LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 25/11/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 26 November, 2019
BUSINESS DECIDES TO OPEN UP AGAIN IN TOWN CENTRE
A business in Diss town centre is to re-open – in an unexpected about-turn move.
Owners of the Be-Active mobility shop have decided to open up again early next year, just two months after closing down. The shop on Mere Street only closed in September after 11 years’ trading. Increasing costs, staffing issues and parking problems were blamed for the decision.
The family-owned firm has three other shops in Norfolk, selling products for the elderly and less-able customers, but now says it is ready to give Diss another go.
THOUSANDS TURN OUT FOR LIGHTS SWITCH-ON
Thousands of people turned out for the big switch-on of the Christmas Lights in Diss at the weekend.
Up to three thousand were on hand for the ceremony as special guests took to the stage in the Market Place on Saturday. They included the cast of this year’s pantomime at the Corn Hall, as well as a series of bands and acts providing music and entertainment throughout most of the day..
COMMUNITY CAFE REPLACES TEAROOMS
A cafe is being opened later this week in Harleston aimed at helping workers with learning difficulties and other issues.
The cafe is the idea of community interest company, Onward Enterprises to replace the recently-closed Parlour Tea Rooms in Exchange Street. It will provide a supported work experience for adults with learning difficulties, autism and mental health issues, in a joint venture with Cornucopia antiques centre.
Onward Enterprises, based in Harleston, currently supports about 100 adults in various work schemes, including sorting and packaging services for companies.
THE CANARIES CLIMB OFF THE BOTTOM….
Norwich City have climbed out of the bottom spot in the Premiership. They’re still in the bottom three, but move up two places with a solid 2-nil away win at Everton. It was their first win in eight games, with goals from Cantwell and Srbeny.
…..WHILE TOWN AIM FOR THE TOP
Ipswich Town stay in second place in League One after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to fellow promotion contenders Blackpool. An early Edwards goal and a second half equalising penalty from Garbutt kept the Blues in the game. Town are now five points behind leaders Wycombe, but have two games in hand.
WEBB HITS FOUR AS DISS ROMP HOME
Diss Town climbed up to fifth in the Thurlow Nunn first division north with a convincing 5-0 home victory over strugglers, Kings Lynn Town reserves. Charlie Webb scored a total of four in the game.
In the Anglian Combination Premier, the top-two clash saw leaders Harleston Town slip off the top spot with a 2-1 defeat at Waveney. Town are still equal on points but Waveney have a better goal difference and three games in hand. Scole United picked up a useful point with a 1-1 home draw against third-placed Mundford.
In rugby, Diss remain fourth in London North 2, despite a good home victory against Holt. They ran out winners by 36 points to 18.