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The following are some of the stories covered in July 2007




July 2007


Social Club Open Day

Hethersett Social Club opened its doors to the public on Saturday 28th July with a day full of activities. To read about this and see a new section dedicated to the social club click here.


Hethersett Fall Just Short

Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club fell just short of winning their first trophy of the season when they went down by 28 runs to Ashmanhaugh in the final of the Wensum Midweek 20-20 competition. The winning team are photographed right. A match report can be read by going to the cricket club's web section by clicking here.

More Development for Village


Approval has been given for 19 new homes in Lyngate Close, including four flats. The properties will be built on the site of an existing house and outbuildings and planning consent has been granted subject to steps being taken to safeguard the local ecology, including protected species including newts. Hethersett Society opposed the scheme on the grounds that the local infrastructure could not cope with more housing, but it has received the support of Hethersett Parish Council.


Holiday Activities for the Young


There are plenty of activities organised for youngsters in the village during the school holidays. Hethersett Library will be holding Eco Warrior and Nature Detective mornings and South Norfolk Council are organising a morning of traditional street play. To read the details click here.


Jazz Competes against the Best

Hethersett cycle speedway rider Jazz Abbott reached the semi-finals of the World Junior Championships at Poole. Jazz, who rides for Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co narrowly missed out on a place in the final. He was up against the cream of young riders from Australia, Poland and the USA. To read about this and other Hawk news click here. 


Major Soccer Five-a-side Tournament


Nineteen teams from 10 major Sunday soccer clubs took part in the annual Hethersett Athletic adult five-a-side football tournament on the Memorial Playing Field. Winners were a team from AFC Wanderers. For full results and a report on the event visit the football club's official web site by clicking here. Meanwhile the club's ladies team followed up their victory against Lincoln Ladies with a 3-1 win in a pre-season friendly against Crystal Palace.



Middle Turns to Junior


Hethersett Middle School is no more. We look at the final week in the life of the school and its re-emergence as Hethersett Voluntary Controlled Church of England Junior School. To read more click here.


From Africa to Hethersett

Well known Hethersett teacher Christine Coultman has retired after 18 years at the Middle School. Hethersett on the Web caught up with Christine on her final day. Read the interview and view the photos by clicking here

Ducklings are 40!

Hethersett Ducklings Pre-School Playgroup celebrated its 40th birthday with a special party for the children and many helpers from the past four decades. To read about the day click here.

Derek's Perfect Day

Hethersett Methodist Minister the Rev Derek Grimshaw (photographed right with his family) described his ordination on July 8th as a "perfect day". Derek has written about the day and you can share it with him by clicking here


Football Club's AGM


Hethersett Athletic Football Club held its annual general meeting at Park Farm Hotel. For a report and all the other news from the club visit the official site by clicking here.



More Hawks Success

Hethersett Hawks cycle speedway rider Jazz Abbott will be taking part in the World Junior Championships over the coming weekend in Dorset. He will be facing a tough qualifier on Friday when he competes against nine riders from Poland. If successful he will proceed to Saturday's semi-finals and Sunday's Final. Jazz had the best possible warm up for the event by winning the Under-16 Grand Prix Final at the first National Round of the British Youth and Junior League held in Newport (Wales).  For more news on this and other Hawks events click here. 


Christine Says Goodbye

A well known face will be missing when the schools return in September after the summer break. Christine Stone has been secretary of Woodside First School for the past 24 years and retires at the end of the current term on July 19th. Click here to read about her plans for retirement and her love of the school.



Record Entries


There have been a record number of entries for this year's schools' road safety poster competition organised by Hethersett and Meltons Road Safety Committee. The standard of entries was also very high. To read about the judging click here.



Cricketers Stay Unbeaten


Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club made it nine wins out of nine as they maintained top place in the Norfolk League Division Two following an exciting 10 run victory over Sprowston. The second team had a comfortable nine wicket win over Sprowston Thirds to stay top of Division Seven. To read the latest reports and scoreboards click here.


Stunning Victory for Ladies Soccer Team


Hethersett Athletic ladies soccer team scored a stunning 8-6 win over Lincoln Ladies in a pre-season friendly. Lincoln are in the second tier of national football and a number of leagues above Hethersett who this season will compete in the Premier Division of the Eastern Region League. The local football club is also organising a major adult men's five-a-side tournament for July 22nd. For all the latest news on the football front visit the club's official web site by clicking here.


More Than They Bargained For!


Members of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team got more than they bargained for during their latest tidy up and litter pick of the village on July 7th. Amongst items found were a large cheque and a book full of business cards. To read about this and other HEAT matters click here.


George's 14th Anthology


Local poetry bard George Beckford has just published his 14th anthology of poetry and says he is searching for a "sense of humour." To read about this click here.




Special Awards Evening


A special presentation evening was held in the village hall to award certificates in the Hethersett in Bloom competition. The evening also celebrated the work of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) and recognised the outstanding contribution to environmental issues in the village of former parish council chairman George Beckford. To read about the evening and also see the results of this year's competition click here.



Scarecrows Show the Way

A number of delightful scarecrows showed the way to 13 gardens that were open to the public on Sunday 1st July under the annual Hethersett Open Gardens scheme. The weather stayed fine and you can read about the event by clicking here.

Streets Paved with Treasure


The streets of Hethersett will be paved with treasure over the weekend of July 7th and 8th. To read about Treasure Hunts being organised by the scouts and the Methodist Church click here.


Wild Read for Kids


Hethersett Library will be taking part in an initiative during the summer designed to encourage youngsters to read and take an interest in the environment. To read about it click here.


Cricketers On-Fire


Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club are taking the Norfolk League by storm. The first team remain unbeaten in Division Two with over half the season now gone. They are well clear at the top with eight wins out of eight played. Two of their games have been called off due to bad weather. The second team are top of Division Seven with just one defeat. For full results for the season click here