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The Following stories were featured on the site in September 2009

Youth Club Re-Opens - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club was officially re-opened at the end of September. To read about the club's special day click here.
West End Tenor - West End Tenor Benjamin Lake has moved to Hethersett and will be appearing at Hethersett Village Hall at the beginning of November. We met up with Ben. To read how he is just a shadow of his former self click here
Big Attraction - A Hethersett hair salon has celebrated two decades of business with a party for its customers. To read about Attractions birthday party click here
Library Games Morning - The years rolled back at Hethersett Library as young and old got to grips with games from the past. To read about this click here.

East Anglian Champion - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club has a new East Anglian champion.  Dan Chambers won a sudden-death race-off against George Solomon from Ipswich to take the Under-16 title at Hethersett.  He had scored 19 points, the same as Solomon, but won the race-off. Several Hethersett riders also represented Norfolk in recent matches against Suffolk. To read all the news from the Hawks visit their official web site by clicking here.

Internet Taster Sessions at Hethersett Library - A number of new taster internet and computer sessions are being arranged for Hethersett Library over the winter months. To read about these click here

Green Hethersett Newsletter - The latest newsletter from the Green Hethersett group has been distributed. To see an electronic copy of this click here. The publication includes the first in a series of village walks. It also includes details of an "adopt a bed" scheme aimed at further enhancing the look of the village.


Big Day for Youth Club - It will be a big day in the history of Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club this Saturday (September 26th) with an official re-opening ceremnoy by television personality Julie Reinger. We will be at the event and will bring you a full report and photographs.


Ladies and Girls Football is Thriving - Ladies and Girls football is thriving in the village. Hethersett Athletic Football Club is currently running two adult ladies teams and girls teams at Under-17 and Under-14 levels. On Sunday the Ladies first team became the first this season to beat Barking in the Eastern Region Premier Division and the Ladies Hearts team began their league season in the Norfolk Ladies League with a 5-0 win over UEA. The Under-17s hammered Freethorpe 9-0. To read all the news from the village football club visit its official web site by clicking here.


Rubbish Dump Concern - Hethersett residents are being urged not to dump general rubbish at the village’s two mini recycling centres. The latest Hethersett Newsletter distributed by Hethersett Parish Council points out that arranging removal of general rubbish causes unnecessary work for the Memorial Playing Field and Village Hall Management committees and also additional costs for the district council. “There are mini recycling centres at the Memorial Playing Field and Village Hall which cater for bottle and clothing disposal only. Most visitors use them appropriately but there have been an increasing number of incidents when general rubbish of all sorts has been dumped,” the newsletter states.


For Youth Club Funds - This summer’s Hethersett open gardens' scheme, which saw 16 gardens open to the public, raised £580 which has been donated to Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club. The event will be repeated next year with consideration being give to longer opening time.


Dog Owners' Club Idea - Hethersett is considering setting up a dog owners club in the village. The club could be responsible for issuing dog bags, but also represent the interests of dog owners in the community and explore areas of common interest and mutual benefit. The idea has been put forward by Hethersett Parish Council following the shortage of supplies of “doggy bags” “Regular users of the dog bag service will be aware that none are currently available from either Bunches and Munches or the Library until South Norfolk District Council supplies further stocks in October and the parish council is looking into the demand for a dog owners’ club in the village,” said parish clerk Ian Weetman. Anybody interested in forming a group can contact Mr Weetman on 01603 810915 or by e-mail by clicking here


Invitation to Hethersett High School - Hethersett High School is holding an open evening on October 7th from 7.m. The evening is for parents who are considering Hethersett High School for their children. Although it is aimed primarily at the Year 6 students any parent with a child in lower years who would like to attend will be very welcome. There will be activities and displays in all the subject areas, as well as a brief talk from the new Headteacher  Kerry Jordan. 


Green Hethersett Newsletter - The latest newsletter from the Green Hethersett group has been distributed. To see an electronic copy of this click here. The publication includes the first in a series of village walks.


Annual Show - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society held its 2009 annual show at Hethersett Village Hall with plenty of entries and visitors during the afternoon. For photographs and a list of winners click here. 


Concert Fund-raiser - The concert held in July in St Remigius Church, Hethersett, in memory and celebration of the life of local environmentalist George Beckford raised £450 which has been split between Hethersett Society, Hethersett Environmental Action Team and the parish church. The concert featured members of George's family and the Poringland Singers.


Reduce, Re-use and Re-cycle - In the best Blue Peter tradition, youngsters spent a morning making props for a play from re-cycled material. To read about this and view photographs of the event click here. Many of the props were used in a short play in Hethersett Village Hall. To read about this click on the same link.

For the Children - A coffee morning at Marion Roberts Court, Hethersett, raised £420 for Operation Christmas Child and delighted local organiser Shirley Adams. "It was a wonderful result and I am so grateful to everyone for making the morning such a success. This means even more boxes can be sent this Christmas. I would just like to thank all my helpers, the manager, staff and residents of Marion Roberts Court for the marvellous support. We had one person turn up with two full bags after reading about the coffee morning in the newspaper," Shirley said. Shirley and husband John are already collecting shoeboxes full of goodies for under-privileged children in Serbia at their Park Drive, Hethersett, home and the process will be gathering pace up to just before Christmas when the boxes are taken to a distribution centre in Norwich before going to Serbia. The word is now being spread and leaflets are being placed in post offices, shops and churches in and around Hethersett and Wymondham. "Very shortly we will be in full swing again. This year we can include chocolate and sweets in the boxes providing they have a sell by date of later than March 2010," Shirley added. More details about the charity and the shoe boxes is available from Shirley on 01603 810323.

French Invasion - An unwelcome visitor looks as if it has found its way to Hethersett from North America via France. To read about a virulent weed found in a horticulturalist's garden click here


Reduce, Re-use and Re-cycle - In the best Blue Peter tradition, youngsters spent a morning making props for a play from re-cycled material. To read about this and view photographs of the event click here.

Loss of E-Mails -  I have been suffering a recent problem with e-mails which has meant re-setting my accounts. This has led to the loss of a number of e-mails on village web site related matters. If you have contacted me over the past two months regarding small ads or information for the site could I ask you to re-send details by clicking here. - Peter Steward


Ben Bounces Back - Tenor Benjamin Lake is on his way back to Hethersett. The singer proved very popular with his variety of material and infectious personality on his last appearance and has decided to put on another one man show at Hethersett Village Hall on Sunday November 1st. Ben moved to Norfolk in February and says he is loving village life. We will have more details of the concert and an interview with Ben shortly.


It's Showtime - Hethersett and District Horticultural Society is holding its Annual Show on Saturday 12th September at 2pm in the Hethersett Village Hall in Back Lane and is keen to attract new people to gardening as a hobby. "We are always keen to attract new people to gardening and have provided separate opportunities within our Annual show's entry classes" for them to participate. Beginners can enter a tray of garden produce; a heaviest marrow; nine cherry tomatoes, five dessert apples; a specimen rose, a jam Victoria sponge cake, a family photo from a negative or a digital photo of Norfolk skies," said Leslie Dale from the society. Entries for the show have to be in by 7 p.m on Thursday 10th September at the Methodist Church Hall meeting room. Further details are available from Marilyn Savory on 01603 811271. In addition to all the member and non member competition classes for flowers, vegetables and home cooking, the show will also feature an exhibition about bees staged by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. The event will also be joined by the Norfolk Winemakers Guild who will be holding its annual show on the village hall stage. Entry to both shows is 50p and refreshments will be available


Adult Education Classes - A number of adult education courses have been lined up for the Autumn in Hethersett. Woodside Infants and Nursery School will be the venue on Tuesday nights from 15th September for 12 weeks for Hartha Yoga sessions from 6.15 to 7.45 p.m and 8 to 9.30 p.m. The cost will be £76 (£38 for those on benefit).Hethersett Old Hall School will have swimming and aquafit classes throughout the week for 10 weeks from 14th September. These will be: Monday - swimming beginners (11-11.45 a.m), aquafit all abilities (11.45- 12.30), swimming improvers (12.30-1.15). Tuesday - Swimming beginners and improvers (7-7.45 p.m), aquafit all abilities (7.45-8.30 p.m). Thursday - Aquafit all abilites (7.30-8.15 p.m). Friday - Aquafit all abilities (10-10.45 a.m and 10.45 -11.30 a.m). Class fees are £32 (£16). Places can be booked through the Norfolk Adult Education web site by clicking here  or by telephoning 0344 800 8002.


Rolling Back the Years - Hethersett Library will be rolling back the years on 26th September with an historic games event. Bagatelle, shove ha’penny and tiddlywinks will be just some of the retro games as the venue looks back at how we filled our time in the 1950s and 60s. “The focus of Norfolk History Month this year is games and pastimes and I thought it would be fun to offer people of all ages the chance to re-acquaint themselves with some bygone games,” said community librarian Ben Miller. All are welcome irrespective of age and the event, for which booking is not essential, will run from 10.30 a.m until 1.30 p.m. Many of the games will come to the library from the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service.


Reduce, Re-use and Re-cycle - Hethersett Library will be making props for a community play from re-cycled material at a special Reduce, Re-use and Re-cycle event on 3rd September from 10 a.m until noon. The event is suitable for children aged 7 to 11. Children under-8 must be accompanied by an adult and booking on 01603 810 188 is essential. The props will then be used in a performance at Hethersett Village Hall at 6.30 p.m on Wednesday 9th September. To help with the event Hethersett Library is looking for plastic carrier bags, cardboard boxes including cereal boxes, plastic drinks bottles and cardboard tubes.