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Archive News - November 2014

The following articles appeared on the site in November 2014

Special Guests at Remembrance Sunday


On the left is Hethersett War Memorial and above from left to right are: Heather Undrill, Bea Ewart, Bob Andrews, Valerie Hearn and Pamela Hearn

THIS year’s service of remembrance in Hethersett was a special occasion for more than one reason. It commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War and also provided a special and poignant time for three visitors. For the first time this year, the name of Ray Childs was read out amongst those who fell in the First World War. His name was added to the other 17 from the Great War earlier in the year during a clean-up of the memorial and following a campaign by village historians Bea Ewart and Bob Andrews. Those joining with uniformed organisations and villagers around the memorial included Ray’s great nieces Heather Undrill and Valerie Hearn and his great great niece Pamela Hearn who had travelled from Mundesley and Scottow for the service. They expressed themselves “absolutely delighted at the marvellous memorial” to their relative. Ray’s name was added to the war memorial this year after the go ahead from Hethersett Parish Council. Ray was severely gassed during active service in France in 1918 and died in Hethersett after the war. Heavy overnight rain failed to deter the determination of local people and uniformed organisations to gather around the memorial in the grounds of St Remigius Church, despite the fact that the church is still shut for repairs to its roof which are now expected to last until the end of November. That meant a change to the usual plan with the remainder of the united service being held in Hethersett Methodist Church. Brownies, Guides, Scouts and other uniformed organisations were present at the War Memorial with Duncan Pigg B.E.M reading out the names of villagers who died during the two World Wars and also during the Cyprus campaign of the 1950s. Wreaths were laid by numerous village organisations including Hethersett Pensioners’ Association, Hethersett Methodist Church, the Roman Catholic Community, the Royal British Legion, Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett Brownies, the First Hethersett Scouts, the First Hethersett Cubs, the Second Hethersett Guides, Hethersett Beaver Scouts, the First and Fourth Hethersett Brownies and Hethersett Old Hall School. The service of remembrance at Hethersett Methodist Church was led by the Rector, the Rev Derek McClean, and the Methodist Minister, the Rev Matthew Olanrewaju. The uniformed organisations presented their colours to a full church. Work is continuing on a web site commemorating the war dead and looking at Hethersett from 1910 to 1950. This is available by clicking here. 

Cricket Club's Junior Awards Evening

HETHERSETT and Tas Valley Cricket Club held a fireworks and junior presentation evening at its Flordon Headquarters. For the first time this year, junior members were presented with their awards separately from adult whose presentations will form part of the club’s annual pre-Christmas dinner on December 6th. Club chairman Tony Smith (pictured above with the winners) paid tribute to the ability and enthusiasm of the club’s junior section: “The success and ability of our youngsters is now being reflected in the senior teams with a number of the junior players making their way into the fourths, thirds and even seconds. This is also a great reflection on the work put in by our coaches,” he said. Director of Youth Cricket Rennie Broughton reported that the Under-11s had finished runners-up in the South Norfolk League and third in the Norfolk Alliance. The Under-13s finished third in both leagues. The club ran an Under-9s section for the first time, bringing cricket to boys and girls at an early age. In addition players from the club won South Norfolk League batting and bowling honours. In 2015, Hethersett and Tas Valley will run junior teams at under-11 and under-13 levels in the Norfolk Alliance and sides at Under-9, Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 levels in the South Norfolk League. Prize winners were: Under-9s: Club Batting and Bowling awards and South Norfolk League Bowling Trophy, William Robertson; South Norfolk League Batting Trophy, Will Worley. Under-11s: Batting, Jack Gibson (who hit the first club half century in that age group since 2010); Bowling, Ben Way. Under-13s: Batting, Tom Worley; Bowling, Tom Worley and Ben Davies. Under-15s: Batting and Bowling, Jonathan Cooper. Most Improved Youngster, Lewis Martin; Junior Player of the Year, Jack Gibson. The evening also featured a fireworks display, a raffle and a hog roast.


Panto Coach Could Have Been a Star Attraction


A golden pantomime coach from South Norfolk has missed out on a starring Christmas role in London this year. Hethersett Pantomime Group was contacted by the world famous Harvey Nichols store asking to buy the coach for a pre-Christmas parade event in London. “We made the coach for Cinderella in January 2013 and, following the panto, tried to sell it. I had some interest but nobody was able to get a van to pick it up as it was very long.  Sadly as there was no storage facilities it had to be destroyed, which is such a shame as it was a great looking coach,” said Hethersett Pantomime Director Sarah Wright. A previous coach went on to star in pantomimes in Waterbeach and Downham Market, but it was a different story this time as there were no takers for the 2013 model despite Sarah setting up a web site and putting it on others to try and attract interest. “Out of the blue I received an email asking if it was still for sale as Harvey Nichols had an event in Knightsbridge and they were interested in buying it. So it was almost a London star, “Sarah added. Hethersett’s 2015 pantomime will be Treasure Island which runs in Hethersett Village Hall from January 17th to 24th with a total of seven evening performances and two Saturday matinees. Tickets at £6 are on sale by phoning Jennie Hoult on 01603 811337 or via e-mail by clicking here.  She will also be in Hethersett Library on Saturdays in November from 10.30 a.m until 12.30 p.m.

Social Club Christmas Event - Hethersett Social Club is holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday (November 29th) from Midday to 3 p.m. There will be stalls, a tombola, cake sale, entertainment for children including face painting and entry is free. The bar will be open from drinks and tea/coffee.


Charity Breakfast Raises Over £2,000


Hethersett Queen’s Head raised over £2,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support from a charity breakfast. The restaurant was packed with over 100 people enjoying a full breakfast provided by staff who gave their time free of charge and businesses who donated produce. The amount raised was augmented by a raffle for which the prizes were donated by companies and individuals. The event was sponsored by Park Farm Hotel of Hethersett, Paddocks Butchery of Mulbarton, South Lincs Food Service, M.J. Seafoods, Adnams Breweries, Waveney Mushrooms of Wicklewood, Burrows Fruit and Veg of Attleborough and Café du Monde. The breakfast was the latest in a series of similar events at the Queen’s Head that have raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities.

Art In Boxes


Art in Boxes will be on display during December in the Hethersett Community Library – courtesy of students from Hethersett Academy. For the last five years, Year 10, going into Year 11 art students have created works of art in a box. The GCSE project is designed to give the students the opportunity to create a piece of independent work over the summer that explores social and moral questions. This year the design brief was Body, Mind, Spirit – What Makes Us Human?  Students have produced a wide range of thought-provoking works of art. Art teacher Mrs Rodgers said: “Students have produced some intelligent and exceptional work with a high quality finish.” “I thought the project was quite fun as we had the opportunity to work on our own ideas,” said Year 11 student Melissa Jesney. The boxes were sponsored by the Friends of Hethersett Academy. The first two weeks of next March will see the boxes go on display in the window of The Book Hive in London Street, Norwich. Last year the exhibition proved so popular it was held over an extra week, with people asking whether the works would be going on sale. (Caption) Top from left: Elliette Brown, Melissa Jesney, Keziah Tuckfield. Bottom from left: Rosie Canwell, Oliver Elmer.  

Dance Show Sell-Out - A charity dance show in Hethersett Village Hall on November 22nd has already proved a great success with tickets selling out within a week of being put on sale. Local Hethersett children and adults have been training for the past 18 months for the show which will raise funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Hethersett Social Club play equipment. Organiser Kerry Rushmer would like to thank everyone for their support and help.

Dance Show Sell-Out - A charity dance show in Hethersett Village Hall on November 22nd was a sell-out and raised over £1,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Hethersett Social Club play equipment. Tickets for the event sold out within a week of being put on sale. Local Hethersett children and adults trained for 18 months for the show. Organiser Kerry Rushmer said it was a great night and would like to thank everyone for their support and help.

Fight Against Development Again -  Campaigners who successfully fought a bid for homes on a village wildlife haven have been dealt a blow with the news that the developers have submitted a  fresh application. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. One of the leading opponents of the scheme is James Utting who lives nearby in Henstead Road. James has given us permission to reprint his letter of complaint about the latest position. You can read this by clicking here.


Christmas Market - Hethersett's annual Christmas charity market takes place this Friday (November 28th) in Hethersett Methodist Church from 6 until 9 p.m. The evening will feature, festive entertainment, festive food and drink and charity stalls. We will be there to cover it in words and images.

Baring All for Calendar - Staff from Hethersett Hall Care Home have launched a semi naked calendar to raise funds for charity. You can read about this by viewing a cutting from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.

Burglary Warning

A Hethersett district councillor is asking local residents to be extra vigilant and ensure their properties are locked up, even when they are inside. Leslie Dale, who lives in the village and is a South Norfolk councillor, has given the warning after being informed of burglaries in Norfolk. Via the police connect internet warning system. “The Police Connect information service has highlighted the fact that burglars are trying door or window handles to see if they are unlocked. There are recent reports of this happening at Diss and nearby at Costessey. Locally there have been isolated robberies from vans, cars and sheds. Whilst Hethersett remains one of the safest places in Norfolk, it is clear that very occasionally someone in the village does get caught out. So the message is for everyone to be vigilant,” he said. Mr Dale is also keen to see more Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators in the village. He can be contacted on 01603



Brave Callum is Back on Sports Field



Eleven year old Hethersett footballer Callum Lewis is back on the sports field just months after having a life-saving open heart operation. Keen sportsman Callum, who also plays rugby, is also a pupil at Hethersett Academy. You can read this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here


Disruption to Hethersett Roads - There will be disruption to Hethersett village roads over the next few days. Work is due to start on or shortly after Monday 3rd November in Mill Road and will last for five days to refurbish the existing southern footpath and carry out carriageway patching between 33, Mill Road and 2, Westcoft. Work is due to start in Great Melton Road on or shortly after November 10th for five days to refurbish the existing footpath outside Tesco Express and the Sunrise Chinese Takeaway. 


Artists on Display - Over 150 people visited the 10th annual show of the Hethersett Aspiring Artists group in Hethersett Village Hall in November. The displays which ranged from nature to still life and portraits to landscapes drew some appreciative comments.


Flight of the Phoenix - Phoenix, a Bird of Prey protection charity is based in Hethersett and has recently been featured in the local Media. You can read an article from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.


Christmas Concert - Tickets are available for the concert by the D'Capo Choir at Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club on Friday 5th December at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults which includes mulled wine and mince pies during the interval. Children are free. Proceeds from the event will go to youth club funds after a donation has been made to the choir. Tickets can be booked by phoning Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.


Traditional Fayre - Hethersett Ducklings Pre-School Playgroup will be holding a traditional Christmas Fayre in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on December 13th from 2 until 5 p.m. There will be a sale of cards and gifts, games, tombola and a prize draw and Father Christmas will be in attendance. Proceeds from the event will go to Ducklings' funds.


Where Are All The Puzzlers? - Where have all the puzzlers gone? That is the question being posed by a Hethersett resident. David Smith launched a jigsaw club in the village at the beginning of the year but numbers have dropped off. Now David is hoping to kick start the club by asking people to cast off their love of technology and get back to gaming basics. “Initially we had a dozen or so people but we now have very few left. Fourteen years ago when my wife and I moved into Hethersett there was an excellent Jigsaw Puzzle Rental Club. Unfortunately the lady who ran it had to close it down due to ill health and I thought it would be a good idea to re-launch a club," he said. David has over 100 puzzles ranging from 500 to 2000 pieces available to rent for a small charge. They are available at his home in New Road, but David has decided now to hire them out through bookings over the telephone, when viewing times can be organised. David can be contacted on 01603 810245.


Hethersett Miss Out in  Hat-Trick Bid


Hethersett just missed out in being named Active Norfolk Sports Village of the Year for the third time in four years. Having won the competition in both 2011 and 2013, Hethersett was once nominated and made the final shortlist of three. We were beaten into first place by Fakenham who received their award at a special event in Norwich Forum on November 12th.There was one winner on the evening with a Hethersett connection, However. Katie Brooks, who coaches tennis at Old Hall School, was named Community Coach of the Year.


Council Meeting Dates Announced


The dates for Hethersett Parish Council meetings for 2015 have been announced. The full council will meet on January 28th, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, June 15th, July 13th, September 14th, October 19th, November 16th and December 21st. The annual parish meeting will take place on May 6th. For a full list of council members and other information click here.


Christmas refuse Collections


Details have been released for refuse collections over the Christmas period. The table below shows re-cycling collections in green.


Usual Collection Day Revised Collection Day Change
Monday 22 December Saturday 20 December 2 days early
Tuesday 23 December Monday 22 December 1 day early
Wednesday 24 December Tuesday 23 December 1 day early
Thursday 25 December Wednesday 24 December 1 day early
Friday 26 December Saturday 27 December 1 day late
Monday 29 December Monday 29 December No Change
Tuesday 30 December Tuesday 30 December No Change
Wednesday 31 December Wednesday 31 December No Change
Thursday 1 January Friday 2 January 1 day late
Friday 2 January Friday 3 January 1 day late


Hethersett Tree Misses Out - Kett's Oak in Hethersett has lost out to a Nottinghamshire tree in the Woodland Trust England's Tree of the Year competition. The Hethersett tree came seventh out of 10 nominated and polled 8% of the public vote. The top award went to The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest. Over 200 nominations were received. To read about the result from the Norwich Evening News click here.

Bizarre Twist for Sisters - A bizarre twist of fate has seen two Hethersett sisters meet the artist who painted them 24 years earlier. To read this story from the Wymondham Mercury click here.