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Archive News November 2016

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in November 2016

Information Event - The Dementia Friendly Hethersett group will be holding a special information evening on November 9th from 6.30 until 8.30 pm in Hethersett Village Hall. The evening is aimed at local people and businesses who  want to learn more about dementia and Hethersett’s journey towards becoming a dementia friendly village. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. The latest Dementia Café morning took place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall when those present enjoyed refreshments, games and entertainment. The next café will be on November 15th from 10 am to midday.

Charity Market - This year’s annual Hethersett Charity Market will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, December 2nd. There will be stalls, refreshments, carols and seasonal music and games

Litter Picks - Dates for coming litter picks by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) are : 26th November, 14th January 2017 and 25th February 2017. The litter picks start at Hethersett Methodist Church car park at 10 a.m. Volunteers welcome and equipment is provided. Thirteen people took part in the latest litter pick.

Panto Time - Hethersett Pantomime Group’s 2017 presentation will be Sleeping Beauty which will run from Saturday, January 21st to Saturday, January 28th inclusive. Next year’s production will also feature a Sunday afternoon matinee show, which will replace the Monday evening show. There will be matinees on Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd and Saturday 28th at 2 pm with evening performances on the 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th, making nine performances in all. Tickets are £6 for all performances, including a programme and refreshments and they are available by phoning 01603 811337 or by e-mailing From Saturday, November 5th, tickets will be on sale every Saturday morning from 10.30 until 1 pm in Hethersett Library.

Relaxing Evening - Rowan House Health and Welfare Centre, Hethersett, will be holding an evening of relaxation and pampering on November 3rd from 7 to 10 p.m with proceeds going to a local charity supporting families and children affected by brain tumours. Tickets are £5 and need to be booked in advance on 01603 813999. The price of the ticket includes drinks and canapes.

Village Screen Success - Hethersett Village Screen has attracted more than 30 people each evening for its first two film shows. The family movie “Eddie the Eagle” was followed by the classic musical “West Side Story. Films coming up include Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep, on November 13th at 3 pm  and Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie in December.

Sports Awards Time - Hethersett is once again in line for a top Norfolk sports award. The village has made the shortlist for the Active Norfolk/EDP/Radio Norfolk Sports Village of the Year - a title it won in 2011 and 2013. The winner will be announced at a special presentation evening at Norwich Open on November 15th. The final three for the award are Hethersett, Downham Market and Fakenham. Hethersett will also be recognised as being one of the 10 Norfolk Champion of Champions in the decade that the awards have been held.

A Beating Heart - The Heart of Hethersett is beating after its first three meetings. The bereavement support group was launched at Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex in Firs Road. A number of local residents talked about their losses in an informal atmosphere and  follow-up get togethers are being held on November 8th, November 22nd, December 6th and December 20th from 5.30 until 6.30 p.m. “I have been very pleased at the response and the way everyone has supported each other. Originally the idea was for the group to meet monthly but the general view from those present was meetings should be more often. I am sure over the next weeks and months people will be able to take comfort by meeting together with other people who have suffered loss. Everyone is welcome,” said Heart of Hethersett founder Sandi Grey. 

Library Events - Events in Hethersett Library for November are:

Tuesday 1st 10.30 Shared Reading Session with MIND
Wednesday 2nd 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - Colouring In Session
Thursday 3rd 14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Monday 7th 10.30 Baby Book Group
  14.00 Library Book Group
Wednesday 9th 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - Colouring In Session
Thursday 10th 15.30 Children's University Activity Session
Friday 11th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme for babies and Toddlers
Monday 14th 10.30 Baby Book Group
  14.00 Parish Pop In
  14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 16th 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - Colouring In Session
Monday 21st 10.30 Baby Book Group
  14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 23rd 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - Colouring In Session
Monday 28th 14.00 Craft Group
Tuesday 29th 10.30 Shared Reading Session with MIND
Wednesday 30th 10.30 Colour Yourself Calm - Colouring In Session

he library is once again acting as a collection point  for equipment supplied by the Norfolk Bat Survey.  Details of how to take part, reserve your square and book the equipment is available on their website which can be accessed by clicking here. The library has a two for one DVD offer on Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm and DVDs/Blu-Rays/Box Sets and Music CDs are all free to reserve. The online sound and vision catalogue is available by clicking here. If you need general computer support an appointment can be booked with Bob the library's computer buddy who is available on Mondays from 10 am until noon. The Library has a Facebook page which is accessible by clicking here.    

Writers' Group - A number of new members were welcomed at the latest meeting of Hethersett Writers’ Club. Members read extracts from their work and discussed writing. The group has expanded over the past few months and the next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 22nd. More information is available from founder member Pat Lightfoot via email at

Hub Cafe Date - The next Hethersett Hub Cafe organised by the Hethersett Dementia Support Group will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday, 18th October from 10 am until midday. The cafe meets on the third Tuesday November 15th.

Act of Remembrance - A packed Hethersett Parish Church honoured the village’s war dead on Sunday. The special service of remembrance began around the war memorial with village stalwart Duncan Pigg reading out the names of those killed in the world wars. This was followed by the sounding of the Last Post, followed by the laying of wreaths by representatives of many of the village’s churches and other uniformed organisations.  This year these included: Hethersett Scouts, Hethersett Guides, Hethersett Cubs, Hethersett Beavers, Hethersett Brownies, Hethersett parish Council, Hethersett Parish Church, Hethersett Methodist Church, Hethersett Roman Catholic Community, Hethersett Pensioners’ Association and Hethersett Old Hall School. The remembrance service inside the church was led by the Rector of Hethersett, the Rev Derek McClean and the Methodist Minister the Rev Matthew Olanrewaju. A collection was taken on behalf of the Royal British Legion. We will have a six page special report on Remembrance Day with photographs in the December edition of Hethersett Herald.


Screen Test - Hethersett Village Screen continues to grow in popularity with its latest offering attracting the biggest turn out so far. Over fifty people enjoyed the light-hearted film Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant which was based on the true story of the American socialite who became a cult figure through her inability to sing in tune. Hethersett Village Screen is a non profit making venture organised by a group of volunteers aimed at providing a mix of new and classic films throughout winter months in Hethersett Village Hall. A change in programme will now see the film Golden Years as the feature on December 4th.This tells the story of two retirees who turn to crime when they lose their pensions.


Call for Better Facilities - Hethersett Athletic Football Club needs improved facilities in the village if it is to continue its growth. That was the message from the club’s latest committee meeting as members once again expressed frustration with changing facilities on the Memorial Playing Field. A number of groups including the football club, Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club and Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association have branded the out of date pavilion “inadequate and not fit for purpose.” Planning permission has been granted for a complete renovation, modernisation and extension to the existing building which over the years has been subject to vandalism due to its dilapidate state. The proposed plans would use the existing building as a starting point to provide modern changing facilities, a community room and kitchen facilities. To date grant applications to bodies such as Sport England have failed. As reported in the last edition of Hethersett Herald, the new pavilion would act as a community hub with a meeting room and possibly a community café. The football club is quick to point out that they are fully supportive of the pavilion being a community project and not just a football one. At the present time the club runs teams for all ages from Under-six to adult. It uses not only the Memorial Field but also pitches at Hethersett Academy, Hethersett Junior School and Little Melton Playing Field. It is very aware that large scale development in the village will bring a demand for more teams at all ages. “We currently have 12 teams including two adult Saturday teams, two adult Sunday teams and youth teams at Under-9, Under-10, Under-11, Under-12, Under-13, Under-4, Under-15, and Under-19. We would like to expand but the current facilities on the Memorial Field are just not good enough. Our adult Saturday team would like to move up to the Anglian Combination League but needs the changing facilities to make this possible,” said club chairman Wayne Johnson.


The End Is In Sight - The end is in sight for a fundraising effort launched by Hethersett Parish Church to repair the roof after theft of lead in 2015. Thieves stripped lead off the north aisle and also took two strips from the nave roof. Since then a temporary covering has been put in place and a target of raising £52,000 was set to cover it with steel rather than lead. The church has received a number of donations which have raised £20,000, including one gift of £12,500. Donations have also included £1,000 from the Hethersett Pantomime Group and £543 from a sponsored walk by church member Rick Palmer. A concert held to celebrate the 90th birthday of church stalwart Duncan Pigg raised more than £2,000. In addition, £10,000 has been received from insurers and fundraising events have brought in an additional £3,000. The end is now in sight with more grant applications in and more fundraising events being organised. These include a quiz night in Old Hall School Barn on Friday, 20th January. There will be a chef prepare meal and teams can consist of up to eight people. Tables can be booked by contacting Vic Redington on 01603 811136.


Friends Group Underway - A Friends’ Group for Hethersett Library has been officially launched. A band of volunteers will be supporting a variety of library events, starting with providing refreshments at the performance by the Librarian Theatre Group of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at 3 pm on December 10th. The event will also feature a name the doll competition. Tickets for the play are £6 (£3 for concessions) and can be booked on 01603 810188. The library is currently preparing for its extended opening hours under the scheme which will see registered users able to access the building when it isn’t staffed. Modifications are currently underway and a starting date will be announced in the near future. To access the library when not staffed and during set hours, users will have to be registered and enter via a code and with a registration card. Users will be able to access computers and return and borrow books. 

Another Step Forward - Hethersett took another step towards becoming a dementia friendly village with an information evening in the village hall. Hethersett Dementia Support Group hosted the event which attracted residents and members of the business community. Amelia Worley from Age UK led a training session, explaining how to become a dementia friend. Pupils from Hethersett Academy assisted the group in welcoming and providing refreshments and there were information displays by Age Uk, the Alzheimer’s Society and Hethersett Knit and Natter group. Chairman of the Hethersett Dementia Support Group, David Bills, thanked those in attendance and talked about the progress of the monthly café and continued steps to make Hethersett a dementia friendly community. He thanked all those working towards this end, but underlined that much work still needs to be done. As a result of the evening and assemblies taken in local schools by Amelia Worley, Hethersett Academy has shown an interest in becoming involved with the dementia café. The monthly café takes place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on the third Tuesday of each month from 10 am until midday. The final café of 2016 will be held on  December 20th.

Hethersett's Heart - THE Heart of Hethersett Bereavement Support Group continues to play a vital part in village life. The group was launched in September and meets fortnightly on Tuesdays from 5.30 to 6.30 pm  in the lounge of Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex in Firs Road. Remaining meeting dates for the year are: November 22nd, December 6th and December 20th.