Diss community group on verge of collapse

The reopening of Diss museum for 2015. Manager Basil Abbott. ANL-150315-161627006
The reopening of Diss museum for 2015. Manager Basil Abbott. ANL-150315-161627006

A community group in Diss credited with growing dozens of organisations and events for more than a decade could be on the verge of folding following a string of resignations.

The Diss Community Partnership (DCP), which was founded back in 2002, has been left with just one active member - Diss Museum manager and curator Basil Abbott - after the other directors all stepped down from their roles during a recent meeting, on the grounds the group had “run its course” and they could not devote enough time to it.

Mr Abbott, who is also a contributor to Diss Carnival and the Town Guide, said: “I am grateful for the funding DCP has given to the museum and the carnival. But in the end I was the only one doing anything.

“The partnership is a limited company, so I don’t know if it can survive with only one member.

“One former member agreed to come back, but made it clear that he saw it as a dormant thing from which he could obtain funds for his ecology projects. One of the women agreed to stay just to tide things over.”

The DCP has been recognised for helping to establish the town’s Cittaslow status, setting up numerous societies and festivals, including the award-winning Skelton Festival in 2004, and funding more than 20 local groups.