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Archive News January 2015

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

Rugby Club Application Turned Down - Hethersett district councillor Leslie Dale has been fighting to keep the green belt between Hethersett and Wymondham. Councillor Dale was speaking at a planning application by Wymondham Rugby Club to upgrade facilities and move to a new site with their current ground off Tuttles Lane being given over to 90 new homes with a further 300 being built on Norwich Common and a cycle way being put in place between Wymondham and Hethersett. The plans were unanimously refused on the grounds of a lack of school places to cope and the erosion of the gap between Hethersett and Wymondham. Councillor Dale told the planning application: "Over my last eight years on the campaign trail I have yet to meet a household which was not concerned about Hethersett retaining its village ethos. Expressing the Hethersett view, I called for what remains of the strategic gap to be protected.” You can read the full story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. Also visit our cuttings section by clicking here.

Another Delightful Pantomime - Frivolous, frolicking fun is probably the best way to describe Hethersett Pantomime Group’s latest production Treasure Island. The 46th village panto delighted a packed house in Hethersett Village Hall and continued a tradition which stretches back to Sleeping Beauty in 1970. The beauty of the annual village event is the way the cast mix ad libs with the script to produce and evening of colour and warmth. It was the first time that Hethersett has travelled to Treasure Island but the group still managed to include the tried and trusted panto recipe with a few new twists. There are two stars to the show – the cast and the superb sets put together lovingly by Colin Wilson and Keith Drinkwater. Kate Rowe as Jim Hawkins, Lloyd Parfitt as Tommy Tucker, Jono Angelo as the Ghost of Flint and Lewis Cook as Long John Silver were all either glamorous or menacing and they were well supported in a frenetic pantomime by Lauren Ellero as Polly Bucket, Bethany Tuckwood as the Good Fairy, Steve Bussey as Bald Pew, John Halford as Black Dog, Sue Tuckwood as Mad Morgan, Jack Hamling as Barnacle Bill, Will Bussey as Aaron C Rescue, Rachel Woodier as Billy Bones, Cazz Frosdick as Ben Gunn, Chris Soman as Neptune and Vicki Gale as the Prime Minister (albeit a fishy Premier dressed as a crab). Much of the laughter, as always, came from panto stalwarts Barry Foster as Hyacinth Hawkins and Neville Greenhalgh as Squire Bucket. Barry in particular has turned missing cues and ad libbing into an art form. Once again the script was written and the panto was produced by Lloyd Parfitt and directed by Sarah Wright and a solid and dependable band was under the direction of Tony Press. The annual Hethersett pantomime is very much a team effort with many helpers and supporters both on stage and behind the scenes. There is a serious side to the group’s efforts as well. Last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast raised almost £4,000 for local charities and a similar amount is likely to be raised from this year’s show which continues until Saturday (January 24th). This year’s retiring bucket collection is in aid of the Wymondham based cancer charity Star Throwers.

Plans to Safeguard Tree - The Woodland Trust has put forward plans to safeguard the future of the historic Ketts Oak tree in Hethersett. You can read this story from the Eastern Daily Press by clicking here.




A Bowling Birthday - Hethersett Short Mat Bowls Club is celebrating its 20th birthday with an appeal for former players and members to get in touch. The club will be marking its birthday on January 27th with a special afternoon tea in Hethersett Village Hall. Over the years, more than 600 people have been part of the bowling success story. Currently the club has a membership of 36 and meets on Tuesday afternoons from 2.30 until 4.30 p.m and on Friday evenings from 7.30 until 9.30 p.m. The club was formed when the village hall was first opened and has met there ever since: “We advertised in the local Media for people to come along and try short mat bowls with a view to starting a club. A local company loaned us the equipment and a demonstration event was organised and well attended. A club was formed initially with a loan from the village hall management committee and founder members and 20 years later we are still a very successful and friendly club,” said chairman Malcolm Goldspink. Today there are just five original members – Malcolm Godspink, Shirley and Randall Keeley and Jean and Brian Starling – but the club is looking to reach out to former players for their special afternoon: “We would love to see any past members for light refreshments and perhaps a trial game. Or they can just come along and watch,” Malcolm Goldspink added. He can be contacted for more information on the birthday event or the club on 01603 810503. Each year the club provides a short mat team for the Norfolk Village Games and was part of the Hethersett team that has won the South Norfolk Games for the past four years and which, in 2014, became county village sports champions after finishing runners-up the previous three years. To view a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury click here.


Cricket Club Looks to the Future - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club will be facing its busiest season ever as it strives to become one of the most progressive clubs in Norfolk. The club’s annual meeting agreed that promotion for the first team to Division One of the Norfolk Alliance and development of its youth set-up should be two of the top priorities for 2015, along with attracting new players to the club. The meeting set a number of aims that included integrating youth players into senior teams, ensuring that senior players are role models for young cricketers and improving standards on and off the field to provide a One Club ethos. “2014 was rather disappointing with the first team finishing fourth in Norfolk Alliance Division Two and the second team finishing mid-table in Division Five. There was plenty of good news, however, with the third team gaining promotion to Norfolk League Division Three, the midweek team winning the Wensum Cup and the Sunday team reaching the regional final of the National Village Cup and the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup,” said club secretary Richard Ellis. The coming season will see the first and seconds once again competing in Divisions Two and Five of the Norfolk Alliance, the Thirds playing in Division Three of the Norfolk League (which this year has been organised along geographical lines to cut down travelling) and the Fourth Team in Norfolk League Division Five. On Sundays the club will be playing in the Mid Norfolk Premier League, the Norfolk Challenge Cup, the Carter/NACO Shield, the prestigious Dividstow National Village Cup, the Broke Cup, the Wensum Cup, the Norfolk Junior Cup and the Bernard Matthews Cup. The club will also be taking part in tour matches and friendlies throughout the season. At youth level, Valley will be running teams at under-9, under-11, under-13 and under-15 levels and junior coaching will take place on Thursday evenings with senior training on Wednesdays under the direction of former county cricketer Steve Goldsmith. A major grant from South Norfolk Council has seen the club purchase new covers and sight screens for the second pitch and changing rooms have been refurbished. Nets for adult players will take place at Taverham Hall School from 6 until 7.30 p.m. on February 10th, February 24th, March 10th, March 24th, April 7th and April 21st and new players are welcome. One of the first games of the new season at Flordon will see Valley take on a Norfolk Select XI in aid of the Wymondham-based Star Throwers cancer charity on Sunday, April 12th. The annual meeting saw club stalwart Duncan Pigg B.E.M step down after many years as club president. He was immediately appointed an honorary life member and vice president in recognition of his 72 year association with the club as player, official and supporter. Officers elected were: President, Richard G. Ellis; Vice-Presidents, Harold Kerslake, Duncan Pigg and David Johnson; Chairman, Tony Smith; Vice-Chairman, Richard Matthews; Club Secretary and Fixtures Secretary, Richard D. Ellis; Treasurer, Matthew Ellis; First Team Captain, David Coyle; Vice-Captain, Paul Reeve; Second Team Captain, Matt Steward; Vice-Captain, Tristan Hunt; Third Team Captain, Dale Clarke; Vice-Captain, Max Adams; Fourth Team Captain, Mark Worley; Vice Captain, Nick Morton; Sunday Team Captain, David Coyle; Cricket Development Officers, Matthew Ellis and Paul Reeve; Club Development Officer, Peter Steward; Youth Cricket Manager, Rennie Broughton; Under-9s Managers, Steven Hayes and Sarah Worley; Under-11s Manager, Sarah Worley; Under-13s  and Under-15s Managers, Stuart Cooper and Neil Davies; Welfare Officer, Jane Morton; Groundsmen, Richard D Ellis, Robbie Matthews, Lee King and Richard G. Ellis; Bar Manager, Tony Smith; Auditor, David Johnson; Scorer, Al Watts; Social Committee Chairman, Al Watts.


Next Meeting of Sports Association - The next meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association will take place at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett, on February 2nd at 7.30 p.m. The meeting is open to both clubs and individuals interested in furthering sport, fitness, health and well being in the local area. Over the past two years the association has given away hundreds of pounds to local sports clubs thanks to a substantial grant from South Norfolk Council. “The association was born out of a wish to continue the sporting and fitness legacy of the 2012 London Olympic games and we have now amalgamated with the former Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee to provide one body to promote sport and exercise for local people,” said association chair Peter Steward. As well as providing funding, the association supports, promotes and helps organise many events during the year including the Hethersett 30/60/90 cycle ride organised by Hethersett Velo Club and which this year takes place on April 5th, the Hethersett Open Weekend of events which will take place on July 4th and 5th and Hethersett and the Melton’s entry into the annual Active Norfolk Village Games, the county finals of which will take place in July. The meeting will also receive an update on proposed major sporting facilities development which will see a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), changing facilities and a new indoor sports hall being built on Hethersett Academy land. “The association is thriving and a perfect example of how villages such as ours can not only keep the London Olympic Legacy alive but can also look forward to the 2016 games in Brazil, whilst providing fitness activities, starting up new clubs and supporting existing ones,” Peter Steward added.


Zumba Success - It's always nice to report on a village-related success story. Zumba teacher Rachel Evans contacted us to report on the success of her Gold Group for the over-50s. Here is what she had to say: "Two years ago in January you were kind enough to write about my new Zumba Gold group for the over 50s in the village hall on Tuesdays 12-1pm. The group has slowly grown and it's busy with lots of local ladies from 40s to one lady who is a very youthful 80!  The ladies are a complete joy and we have had huge success in the group with people making new friendships whilst enjoying getting fitter.  We regularly go as a group for lunch after class at the Queen's Head and the King's Head.  It's a time of people's life where they feel isolated but this fun kind of fitness is so different it's hard to remain shy and introverted for too long in our class. I thought you may like to hear of the success that I have had with such wonderful local girls. Zumba Gold isn't very widely taught in Norfolk but it is one of the most rewarding classes I take. I also thought that it may be of interest that in December we did our second Zumba Flash Mob in Norwich City centre on the busiest shopping Saturday of Christmas to highlight Breast cancer awareness. It was covered by the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News with over 85 women attending. This included some of my Hethersett Gold Girls who were fantastic. You can see the story of the Flash Mob by clicking here.

New School for Hethersett? - Plans have been unveiled that could lead to a new primary school being built in Hethersett by 2017. A blueprint for a host of new schools over the next 15 years have been unveiled to cope with Norfolk's surging population. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here

Hethersett to Have Major New Sports Complex - A NEW community project to provide top class sports facilities is being launched in Hethersett. Plans for a new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) are being put forward as part of a three-phase scheme on Hethersett Academy land. Alongside the MUGA, are plans for new changing facilities, followed by a third phase to feature a new indoor sports facility added. It is likely that the new Hethersett Olympic Legacy Sports Complex (HOLSC) will cost in excess of £1 million and plans are currently being drawn up and will be followed by grant applications. Two community groups have been set up to take the scheme forward. A project/strategy team consisting of village volunteers and members of the Academy Management team will look at the overall picture for the complex and an implementation team will deal with plans and grants designed to bring the ideas to fruition. The aim is to have at least the MUGA in place to co-incide with the next Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in 2016. “It is wonderful news that Hethersett Academy, Hethersett Parish Council, Sports and Community Groups have all come together and will endeavour to bring to reality, a vision of a Community Sports Complex, which will create a necessary and lasting Olympic legacy in our fine village,” said Shane Hull, a Hethersett Parish Councillor who is chair of the strategy group. His view was backed up by Hethersett Academy Principal Gareth Stevens who said: “Boosting participation in sport can generate a variety of socio-economic benefits. Sport can, and does, make a profound and positive impact on individuals, communities and wider society. Physical activity, including sport, is linked to reduced risk of over 20 illnesses, including cardiovascular disease and some cancers.” The MUGA complex will offer first class playing and training facilities for a number of outdoor sports including football, rugby, netball, hockey and many others. The indoor facility will facilitate badminton, table tennis, indoor bowls, martial arts, dance and a climbing wall.  The complex will be run by a management group which will be put in place in the future and is a direct result of Hethersett’s 2012 London Olympic Legacy which has seen the village heralded as Norfolk sporting champions and gain a coveted Prime Minister’s Big Society award. “We have been determined in Hethersett to keep the Olympic Legacy alive and to help it make a real difference to people’s lives. This new complex will provide top class facilities for individuals and sports groups and is a massive step towards improving facilities and enhancing fitness and well being in Hethersett,” said Peter Steward who is a member of the strategy group and Chair of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association. When built, the complex, which will be situated on the bottom of the existing Academy Field close to Back Lane, will be used by the school during the day in term times, but will be available to the community evenings and weekends. “During the day the complex will be used by the Academy to promote sports participation and foster well-being as part of the broad and extended curriculum. Outside of the Academy day it will be used by the local community, again to promote sport participation as part of a healthy lifestyle,” Mr Stevens added. The overall management of the project will be undertaken by Academy Business Manager Richard Cole. To view a press cutting on this story click here

Planned Road Closure - Part of Park Drive will be closed to traffic from January 20th to 22nd for investigation work into a collapsed sewer.

Pantomime Tickets Still Available - Tickets are still available for the 2015 Hethersett village pantomime. Treasure Island takes place in Hethersett Village Hall from January 17th to 24th. Tickets are £6 for all performances. There will be matinees on 17th and 24th at 2.30 p.m. Evening performances take place at 7.45 p.m excluding Sunday. Tickets are available from Jennie on 01603 811337 or e-mail

Behavioural Problems - Hethersett Academy has been told that more work needs to be done to combat behaviour problems following a snap Ofsted visit. Read more of this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

Honour for Anne - Many congratulations to Dr Anne Edwards who has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours list. Dr Edwards, who is a Hethersett Parish Councillor and Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustee, has been awarded the B.E.M for her work in the fields of science and the environment. Anne is a research scientist at the John Innes Institute and a leading local environmentalist and member of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). You can read more about the award and Anne's work by viewing a cutting from the EDP newspaper by clicking here.
Sporting Grant for Young Netballers - Hethersett Junior Netball Club, which was formed last year under the auspices of Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association, has been awarded a grant of over £1,300 by South Norfolk Council to purchase equipment. The club currently trains at Old Hall School on Sundays and has 23 keen young netballers aged from nine to 16. The story has been featured in the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News and you can enlarge the cutting opposite by clicking on it.