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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.


A Charity That Changed a Life - A Hethersett teenager is urging people to dig deep and support a charity which has changed his life. You can read about Max Bode's special wheelchair and his charity appeal by clicking on the cutting from the Wymondham Mercury opposite
Business Success for Hethersett Sisters - Three sisters are celebrating their first successful year in business in Hethersett. Their story was featured in the Wymondham Mercury and you can read it by clicking on the cutting opposite.
Charity Cycle Ride - Cyclists from Velo Clubs at Hethersett and Mulbarton have raised hundreds of pounds for charity from a social ride and barbecue. Over £500 was raised to be split between the East Anglian Children's Hospice and a youngster from Mulbarton with a rare chromosome condition. To read the full story click on the cutting from the Wymondham Mercury opposite.
More Praise for Sporting Hethersett - Hethersett has won more accolades for its sporting prowess. The village was featured as part of a series of articles by the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News newspapers on the Olympic Legacy one year on. You can read the article by clicking on the cutting opposite.
Golden Years - A special service was held at Hethersett Parish Church to celebrate the golden weddings of six well known local couples. You can read this story in full by clicking on the cutting from the Wymondham Mercury opposite.

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.


Dressed to Impress - Pupils from Hethersett Old Hall School dressed to impress for the annual leavers' ball which was featured in the Wymondham Mercury newspaper. To read about this click on the cutting opposite.


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.


Hethersett's Cowgate - Residents in a Hethersett Road woke up to a bevy of bovine visitors. A party of young bullocks were heard and seen wandering along Malthouse Road just after 7 a.m. Residents got up to find two police vehicles in the road and the cows in a garden. Former Hethersett parish Councillor and leading environmentalist Gary Wyatt witnessed the incident: "Eventually a truck with men arrived, presumably the farmer concerned and the bullocks were hereded off in the direction of the village. Later a bit of detective work (i.e poo in the road) as I walked to the bus revealed that they had turned into Lynch Green on their way home." Mr Wyatt said he had been particularly impressed by the police use of a traffic cone "It certainly kept them under control! I don't know whether hostage negotiators were used in what is being called Hethersett's Cowgate," he joked.

Yellow Lines to be Re-Painted - Work to replace double yellow lines in Queen's Road, Hethersett, was so shoddy that the lines are having to be re-painted. To read this story from the Wymondham Mercury click on the cutting opposite.
Another Milestone for Hethersett - A milestone lost for 25 years has been restored to its former glory and placed on the B1172 at Hethersett. Norfolk milestone enthusiast and historian Nigel Ford found half of the milestone by the swimming pool in the garden of Wychwood House in Norwich Road. Some local detective work found the other half nearby behind a hedge at East Lodge. The two halves had to be joined with resin bonding and then repainted to restore the milestone to its former glory. Nigel soon realised that two separate people had carved the stone due to a flat figure four on the Norwich side and a different style 25 on the Thetford side. The refurbishment work has been paid for by Hethersett Parish Council, owner of Wychwood House Charles Watts and the Milestone Society. It will be featured in a book “60 Norfolk Milestones” due out later this year. A copy of this will be presented to the Queen. For more photographs of the milestone click here
A Grand RiNG Fete - The summer fete organised by the Rheumatoid Arthritis in Norfolk Group (The RiNG) in Hethersett Village Hall raised £1,000 for the Norfolk Bone and Joint Appeal which is looking to raise up to £3 million to erect a medical research building in Norwich. You can read more about the appeal by clicking here. You can view more photographs of the RiNG fete which was opened by television and radio personality Helen McDermott by clicking here. The link will also take you to the full story of the day. 
Hethersett Needs More Lions - Hethersett is on the look out for more Lions. People with an interest in helping raise money for good causes and their local communities are being invited to join Hethersett and District Lions Club which is looking for new recruits. It currently only has one member from Hethersett and would like to increase its representation from the village. To read more about the club you can visit its official web site by clicking here. Our picture on the right shows president Rodney Davis and secretary John Hewitt presenting a cheque for £500 to the RiNG at its summer fete in Hethersett Village Hall. To read more about this see the story above this one.
Velo Club Success - The newly formed Hethersett Velo Club continues to go from strength to strength with over 70 riders of all ages and abilities regularly taking part in club runs. To read about the club  click here. To view a gallery of photographs from a recent club run click here.