Archive News - December 2014
The following articles appeared on the site in December 2014
Hethersett to Have Major New Sports Complex
A NEW community project to provide top class sports facilities is being launched in Hethersett. Plans for a new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) are being put forward as part of a three-phase scheme on Hethersett Academy land. Alongside the MUGA, are plans for new changing facilities, followed by a third phase to feature a new indoor sports facility added. It is likely that the new Hethersett Olympic Legacy Sports Complex (HOLSC) will cost in excess of £1 million and plans are currently being drawn up and will be followed by grant applications. Two community groups have been set up to take the scheme forward. A project/strategy team consisting of village volunteers and members of the Academy Management team will look at the overall picture for the complex and an implementation team will deal with plans and grants designed to bring the ideas to fruition. The aim is to have at least the MUGA in place to co-incide with the next Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in 2016. “It is wonderful news that Hethersett Academy, Hethersett Parish Council, Sports and Community Groups have all come together and will endeavour to bring to reality, a vision of a Community Sports Complex, which will create a necessary and lasting Olympic legacy in our fine village,” said Shane Hull, a Hethersett Parish Councillor who is chair of the strategy group. His view was backed up by Hethersett Academy Principal Gareth Stevens who said: “Boosting participation in sport can generate a variety of socio-economic benefits. Sport can, and does, make a profound and positive impact on individuals, communities and wider society. Physical activity, including sport, is linked to reduced risk of over 20 illnesses, including cardiovascular disease and some cancers.” The MUGA complex will offer first class playing and training facilities for a number of outdoor sports including football, rugby, netball, hockey and many others. The indoor facility will facilitate badminton, table tennis, indoor bowls, martial arts, dance and a climbing wall. The complex will be run by a management group which will be put in place in the future and is a direct result of Hethersett’s 2012 London Olympic Legacy which has seen the village heralded as Norfolk sporting champions and gain a coveted Prime Minister’s Big Society award. “We have been determined in Hethersett to keep the Olympic Legacy alive and to help it make a real difference to people’s lives. This new complex will provide top class facilities for individuals and sports groups and is a massive step towards improving facilities and enhancing fitness and well being in Hethersett,” said Peter Steward who is a member of the strategy group and Chair of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association. When built, the complex, which will be situated on the bottom of the existing Academy Field close to Back Lane, will be used by the school during the day in term times, but will be available to the community evenings and weekends. “During the day the complex will be used by the Academy to promote sports participation and foster well-being as part of the broad and extended curriculum. Outside of the Academy day it will be used by the local community, again to promote sport participation as part of a healthy lifestyle,” Mr Stevens added. The overall management of the project will be undertaken by Academy Business Manager Richard Cole.
Grant to Improve Archives
THE history of Hethersett is being brought alive thanks to a £1350 grant from South Norfolk Council. The grant will fund the launch of a new Hethersett Archive web site providing the public with more information and access to historical documents. Hethersett archive contains thousands of items including minutes, press cuttings, maps and many other items of significant historic importance. “The Hethersett archive is a collection of historic documents, photos and artefacts covering the history of the village back through several centuries. The archive has been professionally catalogued in recent years and this catalogue is available on-line. However, the existing website does not allow the catalogue to be easily searched, nor is there any facility for providing images of archive items for study on-line,” said village archivist Gary Wyatt. The grant, which has been topped up by £150 from Hethersett Parish Council, will allow a complete re-build of the web site to make it more intuitive and user-friendly. “This will make it much more convenient for residents and other interested parties, no matter where in the world, to view archive material. Although only a small proportion of the archive items have so far been digitised, this process will continue and will be made available on the new website as soon as possible. I am very grateful to South Norfolk Council, Hethersett Parish Council and local district councillor David Bills for their support,” Mr Wyatt added. David Bills said the new site would help to safeguard the legacy of past generations: “It will be available so that people of all ages and from all over the world will be able to learn about the history of Hethersett from a very valuable resource,” Mr Bills said. The new site will also contain links to other archive sites in South Norfolk and is likely to be available from early Spring. The physical archive is currently housed in Hethersett Village Hall. Our photograph shows village archivist Gary Wyatt accepting the grant cheque from David Bills.
Signs of the Times
COMMENTS have been made in the local press about two signs in the centre of the village. Residents have been complaining on the social Media site Streetlife about the aggressive nature of a warning sign in Oak Square which states: "Warning. This is not a Tesco Car Park. Do Not Park Here to Shop at Tesco. You Will Be Clamped and fined release fee of £80. You Have Been Warned: CCTV In Operation". Residents have also complained about the state of a Norfolk County Council sign, which has been moved from the top of Great Melton Road into the centre of the village, on the grounds that it is dilapidated, rusty and unwelcoming.
Pantomime Tickets Still Available - Tickets are still available for the 2015 Hethersett village pantomime. Treasure Island takes place in Hethersett Village Hall from January 17th to 24th. Tickets are £6 for all performances. There will be matinees on 17th and 24th at 2.30 p.m. Evening performances take place at 7.45 p.m excluding Sunday. Tickets are available from Jennie on 01603 811337 or e-mail email@example.com.
Behavioural Problems - Hethersett Academy has been told that more work needs to be done to combat behaviour problems following a snap Ofsted visit. Read more of this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.
Fight is On (Again) to Save Village Open Space
HETHERSETT Parish Council has joined residents in fighting the proposed development on an area of open space in the village. Over 70 residents turned out for a meeting of the parish council’s planning committee to voice their objection to plans by Fleur Development to erect 22 homes on an area between Queen’s Road and Jaguar Road known locally as Hethersett Paddock. Those present voiced their opposition on a number of grounds including loss of important open space, loss of wildlife habitat and unsuitable access. The latest planning application follows the withdrawal of an original plan to build 27 homes on the site. James Utting pointed out that over 50 objections had already been sent to South Norfolk Council and urged the parish council to back objections and to fight for the retention of the area as open space. He was backed up by parish councillors. Council chairman John Nightingale referred to the area as “a very important open space in the centre of the village.” Fred Watkins stated that he had not come across anybody in favour of the development: “As a parish council we should represent the village’s views. It is up to us to state in the strongest terms that this development should not be allowed,” he said. Eileen Mulvaney urged members of the public to continue sending in their objections to South Norfolk Council and Jim Bartram voiced concerns about the ability of village infrastructure to cope with this and other proposed development: “We shouldn’t entertain this or any other development in Hethersett that can be avoided,” he said. The parish council unanimously agreed to recommend refusal of the plans and urge the district council to safeguard Hethersett Paddock as open space. A letter urging refusal of the plans was also read out from Hethersett’s South Norfolk Council representative David Bills. The council is also recommending plans for additional development in Grove Road should be turned down on the grounds of unsuitability and problems with access issues on what, it was pointed out, is a very narrow road.
Spate of Car Vandalism hits Village
HETHERSETT residents are being urged to be vigilant following a spate of vandalism to cars in the village. The latest parish council meeting heard that four vehicles – in Churchfields, Back Lane and Muriel Kenny Court – had windows smashed within a seven day period. Hethersett will be losing its Police Community Support Officer in the near future due to cut-backs and a decision not to replace the current PCSO when she joins the regular force. The meeting also heard that cracks in the base of the war memorial, which was renovated and cleaned earlier this year as part of the village’s commemorations of the centenary of the start of the First World War, will be repaired at no cost to the village. Councillors voted in favour of a kick wall and basketball hoop on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field with money made available through Section 106 planning funds. The council agreed to make a donation of £100 to Age UK.
Cricketing Duo in Marathon Charity Ride
TWO members of Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club swapped their bats for lycra to undertake a 100 mile charity bike ride. Ian Bryce (33) and Paul Reeve (44) are used to compiling century partnerships for the club, but their latest marathon effort was in aid of a badly injured fellow sportsman and in memory of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes who died after being hit by a cricket ball. The original motivation for the trip was to raise funds for popular and well known local footballer Paul English from Dersingham. Paul suffered an horrific broken leg whilst playing and will be unable to work for many months. After several operations and skin grafts the West Norfolk family man is on the way to recovery. In response to this, friends, family and amateur sportsman around the county rallied around to raise money for Paul and his family. A Football tournament, memorabilia auction, raffle, sale of sweets and collections have managed to take the total to well over £3000 so far. A few days before the ride the Sporting world was shocked to hear the news of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes dying as a result of injuries received by being hit by a bouncer. “The tragedy that befell Phil Hughes was particularly awful and head/brain injury is unfortunately something that appears to be something that is far too much of a regular occurrence in sports in this day and age,” Paul and Ian said. With this in mind they decided to share the proceeds from their ride between two causes. The Tas Valley pair suggested the local branch of Headway – a support charity for people affected by Brain injury. To date they have raised over £400 for the causes. Ian Johnson, a director of the Headway charity was delighted to receive news of the donation. He said: “Headway Norfolk and Waveney Ltd is the only charity that gives help and support to people affected by an acquired brain injury in our county. We do this locally via three centres in Gorleston, Norwich and King’s Lynn and offer a wide range of services, including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration and community outreach. However, we are working in a very challenging environment with the current economic climate evidencing wholesale budget cuts from the public sector, and quite frankly, we are struggling. So, whilst we are affiliated to Headway UK, as a small regional charity we are particularly grateful for any and all donations.” Ian Bryce added: “Paul Reeve threw this idea at me late one evening via Facebook. He had volunteered us both to make the ride and I was more than happy to take part, but over the next few days I felt we could do even more. Cycling, Cricket, Head injuries, the death of Phil Hughes and the huge disruption to Paul English’s life seemed to fit together and we came up with the idea of supporting Headway too. Reeve added “It was a bit of a crazy idea to volunteer a cycle ride to Dersingham and back when we hadn’t ever ridden more than 34 miles in one hit. But in truth it was no real hardship (Except to the seat area!) considering it could easily have been either of us hit by a ball or injured making a tackle. Other local businesses also supported the pair. Neil Featherby at Sportlink offered guidance and support as well as setting the pair off from his specialist sports shop in Taverham by leading them out on the first mile with his Husky-Wolf dogs. Simply Airports Taxis of Norwich also offered a hand by being the support vehicle on the day. Donations can still be made and more information on the ride and the charities involved is available via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Successful Choir Evening
Patrons braving the frosty evening of Friday 5th December attended the technically excellent performance of Norfolk's Da Capo Choir at Hethersett Youth Club, writes Leslie Dale. The Youth Club building is renowned for its favourable acoustics. With "counter singing" and added poetry, patrons, enjoyed what must be one of the best cultural events this year in Hethersett. Hethersett Youth Club Trustees would like to thank Da Capo and all the event's patrons for a splendid fund raising evening.
Name and Shame Campaign - Local newspapers are running a name and shame campaign this year to deter motorists from drinking and driving. The Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and Wymondham Mercury are publishing the names and addresses of motorists caught drinking and driving. The first announcements included Hethersett resident Philip Carter, 54, of Coniston Close who has admitted driving in the village whilst over the legal limit. He was found to have 117 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The case was adjourned by Norwich Magistrates until January 15th for a report from the probation service.
Sign Up For Cycle Event
ENTRIES are now open for the 2015 Hethersett 30/60/90 cycle event which will take place on Sunday, April 5th. The 30 mile event will travel to Wymondham, Mulbarton, Hethel, Ashwellthorpe, Tacolneston, Bunwell and Old Buckenham. The 60-miler will also include Attleborough, Great Ellingham and East Harling and the marathon 90 miler will also feature Long Stratton and Banham. Entries are open to anyone aged 14 and over on April 5th and it is not a race. The event will start and finish at Hethersett Social Club and there will be medals for all finishers. Entry fees are £12 for 30 miles, £17 for 60 miles and £20 for 90 miles. To find out more and to enter visit the dedicated web site by clicking here
This year's Village Christmas Charity Fair again attracted scores of visitors to Hethersett Methodist Church on a surprisingly mild evening. The event was organised by district councillor Leslie Dale and Jackie Baker from the Methodist Church and again featured charity stalls in the hall, children's entertainment in the upstairs rooms and festive singing in the church. The hall and entrance was filled with local organisations and charities including MacMillan Cancer Support, the RNLI, Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, the Children's Society, British Heart Foundation and many more. Those attending were particularly drawn to the Phoenix Bird of Prey Rescue group who brought along a small owl by the name of Twiglet. Entertainment in the main hall came from Jan and John Halford, Hethersett Methodist Church Singing Fellowship, Woodside Singers, Hethersett Singers and community carols led by Hethersett St Remigius Church. Afterwards the organisers said they were pleased by the attendance despite Black Friday arriving in Norfolk on the same day. Hethersett Methodist Church will be holding a music and tea afternoon this Friday (5th December) at 2.30 p.m. All are welcome. On 12th December Hethersett Singers will be presenting a concert of seasonal music and carols in St Remigius Parish Church at 7.30 p.m. The evening will be conducted by Rob Goodrich and will feature soloist Maria Willis.
Christmas Cards Again - Once again Hethersett and District Churches Together will be distributing Christmas cards to homes throughout Hethersett, Little Melton and Great Melton. The cards give details of church services over the festive period. We will have full details of services in our What's On section shortly.
Sporting Awards Evenings
TWO of Hethersett's leading sports clubs held their presentation evenings on December 5th and 6th respectively.
Hawks celebrated another successful season at Hethersett Social
Club when members and families attended the Club's presentation
evening. As well as acknowledging trophies won during the
season, notably runners-up in South-East League Division 1, the
club made a number of special awards. Oliver Riley was announced
as Top Scorer while the club committee selected Daniel Longlands
as Best Newcomer and Beth Allen as Most Improved Junior.
Secretary Mel Perkins selected Phil Awbery as his Club Member of
the Year and the three Team Managers nominated their Riders of
the Year - 1st team Nick Myhill, 2nd team Katie Adams and Youth
team Giles Awbery. The final award was voted for by the members
and Committee on the night and the Club's prestgious Sports
Person of the Year award went to Katie Adams.
Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club has a bright future thanks to a youth policy that is bringing through excellent young players, club chairman Tony Smith told the club’s presentation evening. For the first time the club combined its annual Christmas meal with the presentation event. “Overall 2014 was a rather up and down season, but overall it was very positive with so many of our young players featuring in adult cricket. Our future looks bright and we have one of the best grounds and facilities in Norfolk,” he said. He thanked club members for their efforts throughout the season, the Ellis family for making the facilities available at Flordon and Paul Reeve for organising the meal and presentation event. The season brought a number of successes. The third team were runners-up in Division Five of the Norfolk League, gaining a double promotion to play next season in Division Three after a re-arrangement of the league. The Sunday team reached the semi-final of the Sunday Cup, only being denied a final place on the toss of a coin after heavy rain. The Sunday team also reached the regional final of the National Village Cup competition, which the club entered for the first time. The midweek side were victorious in the Wensum Cup. David Coyle was named overall player of the year for a number of outstanding performances with both bat and ball. Performance of the season went to 14-year-old Tom Osborne for an unbeaten 173 for the third team in the final match of the season which saw them win to finish runners-up. The most improved player award went to Crispin Clarke, another former youth team player, and the young player of the year award to young spin bowler Sam Morton. Sam also won the overall bowling cup. Full awards: First team: Batting, Paul Reeve; Bowling, David Coyle. Second team: Batting, Rob Mitchell; Bowling, Matt Steward. Third team: Batting, Ross Jones; bowling, Cameron Clarke. Fourth team: Batting, Mark Worley; bowling, Sanjewa Jayakodi. Overall Batting, Paul Reeve; Overall Bowling, Sam Morton; Duck Cup for most ducks, Damian Fahy and Ian Harrison; Catching Cup (including wicketkeepers), David Coyle; Catching Cup excluding wicketkeepers, David Coyle; Most Improved Player, Crispin Clarke; Best Performance, Tom Osborne; Young Player of the Year, Sam Morton; Club Person of the Year, Stuart Cooper; Player of the Year, David Coyle. Before the presentations, the club honoured the name of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, who died as a result of being hit by a cricket ball. The tribute was led by first team bowler Phil Walmsley. Read more and see a gallery of photographs from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.