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Archive News April 2012

Below are some of the stories that appeared on this site in April 2012

Social Running Club Success



Despite appalling weather conditions and heavy rain throughout the day, the new Hethersett Social Running Group got off to the best possible start on April 19th. The first of 10 weekly sessions under the guidance of Norfolk Olympiad Paul Evans attracted 33 people of all ages and standards for an evening of stretching and running at Hethersett Junior School. The event was organised by Active Norfolk in association with Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association. The 10 week course continues every Thursday night at Hethersett Junior School from 7p.m until 8p.m and newcomers are welcome. The aim of the club is to introduce people to running within a social atmosphere and to help them prepare for the village two mile run the square event on June 24th which is part of the Hethersett Open Weekend of events. The course is being supported by Run England and those taking part will be asked to sign a registration form. Copies of the form are available by clicking here . You can view a poster for the course by clicking here. Also see this story as printed in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here


Schools' Paralympic Day - Youngsters from two Hethersett Schools took part in a day of paralympic sport and activities, finding out just what it is like to play sports such as Goal Ball and Boccia. The pupils from Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School and Hethersett Junior School experienced at first hand what it is like to be an Paralympic competitor. To read about this and view more photographs click here. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.

London Illustrator to Capture Village Events -  A London illustrator will be looking to capture the excitement of Olympic Year in Hethersett. Village resident Frank Wroth, who has lived in Hethersett for over 50 years, has commissioned his granddaughter Alice Pattullo to produce an illustrated poster to commemorate the village’s Olympic celebrations. Alice is an illustrator and printmaker based in London who graduated from Brighton University with a First in Illustration. She has exhibited in London, Manchester and Brighton and her limited edition prints are sold at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Saatchistore and The Big Draw Shop. Her clients include Coast Magazine and Topman. Alice will be looking to capture the unique excitement of Olympic Year in Hethersett with a large poster which will feature Open Weekend events which this year run from June 22nd to 24th, the arrival of the Olympic Flame on July 5th together with her own take on village landmarks. The original work will be displayed in Hethersett Library later in the year at a cheese and wine exhibition event where postcards and her other work will be available to view and buy. Examples of her work can currently be viewed by clicking here.


Special Circus Book Offer - Local author Douglas McPherson who lives at Wicklewood is offering visitors to this web site the chance to save £5 off the price of his book "Circus Mania." The book has a strong local interest as it was inspired by the author's meeting with acrobat Eva Garcia just days before she fell and died during her act at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome. Dedicated to Eva's memory and the bravery of her fellow performers, Circus Mania is a behind-the-scenes journey through the world of circus from traditional big top shows to the modern spectacle of Cirque du Soleil. For details of how to obtain the book and more information on the book itself click here. Douglas has also come up with 10 fascinating facts about Circus to mark World Circus Day on April 21st.
Royal Seal of Approval - Hethersett has received a letter of praise from The Prince of Wales after sending the heir to the throne a copy of the Wild About Hethersett Book. You can read what Prince Charles had to say and about a re-print of the publication by clicking here.
Respect Yourself Easter Fair - Stores galore and a packed Hethersett Village Hall made the Respect Yourself Easter Fair a great success. The Hethersett based  group  provides daily SMS Texts to young people to help them make informed life decisions. Attractions at the fair included numerous stallholders, games and attractions. To read about the fair, view more photographs and read about the group's plans to become a charity click here.  News Update: The event raised over £450. You can read about this event in an article in the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Good Friday Procession - Over 50 people took part in the traditional Good Friday procession in Hethersett which this year began at Hethersett Methodist Church and made its way to Hethersett Parish Church where a special Easter service was led by the Rector, the Rev Di Lammas. The service was part of Hethersett and District Churches Together’s Easter weekend worship which also saw an all ages service of light in Little Melton Church,  and Easter Day family worship with communion in Hethersett Methodist Church, Easter Communion and Egg Hunts in Hethersett Parish Church and Little Melton and Great Melton Churches and Easter Evening worship in Hethersett Parish Church and Hethersett Methodist Church. The Good Friday procession saw a number of church representatives taking it in turns to carry the symbolic wooden cross. The service also included a solo rendition of Handel’s “He Was Despised” by Sue Tuckwood, The service concluded with coffee and Hot Cross Buns at the back of the church


Village Garage Sales - This year's village garage sale organised by the Friends of Hethersett High School will take place on Sunday, June 17th from 9 a.m until 1 p.m. There will also be car boot pitches at the High School. Entry into the event is £6 and further information is available from Karen Coe on 01603 811543.


Acoustic Showcase - Hethersett’s Got Talent winner David Wyatt will be one of three acoustic acts to take part in a special free music event at Hethersett Social Club on May 4th from 8 p.m. Carole and David and Friends will feature David Wyatt alongside Carole Lea, Jon Christophers and Roger Dowe in an evening of contrasting music that will include country, soul and folk. The acts are all giving their time for free to provide an acoustic showcase of their talents: “We are hoping we can provide the ideal way for people to wind down at the end of the week with a drink or two amongst pleasant company with relaxed acoustic music,” David Wyatt said.


Olympic Fete - Hethersett Old Hall School are holding an Olympic Summer Fete on Saturday 12th May from 11am -2pm. Events  will include a football challenge with a former England player, 'Shoot the Hoops' with the Thoroughbreeds National netball team, a golfing challenge with a local pro and a full sized climbing wall. Children will be able to take part in an Opening Ceremony Parade (prizes for best national flag) and compete for gold in a medal ceremony. There will also be plenty of other stalls, games, refreshments and fantastic prizes up for grabs on the day. This is first year the school has opened the event to the public and they are hoping for as many visitors as possible.


Ladies Reach Cup Final


Hethersett Hearts Ladies Football team have reached the final of the Norfolk Women's League Cup after beating Stalham 4-1 in the semi-final on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. Two goals apiece from Lisa Ferdani and Hannah Waters saw Hethersett through to a final against Acle on May 6th at Plantation Park, Blofield.It should be quite a game as Acle won Division One of the Norfolk Women's League this season with us as runners-up. We were the only team to beat Acle in the league. The winning semi-final side is pictured above with manager/coach Kevin Swann.




St George's Day Celebrations - St George’s Day was celebrated in Hethersett with the uniformed organisations joining the congregation at the Methodist Church for morning worship. The service was led by the leaders of the church’s children’s club Frogs with Chris and Sue Skinner and Alisen Thompson welcoming family and friends. Colours were presented by the Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides, Brownies and the newly formed Rainbow troop. Their leaders led them in renewing their vows. Afterwards refreshments were enjoyed in the church hall.




Ollie Ran with Olympic Torch



A Hethersett athlete has been involved in the dress rehearsal for carrying the Olympic Torch. Oliver Armstrong was one of 122 Torch-bearers involved in the Olympic Torch Dress Rehearsal from Leicester to Peterborough. Oliver, was one of ten students from Loughborough University who was selected to carry the Olympic Torch on a trial run to test out the logistics of the Olympic Torch Relay which starts next month. He ran a distance of 620 yards on the final leg through Loughborough Town Centre. A crew of 400 staff from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and Metropolitan Police were involved in the rehearsal. Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: '”The dress rehearsal is a great opportunity to test all parts of the Olympic Torch Relay. Tests are essential to ensure the smooth running of our operations around the Torch Relay.”  Starting on 19th May, the Olympic Torch Relay will travel around 8,000 miles around the UK, coming within 10 miles of 95% of the population. The Olympic Flame will make a special visit to Hethersett early in the morning of 5th July. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.




Quiz Raises Money for Village Fayre - A quiz held at Hethersett Junior School by Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust raised almost £400 towards the village’s Jubilee Fayre celebrations. The money, along with grants and donations, will go towards the costs of the all day event on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on June 3rd. Planning for the event is now at an advanced stage with the day featuring a large variety of entertainment including music from the Hethersett Singers, Hethersett’s Got Talent 2011 winner David Wyatt, singalong sessions and an old time music hall. There will be traditional games throughout the day including tug of war, coconut shy, beat the goalie, a slow bike ride and plate smashing. There will also be arts and crafts, zumba and plenty of activities for children including face painting, a bouncy castle, circus skills and fancy dress competition. There will be cake and food stalls, a licensed bar and barbecue and even a Queen lookalike to ensure the day goes smoothly. The fete has a dedicated web site which can be accessed by clicking here and also a facebook page. It is also hoped to launch a Twitter account shortly. Organisers are looking for addition al help before and on the day and contact details are available on the web site.


Whitbread Working For Hethersett Footballer Sophie - Hethersett Athletic Footballer Sophie Burr-Walpole has reached the final of the Whitbread's Got Talent competition with her rap song Whitbread Working about her work as a waitress in her home town of Thetford. Eighteen year old Sophie has played eight times for Hethersett Ladies this season. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.


These Boots are Made for Walking (and Charity) - A Hethersett family are getting their walking boots ready to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research fund in memory of their wife and mother Sue Soman. You can read this story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper by clicking here


Norfolk Dialect Talk - A talk on Norfolk dialect is being organised by the Friends of Norfolk Dialect in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall at 2 p.m on May 13th. FOND president Professor Peter Trudgill will give the talk and admission is £4 and £3 for FOND members. To read about this story from the Eastern Daily Press click here.


Norwich Road Crash - Two people had to be cut out of their car after an early morning crash in Norwich Road on April 22nd. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.


Police Appeal - Police are appealing for information following a burglary at business premises in Hethersett. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.


Christian Aid Week - This year's Christian Aid week in Hethersett runs from May 13th to 19th. During the week collecting boxes will be placed around the village and the Methodist and Parish Churches will have gift aid donation envelopes available which can be handed in at services. On Saturday 19th May Hethersett Churches Together will have a cake stall from 9.30 a.m at the Methodist Church. There will also be light lunches served between 12.30 and 1.30 p.m and a film will be shown on about Christian Aid. The churches are looking for helpers for the event and anybody who can spare some time is asked to contact Judy Freeman on 01603 810228.


Death of well Known Local Businessman - We have been hugely saddened to learn of the passing of Hethersett businessman Nick Fulcher who ran an internationally renowned coach trimming business from premises in New Road. This web site has featured Nick on a number of occasions and he was a huge supporter of village events and sport as well as being a very skilful professional. He will be greatly missed for his lively outlook on life and his humour. An appreciation of Nick's life appeared in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury and you can view a cutting of this by clicking here.


Youth Club Event - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club will be holding a Table Top Sale on Saturday (April 28th) at the Youth Club Hall  from 10 a.m until12.30pm. There will be food tasting, cakes, cushions, cards, body shop and bric a brac stalls and entry is free Refreshments will be served and the event will raise funds towards the youth club committee’s efforts to raise £1,200 during the year. Future events planned are a Ladies Pamper Evening on 15th June, Children's Jubilee Event on May 26th and a Family Treasure Hunt in July.


Cycle Speedway - Torrential downpours failed to dampen the spirits of Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club as they held the second South-East grand prix of the season at Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. A total of 49 riders took part in the various age categories and top Hethersett performer was Scott Grimes who was desperately unlucky to fall in the final when leading the field. A report of the event can be viewed on the club's web site by clicking here.


Holiday Club- Sixteen children joined in a holiday club at Hethersett Methodist Church on the theme of Easter. The day’s activities were led by Sarah Aitchison, the church’s youth worker and she was supported by children’s leaders and church members. The children joined in with a wide range of activities on the Easter theme, including baking, painting, printing and box making.. The holiday club was the second in a series being held at the church, the next taking place during the half term holidays in June.


Cricket  Rained Off - Hethersett and Tas Valley's weekend fixtures were both rained off, hitting their preparation for the opening of the Norfolk Alliance season this Saturday. The firsts are home to Saham Toney in Division Two and the seconds visit Mundford in Division Four. The club’s third team are away to Great Witchingham in Division Seven of the Norfolk League and the Sunday side visit Ashmanaugh in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League first division. A full list of club fixtures is available by clicking here.


Preparing for Another Lavish Production - The Hethersett based Yvonne School of Dance is in full preparation for its latest production "Stage to Screen." The Biennial event will once again provide great entertainment for all the family including beautiful costumes, inspirational music and talented local dancers of all ages. Tickets are available from Norwich Theatre Royal on 01603 630000 or they can be booked on-line from the Theatre Royal website which can be accessed by clicking here. We recently attended a dress rehearsal for the show and you can view photographs from this by clicking here.You can view a poster of the event by clicking here.


Ben Misses Out - Hethersett Tenor Benjamin Lake missed out when he appeared on BBC television talent show The Voice. Ben failed to wow the judges but still received positive comments from Sir Tom Jones and Jessie J. You can read the story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper by clicking here.


Cricketers Open Their Season - Hethersett and Tas Valley opened their 2012 season with a home friendly against Rocklands, a game which the visitors won by three wickets with just four balls remaining. Hethersett batted first and hit 148-7 in their 35 overs with Richard Ellis top scoring on 35 and Dave Austin contributing 30. Rocklands replied with 149-7, scoring the winning runs in the final over. Dave Austin took 2-26 and Fraser Ellis 2-34. This Saturday Hethersett visit Saxlingham in a friendly and the Sunday side start their league campaign with a home game against North Runcton.


Hearty Runners-Up - Hethersett Athletic Ladies Hearts have finished runners-up in the Norfolk Women's League Division One after wrecking champions Acle's 100 per cent league record at the weekend. Hethersett went into the match needing six points from their final two games to ensure second place. Acle had 17 wins out of 17 games this season but found Hethersett in commanding form as Hearts ran out comfortable 3-1 winners after dominating most of the game. With third placed Coltishall losing, the win was good enough to ensure runners-up place and make this coming Sunday's match at Hockering irrelevant. A report on the match appears on the Football Club's official web site which can be accessed by clicking here.


Cricketers Ready for the Season - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club open their season on Sunday (April 15th) with a home friendly against Rocklands which starts at 1 p.m. Club members have been busy cleaning and preparing the ground for the season with the club running three adult Saturday sides and one Sunday side. Norfolk Alliance Saturday matches start on 28th April with a home game against Saham Toney (1p.m). The club plays its fixtures at Taswood Lakes, Flordon. A full list of fixtures is available by clicking here.


Library to Celebrate 40 Years - Hethersett Library is 40 years of age this year and have a number of events lined-up to celebrate. You can read about these by clicking here.


Pantomime Group's Charity Donations - This year's Hethersett Pantomime "Dick Whittington" raised almost £6,000 for local charities bringing its donations since 1970 to over £81,000. To read about where the money is going click here.


Ollie's Special Day - Hethersett athlete Oliver Armstrong has become one of the first runners to cross the finish line in London’s Olympic stadium. Ollie was one of 5,000 participants to take part in the National Lottery five mile run and ran round the entire Olympic Park, taking in the iconic venues along the way, before running into the stadium to complete the final 300 metres on the track. He completed the course at a steady pace in 38 min 53 sec. During the event he ran alongside a number of famous faces including Olympians Steve Backley and Roger Black who afterwards signed his running vest which was resplendent with the Hethersett “Olympic” logo. Ollie’s shirt was also signed by athletes Sally Gunnell and Iwan Thomas. Ollie  was chosen to take part in the event from over 40,000 applicants. He is currently studying for a Masters Degree at Loughborough University in Sport and Exercise Science and said afterwards that he was thrilled to have been given the chance to take part in a "once in a lifetime opportunity."  Ollie is a former Norfolk County Sprint Champion and member of the City of Norwich Athletic Club and was the winner of last year’s Hethersett Run the Square two mile funrun.  



Dodgeball is On Its Way - A new sport for the village of Hethersett will be featured at this year’s Sport in the Park Event on June 23rd. The Reepham Raiders Dodgeball team will be giving a demonstration of the sport in a special match before inviting the public to have a go. The Reepham club includes four England internationals. Dodgeball is a multi-skilled, multi ball sport that attracts all ages and abilities and both sexes. It is one of the fastest growing sports in British schools and consists of six players each side with the aim of the game to eliminate opponents through throwing, hitting or catching them. England are both European and Home Nations champions and the Reepham Club is in the Dodgeball Premier League.


Homes Needed - Norwich City’s Academy is looking for homes in Hethersett and Little Melton for its young players. We need family homes that can accommodate young players from the club who need to live away from home to undertake their training at our club,” said Norwich City’s Jimmy Unwin. “Our placements vary from short to long term with accommodation also needed fro trialists or holiday cover for host families. We are looking for people who can provide a caring home from home,” he added. Those offering accommodation will be subject to a full Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check which will be paid for by the football club. More information is available from Jimmy Unwin on 07795 673203 or via e-mail at