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Archive News July 2013

Parish Council Newsletter - The latest village newsletter distributed by Hethersett Parish Council is now available on this site by clicking here.


Doom and Gloom Lifting - The air of doom and gloom surrounding Hethersett High School is lifting according to Consultant Head John Catton, writing in the latest edition of the school's High Notes magazine. You can see what he has to say and also read the latest news from the school by clicking here


Rogue Trader Warning - Police are urging residents to be on their guard after suspected rogue traders called at a house in Ketts Oak, Hethersett, on July 29th. The incident took place at 12.30 p.m when four men approached an elderly householder who was gardening and offered to deposit surplus tarmac on his drive. The victim went to speak to his wife and, when he returned, the men had started putting tarmac and gravel on the driveway and demanded they pay per square foot. The couple said they had not agreed to any work being carried out and asked them to leave before threatening to call the police. Three of the men left in a van whilst the fourth left in a tipper truck with the words "Hot Tar" written on the back. The men left towards Wymondham. Their registration number had been covered with a cloth. Damage was caused to the victim's driveway and also to the house where it splashed on the brickwork. The cost of repairs is estimated to be thousands of pounds.. Investigating Officer Detective Constable Andy Brown said: "My advice is simple - do not trade with any person on your doorstep who arrives unannounced and unexpectedly telling you that you need to buy something or that some kind of work needs doing urgently to your house or garden. If this happens politely decline, close the door and if you are not happy call the police." Meanwhile police are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed vehicles being driven in a suspicious manner in the Hethersett or Wymondham area on July 29th to contact DC Brown on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111


Another Come and Try Event - Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustees in conjunction with Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association will be holding another come and try sports event on the field on Thursday 1st August. Croquet is the sport in question and the session will last from 5.30 until 8 p.m. on a newly formed full size pitch on the field. The designated area will be at the far right end of the field between the cycle speedway track and the side gate to the Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex. The session is free and open to anybody aged 14 or over. If all goes well it is hoped to plan out a smaller pitch suitable for junior croquet. Equipment for the evening is being loaned by the East Anglia Croquet Federation. Other sports destined to be included on the field in the near future include volleyball and petanque.


New Rector Appointed - Hethersett has a new rector. The Rev Derek McLean will be coming to the village in October to succeed the Rev Di Lammas who retired at the end of 2012. Derek grew up in Northern Ireland and is currently curate in the Drayton and Taverham benefice. He taught RE and English in Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Retford before being ordained Deacon in 2010 and priest in 2011. Derek is married with three daughters. Writing in the latest edition of the Hethersett Good News magazine he said: "As a family we are delighted to be coming to Hethersett and the Meltons and can't wait to see what God has in store for the benefice and for us."


Putting the Emphasis on Youth - Hethersett Athletic Football Club has been putting the emphasis on the youth side of the game, the club's annual meeting heard. You can read more about this by clicking here.


Run the Square Photos - Photographs taken by David Bills and Peter Steward at this year's Open Weekend Run the Square funrun are now available by clicking here.


Making Their Mark - A number of Hethersett Old Hall School pupils have been selected for Norfolk badminton squads. To read this story from the Wymondham Mercury visit our cuttings section.


Shock Defeat But Cricketers Stay on Top - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club suffered a shock defeat as they lost to bottom club Fakenham A by six wickets. Despite the defeat, the team stay top of Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance, but are now just one point ahead of second placed Garboldisham and five points ahead of third placed Great Melton in what has become a three way battle for the divisional title with just six matches to go.


Minister Bids Farewell - Hethersett Methodist Church was packed for a special Norwich Circuit service to say farewell to its Minister The Rev Derek Grimshaw. The service also saw the accreditation of Hethersett Methodist Church treasurer Michael Green as a local preacher. You can read about this story by clicking here. You can also view a photographic gallery of Derek's final service at Hethersett when he christened his grandson Alexander Knights on July 28th. To view this click here.


More Come and Try Sports - Another come and try sports afternoon is being organised by Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association. Tennis and rounders will be on the menu on Sunday 28th July from 2 until 4 p.m. The event is aimed at all ages and abilities and families will particularly be welcome. Equipment will be provided (please bring your own tennis racquets if you would prefer). If there is enough interest in the sports, new clubs are likely to be set-up. The sports association is also looking to launch petanque and croquet groups on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. To view a poster of the come and try afternoon click here.


Glorious Sunshine and Open Gardens - Despite very difficult Spring weather, Hethersett gardeners put on a wonderful show for the biennial village open garden event writes Gary Wyatt. On a sultry Sunday, close to 300 visitors from all over the county enjoyed 24 gardens of contrasting styles, many of which proved to be a big surprise, even to those who have lived in the village for many years. There were cottage type gardens behind modern bungalows and contemporary style gardens behind old cottages, and every kind in between. Front gardens were filled with vegetable plots and some with wild flower meadows. The hard work put in and the pride of the owners in their gardens shone through. The event was organised by Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) who also provided the plant stall and refreshments in the Jubilee Hall. Proceeds from the event will go to a hedgehog conservation society and the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. To view photographs of the event click here. David Wyatt also took some photographs of entertainment in one of the gardens. To see these click here.

Top Teachers Retire - Three of Hethersett's best known and loved teachers have retired. Alex Stanbrook-Evans and Angela Sweet said goodbye to pupils and staff at Hethersett Junior School, while John Humphreys retired from Hethersett High School after 29 years. You can read about them by clicking here.


Argentinian Family Trio - Three generations of one family were transported to Argentina when they took part in the touring production of Evita at Norwich Theatre Royal. Neville and Tina Greenhalgh from Hethersett were joined by twin daughters Helen Tomlinson and Marie Whall and one of their grandsons George Tomlinson. Helen and Marie currently live in Trowse and Dussindale respectively. George, who is eight, sings with the Broadland Youth Choir which provided all the child extras for the Norwich show. Neville and Tina are long serving members of both Hethersett Players and Hethersett Pantomime Group where Neville specialises in playing the dame or ugly sister. They are more used to treading the boards in Hethersett Village Hall than on the national stage in Argentinian crowd scenes in Norwich. “Appearing in Evita was a wonderful experience which gave us all the opportunity to appear in a big production and experience life backstage. We have nothing but admiration for the work rate of the cast and their friendliness to the extras,” Neville and Tina said.
Runners-up Again - Hethersett and the Meltons finished runners-up in the Active Norfolk Village Games county finals for the third year in a row on Sunday. This time we beat the winners of the last two years - Downham Market - but were pipped to the post by Diss in the section for large villages and market towns. In the finals we were up against Dereham, Aylsham, Diss, Gorleston, Downham Market and Fakenham. We will have the full results for you as soon as they are issued by Active Norfolk.

Cricketers Back On Top - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club are back on top of Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance after a winning draw against previous leaders Garboldisham at the weekend. Hethersett, Garboldisham and Great Melton have been swapping places at the top virtually all season. Hethersett are now in the box seat with just seven matches to play. They will be looking to consolidate top spot when they take on bottom club Fakenham A at Flordon on Saturday.


Come and Try Tennis and Rounders Afternoon - Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association is looking to organise a come and try tennis and rounders afternoon in the near future. It is likely that the event will take place on Sunday July 28th. Further details will appear on this site as soon as we have them.


Inquest Hears of MS Patient Death - A mother has told an inquest that she will always wonder of her daughter could have lived longer after she died following complications after surgery at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Read this story about a family from Hethersett from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


Special Section for Open Weekend - The sun shone throughout the weekend as thousands of people flocked to the village for Hethersett's Annual Open Weekend. The two day event featured sport in the park which this year also included a traditional English fayre. Over 200 people also took part in the two mile run the square fun run. To read about the two day event and view photographs click here.
Schools' Cricket Festival Success - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club's first ever schools' cricket festival attracted over 60 youngsters from eight schools to Flordon in what is likely to become a regular part of the club's calendar. To read a report of the event click here.


Trying to Go One Better - Hethersett and the Meltons will be trying to go one better when they take part in the county finals of the Active Norfolk Village Games for the third successive year. We have come runners-up to Downham Market in the last two years, having achieved a hat-trick of wins in the South Norfolk Village Games. The final will see teams from across Norfolk competing for the title of Norfolk Champions in categories for small, medium and large villages. Hethersett competes in the section for large villages and market towns and in the finals at UEA Sports Park on July 14th will be up against Diss, Fakenham, Aylsham, Dereham, Gorleston and Downham Market.


Cricketers Back to Third - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club have dropped back to third place in the Norfolk Alliance Division Two after losing their local derby with Great Melton by 11 runs. Ironically the second team beat Great Melton by eight wickets to move off the bottom of Division Four. Hethersett lost their Lady Mary Plate semi-final on Sunday when they went down to Beccles by four wickets. Hethersett has become the first sports club in Norfolk to become part of the Mustard TV set-up. You can read about this by clicking here.


Honorary Doctorship for Elizabeth - International opera star Elizabeth Watts, who comes from Hethersett, is to be honoured with an honorary degree of Doctor of Music on July18th at Sheffield University. We are hoping to have photographs of the ceremony. In the meantime Elizabeth is continuing her glittering career throughout the world.


Historian Inspired Many People - We are sad to have to report the death of well known local historian and academic Chris Barringer, founder of Hethersett Society. A full obituary appeared in the Norwich Evening News and you can view this by clicking on our cutting of the week above.


Latest on High School Academy - Hethersett High School is being fast tracked towards Academy status with the people behind the move promising to take it to "outstanding" status in the not too distant future. To view a cutting of this story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here..


Valley Board Meeting - The next meeting of the Northern River Valley Neighbourhood Board will take place at Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex in Firs Road, Hethersett, at 7 p.m on July 22nd. Discussions will include projects to be funded in the coming year. A number of Hethersett projects were funded in 2012/2013. The meeting is open to everyone. To view a poster click here.


Marriage Course -  A second marriage course is being organised for Hethersett, following the success of the inaugural event at the end of 2012. The seven week course featured talks and discussions on the importance of marriage and the response proved positive, prompting a second course which will start at Hethersett Methodist Church on September 9th at 7 p.m. “Following an extremely positive response the course is being offered again to couples who are married or who have been in a long-term cohabiting relationship of over a year and would like their relationship to be the best it can,” said organiser Liz Thetford. The course costs £40 per couple and more information is available from Mrs Thetford on 01603 811413.


Sports Association Receives Major Grant - Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association has received a major grant of £3,800 from the South Norfolk Northern Rivers Valley Board to start up new sports and fitness groups in the three villages. Over the past 18 months the association has overseen new running groups, a new Velo Club and a table tennis club based at Hethersett Methodist Church. It has also supported a number of individuals and sports clubs and overseen the villages' entries in the South Norfolk Village Games and Norfolk Village Games. The money will buy equipment to be used at public events and also see the start of tennis and rounders clubs. More details on Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association are available on its web site which can be accessed by clicking here. This story has also featured on the Active Norfolk web site. View this by clicking here.

South Norfolk District Councillor David Bills left and members of the Sports Association with their grant cheque

Sporting House - When it comes to sporting achievement Apollo House has been reaching for the stars at Hethersett High School. The newly formed house rocketed to victory in a new style sports day with the four recently established houses – Apollo, Viking, Endeavour and Discovery – taking part in athletics, volleyball, netball, bench ball, basketball, table tennis, tennis, football and touch rugby. The new house system was set-up at the school last September and the youngsters relished the challenge of morning sports followed by afternoon relay races which culminated in a staff relay. The event was organised by PE teacher Nick Austin and a new shield was presented to the winning house by Consultant Head John Catton. Viking house finished in second place in the competition which took place on the school field and in the sports hall and gymnasium