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Archive News April 2015

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in April 2015

Poll Time for Hethersett - Hethersett residents will go to the polls on May 7th to elect a Member of Parliament and two representatives for South Norfolk Council - but there won't be an election for Hethersett Parish Council. Only 10 people have come forward to stand for the 13 seats on Hethersett Parish Council. All bar one are existing councillors. The following have been automatically elected - Jim Bartram, Anne Edwards, Viv Hawes, Shane Hull, Chris Morriss, Eileen Mulvaney, John Nightingale, Stephen Slack, Peter Steward and Jacky Sutton. Present councillors Fred Watkins, Stephen West and Heather Williamson have decided not to stand for re-election, leaving three seats vacant on the council. There will be a contest for the district council's two seats with the following candidates. All live in Hethersett. The asterisk denotes existing councillors

David Bills* Conservative
Leslie Dale* Conservative
Colin Goodchild Liberal Democrats
Andy Pearson Labour
Jacky Sutton Labour

Candidates for the South Norfolk seat in Westminster will be

Richard Bacon* Conservative
Barry Cameron United Kingdom Independence Party
Jacqueline Howe Liberal Democrats
Catherine Rowett Green Party
Deborah Sacks Labour

Hethersett Women's Death was an Accident - The death of an 81-year-old Hethersett resident in May 2014 has been ruled an "accident" by the coroner. You can read this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.

Four Retiring From Parish Council - Four Hethersett councillors with a combined service to the village of almost 50 years will be stepping down in May. The golden quartet will not be staying on the newly formed council. There will be no election for places on the parish council, however, with only 10 people coming forward to fill the 13 posts, leaving three vacancies to be filled. Fred Watkins has served the village for over 25 years, many of them as chair of the council. He is also a long standing member of the Hethersett Village Hall trustees and a former chair of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Road Safety Committee. Fellow long serving councillor Heather Williamson will also be standing down after 12 years’ service. Over that time she has been a tireless worker on behalf of the elderly and the environment. Other current councillors retiring are the Rev Christopher Mallett and Stephen West. Nine of the current council will be re-elected unopposed – Shane Hull, Jim Bartram, John Nightingale, Viv Hawes, Dr Anne Edwards, Peter Steward, Christopher Morriss, Eileen Mulvaney, Stephen Slack. They will be joined by former parish councillor Jackie Sutton, who will be returning to the body. The photograph above shows three of the retiring councillors with chair John Nightingale. They are (left to right) - Christopher Mallett, Heather Williamson, John Nightingale and Fred Watkins. The new council comes into being at its annual meeting on May 18th. It will have the power to co-opt up to three additional members. Following Media publicity, a number of people have come forward to look into keeping the village skateboard park open. A 200 signature petition and Facebook campaign has resulted in considerable interest in updating equipment and keeping the park as a village amenity. The matter will be discussed further at the next meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association at Park Farm Hotel on May 13th. The parish council has expressed its concern about safety at Thickthorn Roundabout and councillors will be meeting with Norfolk Highways in the near future to discuss the matter. Hethersett’s annual parish meeting will take place on May 6th in the Village Hall and will feature reports from numerous village organisations. The parish council is also fully supporting village involvement in the Tour of Britain cycle race which is due to pass through the village on September 12th. A defibrillator for public use is now in place on the outside wall of Boots Pharmacy in Great Melton Road.

Quiz for Church Funds - A quiz night is being held in Hethersett Old Hall School barn at 7 p.m on Friday, 12th June, in aid of Hethersett Parish Church. Tables of eight will be taking part and there will be home cooked food. Tickets are £8 each and can be booked by telephoning Mollie Herron on 01953 607390 or Vic Redington on 01603 811136.

Hethersett Open Weekend - This year's Hethersett Open Weekend will take place on July 4th and 5th. Saturday 4th will see a come and try free sport in the park event on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field and Sunday 5th will bring the annual two mile fun run to the village, starting at 11 a.m from Hethersett Junior School. We will have more details of these events shortly. In the meantime the Run the Square entry form can by downloaded by clicking here. Completed entry forms can be sent to Hethersett Village Hall or Hethersett Library. Full details of how to enter are on the forms.

Victory for Netball Team - Hethersett continued its success in Norfolk Village Games competitions when the village's netball team triumphed in the annual Active Norfolk competition in Dereham. In the final Hethersett came up against a strong Great Massingham team and the sides couldn't be separated even after two periods of extra-time. Hethersett took the trophy on a golden goal rule of the first team to score. It was the team's first triumph in the competition depsite reaching the final in previous years. Final positions were: 1st Hethersett, 2nd Great Massingham, 3rd Long Stratton, 4th Scarning, 5th Rackheath, 6th Briston, 7th Old Catton, 8th Lophams, 9th Poringland and Framingham, 10th Hickling, 11th Beetley, 12th Southtown

Dementia Friendly Cheque - A project to turn Hethersett into a dementia friendly village has been boosted by a £400 donation from Hethersett Pantomime Group. The Hethersett Dementia Friendly Community Project is just one of many good causes supported from the proceeds of this year’s village pantomime Treasure Island which once again pulled in packed houses during its week long run in Hethersett Village Hall. Over £4,000 was given away by the group this year, taking the amount raised for charities and local organisations to over £94,000 since village pantomimes began in 1970. A bucket collection at the end of each of the nine performances raised £2,278 for the Wymondham based Star Throwers charity. This was rounded up to £2,400 by the pantomime group. Other donations included £400 to Hethersett Village Hall Committee, £400 to Ducklings Pre-school playgroup, £250 to St Remigius Parish Church, £250 to the Granville Court Care Home at Horsford and £100 to the Norwich SOS Bus. The cheque for £400 for the Hethersett dementia support group was presented to its chairman David Bills by Neville Greenhalgh, Chairman of the Hethersett Pantomime Group, outside Hethersett Hall. Pictured opposite are David (centre left) and Neville (centre right) along with members of the Hethersett Dementia Support Group and Hethersett Pantomime Group. “We are delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause. We are always looking for worthy local charities and groups to support financially,” Mr Greenhalgh said. This donation from the Hethersett Pantomime Group is most welcome. It will enable us to plan ahead with our Hethersett Hub Cafe to provide the necessary facilities to make it a friendly place for those carers and dementia sufferers to meet," Mr Bills said. 

Dementia Launch - A special evening to launch Hethersett as a Dementia friendly village is being held at Hethersett Hall on May 14th. Local business and organisations have been invited to attend to find out more about how people living with dementia can be supported. The event is being organised by the Hethersett Dementia Friendly Community Project in partnership with the Hethersett Dementia Support Group. The evening, which is supported by Age UK Norfolk, will feature a number of key speakers including Willie Cruickshank from the Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance and Zena Aldridge, Admiral Nurse Lead for Norfolk. Chair of Hethersett Dementia Support Group David Bills said: “"This project has been in the making for close to a year now. Finally with the support of so many people in the community we are ready to open. We are particularly grateful to Hethersett Hall and Woodcote Sheltered Home for the use of their facilities and know how. It has enabled us to plan ahead with our Hethersett Hub Cafe to provide the necessary facilities to make it a friendly place for those carers and dementia sufferers in and around Hethersett to meet." The evening will be followed by the launch of a monthly dementia café at Hethersett Hall, with the first session for dementia sufferers and their carers scheduled for May 19th.

Murder Time in Hethersett - Hethersett Players drama group are inviting local residents to become amateur detectives for a special Murder Mystery Evening in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m on Saturday May 30th. Individuals and teams will be given the opportunity to interview suspects, analyse the clues and try to work out the guilty party. Tickets are £10 each which includes a fish and chip supper. They can be purchased via the internet by clicking here or by phoning 0333 666 3366. Further information is available via e-mail by clicking here.

Bat Survey in Hethersett - Hethersett Library is joining in this year's Norfolk Bat Survey. Bat detectors can be reserved online and picked up at the library. Full details of the survey are available by clicking here.

Circus Time in Hethersett - The circus is rolling into Hethersett on Saturday 9th May for the annual Hethersett Old Hall School Summer Fete! It promises to be an action-packed day for the whole family, with  attractions ranging from crafts, clowns and circus skills workshops to inflatable castles, bouncy rides and games galore. There will be prizes up for grabs in the raffle and plenty of refreshments available too, including a BBQ, a 'Cream Teas' marquee, ice creams and that all important Pimm's stand for the grown ups! Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy this free family event.

Cricket Match Hits A Grand - A charity cricket match involving Hethersett and Tas Valley and a Tony Selby Norfolk XI raised over £1,000 for the Wymondham based Star Throwers cancer charity. A total of £1,035 was raised from donations, a raffle, match fees and many other attractions as Hethersett retained the Les King Star Throwers Patrons Trophy with a 28 run victory in the 40 overs a side game. The real winner, however, was the charity. The match was sponsored by

Author's Talk - South Norfolk author Ralph Jackman gave a fascinating talk at Hethersett Library on his new book Actium's Wake which is set in Ancient Rome. A small but appreciative audience heard about Ralph's obsession from an early age with the Roman Empire and his stated ambition as a young child "to be a Roman" something he had achieved through writing his book in the first person through the eyes of a Roman Senator.

Quiz Time at Hethersett Social Club - Hethersett Social Club is hosting a St George's Day Quiz and chips night on Friday, 24th April from 8 p.m. Teams of up to eight with entry at £7.50 per person. Advanced booking is required for food on 01603.


Four Hundred Cyclists Take to the Roads - Cycling in Hethersett is beginning to become an extreme pastime. Easter Sunday saw the fourth annual 30/60/90 ride which this year attracted 400 participants of all ages and abilities. Three courses started and finished at Hethersett Social Club with the first set of riders setting off on a 90 mile circuit of South Norfolk at 8 a.m. This went via Wymondham, Attleborough, Snetterton, East Harling, Banham, Long Stratton and Mulbarton. Ninety minutes later the 60-milers set off on a route that took in Wymondham, Old Buckenham, Attleborough, East Harling and Mulbarton. Finally the 30 mile event took in Wymondham, Old Buckenham and Mulbarton. The success of the event is mirrored by the success of Hethersett Velo Club which was founded in May 2013 and which has over 200 members. The group has regular club rides on Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings. On June 10th, 30 club members will be riding from Hethersett to Paris and on July 4th a number will attempt the 310 journey from the village to London and back via the Suffolk coast in a non stop overnight marathon. The club is not just about extreme cycling, however, as club nights tailor rides to suit all abilities and speeds.


Golden Couple - Hethersett couple Marianne and Don Leek have celebrated their Golden Wedding and were featured in the Wymondham Mercury newspaper. To read this click on the cutting opposite
Nature Group Celebrate - A Wymondham nature group has celebrated 25 years in existence. The group includes a number of well known Hethersett environmentalists. You can read about them in a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking on the cutting opposite to enlarge it.


Easter Walk of Witness - The annual Good Friday walk of witness in Hethersett started this year at St Remigius Parish Church and ended at Hethersett Methodist Church where a service was led by the Minister, the Rev Matthew Olanrewaju, assisted by the Rector of Hethersett, the Rev Derek McClean. The procession of about 40 people followed a symbolic cross and made its way from St Remigius, through the Steepletower development and down Henstead Road to the Methodist Church. After the service refreshments and Hot Cross Buns were served in the Methodist Hall.


Junction Improvements - Work is due to start within the next week to make improvements to the junction of the B1108 Watton Road at the junction with Hethersett Lane. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Plant Heritage Fair - The Norfolk Plant Heritage group will be holding a Spring Fair in Hethersett Village Hall on Sunday May 3rd from 10 a.m until 1 p.m.. The fair will showcase over 20 specialist plant growers including the renowned Keith Wiley from Wildside Nurseries in Devon. There will be displays, plant advice, refreshments and much more. Entry is £1 and parking is free. This is the latest in a series of similar events at the village hall which is helping to give Hethersett a reputation in this field both locally and further afield.

Acting Workshops - Hethersett Players are holding a number of workshops over the coming months designed to build confidence on the stage. The five session course takes a specific theme each month from dancing to acting, singing to learning how to stage an effective fight scene. The course is open to anyone 13 and over. “It is an ideal opportunity for people to see what they can do. They may even surprise themselves. No-one will be put on the spot and we would like people to come along and have some fun with us,” said Sarah Wright from the Players. The course starts on April 14th and runs through to July at Hethersett Junior School from 7.30 until 9.30 p.m. A charge of £3 per person will be made. Themes will be as follows: April 14th – Acting – “Don’t Dismiss the Chorus” – Scenes and characterisation. May 19th – A Little More Acting – “Watch the Prop” – Props and characterisation. June 16th – Dancing – “Putting Some Steps Together.” July 7th – Singing – “From first notes to a group member.” This will be held in Hethersett Village Hall. July 27th – Stage Fighting – Learning the basics of effective stage fighting. Places on the course can be booked by e-mailing

School Fete - This year's Hethersett Junior School Spring Fete will take place on May 16th from 11 a.m until 2 p.m.