Archive News - December 2012
The following articles appeared on the site in December 2012
We are the Pride of Norfolk Community of the Year
Hethersett has been named Pride of Norfolk Community of the Year for 2012 for villages and towns with populations of over 5000. The award recognises our outstanding community spirit and the efforts made by so many people and groups to ensure that there is something for everyone. To read about the presentation click here. To read our submission to the judges click here and to read about our community click here. The photograph above shows children from the village celebrating the award at the annual Hethersett Christmas Fair held at the Methodist Church on November 30th. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.
Village Praised for "Can Do" Attitude - Hethersett has been praised for its can do attitude in a special feature in the Eastern Daily Press newspaper on winners of Pride in Norfolk Community of the Year (see above). You can read the article by clicking here.
Ukulele Christmas - Pupils from Woodside School Hethersett were among 600 youngsters who had a great time playing with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at Norwich Theatre Royal ahead of the orchestra’s pre-Christmas performance at Norwich Theatre Royal. To read about this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.
Village Newsletter - The latest Hethersett Newsletter for December 2012 is now available online. Subjects covered include Open Gardens, 2013, Development in the village and season advice from Norfolk Constabulary. To read the latest edition click here.
Rachel's Charity Windfall - Hethersett woman Rachel Cooke has won a competition worth £1,000 for research into pancreatic cancer. You can read about this story from the Eastern Daily Press by clicking here.
High School Hits the High Notes - Edition Seven of Hethersett High School High Notes is now available on-line by clicking here. This edition covers business mentoring, school news and details of a re-design for the school web site which is now available by clicking here.
Busy Time for Library - It will be a busy New Year for Hethersett Library. Throughout January library members will be able to take part in a quiz aimed at blowing away the post festive cobwebs. On January 16th the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind will be setting up an information point from 10.30 a.m until 12.30 p.m to provide information for those with sight impairment. Villains and vagabonds of Medieval Norwich is the subject of a talk on January 30th at 7 p.m. Meanwhile the pre Christmas coffee morning held for the MacMillan cancer charity raised £185.64. The library will be closed from Tuesday February 5th until Friday February 8th inclusive for the installation of new automatic doors to replace the existing ones which have been malfunctioning.
Award for Football Club - Hethersett Athletic Football Club has been awarded £3,780 for new equipment from the South Norfolk Renovation Project Fund. To read about this from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.
Inquiry Into Allegations of Verbal Abuse - Police have launched an inquiry after an officer was allegedly recorded swearing at a man who had just been arrested. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.
Police Break Up Rave - Police broke up an illegal Christmas rave near Hethersett after receiving complaints about the loud music. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press click here
Freezer Leak - Norfolk Fire crews attended a house in Campion Way, Hethersett, on December 28th to deal with a gas leak from a freezer. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press click here
Players Make the Grade - Piano pupils from Hethersett and Wymondham held a charity Christmas concert at Hethersett Old Hall School for family and friends. Piano teacher, Rachel Barrett, has been organising annual concerts for the past few years to raise money for Musical Keys, a charity that provides music sessions and support for children with special needs. This year pupils played carols and classic Christmas songs which the audience enjoyed singing along to. Four of Rachel's pupils were awarded certificates for passing piano exams, including Chloe Bevan who achieved a merit for Grade eight, the highest grade attainable. The total raised came to £165 which was gratefully received by Musical Keys, who also do outreach work in schools and hospitals.
Seasonal Advice from Police - Norfolk Police have issued some seasonal advice to Hethersett residents, aimed at keeping everyone safe over the Christmas period. The advice particularly covers distraction burglaries - crimes where people trick or distract residents in order to gain entry to their property. Police have issued guidelines to lesson the chance of residents becoming victims of this particularly sick crime which usually preys on the elderly. The advice from the police is featured on the latest Hethersett Newsletter which is distributed throughout the village. You can read an online version by clicking here.
Respect Success - The children's party held by the Respect Yourself group featured a disco, games, tea, facepainting and chocolate reindeers from Santa. The event in Hethersett Village Hall raised £243.70 and looks likely to be repeated next year. The group, which provides SMS text messages to young people to help them make important life decisions, will be holding a New Year's Eve disco party in Hethersett Village Hall from 7.30 p.m until 12.30 a.m. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children aged three to 16 with Under-3s free. There will be a quiet room for children who want to sleep. More information is available from Claire on 07711 272016 or by e-mailing by clicking here. You can view a poster for this event by clicking here.
Open Gardens Date - Hethersett Open Gardens 2013 will take place on Sunday July 14th and will once again be organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). A number of gardens have already been lined-up for opening to the public and proceeds from the event will go to the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) and Norwich Hedgehog Rescue. More information is available from Heather Williamson on 01603 812001 or Anne Edwards on 812309. You can also e-mail for more details by clicking here.
Village Hall Car Park Christmas Closure - The gate to the village hall car park will be closed over the Christmas period from 4 p.m on Christmas Eve until 8 a.m on December 27th and all day on January 1st. Residents are being asked to keep the mini recycling area tidy over the Christmas period and not to leave bottles on the floor if the containers are full. Meanwhile the Village Hall Management Committee is looking for somebody to take over as treasurer. Accounting skills and experience in computing and spreadsheet use would be an advantage. A laptop will be provided. Anyone interested or who would like to find out more about what the position entails should ring 07785 273408.
New Councillors - Hethersett Parish Council has two new councillors. Alison Utting and Peter Steward were voted in to fill two of the existing vacancies at the latest council meeting. The third place remains unfilled and will be advertised once again. The vacancies arose following the resignation of councillors David Elliott, Jackie Sutton and Simon Floyd.
Memories of a Gamesmaker - Hethersett's Ollie Armstrong has been featured on the Yahoo web site, giving a unique insight into what it was like to be a Games Maker at London 2012 Paralympic Games. You can read about Ollie's memories as he had "the time of his life" by clicking here.
Exploring Heritage - The Hethersett Schools Cluster group has been awarded £21,500 to work with Eastern Region Media to explore proverbs, tales and sayings indigenous to Norfolk. The project will work with school children and older people through oral history and creative arts workshops. ERM will produce an exhibition to be held at the Forum, Norwich, in February 2013 which will include artworks, film animation as well as an illustrated booklet. Using Tudor Times and re-enactment the Hethersett Schools Cluster will become memory catchers talking to people from local care homes, parish councils and elderly relations, to gather traditional sayings, health tips and recipes.
Students' Success - Two students from Hethersett Old Hall School are celebrating their success at the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Mathematics Challenge. The school's Year 13 A level mathematics students took part in the competition to solve problems in 90 minutes. Joy Chianu achieved a bronze certificate, a best in school certificate and a best in year certificate and Rebekah Oelrichs came second.
Mary Celebrates - Hethersett Hall resident Mary Ransley has celebrated her 101st birthday. You can read about her life by visiting our cuttings section or by clicking here.
Poppy Appeal Drop - The amount of money raised from the 2012 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Hethersett and Little Melton has shown a drop on the previous four years. To see just how much was raised and find out how you can support the appeal in 2013 click here
Zumba Time - A new Zumba class will be starting in Hethersett Village Hall on Tuesday 8th January from noon to 1 p.m. The Zumba Gold class will be a lower intensity Zumba fitness class designed specifically for the over 50s and people who are returning to or just starting fitness classes. It's still using Latin and pop music like normal Zumba and the routines are still simple and easy to follow. The class will be led by Rachel Evans who also has a Friday Zumba class from 1-2 p.m which will be re-starting on January 11th. Classes cost £5. For more details Rachel can be contacted on 077897 48457 or e-mailed by clicking here.
More Zumba - Kevin d'Odemont (Mr Dod) will also be starting a new Zumba class for adults (over the age of 16) on January 24th at Woodisde School from 7.30 p.m. Sessions cost £5 and Kevin can be contacted on 07588 202198 for more information. He can also be e-mailed by clicking here. Kevin is also on Facebook by clicking here or on Twitter @mrzumba
Bethlehem Experience - Hethersett Methodist Church will be the venue on December 14th and 15th for a Christmas experience. The Bethlehem Experience will take visitors on a journey through key events in the Christmas story. Actors and audio visual effects will be used to bring the story to life with visits to Mary’s home, Joseph’s workshop, a Magi’s home, a Bethlehem hillside, Herod’s palace and the stable. Local schools will be enjoying a performance during the day on Friday, 14th December which will be followed by a public performance in the evening at 7 p.m. There will be public performances on the Saturday at 10.30 a.m, 2 p.m and 4 p.m with each lasting about 45 minutes and being followed by refreshments. Booking is not necessary.
Search for New Rector Begins - The search for a new Rector for Hethersett and the Meltons to take the place of the Rev Di Lammas following her retirement has begun. A Benefice Profile describing the three villages and churches is being drawn up. This will identify priorities and also describe the sort of person the parishes are looking for. It is hoped that the process of choosing a new Rector will involve as many people as possibel and an "Away Morning" has been arranged for December 8th from 10 a.m until 1 p.m in Little Melton Village Hall. The meeting is open to anyone living in the three villages.
Helping to Avoid a Clash - We have received comments about how sometimes events in our village clash with others - making it difficult for people to support so many groups and good causes. If you are organising an event why not check our What's On section to see if there are any similar events taking place at the same time. Obviously our section can only cover some of the events that we know about but, as they say, every little counts (or in this case helps).
WEA Dates Announced - The next course being held by the Hethersett branch of the Worker's Educational Association will start on 17th January. The 10 week course on "Subterranean Norwich" will take place weekly at Hethersett High School at 7.30 p.m and will be led by Matthew Williams. The course will look at the physical conditions in the city area from the ground downwards and the ways in which it has affected and been affected by man's activities for the last 2000 years. The course will attempt to unravel some of the myths and mysteries about underground features and look at some of the ways in which subsidence damage can be minimised. Course fee is £45 and more information is available from Richard Aldridge on 811303. He can also be e-mailed by clicking here.
Schools Christmas Event - The four Hethersett schools combined for their annual Christmas carol service in the parish church on December 3rd. Hethersett Old Hall School, Hethersett High School, Hethersett Junior School and Hethersett Woodside Infants and Nursery School combined for an evening of carols and festive songs and readings. The evening was led by the Rev Mary Kerslake and there were readings from Woodside Head Nicola Cushion, Junior School Head Andy Whittle and items from the Junior School String Orchestra, Hethersett Old Hall School Senior Choir and Hethersett High School's Brass Ensemble.
John's Major Trek - Former Hethersett resident Jon Ashley has just hiked 70 miles across Hong Kong for charity. John and three friends raised £4,000 for Oxfam. The trek was featured in the Norwich Evening News and you can read this by clicking here. See also our cuttings section.
Science in a Box - Fresh from a successful exhibition in Jarrold Department Store, ‘Science and Art in Box’ 2012 is currently on display in Hethersett Library until 20th December. GCSE art students, staff from Hethersett High School and Jarrold Department Store staff responded to the question: “All things connect- Are We Just a Piece of The Puzzle?” Their visual responses are contained in a series of wooden boxes on display in the library. Library Manager Jennifer Hoult said: “It is brilliant once again, to have a fine art project carried out by the local High School displayed here in the library. It gives the public an opportunity to see what actually goes on in schools.” This is the third year the successful project has run, this year being sponsored for the first time by Jarrolds. Previous questions students and scientists responded to were, “How will Genetic Modification influence the future of our planet?” and “What would it be like if people could live forever?” Science and Art in a Box is one of the many community events created and organised as part of an established educational events’ programme at Hethersett High School and Science College.