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Archive News March 2012

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in March 2012

It Made Their Day - Staff at Hethersett Library have had their day made by “One Day” author David Nicholls. The library organised a special event under the heading One Village, One Library, One Book, One Day to encourage as many people as possible to read Nicholls’ best seller and leave comments on a special display at the library. A number of people took up the challenge and word got back to the author who responded with a letter to the library expressing his pleasure at the initiative. The letter was addressed to all at Hethersett Library and said: “I was recently sent a newspaper cutting about 'One Day' being chosen as a community read. I thought I would write and say thank you. Libraries mean a great deal to me - I wouldn't be a reader or a writer without them. I'm honoured and just hope everyone enjoys the book,” It was signed David Nicholls, author of One Day. “It was a really nice gesture and made our day,” said Hethersett Library Manager Jennie Hoult. The book has received a mix of comments on the library display from “thoroughly enjoyable,” “a super book,” and “riveting” on one hand to “this was not for me,” “I didn’t enjoy this book very much” and “one of the most boring I have read” on the other proving that reading is purely a matter of personal choice. Copies of the book are still available for loan from Hethersett Library.  


Bright Future for Memorial Field - Hethersett Residents have been making their views known about the future use of the village’s Memorial Playing Field. The second of two special workshops was held at Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex on March 25th with representatives from the Hethersett Environmental Action Team, Woodcote, Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust, Hethersett Society, Hethersett Pensioners' Association  and Hethersett Green Spaces Group discussing ways to enhance and improve the field. To read a report of the event visit the Memorial Playing Field area of this site by clicking here


Death of Former Hethersett Head Teacher - Former Hethersett Head Teacher Bernard Jones has died at the age of 88. Bernard was Head of Hethersett Middle School (now Hethersett Junior School) for 25 years from 1960. To read an obituary from the Eastern Daily Press click here.


Hethersett's Got Talent - Application forms for this year's Hethersett's Got Talent competition are now available. Hethersett's Got Talent is part of the village's Open Weekend which this year takes place from June 22nd to 24. The finals of the talent contest will take place in Hethersett Village Hall on June 22nd. Auditions will take place on May 20th at Woodside Infants and Nursery School. The organisers are looking for talented people of all kinds from singers and actors to comedians, dancers and ventriloquists. Registration Forms are now available and can be downloaded by clicking here or picked up from Woodside School or Hethersett Library. You can also view a poster of the event by clicking here.


High Notes Number Three - The third issue of Hethersett High School's High Notes publication is now available for download by clicking here.


Long Distance Travel - A competition is on to find out just how far afield a nature book on Hethersett has gone. “The Wild About Hethersett” book proved so popular that the initial print run of 200 copies was sold out in just over a week. “We are very interested in where the books have gone. Many have, of course, remained in the village but we’ve also had reports of the almanac reaching Wales, the Wirral and Scotland. Some have even been on their travels to Canada, California and Jamaica. We already have photographs of the book posing outside Harvard University and sipping a cocktail in Thailand,” said leading Hethersett environmentalist Dr Anne Edwards who was instrumental in putting the publication together. The book featured a year of nature in Hethersett and Dr Edwards is appealing for people to continue reporting wildlife sightings which she is hoping to include in a regular Hethersett Highlights column in Swift – the quarterly newsletter of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. There is also a possibility that the book will be re-printed if finance becomes available.


Chloe's Human Rights Nomination - Hethersett teenager Chloe Lansley has had a story about China's one-child family policy nominated for Amnesty International's Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year Award. Read the story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Unusual Plant Fair - The Norfolk Branch of Plant Heritage will be holding a plant fair in Hethersett Village Hall on May 6th from 10 a.m until 1 p.m. Plant Heritage is the largest garden plant conservation charity in the world and the Norfolk branch has been holding its event in the Village Hall for some years. This year's Spring Fair promises to be the biggest and best yet with 20 small specialist nurseries selling unusual plants not easily obtainable at garden centres. There will be displays and a plant doctor in attendance to advise keen gardeners on plant problems. There will also be home made refreshments ranging from cakes and soups to bread. Entrance is £1 with proceeds going to the charity's work to protect endangered plants.


Animated Pupils - Pupils from Hethersett Junior School have been busy designing and creating a short film about the 1948 London Olympics. You can read about this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking on the cutting opposite


New Running Club Dates - From zero to two miles in 10 weeks is the aim of a new social running club being set up in Hethersett. The club is being organised jointly by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and will run for an initial 10 week period on Thursday evenings from April 19th until June 21st from 7 to 8 pm at Hethersett Junior School. The aim of the club is to introduce people to running within a social atmosphere and to help them prepare for the village two mile run the square event on June 24th which is part of the Hethersett Open Weekend of events. The 10 week course will be led by Norfolk Olympiad Paul Evans : “Everyone is welcome, anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a adult, all sessions will take place on the grass behind the school,” Paul Evans said. The course is being supported by Run England and those taking part will be asked to sign a registration form. Copies of the form are available by clicking here . These can be printed out, filled in and brought along to the first session. You can view a poster for the course by clicking here.


Quiz Time for Fayre - A special quiz is being held in Hethersett Junior School on Saturday 21st April to raise funds for the village's Jubilee Fayre on June 3rd. Tickets for the general knowledge quiz are available now at £5 each from Memorial Playing Field Trust secretary Peter Hoult on 01603 811337. Tables of up to eight can be booked and those taking part should bring their own food and drink. To view a poster of the event click here.


Refuse Collection changes - As usual over the holiday period there will be changes to the usual refuse and recycling collections in Hethersett. Collections will be normal until Friday 6th April and will then change as follows (Dates in green are for recycling collections). Also listed below are changes for May Bank Holiday and Diamond Jubilee.


Usual Collection Day Revised Collection Day Change
Friday 6th April Saturday 7th April 1 day late
Monday 9th April Tuesday 10th April 1 day late
Tuesday 10th April Wednesday 11th April 1 day late
Wednesday 11th April Thursday 12th April 1 day late
Thursday 12th April Friday 13th April 1 day late
Friday 13th April Saturday 14th April 1 day late
Monday 7th May Tuesday 8th May 1 day late
Tuesday 8th May Wednesday 9th May 1 day late
Wednesday 9th May Thursday 10th May 1 day late
Thursday 10th May Friday 11th May 1 day late
Friday 11th May Saturday 12th May 1 day late
Monday 4th June Saturday 2nd June 2 days early
Tuesday 5th June Wednesday 6th June 1 day late
Wednesday 6th June Thursday 7th June 1 day late
Thursday 7th June Friday 8th June 1 day late
Friday 8th June Saturday 9th June 1 day late


Shane to Carry Olympic Torch - Chairman of Hethersett Olympic Committee and parish councillor Shane Hull has been chosen to carry to official London Olympic Torch when it comes to Norfolk in July. To read about this visit our special Hethersett Olympic site by clicking here.. See the story that appeared in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here and the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. The story also appears in Iwitness 24. To see this click here


Inaugural 30/60 Success - 300 cyclists of all ages took part in the first ever Hethersett 30/60 event on March 18th. Organiser Martin "Bart" Anderton has heralded the event a great success and is already planning to repeat it in 2013. For a full report of the event click here. You can view a photo gallery of the event by clicking here. See the story that appeared in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here and in the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. The story also appears in Iwitness 24. To see this click here.


Hethersett Newsletter - Hethersett Parish Council's newsletter is distributed throughout the village. Now you will also be able to get it on-line. The March 2012 edition is now available. It looks at the parish precept, a new tennis court for the village and also includes a report from the Jubilee Youth Club. To visit the Newsletter section click here.


Broadband Campaign - According to an article in the Daily Mail newspaper Hethersett is the fourth worst place in the country for Broadband Speed. We think that this is totally unacceptable and action should be taken immediately in the light of the village's proximity to Norwich and numerous world renowned research institutes such as the John Innes Centre, the University of East Anglia and the  Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. You can read the Daily Mail article by clicking here. Only Farningham in Kent, Duns in the Scottish Borders and Harbury in Warwickshire have slower Broadband speeds. The poll was conducted by the Broadband comparison website with 2,000 towns, villages and cities being surveyed. We are setting up a special section of this web site for comments on our slow Broadband speed which will then be passed on to the relevant providers. Please take time to send your comments to us via e-mail by clicking here.


Annual Parish Meeting Date - Hethersett's annual parish meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th May in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. The meeting gives parishioners the chance to raise various issues affecting the village and suggest improvements that can be made.


New Tennis Court - The multi sports area at the village hall is being turned into a tennis court. It is hoped to complete the work in time for the tennis season: "In this Olympic Year it is appropriate that the Parish Council provides assistance in the improvement of sports facilities in the village," parish clerk Ian Weetman writes in the latest edition of the Hethersett Newsletter which is distributed throughout the village.


Cycling Event - Hethersett will be the start and finish point for a major cycling event next Sunday (18th March) with 300 riders taking part in the inaugural Hethersett 30/60 event. Such has been the success of the event that all 300 places went very quickly and organiser Martin Anderton has a large reserve list of riders who were unable to obtain an official place.  Martin (pictured on the right) is not only arranging the 30/60 event this year but is also planning to raise money for a charity that supports disabled people by undertaking a gruelling London to Paris ride. You can read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here. Meanwhile spectators will be very welcome to see the cyclists off and welcome them back. The first will set off at 9 a.m and there will be food and entertainment available throughout the day at the social club. We will be there to take photographs of the event.

Bright Future for Memorial Field - Hethersett Residents have been making their views known about the future use of the village’s Memorial Playing Field. The first of two special workshops was held at Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex with representatives from the Hethersett Environmental Action Team, Woodcote, Hethersett Parish Council, South Norfolk District Council, Norfolk Constabulary, Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust and Hethersett Green Spaces Group discussing ways to enhance and improve the field. A second workshop will be held at Woodcote on March 25th from noon. To read more on this story visit the Memorial Playing Field section of this web site by clicking here. 

Additional Housing Plans  - New plans from Gladedale Estates for another 160 homes in Hethersett have been announced. These are in addition to proposals submitted by Hethersett Land for 1,196 new homes. Details of the latest proposals were on display in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall  on Thursday 8th March. You can read more on this from the Eastern Daily Press by clicking here.

Respect Yourself Easter Fair  - The Hethersett based Respect Yourself group which provides daily SMS Texts to young people to help them make informed life decisions is planning an Easter Fair in Hethersett Village Hall on April 7th. Admission is free and the event runs from 10.30 a.m to 2.30 p.m and includes numerous stallholders, games and attractions. You can see just what will be happening by viewing a poster by clicking here. More information is also available from Claire Anjos on 07714 760032. Claire can also be e-mailed by clicking here. To read about this and the group's plans to become a charity click here. Read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.  


Yoga Classes to Start - A new series of yoga classes are all set to start in Hethersett Village Hall as part of Active Norfolk's Get Into programme of fitness and well being activities. The classes are designed to get people into an active and healthy lifestyle by trying something different. The course is Government subsidised and will be led by Sally McGregor who has been teaching fitness classes in Norfolk for almost a year. "Quite often I continue the classes on a long term basis if demand is sufficient. It's a great opportunity for local residents as it's affordable and local," Sally said. The course starts on Monday, 23rd April from 10 to a.m and will run for an initial eight weeks (excluding public holidays). Bookings can be made on-line through the Active Norfolk website.


Easter Card Delivery - Once again Hethersett and District Churches Together will be delivering Easter Cards in the run up to the holiday season. The cards will give details of Easter Services in Hethersett, Great Melton and Little Melton. A list of services is also available in our What's On section which can be accessed by clicking here.

Neglected Ladies Wanted - Ladies who are feeling a bit neglected are being invited along to Hethersett Village Hall on Sunday 25th March from 3.30 to 5.30 p.m. Beauty therapist Dale Evans will be explaining and demonstrating some of the latest techniques.“The event is aimed at making us ladies feel younger, fresher and more confident in the way we feel,” Dale said. There will be demonstrations of non surgical face lifting, derma rollering and permanent make-up and Dale will be joined by Ellie Foster from Regenerate Pilates of Station Road, Hethersett, and image consultant Claire Burdon. Tickets are £4 which includes entrance, a raffle and a glass of bubbly. They are available from Dale Evans on 07921367910 or from Hethersett King’s Head. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Priscilla Bacon Lodge

Under Starter's Orders -  Hethersett will be under starter’s orders for a charity horse racing evening in the Village Hall on April 21st.Proceeds from the event will go to the Norwich City Powerchair Football Club. Hethersett youngster Max Bode is a keen member of the club where players use special sleek sports wheelchairs. Tickets are £6 each which includes supper. There will be eight races on which those present can place their bets. Tickets and more information is available from Tracey Coleman on 01508 570718.

New Running Group for Hethersett and the Meltons - A new social running group is being set up by Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association in conjunction with Active Norfolk. The group is aimed at beginners and those who would enjoy running, jogging and even walking together. You can read the full story by clicking here. Also see this story as printed in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.

Vote for Hethersett - Hethersett residents are being urged to vote for Hethersett when they go shopping. Waitrose of Wymondham has chosen the village’s Olympic Committee as one of its three charities for March. This follows Waitrose of Eaton featuring the same organisation in February. Customers using the Wymondham store throughout the month will be given a token to place in one of three boxes with £1,000 being distributed according to the number of tokens received. The more tokens the Hethersett scheme gets the larger the donation will be. Hethersett’s Olympic Committee, which comes under the auspices of Hethersett Parish Council, is responsible for organising a weekend of events in support of this year’s London Olympic Games. Over the past two years the village has organised more events per head of the population than any other village, town or city in the country. This year’s Open Hethersett event will take place from Friday June 22nd to Sunday June 24th. Events this year are likely to include a swimming marathon, the third Hethersett’s Got Talent competition, a come and try sports event on the Memorial Playing Field, a church service, round the square two mile fun run and a major ladies five-a-side football competition. To read more on this click here  . To view a flyer from Waitrose about Community Matters click here.