Archive News - November 2013
The following articles appeared on the site in November 2013
Sporting Village of the Year - Hethersett is once again the top sports village in Norfolk. We were named Sports Village of the Year on November 6th in a special presentation event at Norwich Forum organised jointly by Active Norfolk, the Eastern Daily Press and Radio Norfolk. The award comes two years after Hethersett was named Norfolk Sports Village of the Year for the first time and is a tribute to the hard work put in by so many people to enhance fitness and well being in our village. This culminated this year with Hethersett becoming the first village or town in the United Kingdom to win a Prime Minister's Big Society award. You can view coverage of the awards evening by clicking on the cutting above or by visiting our cuttings section by clicking here.
Christmas Cards and Services - Hethersett and District Churches Together will once again be distributing Christmas Cards throughout Hethersett, Great Melton and Little Melton. As well as sending out festive greetings, the cards will give details of church services over the Christmas period at Hethersett Parish Church, Hethersett Methodist Church, Wymondham Catholic Church, Little Melton Parish Church and Great Melton Parish Church. Dates on the cards start with the Hethersett Charity Christmas Market this Friday (November 29th) when Christmas music will be featured from schools, churches and music groups and continue through until new Year’s Eve. Christmas Eve services include: Christingle at Hethersett Methodist Church at 4 p.m, a crib service at Little Melton at 4 p.m and carol service at Hethersett Parish Church at the same time, Holy Communion with carols at Great Melton at 6.30 p.m Carol service and readings followed by mass at Wymondham Catholic Church at 7.30 p.m, Midnight Eucharist in Hethersett Parish Church at 11.30 p.m and Midnight Holy Communion at Hethersett Methodist Church at the same time. Christmas Day Services will be: Holy Communion at Hethersett Parish Church and Catholic Mass at Attleborough Methodist Church at 8 a.m and 8.30 a.m respectively, Holy Communion at Little Melton at 9 a.m, Mass at Wymondham Catholic Church at 10 a.m, family communion at Hethersett Parish Church at 10 a.m, and family services at Little Melton and Hethersett Methodist Churches at 10.30 a.m. A watchnight service will see in the New Year from 10.30 p.m at Hethersett Methodist Church on December 31st. For a full list of services over the Christmas period visit out What's On section by clicking here.
Tea and an Experience - Hethersett Methodist Church will be holding a special pre-Christmas music and tea afternoon featuring the Singing Fellowship on December 6th at 2.30 p.m. The event is open to all and will feature music, readings and poetry, followed by tea and home made cakes. The church will once again be presenting “The Bethlehem Experience” following the success of last year’s production. It is a dramatic retelling of the Christmas Story performed by local actors and villagers and is suitable for all the family. There is no need to book and admission is free. During the day on Friday 13th December approximately 80 children from local schools will attend across three performances. Public performances will than take place on 13th December at 7 p.m and on 14th December at 10.30 a.m and 2.30 p.m. Each performance will last about an hour and refreshments will be available at the end.
Parish Council Meeting Dates for 2014 - Dates have been set for meetings of Hethersett Parish Council in 2014. Meetings of the full council start at 7.30 p.m in Hethersett Village Hall and are preceded by planning committee meetings at 7 p.m. Dates are: January 29th, February 17th, March 17th, April 23rd, May 20th, June 16th, July 14th, September 15th, October 20th, November 17th and December 15th. Additional planning committee meetings will be held on January 6th, February 3rd, March 3rd, April 7th, May 6th, June 2nd, June 30th, August 4th, September 1st, October 6th, November 3rd and December 1st. The village’s annual parish meeting will be held on May 7th.
Charity Fund-raisers - Children at Hethersett Woodside Infants and Nursery School have raised hundreds of pounds for charity. You can read this story in cuttings from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here and here
Turning Up the Heat - Hethersett is becoming a tidier village, thanks to regular litter picks by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). More people are volunteering to help with the work and a recent pick brought in 11 bags of rubbish, Hethersett Parish Council heard at its latest meeting. The group’s next litter pick is on January 11th, starting at 10 a.m from Hethersett Methodist Church Car Park. HEAT recently presented cheques for £820 to the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service and Hedgehog Rescue from the summer’s Hethersett Open Gardens event. Leading HEAT member and Hethersett Parish Councillor Dr Anne Edwards reported on the village’s involvement in bat and ant surveys in Norfolk. Thirteen species of bat had been detected in Norfolk of which nine were found in Hethersett. Fourteen gardens in the village took part in the ant survey with two specific species being detected. Dr Edwards also asked for sightings to be reported of the invasive Spanish slugs that have been brought into the United Kingdom. HEAT is also looking into placing new map signs in various parts of the village, incorporating footpath and wildlife information. Sites being considered are car parks at the village hall, on Great Melton Road and on the Memorial Playing Field. HEAT’s next meeting is on January 8th in the upstairs room in Hethersett Methodist Church.
Village Christmas Fair - Hethersett Methodist Church will be the venue for the sixth annual Hethersett Christmas Charity Fair on November 29th from 6 p.m until 9 p.m. The church and hall will be used for stalls and a full evening programme and there will also be a children’s games room in an upstairs room. Local charities and voluntary causes present will include Hethersett Brownies, Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT), Hethersett Junior School, Hethersett Mothers’ Union, Starthrowers, the Norfolk Association of Disabled People, the Respect Yourself Group, Hethersett Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, Hethersett WI, Hethersett Jubilee Youth and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. National Charities represented will include the Air Ambulance, Hope and Homes for Children, the RNLI and the Royal Society for Protection of Birds. Stalls will also include books, cakes, toys, bric-a-brac, a tombola, cards, calendars and Christmas decorations. The musical programme will include performances from Woodside School, Hethersett Methodist Singing Fellowship, Hethersett Singers, former Hethersett’s Got Talent winner David Wyatt and the St Remigius Church Choir. Due to limited parking, people attending are being urged to leave their vehicles at home wherever possible.
Sporting Challenges - An altruistic Hethersett father has completed a year's worth of sporting challenges in a bid to raise as much money as possible for MacMillan Cancer Research. You can read just what Ian MacFarlane did by clicking here to view a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper.
Primary School Needed - Hethersett has been identified as a possible site for a new primary school. Up to 20 new schools could be needed across Norfolk over the next 10 to 15 years because of new housing and population growth. You can read more about this story in a cutting from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper by clicking here.
Chairman's Reception - Hethersett Village Hall was the venue for a special presentation and thank you evening hosted by parish council chairman Fred Watkins. The evening was attended by representatives of the various village groups that come under the Hethersett Parish Council banner, including Hethersett Environmental Action Team, Hethersett Village Hall Trustees, Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee and Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustees. Also present were residents who had opened their gardens for the village open gardens event in the summer. Parish councillors mingled with village volunteers and enjoyed presentations with slides from Mr Watkins and parish councillor Shane Hull on the village open weekend and Dr Anne Edwards on the open garden scheme, which again saw numerous village gardens open to the public in the summer. Dr Edwards had also baked a special open gardens celebration cake. Proceeds from the open gardens event were presented to the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service and the Hedgehog Rescue charity. Both charities received cheques for £825. Fred Watkins said: “The evening allowed the Parish Council to recognise and thank volunteers for the contribution they have made to village life during the year as well as being an enjoyable social get together.” There was a loud round of applause when it was announced that Hethersett had once again become Norfolk’s Sports Village of the Year. Hethersett Village Hall Trustees is looking for new members with three current vacancies on the committee. Meanwhile the village hall is looking to enhance its facilities in the near future with the introduction of wi-fi to go alongside the modern media set-up that has already been installed.
Sporting Shortlist - Hethersett has once again been shortlisted for the prestigious Norfolk Sports Village of the Year award - a competition we won two years ago. Our continued efforts to become the ultimate sports village has seen us shortlisted along with. The results will be announced in Norwich on November 6th.
Gym On Its Way - A mobile
gym is on its way to Hethersett. Hethersett and the Meltons
Sports Association, South Norfolk Council and Active Norfolk are
working together to provide weekly fitness sessions on
Wednesdays from 10 a.m until 2 p.m in the Jubilee Youth Club in
Back Lane, Hethersett. Sessions will be run by
professional fitness instructors and each person will be given a
personal programme. Initially the gym will function for four to
six months and in that time it is hoped to create a community
gym to continue the idea. The gym will be for anyone aged 16 or
over and people with disabilities will be very welcome. Those
attending will be asked to fill out a simple medical
questionnaire to ensure that exercise is safe for them. The cost
is just £3 per session and each session will last between 45
minutes and an hour. There will be a friendly and relaxed
Vandalism Moves - Sadly the problem of vandalism has reared its ugly head in another part of the village. Considerable steps have been taken to eradicate the problem on the Memorial Playing Field and these seem to have had an effect but also seem to have moved the problem onto the High School where a considerable amount of damage has been caused. You can read about this from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.
Library and High School Combine - Hethersett Library and Hethersett High School will be combining for a special exhibition during the last three weeks of November and the whole of December. A group of students from the High School spent their summer holidays putting together a display under the heading of "You Can Tell a Book By Its Cover." Using boxes as their canvas the titles covered include MacBeth, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Great Expectations and The Crucible.
Christmas Bin Collections - Below are details of the Christmas Bin Collections in Hethersett. You can also view these on the South Norfolk Council web site by clicking here.
Blossoming Year - Cringleford and Hethersett Flower Club has been enjoying a busy year. Click here to read about the past few months and see what is coming up for the remainder of this year and into Spring 2014.
Remembering the Fallen
Hethersett Parish Church was full for the annual Service of Remembrance on Sunday November 10th. To see more photographs and read a report of the event click here
Academy Appoints New Principal - Hethersett Academy (formerly Hethersett High School) has appointed a new principal. Gareth Stevens, who is 36, will take up his post on January 1st. The school became an academy at the start of the Autumn term. Mr Stevens says that he is aiming to have the school in the outstanding category within 18 months. You can read more about this from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. You can also view a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.
Faster Broadband for Hethersett - Hethersett is set to get faster broadband following the installation of a new mast at Wymondham. You can read about this from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper by clicking here. You can also view a newspaper cutting by clicking here.
Going Yellow for the Day - The highly successful Hethersett Velo Club changed its name to Hethersett Yellow Club for the day to join in the celebrations for Wymondham's Lemon Day. You can read a cutting about the event from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.
Hethersett Woman's Challenge of a Lifetime - Hethersett's Rachel Cooke is training for the challenge of a lifetime as she prepares to take part in the London Marathon in memory of her mum. You can read a cutting about this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.
Woodside School Appeal for Memorabilia - Hethersett Woodside Infant and Nursery School will be celebrating its 40th birthday in January and is appealing to former pupils and the public for memorabilia. “We are planning to celebrate with lots of events for staff and children past and present. We would be very grateful if anybody could lend us photos or memorabilia of the past 40 years,” said member of staff Joanne Adcock who is co-ordinating the events. It is planned to hold an open day with a special display in January. Anyone with memorabilia or information about the school can contact Ms Adcock at school on 01603 810674 or via e-mail by clicking here
Diary Dates - There is always something going on in the village and just a few of the coming dates to come to our attention include the following: Hethersett Queen’s Head will be raising funds for Children in Need with a coffee morning and raffle from 10 a.m until 2 p.m this Friday (November 15th). There will be plenty of squit and a touch of polish when Norfolk broadcaster, writer and mardler Keith Skipper visits Hethersett on November 23rd. An Evening of Squit and Polish will take place in the barn at Hethersett Old Hall School from 7.30 p.m with proceeds going to the Wulugu Project which tackles poverty through education in Northern Ghana. A hot meal will be provided and tickets at £12.50 can be booked from Jane Scott on 01603 453750. A quiz night with fish and chip supper is being held in aid of Save the Children in Hethersett Village Hall on Saturday, 23rd November from 7.30 p.m. Teams of eight will be taking part and there will also be a raffle. The cost is £7.50 per person and tickets can be booked in advance by contacting Doris Langford on 01603 819101. For more diary dates click here.