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Archive News February 2014

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in February 2014

Women's World Day of Prayer - A special service to mark Women’s World Day of Prayer will take place at 2 p.m on March 7th in St Remigius Church, Hethersett, when the speaker will be the Rector of Hethersett the Rev Derek McClean. The service is aimed at women and men of all ages and this year’s theme will be “Streams in the Desert” and has been prepared by women in Egypt. Women’s World Day of Prayer is an international and interdenominational event that has been supported in Hethersett for a number of years. The day starts with the sun rising in Samoa and then sweeping across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas before coming to rest in American Samoa 36 hours later. By then the Hethersett service will be one of thousands taking place in over 170 countries.

Big Improvements at Academy - Hethersett Academy has been making the news - for all the right reasons. The school which went into special measures in June of last year has been rated one of the most improved schools. The Academy has also introduced extra classes for students sitting their GCSE examinations.  The school has also launched a Love Books scheme where pupils are encouraged to read books, review them and tell their friends about them. You can read about these stories from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking on the cuttings above to enlarge them.

£400 for Local Causes - The annual Christmas lights extravaganza held in the front garden of Tony and Margaret Dunton’s Hethersett home raised £400 for two local causes. Last December marked the 19th year that the couple have combined colour and tableau at their Firs Road home. Money came from donations and will be split between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the local doctors’ surgery.

Players Please - Hethersett Players will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with an evening of song and dance with a fish and chip supper. The group will be on stage at Hethersett Village Hall for three performances running on evenings from July 31st until August 2nd and they are looking to recruit more Hethersett people. “The group is open to anyone over 14 whether experienced or first time on stage and we welcome anyone who wants to gain experience. We also have opportunities for people looking to get involved backstage or on the technical side,” said chairman Sarah Wright. Rehearsals for the cabaret style performances in the summer will begin on Tuesdays from the end of March and anyone taking part will be required to be available from Sunday 27th July (during the day) until Saturday 2nd August. Anyone interested can contact Sarah Wright via e-mail by clicking here.

The Unwitting Nation Builders - The above article has appeared in the Eastern Daily Press newspaper and highlights the story of Elizabeth Pulley - a story that we have featured on these pages in the past. To enlarge the photographs click on them. To read our original piece click here.

Barn Dance Success - Over 80 people enjoyed a barn dance in Hethersett Village Hall organised by Hethersett and District Churches Together and featuring folk band Shinanikins. The annual evening, along with a raffle and ploughman’s supper, raised approximately £140 for Churches Together funds and the money will be put towards off-setting the cost of  printing Easter and Christmas cards giving details of church services in Hethersett and the Meltons.

New Archive Section - Hethersett Archive has over 5,000 historic documents and we will be featuring just some of them in a new section on this site. To visit and find out the latest news from the new archivist Gary Wyatt click here.

Meeting Over New Homes - Meetings are being held next week to discuss plans by Fleur Developments for between 20 and 25 new homes in Hethersett. The consultation meetings will take place at Hethersett Academy on February 17th and 18th and relate to development on land between Queen's Road and Back Lane. The meetings run from 4 until 8 p.m on both days.


Mini But Mighty - Crusaders Rugby Club, which is situated between Hethersett and Little Melton have been featured in the Wymondham Mercury for their work with youngsters aged between six and 12.. You can read a cutting on this by clicking here


Students Sign2Sing at Event - Students from Hethersett Academy joined 300,000 other pupils from across the country by participating in a Sign2Sing event to encourage them to learn sign language. You can read more about this by viewing a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


Talking Newspaper Volunteers Visit Hethersett - Volunteers from the Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper visited Hethersett Library on National Libraries Day to raise awareness of the free audio news and information service for visually impaired people. To read this story from the Wymondham Mercury click here.


MP Presents NVQ Certificates - Apprentices at a Hethersett company were presented with their NVQ certificates by Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman. The apprentices come from Heirtrace, a company dealing with complex probate genealogy. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Diamond Day for the Smiths - When the teenage Doreen Hippisley met Eddie Smith at a youth club she knew he as the man she wanted to marry. Now over 60 years later, the couple who live in Haconsfield, have celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary. You can read about this from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

Cricketers Wanted - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club is looking for new players of all abilities for the coming season. The club has teams in the Norfolk Alliance Division Two and Five, Norfolk League Divisions Five and Eight, Norfolk Sunday Premier League and also runs youth teams at Under-9, Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 levels. For more information contact club secretary Richard Ellis on 07703 416371 or via e-mail by clicking here. The club plays its home matches at the picturesque Tas Valley ground at Flordon.

Work on Thickthorn Roundabout - We have been advised that work is due to start on February 10th to re-surface and re-mark Thickthorn Roundabout. To see full details of what is involved and when the work will take place click here.

Village Call for Facilities - An article in the Norwich Evening News discusses the need to insure that facilities are provided alongside any new housing development in the village. To read the article click on the cutting to enlarge it.
Village Archivist Retires - After 20 years of looking after the heritage of Hethersett, village archivist Bill Reekie has retired. We speak to Bill and meet his successor Gary Wyatt. To read this story click here. Pictured opposite are (left to right) - Fred Watkins, chair of Hethersett Parish Council, Bill Reekie, retiring Hethersett archivist, and Gary Wyatt, the new Hethersett Archivist

Presentation to Young Footballers - Players, officials and supporters from Hethersett Athletic Under 11s were treated to a visit from Norwich City FC defender Michael Turner and Head of Sports Science Nick Davies on Friday evening. HAFC coach Wayne Johnson organised the evening to thank Jon Shooter Managing Director of Glazing Vision in Diss who recently sponsored the teams impressive new Macron Rain Jackets. The sponsorship is excellent news for the team who have also been supported by local company Stauff Anglia owned and run by Lisa and Kevin Rodgers, who sponsor the match shirts plus the Hethersett branch of NFU Mutual who kindly purchased the training tops. Both Michael and Nick were generous with their valuable time and agreed to a Q&A session before having photos and signing autographs for the players. The young players of Hethersett asked some excellent questions on the evening gaining an insight in to life in the professional game. Michael shared stories about some of his difficult opponents and Nick shared the disappointed of having to give up a promising football career as a professional football due to a serious injury. The young players of Hethersett went away with smiles from ear to ear; maybe that positive energy found it's way to Carrow Road a few hours later when NCFC gained a valuable point with a great performance against Man City FC.

Library Events - Wartime Sweethearts and GI Brides is the title of a talk and presentation by Libby Morgan from Norwich's 2nd Air Division Memorial Library at Hethersett Library on Thursday 20th March at 7 p.m. Libby will be talking about Anglo-American romance in Norfolk during the Second World War. Booking for the event on 01603 810188 is essential. Did you know that a computer buddy is available to help with problems and all computer related matters. Buddy Bob is available on Thursdays from 2 until 4 p.m. Sessions have to be booked in advance.

Burglars Targeted Hethersett Homes - Homes in Hethersett were amongst many targeted by two prolific burglars who have been sent to prison. To read the story from the Wymondham Mercury click here.