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Archive News June 2013

Church Open Day - As part of the fundraising appeal for nave and roof repairs, St Remigius Church will be holding an open day on Saturday 22nd June from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. The timetable is still being finalised but there will be refreshments all day, a flower demonstration in the afternoon, the bell ringing chamber in the tower will be open and there will be activities for children along with a number of exhibitions and stalls. Meanwhile the next Messy Church event for children will take place on Saturday 8th June from 4 until 6 p.m. This is aimed at children of Year Six school age and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult and pre-bookings should be made with Brenda Palmer on 01603 812013 or via e-mail by clicking here.


Parish Council Newsletter - The latest village newsletter distributed by Hethersett Parish Council is now available on this site by clicking here.




Achievement Evening - Hethersett High School held its annual achievement evening at the school on June 25th. To see who won what click here. You can also read a cutting from the Norwich Evening News in our news cutting of the week section above.


Cricketers Back to Third - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club have dropped back to third place in the Norfolk Alliance Division Two after losing their local derby with Great Melton by 11 runs. Ironically the second team beat Great Melton by eight wickets to move off the bottom of Division Four. Hethersett lost their Lady Mary Plate semi-final on Sunday when they went down to Beccles by four wickets. Hethersett has become the first sports club in Norfolk to become part of the Mustard TV set-up. You can read about this by clicking here.


Bike Jumble Event - The first Hethersett Bike Jumble event is being held inside and outside Hethersett Village Hall from 10 a.m until 2 p.m on August 10th. Bikes and equipment will be on sale and there will be refreshments. Tables can be booked by contacting Martin Anderton on 07860 645 793.


Good Pitches Still Available - Hethersett is gearing up for its biggest weekend of the year when once again a whole host of events and attractions will be held in the village on July 6th and 7th. Full details are available by clicking here. In the meantime a reminder that a number of village roads including Queen's Road, Mill Road, part of New Road and Old Norwich Road will be closed from 10.45 until 11.45 a.m on Sunday July 7th for the annual Hethersett two mile funrun. Meanwhile car boot pitches are still available for the Sport in the Park/Village Fete event on Saturday 6th. These can be booked via the organiser Kathy Floyd who can be e-mailed by clicking here.


Anglian Singers in Concert - St Remigius Church will be the venue for a concert by the Anglian Singers on Saturday 15th June at 7.30 p.m. The choir will be conducted by Kate Trett and John Barham and guest accompanist will be Neil Ricketts. The programme will include Puccini's Messa Di Gloria and choral works from the 16th century to the present day. Tickets are priced at £7 and can be booked on 01362 820543 or 01603 810598.


Concert Fund-raiser - A concert by the Hellesdon and Sprowston Brass Band at St Remigius Church, organised by the church choir raised £620 for the church roof repair fund. There was a patriotic Last Night of the Proms style theme to the evening.


Improved Facilities - Improved audio and video facilities have been set-up in Hethersett Village Hall thanks to grants from Hethersett Parish Council and South Norfolk Council. The bodies provided £2,000 each to the total cost of £8,000. A projector system and screen has been installed in the main hall which can be connected to from laptops. The sound system has also been improved so that IPODs, MP3s and CD players can be connected to use the amplifier and loudspeakers within the hall. An induction loop system will help the hard of hearing and a conference type sound system can be used at meetings. It is also hoped to provide Wi-fi in the hall in the near future.


Garage Sale - This year's Hethersett Garage Sale (the ninth) organised by the Friends of Hethersett High School will take place on Sunday 22nd September from 9 a.m until 1 p.m. Further information is available and bookings can be made by contacting Karen Cole on 01603 811543.


Council Vacancy - A vacancy still exists on Hethersett Parish Council. Details of just what the role involves are available from parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915. To read a report fromm the latest council meeting which took place on May 20th click here.


Bumper Weekend - Hethersett's annual open weekend will be held on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July. This year's event will be a mix of the tried and tested alongside some new attractions. It all kicks off on Saturday morning with Sport in the Park and a Village Fete with car boot sale on the Memorial Playing Field from 11 a.m until 4 p.m (the car boot will run until approximately 1 p.m). There will be over 20 sports to come and try free of charge. Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway will be holding their annual charity cup competition from 4 p.m and this will be followed by evening entertainment with a licensed bar from 7.30 until 10.30 p.m. Sunday sees a multi denominational church service in Hethersett Social Club at 10 a.m followed by the ever popular two mile run the square funrun at 11 a.m. Throughout the day there will be a major ladies five-a-side football tournament on the Memorial Field. There will be a craft exhibition at Hethersett Library from midday until 3 p.m and a photographic competition will run throughout the weekend. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the Hethersett's Got Talent Show scheduled for July 5th has had to be cancelled. You can read more about all the events by clicking here. Entry forms for Run the Square and the photographic competition are available by clicking here.


Velo Club Set Up - Hethersett has a new cycling club. Hethersett Velo Club has been set-up by cycling enthusiast Martin "Bart" Anderton with the aim of making club cycling accessible for all: "We want riders of all abilities to experience the joys of riding in a group," he said. At present there is a main club ride of 30 to 35 miles on Sunday mornings from 8.30 a.m, a slower and shorter ride of between five and 10 miles on Monday evenings from 7.15 p.m and a more up tempo ride of between 20 and 25 miles on Tuesdays from 7.15 p.m. "The ethos of the club is about enjoyment, confidence and club spirit. The Hethersett Velo Club is designed to encourage people to partake in cycling and build their confidence to ride in a group. It's also a great way to workout and improve personal fitness," Martin added. The club has joined Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and has its own web site which can be viewed by clicking here.


Annual Horticultural Show - This year's Hethersett and District Horticultural Show will be held in Hethersett Village Hall on Saturday 7th September from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be special classes for non members and young people. To see more details visit the society's section of this web site by clicking here.


Ben is Top Apprentice - Former Hethersett High School pupil Ben Cooke has been crowned apprentice carpenter of the year. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking on the cutting below.


Hat-Trick of Wins - Hethersett are South Norfolk Village Games Champions for the third year in a row. Once again we took the honours in the Active Norfolk area finals at Framingham Earl on June 9th and now go forward to the county finals at UEA Sportspark on July 14th. It was a close run thing this year as we just pipped Diss by two points in the section for large villages and market towns. It is a remarkable achievement for a village of 6,000. We will have photos and a full report of the event shortly.


Village To Get Faster Broadband - Hethersett has been named amongst 29 Norfolk towns and villages to benefit from increased Broadband speeds in the near future. After years of arduous campaigning, negotiation and preparation, the first communities to benefit from Norfolk’s “Better Broadband” project have been announced and we are amongst them. To read this story from the Wymondham Mercury click here


Regulars Toast Popular Couple - Regulars at Hethersett King's Head Public House have raised almost £900 to send popular landlord and landlady Adrian Harvey and Sue Whitmore on a short break. The couple, who have managed the pub for four years, are planning to retire but will continue running the pub for a short while. A party at the pub was attended by dozens of villagers and included a presentation, a band and a hog roast. To read more about this visit our cuttings section.


Looking for Players and Help - Hethersett Athletic Football Club will be running 13 teams in the coming season, covering all ages from Under-7 to adult. The club's highly successful ladies team is also looking for players to add to its squad for its campaign in the Norfolk Premier Division. The club is also looking for a treasurer. Anyone interested in playing for the club or helping in any way should contact chairman Peter Steward on 01603 811052 or via e-mail by clicking here.


Cricketers on Top Again - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club climbed back to the top of the Norfolk Alliance Division Two at the weekend after a nail-biting one wicket victory over Downham A which sets up a mouth-watering local derby against Great Melton at Flordon this Saturday. Melton are currently in third place and also in with a strong chance of winning the division. It's a big weekend for Hethersett who take on Beccles at home on Sunday in the semi-finals of the Lady Mary Trophy knockout competition.


Students Off to South Africa - Students from Hethersett Old Hall School have been fundraising for the trip of a lifetime to South Africa. You can read about this story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by visiting our cuttings section by clicking here. Old Hall School has also been celebrating its 75th anniversary and our cuttings section also has coverage of this.


School Pledge - An experienced Head Teacher has been put in charge on a temporary basis at Hethersett High School following criticism from Ofsted who referred to the school as "inadequate." John Catton will act as consultant Head Teacher. You can read the full story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by visiting our cuttings section by clicking here. You can also read the story by clicking here.