sun shone and temperatures reached the 90s as a special two day event was held
Hethersett Revealed, it featured two days looking at the past, the present and
the future of the village.
special section detailing the events has been set-up and can be accessed by clicking
Light for Development
final green light has been given to the new development in Myrtle Road. The
revised detailed plan was discussed at South Norfolk District Council's
planning committee. Additional conditions have been agreed concerning the
future development of bungalows on the site adjoining existing properties and
the future maintenance of the hedgerows surrounding the site.
Television personality Helen McDermot opened the Rainbow Summer Fair at
Woodside First and Nursery School.
the fete proved to be a roaring success, raising over £2,000 despite rather
school's new samba band helped to open the event and make it a colourful day
with singing, maypole dancing, stalls, games and a barbecue. The event raised
£2,443.24 which will go towards samba equipment and the ongoing campaign for
a new all weather sports pitch.
Old Hall School has been praised for its good teaching and care of pupils.
Independent Schools' Inspectorate complimented the school on having strengths
in almost all areas.
attitudes, learning and behaviour were rated as "very good" while
the premises provide valuable support for teaching and learning.
report stated that pupils are happy and well looked after and the extended
school day provides very good care for younger pupls.
Teacher Janet Mark said she was delighted with the Inspector's views.
are now in place for the development of a modern library and resource centre
and the school has appointed a new librarian.
Club's Annual Presentation Evening
The club's annual presentation
evening took place for the fifth consecutive year in the Norfolk lounge at
It was a special night for the
Milne family who have been associated with the club for a number of years.
Sue Milne was elected the club's
fourth honorary life member for her services to the club as vice-chair and
manager of the women's team and also for her involvement in women's football
at county level.
Husband Ray was awarded the
prestigious Lee Thompson Memorial Trophy for his outstanding contribution to
the club over the previous year, which included arranging the presentation
But the Milne family success was
not restricted to mum and dad. Men's A team player Andrew Milne received a
trophy for completing 200 appearances for the club, daughter Sarah was named
the women's team player of the year and there was also a trophy for the
youngest member of the family Tom who plays for the Under-14s.
Over 600 players, supporters and
guests attended the event with the individual team prizes being presented by
former Norwich City player Peter Mendham, current youth team captain and
reserve team player Matt Halliday and club vice-president and vice-chair of
Norfolk County FA Stuart Dracup.
Beckwith was re-elected chairman of Hethersett Parish Council at the annual
meeting in May. Fred Watkins was elected vice-chair.
annual parish meeting also took place in May with Mr Beckwith commenting on
the council's disappointment that the appeal against development in Myrtle
Road had failed.
the meeting Mr Beckwith congratulated the High School on obtaining Science
College status. A number of local organisations gave reports at the meeting.
parish council has expressed its concern over poor car parking in the village.
It has continued to receive complaints of cars and vans parking on pavements
and grass verges. In addition a number of hedges in the village are also
overhanging pavements and footways and proving a hazard to pedestrians and
continues in the village and was one of the main areas of concern to the
village at the annual parish meeting. The parish council will be meeting with
the Police and South Norfolk District Council to discuss what action can be
taken. Any villagers seeing incidents of vandalism or anti social behaviour
should contact Norfolk Police on 0845 456 4567.
HEAT Is On
June 2005 the Hethersett Environmental Action Group was asked by Woodside
First School to help improve the grounds and to involve pupils in this.
Volunteers subsequently attended the school on three days to clear and weed
beds and attend to a potential wildflower area. Plants were brought in by both
the school and HEAT and 40 pupils planted them. The group plan to return to
carry out more work in the autumn with a monthly maintenance programme also
being worked out.
Cancer Research and the Envionment
gardens in the village were open to the public on Sunday, 26th June to raise
funds for MacMillan Cancer Research and Hethersett Village Environmental
keen gardeners explored a host of contrasting gardens ranging frm exotic
walled gardens containing tiny lemon and banana trees to large half acre
involved were in Cartmel, Churchfields, Haconsfield, Grove Road, Lynch Green,
Meadow Close, Park Drive, Central Close and Priory Road. Refreshments were
also available at many of the stop off points.
was an all-nighter when pupils from Hethersett Old Hall School became part of
a record breaking sleepover attempt.
eight girls and four teachers joined 35,000 children nationally in the BT
Giant Sleepover. They were raising money for Childline and the Quidenham
previous world record was set in June 2004 when 8,280 children nationwide
participated in the first Giant Sleepover.
taking part were aged between seven and 11. They enjoyed a barbecue and
treasure hunt and games and had a midnight feast. There were 27 sleepovers
is to start shortly on a landscaping project for the land adjoining the
Village Hall. This will include soft landscaping and a path from the car park
to the skatepark. A number of seats and benches will be put in place with the
cost of the work being largely met from funds raised at the time of the
Millennium, although additional funds will be necessary.
to a questionnaire printed in the May edition of the Hethersett Newsletter was
so poor that only one reply was received.
questionnaire asked for views on facilities for youth in the village and also
asked for support for the youth forum.
in the June edition of the parish council newsletter, clerk Ian Weetman says
"We received just one reply from a village the size of Hethersett. I
leave you to draw your own conclusions."
Dualling of A11
go-ahead has been given for the dualling of the Attleborough by-pass which
will be good news for residents of Hethersett.
on the £25million improvement scheme will start in 2006 and will put another
piece into the jigsaw for dualling the entire A11.
new work will dual the stretch from Breckland Lodge to join the existing dual
carriageway close to the Besthorpe junction.
will mean that only a short section of the A11 south of Thetford and running
through Elvedon to Barton Mills remains undualled.
and Ride Opens
new park and ride at Thickthorn has opened providing a cost effective and easy
way for Hethersett residents to get in and out of Norwich.
site is beside the A11 and A47 Norwich Southern Bypass close to the existing
Thickthorn Services. The site has space for 736 vehicles and is the sixth park
and ride to ring Norwich.
decker buses ferry motorists into the city centre and the site is very close
to the £3.4million Cringleford link road to the Norfolk and Norwich
park and ride will run from 6.40 a.m to 7.30 p.m Monday to Saturday, except
Thursdays when the last bus will leave the city at 8.30 p.m. Buses will also
run on Bank Holidays except for Christmas and New Year's Day.
day parking will cost £2.80 per vehicle and £1 on weekdays after 12.30 p.m.
Remigius Church is launching an appeal to raise money to carry out a number of
improvements to the building which will:
new plans will complete disabled access into the church, provide access to
a previously constructed room from a gallery, provide an area specially
for children and provide additional meeting room.
addition repairs will be made to the church roof and part of the
stonework. It is estimated that the total cost of the project will be
CHUrch Development And Repair Appeal (CHUDARA)
will be officially launched at a cheese and wine party on 23rd April when
guests will include the Bishop of Thetford.
addition to raising funds for themselves the church is also hoping to make
donations to a sister church in a Johannesburg township.
Not Getting Through
message isn't getting through regarding unauthorised articles being placed
around graves and cremation tablets, according to village Rector, the Rev
in the April edition of the Good News magazine she once again points out
that many of the items are illegal and against national regulations.
may only introduce into a churchyard items for which you have a specific
authorisation from the rector of the parish," she points out.
items in the churchyard at present include pebbles, paving, stones, grit,
chippings, plastic or wooden surrounds, lawn edging, fencing, toys, plants
in the ground.
that grief is a very painful experience we have tended to be lenient about
items being placed on graves in the first year until the ground has
settled. However, people are installing permanent items for which no
permission has been granted. So reluctantly we are going to have to take
action as the regulations have been consistently ignored," she added.
her message is direct: "We will start to remove illegal items from
plots in Hethersett Churchyard on 1st June, 2005."
Hawks Cycle Speedway Club has two new Norfolk champions. Philip Adams
retained his Under-13 title and Josh Wilcox captured the Under-10s crown.
Roger Carter and John Gilbey won the club's best pairs event held over
from 2004. The club also successfully staged a round of the British Youth
and Junior League and the team are hopeful of reaching the national rounds
again this year.
recent outbreak of graffiti has annoyed the parish council which has
referred to it as "unsightly and unpleasant and the result of the
mindless behaviour which brings a real cost to residents in cleaning
the affected areas."
council is urging residents who have information on those responsible to
contact Norfolk Police on 01953 424242.
are changing at Hethersett Middle School.
will notice a considerable amount of building work taking place over the
next few months.
new changing room for disabled pupils at the swimming pool is just about
ready. This will improve accessibility to the pool.
is due to begin to provide a separate entrance to the school for
pedestrians. This will further enhance the safety of the school for
children and visitors. New bike sheds will be provided to encourage more
children to cycle as the weather improves.
major project will also be launched to change the main school entrance
from the side to the front of the building. This will include moving the
school office and Head's study.
building work is aimed at giving a proper focal point to the school and
also improving the safety for everyone," said Chair of Governors
addition interactive whiteboards have been installed in half the
classrooms so that children can use the latest technology in their
parish council is urging parishioners experiencing problems with the
village's bus service to contact First Buses.
plea follows concern with the quality of the service in the village,
particularly in the morning and evening peak periods. Buses often arrive
at Churchfields full and do not stop. The parish council has written to
the bus company expressing concerns only to be told that they are unaware
of any problems.
experiencing difficulties are asked to write to L. Hargreaves, Customer
Services Manager, First Customer Services, 17-19 Castle Meadow, Norwich,
NR1 3DH or telephone 0845 6020 121.
Athletic held its annual presentation evening at Carrow Road on Saturday,
May 22nd with over 500 players, supporters, friends and club officials
evening heard that the club's Under-14s had been crowned league champions.
Awards were made to players completing 50, 100, 150, 200 and 250 games for
the club. Paul Martin became only the second player to complete 250 league
and cup games.
golden boot award for top scorer went to Under-14 player Chris Marshall
with 35 goals. He became the club's top scorer for the second season in a
row. The prestigious Lee Thompson Memorial Trophy was awarded to Ray Milne
for his organisation of the presentation evening. It was a family affair
with wife Sue Milne being made an honorary life member in recognition of
her outstanding contribution to both Hethersett Athletic and women's
football in the county.
awards were presented by Norwich City Youth Team captain Matt Halliday,
vice-chair of Norfolk FA Stuart Dracup and former Norwich player Peter
more information on Hethersett Athletic visit the club's official web site
by clicking here.
concert in St Remigius Church on Saturday 9th April featuring the Jay
Singers raised £628 towards the Church Repair and Development Appeal.
Morrad raised £162 for Cancer Research UK by taking part in the national
Race for Life event.
Clutten who is chair of Hethersett Youth Parish Council has been elected as
a deputy member of the youth parliament. Jenny is also chair of the South
Norfolk Youth Action Group.
Hawks Cycle Speedway Club has another Norfolk champion. Jazzy Abbott won
the Under-16s title at Eaton Park.
Aid week in the village raised £3,387.46. 90% of homes were visited and
52% of envelopes returned.