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Archive News February 2015

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

Sports Association Success - Since it began in February 2011, Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association has either given out or supported grants amounting to over £12,000. The annual meeting received reports from numerous sports, fitness and well being groups that have benefited from the association’s work. Much of the money given out by the association has come via a partnership with South Norfolk Council and through support from Active Norfolk. Over the past four years, the association has given £400 to the Respect Yourself Charity for its work with young people through SMS texting, £300 to Hethersett Athletic Football Club to start up youth teams at Under-6, Under-7 and Under-8 levels, £500 to set up Hethersett Croquet Club, £500 to provide a petanque piste on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field, £250 to Crusaders’ Rugby Club for equipment for its Tiny Tryers youth section, £500 to Hethersett Memorial Bowls Club to help with an upgrade to its headquarters, £250 to Hethersett Badminton Club to help with equipment and coaching and £400 to Hethersett Netball Club to help set up a junior section. The association has purchased a digital race clock that can be hired out to groups throughout Norfolk. It has also supported major grant applications to South Norfolk from Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club for a PA system, Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club for new covers and sight screens and Hethersett Netball Club for equipment, all of which have been successful.“When we set the association up we were determined to be a doing group and not just a talking shop. I think we have succeeded in proving what can be achieved by clubs and individuals working together to improve fitness, well being and health in Hethersett and the Meltons,” said chairman Peter Steward.The annual meeting heard that the association still has a healthy financial balance and would be making more awards in the near future. The work of the association helped Hethersett to become the first village, town or City in the country to receive a Prime Minister’s Big Society award in 2013. Hethersett and the Meltons has also won the South Norfolk Village Games for four successive years and in 2014 became county champions for the first time, having finished runners-up the previous three years. Hethersett was also named Active Norfolk Sports Village of the Year in 2011 and 2013 and runners-up in 2014.The association recently merged with the former Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee and will be overseeing this year’s village open weekend which will feature a Come and Try Sports Day on July 4th and a two mile village funrun on July 5th. Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association meets quarterly and is open to clubs and individuals with an interest in improving the fitness of local residents. The next meeting will be at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett, on May 13th. The annual meeting re-elected Peter Steward as chair and also elected him secretary with Peter Hoult taking on the new post of vice-chair and Shane Hull being re-elected as Treasurer.More details about the association are available on its official web site at

Sue Retires - Well known teaching assistant Sue Wade has retired after over two decades of service to Hethersett Academy, formerly Hethersett High School. Sue is a school legend in the village and remembered fondly by hundreds of pupils who she came into contact with. Her efforts over the years were recognised by two special awards. In January 2007 she was made an MBE in the New Year's Honours list for her outstanding contribution to school life. At the time she had been working at Hethersett High School for 13 years. Then Head, Marion Chapman, had this to say about Sue: "She gives everything she possibly can to the school. There is no job description which covers what she does and no pay which covers it. She is just involved in so many things." In 2000, Sue was commended in the East of England BAFTAs (Brilliant and Fantastic Teaching Awards). Sue joined the staff of Hethersett High in 1993. In 2006 She became an internet celebrity when she took part in an art project which saw her dressing up in a number of creative ways. The 203 resulting photos, where Mrs Wade grins unselfishly out of a series of weird and wonderful outfits, are now available on the internet for the world to see. These photographs are still available by clicking here.

Rosie's Fundraiser - A Hethersett teenager has lost her golden locks for the best possible reason. Rosie Watts is coming to the end of a year long fundraising stint which is part of her girlguiding award. You can read why Rosie has had her hair drastically cut by viewing a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Tortoise Talk - The Norfolk Tortoise Club, which is based at Mulbarton, was on hand to give owners tips on how to safely wake tortoises from hibernation at a special event in Hethersett. You can view a cutting on this from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Norwich in the Blitz - Hethersett resident Richard Whall has penned an article on the so called Baedeker Raids of Norwich during the Second World War in 1942. Richard has kindly given us permission to reproduce his article which can be viewed by clicking here.


Activities for the Over-50s - UEA Sportspark is running a number of activities for the over 50s called FILL (Fitness In Later Life) The venue is in easy access from Hethersett. Full details of the activities available are on the Sportspark web site which can be accessed by clicking here.


Friendly Crafts - Two old friends from Hethersett have set up their own craft business after bumping into each other. You can read about Kathy Floyd and Jo Kent's new project by viewing a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

Police Surgeries - Hethersett's new Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Virginie Tribut will be holding a number of "surgeries" in Hethersett Library over the next few months. The surgeries are designed for residents to voice any concerns about crime, anti-social behaviour or other matters in the village. Virginie would also love to meet as many residents as possible and will have advice on crime prevention, how to contact the police and other policing matters. Dates and times are as follows - Saturday 21st March from 10 a.m until midday: Monday 13th April from 3 to 5 p.m: Monday 11th May from 3 until 5 p.m.

Village Skateboard Park It's Yes or No Time - Hethersett topics have received considerable coverage in the local Media in the past week or so. An appeal for people to make their views known about keeping the village skatepark was featured extensively in the Wymondham Mercury newspaper, along with an appeal for volunteers for the village speedwatch initiative. You can read this story by clicking here.


Old Tree Felled - Staff and students at Hethersett Old Hall Scchool have bid farewell to a 300-year-old beech tree which has stood in its grounds since it opened. The tree was deemed to be unsafe. You can read this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here. A time lapse video of the demolition is available by clicking here.


Expensive Car Damaged - A car-lover whose £135,000 Mercedes was damaged in Hethersett by paint stripper two weeks after he bought it has voiced his anger over the crime. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Helping with a Dying Wish - Hethersett resident Linda Goldspink has helped to fulfil the dying wish or a relative to have her collection of miniatures displayed for the public. Read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Karate Expert Celebrates - Hethersett karate instructor Daniel Jones has been celebrating after successfully gaining his fourth dan grading. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


No Let Up for Sporting Peter - He could be forgiven for taking it easy doing a few lengths in the swimming pool, but 80 year old Hethersett resident Peter Head is still playing water polo after 70 years involvement in the sport. To read this story from the Wymondham Mercury click here.

Future of Skateboard Park - Does Hethersett want to keep its skateboard park? That is the question being posed by the parish council. The existing park behind the village hall is currently closed following concerns over its safety. At the latest Hethersett Parish Council meeting, chairman John Nightingale stated it would cost £10,000 to return the equipment to its original condition. Councillors expressed their concern about the viability and future use of the park, although it is likely that grants may be available to upgrade equipment. It was agreed to continue steps to find an individual or group of people willing to apply for grants and undertake work to maintain the area. A definite decision on the future of the park will be taken in the near future. 

Cafe Under New Ownership - The cafe in Mill Road, Hethersett, is under new ownership. Jane Dawson has taken over the running and it will now be open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8 a.m until 8 p.m and on Sunday's from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. Breakfast will be served all day and the menu is varied from sandwiches and cakes to full meals and daily specials. Janey's Village Cafe at 32 A Mill Road, Hethersett, can be contacted on 01603 811234. The cafe was featured in an extensive story in the Norwich Evening News which can be seen by clicking here.

Parish Council Elections - Hethersett Parish Council is hoping to encourage local people to stand for election in May. Councillors will be talking to the public in the near future and will be mounting a presence in the village to chat to people about what the role entails. 

Volunteers Needed - A community sports group is appealing for volunteers as it prepares plans for a million pound plus development on land at Hethersett Academy. The Hethersett Olympic Legacy Sports Complex  (HOLSC) Group is putting together a business plan ahead of applying for grants for new facilities which will include a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) or 3G playing surface, new changing and administration facilities and an indoor sports hall.“This is a very important community project. Hethersett is known nationally for its Olympic legacy following the 2012 London Games and we want to build on that. We would love to hear from people with legal, surveying, building, financial and accountancy skills to help turn our dream into reality. Using volunteers would also help to keep costs of the project to a minimum,” said Shane Hull, a Hethersett Parish Councillor and Chair of the HOLSC Strategy Group. The group is contacting local sports and fitness groups and clubs to establish the level of demand and volume of use for the new facilities which would be available for school pupils during the day and the community in evenings and at weekends.The scheme is being supported fully by Norfolk County Council and Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association. Officers from South Norfolk Council’s Leisure team are also assisting and advising the group on various aspects of the project.“Over the past few years Hethersett has dedicated itself to improving the health, fitness and well being of local people through the setting up of numerous groups and through supporting existing groups and clubs. Our achievements have far outstripped the facilities available to us in Hethersett and the Meltons. This new sports complex will give us the facilities we need to continue our work and to keep the Olympic legacy alive over the coming years,” said chair of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association Peter Steward.

New Defibrillator - Hethersett will shortly be getting a new defibrillator. Boots Chemists have given the go-ahead for the machine to be mounted on the wall of their premises in Great Melton Road. The machine has been donated by the Co-Op.

Commemorative Seat Approved - Hethersett Parish Council has approved the idea of a new public seat for the village to help commemorate the First World War. Funding for the seat will come from this year’s Hethersett Open Gardens scheme organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). This will take place on Sunday 28th June from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. Councillors are now discussing the exact location for a seat in the centre of the village. 

Latest News From Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) - The next village litter picks are on Saturday 14th March and 25th April when HEAT will take part in South Norfolk’s Big Litter Pick. Pickers, gloves and sacks will be provided and no experience is necessary. Meet at the Methodist Church car park at 10 am. There will be a garden “re-wilding” meeting on Sat March 7th at 2pm in the Social Club. Anyone interested in making their plot more wildlife friendly is welcome to attend. Hethersett Open Gardens will take place on Sunday, 28th June, 10 am to 4 pm, cost £3 per person, children free. Gardens of all shapes and sizes will be throwing open their gates. Plant sales, bric-a-brac, books, raffle, teas! Maps will be available from the Social Club on Queen's Road and all participating gardens. Look for the scarecrows! Proceeds this year will go towards the purchase of a World War I commemorative seat for the village and to WYNG, the local members’ group of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. If anyone has any suggestions as to where the bench should be located, please come to the next HEAT meeting on Wednesday 4th March, 8 pm in the Methodist Church Room or to the Parish Council Meeting on Monday 16th March, 7.30 pm at the Village Hall.

Youth Footballers' Sponsorship - Hethersett Athletic Under-10s proudly wear their new kit and training jackets provided by Chequered Flag Car Dealership of Attleborough. Club Chairman Wayne Johnson was delighted that a local company has chosen to sponsor the team. “Grassroots football clubs such as Hethersett wouldn't survive without the fantastic support and generosity of businesses such as Chequered Flag," he said. Felix Desira (pictured centre) Director of Chequered Flag, a local family run business that has been selling and servicing Skodas, SsangYongs and non franchise cars for over 30 years, is thrilled to sponsor the kit for Hethersett Athletic Under-10s, especially as his grandson Max Desira (pictured front row 3rd from right) is following a family tradition of playing youth football. Chequered Flag can be contacted on 01953 452588. The kit and jackets were purchased from Dynamic Sports Clothing and Equipment Ltd, Norwich ( ).

Paddock Saved (again) - The controversial bid to build on grass land in the centre of Hethersett has been turned down - for a second time. The revised bid by Fleur Developments for 22 homes on land between Queen's Road and Jaguar Road, known locally as The Paddock, has been turned down. You can read a cutting on this subject from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here. You can also read the story by clicking here. Our district councillor David Bills had the following to say on the Streetlife Social Media site: "Just in case you haven't heard the good news the planning application was turned down by South Norfolk Planning committee. This is good news showing respect for the few open spaces left in the village. The numbers of emails sent in to object were really amazing. Thank you to all who supported the refusal of this unnecessary application."

Dances, Songs and Poems for Legacy - There were dances, songs and poems from youngsters as the Hethersett cluster of schools celebrated the legacy of the Olympic Games. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking on the cutting opposite to enlarge it.

Children's Society Cash - Over £1400 has been raised in Hethersett and the surrounding area from Christmas events in aid of the Children’s Society. A box collection in the village has raised £731.23 to date. The Christingle Service at Hethersett Old Hall School raised £223.85 and a similar event held in St Remigius Parish Church brought in another £328.19. The annual Four Schools’ Carol Service raised another £140.36 to make total to date of £1423.63. “We are extremely grateful to parents, children, school governors, scouts, guides, brownies and the Christingle construction teams for all their support,” said local Children’s Society organiser Harold Kerslake. 

Help Needed - A pre-Christmas concert by the D’Capo choir raised £180 for Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club funds. The club is still looking for volunteers to help with its club nights on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and also people to join the committee to help with fundraising and overseeing the running of the club and hall. Coming fundraising efforts are likely to include a quiz and auction of promises on dates to be set. Anyone interested in helping or volunteering should contact Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.

Jack's Marathon Effort - A teenage fundraiser has endured fierce sandstorms and scorching temperatures to raise money for the Wymondham based cancer charity Star Throwers. Jack Bartholomew undertook the marathon 70 mile journey across the Sahara Desert. Jack, who is 19, works at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett. You can read about his gruelling journey by clicking here.

Ruth is On The March - Hethersett mother of two Ruth Roberts is planning to walk 10,000 steps every day as part of a Walk in Her Shoes challenge. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.

Coming Road Works - Part of Lynch Green, Hethersett, will be closed to traffic from 23rd February until 1st March for roadworks.

Floral Reports - Cringleford and Hethersett Flower Club's latest reports, photographs and list of coming meetings are now available on this site by clicking here.

News From Old Hall School - We will be providing news and views from Old Hall School which now has its own pages on this web site. To access these click here. This year's school fete will take place on May 9th. The school is looking to produce a brochure for the fete and advertising space is available for purchase. For more information click on the link above.

Serious Accident in Hethersett - Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious crash on Norwich Road in Hethersett on Monday 9th February. You can read the full story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.

The Cost of Education - Financial accounts have been released on how much academy chains charge the schools they sponsor. According to an article in the local press, most academy groups provide services to their schools such as finance, legal and school improvement, which are usually funded by "top slicing" part of each school's government grant. The figures show that the Inspiration Trust which sponsors Hethersett Academy charges 4% but this varies according to the amount of input individual schools need, the quality of their infrastructure and their ability to pay. The figure given for Hethersett Academy is £114,000. This compares with £77,021 for Great Yarmouth Primary Academy, £63,678 for Norwich Primary Academy, £50,000 for Cromer Academy and £12,000 for Jane Austin College. You can read more about this by clicking here.

Heart-warming Story - The heart-warming story of how a five month old youngster helped her Hethersett mother to beat cancer has appeared in the local Press. You can read this story by clicking on the cutting on the right to enlarge it. You can also read the story from the Wymondham Mercury Newspaper by clicking here.

Library Events - Hethersett library has announced a couple of events for  February. A half-term children's craft activity will take place on Wednesday 18th February from 10.30 a.m until midday. The event will include doggy stories and crafts provided by the Dogs Trust  and is suitable for children under 12. Spaces can be booked on 01603 810188. There will be a drop in coffee morning on Wednesday 25th February from 10 a.m until 1 p.m. A warm welcome is extended for cake and coffee (or tea) and have a chat with representatives from Care UK and the Carers' Agency Partnership who will have information on help and support for people living with dementia and their carers. There will also be library dementia information and books available to borrow from the dementia and books on prescription collections, along with some tasters of reminiscence and shared reading.


Money Could Fund Improvements - Hethersett could benefit from an announcement to boost skills and infrastructure and drive innovation in local economies. Norfolk and Suffolk has been awarded £48.5 million and one of the areas that could benefit is connections between Norwich Research Park, the University of East Anglia and Norwich city centre. This could see improvements to bus and cycle lanes for villages along the A11 including Hethersett. Moves to make it easier to take the bus and cycle into Norwich city centre from the UEA and Norwich Research Park, and from the villages along the A11, will be supported by a £4m boost from the growth deal. Norfolk County Council, which is behind the project, said it realised it needed to be easier for people to travel from the city centre to the economically important areas around the university and the Norwich Research Park. “Encouraging people to switch from car to public transport requires improvements to the highways network, so measures are likely to include moves to speed up public transport. A bus interchange at the university site is a possibility, and we will also investigate the potential to improve the Daniels Road roundabout which is a ‘pinch point’,” a spokesman said. The money will also be used to improve the public transport network between Norwich and communities south of the city such as Hethersett, Wymondham and Attleborough. No firm plans have been made, and changes will happen “in the next few years” after assessments and public consultation.


Sign Up For Cycle Event - Entries are 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

Top Explorer's Top Tales - Read about the day a top explorer spoke to Hethersett school children about his work. Just click on the cuttings to enlarge them.

Gold Medal for Anna - A Year 11 pupil at Hethersett Old Hall School has won a gold medal in the Under-17 800 metres at the Eastern Counties Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. Anna Bakewell, who is 16, has been a member of the City of Norwich Athletics Club for over three years. She says that he next goal, after becoming Eastern Counties champion, is to reach the English Schools' Athletics Association finals. Another Year 11 pupil - Sienna Sexton - also attended the Eastern Championships and cleared an impressive 1.5 metres in the high jump.