Scheduled drainage works on Victoria Road

HEADS UP from Norfolk County Council for scheduled drainage works on Victoria Road, Diss:

Work will take place on Sunday 2nd February to install drainage channels on the A1066 Victoria Road Diss between the Tesco and Morrisons roundabouts.
To minimise the disruption, the work is being carried out on a Sunday and will take one day to complete subject to suitable weather conditions.

During the work traffic will be controlled using temporary traffic lights.

The County Council would like to thank people for their patience while these works to deal with standing water along the edge of the road are carried out.

The Broadland & South Norfolk Business Awards’ finalists announced

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.

All 12,500 businesses that have an operating base in Broadland and South Norfolk were able to nominate themselves for an award, in any of the ten categories.

Residents also had the chance to win £100 of shopping vouchers by nominating their favourite retailer. The Retailer of the Year award recognises high street businesses that have gone the extra mile.

The two councils actively support and encourage inward investment and business growth and the two districts are home to multi-national organisations, cutting edge tech and bio science companies and a great range of independent shops and traders.

Sponsored by Fosters Solicitors with media partner Radio Norwich, the awards’ finalists are:

Excellence in Digital Creative and ICT, sponsored by InTouch Systems
AAH Software Ltd
SNAP Account
SQN Clinical (Syne qua non Ltd)

Excellence in Life Sciences, sponsored by Norwich Research Park
AAH Software Ltd
Leaf Expression Systems
My DNA Health Ltd

Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing, sponsored by Mirus Aircraft Seating
Ansible Motion
Cobalt Aerospace Ltd
Panel Graphic Ltd

Excellence in Financial Services and Insurance, sponsored by Jarrold Training
Credo Asset Finance
ML Financial Associates Ltd
Price Bailey

Innovation in Agriculture, Food and Drink, sponsored by Pasta Foods
Chet and Waveney Valley Vineyard
Flint Vineyard
White House Farm

Visitor Economy Experience, sponsored by Adnams
Cornucopia Xchange Ltd
The Corn Hall
The Norfolk Mead

New Business, sponsored by CNC Building Control
Hungry Cat Cafe
Simon’s Table Ltd
Waggy Tails of Wymondham

Business Growth, sponsored by Big Sky Developments
CIM Signs & Graphics Ltd
Proeon Systems Ltd
SNAP Account

International Business Growth, sponsored by Hethel International
Ansible Motion
Cobalt Aerospace Ltd
Panel Graphic Ltd

Environmental Impact, sponsored by UEA’s Low Carbon Innovation Fund
Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney
HLC (Part of the Scott Group) Ltd
Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park

Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Fosters Solicitors LLP
Brundall Home Hardware
Little Boutique
Our Slice of Country Life

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held on 26 March, at the Open Norwich.

Mayor of Diss goes silent for charity!

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 

Can you help with our VE/VJ Day 75 celebration planning?

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

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!
Thank you.

Enter this year’s Diss & District Young Musician Competition

  • Can you play an instrument or sing?
  • Do you think you could impress an experienced judge?
  • Do you want to win the chance to be in a local concert?

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-