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Archive News March 2011

Below are some of the stories that appeared on this site in March 2011

Over 20 activities to Feature in Sport in the Park - Over 20 sports and activities will be available for the public to try during the sport in the park event on July 23rd, 2011 which will once again be part of a weekend of activities to celebrate the coming London 2012 Olympic Games. To see a full list and all the latest news about the 2011 Olympic weekend click here


Village Sports - Hethersett and the Meltons will be fielding a full team in the South Norfolk Games which will be held at Framingham Earl in June. You can read about our entry by clicking here. You can also read the latest news from the newly formed Hethersett and Melton's Sports Association by clicking here

Alan's Rock Links - We meet Little Melton author Alan Mann who has written biographies of Buddy Holly and has just completed a book about "Norwich's Beatle" Tony Sheridan. To read about this click here.


Bikes and Fencing from Grants - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club has been awarded a grant of over £2,000 to buy new bikes for its members. You can read about the grant from South Norfolk Council on the club's official web site which can be accessed by clicking here. Two other Hethersett groups have also benefited from grants which were awarded following an internet vote. Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club received £1,406 and Hethersett Scout Group £2,000. Read about these awards in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here. You can also view a photo of the Scout Group presentation by clicking here
Easter Quiz - Youngsters from Old Hall School, Hethersett, are looking to encourage local children to visit Hethersett Library over the Easter period to take part in a Spring quiz. The pupils from Year One have put together the free quiz which will be available at the Library and entries are welcome from youngsters aged 12 and under. To read about this click here.

Call to Keep Greenbelt - Calls have been made to stop further erosion of the greenfield land between Wymondham and Hethersett. Read about this from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.


Talent Wanted - Wanted in Hethersett – people with talent for a special competition being run as part of the village’s Olympic Weekend in July. “Hethersett’s Got Talent 2011” will follow on from last year’s highly successful event which opened Olympic weekend 2010. “We are looking for talented people who would like to share their skills with everyone. We are looking for budding singers, comedians, magicians, ventriloquists, dancers etc,” said one of the competition’s organisers Jo Adcock. The final of the 2011 event will be held in Hethersett Village Hall on July 22nd at the start of three days of pre London Olympic celebrations which will also include a come and try it sports day on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field on July 23rd and a run the square two mile fun run on July 24th. Registration forms for Hethersett’s Got Talent 2011 are available from Hethersett Library or by telephoning Jo Adcock on 01603 811647. Auditions will take place on July 3rd.


Pupils Raise £700 - Three Hethersett High School pupils raised over £700 for Comic Relief by pogoing nine miles from Wymondham to Norwich. Josh Worley, Tom Calder and Janes Skipper completed their crazy but fun task. Meanwhile youngsters from the school raised a further £885 with a variety of fundraising events including a staff versus students volleyball match.


Keeping the Heat On - Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) has been awarded a grant of £20,000 from the South Norfolk District Council Greenest Community competition to upgrade the insulation standards of households. “We are very pleased with the award and will be looking for the most needy or vulnerable homes in Hethersett, especially those where poor insulation is contributing to ill health or where elderly people are unable to keep warm due to high heating costs,” said leading HEAT member and Hethersett Parish Councillor Gary Wyatt who put together the village’s funding bid. “Selecting likely homes will be done in conjunction with other village organisations, and may involve referrals from, for example, GPs, the churches or the Pensioners' Association. The exact criteria to be used are still to be finalised, and more information will be released later,” Mr Wyatt added. The work will be completed by 31st March, 2012.

Easter Quiz - Youngsters from Old Hall School, Hethersett, are looking to encourage local children to visit Hethersett Library over the Easter period to take part in a Spring quiz. The pupils from Year One have put together the free quiz which will be available at the Library and entries are welcome from youngsters aged 12 and under. Answer sheets can be left at the library or taken to Old Hall School during office hours where those handing them in will receive an Easter gift. All correct answers will be entered into a draw to win either a Hethersett Teddy Bear or an Easter Egg. Closing date is 26th April. The quiz is all about Spring. The children thought about the changes that take place around them in Spring and then painted colourful pictures and added a question based on them. The paintings and list of questions will be on display in the library. It is hoped that the competition will encourage children to go to the library and borrow books at the same time. “One of the children in my class went recently, registered at the library for the first time and borrowed a book. The event also fitted in with a special book day when pupils at Old Hall dressed up as book characters,” said organiser Janet Halford.

Footballers Reach Final - Hethersett Athletic Football Club's Saturday side have reached their fourth cup final in the past three seasons. They beat West End 4-1 to reach the final of the Crown Fire Central and South Norfolk Chequered Flag Primary League Cup where they will play Castle Acre Swifts at Dereham Town's ground on April 13th. For a report and pictures visit the club's official web site by clicking here. Four days later on April 17th our ladies team will take on Norwich City Ladies in the Norfolk County Cup Final. The match will again be played at Dereham with a 2.30 p.m kick off. 

Easter Cards - Once again Hethersett and District Churches Together will be distributing Easter Cards throughout Hethersett and the Meltons. As well as sending seasonal greetings, the cards will list church services over the Easter period. They will also include a special prayer card which can be returned to the churches.

Sports Association Launched - The Hethersett and Meltons Sports Association was launched at Park Farm Hotel on Monday 28th February. We have set-up a special section of this web site for Association news and you can read about the inaugural meeting and news from the various groups involved by clicking here.

Blacksmith's Craft - Hethersett Blacksmith Reg Loveday has crafted a special candle holder for Norwich Cathedral. You can read this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here. You can also see the newspaper cutting by visiting our mediawatch section by clicking here


Fly Posting Problem - Hethersett Parish Council has expressed its concern at the increase in fly posting around the village. “The parish council does not approve of fly posting and posters will be removed. Anybody wanting to display information on the parish council noticeboards should contact me,” said parish clerk Ian Weetman. Mr Weetman is available at the council office, upstairs in Hethersett Village Hall, on Monday and Thursdays between 10 a.m and noon. He can also be contacted on 01603 810915


News Shorts - Click here to read news in brief including dates for Hope and Homes for Children events, Hethersett Singers Golden Jubilee concerts, grit bins for two schools and much more.


Encore, Encore - Popular Wymondham based choir Encore will be playing a special concert at Hethersett Methodist Church on Saturday, April 2nd. The event will feature popular songs and melodies and tickets are priced at £6 to include light refreshments. They can be booked in advance from 01603 811052 or 01953 604881 and will also be available on the door. Proceeds from the event will go to the church’s development fund.


Stand and Deliver - Democracy matters is the message from Hethersett Parish Council as election time approaches. The latest edition of Hethersett Parish Newsletter, which  is distributed throughout the village, urges residents to “make a difference in the community” by becoming a parish councillor. Council elections are due to take place on May 5th. “The village faces a number of challenges over the coming years from development and potential uncontrolled growth. Becoming a parish councillor gives people the opportunity to shape the way forward and make their voice heard on village growth over the next five years and also on the facilities needed in the village,” said parish clerk Ian Weetman. Nomination forms are available from Mr Weetman who is available in the parish council office upstairs in Hethersett Village Hall from 10 a.m until noon on Mondays and Thursdays. Meanwhile the village’s annual parish meeting will take place on May 4th in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m.


Car Park Adoption - Hethersett Parish Council has agreed to adopt a new car park and open space in Great Melton Road and will be meeting with developers in the near future to formalise the car park adoption process.


Dog Fouling Problems - Hethersett Parish Council is once again battling to cut down dog fouling in the village following a significant rise in the number of complaints from the public. “Most dog owners in the village are responsible owners and clear up after their dogs. There are a stubborn number of owners who refuse to do so,” said Hethersett parish clerk Ian Weetman. Dog bins have been provided throughout the village and dog bags are available from Hethersett Library.

Junior School Fair - Hethersett Junior School will be holding its annual Spring Fair organised by the school PTA on May 7th from 11 a.m until 2 p.m. The event will include a mega slide, swing boats, a raffle and tombola, barbecue and bar, candy floss and ice creams, along with a display by Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club and a demonstration of Kuk Sool Won martial arts. There will also be a talent contest and numerous other stalls and games. Admission is 50p for adults with accompanied children free and proceeds will go towards an Astro Turf area for all year round activities.

Pupils To Pogo for Charity - Three pupils from Hethersett High School are planning to pogo from Wymondham to Norwich to riase money for charity. To read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here

Praise for Nursery - Hethersett's Rockinghorse Nursery has been praised by government inspectors. To read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury newspaper click here.