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Archive News May 2013

Below are some of the stories that appeared on this site in May 2013.

School Deemed "Inadequate" - Hethersett High School has been criticised as inadequate by the Office of Standards in Education (OFSTED). Head teacher Kerry Jordan has hit back at what she has claimed is a "harsh and overly critical report." You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by visiting our cuttings section by clicking here


Teenager Hailed a Hero - A Hethersett teenager has been hailed a hero after running to the rescue after fire broke out in a neighbour's house. To read about Braden Taylor's brave action visit our cuttings section by clicking here.


Cricketers are Top - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club rose to the top of the Norfolk Alliance Division Two after their second win in a row at the weekend. They beat Norwich A by 166 runs to go two points clear of local rivals Great Melton.


High School to Become an Academy - Hethersett High School is set to become an academy after being put into special measures by OFSTED. You can read this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper by clicking here. See also our cuttings section.


Rays of Sunshine - The sun didn't shine on Hethersett Junior School's annual fair but the event did raise funds towards energy saving solar panels at the school. You can read about this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Garden Visits - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society has informed us that they have a few spaces left on its coach trip to Green Island Garden and the Beth Chatto Garden in Essex on Thursday 18th July. Food will be available or sandwiches can be taken. For more information contact Margaret Ford on 01603 811393 or Leslie Dale on 01603 810952


Cricketers Joint Top - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club produced their first win of the season on Saturday and leapt into joint top spot in the Norfolk Alliance Second Division. They are now level on points with leaders Great Melton who ironically suffered their first defeat of the season. It's been a topsy turvy start to the season for Hethersett who have recorded a win, a winning draw, a defeat and had a match abandoned because of rain. Saturday'a win came at Saham Toney.


Riding Success - There was a good turnout for the first ride of the recently set-up Hethersett Cycling Club with 18 people taking part. They travelled to Old Buckenham airfield and back and organiser Martin Anderton is hoping social rides will become a regular part of the club’s calendar. Martin and experienced rider Iain Nichols have formed a two man committee and they are looking to start an Over 60s group and also launch some teaching and off road training courses for children. “The aim of the club is to provide a relaxed introduction into riding and road cycling giving people the knowledge, experience and confidence to ride,” Martin Anderton said.


Plant Success - The annual plant sale outside Hethersett Methodist Church raised £236.30 for Hope and Homes for Children. Additional donations of £81.35 brought the total raised for the charity which works with children, their families and communities across Central and Eastern Europe and Africa, to £317.65. The original date of the event had to be changed due to the harsh winter. Local organiser Joan Green said she was delighted with the result: “We are amazed by the result after the prolonged winter weather necessitated a delay in the sale. Strangely this worked in our favour as many people needed to replace plants they had lost in the bad weather and used our sale to re-stock. I am very grateful to everybody who supported and helped with the event,” she said.


Hethersett are Runners-Up - Hethersett Netball Club finished runners-up after a dramatic end to the latest Active Norfolk Village Games competition. Hethersett reached the final where they came up against Diss and Roydon. The match ended in a draw and went to a golden goal scenario with Diss winning the all important toss and netting first.


Marathon Swim - Marathon swimmers at a Hethersett health club have raised over £2,000 for a local cancer charity. Members of Fitness Express at Park Farm Hotel swam up to 22 miles each in a sponsored event to raise funds for the Wymondham based Star Throwers charity. A cheque for just over £2,004 was presented by Kerrie Smy of the Fitness Express leisure team to Les King, who is not only a prominent member of the health club but also patron of the charity. Also on hand at the presentation were Dr Henry Mannings and supporters of Star Throwers, representatives of Fitness Express and Daniel Lewin and his dad Rob. Daniel, who lives at Little Melton, individually raised over £200 by completing the full 22 miles by swimming three miles a week and regularly doing 100 lengths after school. Eleven year old Daniel, who attends Hethersett High School, was accompanied by his father for some of his watery journey. Refreshments at the presentation were provided by Park Farm Hotel.   

Life of Riley - Since joining Hethersett Hawks from Norwich Cycle Speedway Club in the winter, brother and sister Oliver and Danielle Riley have been taking the cycle speedway scene by storm. Fifteen-year-old Oliver recently became one of the youngest ever winners of the Norfolk Senior title in its 53-year history and has been called up by Birmingham to race in the Elite League.  He is strongly tipped to be among the main contenders for the British Under-16 title in August.  He also won the Norwich Grand Prix at Eaton Park in March. Danielle has just turned 18 and is seen as one of the top three female competitors in the UK, recently finishing second in a major invitation event at Leicester. She is currently unbeaten in the regional rounds of the British Youth and Junior League so jointly leads the national grand prix table.  Despite her position in the ladies' sport, Danielle prefers to race with the men and is now a regular in Hethersett's first team and regularly holds her own in open events. Hawks founder and secretary Mel Perkins paid tribute to the duo: “Both riders are extremely committed and train hard regularly as well as entering any event available to them. They are fully supported by parents Gary and Gaynor plus the Hethersett management and coaching team.”

Scott is a Top Sport - Seventeen year old Scott Grimes is certainly leaving his mark on sport in Hethersett. Scott has finished joint club top scorer for Hethersett Athletic Football Club and has now swapped the round ball game for two wheels as he takes to the track to represent Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club. During the football season, Scott scored 45 times for Athletic to finish joint winner of the club’s golden boot award with Ladies team player Hannah Waters. It was Scott’s first season of adult football and he turned out for both the club’s Saturday and Sunday sides. With the football season over he has turned his attention to the track and came third in the Norfolk Senior Championships and then scored 13 points as Hethersett defeated Great Blakenham in their first home league action of the season. 


Young Footballers are Champions - Hethersett Athletic Under-16s (pictured right) have won their section of the Norfolk Youth Combination and are now preparing for a special memorial match. The youngsters will be taking on Rocklands this Saturday (May 25th) for the Lee Thompson Memorial Shield. To read more about this visit Hethersett Athletic's official web site by clicking here. The club's Under-12s have won their league title.
Charity Match - A special football match for the Lee Thompson Memorial Plate was held on the Memorial Field with Hethersett Under-16s beating Rockland Under-16s 5-2 At the end there was a surprise for Under-16s coach/manager Michael Lemmon when he became the latest winner of the Lee Thompson Memorial Shield for his outstanding contribution to the club over the past 12 months. The plate and shield were given to the club in memory of former player Lee who was tragically killed in a road accident. The match also included a tombola and barbecue and raised £213.80 for the SOS Bus charity. Michael is pictured above receiving the trophy from Lee's brother Ben.


Feeling Energetic? - The hugely successful Hethersett 30/60 cycle event is expanding with plans already in hand to add a 90 mile ride in 2014 to make it a  truly marathon event.


They Came and Tried - Hethersett’s annual come and try sports and games evening organised jointly by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association attracted over 80 people of all ages to the Memorial Playing Field. The event gave the public the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of sports and games including cricket, football, athletics, cycle speedway, petanque, cornboard and handball. Qualified coaches were on hand to help with the fun.


King's Head in Focus - Hethersett King's Head has been featured in the Norwich Evening News as the newspaper's Pub of the Week. You can read the feature by visiting our cuttings section by clicking here. You can also read the story from the newspaper by clicking here.


Hethersett Man Charged - An 83-year-old man has denied indecently assaulting girls, one of whom was eight years old, in Norfolk. Brian Frost, of Mill Road, Hethersett, is charged with 12 counts covering a period between 1997 and 2006. The charges comprise of five assaults of a girl under 13 by sexual touching and seven indecent assaults of a girl under 14. Great Yarmouth magistrates bailed Mr Frost for a committal hearing on 19 July.


Rare Breed Detected - We recently included a story about a new bat survey in Norfolk and a number of people have been surveying Hethersett. As a result a rare Nathusius Pipistrelle bat has been recorded. There are only about 850 recordings of this species of bat in the whole of Great Britain and Ireland. To learn more about the Nathusius Pipistrelle click here.


Games Morning at Library - Hethersett Library is holding a traditional games morning on June 8th. Board games will include Scrabble, Frustration, Connect 4 and many others and people are also being invited to take their own along. Everyone is welcome, particularly families.


Humbleyard Stays Blue - Judith Virgo has retained her place as our representative on Norfolk County Council. In the Humbleyard election on May 2nd she recorded 1,306 votes for the Conservative party, over 700 votes ahead of her nearest rival. Humbleyard includes Hethersett and the turnout was 33.8%. The full result was: Judith Virgo (Conservative Party) 1,306, Ralph Evans (United Kingdom Independence Party) 577, Victoria Smillie (Labour Party) 390, Andrew Panes (Green Party) 352, Margaret Pitcher (Liberal Democrats) 248. Results for all of Norfolk are available by clicking here.



New Cycling Club for Village - A new cycling club is being launched in Hethersett.  Hethersett Cycling Club will have its first club ride this coming Sunday (May 12th), starting from Hethersett Social Club at 8.30 a.m and going to Old Buckenham Airfield and back. The club has been set-up by Martin Anderton who has organised the Hethersett 30/60 event for the past two years. He admits that he has been surprised and heartened by the response to cycling in the village and surrounding area: "When I said there was a lot of interest in cycling I never thought the response would be so great." The speed of Sunday's ride will depend on the pace of the slowest rider. If enough people take part the ride could split into two groups. There is only one rule - riders must wear helmets. It is hoped to have a dedicated website up and running soon along with clothing available to buy. Meanwhile the 30/60 event scheduled for 2014 will be even bigger with more riders and a 90 mile event being added.


Disappointing Start for Cricketers - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club had a disappointing start to the season with all four league teams losing on Saturday and then the club being knocked out of the Bob Carter Cup on Sunday. The first team lost to Bradenham by five wickets in the Norfolk Alliance, the seconds lost to Narborough by 96 runs in the Alliance, the thirds lost to Old Catton by 159 runs in the Norfolk League and the fourths played their first ever league match - going down to Diss Thirds by 10 wickets in the Norfolk League. On Sunday Downham racked up 400-4 in their 60 overs in the Bob Carter Cup. Hethersett made a brave attempt to reach the target but were all out for 259.


Hethersett Bake Off - It promises to be a busy summer at Old Hall School with a variety of events including the 75th annual school fete and the annual summer picnic concert. To read more about these and other events click here. The fete takes place this Saturday (May 11th) and will feature the Great Hethersett Bake Off where contestants will be pitting their culinary skills against each other in a number of categories including Victoria Sponge, four scones on a plate, four decorated cupcakes, four biscuits and a traybake. Entry is £1 per class. The fete will also feature swing boats, archery, tug of war, coconut shy, barbecue and many other attractions.The fete runs from 11 a.m until 2.30 p.m. Entries will be judged by the general manager of Dunstan Hall. More details are available on the special Old Hall School Internet Blog which can be accessed by clicking here.


Quiz Time - A quiz is being held in Hethersett Village Hall on June 15th at 7.30 p.m to raise funds for July's Sport in the Park and Village fete. Tables of up to eight people are now available at £5 per person and bookings can be made to Memorial Playing Field Trustees' Chairman Peter Hoult on 01603 811337.


New Writers' Group for Hethersett - A new writers’ group has been set-up in Hethersett. The group, which will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m, is the brainchild of local resident Pat Lightfoot (pictured on the right). You can read the full story of this by clicking here. The first meeting saw nine budding writers from Hethersett, Attleborough, Norwich and Kenninghall sharing their poetry, prose and short stories. The group has its own web site which can be accessed by clicking here. 



Church Reaches Out to Youth - Hethersett Parish Church is making a determined effort to appeal to the younger members of society with a number of new initiatives. On May 3rd St Remigius held a special film show of The Life of Pi aimed at youngsters of High School Age from 12 to 16. It is hoped that the film club entitled The Flix@St Remigius will become a regularly quarterly event with the next film in July. Organiser Sara Kenny said the first evening had been a success: "Our First Flix event went very well. The film came across fantastically well in the church, the sound was awesome and atmosphere great. We are hoping that the word will spread and that the next night will be even better supported," Sara said. In addition the church will be holding special youth services entitled "The Soul Session" on the second Sunday of the month, initially for a four month period and aimed at the 11 to 16 age range. This will be a mixture of a spiritual service and worship mixed with team games and activities and will take place in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club premises in Back Lane. The new events are an attempt by the church to appeal to younger people and in the future could also include live music events.. The very young (up to the age of seven) already have their own regular messy church activities. To see more details go to the dedicated Facebook page by clicking here.


Ringing in the Success - Members of Hethersett Bell Ringers are county champions. The group won the call changers section of the Norfolk striking competition at Weston Longville at the beginning of May with just four and a half faults recorded. The Hethersett Ringers taking part were Rebekah Larner, Rachel Mallett, Chris Denmark, Rebecca Ritchie, Justin Ritchie and Mark Alexander, Mark Larner was the caller. It was a great success for Rebekah and Justin who are relatively new to ringing.


Run the Square Entry Forms - Entry forms for this year's two mile Run the Square Funrun on July 7th are now available on this site. The event will be part of Hethersett Open Weekend. To download this form click here for a word format and click here for a pdf file. Forms for the funrun and other events during the weekend can also be accessed by clicking here.


Spring Clean - South Norfolk Council has been giving Hethersett a Spring Clean as part of its move to improve the environment in the district. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. The next village litter pick organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) will take place this Saturday (May 11th) starting at the Methodist Church car park at 10 a.m. All welcome and tools will be provided.


Nominated for a Tony - A former Hethersett High School pupil has been nominated for a prestigious Tony award. Richard Jordan is in the running for the highest accolade in American theatre. You can read this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper by clicking here.


Hethersett Man Charged - A Hethersett man is to face a number of charges when he appears before Norwich Crown Court. David Rope from Ketts Close has been charged with seven offences. You can read more about this by visiting our cuttings service or by clicking here.


Firefighters Needed - Norfolk is looking for more firefighters, including Hethersett. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by visiting our cuttings section or by clicking here.


Man Collapses - A man has collapsed and died whilst out walking in the village. You can read about this from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


Annual Parish Meeting - Hethersett’s annual parish meeting took place in Hethersett Village Hall  on May 8th with a number of local groups reflecting on a highly successful year for the village which has seen it named Norfolk Community of the Year and receive a National Big Society award. The meeting received reports from numerous local organisations including the parish council, Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust, Hethersett Village Hall Management Committee, Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association, Hethersett Parochial Charity, Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, Hethersett Archive Group, Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee, Police and schools. We will have a full report of the meeting shortly.