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Archive News January 2016

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



Road Closure - Part of Great Melton Road, Hethersett, will be closed from January 4th to 10th for work on the sewers. The stretch from Glengarry Close to the New Road junction will only be accessible for residents during this time. Vehicles going from the village to Great Melton will need to go down Mill Road, turn right into New Road and re-join Great Melton Road at its junction with New Road.


Norfolk Fire Control Room to Move - The control room for Norfolk Fire Service, currently located in Hethersett could move to Wymondham under plans to merge it with the Police control room. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


Praise for Pre-School Group - Hethersett Pre School Playgroup which is based at Hethersett Woodside School has been rated "outstanding" by Ofsted. The group has been praised by inspectors for being "highly stimulating" and achieved outstanding in four categories - effectiveness of leadership, quality of teaching, personal development and outcomes for children. Inspectors said "Children are extremely keen and motivated to learn. They thoroughly enjoy their time in this highly stimulating environment. Staff are highly knowledgeable about children's individual needs and current stage of development.


Summer Fete and Dog Show - Hethersett Youth Club's Summer Fete and Dog show has been booked for Saturday 25th June 2016.  Anyone interested in having a stall should contact Gillian Saunders on 01953 608566.


Fundraisers - An afternoon tea event organised by Hethersett and District Lions Club raised more than £330 for the Mulbarton Community Responders charity. The amount raised takes the Lions contribution to the charity to £3,500. Tony and Margaret Dunton's annual Christmas lights at their home in Firs Road, Hethersett, raised £560 which will be divided between the local doctors' surgery, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and John Groom Court home for disabled adults in Norwich


Record Number of Teams for Cricket Club - Hethersett and Tas Valley will be running a record number of teams at all levels in the coming 2016 season which starts on April 10th. The club will be organising youth teams at under-9, under-11, under-13, under-15 and under-17 levels in the South Norfolk League and at Under-11 and Under-13 levels in the Norfolk Alliance. It is hoped to again run four adult Saturday sides – two in the Norfolk Alliance and two in the Norfolk League – a Sunday League team and teams in a number of cup competitions and friendlies. Valley are also looking for new players of all ages and standards and will be holding nets at Norwich Girls High School from 7 until 9 p.m on January 25th, February 8th, February 22nd, March 7th and March 21st. In addition, the club will be hosting a county Under-17s game against Cambridgeshire in June and also a seminar for groundsmen in August. The club’s first competitive match will be a friendly against Sidcup from Kent on April 10th and this will be followed by a match against a Norfolk Select XI for the Les King Patrons Trophy on April 17th in aid of the Wymondham based cancer charity Star Throwers. That match will also feature the presentation of a new roller, purchased following a grant from South Norfolk Council. The club’s annual meeting will take place in the clubhouse at Flordon on February 11th at 7 p.m.


Fun Run Date Set - Hethersett’s annual two mile village funrun will take place on June 26th. The ever popular event has attracted hundreds of serious and fun runners since it started in 2010 as part of the village’s run up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. It is hoped to organise a six week Thursday evening social running course leading up to the funrun and we will have further details of this shortly. 

Village Games Finals - Hethersett and the Meltons will be entering  a team in the Active Norfolk Village Games Finals at UEA Sportspark on July 10th and also taking part in  a netball tournament in April and an indoor rounders competition at the end of January.

Sports Association Meeting - Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association continues to support fitness and encourage local people to improve their health and well being. Reports from member clubs at the latest meeting showed that the villages continue to thrive in the fitness stakes. “Much has been discussed nationally in recent weeks about supporting sport and fitness in local communities. Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association has been doing this since 2010 and, thanks to the support of clubs and individuals, we feel we have made an important contribution to improving the fitness of local people. The sports association continues to go from strength to strength and is now recognised and accepted as an integral part of the local fitness scene. Sports clubs in Hethersett and the Meltons give regular exercise to hundreds, if not thousands of local people,” said sports association chairman Peter Steward. The sports association is open to clubs (membership £5 per year) and individuals (free membership). The next meeting will be at Park Farm Hotel on April 11th at 7.30 p.m. Full details of the association are available on its web site at It also has a Facebook page.


Fittest in Norfolk - South Norfolk has the highest number of people in the county participating in weekly sporting activities, a national report has shown. Sport England's Active People Survey shows that in South Norfolk, 40% of people over the age of 14 and 39.6% of people over the age of 16 take part in at least 30 minutes of sport at moderate intensity once a week. Both sets of figures are nearly 7% above the county average. Hethersett has won numerous awards for its work in fitness, sport, health and well being, much of which has been channelled through Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association. This matter will be discussed at the sports association's next meeting which will be at Park Farm Hotel, on Monday 11th January at 7.30 p.m.You can read a cutting on this subject from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Christmas Fair Thanks - The organisers of Hethersett's annual village fair have contacted us to thank everyone for their support. Jackie Baker and Leslie Dale have sent the following message: " On behalf of Hethersett Methodist Church we would like to thank everyone for supporting the seventh Christmas Charity Market held in the Methodist Church and adjoining hall. A survey of 8 of the 19 attending charities or voluntary organisations has shown that some £650 was raised for their causes. Add to that the Church's own fundraising on the night and we feel able to project that about £1,500 was raised for good causes on Friday, 4th December. We would like to wholeheartedly thank the DiCapo Choir and the Hethersett Singers for their much appreciated choral works, along with St Remigius Choir for assisting with the carols. We must not forget the event launch by Woodside Infants School Singers followed by some excellent violin orchestral work from the young people of Hethersett Junior School. Finally we would wish to thank the people of Hethersett (and possibly elsewhere) who attended and gave so generously.


Cup Quarter-Final Change of Date - Hethersett Athletic's County Cup Quarter-Final against River Lane Rangers from King's Lynn scheduled for January 9th has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on the Memorial Playing Field. The game will now be played on January 16th, weather permitting.


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.


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.


Library Dates for February


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 26th 14.00 Social/Board Games afternoon
Monday 29th 14.00 Craft Group



Hethersett Charity Launches App - A Hethersett based charity which encourages young people to realise their potential is launching a new smartphone app. Respect Yourself currently texts positive daily messages to young people covering a multitude of subjects. The new app will replace the existing text service at the end of January. You can read the full story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


David's Star Wars Role - Hethersett based actor and former firefighter David Frost has played a part in the latest blockbuster Star Wars film. David, 63, played the part of Politician Number Five in the latest saga. You can read more about this in the local press by clicking here.


Parish Pop Ins - Hethersett residents are being given a monthly chance to meet and discuss local issues with members of Hethersett Parish Council. The Hethersett Parish Pop In afternoons will take place in Hethersett Library on the second Monday of each month, starting on January 11th from 2 to 4 p.m.  “This is a further step in our drive to improve our communications with residents. We have revamped our quarterly newsletter which has been well received and now wish to provide an opportunity for residents to raise issues outside the more formal structures of council meetings,” said chair of the council Jacky Sutton.


Hethersett Library in January - Hethersett Library has lined-up a whole host of attractions for January 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. As previously mentioned a post Christmas food swap will take place early in the month. Residents can drop off their unwanted food items between January 4th and 9th and return on the 11th to choose a replacement. Only rule is no fresh items or alcohol and all items to be unopened or sealed. The library will be holding an introduction to family history course on January 20th from 10 a.m until 12.30 p.m. Cost is £5 and places are limited with booking essential. There will also be a  free online basic computer course on January 26th and 28th from 10 a.m until midday. Once again places are limited and booking is essential. 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 January is as follows:


Friday 1st   Library Closed
Saturday 2nd 10-2 Library Open
Monday 4th 14.00 Book Group
Wednesday 6th 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - adult colouring session
Thursday 7th 14.00 Board games
  14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Friday 8th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme for Babies and Toddlers
Monday 11th   Food Swap Pick Up Day
  14.00 Parish Council Pop In - Meet with a member of the parish council
  14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 13th 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - adult colouring session
Thursday 14th 14.00 Board Games
Monday 18th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 20th 10.00 Family History Course
  10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - adult colouring session
Thursday 21st 14.00 Board games
Friday 22nd 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme for Babies and Toddlers
Monday 25th 14.00 Craft Group
Tuesday 26th 10.00 Online Basics Course
Wednesday 27th 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - adult colouring session
Thursday 28th 10.00 Online Basics Course
  14.00 Board Games


WEA Course - Social attitudes towards destitute and orphaned children will be the topic for the latest course being organised by the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) at Hethersett Academy. "Philanthropy and Community - Children in Care Before World War One" will be delivered by Rosemary Steer. The 10 week course starts on January 14th at 7.30 p.m with a break for half-term. The course will also look at the provision by both the state and voluntary sector focussing on the important period of change from the enactment of the Poor Law Amendment Act in 1834 to the beginning of the Great War in 1914. Places can be booked by telephoning ichard Aldridge on 01603 811303 or by e-mailing him by clicking here.


Panto Dates - Hethersett Pantomime Group will be performing its 47th production from January 16th to 23rd. The panto tradition in the village goes back to 1970 and productions have raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities. The 2016 panto in Hethersett Village Hall will be Jack and the Beanstalk which will be making its sixth appearance in the company's repertoire. There will be matinees on January 16th and 23rd at 2 p.m and evening performances on January 16th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd at 7.30 p.m (please note this is 15 minutes earlier than the usual start time). Tickets are all priced at £6 and can be booked by telephoning 01603 811337. Hethersett Pantomime was featured extensively in a presentation before and after Christmas at Norwich Forum which outlined the history of pantomime. Neville Greenhalgh, who is well known for playing the part of a dame in the Hethersett production, spoke about the joys of the Hethersett production.


January E-Magazine Available - The 2016 edition of our special e-magazine is now available and can be viewed in pdf format by clicking here.


Changes to Site - As we say goodbye to 2015 and welcome in 2016 Hethersett - A Norfolk Village on the Web will keep you in touch with what is happening in our village throughout the year. We will be making some small changes to the site. The front page will carry news from the past three months. Older news can now be found in our archive section which is accessible by clicking here. In addition we are now publishing a monthly e-magazine which will contain up to date news, views and photographs and special articles and archive material from the village. You can view all the archive editions of the e-magazine by clicking here.