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Archive News May 2011

Below are some of the stories that appeared on this site in May 2011

A Step Closer - Hethersett's hopes of seeing the Olympic torch carried through the village remain very much alive after the announcement of the major towns and cities to host the torch relay in 2012. To read the latest news go to our special Olympics Section by clicking here.

Road Closures - Refurbishment work on an electricity line by National Grid will see the closure of two Hethersett Roads for almost seven weeks over the next four months. Burnthouse Lane and Colney Lane will be closed from the junctions with Back Lane and Braymeadow Lane to the junctions with Little Melton Road and Back Lane between 23rd June and 16th July and again from 1st to 23rd September. Diversions will be in place during these periods. National Grid say the closures are for essential refurbishment work on the high voltage electricity transmission line which runs for 80km between Norwich and Walpole. The line, which was constructed in the late 1960s, is nearing the end of its operational life and needs to be refurbished and upgraded.

Cricketers Up To Second Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club are up to second place in the Norfolk Alliance Division Two after a comprehensive victory over Garboldisham at the weekend. The club also went close to causing an upset in the Carter Cup, narrowly losing to Mattishall on Sunday in a match that produced over 600 runs. You can read all the club news by visiting the official web site by clicking here.


Methodist News - Hethersett Methodist Church will be holding a flower festival from 10th to 12th June with a theme of “A Journey with Jesus.” The church will be open from 10 a.m until 6 p.m daily and admission is free with morning coffee being served from 10 to 11.30 a.m, light lunches from midday to 1.30 p.m and afternoon teas from 3 until 5 p.m. Sunday morning worship at 10 a.m will be led by Susanna Harvery and in the evening there will be a Songs of Praise event at 6.30 p.m. A special Flower Tombola will also be held with floral arrangements as prizes. The church’s Singing Fellowship will be holding and summer music and tea afternoon on 17th June from 2.30 p.m with the event including music, readings, poems and tea. The church’s next ladies breakfast will take place on 9th July at 9 a.m when the gues speaker will be physiotherapist Jon Larner who attended the Hethersett church as both a child and a teenager. He will talk about the experiences and influences that have shaped him personally, professionally and spiritually.

Social Club - Entertainment for the next three months at Hethersett Social Club has been announced. To see who is appearing when click here.

Alumni Association for High School - Hethersett High School and Science College is planning to start an Alumni Association. The association will be made up of former pupils who will organise social events, be a part of a Social Network and help to raise funds for the school. Click here for a form that can be filled in and e-mailed to the school.

Cricketers Mount Challenge - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club are beginning to mount another serious promotion challenge in the Norfolk Alliance. Their first win of the season on Saturday took them up to fifth place in Division Two - just seven points behind the leaders. You can read all the club news by visiting the official web site by clicking here.

Come and Try Evening - It Rained -For virtually the first time in two months we had rain on Monday, 23rd May for the Norfolk Village Games Roadshow at Hethersett High School. Nevertheless over 60 people turned up to try their hand at rounders, tennis, netball and archery in an event organised by Active Norfolk as a lead up to the South Norfolk Village Games. Archery proved particularly popular until heavy rain and strong winds brought a premature end to the evening. Hethersett and the Meltons will be entering teams in a number of sports and activities at the South Norfolk Village Games at Framingham Earl Sports Centre on June 12th.  These include archery, badminton, darts, five-a-side football, rounders, short mat bowls, table tennis, tennis, Watt Bikes and athletics. Hethersett and the Meltons will be competing in the larger villages and market towns section. You can see a poster for the event by clicking here.

Hawks British League Event - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club staged the third regional round of the British Youth and Junior League on the Memorial Playing Field with 58 youngsters from all over the Eastern Region taking part. To read about the event visit the club's official web site by clicking here.

Ladies Celebrate - Hethersett Athletic Ladies team celebrated a successful season with a presentation evening at Wroxham FC. To read about this visit the club's official web site by clicking here.

Election Results - Conservative candidates David Bills and Leslie Dale have been re-elected to South Norfolk Council following Thursday's district vote at Hethersett. David Bills topped the poll with 1,092 with Leslie Dale polling 983. Jacky Sutton of the Liberal Democrats was third with 781 votes and  Laura Green representing the Labour party was fourth with 555 votes. To see the results of the parish council elections click here. To see a list of the new parish council with addresses and contact numbers click here.


You Read It Here First - Local author Alan Mann, who is writing a biography of Norfolk Beatle Tony Sheridan, has been featured in the Eastern Daily Press. We carried a feature on Alan a month ago. You can read this by clicking here and read the Eastern Daily Press story by clicking here.


SNAP To It - Problems with dogs fouling and parking on Jaguar Road, Hethersett, are just two of the topics that will be covered by  a meeting of the North River Valley SNAP neighbourhood team in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall at 7 p.m on May 31st. The meeting will feature representatives from South Norfolk Council and Norfolk Police and gives the public the chance to air a community problem or suggest a community project. The North River Valley area covers, Hethersett, Mulbarton, Bracon Ash, Hethel, Colney, Cringleford, East Carleton, Great Melton, Keswick, Mangreen, Ketteringham, Little Melton and Swardeston. A poster for the event can be viewed by clicking here.


Singers Celebrate - Hethersett Singers held their golden jubilee anniversary concert in St Remigius Church with a programme that included Brahms' German Requiem and Faure's Cantique for Jean Racine. Click on the photograph opposite to open a larger version


Busy Time at Hall - It's been a busy time for residents and staff at Hethersett Hall. Click here to read about their historic evening, their efforts to raise money and about attempts to attract even more honey bees.


Community Ball - Hethersett Athletic Football Club will be celebrating two decades of providing competitive sport in the village with a community ball in the grounds of Hethersett Old Hall School on Friday July 8th.The event is open to all and not just football club members. Tickets for parties of all sizes are available but full tables of 10 can also be booked. The cost is £35 per head and this will include Bucks Fizz on arrival, a full self service buffet including complimentary wine, tea and coffee and dancing to the Cleaving Heevages, plus a disco. Tickets can be booked by contacting Sue Buffin at 12 Braymeadow Lane, Little Melton, Norwich NR9 3NQ or by e-mail by clicking here. The evening is being organised by Hethersett Athletic Football Club as part of its community programme


Genealogy Section - Our genealogy section has been set up to help people tracing ancestors. Here you will find appeals from many people with ancestral links to Hethersett. The latest request we have comes from Rachel Foulger who is researching the Barham and Garner families, both of whom had Hethersett connections. We also look at a possible village link with the new Duchess of Cambridge through her Middleton line. You can access the genealogy section by clicking here.


Hethersett's Heritage - Hethersett could be included this year in the annual; heritage events organised by English Heritage. Heritage Open Days have been traditionally held in Norwich but this year the appeal is being widened to include villages outside the city. Hethersett has been invited to take part and the organisers are looking for anything from tours of interesting areas, talks about history and heritage. We will have further details of any activities arranged as they come up. Any heritage events will take place between 8th and 11th September.


Players Production - The curtain is set to go up on murder for the next Hethersett Players production. The group will be performing "Curtain Up on Murder" by Bettine Manktelow in Hethersett Village Hall on July 7th, 8th and 9th at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are available at £12 to include a fish and chip supper and can be booked on 01603 810501. A poster for the play can be viewed by clicking here


Ian Paisley Preaches - In one of those I can't believe it happened in our village moments, the Rev Ian Paisley preached to about 20 people on Sunday morning in Hethersett Baptist Church. The visit by Dr Paisley seems to have gone virtually unnoticed. You can read a report on the event from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


A Safe Place to Live - Hethersett continues to be a very safe place to live, according to the latest figures issued by Norfolk Police which shows under 100 criminal offences in the village for the year from 1st April 2010 to 31st March 2011. To read about this click here.


Hawks Go International - Three riders from Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club have gone international. Dave Chambers flew the Hethersett flag at the World Championships in Edenton USA where he finished 9th in the World Vets Championship with 12 points, Tim Grimes scored 9 points in the Eurovets round at Harford Park and this Saturday Dave Martin will be racing for the Ireland team in the Home International at Wednesfield.


Annual Hethersett Parish Meeting - Hethersett's annual parish meeting was held in the Village Hall on May 4th with a number of village organisations giving reports. You can read about these by clicking here.


Carter Cup Bye - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club are through to the second round of the Carter Cup competition. First round opponents Cromer pulled out of their game after being unable to raise a team. Hethersett were therefore awarded a bye.


Sun Shines for Spring Fair - The weather for Hethersett Junior School's annual May Spring Fair seems to be either cold or very sunny and this year's event was met with perfect weather. The event, which was organised by the school PTA included a mega slide, swing boats, a raffle and tombola, barbecue and bar, candy floss and ice creams, along with a display by Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club and a demonstration of Kuk Sool Won martial arts. Proceeds from the event will go towards an Astro Turf area for all year round activities.

Scratching the Cat! Excellent Norfolk band Scratch the Cat will be playing at the Hethersett Picnic Concert on Friday 1st July in the grounds of Hethersett Old Hall School. The event will run from 7 to 11 p.m and tickets are available at £10 per person (£5 for children) and can be booked by contacting Becky Greenfield on 01603 810390 or e-mailing her by clicking here

Come and Try Evening - A Norfolk Village Games roadshow is being held at Hethersett High School on Monday 23rd May from 6 until 9 p.m. Members of the public will be given the opportunity to try their hand at archery, rounders, tennis and netball with equipment supplied along with qualified coaches who will be on hand to help. All abilities will be catered for at an evening that is designed to be fun and support sport, recreation and fitness. Hethersett and the Meltons will be entering teams in a number of sports and activities at the South Norfolk Village Games at Framingham Earl Sports Centre on June 12th.  These include archery, badminton, darts, five-a-side football, rounders, short mat bowls, table tennis, tennis, Watt Bikes and athletics. Hethersett and the Meltons will be competing in the larger villages and market towns section.

Double Success - Hethersett District Lions have once again been able to join in with Norwich City’s success this season. The charity fund-raising group has raised money throughout the season by manning a company car park near the ground for all Canary home games and several charities have benefited from donations. The club has also undertaken a number of Easter egg raffles in local village pubs and businesses and held a quiz night in Mulbarton Village Hall. Together these events raised £1,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Hethersett Lions will be running their candy floss machine at the Hethersett Olympic weekend come and try it sports event on the Memorial Playing Field on 23rd July.