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Archive News - May 2008

Below are some of the stories and features from May 2008.

Hitting Fours - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club made it four wins out of four when they comfortably beat Rollesby to stay top of the Norfolk League Division One on a day when all three Hethersett teams won. To see the latest reports and scores click here.

Old Hall Drama -Hethersett Old Hall School will be winding back the years in an original and entertaining way in June. Dance and drama teacher Suzanne Simpson and pupils from Year Six have written a play to celebrate the school’s last 70 years. “Hoorah for the Old Hall” starts in 1938 when life is “simply topping” for the junior pupils at the school. Then Lottie falls into a time tunnel and stumbles into the future whilst also looking into the past. As she takes her strange time travelling journey, she gains the courage to face the truth and discover the meaning of friendship. The drama will be accompanied by music from Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Fred Astaire and takes place at Norwich Playhouse on June 10th and 11th at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at £7 and £5 for Under-16s and can be booked on 01603 810390. Further details of the event are also on the school’s web site at The school will be holding a 70th anniversary ball for old girls and current and former staff members on 3rd July with music from the Mike West Band and the Cheesehunters. Tickets are priced at £30 and can be booked by calling 01603 810390.


A Proud Village - Hethersett has once again reached the final of the Eastern Daily Press pride in Norfolk Community of the Year for populations of over 5,000. Hethersett won the award in 2006. This year we will be judged alongside other finalists in the category - Aylsham, Diss and Thorpe St Andrew. For full details of the judging and the award visit the EDP web site by clicking here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Every Picture Tells A Story - Pictured opposite is Hethersett artist Jo Cole who paints under her maiden name of Jocelyn Jacobson. Jo is taking part in the Norfolk Open Studios event and her studio at 32, St. David's Road will be open to the public on May 24th, 25th, 26th, May 31st and June 1st from 10 a.m until 5 p.m each day. Hethersett on the Web met Jo and talked about her life in Africa and her paintings. To read the story click here. You can also visit her official web site by clicking here

Game 'Sett and Match - Pictured opposite are youngsters from an orphanage in Kenya who are proudly wearing football and cycle speedway kit supplied by Hethersett Athletic FC and Hethersett Cycle Speedway clubs. To read about this visit the football club's official web site by clicking here.

What a Show - A riot of colourful costumes and over 250 dancers of all ages took part in the bi-ennial Yvonne School of Dance spectacular at Norwich Theatre Royal on 18th May. For a full report and photographs of the show click here.

Blood Donor Sessions - Regular sessions for blood donors are held in Hethersett Village Hall. The next two will be on Thursday 3rd July and Thursday 20th November between 1 and 3 p.m and 4.30 and 7 p.m. Appointments are advisable and can be booked by telephoning 0845 77 11 711 

Green Day - Hethersett will be showing off its Green credentials at a special open day in the Village Hall on Saturday May 31st. To read about this click here.

Sun and Fun - It was sun and fun all the way for the annual Hethersett Junior School Spring Fair. A good sized crowd swapped the usual hot drinks for ice creams. For photographs and a report of the event click here. News Update: The highly successful event raised £2,665 towards improving the school's outdoor play area.


Champions Again - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club has retained its British Under-16s title. For a full report visit the Hawks' section on this site by clicking here.

Golden Oldies Return - Over 40 past and present Hethersett footballers returned to the Memorial Field on May 11th for a special match in memory of Lee Thompson who died in a road accident in 1999. For a report on the day with photographs visit Hethersett Athletic's official web site by clicking here.

Cricketers are Tops - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club have begun their first season in the top division of the Norfolk League with consecutive victories over sides from the Waveney Valley. This has put them joint top of Division One. Their latest win was a nail-biting last over victory over Bungay. To read about this and all the other club results click here


Presentation Evening - Hethersett Athletic Football Club held its presentation evening for the adult sides at park Farm Hotel. For a full report visit the club's official web site by clicking here.


Junior School Fete - This year's Junior School Spring Fair will take place on Saturday 10th May with attractions for everyone. To read about the event click here.


Stylish Hawks - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club took part in the European Club Championships in Leicester. To see how they got on click here.


Cricketers Open in Style - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club began its campaign in the top division of the Norfolk League with a comfortable victory at Beccles. To read about this and all the other club results click here


Scarecrow Competition - Pupils from schools in Hethersett have been taking part on a scarecrow competition organised by Hethersett Environmental Action Team. To read more about this click here


Hot Stuff - Champion environmentalist George Beckford writes an exclusive article on the history of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team and the efforts to turn Hethersett into a green village. Read his article by clicking here


Artist's Open Weekends - Hethersett artist Jo Cole, who paints under her maiden name of Jocelyn Jacobson, will be opening her studio over three coming weekends as part of the Norfolk Artists' Open Studios 2008 scheme. To read about this click here


Busy Time Ahead - Hethersett Methodist Church is gearing up for a busy spring and summer. To read about coming events click here or go to the church's official web site by clicking here


Casting Their Net - Hethersett Methodist Church has been casting its help net far and wide in recent weeks in order to help under-privileged children throughout the world. Proceeds from the church’s annual plant sale will go to the Hope and Homes for Children charity which is based in Wiltshire and works with orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children in central and eastern Europe and Africa. In addition £160 was raised at a shoppers coffee plus morning and this will be divided between church funds and the Vidiyal Trust which helps children in India and Sri Lanka. The next shoppers’ coffee plus event will be on 26th July. This Friday the church’s Singing Fellowship will be holding a music and tea afternoon from 2.30 p.m until 4.15 p.m to which everyone is invited. There will be music, readings, poems and home made cakes. The church’s next ladies breakfast will be held on 7th June when Jenny Smith will talk about her experiences teaching in a township school in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.