Archive News April 2013
Below are some of the stories that appeared on this site in April 2013.
Death of Ralph Johnson - We have just heard that Ralph "Ginger" Johnson has died. Ralph, who has appeared on this web site on a number of occasions, is a former Norwich City footballer who still holds the record for the fastest goal ever scored at Carrow Road. You can read an interview this web site did with Ralph a couple of years ago by clicking here. You can read an Obituary from the Evening News by clicking here. Also see our cuttings section.
Special Plant Sale - Norfolk Plant Heritage will be holding its Spring Plant Fair on Sunday May 5th from 10 a.m until 1 p.m in Hethersett Village Hall. Admission is £1 but free to members. There will be 20 specialist nurseries represented, gardening advice from a celebrity plant doctor, plant displays with lilies galore, floral competitions, gardening books at knock down prices and home made refreshments.
Hethersett's Got Talent Entry Forms Available - Auditions for this year's Hethersett's Got Talent, which once again will be part of the village's Open Weekend, will take place at Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School on June 9th at 10.30 a.m. This year's competition is open to those aged between five and 16. Entry forms including terms and conditions are available from Hethersett Library or by clicking here. Details of the event are also available on a poster which can be viewed by clicking here. Closing date for entries is May 31st and more information is available from Joanne Adcock on 07904 802638
Busy Summer at old Hall School - It promises to be a busy summer at Old Hall School with a variety of events including the 75th annual school fete and the annual summer picnic concert. To read more about these and other events click here.
County Council Elections - May 2nd is the date when Hethersett goes to the poll to elect our representative on Norfolk County Council. The Humbleyard seat, which includes Hethersett, will be contested by five candidates - Ralph Evans (UK Independence Party), Andrew Panes (Green Party), Margaret Grimmer (Liberal Democrats). Victoria Smillie (Labour) and the current incumbent Judith Virgo (Conservative Party). To read an article from the Eastern Daily Press on this election click here. Hethersett's polling station will be at the Village Hall and will be open from 7 a.m until 10 p.m.
Recognition for Hawks - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club has been granted the coveted Go-Ride status by British Cycling. The club has been working towards this for over two years and the award recognises Hawks as a well-run and structured club with all policies in place. The club will now be taking this award forward to the next level which will be Clubmark accreditation.
Annual Parish Meeting - Hethersett’s annual parish meeting will take place in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m on May 8th with a number of local groups reflecting on a highly successful year for the village which has seen it named Norfolk Community of the Year and receive a National Big Society award. The meeting will receive reports from numerous local organisations including the parish council, Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust, Hethersett Village Hall Management Committee, Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association, Hethersett Parochial Charity, Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, Hethersett Archive Group, Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee, Police and schools. The meeting is open to all residents who will have the opportunity to comment and raise any concerns.
Photographic Competition - Entry forms and rules for the village photographic competition which is being held as part of the Open Weekend in July are now available from this site. To view a pdf form click here To view the form in word format click here
Quiz was a Whizz - Hethersett and District Lions held a quiz in Mulbarton Village Hall on April 19th and raised over £500 for the Whizz Kidz charity which helps to give disabled children the chance to lead a more independent life. Questionmaster for the evening was Lions' secretary John Hewitt and winning team was Bookworms from Hethersett. For more information on the group visit their web site by clicking here
Bat Detecting Survey - Hethersett will be going batty by taking part in a special county-wide bat detecting survey. Residents are being encouraged to join in by borrowing special equipment from Hethersett Library. You can read more about this story by clicking here.
Running Group Resumes - The Hethersett social running group re-starts onThursday 18th April under the guidance of qualified coach Maria Alborough. The session starts on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field at 6.30 p.m (meet near the Bowls Green) and will continue on a weekly basis.
For Slimmers - Slimming World will be holding a new members evening on April 30th at Hethersett Methodist Church. New consultant Lucy Williams will be talking about nutrition, healthy eating and losing weight without feeling hungry. New and returning members are welcome and more information is available from Lucy on 078910 70226
Parish Council Latest News - You can read a report from the latest Hethersett Parish Council meeting held on April 15th by clicking here.
Plant Date Change - The date of the long established annual plant sale at Hethersett in aid of Hope and Homes for Children has been put back due to the bad weather. The event on the forecourt at Hethersett Methodist Church was originally scheduled for May 11th but has been put back by two weeks to the 25th from 9 a.m until midday. “The bad weather throughout the winter and Spring has put the plants back and so we are giving them time to grow and recover,” said local organiser Joan Green who will be travelling to Bosnia on June 3rd to visit some of the children supported by the international charity.
A Library of Variety - Hethersett Library will be proving that variety is the spice of life with two very contrasting public events in the week beginning April 22nd. On April 24th at 7 p.m, Colin Howey and Paul Judkins will be presenting a talk with slides about the meaning and purpose of the medieval graffiti found in Norwich Cathedral. On Saturday April 27th the Library is hosting a ‘Come along and Craft’ morning where there will be a variety of crafts on offer for the public to have a got at. The event begins at 10.30 am Both events are open to the public and admission is free.
Panto Donations - This year's Hethersett Pantomime Group production of Cinderella raised £5,000 for charity. A total of £2,000 has been presented to the Nelson's Journey charity. This included £1888.61 from a bucket collection at the end of each performance. Other donations included: £1,000 to the Hethersett Church Roof Fund, £750 to the Teenage Cancer Trust, £500 to St Martin's Housing Trust and £250 each to Little Melton Church Roof Fund, Great Melton Church and Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club.
Hethersett Singers' Spring Concert - Hethersett Singers' Spring Concert will take place in St Remigius Church at 7.30 p.m on May 11th. Tickets will be available at the door on the night and the programme will feature Stainer's Crucifixion, the Hallelujah Chorus, Zadoc the Priest and works by Rutter, Elgar and Mozart. Further information is available from Margaret Hobday on 01603 810449.
Youngsters Take Title - Hethersett Athletic Football Club Under-12s have won their section of the Norfolk Youth Combination following a 2-0 victory over Norman. Goals from Ollie Husband and Luke Richards made sure of the title, although the team still have two games to play.
Cricketers Open with Low Key Win - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club got their season off to a winning start with a comfortable six wicket victory over Rocklands in a friendly. Both teams fielded players of varying ages and abilities with Hethersett winning with plenty in hand and first teamer Nick Burrett hitting the club's first half century of the season. The club will be running a record number of four Saturday teams this season with two in the Norfolk Alliance and two in the Norfolk League. In addition the club will be taking part in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League and a number of cup competitions as well as running youth sides at Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 levels. Hethersett has been drawn away to Downham Market in the first round of the prestigious Bob Carter Cup on May 5th. This coming Sunday Hethersett have another pre-season home friendly when they take on Mulbarton at Flordon.
Bowls Club Open Day - Hethersett Playing Field Bowls Club will be holding an Open Day on April 20th when new members will be encouraged to "have a go". Bowls will be available for those who want to try out the sport and do not have their own equipment. The event starts at 2 p.m. If it is raisning it will be postponed and held the following Wednesday.
New Attractions for open Weekend - A mixture of old favourites and new ideas will feature in this year's Hethersett Open Weekend which takes place from July 5th to 7th. Old favourites such as sport in the park, Hethersett's Got Talent and the two mile funrun will be joined by a photographic competition and craft event. To see what is happening and when click here.