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Archive News April 2014

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in April 2014

Easter Fun Helps Support Group 


The fun side of Easter was celebrated at a special Fayre organised by the Respect Yourself group in Hethersett Village Hall.An Easter hunt, tombola, raffle, refreshments and face painting mingled with stallholders selling knitted crafts, cards, bags, jewellery, embroidery and other gifts.

There were also numerous games and competition put on by the Respect Yourself group which sends out daily text messages supporting 13 to 25 year olds and helping them to make vital life decisions. NEWS UPDATE: The fayre raised £465.25 for the group.


Taking to the Roads for a Marathon Effort

Far left is event organiser Bart Anderton. In the centre is David Chambers and above the riders set off on the 90 mile marathon

A Hethersett cycling event continues to gain in popularity as over 500 riders of all ages took to the roads of South Norfolk on Easter Sunday. This year the event added a 90 mile marathon to the existing distances of 30 and 60 miles. Around 100 riders took on the all day distance with a further 180 completing the 60 miler and over 200 taking on the shorter distance. Three separate routes around the South Norfolk countryside were featured in the Hethersett 30-60-90 with all riders setting off and finishing at Hethersett Social Club. The 30 mile event took in Wymondham, Mulbarton, Old Buckenham and Tacolneston. The 60-miler also included Attleborough, Great Ellingham, Snetterton and East Harling and the 90-miler went out as far as Long Stratton and almost to Diss. The event was organised for the third consecutive year by mad keen marathon cyclist and founder of Hethersett Velo Club, Bart Anderton.“The event is all about getting people out on their bikes, helping them to achieve aims, improve their fitness and enjoy the countryside along with like minded people,” he said. For one rider, attempting and completing the 90 mile ride was just a warm up for the Norfolk 100 mile event at the beginning of June. David Chambers is a stalwart of Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club and also treasurer of Hethersett Memorial Playing Field.He was happy to exchange the track for the roads for the day as just one part of a series of cycling challenges he has set himself for 2014. Cycling in Hethersett has taken off in a big way over the past three years as part of the village’s London 2012 Olympic Legacy. Hethersett Velo Club now has 180 members with regular weekly club runs and the Hawks Cycle Speedway Club will be hosting a number of major events on the Memorial Field this year including the British Under-19 Championships on May 24th. Many of the riders taking part in the 30-60-90 event were sponsored for individual charities and the event as a whole was supported by Almary Green Financial Advisers and Howards Cycles. The event was also supported by Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association. 
Good Friday Event - The annual Good Friday Easter procession of witness at Hethersett this year set off from the Methodist Church. Worshippers walked behind the cross which was carried by members of the Hethersett and District Churches Together group. It made its way through the Steepletower estate to Hethersett Parish Church. There the Easter service was led by the Rector, the Rev Derek McClean. Members of Hethersett Methodist Church gave a dramatised version of Bible readings and prayers were led by Harold Kerslake.

Annual Parish Date - Hethersett’s annual parish meeting will take place on May 7th.The agenda will include reports from Hethersett groups and organisations including Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustees, Hethersett Village Hall Management Committee, Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett Parochial Charity, Hethersett schools, Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, Hethersett Archive, Hethersett Olympic Committee, Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association. There will also be contributions from South Norfolk Council, Norfolk County Council and the Police. The meeting takes place in Hethersett Village Hall from 7.30 p.m.  

Junior School Spring Fair - This year's Junior School Spring Fair will take place on May 10th with a Brazilian World Cup theme. There will be stalls and attractions for all ages as well as a cafe, barbecue, mini beasts, bouncy castle, slide, inflatable football and a beer tent and the day will finish with a grand draw. Local comapnies have donated some generous prizes for this. The fair will run from 11 a.m until 2 p.m and entrance for adults and unaccompanied children is 50p. Accompanied children are free.

Old Hall School Fete - The Parents Association at Old Hall School will be holding their annual fete on May 10th from 11.30 a.m until 2.30 p.m. There will be swing boats, archery, tug of war, coconut shy, a barbecue and bake a cake competition amongst many other attractions.

Parish Council Vacancies - Hethersett Parish Council has two vacancies following the resignations of Jackie Sutton and Allison Utting, both of whom are moving away from the village. In addition Fred Watkins will be retiring as chairman of the council at its next meeting on May 20th. Mr Watkins was first elected to the council in 1987 and served for six years as vice-chairman and five years as chairman, completing over 25 years of service, punctuated only by a short break a number of years ago. “It has been a privilege to serve the community as chairman of the Parish Council but I now feel that the time is right to hand over to someone else. I will, at least for the next year, continue to be a member of the council. As chairman I have appreciated the productive contributions made by both Jackie and Allison in debate and to their work on the council and thank them both for it. The current vacancies could give someone an opportunity to serve as a councillor before the next elections which are scheduled for May 2015,” Mr Watkins said. More details about the vacancies, what being a councillor entails and how to apply are available from parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915 or via e-mail at Mr Weetman is also available in the parish council office, upstairs in the Village Hall, from 10 a.m until noon on Mondays and Thursdays. The latest meeting of the council approved plans to clean up the names of those remembered on the village war memorial in the grounds of St Remigius Church. This will be part of the village commemoration of the centenary of the start of the First World War. A special web site is also being set-up to reflect the village and those who fought in both world wars. The council also agreed to contribute £250 to the extension and refurbishment of the pavilion belonging to Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Bowls Club. The council is also supporting the purchase of a cabinet for Hethersett Library to feature awards won by the village over the past few years along with items and displays from the village archive. The bulk of the cost of the cabinet is being met from the Norfolk County Council award for Hethersett being named Norfolk Community of the Year in 2012. Hethersett’s annual parish meeting will be held in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m on May 7th.

Cup Triumph for Footballers - Hethersett Athletic Under-19s won the Norwich Sunday Development League Cup with a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Salhouse in the Final at Sloughbottom Park. Goals from Josh Denny, Danny Gray, Jack Walker, Luke Keeler, Tom Nurse and an own goal gave them the trophy in a season that also saw them finish runners-up in the league. The club's Under-14s and Under-11s have also won trophies this season.


Village Cricket First - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club visited Thriplow in Cambridgeshire for their first ever match in the national Davidstow Village Cup. Valley came away with an 80 run victory after scoring 224-8 and bowling the home side out for 144. They now visit Hemsby in hte next regional round on May 11th. The winners of that game will host either Longstanton or Reach from Cambridgeshire in the third round. In later rounds of the competition Hethersett could come up against local rivals Brooke or Great Melton.


Netballers Third - Hethersett Netball Club came third in a competition organised by Active Norfolk as part of the Norfolk Village Games series of competitions at Dereham.

Bone and Joint Specialist is Guest SpeakerThe Rheumatoid in Norfolk Group (The RiNG) will welcome leading clinical biochemistry expert Professor Bill Fraser, Director Designate of the Norfolk Bone and Joint Centre, as its Guest Speaker on Wednesday 7th May in Hethersett Village Hall at 2pm. Last year THE RiNG, jointly with Hethersett and District Lions, raised £1000 towards construction of the Norfolk Bone and Joint Centre which will be housed in the new Norwich Medical Research Building under construction on the Norwich Research Park. In his first public progress update, Prof Fraser will report on the fundraising, the building project and what the Norfolk Bone and Joint Centre will mean for Norfolk and the wider world. It will be a public meeting to which all are welcome. Entrance will be £3 which includes tea or coffee and cake. "The talk will be of particular interest to arthritis patients such as The RiNG members as the Norfolk Bone and Joint Centre will carry out fundamental research into the diseases of ageing and translate it into new treatments for chronic conditions affecting bones, tendons, cartilage and muscles. It is also great news for Norfolk as a whole in terms of high tech jobs and employment – some 160 in total within the whole 4500m2 Norwich Medical Research Building at the heart of the multi-disciplinary scientific powerhouse which is the Norwich Research Park," said the group's chair Jane Scarfe. The visit is a significant achievement for THE RiNG –a patient-led social and support group which aims to inform and empower members to understand their Rheumatoid Arthritis and play key roles in their own healthcare teams. The group invites medical and other guest speakers to its monthly meetings at Hethersett Village Hall. It also arranges social activities such as Christmas lunches, theatre trips and summer outings as offering social and emotional support, making new friends and having fun.

Turning a Hut Into a Pavilion - Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Bowls Club has turned its hut into a pavilion. The original hut has been extended and improved and a new toilet built thanks to the support of club members and grants from a number of organisations. The “new pavilion” was officially opened by Neil Haverson, Eastern Daily Press columnist and editor of Let’s Talk magazine. He praised club members for rallying round to ensure the improvements went ahead: “This is exactly what supporting the local community is all about and what makes places like Hethersett tick,” he told members, friends, guests and supporters. Club chairman Ron Butcher outlined the steps taken to bring about the improvements: “We started on the project to turn the hut into a pavilion last November. We had some club funds but they weren’t sufficient but thanks to the efforts of members and grants from bodies such as Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association, Hethersett Parish Council, Active Norfolk, South Norfolk Council and the Geoffrey Watling Trust we were able to go ahead.” “We were able to complete the groundwork before the bad weather came and that allowed our willing helpers to get on with the inside alterations. All the manual work was carried out by club volunteers. Our aim was to meet the standards of a decent environment which could be enjoyed by ourselves and visiting clubs,” Mr Butcher said. The changing areas and clubroom have been extended, weatherproofing put into place and there have been improvements made to washing facilities and refreshment areas: “The new pavilion will keep us at the forefront of bowls clubs, help maintain member satisfaction and safety and encourage new members to take up the sport,” Mr Butcher added. The new facilities were completed and officially opened in time for the club’s first match of the season.

National Competition For Cricketers - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club will be moving into unchartered waters this weekend when they visit Cambridgeshire side Thriplow in the first round of the national village competition. With the attraction of a final at Lord’s as the ultimate prize, Hethersett will be fielding a strong team for its first foray into this national limited overs competition which is only open to village teams. The previous day Valley kick off their Norfolk Alliance campaign with the first eleven visiting Great Witchingham Seconds. On Sunday Valley will also be fielding a team at Reepham and Salle in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League.

Children's Environmental Competition Launched Again - Once again the Hethersett Society is inviting children to enter the George Beckford Environmental Award. This year's competition will be opened to individuals rather than groups. Hethersett Guides have already indicated an interest in sending in individual projects with an environmental theme and have already set aside an evening to help prepare entries. The competition is open to any youngster under the age of 16 living in Hethersett. The closing date for entries is October 30th and entrants are free to choose their own favourite environmental topic and record it in words or pictures. More information is available and entries can be sent to Mrs Stevie Clarke, The Thatched Cottage, 43 Lynch Green, Hethersett NR9 3JT.  Tel: 01603 811589

Community Gym Comes to an End - The Community Gym which has been running in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club for the past few months on Wednesdays has come to an end. Further funding has not been made available to keep the initiative going

Andy Says Farewell - Andy Whittle has retired after 10 years as Head of Hethersett Junior School. His final day was the last day of the Spring term on April 4th. In a special interview with this web site Andy talked about his decade at the school, his achievements and his future in retirement. You can read the interview by clicking here.
Tracing Their Roots - When an Australian family decided to visit Hethersett to trace their descendents they had little idea of how important their ancestors had been in shaping the history of the village. You can read about the Back family's visit to their heritage by clicking here.

More Than Just a Plant Sale - The Norfolk Plant Heritage Group will be holding a Spring Fair in Hethersett Village Hall on Sunday May 4th from 10 a.m until 1 p.m. Twenty five specialist nurseries with numerous uncommon plants will be in attendance and there will be non stop expert demonstrations by flower arrangers. A plant doctor will be present to give advice and there will be a special focus on wallflowers (Erysimums).

Easter Egg Windfall - It was an Easter Egg bonanza when Hethersett and District Lions Club placed chocolate in several pubs and businesses over the holiday period to raise money for the Big C Charity. The result was a windfall of £600 from the raffling of the eggs which were placed in Hethersett Queen's Head, Eaton Red Lion, Wreningham Bird in Hand, Mulbarton World's End, Ashwellthorpe King's Head and Bobbins Farm Shop at Swardeston. The Swardeston venue managed to raffle two eggs after tickets for the first sold out quickly: "We would like to thank everyone who took part in the raffles and helped us to raise so much money," said Lions' Club secretary John Hewitt. The club will be holding a ploughman's quiz night at Mulbarton Village Hall on May 16th with proceeds again going to the Big C appeal. Tables can be booked on 0845 833 5815. The photograph shows Bobbins Farm Shop staff members Brenda and Sharon with the eggs.

Quest for the Summer - South Norfolk residents are being invited to search for treasure over the next few weeks in a new initiative aimed at improving fitness and providing fun for families. Hethersett Treasure Quest 2014 will start over the Easter weekend and has been designed specifically with families, dog walkers and social walking groups in mind. It has been devised by members of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association, led by the association’s secretary Peter Hoult. “We are hoping to persuade more people to get out and about this summer and get the maximum enjoyment from pleasant circular walks in the local area,” Peter Hoult said. The walks are between three and five miles in length and include Hethersett and Little Melton, Ashwellthorpe, Eaton and the UEA, Mulbarton, Whitlingham and Wymondham: “The object is to complete six circular walks, each consisting of 12 clues which will each provide a numerical answer, these adding up to a total for each walk. A number from each of the totals will provide a pointer to a location in the area. The first person to crack this code will be led to the secret treasure,” Mr Hoult added. Entry to Quest is free and it will run up to July 6th. Entrants are asked to fill in a simple registration form which is available along with route directions and other information on the Quest web site available by clicking here. “For anyone with GPS devices, there are a number of geocaches on each of the routes which may add extra entertainment,” Mr Hoult added.

Up and Running Again - Hethersett and the Meltons’ Running Group is underway once again following its winter break. The group was set up thanks to a partnership between Active Norfolk, Hethersett and the Melton’s Sports Association and Run England and in 2012 was named Run England’s Eastern Area Group of the Year. Informal sessions take place on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field from 6.30 until 7.30 p.m every Thursday leading up to a six week course which will be coached by Norfolk Olympian Paul Evans from May 29th until July 3rd. These sessions will prepare runners for the annual Hethersett two mile funrun on July 6th which once again will be part of the village Open Weekend. The group caters for all ages and abilities from raw beginners to advanced runners. “The whole idea of the group is to make running fun and a sociable activity and of course to improve fitness,” said Peter Steward, chair of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association.

Three Decades of Dance To Be Celebrated -  Hethersett based Yvonne School of Dance is preparing to celebrate its 30th year with its biennial production at Norwich Theatre Royal on Sunday May 4th at 2.30 and 7.30 p.m. Both performances will proudly showcase the skills of all students from three years of age to adult and there will be a variety of dance from classical ballet to tap, jazz to street dance and contemporary to acrobatics. The show will feature well loved music from the past and present including pieces from musicals, films, classical and pop. Yvonne Cutting and her team choreograph and perfect the routines, design and create the colourful costumes and oversee the show through eight months of rehearsals. "All the students love to entertain and show their love of dance through their performance and we are aiming to put on a dazzling production," Yvonne said. You can view rehearsal pictures by clicking here. You can view rehearsal pictures by clicking here. You can also read about this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

Church Services for Easter - A list of Church Services for Good Friday and Easter Sunday are available from our what's on section. Just click here.

Hethersett - A Main Centre of Growth - Hethersett is outlined as a "main centre of growth" in an article in the Wymondham Mercury. A plan outlining thousands of new homes in South Norfolk has been approved by South Norfolk Council with Hethersett having a "minimum requirement of 1,226 homes. You can read the cutting from the newspaper by clicking here.

Chamber Music Evening in Hethersett - An Evening of Chamber Music by the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra will take place in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club at 7.30 p.m on Friday 25th April. The programme will include classical, jazz and film music from the likes of Back, Massenet, Faure, Piazzola, Haydn and Wesley. The concert has been organised by students from Hethersett Academy and the orchestra will include Hethersett youngsters Chloe and James Peterson. Proceeds from the concert will go to the orchestra's summer tour to Belgium. Tickets are available on the door priced at £5 for adults and £1 for children. The entrance price includes a free drink and there will also be cakes for sale.

New Details for Pensioners' Association - We have received updates on the village pensioners' association group. You can read about when and where they meet by clicking here.

Youth Club to Expand - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club is set to expand thanks to a grant from South Norfolk Council’s Your Community Your Choice programme. The grant will allow the club to start a 14 plus group, probably on a Thursday evening. The club also has some spaces at its Wednesday evening sessions and is inviting youngsters from school years five and six to have a look around on June 19th to see if they wish to sign up for September. The evening starts at 5.45 p.m and costs £1. The club’s final fund-raiser of the academic year is a Ladies Pamper evening on 12th July from 7 p.m. The event has some spaces for providers and pitches can be booked by telephoning Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566. The club is also looking for new fund-raising ideas after September to help with repair costs to the roof and the general running of the club. The club is also still looking for a treasurer.

Taking the Bird - Eagle-eyed spotters will have seen an impressive carving of a bird at the front of a property in Mill Road. This shot was taken by our district councillor David Bills who, like many others, referred to the carving as impressive. Click on the photograph to enlarge it.

Questions and Answers - When teenager Liam Forkes found out his grandfather suffered from diabetes he decided to find out answers about the disease by asking questions. Liam, who is studying for A levels at Notre Dame School, Norwich, decided to raise funds for Diabetes UK by organising a quiz at Hethersett Social Club. Liam, who is the grandson of club stalwarts Mike and Chris Yemm, raised £220 from the event and presented a cheque for that amount to Diabetes UK Norwich based volunteer Douglas Randall at the social club. “I started to learn about the disease because my grandfather  and a good friend suffer from it and I know it can run in the family. I wanted to raise money to help with research,” said Liam who has had tests for diabetes himself that thankfully have proved negative. The quiz attracted over 60 people and covered subjects as diverse as music, general knowledge, current affairs and geography. Douglas Randall said he was extremely grateful for Liam’s efforts: “Diabetes is a complicated disease and there is a considerable amount of research being done. Much of what Diabetes UK does is in the field of education, teaching people what to eat and the benefits of regular exercise.” Following the success of the quiz, Liam will not be resting on his laurels, however, and is considering holding further events in support of Diabetes UK.

Soccer Success - Two of Hethersett Athletic's youth teams have met with cup success. On Sunday the club's Under-14s lifted the South Norfolk League Cup with a 5-2 victory over Thetford Bulldogs thanks to two goals from Jack Kirby and Raiffe Parrett and one from Ollie Hudson-Church. The team are still in with the chance of a league and cup double being currently top of the division. Hethersett Athletic Under-19s left it late to make it through to the final of the Norwich Sunday League Development Cup. A late late goal from Keiran Murrell couldn't prevent them from losing 3-2 to Watton in their final round robin game. It was enough, however, to match the goal difference of arch rivals Hellesdon with Hethersett reaching the final thanks to having scored more goals. They now play Salhouse in the final at Sloughbottom Park, Norwich, on April 27th. Our photograph opposite shows Hethersett's man of the match Jack Kirby in action in the Under-14s Cup Final.



Charity Match Raises £600 - Over £600 was raised for the Wymondham based Star Throwers cancer charity from a special season opening cricket match at Flordon. Hethersett and Tas Valley took on Tony Selby’s Norfolk Select XI for the Les King Star Throwers Patrons Trophy. The money was raised from match subscriptions, donations, refreshments and a raffle. Hethersett batted first and notched 249-8 from their 40 overs with Matt Ellis top scoring on 65 and other useful contributions coming from Ian Bryce (27), Jack Smith (28), John Curtis (31) and David Coyle (30 not out). Tony Selby’s XI replied with 178 from 34.2 overs with the majority of the runs coming from Ben Harvey who hit a fine 106. Julian Emeny took 5-17 and Robbie Matthews 3-49 for the home team in the 71-run victory. “It was an excellent way to start our season and we hope everyone enjoyed the sunshine and our facilities. Star Throwers was the real winner of the day, however,” said Hethersett and Tas Valley Chairman Tony Smith. Les King thanked everyone for their work in making the day possible and expressed himself hugely satisfied with the result. The match was sponsored by MW Surfacing Ltd.