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The Following stories were featured on the site in May 2009

Tyre Slasher in Court - A 70-year-old granddad has been hauled before the courts after CCTV footage captured him dropping roofing nails outside Hethersett Social Club in order to puncture car tyres. To read the story from the Norwich Evening News click here

More School Governors Needed - Hethersett and surrounding area schools are looking for people who want to make a difference in the local community by volunteering to become school governors. Governors carry out a range of responsibilities including allocating budgets, appointing senior staff, making decisions on the school’s policies and direction. Anyone over 18 is welcome to apply.  You don’t need specific skills or prior knowledge of the education system. Anyone interested in applying or who would like more information can contact the school governors one stop shop on 020 7354 9805 or e-mail by clicking here. There is also a web site which can be accessed by clicking here.

David's Change of Career - We meet former fireman David Frost who is making his mark in the world of film and television after retiring following almost 30 yeas as a fie office . To read the full story click here.

 

Parish Council Annual Report - Hethersett Parish Council has released its annual report and you can view this by clicking here.

 

Bucking the Trend - A Hethersett Financial company is bucking the recession by increasing its business. Edward Jones Ltd opened a shop in Hethersett village centre in 2008 and has just celebrated its first birthday with an open afternoon for clients and guests. To read about this click here.

 

For the Children - A plant sale outside Hethersett Methodist Church raised over £293 for the Hope and Homes for Children charity. Local co-ordinator for the charity, which supports and helps orphans, abandoned and vulnerable children in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa, Joan Green said she was “overwhelmed” by the result. “We were overwhelmed by the wonderful and generous response to the annual sale. Gifts or plants, purchases and donations raised an amazing £293.85. Sums of money like this makes a tremendous difference to the lives of so many children living in orphanages and living in poverty in countries helped by Hope and Homes for Children. It is gratifying to know that, with us, so many people show interested concern in such a meaningful way,” Joan said.

 

Familiar Faces - A number of familiar faces from the past have been returning to Hethersett Methodist Church to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Operation New Look which transformed the old chapel into a bright and modern church. To mark the silver jubilee of the landmark in the church’s history a number of former ministers have returned to the village to lead Sunday morning worship. The visits began with the return of the Rev Brian Dann, who was minister at the time of the re-building programme. He was followed by Lynne Cole, widow of former minister the Rev Gerald Cole. The latest visit was from the Rev David Hart, who is now a minister on the island of Guernsey.Next in line will be the Rev William Booker who is due to lead the morning worship on June 28th.

Footballers Celebrate - Hethersett Athletic Football Club celebrated its most successful season with a special presentation evening for its adult teams at Park Farm Hotel. You can read about this and see photographs from the event by visiting the club's official web site by clicking here.

Ladies Retain Cup - Hethersett Athletic Ladies football team retained the Eastern Region League Cup with a tense 2-1 victory over Cambridge University at Soham FC. They fell behind after 15 minutes before Emily Coates equalised after 26 minutes. The winner came seconds before the interval when the Cambridge goalkeeper dropped a Coates shot over her own line. The second half was close with chances for both sides but the cup came back to Hethersett. For a full report and photographs visit the club's official web site by clicking here

Questions for Funds - When questions are asked at Hethersett Social Club, Caister Lifeboat benefits. For the monthly club quiz raises funds for the independent Caister Lifeboat which exists through the generosity of the public. Our picture shows Trustee and Director of Caister Lifeboat Ted Witton receiving a cheque for £400 from secretary of Hethersett Social Club Carol Keable.

Great Melton Church Fete - A village fete for all ages will take place at Great Melton Cricket Pavilion and ground on Sunday (17th May). The event is being organised by Great Melton Church and will take place between 2 and 4 p.m. Hethersett  Junior School Steel Band will be playing and stalls will include a tombola, bring and buy sale, cakes and preserves and a raffle. There will also be bowls and target golf games.

 

Death of Village Stalwart - It is with great sadness that we report the death of former parish council chairman and leading Hethersett environmentalist George Beckford. George was active until a few weeks before his death at the age of 89. The Norwich Evening News newspaper has printed a tribute to George and a pdf file of this is available by clicking here. A funeral service for George was held in St Remigius Church and you can read a report of this by clicking here.

 

May Shorts - More news from May is available by clicking here

 

Historic Win for Cricketers - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club achieved an historic victory in their first ever Norfolk Alliance match. They beat Horsford Seconds by six wickets in Division Three with opener Carl Puttock scoring an unbeaten 102 as they reached their target of 207 for the loss of just four wickets. On Sunday they make their debut in the prestigious Bob Carter Knock-out Cup with a home tie against Bradfield. The Carter Cup 60 overs a side game begins on Sunday at 11 a.m. For results and coming fixtures for the club visit their official web site by clicking here.

 

Marathon Cheque for Charity - Pupils from Hethersett High School and Science College raised well over £3,100 from an indoor endurance event. At the beginning of May Head Teacher Rosemary Allen presented a cheque to the East Anglian Children's Hospice (EACH) charity. To read about the event and the presentation click here

 

Artists Studios Open - Two Hethersett artists will once again be opening their studios to the public under the Norfolk Open Studios 2009 event. Clare Cummins' studio at 2 Victory Cottages, Colney Lane, specialises in individually handcrafted pieces using various clays and oxides. Her studio will be open between 16th and 31st May from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Jocelyn Cole's studio at 32 St David's Road will be open from 16th to 27th May. Jo specialises in story and colour paintings, acrylic on board and may of which depict scenes and characters from her African heritage.

 

Remembering Nora - There are many characters who, over the years, have helped to shape our village. We like to remember some of these on this site, so were very pleased when Keith Hobday got in touch to pay tribute to Nora Pearson. You can read what he had to say by clicking here. If you have memories of a specific person or would like to pay a tribute to somebody just e-mail details by clicking here.

 

Latest Social Club Dates - The recession has hit Hethersett Social Club with the venue cutting back on its live entertainment. For the latest dates click here.

 

RiNG of Support - A support group for sufferers of Rheumatoid Arthritis has just celebrated its first birthday with a party and social event in Hethersett Village Hall. To read about The RiNG (Rheumatoid Arthritis in Norfolk Group click here.

Footballers Finals - Hethersett Athletic were beaten 7-6 on penalties by Gressenhall in the final of the Crown Fire Central and South Norfolk League Fen Regis Invitation Shield after the match ended in a 2-2 draw at the end of extra-time. Hethersett scorers in the final at Aldiss Park, Dereham, were Andy Oliver and Chris Kew. On Bank Holiday Monday they make a quick return to Dereham - this time playing Saham Toney in the final of the league's Ben Smith Memorial Cup (kick off 10.30 a.m). The club's ladies team are preparing for their own cup final when they take on Cambridge University at Soham on May 10th at 3 p.m. Reports of the cup finals appear on the club's official web site which can be accessed by clicking here.

 

Remembering Nora - There are many characters who, over the years, have helped to shape our village. We like to remember some of these on this site, so were very pleased when Keith Hobday got in touch to pay tribute to Nora Pearson. You can read what he had to say by clicking here. If you have memories of a specific person or would like to pay a tribute to somebody just e-mail details by clicking here.

 

Latest Social Club Dates - The recession has hit Hethersett Social Club with the venue cutting back on its live entertainment. For the latest dates click here.

 

Old Hall School Open Day and Summer Picnic - Hethersett Old Hall School will be holding an open evening on Wednesday, 6th May from 6 until 8 p.m. Prospective parents and pupils will be given the chance to look round the school and tour the grounds and facilities. There will also be an opportunity to meet staff and pupils. Appointments can be made on 01603 810390. The school will be holding its fifth annual picnic concert on Friday 3rd July from 7 until 11 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band and the Emma Hall Band. Those attending can either take their own picnic or buy food and drink from the licensed bar and barbecue. Tickets are £12.50 or £6 for students and children with under-5s free/ Tickets can be reserved on 01603 812263 or 01603 810390 or by e-mailing here.

 

Scout Parade - Scouts from throughout South Norfolk gathered in Hethersett on Sunday April 26th to celebrate St George's Day. Hundreds of scouts assembled at Hethersett Old Hall School before marching through parts of the village to Hethersett High School for an afternoon of activities.

 

Aspiring Artists - Hethersett Aspiring Artists Group held its sixth annual exhibition in the Village Hall. To read about this click here.

 

Murder at the WI - Tickets are on sale for the next production by Hethersett Players drama group - a murder mystery evening which will run on three nights from June 25th to 27th. A seemingly ordinary evening at the WI will take a nasty turn in Claire Johes' play "More Deadly Than". The audience will be asked to work out the identity of the murderer through clues delivered during the performance. Tables for up to eight people can be booked on 01603 810593 or via e-mail by clicking here Tickets are £10 which includes a fish and chip supper.

 

Surprise Party for Duncan - There was a surprise for veteran writer and producer Duncan Pigg when over 120 people turned up for a special thank you surprise party to mark his 40 year association with Hethersett Pantomime Group. To read about this and the group's latest donation to charity click here.

 

Tracing Family History - A free introductory talk for beginners wanting to trace their family tree is being given at Hethersett Library from 2-3 p.m on Tuesday 12th May by staff from the Norfolk Record Office. Booking on 01603 810188 is essential.

 

May Shorts - More news from May is available by clicking here

 

Web Site for Hawks - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club has launched its own web site and this can be viewed by clicking here. The site includes stats, results and the latest club news