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 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: 

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

• 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.

Scheduled Highways Works

There are a number of scheduled highways works taking place in Diss over the next few months.
The detail can be viewed on the roadworks website but they affect the following roads:

-Stanley Road on three consecutive Sundays (17th, 24th Feb & 3rd March)
-A1066 (by the Shell Garage) between 20th – 22nd Feb. 
-Walcot Road between 26th – 28th Feb.
-Uplands Way Roundabout between 28th – 29th March.
-Walcot Road between 8th – 12th April.

Norfolk County Council endeavours to schedule works to minimise disruption & appreciates your patience whilst necessary improvements are undertaken.

Treat a loved one to a special plaque on the Mere Boardwalk

Do you have a special event you’d like to celebrate, or are you searching for a surprise gift for someone? A brass plaque on the Mere Boardwalk or on the decking in the wildlife gardens could be the answer you’re looking for!
Details are loaded in the pictures here.

To order, pick up a brochure from various shops in the Triangle, or email to enquire further and receive an electronic version of the brochure.

New 9PM Campaign launched by Norfolk Police

South Norfolk Police

Police promote 9pm routine campaign on social media!

Norfolk Police have launched a social media campaign encouraging residents to get in the habit of completing a #9PMRoutine.
The idea comes after the incredible success of a concept launched in Pasco County, Florida in America, which asks the public to check certain things around their home at a designated time.
Inspector Ed Brown, who suggested adopting the idea, said: “It’s simple really – set a reminder on your phone for 9pm and when it goes off do some checks around the house.
“We know that some criminals are opportunistic, looking for that quick and easy win. By completing the #9PMRoutine residents are making life so much harder for offenders. This will ultimately result in a reduction in crime.”

Residents are asked to conduct the following checks:
• Check your vehicles 
• Shut your windows 
• Lock your doors and
• Check your outbuildings

Inspector Brown added: “‘We’ve had a spate of tools being stolen from vehicles across the county and we hope this routine helps remind you to make sure your vehicles are locked and that any valuables are removed’
The social media campaign aims to raise awareness and promote safer habits among residents to prevent unnecessary thefts from vehicles, as well as homes.

To take part in the 9pm routine make sure you message us @NorfolkPolice and use #9PMRoutine.