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Archive News February 2013

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in February 2013


Development Makes the Front Page - The granting of planning permission for almost 1,200 new homes in Hethersett and the resignation of Hethersett Parish Council vice-chairman Gary Wyatt is the lead story in the Wymondham Mercury Newspaper of February 7th. To view this visit our cuttings section.


Library Closure Change of Date - Hethersett library will now be closed from March 5th to 8th rather than the original dates of February 5th to 8th. There has been a hold-up in arranging work on plans to instal new automatic doors.


Major Grant for Parish Church - Hethersett Parish Church has received a grant of £42,000 towards the £95,000 cost of making urgent repairs to the roof. To read this story from the Wymondham Mercury click here.


Danger of Drugs Drama - The dangers of drugs and alcohol will be highlighted in a production by Norfolk drama students. Dragon Chaser – a play about the nervous breakdown of a teenager through drug and alcohol misuse – is being rehearsed by DramActive Academy Seniors Group based at Hethersett High School, and takes to the stage in Norwich this June. To read the full story from the Norwich Evening News click here.


Cricket Training for Youngsters - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club is looking to expand its junior ranks as it follows the club ethos of providing cricket for all. A number of training sessions and nets have been arranged for the Under-11 to Under-15 age range at Long Stratton Leisure Centre throughout March and April. The training will be open to existing and prospective new players and will be led by qualified coaches Robbie Matthews, Stuart Cooper, Craig Henderson and Sarah Worley. Sessions start on March 1st for Under-13s and Under-15s from 6.30 until 7.30 p.m. March 8th, 15th and 22nd will see sessions for Under-11s from 5.30 until 6.30 p.m and for Under-13s and Under-15s from 6.30 until 7.30 p.m. There will be a break on Good Friday (March 29th) and then sessions on April 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th for Under-11s, Under-13s and Under-15s from 6.30 p.m until 7.30 p.m. Each session will cost £2 which will go to the hire of the facilities with additional costs being met by the club.  


Running Groups to Re-start - Two Hethersett running groups are set to re-start after a winter break. Both groups will be coached by Norfolk Olympiad Paul Evans and qualified coach Ron Marsh. The Monday morning group will meet on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field from 9.15 a.m to 10.15 a,m from March 11th until April 22nd. A Thursday evening group will start up on May 2nd and run until July 4th from 7 until 8 p.m. The venue for this still has to be confirmed.


Coffee for Charity - A coffee morning at Fitness Express at Park Farm raised £117 for the Wymondham based cancer charity Star Throwers. Home made cakes, along with coffee supplied by Park Farm, were enjoyed by club members. Fitness Express has held a number of events in aid of Star Throwers and the next will be an 11 mile sponsored swim at the leisure club.


Fly Posting Concern - Hethersett Parish Council is concerned at the amount of illegal fly posting in the village and the use of event-promoting A frames on pavements. A number of commercial organisations have been using telegraph poles, trees and other areas in the village and not official noticeboards. Organisations in the village such as the Village Hall Management Committee have already warned their users about illegal fly posting.


New Car Park Adopted - The new car park in Great Melton Road has been officially adopted by Hethersett Parish Council for short term public parking and notices to this affect will be erected in the near future.


Crime Rate Still Low - A total of 17 crimes were reported in Hethersett in the three month period up to January 28th, the latest meeting of Hethersett Parish Council heard. Police Community Support Officer Oliver Butcher reported a variety of crimes including criminal damage to cars, thefts from commercial premises, two common assaults and two domestic assaults, one burglary at a private dwelling and one at commercial premises. There had also been one case of possession of a Class A drug with the intent to supply. Council chairman Fred Watkins said that the figures once again underlined what a safe place Hethersett is with a very low crime rate.


New Grit Bin - A new grit bin has been purchased and will be sited at the junction of Park Drive and West Croft. 


GoGoGorillas - Pupils from Hethersett Junior School along with Head Andy Whittle have been featured on video and in the pages of the Norwich Evening News supporting the GoGoGorillas art trail which involves decorating sculptured baby gorillas. You can read about this by clicking here.


Peter Featured - Hethersett's Peter Steward has been featured in an article in the Norwich Evening News. To read about his work in the village click here.


Overwhelming Success for Table Tennis Evening - The second come and try table tennis evening organised jointly by Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and Hethersett Methodist Church attracted over 40 people of all ages and abilities and proved so successful that table tennis evenings look likely to become weekly events on Fridays from 7 until 9 p.m in the Methodist Church Hall.


New Councillors - Hethersett Parish Council has two new councillors plus an old face returning. Alison Utting and Peter Steward have been voted in to fill vacancies left following the resignations of David Elliott and Simon Floyd. Jackie Sutton also resigned but has been co-opted back onto the council after deciding not to leave the village in the immediate future


New Vice-Chair - Vivien Hawes has been appointed vice-chairman of Hethersett Parish Council to succeed Gary Wyatt who resigned recently. To read about the latest decisions taken by the council visit the parish council section of this web site by clicking here.


Sheridan Book Due - The death has been announced in Germany of musician Tony Sheridan who comes from Norwich and played in Hamburg with the Beatles. A book on Sheridan's life has been written by Little Melton author Alan Mann and is due out within the next couple of months. We will have a full feature on this shortly.


A Colourful Life - The former owner of Hethersett King's Head, Douglas Brandwood, has died. You can read about his colourful life in an article in the Eastern Daily Press newspaper by clicking here.


Women's World Day of Prayer - A special service to mark the Women’s World Day of Prayer will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church on March 1st at 2 p.m. This year’s service has been prepared by the women of France on the theme of “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me.” Guest speaker will be Joy Southam who has close links with France and its people and who has taught French. Despite its name the service will welcome both women and men.


School Seeks Former Pupils - Hethersett Old Hall School is trying to trace as many of its former day and boarding school pupils as possible to help with its 75th anniversary celebrations on June 16th. The school would like to hear from any former pupils on 01603 810390 or via e-mail by clicking here. The school was established in 1938 as an independent day school for boys aged between three and 11 and girls aged between three and 18.


Brownies Gear up for Comic Relief - Girls from two Hethersett Brownie units are getting into the Comic Relief spirit by taking part in a challenge with a difference. You can see a cutting about this from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.


Hethersett Featured in County Exhibition

Three of the images from the Norfolk: Our 2012 Story featuring Hethersett. Click on the images to enlarge them.

Our village is featured in a major exhibition at Norwich Forum until March 1st. "Norfolk: Our 2012 Story" celebrates Norfolk's contribution to the London Olympics and Paralympics and features several items of Hethersett memorabilia including the torch mural, medals, coins and costumes. A photograph taken at Hethersett's Run the Square event in 2012 is featured on the advertising poster and flyers for the event. You can view a copy of this poster by clicking here. Chair of the Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee Shane Hull is pictured and quoted in an article about the exhibition from the Eastern Daily Press. You can read this by clicking here



Festive Funds from Hethersett - Hethersett couple Margaret and Tony Dunton raised £325 from donations as a result of their annual Christmas lights' exhibition at their home in Firs Road. The money will be split between the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) and the East Anglian Air Ambulance. To read more about the Christmas Cheer click here.


Barn Dance Success - Hethersett Churches Together organised another successful barn dance on February 23rd with dancing to Shinanikins. The event has been part of the local calendar for a number of years but was held for the first time in Hethersett Village Hall with over 100 people attending.


Pirouettes and Twirls - His pirouettes and twirls won him a handsome collection of trophies and he taught his on-wheel acrobatics to scores of people while working in a Great Yarmouth hotel. But little else is known about the early years of roller skating instructor Wilfred Edward Fox, who ate one point lived in Hethersett. Now his grandson Stewart Revely is trying to piece together the story of his life. You can read this fascinating story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper by clicking here.


Chance of Trophies - A number of teams from Hethersett Athletic Football Club are in the hunt for trophies as the season builds up to a climax. Appalling weather conditions over the past month have left the club with a fixture backlog due to the postponement of numerous scheduled fixtures. Nevertheless the club's Under-16s and Under-12s are currently top of their respective divisions of the Norfolk Youth Combination. The Men's Sunday Reserves are second in the Norwich Sunday League Division 4B and the Ladies team are fourth in the Norfolk Women's League but with games in hand on the teams above them. For more information about the football club visit their official web site by clicking here.


Pavilion Improvements - A number of village groups are working together to improve and extend the pavilion facilities on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust, Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association and Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee are working alongside Norfolk County Council, South Norfolk Council, Sport England and other bodies to greatly improve the existing facilities. Plans will include additional sports changing facilities, toilets accessible from the outside, a new kitchen and improved shower facilities and improved access for the disabled. We will keep you updated on progress.


Lions' Quiz - Hethersett and District Lions Club will be holding its annual quiz on April 19th in Mulbarton Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. Teams of up to six people can take part and the cost is £7 per person to include a ploughman's supper. All proceeds from the event will go to the Whizz Kidz charity. Tables can be booked on 01508 570392.


Easter Services - Once again this year Hethersett and District Churches Together will be distributing Easter Cards throughout Hethersett and the Meltons. These give details of church services throughout the Easter period. You can see details of services in our what's on section by clicking here.


Pensioner Given Suspended Prison Sentence - A Hethersett pensioner who downloaded more than 600 indecent images of children fled to the Philippines for nearly a year-and-a-half before finally being arrested when he returned to Britain, a court heard. Sixty Five year old Colin Harvey has been given an eight months prison sentence suspended fro two years. You can read the story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.