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Archive News September 2015

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in September 2015

Service of Thanksgiving for Mary - A life full of love, caring and devotion was reflected on at a service of thanksgiving for the Rev Mary Kerslake, who died on September 16th, in St Remigius Church, Hethersett. A packed church heard of her life of friendship and commitment and involvement in numerous village groups in Hethersett, Little Melton and Great Melton. “She always had a twinkle in her eye and time for everyone no matter how busy she was. She particularly loved children and always made them feel special,” said her son John Kerslake. He spoke warmly of his mother’s talents as a teacher, artist, musician and a born organiser which saw her taking an active part in numerous groups including the Mothers’ Union, Hethersett Dementia Support Group, MacMillan Cancer Support, Little Acorns which she founded, Christian summer schools and the church life of the three parishes. Her other son, Jeremy, spoke of “a life well lived and one spent in the service of others.” “She gave so much to her husband, her children, her grandchildren and was a friend to so many and a servant to the wider community,” he said adding that after retiring from teaching she officiated as an ordained priest at numerous weddings, christenings and funerals. Friend and fellow churchman, the Rev Christopher Mallett, spoke of “a life that epitomised love and a generous nature.” “She loved everyone, especially children. I marvel at where she could find the energy to be so active in so many things. She had a great input into the lives of Hethersett, Little Melton, Great Melton and the wider community with her get up and go attitude. She always had time for people and made everyone feel special,” he said. The service was conducted by the Rector, the Rev Derek McClean who referred to Mrs Kerslake as  “perceptive, loving and fun to be around.” “She touched so many lives and was a wonderful wonderful woman. We will miss Mary but celebrate her life and thank God that we have had the privilege of knowing her,” he said. The opening prayers were led by former Rector the Rev Di Lammas, husband Harold gave a Bible reading and the prayers of intercession were led by the Rt Rev Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford. The committal took place in All Saints’ Church, Little Melton, and was followed by a reception for family and friends at Little Melton Village Hall.

On the left is the certificate celebrating the Queen's Head success and above staff get into the spirit of things for the Tour of Norfolk cycle race

Queen's Head - Top Community Pub - Hethersett Queen's Head has been named as one of the best community pubs in South Norfolk. Five pubs were singled out for the competition organised by South Norfolk Council with Hethersett winning the Northern Rivers Valley section. The shortlisted five were Hethersett Queen's Head, Wymondham Green Dragon, Poringland Railway Tavern, Woodton King's Head and Pulham Market Crown. You can read more about this from the local press by clicking here. NEWS UPDATE - The Queen's Head lost out on the top place to Pulham Market Crown. There is a framed certificate in the pub, praising it for its friendliness and with the following comments from the judges: "A very welcoming landlady providing an inviting atmosphere for customers. Very much involved in local community life."



Left is the Hethersett Hawks line-up for the match against Ipswich. Action from the match in the centre and on the right. Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Hawks Beaten in Top of Table Clash - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway concluded their home League programme with a top of the table clash against Ipswich but went down 98-92 to end their chances of taking the South East League title. Hethersett were given a 12 point start when Ipswich turned up with four restricted riders (one more than permitted). This Saturday (October 3rd) Hethersett stage a round of the South East Grand Prix series with racing for all ages and abilities.  Racing gets under way at noon.



Sad Day for Hethersett - It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of the Rev Mary Kerslake. Mary was a wonderful worker and supporter of our village and young people in particular. She was an integral part of the life of Hethersett Parish Church and also the churches at Great Melton and Little Melton. She will be sorely missed and our thoughts go out to husband Harold and their family at this very sad time.




IT was a notable day in the history of Hethersett when the national Tour of Britain cycle race sped through the village on Saturday, 12th September. Banners and bunting were up to welcome the riders as they came into the village and rode the length of Queen's Road and Great Melton Road. For a full report of the event with more photographs of the race itself and village participation click here.


Site Visit Cancelled - A proposed site visit to the Paddocks by the Planning Inspectorate scheduled for today has been cancelled. We await details of a replacement date.


New Format For Newsletter - Hethersett's quarterly newsletter which is published by the parish council has had a major makeover. A new style four page newsletter with colour photographs and in newspaper style will be delivered to households in the village four times a year - in March, June, September and December. It will keep residents up to date with council related matters and the council's stance on various issues. We will also be including future issues on this site. The September issue has already been delivered and can be read by clicking here. The September issue was accompanied by a leaflet explaining the functions of the parish council. The next council meeting is this evening (September 14th) at 7.30 p.m in Hethersett Village Hall.


New Fitness Hub 


HETHERSETT is all set to have a new health and well being hub. Rowan House in Queen's Road is being launched as a new centre for alternative and complementary medicine and therapy. The new health hub will be officially launched at the beginning of October and will cater for a variety of health related therapies including physiotherapy, sports massage, osteopathy, hypnotherapy, counselling, meditation, baby massage, aromatherapy, pilates and much more. Business manager for the new hub is Rachel Pailes, whose parents - Mary and Graham Tuddenham - own Rowan House, which was originally established as a business centre. "We are aiming to encompass the whole spectrum of therapies – physical, psychological, spiritual and social.  With the best will in the world the NHS is unable to offer everything and Hethersett is the ideal location for a health hub with its easy access from major road networks and proximity to the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and the Research Park. We have taken care to ensure our facilities are buggy and disabled accessible and have access to plenty of car parking," said Rachel who is a qualified physiotherapist, having recently worked at the Royal London Hospital before returning to her native Norfolk. The hub is being officially opened on October 9th with an open day for health and other professionals. This will be followed by an open day on the 10th for the public. "We want people to know that well being is not just about health. It is also about achieving goals and feeling fulfilled. "I have always had a dream of bringing together people working in the fields of health and well being under one roof and now that dream is becoming a reality," she added. The new hub has its own Facebook page and website and anyone wanting further information can contact 




The Rev Mary Kerslake in some photographs that have appeared on this web site

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of the Rev Mary Kerslake. Mary was a wonderful worker and supporter of our village and young people in particular. She was an integral part of the life of Hethersett Parish Church and also the churches at Great Melton and Little Melton. She will be sorely missed and our thoughts go out to husband Harold and their family at this very sad time.


Hawks are Top Again - Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway are back at the top of the South East League after completing the double over local rivals Norwich Stars at a sunny Memorial Playing Field.  The 96-83  score looks comfortable enough but does not tell the full story which can be read by clicking here. Hethersett are two points clear of Ipswich Eagles in the South East Division One but the Suffolk side have a match in hand.


Cricketers Take Shield - Hethersett and Tas Valley have won the Norfolk Association of Cricket Officials' Shield after beating Thetford comprehensively in the final at Halvergate. Hethersett batted first and scored 229-6 from their 40 overs and then bowled out Thetford for just 102 to record a 127 run victory. It's been a reasonably successful season for the club with the Saturday Second XI winning promotion to Division Four of the Norfolk Alliance, but the first team narrowly failed to finish in the promotion places in Division Two.


Coming Events at Hethersett Library - It will be a busy time at Hethersett Library in September and October with numerous events scheduled. They include the following:

Date Time Event
Monday 7th 14.00 Library book group meets to discuss the month's read
Wednesday 9th 14.30 Tour of Britain archive film show
  16.00 Summer Reading Challenge Medal Ceremony
Thursday 10th 14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind with information stand
Friday 11th 11.15 Baby bounce and rhyme time
Saturday 12th 10.00 Tour of Britain Cycling Event. Come and make a flag to welcome the tour
Wednesday 23rd 10.30 Tots Tales provided by the Children's Centre
Friday 25th 11.15 Baby bounce and rhyme time
Saturday 26th 10.00 Healthy Hethersett day (runs until midday). See details on this page
Friday 2nd TBC Norfolk celebrates age film archive show
Saturday 3rd 11.30 How to babysit your grandparents - story time and activities for children.

Healthy Hethersett Day - Hethersett Library will be holding a healthy Hethersett Day on Saturday, 26th September from 10 a.m until midday. A number of local groups and organisations will be represented. There will be information and activities for a healthy mind and body along with free health checks and ideas for healthy snacks. There will also be mini head massages, children's activities and representatives will be on hand from sports and recreational groups. Meanwhile a reminder that the craft group meets in the library every Monday from 2 to 4 p.m, except for the first Monday of the month when it meets at Woodcote in Firs Road. The library has a new information hub with leaflets and info on what's on, health education and much more. Library users can now access 36 digital e-magazines to read for free on various digital devices. There are also free monthly slots available on the Village Story noticeboard to help local groups promote awareness, recruit new members or advertise specific events.   

New Fitness Hub - A new fitness and health hub is being set-up in Rowan House in Queen's Road, Hethersett. We will have a special feature on this new initiative shortly.

Brownies Support The Village


Litter and road safety were two of the major topics discussed when Hethersett Brownies met with members of the parish council. Youngsters from the First Hethersett pack were keen to discuss numerous topics with councillors Stephen Slack, Jackie Sutton, Peter Steward and Viv Hawes.The special evening was arranged as part of the Brownies’ work towards their “Girls Matter: Hear our Voice” badges which Girl Guiding created to introduce them to government and politics. The youngsters were forthright in their opinions and quick to point out that roads in the village needed to be safer and more needs to be done to support the Hethersett Environmental Action Team’s regular litter picks. The Brownies were invited to join in with a future pick. Other topics brought up by the youngsters included the setting up of cinema and art clubs, an increase in the amount of open space and play areas and more care for wildlife and the environment. Jackie Sutton, chair of Hethersett Parish Council, explained the functions of the parish council and afterwards praised the youngsters for their social conscience: “We were very impressed with the enthusiasm of the girls, their willingness to speak to us and share their concerns about the environment. “It is difficult for the parish council to engage with young people in the community and we recognise there is work to be done to improve that relationship. We will raise the issues brought up with various groups and see if we can progress some of the ideas. “As ever lack of volunteers is a real stumbling block and I would like to commend the Brownies and their leaders for their dedication. We are fortunate to have thriving youth and sports groups in the village only made possible by dedicated volunteers.” Hethersett Brownies currently consists of two flourishing packs meeting on Tuesday (Hethersett Firsts) and Thursday (Hethersett Fourths) evenings.


Vandalism at Youth Club - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club has suffered a spate of vandalism at its headquarters in Back Lane. Now the club is appealing to local people to help in tracking down the culprits: "We need to get  local people to help. Hopefully somebody heard or saw something. Lots of people walk the dog past the hall and we need them to be our eyes and ears," Gillian Saunders from the youth club said. Over the summer the youth club suffered two broken windows and the post box which was less than a year old was damaged beyond repair. Sometime between Thursday September 17th and Saturday September 19th the metal box, padlock and the mechanics that work the security shutter were taken off the wall and have disappeared. "It looks as if whoever broke them off have taken them with them. The police have been informed and like us cannot see what use it would be to anyone! In fact whoever took it was very lucky not to have been electrocuted as having spoken to the shutter people the wires were live and would have had about 240v going through them. We feel this must have been pre-planned as they would have needed tools to wrench it from the wall as we are told that the only way to remove it would have been sheer force as it was well fixed to the wall and screws are not visible," Gillian added. Now the club will have to spend money on repairs rather than on activities for the youngsters attending the club: "Even if we claim on insurance we still have an excess to pay out of what is already a very tight budget," Gillian added. Meanwhile the club is looking to improve the hall by removing the stage area and putting down the same flooring as the rest of the hall to make more room for games and activities.You can read this story from the Wymondham Mercury by clicking here. NEWS UPDATE: We are pleased to report that Cooks Blinds and Doors of Norwich has repaired the damage free of charge following the publicity in the local Media.


Healthy Hethersett Day - The village library held a Healthy Hethersett Morning on September 26th with information on sport, fitness, healthy eating and many other aspects of wellness. For two hours members of the public were able to get information on health, diet and fitness and  Indian head massage and a special fitness MOT check were available. Most popular was the juice bike outside the library which not only aided fitness but also produced nutritional fruit smoothies. Organisations involved in the morning included Pampered Chef, The Joy of Food, Hethersett WI (who served refreshments), Rowan House Health and Welfare Centre, Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association, Morrisons Supermarket from Wymondham and Linda's Farm Shop from Hethersett. Our picture above shows member of staff Rebecca Warner trying out the juice bike. It promises to be a very busy October for the library with numerous events planned. Events include the following:


Friday 2nd 10.30 Norfolk Celebrates Age Film Archive Show
Saturday 3rd  11.30 How to Babysit Your Grandparents story time
Monday 5th  14.00 Library Book Group discusses this month's read
Wednesday 7th  10.30 Digi Fingers for the Under-5s
Thursday 8th  10.00 Basic e-mail course
14.00 Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind information
Friday 9th 11.15 Bounce and rhyme for babies and toddlers
Monday 12th 14.00 Craft Group
Tuesday 13th 10.00 Basic e-mail course
Monday 19th 14.00 Craft group
Wednesday 21st 10.30 Tots Tales story time with the Children's Centre
14.30 Slipper Swap
Monday 26th 14.00 Craft Group


You can now download 36 different eMagazines onto tablets and devices for free. These can be accessed via the web site by clicking here or further information is available in the library. Free monthly slots are available for local clubs, societies or groups on the "Village Story" noticeboard. These can be used to promote awareness, recruit new members or to advertise a specific event. The library also has its own Facebook page which can be accessed by clicking here.

Hethersett Society Dates - Hethersett Society has set dates for its meetings through to July 2016. The group has also changed its meeting date from the first to the second Monday of the month. All meetings take place in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall at 7.30 p.m. Coming dates are as follows:

September 14th The Tower of London David Morton
October 12th The Great Hospital Barbara Miller
November 9th Jarrolds Past, Present and Future Caroline Jarrold
December 14th To Entertain You - Music and Song Nesta James
February 8th Life in New Zealand David Bills
March 14th The Lydia Eva Don Edwards
April 11th Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope Victoria Bacon
May 9th AGM and the Hethersett Archive Gary Wyatt
June 13th Have Gavel Will Travel Martin Fox
July 11th Walter Dexter, Norfolk Artist Charlotte Paton


More Girls Needed for New Rugby Team - Crusaders Rugby Club in Hethersett is looking for more Under-13 girls to join its ranks. A new Under-13 team has been launched. "We have always had girls in our teams but they have been playing alongside the boys in our minis. Now they are reaching an age where they need to play separately," said club chairman Malcolm Alcock. Girls from school years six, seven and eight are welcome to join the club and matches are played on Sunday mornings. Crusaders can be contacted by e-mail by clicking here.