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Archive News September 2016

Below are some of the stories featured on this site in September 2016

Horticultural Entries Up - Entries for his year's annual show of Hethersett and District Horticultural Society were up with over 300 on display in Hethersett Village Hall on Saturday 10th September. Details of the trophy winners with photographs will appear in the October edition of our e-magazine Hethersett Herald.


Bells on Display - Hethersett Bell Ringers opened up their world to the public as part of Norfolk's Heritage weekend. Members of the public were able to have a go at ringing from the chamber halfway up the tower of St Remigius Parish Church. We will have a report with photos on this in the next edition of Hethersett Herald which is due out at the beginning of October.


Rhyme Time Extension - Hethersett Library is looking for a volunteer to help expand its  bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers. The library currently holds a monthly sessions run by Wymondham Children's Centre but feel that this is not enough to cater for demand. So they are looking to start a weekly session and need a volunteer to run it: "We currently only have a session once a month and feel this is not enough – a regular weekly spot would be much better," said Rebecca Warner from the library. Anyone interested or needing more information can pop into the library and speak to library manager Tina.


Children's Charities Benefit - An evening of clairvoyance at Park Farm Hotel on September 16th raised £1,023 which will be shared between SANDS - the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Chairy and EACH - The East Anglian Children's Hospice. The event featured clairvoyants Carole Wilson and Michelle Cremin.


Cricket Match in Memory of Les - A charity cricket match on September 18th raised £600 for the Wymondham-based cancer charity Star Throwers. It was held in memory of Les King, who was patron of the charity. Hethersett and Tas Valley took on a Tony Selby Norfolk XI for the Les King Memorial Trophy. Victory went to the Norfolk side who scored 198-8 in their 35 overs and then bowled Hethersett out for 141.


Shane Steps Out for Charity - Hethersett Parish Councillor and treasurer of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association, Shane Hull, pounded the streets of Newcastle to take part in the Great North Run on September 11th. Shane raised over £700 for the Alzheimer's Society. More about this will appear in the October edition of our e-magazine Hethersett Herald.


Methodist Craft Fair - Hethersett Methodist Church held a craft fair on 17th September. The event featured a variety of crafts, a tombola and refreshments and proceeds will be shared between church funds and the church's mission project. 


Music and Plays - Hethersett composer Ken Crandell's original incidental music was used to enhance six short playes produced  by the Wymondham based Four-By-Four group. Ken's compositions were played live by Val Cartmell in the Fairland Church Centre, Wymondham.


Youth Club's New Year - Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club has re-opened its doors after the summer break. The club sprang back into action on September 14th with new youth worker Rose Coppard joining the team. A full programme of events has been arranged for the autumn half term with year five to six children (ages 9 to 11) meeting on Wednesdays from 5.45 to 7.30 pm and years seven to nine (ages 11 to 14) from 7.30 to 9.15 pm. The club is looking to obtain funding to re-launch its group for those 14 and over from the new year. It is likely this group will meet on Thursday evenings: “We want to hear from youngsters about what they want from a 14 plus group. We are very much in the planning stages and have a blank canvas and would welcome ideas,” said club trustee Gillian Saunders. The club is also looking for at least two more volunteers to help out on Wednesdays once a month and also a new treasurer. Anyone interested in helping should contact Norman Saunders on 01953 607566. The club needs to replace guttering and will be holding a quiz and chips evening to raise money for this on October 8th. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children with teams of up to six people. Tables can be booked through Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.


Places Available for War Trip - A few places are still available for a special commemorative trip to the battlegrounds of the Somme. The trip particularly features on the massacre at Le Paradis which was a war crime committed by members of the 14th Company, SS Division Totenkopf, under the command of Fritz Knöchlein. It took place on 27th May, 1940, during the Battle of France, at a time when the British Expeditionary Force was attempting to retreat through the Pas-de-Calais region during the Battle of Dunkirk. Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Norfolk Regiment, had become isolated from their regiment. They occupied and defended a farmhouse against an attack by Waffen-SS forces in the village of Le Paradis. After running out of ammunition, the defenders surrendered to the German troops. The Germans led them across the road to a wall, and machine-gunned them. Ninety-seven British troops died. Two survived, with injuries, and hid until they were captured by German forces several days later. After the war, Fritz Knöchlein was located, tried and convicted by a war crimes court, with the two survivors acting as witnesses against him. For his part in the massacre, Knöchlein was executed in 1949. The trip is led by Dennis O'Callaghan (the son of one of the survivors), Nick Smith and John Head from Hethersett Parish Church. More details on the trip which will take place next May are available from John Head on 077697 02692.


Poetry Evening - An Evening of Illustrated Poetry and Pictures will be presented by Paul Binney at St Remigius Church on Friday, 30th September at 7pm. Paul will explore a variety of themes, both serious and humorous, from his widely appreciated book of poems 'Learning the Language', of which the poet Edward Storey wrote: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your collection, which is full of things to admire. The brevity of language allows space for what is not said; the art of suggestion.” There will be light refreshments and donations on the evening will be in aid of  St Remigius Church Funds.