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Diss Town Guide 2020‐2021

25th 24th Edition includes

FREE DISS MAP Town Council website: www.diss.gov.uk

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The Official

Diss Town Guide 2020�2021. 25th Edition

Committee Doreen Collins (Chair) Beth Dewhurst Gary Enderby Suzanne Kayne Keith Rackham John Robertson Sarah Veness Supported by Diss Town Council The information in this guide is reproduced as it was submitted and, to the best of our belief, was accurate at the time of going to press. We have contacted everyone in the Guide to obtain permission to reproduce their contact details. We cannot be held responsible for any omissions. The committee and publishers accept no responsibility for any inaccuracies that may have occurred. If you would like your business, club or organisation to be included in future guides, please contact Falcon Publications, DBH 21, Diss Business Park, Hopper Way, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4GT. Telephone: 01379 773347 Email: info@falconpublications.co.uk Cover Photograph: Tina Ewart Published by: Falcon Publications Design & Artwork: Copy Concept

Photo - Tina Ewart

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Diss Publishing Est. 1925

your local Bookshop for Arts, Gifts & Café


ituated at the Mere’s Mouth, Diss Publishing Bookshop provides a special shopping experience. With our focus on customer service and knowledgeable staff, we are more than a bookshop.

We stock gifts and stationery products; Filofax, Cross, Parker & Waterman Pens, Winsor & Newton Art supplies, Jelly Cats, book tokens & Gift vouchers, candles, cufflinks, chocolates, office supplies, Gibson puzzles & games, Diddl, Powell nightwear, Tractor Ted and more. Resident artists are on hand to help you with art supplies and specialist buyers are here to provide everything from a tempting selection of hand picked gifts and stationery, to our beautiful array of greeting cards. You can even indulge in a welldeserved cup of coffee or lunch in the cosy café that boasts prime views of the Mere. With best-selling books found alongside beautiful and unique titles, not usually found on the high street, we are the ideal place to discover the perfect gift or hidden treasure. You can also take advantage of our efficient personal ordering service, available to provide anything that you can’t find on our well stocked shelves. Diss Publishing Bookshop was incorporated in 1925. We’re proud of our independence and historical place in this medieval town. Do come and visit, whether to enjoy one of our regular literary events or to meet a friend. Before you lose yourself in a good book, remember to take the time to lose yourself in Diss Publishing. Please support your local independent bookshop.

Telephone: 01379 644612 or email: info@disspublishing.co.uk Mon – Sat 9am to 5.15pm. Find us at 40 Mere Street, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4AH.


– Feeding you and your imagination –

We promise to be worth your visit. We pay our taxes and support your local economy.


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Memories of Diss


LOCAL SERVICES Local Government Emergency Services Additional Information Travel Health, Welfare & Social Services Voluntary Welfare Organisations

12 17 19 35 39 47

RECREATION Arts, Crafts, Dancing & Music Youth Activities Clubs & Societies Sports & Games

59 71 77 91

EDUCATION Schools Pre­Schools/Nurseries Toddler Groups Adult Education

100 101 102 103

RELIGION Churches & Other Religious Groups 105

CAR PARKS Diss Car Parks




Visit www.diss.gov.uk for a wealth of information about the town, its community and the Town Council along with forthcoming events in and around Diss.

Photo - Tina Ewart

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Foreword By Doreen Collins

Dear Residents and Visitors Welcome to the 25th edition of the Diss Town Guide. In this edition, we have tried to show some of the history of Diss by including a variety of photographs of the town over the decades. It’s fascinating to see just what has changed and what remains the same. At the same time, we look forward to the future of our town. We all know Market towns, their retailers and businesses face challenges from the internet and larger towns and cities but Diss has so much to offer the visitor and resident. There are a wealth of individual shops, the Corn Hall is a refurbished entertainment venue, the Mere and Park with its new play area, the Auction which has featured on various TV shows, many clubs and societies to join and so much more. New initiatives are being created to promote the town and its businesses so there is much to be positive about as we enter a new decade. The information contained within the Guide is as up to date as possible to obtain and grateful thanks goes to the committee and publishers for their efforts in completing this process. Photo - Tina Ewart

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Historical Images of Diss In some ways Diss has changed beyond

These photos from Diss Museum offer

recognition over the past century, but in

glimpses of Diss across the century and we

others, it has remained similar for decades.

hope you enjoy them.

Aerial view of Diss - 1950's, looking north

The Picture House, Victoria Road, early C20th

Button Mill (Victoria Road) early C20th

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Clearing a skating track - Diss Mere 1963


Aldrich Bros. Brush Factory - 'At the pitch pan' 1950's

Denmark Green (now called Fair Green)

Diss Park

Mere Street looking south 1960's

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Strudwick's - Fruit & Veg shop 1940's - now Diss Museum

St. NIcholas Street 1956

Mount Street 1969

Diss Station 1970's

Tangerines Victory Parade June 1994 (Wembley FA Vase winners)

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Local Government

Diss Town Council What we do & how

But part of our job is to hold other organisations and authorities to account for

Diss Town Council is the first tier of local

services provided (or not, in some cases). We

government for Diss. First and foremost, we

try to work in partnership with these

represent the community of Diss. We listen to

organisations to find a better solution.

residents and do our best to work with others to find solutions to issues in the town. We also put forward the views of the community to other organisations such as Norfolk County


Of course, we can’t always solve everything.

Our Vision is to make Diss a successful, vibrant, attractive town, where people want to live, work and visit.

Council, South Norfolk Council, the Police, the

Who does what?

local MP… the list goes on.

The Town Council has up to 14 Town

We also support local groups by providing

Councillors who voluntarily, democratically

community funding and promotion for as

& lawfully make the strategic decisions. We

many as we can. We provide recreation

also employ a small team of administrative

spaces and amenities for the town, such as

and maintenance staff led by the Town Clerk

the markets, Mere & Park, sports facility,

who work together with councillors to

community centre and Cemetery, to name

ensure that the decisions of the Council are

a few.

carried out.

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The Council elects a Town Mayor at the

Owen Leeder (2016), Ellen Nicholas (2015),

Annual Town Meeting of Council each May.

Thomas Kembery (2014), Shelby Baker

The Town Mayor chairs Full Council


meetings and attends civic engagements and other functions as the Council’s representative. We also elect a Council Leader, who is

Honorary Aldermen Glyn Walden (2012), Cyril Grace (2005) Honorary Freeman

responsible for leading the Council in the

Duncan Slater (2017)

delivery of the Strategy Plan. S/he works

Freedom of the Town

closely with the Town Clerk on a day­to­day basis to help ensure the smooth running of the Council. Citizen awards Every year, we recognise those who have dedicated their time for the good of others and the town with an award for their

The Royal Anglian Regiment (2012) More details on citizen awards and past recipients can be found on www.diss.gov.uk/your­community/citizen­ awards Contact us

service. The most recent recipients are listed

We are open to the public Mon ­ Fri


9.30am ­ 1.30pm and for telephone

Honoured Citizens of Diss

enquiries Mon ­ Fri 9.30am ­ 3pm. Contact the Council Offices at 11­12 Market Hill,

Jim Bidwell (2019), Jack Bell & Jamie Scales

Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4JZ. Tel: 643848.

(2018), Harold Rackham & Elizabeth

Email: towncouncil@diss.gov.uk

Dewhurst (2017), Pete Gillings (2016),

Website: www.diss.gov.uk

Suzanne Kayne (2015), no nominations

Facebook: @DissTC,

received in 2014, William (aka Billy) Turner

Twitter: @DissTownCouncil,


Instagram: disstowncouncil

Junior Good Citizens Zinhle Moyo (2019), Reuben Botwright (2018), No nominations received in 2017,

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Norfolk County Council Norfolk County Council provides vital public services for people who live, work, do business or visit the county. They include children’s services, adult social services, highway maintenance, recycling centres,

emptying our residents’ bins every week and supporting those families who fall on hard times; our team of councillors and staff are committed to ensuring South Norfolk remains one of the best places to live and work in the country.

libraries, museums, fire and rescue,

South Norfolk is home to both urban and

economic development and Trading

rural locations. The district covers around

Standards. For more details, visit

350 square miles, fringes Norwich and lies


on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk.

The County Councillor for Diss and Roydon is Cllr Keith Kiddie. 17 Walcot Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4DB keith.kiddie.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk Tel: 644750

We have excellent transport links via road, rail, air and sea with Norwich International Airport and the major east coast ports of Felixstowe, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Harwich just a short drive away. London is only one and a half hours train journey and the A11 and the A14 mean the district is well connected to the rest of the

South Norfolk Council

Eastern region and beyond.

South Norfolk Council is an ambitious

We have 88 towns and villages, including our

authority providing high quality, customer

four Market Towns of Loddon, Harleston,

focused services. We live within our means

Diss and Wymondham.

by working in a business­like and

For the full range of South Norfolk Council

commercial way and we are constantly

services, people can visit the website

challenging ourselves and developing

www.south-norfolk.gov.uk or read the

innovative ways of doing things.

Council's magazine, The Link, which is

The services we deliver make a real

published three times a year.

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‌ the long and the short of it, simply exceptional customer service

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Emergency Services In an emergency where you need police,

within minutes once called. On average Diss

ambulance or fire service assistance

attends 200 calls a year. Drill night (training

urgently call 999

and admin) takes place every Wednesday

Diss Ambulance Service

evening and at other times when required. If

The Ambulance Service is based in Owen

visit the website

Road on the Vinces Road Industrial Estate. It


is manned 24 hours a day on a rota system.


The managers head a team of highly skilled personnel, including ambulance paramedics and technicians, who serve an area of about 465 square miles in South Norfolk and North Suffolk. It is equipped with first line and rapid response vehicles kitted out with the latest resuscitation instruments. The East of England Ambulance NHS Trust, of which Diss is a part, has headquarters at Hellesdon, Norwich, where control coordinates requests from patients, doctors and others who have emergency requirements.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (Diss)

you are interested in joining the ‘On Call’

Based at the station are two fire engines and a new ‘tactical response vehicle’ (TRV). Once operational the TRV’s main duty will be responding to wildfires because of its off road capabilities. Diss is also a core station in Norfolk involved in the National Resilience Programme put together by the Government, after the 9/11 attacks in New York. In the event of a major terrorist CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) attack on the country, the Incident Response Unit from Hethersett along with the core stations could be mobilised to any part of the country for the purpose of ‘Mass

Diss Fire Station is in the Southern district of

Decontamination’ of the general public.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and has an

Also attached to the station are the Diss Fire

establishment of 16 ‘On Call’ personnel.

Cadets aged from 13 to 18. They meet every

Watch Manager Karl Hain is the officer in

Tuesday for training and also take part in

charge and is supported by four Crew

community activities. The cadet’s leader is

Managers and 11 Firefighters. They all have

CM Harry Powell. If you are interested in

primary employment elsewhere but are

joining the cadets, pop along on their

highly trained and carry a pager by which

training evening to find out more.

they are alerted, they report to the station

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Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is

Billingford), Shelfanger, Tibenham, Tivetshall

committed to making Norfolk safer and

St Mary and Margaret, Winfarthing.

offers free ‘Home Fire Risk Checks’ to eligible persons whereby a member of the service will call to your home by appointment and offer fire safety advice. To

sntdiss@norfolk.pnn.police.uk or visit their website at www.norfolk.police.uk.

find out if you are eligible visit our website::

In an emergency always call 999. Dialling


999 is a must if you are facing an incident or


crime right now and you need police help

Diss Police Station Inspector Symonds leads Diss, Long Stratton & Harleston Safer Neighbourhood Team. His dedicated team includes five teams of SNT Patrol officers who will respond to your calls for service 24 hours a day, investigate the crimes in your area and work with the three Beat Managers (one for Diss­ PC Andrew Baker, one for Long Stratton ­PC Andy Barkway & one for Harleston­PC Steve Phillips).

immediately. Such emergencies may include: • Someone using violence or threatening violence • Where there is a danger to life • Serious damage is being or could be caused to a property • A potential criminal has been disturbed or apprehended • A road traffic collision where someone is hurt and/or a danger is being caused to other road users.

The team work in partnership with

In a non­emergency, you may use the

communities and other agencies to

external telephone at the police station

understand and address local problems.

which connects you through to the Control

The Diss SNT is responsible for Diss and the

Room at Wymondham Headquarters.

surrounding villages of Aslacton, Bunwell, Bressingham and Fersfield, Burston and Shimpling, Brockdish (inc. Thorpe Abbots), Carleton Rode, Dickleburgh and Rushall, Diss, Gissing, Gt Moulton, Heywood, Needham, Roydon, Scole (inc.Thelveton and


To contact Diss SNT call 101, email

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Additional Information Some helpful addresses, phone numbers and

way. We have a field in Winfarthing, together

opening times for town amenities that are

with three polytunnels, where we meet

not listed elsewhere:

weekly to grow, harvest and then take home

Market and Auction Day: Friday

good, local, organically grown vegetables

Telephone code: 01379

and some fruit. We welcome both experienced gardeners and novices, as there are always tasks for every level of experience and strength. Our principal work day is Thursday, from about 10 am until about 1 pm. For more information visit disscommunityfarm.org or contact Gary Alexander on 07766 711999 or email

Diss Carnival


The Diss Carnival is the annual party of the

Diss Community Team (DCT)

year held in June. Over 6,000 people attended Diss’ Carnival back in 2019. Carnival 2020 is set to be even better with a theme that’s out of this world! Get ready for… Space Inva­DISS! Follow the parade from Diss High School through the town centre and into the Park where the fun continues. Fancy getting involved? Contact the Carnival Committee via email: carnival@diss.gov.uk Facebook us @DissCarnival or keep up to date via the website: www.diss.gov.uk/whats-on/disscarnival-2019. Telephone enquiries: 643848

Diss Community Farm Diss Community Farm is a community group with members in and around Diss who have come together to produce food collaboratively in an ethical and sustainable

Diss Town Team (TT) had existed since 2010 as a constituted body but with no legal status. The aims of the new body are similar to that of the TT, to endeavour to make Diss a better place to live, work, visit or locate your business. Diss Town Team consisted of event organisers, Corn Hall representatives, Heritage Triangle Traders, Diss Town Council, The District Council, Park Radio, Rotary, local businesses etc. The DCT’s objective is to attract members from all areas of the community and it is hoped that they will be able to expand their membership accordingly. It is hoped that as a Community Interest Company (CIC) they will be able to generate funding to tackle some of the issues that are detrimentally affecting the town. They will also continue to facilitate and support the majority of events that take place in the town. Diss Town G uide 2 0 2 0 ‐ 2 0 2 1


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For more information contact Alan Franks

Built in 1854, the Corn Hall was an

on 07532 097007 or email

impressive and state­of­the­art structure for


trading at the heart of historic Diss. Run

Diss Corn Hall

since 2010 by The Diss Corn Hall Trust as a lively arts venue, the Corn Hall is once again taking centre stage in the community life of the town. The Corn Hall’s exciting and wide­ranging events programme attracts audiences from a wide area. Regular events include performances by high profile personalities, comedians and bands, a variety of touring and local theatre, family events, daytime and evening film screenings, live satellite

St Nicholas Street, Diss, IP22 4LB

broadcasts of West End shows and

Box Office and Gallery hours: 10am­4pm

contemporary art exhibitions.

daily, except Sunday.

The Corn Hall also hosts many community

Tel: 652241

groups, classes, activities and opportunities

Email: boxoffice@thecornhall.co.uk

including: Start With, Arts Award, Art

Online visit: www.thecornhall.co.uk

Appreciation, Life Drawing Classes, Arts

Facebook: diss.cornhall

Society, Saturday Clubs, School Holiday Stage

Twitter: @disscornhall

Schools, Greasepaints, Time With Friends –

Recently fully refurbished and extended as

Dementia Café, Tots Tuesday, Diss Museum

part of the Diss Heritage Triangle project,

on Tour, Education/Work experience

the Corn Hall provides a transformed

opportunities, Volunteering, #IWill

building which is exciting, bright and

volunteering project for people aged from

welcoming and one that is completely

13 to 25.

accessible to everyone locals and visitors

Refreshment facilities: The café is open

alike in the daytime as well as for evening

Monday­Saturday 10am­4pm serving great


coffee and speciality teas, as well as light

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food and homemade cakes. Both the Grain

Structured activities for different age groups

Brewery bar and cafĂŠ are open from 6.30pm

and interests are provided by the

before main evening events or an hour

management committee. Working parties

before earlier ones. The venue is fully

are held on the first Saturday morning and

wheelchair accessible.

third Wednesday morning of each month to

The Corn Hall is largely run by volunteers. If you would like to know more about getting involved as a steward, technician, in the box office, or in any other way, email: volunteers@thecornhall.co.uk

Quaker Wood

carry out a variety of management tasks according to the season. These include brush cutting, tree care, pruning, scything, hedgelaying etc and it will not be long before thinning and production of woodland material will be part of the management. All ages are most welcome at the working

Quaker Wood is celebrating its 10th

parties and no special skills are required.

anniversary in 2020 with a number of

If you would just like to chat and find out a

important events. It lies on Factory Lane

little bit more, then turn up for coffee mid

between Diss and Roydon. It is owned and

morning on any first Saturday of the month.

managed by Diss Community Woodland

Running costs are covered entirely by local

Project, a local voluntary group, and is open

voluntary donations. Significant financial

all the year round. It has been planted with a

contributions, especially those that celebrate

mixture of indigenous hardwood species. It

family occasions, are acknowledged by a

also benefits from some fine mature

suitably engraved plaque at the entrance.

hedgerow oak trees, a central pond and a

For further information on volunteering, the

grassland area that is managed for

management committee, donations or


fundraising please refer to the website:

The management objectives are to develop


and maintain the area as woodland and open

Diss Parochial Charity

space, for the benefit of both the local people

(Registered No. 210154)

and the local wildlife. Diss Church Junior

This Charity is a combination of 13 small

School, Roydon Primary School and local

charities partly dating from 1618,

youth organisations have all made use of

originating with gifts of land or property

Quaker Wood for outdoor learning.

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01379 642324

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01379 651451 We undertake any job from the smallest dents and scratches to complete resprays and customisations. Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 5.30pm 3-4 Forge Business Centre Upper Rose Lane, Palgrave, Diss.

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from various benefactors to provide income

Diss Youth and Community Centre (DYCC)

for the benefit of poor persons in the Parish

Main Hall

of Diss. Full details can be found on the

Up to 100 people capacity. For bookings call

Charity Commissioners’ Website. It is

643848 or email

administered by seven trustees: the Rector


of Diss, four nominated by the Town Council and two coopted by the other trustees. It has four almshouses and makes small grants to residents in the civic parish of Diss where

Hope Church For more information on their range of rooms for hire call 644223.

assistance from public funds or other bodies

Diss Methodist Church

is non­existent or inadequate. Assistance is

Halls and meeting room for hire with kitchen

also available in cases of need or distress

facilities. For more info call 651512 or email

and for training where this is within the


remit of the charity. Apply to the clerk: Sylvia


Grace, 2 The Causeway, Diss, IP22 4AW. Tel:

Diss United Reformed Church

650630. email:

Range of meeting rooms and halls of various


sizes to hire. For more info call 650770.

Hall Hire


Taylor Road Meeting Room


A modern facility to take up to 90 people.

Diss Library, Church Street, Diss IP22 4DD

The room is available for hire for receptions,

Email: libaries@norfolk.gov.uk

parties and meetings. For bookings

Tel: 642609

Tel: 644847.

Opening times:

Roydon Village Hall A modern hall with all facilities, including a full stage. For bookings contact roydonvillagehall1@gmail.com or call 07432 548068

Monday: 8am­7pm (staffed 10am­7pm) Tuesday: 8am­7pm (unstaffed) Wednesday: 8am­7pm (staffed 10am­7pm) Thursday: 8am­7pm (staffed 10am­7pm) Friday: 8am­7pm (staffed 10am­7pm) Saturday: 8am­4pm (staffed 10am­4pm) Sunday: 10am­4pm (unstaffed)

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Photo - Tina Ewart


For access to the Library during unstaffed

history of the town and area. Always on

Open Libraries hours, pop in during a staffed

display are the Old Rectory Doll's House and

session and speak to a team member.

old photos and jottings from the Memory

Visitors as well as all who live and work in Norfolk are welcome to use the library. There is free internet access and Wi­Fi for the public. www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries


Bank. Local firms like Cupiss, Aldrich, Anness and Gaze have all been featured. Panels in the windows depict significant characters and events from the town's past. Outreach activities include: talks to groups and schools, tours of the town (including a Murder Tour) and involvement in events like the Roydon Riots Centenary (1993), Skelton Festival (2004), Nelson Bicentenary (2005), Betjeman Centenary (2006), Local History Festival (2007), Tom Paine Festival (2009), Friends In High Places: The Manning Story (2011), The Friendly Invasion (2012) and

Friday Market ­ traditional, bustling market every Friday in the Market Place. Saturday Market – every Saturday from 9am­ 4pm in the Market Place. Are you interested in having a market stall, promotional or charity stall? Contact Diss Town Council for further information 643848 or visit www.diss.gov.uk

Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club

the R34 Adventure (2019). In 2014 the museum was behind the project to put the

Diss Museum

missing names on the war memorial. The

Diss Museum is situated in the Market Place

museum is administered by a registered

in a building called The Shambles, formerly

Charitable Trust and supported by Diss

two butchers' shops. There are a variety of

Town Council. In 2019 Accreditation was

displays, frequently changed, about the

awarded by the Arts Council. Accreditation is Diss Town G uide 2 0 2 0 ‐ 2 0 2 1


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the UK standard for museums and galleries. It defines good practice and identifies agreed standards, thereby encouraging development, helping to guide museums to be the best they can be. The museum has won a Gulbenkian Award for the greatest improvements achieved with limited resources. The Tom Paine Festival won the East of England Market Towns Culture Photo: Courtesy of Diss Town Council

Award and a Museums & Heritage Award for Excellence for the best project on a limited

views of the Park and Mere. Call Diss Town

budget. The day­to­day running of the

Council on 643848 or visit

museum is largely by volunteers. The

www.diss.gov.uk for more information or to

Friends of Diss Museum provide stewards

make a booking.

and financial support for special projects.

Political Parties

The museum is open from 11am­3pm every

Member of Parliament for South Norfolk is

day from mid­March to the start of

Mr. Richard Bacon MP, House of Commons,

November. Admission is free.

Westminster, London, SW1A OAA. Local Tel:

Museum postal address:

01508 532222.

11 Market Hill, IP22 4JZ. Tel: 650618.

South Norfolk Conservative Association (Diss & Roydon Branch)

e­mail: dissmuseum@lineone.net website: www.dissmuseum.co.uk

The Park Pavilion The Park Pavilion offers an open­air venue for music and drama performances or sporting events and can be hired by community groups and organisations. The adjoining kiosk provides a wide selection of

The local Conservative Branch is based at the main office of the SNC Association which is at Pretoria House, Ipswich Road, Long Stratton, NR15 2TA. For further details please contact the Branch Chairman Cllr. Keith Kiddie, c/o office@snca.org.uk or Tel: 01508 333100.

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South Norfolk Labour Party

Recycling Centres

Secretary: Leisa Devlin.

Tesco Supermarket Customer Car Park:

You can contact us on 07856 657439 or via:

Glass, clothing, shoes, CDs, paper, shredded

Email: snlabourparty@gmail.com

paper, wrapping paper, envelopes, books

Facebook: /snlabourparty

Morrisons Supermarket, off roundabout at

Website: www.southnorfolklabour.org.uk

entrance to car park: Glass, clothing, shoes,

Liberal Democrats

paper, shredded paper/envelopes

The local Liberal Democrats Branch takes an active interest in local and national politics and organises social and fundraising events. Regular meetings take place at venues in the area. Contact: Trevor Wenman, Tel: 641423 or email tworivers@southnorfolklibdems.org.uk

Post Office Main Post Office, Market Place Helpline: 0345 7223344

Chapel Street Car Park: Glass Rose Lane, near Riverside Maltings: Glass Thomas Manning Road, junction of Vinces Road: Glass Weavers Court (Mount St) Car Park: Glass, textiles and clothing Willbye Avenue, 100 yards from roundabout: Glass Roydon High Road: Glass, clothing, shoes

Registrar's Office


For the registration of births and deaths,

Monday: 9.00am – 5.30pm

marriages, civil partnerships, certificates

Tuesday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

and tracing of family trees, you will need an

Wednesday: 9.00am – 5.30pm

appointment to see the Registrar at Diss

Thursday: 9.00am – 5.30pm

Registration Office, Council Offices, 11­12

Friday: 9.00am – 5.30pm

Market Hill, Diss, IP22 4JZ. Opening times:

Saturday: 9.00am – 12.30pm

Mon – Fri 9.30am – 1.30pm

Local Radio Stations

For appointments and general enquiries

Radio Norfolk: FM 95.1, 95.6 & 104.4 Radio Suffolk: FM 103.9, 104.6, 95.5 & 95.9

01603 306149 or www.norfolk.gov.uk/registrationservices

Heart Norfolk: FM 102.4 Heart Suffolk: FM 97.1 & 96.4 Park Radio: FM 107.6 & 105.2 Diss Town G uide 2 0 2 0 ‐ 2 0 2 1


Summer Bedding & Basket Plants Now In Stock A Family Run Business for the last 35 years, for all your Gardening and Pet needs. Quality plants and products available with ‘Old Fashioned’ Personal Service and Friendly Advice from knowledgeable staff.

Telephone: 01379 642873 www.dissgardencentre.co.uk Victoria Road, Diss, IP22 4JG (Next to Diss Swimming Pool)

Orchard Frames Quality

Picture Framing Service & Gallery Prints • Oils • Water Colours • Moulding • Ornate Frames • Mountboard • Glass • Dry Mounting Mirrors We make frames to fit your Embroideries • Oils • Watercolours • Posters • Medals Photos etc www.orchardframes.com

Wills Yard, Chapel Street, Diss, Norfolk. Tel 01379 644968


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Diss Visitor Information Point The Diss Visitor Information Point (VIP) is situated in the Corn Hall and aims to guide visitors and tourists to the wide range of fantastic facilities and attractions in and around Diss. Run by a team of volunteers, it

selection of maps, timetables and free access to the internet. We are looking for volunteers to help run the service so do get in touch. Open Monday­Saturday 10am­4pm. Tel: 652241 www.diss.gov.uk/visiting-diss

is one of many VIPs opening across the

Water Board

Waveney Valley area and country and

In emergencies contact Anglian Water on

features an information book for visitors,

03457 145145

rack of leaflets about local attractions, a

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Meeting rooms available for hire

Tel: 01379 647300 Email: info@simonds.co.uk Web: www.simonds.co.uk Large modern fleet from 6 to 57 seat coaches Executive Touring Coaches with full facilities & air conditioning Coach Hire, Transfers & Executive taxi service Holiday Tours & Day Excursions UK & Continental Simonds, Roswold House, Oak Drive, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4GX 34

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Travel Air Travel

Flexi Bus

Forty minutes by car from Diss, Norwich

Offers transport from villages to the market

Airport operates flights to many destinations

towns of Attleborough, Diss and Thetford.

around the world. For information phone:

Open to all ages, we offer reduced fares for

(01603) 411923. email:

under 16s and accept concessionary passes.

infodesk@norwichairport.co.uk or go to

There is no set timetable. The bus will


collect you from close to your home at a pre

Bus Services

arranged time and drop you where you want

For services in Norfolk and Suffolk and

before you wish to travel (or by 16.00 Friday

National Travel information contact

for journeys on Monday).

Traveline on www.travelineeastanglia.org.uk or 0871 200 22 33. 1 & 2: Long Stratton, Norwich (Simonds) 17: Diss Town Service (Semmence) 113/114: Eye, Mendlesham, Debenham, Ipswich 170: Woodbridge, Felixstowe (Fareline, summer Mondays only) 304: Stanton, Bury St.Edmunds (Simonds) 475: EyeDiss (Fareline) 80: Harleston, Beccles,Yarmouth (Anglian Coaches) 584: Pulham, via Dickleburgh (Semmence) 482: Framlingham (Simonds) 581: Harleston, Bungay, Beccles (Simonds) Konect bus 1: Diss, Long Stratton, Norwich

to go. Pre­book your seat at least one day

Hours of operation: in school term time – Mon to Fri 9.15am to 2.30pm; During school holidays – Mon to Fri 8am to 2.30pm. Tel: 0300 1231145

The Borderhoppa This is a Dial A Ride service for people living within South Norfolk & North Suffolk who find getting to places a problem. This could be because your village is not covered by a bus service or because you have a mobility problem that prevents you from using a normal bus. Most of the mini buses are wheelchair accessible & you will be collected from & returned to your door. You need to book your journey at least 24hrs before you wish to travel, but you can book up to a week in advance. Regular journeys can be block booked. All passengers will need to become members to use our buses. Diss Town G uide 2 0 2 0 ‐ 2 0 2 1



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Please contact us for more information.

Rail Travel

We also run regular members outings

There is a half hourly service between

throughout the year. Our mini buses are also

Norwich and London in both directions. The

available with a driver for hire to community

first train from Diss to London leaves at

groups & non profit making organisations.

05.14 and the last at 22.17. The first train

For any further information or to make a

from London to Diss is at 06.00 and the last

booking please call 854800 or email:

at 23.30. The first train to Norwich leaves at


07.03 and the last at 01.11. The first train


from Norwich is at 04.55 and the last at 23.05. The timetables vary at weekends and all travel information can be obtained by phoning: 03457 484950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk

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Stylish Frames, Great Prices. Book an appointment today, in store or online.

Diss Chiropody & Podiatry Clinic Day & Evening Appointments Nail Surgery Clinic Orthotic/Insole Therapy Foot Care/Advice Various Verrucae Treatments (Including needling) Ultrasound scanning available Product Sales Home Visits Available

Mr. W. J. Hutchings BSc. Podiatry Hcpc reg M.c.Pod 01379 640370 foot.clinic@btconnect.com 1 Roydon Road, Diss, Norfolk 38

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01379 640370 Memorial Leisure Centre, Wilderness Lane, Harleston


Health, Welfare and Social Services Diss Health Centre

Hado Pharmacy, Mount Street Tel: 644001 (Open 7am­11pm Mon to Fri, 7am­8pm Sat and 10am­5pm Sun) Outside these hours, call NHS 111 to find your nearest out­of­hours pharmacy.

Community Health Services A wide variety of community health staff operate from the Health Centre, making local services available with minimum travelling time. A wide range of clinics is held at the The Health Centre is situated off Mount Street and accommodates two medical practices and a range of community health services. Information about the practices, including surgery times, appointments etc is available from the receptionists.

Health Centre; while some staff (such as district nurses) also visit patients' own homes. Regular clinics include: foot health services, adult speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, dietetics, health education and cognitive behavioural therapy. The nursing staff

The Parish Fields Practice (Drs McCarthy,

includes community nurses and therapists.

Thorneley, Varghese and Wilde) Tel:

For more information about your local

642023, www.parishfields.co.uk

community health services (not the GP

The Lawns Medical Practice (Drs Lawton,

Practices), please call 01953 609409. A

Pantazis, Pe and full­time nurse practioner

Carers Meeting is held at the Health Centre

Clare Horton) Tel: 642021,

on the third Thursday of every month at


2pm. It lasts about two hours and there is


usually a speaker for the first part and drinks and biscuits are provided. People who

Well Pharmacy, 11 Market Place Tel: 642053

care for a relative or loved one that are

(Open 9am­6pm Mon to Fri, 9am­5.30pm Sat)

registered at either practice are welcome.

Boots, Market Place Tel: 642436 (8.30am­

Further details are available from either

6pm Mon to Sat, 10am­4pm Sun)


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The Friends of Diss Health Centre

Supported Housing & Housing with Care

The Friends is a registered charity which

Saffron Housing Trust has two supported

provides equipment and amenities not

housing schemes in Diss, located at Clare

normally supplied by the NHS for the

House and Thomas Manning Road. Each

patients of Diss Health Centre. The money to

provides self­contained rented

do so is generously provided by those who

accommodation for older people and offers

wish to show their gratitude for the care and

support as required. For further information

attention they, or people close to them, have

on these schemes please call 01508 532000

received from staff at the Health Centre. The

or email info@saffronhousing.co.uk

Friends' committee includes local people and some staff members. Members receive regular newsletters and are invited to attend the charity's annual meeting. Contact your Practice Manager for more information.

Out of Hours For medical advice and to discover your

Saffron Housing Trust also owns Weavers Court, which is a Housing with Care scheme and offers 24 hour support from on site care staff in self­contained one bedroom flats. For further information on this service please call 01508 532000 or email info@saffronhousing.co.uk

nearest out­of­hours service dial 111.

Saffron Housing Trust also supplies

Always dial 999 in an emergency.

community alarms that are easily installed


in anyone's home and provide reassurance for older or vulnerable people so that they

Diss is served by the Norfolk and Norwich

can summon assistance quickly in the event

University Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich,

of an emergency or other urgent situation.

NR4 7UY Tel: 01603 286286.

There is a small weekly rental to pay for this

West Suffolk Hospital, Hardwick Lane, Bury

service. If you would like a free

St. Edmunds, IP33 2QZ Tel: 01284 713000.

demonstration or further information please

Ipswich Hospital, Heath Road, Ipswich, IP4

call free 0800 9174680. Email:

5PD Tel: 01473 712233.


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Denny Centre (Empanda Care & Support)

Bereavement Support Group

At the Denny Centre, we support older

suffering with grief and bereavement. There

people and those with physical and mental

are three courses per year which each run

health needs with enjoyable therapeutic day

for eight weeks and they are all free to

care. We give customers the opportunity to

attend. Please get in touch for course dates.

socialise, make new friends and have fun,

The group looks to address the many facets

whilst giving family carers a well­deserved

of grief and offers people a space to come

break. Our dedicated team of carers are on

along and share their feelings whilst feeling

hand to ensure our customers have a

the support of the group as they navigate

positive and enjoyable experience. A typical

their way through their bereavement.

day would include a warm and friendly

The group facilitators are all fully trained in

welcome, a choice of morning activities,

the ‘Grief Journey’ programme devised by Dr.

freshly prepared two­course lunch, a varied

Bill Webster. Many people suffer silently

afternoon activity programme with

with their grief whilst others around them

refreshments served throughout the day. For

feel that they are doing well. The group

more information about our day care

offers support for anyone who is struggling

service, please call Laura Edgar on 641064.

in coming to terms with their bereavement,

Children & Adult Social Care

no matter how long ago their loved one has

Social Care is the responsibility of Norfolk


County Council and is administered from County Hall, Norwich. For more information

This group offers support for anyone who is

died. Call Kerry on 640810 or email


on all departments, go to

General pensions enquiries (for over 60's)

information@norfolk.gov.uk or

0800 7310469. See also information under

call 0344 800 8020.

Citizens Advice Bureau.

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Diss Jobcentre Plus Jobcentre Plus is part of the Department of Work and Pensions. We aim to help people into paid work, employers fill their vacancies and give people the help and support they are entitled to if they cannot work. Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm Wednesday: 10.00am – 5.00pm Information

Textphone 01603 636032 or visit website at www.gov.uk

and enquiries 614320

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Voluntary Welfare Organisations Adoption and Family Finding Unit If adoption and fostering are new ideas for you, we can help you find out more. Norfolk Adoption Service, County Hall, 4th Floor, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH 01603 638343. www.norfolk.gov.uk/adoption

Al-Anon Family Groups We offer help and support to families and friends of anyone who has a problem with alcohol. Call the helpline on 0207 403 0888 between 10am and 10pm, 365 days a year or email enquiries@al-anonuk.org.uk

Versus Arthritis Helpline on 0800 5200 520 (Mon­Fri 9am­8pm) or email enquiries@versusarthritis.org For more info go to versusarthritis.org

Autism Anglia Registered Charity No. 1063717. Covering the counties of East Anglia our charity specialises in the welfare and care of people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions. For more information please visit our website www.autism-anglia.org.uk or email info@autism-anglia.org.uk Head Office 01206 577678.

Website: www.al-anonuk.org.uk

British Heart Foundation

Alcoholics Anonymous

The British Heart Foundation shop in Mere

If you want to drink, that's your business. If you want to stop, that's ours. We have weekly meetings at the Friends’ Meeting House in Diss at 1pm on Mondays and on Fridays at 7.30pm. Anyone who has, or may have a problem is welcome to phone one of the following numbers for information: Jane, Tel: 898783 or Clyde, Tel: 642261. There is also a 24 hour manned confidential helpline. Tel: 01603 621128

Versus Arthritis National charity supporting people with

Street, Diss raises funds for vital research into the causes, prevention and treatment of heart and circulatory disease. We would welcome new volunteers to help in the Diss shop. For more information please contact Daniel Champion on 641727 or call in at the shop.

Citizens Advice Diss, Thetford & District Diss, Thetford & District Citizens Advice is here to help all kinds of people with all kinds of problems. Our advice is confidential, independent, impartial and FREE.

arthritis of all ages, their families and carers.

We can help with advice and information on

For information and support call the free

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Contractors to H.M. Government

Cranes, Generators, Compressors, Trailers, Fire Engines, Machine Tools, Benches, Cabinets, Lockers, Vices, Pumps, Electric Motors, Tools and Hardware. Fully licensed to buy scrap. Open 8.30am-4pm Saturday 8.30am-12 noon (Closed Mondays) Oxford House, Mission Road, Diss IP22 4HX

Tel: 01379 642983


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Discrimination, Housing, Employment,

Friday: 10am – 3pm Drop In, appointments

Family and personal matters, Law, Consumer

& telephone advice

Rights and lots of other things. If you are concerned or worried about any of the above then just drop in to see us, telephone, write or email. You will talk to a fully trained

Other services available at the Diss Office Thursday: Local Solicitors by appointment only.

assessor who will listen to your concerns

Caring Together

and help you identify possible ways forward.

At Caring Together we are a charity who

After your initial assessment interview with

provide advice and information, run services

an assessor you may be given an

in our local communities and campaign for

appointment with one of our generalist or

carers’ rights.

specialist advisers or referred (with your consent) to an outside agency. We can help you write letters, fill in forms, negotiate with third parties and help resolve your situation. We will also help you to understand your responsibilities in a particular situation.

We provide support for carers and people they care for including: Care in the home and community for adults and children, information, advice and guidance to help people in their caring role, dedicated staff to identify and arrange support, local carer

Diss Office ( Shelfanger Road),

groups and support from other carers,

Tel: 03444 111 444

tailored services for young carers and young

Website: www.cadat.org Monday: 10am –

adult carers, help to plan for the unexpected,

3pm Drop In, appointments & telephone

immediate support in a crisis and specialist


dementia support.

Tuesday: 10am – 3pm (closed for drop ins)

Contact us to find out how we can help you

specialist appointments & telephone advice.

on 01480 499090 or 0345 241 0954, at

Wednesday: 10am – 3pm Drop In, appointments & telephone advice Thursday: 10am – 3pm Drop In, appointments & telephone advice

hello@caringtogether.org or at caringtogether.org

Dove Dementia Care The Dove Dementia Cafe meets at the United Reformed Church on the first Wednesday of the month, from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Diss Town G uide 2 0 2 0 ‐ 2 0 2 1


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01379 643881

B.A.R. Memb. No. C114


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The Dove Cafe Church meets every first Monday of the month at 1.30pm at the United Reformed Church. It’s a shorter church service with traditional hymns and prayers.

Mencap (Royal Mencap Society) Providing the opportunity for those with learning disabilities (and their families and carers) to obtain advice, guidance and support and offering the opportunity to

Dove Song is a singing group which takes

participate in various recreational activities

place every third Monday of the month at

in a safe environment. In addition the

1.30pm. It is led by a trained music

application of various methods to advocate

therapist and is for people living with

the rights, needs and wants of people with a

Parkinson’s, dementia or recovering

learning disability to enable greater

from stroke.

integration in the local community.

For more information call Gabrielle on 650770.

Diss Community First Responders Community First Responders are volunteers who respond to emergency calls on behalf of the East of England Ambulance Service in the area where they either live or work. Diss First Responders have been working with the EEAS since the end of April 2008 and many of our Responders are also British Heart Foundation Heartstart Instructors teaching emergency life support in the

Call the Mencap Learning Disability Helpline: 0808 8081111 or email helpline@mencap.org.uk www.mencap.org.uk

The Fersfield School of Healing This School is part of the International Healing Fellowship. It is a healing group that not only trains healers but is also open to the public for healing. There are two sessions a month from 7pm­9pm and all are welcome. For more information please contact Maggie on 890916.

community. If you would like any further

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)

help or information please contact Rachel

Save a life today, give blood! The NHSBT

Hillier, Co­ordinator, Diss First Responders

holds regular blood donation sessions at

on 740158 or email chocs4@aol.com

Diss Rugby Club. If you would like to find out more about giving blood contact 0300 123 2323 (local rate) or log on to www.blood.co.uk Diss Town G uide 2 0 2 0 ‐ 2 0 2 1



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TimeNorfolk Offers confidential counselling and caring support to anyone in distress due to an unplanned pregnancy, a pregnancy loss through miscarriage, termination or stillbirth, pregnancy­related anxiety or depression. We provide support across Norfolk to women and their partners of all ages. For further information or to make an appointment call our helpline on 03333 058552 or email us info@timenorfolk.org.uk www.timenorfolk.org.uk

British Red Cross The British Red Cross provides a wide range of services throughout the Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk areas. For more details, please contact British Red Cross Norfolk Branch, Coronation Road, Norwich, NR6 5HD. Tel: 01603 426361.

other venues or for more information, please contact us on 01603 625333. Counsellors can also be contacted directly via our website: www.relate.org.uk

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) The Diss and District RDA Group holds riding sessions for disabled children every Tuesday afternoon at Clint Farm, near Eye. New helpers are always welcome. Those interested should call Penelope Lister on 742524. Also please contact Penelope if you are the parent or carer of a child who could benefit from riding.

Diss RSPCA Cruelty Line or Inspectors, Tel: 03001 234999. Animal Rehousing Centre: Low Road, North Tuddenham, Tel: 03030 401565. Opening hours Mon­Fri, 10am – 4pm. For more information see

Relate: Norfolk and Suffolk


Counselling, support and information for all

Save the Children (SCF)

relationships. Our services include Relationship Counselling for individuals and couples, Sex Therapy, Family Counselling and Children and Young People's Counselling. We are also able to provide friendly and informal workshops for people at important stages in their relationships. For an appointment in Diss or at one of the

The international charity which fights for children in the UK and around the world who suffer from poverty, disease, injustice and violence. We work with them and their families to find lifelong answers to the problems they face. The local branch has been active in this area for 20 years and has

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Mortgage Advice and Arrangement

Retirement Planning Advice and arrangement of personal and business protection

Improving the returns on your investments

Giving security for you and

your family in case of accidental injury (including sports related),serious illness or death

Newman & Co Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditors have been serving local businesses and individuals in East Anglia for over 20 years. We offer a range of services tailored to suit our clients’ individual

needs that include: * Tax Returns Advice and Planning * Preparation of Annual Accounts * Bookkeeping services and Management Accounts Preparation * Business Start-up Advice * Payroll Services including Real-Time processing * VAT Returns and Advice We provide an efficient, friendly and competent service through our professionally qualified staff and believe that there is a real value in developing long-standing professional relationships with our clients. Please contact us to arrange a free initial consultation.


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raised over ÂŁ80,000 with the help of our

different agencies, local authority grant,

local supporters. For more information

voluntary income and rental revenues.

please visit our website www.savethechildren.org.uk

Solo currently provides three types of housing solution for single people in parts of

Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen Family Association/Forces Help Society (SSAFA)

Norfolk and Suffolk:

SSAFA provides practical, emotional and

spare room to let, to meet someone wishing

financial support to anyone who is serving

to rent it. The Lodgings Scheme provides a

or has ever served and their families. SSAFA

quick & affordable housing solution for

Norfolk, Tel: 01603 403322 or email

people who do not have a home and may not


have wider support networks to help them.

Solo Housing (East Anglia)

Supported Housing assists people to

Solo Housing (East Anglia) Ltd is a registered charity, limited company and a registered housing provider with the Homes and Communities agency. Solo Housing was originally established in1985 and we help a

The Lodgings Scheme enables people with a

develop skills to sustain longer term accommodation and where they may have specific health or other vulnerabilities making it difficult to sustain accommodation in general needs housing.

range of single people (18 to 65 years), from

The accommodation provided is either a one

those who simply need a roof over their

bedroom flat, shared house or flat or in our

head, to those who need regular help to

hostel. Our staff visit regularly, encouraging

overcome problems that they may be

people to rebuild their confidence and

experiencing. We provide support, advice,

prepare for independent living. The service

information and practical help to help single

provides a planned move back into the

people to secure and sustain

community, either to housing association


accommodation or to the private sector,

At Solo we believe in people and our intention is to provide opportunities for

living with family or friends or moving to lodgings.

those who pass through our door to improve their lives. We are funded by a number of

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Malthouse Security Ltd Communications & Security Systems

Comprehensive home security systems available in East Anglia Intruder alarms Door entry systems

Senior Care call systems

CCTV installation

Fire alarms

For a free, no obligation quote on any of our services:

Call us now on 01379 890 606 or email sales@malthouse-security.co.uk www.malthouse-security.co.uk

To book contact: john@live-everyday.co.uk or 01379 678662.


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General needs accommodation – we have five low cost single person accommodation units in Diss which can provide a move on solution for those living in supported accommodation or to provide low cost accommodation for those on a low income. Our work is supported by a dedicated board of trustees; we regularly recruit to the board. Key skills welcomed are financial management, marketing, publicity and charity/ housing sector governance. For further information please contact: Solo Housing, 12a St Nicholas Street, Diss,

Waveney Talking Newspaper Association A voluntary organisation distributing local news and information recorded on memory sticks every fortnight to blind and partially sighted people and others unable to access the printed media. Approximately 50 people receive the recordings made by four teams, each of four readers with an editor and a technician. Contact Secretary Trevor Freeborn on 01379 608774 or by email at trevorfreeborn1@gmail.com

Royal Voluntary Service

Norfolk, IP22 4LB.Tel: 640250. Freephone

RVS aim to help people maintain

0800 6520155, Email:

independence and dignity in their own

info@solohousing.org or visit our website

homes and communities, particularly in later


life. RVS are premier providers of services within the community. Enquiry line Tel: 0845 608 0122. Open: Mon­Fri 8am – 6pm. For home and mobile library service tel: 01603 397998 Mon­Fri 9am – 5pm or email: norfolkhub@royalvoluntaryservice.org

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Arts, Crafts, Dancing & Music Diss Acoustic Music Club

Arts Society Diss

Every Tuesday evening from 8.30­9.30pm

We are a friendly welcoming group who

we meet in the schoolroom at The Friends

meet every third Tuesday in the month

Meeting House, Frenze Road, Diss to sing

in the Diss Corn Hall. 1.45 pm for 2.15 pm

and play all types of music, provided it is

start. During our season we hear ten

acoustic. No electrified instruments are

carefully selected lectures on a wide range of

allowed. This is, along with adults only, one

the Arts. The talks are chosen to provide

of our few rules. Another is that you leave

enjoyment, also to challenge the ideas and

your "ego" outside the door. We always

perceptions that we may have. Many of our

encourage each other. Nobody hogs the

speakers are renowned experts in their field,

session and we take turns to perform

it is very exciting to discover a new topic or

whatever we want to bring­polished "gems",

to be asked to look at a familiar subject from

"rough diamonds" or work­in­progress. No

a different perspective. The experience of a

alcohol, but free tea and biscuits are "a

good talk has been enhanced by the large

must". Contact Tony Gooch on 640752 or

screen and clear sound quality in the Corn

07584 291343

Hall auditorium.

Diss Art Group

During the year we offer escorted short trips, which often relate to a lecture subject

Meets Tuesday afternoons, from 1.30 to

and a longer four or five day tour, visiting

4.00, at the Roman Catholic Church in

many historic properties, galleries and

Shelfanger Road. The group has a growing


membership spanning all ages and abilities.

Special Interest days are very popular, these

Formed in 1974, the group comprises mixed

offer an in­depth look at a subject, led by an

media and all aspects of painting. The

expert speaker with a good lunch and a glass

summer term is given over to weekly

of wine, what could be better?

sketching trips in Diss and the surrounding

You will be welcome to come and have a

area. Limited informal tuition is sometimes

“taster” session for a donation of £7.50 or

available during Autumn and Spring terms.

you can join as a member for an inclusive fee

Contact Avril Young on 642168 or Mary

of £42 for 10 lectures.

Hunt on 641142

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Dedicated to the arts in the Eastern Region


Burgate Singers We specialise in major choral works with professional orchestras and soloists, under the direction of Alain Judd. Concerts given in Burgate Church, Diss Corn Hall, other local venues and in London. The choir rehearses on Sundays at 4.00pm in Burgate Church Hall (between September and May). Available for weddings. New members welcome. Contact: www.burgatesingers.org.uk for programme and membership details.

Circle Dance Group Friendly informal group meets the first Wednesday of the month at the United Reformed Church Hall, Mere Street, Diss, from 2­3.30pm to do circle dancing. No partner or experience needed. Come and join us. You are very welcome. Freda Farrell (leader), Tel: 871896.

Discord - the Wellbeing Choir Discord, the wellbeing choir was founded in January 2011 by experienced musician Michael Dann. There are five choir sessions held each week across South Norfolk & North Suffolk with over 350 members. Aimed at all adults over 16 who have a love for singing and a good sense of fun. No experience required (but those that have are equally welcome), no auditions, so no pressure!! Since being formed, the choirs

have raised over £40,000 for various national & local charities. Two choir sessions are held in Diss each Wednesday at 1.15pm & 7.15pm. To find out more and register for a free taster session please go to www.michaeldann.co.uk

Diss Embroidery Group Meets on the first Tuesday in each month at the Friends' Meeting House, Frenze Road, Diss, 9.00 for 9.30am to 12.30pm. Its activities include practical workshops and visits to exhibitions and museums. Leading experts and professional embroiderers are invited to give talks and provide tuition at occasional dayschools. All aspects of embroidery are covered. Visitors are welcome. Contact Abby Brett on 783984.

The Hub - Diss Music School The Hub is situated in the centre of Diss, in Units 5­6 Wills Yard, Chapel Street, with good parking facilities nearby. We currently offer tuition in Guitar (all styles), Piano, Drums, Violin, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo, Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet. A set of 6 x 30 minute weekly lessons cost £80. We cater for all abilities and ages and have a comfortable reception area, where students and parents can wait, while lessons take place. Contact Pete Arnold at The Hub to discuss your needs and book lessons. Tel: 07934 432185, Diss Town G uide 2 0 2 0 ‐ 2 0 2 1



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Email: info@dissmusicschool.co.uk or go

Hope Church, Diss, Improvers 2­3.30pm.

to www.dissmusicschool.co.uk

Wednesday: Palgrave Community Hall,

Hoxon Hundred Morris Dancers Want some enjoyable, social exercise. Try Morris Dancing. No dance experience required, dress casual, good flat shoes.

Intermediate 7.30­9.30pm. Contact Melissa Hawkes on 07770 875404 or email montereydance@hotmail.com

LK's School of Dance

Every Wednesday, September to the end of

This Norfolk­based dance school offers a

April, at St. Edmund's Hall, Hoxne, 7.30 to

range of dance classes (Hip Hop, Street,

10pm. Contact: Jane Pearse on

Disco and Freestyle) across the county


including at Diss Church Junior School, Diss

07568 468 186

Infant School, Mellis Primary School,

Invidia Voices - Rock and Soul Choir

Hartismere School in Eye and Wilby Village Hall. For more info call 07835 021439,

We are an amateur choir passionate about

email: lynne@lksschoolofdance.co.uk or

singing and the fun of it! Our ‘Bliss in Diss’

go to www.lksschoolofdance.co.uk

group is run by talented musician and tutor Chris Chamberlain at the St Henry Morse

Mere Musica

Church on Tuesday evenings 7.30 – 9 pm. We

Small Instrumental Ensemble available for

focus on rock and pop songs chosen by our

those special events. Details: R.A Kitchen,

members and learn these in six part

Director of Music, Tel: 642468.

harmony, practising weekly and performing throughout the year! We offer two free

Mere Players

tasters for the inquisitive, you can sign up

The society was formed in 1974. Since then

for these at the group of your choice through

two, and at times three, productions have

our website:

been presented each year, including


comedies, thrillers, dramas, musicals, and

Line Dancing

pantomimes. The group has been awarded NODA recognition for its productions and

Monterey Line Dancing Classes. A friendly

technical achievements. Acting members are

well­established dance club. Monday:

supported by those who design and build

(except bank holidays) Palgrave Community

sets and scenery, organise stage

Hall, Easy Intermediate 7.15­9pm. Tuesday:

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Award-winning care in Norfolk At De Lucy House, your loved one will receive excellent 24 hour care in a superb and friendly setting. The home is managed by Greensleeves Care, an award-winning care charity. De Lucy House was rated Top 20 Care Home in the East of England region in 2018 and 2019. Call Lauren Tubby, Home Manager, on 01379 671333 to arrange a visit. De Lucy House. 40 Victoria Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4HZ. Email: delucy@greensleeves.org.uk www.greensleeves.org.uk

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• Huge range of stock on display • All types of cycles including Trikes & Tandems • Trailers & Trailerbikes for children • Parts, accessories & clothing • Expert service, repairs & renovations

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The society is always pleased to welcome

Remigius Church Parish Rooms, High Road,

new members, both acting and non­acting.

Roydon from 7pm to 9:30pm. For further

Chairman: Mark Le SurfHall, Secretary:

information please go to our website or

Kevin Ball, Tel: 640084 or email:

contact us: Call Bryan Claybrook 688 547,


go to dissguitarensemble.org.uk or email

Diss Quilting Group Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at Wattisfield Village Hall, 10am to 3pm. External and internal tutored workshops held several times a year. Visitors welcome on nonworkshop days. For more details contact Caroline Pajak on 07788 425942.

Diss Guitar Ensemble


South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band The South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band, now known as “SNYSB+” was formed in 1974 by our current Musical Director Mr Michael Booty. SNYSB+ is a self­funding charitable organisation which promotes and enhances musical opportunity for young people mainly Norfolk and Suffolk. Since the band’s 40th Anniversary in 2014, the

We are a friendly group of classical guitar

membership was opened up to people of all

enthusiasts with varying abilities who enjoy

ages which has enabled former members,

playing together for personal

some of whom are now parents of current

accomplishment and for public performance.

band members, to share in and enrich the

We get together regularly to learn and

musical experience. The Band meets and

rehearse group pieces but also meet for

rehearses 50 weeks of the year at the Diss

social gatherings, visits to concerts and

Youth and Community Centre, Shelfanger

workshops. Any guitarist wishing to join the

Road at 7pm on Tuesdays and performs

Ensemble should have some playing and

charitable concerts in churches, local schools

note­reading ability equivalent to about

and at local fetes; its collaborations include

Grade 3 standard. We work on a wide range

link­ups with Her Majesty’s Band of the

of music from the Renaissance to the present

Royal Marines and The Band of The

day, including some arrangements of

Parachute Regiment as well as other youth

popular (and even 'rock') songs! Come along

bands and the Norfolk Music Hub. SNYSB+’s

to a meeting or contact us to find out more.

ethos is all inclusive; there is no audition for

Meetings are held on Mondays in St.

joining the band, the only criteria required is

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Home of freshly made food, locally sourced, cooked and prepared on our premises. Try our traditional English, all day breakfast to our lunch time menu. Snacks, baguettes, sandwiches and cakes. Sunday roasts also available. Try our great Italian coffee and a varied children’s menu. Pushchair and wheel chair friendly, find us on Victoria Road opposite the supermarkets. Call us on 01379 308064.

Independent, family run restaurant housed in a 15th Century timber framed building in the market town of Diss. Enjoy relaxed friendly service and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients cooked with care. Weavers Wine Bar & Eating House, Market Hill, Diss IP22 4JZ T: 01379 642411 | www.weaversdiss.com

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a love of music and the desire to play an

Music can lead to many exciting

instrument with like­minded individuals.

opportunities. New players welcome.

The band’s motto is “Music is Fun”, which

Further details may be obtained from R.A.

SNYSB+ strives for during practice

Kitchen, BA, LGSM, Tel: 642468.

rehearsals and concerts. In August 2008 SNYSB travelled to Singapore, Thailand and

Waveney Choir

East Malaysia to perform concerts for local

The Waveney Choir, which has been

charities and to carry out music workshops

established in Diss since 1970, sings music

in several schools. Before their trip they

of all types and age and gives concerts

organised an emergency fundraising concert

throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, in aid of

in the U.K. to raise urgently needed funds in

charities and church funds. Our membership

aid of the victims of the Boxing Day Tsunami

is large (70 plus), and is drawn from a wide

and their communities. As a result of the

area and ranges in age from 18 to 90! All

resounding success of the visit in 2008,

new members are welcomed, whatever their

SNYSB+ were invited by the Rotary Clubs of

experience and there are no auditions

Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) and Kuching

necessary. New members are given a four

(Sarawak) again in August 2012 and 2016 to

week period in which to decide whether we

give music workshops in schools for over

are the type of choir they are looking for. We

300 local children and perform several

nearly always are! Rehearsals: Wednesday

major concerts for local charities. SNYSB+

evening from 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m., between

was again invited to visit Kuching in August

September and May, at the United Reformed

2019 by the Rotary Club of Kuching Central

Church, Mere Street (opposite Aldi).

to partake in musical workshops with local

Chairman: David Emerton, Tel: 890145 or

schools and perform jointly with them at a

visit our website: www.waveneychoir.com

major fundraising concert at the 5000 seat

Waveney Valley Folk Collective

Borneo Convention Centre. To find out more go to www.snysb.org.uk

The Waveney Valley Folk Collective is a community group promoting Folk & Roots

Violin, Viola, Piano & Keyboard Players

Music in the area. They hold Open Mic

Adrian Kitchen offers music lessons to eager

Nights on the second Thursday of each

pupils. They are also available for special

month at The Bank, Eye at 8.00pm.

events. The pupils span all ages and abilities.

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Fair Green, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4NQ

All day breakfast, lunches and home-made soup Delicious home-made cakes and treats Fabulous local ice creams Open Tuesday – Sunday 8am-4pm

Cannells Butchers • • • • • •

Local Beef with ID Local Lamb Poultry, some Local and Free Range All Bacon Cured in Suffolk Game seasonal Lamb pasties

CYRIL’S PIES • Steak & Kidney lge/sml • Steak large only • Mince & Onion lge/sml • Chicken & Ham lge/sml • Sausage Rolls

MADE ON THE PREMISES READY MEALS Sausages, Burgers, Kebabs & Pork Cheese

Booking and info 07437 205853 theangelcafediss@gmail.com facebook.com/angelcafediss www.angelcafediss.com

Ask about Gluten Free products Deepfreeze orders taken, packed, marked & frozen for you Your own animals butchered for you Deliveries also undertaken

48 Mere Street, Diss Tel: 01379 642020

Do you know we do outside catering?



The Saracens Head 75 MOUNT STREET, DISS (Next door to the Church)

SPECIALISING IN HOME-COOKED FOOD - Freshly prepared, 7 days a week. Lunchtimes and evenings TWO COURSE LUNCHES Monday - Saturday from £8.95 SNACKS & MORNING COFFEE - Monday to Saturday SUNDAY LUNCHES - POOL TABLE - BEER GARDEN ACCOMMODATION - Including singles, doubles & family rooms FUNCTION ROOMS - Available for private lunches, meetings & buffets

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Phone: 01379 652853 Website: www.saracensheaddiss.co.uk


by 7.45pm. We also put on concerts by

quite literally treetrunks! All categories of

respected artists on the national Folk Music

woodturners are welcome, from the

circuit at The Bank, Eye. Full details on our

absolute beginner to the expert! Help and


guidance is available for all to develop your


turning technique, improve your designs or

Diss & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

tackle that project you have always dreamed of! The club meets on the last Friday evening of the month at 7.30pm. Most meetings have

Meetings are held on the last Thursday of

a guest demonstrator to inspire members to

the month, (excluding June and December),

tackle new or more ambitious projects plus a

at the Methodist Church, Victoria Road, Diss,

small number of all­day demonstrations.

from 12.30pm ­ 3.30pm. Visit

Demonstrators vary from professional

www.dissweaversspinnersanddyers.co.uk or

turners of international repute, to local

their facebook page, or ring 643563 for

professionals and talented amateurs from

further information.

throughout East Anglia. We also try to

Ukaholics Anonymous

include at least one social event each year.

This weekly social ukulele group meets in the Quaker Meeting House on Frenze Road, on Wednesdays, 7.30pm­9.00pm. Singers and players of all abilities welcome. Songsheets provided. £20 per five sessions. Free beginner’s sessions available. Full details on https://www.facebook.com/ UkaholicsAnonymous Contact Pete Arnold on 07934 432185.

Diss & District Woodturning Club

These have varied from BBQ lunches entertained by live jazz bands, to informal dinners in local pubs. The club is affiliated to the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB). So if you would like the chance to enjoy the magic of turning a lump of wood into a really beautiful and useful object, please contact either Ken Hatton, Tel: 687579 or Chris Davies, Tel: 898236. We would love to hear from you, so pick up the phone!!

A small, friendly club, with both male and female members, based in Redgrave. It has the use of an excellent workshop and has a fabulous Jet lathe capable of carrying out all types of turning, from the most intricate to Diss Town G uide 2 0 2 0 ‐ 2 0 2 1



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Youth Activities Diss Youth Café Diss Youth Café is based at the Salvation Army Church, Sunnyside. It caters for young people from Year 6 to Year 9 on Mondays from 3.15­5pm during term time. Young people can play table tennis, pool, Wii, Xbox, Kinect, and board games with further craft and discussion activities run by Integrate Youth for Christ. Food and drink are available to buy at the café. For more information contact Steph by email at Steph@integrateyfc.org.uk

which focuses on feeling good. There is a qualified Youth Worker who can provide support on a variety of issues. Text/call Julia Fairbrother for more information on 07546 059061 or by email on julia@mtmyouthservices.org.uk

Air Training Corps The Diss squadron meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.00 to 9.30pm at their Sunnyside HQ. Minimum age 12 years (if in year 8 at school) – boys and girls. Commanding Officer Flt Lt Emma Dixon

Diss Youth Group

RAFAC. Tel: 641247

Diss Youth Group runs on a weekly basis for

Army Cadets

young people in years 6 to 9. Young people in Year 10 and above can be helpers and there are opportunities for volunteering awards. The group meets every Wednesday during term time at Diss Youth &

Norfolk Army Cadets meets Wednesdays at their Sunnyside HQ. 7pm to 9pm. Both boys and girls welcome, aged 12 to 18. See www.armycadets.com/county/norfolk-acf/

Community Centre from 7– 8.30pm, apart

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Cadets

from the second Wednesday of every month,

Run by Norfolk Fire Service. Meets at the

when it is an after school well­being session

Park Road fire station on Tuesdays from 7.00

from 3.45 ­ 5.15pm. During the evening

to 9.00pm. Both boys and girls aged 13 to 18

sessions a variety of fun activities are run

are welcome. For more information call

and there is always tuck shop, drawing,

0300 123 1669.

board games, cards and space to just chill out and meet friends. This well­being session is somewhere that is calm and safe, where young people can relax, play games, and talk to staff and each other. It is a quieter session, with no ball games, Diss Town G uide 2 0 2 0 ‐ 2 0 2 1



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Guides, Brownies & Rainbows



Scouting in Diss continues to thrive, with

District Commissioner: Mrs Claire Lister

two Scout Groups and an Explorer Unit

01379 641002

serving the local community. Scouting aims

Rainbows (5­7 years), Brownies (7­10 years),

to develop young people, both male and

Guides (10­14 years), Rangers (14­18 years)

female, mentally, physically, socially and

Scout & Guide Hall, Heywood Road, Diss

spiritually by offering an attractive, exciting and challenging programme for them.

1st Diss Rainbows: Monday 5­6pm. Leader,

Scouting can start at the age of six in the

Holly Rednall

Beaver Section. From age 8 to 10 years six

1st Diss Brownies: Monday 6­7.30pm. Leader,

months they join the Cub Scout Section and

Helen Bowman

from that age to 15 years they belong to the

2nd Diss Guides: Monday 7.30­9pm. Leader,

Scout Section. The Explorer Unit offers

Helen Bowman

adventurous activities for young people aged

2nd Diss Rangers: Wednesday 7.30­9.15pm.

14 to 18 years old. As they progress through

Leader, Diane Blyth

the sections they become more responsible

Roydon Primary School

for organising their own activities and

1st Roydon Rainbows: Tuesday 4.30 ­5.30pm. Leader, Claire Lister. 1st Roydon Brownies: Tuesday 5.30­7pm. Leader, Claire Lister. 1st Roydon Guides: Tuesday 7­8.30. Leader, Claire Lister. 1st Roydon Rangers: Fortnightly Tuesday 7­8.30pm. Leader, Martha Phillips

training, although adult guidance is always in the background. Scouting is always looking for new helpers and Leaders and would welcome any offers of help from suitable adults. 1st Diss Scout Group Meetings held at Scout & Guide Hall, Heywood Road. Group Scout Leader: Sue Brazier, 28 Bramley Road. Tel: 651131.

The Trefoil Guild open to anyone who has

email: suebrazier50@gmail.com

made the Guide Promise, meets on the first

Beaver Scouts: Fridays 5.45 to 6.45pm.

Thursday in the month. Contact Diana

Cub Scouts: Thursdays 6.00 to 7.30pm.

Walker on 643200.

Scouts: Fridays 7.30 to 9.00pm.

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2nd Diss (Salvation Army) Scout Group

Diss & District Young Farmers Club

Meetings held at the Sunnyside Community

A social club open to all young people


between the ages of 14 and 30 who are

Contact Group Scout Leader Tim Grayston

interested in rural life, the countryside and

for information on all groups,

agriculture. Meetings held weekly on

Tel: 07973 369278.

Wednesday evenings from September to July

Beavers: Thursday 6.30 to 7.30pm.

at the Bressingham Village Hall. Contact

Cubs: Monday 6.00 to 7.30pm.

Ryan Thompson on 07914 942557 or find

Scouts: Monday 7.15 to 9pm.

us on Facebook.

Explorers: Monday 7.15 to 9pm.

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Clubs and Societies Diss & District Allotment Holders Association

Waveney Valley Community Archaeology Group

This long established association is based in

Are you interested in archaeology and

Louie's Lane and has around 100 members.

history? Come and join WVCAG! We are a

Rents are reviewed annually, and the rent

group of people interested in the

includes affiliation to the National Society of

archaeology and history of the Waveney

Allotment and Leisure Gardeners. A water

Valley. No experience necessary, come along

supply is available to all plots. To find out more go to ddaha.weebly.com

Amnesty International Welcome! Amnesty International Diss Group, acting locally to protect human rights globally. We are ordinary people from around south Norfolk and north Suffolk standing up for human rights. Our purpose is to protect individuals and communities wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied. The Diss group has more than 60 members and supporters and is always open to new people keen to Protect the Human.

to one of our meetings and have a chat with us. We meet regularly with a varied programme of speakers, activities, training and events. Our Great War project, The Hidden Commemoration in The Waveney Valley for which we received Heritage Lottery funding is now all but complete. Find out more about it at hiddencommemoration.org.uk You can follow us on Twitter at @WaveneyArch and @hiddencomm, on Facebook at WaveneyValleyCommunityArchaeology Group or visit our website at waveneyarchaeology.org To find

And it's FREE to join! We meet once a month

out more about the group, please

on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. Our

email waveneyarchaeology@gmail.com

meeting starts with a group action and then planning our various campaigns and free

Bees & Beekeeping

refreshments. We have a stall every year at

Dicklebees is a small friendly support group

the Burston Strike School Rally and a stall

for anyone interested in bees and

for the 'Write for Rights' campaign at the

beekeeping in the Diss area of South Norfolk.

URC Charity Fayre in November. Please contact Jackie Gooch, Secretary for more details on 642601 or email: dissamnesty@gmail.com

It is open to all, whether you’re a complete novice or have many years of experience. Dicklebees often invite beekeeping experts to talk on relevant topics, organise

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Free surveys and estimates. Supply only or supply and install. For friendly advice and a competitive price, call 01379 677730 E: info@moultonwindows.co. uk W: www.moultonwindows.co.uk Orchard Farm, Great Moulton, Norwich, NR15 2HA


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beekeeping safaris and occasionally have practical sessions and workshops. They meet at 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month at Dickleburgh Scout Hut. For more information contact Pauline Thomson at pthomson.dicklebees@gmail.com or go to www.dicklebees.co.uk

St. Mary's Church Bellringers This talented and dedicated band ring every Sunday for services. Practice night is every

Diss Computer Club Meets the first Thursday of every month at the Residents’ Meeting Room, Taylor Road, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Before a first visit, it’s best to call or email to check the dates as they do change from time to time. Call Steve on 07872 634815 or disscompclub@gmail.com

Diss 41 Club

Monday 7.30 to 9pm. We welcome all

The club has been in existence informally for

visitors, whether they come just to watch

nearly 40 years. Membership is open to all

and see what it is all about, or with some

past members of the Round Table; and the

thoughts of taking up a unique and special

aim of 41 Club is to continue fellowship and

skill, which could open a new world. Any

friendship established in Table and to assist

person with the mind and dedication to

Table generally. The club meets at various

learn this skilled exercise should join the

venues on the first Thursday of each month

special family of church bellringers which

at 8pm. Contact: Ron Cook,

you remain part of for life. Just climb the 13 steps to the ringing chamber. Tower Captain:

Tel: 01449 677135.

Mrs. Betty Baines, Algars Farm, Walcot

Freemasons – Montgomerie Lodge

Green, Diss, IP22 5SR. Tel: 643293.

The Lodge meets at 5.45pm on the second

Diss & District Camera Club

Monday of each month between October and

The club, which meets at the Grasmere Club, Denmark Street, Diss, on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from September to June, enjoys a programme of fun and informative photographic events. Anyone interested in photography is more than welcome. Please see our website for more details. Secretary: Krys Wakefield, Tel:

May at the Freemasons' Hall, Parkfields, Diss. For further information about Open Days, Membership, Freemasonry in general or Montgomerie Lodge in particular, please contact (with no obligations),the Secretary: Mr Michael Crawford, address: 3, Brewers Green Lane, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4QP. Tel. 07572 615268

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Mobility Solutions For You & Your Home Mobility Scooters Powered Wheelchairs Rollators . Stairlifts Manual Wheelchairs Car Hoists/Hoists Adjustable Chairs & Beds New and Pre-Owned

79 Victoria Road, Diss IP21 4HZ ~ Tel: 01379 651600 www.nbrscooterbrokers.co.uk email@nbrscooterbrokers.co.uk


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Frenze Beck Nature Reserve Volunteers

Norfolk Family History Society

This wetland nature reserve is a 30 acre

Diss Family History Group meets at Diss

County Wildlife Site on the outskirts of Diss,

Methodist Church, Victoria Road on the

which is being restored by a team of local

second Tuesday of each month at 7pm. We

volunteers working in partnership with the

also have some afternoon meetings at other

River Waveney Trust and South Norfolk

locations. Please phone for more details.

Council. We carry out a variety of

Contact: Edith Morley, Tel: 688354 or email

conservation and management jobs on site


every Monday from 9.30am to 1pm, and new volunteers are very welcome. Volunteers are

Diss & District Horticultural Society

also working to record the varied species of

Meets on the second Tuesday of each month

mammals, birds, butterflies, bats and insects

at the United Reformed Church, Diss, at

that have been observed on the site. If you'd

7.30pm when all aspects of gardening are

like to see what we do just come along with

covered by speakers giving practical talks or

your wellies. The nature reserve, which is

showing coloured slides to suit all tastes.

open to the public every day, is on the east

The society welcomes everyone interested in

side of Sawmills Road, opposite the Animal

gardening, whether they have a small garden

Feed Warehouse (IP22 4GG). Everyone is

growing a few flowers and vegetables or

welcome to come and enjoy the newly­

whether they aspire to gardening on the

created network of riverside footpaths.

grand scale. To encourage healthy

Contact Chris Lewis on 651606 or email

competition the society holds flower and

Tessa Greaves at

vegetable shows during the year and also


arranges visits to gardens, nurseries etc

Green Fingers Gardening Club Green Fingers Gardening Club is held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in Hinderclay Village Hall. Members can join

during the summer months. Contact Angela Sharpe on 01953 860239 or by email at angie.sharpe21@googlemail.com

Diss Knit & Natter Group

for £12 for the whole year. £2 charge per

Very informal group of ladies who knit &

visit, £4 for non­members. For information

stitch for charities and themselves. No

phone Val on 898270.

experience needed. We have been a group for the last 8 years and have no membership

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fees. Come along and have some fun knitting and stitching. Meets every Wednesday 2­4pm at Diss Methodist Church Rooms. Contact Heather 740503. Members of Norfolk Knitters & Stitchers www.norfolkknitters.org.uk

Diss & District Ladies Luncheon Club This social club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Park Hotel, 12.00 for 12.30pm. Members and guests enjoy lunch together in pleasant and relaxing surroundings. A professional speaker is invited to meetings during the months of September to June. The talks cover a variety

National Women's Register (Diss Group) A friendly group for lively­minded women of all ages. Meetings are held every fortnight on Wednesdays in members' homes. Activities include discussions, theatre outings, speakers etc. Visit our website www.nwr.org.uk or contact 01603 406767 for local group details.

Old Dyssean Society The society of former Diss Grammar School pupils now exists just as an occasional lunch club. Enquiries can still be made to former Chairman Basil Abbott, Tel: 673613.

of subjects. Secretary: Alfreda Thistlethwaite

Diss Waveney Probus Club

on 641372.

The Diss Waveney Probus Club was formed

Friends of Diss Museum

in May 1992 with the assistance of the

Members help support the award­winning Diss Museum and assist the Manager. They meet for a series of talks on the third Friday of the month at St. Mary's Hall from March to December at 7.30pm. The money raised covers costs and helps the museum finance special projects. The Friends are the access point for the public of Diss who would like to help Diss Museum as volunteer stewards and in other duties. For more information call Jan Smith on 423892 or email

long­established Diss & District Club, whose growth was restricted because of a long waiting list of prospective new members. The Diss Waveney Probus Club now numbers 46 members. The club, for retired business and professional men, is non­political and non­sectarian and meets for lunch at the Park Hotel, Diss on the second Wednesday of the month. Secretary: Lawrence Thompson, Tel: 890667 or email lawrencethompson87@gmail.com


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Diss & District Model Railway Society

Diss Waveney Rotary

The society meets every Wednesday from

The Rotary Club of Diss Waveney was

6.30 pm to 9.30pm at Shelfanger Village

formed in 2016 and is designed to appeal to

Hall. There are layouts in N, OO, O and OO9

community­minded men and women who

scale, with demonstrations of modelling

wish to make a difference to their local area

techniques and talks. Secretary: Alan

as well as to the lives of people in developing

Johnson, Tel: 01359 250739 or email

countries abroad. The club meets on the


second and fourth Monday of each month

Ramblers Association – Southern Norfolk Group

with other social events organised at random intervals. Meetings are held at the Park Hotel, Diss at 6.45 for 7.00pm. The club

Meets at various points throughout South

is almost exactly a 50­50 split between men

Norfolk most Sundays for guided walks of

and women and a warm welcome is

5­12 miles. Details available from the

guaranteed. More information can be

Secretary: Margaret Wilde, Tel: 01953

obtained from the club website at

788268, email jamwilde@hotmail.com


Rotary Club of Diss and District

Contact the Secretary via

The Rotary Club of Diss and District was chartered in 1947. Meetings are held on the

info@disswaveneyrotary.org.uk or call 643482.

first and third Tuesday of every month at the

Royal Air Forces Association

Park Hotel, Diss at 6.30pm for dinner at 7.00.

The Diss & District Branch holds its

The club welcomes enquiries for

meetings at 7.30pm on the fourth Monday of

membership from business and professional

the month at the Diss and District Bowls

men and women who are keen to make a

Club, Lower Denmark Street. The branch is

difference to the lives of communities at

engaged in fund­raising events throughout

home and abroad. The club has a varied

the year, has speakers and outings to places

programme including excellent speakers and

of aviation interest. Secretary Marilyn Hurst,

a range of fund­raising activities and social

Tel: 643108 or email

events. For further information contact the

ronandmarilyn@btinternet.com Branch

Secretary Godfrey Musgrave­Brown on

website: dissanddistrictrafa.onesuffolk.net

643371 or go to www.dissrotary.org.uk

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Diss Natural Health Clinic Where Health Matters • Osteopathy • Cranial Osteopathy • Sports Massage • Acupuncture • Hypnotherapy • Nutrition and Diet • Counselling


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Royal British Legion Royal British Legion welcome all serving and ex­service personnel, Navy, Army, Air Force and Merchant Navy, to the Diss & District Branch meetings held at the Diss & District Bowls Club, Lower Denmark Street, Diss on the third Monday of each month. Meetings start at 7.15pm. Others interested in the Legion may apply for Membership. Benevolent cases of ex servicemen and women and their dependants are dealt with. Any person over 18 years can become a member of the Legion and should be willing to work for the Legion and be supportive of the Legion. Contact: Robert Rogers, Tel: 640271.

Slimming World Slimming World have a range of classes in Diss. Tuesdays, 10am ­ Diss Youth Centre, Shelfanger Road and 5.30pm & 7.30pm at Diss Infant School, Fitzwalter Road. Thursdays, 10am & 12pm ­ Diss Youth Centre, Shelfanger Road. For more information contact Jane Aldous on 07747 788062 or email janeesther@hotmail.co.uk Website: www.slimmingworld.co.uk

10am on the first Thursday of the month at the United Reformed Church in Mere Street. After coffee and branch news, there is a guest speaker. In addition to these monthly lectures, there are many interest groups on a range of subjects. For further information on membership look at the Diss U3A website or contact chairman Tony Callender on 651259 or email chairdissU3A@gmail.com

Diss Women's Institute Diss WI meet on the second Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm at the Montgomerie Hall, Diss. A varied programme is offered, including outings and special events. Extras like craft classes, Scrabble and lunches take place throughout the year. Visitors and new members are welcome at our monthly meetings. Contact: Jenny Hubbard on 741372.

Scole Women's Institute Meet the first Thursday in the month at the Sports Pavilion, Ransome Avenue, Scole at 2.00pm in the winter months (November, December, January, February) and 7.30pm the rest of the year. Secretary: Tina Yates on 740141.

Diss U3A U3A is for people no longer in fulltime employment to share their knowledge, skills, interests and experience. Members meet at

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Sports and Games Diss & District Angling Club

Bowling season: April to September. Green

The membership has fishing rights for the

at rear of Chapel Street car park. Secretary:

Mere, Upper Waveney and Match Lake at

Sonia Monday. Tel: 652504.

Carlton Fen. Weekly competitions are arranged in season. Membership is available

Diss & District Bowls Club

from Diss Angling Centre. For match

We are a members bowls club that is used all

bookings call Match Secretary: Andrew

year round, seven days a week. We have four

Mears, Tel: 07786 041177. For any other

indoor rinks and six outdoor rinks. Bowling

information please call Diss Angling Centre

sessions usually start from 9.30am with the

on 640430.

last daily session starting at 8.30pm. We also have a fully licensed bar and social

Diss & District Athletics Club

membership is available. We welcome any

Founded in 1952, the club caters for track

new members and offer a free taster session

and field athletics, crosscountry and road

to anyone wishing to try the game. Please

running. The club competes in the Anglia

contact the club to book a trial session. It’s

League (Male & Female, nine years to

good gentle exercise and socially rewarding.

seniors), Southern League and Norfolk &

The club is based in Lower Denmark Street

Suffolk CrossCountry League. Outdoor

and can be contacted on 642908 or by email

training all year round, 6.30­8pm on

at dissbowlsclub@gmail.com

Tuesdays and Thursdays at Diss Sports

Secretary/Director Kevin Baker can be

Field, Shelfanger Road. Road runners train

contacted on 07443 410057.

7­8pm Tuesday, all year round. Contact Sylvia Kemp, Tel: 642262. Track and Field

Roydon (Diss) Bridge Club

Athletics: Gordon Coe, mobile number

Roydon Bridge Club meets at 6.30pm on


Thursdays at Roydon Village Hall. Please

www.dissathleticsclub.co.uk email:

phone 652678 for details.

dissathleticsclub@gmail.com or see the Facebook page.

Diss & District Cricket Club With three teams competing in the Norfolk

Diss Causeway Bowls Club

Cricket Alliance and four junior teams, Diss

Affiliated to the English Bowling Federation.

are one of the top clubs in Norfolk. It is part

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of the club's aim to provide cricket for

Brewers Green Lane. Tel; 651223

youngsters as well as providing good playing

The club’s first team play in the First

and social facilities for the more seasoned

Division of the Thurlow Nunn League, the

cricketers in the area. There are under 11’s,

Reserves play in the Thurlow Nunn Reserve

under 13’s and under 15’s teams for boys

League and the Under 18 team in the

and girls. Training for youngsters up to 15

Thurlow Nunn Youth League. Training is on

years of age takes place on Friday evenings

Tuesday evenings in season. The all­weather

from 6.15pm to 7.45pm, at the Rectory

Astroturf playing surface is available for 5­a­

Meadow. The club is an ECB Clubmark

side­football and other sports.

Accredited organisation. Newcomers of all

The clubhouse is fully licensed and offers BT

abilities are invited to contact Chairman

Sports TV and often features live

Douglas Young, Tel 07500 821519. Head

entertainment. It is also available for hire for

Coach is Andrew Horobin, Tel 07835

parties, weddings and social events.


Secretary Pam Flatman tel; 07855 536527.

Diss & District Cycling Club

Norfolk Gliding Club

The club covers all aspects of cycling: road

Operates from Tibenham Airfield,

racing, mountain bikes, cross country, time

approximately seven miles north of Diss.

trials, touring, reliability trials and club runs.

Visitors are welcome. Trial lessons and

The emphasis varies according to the

catering facilities available. Club open:

demands of the membership. Enquiries:

Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Madgetts Cycles, Diss. Tel: 650419.

throughout the year. Tel: 677207.


Diss Golf Club DYCC Sport

Stuston Common, Diss , IP21 4AA .

Main hall at Shelfanger Road, Diss available

Tel: 641025.

for hire at competitive rates. Facility

Located alongside the River Waveney about

currently used for a range of sporting

half a mile from Diss railway station, one

activities from rumba to martial arts. To find

mile from the town centre. Diss Golf Club

out more, visit www.diss.gov.uk

provides a picturesque heath and parkland 18 holes golf course that offers interesting

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but challenging golf for all standards of


player. The holes range from the scenic but

including volleyball, table tennis, trial fitness

difficult 468 yard par 4 13th Hole to the

and rugby tots. External hirers currently run

pretty 15th at 146 yards. The club was

classes for Pilates and Line Dancing. Please

formed in 1903 and has active and friendly

call 644223 for further details.

Mens, Seniors, Ladies & Junior Sections. The club welcomes enquiries from prospective

Diss Heywood Joggers Club

new members. Visitors are welcome Monday

Have you always wanted to take up jogging?

to Friday and Weekends after 12 noon except

But always found excuses not to start e.g. do

on competition days. Golf societies and

not want to jog on my own because I do not

group bookings are also welcome. There are

feel safe, afraid people are going to laugh at

ample practice facilities and a professional

me or do not know how to start! Well come

shop. Lessons are available from the resident

along to the Diss Heywood Joggers Group

professional and an excellent restaurant and

based at the Heywood Health & Fitness Club

bar awaits you after your round. Enquiries

on Walcot Road in Diss. The group meet on

about any aspect of the club to the: Secretary

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18.30 to

Manager: Steven Peet. Tel: 641025.

19.30. Membership for the Diss Heywood

Golf Professional: Nigel Taylor. Tel: 644399.

Joggers Group is around £10 a year.

Email: office@dissgolf.co.uk

Unfortunately the group is for people over

Web site: www.dissgolf.co.uk

the age of 18 only. For further information about the Diss Heywood Joggers Group, call

Diss Ladies Hockey Club

the Heywood Health & Fitness Club

Formed in 1998, we currently play at

Reception on 643088 for the contact details

Hartismere High School. We play in the

of the Diss Heywood Joggers Group

Empressa Norfolk Ladies Hockey League in

Coordinator or email him direct on

the Division. Contact Lindsay Cates,


Tel: 07951 714068.

Diss Judo Club Hope Church Sport

Meets every Thursday evening from 6.30 to

Vinces Road, Diss. Sports Hall available for

7.30pm for juniors and 7.30­8.30pm for

hire facilities include: sports equipment

seniors at the Diss Youth & Community

(volleyball, badminton, dodgeball, basketball),

Centre, Shelfanger Road, Diss. Contact:

kitchen. Various sports clubs are organised,

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The East Anglian Meccano Set

Diss Waveney Petanque Club

The greatest educational toy construction

Try the French game of Petanque, a social

system ever invented, lives on in Diss. Fifty

sport that you too will enjoy! Visit us at Diss

years ago virtually every schoolboy in the

Town Football Club, Brewers Green Lane, on

land owned a Meccano set. More popular in

Saturday from 10:30am, Monday from

those days than even Lego is today, it has

6:30pm and Wednesday from 2pm. £1 per

been in constant demand and production

session, annual subscription £15 per player

since its invention by Frank Hornby just over

President: Bendt Hansen 870074, Chairman:

100 years ago, thus making it the longest

Roger True 643393 Treasurer/Secretary:

produced toy the world has ever known. We

Malcolm Butcher 740494.

meet between 11am­3pm four times a year in Bunwell Village Hall. Anyone wishing to

Diss & District Racing Pigeon Club

further their interest or simply take a trip

Meetings are held at Diss Town Football Club

back into pure childhood nostalgia, call

with races organised most Saturdays

lifelong collector, constructor and restorer

throughout the summer months on a

Roger Upson­Smith on 01473 710020 or

southerly route. New members and visitors

email roger.upsonsmith@googlemail.com

always welcome. Special rates for schoolchildren and OAPs. Secretary: A.J.

Diss & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd

Daniels, Tel: 651859.

The club runs one trial a year, three motor crosses and three enduros. Club night is at

Diss Rugby Club

9pm each Wednesday evening. For further

Diss Rugby Club was founded in 1958. The

details of venue, please phone Secretary:

Club has its own ground 'Mackenders', at

Mrs. Wendy Bavin, Tel: 643960 or email:

Bellrope Lane, Roydon with excellent


clubhouse and hospitality facilities. The club runs three senior sides and a Veterans XV,

Diss Ladies Netball Club

with the First XV playing in the London

South Norfolk Netball League. Plays a

Divisions of the RFU National League, the

summer and winter league at Rickinghall.

second and third teams play in the Eastern

Contact Tara Kidd on 07775 894055 or Jill

Counties leagues. There is a highly

Jennings (South Norfolk Netball League

successful mini and youth section, with

contact) on 07884 100671.

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both girls and boys. The girls from U13 move

Heywood Health and Fitness

into separate teams under the title of Diss

Situated at Walcot Road, next to Diss High

Vixens. Diss RFC has been producing players

School, the club has three modern squash

who have gained representative honours at

courts, one with a glass back, two padel

County, Divisional and National levels in

tennis courts, a fully licensed bar, a fully

recent seasons. Leicester, Bath and England

equipped gym, a floodlit Astroturf pitch and

player Dan Hipkiss spent his formative years

floodlit tennis courts. Includes former

at Diss RFC. Everybody is welcome, whether

members of Diss Lawn Tennis Club. Visiting

as a senior or junior player, coaches, junior

membership is available. Tel: 643088 for

helpers, spectators or social members.

further information or email

General club enquiries: Sue English (Club


Administrator), Tel: 642891, email: dissrugbyclub@yahoo.co.uk

Diss Leisure Centre, Victoria Road South Norfolk Council has recently made a

Diss Cue Club

major investment in Diss Leisure Centre to

Since 2008, Diss Cue Club has been housed

give members better facilities, new and

in a new, purpose designed building. More

improved equipment and an online booking

than just a Snooker Club, there are seven

system. The 25m main pool, learner pool and

Pool tables, including two of the American

sauna and steam room are open to the

variety. Open for twelve hours a day, seven

general public as well as members. The fully

days a week the club has a light and airy

equipped gym is for members only, but

lounge where members can relax. Meals and

anyone is able to join, it is open daily and has

snacks are available and in addition the club

a range of cardiovascular and resistance

has a licensed bar. A range of Snooker & Pool

machines on offer as well as weight

cues and equipment is stocked. The building

machines and a free weights area.

is air conditioned for year round use.

Diss Leisure Centre has fully qualified fitness

Regular live music evenings are held.

instructors on hand to provide a professional

Members of all ages are welcome. Diss Cue

service including a full induction of the gym

Club, Sawmills Road, Diss IP22 4GG. Tel:

equipment and an exercise programme

651298. Website :

tailored specifically to your needs.


The Centre also offers Water/Aqua Aerobics classes; these can be both high and low


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impact workouts to music, the instructor

county and regional level. The 'Masters' or

will take you through the class showing the

adults group is one of the largest in Norfolk.

different movements. After you have finished

Swimmers of all ages and abilities have the

your workout you can relax and unwind in

opportunity to improve or learn new

the sauna and steam room.

strokes, enter competitions or just keep fit.

Both swimming pools are open seven days a

Training sessions are held in a six lane, 25

week. Fun sessions, for children and families,

metre pool, for 7­18 year olds on Monday,

are on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with

Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings. For

floats and fun equipment for everyone to

Masters, Wednesday and Friday evenings

enjoy. Diss Leisure Centre also runs a very

and Sunday mornings. With an expansive

successful Swim School, boasting over 650

group of highly qualified and experienced

pupils. Children from the age of three

coaches and teachers, Diss Otters is an

months right through to club level can learn

exciting Club to learn and progress in a sport

the basics of swimming, learn how to

that is unrivalled in its physical health and

improve their techniques and have an

fitness benefits. If you or your child is

enjoyable and confidence building

working towards Swim England’s NPTS

experience as well.

Stage 7, and you’re interested in taking your

For opening times, prices, timetables and

swimming to the next level, please do

how to book online visit our website

contact us to arrange a free trial at your local

www.southnorfolk.gov.uk, alternatively

swimming club here at Diss Leisure Centre.

please call us on 652754. Diss Leisure

Masters contact : Adam Lelean, Tel: 783454.

Centre, Victoria Road, Diss. General

Contact for swimmers between the ages of

Manager: Daniel Infantini.

7­ 18 is the head coach Liam Harvey

Email: dsfc@s-norfolk.gov.uk

at liam@dissotters.co.uk

Diss Otters Swimming Club

Rickinghall Runners

Based at Diss Swimming Pool on the Victoria

We are a running club, which was formed in

Road, the club was formed in September

June 2017. We now have a whole range of

1987 to promote competition amongst

members from beginners to experienced

young swimmers and 'Masters'. It has grown

marathon runners. Everyone is welcome, at

in strength and depth since then and

any standard, we are a very friendly club and

regularly has swimmers competing at club,

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Rickinghall Village Hall every Thursday

any standard, can go and join in these fun

evening at 7pm for about one hour. We shall

events. Come and join us, get fit, have fun

also introduce a Sunday morning run soon.

and meet lots of new friends. Contact Martin

Because of the lack of lights etc most of our

Forge on 898270. For more info find us on

winter training is done on the large field at


the back of the village hall, which is partially lit. In the spring time, when the evenings are

Diss and District Table Tennis League

lighter we shall transfer our training to local

Runs a practice evening at Diss High School

lanes and footpaths. The training sessions

every Tuesday all year round, open to all.

are organised by Martin Forge, who has a

Competitive league Table Tennis starts each

wealth of running experience. Everyone can

October through to April. The aim is to

join in the training at their own level, and

provide all ages with the opportunity to play

will be surprised at how quickly their

table tennis in leagues and tournaments.

running improves. We are affiliated to the

Contact either David Mortlock on 07525

Association of Running Clubs, who provide

636031 or John Bryant 01379 641032.

advice and insurance. We are also affiliated


to a cross country league and any member, at


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Schools Diss High School Walcot Road, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4DH Tel: 642424. Email: office@disshigh.norfolk.sch.uk Website: www.disshigh.norfolk.sch.uk

numerous sporting activities, art exhibitions, music events and of course, the School Show. To find out more, please come to visit us.

Diss High School is a friendly, popular and

Diss Primary Academy Partnership

welcoming school committed to high

Diss Church of England Junior Academy

standards of achievement, behaviour and discipline. Our aim is to achieve excellence in all we do, not only in academic matters, but also in the outstanding range of extra­ curricular opportunities we offer. Diss High School has an excellent record of

The Entry, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4NT Tel: 642675. Email: junior@diss.stbenets.org Website: www.dissjunior.stbenets.org

both academic and sporting achievement;

Diss Infant Academy and Nursery

our examination results are consistently

Fitzwalter Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4PU Tel:

above the county and national average, and


each year the majority of our Six Form

Email: Infant@diss.stbenets.org

students take up places at top universities.

Website www.dissinfant.stbenets.org

We have a highly valued Pastoral System, providing all students with opportunities for participation, responsibility and leadership. Consistently graded as “Good” by Ofsted, inspectors noted ‘Pupils and students are rightly proud of their school … they enjoy positive relationships with the teachers and with each other.’


Each year there are opportunities to travel,

We are a partnership of schools providing an education for children aged 3 to 11. Both schools, Diss Primary Academy Partnership, are part of the St Benet’s Multi Academy Trust and provide superb links and continuity for the children of Diss from Nursery through to Year 6.

Dr Jan Hunt, Head of Diss High School

Our Junior site is a Church of England school


with close association to St Mary’s Church,

“Our motto is “Carpe Diem ­ Seize the Day”;

which include regular collective worship

we want our students to grasp every

from a member of the church community

opportunity and reach their full potential.

and a termly celebration held in the church.

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Our Infant site is a community school with a Nursery offering excellent provision for three year olds. The Infant School received a ‘good’ grading in its last Ofsted inspection. Inspectors reported that children enjoy school and have a very positive attitude to learning and that they are nurtured and supported extremely well.

Gissing Children's Centre A community preschool. Monday to Friday during term time from 8am to 4.30pm. We take children from two years to school age and accept children who come with two year funding and three and four year funding. In recent years, we have received four consecutive gradings of 'outstanding' from

Both sites celebrate the diversity of our

Ofsted for the quality of our care and

community and share the values of

education. Please visit us in our idyllic, rural

Aspiration, Respect and Resilience.We aim to

setting. We also run Holiday Playschemes for

work in partnership with our families and

primary school age children on selected days

support every child to aspire to be their best,

during school holidays. For further

to be treated with and learn the true value of

information contact Linda Nash on 677300

respect and to be resilient in all aspects of

(07796 204367 out of hours) or email

everyday life.


Primary Schools

or visit our facebook page to see what we

Within a five mile radius of Diss are the following primary schools: Roydon,

have been up to.

Merryfields Nursery

Bressingham, Winfarthing, Burston,

Sports Pavilion, Shelfanger Road, Diss. Open

Dickleburgh, Hoxne, Scole, Wortham and

five days a week 8.45am­1.45pm. Term time

Palgrave, which take pupils through from

only. Ofsted approved. A caring, friendly

four to 11 years old

atmosphere with qualified staff for children

Pre-School Groups and Nurseries

of 25 years to develop in. Contact Tel:

Conkers Nursery School

650001 (session times).

On a working farm only two minutes from Diss, Conkers is open all year from 8am to 6pm for babies and children aged up to five years. Tel: 644461, www.conkers4kids.co.uk Diss Town G uide 2 0 2 0 ‐ 2 0 2 1



Peacock Montessori Nursery

Toddler/Baby Groups

A private nursery school for children aged

Little Sparks

6 months to 5 years. Please call 01379 740508 or email enquiries@peacockmontessori.co.uk

The Oaks Nursery Jarretts Yard, Church Street Diss IP22 4DD. Tel: 651906. Open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, children aged 3 months – 5 years. info.Oaksdiss@alpha-nurseries.co.uk

Roydon Early Years Roydon Village Hall. Up to 38 children meet Monday to Friday 8.30am­3.30pm. Contact: Tammy Batchelor. Tel: 07946 688601. tammybat@gmail.com

Safe Hands Day Nursery Unit 13a Hopper Way Diss, IP22 4GT. Tel: 650420. Open 8am to 6pm Mon to Friday­ 3 months – 5 years. info.safehands@alpha-nurseries.co.uk

The Swan Nursery School Children day nursery registered with OFSTED, set in beautiful woodland setting for children aged 2 ­5 years, open all year from 8 am ­ 4.30 pm. Please contact Michelle Bowgen, Tel: 644588 or visit website www.swannursery.co.uk

At Hope Church, Vinces Road. Thursday 9.30­11am and 11.30am­1pm. £1.50 per family. Contact Tel: 644223.

Edward Bear Mother & Toddler Group Meet every Tuesday 9.30am to 11.00am in school term time at St. Mary’s Hall. Contact the church office. Tel: 643783.

Minibabies From birth to four months, this group offers gentle songs, rhymes, mini massage and sensory experiences all carefully designed to provide stimuli that meets the needs of these little people without overwhelming them. Thursdays 11.15­12.15 at Taylor Road Rooms. Ring Rachel Baker for more info on 640696. www.impscreativity.co.uk

Baby Imps A group for parents and babies to enjoy. From birth to walking. Teacher led session (includes treasure baskets, bookshare, touch & taste, bubbles etc) and then freeplay time, with home made cakes & coffee. Meets at Taylor Road Rooms every Thursday 9.30­ 11am and Friday mornings from 9.30­10.45 and 11­12.15pm. Ring Rachel Baker 640696 for further details. www.impscreativity.co.uk


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Tiddler Imps

Adult Education

For the “just walking”. Thursdays 1.15­

To find out about courses running in your

2.15pm and 2.30­3.30pm and Fridays 1.30­

area call us on 0344 800 8020 or visit our

2.30pm at Taylor Road Rooms. Contact:

website at

Rachel Baker, Tel: 640696 for further


details. www.impscreativity.co.uk

Toddler Imps A group where parents and toddlers can

Creative Way Art Tuition, Photography Tuition and Mindful Creativity Coaching

explore an exciting range of activities each

Free your creativity through personalised,

week (e.g. jelly pool, walking wellies through

One­to­One Art or Photography Tuition,

paint). There are two sessions meeting every

Creativity Coaching and Art and Meditation

Tuesday morning in term time, from 9.45am

sessions with Art Teacher, Artist and

to 10.45am and also 11.00am to 12 noon, at

Creativity Coach Zangmo Alexander MA Fine

the United Reformed Church Hall. Ring

Art PGCE. Explore all art media and themes

Rachel Baker 640696 for further details.

of personal interest. Sessions at times to suit


you, pay as you go. Everyone is welcome,

Other Pre-School Information Early Years Helpline: 01603 222300.

from beginner to advanced. GCSE and A Level Art and Photography Tuition also available. For more information: phone Zangmo on 897393 or go to www.creativewayart.com

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Photo - Simon Wilkins


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Religion Local Faith Groups The Christian Churches of Diss

Many inter­church friendships have been formed through Diss and Roydon Christian Churches Together. On Good Friday local

In Roman times there was a local Christian

Christians meet at the Mere’s Mouth and

community revealed by archaeological

following a short service, silently walk to St

discoveries in the 1980’s which uncovered

Mary’s Parish Church for an ecumenical

burials in a Christian manner. A Roman style

service. Christian Aid lunches are held

memorial was placed over some excavated

around local churches during Lent and

Roman remains re­interred in Scole

enable local people to meet informally and

Churchyard. The local Christian witness has

support such a worthwhile cause.

continued through Saxon, Norman, Medieval

The Diss and Roydon Christian Churches

times, through to the present day. The active

Together, support the Waveney Foodbank

Christian churches of the town, some large

and can provide emergency assistance in

with choirs, organs and bands, and some

desperate situations through “Common

small and contemplative, all meet to worship

Purse”, in conjunction with Diss CAB.

God in their own tradition and style. These

Practical and prayer support is offered to

churches support full time ministers and lay

those with special needs such as illness,

workers and many have links with, and

bereavement and times of personal crisis.

support churches in, faraway parts of the

Each Christian church in Diss has an open


invitation to partake of this valuable facility,

However grand, modern or impressive

which is freely available.

church buildings are, the real Christian church in Diss is the people who meet together, to worship God and serve the

St. Henry Morse Roman Catholic Church

needs of others. The varied activities are

The church of St Henry Morse is located at

shown in each church section and activities

the north end of Shelfanger Road and backs

range from pre­school playgroups, to groups

onto Diss Cemetery with a pedestrian access.

for the retired, as well as fellowship and

Mass times are Saturday 6pm and Sunday

exploring the Christian faith. All the local

9am. Details of weekday Mass times and

churches welcome newcomers, including

other activities are available on our website.

those who may just be on the start of their

www.sthenrymorse.com. The Parish Priest

own spiritual journey.

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or by email:

Friday 10.00am till 12 noon Waveney


Foodbank in Hall (07484 394749)

Diss Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin Part of the Diss Team Ministry. The Team Office is situated in St Mary’s Hall next to the church and is open Monday – Friday 9.00am to 12 noon. Telephone: 643783 Email:

642072 The Vicar: The Revd John Cruse 641259 The Curate: The Revd Samuel Thorp 07506 474538 Assistant Priest: The Revd Maggie Swayze: 644701


Society of Friends (Quakers)

Sunday Services:

Meetings for worship open to all. Held in the

8am Eucharist 10.00am Sung Eucharist 6pm

Friend’s Meeting House, Frenze Road Diss.

Choral Evensong

Meetings at 10.30am on Sundays. Clerk to

Weekday Services: 8.30am Morning Prayer from Monday to Friday 5pm Evening Prayer Monday to Thursday Wednesday 10.30am Said Eucharist Arrangements for Baptisms, Weddings and Calling of Banns of Marriage to be made through the Office. Confessions by arrangement.


The Rector: The Revd Canon Tony Billett

the meeting Peter Sorrell Tel: 650601. Warden/caretaker John Titley 0787312805

Diss Baptist Church, Denmark Street, Diss Sunday services 10.45am morning service with crèche and Sunday school 6.30pm evening service Tuesday morning 10.30am – 12 noon Ladies bible study and prayer meeting

Regular Groups

Wednesday Coffee morning 10am­12 noon

Monday evening at 7.30pm Bell Ringers in

Wednesday after school children’s club

the Tower

JAM 3.30­5pm, School years reception –

Tuesday 9.30am Edward Bear Club in the

year 6


Wednesday evening bible study/prayer

Tuesday 5.30pm Silent Prayer in the Hall

meeting 7.30 – 9pm

Thursday 8.15pm Choir practice

Thursday morning Mums and Tots

Friday 9.30am Coffee morning in Hall

10.00am– 12 noon

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Thursday 3.30 – 5pm JAM+ after school

Dove Cafe Church. every first Monday of the

club School years 6 – 8

month at 1.30pm. A short informal church

Friday evening Basement club school years

service with traditional hymns, prayer and

9 – 13 7­8.30pm

reflection. Particularly suitable for those

First Monday every month Ladies’ Friends

with dementia and their carers but open to

and Neighbours’ 7.30­9pm


Supporting The Waveney Food Bank and the

We have a large range of community

Taylor Road Community.

activities run by members of the town who

Diss United Reformed Church A busy Church serving the community of Diss and surrounding areas, in active partnership with the Methodist Church nearby.

hire out the premises. Please see our website for all details of the above and contact details: dissurc.org.uk

Diss Methodist Church Victoria Road Diss

Sunday Services: 4th Sunday of the month

We offer a warm welcome to all.

at 10.45am.

The Methodist Church and the United

All other worship services at Diss Methodist

Reformed Church worship together.

Church, Victoria Road.

Public Worship Sunday: 9.30am (with

We run:

modern worship songs),

Bible Study every 3rd Thursday of the

10.45am (fourth Sunday at URC in Mere St)

month, 1.30­3pm

and 6.30pm with Junior Church during

Tuesday Fellowship in partnership with the

morning worship.

Methodist Church, every Tuesday at 2.15pm

Tuesday Fellowship 2.15pm (weekly) – with

at the Methodist Church

a mixed programme which may include a

The Dove Dementia Cafe every 1st

speaker, games, singing etc. plus

Wednesday of the month 10am­1pm

refreshments and a chance to chat.

Dove Song. every 3rd Monday of the month

Thursday:­ Bible Exploration – 1.30­3pm (on

at 1.30pm for people recovering from

the third Thursday of the month at the U.R.C

strokes, those living with Parkinsons or

in Mere Street).

dementia, and their carers, or anyone whose

Minister: the Revd. David Ely,

lungs need some exercise! Led by a qualified

Superintendent Minister of the Thetford,

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Diss and Mildenhall Circuit, Tel. 642791. Hire of rooms ­ contact Miss G. Brown, Tel: 651512 (answerphone) The phone is not picked up until the caller announces themselves, or email brown-gillian2@sky.com Light lunches are served on the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 12noon to 1.15 pm. (not during Lent). Profits for charity. Leaflet of activities and other users of the building is available at the

Denmark Street Gospel Hall Meetings on Sundays: Breaking of Bread at 11am and gospel service on the first, third and fifth Sunday at 6.30pm. Prayer meeting and Bible study at 6.30pm on Wednesdays. For further details please contact the Secretary Mr J. Leftley, Tel: 308377 or jandm@leftley.com Eddy Kerridge 308597.

church or from Miss Brown.

The Hope Church Vinces Road

For more information visit the church web­

Our Sunday service starts at 10.00am and

site at www.dissmethodistchurch.org.uk

includes music, media presentations,

Diss Salvation Army Community Church Sunnyside Diss

messages that tackle the questions of

The Salvation Army is an international Christian Church working in over 120 countries worldwide. The local church now shares an officer (minister) with Beccles, but is a place of worship in an informal setting with a brass band and choir. Following the Sunday services, refreshments are served to which all are welcome. Whilst focusing on bible teaching the church also serves the local community.

everyday life and great activities for youth and children. As a true community church we are involved in many initiatives to reach out to local communities with Community Works — our furniture project helping people in need; and The Lounge ­ a place where people can drop in to find support with everyday life situations. We are the main distributor for Waveney Foodbank. During the week we offer a wide range of activities around our excellent facilities: Parent & Toddlers;

Contact details are

Children's and Youth activities; Sports clubs


to name a few.


Check out our website for details.


Tel: 644223,


email: office@wearehopechurch.net, website: www.wearehopechurch.net


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Music Praise and Worship For over ten years services have been held locally, and for the last few years, by kind permission, local people meet at Diss Methodist Church on the first Sunday of each month. Light refreshments are served before the informal service featuring local musicians and singers. The group is ecumenical and all are welcome, particularly those who enjoy fellowship and may not be attached to any church. For further information kindly phone 07707617018.

The Parish Church of St Remigius, Roydon Part of the Diss Team Ministry Sunday Services: 11am 1st and 3rd Sunday is Morning Prayer, 2nd and 4th Sunday is Holy Communion Doughnut Church: 3.30­5pm in the Parish Room held every last Saturday of the month.

Other Religious Groups: Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall Gilray Road Diss IP22 3EU Meetings Sunday 10am public talk / Watchtower study: Thursday 7pm Midweek Meeting. Contact Mr Simon Bolton. Tel: 07827669497

Photo - Tins Ewart

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Diss Car Parks Diss Station NCP, Station Road (IP22 4HN) Type: Pay and Display, Not covered, Lit

(IP22 4EU)

Features: Disabled Spaces

To pay on the day with coins please use the

Payments accepted: Coins, Notes, Cards,

machine on Gilray Road Car Park.

PaybyMobile Height Restrictions: None

All Day tickets.

Number of spaces: 300 (eight disabled)

Type: Pay and Display, Not Covered, Lit,

Mon­Sun: 24 hours


Peak rate: Monday and Friday £7,

Payments accepted: Coins, Cards

Tues/Weds/Thurs £7.50

Pay online/mobile

24h (Offpeak): £5

Height restrictions: None Number of

Week: £30

spaces: 38 Mon­Fri: 24 hours

Bank Holiday: £4.00

Day: £7 (online). £8 at machine

Saturday/ Sunday: £4.00

Flate rate: £4 after 8.30am Week: £30

Disabled: Free

Sat/Sun: £3 all day

Gilray Road (RCP Parking Ltd) (IP22 4EU)

Chapel Street upper (IP22 4NN)

All day tickets expire at 23:59 for the day

(South Norfolk District Council)


Type: Pay and Display, Not covered.

Type: Pay and Display, Not covered, Lit,

Height restrictions: None


Number of spaces: 14

Payments accepted: Coins, Cards,

Free outside these hours

Pay online/mobile

Mon­Sat: 8am­6pm (free outside these

Height restrictions: None Number of


spaces: 109

1 hr: Free

Mon­Sun: 24 hours

2 hrs: £1.00

Day: £7 (online) £8 at machine

3 hrs: £2.00

Flat rate: £4 in after 8.30am

4 hrs: £5.00 (maximum stay)

Week: £30 Sat/Sun: £3 all day


Gilray Road overflow (RCP Parking Ltd)

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Chapel Street lower (IP22 4NN)

Mount Street (IP22 4WG)

(South Norfolk District Council)

(South Norfolk District Council)

Type: Pay and Display, Not Covered, Lit

Type: Pay and Display, Not covered, Lit

Features: Disabled Spaces

Features: Disabled Spaces

Height restrictions: None

Height restrictions: None

Number of spaces: 70

Number of spaces: 65

Mon­Sat: 8am­6pm (free outside these

Mon­Sat: 8am­6pm (free outside these



1 hr: Free

1 hr: Free

2 hrs: £1.00

2 hrs: £1.00

3 hrs: £2.00

3 hrs: £2.00

4 hrs: £5.00 (maximum stay)

4 hrs: £5.00

Weavers Court (IP22 4QH)

Park Road

(South Norfolk District Council)

(South Norfolk District Council)

Type: Pay and Display, Not covered, Lit

Type: Pay and Display, Not covered, Lit

Features: Disabled Spaces

Features: Disabled Spaces

Height Restrictions: None

Height restrictions: None

Number of spaces: 65

Number of spaces: 69

Mon­Sat: 8am­6pm (free outside these

Please be aware a barrier is in operation on


entry only and is open from 06.30 ­ 18.30

1 hr: Free

throughout the year

2 hrs: £1.00

Mon­Sat: 8am­6pm

3 hrs: £2.00

1 hr: Free

4 hrs: £5.00 (maximum stay)

2 hrs: £1.00 3 hrs: £2.00 4 hrs: £3.00 Over 4 hrs: £4.00

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Shelfanger Road (IP22 4EH)

Church St (IP22 4DD)

(South Norfolk District Council)

(South Norfolk District Council)

Type: Pay and Display, Not covered

Not available for public use on a Friday

Features: Motorcycle Spaces

Type: Pay and Display, Not covered, Lit

Height restrictions: None

Number of spaces: 11

Mon­Sat : 8am­6pm

Mon­Sat: 8am­6pm

1 hr: Free

1 hr: Free

2 hrs: £1.00

2 hrs: £1.00

3 hrs: £2.00

3 hrs: £2.00

4 hrs: £3.00

4 hrs: £3.00

Over 4 hrs: £4.00

Over 4 hrs: £4.00

Heritage Triangle, formerly Shelfanger

Morrisons Car Park

Road East (IP22 4EN) (South Norfolk District Council)

Store purchase required. Maximum stay restrictions apply.

Type: Pay and Display, Not covered, Lit

Parking restrictions: Customers only

Features: Disabled spaces

Type: Not covered, Lit

Height restrictions: None

Features: Disabled spaces, Parent & Child

Number of spaces: 86


Mon­Sat: 8am­6pm. (Free outside these

Mon­Sat: 7am­9pm


Sun: 10am­4pm

1 hr: Free 2hrs: £1.00 3hrs: £2.00 4 hrs: £3.00 Over 4 hrs: £4.00


Height restrictions: None

Number of spaces: 13

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Tesco Car Park

Aldi Car Park

Store purchase required. Maximum stay

Parking restrictions: Customers only.

restrictions apply.

Register your vehicles in store, behind the

Parking restrictions: Customers only.

till point, to obtain one and a half hours free

Type: Not covered, Lit.


Features: Disabled spaces, Parent & Child

Type: Not covered, Lit.


Features: Disabled spaces, Parent & Child

Height restrictions: None


Mon­Sat: 8am­10pm

Height restrictions: None

Sun: 10am­4pm

Mon­Sat: 8am­10pm Sun: 10am­4pm

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A guide to shops and services available in Diss. Unless mentioned, dialling code is 01379. ACCOUNTANTS Stewart Boreham & Co Darrow Wood Farm Antony James Brice Burston Haines Watts Hopper Way Larking Gowen Gilray Road Newman & Co 4B Church Street ANGLING SUPPLIES Diss Angling Centre 22a Victoria Road ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES Diss Antiques 2/3 Market Place Diss Emporium 3a Vinces Road Disstressed Vintage Cobbs Yard No13 Market Hill Antiques Market Hill ARCHITECTS/ SURVEYORS Apollo Landscape Design 91 Victoria Road N Clarke 82 Shelfanger Road Keith Day Shelfanger Paul Goddard Diss Heywood Manolo and White East Bressingham Roberts Molloy Architects Bressingham ARMY SURPLUS/CAMPING Gillings of Diss Mission Road Little Movers/Waveney Leisure Station Road ART SUPPLIES/CRAFTS Albright of Diss 23 St Nicholas Street


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Diss Publishing Bookshop 40 Mere St




641690 308832 640555 651067 640640


642213 642228 07841 923994 07849 269828

07543 597923 642555 643945 652272 07899 754752 687705

642983 644070


BAKERS Greggs 22-24 Mere St Tudor Bakehouse 15a Market Hill BANKS / BUILDING SOCIETIES Barclays 14 Market Hill Halifax 12a Market Place HSBC 1 Mount St Lloyds 3 Market Hill Nationwide 3 Mere St Yorkshire Building Society 14 Market Place BEAUTY Bella Beauty Salon 9 Market Hill Crackers & Chaps 26 St Nicholas St Eden Natural Beauty 1a Sawmills Road Fia Nails 23 Church St Half Moon Salon Mount St Geraldine Walters Skincare & Electrolysis 8 Cobbs Yard Lash Luscious 4 Wills Yard Mia Nails 13 St Nicholas St Tip2Toe Nails & Beauty Victoria Road BED & BREAKFAST ACCOMMODATION Cobwebs Bed & Breakfast 6 Riverside, Denmark St

651468 642322

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644008 651660 643533 427063 643970 658982 641309 308283 07747 846540



Hazel Barn Lodge Lane, Bressingham White House Bed & Breakfast Low Road, Bressingham BICYCLE SALES & REPAIRS Cycle Shack 1 Chapel St Madgett's Cycles 8 Shelfanger Road BLINDS Swift Blinds Roydon Fen BOILER MAINTENANCE Certas Energy Victoria Road BOOK-KEEPING/PAYROLL Haines Watts Hopper Way Larking Gowen Gilray Road Newman & Co 4B Church St BOOKSELLERS Diss Publishing 40 Mere St WH Smith 13 Mere St

644396 688428

641212 650419


0845 762 0620

640555 651067 640640

644612 642160

BRIDAL WEAR Boutique of Dreams Park Rd 644980 BUILDERS/CONTRACTORS Anglia Building Services Lewis Drive R&L Bettinson Winfarthing Cunningham Builders Heywood Danny Ward Builders Scole Diss Scaffolding Services Ltd Airfield Industrial Park, Eye Garrod Construction Brome

651102 644569 640300 742742 643800 741720

AN Jolly Building Services 20 Pearmain Road R G Rackhams Palgrave Roy Allen Engineering Fair Green BUILDERS MERCHANTS Jewson Victoria Rd Huws Gray Ridgeons Victoria Rd Travis Perkins Shelfanger Rd

640172 642324

643531 641414 642712

BUSINESS PARKS Diss Business Centre Dark Lane, Scole Diss Business Hub/Park Hopper Way

650462 658441

BUTCHERS Browne DA & Son 29 St Nicholas St Cannells 48 Mere St CJ Barker 146 Victoria Rd

642105 642020 658662

CAKES/CATERERS Claire's Sugarcraft (decoration) Norfolk House Yard CAR ACCESSORIES Allmake Motor Parts Sawmills Road Diss Car Parts & Accessories 146 Victoria Rd DSC Motor Factors Vinces Rd John Grose Park Rd Little Movers (Towbars) Station Road Treadfirst Direct Vinces Rd CAR/VAN HIRE Derek P Fiske Sawmills Rd



640782 652544 651978 642311 644070 652233

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CAR SALES/REPAIRS Auto Aid UK Palgrave S.Bartrum & Son 34 Denmark St DC Last Scole Derek P Fiske Sawmills Road Desira (Fiat) Sawmills Rd Diss Accident Repair Centre Palgrave Diss Car Centre 37-39 Sawmills Rd Diss Van Centre Sawmills Rd John Grose (Ford) Park Rd Old Forge Car Sales Sawmills Rd Pretty Garages Vinces Rd Prolek Diss Ltd Sawmills Rd Roydon Service Station High Rd Roy Humphrey (Vargas) Victoria Rd Scole Engineering Scole South Norfolk Classics Gilray Rd Temple Engineering Forge Business Centre, Palgrave Thurlow Nunn (Vauxhall) Victoria Rd CARAVANS & EQUIPMENT AJ’s Mobile Caravan Technician Scole Little Movers Station Rd CARD SHOPS Cards n Wrap 53 Mere St Card Factory 10-11 Mere St


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650745 642964 740568 644314 650111 651451 642051 642055 642311 652110 644786 643461 650642 870666 740940 07717 333555 641808 642241

07751 342065 644070


CARE HOMES/AGENCIES Addocare Scole The Croft – Priory Group 17 Croft Lane Culrose Residential Care Home Dickleburgh De Lucy House 40 Victoria Rd Oaklands Kingsley Health Care Scole Parkside Court Denmark Street Sunrise Healthcare Ltd Hopper Way Walcot Hall Nursing Home Walcot Green CARPETS/FLOORING Complete Flooring 146a Victoria Rd John Doe of Diss Sawmills Rd Town & Country Floors 27 Mere St CATERING EQUIPMENT Anglia Catering Equipment Ltd Bressingham CMA Hire Ltd Forge Business Centre, Palgrave CHARITY SHOPS Big C Victoria Centre, Victoria Rd Break 21 Mere St British Heart Foundation 2 Market Place British Red Cross Mavery House East Anglia Children's Hospice 32 Chapel St Feline Care 18 Market Place Mind 53 Mere St Oxfam 16 Market Hill

741103 651666 741369 671333 740646 652050 641250 641030

651188 644081 658833

641223 652100

658655 643876 641727 640679 651939

308188 644871


PACT Market Hill PDSA 16 Mere St Salvation Army Sunnyside Sue Ryder 36F Mere St CHEMISTS Boots 9 Market Place Hado Pharmacy 66 Mount St Superdrug 18 Mere St Well Pharmacy 11 Market Place CHIMNEY SWEEPS MK Chimney Sweeps Scole Wishart 42 Fieldhouse Gardens Spotless Windows & Chimneys Burston CHINA, GLASS & COOKWARE Larter & Ford 15 Market Hill Leslie Ward 25 Church St CHIROPODY/PODIATRY Diss Chiropody & Podiatry Clinic 1 Roydon Rd Lucy Keil Footcare – Home visits

658995 643854


642436 644001 652821 642053

741957 643181

CLEANING SERVICES Turrell Cleaning Service Bressingham Oven SOS Shelfanger

642213 642497

CLOTHING Beales Market Place Chix 13a Market Place Christine Hinchcliffe 6 St Nicholas St Flories 16a Market Place Just a Label 27 St Nicholas St Lily & Rose 1 Cobbs Yard M & Co 22 Mere St Original Factory Shop Victoria Rd Tatters 12 Mere St

652248 640020 640922 308200 652899 652052 652643 641255 640633

452000 COACH SERVICES Simonds Coaches Sawmills Rd


COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH Diss Natural Health Clinic 1c Sawmills Road


642720 642059


COMPUTER/SUPPLIES Apple Mac Repairs 86 Victoria Rd Data Tech DTP 16 Mere St 121 Computer Services 105 Victoria Rd


CONFECTIONERY The Sweetie Shop Norfolk House Yard

640370 640506

CHIROPRACTORS Diss Chiropractic Centre 1 Roydon Rd

CLOCK/WATCH REPAIRS Diss Antiques 2/3 Market Place Hemstocks 6 Mere St

0333 5770141

641485 652053 642000


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Diss Mini Market 26 Mere St Premier Convenience Store 44 Skelton Rd The Mere Shop Mere St Victoria Store Mavery House, Victoria Road COOKER CENTRES Diss Ironworks 7 St Nicholas St CRAFTS Albright of Diss 23 St Nicholas St DesignerMakers21 21 St Nicholas St Our Slice of Country Life 23 St Nicholas Street Diss Wool & Craft Shop 2 St Nicholas St CURTAINS Diss Furnishing Fabrics Wills Yard, Chapel St DELICATESSENS The Diss Deli & Espresso Bar 8 St Nicholas St Fredricks Fine Foods Norfolk House Yard DENTISTS/TECHNICIANS Bupa Dental Care 65 Mount St Dentabrite Clinic 4 Church St Diss Dental Care Centre 127 Victoria Rd Diss Dental Health Centre 3 Mount St Fair Green Dental Practice 63a Lower Denmark St DEPARTMENT STORES Beales Department Store Market Place


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The Original Factory Shop Victoria Rd Poundstretcher Vinces Rd DESIGN FOR PRINT Type & Image Tivetshall St Mary


642066 640764 651086 650640


308893 652594

643693 652580 643789 642522 651689


DISCOUNT STORES Diss Discount 4 Mere St Poundland 55 Mere St The Keyhole Market Place

641255 644074


640486 644074

DISTRIBUTION Dayburst Couriers 44 Pursehouse Way


DIY STORES Larter & Ford 15 Market Hill


DRAIN CLEARANCE Drain Doctor Plumbing Diss


DRAPERY & FABRICS Diss Furnishing Fabrics Wills Yard, Chapel St Rooms With A View St Nicholas St Anne Taylor 2 Shelfanger Rd DRIVING INSTRUCTORS Linnet Driving Tuition 15 Martin Road DRY CLEANING/IRONING Ironed 4U 28 Victoria Rd Pressed to Go Darrow Lane, Roydon ELECTRICAL SHOPS Hughes Victoria Rd

641919 640220 651788


643291 652767



AW Myhill Victoria Rd ELECTRICIANS/EQUIPMENT Blue Aura Electrical Services Spencer Crescent Steve Eagle Mount St Trevor Cottee Roydon ELECTRONIC DEVICES Modern Electronic Devices 6 Church St EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES Contract Personnel 35 Mere St Hales Group Recruitment Ltd 19a Mere St JobCentre Plus Church St Michelle Denny Recruitment Hopper Way PB Recruitment Solutions 7 Wills Yard Quality Teacher Recruitment Ltd Hopper Way ENGINEERING SERVICES AM Design Hopper Way BF1 Systems Owen Rd Big Sky Acoustics Ltd Frenze Rd DFS Precision Engineering 2b/2c Gilray Rd Pace Racing Developments Vinces Rd Ray Chapman Fabrication Ltd Rushall Hall Farm Roy Allen Engineering Ltd Fair Green Syne Qua Non Diss Business Park, Hopper Way ENVIRONMENTAL WASTE PHS Group Vinces Rd


07801 484873 07774 850997 641009


777877 642276 614320 779829

EQUESTRIAN/FARM SUPPLIES Darrow Farm Pet and Equestrian Ltd Shelfanger Rd ESTATE AGENTS/LETTINGS Ashton & Co Diss Durrants 28 Market Hill Fine & Country Navire House Musker McIntyre 46-47 Mere St Parson Victoria Rd The Online Letting Agents Hopper Way TW Gaze 10 Market Hill Whittley Parish 6 Market Hill William H Brown (Sales) 1 Navire House, Mere St William H Brown (Lettings) 1 Navire House, Mere St


641044 642233 646020 644822 650680 0330 0883 973 651931 640808 644719 644123

640255 0800 783 7405


EXTERNAL WALL INSULATION Aspiration Group Holdings Hopper Way


FENCING SUPPLIES Eastern Fencing & Timber Supplies Vinces Road


646200 0207 617 7069 651309 652550 741293

FINANCIAL SERVICES Beckford & Lewis Financial Planning Ltd 6 St Nicholas St PLS FInancial Services Ltd Hopper Way R & H Partnership 4 Market Hill Martin Roden Financial Services Hopper Way

640114 644568 650818 646191

642324 644449

FIREPLACES/STOVES Diss Ironworks 7 St Nicholas St Stove & Chimney Centre Vinces Rd

643978 651231

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FISHMONGERS Mummery Bros Fishmonger Market Place FITNESS CENTRES/CLASSES Diss Leisure Centre Victoria Rd Fit Club Hopper Way Heywood Health & Fitness 30 Walcot Rd Mart’s Body Blitz Frenze Hall Road MG Fitness Shelfanger Hall FLORISTS Jannie Janes 74a Shelfanger Rd Park Flowers Park Rd FUEL SUPPLIERS Certas Energy Prince Regent Way Little Movers Station Rd Watson's Fuels Prince Regent Way

01502 587242

652754 652225 643088 07784 108784 07879 455966

650564 644171

652235 644070 652764

FUNERAL SERVICES Diss Funeralcare (inc Rackhams Funeral Services) 43 Stanley Rd 642321 Rosedale Funeral Home 63 Victoria Rd 640810 FURNITURE John Doe Carpets & Furniture Ltd Sawmills Rd GARAGE DOORS Chapel Doors Vinces Rd GARDEN MACHINERY/REPAIRS Diss Garden Machinery Darrow Farm


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GARDEN DESIGN/LANDSCAPING Apollo Landscape Design 91 Victoria Rd Countryside Home & Garden Stanley Rd Crerar J M Shelfanger W Noble Paving Ltd Stanley Rd GARDEN SUPPLIES Bressingham Garden Centre Bressingham Diss Garden Centre 106 Victoria Rd Myhills Pet & Garden 35 Mere St RG Cabins Victoria Rd GIFT SHOPS Diss Antiques 2/3 Market Place. Harriets Home & Garden 23 Tudor House Leslie Ward Gifts 25 Church St Our Slice of Country Life 23 St Nicholas Street Skincense Norfolk House Yard GLASS/GLAZING Glazing Vision Sawmills Rd Stratton Glass Hopper Way

640548 07534 064376 642119 651541

688585 642873 642465 644699

642213 308105 642059 651086 652986

658309 650797

GOLF SHOPS Diss Golf Shop Stuston Common


GREENGROCERS CJ Chenery & Son Vinces Rd


GROUNDWORKS A Waterfield & Sons Scole



B & B Roadworks Bressingham HABERDASHERY Albright of Diss 23 St Nicholas St Diss Wool & Craft Shop 2 St Nicholas St HAIRDRESSERS Adele’s Hair Studio Champneys Rd Aquaria Hair Design 39a Chapel St Barber Shop 34 Chapel St Crackers & Chaps St Nicholas St Cut & Chat Norfolk House Yard Diss First Class Navire House, Mere St Louise Stock Gentlemen Barbers Victoria Rd The Gentleman's Barber St Nicholas St Hers & His 1 Sawmills Rd The Junction 103 Denmark St Lily's 30 Victoria Rd Loom Hair Design 1 Roydon Rd Magenta Hair Studio 2 Hales Yard Market Hill Hair 8 Market Hill Moons Hairdressing Chapel St The Olive Tree Shelfanger Studio 4 45 Church St Unique Hairdressers Sawmills Rd VAE Hair 19 St Nicholas St



HEALTH FOODS Grape Tree Mere St Holland & Barrett 1 Mere St Natural Food Store Co-operative Norfolk House Yard

308170 641515 651832

650640 HOG ROAST Harris’s Hog Roast Market Place

07963 043108

640413 652787

HOLIDAY LET Rookery Nook Walcot Green


HOME BREWING You Can Brew It 14 St Nicholas St


HOMEWARE Vision Emporium 28 St Nicholas St

07871 928667

641776 651660 641783 07472 567154 640680 07432 233706 640641 644906

HOTELS Best Western Brome Grange Brome Park Hotel 29 Denmark St The Oaksmere Brome

870456 642244 873940

642265 642280

HOUSING Solo Housing St Nicholas St




HYPNOTHERAPY Lynda Scrivener Cobbs Yard


650808 642860 650251 643235 652484 651397 650015

INSURANCE SERVICES Lexham Insurance Gilray Rd Scrutton Bland Insurance Brokers Victoria Rd

646500 643444

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NFU Mutual Hopper Way INTERIOR DESIGN Rooms With a View 5 St Nicholas St IRONWORK Diss Ironworks 7 St Nicholas St JEWELLERS Hemstocks 6 Mere St The Jewellery Workshop 1 Market Place KEY CUTTING Timpson 11d Market Place KITCHENS & BATHROOMS Howdens Vinces Rd Jewsons Victoria Rd NBK Bathrooms & Kitchens 1 Vinces Rd Style Kitchens & Bathrooms Vinces Rd LANGUAGE TUITION O Castro (Spanish) Pursehouse Way

NBR Scooter Brokers Ltd 79 Victoria Road


MOBILE HAIRDRESSER Taylored Hair (Donna) Frenze Road


643071 644790


651988 643531 640812 652742

MOTORSPORTS First Sensors Ltd Vinces Rd Pace Precision Engineers Vinces Rd


MUSIC TEACHERS Kitchen RA (Violin/Keyboard) Roydon Rd Mapperley C (Piano) Sunnyside The Hub - Diss Music School Wills Yard NEWSAGENTS WH Smith 13 Mere St

MEDIATION Mediated Dispute Solutions Hopper Way

OFFICE SUPPLIES Hillside Office Supplies Ltd North Lopham

MOBILITY EQUIPMENT Beactive Mobility 19 Mere St D iss Tow n G u i d e 2 0 2 0 � 2021


0843 538 1573


07879 444873


LAUNDERETTE Launderette Victoria Rd



MOTORCYCLE SALES/REPAIRS Bavins 101 Victoria Rd Pretty Garage Vinces Rd

NEWSPAPERS/PUBLISHERS Falcon Publications Diss Business Hub, Hopper Way Diss Express Mere St Diss Mercury 16 Mere St

MOBILE PHONES Carphone Warehouse Mere St



OPTICIANS Adkins Opticians 2 Market Hill Scrivens 45 Mere St Specsavers 9-11 Mere St



642468 641985 07934 432185


773347 658002 01603 628311


650899 642739 658490


Dipple & Conway Market Place OSTEOPATHS Diss Natural Health Clinic 1c Sawmills Rd PAINTERS/DECORATORS Howes Painting & Decorating Heywood Rd NS Decorating Fitzwalter Rd Orchard Painters/Decorators Roydon RT Potter & Son Wortham RGN Painter/Decorator Denmark St SKE Painting & Decorating The Common, Stuston Somers D Roydon Jason Whiting Roydon PET GROOMING Crazy Dogs Roydon PET SHOPS/SUPPLIES Animal Feed & Supplies 17 Sawmills Rd Diss Garden Centre 106 Victoria Rd Myhills Pet & Garden 35 Mere St The Pet Hut (Poundstretcher) Vinces Rd PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS CAM Legal Services Suite U, Diss Business Hub, Hopper Way PETROL STATIONS Morrison Supermarket 146 Victoria Rd Roydon Service Station Roydon Shell Diss Victoria Rd



07900 862014 07927 338871 641387 643316 07788 977466 740214 643694 650181

07776 313256

650444 642873 642465 644074


641459 650642 644024

BP/Marks & Spencer Scole


PHOTOCOPYING CopyDiss 42a Mere St PhotoElite 13 Market Hill

644567 640452

PHOTOGRAPHERS Liz Bishop Photography Roydon Diss Event Photography Skelton Close Lucy Kayne 6 Riverside, Diss La Shed/Photography The Heywood Angela Sharpe Winfarthing

07863 176962 07899 992818 07944 505419 07771 676722 07769 646117

PHOTO PROCESSING Boots 9 Market Place PhotoElite 13 Market Hill

642436 640452

PHYSIOTHERAPISTS Claire Wilton Diss Business Centre


PICTURE FRAMING Orchard Frames Wills Yard


PLAY CENTRES Bressingham Garden Centre Bressingham Monsters Hopper Way PLUMBING/HEATING DG Plumbing & Heating Engineers Tibenham Ponting J C Roydon Adam Scoulding Plumbing Services Sycamore Way SP Plumbing & Heating Mission Rd

688585 641400

07824 888274 07880 995199 07885 402636 651331

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PLUMBING SUPPLIES City Plumbing Vinces Rd POST OFFICE Main Market Place PRESERVATION Preservation Equipment Ltd Vinces Rd PRINTS Canvas Framed Prints Scole PRINTERS Francis Cupiss The Entry Town & Country Printers Owen Rd PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Jason Whiting Roydon PUBLIC HOUSES Cock Inn Lower Denmark St Crossways Scole Diss by Verve (formerly Scole Inn) Scole Greyhound 9 St Nicholas St Number 11 11 St Nicholas St Saracens Head 75 Mount St Thatcher's Needle 33 Park Rd Waterfront Inn 43 Mere St White Hart Roydon RADIO Park Radio DYCC, Shelfanger Road


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642045 651107


643633 742547 740481 651613 644186 652853 658905 652695 643597


REMOVALS/HOUSE CLEARANCE Bennetts 27 Tottington Lane Colemans Removals & Storage Units 1, 2 and 3 Shelfanger Rd RESTAURANTS/CAFES/TAKEAWAYS Amandines Cafe (Vegetarian) Norfolk House Yard Angel Cafe 11 Fair Green Bailey’s Fish & Chips 66/68 Shelfanger Road Cafe Culture 11 Market Place Cafe Delices 16a Mere St Costa Coffee 7-8 Mere St Diss Publishing Bookshop & Cafe 40 Mere St Fair Green Fish Bar 37 Denmark St Greggs Mere St Golden Dragon (Chinese) 25 Mere St Happy Palace (Chinese) St Nicholas St Hug Market Hill Indian View Takeaway Church St Istanbul Kebab House 54 Mere St Imperial Wok (Chinese) 110 Victoria Rd JafCaf Hopper Way Katie's Kitchen 1 Hales Yard Mr Chips 16 Market Place Park Hotel 29 Denmark St Pizza Plus 6 Mavery House, Victoria Rd Pizza Time 33 Mere St

07774 637191 643881

640449 07437 205853 308130 07552 330340 642336 652760 644612 642412 651468 642088 641888 07850 057082 650100 650777 642110 07796 957807 07963 351226 641246 642244 644366 308088


Puccinis 3 Cobbs Yard Quick Bites Victoria Centre, Vinces Rd Morrisons Coffee Shop Victoria Rd Sanda's 17a Market Place Singtong Thai Restaurant Norfolk House Yard Spice Cottage Dolphin House, Market Place Time Out Coffee & Food Mavery House, Victoria Rd Turkuaz (Turkish) 146 Victoria Rd Victoria Fish Bar 16 Victoria Rd Weavers Wine Bar & Eating House Market Hill SCAFFOLDING Diss Scaffolding Services Ltd Airfield Industrial Park, Eye SCRAP IRON & METALWORK Gillings Scrap Iron & Metal Mission Rd SECOND-HAND FURNITURE Furniture Cave Vinces Rd The Bargain Shop 2 Wills Yard SHOE REPAIRS Timpson Shoe Repairs Market Place SHOE SHOPS Original Factory Shop Victoria Rd SIGNS Dissigns Stuston Lane fatstickman 1a/1b Gilray Rd Town & Country Signage Owen Rd

644447 658705 640954 643504 651580 640222 308064 643643 650434 642411



07836 605032 07944 200255




Striptees Unit 5, Gilray Rd


SKIP HIRE Kent Skips Pulham Market


SOLAR HEATING Certas Energy Victoria Rd

0345 762 0620

SOLICITORS CAM Legal Services Diss Business Hub, Hopper Way Francis Chenery Norfolk House Courtyard Hayward Moon 6a Mere St Jackamans Mere St Spire Solicitors 2 Victoria Rd Steeles Law 3 St Nicholas St

646546 644055 646040 643555 641221 652141

SOUND EQUIPMENT Simply Sound 3c Gilray Rd


STABLES Diss Livery Centre Shelfanger Rd


STATIONERS Diss Publishing Bookshop 40 Mere St WH Smith 13 Mere St STONEMASONS/MEMORIALS HL Perfitt Ltd Vinces Rd STORAGE Local Self Storage Vinces Rd

644612 642160


07902 084722

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS Griffiths & Taylor Cobbs Yard


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SUIT HIRE Essential Suit Hire Wortham SUPERMARKETS Aldi Mere St Morrisons Victoria Rd Tesco Victoria Rd

0800 042 0800 640954 0345 677 9877

TANNING & TONING Half Moon Salon Mount St


TATOOISTS Mavericks Tattoo Parlour 9 Cobbs Yard


TAXI SERVICES Able Taxis 15a Market Place ALM Taxis Diss Diss Town Taxis Hopper Way Disstrict Cabs Mount Pleasant JB Taxis Shelfanger John’s Taxis Diss Ltd Diss Millpond Cars Oak Lodge, Snow St, Roydon Robin’s Taxis Diss Scole Cabs Station Rd Tudor Taxis Diss Waveney Taxis 5 Jennings Way TEA & COFFEE SPECIALISTS Ringtons Tea Distributors Gilray Rd



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640900 608602 414141 650064 652014 640000 07802 633 142 07432 255085 741471 641123 07771 565352

0800 052 2440

TOOLS/TOOL & PLANT HIRE Toucan Tool Hire Unit 13 Vinces Road TRAVEL AGENTS Co-operative Travel 10 Market Place Hays Travel 11A Market Place


640227 671351

TREE SURGEONS Tree Fellas Diss


TROPHIES Diss Trophy Centre 23 St Nicholas St


TURF ACCOUNTANTS Coral Bookmakers 15 Mere St Betfred 2 Mere St TYRES & EXHAUSTS ATS Euromaster 29 Shelfanger Rd Desira Diss Victoria Rd John Grose Park Rd Thurlow Nunn Victoria Rd Treadfirst Vinces Rd Willow Tree Cars Ltd Rose Lane Wyatt Engineering Darrow Farm

0800 328 4273 0800 032 0878

642861 0845 346 0702 642311 642241 629155 651818 687200

VAPE SHOPS RC VAPES 24a St Nicholas St





VETS Cherry Tree Vets Roydon Rd Linden House Veterinary Centre Mission Rd Vet 1 Services 22b Victoria Rd VIDEO PRODUCTION & FILMING Splice Creative 7-8 Mere St WINDOW CLEANERS DS Window Cleaning Services Mission Rd Chris Cottrell Cleaning Services 9 Bellacre Close

870999 651183 640936


07932 508153 07900 323231

WINDOWS & CONSERVATORIES Anglia Building Services & Home Improvements Lewis Drive, Roydon 651102 First Home Improvements Ltd 19a Chapel St 0800 092 1112 Frames Conservatories Direct 36 Mere St 629407 Stratton Glass & Windows Unit 9, Hopper Way 650797 WINDSCREENS National Windscreens 2D Gilray Rd


WOOL & CRAFTS Diss Wool & Craft Shop 2 St Nicholas St


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For Family Mediation or Civil & Commercial Mediation contact: 01379 773082 or email deborah@mediateddisputesolutions.uk If your family is changing and you are worried about your children or how you will cope financially, mediation may be the answer. Professional mediation helps to reduce conflict and to find an easy and dignified route through separation or divorce. Family mediation available both privately and to those eligible for legal aid.


Q UA L I T Y L A D I E S FA S H I O N Sue Kiddie, proprietor 12 Mere Street, Diss IP22 4AD Tel: 01379 640633 Email: suekiddie2@gmail.com www.tattersboutique.co.uk



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Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm 3A VINCES ROAD, DISS IP22 4HG

01379 642228


Foot Care Clinic Est 2007

Home Visits

Diss and surrounding area Tel: 01379 640506 Mobile: 07828 146298 www.footcarenorfolk.co.uk Lucy Keil MCFHP MAFHP (Member of the College of Foot Health Professionals)

* Battery Replacement * Leather Straps * S/S Expander Bracelets

Low prices ~ Top quality products Also watches for sale from £4.95 Hard-to-find batteries of all types

THE KEYHOLE Diss Market Place Open Tuesday-Saturdays

No. 13 Market Hill Diss Antiques & Collectables Centre We also buy Gold & Silver Jewellery Coins ‐ Medals ‐ Military Items Watches ‐ Clocks ‐ Glass China Small Furniture Curios and Metal Detecting finds.

01379 423216 07885 402636 adamscoulding@yahoo.co.uk

A modern, vibrant company providing legal services with its roots firmly set in East Anglia.

01379 652141 St Nicholas House, 3 St Nicholas St, Diss IP22 4LB www.steeleslaw.co.uk Steeles Law Solicitors Limited is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority no. 592311

Opening Hours Tues 10am ‐ 2pm Wed to Sat 10am ‐ 4.30pm Cabinets to rent, call 07849 269828

In Diss Market Place every Thursday AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE & PUBLIC BOOKINGS DAVE HARRIS M: 07963043108 E: david.harris02@hotmail.com f/harris’shogroast Diss Town G uide 2 0 2 0 ‐ 2 0 2 1


Carpets, Laminates, Wood, Kardean Safety Flooring, Beds & Mattresses.

146 Victoria Road, Diss IP22 4JN 01379 651188 www.completeflooringdiss.co.uk

Convenience Stores Off-Licence, Groceries, Newspapers & Magazines, Lotto, Frozen Food, Greeting Cards

Open 7 days a week 7am-9pm 44 Skelton Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4PN Tel: 01379 642828 Check out our Facebook (Skelton Road Premier Shop) for offers and information


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For enquires, competitive quotes and bookings call

01379 640900 or email abletaxisdiss@gmail.com Pre-booking advised all services offered are subject to availability

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