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Archive News August 2015

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

Battle for The Paddock is on Again - The fight is on yet again to save an area of important environmental land in the middle of Hethersett from development. The land between Queen's Road and Jaguar Road, known as The Paddock has seen an initial planning application for 27 homes withdrawn and replaced by one for 22 which was turned down. Now the developers Fleur Development are appealing against that decision. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. Hethersett on the Web would urge the planning authorities to turn down this appeal and protect this area of open land once and all from the smash and grab raids by developers who seem to think that they can build whatever and wherever they like in the village.

 

Road Closure -Part of Henstead Road will be closed for cabling connection work from August 18th to 25th.

 

Plant Fair - Another fair organised by Plant Heritage will take place from 10 a.m until 1 p.m on Sunday August 30th. There will be more than 20 specialist nurseries present at Hethersett Village Hall and there will be a special focus on hyacinths. There will be hardy exotic displays and a plant doctor will be in attendance, There will also be home made refreshments, a book sale and tombola. Entry is 1 with Plant Heritage members free.

 

Operation Christmas Child - Over the past few years many Hethersett residents have been involved in providing shoe boxes full of Christmas cheer to disadvantaged children in other parts of the world. Operation Christmas Child has proved a great success. Now preparations are being made for this year's appeal and a special interest evening is being held on September 10th in Wymondham Methodist Church from 7 until 9 p.m. The meeting will provide details of the shoe box appeal and is open to existing volunteers and potential new volunteers. More information on the evening is available from Joan Pygott on 01953 605514 or via e-mail by clicking here.

 

Pantomime Vacancies - Hethersett Pantomime Group tell us that due to a number of circumstances they have some cast vacancies for the 2016 village panto. The vacancies are for ladies, preferably aged between 16 and 35 who can sing and have a good sense of rhythm with a view to joining the chorus. "We would particularly like to hear from anyone with a dance background," said Sarah Wright director of the annual panto. "As we are Hethersett pantomime, I am initially looking to see if there are any Hethersett residents who are interested in joining. At the moment we don't have any vacancies for children," Sarah added. Sarah can be contacted for more information via e-mail by clicking here.

 

More Details on Tour of Britain and Pre-Tour Charity Ride - We have received more precise timings for the Tour of Britain cycle race which will be coming through Hethersett on September 12th. The penultimate stage of the race will set off from Fakenham Racecourse at 10 a.m and travel through Reepham, Aylsham, Hellesdon and Norwich before coming through Hethersett at a time estimated to be between 11.30 and 11.45 a.m. The race will then continue to Wymondham, Attleborough, Old Buckenham and Thetford before moving into Suffolk. More details of the timings are available by clicking here. The previous week, on September 6th local people will have the opportunity of cycling the Norfolk section of the race in a special charity sportive being organised by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The event is non competitive and for all abilities with three distances (20 mile, 40 mile and 100 mile). All three will come through Hethersett. The event will start from the hospital at 8 a.m. Entry fees are 9 for the 100 mile, 7 for the 40 mile and 5 for the 20 mile. Money from the event will go to the hospital. You can read more about this event and get an entry form by clicking here.

 

Exam Success for Hethersett Schools - We are pleased to be able to report considerable exam success at Hethersett Schools. Hethersett Old Hall School's 10 year 13 students gained 100% pass rate at A level with 74% gaining A* to C grades. You can read what head teacher Stephen Crump had to say about this by clicking here. There was also plenty of success at GCSE level with Hethersett Academy recording the best results in the school's history with 78% of pupils obtaining A* to C grades. Old Hall School saw 90% of its pupils achieve A* to C. You can read more about these grades by clicking here. For more comment and information from the local Press click here and here

 

Queen's Head in Final Five - Hethersett Queen's Head has been named as one of the best community pubs in South Norfolk. Five pubs have been singled out for the competition organised by South Norfolk Council. The winner will be revealed on September 7th. The shortlisted five are Hethersett Queen's Head, Wymondham Green Dragon, Poringland Railway Tavern, Woodton King's Head and Pulham Market Crown. You can read more about this from the local press by clicking here.

 

Mixed End to Season for Cricketers - There was a mixed end to the Norfolk Alliance season for Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club with the first team narrowly missing out on promotion but the second team snatching the runners-up slot at the last moment. The first team are almost certain to finish third in Division Two despite beating Great Melton in the last match of the season and taking a maximum 25 point haul. Unfortunately two defeats in previous weeks will see them miss out on promotion. The seconds, however, leapfrogged over Ashmanhaugh to take second place in Division Five. The club's Norfolk Association of Cricket Officials Shiled final against Thetford was abandoned on August 30th due to rain and has been re-scheduled for this Sunday at Halvergate Cricket Club. You can see all the results and club news on the club's official web site which is available by clicking here.