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News - October to December 2001

Acid Chaos

Traffic was brought to a standstill at rush hour when acid leaked from a lorry at the Thickthorne roundabout.

A canister fell from a lorry and began leaking sulphuric acid over the road and caused hours of delays for homecoming traffic on a Friday night. The canister contained just five litres of liquid but a large section of the A11 was closed for three hours as firefighters in protective gear cleaned up.

The spillage took place on October 12th and the area around the canister was immediately sealed off when it was reported that smoke was coming from the canister. Hundreds of frustrated motorists were turned back by police.

Eventually an absorbent was used to soak up most of the spill and what was left was diluted with water. The risk to the public was small but it was still necessary to close the road.

Ad Hoc Show

The Ad Hoc Entertainers provide an excellent entertainment in the form of the show Oliver at Hethersett Village Hall. Joe Larkowsky starred in the lead role with Tim Richardson as Dodger and Oz Topliff as Fagin.

Youngest Landlady

A Hethersett teenager has become what is thought to be the youngest ever pub landlady in Norfolk.

19-year-old Emily Barker has taken over in charge of the Magpie in Magpie Road, Norwich. Emily started working at the pub a year ago after moving out of her parents' house in Hethersett.

After a year, she heard that the three year lease was available to buy and she jumped at the chance to be her own boss. It is thought that 20 and 21 year olds have been landladies in Norfolk before, but never somebody still in their teens.

Teaching Success

Hethersett teacher Katie Brooks has been named a national runner-up in the LTA Nestle Tennis Development Teacher of the Year Award. The award seeks to recognise the work of both primary and secondary school teachers who encourage pupils to play tennis. Katie is head of tennis at Hethersett Old Hall School and is a county player.

Bowls Success

Hethersett Playing Field Bowls Club finished top of Division Four of the City Federation Bowls League and won their group in the Clifford King and John Cowell Bowls League.

Celebrating the Jubilee

A special ball to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee is to be held in the grounds of Hethersett Old Hall School on Friday, July 5th, 2002. Any profit from the event will be shared between the Parish Church Access Project and Hethersett Surgery.

Cricket Presentation

Thirty three members of Hethersett Cricket Club attended the annual dinner and awards presentation evening at Bawburgh Golf Club on November 3rd. Club president Duncan Pigg presented the Tony Curson Clubman Cup to Richard D. Ellis and the Burgess Shield to the club as a whole. Club secretary Harold Kerslake presented the following trophies: Batting Cup, Richard D. Ellis; Bowling Cup, Chris Smedmor; Ellis Fielders Cup, Tristan Hunt; Kerslake Catching Cup, Chris Bolderstone; Young Player of the Year, Matthew Steward; Duck Trophy, Michael Smedmor; Best Individual Performance, Matthew Ellis; Players of the Year, Matthew Steward and Richard D. Ellis; Most Improved Player of the Year, Simon Wishart. A pewter tankard was presented to David Johnson to mark his long service to the club

Vandalism Problem

There has been an increase in vandalism over recent months on the Memorial Playing Field, causing damage of over 1,000.

The pavilion  and play equipment has been repeatedly damaged and sprayed with graffiti.

Healthy Day

A Healthy Community Day was held in October in the Village Hall. The day provided health-related information