We have a growing list of pages here with help and resources during the lockdown:

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Socially distanced celebrations for VE Day 2020!

Friday 8 May 2020 was no ordinary VE Day, despite it being the 75th anniversary, with the whole country in lockdown. But, on Fair Green, we still managed to have some fun.

Bunting had begun to go up around Fair Green, Riverside and Denmark Street, as well as along Tottington Lane, Denmark Lane and Sandstone Avenue earlier in the week, when became clear lots of us would be taking part. Friday itself started with our bonus flypast from the Red Arrows at 10am, which a few people managed to see (you had to be quick!). On Friday morning, the Angel Cafe were open, preparing cream teas and more for collection. At 11am, the whole country observed a moving two minute silence.

Andy Rackham kindly brought his large speaker and microphone to the middle of the Green, which meant we were able to broadcast the Last Post at 2:55pm (played from a YouTube video). We are very grateful to him, and to the Mayor of Diss, Sonia Browne, who joined us (complete with her mayoral chain) to propose our toast to the heroes of World War Two through a microphone. Our picnics then began, accompanied by 1940s tunes played through Andy’s speaker throughout the afternoon, bringing a distinctly festive atmosphere to our tea parties. Some glamourous and/or 1940s-inspired dressing up certainly added to the sense of occasion!

Everyone kept an appropriate social distance, and despite this, our tea was extremely convivial and went on until at least 7pm, thanks to the music and the wonderfully warm weather! In the evening, H.M. The Queen gave her VE Day commemorative address to the nation, saying:

Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish.  Instead we remember from our homes and our doorsteps. But our streets are not empty; they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other. 

H.M. The Queen, 8 May 2020

This was definitely the case on Fair Green. It was almost like she’d been there!

So many people put fantastic effort into their bunting, window displays and other decorations: Fair Green looked a picture. A particular mention must go to the Hines family in Denmark Lane, whose display was so good, it made The Diss Express!

Congratulations to everyone who took part to make sure that the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and the sacrifice of so many, was honoured and not forgotten – despite the challenges of coronavirus.

Many thanks to Tracey Taylor for her beautiful photo collages of the day.

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75th anniversary of VE Day: 8th May 2020

We hope that you’ll join us in toasting and celebrating the heroes of WW2 on Friday 8th May!
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Easter approaches… Are you feeling creative?

Following on from our successful Bear Hunt, we invite the residents of Fair Green and surrounding roads to make an Easter Egg for their window!

All visiting children are welcome to join in our “calorie-free Easter Egg Hunt” when they visit Fair Green, to see how many eggs they can spot!

Many thanks to AGL Cleaning & Industrial Services for generously donating some lovely prizes, and to the Mayor of Diss for kindly agreeing to judge the best windows!

Good luck everybody!


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Coronavirus support around Fair Green

Many of us living on and around Fair Green would like to support one another during this difficult time. Here are three things we can do as a community.

Step 1: Who needs help? Who can help?

  • Please take a moment to fill out the Fairer Green Contact Form to let us know if you need, or can give, help in the coming weeks. This is vital – it will help us coordinate! 

Step 2: Please join a Fairer Green network to stay in touch with what’s going on:

    • Get email updates from The Fairer Green mailing list (Google Group) – please email ceavalori@gmail.com with a request to join
    • The Fairer Green on Facebook
    • The Fairer Green WhatsApp Group: please message Charlotte Valori on 07812 579 908 to be added
    • Landline contact is being coordinated by FGNA for those who do not do any of the above – please let us know if you don’t do technology

Step 3: Look out for news of how we can help each other – and share your ideas!

We are coordinating volunteers to help with:

  • Shopping and deliveries
  • Collecting prescriptions
  • Walking dogs
  • A friendly phonecall to those who are isolated
  • Food supplies for those in need

If you need help – let us know… If you can help – let us know… by taking the three steps above! 

We will get through this! Good luck, everyone!


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We welcomed Webster Aranha Spider to Fair Green today


Today was our Family and Spider day, and it was lovely. We had a good crowd, with lots of families. We invited them to choose a name for the Giant Spider and then we had a public vote, with the top two chosen: Webster and Aranha, which is Portuguese for spider. All the children who participated were given a prize of a spider cupcake, donated by Frederick’s Fine Foods.

The mayor of Diss, Sonia Browne, presided over the naming ceremony and we then welcomed the newly named spider to Fair Green. We also had a display of living creepy crawlies, that you could hold and touch, from Ellie from Banham Zoo, plus face painting, a lovely folk band performance from Stanton Folk Group, and our usual tea and cake stall.

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There is a Giant Spider on Fair Green!

It has been a long time coming, but the Giant Spider has finally been installed. It may be scary, but it is very friendly and loves having children sit and climb on it.

It was discussed by the community at the last two Fair Green Annual General Meetings, and has been funded through S106 developer contributions from the Longmeadow development in Diss & Roydon.

We commissioned it from Andy Harland, a local artist working at Hearts of Oak artists cooperative at Coney Weston near Garboldisham. We are planning a family Open Day for the Spring, at which it will be officially opened, with lots of activities and ceremonies.

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Some exciting forthcoming events on Fair Green

Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Sunday 17th June

On Sunday 17th June there will be a family picnic with a Teddy Bear theme, from noon until 3 pm. There will be face painting, teddy bear stories, refreshments, Stanton Musicians playing folk music and enjoy a game of rounders. We will have a tea and cake stall, but bring your own picnic too.

Our next Car Boot sale – Sunday 8th July

As usual, we will be opening at 8 am, and will have a Fair Green tea and cake stall. Bag a bargain. Stalls are £5 per pitch.

Our marvellous Brocante for antiques and collectables – Saturday 18th August

These have been very special the past two years, and this one is promising to be just as good. A wide range of interesting stalls, plus tea, cakes and savouries from us. It will be on Saturday 18 August from 10am until 4pm. Stalls costs are £15.00 for a car and trailer or £20.00 for a van plus trailer.


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Planning permission approved for Jewsons site

If you have been following this, you will know that Monarch Water have bought the  Jewsons site and applied for a change of use to ‘light industrial and storage’. This has now been granted. They will be assembling water softeners. We hope this will be low impact for Fair Green, with fewer vehicles coming, and not much noise or light pollution.

There are some conditions attached to the permission, including:

  1. The premises shall not operate other than between the hours of 08:00 and 17:30 Monday to Friday and 08:00 and 12:00 Saturday. The premises shall not operate on Sunday or public or bank holidays.
  2. No external lighting shall be erected unless full details of its design, location, orientation and level of illuminance (in Lux) have first been submitted to and agreed in writing with the local planning authority. Such lighting shall be kept to the minimum necessary for the purposes of security and site safety and shall prevent upward and outward light radiation. The lighting shall thereafter be implemented in accordance with the approved details and shall be retained as such thereafter.

    Sounds very positive! Let’s hope they will be good neighbours. Andy Rackham has met them and thinks they are nice people.

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A brilliant Brocante 2017!

FG_Brocante_Aug17We had everything. Great weather, including some sunshine, lots of very interesting stalls, plenty of interested visitors, a great Fair Green stall selling tea, cakes and savouries.


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