Archive News January 2011
Below are some of the stories that appeared on this site in January 2011
Launch of Sports Association - The inaugural meeting of Hethersett and The Meltons Sports Association will be held at Park Farm Hotel on February 28th. To read about this click here.
Women's World Day of Prayer - This year's women's world day of prayer will be celebrated in Hethersett with a special service at Hethersett Methodist Church on March 4th. To read about this click here
Olympic Weekend Video - A four minute video has been put together on You Tube and features Hethersett's Olympic weekend 2010. To view this click here. Plans are being made for a bumper celebration weekend from July 22nd to 24th this year. The next Hethersett Olympic Committee meeting will take place at Park Farm Hotel on February 2nd at 7 p.m.
Sports Association Meeting - The inaugural meeting of Hethersett and Meltons Sports Association will take place at Park Farm Hotel at 7.30 p.m on Monday, 28th February. Representatives from all sports clubs in Hethersett, Little and Great Melton are invited to attend.
Tories hold onto Humbleyard - The Conservatives have kept their seat in the Humbleyard constituency of Norfolk County Council. Judith Virgo polled 1,015 votes in the seat made vacant by the resignation from the council of former leader Daniel Cox. There was a considerable backlash against the Government's proposed cuts with the labour vote climbing dramatically although candidate Marian Chapman still finished in third place in what is traditionally a Tory stronghold. Only one in four people turned out to vote. Result - Judith Virgo (Conservative) 1,015, Jackie Sutton (Liberal Democrats) 438, Marian Chapman (Labour) 434, Jan Kitchener (Greens) 170, Richard Coke (UK Independence Party) 133. An interesting spin on the election appears on the BBC web site which can be viewed by clicking here.
Annual Barn Dance - Hethersett and District Churches Together is gearing itself up for its annual barn dance. Over the past few years the evening in Little Melton Village Hall has proved a sell out. This year’s event will take place on 12th February from 7.30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children and include soft drinks and supper. Dancing will be to Shinanikins folk dance band and tickets can be booked by telephone on any of the following Norwich numbers – 810016, 811052, 810337 or 811890.
Village Broadband Campaign - Hethersett is a blackspot for broadband speed according to an article on the BBC website which can be viewed by clicking here. The "League of Broadband Shame" shows Hethersett to be the fourth slowest place in the country with an average speed of 1.6MBps (Megabytes per second). This situation could be improved by BT installing fibre optic broadband and recently BT held a "towards infinity" campaign. Sadly only something like 15% of Hethersett households signed up to ask for faster Broadband. This disappointing result means that we will have to continue our campaign to enhance our existing speed. We would urge users to continue lobbying BT to improve our speeds. It seems ludicrous that we have one of the most progressive communities and one of the most backward technologies. You can also read a story sent to the local Media by clicking here.
Hula Hoop Craze Returns - The humble hula hoop has become to latest fitness craze to hit local gyms. Instructor Linda Mellor-Steedman has been organising classes in various parts of Norfolk including Hethersett High School on Tuesdays. The local newspaper the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury carried a feature on this and you can see this by clicking here.
Coalition Out in Hethersett - The Norfolk Coalition Against Government Cuts were out campaigning in Hethersett on Saturday 8th January with a stall outside the village post office where people were being asked to sign a petition against cuts affecting the young, the elderly, the vulnerable and local communities. The coalition has listed a number of alternatives and you can read about them on their web site which is available by clicking here.
County Council By-Election - A county council by-election is being held in the Humbleyard constituency which includes Hethersett. This follows the resignation of former county councillor Daniel Cox. The candidates are Marian Chapman (Labour), Richard "Toby" Coke (UK Independence Party), Jan Kitchener (Green Party), Jacky Sutton (Liberal Democrats) and Judith Virgo (Conservatives). The Humbleyard constituency includes Bawburgh, Colney, Cringleford, Keswick, Little Melton and Hethersett. Of the candidates declared, Jacky Sutton, Jan Kitchener and Judith Virgo live in the area for which they are standing. Polling Stations will be open from 7 a.m until 10 p.m and include Hethersett Social Club in Queen's Road and Little Melton Village Hall. More information on the election is available by clicking here.
Help Needed - Hethersett Players are looking for new members for their next production – Noel Coward’s famous comedy “Blithe Spirit”. The production will take place in Hethersett Village Hall from July 7th to 9th and focuses on socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife Elvira. Following the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.The group are particularly looking for a man interested in taking on one of the two main male parts and also anybody willing to help with the technical side of the play. Anybody interested should contact Sarah Wright on 07917 333062 or e-mail by clicking here.