Diss Christmas Lights Switch-On 2018!

Diss Christmas Lights Switch-On 2018

On Saturday 24th November 2018, from 2.30pm, Diss is the place to be for all your Christmas shopping and entertainment with the renowned Diss Christmas Lights Switch-On in the Market Place. Come and see what festive delights are on offer in the heart of Diss from 2.30pm-5.30pm. The grand switch-on will take place at 5pm!

You cannot fail to be entertained with a fantastic programme of activities planned- Enjoy a chance to meet this year’s Corn Hall panto cast from ‘Dick Whittington’ as they mingle with the crowds– Be sure to give them a wave if you see them! There’s also a great selection of live music performers with Joe Aiken, Celidh Band, ABBA tribute band and carol singing from local school children to get you in the festive spirit! Everyone’s friendly magician Ali Shazan will be taking to the stage to work his magic on you all… and Ben Langley, panto star and Britain’s Got Talent contestant, will be returning again this year as our special guest to switch on the Christmas lights with the Town Mayor and Parky the Bear.

As always, your favourite local radio station ‘Park Radio’ will be hosting the event and keeping you informed from start to finish while playing the festive tunes.

Also, the brightly lit Vintage Fire Engine from Bressingham Steam Museum will deliver Santa along Mere Street to the Diss Market Place for the 5pm switch-on. Santa will then be keen to meet the children from his sleigh.

Eat and drink to your heart’s content with plenty of seasonal refreshments available. From German chocolates and delicious doughnuts to hog roasts, German sausages and even a fish finger sandwich, plus much more!

Thanks to the Christmas Lights organising team for all their hard work this year and of course to all the local business who have contributed so generously towards the special night for Diss.

A special thanks goes to the following sponsors:

  • Larter & Ford for donating the wheelbarrow for our ‘Beer Barrow’ raffle
  • Simpsons Malt for donating a variety of ales
  • Morrisons, Tesco and Aldi for contributing the Christmas hampers.
  • D.A Browne for donating a £10 voucher
  • Fredericks Fine Foods for donating a £20 voucher
  • AW Myhill for donating a hand-held telephone
  • Barbara’s Hairdressing for donating a beauty gift set & perfume
  • Sue Kiddie from ‘Tatters’ for her kind £50 cash donation
  • The Corn Hall for donating 2 sets of family panto tickets to see ‘Dick Whittington’

Works to start next week on the removal of Park tree

Work will be starting next week on the removal of a large Horse Chestnut tree in Diss Park.  First reported back in February, this tree, nearest the Park Pavilion, presents too great a risk to the public and will now, sadly have to be taken down.

We have been working with our tree surgeon and expert arboriculturalist to retain this beautiful specimen for as long as possible, but a recent test has identified that the condition of this tree has deteriorated to the point where the tree is no longer viable.

As part of our tree management programme, trees across all our sites are regularly inspected.  In the last few years, sixteen new trees have been planted in Diss Park to sustain the Park for future generations and in light of the tree survey, which identified a number of mature trees nearing the end of their life.

A Beech at Diss Cemetery is also beyond nurturing and will be felled later this year.  This is not the outcome we wanted but there is no other choice.

The two remaining Horse Chestnut trees on the Park are currently in better health and will continue to be monitored to maximise their longevity.

Town Council supports the Armistice centenary

The Town Council is honouring servicemen and women as part of the celebrations to mark 100 years since the end of World War One in a number of different ways in this special centenary year.

We have been working with Andrew Rackham of the Diss Waveney Rotary Club and Norfolk County Council on a thought-provoking commemorative display for the garden bed at the end of Mere Street.  Tommy silhouettes and a World War One replica memorial will stand amongst a sea of hand painted wooden poppies, which Diss and Roydon primary schools have decorated. This partnership project, funded by South Norfolk Council, will see much needed improvements to this end of Mere Street and will be followed by the installation of the town’s main Christmas tree soon after.

It was hoped that the Tommy silhouette, purchased by the Diss Waveney Rotary Club, would stand in this prominent position in the town but delays in formalising the groundworks required in this area with a high number of underground utilities meant that it is now on tour at the Corn Hall before moving to St Mary’s Church.

In addition to this display, we are supporting Andy with his plans to install wooden silhouette Tommies and poppies near the Museum and on the Market Place. It is hoped that war poems will be inscribed on to the silhouettes or plaques that Andrew is preparing.

The Town Council is also supporting the Diss Waveney Rotary Club with its memorial concert There But Not There at St Mary’s Church on 17th November.  £600 was gifted to the Club to help finance this very worthwhile and respectful commemoration for all the fallen of the Great War and particularly the fallen of Diss.  Profits from the event will be shared between the Combat Stress Charity and Diss Waveney Rotary Club.

Staff and councillors look forward to the traditional Remembrance Day celebrations, organised by the Royal British Legion and supported by the Town Council. The parade starts from near the Mere’s Mouth at 2pm on Sunday 11th November.

The Town Council would like to thank its partners especially Andrew Rackham but also Norfolk County Council, South Norfolk Council, Diss Waveney Rotary Club, the local schools, the Royal British Legion and Diss Museum for making the armistice centenary celebrations in 2018 particularly special.


Do your Christmas shopping in Diss with 2 hours FREE parking!

To help you relax and enjoy Christmas shopping in South Norfolk, SNC are offering 2 hours FREE parking on the 4 Saturdays in the run up to Christmas Day!

On 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd December 2018, charges will be waived for the first 2 hours in all of the South Norfolk-owned car parks in Diss, allowing you to do your market town shopping, and enjoy the festive entertainment.

The car parks offering 2 hours FREE parking are:

Park Road, Chapel Street (Lower), Chapel Street (Upper), Church Street, Weavers Court, Mount Street, Shelfanger Road East, Shelfanger Road West. 

Improvements to Diss Cemetery

Diss Cemetery provides a dignified resting place for generations of townspeople and is a peaceful place for remembrance and reflection. The Town Council has always prided itself on how it manages its site at Heywood Road & this Spring will see further improvements.

In partnership with local funeral home, Rosedale, the Council plans to upgrade the roadways and roundabout in the Cemetery to make it more aesthetically pleasing as well as improve access.

To reduce future wear and tear & maximise the benefit of the investment, the Council intends to restrict vehicular access to only those who require it to ensure the Cemetery remains a tranquil environment for all to enjoy.

The rational for our current planning application to site welfare facilities for our maintenance team towards the front of the Cemetery site is as follows:

  • The maintenance team is already based on the site in the Cemetery Chapels. The plan to rehome them helps us to exercise our duty of care to provide adequate welfare facilities for our staff in a manner that is cost-effective to our tax payers
  • Much of the maintenance team’s work is based at the Cemetery & it means we can continue to deliver the high standards residents and visitors have come to expect / appreciate
  • The Council has investigated options for alternative sites, which would involve considerably more investment to either convert existing buildings or build from scratch
  • A presence at this location would improve the security of the Cemetery, which has been subjected to several break-ins in recent years
  • We are not proposing any changes to the Cemetery walls and all trees will remain in situ to address residents’ concerns raised by our previous application (in 2010) on the same site. Indeed, we are looking to include additional planting to help screen the area further
  • The proposed additional footway to the right of the bungalow driveway will allow access by both our maintenance team and that of the waste collection service to deliver and collect the waste without impacting on the Cemetery’s newly resurfaced roads

Other points to note include:

  • The welfare facilities will only be used during normal working hours
  • The tenant at the bungalow supports our plans
  • There are no gravestones in the area planned for development
  • The Council vehicle will continue to deliver the town’s waste once per day to the front of the Cemetery and the waste removal service as per its current weekly collection schedule
  • There are 7 waste bins currently stored by the Chapels and it is proposed to move these closer to the entrance to ease collection (again these will be screened from view).
  • The Town Council is the applicant for this development and will therefore not play any part in the decision-making process
  • All planning decisions are made by the Planning Authority at South Norfolk Council who are also responsible for all communications and processes regarding planning applications.
  • This proposal to improve the welfare facilities for our maintenance team has been a standing item on the Council’s agenda for several years.
  • We always welcome residents to attend Council meetings to help with our decision-making processes.

Bressingham Band Night raised £6,200 to help local children!

Bressingham band Night raised £6,200 to help local children 

The charity band night was held at Bressingham Steam Museum on Saturday 6th October 2018 in aid of ‘Nature and Nuture’ charity and was a big success with music fans.

Lou Hines, the organiser of the event said, “to have increased our donation to Nature and Nuture from £5,000 last year to £6,200 this year brought tears to my eyes.
One of the local girls who has been helped by Nature and Nurture said to me on the night, ‘I know that I would not be here if it had not been for the support I received from Ryan and his team at Nature and Nurture’. When you hear something like this direct from a ‘survivor’ it makes all the hard work and all the efforts and generosity of so many people so worthwhile. This is direct help to local children in our community’

Lou said, ‘band night raises so much because of the generosity of so many people. The bands play for nothing, the sound and lighting crew donate their equipment and expertise and The Cock In and The Oaksmere sponsored the bar, which itself was supplied free of charge by The Burston Crown. There are too many others to thank but they know who they are and what they did – all focussed on helping our community”

The event held in the main museum buildings at Bressingham Steam Museum was headlined by Bloodshake Chorus and also featured Thy last Drop, Death Rattle, and Diss band Cabras.

Images: Photographer Jerry Tye