The Annual Town Meeting, held on Thursday 5th March 2020 at the Diss Youth & Community Centre, offered an opportunity for the public to find out what the Town Council has been up to throughout the year including updates on current projects and plans for the future of Diss.

We were delighted with the support from a variety of local organisations that attended to offer advice and information.  They included representatives from the Diss Citizens Advice Bureau, MTM Youth Services, South Norfolk’s Help Hub, the Diss & District Neighbourhood Plan, Diss Youth Council, Empanda, Dementia support, Park Radio, South Norfolk Wellbeing Team, Diss Waveney Rotary Club, Quaker Wood, Friends of Parish Fields & the Diss Corn Hall.

The meeting concluded with a Q&A session inviting the public to raise issues or share any ideas with the Council.

This was also an opportunity to see the awards presented to the Honoured & Junior Good Citizens of Diss.

This year saw four worthy applications received for the Honoured Citizen award and we extend our thanks for the nominees for their contributions. Andrew Rackham was chosen by councillors for his outstanding contribution to Diss over the years through his support of local organisations namely the Diss Waveney Rotary Club, Royal British Legion and the Fair Green Neighbourhood Association. Andrew has also played a key role in helping to support and organise events such as the Diss Christmas Lights Switch-On, Diss Cyclathon and Diss Carnival and has shown great efforts in fundraising.

After receiving his award from Town Mayor Councillor Sonia Browne in front of family and friends, Andrew said “It’s so nice to be considered worthy for this year’s Honoured Citizen of Diss award. I have always taken a keen interest in the wellbeing and continued development of the town. I’d like to thank Diss Town Council for selecting me for this award, Simon Noble and Suzanne Kayne for nominating me and to my family and friends who have helped me with the building and successful implementation of the various projects that I have been involved with.”

Junior Good Citizen, Callum Doe, was nominated by Julia Fairbrother and Richard Pither for his remarkable voluntary work in the community. Callum is a member of the Diss Youth Group where he volunteers in running the tuck shop and supports younger members. Callum has shown outstanding commitment and bravery, always showing enthusiasm despite being diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2018. He is heavily involved in Diss Youth Group’s Gardening Group where he has assisted at Quaker Wood’s conservation sessions for the last three years. Julia complimented Callum’s dedication and bravery in a touching speech. She said “No task given to Callum is ever a problem. He does any job needed, whether it’s wet, cold, snowy or sunny and is always eager to learn. Callum is a truly amazing, funny, intelligent young person who has always been kind, considerate and helpful to others, despite his own personal battles.”

We’re sure you’ll agree both are very deserving of the awards and we thank them both for their dedicated work in the community.

Honoured Citizen Award Winner 2020, Andrew Rackham

Junior Good Citizen Award Winner 2020, Callum Doe

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