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Archive News May 2014

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in May 2014

Anniversary Production - Hethersett Players will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with a cabaret evening featuring some favourite items from the past decade, some new pieces and also the third outing of the Little Grimley Dramatic Society in the play "The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley." A fish and chip compulsory. Tickets can be booked online from May 6th by clicking here.

 

Name to Be Added to War Memorial - A new name is being added to Hethersett’s War Memorial as the village commemorates the centenary of the First World War. Currently 17 names of those from the village who died in the Great War are featured. The name of Albert “Ray” Childs is missing, however. Now the omission is being rectified after Hethersett Parish Council agreed to add Ray’s name after an application from local historian Bea Ewart, who was joint author of a booklet on the War Memorial published a few years ago. Ray Childs was severely gassed during active service in France in 1918. He continued to serve in the war but returned home to be hospitalised with his health being described by contemporary records as “in a precarious state.” He subsequently died in 1919 at the age of 24. Ray was well known locally as secretary of the juvenile branch of the Rechabites Club and secretary of Hethersett Cricket Club. He was buried in St Remigius Churchyard in the village. His elder brother Harry also died whilst serving in Egypt in the war and is already commemorated on the war memorial. Councillors agreed that “the time is appropriate” to add the name of Ray Childs to the Memorial in a year that will see all the names cleaned and enhanced. The Childs family name is also remembered in the naming of Childs Road in the village. It will be the second occasion in recent history that a name has been added to the war memorial. The name of Norman Folkard was included a few years ago after he was killed in action in 1956 during the Cyprus Emergency. The council is also supporting a new website which looks at the village and the men serving in both world wars. This is currently being constructed by parish councillor Peter Steward with the help of village archivist Gary Wyatt. The site is online and can be accessed by clicking here. NOTE of EXPLANATION: Rechabites is a British temperance movement which promotes total abstinence from alcohol.

 

Sparkling Idea - Youngsters registered as volunteers with the Norfolk Can Inspire Group will be holding a charity car wash on Wednesday 4th June from 7-9 p.m and Thursday 5th June from 6 to 9 p.m at Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club in Back Lane. They will be raising money for East Anglian Children's Hospices (EACH) and at the same time celebrating National Volunteers' Week. Norfolk Can Inspire is an exchange between local young people and voluntary organisations through voluntary work aimed at benefiting the whole community and is a registered charity.

 

Junior School Fete Success - There was a special world cup football theme to Hethersett Junior School’s Spring Fair as hundreds of people dodged the rain to enjoy the annual event. Flags from many World Cup footballing nations were on display and each year group at the school performed a football style song which included All Together Now by The Farm (Year 3), The Greatest Day by Take That (Year 4), We are the Champions by Queen (Year 5) and Back Home from the England World Cup Squad of 1970 (Year 6). It was the first school fair for recently appointed head teacher Matthew Parslow-Williams: “It is very special to see so many people from our community enjoying themselves and I would like to thank everyone for their continued support. Organising and running such an event is hard work and time consuming and I would like to thank the PTA for all the time and effort they have put in over the past few months.” he said. Other attractions included the emergency services with a fire engine and police car, games, barbecue, raffles, zumba, refreshments and tombolas. Crusaders Rugby Club’s Tiny Triers section, Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club and Hethersett Athletic Football Club were amongst the clubs on hand throughout the day with come and try sessions. Earlier in the week Mr Parslow-Williams had introduced himself to residents at Hethersett’s annual parish meeting and pledged himself to fostering close links with the community: “In whatever I do I always ask what is best for the children. I want to establish a vision of values at the school that teach the children respect, responsibility and honesty,” he said.

 

Cricketers Reach Two County Final - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club have reached the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire Final of the Davidstow Village Cricket Competition. On Sunday they received their second consecutive bye as opponents Reach of Cambridgeshire pulled out. Hethersett now take on either Brooke or Foxton from Cambridgeshire in the area final at home on Sunday June 8th. The winners of that match will visit the winners of the Suffolk/Essex group in the Fifth round.

 

Village Display - If you are a regular visitor to this site you will be aware of the many trophies and accolades won by Hethersett over the past few years. A list of some of them is in the heading area of this site. Now you will be able to view some of the awards and trophies along with regular displays from Hethersett archives in a cabinet in Hethersett Library. We will have more details of this shortly.

 

Old Hall Fete Postponed - Hethersett Old Hall School Fete was postponed on May 10th due to bad weather. It is being re-scheduled for September.

 

 

Open Weekend Programme Announced - The programme for this year's Hethersett Open Weekend has been announced and will feature four major events over Saturday July 5th and Sunday July 6th. Saturday will feature a come and try sports event on Hethersett Memorial Field and Sunday will see a multi-denominational church service in Hethersett Social Club being followed by the annual run the square two mile funrun. The weekend will conclude with a new event - a concert by Wymondham Rock Choir in St Remigius Church. 

Click here. To see more details of the programme 

Click here for an entry form for the run the square event in word format.

Click here for an entry form for the run the square event in pdf format

 

 

A Running Success - It was a special evening on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field when a digital race clock was presented to Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association by South Norfolk Council. The clock was bought with a £1300 grant from the council and will be used at the village's annual funrun in July and at various other events throughout the year. After the presentation a new seven week running course was launched under the direction of Norfolk Olympian Paul Evans. Over 40 people of all ages and abilities turned up and the course will continue on Thursdays from 7 until 8 p.m. It is free and organised jointly by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Melton’s Sports Association. “The course is suitable for all ages and all abilities from raw beginners to experienced sports people. It will give everyone the chance to run at their own pace in a social atmosphere and also help people to build up to the two mile run the square event which will be part of Hethersett’s annual Open Weekend on July 6th,” said Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association chair Peter Steward. There is no need to book for the event, just turn up on the night. New runners most welcome. Our photo above shows Hethersett's district councillor David Bills presenting the cheque and clock to Shane Hull, Chair of Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee, treasurer of Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association and a Hethersett Parish Councillor.

 

Sponsorship Deal for Hawks - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club will be staging the British Under-19 Championships on Saturday May 24th and have secured a sponsorship deal. Estate Agents Haart will be sponsoring the event and Mel Perkins MBE, Secretary of the Club, welcomed the support of Haart to help the Club offset the cost of bringing this prestigious event to the Memorial Playing Field. He said "British Cycling have confirmed 22 entries for the event, coming from as far as Edinburgh, Newport and Poole. Two Hethersett riders, Ollie Buxton and Norfolk Champion Ollie Riley, are also in the field. We want to put on a special show for such a big event to come to the village and the sponsorship deal is a major help." Joanne Pennell, who is co-ordinating the sponsor's arrangements, said "Haart Estate Agents are pleased to support the British Championship. Haart are a family run nationwide company and play a big part in supporting their local communities and events".

 

 

Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club hosted the British Under-19 Championships on the Memorial Field after having to do some emergency work on the track following heavy overnight and morning rain. The event was sponsored by Haart Estate Agents and won by defending champion Ricki Johnson from Wednesfield following a ride off against Ipswich's Charlie Rumbold. Hethersett riders Ollie Riley and Ollie Buxton came fourth and 11th respectively. To see a full report and more photos of the finals visit the club's official web site by clicking here.

 

Running Course for All - A six week running course for all ages and abilities is being held on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field, starting on May 22nd. The course, which will be held between 7 and 8 p.m and led by Norfolk Olympian Paul Evans, is free to join and being organised jointly by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Melton’s Sports Association. “The course is suitable for all ages and all abilities from raw beginners to experienced sports people. It will give everyone the chance to run at their own pace in a social atmosphere and also help people to build up to the two mile run the square event which will be part of Hethersett’s annual Open Weekend on July 6th,” said Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association chair Peter Steward. There is no need to book for the event, just turn up on the night.

 

New Chairman for Parish Council - John Nightingale has been appointed chairman of Hethersett Parish Council to succeed Fred Watkins who has retired from the position. Viv Hawes will continue in her current role as vice-chair. The council has two vacancies following the resignations of Jackie Sutton and Allison Utting, both of whom are moving away from the village. Fred Watkins was first elected to the council in 1987 and served for six years as vice-chairman and five years as chairman, completing over 25 years of service, punctuated only by a short break a number of years ago. “It has been a privilege to serve the community as chairman of the Parish Council but I now feel that the time is right to hand over to someone else. I will, at least for the next year, continue to be a member of the council. As chairman I have appreciated the productive contributions made by both Jackie and Allison in debate and to their work on the council and thank them both for it. The current vacancies could give someone an opportunity to serve as a councillor before the next elections which are scheduled for May 2015,” Mr Watkins said. More details about the vacancies, what being a councillor entails and how to apply are available from parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915 or via e-mail at Hethersett.pc@tiscali.co.uk. Mr Weetman is also available in the parish council office, upstairs in the Village Hall, from 10 a.m until noon on Mondays and Thursdays.

 

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Village Shock over Elderly Woman's Death - Neighbours have expressed their shock and sadness at the death of Vivienne Abbott who was struck by a delivery lorry just yards from her front door in Great Melton Road, Hethersett, on May 13th. You can read the full story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. You can also read the original report from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper by clicking here. The photograph above shows the scene in Great Melton Road just after the accident. It is our understanding that as a result of this tragic incident, plans to build a footpath in the area are being pushed forward by South Norfolk Council.

 

Coming Craft Event - A tea and craft event is being held in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall from 2 to 4.30 p.m on May 24th. Home made cakes and cream teas and a range of handmade crafts will feature. Any crafts people who would like to join the event can get more details from Clare Miller on 0787 323 3393.

 

Cricket Off - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club's second round Davidstow National Village Cup tie at Hemsby was called off due to rain and will now be played on May 18th.

 

Footballers Win Again - Hethersett Athletic Under-14s completed a league and cup double when they travelled to Thetford Bulldogs for their final league game of the season. The team had already won the league cup and only needed a draw to take the league as well. They won the match 6-3 thanks to two goals from Raiffe Parrett and other strikes from Matt Watts, Ollie Hudson-Church, Jack Kirby and Lewis Harris.

 

Record Stand for Cricket Club - Hethersett and Tas Valley pair Paul Reeve and Nick Burrett set a new club second wicket partnership record as Valley recorded a winning draw in the Norfolk Alliance against Swardeston B. Reeve hit an unbeaten 135 and Burrett weighed in with a career best of 131 as they put on 233 for the second wicket in a final team score of 314-2. Reeve then went on to take 3-41. Despite this Swardeston clung on to avoid defeat with a score of 198-7.

 

Running Course for All - A six week running course for all ages and abilities is being held on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field, starting on May 22nd. The course, which will be held between 7 and 8 p.m and led by Norfolk Olympian Paul Evans, is free to join and being organised jointly by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Melton’s Sports Association. “The course is suitable for all ages and all abilities from raw beginners to experienced sports people. It will give everyone the chance to run at their own pace in a social atmosphere and also help people to build up to the two mile run the square event which will be part of Hethersett’s annual Open Weekend on July 6th,” said Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association chair Peter Steward. There is no need to book for the event, just turn up on the night.

 

Bottle Banks to Be Removed -  The bottle banks on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field will shortly be removed as another step to prevent vandalism in the area. Over the past two years, the playing field trustees have taken a number of steps to cut down on vandalism and anti-social behaviour following a number of incidents on the field. This included glass from the bottle banks being strewn onto the car park and the banks themselves being damaged on a number of occasions. “The Trustees have decided to take a number of steps to fight vandalism including improving security and taking down a bench near the pavilion. The situation has improved over the past few months but we are aware with summer approaching that we must remain vigilant. “Taking away the re-cycling bins will provide more car parking spaces and also cut down on dangerous shards of glass being left around,” said chair of the playing field Trustees Peter Hoult. The bottle re-cycling centre at Hethersett Village Hall will continue to be available.

Youngsters Organise Fete - The young people of Hethersett Youth Club are organising a Summer Fete on Saturday 28th June at their premises in Back Lane. A number of stalls are already booked for the event which will take place both inside and outside the hall. Tables are still available at £5 each and the group is also looking for tombola and raffle prizes and cakes for the cake stall. The event will start at midday and also feature, games and birds of prey from the Phoenix Bird Rescue group. “It is the first such event that the youngsters have organised for their club and we are hoping the village really gets behind them,” said club stalwart Gillian Saunders who can be contacted on 01953 607566. Meanwhile the youth club is holding a bingo session on May 16th from 7 p.m.

Summer Solstice - A special summer solstice arts and music festival is being planned for Hethersett Memorial Playing Field on June 21st. We will have more details as soon as they become available.

Sponsorship Deal for Hawks - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club will be staging the British Under-19 Championships on Saturday May 24th and have secured a sponsorship deal. Estate Agents Haart will be sponsoring the event and Mel Perkins MBE, Secretary of the Club, welcomed the support of Haart to help the Club offset the cost of bringing this prestigious event to the Memorial Playing Field. He said "British Cycling have confirmed 22 entries for the event, coming from as far as Edinburgh, Newport and Poole. Two Hethersett riders, Ollie Buxton and Norfolk Champion Ollie Riley, are also in the field. We want to put on a special show for such a big event to come to the village and the sponsorship deal is a major help." Joanne Pennell, who is co-ordinating the sponsor's arrangements, said "Haart Estate Agents are pleased to support the British Championship. Haart are a family run nationwide company and play a big part in supporting their local communities and events".

 

Colourful Dance Show - Slick, colourful and charming are just three words to describe the biennial show performed by pupils of the Hethersett based Yvonne School of Dance at Norwich Theatre Royal. Over two shows, a cast of over 220 dancers of all ages from the tiniest tots to adults, danced their way through jazz, rock, pop, show and classical numbers and showed their versatility with ballet, modern theatre, tap, contemporary, street and even acrobatics. Thank You for the Music illustrated the close links between music and dance, illustrating just how important music is in our lives, inspiring all to dance, sing and even reminisce. It also marked the 14th production to showcase the skills and abilities in another sparkling performance that had something for everyone. The sheer logistics involved in ensuring that each dance moves seamlessly into the next was hugely impressive and added to the sheer quality of the performances. The audience was almost as enthusiastic as the dancers with families and friends giving the whole thing a party atmosphere to mark three decades of the dance school. The show was produced and directed by the school’s principal Yvonne Cutting with choreography by Mrs Cutting, Stella McLoughlin and Katie Andrews. An end of show bucket collection raised funds for Cancer Research UK. NEWS UPDATE - After show bucket collections raised £1151.29 for Cancer Research UK.

 

Woman from Hethersett Area Arrested - A care worker has been arrested following the sudden death of a woman in her 80s at a Norwich residential home. Police have stated that the arrested woman comes from the Hethersett area. You can read cuttings from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper by clicking here and here

 

Longer Hours at School for Hethersett Pupils? - Children in Hethersett could be spending more time at school after the announcement of plans to extend the school day at Hethersett Academy to 5 p.m. You can read about this story from the Norwich Evening News Newspaper by clicking here. You can also see this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. The proposals have met with considerable opposition from parents. To read letters on this subject to the Wymondham Mercury visit our press cuttings section by clicking here.

 

John's Marathon Ride - Hethersett youngster John Fraser is raising money for an animal welfare charity from a sponsored bike ride. You can read the cutting on this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.

 

Seven Year Old Wins Competition - A Hethersett pupil has won a dog agility competition against adult entrants at the age of just seven. To read this story from the Norwich Evening News Click here