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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.


Sponsorship for Young Footballers - Two of Hethersett Athletic Football Club's youth teams have found local sponsors and are pictured above proudly wearing their new tops. On the left are the Under-8s who are sponsored by Hethersett Butchers and on the right the club's championship winning Under-12s who have been sponsored by Panel Graphics of Loddon. To read more about this and other stories from the football club visit its official web site by clicking here.


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.


Aiming for the Charts - International opera star Elizabeth Watts is aiming at the music charts in order to raise money for a charity for the homeless. Elizabeth, who grew up in Hethersett, has recorded her version of the Handel aria "Lascia Ch'io Pianga from the opera Renaldo which was composed in 1711. Elizabeth is accompanied on the single by the Sacconi Quartet under musical director Duncan Ward. The track also features members of the Streetwise Opera Chorus which features homeless performers. Money raised will go to the Streetwise Opera Charity which uses music as a tool to help 500 homeless people per year move forward in their lives. This is done through a weekly music programme in 11 homeless centres across England and Wales and by staging critically-acclaimed opera productions starring  homeless performers. Elizabeth is patron of the charity. More about the charity is available on its web site which can be accessed by clicking here. The single is priced at just 79p and can be downloaded from iTunes by clicking here: "If we could get into the top 40 it would really give homeless people a voice and it wouldn't be bad for a Hethersett gal either," Elizabeth said.
Youth Cup Joy - Norwich City Under-18s are through to the final of the FA Youth Cup Final after a nailbiting penalty shoot-out victory over Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road. Most of the players involved lodge in either Hethersett or Little Melton - so it's a matter of pride for the villages, particularly as the Canaries' training ground is at nearby Colney. The story has been covered extensively in the Norwich Evening News and the Eastern Daily Press and you can read one of the reports by clicking on the cutting on the right. Other reports can be viewed by going to our cuttings section by clicking here. Norwich now play either Chelsea or Liverpool in a two leg final in May.
New Writers' Group for Hethersett - A new writers’ group is being set-up in Hethersett. The group, which will meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m, is the brainchild of local resident Pat Lightfoot (pictured on the right). You can read the full story of this by clicking here. If you would like further information Pat can be e-mailed by clicking here



Fox Warning - The Norwich Evening News newspaper has featured the fears of a Little Melton resident after she found a fox running loose in her house. You can read this story from the newspaper by clicking on the cutting on the right



Free Book - This Saturday is the fourth World Circus Day and to celebrate, local author Julia Douglas is giving readers the chance to download her e-book The Showman's Girl from iTunes free of charge. Julia is also hoping it will be available free from Amazon as well. The book follows the adventures of Emily who runs away with the circus in the 1930s. Growing up in the big top, she admires from afar the charismatic showman Adam Strand - a man seemingly torn between his wife, the daredevil wire-walker Jayne, and Molly the elephant trainer. Emily becomes a star of the sawdust circle, but will she ever be able to tell Adam how she really feels? For those without an e-reader, the Showman's Girl is also available as a large print paperback and can be borrowed from local libraries.

Budding Stars - Almost fifty budding soccer stars of the future turned up at Hethersett Junior School  to take part in the first of two sessions organised jointly by Hethersett Athletic Football Club and Norfolk FA. The mini soccer training session catered for boys and girls from reception and years one to two and is part of Hethersett Athletic’s policy of providing football for all ages from five up to adult. Club coaches Wayne Johnson and Jim Beckett were joined by Norfolk FA Development Apprentice Stacey Annison who also plays for the Hethersett Ladies. The second session is due to take place this Saturday and if successful could lead to regular training dates next season. Click on the picture to enlarge it.


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.


Health Packs on the Way - Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association held its latest meeting at Park Farm Hotel on April 22nd. The meeting reflected on sporting successes of the past few months and looked forward to events for the remainder of 2013. It also put together 500 health packs for distribution throughout the summer. To read about the latest meeting visit the association's web site by clicking here
Folk Law in Action - Ancient remedies and the Norfolk dialect are featured in a Heritage Lottery funded initiative featuring pupils from Hethersett schools. To read about this click 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 Police Commander -  A new chief inspector has been appointed for South Norfolk. Chief Inspector Stuart Armes will be in charge of policing Hethersett along with Diss, Harleston, Long Stratton, Poringland, Loddon, Wymondham, Mulbarton and Costessey. Chief Inspector Armes was previusly a local policing commander in Great Yarmouth and has been a police officer for 26 years. "I'm looking forward to building on the previous good work in the district with the ultimate aim of reducing levels of crime and anti-social behaviour even further. I'm particularly keen to focus on those offences which mostly affect people and their quality of life," he said.
Table Tennis Success - The new table tennis club which meets at Hethersett Methodist Church on Fridays has been going from strength to strength with participants of all ages and abilities regularly turning up. Over the Easter holidays a number of youngsters got together to clean tables, repair bats and generally upgrade equipment. Our photograph opposite shows Rhiannon Smith-Meek, Annie Floyd and Charlie Bion hard at work on the tables. The next session is this Friday from 7 until 9 p.m. The regular sessions are organised jointly by Hethersett Methodist Church and Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association.

Five Hundred Cyclists Take to the Roads - The second Hethersett 30/60 cycle ride attracted a maximum field of 500 riders on April 14th - three weeks after bad weather had brought about the postponement of the event. You can read about this by clicking here. You can also read the internet coverage from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. This story also has a photo gallery.





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.


Ringing Master Retires - After 44 years as Ringing Master at Hethersett Parish Church, Roy Wiles has retired. You can read about his bell ringing life by clicking her



Objections Ignored - Objections from Hethersett Parish Council and residents to the building of 158 new homes on land to the north of Great Melton Road have been ignored with planning approval being given despite concerns over the impact of additional traffic and the safety of children. Click on the cutting opposite to read the story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper.

Daniel's Marathon Swim - Eleven year old Daniel Lewin has swum 22 miles to raise money for a Wymondham based cancer charity. To read this story from the Wymondham Mercury Newspaper click on the cutting opposite to enlarge it



Young Footballers' Charity Push - Hethersett Athletic Under-10 footballers have been busy raising money for children's charity Bernado's. You can read the cutting from the Wymondham Mercury Newspaper by clicking on it.
Eco Award for School - Green-minded children at Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School have been awarded an Eco-Schools green flag. To read the cutting from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper just click to enlarge it.