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Archive News July 2012

Below are some of the stories that appeared on this site in July 2012

Fastest Man on Earth Comes to Hethersett - Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth, recently made an unexpected visit to Hethersett High School. The Jamaican sprinter was obviously too busy preparing for the Olympics to make a personal appearance but his willow resemblance has been in the grounds of the school. The wooden Usain was all part of a display with an Olympic theme put together mainly by the school’s Year 10 GCSE art students following a one day workshop with Norfolk artist Maggie Campbell. Students chose the theme and five poses connected with the Olympics. They then modelled the poses before constructing the willow figures – one of which was the Olympic champion and world record holder. Other poses included an archer, basketball player, gymnast and torch bearer. To view the images click here To see this story from the Eastern Daily Press click here.
Swimathon Success - A massive cheque for more than £2,300 has been presented to the Big C Cancer Charity from the 24 hour swimming marathon which was part of Hethersett's Open Weekend. To read about this click here.
Clowning Around - There was plenty of clowning around when Deputy Head Sara Johnston said goodbye to pupils and staff at Hethersett Woodside Nursery and Infants School. To read about what happened on her final day click here. This story has been covered on the Eastern Daily Press and Wymondham Mercury web sites and you can read that by clicking here.
Commemorative Coins - Hethersett children have been presented with special coins to commemorate the 2012 London Olympic Games and also the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. To read about this click here. This story has been covered on the Eastern Daily Press and Wymondham Mercury web sites and you can read that by clicking here.

Treasure Hunt - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club is holding a family treasure hunt on July 7th from 4 p.m, starting at the youth club hall in Back Lane. There will be refreshments at the end and prizes and a wooden spoon.

Channel Four Coverage - One of the stranger pieces of coverage of Hethersett's Olympic journey has been featured on Channel Four television, You can read about our village and see coverage of their feature by clicking here. Hethersett is one of the communities featured in the programme for welcoming the Olympic flame whilst writer Iain Sinclair, who makes something of an idiot of himself, calls the games a "national hallucination" and "paranoia and advertising run wild" and refers to crowds in Hyde Park as similar to those that turned up for the Nuremberg Rallies in Nazi Germany - something presenter Jon Snow referred to as "a terrible contrast." It all makes for very interesting reading and listening, however.


International Hawks - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway rider Phil Adams represented Ireland in the home internationals at Horspath, Oxfordshire. Phil scored 11 points but Ireland ended up in fourth place after losing a race off with Scotland for third place. This weekend Hethersett riders will be taking part in European Championships in Suffolk. Tiffany Collins and Carly Grimes will be competeing in the women's event, Scott Grimes and Oliver Buxton in the Junior event and Buxton, Leigh Cossey, Dan Chambers and Phil Adams in the Senior Men's event.


Cricketers Late Promotion Push? - After an average season, Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club have put together some good results to take them into third place in the Norfolk Alliance Division Two with an outside chance of promotion with just three games to go. On Saturday they comfortably beat Saxlingham by six wickets. To stand any chance of promotion the club will need to win all their remaining matches, starting with a visit to runaway leaders Beccles on Saturday. The club's re-arranged Wensum Cup Final against Hardingham will now take place at Hardingham on August 9th. The original date was washed out.


Social Club Open Day - Hethersett Social Club opened up its doors at the weekend for a special day to showcase the facilities and also raise funds for the Norfolk Accident Rescue Services (NARS). Events during the day included a charity bowls tournament, junior knockout pool event, a barbecue, a visit from Norfolk Fire Service and attractions for youngsters from bouncy castles to face painting. The day was rounded off by a disco from local DJ Chris Watt. Once the proceeds have been counted up the club will be organising a cheque presentation to the charity. The club has announced its entertainment line-up for the next three months. This includes the following: August 7th, quiz evening; August 12th, children’s fun afternoon from 2-4 p.m; August 18th, Blues Brothers; August 26th, Excite Kareoke with Phil Male. September 1st, family disco night; September 4th, quiz evening; September 9th, Children’s fun afternoon; September 22nd, casino evening, September 29th, Phil Male. October 2nd, quiz evening; October 6th, race night; October 13th, Stylotones; October 14th, children’s fun afternoon; October 27th, fish and chip quiz evening in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance. Our photo opposite shows cat and dog sisters Eleanor and Harriet Lewis. View this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Food Waste Collection - South Norfolk Council is seeking funding to introduce a food waste collection service in Hethersett. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press click here.


High Achievers - Hethersett High School held a special Achievers' Evening. You can see a list of who won what by clicking here


News Briefs - This year's three day flower festival in St Remigius Parish Church raised £4300 for the roof repair fund.... A course for married couples is being held at Hethersett Methodist Church in the Autumn. More details of this later....The village Christian Aid collection this year raised over £1,500....


Book Your Place - Hethersett Library is gearing up for weeks of fun over the school holiday period. A new reading game – Story Lab – is being launched along with a Super Mungler Trump card game. Story Lab revolves around youngsters reading up to six books in order to collect stickers and be awarded medals and certificates. Reading two books will bring a bronze medal, reading four books a silver and reading six books a gold. A special medal presentation ceremony will take place in Hethersett Library on 15th September when youngsters will also be able to make badges, do puzzles and colouring. Alongside this children will be able to collect Super Mungler Trump Cards with their stickers and by the end of the reading game can collect a full pack with which they can play games or swap with friends. On July 25th the library will be hosting some simple science experiments followed by a story land treasure trail and a story lab quiz. The session will run from 2 until 3 p.m and is for 8 to 11 year olds. Children must be accompanied by an adult and places can be booked on 01603 810188.   


Dance Events at Youth Club - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club is running  a series of dance sessions for 7 to 13 year olds during the summer holidays. Proceeds from the events will go towards goalposts and a music system for the club. Entry is £2 per session or £5 for three sessions. The sessions start at 10.30 a.m and run to noon and will take place on July 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, 31st and August 1st. Parents can watch the routines from 11.30 onwards and refreshments will be available. More details are available by contacting 01603 812500.


Annual Show - This year's Hethersett and District Horticultural Society show will take place on September 8th in Hethersett Village Hall. You can view a list of classes by clicking here.


Hethersett High Notes -  The latest edition of Hethersett High Notes - the e-newsletter from Hethersett High School - is now available by clicking here. This edition covers the visit to the school of the official Olympic flame, a science rocket day, the visit by French students and willow sculptures and much more. Previous editions of the publication are also available by clicking here.


Mixed Cup Success - Hethersett and Tas Valley met with cup success and then frustration over the past week. Firstly they won through to the second round of the Norfolk Junior 20-20 Cup after beating Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers by five wickets, but then saw their Wensum Cup Final at Hardingham fall a victim of rain. The cup final has been re-arranged for August 9th - weather permitting!


Wanted - Olympic Radio Star From Hethersett - Radio Norfolk's morning show with Nick Conrad is broadcasting from the Olympic village on August 8th and is looking for somebody from our village to take part. Radio Norfolk will be broadcasting from Stratford between 9 a.m and midday. The station has been following our village's Olympic Odyssey and would like somebody from Hethersett on the show. "We are looking for somebody from Hethersett going on the day we are there. It doesn't have to be anyone linked with the Hethersett Olympics but that would be even better," said journalist Edd Smith. Any volunteer would be asked about their excitement and experiences of being at the Games. Edd can be contacted via e-mail by clicking here or he can be contacted on 077677 40870.


Greenfield Gap to Stay - South Norfolk Council is looking to preserve the greenfield gap between Wymondham and Hethersett. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press click here


Runners-Up in County Finals - Hethersett finished runners-up in the Norfolk County Games Finals for the second year in a row. Once again we were beaten into second place by Downham Market in the finals at the UEA Sportspark. We reached the finals by winning the South Norfolk District Event in the category for large villages and market towns. Once again we were the only village represented in this category and the finals saw us pitted against larger towns in the shape of Watton, Gorleston, Sheringham, Downham Market and Gorleston. Hethersett won a number of the individual categories including tennis, badminton and junior five-a-side football and finished second in a number of other events. Final scores were: Downham Market 92, Hethersett 84, Gorleston 74, Watton 52, Aylsham 42, Sheringham 0. To see photos and a report from the South Norfolk finals click here. Read the report from the Eastern Daily Press by clicking here. Full scores for the day are available on the Active Norfolk web site by clicking here.


More Olympic Praise for Village - Hethersett has gained more praise for its efforts in support of the London 2012 Olympics. On Thursday a special DVD was launched at the Forum in Norwich. This was shot mainly in local schools belonging to the Hethersett Cluster during 2012 and featured a number of Olympic themed events. Joseph Ballard, London 2012 Inspire Programmer for the East of England, referred to our village as having a "wonderful community spirit"  He praised Hethersett for a world first with the recent visit of the Olympic flame. "It is the only time in the entire history of the Olympic Games that the Olympic flame has made an off route visit," he said, thus proving that in 2012 the Norfolk village of Hethersett made world history. The DVD, a copy of which we will hopefully have available on this web site in the not too distant future, was financed from a special grant of over £8,500 for activities in celebration of the Olympics. Schools in the Hethersett Cluster include Hethersett Woodside Infants and Nursery, Hethersett Junior, Hethersett High, Cringleford Primary, Little Melton Primary, Mulbarton Infant and Mulbarton Junior. The grant comes under the Plan Your 2012 scheme  for activities in celebration of the coming London 2012 Olympic Games. The scheme is a joint initiative between the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the Department for Education. You can read more about the grant by clicking here.


The Olympic Legacy - In an exclusive article we look back over the three years that has turned Hethersett into the ultimate Olympic village. We travel back to 2010 when one man had a dream to bring the Olympic spirit to the village and we look at how that dream turned into reality. To read our Olympic Odyssey click here.




Support from Neighbourhood Board - The Northern River Valleys Neighbourhood Board is supporting a number of initiatives affecting Hethersett. You can read about its latest meeting which took place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on July 9th by clicking here.


The Romance of the Circus - If you've been reading the summer fairground romance serial Fairground Attraction, which has been featuring in My Weekly, you may be interested to learn that the author, Julia Douglas, is based almost on our doorstep in Wicklewood. What's more, if you're enjoying reading about the romance and drama of life in a travelling funfair, you might like to read Julia's new novel, The Showman's Girl, which follows the colourful, romantic and perilous adventures of a young girl who runs away with the circus in the 1930s.Published as a large print paperback in the Linford Romance series, The Showman's Girl is available to borrow from local libraries, along with previous Julia Douglas novels Nashville Cinderella and Closer!


Golfing Tribute - A promising young Hethersett golfer who died in tragic circumstances has been remembered in an inspiring golf competition. To see a cutting of this story from the Norwich Evening News click here.


The Day the Olympic Flame Came to Hethersett - It was a once in a lifetime experience as almost 2,000 people turned up to welcome the Olympic flame to Hethersett in a unique visit. Our village was the only place in the country to receive a special off route visit to mark our outstanding contribution to the ethos of the London 2012 Games. To read the full story click here. To view an album of photos from the visit click here. The Media covered the event both before, during and after. Pre-visit publicity from the Eastern Daily Press is available by clicking here. There is also a substantial story with photographs taken from this site on BBC online. View this by clicking here. Stories and photographs from IWitness 24 - click here. Paul Howard from the Hethersett Our Way web site took video footage of the event which is available on Facebook by clicking here. Hethersett resident Maggie Cooper also gave us permission to carry her DVD footage and this can be accessed by clicking here.


CDs for Building Refurbishment - Fed up looking at all those CD’s and DVD’s you no longer listen to or watch? Wish you had more storage space – Hethersett Guides and Scouts have the answer to your problem. They are collecting CD Albums and DVDs to turn them into cash for the headquarters to help refurbish the building. "Not only are we raising money for our HQ, but by recycling old CDs and DVDs we’re all playing our part in helping the environment by stopping these items going into landfill. We have a collection box already, but we need everyone's help if we want to fill it and raise cash for the HQ," said campaign organiser Veronica Bion. CDs and DVDs can be dropped off at Hethersett Library or the Guide and Scout HQ. Collection can also be arranged by contacting 01603 812812.


Rounders Club for Village?Following the success of Hethersett’s new social athletics club, the village is looking to start a rounders club aimed at all the family. The idea has come from Hethersett and the Melton’s Sports Association which meets quarterly to set up new groups and promote sport, health, fitness and well being in Hethersett, Little Melton and Great Melton. Rounders is one of the sports featured in the Norfolk Village Games and a number of people have asked about the possibility of setting up family rounders sessions. The association is looking for somebody to organise the new group with the onus on family participation for all ages. Anybody interested should contact Peter Steward on Norwich 811052 or via e-mail by clicking here.

Treasure Found in Hethersett - Radio Norfolk's Treasure Quest programme called in at Hethersett on July 1st as the last stop on its popular Sunday morning programme. Based loosely on the BBC programme Treasure Hunt (without the helicopter), the programme started in Filby and, amongst other places, visited Fliby, Surlingham and Rocklands before being directed to Hethersett by a cryptic clue. You can read the clue and view a photo of the day by clicking here.