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Archive News April 2016

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in April 2016




Footballers Lift Cup - Hethersett Athletic's men's Saturday team have won the Crown Fire South and Central Norfolk Dick Davey Memorial Ambulance Cup with a 3-0 victory over Rockland Reserves in the final at Dereham FC's ground. A first half goal from Danny Gray after just six monutes and second half strikes by Rob Warminger and Mark Lance gave Hethersett a comfortable victory. Hethersett Athletic is running two Saturday men's teams for the first time this season and the new Hethersett Old Boys (previously Marlborough Old Boys) have already won the Norwich and District Saturday League Division One title and will be looking to make it a treble when they compete in the finals of the R.J. Potter Cup and the Shoe Trades Cup.




Queen's Birthday CelebrationsHethersett Library held a street party with a difference to celebrate the Queen's big day - it was indoors. A regular run of residents turned up to enjoy tea, coffee and cake provided by library staff. Crafts were available with children making their own sparkly crowns and there was a royal theme with scrapbooks and other items on display from the last 90 years. The event was enjoyed by all ages from one year upwards. In the evening Chairman of South Norfolk Council David Bills, who represents Hethersett, lit one of thousands of beacons to celebrate the big day. The lighting of the beacon at South Norfolk Council's headquarters at Long Stratton followed the Queen igniting the first beacon in Windsor. Our picture above shows residents and library staff at Hethersett Library.





Hawks Celebrate - On Tuesday April 19th 1966 Hethersett Hawks entertained Norwich Icenians in the first-ever competitive match at the new cycle speedway track on the Memorial Playing Field. On the same date fifty years later 20 current members aged from 6 to 62 rolled up for their regular Tuesday Club Night in glorious but chilly sunshine to find the night going with a fizz. In addition to the normal mix of graded races, time trials, a manic 9-a-side relay race, handicap races and the popular 30-lap eliminator race, they, plus committee members and supporters, were treated to some champagne / soft drinks and cakes to celebrate this very special anniversary for the village club started by a group of teenagers all those years ago. This celebration was just the first of a series of events during the year to mark the anniversary.  Next week five riders and two Club officials are off to Poland to contest the European Club Championships, taking the Hawks team abroad for the first time. They are one of only four British Clubs making the trip. The club will be having a day of special events on Saturday May 21st at the track and hope to welcome along as many ex-riders as can make it to share their memories  and maybe show their old skills on the track before a social evening at Hethersett Social Club. Then on Sunday June 26th club members will parade through the village streets at the head of the annual Run-the-Square fun run which will be followed in the afternoon with the staging of the Norfolk Championships at the track. Later this year a book will be published cataloguing the history of the Club.




Sports Association - This year’s annual Hethersett two mile Run the Square funrun will take place on June 26th, members of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association heard at its latest meeting. The funrun, which follows a square of the original village, is in its seventh year after being launched as part of an Open Weekend of events in support of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It regularly attracts over 200 runners of all ages and abilities. Since 2010, Hethersett has continued to support sport, fitness, health and well being as part of the village’s Olympic legacy. Entry to the run will be £3 for adults and £1.50 for Under-16s. Queen’s Road, part of Great Melton Road, Mill Road, part of New Road and the Old Norwich Road will be shut for the duration of the run which will start and finish outside Hethersett Junior School. It will be led off by riders from Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club which is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year. Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association continues to support groups and individuals through grants and is hoping to set-up a new tennis club in the near future. Money from the association has seen clubs established in croquet, yoga, junior netball, table tennis and running and has also funded a petanque piste on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. In addition the sports association has made grants to existing clubs. The association also takes a keen interest in local environmental issues. “We started the association in response to the rallying cry in the build-up to the London Olympic Games. After the Games we were determined not to allow the ideas we had to die and now four years on we are continuing to help and support sports clubs, groups and individuals working together to improve the health and fitness levels of local people. “We are delighted that, through the work of the association, hundreds of people have taken up regular exercise by joining new or existing clubs and groups. There is no doubt in our minds that this has helped to improve their general health,” said association chairman Peter Steward. Membership of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association is open to clubs for a £5 annual membership and is free to individuals. The next meeting will be at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett on July 11th when all are welcome.


Story of a Massacre - A remarkable war story will be re-told in Hethersett Parish Church on Friday, 28th October at 7 pm. The evening will feature the story of two soldiers from the Second Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment, one of whom came from Dereham, who survived the atrocity at Le Paradis. A powerpoint presentation will cover the events leading up to that fateful day, describing the events and how the perpetrators were tracked down. The event is free with donations going to church funds. Light refreshments will be served. The presentation will be given by Dennis O'Callaghan (the son of one of the survivors), Nick Smith and John Head from the parish church. Every two years the trio go to Le Paradis to attend their Remembrance Day. The event attracts considerable Media interest on both sides of the channel. The Le Paradis massacre was a war crime committed by members of the 14th Company, SS Division Totenkopf, under the command of Fritz Knöchlein. It took place on 27th May, 1940, during the Battle of France, at a time when the British Expeditionary Force was attempting to retreat through the Pas-de-Calais region during the Battle of Dunkirk. Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Norfolk Regiment, had become isolated from their regiment. They occupied and defended a farmhouse against an attack by Waffen-SS forces in the village of Le Paradis. After running out of ammunition, the defenders surrendered to the German troops. The Germans led them across the road to a wall, and machine-gunned them. Ninety-seven British troops died. Two survived, with injuries, and hid until they were captured by German forces several days later. After the war, Fritz Knöchlein was located, tried and convicted by a war crimes court, with the two survivors acting as witnesses against him. For his part in the massacre, Knöchlein was executed in 1949.


Title for Footballers - Hethersett Athletic Old Boys' dreams of a treble are very much alive after they made sure of the Norwich and District Saturday League Division One title with a 2-0 win over Yelverton Reserves. The team now has two cup finals to look forward to with an F.J Potter Cup Final against One Love United at Easton College on April 30th (kick off 3.35 p.m) and a Shoe Trades Cup Final against Yelverton Reserves on May 5th (7.30 p.m at the FDC). Meanwhile Hethersett Athletic Men's other Saturday team take on Rocklands Rserves in the final of the Crown Fire South and Central Norfolk League Dick Davey Memorial Ambulance Cup at Dereham FC's ground on Wednesday, 27th April, at 7.30 p.m.


Stepping Into Stardom - Performers of all ages are set to bring a host of musical favourites into a show set to entertain all the family at Norwich Theatre Royal. Stepping Into Stardom will feature a host of beautifully-choreographed set-pieces featuring students from the Hethersett-based Yvonne School of Dance. The show, which takes to the stage at Norwich Theatre Royal on May 1st at 2.30pm and 7pm, will feature songs from the likes of The Sound Of Music, Cats, Grease, 9 to 5, and Les Misérables. Cast members have been rehearsing for six months to bring the show to the stage and are being helped by a dedicated band of volunteers who have been helping out behind-the-scenes with the show and creating some beautiful costumes. It also gives them all the chance to perform on the Theatre Royal stage in front of a live audience. School principal Yvonne Cutting said: “There are some fantastic scenes in the show. The Cats part of the production features a lot of people, and some of our youngest children are featured in the Wizard of Oz scene. It will certainly feature something for all the family.”


Dog Mess Concern - Hethersett Parish Council continues to be concerned at the amount of dog mess in the village and the irresponsibility of some dog owners who fail to clear up and use bins provided throughout the village. The council is looking at ways of involving the community in fighting this anti-social behaviour which also poses a health risk, particularly for children.


Pot Holes - Hethersett residents are being urged to report any pot holes in the village to Norfolk County Council. A large and dangerous hole in Mill Road has been repaired and the parish council is keen to ensure roads in the village are brought up to standard as soon as possible.


Neighbourhood Watch - Hethersett Parish Council will support any new Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the village. At the present time there are only two active schemes - Richardson Crescent and Haconsfield. "We will support any new schemes but as a parish council cannot initiate or organise them," said parish council chairman Jackie Sutton.

Parish Dates - Hethersett’s annual parish meeting will take place in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m on 4th May. Tea and coffee will be provided before the meeting which is open to all parishioners and which will receive reports from a variety of groups and organisations. The annual meeting of Hethersett Parish Council will take place in the village hall at 7.30 p.m on 16th May.  




On the left are Duncan and Jenny Pigg and on the right Duncan and his four God Children

Birthday Celebration: Decades of service to the church and local community by a Hethersett village stalwart were celebrated in St Remigius Parish Church. Over 200 invited guests came together to celebrate Duncan Pigg’s 90th birthday on April 6th. The evening featured a concert by Hellesdon and Sprowston Brass with works ranging from pop and show classics to brass band marches. Introducing the evening, John Head from the parish church paid tribute to Duncan’s years of service. “Reaching the age of 90 is an outstanding achievement for such a stalwart of village life. Duncan has been the bedrock for so many things in Hethersett that we enjoy today. “It is fitting that Duncan’s birthday should be celebrated in this church and with music. Many will know Duncan from his pantomime scripts, as a former parish councillor, a church warden and lay reader and through his association with cricket. He has been closely involved with music as a member of Norwich Cathedral Choir, choirmaster at Hethersett and in choosing music for the annual village pantomime. It has all helped to bring music into our lives,” Mr Head said. Duncan himself reflected on what he referred to as “a wonderful life” built on four main factors – his job, his church, his village and the support of his wife Jenny. “I have been very lucky to have been involved in so many good things,” he said. Duncan’s unceasing work in the local community was marked by the award of the British Empire Medal in the 2013 New Year’s Honours. Former Rector of Hethersett and a close friend of Duncans, the Rev Michael Sexton, proposed a birthday toast and pointed out that Duncan’s birthday falls just 15 days before the 90th birthday of the Queen: “Duncan and the Queen have many things in common, not the least of which is their selfless service. Duncan has achieved so much, always with cheerfulness and a willingness to serve the community,” he said. Church Warden Kate Wood also praised Duncan for his contributions to church and village life. Donations given during the evening will go towards the parish church roof repair fund. We will have more photographs and more about Duncan in the May edition of our online magazine.

A staff reunion for Hethersett Middle School staff above and on the right former Head Teacher Tim Strugnell

Former Middle School Staff Reunion - Hethersett Middle School staff from the past got together at Park Farm Hotel for a reunion buffet lunch. The event was organised by retired teachers Anna Hallam and Sharon Fielding. Nineteen teachers and ancillary staff attended what could be the first of many reunions. All the staff were employed at the Middle School (now Hethersett Junior School) during the time that Tim Strugnell was Head Teacher. "The more mature you get, the more you realise the importance of connections. We shared a very worthy occupation over many years and cared for and taught thousands of children. There is a special bond between special people who have been through thick and thin together," Sharon Fielding said. Tim Strugnell paid tribute to all those he had wored with: "You were a fantastic group of people to work with and we did have such fun," he said.

Plant Fair - The Norfolk Plant Heritage group will be holding a Spring Plant Fair in Hethersett Village Hall from 10 am to 1 pm on Sunday, 1st May. Over 20 professional nurseries will attend along with a plant stall organised by the NPH. There will be a focus on the plant Aquilegia with sales of this along with displays. Simon and Ann Harrap of Natural Surrounds who specialise in wild flowers, will also have a display. Plant Doctor Ian Roofe will be in attendance to offer advice and there will be a tombola, refreshments and flower arranging.

New Hedge Planted - A new hedge has been planted on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field using natural British hedgerow plants. A working party of volunteers put the new hedge in place on April 1st thanks to a grant from Busseys Motor Dealers who plant a tree for every car they sell. The Hethersett planting took place under the auspices of the South Norfolk tree wardens' scheme and South Norfolk Council chairman David Bills, who represents Hethersett, was on hand to dig in the first of the 270 plants which will enclose the current croquet lawn and separate it from football pitches. The hedgerow plants used include Hornbeam, Dogwood, Maple, Hawthorn, Spindleberry, Dogrose, Hazel and Alder.



Latest E-Magazine on Line - The April edition of our online magazine for Hethersett is now available by clicking here. Archive editions can be viewed by clicking here.


Hethersett Hub Cafe - Hethersett Hub Cafe is organised by Hethersett Dementia Support and welcomes all members of the community on the third Tuesday of each month between 10 am and noon. Those suffering dementia, memory loss, loneliness, bereavement and their carers are particularly invited to share activities, friendship and support. The next two cafes will be held on 19th April and 17th May in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall. For more information contact Anne Steward on 01603 811052.


MacDonalds Restaurant for Thickthorn? - South Norfolk planners have received an application for a new MacDonalds fast food restaurant and drive through on land off Thickthorn roundabout. All the plans and comments can be viewed on South Norfolk's web site by clicking here.


Dance Time - Yvonne School of Dance will be presenting its biennial show at Norwich Theatre Royal, on Sunday May 1st with performances at 2.30 and 7.30 pm. "Stepping into Stardom" will once again provide a colourful extravaganza featuring pupils from the school of all ages from tots to adult. Tickets can be booked form the theatre box office on 01603 630000 or online by clicking here. The photograph opposite is a flashback to rehearsals for the 2014 show.


Celebrating the Queen's Birthday - Hethersett Library will be celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday by inviting local residents to an indoor street party on Thursday 21st April from 2 p.m. There will be tea, cake, activities and displays showcasing royal life. Events in the library for April are: The library can be contacted on 01603 810188 or via e-mail by clicking here.


Monday 4th 11.00 Easter craft activities for families
  14.00 Book Group
Wednesday 6th 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 7th 14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
  14.00 Social/board games afternoon
Friday 8th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme time with the Children's Centre
Monday 11th 14.00 Craft Group
  14.00 Parish Pop In
Wednesday 13th 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 14th 14.00 Social/Board Games Afternoon
Monday 18th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 20th 10.30 Adult colouring session
Thursday 21st 14.00 Indoor Street Party to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday
Monday 25th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 27th 10.30 Adult colouring Session
Thursday 28th 14.00 Social/Board Games Afternoon


Bowls Club's Open Day - Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Bowls Club will be holding an open day on 16th April when the green is opened for the 2016 season. The club is looking for new bowlers - both experienced and newcomers to the game.

Fun Run Date Set - Hethersett’s annual two mile village funrun will take place on June 26th. The ever popular event has attracted hundreds of serious and fun runners since it started in 2010 as part of the village’s run up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. A six week running course under the leadership of former Olympic athlete Paul Evans will begin on May 19th and be held on the six Thursday evenings leading up to the funrun.

Village Games Finals - Hethersett and the Meltons will be entering  a team in the Active Norfolk Village Games Finals at UEA Sportspark on July 10th and also taking part in  a netball tournament in April and an indoor rounders competition at the end of January.

Hethersett Society Dates - Hethersett Society has set dates for its meetings through to July 2016. The group has also changed its meeting date from the first to the second Monday of the month. All meetings take place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall at 7.30 p.m. Coming dates are as follows:

April 11th Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope Victoria Bacon
May 9th AGM and the Hethersett Archive Gary Wyatt
June 13th Have Gavel Will Travel Martin Fox
July 11th Walter Dexter, Norfolk Artist Charlotte Paton