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Archive News March 2007



Woodside School's Outstanding Report


Woodside First School has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted Inspectors. Full details about the latest report on the school and comments from Head Teacher Helen Lamb are available by clicking here.


Going For Gold

Hethersett will be going for gold this year in the Anglia in Bloom competition, having been awarded a silver medal last year. Parish Council chairman George Beckford joined Head Teacher Helen Lamb and children from Woodside First School to plant a tree in the school's grounds. For full story and photographs click here.


Gabby's Tale of a Karaoke Wedding

Gabby Vautier, who previously lived in the village and whose parents Basil and Bonnie still live here, had an original idea for a satirical musical based on a Karaoke Wedding. In April her brainchild will be performed on stage in London. To read details of where, when and how it came about click here.

Chairman Takes to Verse

Parish Council chairman George Beckford takes a great interest in the environment and is so concerned about global warning and the threats to our planet that he has collected an anthology together of green poems written over a number of years. To read about this click here.

Cancer Charity Event


Help Cancer Research UK turn Hope into Cure is the message as cancer survivors from across Norfolk prepare to lead an all night festival of hope and remembrance in a united effort to find cures for the disease. Anne Cathersides from Hethersett is chair of Cancer Research UK's Relay for Life and tells us all about the event. To read about this click here.


Mission Breakfast

A special Mission Breakfast was held at Hethersett Methodist Church when Penny Bakewell, who is currently home on leave from Ghana, spoke about her work with the Serving in Mission Group (SIM) among the Sisala people. Thirty people enjoyed a Continental breakfast before hearing from Penny about her work in the Sisala region – a vast area of 5,000 sq km and 85,000 people. She explained that the first Sisala Bible Church of Africa was “planted” 27 years ago by SIM and since that time a further eight churches have been set-up. Most converts to the Christian faith come from an African Traditional Religion background. Penny also explained the power of Islam in the area and the attempts to introduce dialogue and debate between Christians and Muslims. Much of the work involves motivation and mobilising with the training and teaching of leaders to pass on their knowledge and care to congregations.


Clubs and Societies Day

The public will learn more about voluntary groups in Hethersett when the parish holds another clubs and societies day in September. The last such event was held three years ago and proved extremely popular. Due to space availability the event, which will be held in the Village Hall and run from 11 a.m to 4 p.m on Saturday 29th September, will be restricted to 36 non profit making organisations from the village. Spaces will be booked on a first come first served basis and groups wishing to take part should contact parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 811490.

Youth Parish Councillors Needed

Hethersett is looking for new members for its youth parish council. Youngsters between the ages of 11 and 19 are being encouraged to come forward to reflect the needs and wishes of young people in the village. The youth parish council, which has been in existence for well over a decade, meets monthly at the Jubilee Hall in the village under the auspices of Hethersett Parish Council. “Being a youth parish councillor, gives youngsters a chance to learn how local democracy works and also gives a voice to the youth of the village,” said parish clerk Ian Weetman. To qualify for membership youngsters should either live in the village or attend one of the village’s schools. Anyone interested in joining the body can contact Ian Weetman on 01603 811490.

New Handbook on the Way

A new edition of the Hethersett Handbook will be published later this year. The last handbook was published in 2004 and much of it is now out of date.The publication will again list local societies and groups with contact names and numbers.“We will be largely following the tried and trusted format of previous editions,” said parish clerk Ian Weetman. It is hoped the handbook will be on sale at the parish council stand at the clubs and societies day in the Village Hall on 29th September.

Easter Church Services Announced


Once again Hethersett and District Churches Together will be delivering Easter Cards to homes in Hethersett and the Meltons giving details of services to be held by the Church of England, Methodists and Roman Catholics over the holiday period. To check when these are click here.



Hethersett Singer to Represent Country (special interview)

Top British soprano Elizabeth Watts, who originally comes from Hethersett, has been chosen to represent England in a world singing competition in Cardiff. Over 1,000 people applied for the 25 places available in the contest. Hethersett On the Web has spoken to Liz and you can read the interview by clicking here. There is also more on this story on the Eastern Daily Press Web Site and this can be accessed by clicking here.  Liz will be giving a special concert at Hethersett Methodist Church in the autumn. More details as soon as they are available. LATEST UPDATE: Liz will be singing in the first round of the song prize on 10th June and for the song prize on 12th June. The main prize will be on BBC4 so put it in your diary!


Quiz Raises Money for Dance Spectacular

Fifteen teams took part in a quiz at Hethersett Village Hall to raise funds for the Yvonne School of Dance. The general knowledge quiz was organised by Roger Morgan and Mike Anderson and was won by The Pringles. Proceeds from the quiz, a raffle and games held during the evening will go towards the dance school’s spectacular event at Norwich Theatre Royal in April 2008. The dance school teaches classical ballet, tap, modern theatre and acrobatics to all ages from three to adult and has been in existence since 1984. The Bi-annual dance spectacular showcases the school in a colourful extravaganza which also raises money for charity. The next show will be in April 2008. The dance school also held a special presentation event in Norwich. You can read about this by clicking here.

HEAT Update

Volunteers from Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) and Friends of Woodside First School got together at the beginning of March to work on the school grounds. A new bed was cut and others tidied up. Shrubs were pruned and hedgehog boxes installed over a number of hours. A few days later HEAT was joined by 10 youngsters from the village scout troop to dig and clear two flower beds in Great Melton Road at the junction with Glengarry Close. These beds will be planted with 27 roses in memory of Tom Kirkup who for many years organised the local pensioners’ association. Tidying up along the kerb and footpath was also carried out. “We were very appreciative of all those who contributed to an excellent morning’s work,” said Chairman of Hethersett Parish Council George Beckford, who is also a leading member of HEAT. The HEAT group is also expanding. At a meeting on 7th March, a number of new volunteers came forward to volunteer for future litter picks and environmental work. The next litter pick will be on Saturday 31st March at 10 a.m beginning at the Methodist Church. Equipment will be provided and everyone is welcome. The next HEAT meeting will take place on 11th April at 8 p.m in the Methodist Church. 

Eric Remembered


Hethersett has been remembering award winning Norfolk TV cameraman Eric Hancock who has died at the age of 64. Gentleman "Hank" worked for the BBC Look East in Norwich for more than 30 years and lived in Hethersett. Hank started his stint with Look East as a sound recordist and then cameraman, He joined the BBC after leaving the RAF. In 1985 he was honoured by the Royal Television Society with a Cameraman of the Year award and this was followed by a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. Tim Bishop, Head of Region at the BBC said: "He was simply Hank to everyone from royalty to receptionists across the East of England and people who worked with him will miss his warmth and wisdom." Whilst working as a Media Officer with Norfolk Constabulary I often stood in front of Hank's camera and echo the words above. He was a true gentleman.




Hethersett's Anne Barber will be skydiving with the Red Devils in July in order to raise money for the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Anne was seriously injured in a car accident more than 30 years ago and has suffered from a loss of balance ever since, At the time of the accident Anne had a love of sailing and the Jubilee Trust was responsible for her enjoying five voyages to places such as Bermuda and Scotland. "It's good to have this chance to give back to the trust a small fraction of what it has given to me," she said. Anne, who is 59 and a clerical support worker at the acute stroke unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, will be skydiving on July 24th with her son Mark. Donations can be made by going to a web site available by clicking here.



Hethersett Athletic Suffer a Hiccup


Hethersett Athletic Ladies bowed out of the Eastern Region Women's League Cup in a dramatic quarter-final tie against Premier Division Cambridge City. The match ended at 1-1 after extra-time but Hethersett lost 5-4 on penalties. This Sunday (March 18th) the Ladies team play Norwich City Ladies in the semi-finals of the Norfolk and Suffolk Cup. The match kicks off at Easton College at 2 p.m. Meanwhile the men's first team's title hopes were hit when they went down 5-1 to Norman Wanderers. Over the next two weeks the team have matches against their two closest rivals. Full news on the football club is available from the official web site that can be accessed by clicking here.


Cricketers Prepare for new season

Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club has been busy preparing for the new season. To read their latest news click here.

Cycle Speedway Ready to Go As Well

Hethersett Hawks/Swinton and Co have also begun their season. To read about this click here.  

Praise for High School

Hethersett High School has been praised by OFSTED Inspectors with students being acknowledged for "making an outstanding contribution to the school and local community." There was particular praise for the school council and the support given to younger pupils by year 11 students. Overall the school was rated as "good" A copy of the full report is available on the OFSTED web site which can be accessed by clicking here.



Vandalism Concern at Scout and Guides Headquarters



Concern has been expressed by Scout and Guide leaders in Hethersett at the level of vandalism at the group's headquarters. To read the full story click here.


Churches Together

Hethersett and District Churches Together enjoyed pancakes on Shrove Tuesday at Hethersett Methodist Church before launching a number of Lent Groups that, over the coming weeks, will follow a course on “Can we build a better world?” The course will cover issues as diverse as slavery, friendship and prayer and will commemorate the passing of the Act for the Abolition of Slavery in 1807 instigated by William Wilberforce. The recent barn dance in Little Melton Village Hall raised £110 from a raffle for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Other money from the event will go towards providing Easter Cards to be distributed throughout the village to inform residents of church services over the holiday period.

Lent Luncheon Time 

A series of Lent lunches is being held at the Methodist Church from noon to 2 p.m on Saturdays throughout March. Any profit from these events will go towards church funds and World Vision. Young people from the church will also be organising a family lunch on 25th March with donations going to the Pennies-4-Poverty charity. The annual plant sale in aid of Hope and Homes for Children will be held outside the Methodist Church on 19th May.

Sporty Middle School

Hethersett Middle School is looking to forge links with local sports organisations. The school was recently awarded the Sport England Activemark for their work on PE, sport and swimming and is now looking to build on this: “We are always looking to increase the range of sports on offer and are keen to forge links with outside sports organisations which the children can join,” said Head Teacher Andy Whittle. A number of the school’s youngsters already play football for Hethersett Athletic Football Club and the school and football club are looking into the possibility of all weather training facilities at the school. It promises to be a very busy few months for the school as it prepares to move to Junior Status in September. A new school logo has been designed and will be included on school uniform in the future. In the meantime pupils will be enjoying three science days on 7th, 8th and 9th March ahead of National Science Week. This year’s school Spring Fair will take place on Saturday 12th May.

Reminisce Here


We are always looking for memories of the village and its people. So if you would like to be featured in a new section being built, please contact the editor by phone on 01603 811052 or by leaving an e-mail by clicking here. We are hoping to introduce a number of sections for memories and would be particularly interested in hearing from anybody with memories of the Methodist Church or its people for a project being organised by our sister site which can be viewed by clicking here. A new section of this site for reminiscences has been set-up and this can be viewed by clicking here.


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Blooming Hethersett

HETHERSETT will be awash with colour during the summer as flowers and plants brighten up the local environment. Once again the village will be holding a Hethersett in Bloom competition with sections for gardens, patios, tubs and baskets. Judging of this year’s event will take place on 16th June. Following this a number of villagers will be opening their gardens to the public on Sunday 1st July. Over the past few years the Hethersett Open Gardens event has proved very popular and also raised funds for local charities. A number of new gardens will be featured this year. The village is also entering the 2007 Anglia in Bloom competition and hoping to improve on the Silver Award gained in 2006.