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Archive News October 2016

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in October 2016

Hethersett Library -  Coming Events in Hethersett Library for October are as follows:


Monday 3rd 10.00

Free Online Basics Computer Course – please book 

  14.00 Book Group
Wednesday 5th 10.00 Online Basic Computer Course
  10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 6th 14.00 Norwich and Norfolk Association for the Blind
Friday 7th 14.00 Tales from the Tale Coat - Festival of Stories event for adults
Monday 10th 10.00 Free E-Mail Basic Computer Course - please book
  14.00 Craft Group
  14.00 Hethersett parish Council Pop In
Wednesday 12th 10.00 E-Mail Basics Computer Course
  10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Friday 14th 11.15 Bounce and Rhyme For Babies and Toddlers
Monday 17th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 19th 10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Monday 24th 14.00 Craft Group
Wednesday 26th 10.00 Family History half term activity for children - Booking essential
  10.30 Adult Colouring Group
Thursday 27th 14.00 Children's Craft Activity provided by Leeway
Monday 31st 10.30 New Baby Book Group Meets - details from staff
  14.00 Craft Group

The library is once again acting as a collection point  for equipment supplied by the Norfolk Bat Survey.  Details of how to take part, reserve your square and book the equipment is available on their website which can be accessed by clicking here. The library has a two for one DVD offer on Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm and DVDs/Blu-Rays/Box Sets and Music CDs are all free to reserve. The online sound and vision catalogue is available by clicking here. If you need general computer support an appointment can be booked with Bob the library's computer buddy who is available on Mondays from 10 am until noon. The Library has a Facebook page which is accessible by clicking here.    

Hub Cafe Date - The next Hethersett Hub Cafe organised by the Hethersett Dementia Support Group will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday, 18th October from 10 am until midday. The cafe meets on the third Tuesday of each month and the October date will include entertainment.


Parish Council Meetings for 2016 - Dates for Hethersett Parish Council meetings for the remainder of 2016 are as follows: The full council will meet in Hethersett Village Hall at 7.30 p.m on the following dates -  October 17th, November 21st and December 19th. Planning Committee meetings will be held at 7 p.m on all full council nights and also on the following dates - October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th.

Story of a Massacre - A remarkable war story will be re-told in Hethersett Parish Church on Friday, 28th October at 7 pm. The evening will feature the story of two soldiers from the Second Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment, one of whom came from Dereham, who survived the atrocity at Le Paradis. A powerpoint presentation will cover the events leading up to that fateful day, describing the events and how the perpetrators were tracked down. The event is free with donations going to church funds. Light refreshments will be served. The presentation will be given by Dennis O'Callaghan (the son of one of the survivors), Nick Smith and John Head from the parish church. Every two years the trio go to Le Paradis to attend their Remembrance Day. The event attracts considerable Media interest on both sides of the channel. The Le Paradis massacre was a war crime committed by members of the 14th Company, SS Division Totenkopf, under the command of Fritz Knöchlein. It took place on 27th May, 1940, during the Battle of France, at a time when the British Expeditionary Force was attempting to retreat through the Pas-de-Calais region during the Battle of Dunkirk. Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Norfolk Regiment, had become isolated from their regiment. They occupied and defended a farmhouse against an attack by Waffen-SS forces in the village of Le Paradis. After running out of ammunition, the defenders surrendered to the German troops. The Germans led them across the road to a wall, and machine-gunned them. Ninety-seven British troops died. Two survived, with injuries, and hid until they were captured by German forces several days later. After the war, Fritz Knöchlein was located, tried and convicted by a war crimes court, with the two survivors acting as witnesses against him. For his part in the massacre, Knöchlein was executed in 1949.

A Beating Heart - The Heart of Hethersett is beating after its first meeting. The bereavement support group was launched at Woodcote Sheltered Housing complex in Firs Road. A number of local residents talked about their losses in an informal atmosphere and a follow-up get together is being held on October 11th from 5.30 until 6.30 p.m. “I was very pleased at the response and the way everyone supported each other. Originally the idea was for the group to meet monthly but the general view from those present was meetings should be more often. I am sure over the next weeks and months people will be able to take comfort by meeting together with other people who have suffered loss. Everyone is welcome,” said Heart of Hethersett founder Sandi Grey.

Council News - There is currently a vacancy on Hethersett Parish Council following the resignation of Trevor Radley through pressure of work. This means that the council is down to12 members from its maximum of 13. The position will be advertised on council noticeboards around the village. The parish council will be replacing inadequate fencing around the village green area in Great Melton Road. The council will foot the bill for providing knee high fencing and the replacement of old broken posts. The parish council’s meeting dates for the remainder of 2016 are: October 17th, November 21st and December 19th. All meetings take place in Hethersett Village Hall and start at 7.30 pm. There are opportunities for the public to speak and ask questions at the start and towards the end of each meeting. Parish clerk Ian Weetman is available in the council office upstairs in the village hall on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am until midday. Parish pop in sessions are held in Hethersett Library from 2 pm until 4 pm on the second Monday of each month.

Busy Summer - After a busy summer of reading, about 50 Hethersett children visited the village library to collect their medals and certificates for completing the Big Friendly Read. The children had to read six books over the holidays to complete the challenge, or in the case of under fives, share six stories at home with their families. There were some super-achievers who read more than 20 books. A total of 157 children completed the challenge. On Friday (7th October) from 2 to 3 pm the library will be holding “Tales from the Tale Coat” as part of the Norfolk Libraries’ Festival of Storytelling. The Tale Coat is a unique working piece of art donned by Taffy with members of the audience being invited to treat it almost as a jukebox by requesting stories from images on the coat. Hethersett Library is looking for a volunteer to help expand its bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers. The library currently holds monthly sessions run by Wymondham Children's Centre but feels that this is not enough to cater for demand. So it is looking to start a weekly session and need a volunteer to run it. “We currently only have a session once a month and feel this is not enough and a regular weekly spot would be much better," said Rebecca Warner from the library. The library is also looking for a group of “friends” to help enhance what it offers to the local community. An information evening will be held at the library from 6 until 7 pm on October 13th.

Shane's Big RunParish Councillor Shane Hull completed the Great North Run and raised over £700 for Alzheimer’s Research. “I completed the world`s largest participation half marathon, finishing 31,342nd out of an entry of 57,000. It took me 42 minutes to even reach the start line due to the sheer number of competitors. Unlike my training in Norfolk, the course was very undulating and the weather a hot and humid 20 degrees. My time was a fairly pedestrian 2 hr 39 min, but crossing the finish line in one piece was the objective. The organisation of the event was fantastic with road sweepers retrieving the one million plus bottles discarded by competitors. I have great respect for those competitors carrying wheelie bins and fridges on their backs. I have now completed the London Marathon and Great North Run 30 years apart! I don't remember aching this much 30 years ago,” Shane said. Shane was running in memory of his late father Ronald who suffered from Alzheimer’s

Big Screen - Over 30 people attended the first film showing in Hethersett Village Hall by the newly formed village screen group. Hethersett Village Screen has been set up by a number of film enthusiasts with a showing each month from now until May. The season kicked off with the feelgood British film “Eddie The Eagle” and continues on October 16th with the classic “West Side Story” at 7 p.m. Other films lined-up for the remainder of the year are Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins” on November 13th and “Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie” on December 4th. The events also include archive Norfolk films. The group is supported by Creative Arts East and was set-up through a grant from South Norfolk Council. Hethersett Parish Council has also donated £150 to help with start-up costs.

Writers' Group - A number of new members were welcomed at the latest meeting of Hethersett Writers’ Club. Members read extracts from their work and discussed writing. The group has expanded over the past few months and the next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 25th. More information is available from founder member Pat Lightfoot via email at

Hethersett Goes Batty - Once again Hethersett has gone batty for a wildlife survey. From June to August recording boxes, microphones and long poles were placed in strategic locations around the village as part of the Norfolk Bat Survey organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Eight types of bat were detected from the tiny Common Pipistrelles and their higher-pitched cousins the Soprano Pipistrelles to the much scarcer Nathusius, the Noctule and the Serotine.

Crime Count - A total of 11 crimes were recorded by Norfolk Police in Hethersett for the two month period from July 18th to September 18th. This included a play shed being broken into at Woodside Infant School, an assault without injury at a village recycling centre, criminal damage to cars on Churchfields and Cedar Road and a couple of incidents at Thickthorn Services. Only five crimes were subsequently recorded for the period from September 19th to October 16th. These included theft of car number plates from a vehicle in New Road, interference with a motor vehicle (the deliberate loosening of wheel nuts), a burglary in Norwich Road, theft of a bottle of water from commercial premises and criminal damage to fencing at a business on Norwich Road.

Information Event - The Dementia Friendly Hethersett group will be holding a special information evening on November 9th from 6.30 until 8.30 pm in Hethersett Village Hall. The evening is aimed at local people and businesses who  want to learn more about dementia and Hethersett’s journey towards becoming a dementia friendly village. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. The latest Dementia Café morning took place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall when those present enjoyed refreshments, games and entertainment. The next café will be on November 15th from 10 am to midday.

Friendly Support - Hethersett Library is setting up a Friends support group to further enhance its close links with the village community. An information evening will lead to the setting up of a group to increase the number of community functions held by the library. The New Year will also see longer opening hours through a new self help scheme which has already been piloted in other parts of Norfolk.The information evening discussed the setting up of a Friends group with a number of local residents expressing interest in helping in a number of ways which could include raising funds for more craft events for both children and adults, providing refreshments for library events, organising more story times, organising visits by authors and even organising community lunches. In addition, Hethersett Library will soon be accessible for more hours thanks to an open access scheme which has already proved successful at Acle Library and the Millennium Library in Norwich. From January, residents registered to use the building when staff are not present will be able to return and borrow books and use computers. Access will be by scanning a registered library card and typing in a PIN number at an access point. There will be set hours when the library will be available for open access.

Sad News About Marie - Well known former Hethersett resident Marie Stevenson has died. Marie was an integral part of Hethersett Society for many years before moving with husband Paul to Litcham a number of years ago. Earlier this year she was honoured for her work with the Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper. A tribute to Marie will appear in the next edition of our e-magazine Hethersett Herald.

Charity Market - This year’s annual Hethersett Charity Market will take place in Hethersett Methodist Church from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, 2nd December. There will be stalls, refreshments, carols and seasonal music and games

Litter Picks - Dates for coming litter picks by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) are : 26th November, 14th January 2017 and 25th February 2017. The litter picks start at Hethersett Methodist Church car park at 10 a.m. Volunteers welcome and equipment is provided. Thirteen people took part in the latest litter pick.

Panto Time - Hethersett Pantomime Group’s 2017 presentation will be Sleeping Beauty which will run from Saturday, January 21st to Saturday, January 28th inclusive. Next year’s production will also feature a Sunday afternoon matinee show, which will replace the Monday evening show. There will be matinees on Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd and Saturday 28th at 2 pm with evening performances on the 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th, making nine performances in all. Tickets are £6 for all performances, including a programme and refreshments and they will be available from Tuesday, November 1st by phoning 01603 811337 or by e-mailing From Saturday, November 5th, tickets will be on sale every Saturday morning from 10.30 until 1 pm in Hethersett Library.

Poetry Illustrated - An evening of illustrated poetry was presented by Hethersett resident Paul Binney at St Remigius Church. The event raised £276. for church funds. An appreciative audience also purchased several of Paul’s books which will benefit Christian Aid.

Queen's Register - Hethersett Queen’s Head has been designated a community asset and joins Hethersett King’s Head on the South Norfolk Council asset register.  The pub has been added to the register because it serves food and drink to the local and wider community, benefits the local community by providing space for individuals and groups to meet, has its own golf society as well as poker tournaments, and encourages social cohesion.

Relaxing Evening - Rowan House Health and Welfare Centre, Hethersett, will be holding an evening of relaxation and pampering on November 3rd from 7 to 10 p.m with proceeds going to a local charity supporting families and children affected by brain tumours. Tickets are £5 and need to be booked in advance on 01603 813999. The price of the ticket includes drinks and canapes.

Village Screen Success - Hethersett Village Screen has attracted more than 30 people each evening for its first two film shows. The family movie “Eddie the Eagle” was followed by the classic musical “West Side Story. Films coming up include Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep, on November 13th at 3 pm  and Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie in December.

Sports Awards Time - Hethersett is once again in line for a top Norfolk sports award. The village has made the shortlist for the Active Norfolk/EDP/Radio Norfolk Sports Village of the Year - a title it won in 2011 and 2013. The winner will be announced at a special presentation evening at Norwich Open on November 15th. The final three for the award are Hethersett, Downham Market and Fakenham. Hethersett will also be recognised as being one of the 10 Norfolk Champion of Champions in the decade that the awards have been held.

Song Time - The Sing Your Heart Out (SYHO) group is holding an outreach workshop in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday, November 1st from 11 am to 1 pm. The group specialised in using singing to give people a lift and improve mental well being. SYHO is a charitable organisation dedicated to introducing adults to singing in a group. There will be no charge but donations will be welcome.

Historic Tree - An historic Hethersett tree is featured by the Woodland Trust in its UK-wide 'Very Important Trees Campaign', which calls for formal recognition for nationally valuable trees which have played a role in the country’s history or culture. Kett’s Oak on the main B1172 road is a significant tree in the history of the UK due to its association with Robert Kett and Kett’s Rebellion,

Ian's Honours - Ian Bryce was crowned Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club’s player of the year at the club’s presentation evening held at the George Hotel, Norwich. Young spinner Sam Morton was named club bowler of the year. He took 61 wickets at an average of 19.18. The Best Performance of the season award went to Ollie Kilbourn for his innings of 134 for the fourth team against top of the table Southwold. The most improved player award went to Andy Baker and the club person of the year award was shared between social committee chair Harriet Matthews and first team skipper Damian Fahy for their outstanding contribution to the club over the 2016 season. The young player of the year award went to David Matthews. Other awards presented by club president Richard G. Ellis included the following: Duck Cup for most ducks - Lucy Matthews and John Ranson. Catching Cup (excluding wicketkeepers) - Damian Fahy. Catching Cup (including wicketkeepers) - Damian Fahy and Steven Hayes. Second Team Batsman of the Year -  Richard D. Ellis. Second Team Bowler of the Year - Matt Steward. Third Team Batsman of the Year - Cameron Clarke. Third Team Bowler of the Year - Cameron Clarke. Fourth Team Batsman of the Year - Ollie Kilbourn. Fourth Team Bowler of the Year - Mark Worley

Pavilion Update - Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association (HAMSA) is throwing its weight behind plans to build a community pavilion on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. Planning permission has already been granted for renovation, extension and modernisation, but to date application for grants has not proved fruitful. The latest meeting of HAMSA featured a lengthy discussion on the future or the pavilion. Members agreed that any building should be for multi-purpose community use and not just for sports groups/clubs. The pavilion should become a focal point for the village. It was agreed that work is needed to illustrate the positive impact that a pavilion would have on the community. It was underlined that the current pavilion isn’t fit for purpose and is an “embarrassment to the village.” Suggestions for use of a new building included a daily café and use as a community facility for meetings. HAMSA has awarded a grant of £100 to Hethersett Athletic Football Club to finance the start up for a new under-6s team. The next meeting of HAMSA will be the annual meeting and has been set for Monday 23rd January, 2017, at 7.30 p.m at Park Farm Hotel

Sporting Shortlist - Hethersett is once again in line for a top Norfolk sports award. The village has made the shortlist for the Active Norfolk/EDP/Radio Norfolk Sports Village of the Year - a title it won in 2011 and 2013. The winner will be announced at a special presentation evening at Norwich Open on November 15th. The final three for the award are Hethersett, Downham Market and Fakenham. Hethersett will also be recognised as being one of the 10 Norfolk Champion of Champions in the decade that the awards have been held.

Go-Ahead for McDonalds - Plans for a new McDonald’s drive through restaurant on land at Thick-thorn have been given the go-ahead by planners. Planning officers at South Norfolk Council recommended approval of the plans which were then passed by the council’s development management committee. The fast food giant submitted a planning application to South Norfolk Council in March, seeking to develop land near to the existing park and ride, Travelodge and Burger King near the interchange where the A11 meets the A47.The restaurant may be open 24 hours a day, creating more than 65 full -time and part-time jobs. The develop-ment will include 60 car parking spac-es and 140 seats.


Probus Club Update - Hethersett, Wymondham and District Probus Club has a new venue. The group now meets in Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club in Back Lane on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 10.30 am until noon. Membership is open to retired or semi-retired professional and business men from Hethersett, Wymondham and the surrounding district. The club is looking for new members and more details are available from Ron Richardson on 01603 810263.