Archive News August 2016
Below are some of the stories featured on this site in August 2016
Children's Charities to Benefit - Two children's charities will benefit from an evening of Clairvoyance at Park Farm Hotel on September 16th. The event will feature clairvoyants Carole Wilson and Michelle Cremin and will be held in aid of SANDS - the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity and EACH - the East Anglian Children's Hospice. Tickets for the event are £10 and can be booked on 07912 665347.
Road Closure - Shop Lane in Hethersett will be closed for urgent gas main replacement work from August 30th until 4 pm on September 7th.
Hethersett Triumph - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club won the inaugural Mid Norfolk Sunday League Challenge Cup Final with a 63 run win over Swaffham in the final at Sprowston on August Bank Holiday Monday. Hethersett were bowled out for 152 with Nick Burrett hitting 54 and John Curtis 44. They bowled Swaffham out for 89 with Leigh King and Sam Morton taking three wickets each. The picture above shows Hethersett skipper Damian Fahy receiving the trophy.
Footballers Raise Money for Big C - Footballers have raised a considerable amount of money for the Big C Cancer Charity from a six team competition on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field on Sunday August 28th. The competition was organised by Tom Vospar and featured teams fro Hethersett and further afield. The six sides were placed into two groups with the winners and runners-up going forward to knockout semi-finals. Eventual winners were Hethersett Athletic Saturday who beat Micawber Tavern 2-0 in the final. It is likely that the event raised up to £1,000.
Fourth Place for Cricketers - Hethersett and Tas Valley rounded off their season with a good win at home to Beccles that saw them finish fourth in Norfolk Alliance Division Two. Their chances of promotion were wrecked by four successive defeats at the end of July and through August. Ian Bryce hit 136 as Hethersett reached 261-6. Along with skipper Damian Fahy he put on 151 for the first wicket. Valley then bowled Beccles out for 199 to win by 62 runs. Valley Seconds also finished on a high note with a four wicket win over Garbolidsham to hoist themselves up to sixth place in Division Four after a season battling against relegation.
Methodist Craft Fair - Hethersett Methodist Church will be holding a craft fair on Saturday, 17th September from 10 am until midday. Proceeds from the event will be shared between church funds and the church's mission project. The event will feature a variety of crafts and also a tombola. Light lunches will also be served. Tables can be booked by contacting Juliet Lomas on 01603 811726. Gifts for the tombola can be donated by telephoning Tina Greenhalgh on 01603 810364.
Heritage Bells Ringing Out - St Remigius Church will be marking Norfolk Heritage Days on September 10th with visits to the church tower. Visitors will be able to see bellringing in action and have a go themselves. There will be tours at 2 and 3 pm and no booking is required. A medieval door to the stairs gives access to eight bells cast between 1607 and 1904, Visitors will be able to climb the stairs to see the bells on their wooden frame and also the working mechanism of the clock which was installed in 1937 to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Visitors will need to be physically able to climb stone steps and the event isn't suitable for children under the age of eight.
Litter Pick - The next litter pick organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) will be on Saturday, September 2nd. Volunteers are welcome and equipment is provided. The pick will start from Hethersett Methodist Church Car Park at 10 a.m.
Football Tournament - An all day football tournament on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field looks likely to raise up to £1,000 for the Big C Cancer Charity. The evnt on Sunday, August 28th featured six teams including Hethersett Athletic Saturday and Hethersett Athletic Sunday split into two groups of three on a round robin system of matches consisting of two halves of 20 minutes. The winners and runners-up in each group progressed to the semi-finals with Hethersett Athletic Saturday running out winners with a 2-0 final victory over Micawber Tavern after beating Middleton Green 7-6 on penalties in the semi-final after a 1-1 draw. The tournament was arranged by former Hethersett Athletic player Tom Vosper whose father received cancer treatment at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Schools' Stunning Results - Hethersett Academy and Hethersett Old Hall School are basking in the glory of A' level results in the top 10 of Norfolk schools and well above the national average. The Academy recorded 86% of its A' level students gaining grades A* to C in English and Maths and Old Hall recorded 85%. This placed the Academy sixth and Old Hall seventh in the county with only Norwich School, Norwich High School for Girls, Greshams, Thetford Grammar and Wymondham College recording better results. A full round-up with comments from the schools will appear in the September issue of our e-magazine Hethersett Herald.
Road Closure - Shop Lane in Hethersett will be closed for urgent gas main replacement work from August 30th until 4 pm on September 7th.
Youth Shelter in Jeopardy - A village youth shelter in Ullswater Drive may be removed following a spate of vandalism. Acts of anti-social behaviour have put the shelter's future in jeopardy. Hethersett Parish Council has expressed a wish to keep the amenity but won't fight plans by South Norfolk Council to close it. Norfolk has received a number of complaints from local residents about rubbish and broken glass being left around the shelter. Fencing is being placed around the shelter to prevent it being used until a decision is made on its future.
Shane Steps Out for Charity - Hethersett Parish Councillor and treasurer of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association, Shane Hull, will be punding the roads on September 11th when he takes part in the Great North Run half marathon in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. Shane is aiming to raise £1,000 in memory of his father Ronald who suffered from the disease. You can read the full story of Shane's effort in the September issue of Hethersett Herald which will be online on September 1st. Shane has set up a Just Giving page on the internet for contributions and this can be accessed by clicking here.
Protected Status for Queen's Head? - Hethersett Queen's Head could soon be joining the nearby King's Head on the South Norfolk Community Asset Register. The nomination has been made by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and recognises the pub as an important part of the social and community life of Hethersett. Community groups can make a bid for buildings on the asset register if the owners decide to sell. More information on this will be available in our September edition of Hethersett Herald.
Heart of Hethersett - A new bereavement group is about to be launched in Hethersett to provide support for those who have lost loved ones. The Heart of Hethersett group is open to people of all ages and its first meeting will be at the Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex in Firs Road from 5.30 until 6.30 on Tuesday, 27th September. The first meeting will be informal with coffee and biscuits provided. To find out more about Heart of Hethersett visit the web site by clicking here. There will also be more information on the group in our September issues of the e-magazine Hethersett Herald which will be online on September 1st.
Hub Cafe Date - The next Hethersett Hub Cafe organised by the Hethersett Dementia Support Group will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday, 20th September from 10 am until midday. The cafe meets on the third Tuesday of each month and the September date will include entartainment.
Barn Dance - This year's annual barn dance organised by Hethersett Churches Together will take place in Hethersett Village Hall on Saturday 24th September from 7.30 pm until 11 pm. Once again music and calling for the dances will be provided by the Shinanikins band. Tickets are available by telephoning 01603 811052.
Hethersett Library - Coming Events in Hethersett Library for August are as follows:
On Thursday 8th September at 4 p.m. the library will be holding a medal ceremony for its summer reading challenge.
In addition to all the above, the library will continue its popular tablet and family history courses in September. More information on these is available and places can be booked on 01603 810188. The library is once again acting as a collection point for equipment supplied by the Norfolk Bat Survey. Details of how to take part, reserve your square and book the equipment is available on their website which can be accessed by clicking here. The library has a two for one DVD offer on Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm and DVDs/Blu-Rays/Box Sets and Music CDs are all free to reserve. The online sound and vision catalogue is available by clicking here. If you need general computer support an appointment can be booked with Bob the library's computer buddy who is available on Mondays from 10 am until noon. The Library has a Facebook page which is accessible by clicking here.
Places Available for War Trip - A few places are still available for a special commemorative trip to the battlegrounds of the Somme. The trip particularly features on the massacre at Le Paradis which 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. The trip is led by Dennis O'Callaghan (the son of one of the survivors), Nick Smith and John Head from Hethersett Parish Church. More details on the trip which will take place next May are available from John Head on 077697 02692.
Barn Dance - This year's annual barn dance organised by Hethersett Churches Together will take place in Hethersett Village Hall on Saturday 24th September from 7.30 pm until 11 pm. Once again music and calling for the dances will be provided by the Shinanikins band.
Hub Cafe Date - The next Hethersett Hub Cafe organised by the Hethersett Dementia Support Group will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday, 16th August from 10 am until midday. It was reported at the May committee meeting, chaired by Councillor David Bills, that numbers attending the monthly cafe are gradually rising and news of planned activities including a games morning and Queen's Birthday celebration was well received. A sub committee on community awareness is working towards more training for residents to become dementia friends. The group is also looking at ways to improve publicity and communications around the village to further facilitate a dementia friendly village. The group is still looking for a new treasurer and people interested in serving on the committee.
Poetry Evening - An Evening of Illustrated Poetry and Pictures will be presented by Paul Binney at St Remigius Church on Friday, 30th September at 7pm. Paul will explore a variety of themes, both serious and humorous, from his widely appreciated book of poems 'Learning the Language', of which the poet Edward Storey wrote: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your collection, which is full of things to admire. The brevity of language allows space for what is not said; the art of suggestion.” There will be light refreshments and donations on the evening will be in aid of St Remigius Church Funds.
Crafty Event in Church - Hethersett Parish Church will be hosting a craft fair on August 13th from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. The event is likely to include pottery, embroidery, jewellery, flower arrangements and much more and funds raised will go to the Roof Repair Fund. Tables cost £5 and are available to anyone who lives or works in the village, attends the church or has close family ties with Hethersett. There will be a series of demonstrations during the event. More information is available from Kate Wood on 01953 602051 or by e-mail by clicking here.
Messy Church - The next messy church event in St Remigius Church will take place from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, 24th September. The event is aimed at youngsters with their families and the other date for 2016 is November 26th.
Parish Council Meetings for 2016 - Dates for Hethersett Parish Council meetings for the remainder of 2016 are as follows: The full council will meet in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m on the following dates - September 19th, October 17th, November 21st and December 19th. Planning Committee meetings will be held at 7 p.m on all full council nights and also on the following dates - September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th.
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.
Hypnobirthing Feature - More and more mothers-to-be are looking for relaxation techniques to help them through labour and make giving birth a less painful and more enjoyable experience. Hypnobirthing is just one of the therapies being used and something supported by Rowan House Health and Well Being centre. You can read a feature on hypnobirthing in our latest copy of Hethersett Herald which is available by clicking here.
Musical Director Needed - Hethersett Pantomime Group is looking for a musical director for its 2017 production of Sleeping Beauty. The voluntary position has become vacant following the death of Dr Tony Press who filled the position for over two decades. The pantomime group was established in 1970 and over the years has not only entertained thousands of people with its annual January show but has also raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities, organisations and groups. “Our well-established group includes a cast of about 40 with ages from five to 80 and at least an additional 40 people backstage, front of house and volunteers. We are a friendly and dedicated group with the aim of putting on the best pantomime possible,” said director and leading light Sarah Wright. Rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty will start on Tuesday evening from the end of September through to the end of November. December will bring two rehearsals a week, increasing to three a week in January in the lead up to the show which will run for nine performances in Hethersett Village Hall from Saturday 21st to Saturday 28th January. “The musical director will be part of a close production team working closely with the director, choreographer and producer. Whether experienced or someone wanting to be a first time MD then we would love to hear from them,” Sarah said. Anyone interested in the position can e-mail Sarah on firstname.lastname@example.org or producer Lloyd Parfitt on email@example.com. More details about the group are available on the group’s web site at www.hethersettpanto.org.uk
First Steps on the Slide - When youngsters from First Steps Playgroup in Hethersett grew out of their indoor slide, South Norfolk Councillor and Hethersett resident David Bills stepped in with a grant from the council’s members’ ward fund much to the gratitude of the playgroup’s organiser Holly Lambert-Flude. "I'm in my second year of running First Steps and I have seen the children grow. Some of the children have grown out of the small slide we have at the group; leaving them without a slide to play on. Having the new slide means these children are able to continue to have fun safely and they have benefited greatly. We can't thank David enough," she said. First Steps for babies, toddlers and parents and carers meets in Hethersett Village Hall in Back Lane, on Mondays from 9.45 until 11.15 am during school term time. Different activities are organised each week from painting to singing and free play. It is a chance for babies and toddlers to play and explore with lots of different activities and toys and also for parents and carers to meet up over a tea or coffee whilst their children enjoy a safe playing environment.
Horticultural Annual Show - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society’s annual show will take place on Saturday September 10th from 2pm to 4pm in Hethersett Village Hall in Back Lane. There will be a number of classes for non members including a heaviest marrow competition and a class for the best life-sized scarecrow. Other classes, all of which have a 10p per item entry fee, are: nine tomatoes (small fruited or cherry cultivars), five Dessert Apples, and one Specimen Rose. In addition there will be a digital photograph class on the subject of “A Single Bloom” and also a class for the best jam filled Victoria Sandwich cake. Classes for young people will be divided into various age groups with free entry. Classes are: Up to and including seven year olds: - Decorate three biscuits, Make a Face Mask. Eight to 11 year olds - Make a monster from fruit and/or vegetables, draw a Cartoon Character (max A4 size). 12 - 14 year olds - Make a computer generated poster for a pop concert (max A4 size), Make and decorate three cup cakes. Entries must be made on Thursday 8th September at Hethersett Methodist Church between 7 pm and 8.30 pm. More details and entry forms are available from Show Secretary Marilyn Savory, on 01603 811271.
Fete For Finnbar Raises Over £2,600
Woodcote sheltered housing complex organised a fete to raise funds in memory of Finnbar Cork and raised an astonishing total of over £2,600. The event on Saturday, August 20th, ran from midday to 4 pm and featured numerous games for children, along with refreshments, a tombola, raffle, lucky dip, face painting and entertainment. Homemade cakes proved a popular choice inside and youngsters were also able to climb aboard a fire engine brought by Norfolk Fire Service. Scheme manager Stephen Baxter said everyone was delighted with the result which saw £2,638.62p raised for children’s brain cancer research in memory of five-year-old Finnbar from Hethersett who tragically died from a brain tumour. “Hundreds of people got to hear about Finnbar and took him to their hearts. It made for a very successful event. We are very appreciative of everyone who supported and made the event such a success,” Mr Baxter said. The money has already been passed to Finnbar’s family for presentation to the charity.
Take Off For Cinema Group - Hethersett’s new cinema group will spring into action with two of the best comedies around and a well loved classic. The first film to be shown by Hethersett Village Screen will be Eddie the Eagle on September 25th (start at 7 pm). This will be followed by the classic West Side Story on November 13th at 3 pm and the comedy Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie on December 4th at 3 pm. All films will be shown in Hethersett Village Hall. Hethersett Village Screen is a new entertainment idea for the village and it is expected that films will be shown monthly throughout the winter. Refreshments will also be available at all films. Hethersett Village Screen is organised and run by a group of volunteers and is designed to be self financing. Equipment has been provided through a grant from South Norfolk Council. The group is made up of film enthusiasts who wanted to provide top class films for local people in a local venue. It is likely that future films will feature a mix of new releases and classics. The films are suitable for family viewing and tickets will be priced at £4 on the door. The initiative is supported by Creative Arts East and will join a number of similar groups in other parts of Norfolk. The group has a Facebook page which can be accessed by clicking here.
Youth Club's New Year - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club is preparing to re-open its doors after the summer break. The club springs back into action on September 14th with new youth worker Rose Coppard joining the team. A full programme of events has been arranged for the autumn half term with year five to six children (ages 9 to 11) meeting on Wednesdays from 5.45 to 7.30 pm and years seven to nine (ages 11 to 14) from 7.30 to 9.15 pm. The club is looking to obtain funding to re-launch its group for those 14 and over from the new year. It is likely this group will meet on Thursday evenings: “We want to hear from youngsters about what they want from a 14 plus group. We are very much in the planning stages and have a blank canvas and would welcome ideas,” said club trustee Gillian Saunders. The club is also looking for at least two more volunteers to help out on Wednesdays once a month and also a new treasurer. Anyone interested in helping should contact Norman Saunders on 01953 607566. The club needs to replace guttering and will be holding a quiz and chips evening to raise money for this on October 8th. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children with teams of up to six people. Tables can be booked through Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.