Diss Matters Spring 2019

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Get involved in Diss Carnival 2019! Youth activities in Diss Nominate your Honoured Citizen for 2019!

As the days begin to get longer, we’re looking forward to another great year in Diss. We’ve got lots of fantastic events to look forward to in 2019

– visit our Events spread on pages 20-21 to find out more! We also have

exciting features from the organisers of this year’s Diss Carnival and Diss Cyclathon, both taking place in June. This issue is bursting with community

Remember to get in touch if you have


coming up – we’d love to hear from

content including stories from local updates



projects, local history, Council News and much more! For the big kids out there,

a story you want to share, or an event you!

make sure to have a crack at our Easter Activities on page 38!


Park Radio


Honoured Citizen Awards / Annual Town Meeting




13 14

16-17 19


22-23 24 29 31


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Diss Cyclathon Diss Museum Diss Carnival

Granny’s Little Charms

Visitor Information Point / Traders of the Triangle Book Youth Activities in Diss Diss Youth Group

Upcoming events Council News

Denny Centre to reopen

Silver Dollar Country Music Club / SNC’s Big Litter Pick Police Update

Big C Charity Shop success

Skincense owner changing after 30 years

Events volunteers needed / Floral Diss update Easter Activities

As always we encourage you to get in touch

Visit our website at www.diss.gov.uk email towncouncil@diss.gov.uk Call 01379 643848, 9.30am – 3pm,

Mon – Fri or visit the Council Offices at 11 Market Hill, Mon – Fri 9.30am-1.30pm Find us on Facebook: @DissTC and Twitter: @DissTownCouncil

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An update from your local radio station After only one year on the air, Park Radio has been busy since launching in November 2017. We have witnessed the many varied initiatives and events that we’ve been involved in within the community. Some of these include; Diss Railway Station Adopters, Pancreatic Cancer Coffee morning, Kenny Thomas’ Charity Fundraiser for his daughter, Remembrance Day, Diss Children’s Centre Christmas party. Already this year, we launched our “Be Seen, Be Safe” safety campaign working alongside the South Norfolk Help Hub and the Diss & District Rotary Club. Many local schools and children have been getting involved by designing road safety artwork in exchange for a luminous armband, handed out by our lovable mascot, Parky Bear. Our aim was to promote child safety whilst walking to and from school. After a slow start, we’ve now had hundreds of entries from local schools including Palgrave, Dickleburgh, Roydon, Diss, Eye, Mellis, Scole, Occold, Thorndon, Lopham and Botesdale. Well done to all of you who supported this campaign!

What’s next? Park Radio has applied to Ofcom to extend the coverage area to many parts of rural South Norfolk & Mid Suffolk, running along the Waveney Valley to include Diss, Harleston and Eye. “The bulk of the population within the current Park Radio coverage area is a small proportion compared to the 90,000 that we could reach if given the go ahead. It seems a no brainer!” said Station Manager Chris Moyse. Having now completed our first year of broadcasting, we hope that this extended transmission power will enable us to continue to remain sustainable for the coming years. In the coming months, we will be collaborating with Greater Anglia and the Samaritans running a public event at Diss Station. Park Radio and the Diss & District Rotary Club are also working together on a fun event in Diss Park during the Summer. We now look forward to seeing many of our listeners at Diss Carnival and other Summer events this year!

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Get on your bike, get fit and all for a good cause - Sign up now to ride the Nine Town Sportive! This Summer will see the market town of

For those who want to experience the joy

centre of the region as the fourth annual

sportive a selection of family rides have

Diss in South Norfolk turn into the cycling

Diss Cyclathon encourages everyone to

get on their bike and pedal on Sunday 23rd June.

The day will be a celebration of all

that is great about cycling and will include organised rides for all ages and

abilities along with lots of stalls and entertainment for the whole family.

of cycling but don’t feel up to the longer been planned. These are circular in

route and 5,10 or 15 miles, simply book and then choose your distance on the

day. Family rides are £5 for over 16s, free for 16 and under.

Diss Cyclathon was the 2018 winner in the Best Cycling Event category for Cycling

UK’s Volunteer of the Year Awards and

The highlight of the day will be the Nine

we are delighted to be working with

cyclists to tackle 25, 50 or 100 mile routes

for the Nine Town Sportive are now open

and Suffolk with the 100 mile route taking

riders are expected to sell out. So why

Town Sportive, a ride that challenges

Cycling UK on the 2019 event. Sign ups

around the beautiful lanes of Norfolk

and with numbers strictly limited to 1000

in nine of the area’s market towns.

not encourage your loved ones to get on their bikes for 2019 and purchase a Nine Town Sportive spot for Christmas. The perfect gift for all the family!

23rd Juneby2019 We are delighted to be supported Madgetts Cycles, Midwich and Tudor Bakehouse. GET ON YOUR BIKE, GET FIT AND ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Find out more and sign up for the Nine Town Sportive : www.disscyclathon.org/tickets Sign up now to ride the Nine Town Sportive! Alternatively pop into Madgetts Cycles or the Corn Hall to secure your place This Summer will see the market town of Diss in South Norfolk turn into the cycling centre of the region as

For more information contact Jess Wythe on jess.wythe@disscyclathon.org . 07832188598

the fourth annual Diss Cyclathon encourages everyone to get on their bike and pedal on Sunday 23rd June. The day will be a celebration of all that is great about cycling and will include organised rides for all ages

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Nominate your community heroes Do you know someone who has given their time for the good of others?

Do you think they deserve to be recognised for their good service to the community? If so, nominate them for a ‘Good Citizen’ award! The two award categories are: •

Junior Good Citizen - for any young

school in Diss.

person of school age who attends

Honoured Citizen - for anyone else

Nominees can include people who run

a club, raise funds for charities or who are always there to help neighbours or vulnerable people in the community.

Last year’s Honoured Citizen awards were presented to Jack Bell and Jamie Scales

who saved the life of a pensioner who had collapsed in a diabetic coma and was

alone at home for four days. The pair turned detectives after the man, a regular in his local bookies, hadn’t been seen for several days.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from our website: www.diss.gov.uk/your-community/citizen-awards/ Or collected from the Town Council offices.

Please return your forms to us by 12 noon on Friday 5th April 2019.

(Nominations should include two proposers, who are residents of Diss.)

Awards will be presented at the Annual Town Meeting and the recipients names will be inscribed on the Roll of Honour Board in the Council Chamber at the Corn Hall.

Annual Town Meeting The Annual Town Meeting will be held on Thursday 9th May at the Diss Youth & Community Centre on Shelfanger Road. This is a great opportunity to find out more about what your Council has been doing over the past year. Starting at 6pm, there will be an opportunity to network with local organisations, meet your Councillors and see the Honoured and Junior Good Citizen Awards presented. For all your burning questions, there will be a Q&A session with town councillors for a chance to have your say. We encourage you all to join us!

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Diss Museum 2019 Opening

Wing Commander Richard Youngs will open Diss Museum at 11am on Saturday 9th March. A former Diss Grammar School boy, he served in the RAF all over the world before retiring. The





centenary of the R34 airship’s double

Atlantic crossing and return to Pulham. Local art, textile and modelling groups have contributed to the display. New







needlepoint cushion, a Box Brownie camera,


House School badges and Aldrich family mementoes.

Following the ‘Working the Land By Hand’

Diss Junior School pupils have provided

agricultural tools will be on show in the


exhibition at Diss Corn Hall, many of the museum.

The 1960 Christmas Price List from

Cuthbert’s wines and spirits shop in Mere

Street was a new acquisition in 2018, a display has been created of the goods

that were on offer – at original seasonal 1960 prices.

The Aldrich Bros. Brush Factory is featured

work on local heroes in the Discovery

The first display (March to May) in the Community Cabinet will show examples

of hand embroidered Bayeux style tapestry pieces produced by Joan Johns. This is part of a scheme she is working

on with Norwich Castle Tapestry Group in association with Norwich Castle’s “Gateway to Medieval England Project”.

with items used and made by the firm.

This will be followed by a glimpse into a

A selection of Samplers from 1780’s

and sales – a miscellany of weird,

will be on display illustrating the fine

quality of work produced by young girls to demonstrate their needlework skills. The samplers include the alphabet,

lifetime of buying from local auctions wonderful and everyday objects. Later in

the year it will host a cabinet of curiosities – mystery objects to get you thinking.

figures, motifs, decorative borders and

There could be an opportunity for one

embroidered it and the date.

museum to book a slot!

usually the name of the person who

further display – get in touch with the

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Diss Carnival

Diss Carnival will be bringing the fun to

the centre of town in the Park this June,

Sunday 9th. With a huge variety of

stalls, entertainment and activities, we hope you’ll all get involved in the Party

of the Year! The event kicks off with the popular Carnival parade which guarantees to get you in the party spirit

as it makes it way onto the Park in time for the Fun Day to begin!

Grab a drink, or a bite to eat from the

range of delicious food vendors, explore over 50 stalls in the Park and be sure to

check out the arena entertainment -

there’ll be something to keep everyone occupied. Keep up to date with the latest Carnival developments by following us


to Early Man and The Flintstones! We’re

Carnival is a huge event and we couldn’t make it happen without a wonderful team of volunteers helping to support the event. From supervising activities, to manning the parade route or handing out flyers – there’s loads of ways to get involved! If you think you could lend a few hours on Sunday 9th June, please do get in touch. Email towncouncil@diss.gov.uk, or pop into the Offices on Market Hill.

whether you’re walking, riding, driving or


on Facebook and visiting



This year’s theme is Pre-DISS-toric! Let your imagination run wild and join the procession




goes- from dinosaurs and cavemen accepting all kinds of procession entries, being chauffeured in style – just get in touch and tell us your great idea!


We had over 50 stalls at Carnival 2018

and this year, we aim to be even bigger! If you’d like to have a stall at the Fun Day, please get in touch or download an application form from our website:


Once again, this year’s Carnival is completely FREE entry – and we’d like to keep it that way! Our sponsorship packages vary from £100-£1000 with fantastic perks for your business in return! If you would like to support the Carnival (and future Carnivals) financially, get in touch to become a sponsor. So, get the date in your diary folks... we can’t wait to see you there!

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Granny’s Little Charms Visit local crafter ‘Granny’s Little Charms’ at Diss Carnival. I launched ‘Granny’s Little Charms’ in November 2015. It had always been a dream of mine since I was in my young teens and I have been fortunate enough to make my dream a reality. I am a crafter and small business owner who attends local fayres across Norfolk & Suffolk with some of my stock in local shops. I sell shabby chic handmade gifts, crafts, scrabble items and much more! All items can be personalised and custom made to your taste and occasion. I will be selling my handmade craft items at Diss Carnival 2019 so come along and visit my stall on 9th June! Find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ Grannyslittlecharms/Jasmine

Dad’s life changing diet leads to 11 stone weight loss A dad who was eating up to 5,000 calories a day and hit rock bottom at almost 25 stone now feels amazing after losing 11 stone. Marcus Watts, 35, turned his life round with one to one support by slimming to 13st 10lbs in 16 months.

Diet coach fore John Howard be his weight loss.

The 5ft 11ins tall father says unhealthy eating led to weight gain and then low self esteem which made him eat even more. “I remember feeling really conscious of my weight at a sports day. I was not able to get involved like the other parents were and I know my eldest son felt embarrassed by me due to my weight,” said Marcus. ‘‘My life has changed beyond belief. I’m fitter, healthier and no longer sleep with an oxygen mask,’’ he added. We all need help sometimes. I could never have lost my seven stone 11 years ago without one to one support from someone who had lost weight too, said Diet Coach John Howard. With the right support from someone who understands, it really is possible to lose up to a stone a month with one of the Cambridge Weight Plan steps - and be happy with your weight again.

Award-winni ng diet coach John Howard lost seven st one in five months, 11 ye ars ago.

Award winning diet coach John Howard and his fiancée Katie, a nurse, support dieters one-to-one at Eye, near Diss, and from Stowhealth centre in Stowmarket to lose about a stone in a month, and no longer be unhappy with their weight. John and Katie can be contacted on (07872) 314653 or by email at john@live-everyday.co.uk

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DID YOU KNOW there is a Visitor Information Point at the Corn Hall? Based in the lobby of the Corn Hall, there is a Visitor Information Point which holds a variety of information including bus timetables, leaflets for local attractions, cultural heritage, museums and the Arts. There is a public computer available upstairs for personal tourist information searches. The VIP service is run by local volunteers, some of whom also volunteer at the Corn Hall Box Office.

Are you organising a local event? If so, please make sure we are holding your event poster for inclusion in our Events folder. Bring or post information to VIP, Corn Hall, St. Nicholas Street, Diss, IP22 4LB. Diss Town Council also advertise events on their What’s On website page. Simply email towncouncil@ diss.gov.uk for inclusion. If we do not know about you, we can’t tell others! Are you looking for upcoming events in the area? Make sure you check out our Events folder on the Visitor Information desk or look at Diss Town Council’s ‘What’s On’ website page at www.diss.gov.uk

‘Traders of the Triangle and their Shops’ Copies selling fast! ‘Traders of the Triangle and their Shops’ is the first book to be published by the Diss Heritage Triangle Trust C.I.O. The initial print run of 200 copies sold out in just 5 days! The book is a history of Diss Town Centre; our old shops were the artefacts of their era with their creators, the traders, an everchanging parade of multitude of families and individuals.

The book has been very well received by the public and traders alike. We are sure readers will find out something new that they did not know about the town within its pages. A further 200 copies are being printed and will be available soon from Photo Elite, T W Gaze

This book seeks to record their achievements

Auction Rooms, Diss Ironworks, Rooms with a

and tie together trader, trade and building

View, Albright of Diss, Cut and Chat and The

over time.

Corn Hall.

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Youth Activities There is so much for young people to do in Diss! WHAT’S ON? Hope Church, Vinces Road, Diss Kid’s Connect Group

Years 3-6 – every Thursday in term time, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

FNK.....Friday Night Kids!

For 5-11 year olds – Last Friday of the month, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Salvation Army Church, Diss

Diss Youth Cafe caters for young people from Year 6 to Year 9 after

school during term time. Table tennis,

pool, Wii, Xbox, Kinect, board games and craft activities available. Food and drink

can be purchased from the café on site. For more info, contact Steph by email: steph@integrateyfc.org.uk

Air Training Corps Diss Squadron

Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm-9.30pm. Minimum age 12 yearsboys and girls welcome. For more info, contact 01379 641247.

Norfolk Army Cadets

Meets Wednesdays from 7pm-9pm. Both boys and girls welcome, aged 12-18

years. For more info, visit : www.armycadets.com/county/norfolk-acf/ 2nd Diss Scout Group Contact





Grayston for more info 07973 369278

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Winfarthing Village Hall, Hall Road

Scout & Guide Hall, Heywood Rd, Diss

three weekly basis for young people

Rainbows (5-7 yrs) and Senior Section

Diss Young Carers group runs on a aged 6-12 years and 12-18 years who have caring responsibilities at home.

The group meets on Tuesdays during term time at from 5pm-7pm (6-12 yrs)

Guides (10-14 yrs), Brownies (7-10 yrs),

(14-25 yrs) Contact Claire Lister for more info 01379 641002 or visit : www.girlguiding.org.uk

and 7pm-9pm (12-18 yrs). Young people

1st Diss Scout Group

the opportunity to take part in activities

651131 or suebrazier50@gmail.com

enjoy a meal together, as well as have and trips out. Qualified youth workers

Contact Sue Brazier for more info: 01379

are on hand to support members with

United Reformed Church Hall

more info, contact 01603 615670

olds- A fun after school group with

any issues or concerns they have. For (The Benjamin Foundation).

Diss Fire Station, Park Road, Diss

Fire Service Volunteer Cadets group

is run by the Norfolk Fire Service on

Tuesday evenings from 7pm-9pm. Both

boys and girls welcome, aged 13-18 yrs. For more info, call 0300 123 1669.

Woodcraft Folk Group for 10-12 year games, crafts, debates, as well as

outdoor activities and camping trips at weekends/holidays. Young people

can grow in confidence and make new friends. For more info, contact Gail Arnold 07422 966198 or visit : www.woodcraft.org.uk


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Update from local Youth Worker, Julia Fairbrother, Diss Diss Youth Group (DYG) is a youth club providing fun activities in a safe and




programme is chosen by young people

and has included ball games, pool, table tennis, games, arts, cooking, themed

nights like I’m A Celebrity, or issue-based sessions such as drug awareness,

sexual health. Young people in year 10+ can join our team of young volunteers.

DYG Gardening Group offers regular sessions




workers and other experts. Young people are involved in all tasks which

could include weeding, hedge building, planting etc and are taught to use tools,

consider health & safety, teamwork and horticulture. DYG





monthly sessions to enable young

people to focus on their own wellbeing in a calm, safe & nurturing environment, with relaxed activities and supportive staff who are there to listen.

views of young people are heard, and to support the activities of organisations

serving the needs of young people. group




has supported events such as the Remembrance






Intergenerational Luncheon to combat social isolation and provide time for young and old to socialise. They enjoyed

playing games, chatting, crafts and eating a delicious meal cooked by

Diss Youth Council aims to ensure that




Lights and Heritage Gardens. Future plans include consultation, community

young people and volunteers. After the success of this event, two more are planned.

New volunteers are always welcome and will be supported to share time and skills with young people, while gaining

good experience. Free training is also available.

events and working alongside Town

If you would like more information,


email julia@mtmyouthservices.org.uk





please contact me on 07546 059061 or

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Saturday 9th March 2019

Alfie Moore - Getting Away with Murder, The Corn Hall, Diss, 8pm.

Monday 25th March 2019 Park Radio Quiz Night

Diss Greyhound, 7.30pm New venue! Maximum Team of 4, £3.00 per person. Cash for the Winners, and a Booby Prize.

In his latest stand-up tour show, former Detective Sergeant Alfie Moore, and star of BBC Radio 4 comedy It’s a Fair Cop, takes you on a thrilling journey through the art and science of murder investigation. Enjoy Alfie’s trademark blend of humour, practical policing experience and detailed knowledge of the law. Tickets available from the Box Office: 01379 652241 or online www.thecornhall.co.uk Sunday 10th March 2019 Wedding Show

Bressingham Hall & High Barn, IP22 2AA, 11am-3pm Come along to this beautiful rustic barn venue, licensed for ceremonies and

Friday 29th March 2019

The Corn Hall Comedy Club, Diss, 8pm

offering luxury accommodation. Meet

Four top notch comics, two intervals, one

local wedding suppliers, receive free

great night out! Comedy and friends

entry with a goody bag and special

is the perfect combination, so grab a

offers. Register now at

bunch of mates, book 6 or more tickets


and we’ll reserve you a table. Min age 18.

Sunday 17th March 2019

Tickets advance £11/ On the door £13.

Preloved Baby & Children’s Table Top

Keep checking our website

Sale, Roydon Village Hall

www.thecornhall.co.uk or Facebook diss.

A wide range of toys, clothes and every day essentials for bargain prices. Stalls with an age range of 0 - 10. 50p entrance (Children free) Any profits made will be given to the Benjamin Foundation. Tea, Coffee and refreshments available.

cornhall for an update on who our acts for the night will be!

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Saturday 30th March 2019

Slide at The Greyhound, Diss, 9pm Live music - Four piece rock covers band guaranteed to entertain you! Thursday 4th April 2019

Baby & Child First Aid Class The Corn Hall, Diss, 6.30pm This class is suited to anyone who would like to have basic first aid and emergency life saver training. Whether you





babysitter or carer, this training can benefit everyone. To book tickets visit: www.eoetraining.co.uk or contact the Corn Hall Box Office 01379 652241. Friday 5th April 2019

Park Radio’s 70s/80s Night The Corn Hall, Diss, 8pm Fancy dress - prizes for the best costumes! Advance tickets £5 each, available from Park Radio reception at DYCC or purchase on the door, £8 each.

Wednesday 10th April 2019 Park Radio Quiz Night

Puccini’s Italian Restaurant, Diss, 7.30pm Teams of 4: £3 per person. Cash and other prizes available! Everyone welcome! Friday 26th April 2019 90s Night

The Park Hotel, Diss, 8pm We’re heading back to the 90’s for an evening of classic hits with Steel Revolution. Fancy dress optional (bottle of Prosecco for the best dressed) and your best 90’s dance moves are essential. This is a standing event. LIMITED seating available. Just £5 per ticket!! Call 01379 642 244 or pop in to purchase tickets.

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Your Council News Budgeting The most important decision that


2019 / 20 (£)








the increase in our share of Council







year for a Band D property, or £1.65













councillors make is setting its budget for the forthcoming financial year.

We have worked hard to minimise Tax bills to £16.45 per household per per month (if, paying by 10 monthly instalments).

The graphic shows how our increase is made up.

* N.B. rounded up figure

This increase equates to a total yearly cost of £202.73 for 2019-20 for a Band D property. The table shows the total costs for each band.

DID YOU KNOW? • Approximately 10% of your total

• We own and / or maintain over 20

by us. The percentage quoted in your

Market, Cemetery, Youth Centre, Park &

Council Tax bill covers services delivered

sites and services in Diss including the

Council Tax Guide is the average of


South Norfolk. The total bill is made up


Council, County Council & Police.

• The next elections take place on 2nd

• After taking on the Mere’s Mouth

Councillors from May.

government grant, the increase of £5.48

• Councillors get involved in a variety

current rate of inflation).

decisions on behalf of its electorate.

• Diss serves around 40,000 people,

benefits to being a councillor, not least

through the Council Tax is provided by

make Diss a better place.

the 118 town and parish councils across

of additional charges from the District

toilets, Streetlighting and the loss of the represents a 2.9% increase (less than the

but money to deliver our services fewer than 3,000 households in Diss.

May. Diss will be represented by 14 Town

of activities as well as making strategic It’s a voluntary role but there are many the opportunity to have your say and

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TOILETS We’re also working with the District Council and other partners regarding the





management of the toilets at Mere’s

Mouth, which will be refurbished prior to hand over.

CEMETERY IMPROVEMENTS Works to upgrade the roadways and

roundabout in the Cemetery to improve access and make it more aesthetically • If you’d like to make a difference

in your community, visit: www.southnorfolk.gov.uk/residents/elections-andregistration/current-elections • The




nomination papers is Wednesday 3rd

pleasing starts in March. In partnership

with Rosedale & Waterfields, the roads will be resurfaced & the roundabout

and Garden of Remembrance will be redesigned with a variety of plants to

provide colour and interest for those who come to visit loved ones.


• Town Councillors and the Town Clerk

are happy to talk to anyone interested in the role.

STREETLIGHTING • From 1st April, we will be taking over responsibility for over 200 streetlights

from the District Council in addition to those we already own across our many sites.

• Residents will continue to report

outages using the details on the lighting columns.

• We are working on a replacement

programme for the lights so that we

NEW LEADERSHIP Our new Council Leader is Councillor Simon Olander. He succeeds Councillor

Trevor Wenman who was interim Leader

following Councillor Julian Mason’s lead during 2018. Simon is passionate about making Diss a better place to live and

‘working together with our partners to deliver’. He has been a Councillor since 2004 and was Town Mayor between 2007-2009.

can minimise the future maintenance

Councillor Wenman continues as Mayor

by switching from sodium to LED lighting.

has been elected as Deputy Mayor.

cost (& do our bit for the environment)

until May and Councillor Sonia Browne

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A fresh start for the Denny Centre Empanda Care & Support Ltd CIC is not-for-profit community interest company established in early 2016 by three adult social care professionals. Currently employing 60 staff, it provides a range of services across Norfolk and Suffolk including: • Supported housing in North Norfolk for homeless young people aged 16 – 24, supporting them to gain the life skills and the confidence to move on into their own independent accommodation. • Respite care and supported living services for adults with a learning disability in South Norfolk and Breckland. • Day care for older people, those who are physically frail and those living with dementia in south west Suffolk. Empanda also runs a community café, a Men’s Shed and has a community allotment. One of the key factors in the success of this fledgling business is that it works in partnership with a range of voluntary and statutory organisations to enhance the services they deliver. Most recently, Empanda has been working in partnership with Norfolk County Council and Saffron Housing Trust to re-open the Denny Centre located on Thomas Manning Road, Diss. It had been a Day Centre, two days per week, but closed in spring 2018. Norfolk County Council is keen that this valuable community resource is re-opened and accessible for the people of Diss.

In January 2017, Empanda took over a day centre in Suffolk which was facing closure and, by working with partner organisations, has successfully turned it around and created a lively and energised hub not only for older people but for the whole community. Their plans for The Denny Centre are along similar lines and they are currently getting to know the local groups and organisations who are active in Diss to enable them to offer day care customers an interesting and stimulating programme of activities and entertainment. Whilst there is still a lot to do to get the building ready, Empanda is hopeful the centre will be able to open its doors once again this summer. They are keen to hear from people who might be interested in joining the day centre, or from family members who care for someone who may benefit from attending the day centre, allowing them to have a welldeserved break. Additionally, if you are interested in helping with activities or sharing your hobby or interest with members, Empanda would be keen to hear from you. All enquiries can be made to daycare@empanda.org.uk or by telephoning 01603 552102. More information on Empanda can be found at www.empanda.org.uk.

Your Dream Wedding. Everything can be found on your doorstep and don’t forget the honeymoon. Congratulations - if you have decided to get married here in south Norfolk. You will have made an ideal choice. There are certainly countless venues to choose from and help and advice on hand with everything from the guest list, invitations, with help to keep you on track of the budget, from choosing the perfect dresses, for the bride and bridesmaids. Outfits, shoes and accessories for the mother and mother in law to be, and the guests. The rings, the transport, the cake, the flowers not forgetting the photographer to record your special day and all the services you may need. You should just be able to sit back and relax as they are all to be found right here in Diss and the surrounding area.

Once you are married there are lots of different places to stay on for your honeymoon and explore the beautiful countryside. Diss nestles between the Waveney Valley and South Norfolk is a wonderful location for that get away break or a perfect honeymoon destination. Picturesque villages with great pubs and fabulous restaurants surround Diss. Why not check it out if you are getting married this year?

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Its that time of the year again Many will be getting married around the country with around forty last year, in the Diss Register Office, situated in the Council Offices. Weddings come in all shapes and sizes Just because you are having a wedding in a register office. It doesn’t matter if you wear a full-on white dress or something more restrained. I have vivid recollections of a bride in all her finery walking with her wedding party along Market Hill and St Nicholas street from the Register office up the hill to the car park, crossing the road near the Corn Hall. It was quite a spectacle and the traffic came to a halt. I can also remember a bridegroom leaving the office to have the photographs taken nearby, wearing a very tall top hat, without he or the photographer realising that his hat appeared as If it had joined up with the hanging basket above and created a massive floral effort.

Above Vintage inspired strapless gown by Stella York and available at Boutique of Dreams, Carmel House, Park Road, Diss 01379 644980 No matter how big or small your wedding is it will be something that you will never forget.

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Celebrating 40 years of the Silver Dollar Country Music Club!

Silver Dollar Country Music Club meets fortnightly at The Park Hotel, Diss. The Club is now in its 40th year and is run by a dedicated committee. We pride ourselves in booking good country music bands and have some great nights lined up until June 2019! Dates for your diaries:

Sunday 3 March 2019, Sunday 17 March 2019 Sunday 31 March 2019, Sunday 14 April 2019 Sunday 28 April 2019, Sunday 12 May 2019 Sunday 26 May 2019, Sunday 9 June 2019 Sunday 23 June 2019

Country Law John Douglas Blacksteel

Ridgeway Country Smokey Mountain Boys Linda and Arthur James

The Barhoppers Jim Worton Ian Highland Band

Doors open 7pm. Music 7.30pm until 10.30pm. Members £5.

Non-Members £6. Membership £2 For further information please contact John and Teresa Stannard, Committee Members on 01603 433918.

South Norfolk Council’s Big Litter Pick 2019 is launching soon. Working with the local community, schools and community groups this council run initiative helps reduce litter and improves the appearance of the district, ensuring that South Norfolk remains one of the best places in the country to live, work and visit. Last year a record total of 96 litter picks took place involving over 1000 residents from across the district and nearly 2,000 bags of rubbish and recycling were collected. This year we are hoping to do even better. From 1st February to the end of May, any parish, community group or not-for-profit organisation that registers and completes a litter pick will receive £20 for their local community and will be placed in a draw to win one of 20 prizes of £200 for use in their community!

South Norfolk Council will provide the necessary equipment and instructions, all groups need to do is register their interest, advertise for volunteers and then complete the litter pick. For more information visit : www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/ litterpick If you are interested in taking part, please contact us through the email: litterpick@s-norfolk.gov.uk or call 01508 533641. We will then send you out an information pack to enable you to organise and advertise your litter pick.

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Diss Police Station is open for business Since my arrival as the local policing Commander at Diss a question I am often asked is “What station are you from?” When I reply “Diss” I hear “isn’t the station closed”. The answer is “NO”. There are 45 members of staff working from Diss Police Station which includes police officers, dog handlers, police staff and special constables. Police officers from Diss patrol and respond to incidents across the 49 Parishes we are responsible for with some defaulting to our outlying stations at Harleston and Long Stratton. The only part of the station that is closed is our public enquiry office, which closed a few years ago due to lack of use. We are open for two hours every Friday between 4-6pm. Harleston police station is where our Safer Neighbourhood Team are based. Harleston’s public enquiry office is open to the public each week day between 10am- 2 pm and staffed by volunteers.

Our rural beat manager and patrol officers work from Long Stratton which ensures that each station and main areas are covered. Officers from Diss attend emergency and priority incidents, investigate crime, carry out intelligence related tasks and work on local priorities which are usually linked to vehicle related anti-social behaviour, speeding and drugs. The Safer Neighbourhood Team deal with more localised longer term issues. If you wish to know more about your local police you can follow us on Twitter @ SouthNorfPolice or contact us via 101 or e-mail enquiries@norfolk.pnn.police.uk Inspector Jason Selvarajah Norfolk Constabulary Diss, Harleston and Long Stratton Local Policing Image: Left to right; PC Jim Squires (engagement officer), Inspector Jason Selvarajah (local policing commander), Sergeant Dave Burke (Neighbourhood Sergeant) and PC Andy Baker (Beat Manager for Diss).

Thinking about care? We’ve won awards for it.

If you are thinking about

excellent care in a quiet setting, De Lucy House could be just the place you are looking for. The care home is managed by Greensleeves Care, the award-winning care charity whose mission is to deliver outstanding care for older people. De Lucy House is located on the edge of Diss, with its shops, entertainments and charming market place. The home has an enviable position overlooking the golf course. The home specialises in providing exceptional care for older people and those living with dementia in a highquality setting that is homely throughout.

The care home features comfortable accommodation and beautiful landscaped gardens. There is a varied programme of activities to make the life of the residents interesting and enjoyable. Our first priority at De Lucy House is always the care and wellbeing of our residents. Contact us to arrange a visit.

De Lucy House 40 Victoria Road, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4HZ

01379 671333 www.greensleeves.org.uk

Greensleeves Homes Trust is a registered charity in England & Wales No. 1060478. Company No. 3260168.

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Success for Big C’s Diss Store A Diss charity shop which recently celebrated its first-year anniversary has achieved retail success bucking the current high street trend. The Big C charity shop at the Victoria Retail Centre in Diss supports those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney. Since the store opened in December 2017, over 40,000 items have been sold and 15,000 customers served. A community space upstairs is also fully booked by a variety of local groups to hold workshops. Ashley Bunn, Head of Retail at Big C says, “I think there are a number of reasons for the success of our Diss shop over the past year, but I believe the main one is that we have engaged with the residents who have welcomed us with open arms. We are delighted to have so many groups using our community workshop space upstairs which gives us a different dynamic. We cannot thank the local people in Diss enough for their amazing support.” The Diss Big C shop welcomes new donations of quality stock. If you have had a New Year de-clutter at home, requested items include clothing, shoes and accessories, household objects, decorative accessories, books, CDs and bric-a-brac. The shop has a focus on furniture and craft. The shop is located at Unit D, Victoria Retail Centre, Diss. Free parking is available outside. Big C would also love to hear from volunteers who would like to help support the shop managers in running the store. Duties include sorting stock and helping on the tills.

Dr Chris Bushby, CEO at Big C said, “On average 20 people are given a cancer diagnosis every day in Norfolk and Waveney and the need for our services is increasing daily. Your unwanted gifts, outgrown clothes and any other items would go a long way to support people affected by cancer in our community.” Big C has 14 other charity shops in towns and communities across Norfolk and Waveney, including a distribution centre, furniture emporium and craft supplies shop at Wymondham. To learn more about the work Big C does to improve the lives of those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney, please visit www.big-c.co.uk

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‘Skincense’ going into new hands after 30 years On the 23rd February 1989 - Geraldine

Leeder opened a shop called Skincense in Norfolk House Yard, Diss (In the

building that is now Claire’s Sweetie Shop) at that point she never envisaged being a Shop Keeper for the next 30 years!

Her initial vision was a “copy” of the Body Shop as she had a range of self created products and her own cosmetic label. However as the years passed and a second generation of customers were established, the business evolved from mostly skincare and related products to homewares, gifts and vintage furnitureeverything for the stylish interior! In the year 2000 Skincense moved premises to the top of Norfolk House Yard





commercial building in Diss - this gave Geraldine twice as much space and as any customer knows Skincense is not renowned for its lack of stock!!

So now exactly 30 years to the day on the 23rd February 2019 - Geraldine has decided it is time to move on and concentrate on other business interests and Skincense is passing into the hands of her first ever employee - Claire Taylor. Claire will be keeping the Skincense name and largely trading in the same format but introducing her own touch and new ranges. Geraldine would like to say a massive thank you to all of those customers who have supported her over the last 30 years and to welcome any customer past and present to join her and Claire on Saturday 23rd February for a drink to say both Hello and Goodbye.

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Let’s keep our town events alive! Diss is known for its fantastic community events. Thousands flock to Diss every year to enjoy the great entertainment, stalls, music and parades held in our lovely town. In particular, the Diss Christmas Lights Switch-On event, held in November and Diss Carnival, held in June, are two of many town events organised by committees formed of volunteers in the community. From planning the initial ideas and organising everything for the event to raising money to fund the event, promoting, setting up, managing the event and then clearing away afterwards. There really is more to it than setting a date and making a few decisions! Hours of hard work and enthusiasm goes into organising these events and both committees are in desperate need of volunteers to help! Whether you are able to help out for a few hours at either event or if you would like to become a member of the committee(s), please get in touch!

Get involved in Floral Diss! The project started in August 2018 with a view to continue the floral theme created in the Heritage Triangle. Several months of work followed to secure funding for the planters and obtain approval from Norfolk County Council and Diss Town Council for the placement of the planters in Mere Street and the Market Place. We think you’ll agree these have created a real floral impact in Diss since the first phase planters were put in place in November 2018. The second phase of adding further planters will take place in the Spring. The plants and planters are being supplied by our local Diss Garden Centre and general maintenance will be provided by businesses and volunteers. A few volunteers have already made themselves known but if there are any businesses who which to sponsor a planter or volunteers who would like to take care of the planters, please contact me at doreencollins@btinternet.com

We can guarantee a great sense of achievement as you see thousands enjoying an event that you have helped to make happen! Contact us today! T: 01379 643848 or email towncouncil@diss.gov.uk

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Easter quiz

1. Who wrote the children’s book entitled ‘Green Eggs and Ham?’ 2. What two colours are associated with Easter? 3. Pancake Day is traditionally held on which day? 4. Eggs are associated with Easter because they are a symbol of what? 5. What is the name of the fruit cake traditionally eaten at Easter?


Answers: 1) Dr Seuss 2) Purple & Yellow 3) Shrove Tuesday 4) Rebirth 5) Simnel