Citizen Awards

The Honoured Citizen and Junior Good Citizen Awards have been running for many years in Diss. The awards are given to nominated individuals who go above and beyond to help the community. ​


This year's winners


The winners of 2021's Honoured Citizen and Junior Good Citizen awards are funeral director, Anne Beckett-Allen and Diss High School student, Lily Mills. 


During the presentation of the awards, Roella Trudgill, spoke about her reasons for nominating Ms Beckett-Allen. These included her tireless work to help promote mental health first aid in the workplace, her efforts to run free support groups for the bereaved and her support for many charities, including Nelson’s Journey. On receiving her award, Anne encouraged people to become a mental health first aider by visiting Rosedale’s website for more information.


Chris Brooks, chair of Scole Nature Trails Trust, explained why he nominated Ms Mills. He talked about her positive outlook, her conscientiousness, and the lasting impression she makes on those she meets. We’d like to offer big congratulations to both award recipients.

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A bit about the awards

The two award categories are:

  • Junior Good Citizen – for any young person between 5 and 18 years who lives in Diss or attends school in Diss

  • Honoured Citizen – for anyone else.

Nominees can include people who run a club, raise funds for charities or who are always there to help neighbours or vulnerable people in the community. Nominations must include two proposers, both of whom should be residents of Diss (for Honoured Citizen this cannot be a relative).

How do I nominate?


Awards will be presented at the Annual Town Meeting.

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Recipients names will be inscribed on the Roll of Honour Board in the Council Chamber at the Corn Hall.

View the regulations for nominating an Honoured Citizen.

View the regulations for nominating a Junior Good Citizen.

We've been recognising our community heroes since 1994...

Honoured Citizens

Charles Gardener (1994), Henry Judd (1995), Arthur Wood JP (1996), David Bell & Reginald Wright (1998), Gladys Hancock (1999), Jack Lee (2000), Denis Clarke (2001), The Revd. Ben Sasada (2002), Geoffrey Tebble (2004), Francis Bradley (2005), Michael Booty (2006), Clifford Bird & Stuart Ballantyne (2007), Sue Brazier (2008), Basil Abbott (2009), Anne Dutton (2010), Doreen Collins (2011), Alan Rowe (2012), William (aka Billy) Turner (2013), no nominations received in 2014, Suzanne Kayne (2015), Pete Gillings (2016), Harold Rackham & Elizabeth Dewhurst (2017), Jamie Scales & Jack Bell (2018), Jim Bidwell (2019).

Junior Good Citizens

Laura Turner (2002), Jonathan Chambers & Claire Rogers (2007), Alice Baillie (2008), Jordan Longshaw, Robin Lemon, Archie Hewitt, Alfie Hewitt (2009), Ryan Howell (2011), Aston Taylor (2012), Shelby Baker (2013), Thomas Kembery (2014), Ellen Nicholas (2015), Owen Leeder (2016), no nominations received in 2017, Rheuben Botwright & Kieran Murphy (2018), Zinhle Moyo (2019).

Honorary Aldermen

Cyril Grace (2005), Glyn Walden (2012)

Freedom of the Town

The Royal Anglian Regiment (2012)

Honorary Freeman of the Town of Diss

Sgt Duncan Slater (2018)