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Archive News March 2013

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in March 2013

Award Winning Village - Hethersett has won numerous awards over the past few years, illustrating that we are one of the most go-ahead and successful villages not only in Norfolk but in the whole of the UK. You can read about our awards in a new section by clicking here. An article on our awards appears as the second item in the March 15th edition of the Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper. You can listen to this by clicking here.

National Award For Hethersett




Hethersett has become the first village or town in the United Kingdom to win a top national award. We have been given a Prime Minister's Big Society Award to mark our village's outstanding work in the field of fitness, well being, health and creating an Olympic legacy. The award comes just three months after Hethersett was named Pride in Norfolk Community of the Year. You can read the full story behind the latest award by clicking here. You can read the story on the Number 10 web site by clicking here. Read the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper by clicking here and from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. Our photographs above show just a handful of the hundreds of village volunteers who have helped to achieve the award along with cuttings that have appeared in the local press. There is also a copy of a letter the village has received from our MP Richard Bacon.









Easter Procession - The annual Hethersett Easter cross procession this year began at the Parish Church and finished its journey at the Methodist Church with a special Good Friday service. The service in a packed church was led by Hethersett Methodist Minister The Rev Derek Grimshaw with readings from representatives of the Anglican, Methodist and Roman Catholic communities. The Meditation was led by Mrs Tina Greenhalgh and hot cross buns and refreshments were served after the service.

Elephants Galore - Elephants galore were seen  in the February 2013 half term at Hethersett Library. Both adults and children participated. Plastic milk bottles were changed magically into multicoloured elephants with the help of coloured tissue paper and napkins, sequins, buttons and many other decorative items. All of the items used were recycled, part of the ‘Make do and Mend week’. To read more from the library and to see more photographs from the elephant event click here.



Stories of the Teacher - Little Melton based author Alan Mann has published his biography of Norwich born rock musician Tony Sheridan who is best known for appearing in the 1960s as lead singer with a then little known group by the name of The Beatles. You can read about the book and find out how to order copies by clicking here.

Time for Tea - A number of people have contacted us over the past couple of months to extol the virtues of the Hethersett tea plantation and hotel in Sri Lanka. You can read about what they had to say in a special article which is available by clicking here


World Book Day Colour - Pupils from Hethersett Old Hall School have been featured on the front page of the Wymondham Mercury newspaper celebrating World Book Day. To read about this click on the cutting to enlarge it.

Ancient and Modern Combine - The ancient and the modern combined for an evening’s entertainment in Little Melton Parish Church. The 14th century church was the setting for a film of historic Norwich in the 1950s. The past gave way to the present, however, with the Little Melton Bake Off with local residents producing novelty cakes of all shapes and sizes including a teapot and tea cups and a crown in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. Proceeds from gifts, a raffle and the auction of cakes will go towards a Little Melton combined village and church fete on June 1st. A quiz night in Little Melton Village Hall raised over £500 for church funds and £131 from a raffle has been sent to the Wulugu project which promotes education in Northern Ghana. The Friends of Little Melton Church will be holding a car boot sale at Colney Hall on Bank Holiday Monday May 6th from 9 a.m until noon.

Bake Off for Comic Relief - The monthly mums coffee morning at Woodside School was turned into a bake off to raise money for comic relief. Pupils and staff donned red noses to serve coffee and cake following the judging of the cakes the previous day with Kerry Short coming top for her lollipop cakes. The coffee mornings are a regular  social event at the school on the last Friday of each month and are designed to give mums the chance to have a chat and also to bring the school close to the community - something it achieves very successfully. Everything on the special additional coffee morning went very quickly - in fact you could say it sold like hot cakes! News Update: The coffee and cakes raised £125.30 and the donations from children wearing red for the day made £341.19 - making a grand total for Comic Relief of £341.19.

Youngsters Go Green - Green minded children at Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School have been awarded an Eco School Green Flag. You can read about this from the Norwich Evening News by clicking on the cutting opposite


Respect for Easter Fair - The Hethersett based Respect Yourself group will be holding an Easter Fair on March 30th in Hethersett Village Hall form 10.30a.m until 1 p.m. This follows the success of last year's event. It's a free entry and there will be a wide variety of stalls, games and competitions. It is also hoped to hold an Easter egg tombola and the group would be grateful for donations of cakes for sale. You can view a poster of the event by clicking here. Two people from the group, which helps young people to make vital life decisions by sending them daily text messages, will be taking part in the Hethersett 30/60 cycle ride on March 24th. Selmi Anjos and Tara Whiting are both looking for sponsorship. For further information on any of the above or to donate prizes, cakes or sponsorship contact fundraiser Claire Anjos by clicking here or secretary Bobby Dowling on 077147 60032. Respect Yourself has also been working with pupils at Long Stratton High School after being given a £1,600 grant from South Norfolk Council. In addition you can pick the group to receive money from Waitrose Supermarket at Wymondham under their community matters scheme. Respect Yourself is one of three groups to feature at the Wymondham branch of Waitrose during March. Customers can vote for the group by using the green tokens given out at the check out.


Respect for Easter Fair - The Hethersett based Respect Yourself group held an Easter Fair in Hethersett Village Hall and raised an impressive £548.09p: "We are extremely pleased with the response," said group secretary Bobby Dowling. The event featured a wide variety of stalls, refreshments and competitions. Two people from the group, which helps young people to make vital life decisions by sending them daily text messages, will be taking part in the Hethersett 30/60 cycle ride on April 14th. Selmi Anjos and Tara Whiting are both looking for sponsorship. To sponsor them please contact Claire Anjos by clicking here or  Bobby Dowling on 077147 60032. Respect Yourself has also been working with pupils at Long Stratton High School after being given a £1,600 grant from South Norfolk Council. 


New Attractions for open Weekend - A mixture of old favourites and new ideas will feature in this year's Hethersett Open Weekend which will take place from July 5th to 7th. Old favourites such as sport in the park, Hethersett's Got Talent and the two mile funrun will be joined by a photographic competition and craft event. To see what is happening and when click here.


30/60 Cycle Ride Called Off - Hethersett’s 30/60 mile cycle event was postponed on March 24th due to the icy conditions and will now take place on Sunday, April 14th. Organiser Martin "Bart" Anderton contacted the 500 cyclists taking part to inform them of the decision which was taken on safety grounds. “It was not a decision we took lightly. However our prime concern was the safety of the riders, marshals, suppliers and everyone concerned with the event,” Bart said. To find out more about the event visit the dedicated web site by clicking here.


Rose Planters Defy Blizzards - Hardy members of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) braved the snow and blizzard like conditions to plant roses in the grounds of Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club. HEAT were delighted to receive £500-worth of bare rooted roses in a Twitter competition run by Peter Beales’ Roses of Attleborough. Despite the sub zero temperatures a selection of ramblers and climbers were put in place to brighten up the area. “The roses will not only brighten up a rather plain fence but will also be attractive to bees and other insects,” said leading Hethersett Environmentalist Dr Anne Edwards. Gillian Saunders and Angela Eden from the Jubilee Hall Committee said they were looking forward to “a wonderful floral and fragrant display in the summer” particularly as the hall will be the focal point for this year’s village Open Gardens event on July 14th.


Easter Refuse Collection - There will be a number of changes to refuse collections over the coming Easter period. Revised dates are as follows (these include other Bank Holidays). Dates in green are for re-cycling collections

Usual Collection Day Revised Collection Day Change
Monday 25 March Monday 25 March No Change
Tuesday 26 March Tuesday 26 March No Change
Wednesday 27 March Wednesday 27 March No Change
Thursday 28 March Thursday 28 March No Change
Friday 29 March Saturday 30 March 1 Day Late
Monday 1 April Tuesday 2 April 1 Day Late
Tuesday 2 April Wednesday 3 April 1 Day Late
Wednesday 3 April Thursday 4 April 1 Day Late
Thursday 4 April Friday 5 April 1 Day Late
Friday 5 April Saturday 6 April 1 Day Late
May 6th All Collections 1 Day Late
May 27th All Collections 1 Day Late
April 5th All Collections 1 Day Late



Pavilion Improvements - A number of village groups are working together to improve and extend the pavilion facilities on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust, Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association and Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee are working alongside Norfolk County Council, South Norfolk Council, Sport England and other bodies to greatly improve the existing facilities. Plans will include additional sports changing facilities, toilets accessible from the outside, a new kitchen and improved shower facilities and improved access for the disabled. We will keep you updated on progress.


Time for Flowers - The Hope and Homes for Children charity will be selling Mothering Sunday posies outside Hethersett Methodist Church on May 11th from 9 a.m until midday. The charity's annual plant sale will take place outside the church on May 11th.


Soap Actor's Story of Drug and Alcohol Addiction - A former soap actor has praised the work of Norfolk's budding health professionals as he visited a Hethersett drama group to share his story of drug and alcohol addiction. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.


Hunt for New Rector Gathers Pace - The search for a new rector of Hethersett and the Meltons is moving towards a conclusion with the post being advertised on the Norwich Diocesan web site which can be viewed by clicking here. Closing date for applications is April 3rd with interviews taking place on April 24th. A village profile has been put together to help applicants. Even if an appointment is made towards the end of April it is likely to be the summer before a new incumbent will be in place.


A Sporting Line-Up - A number of greatly contrasting sports will be featured in the village's annual come and try evening which this year will take place from 6 until 9 p.m on Wednesday May 22nd. Sports already confirmed are archery, football, rounders, cricket, cycle speedway, handball, petanque and athletics. One or two more may be added. This will be a totally free event organised and sponsored jointly by Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and Active Norfolk. Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association has been awarded a grant of £3,800 to help set up new and support existing sports groups in the villages. The money comes from South Norfolk Council's Northern River Valleys Neighbourhood Board. New running groups and a table tennis club have already been set-up. Groups for rounders and tennis will follow in the Spring.


Easter Services - Once again this year Hethersett and District Churches Together will be distributing Easter Cards throughout Hethersett and the Meltons. These give details of church services throughout the Easter period. You can see details of services in our what's on section by clicking here. Help is needed with bundling the cards. So if you have an hour to spare on March 9th you can help by just turning up at the Methodist Church Hall at 10 a.m.


Hawks Prepare - Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co Cycle Speedway Club will be holding a pre-season fours event on the Memorial Playing Field at 2 p.m on March 17th. The club held its annual meeting and formally re-elected all officers and appointed Ian Grange as club coach. Regular club nights start on April 2nd at 6.30 p.m and run until October. The club will be purchasing a new public address system through a grant from South Norfolk Council. This will also be made available to other village groups.



Sporting LegacyGovernment cash is being sought in order to keep the 2012 Olympic Legacy alive in Norfolk. Hethersett is featured for its legacy work in a story about fitness in the Eastern Daily Press newspaper. You can read this by clicking on the cutting above. You can also read the story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Open Gardens Update - Plans for Hethersett's Open Gardens  event on Sunday July 14th are gathering pace. If you would like to take part please let Heather Williamson (812001) know as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The deadline for submitting a garden is Friday, June 14th. The gardens will be open from 10 am to 5 pm and visitors will be charged £3 each with proceeds going to Hedgehog Rescue and Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS). Maps, tickets, plants, refreshments, facilities and all the excitement of tombola will be available from the Jubilee Hall on Back Lane. Clearing out unwanted Christmas gifts? Potting out some surplus seedlings? How about donating them to the cause? Contact Jacky Sutton (811170) if you can help out.



Community Shelter Consultation - Hethersett Memorial Playing Field is looking to set-up a community shelter for use by all ages. A number of designs are being considered with the cost of the shelter being met from a variety of grants. The Playing Field Trustees are looking for comments on the most suitable structure and are particularly interested in hearing from young people. At the top of this article are examples of the shelters being considered. If you have a preference please let us know by


High Notes Number Eight - The latest edition of the Hethersett High School Newsletter High Notes is now available and can be viewed by clicking here.