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Archive News May 2012

Below are some of the stories that appeared on this site in May 2012

They Came and Tried -  Over 100 people turned up for a very successful come and try sports event on the Memorial Field on 30th May. People of all ages tried their hand at a number of sports including archery, bowls, petanque, cricket, rounders, athletics and football. The event was organised jointly by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association. Hethersett will be entering a team in the South Norfolk Village Games at Framingham Earl on Sunday June 10th - defending its title won last year.
Hethersett's Very Own Olympic Torch - Hethersett has its very own Olympic Torch. The village has been working with Hethersett High School and Science College to produce its own torch to commemorate the coming London Olympic Games. You can read all about this story by clicking here. You can read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury Newspaper web site by clicking here.

Please Note: The Olympic Flame will arrive in Hethersett on 5th July and be driven directly to Hethersett High School at 6:30am. The Olympic Flame will then be securely escorted from the High School Car Park in a special lantern onto the Playing Field, where the public will be able to see the Flame. It will not be touring the village. We will have further details of the visit next month

Hethersett's Got Talent Auditions - Auditions for this year’s final of Hethersett’s Got Talent were held at Woodside Infants and Nursery School. Eleven acts featuring singers and dancers went through their paces with the best  going forward to the finals evening on June 22nd in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. The finals will be part of Hethersett’s Open weekend which runs from June 22nd to 24th and which kicks off at 8 a.m on the 22nd with the start of a 24 hour swimming marathon in the Hethersett Junior School pool. The  talent evening will also feature a number of guest slots including a performance from last year’s winner David Wyatt. To see more photographs from the auditions click here.


Plant Sale for the Children - A plant sale outside Hethersett Methodist Church raised over £250 for the Hope and Homes for Children charity. The international charity works to ensure that children in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa have the chance to grow in the love of a family and came into being following the siege of Sarajevo two decades ago. As well as the  £257.45 raised form the plant sale, collecting boxes and donations have raised an additional £148.84.


Come and Try Event - A special come and try sports event for all the family is being held on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field from 6 until 9 p.m on Wednesday 30th May. All ages will be able to try their hand at a number of sports and games including archery, bowls, petanque, cricket, rounders, athletics and football. Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club will also be hosting a Norfolk Grand Prix event during the evening. The event is being organised jointly by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and former Norfolk Olympiad Paul Evans will be on hand to organise fun athletics events. “This is the second year we have held this event. All the activities are free and refreshments will be on sale.


Hethersett High Notes - The fourth issue of the Hethersett High Notes electronic newsletter put together by Hethersett High School  is now available and can be viewed by clicking here.


Book This Date - The staff at Hethersett Library have contacted us to invite everyone to the library's 40th birthday party on June 9th from 11 a.m until 1 p.m. There will be coffee and cake.


Hethersett's Got Talent Tickets - Tickets for this year's Hethersett's Got Talent show on June 22nd will be on sale from this Thursday (May 31st). They are priced at £2.50 and available from either Hethersett Library or Jo Adcock on 01603 811647 or 0790 480 2638.


Social Club's Charity Cheque - Hethersett Social Club has presented a cheque for over £700 to the MacMillan Cancer Charity. The cheque for £704 was presented at a well attended fish and chip quiz evening on May 26th at the club. The money was raised from a variety of events including quiz evenings, a squares board for a Norwich City shirt, raffles and a bingo evening. "We are very grateful to all our members and their guests who contributed theur time and gave generously to enable us to raise this well deserved amount for such a worthy cause," said club president Chris Yemm. Click on the photograph to enlarge it. It shows club secretary Carol Keable presenting the cheque to Margaret Turner and Jean Ramsbottom from the MacMillan charity.


A Fashion Disaster - A fashion show with a twist is being organised by the Hethersett based Respect Yourself group. Those attending are being asked to take along "a fashion disaster" to be sold. Read about this event on June by clicking here. To view a poster of the event click here


Renewed Bid to Build Houses - A developer has made a fresh bid to build homes on land between Wymondham and Hethersett after appealing a planning decision. You can read this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.


Library Success - Such was the demand for a free talk on Norwich Yards by Norwich historians Michael and Francis Holmes that additional chairs had to brought into Hethersett Library. It was the second talk by the coupe at the venue following their illustrated presentation on Norwich Pubs a few months ago. That proved so popular that it was standing room only as they talked about living conditions, how the yards came into being and how when they were demolished residents moved to some of the new housing estates on the edge of the city.


Lucky Escape - A former RAF serviceman has described how he was lucky not to be injured when one of his car windows was smashed by a mystery object in Hethersett. You can read this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.


Sporty Under-12s - Hethersett Athletic Under-12s are the toast of the youth football community for the second season in a row. Last year the team was named the most sporting side in the entire Norfolk Youth Combination. This year they have received a similar accolade from the South Norfolk Youth League.


Norfolk Champion - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club filled the first four places in the Norfolk Under-19s Championships held at North Park. Harley Hamill is the new champion after scoring 20 points. Oliver Buxton finished second with 18 and Scott Grimes third with 17. Joshua Henning was equal fourth with 16 points.


Neighbourhood Board Meetings - The next two meetings of the Northern River Valleys Neighbourhood Board, which includes Hethersett, will be held in our village. The first takes place at Hethersett High School at 4.30 p.m on May 30th and the second on July 9th in Hethersett Methodist Church at 7 p.m. You can view a poster of the May event by clicking here.


Hethersett Internationals - Two Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club members gained international honours when they represented Ireland. Norfolk Champion Phil Adams along with Harley Hamill rode for Ireland in the Celtic Cup in Edinburgh. A depleted Irish side were well beaten by holders Wales and Scotland but Phil was top scorer with 15 points with Harley supporting well with 11 points. The following day Phil Adams won the South East Grand Prix senior final at Kesgrave. For more information on the Hawks visit their official web site by clicking here.


More Sporting Success - Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association celebrated more sporting success at its latest meeting at Park Farm Hotel. To read a report of the event click here. The Association also has its own dedicated web site which can be accessed by clicking here.


Christian Aid Week - Christian Aid week took on a new format in Hethersett this year. The usual door to door collection was discontinued due to the growth of the village in recent years. This was replaced by a number of collecting boxes being placed at strategic points around the village. Gift aid donation envelopes were made available at both the parish and Methodist churches and Hethersett and District Churches Together served light lunches and held a cake and produce sale on the final Saturday. It will be a while before the final amount raised from the week is known.

Ladies Lose Cup Final Thriller



Hethersett Athletic Ladies Hearts (pictured above) were beaten 5-4 after extra-time in a pulsating Norfolk League Cup Final against Acle. In a match that swung backwards and forwards, Hethersett striker Hannah Waters scored a hat-trick but still ended up on the losing side as Hearts were beaten by a free kick in the last minute of extra time after the game had finished level at 3-3 after 90 minutes. To read more about the game visit the football club's official web site by clicking here. You can also read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.


Hawks Are Simply Champion - Hethersett Hawks/Swinton & Co had a lot to celebrate in the Norfolk finals held at their track. Not only was the track in perfect condition and produced some excellent, fast and competitive racing but also the club had the top three on the podium in the Norfolk Senior Championship and they can be proud that they are all home-grown riders. To read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here.


Football Club Funday - Hethersett Athletic Football Club will be holding its annual youth teams' funday at Hethersett Junior School on Saturday June 9th. The day will include the presentation of trophies to all the club's youth sides and they will also show their footballing expertise in small sided games. There will be plenty of other attractions as well. Members of the public are most welcome to attend the event.


Talented Bards Rise to Olympic Challenge - Talented young poets from schools in and around Hethersett have risen to the challenge for an Olympic inspired poetry competition. You can read all about this by viewing a cutting from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


Old Hall School Olympic Fair -  The sun shone for the first time in many weeks as Hethersett Old Hall School staged a special Olympic themed fete. It was all the fun of the fair as pupils paraded carrying flags to represent individual Olympic countries. Attractions during the day ranged from a climbing wall and a variety of stalls and games to refreshments and the sporting theme was taken up by displays from the Norwich based Thoroughbreds Netball Club and a special beat the goalkeeper competition with former England international Dean Ashton in goal! Numerous youngsters took the opportunity to try their luck and many put the ball past the former Norwich City and West Ham player. To view more photographs of the event click her. To read an article from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.


Cricketers Beaten - Something had to give when Norfolk Alliance Division Two leaders Swardeston B and second placed Hethersett and Tas Valley came up against each other. Sadly a much weakened Hethersett team without a number of key players went down to a seven wicket defeat after being bowled out for just 120. In the second round of the prestigious Carter Cup competition Hethersett have been drawn at home to Great Witchingham on June 3rd. The club did have something to celebrate, however, with club members pictures opposite with the new national clubmark award.

Grant's Hat-trick and Andrew's Successful Pledge  - Many congratulations to Norwich City striker Grant Holt, who lives in Hethersett, for being the first player in the history of the club to win the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy for player of the year for the third time. Holt was presented with the trophy at the end of the 2-0 home win on Sunday against Aston Villa. Staying on a Norwich City theme, Canary player Andrew Surman has kept his promise made on the village pledge wall in January. Andrew pledged to help keep Norwich City in the Premier League and certainly achieved his aim with room to spare. Andrew's pledge is on the photo above



Honour for Nicky - A second Hethersett resident has been chosen to carry the London Olympic Torch when it comes to Norfolk in July. Nicky Wardale, leader of the Ducklings Playgroup, will be running with the torch in Cromer on July 4th and has spoken about her excitement and pride at being chosen from thousands of nominees. Hethersett Parish Councillor and Chair of the village Olympic Committee Shane Hull will be running with the torch at Acle on July 5th - the day it pays a special visit to Hethersett. To read more about this click here. We have also heard that former Hethersett High School pupil Natalie Bradley will run with the torch at Acle on July 5th, Natalie lives in Mulbarton.


Annual Parish Meeting - Hethersett held its annual parish meeting on May 9th. For a report of the evening click here.


Feature on the RiNG - The Rheumatoid in Norfolk Group (The RiNG) have been featured in the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper. The group meets regularly in Hethersett Village Hall. To read the feature click here


Inspirational Day -  May 16th was National Inspire Day - a day when the London 2012 Inspire Mark project award winners will be celebrated. This includes our village. You can read a Press Release about this by clicking here. As part of the celebrations in Norwich there will be a collection of short animations from the Hethersett cluster of primary schools that explore London as a host city in 1908, 1948 and 2012 will be shown on the big screen at Chapelfield Plain.

Read the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper by clicking here.


Grant's Hat-trick - Many congratulations to Norwich City striker Grant Holt, who lives in Hethersett, for being the first player in the history of the club to win the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy for player of the year for the third time. Holt was presented with the trophy at the end of the 2-0 home win on Sunday against Aston Villa.


Hethersett Youngsters Inspired - Youngsters who have been inspired by the Olympic Games have see their work go on show at Norwich’s castle. Pupils from Hethersett High School were included. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.


Talk By The Yard - The Norwich Yards will be the subject of an illustrated talk by Frances and Michael Holmes in Hethersett Library on May 24th at 7 p.m. It will be a return visit from the Norwich duo who previously gave a talk on Norwich Public Houses and Breweries. “Frances and Michael will be explaining how the Norwich yards came into being and featuring the lives of the many and varied people who lived there,” said Hethersett Library manager Jennie Hoult. Admission to the event is free and more information is available from the library on 01603 810188. The library is also holding Baby Rhyme Time sessions on the second and fourth Wednesday mornings of each month from 10.30 to 11.30 and also First Friday Fun sessions for children under five on the first Friday of the month from 2 to 3 p.m.


Hethersett Opera Singer to Be Club Patron - International soprano Elizabeth Watts, who comes from Hethersett, has accepted an invitation to become the new patron of Norwich Opera Club. Elizabeth, whose voice was recently described by International Record Review as "one of the most beautiful Britain has produced in a generation", has taken over as patron following the death of the previous incumbent music critic John Steane who died last year. “We are delighted that Elizabeth has agreed to be our new patron especially as she is a local girl,” said publicity officer Dee Reekie, who also lives in the village. The club is hoping that Elizabeth, who is a former Norwich Cathedral chorister, will be able to take time off from her hectic schedule to talk to them at some time in the future. Norwich Opera Club meets on alternate Thursdays in the Assembly House and has been in existence since 1970 – making it one of the oldest opera appreciation societies in the country. Meetings consist of either speakers or opera appreciation through the viewing of DVDs. Elizabeth will be appearing in Bruckner’s Requiem with the National Sinfonia in Gateshead on May 18th and with the London Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony at the Barbican on May 27th.  


Dance Show Extravaganza - Slick and colourful are just two of the words to describe the bi-ennial show by the Yvonne School of Dance which took place at Norwich Theatre Royal on May 6th. To read a full report of the event click here.


Acoustic Showcase


An acoustic showcase of artists at Hethersett Social Club could be the first of many such events.  
Organised by last year's Hethersett's Got Talent winner David Wyatt, the event featured artists performing both their own material and cover versions. David teamed up with Carole Lea to perform material from artists including Garth Brooks, the Seekers and Smokey Robinson. Singer songwriter Jon Christophers, who also works in Hethersett Post Office, performed his own material and Roger Dowe played pieces from the songbooks of Donovan, Billy Joel and Bob Dylan. "Everyone seemed to enjoy the music and so I am hoping to run another acoustic showcase in the future," David Wyatt said. Click on the photographs above to enlarge them.


Run the Square Entry Forms - Entry forms for run the square are now available from this site. The two mile event is one of the highlights of the village open weekend and this year's run/walk will take place on Sunday June 24th. The forms can be downloaded in word format by clicking here and in pdf format by clicking here. Details of where to send them are on the forms.


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 24th. 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.


Teddy Bears Picnic - Hethersett Old Hall School are inviting boys and girls up to the age of seven to bring along their "furry friends" for the annual Teddy Bears' Picnic - and older brothers, sisters and even grown-ups are welcome as well. This is a free family event and will take place at the school from 3 to 5 p.m on Wednesday May 30th. The afternoon will include games in the school's woods and fields along with a treasure hunt. Anybody wishing for more details or to attend can e-mail the school by clicking here or telephone 01603 810390  


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.


Cricketers Riding High - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club have made a successful start to their Norfolk Alliance Division Two campaign and, after two matches, are in second place behind Swardeston. Their first match of the season was washed out but this weekend they visited Downham and returned with a two wicket victory.


Musical Fete - A fundraising fete for Norwich voluntary and welfare organisation the Door to Door project is being held in Hethersett Village Hall from 11.30 to 4 p.mon August 11th. The event includes musical performances by Hethersett folk group Get the Folk Out, Hethersett Singers and Norwich group Second Hand Band. Admission is £5. Refreshments available. Event also includes a tombola, crafts and book sale.


New Dates at Social Club - Hethersett Social Club has announced its entertainment for the next three months. To view a poster click here. The events start with a race night in the lounge for all the family on May 12th and other dates include: May 13th - children's fun afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m; May 26th - Fish and Chip Quiz Night; June 3rd - Excite Kareoke with Phil Male; June 16th - Disco night with Chris Watt and Liam; June 30th - Phil Male; July 7th - Heat; July 21st Classic ska and Two Tone with Stylotones; July 28th - club open day, bowls tournament and Chris Watt disco


Youth Club Sale Success - The car boot and sale at Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club raised £225.47 towards the club's running costs: "We were very pleased with the outcome and would like to thank all the people who turned out in bad weather. We are planning to repeat the event next year," said Gillian Sanders from the club. The club's next event is  a jubilee afternoon of events for children on May 26th at 2 p.m. Children will be able to make various things and are asked to come dressed as either a king or queen with prizes for the best. Admission is £2.50 and places can be booked by telephoning 01953 607566. June 15th will see the club holding another Ladies Pamper Evening from 7 p.m. Tickets are £3 in advance of £3.50 on the door and attractions include reflexology, massages and manicures. There will be a family treasure hunt around Hethersett on July 7th.