Don’t Miss Diss’ Party of the Year!

Since its revival in 2008, Diss Carnival has gone from strength to strength – it’s the annual party that the whole town get involved in. Residents and visitors alike line the streets of Diss to watch the traditional procession through the town then join in the entertainment at the Fun Day.

This year, the Carnival is set to be bigger and better than ever before, celebrating Carnival Through the Ages. Taking place right in the heart of Diss, in the Park, we’ve got plenty of fun in store. Expect the unexpected, from Vikings to Vintage Vehicles – and everything in between. Meander around the iconic Mere and enjoy the stalls and activities, or join us ringside for some fantastic entertainment!

Not only are we in a brand new location, but we’ve got some new activities to keep the whole family entertained. This year, we’re proud to present our very own It’s A Knockout Games. We’ve got five inflatable challenges for the teams to complete in, from Sumo Suits to a Bucking Pig, as well as games in the arena.

The Procession kicks off from the High School at 12.45pm, finishing at the Park. The Fun Day will run from 1pm – 5.30pm. We’ve been generously supported by businesses across Diss to make this years’ Carnival a FREE event, so come on down to Diss on Sunday 11th June and celebrate all things Carnival! With so much taking place throughout the day, make sure to pick up a copy of the Diss Carnival 2017 programme (available from 20th May) so you don’t miss a thing! Available for just £1 at retailers throughout Diss and at the Town Council offices.

For more information or to get involved, visit www.diss-carnival.co.uk or contact us via Facebook or twitter @disscarnival

Community Defibrillators

This month our Council Leader and Deputy Town Clerk were proud to support the Rotary Club of Diss & District at the launch of their third 24 hour public access defibrillator at Jewsons Ltd on Victoria Road.  Diss now has a total of 8 defibrillators, 3 of which are 24 hour public access.  You can view a map of their locations here.

We are keen to raise awareness of how easy it is for anyone to use this life saving equipment.  Our staff enjoyed a fascinating First Aid training session and we plan to roll out this training to all staff & councillors in the New Year – what better way to support the community of Diss than by saving a life.

If you are keen to learn more about these defibrillators and how they work in an emergency, the Rotary Club of Diss & District and The Community Heartbeat Trust are holding their first Community Awareness Seminar on 24 January 2017 at the Methodist Church in Diss. Please contact Ken Chapman at kchapman717@gmail.com to book. You can also find out more about them with this handy FAQ on the Community Heartbeat Website.

Supporting those in need this Christmas

This year, staff and councillors alike have been getting involved with the Waveney Foodbank’s reverse advent calendar to help support families in crisis over Christmas. Starting from November 6th, for 24 days we donated an item a day to make a Christmas hamper for those in need.

Our Deputy Town Clerk with Councillors and the donations.

Our Deputy Town Clerk with Councillors and the donations.

 

The Waveney Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks supported by the Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. The Centre has been facing increasing difficulty as funding reduces every year. They already rely on volunteers and donations to keep running, but are currently fundraising for a new van to aid in their collections, and for funds to help keep the distribution centre open. If you are looking to do some fundraising, or just get into the spirit of goodwill, perhaps give the foodbank a call?

 

Councillors and staff with our food boxes.

Festive fun for a good cause – Marketing & Administration Assistant Rosie, Councillors Minshull, Kiddie, Mrs and Mr Wenman with their donations.

Foodbanks provide a vital service to individuals and families in crisis, by providing three days nutritionally balanced food. Christmas can be one of the hardest times of year for those on low incomes and living under the poverty line. As the weather grows colder, people are forced to choose between heating or eating – an awful choice for anyone to have to make.

We hope that our boxes will make a positive difference to local families’ lives. Council Leader Graham Minshull said: “Being a councillor is about giving back to the community, too. At the end of the day, I can sit down for Christmas dinner knowing that I helped make sure someone else didn’t go hungry – it’s what the festive season is all about.”

You can find out more about the Waveney Foodbank and support their cause by visiting their website or calling 0845 269 1078. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Public Information Event

Diss Town Council are pleased to announce we will be hosting a Public Information Event on 25 November. The event will run from 2pm – 7pm at Diss United Reformed Church. With such an eventful year coming to an end, and an equally busy one ahead, it’s a great opportunity to catch up with what the Town, District and County Council’s have been up to, and for you to have your say on our next year!

We’ll have information stands on:

  • Diss Town Council – who we are and what we do!
  • Neighbourhood Planning – and how you can shape the future of Diss.
  • The Tourist Information Centre & Mere’s Mouth Toilets
  • Information on how to contact the different Councils, and what we each do.
  • The Heritage Triangle Project.
  • And much much more!

There will also be a chance to talk to your Councillors and Council Officers, as well as representatives from other key organisations.

The event is a ‘drop-in’ style information afternoon, so you can pop in any time between 2pm – 7pm. Refreshments will be available.

Vacancy: Crossing Patrol

A Crossing Patrol vacancy has come up in Diss:

School crossing patrol required to see children going to and from Diss Infant and Junior schools safely across Skelton Road Diss.

The rate of pay is £7.52 per hour and the times of employment are  8:25 to 8:55 and 15:00 to 15:30.

Training is given and a uniform provided.

If you are interested please contact Ian Webb, School Crossing Patrol Manager on 01603 224489 or 07798668062.

Stay Safe this Halloween: Police Connect Message

The Police are asking trick-or-treaters to please be mindful that some of our more vulnerable residents can find this a distressing time of year and having people knocking on their door after dark can be a scary experience. They ask everyone to respect the wishes of those who choose not to celebrate this occasion.

Officers have this advice to enjoy a good Halloween:

·         Never go trick or treating alone or split up from your friends.

·         Always check with your parents or carer first.

·         Only go to houses where you or your friends know who lives there.

·         Don’t go into any houses – always stay on the doorstep.

·         Don’t talk to strangers on the street.

·         Stay in well-lit areas and carry a torch.

·         Take care when crossing roads – it may be hard to see so well in a costume.

·         Although Halloween is about looking spooky, be careful not to frighten the elderly.

·         Eggs & flour make a mess & most shops won’t sell them to under-16s over Halloween.

Only knock on doors of people you know and where it’s clear you are welcome. Halloween posters are available to download from the Norfolk Police websites for members of the public to display, indicating whether they welcome trick or treaters. You can download the posters here using the links on the right hand side of the page. We have copying services at the Council Offices, should you like a copy for your window.

Any activity which causes deliberate fear or alarm is considered as anti-social behaviour and should be reported to the police.  If you do have any concerns during Halloween please call 101 for non-emergency assistance or dial 999 in an emergency.

Streetscape Scene: Public Consultation

As part of the Heritage Triangle Regeneration, a new street scene is being created for the Triangle. There’ll be a public exhibition of the plans at the Clerk & Councillor forum on the 28th November where you can ask any questions you may have.

Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are what make the yellow lines and parking regulations in an area enforceable. As part of the new street layout, the TROs will be changing.

Draft Streetscape Visual

A draft visual image of the streetscape.

This consultation gives you a chance to see the plans, ask any questions you may have, and make comments on the intended TROs. You can see what has been proposed in the documents below, and make any comments via the letter’s reply slip.

View the Consultation Plan

View the proposed Traffic Regulation Orders

View the Consultation Letter (and reply using the slip attached)

Diss Carnival to visit the Park

At the inaugural meeting of the Diss Carnival Committee, it was decided that the Fun Day element of next year’s Carnival would take place in the Park, by the Mere on the 11th June 2017.

The team are very excited to get to work creating the new-look event, and we look forward to seeing their plans come to fruition. You can keep up to date with the latest Carnival news via their website or Facebook pages.


Diss Carnival Committee is a sub-committee of the Town Council. It is made up of representatives from the town council (staff and councillors) and members of the public who put their time forward voluntarily to create the annual event. To get involved with our sub-committees, contact the relevant chairperson or get in touch.