Archive News November 2015
Below are some of the stories featured on this site in November 2015
Charity Quiz - Hethersett Social Club will be holding a special charity quiz and chips evening for Children in Need on November 13th. Teams can include up to eight people and tickets are £8.50 each. There will be a raffle and the quiz starts at 8 p.m.
Parish Pop Ins - Hethersett residents are being given a monthly chance to meet and discuss local issues with members of Hethersett Parish Council. The Hethersett Parish Pop In afternoons will take place in Hethersett Library on the second Monday of each month, starting on January 11th from 2 to 4 p.m. “This is a further step in our drive to improve our communications with residents. We have revamped our quarterly newsletter which has been well received and now wish to provide an opportunity for residents to raise issues outside the more formal structures of council meetings,” said chair of the council Jacky Sutton.
Village Christmas Fair - This year's annual Hethersett Christmas Fair will be held on Friday December 4th from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature charity stalls, seasonal music, refreshments and children's games. The event will take place and be held at Hethersett Methodist Church in Great Melton Road. Entertainment in the main church will include the following: 6.15 p.m Woodside Singers, 6.30 p.m Hethersett Junior School Singers, 6.50 p.m Methodist Singing Fellowship, 7.20 p.m Decapo Choir, 8 p.m Hethersett Singers, 8.20 p.m Carols led by St Remigius Choir
Concern Over Thickthorn Roundabout Highlighted - Hethersett Parish Council has again expressed its concern over what it considers to be “dangerous lane markings” on Thickthorn Roundabout. The council’s latest comments follow a meeting with Highways England which has been followed by a letter from the agency stating that no changes will be made to the junction. Councillors agreed that lane markings continue to be a concern, particularly those coming off the A47 from the Great Yarmouth direction which indicate vehicles going towards Hethersett should take the right hand lane. The council have asked for the markings to revert back to allowing vehicles going towards the village to use the middle of the three lanes. A letter from Highways England states that “no collisions have occurred as result of the poor use of the A47 lane 2 of the westbound off slips.” The letter goes on to say that the erection of new vertical indicator signs on the slip road to “re-inforce the surface marking advice” would only be put in place if “injury collisions occur in sufficient numbers.” “I understand that you and your parish members will be disappointed though, as I explained at our meeting, if injury collision savings cannot be demonstrated I have no justification for public funding,” the letter from Roger Chenery of Highways England concludes. Councillors re-affirmed their belief that the roundabout is both confusing and dangerous: “We are disappointed with the response. The roundabout is not fit for purpose, particularly in the light of new development in the area that will increase the amount of traffic considerably,” said parish council chairman Jacky Sutton.
Lights On or Off? - Hethersett Parish Council is to fight plans to cut the lighting on the B1172. The Hethersett stretch of the road includes a number of junctions including those at Station Lane, Churchfields and New Road. De-illumination is being proposed by Norfolk County Council as part of its 50% carbon reduction plans for street lighting in Norfolk. The county’s proposal is to remove street lighting 100 metres east of Station Lane in Hethersett through to the A11 Spooner Row junction near Wymondham. The proposal is to also turn off lighted signs and bollards. Parish councillors supported plans to reduce the local carbon footprint as much as possible, but are opposing the de-illumination on the grounds of the number of junctions and public safety issues, particularly in the light of plans for a new cycle path from Hethersett to Wymondham. Members felt that turning off lighting on road signs and bollards could prove potentially dangerous. Members felt that a compromise could be achieved by turning lights off at 11 p.m. The council will send a letter to Norfolk County Council underlining the issues and requesting a meeting.
Parking Concerns in Village - Hethersett Parish Council is becoming increasingly concerned about “inconsiderate parking” in the village. The latest meeting heard that vehicle owners parking on grass verges are causing obstructions for pushchairs and mobility scooters. “Vehicles seem to be indiscriminately parking everywhere including on verges and pavements and opposite bus stops. Hethersett is becoming a glorified car park. People think they can park anywhere they like,” said council member Jim Bartram. It was agreed that the council’s police liaison group should look into the matter and discuss it with Norfolk Police in view of the fact that the problem is likely to get worse with major new development planned in Hethersett.
Bus Shelters and Crossing Facility Supported - Hethersett Parish Council is continuing to support plans for three additional bus shelters in the village and a new crossing facility on the B1172 to help residents safely cross the road to shops at Church Farm. A bid is being put in to Norfolk County Council under the Parish Partnership Project which would see Hethersett and the county council both meeting 50% of the cost. Plans are to provide new bus shelters close to the parish church, in Churchfields and on the B1172. The new crossing would take the form of a middle of the road structure similar to that opposite St Remigius Church. At its latest meeting the council unanimously agreed to meet the 50% cost if its application is accepted.
New Councillor - Marilyn Savory has been co-opted onto Hethersett Parish Council to bring the council up to its full complement of 13. Adrienne Quinlan was co-opted at the previous meeting. Mrs Savory has lived in the village for 47 years and is a leading member of Hethersett Horticultural Society and also an active member of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group in Wymondham.
Dementia Hub On The Move - Hethersett Hub Cafe for people with dementia and their families and carers is on the move. From January 19th, the group will meet in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall from 10 a.m until noon for refreshments, activities and support. The group will then meet at the venue on the third Tuesday of each month. More information is available on 01603 810786 and transport can be arranged by phoning 01603 814343.
Ducklings Christmas - Hethersett Ducklings Pre-School Playgroup will be holding a Christmas Fayre in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall from 2 to 4 p.m on Saturday 12th December. The afternoon will include family and children's games and there will be cake and craft stalls, a tombola and Father Christmas will be present. "All monies raised at the event will help ensure Ducklings can continue to remain a fundamental source of pre-school care for families in Hethersett. We are a charity run resource where all committee members offer their time, support and guidance on a voluntary basis, and we are hoping that families will come along and support our event," said committee secretary Wendy Raynor. The group is also looking for businesses willing to donate suitable prizes for the raffle which will be drawn on the day. Wendy can be e-mailed by clicking here or contacted on 0797 6957 625
Receptionist Needed - Rowan House Health Hub in the village is looking for a receptionist for evening and Saturday cover. This is for a flexible part time position to cover reception, answer phones and take bookings in the new Health and Wellbeing Centre, shifts would be evenings 5.15-8pm and Saturday’s. They will consider a job share position, so are not expecting people to commit to every evening or weekend. Further information is available from Business Development Manager Rachel Pailes on 01603 813999.
Food Swap at Library - Hethersett Library is organising a post Christmas food swap on Monday 11th January. The idea is that unwanted Christmas food items can be dropped off at the library from January 4th to 9th. Those dropping items off will be given a ticket. They can return on the 11th and choose a replacement item. The only rule is no fresh items or alcohol and items should be unopened or sealed.
Colour My Library - Feeling stressed by the modern world. Then Hethersett Library may have the answer. From Wednesday 18th November, the library will be running “Colour Yourself Calm” colouring in sessions for adults from 1030 - 1130 a.m.. Those taking part will need to provide their own colouring books but pens and refreshments will be provided. Similar sessions have taken off in many libraries and have proven to be great for de-stressing, helping counter anxiety and enhance mental and physical well being as well as being fun. "Hethersett Library is looking to help residents cope with stress with a new initiative aimed at having a calming influence," said staff member Rebecca Warner. In addition the library will be helping those wanting to learn more about technology. It will be holding an Introduction to Family History course on Wednesday 20th January from 10 a.m until 12.30 p.m. Places at £5 per person are limited and booking is essential. Wednesday February 3rd and 10th from 10 a.m until midday sees an Introduction to Using a Tablet or Ipad course. Again it's £5 per person and booking is essential. The library also has an information hub featuring leaflets and information on coming events, health, education and much more. Monthly slots are also available for clubs and organisations on the “Village Story” noticeboard to promote awareness, recruit new members or advertise specific event. Library events for the remainder of November and December are listed below.
New Parish Councillor - Adrienne Quinlan has been co-opted to Hethersett Parish Council to bring its numbers up to 12 – one short of a full complement. Anyone interested in filling the existing vacancy can contact parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915. Retiring councillor Heather Williamson was thanked for her services to the village at a film show to mark this year’s open gardens event. “Heather has served on the parish council for 12 years during which time she has worked tirelessly on behalf of the environment and older people. She can be seen out in the village in all weathers irrespective of whether it’s the heat of summer of the cold of winter,” said council chairman Jackie Sutton. Mrs Williamson was presented with a bouquet. Jim Bartram has taken on the role of parish council champion for the elderly vacated by Mrs Williamson. Money donated to the council from the open gardens scheme will be put towards providing a World War One commemorative seat in the centre of the village.
Dogs, Cyclists and Hedges - Hethersett Parish Council has expressed its concern over a number of issues in the village. The council is working with Hethersett Environmental Action Team in an attempt to cut back on dog fouling in the village. Both groups are keen to stress not only the anti-social aspects of owners not clearing up after their pets, but also the dangers to children from animal faeces which can spread disease. The council is also urging cyclists to light up now that the nights are closing in. A number of cyclists have been seen without lights after dark. The council is urging cyclists to ensure they are lit up, wear a helmet and use cycle paths whenever they are available. The council is keen to emphasise the need for residents to keep their hedges trimmed. Owners of unkempt hedges will receive a letter pointing out the dangers of hedges overhanging paths and roads. This is a particular danger for pushchairs and wheelchair owners.
Closure Opposition - Hethersett Parish Council has underlined strongly its opposition to any plans to close the village library. The council has received assurances from its county councillor Judith Virgo that she will also fight to keep the library open: “We will not agree to any fire service or library cuts. I know how precious Hethersett Library is and how important it is to the village,” she said referring to the Conservative Party on Norfolk County Council.
Skateboard Park Update - Hethersett Parish Council is to arrange remedial work on the village skateboard park designed to make it safe whilst decisions are taken on its future. The park is currently shut and off limits. Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association will be discussing the area’s future at its next meeting in January.
Safer Access Point - Hethersett Parish Council is backing plans under the local government parish partnership scheme to build in a safer access point on the B1172 going across to the farm shop. The step would take the form of middle of the road structure similar to that opposite St Remigius Church. The council is also looking into new bus shelters following requests for stops close to the parish church, in Churchfields and on the B1172. The partnership allows for 50% funding from Norfolk County Council.
Table Tennis - If you fancy a game of table tennis, pop along to Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Friday evenings between 7 and 9 p.m. The Hethersett Social Table Tennis Club caters for all ages and standards from beginners to experts with the emphasis on fun an fitness. No need to book, just turn up and the fees are just £2 for adults and £1 for Under-16s. The club has been set up as a joint venture between Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and Hethersett Methodist Church.
Old Hall School Christmas Fair - Hethersett Old Hall School will be holding a Christmas market on November 21st from 10.30 a.m until 4 p.m. organised by the parents association. There will be gourmet food and drink and over 50 stalls and real reindeers.
Parish Church Full for Remembrance Service
HETHERSETT Parish Church was once again full for the annual Remembrance Sunday Service on Sunday, 8th November. The service began around the war memorial with the roll call of those who lost their lives in the two world wars and the Cyprus campaign being read out by Duncan Pigg. A minute's silence was observed and the Last Post and Reveille were sounded. Wreaths were laid by a number of local organisations including the Roman Catholic Community, Hethersett Parish Council, Hethersett Pensioners' Association, the RAF, 1st Hethersett Scouts, Hethersett Methodist Church, 1st Hethersett Cubs, 2nd Hethersett Guides, the 1st and 4th Hethersett Brownies, the 1st Hethersett Beavers, Hethersett Parish Church and Hethersett Old Hall School. The service of remembrance continued inside St Rimigius and was led by the Rector, the Rev Derek McClean and included traditional Bible readings and hymns and the National Anthem. The youth uniformed organisations from the village were well represented.
Ben Is Player of the Year
Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club celebrated youth at its annual junior presentation and fireworks evening at its Flordon Headquarters. Club chairman Tony Smith reported on “an extremely healthy youth set-up” with over 70 youngsters playing cricket at under-9, under-11, under-13 and under-15 levels in both the Norfolk Alliance and South Norfolk Youth Leagues. “I am pleased to say that we fulfilled all our fixtures and it is thanks to the efforts of so many people that the club has such a vibrant youth section with a number of youngsters now pushing into the club’s senior teams,” he said. Under-11 player Ben Way was named Junior Player of the Year and Ben Davies took the Most Improved Player award. A full list of awards were: Under-9s: Batsman of the year, Jack Owens and Oscar Farquhar; Bowler of the Year, Menuka Jayakody. Under-11s: Batsman, Ben Way; Bowler, Ben Way. Under-13s: Batsman , Ben Davies; Bowler, Joe Rowlinson. Under-15s: Batsman, Jonathan Cooper; bowler, Ollie South. There was also a special award for Ollie South who was named Best Under-15 Bowler in the South Norfolk League. The awards were presented by Tony Smith and David Bills in his capacity as Chairman of the South Norfolk Northern River Valley Area. Tony Smith, who is retiring in the New Year after nine years as club chairman, was thanked for his "tremendous contribution to the club." The presentations were followed by an extensive fireworks display. The club’s adult presentation evening will take place at the annual Christmas meal at the George Hotel, Norwich, on December 5th.
New Electronic Magazine
OVER the past few years this Hethersett web site has become the place to find news and features about the village. We are now extending our coverage by introducing a monthly electronic magazine. Hethersett Online Magazine will be published in the first week of each month and will be available on this site in pdf format. We hope you enjoy the publication. We are always happy to feature stories and photographs sent in to us. If you have information please e-mail it by clicking here. Please let us know what you think of the new e-mag and if you have any comments that you would like to see in print please send them through the above link. The November magazine can be viewed by clicking here. It is our aim to cover as many events in the village as possible.
Christmas Refuse Collection Dates:
Changes in refuse collections for Christmas have been announced and are printed below:
Christmas Church Services
Once again this year Hethersett Churches Together will be distributing Christmas cards throughout Hethersett and the Meltons giving details of church services over the festive season. This year the cards will also include a leaflet about the Hethersett Dementia Hub cafe. Christmas Church Services in Hethersett and the Meltons are as follows:
A NUMBER of new details have been placed on our sister web site "Hethersett a Village At War" which looks at the village and the war effort between the years 1910 and 1950. The site includes exclusive material from the western front and covers both World Wars including transcripts from Hethersett Parish Magazines written by the rectors of the day. New to the site is a list of absent voters from 1918. Those serving in the armed forces or overseas had to register for their vote. Thanks to the work of historian Lewis Buckingham in Australia, we have been able to reproduce this list which gives an insight into who was serving where during the First World War. The site is accessible by clicking here.
Panto Dates - Hethersett Pantomime Group will be performing its 47th production from January 16th to 23rd. The panto tradition in the village goes back to 1970 and productions have raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities. The 2016 panto in Hethersett Village Hall will be Jack and the Beanstalk which will be making its sixth appearance in the company's repertoire. There will be matinees on January 16th and 23rd at 2 p.m and evening performances on January 16th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd at 7.30 p.m (please note this is 15 minutes earlier than the usual start time). Tickets are all priced at £6 and can be booked by telephoning 01603 811337.
Music Therapy - A new music therapy group for people with dementia is being held on Tuesdays during school term time (except third one of each month). The music therapy group will be run by a qualified and HCPC registered music therapist. Sessions will run at Hethersett Methodist Church from 10-10:45am. A wide range of instruments and voices will be used to help dementia sufferers to express themselves and connect with others in live musical interaction. No musical skills are required. For more information call Susan Goode on 01953 850035 or 07784 457901. Susan can also be e-mailed by clicking here.The first session will be on January 5th.
Christmas Cheer at Old Hall School
Footballers Reach Quarter-Finals - Hethersett Athletic men's Saturday team have reached the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Primary Cup after a 6-1 victory over Ellingham on the Memorial Field on November 21st. They will now play one of the following in the quarter-finals - Wedling, Bridgham, Dereham Taverners, Docking, Sporle, Marham Wanderers, Morley Village or Redgate Rangers Reserves.
Site Updated - An
intriguing look into Hethersett in the first five decades of the
20th century is now available online. “Hethersett
– A Village at War” tells the story of the village from 1910
to 1950 through photographs, articles and original sources. The
site features exclusive material from the western front and
covers both World Wars and includes transcripts from Hethersett
parish magazines written by the rectors of the day. One of the
main sections of the site features the writings of the Rector of
Hethersett during the First World War, the Rev Frederic Jarvis,
both from his study at Hethersett Rectory and also from the
Western Front where he served as a chaplain for a year. The site
also includes exclusive letters home from the front during the
First World War that have never been published before. They were
written by Percy Curson to his sister Mary who lived at High
House Farm, Little Melton. It also has articles on servicemen
who lost their lives during the wars. One of the latest
additions is a list of
absent voters from 1918. Those serving in the armed forces or
overseas had to register for their vote and the list gives an
insight into who was serving where during the First World War. The
site has been put together by Hethersett Parish Councillor and
owner of this web site Peter Steward as part of the council’s
commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. The
council has also renovated the war memorial in the grounds of
Hethersett Parish Church. A new commemorative seat purchased
from funds raised at this year’s Hethersett Open Gardens
scheme organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team
(HEAT) will be put in place in the centre of the village in the
near future. “We are hoping that people will find the web site
interesting and help them to learn a little about what life was
like in the village between 1910 and 1950. The project started
as part of a commemoration of the First World War but it was
decided to extend this to include the second conflict and the
years immediately afterwards. It is the first time that these
documents have been collected together in one place and I hope
the site is a fitting memorial to all those who fought and, in
some instances, gave their lives in the two world wars,” Peter
Steward said. The village war site can be accessed by clicking
Newspaper Boys and Girls Wanted - A newspaper delivering service that covers Hethersett is looking for newspapers boys/girls for morning deliveries. Anyone interested should ring Vicky from Norfolk News Deliveries Ltd on 01953 600478.
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