Archive News - November 2012
The following articles appeared on the site in November 2012
We are the Pride of Norfolk Community of the Year
Hethersett has been named Pride of Norfolk Community of the Year for 2012 for villages and towns with populations of over 5000. The award recognises our outstanding community spirit and the efforts made by so many people and groups to ensure that there is something for everyone. To read about the presentation click here. To read our submission to the judges click here and to read about our community click here. The photograph above shows children from the village celebrating the award at the annual Hethersett Christmas Fair held at the Methodist Church on November 30th. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.
Annual Christmas Success - Hundreds of people once again braved the cold weather to enjoy festive fair at the fifth annual Hethersett Christmas Fair which was once again held in Hethersett Methodist Church. A number of national and local charities were present including: Hethersett Brownies, Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT), Hethersett Junior School, Hethersett Mothers’ Union, Respect Yourself, Hethersett WI, Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Hope and Homes for Children charity, the RNLI and RSPB. Music was provided by Hethersett Woodside and Hethersett Junior Schools, Hethersett Methodist Singing Fellowship, Hethersett Singers and Hethersett Parish Church Choir.
Tudor Times - Hethersett school children have been learning about Tudor medicine. Pupils at Hethersett Junior School got their hands dirty as an article from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper shows. You can read this by clicking here.
Parish Council Vacancies - There are currently three vacancies on Hethersett Parish Council following the recent resignations of vice-chair Jackie Sutton and Simon Floyd. Both are moving away from the village. David Elliott has also resigned from the council. Notices of the vacancies will shortly be posted in the village. This will result in an election if more than three people put their names forward. If less than three step forward the council will have the right to co-opt new councillors. Anyone interested in standing for the parish council should contact parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915. Gary Wyatt has been elected vice-chair to succeed Jackie Sutton. For a full list of parish councillors with contact details click here.
Hethersett GPs Big Climb - Hethersett GP Dr Nicky Morris has marked her 50th birthday and that of her husband by climbing 50 peaks in 50 weeks while taking 50 photographs and at the same time help the Mercy Flyers charity. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here. You can also see a cutting from the event by clicking here.
Trainee Nurse on the Way to Malawi - Hethersett trainee nurse Beth Blake are getting ready for a placement in Malawi next year as part of their course at the University of East Anglia. To read about Beth's travel plans visit our cuttings section by clicking here
Additional Team - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club has added a fourth Saturday side in order to "give cricket to all." The new team will play in Division Eight of the Norfolk League with the third team moving up to Division Six. The club's first and second teams will once again play in the Norfolk Alliance. The club will also be running three youth teams. A report of the annual meeting is available by clicking here.
Local Author on Television - Wicklewood based author Douglas McPherson will be appearing on television on Monday night (November 26th) to talk about the past and future of animals in the circus. This is a subject Douglas researched extensively in his book Circus Mania which is now available for electronic download on the Kindle Store by using the following link. The programme is an Inside Out special at 7.30 p.m on BBC1 and will be presented by David Whiteley. The piece comes in the light of the recent conviction of circus owner Bobby Roberts for causing unnecessary suffering to a circus elephant.
GP Talks About NARS - Hethersett GP Dr Tony Press spoke to the Eastern Daily Press newspaper after attending a serious road accident at Ashill on November 24th. He was performing critical care in his role with the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. You can read the story from the EDP by clicking here.
Convoy in Memory of Danny - A convoy of around 40 cars took to the roads of Norfolk for a charity rally in memory of popular motorbike enthusiast Danny Greaves. The convoy passed through Hethersett on its journey from Bunwell to Hemsby. You can read about this from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper by clicking here.
Anniversary Weekend - Hethersett Methodist Church celebrated its anniversary and gift weekend with a number of events featuring worship, food and magic. Saturday evening saw a special sausage supper featuring magic and illusions by Brian Cupples who managed the following morning to transform himself into the preacher for the morning service. The weekend was rounded off by evening worship led by the Rev Derek Grimshaw. Money raised from the supper along with collections taken at the services will go towards church funds. Friday sees the church hosting the fifth annual Hethersett Christmas Market from 6 to 9 p.m.
Party Time - The Respect Yourself Group which we have featured regularly on this site will be holding a children's Christmas party including tea party, dancing, games and chocolate from Santa in Hethersett Village Hall on December 8th from 3 until 5 p.m. Fancy dress is optional. There will be refreshments on sale and a raffle for the adults. A limited number of tickets at £6 are available and can be reserved by contacting Claire on 07879603455 or by e-mail by clicking here. The group will also be holding a New Year's Eve party in Hethersett Village Hall from 7.30 until 12.30 a.m on December 31st. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children aged from three to 16. Under 3s are free. To reserve tickets for this contact 07711 272016 or use the e-mail address above. The evening will include party games and tombolas for both children and adults. You can view a poster for this event by clicking here.
Christmas Opening Times - Hethersett Library and Thickthorn Park and Ride - Hethersett Library will be open as usual on Saturday 22nd December, but then closed on Sunday 23rd, Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th, re-opening on Thursday 27th. The library will also be closed on New Year's Day. The Thickthorn Park and Ride to Norwich will be extending its service leading up to Christmas. Buses will run approximately every 15 minutes from 9 a.m until 5 p.m on Sunday 9th, Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd December. The site will be closed on December 25th, December 26th and January 1st. There will also be a later service on Thursdays in December leading up to Christmas.
Champion Signings for Hawks - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club has signed two Norfolk champions in readiness for the 2013 season which opens in March. Brother and sister Oliver and Danielle Riley, who won the Under-16s and Ladies titles in 2012, have transferred from Norwich and Ipswich respectively to further their promising careers with the club that finished runners-up in Division 1 of the South East League. Recognised as two of the most dedicated riders in the sport, they will bring more competition for places in the first and second teams and Danielle will also be a big boost to the club's blossoming female section.
Back to the Sixties - Hethersett Hall care home turned the clocks back to the 1960s and 1970s for a special event. To read about this from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper see our cuttings section for the month by clicking here.
New Parish Councillors - A decision regarding three new parish councillors for Hethersett will be made at the council's next meeting in Hethersett Village Hall on December 17th. There are three vacancies following the resignations of David Elliott, Simon Floyd and Jacky Sutton. The council is currently asking for anybody interested in standing to contact parish clerk Ian Weetman. Councillors will elect three new members at their next meeting,
Taster Session - Hethersett Old Hall School will be holding a six into seven taster day on Thursday 29th November where pupils currently in Year Six have the chance to experience what the senior school has to offer. To view a leaflet giving more information on the day click here. Meanwhile the school has set up its own blog for coming events and news and this is accessible by clicking here. The day will offer girls currently in Year Six the opportunity to experience a typical day at the school and give them the chance to meet current pupils, experience science in the labs, use the sporting facilities including the heated swimming pool. The day will run from 8.30 a.m until 3.45 p.m and parents will be able to take refreshments with the Headmaster in his study at 3 p.m. Further information is available and places can be booked on 01603 810390.
In Memory of George - Children in Hethersett are being invited to take part in a nature-themed competition in memory of environmentalist George Beckford. George championed the cause of nature in the village as chair of Hethersett Parish Council and the Hethersett Environmental Action Team until his death a few years ago. "Hethersett Society would like to encourage the interest of young people in the natural environment in memory of the work done by George Beckford in Hethersett," said Hethersett Society chairman Chris Barringer. The George Beckford Environmental Award is open to young people aged between six and 16 who live in the Hethersett area. A shield and book token will be awarded to the best entry of a piece of writing or illustration of something the entrant has watched from his or her garden, school playground or around Hethersett. The closing date for entries is July 31st, 2013. More information is available from Chris Barringer on 01603 810557 or he can be e-mailed by clicking here. Next year's Hethersett open gardens event organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) will take place on Sunday July 14th.
Sports Association Meeting - The latest meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association took place at Park Farm Hotel on November 26th . The association reflected on a hugely successful year for sport and recreation in Hethersett and also looking forward to events in 2013. To see a report of the meeting click here. The next Sports Association meeting will be at Park Farm Hotel on January 28th, 2013
Knitted Lords A Leaping - Lords will be leaping, swans will be swimming, maids will be milking and there will even be a partridge in a pear tree when Little Melton Church holds a Christmas Fair on December 1st. The Rev Mary Kerslake has been busy throughout the year knitting 78 figures to represent the 12 days of Christmas from the traditional festive song. So the special sale will include her interpretation of six geese a laying, five gold rings and all the other characters of the song. The knitted characters will be sold off at £3 each in aid of the Wymondham based Star Throwers cancer charity. They will be on display throughout the event which runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and which will also include music, refreshments and Father Christmas. There is free entry with £2 to visit Santa.
Hethersett Players - Hethersett Players will be performing two one act plays on 12th and 13th July of next year. The group are at the early stages of play reading and would love to hear from anyone who may be interested in being involved either on or off stage. More information is available from Sarah Wright who can be contacted via e-mail by clicking here. We will let you have details of the plays as soon as we have them.
Bravery and Tragedy - The story of bravery and a double tragedy involving a Hethersett man has been told in the Eastern Daily Press newspaper. To read this click here.
Quiz for Church Roof Fund - A quiz night to raise finds for the repair of Hethersett Parish Church's roof will take place in Old Hall School Barn at 7 p.m on Saturday February 9th, 2013. There will be home cooked food and tickets are available from Jennie Pigg on 01603 810230 or from the church. The event is just one of the fund-raisers being organised to help with the cost of the £95,000 repairs.
Christmas with a Swing - Christmas will be getting off to a swing with a special festive concert in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club. The Da Capo choir will be raising funds for the venue in Back Lane on December 1st from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. The event will feature a mixture of carols, Christmas songs and other well known pieces. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £2 for children which includes mulled wine and mince pies and soft drinks for the children. Tickets are available from Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.
River Valley Grants - A number of Hethersett projects are under consideration for grants from the South Norfolk Council's Northern River Valleys Neighbourhood Board. To read about this click here.
Christmas Fair Update - The fifth annual Hethersett Christmas Fair and Charity sale will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church on November 30th from 6 to 9 p.m. A number of local and national charities and local groups will be present including: Hethersett Brownies, Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT), Hethersett Junior School, Hethersett Mothers’ Union, Respect Yourself, Hethersett WI, Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Hope and Homes for Children charity, the RNLI and RSPB. Goods for sale will include books, cakes, bric-a-brac, cards, calendars and Christmas decorations and there will also be a tombola. Music will be provided by Hethersett Woodside and Hethersett Junior Schools, Hethersett Methodist Singing Fellowship, Hethersett Singers and Hethersett Parish Church Choir.
Remembrance Idea - Hethersett residents are being given the chance to leave a lasting memory of a loved one in the village. Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustees have launched a scheme to provide benches on the field featuring a plaque with a dedication to friends or relatives that have passed on. “We already have a number of seats available on the park but are looking to add more. We want to give local people the chance to remember a loved one in a practical way and at the same time provide a village amenity that can be used by everyone,” said chair of the Playing Field Trustees Peter Hoult. Anyone interested in finding out more about the scheme can contact Peter on 01603 811337. The Trustees are also looking to provide a teen shelter on the field. It is hoped this will be financed from grants and donations. Safety matting has been placed around the entrance to the play equipment and also underneath the play hut and additional rubbish bins have also been put in place.
Sports Association Meeting - The next meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association will take place at Park Farm Hotel on November 26th at 7.30 p.m. The association will be reflecting on a hugely successful year for sport and recreation in Hethersett and also looking forward to events in 2013. The meeting will hear about a sporting year that brought Hethersett an off route visit from the official London Olympic flame and saw the newly formed Hethersett Social Running Club named Run England’s Eastern Area Club of the Year. Next year the association will be supporting major local events such as the 30/60 mile cycle run, the village’s open weekend from July 5th to 7th and a Come and Try Sports Evening on May 22nd. It will also be overseeing the village’s entry in the Active Norfolk South Norfolk Village Games – a competition Hethersett has won over the past two years. Next year will also see the association aiming to: Improve sports facilities and launch new clubs in partnership with Active Norfolk and South Norfolk Council, lobby for improved cycle paths between Little Melton and Hethersett and Hethersett and Wymondham, launch a campaign to encourage local people to leave their cars at home and walk and cycle and encourage more women and girls to take an active part in sport and exercise. The meeting is open to all clubs and individuals interested in sport, fitness and well being.
Crime Figures Down - Crime figures for Hethersett have shown a welcome drop and police are winning the fight to stop anti social behaviour around Hethersett Parish Pit, a meeting of South Norfolk Council's Northern River Valleys Neighbourhood Board heard. To read more about this story click here.
Golfing Success - A Hethersett duo have come top of a new golfing competition organised by Active Norfolk as part of their village games event. The inaugural competition was held on the nine hole family course at Bawburgh Golf Club on November 4th. Hethersett's Chris Gladwell came second in the junior category but, with Tim Hudson-Church, came first in the village competition for the top scores of one adult and one junior. The points gained from the competition will give Hethersett and the Meltons a flying start for the 2013 Active Norfolk South Norfolk Village Games where we will be defending the title we have won over the past two years.
Valuable Car Found - An elite racing car worth £170,000 which was stolen from the car park of Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett, has been found a few miles away undamaged. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. To read the original stroy from the Wymondham Mercury click here.
Car and Bike Rally On Its Way - A charity car and motorbike rally in memory of a bike enthusiast who died in an accident is due to pass through Hethersett on November 25th. Up to 100 vehicles are expected to take part in memory of Bunwell man Daniel Greaves. Money raised from the event will go to the intensive care unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital. The rally is due to leave Bunwell at 11 a.m and move through Wymondham before coming onto Hethersett. For more details of this story click here.
Talking Newspapers - Do you know someone who is visually impaired and who is interested in their local community? The Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper provides a free audio local news and information service for blind or partially sighted people. Items from local newspapers are recorded onto a memory stick each week and sent to the listener via a freepost facility provided by the Royal Mail. They are returned by the same means. Equipment on which to play the stick can be provided free of charge, if required. The organisation also produces a monthly audio magazine. For more details and to access the service direct visit the talking newspaper's web site by clicking here.
Behind the Scenes - The Eastern Daily Press Newspaper has carried out a special behind the scenes look at the work of the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service which has its Headquarters at Hethersett. You can read the feature by clicking here.
Awards Disappointment - The Chair of a major Hethersett organisation has expressed his disappointment at the village's failure to make the shortlist in any of the categories of the coming Active Norfolk sports awards. Last year Hethersett was named sports village of the year and champion of champions but this year has been ignored by the shortlisting panel despite villagers making at least six nominations. Shane Hull, chair of the village Olympic Legacy Committee and the man responsible for bringing the official Olympic flame to Hethersett said: "I am disappointed that Hethersett village, schools and sports clubs have not been shortlisted for the awards despite extraordinary efforts and support from the whole community in 2012 resulting in national recognition." Shane, who is also a Hethersett Parish Councillor, added that he was confident that the village would go from strength to strength in 2013 and beyond and create a sporting legacy for many years to come. Hethersett was nominated in the sports village of the year category. The cluster group of schools were nominated in the schools category, the new social running club and Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association were nominated in the sports club of the year category and individuals were nominated for the unsung sporting hero category. The running club has already been named Run England's Eastern Region Club of the Year. Hethersett has reached the final of the Pride in Norfolk Awards and is waiting to hear whether it has won this prestigious competition.
Christmas Bin Collections: South Norfolk Council have announced changes to refuse collections over the coming Christmas period. These are outlined below.
Cycle Event Lined-Up for March - Following the success of the inaugural Hethersett 30/60 cycle marathon earlier this year, the event will be repeated in 2013 with more riders. The number taking part has been increased from 300 to 500 and the event will take place on a slightly different course. Entries for the event on Sunday 24th March are now being taken. It will start and finish at Hethersett Social Club and will be supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust. The course will take riders to Wymondham, Spooner Row, Old and New Buckenham, Bunwell, Tacolneston, Fundenhall, Wreningham, Bracon Ash, East Carleton and Ketteringham. Entrants must be 18 or over on the day of the ride and the event, which is not a race, is open to cyclists of all abilities. A special web site for details of the event and registration can be accessed by clicking here.
Cats Help Cancer Fight - A Hethersett woman who lost her mother to pancreatic cancer is spreading the word about the condition by creating colourful cats for charity. To read about this story from the Wymondham Mercury click here.
Massive Task for Parish Church - Hethersett St Remigius Parish Church is facing a huge challenge to raise £95,000 for essential roof repairs. Church Warden Kate Wood has highlighted the continuing fight to raise funds for the church in the latest edition of the village Good News Magazine. To read about this click here.
Coffee Morning for MacMillan - Hethersett Library will be holding a Christmas coffee morning for the MacMillan Cancer Care charity on December 3rd from 10.30 until 12.30 a.m. There will be home made cakes, coffee and mincepies. There will also be a chance to experience Indian head and hand massage.
Lucky Escape - A teenager had a lucky escape when a car crashed into her Hethersett home when she was asleep. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here
Ducklings Fair - Hethersett pre-school playgroup - the Ducklings - will be holding their second Christmas Fair to raise funds. It will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church on Sunday, 25th November between 2 and 5 p.m.
Elaborate Gifts - Elaborate paper baubles by Hethersett artist Will Farrell will be amongst hand crafter goods on offer at a new shop in North Walsham. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.
Storm Memories - Former Police Officer John Gross from Hethersett has given his memories of the 1987 storms in a special article in the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper which you can read by clicking here.
Kett's Oak (Or Not) - Kett's Oak may not be all its cracked up to be if a new book is believed. The so called Kett's Oak in Hethersett where the rebel Robert Kett was said to have addresses his supporters ahead of their march on Norwich in 1549 may be a fake. In their book "Ancient Trees in the Landscape," UEA based landscape historian Tom Williamson and former Norfolk County Council Environmental Manager Gerry Barnes shed serious doubt on whether this was in fact Kett's Oak or has just become a symbol of the Rebellion over the centuries. You can read the full story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.
Best in the World? - Former Hethersett High School pupil Ben Cooke is in line to be named the best young carpenter in the world. You can read just why in an article from the Eastern Daily Press by clicking here.
Horse Racing Memories - The Eastern Daily Press Newspaper has put together a gallery of archive photos reflecting horse racing's past in the county. Two of the featured photographs feature racing at Hethersett. You can view the 1969 Ladies open race in Dunston Harriers Point to Point by clicking here and the 1968 Norfolk and Suffolk Fox Hounds Point to Point by clicking here
Assurances over Trust Decision - Head Teacher of Hethersett High School, Kerry Jordan, has assured parents their children will not be adversely affected by a decision to end her schools membership of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.
Alan Retires - Well known local football official Alan Williams has retired after 53 years continuous service to the sport in the Norwich area. Alan, who is well known in local Hethersett footballing circles, received a special letter from Sir Alex Ferguson and a special dinner at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett. You can read about this story from the Eastern Daily Press by clicking here.
Career Change - Hethersett resident David Hawkins has spoken about the day a panic attack led to a major career change. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.
Emotional Return - Shelley Kimpton from Hethersett has been re-united with her boyfriend Trooper Terry Hutchinson for the 43 Light Dragoons on his return from serving in Afghanistan. To read the full story from the Eastern Daily Press click here.
Post Office Featured - A photograph of Hethersett Post Office from the 1970s has been featured in an article in the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper. You can view the photograph and read the article by clicking here
Cosmetics Stolen - Over £1,000 of cosmetics have been stolen from the Hethersett branch of Boots the Chemists. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.
Cricket Club's Awards Evening - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club combined its annual presentation evening and fireworks party at its Flordon Headquarters. To read a report of the evening and see who won what click here
Running Academy is Launched - Hethersett's new running academy got off to a flying start on November 3rd with youngsters aged from eight to 12 turning up for coaching from Ron Marsh and Norfolk Olympiad Paul Evans. The academy will meet every Saturday morning on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field from 10.30 until 11.30 a.m. There are still plenty of places available. Just turn up on the day. Photographs and a report on the first day is available by clicking here. Hethersett will be launching a new daytime running group at 9.15 a.m on Monday 12th November. Once again this will be free to join and qualified coaches will be on hand to help all standards from beginners to advanced. Once again just turn up at the Memorial Playing Field.
Pretty in Pink for Charity - Residents and staff at Hethersett Hall Care Home went pink for the day in aid of Breast Cancer awareness. You can see a cutting on this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here
Fireworks Time - Hundreds of people attended another successful community fireworks event organised by Hethersett Athletic Athletic Football Club in the grounds of Hethersett High School on November 3rd. There were two displays - the first more suitable for younger children and this was followed by the main display. The event also included a variety of stalls and refreshments including a beer tent, barbecue, climbing wall, sky dome, assault course, bouncy castle and slide, The event was run in conjunction with the First Cringleford Scout group and has become the largest community event in the village's annual calendar.