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Archive News - September 2011

The following articles appeared on the site in September 2011

Unusual Exhibition - St Remigius Parish Church is playing host this week to a very unusual and thought provoking art display that is both challenging and rewarding. The exhibition is part of the Rootfinder Festival, nine days of celebrations designed to help people focus on their family roots, their spiritual roots and their route through life. Rootfinder continues until October 2nd.  Rector of Hethersett Rev Di Lammas has written a special article for this site which highlights the various events taking place. You can read about this by clicking here. Click on the same link to read a report of the church exhibition and click here here to see a gallery of photographs of the event.


Sporting Dates - Hethersett will again be underlining its sporting prowess by marking the London 2012 Olympics with a number of special events in 2012. The Village's extremely popular Olympic weekend will take place from 22nd to 24th June and details of the full programme will appear on this site as soon as we have them. A special come and try it sports evening will be held in the village on Wednesday 30th May and once again full details will appear here as soon as we have them. Hethersett will again be entering the South Norfolk Village Games on 10th June and hoping to reach the county finals which will be on 15th July. This year Hethersett were runners-up in the whole of Norfolk. Meanwhile the next meeting of Hethersett Olympic Committee will take place at Park Farm Hotel on October 13th and the next meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association will be at Park Farm on November 28th.All interested in sport, fitness, health and the environment are welcome at the sports association. An agenda for the meeting can be viewed by clicking here.


Bible Reading - BBC Television personality and journalist Stewart White will be reading extracts from the 1611 Authorised Version of the Bible at a special event in St Remigius Church on Friday October 7th at 7.45 p.m. The event will also include hymn singing.


Historic Talk - Norwich Pubs Past and Present was the subject of a talk and slideshow by Michael and Frances Holmes at Hethersett Library. The couple featured many of the city’s best known pubs from the days when  Norwich boasted over 450 establishments, through the war years and the bombings, the demise of many licensed establishments and the swinging sixties to the present day. They featured many of the city’s great pub characters including Black Anna from the Jolly Butchers in Ber Street. Michael and Frances are members of the independent group Norwich Heritage Projects which aims to combine local historical resources and expertise with modern technology with a specific project being undertaken each year. Norwich Pubs and Breweries is the 2011 project.


Village SOS - The Big Lottery Fund in conjunction with the BBC has launched a new initiative aimed at helping villages set up community businesses. Businesses can be anything from selling local produce, setting up a community bus service or campaigning to save local shops and businesses. The initiative follows on from a BBC TV Series that has followed the fortunes fo six innovative village enterprises funded by the Big Lottery Fund. These include creating an artisan bakery in a renovated water mill in Wales, turning an old church into an arts centre and library in Lincolnshire, setting up a cookery school in the Peak District, reinvigorating a local pub by a Wiltshire canal, creating a new range of herbal gifts in Wales and creating a country park with a carp lake in a Nottinghamshire mining village. Advice on how to get grants is available from the village SOS web site which can be viewed by clicking here.


Wendy Takes Over - After many years of collecting shoeboxes for distribution to under-privileged youngsters in Serbia, John and Shirley Adams have moved from Hethersett and this year's collection is being organised by Wendy Richter of 7, Melton Close, Wymondham. This year's campaign is underway and Wendy can be contacted on 01953 600294. Filled boxes can also be left at Bartrams Funeral Directors in either Wymondham or Hethersett. If boxes are left at either Bartrams Wendy would be grateful for names and adress or contact numbers to be included so the gifts can be acknowledged.


Village Development Exhibition - Hundreds of villagers turned up for the public exhibition to study plans for the future of Hethersett. Hethersett Land Ltd unveiled its "Vision of Hethersett" at the Methodist Church, To read about what is envisaged for the village click here. If you have any comments on the proposed new development (either for or against) please e-mail them by clicking here and we will put them on this site. Please state clearly whether you wish your name to be used or whether you wish to stay anonymous. To view a poster for the event click here. The Norwich Evening News ran a story on this and you can view it by clicking here.You can also read a report of the exhibition event by clicking here. A number of stories on the development have appeared in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury recently. View these by clicking here and here. Hethersett Parish Council is also opposing further development plans for houses to be built on land between Wymondham and Hethersett. You can read about this by clicking here.

Hannah's Campaign - A student nurse from Hethersett is backing a campaign to roll out a nation-wide vaccine against meningitis after suffering the disease herself. Read about Hannah Shelton's campaign in a story that was featured in the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury by clicking here.

Hethersett WI Programme - Hethersett Women's Institute has lined up a full programme of events for 2012 and you can view a poster of these by clicking here. Speaker at the group's next meeting on October 17th, 2011 in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall will be Geoffrey Hodson on "The Ugly Duckling and His Shadow." To find out more about this meeting please view a poster by clicking here.

Infrastructure Shopping List - Communities in South Norfolk, including Hethersett, have been urged to draw up an infrastructure shopping list as a result of a windfall from the building of thousands of new houses. A new Community Infrastructure Levy will be imposed on the building of new homes from next year. Hethersett is due to get 1,000 new homes as part of the greater Norwich development scheme. To read the full story from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury newspaper click here.

Development Exhibition - A public exhibition outlining how the village will look with an additional 1,000 houses is being held on September 22nd in Hethersett Methodist Church from 4 until 8 p.m. Hethersett Land Ltd will be unveiling its "Vision of Hethersett" which includes a new primary school, an extension to the high school, playing fields, sports pitches and landscaping. To view a poster for the event click here. The Norwich Evening News ran a story on this and you can view it by clicking here.

Green Space Group - Hethersett Parish Council has set-up a special group to look into the best use of green space in the village. The Green Spaces Group will be working in association with the Memorial Playing Field Trust, Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) and the Hethersett Olympic Committee. All of these groups come under the auspices of the parish council. A public meeting is being held at Woodside First School on Thursday, 3rd November at 7.30 p.m to discuss the village's approach to green space in general and to look specifically at the Memorial Playing Field. Further details on this event are available by e-mailing here or phoning parish councillor Simon Floyd on 01603 814171. To see a flyer about the meeting and the new group click here.

Free Health Check - Boots Pharmacy in Hethersett, in partnership with NHS Norfolk, is taking part in a new disease prevention programme and inviting people aged between 40 and 74 for a free health check which includes the following: Blood pressure measurement, height and weight, a lifestyle assessment to discuss diet and lifestyle, a cholesterol and blood sugar level check. The checks will be carried out by one of the pharmacy staff and will take about 30 minutes. Appointments can be made on 01603 810906

Rootfinder Celebrations - Nine days of Rootfinder Celebrations to help people focus on their family roots, their spiritual roots and their route through life will be taking place in the village from September 24th until October 2nd. Rector of Hethersett Rev Di Lammas has written a special article for this site which highlights the varius events taking place. You can read about this by clicking here.

Another Show Success - The 2011 Hethersett Horticultural Society Show has been heralded a success with entries on the increase. To see who won what and photographs from the event click here
Uniformly Smart - Many pupils of Hethersett High School returned after the summer holidays sporting new school uniforms. To read about pupils' pride in their new look click here.

Close to a Giantkilling - Hethersett came within four points of causing a major upset in the finals of the Norfolk Village Games at the UEA Sports Park at the weekend. Hethersett, who reached the finals by winning the South Norfolk Village Games, finished runners-up to Downham Market in the section for Large Villages and Market Towns. In the final Hethersett came up against North Walsham, Swaffham, Gorleston, Aylsham and Downham Market. “It was a fantastic achievement for Hethersett as we were competing against much large market towns and were the only village to reach the finals of this section of the competition. This underlines the wealth of sporting talent we have in the village,” said village sports co-ordinator Peter Steward. Nine sports and games were featured in the finals with Hethersett winning the tennis, Watt Bikes challenge and rounders. Other events included archery, badminton, darts, five a side football, short mat bowls and table tennis. “Earlier this year we launched a sports association in Hethersett and the Meltons and we are hoping that our success in the village games will lead to improved awareness and facilities for sport, fitness, recreation and well being in the three villages. Next year we will be looking to go one better and become the top sporting village in Norfolk,” Peter Steward added. Hethersett was the only one of the six teams to compete in all the events on finals day. Final scores were: Downham Market 68, Hethersett 64, Gorleston 62, North Walsham 32, Swaffham 30, Aylsham 23. Our village came third in archery, fourth in badminton, first in tennis, second in football, third in darts, second in short mat bowls, first in rounders, first in Watt Bikes, third in Table Tennis.

Heritage Walk - Hethersett joined in with the 2011 Norwich Heritage Open Weekend organised by the Heritage, Economic and Regeneration Trust. A guided viewing of some of the village's historic buildings took place under the leadership of village archivist Bill Reekie. Local historian Chris Barringer also showed people round St Remigius Church. An album of photos from the walk can be viewed by clicking here. Buildings taken in included Wood Hall, The King's Head, The Queen's Head and Norfolk Fire HQ.

Super Fun - Hethersett and Tas Valley held its annual Super Sixes family fun competition on Bank Holiday Monday. Ten teams took part with youth team players playing alongside adult first teamers in a competition designed to be fun rather than serious. Winners were Asian Sensations who beat the Wigsters by five wickets in the final. The event raised £750 for club funds. Hethersett and Tas Valley Third team finished second from bottom of the Norfolk League Division Seven with an average of 12.27 points per game. They won four and lost seven of their 14 matches with the other three producing no result due to bad weather. The Seconds avoided relegation from Division Four by the skin of their teeth. Cromer B’s win over Mundford at the weekend saw them leapfrog above both Hethersett and Norwich B with Hethersett staying up by virtue of more wins than the Norwich side.

Road Closures - Refurbishment work on an electricity line by National Grid will see the closure of two Hethersett Roads for over three weeks in September. Burnthouse Lane and Colney Lane will be closed from the junctions with Back Lane and Braymeadow Lane to the junctions with Little Melton Road and Back Lane between  1st and 23rd September. Diversions will be in place during these periods. National Grid say the closures are for essential refurbishment work on the high voltage electricity transmission line which runs for 80km between Norwich and Walpole. The line, which was constructed in the late 1960s, is nearing the end of its operational life and needs to be refurbished and upgraded.


Social Club Dates - Hethersett Social Club will be showing live football matches on its big screen. These events will be open to all members and non members will have to either join the club or pay £3 admission on the door. The club has also announced its latest live music attractions which are September 3rd Twice as Nice Cockney Night; October 8th, Heat; October 15th, Stylotones; October 30th, Halloween Party with Chris Watt disco; November 5th, Blues Brothers; November 12th, Wypeout; November 26th Coupe de Ville.

Horticultural Show - This year's annual Hethersett and District Horticultural Society Show will take place in the Village Hall on Saturday, 10th September. There are a number of classes for non members and you can read about these by clicking here.

Harvest Festival Services - Hethersett and the Meltons will be celebrating Harvest Festival over the next few weeks. The first in a series of Harvest Festival services in the three villages will take place in Great Melton Church on Sunday (September 11th) at 10.30 a.m. The following Sunday sees a Songs of Harvest Praise followed by a light lunch in Little Melton Church at 10.30 a.m and then there will be a festival service in Hethersett Parish Church at 10.30 a.m on September 25th followed at 6.30 p.m by Songs of Harvest Praise and a finger buffet. Hethersett Methodist Church’s Harvest Festival will be celebrated on September 25th with all age worship led by Jean Larner at 10 a.m and evening holy communion at 6.30 p.m led by the Rev Derek Grimshaw.

Searching for the Beast -Beast Quest fans will be well catered for at Hethersett Library on September 24th with a fun event from 11 a.m until midday. Quizzes and the chance to win Beast Quest goodies will be part of the programme which is suitable for children aged seven and above. There will also be the chance to learn about mythical beasts from the past and a chance to create a chimera. On September 29th Michael and Frances Holmes will be giving a talk at the library entitled “Norwich Pubs Past and Present” – a nostalgic journey from the 1920s to the present day. To book places in either event call 01603 810188. 

Rehearsals Set to Begin - Hethersett Singers begin rehearsals on September 14th for their annual Christmas concert. Rehearsals start at 8 p.m in Hethersett High School Drama Studio and the concert will contain a varied programme of seasonal music including John Rutter's Magnificat. The choir is open to all and no auditions are required. Anyone interested in joining can turn up at the first rehearsal of ring 01603 810449 for further details.