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
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.
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.
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
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 Legacy - Government 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.