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Archive News November 2011

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in November 2011

Schools Closed -  As a result of the day of public service industrial action on November 30th all three Hethersett State schools will be closed. Hethersett High School will be closed to all pupils including college students. Hethersett Junior School will also be closed with both the before and after school clubs being cancelled. Hethersett Woodside Nursery and Infants School will also be closed.

Olympic Torch to Visit Hethersett - The Olympic Torch will visit Hethersett on its way to London in 2012. Although Hethersett is not on the official route for the torch, organisers have announced a detour in recognition of all the efforts put in by our village over the past two years through our Olympic Open Weekends. Hethersett has been recognised for arranging more events per head of population than any other village, town or city in the country. To read the full story click here. To read the story from the Attleborough Mercury click here. To view a cutting from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here. We even made the Sun newspaper which had a photograph of Hethersett High School and a piece recognising the efforts of the village. You can see the cutting by clicking here.


Say it with Flowers - Christmas will be in everyone's mind at a special floral demonstration by well known expert Adele Kent in Hethersett Village Hall on December 7th at 7.30 p.m. In addition to Adele showing how to decorate homes for Christmas there will be side stalls and light refreshments. Tickets are priced at £7 and can be booked by phoning Monica on 01603 811731 or Adele on 01603 811845 or on the door. Doors open at 6.45 p.m. The event will raise funds towards Something to Celebrate - Hethersett Parish Church's flower festival which will take place during the Hethersett Open Weekend next June 22nd to 24th.


Cycle Speedway from Hethersett on Sky TV -  The British Cycle Speedway championships which were held on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field at the end of August will be broadcast on Sky Sports 3 on Tuesday 29th November at 4 p.m. There will be repeats of the coverage on Sky Sports 4 at midnight and then at midday on Wednesday 30th November on Sky Sports 2 and 2.30 a.m on Monday 5th December on Sky Sports 1.


Quiet Revolution in Well Being - A quiet revolution is taking place in Hethersett with regards to sport, fitness, well being and the environment. Next Year will see numerous top events being held in a village that has been already heralded as one of the most active in Norfolk. To read a special Hethersett on the Web Feature about what has already taken place and what will be taking place in 2012 click here.


Ducklings Christmas Event - A Christmas Fair in aid of Hethersett Ducklings pre-school playgroup is being held in Hethersett Village Hall from 10 a.m to 1 p.m on Saturday 10th December. Craft and business stalls, refreshments, a raffle and Santa will all be features of the event.


Major Facelift for Field - Hethersett Memorial Playing Field is undergoing a major facelift which will see brand new play equipment being put in before Christmas. In addition 17 trees will also be planted by the end of the year to further enhance the look of the area. Next year will also see a number of village events being held on the field. You can read about all this by clicking here or by visiting the Memorial Playing Field Pages by clicking here. The Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trust is also looking for a volunteer park warden. Although a voluntary position, the post does include an honorarium payment. Duties include visiting the park on a regular basis to provide a re-assuring presence, to act as the first point of contact for members of the public and to respond to concerns, problems and enquiries about the park. The post holder will also encourage the public to make constructive and full use of the facilities, record and report incidents to the trustees and, if necessary, the police and also to open and close park gates. A full job description is available by contacting Memorial Field Trustees Secretary Peter Hoult who can be e-mailed by clicking here.


Local Walks - There are a number of local walks in the Hethersett and Wymondham areas featured on the Walk4Life web site as well as thousands of walk ideas for all over the country. The site includes printable maps and allows you to keep a track of walks completed. It is also possible to add walks to the site which can be accessed by clicking here.


Pledge To Fitness - The Pledge Pod is on its way to Hethersett in the New Year. So just what does this mean for the village? To find out about this initiative and how you can pledge to improve your well being and fitness click here


Cycling Event - Hethersett will be the start and finish point for a major cycling event next March. The Hethersett 30/60 will start and finish at Hethersett Social Club. To read all about the event and how families and individuals can enter click here.



Charity Breakfast nets over £1100 - A charity breakfast held at Hethersett Queen’s Head raised over £1100 for the Norfolk based Break charity which provides a variety of services to vulnerable children, adults and families. Over 65 people attended with £1122 being raised through ticket sales and a raffle. Every penny raised went to the charity as staff gave their time and suppliers gave goods free of charge.


Drop In Day on New Development - Hethersett Parish Council is inviting residents to have their say on proposed new development in the village at a drop in session at Hethersett Methodist Church from 10 a.m to 2 p.m on Saturday, 3rd December. Members of the public will be able to view and comment both for and against on the planning application for 1,196 new houses in the village. Plans and supporting documentation will be available for  inspection: "The comments will help the parish council to take into account the views of residents when we formulate our response to South Norfolk Council," said parish council vice chair Jacky Sutton. The council is also encouraging residents to write direct to South Norfolk Council or register their views online by accessing the planning portal of the South Norfolk web site. You can read a poster of the drop in event by clicking here and access the response forms by clicking here for word format and clicking here for a pdf file. You can read coverage of this event in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.


Lorraine's Inspiration Lives On - Inspirational Hethersett teaching assistant Lorraine Hedges who died in July has left a fine legacy. Family and friends have raised just under £3,000 to be split between the Big C cancer charity and Breast Cancer UK. The money comes from donations at Lorraine's funeral and a special Motown charity night held at Anglian Windows Social Club. To read about the story from the Norwich Evening News click here


Six Into Seven at Hethersett Old Hall School - Hethersett Old Hall School will be opening its doors on Saturday, 10th December, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m for a Six Into Seven taster day for the school's senior department. The day will show prospective pupils stepping up from year six to senior school at year seven what a typical day at Old Hall is like. Subjects on display will include science in the laboratory, cooking in the home economics room, drama on the stage, art in the studios and outdoor activities. The taster day is free and lunch will be provided but booking is essential. Further details are available on the school's web site which can be accessed by clicking here or by telephoning 01603 810390. The school also has a range of scholarships available for girls joining in year seven. You can read more about these and also the open day by viewing a poster which is available by clicking here.


Science in a Box - A science in a box art exhibition is currently on display in Hethersett Library. GCSE art students from Hethersett High School and scientists from the John Innes Centre have combined to interpret their ideas on how genetic modification will influence the fate of the planet. Their ideas and visual responses have been featured in a series of wooden boxes on display in the library until December 3rd. It is the second year that the scheme has been run between the school and the Norwich Bio Science Institutes. Science and art in a box is one of the many community events created and organised as part of an established educational events programme at Hethersett High School and Science College. Last year students and scientists responded to the question "What would it be like if people could live forever" with an exhibition in Norwich Forum that led one visitor to remark "the maturity of the thought processes is a tribute to the pupils, staff and scientists."


Sports Association Meeting - The next meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association will take place at Park Farm Hotel on Monday, 28th November. Anybody interested in sport/leisure/fitness/health and well being is welcome. To view an agenda of the meeting and to find out more about the sports association click here.


Hethersett Got Lit Up - Hethersett got lit up on November 5th as Hethersett Athletic Football Club held its third annual and most successful fireworks evening in the grounds of Hethersett High School. To read a report and view photographs taken at the event click here.

Through to the Finals - Hethersett has reached the finals of the Active Norfolk Sports Village of the Year awards. The village has been nominated for its outstanding contribution to sport and leisure in 2011. We have been shortlisted alongside Aslacton and Great Moulton and Terrington St Clement. The winners will be announced at a special reception in Norwich Forum on November 30th. We will bring you a report of the evening.


Fight Continues to Stop Development - Plans to almost double the size of Hethersett are “not a done deal” say objectors who hope to stop a 1,000-plus homes development. Read the latest stories on the proposed development from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here and also read a previous story by clicking here which outlines the launching of a fund to fight home plans.


Test Match for Hawks - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club hasbeen awarded a highly prestigious international test match next year. Hethersett Memorial Field will host a match between Great Britain and Poland on July 31st with matches taking place at Ladies, Junior and Senior Men's levels. The honour for the village comes just a year after Hethersett hosted British Championships.


Multi Instrumentalist Back in Village - Talented multi instrumentalist Simeon Wood is returning to Hethersett on Friday (November 25th) for a concert at Hethersett Methodist Church. Simeon plays over 20 different instruments and performs in both secular and Christian arenas including cruise ship, churches and at corporate events and festivals. He has also written music for TV and film. Simeon comes from Huddersfield and started playing the flute at the age of eight. He later studied performance and composition at Trinity College of Music, London. Tickets for the concert are £7 with children under-16 free. They are available from Jacky Baker on 01603 811725 or Juliet Harwood on 01603 810237.


Chris Explores Market Towns - Hethersett historian Chris Barringer has written a book about Norfolk market towns. Chris takes a close look at towns including Diss, Harleston and Attleborough. To read more about this story visit our cuttings section or click here.


Champion Shows off Basketball Skills - Hethersett youngsters got the chance to discover what it is like to play wheelchair basketball when former champion Gordon Perry visited Hethersett Junior School. Gordon won the first London Wheelchair marathon in 1983. To read a cutting from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here.


Christmas Charity Sale Planned - Hethersett's fourth Christmas charity sale will be held on Friday 2nd December from 6 p.m in the Methodist Church Hall, Great Melton Road. As well as Christmas stalls there will be carols and choirs and an addition this year will be a children's corner with face painting. The event will feature up to 19 table sales, principally from local organisations including schools, churches, scouts and representatives from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Families Association, East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. There will be a full and varied music and singing programme led by the Infants and Junior Schools and Little Melton Church will be supporting its Wulugu African Village fund-raising project. Entertainment will be rounded off by the St Remigius Church Choir and caroling.


Open Space Open Day - Youngsters from Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School were joined by parents and family to celebrate the official opening of a special outdoor space. To read a report from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here.


Unusual Plea from Victim's Son - A man who admitted causing death by dangerous driving on the A11 near Hethersett has been jailed despite an unusual plea from the son of the 76 year old victim not to impose a custodial sentence as he did not want to see "more lives ruined." To read this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here


Double Fatal Inquest - An inquest has been held into the deaths of two Hethersett residents killed in a car crash in June . Coroner William Armstrong heard that driver Sara Page had consumed more than twice the legal alcohol limit. To read a report from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury click here.


Remembrance Sunday - The traditional Remembrance Sunday parade took place in St Remigius Church on 13th November with uniformed organisations from the village once again fully represented. To read a report of the event click here.


Preparing for Work  - Students from Hethersett High School put on their best interview outfits for a day aimed at giving them an edge when it comes to entering the world of work. Read the story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.


Green Spaces Meeting - A public meeting attended by over 50 enthusiasts in the village looked into the best use for green space areas. To read about this click here.


Pond Cleaning Partnership - Members of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) joined forces with the Norwich Fringe Group to clean out Ullswater pond in the village. A veritable cornucopia of treasures was unearthed including goal posts, old bikes, wheelbarrows, road signs and beer cans galore. Now the site not only looks better but is also a much safer place for wildlife. Cans and bottles can be deadly traps for inquisitive mice and mammals whilst pecking birds can easily become entangled in carelessly abandoned netting. Hethersett is at present taking great steps to ensure a responsible attitude towards green spaces in the village. HEAT will be taking to the streets again for a special festive litter pick on Saturday December 17th, beginning at 10 a.m from the Methodist Church. Volunteers are welcome. Tools are provided but you will need to bring your own Santa hats!


Cricket Club's Awards Evening - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club celebrated being awarded the prestigious national clubmark award at their annual fireworks and presentation evening at their Flordon Headquarters. To see who won what click here.


Ladies Bow Out - Hethersett Athletic Ladies' FA Cup run ended as they went down 5-0 at home to Enfield Town in the third qualifying round. Hethersett put in a brave performance against a team from a higher league but were well beaten on the day.