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Archive News - October 2011

The following articles appeared on the site in October 2011

Cathedral Date for Hethersett Soprano - Top international soprano Elizabeth Watts, who comes from Hethersett, will be appearing with Norwich Baroque in a special concert in Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 29th October at 7.30 p.m. Elizabeth will be singing alongside internationally renowned counter tenor Michael Chance who is also patron of Norwich Baroque and who lives in North Norfolk. The programme will include Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus, Scarlatti's Arias for Soprano and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater along with instrumental works by Locatelli and Vivaldi. Elizabeth is a former pupil of Norwich High School and was a member of Norwich Cathedral's first girls choir. She was born and brought up in Hethersett. Tickets for the concert are priced between £5 and £20 and are available from Prelude Records of St Giles Norwich (Norwich 628319) or from the Norwich Cathedral shop. To see more information on the concert click here.

Fireworks Evening - Once again this year Hethersett Athletic Football Club will be holding a fireworks display in the grounds of Hethersett High School. It will be the third year that the club has held this community event which has proved extremely popular in the village. Gates open at 5 p.m on Saturday November 5th and there will be two separate displays. The first at 6.30 p.m is suitable fopr young children and those who don't like loud bangs. The second display which promises to be much noisier will take place at 8 p.m. Other attractions include sideshows, a barbecue, a beer tent and a climbing wall. Admission is £5 for adults, £3 for children and concessions with Under-5s free. A family ticket for two adults and up to three children is available for £14. To view a poster of the event click here.

Oliver's Olympic Park Joy - Hethersett run the square winner Oliver Armstrong has gained one of the 5,000 places in the 2012 Olympic Park Run which will make him one of the first runners to cross the finish line at London's Olympic Stadium. To read the full story click here.
Energy Success for High School - Hethersett High School students are celebrating their success in helping Norfolk schools reduce energy usage and carbon emissions.  To read about this story click here. 


Probus Club Seeks New Members - Wymondham and District Probus Club is looking for new members. Membership is open to retired and semi-retired professional and businessmen aged 60 or over who live in Wymondham and the surrounding district. At present over half of the club members live within or close to Hethersett. Meetings are held at Wymondham Town Football Club, King's Head Meadow, Back Lane, Wymondham, on the first and third Wednesday of each month, starting at 10.30 a.m and finishing at noon. Meetings start with a brief business session followed by a talk from an outside speaker with charity speakers being invited at least twice a year. Recent charities to be supported by the club have included the Star Throwers cancer support, the Matthew Project for work in the field of drug abuse, the Nelson’s Journey bereavement project for children and the East Coast Truckers. Probus also arrange social activities including visits, trips and luncheons. The club constitution allows for a membership of 65 but numbers are currently at 39. More information on the club and its activities is available by telephoning 01603 812332.

Tribute to Alan - We were saddened to hear of the passing of well known local resident Alan Capleton. Alan was part of local Hethersett life for many years and a fitting tribute to him appeared in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury. You can read a cutting from the newspaper by clicking here.

Last Date for Shoeboxes - The annual collection of shoeboxes for distribution to under-privileged youngsters in Serbia is gathering pace with the final date for collection approaching. Wendy Richter from Wymondham has taken over the organisation of the appeal from Hethersett's John and Shirley Adams and reports that the last date for boxes to be received is 14th November: "I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has left or given me items for the boxes. It is very much appreciated," Wendy said. Wendy can be contacted on 01953 600294. Filled boxes can also be left at Bartrams Funeral Directors in either Wymondham or Hethersett. If boxes are left at either Bartrams Wendy would be grateful for names and address or contact numbers to be included so the gifts can be acknowledged. 


The Power of Texting - A Hethersett mother believes she has found a new way of getting practical advice through to youngsters by harnessing the power of text messaging. To read how and why visit our Media Cuttings section by clicking here. The scheme is also hoping to register in the near future for charity status. You can read about this in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.


It's In the Cards - The mysteries of the Tarot cards will be the subject of a class at Hethersett Village Hall on 15th November from 7 to 8 p.m. Raina Bell, who has 37 years' of experience of working with Tarot cards, will be giving a taster session in the Humprey Back Room. Tarot packs will be provided and the class costs just £3. Bookings can be made by e-mailing Raina by clicking here or you can just turn up on the night.


FA Cup History - Hethersett Athletic Ladies team made a small piece of football history when they became the first women's team to play on Chelmsford City's ground when they took on Chelmsford Ladies in the second qualifying round of the Women's FA Cup. They went on to win the match 7-0 and are now just one game away from reaching the first round proper. Their next tie will be on November 13th. We will let you know their opponents as soon as the draw is made.


Christmas Church Services - Once again this year Hethersett and District Churches Together will be holding a number of special advent and Christmas services and also distributing Christmas cards throughout Hethersett and the Meltons. A list of services is featured in our What's On section which can be accessed by clicking here.


That Little Black Dress - An intriguing venture in fitness entitled "The Little Black Dress Club" starts a six week run in Hethersett Village Hall at 7 p.m on 31st October. Personal fitness expert Penny Carman will be helping ladies to lose fat and get fit and "get into that little black dress in time for Christmas". The six weeks of group presentation training includes exercise, nutritional guidance, food dietary analysis and body composition analysis. More details are available from Penny on 077480 89764. Penny can be e-mailed by clicking here.


National Award for Cricket Club - Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club has been awarded the coveted national Clubmark award in recognition of the work undertaken in the local community and the excellence of its management structure. It has taken the club two years of hard work to win the award. Hethersett and Tas Valley plays its matches at Flordon and in the coming season will be running youth teams at Under-14 and Under-16 level, three senior men's Saturday sides and a Sunday side. As well as playing in the Norfolk Alliance, the Norfolk Cricket League and the Mid Norfolk Sunday League, the club plays in a number of cup competitions and also friendly matches against both local and touring teams.


Dancing in the Aisles - Dancing in the aisles of Hethersett Parish Church was the order of the day for a special evening featuring the music of Abba. The St Remigius Rock Choir under the leadership of Ross Anderson performed an evening of classic pop songs from the Swedish foursome, ably led by the church's own band. Proceeds from donations and a raffle will go to the church drains restoration fund. Similar evenings could be on the cards after the success of events featuring music by Buddy Holly, the Beatles and now Abba: "If anybody would like to suggest other artists music we can cover we would be delighted to hear from them," said Rector of Hethersett the Rev Di Lammas. 


Charity Breakfast - Hethersett Queen's Head will be holding another of its popular charity breakfasts on Saturday, 12th November from 8.30 a.m until 9.45 a.m. Tickets are £14 for adults and £10 for children under-12 and include Bucks Fizz and a full English breakfast. All proceeds from the event will go to the Norfolk based BREAK charity which provides a variety of services to vulnerable children, adults and families. For further details and bookings ring 01603 810226.

Lead Thefts: Please Sing Petition - Residents of Hethersett and the Meltons are being urged to sign an e-petition after the theft of lead from the roofs of St Remigius and Little Melton Churches. To read about this click here.. To sign the petition click here.

Taxi - A newly formed Taxi company is offering special prices for trips to and from Hethersett. Green Frog Private Hire is a Norwich based company with Hethersett connections, running energy saving hybrid vehicles. Fares will include the following (all fares approximate) - Hethersett to Norwich City Centre £11, Hethersett to Norwich Rail Station £11, Hethersett to Norwich Airport £16, Hethersett to Wymondham £12, Hethersett to Saisbury's Costessey £7, Hethersett to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital £7, Hethersett to Waitrose Eaton £7, Hethersett Park Farm Hotel to Lotus at Hethel £15. The comapny's number is 01603 744 747.

Tributes Paid to Roz - Loving tributes have been paid to Hethersett's Roz Killington who has died of a heart attack. Roz was booking and a cleaner and catering assistant at Old Hall School. To read a special tribute to Roz that appeared in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury Newspaper click here. You can also view a cutting of the tributes to Roz by going to our Media Cuttings section.

Youngsters Learn About Harvest - Youngsters from two nurseries were invited to Hethersett Old Hall School to take part in special harvest celebrations. To read about this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury visit our cuttings section by clicking here.

Ladies On Song - Hethersett Athletic Football Club's Ladies Team are through to the second qualifying round of the Women's FA Cup after a hard fought 3-1 victory at home to Haverhill Rovers. Hethersett won after extra-time thanks to two goals from Grace Birchall and one from Emma Mulley. They now visit Chelmsford in the second qualifying round. Meanwhile men's Saturday team player Scott Allen has become the club's top all time scorer with 185 goals. Scott scored against Yaxham to take over at the top from his brother Lewis who has 184 goals.

New Board set-up - A new Northern River Valleys Neighbourhood Board has been set up to enhance community partnership work. Hethersett and the Meltons will be part of the area board which also includes Bawburgh, Bracon Ash, Hethel, Colney, Costessey, Cringleford, East Carleton, Easton, Keswick, Ketteringham, Marlingford, Colton, Mulbarton, Swardeston and Mangreen. If you have an idea or need help with a community project your Neighbourhood Board may be able to assist. The Neighbourhood Boards will replace South Norfolk Action Panels (SNAPs). Our contact is South Norfolk Neighbourhood Officer Nigel; Bailey on 01508 533670. Nigel can be e-mailed by clicking here. More information is also available on a web site which can be accessed by clicking here. The next meeting will be held in the Pavilion on Cringleford Playing Field, Oakfields Road, Cringleford NR4 6XF at 7 p.m on 27th October. You can view a poster for this meeting by clicking here.


Art and Craft Exhibition - An art and craft exhibition was held at Hethersett Methodist Church on October 8th. A report of the vent can be accessed by clicking here.


Pantomime Dates and Ticket Arrangements - Dates have been announced for the 2012 Hethersett Village pantomime. Dick Whittington will run from January 14th to 21st in Hethersett Village Hall. There will be matinees on the 14th and 21st at 2.30 p.m and evening performances at 7.45 p.m on January 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st. Ticket prices vary according to day between £5 and £7. They will be available from November 7th by telephoning either Norwich 811005 or Norwich 811481. They will also be on sale in Hethersett Library on Saturdays between 10 a.m and midday from November 12th. Dick Whittington will be the Pantomime Group’s 43rd production since it started in 1970 and it will be the seventh version of the Whittington story.


Storytime and Spiders - Stories, rhymes and songs for young children are all included in a new fun event at Hethersett Library. Librarian Caroline Mitchell leads First Friday Fun on the first Friday of each month. “Our next event will be based around a Teddy Bears’ Picnic so we are hoping everyone will bring their own bears,” Caroline said. The next session will take place on November 4th from 2 to 2.30 p.m and is aimed at children between the ages of three and five, who should be accompanied by an adult. Meanwhile the library will be celebrating Black History Month with stories about Anansi – the original spiderman. Anansi is one of the most popular and well known characters in West African and Caribbean storytelling. The library event is suitable for children aged four and above with their carers and will take place from 2.30 until 3.30 p.m on 26th October.


Dancing in the Aisles - Dancing in the aisles of Hethersett Parish Church will be encouraged on 22nd October when the building will rock to the strains of Abba music. A special St Remigius Rock Choir has been put together and will be performing an evening of classic pop songs from the Swedish foursome. Entrance to the event, which starts at 7.30 p.m, is free but donations for the church drains restoration fund will be welcome. The event will also include a buffet and raffle. “This is a one night only event and we want everybody to enjoy themselves with singing and dancing in the aisles,” said Rector of Hethersett the Rev Di Lammas. The Abba evening is the latest in a line of original events in the church which over the past month has seen nine days of rootfinder celebrations which featured an unusual and thought provoking art exhibition and an evening of Bible readings featuring television personality Stewart White to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.


Hethersett WI Programme Change - Hethersett Women's Institute has lined up a full programme of events for 2012 and you can view a poster of these by clicking here. The WI have informed us of a change of speaker for the next meeting on October 17th, 2011 in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall. The talk will now be by Marie Stevenson on the work of the Landmark Trust." To find out more about this meeting please view a poster by clicking here.


Christmas Charity Sale Planned - Hethersett's fourth Christmas charity sale will be held on Friday 2nd December from 6 p.m in the Methodist Church Hall, Great Melton Road. As well as Christmas stalls there will be carols and choirs and an addition this year will be a children's corner with face painting.


Special Hallow'een Event - Hallowe'en will be celebrated with a special vintage event with live music at Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club on 29th October from 8 to 10 p.m. The event is being organised by the Norfolk based Time Travel Team which travels around East Anglia visiting schools, colleges and care homes to bring history to life through song and acting. Tickets for the Hethersett event are £5 and booking is essential on either 07984 969162 or 07901 528849. A poster of the event is available by clicking here.


Latest Adverts - Visit our small ads section to see details of local services. Our latest adverts offer expert private tuition in Maths and English for Key Stage 2 pupils (ages 7 to 11) and there's a special introductory offer from Dove Barn Therapies of Queen's Road, Hethersett. To see details of these click here.


Socatots - Socatots is a pre-school activity for youngsters from six months to five years which has been running sessions on Saturday mornings at Hethersett Junior School. Five sessions run from 8.30 a.m until 1.30 p.m. For more information contact Jo Marchant on either 01953 601033 or 07821 030106. Jo can be e-mailed by clicking here and Socatots has a web site which can be accessed by clicking here.