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Diss Town Guide The Official

2018-2019 24th Edition


Doreen Collins Beth Dewhurst (Chair) Gary Enderby Suzanne Kayne Keith Rackham 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. The committee and publishers accept no responsibility for any inaccuracies that may have occurred. If you have any corrections, adjustments or additions to make to any of the information in the Guide, please write to Falcon Publications DBH 21-22, Diss Business Park, Hopper Way, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4GT. Town Guide tel: 01379 773347 Email: Cover Photograph: Lucy Kayne Published by: Falcon Publications Design & Artwork: Copy Concept D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019


Diss Publishing Est. 1925

your local Bookshop for Arts, Gis & 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 gis and stationery products; Filofax, Cross, Parker & Waterman Pens, Winsor & Newton Arts, Jelly Cat, Book Tokens & Gi Vouchers, candles, cufflinks, chocolates, office supplies, Gibson Puzzles & Games, Diddl, Powell nighties, 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 gis 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 gi 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: 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. 4

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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 Pre-Schools/Nurseries Toddler Groups Adult Education

100 101 102 103

RELIGION Churches & Other Religious Groups 105

CAR PARKS Diss Car Parks




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

Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club

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Foreword By Beth Dewhurst

Dear Residents and Visitors On behalf of the Town Guide Committee and publisher I’d like to welcome you to the 24th edition of the Diss Town Guide. We hope you will find it informative and useful. It’s been an exciting era for Diss with the refurbishment of the Corn Hall and the completion of the Heritage Triangle, some of which we have tried to reflect in the photographs and artwork. There is also a look back to the past, recalling events in the town’s history. As always, the main aim of the guide is to provide information, which includes current details of local services, clubs and societies. In addition to this, our business directory and map have been updated and every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. We would also like to thank both Basil Abbott and the late Roland Buggey for all of their hard work on the Diss Town Guide in past years. Finally, I would like to thank the publisher, committee and all contributors for their skill and hard work.

Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club

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Childhood Memories of Diss When I was recently approached to prepare

window that always drew us in on Saturday

a short history of Diss for the new Town


Guide, I was aghast at how I could cram over 1000 years of recorded history into just a few paragraphs. Many of my predecessors in the Town Guide have written back into early history, of which much is already known, so I decided to write from my own particular perspective over the last 55 years or so of living in Diss.

Mandatory swimming classes were held in the cold outdoor pool when we were often saved by the rope, which pulled us into the side when we went under for the tenth time. The staccato piano lessons in Roydon Road with Mrs Pearce, were always softened by the pinball machine, table football, frothy coffees and soda bombs at Mr Mutty’s ‘Flash

I was born in 1960 in Victoria Road in the

in the Pan’ meeting hall, and not forgetting

big house opposite where Skelton Road

the sticky buns at Wrens Bakery Tea Shop in

junction is now. It was then owned by my

Mere Street.

great-grandparents and grandparents. In the 1960s, the gardens still extended in cultivated box hedge levels, down to the River Waveney, and much of the land to the east and north remained undeveloped. When we were young, we frequented the picture house, Rendezvous café and youth centre discos and it was still possible then to drive down Pump Hill and Mere Street in a pretty ropey Morris Marina or Ford Capri. The Toy Shop in Mere Street was a veritable Aladdin’s cave as was Cramphorn’s pet shop

We would often be found in the park, larking

at the top of Pump Hill with its wonderful

about on the enormous slide and devilish

menagerie of small animals. It was the

witches hat roundabout, or playing football

mynah birds and the African grey parrots

with heaps of jumpers for makeshift goals.

chattering away in a large metal cage in the

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Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club


In later years, we had the Mere raft races to

winklepicker shoes and slathered in Brut

look forward to while school breaks were

aftershave, we’d strut around pretending to

spent at local shops (Coopers Corner shop,

be Fonzie from Happy Days.

Hurrens and Bluebirds sweet shops). We also stopped off at Outlaw and Revolution Records for LPs and singles, while our parents visited the numerous shops and bakeries that lined Mere Street, Pump Hill and St Nicholas Street. Most of these types of little shops were superseded in the 1980s by the likes of Fine Fare and International Stores. Those were the good old days we often hark back to. The days when we could buy a vimto, 10 Players cigarettes and a packet of

When I look back, it’s fair to say we enjoyed a different type of Diss then. A time of independence and blossoming youth to become the adults we are today, and many of us are still living locally. This, for me, is a testament to the survival of a small town. Retaining the past is necessary, so we can go forward into the future. Long may the town continue and although change is inevitable, I still miss old Diss. Nick Woods

chips with your paper round money. Dressed in flares, black leather jackets and

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Local Government

Diss Town Council

Of course, we can’t always solve everything.

What we do & how

But part of our job is to hold other

Diss Town Council is the first tier of local

services provided (or not, in some cases).

government for Diss. First and foremost, we

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 Council, South Norfolk Council, the Police, the local MP… the list goes on. We also support local groups by providing community funding and promotion for as

organisations and authorities to account for

We are mid-way through our three–year Strategy Plan and are making good progress with many projects and objectives to make Diss a successful, vibrant, attractive town, where people want to live, work and visit – this is our Vision. Who does what?

many as we can. We provide recreation

Thirteen – from May 2018 increasing to

spaces and amenities for the town, such as

fourteen – councillors voluntarily,

the markets, Mere & Park, sports facility,

democratically & lawfully make the strategic

community centre and Cemetery, to name

decisions of the Town Council. We also

a few.

employ fourteen staff in both administrative and maintenance roles & led by the Town


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Clerk, these teams work with councillors to ensure that the decisions of Council are carried out.

Junior Good Citizens Shelby Baker (2013), Thomas Kembery (2014), Ellen Nicholas (2015), Owen Leeder

The Council elects a Town Mayor at the

(2016), no nominations received in 2017.

Annual Meeting of Council each May. The

Honorary Aldermen

Town Mayor chairs Full Council meetings and attends civic engagements and other

Cyril Grace (2005), Glyn Walden (2012)

functions as the Council’s representative.

Freedom of the Town

Diss Town Council also elects a Council

The Royal Anglian Regiment (2012)

Leader, who is responsible for leading the Council in the delivery of the Strategy Plan. They work closely with the Town Clerk on a day-to-day 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 service. The most recent recipients are listed below.

More details on citizen awards and past recipients can be found on Contact us We are open to the public Monday – Friday 9.30am – 1.30pm and for telephone enquiries Mon-Fri 9.30am – 3pm. Contact the Council Offices at 11-12 Market Hill, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4JZ. Tel/Fax: 643848. Email: Visit

Honoured Citizens of Diss Facebook: @DissTC

Harold Rackham & Elizabeth Dewhurst

Twitter: @DissTownCouncil

(2017), Pete Gillings (2016), Suzanne Kayne (2015), no nominations received in 2014, William (aka Billy) Turner (2013).

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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,

and homes, to 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

The County Councillor for Diss and Roydon is Cllr Keith Kiddie. 17 Walcot Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4DB Tel: 01379 644750

on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk. 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 recently dualled A11 and the A14 mean the district is well connected

South Norfolk Council

to the rest of the Eastern region and beyond.

South Norfolk Council is an ambitious

We have 88 towns and villages, including

authority providing high-quality, customer

our four Market Towns of Loddon,

focussed services. We live within our means

Harleston, Diss and Wymondham.

by working in a business-like and

For the full range of South Norfolk Council

commercial way and we are constantly challenging ourselves and developing

services, people can visit the website or read the

innovative ways of doing things.

Council's magazine, The Link, which is

South Norfolk Council exists to make a real

published three times a year.

difference to the lives of the people in our district. From securing multi-million pound investments to help grow businesses, jobs D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019


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

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Emergency Services In an emergency where you need police,

is in Park Road and has an establishment of

ambulance or fire service assistance,

16 retained personnel. The officer in charge

urgently call 999

is Watch Manager Karl Hain who is

Diss Ambulance Service

supported by four Crew Managers and 11

The Ambulance Service is based in Owen

takes place every Wednesday evening.

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 co-ordinates requests from patients, doctors and others who have emergency requirements. Tel: (01603) 424255.

Firefighters. Drill night (Training and admin) Retained personnel have a primary employment elsewhere but are highly trained and carry a pager by which they are alerted and report to the station within minutes, when there is an incident. The average turnout time is between two and four minutes. Diss attends on average 200 calls a year. Based at the station are two fire engines. Call signs DISP1 and DISP2. Diss is also a core station in Norfolk involved in the National Resilience program put together by the Government after the 9/11 attacks in New York. In the event of a major terrorist

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (Diss)

CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological,

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is divided

the core stations could be mobilised to any

into four areas, Southern, Eastern, Western

part of the country for the purpose of ‘Mass

and Central. These areas are then sub-

Decontamination’ of the general public.

divided into smaller clusters of which Diss is

Also attached to the station are the Diss Fire

part of cluster S4 in the Southern area. Thetford Fire Station is the Southern HQ and can be contacted via our main telephone

number 01603 810351. Diss Fire Station

nuclear) attack on the country, the Incident Response Unit from Hethersett along with

Cadets aged from 13 to 18. They meet every Tuesday for training and also take part in community activities. The cadet’s leader is fire-fighter Harry Powell. If you are D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019



interested in joining the retained service or

The Diss SNT is responsible for Diss and the

cadets, pop along on the relevant training

surrounding villages of Aslacton, Bunwell,

evening (Retained Wednesday, Cadets,

Bressingham and Fersfield, Burston and

Tuesday) to find out more. Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is committed to making Norfolk safer and 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 find out if you are eligible visit our website: -safety/safety-in-your-home.

Diss Police Station

Inspector Selvarajah leads Diss, Long Stratton & Harleston SNTs. His dedicated team includes five teams of Safer Neighbourhood Team (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 & one for Harleston). The district also has a Community Engagement Officer PC Jim Squires The team work in partnership with communities and other agencies to understand and address local problems.

Shimpling, Brockdish (inc. Thorpe Abbots), Carleton Rode, Dickleburgh and Rushall, Diss, Gissing, Gt Moulton, Heywood, Needham, Roydon, Scole (inc.Thelveton and Billingford), Shelfanger, Tibenham, Tivetshall St Mary and Margaret, Winfarthing. To contact Diss SNT call 101, email or visit

their website at

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 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. In a non-emergency, you may use the external telephone at the police station which connects you through to the Control Room at Wymondham Headquarters.


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Additional Information Some helpful addresses, phone numbers and

our projects. Our aim is to identify and carry

opening times for town amenities that are

out projects that improve the quality of life

not listed elsewhere:

for everyone in Diss and to make it a place

Market and Auction Day: Friday

that people want to visit. A few years ago

Telephone code: 01379

DCP was very active in Diss affairs with several large funded projects, including the Cittaslow project and a community fund. It has been fairly quiet more recently, but we are planning a possible big new project, building on earlier work, to create an environmentally-oriented, community

Diss Carnival

mutual support and exchange system.

The Diss Carnival is the annual party of the

Diss Community Farm

year, held in June! Over 7,000 people attended Diss' revamped carnival in 2017 and 2018 is set to be even bigger and better! Follow the parade from Diss High School through the town centre and into the Park where the fun continues! Fancy getting involved? Contact Diss Town Council on 01379 643848 or email For more

information go to or find us on Facebook: @DissCarnival

Diss Community Partnership Diss Community Partnership (DCP) promotes a sense of community and sustainable living in Diss and its surrounding villages. We are a social enterprise – a partnership between statutory, voluntary, community bodies and businesses. All money raised goes back into

Contact Gary Alexander on 07766-711999 or

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 way. We have a field in Winfarthing, together with three poly-tunnels, where we meet weekly to grow, harvest and then take home good, local, organically grown vegetables, 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 or contact Paul Coster (phone 01379 742897 or email D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019






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We can prepare a complete menu to meet your exact needs, helping you to host business breakfasts and lunches, or even a party at home or a picnic. You can choose from our bu et menu or let us know what you require and we will prepare it for you. We have a wonderful array of provisions that can be found in this remarkable li le store. Norfolk House Courtyard, St. Nicholas Street, Diss, IP22 4LB 01379 652 594 Email: info@fredricks Open 9am-4pm, Wednesday to Saturday


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 Victoria Road, Diss, IP22 4JG (Next to Diss Swimming Pool) 20

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lively arts venue, the Corn Hall is once again taking centre stage in the community life of the town. Recently reopened following major funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, local authorities and other major funders as part of the Diss Heritage Triangle project, the Corn Hall has been completely refurbished and extended. The new entrance, box office, foyer, gallery, bar and

Diss Corn Hall

cafĂŠ have resulted in a more welcoming,

St Nicholas Street, Diss, IP22 4LB

town can be rightly proud.

Box Office and Gallery hours: 10am-4pm

The Corn Hall’s exciting and wide-ranging

daily, except Sunday.

events programme attracts audiences from a

Tel: 01379 652241

wide area. Regular events include


performances by high profile personalities,

Online: To find out what’s on and to book

comedians and bands, a variety of touring and

online visit:

local theatre, family events and activities,

accessible and sustainable venue of which the

Facebook: diss.cornhall Twitter:

daytime and evening film screenings, live


satellite broadcasts of West End shows,

The newly refurbished Corn Hall provides a

contemporary art exhibitions and displays

transformed building which is exciting,

exploring the heritage of the area.

bright and welcoming and one that is

As the largest auditorium in South Norfolk,

completely accessible to everyone - locals

now with extended opening times and a

and visitors alike - in the daytime as well as

varied events programme, the Corn Hall is fast

for evening events.

becoming a buzzing cultural hub for the

Built in 1854, the Corn Hall was an


impressive and state-of-the-art structure for

Tickets: May be purchased from the Box Office

trading at the heart of historic Diss. Run

in person, by phone during opening hours, or

since 2010 by The Diss Corn Hall Trust as a

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Mobility Solutions For You & Your Home Walcot Hall Nursing Home offers 40 generous sized rooms all with en-suite facilities, many include a wet room shower and there are two large rooms for couples to share. Full nursing and personal care is provided and both Diss GP practices regularly visit residents in the home. The home was inspected by the Care Quality Commission in December 2016 and received an overall rating of GOOD, however for standard four, measuring RESPONSIVE to resident needs it was rated OUTSTANDING. Please contact us by phone, email or just drop in to discuss your needs and what we can offer. Tel 01379 641030 Email Website

Mobility Scooters Powered Wheelchairs Rollators . Stairlifts Manual Wheelchairs Car Hoists/Hoists Driving adaptations Adjustable Chairs & Beds New and Pre-Owned

44 Victoria Road, Diss IP21 4HZ Tel: 01379 651600

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 ÂŁ8.95 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

The Saracens Head, Diss Email:


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Phone: 01379 652853 Website:


Refreshment facilities: The cafĂŠ 'Fredricks at

made use of Quaker Wood for outdoor

the Corn Hall' is open Wednesday-Saturday

learning. Structured activities for different

10am-4pm and serves light food made with

age groups and interests are provided by the

local produce. Both the Grain Brewery bar and

management committee. Working parties

cafĂŠ are open from 6.30pm before main

are held on the first Saturday morning and

evening events or an hour before earlier ones.

third Wednesday morning of each month to

Accessibility: Fully wheelchair accessible. Volunteers: 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

Quaker Wood

Quaker Wood lies on Factory Lane between Diss and Roydon. It is owned and managed by Diss Community Woodland Project, a local voluntary group and is open all the year round. It is planted with a mixture of indigenous hardwood species and the first young trees were planted out in 2008. Therefore it is still some way off maturity. However it benefits from some fine mature hedgerow oak trees, a central pond and a grassland area that is managed for

carry out a variety of management tasks according to the season. These include brush cutting, tree care 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 parties and no special skills are required. If you would just like to chat and find out a little bit more, then turn up for coffee mid morning on any first Saturday of the month. Running costs are covered entirely by local voluntary donations. Significant financial contributions, especially those that celebrate family occasions, are acknowledged by a suitably engraved plaque at the entrance. For further information on volunteering, the management committee, donations or fundraising please refer to the website:

wildflowers. The management objectives are to develop and maintain the area as woodland and open space, for the benefit of both the local people and the local wildlife. Diss Church Junior School, Roydon Primary School and local youth organisations have all D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019


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

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:

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

* 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.

48 Mere Street, Diss Tel: 01379 642020

(24hr ans/fax – Orders not taken by email)

Using our years of experience and extensive knowledge we can offer a stress free experience! Bar & Restaurant Restaurant Bar Snacks Sunday Carvery Food Served all day

The Park


Hotel, Bar Restaurant

19 En suite rooms Bridal suite Holiday cottage Flat Screen TVs Family Rooms

Weddings & Events

Marriages Conferences Entertainment Family Parties

01379 642244 or email 


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Diss Parochial Charity (Registered No. 210154) This Charity is a combination of 13 small charities partly dating from 1618, originating with gifts of land or property from various benefactors to provide income

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

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

administered by seven trustees: the Rector of Diss, four nominated by the Town Council and two co-opted by the other trustees. It has four almshouses and makes small grants to residents in the civic parish of Diss where assistance from public funds or other bodies is non-existent or inadequate. Immediate assistance is automatic in the case of bereavement. Assistance is also available in cases of need or distress and for training

643848 or email

Diss Christian Community Church (DC3) For more information on their range of rooms for hire call 644223. Diss Methodist Church

Halls and meeting room for hire with kitchen

facilities. For more info call 651512 or email

where this is within the remit of the charity.

Diss United Reformed Church

Apply to the clerk: Sylvia Grace, 2 The

Range of meeting rooms and halls of various

Causeway, Diss, IP22 4AW. Tel: 650630. email:


Taylor Road Meeting Room A modern facility to take up to 90 people.

sizes to hire. For more info call 650770.

Diss Jobcentre Plus See under Health, Welfare & Social Services.

The room is available for hire for receptions, parties and meetings. For bookings Tel: 644847.

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Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club



Farmers' Market: second Saturday of every

Norfolk County Library, Church Street. Tel: 642609

month, at the Market Place. A variety of stalls selling a wide range of fresh local

Opening Times:

produce and crafts.

Monday: 9.00am –5.00pm

For either the Friday Market or Farmers’

Tuesday: 9.00am - 1.00pm

Market call Diss Town Council on 643848.

Wednesday: 9.00am – 1.00pm, 2.00pm –

For more info see


Friday Mini Market, 9.30am to 11.30 in St

Thursday: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Mary's Hall. On sale are clothes, cakes, books

Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm

and crafts. There are also charity stalls and

Saturday 9.00am – 1.00pm Visitors as well as all who live or work in Norfolk are welcome to use the library. To

refreshments. For details call 643783.

Weekly auction at Diss Auction Rooms, Roydon Road, call 650306.

get your pin number call the Libraries

Renewal number 0344 800 8006 and choose Option 0 to be connected to a member of staff. There is free internet access and WiFi for the public. Web address:

Diss Museum

Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club

Diss Museum is situated in the Market Place in a building called The Shambles, formerly two butchers' shops. There are a variety of displays, frequently changed, about the history of the town and area. Always on


display are the Old Rectory Doll's House, old Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club

photos and jottings from the Memory Bank.

Friday Market: traditional, bustling market

Local firms like Cupiss, Aldrich, Anness and

every Friday in the Market Place.

Gaze have all been featured. Panels in the D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019


Contractors to H.M. Government

Me & me dad started in Diss over 50 years ago this year (school & I were not suited) and have been buying scrap metal ever since. Dads been gone for over 30 years now but his memory, like the business, lives on. 01379 642983 • 07780 998383 (I will answer or phone you back) Open 8.30am-4pm Weekdays 8am-12 noon Saturdays Oxford House, Mission Road, Diss IP22 4HX

JOHN TAYLOR BUILDERS LTD. General Builders and Joiners Plumbers and Decorators

Specialist Work to Listed Buildings and Properties of Character

01379 643138 5 Shelfanger Road, Diss, Norfolk 28

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windows depict significant characters and

and financial support for special projects.

events from the town's past. Outreach

The museum is open from 11am-3pm every

activities include: talks to groups and

day from mid-March to the end of November.

schools, tours of the town (including a

Admission is free.

Murder Tour) and involvement in events like

Museum office and postal address:

the Roydon Riots Centenary (1993), Skelton Festival (2004), Nelson Bi-centenary (2005), Betjeman Centenary (2006), Local History

11 Market Hill, IP22 4JZ. Tel: 650618. e-mail: website:

Festival (2007), Tom Paine Festival (2009) and Friends In High Places: The Manning Story (2011). In 2014 the museum was behind the project to put the missing names on the war memorial. The museum is administered by a registered Charitable Trust and supported by Diss Town Council. In 2012 Accreditation was awarded by the Arts Council. Accreditation is 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 Award and a Museums & Heritage Award for Excellence for the best project on a limited budget. The day-to-day running of the

The Park Pavilion

Photo: Courtesy of Diss Town Council

The Park Pavilion offers an open air venue for music and drama performances or sporting events and can be hired by community groups and organisations. For example the annual music festival, organised by the Rotary Club of Diss and District, is hosted here. The adjoining kiosk, providing a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams, is an excellent place to sit and admire the views of the Park and Mere.

museum is largely by volunteers. The

Call 643848 or visit for

Friends of Diss Museum provide stewards

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• Osteopathy • Cranial Osteopathy • Sports Massage • Acupuncture • Hypnotherapy • Medical Thermal Imaging • Nutrition and Diet • Counselling

Do you have a spare room to rent? Help someone looking for accommodation We have an experienced team who can help you as a landlord to offer an affordable room in your home. We provide free advice

Contact us on 01379 644407 Rosemont House Shelfhanger Road Diss IP22 4EH

and support to landlords, working closely with you to match the right lodger to your spare room.

Please call Solo Housing on:

01379 640250 Charity Number 1068017 Registered provider Number 4696

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

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


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Political Parties

Post Offices

Member of Parliament for South Norfolk is

Main Post Office, Market Place Helpline:

Mr. Richard Bacon MP, House of Commons,

0345 611 2970

Westminster, London, SW1A OAA. Local Tel:


643728 or 642769.

South Norfolk Conservative Association (Diss & Roydon Branch) The local Conservative Branch is based at the main office of the SNC Association which is at "Grasmere" Denmark Street, Diss, IP22 4LE. For further details please contact the Branch Chairman Cllr. Keith Kiddie, c/o or Tel: 642097.

South Norfolk Labour Party

Secretary: Carol Crouch, Tel: (01953) 788278 or email for more information. Alternatively go to

Monday: 9.00am – 5.30pm Tuesday: 9.30am – 5.30pm Wednesday: 9.00am – 5.30pm Thursday: 9.00am – 5.30pm Friday: 9.00am – 5.30pm Saturday: 9.00am – 12.30pm

Local Radio Stations

Radio Norfolk: FM 95.1, 95.6 & 104.4 Radio Suffolk: FM 103.9, 104.6, 95.5 & 95.9 Heart Norfolk: Radio FM 102.4 Heart Suffolk: Radio FM 97.1 & 96.4 Park Radio: FM 107.6

Recycling Centres Tesco Supermarket Customer Car Park:

Liberal Democrats

Glass, clothing, shoes, CDs, paper, shredded

The local Liberal Democrats Branch takes an

Morrisons Supermarket, off roundabout at

active interest in local and national politics

entrance to car park: Glass, clothing, shoes,

and organises social and fund-raising events.

paper, shredded paper/envelopes, books

Regular meetings take place at venues in the

Chapel Street Car Park: Glass

area. Contact: Tracy Scoggins, Tel: 652299 or email

paper, wrapping paper, envelopes, books

Rose Lane, near Riverside Maltings: Glass, Clothing & Shoes Thomas Manning Road, junction of Vinces Road: Glass & Toy Bank Weavers Court (Mount St) Car Park: Glass, cooking oil D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019


( E N G I N E E R I N G ) LT D Design • Fabrication Construction • Repairs STEEL FRAMED BUILDINGS General steel fabrication and repairs, steel stockists, industrial gas suppliers. Building works with full design, detailing service, structural steelwork and cladding.

Supplying Local Business with all their Stationery Requirements

Fair Green, Diss IP22 4BG

01379 642324

Fax: 01379 01379 640521 Email: 640521 Email: Fax:

Telephone: 01379 688090 Email:

Suppliers and installers of Garage Doors, Gates and Awnings

Automation to your existing garage doors and gates available. Fast response on all type of repairs. Contact us today to nd out more.

Diss 01379 651959 Ipswich 01473 226509 Visit our showroom for further details on our amazing range of products and speak to our professional sales team. Unit 21 Court Industrial Estate Vinces Road Diss Norfolk IP22 4BF


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Emergency Repair Service


Willbye Avenue, 100 yards from roundabout: Glass Taylor Road Community Centre: Clothing, shoes Roydon High Road: Glass, clothing, shoes

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

Registrar's Office

fantastic facilities and attractions in and

For the registration of births and deaths,

is one of many VIPs opening across the

marriages, civil partnerships, certificates and tracing of family trees you will need an appointment to see the Superintendent Registrar at Diss Register Office, Council Offices, 11-12 Market Hill, Diss, IP22 4JZ.

around Diss. Run by a team of volunteers, it Waveney Valley area and country and features an information book for visitors, rack of leaflets about local attractions, a selection of maps, timetables and free access to the internet. We are looking for

Opening times Mon – Fri : 9.30am – 1.30pm

volunteers to help run the service so do get

For appointments and general enquiries

4pm. Tel: 652241

01603 306149 or

The registrar can still be contacted at the Diss registration email address:

Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club

in touch. Open Monday - Saturday 10am

Water Board

In emergencies contact Anglian Water on

03457 145145

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Christine Hinchliffe

Steam Heritage|Gardens|Garden Centre

DESIGNER CLOTHES WITH A DIFFERENCE w w w. br e s s i n g h a m . c o . u k

6 St Nicholas Street Diss IP22 4LB Tel: 01379 640922

Open Mon-Sat 10am-4.30pm

Open Easter to October 10-5pm check for details or call 01379 686900 for further details Find us on Facebook & Twitter search Bressingham Steam

The Jewellery Workshop Fine


Restorations 1 Market Place, Diss


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01379 644790


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: or log onto

Bus Services

For services in Norfolk and Suffolk and National Travel information contact

Traveline on 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) 456: Eye, Stowmarket (Galloways) 475: Eye-Diss (Fareline) 498: Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Cambridge, London (National Express 80: Harleston, Beccles,Yarmouth (Anglian Coaches) 584: Pulham, via Dickleburgh (Semmence) 482: Framlingham (Simonds) 581: Harleston, Bungay, Beccles (Simonds)

under 16s and accept concessionary passes. There is no set timetable. The bus will collect you from close to your home at a prearranged time and drop you where you want to go. Pre-book your seat at least one day before you wish to travel (or by 16.00 Friday for journeys on Monday). Hours of operation: in school term time – Mon to Fri 9.15 to 14.30; During school holidays – Mon to Fri 8.00 to 17.00.

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. D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019


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Recruitment that works for you

Whether you are looking for temporary, permanent, full or part time work – we have local opportunities that are right for you

Diss: 01379 777877 Norwich: 01603 764044 Thetford: 01842 750222 36

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Please contact us for more information. We also run regular members outings throughout the year. Our mini buses are also available with a driver for hire to community groups & non profit making organisations. For any further information or to make a

Rail Travel There is a half hourly service between Norwich and London in both directions. The first train from Diss to London leaves at 05.14 and the last at 22.17. The first train

booking please call 01379 854800 or email:

from London to Diss is at 06.00 and the last

07.04 and the last at 01.09. The first train

at 23.30. The first train to Norwich leaves at from Norwich is at 05.00 and the last at 23.05. The timetables vary at weekends and all travel information can be obtained by phoning: 03457 484950 or

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Branches in

Harleston, Diss, Eye & Long Stratton

Front Bar | Great Ales | Cosy Log Fire Fine Wines | Free WiďŹ | Back Bar | Pool Wide Selection of Beers | Darts Jukebox | Large Screen HD Satellite Sports Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm Friday: 11am - 1am Saturday: 11am - 12 midnight Follow us on Facebook & Twitter

Fresh bread Made on the day Sold on the day Never a day old

Phone: 01379 651613 9 St Nicholas Street, Diss, Norfolk

Carpets, Laminates, Wood, Kardean, Safety Flooring

Quality furnishings at affordable prices for your... Living room, Dining room & Bedroom Beds, Mattresses, Sofas & Chairs, Tables, Solid Oak Furniture

146 Victoria Road, Diss IP22 4JN 01379 651188


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Sawmills Road, Diss IP22 4GG 01379 640070


Health, Welfare and Social Services Diss Health Centre

Hado Pharmacy, Mount Street Tel: 644001 (Open 7am-11pm Mon to Fri, 7am-8pm Sat and 10am-5pm Sun) Outside these hours, call NHS 111 to find your nearest out-of-hours 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. The Parish Fields Practice (Drs Hume, McCarthy, Thorneley, Varghese and Wilde)

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 includes community nurses and therapists.

Tel: 642023,

A part-time volunteer co-ordinator visits the

The Lawns Medical Practice (Drs Lawton,

information about your local community

Pantazis, Pe and full-time nurse practioner

health services (not the GP Practices), please

held at the Health Centre on the 3rd

Clare Horton) Tel: 642021,


Health Centre one day a week. For more

call 01953 609409. A Carers Meeting is

Thursday of every month at 2pm. It lasts about 2 hours and there is usually a speaker

Well Pharmacy, Market Place Tel: 642053

for the first part and drinks and biscuits are

(Open 9am-6pm Mon to Fri, 9am-5.30pm Sat)

provided. People who care for a relative or

Boots, Market Place Tel: 642436 (8.60am-

loved one that are registered at either

6pm Mon to Sat, 10am-4pm Sun)

practice are welcome. Further details are D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019


To BUDGET your dental treatment we offer dental plans starting from as little as ÂŁ6.75 per month OR you can pay us as you go for your dental treatment on our PAY AS YOU GO SCHEME. We at Diss Dental Health Centre, make sure that you receive top quality dental care at the best affordable price. We believe in the continuity of care and building a long lasting relationship with our patients.


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available from The Lawns Medical practice: Tel: 642021.

The Friends of Diss Health Centre The Friends is a registered charity which provides equipment and amenities not normally supplied by the NHS for the patients of Diss Health Centre. The money to do so is generously provided by those who wish to show their gratitude for the care and

6.30pm to 8am Monday to Friday and from 6.30pm Friday to 8am Monday morning at weekends and on public and bank holidays. The base is at The Long Stratton Medical Partnership in Swan Lane, Long Stratton and patients are advised to dial 111 as these calls are free to both mobiles and landlines. If you would like more information on the 111 service, which is available 365 days a year, go to

received from staff at the Health Centre. The


Friends' committee includes local people

Diss is served by the Norfolk and Norwich

and some staff members. Members receive

University Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich,

attention they, or people close to them, have

regular newsletters and are invited to attend

NR4 7UY Tel: 01603 286286.

the charity's annual meeting. Membership is

West Suffolk Hospital, Hardwick Lane, Bury

through an annual subscription of ÂŁ1 or

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

more (made on January 1st each year).

Ipswich Hospital, Heath Road, Ipswich, IP4

Age UK hold a clinic at the Health Centre for over 65’s to help with form filling advice about benefit entitlements etc. This is held on Wednesdays and is by appointment only, which can be arranged at the reception of The Lawns Medical Practice. To find out more about the Friends of Diss please call 644513.

Family Medical Care at Night and Weekends This out of hours service is run by the IC24 (Integrated Care 24 Ltd) and operates from

5PD Tel: 01473 712233.

Supported Housing & Housing with Care Saffron Housing Trust has three supported housing schemes in Diss, located at Clare House, Frenze Road, Oak Tree Place (Skelton Road) and Thomas Manning Road. Each provides self contained rented accommodation for older people and offers support as required and identified via an individual support plan. For further information on these schemes please call 01508 532000 or email D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019


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

To book contact: or 01379 678662.

COLEMANS REMOVALS & STORAGE Family run - Established 1979

DISS 011091

01379 643881

B.A.R. Memb. No. C114

FREE ESTIMATES, SURVEYS AND ADVICE Grand & Upright Piano Specialists



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Saffron Housing Trust also owns Weavers

welcoming environment together with a

Court, which is a Housing with Care scheme

flexible programme of activities and events -

and offers 24 hour support from on site care

the perfect place to make friends and be

staff in self-contained one bedroom flats. For

active. Age UK Norfolk’s professional staff

further information on this service please

are on hand to offer as much or as little

call 01508 532000 or email Saffron Housing Trust also supplies community alarms that are easily installed in anyone's home and provide reassurance for older or vulnerable people so that they can summon assistance quickly in the event of an emergency or other urgent situation. There is a small weekly rental to pay for this service. If you would like a free demonstration or further information please call free 0800 9174680. Email:

Age UK Norfolk

Age UK Norfolk is an independent, local charity. We have over 70 years’ experience dedicated to supporting older people and their families living in Norfolk. Services that we provide include information and advice, advocacy, telephone befriending, support for people living with dementia and their carers, respite and day care, housing with extra care and a home help service. Situated on Thomas Manning Road, Age UK Norfolk’s Denny Day Care Centre provides a

support as required. For more information about the Denny Day Care Centre, call 01379 640 741.

For free information and advice about later life, call our advice line on 0300 500 1217 or visit our website

Children & Adult Social Care

Social Care is the responsibility of Norfolk County Council and is administered from County Hall, Norwich. For more information on all departments, go to or

call 0344 800 8020.

Bereavement Support Group This group offers support for anyone who is suffering with grief and bereavement. There are three courses per year which each run for eight weeks, starting January, April and September and they are all free to attend. The group looks to address the many facets of grief and offers people a space to come along and share their feelings whilst feeling the support of the group as they navigate their way through their bereavement. The

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Printing in Diss since 1830 Photocopying, Draw Tickets, B u s i n e s s a n d P e r s o n a l S t a t i o n e r y, B e s p o k e W e d d i n g S t a t i o n e r y, Calendars and Christmas Cards Letterpress Experience Days

The Wilder ness, The Entry, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4NT Telephone: 01379 642045 E-mail: www. CUPISS LETTERPRESS


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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 |


group facilitators are all fully trained in the format followed, which has been devised by Dr. Bill Webster and is called 'Grief Journey.' Many people suffer silently with their grief whilst others around them feel that they are doing well. The group offers support for anyone who is struggling in coming to terms with their bereavement, no matter how long ago their loved one has died. Call Kerry on 640810 or email

into paid work, employers fill their vacancies


and give people the help and support they

General pensions enquiries (for over 60's)

Opening times:

are entitled to if they cannot work.

0345 6060 265. See also information under

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:

Citizens Advice Bureau.

9.00am – 5.00pm

Diss Jobcentre Plus

Wednesday: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Jobcentre Plus is part of the Department of

Textphone 01603 636032

Work and Pensions. We aim to help people

Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club

Information and enquiries 01379 614320 or visit website at

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Photo - Lucy Kayne


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.

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 Website:

Alcoholics Anonymous

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 or 01473 21224.

Arthritis Care

National charity supporting people with

Arthritis Care Helpline on 0808 800 4050 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm) or email For more info go to

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 or email Head Office 01206 577678.

British Heart Foundation The British Heart Foundation shop in Mere 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

Carol Bowen 01379 641727 or call in at the shop

Diss, Thetford & District Citizens Advice 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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Call our local friendly team on

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For local advertising that works

Providing a top class service whatever the size of your business

T: 01379 778095

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Limited Company accounts and tax Sole Trader accounts and tax VAT Bookkeeping and management accounts Payroll and auto-enrolment Individuals and Landlords Charities and the Not-For-Profit sector

E: W: DBH 16, Hopper Way, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4GT

Licensed and regulated by the Association of Accounting Technicians


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Discrimination, Housing, Employment,

Other services available at the Diss Office

Family and personal matters, Law, Consumer

Thursday : Local Solicitors by appointment

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 assessor who will listen to your concerns and help you identify possible ways forward. After your initial assessment interview with an assessor you may be given an appointment with one of our generalist or 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

Carers Trust Do you need help caring for a relative or friend? Are you concerned about someone who lives alone? The Carers Trust is here to support you and your family. We do this by providing a range of services and support for carers, tailor-made to your needs. We work in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, offering services to you in your home and in the community. We employ trained professional carer support workers and provide flexible services to

responsibilities in a particular situation. Diss

people of all ages, health conditions and


not for profit.

Office ( Shelfanger Road), Tel: 651333 or Email:

Website: Monday: 10am – 3pm Drop In, appointments & telephone advice Tuesday: 10am – 3pm (closed for drop ins) specialist appointments and telephone advice. Wednesday: 10am – 3pm Drop In, appointments & telephone advice Thursday: 10am – 3pm Drop In, appointments & telephone advice Friday: 10am – 3pm Drop In, appointments & telephone advice

disabilities. As a charity, we care for people For more information call 01553 750014 or visit

Dementia Care

The Dove Dementia Cafe meets at the Utd Reformed Church on the first Wednesday of the month, from 10.00am to 1.00pm. For

more information call Gabrielle on 01379 650770.

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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.


Looking for home improvements?

Visit Gavin at Diss Market every Friday

Telephone: 01379 629405



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and their carers in a cafe-style setting. There is also a dementia cafe held at Weavers Court on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.

Diss Community First Responders

District Office 01603 767132

The Fersfield School of Healing This School is part of the International

Community First Responders are volunteers

Healing Fellowship. It is a healing group that

who respond to emergency calls on behalf of

not only trains healers but is also open to the

the East of England Ambulance Service in

public for healing. There are two sessions a

the area where they either live or work. Diss

month from 7pm -9pm and all are welcome.

First Responders have been working with

For more information please contact Maggie

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 community. If you would like any further help or information please contact Rachel Hillier, Coordinator, Diss First Responders on 01379 740158 or email

on 890916.

Genesis Housing Association Genesis Housing Association provides supported accommodation for up to 26 single people in Diss. We aim to empower our residents (through support planning) to enable homeless individuals to move to

Mencap (Royal Mencap Society)

independent accommodation having gained

Providing the opportunity for those with

Genesis Housing Association employs a total

the necessary skills to maintain a tenancy.

learning disabilities (and their families and

of seven members of staff working different

carers) to obtain advice, guidance and

rotas to support our residents. Cover is

support and offering the opportunity to

provided overnight. Contact Services

participate in various recreational activities in a safe environment. In addition the application of various methods to advocate the rights, needs and wants of people with a learning disability to enable greater integration in the local community.

Mencap Direct 0808 8081111 or email

Manager Ivan Briggs, Tel: 07525 905 467.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) Save a life today, give blood! The NHSBT holds regular blood donation sessions at Diss Rugby Club. If you would like to find out more about giving blood contact D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019



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0300 123 2323 (local rate) or log on to


Offers confidential counselling and caring support to anyone in distress due to: an unplanned pregnancy, a pregnancy loss through miscarriage, termination or stillbirth, pregnancy-related anxiety or depression.

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

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)

We provide support across Norfolk to

The Diss and District RDA Group holds

women and their partners of all ages.

riding sessions for disabled children every

For further information or to make an

Tuesday afternoon at Clint Farm Riding

appointment call our helpline on 03333 058552 or email us


British Red Cross

The British Red Cross provides a wide range of services throughout the Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk areas. For more details,

Stables, near Eye. New helpers are always welcome. Those interested should call

Penelope Lister on 01379 742524. Also please contact Penelope if you are the parent or carer of a child who could benefit from

riding. We would be pleased to see you.


Cruelty Line or Inspectors, Tel: 03001

please contact British Red Cross Norfolk


Branch, Coronation Road, Norwich, NR6

Animal Rehousing Centre: Low Road, North

Relate: Norfolk and Suffolk

Opening hours Mon-Fri, 10am – 4pm.

5HD. Tel: 01603 426361.

Counselling, support and information for all relationships. Our services include Relationship Counselling for individuals and

Tuddenham, Tel: 03030 401565. For more information see

Save the Children (SCF)

couples, Sex Therapy, Family Counselling

The international charity which fights for

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Whether you’re looking to move house, remortgage or acquire a commercial property, our dedicated team can assist you through the legal process.

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A to B

The conveyancing specialists 6a Mere Street, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4AD 01379 646040 Offices also at Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and Colchester


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23 St. Nicholas Street Diss, Norfolk IP22 4LB

01379 641514 Email:


who suffer from poverty, disease, injustice

At Solo we believe in people and our

and violence. We work with them and their

intention is to provide opportunities for

families to find lifelong answers to the

those who pass through our door to improve

problems they face. The local branch has

their lives. We are funded by a number of

been active in this area for 20 years and has

different agencies, local authority grant,

raised over ÂŁ80,000 with the help of our

voluntary income and rental revenues.

local supporters. For more information

Solo currently provides three types of

please visit our website

housing solution for single people in parts of

Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen Family Association/Forces Help Society (SSAFA) SSAFA provides practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who is serving or has ever served and their families. SSAFA Norfolk, Tel: 01603 403322 or email

Solo Housing (East Anglia) 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 range of single people (18 to 65 years), from those who simply need a roof over their head, to those who need regular help to overcome problems that they may be experiencing. We provide support, advice, information and practical help to help single people to secure and sustain accommodation.

Norfolk and Suffolk: The Lodgings Scheme - enables people with a spare room to let, to meet someone wishing to rent it. The Lodgings Scheme provides a quick & affordable housing solution for people who do not have a home and may not have wider support networks to help them. Supported Housing - assists people to 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. The accommodation provided is either a one bedroom flat, shared house or flat or in our hostel. Our staff visit regularly, encouraging people to rebuild their confidence and prepare for independent living. The service provides a planned move back into the community, either to housing association accommodation or to the private sector, living with family or friends or moving to lodgings. D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019


Tel: 01379 647300 Email: Web: 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

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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.

Royal Voluntary Service RVS aim to help people maintain independence and dignity in their own homes and communities, particularly in later life. RVS are premier providers of services within the community Enquiry line Tel:

0845 608 0122. Open: Mon-Fri 8am – 6pm.

Tel: 01603 397998 Mon – Fri 09.00 – 17.00


For further information please contact: Solo

Voluntary Norfolk

Housing, 12a St Nicholas Street, Diss,

Norfolk, IP22 4LB.Tel: 640250. Freephone

The Voluntary Services Coordinator recruits

0800 6520155, Email:

and manages a local team of volunteers or visit our website

covering Diss, Harleston and the

surrounding areas, who use their skills to

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

offer help, befriending and support to people affected by age, ill-health, disability, social isolation or other factors. If you feel you would like some help or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Karl Hills, the Voluntary Services Co-ordinator at Diss Health Centre on Tuesdays. Tel: 01508 531175, mobile: 07551 704 246. E-mail:

technician. Contact Secretary Trevor

Freeborn on 01379 608774 or by email at

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Painting of the Diss Mere Boardwalk by Pam Dormer


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Arts, Crafts, Dancing & Music Diss Acoustic Music Club

Arts Society Diss

Every Tuesday evening from 7.30 until 10.30

We are a welcoming society who meet in the

we meet in the schoolroom at The Friends

afternoon, 2 pm in the Diss Corn Hall, every

Meeting House, Frenze Road, Diss to sing

third Tuesday in the month. We engage

and play all types of music - provided it is

professional speakers who give lectures

acoustic. No electrified instruments are

on very diverse subjects relating to the arts.

allowed. This is, along with adults-only, one

Many of our lecturers have appeared in

of our few rules. Another is that you leave

documentaries or assisted with radio

your "ego" outside the door. We always

programmes which makes their

encourage each other. Nobody hogs the

arts perspective both challenging and always

session - we take turns to perform whatever

entertaining. We organise Special Interest

we want to bring - polished "gems", "rough

Days, visits to exhibitions and short tours.

diamonds" or work-in-progress. No alcohol,

As a charitable organisation we work closely

but tea and biscuits are "a must" at half time.

with local schools encouraging art projects

Contact Tony Gooch on 640752 or visit for more


Diss Art Group Meets Tuesday afternoons, from 1.30 to 4.00, at the Roman Catholic Church in Shelfanger Road. The group has a growing membership spanning all ages and abilities. Formed in 1974, the group comprises mixed media and all aspects of painting. The

and we have a team of church recorders who do amazing work, which results in an historic archive which is submitted to the V.A. and the Norfolk Records Office. For new members there is the opportunity to become involved in all our activities or just come and enjoy the talk in the comfort of the revamped Corn Hall. For the duration of the talks we have arranged parking on Gazes Auction site More information

sketching trips in Diss and the surrounding

Burgate Singers

area. Limited informal tuition is available

We specialise in major choral works with

during Autumn and Spring terms. Secretary:

professional orchestras and soloists, under

summer term is given over to weekly

Ian Cotgrove, Tel: 07879 661831 or email

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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

a free taster session please go to

Diss Embroidery Group

welcome. Contact:

Meets on the first Tuesday in each month at

programme and membership details.

Diss, 9.00 for 9.30am to 12.30pm. Its for

the Friends' Meeting House, Frenze Road,

Circle Dance Group

activities include practical workshops and

Friendly informal group meets every

experts and professional embroiderers are

Wednesday at the United Reformed Church

invited to give talks and provide tuition at

Hall, Mere Street, Diss, from 2-3.30pm to do

occasional day-schools. All aspects of

circle dancing. No partner or experience

embroidery are covered. Visitors are

needed. Come and join us. You are very welcome. Freda Farrell (leader), Tel: 871896.

Discord - the Wellbeing Choir

visits to exhibitions and museums. Leading

welcome. Contacts: Moyra Downing,

Tel: 740597 or Jenny Noble, Tel: 640869

The Hub - Diss Music School

The Hub is situated in the centre of Diss, in

Discord, the wellbeing choir was founded in

Units 5-6 Wills Yard, Chapel Street, with

January 2011 by experienced musician

good parking facilities nearby. We currently

Michael Dann. There are five choir sessions

offer tuition in Guitar (all styles), Piano,

held each week across South Norfolk &

Drums, Violin, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin,

North Suffolk with over 350 members.

Banjo, Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet. A set

Aimed at all adults over 16 who have a love

of 6 x 30 minute weekly lessons cost ÂŁ80.

for singing and a good sense of fun. No

We cater for all abilities and ages and have a

experience required (but those that have are

comfortable reception area, where students

equally welcome), no auditions, so no

and parents can wait, while lessons take

pressure!! Since being formed, the choirs

place. Contact Pete Arnold at The Hub to

have raised over ÂŁ25,000 for various

discuss your needs and book lessons.

national & local charities. Two choir sessions are held in Diss each Wednesday at 1:15pm & 7:15pm. To find out more and register for

Tel: 07934 432185,

Email: or go to

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Hoxon Hundred Morris Dancers Come and join in the fun! No dance experience required. Every Wednesday, September to the end of April, at St. Edmund's Hall, Hoxne, 7.30 to 10pm. Contact: Jan Robinson on

Invidia Voices - Rock and Soul Choir We are an amateur choir passionate about singing and the fun of it! Our ‘Bliss in Diss’ group is run by talented musician and tutor Chris Chamberlain at the St Henry Morse Church on Tuesday evenings 7.30 – 9 pm. We focus on rock and pop songs chosen by our members and learn these in six part harmony, practising weekly and performing throughout the year! We offer two free tasters for the inquisitive, you can sign up for these at the group of your choice through our website:

Line Dancing

Monterey Line Dance Classes – When, Where, Levels, see A friendly well established dance club. Monday: (except bank holidays) Palgrave Community Hall, Easy Intermediate 7.15 to 9pm. Tuesday: Diss Christian Community Church (DC3),

Improvers 2 to 3.30pm. Wednesday: Diss Christian Community Church (DC3), Intermediate 7.30 to 9.30pm. Contact: Melissa Hawkes, Tel: 651773 or

LK's School of Dance

This Norfolk-based dance school offers a range of dance classes (including Hip Hop, Street, Disco and Freestyle) across the county including at Diss Church Junior School, Hartismere School in Eye and Palgrave Village Hall. For more info call 07835 021439, email: or go to

Mere Musica

Small Instrumental Ensemble available for those special events. Details: R.A Kitchen, Director of Music, Tel: 642468.

Mere Players

The society was formed in 1974. Since then two, and at times three, productions have been presented each year, including comedies, thrillers, dramas, musicals, and pantomimes. The group has been awarded NODA recognition for its productions and technical achievements. Acting members are supported by those who design and build

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Are you: • looking for a fun/friendly class? • bored of hours in the Gym? • looking to be motivated?

We specialise in offering the very best taxi service in the South Norfolk area. Our vehicles cater for up to 6 people per car, all vehicles are valeted and regularly maintained to ensure a comfortable trip at all times. All our drivers are professional and all come DBS checked and licensed by Norfolk County Council and South Norfolk District Council.

Are you looking to: • lose weight? • tone up? • build muscle?

We specialise in all jobs including Airports, Weddings, Shopping and Restaurants. Airport prices start from Heathrow £130, Stansted £70, Gatwick £130, Norwich £40

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sets and scenery, organise stage management, lighting, sound and costumes. The society is always pleased to welcome new members, both acting and non-acting. Chairman: Mark Le Surf-Hall, Secretary: Kevin Ball, Tel: 01379 640084 or


Diss Quilting Group

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at Palgrave Community Centre, 10am to 3pm. External and internal tutored

popular (and even 'rock') songs! Come along to a meeting or contact us to find out more. Meetings are held on alternate Mondays in St. Remigius Church Parish Rooms, High Road, Roydon from 7:30 pm to 9:30pm For further information please go to our website or contact us: Website: Email:

Telephone: Chris Cooke 07973 730195 or Bryan Claybrook 01379 688 547.

workshops held several times a year. Visitors

Scrapbooking & Crafting Workshop

welcome on non-workshop days. For more

Taylor Road, Community Hall, Diss. 2nd


Wednesday Afternoon and last Saturday

details contact Caroline Pajak on 07788

Diss Guitar Ensemble We are a friendly group of classical guitar

Morning of each month. Contact: Avril

Young, Tel: 642168.

South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band

enthusiasts with varying abilities who enjoy

(Registered Charity No. 1116270)

playing together for personal

The band, based in Diss, was formed in 1974

accomplishment and for public performance.

and its motto is ‘Music is Fun’. We accept any

We get together regularly to learn and

woodwind, brass or percussion player, aged

rehearse group pieces but also meet for

between eight and 23, irrespective of ability;

social gatherings, visits to concerts and

and we do not hold auditions. We are based,

workshops. Any guitarist wishing to join the

and rehearse, at the Diss Youth and

Ensemble should have some playing and

Community Centre on Shelfanger Road on a

note-reading ability equivalent to about

Tuesday night between 7.00 and 9.00pm.

Grade 3 standard. We work on a wide range

Playing with the band gives members the

of music from the Renaissance to the present

encouragement to continue to study and

day, including some arrangements of

enjoy their music making; and to provide that purpose for the hard work required. D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019



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The band also bridges the gap between

events. The pupils span all ages and abilities.

school and adulthood. Some professional

Music can lead to many exciting

musicians, who have graduated through the

opportunities. New players welcome.

band, may otherwise have given up before

Further details may be obtained from R.A.

making music their career. We are completely independent and self-financing. Every year the band performs many concerts, raising money for charities and other organisations, and toured Malaysia in 2012, raising £250,000 for charity. The band has strong links with the Corps of Army Music and the Royal Marines Band Service. It holds a residential weekend with one of the leading army bands; and also organises tours, trips and events. In July 2006 we were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This recognises and rewards excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. We offer the opportunity for like-minded young musicians to come together to perform and

Kitchen, BA, LGSM, Tel: 642468.

Waveney Choir

The Waveney Choir, which has been established in Diss since 1970, sings music of all types and age and gives recitals throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, in aid of charities and church funds. Our membership is large (70 plus), and is drawn from a wide area and ranges in age from 18 to 90! All new members are welcomed, whatever their experience and there are no auditions necessary. New members are given a fourweek period in which to decide whether we are the type of choir they are looking for. We nearly always are! Rehearsals: Wednesday evening from 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m., between

play. The band is SAFE accredited and is an

September and May, at the United Reformed

accredited Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme

Church, Mere Street (opposite Aldi).

assessor. We are always looking for new

Chairman: David Emerton, Tel: 890145 or

visit our website:

members and are available for hire. Should you require further information on the band,

Waveney Valley Folk Collective

visit our website on

The Waveney Valley Folk Collective is a

email us on or

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 Tuesday of each month

pupils. They are also available for special

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Performers are welcome and should arrive

the use of an excellent workshop and has a

by 7.45pm. We also put on concerts by

fabulous Jet lathe capable of carrying out all

respected artists on the national Folk Music

types of turning, from the most intricate to

circuit at Hoxne Village Hall. Full details on

quite literally treetrunks! All categories of

our website

woodturners are welcome, from the

Diss & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

Meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month, (excluding June and December), at the Methodist Church, Victoria Road, Diss, from 12.30pm - 3.30pm. Visit or

absolute beginner to the expert! Help and guidance is available for all to develop your turning technique, improve your designs or 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 a guest demonstrator to inspire members to tackle new or more ambitious projects plus a

their facebook page, or ring 01379 643563

small number of all-day demonstrations.

for further information.

turners of international repute, to local

Ukaholics Anonymous This weekly social ukulele group meets in the Quaker Meeting House on Frenze Road, on Wednesdays, 7.30pm - 9.00pm. Singers and players of all abilities welcome. Songsheets provided. ÂŁ20 per five sessions. Full details on


Contact Pete Arnold on 07934 432185.

Demonstrators vary from professional professionals and talented amateurs from throughout East Anglia. We also try to include at least one social event each year. 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

Diss & District Woodturning Club

object, please contact either Ken Hatton, Tel:

A small, friendly club, with both male and

would love to hear from you, so pick up the

female members, based in Redgrave. It has

687579 or Chris Davies, Tel: 898236. We phone!!

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Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club


Youth Activities Diss Youth Café

Diss Young Carers

Diss Youth Café is based at the Salvation

Diss Young Carers runs on a three weekly

Army Church, Sunnyside. It continues to

basis for young people aged 6-12 years and

cater for young people from Year 6 to Year 9

12-18 years who have caring responsibilities

after school during term time. St Mary’s have

at home. The group meets on Tuesdays

passed on all the activities so young people

during term time at Winfarthing Village Hall,

can continue to play table tennis, pool, Wii,

Hall Road, Winfarthing, Diss from 5.00 –

Xbox, Kinect, and board games with further

7.00pm (6-12 years) and 7.00 -9.00pm (12-

craft and discussion activities run by

18 years). Young people enjoy a meal

Integrate Youth for Christ. Food and drink

together, as well as have the opportunity to

are available to buy at the café. For more

take part in activities and occasional trips

information contact Steph by email at

out. Qualified youth workers support young

people with any issues that are important to

Diss Youth Group

them, as well as ensuring that they enjoy

Diss Youth Group runs on a weekly basis for

please contact The Benjamin Foundation on

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 & Community Centre from 7– 8.30pm, apart from the second Wednesday of every month,

their time of respite. For more information, 01603 615670 or

Air Training Corps

The Diss squadron meets on Tuesdays ands Thursdays from 7.00 to 9.30pm at their Sunnyside HQ. Minimum age 12 years (if in

when it is an after school cafe style session

year 8 at school) – boys and girls.

from 3.45 -5.15pm. Young people that attend

Tel: 641247.

can enjoy games, arts, crafts, team sports/ challenges, baking, tuck shop and lots more. 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

Commanding Officer Flt. Officer Spraggons,

Army Cadets Norfolk Army Cadets meets Wednesdays at their Sunnyside HQ. 7pm to 9pm. Both boys and girls welcome, aged 12 to 18. Detachment Commander is SI Peter Frewin.

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Fire Service Volunteer Cadets Run by Norfolk Fire Service. Meets at the Park Road fire station on Tuesdays from 7.00 to 9.00pm. Both boys and girls aged 13 to 18 are welcome. For more information call

0300 123 1669.

Guides, Brownies & Rainbows

District Commissioner: Mrs Claire Lister

01379 641002

Rainbows (5-7 years), Brownies (7-10 years), Guides (10-14 years), Senior Section 14-25 years). Scout & Guide Hall, Heywood Road, Diss 1st Diss Rainbows: Monday 5-6pm. Leader, Francesca Batley 1st Diss Brownies: Monday 6.00 to 7.30pm. Leader, Sarah Ellis 2nd Diss Guides: Monday 7.30 to 9.00pm. Leader, Helen Bowman

The Trefoil Guild, open to anyone who has made the Guide Promise, meets on the first Thursday in the month. Contact Diana Walker on 643200.


Scouting in Diss continues to thrive, with two Scout Groups and an Explorer Unit serving the local community. Scouting aims to develop young people, both male and female, mentally, physically, socially and spiritually by offering an attractive, exciting and challenging programme for them. Scouting can start at the age of six in the Beaver Section. From age 8 to 10 years six months they join the Cub Scout Section; and from that age to 15 years they belong to the Scout Section. The Explorer Unit offers adventurous activities for young people aged 14 to 18 years old. As they progress through the sections they become more responsible for organising their own activities and

Roydon Village Hall

training, although adult guidance is always in

1st Roydon Rainbows: Tuesday 4.30 - 5.30.

the background. Scouting is always looking

Leader, Claire Lister. 1st Roydon Brownies: Tuesday 5.30 - 6.45. Leader, Claire Lister. 1st Roydon Guides: Tuesday 6.45 - 8.00. Leader, Claire Lister.

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,

1st Roydon Senior Section: Fortnightly

Heywood Road. Group Scout Leader: Sue

Tuesday 7.30 - 9.00. Leader Emily Pillsbury-



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level access showers

bathroom refurbishments

roofing & plastering



We have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the selection, craftsmanship and installation of natural stone.

all general building If you would like information on our services, or just need some advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


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Diss Chiropody & Podiatry Clinic Day & Evening Appointments Nail Surgery Clinic Orthotic/Insole Therapy Foot Care/Advice Various Verrucae Treatments Product Sales Home Visits Available

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Beaver Scouts: Fridays 5.45 to 6.45pm.

Starting in Diss in 2018. For details of day,

Cub Scouts: Thursdays 6.00 to 7.30pm.

time and venue, or to express an interest in

Scouts: Fridays 7.30 to 9.00pm. .

volunteering, please contact Gail Arnold on

2nd Diss (Salvation Army) Scout Group

07422 966198 or by email at

Meetings held at the Sunny side Community Follow Diss


Woodcraft Folk on facebook or go to

Contact Group Scout Leader Tim Grayston

for information on all groups, Tel: 07973

Diss & District Young Farmers Club

Beavers: Thursday 6.30 to 7.30pm.

A social club open to all young people


Cubs: Monday 6.00 to 7.30pm. Scouts: Monday 7.15 to 9pm. Explorers: Monday 7.15 to 9pm.

between the ages of 14 and 30 who are interested in rural life, the countryside and agriculture. Meetings held weekly on

Woodcraft Folk

at the Pavilion, BOCM Pauls agricultural site

'Pioneer Group' for 10-12 year olds

at Burston. Contact: Chairman Tom Saunders

A fun after school group with games, crafts,

Wednesday evenings from September to July

on 07506 104643

debates, as well as outdoor activities and camping trips at weekends/holidays. A cooperative group run by volunteers, where young people can grow in confidence, make new friends and learn about big ideas.

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Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club


Clubs and Societies Diss & District Allotment Holders Association This long established association is based in Louie's Lane and has around 75 members. There are at present a few vacant half-plots (approximately 45' x 30') which currently cost ÂŁ18 a year. Rents are reviewed annually, and the rent includes affiliation to the National Society of Allotment and Leisure

Street, Diss - (opposite Aldi). Our meeting starts with a group action and then planning our various campaigns and free refreshments. We have a stall every year at the Burston Strike School Rally and a stall for the 'Write for Rights' campaign at the URC Charity Fayre in November. Contact:

Jackie Gooch, Secretary, tel: 642601, email:

which we sell a variety of goods – netting,

Waveney Valley Community Archaeology Group

bamboo canes, fertilisers etc. - during the

Are you interested in archaeology and

Gardeners. There is an on-site shop from

summer months, or by arrangement with a committee member. For further information

history? Come and join WVCAG! We are a group of people interested in the

about membership please contact Mrs Jackie

archaeology and history of the Waveney

Valley. No experience necessary, come along

Gooch on 01379 642601, or email on:

Amnesty International

to one of our meetings and have a chat with us. We meet regularly with a varied programme of speakers, activities, training

Welcome! Amnesty International Diss Group,

and events. We are running an exciting

acting locally to protect human rights

project to mark the centenary of the Great

globally. We are ordinary people from

War, The Hidden Commemoration in The

around south Norfolk and north Suffolk

Waveney Valley for which we have secured

standing up for human rights. Our purpose is to protect individuals and communities


wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth

You can follow us on Twitter at

are denied. The Diss group has more than 30 members and supporters and is always open to new people keen to Protect the Human. And it's FREE to join! We meet once a month on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in the Derry Room at the United Reformed Church, Mere

Heritage Lottery funding. Find out more

@WaveneyArchand and @hiddencomm, on Facebook at

WaveneyValleyCommunityArchaeologyGroup or visit our website

at To find out more about the group, please

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Publishing is our business

We can publish your programme or local publication free of charge. To find out more contact us: Falcon Publications DBH 21--22 Diss Business Park, Diss IP22 4GT Tel: 01379 773347/773348/773349 78

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Bees & Beekeeping

Diss & District Camera Club

Dicklebees is a small friendly support group

The club, which meets at the Grasmere Club,

for anyone interested in bees and

Denmark Street, Diss, on the first and third

beekeeping in the Diss area of South Norfolk.

Tuesdays of each month from September to

It is open to all, whether you’re a complete

June, enjoys a programme of fun and

novice or have many years of experience. Dicklebees often invite beekeeping experts to talk on relevant topics, organise beekeeping safaris and occasionally have practical sessions and workshops. They meet at 7.30pm on the 2nd Monday of each month at Dickleburgh Scout Hut. For more information contact Ruth Barnwell at

informative photographic events. Anyone interested in photography is more than welcome. Please see our website for more details. Secretary: Krys Wakefield, Tel:

687428. Web:

Diss Computer Club or go to

Meets the first Thursday of every month at

St. Mary's Church Bellringers

from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. Before a first visit, it’s best to call or email to check the dates as

This talented and dedicated band ring every

they do change from time to time.

Sunday for services. Practice night is every Monday 7.30 to 9pm. We welcome all visitors, whether they come just to watch and see what it is all about, or with some thoughts of taking up a unique and special

the Residents’ Meeting Room, Taylor Road,

Tel: 07872 634815 or

Diss Flower Club

The aim of the club is to provide

skill, which could open a new world. Any

demonstrations and practice meetings to

person with the mind and dedication to

promote an interest in arranging flowers

learn this skilled exercise should join the

and plant materials for use in the home, in

special family of church bellringers which

church and also in competitions and shows.

you remain part of for life. Just climb the 13

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of

steps to the ringing chamber. Tower Captain:

each month at 7.30pm in Roydon Village

Mrs. Betty Baines, Algars Farm, Walcot Green, Diss, IP22 5SR. Tel: 643293.

Hall. Contact Pam McDowell on 742765.

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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

8 Shelfanger Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4EH Tel: 01379 650419 • 80

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Diss 41 Club The club has been in existence informally for nearly 40 years. Membership is open to all past members of the Round Table; and the aim of 41 Club is to continue fellowship and friendship established in Table and to assist Table generally. The club meets at various venues on the first Thursday of each month at 8pm. Contact: Ron Cook, Tel: 01449 677135.

home to other Diss organisations including the Royal British Legion, the WEA, Cycling Club, and the Diss and District Camera Club. The Club has a very well stocked bar with very competitive prices. The Club offers a wide range of social activities including regular quiz nights, race evenings and Sunday lunches, a popular event with families. Snooker is played and every Thursday evening is Crib night with players

Freemasons – Montgomerie Lodge

of all levels enjoying the challenge. Members,

The Lodge meets at on the second

evening; eyes down at 19.45 hrs. The Club

Monday of each month between October and May at the Freemasons' Hall, Parkfields, Diss. For further information contact the Secretary: Mr. P. Baker, Oak Lodge, Snow

Street, Roydon, Diss IP22 5SB, Tel: 643581.

Green Fingers Gardening Club

and their guests, enjoy Bingo every Friday has a function room and kitchen which is available, free of charge, to members; an ideal opportunity for family celebrations or even wedding receptions. What is also important to mention is the friendly and welcoming atmosphere displayed by members. Interested? Then drop in, see

Green Fingers Gardening Club is held on the

what's on offer or phone 642966 for details.

third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in

Opening hours are 12.00 to 14.30 hrs except

Hinderclay Village Hall. Members can join

Mondays and Tuesdays, and 19.00 to 23.00

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

hrs every day except Sunday evenings.

visit, £4 for non-members. For information

Norfolk Family History Society

Grasmere Social Club

South Norfolk Branch meets at Diss

The Grasmere Social Club, situated in

second Tuesday of each month at 7pm.

phone Val on 898270.

Denmark Street, Diss, is the ideal place to relax and enjoy life in the company of others

Methodist Church, Victoria Road on the Contact: Edith Morley, Tel: 688354 or email

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Specialist in Eyelash Extensions, Eyebrows, Spray Tans, Waxing and Tinting All offered in an out of town salon with free parking.

DBH 2, Diss Business Hub, Hopper Way Diss IP22 4GT Tel: 07970 297623 @lashlusciouscassie

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


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Diss & District Horticultural Society

Diss & District Ladies Luncheon Club

Meets on the second Tuesday of each month

This social club meets on the fourth Tuesday

at the United Reformed Church, Diss, at

of each month at the Park Hotel, 12.00 for

7.30pm when all aspects of gardening are

12.30pm. Members and guests enjoy lunch

covered by speakers giving practical talks or

together in pleasant and relaxing

showing coloured slides to suit all tastes.

surroundings. A professional speaker is

The society welcomes everyone interested in

invited to meetings during the months of

gardening, whether they have a small garden

September to June. The talks cover a variety

growing a few flowers and vegetables or

of subjects. Secretary: Alfreda Thistlethwaite

whether they aspire to gardening on the grand scale. To encourage healthy competition the society holds flower and vegetable shows during the year and also arranges visits to gardens, nurseries etc

on 641372.

Friends of Diss Museum Members help support the award-winning Diss Museum and assist the Manager. They

during the summer months. Contact Angela

meet for a series of talks on the third Friday

December at 7.30pm. The money raised

Sharpe on 01953 860239 or by email at

of the month at St. Mary's Hall from March to

Diss Kindness Club

covers costs and helps the museum finance

Diss Kindness Club, is an inter-generational

point for the public of Diss who would like to

club, meeting at Weaver's Court Lounge, off

help Diss Museum as volunteer stewards

Mount Street, making a difference in Diss by

and in other duties. For more information

spreading and sharing kindness. At the Club

call David Young (Membership Secretary) on

we have craft activities, games and companionship. We offer refreshments and a sit down tea too. We also regularly run other pop-up events in Diss and are always looking for people to volunteer and get involved with projects. For more information please

special projects. The Friends are the access

642168 or by email on or Jan Smith (Publicity) on 423892.

National Women's Register (Diss Group) A friendly group for lively-minded women of all ages. Meetings are held every fortnight on

contact: Facebook:

Wednesdays in members' homes. Activities

speakers etc. Visit our website

DissKindness, Website:

include discussions, theatre outings,

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R E C R E AT I O N or contact 01603 406767

established Diss & District Club, whose

for local group details.

growth was restricted because of a long

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: 650618.

Diss & District Probus Club

The purpose of the Diss and District Probus Club, formed in 1975, is to provide a meeting

waiting list of prospective new members. The Diss Waveney Probus Club now numbers 38 members. The club, for retired business and professional men, is nonpolitical and non-sectarian and meets for lunch at the Park Hotel, Diss on the second Wednesday of the month. Secretary:

Lawrence Thompson, Tel: 890667 or email

point for retired and semi-retired

Diss & District Model Railway Society

professional and business people, resident in

The society meets every Wednesday from

Diss and District, who desire increased social contact and the opportunity of meeting others in similar circumstances. The club is non-political and non-sectarian. Luncheon meetings are held on the third Monday of each month. Normally a speaker

6.30 pm to 9.30pm at Shelfanger Village Hall. There are layouts in N, OO, O and OO9 scale, with demonstrations of modelling techniques and talks. Secretary: Alan

Johnson, Tel: 01359 250739 or email

members and their partners on the first

Ramblers Association – Southern Norfolk Group

Wednesday of each month. Contact: Bryan

Meets at various points throughout South

is invited to address the members after lunch. Coffee mornings are held for

Green, Tel: 668379 or email

Norfolk most Sundays for guided walks of 5-12 miles. Details available from the

For more information go to

Secretary: Margaret Wilde, Tel: 01953

Diss Waveney Probus Club

River Waveney Trust - Diss Group

In May 1992 a new (second) Probus Club

The Diss Group of the River Waveney Trust

was formed with the assistance of the long

cares for the parts of the River and its

788268, email

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Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club


tributaries that pass through Diss. As well as helping to keep the river clear we maintain the riverside public footpaths and wetland areas behind the supermarkets. A team of dedicated volunteers in partnership with South Norfolk Council and Norfolk Wildlife Trusts is also restoring the neglected Frenze Beck Wetland Nature Reserve to create a rural haven for wildlife and visitors on the outskirts of Diss. Frenze Beck has now been designated as a Norfolk County Wildlife site. If you would like to join our volunteers or can help in any way please contact Chris

Diss Waveney Rotary The Rotary Club of Diss Waveney was formed in 2016 and is designed to appeal to community-minded men and women who wish to make a difference to their local area as well as to the lives of people in developing countries abroad. The club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month with other social events organized at random intervals. Meetings are held at the Park Hotel, Diss at 6:45 for 7:00pm. The club is almost exactly a 50-50 split between men

Lewis on 01379 651606 or email

and women and a warm welcome is

Rotary Club of Diss and District

obtained from the club website at

The Rotary Club of Diss and District was chartered in 1947. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Park Hotel, Diss at 6.30pm for dinner at 7.00. The club welcomes enquiries for membership from business and professional men and women who are keen to make a difference to the lives of communities at home and abroad. The club has a varied programme including excellent speakers and a range of fund-raising activities and social events. For further information contact the Secretary Godfrey Musgrave-Brown on

643371 or go to

guaranteed. More information can be Contact the Secretary via or call 643482.

Royal Air Forces Association The Diss & District Branch holds its meetings at 7.30pm on the fourth Monday of the month at the Diss and District Bowls Club, Lower Denmark Street. The branch is engaged in fund-raising events throughout the year, has speakers and outings to places of aviation interest. Secretary Marilyn Hurst, Tel: 643108 or email Branch


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Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club


Royal British Legion Royal British Legion welcome all serving and ex-service personnel, Navy, Army, Air Force and Merchant Navy, to the Diss & District Branch meetings held at Grasmere, Denmark Street, Diss, on the third Monday of each month (with the exception of August and December). Meetings start at 7.15pm. Others interested in the Legion may apply for Membership. Benevolent cases of exservicemen 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: Adrian Kitchen, Tel: 642468.

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 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 Membership Secretary Helen

Rowland on 641348.

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: Sue Morgan, Tel: 650977 or

Scole Women's Institute

Meet the first Thursday in the month at the Sports Pavilion, Ransome Avenue, Scole at

information contact Jane Aldous on 07747

2.00pm in the winter months (November,


the rest of the year. Secretary: Tina Yates on

788062 or email

Diss U3A

December, January, February) and 7.30pm 740141.

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Photo: Gary Donnison


Sports and Games Diss & District Angling Club

and Thursdays at Diss Sports Field,

The membership has fishing rights for the

Shelfanger Road. Winter training 6.30 –

Mere, Upper Waveney and Match Lake at

8pm: Tuesdays – track and field. Thursdays

Carlton Fen. Weekly competitions are

indoor athletic training at Diss High School

arranged in season. Membership is available

gym (winter only, 6.30-8pm). Road runners

from Diss Angling Centre. For match

train 7-8pm Tuesday, all year round. Contact

bookings call Match Secretary: Andrew

Sylvia Kemp, Tel: 642262. Track and Field

Mears, Tel: 07786 041177. For any other

Athletics: Gordon Coe, mobile number

information please call Diss Angling Centre


Arrows Archery

Diss Causeway Bowls Club

Target Archery

Affiliated to the English Bowling Federation.

Non-competitive friendly group of Archers

Bowling season: May to September. Green at

who meet at the Arrows Archery range

rear of Chapel Street car park. Secretary:

on 640430.

beside the Osiers Golf Driving Range near Stuston, Diss. Cost is £3 per person (per


Mr R Monday. Tel: 644353

shoot). You will need valid EFAA

Diss & District Bowls Club

membership, your own equipment in safe

We are a members bowls club that is used all

condition and also to have completed a

year round, seven days a week. We have four

course / lessons with Arrows Archery.

indoor rinks and six outdoor rinks. Bowling


Diss & District Athletics Club

sessions usually start from 9.30am with the last daily session starting at 8.30pm. We also have a fully licensed bar and social

Founded in 1952, the club caters for track

membership is available. We welcome any

and field athletics, cross-country and road

new members and offer a free taster session

running. The club competes in the Anglia

to anyone wishing to try the game. Please

League (Male & Female, 9 years to seniors),

contact the club to book a trial session. Its

Southern League and Norfolk & Suffolk

good gentle exercise and socially rewarding.

Cross-Country League. Outdoor training

The club is based in Lower Denmark Street

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The emphasis varies according to the

Secretary/Director Kevin Baker can be

demands of the membership. Enquiries:

contacted on 07443 410057.

Roydon (Diss) Bridge Club

Roydon Bridge Club meets at 6.45pm on

Diss Town FC Ladies Darts Team

Thursdays at Roydon Village Hall. Please

Although darts has almost disappeared as a

phone 652678 for details.

sport from the town, the ladies team is still

Diss & District Cricket Club

thriving and has won their championship 16

With three teams competing in the Norfolk

Tuesdays, in the winter months, at The

Cricket Alliance and four junior teams, Diss

Greyhound. Any teams interested please call

are one of the top clubs in Norfolk. It is part of the club's aim to provide cricket for

years in a row. They meet at 8pm on

Margaret Edwards, Tel: 651393.

youngsters as well as providing good playing


and social facilities for the more seasoned

Vinces Road, Diss. Sports Hall available for

cricketers in the area. There are under 11,

hire facilities include: sports equipment

under 13’s and under 15s teams for boys

(volleyball, badminton, dodgeball,

and girls. Training for youngsters up to 15

basketball), kitchen. Various sports clubs are

years of age takes place on Friday evenings

organised, including volleyball, badminton

from 6.15pm to 7.45pm, at the Rectory

and table tennis. External hirers currently

Meadow. The club is an ECB Clubmark

run classes for Pilates and Line Dancing.

Accredited organisation. Newcomers of all abilities are invited to contact Chairman

Douglas Young, Tel 07500 821519. Head

Coach is Andrew Horobin, Tel 07835


Diss & District Cycling Club The club covers all aspects of cycling: road racing, mountain bikes, cross country, time trials, touring, reliability trials and club runs. 92

Madgetts Cycles, Diss. Tel: 650419.

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Please call 644223 for further details.

DYCC Sport Main hall at Shelfanger Road, Diss available for hire at competitive rates. Facility currently used for a range of sporting activities from rumba to martial arts. To find out more, visit


Diss Town Football Club

Brewers Green Lane. Tel; 651223

player. The holes range from the scenic but difficult 468 yard par 4 13th Hole to the

The club’s first team play in the First

pretty, 15th at 146 yards. The club was

Division of the Thurlow Nunn League and

formed in 1903 and has active and friendly

the Under-18 team in the Thurlow Nunn

Mens, Seniors, Ladies & Junior Sections The

Youth League. Training is on Tuesday

club welcomes enquiries from prospective

evenings in season. The all-weather

new members. Visitors are welcome Monday

Astroturf playing surface is available for 5-a-

to Friday and Weekends after 12:00 except

side football and other sports. The Centre

on competition days. Golf societies and

spot clubhouse is fully licensed and offers BT

group bookings are also welcome. There are

Sports TV and often features live

ample practice facilities and a professional

entertainment. It is also available for hire for

shop. Lessons are available from the resident

parties, weddings and social events.

professional and an excellent restaurant and

Secretary Steve Flatman tel; 641406.

Norfolk Gliding Club Operates from Tibenham Airfield, approximately 7 miles north of Diss. Visitors are welcome. Trial lessons and catering facilities available. Club open: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. Tel: 677207

Diss Golf Club

bar awaits you after your round. Enquiries about any aspect of the club to the: Secretary Manager: Graham Weeks. Tel: 641025.

Golf Professional: Nigel Taylor. Tel: 644399. E-mail: Web site:

Diss Ladies Hockey Club Formed in 1998, we currently play at Hartismere High School. We play in the Empressa Norfolk Ladies Hockey League in

Stuston Common, Diss , IP21 4AA .

the Division. Contact Lindsay Cates,

Located alongside the River Waveney about half a mile from Diss railway station, one

Diss Heywood Joggers Club

Tel: 641025.

Tel: 640106.

mile from the town centre. Diss Golf Club

Have you always wanted to take up jogging?

provides a picturesque heath and parkland

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

18 holes golf course that offers interesting

not want to jog on my own because I do not

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me or do not know how to start! Well come

The East Anglian Meccano Set

along to the Diss Heywood Joggers Group

The greatest educational toy construction

based at the Heywood Health & Fitness Club

system ever invented, lives on in Diss. Fifty

on Walcot Road in Diss. The group meet on

years ago virtually every schoolboy in the

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18.30 to

land owned a Meccano set. More popular in

19.30. Membership for the Diss Heywood

those days than even Lego is today, it has

Joggers Group is around ÂŁ10 a year.

been in constant demand and production

Unfortunately the group is for people over

since its invention by Frank Hornby just over

the age of 18 only. For further information

100 years ago, thus making it the longest

about the Diss Heywood Joggers Group, call

produced toy the world has ever known. We

the Heywood Health & Fitness Club

meet between 11am-3pm four times a year

Reception on 643088 for the contact details

in Bunwell Village Hall. Anyone wishing to

of the Diss Heywood Joggers Group

further their interest or simply take a trip

Coordinator or email him direct on

back into pure childhood nostalgia, call

lifelong collector, constructor and restorer

Diss Judo Club


Meets every Thursday evening from 6.30 to

Roger Upson-Smith on 01473 710020 or

7.30pm at the Diss Youth & Community

Diss & District Motor Cycle Club Ltd

Centre, Shelfanger Road, Diss. Contact:

The club runs one trial a year, three motor

Howard Oates, Tel: 688258.

Kuk Sool Won – Korean Art of Self Defence Wednesday 5.30pm to 6.30pm, Friday 6.00pm to 7pm at Diss Youth & Community

crosses and three enduros. Club night is at 9pm each Wednesday evening. For further details of venue, please phone Secretary:

Mrs. Wendy Bavin, Tel: 643960 or email:

Centre. Principal Instructor: Jon Mortlock,

Diss Ladies Netball Club

4th Dan Black Belt. Hard-Soft style, including

South Norfolk Netball League. Plays a

kicking, punching, throws, joint locks, break

summer and winter league at Rickinghall.

falls, meditation and weapons training.

Contact Tara Kidd on 07775 894055 or Jill

Tel: 07966 676906.

Jennings (South Norfolk Netball League contact), Tel: 652905.

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Diss Waveney Petanque Club

boys. The girls from U13 move into separate

Try the French game of Petanque, a social

teams under the title of Diss Vixens. Diss RFC

sport that you too will enjoy! Visit us at Diss

has been producing players who have gained

Town Football Club, Brewers Green Lane, on

representative honours at County, Divisional

Saturday from 10:30am, Monday from

and National levels in recent seasons.

6:30pm and Wednesday from 2pm. £1 per

Leicester, Bath and England player Dan

session, annual subscription £15 per player

Hipkiss spent his formative years at Diss

President: Bendt Hansen 870074, Chairman:

RFC. Currently Will Owen is a member of the

Roger True 643393 Treasurer/Secretary: Malcolm Butcher 740494.

Diss & District Racing Pigeon Club

were runners up in the 2014/15 season World Cup Final. Everybody is welcome, whether as a senior or junior player, coaches,

Meetings are held at Diss Town Football Club

junior helpers, spectators or social members.

with races organised most Saturdays

General club enquiries: Sue English (Club

throughout the summer months on a southerly route. New members and visitors always welcome. Special rates for schoolchildren and OAPs. Secretary: A.J. Daniels, Tel: 651859.

Diss Rugby Club


highly successful England U20 side who

Administrator), Tel: 642891, email: or Norman Potter, Tel: 586288, email:

Diss Cue Club Since 2008, Diss Cue Club has been housed

Diss Rugby Club was founded in 1958. The

in a new, purpose designed building. More

Club has its own ground - 'Mackenders', at

than just a Snooker Club, there are seven

Bellrope Lane, Roydon – with excellent

Pool tables, including two of the American

clubhouse and hospitality facilities. The club

variety. Open for twelve hours a day, seven

runs three senior sides and a Veterans XV,

days a week the club has a light and airy

with the First XV playing in the London

lounge where members can relax. Meals and

Divisions of the RFU National League, the

snacks are available and in addition the club

second and third teams play in the Eastern

has a licensed bar. A range of Snooker & Pool

Counties leagues. There is a highly successful

cues and equipment is stocked. The building

mini and youth section, with teams at each

is air conditioned for year round use.

age group from U7 to U18 both girls and

Regular live music evenings are held.

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Members of all ages are welcome. Diss Cue

induction of the gym equipment and an

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

exercise programme tailored specifically to

651298. Website :

your needs. The Centre also offers Water/Aqua Aerobics

Heywood Health and Fitness

classes; these can be both high and low

Situated at Walcot Road, next to Diss High

will take you through the class showing the

impact work-outs to music, the instructor

School, the club has three modern squash

different movements. After you have finished

courts, one with a glass back, a fully licensed

your workout you can relax and unwind in

bar, a fully equipped gym, a floodlit Astroturf

the sauna and steam room.

pitch and floodlit tennis courts. Includes

Both swimming pools are open seven days a

former members of Diss Lawn Tennis Club.

week. Fun sessions, for children and families,

Visiting membership is available. Tel:

are on a Sunday afternoon, with floats and

643088 for further information or email

fun equipment for everyone to enjoy. Diss Leisure Centre also runs a very successful

Diss Leisure Centre, Victoria Road

Swim School, boasting over 650 pupils.

South Norfolk Council has recently made a

through to club level can learn the basics of

major investment in Diss Leisure Centre to

swimming, learn how to improve their

Children from the age of three months right

give members better facilities, new and

techniques and have an enjoyable and

improved equipment and an online booking

confidence building experience as well.

system. The 25m main pool, learner pool

For opening times, prices, timetables and

and sauna and steam room are open to the

how to book online visit our website

general public as well as members. The fully, alternatively

equipped gym is for members only, but

please call us on 652754. Diss Leisure

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

Centre, Victoria Road, Diss. General

a range of cardiovascular and resistance

Manager: Daniel Infantini.

machines on offer as well as weight


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Diss Otters Swimming Club

formed in June 2017. We now have a whole

Based at Diss Swimming Pool, the club was

range of members from beginners to

formed in September 1987 to promote

experienced marathon runners. Everyone is

competition amongst young swimmers and

welcome, at any standard, we are a very

'Masters'. It has grown in strength and depth

friendly club and support is always

since then and regularly has swimmers

available.We meet at Rickinghall Village Hall

competing at club and county level. The

every Thursday evening at 7pm for about

'Masters' or adults group is one of the

one hour. We shall also introduce a Sunday

largest in Norfolk. Swimmers of all ages and

morning run soon. Because of the lack of

abilities have the opportunity to improve or

lights etc most of our winter training is done

learn new strokes, enter competitions or just

on the large field at the back of the village

keep fit. Training sessions are held in a six-

hall, which is partially lit. In the spring time,

lane, 25 metre pool, for 7-18 year olds on

when the evenings are lighter we shall

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

transfer our training to local lanes and

evenings. For Masters, Wednesday evenings

footpaths. The training sessions are

and Sunday mornings. With an expansive

organised by Samantha MacEchern or

group of highly qualified and

Martin Forge, both of whom have a wealth of

experienced coaches and teachers and a

running experience. Everyone can join in the

recently renovated venue, Diss Otters is an

training at their own level, and will be

exciting Club to learn and progress in a sport

surprised at how quickly their running

that is unrivalled in its physical health and

improves. We are affiliated to the

fitness benefits. If you or your child can

Association of Running Clubs, who provide

confidently swim a 25m length then get in

advice and insurance. We are also affiliated

touch for a free trial session.

any standard, can go and join in these fun

Contact for swimmers between the ages

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

of 7 and 18 is the head coach Jamie Rush at

and meet lots of new friends. Contact Martin

Rickinghall Runners We are a fairly new running club, which was 98

to a cross country league and any member, at

Masters contact : Adam Lelean, Tel: 783454.

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Forge on 898270 or by email at For more info go to or find

us on Facebook, Rickinghall runners.


Diss and District Table Tennis League Runs a practice evening at Diss High School every Tuesday all year round, open to all. Competitive league Table Tennis starts each October through to April. The aim is to provide all ages with the opportunity to play table tennis in leagues and tournaments.

Contact either David Mortlock on 07525 636031 or John Bryant 01379 641032. Website:

Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club

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Schools Diss High School Walcot Road, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4DH

social base, along with some teaching

Tel: 642424.

accommodation, in "Uplands House" - a large


Diss Community and Church Primary School Federation

E-mail: Headteacher: Dr J Hunt. Director of Sixth Form: Mr. R. Budds. Chair of Governors: Mr J. Wooddissee Diss High is a friendly and popular school set on an attractive site at the north-eastern edge of the town. Diss High has some 1,000 students and converted to an Academy in 2011. We have an excellent record of both academic and sporting achievement, and our examination results are consistently above

adapted Victorian House on the same site.

Diss Church of England (VC) Junior School

The Entry, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4NT Tel: 642675.



Diss Infant and Nursery School with Children’s Centre

the county and national average. Each year

Fitzwalter Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4PU

the majority of Sixth Form students take up


places at university. Students have gained

Tel: 642768.

places at Oxford and Cambridge for each of


the last ten successive years.

We are an average sized junior school

Our Vocational Centre was opened in

catering for children of all abilities from 7-11

September 2012 and this has expanded our curriculum options to include Hair and Beauty, Construction and Land-based learning. Our facilities also include a good library and resource centre, two drama studios, music suite, three art studios, four workshops, eight laboratories, three home economics rooms, many computer rooms and a media suite. 100

Sixth Form students also have a tutorial and

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years of age and an Infant School with purpose built Nursery. We are also in the fortunate position of having a Children’s Centre for families with Children under 5 years old. We currently have 185 children in the Junior school, grouped in eight full time classes and 212 children in the Infant School. We share a head teacher across both schools. The schools provide excellent links and continuity for the children of Diss.


Our Junior School is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England School and we are proud of our links with St Mary’s Church, which include regular collective worship from a member of the church community and a termly celebration held in the church. Our Chair of the Interim Executive Board is Maureen Eade. Our staff has continued to

Primary Schools Within a five mile radius of Diss are the following primary schools: Roydon, Bressingham, Winfarthing, Burston, Dickleburgh, Hoxne, Scole, Wortham and Palgrave, which take pupils through from four to 11 years old.

change and strengthen. This gives us an

Independent Schools

excellent mix of skills, enthusiasm,

The Independent Schools Council (ISC)

dedication and professionalism which serves

member schools are listed on the website -

the pupils of Diss very well. In the Junior and there is a search function

School’s last Ofsted, inspectors noted that

there, with options to search by region -

relationships between adults and children

Suffolk and Norfolk. For a list of schools in

are good. Also that the school provides a

the area please go here for Norfolk -

broad and balanced curriculum. 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. In the Junior School we have a spacious library, a new Studio and a brand new Year 6 teaching block. We also have our own kitchen and large dining area. The kitchen provides daily hot meals for all the children, including the Infant School children. norfolk and here for Suffolk - suffolk

Pre-School Groups and Nurseries Conkers Nursery School

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 5 years.

Tel: 644461,

Gissing Children's Centre

A community pre-school. Monday to Friday during term time from 8am to 4.30pm. We take children from two years to school age D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019



and accept children who come with two year funding and three and four year funding. In recent years, we have received three consecutive gradings of 'outstanding' from

Roydon Early Years

Ofsted for the quality of our care and

Roydon Village Hall. Up to 38 children meet

education. Please visit us in our idyllic, rural

Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

setting. We also run Holiday Playschemes for

Contact: Tammy Batchelor. Tel: 07946 688601.

primary school age children on selected days during school holidays. For further information contact Linda Nash on

Safe Hands Day Nursery

01379677300 (07796 204367 out of

Unit 13a Hopper Way Diss, IP22 4GT. Tel:

hours) or email

0-5 year olds. info.safehands@alpha- or visit our facebook page to see what we have been up to.

Merryfields Nursery Sports Pavilion, Shelfanger Road, Diss. Open five days a week 9.15am to 12.15. Term time only. Ofsted approved. A caring, friendly atmosphere with qualified staff for children of 2-5 years to develop in.

650420. Open 8am to 6pm Mon to

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

Contact Tel: 650001 (session times).

Toddler/Baby Groups

A private nursery school for children aged 6

At Diss Christian Community Church, Vinces

Peacock Montessori Nursery

DC3 Toddler Group

months to 5 years. Please call 01379

Road. Thursday 10.00am to 11.30am. ÂŁ1 per

Edward Bear Mother & Toddler Group

740508 or email

The Oaks Nursery

Jarretts Yard, Church Street Diss IP22 4DD. 102

Friday, 0-5 year olds.

Tel: 651906. Open 8am to 6pm Mon to D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019

family. Contact Tel: 644223.

Meet every Tuesday 9.30am to 11.00am in school term time at St. Mary’s Hall.

Contact the church office. Tel: 643783.


Toddler Imps A group where parents and toddlers can explore an exciting range of activities each week (e.g. jelly pool, walking wellies through paint). There are two sessions meeting every Tuesday morning in term time, from 9.45am to 10.45am and also 11.00am to 12 noon, at the United Reformed Church Hall. Ring

Rachel Baker 640696 for further details.

Baby Imps

A group for parents and babies to enjoy. Teacher led session (includes treasure baskets, bookshare, touch & taste, bubbles etc) and then freeplay time, with homemade cakes & coffee. Meets every Thursday morning (except the first Thursday of the month) in term time, from 9.30am to 11.00am, at the URC Hall. Also every Friday in term time at Taylor Road Rooms from

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

Adult Education

To find out about courses running in your

area call us on 0344 800 8020 or visit our website at

Creative Way Art Tuition, Photography Tuition and Mindfulness Based Creativity Coaching Free your creativity through personalised, One-to-One Art or Photography Tuition, Creativity Coaching and Art and Meditation sessions with Art Teacher, Artist and Creativity Coach Zangmo Alexander MA Fine Art PGCE. Explore all art media and themes of personal interest. Sessions at times to suit you, pay as you go. Everyone is welcome, from beginner to advanced. GCSE and A

9.30am-11am. Ring Rachel Baker 640696

Level Art and Photography Tuition also

Tiddler Imps

for further details.

available. For more information: phone

For the “just walking�. Thursdays 1.30pm to

Zangmo Denise Alexander MA Fine Art PGCE MAC

Zangmo on 01379 897393 or look at

2.30pm at URC and Fridays from 1.30pm-

Visual Artist, Art/Photography Tutor,

2.30pm at Taylor Road Rooms.

Creativity Coach, Mindfulness Coach

Contact: Rachel Baker, Tel: 640696 for

further details.

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Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club


Religion The Christian Churches of Diss In Roman times there was a local Christian community revealed by archaeological discoveries in the 1980s which uncovered burials in a Christian manner. A Roman style memorial was placed over some excavated Roman remains re-interred in Scole Churchyard. The local Christian witness has continued through Saxon, Norman, Medieval times, through to the present day. The 10 active Christian churches of the town, some large with choirs, organs and bands, and some small and contemplative, all meet to worship God in their own tradition and style. These churches support full time ministers, and lay workers and many have links with, and support churches in faraway parts of the world. However grand, modern or impressive church buildings are, the real Christian church in Diss is the people who meet together, to worship God and serve the needs of others. The varied activities are shown in each church section and activities range from pre-school playgroups, to groups for the retired, as well as fellowship and exploring the Christian faith. All the local churches welcome newcomers, including those who may just be on the start of their own spiritual journey.

formed through Diss and District Churches Together. On Good Friday local Christians meet at the Mere’s Mouth and following a short service, silently walk to St Mary’s Parish Church for an ecumenical service. Christian Aid lunches are held around local churches during Lent and enable local people to meet informally and support such a worthwhile cause. The Diss Christian Churches Together, support the Waveney Foodbank and can provide emergency assistance in desperate situations through “Samaritans Purse”, in conjunction with Diss CAB. Practical and prayer support is offered to those with special needs such as illness, bereavement and times of personal crisis. Each Christian church in Diss has an open invitation to partake of this valuable facility, which is freely available.

Roman Catholic Church The church of St Henry Morse is located at the north end of Shelfanger Road and backs onto Diss Cemetery with a pedestrian access. Mass times are Saturday 6pm and Sunday 9am. Details of weekday Mass times and other activities are available on our website. The Parish Priest

can be contacted via phone 01379) 642914 email:

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Diss Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

Telephone: 01379 644701

Part of the Diss Team Ministry. The Team

Mr Ivan Stitt (retired), Mr David Summers

Office is situated in St Mary’s Hall and is


open Monday – Friday 9.00am to 12 noon. Telephone: 01379 643783 Email:

Society of Friends (Quakers) Meetings for worship open to all. Held in the Friend’s Meeting House, Frenze Road Diss.

Sunday Services:

Meetings at 10.30 am on Sundays. Clerk to

8am Eucharist, 10.30am Sung Eucharist,

Warden/caretaker John Titley 0787312805

6pm Choral Evensong (Book of Common Prayer) Weekday Services: 8.30am Morning Prayer from Monday to Friday (St Nicholas Chapel) Wednesday 10.30am Said Eucharist Confessions by arrangement. Arrangements for Baptisms, Weddings and Calling of Banns of Marriage to be made through the Office. Bell Ringers meet Monday evening 7.30pm Edward Bear Club meets Tuesday from 9.30am in the Hall. Waveney Food Bank: Collection Friday morning 10am till 12noon Mini Market: Friday 9.30 – 11.30am The Rector: The Revd Canon Tony Billett, 26 Mount Street, Diss

Telephone: 01379 642072 Team Vicar: The Revd Wendy Evans Telephone: 01379 640073

Assistant Priest: The Revd Maggie Swayze 106

Readers: Dr Sue Drake, Mrs Angie Gardner

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the meeting Peter Sorrell Tel: 650601.

Diss Baptist Church - Denmark Street, Diss

Sunday services 10.45am service with crèche and Sunday school 6.30 p.m evening service Tuesday morning 10.30am -12pm Ladies bible study and prayer meeting Wednesday Coffee morning 10.00am 12.00pm Wednesday after school children’s club: JAM 3.30pm - 5.00pm School years reception – year 6 Wednesday evening bible study/prayer meeting: 7.30pm - 9.00pm Thursday morning Mums and Tots: 10.00am - 12.00pm Thursday: 3.30pm - 5.00pm JAM+ after school club School years 6 – 8 Friday evening Basement club school years 9 – 13: 7.00pm - 8.30pm


First Monday every month Ladies ‘Friends and Neighbours’: 7.30pm - 9.00pm Supporting The Waveney Food Bank and the Taylor Road Community.

Diss United Reformed Church

for all details of the above and contact details:

Diss Methodist Church, Victoria Road Diss We offer a warm welcome to all.

A busy Church serving the community of

The Methodist Church and the United

Diss and surrounding areas, in active

Reformed Church worship together.

partnership with the Methodist Church

Public Worship Sunday: 9.30am (with


modern worship songs),

Sunday Services: 4th Sunday of the month at

10.45am (fourth Sunday at URC in Mere St)


and 6.30pm.

All other worship services at Diss Methodist

Tuesday Fellowship 2.15pm (weekly) – with

Church, Victoria Road.

a mixed programme which may include a

We run:

speaker, games, singing etc.. plus

Messy Church every first Saturday of the

refreshments and a chance to chat.

month from 10-12am.

Thursday:- Bible Exploration: 1.30pm – 3.00

Bible Study every 3rd Thursday of the

pm (on the third Thursday of the month at

month, 1.30-3pm

the U.R.C in Mere Street).

Tuesday Fellowship in partnership with the

Minister: the Revd. David Ely,

Methodist Church, every Tuesday at 2.15pm

Superintendent Minister of the Thetford,

at the Methodist Church

Diss and Mldenhall Circuit, Tel. 01379

The Dove Dementia Cafe every 1st


Wednesday of the month 10am-1pm

Hire of rooms - contact Miss G. Brown, Tel:

Music Therapy for people with dementia

01379 651512 (answerphone) The phone

every Tuesday during term time, 1.30-

is not picked up until the caller announces


themselves, or email

The Welcome Cafe every Friday, 9.30-12am

Light lunches are served on the 2nd and 4th

(with freshly baked cheese scones!)

Fridays from 12noon to 1.15 pm. (not during

We have a large range of community

Lent). Profits for charity. Leaflet of activities

activities run by members of the town who

and other users of the building is available at

hire out the premises. Please see our website

the church or from Miss Brown. D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019



For more information visit the church website at

Diss Salvation Army Community Church Sunnyside Diss

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. Whist focusing on bible teaching the church also serves the local community. Contact details are

Bethel Chapel, Victoria Road (Non Denominational) A very warm welcome is given to our Sunday Worship Service at 3pm. Other special events are advertised throughout the year. For further details and assistance with transport to our services please telephone 644259.

Diss Christian Community Church, Vinces Road Our Sunday service starts at 10:00am and includes music, media presentations, messages that tackle the questions of everyday life and great activities for youth

and children.


in many initiatives to reach out to local

Denmark Street Gospel Hall

furniture project helping people in need;

Meetings on Sundays: Breaking of Bread at 11am and gospel service on the first, third and fifth Sunday at 6.30. Prayer meeting and Bible study at 6.30 pm on Wednesdays. For further details please contact the Secretary Mr J. Leftley, Tel: 852982 or Eddy Kerridge 308597

As a true community church we are involved communities with Community Works – our and The Lounge - a place where people can drop in to find support with everyday life situations. During the week we offer a wide range of activities around our excellent facilities: Parent & Toddlers; Children’s and Youth activities; Sports clubs to name a few. Check out our website for details. For further information contact our church office. Tel:

01379 644223; email: website:


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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: 3.30pm - 5pm in the Parish Room held every last Saturday of the

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 Chris Stanforth. Tel: 07941138584.


Photo - John Hutton, Diss Camera Club

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

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

Features: Disabled Spaces

To pay on day with coins please use machine

Payments accepted: Coins, Notes, Cards,

To pay on the day with coins please use the


machine on Gilray Road Car Park.

Height Restrictions: None

All Day tickets.

Number of spaces: 188 (4 disabled)

Type: Pay and Display, Not Covered, Lit,

Mon-Sun: 24 hours


24h (Peak): £6.30

Payments accepted: Coins, Cards

24h (Off-peak): £3.60


Week: £23.70

Height restrictions: None

Bank Holiday: £3.00

Number of spaces: 38

Saturday/ Sunday: £3.00

Mon-Fri: 24 hours

Disabled: Free

Day: £6.30

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

Flate rate: £3.60 after 8.30am

All day tickets expire at 23:59 for the day applicable. Type: Pay and Display, Not covered, Lit,

Week: £23.70 Chapel Street upper (IP22 4NN)

(South Norfolk District Council)


Type: Pay and Display, Not covered.

Payments accepted: Coins, Cards,

Height restrictions: None


Number of spaces: 14

Height restrictions: None

Free outside these hours

Number of spaces: 109

Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm (free outside these

Mon-Sun: 24 hours


Day: £6.30

1 hr: Free

Flat rate: £3.60 in after 8.30am

2 hrs: £1.00

Week: £23.70

3 hrs: £2.00 4 hrs: £5.00 (maximum stay)


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Chapel Street lower (IP22 4NN)

(South Norfolk District Council)

Mere Street (RCP Parking Ltd) (IP22 4AG) Type: Pay and Display, Not covered, Patrolled

Type: Pay and Display, Not Covered, Lit

Payments accepted: Coins, Card,

Features: Disabled Spaces


Height restrictions: None

Height restrictions: None

Number of spaces: 70

Number of spaces: 43

Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm (free outside these

Mon-Sun: 24 hours


1hr: £1.00

1 hr: Free

2 hrs: £1.50

2 hrs: £1.00

3 hrs: £2.00

3 hrs: £2.00

4 hrs: £2.50

4 hrs: £5.00 (maximum stay)

24 hrs: £3.80 (ends at 00:00)

Weavers Court (IP22 4QH)

Mount Street (IP22 4WG)

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: 65

Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm (free outside these

Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm (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

(South Norfolk District Council)

(South Norfolk District Council)

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Park Road (IP22 4AS)

(South Norfolk District Council)

Type: Pay and Display, Not covered, Lit

Road East (IP22 4EN)

(South Norfolk District Council)

Features: Disabled Spaces

Type: Pay and Display, Not covered, Lit

Height restrictions: None

Features: Disabled spaces

Number of spaces: 69

Height restrictions: None

Mon-Sun: 8am-6pm

Number of spaces: 86

1 hr: Free

Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm. (Free outside these

2 hrs: £1.00


3 hrs: £2.00

1 hr: Free

4 hrs: £3.00

2hrs: £1.00

Over 4 hrs: £4.00

3hrs: £2.00

Shelfanger Road (IP22 4EH)

Over 4 hrs: £4.00

(South Norfolk District Council)

Type: Pay and Display, Not covered Features: Motorcycle Spaces Height restrictions: None Number of spaces: 13 Mon-Sat : 8am-6pm 1 hr: Free 2 hrs: £1.00 3 hrs: £2.00 4 hrs: £3.00 Over 4 hrs: £4.00


Heritage Triangle, formerly Shelfanger

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4 hrs: £3.00 Church St (IP22 4DD)

(South Norfolk District Council) Type: Pay and Display, Not covered, Lit Height restrictions: None Number of spaces: 11 Mon-Sun: 8am-6pm 1 hr: Free 2 hrs: £1.00 3 hrs: £2.00 4 hrs: £3.00 Over 4 hrs: £4.00


Morrisons 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

Mon-Sat: 7am-9pm


Sun: 10am-4pm

Height restrictions: None

Tesco Car Park

Store purchase required. Maximum stay

Mon-Sat: 8am-10pm Sun: 10am-4pm

restrictions apply. Parking restrictions: Customers only. Type: Not covered, Lit. Features: Disabled spaces, Parent & Child spaces Height restrictions: None Mon-Sat: 8am-10pm Sun: 10am-4pm

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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 The Laurel Partnership Diss Business Hub, Hopper Way Lovewell Blake Market Hill Newman & Co 4B Church Street ANGLING SUPPLIES Darrow Fishing Tackles Darrow Wood Farm Diss Angling Centre 22a Victoria Road ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES Diss Antiques 2/3 Market Place 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


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640331 640430

642213 07849 269828

07543 597923 642555 643945 652272 07899 754752 687705

642983 644070

ART SUPPLIES/CRAFTS Albright of Diss 23 St Nicholas Street DesignerMakers@21 21 St Nicholas Street Diss Publishing Bookshop 40 Mere St AUCTION MARKET T W Gaze Roydon Road 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 NatWest 49 Mere St Nationwide 3 Mere St Norwich & Peterborough 14 Market Place BEAUTY Bella Beauty Salon 15b Market Hill Beau Beauty Victoria Road Crackers & Chaps 26 St Nicholas St Eden Natural Beauty 1a Sawmills Road Half Moon Salon Mount St Geraldine Walters Skincare 23 St Nicholas St Lash Luscious Diss Business Hub, Hopper Way




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644008 640064 651660 643533 643970 658982 07970 297623


Mia Nails 13 St Nicholas St BED & BREAKFAST ACCOMMODATION Bay Tree B&B 3 Pine Court, Shelfanger Road Cobwebs Bed & Breakfast 6 Riverside, Denmark St Hazel Barn Lodge Lane, Bressingham White House Bed & Breakfast Low Road, Bressingham BICYCLE SALES & REPAIRS Cycle Shack Chapel St Madgett's Cycles 8 Shelfanger Road BLINDS Swift Blinds Roydon Fen BOILER SERVICING Team Energy Victoria Road BOOK-KEEPING Haines Watts Hopper Way Larking Gowen Gilray Road The Laurel Partnership Diss Business Hub, Hopper Way Newman & Co Church St Rhonda Costelloe Croft Lane BOOKSELLERS Diss Publishing 40 Mere St WH Smith 13 Mere St Unsworth's Booksellers BRIDAL WEAR Boutique of Dreams Park Rd


651245 641388 644396 688428

641212 650419


BUILDERS/CONTRACTORS Anglia Building Services Lewis Drive Barker A 55 Louies Lane Bettinson Bros Shelfanger Road Cunningham Builders Heywood Danny Ward Builders Scole Diss Scaffolding Services Shelfanger Road Garrod Construction Brome Patrick Haydon 3 Scholars Walk John Taylor Builders 5 Shelfanger Road AN Jolly Building Services 20 Pearmain Road R G Rackhams Palgrave Roy Allen Engineering Fair Green

651102 644591 644569 640300 742742 643800 741720 640483 643138 651189 640172 642324

0845 762 0620

640555 651067 778095

BUILDERS MERCHANTS Howdens Joinery Vinces Rd Jewson Victoria Rd Ridgeons Victoria Rd Travis Perkins Shelfanger Rd

651988 643531 641414 642712

640640 643652

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


BUTCHERS Browne DA & Son 29 St Nicholas St



644612 642160 0800 0556650


Cannells 48 Mere St CJ Barker 146 Victoria Rd

642020 658662 D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019



CAKES/CATERERS Claire's Sugarcraft (decoration) Norfolk House Yard CAMPERVAN HIRE Amber Campers Forge Business Centre, Palgrave 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 Vehicle Installations Forge Business Centre, Palgrave CAR/VAN HIRE Derek Fiske Sawmills Rd CAR SALES/REPAIRS Diss Accident Repair Centre Palgrave Auto Aid Palgrave S.Bartrum & Son 34 Denmark St DC Last Scole Derek Fiske Sawmills Road Desira (Fiat) Sawmills Rd Diss Car Centre 37-39 Sawmills Rd Diss Van Centre Sawmills Rd John Grose (Ford) Park Rd Old Forge Car Sales Sawmills Rd


D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019



640782 652544 651978

Pretty Garages Vinces Rd Prolek Diss Ltd Sawmills Rd R G Golfs 17 Victoria Rd Roydon Service Station High Rd Roy Humphrey (Vargas) Victoria Rd Scole Engineering Scole South Norfolk Classics Gilray Rd Thurlow Nunn (Vauxhall) Victoria Rd

644786 643461 652000 650642 870666 740940 07717 333555 642241

642311 644070

CARAVANS & EQUIPMENT Little Movers Station Rd


652233 641111


651451 650745 642964 740568 644314 650111 642051 642055 642311 353169

CARD SHOPS Cards n Wrap 53 Mere St Card Factory 10-11 Mere St WH Smith Mere St CARE HOMES/AGENCIES Addocare Scole The Croft – Priory Group 17 Croft Lane Culrose House Dickleburgh De Lucy House 40 Victoria Rd First Choice Home Care Ltd 42a Mere St Oaklands Kingsley Health Care Scole Parkside Court Denmark Street Sunrise Healthcare Hopper Way Walcott Hall Nursing Home Walcot Green

642205 642160

741103 651666 741369 671333 640100 740646 652050 641250 641030


CARPETS/FLOORING Complete Flooring 146a Victoria Rd John Doe of Diss Sawmills Rd CATERING EQUIPMENT Anglia Catering Equipment Vinces Rd CHARITY SHOPS 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 PACT 2-11 Market Hill PDSA 16 Mere St Salvation Army Sunnyside Sue Ryder 37 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 Field House Gardens

Spotless Chimneys & Windows Burston


651188 644081

CHINA, GLASS & COOKWARE Larter & Ford 15 Market Hill Leslie Ward 25 Church St

642720 642059



CHIROPODY/PODIATRY Diss Chiropody & Podiatry Clinic 1 Roydon Rd Lucy Keil Footcare – Home visits

640370 07828146298

641727 640679 651939

308188 644871 658995 643854


642436 644001 652821 642053

741957 643181

CHIROPRACTORS Diss Chiropractic Centre 1 Roydon Rd


CLEANING SERVICES Kew Cleaning Services Hopper Way Turrell Cleaning Service Bressingham Minster Cleaning (Contract) Diss Business Centre Oven SOS Shelfanger Without Trace 18 Prince William Way CLOCK/WATCH REPAIRS Diss Antiques 2/3 Market Place Hemstocks/Fourth Avenue 6 Mere St CLOTHING/SHOES Beales Market Place Chix 13a Market Place Christine Hinchcliffe 6 St Nicholas St Flories Market Place Lily & Rose 1 Cobbs Yard Man About Town 25 St Nicholas St

770338 687751 644208 0333 5770141 07872 463977

642213 642497

652248 640020 640922 308200 652052 652575 D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019



M & Co 22 Mere St Original Factory Shop Victoria Rd So Fetch Luxury Dress Agency Cobbs Yard Tatters 12 Mere St COACH SERVICES Simonds Coaches Sawmills Rd COMMUNICATIONS Vanguard Communications Rickinghall COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH Natural Health Clinic 36 Shelfanger Rd COMPUTER/SUPPLIES Apple Mac Repairs (Anton) 86 Victoria Rd Data Tech DTP 16 Mere St 121 Computer Services 105 Victoria Rd CONFECTIONARY The Sweetie Shop Norfolk House Yard 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 Cobbs Yard


CURTAINS Diss Furnishing Fabrics Wills Yard, Chapel St

D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019

652643 641255






DELICATESSENS The Diss Deli & Espresso Bar 8 St Nicholas St Fredricks Fine Foods Norfolk House Yard DENTISTS/TECHNICIANS Dentabrite 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 Bupa Dental Care 65 Mount St DEPARTMENT STORES Beales Market Place The Original Factory Shop Victoria Rd Poundstretcher Victoria Rd

308893 652594

652580 643789 642522 651689 643693

652248 641255 644074

652053 642000

DESIGN FOR PRINT King Design Diss Business Centre Type & Image Tivetshall St Mary

644200 676713



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

640486 308872

642066 DISTRIBUTION Dayburst Couriers Pursehouse Way


DIY STORES Larter & Ford Market Hill


651086 650640



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 Chris Grocott Wortham Geoff Sillett 57 Sunnyside 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 AW Myhill Mavery House, Victoria Rd ELECTRICIANS/EQUIPMENT Chapman & Co Ltd Denmark St Steve Eagle Mount St Trevor Cottee Roydon EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES Contract Personnel 35 Mere St Hales Group Recruitment Ltd 19a Mere St JobCentre Plus Church St Quality Teacher Recruitment Ltd Diss Business Hub, 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 M & H Civil Engineering Victoria Rd Pace Racing Developments Vinces Rd Ray Chapman Fabrication Rushall Hall Farm Roy Allen Engineering Ltd Fair Green Syne Qua Non Diss Business Park, Hopper Way




EQUESTRIAN/FARM SUPPLIES Darrow Farm Supplies Shelfanger Rd



641919 640220 651788

898338 642469


642005 644078

651051 640926 641009

777877 642276 614320 0800 783 7405

ESTATE AGENTS/LETTINGS Ashton & Co Diss Durrants 28 Market Hill Fine & Country Navire House Hunters 1 Crown Place Musker McIntyre 46-47 Mere St Parson Victoria Rd 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

641617 646200 02076177069 651309 642104 652550 741293 642324 644449

641044 642233 646020 651123 644822 650680 651931 640808 644719 644123

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FANCY DRESS HIRE/SALES Diss-Guise 7 Will's Yard FINANCIAL SERVICES Comercrawley Chancery House, Victoria Rd Stephanie Hare, St James Place Wealth Management 6 St Nicholas St PLS FInancial Services Hopper Way R & H Partnership 4 Market Hill Martin Roden Financial Services Diss Business Hub, Hopper Way FIREPLACES/STOVES Diss Ironworks 7 St Nicholas St Stove & Chimney Centre Vinces Rd 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 Gym Shelfanger Hall FLORISTS The Flower Shop 12 St Nicholas St Jannie Janes 74a Shelfanger Rd Park Flowers Park Rd


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FUEL SUPPLIERS Certas Energy Prince Regent Way Diss Firewood Shelfanger Little Movers Station Rd Watson's Fuels Prince Regent Way

652235 687646 644070 652764

640114 644568 650818

FUNERAL SERVICES Diss Funeral Care (Rackhams) 43 Stanley Rd Rosedale Funeral Home 63 Victoria Rd

642321 640810



FURNITURE/BEDS Diss Bed Centre & Furniture Warehouse Sawmills Rd John Doe Carpets & Furniture Sawmills Rd


GARAGE DOORS Chapel Doors Vinces Rd


GARDEN MACHINERY/REPAIRS Diss Garden Machinery Darrow Farm




01502 587242

652754 652225 643088 07545 811690 07879 455966


650564 644171

GARDEN DESIGN/LANDSCAPING Apollo Landscape Design 91 Victoria Rd Countryside Home & Garden 24 Speirs Way Crerar J M Shelfanger Road Noble Paving Ltd Stanley Rd GARDEN SUPPLIES Diss Garden Centre 106 Victoria Rd Myhills Pet & Garden 35 Mere St Bressingham Wyevale Garden Centre Bressingham

640548 07860 475036 642119 651541

642873 642465 0844 288 5175


GIFT SHOPS Harriets Home & Garden 23 Tudor House Leslie Ward Collectable Gifts 25 Church St Our Slice of Country Life 23 St Nicholas Street Skincense Norfolk House Yard GLASS/GLAZING/ROOF LIGHTS Stratton Glass Hopper Way Glazing Vision Sawmills Rd GOLF SHOPS Diss Golf Shop Stuston Common GREENGROCERS Chenery C Vinces Rd GROUNDWORKS A Waterfield & Sons Scole B & B Roadworks Bressingham GYMNASTICS Spring Gymnastics Diss High School HABERDASHERY Albright of Diss 23 St Nicholas St Diss Wool & Craft Shop Cobbs Yard HAIRDRESSERS Adele’s Hair Studio Champneys Road Aquaria Hair Design 39a Chapel St Barber Shop 34 Chapel St Crackers & Chaps St Nicholas St

308105 642059 651086 652986

650797 658309



740255 687612

07895 725610

642066 650640


Cut & Chat Norfolk House Yard First Class Men’s Grooming Navire House, Mere St Gavin Doe 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 Hair Company 36d Mere St The Olive Tree Shelfanger The Salon 45 Mere St Stylers Chapel St Studio 4 4 Church St Unique Hairdressers Sawmills Rd VAE Hair 19 St Nicholas St


640680 07432 233706 640641 644906 642265 642280 650808 642860 650251 643235 641833 644044 652484 651397 650015

HEALTH FOODS Gluten Free Cobbs Yard Grape Tree Mere St Holland & Barrett 1 Mere St Natural Food Store Norfolk House Yard


HOLIDAY LET Rookery Nook Walcott Green


650800 308170 641515

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HOME BREWING You Can Brew It 14 St Nicholas St HOTELS Brome Grange Brome Park Hotel 29 Denmark St Diss by Verve (Scole Inn) Scole The Oaksmere Brome HOUSING Solo Housing St Nicholas St HUMAN RESOURCES ERAS 105 Denmark St INSURANCE SERVICES Lexham Insurance Gilray Rd Merrick Hill Victoria Rd NFU Mutual Hopper Way INTERIOR DESIGN Rooms With a View 5 St Nicholas St IRONWORK Diss Ironworks 7 St Nicholas St JEWELLERS Diss Antiques & Interiors 2-3 Market Place Hemstocks/Fourth Avenue 6 Mere St The Jewellery Workshop 1 Market Place LANGUAGE TUITION O Castro (Spanish) Pursehouse Way


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LAUNDERETTE Launderette Victoria Rd


KENNELS/CATTERIES Quinces Kennels & Cattery The Heywood


KEY CUTTING Timpson 11d Market Place


642244 740481 873940

KITCHENS & BATHROOMS Howdens Vinces Rd Jewsons Victoria Rd Norwich Bathrooms & Kitchens Park Rd Style Kitchens & Bathrooms Vinces Rd


MEDIATION Mediated Dispute Solutions Hopper Way



METALWORK db Metalworks Ltd Gilray Rd



MOBILE PHONES Carphone Warehouse Mere St



0845 600 1664 643444



MOBILITY EQUIPMENT Beactive Mobility 19 Mere St NBR Scooter Brokers Ltd Victoria Road

651988 643531 640812

0843 538 1573

643962 651600


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



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 McColls 20 Mere St WH Smith 13 Mere St NEWSPAPERS/PUBLISHERS Falcon Publications Diss Business Hub, Hopper Way Diss Express Mere St Diss Mercury 26 Mere St OFFICE SUPPLIES Hillside Office Supplies Ltd North Lopham PHS Group Vinces Rd WH Smith 13 Mere St OPTICIANS Adkins Opticians 2 Market Hill Scrivens 45 Mere St Specsavers 9-11 Mere St Dipple & Conway Market Place OSTEOPATHS Diss Osteopathy & Natural Health Clinic Shelfanger Rd PAINTERS/DECORATORS Allum M William Brown Way, Roydon


642468 641985 07934 432185

640547 642160

773347 642264 644517

Hang It All Palgrave 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 Stuston Somers D Roydon Jason Whiting Roydon PET GROOMING Crazy Dogs Roydon

652889 644460 07927 338871 641387 643316 07788 977466 740214 643694 650181

07776 313256


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) Victoria Rd



PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS CAM Legal Services Diss Business Park, Hopper Way


688090 651061

642739 658490 642598



PETROL STATIONS Morrison Supermarket 146 Victoria Rd Roydon Service Station Roydon Shell Diss Victoria Rd PHOTOCOPYING CopyDiss 14a St Nicholas St PhotoElite 13 Market Hill

650444 642873 642465

641459 650642 644024

644567 640452

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PHOTOGRAPHERS Austin Professional Photography Scole Liz Bishop Photography Roydon Diss Event Photography Skelton Close Lucy Kayne Riverside, Diss La Shed The Heywood Angela Sharpe Winfarthing PHOTO PROCESSING Boots 9 Market Place PhotoElite 13 Market Hill PHYSIOTHERAPISTS Claire Wilton Diss Business Centre PICTURE FRAMING Orchard Frames Wills Yard, Chapel St PLAY CENTRES Bressingham Wyevale Garden Centre Bressingham Monsters Hopper Way PLUMBING/HEATING Cole R Plumbing Services Scole DG Plumbing & Heating Engineers Tibenham Ponting J C Roydon Adam Scoulding Plumbing Services Sycamore Way SP Plumbing & Heating Mission Rd PLUMBING SUPPLIES City Plumbing Vinces Rd


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741735 07863 176962 07899 992818 07944 505419 07771 676722 07769 646117

642436 640452



0844 288 5175 641400

07961 271644 07824 888274 07880 995199 423216 651331


POST OFFICE Main Market Place PRINTS Canvas Framed Prints Scole PRINTERS Francis Cupiss The Entry Town & Country Printers Owen Rd

0345 611 2970


642045 651107

PUBLIC HOUSES Cock Inn Lower Denmark St Crossways Scole Greyhound 9 St Nicholas St Saracens Head 75 Mount St Diss by Verve (Scole Inn) Scole Thatcher's Needle 33 Park Rd Waterfront 43 Mere St White Elephant Stuston Rd White Hart Roydon


RADIO Park Radio DYCC, Shelfanger Road


RENEWABLE ENERGY Aspiration energy Hopper Way


REMOVALS/HOUSE CLEARANCE Bennetts 27 Tottington Lane Colemans Removals & Storage Vinces Rd

643633 742547 651613 652853 740481 658905 652695

07774 637191 643881


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 Coffee Time Hopper Way Costa Coffee 7-8 Mere St Katie's Kitchen 1 Hales Yard Dave Harris Hog Roast Diss Market Place Diss Publishing Bookshop & Cafe 40 Mere St Diss Tandoori 1 Shelfanger Rd Fairchild's Tea Rooms 2 St Nicholas St Fair Green Fish Bar 37 Denmark St Victoria Fish Bar 16 Victoria Rd Greggs Mere St Golden Dragon (Chinese) 25 Mere St Happy Palace (Chinese) St Nicholas St Indian View Takeaway Church St Istanbul Kebab House 54 Mere St Imperial Wok (Chinese) 110 Victoria Rd Diss Fish Kitchen 16 Market Place Mere Moments 44 Mere ST Park Hotel 29 Denmark St Pizza Plus 6 Mavery House

640449 644631 308130 07552 330340 642336 07789 914158 652760 652386 07963 043108

Pizza Time 33 Mere St Puccinis Cobbs Yard Quick Bites Vinces Rd/ Victoria 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 Turkuaz (Turkish) Victoria Rd Weavers Wine Bar & Eating House Market Hill


ROOFING Anglia Roofing Solutions Vinces Rd


SCAFFOLDING Diss Scaffolding Services Ltd Darrow Wood Farm


SCRAP IRON & METALWORK Gillings Scrap Iron & Metal Mission Rd


SHOE REPAIRS Timpson Shoe Repairs Market Place


SHOE SHOPS Lizze2shoes St Nicholas St


308088 644447 658705 640954 643504 651580 640222 308064 642147

644612 651685 309049 642412 650434 651468 642088 641888 650100 650777 642110 641246 07790 695056 642244 644366

SIGNS Dissigns Stuston Lane fatstickman 1A/1b Gilray Rd Signs, Banners & Image Display Print Owen Rd Striptees Unit 5, Gilray Rd

740606 658666 650880 652056

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SKIP HIRE Kent Skips Pulham Market SOLAR HEATING Team Energy Victoria Rd SOLICITORS CAM Legal Services Diss Business Hub, Hopper Way Francis Chenery Norfolk House Courtyard Comercrawley Victoria Rd Hayward Moon 6a Mere St Jackamans Mere St Spire Solicitors 2 Victoria Rd Steeles Law 3 St Nicholas St 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



0845 762 0620

646547 644055 644311 646040 643555 641221 652141



644612 642160



SUIT HIRE Essential Suit Hire Rectory Cottages,Wortham


SUPERMARKETS Aldi Mere St Morrisons Victoria Rd Tesco Victoria Rd

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0800 042 0800 640954 0345 677 9877

TANNING & TONING Half Moon Tanning & Toning Mount St The Salon Tanning & Beauty Studio Mere St 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 32 Factory Lane Millpond Cars Oak Lodge, Snow St, Roydon R & J’s Taxis Aldrich Way Scole Cabs Station Rd Tudor Taxis Diss Waveney Taxis 5 Jennings Way TEA & COFFEE SPECIALISTS Fairchild's Tea Rooms 2 St Nicholas St Ringtons Tea Distributors Gilray Rd

643970 641833

640900 608602 414141 650064 652014 640000 07802 633 142 776000 741471 641223 07771 565352

309049 0800 052 2440

TOOLS/TOOL & PLANT HIRE Toucan Tool Hire Unit V13 Vinces Road


TOYS/MODELS Toybox Toys 36e Mere St


TRAVEL AGENTS Co-operative Travel 10 Market Place Thomas Cook 11A Market Place

640227 0844 335 7227


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 Bridge Tyres 79 Victoria Rd Desira Diss Victoria Rd John Grose Park Rd Thurlow Nunn Victoria Rd Treadfirst Vinces Rd Willow Tree Cars Ltd Rose Lane Wyatt Engineering High Road, Bressingham VAPE SHOPS RC VAPES 24a St Nicholas St Vape Diss 23 Church St The Vape Tank Wills Yard, Chapel St VARIETY/CONVENIENCE STORES Diss Discount 27 Mere St Diss Food & Wine Market Place Keyhole Market Place Victoria Store Mavery House, Victoria Rd



0800 328 4273 0800 032 0878


Premier Convenience Store Skelton Rd Poundland Mere St





VETS Cherry Tree Vets Roydon Rd Linden House Veterinary Centre Mission Rd Uplands Way Vets Ltd Low Rd, Bressingham Vet 1 Services 22b Victoria Rd


VIDEO PRODUCTION & FILMING Splice Creative 7-8 Mere St


870999 651183 642685

644000 0845 346 0702 642311 642241 629155 651818

WINDOW CLEANERS D R McRunnel Window Cleaning Rose Lane DS Window Cleaning Services Mission Rd Chris Cottrell Cleaning Services 9 Bellacre Close

651588 07932 508153 07900 323231


308090 641134 652831

WINDOWS & CONSERVATORIES Anglia Building Services & Home Improvements Lewis Drive, Roydon 651102 Conservatories Etc Victoria Rd 650517 First Home Improvements Ltd 19a Chapel St 0800 092 1112 Frames Conservatories Direct Diss Market 629404 Stratton Glass & Windows Unit 9, Hopper Way 650797

640486 WINDSCREENS National Windscreens 2D Gilray Rd WOOL & CRAFTS Diss Wool & Craft Shop Cobbs Yard



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Foot Care Clinic Est 2007


Home Visits


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




Small and Medium Businesses, Self Employed, Clubs & Charities No-obligation free initial consultations, fixed competitive fees & personal service

T: 01379 308832 M: 07592 146144 E: W: Home Farm Barn, Burston, Diss, Norfolk IP22 5TJ

We undertake any job from the smallest dents and scratches to complete Resprays and customisations Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm Sat by appointment only

3-4 Forge Business Centre, Upper Rose Lane, Palgrave 128

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01379 423216 07885 402636

SPANISH LESSONS • One-to-one tutoring or group classes • Conversational Spanish for all ages • Additional help with GCSE/AS and A-Level Spanish

01379642939 / 07934955558 / 07443619262 Email: Ask for Orlando or Sally-Anne Castro.

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:



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Diss Firewood Barn Stored Seasoned Hardwood Oak, Ash, Sycamore, Birch, Beech etc... M: 07802 186347 T: 01379 687646 E:

Anglia Chimney Sweeps • Power sweeping for a thorough clean • Smoke draft test with every sweep • Fully trained and insured

Tel 458575 07711458575 Tel07711

• Insurance-recognised certi cates

or email Or 01359 221893 D is s Town Gu id e 2018 - 2019


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 Home Delivery Service also Available Steeles Law Solicitors Limited is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority no. 592311




Ladies Boots * Shoes * Lingerie Party Shoes & Matching Bags Slippers * Gift Vouchers Prices to suit every budget Sizes 3-8 Open Mon-Fri: 9.30am-4.30pm Saturday: 9.30am-4pm St Nicholas Street, Diss. Tel: 01379 650022

The Flower Shop Flowers for any Occasion

D.A. Browne & Son Family Butcher 29 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB

01379 642105 35 The Thoroughfare, Harleston IP20 9AS

01379 852235 )


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Home Farm Barn, Burston, Diss, Norfolk IP22 5TJ

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

Low prices ~ Top quality products

12 St Nicholas Street Diss IP22 4LB

01379 642569 130

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Also watches for sale from ÂŁ4.95 Hard-to-find batteries of all types

THE KEYHOLE Diss Market Place Open Tuesday to Saturday Open Tuesday-Saturdays


From humble beginnings in 1988 Able Taxis developed into one of the largest taxi operators in South Norfolk becoming a limited company in 2000. With the ever increasing cost of labour and red tape, and the owners wanting to take a step back, a restructuring became inevitable. This occurred in September 2017 when Able Taxis split from the parent company to once again become a small independent operator. The standard vehicles operated can seat from 1 to 4, 5 or 6 passengers, also available by working alongside other local reputable operators are 8 seater minibuses and wheelchair accessible vehicles, all vehicles are either hackney carriage or private hire licensed by South Norfolk District Council (SNSC) and all drivers are DBS checked and again licensed by SNDC. In addition to day to day local taxi services we also offer a courier service, transport to and from bus stations, train stations, airports, seaports, for weddings and nights out and hospitals including wait and return service.

ABLE TAXIS For enquires, competitive quotes and booking call

01379 640900 or email:

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