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The following are some of the stories covered in September 2007


In Memory of Lee

A very special match took place on the Memorial Playing Field on Saturday 22nd September for the Lee Thompson Memorial Plate. The trophy has been given in remembrance of club member Lee who was tragically killed in an accident in 1999. The match saw our Under-15s beat Horsford 3-1. For a match report and photographs click here.




War Memorial Research

A Hethersett historical group is looking for photographs of men featured on the village war memorial for a special booklet it is hoped to publish in time for Remembrance Day 2008. The Hethersett Archive Group is delving into the history behind the names of those commemorated from the First World War on the memorial which is in the grounds of the parish church. “The research is progressing well and plans for the booklet are taking shape. However, we do not as yet have any photographs of the men from the First World War who are remembered on the memorial,” said archive group member Bea Ewart. The names are: Sidney Livick, Ralph Buckingham, William Bringloe, Arthur Ninham, George Moore, Harry Sergeant, Robert Bartram, Frederick Bennett, Frederick Blake, Harry Childs, Arthur Shorten, William Bishop, Horace Beaumont, Benjamin Joy, Frederick Curson, Arthur Hubbard and Frederick Harvey.“We would love to be able to copy any photos of these men, in or out of uniform, for use in the booklet,” Mrs Ewart added.Bea Ewart can be contacted on 01603 811352. 

Glamorous Pupils' Charity Boost

Pupils from Old Hall School, Hethersett, presented the proceeds from their school ball to the East Anglia Children's Hospices (EACH) charity. Former head girl and ball organiser Laura Shearing returned to the school to present the cheque to the charity's representative David Went. "We chose this charity as we were moved by the incredible work they do," Laura said.

Special Match in Memory of Lee

A special commemorative football match between Hethersett Athletic Under-15s and Horsford Under-15s will take place this Saturday to remember one of Hethersett’s players tragically killed in a road accident in 1999. The two teams will be playing for the Lee Thompson Memorial Plate on the Memorial Playing Field with a 10.30 a.m kick off. There has been a close bond between the Hethersett and Horsford team with a special match last season to commemorate a Horsford player who had died. Now the teams will come together again in the spirit of football and friendship and to remember Lee who was involved in football in Hethersett for many years. 

Sport is Booming


Sport in Hethersett is booming with success for the football, cricket and cycle speedway clubs. To read about this click here. Hethersett Athletic hammered reigning Norwich Sunday League Champions Marlborough 7-3 at the weekend to go top of the league. To read about this visit the club's official website by clicking here. Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway held its annual club champinships. To read about this and other Hawks news click here.  Five players from Hethersett Athletic Ladies were in the Norfolk squad due to play Bedfordshire at Fakenham this week. Only two Norfolk clubs were featured in the 16-player squad with Norwich City Ladies providing 11.Hethersett players chosen were Nicola Bray, Emily Coates, Jemma Smythe, Nicola Stolworthy and Nikki Wigg.


Genealogy and a New Section


We receive lots of requests for information on family names. There is a special genealogy section on this site where you can read some of this research and also help people to find their ancestors. To access this click here. New postings include research into the names of Reynolds and Flowerdew. We have also started a new section called Can You Help where we are looking for help with queries sent to us. The section kicks off with a gentleman wanting details of Hethersett Races and another asking for information on a song that includes the immortal line "There was an old woman from Hethersett." To read about these queries click here



Happy Hour and Bookstart Bears

National Bookstart Day is being celebrated with a jungle party at libraries in Hethersett and Wymondham on Friday 5th October. There will be animal songs, stories and things to make and children will also have the opportunity to join the Bookcrawl. Bookcrawl aims to give young people a flying start to their reading lives by helping them to share and enjoy books. It is an incentive scheme which rewards children with stickers, certificates and a Bookstart Bear when they make repeat visits to the library. The jungle events are free and are suitable for children under five. They will take place in Hethersett Library from 10.30 to 11.30 a.m and in Wymondham Library from 1.30 to 2.30 p.m.Hethersett Library is also introducing a Thursday evening Happy Hour (alcohol free of course) when DVDs, videos and CDs can be hired on a two for the price of one basis between 6 and 7 p.m. More information is available from the library on 01603 810188.

Time for a Cockney Knees Up

A right old knees up is promised at Hethersett Social Club on 29th September when members and their guests will be able to enjoy a Cockney Night with the group Twice as Nice.There will be a prize for the best dressed cockney and food in keeping with the evening will be served.The club is holding a Children in Need charity evening on 16th November and an Elvis evening is also planned for 1st December with Micky J. King.Club memberships are still available from the club in Queen’s Road. To read about other coming social club events click here. To view a poster of the Cockney Night click here.


Ralph Holds a  Canaries Record

A Hethersett man still holds the record for the fastest goal ever scored at Carrow Road. Hethersett on the Web uncovers the fascinating story of Ralph "Ginger" Johnson whose chances of a glittering league career with the Canaries was destroyed by the onset of the Second World War. Ralph 123 goals in 107 games during the war years, including a goal in 10 seconds against Leyton Orient in 1946. Read the delightful story of Ralph's career by clicking here.


Hawks Reign Supreme

Hethersett Hawks Under-16 team has completed a unique achievement in adding the East Anglian Cup to Norfolk, South-East and British championships. To read about this latest triumph visit the Hawks' section of this web site by clicking here. This Saturday sees the club staging its own championships on the memorial Playing Field starting at 1 p.m. 



Quite A Knees Up

There will be quite a knees up at Hethersett Social Club on 29th September featuring Twice as Nice. To read about this and other coming social club events click here. To view a poster of the Cockney Night click here.


Horticultural Society's Annual Show


Hethersett Horticultural Society held its annual show in Hethersett Village Hall on Saturday 8th September. To find out who won what and to view photographs and a report of the event click here.


Coffee For Serbia

A coffee morning held at Marion Roberts Court, Hethersett, raised £439.35 for the Christmas Child appeal.The money came from coffee and cakes, the sale of toys and donations and will be put towards filling shoe boxes to send to needy children in Serbia at Christmas. For the full story click here. To read more about the charity click here.

Cooking Up The Past at Hethersett Library

There were some tasty reminders of days gone by when Hethersett Library opened up its doors for a Remember When afternoon on Saturday, 8th September. The afternoon took a nostalgic look at food of the past. To read a report and photographs of the event click here.


More Heat Dates

Hethersett’s Environmental Action Team is turning up the HEAT with a number of events over the next few months. Dates have also been set for next year's Hethersett in Bloom competition and Open Gardens Scheme. To read the latest news click here.


Allotment Plea Renewed

A Hethersett action group is still on the lookout for land as the cry for allotments in the village gathers pace. Over 40 people have expressed an interest in having an allotment and parish councillor Jackie Sutton, who is leading the hunt for land, is determined to make their wishes come true. To read the full story click here. 


Stunning Soccer Victories


Hethersett Athletic hit the goal trail on Sunday September 9th with the men's first team and the ladies team hammering 22 goals and conceding just one between them. The men took on Freemason's Arms in the first round of the Norfolk Senior Sunday Cup and annihilated the opposition 13-0 with hat-tricks for Lee Barrett (in the first half) and substitute Mark Siddell (in the second half). The Ladies team beat Royston 9-1 to record their first league victory of the season with a hat-trick for Emily Coates. The team are now up to seventh place in the Eastern Region Premier Division and just three points behind the leaders. For full reports and other club news visit the club's official web site by clicking here.



SAM to Help Fight Speeding

Hethersett could soon be using new technology to prevent motorists speeding in the village. The parish council is looking into the possibility of joining forces with Norfolk Police and Norfolk County Council to use new hi-tech equipment recently launched. Two vans equipped with electronic signs warning drivers to slow down have been made available to towns and parishes concerned about motorists breaking the speed limits. The SAM - or Speed Awareness Messages - units are being introduced by the Norfolk Camera Safety Partnership along with Norfolk Police and Norfolk County Council. The idea behind them is to put power into the hands of communities. Hethersett will be looking at various “hotspots” in the village and hoping that the new technology – which would be used for a set number of days – will make a difference. The SAM units involve measurement devices being placed at various locations in a village while an operator is based in a marked vehicle. The intention is to educate rather than punish drivers with anyone travelling within the limit rewarded with a positive symbol and those travelling above the limit shown a negative symbol.

Gary Signs Up

Hethersett Parish Council has reached its full complement of councillors following the co-option of Mr Gary Wyatt which brings the membership up to 13. Parish clerk Ian Weetman is available at the council office in the Village Hall on Mondays and Thursdays between 10 a.m and noon.

Residents and CCTV Fight Vandalism

Local residents and CCTV cameras are proving effective in fighting vandalism and nuisance at Hethersett Village Hall. Over the past few months police and members of the village hall committee have been able to view CCTV footage after problems at the hall. On one occasion CCTV helped track down vandals who had damaged the hall by kicking a ball against walls and roof. They were tracked down thanks to the cameras and the hall has been able to claim compensation from the offenders. On another occasion local residents reported noise and disturbance following a party at the hall. Once again CCTV provided evidence of rowdy behaviour late at night and the hall committee was able to withhold part of the group’s deposit. The village hall committee is now looking to upgrade the existing cameras. “The upgrade will make us even more effective. Improved CCTV will give us even better coverage. The message to would-be vandals is clearly you are being watched. Local residents and police are working together to reduce problems,” said Village Hall Secretary Fred Watkins.

Thirty Clubs Sign Up

The Hethersett Clubs and Societies Day on September 29th is assured of being a big success with 30 local groups and organisations taking part. The community groups present will cover social, educational, art, church and other leisure activities, giving members of the public the chance to chat with members and find out what activities are available in the village. The event takes place from 11 a.m to 4 p.m in Hethersett Village Hall and is being organised by the parish council. “There will be something for everyone from pre-school to pensioners,” said Hethersett parish clerk Ian Weetman. Refreshments will be provided during the day by Hethersett Women’s Institute and entry is free.

Fly Posting Problems

Hethersett Parish Council is concerned at an increase in fly posting in the village. Events are being advertised at various places throughout the village, but notices and posters are being left up long after the events have passed. “We would appreciate it if notices could be taken down after events have taken place,” said parish clerk Ian Weetman. The parish council has a number of noticeboards throughout the village in Churchfields, at the Village Hall, at the Memorial Playing Field and near the post office.

Plea for Consideration

Irresponsible parking on verges is once again proving a problem in Hethersett. “The situation is not getting any better and cars parked on verges and pavements are making life difficult for the elderly and those with visual impairment,” said Hethersett parish council clerk Ian Weetman. The problem is throughout the village and not just in the centre. “It’s a problem throughout the village and a lot of the problem is caused by people who do not show consideration for others,” said parish council member Fred Watkins, adding that often people leave vehicles on the road rather than put them in their drives. The parish council is also concerned about overhanging branches making it difficult for pedestrians.

Handbook Almost Ready

A new edition of the Hethersett Handbook is close to completion. It is hoped to have copies on sale at the clubs and societies event in Hethersett Village Hall on September 29th. The handbook gives details of services and groups available within the village and also includes a map. Details from the handbook will also appear in due course on this site.

Raising a Cup


People throughout South Norfolk will be raising their cups on September 28th to join in The World's Largest Coffee Morning which aims to raise money for the MacMillan Cancer Support charity. To read all about it and how you can get involved click here. And did you know that the charity's only shop is in Hethersett?


Who is St Remi?

People of Hethersett will be able to learn more about the parish church’s patron saint with two special services. St Remigius is named after a relatively little known saint who was better known as Remi, the Bishop of Rheims who baptised the first Christian king of France. On Sunday 30th September a United Benifice Festival communion will be held at 10.30 a.m and on Monday 1st October there will be a holy communion service at 9.30 a.m which will take the place of the usual morning prayers. This year’s harvest festival service in the parish church will take place at 10.30 a.m on Sunday 7th October. A working party at the church has cut back vegetation in front of the hard standing area in the car park and funds are still being raised for the Church Repair and Development Appeal. A summer evening buffet raised £502 and a further £950 has been raised from the sale of books through the Amazon internet site.

Stunning Victory


Hethersett Athletic Football Club opened its league campaign with a stunning 5-1 victory over Delaneys. Hethersett have high hopes of winning the Norwich Sunday League Premier Division title this season for the first time in the club's history, having been pipped to the post last season. Two goals from new signing Stuart Halton, two from Lee Barrett and one from Chris Steele saw them home against Delaneys. This coming Sunday Athletic kick off their County Cup Campaign with a visit to Freemasons Arms in the first round.


Logo Controversy


Should South Norfolk Council have a re-vamped logo or is it simply a waste of rate-payers money? Those are the questions posed by an article in the local newspaper The Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury after an announcement that the authority is considering "refreshing" its logo. It has been labelled a "futile exercise" and a waste of money by opponents but as a way of brining the council's image into the 21st Century by supporters. You can read the article by visiting the newspaper's official web site by clicking here. Let us know what your thoughts are by e-mailing us by clicking here or by leaving a message on this site's noticeboard. Comments will be passed on to the district council


County Champions


Riders from Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club have met with yet more success with David Martin and Jazz Abbot being crowned Norfolk Senior and Under-19 Champions respectively. For full details visit the Hawks section on this site by clicking here.


Super Sixes and So Much More


Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club's successful season just goes on and on. Over the past week they have made sure of three league titles, been beaten finalists in a knockout cup and held a very successful super sixes fund-raising event. For details of these click here and for results from throughout the season click here.


Internet Taster Sessions


A number of internet taster sessions are being arranged at Hethersett library for October, November and December dealing with such diverse subjects as on-line shopping and family history research. To read about them click here.


Players Date


Hethersett Players will be starting rehearsals in early September for their annual variety evening, which takes place on 9th and 10th November. The group is always pleased to welcome new members and they can be e-mailed by clicking here. For more details of the variety show and an appeal for helpers both on and off stage click here.



Heavy Marrows and Decorated Wellies


Hethersett and District Horticultural Society will be holding its annual show on 8th September in the Village Hall in Back Lane.  This year there are four classes open to both members and non-members – a tray of garden produce, “the heaviest marrow”, a scarecrow (life-sized) and a decorated wellie (adult size).  Entries need to be submitted on Thursday 6th September at the Methodist Church rooms between 7 and 8.30pm and details can be obtained from the Show Secretary on Norwich 811271.  Besides the exhibits of produce there will be an exhibition of the work of the village’s environmental action group (HEAT), a demonstration of hand-made greeting cards, a plant sale, an exhibition of metal-working and refreshments.  The Chair of South Norfolk District Council, Councillor Joe Mooney, has agreed to present the prizes at 3.45pm.  Surplus produce will be auctioned at the close.  


Impressive Results for Schools


GCSE results have been impressive at two Hethersett schools. To read about them click here.

Coming Events

Want to know what's going on in the village. Then go to our What's On section which you can access by clicking here. If you have an event you would like to be featured just send details of place, time and any other relevant information via e-mail by clicking here.


New Wing Is Opened


A new £1.5 million wing has been opened at Hethersett Hall to increase the number of residents who are either frail, elderly or suffering from dementia to 70. The home is owned by Barchester Healthcare. The new wing includes 12 additional beds for the frail and elderly and 14 for dementia sufferers. It includes private rooms, a communal and dining area, nurse stations and a kitchen that residents can use themselves. The home caters for residents aged from 65 upwards.


Founders of the New World


Records show that the first white baby to be born in the new world of Australia may well have been to a Hethersett woman who was transported to the colony after a life of crime in England. Come with us into the fascinating 18th century world of Elizabeth Pulley. To read this historic story click here.



Christmas Is Coming


It may still be summer but local charity Christmas Child is already looking to make Christmas special for children in Serbia. To read about a special church service and a coffee morning for the charity click here.


Going Back in Style


Remember those old style butchers' shops and when ice creams seemed to taste that much creamier. If so why not go along to Hethersett Library on 8th September between 2.30 p.m to 4 p.m to share your memories on a nostalgic trip through the world of food and drink. It's free and refreshments will be provided.


Local Heroes - Making a Difference


Prime Minister Gordon Brown is on the lookout for local heroes - the men and women who work tirelessly within the community to make it a better place. The PM wants to change to honours' system to recognise more the work of these people and has contacted local newspapers to outline exactly how this can be achieved. To read his letter and see how you can nominate Hethersett people click here. To read our comments on this click here.



Compost Day to Improve Village

Hethersett’s Environmental Action Team (HEAT) will be holding a compost day on 22nd September to further enhance the look of the village. A variety of composts and manures will be mixed at the home of HEAT member George Beckford in Grove Road and then sacks will be filled and transported to various locations in the village to be spread on planted beds by volunteers. Full details of the day will be discussed at HEAT’s next meeting which will take place on 5th September at 8 p.m in Hethersett Methodist Church. The group’s next village litter pick will take place at Saturday 1st September. New volunteers will be very welcome and the group will meet outside the Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Tabards, gloves, sacks and litter picking equipment will be supplied. For more information on HEAT click here

Coffee Morning to help Serbian Children

A coffee morning is being held in the hall and grounds of Marion Roberts Court in Mill Road, Hethersett, on 6th September to raise funds for Operation Christmas Child. The event will include a raffle, tombola, cake stall, toys and book sale and bric-a-brac and funds raised will go towards the filling and transportation of shoe boxes which will be sent to children living in the poorer areas of Serbia this Christmas. Once again the boxes will be overseen by Shirley Adams and new leaflets, DVDs and videos of the operation will be available shortly.

Concern at Overgrown Hedges

Hethersett Parish Council has expressed its concern about the problems caused in the village by overhanging hedges. The council has asked residents to ensure that hedges are trimmed back off footpaths and pavements and will be carrying out an inspection and writing to residents whose hedges are causing a problem. Their concern has been echoed by Hethersett and the Meltons Road Safety Committee. The group is particularly concerned about the problem in the Queen’s Road and Henstead Road area which poses a problem for pedestrians.

La Dolce Vita

A 10 week course looking at “Italy on Film” is being organised at Hethersett High School for the Workers Educational Association (WEA). The course will discuss how Italian society, history, culture and identity has been represented in its films.It starts on 20th September and enrolment takes place on that evening from 7 p.m. The cost of the course is £40 or £28 for concessions.


New Chair for Hethersett Parish Council

Charlotte Land is the new chair of Hethersett Parish Council, replacing George Beckford who has stepped down. To see who is on the new council and read Charlotte's aims for the future and a tribute to George's outstanding contribution to village life click here.


Peruvian Trek in Memory of Janet


On the left Ralph and Janet Cross and on the right Simon who will be undertaking a gruelling trek to raise money for research into MS


Former Hethersett resident Simon Cross is undertaking a gruelling trek in September to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Simon's mother Janet died last November after suffering from MS for over eight years. Simon's dad Ralph still lives in the village. To read about Simon's Inca trail click here.  News update: A barbecue at Ralph's home in Henstead Road raised  £1,400 towards Simon's target.


Clubs and Societies Day

The public will learn more about voluntary groups in Hethersett when the parish holds another clubs and societies day in September. The last such event was held three years ago and proved extremely popular. Due to space availability the event, which will be held in the Village Hall and run from 11 a.m to 4 p.m on Saturday 29th September, will be restricted to 36 non profit making organisations from the village. A few spaces are still available and can be booked by contacting parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 811490.

Reminisce Here


We are always looking for memories of the village and its people. So if you would like to be featured in a new section being built, please contact the editor by phone on 01603 811052 or by leaving an e-mail by clicking here. We are hoping to introduce a number of sections for memories and would be particularly interested in hearing from anybody with memories of the Methodist Church or its people for a project being organised by our sister site which can be viewed by clicking here. A new section of this site for reminiscences has been set-up and this can be viewed by clicking here.


New Groups Added


Over the coming months we will be featuring more and more of the village groups and organisations. You can now read the monthly reports from Hethersett Horticultural Society by clicking here and the Women's Institute by clicking here. Don't worry if you missed any of the stories or information as we have set up a news archive which can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link below. 


We are in the process of setting up a new community section of Hethersett on the Web where various groups from the village will have their own presence. The first to be set-up will be Woodside First School. If you wish to have your group or organisation represented in this section just contact me via e-mail by clicking here. You can go to the community section by clicking here.



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