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The following are some of the stories covered in June 2007




June 2007


Service of Thanksgiving Marks Re-opening of Parish Church

A special songs of praise and service of thanksgiving was organised by Hethersett and District Churches Together to mark the re-opening of St Remigius Church after the completion of phase one of the renovation work. The service was preceded by a procession from Oak Square led by the Salvation Army Band. For the full story click here.


Weather Stays Fair for Woodside Summer Fete

The rain held off as Woodside First School held its final summer fete before becoming an infants' school in September. The event was organised by the Friends of Woodside and a report and more photographs are available by clicking here.

Hethersett in Bloom Results


The judging has taken place in the annual Hethersett in Bloom competition. To read about the event and find out who won what click here.


New Chair for Hethersett Parish Council

Charlotte Land is the new chair of Hethersett Parish Council, replacing George Beckford who has stepped down. To see who is on the new council and read Charlotte's aims for the future and a tribute to George's outstanding contribution to village life click here.

Playgroup to celebrate 40 years in existence


Hethersett Ducklings pre-school playgroup is 40 years old this year and the group are trying to track down former pupils and helpers for a special celebration party in July. To read all about it click here.


Parking Problems, Graffiti and Vandalism

Parking on verges and footways, graffiti and vandalism and dog litter are some of the main concerns of Hethersett Parish Council. In its latest newsletter, which is distributed throughout the village, residents are asked to keep footways and verges clear when parking in the village. “Whilst most residents do park responsibly, there are a few areas in the village where this is not the case. Residents are reminded that should any damage be caused by parking on verges or footways they may find themselves responsible for the cost of making good or reconstituting that area,” the newsletter states. It also appeals for residents to report to the police any incidents of graffiti or vandalism they see in the village. “It is the council tax payers of Hethersett who pay to have graffiti removed and vandalised items replaced,” it states. The council is also concerned at the number of incidents of dog litter being placed in litter and grit bins in the village rather than the dog bins provided.


Hethersett Singer's International Success (special feature)

Top British soprano Elizabeth Watts, who comes from Hethersett, has set the classical music world alight. Liz represented England in a world singing competition in Cardiff. Over 1,000 people applied for the 25 places available in the contest. Liz won her heat and was narrowly beaten in the final. Along the way she picked up a prestigious song prize. To read about her stunning success along with interviews click here.  Also read comments on Liz success by clicking here. Messages of congratulations can be left on the noticeboard and these will be passed on to Liz

Serious Injury Mars Hawks Match

A busy week of racing for Hethersett Hawks Swinton and Co was marred by a serious injury to popular 12-year-old Tiffany Collins. Making a rare first-team appearance at Somersham she had passed a senior opponent in style before slipping off on the last corner.  A visit to hospital has revealed a double fracture of the left leg just above the ankle and a need for an operation.  For news and details of the Hawks season click here.


It's On the Cards for Chris

Hethersett cribbage player Chris Sapsford (on the right of the photograph) proudly shows off the Wymondham Cribbage League knockout pairs trophy she won with partner Roz Rayner at the finals evening that was held in Hethersett Social Club. Roz and Chris were representing Mulbarton Social Club and had to battle their way through five rounds to take the title. To read about their victory click here.


Cricketers Lead The Way


Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club's season goes from strength to strength with both the first and second team recording six straight wins in their respective divisions of the Norfolk League. The first team's 100 per cent league record has taken them to top of Division Two and the Seconds lead Division Seven. In addition the third team have also hit a winning streak that has taken them into third place in Division 10. For full reports and scorecards click here. News Update - The Firsts made it seven out of seven by beating Rollesby.


Visit By Overseas Teachers



Sixteen teachers from Italy, Sweden, Spain and Romania visited Hethersett at the end of May to take part in an EEC funded Comenius Project. They spent a week with Hethersett Middle School. To read about the visit click here.


Church to Re-open

St Remigius Church, Hethersett, will officially re-open with a service of celebration on Sunday, June 24th. The building has been shut since shortly after Christmas for renovation work which is almost complete. The afternoon of celebration will start with a procession from Oak Square to the church at 2.30 p.m with people being asked to gather at 2.15 p.m. The procession will be led by the Salvation Army Band and will also include the Archdeacon of Norfolk, the Venerable David Hayden, along with local uniformed brigades, the choir and members of the clergy. The procession will be followed by a service of celebration at 3 p.m, and then by tea and cakes. The extensive renovations to the church building have included new ramps to improve wheelchair access and the introduction of new lighting and heating. Since the closure of the building, church services have been held at a number of venues in the village including Old Hall School and Hethersett Middle School.

More Success for Hethersett Players


Hethersett Players stretched themselves to the limit with an excellent production of the Marvin Hamlisch/Carole Bayer-Sager/Neil Simon musical comedy They're Playing Our Song in the village hall. To read a review of the production click here.


Peruvian Trek in Memory of Janet


On the left Ralph and Janet Cross and on the right Simon who will be undertaking a gruelling trek to raise money for research into MS


Former Hethersett resident Simon Cross is undertaking a gruelling trek in September to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Simon's mother Janet died last November after suffering from MS for over eight years. Simon's dad Ralph still lives in the village. To read about Simon's Inca trail click here.  News update: A barbecue at Ralph's home in Henstead Road raised  £1,400 towards Simon's target.


Service of Testimony for Derek

Hethersett Methodist Minister, the Rev Derek Grimshaw, took part in a special ordinands’ testimony service at Wymondham Methodist Church ahead of his official ordination in Blackpool and Southport on 8th July. Rev Grimshaw, who is serving his probationary period, gave a special testimony on his journey of faith and the people who had helped him on it. A special Ordinands’ sermon was preached by The Rev Dr Martyn Atkins who next year will be President of the Methodist Conference. The service also included hymns chosen by Rev Grimshaw and the other Ordinand, Sarah Hamilton, who comes from the USA but has been working in the Norwich Circuit of the Methodist Church for two years. She will shortly be returning to America to take up a post in Missouri.

Forncett Festival


A major festival is being held in the Forncetts at the end of June. Hethersett on the Web is helping to promote the festival with a special section. To view information click here.


Julianna Reaches Her Target

17 year old Julianna Ball has been raising money for her trip to help handicapped children in Uganda. We are delighted to report that Julianna has now raised the necessary amount. To read an update on this story click here.

Plant Sale

A plant sale outside Hethersett Methodist Church raised £160 for the Hope and Homes for Children charity. The amount raised also included a number of donations. Hope and Homes for Children was founded in 1994 in response to the suffering of children in the Balkans. Today the charity works in conjunction with overseas partners to provide families and homes for orphaned or abandoned children in 14 European and African countries including Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Romania and the Ukraine. 

Middle School Fete


The weather stayed fair for Hethersett Middle School's annual spring fete which took place on May 12th. For a report and photographs of the event click here.

Annual Garage Sale


The Friends of Hethersett High School will be holding their fourth annual garage sale on Sunday 24th June from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Participants in the sale are being given the choice of opening their own garage or using their front garden, taking a car boot pitch at the Village Hall or taking a table-top inside the Village Hall. The cost of each pitch is £5 and entry forms are being distributed throughout the village. Further information on the event is available from Karen on 01603 811543 or Clare on 01508 570179


Residents Evacuated


Hethersett residents had to be temporarily evacuated in June after reports of two gas leaks on consecutive days on the outskirts of the village. The leaks occurred in a pipe outside a car dealership near Ketts Oak, on the B1172 Hethersett to Wymondham Road, where police and fire officers had to evacuate eight people from homes nearby. The National Grid was called after a smell of gas was first reported and a team of engineers worked overnight to locate the leaking pipe. The National Grid UK contacted Norfolk Police to request that closure of the stretch of highway between New Road, Hethersett, and Tuttles Lane roundabout at Wymondham to enable repairs to be carried out. 


Heat is on for an Evening Clear-Up


Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) turned their minds to an early evening stint on 6th June with their latest litter pick in the village.The next meeting of HEAT will take place on Wednesday 13th June at the Methodist Church Hall. Meanwhile the group is also gearing up to support two important environmental dates in the village. The judging of the annual Hethersett in Bloom competition takes place on Sunday 16th June and the village open gardens Sunday is on 1st July from 2 to 6 p.m. Admission to the open gardens is £2 for adults with children free. Proceeds from the event will go to local charities. Tickets are available in advance from Hethersett Library and the village charity shop. Tickets will be available on the day from the Village Hall car park or from individual gardens which will be marked by a scarecrow sign.


Going For Gold

Hethersett will be going for gold this year in the Anglia in Bloom competition, having been awarded a silver medal last year. Parish Council chairman George Beckford joined Head Teacher Helen Lamb and children from Woodside First School to plant a tree in the school's grounds. For full story and photographs click here.



Cancer Charity Event


Help Cancer Research UK turn Hope into Cure is the message as cancer survivors from across Norfolk prepare to lead an all night festival of hope and remembrance in a united effort to find cures for the disease. Anne Cathersides from Hethersett is chair of Cancer Research UK's Relay for Life and tells us all about the event. To read about this click here.


Clubs and Societies Day

The public will learn more about voluntary groups in Hethersett when the parish holds another clubs and societies day in September. The last such event was held three years ago and proved extremely popular. Due to space availability the event, which will be held in the Village Hall and run from 11 a.m to 4 p.m on Saturday 29th September, will be restricted to 36 non profit making organisations from the village. Spaces will be booked on a first come first served basis and groups wishing to take part should contact parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 811490.

Reminisce Here


We are always looking for memories of the village and its people. So if you would like to be featured in a new section being built, please contact the editor by phone on 01603 811052 or by leaving an e-mail by clicking here. We are hoping to introduce a number of sections for memories and would be particularly interested in hearing from anybody with memories of the Methodist Church or its people for a project being organised by our sister site which can be viewed by clicking here. A new section of this site for reminiscences has been set-up and this can be viewed by clicking here.

Coming Events

Want to know what's going on in the village. Then go to our What's On section which you can access by clicking here.


New Groups Added


Over the coming months we will be featuring more and more of the village groups and organisations. You can now read the monthly reports from Hethersett Horticultural Society by clicking here and the Women's Institute by clicking here. Don't worry if you missed any of the stories or information as we have set up a news archive which can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link below. 


We are in the process of setting up a new community section of Hethersett on the Web where various groups from the village will have their own presence. The first to be set-up will be Woodside First School. If you wish to have your group or organisation represented in this section just contact me via e-mail by clicking here. You can go to the community section by clicking here.