The Diss Corn Hall Trust


We run a successful multi-arts and heritage programme, with visitor numbers increasing annually. In 2020 we want to continue to offer our, usually free, outreach programme working with groups recognised as hard to reach - young people and families with young children, the elderly and disadvantaged.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1136553)

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Championed by National Lottery Heritage Fund


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom


Opportunities to participate in the arts, improving well-being and social cohesion, are diminishing. To counter this, we aim to offer new and stimulating activities, usually free, that improve life chances – whatever the participant’s age, co-operating with bodies such as schools and retirement homes. Income generation from our core business of staging performances and exhibitions helps to fund about half the outreach programme, but we continue to need financial help to carry out the whole.


Our core events programme, usually 4 evenings a week, tries to appeal across the board and be affordable. However, our outreach programme will cater for the interests of individual age groups, taking place when it suits them with a strong social element e.g. the elderly can watch a film matinee sitting at a table with friends. We link activities to other events for maximum impact e.g. a children’s illustrator runs a drawing class related to an exhibition or a performance preceded by a workshop

  • Kate our tutor is 'sheer joy' and has tutored us magnificently. She is so talented with a wonderful voice. The group is growing and any chance of any more courses with Kate would be wonderful.

    — Attendee at Singing for All – Community Choir

  • The students loved it and had great fun at the workshop. My year 9 were teaching everyone else a warm up game they'd learned as I came into the studio! And they shared some of their work. They enthused the rest of the group and all said they'd be up for future events like this.”

    — Janine Oxley, Year 9 drama teacher at Diss High School

  • On entry to the Corn hall the staff are friendly and welcoming. The Corn Hall always chooses the best performances (for the Arts Award group to see) which don’t disappoint. We come to the Arts award because it gives people time to relax and to be themselves with open minded people around them.

    — Arts Award student

  • I love being involved in a lively Arts Centre. I am retired so I have time and energy. I was a teacher so enjoy the young children, but also love theatre, ballet and music. What’s not to like!

    — Corn Hall Volunteer