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Archive News February 2016

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in February 2016



Latest E-Magazine on Line - The February edition of our online magazine for Hethersett is now available by clicking here


From Special Measures to Outstanding - Hethersett Academy is now classed as an outstanding school just a few years after being put into special measures and having serious weaknesses. Ofsted Inspectors have rated the Academy as "outstanding" across the board. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. We will have a full article on this transformation for what was Hethersett High School in our March e-magazine which will be available from the start of next month.



Penalty Heartbreak for Footballers - Hethersett Athletic suffered the heartache of a penalty shoot-out defeat when they took on River Lane Rangers from King's Lynn in the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Primary Cup. After being postponed on three occasions due to a waterlogged pitch on the Memorial Playing Field, the tie finally went ahead in a game dominated by a strong swirling wind. Playing into the wind in the first half, Hethersett found themselves 2-0 down at the break. Their fortunes took a turn for the better in the second half when they used the conditions to their advantage and goals from Paul Norman and Danny Gray took the tie into extra-time. Hethersett dominated the match in the additional time but couldn't score the vital goal and then left their shooting boots at home in scoring just one of their five penalties to lose 2-1 on spot kicks. It was the furthest a Hethersett Athletic men's Saturday team had ever gone in a county cup competition.


Hethersett Library in February - Hethersett Library has lined-up a whole host of attractions for February 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.  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 February is as follows:


Events in February are as follows: 


Monday 1st 14.00 Book Group
Wednesday 3rd 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 4th 14.00 Social/Board Games afternoon
  14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Monday 8th 14.00 Parish Council pop in
Monday 8th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 10th 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 11th 14.00 Social/Board Games Afternoon
Friday 12th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme Time for Babies and Toddlers
Monday 15th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 17th 10.30 Demon Dentist Half Term Children's Activities
  10.30 Adult Colouring in Session
Thursday 18th 14.00 Social/Board Games afternoon
Monday 22nd 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 24th 10.30 Adult Colouring in Session
Thursday 25th 14.00 Social/Board Games afternoon
Monday 29th 14.00 Craft Group

Local clubs, societies and groups can book a free monthly slot on the “Village Story” notice board to promote awareness, recruit new members or advertise a specific event. For those needing computer support, Bob the Computer Buddy is available on Mondays from 10 a.m until midday.

Quiz for Roof Repairs - A quiz evening to raise money for roof repairs to St Remigius Church, Hethersett, will be held in Old Hall School Barn on Friday February 12th from 7 p.m. The evening will feature a home cooked meal of chicken curry and rice or lasagne with salad and dessert (bring your own drinks). Tables of up to eight can be booked by telephoning Vic Redington on 01603 811136. We have reported previously on a major theft of lead from the roof of the parish church.

Romantic Evening - A Romantic Evening of music from stage and screen is being presented by the Pulham Orchestra in St Remigius Church, Hethersett, on February 13th at 7.30 p.m. The programme will include music by Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Gilbert and Sullivan and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Admission is by programme at the door - adults £6, children free. For more information visit or telephone 01603 720586.

Praise for Pre-School Group - Highly motivated and dedicated staff at Ducklings Pre-School Playgroup in Hethersett have been recognised with an “Outstanding” judgement from Ofsted. Inspectors. Staff at the playgroup, described in the report as “excellent role models,” expressed themselves thrilled to achieve the top honour. Lorraine Harvey, Playgroup Supervisor, commented: “What a fantastic outcome for Ducklings and the families of Hethersett. This is down to an incredibly hard working team with support from past and present parents, staff and committee members. It is so nice to see that Ofsted has recognised the continuing best practice that has always been in evidence at Ducklings. I feel so proud to be a part of this playgroup. To me this is not just a job but a vocation. ”All four categories of inspection covering effectiveness of leadership, quality of teaching, personal development and outcomes for children were  given the highest possible grade during the inspection in December. Inspectors reported that children were “extremely keen and motivated to learn” and that they “enjoy their time in this highly stimulating environment”. Assessment of children was described as “rigorous and robust”. Ducklings Playgroup is based at Woodside Infant School. Sessions are run for children aged two-and-a-half to five. The sessions are daily from 9.10 am to 12.10 pm. This year the playgroup has also started a lunch club, which runs until 1.10 pm and this has proved to be extremely popular. You can contact the playgroup by e mailing by clicking here.  You can also follow them on Facebook for all the latest news on upcoming events.





Helping to Cheer Residents Up - A mother and daughter team are looking to help lonely or disadvantaged people in Hethersett by brightening up their day. Louise and Willow Farrell are looking to “Pass a Parcel” to 20 local residents who are lonely, disabled, suffering from illness or who just need cheering up. Local people are being asked to nominate local residents for a box of well being gifts. The scheme was launched in Hethersett Library at the end of January. The boxes have different themes and Louise and Willow, who live in the village, will try to marry up the most appropriate box to the recipients. The themes are gardening, crochet, games and adult colouring. The boxes also include chocolate treats, little luxuries and information on the local community and what is available in Hethersett. Nomination forms are available in Hethersett Library and posters are being displayed throughout the village. It is hoped to distribute parcels towards the end of February. Nominations can also be made on 01603 811038 or via e-mail by clicking here. There is also a Facebook page which can be accessed by clicking here The project has been supported by local businesses and funding from the ABCD project which aims to inspire communities across South Norfolk to be more caring and welcoming places where neighbours look out for one another during tough times. Willow and Louise are photographed above with their boxes in Hethersett Library.