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Archive News March 2016

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in March 2016


Latest E-Magazine on Line - The March edition of our online magazine for Hethersett is now available by clicking here. Archive editions can be viewed by clicking here.


Hat-Trick Heroes


Winners at the South Norfolk Community Awards Evening. Top left - Stephen Baxter receives the award on behalf of the Hethersett Dementia Support Group. Also in the picture are compere for the evening Louise Priest and South Norfolk Council Deputy Leader Martin Wilby. Top right - Anne Steward with her award for Volunteer of the Year and opposite Heather Williamson (Lifetime Community Hero) and Anne Steward. 


There was a hat-trick of wins for Hethersett groups and individuals when South Norfolk Council held its annual community awards at the John Innes Institute. Hethersett Dementia Support Group was named group of the year, Heather Williamson won the lifetime hero award and Anne Steward was named volunteer of the year. The Dementia Group was praised for its "hard work to make the village a dementia friendly community." This has inclided launching the Hethersett Cafe in May 2015 which now meets monthly in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall. Heather Williamson's lifetime award recognised her work as a co-founder of Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). She was instrumental in organising the Open Gardens scheme and litter picks throughout the village. Heather was also praised for championing the elderly and working with local clubs to engage with those with medical or other problems. Anne Steward was praised for "going that extra mile in order to raise money and imporve people's lives". She is closely involved with a number of local organisations including Hethersett Methodist Church and Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club. You can read an article from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. The awards are also featured in our March e-magazine which is available by clicking here.


Quiz Success - Hethersett Netball Club raised £677 from a quiz evening in Hethersett Village Hall. Fifteen teams took part and the proceeds will be divided between the club and Alzheimer's Research.


Queen's Head to Extend Hours - Hethersett Queen's Head is to extend its opening hours on two days in June to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. The venue was featured in a story in the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper and you can read a cutting by clicking here.


Control Room to Move - The control room at Norfolk Fire Headquarters in Hethersett is relocating to share with Norfolk Constabulary at Wymondham. You can read this story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper by clicking here




Garage Sale Date - The annual Hethersett village garage and car boot  sale will take place on June 12th from 9 a.m until 1 p.m. The event is once again being organised by The Friends of Hethersett Academy. Maps of the garages taking part will be on sale at Hethersett Village Hall and the car boot sale will take place in the Academy car park.


Organic Food for Hethersett - An organic box scheme based in Norwich is expanding its home delivery service to include Hethersett. Tony Park founded Arthur's Organic Deliveries in South Norfolk in 2002 and all the produce is guaranteed to be GM free and free from artificial chemicals. You can read more about this by clicking here. The scheme also has a web site which is available by clicking here


Low Crime Rate - Hethersett remains a very safe place to live with just nine crimes reported in the period from February 15th to March 20th, Hethersett Parish Council heard at its latest meeting. Police Community Support Officer Darren Sore reported on a smashed car window in St David's Road. Cannabis had been found on drivers stopped at Thickthorn Services and in Little Melton Road, a gate was damaged in Muriel Kenny Court and a number of vehicles sustained damage in Southcroft after being driven into. The ninth crime revolved around an argument between two parents outside a village school. "We are pleased to say that Hethersett continues to be a low crime area," said council chairman Jackie Sutton.


Skateboard Park Dismantled - The village skateboard park at the back of the village hall has been dismantled after being branded unsafe by the council. Attempts to find individuals or groups prepared to modernise and organise the park have come to nothing.


Possible Changes to Refuse Collections - We have been made aware of possible changes to refuse collection days in Hethersett. South Norfolk Council will be changing their waste and recycling routes from June 6th and this could lead to a change of day for collections in our village. "We already knew that we were going to have to make changes to the rounds as the amount of planned housing growth in the district will soon be adding pressures to our waste and recycling routes so it made sense for us to make the required changes now," South Norfolk Council has stated. Further information on changes will be available from 18th April and we will let you know as soon as we have details.  "Our new routes will make the service more customer friendly with the changes based around a move to a four day collection week, with no household waste collections being made on a Monday. This means that future collection dates will not have to change when a Bank Holiday falls on a Monday and fewer changes will result in fewer missed bins," the council spokesman added. Collection changes over the Easter period are as follows.


Usual Collection Day Revised Collection Day Change
Friday 25th March Saturday 26th March 1 day late
Monday 28th March Tuesday 29th March 1 day late
Tuesday 29th March Wednesday 30th March 1 day late
Wednesday 30th March Thursday 31st March 1 day late
Thursday 31st March Friday 1st April 1 day late
Friday 1st April Saturday 2nd April 1 day late


Well Received - The new First World War commemorative seat in the centre of the village has been well received: "The whole area in the centre of the village looks good and is a credit to the village," said Parish Council chairman Jackie Sutton at the latest council meeting. It is likely that an existing refuse bin will be moved closer to the seat in the near future.


New Road Names - A working group of Hethersett Parish Council is to make suggestions for road names on new development in the village. The group will discuss themes as well as names for individual roads.


Street Lighting - Hethersett Parish Council is in favour of street lighting on the major thoroughfares of new development in the village but not on more residential areas. After a lengthy debate at its latest meeting, members heard that lights could be provided by developers, but the parish council will be responsible for paying for the electricity.


Tree Audit - Hethersett Parish Council is making an audit of how many trees in the village have tree protection orders. Members of the public can apply to South Norfolk Council to have protection orders placed on trees to safeguard them for the future.


Bus Shelters and Crossing Help - Hethersett Parish Council has been given the green light for two parish partnership schemes with Norfolk County Council. This will see three new bus shelters in the village and crossing help for pedestrians wanting to go to shops at Church Farm. The exact locations of the new bus shelters will be decided in the near future. The parish council will be funding 50% of the costs of the projects.


Badminton Club Is Tops - Many months of hard work by Hethersett Badminton Club has paid off with the presentation of a national award. The club is the first within a 25 mile radius of Norwich to be awarded Badminton England Premier Club (Clubmark) status. The club meets on Thursday evenings at Hethersett Academy from 6.30 until 7.30 for beginners and adults wishing to improve and at Hethersett Old Hall School from 8 until 9 p.m for advanced juniors. “The award is a tribute to all the hard work and commitment of the coaches and volunteers, It is recognition that we are now a major coaching facility for the sport” said chairman Peter Hoult. Hethersett Badminton Club was founded in the 1980s and lead coach David Bunn has led the top class coaching, for all ages from seven, since 2012. The club currently has two Level Two coaches, a Level One coach and two other players who are working towards their coaching badges. All coaches have first aid, safeguarding children and up to date DBS certification. Anyone wishing to take advantage of the facilities that the club has to offer should get in touch with Peter Hoult on 01603 811337 or email by clicking here. The club maintains a simple informational which is available by clicking here


Celebrating the Queen's Birthday - Hethersett Library will be celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday by inviting local residents to an indoor street party on Thursday 21st April from 2 p.m. There will be tea, cake, activities and displays showcasing royal life. Events in the library of the remainder of March are: The library can be contacted on 01603 810188 or via e-mail by clicking here.


Wednesday 23rd 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 24th 14.00 Social Board Games Afternoon
Friday 25th   Library Closed on Good Friday
Monday 28th   Library Closed - Bank Holiday
Wednesday 30th 10.30 Children's Activity - Learn to Knit with Norfolk Knitters
Thursday 31st 14.00 Social Board Games Afternoon


April Dates at the library are as follows:


Monday 4th 14.00 Book Group
Wednesday 6th 10.30 Adult colopuring in session
Thursday 7th 14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
  14.00 Social/board games afternoon
Friday 8th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme time with the Children's Centre
Monday 11th 14.00 Craft Group
  14.00 Parish Pop In
Wednesday 13th 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 14th 14.00 Social/Board Games Afternoon
Monday 18th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 20th 10.30 Adult colouring session
Thursday 21st 14.00 Indoor Street Party to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday
Monday 25th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 27th 10.30 Adult colouring Session
Thursday 28th 14.00 Social/Board Games Afternoon



Coming to a Screen Near You ? - Plans are being made to bring a village cinema to Hethersett. Village Screen would utilise state of the art projection equipment on a newly installed large screen at Hethersett Village Hall. The plan is for monthly film shows from September to May with a mix of current releases and all time classic films. Six volunteers are needed to form a committee responsible for deciding the programme, advertising, selling tickets, providing refreshments and working the projector. Anybody interested in helping should contact James Utting on 01603 810739. James can be e-mailed by clicking here.


Appeal By Playgroup - A weekly Hethersett playgroup is in danger of closing after numbers attending have dropped. First Steps has been unable to cover its costs in recent months due to a fall in numbers. The group meets weekly in Hethersett Village Hall. The group has set up a crowdfunding page online with hopes of raising at least £150 to secure their future. Any funds raised above the £150 will go towards buying new toys for the children. Donations can be sent by clicking here.


Litter Pick for the Queen - The Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) is looking for volunteers for a special litter pick this Saturday (March 5th). Members will be taking part in the Clean for Queen appeal which looks to clean up the streets of litter throughout the United Kingdom in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday in June. HEAT are looking for local people willing to give up an hour of the time to help make Hethersett a litter-free zone. The pick starts at 10 a.m from Hethersett Methodist Church car park. Equipment will be provided on a first come first served basis and those taking part are covered by Hethersett Parish Council insurance. More information on the Clean for Queen initiative is available by clicking here


Youth Worker Needed - Hethersett Youth Club is looking for a paid helper to support its youth worker. The post of assistant youth worker will be for two hours on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 until 9.30 p.m during school term times and pays £10 an hour. The work will be supporting the youth worker with youngsters from school Year 7 to Year 9 plus and involves supporting activities, running a tuck shop and working with the young people. Further information is available from Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.


Fundraisers - Hethersett and the Meltons continues to raise funds for a number of charities and good causes. The box collections in the three villages raised £811.39 for the Children's Society. The Christingle Service in St Remigius Church last December raised £233.85 for the charity. Donations made at the thanksgiving service for the life of the Rev Mary Kerslake raised almost £2,400 which will be split between the Children's Society (£797.66), MacMillan Cancer Support (£796) and Hethersett Dementia Support Group (£796).


Bowls Club's Open Day - Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Bowls Club will be holding an open day on 16th April when the green is opened for the 2016 season. The club is looking for new bowlers - both experienced and newcomers to the game.


Short Tennis Appeal - Elaine Canning is looking to set-up a short tennis group for adults in Hethersett. Anyone interested can contact Elaine on 01603 958033.


New Director for Funeral Business - Laura Martin, who lives in Hethersett, has joined the Rosedale Funeral Home as a funeral director. You can read this story in our cuttings section or by clicking here.


Charity Clean Shave - A charity beard shave and the aroma of freshly-baked cakes has raised hundreds of pounds for a cancer cause at a school fundraiser organised by a pupil from Hethersett Junior School. To read this story from the Norwich Evening News click here. Meanwhile the Junior School has been taking "effective action" to tackle areas found by OFSTED inspectors deemed to require improvements. Inspectors found that since the previous inspection the school had introduced a new system for monitoring the quality of teaching, restructures leadership roles and increased methods of tracking pupils' progress.


Cricket For All Ages - Hethersett and Tas Valley will be putting the emphasis on cricket for all ages when the 2016 season opens. The club’s annual general meeting heard that Valley will be running teams at Under-9, Under-11, Under-13, Under-15, Under-17 and adult levels for the coming season. All the youth teams will compete in the South Norfolk Community League with the Under-11s and Under-13s also playing in the Norfolk Alliance youth section. Team managers appointed at the meeting were: Under-9s, Paul and Ben Woodruff; Under-11s, Stephen Hayes and Sarah Worley; Under-13s, Sarah Worley; Under-15s, Stuart Cooper and Under-17s, Sam Morton. Junior indoor training starts at Long Stratton Leisure Centre on March 4th with outdoor training starting on May 5th. The club will once again be holding a schools’ festival on June 10th. Valley will be running four Saturday adult sides – two in the Norfolk Alliance and two in the Norfolk League – a Sunday League team and teams for friendlies, touring matches and a variety of cup games. Members heard that the Norfolk Alliance has done away with losing and winning draws and will be a straightforward 45 overs per team win/lose format. This is something the club has been supporting for a number of seasons in order to stop the negative tactics of teams playing for draws from the start of an innings. Peter Steward was elected chairman and Mark Worley vice-chairman to succeed Tony Smith and Richard Matthews who have retired. Officers elected were: President, Richard G. Ellis; Vice-Presidents, Harold Kerslake, David Johnson, Duncan Pigg; Chairman, Peter Steward; Vice Chairman, Mark Worley; Secretary and Fixtures Secretary, Richard D. Ellis; Treasurer, Matthew Ellis; First XI Captain and Sunday Captain, Damien Fahy; First XI Vice Captain, Ian Bryce; Second XI Captain, Matt Steward; Second XI Vice Captain, Tristan Hunt; Third XI Captain, Cameron Clarke; Third XI Vice Captain, Ross Jones; Fourth XI Captain, Mark Worley; Fourth XI Vice Captain, Nick Morton; Over-40s Captain, Richard D. Ellis; Cricket Development Officer, Matthew Ellis; Club Development Officer, Peter Steward; Youth Cricket Manager, Renee Broughton; Club Welfare Officer, Jane Morton; Social Committee Chairman, Harriet Matthews; Groundsmen, Richard D. Ellis, Richard G. Ellis, Leigh King and Richard Matthews; Bar Manager, Al Watts; Subscription Officer, Jane Morton; Auditor, David Johnson. The 2016 season starts on April 10th with a friendly against Kent side Sidcup. The following  Sunday (April 17th), Valley will take on a Norfolk Select XI in aid of the Wymondham based cancer charity Star Throwers for the Les King Patron’s Trophy. With the sad news of the death of Les, this match will now be held as a memorial to him. Valley are still looking for new players of all ages and abilities. Anyone interested in joining the club should contact secretary Richard Ellis on 01508 470919 or via e-mail by clicking here.


Quiz for Roof Repairs - A quiz evening at Hethersett Old Hall School raised over £600 for roof repairs to St Remigius Church, Hethersett. The evening featured a home cooked meal and the money will go towards repairing the roof following the theft of lead which we have previously reported on.


Hethersett Library in March - Below are events at Hethersett Library during March. The library can be contacted on 01603 810188 or via e-mail by clicking here.


Wednesday 2nd 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 3rd 14.00 Social Board Games Afternoon
Saturday 5th 11.00 E-Books/E Magazine Course (booking required)
Monday 7th 14.00 Book Group
Wednesday 9th 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 10th 14.00 Social Board Games Afternoon
Friday 11th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme Time with Children's Centre
Monday 14th 10.30 Tablet/I Pad course (booking required)
  14.00 Parish Pop In - Meet the Parish Council
  14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 16th 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 17th 10.30 Tablet/I Pad course (booking required)
  14.00 Social Board Games Afternoon
Monday 21st 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 23rd 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 24th 14.00 Social Board Games Afternoon
Friday 25th   Library Closed on Good Friday
Monday 28th   Library Closed - Bank Holiday
Wednesday 30th 10.30 Children's Activity - Learn to Knit with Norfolk Knitters
Thursday 31st 14.00 Social Board Games Afternoon


Parish Pop Ins - Hethersett residents are being given a monthly chance to meet and discuss local issues with members of Hethersett Parish Council. The Hethersett Parish Pop In afternoons will take place in Hethersett Library on the second Monday of each month.  “This is a further step in our drive to improve our communications with residents. We have revamped our quarterly newsletter which has been well received and now wish to provide an opportunity for residents to raise issues outside the more formal structures of council meetings,” said chair of the council Jacky Sutton. The first session saw members of the public bringing up subjects as diverse as problems with car parking in the village and setting up a new short tennis group. The next pop in will be on March 14th.


New Head Teacher - Angela Jermy has been appointed Head Teacher at Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School. The school also has a vacancy for a community governor. It is looking for someone with an interest in the performance of the school, with a desire to represent the community, with the ability to look at issues objectively and the confidence to ask questions and join in debates and a willingness to listen and make informed judgements. The successful candidate should also have the ability to work well with others. More information is available from clerk to the governors Jo Adcock on 01603 810674 or by e-mailing by clicking here.


Hawks Big Year - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club is gearing up for a big year as it celebrates its Golden Jubilee. A special day of events is planned for Saturday May 21st and the club will also be competing on foreign soil for the first time when it contests the European Club Championships in Ostrow, Poland over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The season starts on March 20th with South East League matches against Norwich Stars. Members at the annual meeting heard of a new sponsor coming on board and the club will be making an announcement early in April. The Club will again contest the South East League with teams in Division 1 and Division 2, both of which will add fixtures against Sussex side Hellingly Lions for the first time. The transfer window threw up a couple of surprises with last year's top scorer and team manager Lee Grange moving back to Norwich Stars for family reasons. Former top scorer Oliver Riley, who took a year out in 2015, has also transferred to Norwich while Suffolk based Richie Williamson, who only raced a handful of matches in his two-year stay with the Hawks, has moved to Suffolk Club Great Blakenham. On the credit side former British Finalist Lee Smith has moved to Hethersett.  Lee now lives and works in Peterborough after starting his career with Sandwell and having spells with East Park and Birmingham.  He will bring a wealth of experience to the team. The "B" team manager Katie Adams is also looking to build on last season's improvement by including some of the recent recruits, mainly from the Attleborough area.


Litter Pick for the Queen - The Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) took to the streets of Hethersett at the beginning of March for a special litter pick. Members took part in the Clean for Queen appeal which looks to clean up the streets of litter throughout the United Kingdom in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday in June.  More information on the Clean for Queen initiative is available by clicking here. Hethersett's efforts have been mentioned in an article in the Norwich Evening News which can be viewed by clicking here.


Commemorative Seat - A new seat in the middle of the village commemorates the centenary of the First World War. The seat has been paid for out of proceeds of the 2015 Open Gardens event organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team. Part of the seat is pictured opposite
Tree Planted In Memory of Mary - Pupils and staff of Hethersett Old Hall School have planted a tree in memory of the Rev Mary Kerslake who died last September. Mary is remembered with great fondness by all at the school and husband Harold was on hand to help with the planting of a commemorative apple tree. You can read more about this by clicking on the cutting opposite from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper.
Hethersett Scientist Featured in Media - Well known Hethersett scientist Dr Anne Edwards has been featured in the local news again in recognition of her work to fight the Ash Dieback Disease in trees. To read more about this click on the cutting opposite.

Dance Time - Yvonne School of Dance will be presenting its be-ennial show at Norwich Theatre Royal, on Sunday May 1st with performances at 2.30 and 7.30 pm. "Stepping into Stardom" will once again provide a colourful extravaganza featuring pupils from the school of all ages from tots to adult. Tickets can be booked form the theatre box office on 01603 630000 or online by clicking here. The photograph opposite is a flashback to rehearsals for the 2014 show.