The years were rolled back at
Hethersett Library on Saturday, July 23rd with an afternoon of
Over 50 people turned up to
reminisce and recount stories and experiences of their lives
between the years 1939 and 1945.
Service in the forces,
evacuation, the bombing of Norwich and American GIs were just
some of the topics covered as local people put their memories
down on paper as part of a BBC Internet project.
Recorders from Radio Norfolk's
action desk were on hand to jot down the memories to add them to
the special WW2 People's War website at www.bbc.co.uk/ww2.
The site commemorates 60 years
since the end of the war as Hethersett Librarian Rachel Harriss
"The BBC is giving people
the chance to pass on their stories to future generations. There
are so many stories to tell about evacuation, wartime nursing,
the home front, how families were kept safe, wartime romances
and how everyone pulled together to put the country back
together again at the end of the war," she said.
There were special displays of
books, literature and music and refreshments were provided by
Hethersett Women's Institute which is celebrating its 87th
Colin Henson from Norfolk's
Museums Service brought along wartime memorabilia to help jog
memories. These included gas masks, helmets and many other items
from Norwich's Regimental Museum.
"I am used to showing these
items to primary school children who have no direct memories of
the war. We can ensure that these memories live on for
generations to come so that our grandchildren and their
grandchildren can hear the same stories," he said.
Hethersett also has its own site
for wartime memories which is available by clicking on the
relevant link on the left of this page.
Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket
Club made it a double when they won the Ken Ottaway 20-20
Knockout Trophy for the second successive year.
On a damp and dismal July evening
at Great Melton, Hethersett batted first in the final against
Eversheds and sped along at 10 runs an over before declaring on
159-4 after 16 overs with concern about the rain and
This gave Eversheds the full 20
overs to reach their target and at the halfway stage they seemed
well on course to cause an upset. Then some miserly and
excellent bowling from skipper Matt Ellis and Steven Beck began
to restrict the opposition and as the run rate piled up the
wickets began to fall and Eversheds were all out for 131 giving
Hethersett a 28 run victory.
The club are well on course for
their second successive treble. The first team are odds on
favourites to take Division Three of the Norfolk League and the
A team are on course for promotion from Division Nine. For
details of results and final tables for the season click
Hethersett Athletic's Men's First
Team held a very successful five-a-side tournament with 20 teams
About £500 was raised for team
funds and the event was sponsored by Waitrose. Winners were
Norman Wanderers. It is hoping to make the competition an annual
Police Mount Village operation
In response to a spate fo vandalism in the
village, police officers from Norfolk Constabulary mounted a
special Impact Day in the village on October 18th aimed at
High visibility foot patrols were made
throughout the evening from 5pm and 11pm. Sgt Neil Fraser said:
“We know that there have been some issues with anti-social
behaviour. Incidents include criminal damage, under-age drinking
and general rowdiness. Addressing this kind of behaviour is a
top priority for us as we know that it affects quality of life
for the local community.The aim of this impact day was for us to
offer reassurance to residents and target this behaviour, the
vast majority of which occurs in the early to late
were issued appealing to parents to keep an eye on where
their children are, where they go out and what they are up to
and to discuss with them the impact rowdy and nuisance behaviour
can have on the community.
Officers wwere out and about both on foot and
in vehicles, along with parish council members for Hethersett.
Anyone with information about damage or anti-social behaviour in
Hethersett should contact officers at Wymondham Police Station
on 0845 4564567.