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Archive News July 2015

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in July 2015

Open Weekend Success

Hethersett held its sixth Open Weekend on July 4th and 5th with a come and try sports event on the Memorial Field and the annual two mile funrun which once again attracted over 200 runners/walkers despite heavy morning rain. The sun shone for the come and try event, although numbers taking part were down on previous years. Sports featured included cycle speedway, croquet, petanque, football, athletics, archery, netball, badminton, table tennis, bowls and shuffleboard at Woodcote Sheltered Housing Complex. The Sunday funrun once again attracted runners/joggers/walkers of all ages with the youngest five month old Poppy Steward and the oldest 73-year-old Mike Smith. First home was Mark Banfield in a time of 11 minutes and 40 seconds and the prize for the best fancy dress went to Andrew Billinghurst as Batman. Andrew is pictured opposite and and the top of the page some of the finishers celebrate their achievement. Everyone finishing the run received a Hethersett Open Weekend commemorative medal. The weekend also featured an interdenominational church service in Hethersett Social Club led by the Methodist Minister the Rev Matthew Olanrewaju. To read about this from the Norwich Evening News click here. To see a cutting from that newspaper click here.  


Youth Club Fete Success - The fete and dog show organised by Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club at the end of June raised £750 for club funds. A hot and sunny day brought a good attendance for both the fete and the dog show. Pictured opposite is Albert who won Nest Puppy and Best in Show with his owner and judges Kim and Zoe. Event organiser Gillian Saunders would like the owners of dogs who won second and third prizes to contact her on 01953 607566.

Social Club Open Day - Hethersett Social Club will be holding an open day on July 25th from 10 a.m until midnight with attractions for all ages. The day will feature children's games, bouncy castle, craft stalls, classic American cars in the car park, a charity shield bowls tournament, barbecue, darts, pool, snooker and live Sky sports. There will be a race night in the lounge in the evening and refreshments will be available throughout the day. New members will also be able to join at a discounted price.

Grants Available - South Norfolk Council has £30,000 to distribute to worthwhile community projects in an area that includes Hethersett. The money will be split into grants of over £2,000 and also covers the parishes of Bawburgh, Bracon Ash, Colney, Costessey, Cringleford, East Carleton, Easton, Great Melton, Keswick, Ketteringham, Little Melton, Marlingford, Mulbarton and Swardeston. Further information is available from our district councillor David Bills on 01603 813041

Hawks Brave the Rain - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club had to undertake a serious mopping up operation to play host to over 100 young riders from throughout the country in a national round of the British Youth and Junior League. Over 20 hours of persistent rain had to be cleared before the 109 riders from as far afield as Exeter and Lancashire could compete. There was some spectacular competition when the event did get underway with Poole winning the overall club event, followed by Ipswich and Kesgrave. To see full results visit the Hawks' web site by clicking here.

Horticultural Society Annual Show - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society's annual show will take place on Saturday, September 5th from 2-4 p.m in Hethersett Village Hall. There will be a number of classes for non members (10p per entry) including the following: Heaviest marrow, life-size scarecrow, nine tomatoes (small fruited or cherry cultivars), five dessert apples, one specimen rose, Digital Photograph of "A Single Bloom" and a jam filled Victoria Sandwich cake. There will also be classes for young people (entry free) in the following age groups: Up to and including seven years of age - Three decorated biscuits and make a face mask. Eight to 11 year olds: Make a monster from fruit and/or vegetables and draw a cartoon character (maximum A4 size). Twelve to 14 year olds - Make a computer generated poster for a pop concert (max A4 size) and make three decorated cup cakes. Entries must be in on Thursday 3rd September at Hethersett Methodist Church between 7 and 8.30 p.m. Entry forms and further information is available from show secretary Ted Hallett on 01603 811455.

 Renovated Sign Officially Unveiled


An historic Hethersett sign is back in place after a refurbishment programme that has seen it restored to its 1920s glory. The “Please Drive Slowly” sign was moved from its position at the entrance to the village at the top of Great Melton Road into a central position on land  further down Great Melton Road. Many residents felt that the sign looked unsightly, being dirty and full or rust. Hethersett Parish Council decided to have it renovated and returned to its original glory as befitting one of the few from that era still remaining on active service in the county. Enthusiast Tony Langford assisted by Nigel Ford set to work with funding from the parish council and the resplendently cleaned and painted sign is now back in its place as a reminder both of history and the need to take care when driving through the village. It was officially unveiled by children from the Rockinghorse Nursery with parish councillors and members of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team and restorers Tony Langford and Nigel Ford looking on. Nigel Ford has estimated the date of the original sign to approximately 1925, making it 90 years old this year. “We wanted to restore it whilst keeping the original look and feel so that it maintained its historic features and didn’t look brand new,” Nigel Ford said. The original sign was made by the Royal Label Factory in Stratford on Avon and this is still commemorated on it today. The Royal Label Factory was established in 1874 and up to the 1960s was the major manufacturer of road signs in the United Kingdom.

Out with the old and in with the new - The old sign on the left and the renovated sign on the right.

School Needs Improvement - Hethersett Junior School has been told by OFSTED that it requires improvement in a number of areas. The report praises a number of aspects of school life, however. You can read about this in a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.

Former Teacher Jailed - A former teacher at Hethersett Academy has been jailed for 10 months for processing hundreds of indecent images of children. Andrew Bayliss, 31, from North Wootton, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court. None of the images involved pupils at Hethersett Academy. You can read a report of the court case from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.

Grant for Play Area - A play area in Admirals Way, Hethersett, is one of five to receive an improvement grant from South Norfolk Council. The site has been chosen after council inspections and in response to requests from the community. The work will include both improving equipment and cleaning up the area.

Council to Act on Illegal Flyposting - Hethersett Parish Council is taking a zero tolerance attitude to illegal flyposting in the village. Councillors expressed their concern at their latest meeting over the proliferation of commercial and event posters being nailed to telegraph poles and other structures in the village and not being taken down after events have passed. Councillors agreed to outlaw such posters and have them pulled down, reminding those putting them up that there are five council owned noticeboards in the village and a number of businesses that accept and display posters. The council is also sending letters to residents who cause obstruction by allowing hedges and trees to overhang footpaths and also monitoring inconsiderate parking in the village, particularly where motorists park partly on pavements making it impossible for pushchairs to get through.


Grants' Volunteer Needed - A major Hethersett sports project is looking for a volunteer to co-ordinate fundraising and applications for grants. The Hethersett Olympic Legacy Sports Complex (HOLSC) is planning to build a £1 million plus Multi Use Games Arena (MUGA), along with indoor changing facilities and ultimately a new indoor sports hall, on land belonging to Hethersett Academy. The complex is part of the village’s London 2012 Olympic Legacy and will be used by Academy pupils during the day in term times and by the community on evenings, weekends and during school holidays. A group of volunteers representing Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and the village in general is working with Academy Principal Gareth Stevens and Business Manager Richard Cole to set up a board of directors to formulate plans. “We are now looking for a volunteer to help us identify and make grant applications in order to raise the money to turn our dreams and plans into reality,” said Shane Hull, Hethersett Parish Councillor and chair of the HOLSC strategy group. “This is a very exciting project that will benefit the entire community by improving fitness levels and general health by giving them top class facilities,” Mr Hull added. Anyone interested in volunteering for the fundraising position or anyone wanting more information can contact Mr Hull on 07879 628943.





Go Mad for Cycling (and wear a unique Hethersett t-shirt) - Hethersett is looking to go mad for cycling as plans for supporting the Tour of Britain race which will be coming through the village on Saturday, 12th September, gather pace. A number of businesses and organisations will be joining in with a special art installation on the Junior School playing field, activities at Hethersett Library, banners and bunting throughout the village, refreshments available at Hethersett Queen's Head and outside the Methodist Church. It is anticipated that the lead cars will go through the village at about 11.20 and will be followed by the race itself at around 11.30 a.m although more precise timings are likely to be available shortly. Hundreds of people are expected to line the route of the race which will take some of the top riders in the country along Queen's Road and Great Melton Road before moving onto Wymondham. To help commemorate the day, a special limited edition T-shirt has been made with the price likely to be £6. The shirt (pictured above) includes the race's official logo and the village name and date Orders are now being taken and it is hoped to have the shirts available at least a week before the race. If you want to order a shirt you can do it by e-mailing by clicking here. Please state whether you require small, medium or large and orders must be in by August 17th along with a name and contact telephone number. Payment can be made at a later date. A small group is currently co-ordinating the celebrations in Hethersett led by secretary of Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club Mel Perkins MBE and Hethersett parish Councillor and Treasurer of Hethersett and Meltons' Sports Association Shane Hull. A further meeting of the organisation group will take place on Monday, 17th August at Park Farm Hotel at 7.30 p.m. Anyone interested in helping is welcome to attend this meeting. The race will also be discussed at the next meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association on Monday, September 7th. We will keep you informed of further news of the race as and when it happens.


Lottery Funding for Charity - The Hethersett based Respect Yourself Charity which sends out daily text messages to young people to help them make important life decisions has been awarded a Big Lottery grant to help it develop a new phone app. You can read about this in a cutting from the local newspaper by clicking here.


Football Club's AGM - Hethersett Athletic chairman Wayne Johnson reported on another highly successful season for the club at the annual meeting at Park Farm Hotel. You can read what was said by visiting the club's official web site at


Cricketers Reach Cup Final - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club has reached the final of the Norfolk Association of Cricket Officials (NACO) Shield. They defeated Martham in the semi-finals after a quarter-final victory over Anglians and a first round triumph over Sandringham. They will play Thetford at Fakenham in the final on August 30th. Meanwhile the club's top two Saturday sides are both battling for promotion. Both the firsts and seconds are currently in runners-up places in their respective divisions of the Norfolk Allians (Divisions Two and Five) with promotion for either or both looking a good bet.


Supporting Tunisia - A personal trainer from Hethersett has raised more than £20,000 in support of Tunisian Hotel staff following the terrorism attack in June which killed 30 British holidaymakers. You can read about this story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.





Damp Evening for Footballers - A number of footballers from Hethersett helped to re-create the past in a special charity match at Wymondham in aid of the Star Throwers cancer charity. Heavy rain failed to dampen spirits in a match organised by Wymondham's Les King to help celebrate his 81st birthday. You can read a press cutting on this match by clicking here.





Play Time on How Not To Run a Committee - When residents of Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex decided to re-launch a social committee they decided to invite a local Wymondham-based drama group in to help show them how not to do things. The Four By Four drama group performed a comedy by local playwright Tony Vale entitled "Don't Lose Your Rag". Tony is a leading light in the 4x4 Writers' Group and the short play illustrated with wit how things can go wrong when inflated egos and personal interests get in the way of committee organisation and decisions. Woodcote will be hoping not to fall into the same trap when they regenerate their social activities group.


Rugby Club Appeal - Wymondham Rugby Club has appealed against a decision to re-locate its current ground. South Norfolk Council turned down the original application on a number of grounds including the loss of a greenbelt between Hethersett and Wymondham. You can read a cutting from the local Press on this appeal by clicking here.