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Archive News - September 2012

The following articles appeared on the site in September 2012

Rector Says Farewell - The Rector of Hethersett, the Rev Di Lammas led her final service on September 30th before her retirement. Hethersett on the web interviewed Di in the week leading up to her retirement and you can read the story sent to the local Media by clicking here. A fuller interview where Di talks about conquering depression, being single and her memories of Hethersett is available by clicking here. Her last service was a sung Eucharist for Hethersett, Little Melton and Great Melton in St Remigius' Church and this will be followed by a buffet lunch. You can read a report of this by clicking here. You can read the story on the Wymondham Mercury news site by clicking here.

Parish Council Vacancies - There are currently two vacancies on Hethersett Parish Council following the recent resignations of vice-chair Jackie Sutton and Simon Floyd. Both are moving away from the village. Notices of the vacancies will shortly be posted in the village. This will result in an election if more than two people put their names forward. If less than two people step forward the council will have the right to co-opt new councillors.


Open Weekend 2013 - Hethersett's Open Weekend 2013 will be held from July 5th to 7th, 2013. A new Hethersett Olympic Legacy group has been set-up in the village to carry on the work of the former Hethersett Olympic Committee. Events already lined up for Open Weekend include the ever popular Saturday sport in the park event and the Sunday morning run the square two mile funrun. More events will be announced over the next few months and we will keep you updated on this site.


Sporting Chances - Hethersett and the Meltons will once again illustrate their commitment to sport and fitness over the next 12 months with entries in a variety of Active Norfolk organised events. Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association will be overseeing entries from the villages in a number of competitions from golf and netball to ultimate Frisbee and handball. First up will be the Active Norfolk golf competition on November 4th and this will be followed by the Alternative Norfolk Village Games at the UEA Sports Park on January 27th where Hethersett and the Meltons will be entering teams in volleyball, dodgeball, handball and ultimate frisbee. Next on the Hethersett and Meltons agenda will be a county netball competition at Dereham Neatherd High School on April 28th and the South Norfolk Village Games at Framingham Earl on June 9th where Hethersett will be defending the title in the large villages section which they have won for the last two years. If they are successful again they will take part in the county finals at the UEA Sports Park on July 14th. Other sporting events lined-up in Hethersett include a come and try event for all ages on the Memorial Field on May 22nd 


Award for Running Group - Hethersett Social Running Group has won a prestigious award in recognition of its efforts to promote athletics. The club was started in April by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association and regularly attracts up to 30 people at its Thursday night sessions on Hethersett Junior School. Now the club has been named the Run England Group of the Year in the East Regional Volunteer Awards. The club is about to take a winter break but a new beginners' group will be launched in April to work alongside the existing group. For more information on the group visit its web site by clicking here. You can read an article that has appeared in the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Players Delight - Hethersett Players have produced one of their best performances with An Evening With The Musicals which enjoyed a three night run in Hethersett Village Hall from September 27th to 29th. You can read a review of the evening by clicking here.


Running Academy To Be Set-Up - Further to our story above, Hethersett could soon have its own athletics academy for 8 to 12 year olds. Local athletics coach Ron Marsh was involved with the setting up of the Hethersett Social Running Group and was so impressed by the success of attracting people of all ages and standards that he is now looking to set up a special children's academy in the village. He already has one at East Harling and is looking to expand the idea. The academy will meet weekly for about an hour and include basic athletics training along with sessions on sports psychology and discipline all aimed at the 8 to 12 age range and helping with their personal development. Parents and carers will also be able to take part. Anybody interested in joining the academy (session times and venues still have to be arranged) can contact this web site by e-mailing here and we will pass on messages to Coach Ron. You can also read more on this story by clicking here.


Village Pantomime 2013 - Hethersett Pantomime Group will be presenting their latest version of Cinderella in Hethersett Village Hall from January 12th to 19th, 2013. There will be matinees at 2.30 p.m on January 12th and 19th (tickets £5) and evening performances on the 12th, 14th, 15th and 16th (tickets £5), the 17th and 18th (tickets £6) and the 19th (tickets £7). Tickets will be available from November 5th by ringing 01603 812928 or 01603 811481.


Overhanging Trees/Branches - Hethersett Parish Council has appealed to residents to trim back trees and shrubs following complaints: "The parish council is asking any resident whose trees or shrubs overhang the footway or obscure street lights to trim them back. By doing so they will be helping to improve the environment of the village and make it a safer place for footway and road users," parish clerk Ian Weetman writes in the latest edition of the Good News Parish Magazine. The council is also concerned at an increase in fly posting around the village. "The parish council does not approve of fly posting and posters will be removed," Mr Weetman said.


Aspiring Artists - The next exhibition by the Hethersett Aspiring Artists Group will take place in Hethersett Village Hall from 10.30 until 4 p.m on October 21st. Entry is free and refreshments will be on sale.


Roof Fund-raisers - Over £93,000 is needed to repair the roof on St Remigius Parish Church, Hethersett. This means that the church will be applying for grants to prevent parishioners having to play "dodge the bucket" as water comes into the building when it rains. The Parochial Church Council has decided that all fund-raising events for the forseeable future will go towards repairing the nave roof. To this end a new fund-raising committee has been set-up. We will have details of their fund-raising events as and when they happen. Pictured opposite is the presentation of a cheque from the summer flower festival in the church. To read more about this click here


Harvest Festival - This year's Harvest Festival Service in St Remigius Church, will take place at 10.30 a.m on October 7th when the Archdeacon of Norfolk will speak at an all age service. Gifts of produce will support the work of Norwich Food Bank and Norwich Night Shelter.



Archive Request - The Hethersett Village Archive has grown to such an extent that it can no longer be stored in Hethersett Library. As a result the most valuable items will relocate to the Archive Centre at County Hall. The rest of the collection is too large to fit into Hethersett Village Hall so village archivist Bill Reekie is looking for an alternative storage venue. Bill is looking for a secure storage area within the village. Anybody able to supply such can contact this web site via e-mail by clicking here and we will pass the messages on. Alternately parish clerk Ian Weetman can be contacted on 01603 810915.  


Village Christmas Fair - This year's annual village Christmas Fair will be held in Hethersett Methodist Church on Friday 30th November. The event will feature stalls organised and run by various charities along with seasonal refreshments, music and song. Anyone wishing to take table space should contact organiser Leslie Dale on 01603 810952 or at 46 New Road, Hethersett. There will be no charge for stalls, but donations to the church will be welcome.


Entries Down but Standard High - Entries in this year's Hethersett and District Horticultural Society Show were down by 10% but of a high standard. To read a report and see who took the main awards click here
Reading Scheme Prizegiving - Children who completed a summer holiday reading scheme organised by Hethersett Library were awarded certificates on September 15th. The Story Lab scheme encouraged youngsters to read throughout the holiday and resulted in 140 certificates being presented by Norfolk County Councillor Judith Virgo. Miss Virgo is pictured on the right presenting a certificate to Amelia Mitchell whilst library assistant and proud mum Caroline Mitchell looks on. The summer reading challenge saw the youngsters reading six books from the library during the holidays. They were also able to collect special Story Lab cards and stickers on the way.
Cheque for Accident Service - A cheque for £420 has been presented to local GP Tony Press by the Hethersett Painting for Pleasure art group. Dr Press accepted the money on behalf of the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) of which he is a member. It was raised at the art group’s fourth annual exhibition and sale of work in Hethersett Village Hall. Hethersett Painting for Pleasure meets on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m until midday under the guidance of local artist Linda Goldspink. NARS provides volunteer doctors and paramedics at the scene of accidents to help with those suffering serious injury or acute medical illness. Read about this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here.



Hannah Breaks Club Record - Hethersett Athletic Ladies Hearts player Hannah Waters has smashed the club's all time scoring record. Hannah scored five in the team's opening day 6-1 win over Mulbarton Belles to take her tally for the club to 189 and overtake previous leader Scott Allen who no longer plays for the club. The next few weeks are almost certain to see Hannah become the first player in the club's history to score 200 league and cup goals. To see coverage of this on the Pink-Un web site click here.

Nostalgia Time - Nostalgia will be the key at Great Melton Old Rectory over the coming weekend as the clocks are turned back to 1900. The Rector of the day will be preparing with his servants for a family wedding when a number of questions will be posed. Will relatives quarrel? Can the servants cope and what is the latest scandal in the village? The drama will unfold on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m with teas being served in the cottage garden and tours of the house and grounds. Entry to the entertainment is £4 for adults with accompanied children free. There will also be a sale of produce, children’s games and croquet on the lawn. The Old Rectory is in Burdock Lane and was built in 1851 and regularly hosts traditional and vintage experience weddings and celebrations away from the stress of modern life.  

In the Frame - Hethersett Scouts and Guides will be holding a family photo and gifts event at their headquarters in the grounds of Hethersett High School on October 20th from 11 a.m until 3 p.m. PPP Studios of Hethersett will be taking family photos and there will be a variety of stalls from arts and crafts to cakes, jewellery to beauty with exhibitors including The Body Shop at Home, Jamie at Home, Phoenix Cards and Hodge Podge of Hethersett. Refreshments will be available and there will also be a prize draw. Tables are available to be booked in advance and cost £10. Photo sessions can also be booked in advance and more details are available by telephoning 01603 812892. The scouts and guides have raised £400 from their recent CD and DVD collection  “We are very grateful to everyone who has supported our fund-raising efforts,” said organiser Veronica Bion. 

Sports Association Grant - Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association has applied for a substantial grant from the Northern River Valleys Neighbourhood Board in order to start up a number of new sporting groups in the three villages, provide new facilities and support existing clubs. To read about this click here. 

Olympic Legacy - The legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games was top of the agenda when Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association met at Park Farm Hotel. The meeting discussed grants for the setting up of new sports clubs in Hethersett, Little Melton and Great Melton and how to ensure a lasting legacy from the games at grass roots level. To read a report of the meeting and minutes visit the association's dedicated web site by clicking here.


Rector to Retire - Rector of Hethersett, Little and Great Melton, the Rev Di Lammas is retiring at the end of September and moving from Hethersett to North Suffolk. Di has been rector since November 1995. Her last service will be communion for all three parishes at 10.30 a.m on Sunday, September 30th in St Remigius' Church and this will be followed by a buffet lunch from 12.30 p.m which will be open to everyone. We will have a special interview with Di about her time at Hethersett on this site shortly.


Olympic Legacy - The legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be at the top of the agenda when Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association meets at Park Farm Hotel on Monday (September 10th). The meeting will discuss grants, the setting up of new sports clubs in Hethersett, Little Melton and Great Melton and how to ensure a lasting legacy from the games at grass roots level. The meeting starts at 7.30 p.m and everyone with an interest in sport, fitness and well being is welcome.


New Casting Agency - A Norwich drama teacher who has used Hethersett High School in the past for casting has opened a new casting agency to promote local talent. You can read about this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper by clicking here.


Planning Blueprint Public Consultation - A planning blueprint for new housing growth in South Norfolk has taken a step forward with the start of another round of public consultation. South Norfolk Council has whittled down a list of 1,500 proposed sites for development to 150. An additional 1,226 homes have been earmarked on four sites in Hethersett. Public consultation events will be held in Hethersett Village Hall on September 12th from 3 to 7 p.m and Little Melton Village Hall on October 2nd from 3 to 7 p.m. To read more on this story from the Wymondham Mercury click here.


Tiffany Triumphs - Tiffany Colllins of Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club won the Wosskow Brown British Youth and Junior League Girls Grand Prix at Sheffield.  After scoring a sound 14 points to get into the final and drawing the favoured inside start position she held her nerve as four riders headed down the back straight all side by side. Emerging from a tough corner still in front she went on to take the chequered flag and 25 grand prix points that consolidates her third place in the series which ends at Hethersett on 29th September.


Birthday Celebrations - The Hethersett based Respect Yourself organisation which helps to improve the lives of young people in Norfolk celebrated its first birthday at the beginning of September. To read the story from the Wymondham Mercury click here.