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Archive News August 2014

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

First World War Commemoration

Above are members of the Hethersett Art and Craft Group with their First World War display and on the right is the renovated war memorial in the grounds of St Remigius Church.

A Hethersett art and craft group is helping to keep memories of the Great War alive by producing a display of paintings, photographs and memorabilia. Hethersett Methodist Art and Craft Group meets on Wednesday mornings and includes some keen historians amongst its members. That made it a logical step to help commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War with a display featuring facsimile newspapers, original art work, posters, crafted poppies, poetry and photographs. “We wanted to commemorate the war in some shape or form and an obvious way was to use our skills,” said one of the group organisers and instructor Tina Greenhalgh. She was joined by Bea Ewett and Brenda Parfitt in organising the display which has been up in the Methodist Church for a number of weeks and will be available to view when the church is open until the end of the month. Meanwhile the village has also marked the centenary of the start of the war by having the War Memorial in the grounds of St Remigius Church cleaned and spruced up. The name of Ray Childs has also been added to the other 17 names featured from the Great War. Ray was severely gassed during active service in France in 1918 and died back in Hethersett after the war in 1919. Hethersett Parish Council felt the time appropriate to add his name as one of the fallen of the conflict. A special web site looking at Hethersett from 1910 to 1950 and featuring major sections on the First World War is being constructed by parish councillor Peter Steward with the help of village archivist Gary Wyatt. The site features the exclusive writings of Hethersett Rector, the Rev Frederic Jarvis, who served in both the village and on the western front during the First World War, along with historic photographs and details taken from wartime accounts in the village’s parish magazine. The web site can be accessed by clicking here


Hethersett Station May Re-Open - There is some suggestion that Hethersett Railway Station may re-open as part of a plan to maximise the potential of the train route from Norwich to Thetford. Norfolk County Councillor Bev Spratt is supporting the idea to make more use of the route, given the fact that the area between Norwich and Thetford is earmarked for major development. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


County Car Club Leads the Way - A Government minister has hailed Norfolk as leading the way for the rest of the country in public transport. Baroness Kramer, minister of state for transport, was visiting the Thickthorn Park and Ride site, which technically comes within the parish of Hethersett, to announce a £500,000 boost to car sharing clubs around England. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

Broadband Concern - A disabled Hethersett man has been featured in the local Media speaking about his frustrations at being without a phone line and internet connection for over four weeks. You can view a cutting on this from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

A Level Results - Hethersett Old Hall School pupil Daniele Marta is featured in coverage in the Wymondham Mercury of A' level results. You can read this story by clicking here.

Toss of A Coin Defeat for Cricketers - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricketers lost a cup semi-final in the cruellest possible way when a toss of the coin denied them a place in the final of the. The Norfolk Challenge Cup semi-final at Bradfield was washed out by heavy afternoon rain. With no time before the final to re-arrange the match, the league ordered the match to be decided on a coin toss. Hethersett were assigned tails and heads came up. The previous evening Hethersett were knocked out of the Norfolk Junior Cup at the semi-final stage when they were well beaten by Great Witchingham.

Changes to Small Ads (But they are Still Free) - In order to ensure that small business ads are current we are changing the way that these are presented. Very shortly we will be grouping the ads together in specific categories. Each ad will initially be placed on this site for a period of six months. The ads will still be free, but will all include an "end by" date. If you have an ad on this site and wish to keep it after the initial six month period all you have to do is e-mail us by clicking here and we will keep it on-line. If we do not hear from you by the expiry date the advert will be taken off the site.


Revived Homes Bid Disastrous - Claim - A controversial bid to build homes on a protected wildlife haven in Hethersett has been dubbed a "disastrous idea" - 15 years after similar plans caused uproar in the village. The proposals would see 27 homes built on land between Queen's Road and Jaguar Road in an area known as Hethersett Paddock. You can read about opposition to the proposed development by clicking here to view the story from the Wymondham Mercury. A number of comments have been lodged on the South Norfolk Council planning web site about the "inappropriateness" of the development. You can view all the relevant documents and read letters and comments by clicking here.


District Councillor Opposes Controversial Planning Application - David Bills, one of Hethersett's representatives on South Norfolk Council has come out strongly against the proposed development at Hethersett Paddock (see story above). Writing on the social media site Streetlife he has the following to say: An application to build 27 houses on the land known as the Hethersett Paddock between Queens Road and Jaguar Road by Fleur Developments, Norfolk. This land is of historic value to Hethersett to say nothing of the wildlife that is there. It is the last remaining piece of untouched land which has been protected in the Local Plan as a public open space to meet a deficit identified in Hethersett at the time. Furthermore in the new Development Management Plan the site is proposed for protection under the emerging Policy DM4.5 which is concerned with ‘designated and locally important open space’, as a contribution to enhanced green infrastructure in Hethersett. To put 27 houses in and around this area is a tragedy no matter what levels of contrived protection for the wildlife they talk about. There are ponds there which no doubt if this were to go ahead would have to be “protected” for health and safety reasons. This is the thin end of the wedge as once this happens the doors are open for other “safety” measures which in turn would damage the area and destroy any remaining wildlife habitat. Hethersett has taken its fair share of houses, resources are stretched now they are looking to increase the burden. This must be stopped- it is not needed, not wanted and not acceptable. Please add your support for turning this application down by emailing and copy and myself 


Hethersett Rider in National Championships Success - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway rider Roger Carter has finished third in the British Championships for riders over the age of 60. You can read this story and view photographs from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Late Summer Show - A late summer plant fair is being held in Hethersett Village Hall on Sunday August 24th from 10 a.m until 1 p.m with many specialist nurseries including the Norfolk Plant Heritage stand, offering uncommon plants of sale on the field and in the hall. There will be plant displays showcasing the Norfolk Plant Heritage plant of the month - Penstemons and a display and sale of plants used by conservationalist Margery Fish. There will be plant competitions and Radio Norfolk plant doctor Ian Roofe will be in attendance. There will be refreshments and gardening books for sale and much more and entrance is £1.


Societies Day - Over 26 local voluntary organisations will be featured in Hethersett's Societies' Day in Hethersett Village Hall from midday until 4.30 p.m on September 6th. Information will be available on subjects and groups for all ages. Subjects covered will include art, craft, sport, the environment, history, theatre, singing, games, knitting and many others. To view a poster of the event click here. The event is being organised by South Norfolk Councillor Leslie Dale who said: "With as much as a 10% population change over each year, many new residents may be unaware of the aims and objectives of each of these Organisations, If successful the event could be held every couple of years." The last Societies event was held in 2007.


Closure of Church for Roof Repairs - St Remigius Parish Church will be closed from Monday 1st September for roofing repairs to be carried out. The churchyard will remain open during the work and it is hoped to have it completed by November 7th


Annual Show - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society's annual show will take place on Saturday, September 13th from 2 to 4 p.m in the Village Hall. There will be non members classes for nine tomatoes, five dessert apples, one specimen rose, digital photography and Victoria Jam Sponge. Also classes for young people in three age groups - up to seven years, eight to 11 years and 12 to 14 years. More information is available from Show Secretary Ted Hallett on 01603 811455.





Croquet Friendly - Eaton Park on a glorious sunny evening was the setting for a friendly meeting between well established Norwich Croquet Club and newly formed Hethersett Croquet Club, the two main clubs in the Norwich and South Norfolk area. Hethersett Croquet Club was formed in August 2013 with help from Norwich Croquet Club and following several enquiries from the ‘Sport in the Park’ event on the Memorial Playing Field which was supported by Active Norfolk. The club received a substantial grant from Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association to enable it to purchase equipment and to adequately prepare the lawns for this season. The club meets on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field, close to the bowls pavilion, at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and 2.30 p.m. on Saturdays – unless the weather is on the wrong side of showery. More information on the Hethersett club is available from Peter Hoult on 01603 811337 – or by email by clicking here. Norwich Croquet Club was formed a number of years ago and has the use of a lawn at Eaton Park and is situated between the model boat pond and the hard tennis courts. The club meets for Association play on Monday and Saturday afternoons, and for Golf play on most Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. Coaching takes place on Thursday evenings. The club has a web site which can be viewed by clicking here. More information is available via the secretary on 01603 506169. Both clubs enjoy a playing season running from Easter until late September or early October. Equipment is available to use and both run free ‘Come and Try It’ events during the year. Croquet is well-known as a tactical, absorbing and enjoyable game suitable for all ages with two versions of the game currently being played in the United Kingdom - Golf Croquet is a simpler, but competitive and more sociable variation where all four players are on the lawn throughout, taking turns. It has grown rapidly in popularity and stature. Association Croquet has developed from the Victorian game, which requires a variety of skills that are acquired by playing regularly with advice and coaching.


Cringleford and Hethersett Flower Club - Cringleford and Hethersett Flower Club meets monthly on the fourth Monday of the month at 7.30 p.m in Hethersett Village Hall. Full details of the club and contacts are available by clicking here  The club's programme for 2014-2015 is available by clicking here and the club's latest reports and photographs can be viewed by clicking here.


Beyond Expectations - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club raised £700 from its summer fete which was organised by the youngsters. A dog show and various stalls and refreshments made an enjoyable day despite intermittent rain and the amount raised exceeded expectations: “We were delighted that so many people stayed and supported us despite the rain. We made about £700 which was beyond our expectations and we had great support from so many local businesses and shops which helped to make a fantastic raffle,” said club stalwart Gillian Saunders. The club is planning to repeat the event in 2015 and would be happy to work alongside any other village group wanting to join in with organising and sharing any profits. The club is organising a pre-Christmas concert by the D’Capo Choir on December 5th with tickets available from September. The last time the choir appeared the event was a sell out. The club is also appealing for additional volunteers: “We urgently need a few more volunteers who are willing to do a week every month on a rota for the older Wednesday group and the Thursday group,” Gillian Saunders said. She can be contacted on 01953 607566.


Wildlife in Norfolk and Suffolk Course - A new 10 week Workers' Educational Association course on Wildlife in Norfolk and Suffolk starts on September 25th at 7.30 p.m. The course at Hethersett Academy, will look at the wide range of habitats and associated wildlife (birds, mammals, butterflies and plants) of Norfolk and Suffolk over the space of a typical year. Areas to be explored will includ the Norfolk Broads, Breckland, Strumpshaw Fen, the North Norfolk coast, Minsmere, Dunwich and Orford Ness. Amongst wildlife and plants to be featured will be the Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Goshawk, Otter, Water Vole, Chinese Water Deer, Yellow Flag Iris and the Southern Marsh Orchid. The course will be delivered by Alex Bass through a series of slide shows. The course fee is £48 and more informantion is available from Richard Aldridge on 01603 811303 or by e-mail by clicking here.


GCSE Results - Principal of Hethersett Academy Gareth Stevens has expressed himself delighted with the school's GCSE results which saw 61% gain five or more A* to C grades including English and Maths and 71% gain five or more A* to C grades overall: “We are really pleased with these excellent results from our wonderful year 11 students. This is truly a fantastic achievement and I am really proud that the hard work of the students, teachers and supportive families, has produced such magnificent results. We wish our students the very best for the future as they leave us to move into education and beyond”. he said. Results from Hethersett Old Hall School were also impressive with 83% gaining five or more A* to C grades including English and Maths and 94% gaining five or more A* to C grades overall: “I would like to congratulate our pupils on this year’s exam success which is due to the dedication of both students and staff and the sustained support of parents. This year group have worked hard, exceeded their targets and truly fulfilled their potential.” said Joanna Collin, deputy head.

Special Football Friendly - A special pre-season friendly football match will take place on Sunday (24th August) on the Memorial Playing Field for the Lee Thompson Memorial Plate. The match will be between Hethersett Athletic's successful Under-19s team and a team made up from the club's two adult Sunday sides. The match kicks off at 10.30 a.m and will be held in the memory of club player Lee Thompson who was killed in a road accident. Meanwhile Hethersett Athletic's first competitive match of the season takes place this Saturday when the men's side take on Beetley Bees in the Crown Fire South and Central Norfolk League (kick off 3 p.m).

Running Group Back in Spring - The Thursday evening running group has completed its summer sessions under the leadership of Norfolk Olympic runner Paul Evans. A new course will start in May, 2015. We will have full details when they are available. The group has been run under the auspices of Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association in conjunction with Active Norfolk.

Netball Quiz and Junior Taster Session - Hethersett Netball Club is organising a quiz evening at Hethersett Village Hall on September 27th with proceeds being divided between the club and Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. The quiz will be for teams of up to eight and the cost is £5 per person with people being asked to bring their own food and drink. There will also be a raffle. Tables can be booked by contacting Emma Steward who can be e-mailed by clicking here  or telephoned on 07912 665 347. The netball club is setting up a new junior section with funding provided by Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association. A come and try session for youngsters aged nine and over will be held on the outside courts at Hethersett Academy in September at a date still to be finalised. Qualified coaches will be in attendance and more information is available from Jacqui Horsfield by clicking here

Duncan and Rita to Retire


Rita Berchem watches on as Duncan Pigg cuts the retirement cake. On the right the cake with the inscription "Thank You for the Music."

Two of the best known faces at Hethersett Parish Church are set to retire. Choirmaster Duncan Pigg and organist Rita Berchem have served St Remigius and the local Christian community for over 64 years between them. On Sunday August 24th, Evensong concluded with refreshments and a special cake containing the words "Thank You for the Music". We will have a full feature on Duncan and Rita in the near future.


Cricket Fundraiser - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club raised over £300 for club funds from their annual Super Sixes tournament which this year had a changed format due to impending Bank Holiday rain. Instead of the usual tournament, the club held two inter-club matches in an attempt to get in some cricket before the rain came. With juniors on one pitch and senior players on the main pitch, the club was able to get through two 10 over innings’ per side before the bad weather really closed in. The main pitch game ended in a tie with the imaginatively named Team B beating Team A in a one over deciding slog. “A big thank you to everybody who attended the event in what were awful conditions. In the circumstances I think we did very well to play two 10 over games in both adults and juniors. I am sure everybody had a very enjoyable day and the good news is that the event made almost £300 towards the everyday running of the club,” said club chairman Tony Smith.



Experience Defeats Youth - Just



A special pre-season match between Hethersett Athletic's Under-19s and Men's Sunday side was played for the Lee Thompson Memorial Plate. The plate is contested annually in memory of former club youth team player Lee Thompson who was tragically killed in an accident over a decade ago. The match saw the experience of the Sunday side narrowly come out on top with a 3-2 victory over their younger opponents. Scorers for the Sunday side were Liam Buffin (2) and Nick Benfield. Goals for the Under-19s came from Tom Nurse and Kieran Murrell.



Not So Speedy Volunteers Wanted - Volunteers are being sought to help make a South Norfolk village a safer place. They are needed to take part in a project in Hethersett aimed at cutting speed in the village. Speedwatch has been used in the village in the past, but now more volunteers are needed to continue its work in clamping down on speeding motorists throughout the village – much of which is now a 20 mph zone. Leading the appeal is Hethersett Parish Council chairman John Nightingale: “Teams consist of three people and it could be three friends who want to help make our village a safer place. We are looking for people who can give up a relatively small amount of time. There is no contact with the public or motorists. This is purely a passive initiative to monitor the situation. Data collected is sent to Norfolk Police so that they can monitor speeding hotspots for us,” Mr Nightingale said. Anyone interested in taking part or anyone wanting more information can contact Mr Nightingale on 01603 811513.


Tennis for Tots - You are never too young to start learning a sport. Toddlers aged from two to four are being given the opportunity to learn basic tennis skills under the guidance of qualified Lawn Tennis Association coaches in Hethersett Village Hall. The first session is on September 12th from 10 a.m. The sessions are imaginatively entitled "It's A Racket" and places can be booked and more information is available by clicking here or by telephoning 0778 9911 246.