The Arts Society Diss Lecture

I had met the Chairman of The Arts Society Diss, (Vivienne Weeks) at a previous mayoral function and we had spoken of our mutual love of the arts.

From this meeting I received a lovely invitation to attend one of The Arts Society Diss lectures at the Diss Corn hall, given by the antiques specialist Marc Allum (who also heralds from the Antiques Roadshow). It was a phenomenal lecture about the not so humble origins and evolution of the Chair.

Thank you Vivienne for the kind invitation, it was much appreciated. I would not hesitate to go again to one of their lectures, especially if you are interested in the arts.

Lectures are held in the Diss Corn hall every third Tuesday of every month.

with Marc Allum, prior to the lecture

L-R: Elizabeth Talbot (Director at TW Gaze Diss), Vivienne Weeks (Chairman of The Arts Society Diss), Marc Allum and myself.


South Norfolk’s Safer Neighbourhood Team Police Meeting

A meeting was held with South Norfolk Safer Neighbourhood Team at the DYCC for Parish/District Council Leads. Diss Town Councillors met with Inspector Laura Symonds, PC Andy Baker (Diss Beat Officer) and other members of Norfolk police constabulary.  A presentation was given by Laura and questions were answered.

It was a worthwhile informative meeting, giving insight as to what is happening in our community and to try to support their efforts to reduce criminal behaviour.

Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Diss & District Citizens Advice

I was asked early in my Mayoral year by the Chair of Citizens Advice Diss, Thetford & District, to become their Patron/ President of their Diss office. I proudly accepted this role.   As Patron of Diss Citizens Advice, I was asked to attend the celebrations to mark their 80th Anniversary on 6th September.

It was lovely to meet with current staff, volunteers as well as trustees and to promote such a worthwhile free service.

Tom, who is part of the Pensionwise Team

Cutting a celebratory cake with the Chair of Diss, Thetford & District Citizens Advice, Marion Morse MBE.

My Mayoral Civic Celebration Service

Memories of my Mayoral Civic Service

My  key themes for this mayoral year is Communication, Community and Kindness – which I discussed during the service.
The service itself was a great happy and uplifting event, with many people attending, including various members of our community, several dignitaries and members of my family and friends.

There was some beautiful hymns chosen and other songs performed, which included a large group who came from the congregation joining me in an  Acapella gospel song.

The Town Clerk, Sarah Richards gave a lovely reading and Rafa Mendes-Browne performed an acoustic guitar song as the choir, dignitaries, and congregation left the service.

There were representatives from three of our local churches, (Methodist, Baptist and Church of England) who all read a joint prayer during the service.

Attendees were asked to make donations to the mayors chosen charities, Papyrus and The Big C.

Many in the community and the council prepared a myriad of different cakes and savoury food for consumption at the end of the service.

The event will be something I will never forget.


Merely Divas Concert

I was invited to attend The Merely Divas concert – ‘Songs from the stage and screen’, held in St Mary’s Church, Diss.

It was phenomenal, with songs such as Hallelujah, There can be miracles and The rhythm of life to name but a few.

Money raised from the sale of tickets was donated to St Mary’s Church.  Well done Ladies -exceptional singing!

(photo credit- Merely Divas Facebook page)

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Diss High School GCSE Results Day

I attended Diss High School together with District & County Cllr Keith Kiddie, (as we are also Governors linked to the school) to support students as their  GCSE results were released.

It was lovely to speak with the students, staff and senior leadership team and to see how the students have developed.

The school did very well in the results, which incorporated the change from the previous A to E grading system to the new number based system.

Well done Diss High School, I am so proud of all involved in with the school!

(photo credit: Diss Express)

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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.