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Archive News May 2016

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in May 2016



Hawks Reach Semi-Finals


Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club took on some of the top riders in Europe over the Bank Holiday weekend and reached the semi-finals of the European Club Championships. Facing top riders in Poland, five Hawks riders gave a good account of themselves with eight matches in three days. It was the first time that Hawks have ridden as a club outside of the United Kingdom and they started very much as underdogs against a mixture of continental sides and top UK teams including Wednesfield, Ipswich and Birmingham.Hawks notched a first and second place in their four qualifying rounds which was good enough to see them into the quarter-finals where they were placed third. The action continued as they came second in a quarter-final reperchage with Dan Chambers winning a tense race off to see Hawks through to the semi-finals and then a consolation final, in both of which they came fourth. It meant that Hawks finished in eighth place overall.Club secretary and founder Mel Perkins, who accompanied the team of Leigh Cossey, Dan Chambers, Harley Hamill, Dan Butler and Josh Herring said: “I am so proud of this amazing squad. By the end the riders were dead on their feet and walking wounded heroes. It was certainly an amazing weekend.”  Results involving Hethersett Hawks were as follows:

Qualifying Round - Ostrow 59, Wednesfield 43, Hethersett 32 (Chambers 10, Cossey 7, Butler 6, Hamill 6, Herring 3), Zelona Gora 25.  

Qualifying Round - Kately 59, Mikilov 42, Hethersett 37 (Chambers 13, Cossey 9, Butler 8, Hamill 7), Katowice 16.

Qualifying Round  - Hethersett 43 (Cossey 13, Chambers 13, Hamill 9, Butler 6, Herring 2), Zoldova 42, Mikolov 41, Zelona Gora 33.

Qualifying Round  - Milikov 43, Hethersett 42 (Chambers 13, Cossey 10, Butler 10, Hamill 6, Herring 3), Zoldova 40, Zelona Gora 34.

Quarter-Finals - Czestochowa 51, Swietocholwice 50, Hethersett 29 (Chambers 10, Cossey 8, Hammill 6, Butler 5), Birmingham Select 26.

Quarter Final Repechage - Wednesfield 54, Hethersett 38 (Chambers 12, Hamill 9, Cossey 9, Butler 8), Kalety 38, Mikolov 23. Dan Chambers won race off to put Hethersett in semi-finals.

Semi Final: Czestochowa 52, Torun 40, Ipswich 38, Hethersett 31 (Chambers 10, Butler 8, Cossey 8, Hamill 5).

Consolation Final: Wednesfield 48, Swietochlowice 46, Ipswich 41, Hethersett 21 (Butler 6, Chambers 6, Cossey 5, Hamill 4)  




Death of Tony Press - We are very sad to have to report that former Hethersett GP Dr Tony Press has died. Tony was an integral part of village life and will be long remembered for his association with the Hethersett Pantomime Group of which he was musical director for many years. Tony was a GP at Hethersett Surgery until a few years ago and was also heavily involved with the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service which saw him being called out at all times of night and day to administer emergency first aid to road accident victims.




Hethersett and Mulbarton line-up for the Lee Thompson Memorial match. Hethersett are in orange and Mulbarton in dark blue. The other two photographs show action from the game.


In Memory of Lee - Old rivalries and friendships were renewed when football teams from Mulbarton and Hethersett locked horns to raise money for charity and remember a teammate killed in a road accident in 1999. Former Mulbarton and Hethersett players journeyed from all parts of the country to be part of the game in memory of Lee Thompson. The match was all part of the Mulbarton beer festival with proceeds going towards the SOS Bus charity. Lee, who lived in Mulbarton, played for a number of Hethersett youth teams and also made 49 appearances for Hethersett Athletic.Over 30 players took part in the game – many of whom had played together for either Mulbarton, Hethersett or school teams. The match was organised by Danny Gaskin, Chris Steward and Chris Sutcliffe and was hotly contested with Hethersett taking the lead through Jordan Mace, only for Ed Sutcliffe to equalise before half-time. Goals from Mark Sutcliffe and Darren Carter in the second half gave Mulbarton a 3-1 victory. The Mulbarton side included the Norfolk club’s new joint managers Danny Self and Ben Thompson, Lee’s bother, in their line-up. Hethersett Athletic have kept Lee’s memory alive throughout the past two decades by annually awarding the Lee Thompson Memorial Shield to the person or persons making an outstanding contribution to the club. It is hoped that the match will be played annually.


More Disabled Friendly - Hethersett Parish Council is aiming to make the village a more disabled-friendly place. The annual parish council meeting expressed its concern at the lack of parking spaces for the disabled in the village, whilst recognising that most of the car parks are privately owned. The lack of disabled parking spaces in car parks at Great Melton Close, around schools and in other areas was noted and councillors agreed to consult Norfolk County and South Norfolk District Councils as to their policies and initiatives regarding parking provision for the disabled. Council chairman Jackie Sutton said: "We are well known for being a dementia friendly village and we would also like to be recognised for providing more facilities for the disabled." Ms Sutton was unanimously re-elected chairman at the meeting. Viv Hawes retired as vice-chairman but continues as a councillor. Adrienne Quinlan was elected to succeed her.



Dance Show Enthusiasm and Colour - Endless energy and boundless enthusiasm helped to make the Yvonne School of Dance presentation “Stepping into Stardom” a colourful extravaganza at Norwich Theatre Royal. Afternoon and evening performances showcased over 30 routines and featured over 200 dancers from the youngest tots to adults. At times you could be forgiven for forgetting that those on stage were amateur dancers from a Norfolk village school of dance. That is not meant in any way to demean the Hethersett-based school, but rather to underline just how good it is. For over two hours the cast tapped, jived and threw themselves mentally and physically into a huge variety of routines to music as diverse as Andrew Lloyd Webber and George Gershwin and shows as different as The Sound of Music and Les Miserables. There was a colourful array of costumes that lit up the stage as a seamless show without a single broken link provided high octane entertainment. The number of costume changes must have led to organised chaos offstage but all was achieved with the effortless professionalism that has marked this bi-ennial show over the 30 plus years of its existence. Choreography was by the school’s principal Yvonne Cutting, along with Stella McLoughlin and Katie Andrews and the show was directed by Yvonne Cutting and co-produced by her and Stella McLoughlin. Over the years the show has also raised funds for a variety of charities and a retiring collection this year was in aid of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. The photograph above was taken at rehearsal for the show and is by Trish Thompson and is used with permission.

Fun Run Entry Forms - As previously mentioned, this year's annual Hethersett Run the Square two mile funrun will take place on Sunday June 26th, starting from outside Hethersett Junior School at 11 a.m. As usual the run will be over a marshalled course of closed roads including Queen's Road, part of Great Melton Road, Mill Road, part of New Road and Old Norwich Road. Entrance is just £3 for adults and £1.50 for Under-16s and all finishers will receive a commemorative medal. Entry forms are available from Hethersett Library or can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. They will also be included in our next r-magazine which will be published on this site on June 1st.

Entry Form in pdf format

Entry Form in Word format

Flyer advertising the event


Poetry Evening - An Evening of Illustrated Poetry and Pictures will be presented by Paul Binney at St Remigius Church on Friday, 30th September at 7pm. Paul will explore a variety of themes, both serious and humorous, from his widely appreciated book of poems 'Learning the Language', of which the poet Edward Storey wrote: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your collection, which is full of things to admire. The brevity of language allows space for what is not said; the art of suggestion.” There will be light refreshments and donations on the evening will be in aid of  St Remigius Church Funds.


Hub Cafe Date - The next Hethersett Hub Cafe organised by the Hethersett Dementia Support Group will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday, 21st June from 10 am until midday. It was reported at the May committee meeting, chaired by Councillor David Bills, that numbers attending the monthly cafe are gradually rising and news of planned activities including a games morning and Queen's Birthday celebration was well received. A sub committee on community awareness is working towards more training for residents to become dementia friends. The group is also looking at ways to improve publicity and communications around the village to further facilitate a dementia friendly village. The group is still looking for a new treasurer and people interested in serving on the committee.


Life in Miniature - An exciting miniature world is being opened up to young children in Hethersett. 

Tots Town in Station Lane is an inter-active indoor play area featuring a miniature town complete with supermarket, theatre, café, doctors’ surgery, town square and hairdressers. Children will be able to act in the theatre, take coffee orders and immerse themselves in the life of a miniature community: “Each scene is crafted to promote self-confidence, communication skills and social awareness in a familiar real-life scenario. Our team of consultants includes Early Years educators, special needs advisors and child play specialists have guided every setting’s features to maximise the role play opportunities,” the Tots Town web site states. Tots Town at 4 Station Court is open seven days a week with each day split into four 45 minute sessions starting at 9.30 a.m and finishing at 4.45 p.m. Admission is £5.75 for children over the age of one with an accompanying adult free. Children under the age of one are free if accompanied by siblings and additional adults are £2.50. 


Ellie is a Champion - Aspiring young Hethersett golfer Ellie Brown has become Norfolk Ladies’ Champion.Sixteen-year-old Ellie won the tournament on Sunday 22nd May at Thetofrd Golf Club, defeating seven time champion Tracey Williamson in an exciting final. Ellie plays much of her golf at Barnham Broom and studies at Easton and Otley College and beat Tracey 4 and 3 in a final of top class golf. “Winning this means so much to me – I am very proud to be the champion. I am sop happy and I would like to thank my coach Tony Varney and my granddad Mike Asker who was my caddie for the part they have played in helping me win,” she told the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper. The competition was run on a matchplay basis and in previous rounds Ellie beat Ann Fletcher (4 and 3), Jo Herd (4 and 3) and Jess Dixon (2 up)


Youth Club Fete - Pictured opposite are youngsters from Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club who have made a colourful banner in support of their fete and dog show on June 25th from 12 to 3.30 pm. The event is the club’s major fundraiser of the year and will include stalls, tombola, refreshments and much more. The dog show will have a number of classes including: Prettiest Bitch, Handsomest Hound, Best Youngster under two years, Best Veteran over seven years, Waggiest Tail, Best Six Legs, Best Junior Handler, Most Appealing Eyes, The Dog or Bitch the judges would most like to take home and the Best in Show. The aim is to raise £1,200 to help with the running costs of the club as Trustee Gillian Saunders explained: “This is our major fund-raiser of the year and we cannot keep the club going without the money from this event. So please come and support us. £1200 is a lot of money for us to raise but if we have the help of everyone in the village, then it is possible.” 


Bells to Ring Out - The bells of St Remigius Church, Hethersett, will be ringing out on Friday, 3rd June as part of a United Kingdom music day. The Hethersett bells will be one of over 80 sets ringing out from church towers in cities, towns and villages and the public is being invited to see bellringing in action. An open practice will be held between 7 and 8 pm to show residents what is involved. There will also be an opportunity for people to put their names down to learn to ring.


Cricketers Start With Hat-Trick of Wins - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club opened their Norfolk Alliance Division Two campaign with a hat-trick of wins before going down to Saham Toney on Saturday. They are currently in fourth place in the division, just five points behind the leaders. Valley will be looking to gain promotion to Division One this season after just missing out in the past two years when they finished third. This Sunday Valley visit Foxton in Cambridgeshire in the Nordolk/Cambridgeshire semi-final of the Davidstow National Village Cup competition. Hethersett have been beaten by the Cambridgeshire side in the area final in the past two seasons.

Last Ever Village Games Finals - Hethersett and the Meltons will be entering  a team in the final Active Norfolk Village Games  at UEA Sportspark on July 10th. The competition is winding up after six years which saw Hethersett win four area titles and being crowned county champions in 2014. The village will be hoping to go out in a blaze of glory. 

Alice Theme for School Fete - Hethersett Old Hall School will be hosting an Alice in Wonderland fete on Saturday (May 14th)  from 11am to 2.30pm. Charissa Garner, chair of the school’s parents association, said: “There will be so much to do, it will be absolutely brilliant. There will be a barbecue, giant slide, bouncy castle, face painting, a tombola and a photo booth. Alice and her friends will also be joining us and you’ll be able to enjoy a tea at our Mad Hatter’s tea tent.”

Musical Movies - Hethersett Singers will be presenting "Music From the Movies" on Saturday 14th May at 7.30 p.m in Hethersett Methodist Church. The concert will include a diverse selection of music from the likes of Avatar, James Bond, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia and Lord of the Rings. Talented violinist Alex Herring will be playing the Theme from Schindler's List and accompanying the Singers in a special arrangement of "Windmills of Your Mind" arranged by conductor for the evening Rob Goodrich. The concert will also feature Florence Liu on piano. Tickets are £7 and on sale from Hethersett Butchers or via e-mail by clicking here. You can also phone 07949 533253 or pay on the door. Hethersett Singers also have their own Facebook page which can be accessed by clicking here.

It's On The Cards - Hethersett Library is replacing its regular Thursday board games afternoon with card games. Considerable interest has been shown from people wanting to play cards and the library is trialing the idea on Thursdays during May from 2 to 4 pm. The first session attracted eight people and one enthusiast illustrated how to play Bridge. Events at the library for the remainder of May are: 


Monday 9th 14.00 Craft Group
  14.00 Hethersett Parish Council Pop In
Wednesday 11th 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 12th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
  14.30 Family History Session - Fully Booked
Friday 13th 11.15 Bounce and rhyme time for babies/toddlers
Monday 16th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 18th 10.30 Adult colouring in session
Thursday 19th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Monday 23rd 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 25th 10.30 Adult Colouring In Session
Thursday 26th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Monday 30th   Library Closed - Bank Holiday


Dates in the library for June are as follow:


Wednesday 1st 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
  14.00 Dogs Trust Children's Event
Thursday 2nd 14.00 Card Games afternoon
  14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Monday 6th 14.00 Book Group
Wednesday 8th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 9th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Friday 10th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme Time for Babies/Toddlers
Saturday 11th 11.00 Family History Internet (fully booked)
Monday 13th 14.00 Parish Council Pop In
  14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 15th 10.30 Adult colouring group
Thursday 16th 14.00 Card Games afternoon
Monday 20th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 22nd 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 23rd 14.00 Card Games Afternoon
Monday 27th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 29th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 30th 14.00 Card Games afternoon

Coffee Drop Ins - Parents and Toddlers are being invited along to a regular coffee drop in morning in St Remigius Church from 10 a.m on the first Tuesday of every month. The next event will take place on June 7th.

For Roof Fund - We reported extensively on the 90th birthday celebrations of Duncan Pigg. Gifts and donations given at the concert in Hethersett Parish Church by the Hellesdon and Sprowston Brass Band raised £1,658 for the roof repair fund. This amount will be further enhanced when Gift Aid is added.

Crafty Event in Church - Hethersett Parish Church will be hosting a craft fair on August 13th from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. The event is likely to include pottery, embroidery, jewellery, flower arrangements and much more and funds raised will go to the Roof Repair Fund. Tables cost £5 and are available to anyone who lives or works in the village, attends the church or has close family ties wuth Hethersett. There will be a series of demonstrations during the event. More information is available from Kate Wood on 01953 602051 or by e-mail by clicking here.

Messy Church - The next messy church event in St Remigius Church will take place from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, 18th June. The event is aimed at youngsters with their families and other dates for 2016 are September 24th and November 26th.

Details of Two Hethersett Charities - A number of charities exist in Hethersett designed to help the sick and the young. Hethersett and District Aid in Sickness Fund (formerly Hethersett Nursing Association) gives financial assistance to those living in Hethersett, Ketteringham and Little Melton. Grants help those who are sick, infirm or convalescing and also help with the supply of medical or nursing equipments. Grants can be used for adapting cars, wheelchair or other mobility items, support during a sudden medical crisis, nebulisers and other equipment and pre-payment certificates for prescriptions. The charity is run by a number of trustees and contact details are available in our organisation section which can be accessed by clicking here. The Caroline Lindley Educational Foundation gives support to young people in Hethersett and will consider assisting with the cost of any educational activity, need or necessary supplies. Applicants have to be within the 18 to 25 age range. Again contact details are available by clicking here.

Six Year Old Survives Rare Disorder - A six year old Hethersett girl who contracted a rare disorder following a bout of chicken pox is back home thanks to the quick reaction of a local doctor. You can read about this story from the Eastern Daily Press by clicking here.

Railway Station to re-Open? - It may be a hoary old chestnut but support is mounting to re-open Hethersett Railway Station. Chairman of South Norfolk Council David Bills, who lives in and represents Hethersett, is supporting the idea of re-opening the station: "With the development which is going on, not just in Hethersett and Wymondham but also in Attleborough, many people would welcome a train station. I don’t know how highways are going to cope with the number of cars so to have a hub, with the train station and planned improvements at Thickthorn, would be great," he said. In October, the region’s rail services will be taken over by a new firm, a franchise in which extra services and state-of-the-art trains are promised

Pantomime Group Raises over £100,000 - Hethersett Pantomime Group has raised over £100,000 for charities and good causes since it started in the 1970s. This year's performances of Jack and the Beanstalk raised £2,200 for the new lifeboat station at Wells-Next-The-Sea. Other donations made from this year's panto include £1,000 to St Remigius Church roof appeal (donated in memory of Peter Salter who was a former pantomime group member and lifelong member of the parish church), £500 to the Hamlet Centre in Norwich and the Hethersett based Respect Yourself charity and a similar amount to the Hethersett First Steps Mother and Toddler Group. Donations of £200 went to the Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper for the Blind and Visually impaired, Hethersett Methodist Church, Great Melton Parish Church, Little Melton Parish Church and Wymondham Catholic Church. The donations took funds raised in the past 47 years to over £100,000.

Annual Parish Meeting - Hethersett's annual parish meeting took place in the Village Hall on May 4th with reports from a number of local organisations including the parish council, Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustees, Hethersett Village Hall Trustees, Hethersett Parochial Charity, Woodside School, Hethersett Junior School, Hethersett Academy, Norfolk Constabulary, Jubilee Youth Club, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, Hethersett Archive, Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association, Norfolk County Council and South Norfolk Council. All the reports given on the evening are now online along with four Media releases and these can be accessed by clicking here. You can also read about the meeting in an article from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here


Litter Pick - The next litter pick organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team will take place on Saturday, 4th June, starting at Hethersett Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Volunteers are welcome and equipment will be provided.


Nine Kinds of Bats - A survey of the bat population of Hethersett has recorded nine different species, the village's annual parish meeting heard. The annual survey was undertaken under the auspices of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT): "Any nature reserve would be happy to record as many species. We are certainly high on the bat map of Norfolk," said HEAT chair Dr Anne Edwards. Dr Edwards also told the meeting that over 350 toads had been helped across roads to spawning grounds in 2016. In addition to the 357 toads, 28 frogs and over 50 newts had also been helped. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here


Crime Figures for the Month - PC Glenn Hambling reported on the latest monthly crime figures at Hethersett's annual parish meeting. These included tools being taken from two locations, an assault at Thickthorn Services, two incidents of criminal damage of vehicles, one drugs offence at Thickthorn, a theft of pot plants from Norwich Road and a public order incident involving neighbours in New Road. It was PC Hambling's last report to the village before his impending retirement: "It has given me great pleasure to work in Hethersett and I will miss the village," he said. Council chairman Jacky Sutton thanked him for his work over the years: "We will be sorry to see you go," she said. PC Hambling's place will be taken by PC Andy Read.


Bins on Tuesday - It is our understanding that refuse collections throughout Hethersett will take place on Tuesdays from the beginning of June. South Norfolk will be reverting to a four day week (Tuesdays to Fridays) for collections. This will lead to a standardisation for the village with no changes following Bank Holidays. We will have more on this shortly.


Youngsters Take to the Bottle - Youngsters from Hethersett Junior School have been given bright orange bottles to encourage them to drink more water. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking on the cutting opposite.