LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 2/5/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 2 May, 2018
MEETING ON FUTURE OF DISS POST OFFICE
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon and Diss town councillors are to meet with Post Office senior managers to discuss the future of Diss Crown Post Office.
Post Office Counters have agreed to the meeting after the MP contacted its chief executive, asking for a reversal of a decision to close the post office in the town.
The closure decision was announced in January last year, with a view to opening a new Post Office franchise elsewhere in Diss but no local shop or business has expressed an interest in taking it on.
CROSSWINDS TO BLAME IN FATAL PLANE CRASH
An inquest jury has decided that a crosswind seemed to affect a vintage aircraft that crashed near Bungay.
The incident happened as the plan came into land at Hardwick airfield in October 2016.
84 year old John Marshall, a military aircraft enthusiast from Leicestershire, was killed instantly, when the plane hit a tree and burst into flames.
The pilot, Maurice Hammond, from Eye, suffered a broken neck and has no memory of the incident.
DISS ANNUAL TOWN MEETING RE-CAP
There was a mix of questioning and congratulations at this year’s Diss annual town meeting.
Members of the public at the meeting raised questions with councillors about recent controversies, including Mere’s Mouth toilets, street lighting in the town and traffic congestion on the A1066.
Former soldier Duncan Slater from Scole became an honorary freeman of the town. A double amputee from his service in Afghanistan, he received his award for raising thousands of pounds for charity.
The town’s senior honored citizen awards went to Jack Bell and Jamie Scales who work at Betfred in the townNfor saving the life of a regular customer.
While Diss High School pupils, Ruben Botwright and Kieran Murphy received the junior award for their volunteering efforts away from school.
Meanwhile, former Mayor of Diss, Keith Kiddie has resigned from the town council. He’s also serving on South Norfolk and Norfolk county councils.
LOCAL HARRY POTTER PRINTING FIRM SOLD
Bungay printing company Clays has been sold in a deal worth nearly £24 million.
The firm has been sold by marketing company St Ives to an Italian print group, Elcograf, which is privately owned.
Clays prints and binds 150 million books a year at its plant, including the Harry Potter series.
No redundancies are expected.
HISTORIC WINDMILL TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
An historic windmill near Diss is to open its doors to the public next month.
Thelnetham mill is one of two windmills in Suffolk to welcome visitors as part of National Mills Week on May 12th and 13th.
The mill, on the edge of the Fen, dates back to 1819; it was a working mill in the 19th century and was restored in 1987 by enthusiasts after becoming derelict.
DANNY BOYLE FILMING MOVIE AT HALESWORTH
Filming of a Beatles-inspired comedy moves to Halesworth today with top British director Danny Boyle at the helm.
Locations in the town will include the Hideaway Cafe, the White Hart pub and the car park in The Thoroughfare.
The car park is closed for two days so use of other car parks in the town will be free.
Filming has already been completed in Essex and is due to take place in other parts of Suffolk and Norfolk shortly.
The production has been written by Bridget Jones and Blackadder creator, Richard Curtis, who has a home in Suffolk.
Football….Diss Town have completed their fixtures with a 2-2 draw in a local derby match at Debenham Leisure Centre.
The draw takes the team’s total to 7 points from three away games in the final week of the season.