Five minutes with: Pat Blanchet, volunteer at Diss Museum
PUBLISHED: 14:09 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:13 24 September 2018
When she lived in London, Pat Blanchet missed the “space and tranquility” of Diss. She was born and bred in Mendham and left her hometown when she was 18, before living in London and Cambridge for forty years. She returned to south Norfolk eight years ago and now volunteers two days a week at Diss Museum.
Before that, she did not know Diss very well. Wanting to get to know the town better was one of her reasons for volunteering. She said the town is friendly and there are quite a lot of independent shops.
“There is some really nice architecture, which a lot of people miss,” she said.
The museum gives guided tours of the town.
“You begin to understand the architecture,” she said. “It is a good way to start because you miss so much.”
Pat recommends people coming to Diss to visit the mere, the lake in the centre of the town, adding that there are good independent bookshops and coffee shops.
Pat also commented on the pace of life in Diss. When she lived in London and would return for the weekend, she noticed the slower pace of life. “I used to find it when I came back, everything took time, people wanting to chat, what’s the rush?” Sometimes the deceleration frustrated her. But now Pat enjoys it. “People are very helpful here,” she said.
She said that the museum is always looking for new volunteers.
Diss Museum, on Market Hill, is open daily 11am to 3pm. Admission is free.