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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.


Painting for Pleasure - Hethersett’s Painting for Pleasure art group held its fifth annual exhibition in Hethersett Village Hall. Watercolours, acrylics, oils and pastels depicting a range of subjects from portraiture and landscapes to still life and abstract were all featured in over 100 pieces of art, many of which were bought by eager collectors. Much of the work had been reproduced from original photographs. The event also featured a tombola and refreshments, the proceeds of which will be donated to Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club. The tombola included a number of hand painted bird boxes which had featured in the group’s project for this summer. The group meets every Wednesday morning from 10 a.m until midday in Hethersett Village Hall.

Father and daughter Peter and Kathryn Harris from Yorkshire at the exhibition


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.


Respecting Colour - There was masses of colour in Hethersett Village Hall as Christmas came early in the shape of a festive market held by the Respect Yourself group. Respect Yourself sends out daily SMS text messages to help young people make important life decisions on a whole host of subjects from drugs and birth control to fighting bullying and keeping fit. The emphasis was on fun for the festive fair with a special appearance by Father Christmas and his legion of elves. There were stalls, games, competitions for the younger family members and refreshments. Respect Yourself was the brainchild of Hethersett resident Claire Burke who said the group is going from strength to strength with a number of new volunteers coming forward to help. Money raised from the event will go towards the daily service of text messaging. NEWS UPDATE  The fair raised £634. The service currently has 9,700 users across various media with 150 hits a day to its web site. The group has received support for its daily messages from a number of celebrities including Paul Potts in connection with bullying and Jahmene Douglas in connection with domestic violence. Other celebrities such as John Hurt have passed on messages to send out. The group is also working with a number of Norfolk schools, the latest of which is Wayland Academy where it is piloting a programme funded by the Academy itself. Work is also progressing towards putting together a Board of Trustees as its next step towards gaining charitable status.

Mobile Gym Launched - Hethersett’s new weekly mobile gym got off to a solid start with a trickle of people taking the opportunity to improve their fitness levels. The gym classes will run on Wednesdays from 10 a.m until 2 p.m in the Jubilee Youth Club Hall in Back Lane. Ultimately the idea is to start a regular community gym. To do this a total of 30 people need to take part each week during the four hour time slot. If successful an organising committee will be formed to take the idea forward into 2014. “We are looking to produce a community gym within six months,” said instructor Wyn Nurse. One of the first to try out the new facilities was Hethersett District Councillor Leslie Dale: “I was very impressed by the arrangement of a personal trainer shared between three or four people to guide me through the various exercises, which fortunately were still attainable despite my being of pensionable age. My trainer certainly found several muscles I didn’t know I had,” he said. Councillor Dale also had a message to people of a certain age: “ I can assure people in the older age group that they will not be asked to start doing anything beyond their current physical abilities,” he said. The gym is aimed at people of all ages from 16 upwards. It is hoped that a village leaflet drop and other publicity will encourage more people to take part. The gym is a partnership between South Norfolk Council, Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association and is the latest in a long line of fitness based initiatives in Hethersett. There is no need to book for the sessions and a one-to-one assessment with a fully qualified instructor will help to create a personalised fitness programme for all those taking part. The cost of sessions is £3 and more information is available from Wyn Nurse on 01263 516305 or via e-mail by clicking here. 

Fitness instructor Wyn Nurse with South Norfolk District Councillor Leslie Dale. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Stories in a Box - Hethersett Library is playing host to some unusual books for the next few weeks. A special display takes the form of artistic interpretations in boxes of well known works of literature designed by pupils from Hethersett Academy. Whilst other pupils may have been relaxing with the printed word over the summer holidays, Year 10 art students were expressing the essence of books under the heading of “You Can Tell a Book By Its Cover.” Every year the students who will be moving up to Year 11 have to undertake a piece of independent study and over the past four years this has taken the form of science based box projects. This year it has been the turn of literature to take centre stage: “It is great to see students making creative links between different curriculum areas,” said Head of Faculty and English Subject Leader at the academy Hayley Downer. "It is really nice to have the boxes back in the library again and the theme this year is so appropriate,” said Library Manager Jennie Hoult.There are 26 boxes on display depicting scenes from classic to modern literature including Great Expectations, The Secret Garden, Of Mice and Men, MacBeth, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, The Crucible, Romeo and Juliet, Alice in Wonderland. Othello and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The boxes will be on display for the remainder of November and throughout December.



The Boy in Striped Pyjamas as depicted in the display at Hethersett Library. Click on the picture to enlarge it

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.


A Chip Off the Old Block - When it comes to collecting Christmas charity shoeboxes for underprivileged children, Hethersett teenager Heather Pullin is a chip off the old block. For Heather is treading in the footprints of her grandparents Shirley and John Adams who collected boxes for many years in Hethersett before retiring to live in Holt. Heather has either collected or put together over 100 boxes at her home in Richardson Crescent and these will be distributed to children in Kosovo to help brighten their Christmas. Heather is also working towards her Queen’s Guide Award with Guiding UK and the shoebox collection will form part of her practical community action project. Heather, who is 17 and currently in the sixth form at Wymondham College, said that collecting the boxes had proved “challenging but enjoyable.” She had excellent support from local people who not only dropped off completed boxes but also sweets, cuddly toys, toothbrushes and toothpaste, model cars, pencil cases and many other items. She also raised £89 from serving teas and coffees at the recent Wymondham Lemon Day. Now Heather will be turning her experiences into a presentation and that will involve carrying out research into the destination of the boxes. Meanwhile John and Shirley may have moved from Hethersett, but box collection is obviously still in their blood as they have collected 40 at their new North Norfolk home.

Heather Pullin with her shoeboxes. Click on the photograph to enlarge

Cancer Research Presentation - A cheque for over £2,000 has been presented to Cancer Research UK from a special charity day at Hethersett Social Club. The event featured a five mile family cycle ride organised by Hethersett Velo Club, refreshments, a tombola, cake stall, book stall, an evening disco, a charity waxing and auction of lots donated by local businesses. The event was organised by Sue Forkes from the Social Club in memory of local resident Sayed Rehim who died from cancer while only in his thirties. A cheque for £2,153.47 was presented by Sue Forkes to Local Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research UK Tom Bamford: “It was a fantastic result and we were delighted as we didn’t even realise the event was being organised,” Mr Bamford said. “I would just like to thank everyone for all their hard work and support on the day,” Sue Forkes said.

Sue Forkes with Tom Bamford (left) and Bart Anderton of Hethersett Velo Club. Click on the photograph to enlarge.


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.


Saints Alive - Great Melton Church is appealing for details of six Norfolk Saints featured on its Victorian east window. To read about this and the fascinating history of the church click here. Use the link also to see more photographs of the church. NEWS UPDATE: A reader of the Norwich Evening News has managed to identify the saints. You can view his description by clicking here.


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.


Mobile 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 atmosphere.
Anyone wanting more information should contact Wyn Nurse on 01263 516305 or 07795 265671 or e-mail by clicking here.


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.


Usual Collection Day Revised Collection Day Change
Monday 23rd December Saturday 21st December 2 days early
Tuesday 24th December Monday 23rd December 1 day early
Wednesday 25th December Tuesday 24th December 1 day early
Thursday 26th December Friday 27th December 1 day late
Friday 27th December Saturday 28th December 1 day late
Monday 30th December Monday 30th December No change
Tuesday 31st December Tuesday 31st December No change
Wednesday 1st January Thursday 2nd January 1 day late
Thursday 2nd January Friday 3rd January 1 day late
Friday 3rd January Saturday 4th January 1 day late


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.


Cricketers Celebrate - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club held their annual presentation evening and coupled it with a hog roast and fireworks' display. Pictured opposite is club chairman Tony Smith presenting the Player of the Year Trophy to Paul Reeve. You can read about the evening and see who won what by clicking here.



Slug Hunters - A Hethersett youngster is one of a trio of schoolgirls leading the national hunt for an invasive visitor from Spain. Spanish slugs are an aggressive species capable of destroying crops and may be responsible for the death of numerous hedgehogs. The problems caused by the species was highlighted on this week’s BBC Television programme Countryfile as they visited a Hethersett garden in search of the evil presence. To read the full story click here 

Tasty Treats for Charity - Cakes and buns of all shapes and sizes were the order of the day as Hethersett Queen’s Head held a coffee morning and raised over £400 for Children in Need. The event ran throughout the morning and into the afternoon and evening and also included a raffle. The picture shows members of staff with just some of the culinary delights on offer. Click on it to enlarge.


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.