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Archive News June 2014

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in June 2014

Champions Again - Hethersett are once again South Norfolk sporting champions  - for the fourth year in a row. Hethersett and the Meltons won the large villages/market towns section of the Active Norfolk South Norfolk Sports and go on to compete in the county finals at UEA Sportspark on July 13th. Once again the fierce but friendly rivalry between Hethersett and Diss was to the fore with the teams locked together on points at the end of the 11 sport competition at Long Stratton. A countback system also failed to separate the two teams and the competition was declared a tie with both going through to the county final. Last year saw Diss and Hethersett tie in the county final, only for the top prize to be awarded to Diss on countback. “It was another great day of family sport and we were delighted to win the South Norfolk event for the fourth year in a row. In the last three years we have been runners-up in the county competition and so will be looking to go one better this year,” said Village Sports Co-ordinator Peter Steward. Hethersett and the Meltons came top in a number of sports including archery, badminton, darts, table tennis and five-a-side football. Eleven sports were featured with many being divided into junior and senior competitions. The Hethersett team featured well over 50 competitors of all ages from eight to eighty. “It really is a competition for families and people of all ages. Our latest trophy will be on show, alongside many of the other trophies and awards gained by the village over the past 10 years in a new cabinet in Hethersett Library,” Peter Steward added. More photographs of the winners can be viewed by clicking here. A video featuring Hethersett team members is available by clicking here.


Cricketers Bow Out - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club bowed out of the Davidstow National Village Cup after being beaten by Cambridgeshire side Foxton in the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk area final. Hethersett scored a respectable 192 in their 40 overs but Foxton proved too strong, reaching their target for the loss of five wickets. Afterwards club chairman Tony Smith praised the club's efforts in its first season competing in the national tournament, referring to it as a "wonderful experience."

Public Toilet for Hethersett Library - A new public toilet is being installed in Hethersett Library, complete with baby changing facilities. It is likely that the building work, which started on June 2nd, will take about six weeks to complete. The library will be open as usual during that time. The library has also installed a cabinet which will feature awards won by the village over the past 10 years, along with displays from the Hethersett archives.

Messy Event Brings Families Together - Hethersett Messy Church celebrated its birthday in style with families getting together for an afternoon of crafts, fun and fellowship. You can read about the celebrations and view photographs of the event by clicking here.




Cricketers Reach Final - Hethersett and Tas Valley have reached the final of the Wensum Cup 20-20 competition after seeing off the challenge of Drayton in the semi-final. A comfortable 82 run victory set up a final at home to Eaton on 8th July (Flordon at 6 p.m.).

Car Boot Sale - Hethersett resident Paul Suggitt is organising a car boot sale on Sunday 20th July at Hethersett Village Hall. Pitches are available both inside the hall and in the car park The evnt will raise funds for the "On The Ball" testicular cancer charity. Pitches can be booked by contacting Paul via e mail by clicking here.

School Hours Re-think - There has been a change of heart on proposals to increase the school day at Hethersett Academy. Now there are plans to lengthen the school day by just 50 minutes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

Circus Theme at School Fete - Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School’s summer fayre took on a circus theme with clowns, stilt walkers and a fancy dress parade. A cloudy day failed to dull spirits as numerous games stalls and refreshment areas did a roaring trade in the annual event organised by the Friends of Woodside School. As well as the circus antics, there were performances from the Samba Band, Year Two recorder and singing group and Year One dancers. Acting Head Angela Jermy paid tribute to everyone for making the day a success: “The Friends of Woodside work extremely hard every year to raise funds to provide the children with many extras that the school would not otherwise be able to provide,” she said, adding that the group had covered the costs of Christmas visits at the end of 2013 with reception children going to Norwich Playhouse for a performance of “The Whale and the Snail” and Years One and Two visiting Norwich Puppet Theatre. “These visits lead to some exciting work in the classroom and played a huge part in encouraging the children to understand the skills of performance,” she added. In addition money raised by the Friends has provided new software for computers and bought art and craft material. The Friends Committee is looking for volunteers with a number of experienced members standing down at this year’s annual meeting in October.

Summer Solstice Festival Cancelled - After consultation with Norfolk Police and the environmental health executive at South Norfolk Council, the proposed summer solstice event scheduled for Hethersett Memorial Playing Field has been cancelled.

Summer Solstice Festival - Hethersett has its very own summer festival planned this year on the Memorial Playing Field. Summer Solstice will be aimed at all the family and will take place on Saturday 21st June. The charity event will feature something for everyone. A children's area will feature a bouncy castle, games and face painting. There will be a food court that includes a barbecue, African cuisine and a beer tent and live music throughout the day in various styles from reggae to folk, soul to rock. Any profits from the event will go to MacMillan Cancer Care and Star Throwers Cancer Support charities.

Messy Church - The next Messy Church event at St Remigiuse will take place from 4 until 6 p.m on Saturday 28th June. The theme for the event will be "Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand." It will include a picnic tea (outside if the weather is good, inside if bad). The event will also celebrate the 10th birthday of the messy church concept. Children and their families are welcome and more information is available from Tara Whiting on 01603 811037

Rock Choir Concert - A concert by the Wymondham Rock Choir will take place in St Remigius Church on Sunday, 6th July at 7.30 p.m as part of the village's Open Weekend of events which also include a come and try sports event on July 5th, Run the Square and an inter-denominational church service on July 6th. The Wymondham Rock Choir will be supported by Hethersett Academy Choir. Tickets for the concert are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and are available from Hethersett Library or by phone on 0790 480 2638. Further details of events and entry forms for run the square are available by clicking here.

Cycle Clubs Combine for the Evening -  Hethersett Hawks and Hethersett Velo Club got together for an evening of cycle speedway on the Memorial Park. The Velo Club was formed just over two years ago and now boasts over 170 members who are engaged in both serious and social road riding. Club Secretary Bart Anderson brought along 10 other members to try their hand at cycle speedway and they had a whale of a time and all admitted how scary it was and the safety fence was tested on occasions!  There was some cycle speedway heritage on view with two Velo Club members showing they had raced before - Colin Harvey rode for Norwich Stars at Hellesdon in the 1980s and Matt Hardy was a former Castle Donington and Leicester rider.  Also taking part were David Slater, brother to multi-Norfolk Champion Darren, and Sam Whiting, son of former Hawk Simon "Nitro" Whuting.  After a demo and practice a12-heat competition led to A, B and C Finals with Matt Hardy the best of the bunch. The evening ended with a 5-a-side relay race and a promise to come back next year.