VENUE: Diss & District Bowls Club, Lower Denmark Street, Diss IP22 4BE. This is located behind the Cock Inn on Fair Green. Plenty of free parking available.
Meeting start time: 2.00 pm
Friday 3rd March – Basil Abbott
REMEMBERING DISS PICTURE HOUSE
Basil will be bringing to life the story of Diss Picture House exactly 50 years to the day of its closure. He has a treasure trove of local folk’s memories of the picture house and what it meant to them. He will also be outlining the wonderful events he has planned for our
Grand Opening on Saturday 11th March*
Friday 5th May - A short AGM* will be held before Bob Rogers talk on:
PADDLE STEAMERS OF LONDON & THE EAST COAST
The introduction of Paddle Steamers, like the Trams, was a major social event that affected the lives of people as well as providing them with a form of transport. Paddle Steamers gave people a chance to get away from the smoke and slums of the cities for a day.
*Free entry for people attending the AGM only.
Friday 2nd June - Tony Diamond
THE SHIPPING FORECAST
The Shipping Forecast is heard four times daily by millions of people across the British Isles. 95% of the people who tune in don’t understand it, but everybody likes it and nobody complains. What do you think?
Friday 7th July – Lois Willoughby-Easter
WOMEN IN POLICING
Author of ‘A Girl in Blue’ Lois Willoughby-Easter was a WPC in the 70’s, she will recount how young female police officers faced what would be seen today as sexism and bullying, they eventually earned the respect of their male peers, albeit grudgingly.
Friday 11th August
Have you ever wondered what treasures may lie under your feet?
Friday 1st September– Nicky Reynolds
LUMBERJILLS – WOMEN IN FORESTRY
When war was declared in 1939, the British timber trade was in trouble. Enter the Lumberjills who proved them-selves as strong and as smart as any man.
Friday 6th October – Tim Holt-Wilson
A Mere 10,000 years
The mud of Diss Mere contains an archive of sediments and microfossils stretching back over 10,000 years. This talk will explain some of the scientific findings.
Friday 3rd November- David & Avril
David & Avril are back with their lighthearted fun quiz.
Plus the popular Mince Pies for All!
Friday 1st December- David Mitchell
HOW OUR FARMING SKILLS ARE BEING LOST
David has been farming in Winfarthing for over 70 years. His talk reviews many farming skills that were essential at one time and laments how they are being lost fast.
Saturday 9th December - Ray Hubbard
THE LAST NORFOLK HORSEMAN
Come along to hear Ray’s treasure trove of wonderful memories that help bring bygone Norfolk back to life.
A Stroll around Diss
March-October, £5 per person (accompanied children under 12 free)
Stroll time: approx. 1.5 hours, start and finish at the Museum
Introducing you to our lovely market town – not just a guided tour! Learn about some of the old buildings, the town’s history, some of its famous people and a lot of interesting things about Diss.
Remember… we put the ROLL into the STROLL for those who rely upon wheels to get around!
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Always on display are the Manning family dolls' house and information about local personalities like Tudor poet-laureate and Diss rector, John Skelton, and Victorian photographer, Cleer Alger.
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2024 Programme of meetings
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