Cllr Sonia Browne elected as new Diss Town Mayor!

The start of a new Mayoral year has begun and we are delighted to announce that Cllr Sonia Browne has been elected as the new Town Mayor for this civic year! Sonia was handed the robes from former mayor Trevor Wenman at the Full Council meeting last night. Cllr Simon Olander was also elected in as Council Leader.

We’re confident that both will continue to use their vast experience and passion to bring out the best in Diss.

Congratulations both and a big thank you to Trevor Wenman for the last two years!

Honey Bee Advice

We’re approaching the time of year when honey bees swarm. It is a spectacular sight when a large cloud of bees flies by and although some may find this frightening they will soon settle on a tree or other object. Honey bees are not aggressive and when they swarm they are simply looking for a new home.

If you see a swarm settle somewhere it is important to get some help from a bee keeper. Do not try and move them, or pour water on them, or use poison as this could cause the bees, and you, some problems. As long as the cluster of bees are accessible bee keepers will not charge for removing a swarm.

To help identify if they are honey bees (not wasps or something else) take a look here: https://www.bbka.org.uk/swarm At the bottom of this website page you will find a map where you can enter a postcode and get details of swarm collectors in the area that will give the bees a safe new home.

Come along to the Annual Town Meeting 2019

Come along to this year’s Annual Town Meeting – an opportunity to find out what the Town Council plans to do on your behalf over the next 12 months or so.

There will also be opportunities to:
-Meet Town, District and County councillors.
-See the presentations of the Honoured Citizen & Junior Good Citizen Awards 
-Network with local community groups and organisations.
-Have your say with a Q&A session

Local organisations and community groups- if you would like to have a display at this year’s Annual Town Meeting, please email towncouncil@diss.gov.uk to reserve your place asap.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Renovated Leisure Centre in Long Stratton to open 18th March!

The newly renovated Long Stratton Leisure Centre opens on Monday 18th March.

There are just days to go before the newly renovated Long Stratton Leisure Centre throws open its doors following a £2 million improvement scheme.

On 18th March the new up-to-date centre and its new fitness suite, changing facilities, Bananas Soft Play and cafe will open.

Cabinet member Yvonne Bendle said: “South Norfolk Council is continuing to invest in the health and well-being of our residents. Our £4 million investment in our Wymondham Centre has been a great success and we have also just opened a fantastic facility at Kett’s Park, following an investment of £1.2 million. The new centre will have something for everyone and will be a great place for families and friends to spend time together.”

The new centre offers a bright new multi-tiered Bananas Soft Play with toddler area, to keep little ones entertained while parents and carers enjoy a coffee and a catch up with friends in a new cafe – that will also be offering light lunches and healthy snacks.

A brand new class programme featuring over 40 classes, will mean fitness enthusiasts will have plenty of choice and there really will be something for everyone.

To celebrate the opening the Council is giving away a year’s membership to one lucky member. Everyone who joins Long Stratton Leisure Centre between 18 March and 18 April 2019, will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win this great prize. T&Cs apply see www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/leisure for more detail.

Diss Museum selling World War II Books and Jazz CDs next month!

Diss Museum – Sales of World War II books/Jazz CDs

In conjunction with the Grand Opening of the Museum by Wing Commander Richard Youngs on March 9th, the museum displayed for sale, a donation comprising a range of over 30 books dealing with World War II and the history leading up to it.

Some of the books are quite rare, such as Failure of a Mission by Sir Neville Henderson, the ambassador to the Nazi government from 1937-1940, Lease-lend by Stettinius, the man Roosevelt appointed to run it, The war that Hitler won about Nazi propaganda before and during the war and many others, including books about The fall of France, Stalingrad, Leningrad, Midway, Stalin and his generals and the Goebbels diaries.

The books are now on sale..

Next month, there will be on exhibition for sale, a large number of donated CDs and box sets covering a wide range of Jazz.

In a few weeks’ time there will be on sale a large number of donated CDs and box sets covering a wide range of jazz to coincide with the Corn Hall’s jazz evening tribute to Stan Getz with the Chris ingham Quartet on 4 April.

The wide range of CDs should encourage ‘new’ entrants into the jazz world with works by Basie, Ellington, Getz, Zoot Simms, Gerry Mulligan, Tristano, Kenton, Cab Calloway, Coltrane, Dizzy, Bird, Lester, Bean, Mose Alison, Tubby Hayes, Monk and many more.

All funds made from book and CD sales go the running and upkeep of the museum.

Visitors are encouraged to pop in to the museum to see just how good a job the Diss Museum really does: a small museum in a small town, but packed with local information and collections of artefacts, backed up with photographs and documentation.

It also has a shop packed with tourist items, guides and many other interesting products.

Spring Diss Matters arriving through your letterboxes soon!

Spring is in the air… and so is our latest Spring edition of Diss Matters, jam-packed with community content, events, puzzles and local news! All Diss residents will receive a copy in the post this week but for those living outside of Diss, FREE copies can be collected from the Diss Town Council offices on Market Hill.

If you would like to submit an article or advert in the next edition of Diss Matters (Summer copy) then please contact us via email: towncouncil@diss.gov.uk 

We hope you enjoy reading!

Cemetery Improvements to begin in March

Cemetery improvements
Works to upgrade the roadways and roundabout in the Cemetery to improve access and make it more aesthetically 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.

Streetlights Update

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 can minimise the future maintenance cost (& do our bit for the environment) by switching from sodium to LED lighting.