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Archive News - October 2012

The following articles appeared on the site in October 2012

Green Thinkers - Green thinking youngsters have helped Hethersett Junior School launch a campaign to raise £20,000 for solar panels. To read about this see the cutting from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper by clicking here.


Parish Council Vacancies - There are currently three vacancies on Hethersett Parish Council following the recent resignations of vice-chair Jackie Sutton and Simon Floyd. Both are moving away from the village. David Elliott has also resigned from the council. Notices of the vacancies will shortly be posted in the village. This will result in an election if more than three people put their names forward. If less than three step forward the council will have the right to co-opt new councillors. Anyone interested in standing for the parish council should contact parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915. Gary Wyatt has been elected vice-chair to succeed Jackie Sutton. For a full list of parish councillors with contact details click here.


Christmas Bin Collections: South Norfolk Council have announced changes to refuse collections over the coming Christmas period. These are outlined below.


Usual Collection Day Revised Collection Day Change
Monday 24th December Saturday 22nd December Two days early
Tuesday 25th December Monday 24th December One day early
Wednesday 26th December Thursday 27th December One day late
Thursday 27th December Friday 28th December One day late
Friday 28th December Saturday 29th December One day late
Monday 31st December Monday 31st December No change
Tuesday 1st January Wednesday 2nd January One day late
Wednesday 2nd January Thursday 3rd January One day late
Thursday 3rd January Friday 4th January One day late
Friday 4th January Saturday 5th January One day late


Cycle Event Lined-Up for March - Following the success of the inaugural Hethersett 30/60 cycle marathon earlier this year, the event will  be repeated in 2013 with more riders. The number taking part has been increased from 300 to 500 and the event will take place on a slightly different course. Entries for the event on Sunday 24th March are now being taken. It will start and finish at Hethersett Social Club and will be supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust. The course will take riders to Wymondham, Spooner Row, Old and New Buckenham, Bunwell, Tacolneston, Fundenhall, Wreningham, Bracon Ash, East Carleton and Ketteringham. Entrants must be 18 or over on the day of the ride and the event, which is not a race, is open to cyclists of all abilities. A special web site for details of the event and registration can be accessed by clicking here.


Fireworks Time - Hethersett Athletic Football Club will be holding its annual community fireworks evening on Saturday (November 3rd) in the grounds of Hethersett High School with two displays - The first at 6.30 p.m is suitable for younger children. The main display will follow at 8 p.m. You can pay on the gate. Entry is £5 for adults, £3 for children and concessions with Under-5s free. Family tickets for two adults and up to three children are available for £14. There will also be a variety of stalls and refreshments available including a beer tent, barbecue, climbing wall, sky dome, assault course, bouncy castle and slide, The event is being run in conjunction with the First Cringleford Scout group.


Science in a Box - A top Norwich Department store will be hosting a special exhibition by GCSE students from Hethersett High School for two weeks from October 29th. The store will be hosting a "Science and Art in a Box exhibition." For full details of the event click here. 


Badminton Coaching - A Hethersett-based badminton club is looking for youngsters to take part in coaching sessions. The Queen’s Road club meets at Hethersett High School on Thursdays from 7.30 until 9.30 p.m and also runs a coaching session from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. “We are keen to encourage children aged seven and over with our coaching sessions and also hope to develop the skills of older children and beginner adults,” said organiser Peter Hoult. The club is a mix of players of various abilities with ages ranging from 13 to 65. It plays on four rubber surfaced courts in the main sports hall at Hethersett High School with another court available in the gym. More information on the club and coaching sessions are available from Peter Hoult on 01603 811337


This Will Run and Run - Dates have been set for the launch of two more running clubs in Hethersett following the success of the Social Running Group which was launched in April. A new running academy for children aged between eight and 12 will open its doors for the first time on Saturday (November 3rd) from 10.30 until 11.30 under the guidance of qualified coach Ron Marsh. On November 10th the village will be launching a daytime running group under the guidance of Active Norfolk coach Paul Evans and Ron Marsh. This will meet every Monday on the Memorial Field from 9.15 until 10.15 a.m. The running clubs have been set-up jointly by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and will be in addition to the original Thursday evening group which will start up again in April, but which will also meet once a month on Sunday mornings through the winter. A new beginners’ Thursday evening group will be launched next April. “Our aim is to provide social running for all ages and standards and to start up groups so that everyone has the chance to take part. The new daytime group is aimed at mums and dads and anyone around the village during the day who would like to improve their fitness. It is free to join the group and people can just turn up at the first session,” said chair of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association Peter Steward. Hethersett’s original social running group has been named Run England’s Eastern Region Club of the Year for 2012.


Web Site Links - If you have a web site that you would like mentioned on this site please e-mail details by clicking here. We are happy to feature and link to sites from Hethersett and the Meltons. The latest to come to our attention is the site for local artists Jean Larner. The Jean Larner Gallery can be accessed by clicking here.


Supporting Lemon Day - This web site is supporting Wymondham's Lemon Day - a day of activities on Saturday, November 3rd in our nearby market town. To see just what's going on click here.


High Notes - The sixth edition of Hethersett High School's High Notes electronic magazine is now available on-line. To view just click here.


Aspiring Artists - An exhibition by the Hethersett Aspiring Artists group took place in Hethersett Village Hall on October 21st and featured art from a number of different mediums and subjects. The day also included an interpretation of abstract art in all its forms.


Inspirational Awards - Hethersett's Peter Steward is one of six residents of South Norfolk to be honoured in the South Norfolk Queen's Diamond Jubilee Community Awards for 2012. He won the Inspiring Achievement award for "an outstanding contribution to Hethersett over the past 20 years." To read the story of the presentation evening from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper and the Wymondham Mercury click here. You can also view a cutting from the EDP by visiting our Media Watch section.


Hethersett Nominated for Awards - Hethersett is in the running for a number of county awards after being nominated for its outstanding contribution to Norfolk life. Individuals and the parish council have nominated our village for the Eastern Daily Press Norfolk Pride in Norfolk Award for communities of over 5,000. Hethersett has also been nominated for the Norfolk Sports Village of the Year award in the annual competition organised by Active Norfolk and Radio Norfolk. Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association and Hethersett Social Running Club have been nominated for Club of the Year in the same competition. The running club has already been named Run England Eastern Region Club of the Year. The judges of the Pride in Norfolk Awards visited the village on October 19th and met with a number of local residents.


Stargazers - Pupils at Hethersett Old Hall School have had an introduction to stargazing this term. The school’s Parents’ Association has funded a telescope and Mr Matt Lutkins, head of science, who is an avid star gazer, now hopes to interest many of the pupils in the wonders of astronomy. Year One boys and girls spent some time with him recently as part of their study of  ‘Light and Dark’. Luckily the moon was very visible during the morning and all pupils were able to get a good view of it through the telescope, thoroughly enjoying the novel experience. Mr Lutkins is now launching an Astronomy Club for all pupils including activities such as astrophotography. This story has been featured in the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper. You can read it by clicking here.
Rector Says Farewell - The Rector of Hethersett, the Rev Di Lammas led her final service on September 30th before her retirement. Hethersett on the web interviewed Di in the week leading up to her retirement and you can read the story sent to the local Media by clicking here. A fuller interview where Di talks about conquering depression, being single and her memories of Hethersett is available by clicking here. Her last service was a sung Eucharist for Hethersett, Little Melton and Great Melton in St Remigius' Church and this will be followed by a buffet lunch. You can read a report of this by clicking here. You can read the story on the Wymondham Mercury news site by clicking here.


Players Delight - Hethersett Players have produced one of their best performances with An Evening With The Musicals which enjoyed a three night run in Hethersett Village Hall from September 27th to 29th. You can read a review of the evening by clicking here.


Knit a Teenager - Knit a teenager to help a teenager is the message from a fun competition being organised by the Hethersett based group Respect Yourself. The group sends out daily text messages to youngsters aged between 13 and 25 to give them information to help them make positive choices in life. The organisation holds a number of fund-raising events throughout the year and their latest idea is to ask people to knit a teenager before 15th November when the entries will be judged in Norwich Castle Mall at 3 p.m. There will be a mystery prize for the “most creative teenager” and the models will be sold off to raise funds. "We are hoping for a good response and it should be fun seeing all the various interpretations,” said group secretary and treasurer Bobby Dowling. Respect Yourself is also having a stall at a Christmas Charities event at Colney Woodland Burial Park on November 4th from 10 a.m until 3 p.m. Entries to the knit a teenager can be taken to the Castle Mall on November 4th before 3 p.m or posted to 258, Dereham Road, New Costessey, NR 5 0 SN.


Turning the Clocks Back -  Hethersett Library rolled the years back over half a century to reminisce about life in the 1950s.The special history event brought together those who had grown up in that era to talk about memories of work, school days and the Queen’s Coronation. “It was a lovely afternoon and we had residents from Hethersett Hall, Woodcote Sheltered Housing and of course people from Hethersett and the Meltons. The noise level was amazing as memories were exchanged and articles and books from that era looked over,” said Library Manager Jennie Hoult, adding that 23 people attended the event, the oldest being a sprightly 100.There was a serious side to the afternoon with many of the memories being written down to be turned into a booklet. These will be added to written memories already submitted. The event was held in partnership with Family Learning and the completed booklets will be given to schools and will also be available at the library. To read this story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here.





FA Cup Exit - Hethersett Athletic Ladies bowed out of the Women's FA Cup at the second qualifying round when they lost 2-0 at home to Billericay. Hethersett put up a good fight against a team from two divisions higher.


Social Club Presentation - A cheque for £430.55 has been presented to the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) from an open day held in the summer at Hethersett Social Club. The open event showcased facilities at the club and included a bowls tournament, junior knockout pool, a barbecue and a disco. Resulting proceeds were presented by club secretary Carol Keable to Manager of NARS Marc Godfrey at the club. Hethersett Social Club will be holding a fish and chip quiz evening on November 10th with proceeds going to the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Tickets are £7 per player with teams of up to six. Tickets are available from the club. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.


Running Academy To Be Set-Up - Hethersett will soon have its own athletics academy for 8 to 12 year olds. Local athletics coach Ron Marsh was involved with the setting up of the Hethersett Social Running Group and was so impressed by the success of attracting people of all ages and standards that he is now setting up a special children's academy in the village. He already has one at East Harling and is looking to expand the idea. The academy will meet weekly for about an hour and include basic athletics training along with sessions on sports psychology and discipline all aimed at the 8 to 12 age range and helping with their personal development. Parents and carers will also be able to take part. Anybody interested in joining the academy can contact this web site by e-mailing here and we will pass on messages to Coach Ron. You can also read more on this story by clicking here. NEWS UPDATE - The academy will be launched on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field at 10.30 a.m on Saturday November 3rd. There is also a chance of a daytime running club being set-up. More news of this as soon as we have it. More news of this as soon as we have it. There are also plans in the pipeline to start a daytime running group. More details of this as soon as we have them.


Hethersett Poetry Time - Hethersett residents are being urged to write a poem about the village for a national competition. Entries have to be no more than 25 lines and no more than 160 words and individuals can submit up to three poems. The top poem nationally will win £1,000. There's no age limit and no entry fee and the competition is designed to encourage newcomers young and old to "have a go" at poetry. "The poem can be about something or someone from the poet's home area. It can be descriptive, historic, romantic, factual or personal - anything you like as long as there is a local connection," said United Press Publications Executive Julie Embury. Closing date for entries is December 31st and entry forms are available from Hethersett Library.


FA Cup Exit - Hethersett Athletic Ladies bowed out of the Women's FA Cup at the second qualifying round when they lost 2-0 at home to Billericay. Hethersett put up a good fight against a team from two divisions higher.


Footballers' FA Cup Win - Hethersett Athletic Ladies Football team is through to the second qualifying round of the Women's FA Cup following a 4-2 win over previously unbeaten Lowestoft Ladies. Hannah Waters was on target twice and other goals came from Nina Bachelor and Lauren Matthews in a fine win for the Hethersett side. Hannah Waters is just two goals away from becoming the first player in the club's history to score 200 league and cup goals. Meanwhile a number of good wins for the club's men's side have put them in contention for promotion in the respective leagues. For full coverage of the club visit the official web site by clicking here.


Hawks Host British League Matches - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club had 50 of the top young riders from all over the country competing in the Wooskow Brown British Youth and Junior League on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. Hethersett's Tiffany Collins and Carly Grimes both did well in the girls' event with Tiffany scoring 13 points and Carly nine. Tiffany finished third in the overall placings. To read news, results and reports from the Hawks visit their official web site by clicking here.
Tenth Birthday - A Hethersett aquafit class has just celebrated its tenth birthday. You can read about the class which meets on Monday nights at Hethersett Old Hall School by clicking here.


Hethersett Newsletter - The latest edition of Hethersett Parish Council's newsletter has been distributed throughout the village. Subjects covered include council vacancies, Hethersett Environmental Action Group, an Olympic update, the Archive and Hethersett Village Hall. You can read an electronic copy by clicking here.


Dabbers Out - Local people are being urged to get their dabbers out on November 24th for a bingo and bangers evening at Hethersett Scouts and Guides Headquarters. An entrance fee of £4 will give those attending a book of bingo tickets and a hot dog and additional books of bingo tickets will be available on the night at a cost of £1. “We are asking people to bring their own pens or dabbers and drinks and the event will start at 7 p.m,” said organiser Veronica Bion. Tickets can be booked on 01603 812892.


School Open Day - Hethersett Old Hall School will be welcoming parents and prospective pupils at an open morning on Saturday October 6th from 10 a.m until noon. This will be for boys aged between 3 and 11 and girls aged from 3 to 18. There will be tours of departments, facilities and grounds and the chance to meet staff. More information is available by telephoning 01603 810390, The school can be e-mailed by clicking here. Their web site can be viewed by clicking here