LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 23/12/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 23 December, 2019
NEW PLAY AREA ATTACKED BY VANDALS
Police are investigating after vandals attacked the newly re-vamped children’s play area at Diss Park.
The playground has been damaged with broken glass, smashed fence panels and fires being lit on equipment. The area was re-opened a month ago after weeks of renovation work costing over £100,000. Final installations will now be delayed until early next year.
A town council spokesman described the damage to the community asset as “mindless”
HUNDREDS OF TREES SET FOR PLANTING IN EYE
A total of 200 trees have been planted in Eye, as part of a national campaign to tackle climate change.
They’re the first batch of 400 trees to be given to the town by the Woodland Trust, as part of a national initiative, supported by Suffolk Tree Wardens. A group of councillors and volunteers helped to plant the first 200 trees at Eye Cemetery.
It’s hoped that some of the trees will be sponsored or new ones bought by people living in the town.
NEW COMMUNITY GROUP FOR VOLUNTEERS
A new community group has been formed in Diss.
The group, Volunteers of Diss, will operate on Facebook. It’s aimed at volunteers willing to help with community projects, such as supporting the organisation of local events, maintaining garden areas around the town or general volunteering.
The group will also look to offer help with planning a local event, a project or general assistance in the community.
CHRISTMAS MEAL OFFER FOR THE NEEDY
There’s a free Christmas giveaway again this year at a fish and chip shop in Diss.
Bailey’s will be opening on Christmas Day between 3 and 8 o clock to offer free meals for those in need, including the homeless and elderly. In fact, any meal on the menu at the shop in Shelfanger Road will be available as part of the festive offer.
It’s the fourth time that the owners of Bailey’s have provided the special treat.
DOUBLE DISAPPOINTMENT FOR CITY AND TOWN
Norwich City remain one from bottom in the Premiership table, after suffering a 2-1 home defeat against Wolves. However, their situation in the table got worse with yesterday’s win for Watford, meaning City are now level on points with the bottom club.
Ipswich Town dropped out of the top two in League One, losing to the only goal of the game at Portsmouth. They’re now in third spot. The Blues also had Luke Chambers sent off late on……for his second red card of the season.
DISS MOVE INTO TOP THREE AFTER CLOSE HOME WIN
Diss Town climbed into the top three of the Thurlow Nunn first division north, with a hard-fought 2-1 win at home to bottom side, Wisbech St Mary. Town conceded an early goal and then went down to ten men soon after Aaron Taylor scored an equaliser in the second half, before Matt Cook got the winner with just a minute left.
In the Anglian Combination, Harleston Town saw their match postponed at Long Stratton, while Scole United also had their game called off.
Finally, best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Park Radio’s local news service returns in 2020.