The Hewitts moved to Fersfield in 1987, with their two young children: Maria (8) and Mark (4). Their previous home was Newbury, Berkshire. Jan was born in Edinburgh and brought up there and in Poole; Richard is Portsmouth and Hampshire born and bred.
Norfolk is now very much the family home, with Maria also living here in Scole, and working in health and care. Mark lives in Scarborough where he is technical manager of the Spa entertainment complex. He comes back to Norfolk often. The family’s other member is Laragh, the beloved black Labrador. Jan, like Richard, a teacher, taught for much of her Norfolk career at Chapel Road School, Attleborough, a school for young people with complex needs. She also taught at Kenninghall Primary School. Richard was for 20 years Headmaster of Hartismere, and oversaw its expansion programme and development of the 6th form. Having retired in 2006, Richard had not intended to seek further employment in the field of education …. and thus became Course Director of the International Educators Programme at UEA. He has since retired again, but is still in his final year as external examiner for ARU’s Masters’ Degrees. Jan is a member of Bressingham Ladies’ Club. She is a great gardener and loves working with flowers. Many people will have seen her beautiful arrangements in Fersfield Church. Richard has a variety of interests: he goes to Michael Dann’s ‘Discord’, enjoys cricket, rugby and football (‘a desperately worried Pompey fanatic’) and is a keen fisherman. He likes growing vegetables and helping Jan in the garden. He became a Reader in our local churches when David Hunter was our Rector and is still a member of the Diss Ministry Team, taking services in Bressingham and Fersfield and the other team churches. He has recently become a Church Warden at Fersfield, where he is currently supporting the electrical and heating upgrade and its associated fundraising. He is very keen to make the church accessible and a major community resource. As a Parish Council member, Richard is particularly concerned with the quality of our roads and also sees a role in helping people ‘to be heard’ and to think ahead in order to share in a good quality of life. He considers his greatest, and most fortunate, achievement was to marry Jan 40 years ago this summer.