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Archive News January 2013

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

Review of 2012 - 2012 was an outstanding year in the history of Hethersett. Throughout the year this web site has covered events of all kinds. Click here to see our review of the major events of 2012.

Charming Cinderella - Hethersett Pantomime Group have once again come up trumps with its 2013 offering Cinderella which is on at the Village Hall until Saturday. For a review and photos of this year's show click here. The Eastern Daily Press newspaper has carried a feature on Norfolk village pantomimes of the past and included a photo of Hethersett's production of Babes in the Wood in the Church Hall in 1993. You can view this article by clicking here. You can also see reviews and other information on previous pantomimes by clicking here.

Richard's Honour - A former Hethersett High School pupil has been featured in The Stage newspaper’s annual top 100 UK theatre professionals list for the seventh time. You can read about this accolade for Richard Jordan by clicking here for the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper.


Charlotte's Palace Visit - Former Hethersett Old Hall School pupil Charlotte Bacon has been presented with her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Badge at St James' Palace. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.


Thank You to Medical Staff - A teenager is set to deliver a personal thank you to the doctors that saved his elder brother’s life by cycling 128 miles to a children’s hospital in London. To read about Lewis Swatman's connection with Hethersett click here.


Another Come and Try Family Event - Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association in partnership with Hethersett Methodist Church will be organising two more come and try table tennis sessions in the church on February 8th and March 1st. Families will be particularly welcome for this fun and social event which will run from 7 until 9 p.m. It's free to take part. Just turn up on the evening. Bring your own bats if you have them, otherwise equipment will be provided.


Toad Patrol - Environmentalists and volunteers will be combining shortly in Hethersett and the Meltons to help some special friends across the road. Each year residents from Great Melton and Little Melton, aided by volunteers from Hethersett and other parishes, help toads across the road. In Little Melton their destination is the pond next to the junction of School Lane and Green Lane. In Great Melton the migration usually centres around the pond close to the bus stop near Hethersett Road. Volunteers put up folding toad signs on evenings when the amphibian population is on the move. Rotas are organised and new volunteers receive instruction from “experienced toaders.” The toads and frogs tend to move after dusk on warm and wet evenings between February and April. The amphibians are carried safely across roads in buckets. Toadwatch started in 2004, initially to help creatures in Bowthorpe and Little Melton to reach their breeding sites. Last year in the Meltons over 2,000 amphibians were helped to safety. A planning meeting will take place on January 28th in Little Melton Village Inn from 8 p.m. The group has its own web site which is available by clicking here.


Cycle Event Full - Such has been the success of this year's Hethersett 30/60 cycle ride that the event is now full. A total of 500 cyclists will take part  - 200 more than for the inaugural event in 2012. Organiser Martin Anderton said he was delighted with the massive response and planning is well advanced for the event which will take place on March 24th, starting and finishing at Hethersett Social Club. It is also hoped that one of the London Olympic 2012 Wenlock mascots will be in the village. Martin has been so impressed at the response to the Hethersett event that he is organising 30/60 rides in Southwold on June 9th and others in King's Lynn and either Newmarket or Bury St Edmunds. To find out more about the Hethersett event visit the dedicated web site by clicking here.


Dog Mess Problem - We have been contacted by a local resident complaining about the increase in dog mess around the village. This was a subject also brought up at the latest meeting of the trustees of the Memorial Playing Field and has once again become a problem. The resident states:  "I have a one year old daughter so in the last year have found that I walk more around the village and to the amenities. Unfortunately in the last month I have experienced and noticed the more frequent occurrences of dog mess on the pavements. In the course of just two days I had ridden my pram through dog mess no less than three times. This is something that in the past I have not even had to think to look out for on the pavements as I hadn’t come across it as people are “meant” to pick it up.  This was absolutely awful for me to have to clean up and fortunately my daughter doesn’t walk yet so wouldn’t have trodden in it."


Help Needed for Youth Club - Hethersett Youth Club is looking for a treasurer and secretary for its Wednesday evening youth sessions. The club is open from 5.45 p.m until 9.15 p.m with Years Five and Six meeting from 5.45 p.m until 7.30 p.m and Years Seven to Nine meeting from 7.30 p.m until 9.15 p.m. Anybody interested in helping should contact Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.


Perfecting the Art of Giving - Hethersett and District Lions Club has perfected the art of giving with donations to a number of local groups and charities. The latest round of donations has seen £2,500 given to local causes. This has included £500 to Mulbarton Gym Club to enable the training of an additional coach, £100 to the Grove Cheshire Home at East Carleton, £100 to the Brainwave charity, £500 to the Eastern Daily Press Radiotherapy appeal, £500 to the EDP Normandy Veterans D Day Appeal, £400 to the Edith Cavell Day Centre at Swardeston, £200 for the Norwich Salvation Army and £200 for the St Asaph Flood Appeal. The club has recently welcomed two new female members – Karen Thorpe and Claire Burke – and throughout the summer months will once again be operating its candy floss machine at local functions. It continues to raise funds by staffing a charity car park in Thorpe Road for Norwich City home matches


Future Development - The subject of future development in Hethersett will be discussed by the South Norfolk Development Management Committee at Long Stratton on Wednesday 30th January. The discussion will surround a planning application for new houses in North Hethersett and the discussion is expected to take place some time after 1 p.m. You can read a full report of what will go before the council by clicking here. The Hethersett application starts on Page 25 of this pdf document.


Parish Opposes Housing Plans - Hethersett Parish Council is one of almost 30 organisations fighting to stop 37,000 new homes being built in and around Norwich. More than a dozen parish councils are opposing plans and you can read more on this from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper by clicking here.


Go Ahead for Development - South Norfolk Council has given the go-ahead for 1,196 new homes in Hethersett, ignoring local comments and opposition. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press and Wymondham Mercury newspapers click here. The application was approved by the South Norfolk Development Management Committee at Long Stratton on Wednesday 30th January. You can read a full report of what went before the council by clicking here. The decision has already caused a stir in the village and we will feature some of the comments made shortly. If you wish to comment on the development or the approval of the plans send an e-mail by clicking here. Your comments will be published on this site.


Parish Council Vice-Chair Resigns - The vice chair of Hethersett Parish Council and chair of the council's planning committee has resigned following the decision to grant permission for 1,196 new homes in Hethersett. Gary Wyatt said that he has been frustrated at the lack of notice taken of local opinion and opposition to the plans. You can read the reasons behind his resignation by clicking here. You can also read about his resignation from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper by clicking here.


Hethersett Featured in County Exhibition - Our village is featured on a poster advertising a coming major exhibition at The Forum in Norwich. "Norfolk: Our 2012 Story" will run from February 22nd until March 1st and will celebrate Norfolk's contribution to the London Olympics and Paralympics. It will feature 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.


Possible New Schools - Hethersett has been identified as an area that may need new schools to cope with an increase in population. To read about this from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.


Ladies in Cup Quarter-Finals - Hethersett Athletic Football Club's ladies team take on Thorpe in the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Women's Cup. The match will be played on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field on Sunday (February 3rd) with a 1.30 p.m kick off.


Tributes to "Inspiring" Teenager - A family has paid tribute to their "inspiring, loving and comical" daughter and sister who has died from cancer at the age of 19. Former Hethersett High School pupil Rosie Van Raalte died on January 12th. You can read the story about this remarkable young lady from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper by clicking here.


Powerful Role for Former Hethersett Woman - Groceries code adjudicator does not sound like the most glamorous position. Yet the person who will fill it, Christine Tacon, will wield power that can cow the mightiest businesses in Britain. Christine is originally from Hethersett. You can read about her new role in a story from the Eastern Daily Press by clicking here.


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.