Diss Museum AGM

I attended the latter part of the Diss Museum AGM today.

We are fortunate to have a local museum, which is always worth while paying a visit. Two guest speakers (Graham Randall and Graham Murchie) from the Bawdsey Radar Trust in Suffolk, gave an insightful presentation into the history of their trust.

Aldermanic Reception

Tonight I attended the Aldermanic event at South Norfolk District Council. Met with various people and had lovely time watching those who deservedly received the award. Great to meet up with district councillors past and present, other chairs and the leader of South Norfolk.

An evening at Yarmouth Hippodrome with the High Sheriff of Norfolk

The end of another busy week. My last engagement for this week was attending the celebration event of High Sheriff of Norfolk, (14.7.19) which was held at the Yarmouth Hippodrome. I met with Lady Agnew, other dignitaries as well as representatives from charities and businesses. It was indeed, a very good networking event.

The evening continued with the performances of several circus acts. Fantastic and at times heart stopping. Several buckets of water were thrown at not just the clown but also I fear at most of the audience – myself included! The Hippodrome building is the only remaining circus building in the UK and has many artefacts in its museum. If you have a chance go and visit this phenomenal circus and the building.

At the end of the evening, buckets were provided (not with water) to enable donations to be made several worthwhile charities. I wish the High Sheriff of Norfolk, success in her year in office.

An extraordinary night!

Lady Agnew of Oulton, The High Sheriff of Norfolk.

Solo Housing’s Homelessness Think Tank

I had been invited to attend the Solo Housing ‘Homelessness Think Tank event today, which was held at the Diss Cornhall.  It was good to take part in a development which could have a great impact on the community in Diss.

Solo Housing are hoping to develop some space that they have in Diss to help those seeking accommodation. Some great ideas were discussed by various agencies, on how to support the homeless in Diss and addressing obstacles which can have a detrimental impact.

Here I am together with Carolyn Howell the CEO of Solo Housing.

With Richard Dunsire Housing & Benefits Manager at South Norfolk Council.

Carolyn together with Lee Johnson, (Operations Manager of the Diss Cornhall) and myself

Roydon Primary School’s Busking Day & BBQ

Today I had the pleasure of visiting Roydon Primary School to take part in their Busking Day & BBQ.

The children sang fantastically, especially to Baby Shark and The Rhythm of Life! I caught up with some familiar faces and met lots of new ones. Thank you all for organising this event. All money raised will be going to Goodwill Village in India.


Family & Spider Event

It was an absolute delight to be invited by Gary & Madeline Alexander to take part in the naming of the spider art installation created by local artist Andy Harland.

Section 106 was allocated to finance the cost of the spider and the play equipment.Was a great event and the weather held out too!

Here I am standing next to The Webster- Aranha Spider of Fair Green.

David Whatley provided his interpretation of a bluebottle created in various metals- astounding!

Writing a name suggestion for the spider!

It was lovely to catch up with ex District Cllr Tony Palmer

I was persuaded to have my face painted by Sheila, who had one of the stalls at the event

With the Chair of Diss Town Youth Council, Kieran Murphy

With Madeleine, one of the event organisers

I had a cupcake with Suzanne Kayne who also had a stall at the event

Plastic Free Diss

I was invited to attend the second meeting of the community group Plastic Free Diss, 2.7.2019.

This is  a group made up of people who live and work in Diss, who want to reduce the amount of plastic used in the packaging of food and drink. Some fantastic ideas were discussed; eco plastic bricks, up-cycled cloth bags,  tap water refills provided by local shops and eateries – to name but a few.  The group meets the second Tuesday of each month.

Well worth our support!