The Broadland & South Norfolk Business Awards’ finalists announced
The 2020 Broadland & South Norfolk Business Awards, organised by South Norfolk and Broadland District Councils, celebrate the excellence, innovation and best practice shown by businesses across the combined area.
The Mayor of Diss, Cllr Sonia Browne may be known for her speeches, singing and laughter – but soon she will also be known for her silence! For two days in January, Cllr Sonia Browne will be silent … all in the aid of charity!
Sonia will be taking part in a Sponsored Silence on 22nd and 23rd January within working hours at Diss and Thetford Citizens Advice offices. The aim is to fundraise as much money between now and the event for two very worthy charities; Norfolk’s Big C Cancer Charity and Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide).
Sonia said that she hopes the community will recognise the importance of her chosen charities, both very close to her heart, and support her with fundraising.
“Papyrus is a special charity that supports the prevention of young suicide and all those who are affected by it. I believe that suicide can have a big impact on so many in our communities, the effects of which can be far reaching and people may not know what help is available.
The Big C, a Norfolk and Waveney charity supports those who are impacted by cancer. As a cancer survivor myself and someone who has lost family and close friends to the disease, I wanted to reflect this in some way. I have also had some working knowledge of the Big C having shadowed a benefits specialist colleague in the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital – ensuring those affected by cancer know their rights and are in receipt of their correct benefits entitlements. I have liased with medical professionals there and am astounded by the level of work carried out. It is important that we continue to support these charities as they do so much to help others in need.”
Donations can be made via the Diss Town Council Offices or at either Citizens Advice Bureau branches (Diss & Thetford).
The Mayor has been extremely busy in the last year attending a huge variety of local events to get involved in the community. Check out her recent whereabouts via the Mayor’s Blog
Heads up folks! 😀
We have set up a small working group who are looking to coordinate and plan an event / series of events to mark VE & VJ Day 75 celebrations during the weekend of 8th-10th May 2020. To find out more about the events, visit https://www.veday75.org.
Before we get too far with the planning, we thought it would be useful to find out if there were any groups or organisations in and around Diss who are planning anything so that we can coordinate our activities.
We plan to meet again very soon so we would be really grateful if you could comment/message us if you are planning something or if you would like to get involved in helping with the celebrations.
A special request also goes out for any pipers or anyone who knows a piper to get in touch to take part in the celebrations!
If so then now is your chance to show us what you can do by entering the ……….Diss & District Young Musician competition
This competition is open to all young people who:
– Can play as a Solo musician or a Solo singer
– Are still in full-time education
– Live in Diss and the surrounding area
– Can perform at equivalent to Grade 3 (foundation) or above (no actual grades needed)
It will be held at the United Reformed Church in Diss (opposite Aldi) on Monday 24th February 2020 in the evening.
Light refreshments will be available, and parents/supporters are welcome to stay.
Competitors will be judged in 3 categories – Foundation; Intermediate; Advanced.
There will be a prize per category and the winners will be invited to play their piece as part of a concert at The Bank Art Centre in Eye
There is an entry fee of £5 pounds to cover administration – any surplus or other monies raised will go towards Rotary charities.
Closing date for entry is 20/01/2020.
Download an entry form on our website-