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Archive News June 2012

Below are some of the stories that appeared on this site in June 2012

Hethersett Open Weekend

 

To read all the stories and a diary from the open weekend click here

To view a photographic gallery of the Open weekend click here.

 

Open Weekend Success - Hethersett's Open Weekend proved to be the most successful yet with a weekend full of fun and enjoyment. Events began on Friday with a 24 hour swimming marathon at Hethersett Junior School which went on until Saturday morning. It was started by former school swimming teacher Jo Hill and completed by paralympic swimmer Oliver Jones. Saturday saw the biggest sport in the park event ever with almost 30 come and try sports available and hundreds of people trying their hand at a variety of sports from bowls and croquet to korfball and dodgeball. Throughout the weekend there was a flower festival in St Remigius Church and on Saturday evening the Hellesdon and Sprowston Brass Band were in concert. Following an inter-denominational church service in Hethersett Social Club on Sunday came one of the highlights of the weekend with 280 people taking part in the run the square two mile funrun around closed roads in the village. This was followed by 26 teams taking part in a Ladies five-a-side tournament on the Memorial Field organised by Hethersett Athletic Football Club. To view photographs from the weekend visit our special gallery by clicking here and to read reports and an Open Weekend diary click here. The Open Weekend has been featured in the Norwich Evening News and you can view their story by clicking here. We have also set up a photo gallery of the weekend events which is available by clicking here. The flower festival and swimming marathon was also covered in the Norwich Evening News and can be viewed by clicking here. Full details of the ladies five-a-side are available on the football club web site. Just click here

 

Romantic Date Postponed - A Little Melton couple have postponed a romantic Silver Wedding anniversary event in order to see the Olympic flame when it visits Hethersett. To read about Julie and Tim Cooke's decision click here. You can read about this from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.

Flaming Time for Village - Hot on the heels of our Open Weekend will be  the visit to the village of the 2012 London Olympic Flame - The flame will be visiting the grounds of Hethersett High School on July 5th. The grounds will be open to the public from 5.30 a.m and members of the public are asked to be in place by 6 a.m. The flame will arrive in a two vehicle convoy at 6.20 a.m. It will then be securely walked through to where the general public will be congregated on the rear High School Field. Hethersett residents are being urged to walk or cycle to the venue to ease traffic congestion, Flags of competing nations will be given to the first 204 children of all ages who arrive. Please note that the flame will not be touring the village. We will be there to cover this once in a lifetime event. The visit of the flame has already gained considerable publicity in the Eastern Daily Press and you can view this by clicking here.

 

Going Wild - Again - Hethersett is going wild again thanks to the generosity of Waitrose Supermarket. The first print of the Wild About Hethersett book sold out within days of being printed. Now a donation from Waitrose at Wymondham has made a re-print of 150 copies possible. To read this story click here.
School Art - Hethersett High School held its annual exhibition of GCSE art entries. Under the direction of art teachers Alison Everett and Rosemary Tooke, students displayed their portfolios of work using a variety of media and techniques. You can read about this and view more photographs by clicking here. You can also read about this from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.
London to Paris On A Folding Bike - Mad keen Hethersett cyclist Martin "Bart" Anderton, who arranged this years inaugural 30/60 cycling event is preparing for his latest marathon challenge. On 14th July he will be attempting to cycle 280 miles from London to Paris in 24 hours on a folding Brompton bike. Bart will be raising money for the SCOPE charity and is seeking sponsors. To find out how you can sponsor him see the poster opposite. Click on it to enlarge it.

Hethersett Youngsters Feature at Norfolk Show - Youngsters from Hethersett Schools will be featured prominently at this year's Royal Norfolk Show on June 27th and 28th. Hethersett will celebrate its achievements and being recognised by the national London Olympics organising committee for our work in supporting this summer's games. A total of 120 children from Hethersett Junior School and 60 from Woodside Infants and Nursery School will take part in a special parade in the main ring. The special event will take place just before 3 p.m on Wednesday and at 2.25 p.m on Thursday. For photographs of Wednesday's parade click here The Eastern Daily Press web site also has extensive coverage. You can view this by clicking here.

Village Newsletter - An electronic copy of the Parish Council's Hethersett Newsletter is now available. The June 2012 edition contains the council's annual report along with articles on Green Village, the Wild About Hethersett Book, Blooming Hethersett, the Jubilee Youth Club and much more. To view the electronic version click here. To visit the Newsletter section click here.

Energy Savers - Hethersett High School was featured prominently in a special energy savers event at Norwich's John Innes Centre. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.

 

Faultless Display - A teenage driving school pupil showed previous students a clean set of wheels by becoming the first driver at her Hethersett school to pass without making a fault. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press click here.

 

Social Running Group to Continue - The village social running group set up jointly by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association is set to continue after its initial 10 week run. Such has been the success of the group with well over 30 runners of all ages and abilities turning up on a Thursday evening that a decision has been made to continue under the leadership of qualified athletics' coach Maria Alborough. The first session of the new group will take place this Thursday and continue every Thursday throughout the summer. New members are welcome - just meet at the Junior School at 7 p.m. Please note that access to the Junior School field this Thursday will be via Hethersett High School. The photograph on the right shows members of the group after Sunday's funrun.

It Takes The Bird - Firefighters came from over 20 miles away to rescue a pigeon trapped in a tree in Hethersett. To read about this from the Norwich Evening News click here.

Life in 100 Years Time - Young and old alike have been imagining what Hethersett will be like in 100 years time. To read this story from the Norwich Evening News click here.

Back to Work after Kidney Transplant - A teacher at Old Hall School, Hethersett, is back at work after having a successful kidney transplant. To read this story from the Norwich Evening News click here.

Mass Cycle Commute - A mass cycle commute from Wymondham to Norwich will pass Hethersett this summer as more people are encouraged to "get on their bikes." To read this story from the Norwich Evening News click here.

Hethersett Youngsters to Feature at Norfolk Show - Youngsters from Hethersett Schools will be featured prominently at this year's Royal Norfolk Show on June 27th and 28th. Hethersett will celebrate its achievements and being recognised by the national London Olympics organising committee for our work in supporting this summer's games. A total of 120 children from Hethersett Junior School and 60 from Woodside Infants and Nursery School will take part in a special parade in the main ring. The special event will take place just before 3 p.m on Wednesday and at 2.25 p.m on Thursday. We will bring you reports and photographs from the event.

 

Hethersett - One Piece in the County Jigsaw - Our village will be represented on a special jigsaw being put together by Active Norfolk in celebration of the Norfolk Village Games and the 2012 London Olympics. Local artist Marian Watt has designed and painted one piece of the jigsaw which represents the sporting achievements of the village and our part in the Norfolk Village games which saw us win the South Norfolk games last year and finish runners-up in the county finals. The completed jigsaw will be used to support various Active Norfolk events over the coming few months including the Norfolk Village Games Finals at the UEA Sportspark on July 15th. Marian (pictured right) has featured aspects of village life as well as sport in her original design. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News web site by clicking here.

Hotties Are Hot for Charity - The intriguingly named Hethersett Hotties have raised around £500 from the recent Race For Life. Eight ladies from Hethersett Surgery took part in the run and you can read how they continued through injury and tears by clicking here.

Art Group Exhibition - Hethersett's Painting for PleasureWednesday art group will be holding its latest exhibition in Hethersett Village Hall on 19th August. The event will include works of art for sale along with a blind auction for art and craftwork as well as craft and art stalls, refreshments and many other attractions. We will have more details on this shortly.

Village Celebrates Diamond Jubilee Despite the Rain - A few hundred people braved atrocious weather conditions to help celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a village fete on the Memorial Playing Field on Sunday 3rd June. There was entertainment for all the family from children's entertainer Charlie through to community singing led by Hethersett Pantomime Group that took older people back to the early days of the Queen's reign. To view an album of photographs of the day click here. To read a full report click here. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here.

 

Olympic Flame Visit - July 5th - We have received additional information on the visit to the village of the London 2012 Olympic Flame on July 5th. The flame will only visit the grounds of Hethersett High School, but the grounds will be open to the public from 5.30am. Members of the public are requested to be in place by 6.15 a.m. The flame will arrive in a two vehicle convoy at 6.30 a.m. It will then be securely walked through to where the general public will be congregated on the rear High School Field.  Hethersett residents are being urged to walk or cycle to the venue to ease traffic congestion, Flags of competing nations will be given to the first 204 children of all ages who arrive.   We will publish more information on the event as soon as we have it. Please note that the flame will not be touring the village.

 

Hethersett Players are presenting an evening with the musicals on September 27th, 28th and 29th. The players will be returning to their popular format of a variety evening with fish and chip supper.  It will be a journey through the world of musical theatre from the present day back to the classic shows with an evening of song and dance. Tickets are on sale from 19 June 2012 at a price of £10, which includes fish and chips. Tickets are available from Matt Ball at 15, Henstead Road or by telephone on 01603 810501 from 19th June.

Vital Win for Cricketers - Hethersett and Tas Valley returned to winning ways after a poor run of form. The club has struggled this year with injuries to key players. On Saturday they beat Hales and Loddon by six wickets with opener Nick Burrett scoring an excellent 106 as Hethersett passed Hales' score of 211-5 from their 46 overs.

Respect in Fashion - The Hethersett based Respect Yourself group has been busy fund-raising and raising awareness of its SMS service to young people with a number of fund-raising events and talks. A ladies fashion event in Norwich and a stall at the Hethersett village jubilee event raised just under £500 to help the group with its future plans and also its attempts to achieve charity status. “Ladies night was lots of fun with entertaining presentations from the ladies at Bravissimo and inspiring talks from Gill Bushnell from House of Colour and award winning portrait photographer Julia Holland. We are very grateful to everyone who braved the bad weather to support us,” said Respect Yourself’s Claire Anjos. Respect Yourself founder Claire Burke spoke to Hethersett Methodist Church’s Ladies Breakfast about the past, present and future. Respect Yourself sends daily “winks” aimed at helping young people aged between 13 and 25 to make informed life choices.

Youth Worker Needed - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club is looking for a new youth leader. Current leader Steve Rogers is leaving the post to train to become a teacher in London. “The club has grown considerably over the past 18 months under Steve’s leadership and this has included starting a group for those in Years Five and Six. We are looking for a replacement for Steve and somebody with enthusiasm to take the challenge on,” said club chair Gillian Saunders who can be contacted on 01593 607566 for further details. The club’s two youth groups meet on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m with Years Five and Six meeting from 6 to 8 p.m and 11 to 14 year olds meeting from 7 to 9 p.m 

Sporting Champions Again - Hethersett are South Norfolk sporting champions again. On Sunday we won the large villages/market towns section of the South Norfolk Village Games at Framingham Earl and now go forward for the second year running to the Norfolk finals at UEA Sports Park on July 15th. To see photos from the event and read more about our success click here

Simply Champion Day - Champion Paralympic swimmer Chris Holmes was guest of honour for a very special Olympic themed event at Hethersett Junior School. Accompanied by his Guide Dog Lottie, he spoke to the children at a school assembly about his experiences and sporting life and the power of sport as an inspiration. Afterwards he answered questions from representatives from each age group. On the same day he visited Cringleford Primary School and Sewell Park School in Norwich. Chris lost his sight at the age of 14 but by the age of 20 was a world record holder. He won a total of nine gold medals including six in the Barcelona games in 1992 and three more at the Atlanta games in 1996 and the Sydney games in 2000. Chris also broke 35 world records and was awarded the MBE for services to British sport after the Barcelona Olympics. He is currently director of paralympic integration for the London Olympics. “It was a great honour for us to have Chris at our school to meet the children. He is an inspirational sportsman, having won so many Olympic medals. Our children were really excited to have the opportunity to meet him as part of our build up to the Olympic and Paralympic games,” said Head Teacher Andy Whittle.

 

Library's 40th Anniversary Celebrations - Hethersett Library celebrated 40 years of lending out books and so much more with an open morning on June 9th. To read about this click here.. The story has also appeared in the Norwich Evening News. Read this by clicking here.

 

 

 

Funday Awards - Hethersett Athletic Football Club held its annual funday and presentation event for its youth teams at Hethersett Junior School on June 9th. To view photographs and read more about this click here.

 

Malawi Appeal - The Norwich-Dedza partnership is looking for old unwanted sports kit. On June 23rd a small group of staff and students from Easton College, including member of staff Jane Freeman who lives in Hethersett, are travelling to Dedza in Malawi to work with local communities. They want to take with them equipment and sports kit for the children and youth groups and are looking for donations of any unwanted sports kit along with photos of those who have donated. More information on the partnership is available on a web site which can be accessed by clicking here and Jane can be contacted via e-mail by clicking here

 

Two Arrested After Damage to Cars - Two men have been questioned by police and released on bail after a number of cars were damaged in the village in the early hours of Tuesday June 13th. To read this story from the Norwich Evening News click here

 

Housing Development -The Latest Update - A major article on the proposed new development for Hethersett has appeared in the Norwich Evening News. To read this click here.

 

Test Matches Cancelled - The proposed cycle speedway test match scheduled to take place between England and Poland at Hethersett on July 31st has been cancelled. The whole series between the two countries has been called off following a lack of commitment from the Polish contingent. "It is a massive disappointment for our club," said Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway secretary and founder Mel Perkins. 

 

Road Closures Announced -  A few roads in the village will be closed to traffic on Sunday 24th June for the third annual Run The Square funrun which is part of the Open Weekend celebrations. The following roads will be either closed or partially closed from 10.45 until 11.45 a.m - Queen's Road, Great Melton Road, Mill Road, New Road and Old Norwich Road (not the B1172). The closures are subject to a Temporary Road Closure order authorised by Norfolk County Council Highways Department. The organisers apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused and hope that many residents will either participate or watch the two mile fun run. Entry forms are still available to download in word format by clicking here and in pdf format by clicking here. Details of where to send them are on the forms. The funrun starts from outside Hethersett Junior School at 11 a.m and then goes along Queen's Road and Great Melton Road before turning left and going the length of Mill Road. It then turns left again along New Road and then onto the Old Norwich Road past the King's Head and Queen's Head, finishing at the Junior School

 

Low Crime Area - Hethersett is recognised as having a very low level of crime and being an ideal place to live. The Eastern Daily Press newspaper recently talked to the police officers responsible for policing our village. You can read the article by clicking here

Oliver's Posters - Hethersett athlete Oliver Armstrong, who has featured on this site on numerous occasions for his involvement in the London Olympic Games has been featured on a number of official posters for the event. To view these click here.

Preferred Housing Sites - Preferred housing sites for major developments in South Norfolk (including Hethersett) have been revealed. See a cutting from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here

From Elizabeth to Elizabeth - Music spanning 450 years of Kings and Queens from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II will be held in St Remigius Church at 7.30 p.m on July 14th to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Music from Handel, Beethoven, Purcell, Holst and Britten will mingle with the words of Shakespeare, Milton, Tennyson and Betjeman. The evening will feature Lance Pierson (actor), Belinda Yates (soprano) and Heather Chamberlain (piano). Tickets are £10 (concessions £8) and available on 01603 810273. To view a poster of the event click here

Swimming Marathon - People of all ages are preparing for a 24 hour swimathon in Hethersett Junior School as part of the village’s open weekend. The marathon effort will start at 8 a.m on Friday June 22nd and continue through to 8 a.m the following morning. The event will not only be part of the village’s pre-London Olympic celebrations but will also mark the 40th anniversary of the school pool. Fittingly the event will be started by Jo Hill, who was swimming teacher at the then Hethersett Middle School from the opening of the pool on 17th June, 1972 until her retirement in 1995. Children from the school will be swimming from the start until 3 p.m when the event will be open to the public for the final 17 hours, The event will be closed by Oliver Jones, who won a gold medal and set a new World Record for the 100 metres freestyle at the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games. Any money raised at the event will go to the Big C cancer charity.

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Herd Takes Up Residence - A herd of elephants has taken up residence in Hethersett Library. Local Bibliophiles have nothing to fear, however, as the animals, which are nestling amongst the books, owe more to Blue Peter than the wilds of Africa and India. The elephants have been made by the Hethersett Wednesday Arts and Crafts Group from old milk cartons and paper mache. Seventeen animals of various designs will be there throughout the month. Some have even been given names. For those wanting to try their hand at making their own elephant, there are special instructions put together by Tina Greenhalgh who runs the group, Jane Hobson who came up with the idea and Carol Towells who organised the exhibition. Local writer Bea Ewart, who is also a member of the group which meets in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Wednesdays from 10 a.m until noon, has produced two original poems to complement the animals. You can read about the elephants from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here. You can also click here to see more photographs

Power Cuts - Hethersett was hit by a series of power cuts on Tuesday June 5th. To read about this from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here