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Archive News December 2011

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in December 2011

Hethersett - Champion of Champions -  Hethersett has been recognised as the ultimate sports and fitness village. We were named Norfolk Sports Village of the Year and Norfolk Sports Champion of Champions at the 2011 Eastern Daily Press/Active Norfolk sports awards. To read about this unbelievable honour for our village click here. To read about the winners visit the Active Norfolk web site by clicking here. Coverage of the awards in the Eastern Daily Press with video coverage is available by clicking here.


Review of 2011 - The year 2011 had to be one of the busiest and most successful in the history of the village. This web site covered many of the events throughout the year. You can read our month by month review of the year by clicking here


Wild Year in Hethersett - It has been a wild year in Hethersett. For the past 12 months the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) has been holding a biodiversity survey and now they are looking to publish its findings. The group has been collecting observations from local residents of anything to do with nature from bird and insect sightings to plants and improvements to the environment. The survey will end on 31st December when the whole project will be sent off for publication in early January. The resulting book will be a limited edition and sell for £4. Copies can be booked by contacting HEAT member Dr Anne Edwards on 01603 812309 or by e-mailing by clicking here The next meeting of HEAT will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church on January 11th at 8 p.m. 


Hethersett Newsletter - Hethersett Parish Council's newsletter is distributed throughout the village. Now you will also be able to get it on-line. The December 2011 edition is now available. It looks at the village's biodiversity year, a visit in 2012 by the Active Norfolk Pledge Pod and also the Olympic torch and updates on sporting successes and the Green Spaces group. To visit the Newsletter section click here.


Deadline for Comments Extended - The deadline for public comments on proposed new development in the village has been extended. Originally the cut off date for comments regarding the proposed development of 1,196 new homes for the village was December 16th but this has been extended to December 31st. To read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury visit our cuttings section by clicking here.


Christmas Parcel Dumped - A Hethersett woman said she was left "fuming" after a postman left a parcel in her outdoor rubbish bin which was then emptied by the local council. To read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury newspaper click here.


Hethersett Library Events - Hethersett Library has lined-up a number of computer based courses and days and also want to get everyone in the village talking about one of 2011's bestsellers. To read about this and a new book group click here.


New Newsletter for High School - Hethersett High School and Science College has produced a new newsletter appropriately titled "High Notes". You can read the December issue by clicking here.


Hawks Celebrate - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club celebrated a successful season with its annual Christmas Party and Trophy Presentation Evening. A gallery of pictures is available by clicking here. To read a report of the evening click here.

High School Concert Warms a Wild Night - The weather outside was wild but inside St Remigius Church students from Hethersett High School warmed things up with their annual Christmas Concert. To read a report of the event click here





Police Appeal for Witnesses - Police are appealing for witnesses after a 16 year old girl was attacked in Queen's Road, Hethersett, on Tuesday 29th November at 8 p.m. Read the full story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.


Cricket Club AGM - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club held its annual general meeting at its Flordon Headquarters on December 15th. Read about this by clicking here.


Green Spaces - New Groups to be Set Up - Two new groups will be set-up in the New Year to further enhance the workings of the new Green Spaces Group. A Friends of the Field and an expanded Green Spaces Working Group will meet early in the New Year. You can read about this by clicking here.


Cricket Club Annual Event - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club held its annual Christmas dinner and disco at the George Hotel, Norwich, with over 60 players, club officials, friends and family attending: “It was a great night and almost £600 was raised for club funds from a raffle and auction,” said club chairman Tony Smith. The club’s annual meeting will take place on Thursday (15th December) at its Flordon Headquarters at 7 p.m


Residents Celebrate - Residents of Woodcote Sheltered Housing Complex celebrated their 25th anniversary with a special afternoon that saw the official ribbon cutting for a new seat and a first floor relaxation area. To read about this click here. You can view a Picasa gallery of photographs from the anniversary by clicking here.
Tony and Margaret Light Up Again - It wouldn't be Christmas in Hethersett without the lights of Tony and Margaret Dunton in Firs Road. This Saturday sees the big switch on of this year's display and once again the couple will be collecting donations for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the local doctors' surgery. To see photographs of this year's display click here.
Seemed Like A Good Idea for Summer - A village sale seemed to be a good idea for the summer, but has turned into a hugely successful pre-Christmas event. A record number of people attended the fourth annual Village Christmas Sale at Hethersett Methodist Church on 2nd December. To see a Picasa photo album of photographs from this year's event click here. To read a report of the event click here. 


Poppy Appeal tops £2,500 - The amount of money raised in Hethersett and the Meltons from the annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal continues to rise. This year saw £2,550 raised from house to house and static collections in the three villages. This is £140 more than the previous year and £445 more than in 2009. Local collector Jerry Wright has written a special article for Hethersett on the Web and this can be accessed by clicking here.


Lions' Tireless Efforts - Hethersett and District Lions Club have given over £5500 to charity in the year up to the end of June, 2011. The figures released at the group’s latest meeting include donations of £1,500 to the Break charity and £1,000 each to the Norfolk Heart Trust, the Edith Cavell Day Care Centre at Swardeston and the Teenage Cancer Trust. Other donations include £500 to the Leonard Cheshire Home, £200 to Caister Lifeboat, £50 to Sight Savers, £100 to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Norwich and £200 for the work of Lions Club International, making a grand total of £5,550 to good causes. Much of the money raised came from car parking for Norwich City home games on Moneyfacts car park in Thorpe Road. To date this season the club has raised over £2,750 from this. The club’s candyfloss machine has been seen all over South Norfolk which has given them the chance to make donations to the Robert Kett and Browick Road Schools in Wymondham. The Lions are not resting on their laurels, however, with a £500 donation already made before Christmas to the Fibroscan appeal of the Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group. The group also has a collection bin for old glasses and spectacles in the doctors’ surgery in Hethersett.


Man Charged with Assault - A man has been charged with sexual asssault after a  16 year old girl was attacked in Queen's Road, Hethersett, on Tuesday 29th November. Read the full story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here. and also details of the arrest by clicking here


Drugs Raid in Hethersett - A home in New Road, Hethersett, was amongst addresses targeted in recent police drugs raids. To read a cutting on this from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here.


Sporting Success Celebrated - Sporting success was celebrated at the latest meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association with individual clubs and the village reporting on a hugely successful year and looking forward to an even busier 2012. To read a report of the latest meeting click here The next meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association will take place in the Ellingham Suite at Park Farm Hotel on Monday, 27th February, 2012 at 7.30 p.m.


Woodside Christmas - Youngsters from Woodside Nursery and Infants School held a pre-Christmas fair at the school on 2nd December. Many of the items were made by the children themselves. To read about this click here. On December 6th and 7th Reception children delighted parents and visitors with their play/musical Humph The Camel. To see photos of this event click here. More photographs of the event are also available in a Picasa album which can be viewed by clicking here. Years One and Two journeyed round the world for their Christmas production. To read about this click here and to view a gallery click here.


Many Dropped In - There was a steady stream of people at Hethersett Methodist Church on Saturday, 3rd December viewing the proposed development plans for the future and making comments to help Hethersett Parish Council formulate their response on the planning application for 1,196 new houses in the village. Plans and documents were on display for a four hour period, with hundreds of people attending:  "The comments will help the parish council to take into account the views of residents when we formulate our response to South Norfolk Council," said parish council vice chair Jacky Sutton. The council is also encouraging residents to write direct to South Norfolk Council or register their views online by accessing the planning portal of the South Norfolk web site. You can access the response forms from this site by clicking here for word format and clicking here for a pdf file. You can read coverage of this event in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.


Christmas at Hethersett Social Club - Hethersett Social Club has a full programme of events lined-up for the festive season. On Tuesday 6th December there will be a Christmas quiz at 8 p.m with proceeds going to charity. A children's Christmas party on 11th December will feature Johnny Jaffa Cake and Father Christmas and run from 2 to 5 p.m (tickets £4). On 17th December a new band will be appearing at the club in the shape of Bus Stop Band. Christmas Eve sees Chris Watt's family disco from 4 to 8 p.m and there will be a party night disco on New Year's Eve. For a full list of coming events view the club's latest poster by clicking here.


WI Christmas Meeting -  The next meeting of Hethersett WI will be on Monday, 19th December at 7.30 pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Great Melton Road.  It will be the group's Christmas meeting with entertainment and a buffet supper. Hethersett WI has lined up a full programme of events for 2012 and you can view a poster of these by clicking here


Summer Ball - Hethersett will once again be holding a summer ball on July 6th, 2012, in the grounds of Hethersett Old Hall School. The event will include a buffet, bar, raffle and dancing to live music. It will be the seventh ball in the village, an event that stretches back to the beginning of the millennium. For further details and to make bookings contact Heather Emery on Norwich 812928.


Refuse Collection changes - As usual over the holiday period there will be changes to the usual refuse and recycling collections in Hethersett. Collections will be normal until Friday 23rd December and will then change as follows (Dates in green are for recycling collections).


Usual Collection Day Revised Collection Day Change
Monday 26th December Saturday 24th December 2 days early
Tuesday 27th December Wednesday 28th December 1 day late
Wednesday 28th December Thursday 29th December i day late
Thursday 29th December Friday 30th December 1 day late
Friday 30th December Saturday 31st December 1 day late
Monday 2nd January Tuesday 3rd January 1 day late
Tuesday 3rd January Wednesday 4th January 1 day late
Wednesday 4th January Thursday 5th January 1 day late
Thursday 5th January Friday 6th January 1 day late
Friday 6th January Saturday 7th January 1 day late