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Archive News May 2015

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in May 2015

Dementia Friendly Launch Evening - Hethersett launched itself as a dementia friendly village at a special evening attended by over 60 people at Hethersett Hall. Local businesses, groups and organisations were represented as Hethersett became only the seventh village or town in Norfolk to become officially "dementia friendly." The evening was the culmination of the work of a dementia friendly steering group and members were on hand to cut a celebratory cake. To read a full report from the evening click here. To view a report of the evening from the Norwich Evening News click here. Meanwhile the Hethersett Hub Dementia Cafe opened up its doors for the first time on Tuesday May 19th at Hethersett Hall for the first of its regular monthly coffee morning sessions for dementia sufferers and their carers. These will take place from 10 a.m until midday on the third Tuesday of each month.


Top Racing at Hethersett - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway staged the second round of the British Women and Girls League with competitors from as far afield as Exeter, Poole and Sheffield providing some tremendous racing. In the inter-regional competition the leaders Midlands defeated the South and South West 72-48. The East team was boosted by the inclusion of Hethersett riders Tiffany Collins and Katie Adams (pictured in blue opposite).  They beat the North 67-42. The individual competition that followed provided even better racing as the riders were split into Senior and Intermediate categories. Full results are available on the Hawks web site which can be accessed by clicking here. 

Annual Art Exhibition - The annual exhibition by the Paint With Us group will take place in Hethersett Village Hall from 10 a.m until 4 p.m on Sunday 14th June. The group were previously known as Hethersett Aspiring Artists and this will be their first show under the new name.



Cricketers Out of National Cup - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club bowed out of the Davidstow national village cricket competition when they went down to Cambridgeshire side Foxton in a match restricted by rain to 28 overs per team. Hethersett were set a target of 168 and stayed up with the run rate throughout their innings only to lose wickets and fall 20 runs short of their target. Meanwhile three of the club's Saturday teams are riding high in their respective leagues. The firsts are currently second to Norwich Cricket Club in Division Two of the Norfolk Alliance. The seconds are in fourth place in Division Five but with a game in hand on the leaders and the thirds are top of their division in the Norfolk League. Our photo shows opener Ian Bryce in action against Foxton.

Public Exhibition on Development - A public exhibition is being held in Hethersett Village Hall on 10th June between 2 and 7 p.m to outline the first phase of residential development to the north of the village. Taylor Wimpey Homes is planning 105 new homes on land off Back Lane. They state that the public consultation event will give residents and community groups the chance to find out more about the scheme and discuss plans with them. "Comments received from those who attend the event will help to shape the development proposals before a new planning application is finalised with a submission to South Norfolk Council," said Dan Humphries, planning co-ordinator for Taylor Wimpey East Anglia. The developers are promising "an attractive development of high quality homes to meet a range of requirements, including affordable properties for local people with housing needs." Outline planning permission has been granted for 1,196 new homes to the north of Hethersett. We are told this will include a primary school, community facilities, shops and recreation and play spaces. Those who cannot attend the exhibition will be able to access the information from 10th June via a web site which can be accessed by clicking here. If you have any comments regarding this development or development of the village as a whole please send them to us by clicking here and we will pass them onto the developers.

Thickthorn Roundabout - Hethersett Parish Councillors have met with the County Highways Department to talk about concerns over safety on Thickthorn Roundabout. This web site fully supports any campaign to introduce better markings and safety measures on the roundabout before a serious accident occurs. Numerous Hethersett residents have expressed concern over the roundabout and it would help if markings on the lanes coming off the A47 from the Great Yarmouth direction were returned to their previous format - i.e the left hand lane going to Thetford, the middle lane going to Hethersett and the right hand lane going to Swaffham and Norwich. It seems ludicrous that to get to Hethersett motorists have to start in the right lane and then cut across for the next section. We have personally witnessed so many near misses and there is rightfully serious concern over the matter. Hethersett Parish Council has written to MP Richard Bacon on this matter. If you are concerned about the current state of the junction please e-mail us by clicking here. You can see comments already made by clicking here. The village concerns over the roundabout have been featured in the Eastern Daily Press. You can read the story by clicking here.


Valuable Bikes Stolen - Two high-value bikes have been stolen from Hethersett. The incident took place at an address in Henstead Road sometime between the early hours of Wednesday, May 6 and 10pm on Tuesday, May 26. Between such times unknown persons stole a yellow and black Carrera TDF racing bike and a blue, white and black GT Avalanche 2014 bike. Anyone who believes they may have seen any suspicious activity in the area or who may have been offered the bikes for sale or know where they are should contact PC Ross Ward at Norfolk Constabulary on 101.


Tories Hold South Norfolk - The Conservative party has regained South Norfolk with MP Richard Bacon polling more votes than the other four candidates combined. The full result with a high 72.4% turnout is as follows: 

Richard Bacon Conservative 30,995
Deborah Sacks Labour 10,502
Barry Cameron UKIP 7,847
Jacqueline Howe Liberal Democrats 4,689
Catherine Rowett Green Party 3,090


The election for the Hethersett ward of South Norfolk Council produced the following result with the top two re-gaining their seats:


David Bills Conservative 1878
Leslie Dale Conservative 1671
Jackie Sutton Labour 913
Andy Pearson Labour 720
Colin Goodchild Liberal Democrat 648



There was no election for Hethersett Parish Council. Only 10 people put themselves forward for the 13 seats and the following were automatically elected: Jim Bartram, Anne Edwards, Viv Hawes, Shane Hull, Chris Morriss, Eileen Mulvaney, John Nightingale, Stephen Slack, Peter Steward and Jacky Sutton.


Hethersett Open Weekend - This year's Hethersett Open Weekend will take place on July 4th and 5th. Saturday 4th will see a come and try free sport in the park event on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field and Sunday 5th will bring the annual two mile fun run to the village, starting at 11 a.m from Hethersett Junior School. We will have more details of these events shortly. In the meantime the Run the Square entry form can by downloaded by clicking here. Entries cost £3 for adults and £1.50 for under-16s with a £1 supplement for entry on the day. All finishers will receive a medal. Completed entry forms can be sent to Hethersett Village Hall or Hethersett Library. Full details of how to enter are on the forms.

Dementia Friendly Cheque - A project to turn Hethersett into a dementia friendly village has been boosted by a £400 donation from Hethersett Pantomime Group. The Hethersett Dementia Friendly Community Project is just one of many good causes supported from the proceeds of this year’s village pantomime Treasure Island which once again pulled in packed houses during its week long run in Hethersett Village Hall. Over £4,000 was given away by the group this year, taking the amount raised for charities and local organisations to over £94,000 since village pantomimes began in 1970. A bucket collection at the end of each of the nine performances raised £2,278 for the Wymondham based Star Throwers charity. This was rounded up to £2,400 by the pantomime group. Other donations included £400 to Hethersett Village Hall Committee, £400 to Ducklings Pre-school playgroup, £250 to St Remigius Parish Church, £250 to the Granville Court Care Home at Horsford and £100 to the Norwich SOS Bus. The cheque for £400 for the Hethersett dementia support group was presented to its chairman David Bills by Neville Greenhalgh, Chairman of the Hethersett Pantomime Group, outside Hethersett Hall. Pictured opposite are David (centre left) and Neville (centre right) along with members of the Hethersett Dementia Support Group and Hethersett Pantomime Group. “We are delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause. We are always looking for worthy local charities and groups to support financially,” Mr Greenhalgh said. This donation from the Hethersett Pantomime Group is most welcome. It will enable us to plan ahead with our Hethersett Hub Cafe to provide the necessary facilities to make it a friendly place for those carers and dementia sufferers to meet," Mr Bills said. 


Victory for Netball Team - Hethersett continued its success in Norfolk Village Games competitions when the village's netball team triumphed in the annual Active Norfolk competition in Dereham. In the final Hethersett came up against a strong Great Massingham team and the sides couldn't be separated even after two periods of extra-time. Hethersett took the trophy on a golden goal rule of the first team to score. It was the team's first triumph in the competition depsite reaching the final in previous years. Final positions were: 1st Hethersett, 2nd Great Massingham, 3rd Long Stratton, 4th Scarning, 5th Rackheath, 6th Briston, 7th Old Catton, 8th Lophams, 9th Poringland and Framingham, 10th Hickling, 11th Beetley, 12th Southtown

Quiz Time for Church Funds - A quiz night is being held in Hethersett Old Hall School barn at 7 p.m on Friday, 12th June, in aid of Hethersett Parish Church. Tables of eight will be taking part and there will be home cooked food. Tickets are £8 each and can be booked by telephoning Mollie Herron on 01953 607390 or Vic Redington on 01603 811136.

John's Marathon Effort - Hethersett fund-raiser John Bakewell is no stranger to marathon efforts after scaling mountains, running marathons and biking over 1,300 miles in just over a week, but even by his standards his latest challenge is something special. Yu can read exactly what it is from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.

Pedal Powered Fundraisers - A pedal powered fundraising event that has been raising money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) for more than 20 years is hoping that its new home will make it better than ever. One of the group's leading lights, David Baker, comes from Hethersett and is featured in an article that appeared in the Wymondham Mercury newspaper which can be read by clicking here.

Skateboard Hope - Hope of saving the skateboard park at the back of Hethersett Village Hall have improved with a group of youngsters coming forward, enthusiastic to maintain the area. The youngsters, all keen skateboarders, have the backing of a group of supporters and parents and also Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association. The group, which has over 250 signatures on a petition supporting their aims, is currently drawing up plans and costings to sustain and improve the current park. Hethersett on the Web will keep you up to date on developments.

Cricketers on a High - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club have made an excellent start to the season with three of their Saturday sides aiming for the top of their respective divisions. The first team have recorded two wins and a winning draw and are currently in second place in the second division of the Norfolk Alliance. The seconds are top of Division Five after three straight wins and the thirds are currently in second place in Division 3 West of the Norfolk League. The club have also met with cup success  and won their first ever match in the Norfolk Veterans' League. Full details of all matches can be found on the club's web site which is available by clicking here.

Family Trio's Marathon Charity Swim - A family trio with strong Hethersett connections will be braving the icy waters of the Solent to raise money for charity on their way to a rock music festival. Luke Hull (20), Felicia Hull (19) and Oliver Armstrong (26) (pictured above during their promotional work in support of the village's London Olympic celebrations) are well known in Hethersett for their work in promoting the London Olympic games in 2012. Now they are going to swim to the Bestival Music Festival which takes place on the Isle of Wight in September. The numbers allowed to take part in the annual charity swim are strictly limited to about two dozen and the family threesome will be raising money for Ocean Youth Trust South and Dementia UK – the latter in memory of their grandfather Ron who suffered with dementia and who died in 2010 after a long illness. Ocean Youth Trust South uses a 72 foot yacht to help disadvantaged and vulnerable youngsters through the medium of sailing. The 1.3 mile swim is across one of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe and has been taking place for the past seven years. Unpredictable tides will make it quite a challenge – particularly for Oliver who is only an occasional swimmer. All three are qualified lifeguards, however, and previously have worked at Wymondham Leisure Centre and UEA Sportspark. Luke and Felicia are both at universities in the south of England and both members of the Norwich Swans Swimming Club. Felicia has represented Kent University at the British University and Colleges Swimming Championships. Luke has competed in the Great East Swim and all three have taken part in the Lowestoft Pier to Pier Swim, although they are more used to sprinting than long distance events. All three are putting together a comprehensive training programme and Oliver will be fully using his experience of working with elite athletes as part of his Physiology role at Birmingham University. The trio have all set-up fundraising pages through Virgin Money Giving. Luke’s site can be accessed by clicking here, Felicia’s by clicking here and Ollie’s by clicking here. The threesome are the children of Hethersett Parish Councillor and leading supporter of sport and fitness Shane Hull. To view a cutting from the Norwich Evening News click here

Osteopath Surgery in Hethersett - A new osteopath surgery has opened in Rowan House in Queen's Road, Hethersett. Hethersett Osteopaths is run by William Allchin and John Davis. William worked for 16 years at the Humbleyard Centre in Mulbarton which has closed. William has been practising since 1997 and John since 2000. The new clinic is disabled friendly with a ground floor treatment room and toilet and free parking. Hethersett Osteopaths can be contacted on 01603 813939.

Kissing Alley - Hethersett Parish Council is looking into the possibility of providing an improved walking service on the area of  the village known as Kissing Alley which is an official village footpath. Long term resident Frank Roth, who now lives at East Carlton, came up with the idea of putting a top surface on the path to make it easier and more pleasant for walkers and ramblers. Parish Councillor Stephen Slack is looking into costings and the most appropriate surface with a view to possibly taking the project forward.

Thickthorn Roundabout - Hethersett Parish Councillors are meeting with the County Highways Department today to discuss signing on Thickthorn Roundabout. The parish council is unhappy with the current markings which they believe are confusing and potentially dangerous

Gardens Open in June - Nineteen Hethersett gardens will be open to the public on Sunday June 28th as part of the village's open gardens scheme organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT)

Heritage Sign - The top half of the Heritage village sign on land in Great Melton Road has been removed for renovation and is likely to be absent for up to a month whilst restorer Nigel Ford gets to work on it.

Kick Wall/Basketball Hoop - Amenities on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field have been given a boost by a new basketball hoop and football kick wall which has been purchased through various grants.

Defibrillator - The village has a new defibrillator which is located on the outside wall of the village chemists in Great Melton Road.


Cycle Race to Come Through Village - Exciting news for Hethersett. The Tour of Britain cycle race on September 12th will now come through the centre of the village rather than along the B1172. The penultimate stage of the race from Fakenham to Suffolk will turn off the B1172 and then run the length of Queen's Road and Great Melton Road and out towards Great Meklton and onto Wymondham. This will take it past the Queen's Head, Hethersett Junior School, Hethersett Social Club, Hethersett Academy, Hethersett Library, Oake Square, Hethersett Methodist Church, Hethersett Shops, amongst others. Thousands of people are likely to watch the race which is the largest free spectator sporting event in the United Kingdom. It is anticipated that 120 of the world's top riders will pass through Hethersett sometime between 11.30 and midday - although timings depend on the race's progress and conditions. The last time the race visited Norfolk in 2012, over 100,000 people turned out to support. A small organising group is being set-up from Hethersett Parish Council and Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association to organise support and festivities in Hethersett. We will bring you more news as soon as we have it.


New Chair of Council - Jackie Sutton has been appointed chair of Hethersett Parish Council to succeed John Nightingale, who has stepped down but remains a member of the council. Ms Sutton was elected at the council's annual meeting on May 18th. Vivien Hawes continues as vice-chair. There are currently three vacancies on the council following the uncontested election at the beginning of May. Full details of the current council and its functions are available by clicking here.