Town Councillor vacancy filled!



We have a new Town Councillor!

We’re very excited to introduce our new Town Councillor, Sonia Browne! Sonia has lived in Diss for six years with her son, Rafa, and works for Diss Citizens Advice as an Advice and Domestic Abuse Champion, supporting others in crisis.

She is a keen volunteer and an active member of the community, currently volunteering as a Parent Governor at Diss High School and a Mental Health Wellbeing Navigator for Mind/Wellbeing.

Sonia is passionate about allowing all citizens in Diss to have a voice. She has a wonderful ability to listen to others, using her vast experience to engage with the public and appreciate their opinions and ideas.

Her key interests are maintaining the cleanliness of the town, addressing traffic congestion, raising funds for developing the town and supporting the needs of the community.

Sonia joins the Heritage & Facilities Committee and Community Engagement Committee.

We congratulate Sonia on her new voluntary role and welcome her into the team!


Congratulations to Dinsdale’s Triangle Trail winners!

Well done!

A big thank you to those who attended the HTP launch event last Saturday. It was great to see so many of you enjoying the new gardens and boardwalk space. The Triangle was busy with visitors exploring the lovely independent shops, The Corn Hall and new streetscape.

Dinsdale’s Triangle Trail was a great success with over 50 individuals taking part for their chance to win prizes donated by local traders! Well done to you all for getting involved. The trail was enjoyed by all ages who discovered more about the history of Diss from the information signs around the Triangle. A local resident commented: “I’ve lived here 20 years and didn’t know that!”


1st prize:  Indigo and Tam Bradford – Signed copy of Mike Webb’s Dinsdale drawing with frame donated by Photo Elite and voucher for 50 free prints.

2nd prize: Penny Killian Anderson- A whole crispy aromatic duck from Happy Palace worth over £30!

3rd prize: Amie Chessman- Heritage Triangle Traders goodies hamper including free afternoon Tea for Two at Armandines.

4th prize: Ava Peck- Luxury Hamper.

5th prize: Joshua and Oliver Clements- Homemade duck shaped cake. (made by Dinsdale)

6th prize: Xenthe Bennet- £25 Weavers voucher.

7th prize: The Armstrong family- £25 Voucher The Flower Shop hand tied or gift wrapped bouquet.

8th prize: Martha Wyatt- Cut ‘n’ blow dry voucher for Market Hill Hair Salon.

9th prize: Jane Williams- £10 voucher from Bella Nail Salon

10th prize: Tommy Howard- £5 voucher from the Wool Shop.


Heritage Triangle Project Completion

Heritage Triangle Project Launch Event- Saturday 9th September 2017

After months of hard work and effort with this fantastic project, the end is in sight! To celebrate the completion of the boardwalk & gardens, the Corn Hall renovation and new streetscape scene, we’re hosting an event. From 11am-4pm, the Triangle will be filled with entertainment including street performers, organs, poetry reading, a yummy BBQ and the lovely Heritage Triangle Traders welcome you to visit them on your way round. Take a walk through the beautiful gardens and admire the Mere from the new boardwalk. It really is a spectacular sight!

Our favourite duck Dinsdale will be waddling round to greet you all and encourage you to take part in “Dinsdale’s Triangle Trail”. Starting at the Corn Hall, collect your trail form to begin. Follow the clues, spot Dinsdale’s duck friends in local shop windows and answer his questions around the Triangle for your chance to win some fantastic prizes donated by local traders!

This is a fantastic opportunity for Diss and we hope you all enjoy the new space. Spread the word!


Neighbourhood Plan- Have your say!

Are you fed up with the traffic congestion on Victoria Road? Rat running in your local area? Concerned about school places, transport issues, health provision or a lack of local jobs? Maybe you are worried about the future of Diss’ local economy? Whatever your beef, the Diss & District Neighbourhood Plan will be your chance to have your say and get involved in helping to prepare a plan that will shape future development in the area for the benefit of the community.

A great way to get started is to take our short survey by 31st August 2017… Let’s work together to create a bright future! Click here for more details.

Upcoming events 2017

We can’t quite believe how quick this year is going! We’re now over halfway through 2017 and so far, it’s been filled with lots of great events! As we approach August, here are some useful August dates for your diaries:

Sunday 6th August is a busy day for the town!

  • A car boot sale on the park hosted by the Royal British Legion from 7am-11am, £5 per pitch.
  •  The Big Sing takes place at St Mary’s Church in aid of the Fire Fighters Charity with members of                                     the service present on the night. Doors open at 6pm with the singing commencing at 6.30pm.


  •                                    The Diss Heritage Transport Fayre is also happening from 11am-5pm in the town centre and Heritage Triangle. With great entertainment including a classic car display, live music, mini beer festival and lots of stalls to browse. Some shops in the town will also have extended opening hours.

Saturday 12th August

  • Park Alive 2017 is fast approaching on 12th August, hosted by the Diss & District Rotary Club in our lovely park. From 5pm-9.45pm, the park will come alive with live music, complemented by a bar, barbeque and raffle. The event is free entry and any profits from the event will go to the charities supported by the Rotary Club.

For information on other upcoming local events, please visit our what’s on page. Enjoy!

New car parking machines

As you may have seen, the new car parking machines are now in operation across the town’s eight district council-owned and operated car parks. They now provide a variety of payment options as well as a ‘pay on exit’ option. For free one-hour parking, press the ‘Free Parking’ button on the front of the machine, followed by the ‘green’ confirm button and a one-hour free display ticket will be issued.

If you will be parking for more than one hour, you can either purchase a ticket for the amount of time you plan to be (ie £1 for 2 hours) or you can choose the ‘pay on exit’ option. For this, follow the ‘Check-in, Check-out’ procedure instructions on the machine but don’t forget to ‘Check-out’ before driving out of the car park. The appropriate fee will be calculated based on your length of stay.

Heritage Triangle Project Update

I’m sure you’ll be pleased to hear that the roadworks around the Heritage Triangle area are almost complete and we can now enjoy a pedestrian-friendly environment with less vehicle domination. In the next couple of weeks, final work to install the street furniture and planters will be completed.

The workers have been doing a fantastic job on the boardwalk and gardens. The floating pontoon is in place and awaits the installation of the wooden boardwalk including railings. Unfortunately, the lower retaining wall collapsed following recent heavy rainfall however, this is now being replaced with a block wall which will provide a stronger support for the viewing platforms.

The gardens are looking great so far! Trees have been planted, and turf and paths laid in the garden. The final element of the project, to resurface the Council Offices car park, is scheduled for the week commencing 21st August.

Feel free to come and have a look at the progress at the back of the Council Offices. Once completed, this will be a fantastic asset for the town to enjoy the new space and admire our beautiful Mere. We’re excited to see the finished result!

A week in the life…

24th June 2017

So far so good. After the excitement of the carnival (see below for the punchline) I had a busy week which included a happy hour (not that sort of Happy Hour) having tea with the residents of De Lucy House as part of National Care Homes open Day.

That was Friday (also my birthday – well I did get cake). On Sunday the  Mayoress and I attended our second civic service in Felixstowe in a packed St John’s Church, with other members of the Suffolk “chain gang” (of which I am an honorary member).

Back to the grind, with two meetings on the following Wednesday, including the Town Council where we started the process of co-opting a new councillor. This is to replace Joe Aiken, who after a pretty full on couple of years chairing our Community Engagement Committee, and working like a trojan on projects like the carnival, christmas lights Diss Fest, had to let something go so that he could focus on his paid job (and his other unpaid job of father to three young children). If you want to find out how you could be a town councillor, and what is involved contact the town council, one of your councillors, or just pop along to the Corn Hall on a Wednesday evening for a committee or council meeting, and ask an awkward question.

Watching the Pure Floyd Show at the Corn Hall tonight (Saturday). (You can tell my age by the fact I am going to see a Pink Floyd tribute band, and the reference to Sgt Pepper in the title of this blog). Sunday morning I will be in the Park kicking off the proceedings at the Cyclathon. Next Mayor moments blog will be next Friday.

Oh. The punchline! People ask me whether I get any special treatment as Mayor. Not really. Except once. Morrisons kindly provided free parking all day on the day of the carnival. Alone of those who used that facility, it seems, I got a parking ticket a few days later! A technical glitch which has now been rescinded,  and entirely unconnected with the fact I work at Tesco.

Trevor Wenman

Town Mayor

Carnival Time – A Mayor Moment

When Pope Francis was first introduced on the balcony at St Peter’s he declined the little red cape traditionally worn on such occasions saying to the attending cardinal “Carnival time is over, Monsignor, you wear it”.

Well Carnival time it was at in Diss last Sunday – my first big event as Mayor and did I wear that cape? – you bet I did. However, I was nicely inconspicuous amongst dancers, the wonderful floats, the stilt walkers, horses, donkeys (I think I saw a reindeer somewhere) and of course Dinsdale the Duck, so you could be excused for missing me.

I have never seen as many people in Diss at the same time. Well done to the Carnival Committee for producing such a brilliant day.
Dinsdale was all in a flap in case no-one turned up, but when he saw the size of the crowd he decided to wing it. Totally unflappable.

(editor’s note – all puns used in this blog are the author’s own, and should not be taken as reflecting the sense of humour of Diss Town Council).