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The Following stories were featured on the site in March 2010

Community Planning Weekend - The Vision for Hethersett Community Planning Weekend took place in the village hall on 19th and 20th March. We were at both days and by clicking here you can read an article listing most of the points brought up over the two days. The report back meeting will take place at Hethersett High School at 7 p.m on Tuesday 23rd March. We have set-up a special section of this web site for information on the proposed new development. This is available by clicking here. Please contribute your views on one of the most emotive subjects to affect the village for many years. You can e-mail comments by clicking here and we will reproduce them on this site. Comments can also be left on our noticeboard. Just click on the link on the left.


Smear Campaign Against Parish Clerk - Hethersett Parish Council has hit back following a "scurrilous" attack on its staff over his salary. Posters placed around the village have claimed that Ian Weetman is paid over £25,000 a year for six hours' work a week. The claims have been dismissed by parish council chairman Fred Watkins as "absolute nonsense." To read the full story click here.


Encore, Encore - An evening of mellow music from the shows and pop music took place at Hethersett Methodist Church with a concert by the Wymondham based Encore choir. To read a review of the evening click here.


Going On A Bear Hunt - It is 20 years since the much loved children’s tale “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” was written by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Hethersett Library will be celebrating the landmark on April 8th with a morning of activities aimed at children between the ages of three and seven. Booking is essential for the event which runs from 10 to 11.30 a.m and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings can be made on 01603 810188. The library also has a special visitor at the moment in the shape of a donkey made as part of a Christmas 2009 tableau by Norfolk Sculptress Rachael Long from Wreningham and children from Hethersett Junior School. The donkey is made exclusively from natural materials.  

Spring Concert - Works by Schubert and Mozart will feature in Hethersett Singers’ spring concert which takes place in St Remigius Parish Church on 24th April. The evening will include Schubert’s Mass in G and Ave Maria and Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Laudate Dominum. There will also be other works by the two composers. The singers will be conducted by Neil Ricketts with Anthony Joule playing the organ and vocalists will include William Falconer (tenor) and June Harrison (soprano). Tickets are £7 (children 16 and under free) and are available from 01603 810194. They will also be on sale in Hethersett Library on Saturday 17th April and on the door on the night.

Title is Theirs - Hethersett Athletic Under-17 Girls are celebrating winning the Norfolk and Suffolk Under-17 Girls League. The club's Ladies Reserves team - the Hearts - need just a point from their final league match of the season to win the Norfolk League Division Two. For all the news on the football club visit their official web site at

Social Club Open Day -  Hethersett Social Club will be opening its doors to the public on Easter Saturday (April 3rd). The club’s Open House event will feature a number of attractions throughout the day aimed at showing off its facilities at its Queen’s Road headquarters. The morning will include music from Hethersett Junior School’s steel pans and the afternoon entertainment includes Wii games on a big screen. Radio Norwich will be present with its mega slide and other attractions for youngsters include a bouncy castle, bungy run and giant subbuteo. There will be a car boot sale from 11 a.m and pitches can be booked on 01603 811195. Meals will be available between noon and 2.30 p.m and there will be an evening barbecue and family disco from 8 p.m.


Going on a Bear Hunt -  It is 20 years since the much loved children’s tale “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” was written by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Hethersett Library will be celebrating the landmark on April 8th with a morning of activities aimed at children between the ages of three and seven. Booking is essential for the event which runs from 10 to 11.30 a.m and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings can be made on 01603 810188. The library also has a special visitor at the moment in the shape of a donkey made as part of a Christmas 2009 tableau by Norfolk Sculptress Rachael Long from Wreningham and children from Hethersett Junior School. The donkey is made exclusively from natural materials.


England Call Ups - Two young members of the Hethersett Hawks / Swinton & Co cycle-speedway club have been selected for the England U18 team to take on Wales in Newport (April 3) and Bristol (April 10).  This is a big achievement for the small village club.  To read the story click here.


Exciting End to the Season - Hethersett Athletic Football Club has another exciting end to the season coming up with the possibility of four trophies. The Ladies team reached their third consecutive Eastern Region League Cup final with a 1-0 semi-final victory over Braintree and will play Billericay in the final in May. The men's Saturday team will play Castle Acre Swifts in the final of the Crown Fire League Cup at Dereham FC on March 31st at 7.30 p.m. In addition the club's Ladies Hearts team and the Girls Under-17s look almost certain to win their respective leagues.


Parking Problems - We understand that, following complaints from residents, police will be taking a close look at parking in the village - particularly near junctions. This could result in fines being issued. The South Norfolk Action Panel recently set three priorities for action. These included "inconsiderate parking" in Hethersett along with reducing alcohol related problems across the area and supporting the speedwatch scheme that will see volunteers out with speed guns.


Easter Services Announced - Once again Hethersett and District Churches Together will be delivering Easter Cards throughout Hethersett and the Meltons over the next week or so. These detail church services over the holiday period from Palm Sunday on 28th March to Easter Day on 4th April. A list of local church services over this period is available in our What's On Section which you can view by clicking here


Joe's A Poet and Now He Knows It - 15-year-old Hethersett High School pupil Joe Cooper has had a poem published in a national anthology. Joe beat off tough competition to be just one of 29 young poets featured. To read about this click here


Wind Turbine - A new wind turbine to help youngsters with their education and also produce enough energy to power three homes for a year has been put in place at Hethersett High School. Read about this by clicking here. The school has also been raising funds to help relief work in Haiti. You can read about this by clicking here.


Learning From Football - Author Tom Palmer visited Hethersett Library as part of the Canary Reading Stars project. Using the appeal of football, Canary Reading Stars aims to encourage families to visit their local library and, through a series of fun football related activities, challenges them to give reading a try. To read the full story click here



Major New Section 1 - 2010 is building up to be a big year in the history of Hethersett and we will be following progress and the news as it happens. Firstly the village is planning a weekend of celebrations from July 23rd to 25th as part of the London Olympic 2012 build-up. The village is also bidding to have the Olympic torch pass through the village on its way to London in 2012.  We have a special section for all the news regarding the weekend and the bid. To visit this click here.


Major New Section 2 - The special Vision for Hethersett Community Planning Weekend takes place in the Village Hall on March 19th and 20th. We preview the event and will be reporting on this and all the news on future village development in a new section which is accessible by clicking here.


Head's Job for Sheila - Former Hethersett Junior School teacher Sheila Greenacre has been appointed headteacher of Wicklewood Primary School. After her stint as a senior teacher at Hethersett, Sheila was appointed deputy head at Costessey Junior.


Green Information Day - Hethersett Library was a font of information on green issues and energy saving at a special Saturday morning information day. Members of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) and the Energy Saving Trust were on hand to staff a display giving information on energy conservation. To read about this click here. 

A Quality Council - Hethersett Parish Council is a quality organisation – and it’s official. For the village council has been awarded Quality Parish Council status. “Parishioners can be assured that the parish council is operating in a professional and effective manner and has now positioned itself to take advantage of any future beneficial initiatives from either the district or county council in terms of service devolution or improvement,” said Hethersett parish clerk Ian Weetman. The Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme was launched in 2003 and lays down minimum standards needed to help cement a position as community leaders. “The award follows a great deal of preparatory work and a rigorous assessment,” Mr Weetman added.


Street Lighting Improvements - Hethersett Parish Council is considering extending street lighting in one of the major areas of the village. Following the installation of improved lighting on the main route through the village in Queen’s Road and Great Melton Road, it is now hoped to extend this into Mill Road over the next few months.


Please Report Potholes -  Hethersett residents are being encouraged to report any potholes caused by the appalling winter weather. The appeal appears in the latest copy of Hethersett Parish Council’s Newsletter which is distributed to homes throughout the village. The recent spells of inclement weather have produced a noticeable increase in the number of potholes in and around the village. The parish council would encourage residents to report both existing potholes and developing potholes to the appropriate authority,” the newsletter states. On trunk roads such as the A11 and A47 the “appropriate authority” is the Highways Agency on 08457 504030. Deep potholes in the village more than three inches in depth should be reported to Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8009. Shallower holes can be reported via the county council web site which is available by clicking here


Emergency Volunteers Needed -  Hethersett is still looking for volunteer emergency co-ordinators to help in a major emergency. “Whereas the effects of most emergencies can be efficiently dealt with by the professional emergency services using the resources normally available to them, there is always the possibility of a disaster of such large proportions that the resources of the emergency services would require additional assistance with local knowledge,” said Hethersett Parish Council clerk Ian Weetman. In the light of this the parish council is looking to set up a team of volunteer Community Emergency Co-ordinators who will work in partnership with the parish council and South Norfolk Council to put together an emergency plan according to the needs of the local community. Anybody interested in volunteering can contact Mr Weetman on 01603 810915.


Unhappy with the Bus Service? - Hethersett Parish Council is collating complaints about the bus service to and through the village. Writing in the latest edition of Hethersett Newsletter, a publication that is distributed throughout the village, parish clerk Ian Weetman acknowledges that there have been a number of complaints recently about the service. “The parish council has received a number of comments that the perception is that the bus service through the village has deteriorated recently, even taking into account the bad weather,” Mr Weetman said adding that residents experiencing problems with the service offered by First Bus should, in the first instance, contact the company. “If residents would also care to copy the detail of the complaint to the parish council, the council will collate the information with a view to meeting the bus company,” he said.


Superb Newspaper Coverage: Hethersett Athletic Football Club has received superb coverage in the Norwich Evening News in the Milton Lindsay column. The article ran across two pages. A pdf file can be viewed by clicking here. Cuttings of the article are available from here and here and the internet version of the article is available by clicking here.

Community Consultation Weekend - A village consultation process to discuss potential new development in the village which could see an additional 1,000 homes is being held on March 19th and 20th. Details of the weekend, which is open to everyone are available by clicking here. We will be attending both days and also the follow up meeting at Hethersett High School the following Tuesday. We will also be setting up a special section for news and views on any proposed development. This will include a section for public comment which can be sent by e-mailing by clicking here. A long article previously appeared in local newspapers discussing an additional 4,000 homes for the village. You can read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury newspaper by clicking here and see cuttings from this newspaper by clicking here and from the Eastern Daily Press by clicking here


Library Craft Event - One of the most successful events to be staged at Hethersett Library took the form of a craft morning where the public were able to try their hand at traditional crafts such as crocheting, knitting, lace-making, modelling and Meccano. Read about the event and the possibility of starting a regular craft group at the library by clicking here.


Footballers Do It Again - Hethersett Athletic's Saturday team have reached the final of the Crown Fire Central and South Norfolk Pease League Cup final for the second time. Following the initial 4-0 semi-final victory over Sporle, the club was ordered to replay the tie after fielding an ineligible player. Subsequently they had to switch the tie to Sporle with the Memorial Playing Field waterlogged. Hethersett came through once again winning 4-2 on penalties after the game had ended 1-1 after extra-time. It was a game full of incident and a full report appears on the club's official web site which is available by clicking here.


(n)ICE Won Hethersett - What do cricket clubs do to get away from the cold and snow of a bad British winter? In the case of Hethersett and Tas Valley they travel hundreds of miles to find even colder conditions. Find out about the club's victory in an ice cricket tournament in Estonia by clicking here.



Encore - An evening of classic songs and West End hits will be on the menu when local music group Encore appear at Hethersett Methodist Church on 27th March. The evening will reflect hits from the past and present West End shows and an eclectic mix of pop and film music and proceeds will go to one of the church’s chosen charities for 2010, the Matthew Rusike Children’s Home in Zimbabwe. The event starts at 7.30 p.m and tickets are £6, available on the door or from Encore’s secretary on 01953 604881.


Hawks Sponsorship Renewed - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club has secured another year's sponsorship from local Chartered Accountants, Swinton & Co. It is the sixth year that the accountants, based on Oak Square, Great.Melton Road, have supported the Club, recognising the tremendous success story of such a local club that makes its mark regionally, nationally and even abroad. "This is a big boost for the Club as it approaches its 45th season at the Memorial Playing Field this Spring,” said founder and current secretary Mel Perkins. Hethersett Hawks have their own web site which is available by clicking here. The club's season starts in March.