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Archive News March 2014

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in March 2014

Dementia Savvy Village - Hethersett Hall is looking to turn Hethersett into a dementia friendly village and become more involved with the community. The residential home is also looking to turn an overgrown woodland area into an amenity for residents. You can read about this by clicking here. Our picture opposite shows Hethersett Hall manager Cathryn Weed with Hethersett's South Norfolk Councillor David Bills in the overgrown woodland area.


Youngsters' Aspirations - Children from the Hethersett Cluster of schools have been dressing up as their future selves as part of an Aspiration Week initiative. You can read about this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. In a separate article in the Evening News youngsters have re-kindled the Olympic spirit. You can read a cutting about this by clicking here.


New Teacher is an England International - The new PE Teacher at Hethersett Old Hall School is an England international hockey player. You can read about the appointment of Hannah Godfrey from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here


Youth Club Fundraisers - A bingo evening, a quiz, a jumble sale and a Christmas concert are just some of the fundraising events being organised by Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club to pay for emergency repairs to the headquarters in Back Lane. The fundraising effort has been made necessary by problems that have included a leaking roof and blocked sewer. Problems with the roof have been put down to somebody climbing onto it: “We cannot emphasise enough that the roof is extremely fragile and it is dangerous as well as costly for anyone to climb onto it. We also found out that the hall is not on mains drainage,” said youth club stalwart Gillian Saunders. The drainage tank had to be emptied and almost immediately filled up again. The club has already had to spend £500 on the sewage system and more needs to be done. “We must raise money to enable us to balance the books again as obviously neither of the repairs were in our budget,” Ms Saunders added. Now the club is looking for a bingo caller and somebody to help arrange a quiz evening on dates still to be set. A jumble sale is being planned for September and on December 5th there will be a Christmas concert featuring the D’Capo Choir. The club is also looking for volunteers to help on Wednesday and Thursday evenings on a rota basis. “We also need more people to join the committee that manages the hall and oversees the running of the club,” Gillian Saunders said. She can be contacted on 01953 607566. The club’s annual meeting will take place on June 24th at 7 p.m.


Time On Their Side - Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association (HaMSA) will have time on its side thanks to a grant from South Norfolk Council. The £1200 grant will be used to purchase a digital race clock to be used for local events including the annual Hethersett funrun which this year will take place on July 6th. It is hoped to have the clock in place for the 30/60/90 cycle ride being organised by Hethersett Velo Club on April 20th. The clock will also be available for use by clubs affiliated to the sports association and be hired out to other organisations for a fee. The sports association, in conjunction with Active Norfolk, will be organising a come and try event on July 5th as part of the annual Hethersett Open Weekend celebrations. Sports available to try free of charge will include archery, football, cricket, rounders, cycle speedway, bowls, petanque, netball and croquet. Hethersett Velo Club will also lead cycle rides around the village. The association will also oversee Hethersett and the Meltons’ entry into this year’s South Norfolk Village Games at Long Stratton on June 8th. Hethersett will be defending the title they have won over the past three years. 


New Members Welcome - A number of clubs affiliated to Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association are looking to attract new members. The table tennis group based at Hethersett Methodist Church is continuing to thrive and now has four tables in play on Friday evenings and has room for some newcomers. The club caters for players of all abilities from beginners to experienced.  Juniors under-16 play from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m and seniors from 7.30 until 9 p.m. Sessions cost £1 per head. The social running group will resume on April 3rd after its winter break. The group gives people of all ages and abilities the chance to run together. It will meet weekly on Thursday evenings on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field from 6.30 until 7.30 p.m. Hethersett Queen’s Road Badminton Club is also looking for new members. The club already has 20 youngsters at its early session but is looking for improvers to join its later session at Hethersett Old Hall School. The session is open to improvers aged over 12 and adults who want to take their game forward. It runs from 8 until 9 p.m and cost per session is £2 and includes support from qualified coaches. The annual meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association will take place at Park Farm Hotel at 7.30 p.m on April  14th. It is open to anybody interested in sport, fitness and well being.


Cricket Match for Cancer Charity  - The Wymondham based Star Throwers Cancer charity will benefit from a special cricket match being played at Flordon on April 13th. Hethersett and Tas Valley will be taking on a Tony Selby Norfolk Select X! for the Les King Star Throwers Patrons Trophy in a 40 over per side match starting at 1 p.m. The event will also include a raffle and refreshments throughout and is being sponsored by MW Surfacing Ltd. It is also hoped to have a number of Norfolk sporting celebrities present. It will be the ideal pre-season warm up for Hethersett and Tas Valley who this season will be fielding four adult Saturday sides - two in the Norfolk Alliance and two in the Norfolk League - an adult Sunday side and youth teams at Under-9, Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 levels. In addition to the charity match two other friendlies have been lined-up for the adult team. These are a visit to Diss on April 19th and a home game against Rocklands on April 20th. The first Norfolk Alliance game of the season sees the first team visit Witchingham on April 26th and the following day the club will be fielding teams at Thriplow in Cambridgeshire in the first round of the National Village Cup and at the Mid Norfolk Sunday Premier League.


Decision Expected on Future of Community Gym - The future of a South Norfolk mobile gym will be decided over the next few weeks. The community gym at Hethersett has been meeting regularly on Wednesdays for the past six months, supported by South Norfolk Council, Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association. Its trial period will continue until May when a decision will be made on whether there is enough support to continue. Currently sessions at the Jubilee Youth Club in Back Lane take place from 10 a.m until 2 p.m under the direction of qualified instructors. Numbers to date have been slightly disappointing and the future of the gym will be discussed at the next meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association at Park Farm Hotel on April 14th. The meeting will look at the viability of setting up an organising committee to run regular gym sessions, the buying and storing equipment through grants and the possibility of holding evening and weekend sessions in order to attract more people: “We realise that holding sessions during the day mean that many people cannot take part. So we will be looking at all the possibilities and how we can keep the gym going when its trial ends at the end of May,” said Chair of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association Peter Steward. Meanwhile sessions at a cost of £3 will continue in the youth club premises on Wednesdays and new members will be made very welcome.


Village Easter Cards - Once again this year Hethersett and District Churches Together will be distributing Easter cards throughout Hethersett and the Meltons. To see details of the services click here.


Dementia Savvy Village - Hethersett Hall is looking to turn Hethersett into a dementia friendly village and become more involved with the community. The residential home is also looking to turn an overgrown woodland area into an amenity for residents. You can read about this by clicking here.


What a Load of Rubbish - The last two litter pick events organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) have produced over 50 bags of rubbish. In January, 21 HEAT members collected 25 bags and in March, 22 members collected an additional 27 bags. The group will be stepping up its efforts to keep Hethersett litter free with further “picks” on May 3rd and June 28th, both starting at 10 a.m from Hethersett Methodist Church car park. Volunteers will be welcome with tools being provided. The group is also busy sowing poppy seeds around the village in commemoration of the centenary of the start of the First World War. It is also looking to take the lead in maintaining seats and benches throughout Hethersett. At its last meeting HEAT member Peter Hoult said he was keen to get more young people involved in the group’s work, especially with improving the approaches to the village roads and footpaths. It was agreed that areas needing attention should be identified. Minutes from HEAT meetings are now available on this b site. See them by clicking here. The group’s next meeting will be on May 28th at 8 p.m.


Dog Mess and Parking Concerns - Hethersett Parish Council is concerned at the increase in dogs’ mess and the number of cars parking on paths around the village. The council is urging residents to report incidents of dog mess to South Norfolk Council in an attempt to stop the anti-social behaviour and clean up the village. In the latest edition of the Hethersett Newsletter, which is distributed to homes throughout the village, the council is also urging people to park with consideration: “Car parking on paths and verges causes an obstruction for parents with buggies, mobility scooter users and other pedestrians,” the newsletter states, adding that parents dropping off children at Woodside School can use the car park on the Memorial Playing Field. Hethersett Parish Council is back to full strength following the appointment of former Head Teacher Stephen Slack. Mr Slack has filled the vacancy that has existed on the council for a number of months.


Anglo-American Romance - Libby Morgan from the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library, Norwich, gave a talk at Hethersett Library on “Wartime Sweethearts and GI Brides.” The talk covered Anglo-American romance in Norfolk during the Second World War and was accompanied by images of many of the weddings of the day. It outlined the ups and downs of relationships between men and women from the two countries and the advice given to them by their respective governments on how to behave and foster good relations.


New Members Needed - Hethersett Women’s Institute is looking for new members. The group meets on the third Monday of each month in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall at 7.30 p.m and, as well as having regular speakers, also has a rambling group, a lunch club and a monthly craft group. It also organises outings throughout the year. The group is offering free taster sessions for prospective new members. The next meeting will be a talk on “Humorous Verse” on April 14th. More information is available on 01603 810952.


Flooding Threat - Parts of Hethersett have been identified as being at risk of flooding during major rainfall. As a result residents are being asked to report any incidents of flooding from the past along with any indications of what may have caused any problem. The data will be used by Norfolk County Council, South Norfolk Council and Anglian Water to produce a Surface Water Management Plan which it is hoped will cut flooding risk in the future. Residents with information are asked to contact Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Transport and Development section at County Hall or to e-mail details by clicking here.  


Outstanding School - Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School is one of 42 schools in Norfolk to have received an "outstanding rating" from OFSTED. You can read about this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Horticultural Society Programme - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society has announced its programme for 2014/2015. To see what's going on and when click here.


Alastair's 90 Mile Ride Tribute to Dad - A 13-year-old Norwich teenager will be taking part in the Hethersett 30/60/90 cycle event in April in memory of his dad. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. You can also view a press cutting from our Media Watch section.


Young Footballers Reach Final - Hethersett Athletic Under-14s have reached a cup final. They will play Thetford Bulldogs on April 13th at the Norfolk FA Football Development Centre in the Final of the South Norfolk Youth Under-14s League Cup. They reached the final after a 4-2 semi-final victory over Morley with Jack Kirby hitting a hat-trick. Hethersett and Thetford will both be going for league and cup double. They are currently joint top of the league on the same number of points but Hethersett have a game in hand.


Cricket Match for Charity - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club will come up against strong opposition when they take on a Tony Selby Norfolk Select XI in a pre-season charity 40 over match at Flordon on April 13th. The match will raise funds for the Wymondham based Star Throwers Cancer Charity and will be played for the Les King Star Throwers Patrons Trophy. The match starts at 1 p.m and is being sponsored by MW Surfacing Ltd.


Bags of Rubbish - The last two litter picks organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) have seen a total of 52 bags of rubbish collected. On January 11th 21 people collected 25 bags and on March 8th 22 people collected 27 bags. The next litter picks are on May 3rd and June 28th, both starting at 10 a.m from the Methodist Church car park.


Easter Bin Collections - There will be a number of revised bin collection dates over the Easter period.


Usual Collection Day Revised Collection Day Change
Monday 14th April Monday 14th April No Change
Tuesday 15th April Tuesday 15th April No Change
Wednesday 16th April Wednesday 16th April No Change
Thursday 17th April Thursday 17th April No Change
Friday 18th April Saturday 19th April 1 day late
Monday 21st April Tuesday 22nd April 1 day late
Tuesday 22nd April Wednesday 23rd April 1 day late
Wednesday 23rd April Thursday 24th April 1 day late
Thursday 24th April Friday 25th April 1 day late
Friday 25th April Saturday 26th April 1 day late