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Archive News - April 2010

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Public Meeting - Over 200 people attended a public meeting in Hethersett Village Hall to oppose plans for over 1,000 new houses in the village. To read a report of the evening click here.

Footballers Take Cup - - Hethersett Athletic Football Club have added another trophy to their cabinet. They came from a goal down at half-time to beat Castle Acre Swifts 2-1 in the Crown Fire Central and South Norfolk Pease League Cup Final. Goals from Danny Gray and Matt Steward gave the team the trophy at Aldiss Park, Dereham, after the disappointment of being beaten in two cup finals the previous season. It was a special night for Hethersett player Gary Davis who proposed to his girlfriend at the end of the match. To read a report of the game with photographs visit the club's official web site by clicking here.

Exciting End to the Season - Hethersett Athletic Football Club has another exciting end to the season coming up with the possibility of four trophies. The Ladies team reached their third consecutive Eastern Region League Cup final with a 1-0 semi-final victory over Braintree and will play Billericay in the final in May. The men's Saturday team will play Castle Acre Swifts in the final of the Crown Fire League Cup at Dereham FC on April 21st (the original match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch). The club's Under-17s Girls team have won their league and the Ladies Hearts team need just one point from their final two games to win Division Two of the Norfolk Women's League.


Cricketers Prepare - A special workforce has been sprucing up Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club's ground at Flordon in preparation for the new season. You can read about this by clicking here.

Panto Success - This year's Hethersett Pantomime was a success both on and off the stage with over £6,000 being given to local groups and charities. You can read about this by clicking here.


Easter Service - Over 60 people processed behind the cross from Hethersett Methodist Church to Hethersett Parish Church for a special Good Friday service. The service in St Remigius’ Church was led by the Rector of Hethersett, the Rev Di Lammas, assisted by the Rev Christopher Mallett. Those attending were urged to use their senses to heighten their understanding of the Easter story. This included the passing round of olive branches, silver coins to represent pieces of silver, a white flag, a Bible, wine vinegar , thorns, bread and rock. In addition they listened to water of life being poured into the baptismal font and nails being hammered into wood. After the service the congregation enjoyed drinks and traditional Hot Cross Buns.


Hearts for Haiti - Members of the 1st Hethersett Brownies celebrated World Thinking Day by having a special “Heart for Haiti” event.Girls made cakes and cookies at home and these were decorated and sold outside Hethersett Library. The event helped to raise over £100 which has been divided between the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Save the Children.

Village Ball - Hethersett is holding another village ball this year. The event will take place in a marquee in the grounds of Hethersett Old Hall School on July 9th and the event will include a live band and buffet. Tickets can be booked at Hethersett Post Office.

Walking for Charity - Caring youngsters from Hethersett Junior School held a symbolic walk around the school to raise money for the Haiti disaster fund.The “Hike for Haiti” was followed by a cake sale and a total of £488.28 was raised.  “We are very lucky to have children in our school who show great concern for others who are worse off than themselves. It is a credit to the children and the school that they display such levels of humanity and initiative,” said Head Teacher Andy Whittle. This year’s school fair will take place on May 8th from 10 a.m until 1 p.m. The slightly earlier start and finish time is to allow people to attend the event and still make Norwich City’s last football fixture of the season against Carlisle.

Garage Sale - The seventh annual Hethersett Garage Sale organised by the Friends of Hethersett High School will take place on June 27th from 9 a.m until 1 p.m. There will also be a table top and car boot sale in Hethersett Village Hall from where special location maps will be available. It costs £5 to register an address and the same price for the car boot and table top sales.

Smear Campaign Against Parish Clerk - Hethersett Parish Council has hit back following a "scurrilous" attack on its clerk over his salary. Posters placed around the village have claimed that Ian Weetman is paid over £25,000 a year for six hours' work a week. The claims have been dismissed by parish council chairman Fred Watkins as "absolute nonsense." To read the full story click here. To read the story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper click here.


Losing a Laura Laura Weight - Former Hethersett woman Laura Broome has lost almost half her weight. To read the remarkable story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here


Irish Eyes Were Smiling - Staff at a Hethersett residential care home celebrated St Patrick's Day in style. To read the story from the Norwich Evening News click here.


Village Meeting to Oppose Development - A public meeting has been organised for this Thursday (April 22nd) aimed at fighting proposals for additional development in the village. Flyers have been distributed throughout the village urging people to say no to more housing. The meeting will be held in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m.


Penguins Needed - A Norwich based swimming club is looking for penguins in Hethersett. The City of Norwich Swimming Club has vacancies in its Penguins section aimed at youngsters wanting to learn to swim. The club utilises a number of swimming pools in the Norwich area and holds beginners’ classes in Hethersett on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m and Saturday mornings from 9.30 a.m at the Junior School pool in Queen’s Road. Any youngster interested in learning to swim can contact the club’s learn to swim hotline on 01603 463282. 


Sam the Producer - Former Hethersett High School pupil Samantha Jessop turned music producer at the weekend for a Step into Spring event in Wymondham Abbey. To read a review of the evening click here.


Sea of Blue - A breathtaking sea of blue is promised for those taking part in a charity walk at Ketteringham Hall on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May. The walk is in aid of the Care for Life at Home Fund in association with the Priscilla Bacon Lodge Support Group. The Bluebell path will take walkers through the Inner Park Wood. “There will be a breathtaking sea of blue created by a carpet of bluebells throughout the lovely 40 acre wood of Oak, Ash and Beech,” said one of the organisers Clive Chapman, who is also managing director of Classic Team Lotus Ltd. Clive is hoping the event will attract a few hundred people over the two days with visitors being invited to make donations to the charity fund. Refreshments will also be available: “The bluebells are bound to be spectacular and should prove very popular as they did the last time in 2008,” he added. The walk will take place between 10.30 a.m and 4.30 p.m on both days and more information is available on 01953 601621.

Artists on Show - Two Hethersett artists are represented in the current exhibition at Wymondham Arts Centre. Works by Jean Larner and Jocelyn Jacobson feature in the Spring Show at Becket’s Chapel which sees 40 regional artists producing a range of subject matter, media and styles. Jean Larner’s paintings provide a thought providing and unique look at art in a manner that is religious but almost apocalyptic. Jocelyn, on the other hand, provides some delicate work with overtones of her upbringing in her native Zimbabwe. The exhibition continues until Sunday (April 25th) and is open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m  each day and from noon to 5 p.m on Sunday. In addition each artist has provided a mini work of art as prizes in a raffle. Jocelyn Jacobson will once again be taking part in the Norfolk Open Studios event from May 22nd to 6th June. Her studio at her home in St David’s Road, Hethersett, will be open to the public on May 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st  and June 2nd, 5th and 6th. Jocelyn will be giving a talk and demonstration of her work on 26th May between 2 and 3 p.m and on 2nd June between 11 a.m and noon.