Archive News - August 2013
The following articles appeared on the site in August 2013
Councillor Speaks Out Against Development - A Hethersett parish councillor has spoken of her fears for the village after the go-ahead for 1,200 new homes in the village. Click on the cutting above to enlarge it.
Deaths of Two Village Stalwarts - We have been saddened to learn of the passing of two prominent village personalities. Walter (Wally) Tyacke, formerly of Great Melton Road, died on 8th August after a long battle against Parkinson's Disease. Wally, who was 81, will be remembered for his years as a parish councillor. A funeral service will be held at St Faith's Crematorium on Friday, 23rd August at 1.15 p.m. Tom Gregory has also died after a long illness. Tom was a huge supporter of Hethersett Athletic Football Club over many years as a coach and committee member.
Diary Dates - The Rheumatoid in Norfolk Group (The RiNG), which meets regularly every month in the village, will be holding a summer fete in Hethersett Village Hall on August 17th from 11 a.m.. The event will include a treasure trail, story telling, puppets, origami, a book and jigsaw stall, a raffle, refreshments and much more and proceeds will go to the Norfolk Bone and Joint Appeal. The event will be opened by television personality Helen McDermott. Hethersett Library will be holding a charity coffee and cake morning in aid of Age UK from 10.30 a.m until 12.30 p.m on Monday, 7th October. The library is also inviting youngsters aged from five to 11 to have fun making gruesome gargoyles, scary spiders and menacing monsters in a free Creepy House, Creepy Creatures event from 2 to 3 p.m on Wednesday 19th August. Booking for this event on 01603 810188 is essential.
Old Hall School A Level Results - Hethersett Old Hall School pupils recorded a 94% success rate in achieving grades A* to E in the A level results which have just been announced. This is a slight drop on the previous two years which saw the school achieve the perfect 100%. The pass rate in A* to C was 67% compared with 84% in 2012 and 65% in 2011. Head Teacher Stephen Crump said: "Once again, the hard work of our staff with the support of parents has ensured our Year 13 students can benefit from an excellent range of higher education courses. We are delighted that almost a quarter of our students got at least one A*, and all the girls who applied were accepted into their first choice of university. Our ethos is always to work with pupils regardless of their abilities to realise their potential.”
Hethersett High Exam Improvements - This year's GCSE results show a considerable improvement for Hethersett High School and consultant Head John Catton has vowed that the trend will be continued. A total of 57% of pupils received five A* to C grades including English and Maths. A total of 69% of pupils gained five A* to C grades in all subjects. "After the disappointment of last year, our figure of 57pc A*-C, including English and Maths, represents a 14pc uplift. This is a most welcome step forward and I congratulate the students (and their parents) and staff who secured this improvement. That said, we aspire to significantly higher attainment in the future – which we will achieve.” Mr Catton said. Meanwhile Hethersett Old Hall School achieve the perfect 100% of five A* to C grades in all subjects: "The school is grateful to the hard work of the teachers and the dedication of its pupils that have allowed Year 11 to gain an excellent set of results," said Head Stephen Crump.
Go Ahead for Pavilion Plans - Planning permission has been given for a major extension and renovation of the pavilion on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. South Norfolk planning committee gave the go-ahead with a unanimous vote in favour of the plans which will provide additional changing facilities, improved toilets and showers, a fully fitted kitchen and function room. You can read the story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.
Close Finish Assured - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club's chances of taking the Norfolk Alliance Division Two title still hangs in the balance with just two matches to go. Hethersett are currently in third place - just four points behind joint leaders Great Melton and Garboldisham. Melton and Garboldisham play each other this coming weekend whilst Hethersett take on Downham Town. The title could be decided the following weekend when Hethersett visit Great Melton.
King's Head Through to Final - Hethersett King's Head is through to the final round of South Norfolk Council's Community Pub of the Year award. The other finalists are Diss Waterfront, Brooke King's Head, Woodton King's Head and Wymondham Green Dragon. The winner will be announced on September 16th and the winners will receive £1,000 to put towards a community event. All five shortlisted finalists will receive a South Norfolk Community Pub of the Year Award plaque. More information is available on a web site which can be visited by clicking here.
Temporary Closure of Canns Lane - Part of Canns Lane will be closed to through traffic from August 27th until August 29th for essential water connection work to take place. Residents will still be able to have access.
Pavilion Decision Expected - A decision will be made by South Norfolk Council on Wednesday August 14th on whether to grant planning permission for extensive improvements to the pavilion on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. The improvements would feature new and improved sports changing facilities, a function room and kitchen. Full details of the plans and letters received by South Norfolk are available on the council's web site by clicking here.