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Archive News July 2014

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in July 2014


Hethersett and the Meltons Take County Title



Hethersett and the Meltons are sporting champions of Norfolk. We won the county finals of the Active Norfolk village games at the UEA Sportspark on July 13th. We came top of the section for large villages and market towns, beating off the challenge of Diss, Fakenham, Aylsham, Gorleston and Downham Market to go one better that the previous three years which saw us finish runners-up. To read a report of the day click here.


Playgroup Leader Retires



A Hethersett playgroup leader has retired after 20 years of caring for, encouraging and being a friend to hundreds of pre-school age children. Nicky Wardale ended her two decade association with Ducklings Playgroup on its last day of term and celebrated with a picnic involving both children and parents. Nicky was presented with numerous gifts and vouchers including a “book of memories” and a tea towel decorated by the children to mark her time with the group which started when she was a parent helper. Her period in charge has seen the group being graded as “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors and also seen Nicky herself being honoured by carrying the 2012 London Olympic torch at Cromer in recognition of her outstanding achievements. Now Nicky feels it is the right time to pass on her own baton to the next generation: “I feel that I have done a really good job over 20 years and that the group is in a very good place. I have an intense feeling of pride and satisfaction and believe the time is right for somebody else to take over,” Nicky said. Chair of Governors of Hethersett Pre-School Playgroup, to give Ducklings its more formal name, Caroline Spatchett said that Nicky would be hugely missed: “We will miss everything about Nicky – her enthusiasm, the way she teaches the children, the way they learn from her and above all the fact that the children love her,” she said. Nicky’s association with Ducklings began when her own children were of playgroup age: “I was inspired by my own children to become part of Ducklings,” she said. Now 20 years later she has seen hundreds of children leave Ducklings, move through the school system into employment or university. Nicky, who is a keen runner, is now looking to undertake some form of voluntary work and also “chase a few of my dreams.” Her dreams include a ranch holiday where she can “be a cowboy for a time.” She admits, however, that there may be a tear or two over the coming days and weeks: “I will miss the children and the lovely sense of satisfaction when they trust you and also watching them develop as they mature. Yes there will be tears but I feel it is time to move on.” Ducklings, which was founded in 1967, is aimed at children from two and a half to five years old and meets for three hours on weekdays. There is also an activity group for children aged 21 months to two and a half years that meets in the afternoon. All the groups meet in the grounds of Woodside Infants and Nursery School.





Deputy Head ready to Say Farewell - Gardening, bell ringing and travelling are just three of the pursuits that a Hethersett deputy head is looking forward to when he retires at the end of this term. Richard Carter has been teaching at Hethersett Junior School (formerly Hethersett Middle School) for 29 years and been deputy head for well over 20. In that time he has served under seven different head teachers and also had a year as acting head as well. He first came to the school in the mid 1980s as upper school co-ordinator with a specialisation in music, before taking on the role of deputy head six years later. Now on the verge of retirement, the 57 year old is looking forward to following his many passions, but also hopes to do some supply teaching as well. Over the years he has seen many changes in education and looks upon his early years with the greatest fondness: “I thoroughly enjoyed the early days as I was in charge of my own classroom and able to see my own plans and ideas come to fruition,” he said adding that he didn’t feel today’s teachers had the same opportunities thanks to a “results driven” culture. Mr Carter was born and brought up in West Malling in Kent and moved to Norfolk after gaining a degree in music from Cardiff University. The similarities between rural Kent and Norfolk were not lost on the young graduate who soon fell in love with Norfolk and all it has to offer: “I had a couple of bellringing friends in Norfolk and so decided to pay the county a visit, fell in love with it and have never wanted to live anywhere else,” he said. He started his career teaching in Brundall before moving to Hethersett. He has always had an interest in many different forms of music and has successfully run choirs, orchestras, recorder groups, string quartets and many other groups at the Hethersett school. In retirement Mr Carter is looking to get even more involved in music by joining a choir, a wind band and playing the trombone. He is a member of the Norwich Diocesan Ringers and regular rings the bells in his home village of South Walsham and in St Peter Mancroft in the centre of Norwich. Whilst looking forward to retirement he admits that he will miss: “watching children improve and grow up.” “I suppose Hethersett has always been such an attractive area to work in because of the similarities between it and the area where I was brought up,” he



Cricketers Take Trophy As Well

Pictured above are the triumphant Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket team after winning the Wensum Cup 20-20 trophy on July 15th. Hethersett beat Eaton by 30 runs in the final at Flordon. On the left skipper Matt Steward receives the Wensum Cup and on the right the victorious team.



Mad or Mad Keen?


Pictured on the left from left to right are: David Slater, Bart Anderton and Andrew Morris

Three mad keen cyclists admitted that they were “slightly mad” when they decided to take on a marathon endurance ride of over 230 miles. The trio from Hethersett Velo Club took to the roads in a 25 hour ride that started in Wymondham Market Place. They cycled to Hackney and then onto Suffolk to reach Dunwich before riding back to Wymondham. Hethersett Velo Club founder Martin “Bart” Anderton was joined by David Slater from Attleborough and Andrew Morris from Wymondham. They completed their journey in just over a day, arriving back in Wymondham tired but elated. Bart Anderton, who founded the hugely successful Hethersett Velo Club which now has over 170 members, is no stranger to marathon rides – having ridden from London to Paris in the past and having organised the Hethersett 30-60-90 event for the past three years. “It was a difficult ride, but the help and support that we received was fantastic and there were no major problems. The weather was slightly unpredictable with one massive rain shower at about 6pm so we took cover underneath the M25. Everything went really well and we are looking forward to doing it again next year,” he said. It was an extra special ride for David Slater who only took up the sport a few months ago. “I wanted to lose weight and didn’t fancy running. So I joined Hethersett Velo club and immediately got hooked,” he said. As if to illustrate the point David added in a 30 mile ride before setting off from Wymondham. The main reason for the ride was to test the trio’s endurance and fitness, but they have also been raising money for various charities.



Adding Colour - A South Norfolk Brownie pack has combined with an environmental group to add colour to their village. The First Hethersett Brownies are celebrating their 40th birthday this year and part of those celebrations include an activity in the local community. The group has joined forces with the Hethersett Environmental Action Team on a number of occasions in the past and decided to renew their acquaintance in order to plant Rudbeckia in two tubs on the Green in Queen’s Road. It was a lovely summer’s evening as the youngsters combined with Tawny Owl Sharon Watts and leading village environmentalist Dr Anne Edwards to bring an additional splash of colour to the village. The plants were sourced by Dr Edwards who looked after them until they were big enough and strong enough to plant out.The Brownies and leaders each selected their own rudbeckia to plant, and they are now looking forward to seeing the flowers bloom in the coming months. “We would like to thank Anne and HEAT for their help with the project. If you would like to get involved with local Guiding, please click here to register your interest - we always need more Leaders to keep providing exciting activities like this,” Sharon Watts said.


Residents' Homes Fear - An article in the Norwich Evening News has expressed the fears of Hethersett residents that work on over a thousand new homes in Hethersett will come before an improved road system. The article states that developers have attempted to reassure residents on the subject. It is vitally important that all groups in Hethersett work together to ensure that our village receives proper and sufficient facilities to go with the development. This includes adequate and improved provision for health, education, crime prevention and recreation. Click on the press cutting opposite to enlarge it.

The fifth annual Hethersett Open Day held over the weekend of July 5th and 6th proved another success with hundreds of people taking part in four events over the two day period. Our picture top left shows some of the 215 runners setting off in the two mile funrun. Top right shows the proud finishers with their medals. Bottom left is the first runner home Adam Lewis who clocked a time of just over 10 minutes. Next to him are just some of those who took part in the tug-of-war contest held at the end of the Come and Try Sports event. To read a report of the weekend click here. A gallery of photographs of the funrun is available by clicking here. Coverage of the event in the Norwich Evening News web site is available by clicking here.

Relative Request - We have been contacted by Vanessa Free to inform us of the sad death of her father Michael Woods. Michael's funeral is being held on July 8th in Norwich Cathedral. Michael lived at 2 Alan Road, Norwich, and was the son of Reginald Woods and nephew of Vanessa's aunt Sybil, both of whom lived in Hethersett and are mentioned by Kathleen Whitehouse in our genealogy section. Vanessa says "I am hoping that you can help me as I am currently struggling to find contact details for our nearest living relatives in Hethersett." Anyone who can help can contact Vanessa on 07792 777060

More Writers Needed - Hethersett Writers' Group is looking to widen its horizons by attracting new members. The group was launched just over a year ago and is now looking to expand. “We are a friendly and informal group who meet in each other’s houses to share our love of writing. We often write together and also separately and would love to welcome a few more people who are keen to share ideas,” said founder Pat Lightfoot. The group currently meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Having a few more people would give us the chance to expand what we do and come up with some new ideas,” Pat added. The group doesn’t restrict membership to Hethersett residents and currently includes amateur writers from both Long Stratton and Attleborough. Anybody interested in finding out more about the group or joining can e-mail Pat Lightfoot by clicking here.

Players Celebrate 10th Anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the new Hethersett Players drama group and they are celebrating with a cabaret evening showcasing favourite pieces from the last 10 years and presenting some new fun pieces. The original players group was formed in 1969 but  folded in 1999. Five years later members of the Hethersett Pantomime Group decided to revive the players to provide the opportunity for people to further develop their skills on the stage and to bring new people into the world of amateur dramatics.Over the past 10 years over 100 people have been involved in a wide range of production's from plays, musicals and the ever popular cabaret evenings and the current cast contains a number of people who have been involved throughout that time. To celebrate 10 years the cast of 20 are busily preparing for three performances of their cabaret evening which will be full of lively song and dance numbers and will see a performance of the one act comedy 'The Fat Lady sings in Little Grimley' by David Tristram. Audience members will not only be entertained but will be able to enjoy a fish and chip supper in the interval making an evening at the theatre into lovely social event. The show is on at Hethersett Village Hall from 31 July until 2 August at 7.30 pm.  Tickets are £12 (with food) or £7 (without food) and can be bought by clicking here or by telephoning 0333 666 3366. Proceeds from a raffle will go to the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS). Further details about the players can be found by clicking here. 



Rain Calls Early Halt to Cricket Festival - The weather put a slight dampener on Hethersett and Tas Valley’s second annual schools cricket festival. Bright early morning sunshine saw the competition get well underway and reach the final stages before heavy early afternoon rain brought a halt. Despite the weather over 50 budding young cricketers from seven schools competed. The youngsters were randomly mixed up to create teams of eight to enjoy games of Kwik cricket and also to make new friends from other schools. Each team had different coloured T shirts sponsored by Admiral Civil Engineering in conjunction with Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club. Schools taking part were Aslacton Primary, Newton Flotman Primary, Preston Primary at Tasburgh, Saxlingham Primary, St Mary’s Junior School from Long Stratton and Shelton with Hardwick School. Kwik cricket puts the emphasis on involving all players in both batting and bowling with each team, made up of a mix of boys and girls, starting with 200 runs and being deducted five runs for each wicket lost. The event was organised by Hethersett and Tas Valley club member Sarah Worley and supported by teachers, helpers and coaches from the cricket club. Afterwards Sarah said that the day had proved to be another success despite the best efforts of the weather which saw the final having to be cancelled. After some hectic re-calculation the White team was declared the winners. The rain also washed out Hethersett and Tas Valley's Wensum Cup Final, which will now be played on Tuesday July 15th. Our photograph above shows some of the youngsters who took part in the cricket festival.


Have A Go Hero - Read about the have-a-go Hethersett hero who foiled a robbery at Tescos by visiting the Eastern Daily Press newspaper site by clicking here..