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Archive News January 2014

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

Another Success for Hethersett Pantomime


Hethersett Pantomime Group's production of Beauty and the Beast brought a huge splash of colour and fun to the village. The group's 45th pantomime provided another entertaining evening. It continues nightly until Saturday with a matinee performance on Saturday evening. To see more photographs and read a full review click here. You can also read reviews of previous pantomimes by clicking here


Woodside Celebrates -

Photographed with 1970s memorabilia at the 40th birthday celebrations at Woodside School are Back row – original dinner ladies Monica Moore, Janet Frosdick, Brenda Grimes and Ruth Denmark. Front row – current head Nicola Cushion, former pupil Francis Dearnley and former head Vivien Horobin.

Margaret Thatcher chats to pupils at the opening of Woodside School on January 11th, 1974

An open day, plenty of dressing up and a special assembly were just some of the highlights as Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School celebrated four decades. Past and current pupils, staff and governors all came together for the 40th birthday celebrations of the school which was opened by Margaret Thatcher in her capacity as Secretary of State for Education and Science on January 11th, 1974. A display in the main hall looked back at changing times in fashion and education and visitors were able to browse minute books and many other items of memorabilia. Francis Dearnley was a pupil at the school from 1996 until 2000 and today is a history graduate and president of the Graduate Union at Homerton College, Cambridge. “I remember my time at Woodside vividly from the architecture of the building to the location of the trees outside. I had some very happy times and good memories of the school,” he said before posing for a photograph with four of the original dinner ladies, former Head Teacher Vivien Horobin and current head Nicola Cushion. The following day after the exhibitions, staff dressed up in their best seventies gear with flares being the order of the day. This was followed by a family 70s disco. The school has been given many photographs and documents from the past and will continue to work towards putting together a full archive of memorabilia in the years leading up to its 50th anniversary.


Rogue Hethersett Trader Jailed - A rogue trader from Hethersett who cold called on a 90 year old woman has been joined after it put him in breach of a court restraining order. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking on the cutting opposite. The full story from the cuttings is also available in our special Media Watch section which can be accessed by clicking here.

Art Group Donation - A cheque for £250 has been presented to Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club from a recent art exhibition in Hethersett Village Hall. The Painting for Pleasure group raised the funds at its annual show from the sale of refreshments and a tombola. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays in Hethersett Village Hall with a membership of 30 keen amateur artists using all mediums and styles under the leadership of Linda Goldspink.

Youth Club Appeal for Help - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club is urgently seeking additional help for its Wednesday and Thursday evening sessions and also looking for volunteers to undertake some simple DIY. “We urgently need more volunteers for both clubs on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and people to help with some simple DIY such as painting, filling holes in car park, and other simple jobs which can be fitted around people's free time and when the hall is not in use,” said Gillian Saunders from the club. Over the Christmas holidays the club has also had to spend money on the roof: “Damage has been caused by someone climbing onto the roof. It is fragile and easily damaged and not safe to climb on. Those doing so risk falling through the roof as well as causing damage. The extra money we have to spend on repairs is money we won’t have to spend on the club and the young people who attend are the ones who will lose out,” Ms Saunders said, urging anybody seeing anything suspicious taking place to contact Norfolk Police. The club is also advertising for a youth worker for the Wednesday group following the departure of the previous worker. New members for both evenings are always welcome and more details are available from Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.

Homes Plan for Little Melton approved - Councillors have backed a controversial plan for 20 new homes on land north of Gibbs Close in Little Melton. To read more about this visit our cuttings section by clicking here.

No Rise in Precept (News from Hethersett Parish Council) - Hethersett Parish Council has held its precept for 2014/15 at the same level as the previous two years. The request for the coming financial year is for £82,103 which equates to a charge of £39.18 for a Band D property, the same as the past two years. Two new CCTV cameras have been installed at Hethersett Village Hall, councillors were informed at their latest meeting. Data can be stored with greatly improved and clearer images. Final planning approval has been given by South Norfolk Council for the proposed 158 new dwellings on land to the north of Great Melton Road. Planning permission has also been given for an increase in the size of the windows at Stratford’s Estate Agents in Great Melton Road. The council has also met with officers of South Norfolk Council to discuss planning gain that will become available with the building of an additional 1,200 properties in the village. Plans include traffic improvement schemes, wooded and recreational areas, possible improved retail facilities, a community pavilion and purpose made allotments. Councillors agreed to write to the health authorities and local doctors to ask about their plans for improved medical facilities needed to cope with the influx of new residents. Council chairman Fred Watkins pointed out that any new village facilities associated with major development would be delivered on a phased basis.

Commemorating the Great War - Hethersett Parish Council is looking to clean the names on the village war memorial and support archive displays during the year. The memorial in the grounds of St Remigius Church has been cleaned a number of times in the past: “I feel it is appropriate as we mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One that we undertake another clean of the memorial,” said council chairman Fred Watkins. Meanwhile new village archivist Gary Wyatt is looking to put together a display of material from 1914 to 1918 to use at various events throughout the year. A section of this web site will also be given over to life in the village in 1914. A total of 17 names are commemorated on the memorial from the First World War. The latest meeting of the council heard that the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) will be planting poppies throughout the village during 2014 and will be helping the local brownie pack to celebrate its 40th birthday by producing a “yellow display” of plants and flowers. HEAT’s next litter pick of the village will be on March 8th and once again the village has entered the South Norfolk big litter pick competition – something it won last year.

Dogs Mess and Car Parking Concerns - Hethersett Parish Council is concerned about the increase in dogs’ mess and also the number of cars parking on paths around the village. At its latest meeting councillors urged the public to report incidents of dog mess to South Norfolk Council in an attempt to stop the anti social behaviour and clean up the village. Concern was also expressed at the number of cars parking on paths and verges and causing an obstruction for parents with buggies and other pedestrians.

Hethersett Open Weekend - This year’s Hethersett Open weekend will take place from July 4th to 6th, Hethersett Parish Council heard at its latest meeting. A number of events have already been lined-up and others are being discussed. Events on the Sunday will include the annual Churches Together service in Hethersett Social Club which will be followed by the two mile village fun run. Hethersett Memorial Playing Field will be the venue for a major ladies five-a-side football competition. Other events being discussed include concerts and music events and a societies and clubs day either on the Memorial Field or in Hethersett Village Hall


New Village Archivist - Hethersett has a new village archivist. Keen environmentalist and former Hethersett Parish Councillor Gary Wyatt has taken over from Bill Reekie who has served the village for over 20 years. We will have interviews with both Bill and Gary and a feature on the future of the archives, which are currently stored in the Village Hall, shortly.

WI Programme - Hethersett Women's Institute has announced its programme of speakers for the year. You can see this by clicking here

Short Story Competition - A Hethersett funeral director has launched a short story competition in aid of Valentine's Day. R.J. Bartram & Son is asking people to submit a story of no more than 500 words describing how, when and where people met and became a couple. First prize is Sunday lunch for two at Park Farm Hotel. Deadline for entries is Friday, February 7th and the winner will be announced on Valentine's Day. Stories can be dropped into the branch in Hethersett on Great Melton Road or e-mailed by clicking here.

FA Chairman Joins Hethersett Youngsters for Training Stint - National Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke toured the Norfolk Football Development Centre at Bowthorpe and took part in a training session with youngsters from Hethersett Athletic Football Club. You can read more about this story by clicking on the cutting opposite to enlarge it.


Putting the Pieces Together - If you see a few people in Hethersett looking puzzled, don't worry. For a new jigsaw club is being set-up in the village. Local resident David Smith came up with the idea and has already found plenty of interest as he explains: "13 years ago when my wife and I moved into Hethersett there was an excellent Jigsaw Puzzle Rental Club. Unfortunately, the lady who ran the club had to close it down due to ill health. I plan to start a new Hethersett Jigsaw Puzzle Rental Club and have spoken to many people in the village and found that there is considerable interest. I am an avid puzzler and there must be many people who, like me, enjoy tackling a puzzle and get satisfaction when it is completed." David already has over 100 puzzles ranging from 500 to 2000 pieces. These will be regularly checked and will be available to rent for a small charge to cover cost and purchasing more puzzles. There will be no formal time limit for renting the puzzles and the club will be set up at David's home at 37 New Road. "I want it to be a friendly place with a happy go lucky atmosphere," he added. The club will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m until 2 p.m. Further information is available from David on 01603 810245 or 07817 940861.


Sports Association Success - Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association continues to go from success to success. The latest meeting awarded £250 to Hethersett Queen's Road Badminton Club to help with its expansion plans and to fund coaching for the increasing number of young people joining. The meeting also supported plans for a Hethersett and Meltons Sports Challenge for local groups of up to eight people to run from April to October and also a treasure hunt style Quest for all the family. We will feature more details of these as and when we receive them. Minutes of the latest association meeting along with other news are available on a web site which can be accessed by clicking here.


New Cafe for Hethersett - Hethersett has a new cafe. The China Tang Tea House Village Cafe opened its doors at the end of December at 32A, Mill Road and will be serving traditional English breakfasts along with lunches and Chinese specialities. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 8.30 a.m until 4.30 p.m.


Watch out for Scams - As part of a new service we will be publishing information from Norfolk Trading Standards with regard to product recalls and scams that could be operating in our area. So please keep an eye on these pages - they could prevent a whole host of problems. We start with warnings of a tax refund scam, unsafe children's hats, sites that charge of processing application forms such as passport renewals and driving licences, a telephone based scam aimed at the elderly and vulnerable and much much more. Have a look at the information by clicking here. It could save you money and save you from heartache. More information is available by clicking here.


Open Weekend 2014 - Hethersett's annual open weekend will take place this year from July 4th to 6th and once again will feature regular events along with the possibility of some new attractions. Sport in the Park will take place on Saturday 5th and the ever popular Run the Square two mile fun run will take place on Sunday 6th. We will have more details on the weekend as we receive them.


Prestigious Decision - A year-eight pupil at Hethersett Old Hall School has been selected as one of only 10 finalists for a prestigious national art prize. To read the cutting from the Norwich Evening News click on the cutting opposite to enlarge it.