Archive News November 2010
Below are some of the stories that appeared on this site in November 2010.
A Wonderful Club - Those were the words of Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club President Duncan Pigg at the club's annual general meeting. To read the full story click here.
The HEAT Was On - Hethersett’s Environmental Action Team (HEAT) combined with the Energy Saving Trust to help local residents save on their energy costs. The two groups wcombined at Hethersett Methodist Church Hall to provide information and advice on how to get the best from home insulation, electricity and heating systems. The event was organised as part of the support HEAT has obtained from the Green Communities Fund.The event was part of the church's weekly shoppers' coffee morning. HEAT member and Hethersett Parish Councillor Gary Wyatt. HEAT is already planning for next year’s open gardens and this time the emphasis will be on Springtime. The 2011 event will take place earlier than usual in the year and either in May or early June. This year saw numerous gardens open to the public throughout the village. Anybody interested in taking part in the 2011 event should contact Heather Williamson on 01603 812001.
Dog Mess Problem - Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust is appealing to dog owners and walkers to clear up after their pets as dog fouling on the field becomes a major problem. Read about this by clicking here.
Olympic Update - Hethersett Olympic Committee is planning an even bigger and better celebration event for July 2011 after the success of Olympic weekend 2010. Read about the plans and also a shortlisting for Norfolk Event of the Year by clicking here.
Village Christmas Sale - Hethersett is gearing up for its second annual Charity Christmas sale at the Methodist Church from 6 until 9 p.m on Friday December 3rd. The community event will include refreshments throughout the evening along with festive music and singing. Numerous local charities and organisations will be taking part including Operation Christmas Child, Hope and Homes for Children, Woodside Infants School, Hethersett Junior School, Hethersett High School, Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club, Hethersett Horticultural Society, Hethersett WI, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, the RSPB, Hethersett Parish and Methodist Churches, local scouts, RNLI and the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Music will be provided by the village schools and the Hethersett Singers and carols will be led by Hethersett parish Church Reader Duncan Pigg. “This will be a real community event and raise money for 16 different worthy causes. In order to help avoid parking problems we are hoping that as many people as possible will walk to the event,” said one of the organisers Leslie Dale, who is also one of Hethersett’s representatives on South Norfolk Council.
Green Newsletter - The Christmas 2010 newsletter of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team "Green Hethersett" is now available. The edition is full of coming green events, hints and tips and two Hethersett walks for the festive season. You can view it electronically in word format by clicking here, or as a pdf document by clicking here
Sports Association to Be Launched - Hethersett is to launch a sports association in the New Year aimed at enhancing the standing of sport and facilities in the village. New village sports co-ordinator Peter Steward is keen to hear from all sports clubs in the village. To read about this click here. We are also building a separate section of this site for the Sports Association. This can be accessed by clicking here.
Christmas Church Services Announced - Details of coming Christmas services at Hethersett and the Meltons have been published and a full list can be viewed by clicking here.
Mel Picks Up His Gong - Hethersett’s Mr Sport Mel Perkins is back in the village after a very special date at Buckingham Palace. Mel was presented with his MBE awarded for services to sport in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Mel, who founded both Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway and Hethersett Athletic Football Club, has been involved in village sport for over 45 years. Indeed 2011 marks the 45th anniversary of the cycle speedway club – something Mel started as a 16 year old to give himself and his mates something to do. Mel was recently a runner-up in Anglia Television’s Feelgood Factor awards and over the past two years has received a number of local and national awards in both the cycle speedway and football fields.
Fireworks Draw in the Crowds - Hundreds of local people attended the second firework spectacular held in the grounds of Hethersett High School. The event was organised by Hethersett Athletic Football Club and the 1st Cringleford Scout Group and built on the success of the inaugural event in 2009. Billed as a community event the evening was split into two displays – the first for those with younger children, followed by a later display for older children and families. "It was terrific to see so many of the community come to the fireworks. There was a much larger crowd than at our first event last year and such that the queue for food was long all night and the beer tent had to send out for more supplies. It was another fantastic show which seemed to send the majority of folk home happy and gives the Football Club plenty to build on for next year,” said Hethersett Athletic secretary and founder Mel Perkins, who was this week due to go to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to sport.
Special Service - A special evening service at All Saints Church, Little Melton, was led by Heather Feltham and the Norwich Youth for Christ Gospel Choir. They were welcomed by churchwarden Margaret Waller and sang a mixture of traditional gospel music and some newer pieces, including a composition of the Lord’s My Shepherd written especially for them by Ken Crandell. A packed congregation, including members from Hethersett and Great Melton Churches, enjoyed the young people’s solos and talks about their involvement in the choir. The congregation also enjoyed viewing the art and textiles on display as part of local youngsters’ AS and A level studies.
Local MP to Hold Hethersett Surgery - South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon will be holding an advice surgery at Hethersett Methodist Church from 10am until noon on Saturday 20th November. Mr Bacon will be joined by Hethersett’s District Councillors Leslie Dale and David Bills-Everett, who will be available to meet with local residents and answer questions. No appointments are required for the advice surgery. For further information, please call 01379 643728.
Year of Biodiversity - Next year is being declared a Year of Biodiversity in Hethersett in memory of a leading environmentalist who died in 2009. George Beckford was a champion of environmental issues, founder member of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT), a former chair of Hethersett Parish Council and keen naturalist and poet. “We will be collecting a miscellany of wildlife photos, poems, anecdotes, adages, sketches and general rustic ramblings,” said Dr Anne Edwards from HEAT. “We are asking for people to help us by telling us about their favourite walks in the village, what flowers they are aware of, what birds visit their gardens and various other environmental matters such as weather records. “For each month of the year we will be gathering information, jottings and musings and compiling a biodiverse village almanac,” Dr Edwards added. To this end HEAT are appealing for photographs, poems and even watercolours. Further information is available from Dr Edwards on 01603 812309. Material can be e-mailed by clicking here or left at 6 Queen’s Road, Hethersett.
The HEAT Is On - Hethersett’s Environmental Action Team (HEAT) will be combining with the Energy Saving Trust to help local residents save on their energy costs. The two groups will be in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall from 10 a.m until 1 p.m on 27th November to provide information and advice on how to get the best from home insulation, electricity and heating systems. The event is being organised as part of the support HEAT has obtained from the Green Communities Fund and will be part of the usual Methodist Church shoppers’ coffee morning. The results of the village energy survey will also be available. “We are hoping people will come along, ask questions and get ideas that will help them save money and also help safeguard the planet’s precious resources,” said leading Hethersett environmentalist, HEAT member and Hethersett Parish Councillor Gary Wyatt. HEAT is already planning for next year’s open gardens and this time the emphasis will be on Springtime. The 2011 event will take place earlier than usual in the year and either in May or early June. This year saw numerous gardens open to the public throughout the village. Anybody interested in taking part in the 2011 event should contact Heather Williamson on 01603 812001.