New members co-opted onto DTC!

Diss Town Council now has eleven councillors. I chaired a extraordinary Full Council Meeting tonight where two more members of our community were co-opted to join Diss Town Council. I welcome Cllr Sue Kiddie and Cllr Mark Gingell to the Town Council, and know they bring with them a wealth of knowledge.

The Big Sing!

This evening, I attended the Big Sing held at St Mary’s Church, where we raised the roof with the singing of favourite hymns!

Over £740 was raised from the collection money  to help support the great work that Macmillan Cancer Supports. The money raised was collected by Macmillan representative Alison Haswell.

This was going to be the last Big Sing after fifteen years, but Gerry one of the organisers  stated that it would continue for one more year. The generosity of our community was overwhelming. If you love to sing, and have a fun joyous time make a date for the Big Sing in 2020.

A big thank you to all who were involved in the organisation, including the choir, Gerry, Salvation Army and Canon Tony.

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Photo credit: Diss Mercury

Charity Football Match in memory of Clare

I was invited by the family and Friends of Clare Mackmin, to attend a charity football match in her memory. Clare died in 2017, battling epilepsy and the football match will raise money for The Epilepsy Society. I met the two teams Clare’s XI and  Glaxing Vision prior to the start of they game and shook their hands.
The match was won by the Glazing Vision by 4 goals to 3. I was given the honour of presenting both teams with medals and the winners a lovely trophy.

Clare’s Match will take place next year and is open to all in the community to attend. An event that is  well worth attending to commemorate this phenomenal woman and to raise funds to continue the great work that The Epilepsy Society provides.

Volunteering at the Tesco Foodshare

To start off August, I was asked whether I could volunteer some time to help run the Tesco Food share scheme at Diss Youth & Community Centre. This a scheme available to all in the community, where  food which is still edible is donated by Tesco. Food such as bread, eggs, fruit, vegetables, cakes and herbs, (the list is not exhaustive) that would otherwise be thrown away can be collected and eaten.

This is a great initiative for our community and one that can also prevent unnecessary waste.  I felt honoured to be asked and to volunteer my time to support our community.

Visit to Diss Cemetery

I went with two fellow colleagues to visit Diss Cemetery as part of the duty of the Diss Town Council is its continued maintenance.

It is a beautiful, tranquil place and lovingly looked after and I felt truly humbled to be there. The Cemetery is steeped in history and the Chapel has plaques inscribed with the names of members of our community.

Meeting with representatives of Voluntary Norfolk and Better Together

The beginning of a hot week in glorious Diss!

I had the privilege of having meeting with Emma-Louise from the Voluntary Norfolk and Christina who works with project Better Together. Both wanted to discuss what their very useful organisations promote in the community.

Emma-Louise works with the Health & Wellbeing group, who source volunteers in local communities for peer support. These volunteers can be from any age over 18, from any walk of life who help others feel less isolated. Emma-Louise states volunteers need to be a good listeners with patience to allow people to say their life stories.  If you have any spare time an hour a week or indeed fortnightly, it doesn’t have to be for years, months then contact Voluntary Norfolk to see if you can volunteer your time as a  health and wellbeing volunteer to prevent others from feeling isolated and lonely – whilst promoting mental health wellbeing.

Christina works with two life connectors, who travel to those in the community who are isolated and having issues such as debt and can sign post and refer to other support agencies.

I would like to say that both of these projects are great to have. I commend both Emma-Louise and Christina for the work that is carried out by their teams across Norfolk.

See the links below to find out how you may be able tob help:

Stowmarket Civic Service

To end a very busy week, I had been invited by the Town Mayor of Stowmarket, Cllr Paul Ekpenyong to attend his Civic Service and Reception.  I met with past and present councillors, members of the clergy, the local community as well many dignitaries from Eye, Thetford, Felixstowe, Hadleigh, Mid Suffolk and Suffolk to name but a few. It was good to meet up and to support each other.  Many people who I spoke with know Diss and enjoy visiting us. Which was great to confirm my belief in our beautiful town. It was a delightful end to my week. I look forward to meeting with the Mayor and his staff again.

Here I am with David the Clerk to the Mayor of Stowmarket

With the Mayor of Stowmarket before we put on our mayoral robes for the service.

With the Chairman of Mid Suffolk

Here I am with the Mayor of Eye

A group photo of us all

Run and Reflect at Roydon Primary School

I had to put my running shoes on early this morning.  I spoke the the primary pupils at Roydon Primary School as a guest speaker in there end of year Run and Reflect. The theme of discussion was that of Optimism – hopefulness and confidence about the future. We all set off running around the grass tracks discussing what we were each optimistic about.
Phew!  What a great experience and I felt honoured to be asked to be a part of the end of the school year celebrations. A big thank you to all of the staff and pupils at Roydon Primary School and I wish them all a happy summer break!


Fair Green Table Tennis Event

I was lucky enough to take part in the National Table tennis day event at Fair Green. As part of the celebrations of the day, all were invited to take part with several table tennis coaches – who were on hand to give advice and support.  I forgot how enjoyable table tennis could be.

Diss Youth Council

Hello and goodbye.

I attended the last sitting of the Diss Town Youth Council tonight. It was a happy but sad meeting as two of the Youth Council are leaving for new challenges. We say goodbye to Charlotte and Beth. I wish them all the best for the future.

We also said hello to Vlada, who was co-opted to the Youth Town Council earlier in the month and this was her first meeting.

We should be so proud and honoured for the voluntary work all the Youth Councillors commit to. They are valuable to our town, with their points of view and ideas. Congratulations Diss Town Youth Councillors for a successful first year since your launch!

I would also like to thank Julia Fairbrother for her continued support with not just the Diss Town Youth Councillors, but with her hard work in the community. A big thank you!