photographs will appear in the October edition of our e-magazine Hethersett Herald.


Bells on Display - Hethersett Bell Ringers opened up their world to the public as part of Norfolk's Heritage weekend. Members of the public were able to have a go at ringing from the chamber halfway up the tower of St Remigius Parish Church. We will have a report with photos on this in the next edition of Hethersett Herald which is due out at the beginning of October.


Rhyme Time Extension - Hethersett Library is looking for a volunteer to help expand its  bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers. The library currently holds a monthly sessions run by Wymondham Children's Centre but feel that this is not enough to cater for demand. So they are looking to start a weekly session and need a volunteer to run it: "We currently only have a session once a month and feel this is not enough – a regular weekly spot would be much better," said Rebecca Warner from the library. Anyone interested or needing more information can pop into the library and speak to library manager Tina.


Children's Charities Benefit - An evening of clairvoyance at Park Farm Hotel on September 16th raised £1,023 which will be shared between SANDS - the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Chairy and EACH - The East Anglian Children's Hospice. The event featured clairvoyants Carole Wilson and Michelle Cremin.


Cricket Match in Memory of Les - A charity cricket match on September 18th raised £600 for the Wymondham-based cancer charity Star Throwers. It was held in memory of Les King, who was patron of the charity. Hethersett and Tas Valley took on a Tony Selby Norfolk XI for the Les King Memorial Trophy. Victory went to the Norfolk side who scored 198-8 in their 35 overs and then bowled Hethersett out for 141.


Shane Steps Out for Charity - Hethersett Parish Councillor and treasurer of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association, Shane Hull, pounded the streets of Newcastle to take part in the Great North Run on September 11th. Shane raised over £700 for the Alzheimer's Society. More about this will appear in the October edition of our e-magazine Hethersett Herald.


Methodist Craft Fair - Hethersett Methodist Church held a craft fair on 17th September. The event featured a variety of crafts, a tombola and refreshments and proceeds will be shared between church funds and the church's mission project. 


Music and Plays - Hethersett composer Ken Crandell's original incidental music was used to enhance six short playes produced  by the Wymondham based Four-By-Four group. Ken's compositions were played live by Val Cartmell in the Fairland Church Centre, Wymondham.


Youth Club's New Year - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club has re-opened its doors after the summer break. The club sprang back into action on September 14th with new youth worker Rose Coppard joining the team. A full programme of events has been arranged for the autumn half term with year five to six children (ages 9 to 11) meeting on Wednesdays from 5.45 to 7.30 pm and years seven to nine (ages 11 to 14) from 7.30 to 9.15 pm. The club is looking to obtain funding to re-launch its group for those 14 and over from the new year. It is likely this group will meet on Thursday evenings: “We want to hear from youngsters about what they want from a 14 plus group. We are very much in the planning stages and have a blank canvas and would welcome ideas,” said club trustee Gillian Saunders. The club is also looking for at least two more volunteers to help out on Wednesdays once a month and also a new treasurer. Anyone interested in helping should contact Norman Saunders on 01953 607566. The club needs to replace guttering and will be holding a quiz and chips evening to raise money for this on October 8th. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children with teams of up to six people. Tables can be booked through Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.


Places Available for War Trip - A few places are still available for a special commemorative trip to the battlegrounds of the Somme. The trip particularly features on the massacre at Le Paradis which was a war crime committed by members of the 14th Company, SS Division Totenkopf, under the command of Fritz Knöchlein. It took place on 27th May, 1940, during the Battle of France, at a time when the British Expeditionary Force was attempting to retreat through the Pas-de-Calais region during the Battle of Dunkirk. Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Norfolk Regiment, had become isolated from their regiment. They occupied and defended a farmhouse against an attack by Waffen-SS forces in the village of Le Paradis. After running out of ammunition, the defenders surrendered to the German troops. The Germans led them across the road to a wall, and machine-gunned them. Ninety-seven British troops died. Two survived, with injuries, and hid until they were captured by German forces several days later. After the war, Fritz Knöchlein was located, tried and convicted by a war crimes court, with the two survivors acting as witnesses against him. For his part in the massacre, Knöchlein was executed in 1949. The trip is led by Dennis O'Callaghan (the son of one of the survivors), Nick Smith and John Head from Hethersett Parish Church. More details on the trip which will take place next May are available from John Head on 077697 02692.


Poetry Evening - An Evening of Illustrated Poetry and Pictures will be presented by Paul Binney at St Remigius Church on Friday, 30th September at 7pm. Paul will explore a variety of themes, both serious and humorous, from his widely appreciated book of poems 'Learning the Language', of which the poet Edward Storey wrote: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your collection, which is full of things to admire. The brevity of language allows space for what is not said; the art of suggestion.” There will be light refreshments and donations on the evening will be in aid of  St Remigius Church Funds.                     





Hethersett Triumph - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club won the inaugural Mid Norfolk Sunday League Challenge Cup Final with a 63 run win over Swaffham in the final at Sprowston on August Bank Holiday Monday. Hethersett were bowled out for 152 with Nick Burrett hitting 54 and John Curtis 44. They bowled Swaffham out for 89 with Leigh King and Sam Morton taking three wickets each. The picture above shows Hethersett skipper Damian Fahy receiving the trophy.





Footballers Raise Money for Big C - Footballers have raised a considerable amount of money for the Big C Cancer Charity from a six team competition on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field on Sunday August 28th. The competition was organised by Tom Vospar and featured teams fro Hethersett and further afield. The six sides were placed into two groups with the winners and runners-up going forward to knockout semi-finals. Eventual winners were Hethersett Athletic Saturday (pictured above) who beat Micawber Tavern 2-0 in the final. It is likely that the event raised up to £2,000.





Youth Shelter in Jeopardy - A village youth shelter in Ullswater Drive may be removed following a spate of vandalism. Acts of anti-social behaviour have put the shelter's future in jeopardy. Hethersett Parish Council has expressed a wish to keep the amenity but won't fight plans by South Norfolk Council to close it. Norfolk has received a number of complaints from local residents about rubbish and broken glass being left around the shelter. Fencing is being placed around the shelter to prevent it being used until a decision is made on its future.


Fete For Finnbar Raises Over £2,600


Two images from the Fete for Finnbar at Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex

Woodcote sheltered housing complex organised a fete to raise funds in memory of Finnbar Cork and raised an astonishing total of over £2,600. The event on Saturday, August 20th, ran from midday to 4 pm and featured numerous games for children, along with refreshments, a tombola, raffle, lucky dip, face painting and entertainment. Homemade cakes proved a popular choice inside and youngsters were also able to climb aboard a fire engine brought by Norfolk Fire Service. Scheme manager Stephen Baxter said everyone was delighted with the result which saw £2,638.62p raised for children’s brain cancer research in memory of five-year-old Finnbar from Hethersett who tragically died from a brain tumour. “Hundreds of people got to hear about Finnbar and took him to their hearts. It made for a very successful event. We are very appreciative of everyone who supported and made the event such a success,” Mr Baxter said. The money has already been passed to Finnbar’s family for presentation to the charity.

Fourth Place for Cricketers - Hethersett and Tas Valley rounded off their season with a good win at home to Beccles that saw them finish fourth in Norfolk Alliance Division Two. Their chances of promotion were wrecked by four successive defeats at the end of July and through August. Ian Bryce hit 136 as Hethersett reached 261-6. Along with skipper Damian Fahy he put on 151 for the first wicket. Valley then bowled Beccles out for 199 to win by 62 runs. Valley Seconds also finished on a high note with a four wicket win over Garbolidsham to hoist themselves up to sixth place in Division Four after a season battling against relegation.

Protected Status for Queen's Head? - Hethersett Queen's Head could soon be joining the nearby King's Head on the South Norfolk Community Asset Register. The nomination has been made by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and recognises the pub as an important part of the social and community life of Hethersett. Community groups can make a bid for buildings on the asset register if the owners decide to sell. More information on this will be available in our September edition of Hethersett Herald.

Football Tournament - An all day football tournament on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field looks likely to raise up to £2,000 for the Big C Cancer Charity. The evnt on Sunday, August 28th featured six teams including Hethersett Athletic Saturday and Hethersett Athletic Sunday split into two groups of three on a round robin system of matches consisting of two halves of 20 minutes. The winners and runners-up in each group progressed to the semi-finals with Hethersett Athletic Saturday running out winners with a 2-0 final victory over Micawber Tavern after beating Middleton Green 7-6 on penalties in the semi-final after a 1-1 draw. The tournament was arranged by former Hethersett Athletic player Tom Vosper whose father received cancer treatment at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Schools' Stunning Results - Hethersett Academy and Hethersett Old Hall School are basking in the glory of A' level results in the top 10 of Norfolk schools and well above the national average. The Academy recorded 86% of its A' level students gaining grades A* to C in English and Maths and Old Hall recorded 85%. This placed the Academy sixth and Old Hall seventh in the county with only Norwich School, Norwich High School for Girls, Greshams, Thetford Grammar and Wymondham College recording better results. A full round-up with comments from the schools will appear in the September issue of our e-magazine Hethersett Herald.


Crafty Event in Church - Hethersett Parish Church  hosted a craft fair on August 13th from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. The event included pottery, embroidery, jewellery, flower arrangements and much more and funds raised will go to the Roof Repair Fund. 



Hypnobirthing Feature - More and more mothers-to-be are looking for relaxation techniques to help them through labour and make giving birth a less painful and more enjoyable experience. Hypnobirthing is just one of the therapies being used and something supported by Rowan House Health and Well Being centre. You can read a feature on hypnobirthing in our latest copy of Hethersett Herald which is available by clicking here.


Musical Director Needed - Hethersett Pantomime Group is looking for a musical director for its 2017 production of Sleeping Beauty. The voluntary position has become vacant following the death of Dr Tony Press who filled the position for over two decades. The pantomime group was established in 1970 and over the years has not only entertained thousands of people with its annual January show but has also raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities, organisations and groups. “Our well-established group includes a cast of about 40 with ages from five to 80 and at least an additional 40 people backstage, front of house and volunteers.  We are a friendly and dedicated group with the aim of putting on the best pantomime possible,” said director and leading light Sarah Wright. Rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty will start on Tuesday evening from the end of September through to the end of November. December will bring two rehearsals a week, increasing to three a week in January in the lead up to the show which will run for nine performances in Hethersett Village Hall from Saturday 21st to Saturday 28th January. “The musical director will be part of a close production team working closely with the director, choreographer and producer.   Whether experienced or someone wanting to be a first time MD then we would love to hear from them,” Sarah said. Anyone interested in the position can e-mail Sarah by clicking here or producer Lloyd Parfitt by clicking here . More details about the group are available on the group’s web site which can be accessed by clicking here. 





First Steps on the Slide - When youngsters from First Steps Playgroup in Hethersett grew out of their indoor slide, South Norfolk Councillor and Hethersett resident David Bills stepped in with a grant from the council’s members’ ward fund much to the gratitude of the playgroup’s organiser Holly Lambert-Flude. "I'm in my second year of running First Steps and I have seen the children grow. Some of the children have grown out of the small slide we have at the group; leaving them without a slide to play on. Having the new slide means these children are able to continue to have fun safely and they have benefited greatly. We can't thank David enough," she said. First Steps for babies, toddlers and parents and carers meets in Hethersett Village Hall in Back Lane, on Mondays from 9.45 until 11.15 am during school term time. Different activities are organised each week from painting to singing and free play. It is a chance for babies and toddlers to play and explore with lots of different activities and toys and also for parents and carers to meet up over a tea or coffee whilst their children enjoy a safe playing environment.







County Champions Again



Hethersett was crowned Active Norfolk Village Sports County Champions for the second time in three years on July 10th and this time the village will keep the title for good. The Village Games have ended after a seven year run that saw Hethersett win the county title for large villages and market towns in 2014 and 2016 and come runners-up on three occasions. We also won a number of area titles on the way. Funding has stopped for the games which have been held for a number of years at the UEA Sportspark. For the 2016 competition, we fought off the challenge of Downham Market, Fakenham and Long Stratton to take the title which once again underlines the sporting heritage in the village. A full report of the event with more photographs will appear in the August edition of our e-magazine Hethersett Herald which will be online on August 1st.


New Sponsorship for Hawks



Hethersett Hawks have a new sponsor. Myhill Decorators have stepped in with a new set of shirts for the club, along with sponsorship for the remainder of the club's golden jubilee year. Nick Myhill from the company was on hand to present the new kit at clubnight on July 5th and said he was delighted to be able to support a club he previously rode for and also to put something back into the sport that he had enjoyed from the age of 10 and also to help support the local community of Hethersett. Nick began his cycle speedway career with Hawks in 1998 and went on to become British champion in 2004. Meanwhile Hethersett completed a double over Norwich with the first team winning 86-72 and the B team winning 86-73. Hawks' Dan Chambers came third in the East Anglian Championships in Ipswich with Owen Wells finsihing seventh in the Under-16s and fifth in the Under-19s. Glyn Morgan was placed seventh in the veterans' event. Full scores and reports are available on the Hawks web site which can be accessed by clicking here.



Allotments Available - Calling all those with green fingers A number of allotments of all sizes have become available at Mill Road in Little Melton. The site contains over 50 allotments as Chair of Trustees to Little Melton Parochial Charity Christopher Doggett explained: "We have a good representation from Hethersett, the Melton’s and even enthusiasts travelling from Wymondham. After quite a few years of demand exceeding supply we have this year found that we have a number of allotments becoming available." Anyone interested can contact Christopher on 01603 812146 or email by clicking here.


Lodgings Required - We have been contacted by Norwich City Academy who are looking for Wednesday night lodgings for their young players who are aged between 12 and 15. Lodgings are needed in the Hethersett and Little Melton area. The boys will arrive at lodgings between 8.30 and 9.30 pm and depart the next morning between 8 and 8.45 am. They will require a bed, evening meal and breakfast. The club pays £16 per boy. Anyone interested in further details should contact Jimmy Unwin on 01603 813059 or mobile 07795 673203


Clubberthon Event For Rehab Unit - Hethersett resident Emily Draper held a clubberthon event in Hethersett Village Hall on July 3rd  to raise money for the neuro rehab unit at the Colman Hospital in Norwich. Emily’s husband Paul spent four months in the unit after suffering a stroke in October, 2013. “My husband was just 37 when he suffered a brain haemorrhage/stroke. It came out of nowhere and our lives were changed in an instant. Paul is now in a wheelchair and has been left with weakness down his left hand side. When this happened, Paul couldn’t hold his head up or sit up in a wheelchair properly. He would slide down and on occasions fell out of the chair,” Emily said. Paul spent four months in Caroline House neuro rehabilitation specialist centre: “In his time there he learned to be the most independent in his wheelchair as he possibly could and also how to mentally come to terms with what had happened. They not only supported my husband, but also myself and our children in this extremely difficult time. “The Colman Hospital continued to support Paul as an outpatient for the last two years and as a result he has managed to achieve many things,” Emily added. Paul’s main goal was to walk Emily down the aisle on their wedding day. He just missed out on that but his determination to walk again continued and he can now manage small distances: “At one point we thought he would never be able to walk again. The Colman Hospital’s support has been invaluable for my husband’s recovery and we would love to be able to give something back,” Emily said. The clubberthon featured exercise to dub music in the dark with glow sticks.



Super Slimmer to Launch Class - Super slimmer Amy Dugan is launching a new Slimmers World class in Hethersett. Amy, who is 27, already organises Slimming World classes in New Buckenham and East Harling and will be starting in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club from Saturday, July 2nd at 8.30 am. Amy joined Slimming World in July 2014 following years of comfort eating after losing her two brothers in a house fire when she was 10. “I used food as a comfort, it was the only thing I found that didn't reject me and I could have control over. I would always feel so guilty and stupid for doing it and it wasn't until I joined my local Slimming World group where I realised that people didn't judge me for the size I was or how I looked that I finally realised I had to forgive myself for the mistakes I had made in the past and learn to love myself again”. Amy went on a sliming regime that saw her lose over 10 stone:  “My success really has been down to two things; the fun, flexible and generous eating plan where I can still enjoy all my favourites like Macaroni Cheese, roast dinners and chips just by changing the way I shop, cook and eat! But most of all my achievements have been due to the group support. Going through my journey with people who really understand and support you through the ups and down has been key for me in my success, developing my confidence and happiness and shown me how to love myself and life again”. Amy realised she wasn't happy with her day job anymore and opened up her own group as a Slimming World Consultant in New Buckenham in December and the group has been going from strength to strength “I could not be prouder of my members. Since taking on Buckenham and East Harling my members have lost a staggering 3,529 pounds! That's nearly 253 stone! The groups are still growing, welcoming more and more members through the door and having bundles of fun and laughs along the way. I am so honoured to be their consultant and watch them shrink in size but gain in confidence, happiness and so many other things. I never expected when I joined Slimming World that I would be making a career out of it, but as they say when you do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life!. When the opportunity in Hethersett came up so that I could support more people in achieving their dreams the way I’ve been given that chance, I jumped at it. I really feel the area has been crying out for a Saturday group to support members who would struggle to attend a group in the week due to work or childcare commitments, Amy said. We will have more on Amy's amazing story in the next edition of our Hethersett Herald e-magazine which is due out on July 1st.



We receive lots of requests for information on family names. There is a special genealogy section on this site where you can read some of this research and also help people to find their ancestors. To access this click here. New postings include research into the names of Reynolds and Flowerdew. We have also started a new section called Can You Help where we are looking for help with queries sent to us. The section kicks off with a gentleman wanting details of Hethersett Races and another asking for information on a song that includes the immortal line "There was an old woman from Hethersett." To read about these queries click here. Genealogy Help - Julie Harold who is the FreeREG Norfolk Genealogy co-ordinator has been in touch to say the site now contains Hethersett Registers from 1615 to 1900 and she has provided a number of links that could prove vital for anybody researching the village for ancestors. Just follow the links here - List of Parishes, Search the database, FreeREG Home Page

Coming Events

Want to know what's going on in the village. Then go to our What's On section which you can access by clicking here. If you have an event you would like to be featured just send details of place, time and any other relevant information via e-mail by clicking here.

Reminisce Here

We are always looking for memories of the village and its people. So if you would like to be featured in a new section being built, please contact the editor by phone on 01603 811052 or by leaving an e-mail by clicking here. We are hoping to introduce a number of sections for memories and would be particularly interested in hearing from anybody with memories of the Methodist Church or its people for a project being organised by our sister site which can be viewed by clicking here. A new section of this site for reminiscences has been set-up and this can be viewed by clicking here.


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What's On the Site?

Below are a list of some of the main areas of the site and what you can expect to find there. You can access them by clicking on the headings

Site Index

A good starting point for those new to the site. This gives an overview of what is available and where.

Site Search

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Village History

There is a comprehensive history site which has been put together with the assistance of the village archivist. It includes a then and now area dedicated to the changes in the village over the years.

Community Information

Want to know when the library is open or how to book a hall? You will find the information here.

Local Walks

There are a number of local walks featured on the Walk4Life web site as well as thousands of walk ideas for all over the country. The site includes printable maps and allows you to keep a track of walks completed. It is also possible to add walks to the site which can be accessed by clicking here.


If you have a question about Hethersett, are looking for old friends or have a comment about the site this is the place to leave a message.

What's On

If you have an event to advertise, then just send the details to the site and we will do the rest.


If you have any memories of the village or the people who have lived here over the years, why not share them by having them placed on this site.

Newspaper Correspondent

I am village correspondent for the weekly Wymondham  Mercury Newspaper and the daily Norwich Evening News. If you have any items of news or anything you would like to promote in the press please e-mail it to me by clicking here. Stories appearing in the newspapers will also appear on this site. I also try to get to as many village events as possible. 

Peter Steward


Hethersett on the Web is an independent non-profit making site that is not financed by any group or individuals.

Information on the site is placed entirely free of charge. It is intended to be a community amenity without social, political or economic bias. The editor is happy to feature all village groups and organisations without prejudice. Information for this site can be e-mailed by clicking here.

Other Site Links

If you would like your site linked here contact me by clicking here. We are happy to link to other village sites once their content has been verified.

My Norwich Jobs - For on-line job opportunities in Norwich and South Norfolk.

Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall - A comprehensive site for the twin villages of Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall.

Norfolkcoast.co.uk is a site full of information on the Norfolk coast and countryside. It's all put together in a fun way and well worth a visit.

Charity Support

Hethersett on the Web supports a number of worthy local causes to read about them click on the links below.


East Anglian Children's Hospice (EACH)

The Samaritans

East Anglian Air Ambulance


Lost and Found

If you have lost or found an item you can now advertise it free of charge on this site by e-mailing details by clicking here. To see what has been lost and found click here. This is another free service and we are happy to include lost pets.


Free Wanted and Offered

We have set up a new section for wanted and offered goods and services. Here you can offer or request goods and items and also offer services. Only one rule - everything on this section has to be free. To send offers or requests for goods click here. To visit the section to see what is on offer click here.


Personal Ads

We have extended the advertising area of our site to include personal as well as business ads. If you require a service or are looking to sell or buy property in the village why not advertise on our site. It is free and the personal ads section can be accessed by clicking here. We reserve the right to refuse to print any adverts not suitable for the site.


Small Ads on-line

Want to advertise a small business on-line. Then have a look at our  small ads section by clicking here.


Job Search - We are pleased to announce a link with leading local job web site My Norwich Jobs. Visit the site to read about local career opportunities in Norwich and also our surrounding area including Attleborough and Wymondham. You can also upload your CV to the site. Visit it by clicking here.