Review of 2013: January to June

Diss, Norfolk. As the winter weather closes schools across Norfolk the children get to play in the snow pictured is Jules Cobbold, Elise Cobbold and Maddie Woods
Diss, Norfolk. As the winter weather closes schools across Norfolk the children get to play in the snow pictured is Jules Cobbold, Elise Cobbold and Maddie Woods


n Freezing residents in Hoxne hoped for an end in a two-year battle with a housing association over their heating system problems.

MP for north Suffolk, Dr Daniel Poulter, even stepped in when residents in Tudor Close had to use expensive portable heaters to keep warm after problems with their air-source heating technology. Orwell Housing promised to compensate residents were faults were proven.

n Heavy snow had the predictable result of causing chaos on the roads. Many school were forced to close during the heaviest periods, but many took advantage of the conditions with sledging and wintry walks.


n There were tributes following the death of renowned rose expert and grower Peter Beales, of Peter Beales Roses in Attleborough

He was described as being”second to none” in the world of classic roses.

n Richard III, the English king whose remains were found under a Leicester car park, was found to have links to this area. His sister, Elizabeth of York, lived in Wingfield for more than 40 years. She was married to John De La Pole, 2nd Duke of Suffolk.

n Long-established Diss hardware store Larter and Ford was put up for sale by owners John and Julie Maskell.


n Students from Hartismere School in Eye became stranded on the Scottish island of Arran following the worst weather the region had seen in more than six decades. Snow and storms cut off the island, where the students were visiting for a geography and biology field trip. They eventually made it back four days later than planned.

n Two new large wind turbines on Eye Airfield began turning and now are a permanent fixture on the skyline.

n Plans for another wind farm, at Tivetshall, were dropped by developer TCI Renewables, to the relief of campaigners the Tivetshall Action Group (TAG).


n A man was found dead in Diss after a fire broke out in his caravan. An inquest later recorded that Alwaros Nawrocki, 27, died accidentally.

n Harleston’s landmark Corn Exchange was revealed to be re-opening as tea rooms, antique centre and museum. It opened later in the year.

n Stonham Aspal runner Hazel Kurz was caught up in the Boston bombings, while running the city’s iconic marathon. She was three miles from the finish when the bombs went off, and described the “surreal” and “haunting” atmosphere of the city.


n There were fears the proposed gas-fired power station at Eye Airfield would lead to more pylons across the countryside. Developer Progress Power later confirmed it would bury the cables underground.

n Full planning permission was given for a pub/restaurant at King’s Head car park by Diss Mere, designed for J D Weatherspoon.

n The popular Horham Bygones Rally was cancelled with organisers saying it was unlikely to be held again due to it becoming “a victim of its own success”. Insurance and lack of parking were blamed.

- TCI Renewables resubmitted their plans for a three-turbine windfarm at Dickleburgh and Pulham Market. An appeal hearing on the plan is due for this month.


nThoughtless drivers were condemned for ruining a part of the Boudicca Way path at Shimpling.

The pathway was being chewed up by 4x4s and bollards had been knocked over to gain access. Campaigning by Burston and Shimpling Parish Council, with help from Norfolk County Council, meant a closure order was obtained and will run until March 2014. It has led to the recovery of the path.

n After more than four years since planning permission was granted, the quarter-finished housing estate on the Diss/Roydon boundary was about to be kickstarted again. Persimmon Homes took over the development of the site from eco builder C-Zero, and applied to change the plans to incorporate less affordable housing. But the new plans did maintain the original planned promise of £800,000 being put into local infrastructure, mainly schools, in a legal agreement called a Section 106.

n The sixth Diss Carnival since its 2008 revival was hailed a success. With Carnival Queen Alice Cater crowned at the Proms in the Park performance the night before, Sunday’s parade was themed ‘Moments in History’. There was a fun day at Diss Town Football Club, with a US Airforce dog display team among many attractions.

n A meeting in Harleston called The Great Debate was held. It looked at ways of better promoting to the town’s businesses, history and special features to residents and tourists. A town team was eventually formed to take ideas forward.