Diss Youth Council

Hello and goodbye.

I attended the last sitting of the Diss Town Youth Council tonight. It was a happy but sad meeting as two of the Youth Council are leaving for new challenges. We say goodbye to Charlotte and Beth. I wish them all the best for the future.

We also said hello to Vlada, who was co-opted to the Youth Town Council earlier in the month and this was her first meeting.

We should be so proud and honoured for the voluntary work all the Youth Councillors commit to. They are valuable to our town, with their points of view and ideas. Congratulations Diss Town Youth Councillors for a successful first year since your launch!

I would also like to thank Julia Fairbrother for her continued support with not just the Diss Town Youth Councillors, but with her hard work in the community. A big thank you!

Welcome to new Councillor Collins!

Tonight was the last scheduled full Council meeting before Diss Town Council rests for the summer.

The meeting covered areas such as; a report from our County Councillor, uses for a public phone box, the purchase of a special memorial plaque for Alderman and ex Diss Town Councillor Glynn Walden, funding for a red poppies installation to mark Remembrance  Day, update the mourning protocol for the death of a senior national figure, and also the co-option of our latest councillor – Cllr Doreen Collins.

I would like to congratulate Cllr Collins and welcome her to the council. I am sure her skills and expertise will not only benefit the council but also the community she will serve.

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

Diss Park to have new play equipment!


We have been working with two play area designers to create a brand new play park to replace the existing equipment (which has been discontinued) on Diss Park.

There are two great designs on offer and the Town Council would like to encourage the community to vote on their preferred design!

Larger designs are available to view in the town council office reception. A final decision on the chosen design will be made at the next Full Council meeting on 17th July… Thank you! 😊

Votes can be made via our Facebook poll