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Archive News - October 2014

The following articles appeared on the site in October 2014


District Councillor Leads Fight for New Surgery



Hethersett South Norfolk District Councillor David Bills is leading the fight for a new doctors' surgery for Hethersett. Councillor Bills claims that the existing surgery is already oversubscribed and that additional homes earmarked for the village will put it under more stress. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. You can also view a cutting from the newspaper by clicking here.


Celebration as Paddock Plans are Withdrawn



Campaigners are celebrating after contentious plans to build houses on a wildlife haven are withdrawn. The proposal would have seen 27 homes built on land known as the Paddock between Queen's Road and Jaguar Road. Now it appears the plans have been withdrawn. You can read about this story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here. View a cutting on this story by clicking here.


Help Make Kett's Oak Tree of the Year


Photo reproduced with the permission of WPTL/David Woodcock


Kett's Oak in Hethersett has reached the final 10 in the Woodland Trust England's Tree of the Year competition and you can vote for it online. Over 200 nominations were received and you can view the shortlisted 10 by clicking here. The Woodland Trust web site has the following to say about the tree: 

In 1549 Robert Kett, yeoman farmer of Wymondham was executed by hanging in Norwich Castle after the defeat of the Norfolk Rebellion of which he was leader. Men from Wymondham and Hethersett marched on Norwich in 1549 after mustering under the shade of an old oak tree just inside the Hethersett boundary. The oak tree, known as 'Kett's Oak', is still here today, and is sat aside the now B1172 near Hethersett.


Hethersett Going for a Hat-Trick of Wins

Hethersett has once again been shortlisted for Active Norfolk Sports Village of the Year - an award we won in 2011 and 2013. Our village is down to the last three in the competition sponsored by Active Norfolk and the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper. The winners will be announced at a presentation evening at Norwich Forum on November 12th when we will compete against Fakenham and Dersingham for the title.You can read about this from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Hethersett Academy Security  


Work is reaching completion to make the grounds of Hethersett Academy safer. A new fence is being put into place around the site to deter unauthorised use of the land. "The past few years have seen a significant increase in problems associated with unofficial intruders on the school site, after it has been locked. This has been possible because the boundary has been insecure with many easy access points," said Academy Business Manager Richard Cole. Problems have included vandalism of the all weather cricket wicket, vandalism of five-a-side football goals, dog mess left on sports pitches, parties being held on the field and around the buildings with litter and debris being left. "While these problems are caused by a minority of people, we cannot continue to allow these to occur. Therefore we are installing a complete fence around our site. The fence will not hinder access to the Scout Hall or Hethersett Junior School and parents will still be able to come through the school gate, park in the car park (or outside the Scout hall) and walk to the hall/school," Mr Cole added. The work has been made possible through grant funding.


Queen's Head's Charity Breakfast

Hethersett Queen's Head is holding a charity breakfast on November 8th in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. The full English breakfast will also include a glass of Bucks Fizz. Adult tickets are £14.50 with children under-12 £10. Further details are available on 01603 810226.


Blog of a Marathon Journey


Hethersett couple John and Janet Halford have undertaken a marathon journey along England's canals and waterways to mark Jan's retirement from Old Hall School. Over the summer and autumn, they travelled over 550 miles through 431 locks over a nine week period. John is a very keen blogger and you can follow his journey and much more on his official blog which is well worth a read and can be accessed by clicking here. You can also read an interview with them and view more photographs by clicking here


Bill Looks Back

The fascinating memories of a young boy growing up in Hethersett between the World Wars has been added to the Hethersett Archive. Bill Morton was born and raised in the village before moving to Canada where he still lives. Bill's memories are entitled "A Thursday Child" and cover village life, the class differences, local legends and a whole host of memories. Bill is now 95 and wanted the village to benefit from his reminiscences which can be read on our sister website Hethersett At War which can be accessed by clicking here.


Eyes Down For A Full House - Hethersett Athletic Football Club will be holding its second bingo session in December, following the success of the initial evening. Eight games of cash bingo will be played through the evening on December 6th in Hethersett Village Hall. Tickets cost £8. Doors open at 6.45 and games start at 7.15 p.m. Tickets can be booked online by clicking here. Top prize in the bingo will be £100 with plenty of other opportunities to win substantial cash prizes across the evening. 


Top Winners at Horticultural Show - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society held its annual show in Hethersett Village Hall with 261 entries. Seasonal changes meant that some of the entries were past their best but the judges were complimentary about the overall standard. Trophy winners were: President's Cup for Best Exhibit in Show, Pauline Harper; Emily Knights Memorial Trophy for most points in the vegetable, fruit and flower sections, Pauline Harper; Peter Bond Trophy for runner-up in vegetable, fruit and flower sections, Pauline Bunn; Chairman's Trophy for Best Exhibit in the Vegetable section, Pauline Harper; Charles Tudor Challenge Trophy for most points in vegetable section, Pauline Harper; Deacon Senior Cup for best exhibit in the fruit section, Pauline Harper; Deacon Junior Cup for most points in the fruit section, Pauline Harper; Burton Fanning Silver Challenge Cup for best exhibit in the flower section, Pauline Bunn; Silver Challenge Cup for most points in the flower section, Margaret Ford; Benjamin Trophy for best flower arrangement, Margaret Ford; Peggy Crowe Memorial Plate for best photograph, Margaret Siddell; John Howard Memorial Cup for best exhibit in the domestic section, Pauline Harper; Abra Trophy for most points in arrangement and domestic sections, Pauline Bunn; Ethel Hayward Memorial Cup for best bowl of roses, Marilyn Savory.


Grant for Under-6s - Under-6 footballers at Hethersett Athletic have been awarded a £100 grant by South Norfolk Council. The money will be used to kit the youngsters out as they begin their sporting lives. To read about this and other grants from the Wymondham Mercury newspaper click on the cutting opposite.




Parish Council - The future of a village speedwatch initiative is hanging in the balance after a parish council appeal failed to attract sufficient volunteers. Hethersett Parish Council is on the verge of having to ditch the scheme after only one person came forward following an appeal by council chairman John Nightingale. “Only one additional person came forward. If we do not have anybody else volunteering we will not be able to continue with Speedwatch,” Mr Nightingale said. Concern was expressed at the latest meeting of the council about new lane markings on Thickthorn roundabout. The council has asked for a site meeting with the Highways Agency following changes to lane markings after re-surfacing work. Hethersett’s Norfolk County Councillor Judith Virgo told the meeting that she had requested engineers visit the site following complaints from the public. Engineers had attended on two occasions and stated they were happy with the new markings. Parish Councillors felt that the new markings could lead to confusion and an increased possibility of accidents with problems particularly caused by changes for traffic coming off the A47 from the Great Yarmouth direction. The council is looking into the feasibility of making Hethersett a cold calling free village. Members agreed that cold calling causes concern for the elderly. It was decided to consider the possibility further and seek the views of residents. The Council is supporting efforts for a new doctors' surgery in the village, following the launch of a campaign for improved facilities by South Norfolk Councillor David Bills. The council also expressed its delight that plans to build new homes on a wildlife rich area in the village known as The Paddock have been withdrawn. The next meeting of the council’s planning committee will take place on November 3rd in Hethersett Village Hall at 7 p.m. The next full council meeting will be on November 17th at 7.30 p.m.


Open Space Promise

South Norfolk Council has promised to maintain the open space between Hethersett and Wymondham irrespective of any new development. You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here



Fitness Groups Merge


TWO major fitness and sports organisations in Hethersett are amalgamating to keep the London 2012 Olympic legacy flame alive. Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association (HaMSA) and Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee have merged to produce a major organisation to promote fitness, health, well being and sport in Hethersett, Great Melton and Little Melton. The decision to combine forces was taken at the latest meeting of the sports association at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett. It will now be responsible for organising the annual Hethersett Open Weekend as well as starting new sports and fitness groups and clubs and supporting existing ones. “Over the past few years the two groups have worked side by side to promote and organise sport and fitness programmes in the villages and it now seems an appropriate time for them to amalgamate on a formal footing to continue the work that led up to the 2012 London games and beyond and which culminated in the Olympic flame coming to Hethersett and the village being the first village, town or city in the United Kingdom to receive the Prime Minister’s Big Society award,” said HaMSA chairman Peter Steward. Throughout 2014, HaMSA has been able to financially support a number of clubs and groups thanks to a grant from South Norfolk Council. This has seen the setting up of a croquet club and a junior section of Hethersett Netball Club along with improvements to the Hethersett Memorial Bowls Club pavilion. Grants have also been given to the Respect Yourself text messaging service, Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club, Hethersett Athletic Football Club and many others. “By working in partnership with South Norfolk Council we have been able to set-up and help many individual clubs during the year and we are looking forward to continuing this work in 2015 with the sixth Open Weekend from July 4th to 5th which will once again feature a come and try sports event and a two mile funrun. We are also looking into the possible launch of a new tennis club,” Peter Steward added. This year saw Hethersett and the Meltons win the Active Norfolk South Norfolk Village Games for the fourth year running and become Norfolk village champions for the first time after finishing runners-up the previous three years. More details about HaMSA are available on the web site by clicking here. Many of the sports trophies and mementoes from the past six years are now on display along with village archive material in Hethersett Library. The next meeting of the sports association will be on February 2nd, 2015, at Park Farm Hotel. Anyone interested in sport, fitness and well being is welcome. 

Library Talk - Village archivist Gary Wyatt gave an illustrated talk at Hethersett Library entitled "Racecourses, Railways and Road Names." Gary looked at  Hethersett Racecourse and Hethersett Station and then outlined the family history behind three roads in the village - Harvey Close, Buckingham Drive and Childs Road.