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Archive News June 2015

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in June 2015

Hethersett Councillor Named Chairman - Hethersett councillor David Bills has been named chairman of South Norfolk Council for the coming year. Mr Bills, who was re-elected to the council in May, took up his post following the council's annual meeting at the beginning of June. The role of the Chairman of the Council is to uphold the constitution and act as an ambassador for the Council and the community it serves. As an ambassador, the Chairman represents the Council at external events and hosts civic events. The post of chair is not a political appointment.

Open Gardens Update - A total of 19 Hethersett gardens will be open to the public on Sunday June 28th from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. Programmes for the day will be available from Hethersett Social Club with entry £3 per person (accompanied children free). There will be a demonstration of compost-making, a gardening for wildlife display and a plant sale at the social club and the day will also feature a raffle which will be drawn at the social club at 3.30 p.m. The gardens taking part will be marked by a scarecrow at their entrance. Proceeds from the day will be divided between the purchase of a World War One Commemorative Bench for the village and the Wymondham Nature Group which is a local branch of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. NEWS UPDATE - The event made an impressive £1,750.

For Meningitis Research - A quiz and chips evening in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation is being held in Hethersett Village Hall on July 18th (7 p.m for a 7.30 p.m start). Teams of four are required and the cost is £10 per person to include fish and chips (or vegetarian alternative). They can be booked by clicking here or by phoning Clare on 01362 850203


Road Closure - Henstead Road from its junction with Queen's Road and going back about 475 metres will be closed on June 30th and July 1st for road repairs.

Hethersett Open Weekend - This year's Hethersett Open Weekend will take place on July 4th and 5th. Saturday 4th will see a come and try free sport in the park event on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field and Sunday 5th will bring the annual two mile fun run to the village, starting at 11 a.m from Hethersett Junior School. The Run the Square entry form can by downloaded by clicking here. Entries cost £3 for adults and £1.50 for under-16s with a £1 supplement for entry on the day. All finishers will receive a medal. Completed entry forms can be sent to Hethersett Village Hall or Hethersett Library. Full details of how to enter are on the forms. The come and try event on the Saturday will run from 10 a.m until 4 p.m and feature numerous sports including archery, football, athletics, bowls, croquet, netball and many more. Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex will be open during the day for shuffleboard and strawberries.

Bike Trek to Support Charity - A brother and sister have biked from Norwich City Football Club's ground at Carrow Road to Ipswich Town's at Portman Road to raise money for Cancer Research UK. James Sherwood lives in Ullswater Drive, Hethersett. You can read more about this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Proud Day for Lauren - Lauren Mickleburgh, who is head of physical education at Hethersett Old Hall School, has taken part in the Mixed National Hockey Finals at Lee Valley Olympic Park, representing the Harleston Magpies club. You can read how she got on by accessing a clipping from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


Purple Patch for School - Hethersett Woodside Infants and Nursery School turned purple for a day to raise funds for the Nelson's Journey Purple Picnic Week fundraiser. Youngsters donned purple in a bid to highlight the charity's work supporting bereaved children in the area. Youngsters raised £500 for the charity.


Dragon Week in School - More than 200 youngsters in Hethersett have been roaring about their latest topic at school. Pupils at Hethersett Junior School have been learning about dragons and you can read more about this from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.

Quiz Time for Church Funds - A quiz night is being held in Hethersett Old Hall School barn at 7 p.m on Friday, 12th June, in aid of Hethersett Parish Church. Tables of eight will be taking part and there will be home cooked food. Tickets are £8 each and can be booked by telephoning Mollie Herron on 01953 607390 or Vic Redington on 01603 811136. The church has been taking a rest from fund-raising activities after reaching its target for roof repairs that have been carried out. Now money is being raised once again for general church funds. Also planned is a screening of the Frozen singalong DVD on July 11th at 4.30 p.m aimed at families and an antiques valuation evening on July 10th in Hethersett Jubilee Hall. Keys of Aylsham will be available to value items at £2.50 each or £5 for three items.

Fete and Dog Show - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club will be holding a summer fete and dog show on 27th June from midday until 3.30 p.m. in the youth club hall and grounds. The youth club is opening up this year's event by inviting local clubs, organisations and businesses to have a stall or pitch for £5 each: "We want to make it more of a community event and would like local groups to take stalls or help with a specific item," said organiser Gillian Saunders who can be contacted on 01953 607566. The fete will include stalls, tombolas, games and a fancy dress competition with the theme of a "Summer Garden." The dog show will include classes for prettiest bitch, handsomest hound, best puppy/young dog, best veteran, waggiest tail and judges' choice. The club is also looking for volunteers to help on Wednesday evenings either from 5.45 to 7.30 p.m or from 7.30 to 9.15 p.m. This involves selling tuck, making drinks and chatting with the youngsters.


Open Gardens Event Defies the Rain


A royal scarecrow sets the scene for open gardens day on the left and on the right  Dawn Noy relaxes in her colourful garden

Keen Hethersett gardeners defied the rain to open their properties to the public to help raise money for a World War One Commemorative bench in the village and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust local members group. A total of 21 gardens took part in the day organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). Heavy rain during the morning didn’t deter many villagers from setting off on foot to visit the gardens that were spread over a large area and included Woodcote Sheltered Housing Scheme and Woodisde Infant and Nursery School. Starting point for many was Hethersett Social Club where there were stalls run by HEAT, Wymondham Nature Group and the Norfolk Master Composters along with information on wildflowers, building insect houses and bird and bat boxes. The gardens varied greatly from those with carefully preserved and manicured lawns, to rose gardens and areas with a slightly wilder aspect in keeping with a current Wild Hethersett project aimed at attracting more wildlife. Each of the gardens had been carefully thought out to reflect the character of individual owners and this was reflected in the programmes issued to guide the public round. The garden at Woodside Infant and Nursery School has been put together by the Green Fingers Group, a community based project provided by the nursery team, Surestart and local gardener Pauline Harper. The children learn how to grow their own vegetables, flowers and fruit. They also harvest and compost in a wormery. The gardens were identified by scarecrows, many of which were made by leading Hethersett environmentalist and parish councillor Dr Anne Edwards who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list. The event was also featured on Radio Norfolk’s highly popular Treasure Quest programme with gardening expert Thordis Fridriksson following a number of clues that started out in Cromer and ended in the garden of Margaret Ford in Lynch Green, Hethersett, where the treasure was found attached to a Doctor Harvey Norfolk apple tree, a variety that was mentioned in Parkinson’s Herbal in 1629. Thordis Fridriksson praised the Hethersett gardens for their originality and beauty: “The best gardens look good even in the rain,” she said.


Sign Renovation is Complete


Out with the old and in with the new - The old sign on the left and the renovated sign on the right.

An historic Hethersett sign is back in place after a refurbishment programme that has seen it restored to its former glory. The “Please Drive Slowly” sign was moved from its position at the entrance to the village at the top of Great Melton Road into a central position on land  further down Great Melton Road. Many residents felt that the sign looked unsightly, being dirty and full or rust. Hethersett Parish Council decided to have it renovated and returned to its 1930s glory as befitting one of the few from that era still remaining on active service in the county. Enthusiasts Tony Langford and Nigel Ford set to work with funding from the parish council and the resplendently cleaned and painted sign is now back in its place as a reminder both of history and the need to take care when driving through the village.