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The following are some of the stories covered in November 2007


Chris All In A Spin

Well known Hethersett DJ and teacher Chris Watt faces having to cancel a number of gigs in the run in to Christmas following the theft of 2,000 CDs from his home. To read the full story on the Norwich Evening News pages click here



Wine-Maker Extraordinaire

We meet wine-maker extraordinaire Sheila Coleman who leads an appeal for new members to join the Norfolk Winemakers' Guild which meets monthly in Hethersett. Sheila talks about wine-making and how she enjoys a tipple despite having no sense of smell of taste. To read the full story click here.

Appeal Closes in on 2,000 Mark

This year's Christmas Child appeal will be sending 2,000 festive boxes for under-privileged children in Serbia. We get an update from local co-ordinator Shirley Adams. Read about it here.

Cricket Club Prepares

We may be approaching winter but Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club is already preparing for the 2008 summer season. Read a report on the club's 2007 annual meeting by clicking here


Dance School Quiz - They Thought It Was A Disco

Nineteen teams packed out Hethersett Village Hall for the annual quiz and chips evening held by the local Yvonne School of Dance. After a three way tie for first place winners were a team with the imaginative title of  “We Thought it Was A Disco” who proved that they have brains as well as the ability to dance! The questions for the evening were set as usual by Mike Anderson and Roger Morgan and the event also featured the dancing school’s annual pre Christmas draw. Proceeds from the event will go towards the cost of costumes for the bi-annual dance production which for the past few years has been held in Norwich Theatre Royal.

Staying on Top of the World

Hethersett Athletic Ladies football team have strengthened their position at the top of the Eastern Region Premier Division with five wins in a row. Their latest triumph came on Sunday as they beat Woodbridge 5-0 to stay four points clear at the top with over half the league season gone. To read about the team and check fixtures and results visit Hethersett Athletic's official web site by clicking here.


WI and Horticultural Society Updates

Reports of the latest meetings of Hethersett WI and Hethersett Horticultural Society are now on-line. To read them click here for the WI and click here for the Horticultural Society


Successful Auction

The auction of promises and cheese and wine evening at Old Hall School, Hethersett, raised £1,700 for the St Remigius Church Development and Repair Appeal. Lots included two hours on patrol with Norfolk Constabulary, a signed Norwich City football, fun with Look East, Sunday lunch and a variety of Christmas goodies.. Auctioneers for the evening were Duncan Pigg and John Head


Angelic Art

A Norfolk artist and church will be combining to bring angels to the coming Christmas season. Rachael Long from Wreningham is inspired by ornate angel decorations. Rachael is turning her attention to All Saints Church, Little Melton, and looking to create a host of angels to decorate the building for Christmas. Rachael will be in residence in the church on Friday 30th November from 10.45 a.m until 2.30 p.m and is inviting members of the public to take along sandwiches for an angel creating working lunch using ribbon, tinfoil and shiny paper, tissue and wrapping paper and other scraps of material which she is asking people to take along. Once made it is hoped the public will lend their angels to the church for the Christmas period. Rachael will also be enlisting the help of local children. She will be leading a school assembly at Hethersett Junior School  at 11 a.m on 28th November and an assembly at Little Melton Primary School on 30th November at 10.15 a.m. These will be followed by angel making workshops. 



A Celebration of Music

A celebration of the musical life of Hethersett's Judith Evans took place in 18th November at the Methodist Church. The concert was by the Highly Strung String Quartet which featured Judith's daughter Sian on viola. To read about the event click here.

Exhibition Was a Pleasure

The Painting for Pleasure Art Group held its first exhibition in the village hall on 18th November. For a report of the day click here.

Silver Surfers Learn New Tricks

Hethersett's silver surfers have been proving that you're never too old to learn how to surf the Internet with a serioes of Norfolk County Council taster lessons at Hethersett Library.. For the full story click here


Rob Hits the High Notes

Hethersett's Rob Harrison (pictured right) is hitting the high notes in a bid for pop stardom with his rock band Carlotti who have just won a prestigious national competition. Rob was born in the village and attended Woodside First School, Hethersett Middle School, Hethersett High School and Norwich City College before moving to London. To read the full story of his success click here.
Christmas Services Announced
Hethersett and District Churches Together will be distributing special Christmas cards throughout Hethersett, Great Melton and Little Melton in the next few weeks giving details of church services from Advent Sunday (2nd December) through to the New Year. A full list of services is available by clicking here.


Remembrance Day Service

Those who gave their lives in two world wars in the name of freedom were remembered at a special Remembrance Day Service in St Remigius Church. To read about the event click here.


Hethersett Player's Fun Evening

Hethersett Players turned the spotlight on the four seasons for their latest variety evening. To see photographs and read a review from their latest show click here.


Aiming High, Achieving Together

Aiming High and Achieving Together is the motto of Hethersett High School and Head Teacher Rosemary Allen paid tribute to the hard work of pupils at the 2007 GCSE prize-giving and presentation evening. To read about this event click here

Soccer Ladies in the Clear

Hethersett Athletic Ladies soccer team are four points clear at the top of the Eastern Region Premier Division after beating second placed Haringey Borough 6-1. With half the season gone, the team are now favourites to gain promotion to the third national tier of women's football, but there is still a long way to go.


More HEAT Dates


The next litter pick by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team will take place on Saturday, 15th December. The group are looking for more volunteers. Equipment is provided and anybody interested should meet outside the methodist Church at 10 a.m.



Lofty Feature


We receive many requests from people researching their genealogy and place these on the genealogy section which can be accessed by clicking here. Occasionally people contact us to share their research and help others. This is certainly the case with Della Lofty who has provided us with a link to a web site that contains her research going back hundreds of years. The interesting thing is the site contains well over 90 different local names and could well help others with their research. Visit Della's site by clicking here.

Elvis Lives

The spirit of Elvis Presley will be re-kindled at Hethersett Social Club when Mickey J. King makes a guest appearance on December 15th. The social club is gearing up for a busy Christmas period. To see the latest list of attractions click here. The events are also included in our special What's On section that is available by clicking here.


Cricket Presentation Event


Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club celebrated the most successful season in the club's long history with a bonfire/fireworks and presentation evening at the club house. The club won Division Two and Division Seven of the Norfolk League and there were top individual league awards for Matt Ellis, Tony Wenham and youngster Jack Smith. To read about the evening and view presentation photos click here.


Spooky Goings On at Library

There will be spooky goings-on at Hethersett Library on 26th November when youngsters aged between eight and 14 are being urged to Go Gothic for an evening of spine chilling events. Youngsters will be able to write their own ghost stories and “grimericks”, create a Frankenstein monster from clay, design a scary book cover and follow in the footsteps of some Norfolk ghosts by exploring the library website. Those attending are being invited to dress in black. The event is part of Gothic Norfolk Month and will take place between 6 and 7.30 p.m. Places can be booked by telephoning 01603 810188.


Cards on Their Way

Hethersett and District Churches Together will once again be distributing special Christmas cards during the coming festive season. The cards give details of church services at Hethersett Parish Church, Hethersett Methodist Church, Little Melton Church, Great Melton Church and Wymondham Roman Catholic Church over the Christmas period from Advent Sunday. They will be distributed throughout Hethersett and the Meltons from the end of November. There will be carol singing outside Hethersett Methodist Church from 10 a.m until 10.45 a.m on Saturday, 22nd December.

Concert for Judith

A special concert is being organised to celebrate the life of a former Hethersett music teacher. The Highly Strung Quartet will entertain at Hethersett Methodist Church on Sunday 18th November at 3 p.m to celebrate the life of Judith Evans. Judith was born in the Potteries but moved to Hethersett in 1968 where she taught at the primary school before becoming Head of Music at Old Hall School. She also spent many years directing the Hethersett WI Choir and Music Society. She died in August. Entry to the event is free but there will be a collection in aid of the Cinnamon Trust – the national charity for the elderly and their pets. To read an appreciation of Judith's life Click here

Auction of Promises

An auction of promises is being held on 17th November in Old Hall School Barn, Hethersett at 7.30 p.m in aid of St Remigius Parish Church Development and Repair Appeal. Entry is by programme which will be available on the evening at £2.50. Meanwhile a considerable amount of work has been going on both inside and outside the parish church. New heating is now fully operational and outside the area in front of the church gates has been tidied up and ivy has been trimmed back around the external walls of the building.

Hethersett On Song

Hethersett Singers will be presenting an evening of Italian music in St Remigius Church on 24th November at 7.30 p.m. Works by Pergolesi, Vivaldi and Palestrina will be performed by the singers and a chamber orchestra under the direction of conductor Anthony Bussell. Tickets are £7 each (children £3) and will be available on the door.



Ladies In Seventh Heaven


Hethersett Athletic Ladies football team consolidated their position at the top of the Eastern Region Premier Division with a 7-1 home victory over Haverhill. Top scorer Nicola Bray hit a hat-trick and other goals came from Nicola Stolworthy, Jemmy Smythe, Emily Coates and Sophie Fuller. The team's next two games are at home to fellow title chasers Haringey Borough (November 11th) and Woodbridge Town (November 25th). Kick off for both matches at Easton College is 2 p.m.



Public Meeting to Help Fight Crime


A public meeting is being held on Tuesday November 6th to introduce the safer neighbourhood team that covers Hethersett. The SNT is one of 19 launched across central Norfolk and includes the police, area housing officers, neighbourhood safety co-ordinators, crime reduction partnership officers and environmental officers. Their aim is to drive down crime. The local team covers Hethersett, Mulbarton, Cringleford, Colney, Keswick, Little Melton, Great Melton, Bracon Ash, Wreningham, Hethel, Swardeston, East Carleton and Ketteringham. The meeting is in Little Melton Village Hall at 7.30 p.m.


Painting Is Such a Pleasure

Painting can be a great pleasure as a group of Hethersett artists are proving as they prepare for their first full exhibition. To read more about this click here.


Time to Remember

Hethersett churches will once again be combining for a special Remembrance Service at St Remigius Church at 10.55 a.m on Remembrance Sunday – 11th November. The service is designed to suit all age groups and speaker will be the Archdeacon of Norfolk – the Venerable David Hayden.St Remigius will also be holding a very special service on 4th November at 3.30 p.m for all those who have been bereaved. It will be an opportunity for remembrance and thanksgiving and lighting candles.

Players Date


Hethersett Players have started rehearsals for their annual variety evening, which takes place on 9th and 10th November. The group is always pleased to welcome new members and they can be e-mailed by clicking here. For more details of the variety show and an appeal for helpers both on and off stage click here. For a poster of the show click here.


Fashion Show and Norfolk Entertainment

Fashion and entertainment will be the key words for two evenings being organised by Hethersett Methodist Church next month. On 7th November Fernandez Fashions will be providing an evening of clothes and accessories where items on display can be purchased during the evening which starts at 7.30 p.m. Admission is £2 and tickets are available by phoning 01603 810237. Proceeds will go towards church funds and World Mission Project. On 17th November, Brenda Kelsey will be providing an evening of entertainment entitled “A Norfolk Miscellany” The evening starts at 7 p.m and also includes puddings. Tickets are £4 and again can be booked on 01603 810237. This event is also in aid of church funds and World Mission.

Shoeboxes Are Mounting Up

Shoeboxes are mounting up at the Hethersett home of Shirley and John Adams - but you won't be hearing them complain as it's all for a very good cause. Read more about Operation Christmas Child by clicking here