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Archive News October 2015

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in October 2015

Above left Hethersett Parish Council chair Jackie Sutton and Heather Williamson cut the celebration cake and on the right Dr Anne Edwards presents a cheque to a representative of the Wymondham Wildlife Group

Hethersett celebrated its open garden scheme with a special film show in the village hall. The open gardens event in July saw 21 gardens open to the public and raised 1,750 despite almost constant rain through most of the event. The money will be shared between the Wymondham Nature Group and a commemorative World War One seat for Hethersett at a location still to be decided. Chair of Hethersett Environmental Action Team Dr Anne Edwards hosted the evening and provided a celebration cake and chair of Hethersett Parish Council, Jackie Sutton, presented a bouquet to long serving councillor Heather Williamson who has retired. Ms Sutton praised Heather's contribution to the village and in particular her championing of "older people" and work to improve the local environment: "Heather served the parish council for 12 years, was a founder member of HEAT, a champion of older people and persuaded many people to open their gardens to the public. Heather is out in the village working in all weathers irrespective of whether it's the heat of summer or the cold of winter," Ms Sutton said.


Painting for Pleasure - An art exhibition by the Painting for Pleasure Art Group will be held in Hethersett Village Hall on Sunday 8th November from 10.30 a.m until 3.30 p.m. Artwork by members of the group will be on sale and refreshments will be available all day. There will also be a tombola and profits from the event will go to the Hethersett Dementia Support group.



Blood Moon Captured over Hetherstt - The total eclipse of the moon which took part overnight on September 27th/28th and produced a blood red moon was captured over Hethersett by Dr Anne Edwards from her home in Queen's Road. To see a quality photograph of the moon click here.


Horticultural Society Annual Show - Hethersett and Distirct Horticultural Society held another successful annula show with an increase in the overall number of entries in spite of recent unfavourable weather. Trophy winners, presented by the club President Shirley Keeley, were: Paulin Harper (awards included President's Cup and Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society Medals for Best in Show and RHS Banksian Medal for Joint Most Points overall in the vegetable, fruit and flower sections): Margaret Ford (Best Exhibit and most points in the Flower Section), Marilyn Savory (Best Arrangement and Bowl of Roses), Margaret Sidell (Best Exhibit in Domestic Section) and John Freeman (Best Photograph).


Health Hub Opens


Above left Rachel Pailes and Graham and Mary Tuddenham outside Rowan House and on the right Rachel in the reception area.


THE new health and well being hub which we featured recently on this site has been officially opened. Rowan House in Queen's Road has been launched as a new centre for alternative and complementary medicine and therapy. It was officially opened by Chair of Hethersett Parish Council Jackie Sutton on October 9th at an open day for health and other professionals. This was followed by an open day on October 10th for the public to look round: "On behalf of Hethersett Parish Council and residents we welcome the opening of  our new Health and Wellbeing Centre at Rowan House. Hethersett is a growing community with a thriving sports association whose objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of our community by encouraging residents to take up physical and social activities. As  our health services face unprecedented demands for provision of health care we should whenever possible take responsibility for our own well being and endeavour to adopt healthier life styles. The diverse complementary therapies offered by Rachel and her team at Rowan House will provide our community with local accessible services and support the ethos of our sports association. We wish the centre every success," Ms Sutton said. The new centre will cater for a variety of health related therapies including physiotherapy, sports massage, osteopathy, hypnotherapy, counselling, meditation, baby massage, aromatherapy, pilates and much more. Business manager for the new hub is Rachel Pailes, whose parents - Mary and Graham Tuddenham - own Rowan House, which was originally established as a business centre. "We are aiming to encompass the whole spectrum of therapies physical, psychological, spiritual and social.  With the best will in the world the NHS is unable to offer everything and Hethersett is the ideal location for a health hub with its easy access from major road networks and proximity to the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and the Research Park. We have taken care to ensure our facilities are buggy and disabled accessible and have access to plenty of car parking," said Rachel who is a qualified physiotherapist, having recently worked at the Royal London Hospital before returning to her native Norfolk.  "We want people to know that well being is not just about health. It is also about achieving goals and feeling fulfilled. I have always had a dream of bringing together people working in the fields of health and well being under one roof and now that dream is becoming a reality," Rachel added. The new hub has its own Facebook page and website and anyone wanting further information can contact 


Scientific Questions - How do butterflies drink? That was just one of the questions put to pupils at a science workshop at Hethersett Old Hall School. You can read more about this by clicking on the cutting opposite from the Norwich Evening News.
Campaign to Keep Church Hall - A Hethersett dance school teacher has launched a campaign to keep Hethersett Church Hall in Henstead Road open after suggestions that it might be sold off. You can read about this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking on the news cutting opposite

Art Exhibition - A Hethersett art group is gearing up for its latest exhibition. The Painting for Pleasure group (some of which are pictured opposite) will be displaying and selling artwork using numerous different media and subjects when it takes over Hethersett Village Hall on Sunday, November 8th from 10.30 a.m until 3.30 p.m. Refreshments will be available throughout the event and there will also be a tombola. Profits from the exhibition will go to the Hethersett Dementia Support Group. The group was launched in 2006 by local artist Linda Goldspink with the aim of encouraging the enjoyment of art and painting for pleasure. Over the years it has also raised money for a variety of charities including the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. Anyone wanting more information on the group or the exhibition can contact Linda Goldspink on 01603 810503.



Special Coffee Morning - A coffee morning will be held in Hethersett Village Hall on Tuesday, October 27th from 9 until 11.30 a.m to raise funds for charities set-up in memory of two children who died tragically young. The Beatrice Octavia Iris Smith Brighter Future Fund is dedicated to the memory of Beatrice who died in February 2014, aged 12 weeks, after being diagnosed with a rare heart disease. The Stanley McLean Brighter Future Fund was set-up in memory of Stanley who dies aged 18 months in July 2012 also from a rare heart disease. The funds have been raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and East Anglian Children's Hospices.




Future of Hethersett Library - An article in the Norwich Evening News on October 15th suggests that cuts may have to be made to Norfolk Library Services in the future with more than half of them either closing or finding alternative ways of staying open (e.g being staffed by volunteers). This is not a political web site in any way but any proposed cuts to shut our village library must be rigorously opposed. Hethersett Library is at the heart of the community and a meeting place for many groups and activities. It would be another kick in the teeth for the arts, literacy and many other aspects of modern life if it had to be closed. With the village likely to expand in numbers considerably over the next few years with massive new development we need more facilities and not less. You can read the article by clicking here.


Cadets in the Field - Eleven pupils from Hethersett Academy have formed Norfolk's newest school cadet force and have been learning about camouflage and night exercises. You can read about this story from the Norwich Evening News newspaper by clicking on the cutting opposite.