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Archive News February 2012

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in February 2012

One village, one library, one book, One Day - Hethersett Library has launched its mission to see how many members of the local community can be encouraged to read and share thoughts on the same book. Bestseller "One Day" by David Nicholls has been chosen and Wednesday, 15th February saw local people borrowing the book from a display at the library. They will be encouraged to write comments about One Day on a special display tree in the library foyer. "We are hoping people will talk about the book with friends, down the pub, in a shop, at school and at work. We want the whole of Hethersett talking about One Day," said Library Manager Jennie Hoult. Views on One Day can also be sent via the library website which can be accessed by clicking here: "We really are interested to hear what people think about this book," Mrs Hoult added. She is pictured on the right with fellow librarian Rebecca Warner

Cool Evening Show - The Olympic theme in the village continued in February with a public showing of the ever popular Walt Disney film Cool Runnings at Hethersett High School. One of the most enduring films of all time, Cool Runnings is inspired by the true story of the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. The evening was put on in conjunction with the South Norfolk True Film Festival 2012 and Creative Arts East's Village Screen initiative. Those attending filled in questionnaires at the end of the evening and consideration will be given to hosting similar events in the future.

Sunny Outlook for Student Lily - The Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury featured an article on Hethersett student Lily Johnson who has won a national competition to design the front panel of a revolutionary supercomputer. Click on the cutting opposite to read the story

High School Celebrates - Hethersett High School is celebrating the success of its students following the publication of the latest secondary school league tables. Results show the school to be one of the top state funded schools in the county with students making outstanding progress. To read more details and comments from Head Teacher Kerry Jordan click here.

New Running Group for Hethersett and the Meltons - A new social running group is being set up by Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association in conjunction with Active Norfolk. The group is aimed at beginners and those who would enjoy running, jogging and even walking together. You can read the full story by clicking here

Barn Dance Success - Hethersett and District Churches together held another highly successful barn dance in Little Melton Village Hall. The annual event was once again a sell out with dancing to ceilidh band Shinanikins.  Over £310 was raised with the money going to a number of projects including the Christmas and Easter cards giving details of church services which are distributed throughout Hethersett, Great and Little Melton. 

Vote for Hethersett - Hethersett residents are being urged to vote for Hethersett when they go shopping. Waitrose of Wymondham has chosen the village’s Olympic Committee as one of its three charities for March. This follows Waitrose of Eaton featuring the same organisation in February. Customers using the Wymondham store throughout the month will be given a token to place in one of three boxes with £1,000 being distributed according to the number of tokens received. The more tokens the Hethersett scheme gets the larger the donation will be. Hethersett’s Olympic Committee, which comes under the auspices of Hethersett Parish Council, is responsible for organising a weekend of events in support of this year’s London Olympic Games. Over the past two years the village has organised more events per head of the population than any other village, town or city in the country. This year’s Open Hethersett event will take place from Friday June 22nd to Sunday June 24th. Events this year are likely to include a swimming marathon, the third Hethersett’s Got Talent competition, a come and try sports event on the Memorial Playing Field, a church service, round the square two mile fun run and a major ladies five-a-side football competition. To read more on this click here  . To view a flyer from Waitrose about Community Matters click here.

Fayre Plans - Plans are gathering pace for what promises to be one of the largest village fetes ever held in Hethersett. The Jubilee Fayre and Big Picnic will be held on the village’s Memorial Playing Field on June 3rd as part of the village’s celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It is likely the event will be split into two with daytime celebrations taking place between midday and 5 p.m and an evening session from 7.30 to 10.30 p.m. Both sessions will be suitable for the whole family. The day will feature regular entertainment for all ages including gym clubs, dance displays, line dancing, gospel choirs, musical entertainment, an appearance from last year’s Hethersett’s Got Talent winner David Wyatt. There will also be a number of traditional games including tug of war, plate smashing, egg catching and a slow bicycle race along with plenty of entertainment aimed at children. Numerous local groups, clubs and organisations have already committed to supporting the event and there will be a raffle throughout the day with winning tickets being drawn every hour. The event is being co-ordinated by Peter Hoult who is looking for offers of help and additional attractions. He can be contacted on 01603 811337.

Latvian Lunch - Hethersett Methodist Church played host for a special lunch and re-union for a group of Christians who two years ago spent time renovating a home for mothers and young children in Latvia. The volunteer workers from the East Anglian District of the Methodist Church are hoping to continue their links with the home in Straupe and are looking into ways of developing prayer and spiritual links as well as further support if required. The Latvian working party included Hethersett Methodist Church members Juliette Lomas and Anne Steward.

Singing Fellowship Date - Hethersett Methodist Church’s Singing Fellowship will be holding another music and tea afternoon on March 23rd from 2.30 p.m. The afternoon will include singing, readings, poetry, home made cakes and teas and coffees. And is open to all. A beetle drive held at the church raised £202 towards providing clean water for rural villages in Uganda. The church’s popular series of winter warmer lunches have come to an end following a successful run throughout the winter months.

Money Raised and HOW - A Hethersett group challenging plans to build almost 1200 new homes in the village has raised over £900 from two events. Hethersett Our Way (HOW) took to the streets of the village and raised £233 from a door to door collection and then added a further £712 from a quiz evening in Hethersett Village Hall. The money will go towards professional advice and representation at planning meetings. The group is challenging plans for 1,192 new homes and also lobbying for a say in future development in the village. HOW has a web site which can be accessed by clicking here

Book Reprint Possibility - Hethersett certainly went wild for a recently published book on nature in the village. The Wild About Hethersett publication sold out within a few days of its launch at Hethersett Methodist Church and now Hethersett Environmental Action Team, which oversaw the printing, is considering having a reprint to meet the demand for the publication which took the form of a scrapbook style almanac looking at nature in the village throughout the year. The cost of the original book was partly funded through a bequest from Hethersett environmentalist George Beckford.

Youth Fundraisers - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club is continuing its fundraising efforts with two events over the next few months. The first is a table top sale with a limited number of car boots on April 28th from 10 a.m to midday. Pitches at £5 each can be booked through Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566. On June 15th the venue in Back Lane will be holding a ladies pamper evening from 7 to 9.30 p.m. Manicures and reflexology are just two of the “pampers” that will be available. “We are very pleased with the number of young people who are now using our premises throughout the week. Numbers are increasing but so is our need for help,” Gillian Saunders said.

Henstead Road Re-opens - Henstead Road has re-opened following drainage work. Meanwhile Anglian  Water will be flushing water mains in Hethersett over the next few weeks. It is designed to maintain the quality of water. During the work tap water will still be safe to drink but may become discoloured or cloudy and may be interrupted for short periods of time and also water pressure may be lower. A full list of work locations is available by clicking here.

Olympic Experience - Pupils from Hethersett Old Hall School have been experiencing Olympic sport with the visit of a top coach. Year 10 and 11 girls were given two volleyball taster sessions form Tomasz Morawski, who is head coach of England Under-16s Girls’ team. The sessions were part of the school’s plan for every senior school year group to experience an Olympic sport that they do not currently learn. This is all part of the school’s commitment to the Get Set London 2012 education programme and is being organised by Head of PE Miss Beale. Next on the programme of events is a visit from Norwich Canoe Club where year nine pupils will be given a kayak taster session on paddle machines in the sports hall.  

Quiz for the Children - Over £700 was raised for the Wulugu Project from a quiz evening at Hethersett Old Hall School. The charity works to tackle poverty amongst children in Northern Ghana and you can read about the evening by clicking here.

New Photographs - A new gallery of photographs taken on a walk around Hethersett and the surrounding countryside is available by clicking here.

Talking Newspaper - The Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper for the Blind is looking for more users of its service in the Hethersett area. Two volunteers from the Talking Newspaper – Annette Trappes-Lomas and Marie Stevenson - were at Hethersett Library to explain the service which provides local audio news, features and information for blind and partially sighted people in Wymondham, Attleborough and the surrounding area and villages. The service is also available to those for whom reading a newspaper is difficult because of a disability or health condition. To read more on this story click here.

HOW Minutes - The latest minutes of the Hethersett Our Way group are available by clicking here. The group which is fighting to keep Hethersett a rural community and "a good place to live" also has a web site which can be accessed by clicking here.

Horticultural Society Programme for 2012 -2013 - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society have produced their programme for the 2012-2013 season, starting in May. To view this click here.

Hethersett Hotties on the Run (or Walk) - Hethersett Hotties are preparing for action. The team from Hethersett surgery will be taking part in this year's 5km Race for Life which will take place at Norwich Showground on May 20th. Receptionists, dispensers, admin and clinical staff will get together to run, jog and walk the course to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research. The group are looking for sponsors and donations can be made at the surgery reception or via a dedicated internet "Just Giving" page which can be accessed by clicking here. "We are going to need all the help we can get to cross the finishing line," said Surgery Manager Edwina Wilson who added that the group would also welcome supporters to cheer them along during the event which starts at 11 a.m. A team from Mulbarton Surgery - Mulbarton Miracles - will also be taking part.

Neighbourhood Board Meeting - The next meeting of the Northern River Valleys Neighbourhood Board which includes the villages of Hethersett, Great and Little Melton, will take place in Sainsbury's Cafe at Longwater, Costessey on March 13th from 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available from 6.45 p.m. The Board's aims are to help make communities more self reliant, vibrant and more organised by boosting volunteering and by supporting community groups. A poster for the meeting can be viewed by clicking here.

Musical Theatre Evening - Hethersett Players will be presenting a musical theatre variety evening from September 27th to 29th and are looking for budding thespians to join them. "We would welcome people whether experienced or wanting to tread the boards for the first time. Our only limiting criteria is they must be 14 or over," said Sarah Wright of the Players. The performances will showcase an evening of musical theatre through the decades with old and new favourites mixed together. The group is looking for singers and dancers: "More than anything we want people who are willing to give their best and we will work with them to give them the best experience," Sarah added. Rehearsals for the show will start in mid May. Anybody interested in joining the group can contact Sarah on 07917 333062 or e-mail her by clicking here. 


Sports Association Meeting - The next meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association will be held in Park Farm Hotel on February 27th at 7.30 p.m. The meeting will discuss future plans for improving sports facilities and setting up new groups for fitness and well being and will look at existing facilities, how fitness and well being can be improved and will also celebrate success over the past six months and look to a very busy 2012 with so many community groups working together. The sports association is open to anybody with an interest in sport, leisure, health, well being and the environment. The meeting will also discuss a possible campaign for next year to urge residents to cut down on vehicle use in favour of walking or cycling. Read about this from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here


Norwich Park Run - Hethersett residents may be interested in a social 5 km park run that takes place on Saturday mornings in Eaton Park, Norwich, from 9 a.m. This event is for runners, joggers and walkers and starts from the Bandstand. For further details view a flyer by clicking here.

Junior School Events - Hethersett Junior School will be having a Diamond Jubilee theme for their annual Spring Fair which this year takes place on Saturday 26th May. The school will be celebrating the Queen’s jubilee as well as including all the usual attractions from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Entrance will be 50p with accompanied children free. The school is also organising a car boot sale in the playground on Sunday 1st July with the final arrangements still to be finalised.

Open Weekend Line-up - The line-up for this year's Hethersett Open Weekend is already being finalised with three days of events being organised from June 22nd to 24th. These include a swimming marathon, Hethersett's Got Talent, a Come and Try Sports Event and the annual Run the Square two mile funrun. To read about these and other events being lined-up click here. To see the story from the Norwich Evening News click here.


Pensioner Jailed - A Hethersett pensioner who claimed he was addicted to viewing indecent images of children has been jailed for six months. To read about the trial of 67 year old William Bradbeer of Lakeland Way from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.


Fifty Peaks for Charity - Hethersett GP Nicky Morris will be celebrating a landmark birthday this year by climbing 50 mountain peaks across the United Kingdom with her husband for charity. To read this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here to see the cutting.


1948 Olympic Exhibition - An exhibition celebrating the last time the Olympic games came to London is currently on display in Hethersett Library. The exhibition features old news articles and information on the 1948 Olympics along with photographs from the 2011 visit of the 1948 torch to the village's four schools. Hethersett High School pupils have been busy designing a new commemorative torch to mark this year's Olympic Games. To read about these stories click here.


Hawks AGM Postponed - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club's Annual General Meeting scheduled for February 5th was postponed due to bad weather. It has been re-scheduled for Sunday February 19th at 2.30 p.m in Hethersett Methodist Church.

Old Hethersett Revisited - There will be a big screen viewing of the past when village archivist Bill Reekie shows slides of Old Hethersett in St Remigius Church on Saturday 3rd March at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at £5 which includes light refreshments. They are available at church services and also from Hethersett Library and Bartrams Funeral Services. Proceeds from the event will go towards the church's flower festival in June.

Annual Barn Dance - Hethersett and District Churches Together will be holding its annual barn dance in Little Melton Village Hall on Saturday 25th February with dancing to Shinanikins. Tickets are £7 for adults and £3 for children and include soft drinks and a ploughman's supper. They are available from Rosie Hubbard on 01603 810337, Anne Steward on 01603 811052 and Pauline Cubitt on 01603 810016.

Toads Crossing - The mild winter has brought about the likelihood of an early migration of the local Toad population. Last year people from Hethersett and the Meltons saved over 2,000 toads by seeing them across busy roads in Little and Great Melton. Last year was a bad one for Toads with the harsh winter being followed by a  dry spring. This year the migration is likely to start earlier than usual and probably this month. If you want to help this year, there will be a meeting in Little Melton Village Inn on February 6th to prepare for this year's migration which is likely to go on until April

Road Closure - Parts of Henstead Road, Hethersett, will be closed until the middle of February for essential drainage work. Diversions will be in place.

Phil and Heather to Leave Post Office - After almost 16 years running Hethersett Post Office, Phil and Heather Emery will be leaving this month. The couple took over following the retirement of Heather's parents Shirley and Peter Keeley who ran the post office for 24 years. The new subpostmaster will be Kevin Salmon who will run the office with his daughter April. Phil and Heather will not be leaving the village, however. "We have made a lot of friends over the years. We can't possibly thank everyone or say goodbye individually so a great big thank you to everyone who has entered the Post Office, daily, weekly, monthly or just once a year to tax your car. Your support has kept the office going and we are sure you will continue to support Kevin and April," Phil and Heather write in the latest edition of Hethersett Good News magazine.

Crazy Quiz - A Crazy Quiz Night is being held at Hethersett Old Hall School on Saturday 18th February from 7 p.m in support of the Wulugu Project which works in Northern Ghana to tackle poverty through education and training. The project recently raised £670 from a book and CD sale and from donations and this will go towards equipping a new primary school at Gbenfu. Tickets for the quiz cost £12 which includes a drink and two course hot supper with coffee. Tickets are available from Jane Scott on 01603 453750.

Hawks Prepare for Lift Off - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway get back into training for the coming season this month. The new season will bring a number of high profile fixtures to Hethersett Memorial Playing Field  As well as the visit of the Polish test teams in August and a National Round of the British Youth and Junior League in September, it has recently been announced that the club will stage the South East Cup Finals and Women’s Championships plus Norfolk Finals at Senior, Vets, Women and Under-10s level. The club has also announced the return of former members Leigh Cossey and Dan Chambers plus other former Norwich riders England international Lee Grange and Scotland international Joshua Herring to boost their first-team squad. The season opens on March 18th.

Youth Club Appeal - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club is appealing for help in three different directions. The club is currently short of volunteers to join its rota on Wednesday evenings. With two groups running each week the club is looking for helpers who can spare two hours every six weeks to help with activities and the sale of tuck from 6 to 8 p.m and 7 to 9 p.m. The club is also looking for people to join its committee which oversees the club and the management of the hall in Back Lane. Finally the club is looking for some DIY help to finish off the painting of and improvements to the hall. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Gillian Sanders on 01953 607566

Anniversary Service - Hethersett Parish Church will be turning back the clock to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. The first Church of England Prayer Book to be written in English was in 1549. Between then and 1662 five different prayer books were produced before the 1662 book was formally adopted. Since then there have been a variety of revisions in the 20th century. On Sunday February 19th the 10.30 a.m service in St Remigius the 1662 Book of Common Prayer will be used for worship and prayer.

Lent Course - Hethersett and District Churches Together will be holding its annual Lent Course which will be launched on Shrove Tuesday, 21st March at 7 p.m. in Hethersett Methodist Church. The launch will be preceded by pancakes. It is hoped to have four groups this year with venues including private homes, the King's Head and the Methodist Church.

Cinder-Fella Story - There's a little bit more to debutante romantic novelist Julia Douglas than meets the eye. We can reveal that the author of Nashville Cinderella is actually a feller - Wicklewood-based journalist Douglas McPherson. To read about this story from local author Julia or should we say Douglas click here.