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Award Winning Village

In 2006, Hethersett was named Eastern Daily Press Pride in Norfolk Community of the Year. Since that date Hethersett has won a number of other local and national awards - illustrating beyond doubt what a heart the village has, along with an army of volunteers dedicated to ensuring that we have the best possible community and the best possible community spirit.

Below is a list of awards won by the village and this is followed by details of awards won by residents.

Village Awards

2001 Eastern Daily Press Norfolk Village of the Year

2006 Eastern Daily Press Pride in Norfolk Community of the Year

2008 Eastern Daily Press Pride in Norfolk Community of the Year Runner-Up

2010 London Olympic Games Inspiration Award

2010 Eastern Daily Press Event of the Year Runner-Up

2011 Active Norfolk South Norfolk Village Games Winners

2011 Active Norfolk County Village Games Runners-Up

2011 Eastern Daily Press/Active Norfolk Sports Village of the Year

2011 Eastern Daily Press/Active Norfolk Sports Champion of Champions

2012 Active Norfolk South Norfolk Village Games Winners

2012 Active Norfolk County Village Games Runners-Up

2012 Eastern Daily Press Pride in Norfolk Community of the Year

2013 Prime Minister's Big Society National Award

2013 Active Norfolk South Norfolk Village Games Winners (third year in a row)

2013 Active Norfolk County Village Games Runners-Up

2014 Active Norfolk South Norfolk Village Games Winners (fourth year in a row)

2014 Active Norfolk County Village Games Champions

2014 Eastern Daily Press/Active Norfolk Sports Village of the Year Runners-Up

The Stories behind those awards

Prime Minister's Big Society National Award 2013

Hethersett  become the first village or town in the United Kingdom to win a Prime Minister's Big Society Award in March 2013. The award marked our village's outstanding work in the field of fitness, well being, health and creating an Olympic Legacy. The award came just three months after Hethersett was named Pride in Norfolk Community of the Year in 2012. 

 

You can read the full story behind David Cameron's award by clicking here. You can read the story on the Number 10 web site by clicking here. Read the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper by clicking here and from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here

Our photographs above show just a handful of the hundreds of village volunteers who have helped to achieve the award along with cuttings that have appeared in the local press. There is also a copy of a letter of congratulations the village received from our MP Richard Bacon.

Pride of Norfolk Community of the Year 2012  

Hethersett was named Pride of Norfolk Community of the Year for 2012 for villages and towns with populations of over 5000. 

The award recognised our village's outstanding community spirit and the efforts made by so many people and groups to ensure that there is something for everyone. 

To read about the presentation click here. To read our submission to the judges click here and to read about our community click here. The photograph above shows children from the village celebrating the award at the annual Hethersett Christmas Fair held at the Methodist Church on November 30th, 2012. To read the story from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper click here

This is the Media story on that win

Hethersett has won a top county award and been praised by judges for having an "outstanding community" that provides something for everything.

Our village has been recognised as the Pride in Norfolk Community of the Year for 2012 in the category for villages and towns with populations over 5,000.

A special presentation event was held at County Hall on Friday, 30th November, where Parish Councillor and Hethersett Environmental Action Team member Gary Wyatt and web site editor Peter Steward were presented with a brass commemorative plaque which will be on display in the village at a venue still to be decided. The village has also been presented with a cheque for £500 which will be put towards a village project.

It is the second time that Hethersett has won the award - winning it initially in 2006. We were also runners-up in 2008'

The village was nominated for the award by two separate submissions and these can be read by clicking here.

Following the submissions three judges led by Wendy Nash visited the village and met with members of the parish council and local people.

At the presentation event, Mrs Nash praised Hethersett for its outstanding community where groups worked together for the benefit of all residents.

Mrs Nash said the judges had been impressed by the village's can do attitude and one of the first things they were told was that the village wanted to provide a community where nobody could say "there is nothing for us to do."

The judges also praised the village web site for its fund of information and up to date news. Runners-up in the category for populations over 5000 were Thorpe St Andrew.

 

Pride in Norfolk Community of the Year 2006

Hethersett was named Eastern Daily Press Pride in Norfolk Community of the Year for villages and towns with populations over 5,000. 

The judges referred to the village as having "a vibrant sense of community spirit and pride, a shining example of involvement and outstanding commitment shared across the generations".  To win the award Hethersett  held off challenges from Thetford, Old Catton and Dereham. 

You can read our submission for this award by clicking here. You can also see a  list of all the businesses and facilities available in the village at the time of the award by clicking here.

Eastern Daily Press Norfolk Village of the Year 2001

HETHERSETT was named Norfolk Village of the Year for 2001 in the annual competition organised by Norfolk County Council and sponsored by the Eastern Daily Press newspaper.

The competition recognises towns and villages, big and small, which are working to make life better for every member of the community. Hethersett was victorious in the category for villages with over 900 people.

It was a proud moment for the community on September 5th when Eastern Daily Press editor Peter Franzen unveiled a plaque close to the village sign (this is pictured below).

He also presented a cheque for  £100 to parish council chairman George Beckwith. Mr Beckwith said: "I am very pleased. We were surprised to win the title as we are not the most picturesque village, we don't have a village green and things like that.

"But we do have a lot of people in the community who work behind the scenes and something like 60 different organisations. I am very proud and privileged to receive this award for all those hundreds of people in Hethersett."

Peter Franzen said: "It's always nice to give prizes and much more so when the recipients have worked so hard. Your hard work makes Norfolk a better place."

Hethersett was also named as reserve for the Norfolk nomination for the National Village of the Year award. The county's nomination for this was Blakeney who won the village of the year category for populations under 900.

To win their award, Hethersett beat off competition from Pulham Market, Hingham, Upwell, Wroxham and Hickling.

Awards to Clubs

2012 Hethersett Running Group - Run England Eastern Region Group of the Year

 

Hethersett's Beginners' running group  won a top award less than a year after its formation. The group was named Run England's Eastern Region group of the year and was presented with their trophy at a presentation evening at Chelmsford City Football Club on December 3rd, 2012. 

The group was started as part of a partnership between Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association. Our photograph shows Active Norfolk's Paul Evans and Chairman of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association Peter Steward receiving the award. 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.

In addition Hethersett Athletic Football Club is a national charter standard club, Hethersett Cycle Speedway Club holds the Go Ride award and Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club holds the nationally recognised clubmark standard.

Hethersett Parish Council is the holder of  Quality Council standard.

Hethersett Badminton Club - 2016

Many months of hard work by Hethersett Badminton Club has paid off with the presentation of a national award. The club is the first within a 25 mile radius of Norwich to be awarded Badminton England Premier Club (Clubmark) status. The club meets on Thursday evenings at Hethersett Academy from 6.30 until 7.30 for beginners and adults wishing to improve and at Hethersett Old Hall School from 8 until 9 p.m for advanced juniors.

 “The award is a tribute to all the hard work and commitment of the coaches and volunteers, It is recognition that we are now a major coaching facility for the sport” said chairman Peter Hoult. Hethersett Badminton Club was founded in the 1980s and lead coach David Bunn has led the top class coaching, for all ages from seven, since 2012. The club currently has two Level Two coaches, a Level One coach and two other players who are working towards their coaching badges. All coaches have first aid, safeguarding children and up to date DBS certification. Anyone wishing to take advantage of the facilities that the club has to offer should get in touch with Peter Hoult on 01603 811337 or email by clicking here. The club maintains a simple informational which is available by clicking here.  

 

Awards to Individuals

Mel Perkins

2008 British Cycling Eastern Region Volunteers award for outstanding service to cycle speedway

Mel was given a national honour in 2008 to mark over four decades of dedicated service to the sport of cycle speedway. He received the Eastern Region Volunteers award at the British Cycling presentation evening at the De Vere Hotel in the Reebok Stadium – home of Bolton Wanderers Football Club. Mel’s award was “in recognition of outstanding work as a club official.” 

The national ceremony recognised the champions alongside the unsung heroes that contribute to the various sports encompassed under the cycling banner. Mel has been involved in Hethersett cycle speedway for almost 50 years. You can read more about this by clicking here.

2010 Member of the British Empire Medal (MBE) for services to cycle speedway and football in Hethersett

Hethersett’s Mr Sport Mel Perkins was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2010 for his services to the sports of cycle speedway and football as the founder of both Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club and Hethersett Athletic Football Club. Mel started the Hawks club at the tender age of 16 in 1966 and at the same time became minutes' secretary of the local league. Mel has also been a leading light as a administrator of the sport including co-ordinator of the Norfolk Cycle Speedway Association where he deals with fixtures, results and county teams; chairman, treasurer and fixtures co-ordinator for the South-East League; and manager of the British Youth and Junior League.  

In 1991he diversified his sporting interests by setting up Hethersett Athletic with just one youth team. Over the next 20 years the club grew into one of the largest in Norfolk. You can read more about this by clicking here

Duncan Pigg

2013 British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Hethersett over a 60 year period

 

Hethersett stalwart Duncan Pigg was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2013 New Year's Honours list. Duncan, who is 86, says in an article in the Eastern Daily Press newspaper that "Hethersett  has been my life since I was 13." 

His award is for services to the community which has included producing and writing the annual village pantomime for 40 years, during which time over £80,000 was raised for various charities. Duncan is also a leading light in Hethersett musical circles, President of Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club, Reader Emeritus for Hethersett Parish Church (where he has been a licensed reader for 56 years) and choirmaster for 35 years and a former governor of Hethersett High School and Hethersett Woodside Infants and Nursery School. 

Duncan and his wife Jenny are photographed above with one of the official London 2012 Olympic torches which visited the village in July 2012.

Dr Anne Edwards Awarded B.E.M

 

Dr Anne Edwards was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours list 2015. Dr Edwards, who is a Hethersett Parish Councillor and Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustee, was awarded the honour for her work in the fields of science and the environment. Anne is a research scientist at the John Innes Institute and a leading local environmentalist and member of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). You can read more about the award and Anne's work by viewing a cutting from the EDP newspaper by clicking here.

 

Shane Hull and Nicky Wardale

2012 Shane Hull and Nicky Wardale ran with the Official Olympic Torch during the London Olympic Torch Relay in recognition of their work in support of the Olympic Games (Shane) and on behalf of the Ducklings Playgroup (Nicky)

Peter Steward

2012 South Norfolk Queen's Diamond Jubilee Inspiring Achievement Award for services to Hethersett over 20 years.

Peter was one of six residents of South Norfolk to be honoured in the South Norfolk Queen's Diamond Jubilee Community Awards for 2012. 

He won the Inspiring Achievement award for "an outstanding contribution to Hethersett over the past 20 years." To read the story of the presentation evening from the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper and the Wymondham Mercury click here.

In 2014 Peter was awarded a certificate in the Community Sport Volunteer of the Year section of the South Norfolk Community Awards.

Hat-Trick Heroes

 

Winners at the South Norfolk Community Awards Evening. Top left - Stephen Baxter receives the award on behalf of the Hethersett Dementia Support Group. Also in the picture are compere for the evening Louise Priest and South Norfolk Council Deputy Leader Martin Wilby. Top right - Anne Steward with her award for Volunteer of the Year and opposite Heather Williamson (Lifetime Community Hero) and Anne Steward. 

 

There was a hat-trick of wins for Hethersett groups and individuals when South Norfolk Council held its 2015 community awards at the John Innes Institute in February 2016. Hethersett Dementia Support Group was named group of the year, Heather Williamson won the lifetime hero award and Anne Steward was named volunteer of the year. The Dementia Group was praised for its "hard work to make the village a dementia friendly community." This has inclided launching the Hethersett Cafe in May 2015 which now meets monthly in Hethersett Methodist Church Hall. Heather Williamson's lifetime award recognised her work as a co-founder of Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT). She was instrumental in organising the Open Gardens scheme and litter picks throughout the village. Heather was also praised for championing the elderly and working with local clubs to engage with those with medical or other problems. Anne Steward was praised for "going that extra mile in order to raise money and imporve people's lives". She is closely involved with a number of local organisations including Hethersett Methodist Church and Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club. You can read an article from the Norwich Evening News by clicking here. The awards are also featured in our March e-magazine which is available by clicking here.