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The following are some of the stories covered in October 2007


Painting Is Such a Pleasure

Painting can be a great pleasure as a group of Hethersett artists are proving as they prepare for their first full exhibition. To read more about this click here.


Ladies Aim for the Top


Hethersett Ladies bounced back into second place in the Eastern Region Ladies Football League Premier Division with a 2-0 win at Barking. They are now just two points behind leaders Woodbridge Town with a game in hand. The Eastern Region League is the fourth tier nationally of women's football. This Sunday Hethersett have a tough home game against Peterborough at Easton College (kick off 2 p.m).


High School Help to Kick Out Racism


Pupils from Hethersett High School are helping to spread the message of kicking out racism from football. Youngsters took part in a special conference with Norwich City players and then carried anti racism barriers round the pitch before Saturday's match between Norwich and Bristol City.


Brownies Show Caring Side


Girls from the 1st Hethersett Brownies joined more than 200,000 children across the United Kingdom taking part in Mini Pots of Care, a creative fundraising activity for Marie Curie Cancer Care, run in partnership with Yellow Pages. For the full story click here


Time to Remember

Hethersett churches will once again be combining for a special Remembrance Service at St Remigius Church at 10.55 a.m on Remembrance Sunday – 11th November. The service is designed to suit all age groups and speaker will be the Archdeacon of Norfolk – the Venerable David Hayden.St Remigius will also be holding a very special service on 4th November at 3.30 p.m for all those who have been bereaved. It will be an opportunity for remembrance and thanksgiving and lighting candles.


Fashion Show and Norfolk Entertainment

Fashion and entertainment will be the key words for two evenings being organised by Hethersett Methodist Church next month. On 7th November Fernandez Fashions will be providing an evening of clothes and accessories where items on display can be purchased during the evening which starts at 7.30 p.m. Admission is £2 and tickets are available by phoning 01603 810237. Proceeds will go towards church funds and World Mission Project. On 17th November, Brenda Kelsey will be providing an evening of entertainment entitled “A Norfolk Miscellany” The evening starts at 7 p.m and also includes puddings. Tickets are £4 and again can be booked on 01603 810237. This event is also in aid of church funds and World Mission.



New Village Handbook Available

The 2007 edition of the Hethersett Handbook has been published. The booklet, which costs £1, acts as a directory of Hethersett organisations and businesses and includes an up to date map of the village including the location of recent development. The booklet also includes a history of Hethersett and an article on Hethersett wildlife written by village environmentalists George Beckford and Don Dorling. The directory is divided into various sections covering administration, education, churches, helplines, charities, village news outlets, community and support groups, sports clubs, recreational areas, halls for hire, recycling locations, groups for babies and toddlers, youth organisations, leisure activities and local businesses. The cover features colour photographs from around the village and was designed by Linda Goldspink. The Hethersett Handbook is available from Hethersett Library, Hethersett Post Office, Bunches and Munches and from parish clerk Ian Weetman.


Police Issue Warning on Illegal Drinking


Norfolk Police have issued a warning to under-age drinkers after seizing alcohol from youngsters on Hethersett's Memorial Playing Field. Strong lager, vodka and cider has been taken from youngsters aged between 15 and 17 and police have warned young people that anybody caught drinking illegally can expect a  letter home to their parents or a home visit from a police officer. The police operation follows complaints from residents about under-age drinking. Alcohol was seized from a group of about 30 teenagers on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. There are plans to repeat the patrols over the coming weeks. None of those questioned could prove that they were 18. The alcohol was either poured away or impounded. "These were not youngsters out enjoying a quiet social drink. It seems to be about who can get drunk the quickest," said PC Glenn Hambling.


Famous Five for Cricket Club


Hethersett had five reasons to celebrate when they attended the Norfolk League presentation evening. They received the Division Two and Division Seven championship trophies. In addition Matt Ellis was named Division Two Batsman of the Year and Overall League Batsman of the Year and Tony Wenham was named Division Seven Batsman of the Year.



Jungle Juice at the Library


Elephants, jungle animals and ducklings all visited Hethersett as the local library celebrated National Bookstart Day with a special party. Over 40 people, including 24 children, took part in a jungle party that included songs, stories, colouring and making elephant masks and other animal puppets. Youngsters also signed up to join the bookcrawl initiative which aims to help them share and enjoy books by providing them with incentives such as stickers and certificates and even a Bookstart Bear for making repeat visits to the library. Eleven youngsters from the Ducklings Playgroup also joined in what turned out to be a very successful event. Hethersett Library also held a “Together into Books” morning of story sharing fun for all the family that included making “touchy feely” books, giving reading tips to parents and exploring some new reading websites.


Shoeboxes Are Mounting Up

Shoeboxes are mounting up at the Hethersett home of Shirley and John Adams - but you won't be hearing them complain as it's all for a very good cause. Read more about Operation Christmas Child by clicking here

George is a Local Hero

Hethersett's George Beckford is the Environment Champion of the Year. George is the first winner of a new category in the Norwich Evening News Local Heroes Awards presented for outstanding contribution to communities. To read about George's award click here and to read about the evening's ceremony visit the Evening News' web site by clicking here.



Changing the Way the World Smiles


Victoria Rushton is helping to change the way the world smiles by undertaking a gruelling trek in the footsteps of Moses. To read about her latest charity venture click here.



Keith is a Model Film-maker

When the producers of the television drama series Kingdom needed an aircraft to feature in their coming series they turned to model-maker Keith Whiddett. To read the intriguing story click here.

Simon Completes His Trek

Former Hethersett man Simon Cross has completed his trek in the Andes in aid of Multiple Sclerosis Research in memory of his mother Janet. For a report and photographs click here.

Pantomime Dates


The 2008 village pantomime - Mother Goose - will take place in the Village Hall from January 19th to 26th. Tickets will be available from November 12th and further details will appear on this site towards the end of the year.


Another Title For Hawks


Hethersett Hawks cycle speedway rider Dave Martin, who won the Norfolk title earlier in the season has become only the second Hethersett rider to become East Anglian Senior Champion. It is a fitting reward to a club member who has put in so much work with the Club's younger riders this season. For all the Hawks news click here.



Boost for Church Development Fund


The parish church repair and development fund has been boosted by a number of personal donations. In addition Graham Watt, who over the past two years has produced a calendar featuring village scenes, raised £100 during his recent birthday celebrations. Sale of redundant church pews has raised £310. The kitchen in the church hall in Henstead Road has been redecorated.



Clubs and Societies Day

Local people were able to get a flavour of how much goes on in our village at a special clubs and societies day at the village hall. You too can get a flavour of what went on by clicking here.


Writing is Fun at Hethersett Junior School


Hethersett Junior School is putting emphasis on writing in a fun way with pupils putting together their own project books. To read about this and the school's recent open day click here


Happy Hour and Bookstart Bears

National Bookstart Day is being celebrated with a jungle party at libraries in Hethersett and Wymondham on Friday 5th October. There will be animal songs, stories and things to make and children will also have the opportunity to join the Bookcrawl. Bookcrawl aims to give young people a flying start to their reading lives by helping them to share and enjoy books. It is an incentive scheme which rewards children with stickers, certificates and a Bookstart Bear when they make repeat visits to the library. The jungle events are free and are suitable for children under five. They will take place in Hethersett Library from 10.30 to 11.30 a.m and in Wymondham Library from 1.30 to 2.30 p.m.Hethersett Library is also introducing a Thursday evening Happy Hour (alcohol free of course) when DVDs, videos and CDs can be hired on a two for the price of one basis between 6 and 7 p.m. More information is available from the library on 01603 810188.

The Heat is on For More Volunteers

Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) is looking for more volunteers to keep up with its schedule of environmental improvements in the village. The group is also looking to teach homeowners how to be more eco friendly. To read about this and other news from HEAT click here  



In Memory of Lee

A very special match took place on the Memorial Playing Field on Saturday 22nd September for the Lee Thompson Memorial Plate. The trophy has been given in remembrance of club member Lee who was tragically killed in an accident in 1999. The match saw our Under-15s beat Horsford 3-1. For a match report and photographs click here.



No Smoking In Bus Shelters


Hethersett Parish Council has underlined that the no smoking law in public places extends to the two bus shelters in the village "Despite the efforts of individuals in removing the No Smoking signs from the shelters, it can be reiterated that the shelters are subject to current legislation regarding no smoking as they are considered to be substantially enclosed public places and therefore it is against the law to smoke in them," the council state in their latest edition of the Hethersett Newsletter.


Youth Club Update


The future of Jubilee Youth Club is once again under discussion with important changes envisaged. Writing in the latest Hethersett Newsletter, which is issued by the parish council, youth club chairman Colin Wilson urges people to work together to ensure the future. To read the articles click here.