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Archive News December 2015

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




Dementia Cheque Presentation - A cheque for 150 has been presented to the Hethersett Dementia Support Group from the proceeds from the Painting for Pleasure Art Exhibition held in Hethersett Village Hall in November. The cheque was presented at the final Hethersett Hub Cafe to be held in Hethersett Hall before it moves in the New Year to Hethersett Methodist Church. The cafe meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m until midday and is for people with dementia and their families and carers. The next cafe event will be on January 19th.More information is available on 01603 810786 and transport can be arranged by phoning 01603 814343. The Hethersett Painting For Pleasure Art Group meets on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m until midday in Hethersett Village Hall. It was launched in 2006 by local artist Linda Goldspink with the aim of encouraging the enjoyment of art and painting for pleasure. Over the years it has also raised money for a variety of charities including the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. Our photograph shows chair of the Hethersett Dementia Support Group David Bills accepting the cheque with group members looking on. The money was raised from refreshments, a tombola and a percentage from the sale of paintings.


Parish Council Meetings for 2016 - The dates have been announced for Hethersett Parish Council meetings throughout 2016. The full council will meet in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m on the following dates - January 27th, February 15th, March 21st, April 18th, May 16th, June 13th, July 18th, September 19th, October 17th, November 21st and December 19th. The annual parish meeting will take place on May 4th. Planning Committee meetings will be held at 7 p.m on all full council nights and also on the following dates - January 4th, February 1st, March 7th, April 4th, May 3rd, June 6th, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th.


Fitness Fund-Raiser - More than 600 has been presented to a Wymondham based cancer charity from a gym and swim challenge at Park Farm Fitness Express, Hethersett. Les King, patron of the Star Throwers Charity, was the first to finish the challenge and was there to see Frankie Rayner, assistant manager at the fitness centre, present the cheque to Jill Chapman from Star Throwers. Just click on the cutting opposite from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper to see a report of the cheque presentation.
Students Visit War Memorial - Students from Hethersett Academy have been busy studying the First World War and recently paid a visit to some of the most important sites. In particular they visited the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge. You can read more about this by enlarging the cutting from the Wymondham Mercury opposite

Festive Service - Youngsters from Hethersett packed into St Remigius Church for a festive Christingle service. Pupils in nursery year to year six at Hethersett Old Hall School attended the service which was led by the Rev Derek McClean. The service included readings and performances from the children. Sean Peace, head of the preparatory department said: "The Christingle Service is a great favourite with our families. The candlelit circling of the church with our individually made Christingles creates a magical atmosphere for us to reflect on the theme of giving." The youngsters collected almost 400 in loose change to fill Christingle candle tubes for The Children's Society.


Hethersett Library in January - Hethersett Library has lined-up a whole host of attractions for January including the introduction of a weekly board games afternoon. This will be held on Thursdays from 2 p.m. People can try games owned by the library or take their own along. As previously mentioned a post Christmas food swap will take place early in the month. Residents can drop off their unwanted food items between January 4th and 9th and return on the 11th to choose a replacement. Only rule is no fresh items or alcohol and all items to be unopened or sealed. The library will be holding an introduction to family history course on January 20th from 10 a.m until 12.30 p.m. Cost is 5 and places are limited with booking essential. There will also be a  free online basic computer course on January 26th and 28th from 10 a.m until midday. Once again places are limited and booking is essential. You can now get two for one DVDs on Thursdays all afternoon and evening from 2 p.m until 7 p.m. This offer also applies to Saturdays from 12.30 p.m. Full list of events at the library in January is as follows:


Friday 1st   Library Closed
Saturday 2nd 10-2 Library Open
Monday 4th 14.00 Book Group
Wednesday 6th 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - adult colouring session
Thursday 7th 14.00 Board games
  14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Friday 8th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme for Babies and Toddlers
Monday 11th   Food Swap Pick Up Day
  14.00 Parish Council Pop In - Meet with a member of the parish council
  14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 13th 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - adult colouring session
Thursday 14th 14.00 Board Games
Monday 18th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 20th 10.00 Family History Course
  10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - adult colouring session
Thursday 21st 14.00 Board games
Friday 22nd 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme for Babies and Toddlers
Monday 25th 14.00 Craft Group
Tuesday 26th 10.00 Online Basics Course
Wednesday 27th 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - adult colouring session
Thursday 28th 10.00 Online Basics Course
  14.00 Board Games



Concerts in Hethersett - Two special concerts are being held this coming weekend in the run up to Christmas. On Saturday December 5th Hethersett Singers present "Christmas is Coming" in Hethersett Methodist Church at 7.30 p.m. This is a concert of seasonal music and carols conducted by Rob Goodrich with accompanist Julian Haggett and Frances Ramshaw on flute. There will also be mince pies and refreshments. Tickets are 7 (under-16s free) and are available by phoning 07949 533253 or by e-mailing by clicking here. They will also be available on the door. On the same evening a concert is being held in Hethersett Parish Church in aid of the parish church general fund and VIMS (Visual Impairment Mutual Support. It features The String Kings on guitars and keyboard with a medley of classical, pop and seasonal music presented by Edward and Chris who are both blind and exceptionally talented musicians. The event starts at 7.30 p.m and once again refreshments will be provided. Tickets are 7 on the door or in advance from 01953 606002 or 07932316420



Footballers Reach Quarter-Finals - Hethersett Athletic men's Saturday team have reached the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Primary Cup after a 6-1 victory over Ellingham on the Memorial Field on November 21st. They will now play one of the following in the quarter-finals - Wedling, Bridgham, Dereham Taverners, Docking, Sporle, Marham Wanderers, Morley Village or Redgate Rangers Reserves. The team has also been named Crown Fire South and Central Norfolk team of the month for October and were presented with a certificate and match ball by league secretary Mick Utting before their 2-2 draw against league leaders Rocklands United. October saw the team unbeaten in both league and county cup,


Road Closure - Part of Great Melton Road, Hethersett, will be closed from January 4th to 10th for work on the sewers. The stretch from Glengarry Close to the New Road junction will only be accessible for residents during this time. Vehicles going from the village to Great Melton will need to go down Mill Road, turn right into New Road and re-join Great Melton Road at its junction with New Road.


On the left is the certificate from the Queen. In the centre is Heather and above friends help her celebrate.


Queen's Award for Heather - There was a surprise for leading Hethersett Girl Guide Heather Pullen when she turned up at the village Scout and Guide Headquarters in December. For friends, family, fellow Guides, Rangers and Leaders had organised a special party in recognition of Heather's hard work over the past three years. Heather, 19, of Richardson Crescent has been working towards her Queen's Guide Award and centrepiece at the special evening was her signed certificate from the Queen. The Queen's Guide Award is the highest achievement within Girl Guiding UK and is completed over a two or three year period. During the evening Heather was also presented with badges marking her outstanding achievement. As part of her challenge, Heather has fully supported the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal which put together boxes of toys and other goods for under-privileged children in Kosovo. Heather is the granddaughter of John and Shirley Adams who collected for the cause for many years in Hethersett. The shoebox appeal formed just part of Heather's path towards the Queen's Guide Award. Other activities have included serving refreshments at charity events, cooking a meal for 30 people at camp, organising trips, learning to drive and taking part in various other fundraising events.





Lit Up Again - It is now over two decades since Hethersett couple Tony and Margaret Dunton hit upon the idea of lighting up their home in Firs Road to bring Christmas joy and also raise money for charity. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the great Christmas switch on and over that time they have raised thousands of pounds for local good causes. Money collected this year will be divided between the East Anglian Air Ambulance, the Hethersett Doctors' Surgery and John Groom Court home for disabled adults in Norwich. Over the years the light display has proved particularly popular with local school children.





Grafitti Wall - Youngsters attending Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club have been busy at work decorating a special graffiti wall at their headquarters in Back Lane. They have been working with a graffiti artist to produce a colourful addition to the interior around the words "Hethersett Youth."



December Magazine Published - The December edition of our new electronic magazine is now available. You can access the latest news from the village in magazine format by clicking here


WEA Course - Social attitudes towards destitute and orphaned children will be the topic for the latest course being organised by the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) at Hethersett Academy. "Philanthropy and Community - Children in Care Before World War One" will be delivered by Rosemary Steer. The 10 week course starts on January 14th at 7.30 p.m with a break for half-term. The course will also look at the provision by both the state and voluntary sector focussing on the important period of change from the enactment of the Poor Law Amendment Act in 1834 to the beginning of the Great War in 1914. Places can be booked by telephoning Richard Aldridge on 01603 811303 or by e-mailing him by clicking here.


Paddock Housing Appeal Turned Down - An appeal by developers to build on land in the centre of Hethersett has been turned down. It means that the land known locally as The Paddock will remain open space. The decision has been heralded by Hethersett District Councillor David Bills as "an early Christmas present" for the village. "The appeal to build 22 houses has been refused by the Inspector. Great news for Hethersett. Well done all those involved in getting this result and it's a true community effort," David Bills said. You can read more about the decision from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Rugby Club Appeal Turned Down As Well - South Norfolk Council has turned down another application by Wymondham Rugby Club to move to a new site. The move would have seen 90 houses built on the club's Tuttles Lane site as well as 300 more on Norwich Common. Councillors unanimously blocked the plans for a second time citing the strain on school places and the erosion of a greenbelt between Wymondham and Hethersett. Councillor Christopher Kemp said: "It is necessary for us to balance the interests of the whole community ... and the community wants us to maintain this gap between Wymondham and Hethersett." You can read more about this from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Crowds Flock to Village Christmas Event


Pictures from the annual Hethersett Christmas Fair. On the left one of the stalls and on the right Andy Paynes from Hethersett Environmental Action Team explains the importance of insect boxes

Hethersett Christmas Fair once again proved a tremendous success with hundreds of people turning up to shop and listen to Christmas music at Hethersett Methodist Church. The main church featured refreshments and musical entertainment from the Woodside School Singers, Hethersett Junior School, Hethersett Methodist Church Singing Fellowship, the Decapo Choir, Hethersett Singers and St Remigius Church Choir. Numerous charities had stalls including MacMillan Cancer Care, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, Hethersett Society, the Respect Yourself Charity, Big C and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.




Hawks Celebrate



HETHERSETT HAWKS staged their annual presentation evening at Hethersett Social Club and 30 members  and families heard about a reasonably successful season with the first team challenging for the South-East title right to the last match and the "B" team having a much more competitive season. Quite a few new recruits have been attracted, mainly from the Attleborough area, and the club staged four national and regional events at its track in 2015.Four Norfolk champions were celebrated as well as winners of the club's eight championships.  Leigh Cossey was awarded the prestigious honour of Sportsperson of the Year voted for by those present on the night and he also received the Secretary's award for Club Member of the Year for his captaining of the first team and his support and encouragement to younger members at Club Nights. Other awards went to Lee Grange (Top Scorer), Adam Reeve (Best Newcomer), Leo Mallett (Most Improved Junior), Dan Chambers (1st team Rider of the Year) and Owen Wells (B team Rider of the Year). The Club are now eagerly looking forward to the 2016 season when they celebrate their Golden Jubilee.


Cricket Presentation Evening


Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club reflected on one of the club's most successful seasons at its annual Christmas dinner and presentation evening. Retiring chairman Tony Smith congratulated members on putting out four Saturday sides, a Sunday side and midweek teams throughout the season and also praised the club's youth set-up which is now seeing youth team players moving through the senior ranks. The club currently has over 70 youngsters on its books. The club won the prestigious Norfolk Association of Cricket Officials (NACO) Shield and the Bernard Matthews Trophy. The second eleven won promotion to Division Four of the Norfolk Alliance and the first team narrowly missed out on promotion to Division One, a fact that first team skipper David Coyle felt would soon be remedied: "It is disappointing that the firsts failed to get promoted but it is only a matter of time before this happens," he said adding that the third team had also enjoyed a highly successful season in a very strong Norfolk League. Tributes were paid to outgoing chairman Tony Smith and he was presented with an autographed bat and tankard to mark his nine years at the helm. He was also awarded the Club Person of the Year Trophy. John Curtis was named Player of the Year for his all round performances for the first team. He also took the Performance of the Year Trophy. Other awards were: Batting: First Eleven, Ian Bryce; Second Eleven, Nick Powell; Third XI, Tristan Henderson; Fourth Eleven, Mark Worley. Bowling: First Eleven, John Curtis; Second Eleven, Matt Steward; Third Eleven, Cameron Clarke; Fourth Eleven, Adam Nicholls. Duck Cup, Ross Jones; Overall Batting, Ian Bryce; Overall Bowling, David Coyle, Catching Cup, David Coyle; Fielding Cup, David Coyle; Most Improved Player, Tristan Henderson; Best Junior Playing in Adult Cricket, Sam Morton; Club Person of the Year, Tony Smith. Pictured are top (left to right) - Tony Smith with club president Richard Ellis, Ian Bryce with Richard Ellis. Bottom (left to right) - John Curtis with Richard Ellis and Sam Morton with Richard Ellis.