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Archive News June 2016

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in June 2016


Fun Run Entry Forms - As previously mentioned, this year's annual Hethersett Run the Square two mile funrun will take place on Sunday June 26th, starting from outside Hethersett Junior School at 11 a.m. As usual the run will be over a marshalled course of closed roads including Queen's Road, part of Great Melton Road, Mill Road, part of New Road and Old Norwich Road. Entrance is just £3 for adults and £1.50 for Under-16s and all finishers will receive a commemorative medal. Entry forms are available from Hethersett Library or can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. They will also be included in our next e-magazine which will be published on this site on June 1st.

Entry Form in pdf format

Entry Form in Word format

Flyer advertising the event



Hethersett Running Group - Hethersett Running Group is midway through its six week course leading up to the village fun run on June 26th. Over 30 local residents have been attending the sessions on Thursday evenings from 7 until 8 p.m on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field under the watchful eye of former Olympic runner Paul Evans. The sessions are sponsored by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association and continue for the next three Thursdays. “The beauty of the sessions is that everyone runs at his or her own pace. So there is plenty of time to join in over the next three weeks for people wanting to improve their general fitness,” said Peter Steward, Chair of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association.

Over 200 Take Part in Funrun


Two photographs from the funrun.  Runners at the start on the left and at the finish on the right

OVER 200 runners and walkers took part in the seventh annual Hethersett Funrun on Sunday, June 26th. Heavy early morning rain gave way to sunshine for the start of the event which saw 215 people aged from three to 73 at the start. The traditional course began and finished outside Hethersett Junior School and went via Queen's Road, Great Melton Road, Mill Road, New Road and Old Norwich Road. First back in a time of just over 11 minutes was Adam Lewis. The run was led off by members of Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club to mark the club's golden jubilee this year. Honorary starter was Hawks founder and secretary Mel Perkins MBE. A gallery of photographs from the funrun are available by clicking here. There will also be more photographs and a full report in the July edition of Hethersett Herald which will be available on July 1st.



Dementia Friendly Village


Hethersett has been recognised nationally as a dementia friendly community. The Hethersett Dementia Support Group was named South Norfolk Group of the Year for 2015 and has now been recognised by the national Alzheimer’s Society and been given permission to use the “working to become dementia friendly” symbol. “A dementia friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported and confident they can contribute to community life,” the Alzheimer’s Society states. The symbol can only be used by communities who have registered successfully with the process managed by the Alzheimer’s Society. Meanwhile Sir Edward Evans-Lombe has agreed to take up the post of patron of Hethersett Dementia Support Group. More on this story will appear in the July edition of Hethersett Herald.


Youth Club Fete






Two images from the Jubilee Youth Club Fete held on Saturday 25th June.

Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club defied regular showers to hold their annual fete and fun dog show at their headquarters in Back Lane. A bouncy castle, ice creams, splat the rat, hook a duck, tombola stall, bric a brac stall and many other games and attractions saw a good sized crowd both inside and outside the club. Dog classes included  prettiest bitch, handsomest hound, best youngster/puppy, best veteran, waggiest tale, best six legs, judges’ choice, best junior handler, most appealing eyes, best cross breed and best in show.

Clubberthon Event For Rehab Unit - Hethersett resident Emily Draper is holding a clubberthon event in Hethersett Village Hall on July 3rd from 7 until 8.30 pm to raise money for the neuro rehab unit at the Colman Hospital in Norwich. Emily’s husband Paul spent four months in the unit after suffering a stroke in October, 2013. “My husband was just 37 when he suffered a brain haemorrhage/stroke. It came out of nowhere and our lives were changed in an instant. Paul is now in a wheelchair and has been left with weakness down his left hand side. When this happened, Paul couldn’t hold his head up or sit up in a wheelchair properly. He would slide down and on occasions fell out of the chair,” Emily said. Paul spent four months in Caroline House neuro rehabilitation specialist centre: “In his time there he learned to be the most independent in his wheelchair as he possibly could and also how to mentally come to terms with what had happened. They not only supported my husband, but also myself and our children in this extremely difficult time. “The Colman Hospital continued to support Paul as an outpatient for the last two years and as a result he has managed to achieve many things,” Emily added. Paul’s main goal was to walk Emily down the aisle on their wedding day. He just missed out on that but his determination to walk again continued and he can now manage small distances: “At one point we thought he would never be able to walk again. The Colman Hospital’s support has been invaluable for my husband’s recovery and we would love to be able to give something back,” Emily said. The clubberthon features exercise to dub music in the dark with glow sticks.

Cricketers On The Up - Hethersett and Tas Valley beat Norfolk Alliance Division Two league leaders Vauxhall Mallards by five wickets to re-ignite their promotion push. Despite still being in fifth place in the league Valley are just six points off second promotion spot. This week the team visit Beccles in another must win game. Hethersett bowled Mallards out for just 105 and then knocked the runs off for the loss of five wickets with opener Ian Bryce (pictured opposite) hitting 64.


Footballers Celebrate - Hethersett Athletic Men's Saturday team held a presentation evening in Hethersett Social Club with Dan Folkard and James Rice winning player-of-the-year awards. The club's prestigious Lee Thompson Memorial Trophy for outstanding contribution to the club over the past season was shared between striker Danny Gray who has played over 200 games and scored over 200 goals for the club and retiring manager Paul Stone. Award winners are pictured opposite.

Tortoise Time - Scores of people turned out to a tortoise open day in Hethersett Village Hall. The event was hosted by the Norfolk Tortoise Club and owners were able to have their pets checked and also learn about tortoise health. There were also plenty of tortoises available as people increasingly turn to tortoises as pets. Giant and baby tortoises were on display and many took advantage of a micro-chipping service. The Norfolk Tortoise Club re-home between 60 and 80 tortoises a year. It has been running since 2002.

Hub Cafe Date - The next Hethersett Hub Cafe organised by the Hethersett Dementia Support Group will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday, 21st June from 10 am until midday. It was reported at the May committee meeting, chaired by Councillor David Bills, that numbers attending the monthly cafe are gradually rising and news of planned activities including a games morning and Queen's Birthday celebration was well received. A sub committee on community awareness is working towards more training for residents to become dementia friends. The group is also looking at ways to improve publicity and communications around the village to further facilitate a dementia friendly village. The group is still looking for a new treasurer and people interested in serving on the committee.


Youth Club Fete - Pictured opposite are youngsters from Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club who have made a colourful banner in support of their fete and dog show on June 25th from 12 to 3.30 pm. The event is the club’s major fundraiser of the year and will include stalls, tombola, refreshments and much more. The dog show will have a number of classes including: Prettiest Bitch, Handsomest Hound, Best Youngster under two years, Best Veteran over seven years, Waggiest Tail, Best Six Legs, Best Junior Handler, Most Appealing Eyes, The Dog or Bitch the judges would most like to take home and the Best in Show. The aim is to raise £1,200 to help with the running costs of the club as Trustee Gillian Saunders explained: “This is our major fund-raiser of the year and we cannot keep the club going without the money from this event. So please come and support us. £1200 is a lot of money for us to raise but if we have the help of everyone in the village, then it is possible.” 


Poetry Evening - An Evening of Illustrated Poetry and Pictures will be presented by Paul Binney at St Remigius Church on Friday, 30th September at 7pm. Paul will explore a variety of themes, both serious and humorous, from his widely appreciated book of poems 'Learning the Language', of which the poet Edward Storey wrote: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your collection, which is full of things to admire. The brevity of language allows space for what is not said; the art of suggestion.” There will be light refreshments and donations on the evening will be in aid of  St Remigius Church Funds.

Bells to Ring Out - The bells of St Remigius Church, Hethersett, will be ringing out on Friday, 3rd June as part of a United Kingdom music day. The Hethersett bells will be one of over 80 sets ringing out from church towers in cities, towns and villages and the public is being invited to see bellringing in action. An open practice will be held between 7 and 8 pm to show residents what is involved. There will also be an opportunity for people to put their names down to learn to ring.

Litter Pick - The next litter pick organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team will take place on Saturday, 4th June, starting at Hethersett Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Volunteers are welcome and equipment will be provided.


It's On The Cards - Hethersett Library is replacing its regular Thursday board games afternoon with card games. Considerable interest has been shown from people wanting to play cards and the library is trialing the idea on Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm. The first session attracted eight people and one enthusiast illustrated how to play Bridge. Events at the library for June are: 


Dates in the library for June are as follows:


Wednesday 1st 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
  14.00 Dogs Trust Children's Event
Thursday 2nd 14.00 Card Games afternoon
  14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Monday 6th 14.00 Book Group
Wednesday 8th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 9th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Friday 10th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme Time for Babies/Toddlers
Saturday 11th 11.00 Family History Internet (fully booked)
Monday 13th 14.00 Parish Council Pop In
  14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 15th 10.30 Adult colouring group
Thursday 16th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Monday 20th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 22nd 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 23rd 14.00 Card Games Afternoon
Monday 27th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 29th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 30th 14.00 Card Games afternoon


Last Ever Village Games Finals - Hethersett and the Meltons will be entering  a team in the final Active Norfolk Village Games  at UEA Sportspark on July 10th. The competition is winding up after six years which saw Hethersett win four area titles and being crowned county champions in 2014. The village will be hoping to go out in a blaze of glory. To read about this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.


Bins on Tuesday - Refuse collections throughout Hethersett will take place on Tuesdays from June 6th. South Norfolk will be reverting to a four day week (Tuesdays to Fridays) for collections. This will lead to a standardisation for the village with no changes following Bank Holidays. All households have been notified of the changes.

Queen's Head to Extend Hours - Hethersett Queen's Head is to extend its opening hours on two days in June to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. The venue was featured in a story in the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper and you can read a cutting by clicking here.

Coffee Drop Ins - Parents and Toddlers are being invited along to a regular coffee drop in morning in St Remigius Church from 10 a.m on the first Tuesday of every month. The next event will take place on June 7th.

Crafty Event in Church - Hethersett Parish Church will be hosting a craft fair on August 13th from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. The event is likely to include pottery, embroidery, jewellery, flower arrangements and much more and funds raised will go to the Roof Repair Fund. Tables cost £5 and are available to anyone who lives or works in the village, attends the church or has close family ties with Hethersett. There will be a series of demonstrations during the event. More information is available from Kate Wood on 01953 602051 or by e-mail by clicking here.

Messy Church - The next messy church event in St Remigius Church will take place from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, 18th June. The event is aimed at youngsters with their families and other dates for 2016 are September 24th and November 26th.

Parish Council Meetings for 2016 - Dates for Hethersett Parish Council meetings for the remainder of 2016 are as follows: The full council will meet in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m on the following dates -  June 6th, July 18th, September 19th, October 17th, November 21st and December 19th. Planning Committee meetings will be held at 7 p.m on all full council nights and also on the following dates - June 6th, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th.

Story of a Massacre - A remarkable war story will be re-told in Hethersett Parish Church on Friday, 28th October at 7 pm. The evening will feature the story of two soldiers from the Second Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment, one of whom came from Dereham, who survived the atrocity at Le Paradis. A powerpoint presentation will cover the events leading up to that fateful day, describing the events and how the perpetrators were tracked down. The event is free with donations going to church funds. Light refreshments will be served. The presentation will be given by Dennis O'Callaghan (the son of one of the survivors), Nick Smith and John Head from the parish church. Every two years the trio go to Le Paradis to attend their Remembrance Day. The event attracts considerable Media interest on both sides of the channel. The Le Paradis massacre was a war crime committed by members of the 14th Company, SS Division Totenkopf, under the command of Fritz Knöchlein. It took place on 27th May, 1940, during the Battle of France, at a time when the British Expeditionary Force was attempting to retreat through the Pas-de-Calais region during the Battle of Dunkirk. Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Norfolk Regiment, had become isolated from their regiment. They occupied and defended a farmhouse against an attack by Waffen-SS forces in the village of Le Paradis. After running out of ammunition, the defenders surrendered to the German troops. The Germans led them across the road to a wall, and machine-gunned them. Ninety-seven British troops died. Two survived, with injuries, and hid until they were captured by German forces several days later. After the war, Fritz Knöchlein was located, tried and convicted by a war crimes court, with the two survivors acting as witnesses against him. For his part in the massacre, Knöchlein was executed in 1949.

Hethersett Society Dates - Hethersett Society has set dates for its meetings through to July 2016. The group has also changed its meeting date from the first to the second Monday of the month. All meetings take place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall at 7.30 p.m. Coming dates are as follows:

June 13th Have Gavel Will Travel Martin Fox
July 11th Walter Dexter, Norfolk Artist Charlotte Paton


Garage Sale Date - The annual Hethersett village garage and car boot  sale will take place on June 12th from 9 a.m until 1 p.m. The event is once again being organised by The Friends of Hethersett Academy. Maps of the garages taking part will be on sale at Hethersett Village Hall and the car boot sale will take place in the Academy car park.


Town in Miniature - A new town has sprung up on the outskirts of Hethersett. But residents against large scale development in the area need not worry as this is a community in miniature aimed at young children. Tots Town is situated at the bottom of Station Lane and aims to provide a fun learning experience for babies and toddlers. Tots Town is the idea of Lindsay and Ian James and is already proving hugely popular despite only being opened for a few weeks. Tots Town gives youngsters the opportunity to experience life in a fun way that also helps them to learn. Youngsters can style hair, serve in a cafe, visit the doctors, work on a construction site, appear on stage and shop at a supermarket and much more. It gives them a unique insight into community life. Tots Town has its own web site with full details and this can be accessed by clicking here. We will have more photographs and a full interview with Lindsay and James in our next edition of Hethersett Herald which will be available from the beginning of July.



Super Slimmer to Launch Class - Super slimmer Amy Dugan is launching a new Slimmers World class in Hethersett. Amy, who is 27, already organises Slimming World classes in New Buckenham and East Harling and will be starting in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club from Saturday, July 2nd at 8.30 am. Amy joined Slimming World in July 2014 following years of comfort eating after losing her two brothers in a house fire when she was 10. “I used food as a comfort, it was the only thing I found that didn't reject me and I could have control over. I would always feel so guilty and stupid for doing it and it wasn't until I joined my local Slimming World group where I realised that people didn't judge me for the size I was or how I looked that I finally realised I had to forgive myself for the mistakes I had made in the past and learn to love myself again”. Amy went on a sliming regime that saw her lose over 10 stone:  “My success really has been down to two things; the fun, flexible and generous eating plan where I can still enjoy all my favourites like Macaroni Cheese, roast dinners and chips just by changing the way I shop, cook and eat! But most of all my achievements have been due to the group support. Going through my journey with people who really understand and support you through the ups and down has been key for me in my success, developing my confidence and happiness and shown me how to love myself and life again”. Amy realised she wasn't happy with her day job anymore and opened up her own group as a Slimming World Consultant in New Buckenham in December and the group has been going from strength to strength “I could not be prouder of my members. Since taking on Buckenham and East Harling my members have lost a staggering 3,529 pounds! That's nearly 253 stone! The groups are still growing, welcoming more and more members through the door and having bundles of fun and laughs along the way. I am so honoured to be their consultant and watch them shrink in size but gain in confidence, happiness and so many other things. I never expected when I joined Slimming World that I would be making a career out of it, but as they say when you do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life!. When the opportunity in Hethersett came up so that I could support more people in achieving their dreams the way I’ve been given that chance, I jumped at it. I really feel the area has been crying out for a Saturday group to support members who would struggle to attend a group in the week due to work or childcare commitments, Amy said. We will have more on Amy's amazing story in the next edition of our Hethersett Herald e-magazine which is due out on July 1st.

Mothers' Day - Rowan House Health and Wellbeing Hub in Queen's Road has developed a new partnership as part of its "Pregnancy and Parenthood" division. The first 1,000 days of a baby's life are essential for development: "Rowan House understands that this is a time where parents to be and new parents look for professional and specialist help for support and guidance.  We are therefore creating a team of expert professionals at the centre who offer a range of classes, workshops and one to one therapy session for families and their children," said business manager Rachel Pailes. The latest partnership is with ‘Own Your Birth’  led by Norfolk Midwife of the Year 2016 Emma Dufficy-Rope.  Emma is a practicing midwife who is also a Hypnobirthing practitioner  Hypnobirthing is increasingly being recognised as the way to achieve a calm and confident birth.  Emma has  been in business a year and to celebrate is holding a birthday party at Rowan House on Saturday 11th June from 1-3pm for past and present couples to reunite and share stories about how hypnobirthing has helped them. You can find out more about hypnobirthing by clicking here. "Rowan House is very excited to be working alongside Emma and Own Your Birth is a wonderful addition to the centre.  We are hoping to officially launch Pregnancy and Parenthood later this year," Rachel added.

Bereavement Group to Launch - A new group to help support the bereaved is being launched in Hethersett. Plans are being made to set-up the Heart of Hethersett Bereavement Group to support those who have lost loved ones. Initially the group will meet monthly at Woodcote Sheltered Housing Complex. The group is the idea of Sandi Grey who comes from Wymondham: “I was so grateful for all the kindness shown to me by others when my mother Nancy died that I want to organise a support group for people who have suffered bereavement,” Sandi said. Sandi’s idea for starting up in Hethersett follows her experiences with a similar group in Thetford and in memory of her mother who lived in Woodcote before her death. “I was asked to sit in on the Thetford group and I thought it was a wonderful idea and realised that there was nothing of that kind in Hethersett. When my mother died, myself and my sister needed support and now I would like to reach out to bereaved people of all ages, just so we can meet together and share memories and chat,” Sandi said. A date will shortly be set for the first meeting of the Heart of Hethersett group.“We would like to reach out to people of all ages, just to come along, have a cup of coffee and a chat with other people who have been bereaved. Some people who suffer bereavement feel that they have nobody to talk to and that’s where Heart of Hethersett will come in,” she added. Stephen Baxter, Manager of the Woodcote Sheltered Housing Complex, welcomed the idea: “At Woodcote we have close links with the community and we see ourselves as a place that the community can come to. We also encourage anything that can be beneficial to our residents and we are delighted to be part of Heart of Hethersett,” he said. We will have more details of the inaugural meeting as soon as we have them.

Garage Sale - Hundreds of people took to the streets of Hethersett on foot and in cars for the car boot and garage sale organised by the Friends of Hethersett Academy. We will have more details on the amount raised shortly.


Brexit Movie - With the vote on whether to stay in the European Union now just over a week away, Brexit the Movie is being shown in Hethersett Village Hall on Thursday 16th June at 11 a.m and Sunday 19th June at 7.30 pm. The 70 minute film outlines the case to leave the EU and is written and directed by Martin Durkin. The film will be shown throughout the country in the lead up to the vote. Admission is free but there will be a collection on behalf of the Balls to Cancer charity in memory of John Hudd (1954-2012) who died from prostate cancer.



Cricket Festival for Youngsters - Over 70 youngsters from eight South Norfolk schools took part in the annual Hethersett and Tas Valley Kwik Cricket festival at Flordon. Pupils from Aslacton Primary, Newton Flotman Primary, Tasburgh Preston Primary, Saxlingham Nethergate Primary, Shelton with Hardwick Primary and St Mary’s Junior, Long Stratton took part in the day-long event which was sponsored by Metal Frog Studios and Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association. Many were playing cricket for the first time. The event was organised by Sara Worley from Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club, assisted by junior club members from Long Stratton High School. “As a club one of our aims for the festival is to encourage as many boys and girls as possible to take up the sport. We hope that many of them continue to play cricket and we have a thriving junior section at Hethersett and Tas Valley, providing cricket for youngsters from seven,” said club chairman Peter Steward. Youngsters taking part were mixed together for the competition to give them the opportunity to make new friends from different schools. The eight teams were arranged into two groups of four for a morning round robin competition and then an afternoon knockout which eventually saw Pink team beat Grey team in the final. Technically it was the fourth year of the competition, although last year’s event had to be cancelled due to rain.  


Protected Status for King's Head - Hethersett King's Head Public House has been given protected status as a community asset. South Norfolk Council has approved an applications from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the building will be added to the council's community asset register for five years. In making its decision, South Norfolk has recognised the listed building of asset to the community due to the fact that it serves food and drink to the local and wider community, uses locally produced and fresh ingredients, welcomes dogs, organises a number of events and "is an asset in providing social well being and it is reasonable to believe that it will continue to do so over the next five years. Being included on the list means that a community group would be given the chance to bid for an asset if it is put up for sale by the owners.Assets of Community Value can include buildings or land which promote the social interests or well being of the area (e.g. cultural, recreational, shopping or sporting) or which have had such a use in the recent past - for example: libraries, community centres, pubs and shops.


Hethersett Library -  Children are being encouraged once again this year to take up the summer reading challenge. This year it is a Roald Dahl themed challenge and will be launched in the library on July 21st. Coming events at the library are: 




Thursday 16th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Monday 20th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 22nd 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 23rd 14.00 Card Games Afternoon
Monday 27th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 29th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 30th 14.00 Card Games afternoon




Monday 4th 14.00 Book Group
Wednesday 6th 10.30 Colouring Group
Thursday 7th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
  14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Friday 8th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme Time for Babies and Toddlers
Monday 11th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 13th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 14th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Monday 18th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 20th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 21st 14.00 Card Games afternoon
  14.30 Summer Reading Challenge Launch
Monday 25th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 27th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 28th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Friday 29th 11.30 Children's Craft Activity


In addition to all the above, the library will continue its popular tablet and family history courses in September. More information on these is available and places can be booked on 01603 810188. The library is once again acting as a collection point  for equipment supplied by the Norfolk Bat Survey.  Details of how to take part, reserve your square and book the equipment is available on their website which can be accessed by clicking here. The library has a two for one DVD offer on Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm and DVDs/Blu-Rays/Box Sets and Music CDs are all free to reserve. The online sound and vision catalogue is available by clicking here. If you need general computer support an appointment can be booked with Bob the library's computer buddy who is available on Mondays from 10 am until noon. The Library has a Facebook page which is accessible by clicking here.