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Archive News July 2016

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in July 2016

County Champions Again



Hethersett was crowned Active Norfolk Village Sports County Champions for the second time in three years on July 10th and this time the village will keep the title for good. The Village Games have ended after a seven year run that saw Hethersett win the county title for large villages and market towns in 2014 and 2016 and come runners-up on three occasions. We also won a number of area titles on the way. Funding has stopped for the games which have been held for a number of years at the UEA Sportspark. For the 2016 competition, we fought off the challenge of Downham Market, Fakenham and Long Stratton to take the title which once again underlines the sporting heritage in the village. A full report of the event with more photographs will appear in the August edition of our e-magazine Hethersett Herald which will be online on August 1st.


New Sponsorship for Hawks



Hethersett Hawks have a new sponsor. Myhill Decorators have stepped in with a new set of shirts for the club, along with sponsorship for the remainder of the club's golden jubilee year. Nick Myhill from the company was on hand to present the new kit at clubnight on July 5th and said he was delighted to be able to support a club he previously rode for and also to put something back into the sport that he had enjoyed from the age of 10 and also to help support the local community of Hethersett. Nick began his cycle speedway career with Hawks in 1998 and went on to become British champion in 2004. Meanwhile Hethersett completed a double over Norwich with the first team winning 86-72 and the B team winning 86-73. Hawks' Dan Chambers came third in the East Anglian Championships in Ipswich with Owen Wells finsihing seventh in the Under-16s and fifth in the Under-19s. Glyn Morgan was placed seventh in the veterans' event. Full scores and reports are available on the Hawks web site which can be accessed by clicking here.




Children's Charities to Benefit - Two children's charities will benefit from an evening of Clairvoyance at Park Farm Hotel on September 16th. The event will feature clairvoyants Carole Wilson and Michelle Cremin and will be held in aid of SANDS - the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity and EACH - the East Anglian Children's Hospice. Tickets for the event are £10 and can be booked on 07912 665347.


Allotments Available - Calling all those with green fingers A number of allotments of all sizes have become available at Mill Road in Little Melton. The site contains over 50 allotments as Chair of Trustees to Little Melton Parochial Charity Christopher Doggett explained: "We have a good representation from Hethersett, the Melton’s and even enthusiasts travelling from Wymondham. After quite a few years of demand exceeding supply we have this year found that we have a number of allotments becoming available." Anyone interested can contact Christopher on 01603 812146 or email by clicking here


Social Club Open Day - Hethersett Social Club will be holding an open day on Saturday 16th July from 10 a.m to midnight. Events will include a charity darts competition in aid of Wymondham Dementia Support, an all day barbecue, children's games and an evening performance from pop band Wypeout from 8.30 pm in the main hall.


Lodgings Required - We have been contacted by Norwich City Academy who are looking for Wednesday night lodgings for their young players who are aged between 12 and 15. Lodgings are needed in the Hethersett and Little Melton area. The boys will arrive at lodgings between 8.30 and 9.30 pm and depart the next morning between 8 and 8.45 am. They will require a bed, evening meal and breakfast. The club pays £16 per boy. Anyone interested in further details should contact Jimmy Unwin on 01603 813059 or mobile 07795 673203


Cricketers Back In the Hunt - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club are back in the promotion hunt after a comfortable 102 run victory over Swardeston A. Hethersett were bowled out for 229 with Robbie Mattthews hitting 51 and Damian Fahy 71. Swardeston were then bowled out for 127 with Andy Baker taking 3-14 and Sam Morton 3-25. The win takes Valley up to fourth place in Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance, just eight points behind the second placed team. Hethersett Seconds are pulling away from the relegation zone in Division Four after a good win over Stow which saw young batsman Tristan Henderson hit a blistering unbeaten 70.


Places Available for War Trip - A few places are still available for a special commemorative trip to the battlegrounds of the Somme. The trip particularly features on the massacre at Le Paradis which was a war crime committed by members of the 14th Company, SS Division Totenkopf, under the command of Fritz Knöchlein. It took place on 27th May, 1940, during the Battle of France, at a time when the British Expeditionary Force was attempting to retreat through the Pas-de-Calais region during the Battle of Dunkirk. Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Norfolk Regiment, had become isolated from their regiment. They occupied and defended a farmhouse against an attack by Waffen-SS forces in the village of Le Paradis. After running out of ammunition, the defenders surrendered to the German troops. The Germans led them across the road to a wall, and machine-gunned them. Ninety-seven British troops died. Two survived, with injuries, and hid until they were captured by German forces several days later. After the war, Fritz Knöchlein was located, tried and convicted by a war crimes court, with the two survivors acting as witnesses against him. For his part in the massacre, Knöchlein was executed in 1949. The trip is led by Dennis O'Callaghan (the son of one of the survivors), Nick Smith and John Head from Hethersett Parish Church. More details on the trip which will take place next May are available from John Head on 077697 02692.


Barn Dance - This year's annual barn dance organised by Hethersett Churches Together will take place in Hethersett Village Hall on Saturday 24th September from 7.30 pm until 11 pm. Once again music and calling for the dances will be provided by the Shinanikins band.


Clubberthon Event For Rehab Unit - Hethersett resident Emily Draper held a clubberthon event in Hethersett Village Hall on July 3rd  to raise money for the neuro rehab unit at the Colman Hospital in Norwich. Emily’s husband Paul spent four months in the unit after suffering a stroke in October, 2013. “My husband was just 37 when he suffered a brain haemorrhage/stroke. It came out of nowhere and our lives were changed in an instant. Paul is now in a wheelchair and has been left with weakness down his left hand side. When this happened, Paul couldn’t hold his head up or sit up in a wheelchair properly. He would slide down and on occasions fell out of the chair,” Emily said. Paul spent four months in Caroline House neuro rehabilitation specialist centre: “In his time there he learned to be the most independent in his wheelchair as he possibly could and also how to mentally come to terms with what had happened. They not only supported my husband, but also myself and our children in this extremely difficult time. “The Colman Hospital continued to support Paul as an outpatient for the last two years and as a result he has managed to achieve many things,” Emily added. Paul’s main goal was to walk Emily down the aisle on their wedding day. He just missed out on that but his determination to walk again continued and he can now manage small distances: “At one point we thought he would never be able to walk again. The Colman Hospital’s support has been invaluable for my husband’s recovery and we would love to be able to give something back,” Emily said. The clubberthon featured exercise to dub music in the dark with glow sticks.


Hethersett Library -  Children are being encouraged once again this year to take up the summer reading challenge. This year it is a Roald Dahl themed challenge and will be launched in the library on July 21st. Coming events at the library are: 




Thursday 7th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
  14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Friday 8th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme Time for Babies and Toddlers
Monday 11th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 13th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 14th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Monday 18th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 20th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 21st 14.00 Card Games afternoon
  14.30 Summer Reading Challenge Launch
Monday 25th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 27th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 28th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Friday 29th 11.30 Children's Craft Activity




Monday 1st 14.00 Book Group
Tuesday 2nd 09.45 Children's Centre Breast Feeding Support Group
Wednesday 3rd 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 4th 14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Friday 5th 11.30 Get crafty - children's summer holiday crafts
Monday 8th 14.00 Craft Group
  14.00 Parish Pop In
Tuesday 9th 09.45 Children's Centre Breast Feeding Support Group
Wednesday 10th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Friday 12th 11.30 Get crafty - children's summer holiday crafts
Monday 15th 14.00 Craft Group
Tuesday 16th 09.45 Children's Centre Breast Feeding Support Group
Thursday 18th 10.00 Family History for Families Event
  14.30 Roald Dahl Fun Afternoon for children
Monday 22nd 14.00 Craft Group
Tuesday 23rd 09.45 Children's Centre Breast Feeding Support Group
Wednesday 24th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Friday 26th 11.30 Get crafty - children's summer holiday crafts
Monday 29th   Library Closed - Summer Bank Holiday
Tuesday 30th 09.45 Children's Centre Breast Feeding Support Group
Wednesday 31st 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
  14.00 Family History Course (fully booked)

On Thursday 8th September at 4 p.m. the library will be holding a medal ceremony for its summer reading challenge.                                    

In addition to all the above, the library will continue its popular tablet and family history courses in September. More information on these is available and places can be booked on 01603 810188. The library is once again acting as a collection point  for equipment supplied by the Norfolk Bat Survey.  Details of how to take part, reserve your square and book the equipment is available on their website which can be accessed by clicking here. The library has a two for one DVD offer on Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm and DVDs/Blu-Rays/Box Sets and Music CDs are all free to reserve. The online sound and vision catalogue is available by clicking here. If you need general computer support an appointment can be booked with Bob the library's computer buddy who is available on Mondays from 10 am until noon. The Library has a Facebook page which is accessible by clicking here.    


Super Slimmer to Launch Class - Super slimmer Amy Dugan is launching a new Slimmers World class in Hethersett. Amy, who is 27, already organises Slimming World classes in New Buckenham and East Harling and will be starting in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club from Saturday, July 2nd at 8.30 am. Amy joined Slimming World in July 2014 following years of comfort eating after losing her two brothers in a house fire when she was 10. “I used food as a comfort, it was the only thing I found that didn't reject me and I could have control over. I would always feel so guilty and stupid for doing it and it wasn't until I joined my local Slimming World group where I realised that people didn't judge me for the size I was or how I looked that I finally realised I had to forgive myself for the mistakes I had made in the past and learn to love myself again”. Amy went on a sliming regime that saw her lose over 10 stone:  “My success really has been down to two things; the fun, flexible and generous eating plan where I can still enjoy all my favourites like Macaroni Cheese, roast dinners and chips just by changing the way I shop, cook and eat! But most of all my achievements have been due to the group support. Going through my journey with people who really understand and support you through the ups and down has been key for me in my success, developing my confidence and happiness and shown me how to love myself and life again”. Amy realised she wasn't happy with her day job anymore and opened up her own group as a Slimming World Consultant in New Buckenham in December and the group has been going from strength to strength “I could not be prouder of my members. Since taking on Buckenham and East Harling my members have lost a staggering 3,529 pounds! That's nearly 253 stone! The groups are still growing, welcoming more and more members through the door and having bundles of fun and laughs along the way. I am so honoured to be their consultant and watch them shrink in size but gain in confidence, happiness and so many other things. I never expected when I joined Slimming World that I would be making a career out of it, but as they say when you do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life!. When the opportunity in Hethersett came up so that I could support more people in achieving their dreams the way I’ve been given that chance, I jumped at it. I really feel the area has been crying out for a Saturday group to support members who would struggle to attend a group in the week due to work or childcare commitments, Amy said. We will have more on Amy's amazing story in the next edition of our Hethersett Herald e-magazine which is due out on July 1st.


Last Ever Village Games Finals - Hethersett and the Meltons will be entering  a team in the final Active Norfolk Village Games  at UEA Sportspark on July 10th. The competition is winding up after six years which saw Hethersett win four area titles and being crowned county champions in 2014. The village will be hoping to go out in a blaze of glory. To read about this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.