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Archive News - September 2013

The following articles appeared on the site in September 2013

Meeting to Discuss Development - Cabinet members of South Norfolk Council will be discussing new housing plans for the area on Monday. The plans envisage 1,226 new homes in Hethersett, the largest number for any town or village in South Norfolk. Easton are due for 900 new homes and Costessey 500. The cabinet meeting starts at 9 a.m and the public will then have six weeks to comment on the plans. To view a cutting of this story from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper click here.

School Action - Hethersett High School will be closed to all pupils apart from Year 11 on Tuesday due to a one day strike by members of the National Union of Teachers and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers. The dispute is over job cuts, changes to pensions and pay  and excessive workloads and bureaucracy. Consultant Head John Catton has told the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper that up to 30 teachers will be absent. You can read a cutting from the EDP with more comments from Mr Catton by clicking here.

Cycling Celebrations - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club is celebrating the success of Danielle Riley who capped a brilliant season by winning the final British Girls' Grand Prix at Astley and Tyldesley in Lancashire to win the overall Grand Prix series. Danielle blew the opposition away in her four qualifying races and then made a determined start in the final to hit the front. She never looked like being caught and took the grand prix by five bike lengths.

Police Appointment - A new Police Inspector has been appointed to lead the Wymondham, Costessey, Hethersett, Mulbarton,  Loddon and Poringland Safer Neighbourhood Teams Inspector Tony Abigail started his career at Norfolk Constabulary as a response officer at Bowthorpe, then Bethel Street in Norwich. He then spent several years as a response officer and beat manager at Mile Cross before working in the Tactical Unit and Norwich CID. He returned to uniform working across the city including Mile Cross and Thorpe Hamlet before moving to Wymondham as the SNT Inspector. Inspector Abigail said “I’m pleased to take over from Inspector James Brown and my focus will be on reducing crime and anti social behaviour by working with our partner agencies and ensuring that we have the right staff in the right areas to achieve this.” Inspector Brown has moved to a role in the CID unit at Bethel Street. 

New Youth Group - Hethersett has a new youth club aimed at youngsters aged from 14 to 16. The group will open its doors at the Jubilee Youth Club building in Back Lane on Thursday 12th September from 7.30 until 9.30 p.m. It will be led by Clare Lincoln who is looking for additional volunteers to support the setting up and running of the group: “I would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in helping. This is an amazing opportunity to learn new skills and play a positive role within the community,” Clare said, adding that the youngsters themselves will be given the opportunity to shape their own club. She can be contacted via e-mail by clicking here. Meanwhile the Jubilee Youth Club re-opens its doors on September 11th from 5.45 until 7.30 p.m for school years five and six and from 7.30 until 9.15 p.m for years seven to nine and again an appeal for helpers has gone out: “We are urgently in need of volunteers for either clubs on a Wednesday or Thursday on a rota basis once or twice a term. If you would like to help the club but don’t want face to face contact with the young people then we are in need of volunteers to help on the committee which meets four or five times a year and manages the hall and indirectly the club,” said club organiser Gillian Saunders.  The club’s first fundraiser of the new school year is a “garage sale” in the car park on September 22nd. This will be followed by a ladies pamper evening on October 18th which will include manicures, reflexology, homemade jewellery and much more.


New Head of Prep - A new head of Prep School is to join the staff at Hethersett Old Hall School. You can see a cutting on this story from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here.


Cricketers Miss out on Promotion - Despite recording a winning draw in their local derby against Great Melton, Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club has finished outside the promotion places in the Norfolk Alliance Second Division. The club's final result of the season sees them finish third behind Garboldisham and Melton. Meanwhile the club's second team must win their final game at Stow on September 15th to avoid finishing bottom of Division Four. There was better news for the club's third team who rounded off a fine season by snatching promotion and runners-up position in the Norfolk League Division Six.


Induction of New Rector - A special service of welcome for the new Rector of Hethersett, the Rev Derek McClean, and his family will take place in Hethersett Parish Church later this month. Rev McClean will be inducted as rector of Hethersett, Little Melton and Great Melton, at 7.30 p.m on Wednesday 25th September.


Hethersett United Against Vandalism - Earlier this year Hethersett became the first village or town in the United Kingdom to be given the national Big Society award. Over the past few months Hethersett has been subjected to a number of cases of mindless vandalism which threatens to undermine the superb work being undertaken by so many people to build and improve our remarkable village. Hethersett a Norfolk Village on the Web is launching a campaign to fight against this spate of vandalism and ensure our village and facilities can be enjoyed by everyone. Letters have been sent to Norfolk Police asking them to take enforcement action, particularly in relation to anti-social behaviour experienced on the Memorial Playing Field which has seen a number of attacks on the pavilion with guttering, tiles and other damage being caused. As a result the table in front of the pavilion is being taken down and the bottle banks removed. The Memorial Playing Field Trustees are also looking into a number of other measures including better barrier control of the car park and the possibility of banning the consumption of alcohol on the field. By working together local clubs and societies can send out a very strong message that mindless vandalism will not be tolerated and those responsible will be dealt with. Please support this campaign.


Family Charity Bike Ride - A family fun five mile bike ride is being organised for October 5th with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.. The ride is being organised by well known Hethersett cyclist Martin "Bart" Anderton and will set off from Hethersett Social Club at 11 a.m with registration from 10.30 a.m. The ride will be around Hethersett and the surrounding area. Entry fees are £5 per adult with Under-16s free. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. Further information is available from "Bart" Anderton on 07860 645793. To view a poster of the event click here.


Winning Ways - Hethersett Athletic Football Clubs adult Sunday teams have got off to a winning start to the season. The Men's First Team opened their campaign with a 9-0 victory over Moles Rest with Dom Doggett scoring five and Adam Waters hitting a hat-trick. The Sunday Reserves beat Red Lion 4-0 to give them a 100% start from two games and the Ladies Hearts opened their Norfolk League campaign with a 5-0 victory over Coltishall Jaguars.


For MacMillan Funds - A bingo session at Hethersett Social Club raised £550 for MacMillan Cancer Support funds. The event was organised by local supporters Margi Carter and Mandy Perry. Refreshments were served and a raffle and tombola run and organised by voluntary staff from the MacMillan charity shop in the village.


New Minister Welcomed - A special evening service of welcome for Hethersett’s new Methodist Minister, the Rev Matthew Olanrewaju, was led by the Rev John Fenn, Superintendent of the Norwich Methodist Circuit. Hethersett Methodist Church was once again packed with members of the circuit churches, colleagues, members of Hethersett Churches Together and visitors from the southern section of the Norwich Circuit which the Rev Olanrewaju will minister to. Hethersett Parish Church was represented at the service by the Rev Mary Kerslake and the Rev Christopher Mallett. Matthew will have  responsibility for Hethersett, Framingham Earl, Brooke, Long Stratton and Forncett Methodist Churches. Matthew conducted his first act of worship in the circuit at Hethersett in the morning.

Entries Up for Horticultural Show - Entries in this year's annual show organised by Hethersett and District Horticultural Society showed a welcome rise and the quality was praised by the judges. To view photographs and read a report click here

Busy Time for Library - Its going to be a busy time for Hethersett Library. You can read about coming events and also a report and photographs from the presentation of certificates from this year's summer reading scheme by clicking here. The next two scheduled events are a coffee morning in aid of Age UK on October 7th from 10.30 a.m until 12.30 p.m and a talk by Libby Morgan on November 5th on "The Friendly Invasion" - The American Air Force in Norfolk during World War Two. Booking for the talk is essential and can be made on 01603 810188.



Olly Equals Record - Hethersett Hawks' cycle speedway star Olly Riley became only the second person to win three Norfolk titles in one season when he equalled Darren Slater's 2001 achievement by winning the Under-16 title at Hethersett to go with his Senior and Under-19 titles.  This one was far from easy after three tough races against Norwich's Danny Margitson.  They each traded wins in the final to both finish on 19 points and Riley had to pull off a fantastic pass in a race-off to win the title.  Katie Adams and Giles Awbery also qualified with Riley for the East Anglian Final.